Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2011-2012 Rotary International Theme: Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
District 5020 Governor 2011-2012: David Stocks. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Meeting October 4, 2011. reported by Joan Firkins

Meeting called to order at 12:13pm by President Joan.

President Joan advised October is Vocational Service month and gave a brief description of what that means.

We were led by Neil Rawnsley in the singing of O Canada and Lorna Curtis gave the invocation as follows:
Give us Time.
Time for patience,
Time for understanding,
Time to remember
Thoughtful deeds to do.
Time to believe in our fellow man.
Time to perceive the value of being a Rotarian.
There were 31 members present for today's meeting i.e.54% of our membership.

Jack Petrie compiled a composite powerpoint of pictures from the month of September meetings and this was shown to the club prior to introduction of the speaker by Jacqueline Mealing.


President Joan requested everyone to ensure they are aware of when they are scheduled for the Duty Roster - if going to be absent for an extended period of time please let Joan Firkins know re scheduling purposes.

Perry Bamji asked members to visit the Knowledge Management page of our club website to read up on Preferred Practices and if you have any additional ideas to contact him. He also gave $70 to Treasurer Brian re the sale of the Book of Graces - there are still some available at $10 per book.





David WestlerA number of club members assisted with an event Fall Family Fun Fest at Henderson Park last week by selling popcorn! Our newest members, David Westler (above) and Batya Westler (below) are now Masters of Popcorn!
Batya Westler


Our speaker, Trish Riswold of Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association (CASDDA), gave a very entertaining overview of CASDDA Victoria. CASDDA is an educational and charitable organization of volunteers who travel all over the world with their dogs to attend natural disasters and help in recoveries. The dogs and handlers are trained in rubble and urban disaster, water searches for drowning victims, wilderness area searches and deployment readiness. Puppies are taken from the sporting or working dog line. At such a young age as a puppy, they are only testing for persistence - and the ones who make the grade are in! There is considerable training involved - up to 500 hours per year per handler per K9. Trish came to us as a speaker after having met Heather Aked on a plane recently. When the search and rescue dogs travel on a plane they are allowed to travel with their handler and sit at their feet - sometimes very cramped quarters!

Trish was thanked by Jerry McLean and presented with the coveted Rotary Club of Oak Bay mug.


Celebrations Master Wyn Taylor was masterful in extracting fines from most members in the room! Today was the anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi, therefore many fines were related to questions asked about St. Francis. If today was any indication, the coffers will be overflowing by the end of October when Wyn is finished his duty! Sundry fines for such questions as: what beverage is prevalent during Oktoberfest and how old is Corey Burger. Giles was spotted in the Tsawwassen Ferry parking lot? David Sills (Cash Desk) was fined for indicating that anyone who arrives after 12:15 will not receive change - that went over big!

After Happy and Sad dollars, Jessica Van der Veen's ticket was drawn but she drew a black marble so the pot thickens!

Pablo Diemecke introduced one visiting Rotarian, Mal Williams, from Wiarton, Ontario.


Jim Force reported on the Raise a Reader program in which 6 of our members participated. Roughly $9,000 was raised last week for literacy.

Ticket sales for the Rwanda fundraiser are at 60 but more need to be sold. It is hoped 200 will be sold, but we will break even at 100. If you haven't purchased your tickets to support this fundraiser please contact Jim for tickets ASAP. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide financial support for a variety of items such as stoves, water, rabbit huts, etc., and will receive a Certificate that indicates they have supported Sustainable Households. Rwanda Event Info. Click on this link to download the poster which you can email to your online friends. We were advised that last week's speaker, Ed Bain, is donating $500 towards our Rwanda projects from a children's non-profit that he is involved in. John Jordan indicated it will go towards the Rwanda children's animal program - a very thoughtful gesture from Ed and many thanks from the club.

Peter Lawrie reported that Interact has started up again with a dynamite duo chairing the club - we will meet them soon when they will tell us about the projects they will be involved in this year, one of which is the Memory Cafe.

Pablo Diemecke has donated $5 from the sale of every ticket to a recent concert and this money was handed over to Treasurer Brian - many thanks Pablo! Peter also reminded that there is a Community Service Committee meeting next week after Rotary.


& Grace
Greeter &
Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host &
Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
Oct 04 Trish Riswold - Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association (CASDDA)
Oct 11 Jessica Van der Veen – Vocational Talk
Oct 18 Marc Habscheid – Victoria Royals
Oct 25 Club Assembly - PolioPlus Drive?
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