Vol. 100 No. 39
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday April 17, 2018
Dr. Pushpa Chandra, Naturopathic Physician & World Class Marathoner
7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days

Dr. Pushpa Chandra is a 60-year-old Vancouver-based naturopathic doctor and extreme ultra-marathoner who was born in Fiji to Indo-Nepalese parents. To celebrate her 50th birthday in 2008, she commemorated it by running marathons and ultra-marathons on all seven continents—including the Mount Everest Marathon, the Amsterdam 100, the Antarctica 100 and the Geographic North Pole Marathon at temperature below -40 degrees. She was the second female, and first Canadian, to run in the Antarctica 100, where she held the Female World Record for four years, and she was the Overall Female Winner of the 2009 North Pole Marathon.

The Vancouver naturopath and grandmother officially reached her sixth decade on Feb. 15, but the party began in earnest on Jan. 30, when Chandra began the gruelling, cross-continental exercise in endurance known as the 2018 World Marathon Challenge.

“While I consider myself a talented runner, I realized that my passion developed when I was 5 or 6 years old. I used to run to school for 8 km each way instead of taking the bus, and I’d use that bus money to buy treats. So running became a very rewarding experience for me,” says Dr. Chandra. “I hope that a person out there can take something away from my presentation that will then belong to them. Regardless of adversities, it’s not about falling, it’s about how you can get up and go again.”


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 24, 2018
Kevin Desmond, CEO Translink
The Future of Regional Transit

Excerpt from Daily Hive article, author Kenneth Chan, dated Dec 31, 2017:
Nearly two years ago, Kevin Desmond left his position as the General Manager of Seattle’s King County Metro transit system and took on a new role just north of the border as the new CEO of TransLink.

He entered the organization during one of its most turbulent periods.

When Desmond took on the position, TransLink had just went through a failed, bitter transit referendum of introducing a 0.5% regional sales tax to fund transit improvements.

Public memory of the Compass Card launch delays and the prolonged SkyTrain shutdowns of 2014 were still vivid going into the vote.

And in the year-long period before Desmond’s arrival in the spring of 2016, the transit authority had three CEOs.

Desmond was brought in following the successes of the Seattle system during his tenure, and his new role in Metro Vancouver centres on not only improving TransLink’s service performance but also its accountability.

“The board hired me to improve the reputation of TransLink,” Desmond told Daily Hive. “First we have to be available, then be authentic, accountable, and transparent. That’s who I am, that’s what I do. It’s not just me, but the organization also needs to be seen doing that.”

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday May 01, 2018
Dr. Peter Mey
Finding Water in the Desert, Presenting the work of Alain Gachet

Get your t-shirt now! Publicly show support for this great fundraiser by ordering one for yourself, family members and friends.
Deadline to order: Tuesday April 17th
Cost: $20 (of which a portion goes directly to Hoop-a-thon)
Sizes available: Small, Medium, Large & Extra-Large 
Contact Angus Campbell to place your order.
Click on the button below if you'd like more info about the Hoop-a-thon.


Note From District Governor, Don Evans

Subject: Rotary 5040 Wildfire Fund
Dear President Phil and members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver:
Thank you for your significant contribution to the Rotary 5040 Wildfire Recovery Fund. The fund grew to almost $70,000 in total, and as a result a number of projects to help prevent future fires are now getting underway in the Cariboo region of British Columbia.
During the week of March 5, we delivered cheques to the Rotary Clubs of 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Williams Lake Daybreak and Quesnel - each club received $16,741.25 to help with projects they had identified they wished to undertake. The projects include things such as equipping and training several local rural community volunteer fire departments so they can now take action and have equipment to tackle a wildfire, instead of helplessly having to just watch it grow and devastate. And the amateur radio repeater systems will be rebuilt and reequipped to make this important level of backcountry communication more functional and robust – all the way from Clinton to north of Quesnel.
Your support of this fund will make a difference in future fire prevention – thanks again for your participation and support.
Don Evans
Governor Rotary District 5040


Thanks to Tom Crean and his family for stepping up and offering his home to a student. We need one more...
Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family (talk to any family who has done it in the past, i.e., Charles Flavelle), bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.
We are looking for families who live near (or at least near transit lines to) Winston Churchill Secondary in Vancouver, and Graham Carson Secondary in North Vancouver.
Please contact Kendall Jessiman or John Bathurst if your family is interested.
RWA of Vancouver
Monday April 16, 2018
11:30 a.m.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Rd.
Come on out and see this spring's fashions and help fundraise for a great cause at the same time.
Bring your friends.
Call 604-266-2307
for tickets.
As Rotarians, the majority of us volunteer at one thing or another, be it working on a committee, helping load containers, feeding people with Food on the Corner, and so on.
Tally up your hours and let Carolyn know so that she can add your hours to everyone else's in the Club's report to the District.
Time that DOES count:
- committee meetings
- running around picking up supplies
- project participation
(e.g., school reading program,
Food on the Corner,
RWH container loading)
Time that DOES NOT count:
- regular lunch meetings
- training for bike-a-thon
- social events at the pub

Sponsorship for
the District Conference

Our Club would like to be a sponsor for the District Conference.
It's not often that one of our own is the District Governor!
A silver sponsorship is $1,000 - that's our goal.
So far we have received donations of $415.
only $585 to go.
Do you want to help?
Contact Carolyn and let her know.


What is the Deighton Cup? Just picture it...
Horses are rounding the bend, as the sounds of champagne bottles pop in the distance.
Grab your finest fascinator & best silk bow tie, it's time for a good old fashioned day at the races. Bet on the ponies & see where your luck takes you -- shake your tickets harder ladies and gentlemen! It's time to be entertained at the sport of the kings.
(per the website)
Saturday July 21, 2018
Hasting Racecourse
A truly coveted event, the Deighton Cup is an ode to England's Royal Ascot.
A fabulous opportunity for a memorable, fun social event for our Club thanks to member, Katherine Copeland. All Club members, family & friends are invited.
Tickets are hard to come by, access is exclusive; Katherine is willing to organize early bird tickets for us but we have to act fast.
Early bird pricing is available only until Monday April 15th.
Prices will increase after that.
Ticket price: $75.00 + taxes/fees (estimated total $90.93)
Included in ticket price:
8 adrenaline pumping horseraces
A great selection of for-purchase lunch options (by Earls Restaurant, Dixie's BBQ & others)
Dress to impress; enter for a chance to be named the Style Stakes "Best Dressed"
Enjoy interactive leisure sports, picnic area, and cigar lounge
Enjoy live music and DJ entertainment by recognized local artists
PLUS more
CLICK HERE for more information & to watch the 2018 Deighton Cup teaser.
This event always sells out early. 
Don't miss your chance to be a part of this memorable event! 
Contact Katherine Copeland at 778-228-8802 or
to purchase your tickets.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
May 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
RCoV Annual Strategy Session
HCMA Architecture + Design offices
May 29, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 05, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Food on the Corner
Jun 16, 2018 11:00 AM
Youth Gala Organizing Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 19, 2018
1:35 PM – 2:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
Anne Lippert's home
Jun 21, 2018 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Jun 26, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
Jun 26, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jul 03, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


RCoV's Newest Members

Warm welcome to Sandra Lowe and Tugce Irtenk who were inducted as our newest Club members on April 10th.

Welcome home

To all of our members who went to Tokyo; glad to see you home. It sounds like the trip was wonderful; many great memories! Thanks for representing us all at the signing of our sister club agreement with the RC of Tokyo Setagaya South.
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Last Meeting April 10, 2018

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Kayo Otake accompanied us on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Jim Evans, Sergeant-at-Arms Elect, introduced visitors and guests.
Member inductions - it is with great happiness President Phil inducted the following members to our Club:
  • Sandra Lowe, classification Law Office Management; mentor Jack Zaleski
  • Tugce Irtenk, classification Architecture - Interior & Curtain Wall Design; mentor Gabriel Kalfon
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • Message from District Governor Don Evans; District Governor Don Evans has reported on the disposition of the of the Rotary 5040 Wildfire Fund to which our Club contributed $10,000.  Please see the attached e-mail from DG Don and a big thanks to all of you who supported this initiative, supporting communities right at home in BC, and otherwise contributed to the Wildfire Fund. See details of Don's email above.
  • District Conference (per our Champion Peter Clarke).
    Our Club is nominated for Club of the Year. This award will be presented to the winning Club at the District Conference Gala. Another reason to attend! If you can't make the whole weekend, consider coming to the Gala only. Yes, it is possible to do that.

    Ever wonder what makes an Interactor inspired, a Rotaractor rejoice, a Youth Exchanger engage, or a Rotarian rejuvenate? You won't want to miss this fast-paced, interactive multi-generational breakout session. Interested Rotarians will take a 9-minute journey to Quest University for a one-hour group exchange comprised of multi-generations from our Rotary family. Carefully selected questions will be asked, designed to help us learn more about each other and what makes us tick in our Rotary world.

    Seating is limited, pre-register asap. Pretty please? As there will be no other Convention session scheduled in this time-slot, reserve today to ensure you have a seat at the table. There is no charge for this session. If you have already registered for the convention, you can modify your registration to include this session. CLICK HERE or contact Mike Story,, 604-946-9669; he will assist you with adding this to your registration package.

    As an aside, the view from the room for this session is breathtaking. If you prefer not to drive, bus service will be provided. Questions? Please contact Joan Posivy (

    Register on the District 5040 website (
  • VPL Club Day on April 28, 2018: Vancouver Rotary Clubs will be participating, Madhu Toshniwal will be representing RCoV. Madhu will need a partner volunteer, please contact Phil or Madhu if you are interested.
  • Volunteer hours, please get your volunteer hours in to Carolyn ASAP. Humanitarian Service hours and anything that supports it (i.e., committee time, Board of Directors time, fundraising events and planning all count). Only regular club meeting time, travel time, training for riding in the Bike-a-thon or shooting baskets in the Hoop-a-thon, and purely social or fellowship events do not count.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: Graham Coleman Apr12
  • member anniversaries: Doug Kellough Apr14 31 years
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Thomas Miller, President Elect of the Rotaractors Young Professionals invited everyone to dome out to the Rotaractor's 50th Anniversary event on Sat. May 12th. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the EndPolio campaign. Thomas asked if anyone would like to donate items for the auction it would be most appreciated. Please contact Joan Posivy if you would like more information or Thomas at
  • Gerry Glazier recognized Gabriel Kalfon for his generous gift in kind to the Rotary World Help of 16 commercial grade sewing machines. So far some of them have been sent to the Philippines and to Guatemala. 
  • Kendall Jessiman introduced our guest speaker, Mayor Richard Walton.

    Mayor Walton will be moving to a new, different career when his current term as mayor is complete in six months. Even then, he will be fighting for mobility pricing as he believes it is key as a solution to traffic gridlock in metro Vancouver.

    What is mobility pricing? It refers to the variety of ways we pay for using our transportation systems, e.g., congestion charges.

    Mayor Walton started his presentation by showing a video highlighting the implementation of mobility pricing in Stockholm. It has been a successful project -- they put the system in as a trial, then a year later they held a referendum. The inner city core voted overwhelmingly in favor, the outskirts voted against. The majority of just over 50% was in favor and now as time has passed it has been embraced by most.

    It is apparent that you cannot build your way out of congestion. A few examples were provided, including the expansion of the Port Mann bridge resulting in an increase in traffic moving through the North Shore. The congestion is having a real impact on our economy and how we spend our time.

    The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission is the 1st step in determining if mobility pricing could work in our region.

    What is it we want to achieve?
    1. Reduce traffic congestion
    2. Promote fairness across regions
    3. Support transportation investment

    It was interesting to note:
    89% of people polled are frustrated with current traffic congestion issues
    81% acknowledge delays in traffic cause lost time, either personal or work
    80% recognize travel times are unpredictable because of congestion
    However, only 62% think its a good idea to study solutions to the problem, including mobility pricing.

    Moving forward it will be needed to:
    1. Determine a clear definition of "fairness"
    2. Develop well thought-out and detailed policy
    3. Recognize that it is a politically difficult position and will require a government with extremely strong will to find a possible solution and implement it.

    Some interesting articles to read for more information:
    CLICK HERE, ROAD RULES, "Mobility Pricing – The Cost of the Commute", Wed, 07/12/2017
    CLICK HERE, Business in Vancouver, "Mobility pricing is not just a commuter tax: director", 02/06/2018
    CLICK HERE, CTV News Vancouver, "Mobility pricing maps show where and how drivers could be charged", 02/02/2018
    CLICK HERE, D'artagnan Consulting Road Pricing Blog,"Stockholm congestion pricing has had long term effects on traffic levels, 12/2/2012
Meeting adjourned with a toast to reducing traffic congestion.

May 18, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary