Rotary Club of Oak Bay
2006-2007 Rotary International Theme: Lead the Way
District 5020 Governor 06-07: Erik Frederickson

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel - 1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA, V8S 2N2
Directions to Hotel
(Location is changing as of November 2006 - see below)

BULLETIN FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2006. Meeting # 1606. Reported by Mark Bedford; Editor: Neil Madsen.
Roster and Upcoming Speakers

Next Tuesday is Assembly - Directors please have reports ready.

Bulletin note-takers: Please make sure to email your text to Neil as soon as possible after the Tuesday meeting.

Guest Speaker, Pen Hauge, who is the Public Relations and Resources officer with Mercy Ships, Canada


President Tav presided over the 12th meeting of the year, Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and Ben Andersen said grace.

Special Announcements
Tav showed us a wind chime featuring straw models of pigs! No owner claimed the chimes. (It appears that it was left by last week’s speaker, Christine Wenman). Mark will call her and either return the chimes or it will be auctioned at the meeting on the 26th.

Popcorn and Candy Floss machines: Brian is looking for a new storage space.
Malawi: -- Trish is heading for a nine day trip, and would welcome small gifts like lapel pins, school supplies, badges, etc.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Introduced by Bob Beauvais:

Joe Prentice, Whitehorse;
Stan Kuc , Saanich, Federal Corrections;
Pen Hauge , guest speaker was a guest of the club ;
Carol Livingstone, guest of Angele Munro
Ashley Heaslip, Ambassadorial scholar was a guest of the club

Oak Bay Centennial book
:-- Lorna promoted centennial souvenirs and the centennial book. Available at the Rec. Centre and the Municipal Hall.
Ambassadorial Scholar: Nels introduced Ashley Heaslip who is scheduled to go to South Africa in September, 2007. Nels informed us that Ahley scored seven firsts on the score cards of the seven-member selection team. Ashley is deeply concerned about world health issues, and recently was a delegate to the International HIV/AIDS Conference.
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel will close on Nov. 6 The Club will meet after October at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre 1975 Bee Street (250) 595-SWIM (7946) Click here for Map of Oak Bay/Victoria showing Rec Centre location

Mark Bedford
, doing double duty today, fined Steve Harthill for the cell phone episode last week. Lynne Murray was fined for forgetting the attendance sheests, and so were her three friends who snitched on her. President Tav was nicked for welcoming us all with “Good Morning”, Wynn Taylor for being late and Joan Firkins for looking oh so casual. Some tables were fined for having no guests and one for having two of the few guests this day. A birthday card was handed out to Barbara and a card for his forthcoming anniversary to Tom Croft, who was grateful for the reminder. The Draw was won by Pablo who drew black
Theme Speaker: -- Irene introduced our Theme Speaker, Pen Hauge, who is the Public Relations and Resources officer from Mercy Ships, Canada. Ken, a former professional photographer, has worked with Mercy Ships since 1978. The slogan for the Mercy Ships is “Bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.” Pen spoke of the suitability of Mercy Ships for this work by the fact that most major ports are centres for a large proportion of the population of many countries. Hospital ships are fully equipped for major surgeries and have modern, well-furnished wards for patients. They also have mobile units that travel up to a radius of 100 miles from the port. Well trained teams for such projects as developing agriculture, well digging, construction projects, etc. are available where needed. Mercy Ships is the primary outreach project for Rotary Clubs in the U.K. for the 2006 – ’07 Rotary Year. Currently, Mercy Ships are serving in the countries of Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Pen spoke of the Mercy Ships as representing “A faith based mission to the poor that is just one tool in God’s varied and vast tool box that seeks to bring hope and healing to the needy.” Founded by Don Stephens, (president) in 1978, Mercy Ships have now performed more than 1.5 million services valued at over $600 million, impacting the lives of 1.7 million direct beneficiaries. They have donated more than $35 million of medical equipment, hospital supplies and medicines through 555 ports cities in 70 different countries. Pen pointed out that behind every statistic and dollar figure there is a life healed and a hope regained. He also invited Rotarians to consider becoming “Shipmates” by signing up as financial partners. (Commitment forms were available). For further information:

Mercy Ships operates the largest non-governmental fleet of hospital ships. Typically, a ship will spend 7 or 8 months in a port. The reputation of the Mercy Ship work is so widespread that people will come to a port and line up for 2 or 3 days awaiting the arrival of a ship and hoping to qualify for aid or surgery. Volunteers working on the ships are expected to pay their own way to the port of operation, and cover their own costs of room and board (approximately $600 per month). Originally, Mercy Ships was started under the umbrella of Youth with a Mission, and are still affiliated with them. Today, there are 16 national offices with headquarters in the U.K. and the Netherlands. Their Vision Statement is: Mercy Ships seeks to become the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the poor.

Ken was duly thanked, by Les Canty, and presented with one of our world famous coffee mugs.
Upcoming Speakers and Roster
Programs for September
Sep 26
Club Assembly
Programs for October
Oct 3  
Oct 10  
Oct 17  
Roster September, October, 2006
Thank Speaker
Sep 26
M Canty
September Cashier: D Chapple ; 50-50: H Ockermeuller
Oct 3
Oct 10 Lamb Force Granewell Harrison Harthill
Oct 17 Jackson Lamb Maxwell McDougall Marsh
Oct 24 McLean McLeod Munro Murray Mutter
Oct 31 Ockermueller O'Coffey Petrie Philip Picken
OCTOBER Cashier: J. Snively; 50-50: T. Eley

President - Tav Macpherson
President Elect -
Jack Petrie
Past President -
David Maxwell
Secretary -
Leslie Rogers-Warnock
Treasurer - Brian Lamb

Service Directors:
Administration -
Barry Mutter
Public Relations -
Tricia Timmermans
Foundation -
David Maxwell
Membership - Jack Petrie
Service Projects -
Dallas Chapple
International - Jim Force
Sergeants @ Arms -
Mark Bedford
& Ben Andersen

Attendance: Lynne Murray

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