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Rotary Club of Nanaimo
New Member Application
Unless written objection is received by the secretary within seven (7) days, the following applicant will be invited to join the Rotary Club of Nanaimo.
Proposed member: Melanie McDonald
Classification: MBA Student
Sponsor: Tracy Makarenko
Thank You
Thank you to all the organizations and individuals who sent the Club cards and well wishes over the holiday season.
Programs for Seniors
Nanaimo Family Life Association (NFLA) has a number of online programs now available through TAPS - Therapeutic Activation Programming for Seniors. This program aims to improve seniors’ independence and autonomy to age in place. Programs include Chair Yoga, Healthy Eating Habits, Coffee Chat and Exercise with an Occupational Therapist. To register, call 250-754-3331 or email Sacia, Program Coordinator, at with your full name and the programs you are interested in. Learn more about NFLA at
Meeting Notes - January 8, 2021

President Bob Janes called the Zoom meeting to order and we listened to an orchestral rendition of O’ Canada played by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to start the meeting.


President Bob delivered the Inspiration. He acknowledged the civil unrest in the US, gave thanks to Dr. Bonnie Henry for her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, gave thanks that COVID-19 vaccines were being administered, and was thankful for Rotary and the help Rotarians have administered around the world.


President Bob stated that the next club board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12 and Committee chairs and directors should get their reports into Secretary Joyce Smith ASAP.

John Shillabeer gave a report on the street book boxes being made by a few members of our club for use by Literacy Central Vancouver Island (LCVI). Rotary decals have been ordered and should be delivered soon. The completed boxes are to be delivered to LCVI for their installation. LCVI would also like to shoot a group photo if it is possible during COVID-19 restrictions. 

More photos of all the boxes and makers will be shared once the project is complete.

Dawn Hankins gave an update on the third Friday of the month (January 22) social event. It will be a Pub Trivia night via Zoom, more details to follow.

Brent Stetar gave an update on future book sales and advised that the space we just used for the ‘bookstore’ has been rented out and we will have to wait until the Covid restrictions are removed before we can have a book sale using the mall.

Joan Ryan stated that the Interact Club would also like to have two street book boxes. John Shillabeer thought that this might be possible because two boxes more than LCVI originally wanted to have, have been custom-built.

Denise Wittkofski announced that Melanie McDonald has submitted her application for club membership and Denise welcomed Melanie to the club.

Doug Cowling announced that candidates are now being considered for the President Foundation Award which is worth $2,000. The award(s) is flexible and can be given as one award for $2,000 or up to four awards for $500 each. The awards are given based on the recipient’s Community Service, Need and Scholarship.

Wendy Pratt announced that the club had donated to three schools before the holidays to help financially with their celebrations and the principals of each of the schools wanted the club to know how thankful and extremely happy, they, and the students were, for the donation.

Wayne Anderson announced that a virtual Rotary Youth Leadership Award is planned and the District committee would like as many eligible students as possible to be involved. If any of our members are aware of any High School students who might be interested, please make sure that they are aware of the opportunity. Joan Ryan added that the students for the US Rotary Youth Leadership Award are one age group up (grade 11 and 12) from our local Interact club and that due to COVID-19, there would not be a Rotary Youth Leadership Award on Vancouver Island this year.


President Elect Laurie Bienert led a training session on ‘Zoom for Rotarians’ which included Best Practices and Protocols to make our Zoom meetings run more smoothly. Please note there was a general and lively discussion on each of the following items.

Muting: Please stay muted unless you are the speaker. You can unmute on the muted button or you can hold down the space bar while you are speaking. Videos run more smoothly when everyone is muted, and mics can be so good they can pick up whispering sounds or other background noise.

Chat: Click on the chat button to open the chat menu feature. Once open you can send and receive a chat comment privately to/from one individual in the meeting or to the group.

Reactions: Reactions allow you to adjust things like skin tone if you don’t like how you look; you can also you it to give a ‘thumbs up’ to acknowledge something you like.

Raised hand: Please use the raised hand feature to make the moderator aware that you have a comment to make or a question to ask. Click on the participant button to open the menu and then click on the Raise Hand button, the hand will stay up until the moderator acknowledges you, and then it will be removed. You can also hit the ALT and Y key at the same time to raise your hand. There was considerable discussion around this feature.

Share Screen: Screens can be shared by anyone in the meeting by clicking on the share screen button, however, the MODERATOR must give PERMISSION to the member to share their screen. This permission is granted when the member is making a presentation, shares notes, or makes a PowerPoint presentation, for example. Click on the audio box to share audio. Use the WHITE BOARD to draw or type messages. David Woodward suggests that for any presentation you should have your multiple files ‘on deck’ to be added as needed, loading too many at one time is no good. You can also save files to your desktop for easy retrieval. PE Laurie added that lots of neat things can be done with this feature.

Virtual Backgrounds: Click on the inverted V beside the Stop Video button. There are programmed background screens you can use, or you can add your own. Note that the background screen you choose stays up until you make a change.

Profile Picture: you can add a profile picture if you so choose in your profile account.

Sergeant at Arms

Dave Hammond was the Sergeant at Arms and in the interests of time did not levy any fines and went to Happy/Sad bucks.

Happy & Sad Bucks

Brent Stetar thanked President Elect Laurie for the zoom information. Wendy Pratt wished everyone a Happy New Year and she was grateful that she could spend the holidays with her grandchildren. Joyce Smith is happy to be in Canada during the pandemic. Melanie McDonald thanked Denise Wittkofski, Tracy Makarenko and President Bob for their warm welcome to the Rotary family, she is looking forward to being a member of the club.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Douglas Anderson and Wendy McFarlane are having a birthday this week. According to spouse Keith, Wendy is incredibly happy that she has joined the Old Age Security (OAS) group. Wahid Ali (16 years) and Ian Williams, now an Honorary Member (48 years), are celebrating club anniversaries in Rotary.

President Bob closed the meeting with a toast to Rotary.

Rotary Club Links
There are a number of ways to keep up to date with all the happenings within our Rotary Club. Click on the following links to view photo albums, read about some of our latest projects and to connect socially through Facebook and Instagram! And remember that ClubRunner is also a great resource for members to view a wide variety of club information.
If you have Rotary Club news, photos or videos to share, please email the details to Rebecca Taylor and Denise Wittkofski so they can share through our multiple online channels.
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 15, 2021
Access to education during Covid and beyond
Jan 29, 2021 12:30 PM
Medical Health Officer, Central Island
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Hammond, Dave
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Thank Speaker
Woodward, David
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Anderson, Douglas
January 22, 2021
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