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Vancouver Arbutus

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:14 PM
Arbutus Club
2001 Nanton Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V6J 4A1
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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


Shail Mahanti

Club Assembly.
Little Library project.
One had been spotted in Greece!
Volunteers are needed here to get this project started.
Do we as a club want to do this?
First we need to do a trial of three little libraries. Where are they going to be built?  Prince of Wales has a woodworking shop as does Brock House Society.
Heather to investigate the Brock House option.
January would be a good time to get them built.
Interact club.
Hans has attended a club join up day at Prince of Wales high school and signed up 40 or more students. Enough to get a club started.  Hans will follow up with the teacher that expressed interest.
Well done Hans.
The various Rotary clubs of Vancouver, of which there are now 9 active, are joining together to have a membership drive.
They will be meeting Saturday to discuss the best way to go about this.
We are looking for a broader reach into the community.  Harreson to attend.
In the mean tine we all can invite guests to attend and then join our Rotary cub.
We are all under obligation to provide speakers of our club.
Who do you know in the community that would make a good speaker?  That way we get more interesting speakers.
January 9th is proposed that Past District Governor Garry Shearer come to our club to speak on his journey to District Governor.
If this date happens then we are to go out and invite the other clubs to attend our meeting that day.

 Club Day sign up at Prince of Wales for Interact Club
 Van Arbutus Rotary member Hans Doge
The Honey Bee Centre
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.

Rebecca Blair.  Art Historian came to us to talk to us about the Dutch Painter  Johannes Vermeer.
He lived in Delft Holland 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.[3]
Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for lapis lazuli and Indian yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.[4]
Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women."[5]
Rebecca is very passionate about Vermeer’s paint and in-between telling us her various love stories  she showed us pictures of the paintings she saw as she travelled round the world to see them.
She started in Vancouver then went to Tokyo, London, Norfolk Virginia, and Paris to mention some.
She spent some time detail out the light and colours of the painting The Astronomer.
She recommended watching the film Tim’s Vermeer on Netflix.
8 of his paintings have been stolen, several forged and many collected by the Nazis before being resorted to their owners.
One is still missing today.
Rebecca has offered to come back to talk further about her passion Jan Vermeer and to tell us about his paintings that have been forged.
The speaker was thanked by Ilan.
Ursula Henderson.  Cambridge Rotary Club UK


Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief which we endure help us in our marching onward.

- Henry Ford 1863-1947, Industrialist



This week the bottle went to (finally) Joy who was very happy to win!  Our special guest was Ursula Henderson from the Rotary Club of Cambridge, England.



Hans Dodge.  Past District Governor.

It's not often that our Rotary Club gets the honour of inducting a new member with as long a track record in Rotary.


We are indeed honoured to have Hans join our Rotary club.

Welcome Hans.





On Oct. 2nd we had a simple pasta dinner at The Blarney Stone and raised $632 for Polio Eradication.  The board approved increasing it to $1000 for the donations we make for our speakers.  And this $1000 will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation bringing the total to $2000!



John Gibeau will come to our Rotary club and speak about the HoneyBee center on Friday Oct 10th.

Then our club will take a tour of the HoneyBee center on Saturday Oct 25th.

We will meet at the Arbutus club at 10.00 am precisely to arrange rides and car share.

Arriving at the Surrey location at 11.00 am for a personally guided tour of the premises  by John Gibeau himself.

Coffee and snack lunch.

7480 176 Street, 
Surrey, British Columbia 
Canada V3S 7B1



Everything we have in our modern world is the result of desire. Indeed, desire is the motivating force of life itself… It’s the generating power of all human action and without it no one can get very far.

- Claude Bristol 1891-1951, Author






Ishwarya  came to speak to us today after having been in India for the past 4 years.

She went to study classical dance and Yoga.  She attended classes and lectures.

To interpret Yoga from the classical names.

Sadness is interpreted as a feeling of being limited.  And Happiness is defined as limitlessness.

How to go from limitedness to limitlessness?

To stop the incessant flow of thoughts of the mind.

The human body is the most precious of all

We can change our environment to suite us.

Every part of our body is interconnected.

Yoga is connecting the mind, body and breath and gaining a deeper awareness of ourselves.  Be completely steady in each posture, even when set up in a Pretzel shape!

Set out to experience complete joy.

Be non violent especially to ourselves.

Be objective in each situation.

Don’t lie or you will feel guilty.  Always tell the truth.

Always be on the path of spiritual awareness.

Don’t always need more, as the satisfaction gained is temporary.

Accept your limitations.  Be aware of your perception.  What is yours?

Look for a feeling of contentment.  With the practice of yoga we can feel contentment.

Learn to live with very little.  Be disciplined.  Learn your procedures and your daily rituals.  As a student, one must study even if you don’t feel like it.

Gain the mastery over yourself so you are no longer slave to your senses.



Michael Gurvin.  Guest of Hans Dodge.



Carol and Theo who have been visiting our club for many months now talked about their home Rotary club and their home town.

The Rotary club of Knysna.  Knysna is a town up the coast from Capetown. The Rotary club has 60 members and is a very active club.  Some have been members for 40 years and they have several, what they call, Swallow members.  They have a high participation  rate and if you are a member you are expected to do your part. They have a youth services project called e Pap that feeds school children.

They now serve 4,000 children at local schools.

Their fund raisers are a local Cycle tour and a golf tournament. 

Carol sent us this message---

The Knysna Rotary Club’s website is If you scroll through the different links you’ll find newsletters, from the most recently posted one (June 2014) to previous ones; also a list of projects (as far as e’Pap is concerned the number is no longer 3 000 but 4 500 – see

We are in no way suggesting that your club would necessarily want to be involved in our projects, but in case anyone expresses interest in considering this, here are a few possibilities.

The current exchange rate is CA$1 = R10.60, so $100 is the equivalent of R1 060. What would an amount like this be able to do? It would fund half the cost of a Splash Dragon Boat crew, one tenth of a study bursary, a nutritious daily meal for four children for each school day of the year …

We mentioned the Splash event, taking place in December this year, for the third time. All Vancouverites know about Dragon Boats. The Knysna Splash Dragon Boat event involves boats competing three (last year it was two) at a time in heats over the course of a day. We’re hoping for a minimum of twenty teams this year – Splash is intended as a fund-raising event, and teams each pay R2 000 for the team of 10 to enter, i.e. R200 per team member.

Over the last two years one of the teams has been the Knysna Sea Cadets. These youngsters are all from the disadvantaged community. Their achievements have been way in excess of their resources, largely due to the amazing commitment of a retired naval officer, who trains them in boat craft, sailing skills, radio communication, among others.  An indication of how much they learn and grow through the Sea Cadet programme: the number of Knysna sea cadets who are accepted into the South African Navy is completely disproportionate to the number of candidates accepted from elsewhere in the country. The Knysna Rotary Club is happy to have been able to assist the Sea Cadets in different ways, over the years.

The Sea Cadets are very keen to take part in the Dragon Boat event – they are strong paddlers, and are eager to show the community what they can do. However, they can’t participate unless they find sponsorship. If 10 members of the Arbutus Rotary club were able to contribute CA$20 each, this would cover the costs of the Sea Cadet team’s participation in Splash. Alternatively this could be a club sponsorship of CA$200. This sponsorship would mean that the Sea Cadets would have an opportunity to have a fun-filled and confidence boosting day; it would also mean that at least one of the hoped-for twenty teams is secure.  

We also mentioned e’Pap. To sponsor a daily nutritious meal for one of the 4 500 children for the school is in the region of R250 (about CA$25). Any contribution to e’Pap would be very welcome – if you have a look at the e’Pap website you will have a better idea of the far-reaching impact that this project has. 




Our guest speaker this week was  John Gibeau  who is with the Rotary Club of Cloverdale.  John is a retired policeman who is now a full time beekeeper with the Honeybee Centre - 176th and Fraser Highway in Surrey.  They rent honeybees to farmers for pollination of their crops - mainly blueberries.  The Centre owns 1400 bee hives and imports more from Alberta when needed.  Did you know that honey from flowers tastes different than honey from fruit?  They sell many different kinds of honey in a retail shop.  Wholesale prices for honey have increased in the past 6 years from 75 cents a pound to $2.00 a pound.  The center also has 400 school tours a year, and they are one of 3 centres in North America that work with the film industry - usually covering actors in bees.  They are also active in Bee Philanthropy - taking bees to developing countries.  Our club member Jag went to Ethiopia with them to do an assessment.  They start by qualifying a village through a survey, then train the villagers for 3 weeks and follow up 1 year later.  Funds are advanced in four phases and the village becomes independent once they export honey.



We have arranged for a day visit to the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey on Saturday Oct 25th.

Lets meet at the Arbutus club at 10.00 am to arrange car pooling then drive out there for around 11.00 am for a personally guided tour of the facility by Jonh Gibeau a Rotarian.

We will be served a light lunch at our cost.  John is coming to our Rotary club as our speaker on Oct 10 th. ( Next week.)

Please register on the front page of the bulletin so we can get an attendance record.




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.



Kirk is married with three children.  He is running as the NPA candidate for Mayor of Vancouver.

Despite having a very impressive c. v. behind him now, Kirk was born into poverty of a single mother. His older brother was sent away to relatives because she couldn’t afford to raise two children.  Often they had no food at home, which is why today he supports the feeding of school children.

In a city as wealthy as we are there should be no hungry children.

Children learn better and play sports better when they are not hungry.

We have the technology today to connect adults with children so they can mentor or coach.

We need to change the culture of this city.

We need to compel this city government to open up its information and books.

Our city is very secretive.

Have you tried to read the finances of the city?

It is very confusing and many items are hidden.

We think the city should have to argue for privacy if necessary.  Not the other way round.

Neighborhoods should be consulted.  We need to be seen and heard then better things will happen.

We need to celebrate our bike pathways not contest them.

The NPA built 500 km of bike pathways.

Vision has managed to alienate both bikers and citizens.

We have car homelessness.

The Provence needs to help as can the Feds and the Natives but this Mayor has managed to alienate every level of government so why would they want to talk to him?

With the right overtures we can also involve the Private sector.

We need short-term solutions to our transit problems.

Yes a Sky Train to UBC would be nice but it’s at least 8 years away if we reached agreement now.  We need more busses now.

Property tax should be frozen.

City budgets should be easy to understand.

We are deficit spending by a large amount now, using the capital fund and at this rate we will be spending %10 on debt payments by 2017- 2018.

360 million is being spent on the East End that is not being accountable.

We need a city plan.

The park board is being annoying to this city council.

They think it would be easier to run the parks board themselves.

We need to watch this doesn’t happen.

The speaker was thanked by Bill.



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.

Tickets are now available on line.

The speaker was thanked by Davinder.



Our guest speaker was Polina Zaytyseva, a visiting student from Novosibirsk. A very bright young lady, she has just completed her third year of an economics degree and speaks impeccable English, having apparently been encouraged to do so by her Mother from the age of five. Her topic was “stereotypes”, her talk being buttressed by pictures of a snowy winter, perogies and matryoshka dolls. Unfortunately not all of these topics prove the point that we are wrong to ascribe stereotypes to all : Novosibirsk (you are invited to look up its geographic location) is the third largest city in Russia and is, interestingly, the coldest substantially populated city on earth. Wikipedia says that “winter (is) tough, but it may not be extraordinary for those from northern countries” (why does Winnipeg come to mind?). One suggests that despite Polina’s nice pictures, Novosibirsk will never be mistaken for Miami. She also observed that despite the country being lavishly populated by bears, reindeer, elk and wolf, the first bear that she saw was when she was staying in Burnaby. Somehow, apt.

Her last point on stereotypes was that all Russians are Communists and live insecure lives. To illustrate the point she played on the power-point presentation a brief cartoon respecting the uncertainties of Russian rural life. Given the present political and economic climate evident in that country, it was a rather poignant little vignette.

Time was unfortunately against Polina. She could well have kept us enthralled for much more time than was available : it is always fascinating to dear from those who live in places strange to us except for anecdote and self-serving media.




Our latest's addition to the role of Paul Harris fellows in our club is Past President Davinder Grewal.



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.



Former member Keith Roy came to day to report from his position as Dominion Vice President of the Monarchist league of Canada.

Queen Elizabeth 11 has been on the throne for 60 plus years now and during that long reign has not put a foot wrong. 

Queen Elizabeth II has always been a modern monarch.  

Televised coronation flown across the world instantly to be broadcast on the BBC
She made the worlds first long distance phone call.
The Palace has a YouTube Channel, Flickr site, facebook, twitter
It is widely understood that the Queen uses a Blackberry.
The speaker was thanked by Michael Frost.

This photo was added to Rotary's World's Biggest Commercial along with 100,000 other pictures from 171 countries.  We have received acknowledgement that it is the World's Largest Photo Awareness Campaign.   We are "This Close" to polio eradication and when it happens we will have changed the course of human history through our work as Rotarians.Image



Jonathan Hultquist was our speaker today and he is with the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Aquarium is undergoing a major expansion and re fit with the grand opening coming soon now in June of this year.

It has cost 100 million to complete with 25 million coming from the Federal Govt, 25 million from the Province of BC with a major private donor being Teck Mining of 12 and a half million.

The Whales have been in the news recently with the question being “should they be returned to the Oceans”

They say no, as they provide a lot of value to the visiting public.

Nothing teaches children more about whales than seeing a live one in front of them.

They keep Beluga’s, Dolphins, seals, all sorts.

They will not catch any in the wild or take any that were caught after 1996.

The Aquarium opened in 1956 and today we have 10,000 visitors a year.   They have had 10 million visitors so far.

They have a very successful video running on You Tube with 19 million hits so far.  They have over 1,000 volunteers with over 150,000 hours racked up in total.

They organize The Great Shore Line clean up that we participate in every year.

They have the Animal rescue centre that takes orphans and animals that need care.

They have received over 20,000 animals so far.  They are currently doing a Rockfish and Ling cod survey to establish a base line of where we stand with them today.

They have done much study on Killer whales, which are totally an Icon of B.C.  Our oldest killer whale is 100 years old.

Vancouver Aquarium is well respected around the world

Mary thanked the speaker.



As part of the weekend to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Magee High School members of our club cooked breakfast for about 600.




Today was so busy we had an overflow crowd so 2 people had to sit at the registration table.

And the interesting thing about that was there was no guests, other than the speaker.

We are a growing Rotary Club.

Well done everyone!



Donnie Van Dyk, William Brewis and Michael Cowdell from Enbridge were our speakers this week.

Donny is public relations and is based in Kitimat.  Kitimat is based mainly on the forestry industry and is not as busy today as it has been in the past so welcomes some new employment opportunities.

Forestry exports to the US are significantly down.   Our most valuable export to the US today is oil and due to restrictions on our ability to export oil to the US we lose about 50 million dollars a day.

This new pipeline will help that.

The proposed pipeline will be from Edmonton to  Kitimat and a second pipeline to send condensate back to Edmonton to mix with our crude to make it more moveable and more valuable.

We will be using thick walled pipelines with pumping stations that will be manned 24 hours a day.

Tankers will be from round the world but will have to meet Canadian specifications to be allowed into our waters.

They will need to be double hulled. There will be two tugs on the tankers at all times they are in Canadian waters.

There will be new Navigation aids and constant manned radar.

There will be a speed limit of 8 to 12 knots.  Much slower than the 20 plus knots the cruise ships are allowed.

The narrowest part of the channel they will be in is 1.4 Km wide.

The spill recovery being put in place will be world class.

Approximately 3 times the standard required.

We will maintain a high state of readiness at all times.


There was then a lot of questions from the Rotarians.

Human error still seems to be the main problem.
Dedicated pilots will help this.

Does Canada have enough in the clean up fund to cover a major spill and will Enbridge be made to pay for it?  ( 1.4 billion )

How big is Enbridge?

Answer.  It is one of the top 10 Canadian companies with 50% being held privately with 40% being held by shipping companies and 10% being aboriginal.

The speakers were thanked by Harreson.



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.



Cyril Prisman

Michael Frost



Shail will be our new president as of July 1 as he sets out here to lay out a plan for the year.  He feels he is a re cycled president as he has done the job before in 1997.

This PETS was much bigger than the last one he attended.  It started on Thursday at noon with a presentation on effective club meetings.  Then moved onto Membership, Foundation and Public image plus many more things.

There were several well know speakers including 6 keynote speakers.

They had a presentation on Polio from a polio survivor. As well as an Olympic swimmer.

Then of course Richard King who was President of R.I and announced our theme for the year of

Light up Rotary.

We intend to take a strong look at Youth programs.  RYLA, Rotoract and Interact.

Fund raising and membership retention.

Joint meetings with other clubs. 

Identify outstanding members of our community.

Recognise our charter of 1977 on  April 30th.

Follow fellowship events for next year and make use of social media.

Watch for the Rotary foundation.

Honour our 6 bursary students.

Editor----Oh Yes,  its going to be  an outstanding year.



ImageLast 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?


This week we had a club assembly and Joy updated us on the final details for our Guest Day on April 25th.  About 75% of the letters of invitation have been mailed and she has had 2 regrets and 3 acceptances so far.  Suzanne Anton, MLA, has agreed to attend and speak for a few minutes.  Harreson is working on the Audio Visual and a picture display of our projects.  We have the Quilchena Terrace booked and at this time we are expected about fifteen potential members to attend.  The food will be finger foods and salads set up at grazing stations with chairs around the perimeter of the room.  Joy ordered some excellent Rotary brochures and they have arrived.  We will be putting them in a folder with an application form and a summary of the costs to be a member of our club.  PDG Chris Offer, DG Gary Shearer and ADG Tom Smith all plan to attend.  Teddie will contact our RYLA  youth Lucas to see if he can come and speak for a few minutes.  Michael Frost will be inducted as a member that day and Gary Shearer will give out three Paul Harris awards.


On Monday, April 14th we had a joint meeting with the Vancouver South Rotary Club and presented the Herb Addington Scholarship to Lily Ditchburn.  Also pictured are Catharine O'Brien-Bell, Department of Professional Photography at Langara College, Vancouver South President Sam Wong and Vancouver Arbutus President Elect Shail Mahanti.  Herb Addington was a well known photographer and a member of both Rotary clubs and he donated funds for this award.  Lily will pursue a career in wedding and portrait photography.


Our guest speaker this week was Rotarian Elena Agala who led a Rotary Dental Mission to the Philippines in January.  There were 20 volunteers that all paid their own airfare and accommodation and they provided a complete Dental Clinic to 4500 people there.  Elena also was there to open 2 containers sent by RWHN (Rotary World Help Network) to help after Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013.  The Canadian Ambassador was present as well for the inspection.  Included in the donations were 3 vans of red sweatshirts from the Edgewater casino and also t-shirts from Tim Horton's and bottles of Whistler water.  Rice, noodles and canned goods were also shipped and distributed to victims of the typhoon that killed over 6000 people and destroyed over a million homes.  Our club had sent funds we collected and Elena used the money to do a mass feeding of over a thousand adults and children in Bohol.  "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."  Ronald Regan.

Sarah Chui from VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation came to thank us for our donation of $8525 which will buy half of a Flexible Videoscope for the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Department. This equipment is used to look into patients throats - 15,000 patients are served every year. The foundation has raised over half a billion dollars since it started in 1980.

Bill Harvey and Don Moore came to update us on the huge celebration for Magee's first 100 years.  It takes place on May 23rd and 24th in Kerrisdale and at the school.  Six of our club members will be serving pancakes on Saturday morning from 9 am to 11 and yes we can wear our new blue shirts!  The breakfast will be followed by a concert and even Dal Richards will show up in a model car!

Nicole Robson is the senior development office with UGM who have been working in the Downtown Eastside since 1940.  They currently have 7 locations including New Westminster and Mission and serve 300,000 meals a year to the community.  Their alcohol and drug recovery program has an outstanding record that after 2 years 73% of those that graduated are still sober and drug free.  The program lasts over 18 months and approximately 30 clients graduate each year.  UGM does not accept any government money for their programs - they receive support from the community with over 4000 regular donors.  Their Corner Store drop in opens at 6:30 am for coffee and there is always a long line up.  It is a block from Strathcona Elementary.  They have 150 employees and 3900 volunteers.  Some of their employees have gone through recovery with UGM.  They have a receptionist, John, that was for 40 years an alcoholic having started drinking at 10 years old.  He now has been clean and sober for 6 years.  In 2011 they moved to a new building and they now keep their old building just for women and children which will be a new focus of the organization.

Don Evans has been a Rotarian with the Vancouver club for almost 30 years and his other love is trains.  One of the very few steam powered locomotives in North America is in Squamish.  The Royal Hudson was retired from service in 1960 in Winnipeg.  It's second career was between 1974-1999 when the Province of BC financed  running it from Vancouver to Squamish and it became a large tourist attraction.  But in 1999 it failed it's boiler inspection and was retired again as the Province would not spend the funds to rebuild it.  In 2002 the West Coast Heritage Society moved it to Squamish and spend over $800,000 to rebuild the boiler.  This money was raised by fundraising.  In Aug. 2006 it was finished and is now in it's third career - you just can't stop a choo choo train!.  It is very expensive to run - to go between Squamish and Vancouver one way costs between $12,000 and $14,000 in oil and 12,000 gallons of water.  It is only operated now for special occasions like White Rock's 50th Anniversary or the opening of Louis Vuitton in 2010 when it only travelled 3/4 mile for the guests.  The next ten years will see it being mechanically rebuilt at a cost of up to three million dollars.  It can be viewed at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish where our Rotary Convention will be this year.

Bill is off travelling again and he did a make up at our sister club in Japan - Seto North.  In this picture he is at their front desk with Rotarian Setsuko Hirao who was part of the group from this club that visited us a few years ago.

Our speakers this week were William Booth and Shanti Besso from the D.T.E.S. Literacy Roundtable.  This is a coalition of adult educators who work on the D.T.E.S. with vulnerable individuals who often have mental health or substance abuse problems.  It began in 2005 to share information, insure that there was no duplication, to identify gaps and to collaborate where possible and today there are 45 organizations that are part of this Roundtable.  Literacy equals employment and they have 70 regular students and 300 drop in students.  A drop in student will often bring forms that they need help filling out because of their illiteracy.  They offer workshops at Carnegie Community Center and are next working on digital literacy after 1700 mobile phones were distributed on the D.T.E.S.  They were thanked by Michael Frost who gave examples of illiteracy that happened when he practiced law.

On Saturday night we had a potluck at Lexie's new home.  The snow stopped just in time!  Fellowship is an important part of Rotary.

Our club has had a long term association with this great organization.  In the past we have helped sponsor a Social Skills program where children learn how to interact with friends and family members; and also a Summer Camp for children with learning disabilities.  In the past 10 years this organization has served over 35,000 families and 5000 clients.  They have a new program that they are seeking funding for - a Leadership and Employment program for youth aged 14-17.  They will teach them to understand their diagnosis and how to manage their disability in order to get work that is suitable.  Starting in July ten youth will attend Saturday training sessions learning things like CPR and financial solvency.  But most importantly they will learn to build on their ability!



Our own Jag Dhillon was our speaker today and he told us about the Bee Keepers world.
Jag told us the story of two people: John Gibeau and Shlomo Silverman. John is an ex-policeman and Shlomo is a self made millionaire and a great philanthropist.
John while in the police force developed bee keeping as a hobby, which overtook his profession and became a full time bee farmer. To grow he needed money that no bank would advance.
Shlomo keeps bees too. Bee keeping brought them together and Shlomo advanced John large amount of money without any collateral to build the Honey Bee Centre at 7480-176 Street in Surrey.
The Bee Centre is a commercial honey farm, research laboratory and visitor attraction. Besides bee keeping training, honey sales. The Centre supplies bee hives to local berry growers and hotels for pollination. The honey bees visit thousands of blossoms collecting nectar and pollen to provide food for pollinating the plants.
While on their travels to Africa, John and Shlomo saw a great potential in expanding their expertise to bee farmers in Ethiopia and Uganda. Shlomo decided to spend $250,000 in Africa to start one or two bee keeping training schools. I was asked to do a feasibility study for two locations, one in Gondar (Ethiopia) and one in Mbale (Uganda).
Ethiopia is a land locked country of over one million square kilometres with a population of over 93 million. It is one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists. Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 to 1855, and it has the remains of castles and palaces constructed by a series of emperors, making it a popular tourist attraction. Gondar is a trade centre for grains, oilseeds, and cattle; the economy of the surrounding area is basically one of subsistence farming. It is becoming an attractive tourist centre, several large luxury tourist resorts are under construction.
Jag studied the Gondar location, met with local municipal and other government authorities and the local architect and some of the developers of major tourist resorts. After spending a week there went to Mbale (Uganda) to study the other location.
The Mbale location contains an existing vacant vocational school site that was constructed in the mid 2000’s, mostly from donations from abroad. After the economic meltdown of 2008 the operating funding for this school disappeared and it has remained closed and vacant since then. The site is in a rural area about 15 km south of Mbale, surrounded by small farms. It is comprised of seven main buildings plus a few smaller ones of varying vintage.
After studying the two sites, Jag recommended the Gondar location and made recommendations on the sitting of proposed building, parking, landscaping and other functional needs of the proposed training centre. He recommend that the Bee World to proceed with this project. I recommended against the Mbale project as the existing buildings and their location was not considered suitable for the proposed project.




Bring in your business cards and contacts of potential Rotarians.

Turn your names into Harreson to compile the list.

We are looking to invite 300 people and have 50 guests on the day.  it is going to cost us about $1,000 to cater this event so we want to make sure it will be a success.

We will have finger foods so people can move around and chat whist looking at our various Rotary projects. 
There will be displays around the room and a slide show of Rotarians in action.


We have two speakers on that day.  Our District governor Garry Shearer and Chris Offer.




Doug was the Deputy minister of Finance for the Provence for 17 years.  Now he is the senior Vice President for Tec Mining.

Zinc is important for or diet.  it improves our immune system and helps stop diarrhea.  Many children with poor diets suffer from diarrhea which if left untreated will lead to dehydration and death from that. 

Malaria used to be the number one killer but this is now.

Often it goes untreated as it isn’t properly diagnosed.  it is assumed to just be diarrhea.  There is a 30 to 40% chance of kids not making 10years of age.

We can reduce this by %50.

Clean water and good sanitation and key.

Teck with the Zinc Alliance for children’s health has 2 programs in practice so far with a goal of $10 million put in so far.

We could make a presentation to our Partner club in Bombay and we could do this together.

Also we could take this project to the International level at the Sydney Rotary International convention.  We two volunteers to take this project forward.

Doug was warmly thanked by Lexie.


This week Mary gave a brief history of the gaming funds our club has received over the years.  We no longer apply for a Bingo Affiliation Grant  - it is now called a Community Gaming Grant.  We are still a member of Planet Bingo and would receive funds from them if they became in a high enough profit situation to disburse funds.  We now apply each year for funding of our programs and the government of BC reviews what we spend this grant on.  Mary went over the guidelines as not all projects qualify for gaming funds.  Now that we have received additional money Heather and her projects committee will be looking for projects to spend it on.

Vera is Director of Community Outreach for the world's largest independent Chinese TV station - New Tsang Dynasty.  She gave us a brief overview of the past 5000 years of traditional Chinese culture starting with Taoism - following the course of heaven "the way" and Confucianism - benevolence, justice, wisdom and integrity.  These traditions were interrupted by the cultural revolution in China between 1966-1976 - 2 million people were killed for their spiritual practice.  Traditional culture was regarded as superstition. Virtue was ridiculed and good deeds discouraged.  This can be seen today in things like fake Apple Stores in malls in China and the exportation of materials that are health hazards.  Luckily there is a resurrection in Traditional Values - Chi-gong - health improving exercises  and also Shen Yun performing arts - to revive artistic traditions.  Shen Yun is available to be seen around the world but not in Hong Kong or China - it is even blocked on the Internet there.  They will be performing in Vancouver between Jan. 23rd - 25th.  IPP Ilan Heller thanked Vera for her interesting talk.


Harreson was away today so Bill filled in with setting up of our Guest day for April 11th.

This will be a day set aside for each if us to invite guests to take a look at joining Rotary.

We will have a couple of speakers to explain the overall picture of Rotary then we will break up into just chatting sessions to answer questions about what Rotary means to each one of us.

We will send out a letter to a carefully selected list of leaders in our society.

Bring in any and all of your ideas for potential members.  

Right now we need you to look into your Rolodex file or Contacts list in your phone and bring forth names and addresses of potential Rotarians.

A complete list will be made up and an individual invite will be sent to each one inviting them personally to the day of April 11th at the Arbutus Club.


Lets continue to keep Rotary the Number one service organization in the world.




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


Our club will be sending $1425 to assist with the victims of typhoon Haiyan.  Rotarian Elena Agala will visit the victim site in January and will distribute basic needs like rice, canned goods, noodles, toiletries, clothing, slippers and blankets.  Elena will take pictures and give our club an update when she returns in February.Image


Robert is the President, Kerrisdale Community Centre Society.  A volunteer position.  Change is on the way for the community centres.

The first one was started on Hastings 80 years ago.  Kerrisdale 70 years ago.  $82.000 was raised to start it and in 1968 greatly expanded then again in 1995 to 2002.  Significant funds raised locally plus funds from the Federal govt, the Provence and the Parks board.

A joint operating agreement was formed with the parks board in 1979. 

21 other community centres also have agreements with the parks board.

In 2010 and 2011 the parks board said they would take control of the revenues and decide what programs would be provided.

in 2013 5 community set out on their own as they felt the parks board were no longer operating in their best interests.

The parks board gave them a very short time to decide how to finalize this situation.

They introduced the One Card and gave away three free visits to get everyone on board quickly.

This was a cash give away for no good reason other than to isolate the breakaway community centres.

The 5 centres took their parks board to court to stop them introducing the One Card in their centres.

The judge sided with the community centres.

The visits to the community centres subsidize the programs the centres run such as the seniors lunch.

They were told to take funds from the retained funds to subsidize those programs that loose money.

This was a cash grab from the centres and one that these community centres decided to protest and fought back through the courts.

The purpose of the retained funds is for future expansion.


Nov 28th at Hycroft house @ 6.00pm. 

Dinner at 6.30pm  Sgt at arms will be there so don’t be late.

Santa’s helpers will be there and entertainment afterwards, so lets have fun.



We have the opportunity to join with the Vancouver South club and participate in their projects.

Call first to ensure information is still current and accurate.

Dec 6th  Decoration of Abbyfield house at 67th and Hudson   9.00am till 11.00am

Dec 14th  Christmas tree lot sales.
Aunt Leah society
Shift 1-- 10.00 am till 1.00 pm
Shift 2-- 1.00 pm till 5.00 pm
Help sell trees.   Rotary banner displayed 

Dec 20th Sexsmith Community school Pancake breakfast.
8.30 till 11.30 am  Part shifts O.K. Pancake making.
Contact grant or Dianna Smith at 604-788-0813


ImageStrathcona consists of four separate brick buildings separating age groups and facilities.  They desperately need computers and wireless and they have about 300 kids that need help with literacy.  We have provided Computer Assisted Literacy Solutions (CALS) for about 40 of the students.  This is a computer game that helps teach children with learning disabilities to read and do math. Photo: L-R Fran Blackwood, Strathcona Principal Margaret Jorgensen, Resource Teacher Susan Kurbis, and Vice-principal Jesse Brown.



Garry was born in Scotland but came to Canada as a child.

When Garry went for district governor training it was in San Diego.  During the official flag ceremony that is so emotional to see all the flags of the countries where Rotary flourishes.  They all came in except the current presidents flag of Japan and the incoming presidents flag of the U.S.  They came in last with the two men.

Outside in the bay sat the US Midway.  The ship that signified the biggest battle of the second world war between these two nations.

Here they stand today in peace and we were left to wonder can we achieve peace in waring countries today?

Rotary sponsors 50 peace scholarships a year.

We have 52 clubs in our district and one e club which Garry is still trying to figure out how to visit!

Membership is critical to our future.  This years theme--- Engage Rotary---Change lives--- and our theme is membership retention.

Foundation.  All of the incoming D. G.’s took the promise to take a leadership role in the foundation so they raised over a million dollars that week.

Your own president Davinder has agreed to say yes to the foundation and we both encourage you all to do so as well.

The district conference this year will be at Squamish in the new C.N. roundhouse.  This is a railway museum and on the Saturday we will be taken for a train ride.

We are going to engage youth this year and invite Interactors and Rotoractors.

There will be no registration fee for them this year and they can get accommodation at the local Quest university for just $175 for the two nights including food.

How many can we send?

Garry finished with the chorus of his theme song---Get on board!


Leigh thanked the speaker.


ImageHere is a picture of Master Mohit and another "little angle" that was operated on the same day.  We provided funds for the heart surgeries that saved these children's lives.


Our speaker today was our own Lawrence Duff.



When Lawrie Duff returned from the Second World War, he was all of 21 and had already had a career in the Canadian Royal Air Force specializing in aerial photography. When he returned to Calgary in ’46 he rejoined the large printing company where he moved the technology of the 20’s to the cutting edge of the 50’s. In 1953 he started Duffoto Process Company – the product etched was printing plates.


With technological change and a new downtown building (1960’s), the complete graphic arts service kept expanding to include photography, artwork, typesetting and lithographic and printing plate-making production. His customers were advertising agencies, department stores (The Bay, Eatons, Woodwards) and printing companies. In the 70’s, Duffoto opened a branch plant in Edmonton. He was involved in many building projects in Calgary: houses, apartments, a hotel and office site, dinner theatre, and he was greatly affected by Calgary’s boom and bust economy. The Trudeau National Energy Plan of 1982 hit Alberta particularly hard. In the 90’s Duffoto merged with a Saskatchewan graphic arts group “Printwest”.


In addition to technical trade and business associations, Lawrie joined (Calgary downtown) Rotary in the 60’s (which had 285 members) as a 2nd generation Rotarian. Calgary Rotary had many great members and projects and Lawrie keeps in touch with lifelong friends there. He and Betty moved to Vancouver to be close to their three daughters and families living on the westside of Vancouver. He is very happy advertising for over 10 years to have joined the Arbutus Rotary Club about 3 years ago, with its wonderful new friends and projects.



P.D.G. Chris Offer came today to show off the new R.I. web site.  He thanked our club for sending him on the Group Study Exchange.  30 years ago to India.

First thing we understood was just how big the new site is.  It’s huge.  There is 34,000 pages with over 10,000 documents that can be printed off.

These need to be accessible from any of the major computer programs such as Windows or Mac, then be available for tablets, BlackBerry, i-phone or Androids etc.

Many languages are currently available with many more coming.  Everybody wants their own language available.

There is actually 2 web sites there, one for the public use and then one that is adaptable for our own use.  Called “MY Rotary”

This is where you go in and customize it to you.  Put in your details and you can even submit your photograph so other Rotarians know what you look like.

Each Rotarian should sign in and create your own entry.  You must create your log in and own identity.  If you were logged in before that is now gone. Sing in anew now.

There are many on line videos for training purposes.

Grants.  You can apply for grants there. If you are doing a joint project with another club, like we are, you can both log on and apply for matching grants together.

You can see the last 5 years of stats for your club.

We can store data base here.

Please put the money your club has raised in here and also the amount of man hours our club has contributed to the local community.

Use the Rotary showcase pages to show off what your Rotary club has contributed to your local community.

Go ahead and boast here.  This is what we did.

We want to know what Rotary has done world wide.  We may in the top tier of money raised and man hours given in the world but when we are not tracking that we just don’t know.

It is time for Rotary to shine.

Chris was warmly thanked by PDG Leigh.



Dr Jeffrey Hwang came today to tell us about their clubs international project of water purification.

These water purifiers are hand made from locally sourced ingredients and made by local labour in Paraguay.  See picture.

You put water that needs filtering in and leave it to filter which it will do overnight.  In the morning you have clean water that is 99% clean.  Amazing.  With a simple clean after two weeks and its ready to go again.

Water is a Rotary International major project and is therefore available for matching grants. this is a joint project for the Twain Rotary club and the Vancouver Centennial Rotary club.

Most rain in this area of Paraguay falls in three months of the year so they need storage facilities like large ponds but then the water needs filtering.

They are providing employment for the local villagers and clean water as well.  The death rate for children is 10 times in this area than what it is in the city.  Pure water and fresh vegetables will help.

Each hand made filter will last about 5 years.

They are made from clay, sand and biodegradable material like sawdust.  These are also used for irrigation of plants.

They have also built a temporary school for the villagers.

The speaker was thanked by Ilan.



Our Assistant District Governor Tom Smith spoke to us this week about the Rotary Foundation.  He explained how our donations are first invested for 3 years to cover all administration costs.  Then 50% goes back to our District to use for grants they approve - both locally and globally.  The remaining 50% is used for matching grants and the administration of Rotary International programs like Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace Centers, Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange.  With the matching grant one of our dollars raised for a project can become three and a half dollars.  Tom explained that Every Rotarian Every Year means giving any amount to the Foundation for the Annual Programs Fund where being a sustaining member is a donation of $100 per year.  On top of this any amount that we give to Polio Plus will be matched 2 to 1 - so a $33 donation will become $100.  Polio will be the second disease to be eradicated in the history of mankind!

We had a fabulous evening at President Davinder's home - excellent food, good company and we raised $500 for our club.  Thank you Joy Johnston for organizing everything and having your grandson Collin be our Butler.  Thank you Davinder for providing your home and your son to assist and for your great fresh blueberry/raspberry pie!

It is that time of year again!  We will meet at the corner of Columbia and Athletes Way before 10 am on Sunday Sept. 22nd.  Harreson will organize us into groups and gloves and garbage bags will be provided.  We have about 50 people joining us this year and as usual we will record all the different types and amounts of garbage we collect.  Who will find the most interesting piece of garbage?  Who will pick up the highest number of cigarette butts?  This is definitely a hands on project!

Our speaker this week was the executive director for The Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide - MPS.  Most people have not heard of this disease - it is caused by an enzyme deficiency inherited from both parents.  The society has been advocating and educating medical professionals for the past thirty years.  Often a child is misdiagnosed as a lot of family doctors are unaware of MPS.  There are different types of MPS and there is now treatment for some of them.  The prognosis for children with this disease can range from a near normal existence to passing on by age 13 or 14.  Research is being done at UBC for further treatment options.  Kirsten was thanked by IPP Ilan Heller.

Our President Elect Jag Dhillon has returned from Ethiopia and Uganda and talked about the work he has been doing there.  He had been approached to do a feasibility study in both countries and his wife Brajinder finally agreed to let him go.  The project was building a school to teach people how to raise bees.  In both countries they have harvested honey for over 5000 years but they were not up to date on current, more productive methods.  A donor had given $250,000 for the school but wanted Jag to go over and see if it was feasible.  Being there in person allowed Jag to trim a lot of fat off the budget and make sure the school was in the right location in Addis Ababa.  The school will sell the honey they produce plus they have a coffee shop - and they will be self sustainable after about two years.  It was a very interesting talk - I never knew honey is also used to treat wounds and bites!

On Wednesday members of our clubImage visited Britannia Center to present our donation of $7000 to this worthwhile program.  The funds will be used for a hand wash station and food.  Off The Grill is a barbeque three times a week for youth at risk in the area.  It is in joint partnership with Children's Hospital, Britannia Center and other government agencies.

ImageOur speaker this week was introduced by Gene who commented that he never thought he would be in the same room with both Glen Miller and Tom Jones!  Our speaker wanted us to know that he is the Real Tom Jones.  He spoke on dynamic leadership where the best leaders make leaders out of everyone on the team.  You cannot inspire someone you can't communicate with and he explained the generational differences we must all deal with.  The Baby Boomers know everything and talk too much.  Then there are also the Mature Generation, Generation X and Generation Y.  Often in your work force you will find all 4 generations and something won't always work for everyone.  You need to treat people the way they want to be treated.  You always need to be aware of generational differences - what motivates them, do they like rules and so on.  He touched on the fact that Toastmasters and Rotary both need to do more to make younger generations feel welcome.

ImageRotarian Darrell Burnham has worked with Coast Mental Health for 26 years.  They provide food, shelter and employment training to people with mental illness.  They made the first supportive housing in Canada in 1973 by buying a 25 unit apartment building in the West End.  Over the years they have done 35 more buildings in the lower mainland - one third of them are owned.  A recent project was the 51 units built at Dunbar and 16th Ave - 30 units are for people with mental health and 12 units were for homeless.  There was a lot of opposition to this building but now that it is finished and operating there have been no problems.  These buildings have staff to ensure the residents get their medications.  Darrell sees the power of safe housing affect the residents and their ability to integrate eventually back into society.  One of their best known fund raisers is the Courage to Come Back Awards - this not only helps financially but also reduces the stigma of having a mental illness.

When Julie was 32 years old and at the top of her game she decided to give it all up and travel the world.  She took advantage of the Rand in 1998 and bought a sailboat for a quarter of what it would have cost her in her native England.  By the time she got to Thailand she was flat broke and luckily found a restaurant that would feed her for four weeks until she could get some more money.  She took backpackers on tours and they became working crew and contributed to the cost of running the boat.  After 7 years she felt there must be something more she could do with her life so she came to Canada and started Influence Publishing.  They publish books that influence change in the world.  And of course she had to write her own book - "Around the World in 7 Years."

ImagePresident Illan Heller giving the check for $5000 to the Director of the Kerrisdale Business Association.  The benches are in front of Moore's Bakery and the old Shoppers Drug Mart location at 41st. and Yew.  What a great thing to do on your last meeting as President!   Please note that there will be no meeting on July 5th.  Instead there will be a barbeque at Leigh's home - 3168 W 42nd at 6:30pm.  The new board will be installed at that time.

Our bursary winners attened our meeting and told us how much this extra money helped them and thier families.  Left to Right  Past President Shail Mahanti (Bursary Organizer),Nicole Ma, Vancouver Tech;Divya Thakor, John Oliver; James Nguyen, Prince of Wales; Warren Tiplady, Fraser Academy; Gemma Utzig, Fraser Academy; Giovani Vega Vazquez, Roberts Education Center.  Congratulations and Good Luck!Image


Marg & Ian Acton, wife & son of the late Rick Acton, former RCVA member, visited us today to express their appreciation and the grateful thanks of the Fraser Academy recipients of our annual Rick Acton Memorial Bursary.

For our newer members, here is some biographical information on Rick Acton:

Former Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC) president Richard Keith Acton, FCA, passed away on May 27th from complications following a single-lung transplant he received in 2003. He was 57 years old.

Rick became a member of the CA profession in 1975 while articling with the Vancouver firm of Winspear Higgins Stevenson & Co. Though he soon left the firm to work as an internal auditor with the Bank of BC, Rick returned to public practice a year later, joining the office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Freeport, Bahamas. After a subsequent return to Vancouver, he launched his own practice in 1977.

Though he retired from the partnership of Acton Gunderson in 2002, Rick continued to remain active in the CA profession—most recently volunteering at the national level with the Association of Insured CA firms on matters involving insurance and liability.

In addition to his ICABC service, Rick was very active in the community, volunteering with the Dunbar 25th Scouts for over ten years and serving as a member of the Arbutus Rotary Club and the BC Transplant Society's donor awareness program.

Rick's death at such a young age is truly a profound loss for his family, his colleagues, his friends, and the CA profession. Rick is survived by Marg, his wife of 28 years; his mother Olive; and his sons Keith (20) and Iain (17) - [as of 2005 ~ed]. In his memory, the Acton family would like to encourage people to indicate their wishes on the BC Transplant donor form. To register as an organ donor, go to or call 604-877-2240 locally/1-800-663-6189 toll free.


This weeks speaker was Mike and Nick.    Two buskers.

They are promoting the Vancouver International Buskers Festival.  June 29th to July 1st. her in Vancouver.

They requested and have been given Granville Mall area from Robson to Smithe street.  A great location.

This is a three day festival and could be a great success.  What they really need is promotion to get the people to come out to watch.

Big crowds are self generating as people see a crowd gathering and want to watch more but what they need is publicity.

They have several sponsors currently like metro News, the paper but what they really need is a co-ordinating sponsor to organise the opening Gala.

Could Rotary take this challenge on?

This is the second year now and their experience from last year was they need more publicity.

People will come if they know about it.

250,000 people came out last year so this is a great opportunity if we decide to take them up on it.

If not we could just be a sponsor for their program.  A program sponsor.

The speakers were thanked by the President.



Today we went to the Airport to meet the group of Rotarians that are touring western Canada.

12 Rotarians came form the Mumbai district in India.

Lunch at Davinder's went down very well with the visitors.

We left them downtown at their Hotel.



Marylee Stephenson came today to tell us about her new creation—

Indian Art from the Edge.


Maylee has been a UBC professor and has held other teaching posts during her career as an educator as well as having written travel books.

On retirement she has put together this web site to sell Indian Art.


She stated this web site to sell Indian art and create some income for marginalized artists.

Often these people live on the streets and are hard to find and deal with but the reward of the Art has been totally worthwhile.


She has started out by asking small dollars for this art and is selling online to reduce the overhead costs.

The intent is to create income for starving artists.

An art gallery is too expensive in Real Estate.

She has 100 items on the web site today.

Many of her artists are living in the SOR hotels downtown.

Some are in good ones but not all.

Some of them have health issues as well as addiction problems and are often hard to find or contact.

They do keep up with their art.  Often it is the one thing that has kept them sane during periods of great difficulty.

Some came through the residential schools.  One of her artists learned to carve whilst in jail.

Most learn art work early in life usually 8 to 10 years of age.


Mayrleee taught Social work and has a PhD in Sociology so work on the downtown eastside has been a natural for her.  Still it is a challenge.

Sometimes she will buy the artists supplies then present them to the artists and wait for the results.

All of the art works are one off originals.

Some of them have been sold for as little as $30 .  Some as much as $400.

She has not represented any well know artist yet.

She currently has about 10 artists and is looking for more.

Some she has to pay up front but most are sold on consignment.

Some have poor health but the improvement in their well being has been significant since she started selling their art.

They feel they have a job and that gives them a purpose in life.

So now their work is out there and they are employed doing what they love.

Leigh thanked the speaker.


The only thing worse for a parent than loosing a child, is loosing a child to suicide.  Last Sept. thirty youth in the Grandview Woodlands area formed a suicide pact.  The situation was diffused but the underlying issues remain.  These youth aged 13 to 15 have disconnected from adults and instead bonded with their peers.  They hang out at MacDonald's and Pizza places and this gave community workers the idea of a community food program.  It has started with a simple barbeque at Britannia Community Centre - one of the many partners in this RICHER program at BC Children's Hospital.  At Risk Youth receive vouchers for the food and other youth and adults are charged $5.  The youth help to set up the food and wash dishes afterwards.  The goal of this program is to build engagement and relationships with the youth.  The Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus is the newest partner and we will be funding a hand wash station and healthy food.  Stay tuned for future pictures of our members volunteering at "Off the Grill"!


The best presentation for people with Dyslexia is based on visual and verbal.

They dont lack intellect.  15% of all the population have this blessing.

Dyslexia is a way of thought.   It produces slow readers.  The working memory is slow to recognise words.  Each word has to be read anew so this is a slow process and hard work.

Often students fell like an Alien, that they dont fit in with groups.  Some end up in jail or just drop out of society.

Reading, writing, spelling and overal organisation are often poor.    They can become better at reading with practice.

They have no memory of past words.  We keep pictures in our mind of words and recognise them when we see them.  Dyslexics dont. They are reading from the front of the brain.  All the time.

They often have enhanced visual perception and can learn with pictures.  They often have greater appreciation of colour and texture.

They are not good at regurgitant information like mathematical times tables.  Rote memories.  They can recall memories of times if they have a connection to the event.

They often have great people skills and many are entrepreneurial.

They have a tendency not to follow the rules. They often end up changing the world.

Still today we dont have enough knowledge of Dyslexia.

The speaker was thanked by Heather.



Isabella came today with a ball of enthusiasm to thank us for sending her to RYLA.

She certainly sounded like she was brimming with confidence and ready for what ever life brings her way. 



When I joined Rotary 10 years ago my first impression of Angie was this friendly lady who returned pop and beer cans from her neighbourhood and donated the money to our Happy and Sad dollars.  As I got to know her better I saw her passion for doing things to help others.  She persisted until Rotary agreed to fund much needed washing machines for an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine.  She travelled there on her own expense and brought back pictures for our members to see the children we helped. As I got to know Angie better we became roommates when we went to Rotary Conventions - Los Angeles, Kelowna and Victoria were we met the Lieutenant Governor.  She always brought smoked salmon canapes to our Rotary social functions and the last one she attended was no exception.  It was last Christmas and she was delighted to have the winning ticket on the Gingerbread house that Teddie made.  Everyone at Rotary will miss Angie very much.  She was definitely one of a kind and I am glad that she was in my life.




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:

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)

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.

What is RYLA?

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

There are three RYLA programs in our district: RYLA Lakelse for grade 8-10 students, RYLA South for grade 10-12 students, and RYLA North for 19 to 25-year-olds.

As part of the celebrations for the First Century of Service for Rotary in BC a showcase was held at the convention center.  Our display made by Harreson was the talk of the event with many other clubs wanting to know how to do something similar.

On Friday, April 19th the Olympic Cauldron was lit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.  It had rained all day but the sun came out just in time!


Joy is used to giving talks but  is usually accompanied  by a power point presentation about such subjects as Accident prevention, early return to work or blood and body fluid control, but never about herself!

She began her career as a public Health Nurse, she is a graduate of the University of BC school of Nursing Public Health program.

 She worked for the City of Vancouver in schools and baby clinics and also on the Queen Charlotte Islands organising the same activities but in more unique circumstances.


She then became interested in Occupational Health, specialising in Health Care Facilities.

This involves the health and safety of workers, like accident prevention, Claims management, biological monitoring, infection control and Employee Assistance.


She eventually took a position as Corporate Manager of all the Employee Health Services at the multi hospital site of Shaugnessy, Childrens , Grace and UBC site hospitals. She stayed in this administrative position until Shaugnessy closed when she started her own  consulting business and has been doing that ever since. Her final contract will end this year.

Concurrently with her professional career she has had a career as a budding entrepreneur, starting when she visited her daughter who was studying Mandarin in China. She started importing silk from China, manufacturing silk lounge wear, has also brought in silk quilts and blankets, and has also showcased and sold smoked salmon from BC in cedar boxes with First Nations carvings These endeavours were very educational and quite exciting but not lucrative and she advises, if you want to make money don't quit your day job!


Joy has 4 grown children and several grandchildren with whom she is very involved.

A great passion, aside from her family, has been travel. She has travelled to many places in groups and with friends and family, but some very enriching trips has been as a sole traveler. She has traveled alone to such places as Asia, India, Djibuti and on a converted research vessel to Antarctica. Over 10 years ago she climbed Kilimanjaro but today prefers simpler hiking. She has a kayak and loves to paddle.


She has read a great deal about, and is very impressed with Rotary. She is delighted to be a part of Arbutus Rotary and has a goal of doing some international work.




 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  m_stark@telus.netwh-4p-ol



Katy Harandi is the chair of the board of directors for the Canucks Autism Network.  She has two children of which one has Autism.  Her daughter is 20 years old and still needs 100% care coverage.

She cant be left on her own.  This makes life tough for the family.  This is what living with Autism is all about.  5 times as many boys are effected with Autism than girls.

It seems Autism is greatly on the rise.  This could simply be because of better diagnosis. 5 years ago the Canucks Autism network was set up to provide help for families with an Autistic child.

They run a soccer program and have now added swimming.

They teach kitchen skills using chefs and older kids to guide the way. They make and serve soup for the homeless.  There are now 1,000 kids in BC with Autism.  We adopt a program to make kids successful.  We use signs to teach with and using that method we can also teach gardening and Hotel work.

Emily Stuible co ordinates the Community awareness program.  People dont understand Autism so we take the Can Van out to community events and educate the genearl public.

We have 6oo books and videos on Autism to lend out. We can also order them on line.  We now have the Can family festival.  We have a pledged walk on April 28th.  it starts at the Jack Poole Plaza.

We use guide dogs as they become the voice of the children.  This has been successful but they are expensive both in dollars and in volunteer time to train them.

The speakers were thanked by Harreson.



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.



Aaron Likens came to join us today.  His first re visit in three years but a very welcome one as it was here three year’s ago the he started his speaking career.

It was here as a visitor to the winter Olympics three years ago the he first addressed us and found his talent as a public speaker.

Now he has gone on to address 330 different audiences and over 21,000 people.

He has written a book and gone on a public speaking tour of the US.

He described his up brining and his experiences of Aspergers as a child.

He is on the Autism spectrum and he described what that is like.

It used to be assessed as one in 500 but now is recognized as one in 88.

They often have sensory issues.  They can hear sounds around them very vividly.

He asked for silence and we could hear the air conditioning and other room noises very clearly when he pointed them out to us.

We normally block these sounds out but what if you couldn’t?  Would they drive you to distraction?

Then when you add in colours, touching, and other people just doing things ‘wrong’ you start to understand the issues.

He likes his food compartmentalized.  Nothing touching.   (Like a TV dinner)

People that have their food all mixed up on a plate---well that’s just wrong.

We have so much to learn about mental health

If you have met one person with Autism you have only met one person with Autism.

It is important to get this information out to first responders such as the Police.

Sufferers often take requests literally.

Don’t ask someone on the spectrum to ‘crack’ the window. Meaning open it.

Anything emotional is a struggle.  They are often quite and reserved.  This is human behavior taken to the extreme.

Why do we do what we do?

It is often a repeat of the first time it is done.  It should always be the same.

If I think it, then you should know it.

Game therapy is often a good one. People with Aspergers are often drawn to games.  One reason is because they have rules and the rules can’t be changed.

Processing is the big gap.  It just time to process things.

If a question is misunderstood try re wording the question.  Finding the rules for life is hard.

The Autistic mind gets set in a pattern early in life so the earlier you can break up unwanted behavior the easier it is.

Once rules are established and order set it is much more difficult to change behavior and attitudes.

They get set like concrete.  The pattern gets set.

Aaron has now done 338 public presentations!

In 2012 he was voted Mental Health Champion of Missouri.  His home state and his public speaking career all started here at the Arbutus Rotary Club.

Well done Aaron and we look forward to seeing you back here again one day soon.



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.

Constable David Bratzer a police officer from Vancouver Island who is the curent President of the Canadian Chapter of Lam Enforcement against prohibition came to day to express his organisations concerns over street drugs.   Their point of view is that the war on drugs over the last 40 years has not worked and the population is ready for a change in legislation.

Street drugs are as available today as ever and all the curent laws do is to enrich drug traffickers.

They take take huge risks for huge rewards and for every one we lock up there are several replacements ready to take their place.

On a global basis the drug trafficking business runs second or third in dollar terms.    40,000 Mexicans have died since the ramp up of the war on drugs.

In Jamaica 100 died in a recent riot. 

320 Billion a year are spent on illegal drugs globally.

One trillion Dollars has been spent on law enforcement in the US fighting the war on drugs.

In the US %25 of the prisoners in jail are drug related.  Look at the cost to society of this and the fact that these are often parents.

On a daily basis they deal with drug addicts on the street.  Jail time doesn't solve the problem. 

5 police officers stated this organisation because of what they saw on the street.

Sharing of dirty needles spread AIDS.

The question is should we legalize some drugs?

Because these drugs are dangerous we need to control them  We could use prescriptions as a basis for the more dangerous ones.

There are more deails on our web site. There are now 5 local speakers in B.C. and we have 160 world wide.

When you remove the profit you change the marketplace.

Social change is slow. We think the public are more ready than the legislators, which is often the case.

Washington sate is looking at raising $600 million in taxes a year now that they have legalized Marijuana.

David emphasized that he was off duty and these were his personal views and not those of his employer.

A lively discussion ensued and Leigh thanked the speaker.



We are coming up on the 108 Th. birthday of Rotary so to publicize ourselves and our near 'End Of Polio' we could put up a display in a local Mall like the Arbutus Mall for a day.

Feb 23rd is being proposed.

Vancouver Sunrise club is offering to work with us on this project.

All volenters reprot to president Ilan.



Don Gallant from the Vancouver Rotary Club came today to remind us again of the RWHN.

Our cub has participated many times in these events so this was an overview today.

Don retired from the T.D. bank in 1999 having served across Canada starting in Prince Edward Island.

He considers the RWHN a well-kept secret.  It probably is the largest Rotary project in Canada.

Run in B.C. from the Vancouver club but including many other clubs now such as our club.

It is an official project of our district.

It was started by a club member who went to the Ukraine to set up a Rotary club then came back and filled a 40 foot container of supplies to send to them for distribution.

We keep a Warehouse at Riverview  which would be very expensive if we had to pay market rates.  Fortunately with a little government assistance we get a good deal.

Member clubs pay $10 per annum and we are a joint project of District 5040 and 5050.  We have 36 member clubs.

We are currently filling containers for Zimbabwe and Panama.

We were just donated 30 sewing machines.

We don’t pay for the shipping of the containers.

We get the enrollment of both Rotaract and Interact members.

This past year we bought a truck of our own.

It was donated and paid for by Aunt Peggy so we are naming it after her.

Aunt Peggy’s truck.

We have shipped containers to 53 countries so far with a total of 276 containers that we know of.  Probably more.

We did 15 containers this year alone.

Probably in value more than $96 million all told.

The speaker was thanked by Harreson.



Our member Jag Dhillon has done our club proud by being selected to be awarded this medal.

See details below.

Subject: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient 

Dear Mr. Dhillon,


It is my great pleasure to congratulate you for being selected to receive one of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals that I am honoured to award as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra.


Thank you for your leadership and sustained contributions in our community, and congratulations on this distinguished accomplishment.


I am pleased to invite you, your nominator, and your family members to a celebratory reception where the other successful nominees will be presented with medals. Your nominator, Graham Smith, has also received an email notifying them of their successful nomination and the reception date.


When: Sunday December 16, 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Aberthau (Main floor) map

RSVP to or 604-664-9220.


As space is limited, please specify how many guests you will bring.


Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.


Best regards,


Joyce Murray

Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra



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.  

Each year we sponsor a sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium partnering with the Starlight Children's Foundation.  Seriously ill children and their families learn how the Aquarium feeds and cares for it's fish and other creatures.  Then everyone sleeps next to the Beluga Whale tank!  The children have lots of fun!.  And the parents of the 15 families we sent this year were very grateful for having this program that their kids look forward to.



Master Seaman Christian Mosley came to day to share his experiences of serving in the armed services.

Christian was raised right here in North Vancouver and started serving for the Canadian Navy in2003 whilst still in high school.

He joined the navy cadets and has been with them ever since.

As he said after summer vacation all the kids in his class sheared their experiences from flipping burgers to playing car valet jockey.

He was serving his country serving on the front line.

Mainly in Search and rescue.

He boarded boats looking for human smugglers, contraband such as drugs and illegal acts on the high seas in areas north of Vancouver Island up to Alaska.

Defending our borders.

Over the years the Canadian forces have done well to protect our borders and maintain our freedoms.  Values we all share.

We have stood together from the war of 1812 to Afghanistan today.

In peace we serve.  We have stood for the right to be free.

We have achieved the impossible in the past.

Looking back to events like Vimy ridge where courage won through.

Dieppe was 70 years ago now, yet we still remember.

40,000 people have served in Afghanistan.

150 have died or were wounded there.    Many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

President Ilan thanked the speaker.


This year we are again sponsoring an Adult Literacy Roundtable in the Downtown East Side.  Volunteer Tudors and Facilitators will learn how to work with adults with learning disabilities needing help with literacy.  This event will take place in January 2013 at the WISH Drop in Centre 119 West Pender.  Last year's sessions were packed houses with excellent feedback from the volunteers that attended.


Paul Singh came to day to tell us about the medical study that says we will live longer if we have less stress.  At least less heart attacks and especially if we are more social with intent to help others.

He was reporting on a medical study that was done with the people of Roseto in Pennsylvania.

This small town had many immigrants from Roseto in Italy and they carried on the way of Italian life with much social activity.

90% of the town’s populations were a member of one community group or another.  They lived life on the street with front porches giving much community connection.

They met for Sunday night dinners and made sure no one was left out.

Over a 20 year study period there was no deaths in the under the age of 50 due to heat disease.

There seemed to be no other distinction than the social interaction leading to the conclusion we need social interaction.

There were smokers, drinkers and overweight members of the community like any other.

Kitchens were often filled with neighbors.  People stopped to chat in the street.  There were 22 social clubs leading to the conclusion that when you help others you help yourself. You inoculate yourself against heart disease.

The evening stroll was popular.

Today in Vancouver only one in four know their neighbors.

People rate time and finances as the main stumbling blocks.

Yet studies show that today we watch 4 hours of T.V. a day.

Do high rises make a difference?  There are often community rooms there but do people use them?

Is the Internet to blame?

A few thoughts.

Increase the supply of interactivity and also the desire to connect.

The government can’t do this.

Community fairs help.  Do we live and work in the same community?

Ask yourself what prevents you from mixing?  We seldom see our neighbors.

Indifference seems to be the main culprit, yet our health and happiness depend on it.

Your health and happiness is determined by your social relationships.


Peace?  What does it mean?  What is it not?  No war, but also no hunger perhaps and includes freedom of speech.

Freedom gives us freedom of thought and choice of what we wish to do.  Perhaps to build a school so education doesn’t have to be on the street.  Having empathy for others and providing an inspiration.

We may not be able to make the world war free but we can bring peace to all parts of the world.

Peace through service. We may be a small club but we are proud of what we have done.

We welcome new members to join our club and ensure we put those new members to work.

Just ask them to help.  Tell them what Rotary really is.

We have changed the lives of thousand of children round the world, as they are now Polio free.

Why are you a Rotarian?  What are you excited about?

What are the changes that we need to make to keep ourselves relevant to the community we live in.

Do come to the District Conference in Quesnel.

We are calling it striking Gold.

Come and have fun through service!
The speaker was thanked by President Ilan.


John Hees and Jennifer Tang.
Welcome both of you to the Arbutus Rotary club.


Don Evans

4:39am Oct 4

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.



Rotary Peace Fellowship

Gloria Tom Wing Straudt came today to tell us all about the Rotary peace Fellowships.

This is a Rotary Foundation project.

It is a 2 year fully funded scholarship.   It costs about $70.000 for each one.  The candidate needs 3 years of international experience to apply.  The competition for these scholarships is so competitive nowadays.

There are three levels of interviews to go through.  Firstly the club level.

This is where each club can advertise for candidates and set up interviews to do the first level of screening.

This cost the club nothing other than the advert and the time to interview.

Once your club has selected your candidate then they go on to the District level.  They in turn send their selection onto the final committee that actually makes the choice.

Anyone who is working on Peace and Conflict has experience and can apply.  A Rotary connection or experience helps.

The Burnaby Metro town Club sent forward a candidate last year, as the year before.

In 2009 they had a successful candidate.

Our district of 2040 has had one peace scholar.

One of the Peace scholars helped the Vancouver Police with the photo recognition after the riots here.

One is now working in Liberia.

Physically interview them and make sure they have a second language.

We are looking for teachers, lawyers, doctors, police or other professionals to apply.  They need three years experience in their field to apply.


Once again this year we joined in on this worthwhile project.  There were at least twice as many cigarette butts as last year - probably because so many more people live and use the area.We had over 60 volunteers from the public - all ages - and Harreson did an excellent job of organizing everyone.  Rotary making a difference in our community!


Wally considers himself a failure as he tried out for a major baseball team but sent home after just a week.

A great win for our community and his career in law.

Rotary is to be congratulated with its work in Literacy. Education makes such a difference in a person’s life.

Most petty criminals are poorly educated and if we can get at least a basic education into them they stand a chance of living a productive life.

Literacy and robbery don’t go together.

There is always a risk in public speaking.  It is easy to be misinterpreted.

The cost of the missing woman’s inquiry is over $8 million so far.

Woman started going missing in 1991 and throughout the whole 90 s

Problem was no bodies were being found.  No bodies.  No case for inquiry.

Picton is the greatest murderer in Canadian history.  He admitted to 49.

Police think 110 or more.

He was finally charged in 2007 with 26 offences.

The investigations of the case including the digging cost more than $200 million.

The prosecutors cost another $11 million.

The inquiry was worth it.  We were looking at the most disadvantaged in society.

Drug addicted woman.

We mustn’t make the same mistakes again.  Each police department blamed the other but they need to have instructions to share information.  This will help that.


Our criminal justice system is one of the best in the world and we need to keep it that way.

Police come from all over the world to study here.

We must be careful not to be too slow to change but change we must.

We have a good society without much gangland killings or mistakes in our incarcerations.

Just %7 of criminals commit %80 of our crimes.

We need to get into prevention of crimes not larger jails.  Our jails are full.


The speaker was thanked by Davinder.




President Ilan started the meeting with reading a thank you card from Carnarvon School for their literacy program.  He also reminded us that next week our guest speaker is Wally Oppal and about 20 members of 3 other clubs will join us.  We are the first to host a joint meeting and next month another club will be the host.  Members were given aprons and t-shirts with Rotary At Work on them for the Coffee Clutch on Sat. Sept. 8th in Kerrisdale.  We will meet at 8:30 at 41st and Yew and give out free coffee and muffins.

Ilan asked us to be open that not all Rotarians are the same and that we all have different needs and wants.  Teddie reported that the attendance for the first 2 months has been between 60 -70%.  Davinder gave us the results of the survey she had us fill out a few weeks back.  Members want to continue with scholarships, CALS and to do a matching grant with another Rotary Club.  Jag presented us with a possible project in a small town of 6000 in Cameroon.  They have a new city hall with a library and he has a donor for the books.  But they need funding for the lumber to build the shelves to store the books.  He will get back to us with a cost for the lumber.  Davinder mentioned that the survey  showed members wanted more fellowship occasions and she is looking for someone to organize RYLA and a possible Interact Club at St. George's School.  She has sent 285,714 Rupees to the Rotary Club of Luthiana Greater to fund infant heart surgeries.  Ilan closed the meeting reminding us it is very important to engage with youth and he asked anyone who wanted to bring anything to the table to please do so at the next club assembly.


This week's speaker was councillor Geoff Meggs who gave a very interesting talk about the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.  They were built in l974 to be part of a freeway going right downtown.  There were huge demonstrations at the time and they became the only part of the freeway that was built.  Over the Olympics both viaducts were shut down for 14 days and it showed that the city could get by without them.  Council did a traffic study to see if they were eliminated if it would cause congestion.  The traffic engineers did not think so - Expo and Pacific Boulevards would be combined into a single boulevard.  It would give Vancouver a 13% increase in park space which would be a huge benefit for the community.  The costs of removing the viaducts would be offset by the rezoning of the land underneath.  Housing could be built or the land sold to a developer.  One of the plans includes a pedestrian walkway from Chinatown to Yaletown.  It will be up to the city to decide the future of these viaducts.


On Thursday Aug. 16th, 37 members and guests got together at the Blarney Stone in Gastown for fellowship and a great pasta dinner to raise funds for medical supplies for Zimbabwe.  We are donating $3520 to cover the cost to resupply one existing medical station through a new Rotary program called Path to Health.

This week's speaker was best selling author Dr. Chilton - "Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons" which is about the effects a species introduced by man can have on the environment.  Currently Rhodo's are devastating the old Oak Forests of England, Scotland and Ireland.  Here in Vancouver the Crested Myna bird was introduced in 1886 but no one knows who introduced them or why.  Perhaps a ship's captain was tired of them or they outlived railway workers that brought them here from India or China.  Originally there was only 2 or maybe 4 birds but by the 20's and 30's there were tens of thousands in Vancouver.  After a 100 years here they declined down to 2 and then became extinct in North America.  We are not sure of why they declined but it could be because of the interbreeding from the original 2.  Dr. Chilton's next book is "The Return of Ferret Zombies" which talks about a species that was thought to be extinct but came back.

We received a nice picture and letter from our sponsored guide dog Tim.  He recently visited a school where he helped a variety of students with special needs.  They all loved him as he roamed from student to student and he was not bothered by the wheelchairs or various noises.  Tim is well on his way to being a good Support Dog!

This week we had a visit from our new Assistant Governor, Tom Smith. He brought greetings from our DG Rebecca and invited everyone to the District Conference next year in Quesnel.  Tom is with the Tswassen Club which has about 80 members and he recognized that their would be different dynamics for a small club like ours.  President Ilan replied that we are "the small club that could"! 

Our guest speaker this week was Maria Gallo who is a public speaking coach and does corporate training on the effective use of public speaking in business.  In business today you need to communicate to motivate to lead.  Today's technology encourages us to use our writing skills instead of our verbal skills.  The fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death especially when you are speaking in front of people that can affect your outcome or judge you.  Social media can be outsourced but speaking face to face cannot. The first stage of speaking for your business is networking - which is not just handing out 5 cards and going home.  People do business with people they like.  The second stage is presentations and 60% of your audience is visual so screens are important.  A presentation should be a gift of information without any expectation in return - similar to "Service Above Self".  The final stage is "The Pitch" or the ask.  If networking and presentations are done well then by the pitch the audience is very interested.  And always keep in mind that in the first 90 seconds your audience wants to know what their benefit is.

Our newest member gave us an entertaining talk on his past history - and not just the good parts!  Benny was born in Haifa in 1929 when it was Palestine.  Before starting university he went for a vacation to Lebanon and two days later war broke out at home.  He could not return and he was stranded without money and without the papers to be working in the country.  He was offered a job at 50% of the minimum wage but he had no option but to accept.  They wanted him to be an accountant - but they also wanted him to fix the books and create records for income tax.  He learned to do "under the table" record keeping and he worked at many jobs successfully before coming to Vancouver in 1966.  He no longer fixes the books here as he knows unlike Lebanon he can go to jail here!  He didn't have the proper degree to be an accountant so he started buying second hand houses, renovating them and reselling them at a profit.  He had tried to join Rotary in Lebanon but he looked too young so he joined Lions instead.  But he liked what Rotary does better and when one of his bridge players invited him to join he became a member of the Vancouver club.  Benny was a champion bridge player for 11 years has a wife and three daughters - a mechanical engineer, a teacher, and "a problem" ( which he noted with a smile that every family has ) and 3 grandchildren.   Welcome to Rotary Benny!

Our Treasurer for the past 8 years is retiring from Rotary to enjoy time with his wife Jacinta.  We owe Jim a huge Thank You for all that he has done for our club.  And he is still just a phone call away if we need any help.  We appreciate all your time and especially your good attitude Jim!

Fernanda is from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and this past year has been an exchange student with the Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast - Sechelt.  She had always wanted to do an exchange and her aunt is a Rotarian.  She wanted to learn English so she picked three countries and was happy to find out she was accepted in Canada and it wasn't Quebec!  The first thing she did was to Google the Sunshine Coast and she was surprized by how very little information there was.  When she arrived she found it very quiet with no traffic and no people on the streets.  This was her first trip out of the country and she definitely misses home and her Mom.  But this has been the best experience of her life and she has done things she would never have been able to do - like skiing in Whistler, ice skating, a trip to Mexico with her host family and she even flew in a small float plane to Nanaimo.  Her host family is like her family and the other exchange students she has gotten to know are like her brothers and sisters.  She has made many trips to Vancouver to spend weekends with other exchange students.  She will go home on July 24th but Rotary and this experience will always be with her.  Fernanda will spend 3 years in university studying tourism so we may see her back here in the future.

This year's recepient is Hailey Reichert who has attended Fraser Academy for 5 years.  She enjoyed the fact that all students with learning differences were able to participate at Fraser Academy.  She traveled to Halifax to learn leadership and how to be a role model.  This summer she will be a customer service ambasador at Vancouver Airport.  Congratulations Hailey!

At Friday's meeting Ilan presented Harreson with a plaque and gold and diamond Past President's Pin.  Harreson worked extremely hard this past year with his vision to fill the room.  He gave a slide presentation of our projects and fundraiser - well done Harreson!


Harreson passed on the President's Pin to Ilan Heller this past Friday.  Ilan is very enthusiastic about our Rotary theme for the year - Peace through Service.  He realizes a president needs tenacity, integrity, a "go to it" attitude, preservence and vision.  We will be in great hands with Ilan leading us this year!

Harreson had the pleasure to induct Benny Aweida to our club.  Benny was a Rotarian before for about 10 years at the Vancouver club and we look forward to working with him here.

Cyril Prisman spoke today on the help that Canada has given to South Africa over the last few years.

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.


A fireside meeting was held at the home of Bill Bourlet.  It was attended by 10 people and we saw some videos of Rotary in action.  Inspiring.
The evening ended with a discussion of how to honour those people that provide selfless duties to the community.
Can you think of a Rotarian who has especially well served the community?
Could we put forward a name of a prominent Rotarian for the order of BC?
Perhaps a nomination for The Diamond Jubilee medal.

Our new assistant governor will be visiting our club on July 13th

We will do a pasta dinner again at the Blarney Stone on Thursday Aug. 16th.  Tickets will be $20 and $10 of that will go to our International Project next year.  All members will be responsible for buying or selling 4 tickets, whether they can attend or not.  At our Friday meeting we discussed turning this into a Rotary Means Business type of event with some games or exercises to promote networking for those that attend.
All proceeds to Path to Health Zimbabwe.


Ilan Heller was on fire today with enthusiasm.

Back from President elect training seminar.

He described the event as –Like drinking from a fire hose.  Information coming at him from all directions.   Very inspirational as well.

There were over 800 attendees.  740 incoming Presidents.

There was fellowship, speeches about Rotary like he never heard before.

Richard King former International President spoke for an hour and it seemed like 5 minutes.  The room was spellbound.

He was both humorous and serious at the same time.

A Rotarian from India who had Polio as a child spoke.   He was unable to walk unassisted spoke of his personal journey and how important it is to get rid of this crippling disease and how near to victory we are.

He was passionate.

Jennifer Jones spoke of how the Rotary board is changing our Public Image for North America. In 2010 we added a fifth object of Rotary.

On April 19th we are hosting a public event with the Kerrisdale Business association

It will be held at Ilan’s office and it will be a card swap event.

We will provide refreshments and put out our club events calendar.

It will be Thursday April 19th from 5.30 to 7.00 pm.

More events to come if this one is a success.

We raised out goal setting for new members from 17 to 25.

Harreson thanked the speaker.


"Last year one of my studends improved five grade levels in his reading scores and I can't wait to see what growth the assessments show this year.  Almost all of my students gained at least a full year in reading skills last year with an average gain of three years.  The math gains have also been very impressive.  My students are saying "I am so good at math", "Math is my easiest subject", "I have improved a lot in math this year".  I have to emphasize that these are kids that have never before experienced academic success.  By supporting Reading and Math Academy the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Arbutus have made a life-changing difference to all of my students!"  This is an email from a teacher at Carnarvon Elementary thanking us for our support with Computer Assisted Learning Solutions (CALS) offered through Rotary International.

This Friday we were treated to a private performance from actor, swordsman and novelist Chris Humphreys. Chris not only gave beautiful recitals of parts of well know Shakespearean plays, he explained them at the same time. He started theatre in London in 1978 with Shakespeare and then went on to TV. In 1991 he came to Vancouver and was involved with Bard on the Beach that had just been started with Christopher Gaze. During the day he helped build sets and then acted at night. In the beginning the tents were partially exposed and when a storm came in they kept performing in the rain and lightening. He only had stage fright once and got over that with the adrenalin he gets from acting. He now is a writer of plays with Shakespeare in the plot and his current one is "Hamlet and Swords" More information on his books can be found at

Sometimes you can make a difference without even trying.  Two years after being our guest speaker one Friday, Aaron Likens remembers the day as a "major event that made me who I am now, or at least instilled the confidence in me".  Aaron, who has Autism, was used to giving a set PowerPoint presentation but our time limit forced him out of his comfort zone and to speak on his feet and use humor.  Looking back on the experience he blogs that "what I thought would be my speaking downfall turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me". 

This week we had another working meeting at lunch.  Neither wind nor hail nor snow could keep some very brave members from attending and much was accomplished.  The Board approved increasing our 10 perpetual licenses for the Academy of Reading to 20 at a cost of $3500.  This brings the total to 180 students that we will help with literacy each year.  "This makes a huge difference in developing reading skills for our students who struggle with dyslexia and other learning challenges."  Tracy Noble, teacher, Carnarvon Elementary.
The Board also approved a donation of $6500 to the Eye Care Center to purchase equipment for age related Macular Degeneration.  This need was brought to our attention by our member Glen Miller.
Also approved was $3000 for a public washroom at the Aboriginal Mother Centre - where they teach Moms to be Moms.
We will be donating $3000 to the Richmond Centre for Disability and they will advise us what is needed most by the end of March.
And last but not least we will be sending 1 local student and 1 student from Burns Lake to RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, where they will learn to be part of a team and leadership skills.
Well done Harreson and the Board!

Jacquie was born on Vancouver Island and spent 5 years in residential school which was mandatory at the time.  She came from a home where she felt loved and had good support and went to a place where she was beaten and sexually abused.  She has gone through a lot of healing to be able to talk about her past.  After school she was married to someone who was physically abusive and after 10 years she left with her kids and moved to Victoria to get a post secondary education.  She realized that to stay alive she would have to quit drinking; all of her past reconcilliations with her husband had been when she was drinking.  At rehab she was taught about the effects of the residential school on her - it had squashed her spirit.  She finished her education with a degree in Social work and she is dedicated to helping aboriginal people.  She is currently the assistant Executive Director of the Aboriginal Mother Centre - located at Wall and Dundas in the Downtown Eastside.  At the center they help single parents on welfare that are very vulnerable.  The third floor has 16 suites of transformational housing for parents at risk of homlessness.  In some cases the mom needs to have housing to be able to get her kids back with her.  They teach moms how to be moms.  The center also has a full kitchen that twice a week is a food bank for the community, a day care for the community and Mamas Wall Street Studio where they sell knit bags, scarfs and other items made at the center.  Jacquie feels the most important job they do is keeping families together and teaching them their culture.

Our club gave a Paul Harris award to Kerri who is the principal of Nootka elementary and has been a leader in improving literacy in her school and district.  She embraced our Computer Assisted Learning Solutions (CALS) from the beginning and she implemented universal screening of students to identify children at risk.  She is an ethusiastic leader and educator and we are happy to honor her contribution to literacy.

Our club recognized Tyson who was the first teacher to use our Computer Assisted Learning Solution software in his classroom at Nootka elementary.  He has guided seven other schools as they started using the program.  He gives countless hours to helping children with dyslexia and last year the Council for Exceptional Children gave him the Division of Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year Award.  Well done Tyson!

A lunch held by the Rotary Club of Burnaby for visiting Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson raised over $3200 for the Rotary Foundation.  Pictured from left to right are our President Harreson, Past District Governor Penny Offer and Wilf Wilkinson.


Eitan Pinsky’s bicycle trip through Vietnam was the topic of our guest speaker’s presentation. Vietnam a country of 80 million people is mired in the past and present. Once having gone through the officious foreboding custom check at arrival the welcoming and friendly demeanor of the Vietnamese people made its mark. Leaving the airport one marvels at the modern highways which is short lived as reality sets in and one learns that drivers obey no traffic rules.  Imagine the horror of seeing a mega truck coming head on in your lane. You either yield giving them the right of way or face imminent annihilation. Ouch!  This is a country where there are no rules.

Vietnam is a favourite destination for Russian tourists. The culture according to Eitan is reminiscent of our own.  Education and health care are not free. The country’s communism is defined by having one party rule and other than that it smacks of capitalism.  Everyone is an entrepreneur with small businesses the economy’s backbone. 

Hanoi is a very large city with high density. Old Hanoi fully intact stands out in stark contrast to the sprawling new Hanoi. Homes are bunched together rowhouse style and their frontages are only 3 meters wide. They are multi storied, having no kitchens and used mainly for sleeping.  Vietnam is all about food and one are constantly consumed by it.  Cooking is done at the front doorstep of the homes and the air is filled with the savoury smell of hot pot.  Fruits are bountiful in their variety and colour. In contrast to Hanoi, Saigon was painfully humid and enveloped by acrid pollutants.

The bike tour consisted of nine adventurous people.  Eitan’s one thousand pictures which can be viewed on his Facebook highlight a kaleidoscope of activities, landscapes and people.  The acrobatic machinations displayed by its cyclists balancing large loads to and fro are spellbinding.  Necessity is truly the mother of invention.

All in all, Eitan shared with us a memorable trip by father and son that will resonate with him years to come.   Eitan Pinsky’s classification is a mortgage broker with RBC. 





This week instead of a guest speaker we had the first of many working meetings.  Everyone got a chance to give input into what projects we should do by the end of this year and also which ones should become our "signature projects" that we support on annual basis. It was decided to put motions to the Board for medical equipment for the Eye Care Center, equipment for the Richmond Disabilities Center, additional funding for CALS and to sponsor 8 bursaries at $800 for local high school students.  We need someone to organize the bursaries and unless we have a volunteer by the end of February we may have to stop this worthwhile program - anyone interested?


Signature projects would be the above plus Guide Dogs for Autsim, the Learning Disabilites Social Skills Program and the Sleep with the Whales with Starlight Starbright Foundation.  We would do other projects each year as needed when funding is available.  For example we have just sent $2500 to the Burns Lake Trajedy Fund to help with everything from food to travel expenses..




"Hearing my son with learning disabilities (Dyslexia and Dyscalculia) excitedly ask to do his Reading and Math Academy homework speaks volumes to how great the program is.  The programs ability to motivate and excite and teach is absolutely fantastic and I give thanks every day that my son has been given the opportunity to use these programs."  This is one parents comments on the Computer Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) and due to a generous anonymous donation our club will be purchasing licenses for 120 students in perpetuity.  That is a lot of happy familites!


Laurie Duff was inducted into membership of our Club.

Laurie has been a member of Rotary for 40 years most recently with the Calgary club.


As a new Rotarian with our club we expect you to serve on the Public Relations committee.  And we ask you to Reach within and Embrace Humanity.


Shown here in the picture with President Harreson and President Elect Ilan Heller. 


ImageChildren learned this and many other interesting facts when they slept over at the Vancouver Aquarium on Nov. 18th.  We sponsor this night for children who are seriously ill and their families. This is one of Starlight Children's Foundations' most popular events of the year.  The kids love to sleep by the Beluga Whale tank but I don't think anyone gets much sleep that night!



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!



 VPD Inspector Brad Desmarais, who is Officer in Charge of the Major Crime Section.     Inspector Desmarais has 32 years of combined police service with the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP.   He joined the VPD in 1979 where he served in various capacities until 1994 when he was seconded to the RCMP Anti-Drug Profiteering Section, the forerunner to the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section.

Organised Crime.  Our children’s gangsters.  Not the old style stereotype gangster. Demographics have changed.  More teenagers now that have that sense of immortality. Being reckless with other peoples lives..

We focus on two things.

Prevention and disruption.  Not necessary jail time.  Which often is a university for crime.

In 2008 and 09 was a time of horrific life loss. We were in the middle of a war zone.

Gang members shooting at each other with no regard for civilian death.  Bystanders were at risk.  Shootings in restaurants.  West side locations.

We had 9 murders in 11 days.  No one charged.

Jim Chui our police chief went public with this and an appeal for calm and an end to the shooting.

We recognised this is a regional problem.  We were not solving much and had little success.  No witnesses would come forward. People were scared to talk.

We needed a plant or an informant.

We must react to a murder but we needed a different approach.

We now concentrate on the people that are the cause of the problem.  Go after the head of the gang. The leaders.  We get in front of the problem makers.

We look at the gang culture.

Dear Mr. President Paul Mitchell-Banks,

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 ----



Mammoth scale.


What can one Rotary club do?  Is this the right project?



Mutual assessment

Follow through.

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.



Jag Dhillon introduced Tony Tang who is the Chair of the Vancouver Board of Variance.

Tony is a Mechanical Engineer by profession and it truly dedicated to his service.

It takes time to look at each application and Tony takes the time to closely examine each one.


Tony said their main purpose is to look for the hardship in each case.

Does the denial of planning permission for an applicant cause a hardship for someone or if it is approved will that cause a hardship.

The City funds the board but it is independent.

The only person paid is the secretary Louis Ng.

All others are volunteers.

The charter was passed in 1953.  This was to set up a balance of power to the planning department.  City council may not interfere with the board.

There are 5 members each with a 3-year term.

Civic officials set zoning and the planning department set the rules.

We then look at exceptions.

We meet weekly and physically look at all applications before we have the hearings.

Applications now cost $400 each.

We also look at parking and sign regulations as well.

Any signs larger than the by law we look.

We also look at old house that are being re-built, even if to the same specifications they were originally built to.  The property inspector will go and send us a report of what they want to do.  They may need to apply for a new development permit.

If it is non-conforming we need to approve it.  If it is refused you can take it to the Board of Variance.

If you have an irregular sized lot and cant make the set backs required then we would look at it and see if this causes a hardship.

We have to look at the property.

We are an informal court system.  The planning department speak, and then you speak then anyone that opposes you.  Then you get a chance for a closing statement.

Sometimes the decision is very tough.  Causes me sleepless nights!

We do have the power to allow but it is a power we need to exercise carefully and with thought.

Harreson thanked the speaker.


 40 years in the renovating business.  Shell is a stand up member of the Ladner Rotary club.  His general manager has just joined the White Rock club.

Home discovery show is his main stay today.   He is just off to Edmonton this afternoon.  He is getting tarnished in his old age as not everything he see’s in the renovating industry is right.  

29 years on the Radio now in Vancouver.  It is the who to that counts.  Or who to do the job right.

So many times he hears horror stories about people that didn’t do it right.

Usually because they try to go cheap and pay more in the long run.

Wet Condos where Millions of dollars are wasted every year.

Many that don’t need it. Moisture in the house is the enemy with high efficiency furnaces.  The house cant breath.  It needs ventilation.

Rain screen on the outside without adding venting on the inside is a problem waiting to happen.

Low E windows reflect the Sunrays back out to keep the heat out and the warm in.

Shell has Prostate Cancer that was diagnosed last march and thanks to a quick operation he is healthy today.

Vinyl floors have been declared a problem and now have to be trucked to Chilliwack for disposal.  This is ridiculous as it costs about $500 per load to run a truck out that far from this area and it is so unnecessary as you are better to just cover them up and carry on.

PDG Chris Offer presented PDG Leigh Higginbotham with Rotary's highest honour - The Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to no more than 50 Rotarians in any year. Chris spoke highly of Leigh's many, many accomplishments in all areas of Rotary life, be it locally, in our club, at the district level or on the international stage. Leigh received a standing ovation from the meeting crowd and generously gave the credit for his accomplishments to the team of Rotarians he has worked with over the years.



Restoring vision to hundreds in China
Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from Georgia-based nonprofit Gansu Inc., to provide free sight-restoring cataract surgery to some of the country's poorest residents. In 2012, after 22 years and 6,000 successful procedures, Gansu's founder, ophthalmologist William Conrad, retired and discontinued the organization's operations. But Razo didn't...
World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame
After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary's second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program -- World Polio Day: Make History Today -- Rotary leaders joined global health experts and celebrity singers to hail the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. After nearly 30 years, the GPEI, which includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on...
Dynamic young club uses social media to grow
Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay's World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled at a member's home to munch on baked goods and chips while rooting for their national team. That enthusiasm and ability to draw a crowd has made the club, which just received its charter in July, a success in the country's capital city. Made up almost entirely of young professionals,...
Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...


Oct 31, 2014
Cal Miller
St John Ambulance. Automated external defibrillators
Nov 07, 2014
Eric Holden
The Clipper Round the world Yacht Race. A Canadian Winner.
Nov 14, 2014
Dr Cathy Sevcik, ND
Reducing Pain and Stiffness, Naturally.
Nov 28, 2014
D.G. Ken Wilson
Official visit
Dec 26, 2014
No meeting
Boxing day.
Jan 02, 2015
No meeting
New years Holiday
Jan 16, 2015
Andrea Jacobs
Tsawwassen First Nation Economic Development Corporation
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