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 29, 2011 - Reported by Brian Lamb

For the second week in a row, President John presided over our meeting.  John Snively, also fresh back in Victoria after his Rotary travels, provided Grace. 

May 14, 2001 Tuscan Dinner:
Joan Firkins, committee chair, reminded us of the importance of this fundraiser.  Last year we netted over $20,000 and hope to do even better this year.  This is our major fundraiser and so if we hope to continue to support  spending money on International projects, on Community initiatives and on Youth, we have to help make this evening a financial and social success.  It is hoped that all of us will provide something that can be auctioned during the evening (or funds that can be used to buy the things that will be prizes or auction items).  We each are also encouraged to provide a bottle of Italian wine worth about $20 and these will then be used both as table centres and auction items on May 14.  To make it easy for us, Jack Petrie will buy a variety of Italian wines and then bring them to meetings starting next week and collect $20 from us.  So, bring your $20 to an upcoming meeting or go to the LCB yourself but please provide a bottle of wine.  Finally, we need to fill the room provide the audience for what will be a fun evening and the good news is, only 55 tickets remain unsold.  Order now from Anne Sims or risk being disappointed.


RIP Walt McConville
Mark Bedford reported that former club member from the 1980’s and 1990’s, Walt McConville, passed away on March 24.   Many of us will have fond memories of Walt and his great ability to entertain us with his monologues.

Fie Rasmussen
FieMary Canty reported that our former exchange student from Denmark, Fie, has emailed Mary, excited about the fact that she will soon be a mother.  Happy news from Fie who visited the club a few months ago.

Our Fie, taken on June 28, 2004.

Program for the Day

Lynne Murray introduced our speaker for the day, Daphne Hitchcock.  Daphne was assisted by Dr. Cay Holbrook.

Daphne spoke to us about SenseABILITY, a program to help level the playing field for visually impaired pre-schoolers on Vancouver Island.  Daphne is a teacher of people with Visual Impairment, one of about 60 such teachers in BC.  There are 700 students with visual impairment throughout BC and some have further impairments.   Several Rotary clubs on Vancouver Island have provided funds to provide kits that Daphne went on to explain and display for us containing various books for both parents and the visually impaired.  Also included in the kits is a Braille labeler.  This program, currently just running on Vancouver Island, will soon be offered in Vancouver as well.   We were each tasked with homework of translating a sentence provided to us in Braille into a written sentence.   Following the presentation, my notes indicate that Leslie Rogers-Warnock asked more than one really great question.

Perry Bamji thanked Daphne for her passionate presentation to us.

NOTE: Daphne is the President of BCVTA, the BC Vision Teachers Association, and runs the School District 61 Vision Program at Braefoot Elementary. If you would like more information you can reach her at

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Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Tom Lidkea introduced two visiting Rotarians, both from Saanich, Phil Neroutsos and Steve Wallace.  Also introduced were two guests, Shamus Bowker (Ron Beyer) and Jim Laing (Tav MacPherson).

Mustard Seed Food Drive:
Peter Lawrie reported on the results of the recent Food Drive outside various Fairway Markets in Victoria by indicating the Oak Bay store that several Oak Bay Rotarians volunteered their time for brought in over $2000 in food value, a very close second to the Shelbourne  store results.  Thanks to those who volunteered, another opportunity to help make this way of supporting the Mustard Seed will appear again soon.

Victoria Parkside Rotary Club:
This new club meets at 5:00 PM on Wednesdays at the Parkside Victoria Resort and Spa, 810 Humbolt Street in the lounge upstairs.  If you are looking for a makeup and can’t join Jim Force at Club in a Pub, consider going out and supporting this new group.

Sergeant at Arms Neil Rawnsley.
Neil, coming to the end of his month of duty as Sergeant (not some other name), fined a couple of politically insensitive tables of men only, and then got a toonie from each of us in a round of heads or tails, where the last one standing wins.   Well done Ted Chambers.

Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
PROGRAMS - APRIL (Magazine Month)
April 05 Drs. David Philip &  Adam Pite – Recent Trends in Dentistry
April 12 Dr. John Snively - Guatemala
April 19 Quarterly Club Assembly
April 26 Richard Leblanc, Woodwyn Farms

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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