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, December 6, at Oak Bay Beach Hotel:

PROGRAM: District Governor, Joan Firkins, will speak to the club.
Greet/Grace Greet/Intro Bulletin Introduce Speaker Thank Speaker
Jack David Philip John Picken Vicky George
Front Desk: Ted Chambers (Cash) & Bedrija (50/50)

Program for November 29 reported by Doug McDougall.

Christmas Party
(Click pic for Details)

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

President David opened the meeting at the Oak Bay Rec Centre by calling for O Canada a cappella. Grace was said by Tav Macpherson. Today (the fifth Tuesdy) was a less formal meeting with an Italian food theme. The newbies from the fireside meeting were all at the same table to get more information on the Foundation. 

Rotarian of the Week was awarded to Giles Bixler for his column in the Oak Bay News. Special mention was made of Brian Lamb and Lorna Curtis for the excellent Fireside they organized last week.

Visiting Rotarians and Guest, introduced by Cedric Marsh:
Bob Lovely, former District Governor;
David Hurd, guest of Tav Macpherson.

Alice Poole and her doughter have donated $250 to the Club in memory of Werke Poole, a long serving member.

Tom Croft auctioned off one of Mark’s crystals, and, after spirited bidding, Heather won it for $65.

John Edgell placed green forms on the table explaining how photographs of the Stephen Lewis Evening could be downloaded to your computer, or how you could order them from London Drugs.  

Grand total from the auction: $9600.00.    

Jack Petrie reported that Les and Mary Canty are getting friends and relatives to use Smile Cards.

Next Week is Family Week.

AND ...



Hans Ockermueller introduced our speaker, Bob Lovely, a Past District Governor of 5020 (year 2000). Bob joined South Puget Sound Rotary in 1972. With an MA in Business from Pacific Lutheran University, his classification is Business Development. His subject is TRF (The Rotary Foundation) and how the money is spent:

Educational Programs:
Ambassadorial Scholarships - 2 per year for 5020.
Rotary Centers for International Studies - Peace or Conflict Resolution Scholarships - (Brook Stern was selected for district 5020).    

Group Study Exchange (GSE):
2005 - Germany 
2006 - N.India outbound January 
2006 - South Africa outbound May-June     

Humanitarian Programs:
Individual grants
Matching grants (the biggest programs)
District simplified grant - up to $2500 per project  e.g. firetruck, bus.                                   

POLIO PLUS. All clear except Nigeria - expected clear target: 2006

A few more slides were given on who controls spending.

President Dave thanked Bob.  

Interact Meeting Report (by Doug)
The meeting on Monday was short, enthusiastic, and to the point.  The T-shirt sales will be upon them soon; there was surprised applause when it was announced that the Student Council will give the club $600.00 toward costs. Mr. Price, the ever-present teacher, said he had a CBC video on AIDS in Africa which they could present to interested students. More cheers. Lesly Warnock kept an eye on the lists going around.

Fireside Meeting Report (by Doug).
I went to the fireside for new members (even though I've been in Rotary for 25 years). I was quite familiar with Rotary International but the really new members were given a lot to think about. The information has been repeated this Foundation Month and will be again today. So they will gradually see how large and effective Rotary is in the world. My interest was the history of the Oak Bay Club and what it has accomplished. This was more lively because no one had to use notes...and they were very proud to inform us of all the accomplishments. Brian Lamb and Nels Granewell had a lot of background information. They covered club history and Ambassadorial scholarships respectively and we can thank them for that. Lorna Curtis finished off with an interesting and funny screen show of her year as President.

Salvation Army Kettles: The Volunteer list was sent around the tables again today. Mark Bedford asked if anyone could take over for him - to get the kettle there by 1:00 and away at 5:00, and count the money. Rod Sim volunteered.

Sergeant At Arms

The Christmas Party details:

When:              Tuesday, December 20 th

Where:            Downstairs from Milestones (private room overlooking the inner harbour)
Click for info on where Milestones is

Time:               6PM - no host bar

                        Dinner 6:45PM

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 circulate at meetings.

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA


Where is Oak Bay?

Our Roots Run Deep



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.)