Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant Governor: David Stocks
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Program for February 17, 2009, reported by Irene Davie. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil's Rotary quote was from Jeff Warner which embodied the Rotary motto of Service above Self. “ We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are there always for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you.” President Neil then proceeded to thank Club members who volunteered for the following 2 Rotary projects:
“ONE YEAR OUT” - Heather Aked (the organizer!) Pablo Diemecke, Will Carter and Wendie Hogarth.
“KIDS’ KITS” – Jim Force (the organizer), Perry Bamji, Ron Cooley, Hans Ockermuller, Peter Johannknecht, Mary Canty, Lynne Murray, David Philip and John Snively.
February is World Understanding Month. After O Canada, Perry said Grace since Lorna hadn’t arrived.

Depression Daze

When your editor had a recent minor operation to correct an endotropy of the lower eye lid, the surgeon joked, when finished, “That will be three turkeys and one chicken”. That reminded me that during the depression farmers routinely paid their debts to local businesses and professionals with local produce. The Grande Prairie Herald would accept almost any type of produce, or firewood, in return for a subscription. Farm housewives took eggs and butter to the local grocery stores for cash or food, and often this was the only income a farm family had for long periods. In the fall, our whole family would go to Kranze’s Dept. Store in Wembley and buy moccasins for the children and father. These were not your pretty beaded slippers sold today, but real working footware made from moose hide and featuring flaps around the ankes secured by the raw-hide laces. They were made by the local Indians. When wet, they smelled of wet raw-hide and there was nothing like the stench of a whole school room after recess when the children had all got their moccasins wet. By the way, no matter how severe the current depression gets, we are not likely to see “Harper Buggies” since very few people, even farmers, can muster a team of horses these days.

NEW MEMBER - Welcome to Carol Toal

Carol Toal-Dallas

New Member, Carol Toal (right), was introduced by Dallas Chapple. Carol has transferred from the South Cowichan Club, and while it’s a hard act to follow she senses the same warmth in our Club.


Tav McPherson presented John Snively with his first Paul Harris pin. (Photos by Neil Rawnsley).


Ron Beyers introduced our own Dr. Perry Bamji who has had a very distinguished professional career in different parts of the world. Perry and his wife spent three years living in Japan and his talk was entitled “Myriad Faces of Japan”. He presented a flavour of Japan in a very interesting and entertaining way covering many facets including the country, religious beliefs, architecture, festivals and food. He listed many areas that he considered a must-see if you were in Japan for only a week. He also had some tid bits about bullet trains, taxis and the Japanese privies! He ended his presentation with some beautiful photography and Japanese music. Sayonara!

Ron Beyers thanked Perry for a very informative presentation and gave him a Rotary mug which he might use for Sake!

Driving Directions From Downtown Victoria to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) for the February 24 Vocational Visit/Lunch

  • From downtown Victoria, travel to Douglas Street and head north on Douglas Street
  • Douglas Street will become Hwy#1
  • Take Exit 8 at Helmcken Rd toward View Royal
  • Turn right at Helmcken Rd
  • Slight left at Wilkinson Rd
  • Turn left at Interurban Rd
  • Turn right into the first entrance for Camosun Interurban Campus and take a quick right into the parking lot. (You will see the PISE building beyond the parking lot)
  • Drive to the end of the parking lot, across the yellow line marked, PISE Parking.
  • Please park in any unmarked space
  • Please pay for parking (coins or credit card)


Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by David Sills:
David Wilson from Calgary West.
Carol Toal was the guest of Dallas Chapple.

Rod Sim reminded everyone that we usually welcome folks with a hearty round of applause!


Lori McLeod and Jack Petrie announced a fund raiser on April 4 at the Alix Goolden Hall. The Victoria Soul Gospel Choir will be giving a concert to raise funds for the Eldercare Foundation. Tickets are $25.

Joan Peggs reminded everyone about the Vocational visit on February 24 to the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence. Joan has sent us e-mails for directions (see below), program & menu.

Heather reminded everyone about the Mexican evening and noting the change of venue from Peter Lawrie’s to David Maxwell’s home.

Sergeant @ Arms, Dallas Chapple filled in for Peter Lawrie and promptly fined everyone $2 who had not given anyone flowers and /or chocolates for Valentines Day. Jack Petrie was fined for having given George Pritchard an anniversary card instead of a birthday card. Joe Prentice was fined for missing three of his days for selling the 50/50 tickets. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Geo and Joe.

Happy/ Sad $
Rod paid $5 for being rude, late and being at the club. Dallas paid $2 - $1 for each of the two clients she had as guests. Mark paid a sad $ saying it was sad that clients were now only worth one $. His happy$ was to celebrate the safe return to the UK of his mother in law who is 96. John Snively celebrated the great picture of Ted in the newspaper.

President Neil drew the ticket and Ann Sims won $11.00 with a black marble.

Rotary Wheel

February 2009 Programs
February 24 Tour of Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE)
24-Feb Harrison Johannknecht Hogarth Jackson Lamb
Cash Desk: McLean; 50-50: Prentice

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