Our meeting took on a true international flavour as we were joined by Marco and Leda Manica from Brazil.  Claudia did the translating for them and for us.  Each of our special guests is a Rotary club president this year, with Marco leading an all male club and Leda leading an all female club.
 
     PE Leon had us singing O Canada along with the Sultans of String, and with our mics muted, some of us sang along and in time.  Well done!
 
     Rotary Opens Opportunities and this year we will have some new ones.  President Veronica shared Rotary information with us, advising that the Board of Directors has approved a seventh area of focus: Supporting the Environment.  She also announced that Jennifer Jones has been nominated to be Rotary International’s first female president.  Wayne recalled his year as district governor when he chose and invited Jennifer to be the RI President’s Representative at our district conference.  Jennifer and her husband Nick joined us at Harrison and she was very friendly and inspiring.  She rated Wayne’s conference as the second best one she had ever attended, after only her own.  We look forward to her year as RI President!
 
     Wayne read the Rotary Foundation report for the week, explaining about Every Rotariaan, Every year.  Click Every Rotarian, Every Year to read the report.  This was followed by our guest speaker Jim Purcell, Polio Plus Committee Chair for District 5050.  Jim urged us to continue the fight to eradicate polio, as it will be more cost effective to eliminate the wild polio virus than to try to contain it and not allow it to spread.  He estimated it will cost $4.2 billion to eradicate the virus by the new target date of 2023.  Click August 13, 2020 Presentation to read his powerpoint presentation.  The Langley club can be proud of its participation, as we donated $4111 US in 2018-19, and surpassed our stretch goal of $5000 US by donating $7050 US in 2019-20.
 
     The district is hoping each club will donate $2500 to the virtual Golfun this year.  Our club has agreed to contribute $4000 at this time, sending $1500 to Polio Plus and $2500 to Annual Fund.  Individual members are being asked to donate $250 or more to receive matching points from the district.
 
     Happy and sad dollars pledged followed by a toast to Canada closed our meeting.  Hopefully our club committees will be holding Zoom meetings and report back to the club in the near future. For more photos please visit August 13, 2020.