Vol. 100 No. 30
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

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

The Exchange building is Vancouver's first LEED Platinum certified heritage conversion building. The Old Stock Exchange’s striking use of a variety of materials – and eclectic approach to architecture common in the Edwardian era – inspired a bold solution to engineering, economic and environmental challenges in the new building.

The building was Vancouver’s first modern stock exchange, opening in 1929. The Exchange will retain the shell of the Old Stock Exchange building, including many notable features from its days as a traditional ‘open-outcry’ trading floor.

The new design conserves the best of the old structure — while bringing standards of sustainability, efficiency and comfort into the 21st century.

Join us on Tuesday for a quick lunch (12-12:30) and then head over to The Exchange building for a tour.


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 20, 2018
Evening dinner meeting at UBC - NO LUNCH MEETING
Joint meeting with Rotaract Clubs sponsored by RCoV

See below for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Posivy (

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 27, 2018
Ms. Katherine Dhanahi, US Consul General to Vancouver
Volunteerism and Youth Programming

Katherine S. Dhanani is a career Foreign Service Officer.  Her most recent assignments were in the State Department’s Bureau of Human Resources and in the Bureau of African Affairs’ Office of Regional and Security Affairs.  Before returning to Washington in 2013, she served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India. She moved in to her role as U.S. consul general to B.C. and Yukon in the fall of 2017.


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. Please register so that we can be sure to have enough seating and food for all.
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.


Our sister club in Tokyo, RC of Tokyo Segaya South, would like to renew our agreement.
CLICK HERE to read the letter of invitation from their President, Mr. Makoto Hattori.
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.

Save the date - October 27, 2018
Registration info to come soon.

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Apr 03, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
RWH Container Loading
Riverview Site, Thistle Place
Apr 07, 2018 9:00 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Apr 17, 2018 1:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
Apr 19, 2018 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Apr 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Min's office
Apr 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
Apr 24, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
May 01, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

This is a critical year for the polio eradication programme. Coming off the lowest case count in history in 2017, we begin the new year with the momentum to make polio eradication a reality. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, where a period of typically lower polio transmission is starting, the programme is seizing a prime opportunity for progress by strengthening efforts to reach vulnerable children and track polio in the environment.
CLICK HERE to read the complete Feb 2018 End Polio Now newsletter.
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Last Meeting February 6, 2018

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Kayo Otake accompanied on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
John Hayto, Acting Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • The Rotary Ski Weekend: Without the traditional venues supplied by Charles and Lucile Flavelle and Tremayne Perry since before President Phil became a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, John Hayto was faced with a challenge. John recognized Gordon and Janet Esau and Mark Startup for opening up their homes for the Friday evening gathering, Barb Welsh for providing salads, Kaz Kadono for the Bearfoot Bistro experience, and all hosts who put up fellow Rotarians for the weekend. Phil recognized John Hayto for putting it all together. A great weekend was had by all who attended.
  • Phil read out a letter received from our sister club in Tokyo inviting us to visit Tokyo and renew our agreement. See more information above.
  • Phil read some highlights from the End Polio Now February newsletter circulated by Brian Finlay. See info above and click on the link to read the newsletter in it's entirety.
  • 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. Bill Schulz has suggested his granddaughter; what about the rest of you?
  • February 20th will be the joint meeting with our Rotaract Clubs; it will substitute for our regular luncheon meeting that day. The location is the Barber Learning Centre, UBC. Registration (free) is required to ensure we have seating and food for all. See information above.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: Charles Flavelle Feb 8th
  • member anniversaries: John Bathurst 15 years
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
Special presentations:
  • Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Pins were presented, after an address by Phil regarding the importance of donations to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, to:
    Wilf Wassersleben, plus 3
  • Gerry Glazier & Rene Abi-Rached presented Shawn Bayes, Elizabeth Fry Society with a $2500 donation to sponsor 6 children to go to the Blue Skies Camp.
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Blair Trenholm let everyone know that registration for the 2018 bike-a-thon is open. A note that each Rotarian who is a rider will be asking non-riders to be fundraisers. Please be prepared to help make this years bike-a-thon even more successful than last years.
  • Joan Posivy for Thomas Miller, Vice President of the Young Professionals Rotaract Club, let us know of their fundraiser for the Ronald Macdonald House on Thursday Feb 8th. A burger 'n beer coupled with 90s trivia challenge. Thomas did attend (standing in for President Bryce Maag) but had to leave before his chance to speak.

    There are opportunities for 4 individuals (19-30 years old) to attend fully funded events: the RI convention in Toronto & the RYLA in Washington, DC. It is open to current Rotoractors or previous attendees.
  • Brian Street announced that the date of September 27th has been confirmed by the Seaforth Armoury venue on Burrard for the 2018 Rotary Youth Fundraiser, Red Carpet Ball, A Night at Studio 54. The venue can hold 1,000, the fundraising goal is $100,000. 

    Brian thanked Kaz Kadono as the event's first sponsor-in-kind for donating 2 complementary nights at the Listel Hotel for the evening's DJ, Robbie Leslie.

    Sponsorships of all kinds will be sought after, however consideration will be made to ensure there is no overlap or conflict with the efforts of the bike-a-thon. The first official meeting of the organizing committee will be on Feb 27th at 1:40p.m.
  1. Phil Webber introduced Shawn Bayes, the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Elizabeth Fry Society (EFry), Canada's longest-standing charity which supports some of society's most vulnerable populations -- women, girls and children at risk , involved in or affected by the justice system. Elizabeth Fry Society's more than two dozen programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.

    Shawn, over the course of her 30-year career in the social services and justice fields, has focused on creating initiatives that address the issues that lead to justice system involvement, including several which have become national standards of practice in Canada. Shawn was one of Canada's non-profit leaders chosen to participate in McGill University's fully funded Masters of Management program, during which she noted a strong correlation between parental incarceration and justice system involvement. She has become a nationally recognized expert in this area, also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and is the recipient of numerous award for her work.

    Elizabeth Fry Society's personnel believe every life has value. All people are entitled to dignity and respect and everyone has a right to belong. For over 75 years, that has been Elizabeth Fry Society's legacy and its promise.

    The Elizabeth Fry Society works with children of incarcerated parents, approximately 1700 children every year. They help young ones understand what's happening to their parents through the story book program. The statistics for these young people are not good with 1 in 2 coming into contact with the judicial systems themselves -- continuing the cycle. Working with them in a prescribed manner addressing such things as stability and empowerment, they can be taught to understand that they do NOT have to continue the cycle. They have the power to choose the direction their life will take.

    One program aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and crime are the Blue Sky Camps which give children an opportunity for a summer camp experience where, due to poverty and often a single parents involvement in the justice system, no such experience would be possible.  The Blue Sky Camps, Saturday Club and other programs have proved effective in supporting the children in making better decisions, and in offering life changing experiences.

    Three years ago, the Rotary Club of Vancouver provided $10,000 in funding for the initiation of a Counselor in Training program to accommodate children aging out of the Blue Sky Camps. That program not only provides needed training and experience for future  Camp Counselor candidates, it also works to build self-esteem and to provide first job experiences for the trainees. The CIT program teaches, through practical training, good, balanced leadership skills. In so doing, youth learn to believe in themselves, to have empathy towards others, a sense of humility, and to lead from the middle. To date 30 young people have successfully completed the program.

    For more information about the Elizabeth Fry Society, visit their website, CLICK HERE.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to breaking cycles.

March 23, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary