Vol. 100 No. 33
Philip Webber, President
Franco Gallo, Secretary

Next meeting: Tuesday March 6, 2018
Dr. Joost Schokkenbroek, Executive Director, Vancouver Maritime Museum
Setting a New Course. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, 2018-2020.

Dr. Schokkenbroek began his museum career in 1988 at the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA. Since that time Dr. Schokkenbroek has been the Curator of Material Culture and Chief Curator at Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The Dutch National Maritime Museum). Since 2013 Dr. Schokkenbroek has held the position of chair of Maritime History and Maritime Heritage at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He was appointed Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in the summer of 2017.

Schokkenbroek has published profusely on whaling history, the admiralties in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch East and West India Companies, maritime art and artefacts, and on the maritime history between the Netherlands and the Baltic. Also, he has published on artefacts, museum collections and material culture in general and their importance as sources for historical research.

Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 13, 2018
Dr. Kevin Milligan, Vancouver School of Business, UBC
Impacts of US corporate tax reduction on Canadian ecomony

Kevin Milligan is Professor of Economics in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia, and is also a Scholar-in-Residence with the C.D. Howe Institute and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since 2011, he has served as Co-Editor of the Canadian Tax Journal. He studied at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, receiving his Ph.D. in 2001. His research spans the fields of public and labour economics, with a focus on how the Canadian tax and transfer system affects the decisions and wellbeing of individuals and families. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues in the media, and has advised senior levels of government on taxation and economic policy.


Upcoming meeting: Tuesday March 20, 2018
Kate Hodgson, Coordinator, Ray-Cam Co-operative Community Centre
Impacts of US corporate tax reduction on Canadian ecomony

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.


Romance and Dancing:
UBC Opera Ball on Friday, March 16, 2018

To All Rotary Club Members;
The UBC Opera Ball is a fundraiser for UBC's opera program.  It features wonderful arias and love songs sung by the UBC students and dancing to the music of members of the late Dal Richards' Orchestra.
This year it will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on the UBC campus; 6:30 pm cocktails // 7:00 pm, Dinner & Program.
The evening involves a sit down dinner on the stage of the Chan Centre during which the guests are serenaded by the students who comprise the UBC opera ensemble. After dinner, the Dal Richards Orchestra will play a variety of ballroom dancing music with lots of opportunity to dance. What could be more romantic?  If you like opera or dancing or both, you are sure to enjoy the evening.
The cost is $200 per person or $400 per couple, of which $115 per person ($230 per couple) is a charitable donation.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and include a $115 charitable tax credit receipt authorized by the Canada Revenue Agency. For Opera Ball tickets purchased by credit card, the $115 donation per ticket will appear as a separate transaction. For Opera Ball payment by cheque please contact the UBC Opera Box Office.
For tickets it is best to call 604.822.6725 between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM any weekday except Friday  and ask to be seated at the Webber table(s).  You will also be asked for your dinner selections (meat, fish or vegetarian) so be prepared to make the choice for yourself and any others for whom you are purchasing tickets.
Again, if you would like to join the table(s) Miriam and Phil Webber are arranging, then here is the easiest procedure.
  1. Phone the UBC Opera Ball box office (604.822.6725) to reserve your place, and pay by VISA ;
  2. Request to be seated at the Webber table;
  3. Make you dinner selections.
Please let Phil Webber know if you are able to join us so that he can ensure that we are seated together.
Any other questions contact Phil Webber at:
(H) 604.263.9247 or (C) 604.417.4420"
Upcoming Events
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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 February 27, 2018

President Phil Webber chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Don Evans accompanied on the piano for the singing of O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner (in honour of our guest speaker, the US Consul General to Vancouver).
Jim Evans, Sergeant-at-Arms, introduced visitors and guests.
Chair's (Phil Webber's) announcements:
  • Thank you to Joan Posivy and the Rotoractors for putting on a successful joint meeting on February 20th. We had good attendance with approximately 50 total (25 from our Club). It was wonderful to hear about the work our younger members are partaking in and also to have had the opportunity for our members to share some information about projects that are important to us. All committee chairs are encouraged to reach out the the Rotoractors & Young Professionals to invite & include them in your committee meetings.
Secretary's, Franco Gallo, announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above); 
  • birthdays: John Wiggins Feb 21st, Franz Gehriger Feb 25th, Pam Stewart Feb 27th
  • member anniversaries: Fred West 3 years, Milton Kiang 3 years, John Hayto 24 years, Rene Abi-Rached 26 years, John Richardson 31 years, John Wiggins 31 years
  • wedding anniversaries: Franco Gallo & Candice Claassen 3 years
Special presentations:
  • Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Pins were presented, after an address by Phil regarding the importance of donations to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, to:
    • Kaz Kadono
    • Angus Campbell, plus +1
Special announcements; members' moments:
  • Angus Campbell provided an update for the upcoming Hoop-a-thon Fundraiser. This fundraiser is a joint effort by the ROTARY Club of Vancouver Sunrise, ROTARY Club of Vancouver Yaletown and ROTARY Club of Vancouver. Every basketball that goes in the basket earns $; last year each successful hoop = $300. Save the date April 28th. For more information CLICK HERE.
  • Verona Edelstein introduced our guest speaker, Katherine Dhanani, U.S. Consul General to Vancouver. Katherine's topic was A Diplomat's View of Volunteerism.

    Katherine had 3 areas of focus: (1) Peace Corps, (2) observations, and (3) youth opportunities.

    (1) Peace Corps
    It came into being very quickly. JFK, in 1960, at the Univ. of Michigan during a talk to students, he exhorted to them to put their enthusiasm & skills to use. 2 months into his Presidency, JFK enacted an executive order and the Peace Corps was formally created in 1961.

    The Peace Corps has had extraordinary success globally both for the volunteers involved (currently approximately 7000 individuals) and for the recipients of their work. For more information on the Peace Corps CLICK HERE

    (2) Observations
    Wherever Katherine has worked around the world she witnessed the exceedingly generous, wonderful and skilled people who donated their time to help others. Even in countries who don't have the same view on volunteerism, such as India, they benefited from those who came for elsewhere to help. Now the younger generations are taking up the mantra and and volunteerism is growing.

    (3) Youth opportunities
    There is a great opportunity for 30 students ages 15-18 (with at least one more year of high school) to participate in a joint Canada & US Youth Ambassador Program. It is a fully funded 3 week exchange program. If you know of any youth who may be interested please look into this wonderful opportunity. Note there is a March 31st deadline to apply. CLICK HERE to see the flyer.

    From their Facebook account (
    "#YouthAmbassadors will spend three weeks travelling in the United States, meeting and networking with speakers and adult mentors, visiting important sites, and even staying with host families!

    Students will first travel to Ottawa, where they will meet each other and undergo a vigorous orientation. The students will then travel down across the border to Plattsburgh, New York, where they will take classes and workshops at @SUNYPlattsburgh and enjoy homestays with local families. This is an incredible chance to connect and exchange with American families! Next, the students will spend some time in the majestic Adirondack Park, enjoying scenic locations such as Olympic host city Lake Placid. Finally, the exchange will conclude in Washington, D.C., where students will be able to immerse themselves in a leadership environment, visiting places such as the Canadian Embassy to the United States and the US Capitol Building.

    To learn more about this exciting and fully funded opportunity, please visit

    @ExchangeProgramsAtState @YouthAmbassadorsExchange @WorldLearning #YA18"
Meeting adjourned with a toast to volunteerism.

March 30, 2018


Phil Webber, President   Franco Gallo, Secretary