Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Service Above Self
2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self

Program for March 21, 2006, reported by Irene Davie
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President David presided over the meeting. He commented on the concerted effort being made to eradicate polio in the four remaining countries where it still runs wild. He remarked that the S@A would lead a campaign for donations to support D.G. Joan’s efforts in that regard. President David also welcomed
Richard Faryon to his first meeting as a member. Tom Lidkea led us in O Canada and Tom Croft recited the grace.

Rotarian of the Week was Lynne Murray, in recognition of her work with the Rotoplast program. Lynne leaves on April 9 for El Salvador to help with surgery on 100 children under 12. President David presented Lynne with $1,500 from our Club.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by
Nels Granewall

Glenn Chapman, Brandon, Health Care;
Sid Shavers, Brandon, Retail;
Paul Luxford, Calgary, S/A.;
Jim Porter, Calgary S., S/A.
Bill Le Sourd, Calgary S., Oil & Gas;
Joe Prentice, Whitehorse, S/A.
Ross McLaughlin, Harbourside, CA.;
Liz Ashton, Harbourside, Education-College.

Julian Cecco, Chief Vern Jacks, Kevin Doyle, Khalia Alwani, and Ben Johnson were all guests of the Club, while Betty Pitt, visiting from N.S., was the guest of Vicky Pitt.

Our outbound student, Julian Cecco, is off to the Czech Republic. He expressed his appreciation to our Club for this oppportunity. He caused some chuckles when he stated that his brother Leyland (the Interact president), returned from his year away a much improved person!


Health of the club.

Barbara was happy to report that everyone appeared to be healthy; Les said that while Mary was feeling better, she was disappointed that she couldn’t come to the meeting today. He reminded everyone that Mary would welcome phone calls - she loves to talk!

Carnarvon Water Park
Tom Lidkea announced two dates for work parties to help with the work at the Carnarvon Water Park: April 30 and May 7. He circulated two sign-up sheets and was hoping for about a dozen volunteers each day to work between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. Oak Bay Municipality is providing materials and tools.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas followed through on her threat to extract money today from everyone - an ‘MJH’ initiative to raise more money for Polio Plus. She provided information about the status of the project. Tax Receipts would be provided for donations of $20 or more. All other fines and sad and happy dollars were added to the collection. Tav announced he was happy, since he was going to NZ for three weeks, and would return 60 years young; and since he was now 15 pounds lighter, he very generously donated $75 to the MJH initiative for PolioPlus.

(Editor’s note: by now you will have received Joan’s e-mail expressing her delight with the generosity of our Club, and President David’s e-mail noting that we raised in total $2,000 for this initiative.)

Lori McLeod won the draw but the white marble remained elusive. Tom Lidkea was subjected to a Club rendition of Happy Birthday!

Below are two of our guest speakers, Chief Vern Jacks and Kevin Doyle. (Original photo by Jack Petrie)

Program of the day:

Pablo Diemecke introduced our guest speaker, Chief Vern Jacks of the Tseycum First Nation, who opened his talk with some words in his own language. He spoke from the heart about the nation’s journey, which started five years ago, to repatriate Coast Salish ancestral remains. In the late nineteenth century, his ancestors’ graves were desecrated and their remains taken as collectors’ items for a number of museums. Research and travel has determined that some of the ancestors' remains are in a number of museums in North America and Europe, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Chief Jacks’ wife, Cora, has spent the past five years researching the history of the Tseycum people. She has identified the remains of 55 Coast Salish people in New York, and potentially 79 others in Chicago. Chief Jacks is trying to establish a process and dialogue to promote awareness and healing. He is also trying to raise funds for his ancestors’ “Journey Home" so that they can rest in peace. Unfortunately, governments don’t seem to want to help. They just pass the buck! Kevin Doyle became involved about a year ago when he realized that many Land Titles' maps were being replaced with maps which did not show burial sites. (The originals have since been replaced.) In one case, ancestors' remains were moved to accommodate sewer lines. He wondered how Victorians would feel if Ross bay Cemetery was dug up for the same reason! Two students from Camosun each said a few words in support of Chief Jacks’ presentation. John Edgell thanked Chief Jacks on behalf of the Club.

A Rotary Moment: Tav Macpherson
Tav reported on his recent PETS weekend. He found the experience to be exhilarating and made him proud to be a Rotarian. The weekend exceeded his expectations. 180,000 projects worldwide have benefited from Rotary involvement and sponsorship. He feels that we need to spend more time spreading the word about the great work Rotary does worldwide. He also encouraged everyone to attend the April 1 & 2 District 5020 Leadership Training Assembly and of course the District Conference May 12 – 14th (both in Victoria) to ‘Make Joan Happy’!
DLTA 2006
Programs for March (at Oak Bay Beach Hotel)
March 28: Julie Holder, Victoria Read Society
Programs for April
April 4: Oak Bay High School students talk on RYLA conference.
April 11: TBA
April 18: Pearson College Administrator and Students
April 25: Tom Croft picture show of France '05 trip.

Roster March 28, April 4, 2006

Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker

Cashier: D Sills; 50-50: J. McLean (March)
B. Lamb & T. Takahashi (April)

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DLTA 2006 APRIL 1 & 2
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