President David opened the meeting by calling on Tom Croft to lead us in O Canada and Brian Lamb to say grace. President David reminded us of the imprtance of good PR in the creation of awareness of Rotary. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Mark Bedford said grace.
Rotarian of the Week is Bert Whan Tong for his faithful service
to the Club as Auditor of the yearly financial statements.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Tom Lidkea:
Tom Kofin, Edmonton South, Retirement Planner;
Tom Martin, Harbourside, Automotive;
Audrey L. Mode, Castlegar Sunrise, Honourary Member;
Carl Constamine was the guest of Vicky Pitt;
Terry Dyer of Ben Andersen;
Marion Bant of the Club;
Joene Scrag & Marion Carroll were guests of Ted Harrison.
Leslie Warnock has been working with the OBHS Interact Club. With obvious pleasure, she introduced the five members who had joined us for lunch: Emma Loy, Brett Boardman, Elizabeth Skinner, Sierra Anima, and Leyland Cecco were given a rousing welcome from all the Club members.
Regarding the vocational visit to Thrifty’s Kitchens, 6772 Kirkpatrick Crescent off Keating X Road: John Snively reports that the bus is cancelled due to lack of sufficient numbers. Parking is limited, so try to car pool. Plan to be there by 11:30 a.m., lunch is at 12:15, we will be out of there by 1:00 p.m.
President David announced that Lynne Murray has decided to rejoin our Club. She became a member of our Club in 2000 but due to work pressures had to transfer to Harbourside in late 2004. This was a big loss for our Club as she had a huge involvement in our activities, serving on the International Committee and being immersed in the Youth Exchange Program. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and in March is heading to El Salvador as part of the Rotoplast team. The news that Lynne has rejoined us was met with a huge round of applause. Welcome home Lynne!
Leslie returned to the podium and introduced the Co-Presidents of Interact, Emma Loy and Leyland Cecco. The two shared the podium and told us about their club, which has grown from 11 members to over 35 members this year with standing room only at their meetings and a greatly enhanced level of enthusiasm. Our Interact speakers indicated that their club had been searching for a fund-raising idea and that selling T-shirts became their method of raising funds. The T-shirts are a good quality bamboo material and are widely worn, particularly at school. As Leyland said, “People notice what is on your chest and t-shirts are a great medium for conveying a message." With that in mind, the Interact Club executive approved a provocative design for their t-shirts addressing the tragic circumstances
in which many people in Africa live. An outline of Africa surrounds the bleak statement “75 Million Dead”. This is followed by the challenge “Extinct? Your Move”. This is designed to let people know of Africa’s crisis, but more importantly, to let them know that they can take meaningful and immediate action to help the situation. The t-shirts are for sale at $18 each – a great bargain. The proceeds from the sale will go to AIDS/HIV infected children at the Cotlands Orphanage in South Africa. Our speakers thanked our club for supporting their attendance at the Stephen Lewis dinner in November. Mr. Lewis’ speech was the inspiration behind their fund-raising project and gave them the motivation and drive to embark on the t-shirt project which has a goal of $5,000 for the orphanage. Emma noted that it is important to subtly and continuously bombard the students at Oak Bay High School with the message that they can help. Many of them are looking for ways to contribute but don’t know how to do - Interact and the t-shirt project shows them a way to help out.
Leyland Cecco and Emma Loy, the two co-presidents of the OBHS Interact Club, making their presentation.
Photo by Jack Petrie.
|After a few questions, Doug McDougall thanked the speakers and complimented Interact members on their inspired contribution. Judging by two rounds of incredible applause, the club fully supported the project and the enthusiasm for service above self demonstrated by the Interact members. Contact Doug to get your t-shirt.
Sergeant At Arms
The draw was won by Tom Koffin, a visiting Rotarian from Edmonton. Although Tom is a financial planner, he could not plan what to do with the $16, and so left it with the Club. Thanks Tom!