Meeting of July 17 reported by Dallas Chapple
President Jack welcomed us to our first Assembly of the new year, and also welcomed two (soon to be) new members, Perry Bamji and Peter Lawrie. Jan Stirling played for O Canada and grace was recited by Will Carter.
Visiting Rotarians, introduced by Ted Chambers
Perry Bamji, Kingston, Professor;
Bruce Willats, Laguna Beach, CA.
Lorna: Golf Tournament August 24th: Please sign up for prizes and silent auction items.
Aug: 16th: our exchange student from Poland, Ola Chajecka, arrives.
Sergeant-at-Arms Brian Lamb fined Neil M. for contradicting
him (Brian tried to hijack my reporter to collect fines) and Neil R. for not wearing his Rotary pin at a public function. All who are delinquent dues payers were fined. Apparently Brian ended up with a tattoo at a recent party (perhaps agreed to in a drunken stupor?) so he fined all who had never had a tattoo. With broccoli the featured vegetable at lunch, all who did not partake were fined, and there were miscellaneous fines associated
with the garage sale.
Happy $: Lorna gave a big one to celebrate her son being the lead author of a feature article in Nature, the world’s premier science journal. Tav for nurse Lynne and Lynne for patient Tav; Bruce Willats (who isn’t a member but should be) because he got married last week, and Neil R. for the exciting games at the FIFA under-20 world cup.
Sad $ came from Joan Firkins for damage to the bowling greens and from Barbara Bristol for her last (?) move.
Irene Davie won the draw but drew black.
Club Assembly - Reports by Service Directors and Officers
Public Relations: Tricia did an excellent report in absentia.
The report had the general theme of creating a positive image for our Club and Rotary in general, getting our activities to the media, working with other clubs and making sure that a monthly progress report appeared in the Black Press papers. We can all agree that with Tricia looking after P.R. there has been a significant improvement in this important area.
||Club Administration: Steve Harthill listed the areas which come under the jurisdiction of this service, namely: The Bulletin ( a joint effort of the reporter, the editor and the web site administrator), the Meeting Room Set-Up (Doug M., & Neil M.), the Duty Roster, Attendance,
the Sergeant-at-Arms, Socials, and, last but not least, the Programs. With regard to tha latter, Steve would like input and suggestions. He also announced a new format, with speakers asked to provide a 20 minute talk to allow 10 minutes for discussion. Steve wishes to set aside the fifth meeting of each month for Vocational Visits. Bob Beauvais will be in charge of Vocational Visits. Steve also announced that there are plans for at least two fireside meetings
during the year as these are appreciated by new members.
|Membership Committee: Joan Peggs advised that we ended the year with 66 members in our club and although we now have 69 (already!) her goal is to end the year with 67. The areas Joan plans to focus on are mentoring,
involvement, retention, and guests at lunch. (Don’t be offended if you see a guest and a host from the committee going ahead of you at the buffet!) Thus hosts are to accompany their guests through the buffet so that guests are not left to find their way to a table where they usually end up sitting by themselves.
International Committee: Heather Aked
On-going projects this year are: Project Unity, Malawi (Christie Johnson’s girls’ school which is trying for a matching grant), Hands Across the Borders, Shelter Boxes, Polio Plus, Youth Exchange (Lynne Murray), and the Addis Ababa pre-school.
Foundation: Tav McPherson (who is also the Area Representative)
Tav pointed out that 1.2 million Rotarians have contributed an astounding $1.8 billion contribution worldwide. For example, Polio Plus, which so far has raised $680,000,000,
The Foundation’s local committee in Oak Bay has the very knowledgeable Neil Rawnsley and Dave Maxwell, with the District Chair being our own Joan Firkins (of MJH fame!)
Their goals are:
1) carry on with Polio Plus
2) every Rotarian, every year
3) Rotary centres for peace and conflict resolution
4) Re-connecting with Rotary alumni
Results: How much we give per capita:
--there are 5 clubs in the district who give over $300 per capita, of which 3 are Canadian. We are No. 2 in the area with $385 per capita; Parksville was No. 1 with $387.
Service Projects Committee:
Tom Lidkea & Joe Prentice - Co-chairs.
Fund-raising activities include: --
garage sale --golf tournament
--heritage home and garden tour --
tea party for 2008 --palm tree sales
Treasurer: David Sills . Areas include:
--operating costs --student costs --dues --committee budgets
--the budget will be set up and presented in early September.
David’s message was: PAY YOUR DUES!
These are merely the headings.
(See above references for details):
Participation; Meetings; Membership; Public Relations; Foundation;
International; Youth; Presidential Citation.
With this year’s theme: Rotary Shares.
Next Assembly will be on Sept. 18. All directors are reminded to get their reports posted on the web site and kept up to date.
with changes/ additions
to the Roster.
(including Post Code)