Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2007-2008 Rotary International Theme: Rotary Shares
District 5020 Governor 07-08: Norm Watts
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Program for February 26, 2008, reported by Joe Prentice. CLICK HERE for Print Version
Past-President Lorna Curtis chaired the meeting. Her term, in 2002/03, was noteworthy (notorious?) for the multitude of hats she wore, one new one for for each meeting. Today she featured a sampling of those hats in her slide show of the highlights of her term and she wore the most outrageous one of all, a flower/ribbon/gizmo bedecked monstrosity which the Club had given her at her last meeting.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Nels Granewall:

Barbara Fagan, San Juan Islands;
Frank Fagan, San Juan Islands;
Bruce Willats, Laguna Beach, CA.
Tara Douglas, guest speaker, was guest of the Club, as was Bob Avril, Chair of the Canadian Council of Dr. Graham’s Homes.
Sara Murphy was the guest of Irene Davie.

Past Pres. Lorna Curtis called for announcements. She indicated that there will be a Home and Garden Tour again this year on Aug.16 in partnership with the Heritage Foundation. (In 2006 we split the $26,000 which the event raised). They would like one more Rotarian to help out on the committee to find volunteers because we need 100-150 and our Club can hopefully provide about 60 if we all step up to the plate. Dallas will negotiate with the Victoria Realtors to sponsor the Home & Gardens Tour Book, which Tricia has agreed to design, along with the promotional materials.

She talked about her year as President with such activities as a new banner, Rotarian of the Year award started, and Rock and Roll night, which raised $8,000. Another highlight was an Evening With Ted Harrison, organized by Irene Davie, which raised $14,000 for the Club’s contribution to the newly reneovated Recreation Centre. Finally there was a gala luncheon to meet the R.I. President.

Past Pres. Rod Sim came on stage and collected a myriad of fines for all the times that he was not allowed to do this when he was Pres. He collected from all those who did not have the Rotary Foundation as their favourite charity. Lorna, Nels and Bruce Willis were all fined for varying degrees of vanity (interesting touch, Rod), Perry for his ringing cell phone of last week, plus a dollar from the person who ratted out Perry.

Happy Birthday to Cedric Marsh

Happy dollar was paid by Perry as he was Pres. of a club in Kingston the same year that Rod was President at Oak Bay( an obvious attempt to get back into the Sgt's good graces) Leslie paid a happy buck because that is just the way she is.
Giles Bixler won the Draw for $11 but no more.

Guest Speaker:

David Philips introduced the Speaker, Tara Douglas who currently is helping the Provincial Government in negotiations about aboriginal land claims.
Tara showed us slides of Dr. Graham’s Homes, located in Kalimpong, West Bengal, in a very picturesque setting in the foothills of the Himalaya. This is a residential school dedicated
to assisting underprivileged children in India. She related a very personal attachment to the school. Her father was the son of an English tea planter and his Indian wife. However,
when the wife died when her father was five, he was shipped off to the School and never saw his family again. This was typical treatment for children of mixed marriages and in fact Dr. Graham founded his school to take care of these ostracised children. By the way, her father got a good start in life thanks to the school, became a seaman and rose to high rank in the Royal Navy and, upon retirement, taught at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
He remained a strong supporter of Dr. Graham’s Homes all his life, and has certainly given Tara a deep committment to the project.
Today the school’s original mission has evolved into looking after 1500 Indian children. The school has such a good reputation that half are supported by fees paid by their parents,
while the remainder are sponsored by people in seven different countries, including
Canada. This mix of students from privileged and underprivileged backgrounds is beneficial to all. The cost per student is about $1500. The school offers a wide variety of programs for children and prepares them for continuing education and for life. Questions followed. Leslie thanked the speaker.

Pres. Jack came rushing in late with no accompanying fine, obviously a perk for an incumbent.
Ola gave an announcement about her Girls' Basketball team at Oak Bay which is on its way to the BC championship in Vancouver - Way to go Ola and Good luck.
Jack made an announcement about the upcoming fundraiser, The Victoria Gospel Choir plus a Flamenco group performing on Sat. April 26 at Alex Goolden Hall at 7:00pm Tickets
$20 each.
Lorna thanked all those folks that helped out during her year and adjourned the meeting at 1:25 with Tom Lidkea playing God Save The Queen.



Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Victoria Pitt

David Sills

Neil Rawnsley

Public Relations:
Tricia Timmermans

Tav Macpherson

Joan Peggs

Service Projects:
Tom Lidkea
Joe Prentice

Heather Aked

Sergeants @ Arms:
Brian Lamb

Lynne Murray


February 19

Reg Whitaker: Is Ottawa keeping Canadians safe from terrorism?

February 26 Tara Douglas: Dr. Graham's Homes for Needy Children
March 4

Margaret Lucas, President, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce:Leadership in Greater Victoria

March 11  

DUTY ROSTER February 2008

19-Feb Murray Mutter Nazar O'Coffey Ockermueller
26-Feb Peggs Patrick Prentice Philip Picken

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