Vol. 100 No. 25
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

The Rotary Club of Vancouver wishes all members a

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

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.

Upcoming committee meetings:

  • RCoV BoD meeting: Thursday January 4th, 5:30 p.m. @ Marriott Pinnacle Hotel
  • Youth Committee meeting: Tuesday January 9th, 11:00 a.m. @ Terminal City Club
  • Community Service Committee meeting: Tuesday January 9th, 1:45 p.m. @ Terminal City Club
  • Please check with your committee Chair for date of 1st meeting in 2018
Last Call for 2017 Donations to
the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation
Please consider all the good work and community needs which are served by the Rotary Club of Vancouver and make a donation to the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation to further these good works by fellow Rotarians in our community and abroad.  Whether it’s our Breakfast Program at Norquay School and other youth initiatives, numerous literacy initiatives here in BC, or support for persons suffering in poverty or suffering from domestic abuse, or support for new Canadians in Vancouver, or helping disadvantaged children have a summer camp experience, or establishing training for women and for the blind and bringing clean water to whole communities in the Congo, or shipping containers of surplus medical and educational equipment and supplies abroad, or support for initiatives leading to reconciliation with and advancement of First Nations here in BC and Canada. 
Those projects and many others would not be possible without the annual support of Rotarians and also numerous endowment gifts made by Rotarians.  Please support the continuation of these good works by making your 2017 donation to Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation if you have not done so already.  
Donating to Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation has never been easier,  Just google Rotary Club of Vancouver, and scroll down the Rotary Club of Vancouver home page to the “Support Our Work”
Button in the right hand column.  Click on the button and follow the prompts for Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation and you will receive your Official Canada Revenue Agency donation receipt within minutes.  I know because I tested it out on December 19, 2017 so I could prove that it is not too late to get “a round tuit” for 2017.
If made before January 1, 2018 your donation should cost you only 60 cents on the dollar because of the tax credit which is available when you file your 2018 income tax return.
But most importantly, you will know that your donation dollars, your treasure, will only be spent after fellow Rotarians have expended time and talent in thoroughly investigating delivering the maximum benefit to the targets of Rotary charity.
Please join me in “Making a Difference” by donating to our charity, Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation, a Public Foundation registered with the Canada Revenue Agency.
President Phil Webber
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
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
RCoV BoD Meeting
Wayne Fraser's office
Feb 08, 2018
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Int'l Service Committee Meeting
Parisa Andrangi hosting
Feb 08, 2018 7:30 PM
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
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
Feb 27, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
RCoV BoD Meeting
Mar 01, 2018 5:30 PM


Warm welcome to RCoV's

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 14 days of this notice, Jill Pennefather, 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 recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Jill Pennefather will hold is tba.
Proposed by: Kim Lepp
Seconded by: Jason Boudreau

Last Meeting December 19, 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.
Kaori OtakeKayo's daughter, provided us with a beautiful musical prelude on her harp. Kaori is visiting her family from Japan, which is now her home. She has played many solo performances including playing concertos with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Nippon Philharmonic. She has performed solo recitals in Osaka, Fukui, Chiba, Tokyo, Sapporo, and Aichi, Japan. Also has performed in Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Tacoma, and Hong Kong. She will be performing on Christmas Eve at Saint Andrews Wesley United Church during the 9:00 & 11:00 p.m. services.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • Congratulations to Keith Phillips and his wife, Theresia, on the birth of their baby girl, Phoebe Lee Phillips - welcome to the world little one.
Special presentations:
  • Rene Abi-Rached & Gerry Glazier of the Community Service Committee presented a cheque for $10,000 to the CKNW Orphans' Fund (to be known as the CKNW Kids Fund as of next year). Honourable Wally Oppal, Chairman, and Sarah Dubois-Philips, Executive Director, accepted the cheque on behalf of CKNW Orphans' Fund. $5,000 will come from the Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation and $5,000 from the Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation). Wally Oppal spoke to express thanks and provided us with a bit of history; the organization started in the early 1940's as a fundraiser of CKNW for a New Westminster orphanage. President Phil thanked Mr. Oppal and Ms. Phillips for attending.
  • Jack Zaleski, on behalf of the RCoV Hearing Foundation, made the following donations and cheque presentations:
    • $10,000 to the Hearing Foundation of Canada
    • $23,130 to Douglas College Foundation for the RCoV Hearing Foundation HIP Equipment Fund; Nick Cheng & Leanne Poon accepted the cheque. Interestingly, Stephanie Lawton was credited with making the connection to Rotary for the DC Foundation.
    • $53,000 to University of British Columbia, who was represented by Dr. Brian Westerberg of the St. Paul's Foundation. The funds will be targeted for stem cell research.
    • $5,000 (as noted above) to the CKNW Orphans' Fund
Secretary's (acting), Joan Posivy, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above - remember not all dates over the holidays are accurate, please check with your committee Chairs for the next date in the New Year); 
  • 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)
  • Joan's trivia quiz: 
    • What are Rotary's six areas of focus?
      1. Peace
      2. Fighting disease
      3. Clean water & Sanitation
      4. Saving mothers and children
      5. Supporting education
      6. Growing local economies
    • At the first solo meeting of the club on March 14, 1913 there were 32 members present. Afterwards, application was made for membership and on April 22, 1913 the charter and the official recognition of the Rotary Club of Vancouver was presented at a luncheon. At that first meeting, the roster listed how many members? 94
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Brian Street provided a little more info about the Youth at Risk Fundraising Gala. The date is set for October 27th provided all is good with the venue, Seaforth Armoury. It is Brian's hope that this event will be the first of what will become an annual event, raising significant funds ($50-100,000), and will be seen as one of Vancouver's signature events. The inaugural 2018 party will have a Studio 54 theme - 80's - 90's disco scene. Plenty to interest people of all ages. He will be looking to strike up his committee after the New Year. If you're interested let Brian know.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to each of you, personally and the RCoV for a happy, prosperous New Year and Peace on Earth.

January 26, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary