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


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.

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

Program for November 8, 2005

Remembrance Day Meeting
The meeting got off to its usual lively pace with President Dave Banging the Bell at 12:14.  He began the meeting with his thought for the day which reminded us all of the importance of Remembrance Day and the remembrance of those living and dead who served in all wars for World Peace.

John Edgell led us in the singing of O Canada!  Tom Lidkea was present but must have been on strike as he did not accompany the Club. We were fortunate enough to have Edwin Taylor say Grace, which was a very moving in remembrance.

The meal for those who missed it was excellent - a spinach salad with vegetarian or shrimp quiche.  Ron Cooley introduced the following visiting Rotarians and Guests:



Health of the Club:  Barb is under the weather with a cold so could not be there to inform us that Carl is doing well, and hopes to make it to the Club next week; as well, Rod is away as his father passed away.

:  The Thrifty “Smile cards” are in and they should make every Rotarian smile as this is an excellent way for the Club to generate at least $10,000 a year in fundraising - just by eating and buying their groceries at Thrifty's.  See below for details.
Brian:  There will be a Fireside Nov. 23/05 from 7-9 at the Oak Bay Rec Ctre.  All should attend to enjoy the fellowship and the free wine and cheese.

John Edgell:  Final reminder Stephen Lewis foundation dinner tickets will be cut off on November 10 th .  The event has been over-subscribed so an additional 200 tickets were released.  Stephen Lewis's book will be on sale for $18.95 and the publisher is donating his profit of approximately $6.00 per book for the event.  GREAT WORK BY JOHN AND HIS COMMITTEE!

Rotarian of the Week:

Bill Sharlow was recognized by David for his service to our country and our Rotary Club. Bill will be in Ottawa for the Capital Hill Remembrance Ceremony.  David and his father will represent Rotary at the Cenotaph in Oak Bay.

Guest Speaker :

Tav McPherson, Club Foundation Chair and President Elect, was our guest speaker. This being Foundation Month, Tav spoke at length about the foundation in the 100th year of Rotary.  There are 168 Countries, 529 Districts, 32507 Clubs, and 1,224,297 Rotarians "doing good" in the world. The Rotary Foundation enables every Rotarian to give according to their means with the philosophy that the power of one becomes the power of many. The first donor was Archie Klumph in 1917 and since then the records show that we have 6,477 Major Donors, 4,315 Bequest Society Members, 67,735 Benefactors and 951,891 Paul Harris Fellows.

Current contributions are $100 million per annum and the total donated to the Foundation is $1.5 billion.  These funds assist children at risk, provide health care, help disabled persons, help alleviate poverty and hunger, and many other worthwhile causes throughout the world.

Rotary has established two funds: The Annual Fund which is the cornerstone of the Foundation and provides funding for 3H Programs, Polio Plus, Ambassadorial Scholarships and Matching Grants.  The other is the Permanent Fund.  Rotary's goal is to have $1 billion by 2025 in the Permanent Fund through gifts by Bequest, Benefactor, Life insurance, Annuities and Charitable Trusts.

Neil Rawnsley informed us that the Rotary Club of Oak Bay has been a strong supporter of the Foundation with the Club achieving 'Top 5' giving status in almost every year since our charter.  The main tool we use is our annual “Tax Receipt Auction.” Funds given to the club through fines and the 50-50 draw are auctioned back to club members.  A lot of say $100 is purchased by a member for $150 the total amount is given as a donation to the foundation and the member will receive a tax receipt for $250. In addition, the member receives credit for their Paul Harris recognition.

It is the goal of the District and of course the Club under our MJH commitment to have every member a Sustaining Member of the Rotary Foundation. A Sustaining Member is one who commits to donate $100 US per year until they achieve Paul Harris Status of $1000 US donated to the foundation.

To assist members in achieving the goal of $100 Sustaining Membership, Tav will give every Club member a little collection vessel. It is hoped that members will use this for their spare change and in no time at all you will all reached your goal.

David thanked Tav and Neil for their very informative presentation.

The meeting was closed with the singing of God Save the Queen.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas had a litany of crimes for which she meted out the usually heavy fines:

John “Red Shoes” Snively
NO Poppies, Jerry (the new member)
Bill Sharlow for too much jewelry
Lorna, David and Heather - “the rat pack” and more! 
Cards for Dallas for her Birthday and Laurie for her Anniversary.
There were many Happy and some Sad dollars.

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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.)