Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
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Program for January 18, 2010. Reported by Neil Rawnsley

This meeting was an Assembly capably chaired by President Elect, Joan Peggs, in the absence of President John Edgell - who was somewhere else.

Tom Lidkea provided his usual accompanist talents for O Canada and Jerry McLean gave a short but sweet invocation.


Pat Crofton (Victoria Club) outlined an upcoming Victoria Rotary Club concert to be held in June which will benefit the Mustard Seed and the Military Families Resource Groups. They are looking for volunteers for the Rotary choir which will participate along with soloist Richard Margison and a guest soprano. Practices begin in February and will be every Tuesday night through May. No experience necessary, just a desire to entertain and have fun along with a group of 60+ Rotarians and friends. I’m in… what about you.

Celebration Master:Celebration Master (Sgt. at Arms for us traditionalists), Mark Bedford, was greeted with scattered applause, and, after wrestling the microphone from the P-E, proceeded to fine Peter Johannknecht and Anne Sims along with late arrivals David Philip and Wynn Taylor. Don O’Coffey was fined for illegal parking lot entry; Perry and AnnaMaria for their Leadership Victoria nomination; Barry Mutter, Lori McLeod (early leaver) and the editor for inconsequential offences. Birthday boy Jack Petrie paid for his nocturnal puppy training exploits. The unsuccessful draw winner was David Philip.

Assembly Continued:

Corey Burger advised of the continuation of the Public Relations initiative which involves advertising your business and Rotary in the Oak Bay News. If you are interested, please contact Corey.

Finally, Vicky Pitt discussed our Charitable Foundation and reviewed a few changes required by CRA with regard to the purpose of the foundation. These included the scholarship area, identification of efforts within schools, and the “philosophical” support of RI. A quick meeting was convened, the changes approved, and the meeting adjourned.  Thus ended the assembly.

First on the floor was Eugen Bannerman with an Administrative report and a summary of upcoming meeting speakers, followed by Treasurer David Sills with a financial update. A slide show highlighted money matters, dues, etc., and a review of budgeted items and fundraising activities. The Christmas concert raised $6,000 (thanks Pablo and friends) and $10,000 of our current funds is committed to the Peter Pan Water Park upgrade. Foundation funding continues to be a strong component of our club activities and the club has a balanced budget thanks to the cautious but optimistic efforts of our Treasurer.

In the absence of community director Pete Lawrie, the following projects were highlighted: continuation of funding for the George Jay School technology; Smart Board program for Quadra School; the Literacy Round Table program; the Rotary Peter Pan Water Park; Adventures in Citizenship. Heather Aked updated us on the Thrifty Smile Card program; the committee is looking for the assistance of members in brainstorming potential projects for our involvement. If you have ideas please pass them on to the committee. Current ideas include a teen center in the new high school, a van for the Monterey Center, and a joint playground at Willows Beach in partnership with Kiwanis.

Perry Bamji brought us up to date on some international initiatives of the club.  He discussed our efforts with the La Penita project at the Louis Pasteur Kindergarten. This involves a water supply system with a new 5000 litre tank and a new perimeter fence and wall for school safety. Aid for another kindergarten is also being investigated. Photo opposite is of John at a Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club meeting where the club awared its first PHF to Vicky Robelo.

John Jordon will be on his way to Rwanda shortly; he brought us up to date with the success of the program to rebuild homes for widowed grandmothers and orphans. This year they completed 100 homes and enlisted the aid of 42 students in high school who asked to be taught in a formal way about building infrastructure. They spent 30 weeks learning about building skills and 4 of these students are now back in their home communities being paid to teach those skills to others, which is a tribute to the success of the program.

Mary Canty reported that John Snively and Jacqueline Mealing are in Guatemala City trying to have their medical supplies released without excessive taxation; John (below) is training a local assistant in the village where they are setting up the dental clinic. Check the blog to read Jacqueline's report - which I hope to update tonight!

John Snively in Guatemala with young dental client
Photo by Jacqueline Mealing, San Antonio Palopo, Jan., 2011.

Jim Force reported on Membership, highlighting the numbers and noting that we currently have 4 members off on international projects. We have 5 new members and the club has a new mentor program matching new members with current members. Jim also outlined the 4 new Pilot Programs of Rotary International and the Building Communities initiative of the current RI President. The local Project Unity and Literacy Roundtable programs are great examples of how clubs can work together within the community.

Please click here for information on the District Leadership Training Assembly (April 2-3)

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Alyson Hawksworth: Pat Crofton from the Victoria club, and former club member John Picken and his wife Kathie (below) were in attendance.
john and kathie picken
Photo by Neil Rawnsley

Jaltemba- Vicky Robelo

Health of the Club
Before beginning the Assembly business, Joan advised us of Lynne Murray’s car accident which curtailed her planned Mexican vacation. Lynne has a broken left clavicle, numerous bruises and a sore ankle and is resting at home.

Joan Peggs advised of the February 23 plans to highlight the “End Polio Now” initiative of the RI  Foundation. This will include an evening display of “End Polio Now” on the Customs House Building, a hot dog sale at Cobbs on Oak Bay Avenue and hopefully a Mayor’s proclamation and media PR. Just in from John Ratel of the Victoria Public Relations Committee: He has had confirmation from the Victoria Mayor’s office that “he will be delighted to participate in a Rotary Flag Raising Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday February 23 at 0830 hours.” More information coming on this – hopefully many of us will attend to cheer on the mayor! 

Eugen Bannerman highlighted upcoming meetings: On the 25th we will be meeting at the Legislature for a tour and an a la carte lunch in the legislative dining room. Meet at the tour information centre at the front entrance at 11:30 am. There is pay parking behind the Museum; other options are the Grand Pacific Hotel or the Convention Center. The following week’s program will be on Eldercare with our guest speaker none other than our own Lori McLeod.

Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker


Jan 25 DON'T GO TO THE REC CENTRE! Vocational Visit – Lunch and Tour at Legislature

My name is Geoff Hall, and I am a member of the organizing committee for the 2011 District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA).  This year's DLTA will take place in Victoria, April 2nd-3rd 2011, with a social evening - Fellowship Friday - preceding on April 1st for those who are interested. This is a wonderful opportunity for 5020 Rotarians to learn about Foundation Grants, building ever better Rotary clubs, way to include youth, and more.   You can check out this link for complete program info: Program Outlines. There will be no shortage of opportunity for fellowship with Rotarians from all around Washington and Vancouver Island, including the opportunity for a night on the town with Saturday Night Specials.   Attendees have the chance to check out some of the best spots beautiful Victoria has to offer! Please direct your members to the web site I have set up at here. Registration is now open when paying by cheque.  Credit Card payment will be available in the next few days, so I will send another email to all the clubs when that is finalized. Base registration is $90.00 CAD. Remember, registration is limited, so you are encouraged members to register ASAP to ensure availability!

Yours in Rotary, 
Geoff Hall
Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club
District 5020

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