RYLA South is an all-expenses-paid leadership camp for grade 10-12 students in Rotary District 5040 (British Columbia, Canada). The weekend consists of interactive workshops, a high and low ropes course, and a wide array of other activities. RYLA 2013 was held at Camp Jubilee in North Vancouver from April 5th to April 8th, 2013.
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On Saturday we had a cub visit to the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey.
Shail chose to drive in his brand new car. A whole 2 days old.
Hmm, new car smell and Oh so clean. Shame it was raining!
We wandered round the store then had an instructional visit with the bees by a bee keeper who showed us around the visitor centre. It was cold and raining out side so the bees seemed happy to be inside attending to their duties.
After the tour we shared lunch with John Gibeau who told us his Bee story, which included everything from using bees in movies to school tours as well as exporting bees allover the world.
Hooray for the hard working Bees.
We came home full of samples of local honey and some jars to take home.
We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross 1926-2004, Psychiatrist and Author
Mary gave a presentation about a possible project for our club - Free Little Libraries. These look like oversize bird houses and are put in the ground at the front of the property so that anyone walking by can take a book or leave a book. Some have a binder inside where you can put comments down on books you have read from the library. They are usually half and half adults and children's books. They benefit the community by getting neighbours to know each other.
Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education here in Vancouver.
They also co authored The Wisdom of compassion.
Their previous work The Wisdom of Forgiveness: has been translated into 14 Languages.
The Dalai Lama is a Global Icon. One of four people that have honorary Canadian Citizenship.
The Dalai Lama is coming here to Vancouver again. (His only stop in Canada)
Oct 21 to 23rd. for three days.
15 lucky people will be spending the afternoon with him on the 22nd.
He will be meeting with the students from John Oliver School one afternoon.
His goal is to raise the idea to balance the education of both the mind and the heart with cognitive development on one hand and kindness on the other.
His mission in the world is to create a well-rounded people.
There will be an open to the public session at the convention centre dedicated to the idea of Educating the heart.
This is the fourth time he has been here.
He is fostering empathy, social responsibility and to be mindful of others.
If this can be incorporated in the school curriculum we will create well-rounded students.
He will be meeting with the minister of education and his staff to help establish this in the education program.
We want more than just a PhD.
At the convention centre there will be a panel discussion.
There will also be an open session at the Chan Center at UBC.
The question is how to balance educating the mind with the heart.
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The speaker was thanked by Davinder.
Heather Deal. Vision Councilor for Vision Party joined us today.
Heather Deal was first elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and served as the Chair in 2003. She was then elected to Vancouver City Council in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.
Her accomplishments so far are a supporter of the Food Trucks program, 30,000 sq feet of Artists space in the city now and many bike lanes.
Marpole Park is in her sights but still has a long way to go. City council is currently negotiating but the talks have stalled. It could be a 10 acre park. What an asset! It is off Cambie Bridge on the waterfront of the Fraser River.
Lower medium income levels need attention by the city. We have 50% renters in the city today but no new rental properties coming on line. They are not deemed worthwhile by the investment community.
Ie. they are not profitable.
The city needs to hear from the public. What do you want?
City council has helped certain properties to get rental status.
We do have developers fess to put toward the park.
We can create a trail for the North Arm of the Fraser. We can have an 11 km trail.
The train tracks? What to do with the land.
CN currently owns the land but they only have usage for them as goods transportation.
The city controls the land usage. The city cant stop them from using the tracks again for transportation but there is no business case for transportation.
The last usage was for Molsons and they don’t have the need anymore.
Could they use them for container transfer?
CP has asked for 100 million for the lands. The city has offered 10 million.
They seem to be negotiating through the press and the media.
Heather went on to talk about heritage designation.
If the city designate a property for heritage status the owners of the property can sue the city for loss of value so the city has to be very careful with this designation.
Heather often asks people do you have your property designated heritage?
The speaker was thanked by Teddie.
As part of the weekend to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Magee High School members of our club cooked breakfast for about 600.
Today our speaker was Mr Wally Oppal Q.C. who gave a review of the Missing Womans Inquiry that he chaired two years ago.
When we had 26 missing woman they asked the question, was it foul play?
Perhaps they are just missing? In 1991 there was no real conclusion.
Maybe they were subject to violence?
By 1995 the numbers were increased and 3 women went missing from Agassiz.
They were known to have been in the sex trade but a missing persons unit was established. This was wholly inadequate.
It is no crime to go missing, people do it all the time and with no body on their hands there was no money released for an investigation. There was some investigation done but with multiple police forces involved there was no overall coordination.
In 1996, 3 or 4 more women went missing so the Vancouver police stepped up their patrols, which had the effect of driving the sex workers further away from safety making them more vulnerable. In 1997 a woman turned up in emergency with multiple stab wounds, as did Robert Picton.
They charged him with attempted murder but because she turned up high on drugs for the interviews they dropped the charges as they felt she was unreliable.
They didn’t bother to investigate him any further.
They didn’t even bother going to his farm.
12 more women went missing.
In 1998 Crime Stoppers received a tip off it was Picton and still they did nothing.
A killer profiler was brought in and he wrote a report that said maybe they were dealing with a serial killer.
It fits all the patterns.
A task force was formed in 2001.
Last year there were 157 new cases of Polio in the last three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Projected number of cases in 2018 - zero. Where will you be when the world is declared Polio Free?
Magdalen Leung came to day to tell us about her Rotary project in Refilwe. S.A.
What an amazing story.
It all began 7 years ago with Magdalen’s visit to South Africa and her listening to a report on the Refliwe project at a local Rotary Club. She was so inspired by this speaker she visited the camp to see for herself. It was more than 2 hours away by car but she got a ride with a Rotarian.
Once there she met Michael, a small boy who she took to and befriended.
She asked him if she could give him 3 wishes what would they be. As an orphan he asked for daily love and compassion, a book to call his own and not to be hungry every day. To go to bed at night felling well fed.
Magdalen came back to Vancouver and set about sending aid and supplies to their camp.
Her club in coordination with other clubs sent 3 containers of supplies to them but she soon realised their needs were so much more.
What they really needed was a commercial kitchen on the premises so that they could feed themselves daily and also train their young people in food handling and preparation leading to a career in cooking.
Magdalen raised a total of $300 000 and went back this summer with a whole party of helpers to set about building that kitchen.
She took 5 Interactors from Hugh Boyd high school, 3 UBC students, 4 firefighters, 3 teachers and 2 Rotarians. All paid their own way there.
Most of the adults had previous construction experience.
On the plane they took 56 pieces of luggage. They needed to build a house and extend the roof of another to provide a covered area outside to get the students out of the weather elements.
They created a new pre school.
Rotarians saw the change in the kids they took with them. It opened their hearts to opportunity and everyone wanted to go back again.
It was so hard to select which kids could go with them.
The Interactors worked for one year doing planning and fund raising. They had to pay 50% of their own costs.
They raised $6,800 towards their trip.
Magdalen was thanked by President Davinder
We enjoyed a particularly inspiring meeting as the 3 Vancouver Tech High School students we sent to RYLA South 2013 shared
their weekend with us. Here is a link to the Youtube video of the "Flashmob" dance they performed In front of the Vancouver Art Gallery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5fsF0Rtj3-Y
It was heart-warming to hear Elysha Fong, Dylan Chow and Zoe MacKinnon express how their RYLA leaders & activities changed them from tentative teenagers to future Rotarians. Here are more details about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards):
RYLA South (Grades 10-12)
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.
RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to
- Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
- Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
- Encourage leadership of youth by youth
- Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
On Sunday April 14th Rotary goes to VanDusen Gardens. At 11:30 am we will have a talk from the Garden Director, Harry Jongerden followed by lunch. President Ilan will present a cart for mobility impaired visitors to VanDusen Gardens. Then we will have the official dedication of our Rotary Centennial Project - a fragrance garden for the visually impaired to enjoy. This event will also be a fundraiser to bring clean water to a village in India. Tickets are $75 and include entrance and a tour of the gardens.
For tickets please contact Mary Stark 604-328-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org
With Mary and Heather at the head we discussed the up coming fund raiser at the gardens.
This will be the official opening of the Rotary Fragrance Garden. This project has been on going since 2002.
It is our celebration of 100 years of Rotary.
$70.000 has been donated to the fragrance garden by Rotary for the visually impaired. It is a garden that you walk around to smell and touch.
We are going to be selling tickets at $75 each for a lunch, talk and tour of the gardens. April 14th. 11.30 am. Talk by the head gardener, lunch then tour of the garden.
We will be dedicating the golf cart to transport those around that have difficulty walking.
Each member will be given at least 4 tickets but we need to sell more than that each to make money.
We need to sell at least 75 tickets to make this worth while.
We are getting the room free of charge but the catering for lunch is expensive and we need a good room full of people to make the event a success.
A flyer is being prepared and we dont have much time to sell.
We need decorations and a center piece for each table.
We will need help on the day for reception and handeling of coats etc.
Davinder Grewal, our incoming President, lead the way with our new project. Davinder has asked us to get creative with fund-raising ideas and a name for our project.
Much discussion ensued about our new project as it was unveiled.
Sustainability is the key to re shaping a rural village near Mumbai in India. Davinder had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Bombay mid city this year and this is a project they have and are promoting to us a partner for them. We have an opportunity to partner with them where they can take the lead on a project already set up.
The chosen village is 2 and half miles from the city called Shahopur. Taluka is the nearest local city.
Local villages need strong leadership and with this project will come the leadership they need,
We can start a youth leadership program. Improved local authority.
Our aim is to improve then maintain. Then promote local manufacturing, like perhaps bag manufacturing.
They principally need a fresh water supply, irrigation for agriculture, as well as sewage.
If we can improve faming then build a kindergarden school.
The project was voted in favour of.
Now we need to organise a fund raiser to fund the project.
Rotary Club of Vancouver-Arbutus president Ilan Heller, presents a cheque in the amount of $39,412 to provide on-going and perpetual literacy and numeracy software to struggling readers at Windemere secondary and Nootka, Moberly, Emily Carr and Carnarvon elementary schools in Vancouver. Rotary International's B.C. Computer Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) Coordinator Fran Blackwood received the donation on behalf of the schools' Parent Advisory Councils.
The entire Rotary club was invited to today for a visit to the Sikh temple and for lunch.
Several visitors accompanied us as well.
The temple was built in the mid 1970’s and the Architect was Arthur Ericson.
The building has stood the test of time and still looks modern today.
We were introduced to the main temple, covered our head removed our footwear and saw a service in progress.
Afterwards we were served a lunch by the volunteers in the temple basement.
We then went into the new section and saw a 10-minute movie of the history of Sikhism in B.C.
Very interesting and we were showed the history section of the temple.
Then we had an intense session of questions and answers.
We are now well informed.
Thanks very much to Jag Dhillon for arranging this most interesting trip.
Consistency and Showing Up
Ambassadorial Scholar Speech for Arbutus Club
Isaacc Bashevis once spoke of a "gratitude for every day of life, every crumb of success, and every encounter of love." In light of Isaac Bashevis, I'd like you to know how grateful I am to all of you for welcoming me to this lovely lunch meeting today, and for being part of an organization that makes peoples lives better around the world, including mine. I will begin by giving a quick introduction about myself, and then talk a little bit about what I have learned in this last year abroad in Vancouver, since I will be returning back home in a month or so.
I am an Ambassadorial Scholar from District 5240, specifically Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Beach is a quiet town by the water, just South of Los Angeles . People wear flip flops all year round, surf without a dry suit, and play volleyball on the beach. Like Vancouver, it is big in athletics, except for the Winter Sports. I talk to my friends back home and they complain about 20 degreez celcius being too cold. Actually, I'm not sure they know what the word rain really means. To be honest, I didn't appreciate the Beatle's song, "Here comes the sun" until I lived in Vancouver- I didn't comprehend the idea of the sun just deciding not to peek through a vast sky of daunting grey clouds, ----for 9 days, in a row, until now....That being said, you sure do learn to appreciate those rays when they find your face, if even for a moment.
Anyway, back on track... Ambassadorial Scholars are given grant money, sponsored by your hometown district and partly funded by the international Rotary. The role of Ambassadorial Scholars is to promote cultural awareness and goodwill. They are required to study abroad for a year, and are encouraged to do a service project. I have been doing my post baccalaureate studies at UBC for music therapy. I am a singer songwriter, and interested in the therapeutic powers of music. I heard once that "Music washes away the dust of everydays living" and couldn't agree more.
For the last eleven years I have played piano at an Alzheimer's home at the Sunrise community center in my hometown. As a fourteen year old girl, it was scary at first, but I realized that people needed this music. A ragtime would spark an old memory, and Satin Doll would make people sing or dance... Chopin could be relaxing. I noticed that people got what they needed from the music. I saw a positive response. Rita would sit next to me on the piano, close her eyes, and hum a melody, and Eleanor would dance and recall how she and her cousin Lillian snuck out with some boys at a dance by the river one night long ago.
Personally, music got me through college. I was a dancer at UCLA, and biology student. With a heavy load of classes, I would sit late at night and compose at the piano until the building closed. With a melody soaring through my head, excited about some new song I was writing, it was music that got me up in the morning. I do the same thing at UBC. I found a room in the Hillel building on campus where they have a grand piano.
When I arrived to Vancouver in January, and didn't know anybody, it was the piano that helped me get over the shock of coming to a new city and the loneliness of not knowing anyone. It is also what brought people together. Students, professors and workers on campus would come up to me and tell me how much they appreciated hearing the piano played. They would stay for a while, and we developed mutual relationships. The students said the music helped them study, and I got to do what I loved. Although I am a professional musician, I am always shocked when people seem to love something as much as I do. Furthermore, I can forget that it is healing for more people than just myself.
Great News - permission has been given to light the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza as part of the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in BC, on the evening of April 19, 2013. This public event will create a great opportunity to tell the Rotary story.
It is always a privilege to address a meeting of Rotary. For a South African it is even a greater privilege if the club is a Canadian one.
The debt owed by South Africa to Canada is enormous.
I will deal with a number of instances to Canada to find an example and concerning our legal system.
When South Africa needed a new Constitution it turned , amongst others , to the Canadian Constitution as a written example of what it wanted to achieve.And if you look at the Canadian Constitution and more particularly the Chart er and at the provisions of the "Bill of Rights" in the South African constitution you will find how SA has enshrined , almost word for word the same principles as are applicable in Canada.
In South Africa's wasted years ie from 1948 to 1990a state existed which excluded the majority of its people from any meaningful role in the running of hte country. When a new state arose it needed a new constitution . AND SOUTH AFRICA TURNED FOR ASSISTANCE TO CANADA.Very few countries had its type of "open society"With so few fences, literally and metaphorically sseparating neighbours from each other.
The concept of equality was enshrined in the Canadian constitution and South Africa adopted its concepts. Indeed Canadian lawyers helped to draft the South African constitution.
When questions arose on matters of interpretation of provisions of the South African constitution the judges of the Constitutional Court turned to the judgements of the Canadian Suprem,e Court for guidance.
When South Africa needed a new COMANY'S ACT, IT turned for guidance to Canadian lawyers . INDEED THE MAJOR DRAFTSMAN OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY'S ACT WAS A CANADIAN LAWYER.THE concept of Business rescue, which is an attempt to maintain the company and avoid its liquidation so that people do not lose their jobs when it has become illiquid or has management problems is taken from canadian law
The whole new field of consumer protection law in South Africa was likewise enshrined in a statute which is based on the Canadian Statute relating toConsumer protection
Canadians have every right to be proud of the influence they have brought to bear on the South African statute book and South Africans should in turn be very grateful for all that they have learnt from and been helped by Canadian society
The speaker was thanked by President Harreson.
All proceeds to Path to Health Zimbabwe.
For our Rotary Centennial project celebrating our first 100 years of service we donated funds to VanDusen Gardens for a fragrance garden that is wheelchair accessible and could be enjoyed by visually impaired visitors. You can rub the leaves of all the plants and enjoy the different fragrances. VanDusen has just finished a major redevelopment and the new visitor center will open on Sept. 28th. Cyril and Mary went down with hard hats on to choose the location of our garden. This project started in 2005 and patience has paid off!
Sometimes play can be as important as work! Rotarians from Vancouver Arbutus Rotary worked with the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver at their Summer 2011 Connect U camp. They helped with crafts and making masks with these 8 to 12 year old children. Skill instruction is incorporated into these activities allowing the children to learn and have fun at the same time. And they weren't the only ones having fun with the Rotarian volunteers proving you are never too old for summer camp!
Thank you so much for your kind letter of sympathy for the
natural disasters of the earthquake and Tsunami together
with the warm donation from your members of Rotary Club of Arbutus.
Now you will find the letter of thanks from our president of
Seto North Rotary Club by the attachment.
With best wishes,
Setsuko Hirao, Professor
Chair of International Service Committee,
Seto North Rotary Club
Mary Watson was our speaker today on the subject of rural health clinics in Zimbabwe.
Our past District governor Kevin Conway has been back to Zimbabwe 4 times to set these up and they are now ready to go.
The Rotary world help network has shipped containers to help the poor in many countries. A great Rotary project.
Pathway to health will be a working partnership.
Challenges we face ----
What can one Rotary club do? Is this the right project?
We must have a recipient, like a Rotary club.
We do want to do a good, but are not always sure how.
By using Rotary we are forced to follow through. Reports.
We have 4 areas of Zimbabwe where there are Rotary clubs that are deemed appropriate by the government of Zimbabwe and this project is sanctioned by the ministry.
Each clinic is partnered with a Rotary club.
This has a good buy in from the local community and the local facilities have been greatly improved by the local community.
Improving local water supplies and the roads etc.
They are working hard to keep the costs down by buying local and using local labour.
We can apply for matching grants from our district who can fund projects to 50 cents on the dollar.
We can provide either a starter kit for $2.000 or a maintenance kit for $5.000
Or we can fund part of a kit.
The speaker was thanked by President Paul.