Rotary Club of Oak Bay
  Service Above Self 2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self District Governor: Joan Firkins

 



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Program for November 15, 2005

President David, in keeping with Foundation Month, reminded us of some of the international projects that the R.I. Foundation supports, such as clean water projects, literacy initiatives and, of course, PolioPlus. Tom Lidkea was able to get to the piano and led O Canada, while John Edgell said grace.

Rotarian of the Week: President David selected Neil Rawnsley for all the work he does for the Club in our support of the Foundation. This involves record-keeping, advising members of their Paul Harris status, transmitting contributions to R.I. in Toronto, and as well he is the auctioneer at the tax auction.

Visiting Rotarians, introduced by Jim Force:
Peter Sou, Sidney;
Dan Kelly, Harbourside, Property Insurance
Pat Elias, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Educator/Director

Health of the Club - Mary Canty filled in for Barbara Bristol, who, with Irene Davie, is in Vancouver to observe Ted Harrison being inducted into the Order of the Owl (???).
Carl Jackson is fine and progressing nicely. Mair Bedford is in a hospice to give Mark a respite.

Announcements:
President David regretfully announced the resignation of Ian Baker, due to his assuming a directorship of the Values Based Business Assoc. and his expanding Mortgage Broker business. (This is the second mortgage broker to resign - this real estate bubble is hitting our Club hard).

John Edgell said that the Stephen Lewis Dinner now has 550 attendees, including 71 from our Club.

Smile Cards: Jack Petrie announced that these will now be a pre-paid draw-down card. They are now being distributed.
Editor’s note: By the way, since Thrifty’s is being so generous,
it would be nice if members used cash or bank debit cards to buy their smile cards, and save the store the 2% + charged on credit cards.

Brian Lamb reminded us of the Fireside, to be held in the small lounge at the Rec. Centre, Nov. 23, 7-9 pm. All new members should attend. meet the Board, and learn about Rotary.

Vocational Talk by Lori McLeod.

Lori was born in Thunder Bay but came to Sidney (in a snow storm!) when her marine engineer father took a position with B.C. Ferries. Married at 19, she divorced soon after, but now has a 20-year-old son and a wonderful ex-mother-in-law. She also now has a 24 year-old step-daughter and an 11 year-old adopted daughter who is actually the grand-daughter of her husband. Got all that straight? She started her working life in a lawyer’s office before becoming an administrative assistant at a television station (CH). There she worked her way up to management positions and also produced some shows. Noticing a position available at Eldercare, she applied and found out that the work involved a lot of fund-raising, which she had no experience of. However, she was hired anyway and learned on the job. We have heard her describe the work of the Eldercare foundation before and have seen her in action while partnering the annual golf tournament.

Vocational Talk by Doug McDougall

Doug retired from the dentistry profession in 1990 and proceeded to develop his artistic talents. His first hobby was photography and, assisted by Leslie Warnock, he showed us some of his photo’s, including the moon setting off his dock. and Little Qualicum Falls. Then he took lessons from Caren Heine in water colors; he showed various botanical subjects. He then painted Little Qualicum Falls which was juried by the Federation of Canadian Artists. He became a member of that organization. Then began the saga of trying to paint a mountain; first an unsuccessful water color. His next teacher was Lorne Loomer; he began using acrylics. Finally he returned to his mountain and showed us a spectacular painting of it. Along the way he described his learning how to do various technigues. A very interesting art exhibition!

Foundation Moment - by Tav MacPherson, our Foundation Director.
Tav reminded us of Christi Johnson, who developed a school for girls in Malawi. Malawi has recently suffered a severe drought, and are $5 million short of food. A graduate of Christi's girls’ school, Memory, has taken it on herself to develop a business plan for providing help to those afflicted. It is a very clear plan with defined objectives, involving seeds, wages, planting, etc. The objective is to provide food for 1,000 children and 500 adults. An inspiring example of the R.I. Foundation at work.

AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN LEWIS, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV?AIDS in Africa (Reported by Neil Madsen).

549 Rotarians and guests met for a fine dinner (my compliments to the staff) at the Victoria Conference Centre, and then listened to a wonderful speech by the guest of honor. Stephen developed several main themes, drawing on his 4.5 years in this position. He was not prepared for the overwhelming prevalence of death, with huge proportions of the adult population dead or dying. In particular, the women are hardest hit, with all between the ages of 20 - 50 gone in some regions. Life expectancy has dropped by 20 or more years and is, e.g., now 30 in Zambia. With mothers gone, orphan children must be raised by grandmothers, but too often the children are left to cope on their own. Starvation is rampant because the women, who traditionally raised the food, are dead. A grim picture!

His second main theme was the indifference of the western countries who ignored the genocide in Rwanda, and have consistently reneged on aid promises, have interfered with local governments with such destructive results as school fees which prohibit children from getting any education, and have refued to provide drugs to treat AIDS at reasonable costs.

Finally, he thanked the Bill Clinton Foundation, and two generic drug makers in India are providing retroviral drugs at $139/year, compared to $11,000 in the U.S.A. WHO aims to treat 3 million victims, but this is still a drop in the bucket. Educational campaigns aim to change the prevailing male-dominated culture, which is accountable for the spread of a preventable disease. New treatments (e.g., a microbicide gel for women's use) are being developed. So there is some hope, but much more needs to be done, and we can help.

At the end of the evening, Joan Firkins announced that $27,000 had been raised for three African orphanges for children orphaned by aids. You can check out more about Stephen’s work and writings at www.stephenlewisfoundation.com


Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant-at-Arms Dallas Chapple fined all those not going to the Stephen Lewis Dinner, those with no visitors at the table, lates, and Neil. R. for cell phone abuse. Several happy/sad $, including Vicky who is going to Kuala Lampur with her husband. Tom Croft had (censored) happy/sad $ and also recouped them by winning the draw.

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A NOTE FROM JACK

I'm respectfully asking everyone, including my wife, my daughter, my friends, my neighbours... and myself...  to support the Thrifty's Smile Card fundraising initiative for the Rotary Club of Oak Bay. Many of you, many of us, like to belong to our Rotary Club for it's fellowship, for the Tuesday lunch meeting. At the same time there are numerous other Rotary events we don't attend, pay much attention to, or regularly contribute to. We pick our spots. That's okay, we make choices. The appropriate and ingenious thing about the Thrifty's Smile Cards is that all of us buy groceries ... and if most of us buy from Thrifty's and use a Smile Card, we all share in a most worthy and important goal...fundraising. Fundraising for our own club and Rotary, to help out in our community, here, and around the world, so maybe others can buy groceries too, or like the 3 young musicians at last Tuesdays meeting...they can be helped by our club to be better at the gift they bring to our community. Perhaps it's to help support a school in a village in Africa or to help build a well for fresh water. When the club recently matched the members' donations to the Hurricane Katrina fund, those funds came from our own well; we need to always think of ways to keep our well replenished. We collect dues, we put money in our well with fines, happy and sad dollars...we organize a golf tournament, we sell Candy Floss at the Oak Bay Tea Party, and so on.

But if we can add $10,000 to our well through a club initiative that takes just a moment to remember, that is, when we're buying our groceries, by using a smile card...then we have participated in what may be called our clubs' most successful fundraiser. But it doesn't happen unless we make it happen. The $10,000 figure is our club goal for the next 12 months.

When I picked up our smile cards at the Thrifty's head office, and I took 100 of them, I asked the person in charge of the program what sort of a realistic figure should we think is attainable with 100 cards. Could we reach $5,000? She didn't hesitate....she said that $10,000 is within reach. I guess they keep records. And speaking of keeping records, Thrifty's does it for us, sending us a monthly report on how much we've earned...and a cheque is sent directly to the club...for 5% of every dollar we spend.

So, we have some work to do getting you your smile cards. Leslie Warnock, Barry Mutter and I will be contacting you to do that. Please help us to get it launched and in doing so you'll be helping many others. Thank You.

Jack Petrie, Community Service Director

PS: The Smile Cards are easy to use. All the tellers are trained to walk you through it. Remember to show your card before they ring in your bill . My first time I showed my card, gave her my Visa, told her to put $100.00 on my Smile Card balance with my Visa as the 'payer'. All that week I bought my groceries with just my smile card and each time they gave me a receipt showing the $100.00 balance coming down by the amount of each purchase. On Friday I again showed my Smile Card, the groceries were rung through and the amount came to more than I had in my Smile Card 'balance'. No problem. I paid the $14.25 extra owing, in cash, and still got the full amount credited to our Rotary Smile account. I could have 'topped up' my smile account with another $100 using my Visa, debit, cheque, or cash at that time but chose not to. So...there is a lot of flexibility with the program...'top up' your smile account so you've got spending money sitting in there...or pay as you go. I must admit that I liked the 'top up' option as I often stop in for 4 or 5 things and using the smile card, only, is fast...feels like you belong to a special 'club' (In fact you do, our Rotary club.)