Rotary Club of Oak Bay
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The Stephen Lewis Foundation Dinner
Victoria Conference Centre
November 18, 2005

Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis is coming next month to help us raise money for African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. An inspiring speaker, Stephen is Canada's former Ambassador to the UN and is now the UN's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. You can help. Buy tickets to the November 18th fundraiser comprising dinner, a silent auction and a keynote presentation by Stephen. Tickets are still available from
Rotary International will direct all proceeds to front-line help for the children! You can also see John or Tav for tickets ($75.00). Download Poster.

Program for Nov 1, 2005 - reported by Ted Chambers

President David opened the meeting at the Oak Bay Rec. Centre by noting that November is Foundation Month and that there would be a background briefing by Tav Mac on Nov. 8 and the Tax Receipt Auction on Nov. 22.

O Canada was sung a cappella and grace said by Giles Bixler.

Rotarian of the Week - Dallas Chapple was named for being the prime mover in the Club by raising $1,100 to donate to the Canadian Red Cross for victims of Katrina. Also for her stirling performances as sergeant-at-arms.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Barbara Bristol:

Patricia Elias, Zanzibar, Educator, Director;
Bruce Willats, Laguna Beach, Education;
Gabriele Shewchuck, South Cowichan, Hospitality.
Elizabeth Skinner, Emma Haagen-Loy and Rachael Elliott (pictured below), students at Oak Bay High School and our sponsored participants in Adventures in Music held in Comox, were guests of the Club.
Photo by Jack Petrie.

The President read a letter from Bob Nation, President of the Chippenham UK Rotary Club. It is the custom of this Club to toast a Rotary Club selected from around the world at each meeting. On October 24th, 2005, our Oak Bay rotary Club was selected for this honour.

Tav MacPherson announced table arrangements for the Stephen Lewis November 18th dinner. A few tickets are still available.

Jack Petrie announced that a packet of 100 Thrifty Smile Cards had arrived. Instructions regarding their use will be circulated in the next couple of weeks.

Tricia requested volunteers to attend weekly meetings of the Oak High Interact Club while she is away in Australia. This commitment would involve a half hour on Mondays at Noon.

John Snively reported positive feedback about last week’s speaker, Stephen Holland.

The programme featured three students—Emma Haagen-Loy, Rachael Elliott, and Elizabeth Skinner. These commendable young ladies were sponsored by the Club this past July to attend the Comox Valley Youth Music Festival. Each spoke briefly but eloquently, thanking the club, and relating their positive experiences at the Centre. Our three guest violinists then provided a fine musical program.

Thanks was extended by David Philip.

David Sills closed the meeting with a Rotary moment.

Sergeant At Arms

Sergeant-at-Arms, Dallas Chapple levied fines on no-sign-ins: Martin Holden, David Philip and Giles Bixler. Your editor was fined for mis-spelling Dallas' name (it's "apple" with a "ch" in front) and that of Jerry McLean. Actually, Ian Baker was the culprit and I missed it, but unfortunately Ian was not present to share the fine.

Various other fines included one on Nels for being so dapper. Foster Isherwood received wedding anniversary greetings (or was it birthday??) and the draw was won by Patricia Elias.

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