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Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2011-2012 Rotary International Theme: Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
District 5020 Governor 2011-2012: David Stocks. Assistant Governor: Tav Macpherson
Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre (MAP)

Meeting September 6, 2011. reported by Anne Sims. Photos by Jack Petrie

Perry and JoanJoan recognized Perry Bamji (above) and Vicky Pitt for their Paul Harris Society contributions for the 2010-11 Rotary year. The society recognizes friends of the Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more. Perry presented a picture album from John Edgell of his year as President. Perry also reminded the Inter-national committee they will be meeting next week and asked the members to reflect on how we will decide who gets matching grants.

Sergeant at Arms

Jim Force fined Neil Rawnsley's table for the honour of sitting with Neil as he volunteered on the weekend at the Rotary Booth at the Saanich Fair.

Jack Petrie's table was also fined for the privilege of sitting with him, just because he's Jack.

Late arrival fines were administered to Hans, Wynn, and John Jordan. Dallas and Ron Cooley were acknowledged for their anniversaries as Rotary members.

Pablo drew the white marble and won the pot of $36.00.

President Joan opened the meeting at 12:15 and reminded us that September is New Generations month. Tom Lidkea started us off with O Canada and Rod Sim gave the grace.

Westlers

The meeting started with the induction of our newest members, David & Batya Westler (above). Heather Aked, on behalf of Pieta VanDyke from the Harbourside Club, introduced the Westlers to our club. Pieta is confident that David & Batya will be an asset to our club and we will soon be taking advantage of their business and culinary skills, as well as their international connections. David will be a contributor to the International Committee and Batya will be on the Community Service Committee.

Mark Bedford introduced our guest speaker, Eileen Eby. Eileen was born in Saskatchewan, but at the age of 3 she read about British Columbia and developed a yearning to live there, which she eventually did. She previously lived in Invermere and has been in Victoria since 1990. She has been a teacher and a principal and is now a project leader in a non-profit organization: Success by 6. Their goal is literacy at an early age.

Some salient points from Eileen's talk:
Literacy affects everyone. Adults with low literacy levels do poorly in the job market. Illiteracy extends across generations. Reading to young children presents a huge learning advantage when the child begins school and quickly establishes a belief in themselves as a successful learner. The "1000 x 5" Children's Book Recycling Project is partnered with Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Victoria School District. Check the link for an informational brochure.

Gently used books for children from birth to age 5 are donated at 12 Victoria District 61 elementary schools. Retired teachers and administrators sort, clean, label and package the books. Labelled gift bags are then distributed by Saanich Neighbourhood Place and Six Strong Start Centres (Craigflower, George Jay, James Bay, Macaulay, Tillicum, and View Royal) to families. The next steps for Success by 6 are to expand the number of schools, maintain the volunteer base and to add more distribution points such as food banks and transition houses. Find more information on Success by 6 here.

Wynn Taylor thanked Eileen for her contribution to our communities and presented her with our prized Rotary mug.

The meeting closed with a robust God Save the Queen accompanied on the piano by Tom Lidkea.

Introduced by Neil Rawnsley:
Eileen Eby (Speaker for the meeting).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Peter Lawrie announced that Pablo Diemecke will be performing a series of concerts September 10, 17, and 24th at St. Mary's Church on Elgin Road in Oak Bay. Pablo will be donating $5 per ticket to Rotary. Perry encouraged all us to attend.

Cory Burger asked for volunteers for the Oak Bay Night Market on Wednesday Sept 21st to assist with the traffic and/or to volunteer at the Rotary Booth.

Lorna Curtis will be retiring from the Recreation Centre at the end of November and will be going to Hawaii the next day, and then will be going to Australia & New Zealand on December 28th for 3 months. Lorna asked for a volunteer to keep in touch with our Ambassadorial Scholar while she is away. Heather Aked quickly volunteered.

John Jordan announced a fundraiser for the people of Rwanda on October 14th at the Monterey Centre. More details later.

INFORMATION ON THE JALTEMBO BAY ROTARY CONFERENCE JANUARY 18-21, 2012.

 

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Date
Greeter
& Grace
Greeter &
Introduce Guests
Bulletin Minutes
Host &
Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
13-Sep
SMITH
TIMMERMANS
VAN DER VEEN
BURNS
CANTY
20-Sep
AKED
BURGER
BIXLER
BEDFORD
CARTER
27-Sep
BAMJI
BEYER
GIBBS
JORDAN
COOLEY
SEPTEMBER CASH DESK: CHAPPLE ... 50-50: BANNERMAN
CELEBRATIONS MASTER: PITT ... ROOM SET-UP/TAKE DOWN: MEALING
PROGRAMS - SEPTEMBER
Sept 13 John Jordan Rwanda Update
Sept 20

George Jay, Smartboard presentation - Leslie Lee

Sept 27 Ed Bain – TBA (Broadcasting)
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