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Program for January 15, reported by Giles Bixler
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President Jack reminded us that January is Rotary Awareness Month and so he provided numerous stickers proclaiming, “Goodbye Polio - Thanks Rotary”. He suggested that members pick one up, leaving behind a suitable donation, and put it in their offices as a conversation piece to get visitors talking about Rotary and its accomplishments.
Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Ron Cooley said Grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Tom Croft:

David Stocks,
Sooke, Management Consultant
Bill Burns, Royal Oak, Education Administration (Retired).
Geraldine Glattstein, Guest Speaker, was guest of the Club.

After calling the meeting to order, President Jack Petrie announced that the Oak Bay Rotary Club has received a district Matching Grant for a project to provide dictionaries for all grade three students at George Jay Elementary School in Victoria. Approximately 35 students will receive the dictionaries and assistance from Oak Bay club members who want to help the teachers show the children how to use them. Many of the children have reading difficulties, and the teachers are very enthused about the project. Contact literacy chair, Giles Bixler, if you want to help. Jack congratulated Giles on taking the initiative in finding a school that really needs our help and getting the grant process underway.

Heather Aked announced that the ShelterBox donations from our club and members has been sent to Kenya to help those displaced by the troubles there.


After fining those who didn’t sign in, Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Lamb fined every table he asked for the theme of International President Wilt’s "letter to members" in this month’s Rotary magazine. No one was able to answer. Then he fined Leslie Rogers-Warnock for “being taken in” by president Jack Petrie, when she tried to rent her house. This set off a wave of fines against Jack when members' turn came, which prompted Ron Cooley to fine everyone for allowing this “KGB attitude” to emerge. The Draw was won by Perry Bamji but he drew a black marble. There is still hope for the rest of us.

Guest Speaker
Our guest speaker was Geraldine Glattstein, the new Executive Director of Greater Victoria Police Victim Services, who brought us a plea to influence legislators, in particular Solicitor– General John West, to provide adequate funding for her agency. Currently, provincial funding is provided for her position and two part-time assistants. They coordinate the volunteers who provide services to 13 municipalities from the ferry to the western communities,
500 square kilometres in all. Ms. Glattstein termed this level of funding a “bad joke.” Gerladine explained that her agency’s volunteers provide emotional and practical support that police cannot, because their role is to get information and take action. Volunteers assist not just family members of victims but witnesses and others, for example, the chambermaid who finds a dead body. “We are there at what could be the worst time in a person’s life, whether a crime or accident," said Ms. Glattstein. In a Break and Enter case, “our people go through the house in teams of two who work together with the victim to take inventory of what happened.” The agency also provides counselling for those who have to go to court in a criminal proceeding. Pablo Diemecke thanked Geraldine for a very informative talk. President Jack then presented the speaker with a check for $2,500, representing funds raised by members who use Smile Cards at Thrifty’s to take advantage of the latter’s generous contribution of a portion of the amounts spent.


Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Leslie Rogers-Warnock

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


January 22 Eric Beevor-Potts; "BC Hydro Power Smart"                                       Creating a Greater Awareness of the Energy Gap
January 29 Dermot Foley; "Climate Change and Global Sustainability"

DUTY ROSTER January/February 2008

22-Jan Edgell Firkins Force Froese Gaudet
29-Jan Granewall Harrison Hogarth Johannknecht Jackson
5-Feb Lawrie MacPherson Maxwell Marsh McDougall
12-Feb McLean McLeod McLaughlin Meredith Munro
19-Feb Murray Mutter Nazar O'Coffey Ockermueller
26-Feb Peggs Patrick Prentice Philip Picken

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