Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2009-2010 Rotary International Theme: The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
District 5020 Governor 2009-2010: Alex Alexander. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
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Program for October 13, 2009, reported by Perry Bamji CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Vicky opened the meeting with a short but interesting video on social networking. At the piano was Tom Lidkea with his rendition of O Canada at the beginning and God Save the Queen at the finish of the meeting. Lynne Murray gave am eloquent version of the Four Way Test.

Perry Bamji gave a report on the status of the Rotary Book of Graces. With monies collected thus far, we have donated one Shelter Box #1393 which has now been deployed in Niger, one of Africa’s poorest nations, to shelter victims of widespread flooding. We are very close to our intended goal and have only 15 Grace Books left before we can send another $1,200 for a second shelter box. Perry appealed to anyone visiting another club to take a few books ($10 each) and use the Jim Force method of passing 5 books in a transparent zip lock bag. Change of two $10 bills included in the zip lock bag is recommended as ready change for those wishing to pay using a $20 bill. The “Force” method uses “no force” and guarantees 100% success!

Neil Rawnsley is seeking nominations for Leadership Victoria Awards. If you know of any person(s) worthy of these awards, please contact Neil.

Guest Speaker:

Guest Speaker Nancy Watters Researcher and Grants Manager of the Read Society was introduced by Reverend Wynn Taylor. Nancy is a certified adult educator and a free-lance organizational consultant and trainer. She also delivers workshops on ethical leadership, social responsibility and positive parenting.  Nancy holds a Masters degree in Adlerian   Counselling Psychology and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, a registered Reiki Master and a sound therapist. She also has a private practice where she offers holistic psychotherapy that addresses the body, mind and spirit. Nancy moved from Cowichan Bay to Oak Bay three years ago and for the past 18 months she is conducting research with the READ Society on “literacy and learning in the workplace”. Her research includes international literature survey and personal interviews with Capital Region employers and employees in five business sectors.

Nancy gave some revealing examples of long-term employees who could not read and some who could not read nor write.  Nancy’s research revealed that on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), 40% of the workforce in BC are below scale-point 3.  The READ Society is looking at ways of bringing training to the workplace. Nancy also talked about a Literacy and Essential Skills Toolkit designed by the Government of Canada (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada). The toolkit which can be customized, is designed to help employers, learners and practitioners improve job satisfaction, job performance and employee retention. The kit comprises assessment tools, learning tools and training support.

Dallas Chapple thanked Nancy for sharing insights of the Literacy in Workplace Program with our club members.

David Maxwell announced that the Olympic Torch will be in Oak Bay on Friday, October 30, 2009. There will be hot chocolate and popcorn for sale and Dave urged Rotarians to sign up for duty between 3.30 PM and 7.00 PM. Both items are donated and the proceeds from the sale will be a good revenue generator for our club. The sales' location is only 15 feet away from the torch procession and this is your chance to see the torch first-hand!

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Anne Sims

 Nancy Watters
(Speaker) Guest of the Club;

Michael Caveney,
Guest of Gary Nazar;

Jane Waters
Guest of Jack Petrie;

Len Chapple
Guest of Dallas Chapple.


Sergeant at Arms Brian Lamb was thankful for the warm ovation and swiftly got to work. He auctioned a watch and a Rotary ashtray. (Do Rotarians still smoke?). Heather Aked and Jack Petrie were the only bidders till Jack ousted Heather and got the loot.

Fines were levied on Barry Mutter, David Phillip, Gary Nazar and President Vicky. Sergeant at Arms Brian had some quizzes which brought in more funds for the coffers.

Happy/Sad $$

Happy & Sad Bucks came from Jo Prentice, Dallas Chapple, Gary Nazar, Heather Aked, Perry Bamji and Barry Mutter. The 50-50 draw was won by Lynne Murray. The white marble still stayed elusive in the bag!

October 20: Jeremy Marie: "World TOur by Hitch Hiking; a thumb up for tolerance.
October 27: Memory Chazeza-Mdyetsini (Director of APU Girls Secondary School in Malawi)

20-Oct Timmermans Aked Snively O'Coffey Beyer
27-Oct Bixler Canty Chambers Carter Cooley
Cash Desk: Curtis; 50-50: Ockermueller

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