Rotary Club of Oak Bay Victoria British Columbia Canada Rotary District 5020
2008-2009 Rotary International Theme: Make Dreams Real
District 5020 Governor 08-09: Brian Beagle Assistant District Governor: David Stocks
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Meeting, September 9, 2008, reported by Lorna Curtis. Photos by Neil R. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil welcomed District Governor Brian Beagle and Barbara Beagle, both members of the Silverdale, WA Club.

barbara beagle
Barbara Beagle

Neil selected this quote after attending the Microcredit workshop on Saturday because he thinks the vision and the quote are appropriate to the program. The “Vision for Rotary” of 1978/79 RI President Clem Renouf of Queensland Australia was that it marshal its vast resources to “Reach Out” to people everywhere. In his acceptance address at the 1977 RI Convention in San Francisco he said: “Rotary takes ordinary men (and women) and gives them extraordinary opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible.” That same thought was echoed by 2007/08 RI President Wilf Wilkinson who said: “The magic of Rotary is that it allows ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”

President Neil posts the following statement: In our most recent roster you will note the following members have recently resigned from Rotary for business and personal reasons. We wish them all the best in their endeavours. Kathleen Froese, Ron Gaudet, Cindy Hayworth, Angele Munro and Gary Smith.

Lori McLeod announced that the swing purchased with the proceeds from the annual golf tournament was installed today (Sept. 9) at the Oak Bay Lodge.


rotary wheel

Visiting Rotarians And Guests Introduced by Tom Croft

David Stocks, West Shore, MGT. Consultant;
Mike Creery, Harbourside;
Brian & Barbara Beagle, Silverdale, WA.
Jean Sharlow was the guest of Bill Shalrlow;
Elaine Barbeau was the guest of Ron Cooley.

Guest Speaker
Assistant Governor David Stocks introduced District Governor Brian Beagle and his wife Barbara. DG Brian comes from a Rotarian family as his father was a Rotarian and a District Governor. In high school DG Brian participated in a program called Junior Rotarians and he got engaged with Rotary through this program. He joined the Silverdale Club in 1980. Barbara Beagle joined Rotary this year. They are multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Paul Harris and Bequest Societies.

Neil and Sharlows
President Neil and the Sharlows

DG Brian presented Bill Sharlow a certificate of Honorary Membership to acknowledge and thank him for the many years of service he has given to Rotary and in particular the Oak Bay Rotary Club. DG Brian thanked AG David Stocks and Lorna Curtis for their work on the District Council.

There are 86 Rotary Clubs in District 5020 spread over two countries with many different traditions and expectations. Rotary is not who we are but what we do! Helping when there is a need, being a global neighbour and this year’s RI theme ‘Make Dreams Real’ supports this. Dream with eyes open, dream of how things could be, not how they are. Dream of better communities, safer environments and a peaceful world.
DG Brian presented David Maxwell and Lori McLeod with certificates to acknowledge their work on the club’s annual golf tournament fundraiser and how their work inspires others.
DG Brian talked about the eradication of polio and the announcement from the World Health Organization making this a priority as well as the 100 million dollar donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation towards this initiative.
He talked about the Rotary Foundation and how it helps support Rotarians do clean water projects in Africa, India and parts of the Americas; Microcredit programs for women to start businesses to get out of poverty; the Malawi School Project the Oak Bay Club is doing. The Rotary Foundation supports programs and projects that affect people’s lives and plants seeds of peace. DG Brian encourages all club members to support the Rotary Foundation. This year the District goal is for each club to purchase two Shelterboxes and 150 to be purchased throughout the District. During recent disasters Shelterboxes were already on the ground when news of the disaster was being broadcasted - this was one man’s dream. RI President DK Lee has asked that each club has a Literacy project this year. Barbara Beagle presented Giles Bixler with a certificate to acknowledge the dictionary project he implemented last year and plans to continue again this fall. Barbara showed club members a copy of the book ‘World of Stories’ and informed club members that part of the proceeds from sales comes back to District 5020 to go towards literacy projects. Rotary is defined by the actions of individual members - dreams become visions; help someone’s dream become a reality. How will your actions
define Rotary? Pablo Diemecke thanked DG Brian for his address to the Club.

Below: Microcredit Seminar participants Neil, Peter, Tricia and Perry. The well-attended seminar was held last Saturday (September 6) at the Convention Centre.

microcredit participants


Sergeant at Arms:

Wendy Hogarth, Sergeant at Arms, fined all those who have not purchased tickets to the DK Luncheon on Friday and also those who did not bring books for the book drive.

Happy/sad $ - Tom Croft paid $4 as he will not be here for the next month as he is going to Newfoundland. Pablo paid happy $ as he will be away for 5 months touring Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Vicky Pitt paid happy $ as she just heard from our past exchange student from Bolivia, who is now married and has a seven month old baby. Peter Lawrie paid happy $ as he is going to Australia and has just heard his daughter in law is expecting. Hans Ockermueller was happy to win the draw!

Bring books and give to Peter Johannknecht who will take them to Russell Books for Transition House.
Ron Gaudet asked President Neil to thank the club for their support of Cops for Cancer.
Joan Peggs reminded club members about the October 5th 5K walk and encourages everyone to get pledges. She has shirts for the occasion available for $15 each. Club members can go on to Club Runner to sign upfor the pot luck dinner. There are still tickets available for the luncheon to hear RIP resident DK Lee and Tom Henderson from Shelterbox speak.

did you know

Several Oak Bay Rotarians helped Joan Firkins with the Zone 22 Institute event held this week at the Delta Ocean Pointe Hotel - Lynne, Nels, Tricia, Lorna, Neil R., Dallas, Joan P., and Brian. You can check out Tricia's images from the week's activities here.

September 16: Marilyn Harris, The Children's Museum
September 23: Social Tuesday plus Ken Stratford, Business Victoria
September 30: Linda Hallett, African Grannies
16-Sep Edgell Firkins Force TBA Granewall
23-Sep Harrison Hellyer Jackson Johannknecht Lamb
30-Sep Lawrie MacPherson Maxwell Marsh McLean

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