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 22, 2011 - Reported by David Sills

Welcome Home John                                   
Our president made his second appearance of the year at today’s meeting. John was his usual enthusiastic self as he described his winter sojourn in Jaltemba Bay, Mexico. It was a working holiday for John and Linda as they toiled on the water project for the local school. This $5,000 project is a joint effort by District 5020 and the Oak Bay Rotary Club.

Joan Peggs was thanked for her stint as acting president for the past two months and was presented with an orchid tree by a grateful President John.

Sergeant Celebration (Neil Rawnsley)
Our affable Sergeant-at Arms began with a personal fine as he arrived late for the meeting because he had to travel home for his official papers. A fine was assessed on all those bibliophiles who have switched to computerized books at the expense of the printed page. (or was it the other way around?) He then proceeded with his “Top Ten” list, this time a list of reasons to live in the Maritime Provinces, the top two being the presence of Anne Murray and the existence of fiddles and/or fiddleheads. Happy /sad dollars included Tom Lidkea with a short story on a wedding nuptial featuring a kilt and a tartan wearing a wedding dress, Jim Force for a visit from his two grandsons, and John Edgell with a promise to share his vast collection of slides from the Mexico Project. The former richly deserved a doubling of his fine.

Ron Beyer will be the Membership Chair for 2011-2012. He reluctantly agreed to accept the posting from Joan Peggs despite a lack of experience. He attended the Board meeting Monday night initially thinking it was a meeting of the incoming Board. He was glad that he stayed and observed what he describes as passionate people in action! (I would agree that the meetings are never dull but passionate may be an understatement! – dfs.) He challenges all new members to attend at least one board meeting as an observer. From his perspective he does not think we lack horsepower but need only harness what we have to achieve the ambitious plans for the new Rotary year.


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Maximizing The Horsepower Of Our Club

Today’s meeting was advertised as a brainstorming session but it developed into a much broader presentation on member involvement in Club activities. Perry Bamji led off with a challenge to members to ramp up their horsepower quotient. His recipe for success:
People: Including partnerships with other groups
Projects: Dream big, but not too many projects to cause burn-out.
Passion: Project Champions within the Club
Plus: Willingness to learn from experience of others and to share our experience with others.


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He talked about many ideas developed in the Kingston Club for fundraising including an intriguing joint venture with the students at Queens’ University to sell peanuts. The “Go Nuts” sale of peanuts raised $22,000 in a single day. More ideas flowed from Perry: How about an annual Awards night for the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships? How about a joint meeting of all clubs in Greater Victoria once a year? Why not have Rotaract or Interact conduct a meeting of this Club.

There was a little under ten minutes available for group discussions before John rang the closing bell and Tom Likea led us at the piano with God Save The Queen.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Our two guests were introduced by Perry, first, the brother-in-law of Don O’Coffey and second, our President John Edgell.

International Projects
Joan Peggs announced that the incoming Board of Directors is considering four international projects for 2011-2012 - in Rwanda, Guatemala, India and Mexico and will be filing district grant applications. Specific fundraising is proposed for these ventures, including a “Reach For The Stars” evening. In the case of Rwanda it is suggested that Romeo D’Allaire be approached as a guest speaker.

Announcements
DLTA – The District Leadership Training Assembly meets in Victoria, April 2 and 3. For only a $90 registration fee, you can participate in this annual event and learn about the inner workings of Rotary. The club will even underwrite the cost depending on the number of attendees.
Tacoma – The District Conference is scheduled for June 3, 4 & 5. Your reporter can attest to the good time to be had in travelling with friends aboard the COHO to Port Angeles, picnicking near the Hood Canal and enjoying the hospitality of the good folks in Tacoma.
Springtime In Tuscany – This major Club fund-raiser is only a month and a half away – Saturday May 14 at the Monterey Center. A sign-up sheet is circulating about the room. Tickets are now available from Anne Sims.
Corporate Membership Program – Jim Force announced that the trial program for corporate memberships has been approved by the Club and application will be made to RI for the Oak Bay Club to participate in this program.

Peter Lawrie allowed that he could speak brashly from inexperience about engagement and involvement. He credits Ron Cooley with insisting that he must participate in something for the Club which in his case led to Community service and the Interact Club. Like Perry, he sees the wisdom in partnering with other people. A good example was the service by the Interact club at the Memory Café. Only five Interactors were involved yet they managed to get twenty-five students to meet with seniors at Oak Bay Lodge. He also paid tribute to Pablo for his efforts at the Christmas concert.

Date
Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
MARCH
29-Mar SNIVELY TIMMERMANS TOAL MURRAY BAMJI
CASH DESK: PETRIE ... 50-50: CURTIS
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: RAWNSLEY ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: SCHOPPER
05-Apr MACPHERSON BEYER BIXLER BURNS MCLEOD
12-Apr CARTER CHAMBERS CHAPPLE CURTIS DIEMECKE
19-Apr GIBBS FIRKINS JOHANNKNECHT JORDAN LAMB
26-Apr LIDKEA MADSEN MAXWELL MCLEAN MUTTER
CASH DESK: BANNERMAN ... 50-50: MEALING
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: COOLEY ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: O'COFFEY
PROGRAMS - MARCH

Mar 15

St Patrick’s Day social meeting

Mar 22

Committee Brainstorming

Mar 29

Daphne Hitchcock – SenseABILITY

To view a COMPLETE LIST OF PROGRAMS and THE DUTY ROSTER FOR MEETINGS click the linked words

Letter from Geoff Hall, a member of the organizing committee for the 2011 District 5020 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA):  This year's DLTA will take place in Victoria, April 2nd-3rd 2011, with a social evening - Fellowship Friday - preceding on April 1st for those who are interested. This is a wonderful opportunity for 5020 Rotarians to learn about Foundation Grants, building ever better Rotary clubs, ways to include youth, and more.  You can check out this link for complete program info: Program Outlines. There will be no shortage of opportunity for fellowship with Rotarians from all around Washington and Vancouver Island, including the opportunity for a night on the town with Saturday Night Specials.  Attendees have the chance to check out some of the best spots beautiful Victoria has to offer! Please visit the web site I have set up here. Registration is now open for paying by cheque or Credit Card. Base registration is $90.00 CAD. Remember, registration is limited, so you are encouraged to register ASAP to ensure availability!

Yours in Rotary, 
Geoff Hall
Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club
District 5020

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