Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2009-2010 Rotary International Theme: The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for May 4 , 2010, reported by Jerry McLean. Photos by Will Carter and Gary Nazar

The May 4 meeting opened with Jack Petrie (seen at right) doing a very short, albeit humorous, version of the Rotary Pledge. [Editor's query: doesn't pledging have something to do with wine?]

Dallas Chapple was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.


Sergeant-at-Arms Leslie Rogers-Warnock gave a very spirited talk and prescribed at least two fines on your poor scribe. Neil Madsen won the draw this week.



a) There were a number of reports regarding the Spring Time in Tuscany dinner to be held at the Monterey Recreation Centre on May 15, 2010, from Joan Firkins and Jack Petrie.

b) There was a reminder regarding the upcoming Foundation meeting.

c) Joe Prentice provided a reminder regarding the German Group Study Exchange that will be coming on June 8, 2010.

d) A reminder regarding the Installation Dinner to be held on June 15, 2010, regarding the induction of incoming President, John Edgell.  Please make sure to mark this on your calendar.


The Installation Dinner is to be held Tuesday June 15th, at Uplands Golf Club, 6:30PM, no host bar. Dinner at 7:30PM - Cost $45. Buffet - choice of entree: Steak, Chicken or Vegetarian. Please let Joan Peggs know: 1. if you will be attending, 2. number attending in your group, and 3. your selection of entree(s). Payment, by cheque (to the Rotary Club of Oak Bay), may be made ahead of time or at the dinner. Numbers must be in 72 hours prior to the event.

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Upcoming event links:

June 2010 - Rotary Fellowships Month
4 - 6 District Conference, Longview, WA
20 - 23 Rotary International Convention, Montreal, Canada

The RI Convention in Montreal celebrates 100 years of Rotary being an international organization as a result of the first Rotary club meeting outside the USA in November, 1910, in Winnipeg, Canada.

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Jack with wine
Jack and the steadily increasing Italian wine collection

Guest Speaker
Eugen Banerman, the guest speaker, (seen at right) gave an energetic talk on Al Howie, one of Canada’s greatest ultra-distance runners.  He is most famous for his run in 1991 of the Trans Canada Highway (7,295 kilometres) in a time of 72 days and 10 hours; a record time.  A brass plaque on Victoria’s Mile Zero marker commemorates this accomplishment.  He raised $750,000.00 for a fund for children with special needs during this run. Mr. Howie was also known for his participation in the “Prince George to Boston” marathon in 1979.  The winner of this race was promised an all-expense paid trip to the Boston Marathon.  Rick Hansen won the race, Al Howie finished third and Terry Fox came last, a mere 10 minutes after the final able-bodied runner.   Mr. Howie competed in many long-distance races including the Trans Canada run and the 1,300-mile Sri Chinmoy race in New York, both of which qualified him for the Guiness Book of Records. Eugen was thanked roundly for his speech.
Read more about the amazing Al Howie here.

JM/jad [Hmm: does this imply that scribe, JM, had help with his typing?]

Carnarvon Work bee

Above: Rotarian Wynn Taylor with Manager of Parks Services Lorne Middleton, and below, John Snively, Pete Lawrie, Lee Wakely, and ? at the Carnarvon Rotary Water Park Working Bee today (May 5, 2010). The Saturday morning work crew spruced up the Rotary Water Park to get it ready for opening on the May long weekend.  The Oak Bay Rotary Club built this park 20 years ago and since that time the club has supported the park through funding improvements and annual work parties to get the it ready for use each year.  The Rotary Water Park is enjoyed each year by thousands of children and their families throughout the region.

Carnarvon Working Bee

Carnarvon working bee
Photos by Gary Nazar

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
One guest and Rotarian signed in for the meeting but left prior to the official introduction??

About the wine and the Tuscan Dinner! The goal is to have one bottle of Italian wine donated by each club member. For convenience, Jack will have additional bottles of wine at the meeting on Tuesday but by all means please bring your liquor store purchase with you to the club. It will be very much appreciated. See more details below.

Eugen Banerman
Eugen Banerman

Tuscan Dinner

Spring Time in Tuscany dinner and auction. 
DETAILS: Monterey Recreation Centre, 6PM on May 15. The evening will feature a four-course Italian dinner as well as silent and live auctions. One of the live auction items is a one-week stay for four in a Tuscan villa and includes cooking classes and a 14-course lunch. Proceeds will go toward upgrades for the Rotary Water Park at Carnarvon Park.

Note from Joan Firkins: All tickets are sold!

However if you would like to put your name on a Wait list for tickets, should some be available, please contact Anne Sims. Alternatively, volunteers are needed for the night; if you don't have a ticket maybe you'd like to help serve dinner, working with the Interact students?

Volunteers needed as follows: 3 spotters needed during live auction; 50/50 ticket sellers (2 people); Bar ticket sellers (4 people); Balloon sellers (4-5 people); 'Prosecco' drink distribution (2 people). And a request: Is there anyone in the club who has a spouse/partner who is renowed for their cookie making ability? On good authority I am told that a dozen awesome home baked cookies will do extremely well in the live auction when handled by our auctioneer Dave Stevens! Please let Joan Firkins know if you can assist.

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11-May Snively Taylor Snively Toal Aked
18-May Rawnsley Bamji Bedford Nazar Bannerman
25-May Beyer Bixler Burger Bristol-Price Canty
Cash Desk (MAY): Maxwell; 50-50: Bannerman
May 11 Sam Duke - Organ Donors
May 18 Lois Hayes - Vocational
May 25 Cool Aid

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