Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2007-2008 Rotary International Theme: Rotary Shares
District 5020 Governor 07-08: Norm Watts
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Program for June 3, 2008, reported by Heather Aked. CLICK HERE for Print Version
Photos by Will Carter
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Treasurer, David Sills, doing what he does best!

President Jack opened the meeting by letting us know that June is Fellowship Month and providing us with some definitions. O Canada was sung a cappello and Mark Bedford said grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests, introduced by Irene Davie:

Sharon Haigh, Accounting, President of the Somer Valley Rotary Club
and Bob Haigh, Wells Rotary Club, Optometry, were visiting from Somerset, England.
Colin Smith, Royal City Rotary Club;
Liz Ashton, Harbourside, Education - College;
Philip Waldrop, Downtown Statesboro, Georgia, and Jeanette Waldrop.

Jim Burrows
, Speaker, was the guest of the Club.

Neil Rawnsley spoke to us about the District Conference that took place this past weekend (May 29th – June 1st). Nels Granewall, Lynne Murray and Joan Firkins also attended the Conference. Neil proudly announced and presented a District Governor’s award to Lorna Curtis for duty above and beyond. Nels also received a service award for his tireless work on the Rotary scholarship programs (Ambassadorial and Peace and International Understanding).


President Jack received the Rotary Shares – Presidential Citation; award and last but certainly not least, Neil let us know that our Past District Governor, Joan Firkins received two awards – the Polio Plus World Service Award and the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. This particular award isn’t handed out lightly and Joan was the only one in District 5020 to receive it. Joan we are so proud of you – congratulations!



Neil also announced that the sign-up sheet for the Installation Dinner will be circulated over the next few weeks. The dinner will take place on Wednesday July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Uplands Golf Course. It will be a buffet dinner with a b.b.q. - selection is steak, chicken or vegetarian (please indicate your preference). The cost is $40 per person.

Will Carter was pleased that all slots in the roster for the Oak Bay Tea Party have been filled.
Joan Peggs has Smile Cards for those lacking them.

Banner Exchanges: Sharon Haigh from Somer Valley R.C., Somerset England and Philip Waldrop from Downtown Statesboroo, Georgia, exchanged banners.

Sergeant-at-Arms, Brian Lamb, began the session by fining any and all who were in line to get lunch before our English visitors. Tom Croft made a down payment on his fines with his remaining ‘pennies’ and was also fined for his shameless advertising of his profession last week and for the $100 gift certificate at British Importers that he received (from where wasn’t announced). Tom threw in $5.00. Joan Peggs was fined for excessive e-mailing – Joan threw in $4.00 and blamed it on a gimpy computer. Ted Harrison was fined for having his picture in the paper and no sign of a Rotary pin. General fines were issued to anyone not signed up to help at the Oak Bay Tea Party and for those who have not as yet got their Thrifty Smile Card.
Birthday wishes
went out to Jerry McLean and Foster Isherwood (recognized a couple of weeks ago and here today to collect his card), and anniversary wishes to John Picken.
Happy and sad $$ from Hans for recent heart surgery, Neil R for the 13 suitcases that the Norwegian GSE team had to try and get back to Seattle, David P a battery check on his pacemaker preventing him from helping out at the OB Tea Party, Ola for all the great people she’s met during the past year and for the best year ever, Lynn – sad that Ola’s leaving on the 25th and lastly Joan a happy dollar for the best looking exchange student ever!
David Philip won the draw for $15.

Guest Speaker

Perry Bamji introduced our guest speaker, James Burrows. Jim has a long list of accomplishments including working from 1990 to 2001 in the City of Victoria’s Information and Privacy Commission. He is currently with the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner, an office of the BC Legislature acting as an oversight body in the following three areas:
1) Freedom of Information and Privacy Act – which allows individuals more access to government information;
2) To ensure that public bodies & government look after that information carefully so that it’s not just passed around; and
3) Lobbiest Registry Act – which is more of a sideline of the Commissioner.
Jim Burrows

Jim was here to talk to us about the Personal Information Protection Act. The Act covers a wide range of groups from business owners, religious organizations, unions, and charitable organizations, to sporting groups. The Act states that these organizations have an obligation to look after personal information properly. For example, the loyalty card program – once the information is collected, what do they do with it? This information belongs to you – are they selling it?
Canada’s Act came about as a direct result of EU directive which stated that they wouldn’t do business with organizations that weren’t going to look after personal information.
The US with its ‘safe harbour’ policy has not adopted the same legislation but a rather patchwork legislation that is more reactive than proactive. It is a Federal Act, however the provinces are able to enact their own legislations as long as it’s consistent. BC & Alberta have very similar legislation, although BC covers more groups. Again the purpose here is to recognize the fact that when you take someone’s information you’re going to take care of it in a proper way. Therefore, you should only take what you need. For example, if you need to verify who someone is, look at the information (i.e. driver’s license) but don’t take the number down.
Jim gave us a few more examples and fielded some questions. If you need to complain feel free to call the Commissioner at 387-5629 or see their website

Lori McLeod thanked Jim for an interesting talk that affects all of us.


Jack Petrie

President Elect:
Neil Rawnsley

Past President:
Tav Macpherson

Victoria Pitt

David Sills

Neil Rawnsley

Public Relations:
Tricia Timmermans

Tav Macpherson

Joan Peggs

Service Projects:
Tom Lidkea
Joe Prentice

Heather Aked

Sergeants @ Arms:
Brian Lamb

Lynne Murray

For complete list, click here

June 10 Sara McLaughlin: "Interact"
June17 Lily Wallace "Creative Peace Mural Society"
June 24

Jack Petrie: "A Retrospective"

July 2 Installation Dinner Wednesday Evening Meeting - Uplands Golf Club
10-June ? Bristol Carter Canty Carrigan
17-June Chapple Chambers Croft Curtis Davie
24-June ? Edgell Firkins Force Froese
June Cashier: COOLEY; 50-50 BIXLER
Tav Macpherson - Macpherson Bradford Group Ltd. Chartered Financial Consultant Life Plan Victoria BC Jim Force Free-lance Educator Ted Harrison Gallery - serigraphs posters porcelain calendars art cards books mugs plates victoria bc David Philip, D.D.S. John Picken - Lifestyles Travel Plus travel agency victoria bc Ted Harrison Gallery Joan Peggs - The Woodbury - furnished short term rental accommodation victoria bc Jack Petrie - Newport Realty - Victoria BC Houses for sale Angele Munro - Remax Realty - houses for sale victoria bc Tom Croft Royal LePage real estate houses for sale Victoria BC Rod Sim Inc. Chartered Accountant - Certified Financial Planner - Victoria BC Tav Macpherson - Macpherson Bradford Group Ltd. Chartered Financial Consultant Life Plan Victoria BC Victoria Pitt - Salmond Ashurst Family Law Mediator Barristor Solicitor Notary Public - Victoria BC John Snively - USANA Health Sciences nutritional supplements weight management skin care victoria bc Jim Force Free-lance Educator Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry Dr. David Philip DDS Dentistry David Philip DDS Dentistry
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