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


Program for May 9, 2006, reported by Giles Bixler

Our newest Rotarian Joan Peggs.
District Governor and Oak Bay Club member, Joan Firkins, was on hand to present her friend Joan Peggs for induction to Oak Bay Rotary. Joan was caught off-guard by tears as she was speaking during the happy event. She said she was thinking of Joan’s father, Dean Peggs, a long time Rotarian and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay. Welcome to Rotary, Joan.

Joan Firkins presents the Award for the Highest Annual Giving per Capita Area 4A (Victoria and environs) to Oak Bay President, David Maxwell. Our average was $228.22. The highest amount went to Sequim Sunrise, with an average of $262.03. This was but one of the highlights at the Annual District 5020 Conference held at the VCC on the weekend. See more photos next week.
Photos by Tricia

President David called attention to an advertising feature in the Sunday Times Colonist which featured the forthcoming district conference and noted accomplishments of R.I. and local Rotary clubs. The ad was made possible by the cooperation of all 12 Greater Victoria clubs, each of whom contributed $100.

Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Wynn Taylor said grace.

Rotarian of the Week was Wynn Taylor for his many contributions to the community and to the Club.

Visiting Guests, introduced by Wynn Taylor:

Leopoldo Auguado was the guest of Pablo Diemecke,
Joan Peggs of Rod Sim
John Sills of David Sills.

Health of the Club Your Editor is pleased to report that Cedrics’ condition has stabilized and he is now thankful to be home.







Paul Harris Recipients with District Governor Joan Firkins.
Barbara, Joan, Lynne, Ted C., David P., Don O'Coffey

After the induction of Joan Peggs, Joan then presented Paul Harris Awards to five members of the Club. First time awards were to Don O’Coffey and Ted Chambers (the latter designated his wife, Elizabeth as recipient). Lynne Murray received a pin with 3 sapphires; Barbara Bristol a pin with two rubies, and David Philip one with four sapphires. Congratulations to all!,
Joan presents Paul Harris pin to Ted Chambers (for Elizabeth).

Announcements: Will: Reminded us again to sign up for the Tea Party shifts – especially the 2 evening shifts as, after the rides shut down at nine, that’s when the action begins.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas Chapple meted out fines to Ted Harrison for lateness, Foster Isherwood for a new haircut and John Edgell for a comment about her “lop-sided” appearance.

Birthday wishes for Neil Rawnsley and congratulations to Jack Petrie & Brannon as well as Vicki Pitt & Tim on their wedding anniversaries.

Happy & Sad Dollars included one from Tom Croft who reported that he had raised $1500 at the Victoria Hospice Swimathon and he thanked all members who had sponsored him. No, Leslie, he did not just “flop in” but completed his objective in spite of suffering a cramp mid way. (In a related incident he was later fined a dollar a week for his five-week trip to Europe). Mark Bedford was cut off by a car and fell over his handlebars onto his head but was saved by his helmet. Jack Petrie’s business partner is taking Jack and his wife to New York for a week. Finally, Wynn Taylor has just returned from London where he attended the opening of his son Nick’s new film comedy “Confetti” at the View Theatre on Leicester Square. Wynn said that 1200 people attended the glitzy opening night party.
Lucky Tom Croft recouped his fine by winning the draw; no white marble though.







Paul Harris award recipient Lynne Murray, R.N., reported to the club on her recent trip to El Salvador for Rotoplast. Despite a detailed report, Lynne was unable to give a first hand account of her impression of the impact of the Rotoplast program because she spent almost her entire time there too ill to participate as she had intended. “I was too sick to appreciate what Rotary does,” she said. The surgical team performed operations on children in San Salvador, primarily for cleft palates, but there were two burn cases on this trip. (Rotorplast runs 10 missions a year to El Salvador.) Three surgeons were backed by a team of pediatricians, anesthetists, nurses and scrubbers, most of them Rotarians. “Usually about 200 kids show up” for the selection process, made primarily on the basis of weight and hemoglobin count. “Only a few are turned away,” Lynne said. The children are as young as two months old and up to 12 years old. Follow up visits happen but the after care is short. Lynne reported that the children usually go home after one day. Lynn said time on the streets of San Salvador was unsettling. “There were men with guns everywhere,” she said. Routes taken to the hospital were changed frequently because of possible kidnappings.

Programs for May
May 16: Memory Chazesa, Christy Johnson, Famine Relief Malawi
May 23: Vocational Visit, Aberdeen, Lori Mcleod
May 30: Fifth Tuesday Social Meeting, Fish & Chips at the Snug
Roster May 16 & 23 2006
Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Intro Speaker Thank Speaker

L Canty

M Canty



Cashier: L Murray; 50-50: R Faryon

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA, V8S 2N2

Directions to Hotel

Our Roots Run Deep

Hope you all enjoyed the District Conference held at the Conference Centre this weekend. Congratulations Joan on an amazing job.
You were a STAR!

For those of you who missed out on the palm tree sale, there are unsold palms still available! Michael Prescott will be selling them privately from his home from now through May. Contact Tricia if you wish to purchase some. Cost: $20 of which $4 goes to Rotary.

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