Vol. 101 No. 24
Brian Street, President
Joan Posivy, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday December 18, 2018
Rotary Club of Vancouver, End-of-Year Holiday Social

Ugly seasonal sweaters welcome! Wear your very best.

Our regular meeting at the Terminal City Club will be more relaxed, without a formal program. It will be a time for celebration and camaraderie. Come one, come all and share in the laughter, singing and Rotary hospitality.

As we do normally have lots of guests for this week, if you are planning on bringing any, please let Carolyn know asap so that we can be sure there is plenty for all to enjoy.



Tuesday December 25, 2018 or Tuesday January 1, 2019

Happy & safe holiday wishes to all.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday January 8, 2018
Hon. James Moore, former Minister of Industry, Canada
New USMCA Trade Agreement 

James Moore is a Senior Business Advisor at the multinational law firm Dentons and a Public Policy Advisor at the global firm Edelman. He also serves as Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, is the national vice-chair of the Canadian Cancer Society, a member of the NAFTA Council for the Government of Canada and a corporate director. Previously he served as Canada's Minister of Industry, Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages and Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Minister for the 2010 Olympics over a 15 year career as a Member of Parliament.


To our July 2019 - June 2020 Board.

  • Bill Davidson, President
  • Gerry Glazier, Vice-President January 1, 2019, President Elect July 1, 2019
  • Brian Street, Immediate Past President
  • Kaz Kadono, Treasurer
  • Parisa Adrangi, Secretary
  • Angus Campbell, Director (year 2)
  • Franco Gallo, Director (year 2)
  • Jack Zaleski, Director (year 2)
  • Kayo Otake, Director (year 1)
  • Mark Startup, Director (year 1)
  • Min Kuang, Director (year 1)
  • John Richardson, Sergeant-at-Arms
  • Milton Kiang, Sergeant at Arms Elect

Thursday December 20, 2018 7:00 p.m.
@ The Sylvia Hotel

Back by popular demand, we are having another Rotary pub night. Wear you favourite Christmas sweater, come thirsty and hungry, and we will celebrate the holiday season with great conversation, laughter and good cheer! The iconic Sylvia Hotel has a fabulous menu of appies and entrees, and has a cozy dining room perfect for our gathering!
Thursday Dec 20th 7:00 p.m.
Drinks & Dinner
Everyone (partners/guests welcome)
Sylvia Hotel, English Bay area
(1154 Gilford and Beach Ave.) 
Free underground parking!
Please RSVP with Milton so he can book seats.
At this time of the year, tables are going quickly, so do let him know early.

December 6 - December 22, 2018
An Eastside Christmas Carol celebrating the spirit and humanity of Charles Dickens. 

Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol is beautifully retold in this contemporary adaptation cleverly set within Vancouver's Downtown East Side whilst ever echoing the harsh social and economic themes of a Dickensian London. 

This poignant yet ever humourous musical is directed by award winning Renae Morriseau featuring a stellar cast lead by Jim Byrnes, Tom Pickett, Kevin McNulty, our own Jenifer Brousseau and Sam Bob. St James Academy choir and Governor General community award recipient, Stephen Lytton, add their rich voices to this unique adaptation.

“At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, Scrooge confronts spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under city sidewalks, they bring the old pawn broker face to face with memories he cannot bear and relationships he cannot heal,” says Savannah Walling, Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, “Dickens’ haunting ghost story is filled with social satire, heartbreak and compassion. We hope that our music filled adaptation shines the light of truth on this old tale and today’s Downtown Eastside.”

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W. Hastings St.

Buy Tickets/More Information CLICK HERE

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal Office (Franz Gehriger)
Jan 29, 2019 8:15 AM
Investment Club meeting
Jan 31, 2019
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Brady Carpenter's office
Feb 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Food on the Corner
Feb 16, 2019 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Feb 26, 2019
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Brady Carpenter's office
Mar 07, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

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Last Meeting December 11, 2018

President Brian Street chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Don Evans, accompanied on the singing o O Canada on the piano.
Joe Lopushinsky, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
President's announcements:
  • In order to benefit from the discount, register now for the District Conference. Price goes up next week.
  • The Rotary Curling League held their holiday Turkey Shoot yesterday (Dec 10th). Great fun!
  • The Rotary Investment Club held their dinner on Sunday (Dec 9th) at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.
Joe Lopushinsky, acting Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Richard Higgins Dec13, Kim Lepp Dec14, Gordon Esau Dec17 
  • member anniversaries: Inder Johal 2 years, Sue Haralds-Towsley 21 years
  • wedding anniversaries: Mark Zhou & Tamara Mihic 3 years Dec15, Victoir Wu & Nicole Chang 4 years Dec13
Special announcements and member's moments:
  • John Hayto invited all to his annual wine & cheese social this Saturday 7:30 p.m. at his home (Burnaby, BC). Just show up with a bottle of wine in hand and the door is open for you to savour some of the 25+ varieties of cheese. 
  • Verona Edelstein expressed kudos to Vancouver Yaletown Club for all of the wonderful work they do. They are a small club but extremely active!
  • Brian Street, the curling club is looking for at least one more member to join starting in January. If you are interested, (beginners welcome) contact Bill Dauphinee.
The Rotary Club of Vancouver Annual General Meeting
Gordon Esau, who agreed to act as official Secretary, will prepare the minutes for distribution prior to the 2018 AGM.
Phil Webber, announced the make-up of the 2019-2020 Board (as noted above)
Kaz Kadono, provided a review of the Club's financials for the 2017-18 year. If you wish a copy of the financials, please contact Kaz.
Committee Reports
Community Service Committee: Rene Abi-Rached, as co-chair of the committee, provided an overview of the activities the committee has been and continues to be involved with. The focus of the committee in all of the work they do is:
  1. hands on participation
  2. develop family participation
  3. help raise the profile of Rotary and our Club
Just some (by no means all) of the organizations who benefited from the work of the CSC:
  • Talitha Koum Society
  • Journey Home
  • Food Around the Corner
  • CKNW Kid's Fund
Rene noted with a huge thanks that 10 members (that would be just under 10% of the Club!) volunteered at the CKNW Kid's Fund Telethon.
If you are interested in learning more about the Community Services Committee, contact wither Rene or Gerry Glazier.
Youth CommitteeJohn Bathurst represented the committee of which there are currently about 10 members. The two areas of focus are:
  1. Youth Development
  2. Youth at Risk
Some of the programs supported:
  • Rotary Youth Leadership weekends. All who attend rave about the experience and highly recommend it for others.
  • Two Rotaract Clubs, UBC & Young Professionals. Thomas Miller, the current Chair of the Young Professionals will be co-chair at the District level starting in 2019.
  • Interact Club, Churchill High School. Thanks to Adriana Zylmans who got this group up and running this last year.
  • Youth Exchange. As A Club we've had a long history with youth exchanges and though it has been on hiatus for the last while, it is coming back to the fore. A student from Churchill High has been recently approved for an exchange. We are still looking for host families; if you can spare a room for a visiting student please contact John or Kendall Jessiman.
  • Norquay Elementary breakfast and reading programs. Though the breakfast program was discontinued by the school district, we have helped by funding the Store on Site (SOS) program that provides food for those who need it.
  • Ray Cam Community Centre. Looking into possible program partnerships moving forward.
  • Gladstone High scholarships. Now running for 13 years, it provides scholarships to grade 10 students encouraging them to stay in school post secondary. A huge thanks to Mindy Tulsi-Ingram who donates $1,000/year for this program.
  • Hoopathon with the Rotary Sunrise Club. Angus Campbell is key in organizing support from our Club for this. It raises funds that are used for scholarships.
If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Committee, contact John Bathurst or Kendall Jessiman. The committee is looking for fresh ideas on what they do and how they do it so new faces and outlooks are welcome.
International Service CommitteeVerona Edelstein represented the committee. She let everyone know that though the committee does a lot of work, it is really a great social committee. All have a wonderful time when they get together. 
Verona expressed a huge thank you to the Club for the heart and sole support provided for all of the ISC projects undertaken. 
Our Club has official partnerships with other Clubs on opposite sides of the world - in Japan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fabulous work is being done with these groups supporting women and children, making their lives so much better.
If you are interested in learning more about the International Service Committee, contact Michael Woolnough or Ian Storrs.
Bike-a-thon & Hearing FoundationJack Zaleski spoke for the groups. There has been approximately $146,000 donated to projects.
Included in this was a very interesting project at St. Paul's, auditory brainstem implantation (ABI) surgery. This surgery is a modification of the cochlear implant where the electrodes are placed directly into the base of the brain on the cochlear nucleus. It is for patients who have had damage to both hearing nerves hence a cochlear implant will not work. 
We also funded replacement of training equipment in the VGH temporal bone lab.
St. Paul's Hospital as part of the new hospital they are building will include a new hearing centre. We, Rotary, have been approached to help by raising $6 million dollars, to be matched by St. Paul's for a total of $12 million. We are striking a committee together to consider the proposal and ways to support it.
SAVE THE DATE, the 2019 bike-a-thon will be on July 14th. Come out to ride, volunteer, fundraise.
If you are interested in learning more about the Hearing Foundation, contact Jack Zaleski. If you are interested in learning more about the bike-a-thon, contact Jack or Pierre Adjoury.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to a well-run Club!

January 18, 2019


Brian Street, President   Joan Posivy, Secretary