Vol. 100 No. 36
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next 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.


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday April 10, 2018
Richard Walton, Mayor, District of North Vancouver,
Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee, Metro Mayors' Council

Mobility Pricing, Bridge Tolls for Metro Vancouver?

News from our Rotaract Clubs - all members are invited to participate in all events. Fun events, great causes.
Rotaract Club of Vancouver UBC 
  • Apr 20th 
    Paint Nite!

    Join them at Bar One on Broadway at 6:30 pm. Proceeds will go to supporting Plan International's Because I Am A Girl Program which supports girl's rights and gender equality on an international scale. For further info, contact
Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles to register and for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting
Franz Gehriger's office
May 01, 2018
8:15 AM – 9:30 AM
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
Bike-a-thon Committee Meeting
TCC lunch room
May 22, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
RCoV Annual Strategy Session - details to follow
May 29, 2018
Membership Committee Meeting
May 29, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Youth Committee Meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 05, 2018
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


RCoV's Newest Potential Member

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 14 days of this notice, Sandra Lowe, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a Member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Sandra Lowe will hold is Business Manager Legal.
Proposed by: Franz Gehriger 
Seconded by: Kim Lepp 
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Last Meeting March 20, 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:
  • The Don Waters plaque was unveiled by David Waters, his son, at St. Paul's Hospital in honour of all the work he did to support the Hearing Initiatives and Programmes. Please consider honouring Don by supporting this year's bike-a-thon in any way you can, be it as a rider, fundraiser or volunteer.
  • This coming weekend is the Membership Pathway Seminar (March 24th) at the Burnaby Community Hall. The topic to be discussed: ensuring our Clubs meet the needs of the younger Rotaract members as they transition out of Rotaract and into Rotary. There is no cost to you, our Club pays a Club registration fee of $30 for any number of members to attend.
  • The upcoming 2018 District 5040 Conference promises to be great. Why attend?

    The fun will begin on Thursday, May 31st, with RLI session, golf, tour of Brittania mine or a gondola ride. Something for everyone to be sure. There will be inspiring speakers throughout the weekend. You will have the opportunity to showcase your projects, network with wonderful people and build your connections.

    If you have any questions, please contact Peter ClarkeCLICK HERE for info about the conference and to register. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.
  • Thanks to Madhu Toshniwal for attending and representing our Club at the District Assembly and Grant Management seminars this last weekend. 
  • Thanks to Franz as the leader of the Membership Committee for leading us in terms of growth in District 5040. The District Assistant Governor has let President Phil know that she would like to nominate us for the Club of the Year. A great honour for us all.
  • The contingent of 7 people from our Club will be leaving for Tokyo this weekend to renew our sister agreement. We wish them safe travels and thanks to our International Service Committee, especially Kayo, for organizing the trip.
  • Thank you to the representative from the Rotary Women's Association, for joining us and for providing the daffodils at the tables available to all by donation as a fundraiser in support of Cancer Research. Also note that the RWA annual fashion show is coming up on April 16th.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: Wolfgang Degemann Mar 21
  • member anniversaries: Charlene McDonald 18 years
  • wedding anniversariesAldo & Rosa Brussoni 54 years
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Madhu Toshniwal who attended the 2018 District Spring Training, both the District Assembly on March 17th, and the Lower Mainland Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar on March 18th. She said it was a lot of fun, great interaction and she had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people. She would strongly encourage anyone, when the opportunity comes again, to attend.

    The emphasis was on strategic planning, RLI, Admin, PR, and Rotary Citation (community, diversity, gender equality, etc.). One key thing for Clubs to remember is to be flexible -- be able to respond to member needs and wants to keep them engaged and enthusiastic. Madhu affirmed that she learned a lot!
  • Gerry Glazier provided some information about one of the newest incentives of the Community Service Committee -- Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House on the East-side. The Board approved a donation of $2,000 to be used for the purchase of a tricycle with a box on it that will enable visiting stay-at-home seniors to get them engaged and get them out into the community. The suggestion for support of this program came from Kim Lepp to the CSC. For some info about their seniors programs CLICK HERE.
  • Angus Campbell promoted the upcoming HOOP-A-THON, on April 28th where every basket earns $$ to support east-side programs for youth at risk. The committee is looking for people to sponsor kids from the east-side to participate. Contact Angus if you are interested. There is a donor from our Club who has pledged to dollar-match so lets all do our best to raise lots -- get a team together, sponsor a youth, anything you can think of to help!
  • Brian Street introduced our guest speaker, Kate Hodgson from the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre on Hastings St. where they believe in collaboration and sharing - the core of all their programs.

    The programs are run by parents and families. It serves the most vulnerable people in our city. All the programs are free. They have programs for babies all the way through to elders.

    Ambrose, grew up at Ray-Cam and is a "graduate" of the programs spoke as well. He provided a wonderful testament to what successes are possible in changing the course of lives for youth-at-risk.

    An example is their Rise program which focuses on getting young people employable and employed under the Parks Board. The opportunities are endless once an individuals eyes are opened to the wider community (beyond the borders of ones own community). Ambrose, as case in point, now travels the country and the world as a representative of indigenous youth, speaking and making constructive change for future generations.

    Dave Dixon, a retired Vancouver Police Officer (1980-2008), continues volunteering multiple times a week at Ray-Cam. He was introduced to Ray-Cam way back in the beginning of his VPD career. He testifies that Ray-Cam does fabulous work, especially with youth, providing them with direction and more importantly, hope.

    RCoV's partnership with Ray-Cam for the 2018 Youth Fundraising Gala (October 27th) will support their Graduation Strategy Continuum -- the middle years transition time. A most vulnerable time in keeping youth in school and on the path to graduation.

    Ray-Cam's biggest needs include: funds to expand youth incentives, help with fundraising, volunteers to help with programs. If you can and want to help, please don't hesitate to contact Kate or Brian Street to let them know.

    For information about the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre, CLICK HERE.
  • Brian Street announced the formal launch of the 2018 Youth Fundraising Gala on October 27th at the Seaforth Armoury. The theme for the event is Studio 54. The goal is to raise $100,000! 

    There will be an auction - your help is needed! It will be comprised of ultimate experiences rather than physical items. Please think about who you know and what you can provide, be it airline tickets, hotel nights, restaurant vouchers, sporting event tickets, ferry rides, gondola rides, VIP back-stage passes, whale watching tours, zip-line passes, stays at a hot springs resort, cruise tickets, opera tickets, live theatre tickets, etc., etc., The only question to ask is WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPERIENCE and then try to provide it. The committee will put together attractive packages to create truly ultimate experiences for all to bid on. Contact Brian or Carolyn with any and all donations as soon as possible so that we have plenty of time to advertise and entice.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the Rotary Club of Tokyo and our visiting contingent.

April 20, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary