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 11, 2010, reported by JohnSnively.


Dallas received sporadic applause as she stepped to the microphone as “Sergeant At Arms”.  Leslie was not feeling well so Dallas valiantly substituted.  The money was flying fast and furious as Dallas craftily created numerous fines.

Birthdays were recognized for Eugen, Carol and Foster.  Anniversaries included Jack & Brannan, Vicky & Tim, Wolf & Elise.
Once again the choir sang impeccably. Will Carter announced the Oak Bay Tea Party June 5-6.  We will once again be providing the always sought after gourmet popcorn and cotton candy, a dentist’s best friend. Neil Rawnsley rose to remind the membership that we had forgotten his birthday and that we should all be fined for such a breach of respect. The draw for the white marble was won by Rod but alas the black sphere did appear and he went away without the prize.


June 5-6: The Oak Bay Tea Party.

June 15: The Installation Dinner

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.

Past President Jack Petrie presided over the luncheon in the absence of President Vicky. John Edgell led the choir in the singing of “O Canada”. John Snively read a Grace from Perry Bamji’s Grace Book which incidentally has been a good fundraiser for the club and only 11 books remain. 
Let’s take it to completion. 

Who’s ready to buy one?

Grace Booklet

Guest Speaker

Carol Toal
introduced the guest speaker, Sam Duke, representing the BC Transplant Society.  Sam recently moved from Calgary to Victoria and is a volunteer speaker for the Society, inspired by personal experience.

Sam's story began with her son who has a terminal liver disease that required transplant in order for him to live.  His sister was a match and could donate 60% of her liver (the liver regenerates) and by doing so gave her brother some extended time; but he will require a complete new liver transplant from a deceased donor at some point. Sam described for us the devastation felt by the family when a loved one is waiting for a life- saving organ and none is available. It appears through surveys that 80% of Canadians say they’d donate but only a small fraction actually register online.  You must now register with the society, easily done online at this link; the data bank is then accessible by all hospitals. There is no national program nor inter-provincial organ sharing.  BC has a very good system but more people are required to fill the growing need.

There are currently 4,000 Canadians waiting for a transplant which is one of the worst situations in the developed countries. Statistically, 30% of these people will die.  Here in BC there are 300-350 people on the waiting list at any time and 29 of them will die while still on the list.  Only 16% of BC residents are registered. The system is confidential and there is no money involved.  There is no age limit for the donor and you should notify your family of your decision if you choose to be a donor. A parent can register a child. See:  to learn more, register and perhaps save a life.

Heather thanked the speaker and offered a Club mug to Sam; this was followed by a raucous rendition of God Save The Queen.

Rotary Emblem

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
introduced by Wynn Taylor:
Naz Rayani, Saanich Club.
Marguerite Rowe, guest of Lori McLeod;
Sam Duke, meeting speaker and guest of the club;

rotary wheel


Naz Rayani of the Saanich Club invited the members to participate in the “World Partnership Walk” May 30th.  The event raised almost $300,000 last year. The Lieutenant Governor of BC and the tenor Ken Lavigne will be the headliners and O Canada will sung by Rotarians.  Come on down!!

John Edgell attended and reported on the recent “Rotary Grant Foundation Management Seminar”.  Tav, Vicky, Perry, John Jordan and Joan Firkins were there as well. Our club has been approved for a grant which we must now brainstorm and submit.  All members are invited to contribute ideas.

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.


18-May Rawnsley Bamji Bedford Nazar Bannerman
25-May Beyer Bixler Burger Bristol-Price Canty
Cash Desk (MAY): Maxwell; 50-50: Bannerman
May 18 Lois Hayes - Vocational
May 25 Cool Aid

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