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 May 17, 2011 - Reported by Edwin (Wynn) Taylor

Our May Monthly Theme is to Celebrate Rotary through attending Rotary Conventions and Conferences.

Having called our Meeting to Order at 12:15 President John after requesting the return of his gavel noted that Joan Firkins, Joan Peggs and Lorna Curtis were planning to attend the International Convention in New Orleans and that he was anticipating JP's return with the Convention Banner.

Tom Lidkea sporting a bright orange jersey (not necessarily politically motivated as most of the assembled members were dressed in dark blue) played the piano for O Canada.

Peter Lawrie said Grace


Logan Graham, John EdgellOn behalf of the Club, President John presented Logan Graham (above) with a cheque for $250 for the Interact Club. Logan said that this and other fundraising would be dedicated to the Interact Club's support of John Jordan's project in Rwanda....the sustainable rabbits project to help widows support their families. President John thanked Logan and the eleven volunteers from the Oak Bay High School Interact Club for serving and waiting upon the tables at the Tuscan Dinner.


Dr. Jim Force announced the proposal of two new members: Jim Thomas Laing (proposed by Tav Macpherson) and Jessica Van der Veen (proposed by Corey Burger).

Jim was a Broadcaster, Salesman, and Manager. Some of you may remeber Jim doing the 1966-67 play-by-play broadcast for the Boston Bruins (Bobby Orr’s rookie season). He has Volunteered in many projects with various radio promotions and the Elks organization, and was a member of Big Brothers & Big Sisters in Hawaii. His spouse is Mary Ring.

Jessica is a consultant to ACTRA National, Union of BC Performers; she has also worked in government and for many years in the film and television business. Currently, she is working as an advocate and activist to keep school lands and hospital lands in public hands. She is the co-chair of the Mary Manning Centre, founder of the Society of Greater Victoria LANDS! (Let’s Agree Not to Dispose of Schools) and a member of the South Island Health Coalition. She has a Master of Public Administration from UVic. Her spouse is Daniel Laskarin.

Happy Dollars: John Snively announced that due the success of his second business, Johnny's Escort Services, he was opening a third business, 'balloon retrieval'.

Heather Aked successfully completed the Half-Marathon in two hours, seven minutes and conveyed best wishes from Foster Isherwood who celebrates his birthday today.

Vicki Pitt's husband Tim was called on short notice to Manitoba to help with the military response to the flooding. Perhaps their anticipated holiday next week will be in Winnipeg.

Doctor :) Ron Cooley won the draw but drew the black marble.

Past Guest Speakers:

Dentistry around Lake Atitlan, Guatemala (Club members, John Snively and Jacqueline Mealing).

Dr. Robert Kowalewski: Antimatter in Science and Film

Peter Pablo JohnPresident John (left) was honored to present Peter Lawrie (right) with his Paul Harris +3 pin and Pablo Diemecke (centre) with his Paul Harris +1 pin, the latter given by the Club in appreciation of the 'good stuff' that Pablo has done for the Rotary World.

Guest Speaker

Tricia Timmermans introduced our Guest Speaker, Ellen Manning, from the Victoria Emerging Art Gallery.

Ellen is the principal at the Victoria Emerging Art Studio at 977a Fort Street (where Luz Gallery used to be). A UVic graduate, Ellen and her husand, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine spent two and a half years in Shanghai where he trained with the masters and she involved herself in Shanghai's vibrant art world. Nothing could have prepared her for her arrival in Shanghai - upon setting foot in China she immediately wanted to return home because of the pollution. With 34 million people, Shanghai's population is as large as Canada's and is full of bustle and energy.

Ellen got a new insight into the art world in Shanghai. She managed Art Scene China which represents established artists and deals with a high-end, high-profile clientele. What she also witnessed was support for emerging artists and she brought this insight with her back to Victoria to found the Victoria Emerging Artist Gallery and Awards. China tends to support the performing arts rather than the visual arts. Established artists in China tend to be products of the Cultural Revolution but there is a whole new demographic of younger artists who did not experience this upheaval.

Upon her return to Victoria, Ellen recognized that here also there were young Vancouver Island artists who needed exposure to the art market. By setting a low price point of about $200, the aim was to enable more members of the public to buy original works of art rather than buying mass produced posters, thereby helping young artists to pay their bills. This modest price point was aimed at helping both the buyers and the sellers of original art.

Avenue Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue has been most helpful in providing a locale for exhibitions. A key to a successful show was to have a jury process in which prospective artists submitted their works to a jury who would choose which ones to feature. An important part of the process was also to educate young artists in the business of art ... from something as simple as choosing the right gauge wire to hang their work to marketing their paintings.

Ellen invited club members to visit the Victoria Emerging Art website and their gallery, which is currently featuring the work of Ben Westergreen. To contact Ellen email:

Leslie Rogers-Warnock thanked Ellen (above right) on behalf of the Club.

Click on this link for a virtual tour of the second annual Victoria Emerging Art Awards.To see the complete VEAA 2011 Collection click on this link. The gallery Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. It is closed Mondays and Holidays.

Tom Lidkea led us in the singing of the Royal Anthem to close out the meeting.

President John's introduction and thank-yous given at the Tuscan evening: Before I give David Maxwell back the mike, I want to acknowlege the specific people who have put this event together: Committee Chairperson, Joan Firkins, Committee Members, Lori McLeod, David Maxwell, Anne Sims, Brian Lamb, Renate Gibbs, Jack Petrie, Pete Lawrie and Gary Smith, with assistance from: Joan Peggs, Dallas Chapple, Ron Cooley and Lynn Murray. Additional volunteers working this evening: Lisa Maxwell, Brannan Petrie, Donna Blackstock, Christine Eastgaard, Jim Force, Mary Canty, Linda Edgell, Leslie Rogers-Warnock, John Jordan, Corey Burger, John Snively, Heather Aked, Tav Macpherson, Mark Bedford and Vicky Pitt. A Special Welcome to the District Governor Elect, David Stocks, and his wife Frances, and thanks to auctioneer, David Stevens, and his assistant and wife, Kathy Stevens.
Below: Tuscan Dinner workers, Donna and Joan and Jim and Mary.

Donna and Joan Jim and Mary

LINKS to news from other Rotary Clubs and other items of interest to Rotarians:

Jaltemba Bay Rotary project

The ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Co-founded by U2 lead-singer Bono and backed by more than two million members, ONE works with leaders of both parties to support proven, cost-effective ways to save lives and help people build sustainable futures.


Doctor John Snively introduced the visiting Rotarians and Guests.

There were no visiting Rotarians, but several guests:

Jennifer Hastings, guest of Mary Canty;
Ellen Manning, Speaker, and Guest of the Club;
Jessica Van Der Veen, guest of Corey Burger;
Jim Laing, guest of Tav Macpherson;
Logan Graham, President of Oak Bay High School Interact Club, and guest of Peter Lawrie.


Joan Firkins thanked all those who made last Saturday's Tuscan Dinner a success. There were four prominent people: The Three Musqueteers...Lorna Curtis, Lori McLeod and Leslie Cobus as well as Joan Peggs who did so much work on ticket sales and auction items. President John thanked Joan Firkins for her pivotal role in this successful event and reminded us all that next time we see Joan drive by with the licence plate, MJH, it means, 'Make Joan Happy'. Joan would like all to complete and return their Feedback Forms so that next year's event can be even better. The dollar value of the event is not yet known...the auction was down, but hopefully other things made up for it.

Our Oak Bay Club anticipates a significant attendence at the District Conference in Tacoma, June 4 and 5. Rotaplast will have an important presentation and our Club's project will also be featured.

Leslie Rogers-Warnock circulated a sign-up sheet for our Social Meeting, the fifth Tuesday of the month, May 31 at the Bard and Banker Public House on Government Street. Plan to join us for this a la carte visit to one of Victoria newest watering holes.

Joan Peggs is organizing the Installation Dinner June 28 in the Bengal Room of the Fairmont Empress. Please contact her with your intentions.

Barbara Bristol looked well at the Tuscan Dinner and is hoping to attend some meetings this summer.

Jessica Van der Veen will represent the Club at the Oak Bay Municipality Dinner May 25 at the Uplands Golf Club. Corey Burger will be there also representing Community Initiatives.

The Annual Oak Bay Tea Party will be held June 4 and 5. Will Carter circulated sign-up sheets to volunteer for this event and will be sending the same out in email format. Will encouraged everyone to take part....not only is it fun, but it is easy money and a lost shift is lost revenue for our Rotary projects.

Will Carter then re-incarnated himself as Celebrations Master aka Sergeant at Arms and posed his skill testing questions on Canadian history. Such as: What was Anna Crawford of Montreal's claim to fame? ... she was tutor to the children of the King of Siam; and: What was the highest political position in the US achieved by Charles Arthur? He was elected president and somehow satisfied the 'born in the USA' requirement despite his having been born in Quebec!

Birthdays: Foster Isherwood May17; Henry Minto May 18; David Maxwell May 20.
Anniversaries: Wolf Shopper is celebrating 15 years of marriage to Elise.

Memory Café at Oak Bay Lodge takes place the 2nd Thursday of each month. Please email Lori McLeod if you plan to come to the final session for the year on Thursday, June 9th so we can determine numbers. The actual Memory Café session is from 6:30pm till 8:30pm but if you are able to arrive 15 minutes ahead and/or stay 15 minutes following to assist with set up or clean up that would be appreciated. Hope to see you at the Memory Café!

Greeter & Grace
Greeter & Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host & Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
PROGRAMS - APRIL (Magazine Month)
May 24 Committee Brainstorming
May 31 Social Lunch at the Bard and Banker Scottish Pub,1022 Government Street at Fort. Sign-up Sheet. A la carte.

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