Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
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District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for October 6, 2009, reported by Neil Rawnsley CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Vicky opened the meeting by welcoming Barbara Bristol Price and John Edgell to the meeting after long absences.

An excellent Foundation video produced by the Elizabethville, Tennessee Rotary club was the internet presentation. Jerry McLean provided the legal version of the Four Way Test.

Joe Prentice did double duty providing the invocation and welcoming the guests.

President Vicky directed our attention to the forms for Poinsettia sales (click to Download & Print) and urged us to obtain orders for this fundraiser as soon as possible. Neil Rawnsley reported on the Ted Harrison dinner (see report in centre column) and John Edgell presented a banner from his Australian adventure.

Vicky reported she attended the Eldercare Annual General Meeting and received a certificate acknowledgin our efforts in fundraising for equipment at Oak Bay Lodge. She read messages from Ben Andersen applauding the Ted Harrison dinner and recent speaker Nigel Livingston for our interest in CANASSIST.


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To all Canadian Rotarians

Would you like to assist at the Rotary International Convention in Montreal?

One of the major undertakings during an International Convention is directing the attending Rotarians to the venues and to the many rooms where meetings are taking place. I have been asked to encourage all Canadian registrants to consider checking the box on the registration form to volunteer as Sergeants and as Chairman of the Convention I ask you to do so. Please pass this message onto all the members of your club and please post it on your club website. Many thanks for your consideration as we all work to ensure the Montreal Convention a terrific success.

Bob Scott
Chairman International Convention June 20-23 Montreal 2010


Guest Speaker:

Don O’Coffey introduced our guest speaker Mary Desprez. Mary is the General Manager of the Belfry Theatre and over her 22 years with the theatre has seen tremendous change.  Her volunteer work includes membership in a number of community and professional Arts and Culture organizations where she has taken a leadership role. Mary’s favourite volunteer work is as Project Manager for The Other Guys Theatre Company and presented an overview of their current project  “Good Timber – Songs and Stories of the Local Loggers”.

The theatre company has one project a year and focuses on local artists and  local musicians. The current project was inspired by a book of poetry by Robert Swanson, a logger, inventor, and poet whose career took him from the woods, through University and then to head of safety for BC Rail. It was a time when loggers had a healthy respect for the environment. Swanson  and his brother collected and published the poetry of the loggers. The poetry has been put to music and combined with still photography and images which chronicle the times; it tells the story of a whole culture.

Mary presented a 5-minute video which is part of a work in progress. At the present time they have put together about 40 minutes of the project and recently presented the live work in progress to an invited audience which received excellent reviews. They have approached the Royal BC Museum and have created a partnership which will see them have access to archival material and the use of the main hall as a venue. The project ties in with the Museum's current mandate of “BC Stories”; it will be ready for presentation in March and April of 2010.

Wolf Schopper thanked the speaker.

Ted Harrison Joanne Roberts


160 people were at The Empress Hotel the evening of October 3 to celebrate Ted Harrison, artist, author, teacher, philanthropist and Rotarian. The event was emceed by Jo-Anne Roberts, (seen above with Ted) Host of 'All Points West', on CBC Radio One. Jo-Anne read "greetings" from Prime Minister Steven Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell.

Grace was said by Victoria Pitt.  During dinner the attendees were treated to a slide presentation of photos from the Harrison family archives. We were treated to a review of Ted's whirlwind career by Katherine Gibson, his official biographer. From his birth in Wingate, UK, we followed him on army service in Africa and India, then to teaching positions in Malaysia and New Zealand, and finally to Whitehorse in the Yukon. Katherine noted that the Whitehorse job offer included the seductive phrase "Weaklings need not apply."


After a visual presentation entitled 'Painting Paradise', Jo-Anne and Ted sat in easy chairs on the dais to discuss his life. Actually she had little to do once Ted was launched. We know about his artistic ability but his teaching skills also rank high as we heard about his work with students who did not fit the usual mode. How satisfying it is to learn in later years about successful pupils. Ted referred several times to his other family, Oak Bay Rotary Club, and how it has been an important part of his life. Neil Rawnsley ended the evening with a thoughtful overview of the event.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Joe Prentice

Michael Best
and speaker Mary Desprez

Sgt. Brian Lamb garnered change for such offences as sitting at the same table as last week, late arrivals, those who avoided broccoli or did not attend the Ted Harrison dinner. Tom Croft for his MS/Wine ride, Jerry McLean for the new version of the Four Way Test and Tav Macpherson for something about a young buck. Next week will see the auction of a Rotary Watch from Don O’Coffey.

Happy/Sad $$
Happy/sad dollars included the Canada vs US hockey game and Lori McLeod’s participation,  Ted’s thank you to his club family for the great evening at the Fairmont, Barbara Bristol Price for being here to pay for missed fines, etc.

Missing from a previous bulletin: At the September 22 meeting attended by the District Governor, there was a special award presented by the DG to Mary Canty for all the exemplary work she has done in volunteering and organizing. 

Message from Sharon English, Vice-Principal Ecole Quadra School: I'm hoping to do the dictionary presentation on Thursday October 15th at 1:00 in our school library. I hope you might be able to join us. I'm sure the students will be quite excited. The labels turned out great! Thanks again for your generosity to our school. NOTE: This meeting has been set up, so hopefully other Oak Bay Rotarians will join in the presentation.


Following the recent catastrophes in the Pacific, Shelterbox already has teams on the ground in Sumatra, Samoa and the Philippines. More information about these deployments can be found at There is also a video about Shelterbox Canada on our website
Don Ohlgren, Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada. Please help if you can.


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