Program for July 18, 2006, reported by Les Canty
Club member, Giles Bixler, spoke on Beliefs in Conflict
President Tav opened the meeting by calling on Tom Lidkea to lead us in O Canada and Mark Bedford to say grace.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Barbara Bristol:
Judd Buchanan, Harbourside, Resort Development;
Robert Jones, Walton Norfolk, U.K., Insurance;
Jim Porter, Calgary South, S/A.
Alexandra Fitsowitch was the guest of Mark B.,
Patricia Jones of husband Robert,
Gery Turpin of Angele Munro
Marion Banz, Exchange Student, was the guest of the Club.
Health: Mary updated us on Lorna’s condition; she is suffering intense back pains but would welcome phone calls. Mary is taking her a bouquet from the Club for her birthday. Cards were circulated for Bert for his loss of a brother, and Leslie, whose husband Dave was injured in a motorcycle accident in Oregon and who is now in a Portland hospital.
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Friday August 25th at Cordova Bay. Please contact Dave Maxwell or Lori McLeod if you can help, and Ron Cooley if you can be a Hole Sponsor
These are our major fundraisers;
it is hoped all members can help.
Visitor from the UK, Robert Jones
Les circulated a sign-up sheet for additional volunteers for the Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour on August 19.
Golf Tournament: Lori, after stating that in response to 170 letters to gain interest, there were 50 responses, 23 players, and 10 sponsors already on side. But as they have room for 144 golfers, she urged all club members to recruit players, at $150 each including all events, to donate and ask business firms to donate suitable prizes such as golf T-shirts, as well as smaller items for field prizes (for such items as the ball closest to the pin, etc.)
Mark indicated that the Rotary garage sale would be held on July 29. Items for sale should be brought to his home; volunteers are needed on Friday, July 28, to sort and price items, as well as during the sale and afterwards for the clean-up.
President Tav stressed the importance of our active support for all these activities which make up our major annual fund-raising activities. He declared Pablo as Rotarian of the week and urged all members to enjoy an evening of excellent music at Pablo’s final concert of this series on July 22. Pablo will be given the rotary bookmark as a token of the award.
Tav also reported that he had attended two key Rotary meetings recently: The Vancouver Chinatown club at which RI president-elect Wilf Wilkinson spoke, (Wilf is from Ontario), and The Port Townsend club, home of our new DG Eric Frederickson, when that club was presented with the District Governor home club banner.
Sergeant-at-arms, Mark Beford, began with a mistake by trying to fine himself for being late with his dues, when he was not yet late. His method of atoning for his carelessness was to announce that a $2 fine per week would be levied on late payers. He successfully nicked Bill Sharlow for publicity (a 65th anniversary photo); Ben Anderson for pretending that bribing youth with free tickets was “a positive inducement to good behavior”; several members for lateness, and Giles Bixler for being late as a greeter.
Cards were given to Bill Sharlow (anniversary) and to Lorna and Joan Peggs for birthdays, along with a reminder that the original intent of the cards was to provide a convenient container
for a donation for club activities.
Happy and sad $$. Several members expressed their happiness at various events: Past D. G. Joan happily showed us a certificate given to Joan Peggs for being the largest donator to the Walk/Run for polio. Barbara expressed her pleasure that Mayor Lowe had recognized Pablo’s contribution to the city with a certificate of recognition. Jim, that his Royal Roads students has donated $50 to Rotary Foundation in Jim’s name; that his mother had celebrated her 90th birthday after heart attacks and a stroke; and that he was hosting guests from all over. Ted Harrison, that Irene had opened his new studio on Oak Bay Avenue. David Philip, that Ben & the O.B. Police responded so quickly to a report of a break-in. Pablo, that so many members of the Club had attended his concert last Saturday. Carl, that he has returned from Ontario and recovered from his cancer; that his wife and 2 sons are now with him here; and that he will be inducted into the UWO sports hall of fame in September. Ben, that this Saturday the O.B. Police will celebrate the centennial with a BBQ at their HQ and that the RCMP helicopter will attend, 9-3 pm. All are invited to attend.
To ensure an honest draw, Mark’s grandson, Alexander, drew the winning ticket. It was won by new Rotarian, Therese, who drew the white marble, for a total of $164 in winnings.
| Guest Speaker: Mary Canty introduced one of our members, Giles Bixler. Giles started by distributing slips of paper containing 5 names - and indicating that we would be asked to rate each of these - the characters in a story he was about to tell - in order from most to least objectionable. The ratings showed that a considerable range of opinions were held, telling us clearly that our responses to actions come largely from gut-level responses, something that MRI scans have verified. Since our strongest emotional response is the desire to be connected, but our culture tends to stress independence and self-sufficiency, the opportunities for conflict are many. We must reconcile the need to soften or avoid conflict with the need to hold to our beliefs. To do this we must be open, at least mentally, to opposing views - in short, to be inclusive of and receptive to other points of view without being wishy-washy.Mark Bedford expressed the thanks of the Club for Gile’s thought-provoking remarks.
Programs for July and August
||Ben Andersen: China Experience
||Constable Paul Brookes - Constable Brookes is with the Victoria police. He sponsors a Teen retreat to countervail racism.
||Ken Stratford - The current and future economic prospects for Victoria.
||Vocational Talks: Steve Harthill and Therese Eley
||Maureen Fritz-Roberts. Rotary theme.
||Club Assembly - in the Snug.
Roster July / August, 2006
JULY Cashier: B Andersen; 50-50: J Peggs
August Cashier: R Sim ; 50-50: P Diemecke
15 August Vocational talks. Therese Ely & Steve Harthill.
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President Elect - Jack Petrie
Past President - David Maxwell
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