Vol. 100 No. 37
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday April 3, 2018
Sandra Phillips, Founder, CEO and Shared Mobility Architect
movmi Shared Transportation Services

Speed of Change: How Transportation is Changing in our Cities

movmi is an award winning boutique agency specialized in Shared Mobility Architecture: the planning, implementation and launch of new mobility services, such as carsharing or bikesharing.

Sandra turns visions into reality: as a Shared Mobility Architect she is in charge of overall service and market strategies.

Sandra has held Senior Management and Executive roles with Daimler, BCAA and BMW and has launched shared mobility systems in more than 10 cities world wide. She is considered a world-wide expert on the subject, is a TED speaker and has been nominated as Women of Influence in 2017. She is also a regular contributor to various mobility publications.

Sandra is a certified Project Management Professional, holds a Master of Arts from University of Zurich, and has been granted an MBA by TrustForte Corporation in NY.

Sandra has two decades of experience working in the private sector at the intersection of innovation, technology and social changes. She is known for successfully establishing startup and new ventures and leading them to success.  In 2010 she found her niche in shared mobility: Her customer centric approach, her laser sharp focus on optimized operations and her drive to succeed results in hundreds of thousand people that move around town in a more efficient and sustainable way.


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 10, 2018
Richard Walton, Mayor, District of North Vancouver,
Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, Metro Mayors' Council

Mobility Pricing, Bridge Tolls and Taxes for Metro Vancouver

Richard Walton is serving his fourth term as Mayor of North Vancouver District, and is in his 23rd year of elected public service. Mayor Walton also serves on Boards the Metro Vancouver, the Municipal Finance Authority of BC and TransLink. He previously served from 2011 to 2014 as Chair of Mayors Council.

Richard Walton graduated with a BA from the University of British Columbia, an MA from Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the British Columbia Institute of Chartered Accountants, where in 2011 Mayor Walton he was elected a Fellow (FCA, FCPA) for lifetime service to the profession.  In 2017 he was awarded the designation ICD.D from the Rottman School of Business’ corporate directors’ program.

In 2013 Mayor Walton received on behalf of North Vancouver District, the United Nations Sasakawa Award, for World Leadership in the area of Planning for and Responding to Natural Disasters. In 2004 he founded and chaired the first World Mountain Bike Festival held in Vancouver and in 1999 he chaired the BC Games for Athletes with a Disability. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Service to his community.


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 17, 2018
Ms. Pushpa Chandra, World Class Marathoner
7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Message From President Phil
The Sister Club Relationship between the Rotary Club of Vancouver and the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South is an important relationship for our club. We will be entering the sixth year of this relationship which bridges fellowship and friendships across not only national and cultural boundaries, but across the Pacific Ocean. As announced at noon on March 27 by President Phil Webber of RCOV in Vancouver, the Sister Club Agreement was renewed for a further five years in the evening of March 27 (in Japan and after accounting for the effect of the International Date Line).
This relationship has resulted in the Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South partnering with us in the water projects in the Congo and in Tanzania and Kenya.  These projects and the relief and health they bring to whole communities in Africa would not have been possible without international cooperation and support, such as that provided to us by Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South.  We search for new humanitarian projects and value the relationship with our Sister Club which enables them and us, as “Rotarians: Making a Difference.
RCOV was represented at the signing ceremony in Japan by Dr. Michael Woolnough and Mr. Ian Storrs, the Co-chairs of our International Service Committee, Ms. Verona Edelstein, a past chair of our International Service Committee and currently the Chair of the Grant’s Committee for Rotary District 5040, Ms. Kayo Otake the coordinator of the Sister Club Agreement renewal initiative and trip, Mr. Kaz Kadono, our Club’s Treasurer and a Director of our Club, and by Ms. Barbara Welsh, our Club’s official photographer and her husband, Mr. Bob McDonald.
The full text of President Phil’s letter to Rotary Club of Tokyo Setagaya South and relating to the renewal of the Sister Club relationship can be viewed by clicking below.
The event is driven by ROTARY Club of Vancouver Sunrise, ROTARY Club of Vancouver Yaletown and ROTARY Club of Vancouver. The Hoop-A-Thon is also supported by Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Saturday April 28th - only 4 weeks away!
This year's goal is to raise $40,000 ($30,000 by Rotary); $20,000 will be awarded in Post Secondary Scholarships and Vocational Training, and $20,000 will be presented to the Strathcona Community Centre Youth Basketball Program. 
All of the students who receive funding have demonstrated their commitment to community service, youth leadership and volunteerism - and have a verified need for financial support due to family and individual circumstances. Help us help the kids!
Also connect via Social Media…
Please Like Us on FacebookFacebook event page 
Twitter: Chris Gailus (@chrisgailus) and Yvonne Schalle from GLOBAL TV (@YvonneSchalle) will participate again this year. 
GLOBAL TV:  Hashtags: #GlobalBC and #OurBC
Click on the button below to see the website for more info and to make a donation. Thanks!
Please send emails to your friends, family and business associates - asking for pledges. If you have business contacts and would like to request a Corporate Donation, contact Angus Campbell so that he can send you an overview.
Be part of THE Rotaract/Rotary Evening of the Year!
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rotaract and it's time to celebrate! 
Tickets to this Gala evening of food, fun, and dancing are selling fast. Who has already bought their tickets? DG Don Evans and Deb Evans, DGE Darcy Long, Bala Naidoo, Lyn Stroshin, and many other Rotarians and Rotaractors.
If you haven't yet bought yours, here is your chance! Don't wait!

When: Saturday, May 12th, 6pm-10pm
Where: Burnaby Firefighters Hall (6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5H 3E8)
Why: Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary!
Cost: $65

The evening will also showcase Rotaract District's projects - past, present, and future. You'll also get to meet the incoming Rotaract Club Presidents and the new District Rotaract Representative (DRR)!

This year's Rotaract District Project is to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio campaign. The celebration will hold the dual purpose of fundraising for this worthy campaign.

Have something to contribute to the silent auction? Have questions?
Please contact
"For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horsehoe-nail."
~ Benjamin Franklin
Use the access code to
Thank you to all those who supported the RWA Daffodil fundraiser. Your generosity raised $456 for the programme.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz Gehriger's office
May 01, 2018
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
May 01, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
May 15, 2018 1:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
May 17, 2018 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
May 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
May 22, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
RCoV Annual Strategy Session - details to follow
May 29, 2018
Membership Committee Meeting
May 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 05, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


RCoV's Newest Potential Member

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 14 days of this notice, Sandra Lowe, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Sandra Lowe will hold is Law Office Management.
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger 
Seconded by: Kim Lepp 
If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 14 days of this notice, Tugce Irtenk, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Tugce Irtenk will hold is Architecture - Interior & Curtain Wall Design.
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger 
Seconded by: Kendall Jessiman 
from Bill Schultz
Bill reported that Malcolm Hunter is recovering from knee surgery. Also Bill chatted with Des Verma & Leo Allas who were delighted to hear from the Club; hopefully we'll see them at one of our meetings soon.

Last Meeting March 27, 2018

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
District Governor, Don Evans accompanied on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Jim Evans, Sergeant-at-Arms Elect, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • Toast to our Sister Club, RC of Tokyo Setagaya South. Please see words above from President Phil with regards to the continuation of our Sister Agreement which was signed last night, local time.
  • The Interact Club of Sir Winston Churchill charter night will be on Friday May 25th. If you can make it, please do. It would be great to have a large showing from the Club.
  • Kudos to Adriana Zylmans and to John Bathurst & Kendall Jessiman as co-chairs of our youth committee.
  • Kudos to Madhu Toshniwal for holding up our Club's need to have someone attend the District Foundation Grants Seminar March 18th -- the only person able to represent our Club as Verona was ill and I and others were out of town -- attendance is a necessary prerequisite if we are to qualify for leveraging our contributions to international projects -- potentially 5 for 1, a $50,000 project for a RCoV contribution of $10,000.
  • We need back up chairs for our committees: witness the Membership Committee and its success. Franz was given credit in last week's Rotor for our Club being leaders of the pack in membership growth, but it should have been noted that it is a team effort. When Franz cannot attend, he has Jason or Min fill in, as Min has done this month. Thank you Min.

    Last week, the Hearing Committee had to cancel its scheduled meeting for want of a chair. As noted in Benjamin Franklin's words, for want of a Chair a meeting was lost.
  • Carolyn does a terrific job in getting out the Rotor but please let her or me know if you see errors or we fail to appropriately recognize your contributions as it is only by all of us doing our bit that we can be better.
    "Good, better, best,
    May we never rest, 
    Until the good is better,
    And the better is best."

  • Criminal Record Checks (CRC): we need more of you to sign-up. Those that have completed will be emailed; those who have not, you are encouraged to complete the simple process (see link in above section). Let President Phil know how and if the Club can help if you need it.
  • We are looking our Club to be a sponsor for the District Conference. Our goal is to raise $1,000 for a silver sponsorship.
    UPDATE: Members attending the Mar 27th meeting were quick to donate a total of $415, only $585 to go
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: Hussein Samnani Mar 31, Bill Davidson Apr 02
  • member anniversaries: Angus Campbell 2 years, Graham Coleman 2 years, Tom Calkin 37 years, Mark Venier 2 years, Adrian Mastracci 16 years, Paul McCrea 51 years
  • wedding anniversariesDon Evans & Deb Sankey 22 years
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Gary Chomyn from RC of Vancouver Sunrise talked to us all, officially launching the Hoop-a-thon. He showed a video that captured what the event is all about -- support for some wonderful youth and a bright future. 

    Save the date April 28th at the Strathcona Community Centre. Come out and support this great event.

    See their website for more info and a means to donate, CLICK HERE.
  • Peter Clarke promoted the 2018 District Conference, May31-Jun01 in Squamish at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

    NOTE: Please register asap, though registrations will be accepted right up to the start of the conference, it would be appreciated from a planning perspective if you would register early. 1st timers get a discount!

    Also, if you will need accommodation, that too should be organized as soon as possible. There is special block pricing at the upscale Executive Suites Hotel & Resort or the budget Mountain Retreat Hotel & Suites. Rooms are going fast, rates at these hotels are good until the end of April.

    Here are 5 more "SWEET reasons to attend:
    1. Get the inside scoop of the working of Rotary International from our own Dean Rohrs, Rotary International Vice-President.
    2. Picnic on a real passenger train on Saturday with a boxed lunch.
    3. Honour the passing of our Rotary friends at our annual memorial service on Sunday morning, June 3rd. This is a special event to attend.
    4. Shhhh... there will be a secret special family and friend event on Friday evening. STay tuned for the special announcement on May 5th.
    5. Always a highlight is the presentation put on by the "Youth Exchange" students. How much fun can these young men and women have?!
Special presentation:
  • Don Evans presented Min Kuang with her Paul Harris plus 2.
  • Gord Esau introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Paul Evans,  .

    Dr. Evans is a Rotary Club fan! This was his 6th opportunity to speak to a Rotary Club. It is admirable how the organization is moving into the 21st century in such a great way -- more women, younger demographic, continues to be globally engaged, etc. 

    His talk was very, very interesting. The subject of North Korea and the uncertainty surrounding it is on a lot of people's minds. Recently, there has been a wee bit of sunshine in a gloomy time, primarily due to.
    - weapons development
    - the current American President's hard and inconsistent attitudes and actions
    - North Korea itself shows some uncertainty in how far they will go.

    The North Korean regime is the hardest on earth. The mindset of the government, and the people, is very difficult to understand, though it does seem to make sense to many of its own people.

    Tension levels are higher now than in the last 50 years. No one wants another Korean war. The skies are very gloomy indeed. However, a lite did shine, a moment of hope, through the Olympics when tensions were suspended. That Donald Trump has since agreed to possibly meet is good news. They could talk about deeper sanctions, etc., or perhaps begin to de-escalate and reduce the rhetoric. A beginning of a solution?

    Where does Canada fit? We want diplomacy to have a chance; the current government is willing and wanting to take the high road. We may need some sanctions as well but diplomacy will be the priority. Canada does not have anyone physically in North Korea, the question is how do we keep the door open?

    There are currently a few, though very few but a few nonetheless, non-profit organizations who are working in North Korea, e.g., providing soy products for orphans, building teaching capacity for ESL.

    Is it possible to work with this horrid regime to do good? - keep the window open? In the next few months diplomacy has a 50/50 chance of working. The windows that are open will allow us in.

    There were lots of great questions from the members. This is obviously a topic of tremendous interest, too bad we didn't have 3-hours to listen to Dr. Evans.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the diplomacy and dialogue NOT war.

April 20, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary