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 Nels Granewall. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil welcomed everyone promptly at 12:15 and started the meeting with an inspirational quote from Past R.I. President Charles W. Pettengill, given at the 1964 RI Convention in Toronto: At the Westinghouse laboratories in New York, an interesting experiment was conducted. A great bar of steel, eight feet long and weighing a half ton was suspended vertically from a chain;  parallel to it on a stout thread hung a cork from an ordinary bottle weighing perhaps half an ounce.  Again and again the small cork was swung against the huge steel bar.   For a long time the bar hung motionless but after 10 minutes a nervous chill seemed to go through the bar. Another two minutes and the chill turned into plainly visible vibrations.  Those vibrations increased in rapidity and in strength until after 25 minutes the great bar began to swing like the pendulum of a grandfather clock. 

Rotarians, you and your club projects may seem at times like the cork tapping against the bar, but tap you must, and if you tap long enough the bar will swing.

Tom Lidkea  played O Canada, and Tom Croft offered the Rotary invocation. 

Sergeant at Arms

Dallas was in "fine" form, and money flowed into the pots. Brian Lamb was fined for being late, but should have been excused since he just came from the dentist; Foster Isherwood and John Picken for talking; Giles Bixler and Wendie Hogarth for missing the future vision evening; Pablo for all that free cruising; and all those who had not yet paid their dues.


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Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Heather Aked

John Heraghty; Harbourside; Construction Financing.
Liz Ashton; Harbourside; Education-College.
The only other visitor was our guest speaker, Elin  Kelsey (seen below with President Neil), who was more fully introduced by Angele Munro.

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Dr. Elin Kelsey, who received her Ph.D in Science Education and International Environmental Policy from King's College (University of London), is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. She has more than  25 years of professional and academic experience in the fields of environmental communications and community-based research, and has served as Chief of Science Education at the Canadian Museum of  Nature, Director of Exhibits and Interpretation at the Vancouver Aquarium, and Manager of Interpretive Services at the Calgary Zoo.  Elin is also the award-winning author of 9 books including: Strange New Species; Canadian Dinosaurs, Finding out about Dinosaurs, Watching Giants, Finding out about Whales, and Saving Sea Otters.  

Elin came to talk to us about her involvement with the upcoming UN International Children's Conference in Korea in 2010. Dr. Kelsey shared  research she had conducted on childrens' perspective of the environment.  The term "Ecophobia" has been adopted to identify the gloomy messages about the environment which children are constantly facing, as opposed to the message of hope which she wants to instill in all children.  As an example, she showed a video produced by the students at Crofton House in Vancouver, where the girls had to provide positive views about the environment, and not show any negative aspects.  It was a truly inspiring video with lots of positive views on the environment.  She hopes to raise enough funds to take at least 10 local students with her to the conference in Korea. 

Sarah Murphy thanked the speaker on behalf of the club.



Lori McLeod reported that 66 golfers out of the 120 minimum required have so far signed up, so everyone needs to get behind this fund-raiser by finding more participants.  There are 14 hole sponsors, and again more sponsors are required.

President Neil reminded members that the tickets for the lunch with RI President D K Lee and Shelter Box Founder Tom Henderson are now available for $75, which includes a tax receipt for $40. 

He also indicated that there are still some advertising spaces available in the bulletin for $115. 

Finally, he mentioned that Tom Croft will be looking for sponsors for his ride for MS research. There being no other Rotary business to discuss, Tom Lidkea ended the meeting by playing "God Save the Queen".



Incoming treasurer George Pritchard reminds the 20 not-yet-paid-up members that annual dues are 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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Happy and Sad bucks came from Jack Petrie (sad to know that once again he would not win the draw); Pablo Diemecke (happy for being back with Rotary friends); President Neil (sad for some indiscretion that this reporter missed). Heather Aked (either sad or happy to tell the story about Alexander's haircut); Giles Bixler won the draw but could not find the white ball.

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