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 16, 2008, reported by Joe Prentice. Photos by Neil R. CLICK HERE for Print Version

President Neil reiterated that September is New Generations Month and in this regard the Interact Club and youth mentoring are very important. This week’s quote is from 1956/57 RI President Gian Lang of Liverno, Italy. His Rotary Vision: To educate, encourage and foster understanding among all peoples. In his address to the 1957 RI convention in Lucerne, Switzerland, he said: “The spirit of Rotary is not exclusive; it expands. It is not local, it is universal. It is the wish to understand and be understood, to see virtues rather than faults in others, to find what we have in common rather than what divides us”. Tom Lidkea played for O Canada and John Edgell recited grace.

$3.5 M Gift to nurture music, from past-president Egon Bauman. He was a member of our Club from 1975 on and was President in 1985/86. He was a very generous supporter of the Foundation through Paul Harris Fellowships. A highly successful Volkswagon car dealer, he was also a vigorous practitioner of physical fitness, swimming outdoors every day. Thus he was at the noble age of 95 when he died in February.
His other passion, other than bananas and champagne, was classical music and he was a great supporter of the local symphony and opera. Of the $3.5 M, $325,000 will be divided between those two companies and $3.1 M will set up a foundation that will support such institutions as the Victoria Conservatory of music as well as the symphony and opera. As President Neil noted, this is a fine example of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.



Visiting Rotarians And Guests
Introduced by either Bonnie Sayers or Shannon Hellyer - the reporter says it was Shannon Sayers!

Nancy Morris, Dist. Gov. Elec. for the District encompassing Sask., Manitoba and N.W. Ontario, Winnipeg Charlesworth, Insurance;
Dave Morris, Winnipeg Charlesworth, Insurance Broker;
Bill McDaniel, Calgary Shinook, Administration;
Ray and Phyllis Garman, West Calavetras, CA.
Wayne and Marianne Carter were guests of David & Nancy Morris;
Elaine J. Barbeau
was also a gust.


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Joan with Nels and Lynne

Joan Firkins spoke to the club about the Zone 22 Institute recently held at Ocean Pointe. It was well attended by incoming DG’s, past DGs and various district officials as well as RI President Lee, with many interesting training sessions. It was a good opportunity to meet old friends and fellow Rotarians from far and wide.She indicated the entertainment was wonderful and all participants had a great Victoria experience.She thanked the club for the help provided and singled out Lynne Murray and Nels Granewall for special thanks for the effort they put in to make the institute a success. Pres. Neil gave a thank you to Joan for herr continued hard work for Rotary and this club.

Joan Peggs spoke about the walk, and said that shirts are still available and you can obtain the pledge sheet on clubrunner. Neil talked about Ambassadorial Scholar Leland Cecco going to Turkey. He has now selected a university for his studies.

Guest Speaker
Joan Peggs introduced the speaker, Marilyn Harris, who spoke to us about the value and potential of establishing a children’s museuem here in Victoria. This would be a hands on tactile learn by doing type of experience for children ranging in age from 2-12 years. It would be a place where families could participate and learn together through experiential activities. These activities would range through arts, science and the humanities. It is felt that this facility would also provide opportunities for tourism as well as providing a need for local residents. Funding is proposed to be approx.$15,000,000 for a 20,000 sq. ft. facility. The cost includes $7 m for the building, $5 M for the exhibits and $3 M for initial operating costs. The project is proposed to be be in the Old Crystal Garden area as a shared space with the Art Gallery. She explained how the public could participate by becoming members, serving on the board, becoming a founder and consider donating securities. She suggested that we consider challenging other Rotary clubs in fund raising. She showed us slides of other children’s museums, some of quite imposing size, and slides of activities
that go on in them. She considers it a shame that there are only 12 in all of Canada whereas Washington State alone has 12. She fielded questions and was thanked by Nels Granewall.





Sergeant at Arms:

Next on the agenda was Sgt at arms Wendie Hogarth who levied fines to Dallas Chapple for leaving early, and then becoming a music critic, Wendie fined the club. for the singing last week before our District Governor. This writer feels that Tom Lidkea should be fined for not being there to provide the right key (not Francis Scott). Anyone who has not purchased
any books was fined as were those people not signed up for the walk. Giles Bixler did not sign in, a fine. Happy BD to Gary Nazar and happy bucks were received from Mary Canty, Nels Granewall and Gary Nazar. Draw was won by Jerry McLean but he drew a black marble.

New Member: David Maxwell reported that the Board had approved the membership application of Ron Beyer. Secretary Lynne will no doubt provide the Cub with more details.

Guest Speaker, Marilyn Harris.

Marilyn Harris




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September 23: Social Tuesday plus Ken Stratford, Business Victoria
September 30: Linda Hallett, African Grannies
23-Sep Harrison Hellyer Jackson Johannknecht Lamb
30-Sep Lawrie MacPherson Maxwell Marsh McLean

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