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 17, 2008, reported by John Snively. CLICK HERE for Print Version

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President Jack remarked that 18,000 Rotarians from around the world exemplified the June theme of Fellowship when they gathered at the Annual R.I. World Convention in L.A. last week. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Tav MacPherson said grace.

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Saying Goodbye to Ola - Irene and Sarah

Visiting Rotarians and Guests, introduced by Will Carter:

Craig MacKenzie, Red Deer Downtown, Real Estate.

Lily Wallace, our speaker, was the guest of Ted Harrison,
Myles Livingstone was the guest of Don O’Coffey,
Betty Pitt of Vicky Pitt,
Colleen Force of Jim Force.
And last, but not least, Dave Thomson, Principal of Oak Bay High School, was the guest of Ola Chajelica, our Exchange Student.

Installation Dinner sign-up sheet will be circulated only at the next meeting. 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.

President Jack reminded members that there were ballots on each table for voting for the “Rotarian of the Year” for our Oak Bay Club but all current officers were ineligible. These could be handed in to Joan Peggs or the selection could be emailed.

Golf Classic.
David Maxwell made a plea for the Hole Sponsor Signs used in the past golf tournaments; Barry Mutter confessed that he had stashed them in his basement thinking he could get some quick cash for them on E-Bay. Click here for more information on the tournament.

President Jack mentioned ongoing discussions for funding a covered bike rack in the Village which would display a plaque: “Donated by The Rotary Club of Oak Bay”. He is also working on an upcoming event to look back on all that our club has accomplished over the past year. He mentioned that back when Ola arrived one of her first gestures was to jump right in and act as a “Greeter” and she has always shown the initiative to be of service.

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Dave Thompson, Principal of Oak Bay High, rose to speak of his admiration of Ola, not only as an exemplary exchange student but as a friend. He recalled her prowess on the basketball court, her athleticism, her academic accomplishments, and her genuine caring for others. He said she was wise beyond her years. Ola was the first exchange student to graduate from Oak Bay High with a diploma. This required exceptional patience and administrative skills to stick-handle her way through all the administrative obstacles in her path. Other words of praise included kind, gentle, persistent and hard working. Dave considered Ola a true ambassador not only here in Canada but undoubtedly when she returns to her native Poland. He was thanked by Ola. President Jack offered to Ola a DVD of the Gospel Singing event and also a collection of photos of Ola’s year with us. Furthermore, Nels arranged for a Canadian flag, signed by all of us, for Ola to take home with her.

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Our youth heroine, Lynne, with Ola and Dave Thomson

We were reminded that Ted Chambers and Carl Jackson were experiencing health challenges and that Barbara Bristol was caring for her husband John.


Sergeant-at-Arms: Our most respected and revered Brian Lamb began questioning each table over the contents of the recent Rotarian magazine. Most tables were unable to rise to the challenge and fines were flying. General fines were levied against all those who were not using their Thrifty’s Smile Card and Doug McDougall was fined for impersonating Sylvester Stallone and intimidating some of the wimpy members. Ted Harrison was fined again for appearing in the National Post interview without mentioning Rotary. Poor Ted! Several other members were fined by “snitches” including Lorna Curtis for wearing home the equivalent of $20 of candy floss. Jerry McLean bragged about playing music at the Commodore before a huge crowd of 1400 appreciative fans. There’s now talk of a guest appearance on Oprah, or was that the Grand Ole Opry? Well done Jerry!
Perry and Annamaria were congratulated on their anniversary while Tricia and Barry celebrated recent birthdays.
David Sills won the draw and cleverly slipped in a white marble from his sleeve when receiving the cash. Typical accountant’s trick!

Guest Speaker : Lily Wallace

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Lorna Curtis introduced Lily Wallace of the “Creative Peace Mural Society”. Lily spoke of the former projects in places such as Ireland and Switzerland where this non-denominational society seeks to create a deeper understanding through the cooperative efforts in towns and villages. People of all ages come together to create fabric art that depicts the culture of the region. The Society was born in 1988 and plans to bring all former and current murals to London England for the 2012 Olympics. She then treated us to a DVD of the project from Switzerland as we saw an entire community coming together in celebration through creating a unique mural. These “murals” are essentialy tapestry panels done in two foot wide panels which can be easily pieced together and then re-assmbled in very large murals for display. The first was done here in Victoria, with others done subsequently in Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland and Uruguay. The speaker was thanked by Tricia Timmermans.


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

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June 24

Jack Petrie: "A Retrospective"

July 2 Installation Dinner Wednesday Evening Meeting - Uplands Golf Club
July 8 Brian Frank, FACES Network Society
July 15 Randy Decksheimer, 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
July 22 Elin Kelsey, The Hope and Environment Writing Project
July 29 Bent Harder, Rotaplast - Saving Smiles, Changing Lives
24-Jun Diemecke Edgell Firkins Force Froese
June Cashier: COOLEY; 50-50 BIXLER
8-Jul Gaudet Harrison Hogarth Granewall Jackson
15-Jul Johannknecht Lamb McPherson Lawrie Marsh
22-Jul Maxwell McLean McLaughlin Munro Murphy
29-Jul Murray Mutter Nazar Ockermueller O'Coffey
JULY Cashier: McLeod; 50-50 HELLYER
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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