Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
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District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for May 18th May, 2010. Reported by Mark Bedford. Photos by Jack Petrie.
Link to John Edgell's photos from The Springtime in Tuscany Evening!

President Vicky called the meeting to order. She then spoke of the feelings that she experienced regarding the approach to the end of her presidency.  Those feelings were illustrated by a brief clip of President Clinton in the fast waning days of his presidency. It reminded this scribe of the comment made to me when I approached the end of my term as President of Alberta Conference in 1979.  A friend said: You will now discover, Mark, that there is nothing so past as a past
After the singing of  "O Canada", Neil Rawnsley said grace. Heather volunteered to recite the Four Way Test, and proceeded to do so in great style and with never a murmur of hesitation.

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Leslie was in her usual ruthless form as Sergeant! Fines went to anyone at the same table as last week, ... those with no pins, ... tables with no guests, ... those who missed the Tuscany dinner, ... and then on a more personal basis: Lori for looking so good; Don O for impersonating the Mafia at the Italian dinner; Ron for kissing; John for falling off his chair.  Happy birthday to David Maxwell.  Happy and Sad dollars were forthcoming: Vicky was happy that her mother who had been hospitalized is now well - we are also happy, Vicky; Jack bragged about a few wild days he'd had in Seattle.

The Draw: Giles had the lucky ticket, but only manged to draw a black marble.  Please note, my gambling friends, there are now very few black marbles left in the bag!  Why not double your ticket purchases?


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.


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Springtime in Tuscany Evening a great success!

A message from Joan Firkins: I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who made a contribution, either financially or in volunteer time towards the success of our Springtime in Tuscany fundraiser. We haven't the final tally as yet but ...

Don O'C and Will C

we raised $14,788 in the silent and live auctions plus an additional $2575 in the Balloon Bust and the Table Centrepiece draw. We will let you know as soon as we have the final figures after the expenses are paid in full! For those who were at the event, it appeared that you were having a wonderful time whether chatting with friends, checking on auction items, buying balloons and just plain having fun! Hopefully all will want to attend again nerxt year if for no other reason than to goof around in the Photobooth! What a lot of fun that was! Thanks to the planning committee for all their hard work and dedication to the cause, to all the volunteers on Saturday night including non-Rotarians Linda Edgell and Donna Blackstock; also to the Interact students who did a great job of serving and to Jonathan and Luke who helped Jack and his decorating committee on Saturday afternoon. We owe a big debt of thanks to Lesley Cobus and the Monterey Centre and to Lorna Curtis and the Oak Bay Recreation Centre for everything they did on our behalf and more! A great job was done by the auctioneer, Dave Stevens from the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial - thanks Dave! Thank you also to all the Oak Bay Rotarians who spent their hard earned dollars on buying auction items - thank you and I hope you all enjoy your purchases! And one final thank you to Ron Beyer and Ali Edgell who sponsored the Photobooth and to Heather Aked for securing a large sponsorship from her company Macquarie Private Wealth Inc. - much appreciated.  Thanks everyone - over and out!

John Jordan Pablo-Joan Dave Maxwell

Vocational Talk

Club member Lois Hayes
was our speaker. Lois Hayes
Lois shared her story of growing up on Quadra Island, and an idyllic life of boating, fishing and generally enjoying a very rural life.  She attended high school, and then went on to U.B.C.  In her career choice, Lois was torn between law and interior design.

She took a year off and worked in a Victoria Lawyer's office, and stayed for 20 years working as a Legal Secretary. She married John Hayes of Newport Realty, and had one son, Jack.  So Lois took time off from her career in response to the higher calling of motherhood. Three years later, John had gone into property management, and Lois followed suit and is now the manager in  Residential and commercial management, where the focus is on good maintenance and management.  Lois and John live at Ten Mile Point where they have a small herd of deer who share their garden!  Son Jack is 16 and learning to drive; he is a gifted guitarist and violinist, enjoys singing and acting. Lois says she enjoys a great life and gives thanks for health, husband, son and home.

Eugen Bannerman thanked Lois, and emphasized how important vocational talks can be in helping members get to know one another better.

The meeting closed with the singing of The Queen.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Eugen Bannerman introduced visiting Rotarian's John Hawes, Mareeba, Australia;  David Newberry, Victoria Downtown; Marguerite Trussler, Edmonton;  Fiona MacGregor, Lausanne, Switzerland; Brian Kirkhove, Nanaimo Daybreak; Jim Porter, Calgary South.  
Guests of Rotarians:  Cathy Lim, guest of Jim ForceJennifer Hastings, guest of Mary Canty.  Fiona MacGregor (below right) presented a banner from her club in Lausanne.

Eugen Fiona Vicky


Jack reported on the Tuscany Dinner, and thanked all of the dedicated, hard working members of the club who had planned and carried through such a successful evening.  Jack "auctioned" some bottles of wine that were not used at the dinner and some C.D.'s made by Pablo.   As was his habit, "one bid Edgell" popped us with a $100 bid, at which point, Jack called "Sold!" without even giving the mandatory "Going once, ...twice, ... thrice, ..."   Thinking of auctioneering, Jack?  Well, don't quit your day job!!  Jack congratulated Leslie on raising $107 on her cookies that were auctioned off.  We were also treated to a picture show provided by the paparazzi who attended the dinner.

Will Carter reminded us of the joys of making Candy Floss and Popcorn, and asked for volunteers to work at our booth at the Oak Bay Tea Party, June 6th and 7th.  A sign-up sheet was circulated; there appears to be plenty of opportunities for volunteers if you have not already signed up for at least one shift.

Upcoming event links:

June 2010 - Rotary Fellowships Month
  5 - 6 Oak Bay Tea Party
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.


25-May Beyer Bixler Burger Bristol-Price Canty
01-Jun Carter Chambers Cooley Chapple Curtis
08-Jun Diemecke Edgell Firkins Force Hayes
15-Jun Lawrie Johannknecht Lamb MacPherson Lidkea
22-Jun Maxwell Madsen McLeod McLean Murray
29-Jun McLaughlin  Nazar Mutter O'Coffey Ockermueller
Cash Desk (MAY): Maxwell; 50-50: Bannerman ...... (JUNE) Cash Desk: Rawnsley; 50-50: Wakely
May 25 Cool Aid
June 1 Tom Rippon - Peace and Conflict Resolution
June 8 German GSE TEAM
June 22 Interact RYLA
June 29 Kinsol Trestle Rehabitation

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