|Program for February 20, 2007, reported by Ted Chambers
President Tav opened the 30th meeting of this Rotary year by calling on Tom Lidkea to play O Canada & Mary Canty to say grace.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Will Carter:
Allan Greve, Hamilton Downtown;
Ross McLauchlin, Harbourside;
Gillian Telford, Vancouver, Downtown, Gerontology Consultant;
Jim Porter, Calgary S., S/A.
Myrtle Greve was the guest of Allan Greve;
Linda Matherne, guest of the Club;
Hazel Meredith, guest of Steve Harthill.
Guest Speaker, Linda Matherne
Health of the Club
Mary Canty reported that the health of the club was generally good.
Sergeant-at-Arms: Mark Bedford
A variety of fines were imposed. These included those who entered the buffet line ahead of visiting Rotarians and guests. They also included failure to know the correct answer to a series of questions posed by the Sergeant. Among these were the patron saint of dentistry; the birthplace of Sam Magee; and the number of clubs in our Rotary District (86).
Happy and sad dollars were proclaimed by Les Canty, Leslie Warnock-Rogers, Tom Croft, and Tom Lidkea.
A birthday card was presented to George Pritchard with the usual hearty choral rendition.
The Sergeant encouraged members to participate in the rotary Benefactor program.
The weekly draw was won by Les Canty, breaking Tav’s streak, but no white marble.
David Maxwell reported that our Club was currently No. 1 in the district in per capita member giving.
Lorna Curtis (pictured below with David Maxwell) became the newest Club member of the Rotary Bequest Foundation.
reminded members that the Oak Bay Interact Club
was holding a fund-raiser fashion show and silent auction tonight at 6PM at the Victoria Events Centre, 1415 Broad St.
The Interact students would appreciate items for their Silent Auction.
Palm Tree Sale:
Tricia asked for volunteers for the annual Oak Bay Community event slated for April 14. Details to be announced later.
Guest Speaker, introduced by Dallas Chapple
The guest speaker was Linda Matherne Founder of the Power of Second Choice. The topic was suicide.
The speaker began her presentation by sharing a highly personal experience: the story of two 17 year old girls who attempted suicide. She was one of those girls.
The severity of the problem is evident in the number of suicides in Canada and the United States. There are currently 4,000 suicides annually in Canada, and in the case of successful
suicide attempts, male frequency is five times greater than female. The speaker stated suicide to be in her judgment to 100% preventable.
To address the problem of suicide the speaker stressed the importance of ‘empowerment’ as it permits each individual to make a difference in the life of someone who may be contemplating
suicide. Effectively, they are given the power to make a second choice.
Empowerment is linked to what she termed ‘acknowledgement’. All of us need to acknowledge the importance of the family member or friend, not someday, but today. By acknowledgement you can make a difference and with empowerment you can get the family member or friend some help.
The speaker took a variety of questions and concluded by helping members grasp the meaning of ‘acknowledgement’ with the children’s story of Billy and the Dragon. For more information visit: www.powerofthesecondchoice.org
The speaker was thanked by John Snively.
Thanks to Joan Peggs for successfully organizing the Rotary Hearts Sale at Safeway at such short notice. Joan reported that the Club sold 81 hearts for $162 which, with other donations,
brought the total to $180. Many thanks to Les & Mary Canty, John Snively, Margaret Patrick and Hans Ockermueller for their help. Congratulations to all!
February 24-25 are the dates for the
District Leadership Training Assembly
Enrolment can be done online:
The Board has approved $600
(to a max of $100
to be divided by the number attending.
All Rotarians who wish to learn
more about the work of
Rotary International should attend
this training assembly.
You will leave a more enthusiastic,
educated, enlightened Rotarian.
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