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The Rotary Club of Comox is an inclusive group of service-minded leaders who are dedicated to improving the quality of life locally and internationally.  We are guided by a strong commitment to integrity, good will, and fellowship and to inspiring the same in others.
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1801 Beaufort Ave
Comox, BC  V9M 1R9
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AG Stu presents the 2016-2017 Presidential Citation to Kalyssa Heinrich of the Mark R Isfeld Interact Club
November 23, 2017
It was Foundation Evening and Dale started us off in a Rotary Moment by reminding us of the projects our club has done through the matching grant system of The Rotary Foundation.  He referred to a loop of photos running behind him from this past week that showed the near completion of the final phase of our current Global Grant 8 Villages Project.  He reminded the club that the measured decline in infant mortality rates and disease in the 14 small villages to which we have brought clean water can be seen as being just as dramatic as the polio eradication efforts on a larger scale - and the everyday positive effects of bringing clean water will continue in years to come.  He congratulated the club in its efforts in partnership with The Rotary Foundation.
The board has some disappointing news and some good news.  In that order:
  • Rachel Mashruky has resigned as a member; she is not in a position to be able to participate at this time but has been assured that we would welcome her back if things change.
  • And the good news?  The board approved the membership application for Russell Ball.  If no club member comes forward to President Jo before November 30 with any reason Russell’s application should be denied, he will be cleared to become our newest member.
Following is Russell’s bio information:
Born in Victoria into a military family, Russell’s schooling was done overseas, in Ontario, and in BC.  He joined the military when he was 26, went to sea as a marine engineer (stoker) on HMCS Yukon.  He then served in the Airforce as an AVN tech. He served for 27 years.
He is married to Lori.  Russell owns and operates AudioXcellence DJ Services here in the Comox Valley, and Lori owns Comox Valley Fossil Adventures; Russell helps with tours and fossil identifications.
He is Past President of the Comox Valley Small Business Ass’n and President of the Courtenay Gem and Mineral Club, and runs the rock workshop for cutting, polishing, and shaping gemstones.  He provides sound support and music for a number of local charities, including YANA and the annual MS Walk.  Such service is fuelled by his belief in giving back to a community that supports him and his family.
Russell is dad to an adult son, Bryn, and daughter, Tyra, stepdad to Ashley and Samantha, and grandpa to Kylie(3) and Alayla (1).
President Jo thanked Holly for doing the November 16th meeting notes for the Bulletin last week, in Joan’s absence.
Interact Mentor Brian Mather announced that ads for the Anti Drinking and Driving campaign are still on sale to help this ambitious high school Interact Club get the message out again this holiday season.  Contact him if you’d like to participate!
Vasilly and Isabella, two Interact students, were sponsored by our club to take part in October’s Vancouver Island Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend.  Both were present to thank the club for a fantastic experience to learn about themselves and develop leadership skills.  Another great way our club whispers “Service Above Self” to youth….
Next week, Celesta from Interact will be on hand to sell holiday cards in support of the Market Kids program in Honduras.  Why not consider this Feel Good Holiday tradition?  Make a difference in a disadvantaged youth’s life!
Past President Chris reminded the club of the importance of attending the AGM next week on November 30 and presented the slate of nominations brought forward by the Nominations Committee, which he chaired this year.  Nominations are as follows for a VP and 4 vacant directorships:
VP                          Rod McKenzie
Directors              Sukhman Sidhu
                                Tom Miller
                                Rob van Haarlem
                                Ernie von Schilling
It was time for Assistant Governor Stu’s Official Visit to the club.
  • He brought a prime story from his recent attendance at the Zone meeting - DGN Mo dressed as a Mountie, standing before a cutout of Justin Trudeau, urging all to attend the Toronto Convention!  That’s Mountie Mo…and Justin Trudeau….asking if you’re going to go… Toronto….
[And speaking of the Toronto RI Convention in June 2018 – The registration rates go up on Dec 16 from $335 USD to $410 USD, so if you’re still thinking of attending this relatively close, Canadian currency, fantastic Rotary event, sign on now!]
  • Stu reported that the potential new Rotary club for the Comox Valley, likely to be sponsored by our club, is having a second organizing meeting.  Club members may attend to find out more and to encourage them, by sending a message to Stu.  The meeting is on December 4th from 5 - 7 pm at Chalk Lounge in the Westerly.  Sponsoring a new Rotary club is an exciting prospect and a sign of maturity for a club.  It’s all to the good of Rotary.
  • Stu also reported that he had had the honour that day of presenting the Mark R Isfeld Interact Club with its Presidential Citation for an action-packed 2016-2017 Rotary year.  The achievements required to be granted this award are not insignificant.  Congratulations to a quite extraordinary Interact Club!  Mentors Brian Mather and Cathy Snyder are also to be commended!
Sergeant at Arms Henrie got us guessing (and submitting fines!) on outrageous, little-known facts about our various members.  And PE Russ paid a ransom for his Club Auction Bruce Springsteen hat accessory.  Soon he really will be The Boss – and what a great one he will be!
District Foundation Fundraising Chair Lorna Curtis gave a comprehensive overview of The Rotary Foundation, ways of giving, giving levels, and the various funds that donations support.  She presented the instructional video of former Costco executive John Matthews explaining the Rotary Funds.  You can view it by clicking the link below:
Following this, Major Donor Bashir El-Khalafawi of Parksville AM Club described the workings of the Paul Harris Society.
In thanking our guests, everyone was entreated by Foundation Director Rod to consider the painless way of giving to Rotary – gradually, with a contribution automatically set up to be made on a regular basis – through Rotary Direct.  Contact Rod for instructions in getting set up or changing your existing donation.  Help our club achieve its goals for the year!
Another great meeting!  See you next week for the Everyone Deserves a Smile work party and the AGM.
Notice AGM Nov. 30th 2017
Annual General Meeting ~ Thursday, November 30th, 2017
We need you there! 
We need a quorum … for our club that means at least 25 members in good standing and eligible to vote must be present. 
This is an important meeting as it is the one at which the vice-president and new directors will be voted on and the direction of the club established. 
And Speaking of New Directors …
•  Four new directors will be voted in that evening.  The three directors whose terms are ending at the end of this Rotary year are:  Leif Jason, Henrie Beaudoin, and Rod McKenzie.  And one more, Cathy Snyder will be leaving the board on June 30th, 2018. 
• Past President Chris noted that the new directors do not necessarily assume the positions of those leaving the Board. 
How are New Directors Identified?
•  A nominating committee met recently to put forward a “cast of characters" (to quote Past President Chris :-0).  This year the Nominating Committee consisted of nine past presidents, the current president, and the president elect.   This committee has been hard at work to recruit our new leadership team ... the one that will take us into and through Rotary year 2018-2019.
There is another means through which members can be recommended to serve as a Director.  It's important first to check with the individual you may wish to nominate to learn if s/he is interested in letting his/her name stand.  The next step is to submit the recommendation in writing to our Club secretary (Joan Collinge) between November 2nd through 16th.  For more information on this process, please see the newly-adopted Bylaws, which can be found in ClubRunner (View Club Documents). 
•  November 23rd.  The list of candidates will be presented to club.
•  November 30th (AGM).   Vote for new directors and VP takes place.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Past President Chris Brulotte, Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Wishing you all a very pleasant weekend.
Christmas Party Time Change
Rotarians, our Christmas Dinner on December 7th, will actually start at 5:45 so that the children will have more time to play(craft)  and dinner will be served at 6:30 sharp.
And please remember to register, either tomorrow night at our meeting or by emailing me at with all the names, ages of children and dietary needs.
Thank you so much,
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