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 September 8, 2009, reported by Lori McLeod CLICK HERE for Print Version
Rotary Club of Oak Bay: Serving the Families of Oak Bay

 President Vicky opened the meeting with a dizzying video  on web presentations. 

Tom Lidkea tickled the ivories as we sang O Canada and Grace was provided by Shelly Best.

President Vicky asked Past President Neil to recite the Four Way Test...and he did it without hesitation! (phew)

Shelly Best passed along an update from John Picken.  John hasn't joined a Rotary Club yet, but wishes us all well from St. Catherines.


Heather Aked encouraged everyone to participate in the September 18th FUN golf tourney social.  We have room for 32 players and tee times start at 3:30pm at Uplands.  We are also looking for volunteers and prizes.  Tom Croft explained the tourney format and advised it will be fun to participate even if you're not a golfer.  Cost is $65 for golf and dinner or $35 for dinner only.  Contact Heather Aked to sign up or donate a prize.

Tav provided a Foundation update.  He noted that the Foundation was started in 1917 with an initial donation of just $26.50.  Now annual donations total approximately $245 million worldwide.  Our club raised $5,000 last year in the walk for polio and was one of the leading clubs in the District.  This year Tav would like to see more Paul Harris fellows ($1000 contributors) and more sustaining members ($100US per year contributors) from our club.  Tav set a goal to have 100% of our club be sustaining members.  He also urged members to attend a Foundation seminar on Saturday September 12th in Duncan.  Contact Tav if you would like more info.

Guest Speakers

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Brian Lamb introduced our two guest speakers,  Victoria Police Constables Dawndra Tolsma and Chantal Ziegler,  above, who are part of this year's Cops for Cancer Tour De Roc

There are 21 team members riding this year including 19 Vancouver Island police officers and 2 local media personalities - Brian Bailey from KOOL FM and Hudson Mack from "A" British Columbia TV. Riders will cover about 1,000 km from Port Hardy to Victoria.  Funds raised go to the Canadian Cancer Society to support pediatric cancer research and to send kids with cancer to Camp Goodtimes. 

Both Dawndra and Chantal shared with us their personal reasons for joining the team.  Dandra was told 22 years ago that her dad had cancer and only 1 year to live - he's still here!  Chantal had 3 family members who were afflicted by cancer and she's thankful she's been blessed with a healthy child - she's doing it for the kids.  The officers then played a powerful video of various past Tours de Roc.   The Tour de Roc kicks off on September 19th and ends on when the team rides into Oak Bay on October 2nd, completing their island tour.  Dawndra and Chantal remarked that the training is very difficult but this year's team has had no hill walkers and no one has far!  When it gets tough, they just think about their junior riders who are fighting a much bigger battle. 

Peter Johannknecht (below) thanked our speakers for their very powerful presentation and wished them much success with both their ride and fundraising.

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Tom Lidkea accompanied us on piano as we closed the meeting with God Save the Queen.


Sergeant-at-Arms Leslie Rogers-Warnock asked phantom handshaker Jack Petrie to report.  Jack advised only one person didn't shake, fist or elbow and he's letting him off the hook because Tom Lidkea must protect his piano playing fingers.   Fines were levied as follows:
*       $1.00 from everyone who did not attend the Saanich Fair this past weekend.  If your kids attended - OK - you're off the hook.
*       Tav was fined for looking excited to see two Victoria Police officers arrive with handcuffs.
*       Jerry McLean, Neil Rawnsley, Dave Maxwell and Tom Croft were fined for talking about cougars of the human variety.
*       $1.00 from anyone who had not yet signed up for the fun golf tourney
*       $1.00 from anyone who did not read Brian Lamb's email attachment - a riviting budget!
Happy birthday was sung, almost in tune, to Mark Bedford (Sept 13). Tom and Margaret Lidkea are celebrating a 40th anniversary next week - congrats!
Happy and Sad  Dollars:
Gary Nazar is happy that 17 years ago today his first grandchild came into this world - and yesterday she started University.
Dallas Chapple is happy that she received a courtesy ticket - not a real one!
Heather is happy for having had a wonderful vacation and is glad to be back.  She also put in a happy dollar for Alexander's 1st day of Grade 2.
Jack Petrie put in a happy $5 for the 5 months Jerry McLean was away - glad he's back though.
Lynne Murray put in a happy buck as Nels is predicted to have a good recovery from his surgery.
50/50 Draw:
Joan Peggs won $27.00 in the 50/50 draw.  Now she can affort a dog sitter so she'd better sign up for golf.

September 15: Dr Nigel Livingston
September 22: District Governor Alex Alexander
September 29: John Juricic - Etraffic Solutions

15-Sep Lawrie Lidkea Aked MacPherson Madsen
22-Sep McLaughlin Maxwell Murray Mutter Nazar
29-Sep Ockermueller Prentice Peggs Philip O'Coffey
Cash Desk: Force; 50-50: Madsen

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