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 November 2, 2010. Reported by John Snively

President John opened the meeting nervously by reading his 3 sentence “Elevator Speech” describing our Rotary Club of Oak Bay and inviting the members to submit their version that can be delivered spontaneously when someone asks who we are and what we do.
Tom Lidkea played both the Canadian and US anthems and the harmony was impeccable.  Dave Maxwell followed with a lovely verse from the Rotary Grace Book.


Perry Bamji, acting as Celebrations Master levied a variety of fines beginning with those who had not shaken the hand of Jim Force, the phantom hand shaker.  Those who were unfamiliar with the DG’s medical specialty (dermatology) were fined as were all the past presidents present who were not sporting either a bow tie or hat. Don O’Coffey won the draw but alas plucked the black marble from the pouch and walked away with a mere $15.

Assistant District Governor, Tav Macpherson, introduced District Governor Bob Martin and his wife Jan:
DG Bob was born in N. Dakota and graduated from medical school at the U. Of Oregon in 1968.  He was a medical officer in the US Army and became a specialist in the field of dermatology, practising in Gig Harbour since 1976.  His wife Jan was born in Bremerton, they have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.  DG Bob joined the Gig Harbour Rotary Club in 1983 serving as president there in 1989-90.  He was also Assistant Governor for 3 years.  Both he and Jan are Paul Harris Fellows and Benefactors.  They now enjoy life on a 10 acre farm and DG Bob putters about on the links. DG Bob took the podium wearing his cowboy hat and sharing the music and lyrics of Michael Martin Murphy’s “Cowboy Logic” which has become the theme song of RI President, Ray Klinginsmith.  He also proudly declared his allegiance to the Oregon Ducks, currently the #1 collegiate football team in the nation. From the theme song are to be gleaned the following 3 rules:
1) Take pride in your work
2) Get the job done     
3) Talk less and say more

DG Bob reflected on his trip to Morocco in 2002 where Rotary was delivering hundreds of wheelchairs, all of which were spoken for. His heart was deeply touched by a Berber woman who had trekked 2 days with her disabled adult boys in a makeshift carriage in the hope of securing wheelchairs for them. Coincidentally there had been 2 damaged chairs which DG Bob and fellow Rotarian repaired and presented to this grateful family.  He reminded us of Albert Schweitzer’s axiom of True happiness comes from our service to others. He continued on by reminding us that Service equals love in work clothes and Pride is dignity with self respect. DG Bob restated the theme of RI Pres. Ray Klinginsmith which is “Building Communities and Bridging Continents” and challenging us to continue to provide what we do best including the priorities of:
1) Eradication of polio
2) Foster and promote youth programs
3) Projects that reflect future vision

Below: Bulletin Reporter, John Snively, hard at worK.
John Snively

Oak Bay was honoured by a visit from District Governor, Bob Martin, this week.
District Governor Bob Martin in Oak Bay Victoria BC

The District Governor eloquently inducted Renate Gibbs into the club, pictured below with her sponsor Donald O’Coffey.  Welcome Renate!!! 
DG, Renate, Don

He continued to recognize “Major Donors” Lynne Murray and Joan Peggs (below) who have both pledged in excess of $10,000 to RI.  Bravo ladies!!  Tricia was the photographer throughout the meeting.
DG, Lynne, JP

The DG made yet another presentation to honour Hans Ockermueller (below) for his 35 years of perfect attendance, offering a very special T-shirt in recognition of this amazing achievement.  Well done Hans, see you at the 50th presentation!!
District Governor and Hans

President John Edgell (below) presented the coveted Oak Bay Rotary Coffee (or tea) mug to District Governor Bob Martin.
DG Bob Martin and John Edgell

At the October 12 meeting, Bill Burns and Alyson Hawksworth were inducted. They're seen here with International Director, Perry Bamji.
Perry Bill Alyson

Visiting Rotarians And GuestsDonald O’Coffey introduced the visiting Rotarians and guests... whose names will be filled in here when i get them... Giles?


Tav MacPherson reminded us of the Auction next week, the funds collected going exclusively to the Foundation.  He also admonished us to record our hours of service for Rotary accumulated over the past week.  A sheet was circulated within each table and supervised officiously by Tav.

President Elect Joan Peggs reminded us of the Poinsettia fundraiser and to be in touch with Donald O’Coffey and to complete the order forms before Nov. 21st. She also announced Pablo’s Christmas Concert with vocalist Mary Kirkwood on Dec. 1.  Pablo is looking for some assistance in this noble effort so please contact him.

Heather joyfully promoted the Christmas Party on December 14th at the Victoria Yacht Club with entertainment by the eclectic Vic High Jazz Band. Bring your red dancin’ shoes!!!  The cost is $55/person and cocktails start at 6 followed by dinner at 7.  Rumour has it that President John is buying the first round!!

Jim Force outlined the new Mentorship Program for new members in which Leslie will mentor Alyson and Lynne  will mentor Renate. Jaclyn Mealing will also be inducted over the next few weeks as she shifts her membership from the Nelson Rotary Club to Oak Bay, her new homebase.  Welcome to Jaclyn, a Rotarian who symbolizes the true meaning of Service above Self. 

DG Bob's presentation (cont.)

District Governor Bob then commended our club on the many community projects we have contributed to over the years including:

Youth related activities through the Oak Bay High School Interact Club
The water park
Dictionary project with George Jay
Needs of seniors
Major contributions to foundation over 10 years
The Malawi Girls' School
Lilydale School in South
Shelter box

RI is committed to working toward a polio free world within 3 years. DG Bob feels once polio is eradicated we can turn our attention to clean water and sanitation projects world wide. He issued a challenge for 20% of the club’s membership to attend next year’s District Conference in Tacoma which would translate into 1000 Rotarians attending from around the district.  He urged us to publicize the hours and $ we provide to the community through service in an effort to change the public’s outdated perception of what and who Rotary really is.  He finished with some humorous notes from the philosophy of Will Rogers.
Tav thanked the District Governor and the meeting was adjourned, with Tom Lidkea playing the Queen’s song.

Two more of the lovely ladies in our club. OB has 16 (soon 17) female members.
Carol and Leslie


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Cash Desk: Sim; 50-50: Sims; Celebrations Master: Bamji

November Programs
Nov 09 Tax Auction - Tav
Nov 16 Committee Brainstorming
Nov 23 Malawi Girls School – Christie and Memory via Tricia
Nov 30 Joan Firkins Rotarians for Fighting AIDS Action Group

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