Vol. 100 No. 27
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next 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.
Join us on Tuesday to hear this interesting presentation.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday January 30, 2018
David Steverding, Vancouver Police Constable, Oddsquad Productions

Odd Squad is a non-profit society dedicated to educating the community about social issues through the making of documentary films. Odd Squad creates high-quality, reality-based documentaries designed to give youth the knowledge to avoid the pitfalls of drug abuse and other life-altering anti-social and criminal behaviour and to assist them in making rational choices about a wide range of social problems.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 6, 2018
Ms. Shawn Bayes, Exec Director, Elizabeth Fry Society, Greater Vancouver

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that supports some of society’s most vulnerable populations – women, girls and children at risk, involved in or affected by the justice system. Our more than two dozen programs work to break the cycle of poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness and crime.

Tuesday February 20th, 2018

Joint dinner meeting between the Rotaractors and the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Location will be at UBC. More details to be forthcoming soon. Please mark the date in your calendar.
Upcoming Events
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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
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Last Meeting January 16, 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:
  • 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. This amazing event is funded by Rotarians and sponsoring Rotary Clubs who will pay the full cost of participation. The RYLA program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, understand Conflict Resolution, learn about businesses and institutions while having fun, making friends and meeting Rotarians. CLICK HERE for info.
  • Tuesday, February 20th is the date for our joint meeting with our Rotaract Club. SAVE THE DATE. It will substitute for our luncheon meeting that day -- PR and Notices
    - Commencing at 6:15 p.m. at UBC
    - Dinner 6:30 p.m.
    - Program 7:00 p.m.
    - Adjournment 7:45 p.m.
  • John Bathurst will be taking over from Davinder Grewal as Assistant District Governor, responsible for the Vancouver city Rotary Clubs starting on July 1, 2018 (when Davinder's 3-year term ends). Congratulations to John!
  • 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. We have been asked to help with the setup. If you can help on Friday Feb 9th, please let Phil know. Speakers include Ian Riseley, (this will be one of his three Presidental Conferences this year), 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. Note that Brian Street will be representing our club.
    Tom Crean reminded us all RCoV sponsored the chartering (i.e., formation) of the New Westminster Club ninety years ago.
  • Correction to new member's, Jill Pennefather's, classification. Jill is not retired, her classification is Real Estate - Sales.
  • Phil Webber read a letter that will be sent to Terry Miller, now a member of the Rotary Club of Sechelt, thanking him for his years of service to the Rotary Club of Vancouver which was then circulated and signed by members present. We hope Terry will visit as often as he possibly can.
  • Paul McCrea read an excerpt from an article in last weekend's Globe and Mail about the recently retired Chief Justice, Beverly McLachlin. Paul drew some similarities between his ownership and love of the humble circumstances of the Wunday Ranch and the Chief Justice's upbringing -- if he'd known, perhaps he could have been appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. If only... thanks Paul for the laughs.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, having returned from his homeland Argentina, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdaysMass Abedi Jan 18th
  • member anniversaries: none this week
  • 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
    - Ian Storrs plus 1
    Franz Gehriger plus 3
    Barb Welsh plus 4
    John Bathurst plus 5
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • 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 agenda includes:
    - Friday 6:30 dinner @ Charles & Lucile's home
    - Saturday activities of choice (skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, reading by the fire)
    - Saturday lunch @ rendezvous
    - Saturday dinner @ 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.
  • Gerry Glazier, speaking for the Community Service Committee, let everyone know that $33,000 gaming funds have been received. Thanks to Milton who helped tremendously with the application.
  • Blair Trenholme advised that the 2018 Bike-a-thon planning is gearing up. The first meeting of the year will be next week, January 22nd, after the regular meeting.
  1. John Bathurst introduced John Charbonneau, whose presentation was titled, Reverse Mortgage Myths Debunked and Explained.

    John explained how reverse mortgages work and who or what scenario would they be beneficial for. Please CLICK HERE to see his full presentation.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the magic of not paying compound interest.

February 23, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary