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



Program and Roster for next week, November 29, at Oak Bay Rec Centre:

PROGRAM: Past District Governor, Bob Lovely, will speak on The Foundation
Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Introduce Speaker Thank Speaker
Tav Cedric Doug Hans Don
Front Desk: Irene (Cash) & Barry (50/50)

Christmas Party
(Click pic for Details)

Click the Smile Card to learn how easy it is to use

Program for November 22

President David opened the meeting with a reference to the R.I. Foundation and the tax auction. O Canada was sung a cappella and Mark Bedford said grace.

Visiting Rotarians and Guest, introduced by Bedriya Hromic:
Wilf Erickson, Victoria, Property Management;
Lynne Murray, Harbourside, Health Care.
Pat Marsh was the guest of Cedric Marsh.


Crystals for Sale: Mark Bedford had ordered a Rotary emblem crystal but received three. He would like to sell the other two, rather than send them back, at $70 US each, OBO.

Christmas Kettles: Mark Bedford announced that he is accepting volunteers for the annual Salvation Army Kettle drive. There will be 40 one-hour shifts. A duty roster began circulating but some naughty member took it home.
S@A please note!

Giles Bixler is writing a monthly column for the Oak Bay News and would welcome input; otherwise he has to rely on this rag!
The Tax Auction: Auctioneer was Tom Croft, in the regrettable absence of Neil Rawnsley due to the illness of his mother. There were 18 lots available, totalling $3,000. Tom wanted a total of $9,000 for the Foundation. Let’s see how close he came.
Lot Value($) Winning Bid($) Winning Bidder
100 200 Mary
150 300


200 375 David S ghosting for Tricia T
100 300 David M
150 300 John E ghosting for Tom C
200 325 David P
250 475 Tav
200 350 Anne
100 300 Mary
150 300 Jack
200 400 John S
250 400 Lynne
150 275 John E
200 350 Barbara
100 250 Neil M
150 275 John E ghosting for Tom C
250 425 Barbara
100 300 Tav
3000 5900 TOTALS (8900)
Well done Tom and all bidders! Note: there may be a small error, as George Pritchard reported a total of $8,900.

Foundation Moment by Tav Macpherson

Further to his report last week on the famine in Malawi and the efforts of one remarkable young woman to save 1,500 people who live near the Kalenga Trading Center, Tav distributed a detailed account by Christie Johnson. The young woman is Memory Chazeza, who is one of the 22 girls who received an education, thanks to Christie’s help. Memory and Christie have already received nearly all the donations necessary for the $13,000 Memory needs for her plan of immediate famine relief plus a plan to grow adequate amounts of maize next season. Tav announced that Memory will be here in the spring and will speak to us on May 16. Tav also announced that the Board of our Club has approved the payment of $1,000 toward this famine relief project in Malawi.

New Member Proposal

Tsuyoshi Takahashi has been proposed by Don O’Coffey. The proposed membership has been approved by the Board and is now presented to the membership. The plans are to induct him on December 6 when D.G. Joan Firkins will be presiding. Members will have noted that Tsuyoshi has attended several of our meetings. He came to Canada (Alberta) in 1988 and to Victoria in 1992. Until recently he owned and ran an international trading company which bought electronics and computer parts from manufacturers in Japan and sold them to various hard disc manufacturers in several countries, mainly in the US. He plans to restart his business at some point, and so he feels a Classification of Electronics Exporter would be appropriate. By the way, he indicates some concern with his ability to comprehend and speak English, but Brian Lamb has assured him that we understand and will take extra time in speaking with him.

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant-at-Arms, Dallas Chapple, fined a late David Philip, Ben Andersen for too strong a hand-shake, and some people (Les Cantyand others?) for a near fatal accident in the parking lot. Ben Andersen received a celebratory anniversary card. Dallas had just returned from shopping in Seattle and fined all who had not been there in 6 months. Your editor protested this lack of patriotism, and got fined further for exercising his right of free speech. Jerry McLean won the draw but no white marble.

Seen at a recent Fireside at the Rec Centre .... Photos by Jack Petrie

The Christmas Party details:

When:               Tuesday, December 20 th

Where:              Downstairs from Milestones (private room overlooking the inner harbour)

Time:                6 pm no host bar

                        Dinner 6:45 pm

Dinner:              Sit-down served meal

                        Choose between two salads, 3 main dishes and 2 desserts (orders will be taken at the table )

Cost:                $40 per person

There will be entertainment and a visit from Santa (if you want to participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift of no more than $15 in value).

The sign up list will start circulating on November 29th .


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.) 

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