President David opened the meeting by suggesting that we consider Christmas giving to the Wheel Chair Foundation. More details on that later (MJH!).
O Canada was led by Tom Lidkea, grace said by Irene Davie.
Rotarian of the Week was Nels Granewall for his work with youth exchange, ambassadorial fellows and the new R.I. policy on sexual harassment. Stay tuned for the latter!
Visiting Rotarians, introduced by Rod Sim:
Jim Parker, Saanich Sunrise, S/A; Bruce Hooker, Saanich,
Real Estate; Ken Haywood, Edmonton, Auto Theft!
Patricia Elias, Zanzibar, Education/Director.
Jeff Grisold has decided to resign from Rotary.
President Dave expressed gratitude for the great service Jeff has provided the club.
Tom Lidkea reminded us of the “Broom Bash” at Uplands Park and Cattle Point on Sat. and Sun. 1-4pm A family event, please bring gloves, and loppers. Now who can guess what's wrong with this picture below taken October 23?
|A definite dearth of Rotarians and Interactors, that's what! Well there were two - but one was taking the picture and the other was the official greeter.
Volunteers are needed on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri to help the students of St. Patrick's School in planting along Bowker Creek.
Tav introduced Patricia Elias who used to be an OB High school teacher. When she and her husband were travelling in Zanzibar, they were struck by the poverty, the lack of health care, and the lack of education.
They have started a new Rotary Club in Jambiani of which she is the Vice-President; already they have 34 members. The club will be chartered on Nov. 19.
Pat and her husband have helped create the “Hands Across Borders Society” (www.handsacrossborderssociety.org) which is dedicated to providing and overseeing the establishment of health and education projects in the developing world. In Jambiani they have developed a “Wellness Clinic” which includes a “wound clinic”. Many people from countries such as Canada and Denmark volunteer, but more are always needed. Deaf and hard of hearing locals are being assisted, and clean water initiatives have been begun through the International Red Cross.
Pat's e-mail address is email@example.com; she requested to be on our mail list.