Summer Fest 2018 2018-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
We had a lovely fellowship meeting at the Pho Triple 7 Vietnamese Restaurant in Chemainus.  Seven Rotarians and five quests attended. 
 
Next Wednesday February 21 at noon, our club will be hosting a luncheon for the Rotary Exchange Students.  The luncheon will be held at the Legion in Chemainus.
 
Please get your auction items in! Make sure each item indicates the donor and the value.  Items can be dropped off at Doc’s Barber shop.  Please email Shannon with the details.  Gift Certificates should be given directly to Shannon. 
Shannon has Auction tickets!! 
 
There will be no meeting next Wednesday evening Feb 21.
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Waterwheel Feb 14, 2018 Kathie Tenold 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
2018 Guatemala Team Ready to Launch Art 2018-01-28 08:00:00Z 1 Guatemala
Proposed Chemainus Art Center Art 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0 Peggy Grigor,arts center,speaker
Dec 20 No Meeting
MERRY CHRISTMAS
Dec 27 No Meeting
Jan 2 Executive Meeting
Jan 3 Regular Meeting
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Rotary Duncan Daybreak 2018 Whiskey Festival 2017-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
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Ken Stanton and a work crew from Chemainus Rotary finish adding rebar to the cement forms on July 13.  Tomorrow concrete will be poured for the outer ring.
Labyrinth Taking shape Art Carlyle 2017-07-13 07:00:00Z 0
St. John Ambulance 2017-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
PINK SHIRT DAY –February 22, 2017
Wear Pink to the meeting this week to support anti-bullying in our community.
Pink Shirt Day Kathie Tenold 2017-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Chemainus Rotary Minutes Jan 25, 2017

 
Members Present:
Guests: Chery Leukfled, Assistant Governor
 Hannah DuMez, RYLA student
 Nora Dowsett, Duncan Lunch Rotary Club
 

1.   Presentation: Hannah DuMez

Shannon Belmany introduced Hannah Dumez who is the student our Rotary Club chose to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).  RYLA camp was held for the first time on Vancouver Island at the Kiwanis Camp at Crofton.
 
Hannah told us about her experience at RYLA.  The students (about 60) were the youngest age group to attend RYLA.  They worked on projects, goal setting and self-improvement activities and they learned about the work and programs of Rotary.   Hannah said it was empowering, inspiring and fun!  She thanked us for selecting and sponsoring her. 
 

2.    Presentation: Cheryl Leukfeld, Assistant Governor

Cheryl told us about the Spirit of Rotary District Training Assembly and Conference which will be held on May 4, 5 and 6 at the Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Washington.
She also invited us to attend the Ladysmith Rotary "Light up the Night Festival" which will be held at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith on Thursday Feb 16 at 8 pm.  This is a fundraiser for the Ladysmith Rotary.  They sell biodegradable paper lanterns for $5.00 each and they are lit up and floated up over the beach.  It is a lovely event.
 

3.     Mid Island Group Project - Ghana

Daphne reminded us of the presentation by Derek Norton concerning the project to purchase blood refrigerators for Ghana.  The group has requested additional funding from each club in the group.

Motion:  Doug  Crawford   Seconded: Tom Andrews
That the Chemainus Rotary donate $250 to Mid Island Group for the blood Fridge project in Ghana.
Carried
 

4.     RYLA Representative

Our club needs to replace Reed Elley as the representative for youth and the RYLA liaison.  Late breaking update: Doc the Barber has agreed to replace Reed!
 

5.     Youth Exchange Luncheon.

On Feb 22 Chemainus will host a luncheon for the exchange students on the island. 
 

6.      Nora Dowsett, Duncan Lunch Rotary Club

Nora invited us to consider attending her club’s “Heart of Gold Auction and Dinner” to be held on February 11, 2017 in Duncan.  Tickets are $75 each and available from the club.
 

7.     Guatemala Project: Tom Andrews

Ken Stanton, Tom Andrews and Kathleen Kelly will leave on Sunday Jan 29 for Guatemala.  They will be working on the water system, nutrition programs and home repairs.  They will take $7,000 as well as school supplies, soap, soccer balls, dental supplies, backpacks and individual donations.  They will be posting on a blog.
Art lead us in an activity to send positive energy along with our team.
 
Next Week:  Special Presentations for the Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Waterwheel Jan 25, 2017 Kathie Tenold 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Our team of Tom, Ken and Kathleen will soon be heading to San Antonio Palopo.  You can follow the Atitlan Action blog at atitlanaction.wordpress.com.   It is interesting to read what they are heading in to.  You will enjoy Jacqueline's images and amazing stories while waiting to hear of our team's experiences.
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Chemainus Rotary Minutes November 16, 2016
Members Present: 14
Guest: Kathleen Kelly
Guest Speaker: Judy Byron
 
Marc Brackett introduced Judy Byron
 
Judy Byron, Past District Governor 2012-2013, Current Foundation Chair District 5020
  • November is Foundation month.  Judy shared the mission of Rotary Foundation and rephrased it as “our bank, our responsibility as Rotarians and our privilege as Rotarians”.  She explained the somewhat complex Foundation structure. 
  • Polio elimination is still the main goal of the Rotary Foundation
  • She described the District Community Grant and the Global Grant and the steps to access these funds.
  • Each club should have a grant writer. We currently have Tom Andres who has completed the training.  There is another training session in May (one day0 in Washington state. 
  • For smaller clubs, multiple Club Applications are possible.
  • The Rotary Foundation was named World Outstanding Foundation for 2016 and our district received a number of awards for our programs and contributions to Rotary Foundation.
  • There are three types of scholarships Peace Scholarship, Global Scholarship and Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • A good way to contribute to Foundation is through Rotary Direct (automatic monthly contributions)
 
President Daphne
  • The Annual General Meeting our club will be held on December 7.  Positions will be open: Secretary, Service Chair, Membership Chair, Foundation Chair, President Elect and Administration Chair
  • Derek will let his name stand for the position of Treasurer.  No other members have come forward as yet.
  • Little Town Christmas December 17 
  • Breakfast with Santa December 10 (Chemainus Elementary)
 
Mike Beggs
Mike thanked Rotarians for participating in the November 11 ceremony.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Water Wheel November 16, 2016 Kathie Tenold 2016-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
Chemainus Rotary Minutes Nov 9, 2016
 
Members Present:  16
Guests:                     Kathleen Kelly,  Sherry Gardner, Lawrence Sacharuk
Guest Speaker:        Claire Heron
 
Susan Martin introduced the guest speaker, her sister Claire Heron
 
Guest Speaker: Claire Heron (Eston, Saskatchewan)
Claire highlighted her experiences as a member of a school board, university affiliated college and her local, national and international leadership with the Catholic Women’s League. 
She discussed how our volunteer work can make a difference in our communities and provide an example to our children, others in our community and others in the world.  We all have a responsibility to advocate for the less fortunate and to stay involved in community service.
Our involvement will hopefully make a difference in the lives of others and will most certainly make a difference in our own lives.
 
Other Business:
Mike Beggs –Annual General Meeting of our club will be held on December 7.  Positions will be open: Secretary, Service Chair, Membership Chair, Foundation Chair, Treasurer, President Elect and Administration Chair.
 
Secretary Report
We received a letter from Christina Godbolt thanking us for our donation to Chemainus ‘Little Town Christmas.v
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CHEMAINUS ROTARY
2016 INSTALLATION NIGHT


YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS 2016 INSTALLATIONS

 

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE CHEMAINUS LEGION HALL ON 22 JUNE 2016
DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 PM AND SUPPER WILL BE AT 6:30 PM
COST IS $25.00 PER PERSON

 

THE THEME IS "DOWNTON DAPHNE" SO DRESS UP A LA 1920's OR
WHATEVER AND JOIN US FOR SOME FUN. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT
DOWNTON ABBEY, GOOGLE IT!!!!


THE COMMUNITY JAZZ BAND WILL BE PLAYING FOR US. SHOULD BE VERY


RSVP NO LATER THAN 15 JUNE 2016 TO SUSAN MARTIN:  susanmartin@shaw.ca,

Chemainus Rotary 2016 Installation Night 2016-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Apr 30, 2016
ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS
MINUTES
APRIL 27, 2016
 
Attending:  20 members
Speaker:  Anita Voisin, 2016 Auction
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Doug Crawford
Minutes:  Karen Devlin, Minutes
 
President Daphne Carlyle brought the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
 
  • 5020 Conference will be on June 24 and 25, 2016 in Olympia, Washington.  We changed the date of Summer Fest (June 18, 2016) so that our Rotarians could attend.  We should have a good turnout because of this.
  • Installation night is on June 29th.  Susan Martin is planning the party.  Please someone step up and help her.  Mike Beggs is going to help.
  • Ken Stanton had a message from Vancouver Island Health about iboostimmunity.com.  Colleen Davy passed message to Ken.  Asking Rotarians to do an online quiz.  Every answer you get right you earn one vaccine for a child in need.  Ken had brochures for those who were interested.
  • Mike went to a briefing by BC Gaming with Daphne.  They are becoming very strict about applications and who they give grants to.  Mike said he would like to see someone take some interest in Gaming because he goes on lengthy leaves and needs someone to know what is going on.
  • Mike brought up the May 5th cookout for Chemainus Elementary School.  Those needed at the school should be there at 4:00 p.m.
  • Daphne reminded all about Visioning seminar on May 7th.  It’s being held in the new VIU building.  I will send an email with more news closer to the date.
The rest of the meeting was devoted to a presentation on the Auction by Anita Voisin.
 
The meeting was adjourned @ 7:50 p.m.
Last week's meeting meeting April 27 2016 Karen Devlin 2016-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Andrews on Apr 03, 2016

Len and I attended the Golden Brush Awards last night and Mike Beggs was awarded "Volunteer of the year"!

Well deserved as Mike gives so much of his time to serve our community and lives the Rotary motto "Service above self "

A well-deserved honour Tom Andrews 2016-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
 
​DLTA 2016, April 1-3, 2016
 
Calling all District 5020 Rotarians!
 
District Leadership & Training Assembly (DLTA 2016) Early Bird Registration is now open. Register early to save $$ by February 14th. 
 
With over 50 different classes to choose from, on nearly every aspect of Rotary, DLTA 2016 offers something for everyone.
 
And, our extended group discount offers you and your guests a reduced cost stay at the award winning Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, our host hotel, which is within walking distance from the city sights, attractions, shopping and across the the street from the Victoria Conference Center site of DLTA 2016.
 
This is a perfect opportunity for you to bring your friends or family for some vacation time while you enjoy the educational sessions at DLTA.
 
The DLTA 2016 Planning Committee has put together a wonderful online guide all about DLTA, Victoria, the sights to see, and the places to eat.
 
Friday evening offers a Meet & Greet for Rotarians and their guests to meet the District Leadership, the District Council, Club Leaders, and fellow Rotarians from all across the District. Saturday morning breakfast and lunch are included in the registration, and there’s an optional full-service Sunday breakfast during the morning two sessions to wrap up the event.
 
 
What is DLTA 2016:
 
Choose from a multitude of classes on leadership and membership development, club operations, youth programs, grant writing, world travel and much more.
 
 
Who should attend:
 
Every member of every club in District 5020 is warmly invited and encouraged to attend. The extended lodging discount (3/28/2016 through 4/5/2016) at the luxurious Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour offers a tremendous opportunity to bring your friends or family along. Room rate is $149/night (Canadian), or about $108/night (US.
 
 
What You’ll Receive:
 
With so many classes to choose from, there is something for everyone. Improve your leadership skills, learn about becoming a club president, treasurer, secretary. Find out how to successfully plan global projects and apply for funding, learn about conflict resolution and team building…and so much more. Three full days of learning, socializing, and recreating in Victoria. Make new friends, re-connect with distant friends from all across the district.
 
 
 
 

The DLTA 2016 Training Session Schedule is Now Online, Ready for Sign-up.
If you have already registered for DLTA 2016, just go back to your registration page, scroll down to the login section, and log back in with your ClubRunner profile. Once inside your registration you will be able to add sessions and make changes to your registration, as needed. 
 
If you have not registered yet, now is the time, especially if you want to save with the early birds.

You may study the session schedule in full detail on these web pages:DLTA Sessions Descriptions & Schedule
View and download the Sessions Overview (pdf) here: 2016 DLTA Sessions Overview PDF - View / Download
 
 
 
 
 
DLTA 2016 Earlybird Registration Savings Now Available 2016-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 13, 2015
Hoping that everyone had an enjoyable holiday season.  Just a reminder that our first meeting of 2016 will be on Wednesday January 6th - hope to see you there!
Happy New Year! Rod Fay 2015-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 13, 2015
There was a good attendance at last week's meeting with 18 members present.  
President Daphne chaired the meeting.  We seem to be settling into our new venue quite well with a change in the seating arrangement which made it much easier to move around in the room.
 
The main business of the meeting was a report on the Rotary Dialogue about what makes for a healthy club. The event was held in Vancouver.  Tom reported that the Dialogue was well attended and he shared the ideas that were discussed. Thank you, Tom, for giving up a Saturday to participate in the forum on behalf of our club.
Daphne spoke about how the recent Saturday morning board meeting and the Rotary Dalogue complemented each other by focussing on the importance of developing a viable and vibrant Rotary club. She explained that the directors would like to see the development a five year flexible plan for our club. Any such plan would need "buy in" by the membership to be effective.  After some discussion, the members present voted unanimously to have President Daphne make arrangements for a special meeting to plan out club's future.  This would probably be on  a Saturday in February.
 
Shannon reported on the success of the silent auction held on Wednesday December 2 to raise money for Polio Plus. Over $2,000 was raised.  With the multiplying effect of Rotary International and the Gates Foundation our contribution will amount to over $10,000 for the eradication of polio.  A big "Thank You" to Shannon for the success of the auction, and to Derek for arranging a very enjoyable evening attended by close to 60 Rotarians and friends.
After Shannon's report, Tom combined browbeating with charm as Sergeant-at-Arms. Thank you, Tom.
 
The meeting adjourned at 8.10 PM.
 
 
 
Last week's meeting December 9 2015 Rod Fay 2015-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Dec 12, 2015

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MINUTES

DECEMBER 9, 2015

Attending: 18 members

Minutes: Karen Devlin

Past President Tom Andrews chaired the AGM and called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m.

Tom Andrews read a copy of the AGM Minutes for December 3, 2014. It was moved to approve last year’s Minutes by Ken Stanton and seconded by Daphne Carlyle.

Review of Policy Handbook

This is the year we review the Policy Handbook. In The Rotary Club of Chemainus Policy Handbook:

p.3 Policy 1: The Committee System

"The Committees meet in club meeting time according to a schedule decided by the Board of Directors."  THIS LINE TO BE DELETED.

"A Committee MAY hold ADDITIONAL  meetings at the discretion of the chair."   The word "may" is to be changed to WILL ;  the word "additional" to be deleted. 

The sentence will now read: "A Committee will hold meetings at the discretion of the chair."

Reed Elley moved to accept this change to the Policy Handbook and Dean Killam seconded. ALL IN FAVOUR. MOTION CARRIED.

Election of Officers:

President: Daphne Carlyle

President Elect: Warren Weir

Treasurer: Art Carlyle

Directors:

Tom Andrews

Ken Stanton

Mike Beggs

Derek Hardacker

Karen Devlin

Jason Dunlop

Tom Andrews said: "Are there any further nominations from the floor?" "Are there any further nominations from the floor?" "Are there any further nominations from the floor?"

By acclamation these are your Board members for the 2016-17 year.

Meeting adjourned @ 8:15 p.m.

AGM Minutes December 9 2015 Karen Devlin 2015-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan Martin on Dec 10, 2015
Is there a song you want to hear and dance to?  email Anita with the request.
 
 
This party is paradise for regifters—no first time gifts are allowed.
 
This year we will be doing  a REGIFT exchange..  The only rule is that it is something you have that you want to get rid of.  It can be useless, ugly.,something nice that you just don't want or use,
 
something you don't need that you received or bought on a whim , something nice that you just don't want or use............... regifting does not necessarily have a price...
 
 
 
It's Party Time! Susan Martin 2015-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2015
Next week's meeting will include  presentations by a visiting speaker and our very own chairman of the Rotary Foundation committee, Len.
It will be a busy evening with lots of interesting and inspiring information.
 
Next club meeting: November 18 Rod Fay 2015-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2015
We are almost half way through the Rotary year. It's probably a good time to think on the following:
      
                            
 
  The Four Way Test
of the things we think, say and do.
 
l.    Is it the TRUTH?
 
ll.   Is it FAIR to all concerned?
 
lll.  Will it bring GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
 
IV. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Reminders Rod Fay 2015-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Lavender on Nov 01, 2015
Len Lavender e mailed the following message to all members.
It is repeated here in case you missed it in your email.
 
"November is Foundation month. I will be providing information on the ways you can contribute to the foundation. Rotary's sustaining member program allows a member to donate $100.00 annually, when your total reaches $1000.00 US you earn a Paul Harris Award. The Club will top up your first $100.00 Canadian to equal $100.00 US.
A member can also donate as a benefactor by committing a minimum of $1000.00 US in their will.
 
All members are registered with the foundation. You can review your present status by following the link below. You  will then resister with a user name and password. On the page you will click on Foundation, then on view reports under individual.
 
Please contact me with any questions. I will be talking to you soon.
 
Len"
 
Rotary Foundation Len Lavender 2015-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2015
The meeting scheduled for Wednesday November 4 will be a business meeting. President Daphne will share information from the the board of directors November meeting
This will be our second meeting at the Shoe with meet and greet at 6:00 PM and the call to order at 6:30 PM.
 
Next week's meeting November 4 Rod Fay 2015-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2015
The monthly meetings of our club's board of directors is where club business is discussed.  The BOD November meeting will begin at 5:00 PM next Wednesday at the Horseshoe.  The discussion should be of interest to new members as well as those who have been in the club for some time.
Members are invited to attend as observers. 
If you wish to attend, please let President Daphne by e mail before Monday noon.
 
 
Board meeting next Wednesday Rod Fay 2015-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Oct 29, 2015
 
ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS
MINUTES
OCTOBER 28, 2015
 
Attending:  14 members
Guest:  Chris Istace
Sergeant-at-Arms:  Tom Andrews
Minutes:  Karen Devlin
 
President Daphne Carlyle opened the meeting at 7:15 p.m.  Daphne let Board members know there is a Board Meeting on November 4th at 5:00 p.m.  Board reports should be in by Sunday.
 
She said we don’t have a guest speaker tonight, but we do have a guest, Chris Istace.  Daphne asked Chris to say a few words to the members.
 
Chris said the Business Improvement Association (BIA) has taken on a bit of a different role, more of an ambassadorial nature, generating positive energy.  The BIA is trying to do midnight madness.   Thursday night will have businesses open for shopping till 9:00 p.m.  The BIA would like to see Rotary get involved.  Perhaps Rotary could offer hot chocolate to shoppers or brainstorm other ideas.
 
The BIA is thinking of shutting down Willow Street to play street hockey.  BIA’s AGM will be in the second week of November.  The Association is trying to put Chemainus back on the map.  Chris and his wife have a business in town.  They moved here a couple of years ago from Estevan, Saskatchewan.  They have two young children.  They feel a strong sense of community in Chemainus and want to give back.
 
Chris's store is Beyond the Usual and it' doing well.  Everybody has treated Chris and his wife very well.  He gets out and about and has joined a hiking club.  He wasn’t sure what Rotary’s role was.  Correspondence will be coming from Krystal Adams, Communications Co-ordinator at BIA.
 
Derek Hardacker said the club is having a Christmas party at the Legion on December 16th.  Dinner will be turkey with all the trimmings.  He thought about having carollers to entertain us.  Someone suggested we get the Chemainus Community Band to play music for dancing.
Len Lavender let us know that November is Foundation month.  Members can donate $100 U.S.  He’ll get information on Benefactors (donate $1000 in your will).  Art Carlyle will bring donation boxes next week for members to donate spare change.  Len will send us an email to show what money we’ve donated.
 
Derek Hardacker said the club is having a Christmas party at the Legion on December 16th.  Dinner will be turkey with all the trimmings.  He thought about having carollers to entertain us.  Someone suggested we get the Chemainus Community Band to play music for dancing.
 
Len Lavender let us know that November is Foundation month.  Members can donate $100 U.S.  He’ll get information on Benefactors (donate $1000 in your will).  Art Carlyle will bring donation boxes next week for members to donate spare change.  Len will send us an email to show what money we’ve donated.
 
Daphne said it looks like the Penelakut soccer team may be attempting to go to soccer cup as it will be in Sweden next year.
 
 
Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Last week's meeting October 28 2015 Karen Devlin 2015-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Book Sale 2015-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Members' birthdays
  • Karen August 14
 
Anniversaries:
  • Frank and Eva Jenish August 15
 
Date joined Rotary:
  • Mike August 12 1998 17 years
 
Birthdays and anniversaries Rod Fay 2015-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen and Rod on Aug 09, 2015
The following is a summary of the minutes taken by our secretary Karen.  The complete minutes may be viewed on our members only portion of our ClubRunner page.
Look under "Club Documents" >  "Board Meeting Minutes".
 
President Daphne opened the meeting at 5:00 pm.  The board voted to accept the proposed budget for 2015-16.  The proposed budget will go to the general membership for final approval.  Derek Hardaker shared a questionnaire he would like to have the members complete.  This waas approved by the BOD.
Each director then gave a report on his/her portfolio.  Tom Andrews included in his report the proposal to accept a former member for admission to the club on her return after her absence.  This was approved by the board.  The proposed readmission to the club will be put to the membership.
Following the directors' reports, Assistant District Governor Cheryl Leukefelt spoke to the board about  the World's Greatest Meal, a fundraising initiative for PolioPlus.
The directors' meeting ended at 6:30 pm.
Minutes of the August Board of Directors' meeting Karen and Rod 2015-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
2015 Rotary awards for Chemainus Secondary School students 2015-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Andrews on Jun 18, 2015
ROTARY CLUBS OF LADYSMITH AND CHEMAINUS
5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
 
MOUNT BRENTON GOLF COURSE, CHEMAINUS
Saturday, September 26th, 2015
 
Shot Gun Start
4 Person Scramble
18 Holes
Prizes, Draws, Silent & Live Auctions, Hole in One
Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 am
Hot Buffet Breakfast: 8:00 am
Tee Off at 9:00 am
Steak BBQ Luncheon: 2:00 pm
Entry fee includes green fees, power cart, breakfast, luncheon, prizes.
 
$500.00/team or $125/player payable to Rotary Club of Ladysmith
Platinum Sponsor – Cost is $1000.00
Gold Sponsor – Cost is $750.00
 
  • Platinum Sponsors receive entry for 4 players, hole sponsorship, breakfast, lunch and cart sponsorship
  • Gold Sponsors receive entry for 4 players, and a hole sponsorship ($100 savings)
  • Hole or Putting Green Sponsor: $350.00
  • Lunch sponsor: $350.00 
  • Breakfast sponsor: $350.00
  • Cart sponsorship:   $50.00
(all business sponsors receive a receipt for income tax purposes)
 
Proceeds to support projects of the Rotary Clubs of Ladysmith & Chemainus
 
To book your team or for information call Tom Andrews at 250 210-2402 (tomandrewsvii@gmail.com) or Joan Phillips 250 245-8104 (joph@telus.net)
Entry forms also available in the Pro Shop or on our website at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/668/
 
**Prizes and cash donations are gratefully accepted**
2015 Ladysmith & Chemainus Rotary Golf Tournament Tom Andrews 2015-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on May 24, 2015
Now that the auction is behind us, members can expect a final tally of the proceeds of the event.  
It seems that some lucky attendees at the auction were able to purchase silent auction items at prices well below what the items were worth. There is no doubt that this diminishes the proceeds as well as detracting from the purpose of the auction, i.e. to raise money for community projects as rather than to offer the best deals in town. In most silent auctions, people submit bids not only for the item but implicitly for the cause. 
It would be a simple task to compare the total value (obtainable from the donor sheets) of the items in the  silent auction with the proceeds from that part of the event.  If there is a discrepancy, perhaps next year's auction committee could specify a starting price on the sheet for each silent auction item.  
How much is it worth? Rod Fay 2015-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
A message from Meredith Green (Poulsbo Rotary Past President)
 
What wonderful presentations we experienced at DLTA!  We started off with the Zone Institute training regarding the club New Membership Focus.  The Zone 2526 membership resources can be found at http://zone2526.org/membership/. 
 
Other presentations from the breakout sessions are available on the District 5020 website on the Training Page.  You will be prompted to open or save most presentations.
 
DLTA 2016 will be held April 1 - 3 in Victoria, and we anticipate starting registration in January.  If you have suggestions for sessions or would like to volunteer for the training committee, please email me. All district training business is handled via conference call or email, so anyone can participate!
DLTA presentations available online Anita Voisin 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Feb 28, 2015
Last week's meeting was the third and last off-site meetings while some of our members are in Guatemala.  The meeting was held at noon at the Canadian Legion where our club hosted 23 international students.  This was an interesting and memorable experience for our members who attended.
A soup and sandwich lunch was provided by the ladies of the Legion and this provided an opportunity for the students and our members to interact; Rotarians talked about Rotary and our town and each student told of the country he or she represented.
After lunch, the students were divided into three groups for a tour of the murals. Shannon, Ellen Lavender and Reed were the tour guides.
Thanks to Len for arranging this meeting, to the ladies of the Legion for the lunch, and to the tour guides Shannon, Ellen and Reed.
A great event!
Last week's meeting February 25 Rod Fay 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Feb 28, 2015
 Our club's 65 th birthday was on Monday, February 23.  Rotary International celebrated its 110 th birthday on the same date.  
Much has been accomplished by Rotarians internationally and here in Chemainus since those first meetings. 
Today's active Rotarians in our club and beyond continue to do good work locally and internationally.  They owe much to those who began Rotary in Chicago in 1905 and to those who were charter members of our club in 1950.  
 
To read more about the first Rotarians, click on
 
 
L to R: Gustave Loehr, Silvester Schiele, 
Hiram F. Storey, Paul P. Harris.
Picture courtesy of Rotary International.
 
 
Two Rotary birthdays Rod Fay 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Voisin on Feb 18, 2015
 
 
The next meeting February 25th will be a luncheon meeting  at the Royal Canadian Legion starting at 12:00 Noon, The club will be hosting District 5020 Exchange Students.  We expect to have 31 students from 28 different countries. It will be a soup & sandwich meal at a cost of $10.00. The students will then have a guided tour of the Murals before departing at 2:00 P.M.  Hope you can join us!
Temporary meeting relocation Anita Voisin 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay

The program for February 4 is listed as being "Yearly Committees meeting".  The yearly committees are:

  • Auction/Summer Fest
  • Finance
  • Operations 
  • Club Events

If you are unsure of which committees you are on, check with Club Admin director Len.

Program for February 4 meeting. Rod Fay 2015-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 21, 2015
February is Heart and Stroke Month focusing on the ongoing research into cardiac research and prevention.  We are fortunate to have Tina Lutz of the Heart and Stroke foundation as our speaker for this meeting.  
Do yourself and your loved ones a favour, attend this meeting to learn about the latest developments in prevention and treatment of heart disease. 
Next week's meeting January 28 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirley Graham on Jan 21, 2015
Shirley Graham recently hosted an "Epicure" party and donated the hostess rewards as cash for our Rotary club's Guatemala project.  An afternoon of cooking, eating and drinking (Epicure tea of course) made for fun, conversation and an opportunity  to meet new friends and share the details of of this year's project plans.  Thanks so much to Shirley and all those wh "dipped in" to help the ladies in San Antonio Palopo.
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The picture shows those who attended the event obviously having a great time!
The event raised over $200 for the Guatemala project.
 
Picture courtesy of Daphne.
 
Successful fundraiser Shirley Graham 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 21, 2015
Our club has a number of events coming up in 2015.  Here's a list of some of the events, their dates and the team leader for each event:
 
Guatemala project: Sunday February 8:  Joan Takenaka
Visit of international exchange students: Saturday February 25:  Len Lavender
Auction: Saturday April 18:  Shannon Bellamy and Anita Voisin
​Summer Fest: Saturday June 20:  Shannon Bellamy
District Assembly in Nanaimo: June 19, 20,21. 
 
Dates have yet to be decided for Country Maples and the Fuller Lake picnic.
 
 
 
Looking ahead Rod Fay 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Stanton on Jan 21, 2015
Our club has contributed to the cost of the skateboard park on the site of the old elementary school.  Ken reports that this project is almost completed.  There will probably be some delay in getting things up and running because the site is very muddy due to the rain.  There is no truth to the rumour that the delay is to allow Rotarians to go out and buy their own skateboards.
 
The skateboard park Ken Stanton 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 21, 2015
Thanks to Andy wasn't the only thing missing from last week's club bulletin.  There was a picture that was missed in all the heat and smoke of getting the Waterwheel published.
Here then is the picture of our speakers flanked by Daphne and Mike (Mike is the one on the left):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Picture by Art
 
The missing picture Rod Fay 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 21, 2015
The cyber wizards who design the Clubrunner program have changed the program to something called Version 3.  This is "new and improved" and like anything new, it takes some time for users to become comfortable.  Techno-phobes may see V3 more as a basket of snakes rather than a basket of goodies, but help is close at hand. Our club is very fortunate to have Anita as a member and computer whiz .  If you run into a problem accessing or entering information, Anita can help.  The editor of the Waterwheel knows this because she provided hours (really) of assistance in getting last week's edition out.  Thanks, Anita!
Clubrunner Version 3 Rod Fay 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 21, 2015
Last week's Waterwheel included a story thanking those members who quietly and consistently help our meetings run smoothly.  
However, the writer forgot to mention another person who helps keep our meetings running smoothly.  Every week this person quietly sets up the podium, the past presidents' banner and other equipment to ensure the meeting gets off to a good start.  What's more, the same person puts everything away after the meeting.  Who is that member?  It's Andy!
Thank you,Andy, you make us all look good!
 
 
 
 
Making things run smoothly, part 2 Rod Fay 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 21, 2015
Some of our newer members may not be aware of a convenient way for members to pay for their meals at our weekly meetings. This involves purchasing meal tickets in advance and using one each  Wednesday instead of cash tio pay for the meal. Bringing a guest? The meal ticket can be used to pay for that person's meal.  Tickets may be purchased from the registration desk before our meeting begins 
Meal tickets also make things easier for the person working at the registration desk, usually Art.  
Make Art happier than he is already, use meal tickets!  
Meal tickets Rod Fay 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 17, 2015

February 8 is when our team of seven members and spouses will leave for Guatemala.  While they are away, Art will be maintain a blog so that we can follow their adventures.  The blog will include pictures so we can get some idea of their work with the villagers.  Click here to access the blog.

 

 

Sign up for the Guatemala Project blog Rod Fay 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 15, 2015

President-elect Daphne opened the meeting at 6.30 PM The attendance percentage was 60%. Daphne welcomed our guests Monica Hutton and Russ Mutton, recent new residents of Chemainus, and our speakers for the evening Alan McDermid and Dan Marble representing  Ladysmith Land Search and Rescue.
Len introduced the speakers who then provided a comprehensive account of their organization, its aims and activities.  Mike Beggs thanked the speakers on behalf of our club and presented them with a cheque to support the Ladysmith Land Search and Rescue unit.
The club business section of the meeting included an announcement from Len about the February 25 visit of 30 international exchange students to Chemainus.  Our club will be hosting a lunch for the students as well as showing them round our town.  Len would like members to join him in hosting the group.

President-elect Daphne adjourned the meeting at 8.15 PM

The above information is a summary of the minutes taken by secretary Karen. A full account is posted on ClubRunner under Club Documents> Meeting Minutes.
 

Last week's meeting January 14 Rod Fay 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 15, 2015

Often members are asked to be sergeant at arms when they arrive at the meeting.   It would be fair to all concerned if the sergeant at arms for the evening knew at least a few days in advance. This would avoid members "appointed" just before the meeting having to resort to acting like Jesse James and collecting from everyone.  Perhaps a list of members willing to act at sergeants could be compiled and each volunteer be assigned dates to be the fines master.  They might be given an outline of what is involved and examples of finable offences.  
The list below was used a few years ago and is still accessible on ClubRunner.  It provides some suggestions for finable "sins" such as:

  • Being late for the meeting
  • Not wearing your own name tag
  • Talking when someone else is addressing the meeting
  • Getting your name in the news
  • Advertising your business
  • Wearing shorts to a regular meeting
  • Asking for money
  • Puns or telling a poor joke (Sergeant’s discretion)
  • Missing the previous week’s meeting

Alternatively, rather than continuing as we have been recently, perhaps consideration should be given to doing away with the sergeant at arms program altogether.  This would be a good topic for discussion at one of our meetings.

Sergeants at Arms Rod Fay 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 15, 2015

Kudos to four members who work constantly to ensure our club moves along from week to week:
Karen, our secretary.  In addition to taking the minutes of our weekly club meetings and monthly board meetings, Karen ensures that monthly attendance reports to RI are filed on time, keeps tabs on club correspondence keeps our club records in order. 
Derek, a member of our Club Admin committee.  He looks after the speakers for our meetings.  He finds speakers, makes sure that they are informed about our program time and arranges for them to be introduced prior to the presentation and thanked afterwards.
Anita, our webmaster, She posts information on our website on request by members, keeps the information up to date and is a valuable resource for members who run into a problem accessing information on our club website.  Anita also assigns ClubRunner passwords to new members.
Art, our club treasurer. Every week, he collects members' payments for  supper or coffee, makes sure the chef is paid. He maintains the accounts of the club's income and expenditures and makes  sure that the book keeping is up to date.  His non-treasurer contribution is to take photographs of club events and our speakers. 
Next time you see these folks, give them a big thank you for all the work they do week after week to keep everything running smoothly..

Making things run smoothly Rod Fay 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 15, 2015

The program for our January 21 meeting will include a presentation by Tina Lutz of the BC and Yukon Heart and Stroke Foundation.  She will be talking about the Foundation.  Attend this meeting to learn about the Foundation and perhaps pick up some tips for a healthy heart.

Next week's program Jan 21 Rod Fay 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

Happy New Year to all our readers!  

After the holiday is always a bit of a let down but our club has a lot to look forward to in 2015.  Seven of our members are leaving  for Guatemala in February.  They will continue to assist in projects begun last year. Construction of the skateboard park, a club supported project, is moving ahead with an opening date in the spring. There is a possibility that our club may contribute a panoramic map to be erected in the newly renovated Waterwheel Square.  
Before you know it, club activity is going to be focused on preparations for the our annual auction ....and away we go through another busy year for Chemainus Rotary!

Happy New Year Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

Our meeting was chaired very capably by Daphne, our President-elect.  Attendance was 68%, not bad considering some people were away in sunnier climes including Hawaii and Arizona.  Past-president Richard, reported on past and present members, Joan described the current  preparations for the trip to Guatemala, and Ken provided status reports on the construction of the skateboard park and the addition to the Chemainus Museum.
The program for the evening consisted of the club's Standing Committee meetings.  Membership, Club Administration, Public Relations and Club Service Projects committees each met at separate tables to discuss their plans and projects after which a representative from each group reported back to the meeting as a whole.  As usual, these reports generated a lively discussion in the large group. 
Our President-elect and the discussion participants did an excellent job of keeping on track so that the meeting was of benefit to all who attended.

The above information is based on the meeting minutes taken by Secretary Karen.  The complete minutes are available to members under Club Documents on the club's website.

Last week's meeting January 7 Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

The speaker for next week's meeting will be Alan McDermid.  His presentation will be about the Ladysmith Land Search and Rescue  organization.  This group is among the first responders when anyone gets into difficulties in the wild terrain on Vancouver Island.  
Members of this group are trained in first aid and rescue techniques.  Their skills and commitment to safety helps keep hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts safe in the back country.
Attend our next meeting to hear more about land search and rescue.

Next week's meeting January 14 Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

Last Thursday, January 8, there was a meeting of representatives from our municipality, the chamber of commerce, the BIA and Communities in Bloom. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Willow Street improvements. Plans showing the proposed changes were on display. One of the additions to the remodeled Willow Street  will be the installation of a sculpture or a clock in front of the Telus building on the east side of Willow Street.  A sculpture might work well although it may be hard to find something to suit everyone's taste. However, everyone needs a clock. It might serve two purposes; to show the time and to promote Rotary and any businesses who donate to a Rotary clock fund.  Time does tell, about Rotary and about our community-minded businesses.
Perhaps our club can reconsider its decision to go with the the panoramic map only.  Perhaps, with proper marketing of the idea of the clock in the business community, we might be able to have both the panoramic map for the tourists and a timepiece for those who live here.

Time will tell.... Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

Information supplied by Art:

Thanks for your many donations and cash from our fundraising events. We will be able to use these to make significant changes to the lives of many of our Guatemalan friends. Donations are still welcome and can be made through the ICO website if you follow the instructions on our blog page.  If you do this, you will get a tax receipt and you can be assured that the money goes to our project. 
Alternatively, you may want to make a more personal donation directly to a person in Guatemala.  Provide a picture of yourself, or your children or grandchildren with your donation and give the donation and picture to one of our Chemainus group who will then pass them along to a Guatemalan person in the village.We will then try to get a picture of the recipient(s) and send it back to you. If you wish, you can ask that we use your donation in Guatemala to buy a pair of new shoes for $10, a bag of corn or meal supplements for a family. Again, we will try to get a picture of the recipient for you.
It is not possible to provide a tax receipt for this more personal donation, but it would be more fun.


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Guatemala crew appreciates donors Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jan 10, 2015

The following information submitted by Joan Takenaka, Director for Club Services:

ROTARY  BI-ANNUAL CANADA TO GHANA TRIP    2015

Tentative travel dates:  April 8 - 26

   Mission Goals

 

         •  build capacity within District 5020 and the Rotary Clubs of Sunyani Central, Sunyani East and

            Techiman.

         •  build relationships among Rotarians to be better able us to serve our communities and the world

 

 Mission Objectives

 

 •  to attend meetings of the Rotary clubs of Sunyani and Techiman, to thank them for their participation in past projects and encourage conversation to find future projects

•   learn about Ghanaian culture through fellowship and daily interactions with the Rotarians and other community members.

•   to learn from each other and take at least 5 ideas back to our Rotary Clubs

•   to participate in malaria net distribution and as well as other work party projects

•   visit past project sites, to ensure sustainability and completion of most recent projects

****************************************

                                            

All participants are required to have a valid passport and Ghana visa.

 

Although we will help to coordinate, it is your responsibility to apply and pay for the following items:

 

  • Passport: Must be valid at least six months after your scheduled return to Canada.
  • Ghana Visa for all Canadian citizens: An application and information on applying for the visa will be discussed with your trip confirmation. Allow four weeks to process the visa application.  (We do have a contact in Vancouver to facilitate this)
  • Required Inoculations: Check out requirements with local health centre.  Usually a yellow fever inoculation is required. They recommend that Canadian citizens take precautions against malaria and other diseases. Please consult your physician to determine precautions appropriate for you.
  • In Nanaimo:   Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre -    Suite 420 - 2980 Island Hwy, North   Rock City Center      250 753 0087 call for an appointment,   fee $40.                                During the visit/consultation with the  Health specialist, you will obtain: details about traveling to Ghana ,what vaccines you need; you will get the vaccines at the time. Vaccines fee range from $50 to $130 each                                 

           Immunization should be received a minimum of 6 weeks before departure date.                                                                                                  

                                                  Optimum group size 8 members  

                      Approximate cost per member $4000. – 5000.

 

         IF  INTERESTED CONTACT      KEN HAMMER 250- 758-3438 ken.hammer@viu.ca  OR

                                             BEV HILTON  250-667-2497    bev.j.hilton@gmail.com

 

 

 

A Rotary Opportunity:Ghana Rod Fay 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 20, 2014

The meeting was well attended with 76% of the members in attendance. 

Our guest for the evening was Cam Drew, auctioneer extraordinaire for our auction for the past three years.  To recognize his contribution to the success of the auctions, Shannon presented him with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Cam is a multiple Paul Harris Award holder as a result of the numerous contributions to our community.  He will be our auctioneer again at our 2015 auction.  Congratulations and thank you, Cam.

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Picture by Art Carlyle

 

The other important item of business concerned the home location for our club meetings in 2015. President Tom gave a brief outline of the discussions which have been taking place with regard to moving to another site.  Fortunately, this will not be necessary as Chef Mike now has a two year contract to provide catering at the Mount Brenton Golf Course.  After some discussion, the members present voted to remain at our present location.
President Tom thanked Colleen for all her work to make the Christmas party a success.
Secretary Karen reported on the letters of thanks received from a number of community groups that received donations from our club.
Director Mike reported that our club’s name is on the list for support from BC Gaming next year.

Secretary Karen has posted the complete minutes of the meeting on the members only section of ClubRunner.

Last Week's meeting December 17 Rod Fay 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 20, 2014

It was a dark and stormy day! 
Despite the weather, members of our club turned out to cook hot dogs for the brave souls who ventured forth to see Santa and to take part in A little Town Christmas.  A reminder of what Christmas is really about was provided by the Calvary church’s nativity scene.  Bright Christmas lights were festooned on the several tent shelters and Santa paid the event a visit.
All those members who turned out to set up, cook and take down deserve a big thank you for showing Service above Self despite the foul weather.  Special thanks to Mike Beggs for his skills in organizing the equipment and the workers.  Of course, we could not have done the job without the wheels provided by Len, Butch and Mike! 
Thank you!

Little Town Christmas Rod Fay 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 20, 2014

Michael Procter                                   

6435 Island Highway West                                               DISTRICT GOVERNOR

Bowser, BC, V0R1G0

CANADA

Phone: 250-757-8803 (Home)

            250-240-5307 (Cell)

E-mail: rotarymcp@shaw.ca                                    December 20, 2014

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

It is my pleasure to send holiday greetings to all of our Rotary members in District 5020. The first five months of my term as your District Governor, from July 2nd to December 3rd, was spent on an amazing road trip. All the previous District Governors that I talked to stated emphatically that the most enjoyable part of their year as District Governors was the opportunity to visit each of the 88 clubs in the district and I certainly agree with that sentiment. It was a delightful experience and I thank all our clubs and all the members for making my visits so pleasant and memorable. During the next six months I will be continuing to travel in our district and will endeavor to make an informal visit to as many clubs as possible.

We still have challenges in our district and one of those is membership. Our Zone 25 has seen a net increase in membership of 367 in the first 5 months of the Rotary year. Our district contributed 68 of those new members and I thank each of you who have brought a new member into your club. I think that there is a great deal more potential in this area and in early 2015 I do urge you to please invite someone to take a look at Rotary membership. Some zones in Asia have increased their membership by as much as 4800 new members in this five month period.

Thank you again for your kind hospitality and best wishes for a successful year.                                                                                 

                                                                                     Michael Procter

District Governor - 2014-2015
 District 5020

 

A message from the District Governor Rod Fay 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 20, 2014

Our next meeting will be on January 7.
The program will be "Standing Committees".  Each Standing Committee will meet as a group, review their activities and then report back to all the members present in a plenary session.

The Standing Committees and chair persons are:

  • Club Administration: Len Lavender
  • Membership: Dean Killam
  • Service projects (including Youth Services): Joan Takenaka
  • Public Relations: Art Carlyle
  • Rotary Foundation: Daphne Carlyle.

If you are unsure of which committee you are on, please contact Len.

 

Next meeting January 7 Rod Fay 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 20, 2014

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Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Season's Greetings Rod Fay 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 19, 2014

Next Wednesday's meeting will be the last one before Christmas.  It will be an opportunity to wish fellow members a very happy Christmas and New Year.
It will also be your chance to have a say in where we should meet in 2015.  As you probably know, there is some uncertainty about continuing to meet at the Golf Club.  There is also an option to meet in the restaurant at the Horseshoe Inn. 
There are several pertinent issues which may influence the final decision on a place to have our weekly meetings.  These include cost and service but there may well be others. 
Your opinion is important in helping the club make a good decision. 
Come to the meeting and let people know what you think!

Next week's meeting December 17 Rod Fay 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 13, 2014

This is the last week for shopping at the Polka Dot Trail art emporium on Willow Street.  Image

 

The store, set up specially for Christmas, closes Saturday December 20! 

 

After December 20,  opportunity to purchase the exhibitors' work at this location  will cease.

 

Support local artisans!

 

Beautiful pictures, pottery and blown glass all made by local craftspeople, including our very own Daphne and Art Carlyle!

 

After Saturday December 20, the store will cease to be.

 

Your last chance is this coming week.!

 

Last chance! Rod Fay 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 13, 2014

In the bustle of the festive season, let's take a time out to think of what we might wish for globally, nationally, locally and in our own personal world.  Here are some things worth wishing for:

In world affairs:

  • Resolution of conflicts in the Middle East and eastern Europe.

In North America:

  • Improvement in relations between peoples in Canada and in the U.S.

In Rotary International:

  • The eradication of polio
  • A successful Rotary District conference in Nanaimo.

In Chemainus Rotary

  • Growth in membership and in attendance.
  • A safe and successful trip for the Guatemala group.
Christmas wish list Rod Fay 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 13, 2014

The past year has been a busy and eventful one for our club.
The first major event of the year was the auction, a successful fundraiser
well-supported by local businesses and the community.  This was followed by Summer Fest, a great celebration of summer and our little town.  Again, local support made it a great success.
Throughout the summer we had some memorable club meetings. Two that really stand out are the annual barbecue at Country Maples and the club picnic at Fuller Lake.  The Country Maples meeting was an opportunity for us to once again invite other Rotary clubs to share great food, a super venue (indoors because of inclement weather) and good old Rotary fellowship.  The Fuller Lake meeting, held on a blistering hot evening, was a first for our club and was enjoyed by members' children as well as the Rotarians themselves. The children played games and swam in the lake.  The Rotarians sat under the trees.
In the fall, we held our third annual golf tournament. at Mount Brenton Golf Club.  This involved working with the Ladysmith Rotary Club and  members of both clubs worked well together. The fine cooperation, plus excellent community support, ensured a successful tournament. 
In November, Chemainus Rotary joined with the community in commemorating Remembrance Day. Some of our members who are ex-servicemen were on parade, while others helped with the organisation of the event as well as joining the community for the service at the cenotaph.
The club had its Christmas party on December 10. The theme of the party was "Giving" and members in attendance brought gifts for a needy family. Chemainus Rotarians are involved with various activities to bring the spirit of Christmas alive in our community including assisting at The Little town Christmas. 
Throughout this past busy year, we have had a number of interesting speakers at our meetings and  members have enjoyed the fellowship of Rotary. 
The Rotary Club of Chemainus looks forward to 2015.

2014 in review Rod Fay 2014-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 12, 2014

Our members have been contributing to the Christmas spirit in our community!
Here's a list of ways they have shown caring for others :

  • Cooking at  "Breakfast with Santa" at Chemainus Elementary School.
  • Donating gifts and a tree to a needy family as part of our club's Christmas party.
  • Assisting Harvest House Food Bank by lending equipment for distributing toys and vouchers to those in need.
  • Manning the Salvation Army kettle outside the liquor store.

One contribution we can add to the list next week is assisting with A Little Town Christmas.

Perhaps you know of more examples of members helping foster the Christmas spirit.  If so, let the editor know so that they can be added to the list. 
We know that Santa keeps his own list, but the Waterwheel would like to know too!

Club members show Christmas spirit Rod Fay 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

Minutes taken by our club secretary.  Thank you, Karen.

Last week's meeting followed the monthly board of directors gathering and preceded our club's annual general meeting.  Twenty one members were in attendance.

President Tom gave a report on the directors' meeting. 
The Guatemala group raised $364.54 selling hot dogs in the Chemainus Foods parking lot. 

Colleen gave a brief progress report on the preparations for the Christmas party.
The agenda for the AGM consisted of a brief financial report by Art, a vote to reaffirm the club's bylaws for another two years and the election of officers for the Rotary year 2015-16.  The board of directors for 2015-16 will be:

Executive:
President:Daphne Carlyle (2 year term)
Past President: Tom Andrews 
Treasurer: Art Carlyle
Secretary: Karen Devlin
Directors:
Joan Takenaka
Len Lavender
Mike Beggs
Derek Hardacker
 

Thanks to all those who continue to serve as members of the board and congratulations to our new director, Derek.

More detailed minutes are posted on ClubRunner  in the Club Documents section.

Last Week's Meeting December 3 Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

Breakfast with Santa seems to have been a great success judging by the number of vehicles outside the school.  Members of our club cooked for the event.  No report received as the Waterwheel "goes to press" on how this part of the festivities went.  Watch for next week's edition!

Breakfast with Santa Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Next week's Meeting: Christmas Party Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

Our Sergeant-at-Arms routine seems to be turning into a collection from every member present rather than an opportunity for a bit of good-natured ribbing. Perhaps it's time to revisit the list of "sins" for which the sergeant-at-arms might impose a fine. 

"The Sergeant-at-Arms acts as the fines master at each club meeting collecting fines of $1.00 to $5.00 for various “offences” committed by members.  Levying small fines is an opportunity to have some harmless fun at the victim’s expense. After the fines, some members may want to pay a small fee to have the floor and announce good news, advertise their business or tell a joke.  Please note that not everyone needs to be approached or fined - collect the fines from the "sinners" and then let those who wish to, pay for what they have to say.

Here are some examples of “sins” we might want to use to gather fines: 

     Being late for the meeting
     Not wearing your own name tag
     Talking when someone else is addressing the meeting
     Getting your name in the news
     Advertising your business|
     Wearing shorts to a regular meeting
     Asking for money
     Puns or telling a poor joke (Sergeant’s discretion)
     Missing the previous week’s meeting."

Perhaps those on the sergeant-at-arms roster can get us back on track?

The complete document "Sergeant-at Arms Program" can be found under "Club Documents" on ClubRunner.

                           

Sergeants: "A -ten-shun!" Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

Of the 21 members attending our December 3 meeting, 14 responded to the Waterwheel survey. The editor of the bulletin did not participate.

The highest scores for survey items were:
14 Yes responses :
       E mail is a good way to receive the bulletin
       Most stories are interesting
       Members read the bulletin for club information
       Readers enjoy items submitted by members
13 Yes responses:
      Font and type size easy to read     
12 Yes responses:
      Sunday good for delivery of the bulletin
      Like weekly delivery
11 Yes responses
      Easy to find information
      Pictures add interest

Thank you to all who participated.  Your responses will help improve the Waterwheel.

Survey Results Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

A few weeks ago, a picture of some of our members with RI's President-elect was featured in the Waterwheel.  Unfortunately, some of our readers received a distorted picture which was not recognizable. The editor contacted the ClubRunner support desk and received the following response:

"The distortion of the images is because of the programs the person is using.  Different E mail service providers such as Hotmail and GMail may display content a little differently. 
You may want to ensure the image width and height within your stories by clicking on the image within the story editor."

News from ClubRunner Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

Some important dates you might want to put in your calendar:

Tuesday December 9          Auction committee meeting 5.00 PM Anita's office.

Wednesday December 10   Christmas Party

Wednesday December 17   Last meeting before Christmas

Saturday December 20        Little Town Christmas
                                             Last day for Polka Dot art emporium

Wednesday January 7         First club meeting of 2015 
Sunday December 21          Last Waterwheel until after Christmas

Wednesdays December 24,31 No club meeting

Looking Ahead Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Dec 05, 2014

One item  on the Waterwheel survey asked if readers enjoyed articles submitted by members.  The response to this item was an overwhelming "Yes" vote from 100% of the respondents. The people have spoken! 
The Waterwheel is a convenient way of sharing news and information from club executive members, directors, committee chairs and other members.   
Tell us about your projects, plans and Rotary-related activities! 
Contact the editor by phone, e-mail, face-to-face conversation or with details on a paper napkin. 
Share the good news about our club!

Share the Good News Rod Fay 2014-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

This is a summary of the minutes provided by our secretary, Karen.  A more detailed account can be found on the  members only section of our website under "View Club Documents".

Attendance at the meeting was pretty good, just a little over 80% of our members were present.  We also had two visiting Rotarians from the Nanaimo Daybreak club.
Derek introduced our speaker for the evening, Don Skerik. Don is one of the founder members of the Veridian Solar Power Co-operative here in the Cowichan Valley. An electrician by trade, he spoke about solar power as an alternative source of electricity for the home. He explained what was involved in the installation and how it could substantially reduce a homeowner's utility bills.
After Don's talk he was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his visit.
The second part of the evening's program consisted of the induction of a new member, Jason Dunlop.  Richard conducted the induction ceremony and each member welcomed Jason to our club and to the fellowship of Rotary.
President Tom then dealt with a number of items of information and club business, then Colleen went over the arrangements for our Christmas Party on December 10. 
President Tom adjourned the meeting at 8.15 PM.

Last Week's Meeting November 26 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Party December 10 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

The Board of Directors for our club will hold their monthly meeting beginning at 5 PM, before our regular club meeting on Wednesday December 3. Any member of the club may attend the meeting but not vote.  If you would like to attend, please let President Tom know on Monday at the latest.

Board of Directors December Meeting Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

Two items on the agenda for the AGM are the election of the board for next year and the approval of the club bylaws for the next two years. 
The bylaws can be found under "View Club Documents" on our club website.

The following is an excerpt from our club bylaws and is provided here for information regarding the election of the board.

ARTICLE 2: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Section 1:        At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the immediate past-president, as chair of the nominating committee, shall ask the members of the Club for nominations for president-elect, secretary, treasurer and five members of the board of directors for the Rotary year commencing July 1 of the next calendar year. These five directors’ nominations shall be named as chairs of each of the five Standing Committees. The incoming past-president for that year is not elected but automatically assumes the position by virtue of his having been president.

The nominations submitted to the nominations committee shall be the slate of proposed candidates,

One month after the first call for nominations, the nominating committee chair, or a designate appointed by the President in the absence of the past-president, will present the slate to the membership at a meeting for the election of officers.  The nominating committee chair or designate will ask for nominations from the floor for the positions of president-elect, secretary, treasurer and five directors.

A nomination from the floor must have prior approval of the nominee.  The nominations shall then be placed on a ballot in alphabetical order under each office and shall be voted for at the annual meeting.  The candidates for president-elect, secretary and treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices.  The five candidates for directors receiving a majority of votes shall be declared elected as directors.

Should there be no nominations from the floor, the chair will ask for a motion to accept in its entirety the proposed slate of officers as presented.

The officers elected shall serve as board members commencing on July 1 of the calendar year following their election. The president-elect will become president July 1 of the year following his or her term as president-elect.

 

Annual General Meeting December 3 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

Here are some questions that a club member should consider before stepping up to be a director:

  1. What does a director in our club do?
     
  2. How much of my time will being a director take?
     
  3. Why should I even think of allowing my name to stand for election to the board of directors?
     

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  1. What a director does is provide leadership and input into our club's business and community projects.  Each director has specific responsibilities as a member of the executive (President, Past President, President-elect, Secretary or Treasurer) or as the chair of a standing committee. The standing committees are Membership, Rotary Foundation, Club Administration, Service Projects and Public Relations. Management of a standing committee entails chairing the committee and dividing up the responsibilities among the its members. Our board also includes a member-at-large who acts as a liaison between our club and the province to ensure that funding provided is used to benefit the community.
  2. The amount of time a directorship takes depends upon various factors including time of the year, the mandate of the standing committee and the delegating of the committee's activities.   Board members meet at 5 PM on the first  Wednesday each month.  Directors chairing standing committees meet with their committees in club meeting time to discuss programs and projects and to report back to the club as a whole. 
  3. There are three reasons every member should consider being a director.  First, being a director improves the club and our community by making a personal contribution of  time, effort and expertise and encourages others to do the same.
    Secondly, a director grows as an individual by gaining knowledge of Rotary, appreciating the strengths of fellow directors and club members, learning from others and developing management skills. 
    Thirdly, a director gains a sense of achievement and personal worth by making a difference to the club and community.
Being a Board Member Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

Once again Chemainus Rotary will be cooking for Breakfast with Santa.  Rumour has it that the guy in the red suit is watching his waistline so the breakfast will be a little different this year. 
President Tom is coordinating the club's involvement.  Contact him for more details or to become a part of the fun at Santa's breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa December 6 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

December 17 will be our last meeting at the Golf Club.  We should make this a special occasion.  Any ideas?
Beginning in the new year, we will be meeting at the Horseshoe Inn.
Read the Waterwheel next week for more information.

Last Meeting Before Christmas, December 17 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

A Little Town Christmas promises to be better than ever with music provided by two choirs and two bands, all from Chemainus!  Activities for children will include a fish pond and face painting and a crafts table.  Admission is free for children and by donation for adults. 
This will be the inaugural event for our brand new Waterwheel Square!
Our club is one of the sponsors of A Little Town Christmas and club members will be assisting at the event.  If you would like to be a part of the festivities, contact President Tom.

Little Town Christmas December 20 Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 28, 2014

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Drop in to the Polka Dot Trail at 9778 Willow Street and see what treasures are on display! 

A wide selection of beautiful works by local artists is available for sale, just in time for Christmas. 

Art and Daphne are displaying some of their beautiful photography.


Opening hours:

Tuesday through Thursday 11 am to 4 pm,

Fridays noon to 7 pm

Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.
 

Meet the artists on Fridays and Saturday.
 

Support our local artists and their enterprise!

 

Fine Arts in Chemainus Rod Fay 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 22, 2014
  • Shannon  has received word from Chemainus Theatre's Managing Director, Randal Hubner, regarding the date for our auction.  This will be on April 18.
     
  • Anita and Shannon will be joint chairpersons for the event.
     
  • The auction committee will meet at Anita‛s office Tuesday, December 9 @ 5.30pm.
Auction Preparations Are Rolling Along Rod Fay 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 22, 2014

Information forwarded by President Tom

Mexican Working Holiday

Contribute to a genuine community development project on a week-long "volunteer vacation" and see how significant you can be.
Keeping teachers in the remote areas of Mexico is difficult because often there isn't any accommodation for them and they are forced to live in the classrooms. By helping the villagers to build a basic two bedroom teacherage we will solve that problem for Mayto, a small community about 2 hours from Puerto Vallarta.

The project will consist of the construction of a two bedroom structure, with kitchen and bathroom. The walls will be of plastered cement block, the floor of concrete and the roof of reinforced poured concrete. The structure will be built to withstand the hurricane-force winds which occur frequently during the rainy season. The labour for the project will be provided at no cost by the villagers, supplemented by the help of local and visiting Rotarians who will be invited to paint and perform other tasks suited to their interests and abilities. Of course, there will be plenty of time for enjoying the surrounding countryside and interacting with the locals.
 

The Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club will be coordinating a "Working Holiday" in Mayto, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico from February 28 to March 7,2015
During the week that we are there we will be based at the 4 Star Mayto Beach Hotel, a modern resort on a beautiful beach next to a turtle conservation area. Endless beach as far as the eye can see. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and pool.

It is a place of sand, whales and nesting sea turtles, sea birds, deer and fox, beautiful trees and cactus, and amazing views. lt is a private place to wander about undisturbed with abundant sunshine, ocean breezes and nothing but the sounds of nature. We will spend the last night in Puerto Vallarta, at the Andale Hotel.

The cost of the Working Holiday will be $600, plus airfare and meal expenses on our last day, March 7, while in Puerto Vallarta.

Please contact Chip Ross of Strathcona Sunrise RC at chip.ross@shaw.ca for more information.

Make a Difference in Mexico Rod Fay 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 22, 2014

Last week's edition of the Waterwheel included a picture of some of our members with the incoming President of Rotary International.  Some of our readers received the picture severely distorted.  The editor apologizes for the distorted picture and is making enquiries of ClubRunner so that it can be  avoided in future.
Readers may have noticed that a different font is being used in this edition.  It is to be hoped that this will make for easier reading. 
Every effort is made to make  the Waterwheel interesting and reader-friendly. Contributions of news and information from Club members are always welcome. Thank you to those members of our club who have been sending in information and news for inclusion in the Waterwheel. .

From the Editor Rod Fay 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 21, 2014

Our Club Bylaws are checked over during even numbered years to ensure that they are a "living document", one that reflects the club's current practices and to change parts which no longer apply.  This review is done prior to the AGM and any changes are voted on by the membership before those members present approve the bylaws for another two years.
If you would like to be a part of the reviewing process, you can access our current bylaws under Club Documents in the members only section of our ClubRunner website. 
Please contact the editor of the Waterwheel if you have difficulty accessing the bylaws.

Review of Club Bylaws Rod Fay 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 21, 2014

Our Christmas party is scheduled for December 10 and Colleen is putting the final preparations into high gear.  Tickets are $25 per Big Person and $1.25 per year for the age of each Little Person. 
Colleen is asking that party goers bring a gift suitable for a child and a tree decoration. The gifts will be put under the tree at the party.  Afterwards, the decorated tree and the gifts will be given to a needy family.

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Christmas Party Rod Fay 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 21, 2014

The speaker for our meeting on November 26 will be Don Skerik representing Veridian Energy Co-Op,  a Cowichan Valley co-op providing design, installation and consulting for renewable energy systems, energy recovery and conservation systems.
Don will be speaking about solar energy, a timely topic in these times of soaring utility bills and controversy about alternative energy resources. 
Thank you, Derek, for booking this speaker for next Wednesday.
Another highlight  of the meeting will be the induction of a new member.
Come to the meeting to hear an interesting speaker and to welcome our newest member!

Next Week's Meeting Rod Fay 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 21, 2014

There was a really good turnout for last week's meeting at the Dayliner restaurant. Members and their partners enjoyed an evening of fellowship and catching up on all the news.  The food and service were excellent and everyone had a great time.The Dayliner staff went all out to ensure that everyone had a good time.
The Dayliner is a relatively new business for Chemainus and deserves to do well in our community.  Perhaps we can consider this venue for any future off-site meetings.

Last Week's Meeting Rod Fay 2014-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 20, 2014

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Thursday November 27

11 am to 2 PM

Chemainus Foods Parking lot

Proceeds to be used for supplies and equipment to be taken to Guatemala in 2015.

Contact President Tom for more information or to help.
 

Hot dogs for Guatemala November 27 Rod Fay 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 20, 2014

Submitted by President Tom.

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Pete Taylor" <peterotary8@comcast.net>
Date: Nov 18, 2014 3:29 PM
Subject: FOUNDATION AWARDS
To: "Pete Taylor" <peterotary8@comcast.net>
Cc:

Dear Past 2013-154 PRESIDENTS,
 
I just attended the Zone Institute in Victoria and out of all the districts in our zone, 5020 was:
#1 in polio contributions ($230,623)
#1 annual fund giving ($652,184)
#2 in total contributions ($1,718,034)
#2 in Endowment Fund ($329,808)
#1 in other giving ($532,420)
 
Thank you very much for your efforts in any or all of these areas. It is a good showing indeed!
 
I hope you have fully recovered from your presidential year and that you have a Happy Thanksgiving (U.S.), a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Pete Taylor
Past District Governor
Rotary District 5020 (2013-14)
LIGHT UP ROTARY!

 
Congratulations Rod Fay 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

On Saturday, November 15, Karen, Daphne, Art, Derek and Rod travelled to Victoria to hear next year's Rotary International President, Ravi Ravindran speak at the conference centre. He spoke of changes he is planning to the upper echelons of the RI organization, basing his plans on the same principles he used in his business career. These included finding economies in the way Rotary works, making the organisation more efficient and emphasizing the goals of the organisation.  He outlined how Rotary's primary goal, the eradication of polio, depends on the implementation of the other Rotary programs: literacy, clean water and the improvement of sanitation in those countries where polio is endemic.  He compared the success of the immunization program in Sri Lanka with the difficulties faced in Pakistan: Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of literacy in the world while Pakistan has a much lower literacy rate. Thus in Pakistan there is much ignorance of the causes of polio and of the value of immunization.

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 Picture shows Karen and Daphne, RI President-elect and his wife,

(Picture provided by Art)

 

Club Members meet RI's President-elect Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

Our next Club meeting will be at the Dayliner restaurant located on Chemainus Road north of Chemainus and before the turn to the Saltair pub. 
This will be a "Bring a Guest " meeting.  President Tom has already sent an e mail to all members requesting an RSVP if you are planning to attend. 

Next Week's Meeting November 19 Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

Last week's meeting provided an opportunity for members to meet in their yearly committees, formerly known as special committees. President Tom was the moderator for this part of the program.  After some minor adjustments to the makeup of the yearly committees, each group discussed plans for future activities.  Following the small group discussions, a spokesperson from each committee reported to the large group so that all in attendance were "in the loop".

Our secretary, Karen, has posts the complete version of the minutes on ClubRunner under Club Documents.

Last Week's Meeting November 12 Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

There are still some vacancies on the board of directors for 2015-16.  The election of the new board for 2015-16 will be held at our AGM on December 3. 
Please contact any of the present board members for information regarding directors' responsibilities and to indicate your willingness to stand for election on December 3.

Vacancies on the Board Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

It seems that we may be moving to a new location for our weekly meetings. One location that may be a possibility is the Horseshoe Inn.  When and if this is confirmed, all members as well as Rotary International will be advised of the change of venue.

Change of Meeting Venue Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

Submitted by Joan Takenaka

The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach is having a fundraiser on December 6 from 10 am to 3 pm.  The event includes a self-guided tour of seven seasonally decorated homes in the community along with the opportunity to drop in at participating restaurants for refreshments.  Tickets for the event are $25 per person. People who do not live in Qualicum Beach can buy tickets by contacting Susan Stark, Tel # 250-616-9974   e-mail: susanstark@shaw.ca

To see the poster advertising the event, click on the link below:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5020/668/HTML/232973//Qualicumposter.pdf

Qualicum Beach Sunrise Rotary Fundraiser Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

There will a hot dog and hamburger sale on the car park at Chemainus Foods on 27 November.  Proceeds will go towards the purchase of supplies and equipment to be taken to Guatemala by our club members.  Contact President Tom to help or for more information.

Hot Dawg! Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 15, 2014

Our club's Christmas party is fast approaching.  The date, time and location are:

Wednesday December 10

6:00 PM to 9 PM approx.

Mount Brenton Golf Club

The theme of the party will be Christmas Giving. Participants are invited to bring a small gift suitable for a child and a decoration to be hung on the Christmas tree. After the party the tree and gifts will be given to a family in need.

Children are welcome to attend

Tickets are available from Colleen.  Members and guests tickets are $25 per person.  Children's tickets prices are based on $1.25 for each year of the young person's age.

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Christmas Party December 10 Rod Fay 2014-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Lest We Forget Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

Mike has asked for volunteers to help set up the tents at the cenotaph on Tuesday. 

If you can help, please be at the bunker at 9.00 AM

Setting up for the Remembrance Ceremony Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

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Our speaker for the evening was Paul Thompson.  He gave a very interesting presentation about a new venture called the Mill Whistle Public Market which will be located in the Oak Street shopping plaza. The focus of the market will be involvement of the local farmers and marketers as well as the public.
President Tom reported on the discussion at the November board of directors which took place before our club meeting.  He spoke about board vacancies to be filled at the upcoming AGM on December 3. He also invited members to make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation.  The first 20 members who donate will have their contribution matched by our club.

Karen has posted more complete minutes of both the club meeting and the board of directors meeting on ClubRunner under "Club Documents".

Last Week's Club Meeting November 5 Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

The program for our November 12 meeting will be "Special Committees".

The Special Committees are:

  • Auction Summer Fest
  • Club Events
  • Finance
  • Operations (The bunker)

Handouts detailing the mandate and area of responsibility of each committee will be provided.
 

Next Week's Meeting November 12 Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

Submitted by Joan Takenaka.

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This is the most efficient way to donate to the Guatemala Project if you would like to have a tax receipt.  You can print it off immediately when you donate through the ICO website as they will email you a receipt.
1)  Go to innovativecommunities.org
2)  Click on the icon of the "open hands with a tree in them"
3)  Click on the blue icon that says "Donate Now through CanadaHelps"
4)  Under "Select the fund your donation will support", choose "Guatemala-Atitlan Homes Initiative"
ICO has been using this secure method for four years and have not had any problems.
Please enter your name, as with anonymous donations, although they will be received and used appropriately, we would like to know who donated to our Project so that we can thank them.
If you pay with PayPal, it is more complicated for the people at ICO, because Paypal is not able to do tax receipts in Canada.
If you do not need a tax receipt, you can donate to anyone on the Guatemala team and they will see that your money is well utilized in Guatemala.
Thank you for your generosity.

Donating to Guatemala Project Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

Our club Christmas party will be on December 10. 
Colleen is organizing the event and has tickets for sale at $25 per person.
Children are welcome. The price per child will vary according to his or her age. 

See Colleen for more details.

Christmas Party Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 07, 2014

If you don't want to be mayor or a councillor, there is another election you can stand for.  On December 3 we will be having our AGM which will also include the election of board members for 2014-15.  Currently there are only three board director positions vacant.  If you are willing to let your name stand for any one of these positions, contact any of the present directors for more information.
Step up and put your name forward for a position on the board! 

Hello, Leaders Rod Fay 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Story submitted by President Tom.

 

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Hi to all Members of the Mid Island Rotary Clubs,

I wanted to thank all of you for your attendance and support of our “ Putting a Face on Polio” Auction Fundraiser. It was a very successful evening for Gerry and his Committee.  Joan Toone was such an inspiration and motivator to all of us . We learned so much about how Polio is spread and the devastation that is left in its wake. We are so close to eradicating Polio that we have to keep fighting to make sure we are never threatened by this deadly disease again . It is just a plane ride away .

The Silent and Live Auction part of our evening was great fun and we are delighted to tell you that we raised $7000 , that plus the Gates Foundation multiplier increased our total to $20,000+ .

Once again , thank you for your support.

Yours in Rotary,

Cheryl

Cheryl B.H.Leukefeld

President 2014 - 2015

Rotary Club of Ladysmith

 

 

Polio Fundraiser a Great Success Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Poem submitted by Daphne.

A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE

Written by: Brian King

Manager of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations, Rotary International.

 

Once upon a Rotary yeary, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.

My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.

It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.

Only this and nothing more.

 

Ah, but this child I did not know, as she pained and suffered so.
Would not someone else see she was not left upon that dirty floor?
Rapidly my fear turned to sorrow for this child may have no tomorrow.
She was just another crawler, helpless and always to be poor.

Leaving it to someone else, leaves her on that dirty floor.

Nameless and alone for ever more.

 

More images now, my fear grew stronger; hesitating then no longer.

Poverty, illness, hunger and so many victims of conflict and war.

So many living a nightmare, with whom our good fortune we can share.

No water or food or one to care; no education, for millions no open door.

No opportunity; no bright future, neither nor.

Darkness there and nothing more.

 

Who will help those in need; this desperate call who will heed?

“Sir," said I, "or Madam”, truly your support I implore;
Every Rotarian, everywhere, help end this chilling tale if you dare,

help those in great despair, in our backyard and on another shore.

‘O the ways you can help are so many, please do explore.

And change the life of a child--forevermore!

And every Rotarian, with no hesitation, responded without consternation,
giving every year $100 and even more.
And the children’s eyes have all the seeming, filled of hope; and dreaming;

their smiles now beaming, as Rotarians’ generosity there was an outpour;
And the lives of millions with so little to live for,

shall be lifted--forever and ever more!

 

A Chilling Halloween Tale Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

We have a speaker for the program on Wednesday next.  He is Paul Thompson. He is opening a new store in the 49th Parallel complex at the top of Oak Street.  His store will be called the Mill Whistle Public Market and is set to open in the new year. 

Another important item on the agenda will be President Tom's summary of the proceedings of the directors' November meeting.
 


 

Next week's meeting: November 5 Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Our Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday, December 3.  At that time the board of directors for the Rotary year 2015-16 will be elected.  Past President Richard is currently collecting names of those willing to stand for election to the board.
Being a director is a very worthwhile experience. It provides opportunities to grow as an individual, to learn new skills and to apply those a person already has. 
As a Rotarian, you already show you are one who cares about others.  Perhaps it's your time to be one of our directors for next year. Taking that additional step to be a director shows that you are willing to apply your skills and knowledge to provide leadership in our club and our community.
Take that step!
Phone or e mail Past President Richard!

It's your time! Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Lunch with Ravi Ravindran

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RI President 2015-16

Saturday, November 15, 12:00 noon
at the Rotary Zone Institute
Carson Hall, Convention Centre, Victoria, BC 
Tickets - $40 Canadian
Deadline for ticket purchase: November 9

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, President 2014-15, Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.

 As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully arrange a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children

What is a Rotary Zone Institute?

Each Rotary Club belongs to a Rotary District,  ours is District 5020. 
Each Rotary District belongs to a Zone, ours is Zone 25.
Annually each Zone around the world holds a Rotary Institute where past, current and incoming District Governors are updated as to what is going on in Rotary.

This year zone 25/26 Institute will be held in Victoria and Rotarians in District 5020 are invited to meet and mingle with Institute attendees at the Saturday luncheon.  This is also a chance for all Rotarians in the District to hear Ravi Ravindran speak.  Don't miss this opportunity!

Tickets must be purchased on-line before November 9, 2014.  No ticket sales at the door. 

Meet the next RI President Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Word has it that the Guatemala fundraiser realized over $600 for materials and supplies for Guatemala.  The picture below right, provided by Art, shows the genial host of the garage sale.Image

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More Pictures from the Garage Sale Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

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Members are using the Waterwheel more and more each week.  This week's edition includes contributions from Derek (”A Change of Plan“ ) , Art Carlyle (”Pictures from the Garage Sale” this week and last week), Daphne ("A Chilling Halloween Tale") and President Tom (”Polio Fundraiser a Great Success“). 
At each weekly meeting in November members will be able to pick up a survey about the Waterwheel.  The purpose of the survey is to collect members‛ opinions on content and appearance of the bulletin as well as likes and dislikes and general comments about the bulletin. 
The results will be shared at the AGM on December 3 and used afterwards to build a better Waterwheel

Waterwheel News Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

Information submitted by Derek.

Our usual meeting location is not available on November 19.  An alternative location for the meeting will be announced when it is decided. 
The speaker booked for November 19 will make his presentation on November 26. 

A Change of Plan Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Nov 01, 2014

All Candidates Forum

Tuesday, Nov.4, 6:30-9 pm

Chemainus Secondary School,

On Saturday, November 15, Chemainiacs get to vote for the mayor and councillors for the Municipality of North Cowichan of which Chemainus is an important part.

So, once again, your Chemainus Residents Association and the Chamber of Commerce will be co-sponsoring an all--candidate meeting with North Cowichan mayoral and councillor candidates.

 

All Candidates Forum Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
A Night to Sparkle Rod Fay 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

Our next week's meeting will be at Ladysmith Rotary's polio fundraiser at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club.  The evening will include appies and an auction to raise funds for PolioPlus.  More details can be found on the poster for the event elsewhere in this edition of the Waterwheel.

Next week's meeting October 29 2014 Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

The following is an summary from  the minutes taken by Karen at the meeting of October 22:


Attendance is improving, with a percentage of 82% of the membership at the meeting.  Ken Stanton was our featured speaker for the evening.  Using artists' renderings and construction plans, he described how Waterwheel Square will look when the renovations are finished.  President Tom thanked Ken for his presentation before moving on to club announcements which included a reminder that next week's meeting will be at the Cottonwood Club and notice of the upcoming annual general meeting.

More detailed minutes can be viewed in the Weekly Meetings file in Club Documents on ClubRunner.

Last Week's Meeting October 22 1914 Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

President Tom forwarded the following for the Waterwheel:

October 24, 2014

The Rotary Foundation

Dear Friends:

Today, as we mark World Polio Day, I commend Rotarians for your efforts to eradicate Polio. I was deeply humbled to accept the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award in Toronto on October 18, and extend my personal thanks for this special honour.

I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the good works carried out by Rotarians in Canada, and around the globe. Your organization has made extraordinary contributions to a diverse range of humanitarian services – championing the eradication of polio chief among them. Your members make a positive difference in communities around the globe.

Canadians have been proud to work with partners, such as Rotary, to eradicate polio. Since 2006, Canada has disbursed $297 million to support polio eradication efforts, namely through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Canada's support to the GPEI has contributed to the immunization of millions of children around the globe. We will continue to work with our partners to help put an end to this devastating childhood disease which can be prevented with a simple vaccine.

Once again, thank you for bestowing the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award on me. More importantly, thank you for leading global efforts to end polio. I offer my best wishes to the Rotary Foundation for continued success in your laudable endeavours.

Sincerely,

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

 

Press Release from Stephen Harper Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

The following information is from our club bylaws:

 

ARTICLE 2: ELECTION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Section 1:  At a regular meeting one month prior to the meeting for election of officers, the immediate past-president, as chair of the nominating committee, shall ask the members of the Club for nominations for president-elect, secretary, treasurer and five members of the board of directors for the Rotary year commencing July 1 of the next calendar year. These five directors’ nominations shall be named as chairs of each of the five Standing Committees. The incoming past-president for that year is not elected but automatically assumes the position by virtue of his having been president.
The nominations submitted to the nominations committee shall be the slate of proposed candidates,
One month after the first call for nominations, the nominating committee chair, or a designate appointed by the President in the absence of the past-president, will present the slate to the membership at a meeting for the election of officers.  The nominating committee chair or designate will ask for nominations from the floor for the positions of president-elect, secretary, treasurer and five directors.
A nomination from the floor must have prior approval of the nominee.  The nominations shall then be placed on a ballot in alphabetical order under each office and shall be voted for at the annual meeting.  The candidates for president-elect, secretary and treasurer receiving a majority of the votes shall be declared elected to their respective offices.  The five candidates for directors receiving a majority of votes shall be declared elected as directors. 
Should there be no nominations from the floor, the chair will ask for a motion to accept in its entirety the proposed slate of officers as presented.
The officers elected shall serve as board members commencing on July 1 of the calendar year following their election. The president-elect will become president July 1 of the year following his or her term as president-elect.

ARTICLE 4: MEETINGS

Section 1:  Annual Meeting – The Rotary Club of Chemainus shall have an annual general meeting during the first December meeting.  During this meeting, the election of officers and directors, to serve for the ensuing year, shall take place.

 

Annual General Meeting December 3 Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

Despite the rain and wind, our garage sale for Guatemala went ahead last Saturday.  Hardy garage sale enthusiasts turned out to make some good deals on the donated items that were for sale.  Even hardier were the Rotarians and spouses who ran the stalls.  A great big thank you to them and also to Reed for hosting the event. Thank you also to the set up and take down crews and the many Rotarians and Rotary friends who donated articles, coffee and baked goods. 

More pictures next week!

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Garage Sale for Guatemala Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

Directors and committee chairpersons can share the good news with the membership.  It's easy when you use the Waterwheel to keep everyone up to date on the progress of present projects and future plans.  Doing this helps garner support and involvement.
Share the information through the Waterwheel. Send an e mail to the editor and watch the interest grow!     

Good News from Directors and Chairpersons Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

All Candidates Forum

On Saturday, November 15, Chemainiacs get to vote for the mayor and councillors for the

Municipality of North Cowichan of which Chemainus is an important part.

So, once again, your CRA and the Chamber of Commerce will be co-sponsoring an all--

candidate meeting with North Cowichan mayoral and councillor candidates:

Tuesday, Nov.4, 6:30-9 pm

Chemainus Secondary School,

A Night to Sparkle

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Non-Rotary news Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 25, 2014

Lunch with Ravi Ravindran

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RI President 2015-16

Saturday, November 15, 12:00 noon
at the Rotary Zone Institute
Carson Hall, Convention Centre, Victoria, BC 
Tickets - $40 Canadian

 

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, President 2014-15, Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran is CEO and founder of a publicly listed company with a worldwide clientele in the tea packaging industry. His company, Printcare Plc, is the winner of national and international awards of excellence. He also serves on the board of several other companies and charitable trusts. He is the founding president of the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association.

A Rotarian since 1974, Ravindran has served RI as treasurer; director; Foundation trustee; committee member, vice chair, and chair; task force member; RI training leader; and district governor.

 As his country's national PolioPlus chair, Ravindran headed a task force consisting of the government, UNICEF, and Rotary and worked closely with UNICEF to successfully arrange a ceasefire with the northern militants during National Immunization Days. He also chaired the Schools Reawakening project, sponsored by Rotary clubs and districts in Sri Lanka, to rebuild 25 tsunami-devastated schools to benefit 15,000 children

What is a Rotary Zone Institute?

Each Rotary Club belongs to a Rotary District,  ours is District 5020. 
Each Rotary District belongs to a Zone, ours is Zone 25.
Annually each Zone around the world holds a Rotary Institute where past, current and incoming District Governors are updated as to what is going on in Rotary.

This year zone 25/26 Institute will be held in Victoria and Rotarians in District 5020 are invited to meet and mingle with Institute attendees at the Saturday luncheon.  This is also a chance for all Rotarians in the District to hear Ravi Ravindran speak.  Don't miss this opportunity!

Tickets must be purchased on-line before November 9, 2014.  No ticket sales at the door. 

Meet the new RI President Rod Fay 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 18, 2014

At "going to press" time, The Waterwheel has no information regarding the program for the October 22 meeting.

Next week's meeting October 22 Rod Fay 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

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October is PolioPlus month

This month the focus of Rotary International and Chemainus Rotary is on the fight against polio.  This disease is still infecting children in India , Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal.

Rotary's focus includes fundraising to eradicate polio.  Every dollar donated is tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   

Past, present Rotarians and non-Rotarians are encouraged to make a donation to free the world of polio.  We are almost there!

The picture shows a child in Nepal receiving an oral anti-polio vaccine.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Picture:©Rotary International. Creator: Alyce Henson

We are so close! Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

Summary of the minutes taken by Karen:

The program slated for this October 15 was postponed for a later meeting.  Our guest for the evening was Assistant District Governor Richard Calverley. Most of the meeting was taken up with regular club business including accepting a cheque from Richard's club as a donation for the use of our barbecue equipment.  Other business included singing "Happy Birthday" to one of our members and a reminder that there is only one more Thursday to donate to the auction being held at Reed's place on Saturday, October 25.

Karen has posted the more detailed version of the minutes on the members only section of our club's website: Log in with password >Administration page>My ClubRunner>Club documents>Weekly minutes.

Last week's meeting October 15 Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

 Gary Mclellan, a former member of our club, reads The Waterwheel.  Responding to a story in last week's edition, he emailed the  editor with more information about Norm Tucker.  Gary wrote:

Norm was a good friend of Rotary, the ultimate volunteer, being nominated several times Rotarian of the Year. He served as secretary when I was president and filled in as treasurer on occasion. He just couldn't say no to any  reasonable request. He and Linda were really missed after they moved East.  He was a special friend to Al Johnson during his illness. His was an old family from the Chemainus area. His father was dispatcher on the logging railway in Copper Canyon and Norm worked in the woods as a young fellow finishing his work as an employee at the Chemainus sawmill.

More about Norm Tucker Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

This coming Thursday, October 23, is the last chance to donate to the auction. The auction is to raise funds for materials and equipment for the Guatemalans our group will be working with in February.
If you plan to take auction items to Reed's residence, please phone beforehand him so he knows you are coming.  Alternatively, you could take the items early on the day of the auction.
Don't forget to bring your contributions to the bake sale on the day of the auction.

Last Chance to Donate! Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

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                                                    Photo by Rotarian Art Carlyle

 

Garage Sale and Bake Sale for Guatemala

 

Saturday, October 25

8 am to 2 pm

 

3158 Chapman Road

 

All proceeds go to purchase supplies and equipment for Rotary projects in Guatemala.

Thank you, Reed, for hosting this event.

The Auction is Almost Here! Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

Derek is assisting Len in finding speakers and developing programs for our weekly meetings.  All members received an e mail from Derek a few days ago asking for ideas regarding activities for fellowship meetings each month. Ideas are starting to come in but the more ideas Derek receives, the better our fellowship meetings will be. 
Here's your chance to contribute to some good times! 
Send an email to Derek or Len to share your ideas!

Wanted: Ideas for Fellowship Meetings Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

ClubRunner got you *mystified, bamboozled or just plain turned off?
If you have difficulty navigating the website to send an e mail to an individual or a select group, find a member's address or phone number or some other task, you need a Cheat Sheet! This is a list of steps for you to follow, detailed in everyday lingo, so that you can use the website as a tool rather than as some sort of mystery trip.

*M,B, or JPTO?    Send the editor an e mail describing how you want ClubRunner to help you. You will receive a personalized Cheat Sheet, a roadmap to get you where you want to be on ClubRunner. 

What's a Cheat Sheet? Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

October 18 to October 25  Rotary Book Sale in Nanaimo

Wednesday October 22     Regular club meeting

Thursday    October  23:   Last chance to drop off auction items

Saturday     October   25  Auction and Bake Sale

Wednesday October 29     Club meeting at Polio Fundraiser @ The Cottonwood Club

Tuesday      November 11  Remembrance Day

Sunday       November 16 Pharmasave  "A Evening of Pampering"

Wednesday  December 3    Board meeting
                                        AGM                                     

Wednesday  December 10  Club Christmas party

 

Dates for your Calendar Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 17, 2014

President Tom has forwarded an e mail with details about a Rotary institute to be held in November in Victoria.  Details can be found on the District website.  Click the following link to access the District site:  http://www.rotary.org
The information and on line registration form can be found on the left hand side of the first page of the District site.

If you have any problems accessing the page, email the editor or phone him at 250 324 5502.

Late breaking news Rod Fay 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

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Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, their families and friends.

Thanksgiving Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

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Our  meeting on October 29 will be at the Cottonwood Golf and Country  Club.
We will join the Ladysmith club at their PolioPlus fundraiser.  President Tom will get a count of how many members and their guests will be attending so that he can advise the organizers. 
More details of this event appear in this issue of the Waterwheel.

Change of Venue for October 29 meeting Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

It's your turn to muse!
Every member should have received an e mail asking for feedback on the issue of cancelling some of our regular meetings. These would be those close to Little Town Christmas, our auction and Summer Fest.  This is a controversial issue with points to be made both for and against the proposal.  If you have not stated your opinion on cancelling the meetings, please e mail Len, our club services director and make your views known.
 

 

Musings: How many meetings? Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

The program listed on our home page for next week is "Club business: Committee meetings. Standing Committees". 
This may be a good time to review how the committee system is supposed to work.

  • According to our bylaws, each standing committee is chaired by a club director.
  • The organisation of the committee system is done by the job jar committee
  • Each member is asked to serve on one standing committee and one special committee.
  • For the information of all members the list of committees and who is on each standing and special committee is listed in the "View Club Documents" section on the members only section of the club website.
  • A word of caution, some of these lists may not be up to date.
  • To see the list of committees, use your password to go the the Administration page of ClubRunner, then select "View Club Documents " click on "Committees".
Next week's program October 15 Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

Summary of the minutes recorded by Karen.
Victor Nowoselski introduced our speaker for the evening, Warren Weir.  Warren is the Cowichan Campus Academic Administrator and a member of the Duncan noon hour Rotary club.  He spoke about the past, present and future development of the Cowichan campus which is located in Duncan.  Warren has expertise and experience in planning and executing effective liaisons with aboriginal groups and presently works closely with the Cowichan tribes.  He described the Duncan campus as having a bright future as shown by the 32%  increase in student enrollment over last year.  There is a thriving skills training program, one from which close to 100% of the students enrolled enter directly into the work force.
Shirley Graham thanked Warren for his interesting and informative talk and presented him with a certificate of appreciation to mark the occasion of his visit to our club.

The complete version of Karen's minutes can be read by club members on our web site: Administration > View Club Documents> MEETING MINUTES>Weekly meeting minutes Oct 8 2014 October 8 2014
 

Last week's meeting October 8 Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

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Preparations are moving along for our Chemainus Rotarians and their partners to return to Guatemala. 
The planned departure date of our group will be February 8, 2015 and their return will be March 3.  Airline bookings are to be made shortly.
There are a number of events planned to raise funds for supplies and equipment for the group to take to Guatemala.

A garage sale will be held at Reed Elley's home.  Contributions to the garage sale can be dropped off at Reed's home on any on Thursday October 16 or Thursday October 23.  Please phone Reed before bringing your contributions to his home.

An addition to the garage sale this year is a bake sale.  If you wish to donate goodies, please bring them on the day of the sale.

Arrangements are being made to have a hotdog/ hamburger sale on Thursday October 30.  Our Rotary club thanks Chemainus Foods for providing the location.  We will need our members to set up, cook and serve. More details will be announced as we get closer to October 30.

 

Guatemala Project Update Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 10, 2014

Submitted by Shirley Graham:

Bake Sale

All members are invited to participate in the bake sale which will be part of our garage sale for Guatemala.
Two ways to participate:

  • Production:  Bring a plate, dish, tray or pickup loaded with home-made baked goods to be sold to the hordes of customers attending the garage sale
  • Consumption: Buy the baked goods on offer. Proceeds will be added to the money raised at the garage sale for supplies and equipment for Guatemala.
Get cooking! Rod Fay 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 09, 2014

 

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Submitted by Reed Elley:
Grand  Forks, B.C.

Tucker, Norman L.  Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014
Grand Forks Gazette, Grand Forks

Norman L. Tucker of Christina Lake passed away Oct 1, 2014 after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.  He is survived by his wife Linda; sons Dale (Ashley and Eric), Brant (Jenya and Ryan), and David and his wife Rebecca (Sadie and Casey), all of Vancouver Island; and in Edmonton his daughter Christine and her husband (Brooke and Conner); his sister Inez M. Tucker (son Geoffrey Tomcyzk).  Also in-laws Mary and Rick Slasor, their daughter Tiffany and her life partner Ray (son Shawn), their son Ben and his wife Kate (Will) and their son Alec and wife Jane.
Norm's greatest passion was the outdoors. He was a life member of the BCWF and the Chemainus Rod & Gun and a member of of the Christina  Lake Stewardship Society.  He served eight years as a reservist with the Canadian Scottish and he was a proud member (for forty years) of the Royal Canadian Legion.  Before moving to the lake, Norm spent 25 years as a volunteer with the ambulance service and many years) with the Chemainus Fire Dept. and the Rotary.  After moving to the lake he enjoyed bowling, darts and crib. 
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  There will be a memorial with light refreshments from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday Oct 16th at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Grand Forks.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice. 
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks, the BC Ambulance personnel and Chief Ken Gresly-Jones, and the First Responders at Christina Lake for their excellent care of Norman during this difficult time.

Norm Tucker Rod Fay 2014-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

Last week's Waterwheel included a story entitled "Seven years in Guatemala".  The correct title should have been "Seven Years of Partnership" as it described the activities of the Mid-Island Group of Rotary Clubs and the activities of the 21 member clubs in many different countries including Guatemala.

Correction to last week's Waterwheel Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

Reed has kindly offered to play host to the upcoming garage sale to raise funds for supplies for Guatemala, see the next story for details.  One good way of making sure your goods get to market is to drop them off at Reed's home at 3158 Chapman Road on Thursdays after 10 AM.

Please phone him at 250 246 5301 to let him know you will be coming so that he can meet you.

Remember:

Thursdays after 10 AM

3158 Chapman Road

250 246 5301

Getting your goods to market Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

We have a speaker for next week's meeting!  Dr. Warren Weir will be making a presentation about Vancouver Island University, its past, present and future.  Although often overlooked as important contributors to local economies, educational institutions like VIU generate wealth for the area in which they are situated.  Our speaker's look into the future should be particularly interesting.
Let's all attend this meeting to further our education!

Next week's meeting October 8 Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

Karen Devlin took the minutes of our October 1 club meeting.  The following is a summary.
Attendance at the meeting included 21 members and four guests.  These numbers are part of a trend upwards as the fall and winter approach. The speakers for the evening were Helen and Bob Nation from Duncan Rotary.  They described their involvement in a water well project in Tanzania.
Norman Myden from Nanaimo Rotary provided details of his club's upcoming book sale on October 17 and 18.
Daphne described October's events and activities marking Rotary's PolioPlus campaign.
President Tom summarized the topics of discussion at the board of directors' meeting which preceded the club meeting.
A more detailed version of Karen's minutes can be found on ClubRunner under  "Club documents" > Weekly minutes > Oct 1 2014   
 

Last week's meeting October 1 2014 Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

 Thank you, Helen, for looking after the "We Care" program and making sure that those past and present members are remembered when they are sick, and for including spouses in the program.  Thank you also for sending condolences to family members of former members who have passed away. 

Thank you, Art, for being the club photographer for our various club events.  You make us all look good!

Karen thanks those members, Helen, Joan, Shirley and Rod, who took minutes of our meetings and picked up the mail while she was on holiday.

Thank you department Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 03, 2014

Pictures taken at our recent club events are now posted on the members only part of our Club Runner website.  This is a work in progress while the editor learns how to put the pictures into the appropriate album,  Albums include St Joseph school cookout, Summer Fest 2014 and Installation Night 2014 (This one is till being added to.) 

Here's how to access them on our members only section of our club website:

Log in using your ClubRunner password. (Can't remember your password? E mail our webmaster Anita at anitavoisin@gmail.com)

Go to the Administration page, Look in the left hand column "Website Content", find "Photo Albums" and click

Scroll down the list of albums and click on the one you want to view.

 

Picture albums On ClubRunner Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Book Sale Rod Fay 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 02, 2014

Karen, our club secretary, took the minutes of the directors' monthly meeting on October 1.  The following is a summary of the items discussed.
President Tom provided an update on the recent golf tournament.  Our club's net proceeds amounted to $8600.  This was our most successful tournament to date.
Access levels to ClubRunner are being reviewed by our webmaster, Anita.
Len is compiling a list of all club events.  The events will be entered on the the club calendar for the Rotary year 2014-15.
Art provided a monthly financial report.
A more detailed version of the BOD meeting minutes can be found on Clubrunner under "Club Documents" > BOD minutes > BOD Oct 1 2014.
 

Minutes of directors' meeting October 1 2014 Rod Fay 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 02, 2014

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A number of events and activities are planned for Rotary's PolioPlus month.
During the month of October
Throughout the month members are encouraged to donate funds to club's PolioPlus contribution jar at each of our weekly meetings. Each donor will receive a PolioPlus pin. The total of all the donations made during the month  will be forwarded to Rotary International, where it will be tripled, thanks to the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Every dollar from our club will become $3.00 for Polio Plus!
Friday, October 24 is World Polio Day, highlighting the campaign to eradicate polio.
Wednesday, October 29, the Ladysmith Rotary Club will be holding a special fundraiser for PolioPlus at the Cotton Club.  An advertisement for this event, giving more details appears in this edition of the Waterwheel.

October is Polio month Rod Fay 2014-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Andrews on Sep 26, 2014

Special thanks to Helen, Joan and Shirley for filling the role of acting secretary while Karen was away. 
Welcome back, Karen, we hope you enjoyed your holiday.
Thanks to all our members who helped make our golf tournament a great success.

Thanks Tom Andrews 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Lavender on Sep 26, 2014

The program for next Wednesday's club meeting will include a presentation by Bob and Helen Nation, members of one of the Duncan Rotary clubs.  Bob and Helen will be sharing their experiences of their participation in a Rotary project in Tanzania. 
This will be followed by President Tom's summary of the board meeting held earlier in the evening.
Attend this meeting to learn about the importance of "International" in Rotary International and to hear the buzz from the directors' monthly deliberations.

Next week's meeting October 1 Len Lavender 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shirley Graham on Sep 26, 2014

Our weekly meeting was an excellent opportunity for those who attended to catch up on the progress of some of our projects.  President Tom provided information about our recent golf tournament.  The total number of players was 120, the largest number of participants since we began this collaborative venture with Ladysmith Rotary. Our club's projected net income from the event is expected to be $8000.00.  Tom also reminded everyone that the board of directors will meet next Wednesday.  Any member with items for the agenda should contact Tom before the meeting. 
The complete minutes of the meeting can be found on the members only section of our club website.  

Last week's meeting September 24 Shirley Graham 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Reed Elley on Sep 26, 2014

Garage Sale for Guatemala

 

Saturday, October 25

8 am to 2 pm

 

3158 Chapman Road

 

All proceeds go to purchase supplies and equipment for Rotary projects in Guatemala.

Thank you, Reed, for hosting this event.

Garage sale for Guatemala Reed Elley 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 26, 2014

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Polio cripples children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
As long as Polio exists, it is only one plane ride away.

Please join the Rotary Club of Ladysmith for a special evening to raise funds for the eradication of Polio in the world.
Every dollar we raise will be matched by two dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Please help us raise $20,000 towards that goal and inoculate up to 30,000 children.

"Putting a Face on Polio"

October 29, 2014
Cost $15.00 per person
includes door prize, canapés and a glass of wine

Cottonwood Golf and Country Club

7:00 - Music, Wine and Appetizers

7:30 - Presentation by Joan Toone*

8:00 - Special Event Auction

8:30 - Special Award Presentation

* President of the Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of BC
Polio Survivor

PolioPlus fundraiser Rod Fay 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Sep 26, 2014

Last week's Waterwheel included "Seven years in Guatemala", an account of the Mid-Island Rotary clubs' involvement in that country.  Unfortunately, the link for the blog did not work well.  Here is another attempt to share the blog with our  readers. 

Click on the link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7dtm9m1cl7702d8/Mid-Island%20Rotary%20WCS%20Group%20-%207%20Year%20Presentation.pptx?dl=0

Our thanks to Derek Norton of South Cowichan Rotary for sharing this video presentation.

 

 

Seven years in Guatemala Joan Takenaka 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 26, 2014

President Tom e mailed the information shown below on September 19.  A Friendship Exchange  is a wonderful opportunity.  One of our members might get to visit New Zealand, and if our club supports the idea, we all can benefit by having the kiwis visit our town.  Let Tom know if you would be interested and he can ask for the support of all club members.

WANTED!!

A group of 6 Rotarian couples (or single Rotarians) for a 15 day Rotary Friendship

 Exchange with District 9910 (New Zealand).

This RFE will see our RFE Team traveling to New Zealand March 1 – 16 2015 and the New Zealanders visiting District 5020 June 1 - 16 2015.

District 9910 is made up of North Island New Zealand from Auckland north.

A Rotary Friendship Exchange is an excellent opportunity to meet Rotarians and their families from a different geographic area and cultural background.  Often lifetime friendships are made on a RFE.

How do you get involved?

If you want to be part of the outbound team you must get confirmation from your club president that your club will host 12 visitors and show them the sights in your part of District 5020, for three days.

Then send me an email with your name(s), telephone number and Rotary Club to jeffrey.young5980@yahoo.ca.

How is the outbound team selected?

There is basically a “first come first served” selection process with some caveats.  There must be representation from clubs in both Canada and the USA.  There will be only one representative traveling (couple or single) from any club.  Priority will be given to clubs which have not previously participated.  Clubs that have hosted in 2014 and Rotarians who have been on these RFEs will only be put on the Alternates List.

What are the costs?

You must pay for the travel costs from your home to the first host club and your return costs from the last host club home.  During the 15 days of the RFE you will be hosted by Rotary families and receive room and board.  You may be responsible for admission to various tourist attractions and historic buildings. There will some “no host” pub lunches and other similar costs but these are minimal.

When must I make a final decision?

I expect to get more applicants than the 12 required.  This will give me a waiting list to fill in if something happens between the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015.  If someone in the traveling group must back out, the more advanced notice the better to fill out the team.

Will I meet the outbound team before the RFE?

YES!  There will be a meeting in December or January for the traveling group and the first alternate couple.  This meeting will most likely take place at my home in Duncan.  Overnight accommodations will be arranged for those who can’t get back home because of the MV Coho schedule.  I will confirm the meeting details and date in mid October.

What if I have questions?

You can email me jeffrey.young5980@yahoo.ca .  I am in England at the moment on a RFE.  I can be reached after October 4 at (250) 748-3263.

Rotary regards, Jeff Young, RFE District Chair 

Exchange visit to New Zealand Rod Fay 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 26, 2014

The Club Administration committee is on a roll, thanks to the Len's leadership! 
Anita is setting up a roster for sergeants-at-arms.  If you would be interested in participating in the schedule, contact Anita.  Remember, "One volunteer is worth two pressed men!"
Arranging speakers for our meetings is being looked after by Len assisted by Derek.  If you have suggestions for speakers, let either Len or Derek know. 
Anita is working with Tom and the directors to tidy up the ClubRunner access codes. 
Karen continues to do an excellent job of being club secretary.

Club Administration committee's on a roll Rod Fay 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 26, 2014

Recently, one of our members received a little coaching on how to send a mass mail out using e mail on ClubRunner.  A real time saver! 
There may be some function of ClubRunner you would like to learn.  If you have questions, send the editor a "How do I..." e mail and help will be provided.  You might even get a cheat sheet of steps to follow!
If there is enough interest in learning to navigate the ClubRunner program, a short hands-on tutorial after our regular meeting could be organised.

How do you do....that? Rod Fay 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 26, 2014

The golf tournament, the auction, the Guatemala project and Summer Fest are all club activities which are supported by local businesses.  Without them, our community and our club would be in dire straits.  We already show our appreciation with letters of thanks and the "We support Chemainus Rotary" window cards.
There may be an additional way we can show our appreciation.  How about scheduling a BAM?  A Business Appreciation Meeting would be an effective way of putting names to faces and having the club as a group showing our appreciation.  Of course, it would be impractical to have all our supporters attend the same meeting; instead we could hold several BAMs throughout the year.  Invitations to a BAM would be sent out to individual business inviting a representative to attend, with supper provided by the club.  The guests would be invited to become Friends of Rotary so that they could be kept informed about our club,
It would be a good way of keeping our relationship active throughout the year. There would be no pressure for guests to become members, but if a corporate membership occurred, that would be a bonus to all concerned.
Let‛s give it some thought!

Musings: BAM! Rod Fay 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 20, 2014

Our annual golf tournament was a huge success...again!  One hundred and eighty golfers participated.  The weather was perfect and people who know about these things say that the course was in great shape.

Art was on hand to take team pictures and record the play in photos.  Next week, Art's pictures will be posted in Clubrunner: Admin>Photo Albums> Golf Tournament 2014.  
 

 

 

A perfect score! Rod Fay 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

At the time of the Waterwheel "going to press" there is no speaker for the September 24 meeting.  However, there will plenty to talk about, including initial feedback on the Chemainus / Ladysmith golf tournament on September 20.
Whether you were there or not, the wrap-up is something you won't want to miss.
See you at the meeting!

Next week's meeting September 24 Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Sep 19, 2014
Joan writes:
Can you please include the following link in the Waterwheel.  It is a Powerpoint that shows a brief version of the many projects that we have helped with over the last Seven Years, including our own.
It is a forward from Deryk Norton and shows his Mid Island Rotary WCS Group - First Seven Years and is accessed through Dropbox, and should open when you click on the link.
Thanks,
Joan
 
Begin forwarded message:
From: Deryk Norton <dgnorton@telus.net>
Subject: Mid Island Rotary WCS Group - First Seven Years - Revised Powerpoint
Date: 16 September, 2014 3:49:09 PM PDT
To: Deryk Norton <dgnorton@telus.net>
 

Dear Group member,

I have revised the recently circulated 7-Years Powerpoint in response to comments/corrections received.  The revised version is now posted on Dropbox and can be accessed through the following link:
 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7dtm9m1cl7702d8/Mid-Island%20Rotary%20WCS%20Group%20-%207%20Year%20Presentation.pptx?dl=0
 
(Note: The above is a new link and the previous link will no longer work for you.)

 
Seven years in Guatemala Joan Takenaka 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

Attendance at our meetings is increasing each week as we move into the fall season.  Last week's meeting was really well attended and included two guests brought along by Daphne. The evening's program was in two parts; Art led us through the revised budget and answered questions about the details of the documents he shared with us and Len facilitated meetings of the standing committees.  Both these topics were of great interest to the members present as was evidenced by the spirited discussions which took place.  Thanks to Art and Len for all the work they put into their respective parts of the program.

A detailed account of last week's meeting can be read on the members only section of our Clubrunner website: Password>Administration>Club Documents. Weekly Meetings> September 17 .

Last week's club meeting Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

Daphne has obtained lapel pins to promote awareness of Rotary's major part in the elimination of Polio.  More information about the pins will appear in the Waterwheel in the near future.  Keep reading the Waterwheel each week!

Pins for Polio Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

There was an error in last week's "Musings" section. Rotary International's fifth Avenue of Service is no longer called "New Generations"  It is now called "Youth Services".
Thank you, Len, for pointing this out.

All input from Waterwheel readers is really appreciated.           

Reader input Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014
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Garage Sale

 

Saturday, October 25

8 am to 2 pm

 

3158 Chapman Road

 

All proceeds go to purchase supplies and equipment for Rotary projects in Guatemala.

Thank you, Reed, for hosting this event.

 

Fundraiser for projects in Guatemala Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Voisin on Sep 19, 2014

Members of our club can now access up-to-date information about our budget by going to "Club Documents" on Clubrunner.  Getting this done is a collaborative effort involving our treasurer, Art, and Anita, our webmaster. 
Not only will members be able to see the budget approved September 18, but also they will see quarterly reports posted in September, December,  March and June.
Well done, Art and Anita!

Budget information to be posted in Club Documents Anita Voisin 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

The Waterwheel is intended to provide timely information to club members in a format which easy to read.  Whenever individual members, directors or committee chairpersons have information to share, the Waterwheel is a quick and convenient medium to use. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the information and submissions by email or phone are welcome.
Information that is accurate and timely are the goals, but the editor sometimes wonders if the bulletin is doing its job. In an effort To find out if this is happening each member will be asked to fill out a survey.  Readers will also be asked for their ideas to improve the bulletin.
The survey will be anonymous and the results will be shared with the membership in the Waterwheel.    

Musings: Is the Waterwheel doing its job? Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 19, 2014

It's only September but once the golf tournament is over, Christmas and the end of the year will soon be upon us. 
In only a few weeks, Colleen and her committee will begin planning our Christmas party which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 17.
There will probably be a fall club assembly before that event. 

Also, this being an even-numbered year, the club's bylaws are up for review.  Any changes needed have to be approved by the membership.

It's only September, but....... Rod Fay 2014-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 12, 2014

Our golf tournament is next Saturday!  We still need prizes. 

Bring a bottle of wine to our next meeting! 

No, don‛t open it, give it to President Tom so he can include your contribution in the prizes at Saturday‛s golf tournament!

Bring a prize for the golf tournament Rod Fay 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 12, 2014

ENDPOLIONOW_4p

Polio cripples children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
As long as Polio exists, it is only one plane ride away.

Please join the Rotary Club of Ladysmith for a special evening to raise funds for the eradication of Polio in the world.
Every dollar we raise will be matched by two dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Please help us raise $20,000 towards that goal and inoculate up to 30,000 children.

"Putting a Face on Polio"

October 29, 2014
Cost $15.00 per person
includes door prize, canapés and a glass of wine

Cottonwood Golf and Country Club

7:00 - Music, Wine and Appetizers

7:30 - Presentation by Joan Toone*

8:00 - Special Event Auction

8:30 - Special Award Presentation

* President of the Post Polio Awareness and Support Society of BC
Polio Survivor

 

Putting a Face on Polio Rod Fay 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Sep 12, 2014

 

ImageWe are collecting used eyeglasses to send to Guatemala.  If you have spectacles you no longer use, bring them to one of our weekly meetings and give them to Joan.  She will arrange for them to get to Guatemala.

Bring in your spectacles Joan Takenaka 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 12, 2014

In the last few months we have had at least two teenagers be a part of our club meetings.  Both were young ladies, intelligent, charming and a credit to their families and the young people of Chemainus.  
Now with the approval of the skateboard park, teenagers are on everyone's mind here in Chemainus.  Our club is involved, we are supporting the construction of the facility. Also, some of our club members are sponsoring young players in our upcoming golf tournament. At the Rotary International level,the fifth Avenue of Service, New Generations, is committed to youth. 
It seems that the time is right to plan for ongoing interactions with our local teenagers.  Not only would we get to understand these young people, but the they may get to understand us! 

Musings: Those teenagers! Rod Fay 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Helen Fowler on Sep 12, 2014

HelenHelen took the minutes of our Wednesday, September 10 meeting,  Her account reflects her own particular perspective on what she saw and heard.  What follows here is only a boring old summary: 
Attendance was substantially improved over the numbers we have had recently.  Our speaker was Steve Robinson, the pharmacist from Pharmasave in the new shopping centre in Chemainus.  His presentation was about personal health and nutrition.  This topic generated many questions from his audience.
The club business section of the meeting included information about the St Joseph's School Welcome Back event and the circulation of a sign up job sheet for the golf tournament on September 20.
Now, if you want to read what really happened, read Helen's account on Clubrunner!  Go to Club Documents > Minutes  of Club Meetings> Club Meeting Sept 20.

Last week's meeting September 10 Helen Fowler 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Bono speaks about Rotarians in Ghana Joan Takenaka 2014-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 11, 2014

Next week's meeting features a double bill!  First up, Art will guide us through the intricacies of the budget.  This will be followed by Len leading us through the organization of the committees for the coming year.  Ringmaster and MC for the evening will be President Tom.
Both the budget and the committee structure are important to the running of the club.  Though the meeting might be a little longer than usual, as many members as possible should try to attend so that we can all row the boat and know where we are going in the coming year!

Next week's meeting September 17 Rod Fay 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 06, 2014

The minutes of our board meetings are now accessible to you as a member.  Just use your password to get into the members only section of the Clubrunner website and go to "Club Documents".  
Once there, members can read the complete accounts of each weekly meeting and the proceedings of the monthly meetings of our board of directors on line.
Keep reading the weekly Waterwheel to find out when additional informative materials are added to "Club Documents"
Contact the editor of the Waterwheel if you have difficulty accessing any documents.

Board meeting minutes now in "Club Documents" Rod Fay 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 06, 2014

 

ImageImageImageFor a relatively small club,  Chemainus Rotary is a very busy organization with two major fundraisers each year, involvement in the Guatemala Rotary project, meetings and social gatherings throughout the year.  This takes person-power and the sharing of workloads and responsibilities. One can only hope that the collective efforts of our members will focus on the development and execution of a plan to develop both the retention of present members and the recruitment of additional new Rotarians.  Let's get to it!

Musings: Membership Rod Fay 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 06, 2014

The Ladysmith/Chemainus Rotary golf tournament is one of our two important annual fundraisers, the other being our annual auction.  So far, 23 teams are registered, 18 hole sponsors are on board, 3 hole sponsors have stepped forward and 5 junior golfers have been sponsored.  Team pictures will be taken at the tournament and made available to individual golfers at a cost of $2.00 each.
Members are encouraged to donate items as prizes.  A bottle of wine makes an excellent donation!

After the golf tournament, the Club will begin a series of events to raise funds for materials and equipment for Guatemala.  Already, Chemainus Foods has offered to assist in putting on a hot dog and hamburger concession and Reed Elley has offered to host a garage sale.  If you can't cook, root out some contributions to the garage sale.  Most of us can probably cook and donate!

On October 29 the Rotary Club of Ladysmith is holding a fundraiser  for PolioPlus.  The event will be at the Cotton Club. The cost per person is $15.  There will be a silent auction during the evening.  More details will follow as we get into October.

Looking ahead: Fundraisers Rod Fay 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Len Lavender on Sep 06, 2014

Our speaker for the evening will be Steve Robinson.  He is a pharmacist.  He will speak to the Club about personal health and fitness.

Next week's meeting, September 10 Len Lavender 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Sep 06, 2014
  • Mike Beggs introduced Wendy Lambert,the speaker for our club meeting.  Wendy is the  director of the Crofton/Chemainus Community Schools Association.  She explained the programs offered by the Association, a group dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable families in our community.  Her presentation was interesting and informative.  Art Carlyle thanked Wendy for giving the members some idea of the extent of the needs in our community and how the Association was working to meet those needs.
  • Following Wendy's presentation, President Tom gave a summary of the discussion and decisions made at the directors' meeting held prior to the club meeting. The members present voted by a show of hands to donate $1000 to the Ladysmith Search and Rescue Society.
  • Art Carlyle, treasurer, provided a brief financial report and said that the budget would need to be adjusted and presented for approval by the membership at our September 17 club meeting. 
  • Len Lavender would like to hear from members who wish to switch to another committee before the September 17 regular meeting when the committees will meet.
  • Helen Fowler reminded everyone of the club's commitment to cook at the the St Joseph's School open house on Thursday, September 11.  Helen also invited interested members to join the board of Harbour House.
  • Ken Stanton shared the artist's rendering of the new skate park.  President Tom will e mail a copy to each member.

A more detailed account of the September 3 club meeting can be found under Club Documents>Meetings.

Last week's meeting September 3 Rod Fay 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 30, 2014

Belated congratulations to Dr. Jerry and Anne on the occasion of their 60th. wedding anniversary which was on Thursday, August 28.

Best wishes to you both from the Waterwheel!Image

Congratulations to Jerry and Anne Rod Fay 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Art Carlyle on Aug 30, 2014

Art sent an example of his expertise with a camera to the editor of the Waterwheel.  The picture and the accompanying explanation below make it well worth sharing. Magnifique !


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Here is an experimental image of our local theatre taken with the camera on my pole by remote control from my Android phone and Galaxy tablet. I lost count but the final image is made from somewhere between twenty and thirty images.  If you look closely above the horse and wagon you will see me triggering the camera from the tablet.
                                                                      Art

 

Camera wizardry Art Carlyle 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 30, 2014

ImageThere's a Rotary sign hanging high up a tree outside Mount Brenton Golf Club. 
Who put the sign up so high?  The Waterwheel would like to know who was the intrepid person who climbed to such a dizzying height and when did the daring deed take place.  Was it a nocturnal escapade? Why so high? Who made the sign? 
If you know the answers, or have any other information about the sign, the Waterwheel would like to hear from you. 
E mail the editor.

Musings: Who put the Rotary wheel up the tree? Rod Fay 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 29, 2014

What's in "Club Documents"? A treasure trove of information about our club, that's what! 
A number of club documents can be found in the members only section of our club website, a confidential section only accessible to members each of whom has a personal password to enter.  Don't know your password?  Send an e mail to Anita, our webmaster, and she will refresh your memory!
Once you have typed in your password, click Log in.  This takes you to the Administration page.
In the "My Clubrunner" section of the page, click on "Club Documents"
Here you will see the titles of club documents, including Bylaws, Committees, Policy Handbook, Treasurer's Guide and RI Manual of Procedures.  At the very bottom of the list of club documents, you will see a file folder icon, "Meeting minutes". Click the icon to see complete minutes of each of our meetings beginning in July of this Rotary year.

 

What's in "Club Documents"? Rod Fay 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Aug 29, 2014

ImageImagePlans are beginning to take shape for a group of our members to go to Guatemala to continue the involvement begun by last year's group.  Part of the plan involves collecting eyeglasses for people in the area visited last year.
If you have glasses that you no longer need, please bring them to Joan at one of our weekly meetings and she will make sure they are given to those who need them in Guatemala.

Glasses for Guatemala Joan Takenaka 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 29, 2014

The club's board of directors has its September meeting this coming Wednesday at 5.00 PM. 
Any member of the club may attend a board meeting as a spectator.  If you wish to attend, please notify President Tom at least 24 hours before the meeting. 
If you have never seen the board in action, making decisions and planning activities, then you should try to come to one of their meetings to get some idea of how the club operates. This is particularly useful for new members and is part of the new member program.

Board of directors meeting Wednesday Rod Fay 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Shannon Bellamy on Aug 29, 2014

Last week's story about the Rotary wheels around town missed one from the list.  Shannon, an alert reader of the Waterwheel, wrote to the editor:

Image"  You missed the Legion mural in the list of locations in your column in the Waterwheel.  It was on my list. 
Our club was approached by the Legion and asked if we would fund the cost.  I believe it was 5K  Cim MacDonald, a fellow Rotarian, and curator of the Chemainus Festival of Murals, painted the mural, "Passing the Torch", in 2006. "

 

Thanks,Shannon, for pointing out the omission and also for providing the story of the Legion Rotary wheel.,see the picture below.

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The missing Rotary wheel Shannon Bellamy 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 29, 2014

The program for our  next meeting will include a presentation by Wendy Lambert, chairperson of the the Chemainus Crofton Community Schools Association.  She will be talking about the importance of good nutrition as a prerequisite for students' learning.  Wendy will explain how the Association has a role to play in helping students receive adequate nutrition.  
Chemainus Rotary makes a donation each year to the Association's nutrition program.

Next meeting Wednesday September 3 Rod Fay 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Aug 29, 2014

Attendance included 14 members and two visitors,  Rotarian Carmine Petracea and his wife Linda who were visiting from Lewiston, Idaho. 
President Tom reported on the progress of preparations for the upcoming golf tournament: 20 teams are signed up to date, Tom would like to see an additional four teams take part.
Tom turned the meeting over to Len Lavender, director of Club Administration.  Len has sent out e mails to committees and hoped that each director can have a list of members on their committees.  He would like to hear from anyone interested in chairing the Christmas party committee.  Suggested date for the Christmas party: December 10
Len asked that members be on the lookout for speakers.  The consensus of the members present was that we continue making donations to Harvest house on behalf of speakers.
Mike Beggs, Past President spoke about having completed an inventory of club equipment in the bunker.  He asked that anyone wanting to borrow equipment let him know in advance so he can prepare what is requested, and that borrowers list items borrowed on the dry erase chalkboard in the bunker. 

The complete minutes of this meeting can be accessed under Club Documents on ClubRunner.

 

Last week's meeting August 27 Karen Devlin 2014-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 23, 2014

Now that we have found the locations of the Rotary wheel in our community, there may be stories behind the projects that are commemorated with the emblem.  If you know when a project was completed and/or any other information about it, the Waterwheel would like to hear from you so that the story can be shared.  Phone or e mail the editor at 250 324 5502 or rodneyfay@shaw.ca

 

 

 

Musings: Stories behind the Rotary wheel Rod Fay 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 23, 2014

The program for next week's meeting will include the review and reorganization of the committees for this Rotary year.  Len will lead this part of the meeting. 
Over the last few years, the committee system has been successful in involving all members.  It has also made possible a more equal sharing of the workload involved in our club's many activities, truly "Fair to all concerned". 
All members are asked to attend this meeting to ensure maximum involvement in the coming year.  This is your opportunity to have your say in what committees you would like to be on.

Next week's meeting: August 27 Rod Fay 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 23, 2014

Rotary International designates a theme for each month of the year.  September in Rotary is Membership month.  This is a reminder to focus on the recruiting new members and retaining the ones we have.  Both new and present members of our club are equally important to keeping our club viable and invigorated; new members bring new ideas and perspectives while present members provide experience and knowledge of Rotary ways of getting things done. 
Hopefully we will have opportunities during next month to develop and implement some strategies to implement plans and processes for the recruitment and retention of our membership.
Presently, we have about 30 members, down 4 from last year.

Next month is Membership Month Rod Fay 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Aug 23, 2014

Last week's meeting was attended by 13 members. As there was no speaker scheduled, this was a fellowship meeting.  It provided an opportunity for those present to discuss various items of club business. 
Peter Matthews reported on the Country Maples barbecue.  This event was well attended despite the weather, with the number of Rotarians and guests exceeding predictions; 83 people were expected but 100 showed up.  However, Peter, Ken and their support team were able to do their version the loaves and fishes parable and feed the multitude.  Other good news was that we made a profit on the event and above all, everyone had a good time!
The September 20 golf tournament was discussed and all members are asked to invite golfers and duffers alike to participate. Yes, there's a place for everyone in the tournament! 
To read a more detailed account of last week's meeting, go to "Club Documents" on ClubRunner.

Last week's meeting; August 20 Karen Devlin 2014-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Aug 22, 2014

The grant towards a trip to San Antonio was approved ($3,500.00). We will soon need a head count of who’s going, to make hotel and flight reservations.

Next year we are doing different jobs – providing sinks, stoves, clothing and home repairs. We will be working with locals again and hope Ken Stanton will be able to teach them some building skills. We had two contractors last year and they cooked for us. Joan doesn't think they are there anymore.

You should get your immunizations before you go and make sure your passport is up to date.

Joan hopes to parcel out various jobs to team members so that overseeing the whole project doesn’t fall to her. Wanted: one person to be in charge of fund raising.

Chemainus Foods has offered to do a food fund raiser. Reed Elley offered to do a garage sale at his home. Bill Spearn has offered some money.

We are thinking of last two weeks of February. Tom is going to take care of getting the money to Guatemala. Joan will do the booking of the hotels and flights.

Brush up on your Spanish in the months to come.

Guatemala project: Progress report Joan Takenaka 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Aug 22, 2014

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North is having their  annual fundraiser: Over the Narrows half marathon and 5k fun run.   Just a week away: Saturday August 30.  We need runners for the half marathon (and on the 5k walkers and runners).  And this year: we've added a 'Biggest Seahawks Fan' contest.

 
 
Have you registered for this year's event?
 
Our run is on Saturday, August 30 and the registration deadline is coming up fast.
 

For more info and to register, go to http://OverTheNarrows.com

Gig Harbour is in the U. S.
(ed)

 

Gig Harbour Rotary fundraiser Karen Devlin 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 19, 2014

Last week's Waterwheel included a challenge to members to identify the number of Rotary wheel emblems, except window cards, that can be found in Chemainus.  Several members took up the challenges and were able to add a bunch of Rotary wheel sites to the list in the Waterwheel challenge.  The final list was as follows:
 

The picnic shelter at Fuller Lake
The tree outside the Golf Club
The walking trail, Henry Road entrance
Rotary Park at Henry Road traffic circle
The band shell
Askew Park entrance on Oak Street
Rotary Apartments on Esplanade Street
Entrance to Kin Park
Boat ramp in Kin Park

Thanks to all those members who sent in their list of Rotary wheel locations.  The Rotary Club of Chemainus has made great contributions to our community over the years.

"How many Rotary wheels?" The sequel Rod Fay 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

ClubRunner often comes in for some adverse criticism for being difficult to use, slow, or just plain ornery.  However, using the software is a bit like riding a bike, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.  The cost of the software program is $130.00 per year versus $100 for a run of the mill website. However, it's still a bargain because it's linked directly to Rotary International so that a user can access all sorts of information about RI at the international and District level.  It has the facility to enable a club secretary to enter attendance data and other actions which facilitate submitting information to RI.  
Several other features of the ClubRunner software  are useful to the individual.  For instance, sending an e mail to someone in the club or to a number of members is easy with the email function.  Another benefit of the software is its ability to allow the storage of club documents which are only accessible to members of the club and not the general public.  
The Waterwheel is composed and distributed to each of our members and anyone on the Friends of Rotary list.  
ClubRunner has a help desk which one can use to find answers about how to do a particular operation and the user can email requests for help and receive a reply usually within 24 hours.

These are just a few of the advantages of using ClubRunner  software: well worth the annual fee!

 

 

Making the most of ClubRunner Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

Next week's meeting on August 20 will be a fellowship meeting.  This will also be an opportunity to share thoughts on the recent Country Maples barbecue, as well as the committee system which is scheduled for discussions at our meeting on the 27 August.  Looking further ahead we might want to discuss the upcoming golf tournament scheduled for September 20.

 

Next week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

In last week's Waterwheel readers were asked to identify how many Rotary wheels, excluding window cards, can be seen in Chemainus.  One answer received was 5.  The locations, moving from south to north, are Rotary park at the Henry Road traffic circle, the band shell, the seniors' residence on Esplanade Street, the entrance to Kin Park and the parapet on the boat launch.  Can anyone beat that/  Send your answer to the editor by e mail, http://rodneyfay@shaw .ca

 

How many Rotary wheels? Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

We have lost a few members since June 30.  At present we have 30 members.  In Rotary, temporary decline is not uncommon when it's time to renew membership; for example in South Cowichan,  a larger club than ours , has lost 6 members.  RI designates September as  Membership month.  The intent is for all clubs to focus on recruitment and retention of members.  New members bring fresh ideas and perspectives.  However retaining the members we already have is very important .  If they leave we lose their experience and knowledge of Rotary, factors that are the foundation of our club.   
There are lots of ideas regarding membership not only in RI but also in our very own club.  One idea; perhaps we could make membership the focus of our
September activities, including the golf tournament on September 20.Image
Any other suggestions out there? Talk to fellow members, share your ideas with board members, even send them to the Waterwheel, anonymity ensured if requested.  
Let's get a buzz about membership!

September is Membership Month Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

Music and Art Under the Stars 

September 5, 6.00 to 11.00 PM

Birdseye Cove Farm, 5881 Genoa Bay Road

Music by Pablo Cardennas and his band

Afro Cuban/Latin/Salsa rhythms

Art by well known local artists 

Tickets $75 per person

Tickets available from Beverly Corners Liquor Store, Applepress (next to M&M meats in Duncan) or  click on:http://duncandaybreakrotaryclub.org

Duncan Daybreak raising funds for local scholarships Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 15, 2014

If you are a Rotarian in Area 3, Country Maples was the place to be last Wednesday evening.  Despite the uncertain weather, somewhere between 80 and 100 Rotarians and their partners attended our annual barbecue. Both Duncan clubs were well represented as well as Ladysmith and South Cowichan. 
Although the weather was not good for an outdoor event, our organizing team led by Ken and Peter showed their adaptability by arranging to have everyone accommodated in the large meeting room on the Country Maples site.  Ken and Peter had the barbecue set up outside under one of our tents and everything went off really well. The food was excellent and it was obvious that everyone really enjoyed themselves. Special thanks to Peter and Ken for their catering skills and to the support team which did the set up and take down of the equipment. The team included Reed, Doug, Len and Mike  Thanks also to the members of our club and their partners who kept things running smoothly, serving and keeping things tidy during and after the meal.
Don't we have a great club?

Last week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Aug 15, 2014

To: "Mrs. Joan  Takenaka" <joanandbutch@shaw.ca>
Subject: Your Grant Request has been approved
Reply-To: "District 5020" <support@doxess.com>


 

Washing Tubs/Sinks and Stove and Chimney and House Repair
Rotary Club of Chemainus
Joan Takenaka

Congratulations! Your grant request has been approved.


ImageYou may now commence your project to provide sinks in homes, chimney repairs, and clothing in Guatemala. Upon the successful completion of the project and the submittal of a Final Report your projected reimbursement will be $3,500. Please remember that your Final Report is due by June 1, 2015. We have assigned the following number to your Community Grant: 1415DCG07

Your project will now be submitted to RI by your District as part of its overall spending plan, and once funds are received in the new Rotary year, they will be distributed to clubs as a reimbursement when each project is completed and approved.

Feel free to contact the District Grants Committee should you have any questions.

Sincerely,

District Grants Committee
Bob Zawilski, Community Grants Chair:  zawilski@comcast.net
William McCarthy, Foundation Chair:      bill@answersinc.net
Green light for Guatemala project Joan Takenaka 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 10, 2014

On 31 July, the World Health Organization confirmed that polio remains a public health emergency of international concern. The decision means recommendations on travel from polio-impacted countries will remain in place, protecting the initiative's overall gains in the fight against polio. These recommendations are as important as ever with the WHO facing another public health emergency in the Ebola outbreak.

 

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-supports-who-director-general%E2%80%99s-public-health-emergency-polio

Polio remains a public health emergency Rod Fay 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 09, 2014

Over the last 60 plus years that Chemainus has had a Rotary club, Rotarians have bee instrumental in providing all kinds of facilities for our community.  I wonder how many Rotary wheels, excluding window cards, are there in Chemainus. 


Ask yourself, then ask your partner, "How many Rotary wheels can be seen in Chemainus?"


You may be surprised!

 

Musings: How many Rotary wheels in Chemainus? Rod Fay 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Aug 09, 2014

The meeting on August 6 was attended by 20 members and two guests.
ImageOur speaker for the evening, Mayor Jon Lefebure, was introduced at length by Shannon. The mayor used Powerpoint to share information about the Municipality of North Cowichan, its size, its composition, challenges and future projects. As well as giving a global perspective of the Municipality, he also spent time addressing some issues which were of particular interest to his audience.  These included Chemainus Road improvements, the proposed skateboard park and downtown improvements, particularly those planned for Willow Street.  In thanking the mayor for his presentation, Ken mentioned that the club would be making a donation to the Harvest House food bank in recognition of the mayor's time and commitment to our  club.
Members wishing to read more details of the meeting can access the full set of minutes by going to "Club Documents" on the members only part of our website. 

 

Last week's meeting Karen Devlin 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 09, 2014

Our annual golf tournament with Ladysmith Rotary is only six weeks away!  Tom is managing this event with Doug working on encouraging members to track down likely golfers either as individuals or as a whole team of four.   We also should be approaching businesses or friends of Rotary as sponsors. 
Once Country Maples is over, you can expect to hear more about the golf tournament and to be asked to start enlisting players and encouraging sponsors to lend their support  

Golf tournament Rod Fay 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 09, 2014

ImagePeter Matthews will be the factotum for next Wednesday's meeting at Country Maples. Spouses and Rotarians from all the clubs in Area 3 have been invited. Grillmaster Ken Stanton would like volunteers to meet at 1 PM at the bunker so that all equipment needed can be loaded, transported and set up at the barbecues site. 
The event will start about 6 PM. and finish about 9 PM
The menu will be chicken or steak.
Cold Play will provide the music.
The event will be BYOB.

Next week's meeting: Country Maples Rod Fay 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 02, 2014

You can help the Waterwheel avoid the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) phenomenon.  Your reading and responding to the Waterwheel helps make it a valuable source of timely and accurate information.  For example, Shannon noticed a blooper in last week's bulletin: the "A" in RYLA stands for "Awards", not "Action".  Thank you, Shannon for pointing this out to the editor.
To all readers: keep reading the Waterwheel, it's yours!

Musings: Help avoid GIGO Rod Fay 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Aug 02, 2014

Our speaker for Wednesday August 6 will be Mayor Jon Lefebre.  He will be talking to us about plans and projects in the municipality, with a particular focus on what's in store for Chemainus.

This is a meeting you won't want to miss!  See you there!

Next week's meeting: Mayor Jon Lefebre Rod Fay 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Takenaka on Aug 01, 2014

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Rotarian of the Year

What an unexpected honour to be selected Rotarian of the Year and to have this unique trophy gracing my mantle! Thank you all so much for this. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to go to Guatemala and to work with people there, as well as with the wonderful Rotarians and spouses that helped with the project, in Guatemala and here at home. All my grumbling and the hard work of all concerned was worth it in the end!

We have had one very informal preliminary meeting regarding our next project. WHEN,( not IF), we get approval from the District for another District Community Grant, we will start working at organizing people, trips, jobs, etc. I have been approached by many Rotarians interested in working with us this year. Tom will be looking after the bookkeeping and finances and has been working with me applying for grants, both with the District and the Mid Island Group. Art and Daphne will continue with the publicity part of it all.

We met with Jacqueline Mealing and David Sheppard, and agreed that we will have the people in San Antonio help us to determine which people need help. An exciting new development in the project involves Ken Stanton, helping to train some young men in construction while we are doing home repairs. We are hoping that Jorge (Ellen and Len’s godson) will be one of them.

We are hoping to have lots of funds to work with, and we are looking for someone in the club who would like to take on the job of organizing some fundraising for the project. We would like to have a garage sale and Chemainus Foods has already offered to have a Hot Dog sale for us. The person coordinating the fundraising events does not have to be someone going on the trip, but could be someone supporting us from home. They will have lots of help!!! If you are that person, please let me know.

Now we wait to hear from the District…….

What an honour! Joan Takenaka 2014-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Devlin on Jul 31, 2014

ImageClub secretary Karen

The meeting was attended by 20 club members and spouses.  It was a special meeting as we had District Governor Michael Procter and ADG Richard Calverly also in attendance. 
In his presentation to the club, Michael spoke about Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation, the International Student Exchange Program and membership.
The latter part of the meeting involved President Tom announcing the Rotarian of the Year and presenting Joan Takenaka with the trophy. Joan received loud applause and a standing ovation from everyone.

You can read the full account of the July 30 meeting by accessing "Club Documents" and clicking on "Minutes for July 30".

Minutes of the last meeting Karen Devlin 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 25, 2014

wh-4p-gdLook out! The month of August is going to be an exciting one in the Rotary Club of Chemainus.  We will have a succession of events you won't want to miss!
August 6: Mayor Jon Lefebre will be the speaker.  He will bring us up to date on what has happened and is about to happen in Chemainus.  Can the skateboard park be about to happen?  What about Waterwheel Square? Will it be a European type of gathering place? When is the old fire hall going to disappear?  Come to the meeting and find out the answers to these and other questions!  Spouses are welcome to attend!
August 13:  Once again we will be hosting area Rotary clubs at Country Maples.  Plans are afoot to to change the format of this event. Stay tuned so you don't miss out on a fun evening.  Another spousal event.
August 27: Standing committees organization.  Come to this meeting to get in on the reorganization of the committee structure.  This is your chance to state your preferences of how you can contribute to the success of our club.  Many hands make light work, especially if they're yours!

Look out! Rod Fay 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 25, 2014

It must be summer!
There were only ten Rotarians for the meeting presided over by Past President Mike.
The highlight of last week's club meeting was a presentation by Samantha Fernandes, our 2014 Adventures in Citizenship student. She shared a video  of her trip to Ottawa that she prepared for our club meeting.
Past president Mike reported that 
our board of directors met to review the 2014-15 budget. He also reminded those present that Michael Proctor, the District Governor for 2014-15 will attend our July 30th meeting.

Last week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 25, 2014

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Michael Proctor, District 5020 Governor for 2014-15, will be our guest at next Wednesday.  Michael hails from Sydney.  He will meet with our board of directors at 5.00 PM before our regular meeting.  Spouses are welcome to attend to hear Michael's presentation. 
Please e mail Past President Mike to advise him that you will attend and whether you will be bringing a guest.

Next meeting Wednesday July 30 Rod Fay 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 25, 2014

A couple of years ago, our club set up a committee system.  The purpose of this was to do two things:

  1. To involve every club member in some activity or project.
  2. To avoid as much as possible having only a few members trying to do everything and eventually burning out.

Each club member was appointed  to two committees, one a "standing committee" and a  "special  committee",  according to the  person's interests.  Time was scheduled for committee meetings which enabled members to focus on their committee's mandate and to report back to the club as a whole.
Generally, the committee system seemed to work quite well and was successful in achieving the two purposes listed above.  Your club directors have scheduled a meeting for the organization of the committee system within the next few weeks.  At that time improvements can be made to the system and to the committees as a result of our experience of the last two years or so.

 


 

 

 

Why committees? Rod Fay 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 25, 2014

ImageGeorge Bernard Shaw

 An Irishman named George Bernard Shaw believed that youth was wasted on the young. However, there is an old Irish proverb, "Praise the young and they will flourish".  Rotary International also certainly believes in a similarly positive relationship with young people .  RI provides a number of ways for Rotary to realize the potential of young people. These include "New Generations" the fifth Avenue of Service designed both to serve young people and to encourage the Rotary ideals in them.  Rotary also has programs like youth exchange, Adventures in Citizenship, Rotary Youth Leadership in Action (RYLA) and Rotaract.
Our club has been involved for several years in Adventures in Citizenship and the awarding of scholarships annually to graduating high school students.  Now we have an opportunity to help provide a facility for young people's recreation in the form of the Chemainus skateboard park.  This is another way to show faith in our local youth.  Money has already been allocated to contribute to the facility, so let's see it happen.

Musings: Youth and our Rotary club Rod Fay 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

Musings is a new feature which will appear weekly in the Waterwheel.  The intent of the column is to dwell briefly on issues affecting our club, to generate discussion at meetings or even at home with significant others.  Family members have their ideas too! 
The first of these topics is the perennial one of  increasing membership.  The Guatemala experience, recent barbecue, Summer Fest and the auction all showed that we have a strong club when the chips are down.  Our present membership includes talented and energetic individuals committed to Rotary and to the community.   These events also showed that there are members of the public who also have energy and commitment to the community.  They are on the periphery of Rotary, they are the Almost Rotarians.
Perhaps our club, all of us, should participate in a plan to bring those people closer to Rotary.  Perhaps we should plan an appreciation night for them as a first step to converting the Almost Rotarians into real Rotarians.

Musings Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

Some members may have been looking on ClubRunner to find a full account of the minutes of the last few meetings. When the editor figures out how to post the complete minutes, all will be revealed!

Wrestling the beast Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

The editor of the Waterwheel has delved into ClubRunner to check the dates when our members joined the Club. The data seems to need expanding as it only counts years in our club and does not include members' years in other Rotary clubs.  When this information is added we should have a more accurate picture of each member's years in Rotary. 

Rotary anniversaries Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

Speakers at our club in the near future will include two very important people. 
District Governor Michale Procter will attend our Club meeting on July 30.
Mayor Jon Lefebre will bring us up to date on developments in our municipality on August 6

Mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss the latest news and information about Rotary and our community.  Better still, join us at both these meetings!

VIPs ahead! Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

The program for our next Club meeting will include a presentation by Samantha Fernandes, a student from Chemainus Secondary School.  She will be speaking about her experiences as a participant in the Adventures in Citizenship program.  All members are asked to attend this meeting to hear Samantha talk about  Adventures in Citizenship.
Our Club appreciates the work of Karen as our liaison with the our local high school and her arranging to have students participate in Rotary youth programs.  Thank you, Karen.

Regular Club meeting July 23 Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 19, 2014

Last week's club barbecue in the park at Fuller Lake was a great success with over 40 people, big and small,in attendance.  The shaded picnic site worked really well especially as it was some distance away from the main part of the park, and gave us our own space so we didn't scare the general public. It was great to see members' families as well as the members themselves having such a great time.
Ken did a great job as Grill Master assisted by Denise and Peter.  Getting everything to the park, setting up and cooking took more that just those three, it took a great team effort over several weeks.  Richard booked the site, Colleen kept count of attendees and their menu preferences (chicken or steak), Tom, Mike, Len,  Bryon and Butch did much of the heavy lifting of tables, chairs and the barbecue, Shannon had the kids' games organized and many other members pitched in and helped as the need arose. 
It was a great team effort! 
Thank you to all who worked so hard before, during and after the event.
Let's do it again next year!

 

Picnic in the park Rod Fay 2014-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 12, 2014

A great big thank you to Shelley and her team (Susan, Colleen, Joan and others) for a great party to re-crown our esteemed leader Tom and to welcome his merry band of directors.  You all did a great deal of work to make the evening a huge success.  The theme was an inspiration, the food was excellent and the entertainment matched the theme perfectly.  Three toots of a train whistle for a very enjoyable evening!

Thanks Rod Fay 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 12, 2014

Our July 16 meeting will be a barbecue at Fuller Lake beginning at about 6.00 or 6.30 PM (Island time!).  Spouses , significant others and family members are welcome to attend.  The cost per person is $10.00.  This will be a non-alcoholic event as we will be in a public park.  There is a very big chance that some of those attending will adjourn to a pub afterwards.

Fuller Lake is the place to be Rod Fay 2014-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 11, 2014

Rotary Garden

 

Entering Chemainus from Henry Road, visitors and residents see a large "Welcome" sign with the Rotary wheel set in a flower bed.  That flower bed and others close by are maintained by Chemainus Communities in Bloom, a volunteer group of gardeners from Chemainus and area. Recently there have been questions about the apthepropriateness of Rotary sign when only the CCiB volunteers plant, weed and tend the flower beds,   Members of the public may well not understand that Rotary provides the wherewithal for original construction of projects, not ongoing maintenance.
Perhaps the solution to any misunderstanding now and in future could be the placing of a plaque giving credit to Rotary for the original construction and credit to Communities in Bloom for the maintenance of what is a beautiful floral welcome to Chemainus.  The municipality as well as the Communities in Bloom folks would need to be consulted.   The sign could make us all look good.
Perhaps our board of directors could discuss this at their next meeting.

Rotary Park Rod Fay 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 07, 2014

Ticket collector

Ticket collector Daphne

Last Wednesdays meeting was Installation Night, The occasion when the new board of directors is installed for the coming Rotary year.  Each of our club parties has a theme and this one was no different.  The theme was "Trains", something that President Tom was familiar with in his previous life in Ottawa.  About 40 members and their guests came to the party which was held at the Mount Brenton Golf Club.  Many of the attendees came dressed in outfits connected with trains.  Colleen attended wearing a trailing diaphanous head dress, her train! Susan's costume consisted of a white coverall covered with famous sayings and quotations; her train of thought.  Bryon dressed as a railway crossing, lots of action but no flashing light.  Ken and Denise  were first class rail travelers of the 40's or 50's complete with a  travel box used by Ken's grandfather when he settled in Nanaimo many years ago. There was  a gaggle (giggle?) of guests dressed as railway workers; an engineer, a ticket collector and a footplate fireman.  There were other travelers en route or returning from exotic destinations and dressed for the journey. The whole assemblage of characters was presided over King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Tom and Heather) dressed as they were for their first trip to Canada.

What a party! Rod Fay 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

The Waterwheel is always looking for ideas, information and pictures to include in the bulletin.  Any contributions would be welcome as well as suggestions for additional regular features.  Please send your submissions to the editor or phone 250 324 5502.  The Waterwheel is sent Sunday PM.

What else? Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

Our next two regular weekly meetings should be fun, but only if you are there!
Wednesday, July 9, is Installation Night when the new board of directors is ceremonially appointed to the leadership of the club.  The night will have a railway theme because our esteemed leader has some history with trains.  You're encouraged to bring your significant other and to wear a costume "on the same lines" as the theme, although you are not being "railroaded" into wearing a costume, "training" wheels or "platform" shoes will be enough.  Come to the party and "let off a little steam".

Wednesday, July 16, is family barbecue night at Fuller Lake.  Don't be alarmed, we're not cooking family members.  Steaks and chicken are on the menu.  It will be a "dry" event as we will be in a public park.

 

Upcoming meetings Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

Everyone has several anniversaries marking significant events in their lives. A member's induction into Rotary is an anniversary we should all celebrate.  Beginning in August, the Waterwheel will include a monthly feature celebrating  the anniversaries of  members who joined Rotary that month.
whether your first Rotary club is Chemainus or you transferred from another club, the Waterwheel will recognize the date you joined and the contribution you make to Rotary and to our community.

Anniversaries Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

This week, the Waterwheel thanks Reed and Shirley. 
Reed did an excellent job as master of ceremonies of Summer Fest.  
Shirley arranged for her jazz group to perform during Summer Fest as well as playing as a member of the group.  
Thank you both for your time and talents which contributed to the success of Summer Fest.

Thanks Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

Did you know that any club member may attend meetings of our club’s directors as a spectator? This is can be an interesting way of finding out more about how Rotary works at the club level.  The board of directors meets once a month, usually on the first Wednesday at 5 PM.  If you want to sit in on the directors’ discussion and decision-making, please notify the president in advance.

Attending board meetings Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

The directors of our club will be considering including advertising in the Waterwheel at their next monthly meeting.  This might be another way of saying thank you to the businesses that support our auction and golf tournament. 
Stay tuned!

Advertising in the Waterwhel Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jul 05, 2014

Attendance was slightly below 60% , 17 members attending.  Karen’s minutes of the meeting indicate that it was very informative with reports about the financial success of the auction and the changes to the Summer Fest which contributed to its success. You can read the details in the complete minutes in “Club Documents” on ClubRunner.

Last week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 27, 2014

The Chemainus Courier did a great job reporting on the success of Summer Fest. Some of the pictures of the parade and cook tent were taken by our very own photographer, Art Carlyle.  Great job, Art!
It was a stroke of genius to feature a big thank you in the Courier to all the friends of Rotary who provided assistance and contributed to the fun-filled day. Thank you, Shannon, for such a great idea.,  
Perhaps there are some potential new members among those friends of Rotary.  Our membership chair might want to chat up some of those who were interested enough to give of their time and energy on Summer Fest Saturday.


 

Great PR! Rod Fay 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 27, 2014

It was unfortunate that last week's club meeting was canceled.  Here's what happened:

The decision to invite spouses and to move the meeting to the Saltair was made at the previous weekly meeting.  Members present were asked to RSVP to Peter so he would have some idea of how many would be attending.

Last Monday morning, Peter phoned Rod to say that previous to our decision to go the the pub another party had booked the Saltair for about 20 people.  He thought he would be able to accommodate both Rotary and the other group.  However, he learned  on Sunday evening that the other group had 62 people coming to the pub.  Peter reluctantly decided that he could not accommodate our group and provide everyone with a satisfactory level of service. On Monday, he and Rod agreed that we should probably cancel our meeting.

Consideration was given to polling the membership to determine if there were any suggestions for an alternative venue.  it was felt that this was impractical given the short notice, as it would take time to contact every member and probably end up with several different suggestions.  Past president Richard concurred and suggested that the membership be e mailed to advise them of the cancelation.
Rod sent out the e mail.

Last week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 27, 2014

The meeting on July 2 will  be a fellowship meeting.  The first Wednesday of each month is usually the day when the board of directors has its monthly meeting  followed by the president's report to the membership.  As President Tom is away, the directors' meeting has been postponed.

 

Next week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Pictures from Summer Fest Rod Fay 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 27, 2014

The breakfast and lunch prepared at Summer Fest was a great success and the change of menu seemed to please everyone. Ken deserves a big vote of thanks for coming up with ideas and for rounding up such a great bunch of cooks.  They did a super job and also deserve a big thank you.

Thank you, Ken and company Rod Fay 2014-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

We have a number of club events coming up.  These include our summer barbecue, Installation Night, Country Maples and the golf tournament.  You can keep informed on the progress of plans for each of these important club events attend our weekly meetings and read the Waterwheel.

What lies ahead Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

Thank you Shirley for taking the minutes of our club meetings as well as the minutes of the directors' meeting.  A job well done and a great service to the club.  Thank you!

Thank you, Shirley! Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

The Waterwheel needs  your contributions of stories, notices and especially pictures.  These would help enliven the bulletin as a useful means of getting information out to the members and friends of Rotary.
Thanks to Richard for sending in the information which enabled the inclusion of the link to the story on Foundation contributions made before June 30.

If we don't get your contributions, the editor might have to resort to including his mug shot on every story generated by him.  Wouldn't that be horrific!  Save us!  Send in your contributions!

Pictures and stories needed. Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

At last week's meeting, Art was acting treasurer in the absence of Len.  It was heartening to see the pile of checks that was accumulating in front of Art as members paid their annual dues.  This is just another way of saying: "if you haven't yet paid, you have until June 30!"  

A healthy pile of cheques Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Contribute before June 30 for extra benefits Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

Twenty members attended.  The main part of the meeting was used for a final tune-up of the arrangements for Summer Fest including the details of the route and the the food that will be provided.

Other important information included the arrangements for the Fuller Lake barbecue news about the development of the skate park which is finally under way.  Members were reminded that their membership dues for 2014-15 should be paid by July 1.

The complete minutes can be found on the ClubRunner under "Club Documents".

Last week's meeting Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

Rotary International has revised and improved the Foundation to make it more effective.  The top ten things you should know about the revisions are:

1.  Rotarians and their clubs will benefit
2.  PolioPlus contributions are not affected in any way
3.  Endowment Fund contributions  are not affected in any way
4   District designated funds are not affected in any way
5.  5% of Annual Fund contributions are set aside from the World Fund
6.  5% of cash contributions for global grants are set aside
7.  Up to 10% of corporate gifts are set aside 
8.  A communication plan is in place
9.  Training and resources are being developed
The Foundation has a record of financial stewardship and transparency.

Details of these changes can be accessed by clicking  blog.rotary.org/2014/06/16/fundingmodel/-Top 10 things you should know about the new Rotary Foundation model|Rotary Voices

Top ten things to know about the Foundation Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 21, 2014

Attracting new members to Rotary is so important for infusing new ideas and energy into any club.  Different clubs have different ways of doing this; what is successful for one club may not work for another.  Eight interesting suggestions for boosting membership can be found on line.  To read some suggestions, click on 

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/8

 

 

Tips to attract new members Rod Fay 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

Rod would like to give a special thank you to Colleen for her gracious welcome and for thanking last week's speaker, Dr. John Stively.
She did a great job at both tasks... and her Spanish sounded just fine!
Thank you, Colleen, for representing our club so well.

 

 

Mil gracias, Colleen Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

Len has stepped forward to take on the position of director responsible for Club Administration for the next Rotary year beginning July 1.  This is a very busy portfolio that needs someone with experience in Rotary as well as a willingness to ensure that the club runs well.  Len has these qualities and will make a great Club Admin chairperson. 
Rod would like to say, "Thank you, Len!"

Thank you, Len Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

Plans are in the works to include pictures and stories from members in the Waterwheel.  If you have a picture from a club event or meeting or want to share Rotary-related information or say thank you to other club members for something they have done for the benefit of the club, send it to the editor by email.
Remember, this is your Waterwheel!

Your stories and pictures Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

Are you finding Clubrunner to be unfriendly or difficult to use?
It might be a good idea to discuss with the editor any problem you have had with the Clubrunner program.  This could be by phone, email or, if there is enough interest in a small group session.  Rod is no cyber guru but he may be able to help find a solution to the difficulties you have encountered with Clubrunner or at least provide some sympathy!  Then the next step would be to ask Anita! 
We all deserve to get the most out of the Clubrunner program. 

Lost in Clubrunner? Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

The program time at next Wednesday's meeting will be given over to to a final tune-up of the arrangements for Summer Fest which is next Saturday.  Shannon will go over the final arrangements, answer any questions people may haveand provide the latest information about Saturday's event so that it runs as smoothly as it usually does. 

Next week's club meeting Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

Attendance 20 members (60%) plus four guests

Speaker: Dr. John Snively (Dr John@JohnSnively.com)

BOD highlights:
Expenditures from approved budget: $1 000 to Community Schools Association for local summer programs: $800 for laptop to manage budget; annual dues $165 payableby July 1; club survey shows support for spousal, fellowship meetings with interesting speakers:

Len to take on Club Admin in 2014-15.

The full meeting report is posted in Club Documents on our members only section of the club website.

Guatemala: funding fro RI has been received. Continuation of project being considered for next year, contact Joan.


 

 

Club meeting report Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 14, 2014

The Procedures Manual is intended to provide information about the workings of Rotary from the club level and up.  It is now listed on our club website in the members only section under Club Documents.It's a large documewnt of over 100 pages but it does have a table of contents to help a person find information.  The manual is an important resource for club directors and for members with nothing else to read on a cold wet afternoon.

Rotary Procedures Manual Rod Fay 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Jun 07, 2014

After nearly 3 years of being editor of the weekly Waterwheel Bulletin, I am pleased to hand over the reins. (yes Doug..it has been that long..ha ha)

Consulting with hus wife Carol, Rod has agreed to take over as editor.

Thank you Rod!

Happy editing!

YIR

Colleen

New Editor of Waterwheel Colleen Davy 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Jun 07, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

June 4, 2014

 

Attending:      20 members

                          0 guests

                        Sergeant-At-Arms: Doug Crawford          

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

 

                       

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

  • President Tom received correspondence from 49th Parallel indicating that they wish to discuss participating in a children's event at Summer Fest.

 

  • Chemainus Dry Grad has requested the use of our casino equipment for June 20. Len will handle delivery and they will return it, but not on June 21 as Chemainus Rotarians will all be busy with Summer Fest that day.

 

  • Chemainus BIA has asked for a donation to support their Canada Day celebrations. Declined.

 

  • Golf Tournament: Sponsorship letters and registration forms are available from Tom.

 

  • Visiting Rotarians from Nova Scotia and PEI were toured around Chemainus by Tom. They are being hosted by South Cowichan Rotary.

 

  • Skateboard Park:  Ernie Mansueti of North Cowichan spoke to Ken Stanton regarding the property and money allocation for the new skateboard park. The Municipality is looking for input, such as volunteer labor and assistance with project management.  Ken is willing to assist with project management and spearhead our involvement.  Moved by Colleen and seconded by Karen that Chemainus Rotary be involved with the construction of the skateboard park. CARRIED.

 

  • Treasurer's Report:  Len Lavender is working on the year-end report.
  • Secretary's Report:
    • Additional invoice from Chemainus Theatre resulting from final seating count for auction, forwarded to Shannon.
    • Letter from Municipality announcing requested funds have been approved for Summer Fest, forwarded to Helen.

 

  • Tom, Len and Daphne  met with Rotarians visiting from Ghana.

 

  • Lorraine Taylor will be donating three paintings for the auction next year.

 

  • Auction debrief meeting was held today.
    • Final total is not yet available, but may be close to $13,000, making this our best auction ever.
    • Certificates are ready and will be available next week for hand delivery.
  • Summer Fest:
    • Rotary float volunteers are needed. Last year, the float was partially assembled and Mike's and finished at the parade marshalling site.
    • Theme is "Proud of Our Past, Excited About Our Future".

 

  • Colleen reminded members that John Snively will be our speaker next week, and has requested a video of his presentation. Art and Colleen will work on this.

 

  • Special Committees Meeting:
    • Finance Committee: Art has QuickBooks set up and will be bringing in forms to view next week. All members are asked to submit any outstanding expenses ASAP so that the books can be finalized for the year.
    • Summer Fest:  Any members who are not available to help on June 21, please inform Shannon immediately so that you are part of the position assignments.
    • Events Committee:
      • The Installation on July 9 will have a train theme. Members are asked to dress up accordingly. There will be music trivia.
      • Fuller Lake BBQ on June 16, 6:00 p.m.:  Tickets will be $10. Children and grandchildren are invited. No alcohol as this is a public venue. There will be games, and members are asked to bring activities equipment (bocci, croquet, badminton).
      • Country Maples: August 13. Peter is the organizer.

 

  • Frank Jenish, our "signtist" was thanked for his contributions, the Summer Fest signs, which are already in place, with help from Andy, and for fixing the bunker door.

 

 

Meeting adjourned:  8:45 p.m.

Chemainus Rotary Minutes June 4 , 2014 Colleen Davy 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 07, 2014

Saturday, June 21 is Summer Fest!
If you are NOT available to help on that day,  please let Shannon Bellamy know as soon as possible so she can make sure all the bases are covered.

 

Summer Fest Rod Fay 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 07, 2014

It really is true....Clubrunner has lots of information about our club and Rotary in general. Sometimes it can be exasperating and slow but it's worth persevering , especially if you want specific information.  if there is enough interest in learning to navigate our club website, ask at one of our regular meetings and we'll see what can be arranged.

You can do it! Rod Fay 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 07, 2014

   Over the next few weeks, our bulletin will be overhauled to be:

On time: In your e mail by Sunday evenng each week

Brief: Each story will be 25-50 words, each issue will be one page

Informative: Who, what, when and where

Forward-looking:  Information about future events.

Interactive: Phone or e mail the editors

(50 words!)

 

The Waterwheel Rod Fay 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Jun 07, 2014

The deadline for members to pay their annual dues is fast approaching.

Your membership in Chemainus Rotary officially lapses July 1. This should be no surprise as the last payment you made was to cover your membership until the end of June.

The annual membership is still only $163, less than every other club around.

Past practice in our club has been to allow a grace period of the first two weeks in July.

Part of your membership dues goes to Rotary International as a levy and to pay for your copy of the Rotarian magazine.  If you don't pay your annual dues on time, the club ends up out of pocket.  Is it fair to all concerned?  NO!

 

It's that time again! Rod Fay 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 22, 2014

Our next meeting May 28th will be a spousal event at 6 p.m. at the Pho Triple 7 Vietnamese restaurant on Willow Street next to the Coastal Community Credit Union. The reviews are very positive on Trip Advisor and the owners supported our Auction, so come on out for a fun evening of fellowship and some good food.

 

SPOUSAL EVENING - NEW LOCATION - MAY 28TH Colleen Davy 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 22, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

May 21, 2014

 

Attending:       17 members

                          1 guest:        Don Fisher, Past President (1991-92)

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

                       

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

May 28 Meeting: Spousal event at Pho Triple 7 Restaurant (a-9779 Willow Street, Chemainus) at 6:00 p.m. Shannon will let them know that we are coming.

 

Mid-Island Group will be meeting this Saturday. Joan, Len and Tom will be attending, and will be reporting back on the Ghana presentation.

 

Duncan Daybreak Rotary has asked for a presentation on our Guatemala project. Tom and Art will be making the presentation at the 6:45 a.m. meeting on June 13.

 

Country Maples has been confirmed for August 13.

 

Richard will check that Fuller Lake is available for a potluck BBQ on July 16.

 

Installation is planned for July 9.

 

Treasurer's Report: Art and Daphne are working on QuickBooks, to have all ready for July 1 and the new Rotary year. The donation for Polio Plus has been mailed.

 

Secretary's Report:  No correspondence this week.

 

Wes Everitt announced that the Legion will be holding a BBQ on Saturday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the lounge downstairs. Tickets are $8.

 

Calvary Baptist Church will be showing the documentary film "Red Light Green Light" on the sex trade in 11 different countries, on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.

 

Auction 2014:  Final numbers are not available yet but indications are that net should be about $12,000.

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m., followed by Club Assembly.

Chemainus Rotary Minutes May 21 , 2014 Colleen Davy 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 17, 2014

Rotary Survey 2014 Comments

5. Change meetings format

• Six alternate events per year

• Business once a month

One spousal outside meeting per month

6. Omit parts of weekly program

• Omit Good evening, Mr President

Non-denom. Grace

• Sgt at Arms should be voluntary contribution not fundraiser

• Speakers should be monitored, some talk too long

• Have only the 4 Way Test as opening exercises

7. How many comm. Mtgs.

• Depending on time of year & what activities are upcoming

8. Describe what would improve attendance

• Fewer meetings

• Recommitment, more fun, camaraderie, laughs

• More visiting with fellow Rotarians or special events together

• Membership should talk with members with poor attendance

• Structure of make ups makes keeping up attendance a lot easier

• Better speakers

• Good speakers, social meetings

• More personal time, discourage same members sitting together each week

• More fun events, bowling, beanbags

• Regular feature of thanking members for specific service

• Fellowship evenings to socialize play games

Round table discussions like club assembly but with specific topics

• Monthly fellowship evenings

• Follow up members who have missed meetings

• More speakers (artists & others)

• Fellowship meetings with little or no business

• More speakers

• Important to come to meetings to keep meetings informative and lively

Lack of attendance breeds further absences

• Get more members

• Food not purchased may lead to room rental fee

• Continue having interesting guest speakers

• Lower food costs

• More dynamic high profile speakers, MLA, Mayor, CEOs, entertainers

• Interesting speakers e.g. David Work

Shorter meetings (1.5 hrs max)

Members talk about jobs, experiences, other clubs they attend

Change location every 6 or 7 meetings

• Cheaper prices for buffet

Bi-weekly meetings

• Appies or drinks occasionally

• Less formal

Some just social, i.e. appies only

ROTARY SURVEY RESULTS Colleen Davy 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 17, 2014

March 30, 2014

DLTA, Victoria

Fundraising for 50 Members and Under

Scott A. Seitz, Assistant Governor, Area 7

• Calendar can be kept up to date by club on Club Runner.

• Calendar for substantial events.

• Old school fundraising focused on donations. Donors invest in people.

• Fundraising – raise money to do good in the world – encourage members.

• Focus from internal to external.

• Fundraising is seeing where money is going.

• You must make it real – ask without fear.

• Letters don’t really work – what is money for?

• ROI – return on investment.

• Primary goal to ensure health and happiness of your Rotarians.

• Make the Auction fun.

• Procurement – thank you cards to donors.

• Procurement – send out letters for new budget year, divvy up the lists – more to those who

have connections.

• Have a big board of acknowledgement to sponsors.

• Record keeping – clubs could share some of their ways of doing things.

• Recognition.

• Increase your public image.

• Make sure your club has a passion for what they are doing.

• Google TED talks – fundraising for more ideas.

DLTA-Fundraising for 50 members or under Colleen Davy 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 03, 2014

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

April 30, 2014

 

Attending:      21 members

                          0 guests     

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

                        Sergeant-At-Arms: Doug Crawford

 

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

Membership Survey: Rod is still circulating copies of the survey for those members who have not yet filled it out.  Please contact him if you have not completed a survey.

 

District Governor Pete Taylor will be attending our next meeting on May 7th.  Our scheduled meeting with speaker will proceed as usual with a 5 minute talk from our DG added to the agenda.

 

Dr. John Snively will make a return visit to our club during the June 11th meeting, to talk about his dental work in Guatemala.

 

We were asked to sell hamburgers at the Village Square Grand Opening on Saturday, May 10. We declined because the date was too close to the auction. Our members need some recovery time.

 

Correspondence: One more gift certificate for the auction and a Summer Fest parade entry were forwarded to Shannon Bellamy.

 

The deadline to apply for a grant for an International project is May 15. A project for next February-March must be different from the February 2014 work. One idea is a solar pump for a washing station.  Another project is a significant amount of work, especially for Joan, who will be completing the application, assisted by Tom, but if the project proves to be too much for us this year, we can back out. There are options such as waiting for a year, or sending just a couple of people to work with another group.  Moved by Rod, seconded by Susan, that the application be made. CARRIED.

 

Rotary Auction 2014:

  • Tickets are sold out.
  • Karen will make the seating plan, which will be posted at the door. Karen and Victor will be acting as ushers, escorting people to their seats as indicated on the plan.
  • The Auction committee members and any others who are available to help, will be setting up starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Donation volumes are very close to what was donated last year.

 

Royal Canadian Air Cadets have invited us to their annual Review and Inspection in Ladysmith on Sunday, June 4 at 12:30.  Rod will attend as our representative.

 

Neighborhood House has sent an update to their request for donation. They will be moving to the old Learning Centre in December, with a four-year lease. The new space is much smaller than their current facility.

 

Mike Beggs had knee surgery yesterday and is doing well. He will be home from hospital in a couple of days, and back with us in a couple of weeks or so.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Chemainus Rotary Minutes April 30 , 2014 Colleen Davy 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 03, 2014


Hello fellow Rotarians

 

This Wednesday the District Governor Pete Taylor will be dropping by for a casual visit. He has asked to speak for a few minutes so come on out to hear what he has to say.

 

We also have a speaker lined up to talk about her experience at RYLA. It's always enlightening to hear what our young students have to say.

 

Hope to see you Wednesday!

 

Thanks


Tom Andrews
Rotary Club of Chemainus

Wednesday May 7, 2014 meeting Colleen Davy 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on May 03, 2014

Greetings Fellow Rotarians

Planning and executing an event like our Auction is a time consuming process that requires many hands. We sometimes question why we're doing all this hard work, but then the event happens and we know why. Last Saturday evening, our Auction was splendid and everyone had a great time.We have received many complimentary comments from attendees.

On top of that, we now have more funds to inject right back into our community. A Win/Win situation.

We want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your part in making the Auction such a great success. We couldn't have done it without you.


Cheers - 
Anita and Shannon

Chemainus Rotary Auction-Another Success! Colleen Davy 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
The AUCTION is about to ERUPT- Are you prepared? Colleen Davy 2014-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Apr 26, 2014

As you all know by now this year's District Conference is in Whistler BC at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on May 2-4, 2014.  Join District Governor Pete Taylor in Whistler to celebrate the accomplishments of the year!  2014 District Conference will offer a diverse roster of excellent speakers focused on Engaging Rotary to Change Lives.  You’ll have a chance to rub shoulders with other Rotarians, enjoy fellowship and be inspired. 
 
While you’re in Whistler looking for Pete, take some time to enjoy a round of golf, relax at the resort spa, or take in the beautiful mountain scenery and enjoy the great outdoors.

If you're planning to go, better act fast.  The Chateau has very few rooms left at the preferred $139 rate, so Now's the time to get that Conference Registration and book your room.

You can take care of all of this easily by visiting the District Website: www.rotary5020.org  It's on the home page.  It's simple so even I could do it... 

See you in Whistler.  We'll all be looking for Pete Taylor.  First on to find him gets a prize.
 

Thank you for making Rotary a part of your life,

Al Abbott
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
District 5020 Public Image/Public Relations Chair

 
Last call for Whistler Colleen Davy 2014-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Apr 26, 2014

DLTA Victoria March 29 – 30, 2014

Session 3: Club Secretary

Facilitator was David Heath of Campbell River Rotary Club.

• The Club Secretary is responsible for the effective functioning of the club.

• Every club is unique.

• Start shadowing outgoing Secretary early, long before you start on July 1.

• Look at bylaws.

• Secretary and treasurer provide continuity for the club.

• Know your documents.

• Get to meetings early.

• You are the glue that holds club together.

• Help out President.

• You are privy to confidential information.

• Get websites updated.

• Secretary picks up the mail.

• Sends out cards when needed.

• Weekly club meetings: Who does agenda?

• Prepare Board Minutes. Who there? What motions? What actions?

• Keep up club records.

• Keep up membership records.

• Club documents updates – bylaws, semi-annual reports.

• Rotary central Goals and Reports.

In addition to these points David Heath also gave out 4 handouts as follows:

Club Secretary Checklist – Who Does It At Your Club?

Club Secretary – “What To Do.”

Club Secretary Role – “When To Do It.”

Club Secretary Resources.

Notes by Karen Devlin

Next Session: Interact (12-18) and Rotaract (19-30)

DTLA workshop on Club Secretary Duties Colleen Davy 2014-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Mar 29, 2014

On behalf of The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Peace Centers, we are pleased to extend to you the attached invitation to a dinner to celebrate the success of the Rotary Peace Centers.

We hope you can join Rotarians from all Rotary districts in this area on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM at the Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen (Delta) B.C.

Our keynote speakers are Rotary Foundation Trustee and Past Rotary International President Kalyan Banerjee and Rotary Foundation Peace Fellow Julia Smith.

We are pleased also that Rotary Foundation Major Gift officer Carolyn Ferguson will join us at the dinner.

  • The new South Fraser Perimeter highway connects Tsawwassen to North Surrey, the Fraser Valley and also to White Rock and the US Border.  For a map to the venue clickHERE

I hope to see you on May 4th,

Invitation to Peace Dinner Colleen Davy 2014-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Feb 19, 2014
"Our fame is spreading " was once the advertising slogan for a certain brand of butter.  Now it applies to Chemainus Rotary. During one of their recent stays in Ladysmith, Darrel and Edith Martin, frequent visitors to our club, had a visit from Kevin Hilgers, an old friend and past District Governor of District 5370. 
Professionally Kevin is a public relations and communication practitioner. He is also an energetic Rotarian.  Kevin was "blown away" by the 'We support Rotary' signs he saw in the many stores and businesses in Chemainus. He thought it was a really effective way of getting the name of Rotary out there and intends to share what he saw with his own club in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Our fame is spreading so let's keep up the good work. Let's get those auction donations in so we can put even more signs out in our community!
Our fame is spreading Rod Fay 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Feb 15, 2014

ImageROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

February 12, 2014

 

Attending:       20 members

                          0 guests:     

                        Sergeant-At-Arms: Rod Fay           

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

 

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

Foundation Chair Daphne Carlyle reminded members of the details of the Paul Harris award. Karen Devlin assisted in the brief ceremony in which President Tom Andrews was awarded a multiple Paul Harris award, receiving his three-sapphire pin. Congratulations, President Tom!

 

Rod Fay and Dean Killam distributed attendance surveys.

  • The completed documents were collected. Surveys from absent members will be collected "one way or another", says Rod. The information will be reviewed and changes made based on members' opinions.
  • The discussion after the survey included:
    • Missing members should be contacted to ensure that they know they are missed. Email is an option, but phone or visit was considered more personal and likely to be more successful in encouraging members to attend meetings.
    • Summer holidays:  Andy remembers summer BBQs in place of formal meetings for three months. Dean knows of Calgary clubs that take at least one month off in summer. It was noted that it is difficult to get members back after a break in routine.
    • Change meetings. Reed mentioned that our meetings might be too predictable, and suggested more "stuff" from our members, so that we learn to know each other better.
    • "Pass the Mike":  Once a month, members give a brief summary of what is going on for them.
    • Fellowship evenings: A more informal meeting intended for socializing, with little  or no business covered.
    • Focus on bringing in new members.
  • Rod and Dean will recommend changes based on the survey results and the evening's discussion.

 

Members provided a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the February 15th birthday of Peter Matthews.

 

Auction Items: Please bring auction items to meetings. Richard will take care of item storage. Also please remember to email Shannon regarding the details of the item acquisition (Contact name, business name, address, phone, and dollar value).

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Chemainus Rotary Minutes February 12 , 2014 Colleen Davy 2014-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Feb 08, 2014

 

Registration for the District Leadership Training Assembly and the District Conference are now available on the District Website www.rotary5020.org

DLTA is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary, and district 5020.  Victoria BC has many great attractions and Attendees can take classes related to leadership and organization at the club level and beyond.  The

District Conference is about celebration and fellowship.  It is a review of Governor Pete Taylor's year, (We'll find out where Pete went before he got to Whistler) and a look ahead at District Governor Elect Michael Procter.  This year the conference is being held At the Fairmont Hotel in Whistler, BC Canada.  Whistler has many activities to enjoy while you are at the conference.

I encourage you to register for one or both.  You won't be disappointed.  If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Durham, Jan Martin, Roger Painter or Al Abbott.  I look forward to seeing you in Victoria and at Whistler. 

The date for DLTA (District Leadership Training Assembly) in Victoria BC is March 29-30, 2014.  

The date for the District Conference in Whistler BC is May 2-4, 2014.

 

Registration for DLTA and District Conference Colleen Davy 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Feb 08, 2014
For those who were unable to make it to hear Derek Hardacker’s “Story” on January 29th
summary of the highlights:
Image
 here’s a brief 

• I was born in Gravesend, Kent, England. My father was in the Canadian Army and my 

mother was a war bride. We emigrated to Winnipeg in 1955 (3 children were born 

in England and 3 more in Winnipeg). I spent my whole younger life in St.Vital.

• In 1969 my family moved to Vancouver. For a few years I worked on ranches, at Woolco 

in Burnaby and Irly Bird in Kamloops.

• In 1977 I got a job with E.B. Horsman and Son (electrical wholesaler) in Kamloops. I 

worked in various places in BC and met my wife, Diana in Prince George. In 1988 we 

moved to southern Vancouver Island to open a new branch in Duncan. In 1990 we 

moved back to the lower mainland to manage the largest branch in Surrey. In 1993 I 

came back to the Island to open branches in Parksville and Courtenay.

• After 22 years with the same company, a personality conflict with the general manager 

found me in a position I thought I would never be in. Through contact with an ex 

manager of E.B. Horsman I got into the promotional products business i.e. selling logoed 

clothing, mugs, pens etc. After 8 years without a vacation I sold the business in 2008.

• Diana and I decided to take a trip by car across Canada (tenting and motels). The trip 

took 9 ½ weeks. We especially liked Newfoundland.

• When we got back I heard that E.B. Horsman was looking for a part time person in 

Duncan. For the last 4 years I have worked in the warehouse and looking after the 

inventory. I work under some of the people I hired 20 years ago.

• I have a daughter, Sandra, who works at Galaxy Motors; an engaged son, Devan, in 

Grande Prairie; a son, Neal in Kamloops; and a daughter, Kim and two grandchildren in 

Whitehorse. We travel to Kamloops twice a year to fish and golf.

• I have found Rotary members to be very friendly and have felt very welcomed

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ImageROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

February 05, 2014

 

Attending:       20 members

                          1 guest: David Work          

                        Sergeant-At-Arms: Art Carlyle        

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

 

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

Rod Fay introduced the speaker, David Work:

 

  • David is an artist who creates metal sculpture and recycled art.
  • He operates a gallery in Lake Cowichan with his Peruvian-born wife, who does imports.
  • David has been involved in art all of his life: His father was a professional cartoonist and a model builder who exposed David to many art mediums.
  • A former Chemainus resident, he owned a grocery store at the corner of Cedar and Pine where he sold his leather work.
  • He has worked in ceramics, painting, and has also done cartoon work and woodcarving.
  • David lived on Hornby Island for 30 years.
  • He collected scrap metal for sale and began using the Free Store at the Recycling Depot  as a materials source. He started collecting beautiful ornate pieces and started to experiment.
  • He considered making large chess pieces but couldn't find enough matching materials.
  • Some of his first pieces were angels. He began showing the pieces at art shows and they sold.
  • David starting purchasing more materials at second-hand stores and garage sales.
  • He developed patterns that involved the imaginative re-use of metal.
    • A fish could be made from a small metal cream-and-sugar tray.
    • A faucet could become an elephant trunk.
    • Fork tines could be made into a horse's mane.
    • Old spoons and keys could mark the hours on a clock. Spoons could also turn into elephant toenails.
    • A doorknocker, dental mirrors, faucet pieces and other pieces of metal plumbing helped to make an ornamental motorcycle.
    • A large metal spider was made of a teapot, with details provided by wine goblet stems and cutlery handles.
    • A frog was also based on a teapot and spoon handles, and carried a banjo fashioned from a tea strainer.
  • Some pieces are strictly ornamental, but David likes to make pieces that are also useful.
  • He will take commissions, but generally prefers not to.
  • David uses his imagination to help old pieces of art live on.
  • Cafe Mojica is open every day except Monday and is located in front of the high school field in Lake Cowichan.
  • David is always looking for pieces of brass, copper or silverplate.

Helen Fowler, owner of a metal pig created by David, thanked him for his presentation.

 

Highlights of the Board of Directors' Meeting:

  • A  request for donation from CUSO was denied as it is an international organization, outside our mandate.
  • Treasurer's Report:
    • Funds transfer will be done on Friday; Guatemala account will then have $6740.61.
    • Dan is ensuring that the project funding is meticulously documented.
  • Debbie Simmonds is organizing a Trade Fair at the Chemainus Legion.
    • April 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Chemainus Rotary will have a booth or table.
    • This is an opportunity to promote our club and bring in new members, and publicize the upcoming auction.
    • Art will head the organizing. Volunteers will be required.
  • Dental Project:
    • The Dental team will be working on the Malahat Reserve near Mill Bay this year.
    • They will likely be working with the Mill Bay Rotary Club.
    • Debbie has family commitments  that prevent her from hosting the team BBQ this year.
    • Chemainus Rotarians may still volunteer to billet students.
  • Meetings during Guatemala Project:
    • Seven members will be in Guatemala, significantly reducing our attendance.
    • Rod Fay and Richard Nelson will survey members regarding meeting formats for the three weeks of the Guatemala project, and will compile the responses.
  • Speakers:  Please give suggestions for speakers to Rod.
  • Improving attendance by making meetings more interesting:
    • Rod will circulate a survey of ideas, possibly through "Survey Monkey".
    • Responses will be anonymous and confidential.
    • One suggestion is that one meeting per month be a "Fellowship Night" with no business conducted.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Auction: May 3
  • Summerfest: June 21
  • Country Maples: August 6 (tentative: Peter will confirm)
  • Golf Tournament September 27
  • Club BBQ in July:  Events committee will organize. Suggested venue: Fuller Lake.

 

Wounded Warrior at Chemainus Legion:  Wes Everitt reports that the Wounded Warrior team will be in Chemainus on February 20 from about 12:15 to 1:00 as they run across the island, bringing attention to young veterans with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Chemainus Rotarians are asked to attend to provide support for this cause.

 

The Guatemala Project team will be taking used eyeglasses. Please bring your old prescription glasses to the next meeting or contact Art to pick them up.

 

Sergeant-at-Arms Art Carlyle had three "volunteers" (Sharon, Peter and Victor) demonstrating amazing artistic skills.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Feb 01, 2014
Attending: 18 members

0 guests: 

Sergeant-At-Arms: Reed Elley 

Minutes: Karen Devlin

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

Fellow Rotarian, Dean Killam, introduced our newest member, Derek Hardacker, to give his story. Derek 

gave a very interesting talk on his life.

President Tom Andrews made a couple of announcements:

1. September 27th

2. Next Wednesday (first Wednesday of the new month – Feb 5th) will be a Board Meeting.


3. Our Treasurer, Dan Jamieson, announced that we received $15,000 from the Gaming 

Commission. We had asked for $20,000.

4. Anita Voisin, Co-Chair of the Auction Committee said she was passing around a list of possible 

donors for the Auction on May 3rd

letters to (especially sign if you know the donor). Anita will attach the donation letter to Rotary 

members.

Helen Fowler asked Rod Fay to speak about upcoming speaker. Rod Fay said in keeping with our 

supporting the arts, we will have an artist, David Work “Trabajo” on Wednesday, January 5th

in metal. Helen Fowler brought an unusual sculpture (metal “pig”) she had David Work make for her. 

Helen mentioned that David Work will be talking about recycling metal as well.

Rotarians sang Happy Birthday to Susan Martin.

Art Carlyle gave a reminder to members to look at Guatemala blog. While those going to Guatemala are 

away, Rod Fay will be the contact person.

Rod Fay said he had sent an email to members this afternoon suggesting that we order 4 or more of the 

Rotary shirts (flyer in last Minutes) to get our club name on them. Pay Rod when you get your shirt or 

hoodie for the women. Rod hopes to place the order by February 7th

Past President, Richard Nelson went to Al’s Asian Treasures to pick up a statue for the Auction.

Reed Elley was Sergeant-at-Arms. Reed quizzed members on their knowledge of Vancouver Island.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 pm.

 will be the date for our golf tournament.
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Posted by Colleen Davy on Feb 01, 2014

Good morning,

 

It is with great excitement that I send this email to you.  I have attached the inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty.  It’s goal is simple: to be a vehicle where we can celebrate our triumphs, our passions and our stories; a place for conversation to foster friendship, share the values and the ideals of our District.   50Twenty is the reflection of us, of who we are and what we do.  As time goes by, it will evolve as we all evolve it. 

 

Let’s keep the conversation going.  I encourage and welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions. Tell us your stories so we can share them with others. 50Twenty will be published quarterly, sent to you electronically. It will be posted on the District Website.   Printed copies will be available on request.  I thank all who helped make 50Twenty possible. It is the result of great dedication by the Public Image committee and many in the district. 

 

Enjoy.

 

Al Abbott 
Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
District 5020 Public Image Chair



To download and view the attachment, please click on the link below:
50Twenty2014Winter1.pdf

If you cannot open the above link, copy and paste the following address into your browser:
http://www.crsadmin.com/gen/Accounts/50092/Eml/c8b65071-75cd-4b57-b67c-cd4208b548fc.pdf

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ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

January 22, 2014

 

Attending:       12 members

                          0 guests:     

                        Sergeant-At-Arms: Helen Fowler   

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

 

Past President Richard Nelson opened the meeting.

 

The speaker for this evening cancelled.  Past President Richard made a brief presentation on emergency preparedness. Richard discussed preparing for any emergency, such as boil water orders, power outage, heavy snowfall as well as major situations like earthquakes.

 

            Emergency supplies should include:

·        A tarp big enough to cover the roof of your house, or at least 20' x 20', and ropes to tie it down.

·        Bottled water, enough for one week. Water can be frozen for up to a year in plastic containers, then emptied out and containers refilled.

·        Plug-in telephone. Cell batteries will go down, and portable phones don't work when power to the base unit is off.

·        Cash money.  Stores will be unable to use cards during power outage.

·        Flashlights, placed around the house. Some have windup power so batteries are not needed. Some portable lights also have radios and cell phone charger capability.

·        Flashing light, to signal presence in the house.

·        Spare batteries for all battery-operated lights.

·        Sensor lighting, that comes on automatically in the event of a power failure, is very useful.

·        Sleeping bags or other insulation to wrap freezer. When unopened, a wrapped insulated freezer could stay cold for up to five days.

·        Spare tank of propane so BBQ can be used for cooking.

·        Battery pack to allow operation of gas fireplace.

·        First Aid kit and medications.

 

            Other hints:

·        Know your neighbor: Know who has emergency supplies, a woodstove in their home, or a generator.

·        Generators also should have a supply of gas, and all owners should know how to operate them.

·        Water from Chemainus Lake or Fuller Lake can be used for toilets. The water can also be treated to be made safe for drinking.

·        Snow should be cleared back 3 feet from eavestroughs to prevent roof collapse.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

 MINUTES

 

January 8, 2014

 

Attending:       19 members

                          2 guests:      Darrell and Edith Martin, Edmonton NE Rotary

                                   

                        Minutes:  Shirley Graham

 

Past President Richard Nelson opened the meeting. President Tom Andrews will be away for three weeks.

 

Secretary's Report:

            Correspondence:

·        A Thank-you letter was received from Jerry Philippson, thanking us for the basket and card that was delivered after his surgery. Jerry hopes to see us soon.

·        There was a flyer from Creative Embroidery offering Rotary shirts. Shirts may be ordered by contacting nick@creative-embroidery.com. See the Waterwheel for a copy of the flyer.

 

Guatemala Project: 

  • Art Carlyle suggests that members can follow the Guatemala Team's blog by going to AtitlanAction.wordpress.com.  If you click on "Follow" and input your email address, you will be contacted whenever the blog is updated.
  • Donations made through this website are eligible for tax receipts.

 

Wes Everitt announced that the Chemainus Legion is hosting a Robbie Burns Dinner on Saturday, January 26. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. There will be entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

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Posted by Anita Voisin on Jan 09, 2014

   

 Rotarians and Friends,

     A new year is upon us and it's time to start preparing for one of our major fundraisers. 

This year's Al Johnson Memorial Auction will be held on May 4, 2014 at the Chemainus Theatre.

     The event is being chaired by Shannon Bellamy and Anita Voisin.  The general donation request letter is available in the Downloads section on our Clubrunner website homepage. 

     We have also printed a personalized letter for businesses that donated to last year's auction and will hand them out at the next meeting to club members that visited them last year.

  If you have a business that you would like to volunteer to approach, please contact Shannon or Anita so that we can ensure that there are no duplications.

  We hope that we can once again count on all member's support to make this another successful event! 

 

submitted by co-chairs

Anita Voisin and Shannon Bellamy

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Jan 07, 2014

Happy New Year Chemainus Rotarians!

2013 was a memorable year with success in our fundraisers and also the planning for our first international service project.

It culminated in a memorable Christmas Party! 

A fun venue and our first murder mystery was a success with lively chatter and lots of laughter.

Many fun comparisons to our own little town prevailed.

With our own Mike being murdered at the beginning he made a fine Bob Skrachit . Thanks to Shelley and her team for the organization of an excellent night.

Please see the photos below.

 

 

Chemainusrotaryteam.wordpress.com

Atitlanaction.wordpress.com

 

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Dec 07, 2013

ImageROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

MINUTES

 

December 4, 2013

 

Attending: 22 members

1 guest: ADG Richard Calverley

Minutes: Shirley Graham

 

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

Joan Takenaka reported that the members of the Guatemala project team are progressing well in their Spanish lessons. She thanked Richard for his donation to the project, made through the Innovative Communities website, and encouraged members to take a look at this site. Joan cautioned those making donations to choose carefully, as there are other Guatemalan projects in addition to ours. Contact Joan if you are not sure how to select our project. Donations of articles for the project can be made to Joan at any time, with early February scheduled as a focus time for gathering donations.

 

Highlights of BOD:

 

  • Policy Manual: Review of the Policy Manual resulted in some clarification of the wording but no fundamental changes to the procedures.

 

  • Donations:

    • Harvest House Food Bank

    • Harvest House Food Bank Christmas Hamper program

    • Little Town Christmas

    • Martha Mutiso: second year of donation toward her feminine hygiene program.

    • BC Forest Discovery Centre

 

  • Tom thanked Chef Mike and presented him with a "Christmas Bonus" cheque for Mike and his staff.

 

Little Town Christmas: December 14

    • Chemainus Rotary will be serving hot dogs.

    • Mike needs volunteers to set up. They will meet at the bunker at 10:00 am.

    • At least 5 members will be needed to cook the hot dogs and onions.

    • Contact Mike if you are available to help.

    • The Little Town Christmas Society will be borrowing some of our tents and tables.

    • Shelley indicated that high school students will be also available to assist

 

Peter Matthews thanked all who attended the Golden Brush Awards. Shannon Bellamy tied for "Volunteer of the Year". Mike Beggs was also one of the nominees. Wes Everitt won the President's Award. Congratulations to all for your amazing volunteer efforts.

 

Christmas Party: December 11

  • Tickets available from Shelley; looking to sell 40 tickets, 25 sold so far.

  • Murder Mystery theme

 

 

Foundation: Daphne Carlyle:

  • With $1000 budgeted for Foundation, the committee offered to match the first 20 donations of $50 to Foundation.

  • A draw was held among donors for the last three $50 of matching funds.

  • Joan, Mike and Dean will be making second donations that will be matched.

 

Annual Auction: The Auction/SummerFest Committee will be discussing the auction at our first meeting in January.

 

New member Derek Hardacker was inducted with a ceremony led by President Tom and ADG Richard Calverley. Welcome to the Club, Derek!

 

Please note that the December 11th Christmas Party is our last meeting of 2013. There will be no meeting on December 18 or December 25.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. (Followed by 2013 AGM)

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Dec 07, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MINUTES

December 4, 2013

Attending: 22 members

1 guest: ADG Richard Calverley

Minutes: Shirley Graham

Past President Richard Nelson chaired the Annual General Meeting, assisted by Rod Fay.

Moved by Shelley Rouse, seconded by Anita Voisin, that the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of December 5, 2012 be accepted as distributed. CARRIED.

Election of Board of Directors

Richard listed the nominations:

President: Tom Andrews

Secretary: Karen Devlin

Treasurer: Dan Jamieson

Directors: Mike Beggs, Art Carlyle, Daphne Carlyle, Dean Kilam and Len Lavender

Richard asked for further nominations from the floor, three times. There were no further nominations. All agreed to allow their names to stand, and were accepted by acclamation.

There were two candidates for the position of President-Elect: Daphne Carlyle and Victor Nowoselski. Ballots were distributed, marked by the members and counted. Daphne Carlyle will be our President-Elect.

Richard Nelson will remain Past President.

All terms will begin on July 1, 2014.

Moved by Mike Beggs, seconded by Dan Jamieson, that the ballots be destroyed. CARRIED.

Moved by Wes Everitt, seconded by Daphne Carlyle, that the meeting be adjourned. CARRIED.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Nov 30, 2013

Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft & Gift Sale Dec 1 Chemainus Legion Hall. 9775 Chemainus Rd. 250-246-2201 Donate for Christmas - Coastal Community Credit Union Warm clothes, gifts, food. Coastal Community Credit Union.

Christmas Art Show to Dec 13 11am – 4pm Chemainus Sketch Group. Coastal Community Credit Union

It’s A Wonderful Life to Dec 31 Chemainus Theatre Festival. www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca

M. Morgan, Painting Exhibit, Chemainus Theatre to Dec 23 www.chemainustheatrefestival.ca

Ladies Night Dec 4, 5 – 9pm holiday shopping in Chemainus. South Willow St. 250-324-3388

Customer Appreciation Night Dec 4, 5-9pm Vancouver Island Soap Factory 2865 Oak St.

Christmas Bazaar Dec 7, 10am- 3pm St Joseph’s’ School. 250-246-3191

Chemainus Gardens Festival of Trees Dec 7 – 21, 10 – 5pm. 250-246-3569. www.chemainusgardens.com

Christmas Dinner Dec 12 & 13. Senior Centre. 250-246-2111

Christmas Walking Tour - Sat Dec 14, 10am – 4pm Enjoy a store-to-store stroll through the little town. Tastings, Prizes more..

Little Town Christmas Sat Dec 14, 2:30 – 5:30pm Games, crafts, food, Santa & more. Waterwheel Park . Free for the kids –

Christmas Carol Cruise Sat Dec 14, Departing from The Chemainus Ferry Terminal.

Concenti Comes Carolling Dec 15 2pm The Concenti Singers. St Michael’s Anglican Church 250-748-8383

Ken Lavigne Home for Christmas Concert Dec 20, 7pm Chemainus United Church 250-324-3463 or 250-246-3592

The 13 Clocks Dec 27, 2pm A KidzPlay Show Reading Chemainus Theatre www.chemainustheatre.ca 

Event poster sponsored by the Chemainus BIA info@visitchemainus.ca www.visitchemainus.ca
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Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 26, 2013
Please circulate this request:
 
For the Ladysmith Guatemalan project,  if any of you have upgraded to a newer,faster, state of the art laptop and have a good used one sitting in a closet that you are willing to donate, please contact me.
Laptop requirements - a good battery, standard software, in good working order
 
The  computer will be given to the Mujeres Siempre Vives  Women's Centre (MSV) in San Lucas Toliman to help implement and maintain the grant program, the office operations of the centre, and will be used as an educational tool.
The centre established with Rotary help in January 2011, will conduct training sessions on permaculture and organic agriculture on an acquired piece of land. The project will give the women skills leading to providing food, income, broader economic opportunity  and an improved quality of life.
MSV is a young successful centre that has brought hope, education and new opportunity to the women and their families of an impoverished sector of San Lucas Toliman. The centre has an experienced mentor in an Oak Bay Rotarian who has worked with women in Guatemala for many years.
Contact me if you can help.
 
John Mulrooney Ladysmith RC
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Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 26, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

MINUTES

 

October 23, 2013

 

Attending: 18 members

3 guests: Linda Westrom and Claude Duperron Rhythms Artglass

Dan Spence, Ladysmith Rotary

Minutes: Shirley Graham

 

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

 

Rod Fay introduced Linda Westrom and Claude Duperron of Rhythms Artglass, who discussed their business of glass blowing.

 

  • Linda and Claude will be leaving shortly on a 7 week tour of trade shows.

  • They moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1981, in the old Firehall at Whippletree Junction.

    • Renovations included windows, walk-through art gallery

    • Since equipment takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to warm up, it made sense to find a location that combined residential quarters with the business space.

  • Moved to Chemainus as the Mural Project was starting, on Knight Road near the Saltair Pub.

    • They built their own extraction hood and rebuilt the tank furnace.

    • They make their own glass, as well as use some purchased glass.

  • When propane costs reached $1200-1500 per month, they built an electric pot furnace.

    • They mixed their own castable concrete for the door; Claude wired the control panel.

  • Metallic oxides are used to create colors; different chemical elements make different colors and have different properties.

  • The process starts with preheating the tools, including the blowpipe and gathering the molten glass.

    • Colored glass is crushed and sifted to use to make different textures and patterns.

    • Threads of glass can be pulled.

    • Color is picked up and the glass is rolled on a marver, a large flat table used to shape the glass while cooling it. Wet newspaper also is used to help shape glass.

    • Shaping can only be done for 5 - 10 seconds before the glass must be taken back to the "glory hole" of the furnace to be reheated at 2350 degrees.

    • If the glass is rolled in silver nitrate and then the nitrates are burned off, the glass will have a silver coating.

    • Stannous chloride and methyl hydrate are used to make an iridescent glass that looks old.

    • The lehr, or annealer, keeps glass warm but not so hot as to deform, then allows it to cool gradually.

  • The glass then undergoes five stages of grinding and polishing.

  • Linda uses a diamond dremel tool to sign the finished piece, or to add significant names and dates. She likes to engrave pieces to make them more meaningful to the owners.

  • Linda and Claude found that having a gallery is somewhat limiting for marketing. Now they travel extensively to large art shows and festivals. They have exhibited their artglass in many places including Seattle, Filberg, Anacortes, Sausalito, Edmonds, the Bellevue Art Festival, Ottawa, Vernon, Qualicum Beach, Calgary and Edmonton. They are focusing on Alberta and Saskatchewan now because of the hot economies there.

  • Black glass is often made with manganese and is actually a very dark green. Linda uses a combination of manganese and cobalt, resulting in a very deep black.

  • Rhythms Artglass won awards at the Sausalito Art Festival and the Award of Excellence at the Edmonds Art Festival.

  • Linda and Claude will be selling their artglass at Christmas shows starting in early November. They invite members to visit their studio in Saltair soon.

 

 

Garage Sale: The Rotary Garage Sale on October 19 raised $950 for the Guatemala project. Thanks to everyone who helped or contributed.

  • Shelley Rouse pointed out that Mike Beggs' contributions to the success of the garage sale were especially notable.

  • Dan Jamieson announced that Nanaimo Daybreak has sent a $500 cheque to support this project.

 

Dan Spence, President of Ladysmith Rotary:

  • Dan expressed appreciation for the teamwork that made the Golf Tournament so very successful this year.

  • Dan invited all Chemainus Rotary members to join their "King and Country" Remembrance Day Celebration this year.

    • Each year one local veteran of World War l or II who lost his life in the conflict is honored. The family of the veteran is invited.

    • The program is organized in conjunction with the Legion.

    • The dinner and ceremony will be held on Friday, November 8 at the Eagles Hall in Ladysmith. Tickets are $25.

 

Daphne Carlyle reminded members that October 24 is World Polio Day. A special livestream presentation  –  World Polio Day: Making History – will showcase the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at 3:30 PST.

 

AGM: December 5. Contact Tom or Richard for information on upcoming Board positions for the next year.

 

Christmas Party: December 11

  • There will be a Murder Mystery theme.

  • Location is not finalized yet.

 

Little Town Christmas: December 14, 2:30 to 5:30 pm

  • Chemainus Rotary will sell hot dogs, as usual.

  • The Little Town Christmas Society needs volunteers for this event. Please contact Shelley.

 

No Sergeant-At-Arms.

 

Andy pulled the joker . . AGAIN!

 

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 19, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

MINUTES

October 16, 2013

Attending: 23 members

5 guests: Darrell and Edith Martin, Edmonton NE Rotary

Charles and Diana Hoey, Ladysmith

Lisa Parnell, Chemainus

Sergeant-At-Arms: Susan Martin

Minutes: Shirley Graham

Past President Richard Nelson opened the meeting.

Rod Fay introduced Edith and Darrell Martin, who spoke on "Rotary International Service Opportunities".

  • Rotary Conventions:

    • Edith and Darrell have attended 9 Rotary Conventions. The next conventions are Sydney in 2014, followed by Sao Paulo, Seoul and Atlanta.

    • The conventions are always well organized; attended by 14,000 to 40,000 Rotarians.

    • There is always a House of Friendship with local vendors, food , visiting areas.

    • There are Opening and Closing Ceremonies, often more than one to accommodate all.

    • Speeches are heard from RI President and President-Elect, and Rotary success stories.

    • Over 160 countries are represented.

    • Benefits of attending include great speakers such as Jane Goodall, Mia Farrow, Tim Henderson of ShelterBox, Queen Noor of Jordan and Ted Turner; entertainment such as Cirque de Soleil, Russel Watson, Celtic Thunder, Il Divo and Dolly Parton, touring and learning about other cultures and meeting people world-wide.

    • For Edith and Darrell, touring has included street cars, dinner cruises, museums, elephant rides, the Cadbury chocolate factory, the Canadian Space Agency.

  • Youth Exchange

    • Edith and Darrell have hosted students from Brazil, Japan, Austria, Thailand and Ecuador.

    • The Edmonton NE club has sent students to Germany, Thailand, Finland, Switzerland and Turkey, forming connections around the world.

  • Club Projects:

    • Their Rotary club partnered with Zaruma, Ecuador.

      • Washrooms: Starting with one village, they installed washrooms with sinks, flush toilets and shower. In four years, 146 bathrooms were installed under the project.

      • PVC LIners for Water Resevoirs: The Club started by installing 6 liners in resevoirs, which held water to allow swimming, fish stocking and the improvement of gardens. After 4 years, the government recognized the benefits of the program and has installed 2000 resevoir liners around the country.

      • Classroom construction: The Club supplied $800 to build an additional classroom which now holds two computers.

      • Looms and Training: The Club provided looms and training for 18 villages. The more modern technology allows villagers to produce items for sale.

    • Project Amigo: A Work Week with Project Amigo in Mexico helps educate, provides dental and vision services, and hands out 200 books to each school. They also visited Migrant Worker camps where they were involved in projects such as seeding lawns. There are opportunities for sponsoring students; 45 students have come through this program.

    • "Girls on the Move" in Malawi, Africa: They have supported students in this program which is dedicated to helping young women in Malawi achieve self-sufficiency through education.

    • Immunizing children against polio is part of their future plans.

    • As part of District 5370, their club is working on an educational project in Belize, with the Alberta government sharing curriculum.

    • Also as part of District 5370, Edith and Darrell participated in a Friendship Exchange with District 3140 in Mumbai, India. The city holds 18.5 million people. They visited one of Mother Teresa's Missions of Hope and also had a walking tour of one of the largest slums, where 1 million people live. When their hosts visited Canada, they toured Edmonton, Athabasca, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Banff and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Daphne thanked Edith and Darrell for their lively presentation.

AGM: December 5. Contact Tom or Richard for information on upcoming Board positions for the next year.

Golf Tournament: Dan reported that the two clubs shared nearly $16,000 in revenue from the tournament. Thank you to everyone who helped with this major fundraiser.

Garage Sale: October 19.

  • Bring items to the bunker between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18.

  • The garage sale will be 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 at the bunker.

  • Proceeds will help purchase supplies for the villagers as part of the Guatemala project.

Birthdays were celebrated by Andy and Rod, and also by guest Lisa Parnell.

The Legion Casino and Silent Auction in support of Harvest House has been cancelled.

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


Chemainus Rotary Minutes October 16, 2013 Colleen Davy 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 19, 2013

 By Joan Takenaka  

     A BIG THANK YOU to all of our Rotary Club members and community members for your donations, your hard work before, during, and after our Garage Sale.  This was a very successful event and all proceeds will go towards helping people in need in Guatemala.

From the Guatemala Project Team
MUCHO GRACIOUS! Colleen Davy 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 19, 2013

The silence has been deafening!

We are still waiting to hear from any member who wishes he or she could try being a sergeant-at-arms on a temporary basis while Doug is away for the winter. 

This temporary position involves being sergeant for only two meetings between November to March, not an onerous task and one which can be lots of fun.

In case I missed your e mail or phone call, contact me again at 250 324 5502.  Don`t let this opportunity to have people give you money slip away! 

'ello, 'ello, 'ello! Rod Fay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 19, 2013

Just some advance notice of our Standing Committees meetings which will be part of our regular program for October 30.

This is an opportunity for the members of each committee to discuss projects past, present and future, and to hear what other committees have been doing.

Can't remember which committee you're on?  Not to worry, you will receive a personalized e mail next week advising you of your standing committee!

 

Standing Committees discussion and reports October 30 Rod Fay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 19, 2013

 

     Our program for the October 23 meeting will include a presentation by Linda Westrom and Claude Dupres, two

artists specializing in the design and production of beautiful glass objects d'art .

The presentation , the third in the series featuring local artists, promises to be both interesting and informative, and

definitely one you won't want to miss!

 

 

Local glassblowers to speak Rod Fay 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 13, 2013

                             100%

OF ALL PROCEEDS

FROM YOU DONATIONS

TO THE GARAGE SALE


GO TO THE FAMILIES

WE ARE SUPPORTING

IN GUATEMALA

PLEASE BRING YOUR ITEMS TO THE BUNKER ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 18 BETWEEN 3:00 AND 6:00      THANK YOU FOR HELPING!


PLEASE BRING GARAGE SALE ITEMS! Colleen Davy 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 13, 2013
Save the Date - Malahat Nation Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre Gala Fundraiser

 

Greetings from Malahat Nation Chief & Council,

 

On Saturday, November 2nd, the Malahat Nation will be joined by the Honourable Steven Point in a celebration to mark the construction of a new Cultural Resource Centre. This unique facility is designed to bring multigenerational educational opportunities to the community and will focus on literacy development and preschool programming.

 

We are proud to envision a future that embraces the important teachings and beliefs of our Elders, while providing opportunities for learning and training that will enable our youth to be actively engaged and competitive in the job market. We also recognize that we must, as a Nation, commit to more than a building and are pleased to have developed an education endowment that will guarantee that the plans we lay today are achievable tomorrow. By weaving the integrity of our past to the potential of our future, we ensure that our community is equipped with the necessary tools for success.

 

On behalf of our Chief and Council, we invite you to join us for an evening filled with traditional entertainment and hospitality as we honour our founding partners in this project, the Rotary Club, Government House and several corporate organizations and sponsors including Britco, Success by 6, Seaspan and Orca Books.

 

Honorable Steven Lewis Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) - 28th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and from Skowkale First Nation will provide the Keynote presentation.

 

Adam Beach (Stqeeye’) - Actor, of Dog Creek First Nation and “Smoke Signals” fame – currently starring in the Canadian TV production Arctic Air will also be joining us…along with many other noted Aboriginal/First Nation dignitaries and Leaders.

 

This is the must attend event of the year – space is limited and on a first come first served basis - registration is available through our website. We look forward to sharing this evening with you, and your support of this incredibly important and essential Malahat Nation initiative. Click Here to Register now or visit www.malahatnation.com.

 

For more information on the Malahat Kwunew Kwasun Cultural Resource Centre and/or Education Endowment Fund, please visit www.malahatnation.com or contact Robert Sagmeister at

SAVE THE DATE Colleen Davy 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 13, 2013

ROTARY CLUB OF CHEMAINUS

MINUTES

October 9, 2013

Attending: 23 members

1 guest: John Elzinga

Sergeant-At-Arms: Rod Fay

Minutes: Shirley Graham

President Tom Andrews opened the meeting.

Rod Fay introduced John Elzinga of the Island Savings Recreation Centre in Duncan.

  • The Centre provides sports, recreation and culture services funded primarily by taxpayers in North Cowichan South End, Duncan, Cowichan Bay, Cowichan Station, Sahtlam and Glenora.

  • The Cowichan Theatre is regionally funded by a wider taxpayer base.

  • The facility is 140,000 square feet.

  • The Centre is home to the World's Largest Hockey Stick and Puck as designated by the Guinness Book of World Records. The stick is 205 feet long and weighs 61,000 pounds.

  • The Cowichan Arena is home to the Cowichan Valley Capitals Jr. A Hockey Team.

  • The Cowichan Arena is used by minor hockey teams, figure skaters, recreational skaters and lacrosse players. It is also a concert venue as well as the location of the Home Show and the Cowichan Secondary graduation ceremonies.

  • The Multi-Purpose Hall is used as a gym and for special events such as banquets and wedding receptions. It holds up to 600 people. There is a commercial kitchen which can be used by a caterer.

  • The Heritage Hall is used for fitness programs, blood donor clinics and special events such as smaller dinners and banquets.

  • There are two dance studios with sprung floors.

  • There are Meeting Rooms.

  • The Cowichan Theatre has 731 seats, and an excellent new sound system.

  • The Cowichan Branch Library has more than 300,000 people annually use its services.

  • In 2011, the Food centre was converted to the Portals, a centre for the arts.

  • The Youth Corner was opened in 2009 to give youth a place to hang out safely together.

  • There is space available for more activities. Negotiations are underway with the Health Authority regarding the possible establishment of a Primary Care Clinic.

  • There are programs for Children and Youth, Adults, Older Adults and Elder College.

  • The Centre hosts numerous events and tournaments.

  • Sport Tourism is increasingly important and these facilities are an important factor in attracting events such as the Seniors Games, the Indigenous Games and major hockey tournaments.

  • The Centre is 35 years old and maintenance costs are escalating. The Advisory Board has begun saving for major renovations. It is difficult to balance current financial needs with the requirement for saving for future renovations.

Golf Tournament:

  • The Tournament was very successful with estimated $20,000 to be split between the Ladysmith and Chemainus Rotary clubs.

  • Tom thanked Doug and all the volunteers, with special mention of Marc McAndrews who got the carts, facilitated the draw and did the scoring.

  • The Mount Brenton Golf Course donated the course for the day of the tournament.

Donations:

  • The scholarship cheque was picked up.

  • CrimeStoppers will receive their cheque shortly.

Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • The theme of this years' party has not been finalized.

  • Please contact Shelley Rouse if you have ideas for our party.

  • Shelley suggested a Murder Mystery evening at the Horseshoe Cafe using some of the upper rooms for Christmas themed murder mystery.

Little Town Christmas: December 14, 2013

  • The organizers will be looking for assistance from Chemainus Rotary.

  • Little Town Christmas, the Chemainus Walking Tour and the Carol Ship will all be on the same day: December 14th.

Garage Sale: October 19

  • Donations can be brought to the bunker on Friday, October 18 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Len Lavender will pick up donations until October 14, then he is away and Butch will take over donation pick up.

  • The Guatemala team is staffing the sale, but volunteers are welcome.

Membership Chair:

  • Dean Killam will be taking over as our new Membership Chair.

Gaming Grant Application: Mike Beggs has been working diligently on this application. Thank you, Mike!

AGM: December 4, 2013

  • Contact Tom if you are willing to fill one of the Board positions for the coming year.

Legion Casino and Silent Auction: October 19. Please support our Legion!

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

Chemainus Rotary Minutes October 9 , 2013 Colleen Davy 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 13, 2013

If you do, you have an opportunity you have an opportunity as an "acting sergeant-at-arms". 

This position is a neat way to try your hand at being the more raucous part of our weekly program.  One of our sergeants has to be away for a few months answering the call of the golf courses south of the border.

As an acting sergeant at arms you will fill in his two spots on the schedule between November and mid March.  If you want to avail yourself of this golden opportunity, Rod Fay would like to hear from you, by email, phone or best of all, in person!

Do you like to have people give you money? Rod Fay 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 13, 2013

Do we have a treat in store for this coming Wednesday`s meeting! 

Our speakers will be: 

Darrel and Edith Martin

Rotarians, world travellers and previous visitors to our club.

They will be talking about their  peregrinations with Rotary

You don`t want to miss this as Darrel and Edith share their Rotary experiences!

Program for October 16 meeting Rod Fay 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colleen Davy on Oct 05, 2013

 

Dear Chemainus Rotarians,

Greetings on behalf of the Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central. I would like to let you know that all is well here. I would also like to share our club's updates, especially on Community Service and share our gratitude for your kind support in the past one year. First off, am the current Assistant community service director, thank you for instilling the Rotary spirit in me during our visit and stay in Cowichan Valley in 2008!

Last year we managed to support 1342 girls through fundraising from friends families and other sponsors. We have started campaigning and fundraising for this years sanitary wear contribution and distribution to the same institutions we have supported since the project started in 2011/2012. We have the same team challenge like we did last year and mobilising our friends, families and other sponsors to support school girls. 

Attached please find reports from last year’s distribution. This time we are getting better quality sanitary pads as I raised the issue that the sanitary pads we were distributing were not of good quality...so our partners are going to get better quality which is abit expensive (10USD per girl per year) but still worth it. 

 

We would therefore like to request for your kind support again this year and thank the Rotary Club of Chemainus for your continued support. 

Thanks and kind regards to you and members,

Martha

 

 

Updates from The Rotaract Club of Nairobi Central Colleen Davy 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Chemainus Rotary Minutes October 2 , 2013 Colleen Davy 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rod Fay on Oct 05, 2013

The speaker for our October 9 meeting will be John Elzinger from the Island

Savings Recreation Centre in Duncan. 

He will be talking about the activities and programs offered by the Centre with a

particular emphasis on the services available for young people.

Speaker for our October 9 meeting Rod Fay 2013-10-06 00:00:00Z 0