Rotary Club of Oak Bay
  Service Above Self 2005-2006 Rotary International Theme: Service Above Self District Governor: Joan Firkins




Hike up Mt. Finlayson
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Pub & Tug
It was a rum-runner of a day - and most of us stayed dry
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Stephen Lewis Dinner
November 18

John Edgell has tickets ($75.00)

Download Poster
See John or Tav soon as there'll soon be a a push on to sell tickets to others.

Program for September 27, 2005, at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Reported by Brian Lamb

Carolyn Thomas, Communications Cordinator, Victoria Hospice

President David was back in the chair after being absent last week. He welcomed Foster Isherwood back after a 6-month absence.

Some Important Announcements For Your Blackberries:

Salvation Army Kettles At Christmas:

Mark Bedford reported that we have been approached to woman/man 40 shifts on Oak Bay Avenue this year, up from 36 last year, and after a show of hands of those prepared to do some shifts this year, Mark felt confident he would not have to do all of them himself.

Food Concession For Royal Victoria Marathon on Oct 9:

We will be providing coffee, food, etc. at this event down in front of the Legislature again this year. Jack Petrie circulated a sign-up sheet for either the 6:30-9:30 AM or 9:30-Noon shifts so look for it next week if you didn't get to sign up this week. It's dark and cool to begin with but this year we will have coffee ready right at the start.

David Sills
Rotarian of The Week
David Sills was perhaps doing an adequate job as fill-in bulletin editor for 3 weeks?

Tour De Rock

Ben Andersen reported that $1,200 was raised from our club ($300 club, $900 from members) toward this cancer research fundraising initiative currently underway. Ben went on to say that for this and for many other reasons, he is very proud to be a member of the
Oak Bay Rotary Club.

Smile Cards From Thrifty Foods

These appear to be an easy way of fundraising for our club. You get your card, load it up with value by paying cash or using your favourite credit card, and then use your smile card when you go through the check out at Thrifty Foods. 5% of what you purchase comes back to the club, no cost to you; it's the easiest fastest way through the food check out.

Sergeant At Arms

Dallas did another great job of extracting specific and general fines including Tricia for leaving her first table to join a second table, Jack for dancing around during the National Anthem and Rod for being last in to the meeting. Happy and sad dollars from Tom C for his anniversary and the passing of his father-in-law, Foster for being back after 6 months, Ted H for the thought of going and joining Barbara and John on holiday in Nova Scotia, John S. for Bedriya's new job, and Bedriya for finding so many mushrooms on the weekend.

Lorna Curtis won the weekly draw but not the ever-growing pot.

Victoria Hospice Society

Carolyn Thomas, Communications Coordinator at Victoria Hospice for the past 6 years, was this week's speaker. She was introduced by Brian Lamb.

While Victoria Hospice operates 17 beds at the Royal Jubilee Hospital , Carolyn indicated that currently 330 people are being looked after through their program, the great majority in their own homes. Victoria Hospice has been in existence in Victoria for 25 years and was the third hospice to open in Canada . Their 24-hour Palliative Response Team provides short-term crisis consultation and treatment for problems which might otherwise require admission to hospital. Hospice also offers courses on how to deal with death.

In addition to providing support during the progressive stages of advanced illness, Hospice also provides a grief and bereavement support for families following death.

Carolyn indicated that the operating budget for Victoria Hospice was $5 million dollars per year and this includes a $2.3 million fundraising goal. October 8 is World Hospice Day and there will be a concert locally on that day as part of their fundraising initiative.

Various questions followed; the thanks offered by Doug McDougall showed that many of us have been helped by Hospice.

Join us at Noon on Tuesdays at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel
1175 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC, CANADA


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