Vol. 100 No. 28
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday January 30, 2018
Dave Steverding, VPD Detective and Odd Squad Productions volunteer
"Prevention and how it relates to drug use and addiction."

Dave is a former Rotary Club of North Vancouver member and a current member of the Odd Squad Productions Society. Dave is part of the Odd Squad's peer-to-peer youth mentoring program team. Dave's presentation will address drug-awareness and prevention programs in our school system, or lack thereof, and what the Odd Squad has been doing in this regard over the last 20 years.
Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization, created in 1997 by seven Vancouver City Police Officers. The goal is to empower youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through educational material as well as documentaries. Odd Squad Productions Society delivers valuable and needed reality-based education on the consequences of engaging in risky behavior to thousands of students, parents, teachers, and community groups in the Lower Mainland, throughout B.C., Alberta, and across Canada. Some of their current projects:
  • The Odd Squad Beat: Understanding Fentanyl
    • Module 1: Overview
    • Module 2: Personal and Community Impact
    • Module 3: Treatment and Prevention
  • The Odd Squad Beat: Understanding Autism
    Odd Squad is embarking on a three part series of educational videos to assist law enforcement in Canada in understanding and dealing with individuals on the Autism Disorder Spectrum.
  • The Odd Squad Beat: Understanding Police Use of Force
Join us on Tuesday to hear this interesting presentation.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 6, 2018
Ms. Shawn Bayes, Exec Director, Elizabeth Fry Society, Greater Vancouver

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that supports some of society’s most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our more than two dozen programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 13, 2018
Franz Gehriger, CEO, Swissreal Group & RCoV member
Exclusive tour of "The Exchange" building

Join us for a tour of the Vancouver Exchange building, Canada's first LEED Platinum heritage conversion and new structure developed by Swissreal Group.

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
6:15pm - 7:45pm

Joint dinner meeting between the Rotaractors and the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Location will be at the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, UBC. Registration for the meeting will open next week. 
We are proud to have dinner supplied by Potluck Catering. The Potluck Cafe Society was founded in 2001 to help end the cycle of poverty in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community and address the needs of it's more nutritionally vulnerable residents through solutions that promote employment and nutrition. Dinner will be assorted sandwiches (including vegetarian options), salads, desserts and tea/coffee.
The agenda will include reports by all three Clubs (2 Rotaract & RCoV) highlighting ongoing projects that are of interest to all.
Please join us in this, the first joint meeting of 2018, to help strengthen the ties between the Clubs.


All members are invited to attend a dinner evening hosted by the Setagawa Club in Tokyo on Tuesday March 27th, to renew our Club's association agreement. The cherry blossom festival celebrations are planned for the same week.
There are already a number of club members who have expressed an interest in participating and we hope more will join us. Kayo has managed to arrange for very agreeable flight costs.
If you are interested in finding out more or in putting your name on the list of travellers, contact either Michael Woolnough or Kayo Otake at your earliest convenience.

Saturday March 3, 2018

Franco Gallo, Club Secretary, would like to extend an invitation to all members to attend the 2018 TEDx conference. There are 30 Rotarians from other clubs already registered.
The highlights:
  • $97 per mezzanine ticket
  • receive gifts worth approximately $325 with every ticket
  • 15% of Rotarian ticket sales will be donated to the RCoV Foundation
  • 1 free ticket for every 15 tickets purchased
  • there will be a no-host lunch for Rotarians 
CLICK HERE and buy your Mezzanine tickets, or contact Franco for info.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
RCoV BoD Meeting
Mar 01, 2018 5:30 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Mar 06, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
International Service Committee Meeting
Mar 15, 2018 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Mar 17, 2018 11:00 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Mar 20, 2018 1:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz's office
Mar 27, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
Mar 27, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Apr 03, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
RCoV BoD Meeting
Apr 05, 2018 5:30 PM


RCoV's Newest Potential Member

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 14 days of this notice, IOT Pay Technologies Inc., and its individual representative,  Chester Huang, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Corporate Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver with IOT Pay Technologies Inc.'s representatives being individual members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that IOT Pay Technologies Inc. and its representatives will hold is "Technology: Payment Solutions"
Proposed by: Min Kuang
Seconded by: Angela Pan
Looking for a long green umbrella. It was at the meeting last week (Jan 23) and seemed to have taken a walk. If you picked up an umbrella, kindly check that it is not the wayward one. 

Last Meeting January 23, 2018

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Kayo Otake accompanied on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Jim Evans, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • As noted in the Upcoming Meetings section of this Rotor, a tour of The Exchange Building courtesy of Franz Gehriger has been scheduled for 12:30 (right after a quick lunch) on Tuesday February 13th. Arrive promptly for noon so that you can finish your lunch before we walk over, en mass, to The Exchange, the Greenest HEritage Building Conversion in all of North America.
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an exciting, and challenging, leadership training program for leaders, and 'potential' leaders, between the ages of 19 and 30. The youth committee need your help in suggesting young people (name and contact details) between the ages of 19 & 30 who might like to participate. Please provide name to Joan Posivy and Kendall Jessiman. CLICK HERE for info about the event.
  • Tuesday, February 20th is the date for our joint meeting with our Rotaract Club. SAVE THE DATE. It will substitute for our luncheon meeting that day. More details will be forthcoming soon.
    - Commencing at 6:15 p.m. at UBC
    - Dinner 6:30 p.m.
    - Program 7:00 p.m.
    - Adjournment 7:45 p.m.
  • The 2018 Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace is coming to our backyard. It will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, downtown Vancouver on Saturday February 10th. We have been asked to help with the setup. If you can help on Friday Feb 9th, please let Phil know. Speakers include Ian Riseley, (this will be one of his three Presidental Conferences this year), Rotary International President 2017-18 and Dr David Suzuki. The registration fee is $275 for Rotary Members and $85 for Rotoractors. CLICK HERE for more information about the conference and to register.
  • The Rotary Club of New Westminster is celebrating it's 90th anniversary with a brunch on Sunday February 11th at the Inn at the Quay, New Westminster. Keynote speaker will be Ian Riseley. Cost is $48 per person. To register either phone PDG Del Paterson, 604-515-9590 or on-line, Note that Brian Street will be representing our club as will Tom Crean who has a family connection through a long-standing member, his brother Michael (Dad to Ryan Crean). Others are certainly welcome but must register to reserve a place. CLICK HERE to view the invitation. It's interesting to note that RCoV sponsored the chartering (i.e., formation) of the New Westminster Club ninety years ago.
Secretary's, Milton Kiang (standing in this week for Franco), announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: none this week
  • member anniversaries: none this week
  • wedding anniversaries: Gabriel & Charron Kalfon, 47 years (Jan 23rd)
Special presentations:
  • Induction of Cindy Chen, classification Investment: Stocks & Real Estate. Welcome Cindy!
  • Paul Harris Fellow Award to Deborah Louise Sankey for her contributions to the stature and success of our club through her role as part of the Don and Deb District Governor Team. Congratulations and a sincere thank you Deb!
  • Johnathon Strebly and Amber deSouza were presented with their 4-way test plaques.
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Sue Haralds-Towsley of the RWA Inner Circle Society, which was formed by the spouses of member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver in 1921, announced the upcoming fashion show to be held on April 16th. Sue appealed to members to supply door prizes and silent auction items for this worthy fundraiser. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • John Richardson, Fred West & Blair Trenholme along with Jane Woolnough were recognized for joining Phil Webber for a one-to-one training seminar on Wednesday January 17th in preparation for volunteering in the young readers school program.
  • Michael Woolnough announced that we have received an invitation from our sister club in Tokyo to join them on Tuesday March 27th for a celebratory dinner renewing our sister-club relationship. It will during the cherry blossom festival -- a beautiful time to be in Tokyo. So far, six members have expressed an interest in travelling to Tokyo for the event. Others are welcome, contact Michael.
  1. Milton Kiang introduced Donald MacPherson, whose presentation was titled, How Many Deaths Will It Take?: The Overdose Crisis and Policy Resilience.

    Donald is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and one of Canada's leading figures in drug policy. He was the author of Vancouver's 4-pillar drug strategy. His interest in the area of drug use and policy began in the 80's when he worked in the Carnegie Literature Centre located at Main & Hastings Sts. He did not have any life experience with the drug scene at the time.

    One of Donald's mentors, Mr. Bud Osborn who chronicled life in the Downtown Eastside in six books of poetry, one of which won the City of Vancouver Book Award, was himself an addict. He stopped using and started advocating. His belief was that legalization of drugs was needed to minimize if not eliminate the stigmatism and gang involvement that currently go hand-in-hand with addiction.

    Donald went into detail explaining the benefits of abandoning the current policy structure, which started as the Opium Act in 1908, and adopting a public health approach. Please CLICK HERE to see his full presentation.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to saving lives.

February 23, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary