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
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre ( MAP)

Program for November 10, 2009, reported by Brian Lamb CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Vicky (in photo at right laying a wreath at the Oak Bay Cenotaph on Remembrance Day) opened the meeting with a short thoughtful video promoting peace. Don O’Coffey led us in saying the 4-way test - but needs a lot more practice.

Poinsettia sale
continues as a fundraiser for another short period so push your sales now.

25 Oak Bay Rotarians are confirmed for the Friday November 13th Fireside at John Edgell’s home at 5:30 PM. John also discussed his concern about only getting responses from 32 out of 57 members to his recent email (which requested a response).   Do we have a problem in communications that we need to solve?

Lorna passed around the Christmas Party sign-up sheet. This event will take place at the Union Club at 6:30 for 7:15 on December 15.   Sign up soon. It's a very reasonable $49 cost for a great Christmas buffet plus entertainment. Contact Lorna to sign up.

Health of the Club:
Carl Jackson is reported to be not feeling too well and Mary Canty is suffering from some physical ailments so our thoughts go out to both Rotarians for a quick return to good health.

Sgt.-at-Arms Ron Beyer levied fines for failure to wear a Rotary pin, those that passed on a helping of broccoli, Tommy Croft for self promotion, David Sills for wearing the same poppy 8 years in a row, and finally,  $1 to those failing to respond to John Edgell’s email.

Ross and Nancy McLaughlin are celebrating their anniversary and George Pritchard and Foster Isherwood were both recognized for their 31 year association with our Rotary club. 

Happy dollars contributed by Lorna, Joan P, Heather, Jim F, Brian and Tom C. Don O’Coffey won the $13 50-50 draw this week but drew a black marble so $13 goes in the accumulating pot for next week.

Lest We Forget
Vicky - Nov 11

Joan in Ethiopia 09

Tav MacPherson introduced Joan Firkins, holder of many positions within Rotary, past and present, as today’s speaker.  Joan has just returned from a Polio immunization trip to Ethiopia, her 4th. In the above recent photo, Joan is captured having the opportunity to help a gentleman into a brand new wheelchair.

Joan’s topic was none other than the Rotary Foundation. She reviewed with us several aspects of “our Foundation”.   There are two main funds within RF, the Annual Programs Fund and also the Permanent Fund, and both assist the funding of the many programs within Rotary including Polio Plus, scholarships and Matching Grants.    Many of us probably didn’t know or had forgotten that 50% of what goes into the Rotary Foundation comes back to the District 3 years later for dispersal for projects chosen by the District.   Interest earned on the money held for the initial 3 years is used to fund the operations of the Foundation.   Oak Bay Rotary contributed $14,957 of the $717,603 contributed by the District to the Annual Fund last year.
Every Rotarian Every Year is a program very near to Joan’s heart that she would especially like to see our club do better at.   The program strongly suggests that every club member contribute to the Rotary Foundation each Rotary year and that on average, our annual contributions be at least US$100.  So, please think about whether you can help the club meet the goal of having each club member make a contribution. If you do it within the next few weeks, you can obtain a tax receipt to use on this year’s tax return. The other program Joan stressed was Polio Plus which we should all be familiar with.   The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed a total of $355,000,000 and our goal as Rotarians is to contribute $200,000,000 as part of the challenge issued by Gates.  We are almost at the half way point and each club is tasked with contributing $2,000 each year. Joan finished by sharing a bit about the Future Vision Plan with us. We, as a pilot  district, will be hearing more about how Rotary will be evolving over the next several years. Joan was thanked on behalf of the club by Ted Harrison.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Jim Force
Jane Currie, Nanaimo.


Sergeant-at-Arms Ron Beyer levied fines for failure to wear a Rotary pin, those that passed on a helping of broccoli, Tommy Croft for self promotion, David Sills for wearing the same poppy 8 years in a row, and finally,  $1 to those failing to respond to John Edgell’s email. 

The following is a brief description of the 4 types of Rotary Scholarships: (Source: Wikipedia, Aug 09).

1. Academic-year Ambassadorial Scholarships (academic and investigative): US$25,000 for one academic year. Can be used for studies or investigative work (proposal required).

2. Peace Scholarship: To pursue a two-year master’s degree or certificate in international relations, peace, and conflict resolution at one of the Rotary Centers for International Studies. Locations: Duke University (NC, USA), Univ. of California – Berkeley (CA, USA), Japan, France, Argentina, England, Australia.

3. Faculty Scholarship
To teach in a low-income country. $12,500 for 3-5 months or $22,500 for 6-10 months of service. Must have been a university professor for three or more years.

4. Group Study Exchange
A team of business and professional people (4 members of ages 25-40 and one Rotarian leader) for four to six weeks visits to farms, schools, industrial plants, professional offices, and government establishments. Funds range from $1,000 to $11,000.

November 17: Tax Auction
November 24: Rotary Videos
December 1: Tony Joe - Coalition to end Homelessness
December 8: Brian Price

17-Nov Edgell Lawrie Lidkea Macpherson Maxwell
24-Nov Madsen McLean McLeod Murray Mutter
Cash Desk: Pritchard; 50-50: McLaughlin
01-Dec Nazar Ockermueller Peggs Bedford Petrie
08-Dec Prentice Pritchard Sills Rawnsley Sim
Cash Desk: Edgell; 50-50: Lawrie

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