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 Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for November 3, 2009, reported by John Snively CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Vicky (PV) introduced a brief video referred by Jim Force about the ease of “texting”. PV continued by thanking all those who participated in the Torch Run Event on Friday, organized by David Maxwell.  The club received approximately $300 from the sale of popcorn and hot chocolate along with cash donations.

Tom Lidkea tickled the ivories for O Canada while Shelly Best delivered a whispered invocation. 

Lorna announced that our Christmas Party this year would be at the Union Club, Dec. 15 where we would be treated to their famous buffet.  The cost will be approximately $50 which would also include entertainment.  A sign up sheet will be circulated next week. 

John Edgell offered his abbreviated version of the 4-Way Test.

Perry Bamji spoke on behalf of the International Committee bringing us up to date on last year’s project which we co-sponsored with a Rotary Club from Toronto, providing an initiative for a gardening project at a school in Tanzania.  The garden produce was a source of food for the school while the surplus was sold to the village for a profit. Our investment was $1500 and several Rotarians from Toronto were there to physically lend a hand in the construction of both the garden and school.

Tav Macpherson spoke about “Foundation” reminding us that this is indeed the month celebrating “Rotary Foundation”. He appealed to all member to support the various branches of the Foundation.  Tav mentioned that during this month Joan Firkins, former DG, will be speaking, and the following week we will have the tax receipt auction organized by Neil Madsen and facilitated by our own auctioneer extraordinaire, Tom Croft.  This year there will be some smaller lots included in the auction.  Tav congratulated the Club on their exemplary contributions and encouraged members to become sustaining members by contributing $100 annually.  PV commented that there was a very good video on the RI site which covered the Foundation and its activities.

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Guest Speaker: Carol Toal, pictured above with our bulletin editor, Giles Bixler.

Oak Bay Rotarian, Carol Toal, was introduced by Lorna  for her Vocational Talk.  She considers herself a “single professional woman” who came to the island some 30 years ago.  She has a 22-year-old daughter at UBC and Carol loves sailing and ballroom dancing.  She is currently a social worker at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in the Eric Martin Pavilion where, among other duties, she facilitates morning and afternoon meetings with patients who have suffered from some sort of debilitating emotional trauma.  Her work includes careful examination of each patient’s illness and how it impacts all areas of their daily life, and then  sets out to find solutions.  She has worked in Child Protection, Elder Assessment and other community building committees both here and in Alberta.  In 1986 she and her physician husband established “Camp Narnia” on Saltspring Island and developed it over a span of 14 years providing a creative camp environment for children and school groups.  What started out with fewer than 100 children grew to more than 700 in the summer.  They taught how to care for farm animals, crafts, art, and theatre.  Since they did not own the land they were forced to move in 2000 and with the expert help of Nickel Brothers House Moving were able to barge several buildings and contents from Fulford Harbour to Mill Bay and establish a new camp at Shawnigan Lake which she operated chiefly by herself until 2007 when she sold the land and returned to fulltime social work in Victoria.

Carol was thanked by Pablo in his impeccable Spanglish.

Tom Lidkea on keyboards for the Queen, ding went the bell, off went the crowd with adjournment.

Apu group

Brian, Lorna, Joan P, and Neil R (pictured above) have banded together to provide education for a girl at Atsikana Pa Ulendo in Malawi, one of our club's pet projects. Below, some of the APU girls are pictured in their new classroom. (Photo by Christie Johnson)


Visiting Rotarians And Guests
There were no Guests and no Visiting Rotarians!

Jack Petrie was The Sergeant and was assisted by Lori and Tricia as we all dug deep into our pockets.  Both Dallas and Lori were fined for leaving early and Lorna for being so “centre stage” at the Torch Event.  John Edgell was fined for his mumbling of the 4-way Test and those who sneaked off with all the cookies before PV had a chance for her fix were fined royally as well.  Brian Lamb attended Agnes Szilos' retirement party which also marked the swearing in of Lorna in her new leading role in Parks and Recreation.  Tricia gladly paid a fine for her imminent trip to Oz and NZ where she’ll spend “a few days”.  Lorna was visibly excited about her new position in the community and thrilled to have been photographed with the Premier with the Olympic flame.  PV won the draw of $205.

Poinsettia image

Joan Peggs has announced that the forms for the poinsettias would be here next week and there would be receipts for those who wish them.  People can also pick up their plants themselves at the address on the forms.  Cheques are to be made out to “The Rotary Club of Oak Bay”.

John Edgell, President Elect, came to the podium to briefly comment on his recent trip to Egypt with Linda.  He was impressed with the art and sculpture and sophisticated technology developed there some 5000 years ago.  He and Linda will be hosting a “Fireside” at their home Friday, November 13th, 5:30-8:30 pm, and he will be personally calling and inviting 20 of the newer/younger members to attend this function.  Dinner will be provided and each guest is expected to bring a case of expensive French wine as their cellar is currently depleted.  The intention of the gathering is for “knowledge and fellowship”.

November 10: Joan Firkins - Foundation
November 17: Tax Auction

10-Nov Firkins Force Lamb Johannknecht Harrison
17-Nov Edgell Lawrie Lidkea Macpherson Maxwell
24-Nov Madsen McLean McLeod Murray Mutter
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