Posted by Lydia and Yoonhi
The Walk for Polio, held on New Westminster's famous riverside Quay is a joint venture between Burnaby and New Westminster Rotary Clubs.  this year Rotary Arbutus members will be walking with them on May 26th.  
The walk is to support child polio victims to get rehabilitation in two hospitals in Ethiopia.  Children will be treated by physios in Addis and Hawasa hospitals and their parents will be trained to provide after care when the children return home.  Polio eradication is a big area of service for Rotarians around the world.  What is often misunderstood in the western world is that children do contract the disease and that their care in the many years following, must also be a focus of the effort.
The project is underway and entering its second year in what is already a very successful operation.  
Our members are very happy to be part of this important work.  We are also looking forward to a walk - on a sunny May day -- for a very good cause.
Polio Walk for Children's Rehabilitation Lydia and Yoonhi 2019-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary A Stark
Almost everyone can donate blood when it is used for research.  Five of us went in the van from Granville Gardens (thanks Donna) to UBC to donate blood.  It is more fund in a group and they had great snacks after!
Rotary Donates Blood for Research Mary A Stark 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Show your support for the cause by making a donation and/or showing up to the walk at River Market - 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, B.C.
8:00 am   volunteers to show up
9:00 am   registration opens
9:30 am   opening ceremony
10:00 am   walk begins  
Donate to team “Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus” 
Walk for Polio on May 26th Yoonhi Green 2019-05-13 07:00:00Z 0
Jenna Wadden & Maya Pasut thanked the Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus for sponsoring their RYLA adventure.  Not knowing anybody except each other, they were nervous and scared when they arrived at Camp Elphinstone.  They were immediately separated into team yellow and team blue. Through mingle game and team bonding activities, a group of strangers became good friends during the fun filled weekend.  
Attendees participated in professional development workshops with emphasis on 5 F’s: faith, freedom, family, future & fun.  They discovered their personality traits – artistic versus analytical.  Groups tackled community projects such as homelessness and vaping amongst youth.  In doing so, they gained self confidence and leadership skills through group effort, idea collaboration, and presentation skills.
Attendees learned about Rotary International, and that young people are also involved in Rotary.  They met and became friends with people from other cities and other countries.  They discovered that everybody is a leader.  
RYLA adventures Yoonhi Green 2019-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
7 years ago, Ilan pledged to donate $100 per month to Rotary for 10 years.   He is now in his 8th year of monthly giving.  

The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

The honor was established in 1957 to show appreciation for contributions that support Rotary’s Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
Ilan Heller receives Paul Harris recognition   Yoonhi Green 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Sustainability is something everyone can work towards.  Whether it is picking up garbage you see on the street or boycotting a company that practices environmentally harmful business mothods, we all can make a difference. 
5 things you can do starting today
  • Buy local/seasonal and buy food from which you can spell the ingredients
  • Refuse plastic at the store and bring your own bag or coffee mug
  • Recycle, reuse, repair
  • Eat less meat and if you do, buy organic at the butcher
  • If you can choose, use glass over plastic packaging or even no packaging
Seasonal calendar for BC (click to download) 
Vanessa Uhl speaks on Sustainability Yoonhi Green 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Gerry Dearing spoke to us about the work of the Sunshine Foundation Canada, an organisation that makes dreams come true for children aged 7 – 18 who have disabilities or life threatening illnesses. They have been operating for 50 years and serve kids from across Canada.
Their aim is not just to bring joy but also to help the children build resilience and confidence.  Children dream up their own experiences and then the Foundation provides a team who can provide specialised equipment, medical expertise and about 6 months of planning to make it happen.
All dreams are examined by a medical advisor team to make sure it is possible and safe for the child to undertake the dream.
Some dreams are modest – like to child who wanted an accessible swing in his school playground, others require months of preparation to help a child get ready for their dream day.  The preparation is a big part of the program and gives the child a sense of agency and independence.  It also represents a chance to plan for something that is not part of their on-going challenges with medical conditions.  Individual dream experiences involve the whole family.
There is also a group component to the Sunshine Foundation’s work. Periodically, they do a DREAM LIFT for a whole plane-full of 80 children who spend one day going to Disneyland. Children from the eastern parts of Canada go to Disneyland Florida and those from Western Canada go to Disneyland California.  The trip is undertaken in one very long day and the children travel independently from their families.  Teams of volunteers accompany the children, and a “Team Orange” – named for the fact that Disneyland is in Orange County in both locations – meets them at the airport to take care of their needs while they are visiting Disneyland.  
It is a remarkable effort and a magical day for all concerned as the children make new friends and have experiences that can truly be called a chance in a life-time.
The Foundation, though it only has 12 staff, is planning to expend its operation in BC.  They currently alternate the Dream Lift between East and West coasts and only do one trip every 4 years coming from the West.  
As Gerry said, their efforts are all about the kids hearing and experiencing “yes” in their lives.  
April 26th speaker Gerry Dearing on Sunshine Foundation Canada  Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
The speaker, Jean Paul Gravel, provided us with a disquisition on the general topic of relationships, beliefs, happiness and how to manage life generally. He had been born into an unsettled existence of violence, threats and uncertainty, from which beginnings he had developed the view that everybody is a fake, a principle of uncertainty that drove him into an exploration of the three tenets of life: each of us is embroiled in the obligation to think, feel and act … whether you like it or not. His conceit was a story of the inexperienced youth who, charged with the task of clearing a copse, spent so much time sharpening his axe that his inquisitors despaired of his ever being able to discharge his task. However, he eventually so refined the sharpness of the instrument that when he got to work, almost too late, his tool was so sharp that everything fell before him with plenty of time to spare. Such is life: one has to have prepared the requisites that life can be managed on one’s own terms. The adze must be properly honed before commencing to use it.
The exercise that followed was more demonstrative. Asked to stand up and face one’s neighbour about a foot apart, your learned correspondent found himself confronted by the redoubtable Mary. Required to look into one’s companion’s eyes for 30 seconds, I found myself looking into a mind in constant motion and obviously deeply attentive to some profound metaphysical concept. The profound silence that accompanied this undertaking evidently encompassed everybody, as the silence of deep thought was manifestly profound. (When I asked my profound partner whether she had seen something similarly enervating in my aura, she indicated that all that she saw was a tabula rasa; I did not know whether to be happy or sad with this revelation.) However, this reactive feeling apparently did not much matter: that component of the presentation ceased at the point of regaining our seats. 
We then moved onto ‘beliefs', these being demonstrated by the drawing of a little man in a boat approaching the edge of a saucer (apparently the rower believed that he was about to sail over the edge of the world, this represented by the saucer) and the segue into the fact that life is only an illusion and that we humans spend our lives pretending to be a confident reflection of who we actually are … or indeed, actually aren’t! Further, each of us has on average about 75,000 separate thoughts a day, none of which we remember (how then can we know how many we have? This, Jean Paul left unexplained). What we are seeking is the extension of our lives and perceptions into Emotional Freedom, of which there are 3 levels, which eventually will lead to happiness (for all, or individually: who would know unless we have sharpened our minds by limiting our beliefs?) And there we are, back to the beliefs with which the enigmatic question of fakery began 27 minutes before. 
A very thought-provoking intellectual journey was had by all.
April 12th guest speaker Jean Paul Gravel Michael Frost 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Apr 12, 2019
Come and donate blood with us!  Wednesday, May 15th, 1 pm at the Blood for Research Facility at UBC.  It will take about 2 hours and doesn't cost you anything!  They will even pay for parking or transit.
To join our group please contact Mary Stark 604-328-8985.
Rotary Blood Donor Clinic Mary Stark 2019-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lydia Marston-Blaauw
On April 5th we had Janet McManus, the manager from the netCAD Blood for Research Facility speak to us about their very important work.  It is part of Canadian Blood Services and drives world-class innovation in blood products for  transfusion, cellular therapy, and transplants.  It is also an independent non-profit agency linked to a world-wide network of  blood product agencies.  However, it is also one-of a kind in the world, doing this work on a national Canadian-wide level and making our blood services one of the best internationally. They supply blood products for researchers all across Canada for virus research and many other health and blood-related issues. They also test the equipment  used for collection, transfusion and storage of blood products.
 She explained how the blood they collect is separated into its 3 or more  component parts – all of which have a different “shelf-life” for use in hospitals and  trauma centres.  For instance, trauma doctors in the military require very  particular and special services in this regard.   Janet also told us how donors who have been told they are not eligible to donate blood can donate, at the research site, for research purposes.  Their blood is also used to help improve processes at our Canadian Blood Services Agency.For those wanting to donate to this unique agency, Janet explained that they have donor days on Mondays and Wednesdays and can take 45 donors in one day, no waiting!  Parking is paid for and sometimes they provide pizza!                   
Janet also told us how donors who have been told they are not eligible to donate   blood can donate, at the research site, for research purposes.  Their blood is also used to help improve processes at our Canadian Blood Services Agency.     
      Several Rotarians and visitors attended the meeting specifically to learn more about this unique opportunity because due to extensive travel, place of birth or  other health factors they have not been able to donate and would very much like to do so.   Our own member, Mary Stark, sprang into action and got all the details so that  club members could join a group donation day when we can donate together.  For those more inclined to act independently, you can find out if you may be eligible to donate at netCAD, you can also contact them directly:
Email: Phone: 604-221-5515           Address: University Marketplace (at UBC) 207-2150 Western Parkway
Janet McManus Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark
This week Past District Governor Leigh Higinbotham had the pleasure of inducting our newest member - Donna Patterson.  Donna is a marketing manager at Verves Senior Living and will share her talents in marketing and fundraising with us.  Welcome to Rotary Donna!
We are growing! Mary Stark 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Speaker on March 29th, 2019
Our own Lydia:
Lydia started her presentation with bring forth a document 01-28-2019 Strategic Planning   (Iteration 4 DRAFT)
Unfortunately Lydia e-mailed out the presentation for discussion but the format which she sent it in was not accessible to all members.
There was much discussion over the document and members did contribute their thoughts
Over the next three years VISION: (after consultation with the Club Presidents over the next three years) will focus on “Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus will be an active, proud, visible, change-maker in our community, our District and Internationally.”
Through Rotary’s Core Values (Service, Integrity, Leadership, Fellowship, and Diversity) make the world a better place.
There was much discussion on wording and it was decided we needed more time to discuss the Strategic Plan process.
Draft Goals for 2019 -2020 – 2021
Grant and Lydia and Dianna have been working together to develop goals for the next few years.
  1. Plan in a long-term manner (3 year cycles)
    • Create a succession plan and training practices to support it
  2. Increase Membership to at least 25 by 2021
  • We will understand our demographic, our area, our reality and focus on: age 50+ new retirees, women, new Canadians and younger members
  • Introduce family memberships
  • focus on retention and member satisfaction
  1. Focus on funding source autonomy while using Lotteries funding responsibly
  • Use our Arbutus Rotary Foundation to better advantage
    • Contribute to it regularly
  • Contribute to the Rotary Foundation
    • Find a project that is Foundation-grant worthy and apply
  • Work toward having a signature fundraising event
  1. Improve Communication
  • Create a long range calendar of events and activities
  • Schedule board meetings, and assemblies well in advance
  • provide written agendas, reports and minutes in a timely manner
  • Ensure that all members are heard and that each has information
  • Keep in touch with absent members
  • Plan fellowship events frequently and spontaneously
  • Assure that Club and Rotary information (news, speakers, events and highlights) are circulated in multiple ways
  1. Focus on the function of committees, subcommittees and club duties
  • Make roles clear and interactions effective
  • Strengthen administrative practices
  • Assemble a tech team under an experienced trainer to help members learn, develop and step into technical roles
  1. Increase Member Participation
  • Focus on attendance at functions and Club committees
  • Hold more fellowship events
  • Honor good attendance
  1. Focus on Project Work
  • Do more hands-on local projects for volunteering opportunities
  • Create a dedicated Fundraising Chair 
  • Work toward one signature event in 2020-21
  • Review practices for bursaries and source Indigenous recipients
  • Build relationships with other Clubs for community projects and fellowship to learn, create allies and friends
  1. Attend to peace-building issues of sustainability, waste abatement and climate change
  • Share successes and strategies for personal action
  • Bring in speakers on the issues
  • Keep our initial attention local and personal
  • Support the municipalities’ “Declaration of Climate Emergency” whenever possible
March 29th Speaker Dianna 2019-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Bill in New Zealand! Mary Stark 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club
Announcements for March 29 2019
March is Water and Sanitation Month with Rotary:
Disaster Aid Canada has many opportunities to provide Water Filtration Systems and Hygiene products to people around the world and in our local communities.
Explore Rotary Global Rewards:
Rotary Global Rewards is our member’s benefits program for Rotary and Rotaract club members, along with program alumni, that offers discounts on products and services. You can take advantages of these special offers, add you own, or choose offers that give back to Rotary.
You will find discounts on everything from travel, dining, and entertainment to office supplies, insurance, car rentals, and more.  Find special discount offers in your area and around the world.
Just visit Rotary Global Rewards or download the free Rotary Global Rewards app on your smartphone or tablet from either the Apple App or Google Play store.
Are you planning to shoot hoops on April 27?  No; some of our members are shooting hoops, please take a moment to pledge some of our members either by per basket or a set donation for the number of baskets.  You may also pledge our special guests.
Walk for polio:
The Rotary Club of New Westminster will be hosting a fundraising event to fund the Polio program and the Rotary Foundation.  On May 26th our club can join the other 6 clubs taking part in this event.  Our Polio donations are down at this time so why not walk get pledges and send them off to the foundation and help us reach our goal.  See Lydia for more details.
Rotary Peace Fellowship – 2019 and a reminder for 2020 call for nominations
2019 Recipient Bronwyn Manley from Australia has been accepted at the University of North Carolinea starting in August.  She will be working towards a Masters in Educational Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship and a Graduates Certificate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Rotary is now accepting applications for our 2020 Peace Scholar.
Rotary Leader
The Rotary Leader magazine is now available, look at it on Rotary Central
9th Edition of the PACE Roundtrip running from August 23rd to September 1st.
This highly popular cultural exchange programs has allowed Rotaractors from around the world to discover what our Canadian West Coast has to offer.
PACE is a District 5040 initiative.   They are canvassing Rotary Clubs to contribute by pledging $250.
Rotary Act of Kindness Day April 19 – 21st
  • On April 19 (Paul Harris’ Birthday the district would like every club and every member to participate in an Act of Kindness
Rotary Leadership Level 1 and Level 2 April 13 at Accent Inn:
  • Please go to the District Webpage to register.
Great Club Social and it is planned by Aunt Leah’s Trivia Evening:
This could be a fund fellowship night.
Date: April 27th, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm (7:30 pm Trivia Starts)
Where: St. Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre (3150 Ash Street, Vancouver)
Tickets $30 plus fees end March 29 after that $35.00
Table sizes 6 guest to a max of 8 per table.
March 29 Dianna 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
President Dianna introduced several guests at the meeting including a visitor  - Veit Hirche and his son Moritz -- from Wiesbaden Germany.  Viet gave a short presentation about his 100-member club and his year as president in which he introduced the new concept of women members.  They now have many contributing women serving Rotary and it has been a good change.  He invited both Hans Doge and Lydia Marston-Blaauw to take advantage of his knowledge of Hamburg City and allow him to show them the sights when they attend the International Convention there is early June.  There are 40,000 Rotarians registered so far!
Dianna then led a discussion about how we are doing as a club in achieving our goals for the year.  In most cases we are on target, though membership continues to be a challenge.  Sadly, member Cyril passed away recently.  We plan to induct new member Donna Patterson in early April, and are very happy to have her.
Our attendance has been good and members are enjoying the new, temporary venue at Amica.  Meetings have been lively - before, during and after any official business and the fellowship has been pleasantly noisy!
A Lively Club Meeting!
President Dianna Reviews Progress 2019-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club
Announcements for March 22, 2019
In our Rotary World today is Clean Water Day.   How will you help provide clean water to this world?
March is Water and Sanitation Month with Rotary:
Disaster Aid Canada has many opportunities to provide Water Filtration Systems and Hygiene products to people around the world and in our local communities.
9th Edition of the PACE Roundtrip running from August 23rd to September 1st
This highly popular cultural exchange programs has allowed Rotaractors from around the world to discover what our Canadian West Coast has to offer.
PACE is a District 5040 initiative.   They are canvassing Rotary Clubs to contribute by pledging $250.
Courageous Leadership: 
On Wednesday March 27th 14:00 – 15:00 Chicago time.  If you want to gain powerful insight into making changes in our club and
  • Inspire your club or district to think in new ways about growth
  • Understand how transformation can happen
  • Take action to implement new approaches to lead your club or district
Rotary Act of Kindness Day April 19 – 21st
  • On April 19 (Paul Harris’ Birthday the district would like every club and every member to participate in an Act of Kindness
Rotary - District Foundation Dinner and Auction: raised approx.. $35,000.
The annual Rotarian visit to the RYLA South Camp
  •  will take place this year on Sunday, March 31st. The visit is a fantastic opportunity for Rotary members to learn more about Rotary's youth programs and meet with an amazing group of young leaders from across the province.


When: Saturday, March 31st 2019
            Departing on the 9:45am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale
            Orientation, lunch and taking part in sessions
            Depart camp on the 3:15pm ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay

Where: YMCA Camp Elphinstone (Gibsons, B.C.)

Rotary Leadership Level 1 and Level 2 April 13 at Accent Inn:
  • Please go to the District Webpage to register.
Volunteer judges needed
  • for Gibson Elementary School Heritage Fair, April 15 9:30 to 12:30.  Judges are to select the top 6 – 7 students, 3 for each class, if you are interested please let Yoonhi know.
Installation of New Member:
  • Our club will be installing Donna Patterson on April 5th.  We will also have a Paul Harris presentation at that time.
Great Club Social and it is planned by Aunt Leah’s Trivia Evening:
Date: April 27th, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm (7:30 pm Trivia Starts)
Where: St. Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre (3150 Ash Street, Vancouver)
Tickets $30 plus fees end March 29 after that $35.00
Table sizes 6 guest to a max of 8 per table.
 From the Hoop-A-Thon Meeting:
  • The committee is made up of Rotary Club members that have signed on to be part of this year’s Hoop-A-thon
  • The Goal is to raise $35,000. This year Rotary $25,000 and $10,000. From the students
  • To date they have $10,000. From the Rotary District Grant, plus $6,000 from the Vancouver Arbutus Club.  The rest of the funds will be raised through donations and Sponsorship. 
  • The breakdown of the money Scholarships $15,000 RYLA $2,500.  our RYLA money will be used next year, Leadership Training for Aboriginal Girls Grade 8 – 12 $2,500  Strathcona Community Centre Basketball program
  • How can we get involved:
    • we can make a personal donation or a Club Donation which we have (the only Club that has)
    • Ask for Donations: Contact 10 Friends
    • Get Corporate Donations – who do you know
    • Be a Team, shoot Hoops and gather Pledges
    • Sponsor Chris Galois and Yvonne Schiele on the number of baskets they can sink, last year they combined sank 26 baskets in a 1 minute.  Three Rotary Clubs gathered $315 in pledges per basket for them and realized $8,190, I have a Pledge sheet for people who would like to sponsor them
  • On the day:
    • Show up and cheer
    • Shoot Baskets
    • Wear our Rotary T-shirts
    • Bring our Banner
    • Present a letter for Scholarship to Students
  • Promotions:
    • There will be ongoing promotional material for clubs to promote, promote on our website, Facebook  page, our ClubRunner page, radio and newspaper promotions
  • Misc:
    • I have asked” that they consider changing the name of the program from Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Project to “Rotary Youth Leadership Program" and have asked the committee to reach out beyond the Strathcona Britannia area students.
    • The current criteria is tied into participating in the Strathcona Basketball Program, Community and School Leadership, and Academic Achievement.
  • TimeLine:
    • The Scholarship Application forms were sent out January 11
    • January 15 – March 15 – Promote Scholarships to Seniors Gr. 12 students and distribute application forms in SCC newsletter, at Britannia and at SCC in Basketball and other program
    • Fri March 29- April 4 Final Scholarship Applications and development of recommendations
    • April 5 SCC panel submits recommendations to Rotary panel
    • April 5 – 11 Rotary Panel review of SCC panel recommendations and student applications (this is where our club Rep comes in as part of the Review Panel)
    • April 12 Rotary Panel finalizes and awards recommendations provided to Rotary Sunrise Board
    • April 15 Sunrise Board approval of awards and recipients
    • April 19 Confirm Rotary presenters and student attendees
    • April 20 Advise recipients to attend Hoop-a-thon event
    • April 26 Prepare award letters and speaking notes for Hoop-a-thon presentation
    • April 27 Present Scholarship Award letters at Hoop-a-thon Event
    • June 1 Confirm Student school plans and advise Rotary to award Cheques
    • June 8 Prepare Award cheques from our Clubs Gaming Account
    • June 23 Present cheques to students at the Sunrise Rotary Changeover luncheon
    • By June 30th Deliver any Scholarship cheques to students who didn’t attend changeover lunch presentation
March 22, 2019 Dianna 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark
Mark your day timers!  You need to confirm attendance at our weekly meeting by 4 pm on Wednesday.  Either at or if you can't doodle then email Ilan Heller A.K.A. Liam.  When the current grace period is over there may be a $5 happy and sad dollar fine if you don't let us know!
Doodle or Pay! Mary Stark 2019-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Frost
We were pleased to welcome to our august group Peter German Q.C., the retired Deputy Commissioner for the RCMP (not to mention that he was a Charter Member of the Quadra Rotary Club). His topic (somewhat enigmatically described as ‘arcane’) was, in essence, the subject of his expertise on the ever-expanding and burgeoning subject of money-laundering in B.C., especially in Vancouver. While he felt, because of our transfer to the media room at Amica, like a lecturer on a cruise ship (actually, be it said, rather appropriate!) he opened briefly on the recent hot topic of the purchase of hugely expensive luxury cars, (of which purchases there is basically no record) his core thesis was the extraordinary preference for Vancouver as a point of preference for the legion of money-launderers. The reasons are actually rather obvious: it has a seaport, a major airport, propinquity to the U.S., asian and south-asian expertise and contacts, a sophisticated banking and financial system, and a relatively lax legal system.
The legal system is a major factor in the centrality of the city as a centre for money-laundering. Firstly, if one is ‘caught’ (a difficult concept in itself), there is no ‘going to jail and throwing away the key’, as there tends to be in the US, and there is only an enfeebled asset sequestration regime. Nor indeed is there much enthusiasm either in law, politics nor economics for a strong regime in Canada for enforcement of strictures that do not much affect the average citizen. The centrality of the lottery and gambling industries in society (or, at least, in certain levels of that disparate concept) means that the limitation of international cash transfers (as is mandated in India, China and Iran) is hardly a hot topic in Canadian political circles.
Secondly, the tripartite nature of Canada (municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions are not only confusing, but also on occasion hobble each others’ effectiveness) means that society cannot direct its sanctions in any coordinated manner towards what many consider a major social problem. As an example of the confusion, Peter pointed to the issue of the Casino industry in the Lower Mainland being the ‘responsibility' of 5 police jurisdictions. But there are other responsible entities, including GPEB and FinTRAC (a prize of no value goes to anyone who recalls for what those initials stand), all of which are more or less toothless.
Thirdly, the “old days” witnessed the the Mom and Pop loan-sharking business that operated informally but is now becoming much more professional (and, of course, lucrative). Peter’s equivalent in Australia has opined to him that because of these issues (including the generous benefit of the gambling and laundering businesses to all three levels of government, and the ‘victimless’ nature of the laundering cancer) there is little stomach in this country for effectively policing a problem that the great majority of the population see as a problem for ‘others’.
We were left with the theoretical conundrum of whether or not this is indeed a real “problem of society”. Certainly, people suffer, but only occasionally are they the members of greater polity: many are simply voluntary participants in a sub-strata that, mostly willingly (though not always), accepts the frequently fatal results of participating in a lucrative undertaking. Depressing is the information that Mexican cartels are currently moving some operations to Vancouver (N.B. ‘Vancouver’, not ‘BC’) because of the foregoing advantages.
A significant discussion, but is it one in which persons attending this informative discussion will pay much attention? Your correspondent does not proffer a response.
Peter German Michael Frost 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club
Announcements for March 15, 2019
Rotary - District Foundation Dinner and Auction: I will know the amount raised at the Foundation Dinner at a meeting this afternoon.
The annual Rotarian visit to the RYLA South Camp
  •  will take place this year on Sunday, March 31st. The visit is a fantastic opportunity for Rotary members to learn more about Rotary's youth programs and meet with an amazing group of young leaders from across the province.


When: Saturday, March 31st 2019
            Departing on the 9:45am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale
            Orientation, lunch and taking part in sessions
            Depart camp on the 3:15pm ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay

Where: YMCA Camp Elphinstone (Gibsons, B.C.)

The two District Learning and Development sessions: You can still register:
  • The Year Ahead – Metro Vancouver Tomorrow at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course.
  • The Rotary Foundation – will be held on March 17th at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course
Rotary Volunteer hours
  • are now due.
Volunteer judges needed
  • for Gibson Elementary School Heritage Fair, April 15 9:30 to 12:30.  Judges are to select the top 6 – 7 students, 3 for each class, if you are interested please let Yoonhi know.
The District Governor is looking for People of Action in our Club
  • to  be recognized at the District Conference this year.   The People of Action award is to honour a Rotarian for their outstand actions, for their participation in service in any of the 5 avenues of service – Club – Vocational, Community, International and Youth Services.  Darcy will accept nominations.
Vocational Training Team – Kenya
  • John Anderson invite you all to follow our journey on their blog at It should work if you google kenyavtt2019. We look forward to meeting with Rotarians and seeing the odd animal or two. A team of Kenyan educators will visit our District during part two of this VTT. The exact time of this visit will depend on the Kenyan and BC school years and the time needed to obtain the necessary Canadian visas. We will keep you all informed of this stage of the project.
Highlights From the Directors Meeting of March 8th
  • We will continue on with giving out our 8 scholarships to schools as we have in the past
Installation of New Member:
  • Our club will be installing Donna Patterson on April 5th.  We will also have a Paul Harris presentation at that time.
Rotary Hoop-A-Thon
The Directors agreed to provide $5,000. Dollars for Scholarships and $1,000. for RYLA with the following conditions:
  • All cheques must be written to individuals for Scholarships from our Gaming Account
  • The RYLA fees are to be written by our club to RYLA.
  • This will be a one year commitment
  • Dianna has been asked by the Projects Committee to part of the Hoop-A-Thon committee
     From the Hoop-A-Thon Meeting:
  • The committee is made up of Rotary Club members that have signed on to be part of this year’s Hoop-A-thon
  • The Goal is to raise $35,000. This year Rotary $25,000 and $10,000. From the students
  • To date they have $10,000. From the Rotary District Grant, plus $6,000 from the Vancouver Arbutus Club.  The rest of the funds will be raised through donations and Sponsorship. 
  • The breakdown of the money Scholarships $15,000 RYLA $2,500.  our RYLA money will be used next year, Leadership Training for Aboriginal Girls Grade 8 – 12 $2,500  Strathcona Community Centre Basketball program
  • How can we get involved:
    • we can make a personal donation or a Club Donation which we have (the only Club that has)
    • Ask for Donations: Contact 10 Friends
    • Get Corporate Donations – who do you know
    • Be a Team, shoot Hoops and gather Pledges
    • Sponsor Chris Galois and Yvonne Schiele on the number of baskets they can sink, last year they combined sank 26 baskets in a 1 minute.  Three Rotary Clubs gathered $315 in pledges per basket for them and realized $8,190, I have a Pledge sheet for people who would like to sponsor them
  • On the day:
    • Show up and cheer
    • Shoot Baskets
    • Wear our Rotary T-shirts
    • Bring our Banner
    • Present a letter for Scholarship to Students
  • Promotions:
    • There will be ongoing promotional material for clubs to promote, promote on our website, Facebook  page, our ClubRunner page, radio and newspaper promotions
  • Misc:
    • I have asked” that they consider changing the name of the program from Strathcona Rotary Youth Leadership Project to “Rotary Youth Leadership Program" and have asked the committee to reach out beyond the Strathcona Britannia area students.
    • The current criteria is tied into participating in the Strathcona Basketball Program, Community and School Leadership, and Academic Achievement .
  • TimeLine:
    • The Scholarship Application forms were sent out January 11
    • January 15 – March 15 – Promote Scholarships to Seniors Gr. 12 students and distribute application forms in SCC newsletter, at Britannia and at SCC in Basketball and other program
    • Fri March 29- April 4 Final Scholarship Applications and development of recommendations
    • April 5 SCC panel submits recommendations to Rotary panel
    • April 5 – 11 Rotary Panel review of SCC panel recommendations and student applications (this is where our club Rep comes in as part of the Review Panel)
    • April 12 Rotary Panel finalizes and awards recommendations provided to Rotary Sunrise Board
    • April 15 Sunrise Board approval of awards and recipients
    • April 19 Confirm Rotary presenters and student attendees
    • April 20 Advise recipients to attend Hoop-a-thon event
    • April 26 Prepare award letters and speaking notes for Hoop-a-thon presentation
    • April 27 Present Scholarship Award letters at Hoop-a-thon Event
    • June 1 Confirm Student school plans and advise Rotary to award Cheques
    • June 8 Prepare Award cheques from our Clubs Gaming Account
    • June 23 Present cheques to students at the Sunrise Rotary Changeover luncheon
    • By June 30th Deliver any Scholarship cheques to students who didn’t attend changeover lunch presentation
Club Meeting Announcements March 15 Diannna Smith 2019-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
It was appropriate that for International Women’s Day (IWD) our speaker was (nearly our own) Sheila Pepper. It’s first gathering was in 1911 (when her mother was born) and had over one million supporters in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. A day close to March 8 is set aside in many countries; in Soviet Russia it even became a national holiday.

Various leading women are invited to speak in significant locations on topics such as innovation, gender equality, and the role of women in the media. This year’s emphasis is “think equal, build smart, innovate for change”, an all-embracing program for the empowerment of women and girls.

At the 63rd session of the Commission on the status of Women in NYC on March 11-12 our IWC (now celebrating 130 years of advocating Women’s Rights) is addressing Social Protection for Women’s Empowerment, Health and Violence against Women.

On March 8th there was a breakfast meeting for the Legal Education and Action Fund and a presentation at Hycroft on “The Last Suffragist Standing : the life and times of Laura Marshal Jamieson”.

Sheila has been involved in the celebrations since the mid-70’s (she emphasized that even some men were involved!). But there is still a way to go: when her husband’s Ottawa Club voted on the admission of women, there was 100% approval. But one month later, in Hong Kong, the same resolution was rejected 100%!
Guest Speaker Sheila Pepper 2019-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club
Announcements for March 8, 2019
  • Rotary - District Foundation Dinner Auction
  • Tomorrow night tickets are available at the door
  • The District will once again give 500 Paul Harris Fellow points to anyone who donates $500 USD to the Annual Fund.  For a donation of $500.00 USD to the Annual Fund you will receive your first or next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition.    Any Club members who wish to do this donation please contact Del Patterson
  • The annual Rotarian visit to the RYLA South Camp which will take place this year on Sunday, March 31st. The visit is a fantastic opportunity for Rotary members to learn more about Rotary's youth programs and meet with an amazing group of young leaders from across the province.


When: Saturday, March 31st 2019
            Departing on the 9:45am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale
            Orientation, lunch and taking part in sessions
            Depart camp on the 3:15pm ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay

Where: YMCA Camp Elphinstone (Gibsons, B.C.)

  • The two District Learning and Development sessions in Prince George and Williams Lake: "Our Year Ahead 2019-20" and "The Rotary Foundation - putting it to work for you."
Here is a link to the landing page about both sessions on the District website where you can find the information to share with your club leaders and members:
  • Rotary Volunteer hours due next week, there is still time for everyone to add to their numbers
  • Volunteer judges needed for Gibson Elementary School Heritage Fair, April 15 9:30 to 12:30.  Judges are to select the top 6 – 7 students, 3 for each class, if you are interested please let Yoonhi know.
  •  Rotaract Week March 11 to 17, another great opportunity to celebrate Rotary in our community
  • The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship applications is now available.  Check with Rotary Centre for Criteria and refer any candidates to the Rotary Peach Centre team for follow-up.
Polio update by Country Updates (as of March 6th, 2019).
since the February newsletter.
  • Afghanistan:
    - There are two WPV1 cases reported in 2019 so far.
  • Pakistan:
    - There are four WPV1 cases reported so far in 2019.
  • Nigeria:
    - No new cases of the wild polio virus have been detected since 21-Aug-2016.
Case breakdown by Country(as of March 6th, 2019).
  YTD 2019
  YTD 2018
 Total 2018
DR of the Congo
Other non-endemic countries
Rotary Workshops Coming up:
  • The coming year:  former District Assembly
  • March 16: Lower Mainland, Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, 5460 Number 7 Rd, Richmond
  • Your Foundation – putting it to work for you
  • March 17: Lower Mainland, Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, 5460 Number 7 Rd, Richmond
Rotary Leadership I and 2
  • We have sessions coming up on April 13 for Parts 1 & 2 at the Acccent Inn, Burnaby.
  • Registration will soon be up on the District website -
Club Meeting Announcements March 8 Dianna Smith 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0
What is a Hoop-A-Thon you may ask?  Each player has one minute for free shots and raises funds for each basket that goes in the hoop! Our speakers this week were Gary Chomyn and Alfredo Carrete from the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise. Since 2006 this annual event has raised over $300,000 to help youth on the east side. Bursaries are provided for continuing education and each year several youth are sent to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Three Rotary clubs are now involved and we may become the fourth to support this project.
Hoop-A-Thon for At Risk Youth 2019-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club
Announcements for March 1, 2019
  • Rotary - District Foundation Dinner Auction Items Status where are we with the bottle Joy said we needed 4 more.  Once we have filled our order we need to take a picture. If the picture is sent to me I will forward it to Nancy who is the keeper of the list.  Joy is gathering the bottle of wines for the Foundation Gift Basket.  Please give Joy your Full bottle of wine before Wednesday if you have forgotten it.
  • We have 5 people going to the Foundation Dinner, more would be fun, and if we can get 8 we can reserve a table.
  • From February 16 to March 9th the District is Celebrating the Rotary Foundation.  The District will once again give 500 Paul Harris Fellow points to anyone who donates $500 USD to the Annual Fund.  For a donation of $500.00 USD to the Annual Fund you will receive your first or next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition.    Any Club members who wish to do this donation please contact Del Patterson
  • The annual Rotarian visit to the RYLA South Camp which will take place this year on Sunday, March 31st. The visit is a fantastic opportunity for Rotary members to learn more about Rotary's youth programs and meet with an amazing group of young leaders from across the province.


When: Saturday, March 31st 2019
            Departing on the 9:45am ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale
            Orientation, lunch and taking part in sessions
            Depart camp on the 3:15pm ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay

Where: YMCA Camp Elphinstone (Gibsons, B.C.)

  • The two District Learning and Development sessions in Prince George and Williams Lake: "Our Year Ahead 2019-20" and "The Rotary Foundation - putting it to work for you."
Here is a link to the landing page about both sessions on the District website where you can find the information to share with your club leaders and members:
Mar. 1st Meeting Announcements 2019-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Vancouver Arbutus
Meeting February 22, 2019
From International President Rassin:
  • February 23, Rotary will mark its 114th year, how will your club be celebrating. 
  • Rotaract Week March 11 to 17, another great opportunity to celebrate Rotary in our community.
  • The 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship applications is now available.  Check with Rotary Centre for Criteria and refer any candidates to the Rotary Peach Centre team for follow-up.
From Our District Governor Darcy Long:
  • Re: Summer Wild Fires: Burns Lake Rotary Club has sent the District a project that they would like to reach out for help with.  If our club or members would like to support this project we can get further information from the District.
  • She would like to thank all the clubs who have shown their support for the Vocational Training Team of teachers going and coming from Kenya. 
  • The District Conference at Sun Peaks Conference Hotel - The Grand – will only hold the conference Rate until March 1st.   Register soon if you are going.
  • The District Governor is looking for People of Action in our Club so they can be recognized at the District Conference this year.   The People of Action award is to honour a Rotarian for their outstand actions, for their participation in service in any of the 5 avenues of service – Club – Vocational, Community, International and Youth Services.  Darcy will accept nominations.
  • The district is also looking for the Club and Rotarian of the Year.     
  • From February 16 to March 9th the District is Celebrating the Rotary Foundation.  The District will once again give 500 Paul Harris Fellow points to anyone who donates $500 USD to the Annual Fund.  For a donation of $500.00 USD to the Annual Fund you will receive your first or next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition.    Any Club members who wish to do this donation please let me know.
From the Branding Team:
New Videos released:  New people of Action Videos!  - “Together, We” Headlines
Meeting Announcements 2019-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
We welcomed Glenna Gillan (happily, another Rotarian), who gave us a lively presentation on travel agents and why they continue to thrive. A common conception among many of the human herd is that it is nowadays advantageous to spend large quantities of time on trolling all sorts of internet sites for barely measurable economic benefits, all without the need for human advice or intervention. (This is a common misconception of ‘benefits’ to which most people seem immune; it is an old saw that time is the only thing of which we never have enough, but actually have all that there is to have.) Glenna was trained ‘from the ground up’, as it were, by Air Canada, a tuition that created in her the desire to do what is best for the client. However, she pointed out that there were, in her view, certain inalienable truths.
The first of these is plainly that there are certain entities with whom it is generally preferable to deal. Examples that she quoted were in the Cruising business: in the general market, she recommends Holland America, and in the upper end of the market, Oceana (ignore the fact, of course, that the general market comprises only half a dozen or so of true corporate entities, very large groups seeking to embrace every possible cruise preference). But central to these facts is that an agent can assist when the situation gets sticky or even out of control: she stated that agents not infrequently face irate people who botch up their on-line choices and then expect agents (presumably for free) to rectify their errors. This, she stated, is not a practical expectation, the two markets (and regulations) being entirely separate and independent. As samples, Glenna provided us with two examples (too detailed to reproduce here) where she was able to rectify issues faced by couples who had been badly let down in difficult circumstances: in one case she was profusely thanked by the unfortunate travellers, but in the other was completely ignored (“part of the business” she sighed). 
There was considerable discussion on errors induced by internet users confusing US with Canadian dollars, medical coverage (which many ignore, a few with catastrophic results) and a mixture of cancellation policies (an issue for which she especially commended Holland America). Glenna closed with a description of one of her dream trips, this to Phuket (apparently she wished to emulate James Bond, a stretch, and I am sorry if I think it a fantasy too far, that took one beyond mere dreaming). Her parting thought was a useful one: do some initial research on the internet if you must, but in the final event, utilize the services of an expert.
Why use a travel agent? February 22 Michael Frost 2019-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus February 8th, 2019
Highlights of meeting
Meeting was called to order at 12:14 pm by President Dianna
A minute on silence was held on the passing of our long-time member Cyril Parry
Hans lead us in Oh Canada
Teddie provided the Invocation
Guests:  Sheila and Ken Pepper from Ottawa, who were also our Guest Speakers; and Donna Patterson
Club Business:
Cyril Parry:
Mary spoke about Cyril’s life in the Club and what a generous person he was.  She spoke about he was a mentor to her when she joined the Club.  Many project this club has done has been because of Cyril and his vision for a better and more technically educate young people.  Cyril also supported a students with learning disabilities new programs to help these young people learn were introduced to the students because of Cyril.   We will miss his wisdom, humour and fellowship.
Foundation Dinner:
March 9th Event begins at 6:00 pm.  There will be both a Live and Silent Auctions:  Please let Sam or Dianna know if you are going.  The fee is $60.00
Our Club will be donating a wine basket, with 10 bottles of wine and one of our wine bottles and bags.  Please bring your bottle of Wine to the Club on February 22.  Joy will wrap the basket and Esmeralda will give up her toy basket.
District Conference:
 Scheduled for Sun Peaks May 2 – 5th 3 people have mentioned they plan to attend
International Conference
Will be held in Hamburg in Germany JUNE 1 – 5TH 2 club members are planning to attend.
UBC needs your Blood:
UBC is looking for blood donations for a Blood research project.  The good part is they take any blood.  People unable to donate to regular blood service can give to research. 
Wednesday Feb 6 – Thursday Feb 28 9:00 am to 6 pm.  Canadian Blood Services – Blood4Research Facility 2150 Western Parkway #207 Vancouver BC or book or phone 604-221-5515. 
Notes from the Executive Meeting:
We are looking for a Director of Public Relations let Dianna know if you are interested.
We are in need of Fundraising Ideas for the Club
The Executive voted to make Cyril a honourary member.  Only to learn he passed away the evening before.
Happy and Sad Dollars: 
Lawrie did a fine job of extracting Sad dollars for Cyril’s passing and Happy Dollars to Donna Patterson with us again. 
Guest Speaker:  Ken and Sheila Pepper:
Ken spoke first:  Ken is a regular visitor to our club from the Ottawa, Downtown Club.  As soon as the snow falls Ken and Shelia head to the West Coast for the more sunshine. 
When Ken joined the Ottawa Club he took an active role in the Adventure in Citizenship and the “Fly Day” Adventures.  His work with these two projects led him to receive a Paul Harris.  Ken was born in 1935 during WW II in the Sea Seaside Town of Scarborough Yorkshire, complete with a Roman Castle and all the trimmings.  He spoke about his time as a child growing up during the Second World War in England, how his waterfront was lost to multiple coils of barbed wire and gun emplacement in 1939 and his rock beach a couple of miles from town had the additions of mines and concrete pill boxes.   In 1940 his family had to take shelter in the concrete air raid shelter under the apple orchard at bottom of the garden as air raid sirens wailed and bombers flew overhead.   
After high school graduation he did a mandatory 2 years of national service and was a cadet and then a Flight Sergeant which let him to a job in the RAF.
 Ken came to Canada for two years 61 years ago. He started working in the Insurance Industry but switched to the Broker side.  He lived in Montreal for 6years until the F.L.Q bombing in 1964, he left Montreal for Toronto and later was promoted to run their office in Ottawa. He met Sheila in 1966 and married her in 1968; they have 2 children one of each and one granddaughter.   Ken was invited to join a growing managing General Agent called Encon, till in the insurance industry which was starting to specialize in professional liability coverage for Architects and engineers and big Risks e.g. the Alex Fraser Bridge and Expo 86 in Vancouver.  He retired in 1995 and then consulted for a while.  They split their time between Ottawa and Vancouver.
Her presentation was rushed as her time was limited Shelia spoke of her hobbies and interests reflecting her choice of profession.  She was an active in gymnastics and the club would put on demonstrations for the local Rotary Club.  She became active in assisting people with disabilities to swim, volunteered with the Royal Lifesaving society and got a job in 1960 as a swim instructor for the Parks and Recreation Dept.  Sheila went on to study Urban and Regional planning and Women’s Studies in 1980.  She retired early from the City of Ottawa and volunteered through the 90’s.  She is actively involved with the Canadian Council of Women and the Canadian Council on Aging. 
Lydia thanked both speakers and asked Sheila to come back and talk about her Volunteer work with the various organizations she belongs to.
Meeting adjourned at 1:30pm
LOOK WHAT YOU MISSED Feb. 8 Meeting Dianna Smith 2019-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Learn more about global grants as well as district grants which can support projects in your community, with plenty of freedom to customize, such as community improvement, humanitarian projects making life better for those in need including service travel and disaster recovery, school meals, scholarships, youth programs, vocational training teams and much more.  March 17th at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club. Please let President Dianna know if you would like to attend.
Rotary Foundation Seminar 2019-02-12 08:00:00Z 0
Went to rotary meeting today.  Speaker talked of surviving Khmer Rouge as young child, surviving Thai refugee camp, getting a job with UN & Cambodia Daily, starting NGO to build schools in rural areas.  Unbelievable life! 

Yoonhi at Rotary Phnom Penh 2019-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
President Diana wants to remind everyone that there will not be a meeting next week on Friday, Feb. 15th.  We have decided to not hold meetings on the Friday before a long weekend.
IPP Joy is ready for your wine bottles - this time full please.  We will make a gift basket for the silent auction at the Rotary Foundation Dinner.  Please bring them starting at our next meeting Feb. 22nd.
Club Announcements 2019-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

A rather dank and gloomy day was made the more cheerful by our erudite President Dianna, our Assistant District Governor John Bathurst, and three interesting guests, two of whom are on the lookout for anchorages for their Rotary membership.

Additionally, February is Peace and Resolution Month (though of explanation of which of the 10 distinct meanings of ‘resolution’ is correct was there none … but the word sounds stalwart and ennobling). We were also advised to ensure attendance in Richmond on March 8th for an action-packed dinner event; your correspondent has in the past attended this event and has to say that it was an excellent and enlightening evening with the dynamic Fred Lee as M/C. I recall vast quantities of quality goods being bought and sold in the Silent Auction.


Lydia announced the attendance record for the past year, for the members either a gracious or a sobering list of duty or transgression: good attendance and participation are necessary adjuncts of good membership. Shail won the trophy for Best-in-Show for having the most excellent attendance along with Lana, who is always a stalwart attendee.  It was duly noted that attendance has been excellent in the time in which we have been at Amica, a feature that we would like to sustain.


Guests and Announcements Lydia and Michael 2019-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
 Chaired by our Club President Dianna Smith, our Club Assembly dealt with a number of issues, including the attainment of goals, the value (and contrary disadvantage of) the gaming revenue from the province and the important need for a legacy project.
The membership drive was again addressed. It is suggested that a particular class of individuals (early retirees who would like to effectively use their time, once they are "travelled out") would be good candidates.
We also need to ensure that those who express interest in joining are adequately nourished by the membership before and after instances of "this may be a happy group to join".
CLUB ASSEMBLY February1, 2019 Joy 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Cyril on Jan. 31st.  He was a member of our club for 22 years and was previously with Rotary in Hong Kong.  Cyril was our Projects Director for many years and he worked tirelessly on our Rotary Garden at VanDusen.  A Paul Harris Fellow, he was extremely generous and over the years he was a mentor to many new Rotarians.  Cyril was a true gentleman and he kept his dry sense of humor to the end.  He will be missed but not forgotten!
Cyril Parry 1929-2019 Mary Stark 2019-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
What Rotary Does! 2019-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
As the Arbutus Club is undergoing renovations we will be moving to Amica Arbutus Manor effective Friday, Jan. 11th.  2125 Eddington Drive, Vancouver.
New Meeting Location!! 2019-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Happy 94th Lawrie! 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
We will be selling these market bags on Saturday Dec. 1st at the Kensington Community Center craft fair.  $20
From Africa with Love! Mary Stark 2018-11-23 08:00:00Z 0
One of the great things about joining Rotary is that it gives you the opportunity to visit other Rotary clubs around the world.  Here is a picture of our member Bill Bourlet at a meeting in Lautoka , Fiji.  The first people he met were from Terrace, BC!
Rotary around the world! 2018-11-21 08:00:00Z 0
We will be selling these beautiful bottle lights at the Kennsington Community Center on Sat. Dec. 1st from 10 am to 4 pm.  $20.  We will also have some hand made market bags from Africa $20.
Light up your Christmas Mary Stark 2018-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Polio Fundraising Dinner at Osaka Mary Stark 2018-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
September Highlights DB Bath 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 1
Michael C. introduced his brother, Paul, DB Bath 2018-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Some of our weekly fun times! DB Bath 2018-07-07 07:00:00Z 0
Our nouveau President’s initial meeting DB Bath 2018-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Joyce Johnston last meeting as President DB Bath 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
About 25 members and guests had an old fashioned Pot Luck Dinner to raise money for Polio eradication.  $225 was raised bringing our yearly total to $1125!
Potluck for Polio Mary Stark 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
June 15th Meeting DB Bath 2018-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by DB Bath on Jun 17, 2018
2018-19 Governor of the 51 Rotary clubs in District 5040, from Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert
2018 -2019 Governor DB Bath 2018-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by DB Bath on Jun 08, 2018
We were very pleased to have presented to us the students to whom the scholarship grants were to be given
scholarship grants DB Bath 2018-06-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by DB Bath on May 26, 2018
Today we were graced by the presence of two RYLA students
Ryla Students DB Bath 2018-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
body’s Immune Response DB Bath 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Wine Draw Winners DB Bath 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Peace and Environmental Conference DB Bath 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Alison Wheatly DB Bath 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Birthday celebration DB Bath 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Micheal Frost on Apr 19, 2018
We were pleased to be entertained by Sheila Pepper, at this time almost one of our own
Sheila Pepper Micheal Frost 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by DB Bath on Apr 11, 2018
 Marche Riley, is the Archivist of the Dioceses of New Westminster and the Provincial Synod of BC and Yukon and presented a talk on the history of the Diocese from its roots in the earliest parishes.
Marche Riley DB Bath 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Weekly Wine Draw winner DB Bath 2018-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Wine draw winner 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Frost
We were pleased to be enlightened by Dr. Jennifer Yao MD, FRCPC on the present knowledge and discipline of brain injuries and strokes.
Dr. Jennifer Yao MD Michael Frost 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Vice-President and Vancouver Aquarium General Manager Dolf DeJong  visited us and gave us a delightful insight into our own world-class facility in our own back yard.
This Week's Speaker - Dolf DeJong 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
A full house at our March 16th Meeting. 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
And The Winner is Yoonhi Green! 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Local Fundraiser! Paper shredding! DB Bath 2017-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by DB BAth
No meeting this Friday. When we have a long weekend holiday we will not be having our regularly scheduled meetings on Fridays until further notice. Have a marvelous weekend.
No Meeting upcoming Friday September 1st DB BAth 2017-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Winner of Wine Draw 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Your future depends on many things, but mostly yourself.

Frank Tyger - 1929-2011, Editorial Cartoonist and humorist

Insight of the Week 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Our stalwart Rotarian Hans Doge has gone to Ahousht, an island north of Tofino to hand over a Defibrillator and deliver and assemble shelves for a library for the First Nations inhabitants.  This project has been much delayed  as the only way is by barge which is much in demand. We all thank Hans for his commitment to helping the world
A new Defibrillator and Library for a community 2017-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Visitors 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards has been a program for youth that Rotary has provided Internationally since 1971.  This week Ursula and I attended a day at RYLA 5040 which is held in Gibsons at YMCA Camp Elphinstone.  The buildings in this camp were substantially rebuilt in 1963 by the Rotary Club of Vancouver.  This year 97 youth in grades 10 to 12 attended for 4 days.  They learn all kinds of leadership skills like team building, communication, motivation, and conflict resolution.  But most importantly they have fun learning and meet other youth with similar ideals.  Our club sponsored 4 youth this year and they will come to a future meeting to tell us their RYLA experience!
What is RYLA? Mary Stark 2016-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you from Nootka School 2016-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
We have decorated a Rotary Christmas tree for Christmas at Hycroft.  Besides the regular lights and ornaments it has plastic business cards that say "Please Take Me" that have information on our club in case people are interested in knowing more about us.  Thanks to Lana we have a Rotary wheel at top and a banner that reads "Help Us Spend $100 Million"- a quote from Hans.
Our Rotary Christmas Tree! 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Pasta for Polio Oct 22nd, 2015 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z 0

Our speaker, Jennifer Yankanna is the Manager of Community Giving for the CNIB. She gave an overview of the extensive  services and advocacy CNIB provides for blind or partially sited clients, both adults and children. Ninety percent of their funding comes from the community either from donations or foundation giving.The majority of their clients have macular degeneration. Upon referral from an eye care specialist, they provide life skills training in -home and at CNIB offices. They can offer low vision aids that can enlarge and expand peripheral vision as well as mobility and safe and effective daily living devices. Devices are available for sale or loan. Their loan library is extensive and includes the Daisy Payers (book readers) donated by our Rotary club for loan to those who may not afford them.


Guest Speaker Jennifer Yankanna Joyce (Joy) Johnston 2015-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
​PASTA FOR POLIO! Thursday Oct. 22nd, 6 pm at The Blarney Stone. 216 Carrall St. Vancouver.  Simple pasta and salad dinner. $20 ($10 goe to Polio).  Email me if you would like to join.
Pasta for Polio! 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
On Sunday Sept. 27th members volunteered to clean up plastics and other garbage from one of our cities shorelines.  This is part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and our inventory of garbage is sent to the Vancouver Aquarium.  This way they keep an idea on what kind of garbage and how much is on our shorelines every year.  The sunshine was out, members of the community joined us and we were happy to report very little garbage in our section of shoreline.
Great Shoreline Cleanup! 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
On Friday instead of our regular lunch meeting we had an evening barbeque at "Off The Grill" at Britannia Center.  We are one of the sponsors of this program that engages youth in the community with healthy food and building relationships with health professionals. The youth do the planning of meals, shopping for groceries, prepping food, serving customers, setting up the space and cleaning up afterwards.  The barbeque is open to all of the community and helps bridge the social gaps between the youth and their neighbors.
"Off The Grill" visit! 2015-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
On Aug. 28th  the meeting will not be at lunch but instead at Britiannia Community Center.  We are supporting the Off The Grill program again this summer and we will enjoy one of their BBQ's on this Friday.  This program engages street youth through food.  They can nurture positive social connections among youth, community members and professional youth supports. Dinner is at 6 pm but we will meet earlier to update ourselves on food preparation and how the program is doing.
Aug. 28th Meeting at 5:15 pm 2015-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
We are all saddened by the passing of our newer member Cyril Prisman.  Cyril was a long time Rotarian in South Africa and did make ups here for years when he was in town visiting his daughters.  At home he was a lawyer and a Supreme Court Judge.  Cyril often told us how happy he was that Canada was the new home for his daughters who are both doctors here.  He is also survived by his wife Maureen.  Cyril always had a smile and a kind word to say to everyone and he will definitely be missed.
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Lawrie Duff gave us an excellent presentation on his days in the war as an aerial photographer.  He even brought in an actual camera and explained how it worked.  Five seconds after a bomb exploded the aircraft would take a photo.  The film was fifty feet long and five inches wide and thicker than regular film.  He also explained the process of developing the film and then printing pictures.  These pictures were sent to Intelligence for analyzation.  He was not yet 21 years old!  He volunteered after the war was over to stay in the Army of Occupation in Hamburg, Germany.  They were very hospitable and he met many interesting people.
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Leigh had the pleasure of inducting two new members to our club.  Lana Wong who was sponsored by Bill Bourlet and Ursula Henderson who is transferring from the Rotary Club of Cambridge.
Two New Members! 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
This week we had a Club Assembly by Past President Mary.  Projects to date are: Sleep With The Whales $4000 Nov. 14th, RYLA North $425, RYLA South $1700, Nootka Elementary $3000 CALS, $1700 Digital Library, St. John Ambulance $4124, Bus for Inner City schools to visit VanDusen $4800, and we will do 5 school bursaries $5000.  This will leave an approximate balance in our Gaming Account of $22,000.  For social events we did Pasta for Polio in Oct - raised $1000, visited the Honey Bee Center, Christmas Party at Hycroft, Thai Night Out, and Chartered our Prince of Wales Interact Club.  Future events will be a Fireside/Wine Tasting at Bills on May 26th and the Shoreline Clean up on Sept. 27th.  All of our hands on events come from our members ideas so if you see something we should consider please let us know!  Membership: we started at 20 and are still at 20.  Member retention is an area of concern for our club and this could be helped with having a "Sunshine Person" that keeps track of where members are when they don't attend our regular lunch meeting.  It was suggested that a phone call to a missing member would be more effective than an email.  For new members Mary suggested we target those in the 55+ age group - around retirement age.  Retired people don't mind 2 hour weekday lunches, aren't looking for a club to join for networking for future business and have the time, money and willingness to give back to their communities.  We need to consider advertising through Social Media to try to attract this age group.
The Year In Review Mary Stark 2015-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
This was Tom's last official visit to our our club.  After serving the district as Assistant District Governor for three years he will continue next year as District Membership Chair.  Our own Davinder Grewal will replace Tom in July as ADG.  Davinder thanked Tom for all his hard work and acknowledged she had big footprints to follow.  Tom discussed the District Conference where we will have a representative from Rotary International that is from Nepal.  Tom will be collecting cash to give to him at the Conference.  Tom also told us about his own club's Rotary Day which was an Easter Egg hunt for the children in Tsawwassen.  Tom was a last minute stand in for the Easter Bunny and when he got home he realized he couldn't get out of his costume without help.  His wife was not there and the neighbours weren't home.  So after sweating for a while he actually stopped a car on the road and asked the driver to unzip him.  The lady was a little apprehensive but complied with his request.  If she hadn't been from out of town I am sure Tom would have asked her to join his club!
Tom reviewed some of the changes mooted by Rotary for entering a challenging period in the organization's history, at least in North America. A new website is being created, for example, which is designed to encourage clubs to promote themselves, both for what they represent to their communities and where and when they meet. Additionally, the message is changing from "come to ... club" to "come to a rotary meeting ...", and there will be new promotional materials that the various clubs can freely use. Tom also reviewed the changing Lower Mainland situation : there are too many small (substitute 'struggling' if you like) clubs that might benefit by amalgamation with others. Certainly this is a solution to continuing losses in numbers of clubs, though the loss of autonomy will obviously create some issues just by itself.
Tom brought a beautiful light to give to President Shail to thank him for his leadership this past year.
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This week's bottle was won by one of our guests - Tom Fisher.  Other guests were Derrick Leung and Richard Truscott.
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In the interests of balanced debate and the representation of very different arguments, we welcomed Richard Truscott to our meeting to represent the "No" side of the Great Transit Referendum. Appearing as the Vice President of the Canadian Federation for Independent Businesses, and therefore appearing on behalf of some 109,000 members (of which 10,000 are from B.C.), he commenced his address by stating that 80% of the Federation's members were against the proposal to increase the sales tax and then proceeded to agree with Mayor Brodie's excoriation of Translink. But from that point, his argument embraced several propositions, firstly that an increase in the sales tax would be iniquitous, being contrary to local business interests, secondly that revenue is presently being simply misused, and thirdly that Translink is totally irresponsible and that it should cease to exist (perhaps to be replaced by a government agency (sic)) because of its past transgressions.
But, paradoxically, he agreed that his membership recognized the need for infrastructure improvements, the projected growth in population and business obviously mandating major transportation innovation. It would seem, however, that the No side is of the view that Translink is sitting on a pile of money and that it should simply be abolished or recast (what is legislated into existence can of course be equally easily legislated into history) and the transportation problem would be resolved by, presumably, appropriate use of the resulting flood of funds. As a solution to a set of problems that few deny, this doesn't sound much like a plan, a flaw that members' questioning immediately limned. All know that there is no Plan B, so one is forced to the conclusion - at least on the basis of this presentation - that a No vote is simply a recipe for inaction.
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Our contribution of $4,800 will bring 720 children from inner-city schools to explore and study in the most beautiful outdoor classroom in Vancouver during the 2015/2016 school year. (45 children per bus). Since 2002, with the support of various donors, a bursary was established to subsidize educational programming for inner-city children throughout the lower mainland. Support of this program would help provide educational programming for inner-city kids throughout the lower mainland by providing bus transportation to and from VanDusen Gardens for field trips.

Inner City Schools visit VanDusen Mary Stark 2015-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
It is great to see Rotary when you are in other countries.  I wasn't able to do any make ups on my most recent travels but took this picture at Ocean Park in Manila.  It was raining because of Typhoon Ruby which luckily didn't cause too much damage.
Mary in Manila Mary Stark 2014-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to our newest member PDG Hans Doge our Interact Club at Prince of Wales is back.  Hans has recruited enough students to charter this club that had not been active in the past few years.
Stand by for exciting things from this new Interact Club.  Well done Hans!
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Rebecca Blair.  Art Historian came to us to talk to us about the Dutch Painter  Johannes Vermeer.
He lived in Delft Holland 1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.[3]
Vermeer worked slowly and with great care, using bright colours and sometimes expensive pigments, with a preference for lapis lazuli and Indian yellow. He is particularly renowned for his masterly treatment and use of light in his work.[4]
Vermeer painted mostly domestic interior scenes. "Almost all his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women."[5]
Rebecca is very passionate about Vermeer’s paint and in-between telling us her various love stories  she showed us pictures of the paintings she saw as she travelled round the world to see them.
She started in Vancouver then went to Tokyo, London, Norfolk Virginia, and Paris to mention some.
She spent some time detail out the light and colours of the painting The Astronomer.
She recommended watching the film Tim’s Vermeer on Netflix.
8 of his paintings have been stolen, several forged and many collected by the Nazis before being resorted to their owners.
One is still missing today.
Rebecca has offered to come back to talk further about her passion Jan Vermeer and to tell us about his paintings that have been forged.
The speaker was thanked by Ilan.
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Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grief which we endure help us in our marching onward.

- Henry Ford 1863-1947, Industrialist

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Posted by Harreson Lovick on Jun 13, 2013

Marg & Ian Acton, wife & son of the late Rick Acton, former RCVA member, visited us today to express their appreciation and the grateful thanks of the Fraser Academy recipients of our annual Rick Acton Memorial Bursary.

For our newer members, here is some biographical information on Rick Acton:

Former Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC) president Richard Keith Acton, FCA, passed away on May 27th from complications following a single-lung transplant he received in 2003. He was 57 years old.

Rick became a member of the CA profession in 1975 while articling with the Vancouver firm of Winspear Higgins Stevenson & Co. Though he soon left the firm to work as an internal auditor with the Bank of BC, Rick returned to public practice a year later, joining the office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Freeport, Bahamas. After a subsequent return to Vancouver, he launched his own practice in 1977.

Though he retired from the partnership of Acton Gunderson in 2002, Rick continued to remain active in the CA profession—most recently volunteering at the national level with the Association of Insured CA firms on matters involving insurance and liability.

In addition to his ICABC service, Rick was very active in the community, volunteering with the Dunbar 25th Scouts for over ten years and serving as a member of the Arbutus Rotary Club and the BC Transplant Society's donor awareness program.

Rick's death at such a young age is truly a profound loss for his family, his colleagues, his friends, and the CA profession. Rick is survived by Marg, his wife of 28 years; his mother Olive; and his sons Keith (20) and Iain (17) - [as of 2005 ~ed]. In his memory, the Acton family would like to encourage people to indicate their wishes on the BC Transplant donor form. To register as an organ donor, go to or call 604-877-2240 locally/1-800-663-6189 toll free.

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Posted by Harreson Lovick on Apr 25, 2013

We enjoyed a particularly inspiring meeting as the 3 Vancouver Tech High School students we sent to RYLA South 2013 shared
their weekend with us. Here is a link to the Youtube video of the "Flashmob" dance they performed In front of the Vancouver Art Gallery:

It was heart-warming to hear Elysha Fong, Dylan Chow and Zoe MacKinnon express how their RYLA leaders & activities changed them from tentative teenagers to future Rotarians. Here are more details about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards):

RYLA South (Grades 10-12)

RYLA South is an all-expenses-paid leadership camp for grade 10-12 students in Rotary District 5040 (British Columbia, Canada). The weekend consists of interactive workshops, a high and low ropes course, and a wide array of other activities. RYLA 2013 was held at Camp Jubilee in North Vancouver from April 5th to April 8th, 2013.

What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

There are three RYLA programs in our district: RYLA Lakelse for grade 8-10 students, RYLA South for grade 10-12 students, and RYLA North for 19 to 25-year-olds.

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Posted by Harreson Lovick on Apr 04, 2013

District 5040 AG Tom Smith spoke to us about how the federal government's changes to CIDA are having a disastrous efect on CRCID. Rotarians are asked to write letters to their Members of Parliament.


Canadian Rotary Concerns:

Canadian Rotary’s continued partnership with the Government of Canada through CIDA is dependent upon a new agreement with CIDA;

  • CRCID is only able to access Rotary funds for its management/administration by charging a 10% fee for CIDA funds advanced to the projects;


  • Rotarians allocate 100% of the community raised funds to project implementation with any management/administration expenses assumed by individual Rotarians.   
  •  CRCID has sought charitable status but it doesn’t qualify according to the Canadian Revenue Agency, primarily because it is a coordinating organization;
  •  Failure to access approximately $75,000 of the $168,655 final CIDA payment by late May will result in the CRCID office being closed as of June 30, 2013 with the professional staff being laid off;
  •  This will negatively affect CRCID’s ability to adapt and restructure in order to comply with the most recent changes at CIDA.

Action Being Requested from the MPs: Speak to Minister Fantino and the Prime Minister regarding:

  • The excellent work being done by Canadian Rotarians as a result of the funding support received from the Government of Canada through CIDA;
  • The value of the Canadian Rotary and Government of Canada partnership both domestically and internationally
  • Canadian Rotary’s impact on the beneficiary communities and the CIDA/Rotary partnership are in jeopardy unless the necessary resources are received.

The Canadian Rotarians’ national coordinating organization, CRCID, is deserving of funding support to provide it with sufficient time to restructure and respond to the next Call for Proposals.

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Posted by Bill Bourlet on May 11, 2011

 VPD Inspector Brad Desmarais, who is Officer in Charge of the Major Crime Section.     Inspector Desmarais has 32 years of combined police service with the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP.   He joined the VPD in 1979 where he served in various capacities until 1994 when he was seconded to the RCMP Anti-Drug Profiteering Section, the forerunner to the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section.

Organised Crime.  Our children’s gangsters.  Not the old style stereotype gangster. Demographics have changed.  More teenagers now that have that sense of immortality. Being reckless with other peoples lives..

We focus on two things.

Prevention and disruption.  Not necessary jail time.  Which often is a university for crime.

In 2008 and 09 was a time of horrific life loss. We were in the middle of a war zone.

Gang members shooting at each other with no regard for civilian death.  Bystanders were at risk.  Shootings in restaurants.  West side locations.

We had 9 murders in 11 days.  No one charged.

Jim Chui our police chief went public with this and an appeal for calm and an end to the shooting.

We recognised this is a regional problem.  We were not solving much and had little success.  No witnesses would come forward. People were scared to talk.

We needed a plant or an informant.

We must react to a murder but we needed a different approach.

We now concentrate on the people that are the cause of the problem.  Go after the head of the gang. The leaders.  We get in front of the problem makers.

We look at the gang culture.

"Myths and Realties of Gangs in the Vancouver Region" Bill Bourlet 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Presentation to the B.C. Guide dogs assn Bill Bourlet 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Apr 30, 2011
Our club is giving 60 beautiful children's books to be distributed this Christmas by The Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise.  Last year over 2500 individuals were able to enjoy the holidays thanks to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Members of our club went down to Kidsbooks to pick out books they liked.  The children served will be able to go back to school in January with a great story to tell!
Kids Who Read, Succeed! Mary Stark 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 28, 2011

·      We have a known theme or brand for our projects

·      We run a Rotary career / awareness development program

·      We have programs that leverage our business skills, business mentorship

·      We have more involvement with the District and RI, are active in conferences and other activities

·      We exploit our own club’s foundation

·      We develop or club leaders

·      We still meet Fridays at lunch time at the Arbutus Club

·      We have changed our meeting time and location

·      We have more hands on projects

·      We have made it less costly for young members to join

·      We have an after work optional meet time

·      Our club website is contemporary and vibrant

·      We offer business networking time at our meetings

·      We have fun together as Rotarians, great fellowship

·      We are actively visible through our public relations efforts

·      Our members have a greater knowledge of what Rotary really is

·      We are involved with Rotary exchanges

·      We are involved with seniors in our community

·      Our meetings feature more about what the club is doing

·      More focus on Rotary at our meetings

·      Our meeting are structured to meet the needs of our new members

·      We are Vancouver’s premier Rotary club

·      We have grown to 40 to 60 members in size

·      Our average age has declined towards 50 (range 25 to 85)

·      There is greater diversity in our membership makeup

·      Our members represent a broader range of classifications

·      We have active local and international projects

·      All of our members are active

·      We are well known in our community

·      We have community based fundraising activities – beyond ourselves

·      We are active in mentoring new members

·      We train our leaders – seek out knowledge

·      Our makeup is evenly split male / female

·      We have an active and effective committee structure with succession

·      We get as much matching funds from the District and RI as we can

·      We have more “sister clubs”

·      We sponsor multiple Interact and Rotaract clubs

·      We have an annual signature fundraising event that we are known for

·      We have a great annual fellowship event

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Vision Elements at 2016 (Brainstormed list, unranked 2011)

·      We have family membership and participation

·      We collaborate with other community organizations on projects

·      Our projects create excitement that encourages others to join us

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·      To connect better with our Interact and Rotaract clubs

·      To collaborate with other nonprofit groups in our area

·      To mentor our new members to increase retention

·      To increase our support to District 5040 and Rotary International

·      To become more visible in our community

·      To become more relevant to the community – what do they need?

·      To reinvent our club for the future

·      To leverage the large geographic area of Vancouver’s west side

·      To leverage the retired community for membership

·      To create a club climate that makes others want to be part of us

·      To be perceived in the community as dynamic

·      To do more hands on projects

·      To leverage Rotary’s century of service as a special uniqueness

·      To leverage the ideals of Rotary – we are open to all

·      To leverage our gaming revenue


Threats (Brainstormed list, unranked 2011)

·      The growth in home based businesses

·      The perception of Rotary as an elite group

·      The perception of Rotary as a club for retired people

·      There is not enough volunteer time

·      Other service clubs

·      The passing of time – it keeps on going no matter what we do!

·      Losing the “west side turf” to another Rotary club

·      Not leveraging our potential

·      Not becoming attractive to others to become members

·      Not following through

·      Perception of Ambassadorial scholars

·      Not being flexible to adapt to change

·      Probus

·      Reliance on Gaming revenue

·      A continued decline in membership

·      Not responding to the issue of family obligations taking precedence

·      Apathy

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Strengths (Brainstormed list, unranked 2011)

·      Our core of very knowledgeable Rotarians

·      Friendly, excellent fellowship

·      Good location / price / parking

·      We want to reinvent our club, we are here to do that

·      Our club’s foundation

·      Good at rapid fundraising

·      A classification system that drives learning from our experience

·      Excellent speakers

·      Long term members

·      Good track record at fundraising

·      Strong leadership development

·      Our Interact and Rotaract clubs

·      Our newsletter


Weaknesses (Brainstormed list, unranked 2011)

·      Friday lunch club

·      Not enough young members

·      We don’t reflect our community’s diversity

·      We lack connections to local area businesses

·      It is expensive to belong

·      We are not all active as members

·      We lack fundraising

·      Not enough hands on projects

·      Low community awareness / visibility

·      We don’t follow through

·      We do not have leadership succession

·      We don’t mentor new members

·      Leadership in the club is not seen as desirable

·      We don’t train our members about Rotary

·      Our involvement with Interact and Rotaract is weak

·      We are an aging membership, and declining in numbers

·      We have many vacant classifications

·      We are weak at public relations

·      Our website needs work

·      Social media efforts just starting


Opportunities (Brainstormed list, unranked 2011)

·      To leverage the three nearby business communities

·      To leverage the potential of our local neighbourhood

·      To find members from home based businesses

·      To leverage the support of the Arbutus Club

·      To better reflect the diversity of our community

·      To leverage our relationship with St. Georges School

·      To do visible projects that attract people to join us

·      To include the current environmental focus into our community projects

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Next Steps



1.   Send strategic plan document to the club.


Don                                                                          April 2011


2.   Share the plan to the club (and post on the website)                 


Paul                                                                        May 2011


3.   Review plan highlights (vision) briefly at each club meeting


Paul / Harreson / Board                                    Monthly


4.   Hold a 6 month progress review


Don / Harreson                                                      Oct.  2011


5.   Hold annual review and set 2012 - 13 objectives.


Don / Club Planning team                                    Apr.  2012

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Foundation / Fundraising Objectives


Key Strategies


·      Develop a new signature fundraiser for the club

·      Actively seek funding through community events and activities

·      Build the Rotary Arbutus Club Foundation

·      Support the Rotary Foundation

·      Leverage matching funds on projects wherever possible




F – 1          Look for an opportunity to develop a joint effort with St. Georges School.


Paul / Boris                                                               2011


F – 2          Hold two community fundraisers (for Polio?) at a mall in 2011 – 2012. Use these to raise funds, build awareness in the community, and enjoy fellowship. Hold a draw at each to get contact info for possible new members.


Mary / Davinder / Steve                                    2011- 2012


F – 3          Work towards development of a new signature fundraiser for the club in future years for which it will become well known. Research and determine the major cause for which it will raise funds. Implement in 2012- 2013 Rotary year.


Mary / Davinder / Steve / Leigh                           2011-2012


F – 4          Support the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to the level of EREY contributions.


Board / members                                             2011 – 2012


F – 5          Build the resources in the Rotary Arbutus Club Foundation through event oriented fundraisers and other club activities.



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 Projects Strategy and Objectives


Key Strategies


·      Build more hands-on work into future projects

·      Develop more support and activity with Interact and Rotaract

·      Establish an international project by 2013

·      Work to access District and RI funds for projects




P – 1         Establish liaison(s) for the club with both Rotaract and Interact and build increased co-participation in activities and projects.


Cyril / Harreson / Mary                                    2011- 2012


P 1.1         Start assembly of a data base of young people with whom the club has worked with or supported in the past as a future source of both new members and active community work – friends of Rotary.


Bill / webmaster                                                      2011 - 2012


P – 2          Consider participating in the Zimbabwe project as a partner in the future.


Cyril                                                                        2012


P – 3          Continue with the current ongoing projects such as RYLA support, scholarships, Aquarium etc.


Cyril / Projects Committee                                             Ongoing


P – 4          Develop a local project that goes back to our roots. Research a community need around possible things such as seniors / earthquake preparedness / other key issues where the club will be seen as proactive and adding value.


Cyril / Projects Committee                                    2011 – 2012







Public Relations & Communications

                                          Strategy and Objectives

Key Strategies


·      Become more well known and visible in the community

·      Develop use of website and electronic media further

·      Develop use of Social Media further




PR – 1         Issue a press release or announcement with every project completion or funding presentation to both District 5040 and the media.


Board                                                               Ongoing


PR – 2          Re-engage with the Courier newspaper.


PR 1.1         Invite to the club as a speaker

PR 1.2         Try for a member from the Courier


Paul / Harreson                                                      2011 - 2012


PR – 3          Participate in at least two community events in 2011 – 2012 as a means to build awareness and find new members. Consider one at Dunbar Community Centre by the recognition plaque.


Paul / Harreson / Board                                    2011 – 2012


PR – 4          Re- evaluate the club website and develop it forward. Look for a new member / webmaster resource.


Bill / Leigh                                                      Apr. 2011

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 M – 4          Involve the membership in club meetings; consider          member moments / member business moments etc. Build into          the regular meeting agenda, focus on learning about each          other.


         Paul / Harreson                                                      start May 2011


M – 5          Grow club membership with a target of total 30          members by June 2012.


         Membership Committee / all Rotarians                  2011 – 2012


M 5.1         Develop and implement a membership discount structure that will provide an incentive to members to bring in new members.


Membership Committee / Board                                    July 2011




Club Administration and Leader Development                                                                Objectives


Key Strategies


·      Build responsibility and accountability into all we do

·      Develop succession for all key positions

·      Ask new members about meeting formats and be willing to make adjustments to their needs and ideas

·      Increase involvement in Rotary events – District and RI




CA – 1         Hold a club planning session for the Rotary Year 2011 – 2012 and complete assignment of committee structure / chairs and backups and budget.


Harreson / Board                                                      Apr – May 2011


CA 1.1         At least one backup person to each key position




CA 1.2         Focus the committee structure on key areas of the strategic plan as top priority




CA – 2          Implement new routines into  meeting agendas that focus more on club members and on Rotary knowledge.


Paul / Harreson                                                      April 2011


CA – 3         Promote and encourage participation at things such as the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and other District events and training. Ask attendees to report to the club on their experiences.         


Board / Harreson                                                      2011 – 2012


CA – 4          Aim for four club members to attend the District Conference.


Paul / Board                                                      May 2011

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Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 28, 2011


Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus




1.   Our club has grown, we have 40 to 60 members


2.   Our membership has more diversity in age and ethnicity


3.   We have active committees with succession in place, every member is active


4.   Great fellowship - we have fun together


5.   We have a “signature” fundraiser for which we are well known


6.   We have both local and international projects


7.   Our projects create excitement and attract membership


8.   Our club is active and well known in our community


9.   We provide business networking opportunities at our meetings


10. We do more hands-on projects


11. We exploit our club’s foundation


12. We have an increased focus and knowledge about Rotary



Membership Strategy and Objectives      


Key Strategies


·      Grow the club towards at least 40 members by 2016

·      Increase diversity in our membership

·      Strong mentorship for all new members

·      Business networking opportunities

·      Always look forward – not back




M – 1          Build out the Membership Committee to at least three or four members to increase focus on membership.


Leigh / Paul / Harreson                                             Apr. 2011


M – 2          Work to determine the segment to focus on for membership growth.

·      Arbutus Club as a closer partnership and source of members?

-       Leigh / Shail

·      Research the surrounding community for a possible sector to target

-       Paul / Member Committee

·      Consider someone from the media


Membership Committee                                             Ongoing


M – 3          Implement a formal mentorship process in the club.


         Membership Committee                                             May 2011


         M 3.1 – Don to send RCV’s mentor checklist

Strategy Workshop 2011 April 17, 2011 Part 4 Bill Bourlet 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 28, 2011

Strengths / Weaknesses / Opportunities / Threats               Activity                                          (SWOT, 2011)      


                                          (brainstormed lists attached)

Strengths (Priority ranked)


1.   Good location / parking and price

2.   Excellent speakers

3.   Our club’s foundation

4.   Our Interact and Rotaract Clubs


Weaknesses (Priority Ranked)


1.   We do not have enough young people in our membership

2.   Rotary is expensive

3.   We are not all active




Opportunities (Priority Ranked)


1.   To do visible projects that attract new members to us

2.   To leverage the support of the Arbutus Club

3.   To leverage membership from the three local business communities


Threats (Priority Ranked)


1.   Being unable to become attractive to new members

2.   Not having enough time to do everything

3.   Not dealing with family obligations as important





Vision Without Action

    is merely a dream….



Action Without Vision

    just passes the time….



Vision With Action

can change the world.


Joel Barker







Rotary International's Vision


Rotary’s vision is to be the service organization of choice with dynamic, action-oriented clubs whose contributions improve lives in communities worldwide.



Rotary’s Mission Statement


We provide service to others; promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders



Rotary’s Core Values


-      Service

-      Integrity

-      Leadership

-      Fellowship

-      Diversity

Strategy Workshop 2011 April 17, 2011 Part 2 Bill Bourlet 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 28, 2011


Rotary Club of

Vancouver Arbutus


Strategy Workshop



April 17, 2011



Vancouver, B.C.


Record of Charts Created





Prepared by DJE Holdings Ltd.

Apr. 18, 2011

Roadmap for the Session



1.  Introduction to Strategic Planning


2.  S.W.O.T Activity


3.  Vision Elements Activity


4.  Strategies and Objectives


5.  Next Steps





Bill Bourlet                                             Cyril Parry

Jagdev Dhillon                                             Steve Emerman        

Leigh Higinbotham                                    Harreson Lovick

Shail Mahanti                                             Paul Mitchell-Banks        

Teddie Pasut                                             Boris Schaffer






       Don Evans

Strategy Workshop 2011 April 17, 2011 Part 1 Bill Bourlet 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Apr 13, 2011
There will be no meeting on Friday July 2nd - next meeting is July 9th. This was Boris's last meeting as President and he reported that the Holly Arntzen concert raised $2500 net to send children with life threatening illness to the Vancouver Aquarium to Sleep with the Whales! Well done Boris! Do you want to take a child from an orphanage in the Philippines to lunch? Just pay for a guest at the next meeting and the funds will go to a multi-club GSE Legacy Project. Guests: Rotarian Pedro Ching, Chris Richardson and Teresa Lu.
Club Announcements Mary Stark 2011-04-14 00:49:59Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 13, 2011
Dear Mr. President Paul Mitchell-Banks,

Thank you so much for your kind letter of sympathy for the
natural disasters of the earthquake and Tsunami together
with the warm donation from your members of Rotary Club of Arbutus.

Now you will find the letter of thanks from our president of
Seto North Rotary Club by the attachment.

With best wishes,
Setsuko Hirao, Professor
Chair of International Service Committee,
Seto North Rotary Club
Thank you from our sister club in Japan. Bill Bourlet 2011-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 13, 2011
 Jag Dhillon was our speaker this week.  His classification talk.

A young man who was well connected at home but suffered a lack of identity.

He was Mr Dhillons son.

With his pregnant wife and their 3 yr old daughter they left India to travel to Canada for work.

His first work was with a law firm but that didn’t pay well so he soon got better qualified at UBC. He took Community planning whilst working at a sawmill as a grader to earn the fees for school.

Then 2 years with B.C. Hydro in the planning department.

He then worked for several town planning departments over the next 37 years..

He is retired now but still consults for several town-planning departments and is busy full time.  He was Director of planning for several cities in B.C.

Rotary has changed over the years but is still a chance to pay back to the communities from which he has benefited so much.

Also as a member of the International committee he has had a chance to do projects abroad in such places as Panama and South Africa.

Using his experience here he was able to introduce such things as simple accounting and bookkeeping to these communities he worked with.

One project area now bakes their own bread after they set a bakery there with his help.

In Africa they learn to do things better and do it through the Peace Corps.

He tried to teach them their way rather than the local way.

Sometimes we can learn from them.

In some cases there is more than just town planning.

In one case they are still in touch from 1986.

He also did a project in Ghana.

He won the Queens Jubilee medal for a project he worked on.

He is still a planner for Chilliwack and works with the Province of B.C.

We need to look at the environment nowadays as well.

 A shortage of money is going to dictate future growth.

We may not get everything we want in future town planning.  We may have to compromise.

Our speaker was thanked by President Paul.

Jag Dhillon. Classification talk Bill Bourlet 2011-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Apr 04, 2011

Mary Watson was our speaker today on the subject of rural health clinics in Zimbabwe.

Our past District governor Kevin Conway has been back to Zimbabwe 4 times to set these up and they are now ready to go.

The Rotary world help network has shipped containers to help the poor in many countries.  A great Rotary project.

Pathway to health will be a working partnership.

Challenges we face ----



Mammoth scale.


What can one Rotary club do?  Is this the right project?



Mutual assessment

Follow through.

We must have a recipient, like a Rotary club.

We do want to do a good, but are not always sure how.

By using Rotary we are forced to follow through.  Reports.

We have 4 areas of Zimbabwe where there are Rotary clubs that are deemed appropriate by the government of Zimbabwe and this project is sanctioned by the ministry.

Each clinic is partnered with a Rotary club.

This has a good buy in from the local community and the local facilities have been greatly improved by the local community.

Improving local water supplies and the roads etc.

They are working hard to keep the costs down by buying local and using local labour.

We can apply for matching grants from our district who can fund projects to 50 cents on the dollar.

We can provide either a starter kit for $2.000 or a maintenance kit for $5.000

Or we can fund part of a kit.

The speaker was thanked by President Paul.

Pathway to Health. Rural health clinics in Zimbabwe Bill Bourlet 2011-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Feb 23, 2011
Hi All Club Members.
Here are my notes of the meeting yesterday.  
- there are strengths in each club that could work together
- with ideas together we could be a strong club
- Vancouver South does not want to loose it's identity - name should stay
- need to make changes
- was prestigious to join a Rotary club in the past
- joint meetings part of the time - maybe once or twice a month
- we need to embrace opportunity without demands and be totally open to what could happen
- we all have pride in our clubs
- better identity together than individually
- we keep doing the same thing and expect different results
- we are both shrinking
- two clubs together on a trial - more energy
- as a new club we need to work on getting new members
- potential members must think they are getter a better value than the time they give up.  We can offer learning from speakers, social and business connections, lunch with other people when a member works from home, an opportunity to have a mentor
- no matter what happens in the end we will both benefit if we increase membership
- hard to bring in new members when a small club.  People want to join things that are successful
- look to the future not the past
- we need to be significant in the lives of people - both our club members and the people we help
- will the whole be greater than the sum of the parts
- we need to get to know each of us as individuals - as new members.  Start by doing some social things.
- we don't know how each club operates
- Club in a Club - amount of people that came out.
- demographics - we need to attract younger members.
Each club will make a decision on their own on whether a trial merger of the two clubs should be tried.  If both clubs agreed the details would be worked out at a latter meeting.
Whatever the outcome I am very happy that we have had this meeting and discussed this idea fully.
Joint meeting with Vancouver South Club Bill Bourlet 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Feb 03, 2011

Doug Williams came today to speak to us.  He is our Ambassadorial scholar studying Economics at UBC.

He is from Germantown Tennessee on the banks of the mighty Mississippi.

Tennessee is famous for its Bar-B-Que food.  It is an old Southern town complete with a statue of a confederate soldier on a tall column in the centre of town and is always the tradition he is facing south with his back to the north.

His university town is Oxford where he studied.

He studied Literature and Economics there.

He is taking Economics here at UBC.

Tennessee was the home to the famous writer William Faulkner.

Unlike other famous writers of his day he stayed at home and wrote about his area.  Much of the area he wrote about is still the same today so you can travel around the area and see what he wrote about.

College Football is the main local sport and the tailgate parties before the match are an important event.

People come early and set up tents to Bar-B-Que for the whole family.

People dress up.  Long dresses for the ladies and suit and tie for the men.

You will see all kinds there from politicians to celebrities.

A good mix with everyone being very casual and friendly.

500 scholars every year are paid for from Rotary world wide.

Each student waits 18 months after applying to get accepted.

As a Rotary scholar you get very connected to the local community, both at home and where you are stationed.

He is doing a one year masters in economics at UBC.

There are 17 different nationalities in his economics class so that’s a good mix as well.

His favorite Bar-B-Que food is Pork ribs or Catfish with corn bread.

The speaker was thanked by Mary Stark.

Rotary Ambassadorial scholar. Doug Williams Bill Bourlet 2011-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Jan 22, 2011

Jag Dhillon introduced Tony Tang who is the Chair of the Vancouver Board of Variance.

Tony is a Mechanical Engineer by profession and it truly dedicated to his service.

It takes time to look at each application and Tony takes the time to closely examine each one.


Tony said their main purpose is to look for the hardship in each case.

Does the denial of planning permission for an applicant cause a hardship for someone or if it is approved will that cause a hardship.

The City funds the board but it is independent.

The only person paid is the secretary Louis Ng.

All others are volunteers.

The charter was passed in 1953.  This was to set up a balance of power to the planning department.  City council may not interfere with the board.

There are 5 members each with a 3-year term.

Civic officials set zoning and the planning department set the rules.

We then look at exceptions.

We meet weekly and physically look at all applications before we have the hearings.

Applications now cost $400 each.

We also look at parking and sign regulations as well.

Any signs larger than the by law we look.

We also look at old house that are being re-built, even if to the same specifications they were originally built to.  The property inspector will go and send us a report of what they want to do.  They may need to apply for a new development permit.

If it is non-conforming we need to approve it.  If it is refused you can take it to the Board of Variance.

If you have an irregular sized lot and cant make the set backs required then we would look at it and see if this causes a hardship.

We have to look at the property.

We are an informal court system.  The planning department speak, and then you speak then anyone that opposes you.  Then you get a chance for a closing statement.

Sometimes the decision is very tough.  Causes me sleepless nights!

We do have the power to allow but it is a power we need to exercise carefully and with thought.

Harreson thanked the speaker.

Vancouver Board of Variance. Tony Tang Chair. Bill Bourlet 2011-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Jan 16, 2011

Joel is a new member of our Rotary club having joined recently.

Today it was our pleasure to hear him talk about himself.

After high school he spent 2 years in University in his home state of Durango in Mexico where he took Business Education and got a masters in Economy.   Followed by another two years at B.C.I.T. before taking his real-estate license from U.B.C. and becoming a Mortgage broker.

Today he sits in the top 50 producers in B.C.

His brother is a reporter and is setting out to change the world through reporting.

Joel played competitive Tennis in the U.S.

He met his wife here in B.C.

His father was a Rotarian and is a Past President of his club.


See Joel’s Profile below.  Quoted from his Web site.

Classification talk by Joel Sida Bill Bourlet 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Jan 16, 2011

Lornell Ridley (North Delta) came to give us a potential project.  This has been done in several other clubs.

Distribution of Webster’s Dictionary to Grade 3 students in the local Elementary schools.

These are pre printed and have the Rotary emblem in the front.  Cost is reasonable and is appreciated by the students they are given to.
This is a hands on project and one that we may want to partner with another club with.

Committee to be formed to look into this new project.

President Paul to approach Vancouver South.

Rotary Literacy Project Bill Bourlet 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet on Jan 06, 2011

Polio plus was started at the club level in the Philippines.

In 1985 there was 1,000 cases a day being diagnosed around the world.

Rotary International is now to  committed to one billion dollars.

The Bill Gates Foundation has raised 355 Million dollars and Rotary has raised 155 million dollars so far.

We are hoping to have 200 million raised by the New Orleans convention.

Many celebrities have joined the contributions like Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Isaac Pearlman and the Queen of Jordan just to name a few.

We still have cases in Nigeria, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

Only 12 new cases reported this year but this is still 12 too many.

%10 of North American children are not vaccinated for one reason or another.

Polio is only a plane ride away.

Rotary Foundation. Polio Plus by PDG. Chris Offer Bill Bourlet 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Jan 05, 2011
Brajinder Dhillon has knitted a beautiful afgan/throw and every stitch was done with love!  She is donating it to our club so we will be selling tickets ($5) with all proceeds going to our club.  It is made with a polyester blend yarn so it can be easily washed.  What a great gift for someone or yourself!
Made with Love! Mary Stark 2011-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Jan 05, 2011

This week, like Rotary Clubs everywhere, we held our Annual Meeting.  Jim did a wonderful job of presenting and explaining our financial statements.  Next year's board was nominated and approved.  Positions as follows:  President: Harreson Lovick, Past President: Paul Mitchell Banks, Vice President Leigh Higinbotham, President Elect: Paul Mitchell Banks, Treasurer: Jim MacKinnon, Secretary: Shail Mahanti, Director: Davinder Grewal, Director: Steve Emerman, Director: Ilan Heller, Director: Cyril Parry.  And no, that is not a misprint - Paul is going to be President a second time.  He feels he is learning lots and will have the job down pat by the second time around!

Annual General Meeting Mary Stark 2011-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Mar 14, 2008
"Ever since the United Nations was founded, you have been a wonderful partner to our organization. You have worked with the UN for health, literacy, and poverty eradication. You have promoted peace through your exchange programs"
UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on Rotary Mary Stark 2008-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark on Sep 08, 2007
"Everything we do through our Rotary clubs â?" from fighting poverty to eradicating polio â?" is intended ultimately to promote world peace.
Rotary and Peace Mary Stark 2007-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Stark

Our guest speaker this week was  John Gibeau  who is with the Rotary Club of Cloverdale.  John is a retired policeman who is now a full time beekeeper with the Honeybee Centre - 176th and Fraser Highway in Surrey.  They rent honeybees to farmers for pollination of their crops - mainly blueberries.  The Centre owns 1400 bee hives and imports more from Alberta when needed.  Did you know that honey from flowers tastes different than honey from fruit?  They sell many different kinds of honey in a retail shop.  Wholesale prices for honey have increased in the past 6 years from 75 cents a pound to $2.00 a pound.  The center also has 400 school tours a year, and they are one of 3 centres in North America that work with the film industry - usually covering actors in bees.  They are also active in Bee Philanthropy - taking bees to developing countries.  Our club member Jag went to Ethiopia with them to do an assessment.  They start by qualifying a village through a survey, then train the villagers for 3 weeks and follow up 1 year later.  Funds are advanced in four phases and the village becomes independent once they export honey.

All about bees! Mary Stark 0
Posted by Mary Stark

This week the bottle went to (finally) Joy who was very happy to win!  Our special guest was Ursula Henderson from the Rotary Club of Cambridge, England.

Wine Draw and Guests Mary Stark 0
Pasta for Polio! Mary Stark 0
Posted by Mary Stark

On Oct. 2nd we had a simple pasta dinner at The Blarney Stone and raised $632 for Polio Eradication.  The board approved increasing it to $1000 for the donations we make for our speakers.  And this $1000 will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation bringing the total to $2000!

Pasta for Polio! Mary Stark 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet

Kirk is married with three children.  He is running as the NPA candidate for Mayor of Vancouver.

Despite having a very impressive c. v. behind him now, Kirk was born into poverty of a single mother. His older brother was sent away to relatives because she couldn’t afford to raise two children.  Often they had no food at home, which is why today he supports the feeding of school children.

In a city as wealthy as we are there should be no hungry children.

Children learn better and play sports better when they are not hungry.

We have the technology today to connect adults with children so they can mentor or coach.

We need to change the culture of this city.

We need to compel this city government to open up its information and books.

Our city is very secretive.

Have you tried to read the finances of the city?

It is very confusing and many items are hidden.

We think the city should have to argue for privacy if necessary.  Not the other way round.

Neighborhoods should be consulted.  We need to be seen and heard then better things will happen.

We need to celebrate our bike pathways not contest them.

The NPA built 500 km of bike pathways.

Vision has managed to alienate both bikers and citizens.

We have car homelessness.

The Provence needs to help as can the Feds and the Natives but this Mayor has managed to alienate every level of government so why would they want to talk to him?

With the right overtures we can also involve the Private sector.

We need short-term solutions to our transit problems.

Yes a Sky Train to UBC would be nice but it’s at least 8 years away if we reached agreement now.  We need more busses now.

Property tax should be frozen.

City budgets should be easy to understand.

We are deficit spending by a large amount now, using the capital fund and at this rate we will be spending %10 on debt payments by 2017- 2018.

360 million is being spent on the East End that is not being accountable.

We need a city plan.

The park board is being annoying to this city council.

They think it would be easier to run the parks board themselves.

We need to watch this doesn’t happen.

The speaker was thanked by Bill.

Kirk LaPoint. NPA Candidate for Mayor. Bill Bourlet 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet

We have arranged for a day visit to the Honey Bee Centre in Surrey on Saturday Oct 25th.

Lets meet at the Arbutus club at 10.00 am to arrange car pooling then drive out there for around 11.00 am for a personally guided tour of the facility by Jonh Gibeau a Rotarian.

We will be served a light lunch at our cost.  John is coming to our Rotary club as our speaker on Oct 10 th. ( Next week.)

Please register on the front page of the bulletin so we can get an attendance record.


The Honey Bee Centre. Day visit. Saturday Oct 25 Bill Bourlet 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet

Michael Gurvin.  Guest of Hans Dodge.

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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Everything we have in our modern world is the result of desire. Indeed, desire is the motivating force of life itself… It’s the generating power of all human action and without it no one can get very far.

- Claude Bristol 1891-1951, Author

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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Mathew Unger from Surfrider Vancouver came today to up date us on the little know but very important use of plastic Micro beads.

It all started in Santa Monica in California in 1980.

A local development project was being proposed of Hotels, apartment buildings and shops all on the valuable coastline.

It would have spoiled the local beach.

A protest was started and the size and location of the development was greatly altered and made better to suit the beachfront property.

Now that the group was formed and had the environment in the forefront they challenged themselves to look further.

Micro-Beads were the challenge they decided to take up.

This is a new problem.  They were not even made 15 years ago yet today they are everywhere.

They are small fillers used to bulk up products like toothpaste and dishwasher powder.

They are so small they pass through all the filters we have and end up in the Ocean.

Now our chapter here in Vancouver has expanded to join the other 140 chapters around the world.

They have done beach clean up here and other locations like Tofino.  At first they had just a few out.

Now upwards of 100 people working on a day.

These micro beads are from 0ne tenth of a micron to half a mil.  Small and cheap.

15 years ago they didn’t exist.  We used waste agricultural products such as Coconut husks, apricot seeds, crushed eggshells and baking powder etc.

The micro beads have turned up in fish guts and animals in their bile ducts.

We can beat the bead!

They are made in green, orange, and red products.

IKEA has come on board and will not stock items that contain the beads.

The local environment minister has called us for a consultation.

That has just happened this week.

The reason the micro beads are so popular is they are cheaper.

We must reward the companies that don’t use them by buying their products.

It’s the only way till governments ban them.

Lawrence Duff thanked the speaker.

"Surfrider Vancouver - Making Waves in Our Community" Bill Bourlet 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet

Hans Dodge.  Past District Governor.

It's not often that our Rotary Club gets the honour of inducting a new member with as long a track record in Rotary.


We are indeed honoured to have Hans join our Rotary club.

Welcome Hans.



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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education here in Vancouver.

They also co authored The Wisdom of compassion.

Their previous work The Wisdom of Forgiveness: has been translated into 14 Languages.

The Dalai Lama is a Global Icon.  One of four people that have honorary Canadian Citizenship.

The Dalai Lama is coming here to Vancouver again.   (His only stop in Canada)

Oct 21 to 23rd.  for three days.

15 lucky people will be spending the afternoon with him on the 22nd.

He will be meeting with the students from John Oliver School one afternoon.

His goal is to raise the idea to balance the education of both the mind and the heart with cognitive development on one hand and kindness on the other.

His mission in the world is to create a well-rounded people.

There will be an open to the public session at the convention centre dedicated to the idea of Educating the heart.

This is the fourth time he has been here.

He is fostering empathy, social responsibility and to be mindful of others.

If this can be incorporated in the school curriculum we will create well-rounded students.

He will be meeting with the minister of education and his staff to help establish this in the education program.

We want more than just a PhD.

At the convention centre there will be a panel discussion.

There will also be an open session at the Chan Center at UBC.

The question is how to balance educating the mind with the heart.

Tickets are now available on line.

The speaker was thanked by Davinder.

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education Bill Bourlet 0
Posted by Mary Stark

Mary gave a presentation about a possible project for our club - Free Little Libraries.  These look like oversize bird houses and are put in the ground at the front of the property so that anyone walking by can take a book or leave a book.  Some have a binder inside where you can put comments down on books you have read from the library. They are usually half and half adults and children's books.  They benefit the community by getting neighbours to know each other.

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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Carol and Theo who have been visiting our club for many months now talked about their home Rotary club and their home town.

The Rotary club of Knysna.  Knysna is a town up the coast from Capetown. The Rotary club has 60 members and is a very active club.  Some have been members for 40 years and they have several, what they call, Swallow members.  They have a high participation  rate and if you are a member you are expected to do your part. They have a youth services project called e Pap that feeds school children.

They now serve 4,000 children at local schools.

Their fund raisers are a local Cycle tour and a golf tournament. 

Carol sent us this message---

The Knysna Rotary Club’s website is If you scroll through the different links you’ll find newsletters, from the most recently posted one (June 2014) to previous ones; also a list of projects (as far as e’Pap is concerned the number is no longer 3 000 but 4 500 – see

We are in no way suggesting that your club would necessarily want to be involved in our projects, but in case anyone expresses interest in considering this, here are a few possibilities.

The current exchange rate is CA$1 = R10.60, so $100 is the equivalent of R1 060. What would an amount like this be able to do? It would fund half the cost of a Splash Dragon Boat crew, one tenth of a study bursary, a nutritious daily meal for four children for each school day of the year …

We mentioned the Splash event, taking place in December this year, for the third time. All Vancouverites know about Dragon Boats. The Knysna Splash Dragon Boat event involves boats competing three (last year it was two) at a time in heats over the course of a day. We’re hoping for a minimum of twenty teams this year – Splash is intended as a fund-raising event, and teams each pay R2 000 for the team of 10 to enter, i.e. R200 per team member.

Over the last two years one of the teams has been the Knysna Sea Cadets. These youngsters are all from the disadvantaged community. Their achievements have been way in excess of their resources, largely due to the amazing commitment of a retired naval officer, who trains them in boat craft, sailing skills, radio communication, among others.  An indication of how much they learn and grow through the Sea Cadet programme: the number of Knysna sea cadets who are accepted into the South African Navy is completely disproportionate to the number of candidates accepted from elsewhere in the country. The Knysna Rotary Club is happy to have been able to assist the Sea Cadets in different ways, over the years.

The Sea Cadets are very keen to take part in the Dragon Boat event – they are strong paddlers, and are eager to show the community what they can do. However, they can’t participate unless they find sponsorship. If 10 members of the Arbutus Rotary club were able to contribute CA$20 each, this would cover the costs of the Sea Cadet team’s participation in Splash. Alternatively this could be a club sponsorship of CA$200. This sponsorship would mean that the Sea Cadets would have an opportunity to have a fun-filled and confidence boosting day; it would also mean that at least one of the hoped-for twenty teams is secure.  

We also mentioned e’Pap. To sponsor a daily nutritious meal for one of the 4 500 children for the school is in the region of R250 (about CA$25). Any contribution to e’Pap would be very welcome – if you have a look at the e’Pap website you will have a better idea of the far-reaching impact that this project has. 



Carol and Theo Bohlmann Bill Bourlet 0
Posted by Bill Bourlet

John Gibeau will come to our Rotary club and speak about the HoneyBee center on Friday Oct 10th.

Then our club will take a tour of the HoneyBee center on Saturday Oct 25th.

We will meet at the Arbutus club at 10.00 am precisely to arrange rides and car share.

Arriving at the Surrey location at 11.00 am for a personally guided tour of the premises  by John Gibeau himself.

Coffee and snack lunch.

7480 176 Street, 
Surrey, British Columbia 
Canada V3S 7B1

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Ishwarya  came to speak to us today after having been in India for the past 4 years.

She went to study classical dance and Yoga.  She attended classes and lectures.

To interpret Yoga from the classical names.

Sadness is interpreted as a feeling of being limited.  And Happiness is defined as limitlessness.

How to go from limitedness to limitlessness?

To stop the incessant flow of thoughts of the mind.

The human body is the most precious of all

We can change our environment to suite us.

Every part of our body is interconnected.

Yoga is connecting the mind, body and breath and gaining a deeper awareness of ourselves.  Be completely steady in each posture, even when set up in a Pretzel shape!

Set out to experience complete joy.

Be non violent especially to ourselves.

Be objective in each situation.

Don’t lie or you will feel guilty.  Always tell the truth.

Always be on the path of spiritual awareness.

Don’t always need more, as the satisfaction gained is temporary.

Accept your limitations.  Be aware of your perception.  What is yours?

Look for a feeling of contentment.  With the practice of yoga we can feel contentment.

Learn to live with very little.  Be disciplined.  Learn your procedures and your daily rituals.  As a student, one must study even if you don’t feel like it.

Gain the mastery over yourself so you are no longer slave to your senses.

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Dr Joanne is a Professor at UBC in Anesthesiology.  She said it’s a good job we forget pain or there never would be any brothers or sisters!  The pain of delivery is rated up there as one of the greatest pains in life.

How do we measure pain?  How does it modulate?  Pain teaches us.  We learn from pain.  We learn to get away from it.

You can learn to modulate your own pain.  You can stimulate neurons to attack the pain centre, such as when you bang your finger then dance around in pain.  You are stimulating your neurons.

Chronic pain is big business today.

Some are charlatans.

Acute pain can be measured in many ways.  We didn’t treat pain in the past till it was diagnosed.

Morphine or Demurral will treat pain but we need to know what is causing it first.

Today we listen to patients more and let them treat their own pain.  We give them control of the pain relief.

In some cases we even try to block the pain before it happens.

We want the patient to relax before surgery.

There are multiple pain relief methods.  We can forget pain.

17% of people in Canada live with chronic pain and over a third of people over 65.

Chronic pain is a pain of over three months.

We are more active and heavier than in previous generations.

Hypnosis and meditation can modify your perception of pain.

The speaker was thanked by Lexie.

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Our guest speaker was Polina Zaytyseva, a visiting student from Novosibirsk. A very bright young lady, she has just completed her third year of an economics degree and speaks impeccable English, having apparently been encouraged to do so by her Mother from the age of five. Her topic was “stereotypes”, her talk being buttressed by pictures of a snowy winter, perogies and matryoshka dolls. Unfortunately not all of these topics prove the point that we are wrong to ascribe stereotypes to all : Novosibirsk (you are invited to look up its geographic location) is the third largest city in Russia and is, interestingly, the coldest substantially populated city on earth. Wikipedia says that “winter (is) tough, but it may not be extraordinary for those from northern countries” (why does Winnipeg come to mind?). One suggests that despite Polina’s nice pictures, Novosibirsk will never be mistaken for Miami. She also observed that despite the country being lavishly populated by bears, reindeer, elk and wolf, the first bear that she saw was when she was staying in Burnaby. Somehow, apt.

Her last point on stereotypes was that all Russians are Communists and live insecure lives. To illustrate the point she played on the power-point presentation a brief cartoon respecting the uncertainties of Russian rural life. Given the present political and economic climate evident in that country, it was a rather poignant little vignette.

Time was unfortunately against Polina. She could well have kept us enthralled for much more time than was available : it is always fascinating to dear from those who live in places strange to us except for anecdote and self-serving media.


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Heather Deal.  Vision Councilor for Vision Party joined us today.

Heather Deal was first elected to the Vancouver Park Board in 2002 and served as the Chair in 2003.  She was then elected to Vancouver City Council in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.

   Her accomplishments so far are a supporter of the Food Trucks program, 30,000 sq feet of Artists space in the city now and many bike lanes.

Marpole Park is in her sights but still has a long way to go. City council is currently negotiating but the talks have stalled.  It could be a 10 acre park.  What an asset!  It is off Cambie Bridge on the waterfront of the Fraser River.

Lower medium income levels need attention by the city.  We have 50% renters in the city today but no new rental properties coming on line.  They are not deemed worthwhile by the investment community.

Ie. they are not profitable.

The city needs to hear from the public.  What do you want?

City council has helped certain properties to get rental status.

We do have developers fess to put toward the park.

We can create a trail for the North Arm of the Fraser.  We can have an 11 km trail.

The train tracks?  What to do with the land.

CN currently owns the land but they only have usage for them as goods transportation.

The city controls the land usage.  The city cant stop them from using the tracks again for transportation but there is no business case for transportation.

The last usage was for Molsons and they don’t have the need anymore.

Could they use them for container transfer?

CP has asked for 100 million for the lands.  The city has offered 10 million.

They seem to be negotiating through the press and the media.

Heather went on to talk about heritage designation.

If the city designate a property for heritage status the owners of the property can sue the city for loss of value so the city has to be very careful with this designation.

Heather often asks people do you have your property designated heritage?

The speaker was thanked by Teddie.

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Marylee gave us an update on her Indian Art from the Edge project.

She has set up a web site to help starving Artists sell their art work.

Some of the stories she has of the life the Artists have lived are pretty amazing.

Some of the Art work is of exceptional quality and she is able to retail it for very reasonable prices.  The project is a business but it certainly has a social aspect.

Now she is starting a clothing line with the art work on it.

Here is the link to her Indian Art form the Edge

She has also just returned from a tour of the Galapagos Islands where she was updating and re wording her tour guide book.

Pacific Post Asia newspaper has written about one of her Artistes.

Darrol Amos.

Here is the link


The speaker was thanked by Jag.

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 71 years ago a plane crashed on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

It has just been found.

On October 23rd 2013,  Walter Van Hell, Dennis Cronin & Tom Weston, all Forestry Engineers, were performing a forestry Reconnaissance, and  surveying land in the area northwest of Port Renfrew (Vancouver Island,) when one of them - Dennis Cronin -  came across the wreckage of an aircraft.  Walter, and the rest of the team checked the area around the parts of aircraft that they had found, and quite a lot more yellow & blue/green pieces were seen sticking up from the forest debris etc., and they found what appeared to be the cabin/cockpit alongside an engine with the propeller bent backwards.

There were various bits of flying equipment of a personal type, such as a flying boot, and some shoes, scattered around, and what appeared to be the sleeve of a leather flying jacket..  A little way further down the slope they found the second engine and some parts of the wings and tailplane assembly.  They also found the tail part of what appeared to be a bomb, so they contacted the RCMP, who, in turn contacted the Military at Naden, and then together with an expert from the Unexploded Ordnance Centre, the RCMP Constable went to the crash site looking for any signs of Human remains, and unexploded Ordnance. There were no visible signs of any human remains, which is to be expected after some seventy years of exposure to the weather and wildlife in the area.


Walter, Dennis, Tom & Mike Pegg, did some research on the internet after looking at some of the pieces of wreckage, and decided that the aircraft was most likely an Avro Anson – a twin engined aircraft, painted yellow, used extensively for training purposes during WW2.  It had originally been used by RAF Coastal Command for patrolling the sea areas around the coasts of the UK

The speaker was thanked by Jag Dhillon.



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To understand why last week’s Supreme Court of Canada decision in Tshilqot’in is so important, it is helpful to know what the Court actually decided. 
There were three key issues or questions.  First, what is the test for aboriginal title? Put another way, where will you find it?  Second, what does it mean to have aboriginal title?  Is it really ownership of land, or something quite different, say, just a right to be consulted about its use? Third, what authority does the provincial government have over aboriginal title lands?  Are they like Indian reserves, where provincial land laws do not apply, or something different?
On the first and third questions, in particular, there were sharply different views taken by the trial court and the BC Court of Appeal.  Those views were based on those courts’ interpretations of prior court decisions.  The Supreme Court has now resolved those differences.  They’ve made clear what has been argued about for a long time. And that clarity, in my view, will have a profound impact on the use and development of lands and resources in British Columbia.
The test for aboriginal title. 
Aboriginal title is the way our law gives effect to the fact of prior aboriginal presence on the lands of what is now Canada.  It’s not just the right to engage in culturally important practices such as fishing, trapping, hunting and forage - those activities are recognized and protected as aboriginal rights.  Aboriginal title is how the law recognizes the indigenous claim that “this land has always been ours”.  But putting it that way does not necessarily answer the question: what land are you talking about?  Is it the land that has been most intensively and continuously occupied, say, villages and their immediate surroundings?  Or is it larger areas of land, the territories over which First Nations have exercised dominion by using and regulating access for resource use purposes, assigning rights of ownership, and excluding other First Nations?  
In terms which do not do justice to the complexity of the question, but at least make the differences clear, it is sometimes said that this is the debate between the “postage stamp” theory of aboriginal title, and the “mountaintop-to-mountaintop” theory.
The answer could not be more important, at least in a province like British Columbia, where there are over 200 First Nations, and very few treaties.  If it’s the postage stamp theory, then aboriginal title will mostly be found in and around Indian reserves and will hardly affect the rest of the lands of the province.  If it’s the mountaintop-to-mountaintop theory, then large parts of the province will be aboriginal title lands because most First Nations in BC exercised dominion over large territories, with clearly recognizable internal rights of resource use and ownership, and histories of defending their lands against other First Nations.
The Supreme Court of Canada decided it’s not just villages, it’s traditional territories.  I say this not just because of the Court’s statement of the requirements for the proof of aboriginal title, but also because of the Court’s actual decision - reversing the Court of Appeal - that the Tsilhqot’in had established their claim for title over a large part of their traditional territory. 
What made the Tsilhqot’in title claim interesting from a legal perspective is the evidence that they were traditionally semi-nomadic.  Their use and occupation of large areas of land was, or so it was argued, less intensive than is required to support a claim to aboriginal title over a large area.  And yet the Supreme Court found in favour of the Tsilhqot’in claim to some 1700 square kilometres.  Not, it is true, the whole of their traditional territory.  But an area so large that, when you consider what we know of the histories and land use of most other First Nations in BC it is abundantly clear that aboriginal title must exist over vast tracts of the province.
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Former member Keith Roy came to day to report from his position as Dominion Vice President of the Monarchist league of Canada.

Queen Elizabeth 11 has been on the throne for 60 plus years now and during that long reign has not put a foot wrong. 

Queen Elizabeth II has always been a modern monarch.  

Televised coronation flown across the world instantly to be broadcast on the BBC
She made the worlds first long distance phone call.
The Palace has a YouTube Channel, Flickr site, facebook, twitter
It is widely understood that the Queen uses a Blackberry.
The speaker was thanked by Michael Frost.
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Our four visitors this week were from District 7430 in Pennsylvania.Cindy and Chris Hornaman and Gary and Dee Rohrbach.

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the

opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing

other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong

foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.


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Bruce MAcDonald came to today to talk aobut his ship ---

North Star of Herschel Island is the last of the sailing Arctic cargo ships. She is the only fully rigged ship in Canada, meaning that she crosses squares on each of her three masts. Sails can be handled from on deck and it is possible for the ship to be sailed single-handedly.North Star was built in 1935 in San Francisco at the Geo. W. Kneass shipyard and shipped to the Arctic aboard the 600 ton trading ship Patterson. She had originally been built for two Inuit fox trappers. She was used from 1936 to 1961 for transport of the winter’s catch of fur to market in early August and for transportation of supplies from Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk to Sachs Harbour on Banks Island in late August and early September when ice conditions permitted sea navigation. Except for three winters frozen in the ice, each fall North Star was hauled onto the beach and launched the following spring using three purchase tackle and hand winched by the whole village over skids of freshly killed seals.North Star was left on the beach in 1961 when cargo flights took over the transportation and remained on the beach until 1968. She was purchased by her second owner in 1967 and refit for navigation in the Beaufort Sea. From 1968 until 1973 she was used for scientific investigations in the Arctic Ocean. Subsequent voyages included surveying the British Columbia Alaska boundary, ecological adventures, sail training and searching for mermaids.


North Star is the home of her present owners and is no longer a commercial ship but is now a private vessel. She is not available for charter. She is available as a way of educating people about Arctic history such as for school group tours and historical societies. There is no charge for this. She sometimes participates in classic and wooden boat shows. The ship is rigged, ready and capable of sailing anywhere in the world.

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This photo was added to Rotary's World's Biggest Commercial along with 100,000 other pictures from 171 countries.  We have received acknowledgement that it is the World's Largest Photo Awareness Campaign.   We are "This Close" to polio eradication and when it happens we will have changed the course of human history through our work as Rotarians.Image

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RYLA     Recipients.  Jamie Hill and Cassandra Mah.

2 of our group of 5 students that went for the leadership weekend.  All 5 were from Van Tech School.  Both grade 11 students.  They met the others for the weekend on the Dock at Horse Shoe bay to take the ferry to Camp Potlatch.

40 minutes later they arrived.

Having found their sleeping rooms they met for the first session, which was on communications.  Followed by the meditation group where they learned to step back from Stress.

That night a campfire with songs of course.

Then they learned to serve others.  A good start for a future Rotarian. They learned the four-way test and how to apply it to others.

They did skits and had a lot of fun doing them.

Good weather cheered the groups on.

Polar bear swim was a little chilly.

Secrets of success and how to further your goals followed, as they looked at a Future you.

If you shot for the moon then you will end up in the stars.

Then they had a dance party and a variety show.

Next day was Kayaking, archery and rock climbing.

Followed by a tug of war.

On Sunday morning came the difficult part.  To say goodbye!

The Youth Exchange students were there so we met people from around the world.

123 all told so we made a group hug.

There were 8 junior leaders.

5 adult leaders and about 20 adult helpers.

We learned to make our own volunteer opportunities so we might start with making a Rotoract club at Van Tech high school.

Teddie thanked the students

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Jonathan Hultquist was our speaker today and he is with the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Aquarium is undergoing a major expansion and re fit with the grand opening coming soon now in June of this year.

It has cost 100 million to complete with 25 million coming from the Federal Govt, 25 million from the Province of BC with a major private donor being Teck Mining of 12 and a half million.

The Whales have been in the news recently with the question being “should they be returned to the Oceans”

They say no, as they provide a lot of value to the visiting public.

Nothing teaches children more about whales than seeing a live one in front of them.

They keep Beluga’s, Dolphins, seals, all sorts.

They will not catch any in the wild or take any that were caught after 1996.

The Aquarium opened in 1956 and today we have 10,000 visitors a year.   They have had 10 million visitors so far.

They have a very successful video running on You Tube with 19 million hits so far.  They have over 1,000 volunteers with over 150,000 hours racked up in total.

They organize The Great Shore Line clean up that we participate in every year.

They have the Animal rescue centre that takes orphans and animals that need care.

They have received over 20,000 animals so far.  They are currently doing a Rockfish and Ling cod survey to establish a base line of where we stand with them today.

They have done much study on Killer whales, which are totally an Icon of B.C.  Our oldest killer whale is 100 years old.

Vancouver Aquarium is well respected around the world

Mary thanked the speaker.

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Today was so busy we had an overflow crowd so 2 people had to sit at the registration table.

And the interesting thing about that was there was no guests, other than the speaker.

We are a growing Rotary Club.

Well done everyone!

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As part of the weekend to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Magee High School members of our club cooked breakfast for about 600.


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Today our speaker was Mr Wally Oppal Q.C. who gave a review of the Missing Womans Inquiry that he chaired two years ago.

When we had 26 missing woman they asked the question, was it foul play?

Perhaps they are just missing? In 1991 there was no real conclusion.

Maybe they were subject to violence?

By 1995 the numbers were increased and 3 women went missing from Agassiz.

They were known to have been in the sex trade but a missing persons unit was established.  This was wholly inadequate.

It is no crime to go missing, people do it all the time and with no body on their hands there was no money released for an investigation.  There was some investigation done but with multiple police forces involved there was no overall coordination.

In 1996, 3 or 4 more women went missing so the Vancouver police stepped up their patrols, which had the effect of driving the sex workers further away from safety making them more vulnerable.  In 1997 a woman turned up in emergency with multiple stab wounds, as did Robert Picton.
They charged him with attempted murder but because she turned up high on drugs for the interviews they dropped the charges as they felt she was unreliable.

They didn’t bother to investigate him any further.

They didn’t even bother going to his farm.

12 more women went missing.

In 1998 Crime Stoppers received a tip off it was Picton and still they did nothing.

A killer profiler was brought in and he wrote a report that said maybe they were dealing with a serial killer.

It fits all the patterns.

A task force was formed in 2001.


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Donnie Van Dyk, William Brewis and Michael Cowdell from Enbridge were our speakers this week.

Donny is public relations and is based in Kitimat.  Kitimat is based mainly on the forestry industry and is not as busy today as it has been in the past so welcomes some new employment opportunities.

Forestry exports to the US are significantly down.   Our most valuable export to the US today is oil and due to restrictions on our ability to export oil to the US we lose about 50 million dollars a day.

This new pipeline will help that.

The proposed pipeline will be from Edmonton to  Kitimat and a second pipeline to send condensate back to Edmonton to mix with our crude to make it more moveable and more valuable.

We will be using thick walled pipelines with pumping stations that will be manned 24 hours a day.

Tankers will be from round the world but will have to meet Canadian specifications to be allowed into our waters.

They will need to be double hulled. There will be two tugs on the tankers at all times they are in Canadian waters.

There will be new Navigation aids and constant manned radar.

There will be a speed limit of 8 to 12 knots.  Much slower than the 20 plus knots the cruise ships are allowed.

The narrowest part of the channel they will be in is 1.4 Km wide.

The spill recovery being put in place will be world class.

Approximately 3 times the standard required.

We will maintain a high state of readiness at all times.


There was then a lot of questions from the Rotarians.

Human error still seems to be the main problem.
Dedicated pilots will help this.

Does Canada have enough in the clean up fund to cover a major spill and will Enbridge be made to pay for it?  ( 1.4 billion )

How big is Enbridge?

Answer.  It is one of the top 10 Canadian companies with 50% being held privately with 40% being held by shipping companies and 10% being aboriginal.

The speakers were thanked by Harreson.

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Shail will be our new president as of July 1 as he sets out here to lay out a plan for the year.  He feels he is a re cycled president as he has done the job before in 1997.

This PETS was much bigger than the last one he attended.  It started on Thursday at noon with a presentation on effective club meetings.  Then moved onto Membership, Foundation and Public image plus many more things.

There were several well know speakers including 6 keynote speakers.

They had a presentation on Polio from a polio survivor. As well as an Olympic swimmer.

Then of course Richard King who was President of R.I and announced our theme for the year of

Light up Rotary.

We intend to take a strong look at Youth programs.  RYLA, Rotoract and Interact.

Fund raising and membership retention.

Joint meetings with other clubs. 

Identify outstanding members of our community.

Recognise our charter of 1977 on  April 30th.

Follow fellowship events for next year and make use of social media.

Watch for the Rotary foundation.

Honour our 6 bursary students.

Editor----Oh Yes,  its going to be  an outstanding year.

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ImageLast year there were 157 new cases of Polio in the last three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.  Projected number of cases in 2018 - zero.  Where will you be when the world is declared Polio Free?

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On Monday, April 14th we had a joint meeting with the Vancouver South Rotary Club and presented the Herb Addington Scholarship to Lily Ditchburn.  Also pictured are Catharine O'Brien-Bell, Department of Professional Photography at Langara College, Vancouver South President Sam Wong and Vancouver Arbutus President Elect Shail Mahanti.  Herb Addington was a well known photographer and a member of both Rotary clubs and he donated funds for this award.  Lily will pursue a career in wedding and portrait photography.

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This week we had a club assembly and Joy updated us on the final details for our Guest Day on April 25th.  About 75% of the letters of invitation have been mailed and she has had 2 regrets and 3 acceptances so far.  Suzanne Anton, MLA, has agreed to attend and speak for a few minutes.  Harreson is working on the Audio Visual and a picture display of our projects.  We have the Quilchena Terrace booked and at this time we are expected about fifteen potential members to attend.  The food will be finger foods and salads set up at grazing stations with chairs around the perimeter of the room.  Joy ordered some excellent Rotary brochures and they have arrived.  We will be putting them in a folder with an application form and a summary of the costs to be a member of our club.  PDG Chris Offer, DG Gary Shearer and ADG Tom Smith all plan to attend.  Teddie will contact our RYLA  youth Lucas to see if he can come and speak for a few minutes.  Michael Frost will be inducted as a member that day and Gary Shearer will give out three Paul Harris awards.
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Our guest speaker this week was Rotarian Elena Agala who led a Rotary Dental Mission to the Philippines in January.  There were 20 volunteers that all paid their own airfare and accommodation and they provided a complete Dental Clinic to 4500 people there.  Elena also was there to open 2 containers sent by RWHN (Rotary World Help Network) to help after Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013.  The Canadian Ambassador was present as well for the inspection.  Included in the donations were 3 vans of red sweatshirts from the Edgewater casino and also t-shirts from Tim Horton's and bottles of Whistler water.  Rice, noodles and canned goods were also shipped and distributed to victims of the typhoon that killed over 6000 people and destroyed over a million homes.  Our club had sent funds we collected and Elena used the money to do a mass feeding of over a thousand adults and children in Bohol.  "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."  Ronald Regan.
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Sarah Chui from VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation came to thank us for our donation of $8525 which will buy half of a Flexible Videoscope for the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Department. This equipment is used to look into patients throats - 15,000 patients are served every year. The foundation has raised over half a billion dollars since it started in 1980.
Flexible Videoscope Donation Mary Stark 0
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Bill Harvey and Don Moore came to update us on the huge celebration for Magee's first 100 years.  It takes place on May 23rd and 24th in Kerrisdale and at the school.  Six of our club members will be serving pancakes on Saturday morning from 9 am to 11 and yes we can wear our new blue shirts!  The breakfast will be followed by a concert and even Dal Richards will show up in a model car!
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Nicole Robson is the senior development office with UGM who have been working in the Downtown Eastside since 1940.  They currently have 7 locations including New Westminster and Mission and serve 300,000 meals a year to the community.  Their alcohol and drug recovery program has an outstanding record that after 2 years 73% of those that graduated are still sober and drug free.  The program lasts over 18 months and approximately 30 clients graduate each year.  UGM does not accept any government money for their programs - they receive support from the community with over 4000 regular donors.  Their Corner Store drop in opens at 6:30 am for coffee and there is always a long line up.  It is a block from Strathcona Elementary.  They have 150 employees and 3900 volunteers.  Some of their employees have gone through recovery with UGM.  They have a receptionist, John, that was for 40 years an alcoholic having started drinking at 10 years old.  He now has been clean and sober for 6 years.  In 2011 they moved to a new building and they now keep their old building just for women and children which will be a new focus of the organization.
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Don Evans has been a Rotarian with the Vancouver club for almost 30 years and his other love is trains.  One of the very few steam powered locomotives in North America is in Squamish.  The Royal Hudson was retired from service in 1960 in Winnipeg.  It's second career was between 1974-1999 when the Province of BC financed  running it from Vancouver to Squamish and it became a large tourist attraction.  But in 1999 it failed it's boiler inspection and was retired again as the Province would not spend the funds to rebuild it.  In 2002 the West Coast Heritage Society moved it to Squamish and spend over $800,000 to rebuild the boiler.  This money was raised by fundraising.  In Aug. 2006 it was finished and is now in it's third career - you just can't stop a choo choo train!.  It is very expensive to run - to go between Squamish and Vancouver one way costs between $12,000 and $14,000 in oil and 12,000 gallons of water.  It is only operated now for special occasions like White Rock's 50th Anniversary or the opening of Louis Vuitton in 2010 when it only travelled 3/4 mile for the guests.  The next ten years will see it being mechanically rebuilt at a cost of up to three million dollars.  It can be viewed at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish where our Rotary Convention will be this year.
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Our speakers this week were William Booth and Shanti Besso from the D.T.E.S. Literacy Roundtable.  This is a coalition of adult educators who work on the D.T.E.S. with vulnerable individuals who often have mental health or substance abuse problems.  It began in 2005 to share information, insure that there was no duplication, to identify gaps and to collaborate where possible and today there are 45 organizations that are part of this Roundtable.  Literacy equals employment and they have 70 regular students and 300 drop in students.  A drop in student will often bring forms that they need help filling out because of their illiteracy.  They offer workshops at Carnegie Community Center and are next working on digital literacy after 1700 mobile phones were distributed on the D.T.E.S.  They were thanked by Michael Frost who gave examples of illiteracy that happened when he practiced law.
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Catherine Gilbert came from Campbell River to tell us the story of Yorke Island.  It was a defense site during WWII and is 250 K north of Vancouver.  It was an abandoned island when it was chose but it's location was perfect to defend from a possible Japanese attack from the north heading to Vancouver.  It is only a 130 acre island but the high point is 200 meters and this gave a good vantage point to see ships going up and down the coast.  They were mistaken about this island having a stream for fresh water so drinking water had to be shipped from Vancouver to start and then from close by Hardwick Island.  Up to 500 men stayed at this Fort in 60 buildings.  It was very lonely and isolated - one soldier wound up killing the dog they had as a mascot.  As the war progressed they allowed dances to improve the situation.  From this island they would watch for ships, planes and submarines in Georgia Straight.  All boats had to stop when going by for inspection - or they would be fired at!
The Fort At Yorke Island Mary Stark 0
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Bill is off travelling again and he did a make up at our sister club in Japan - Seto North.  In this picture he is at their front desk with Rotarian Setsuko Hirao who was part of the group from this club that visited us a few years ago.
Bill in Japan! Mary Stark 0
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On Saturday night we had a potluck at Lexie's new home.  The snow stopped just in time!  Fellowship is an important part of Rotary.
Fireside at Lexie's Mary Stark 0
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Our club has had a long term association with this great organization.  In the past we have helped sponsor a Social Skills program where children learn how to interact with friends and family members; and also a Summer Camp for children with learning disabilities.  In the past 10 years this organization has served over 35,000 families and 5000 clients.  They have a new program that they are seeking funding for - a Leadership and Employment program for youth aged 14-17.  They will teach them to understand their diagnosis and how to manage their disability in order to get work that is suitable.  Starting in July ten youth will attend Saturday training sessions learning things like CPR and financial solvency.  But most importantly they will learn to build on their ability!
Guest Speaker - Susan Keyes from the Learning Disabilities Association Mary Stark 0
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Bennie pulled his own ticket to win the wine draw this week.  Hmmm...  We will have a joint meeting with Vancouver South on March 10th so that we can give out the Herb Addington Scholarship. They meet at the Flamingo Restaurant 59th and Cambie at noon.  In the next two weeks please bring in any names or business cards of people you would like to be invited to our Guest Day on April 25th.  "White Envelope Time"  For those that wish to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, Mary will be collecting over the next few weeks.
Announcements Mary Stark 0
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Our own Jag Dhillon was our speaker today and he told us about the Bee Keepers world.
Jag told us the story of two people: John Gibeau and Shlomo Silverman. John is an ex-policeman and Shlomo is a self made millionaire and a great philanthropist.
John while in the police force developed bee keeping as a hobby, which overtook his profession and became a full time bee farmer. To grow he needed money that no bank would advance.
Shlomo keeps bees too. Bee keeping brought them together and Shlomo advanced John large amount of money without any collateral to build the Honey Bee Centre at 7480-176 Street in Surrey.
The Bee Centre is a commercial honey farm, research laboratory and visitor attraction. Besides bee keeping training, honey sales. The Centre supplies bee hives to local berry growers and hotels for pollination. The honey bees visit thousands of blossoms collecting nectar and pollen to provide food for pollinating the plants.
While on their travels to Africa, John and Shlomo saw a great potential in expanding their expertise to bee farmers in Ethiopia and Uganda. Shlomo decided to spend $250,000 in Africa to start one or two bee keeping training schools. I was asked to do a feasibility study for two locations, one in Gondar (Ethiopia) and one in Mbale (Uganda).
Ethiopia is a land locked country of over one million square kilometres with a population of over 93 million. It is one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists. Gondar was the capital of Ethiopia from 1632 to 1855, and it has the remains of castles and palaces constructed by a series of emperors, making it a popular tourist attraction. Gondar is a trade centre for grains, oilseeds, and cattle; the economy of the surrounding area is basically one of subsistence farming. It is becoming an attractive tourist centre, several large luxury tourist resorts are under construction.
Jag studied the Gondar location, met with local municipal and other government authorities and the local architect and some of the developers of major tourist resorts. After spending a week there went to Mbale (Uganda) to study the other location.
The Mbale location contains an existing vacant vocational school site that was constructed in the mid 2000’s, mostly from donations from abroad. After the economic meltdown of 2008 the operating funding for this school disappeared and it has remained closed and vacant since then. The site is in a rural area about 15 km south of Mbale, surrounded by small farms. It is comprised of seven main buildings plus a few smaller ones of varying vintage.
After studying the two sites, Jag recommended the Gondar location and made recommendations on the sitting of proposed building, parking, landscaping and other functional needs of the proposed training centre. He recommend that the Bee World to proceed with this project. I recommended against the Mbale project as the existing buildings and their location was not considered suitable for the proposed project.


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Doug was the Deputy minister of Finance for the Provence for 17 years.  Now he is the senior Vice President for Tec Mining.

Zinc is important for or diet.  it improves our immune system and helps stop diarrhea.  Many children with poor diets suffer from diarrhea which if left untreated will lead to dehydration and death from that. 

Malaria used to be the number one killer but this is now.

Often it goes untreated as it isn’t properly diagnosed.  it is assumed to just be diarrhea.  There is a 30 to 40% chance of kids not making 10years of age.

We can reduce this by %50.

Clean water and good sanitation and key.

Teck with the Zinc Alliance for children’s health has 2 programs in practice so far with a goal of $10 million put in so far.

We could make a presentation to our Partner club in Bombay and we could do this together.

Also we could take this project to the International level at the Sydney Rotary International convention.  We two volunteers to take this project forward.

Doug was warmly thanked by Lexie.

Doug Horswill. Teck Resources. Eliminating Deaths from Diarrhea—Zinc treatment: Bill Bourlet 0
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Bring in your business cards and contacts of potential Rotarians.

Turn your names into Harreson to compile the list.

We are looking to invite 300 people and have 50 guests on the day.  it is going to cost us about $1,000 to cater this event so we want to make sure it will be a success.

We will have finger foods so people can move around and chat whist looking at our various Rotary projects. 
There will be displays around the room and a slide show of Rotarians in action.


We have two speakers on that day.  Our District governor Garry Shearer and Chris Offer.


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This week Mary gave a brief history of the gaming funds our club has received over the years.  We no longer apply for a Bingo Affiliation Grant  - it is now called a Community Gaming Grant.  We are still a member of Planet Bingo and would receive funds from them if they became in a high enough profit situation to disburse funds.  We now apply each year for funding of our programs and the government of BC reviews what we spend this grant on.  Mary went over the guidelines as not all projects qualify for gaming funds.  Now that we have received additional money Heather and her projects committee will be looking for projects to spend it on.
What We Can Use Gaming Funds For Mary Stark 0
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Vera is Director of Community Outreach for the world's largest independent Chinese TV station - New Tsang Dynasty.  She gave us a brief overview of the past 5000 years of traditional Chinese culture starting with Taoism - following the course of heaven "the way" and Confucianism - benevolence, justice, wisdom and integrity.  These traditions were interrupted by the cultural revolution in China between 1966-1976 - 2 million people were killed for their spiritual practice.  Traditional culture was regarded as superstition. Virtue was ridiculed and good deeds discouraged.  This can be seen today in things like fake Apple Stores in malls in China and the exportation of materials that are health hazards.  Luckily there is a resurrection in Traditional Values - Chi-gong - health improving exercises  and also Shen Yun performing arts - to revive artistic traditions.  Shen Yun is available to be seen around the world but not in Hong Kong or China - it is even blocked on the Internet there.  They will be performing in Vancouver between Jan. 23rd - 25th.  IPP Ilan Heller thanked Vera for her interesting talk.
Guest Speaker - Vera Sun Mary Stark 0
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Robert is the President, Kerrisdale Community Centre Society.  A volunteer position.  Change is on the way for the community centres.

The first one was started on Hastings 80 years ago.  Kerrisdale 70 years ago.  $82.000 was raised to start it and in 1968 greatly expanded then again in 1995 to 2002.  Significant funds raised locally plus funds from the Federal govt, the Provence and the Parks board.

A joint operating agreement was formed with the parks board in 1979. 

21 other community centres also have agreements with the parks board.

In 2010 and 2011 the parks board said they would take control of the revenues and decide what programs would be provided.

in 2013 5 community set out on their own as they felt the parks board were no longer operating in their best interests.

The parks board gave them a very short time to decide how to finalize this situation.

They introduced the One Card and gave away three free visits to get everyone on board quickly.

This was a cash give away for no good reason other than to isolate the breakaway community centres.

The 5 centres took their parks board to court to stop them introducing the One Card in their centres.

The judge sided with the community centres.

The visits to the community centres subsidize the programs the centres run such as the seniors lunch.

They were told to take funds from the retained funds to subsidize those programs that loose money.

This was a cash grab from the centres and one that these community centres decided to protest and fought back through the courts.

The purpose of the retained funds is for future expansion.

Robert Lockhart."Keep Community in Community Centres". Bill Bourlet 0
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Harreson was away today so Bill filled in with setting up of our Guest day for April 11th.

This will be a day set aside for each if us to invite guests to take a look at joining Rotary.

We will have a couple of speakers to explain the overall picture of Rotary then we will break up into just chatting sessions to answer questions about what Rotary means to each one of us.

We will send out a letter to a carefully selected list of leaders in our society.

Bring in any and all of your ideas for potential members.  

Right now we need you to look into your Rolodex file or Contacts list in your phone and bring forth names and addresses of potential Rotarians.

A complete list will be made up and an individual invite will be sent to each one inviting them personally to the day of April 11th at the Arbutus Club.


Lets continue to keep Rotary the Number one service organization in the world.


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Magdalen Leung came to day to tell us about her Rotary project in Refilwe. S.A.

What an amazing story.

It all began 7 years ago with Magdalen’s visit to South Africa and her listening to a report on the Refliwe project at a local Rotary Club.  She was so inspired by this speaker she visited the camp to see for herself.  It was more than 2 hours away by car but she got a ride with a Rotarian.

Once there she met Michael, a small boy who she took to and befriended.

She asked him if she could give him 3 wishes what would they be.  As an orphan he asked for daily love and compassion, a book to call his own and not to be hungry every day.  To go to bed at night felling well fed. 

Magdalen came back to Vancouver and set about sending aid and supplies to their camp.

Her club in coordination with other clubs sent 3 containers of supplies to them but she soon realised their needs were so much more.

What they really needed was a commercial kitchen on the premises so that they could feed themselves daily and also train their young people in food handling and preparation leading to a career in  cooking.

Magdalen raised  a total of $300 000 and went back this summer with a whole party of helpers to set about building that kitchen.

She took 5 Interactors from Hugh Boyd high school, 3 UBC students, 4 firefighters, 3 teachers and 2 Rotarians.  All paid their own way there.

Most of the adults had previous construction experience.

On the plane they took 56 pieces of luggage.  They needed to build a house and extend the roof of another to provide a covered area outside to get the students out of the weather elements.

They created a new pre school.

Rotarians saw the change in the kids they took with them.   It opened their hearts to opportunity and everyone wanted to go back again.

It was so hard to select which kids could go with them.

The Interactors worked for one year doing planning and fund raising.  They had to pay 50% of their own costs.

They raised $6,800 towards their trip.

Magdalen was thanked by President Davinder

" Rotarians & Interactors making a difference in Refilwe & it's surrounding communities ,South Africa 2013" Bill Bourlet 0
Our 2013 Christmas Party at Hycroft! Mary Stark 0
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Our club will be sending $1425 to assist with the victims of typhoon Haiyan.  Rotarian Elena Agala will visit the victim site in January and will distribute basic needs like rice, canned goods, noodles, toiletries, clothing, slippers and blankets.  Elena will take pictures and give our club an update when she returns in February.Image
Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines Mary Stark 0
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Nov 28th at Hycroft house @ 6.00pm. 

Dinner at 6.30pm  Sgt at arms will be there so don’t be late.

Santa’s helpers will be there and entertainment afterwards, so lets have fun.

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We have the opportunity to join with the Vancouver South club and participate in their projects.

Call first to ensure information is still current and accurate.

Dec 6th  Decoration of Abbyfield house at 67th and Hudson   9.00am till 11.00am

Dec 14th  Christmas tree lot sales.
Aunt Leah society
Shift 1-- 10.00 am till 1.00 pm
Shift 2-- 1.00 pm till 5.00 pm
Help sell trees.   Rotary banner displayed 

Dec 20th Sexsmith Community school Pancake breakfast.
8.30 till 11.30 am  Part shifts O.K. Pancake making.
Contact grant or Dianna Smith at 604-788-0813
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ImageStrathcona consists of four separate brick buildings separating age groups and facilities.  They desperately need computers and wireless and they have about 300 kids that need help with literacy.  We have provided Computer Assisted Literacy Solutions (CALS) for about 40 of the students.  This is a computer game that helps teach children with learning disabilities to read and do math. Photo: L-R Fran Blackwood, Strathcona Principal Margaret Jorgensen, Resource Teacher Susan Kurbis, and Vice-principal Jesse Brown.

Helping Strathcona with Literacy Mary Stark 0
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Garry was born in Scotland but came to Canada as a child.

When Garry went for district governor training it was in San Diego.  During the official flag ceremony that is so emotional to see all the flags of the countries where Rotary flourishes.  They all came in except the current presidents flag of Japan and the incoming presidents flag of the U.S.  They came in last with the two men.

Outside in the bay sat the US Midway.  The ship that signified the biggest battle of the second world war between these two nations.

Here they stand today in peace and we were left to wonder can we achieve peace in waring countries today?

Rotary sponsors 50 peace scholarships a year.

We have 52 clubs in our district and one e club which Garry is still trying to figure out how to visit!

Membership is critical to our future.  This years theme--- Engage Rotary---Change lives--- and our theme is membership retention.

Foundation.  All of the incoming D. G.’s took the promise to take a leadership role in the foundation so they raised over a million dollars that week.

Your own president Davinder has agreed to say yes to the foundation and we both encourage you all to do so as well.

The district conference this year will be at Squamish in the new C.N. roundhouse.  This is a railway museum and on the Saturday we will be taken for a train ride.

We are going to engage youth this year and invite Interactors and Rotoractors.

There will be no registration fee for them this year and they can get accommodation at the local Quest university for just $175 for the two nights including food.

How many can we send?

Garry finished with the chorus of his theme song---Get on board!


Leigh thanked the speaker.

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Our Assistant District Governor Tom Smith spoke to us this week about the Rotary Foundation.  He explained how our donations are first invested for 3 years to cover all administration costs.  Then 50% goes back to our District to use for grants they approve - both locally and globally.  The remaining 50% is used for matching grants and the administration of Rotary International programs like Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace Centers, Youth Exchange and Group Study Exchange.  With the matching grant one of our dollars raised for a project can become three and a half dollars.  Tom explained that Every Rotarian Every Year means giving any amount to the Foundation for the Annual Programs Fund where being a sustaining member is a donation of $100 per year.  On top of this any amount that we give to Polio Plus will be matched 2 to 1 - so a $33 donation will become $100.  Polio will be the second disease to be eradicated in the history of mankind!
Guest Speaker Tom Smith Mary Stark 0
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ImageHere is a picture of Master Mohit and another "little angle" that was operated on the same day.  We provided funds for the heart surgeries that saved these children's lives.
Healing Little Hearts! Mary Stark 0
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We had a fabulous evening at President Davinder's home - excellent food, good company and we raised $500 for our club.  Thank you Joy Johnston for organizing everything and having your grandson Collin be our Butler.  Thank you Davinder for providing your home and your son to assist and for your great fresh blueberry/raspberry pie!
Pot Luck Fundraiser! Mary Stark 0
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Our speaker today was our own Lawrence Duff.



When Lawrie Duff returned from the Second World War, he was all of 21 and had already had a career in the Canadian Royal Air Force specializing in aerial photography. When he returned to Calgary in ’46 he rejoined the large printing company where he moved the technology of the 20’s to the cutting edge of the 50’s. In 1953 he started Duffoto Process Company – the product etched was printing plates.


With technological change and a new downtown building (1960’s), the complete graphic arts service kept expanding to include photography, artwork, typesetting and lithographic and printing plate-making production. His customers were advertising agencies, department stores (The Bay, Eatons, Woodwards) and printing companies. In the 70’s, Duffoto opened a branch plant in Edmonton. He was involved in many building projects in Calgary: houses, apartments, a hotel and office site, dinner theatre, and he was greatly affected by Calgary’s boom and bust economy. The Trudeau National Energy Plan of 1982 hit Alberta particularly hard. In the 90’s Duffoto merged with a Saskatchewan graphic arts group “Printwest”.


In addition to technical trade and business associations, Lawrie joined (Calgary downtown) Rotary in the 60’s (which had 285 members) as a 2nd generation Rotarian. Calgary Rotary had many great members and projects and Lawrie keeps in touch with lifelong friends there. He and Betty moved to Vancouver to be close to their three daughters and families living on the westside of Vancouver. He is very happy advertising for over 10 years to have joined the Arbutus Rotary Club about 3 years ago, with its wonderful new friends and projects.

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P.D.G. Chris Offer came today to show off the new R.I. web site.  He thanked our club for sending him on the Group Study Exchange.  30 years ago to India.

First thing we understood was just how big the new site is.  It’s huge.  There is 34,000 pages with over 10,000 documents that can be printed off.

These need to be accessible from any of the major computer programs such as Windows or Mac, then be available for tablets, BlackBerry, i-phone or Androids etc.

Many languages are currently available with many more coming.  Everybody wants their own language available.

There is actually 2 web sites there, one for the public use and then one that is adaptable for our own use.  Called “MY Rotary”

This is where you go in and customize it to you.  Put in your details and you can even submit your photograph so other Rotarians know what you look like.

Each Rotarian should sign in and create your own entry.  You must create your log in and own identity.  If you were logged in before that is now gone. Sing in anew now.

There are many on line videos for training purposes.

Grants.  You can apply for grants there. If you are doing a joint project with another club, like we are, you can both log on and apply for matching grants together.

You can see the last 5 years of stats for your club.

We can store data base here.

Please put the money your club has raised in here and also the amount of man hours our club has contributed to the local community.

Use the Rotary showcase pages to show off what your Rotary club has contributed to your local community.

Go ahead and boast here.  This is what we did.

We want to know what Rotary has done world wide.  We may in the top tier of money raised and man hours given in the world but when we are not tracking that we just don’t know.

It is time for Rotary to shine.

Chris was warmly thanked by PDG Leigh.

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Dr Jeffrey Hwang came today to tell us about their clubs international project of water purification.

These water purifiers are hand made from locally sourced ingredients and made by local labour in Paraguay.  See picture.

You put water that needs filtering in and leave it to filter which it will do overnight.  In the morning you have clean water that is 99% clean.  Amazing.  With a simple clean after two weeks and its ready to go again.

Water is a Rotary International major project and is therefore available for matching grants. this is a joint project for the Twain Rotary club and the Vancouver Centennial Rotary club.

Most rain in this area of Paraguay falls in three months of the year so they need storage facilities like large ponds but then the water needs filtering.

They are providing employment for the local villagers and clean water as well.  The death rate for children is 10 times in this area than what it is in the city.  Pure water and fresh vegetables will help.

Each hand made filter will last about 5 years.

They are made from clay, sand and biodegradable material like sawdust.  These are also used for irrigation of plants.

They have also built a temporary school for the villagers.

The speaker was thanked by Ilan.

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Shoreline Cleanup 2013! Mary Stark 0
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It is that time of year again!  We will meet at the corner of Columbia and Athletes Way before 10 am on Sunday Sept. 22nd.  Harreson will organize us into groups and gloves and garbage bags will be provided.  We have about 50 people joining us this year and as usual we will record all the different types and amounts of garbage we collect.  Who will find the most interesting piece of garbage?  Who will pick up the highest number of cigarette butts?  This is definitely a hands on project!
Shoreline Cleanup! Mary Stark 0
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Our speaker this week was the executive director for The Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide - MPS.  Most people have not heard of this disease - it is caused by an enzyme deficiency inherited from both parents.  The society has been advocating and educating medical professionals for the past thirty years.  Often a child is misdiagnosed as a lot of family doctors are unaware of MPS.  There are different types of MPS and there is now treatment for some of them.  The prognosis for children with this disease can range from a near normal existence to passing on by age 13 or 14.  Research is being done at UBC for further treatment options.  Kirsten was thanked by IPP Ilan Heller.
Guest Speaerk - Kirsten Harkins Mary Stark 0
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Our President Elect Jag Dhillon has returned from Ethiopia and Uganda and talked about the work he has been doing there.  He had been approached to do a feasibility study in both countries and his wife Brajinder finally agreed to let him go.  The project was building a school to teach people how to raise bees.  In both countries they have harvested honey for over 5000 years but they were not up to date on current, more productive methods.  A donor had given $250,000 for the school but wanted Jag to go over and see if it was feasible.  Being there in person allowed Jag to trim a lot of fat off the budget and make sure the school was in the right location in Addis Ababa.  The school will sell the honey they produce plus they have a coffee shop - and they will be self sustainable after about two years.  It was a very interesting talk - I never knew honey is also used to treat wounds and bites!
Welcome Back Jag! Mary Stark 0
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On Wednesday members of our clubImage visited Britannia Center to present our donation of $7000 to this worthwhile program.  The funds will be used for a hand wash station and food.  Off The Grill is a barbeque three times a week for youth at risk in the area.  It is in joint partnership with Children's Hospital, Britannia Center and other government agencies.
Our visit to "Off The Grill" Mary Stark 0
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ImageOur speaker this week was introduced by Gene who commented that he never thought he would be in the same room with both Glen Miller and Tom Jones!  Our speaker wanted us to know that he is the Real Tom Jones.  He spoke on dynamic leadership where the best leaders make leaders out of everyone on the team.  You cannot inspire someone you can't communicate with and he explained the generational differences we must all deal with.  The Baby Boomers know everything and talk too much.  Then there are also the Mature Generation, Generation X and Generation Y.  Often in your work force you will find all 4 generations and something won't always work for everyone.  You need to treat people the way they want to be treated.  You always need to be aware of generational differences - what motivates them, do they like rules and so on.  He touched on the fact that Toastmasters and Rotary both need to do more to make younger generations feel welcome.
Guest Speaker - Tom Jones Mary Stark 0
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ImageRotarian Darrell Burnham has worked with Coast Mental Health for 26 years.  They provide food, shelter and employment training to people with mental illness.  They made the first supportive housing in Canada in 1973 by buying a 25 unit apartment building in the West End.  Over the years they have done 35 more buildings in the lower mainland - one third of them are owned.  A recent project was the 51 units built at Dunbar and 16th Ave - 30 units are for people with mental health and 12 units were for homeless.  There was a lot of opposition to this building but now that it is finished and operating there have been no problems.  These buildings have staff to ensure the residents get their medications.  Darrell sees the power of safe housing affect the residents and their ability to integrate eventually back into society.  One of their best known fund raisers is the Courage to Come Back Awards - this not only helps financially but also reduces the stigma of having a mental illness.
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When Julie was 32 years old and at the top of her game she decided to give it all up and travel the world.  She took advantage of the Rand in 1998 and bought a sailboat for a quarter of what it would have cost her in her native England.  By the time she got to Thailand she was flat broke and luckily found a restaurant that would feed her for four weeks until she could get some more money.  She took backpackers on tours and they became working crew and contributed to the cost of running the boat.  After 7 years she felt there must be something more she could do with her life so she came to Canada and started Influence Publishing.  They publish books that influence change in the world.  And of course she had to write her own book - "Around the World in 7 Years."
Guest speaker - Julie Salisbury Mary Stark 0
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ImagePresident Illan Heller giving the check for $5000 to the Director of the Kerrisdale Business Association.  The benches are in front of Moore's Bakery and the old Shoppers Drug Mart location at 41st. and Yew.  What a great thing to do on your last meeting as President!   Please note that there will be no meeting on July 5th.  Instead there will be a barbeque at Leigh's home - 3168 W 42nd at 6:30pm.  The new board will be installed at that time.
Kerrisdale Benches and No Meeting Next Week! Mary Stark 0
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Our bursary winners attened our meeting and told us how much this extra money helped them and thier families.  Left to Right  Past President Shail Mahanti (Bursary Organizer),Nicole Ma, Vancouver Tech;Divya Thakor, John Oliver; James Nguyen, Prince of Wales; Warren Tiplady, Fraser Academy; Gemma Utzig, Fraser Academy; Giovani Vega Vazquez, Roberts Education Center.  Congratulations and Good Luck!Image
Our Bursary Winners! Mary Stark 0
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This weeks speaker was Mike and Nick.    Two buskers.

They are promoting the Vancouver International Buskers Festival.  June 29th to July 1st. her in Vancouver.

They requested and have been given Granville Mall area from Robson to Smithe street.  A great location.

This is a three day festival and could be a great success.  What they really need is promotion to get the people to come out to watch.

Big crowds are self generating as people see a crowd gathering and want to watch more but what they need is publicity.

They have several sponsors currently like metro News, the paper but what they really need is a co-ordinating sponsor to organise the opening Gala.

Could Rotary take this challenge on?

This is the second year now and their experience from last year was they need more publicity.

People will come if they know about it.

250,000 people came out last year so this is a great opportunity if we decide to take them up on it.

If not we could just be a sponsor for their program.  A program sponsor.

The speakers were thanked by the President.

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Today we went to the Airport to meet the group of Rotarians that are touring western Canada.

12 Rotarians came form the Mumbai district in India.

Lunch at Davinder's went down very well with the visitors.

We left them downtown at their Hotel.

Rotary Friendship Exchange Bill Bourlet 0
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Marylee Stephenson came today to tell us about her new creation—

Indian Art from the Edge.


Maylee has been a UBC professor and has held other teaching posts during her career as an educator as well as having written travel books.

On retirement she has put together this web site to sell Indian Art.


She stated this web site to sell Indian art and create some income for marginalized artists.

Often these people live on the streets and are hard to find and deal with but the reward of the Art has been totally worthwhile.


She has started out by asking small dollars for this art and is selling online to reduce the overhead costs.

The intent is to create income for starving artists.

An art gallery is too expensive in Real Estate.

She has 100 items on the web site today.

Many of her artists are living in the SOR hotels downtown.

Some are in good ones but not all.

Some of them have health issues as well as addiction problems and are often hard to find or contact.

They do keep up with their art.  Often it is the one thing that has kept them sane during periods of great difficulty.

Some came through the residential schools.  One of her artists learned to carve whilst in jail.

Most learn art work early in life usually 8 to 10 years of age.


Mayrleee taught Social work and has a PhD in Sociology so work on the downtown eastside has been a natural for her.  Still it is a challenge.

Sometimes she will buy the artists supplies then present them to the artists and wait for the results.

All of the art works are one off originals.

Some of them have been sold for as little as $30 .  Some as much as $400.

She has not represented any well know artist yet.

She currently has about 10 artists and is looking for more.

Some she has to pay up front but most are sold on consignment.

Some have poor health but the improvement in their well being has been significant since she started selling their art.

They feel they have a job and that gives them a purpose in life.

So now their work is out there and they are employed doing what they love.

Leigh thanked the speaker.

Indian Art from the Edge Bill Bourlet 0
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The only thing worse for a parent than loosing a child, is loosing a child to suicide.  Last Sept. thirty youth in the Grandview Woodlands area formed a suicide pact.  The situation was diffused but the underlying issues remain.  These youth aged 13 to 15 have disconnected from adults and instead bonded with their peers.  They hang out at MacDonald's and Pizza places and this gave community workers the idea of a community food program.  It has started with a simple barbeque at Britannia Community Centre - one of the many partners in this RICHER program at BC Children's Hospital.  At Risk Youth receive vouchers for the food and other youth and adults are charged $5.  The youth help to set up the food and wash dishes afterwards.  The goal of this program is to build engagement and relationships with the youth.  The Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus is the newest partner and we will be funding a hand wash station and healthy food.  Stay tuned for future pictures of our members volunteering at "Off the Grill"!
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The best presentation for people with Dyslexia is based on visual and verbal.

They dont lack intellect.  15% of all the population have this blessing.

Dyslexia is a way of thought.   It produces slow readers.  The working memory is slow to recognise words.  Each word has to be read anew so this is a slow process and hard work.

Often students fell like an Alien, that they dont fit in with groups.  Some end up in jail or just drop out of society.

Reading, writing, spelling and overal organisation are often poor.    They can become better at reading with practice.

They have no memory of past words.  We keep pictures in our mind of words and recognise them when we see them.  Dyslexics dont. They are reading from the front of the brain.  All the time.

They often have enhanced visual perception and can learn with pictures.  They often have greater appreciation of colour and texture.

They are not good at regurgitant information like mathematical times tables.  Rote memories.  They can recall memories of times if they have a connection to the event.

They often have great people skills and many are entrepreneurial.

They have a tendency not to follow the rules. They often end up changing the world.

Still today we dont have enough knowledge of Dyslexia.

The speaker was thanked by Heather.

The gifts of Dyslexia. Heather Redenbach. Bill Bourlet 0
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Isabella came today with a ball of enthusiasm to thank us for sending her to RYLA.

She certainly sounded like she was brimming with confidence and ready for what ever life brings her way. 

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When I joined Rotary 10 years ago my first impression of Angie was this friendly lady who returned pop and beer cans from her neighbourhood and donated the money to our Happy and Sad dollars.  As I got to know her better I saw her passion for doing things to help others.  She persisted until Rotary agreed to fund much needed washing machines for an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine.  She travelled there on her own expense and brought back pictures for our members to see the children we helped. As I got to know Angie better we became roommates when we went to Rotary Conventions - Los Angeles, Kelowna and Victoria were we met the Lieutenant Governor.  She always brought smoked salmon canapes to our Rotary social functions and the last one she attended was no exception.  It was last Christmas and she was delighted to have the winning ticket on the Gingerbread house that Teddie made.  Everyone at Rotary will miss Angie very much.  She was definitely one of a kind and I am glad that she was in my life.


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Barb is a regional mentor for the BC Community Response Networks.  She had 15 years experience navigating the health care system on behalf of her parents.

She is a consultant with the districts of Vancouver and Richmond.  Her job is to pull together the service providers in the health care sector for the elderly.  Both faith based and community services.  She is a champion for seniors.  She especially wants to know about abuse of seniors so she can do something about it.

There is lots of needs in her communities.   They have a grant of $1.4 million from the government to work with.  She works for Coastal health to police the community.  They often use Community Centers as a base.

They have 15 groups working in their area.  The focus right now is on 5 or 6 groups who are looking for elder abuse.

June 15th is set aside for World Awareness day for elder abuse.    Sometimes this is self abuse.

They also are working with Frist Nations groups where the need is strong.  They are very value based.

You can dial 211 which is government help line To provide access to community, government and social services through quality information and referral.

The speaker was thanked by Teddie.

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As part of the celebrations for the First Century of Service for Rotary in BC a showcase was held at the convention center.  Our display made by Harreson was the talk of the event with many other clubs wanting to know how to do something similar.
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On Friday, April 19th the Olympic Cauldron was lit to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Vancouver.  It had rained all day but the sun came out just in time!
100 Years of Rotary in BC! Mary Stark 0
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Joy is used to giving talks but  is usually accompanied  by a power point presentation about such subjects as Accident prevention, early return to work or blood and body fluid control, but never about herself!

She began her career as a public Health Nurse, she is a graduate of the University of BC school of Nursing Public Health program.

 She worked for the City of Vancouver in schools and baby clinics and also on the Queen Charlotte Islands organising the same activities but in more unique circumstances.


She then became interested in Occupational Health, specialising in Health Care Facilities.

This involves the health and safety of workers, like accident prevention, Claims management, biological monitoring, infection control and Employee Assistance.


She eventually took a position as Corporate Manager of all the Employee Health Services at the multi hospital site of Shaugnessy, Childrens , Grace and UBC site hospitals. She stayed in this administrative position until Shaugnessy closed when she started her own  consulting business and has been doing that ever since. Her final contract will end this year.

Concurrently with her professional career she has had a career as a budding entrepreneur, starting when she visited her daughter who was studying Mandarin in China. She started importing silk from China, manufacturing silk lounge wear, has also brought in silk quilts and blankets, and has also showcased and sold smoked salmon from BC in cedar boxes with First Nations carvings These endeavours were very educational and quite exciting but not lucrative and she advises, if you want to make money don't quit your day job!


Joy has 4 grown children and several grandchildren with whom she is very involved.

A great passion, aside from her family, has been travel. She has travelled to many places in groups and with friends and family, but some very enriching trips has been as a sole traveler. She has traveled alone to such places as Asia, India, Djibuti and on a converted research vessel to Antarctica. Over 10 years ago she climbed Kilimanjaro but today prefers simpler hiking. She has a kayak and loves to paddle.


She has read a great deal about, and is very impressed with Rotary. She is delighted to be a part of Arbutus Rotary and has a goal of doing some international work.


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Lauren has been on the national rowing team since 2006.  She is currently studying Micro-Biology and immunology at UBC.

She raced as part of the Canadian women's rowing team at the Summer Olympics in London.  They won the Silver medal.   She started rowing at high school. She has been on the national team since 2006.

She had a car accident that nearly took her life and forced her to re organise her goals as she refused to take no for an answer.

She rowed in the singles in Beijing  in the Junior world Champions in 2007.

She went to Princeton University from 2007 to 2011 and rowed in the under 23 National team for Canada and in 2011 won the National Championship. in their first heat at the beginning of the year her team finished dead last.  The last race of the year they won it as they set a new world record.

Lauren started in the national team as a spare.  She asked the coach what one thing she could take on to improve her chances of being on the team and he said learn to row on both sides of the boat.

That is so difficult but its what got her on the final team.  That paid off.

At the summer Olympics she raced at the Eaton course which is a two mile course with 50.000 people in the stands.

The roar of the crowd when you start 2 kms away is terrific.

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 On Sunday April 14th Rotary goes to VanDusen Gardens.  At 11:30 am we will have a talk from the Garden Director, Harry Jongerden followed by lunch. President Ilan will present a cart for mobility impaired visitors to VanDusen Gardens.  Then we will have the official dedication of our Rotary Centennial Project - a fragrance garden for the visually impaired to enjoy.  This event will also be a fundraiser to bring clean water to a village in India.  Tickets are $75 and include entrance and a tour of the gardens. 

For tickets please contact Mary Stark 604-328-8985  m_stark@telus.netwh-4p-ol

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Katy Harandi is the chair of the board of directors for the Canucks Autism Network.  She has two children of which one has Autism.  Her daughter is 20 years old and still needs 100% care coverage.

She cant be left on her own.  This makes life tough for the family.  This is what living with Autism is all about.  5 times as many boys are effected with Autism than girls.

It seems Autism is greatly on the rise.  This could simply be because of better diagnosis. 5 years ago the Canucks Autism network was set up to provide help for families with an Autistic child.

They run a soccer program and have now added swimming.

They teach kitchen skills using chefs and older kids to guide the way. They make and serve soup for the homeless.  There are now 1,000 kids in BC with Autism.  We adopt a program to make kids successful.  We use signs to teach with and using that method we can also teach gardening and Hotel work.

Emily Stuible co ordinates the Community awareness program.  People dont understand Autism so we take the Can Van out to community events and educate the genearl public.

We have 6oo books and videos on Autism to lend out. We can also order them on line.  We now have the Can family festival.  We have a pledged walk on April 28th.  it starts at the Jack Poole Plaza.

We use guide dogs as they become the voice of the children.  This has been successful but they are expensive both in dollars and in volunteer time to train them.

The speakers were thanked by Harreson.

Canucks Autism Network: Providing Opportunities for Individuals with Autism" Bill Bourlet 0
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With Mary and Heather at the head we discussed the up coming fund raiser at the gardens.

This will be the official opening of the Rotary Fragrance Garden.  This project has been on going since 2002.

It is our celebration of 100 years of Rotary.

$70.000 has been donated to the fragrance garden by Rotary for the visually impaired.  It is a garden that you walk around to smell and touch.

We are going to be selling tickets at $75 each for a lunch, talk and tour of the gardens.  April 14th. 11.30 am.  Talk by the head gardener, lunch then tour of the garden.

We will be dedicating the golf cart to transport those around that have difficulty walking.

Each member will be given at least 4 tickets but we need to sell more than that each to make money.

We need to sell at least 75 tickets to make this worth while.

We are getting the room free of charge but the catering for lunch is expensive and we need a good room full of people to make the event a success.

A flyer is being prepared and we dont have much time to sell.

We need decorations and a center piece for each table.

We will need help on the day for reception and handeling of coats etc.

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Lorine is past President of the BC Nurse Practitioners Association.

Lorine is currently practising medicine in an inner city of Vancouver family practise dealing with families living in poverty.

She is a salaried employee of BC Children's & Women's Hospital.
She is not a fee for service employee like Doctors so can take the time to deal with issues of the whole family.

She in no way replaces Doctors and refer to a Doctor if she feels the patient needs it.

Nurse practitioners are on the front line.

Nurse practitioners were first used in Canada in Ontario and have been for over 50 years.

They are new to BC.  Introduced in 2005.

Initial education is as a nurse, then follows a degree from a University.  They are not a Physicians care but they do overlap.

There is no shortage of work. It is a change.   They often work in rural communities and are licensed through College of Nurses.

No N.P. has been sued in our 50 years of service. They have no union and are a professional group of providers.

The speaker was thanked by Leigh.

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Aaron Likens came to join us today.  His first re visit in three years but a very welcome one as it was here three year’s ago the he started his speaking career.

It was here as a visitor to the winter Olympics three years ago the he first addressed us and found his talent as a public speaker.

Now he has gone on to address 330 different audiences and over 21,000 people.

He has written a book and gone on a public speaking tour of the US.

He described his up brining and his experiences of Aspergers as a child.

He is on the Autism spectrum and he described what that is like.

It used to be assessed as one in 500 but now is recognized as one in 88.

They often have sensory issues.  They can hear sounds around them very vividly.

He asked for silence and we could hear the air conditioning and other room noises very clearly when he pointed them out to us.

We normally block these sounds out but what if you couldn’t?  Would they drive you to distraction?

Then when you add in colours, touching, and other people just doing things ‘wrong’ you start to understand the issues.

He likes his food compartmentalized.  Nothing touching.   (Like a TV dinner)

People that have their food all mixed up on a plate---well that’s just wrong.

We have so much to learn about mental health

If you have met one person with Autism you have only met one person with Autism.

It is important to get this information out to first responders such as the Police.

Sufferers often take requests literally.

Don’t ask someone on the spectrum to ‘crack’ the window. Meaning open it.

Anything emotional is a struggle.  They are often quite and reserved.  This is human behavior taken to the extreme.

Why do we do what we do?

It is often a repeat of the first time it is done.  It should always be the same.

If I think it, then you should know it.

Game therapy is often a good one. People with Aspergers are often drawn to games.  One reason is because they have rules and the rules can’t be changed.

Processing is the big gap.  It just time to process things.

If a question is misunderstood try re wording the question.  Finding the rules for life is hard.

The Autistic mind gets set in a pattern early in life so the earlier you can break up unwanted behavior the easier it is.

Once rules are established and order set it is much more difficult to change behavior and attitudes.

They get set like concrete.  The pattern gets set.

Aaron has now done 338 public presentations!

In 2012 he was voted Mental Health Champion of Missouri.  His home state and his public speaking career all started here at the Arbutus Rotary Club.

Well done Aaron and we look forward to seeing you back here again one day soon.

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Davinder Grewal, our incoming President, lead the way with our new project. Davinder has asked us to get creative with fund-raising ideas and a name for our project.

Much discussion ensued about our new project as it was unveiled.

Sustainability is the key to re shaping a rural village near Mumbai in India.  Davinder had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Bombay mid city this year and this is a project they have and are promoting to us a partner for them.  We have an opportunity to partner with them where they can take the lead on a project already set up.

The chosen village is 2 and half miles from the city called Shahopur. Taluka is the nearest local city. 

Local villages need strong leadership and with this project will come the leadership they need,

We can start a youth leadership program. Improved local authority.

Our aim is to improve then maintain. Then promote local manufacturing, like perhaps bag manufacturing.

They principally need a fresh water supply, irrigation for agriculture, as well as sewage.

If we can improve faming then build a kindergarden school.

The project was voted in favour of.

Now we need to organise a fund raiser to fund the project.

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Constable David Bratzer a police officer from Vancouver Island who is the curent President of the Canadian Chapter of Lam Enforcement against prohibition came to day to express his organisations concerns over street drugs.   Their point of view is that the war on drugs over the last 40 years has not worked and the population is ready for a change in legislation.

Street drugs are as available today as ever and all the curent laws do is to enrich drug traffickers.

They take take huge risks for huge rewards and for every one we lock up there are several replacements ready to take their place.

On a global basis the drug trafficking business runs second or third in dollar terms.    40,000 Mexicans have died since the ramp up of the war on drugs.

In Jamaica 100 died in a recent riot. 

320 Billion a year are spent on illegal drugs globally.

One trillion Dollars has been spent on law enforcement in the US fighting the war on drugs.

In the US %25 of the prisoners in jail are drug related.  Look at the cost to society of this and the fact that these are often parents.

On a daily basis they deal with drug addicts on the street.  Jail time doesn't solve the problem. 

5 police officers stated this organisation because of what they saw on the street.

Sharing of dirty needles spread AIDS.

The question is should we legalize some drugs?

Because these drugs are dangerous we need to control them  We could use prescriptions as a basis for the more dangerous ones.

There are more deails on our web site. There are now 5 local speakers in B.C. and we have 160 world wide.

When you remove the profit you change the marketplace.

Social change is slow. We think the public are more ready than the legislators, which is often the case.

Washington sate is looking at raising $600 million in taxes a year now that they have legalized Marijuana.

David emphasized that he was off duty and these were his personal views and not those of his employer.

A lively discussion ensued and Leigh thanked the speaker.

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Arto Tienaho is the Executive Director of AnxietyBC. His own struggles with a lifetime of anxiety altered his path. After an extensive search he found the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UBC where he participated in a one-on-one cognitive-behavioral treatment program. After treatment, Arto wanted to give back to the mental health community, so he began volunteering with AnxietyBC in a peer-led Panic Disorder treatment group. This volunteer work led to the position he holds with AnxietyBC today.

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern we have today.  Probably around 15% of people suffer from excessive anxiety.

Of course a certain amount of Anxiety is good for us.  Often keeps us alive, however too much starts to effect our life style.

The goal of the non-profit foundation it to create awareness and to facilitate peer led support groups.

These are often very effective.

They produce three DVD’s and even have clips on You Tube.

They take their programs into schools to create awareness in schoolchildren.

They are mainly a referral program. Some people are ashamed to admit they have a problem.

They need help to start a program.

People often are living with a high level of stress, which leads to tiredness.

There is much information on the web site.

Answer the question is this fear real or perceived?

Are you always suffering?

Look for the trigger points.  These can be a such as a car accident or a sexual assault or War.

Group therapy can help.

Arto then recounted some personal incidents, which really helped explain the situation.

Harreson thanked the speaker.

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We are coming up on the 108 Th. birthday of Rotary so to publicize ourselves and our near 'End Of Polio' we could put up a display in a local Mall like the Arbutus Mall for a day.

Feb 23rd is being proposed.

Vancouver Sunrise club is offering to work with us on this project.

All volenters reprot to president Ilan.

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Don Gallant from the Vancouver Rotary Club came today to remind us again of the RWHN.

Our cub has participated many times in these events so this was an overview today.

Don retired from the T.D. bank in 1999 having served across Canada starting in Prince Edward Island.

He considers the RWHN a well-kept secret.  It probably is the largest Rotary project in Canada.

Run in B.C. from the Vancouver club but including many other clubs now such as our club.

It is an official project of our district.

It was started by a club member who went to the Ukraine to set up a Rotary club then came back and filled a 40 foot container of supplies to send to them for distribution.

We keep a Warehouse at Riverview  which would be very expensive if we had to pay market rates.  Fortunately with a little government assistance we get a good deal.

Member clubs pay $10 per annum and we are a joint project of District 5040 and 5050.  We have 36 member clubs.

We are currently filling containers for Zimbabwe and Panama.

We were just donated 30 sewing machines.

We don’t pay for the shipping of the containers.

We get the enrollment of both Rotaract and Interact members.

This past year we bought a truck of our own.

It was donated and paid for by Aunt Peggy so we are naming it after her.

Aunt Peggy’s truck.

We have shipped containers to 53 countries so far with a total of 276 containers that we know of.  Probably more.

We did 15 containers this year alone.

Probably in value more than $96 million all told.

The speaker was thanked by Harreson.

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Our member Jag Dhillon has done our club proud by being selected to be awarded this medal.

See details below.

Subject: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient 

Dear Mr. Dhillon,


It is my great pleasure to congratulate you for being selected to receive one of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals that I am honoured to award as the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra.


Thank you for your leadership and sustained contributions in our community, and congratulations on this distinguished accomplishment.


I am pleased to invite you, your nominator, and your family members to a celebratory reception where the other successful nominees will be presented with medals. Your nominator, Graham Smith, has also received an email notifying them of their successful nomination and the reception date.


When: Sunday December 16, 3:00-4:30 PM

Where: Aberthau (Main floor) map

RSVP to or 604-664-9220.


As space is limited, please specify how many guests you will bring.


Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served.


Best regards,


Joyce Murray

Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra

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Rotary meeting…………….Nov. 30

Dad, a cook in the Canadian army met my Mom in Holland and brought her back to a poor life in Canada in the remote parts of B.C.

Dad worked for the CNR and moved throughout BC, finally settling in Victoria when I was 15 years old. That is where I met my future husband at high school in the band.

·      Went to U. Victoria obtained a BSC. in zoology and microbiology.

·      Had supported myself through university by working summers as a lab assistant at the Veteran’s hospital in Victoria and decide to obtain my Medical lab. technology degree to obtain a job to support my husband to be.

·      Received by Medical Technology diploma a year later and in the summer got married, moved to Vancouver and supported my  husband through Law school at UBC.

·       Found a job at Vancouver General hospital in the Chemistry lab, a worse job than I could imagine. Shifts, only person handling complex equipment, blood gases and everything stat.

·      To begin my day, I had to collect blood from the patients and seemed to be permanently placed in the wards of severely injured, burn patients or those on dialysis. Got Serum hepatitis from a patient and hospitalized for a month.

·      Decided to leave the VGH as soon as possible ( after 10 months ), and found a job at the university of BC in the microbiology department.

·      I worked under Dr. Barry McBride, who later became the vice president of UBC.

·      I was paid from grants from BC heart foundation and so our research centered on heart research, in particular the disease called bacterial endocarditis.

My research, then spanned 10 years.

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Rotary Club of Vancouver-Arbutus president Ilan Heller, presents a cheque in the amount of $39,412  to provide on-going and perpetual literacy and numeracy software to struggling readers at Windemere secondary and Nootka, Moberly, Emily Carr and Carnarvon elementary schools in Vancouver. Rotary International's B.C. Computer Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) Coordinator Fran Blackwood received the donation on behalf of the schools' Parent Advisory Councils.

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The entire Rotary club was invited to today for a visit to the Sikh temple and for lunch.

Several visitors accompanied us as well.

The temple was built in the mid 1970’s and the Architect was Arthur Ericson.

The building has stood the test of time and still looks modern today.

We were introduced to the main temple, covered our head removed our footwear and saw a service in progress.

Afterwards we were served a lunch by the volunteers in the temple basement.

We then went into the new section and saw a 10-minute movie of the history of Sikhism in B.C.

Very interesting and we were showed the history section of the temple.

Then we had an intense session of questions and answers.

We are now well informed.

Thanks very much to Jag Dhillon for arranging this most interesting trip.

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Consistency and Showing Up

Ambassadorial Scholar Speech for Arbutus Club

Isaacc Bashevis once spoke of a "gratitude for every day of life, every crumb of success, and every encounter of love."  In light of Isaac Bashevis, I'd like you to know how grateful I am to all of you for welcoming me to this lovely lunch meeting today, and for being part of an organization that makes peoples lives better around the world, including mine. I will begin by giving a quick introduction about myself, and then talk a little bit about what I have learned in this last year abroad in Vancouver, since I will be returning back home in a month or so.  

I am an Ambassadorial Scholar from District 5240, specifically Hermosa Beach.   Hermosa Beach is a quiet town by the water, just South of  Los Angeles .  People wear flip flops all year round, surf without a dry suit, and play volleyball on the beach.  Like Vancouver, it is big in athletics, except for the Winter Sports.  I talk to my friends back home and they complain about 20 degreez celcius being too cold.   Actually, I'm not sure they know what the word rain really means.  To be honest, I didn't appreciate the Beatle's song, "Here comes the sun"  until I lived in Vancouver- I didn't comprehend the idea of the sun just deciding not to peek through a vast sky of daunting grey clouds, ----for 9 days, in a row, until now....That being said, you sure do learn to appreciate those rays when they find your face, if even for a moment.  

Anyway, back on track... Ambassadorial Scholars are given grant money, sponsored by your hometown district and partly funded by the international Rotary.  The role of Ambassadorial Scholars is to promote cultural awareness and goodwill.  They are required to study abroad for a year, and are encouraged to do a service project.  I have been doing my post baccalaureate studies at UBC for music therapy.  I am a singer songwriter, and interested in the therapeutic powers of music.  I heard once that "Music washes away the dust of everydays living" and couldn't agree more.  

For the last eleven years I have played piano at an Alzheimer's home at the Sunrise community center in my hometown.  As a fourteen year old girl, it was scary at first, but I realized that people needed this music.  A ragtime would spark an old memory, and Satin Doll would make people sing or dance... Chopin could be relaxing.  I noticed that people got what they needed from the music. I saw a positive response. Rita would sit next to me on the piano, close her eyes, and hum a melody, and Eleanor would dance and recall how she and her cousin Lillian snuck out with some boys at a dance by the river one night long ago.     

Personally, music got me through college.  I was a dancer at UCLA, and biology student.  With a heavy load of classes, I would sit late at night and compose at the piano until the building closed.  With a melody soaring through my head, excited about some new song I was writing, it was music that got me up in the morning.  I do the same thing at UBC.  I found a room in the Hillel building on campus where they have a grand piano.  

When I arrived to Vancouver in January, and didn't know anybody, it was the piano that helped me get over the shock of coming to a new city and the loneliness of not knowing anyone.  It is also what brought people together.  Students, professors and workers on campus would come up to me and tell me how much they appreciated hearing the piano played.  They would stay for a while, and we developed mutual relationships.  The students said the music helped them study, and I got to do what I loved.  Although I am a professional musician, I am always shocked when people seem to love something as much as I do. Furthermore, I can forget that it is healing for more people than just myself.  

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Each year we sponsor a sleepover at the Vancouver Aquarium partnering with the Starlight Children's Foundation.  Seriously ill children and their families learn how the Aquarium feeds and cares for it's fish and other creatures.  Then everyone sleeps next to the Beluga Whale tank!  The children have lots of fun!.  And the parents of the 15 families we sent this year were very grateful for having this program that their kids look forward to.
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Master Seaman Christian Mosley came to day to share his experiences of serving in the armed services.

Christian was raised right here in North Vancouver and started serving for the Canadian Navy in2003 whilst still in high school.

He joined the navy cadets and has been with them ever since.

As he said after summer vacation all the kids in his class sheared their experiences from flipping burgers to playing car valet jockey.

He was serving his country serving on the front line.

Mainly in Search and rescue.

He boarded boats looking for human smugglers, contraband such as drugs and illegal acts on the high seas in areas north of Vancouver Island up to Alaska.

Defending our borders.

Over the years the Canadian forces have done well to protect our borders and maintain our freedoms.  Values we all share.

We have stood together from the war of 1812 to Afghanistan today.

In peace we serve.  We have stood for the right to be free.

We have achieved the impossible in the past.

Looking back to events like Vimy ridge where courage won through.

Dieppe was 70 years ago now, yet we still remember.

40,000 people have served in Afghanistan.

150 have died or were wounded there.    Many paid the ultimate sacrifice.

President Ilan thanked the speaker.

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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Ladies and gentlemen,


I have been asked to present a classification talk about myself, my career, my Rotary activities, my hobbies and my family, and I would like to take them in that order.


I was born on the island of Java in what is now the country of Indonesia. However, when I was eight years old I was sent to relatives in the Netherlands, which country had a better climate and a better school system. I then made the trip on an ocean liner, since air travel was still in its infancy. This ship took the standard route from Djakarta with stops  in Singapore, Colombo, Aden and the Suez Canal to arrive in Genoa, where my grandmother was waiting to take me by train through Italy, Switzerland and Germany to Holland.


There I attended grade school and high school amid the tumult of war, which eventually ended when the Canadian army rolled into town. The liberation of The Netherlands after 5 years of occupation earned them the everlasting gratitude of the Dutch population. If you have a chance to visit Ottawa in the spring, you will see evidence of this in the 100,000 tulips blooming, of which the bulbs were donated by the Dutch royal family. Or to stay closer to home, go listen to the carillon in the bell tower adjacent to the BC Legislature in Victoria, which was donated by Dutch immigrants during the Centennial Year 1967.  


I then attended university and obtained my engineering degree. I also got married. Now after the war there was a severe housing shortage in Holland as the result of war damage. Therefore young couples had to put their names on a waiting list for up to four years, while in the meantime they were supposed to move in with their in-laws. This option did not appeal to either my wife or myself and we decided to emigrate to Canada. We then flew with a KLM plane from Amsterdam by way of Gander in Newfoundland to Montreal, where we boarded a train to Calgary.


There I found work immediately in a small refinery that was later taken over by Gulf Oil. After three years in Calgary they then transferred me to their largest refinery in Mississauga, outside Toronto. I stayed there for seven years, but then decided to leave Gulf Oil and go into consulting engineering. Now this is a nomadic existence, since the work load of engineering companies is heavily dependent on the state of the economy. During the next 28 years I was employed by three different engineering companies located in Toronto, of which the last one transferred me to their Vancouver office.


However, the advantage of this kind of employment is that you get to see a good part of the country. I handled projects from Halifax to Vancouver, with projects in Montreal, Toronto, Sania, Windsor, Lethbridge and Prince George and several other locations in between. I also had the opportunity to visit the head offices of these engineering companies in Boston, New York and Houston. I finally retired as an engineer twenty years ago. 

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This year we are again sponsoring an Adult Literacy Roundtable in the Downtown East Side.  Volunteer Tudors and Facilitators will learn how to work with adults with learning disabilities needing help with literacy.  This event will take place in January 2013 at the WISH Drop in Centre 119 West Pender.  Last year's sessions were packed houses with excellent feedback from the volunteers that attended.
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Paul Singh came to day to tell us about the medical study that says we will live longer if we have less stress.  At least less heart attacks and especially if we are more social with intent to help others.

He was reporting on a medical study that was done with the people of Roseto in Pennsylvania.

This small town had many immigrants from Roseto in Italy and they carried on the way of Italian life with much social activity.

90% of the town’s populations were a member of one community group or another.  They lived life on the street with front porches giving much community connection.

They met for Sunday night dinners and made sure no one was left out.

Over a 20 year study period there was no deaths in the under the age of 50 due to heat disease.

There seemed to be no other distinction than the social interaction leading to the conclusion we need social interaction.

There were smokers, drinkers and overweight members of the community like any other.

Kitchens were often filled with neighbors.  People stopped to chat in the street.  There were 22 social clubs leading to the conclusion that when you help others you help yourself. You inoculate yourself against heart disease.

The evening stroll was popular.

Today in Vancouver only one in four know their neighbors.

People rate time and finances as the main stumbling blocks.

Yet studies show that today we watch 4 hours of T.V. a day.

Do high rises make a difference?  There are often community rooms there but do people use them?

Is the Internet to blame?

A few thoughts.

Increase the supply of interactivity and also the desire to connect.

The government can’t do this.

Community fairs help.  Do we live and work in the same community?

Ask yourself what prevents you from mixing?  We seldom see our neighbors.

Indifference seems to be the main culprit, yet our health and happiness depend on it.

Your health and happiness is determined by your social relationships.

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Peace?  What does it mean?  What is it not?  No war, but also no hunger perhaps and includes freedom of speech.

Freedom gives us freedom of thought and choice of what we wish to do.  Perhaps to build a school so education doesn’t have to be on the street.  Having empathy for others and providing an inspiration.

We may not be able to make the world war free but we can bring peace to all parts of the world.

Peace through service. We may be a small club but we are proud of what we have done.

We welcome new members to join our club and ensure we put those new members to work.

Just ask them to help.  Tell them what Rotary really is.

We have changed the lives of thousand of children round the world, as they are now Polio free.

Why are you a Rotarian?  What are you excited about?

What are the changes that we need to make to keep ourselves relevant to the community we live in.

Do come to the District Conference in Quesnel.

We are calling it striking Gold.

Come and have fun through service!
The speaker was thanked by President Ilan.

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Don Evans

4:39am Oct 4

Great News - permission has been given to light the Olympic Cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza as part of the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in BC, on the evening of April 19, 2013. This public event will create a great opportunity to tell the Rotary story.

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Rotary Peace Fellowship

Gloria Tom Wing Straudt came today to tell us all about the Rotary peace Fellowships.

This is a Rotary Foundation project.

It is a 2 year fully funded scholarship.   It costs about $70.000 for each one.  The candidate needs 3 years of international experience to apply.  The competition for these scholarships is so competitive nowadays.

There are three levels of interviews to go through.  Firstly the club level.

This is where each club can advertise for candidates and set up interviews to do the first level of screening.

This cost the club nothing other than the advert and the time to interview.

Once your club has selected your candidate then they go on to the District level.  They in turn send their selection onto the final committee that actually makes the choice.

Anyone who is working on Peace and Conflict has experience and can apply.  A Rotary connection or experience helps.

The Burnaby Metro town Club sent forward a candidate last year, as the year before.

In 2009 they had a successful candidate.

Our district of 2040 has had one peace scholar.

One of the Peace scholars helped the Vancouver Police with the photo recognition after the riots here.

One is now working in Liberia.

Physically interview them and make sure they have a second language.

We are looking for teachers, lawyers, doctors, police or other professionals to apply.  They need three years experience in their field to apply.

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Once again this year we joined in on this worthwhile project.  There were at least twice as many cigarette butts as last year - probably because so many more people live and use the area.We had over 60 volunteers from the public - all ages - and Harreson did an excellent job of organizing everyone.  Rotary making a difference in our community!
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Posted by Bill Bourlet

Wally considers himself a failure as he tried out for a major baseball team but sent home after just a week.

A great win for our community and his career in law.

Rotary is to be congratulated with its work in Literacy. Education makes such a difference in a person’s life.

Most petty criminals are poorly educated and if we can get at least a basic education into them they stand a chance of living a productive life.

Literacy and robbery don’t go together.

There is always a risk in public speaking.  It is easy to be misinterpreted.

The cost of the missing woman’s inquiry is over $8 million so far.

Woman started going missing in 1991 and throughout the whole 90 s

Problem was no bodies were being found.  No bodies.  No case for inquiry.

Picton is the greatest murderer in Canadian history.  He admitted to 49.

Police think 110 or more.

He was finally charged in 2007 with 26 offences.

The investigations of the case including the digging cost more than $200 million.

The prosecutors cost another $11 million.

The inquiry was worth it.  We were looking at the most disadvantaged in society.

Drug addicted woman.

We mustn’t make the same mistakes again.  Each police department blamed the other but they need to have instructions to share information.  This will help that.


Our criminal justice system is one of the best in the world and we need to keep it that way.

Police come from all over the world to study here.

We must be careful not to be too slow to change but change we must.

We have a good society without much gangland killings or mistakes in our incarcerations.

Just %7 of criminals commit %80 of our crimes.

We need to get into prevention of crimes not larger jails.  Our jails are full.


The speaker was thanked by Davinder.

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President Ilan started the meeting with reading a thank you card from Carnarvon School for their literacy program.  He also reminded us that next week our guest speaker is Wally Oppal and about 20 members of 3 other clubs will join us.  We are the first to host a joint meeting and next month another club will be the host.  Members were given aprons and t-shirts with Rotary At Work on them for the Coffee Clutch on Sat. Sept. 8th in Kerrisdale.  We will meet at 8:30 at 41st and Yew and give out free coffee and muffins.

Ilan asked us to be open that not all Rotarians are the same and that we all have different needs and wants.  Teddie reported that the attendance for the first 2 months has been between 60 -70%.  Davinder gave us the results of the survey she had us fill out a few weeks back.  Members want to continue with scholarships, CALS and to do a matching grant with another Rotary Club.  Jag presented us with a possible project in a small town of 6000 in Cameroon.  They have a new city hall with a library and he has a donor for the books.  But they need funding for the lumber to build the shelves to store the books.  He will get back to us with a cost for the lumber.  Davinder mentioned that the survey  showed members wanted more fellowship occasions and she is looking for someone to organize RYLA and a possible Interact Club at St. George's School.  She has sent 285,714 Rupees to the Rotary Club of Luthiana Greater to fund infant heart surgeries.  Ilan closed the meeting reminding us it is very important to engage with youth and he asked anyone who wanted to bring anything to the table to please do so at the next club assembly.

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This week's speaker was councillor Geoff Meggs who gave a very interesting talk about the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts.  They were built in l974 to be part of a freeway going right downtown.  There were huge demonstrations at the time and they became the only part of the freeway that was built.  Over the Olympics both viaducts were shut down for 14 days and it showed that the city could get by without them.  Council did a traffic study to see if they were eliminated if it would cause congestion.  The traffic engineers did not think so - Expo and Pacific Boulevards would be combined into a single boulevard.  It would give Vancouver a 13% increase in park space which would be a huge benefit for the community.  The costs of removing the viaducts would be offset by the rezoning of the land underneath.  Housing could be built or the land sold to a developer.  One of the plans includes a pedestrian walkway from Chinatown to Yaletown.  It will be up to the city to decide the future of these viaducts.
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Posted by Mary Stark
This week's bottle went to Teddie who really deserves it as she is doing double duty as Secretary and taking the cash for August.  Guests were Nairouz Bader from the Rotary Club of Dubai, Ella Alentine and Jennifer Tang.
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On Thursday Aug. 16th, 37 members and guests got together at the Blarney Stone in Gastown for fellowship and a great pasta dinner to raise funds for medical supplies for Zimbabwe.  We are donating $3520 to cover the cost to resupply one existing medical station through a new Rotary program called Path to Health.
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This week our guests were Rotarian Cyril Prisman, and Lexi Martin, Jennifer Tang and Heather Merilees who are all considering joining our club.  The wine was won again by Lawrie Duff and hopefully he remembered it this week!
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Posted by Mary Stark
This week's speaker was best selling author Dr. Chilton - "Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons" which is about the effects a species introduced by man can have on the environment.  Currently Rhodo's are devastating the old Oak Forests of England, Scotland and Ireland.  Here in Vancouver the Crested Myna bird was introduced in 1886 but no one knows who introduced them or why.  Perhaps a ship's captain was tired of them or they outlived railway workers that brought them here from India or China.  Originally there was only 2 or maybe 4 birds but by the 20's and 30's there were tens of thousands in Vancouver.  After a 100 years here they declined down to 2 and then became extinct in North America.  We are not sure of why they declined but it could be because of the interbreeding from the original 2.  Dr. Chilton's next book is "The Return of Ferret Zombies" which talks about a species that was thought to be extinct but came back.
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Posted by Bill Bourlet

"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it."

Fyodor Dostoevsky
1821-1881, Writer

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Posted by Mary Stark
We will be dishing up free coffee and muffins on Sat. Sept 8th between 9 and 10 am as part of Kerrisdale Days.  We will be near the Kerrisdale Idol Stage at Yew and 41st Ave.  The Village of Kerrisdale is a friendly place so please stop by to share a coffee and a muffin!
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We received a nice picture and letter from our sponsored guide dog Tim.  He recently visited a school where he helped a variety of students with special needs.  They all loved him as he roamed from student to student and he was not bothered by the wheelchairs or various noises.  Tim is well on his way to being a good Support Dog!
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This week we had a visit from our new Assistant Governor, Tom Smith. He brought greetings from our DG Rebecca and invited everyone to the District Conference next year in Quesnel.  Tom is with the Tswassen Club which has about 80 members and he recognized that their would be different dynamics for a small club like ours.  President Ilan replied that we are "the small club that could"! 
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Posted by Mary Stark
Our guest speaker this week was Maria Gallo who is a public speaking coach and does corporate training on the effective use of public speaking in business.  In business today you need to communicate to motivate to lead.  Today's technology encourages us to use our writing skills instead of our verbal skills.  The fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death especially when you are speaking in front of people that can affect your outcome or judge you.  Social media can be outsourced but speaking face to face cannot. The first stage of speaking for your business is networking - which is not just handing out 5 cards and going home.  People do business with people they like.  The second stage is presentations and 60% of your audience is visual so screens are important.  A presentation should be a gift of information without any expectation in return - similar to "Service Above Self".  The final stage is "The Pitch" or the ask.  If networking and presentations are done well then by the pitch the audience is very interested.  And always keep in mind that in the first 90 seconds your audience wants to know what their benefit is.
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Posted by Bill Bourlet

When anything happens in life, there's a 3-step approach to handling it:

1. It is what it is; accept it. It will either control you or you will control it.

2. Harvest the good; there's good in everything.

3. Forgive all the rest."