Vol. 100 No. 17
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday October 31, 2017 @ Terminal City Club
District Governor, Don Evans; Club Visit 

Don is coming home! Though it is on official District business, undoubtedly it will be a great meeting. Don will bring us all up to date on District initiatives and will be able to answer any questions we may have. In addition, Don will be able to share his experiences travelling around our great province visiting other Rotary Clubs.
Come to lunch and help us welcome Don (and hopefully Deb too). 


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday November 7, 2017
Rod Hoffmeister - Honourary Lieutenant Colonel

Honourary Lieutenant Colonel Rod Hoffmeister of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will be coming to speak to us just prior to Remembrance Day. He, as a multi-generational military family member will, no doubt, recount stories that will be very interesting.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday November 14, 2017
Nikola Girke - Four time Canadian Olympian

RCoV Curling Classic - 40th year running!
All members are invited to attend and participate in the Squamish Curling bonspiel over the weekend of November 3, 4 and 5.  No experience is necessary and instruction and equipment will be provided. 
The Rotary Club of Vancouver fall Curling Classic has been going on for 40 years and is a pile of fun for curlers and non-curlers alike. 
Please see the attached sign-up sheet and respond ASAP, registration closed on October 25, 2017 but perhaps Bill Dauphinee can work magic. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.
Remembrance Day - Fundraiser for Veterans
More volunteers to sell Remembrance Day poppies outside of Nordstroms and the Pacific Center are required for Thursday, Friday and Saturday,  November 2, 3 and 4.
Please contact Brian Kerr by e-mail at
A number of the legion members who are the veterans who fought to defend our way of life and freedoms are aging and unable to stand with the tins and poppies to place on donor’s lapels.  The average age of the legion branch we would be volunteering for is over 80.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
International Service Committee Meeting
Nov 16, 2017 7:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
Pierre Adjoury's home
Nov 16, 2017
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Nov 18, 2017 11:00 AM
District Foundation Dinner Nov.18
Terminal City Club
Nov 18, 2017
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute, Part 3
Accent Inn
Nov 25, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz's office
Nov 28, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
CKNW Orphans' Fund Pledge Day 2017
Nov 29, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Dec 05, 2017
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
RCoV BoD Meeting
Dec 07, 2017 5:30 PM
Dec 12, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Dec 16, 2017 11:00 AM
International Service Committee Meeting
Dec 21, 2017 7:30 PM
Dec 26, 2017
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz's office
Dec 26, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Jan 02, 2018


Congratulations and welcome to Mr. Xiang Xia Pan, Angela Pan & Eliza Pan of Eyexpo Technology Corp., OUR NEWEST CORPORATE MEMBERS.
At the regular club meetings on October 24 the club will be asked to approve the nomination of a member as District Governor Nominee and at the meetings on October 31 and November 7 to ratify and confirm the resolutions passed October 24.
Our AGM is coming up on December 12th and we will be electing the following positions:
Vice President
3 directors
Sergeant at Arms
As the nominations committee, we will be reaching out to members to fill these roles but we are most interested in hearing directly from members if they have an interest in letting their name stand for any of these offices.

Last Meeting, October 24th, 2017

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Kayo Otake accompanied on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Jim Evans, acting Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) presentation:
  • Mr Xiang Xia Pan, Ms. Angela Pan & Ms. Eliza Pan, Eyexpo Technology Corp. were inducted as corporate members of Rotary Club of Vancouver. Welcome!
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • October 24th - World Polio Day. Rotary's 5th annual World Polio Day event is co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington and will bring together more than 50,000 viewers from around the world. Watch the video (CLICK HERE) as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication.  
  • CKNW Orphans' Fund Pledge Day 2017, Nov 29th. Looking for teams of 6 volunteers working in 2-hour blocks throughout the day. They need to know who will be volunteering by Oct 31st. Please contact Rene or Gerry.
  • SAVE THE DATE: Members are invited to the official opening of The exchange Building on Nov 10th, 10:00 a.m. Vancouver's mayor will be attending. The Exchange Building is the most sustainable downtown project in North America that includes a heritage conversion. This project was conceived and has been carried out by Franz Gehriger, Swissreal Investments Ltd. with the assistance of Iredale Architecture.
  • All members are invited to attend and participate in the Squamish Curling bonspiel over the nov 3rd-5th weekend. No experience is necessary; instruction and equipment will be provided. The RCoV fall curling classic has been going on for 40 years and is a pile of fun for curlers and non-curlers alike. Please CLICK HERE for the info and sign-up sheets. Respond ASAP before registrations closes on Oct 25th.
  • SAVE THE DATES: The 2018 District 5040 Conference is scheduled for May 31st - June 3rd, 2018 in Squamish. The theme for the conference is Peacing It Together.

Secretary's (Brian Street, acting Secretary) announcements:

  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Bill Schulz Oct 25th 
  • member anniversaries: none this week
  • wedding anniversariesJohn & Pamela Sullivan 58 years
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Shelterbox Heros recognition and celebration dinner, Nov 4th. Both RCoV and Vancouver Young Professionals Rotoract Club are Shelterbox Heros and will be receiving recognition at the dinner. The awards will be presented by our District Governor, Don Evans. John Charbonneau and Kevin Evans from Voice from the Sky will be the MCs. CLICK HERE for tickets.
  • Verona Edelstein, Offering to the highest bidder or bidders, her home on Paradise Island. All funds will go to support RCoV's youth programs. More information will be sent via email. If you have questions, please contact Verona.
Program: Phil Webber introduced our Foundation team members to present the various aspects of our Foundations.
  • InternationalVerona Edelstein, informed us about the newest International initiative, Rehabilitation for the Blind in the Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the least developed nation on earth, ranked at the bottom of the UN’s Human Development Index. An estimated 1.2% of the population are blind, with many people unable to access or pay for eye treatments. This is just one example in a myriad of projects that the International Service Committee through the Foundation supports globally.
  • Youth, John Richardson, our club continues (since 1996) to support the Norquay school hot breakfast program. It feeds approx. 90 children daily for $9,000/year. In 1998 a reading program was introduced and continues today. For $1,500/year we are changing attitudes towards reading and education in general through the great attitudes of our volunteer readers. We are concretely changing futures of youth right here in our own neighbourhood.
  • Community, Blair Trenholm, Food on the Corner started approximately 30 years ago in Tsawwassen. RCoV provided $10,000 to purchase a food truck for the group that is still going, though it has needed some maintenance. On the 3rd Saturday every month for a couple of hours, a few volunteers provide food for 200-300 very grateful people. A very satisfying experience - next one November 18th.
  • Hearing, Jack Zaleski, The Hearing Foundation provides support to improve the lives of many deaf individuals, both youth and adults. Since 1987 we have donated more than $2.5 million, including research and surgeries with St. Paul's Hospital for cochlear implants. Most recently RCoV made a 3-year commitment for $10,000 each year to cover the costs of maintenance for implants. The RCoV Hearing Foundation is supported by the annual Bike-a-thon fundraiser with an average of approx. 170 riders raising approx. $170,000.
  • All Foundations, Chris Motion, provided us with an overview, CLICK HERE to view his presentation. As Verona Edelstein pointed out, in order for donations to The Rotary Foundation to generate funds that flow back to the district, they have to be earmarked for the Annual Fund-SHARE as noted in the image below:
Meeting adjourned with a toast to charitable giving.

November 3, 2017


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary