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 District Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for June 1, 2010. Reported by Ron Cooley

President Vicky opened the meeting with video clips on various fellowship committees, among them cycling and wine-tasting. (Comment from reporter Ron Cooley: Why not combine the two for some entertainment?) George filled in on the 4-Way test for Henry Minto.

There was Banner exchange with Nannette Stevenson from the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak, four hours West of Sydney in Australia. Nannette is a Past President and Charter member of that club.

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We may have to collect bottles in our neighbourhoods if Gary Nazar continues as Sergeant-at-Arms. He was very good at extracting cash. Vicky had 4 Directors at her table and all were happy to contribute. Both David Sills and John Snively were fined for having long hair - they saved it on hair cuts anyway. John Snively was fined (again!) for leaving Thailand without difficulty. Corey was fined for not knowing what day it was - he missed his duties as the bulletin editor last week. Vicky was fined for making election promises and not living up to them. (Who does?) She had promised a trip on her husband's Navy Ship. We may have trouble crowding onto his desk.

Happy $: Lorna just returned from a trip to San Francisco, LA and Montreal. Mary's son finished a contract in Cape Town and is now back in the Caribou. Ron won the Draw but left the final white marble and all the cash for the next contestant.

Dr.Tom Rippon
Photo: Corey Burger
Jim Force introduced our Speaker, Dr Tom Rippon, Associate Professor at Royal Roads University (Faculty of Management) and on faculty at Camosun College (Business Administration and Leadership Development programs). His theme was how the use of language perpetuates conflict, and nowhere more so than in Canada between the French and English.

The English references about Canada's French/English conflict state that New France was irredeemably corrupt. They believed that the English were correct and created a model society. Nowhere do they speak about the 9,000 Acadians who were displaced. The French stated that Wolfe spread fear and terror in the surrounding area. The defeat was seen by French Canadian Nationalism as catastrophic. A PHD at Laval stated that the French felt rejected and that some Quebecers vilify Montcalm. The view of the Catholic church contributed to the negative feeling toward the defeat for most Quebecers.

The English had a strong pragmatic description of history with a British Military focus. The French was more a reflection of emotions. They did not talk about losing. They felt they were forced to withdraw due to the 7-year war raging in Europe. The English felt they had superior tactics, seized on a weakness in the defenses, and surprised the French by climbing the cliffs which was main reason for the Victory. The French felt that it was not quite fair and was sneaky. They felt they lost their culture. Dr Rippon felt that we should teach history from a number of different perspectives and that then students would have a much more balanced outlook.

Lorna thanked the speaker. She said she wished she would have had more time to visit the historic sites on a recent visit to Quebec. She found that young people were moving toward a better understanding of each other. Let's hope so.

The following is a partial list of Dr. Rippon's CV:
Won a gold medal in 1974 winter games.
Canadian Peace Keeper Medal and UN Protection Force Medal.
Officer in Canadian Forces
Executive Officer for the BC Police Commission and BC Gaming Commission
Instructor for the Canadian Police College RCMP J Division

Professional Associations include:
International Peace Research Association
Society for the Study of Peace, conflict and violence
International Society for Research on Aggression American Psychological Association

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by
Ted Chambers

John Heraghty, Harbourside;
Jane Curry, Nanaimo;
Nannette Stevenson, Orange Daybreak, NSW, Australia.


Will Carter requested more help with the late shifts for the Oak Bay Tea Party this weekend. This is a big money maker, and is one of the best opportunities of the year for fellowship.

Tuesday June 8th is our GSE from Germany Day. Heather will host a pot luck BBQ. Please step up and help. 

Installation Dinner is on June 15 at the Uplands Golf Course at 6.30PM. Please sign up ASAP if you have not done so. This is another good opportunity for fellowship. It's a no host bar. Dinner at 7:30PM - Cost $45. Buffet - choice of entree: Steak, Chicken or Vegetarian. Please let Joan Peggs know: 1. if you will be attending, 2. number attending in your group, and 3. your selection of entree(s). Payment, by cheque (to the Rotary Club of Oak Bay), may be made ahead of time or at the dinner. Numbers must be in 72 hours prior to the event.

Tuesday June 8th is Vicky's last meeting as Commander in Chief. Lets see if she goes down with the ship.

June 2010 - Rotary Fellowships Month
20 - 23 Rotary International Convention, Montreal, Canada

08-Jun Diemecke Edgell Firkins Chapple Hayes
15-Jun Lawrie Johannknecht Lamb MacPherson Lidkea
22-Jun Maxwell Madsen McLeod McLean Murray
29-Jun McLaughlin  Nazar Mutter O'Coffey Ockermueller
Cash Desk: Rawnsley; 50-50: Wakely
June 8 German GSE TEAM
June 22 Interact RYLA
June 29 Kinsol Trestle Rehabitation

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