Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant District Governor: David Stocks
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Program for October 7, 2008, reported by Don O'Coffey CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil began by reminding us that October is Vocational Month. His quote was from Niccola Machiavelli (1469-1527), a political theorist of Florence who gave us the word Machiavellian, meaning suggestive of expediency, deceit and cunning. Here is the quote: “Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to advantage.” President Neil asked, “Where would we be today if everyone retreated as soon as they came upon an obstacle? How badly do you want to succeed?”

O Canada was sung a cappella and Jerry McLean said Grace.

Banner Presentations: Perry presented a banner from his old club in Kingston. Tricia presented a banner from the Cebu Rotary Club.

Tav Macpherson made an appeal for more Foundation benefactors. Lynn Murray Joan Firkins and Joan Peggs were honored for their continuing commitment of $1000.00 per year to the Foundation as members of the Paul Harris Society. Hmmm. All women! Come on guys!

Bowls of Hope

At right:
Walkers for PolioPlus gathered at Joan Peggs' home last Sunday. Photo by Neil R.

Rotary Wheel

Induction of New Member: Ron Beyer
Ron Beyer

Jack Petrie introduced his friend Ron Beyer, whom he also sponsored. Ron runs his own mortgage broker company and is a resident, with his wife, of Oak Bay. The Club gave Ron a warm welcome, and we look forward to his contribution to our activities.

Guest Speaker
Perry introduced our speaker, Pat Griffin, of the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society. Y.E.S. has a $2.5m budget and
it’s mandate is to help the younger street people aged 14 to 19. Y.E.S. is out there having a very positive effect on this age group. Y.E.S. gets kids back on track and into life skills programs, education and work training programs. They have an outreach team on the street which tries to intercept kids before they get hooked on drugs and into prostitution and if they are hooked, they have the means to help turn them around. So we at times think that there is nothing happening to solve the street people problem but here is a low profile program that seems to be having great success. Thank you Pat Griffin and Y.E.S., our sentiments being expressed to you by Lynne Murray (below).
Pat Griffin YES

Click on the Bowls of Hope poster at left to find out more about the Y.E.S. fundraiser to be held on at the Empress on October 22 from 11:00 AM to 1.30 PM. Tickets $25, are available, among other places, at Rogers Tudor Sweet Shoppe on Oak Bay Avenue. According to treasurer, Gerry Thompson, "the Empress Hotel donates the venue, the soup, and some of the servers.  There is both a live and a silent aution, lots of energy and people, and it is a lot of fun."

The meeting closed with God Save The Queen (I think). Where are you Tom?

Polio Walkers

Visiting Rotarians And Guests

Introduced by
Nels Granewall:

Gerry Thompson was the guest of Joan Peggs;
Ron Beyer and Elaine Barbeau were the guests of Jack Petrie;
Pat Griffin, speaker, was was the guest of the Club;
Nels gave a special welcome to a former member of the Club, Bert Whan Tong, who was the guest of Mark Bedford. Tricia Timmermans was given a big welcome back from her Rotoplast trip to Cebu. We are anticipating hearing more about it in the near future.

Sergeant at Arms
Brian Lamb
stepped up to the plate to fill in for Wendy. He seemed to have lost a bit of his old viciousness as Sergeant; members got off easier than in days gone by. Thank goodness. However, there were a few fines for those who forgot their Rotary pins, for Investment Dealers and for those who failed to greet our former member, Bert What Tong.
Happy and Sad $ were many and served to swell our coffers: Nels was happy for the 36th anniversary for the pace maker, invented in his country of origin. John Snively was happy about a new study that people live longer after retirement if they drink single malt as opposed to blended Scotch or gin. Neil M. for good weather in Edmonton for his visit there and for the prosperity manifested in his home town, Tricia for all the new smiles created on the Rotoplast trip. Joan P. was happy that the walk raised at least $2,000.00 for PolioPlus. Good work Joan! This is part of the $100M challenge.

 

Rotary Wheel

Upcoming Programs
October 14: Life at Kilema Hospital: Medical work in rural Tanzania
Chris Fraser and Stephanie Malahoff
October 21: Kevin Luches, The Power of One
October 28: Dell Wergeland, Project Unity
DUTY ROSTER
Date
GREETER &
SAY GRACE
GREETER /
INTRODUCE GUESTS
BULLETIN
MINUTES
HOST/
INTRODUCE SPEAKER
THANK
SPEAKER
14-Oct
Nazar
Ockermueller
O'Coffey
Peggs
Petrie
21-Oct
Picken
Pitt
Prentice
Schopper
Philip
28-Oct
Sills
Sim
Sims
Pritchard
Snively
October Cashier: MUTTER; 50-50 McDougall

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