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

Program for March 28, 2006, reported by Barry Mutter
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President David reported that District Governor Joan Firkins had informed him that, with just half the clubs in the district reporting, $23,500 has been raised so far for the eradication of polio.

Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Irene Davie rendered a Gaelic grace.

Rotarian of the Week was Lori McLeod for her sterling work in organizing Senior Recognition Month, and also for her forthcoming work on orgainizing the Golf Tournament.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Ted Harrison:

Burton Kennedy, Winnipeg, S/A.;
Jim Porter, Calgary S., S/A;
Alexis Beddoe, Royal Oak; R.E.
Luther Haave, Edmonton Downtown, consulting Teck.;
Doug Downs, Harbourside, Construction;
Kenton Acton (Carl Jackson’s son-in-law.), Owen Sound, Plumbing.
Donna Randall and Rose Henry of the Read Society were guests of the Club;
Noni Perron, guest of Jack Petrie;
Betty Pitt, guest of Vicky Pitt;
Joan Pegs, guest of Barbara Bristol.

Banner Exchange: Kenton Acton from Owen Sound.

Brian Lamb is looking for volunteers for the April 22nd annual Palm Tree sale. He needs 2 volunteers with a vehicle, 2 able bodies to unload it, and 4 fast-talking salespeople to sell the trees.

It is both a lot of fun and financially worthwhile. And, unless you're an expert like President Dave here, you get to wear cotton candy in your hair for weeks - months even.

He also reminded us that the Oak Bay Tea Party takes place on June 3rd & 4th.

Volunteers are required.

ack Petrie offered us all the opportunity to participate in an Easter Pancake breakfast on April 16th. The media will attend and Rogers Chocolates will donate their fare to the cause. The one caveat is that those who attend will serve the breakfast. Food, sweets, and the press. Who can resist?

Alexis Beddoe from the Royal Oak Rotary Club outlined how we can save $100 on our advertising budget. Rotarians are encouraged to advertise in the tabloid for the upcoming conference in May. The cost is $450 (tax included) for 1/8th of a page. If you are attending the conference there will be a $100 discount. The deadline is April 5th.

President David revealed that once again our club has fulfilled all the requirements to receive a Presidential Citation from RI. He also announced that our club is running short on the requirements to receive the District Governor's Citation to have 100% of members as sustaining members. The committee will be calling to encourage all members to subscribe to this commitment. April 30th is the submission date.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas once again lived up to her reputation as the fair, but most assuredly firm, club constabulary. She successfully extracted funds from a large percentage of the club. Offences such as no pin, late arrivals, early leavers, Lori’s good looks, Mary’s whoopee cushion, etc. did not escape the ever vigilante attention of Dallas. She will be long remembered by future S. of A’s.

Richard Faryon won the draw, but drew black.

Donna Randall of the Read Society, one of our guest speakers.
(Photo by Jack Petrie).

Brian Lamb introduced one of our guest speakers, Donna Randall. Donna emigrated to B.C. from Ontario. She has worked 13 years in the non-profit field and the past year as Director of the Victoria Read Society. The Victoria Read Society has been in existence for approximately 30 years. It provides help to a segment of our society that falls beneath our radar screen. We often become complacent and take for granted that all of Canadian society has the ability to read and write, and practice the basic skills that are taught to us in primary school. This is not the case. Donna indicated that 40% of our population struggles with literacy. There are multiple reasons. Cultural, economic, and physical learning disabilities
are some of the hurdles that bar members of our community from achieving those skills. Donna also brought to our attention that the Government does not fund all students at the Victoria Read Society. The society depends on individuals and service clubs to raise some of the much-needed funding to provide services to the community. They are currently faced with the challenge of raising $12000. Donna then introduced the other speaker for today’s presentation.

Rose Henry was presented as one of the success stories of the Victoria Read society. It did not take long to realize why the Read Society should be proud of their accomplishments and proud of their protégées. Rose held us spellbound for 15 minutes. She is an accomplished orator and a proud ambassador of both her cultural background and her academic accomplishments. She is a Coast Salish aboriginal, a single parent, and a successful graduate of both the Read Society and Camosun College. She has been recognized by many organizations for her accomplishments. She was invited to attend the United Nations conference on racism in Durban South Africa. Rose made our club aware of two primary success stories:

One is the tremendous courage it took for her to rise above the economic, educational, and social barriers that faced her. Another is the often forgotten accomplishments of those who work for non-profit community organizations such as the Victoria Read Society. Tom Lidkea thanked our speakers and reminded us how sterile life is without the basic literary skills.

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 April 4 & 11, 2006

Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker



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