Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
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Installation Dinner, July 2, 2008, reported by Neil Madsen. CLICK HERE for Print Version

Goodbye Jack

Sixty-two members of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay and their guests gathered at the Uplands Golf Course Clubhouse to enjoy fellowship, good food, entertainment and laughs as well as to thank the out-going Board of Directors and welcome in the new one. David Maxwell was M.C. and began by observing that Rotary is one of the few large institutions which turns over its leadership every year, and yet the 1.2 million Rotarians carry on the work and missions of R.I. without missing a beat. David welcomed everyone and our guests, especially ADG David Stocks and his wife, Frances. He noted that today marks the last time that we will have to listen to President Jack sing, as well as the beginning of a new era when President Neil can tell him not to. He then called on Mark Bedford to recite grace, after which various tables were selected to go to the buffet according to their ability to answer questions about Rotary. Dinner was delicious and accompanied by the piano music of Jan Stirling.

President Jack’s Swan Song
Jack noted that he, with Jan Stirling’s help initially, had instituted a song for each month, usually sung by Jack but sometimes by a trio. So as he takes his leave he just has to sing one last song; this time it’s Blue Moon, accompanied by Jan. President Jack then thanked all the Club members who, not holding positions on the Board, had quietly (sometimes not so quietly) performed all the tasks necessary to keep the Club going every week. There were too many to name one by one, but your Editor counted at least 20 in addition to those who had brought in new members. As Jack remarked, it is all the ordinary members of the Club who pitch in and make a success of our meetings, social events and fund raisers. Jack also thanked his wife, Brannan, who had given him so much support during the year.

Outgoing Board of Directors: President Jack thanked them individually for a great year, and the membership gave them a hearty ovation.


Lucas Kavanagh, hosted by Jim Force, is an award-winning magician who proceeded to put on a humourous and mystifying entertainment. Various cards appeared mysteriously here and there, as did small balls and a $20 bill, signed by Jack Petrie, which appeared in the center of a lemon. Jack was still talking about it at Thrifty’s this morning. Great fun!
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Heather barely managed to hold it in!

Hello Neil

After dinner, David Maxwell got the show on the road by asking all ex-presidents of our Club or of other clubs to stand. He noted that we have 22 ex-presidents still with us, as well as three who were presidents of other clubs, and this represents a great pool of talent and experience. He then recognized Jack and Brannan Petrie for their great contributions to the Club over the past year and presented them with wine and flowers.



Rotarian of the Year

This is recognition of a member, not on the Board, who is voted to the honor by the membership. This year Brian Lamb was judged most worthy of the recognition for his stirling performance as Sergeant-at-Arms.

Rotarian of the year

Jack's twenty wound up wet,
while jaws dropped



Incoming treasurer George Pritchard reminds all members that annual dues are now payable. He is pleased to announced that the amount of $200 has not been increased from last year. He expects checks at the next meeting, July 8.





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Past D.G. Joan Firkins presided over this installation, her third (or fourth) over the past week.

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Rather than dwell on all the objectives of R.I., she decided to instruct us on the different meanings that men and women place on certain words. For example, “commitment” to a woman means dedication to her home and children, whereas to a man it invokes playing football without a cup. The new board was called to the front and Joan reminded them (and us) of the importance that the new R.I. President, D.K. Lee, placed on saving children around the world from premature and preventable death. The new board members pledged their allegiance to Rotary principles and were presented with their pins by Joan, assisted by A.D.G. David Stocks.


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2008-09 Board of Directors: Jack, Joan, Lynne, Jim, Heather, George, Perry and President Neil.

President Neil
President Neil addressed members as President for the first time. He noted that the very first meeting of the Club was held in this Clubhouse on May13, 1974, and Neil’s father, a charter member, was in attendance. Also present was the R.I. President, William Carter, from California. Neil noted that one of the most revolutionary changes which had occured since 1974 was the acceptance as women as members, and they now play a crucial role in our Club and in R.I. Our first woman member was Helen Beirnes, who joined in 1989 and served as Club President in 1993/94. Neil looked forward to another successful year. And so ended another great evening and Installation Dinner. Well Done, all who participated.

A few more photos from the Installation Dinner


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Dallas and len


David and Frances Stocks
David and Frances Stocks
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Don and Lynne congratulate Neil
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Joan P.
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Bonnie, Sarah and Irene

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