President David presided over this meeting, held in the dining room. O Canada was sung a cappella and Hans Ockermueller said grace.
Rotarians of the Week: President David named Tricia for her sterling work on the web site and for posting the Bulletin there every week. Tav Mac was cited for his fine work as co-chair of the Golf Tournament.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests: Introduced by Ted Chambers.
Gary Nazar and Jim Porter, both of Calgary South; Lynda Hood, St. Joseph, Mo.; Tom Martin, Harbourside. Angele Munro was the guest of John Pickin; and Nathan Medd of Intrepid Theatre was a guest of the Club.
Ben Andersen spoke on Cops for Cancer: the Club will match members' donations for Cops for Cancer up to $300. Please give your cheques for this worthy cause to Ben.
Tav Macpherson updated us on Christy Johnson's talk about the young women establishing a textile and design business in Malawi. The Club has donated $500 and Barbara Bristol added another $250. Thank you Barbara! Tav also spoke about Project Unity—sending a container of supplies to Uganda and having a “packing party!”
District Governor: We were graced this week with Joan's presence; she spoke about hurricane Katrina. She said that Rotary will send cash but she reminded us that Rotary is not in the “disaster relief” business. 2000 evacuees will come to the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Joan will be working with the U.S. and Canadian Red Cross to aid these people coming to Washington. Rotary also has a “Donor Advised Fund” in U.S. dollars, a Humanitarian Service Resource Fellowship feeding program and a Shelter Box program whereby 800 Shelter Boxes have been sent already (designed to aid 10 people each) to the affected area. Joan is aware that District 5020 wants to help and she will keep us informed as to the many avenues. Joan, incidentally, has already visited 24 of the 87 clubs on her list! It was a pleasure to have her back!
Sergeant-at-Arms Dallas Chapple took time off from her reporting duties to levy fines on all and sundry, including David Sills and Tricia for not signing in; Bob Beauvais for being late for his duty as cashier; and John Snively for trying to break up the Cantys at the golf tournament. Also all who didn't attend said tournament had to put in - except those who gave donations for the auction. Among happy dollars were five from Bert Whan Tong for his great tour of Europe. Too many birthdays to record but Neil Madsen & Carl Jackson celebrated anniversaries. Heather won the draw but no white marble.
Our guest speaker Nathan Medd from Intrepid Theatre was introduced by Ian Baker.
The Fringe Festival has 40 shows each season and has been held in Victoria for l9 years. He explained that The Fringe started in Edinburgh. (Irene and David provided comments from the Scottish peanut gallery!) The Fringe has 3 full-time employees and their mission is to bring “off-centre” productions to a theatre audience, as well as to provide breeding grounds for young talent in the areas of acting, set design, technical support, etc. Nathan said that is has been difficult renting all the equipment each time for productions (which are normally held all around town in church basements, gymnasiums etc.) and they are very excited about a 5-year lease for a more permanent space in the Music Conservatory facilities. Nathan made an appeal for funds as they would elicit matching grants from the Gaming Commission, the Heritage Foundation and the B.C. Arts Council. Ron Cooley thanked the speaker.