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 22, 2010. Reported by Barry Mutter.

Our Meeting of June 22nd started in its usual manner.  The regular group of mature, seasoned Rotarians filtered in to the Rec Center with little fanfare.  But three enthusiastic, youthful, fresh-faced guests (to be identified later) mingled with the Rotarians. It seemed by contrast with our guests that the average age of our members had declined precipitously. The pace of our weekly meeting now had a new spring in its step. Heather and Lorna assumed leadership of the meeting in the absence of our new president, John Edgell (who is attending the RI Convention in Montreal along with a few other Oak Bay Rotarians - Vicky, Tav, Jack, and the two Joans). They took turns in the spotlight managing the microphone.  Our first guest was Michael Sharlow, the son of member Bill Sharlow.  Michael passed on greetings from his father and advised the club that Bill was moving towards palliative care.  Bill, who has now sadly passed away, was one of our oldest members.  He graced us with his warm and friendly presence for decades.  Our club passes on condolences and best wishes to his family.


HeatherHeather Aked (above) announced a July 25th social lawn bowling event.  She promises good food, good company, and lots of laughs.  Put it in your calendar. 

Jim Force reminded the club of Thursday’s “Club in the Pub”.  It is good opportunity to meet club members in a relaxed setting. 

Peter Lawrie advised the club that his committee handed a cheque for $4500 to George Jay School.  The principal, a previous speaker for the club, was beside herself with enthusiasm for the Club's gift, which will be used to purchase audio and video equipment to assist in the school's literacy program.  Joe Prentice thanked Heather and the organizers for the pot luck BBQ that the GSE team attended at Heather’s house. It was successful and much appreciated. 

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.

Clara Bradley

Clara Bradley (above) waxed poetic about her trip to Ottawa for Adventures in Citizenship.  She has had an interest in politics for most of her young life and this trip was a great opportunity to participate directly in Canada’s political process. 

In Memoriam: William (Bill) Sharlow
February 8, 1916 - June 25, 2010

Bill and Jean Sharlow, November 11, 2004
Jean and Bill Sharlow, November 11, 2004. Photo by David Sills

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Bill Sharlow. Bill died early this morning (June 25) at the Jubilee Hospital. He was a fervent Rotarian, and attended Oak Bay meetings when he was well enough until very recently. His two sons, Steve and Michael, attended this week’s meeting to inform the club of Bill’s failing health. David Sills, who along with George Pritchard visited an alert Bill on Thursday evening, has provided the following information:

Bill was born on a farm at Wetaskiwin, Alberta and moved to Trail BC to work as a hard-rock miner on the Pend Oreille River; he also dabbled in placer mining in the same area. September 1939 saw him enlist in the 109th Battery of Artillery and ship overseas to Britain, where he met his wife (of almost 69 years), Jean. They were married in West Wickham, Kent (UK) on July 19, 1941. Bill’s regiment, the 92nd Battery of the 3rd Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery attended. A guard of honour plus the military band was outside the church.

He served with the 1st Canadian Division in the Mediterranean. The ship he was on for the invasion of Sicily was torpedoed. He was picked up and taken to North Africa. He eventually reached Sicily, then on to Italy, Germany and Holland where he was when the war ended. He was back in Canada in May, 1945. Poor Jean and son Michael were to wait until February 1946 before joining 1,200 other war brides and children for a rough crossing on the Mauritania packed ten to a room. After 35 years with BC Electric Gas, Bill retired as Construction Superintendent. The family moved to Oak Bay in 1984. As a hobby he did soap stone carving and gem stone faceting; he displayed his work at the club on several occasions. You can read of Bill and Jean’s early years in Blackouts to bright lights: Canadian war bride stories. It’s available on Amazon: here, and there are three copies in the library:  order from home at this LINK.

Words from Jean and Bill's son, Steve: Dad was always a proud Rotarian who talked about the many good things that he was involved with in the two clubs that he was associated with (Oak Bay and as a charter member of the North Burnaby club). He served in many posts with the Burnaby club including President. Mum also has fond thoughts about being part of the Rotary-Anns in the old days.

We will miss you, Bill.


Jonathon Maxwell Steven Wong

Peter Lawrie introduced our young speakers for the day.  Steven Wong and Jonathon Maxwell (above) were introduced as participants in the RYLA event in Washington State.  Clara Bradley was introduced as a participant in the Ottawa trip for Adventures in Citizenship.  Steven Wong started the presentation.  He described the trip as “awesome”.  It was an opportunity to meet new people and it was highly motivational for community leadership.    Jonathan Maxwell (Oak Bay Rotarian David’s son) described the groups of ten that formed and the discussions and skits that emanated from these groups.  The themes of the group meetings emphasized the four pillars of Rotary.  Racism, leadership, and community responsibility were also topics that entered into the dialogue.  Approximately 300 young members attended RYLA.  There was an abundance of food and a dearth of sleep.  All in all it was, in Jonathan and Steven’s eyes, a highly successful meeting. They both thanked our club for making this possible. 

Lynne interact

Lynne Murray thanked our young speakers.  This is the next generation of community leaders and citizens that will direct our political process.  We are both proud and honoured by the quality of our future leaders.

Tom Lidkea led us in closing with "the Queen".


(Clara Bradley, continued:)
She sat in Stephen Harper’s seat and felt the power of politics.  She witnessed 220 new Canadians being granted citizenship. She met youth from every province and territory in Canada.  When they first arrived in Ottawa Clara, and other attendees, were somewhat shy.  They left confident and comfortable and enthused by what it means to be Canadian.  When Clara returned to Victoria she joined Interact and now participates directly in Rotarian/Interact projects. 

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by
Neil Madsen

Janet Collier, Oak Bay Recreation, Guest of Peter Lawrie;
Michael and Steve Sharlow, sons of Bill Sharlow. Michael is from Ottawa and is a member of the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata, from which he presented a club banner.
Students, Jonathon Maxwell, Steven Wong, and Clara Bradley, speakers for today.


Our acting Sergeant at Arms, Peter Lawrie, extracted a pile of money from the membership.  He picked specifically on David Sills, Giles Bixler, and Brian Lamb. (Most of the club was comfortable with those fines.)  He then had the audacity to fine the rest of the members for their world cup soccer affiliations.  He then fined everyone except the last arrival at the meeting.  Nothing is sacred now.  He did, though, fine himself for not bringing the book of birthdays and anniversaries.

Congratulations to Perry Bamji, who paid a happy buck and declared his fortieth wedding anniversary. Lori also paid a happy buck and described her 48-hour period of conspicuous consumption on a cross-border shopping trip with Heather and Lorna.

rotary wheel

This link is to an article on the Kinsoll Bridge restoration which you will learn more about at next Tuesday's meeting (June 29th).

Rotary NEWS:
Monday, 21 June 2010

Canada Post is today issuing a single domestic rate stamp to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Rotary club in Canada. The stamp features a person wearing the traditional Rotary vest, symbolic of Rotarians past, present and future. The first day cover, booklet and postage-paid postcard provide a glimpse of a Rotarian's workspace—with meeting schedules, Rotary mementos, awards and lapel pins scattered on a desk. The map on the back of the booklet and postcard is focused on Montreal where the 2010 Rotary International Convention took place. "This stamp will raise awareness of the role Canadian Rotary clubs play in providing humanitarian services and promoting goodwill and peace around the world," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post.

For all you Philatelic Fanatics out there, here's a Link to the story and here's where you'll find information on ordering.

Joan Firkins reports from the RI Convention in Montreal that she and Donna, John and Linda, Tav and Diane, and Joan Peggs are having a fabulous time. "Dolly was great but Queen Noor was a 10! The entertainment was spectacular - Celtic Thunder, Russell Watson and Cirque de Soleil! The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario was one of the most inspirational speakers - a polio survivor and wheelchair bound, he challenged Rotarians to work through Vocational service to ensure that more disabled people are employed - a terrific speech and a wake up call to everyone."


No Lunchtime Meeting JUNE 15 - Installation Dinner - Uplands at 6.15PM (Dinner at 7.00)
29-Jun McLaughlin  Nazar Mutter O'Coffey Ockermueller
06-Jul Petrie Pitt Pritchard Philip Prentice
13-Jul Rawnsley Sills Rogers-Warnock Schopper Sim
Cash Desk: Rawnsley; 50-50: Wakely (June). Cash Desk: Macpherson; 50-50: Jordan (July)
June 29 Kinsol Trestle Restoration. Read more about it in this Times Colonist article: Kinsoll_Bridge
July 6 David Stocks - Change Management
July 13 TBA

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