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Vol. 100 No. 24
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday December 19, 2017 @ Terminal City Club
Rotary Club of Vancouver, End-of-Year Holiday Social

 
Our regular meeting at the Terminal City Club will be more relaxed, with only a short formal program. It will be a time for celebration and camaraderie. Come one, come all and share in the laughter, and Rotary hospitality. If you plan on bringing guests, please let Carolyn know asap so that we can be sure to have enough food for all to enjoy.
 
Even better if you have a special Christmas sweater, or some would say, ugly Christmas sweater, please do wear it. Christmas hats anyone?
 
 

NO MEETINGS: Tuesday December 26, 2017 or January 2, 2018

PLEASE NOTE some of the dates included in the Upcoming Events list below are incorrect. They are drawn from a recurring calendar that doesn't seem to have an ability to delete or edit single meeting instances. Over the next few weeks, please check with your committee Chair to verify the meeting date(s). Please let Carolyn know if the recurring day/time will be changing in the new year.
  • ISC meeting, scheduled Dec 21st - cancelled
  • CSC meeting, next meeting sceduled Jan 9th immediately following lunch
  • Membership Committee meeting, scheduled Dec 26th - cancelled
  • Youth Committee meeting, scheduled Jan 2nd - posponed to Jan 9th
  • RCoV Board meeting, scheduled Jan 7th - postponed date tba

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday January 9, 2017
Kerry Forth, Board Chair, Pivot Legal Society

Pivot's mandate is to use the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. Our name is metaphor for our approach to social change - by making the most tangible violations of human rights the focal point of our efforts, we exert maximum pressure in order to shift society toward greater equality and inclusivity. Kerry will bring us up to speed on the newest issues Pivot is dealing with. It should be an interesting presentation.
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REPEAT OF MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT PHIL
Please Donate to Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation
If all members of our Rotary Club donated just $250 to the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation, that Foundation would have $25,000 more to spend on charitable projects which are thoroughly considered and investigated by us as Rotarians. Some of us will donate more, some less, but please try to donate some amount you feel comfortable donating. It is easy, just go to our website by googling Rotary Van, see the section on the right, "Support Our Work" click on the "Donate to Rotary" button and follow the prompts." By doing so, as Rotary: We Can Make a Positive Difference in the World, including right here in Vancouver.
 
If your personal donation is made by December 31, 2017 a $100 donation, after the charitable tax credit received when you file your 2017 tax return, would only cost approximately $60. A $400 donation, only $240.
 
The origins of Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation reach back to December 23, 1950. It was visionary gifts from a few individuals combined with annual giving by numerous Rotarians and our supporters that changed the course of the Vancouver Rotary Club. Gifts from individuals like you continue to support the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation, which in turn provides the lion's share of annual expenditures of the Rotary Club of Vancouver in excess of $115,000 on charitable works, here in Vancouver and elsewhere in the world. The $115,000 is a significant piece of annual charitable expenditures, substantially in excess of $300,000, which are only made after thorough investigation by the Rotary Club's committees. The time and thought given by Rotarians to these expenditures allow us, as Rotarians, to ensure that the funds expended are effective in promoting education, health, hope and peace, thereby contributing to a better tomorrow.
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JOIN THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ROTARACT MEMBERS AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET
Join them for a fun night of socializing at the Vancouver Christmas Market! Drink some gluhwein and check out the more than 75 huts of authentic, German sweets, treats, and treasures! Saturday, December 23 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Click on the button below for more information and to let them know you're coming.
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Message from Peter Clarke, Marketing, District Conference Committee
This is a gentle reminder that the registration fee for the 2018 District Conference goes up on December 31st, so if you are planning to attend the conference now is a great time to register.
 
There is a special rate for a first time registrant to a District 5040 Conference of only $275 until December 31st. 
 
The current rate is $325 until December 31st. Registration increases for all Rotarians to $350 on December 31st.
 
Our committee is working very hard to "peace together" the best District Conference ever.
 
We hope to see you all at the conference. CLICK HERE for more info and to register.
 
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Food on the Corner
Jan 20, 2018 11:00 AM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz's office
Jan 30, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
 
RCoV BoD Meeting
varies
Feb 01, 2018 5:30 PM
 
RCoV Ski Weekend at Whistler
Feb 02, 2018 – Feb 04, 2018
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Feb 06, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
 
Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 2018
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Feb 10, 2018
8:15 AM – 5:15 PM
 
RC of New Westminster 90th Anniversary
Inn at the Quay
Feb 11, 2018
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
 
International Service Committee Meeting
Feb 15, 2018 7:30 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Feb 17, 2018 11:00 AM
 
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Feb 20, 2018 1:30 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz's office
Feb 27, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
 
RCoV BoD Meeting
varies
Mar 01, 2018 5:30 PM
 

MEMBER MATTERS

Warm welcome to RCoV's
NEWEST POTENTIAL MEMBERS

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of this notice, IOT Pay Technologies Inc. and its individual representative, Yiwei (Leo) Chen, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Corporate Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver with IOT Pay Technologies Inc.'s representatives being individual members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
 
The classification that IOT Pay Technologies Inc. and its representatives will hold is "Technology - Payment Solutions".
 
Proposed by: Min Kuang
Seconded by: Angela Pan
 
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If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of this notice, Cindy (Qiling) Chen, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and thereafter will be recognized by Rotary International as such member.
 
The classification that Cindy (Qiling) Chen will hold is "Investor - Stocks and Real Estate".
 
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger
Seconded by: Min Kuang
 
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If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of this notice, Sharon You, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and thereafter will be recognized by Rotary International as such member.
 
The classification that Sharon You will hold is "Investor - Stocks and Real Estate".
 
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger
Seconded by: Min Kuang
 
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If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of this notice,  Katherine Copeland, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and thereafter will be recognized by Rotary International as such member.
 
The classification that Katherine Copeland will hold is "Real Estate - Project Management".
 
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger
Seconded by: John Hayto
 
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If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of this notice,  Kamyar Asadibeiky, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and thereafter will be recognized by Rotary International as such member.
 
The classification that Kamyar Asadibeiky will hold is "Technology - Services".
 
Proposed by: Min Kuang
Seconded by: Mass Abedi
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Congratulations to member
Keith Philips and Theresia Lee on
the birth of the daughter, 
Phoebe Lee Phillips
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Last Meeting December 12, 2017

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:
  • The position of Sergeant-at-Arms Elect has been vacant for some time and has now been filled by the Board: Joe Lopushinsky is the new Sergeant-at-Arms Elect commencing immediately. Joe will serve as Sergeant-at-Arms for a one-year term starting July 1, 2018.
  • Thank you to Wendy and Bill Dauphinee for hosting the Christmas Carol Party and to DG Don Evans for tinkling the ivories to churn out traditional carols and Christmas songs sung by all. A wonderful, fun evening as always.
  • The 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, June 23-27 2018, will allow you to explore new cultures and fresh perspectives. Connect with influential peers from across the globe for meaningful action. If you haven't registered yet, get your MyRotary log-in information and register today, CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 
  • The Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace, Vancouver, BC, Friday-Sunday February 9-11, 2018. CLICK HERE for more information about the conference, and to register. Cost for regular members until Dec 31st, $250, as of Jan 1st, $275.
  • DG Don Evan's District Conference, Peacing It Together, May 31-June 3 2017 at Squamish. This is your chance to find out much more about Rotary and how it makes a huge impact beyond our local community. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
  • Rotary Club of Vancouver annual ski weekend, February 2-4, 2018. Be sure to let John Hayto know if you are interested in attending as soon as possible. Email John by CLICKING HERE.
  • Board news:
    • We are working on putting together a joint meeting with our two Rotaract Clubs for February 19 or 20. More details will be forthcoming. We hope you will be able to attend to show our younger members support, mentorship & fellowship.
    • Of the ten members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation, three are comprised of the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President of RCoV. Two are designated by the Pacific Otolaryngology Foundation. The remaining five are designated by RCoV - the five so designated are Jack Zaleski, Nick Blom, Stuart Bird, Wilf Wassersleben and Blair Trenholme.
    • Of the eight members of the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation, four are comprised of the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President of RCoV. The remaining four are elected by the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation of one year commencing the next following July 1st. The board of RCoV will suggest to the member of the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation that Jason Boudreau, Chris Motion, Nick Blom, and Paul Martin be elected members of the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation from July 1, 2018.
    • President Phil emphasized the need for donations to the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation before year-end.
RCoV Annual General Meeting:
  • Gordon Esau, who agreed to act as official Secretary, will prepare the minutes for distribution prior to the 2018 AGM.
  • The result of the elections and appointments for the RCoV Board of Directors, for the 2018-19 Rotary year commencing July 1, 2018 is as follows:
    • President, Brian Street
    • Immediate Past President, Phil Webber
    • President Elect, Bill Davidson
    • Secretary, Joan Posivy
    • Treasurer, Kaz Kadono
    • Director (year 2), Jason Boudreau
    • Director (year 2), Keith Phillips
    • Director (year 2), Gerry Glazier
    • Director (year 1), Franco Gallo
    • Director (year 1), Angus Campbell
    • Director (year 1), Jack Zaleski
    • Sergeant-at-Arms, Joe Lopushinsky
    • Sergeant-at-Arms Elect, John Richardson
  • Thank you to all candidates for allowing their names to stand for election or appointment to the Board positions with the Club and for all their service to the Rotary Club of Vancouver.
 
Secretary's (acting), Joan Posivy, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdaysRichard Higgins Dec 13th, Gordon Esau Dec 17th
  • member anniversariesInder Johal 1 year, Sue Haralds-Towsley 20 years
  • wedding anniversaries: David & Joy Motion 46 years (Dec 18th)
 
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Member presentations:
    • Eliza Pan received her 4-Way Test Plaque.
    • Jack Zaleski presented Barbara Welsh with the inaugural Don Waters' Special Achievement Award, to be given annually to the Bike-a-thon rider who manages to collect the most funds for the Hearing Foundation. Congratulations Barbara on raising over $20,000 in 2017.
  • Save the Date! Brian Street announced plans for a Gala for Youth fundraiser to be held at the Seaforth Armoury on October 27th (date to be confirmed). The event will have a Studio 54 theme. If you don't know just what the significance of Studio 54 is in celebrity culture, CLICK HERE to view some vintage pictures.
  • Don Evans let us know of the memorial to be held for 1996-97 District Governor, Dave Ker. The memorial will be at St. Mary's Kerrisdale, 2490 w. 37th Ave., Vancouver, BC on December 30th at 2:00 p.m. Read Dave's obituary HERE. Please contact Don for more details.
 
Club Assembly:
  • Rene Abi-Rached provided a detailed report from the Community Service Committee. The next CSC meeting will be on January 9th immediately following the regular RCoV lunch meeting. Everyone is welcome, especially our newest members, to come and check out the committee to see if it's something you can be passionate about and help make a difference right here in Vancouver.
  • Michael Woolnough also provided a detailed report from the International Service Committee. Along with the overview of the many and varied projects the committee has supported, it was also good news to hear of new members joining the committee.
  • If you would like more details about either of the above, please contact Rene or Michael respectively.
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary - making a difference.
 

January 12, 2018

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Phil Webber, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Franco Gallo, Secretary