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 29, 2008, reported by Rod Sim. CLICK HERE for Print Version

Following a 2-minute warning, President Neil opened the meeting with a quote from 2003-2004 RI President Jonathan B Majiyagbe (Kano, Nigeria). In 5 short meetings President Neil has established a pattern of teaching the lessons of Rotary by quoting Rotary leaders past and present. This introduction was followed by singing the national anthem accompanied by Tom Lidkea on piano. Lynne Murray said grace. President Neil encouraged Club Members to follow visiting Rotarians and Guests to the buffet table to enjoy a lunch featuring salads and cannelloni.

Reporter’s Rumination: Club President Neil Rawnsley admitted today that he wasn’t sure how many milestones the Rotary Club of Oak Bay has passed. That got me thinking; our Club was chartered on July 24, 1974. Simple math yields the following information: 34 club presidents; and 1775 regular weekly meetings. (Eds’ note: this is Bulletin # 1690, not all meetings warranted a separate Bulletin.) One final statistic to ponder; more than 1 billion seconds have passed since we started. One important question to answer, “Have we spent our time wisely?”

Sergeant at Arms

Sergeant at Arms, Dallas Chapple, levied fines for a variety of misdemeanors and indictable offenses including a fine for members that still have not paid their annual dues. Tav was fined for looking too thin (maybe Dallas should get her eyes tested again!). Caught in a humorous ricochet, Dallas had to pay a general fine for any member sitting at a table with a guest (doh!).

boy Ron Cooley was missing. Birthday boy Giles Bixler was present and endured some bad singing. Wynn Taylor accepted an anniversary card for 28 years of perfect marriage attendance. Tom Croft . . . oops got upstaged by David Philip. Both David Philip and Peter Johannknecht received happy anniversary cards. At long last a mildly impatient (and interrupted) Tom Croft contributed a total of $61 plus $1 in celebration of some happy birthday (the singing was better; proving that patience is a rewarded virtue). Mark Bedford was happy to donate $1 for tardiness.

Tav Macpherson
donated $1 in recognition of the 100th anniversary of “SOS”. SOS (“· · · — — — · · ·”) is the International Morse code distress signal. From the beginning, the SOS distress signal has actually consisted of a continuous sequence of three-dits/three-dahs/ three-dits, all run together without letter spacing. In International Morse Code, three dits form the letter S, and three dahs make the letter O, so “SOS” became an easy way to remember the correct order of the dits and dashes.

Convention 2009



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Guest Speaker, Bent Harder: Rotaplast

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Brian Lamb

Peter Norman, President, Victoria; Realtor;
Bent Harder, Guest Speaker, Courtenay, Sr. Active.
Don McKimmie, Victoria, Sr. Active.
Gerry Lundgren, Lion’s Club, guest of Don McKimmie


Peter Norman Neil Rawnsley
President to President!


Peter Johannknecht introduced the guest speaker, Rotarian Bent Harder. Harder has been a member of the Rotary Club of Courtney for 45 years and was Club President in 1972-1973. Harder arrived in Canada as a penniless immigrant from Denmark. His arrival by boat (Pier 23 in Halifax) was remarkably similar to our own Nels Granewall including the month of arrival (February 1951). Since his retirement in 1994, Harder has participated in five Rotaplast missions: Philippines; China; Venezuela; El Salvador; and Peru.

Rotaplast is a word coined from “Rota”ry and “plast”ic surgery. The statistics for these five missions include: 1141 patients; 1795 procedures; and $6.2 million in donated surgical services. Through pictures and personal stories Rotarian Harder communicated the personal satisfaction of helping those less fortunate. Of particular interest were pictures of our own Lynne Murray with the Rotaplast mission in El Salvador in April 2006. Don O’Coffey thanked Rotarian Harder on behalf of the Club.

Rotaplast International, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Dr. Angelo Capossi and the then Rotary Club President Peter Lagaris in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco to facilitate a surgical program in La Serena, Chile to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomaly who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention. This initial historic mission took place in January of 1993. As a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, and for the first three years of its existence, Rotaplast completed one surgical mission a year. The following two years, Rotaplast completed two missions a year. In 1996, Rotaplast became a separate non-profit corporation and has since consistently expanded its number of annual missions. In May 2008 Rotaplast sent its 124th mission and to date has served over 10,000 children. 18 countries have hosted Rotaplast teams, including Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Romania, China, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Brazil and the Philippines. For more information on Rotaplast visit and

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Making Dreams Real - ROTAPLAST. Thanks Bent

Ted Harrison donated a sad dollar on the passing of his friend “Fenwick”. James Fenwick Lansdowne OC, OBC (1937-2008) was a self-taught Canadian wildlife artist. Lansdowne was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. His first show was at the Royal Ontario Museum in 1956. Lansdowne’s detailed watercolours of birds are similar in style to the work of John James Audubon - often featuring a specific species against a largely white background - but his subjects tend to display a greater life-like quality and more natural postures than Audubon’s. Ted Harrison’s number was drawn (#599) and he plucked the white marble for a grand total of $25. Congratulations Ted!



September 12, 2008, Victoria Area Rotary Clubs Rotary Lunch with Special Guests, D K Lee, 2008-2009 RI President, and Tom Henderson, Founder & CEO of Shelterbox. Delta Ocean Point Resort Tickets $75 includes tax receipt of $40.


Have We Spent Our Time Wisely?
During the last 1 billion seconds (34 years) what has the Rotary Club of Oak Bay accomplished? Has it been beneficial to all concerned? Of course it has! There have been hundreds and hundreds of accomplishments directly and indirectly. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has challenged Rotary International to complete the eradication of polio with a $100 million grant. It’s up to us and the other 32,000+ Rotary clubs to surpass that challenge. If we do our part, if we meet this and other humanitarian challenges that we face, then others may recognize that we have spent our time wisely.

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