Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2010-2011 Rotary International Theme: Building Communities Bridging Continents
District 5020 Governor 2010-2011: Robert Martin. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for March 8, 2011 - Reported by Joan Firkins; Photos by Tricia Timmermans

President-elect Joan Peggs called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm. Joan advised everyone that it was International Women's Day, Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday and Rotaract week. She also welcomed back David Philips and Don O'Coffey who had both recently been in sick bay. A rather pathetic rendition of O Canada ensued, Don O'Coffey followed with the Invocation and then all were invited to have a great comfort food lunch of sausages, mashed potatoes/gravy and salad - well done Oak Bay Rec Centre! President-elect Joan also welcomed a number of Rotaract and Interact students who joined us for today's meeting.


- Dylan Bub advised a Rotaract event on March 25th will be a dinner and auction benefiting the Kigali Hospital
- Logan Graham and the Interactors advised they are working on the Rabbits for Rwanda project by hoping to raise $1500 to build a sustainable rabbit community; they are also making peanut butter and jam sandwiches for the homeless through the Victoria Cool Aid Society and they also provided a Memory Cafe update - 6:30 pm on Thursdays at Oak Bay Lodge.
- P/E Joan advised the DP Peggs Scroll is now mounted on the back wall of the meeting room for all to see (thanks to Lorna and the Rec Centre crew) and she also reminded members of the End Polio Now lighting which takes place tonight at the Victoria Custom House (Malahat building) 1002 Wharf Street, downtown (after being postponed on February 23rd due to snow).
- Mary had nothing to report re Health of the Club - good news!     

Click here to read of club members' Jacqueline Mealing and John Snively's work in San Antonio Palopo on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. View photos of the project here. Club member Tricia Timmermans will travel to Guatemala on March 15 to continue the work.   

Don't forget to check our home page occasionally to browse such items as the Rotary International News Feed (this week there is a story about Bill Gates attending the RI Convention in New Orleans), plus there are a couple of cool Rotary videos, and lots more.

Mayor CaustonMayor Christopher Causton

RI has many NEWSLETTERS available. At this link you'll be able to sign-up for publications including:
Community Service Update; End Polio Now; PR Tips; Every Rotarian, Every Year;
New Generations;
Rotary Weekly news update, and more!

Literacy World Rotaract Week is March 13-19
March is “Embracing Age Month”.

End Polio Now Malahat (Customs) building Victoria BC

Interact Rotaract
Interactors and Rotaractors at yesterday's meeting

Heather Aked introduced our speaker, the esteemed Mayor of Oak Bay and Harborside Club member, Christopher Causton, seen below accepting a fine Oak Bay Rotary Club mug from Hans Ockermueller.
Hans Ockermueller Chris Causton Mayor of Oak Bay

Mayor Causton was asked to speak about what makes Oak Bay unique but instead chose to speak on Oak Bay and Oak Bay's place in the region including where he feels that some of the major emphasis needs to be placed. As the Bulletin reporter I'm not sure if he actually answered that question, but what he did was give a lot of interesting and thought-provoking information - such as the fact that many people are unaware that 97% of taxes in Oak Bay is residential taxation and only about 2.5% is business; it is among the lowest multiple of business taxation (1.7%) in the province. He also advised that Oak Bay has the highest farm rate in the Province, with one farm property! (David Black). He also talked about the two huge employers on the Oak Bay border, i.e. UVic and the Royal Jubilee Hospital, employing approximately 10,000 employees. The University of Victoria, over the past decade, has spent $200 million in upgrading buildings - the Jubilee Hospital has spent $474 million for a total of $674 million spent on only two institutions alone that have been a driving force towards the prosperity of the Municipality both in terms of residential and commercial value. He then said that the challenges in oak Bay are not redevelopment as 99.9% of land is already developed. The Mayor explained also that amalgamation is not considered in the best interests of the community and region and that an integrated model is currently working well. He also talked about the positive aspects of the Victoria Airport over the past few years, and then talked about the new McTavish intersection (with a little bit of heads up and trepidation!). After a number of other interesting bits of information the Mayor said Oak Bay should accept a pat on the back for all the good things that are happening, not only in Oak Bay but in the region - in the arts, transit, the airport, the waterfront etc.
Questions were asked. One by Heather Aked was a query on whether there was anything that Rotary could do more of in the community? Mayor Causton gave a very heartfelt reply and said that rather than providing bricks and mortar, the best thing we could do as Rotarians is to reach out to people in the community who need help - smile and say hello to everyone. In other words, as our Rotary International theme for this year suggests, Building Communities (and Bridging Continents) is where it's at!  Hans Ockermueller thanked Mayor Causton, not only for his talk to us today but for his hands-on-approach to ruling Oak Bay which is very much appreciated by all.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 pm with the singing of God Save the Queen.

Breaking News!
Rotarians gathered Tuesday March 8 at the Victoria Custom House (Malahat Building) for the
End Polio Now Light-Up
End Polio Now Light Up

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Heather Aked
(no visiting Rotarians today)

Nola Jackson (guest of Leslie Rogers Warnock), Joan Capnerhurst (Gary Smith);

Seen at left: Rotaractors Dylan Bub and Alisha Kapil (Jim Force) and Ryan Stewart (missing from photo - guest of Eugen Bannerman). Also at left are Interactors Clara Bradley, Anika Bell, Teagan Kelk, Logan Graham and Heather Van Tassel, all guests of Peter Lawrie and the club. Great to have the voices of youth in our midst! What a novelty!

Celebration Master was Neil Rawnsley. Fined included:
Ron Beyer and Anne Sims - early leavers
Corey Burger - last in to the meeting (editors note: he made the meeting didn't he?)
Neil tried to stump two tables with Rotary trivia but to no avail - a very knowledgeable group we have!
Happy and/or Sad bucks from Joan F, Tricia, Joan P, Mary Canty and Lynne Murray.
Don O'Coffey
had the winning draw ticket but drew a black marble - too bad, so sad Don!

Corey Burger Rotaractors
Rotaractors Dylan Bub and Alisha Kapil engage with Corey Burger.

Sing along to a beautiful new song COME JOIN US that describes the essence of what we do in Rotary.

Jim Force
Jim Force guards the lighting equipment supplied by Croy and Co Stage Lighting.

Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
PROGRAMS - MARCH - Literacy World Rotaract Week (March 13)

Mar 15

St Patrick’s Day social meeting

Mar 22

Committee Brainstorming

Mar 29

Daphne Hitchcock – SenseABILITY


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