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 March 4, 2008, reported by David Sills. CLICK HERE for Print Version
President Jack remarked on the great performances of past presidents as M.C.’s, Sergeants-at-Arms, etc., during the month of February while Jack had a holiday from his duties. He reminded us that March is Literacy Month and Giles Bixler has been busy doing his part and will report later. Lom Lidkea played for O Canada and George Pritchard said grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests introduced by Neil Rawnsleyl:

Bill McDaniel, Calgary Chinook, Administration;
Herman Zapp, Los Cardales, Buenos Aries, Argentina, traveller;
Doug Downs, Harbourside, Construction;
Bruce Willats, Laguna Beach, CA.
Margaret Lucas, Guest Speaker, was guest of the Club;
Don Rogers was a guest of Leslie Rogers-Warnock;
Cande, Pampa, Tehue and Paloma Zapp were guests of Lynne & Nels

Chance Encounters:
Lynn Murray was wandering about Mayfair Mall in search of a 1928 Graham-Paige automobile as a personal rehabilitation present. Two visiting Rotarians from Argentina spotted her Rotary pin and struck up a conversation with her. They happened to have such a vehicle and, while not willing to sell it, agreed to a “make-up” at the Oak Bay Rotary Club. In 2000, Herman and Candelaria Zapp began what was to be a six month trip to Alaska from their home in Buenos Aries, Argentina. To date they have crossed the Americas, reached Alaska and are presently resting in Victoria before crossing the Pacific Ocean to expand their epic adventure across Asia. The Zaps have also published a book, “Spark Your Dream” about their epic adventures over these years, including the birth of three children, Nahuel, Lucas and baby Paloma. For more information on this epic adventure, take a look at their web site Spark Your Dream: Herman and Cande Zapp treated the Club to a short but entertaining video which featured highlights of their long journey.

Sergeant-at-Arms - Lamb is Back in Style!

After a month’s sabbatical our S-at-A was back to work. A few gems from his performance included - Leslie for not introducing her father visiting from Ontario, Dallas for failing to mention Rotary in her interview in the National Post, and Lorna for wrapping up last week’s meeting ten minutes before the closing time.
Congratulations were extended to Anne Sims (birthday) and Will and Jackie Carter (wedding
Happy/Sad dollars included – Lynn, $20 for graduating from the sick bay, and Leslie, a borrowed $5 from her dad to welcome her parents to Victoria.
David Philip took the microphone and reminded the group that we are still holding the inter-club bell, a symbol for the challenge to raise money for Polio Plus. He managed to extract $68.87. We now have a total of $168.85 or roughly $2.50 per member and still have a week or so to go before the bell is passed to the next club on the list.

Egon Bauman
Foster Isherwood noted the death of Egon Baumann, President of the club 1985 – 1986. Egon was prominent in the automobile industry notably in the introduction of the Volkswagon
to Canada. He was active with the Victoria Chamber of Commerce and was a benefactor
of the arts, notably the symphony and opera societies. There will be a celebration of his life in September.

For Your Information
President Jack announced that tickets for the concert by the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir are now available. He describes it as ‘an infectious mix of joyful Soul, Gospel and R&B’ music. This fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, April 26, is sponsored by Newport Realty and the Rotary Clubs of Victoria. Proceeds will support local Rotary youth programs. Get a party of your friends together and enjoy a night’s entertainment for only $20 a ticket.

Guest Speaker:

This Chamber Is For You
Wolf Shopper introduced our guest speaker, Margaret Lucas, chair of The Victoria Chamber
of Commerce, whose talk today is “Leadership in Greater Victoria”. Margaret is a B.C. native, was educated at UVIC and has had a varied career ranging from government service to entrepreneur and private business. She is presently general manager of the Hotel Rialto (formerly the Hotel Douglas). She became a director of the Chamber in 2003, Vice Chair in 2007 and Chair in 2008.

Leadership is important in this year when municipal elections will be held. The priority
issues from the business point of view are crime prevention and homelessness. Both are a serious problem for small business entrepreneurs and add significant costs to their operations. The Chamber believes that an amalgamated police force is a necessary step in arriving at a solution to the former and partially to the second. Margaret is on the recently formed “Victoria Commission to end homelessness” along with Mayor Lowe and Ombudsman Ted Hughes. The Chamber has also caused these issues to be included on the agenda for the National Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber advocates a multi-regional transportation system which is not yet supported, as the provincial authorities consider our population base is still too small. Also discussed was the high level of local taxation as more and more cost are downloaded by federal and provincial authorities.
As Leslie Rogers-Warnock, who is a small business operator, said when presenting the Rotary mug to Margaret, it is reassuring that our Chamber is such a big high profile voice for small business in addressing these problems.

In touring the Chamber of Commerce web site ( this reporter discovered that three of our past members, two of whom were past presidents, were Chairs of the Chamber. I will not tell you their names but leave it up to our S-at-A to use this information for the financial interest of the Club!


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


March 11 Jack Petrie on the “Victoria Soul Gospel Choir” evening as well as
Claire Rettie, “Read Society”

DUTY ROSTER February 2008

11-Mar Sim Sims Chamber Snively Taylor
18-Mar Timmermans Aked Bedford Beauvais Bixler
25-Mar Bristol Canty, M Canty, L Carter Carrigan
March Cashier: DAVIE; 50-50 BAMJI

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