Program for July 25, 2006, reported by Ron Cooley
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President Tav presided, O Canada was sung a cappella, and Ted Chambers said grace.
Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Tricia Timmermans :
Bill Randall, Gulf Breeze, Fl., Business Consultant;
Ian McKenzie, Brentwood Bay, NHL Management;
Dean Singh, Visalia, Calif., Meditation;
Jim Porter, Calgary South, S/A.
Darcy Haddock was the guest of Neil Madsen and
Donna Blackstock of Joan Firkins.
Bookmark Rotarian of the Week was Nels Granewall for his stirling work as our Exchange Student Officer.
BELOW: Nels presents the German flag to returning student, Marion Banz
Garage Sale at Mark's on Saturday - Still need volunteers--Drop off goods until Friday at 7pm.
David -- Reminder about volunteers needed for Home & Garden Tour.
Sponsors - Who do you know who would like to support ElderCare and Oak BayRotary Golf Tournament? Please pass their name on to Ron. Golfers also needed, Who do you know? Also need volunteers and prizes as listed by Lori. These are our major fund raisers so PLEASE help out on one of them.
Volunteers are needed on the day.
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if you can help.
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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.
MARION BANZ RETURNS TO GERMANY
Exchange Student Talk:
Marion Banz spoke about her experiences. She said she had a great time and loved Victoria. She packed some wonderful trips into her stay, starting with her orientation trip to Port Hardy with the other students. She also went to Disneyland, Oregon, Cuba with ski trips to Mount Washington, Whistler and Kimberly, all of which were great experiences. When she had concluded, Nels presented her with the flag of Germany
and thanked her for being a wonderful student.
Banner Exchange---Dean Singh, from Visalia, CA, presented us with his Club's Banner, and received Oak Bay Rotary's Banner in return.
Mark Beford levied the following fines:
Bob Beauvais - Last one in;
$1 to everyone who did not attend at least one of the open houses for Oak Bay Police and Firefighters or Ted Harrison’s new studio;
$1 for not personally greeting at least 1 visitor;
Tom Croft for Flyer at S-A-A’s house;
$1 for not knowing the motto of Oak Bay
Birthday’s: Ron - Belated: Lorna and Tsuyoshi;
Happy $s: Tom Croft --Daughter Jennith has returned from Europe in 1 piece except for stepping on broken bottle in Greek Bar; Lorna Happy $50 for Birthday; Ron $50 to Foundation for Birthday; David Philip - Happy $ re Ted’s new studio --Ted suggested a visit to the Dentist after you visit his studio--Is there a large fine for shameless promotion?
Tricia is off to visit her granddaughter; Irene for surviving the last 5 days; Mark paid for his disparaging remark about Irene’s accent; Tom Croft won the Draw.
|Guest Speaker: Tom Croft introduced our own Chief of Police,
|Ben spoke about his trip to China and why he was invited to present a paper on the criminal justice system. Ben is the chair of the national Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police - Crime Prevention Committee and also represents the BC Association of Chiefs of Police on the National Joint Committee. China is currently undergoing a huge law reform. Ben left Canada on May 26 for Hong Kong for two days of sight seeing and photo opps with pictures of the Rotary art and the Hong Kong Police station. He described the fantastic
architecture, humidity, pollution, traffic - no horns - illegal except in emergency, small expensive apartments with laundry hanging from balconies and the sheer number of people (7 million) in an area twice the size of Oak Bay. May 28: Delegation included a Who’s Who of the Canadian Justice System. Ben managed to create an International incident by smuggling oranges into Main Land China. Left for Guangzhou (6 million people) about 3 hours away on a 1st class train thru the country side; many low income apartments. They stayed in a 5-Star hotel, then off to visit Panyu Prison which houses 4000 prisoners in a manicured environment where you could eat off the parking lot. Run like the RCMP training facility--spit and polish formations. Canada only has 12,000 prisoners in tota! Photo # 3 was a photo of the Governor and Staff. The Governor took a shine to our Chief (who doesn’t?) at the Luncheon. Everyone waits for the Governor to make the first move such as lighting up a smoke, eating, etc. Ben made his presentation on the criminal justice system to the Guangdong Justice Department
(about 80 people) through a translator. They were very interested in police and police involvement in the community. On May 30, they flew to Beijing and went on a tour of the Sunshine Community Correction Centre and made a presentation to officials. They wanted to know about parole. They speak the right language of human rights. They are very proud of the facility, Louise Arbour from the UN had visited and they have photos of her on the wall. The highlight of the trip was the Great Wall except for the aggressive hawkers who even grab you. He visited Tiananmen square (17th anniversary) and the cotton market. Attended a symposium on China’s Criminal Justice system which was attended by the Ambassador and the Chief Justice of the People’s Court. Huge push in China for human rights by the judges and academia. Currently 75+ offences punishable by the death penalty but the number is to be reduced. Also “confessions” extorted by torture are used as evidence. Conclusion: a wonderful opportunity to have contributed in a small way to China’s reform of criminal law and justice.
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
President - Tav Macpherson
President Elect - Jack Petrie
Past President - David Maxwell
Secretary - Leslie Rogers-Warnock
Treasurer - Brian Lamb
Administration - Barry Mutter
Public Relations - Tricia Timmermans
Foundation - David Maxwell
Membership - Jack Petrie
Service Projects - Dallas Chapple
International - Jim Force
Sergeants @ Arms -
Mark Bedford & Ben Andersen
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