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 24, 2008, reported by Joan Firkins. CLICK HERE for Print Version
What's Happening at Oak Bay Rotary?
Jack's ending his year as president, for one!
Thanks Jack for a GREAT YEAR

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dictionary skink

It's amazing the joy kids can find in a Dictionary. Click on the skink to find out what some of the George Jay Elementary School Students wrote to our Club Members after receiving a gift of dictionaries.

Canada Day


JULY 2, at 6.30PM

See the Sign-Up Sheet at Meetings

Be There or
Be Square.

Skink: 1. Any one of numerous species of lizards of the family Scincid[ae] or tribe Scincoidea. The tongue is not extensile. The body and tail are covered with overlapping scales, and the toes are margined. (Websters). Definitely not a Rotarian!
2. Scottish word meaning "to serve a beverage". (

President Jack introduced his family who had come to hear his swan song, as well as friends from California. He remarked that this was the 50th and last meeting of the year (and, amazingly, this is Bulletin #50). O Canada was sung a cappella and grace was recited by Mark Bedford.

jack's fan club
Jack and his Fan Club.
Photo by Neil Rawnsley

Visiting Rotarians and Guests
, introduced by Tom Croft

Craig MacKenzie
, Red Deer, Realtor;
Nairouz Bader, Jumeirah, Dubai, Executive Search.
Luna and Lynn (Luna knew there was only one way to get her sister to smile!) were the guests of Nairouz Bader;
Suzzane Veit was the guest of the Club,
Dave Skilling, Esa Petrie, Brannan Petrie,
Alyce Joy Blom
and Pat Poapst were all guests of President Jack.
Ryan Gibson was the guest of Shannon Hellyer;
Betty Pitt
was the guest of Vicky Pitt.

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girls from dubai

Neil R. reminded all to be sure and sign up for the Installation Dinner on Wednesday, July 2nd, and to give cheques to David Sills for payment. There will be no meeting next Tuesday, July 1st. President Jack told us that Ted Chambers is recuperating and bouncing back from his recent illness - we hope to see him back at the club very soon. He also reminded everyone to submit a ballot for Rotarian of the Year.

Nels made a presentation to Exchange student Ola who returns home Wednesday, June 25th. As a remembrance of her time with us, Ola was presented with a signed Canada flag from all the members and also was given the Polish flag to take with her. Nels indicated it was “with joy and tears” that we say good-bye to Ola and reminded her that our hearts will be with her when she leaves. Ola responded with the fact that she doesn’t know when she will see any of us again and that makes it a hard goodbye. She has had many wonderful experiences with wonderful people and it has been “the best year of my life”. Ola then showed us a PowerPoint of her year which included lots of her experiences/trips, and her graduation from Oak Bay High School. She ended her presentation with a wonderful quote - “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened”. Ola, we will all miss you and you have been a wonderful ambassador for your country and for young people of all ages.


Goodbye Ola!

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Rotarians - Ola has left the building!
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Sergeant-at-Arms: The Sarge - Brian Lamb - decided to be most lenient on his final day in office and only levied one general fine - in view of the fact Lorna had been the most fined member of the year, all members (except Lorna) were fined $1.00. Happy Anniversary to Giles and Amanda and Happy Birthday to Henry Minto! Happy Bucks from Nels re the Scholar Orientation session he attended in Tacoma this past weekend where 19 Ambassadorial Scholar students gathered for their orientation. Ron Cooley paid a buck to celebrate 30 years to the day he was best man at a friend’s wedding and they are still married! Mark Bedford paid a buck to embarrass the Sarge for not clapping for the visiting Rotarians and Dallas put in a happy buck to thank Ola for being such a tremendous asset to our club! The Draw was won by guest Dave Skilling. President Jack thanked the Sarge for a job well done this year.

Report on the R.I. Conference in L.A.
President Jack called Joan F. to the podium to relate briefly the experiences of the recent International Convention in Los Angeles. There were 19,000 Rotarians present and the convention had a Canadian flavour to it in honor of President Wilf and Foundation Chair Bob Scott, both from Ontario, Canada. Among the entertainment were the Canadian Brass and a soprano from New Brunswick. In addition, Premier McGuinty from Ontario spoke on literacy and Stephen Lewis on Polio. Joan said it was the first time that the four heads of the Polio Eradication partners had ever been on a stage together - the World Health Organization,
CDC, UNICEF and Rotary International.
Joan took great delight in telling everyone that 3 of the 4 heads were women! The new tag line for Polio is End Polio Now - more to come!
The R.I. Theme for 2008/09 is Make Dreams Real
and the logo is: 2008-09 Rotary Theme

President Jack then called Suzanne Fike from the READ Society to the podium and presented
her with a cheque for $9,000, which was the proceeds of the April 26th concert that we and Jack’s firm Newport Realty sponsored for Literacy. Suzanne thanked the club heartily and advised that the funds will help learners from low-income families. Well done everyone!

READ Society cheque presentation
President Jack and Suzanne Fike
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President Jack then proceeded to show a retrospective of his year via a PowerPoint presentation. He put a lot of time and effort into showcasing all that the club has accomplished this year - from socials, to lunch meetings, to fundraisers, all in an effort to provide service above self to our communities both at home and abroad. Our accomplishments are too many to mention in this Bulletin but suffice it to say we did everything from lawn bowling, to golf, to Palm tree sales, to cotton candy at the Oak Bay Tea Party, to celebrating Ola’s 18th birthday, to the Interact Club, to $5600 worth of Happy and Sad bucks, to the concert for Literacy, to the Xmas kettles, to hosting the GSE team and on and on it goes! Well done Oak Bay!

Jack concluded by thanking everyone for the opportunity to serve the club and particularly the Board members who gave of their time and energy in support of all of our club activities. “An interesting year indeed!”

Joan F. asked all members to stand and give Jack a round of applause for all that he has done for the Club this year. The meeting concluded with two songs - ‘So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You’ and the usual, God Save the Queen.

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Lorna and Lynne with Ola
Photo by Neil Rawnsley

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

For complete list, click here

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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