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 22, 2009, reported by Lynne Muray CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Victoria started the meeting with an audio-visual projection of blackbirds sitting on telephone wires which were converted to musical notes. The notes were played and made a short and  serene  tune.

Our resident pianist Tom Lidkea played both O Canada and The Star Spangled Banner in honour of the presence of District Governor Alex Alexander. The invocation was led by Ross McLaughlin. Joe Prentice read the 4 way test.

Vicky then made a general welcome to the District Governor Alex Alexander and his wife Marnee;

She noted that Joe Prentice has returned after a long absence and thanked the members who had volunteered at the Mustard Seed at Fairways and the members who organized the Nine and Dine Golf Game last week. She then announced that we were unable to get a Matching Grant for the APU Girls School in Malawi and we have increased our commitment to $11,000.


Jim Force reminded us of Club in a Pub on Thursday.

Pete Lawrie reported on the Mustard Seed Food Drive. The Victoria Rotary volunteers raised about $1300 to make the total so far around $2500.

District Governor, Alex Alexander, bestowed Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship pins upon the following – Lynne Murray (8), Victoria Pitt (4) and Perry Bamji (3). Perry's wife Annamarie Bamji received her first PHF medal and pin.

District Governor Alexander was introduced by Assistant District Governor, Tav Macpherson. Alex is a former Funeral Director, California Highway Patrolman (retired as Sergeant) and Life Insurance Salesperson. He’s been a member of Rotary Club of Longview, Washington since 1985. Alex emphasized throughout his talk that it is important to convey to the world the good that we do. It is the means of attracting talented members with a wish  to help solve the world's problems. This year’s theme ‘The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands’ has a broad implication for carrying out Rotary International's current strategic plan which identifies seven priorities, which Alex reviewed for us:
·         Eradicate polio. It remains in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria  (PAIN)
·         Advance the recognition and public image of Rotary. 
·         Increase Rotary’s capacity to provide service. 
·         Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality.
·         Emphasize Rotary’s unique vocational service commitment.
·         Optimize the use and development of leadership talents within RI.
·         Fully implement the strategic planning process to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization.
He has set a very aggressive district goal for the Foundation this year of $1,000,000.00! This is not including the Polio Challenge Grant.

He reminded us that the members are the engine that makes the clubs run. Without adequate high quality, satisfied members, the organization loses its vibrancy, and eventually ceases to exist.

DG Alexander finished his talk with a quote from Michael Josephson -
 "What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom, and for what."

Assistant Governor Tav MacPherson thanked Alex for an inspiring talk.

The meeting complete, we sang to the Queen accompanied by the improved/returned Tom Lidkea.

Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by Neil Rawnsley:
Diane Macpherson, guest of Tav;
Annamarie Bamji, guest of Perry
Mike Sharlow, guest of Bill;
Nicolaas Rupke, guest of Wolf
Connie Carter, guest and driver of Dallas 

Acting and unscrupulous sergeant, Pete Lawrie, took $$ from the early leavers, Pablo and Ted C. The secret shaker was the late arriving Brian Lamb. Anyone having to look at the words of the 2 anthems more than twice threw in a buck. Those thinking that less than 90% of untreated urban sewage is discharged into surrounding water had to give up $$. Birthdays this week were had by Gary and Barb Bristol. Anniversaries were celebrated by Tom and Jill Croft and Ron Beyer and Susanne. Joe is happy to be back after 5 months in the Yukon and Dallas was happy/sad that she did not break her ankle falling off a bar stool.

Membership Proposal
Jim Force, Membership Chair, announced that he has a proposal for a new member – Corey Burger. Corey has attended several club events as a volunteer and spoke to the club a few weeks ago about Oak Bay bike safety and routes. The proposal will be published in the bulletin. Members will have 10 days to approve the proposal.

September 29: John Juricic - Etraffic Solutions
October 6: Good Timber - the Belfry
October 13: Nancy Watters - READ - How Literacy Levels are affecting CRD Businesses

29-Sep Ockermueller Prentice Peggs Philip O'Coffey
Cash Desk: Force; 50-50: Madsen
06-Oct Prentice Pritchard Maxwell Sills Schopper
13-Oct Sim Sims Snively Taylor Toal
Cash Desk: Curtis; 50-50: Ockermueller

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