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 District Governor: Tav Macpherson
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)
Program for May 25th May, 2010. Reported by Giles Bixler

President Vicky opened the meeting with a video that was one of the very first to go viral on the internet. Tom Lidkea had returned from holiday and led us in O Canada. Lori read the Four-Way Test even though she had previously recited it from memory, showing that constant practice is probably necessary for permanently retaining the exact wording… especially under the pressure of performance before the entire group.

The Sergeant-at-Arms job was completely modified, at least for this meeting. We all chose a pair of loonies from our pocket or purse and set them up as two heads, two tails or a head and a tail. Then the sergeant flipped two coins and if the two matched the head/tail configuration you had chosen, you got to keep your loonies and the rest went into the club coffers. Then we did it a second time and more money went into the club coffers.


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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Mary Canty Alan Rycroft
Alan Rycroft is thanked by Mary Canty
Photo by John Edgell.

Our Guest speaker, Alan Rycroft, is Community Relations officer for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, which attempts to meet the needs of the city’s homeless population. The society is looking for $880,000 to complete its new Access Health Centre on lower Johnson Street, $140,000 to make up for cuts in mental health and employment funding provided by the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and about $100,000 for a running program, dental bursaries, and operating the Downtown Community Activity Centre.

The range of services Cool Aid provides is staggering: they include eight supportive housing buildings with 256 housing units, health care for 4,000 patients, operation of two emergency shelters and one transitional shelter, REES, a community casual labour pool, and the Cool Aid  Downtown Community Activity Center. Cool Aid has a staff of more than 220, and is assisted by 300 volunteers. Streetlink and the Sandy Merriman Shelter for Women provide emergency shelter, serve 165,00 nutritious meals each year, and provide 40 interventions a day (average)  to help emergency issues of mental and physical health, substance abuse, life skills and crisis and housing needs. Next Steps Transitional Shelter provides an opportunity for 15 emergency shelter clients to access resources and services they need to get their lives back on track, such things as life skills training, housing, employment, financial help mentorship, and longer shelter stays when appropriate.

With a very low-key style, Alan seemed to be undaunted by the enormity of the homelessness problem and the variety of activities run by Cool Aid, including building and maintaining housing for those who are making the transition toward a more productive life. Check out the Cool-Aid-Projects document provided by Alan after his presentation. (See email at right.) For more information:
Phone (250) 414-4781

Alan was thanked by Mary Canty with a gift of the traditional Rotary Mug.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Giles Bixler

Tim Doherty, guest (and husband) of Vicky Pitt;
Deborah Hoft, visiting Rotarian from Putnam, Connecticut, Travel Consultant .


Joan Firkins enthusiastically reported on our club’s Springtime in Tuscany Italian Night last week: a preliminary profit in the $25,000 range, with a more complete accounting to come later. She then asked members who were present (most of us) to fill out a form rating the various aspects of the event.

Members received a reminder to sign up for Oak Bay Tea Party duties if you haven’t done so.

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

Email message from Alan Rycroft:

I enjoyed meeting you and members of the Club and felt very welcomed. I’ll join you one of these days up at the pub as well. I forgot to distribute the enclosed to members – maybe it could be circulated by email? Thanks again for the invitation – call anytime.
Best wishes,

Alan Rycroft, M.A.
Community Relations
Victoria Cool Aid Society


01-Jun Carter Chambers Cooley Force Curtis
08-Jun Diemecke Edgell Firkins Chapple 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: Rawnsley; 50-50: Wakely
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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