Rotary Club of Oak Bay
  Service Above Self 2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self District Governor: Joan Firkins



Foundation Fundraiser

McMorran's Restaurant
Nov. 3

White Elephant Auction $32.50:
Find something unusual in the basement, wrap it in white tissue, and write a little poem to describe it.

Last Tango In Paris

Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Friends
Penny Farthing Pub,
November 5.

This is a fundraiser
for the CLOCK which will be erected in front of the Pharmasave.
The event is
Black Tie and Jeans
and includes all the
food and drink
you can consume.

A Tax receipt will be issued.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation Dinner
Victoria Conference Centre
November 18, 2005

Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis is coming next month to help us raise money for African children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. An inspiring speaker, Stephen is Canada's former Ambassador to the UN and is now the UN's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. You can help. Buy tickets to the November 18th fundraiser comprising dinner, a silent auction and a keynote presentation by Stephen. Tickets are still available from
Rotary International will direct all proceeds to front-line help for the children! You can also see John or Tav for tickets ($75.00). Download Poster.

Program for Oct. 25, 2005 - reported by Ian Baker

President David opened this meeting at the Oak Bay Rec. Centre by quoting Paul Harris on the importance of Vocational Service. He noted that our Director of such, Tricia Timmermans, will finish Vocational Service Month before going to Australia for three months. Send any photo’s you take to her so that she can continue to update the bulletin from afar.

O Canada was sung a cappella and grace was said by Heather Aked.

Visiting Rotarians & Guests, introduced by Ben Andersen: Christopher Causton, Harbourside
Patricia Elias, Zanzibar, Educator/Director.
Jerry McLean was the guest of Jack Petrie
Carmela Cooper was guest of the Club
Tsuyashi Takahashi was a guest of Don O’Coffeey

Irene wins the coveted
Cops for Cancer Cap!!

Cheque presentation to Eldercare - see below.


President David awarded Honorable Mentions for Rotarian of the Weeek to Tom Lidkea for his work on the Broom Bash and Tricia Timmermans for her marvellous web site and also her work on Vocational Service. However, the REAL award for this week went to Jim Force for his iniatiative on the Clean Water project.

Lorna reminded everyone of
1) Centennial committee meeting at OB Rec Centre on Nov. 1st at 7:00 p.m.
2) Last Tango in Oak Bay on Nov. 5th at 7:00 p.m. to raise money for the Legacy project (Village Clock, etc.). Cost: $100 with $60 tax receipt.
3) The Club Christmas Social is scheduled for Dec. 20th and will be downstairs from Milestone’s restaurant, downtown Victoria.

John Edgell announced that we have 6 tables spoken for so far for the Stephen Lewis dinner on Nov. 18th.

Jerry McClean, proposed by Jack Petrie, was inducted into the club. Jerry has a law degree from the U. of Alberta - we’ll hear much more from him in the future. Welcome to the Club!

Dave Maxwell pins newest member of the club, Jerry McLean
President David awarded the Victoria Eldercare Foundation representative, Carmela Cooper, with a cheque for $7,000 that they and the Oak Bay Rotary Club raised from the golf tournament. The Club’s share was also $7,000. Best Ever!

Stephen Holland, our Guest Speaker, appears to be looking at the top of a tsunami wave - somewhere out in Oak Bay!

Guest Speaker, introduced by John Snivelly

Stephen Holland, a member of the Sooke Rotary Club, gave a riveting presentation of the research and work he conducts on earthquakes, tsunamis, and potential natural threats, and how they could impact our region. Stephen presented numerous slides he compiled, based on his scientific research, that revealed how the natural dynamics of the earth bring about earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricane-level winds, etc. Stephen is a retired instructor, and now works as a volunteer at the Pacific Geoscience Centre in Sidney, BC. Interestingly, Stephen has a working seismograph in his home, and also creates working models to show natural events for display at science exhibits.

Stephen urged us to visit his web site at to learn more! Stephen explained the difference between a storm surge from a hurricane, which is essentially a flood occuring at low velocity, whereas a tsunami of the same height, say 30 feet, is moving at 40 mph and this creates enormous destructive power. A major earthquake west of Canada, where the Juan de Fuca plate is sliding under the North American plate, would result in severe shaking for five minutes. This alone can cause severe damage. Once the shaking is finished, we in Victoria would have one hour to move to higher ground (above 10 meters) if we are not already above that level. That is the time it would take to reach Victoria Harbour, and it will be moving at 40 mph. An hour later it will reach the Gulf Islands, where enormous damage will occur. Note also that there can be repeat surge pulses every hour or so for up to 24 hours. Do not go down to the low areas to assess the damage!

John Snively has kindly placed the hand-out which Stephen Holland had provided in a pdf file which you can down-load if you did not get a copy. See his e-mail to all members.

Stephen was thanked by Mark Bedford.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas Chappell levied a generic fine on everyone (she confessed to your editor that she hadn’t had time to prepare). Birthdays were celebrated by Ben Andersen, Rod Sim and Lori McCleod. Don O’Coffey won the draw which David Philip had tried to high-jack (he claimed poor eye sight).

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA


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