President David opened the meeting by quoting excerpts from R.I. President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar's address to R.I.’s 97th annual convention in Copenhagen. He noted that, during his term, R.I. had expanded into China (two clubs) and made plans to expand into Cuba, Kosovo, Laos and Vietnam. He said that Rotary needs to take a look at its rules, and if they are not being used, then eliminate them.
Turning to membership,
he wants women to make up 52%, the gender ratio in the worldwide population. Furthermore, Rotary must increase the number of its younger members. “If we don’t, in 30 years there will be no Rotary”. With regard to Rotary’s role in the world, he said it should be the same as what former U.N. Sec.-Gen Dag Hammarskjold said should be the U.N.’s, not to bring humanity to heaven but to save it from hell. After this, Tom Lidkea played O Canada & Angele Munro said grace.
Rotarian of the Week was Will Carter for his efforts to establish
our booth at the Oak Bay Tea Party. Will thanked all who helped out, especially those who took over when he had to leave town; he reported that we cleared $1,800.
At this point, Pres. David deviated from the agenda and did announcements, thus mucking up the reporting. However, your editor will record matters in the proper order!
Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Neil Rawnsley:
Lou Leonhardt, Dawson Creek Sunrise, S/A.;
Jim Porter,Calgary S., S/A.;
Bruce Binch, Thunder Bay, Accounting;
Steve Harthill was the guest of Jack;
Graeme Bristol was the guest of Barbara
Therese Eley, Sales & Communication for the O.B. B. Hotel, was the guest of Tricia Timmermans.
We had two guests from the B.C. Cancer Foundation: Laura Walsh, Director of Development, and our guest speaker, Dr. Ivo Olivotto
Pablo Diemecke announced that as as a result of entertainments put on by the Mexican Circle of Victoria (including himself) part of the proceeds, $58, was given to the Club.
Mozart Concerts: John Snively announced that Pablo is putting on a series of Mozart concerts at Christ Church Cathedral; July 8, 15 and 22. His brother is coming up from Mexico to join him.
Golf Tournament: Registration cards are now here and will be available at all meetings.
Installation Dinner: There was considerable argy-bargy between the irrepressible Jack Petrie and President David about how many presidents the Club had had, and what the significance was for the forthcoming dinner. The upshot was that David is the 31st and in honor of a great 31 years, that is all the dinner will cost members and guests, even though the cost to the Club will be $37. See Jack’s e-mail for all the details. June 27 at 6:30 for 7:30 at the Uplands Golf Course. Sign up today!
Garage Sale: Mark Bedford has slated it for the last Saturday in July.
Charitable Status: Pres. David announced that Vicki Pitt is working hard on setting up a charitable foundation for our Club. The benefits will be great.
||Sergeant-at-Arms Dallas Chapple was on the hunt for loonies and toonies with an assortment of fines. The men all liked the one for not wearing pink. Maybe they will think pink now and again. Lorna returned from holidays (big tour of Europe) to find a dead fridge in her kitchen. She bought a new one but then just had to get a matching dishwasher, sort of like shoes & purse, she explained.
An anniversary for John & Kathy Pickens; birthdays for Barry Mutter & Jim Force.The draw weas won by Don O’Coffey, but no white marble.
Guest Speaker, introduced by Barry Mutter
Dr. Ivo Olivotto is a staff physician and research scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. He explained that while patient care is paid for by the government, research, both facilities, and operating costs come from private sources, especially the B.C. Cancer Foundation and grants to researchers. He structured his talk around three themes, prevention, early detection and treatment. Prevention is largely a matter of life styles, as we all know. He described their research into early detection of ovarian cancer, which is usually detected too late. With the aid of their antibody production facility, they hope to develop a sensitive
test for blood proteins “leaked” by the tumour. Because of this expertise, the Canary Foundation awarded $1 M which will allow the BC Cancer agency’s Deeley Research Centre to collaborate with researchers throughout the Pacific N.W. of the U.S.A. He also described some of their improvements to radiation treatment and their recent implementation
of videoconferencing for cancer patients at remote locations to benefit from diagnosis and consultation with oncologists in Victoria.
The speaker was thanked by Hans Ockermueller.