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 Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for March 9, 2010, reported David Maxwell. CLICK HERE for Print Version

Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Chris Smith, guest of Lorna


One of the great extractors of money, Mark Bedford, once again cleaned house as the Sergeant-at-Arms.  Mary won the draw. There were no birthdays, anniversaries or divorces reported.

A NEW MEMBER!!  Vicky and the proposer Jim Force inducted Lee Wakely (below) into the club. Welcome Lee! You’ll be President in no time!!

Lee Wakely

International Rotary convention
is in June (Montreal) with great speakers!! Sign up today!!

Peter Lawrie needs support for the Mustard Seed this weekend and he is seeking volunteers to man the tent for Shelterbox on March 19/20 and 26/27. Please help by donating an hour to one or both of those events.

Two GSE teams from Germany and Norway will be here in June. Brush up on your languages.


Our Olympic connection.
Dal Richards Olympic Torch
Dal Richards (Dallas's dad) is seen here (on the left) carrying the Olympic torch.


The speaker of the day, Sandra Martin of the Globe and Mail, was eloquently introduced by Perry Bamji .
Sandra, a senior features writer with The Globe and Mail, is an award winning journalist and broadcaster.  She has received the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy from The Toronto Star, a Canadian Journalism Fellowship to study at the University of Toronto, and several National Magazine Awards.  She is The Globe’s chief obituary writer, but is currently on leave from that job and is teaching journalism in the Writing Department at the University of Victoria.

Ms. Martin (pictured at right) presented a wonderful lecture on her role as an obituary writer which has given her so much knowledge and enjoyment learning about others' lives, professions and  accomplishments.

There is a large degree of responsibility and creativity, not to mention deadlines involved in the job. Despite attempts by editors to keep obits on prominent people up to date, their deaths almost always catch the newspaper unprepared and the obit writer has a lot of research and last-minute writing to do. Sandra cautioned our use of the Internet and technology to replace the traditional writing skills of editors and writers. She emphasized that even though obituaries now can include pictures and links to videos that enhance the person's life works, preparation and last-minute work on deadline is needed to bring us the full story and deeper meaning of a person's life. For more from Sandra, read this excellent article entitled "Confessions of an Obituarist" in the online Globe and Mail.

Sandra was thanked by Mark Bedford.


June 15th will be the Installation dinner for the new Board and a big party to introduce incoming Pres John Edgell.

Lorna reminded us of the Guess Whose Coming to dinner event this weekend. Should be a great bunch of fun.

Lorna also reminded us that May 15th is our big fundraiser - an Italian night at the Monterey Centre. All members will need to contribute in some way especially by donating Silent Auction items. Lorna will email all members a letter that you can use to ask businesses to donate to the auction. (The letter was sent Wednesday). The sign up sheet also went around. Everyone can contribute somehow for this event so its becomes the most successful ever!!

sandra martin
Sandra Martin

Quote for Today:
I was sleeping and dreamt that life was pure joy; I awakened to see that life was mere service; then I served and saw that serving was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. He was a devoted friend of Gandhi. Could he have been a Rotarian too?


16-Mar Best  Beyer Bixler Bristol-Price Canty
23-Mar Carter Chambers Cooley Chapple Croft
30-Mar Curtis Diemecke Edgell Firkins Force

Cash Desk: Carter; 50-50: Bristol-Price

March 16 David and Frances Stocks - Tunisia
March 23 Leslie Lee, George Jay Elementary - Literacy, Verbal and Interactive Tech.
March 30 English Education in Rwanda - John Jordan

Service above Self - He Profits Most who Serves Best
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