Rotary Club of Oak Bay
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Programs for January: (at Oak Bay Beach Hotel)

January 31 Oak Bay High School Interact luncheon. NOTE: This meeting is to be held at the Oak Bay Rec Centre
February 7 Bedrija Hromic: Rotary in Bosnia. Talk and slides.


Roster January 24, 2006

Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Introduce Speaker Thank Speaker
Lidkea Macpherson Marsh McDougall
Cashier: Cooley; 50-50: Munro


Neil Madsen

Program for January 24, reported by Nels Granewall

President David reminded us of the imprtance of good P.R. in the creation of awareness of Rotary. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Mark Bedford said grace.

Rotarian of the Week was your (not so?) humble editor.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Rod Sim:

Jim Porter, Calgary S., S/A;
John Sauders, fund raiser, and Joanne Jones, Telecommunication, both of Royal Oak Cent.
Annis Kelley & David & Jane Brown were guests of Tav Mac;
Hez Lidkea of Tom Lidkea;
Richard Parton of Ron Cooley;
Ashleigh Gass, Patricia Cuthbert, & Jeanette Muzio of John Snively;
Rob Porter of Jim Porter
Christie Johnson and Marion Banz were guests of the Club.

Below is our Guest Speaker, Christie Johnson, with her star graduate, Melody, on the screen.

Photo by Jack Petrie. (More Pics)


Our reporter comments that the absence of designated greeters Pablo Diemecke and John Edgell placed addtional duties on cashier Ron Cooley and 50/50 ticket seller Angele Munro. Remember that if you are unable to attend, you must try to find another member to take your place.

Lorna Curtis is still looking for help to organize the home Hospitality program during the district convention. Local members will be asked to invite visitors to dinner.

Tom Croft confirmed that the Feb. 14 meeting will be held at Thrifty’s Kitchens, 6772 Kirkpatrick Cr., off Keating X Rd., with lunch served in their boardroom.

Mayor, Alan Lowe, has proclaimed Feb. 10/11 as “Rotary Days in Victoria” - the Victoria Club will be selling “Flashing Hearts” at locations around the city.

Sergeant At Arms

Jack Petrie began by fining all who did not bring a guest, and 'no-sign-ins' David Philip, Irene Davie, Cedric Marsh & Doug McDougall.

Happy $ included one from Vicky Pitt whose son voted for the first time and Neil. M. for the civilized way we are able to vote in Canada.

Rod Sim won the draw but was unable to find the white marble.


Martin Holden introduced Christie Johnson, a teacher at St. Michael’s University School, who has spoken to the club in the past about her involvement with the Malawi Famine Relief Project. Since 2002, Christie has spent every summer in Malawi, helping her friend Memory Chazeza educate 28 orphaned girls to complete their schooling, and assisting with famine relief efforts. Christie has so far raised $21,000 to help Memory with her enormous task. The money has come primarily from talking to Rotary clubs in Western Canada, and money has also come in from other sources such as current students, teaching colleagues, and anonymous donors. She told us that the hunger for knowledge is immense in Malawi, which is designated as the 3rd poorest country in Africa, with 40% of the population affected by AIDS. The pressure on these young women to marry, even to men with AIDS, is tremendous, and Memory is performing a miracle by helping these women to become financially independent so they do not have to enter into these types of marriages. Memory’s dream is to open a school for 200 students, 100 of whom would be orphans on full scholarships, and the other 100 regular feepayers. Ted Harrison, who has taught in Africa, thanked Christie on behalf of the club.

A Rotary Moment with Tav Macpherson

Tav informed us that he is pleased with the effort in District 5020 to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. Out of a goal of $520,000, we have so far raised $395,000, and he feels confident that if everyone contributes their $100 towards their sustaining Paul Harris Fellowship, the goal will be reached and we will have made Joan happy!
Christy with President David
Christy with Ted Harrison

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