Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2009-2010 Rotary International Theme: The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for July 21, 2009, reported by Giles Bixler. CLICK HERE for Print Version
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Announcements

Assistant District Governor Tav MacPherson pinch-hit for president Vicki Pitt and seemed at first to have lost his authoritative touch with the assembled Rotarians, who were in a summery social mood and took a while to settle down and pay attention. With good humour, Tav prevailed, and after the opening formalities he introduced Public Relations Committee chair Gary Nazar for a presentation of the committee's goals and strategies for the coming year. Gary announced that his committee plans to produce a list of highlights of the Oak Bay Rotary club's activities each month and send it out to all local media. He also asked Oak Bay Rotarians to mount a personal word-of-mouth campaign to get the word out about all the good work we do, advising all members to talk up what our club is doing to their friends and acquaintances.

Jack Petrie then announced Ballgame Day, inviting all members to attend the closing game of the Victoria Seals on Sunday, August 23rd at Royal Athletic Park. Tickets are $12, and game time is at 1:30 p.m. Jack advised getting to the park at noon to be sure of getting a seat.

OAK BAY ROTARIANS!
A word from your PR Committee:

Get the word out about all
the good things we do. Talk to your friends and associates about what you do and what other club members, committees and the Foundation do to make this a better world. This really is an extraordinary organization with a tremendous track record ... we need to get the word out about Rotary.

 

Guest Speaker

Lynne Murrary introduced our speakers for the day, two Canadian university students, Chris Pallai and Marc Sorrie (seen below receiving the legendary mugs from Tav and Barry) who are working with the RCMP this summer spreading the word about what citizens can do to prevent money laundering.

Marc Sorie Chris Pallai

Chris and Marc began by quizzing us on our money laundering awareness. Using the latest Press-a-button technology we found out that most of us knew that marijuana is British Columbia's biggest business. Our two guests painted a picture of how this makes BC a mecca of money laundering. Marijuana is a cash crop and the growers and sellers all deal in cash. Their problem is how to make all that cash look legitimate. Our guests described many of the subterfuges dealers and growers use to conceal the source of all their illegally earned cash. Many involve purchases of goods that can then be resold to give the appearance of legitimate income. Another maneuver the speakers described was buying a property at below market value and convincing the seller to accept an additional payment in cash. Possibly the most common laundering method is to deposit cash in bank accounts or buy bank drafts in amounts under $10,000. The law requires us to report any suspicious transaction involving $10,000 or more. Laundered money provides financial support for drug traffickers, terrorists, arms dealers and other criminals in the billions of dollars. Laundered money can be used to create businesses that appear legitimate but create unfair competition for truly legitimate businesses. Our guests' advice was to be careful in dealing in any transaction involving large amounts of cash. In short, the talk covered:
• Why criminals launder money
• The methods money launderers use
• How to identify a suspicious transaction
• How your business can be used to facilitate the laundering process
• The role of FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada)

For more information visit this site.

Barry Mutter thanked Chris and Marc for their interesting and informative talk.

RCMP

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Lori Mcleod

Kathy Westover, Neenah, Wisconsin;

Margaret Trussler, Edmonton;

Chris Pallai and Marc Sorrie, speakers and guests of the club.

Sergeant-at-Arms
Tom Croft filled in for Leslie. Carol, David P., and Gary were fined for leaving early last week, although Gary insists he paid up. Anyone who hadn't paid their dues not only had to pay up, but they had to stand up. Those who hadn't bothered to read the article and info on Money Laundering (today's talk) in the link Tricia sent last week had to pay up. Lynne's name was on Tom's list, but I couldn't read his handwriting - perhaps it meant she was the Secret Handshake. Jack and Ron B. were nailed for their colourful Hawaiian shirts, and finally the two Joans and Giles copped a fine for messing (or was it messing up) with the flags.

Happy & Sad Dollars
Joan Firkins had a few, as did Dallas and perhaps John Edgell. I'm picking the usual suspects. Anyone care to fill in the blanks ...?

Birthdays
Ron C. and Giles share a birthday next Monday, and Joan P. celebrates hers on Thursday.

50/50 Draw
I believe the winner was Brian who was in the money for $11.50.

Volunteers are needed for the August 16 Oak Bay Home and Garden Tour. Please contact Peter Lawrie. Click here for more information.

PROGRAMS
July 28

Garry Brooks - volunteering in Zambia and Mozambique www.africancommunityproject.com

August 4 Corey Burger: Bicycling in Oak Bay
August 11 Rebecca Vermeer: Eco-Kalan Stoves
August 18 Ellen Perkins: Canada World Youth
August 25 Cationa and Chris Harker - SUPPORT MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY IMPOSSIBLE” (SUPPORTING EDUCATION PROJECTS IN RURAL TANZANIA)
DUTY ROSTER
Date
GREETER &
SAY GRACE
GREETER &
INTRODUCE GUESTS

BULLETIN
MINUTES
HOST & INTRO. SPEAKER
THANK
SPEAKER
28-Jul
Diemecke
Edgell
Petrie
Johannknecht
O'Coffey
Cash Desk: Aked; 50-50: Best
August
04-Aug Pritchard Prentice Rawnsley Sills Philip
11-Aug Schopper Sim Lawrie Snively Toal
18-Aug Taylor Aked Bamji Beauvais Timmermans
25-Aug Best Beyer Carter Canty Chambers
Cash Desk: Firkins; 50-50: Timmermans
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