Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant Governor: David Stocks
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)

Program for May 19, 2009, reported by Barry Mutter. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil's quote was from Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-development author and speaker. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Lori McLeod said grace.

Future Meeting Venues:
June 2: Monterey Centre;
June 9: Windsor Park Pavillion;
June 16: Teen Centre.

It was another prosperous day for the S@A. Several fines were levied to such deserving members as President Neil, Past President Jack, Rod Sim, Peter Johannknecht, and Tom Lidkea. Phantom hand shakes and habitual table partners were excuses to extract further coinage from culpable members. Ron Cooley donated $100 in memory of his mother who has just passed away. The draw was won by Tom Croft. The power of the S@A is unshakeable.

Naz Rayani highlighted the Saanich Rotary Club’s up-coming project. They are participating in the World Partnership Walk on Sunday, May 31st. This walk is an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation. The money raised will be matched by Government grants at a ratio of 6:1. The money raised will help educate girls in Afghanistan. Sponsors and participants are welcome.

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No seriously, I'm Perry!
Look-alikes, Naz Rayani and Perry Bamji, joking with guest speaker, Helen Welch, after Tuesday's meeting. But will the real Perry please stand up?

Guest Speaker

Jack Petrie introduced our speaker, Helen Welch. Helen is a fifteen year veteran with Tourism Victoria (TV) and she is currently the V.P. marketing. Her enthusiasm held the room motionless for the next twenty minutes. Helen quickly went through twenty five slides outlining Tourism Victoria’s marketing plan. The theme they are working on is called “Full of Life” and by the end of her presentation we all felt our city is indeed full of life. Helen made it clear that the job is not an easy one. The US tourists have been in decline for the past six years. At one point Americans counted for well over 50% of the tourist trade. They now represent less than 40% of the visitors to Victoria. B.C., Alberta, and the rest of Canada pick up the slack. The tourist trend is volatile. Between recessions, health scares, and terrorist threats, international travel has deteriorated. Helen indicated that the first quarter numbers for Victoria were “scary”. TV, like any good marketing organization, is progressive, not regressive. They immediately went back to the drawing board and created new exciting products to attract visitors from all over the world. They set up a web site and a Youtube presentation that is second to none. They have partnered with local business to bring in visitors. The transportation industry and the lodging industry have cooperated with TV to create packages that should entice many to our city. The cruise ships are coming to Victoria in record numbers and TV is welcoming them with smiles and gifts. Special events are being created to attract tourists. The 2010 Olympic torch begins in Victoria and with it a lot of fanfare that will be shown world wide. In summary Victoria takes a good photo and Tourism Victoria is making sure that photo is spread throughout the world. The questions asked by Rotarians were a sure sign of the success of Helen’s presentation. The speaker was thanked by Lori McLeod, who noted that we are fortunate to have Helen and Tourism Victoria marketing our city.

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Naz, Irene, Leslie, Helen and Perry (I think).

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Bob Beauvais:

Naz Rayani was from the Saanich Club;
Helen Welch, Guest Speaker, was guest of the Club;
Lee Wakely was the guest of Jim Force.

President Neil is looking for nominations for Rotarian of the Year. Please e-mail him with your list of worthy candidates before the director’s meeting next week.

Sara McLaughlin and a group of her Interact fellows are going to Mexico to provide some concrete help to the Mexican poor. In order to help fund this project there will be a silent auction held at the Blue Crab on May 25th. The cost of the meal is $60 per person. Any items that can be auctioned off are welcome. Please make cheques payable to Oak Bay High School.

We are still looking for volunteers for the Home and Garden Tour on Aug 16th. This project has proven to be both lucrative and fun. There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting.

Will Carter
has slots to fill for the candy floss booth at The Oak Bay Tea Party, June 6th & 7th. Hurry or you will lose the chance to participate.


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2009 Programs
May 26 Enable Programs - services for immigrant and refugee children and youth. Negin Naragi (Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society)
26-May Ockermueller O'Coffey Peggs Philip Pitt
Cash Desk: Chapple; 50-50: Marsh

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