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Vol. 101 No. 32
Brian Street, President
Joan Posivy, Secretary
 

Next meeting: Tuesday February 26, 2019
Club Day!
Presenting our fabulous members!

Celebrating the accomplishments and adventures of our own. 

 
 

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 5, 2019
Ms. Kris Sims, Director, BC - Canadian Taxpayers
Merits of the Carbon Tax

Born in the town of Hope and raised on both sides of the Strait of Georgia, Kris has been employed (and taxed) since she was 12 years old, working in horse stables, fast food joints and gas stations before attending journalism school at BCIT in Burnaby.

Kris worked in radio in the Comox Valley before moving to Ottawa to work as a legislative assistant on Parliament Hill. She then joined Ottawa News Talk Radio 580 CFRA as a reporter and anchor, eventually becoming a journalist for the CTV parliamentary bureau.

Kris was a founding reporter for Sun News Network and proudly covered issues of big government, personal liberty and the rights of small-town and rural Canadians until SNN was shut down. She then worked as the director of communications for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, and as the senior producer for Evan Solomon at CFRA Radio. She is proud to return to her home of British Columbia to fight for the rights of all taxpayers.

(from The Daily Courier (web version), Dec. 3, 2019)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hails British Columbia’s carbon tax as a success. It’s not. It’s a warning, and the rest of Canada needs to learn from the West Coast’s mistake.

When Trudeau announced he was forcing a carbon tax on people who don’t want one, he cited B.C. as an example of a “successful” carbon tax.

He’s right about the tax part: the B.C. carbon tax has successfully taken billions of dollars out of our wallets for the sins of driving to work, buying groceries and heating our homes. If, however, carbon taxes are supposed to do things such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions and stopping climate change, it’s been a lot less successful.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 12, 2019
Dr. Peter German, QC, President, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform
Money Laundering & the Vancouver Model

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2019 District 5040 Conference
May 3 - 5, 2019

CLICK HERE for hotel information
CLICK HERE to register
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Mar 26, 2019
 
Investment Club
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Mar 28, 2019 6:00 PM
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Apr 02, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Navid's office
Apr 04, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
 
Food on the Corner
Apr 20, 2019 11:00 AM
 
Investment Club
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
Apr 25, 2019 6:00 PM
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Swissreal offices (Franz)
Apr 30, 2019
 
Networking & Vocational Service Committee
Navid's office
May 02, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
 
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
May 07, 2019 11:00 AM
 

Membership Matters

David Truman, former Treasurer of Rotary World Help died peacefully on January 28, 2019.

David will be remembered as a hard working Rotarian, vacation/trip planner for family and friends, avid golfer, curler, birder, friend of plants, people and pets and volunteer for the Liberal Party of Canada.

In lieu of flowers,
donations in his memory can be made to Rotary's End Polio https://www.endpolio.org/donate.

 
Celebration of Life
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
George Preston Recreation Center
20699-42 Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3B3
 
Obituary:
CLICK HERE
 
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Last Meeting February 19, 2019

President, Brian Street chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Don Evans accompanied us on the piano for the singing of O Canada.
Joe Lopushinsky, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
 
President's Announcements:
  • With sadness, relaying a message from D'Arcy Warner: David Truman, former Treasurer of the Rotary World Help, has passed away. Celebration of Life will be on March 16th. In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be made to Rotary's EndPolio initiative. See above notice for more information.
  • We have received a call for silent auction items for the District Foundation Dinner on March 9th. The message from Frank Peabody includes:
    - original artwork
    - high-end cookware
    - stylish luggage
    - luxurious bed linens
    - theatre tickets
    - hockey tickets
  • The cut-off date for the special hotel rate for the upcoming District Conference in Sun Peaks is March 1st so book your room quickly.
  • District Governor Darcy Long reports that 25 clubs have stepped up to support the Vocational Training Team or teachers who will be traveling to Kenya. $1,050 will be contributed from our Club.
  • Thanks to all who organized and participated in the ski weekend!
    John Hayto
    - Barbara Welsh (Friday dinner)
    - Kaz Kadono (Barefoot Bistro Dinner)
    - all those members who hosted fellow Rotarians in their home
     
Joan Posivy, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: John Wiggins Feb21, Franz Gehriger Feb25
  • member anniversaries: Fred West 4 years, Milton Kiang 4 years
  • wedding anniversaries: Franco Gallo & Candice Claassen 4 years Feb25
     
Special announcement and member's moments:
  • Bill Schulz was presented with a Paul Harris +3
  • John Bathurst asked everyone who can to please attend the District 5040 Foundation Dinner. Only 4 people from our Club has registered to date. The cost is very reasonable at $60 per person ($480 for a table of 8) if you register before the 25th of this month. CLICK HERE to register.
  • ​​​​John Hayto thanked all who helped support and attended the ski weekend, making it another great experience.
  • The District will, from February 16 - March 9 in celebration of The Rotary Foundation, give 500 Paul Harris Fellow points to anyone who donates US$500 to the Annual Fund. As thanks and in recognition of your donation, you will receive your first or next level of Paul Harris recognition. Contact Don Evans for more info.
  • Thanks to Peter Clarke for the life-size Oscar statue and mini for our Speaker.
Program:
John Hayto introduced Blaire Trenholme for An Afternoon at the Oscars circa March 28, 1977. 
 
Blair is still very active in Rotary, having joined a Club on Vancouver Island where he now lives enjoying his retirement. He attended our recent ski weekend, and plans on being at the bike-a-thon this summer. 
 
Blair introduced Harry Keys who was an alpine guide also worked on the Off the Edge documentary. Harry spoke briefly about some great memories doing the film.
 
Blair started his skiing, self-proclaimed addiction of skiing, as a little one skiing in his home's back alley in Northern Quebec. He progressed to a tiny hill in the States when his family moved there and then on to Whistler when they relocated to Vancouver.
 
His skiing journey followed his inspirational person, Jean Claude Killy, to Val d'Isere in the French Alps. This was where he met Jeffrey Campbell and Michael Firth. They stayed together in the resort for the winter, forging relationships that would last their lives.
 
In May of 1973 Blair received a telegram from Michael Firth saying he had acquired sufficient funding for a skiing documentary film and asking Blair to be part of it with Jeffrey. It took all of a few seconds to agree! In July 1973 Jeff & Blair arrived in New Zealand for some spectacular skiing in the virgin snows around Mt. Cook. 
 
Jeffrey introduced the idea of hang gliding to the group taking them out of their comfort zone but ultimately providing fantastic experiences.
 
The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1977. Though it didn't win, the experience of making the film and then attending the Oscar ceremony was something amazing!
The movie, Off the Edge, is no longer available. However, Blair, via Harry Keys, will make copies for anyone interested. In return he asks for a donation to the Rotary initiative of your choice, EndPolio or Rotary Foundation or Bike-a-thon. Orders can be made by contacting Carolyn providing information about your donation.
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to living life's dreams.
 

March 15, 2019

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Brian Street, President
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