Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2009-2010 Rotary International Theme: The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for February 16, 2010, reported Anne Sims. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Vicki opened the meeting with a YouTube video from Olympic-fevered Vancouver of the locals dancing to Dancing in the Streets.

We all did the 4 Way Test quite well.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Introduced by Hans Ockermueller:

Kathleen Thain, St. Andrews, Scotland, who exchanged banners;
Burt Kennedy and Paul Moulden of Winnipeg;
Allan Greve of Hamilton Downtown;
Bob Schelle guest of ? and Gil Parker, guest of Jerry McLean.


Jim Force proposed a new member, Lee Wakely. Lee is new to Victoria (December 2008) and is married with 3 children. After graduating with a Law LLB, Lee worked in the shipping industry in the UK,
Singapore and Bermuda. Lee is currently the Business Development Manager for Helix IT, a telecommunication company that specializes in infrastructure cabling and IT services.

Joan Peggs reminded us of next weeks Polio Awareness day on Tuesday February 23. We will be canvassing 5 areas in Oak Bay to bring awareness of Rotary and PolioPlus. We will meet at our designated area at 12:00, canvass for 30 minutes and meet at 12:30 at the Penny Farthing for lunch.

Lorna reminded us of the ”Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” event on March 13th. Sign up sheet is circulating.

Eugen Bannerman

Our newest member, Eugen Bannerman, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, was inducted. Eugen was sponsored by Joan Peggs, seen here pinning Eugen. We look forward to his presentation in May.

Joan Peggs introduced our speaker Leyland Cecco. Leyland is our Ambassadorial Scholar in Turkey. and has been attending university there for 6 months. Leyland joined us by Skype. The connection was sketchy so the presentation was compromised. Leyland has a blog that we would encourage everyone to visit as he has some very interesting and entertaining stories of his time in Turkey. Leyland is in the city of Eskisehir which has a population of 614,000. The city’s main export is a white rock called meerschaum. The university is the fourth largest in the world by population, however a large portion are online/distance students. Leyland is enrolled in a Sociology program and is focusing on Turkey’s secularized society and is also interested in raising  awareness of the deep rooted problems in Turkey. Through Rotary, Leyland is working on a project in Turkey that assists refugees from Iraq, Iran and Sudan. Non-governmental organizations are not prevalent in Turkey due to strict governmental control, however  Rotary is a well-respected organization there and is in a good position to make a positive impact. Leyland has also been able to explore different areas of Turkey and his adventures are detailed on his blog. The link “Cecco” is on the left hand side of our bulletin. Cecc it out!

Tav MacPherson finished the presentation with an update on the Ambassadorial Scholarship program. Since 1947 Rotary has funded 38,000 men and women. As a comparison the Rhodes scholarship has funded 7,000 since 1902. The $25,000 scholarship helps defray the costs of room and board, tuition and transportation costs.  Successful applicants are also expected to represent Rotary abroad and increase awareness in their home country when they return.

Four Rotarians (Lori, Jim, Corey and Tricia) attended Oak Bay Lodge last week for the first MEMORY CAFE with the Interact Club. Lori arranged for a former Canadian Speed Skater, whose husband is at the lodge, to give a talk on her days as a skater in Winnipeg. The next Memory Cafe will be in a few weeks time - more info to come.


In support of the Olympics, Leslie fined those not wearing red, those who had not watched the Opening Ceremonies and those that did not know the three Island connections to the Opening (Daniel Lapp, Nelly Furtado and Steve Nash).

Happy/Sad Dollars: Dallas Chapple was happy her husband Len is recuperating from back surgery but Sad $$ for recently being trapped in a car wash for too long. Joan Firkins put in a happy dollar for how well the Olympics are going. Pablo paid $$ to tell us that he has been invited to be guest concertmaster with the National Symphony in Mexico City for 2 weeks in March, playing programs 6 and 7. He wishes everyone could come to the concert (so do we) to hear him play the violin solos of Don Quijote by Richard Strauss! Click here for more info. Shelly Best won the draw but drew a black marble.


Joan Firkins and Lorna Curtis spoke about our next fundraiser on May 15, Spring Time in Tuscany. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to support upgrades to the Rotary Water Park at Carnarvon. Joan and Lorna circulated handouts with all the details of the evening and sent out an email to all members. Members are being asked to participate by contributing to the auction items and by attending the event and bringing lots of quests. It will be a great event!

Tricia announced we are participating again this year in the Palm Tree Sale in Oak Bay on Saturday May 1. Proceeds go to Rotary and Fifth Garry Oak Boy Scouts.


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09-Mar Timmermans Toal Aked Bamji Bedford

Cash Desk: Carter; 50-50: Bristol-Price

March 2 Vocational - Ron Beyer
March 9 Sandra Martin - On writing obituaries

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