Vol. 100 No. 26
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

The Rotary Club of Vancouver wishes all members
12 months of success, 52 weeks of laughter, 365 days of fun, 8760 hours of good health, 525600 minutes of good luck and 31536000 seconds of happiness.

Next meeting: Tuesday January 16, 2018
John Charbonneau, Mortgage Broker
"Reverse Mortgages Myths Debunked and Explained"

Many Canadians will retire and face the challenge of not having enough monthly cash flow to enjoy their "Golden Years". A Reverse Mortgage can be a great solution. However, many people misunderstand Reverse Mortgages in Canada. John will explain all so you will go away knowing if tapping into the equity in your home to enhance your retirement, or your parent's retirement, is a viable solution.
Join us on Tuesday to hear what wisdom John has to share. Be sure to have your questions ready.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday January 23, 2018
Donald MacPherson, Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
"How Many Deaths Will It Take?: The Overdose Crisis and Policy Resilience."

Donald MacPherson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and  one of Canada’s leading figures in drug policy. He advocates policies based on principles of public health, human rights, social inclusion, and scientific evidence and moving away from a criminal justice paradigm where people with health problems are criminalized.


Escape Room Adventure 
VanYP Rotaract's monthly social will be an escape room at "Find + Seek" (88 W Pender St) starting at 7 p.m. January 27th . It's described on the company's website as "Vancouver's critically acclaimed puzzle adventure escape room experience." If you're into games and puzzles and overall great fun, you'll want to join in. Read some Trip Advisor reviews - CLICK HERE.
Interested? Let the organizers know via the Facebook event page, CLICK HERE
Paper Cranes for Peace
You're invited to join the VanYP Rotaractors for an evening of paper crane folding along with delicious snacks and your drink of choice (BYO)!  This service based social is their way of participating in the A Thousand Paper Cranes Project.
A Thousand Paper Cranes aims to promote peace and understanding among our communities through their involvement in a large scale communal project, to fold thousands of paper cranes, which will be placed before the Children’s Peace Monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima in conjunction with the Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference (March 2018), as a message to the world of our desire to see the world a more peaceful place for those who follow in our footsteps.
If you're interested in joining them, please CLICK HERE.
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


Warm welcome to RCoV's

Due notice having been given, the following individuals have been declared elected as members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.
Jill Pennefather
Classification: Real Estate - Sales
Proposed by Kim Lepp
Seconded by Jason Boudreau
Katherine Copeland
Classification: Real Estate - Project Management
Proposed by Franz Gehriger
Seconded by John Hayto
Kamyar Asadibeiky
Classification: Technology - Services
Proposed by Min Kuang
Seconded by Mass Abedi
Sharon You
Classification: Investor - Stocks & Real Estate
Proposed by Franz Gehriger
Seconded by Min Kuang
Cindy (Qiling) Chen
Classification: Investor - Stocks & Real Estate
Proposed by Franz Gehriger
Seconded by Min Kuang
Jill & Katherine were inducted on Jan. 9th. We look forward to welcoming Kamyar, Cindy & Sharon later this month.

Last Meeting January 9, 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:
  • Congratulations to John Bathurst on his accepting the position of Assistant District Governor for a 3-year term starting July 1, 2018.
  • SAVE THE DATE for a joint meeting between our RC and our Rotoractor Club. The date is set for Tuesday, February 20th, the venue UBC International House. This will be a dinner meeting and will be in lieu of our regular luncheon meeting. More details will be forthcoming shortly.
  • 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 February 10th. Speakers include Ian Riseley, 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, CLICK HERE to view the invitation.
  • On the request and recommendation of the Community Service Committee, the Board approved a $5,000 donation to Journey Home Community Association. To read more about what this association is all about, CLICK HERE.
Special presentations:
  • Jill Pennefather (mentor, Jason Boudreau) and Katherine Copeland (mentor, John Hayto) were inducted as the newest members of RCoV. Welcome!
Secretary's (acting), Joan Posivy, this being her last week filling in for Franco, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdaysMark Venier Jan 4th, Stu Bird Jan 9th, D'Arcy Warner Jan 9th, Inder Johal Jan 11th, Joel Chodos Jan 12th
  • member anniversaries: none this week
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
  • Joan's trivia quiz: 
    • What are 5 categories of members in our Club?
      1. Regular (40-64)
      2. Senior (65+)
      3. Young Leader (<40)
      4. Corporate
      5. Family
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • John Hayto asked that if anyone knows of a youth (15-17 years of age) who would be interested in travelling abroad and staying somewhere overseas for a month with a partner youth who would then come to Canada to stay with our youth, to please contact John, He is looking for candidates for the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP). For more info, CLICK HERE.
  • John Hayto invited members to the upcoming annual RCoV ski weekend at Whistler on February 2nd-4th. This weekend is NOT just for skiers - there's something for everyone whether it be walking, snowshoeing, cross-country or simply lounging and reading a book. The weekend will start with a gathering at Charles Flavelle's Whistler home, Saturday will be spent doing whatever you want to do with a wonderful dining experience at the Bearfoot Bistro (chez Kaz Kadono). To sign up (better do so quickly) contact John Hayto, The cost will be around about $100 and if you need accommodation, John will help sort it all out.
  1. Milton Kiang introduced Kerry Porth, Board Chair of the Pivot Legal Society. Kerry's talk was titled, Sex Work or Human Trafficking?

    Kerry Porth is a former sex trade worker and current sex worker rights activist. A Community Developer with Living in Community, Kerry has years of experience working with marginalized people and grassroots movements in Vancouver's downtown eastside to effect social change through strategic litigation, public education and advocacy. She has worked on numerous research projects relating to the sex industry and regularly lectures at colleges and universities. Her expertise relates to sex work activism, training, policy, law, and governance. Kerry holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

    Kerry provided us with a lot of balanced information differentiating between sex work and human trafficking. She pointed out that there are two opposing viewpoints: prohibition and harm reduction. The former focuses on abolishing the whole industry, while the latter wants to empower the workers. Why abolish the whole industry (noted as the oldest profession in the world); would anyone wish to abolish the whole farming industry because illegal workers (perhaps trafficked workers) are used?

    The prohibitionists point to the most visible sex trade workers - those on the street, while these are only representative of 5-20% of the whole industry in Canada. The remaining 80-95% are working indoors and are making the choice to work in this industry.

    There are two types of sex trade:
    - exchange of $ between consenting adults
    - the worker chooses their clients
    - the worker chooses what activities they engage in and when
    - the worker may work with a 3rd party (e.g., manager at a massage parlour)
    - ACT - transfers, transports or receipt of persons
    - MEANS - uses threats, coercion, use of force and/or deception
    - PURPOSE - exploitation of persons

    When sex trade workers are equated with trafficking, then acts are performed that erode the trust in police and governments to protect the workers, thereby making the work more dangerous. Examples:
    - raids on indoor sex work places and treating the workers like criminals, only to find out they are there legally and by choice
    - police trick sex workers; book dates and show up with a team to check if they are trafficked
    - misinformed anti-trafficking campaigns fail to capture the reality of trafficking and fail to find actual victims (only 102 cases have been completed in court since 2002)
    - violence& exploitation in the sex industry is ignored while police focus on trafficking
    - racist and sexist immigration laws & "warning signs" create false perceptions

    In reality there is a continuum of choice with regards to sex. From sexual exchange for pleasure or love (marriage or partnership) <-> sex work (sex is exchanged for a fee between consenting adults) <-> sexual exchange for status or power (trophy wives, sugar daddies) <-> obligated sexual exchange <-> rape & trafficking. It is possible for individuals to move up or down on the continuum over time.

    Criminalization works to push the sex work underground. Decriminalization protects sex workers and provides a safe, open environment to work.

    Overall, Kerry clarified the difference between sex work and trafficking, and she made a very good case for decriminalization. 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to a safer society.

February 23, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary