Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle
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Meeting, July 15, 2008, reported by Tav Macpherson. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil Rawnsley opened the meeting by extolling the wisdom of past Rotary leaders at the 1920 RI Convention in Atlanta City. President Albert Adams said, “Friendship … the craving for which brought Rotary into existence is the thing that will keep Rotary a living vital force in the world for all time, the very foundation of our existence”. Neil then prepared the members to expect change in the meeting format. After the singing of O Canada, Peter Johannknecht gave a comprehensive grace.

Guest Speakers

Peter Johannknecht had the pleasure of introducing our two guest speakers. Julie Skinner is currently employed with BCAA but had an outstanding career as a curler having won the Canadian Championships four times, the World Championships twice and she holds two Olympic Bronze medals. She spoke to us as Vice-Chair of the Scotties Curling Tournament to be held in Victoria early next year (Feb 21–March 1, 2009).

Randy Decksheimer joined her at the podium as Vice-Chair of the same organization. Professionally, he is a CA being a partner of KPMG. He is a member of Victoria Harbourside Rotary and has an illustrious record of service to the Victoria community. Julie and Randy stated that their mission was to publicize the 2009 Scotties Curling Tournament of Hearts with a slide show.

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Julie opened indicating that the tournament will be held at the Save On Foods Memorial Arena. There will be 21 draws featuring some of the world’s best curlers, including defending champion, Jennifer Jones. Julie continued to indicate that Victoria had earned the right to host the tournament by being highly effective in hosting the 2005 Brier. The arena presents a fine venue with excellent ice and a large seating capacity. Victoria also has a strong volunteer base and, of course, is a very attractive environment in February! The theme of the tournament is “Bound for Glory” and it is the final event for curlers to qualify to represent Canada in the 2010 Olympics. Randy picked up the story by talking about the significant impact the event will have on the Victoria economy. $9 million will be spent directly in the local economy and another $8 million of indirect spending. Attendance at the event is expected to be over 100,000 with over 40,000 tickets already accounted for.


Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Gary and Nels

Julie Skinner and Randy Decksmeir, our speakers seen below being thanked by Neil, were guests of the Club and Brian Burger was the guest of Mary Canty.

Nels Granewall introduced special guest, Jens Riis, a visiting Rotarian from Aalberg, Denmark. Love brought him from Denmark and he completed a BSc. at UVIC. Jen’s son, Andreas Riis who has spent the last year in Kamloops on a Rotary Youth Exchange program was also introduced. The club exchanged a banner with our Danish guests.

Nels also introduced Leyland Cecco who was our 2003/04 outbound exchange student and spent his year in Slovakia. Leyland has recently been awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Turkey for 2009/10.

Club Business followed the Guest Speakers. Neil Rawnsley presented Past-President, Jack Petrie with a “Rotary Shares” club banner signed by many of our members. He also thanked Jack for his great contribution to our club. Leyland Cecco took the podium and thanked the club for nominating him as an Ambassadorial Scholar. He will be studying “Islamic Relations” in Turkey in the 2009-2010 year. This exceptional young man is a great talent and both grateful and excited about the opportunities provided him through Rotary
President Neil gave notice that the Rotary Zone 22 Institute meetings will be held in Victoria. As part of this event, the RI President, D.K. Lee and the Chair of Shelterbox, Tom Henderson will be speaking at a luncheon on 12 September, 2009. Tickets are available for $75 (with a $40 tax receipt).

President Neil and Foundation Chair, Tav Macpherson presented Paul Harris Fellowship pins to Tricia Timmermans (PHF + 2), Victoria Pitt (PHF + 3) and Rod Sim (PHF + 4). Their valuable contribution to the work of the Rotary Foundation was recognized. Eliminating polio from the world is still the priority.

Heather Aked reported on the progress of the matching grant application. The objective is to sink two bores at the Malawi Girls School so that a supply of water can be accessed. The total cost of the project will be $31,000 and our club has committed $4,000. Combined with other clubs’ contributions and the grant process from the Rotary Foundation, the expense can be met.

Mary Canty
reported Health of the Club. Barbara Bristol-Price suffered a fall and has severe bruising. We hope you have a quick recovery, Barbara.


Scotties Tournament of Hearts Continued:

There will also be over 50 hours of prime time viewing on TSN. One of the beneficiaries of the event will be KIDSPORT, an organization devoted to helping children become interested and involved in sports. Randy lauded Tournament Chair, Chris Atchison and the 21 member Board of Directors as well as over 530 volunteers who make the event run smoothly. In summary, the event has two key aspects, the sporting event and the social and economic spin-off. People travel all over the world to watch curling and they will come to Victoria. Click for more info.


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Heather Aked’s birthday was recognized and anniversaries for both the Ockermuellers and the Macphersons apparently occurred! The collection concluded with Happy and Sad Dollars. Sarah won the draw and drew the white marble (congratulations) and Tricia had her tickets drawn twice to win a water bottle and a t-shirt from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. And so endeth another eventful and fun-filled meeting.




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 would like to receive checks at the next meeting.

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Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant Dallas levied many fines. All those not attending the Visionary session on Wednesday evening were fined as were Joan F. for no name tag, Peter J. as he forgot to be a greeter, Perry B. for looking like a tourist, Jack P. for such a clever thank you to speakers, Lynne M. for looking too cute, Lorna C. for buying a new TV, Ted H. for his photo in another publication and finally, all those who did not have an Ambassadorial Scholar at their table!


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