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
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)
Program for June 8, 2010. Reported by Joan Firkins.
Photos: GSE TEAM John Edgell & Jack Petrie; Oak Bay Tea Party: Corey Burger

President Vicky opened the meeting with some very sentimental ‘goodbye’ music in reference to her last full meeting as President. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Tom Lidkea did an admirable job of playing O Canada and Pablo Diemecke gave an inspirational invocation.

We were treated to a reading of the Four Way Test by the visiting German GSE Team Leader, Achim Siebert.

Gary Nazar completed his stint as Sergeant at Arms and in order for all of us to remember his last ‘act’, he managed to secure some hefty fines from 3 Rotarians who shall remain nameless. A number of fines were levied and a number of members contributed happy and sad dollars but this paled in comparison to Gary's barbed wit... some might say remeniscent of Don Rickles(Ed. comment).

Our guest from the Saanich club, Kurt Rudzewski, spoke of an opportunity for people to participate in a boating get-together of the Boating Rotarians Fellowship on July 1st at Montague Harbour on Galiano Island. This is an exciting day of fellowship activities and good food at a cost of only $20 for a spectacular choice of meals. The event is open to everyone and if you are interested in attending contact Kurt Rudzewski at

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Rotary helps Guatemala

John S. may have told you of the destructive forces of nature on Guatemala this past week - first fhere was the eruption of a volcano then Tropical Storm Agatha brought more death and destruction. You'll be pleased to know that 112 ShelterBoxes have been sent (from Cornwall) to help Guatemalan victims of flooding and mudslides. The storm, last Saturday, left more than 150 people dead and 94,000 homeless. ShelterBox is to send about 500 boxes in total.

GSE Germany Team

Joe Prentice introduced the German GSE Team (pictured above) and between the four of the team members (aged 27-31) they provided a wonderful overview of many of the facets of life in Germany and of some of the statistical differences between Canada, the US and Germany.

  • Germany has a focus on cars, energy supply, political leaders, cruise ship construction, business and agriculture.
  • The lifestyle and culture aspects are similar to ours: Beck’s Beer is an international powerhouse and is sold in over 100 countries; soccer is a huge sport; tourism with regard to windsurfing and sailing is also a big draw.
  • Some interesting notes: Kindergarten’s are virtually empty in Germany as there is currently an average of only 1.37 children in a family; shopping or cutting the grass is not allowed on Sunday and men must do one year of military or social service.

The team so far has been on 20 vocational visits, they have traveled 1,200 miles over road and water, have made 7 presentations, had 6 outdoor trips and have been to 5 Tim Hortons and 11 Starbuck’s! They neglected to mention they attended the District Conference in Longview, Washington last weekend!
Their parting comment: Thank you so much – friendship makes the world peaceful.

GSE TEAM Germany

The GSE team was thanked by Tom Lidkea. They then presented banners to President Vicky, who in turn presented each member with a club banner and a coveted mug as a memento of their visit to the Rotary Club of Oak Bay.

Below: Oak Bay Tea Party photos by Corey BurgerTea Party Ron Cooley

Oak Bay Tea Party

Oak Bay Tea Party

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by John Edgell

Kurt Rudzewski visiting from the Saanich club and the German GSE Team comprised of Achim Siebert, Team Leader, and Nicole, Nils, Jennifer and Alexander, all who were a delight to have at our meeting.


Joan Peggs reminded us all of the Installation Night next Tuesday (no meeting during the day) – drinks at 6:15/dinner at 7:00 at the Uplands Golf Course - $45 for dinner and if you haven’t got your tickets yet please call Joan right away! This is a night of celebrating President Vicky’s year and of welcoming the incoming Board for 2010-11 – let’s show our support by being there!

Will Carter gave a report on the Oak Bay Tea Party (see photos by Corey below) which netted $1,100 for the fundraising account! Thanks to all who volunteered both their time and their talent!

John Snively spoke of a project in Guatemala that he and Tricia will be involved in in the New Year and he passed the hat for those who wished to contribute to a worthwhile humanitarian cause.


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No Lunchtime Meeting JUNE 15 - Installation Dinner - Uplands at 6.15PM (Dinner at 7.00)
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 22 Interact RYLA
June 29 Kinsol Trestle Rehabitation

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