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)
Installation Dinner, June 15, 2010. Reported by Giles Bixler. Photos by John E. and Tricia T.

Oak Bay Rotary’s annual changing of the guard Tuesday night at the Uplands Golf Club was led off by none other than John Mager, pipe major at Government House, who piped us into the dining room. After pleasant socializing over steaks and chicken served up by club staff, we were serenaded by Vic High grad Alison Roberts with the power and clarity she has been developing in the Victoria Opera program accompanied by Evan Crofton, lead piano in the Oak Bay High Jazz ensemble. Evan’s solo on Misty was a jazz dream, capturing the spirit of Erroll Garner with a rousing final push from Art Tatum. Both kids are going places!

Alison and Evan
Vicky and John

Evan and Alison ....... and ....... John and Vicky

In her swan song, outgoing President Victoria Pitt, seen above with incoming president, John Edgell, voiced her relief at her year’s end with the words her captain in the Navy used when they made it in to port: “We got away with it.”

Vicky then ran through a long list of thank-yous that made one realize how much the club accomplished during her year in office. Her favourites included David Philip’s Auld Lang Syne, Jim Force’s Decade of Giving concept (and his Shelterbox campaign), this year’s Rotary board (“my dream board”), Peter Lawrie’s social services committee work, Joan’s excellent Italian night idea and execution (and her support crew!), Gary Nazar’s successful no-budget press coverage campaign, Perry Bamji’s concept to address the club’s annual budget shortfall, Tav Macpherson for his fundraising and Foundation work, Neil Rawnsley for his sage advice, Leslie for her light, amusing touch as sergeant at arms, Heather Aked and Lorna Curtis for planning so much social activity, Giles Bixler and Tricia Timmermans for the bulletin (Trish from wherever she happens to be in the world).

She saved her last thank you for John Edgell for stepping up and taking on the presidency for this coming year and so it became his turn to speak.

John spoke primarily of how we will work to help children, both internationally and at home. At home, John hopes we will help mostly with literacy and role modeling activities. We will continue to work with the Interactors from Oak Bay High and possibly another school this year; John said he is hoping to encourage the high school students to contribute as role models in the primary schools.

In the less developed countries, kids need food and clean water as much as they need books. John spoke of our member John Jordan’s proposal, which he supports, of teaching a group in Rwanda to repair the shanties of widows and of building them  raised gardens and rabbit cages so they can provide food for their families and breed rabbits, and in the process become self-sufficient.

In addition to our new Memory Café project for elders in our community, John is hoping to reach out to the large group of citizens who work from home in Oak Bay, to invite them to enjoy the fellowship of our club and to share their knowledge of the professions. John’s vision is in line with Rotary president-elect Ray Klinginsmith’s theme for this year: “Building Communities, Bridging Continents.” John ended with a quote from the Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay in Mexico where he has spent some time: “If we all do a little we can do a lot.”

2010 Board of Directors

Then it was Past District Governor Joan Firkins’ turn to install this coming year’s board of directors, seen above minus Gary and Leslie. Joan also quoted President Klinginsmith’s theme for the year, saying that Rotary is uniquely equipped to “Build Communities and Bridge Continents.” She also choked us all up with Margaret Mead’s famous words: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that has.”

Then Past District Governor Joan installed this year’s board of directors and officers of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay. They are:

Officers: Directors:

Past President   

John Edgell
Joan Peggs
Lynne Murray

David Sills
Vicky Pitt 


Club Administration                  
Membership and PR Co-chairs    
International Service                     
Community Service                        

Leslie Rogers-Warnock
Jim Force and Gary Nazar
Tav MacPherson
Perry Bamji
Peter Lawrie

Upcoming Event: An opportunity To Meet RI President, Ray Klinginsmith, when he is the keynote speaker in Vancouver (Richmond) on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  Click here for more information and tickets. The dinner will be held at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. Tickets for the dinner are $85.00 per person; part of the funds go to The Rotary Foundation. You will also find a link here to the hotel information, President Ray’s bio and a tentative agenda.  Rotarians from District 5020, 5040, 5050 and 5060 have been invited to this celebration. Tickets are limited to 450.

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Cash Desk: Rawnsley; 50-50: Wakely
June 22 Interact RYLA
June 29 Kinsol Trestle Rehabitation

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