Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant Governor: David Stocks
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)

Program for March 24, 2009, reported by Joe Prentice. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil called the meeting to order and gave a quote from Grace Slick about literacy: "Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable."

Tom Lidkea played O Canada. The invocation was given by Vicky Pitt.

President Neil read a thank you from L.G. Steven Point for the contribution to the Lieutenant Governor's Literacy fund. President Neil also expressed concern about the lack of attendance at that meeting.

Jack Petrie spoke briefly about the concert.

President Neil mentioned that the board has nominated Tav Macpherson for the position of Assistant District Governor (ADG).

Happy and Sad dollars were paid by Joan Peggs, Parry Bamji, Heather Aked, Irene Davie and Tricia Timmermans. 50-50 draw of $12 was won by Joan Peggs.


Neil McAllister, Branch Head, Oak Bay Library
President Neil presents guest speaker, Neil McAllister, with several copies of A World of Stories for the Oak Bay Library.

Guest Speaker
Rod Sim introduced the speaker today, Neil McAllister, Branch Head at the Oak Bay Library. Neil spoke about the many changes that have occurred within the library system in the last few years, especially since the age of computers. He indicated that the library is the gatekeeper of information rather than the seeker, as the internet provides so much information. He mentioned that there are 98,000 distinct items at the library with 60,000 items going out and coming in every month. The library is free and available to anyone from birth on! Neil mentioned that some of the programs they undertake involve passing on donated books to Literacy agencies for distribution. He also mentioned the Open House at the Oak Bay library on April 25 from 10AM to 2PM, and he hopes to see as many people as possible in attendance. Some lucky members received library items. Neil was thanked by Wolf Schopper. He was presented with several copies of the book World of Stories and a Rotary Four Way Test mug.

New member proposal:
Jack Petrie has put the name of Shelly Best forward to the Board and they have approved the application. Shelly is the owner of Lifestyles Travel. She worked with the previous owner and club member, John Picken, for many years and purchased the company from John when he moved back to Ontario. Her classification is Travel Agent. Originally from Thunder Bay, Shelly move to Victoria in the early 80's and entered the travel business in 1993. She and her husband Michael have three children, 21, 16 and 13. Should you have any questions or concerns about Shelly's application for membership, they can be directed to the membership chair, Jim Force, or the club secretary within 10 days of this notice. We look forward to welcoming Shelly to membership in the Rotary Club of Oak Bay.

Tom Lidkea played God Save the Queen. The meeting was adjourned at 1:30. 

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by John Edgell:

Janet Power from Port Coquitlam, Mike Sider from Victoria, Peter Norman from Victoria and Burton Kennedy from Winnipeg. Guests were Seona Stephen, guest of Ted Harrison and Elanyo Elangovan, guest of Perry Bamji.


Sergeant at Arms Mark Bedford came on strong fining everyone who did not have a badge or pin, who did not sign in, did not provide the correct change for lunch, or who did not buy tickets for the Gospel Choir. Jack Petrie was fined big time for forgetting to mention the place and time of the concert during his last presentation. Ron Beyer was called for interference by blocking the entrance way for people coming in the door, and President Neil was fined for not thanking the people who helped at the last meeting which was with L.G. Point. Cards were given to Wynn Taylor, Cedric Marsh, David Sills and Brian Lamb.


2009 Programs
March 31 - Social Tuesday - Social Committee
April 7 - Project Aroor – Josephine Bedford
31-Mar Sims Snively Timmermans Timmermans Aked
Cash Desk: Sim; 50-50: Toal
07-Apr Harrison Johannknecht Hogarth Bamji Lamb
14-Apr Beauvais Bedford Beyer Bixler Canty
21-Apr Carter Cooley Chambers Chapple Croft
28-Apr Curtis O'Coffey Edgell Force Firkins

Cash Desk: Snively; 50-50: Diemecke


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