Vol. 100 No. 35
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday March 20, 2018
Kate Hodgson, Coordinator, Ray-Cam Co-operative Community Centre

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre is a neighbourhood facility on East Hastings St near Clark Drive. They have recreation and social activities for all ages and support services for individuals and families. They offer out-of-school, preschool, and daycare programs for children, as well as a fitness centre, gym, drop-in lounge, games room, media lab, and multipurpose rooms. Outside, there are basketball and sport courts.

Kate has been the coordinator of the Ray-Cam Centre since 2014. 



Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 27, 2018
Dr. Paul Evans, Institute of Asian Research, UBC 
North Korea 

Paul Evans (PhD Dalhousie) has been a professor at the University of British Columbia since 1999 teaching Asian and trans-Pacific affairs. Paul is the current Interim Research Director of the Institute of Asian Research.

A regionalist rather than country specialist, he has held visiting fellowships at the Australian National University (1988); National Chengchi University (1989); Chulalongkorn University (1989); the East-West Center (1995); and the National Institute for Research Advancement in Tokyo (1999). He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Hong Kong in 2011 and 2013 and Singapore Management University in 2015 and 2016 as head of the International Academic Advisory Panel for its School of Social Sciences.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 03, 2018
Sandra Phillips, Shared Mobility Architect, Shared Transportation Services
Speed of Change: How Transportation is Changing in our Cities

Sandra is the founder and CEO of movmi Shared Transporation Services, a small boutique agency that is specialised in Shared Mobility Architecture: the design and building of new shared mobility ventures.

Sandra has two decades of experience working in the private sector at the intersection of innovation, technology and social changes. She is known for successfully establishing startup and new ventures and leading them to success.  In 2010 she found her niche in shared mobility: Her customer centric approach, her laser sharp focus on optimised operations and her drive to succeed results in hundreds of thousand people that move around town in a more efficient and sustainable way.

Rotary Club of Burnaby's 
6th Annual International Food Festival
Come to the 6th annual evening of our festival and experience the foods from the Caribbean, India, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Ukraine, and Africa!!
Culinary delights are prepared in partnership with members of the Rotary Club of Burnaby and students of the Youth Train in Trades program. All foods will be prepared by the students of the training program, under the supervision of the Chef STEPHEN WADE. This will be a relaxing evening of international food, music, and fun!
This year's net proceeds go to the Burnaby Fair Haven Seniors’ Affordable Rental, Independent Housing Project, and also a bursary to a student of Youth Train in Trades Professional Cooks Training Program (formerly ACE-IT program).
Upcoming Events
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RWH Container Loading
Riverview Site, Thistle Place
Apr 07, 2018 9:00 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
Apr 17, 2018 1:30 PM
International Service Committee
Michael Woolnough's Home
Apr 17, 2018
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
RCoV Board of Directors' Meeting
Apr 19, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Food on the Corner
Apr 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Min's office
Apr 24, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
Apr 24, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
May 01, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Hearing Committee
Terminal City Club
May 15, 2018 1:30 PM
International Service Committee Meeting
May 17, 2018 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
May 19, 2018 11:00 AM

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Last Meeting March 13, 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 Elect, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • March 2018 is water and sanitation month. Check out the related web page: CLICK HERE.
  • March 12-18, 2018 is World Rotaract Week. This year Rotaract celebrates 50 years!!! This last week, Tuesday March 13th, was the official celebration day. CLICK HERE for some more information.
  • The Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club President-Elect, Thomas Miller, sent a note (read by Phil). Thomas sends thanks to our club for subsidizing his attendance at PETS among other expressions of gratitude for our support.
  • Rotary Convention in Toronto June 23-27 2018, "Inspiration Around Every Corner"; please consider joining other Rotarians from around the country, including our own Brian Street, Thomas Miller (Young Professionals), Kendall Jessiman & Peter Clarke. Registration deadline to take advantage of the preregistration discount: March 31st.
  • 2018 District Spring Training, includes the Lower Mainland District Assembly on March 17th, and the Lower Mainland Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar on March 18th. CLICK HERE for a list of trainings/seminars and to register. Note: our Club will pay the registration fee (email your registration confirmation to Carolyn) for reimbursement.
  • At our next meeting, March 20th, please come out to find out about the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre. It is our theme partner in next year's youth Gala.
  • The upcoming 2018 District 5040 Conference promises to be great. We will be "Peacing It Together" with speakers like Eduardo da Costa, who is a Rotary Peace Scholar and Global Peace Index Ambassador. If you have any questions, please contact Peter ClarkeCLICK HERE for info about the conference and to register.

    "Peace" is the central theme of the 2018 District Conference. It may be the most important topic of our time. It is a timely and important conversation. Eduardo will be giving a presentation about the Global Peace Index in Brazil, Canada, and the United States in order to advance the state of knowledge about the drivers of peace as well as give local organizations concrete tools to help build peace in their communities. CLICK HERE to read more about Eduardo.
  • Support our Rotary Women's Association at our next meeting, March 20th. They will be attending, selling daffodils.
  • Reminder to register for the Membership Pathway Seminar on March 24th at the Burnaby Community Hall.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: Cindy Chen Mar 13, Brian Street Mar 14, Narv Gill Mar 16
  • member anniversaries: Peter Clarke 13 years, Verona Edelstein 17 years, Charles Flavelle 54 years
  • wedding anniversaries: none this week
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Jack Zaleski, gave us some information about a fabulous presentation he attended at Douglas College. It was an open house for the Hearing Instrumentation Practitioner Program.

    Jack let us know that there will be a special presentation in honour of Don Waters at the ENT Library on Friday, re participating in the building of the hearing centre in the new building.

    The Bike-a-thon is coming up - get involved, be a rider, a fundraiser, or an event volunteer.
  • The following received Paul Harris Fellows:
    Kendall Jessiman, PHF +3
    John Sullivan, PHF +1
    Michael Woolnough, PHF +7
  • Brian Street introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Kevin Milligan, of the Vancouver School of Business, UBC. Dr. Milligan's topic was "The impacts of US corporate tax reforms on the Canadian economy". 

    Dr. Milligan provided us with some very interesting information and discussion about the new U.S. tax reforms. A few of his points:
  1. The U.S. is heading towards a deficit of 5.6% of GDP. For reference, Canada sits at less than 1%.
  2. Personal tax reduction - may cause mobility of talent. There is some concern that people will move from Canada to the States because of the tax cuts. Dr. Milligan's belief is that we may lose some talent but Canadian culture and strong communities are very attractive and will keep most here.
  3. Corporate tax reduction - the combined federal and state tax of 21% brings the U.S. close to Canada's combined federal and provincial rate, thus reducing the competitive edge. Interesting to note that in Canada the rate by almost 1/2 over the last 20 years, while the revenue has remained relatively constant. The new effective tax rate is now a couple of point below Canada, thus, again, removing Canada's advantage.

    Dr. Milligan expressed that he believes that the proposed reforms may not be sustainable given the deficit increasing to such a large percentage of GDP. It may also not be politically sustainable as it's not a bi-partisan reform. If a different party gains control they may remove at least some aspects of the reforms.

    There was plenty of more information shared and talked about; very interesting. Thanks to Dr. Kevin Milligan for visiting our Club.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to fair taxation.

March 30, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary