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Vol. 101 No. 30
Brian Street, President
Joan Posivy, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday February 12, 2019
Ada Lee, Entertainer (jazz, blues, soul, gospel)
A Life Filled with Music 

Ada Lee was born in Springfield, Ohio and grew up there in a musical family. From the time Ada was in junior high school she took her singing seriously and studied intensively with teachers in Springfield and at the Dayton Conservatory of Music Her training was formal, and most of the songs on which she worked were classical. Her career started in Ohio after leaving University where she had continued her musical studies. In 1957 she began to receive wider notice and her musical career took off in 1960 when George Wein became her personal manager.

For several decades Lee lived in the community of Peterborough, Ontario, northeast of Toronto, where she has served countless charities in the area and founded the Voices for Life Gospel Choir. For her work on stage and television and with the Peterborough Centennial Choir, Lee has been honored with the Governor General's Award and a plaque on the Pathway of Fame at Peterborough's Del Crary Park. She recently moved to Vancouver to be closer to family.
Source: Wikipedia

 

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 19, 2019
Special guest, part of an Oscar nominated film, Adventurer
Experience of a lifetime, A lifetime of experience

The movie directed by New Zealander, Michael Firth, was nominated for an Oscar (Best Documentary in 1977). This was a true life adventure in the Southern Alps. It was a depiction of the longing in each of us to be free and to be part of the natural world around us. It was a fresh statement, a picture on a human scale, not the filming of an impossible dream. It confirms that fact that such experiences exist and are within our grasp. The humour, the friendship and characters of these two comrades bonded together here amid the awesome power of nature, where they experienced the contrasts of beauty and danger, solitude and exciting adventure, unfolded before us in a series of inspiring events.

Everyone would like to be an explorer. It is an inheritance form the past and from childhood days when everything around us was new and exciting. The lure of adventure has been an irresistable force through the ages.
Source: https://www.nzfilm.co.nz/films

 

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday February 26, 2019
Club Day!

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2019 District 5040 Conference
May 3 - 5 2019
Only Three Months until the
Fabulous District Conference in Sun Peaks
 
The theme for the conference is Together We Serve.  This is your chance to find out much more about Rotary and how it makes a huge impact beyond our local community.  Each year, members who attend the District conference find that it's an opportunity to see Rotary from beyond their club and it's very worthwhile experience.
 
Much more information including the program (CLICK HERE) and activities may be found on the conference web page.
 
Register now to:
  • Get the best accommodation at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
  • Get the pick of social and special events
  • Get the pick of break-out and other special sessions
  • Enjoy the fellowship of social and community service events with Rotarians from our District as well as from District 5060.
 
Social activities to enjoy:
 
On Thursday May 2
  1. Hands-on Project: a 5040/5060 pollinator garden at BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops
  2. Motorcycle Ramble - a 4-hour ride showcasing the beautiful areas around Kamloops
  3. Meet & Greet Social Dinner
 
On Friday May 3
  1. Golf Tournament (Texas scramble/ best ball) suitable for all golfing levels
  2. Local Tours: History Tour, Wine & Beer Tour, or simply Wine Tour
  3. Dine Around Sun Peaks dinner (6 to 8 PM)
  4. Coffee and dessert at the Grand           
 
For further details see Past President, Phil Webber.
 
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District 5040 Foundation Dinner

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Crystal Ball Room, 11780 River Road, Richmond

6:00 PM Reception with Appys
7:00 PM Buffet Dinner Indian and Canadian

Dress Up for Any Culture or Country
Silent and Live Auction, Entertainment
Paul Harris Fellow matching recognition US $500

$60 per person until February 25, 2019
$70 per person after February 25th 

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Food on the Corner
Mar 16, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Youth Gala Organizing Committee Meeting
Water Street Cafe
Mar 20, 2019 5:30 PM
 
International Service Committee Meeting
Listel Hotel
Mar 21, 2019 7:30 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Mar 26, 2019
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Apr 02, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Navid's office
Apr 04, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
 
Food on the Corner
Apr 20, 2019 11:00 AM
 

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Last Meeting February 5, 2019

President, Brian Street chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Don Evans accompanied us on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Joe Lopushinsky, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Our joint meeting with our two Rotaractor Clubs, UBC & Young Professionals, was last week. The time went too quickly, which attests to a good meeting. Thank you to Joan Posivy for orchestrating it all.
  • All of our committees are asked to consider sending a request to the Rotaractors for a representative to join the committee. We want to encourage and foster relationships with our younger members -- they will soon be moving from the Rotaractor arena to the Rotary one. Let's help them.
  • Don't forget to register for the District Foundation Dinner. It's only $60 per person until February 25th. Check out the information above for the link, or contact Carolyn for details.
  • For the attention of our youth committee and under 30s, registration is open for the 2019 RYLA north, to be held in Prince George, April 25-28th.
  • Note for the Ski Weekend participants, a lift pass for the weekend can be had with a $26 discount if purchased seven days in advance ($152 instead of $178).
  • Speaking of athletics, the Bill Dauphinee Team won the Rotary curling yesterday evening. Congratulations!
Joan Posivy, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Charles Flavelle Feb 8th
  • member anniversaries: Jenifer Brousseau 3 years, John Bathurst 16 years, Curt Haase 42 years, Nick Blom 48 years
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
     
Special announcement and member's moments:
  • Phil Webber gave an update about the upcoming District 5040 Conference at Sun Peaks May 3-5, 2019. There are lots of fun activities - something for everyone. Don't miss out, register now. See above for more information.
  • Alvin Zhao shared with the group some history about the Lunar New Year. It's a centuries old event and is the most significant holiday in Asia. With the event comes the largest human migration of the year with close to 3 billion trips expected to be made between January 21 and March 1. 

    There are many superstitions that come with the holiday:

    • Good to stay up all night New Year's Eve
    • It's unlucky to sweep the floor for the first few days of the New Year
    • It's unlucky to talk of the deceased
    • It's unlucky to cut your hair during the first few days of the New Year
    • It's unlucky to buy new books during the first few days
  • Alvin spoke of a legend that prevails. (source: Wikipedia) Once every year at the beginning of Chinese New Year, the Nian comes out of its hiding place to feed, mostly on men and animals. During winter, since food is sparse, he would go to the village. He would eat the crops and sometimes the villagers, mostly children. There are several accounts as to how it looked, such as the way some sources cited that it resembles a flat-face lion with a dog's body and prominent incisor. Other authors described it as larger than an elephant with two long horns and many sharp teeth. The weaknesses of the Nian are purported to be a sensitivity to loud noises, fire, and a fear of the color red.

    Some local legends attribute the Chinese Lion Dance to the legend of the Nian. The tradition has its origins in a story of a Nian's attack on a village. After the attack, the villagers discussed how to make the Nian leave them in peace. Since it was discovered that the beast was afraid of the color red, people would put red lanterns and spring scrolls on their windows and doors. They would also leave food at their doorstep in a bid to divert it from eating humans.

    The traditions of firecrackers, red lanterns, and red robes found in many Lion Dance portrayals originate from the plan the villagers had in which drums, plates and empty bowls were hit, red robes were worn, and firecrackers were thrown, causing loud banging sounds that they hoped would intimidate the Nian.
     

  • Giving red envelops is a custom at Chinese New Year. Red envelopes always contain money in China, and are given, most commonly, to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others as Chinese New Year gifts.
    Brian Street & Don Evans gave out some red envelopes to the visiting children who had graciously made dragons as table decorations for us.
     
  • Min Kuang kindly donated $10 cyber currency cards for every $10 donation to our Club. 7 members participated with a total donation of $100 for us. Thank you!
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Program:
Fred West introduced Michael Vonn, Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association, who spoke about Cybersecurity: Hot topic and burning civil liberties issue
 
Interestingly, the further a country advances, the larger a target it is. The network of things, the increasing connectivity we have creates vulnerabilities. We need to be concerned about all of the components used and where they come from. Are they secure and safe from hackers? Michael referenced Bruce Schneier is a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, who stated. "We've already seen hacks against robot vacuum cleanersransomware that shut down hospitals and denied care to patients, and malware that shut down cars and power plants. These attacks will become more common, and more catastrophic."
 
Bill C-59 expressly gives CSE the mandate for active (offensive) measures. Ms. Vonn recommended reading The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger. There are increasing call at the international level to set rules of engagement. We don't want to stop progress, just protect it and us. 
 
A takeway to note: analog and manual overrides so often save the day. The Cyber Dialogue Panel agrees it's good to have an analog alternative. As an example, with cyber currencies, we don't want to take cash off the table altogether as a security measure. For elections, when the system is compromised, paper ballots prevail. 
 
We want to distribute means and methods over a number of vectors. We must make sure we meet the challenges of the future. We must make sure we do not allow governments to undermine encryption. This is critical to maintaining security.
 
Links of interest:
  • Georgia Straight, Jan. 30, 2018, Micheal Vonn: 9 things you need to know about Bill C-59, CLICK HERE
  • B.C. Civil Liberties Newsletter, Oct. 30, 2018, Why “Cyber” is Red-Hot (and why it’s a Burning Civil Liberties Issue) CLICK HERE
  • Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, mAY 2017, SAFEGUARDING CANADA’S NATIONAL SECURITY WHILE PROTECTING CANADIANS’ PRIVACY RIGHTS: REVIEW OF THE SECURITY OF CANADA INFORMATION SHARING ACT (SCISA), CLICK HERE
  • The New York Times, Oct. 11, 2018, Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse by Bruce Schneier, CLICK HERE
 
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to a cyber safe Lunar New Year.
 

March 08, 2019

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