Vol. 100 No. 19
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday November 14, 2017 @ Terminal City Club
Nikola Girke - Business Lessons from an Olympian 

Nikola Girke’s life motto “Dare to Dream, Dare to Achieve, Dare to Succeed” is inspired by her idol Terry Fox who said “I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.”
Nikola Girke, a four-time Olympian in the sport of sailing/windsurfing, is amongst only a few elite athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another and has achieved a top 10 in the World across 3 different sport disciplines. Nikola has her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC and is a Certified Executive Coach through the Graduate program at Royal Roads University. As a Performance Coach, Nikola helps others embed the habits of owning their own podium while helping make transitions easier, quicker and  smoother. 
Come out to hear Nikola speak to our group.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday November 21, 2017
Tales of a Tech Start-Up. Kamyar Asadibeilky, CEO, President & Founder - Machool Technologies Inc.

Machool Technologies is the creator of the uDo software platform. It provides simple, delightful, and insightful solutions to empower users and their businesses to work smarter, not harder. We do more so uDo less!

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday November 28, 2017
Susan Haid, Assistant Director of Planning, Vancouver South Division, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Susan is passionate about integrating place-making, ecological systems, long-range, sustainable policy and effective engagement in building great cities. 
Notice re Hearing Committee - you are invited to join
The Rotary Club of Vancouver has established a Hearing Committee that is independent of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation (“Hearing Foundation”) and the Bike-A-Thon organizing committee. 
The Hearing Committee will appoint the organizing committee for the Bike-A-Thon, and will also:
  1. review all requests for support from the Hearing Foundation;
  2. take on a proactive role by soliciting projects from charitable organizations that support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in BC.  We have a sense that many of these organizations don't know about us but could benefit from our support
Once a hearing project has been approved by the Hearing Committee, the Committee will recommend its approval by the Hearing Foundation Board and by the Board of Rotary Club of Vancouver..
The committee will meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 after Lunch.  However, as Jack Zaleski will be away November 21st, the first meeting of the Hearing Committee will be held next Tuesday, November 14.  Jack apologizes for the late notice but would like to get this committee started since we currently have received projects for funding from: .
UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Childrens Hearing and Speech Centre of BC
The Hearing Foundation of Canada
Douglas College Foundation
All members are invited to participate and attend the Hearing Committee meetings so that they can have a say in how the Hearing Foundation funds are used
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Dec 05, 2017
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
RCoV Hearing Foundation AGM
Terminal City Club
Dec 05, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
RCoV BoD Meeting
Dec 07, 2017 5:30 PM
Dec 12, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation AGM
Terminal City Club
Dec 12, 2017
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Dec 16, 2017 11:00 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Dec 19, 2017 1:30 PM
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
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jan 02, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
RCoV BoD Meeting
Jan 04, 2018 5:30 PM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Jan 16, 2018 1:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
Jan 18, 2018 7:30 PM


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, November 7, 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, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) presentation:
  • Rob Thomson, of HCMA Architecture + Design, the last of the trio, was inducted as corporate member of Rotary Club of Vancouver. Welcome Rob, and again Johnathon & Mark!
  • A short film, Legacy of War, was shown. The film was an emotional interlude in our program. The comment by the last veteran in the film, “I wasn’t a normal human being for five years after the war”, was particularly poignant. What a reason to work for peace; as if we need any reasons.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:

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

  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Chris Motion Nov 5, Aldo Brussoni Nov 7 
  • member anniversaries: Ryan Crea Nov 15, Wayne Fraser Nov 15, Kaz Kadono Nov 15
  • wedding anniversaries: no anniversaries this week
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • John Hayto paid a wonderful tribute to his Dad, a war vet. Thank you John.
  • Bianca Neff, a Rotary Peace Fellow, came to join us for a visit for this special Memorial Day meeting. Bianca currently works for the Petra Peace Builders.
  • Ralph Towsley, let us know that the History Channel is airing a wonderful war remembrance movie about the Korean war. Well worth a watch.
  • Joan Posivy let us know that Thomas Miller, the current VP of the Young Professionals is currently recovering from a concussion. Wishes for a speedy and thorough recovery from us all are being sent his way.
  • John Bathurst informed us that the Foundation Dinner has been sold out. Some tickets have been reserved but are not yet paid for, so a wait list will be put into place in case any spots open up.
  • Franz Gehriger advised us all that the opening to the new Exchange Building is (was) on Nov 9th. Congratulations are definitely in order for all involved.
Rod Hoffmeister, introduced by Phil Webber, is a Vancouverite. He spent the bulk of his career in the forest industry followed by a decade in the consulting business. Rod is currently the Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the Director of the Seaforth Highlanders Museum and Archives. He is a director of Valour Canada, an organization that aims to educate students on Canadian military history and is also on the Board of Advisors of the Capilano University Business School. 
The Seaforths was started by ex-pat Scots in 1910. It was named after Seaforth Imperials. It is now the only Seaforth Highlanders left in the world. There is a museum located at the armoury (which was built in 1935) that houses the Vimy Cross (which it turns out is made of ammuniation cases) on 1st & Burrard. It is open to the public on November 11th but otherwise can only be visited by appointment only.
It was a very interesting talk that touched on many things which affected so many of us, through our families and friends.
Thank you to Don McPhee for ending the presentation with his piping.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Seaforth Highlanders.

December 01, 2017


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary