December 06 marked the Club’s AGM for both the Arbutus Foundation and the Arbutus Club.  A full house was present again for executive reports and details of the 2018-2019 year. Half of which was under the leadership of Dianna Smith and the current half under the leadership on Lydia Marston-Blaawy. Financial statements were read and passed by Treasurer Lana Wong.  Secretary Dianna Smith, President Lydia Marston-Blaauw, Projects chair, Grant Yao, Public Relations chair Yoonhi Green and Membership chair, Hans Doge. All reports were accepted as read and passed.
Foundation Chair, Sam Wong, provided his report as follows:
  1. Annual Fund contribution amounts to $3,200 - down from $4,387 in the previous year.
  2. Total contribution amounts to $4,911 - down from $5,058 in the previous year. 
  3. For the first 6 months of 2019, the Every Rotarian Every Year program records 6 compared to 22 in 2017-2018.
Sam promises to have a real push for further contributions starting in January and finishing in June.
Board Directors’ Meeting - minutes will be circulated 
  • 3 applications for membership were considered
  • Society reporting will be handled in-house this year, led by Dianna Smith
January 2020 dues: If anyone is considering leaving the club, please let Secretary Dianna know by December 13th.  January Dues invoices will be based on the membership count established this month.
Christmas Dinner on December 17that Hycroft house has been moved to a 6:00 pm start rather than the earlier announced 5:00 pm to accommodate the entertainer, bobby Bacchus, who cannot arrive until 8:00 pm.  
Polio Fundraiser and “Fire and Ice” Fellowship night will be on January 13at Osaka Teppanyaki Restaurant. Great food, exciting at-the-table chefs. 
The Club will participate in the Polio walk 2020 organised by the New Westminster Club.  Gabor Gasztonyi, will attend our meeting on January 17 to tell us more about it.
All three volunteer community projects for December are underway and well organised 
Kaustav Ghosh from Rotary Club of Navi Mumbai Sunrise visited us.  
Club announcements for December 06th, 2019  Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Our speaker was Jane McRae, who firstly declared that her subject was Sustainable Global Trends in Recyclables, and secondly that
she had not given this talk before, nor, presumably, shown to others the slides that accompanied her talk. It was also subsequently revealed that she had specifically come to Vancouver for the day, but altered her schedule to ensure that she presented to our club this important topic.
Her first foray into the unhappy environmental and wastage scenario was, very suitably for our club, a lament on the state of the oceans and the fish that are (not so) slowly losing sway over their domain. Naturally, our club has over the years and primarily under Joyce’s tutelage attained a quite comprehensive knowledge of the lamentable state of the world’s oceans, and particularly of its foreshores. Nevertheless it is instructive, and probably necessary, to repeat the fact that the massive floating garbage patches located in the Pacific have, and will long continue to have, a massive impact on the health of the world’s fishing communities. (Let it not be forgotten, however, that sometimes nature itself is not so benign in its creations (witness the Sargasso Sea) unless and until its bestirs itself to eventually find utility in what initially looks like a completely malign phenomenon, though even that natural garbage patch is now attracting a vast amount of plastic waste).
The obvious question “why recycle?” leads to obvious answers (to conserve resources, eliminate landfill and lower carbon emissions) but still does not resolve the present inequality between the doable and the necessary. Of Canada’s 33.4m tons of waste annually generated, B.C. is the second lowest per capita province in the country, but this fact is scant cause for praise; as Jane stated, the ‘low-hanging fruit’ of available remedies has already been garnered. As we all know, plastics are merely the biggest of the problem, but it was mentioned that ‘plastics’ covers a multitude of offensive products … but mankind needs them for its current prosperity (recall that in ‘The Graduate’ Dustin Hoffman was advised to “get into plastics”. How true that prognostication turned out to be!).
The subject was too vast to cover in half an hour, and it was quickly manifest that despite almost total consensus among our audience, we could well still be sitting in Amica discussing this enormously important topic even at this moment. However, we ended on the slightly favourable topic of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an engine-room of ideas designed to recognize the total necessity of plastics, but simultaneously how too reduce the extent of the unneeded penumbra of useless products (like packages designed only to pack the interior packages of the packed goods themselves: Amazon, please take note!).
Sustainable Global Trends in Recyclables Michael Frost 2019-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
We had a full house today.  Extra chairs and tables had to be brought in to accommodate everyone.
Guests included, Jeff McAmmond, Debbie Rutherford, Ken Pepper, Jean Gardner and our Speaker Jane McRae
It was remarked that member Michael Frost’s book launch at Hycroft House was a great success and that he sold every copy he had in his possession to eager fans and friends.  The event, organised by his lovely wife Judith, was a treat for all who attended, including many club members.
President Lydia noted that our attendance figures for the last 5 months were excellent and on the rise.  9 members had attendance ranging from 95% to 74%.  Our average attendance was 70% and that does not include people’s make-ups at other clubs.  Discussion followed about the RI rule that allows people with an exceptionally long history of membership and service, constitutionally, to be marked as present for all meetings.  We have several members who fit in that category making our technical attendance figures much higher than 70%.  Bravo to the Club and well done.  
President Lydia reminded members about the AGM on December 6thand asked that all Committee heads provide brief reports to her.  She also thanked Teddie Pasut for her excellent work revising the bylaws.  They will not be passed at the AGM but instead at the first meeting in January.
The Abbeyfield House Christmas Decorating project has been postponed to Saturday December 7thsince supplies are not all ready.  Please inform Michael ( if you are able to help.  
Contact Grant ( you can help with Aunt Leah’s Christmas tree sales on December 15th.
If you have not already done so, please declare your intentions and your guest numbers to Yoonhi ( so that we can let the caterers know about our numbers.  Please pre-pay for the evening so Lana is not bogged down on 17th. The historic mansion looked wonderful fully dressed for the season and the dinner is sure to be a highlight of the Arbutus Club’s year. 
More volunteers are always welcome for Sexsmith Elementary School pancake breakfast on December 20th.
Club Announcements for November 29th, 2019 Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
  • RI President Mark Maloney sent us a message about “Giving Tuesday” a great day to make our contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and a good time to support our own Rotary Efforts at home and around the world
  • District governor Nominee for the year 2022 = 2023 is John Berry of the New Westminster Club where he has been a member since 1987
  • Don’t forget to do your Criminal Record Check renewal on line at the link provided last week.  Several members noted that this year the process was pretty simple and certificates came within a couple of days.  Anyone who did not get the email, please contact Lydia for the link and code. Even if you had one in the past, they are required every 5 years.
  • The Write to Read Project:  SFU in collaboration with the Tsleil Waututh Nation celebrated the Honourable Steven Point's initiative to improve Indigenous literacy. A program that our Club has been involved with for many years under the guidance of Past District Governor Hans Doge. 
  • The Write to Read Project was championed by the former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia The Honourable Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl), O.B.C. and his aide-de-camp Bob Blacker. It is now a permanent project of the Government House Foundation under the guidance of Her Honour Judith Guichon.  Hans will make inquiries about our further involvement in setting up and equipping libraries in remote communities now that the issue of official charitable governance has been resolved.
Club Announcements November 22, 2019 Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0
The special guest today was Bala Naidoo, District Governor 2019-2020, and he commenced by congratulating our club on its award (recently reported upon in light of past-President Dianna’s receipt of the rather splendid instrument itself) though he did allude to the fact that we were somewhat assisted by the fact that only 11 Clubs actually sent in their statistics to Head Office. He also referred to the excellence of the coming District Conference  (April 24-26), in particular culinary expectations, and then moved on to the central tenet of his presentation.
The theme of today’s discussion was the issue of membership, especially growth through the emphasis that he sought to place upon youth, and in particular upon Interact. As with many clubs, the programmes that operate to encourage younger aspirants are a bit lost on clubs such as ours, where the majority of members have neither the accommodation nor the vigour to handle the young in heart and energy. The age matter is apparently now somewhat changed, inasmuch as the age limit of 30 is shortly to be abandoned. In other words, the underlying message is that the focus of membership recruitment is now changed to the young in lieu of the older establishment that now, at least in North America, simply not applying to Rotary for membership.
In reviewing some ideas about new modes of recruiting valid candidates, Bala mooted the idea of a Club based upon the Airport (where there are transitory visitors in their thousands, the Universities (where ‘contacts’ are still valued) and a loosely defined Passport Club. He also suggested that cohesive groups of clubs are much more likely to catch the eye of prospective members  (as indeed the Prince George clubs have realized), in arenas such as Vancouver itself, where there are 7 such clubs, who should, he stated,  ‘Think Collectively’, even if only through the medium of a collective website.
Some useful comments were made from the floor: our welcome snowbird guest,  Ken Pepper, noted that an Ottawa club holds 2 meetings per month at lunch,  and 2 in the evening, an arrangement that apparently works well for those with variable schedules. One further suggestion was made by Hans who, with his usual wit and wisdom, suggested the exercise of a bit of ‘quid pro quo’.  He did not need to expand upon this novel idea. The last area for exploration was the attendance of babies and working couples at meetings … again, an idea that requires development!
DG Bala Naidoo visit Michael Frost 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0

Sam, our Foundation Chair, has set us a challenge for Rotary Foundation giving this year and immediately pledged a $500 contribution. President Lydia followed with a $100 US contribution.   

Be prepared, bring your cheque books or your credit cards over the next few weeks.  Give generously and with a view to making our club target to have every single member give something to support one of the best and most efficient charities in the world – our own Rotary Foundation.

We were happy to welcome back to the fold our roving reporter, Sam Wong. He had two arenas to discuss, the first essentially being the enjoyment that one should gain from being a Rotarian, and secondly his return from the maelstrom that is Hong Kong. His talk on the Foundation  (doubly important at this time in the Rotary Year) was erudite and to the point (by coincidence your correspondent was on the previous day in attendance at the Victoria Rotary Club and heard much the same plaint of a decline in contributions, and indeed interest, perhaps arising because of the comparative decline in North American membership numbers). While he was doubly persuasive on the ‘fun’ that Rotary connotes, his commencing his talk by invoking what 3 year-olds hold to be paramount, and then ending with a direct reference to Grandma Dianna, he perhaps combined those elements to render the general direction of his comments a mite opaque … in sum, it was,  when boiled down, a plea for our members “to get with it”.
The second part of his message was directed to what everybody now observes as a very confusing, and probably physically dangerous, situation in China,  and in Hong Kong in particular. Starting from the point of departure from the Commonwealth, he looked to the legal system and the circumstances of 1997 when the Handover (by now, almost the formal title for the change in the sovereignty) occurred. Many will remember that occasion, when many British politicians inflated their rhetoric to the point of urging that the UK deny the return to Chinese suzerainty, if necessary by force. The question of two entities co-existing amicably with two disparate systems was at the time quite a potent one (at the time Hong Kong’s GDP was approximately 30% of China’s as a whole), a characteristic which has long since dramatically changed, the Hong Kong economy now representing less than 3% of the “national” GDP. Its status is therefore now not nearly as important an issue as was the situation in 1997.
One rather noisome member of the audience brought up the point that the Economist (the Bible of common sense political and economic knowledge)  opines that Hong Kong in fact is not now much of an issue at all. Above all,  the Communist oligarchy wants there to be One China for all purposes, and as the importance of Hong Kong has declined, so the significance of Taiwan has risen, the island(s') successful resistance to the worldwide clout of Beijing demonstrating that one small enterprise can effectively flout reality by steering an alternative course. Thus, too heavy-handed a treatment of the popular sentiment in Hong Kong will likely redound to China’s ultimate disadvantage. It need hardly be added that Sam disagreed with this view, to the extent of the discussion carrying on for longer than our learned President may have wished. But it was a stimulating presentation.
Your correspondent is reminded of the part of Kissinger’s ‘Years of Upheaval’ where he describes a discussion that he held with Zhou Enlai (doubtless over a maotai) about the import of the French Revolution and what its importance in world affairs. The Zhou Enlai response encompassed the sensibility of the Middle Kingdom: “it’s too early to tell” he intoned. So be it. 
Rotary Foundation and Hong Kong Michael Frost 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
The evening was of course devoted to the Quiz, an event organized and very efficiently run by Dianna and Donna. The latter’s introduction included an invitation to inspect the facility and to direct us to the table d’hôte. There were liberal libations to be enjoyed before we sat down to a quiz of a decidedly esoteric nature. As on a previous occasion, the questions were fair and unbiased, though our learned quiz-mistress had to exercise on occasion the final determination of unwarranted objections with a firmness which we have all learned to know and love. Your correspondent does not recall the names of the tables and teams (though some were of a decidedly singular type - 2 Englishmen and 3 Visigoths, or something like that, and the Lucky Duckies are but two examples) but it was easy to discern the pattern of the evening, inasmuch as the group that had the lead throughout was demonstrably the youngest collectively by about five decades as opposed to the remnant). This is not to forment a cry of age-discrimination, but for his own part your correspondent had great difficulty in recollecting details of Canadian legislative history and popular music of the 70’s and 80’s, this not because of a failure to recognize the music in the case of the latter, but a complete failure to come up with anything satisfactory within the nano-seconds our quiz-mistress permitted for  responses.
It seems only reasonable to conclude the issue of the quiz itself by saying that the best team undoubtedly prevailed. But, more importantly, it was a very well organized (and actually instructive on the part of Donna in taking us on a short tour of what appears to be a happy and comfortable home for many residents) and suitably difficult quiz, very expertly managed by Dianna, but to whom a stentorian voice was more of a necessity than she would have perhaps liked. Many thanks are due to both Donna and Dianna (who amongst you knows of a relatively unknown opera ‘Donna Dianna’ by the the worthy Reznicek? Be it known the the last-named is not the only one with a knowledge of obscure and unneeded factoids!).
November 01, 2019 Trivia Quiz Night Michael Frost 2019-11-05 08:00:00Z 0


Darcy Long presented a Citation with Gold Distinction  to Past President Dianna Smith and the Club for an outstanding year in 2018-19.  Ours is one of the few clubs to earn this title and it follows on the heels of a citation in Joy Johnston’s year.  It was noted that we do excellent reporting of activities and this helps earn the honour.  So thanks to the past president, secretary and members for doing that work every month.


The Foundation Dinner and Hollywood Show is on November 16.  We have a table of 10 but there is always room for more.  Sam is our Host and Foundation Event Lead.   Order Tickets from Sam or at this link  We have donated 3 items to the fundraising auction for the Foundation. Thanks to Donna, Hans and Sam for organising that.


Joy made a brief presentation about our International  Beach Cleanup Project in El Salvador.  Our Rotary partners in El Salvador are doing 2 more beaches this month.


Mark your calendar.  The Hoop-a-thon Dates have been announced: May 09, 2020.   It is a fund day spent with the Sunrise Club


We have 6 registered for the District Conference in Vancouver.  Time for others to sign up now!  Remember more eye-glass donations.


Home-stay needed for teachers arriving from Kenya Dec 03-12.  Lydia and her husband have offered a room for one.


November 01, 2019 Club Announcements Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Today’s events might well be described for our club to have been an active and red-banner day. We enjoyed a somewhat foreshortened lunch, but the time was well-spent, our being privileged to have in attendance Darcy Long (last year’s District Governor) and John Bathurst (the Assistant District Governor). While Darcy apologized for not having visited us during her tenure, she was very pleased to be able to present Past-President Dianna with a framed Rotary Gold Notation for the year’s membership activities and general level of club engagement. (Darcy explained - and an explanation was probably in order - that the rather unexpected nature of the award arises because only 11 clubs provided appropriate figures to the district office. However, that fact detracted not at all from the glow of such an award).
November 01, 2019 past DG Darcy Long & ADG John Bathurst visit Michael Frost 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
The meeting comprised an Assembly and featured a rather intense discussion about the Granville Gardens Quiz that will be upon us on November 1st. Equally intense was a group deliberation led by President Lydia respecting potential new members and their cultivation by our Club members. It would appear from her talk that there is a small posse of recruits lining up to apply, and our only job is to get them to come to a lunch or two to see how much goodwill and bonhomie our members generate. For that reason we were urged to keep our attendance up (today’s could, frankly, have been better) so as to ensure that we appear to others to generate some vibrancy, even after our sterling anthem has been sung. (Your correspondent recently attended another Rotary meeting - whose identity will not be revealed here - which served only to demonstrate why its membership seemed to consist only of the elderly, male and infirm; it was a very dispiriting evening and one that could not have been better planned to discourage new membership aspirants.)
The Christmas dinner has been arranged to take place on December 17th and is to be held at the University Women’s Club, located at 1489 McRae Ave. It will commence at 5:00pm and will include Artisan buns on the table, potato and leek soup, Rack of Lamb, and dark chocolate torte with cherry compote and white chocolate sauce. Coffee and tea will be included and there will be a vegetarian alternative of Butternut squash, sage and parmesan tagliatelle, and nut brown butter. The cost per person is $87, gratuities included. Parking in the forecourt is for members only, but there is always lots of space on The Crescent (about a 50 metre walk away).
Next Friday (November 1st), commencing at 6:30pm we will be attending the fund-raising Quiz, which will be master-minded by our beloved Dianna (those who have enjoyed such an experience before will know that it will be difficult, handled by Herself with masterful tautness, and doubtless humiliating for quite a few of us). There will be 6 teams whose composition is yet to be formulated. The location is Granville Gardens at 1550 W.49th, (corner of 49th and Granville) and the entry fee is $20 per person. Please email Donna ( to confirm your attendance. Captains of each team are to bring a bottle of wine.
October 25th 2019 Club Assembly Michael Frost 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
President Lydia thanked Mary Stark and Grant Yao for chairing the meetings while she was away travelling in Turkey.
She also thanked Mary for keeping up the Bulletin while Yoonhi Green is away in Korea
Sam Wong, Foundation chair,  spoke about the Foundation dinner in November and noted that he has reserved a table for 10 members.  He has 2 seats left if anyone is interested in joining our Arbutus Club group.  There was discussion about what we would contribute to the fundraising auction and 3 items were pledged: a tea and treats basket: Donna will speak to Joy about coordinating that.  A bottle of fine scotch will be donated by Sam and a handmade quilt will be contributed.  Membership Chair  Hans has volunteered to take the photos and send them to the auction committee as Sam will be travelling to Hong Kong.
Sam also spoke about Rotary Foundation month coming up and Hans noted the level of contribution made by individual Canadian Rotarians – which is higher than other countries according to the RI magazine.
There was discussion about having a fellowship dinner in support of Polio Eradication again this year and will see if it can be arranged.
Donna spoke about the Fellowship Trivia Night and mini-fundraiser that her organisation is supporting for us on November 01.  The time is 6:30 – 9:00 and Past President Dianna is the quiz master.  This is a great chance to visit our newest member’s place of business.  The address is 1550 W. 49th Avenue in the Verve Senior Living “Great Room”.  Make up a table of competitors and compete for prizes!
On November 01 at lunch, at Amica, Darcy Long and John Bathurst will come to our meeting to make a special presentation. Past President Dianna and the Club will get a citation with gold distinction!
There is a Rotary Leadership Institute session scheduled for November 02 and Donna indicated that she would attend. In future the 3 RLI sessions will be held all together over the course of one weekend according to Penny Offer. 
Plans are underway for our Christmas dinner social.  Stay tuned for final decisions on the menu.
On November 22, District Governor Bala will visit our club.  He will make an hour-long presentation right after lunch.  He is an engaging speaker and it will be a good occasion to get to know him better.
Quarterly Reports are due at the end of October so be sure to send Joy your volunteer hours.
Announcements Oct. 18th, 2019 Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Geoff is the Green Party candidate for Vancouver Quadra and it is his first time in politics.  He is a professional engineer and has a PHD in ergonomics and this gives him an element of practicability.  He is very concerned about diluted bitumen and water either when transported over land and rivers or when being shipped.  He protested lack of action on climate change with Greta Thunberg  in Vancouver, joining seven million people worldwide that day.  The Green Party is the only party that will meet Canada's obligations under the Paris Agreement and they have a workable plan that will bring a balanced budget in five years.
This week's speaker - Geoff Wright Mary Stark 2019-10-20 07:00:00Z 0
Our guests this week were Kian Safaei from the E-Club of Greater Sydney, and her husband and former Rotarian Vincent Newell.  Kian talked about her club and explained how an E-Club works.  And they work hard!  They currently have 14 International Projects and have received Global Grants for all of them.  Each member that is working on an International Project is responsible for maintaining a separate Foundation for that project.  Kian is the President for 2019-2020 and she is working on a local project to help men that through divorce have lost the ability to visit their children. Kian and Vincent were in town visiting family and we hope to see them again in the future.
Reminder - there will not be a meeting next Friday Oct. 11th due to the Thanksgiving long weekend.
Visiting Rotarian Mary Stark 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker was the Liberal candidate for Vancouver Granville, Taleeb Noormohamed.  His family immigrated to Canada with nothing and worked hard to contribute to their new country.  His father was a Rotarian in North Vancouver and Taleeb can remember working around his Dad's Rotary meeting schedule.  He worked on the 2010 Olympics and investigating the Air India bombing.  Through this investigation he saw how much a government decision can affect many people.  He was in the private sector working on several successful start up tech companies.  Taleeb enjoys connecting with people and giving back.  If elected he wants to focus on improving people's quality of life and he is proud to be running as a Liberal in a very diverse riding.  He feels they need someone who will get things done!
Guest Speaker Taleeb Noormohamed Mary Stark 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Our speaker today was our own inimitable Bill Bourlet, ocean voyageur extraordinaire. As we know, he has for long been engaged on a long voyage across the eastern and south western parts of the Pacific Ocean. His presentation included a collection of excellent photographs (taken by himself) of the vessel which he commands and the surrounding peoples of the islands that he visited. The portion of his voyage of discovery with which he entertained us was the trip from Fiji to Auckland, a task that does not look too troublesome on a map, but which in fact is subject to forces of nature well beyond the control of man. The sunny visions of Fiji (a country with an immigration and customs services apparently as bureaucratic as any enjoyed in North America) he left for the few days of sailing in a southerly direction towards Auckland, a plan with which the weather was a bit uncooperative; the voyage took some 10 days, apparently requiring quite a lot of sailing into the wind. This apparently needed some fortitude, his crew experiencing a good deal more ‘rest time’ than he would have liked.

Asked about the weather and consequent dangers, Bill made light of the matter when he declared that one merely had to take care in planning to take to the more inhospitable part of the oceans only when weather conditions permit, for one part of his trip involved taking a few days' refuge in one of the lesser of the Fiji Islands. Actually, your correspondent advised him that he was making little of some occasionally significant issues. On December 18th 1944, for example, while American forces in the general region of the western Pacific were moving north-westwards towards Okinawa, their fleet was caught in a typhoon of such ferocity that three destroyers were overwhelmed and sank and some 10 planes were washed overboard from an aircraft carrier. However, the seasons faced by Bill, and carefully selected, did not cause him real difficulties, even though he showed us the results of some poor navigation and seamanship (another vessel running into a reef, and another being holed by a rampant and improperly secured anchor).

One impression left by this rather splendid modern version of Captain Bligh was the fact that the weeks and months appeared to be one long party (but strictly sans alcohol) with British Columbia Rotarians. To take this one presentation in isolation, one would think that to gather a boat’s crew in the South Pacific merely requires one to fly a Rotary flag, and crew volunteers come flocking. For example, one of your correspondent’s old friends, Otto Rieve, appeared our of nowhere and crewed for Bill for some 3 weeks. Necessarily, sometimes this could make for crew difficulties, for on part of the trip to the west of Auckland’s longitude, several crew members were obviously badly taken by unpleasant bouts of Mal de mer. Of course, the safety and security of New Zealand was eventually attained, but there were met another large assemblage of Rotarians. We saw a collection of local activities, even part of an impromptu rugby match, and we expect that at some stage in the near future we will see the next chapter in this voyage of discovery. Watch this space to see whether the next target is Port Moresby, Nuku’alofa, Brisbane or Sydney!
Sailing from Fiji to New Zealand Michael Frost 2019-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
We had one guest, Rotarian Hugh Pendray from Looe, Cornwall who told us a little about his club.  Rotary has announced a new 5 year strategy for Polio at a budget of $4.2 Billion.  Each year we vaccinate 450 million children in 50 countries, mostly Africa and Asia.  We also need to investigate 100,000 cases of paralysis each year to rule out Polio.  As well we need to test sewage in 34 countries.  We have a current gap in funding of $3.27 Billion and the plan is to continue raising $50 million a year that will be matched 2-1 by the Gates Foundation.
Sept. 27th Meeting Mary Stark 2019-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
On Saturday, Sept. 21st we partnered with Surfrider Foundation to clean up Kits beach.  It was part of many events held for World Clean-up Day.
Beach Clean Up! 2019-09-22 07:00:00Z 0
President Elect Grant covered for Lydia today.  We had a lively discussion on where we will have our Christmas dinner. It will be held this year at Hycroft on Dec. 17th.  $87 per person.  Please pay with Lana.   Sam Wong brought information on the District Foundation Dinner - Nov. 16th at the Firefighters Centre, 6515 Bonsor Ave. Burnaby  Tickets are $85 - please contact Sam at if you wish to attend.  Silent Auction, raffle draws and a live show by Bonnie Kilroe.  Today's guests were Glenna and Art Gillen from Rotary Kelowna Capri.
Sept. 20th Meeting 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Our speaker this week was Rotarian Glenna Gillen from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Capri.   She updated us on how they are doing with their fundraiser - selling bottles with lights in them, decorated for different occasions.  There best sellers are Valentine's and Easter.  In the past two years they have raised over $15,000 with this project.  They sell them once a month at the local hospital and Glenna explained that you need to "tell a story" about where the money raised goes.  They increased their sales by offering both Visa and Debit.  They only buy the lights - they have arranged for the rest to be donated (bottles, bags, wrapping paper).  It is a lot of hard work but it  has definitely paid off!  Michael won the draw for a limited edition bottle light!
Rotary Lights in a Bottle 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Date: Friday Nov. 1st 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Place: Granville Gardens (Corner of 49th ave and Granville)
Cost: $20 per person
Includes: Appetizers, beverages and lots of Fun and Fellowship
Dianna will be our Quiz Master
To attend please email Donna -
This event is a fundraiser and all costs have been covered by Granville Gardens!
Trivia Night! Mary Stark 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
The lunch scenario was a little different from the norm on this occasion inasmuch as we found ourselves in Amica's ‘exercise room’, our normal room being occupied by others in an unrelated meeting. This was to some extent an advantage as we were provided with an elongated table that enabled all to hear each other without difficulty. Of course, it also introduced the ability, in moments of ennui, to consider the daily use by the residents of Amica of the surrounding barbells and parallel bars, an image with which one could only conjure.

Michael gave us an interesting and informative disquisition on the subject of the Rotary Student Exchange programme, he having had some recent experience in travelling around parts of the province. This international exchange scheme, valuable for both hosts and visitors from foreign parts, is based upon the worthwhile proposition that an immersion in another culture, leavened of course by some common Rotary values, offers educational and enlightenment opportunities to the young that are increasingly necessary in today’s febrile world of shrinking borders. (Your correspondent enjoyed a similar opportunity several years ago when an American boy stayed with our family, and despite being in appearance like a linebacker for the Seahawks, demonstrated an ability to play the piano about as well as Rubenstein; at 8 years old, our astonished son never forgot the lesson of withholding judgment.) The practicalities of the world, however, obtrude upon reality: to provide the necessary accommodation requires a number of necessities (such as accommodation, suitable locations etc.) that few of our Club’s members are at this point able to provide. The idea therefore received some considerable theoretical encouragement from the meeting, but further study was obviously a pre-requisite to a decision.

We were advised that Donna and Dianna are planning a Trivia Night at Donna’s facility at some time in November. The role assumed by Dianna, most members will recall, is to act as Quizmaster in her renowned GK exercise. Those who were there will recall that she has an expertise in this field better even than Alex Trebek, and that when necessary she has a stentorian (or glacial) voice as proves necessary. Watch this space for further news of the event … and start thinking about who you want on your team (actually, and more likely, who you DON’T want). Pleasure and fun is guaranteed, especially because everybody is apparently requested to bring a bottle of wine with them.

It was briefly discussed whether or not the Club would welcome - or indeed could endure - a collection of politicians coming to speak to us on election matters during the current political excitement (yes, some citizens view it in that light!). A curious suggestion was made that there was hardly time for each party to prepare and appear (presumably, for fairness, the Rhinoceros Party should also come … I rest my case!), but the issue was deferred, presumably because we are too reserved a Club to raise the needed enthusiasm, or indeed even to make a decision. However the point was made by Davinder (at least I think that she made the point) that the input of a few politicians would do great things to eliminate the aforementioned ennui.

Lunch was finished, the much-appreciated fish and chips consumed, in a lively and timely style in order to leave the room available for the residents’ afternoon dodgeball practice.
Club Assembly Sept. 13th Michael Frost 2019-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Kits Beach Clean Up Sept. 21st 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Lydia thanked everybody who helped with organizing the Jody Wilson-Raybould’s talk at the Arbutus Club. She truly appreciated the fact that so many people were willing to step up on very short notice to help in so many ways.  Michael Cowhig expressed his appreciation for Rotary Club of Kitimat for getting the framed rotary principles in pictographic Kwak’wala to him in time to present it to Jody. The lady in charge was on holidays so she arranged for her son to open her house and have another rotary member to get it and send it to us in Vancouver.  
It was noted that only 3 club members were unable to attend this years summer BBQ.  Many people thanked Leigh and asked him to convey their thanks to Philomena for a wonderful evening of delicious food and great company. 
Joy reminded everybody that September 21stis world shoreline clean up day.  Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus is committed to joining Surfrider Foundation Vancouver at Kitsilano beach.  This is 4th time we have done this.  Clean up starts at 11:00am but we need to be there at 10:00am to set up.  Teddie will supply tent.   Grant has banners.  Joy will bring table & some chairs.  Teddie & Lawrie will man the tent while Joy & Lana pick up garbage.  It would be great if more members from the club can join in their “rotarian at work” t-shirts.  Picker uppers will be provided. We may be asked to register through eventbrite either as a group or as individuals to meet Surfrider’s insurance requirements.
District 5040 conference in April 2020 will in Vancouver.  Lydia, Mary, Hans and Sam have already registered.  Everybody is encouraged to register as soon as possible since the later you register the more it costs.
Club assembly on September 13th  
  1. The state of our general account – held in our Arbutus Foundation and what we should do about it
  2. Whether we should, once again, consider supporting an Interact Club. The Vancouver region has had a request from a student at Prince of Wales
  3. Rotary considers itself a non-political organization – Should we have candidates as speakers from political parties at election time? 
Is it OK to have them “campaign” to us? 
Or should politicians be invited to speak only on specific topics?  
What is appropriate and when?

Grant and Mary will chair club meetings while Lydia is away.  Please send agenda items to Grant during Lydia’s absence.  
Lydia thanked her board members for their support and presented each of them with “rotary connecting the world” pins.  
Sept 6, 2019 announcements 2019-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Donna very kindly shared her life story with club members.    

On her father’s side, both grandparents were born in Croatia.  They moved to Richmond in 1925.  Her paternal grandfather was a miner most of his life, then became commercial fisherman.  Family had a strong European upbringing – lamb in the oven, sauerkraut fermenting and stomping grapes for wine.  House was always full of company and conversation.  On her mother’s side, both grandparents were born in Wales.  They moved to Richmond in 1918 and started in a small houseboat on Fraser River.  Her maternal grandfather worked the Fraser River his whole life as he owned a fleet of tug boats.  Growing up, life was full of cousins, camping, fishing, laughs & card games. Both grandparents never left Richmond. Donna’s father worked in canneries from age 13 until retirement.  Donna’s mother was an entrepreneur, owning businesses as well as buying and selling homes. 
For Donna, family is the most important thing.  She has over 60 relatives in lower mainland so very weekend seems to be filled with wedding and birthdays.  She takes care of her parents as well as one aunt and one uncle.  Since Donna is not able to have children, she was given opportunity to raise and to financially support three nieces.  Donna is very proud of these young ladies.  One has a degree in law and an MBA.  Another has bachelors in international relations and political science.  The third niece is currently completing her RN program.  
She lives in Richmond on family property backing onto farmland with husband Ron of 20 years, a cat, and a sister who is also her best friend.  Happy home life resembles her paternal side - company on patio, stories from past, lamb in the oven, and home made wine.  For past 20 years, Donna has owned a cottage on Pender Island with her sister. Cottage life resembles her maternal side - family, laughter, card games, fishing, and reading.  Donna is also a snowbird who goes to Mesa Arizona twice a year – for sun, golf, swim and shopping.  
Donna truly enjoys event planning and travel.  She was encouraged by her mother to explore the world from young age.  Mindful of the less fortunate Donna and her sister always took suitcases of clothing and school supplies to the needy.  Her love of live entertainment means she holds BC Lions season tickets, Whitecaps season tickets, and often goes to Vancouver Canucks games.  She’s a “blues girl” who also enjoys Arts Club outdoor concerts and Bard on the Beach.  
Donna has worked 10 years in airline industry as supervisor, 10 years in daycare in Richmond, and 12 years at Senior’s residence.  She is currently a marketing manager at Granville Gardens.  She considers herself a workaholic and is looking forward to retirement next year.  
She started volunteering at an early age with her mother at Kidney Foundation and with her grandmother at the Salvation Army.  For 10 years she was special events coordinator for Richmond Child Society.  As well, she volunteered for Richmond Hospice Society for 4 years, visiting Richmond General Hospital’s palliative care three days per week.   Now, she is a proud new Rotarian educating herself on how she can help to make this world a better place for everyone. 


On August 30th, club members and guests gathered for the most anticipated social event of the summer season.


Our gracious hosts prefer to prepare everything themselves which is a special treat.  They say that having a large extended family helps as they have everything needed to welcome a crowd.  But really, we all know it is a big job and their work as hosts is greatly appreciated.


The meal was delicious and included steak, salmon, ribs and all the “fixing’s”. The meal finished with pie and Filomena’s homemade tiramisu. 


Late into the night, as the sky darkened around the lovely garden, the circular fire pit became the centre of conversation.  There, in the glow of the flames, a friendly coven gathered to tell tall tales and plot coming socials. 







LEIGH AND FILOMENA’S GARDEN BBQ Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
We were pleased to be back in the Arbutus Club, if only temporarily, to welcome as our speaker the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP for Vancouver Granville, and recently the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and latterly the Minister of Veterans Affairs. A full house greeted her and provided a most receptive audience.
Jody, whose Kwak’wala name is Puglaas, was born and basically brought up in the region of Port Hardy at the northern end of Vancouver Island. She was evidently precocious, but perhaps the major influence in her life was the drive and ambition of her mother and father, the latter a First Nations hereditary chief, and with whom your correspondent happened to be at UBC Law School in the early 1970’s. She attended the University of Victoria and then UBC, where she obtained her law degree. Subsequently, after articling, she served as a prosecutor based in the fortress-like 222 Main Provincial (Criminal) Court. This experience brought her face to face with the realities of the lives of so many of the dispossessed and disadvantaged.
The basis of her talk was the coincidence of the four principles of Rotary and the values upon which she was brought up in her home environment, wherein the value of the truth and personal integrity were emphasized by her family and her social milieu: the ethical basis of her home life was that everyone must give something back to society, and that all of its members have a role to play, especially in the social obligation to pass memories on from person to person. Many of these ethical and social obligations were guidelines in her 4 years of achievements in the Government. As Minister of Justice she personally introduced 14 pieces of legislation, those of which she is most proud being the legalization of assisted dying and the legal use of cannabis. 
Necessarily, the matter of SNC/Lavalin occupied a centre part of her presentation, and she brought home to us the proclivities of the Press to massage a story with sufficient vigour for it to assume national importance, in some instances to save the career of a reporter. In this particular instance, Mr. Fyffe was the reporter, and the story given life by Jody not having denied the putative story … had she done so, as she put it, the story would have ‘gone away’. As it was, its ramifications even obtruded upon her mother, who on Quadra Island was very surprised by sudden outside attention and her daughter being the stuff of the headlines.
She went on to emphasize the importance of the forthcoming election (a bit trite, your reporter thinks: what politician has ever said that “the coming election is of no consequence whatever”?), and that the guiding principle of our society is the Rule of Law, a precept that today is under considerable attack. Guided by its strictures, the Government will create Canadian jobs and investment, objectives that today are not necessarily in accord with the precepts of some nations more economically and politically powerful than Canada.
As a practical matter, and in part an answer to some pointed questions from the floor, Jody had to admit to the clumsiness and narrowness of our present governing structures. While there are 358 members of the legislature who sit in high places, the reality is that the individual member is almost powerless, a problem that she is fighting even now as she tries to coalesce some partisan strength against a system that embraces a cohesive group (one sees a person who graduated from UVic with a Political Science degree!), for it is the Cabinet that makes the moves and determines the shape of our society. In short, we must move away from centralization. (Some may argue with this: our neighbours to the south demonstrate a very contrary view, where the centres of power are becoming increasingly unitary, although, of course, things could change in 2020!)
The presentation ended in a most poetic and appropriate manner. Michael Cowhig brought forth a framed banner that was, in effect, a restatement of the 4 Rotary principles that many years ago he had had presented to him, and on which those principles were transformed in pictographic form in the Kwak’wala language. This document was presented to our guest in most moving terms: an entirely appropriate conclusion to a worthy and sincere presentation that, one hopes, raised the profile of a deserving and honest member of parliament.
Many rotarians from district 5050 and district 5040 attended a meet and greet reception of RI President Mark Maloney on August 17th.    
Attendees were entertained by Langley Ukulele Ensemble. 
Many new members were inducted.
Art & Glenna from Kelowna Capri, RI President Mark Maloney, Yoonhi & Hans from Vancouver Arbutus
RI PRESIDENT RECEPTION Yoonhi Green 2019-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

President Lydia reported that our attendance has been  excellent; especially considering that several of our members have had extended illnesses. Also, we have many members who are out of town for extended vacations and work related absences. Bill, for instance is away for 6 months sailing the South Pacific!  Many of our members also attend Rotary Clubs when away, though our tracking of that activity is spotty now that ‘Make-ups’ are not required.

Our Current Attendance Champion is Teddie Pasut with 95%.  She was presented with a gold trophy.  She was overjoyed, saying that this is her first such award. Other award winners were presented with their choice of super-hero or smiley face stickers.  

During Past President Dianna’s year – July 01 to June 30, 2019.  Attendance champions were Lana 93%, Shail 90%, Dianna, 88% and Teddie 86%.  ​​​​​​​


Since out Last Attendance Report on December 21 and up to June 14 we had 12 of our members whose attendance was from 68% to 95%.  Virtually all able-bodied, in-town members are attending.  It’s a pretty good score for a club of 21!  


So far this Rotary year – starting in July – our average attendance is 76%.  Excellent for the summer vacation season.  Well done everyone!

ATTENDANCE Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Karen McDiarmid presented to us a most enlightening talk respecting ASTTBC,  essentially an organization designed to bridge the gap between Persons With Disabilities (termed PWDs) and employers or other entities operating in other fields of assistance to the work- or inherently-disabled diaspora.  With her she brought Warren, an employee who recently suffered a stroke and has since been unable to work in his chosen profession, but who bore testimony to the virtues of the Association, one of which, reaction would suggest, very few of us are aware. She described the group in general terms as an association of technical specialists, but one in chronic need of more volunteers and skilled rehabilitative specialists. At this time, Karen indicated that the Association subsumes some 10,000 technicians and specialists, who themselves have many “diverse abilities” required to service a large spectrum of “diverse disabilities”. Though no small organization (currently it ranks as B.C.’s third largest regulatory agency)  the diversity of needs is sometimes masked by the facts of the ‘duty too accommodate’, but which valuable mandate is of course often only possible for large employment entities to adequately embrace.
One of the inherent problems for the organization is awareness of its existence, but just as importantly there is a whole range of factors which militate against PWDs coming forward with their issues. These include  ‘stigma and myths’, workplace culture, and concern about dismissal from employment. Thus there is in fact a far greater need for the Association than is recognized, but at present a singular problem is that ASTTBC could not in fact properly service that need if all those who actually are in need of its services decided to come forward.
Among the charts provided by Karen was a useful one that reflected what employers can do to assist PWDs, including the participation in industry training, the recruitment of PWDs, and providing feedback as to the need for the Association’s services. Your correspondent noted that the Association,  obviously not well known to the larger community (at least as reflected in our Club’s membership) may be reflective of the need for skilled specialists, as those who do not know of its existence are not likely to themselves offer to assist (Karen reported that technical assistance is already provided by a very diverse group, including the holder of a Masters in Physics degree and a BA in Political Science … and even the holder of a Masters’ degree in English Rhetoric! Unfortunately, there was no time to explore what services the last-named could possibly provide!). 

Join Lydia and Donna in meeting and greeting our new 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney at a reception on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4 to 6 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's  Spruce building, 12666 72 Avenue in Surrey, BC.  Rotarians and their families are encouraged to come and meet Mark.  Tickets are CDN$25 and children under 12 are free.   To register, click here.  
Meet and greet our new 2019-2020 Rotary International President Mark Maloney yoonhi green 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Attending a Rotary International Convention was a first for incoming President Lydia and it was a great experience!
Hamburg Germany was the host city and it was a very beautiful and exciting place to be, with its two lakes, its impressive harbour and its many restored buildings.  The city did a great job of flying Rotary flags in strategic spots and having Rotary tents in public places to show off our humanitarian projects.  The city, a Hanseatic Free State, also gave Rotarians the freedom to use all public transport, including trains, for the duration of the conference.  
The night before the convention was to start, District 5040 organized a great dinner at a traditional Beer Stube - good ting too because, with over 25,000 attendees we never saw each other again!  Still, there were many new rotarians from all around the world to meet and talk to, many of them with extraordinary stories to tell.  Rotarians abroad are instant friends because we have so much in common.  
Chris and Lydia had dinner with Veit Hirche, whose son Moritz had arrived in Vancouver last year, and later, Veit introduced them to another Rotarian friends who took them on a special tour of an area just outside Hamburg.  This is another aspect of Rotary that makes it a perfect way to make friends in new places.  
The convention centre experience was also extra ordinary with great, inspiring speakers and performances.  How often do you get a chance to hear a high ranking minister of a foreign government explain his country's approach to international issues - all simulcast in dozen languages?
The history of this great city's also everywhere in evidence as they had a chance to see a "Denkmal" (an icon to make you reflect) of the once highest cathedral spire in the world - eventually destroyed in WWII and left in its charred, broken state to remind everyone about the destructiveness of war.  Sidewalks too, had bronze plaques at their former addresses noting all citizens who had been taken and murdered by the Nazis.  The nation's citizens are encouraged to remember - always.  Other symbols also speak to support in a more modern crisis - for refugees, with stencils saying "no human is illegal".  
And then there was a trip to the new Opera House, an inspiring building and one where several special concerts were presented for Rotary delegates.  All of them sold out!  
Such are the experiences you can have when attending a Rotary International Convention.  President Lydia highly recommends it.  
President Lydia's first Rotary International Convention Lydia Marston-Blaauw 2019-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Herb Addington was a member of both the Rotary Club of Vancouver South and the Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus.  In his memory we set up this scholarship programme 20 years ago.  This year's winner of the Herb Addington bursary is Jordan Keller.
Jordan has lived her whole life in Chilliwack surrounded by gorgeous scenery.  Her desire to capture and share with others the feeling of being in nature led her to photography.  A camera was her first big purchase from saving her allowance.  In grade 12 she realized she could pursue photography professionally.  After some research she found Langara College's photography programme which teaches not only creative and technical aspect but also entrepreneurship, all of which are seen as vital skills needed for a person to be a professional photographer.  
Since graduating in April 2019, Jordan has started her own wedding photography business based in Vancouver.  She has been busy with weddings every weekend so far, and has also kept very busy on weekdays with editing and meetings.  
Jordan is very thankful for the bursary from our club which has made it possible for her to purchase necessary equipment for her new career. 
2019 HERB ADDINGTON BURSARY WINNERS Yoonhi Green 2019-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Past President Dianna Smith highlighted the club's accomplishments under her leadership, beginning with the Vancouver Arbutus Club's International projects:
  • The El Salvador beach clean up was the most ambitious project, and we should all be proud of it.  This is an ongoing, three year collaborative effort with a Rotary Club in El Salvador, the local business community, schools, and other groups.  The goal is to clean the major beaches on the coast.  One business donated barrels, students from the schools painted them, the community did the beach cleanup, and arrangements were made for a company to carry the garbage away from the beach.  
  • We partnered with the Yaletown Club on Kenya water project.  Our club donated approximately $900 to help provide clean water system to a school.
  • Two of our Club members attended the Rotary International Conference inHamburg Germanyand enjoyed fellowship from around the world.
At the District level, our club members:
  • volunteered at the Foundation Dinner
  • attended the District Assembly
  • attended the Foundation Workshop
  • participated in workshops and webinars
  • attended a rotary Leadership Institute
  • Sent one new member and two other members to level 3
  • performed Random Acts of Kindness
We continued to serve our community:
  • Club members participated in the Kitsilano Beach Clean upin cooperation with Surf Riders and other volunteer organizations.
  • Our Club continued working with Nootka School, supplying needed learning equipment to support students with special needs.
  • We donated $5,000 toSt. John's Medical Transportation van to provide alternative transportation for people who cannot access normal methods of transportation.
  • Three of our Rotarians volunteered as judges for the Student Heritage Fair at Gibson’s Elementary School.  Students researched a Canadian historical event and gave visual and oral presentations on their chosen topics.  The winners went on to a regional competition, representing their school.
  • Our Club provided funding toGibson Elementary School PACto purchase a dishwasher and other supplies for the breakfast club for low income students, as well as for the purchase of Chrome Books (pads) to be used by various after school clubs at the school library.
  • Our Club members decorated the Abbeyfieldsenior home for Christmas.
  • Our Club members helped with the Aunt Leah Christmas Tree Fundraiser.
  • We madepancakes at Sexsmith School for 650 students.
  • Six club members participated in the Westminster Rotary Clubs Walk to end Polio in May.
  • The Cancer Car driversprovide free transportation to and from their appointment.  Local news highlighted the impact of increasing gas prices on the volunteer drivers. Our Club realized the importance of this humanitarian service to people suffering with cancer and made a financial contribution to this worthy cause.
  • Seven members and volunteers donatedblood for research.   People who cannot give blood to regular blood clinic can give blood for research at the UBC Blood Bank.
  •  In April Vancouver Arbutus sent a team plus cheerleaders to the Hoop-A-Thonat Strathconca.  Our team consisted of Rotarians, Rotaractors, member’s children and other family members.  We provided  funding for scholarships and leadership programs.  We also had a member sitting on the bursary committees as well as presenting the bursary at both the event and at the breakfast where the cheques were given out.  Our Club donated $5,000 for bursaries and $1,000 for RYLA.
  • Separately, we provided $11,000 in bursaries to high school graduates pursuing post-secondary education.  Members reached out to eight secondary schools.  A team of two Rotarians interviewed a number of students at the schools to select successful candidates.   
  • For theYouth Exchange (YEX) Tour- we drove students around BC as part of a Rotary Exchange Youth Project.
PRESIDENT DIANNA'S YEAR IN REVIEW Yoonhi Green 2019-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

Nine very deserving high school graduates were given bursaries to assist with their post secondary education.   The 2019 bursary winners and the schools they are graduating from are:

Kaitlyn Wolfe – Fraser Academy

Katherine Matlashewski – adult education center

Eva Maglajlija – Prince of Wales Secondary

Ashley Buraga – Prince of Wales Secondary

Clive Rabara – Killarney Secondary

Alex Fenton – John Oliver Secondary

Emily Chu – John Oliver Secondary

Gavin Sian – John Oliver Secondary

Shivek Bhanote – John Oliver Secondary


2019 BURSARY WINNERS Yoonhi Green 2019-06-23 07:00:00Z 0

In early May, local news highlighted how the rising prise of gasoline was hurting the volunteers with the Freemasons’ Cancer Car Program (FCCP) drivers.  FCCP works in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society to provide free transportation to and from cancer treatments.  Hans Doges – a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus - is one of the over 500 volunteer drivers for FCCP.



In 2018, FCCP provided 37,000 return trips - driving 700,000 km and spending $160,000 on gasoline - for cancer patients.   Of the 17 vehicles in their fleet, 5 vans are in Vancouver Island, 4 vans are in the interior, 1 all wheel vehicle is in Prince George, and 7 cars are in Vancouver.  Half of the Vancouver fleet recently transitioned to hybrid vehicles, saving on fuel costs. 


To assist with the high cost of gasoline, Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus has donated to the Freemasons’ Cancer Car Program. 


To learn more about the wonderful work done by FCCP, please go to  


FREEMASONS’ CANCER CAR PROGRAM  Yoonhi Green 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5040 is partnering with Third World Eye Care Society to collect 2,020 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses in time for the 2020 Vision Conference, April 24-26, 2020 in Vancouver.  Please help us reach this goal to help those who need better sight for a better life. 

• Each Rotary club will receive four boxes: one for club meetings and three for local optometry clinics or local retirement homes. 

• Single vision reading or distance eyeglasses are preferred. 

• Non-prescription sunglasses are also welcome. 

• No scratches and the frames in working order. 

• No loose lenses or frames only, must be a complete set.

• Bring your full boxes to the 2020 Vision Conference in Vancouver on April 24-26, 2020. 


Visit for full details 


BETTER SIGHT FOR A BETTER LIFE Yoonhi Green 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
BC Tour:  June 22 – July 10
Each year we plan a BC tour for inbound exchange students they travel by van and take part in several outdoor activities, camping and being home posted along the way. They depart from Vancouver and end their tour in Prince Rupert at the grizzly bear adventure. The tour is chaperoned by Rotarians who drive the vans and oversee the activities. All costs for these volunteers are covered including their meals and any admission or activity costs.
Unfortunately, two of our volunteers within the past week or so have had to step back, one due to health reasons and the other due to a new job opportunity so we’re looking for at least one volunteer. The tour begins June 22 starting in Vancouver and runs through until July 8, at which point the southern contingent leaves to return to Vancouver arriving July 10th.
This is a great opportunity to see the many communities along the way, enjoy some great activities and get to know a wonderful group of international youth.
The co-ordinator of the tour is Bob Killbery, if you are interested in more complete information, he can be contacted at or by phone at 250-624-8565.
If you are interested in the opportunity but hesitant about the time commitment, Bob has indicated to me that it could be split into two parts; one could be from Vancouver to Prince George and the second from Prince George to Prince Rupert. A driver could do the Vancouver to PG piece than fly home and have another driver do the PG to PR route. The options can be discussed with Bob.
Tweedsmuir Trek: August 16 - 21
A second opportunity takes place in mid-August, the Tweedsmuir Trek is organized by the Rotary Club of Burns Lake and provides a great introduction to BC’s natural beauty. It is the first opportunity that the incoming students get together.  The Tweedsmuir Trek Involves travelling by boat from Burns Lake to the park where they take part in a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, fishing and basically just having a great time.
This is not a Youth Exchange activity, but it is one that we value as a wonderful way to welcome our students to our District and the enjoyment of our outdoors. More information regarding the Trek can be found on the Burns Lake website at
There are usually about 4 or 5 students from the lower mainland who would like to attend but need to be transported from Vancouver to Burns Lake. In past years, we have had individuals volunteer to do this and in return have joined in on the Trek no cost. We cover the fuel costs for the drive.
The participants need to arrive in Burns on August 16 in the program runs until the 21st.
The program Chair is Darrell Hill and if you would like more information about the activities, please contact him at
If you are interested in either opportunity, please contact the leads as listed above or you can contact or by phone/text at 50-552-3200. 
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE OPPORTUNITIES yoonhi green 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker: Kristi Coldwell
Originally founded as the BC Transplant Research Foundation, the TRF was established in 1992 with support provided by the BC Transplant Society (BCT). They are the only charitable foundation in Canada dedicated solely to funding peer-reviewed transplantation research; supporting innovation to benefit the lives of organ recipients.
Each year the TRF provides funding to BC scientists through the Venture Grant Program and a National Research Partnerships. They are helping researchers who are exploring new areas of science and medicine that will ultimately improve the lives of pre and post transplant patients.
This help benefits British Columbians whose lives are threatened by organ failure.
Their long range vision is fornewly developed treatment strategies, technologies and therapies to be developed to eliminate the need for organ transplantation.
Kristi Coldwell told us an emotional story of her personal journey as a transplant recipient and why she is so passionate about transplant research.  
Her journey began when she was born with a congenital heart defect. Unfortunately, she went undiagnosed till age 7 because the small town she lived in had no capability to diagnose her condition.  At age 9 she had her first open heart surgery, followed by the insertion of a pacemaker.  By age 15, she experienced significant heart failure.  At this time in the late 80’s, her medical team introduced the idea of a possible transplant, a very last stage resort for patients.   As there were lots of unknowns and the success rate was moderate, they decided on another heart surgery.  Unfortunately, the surgery was not successful and Kristi came close to dying from massive bleeding.  Eight months later she went through yet another heart surgery.   By age 17, her doctor said there was nothing left and a transplant was the only option if she was to live.  She and her parents were advised to think about it, as a transplant is not a cure, it is another set of disease.  Although Kristi’s mother opted for palliative care to minimize further suffering and to allow Kristi to enjoy the little time left to her, Kristi decided to fight for any possibility and proceeded with the transplant option.  
Kristi and her mother moved to Toronto, as there was no pediatric heart transplant programme in BC in 2000.  As they waited at Sick Kids Hospital she could feel herself dying bit by bit every day.   She was wheel chair bound, on oxygen full time, and in bed most of the time.  She was advised that there was strong likelihood she would suffer fatal arrythmia and that when this happened her heart was too weak for them to bring her back.  She went to sleep every night knowing that she might not wake up.  
Kristi considers herself one of the lucky ones.  After three and a half months of waiting, they got a call that there was a heart for her.  Although she immediately thought of the donor and the donor’s family – who, at the worst moment of their lives thought of helping somebody else - she knew she needed to focus all energy on what was to come; surviving the post transplant phase.   
Only three days after surgery, she had a cardiac arrest.  Kristi’s medical team did not know if she sustained any brain damage and to what extent her new heart might have been damaged.  At the time, there was limited knowledge and tools to determine the amount of cellular damage to organs during the donation and retrieval process.   She could only play a wait and see game with her future at stake.  
Over several years, Kristi experienced acute rejections.  Her system attacked the new heart, seeing it as a foreign body.  She also suffered numerous bouts of infection.  This led to many painful, invasive procedures with copious amounts of medication (which she talks about later).  
On the plus side, for the first time in her life Kristi experienced the amazing feeling of a normal heart beat.  All her life, she had suffered arrythmia.  When she told her transplant team that something was wrong, that she could not feel her heart, it was strange to be told that it was normal not to feel the heart. 
Kristi feels incredibly lucky to have lived a “normal” life over the last two decades. And is always grateful for things she thought she would never experience: 
  • To be able to go to sleep every night in her own bed instead of hospital beds.   
  • To go to bed without fear of not waking up in the morning.   
  • To be able to graduate from high school and to go onto university. 
  • To get married.  
As mentioned earlier, a transplant is not a cure.  It is a disease in and of itself.  Many people are unable to sustain the rigours of post transplant life.  Every day, Kristi takes numerous anti-rejection medications - currently only sixteen, down from forty-two.  These medications are potent and are very hard on the kidneys and liver, causing many transplant patients to later require kidney and/or liver transplants.  They are also carcinogenic, which results in very high incidence of cancer in the transplant population.  There is also ongoing fear of graft loss.  Such organ failure is a very real possibility. The number one reason heart recipients require another heart transplant is chronic rejection.  Kristi was told by her medical team that she will require another transplant one day.  Transplant research has come a long way, but there is still long way to go.  Because of transplant research Kristi is still alive.  
Transplant is becoming the treatment of choice for a variety of end stage diseases such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cancer
  • Congenital heart disease
But research is needed to make transplants a full cure for these end stages diseases, and not just the trade off it is now.
For additional information about transplant research visit  
TRANSPLANT RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF BC  Yoonhi Green 2019-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on June 7th was Vincent Yang Ph.D, who was charged (or charged himself) with the task of unravelling for proletarians like ourselves the tangled skein that has been woven around the recent Meng Wanzhou detention in Vancouver under the Extradition Treaty with the US respecting the supposed infraction by this lady of the sanctions of the US upon Iran. The subject was outlined in some detail because of the arrest of the lady on December 1st and the immediate and unequivocal demand by China for her release on the basis of her human rights having been transgressed by her imprisonment and subsequent release on bail (with concomitant restrictions and travel and domicile limitations), a proposition almost risible in light of the coincident arraignment  and detention of the two Canadian Michaels in China because of other poorly defined offences against Chineses law (which is itself opaque at the best of times). In fact, the Vancouver processes were by no means lethargic: on December 10th the bail hearing proceeded, but only one day later the Chinese Ministry declared that “China will not sit idly by” (whatever that meant) whereon Ambassador to China John McCallum declared that Meng may well have a very good defence to the extradition request … … at which point he was promptly fired from his post! Very soon after this strange Canadian response it was announced in Beijing that no calls would be accepted from Canada, and then, on January 8th Ambassador Lu Shaye accused Canada of “white supremacy” (whatever that may be). The pace of events then slowed, informal sources declaring that the extradition process could well occupy another 2 years (a declaration that would surprise no Canadian lawyer).

Necessarily, the focus of events then began to move to trade and other issues, particularly difficult to disentangle because of the simultaneous debate (to put it kindly) going on between the White House and the Chinese government, who themselves have some difficulty in even understanding dissent, let alone knowing how to counter it!. The issues then arising became more complex with the “threat to Canada’s national security” that many Canadians perceived (a partial throwback to the curious nature of such threats now given some credibility by the orange-haired fellow in Washington). Suffice it to say that it now appears that 66% of Canadians declare that will avoid buying Chinese products and 56% say that the arrest of Meng is a legal matter and that Canada has done no wrong. One need hardly add that such opinions in Canada are hardly likely to disturb the equanimity felt in China by these events in a minnow of world diplomacy such as is Canada. Time will tell.

The gravamen of Dr. Yang’s presentation was in the final event limned by our august Leigh. He made the point, which had by that time become readily apparent, that the whole issue revolved around the question of the Rule of Law. Plainly the kernel of the issue was whether Huawei had transgressed the US sanctions (legitimately, if unwisely, applied by the US government against what is ostensibly an independent company outside governmental control) which because of the reality of the Chinese view of ‘business’ had now become a political and not a legal matter. Simply put, the whole matter, because of the Chinese view of economics and politics, was and always has been political: there is then no distinction to be made in China between the two concepts.

By coincidence this whole issue became alive simultaneously with the 30-year anniversary of the the Tienanmen massacre. This event, glazed over at the time, has in the intervening years become not so much a political hot-potato as a non-event. The Economist reports in its latest edition that an activist, Chen Bing, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison because he labelled bottles of alcohol with pictures of the lone protester who stared down tanks in the square. Even mothers of school pupils gunned down in cold blood are said to have been place under surveillance or gone on enforced “trips out of town.” And these steps are taken by a government who want the world to believe that they rule in a majoritarian compact accepted by most of their citizens!

Dr. Yang ended on what seems to your correspondent to be a solidly practical note. If Ms. Meng chose to simply drive down to the US and surrender herself to the authorities, she would likely be brought before a criminal court with celerity. Thereupon, she would be faced with the issue of simply raising a reasonable doubt before a jury that no criminal offence had occurred, not too high a hurdle to overcome with her resources, which are plainly able to buy th very finest legal talent (and, of course, purchase a bit of political influence as well, unspoken though this sentiment must remain). As it is, however, it looks as though we must be faced with this farrago at least until January 2021.
The Meng Wanzhou Incidents Michael Frost 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary this week May 31, 2019
The return of Rob Danielson it was great to have Rob come and visit the Club.
The 2019 Polio Walk
This event took place on May 26th, at the River Market, New Westminster, we had a strong team of Yoohni, Lana, Joy, Grant, Betty and myself. It was a lovely walk along the boardwalk by the Fraser River.  The project raised $7,000. Our club donated $225.00 thank you to all who walked and donated.
Country Updates(as of May 15th, 2019).
since the April newsletter.
  • Afghanistan:
    - Four new cases of WPV1 has been confirmed. The total for 2019 is now 7.
  • Pakistan:
    - Nine new cases of WPV1 have been confirmed. The total for 2019 is now 15.
  • Nigeria:
    - No new cases of the wild polio virus have been detected since 21-Aug-2016.
Case breakdown by Country(as of May 15th, 2019).
  YTD 2019
  YTD 2018
 Total 2018
DR of the Congo
Other non-endemic countries
 Better sight for a better life
Rotary District 5040 is partnering with Third World Eye Care Society to collect 2,020 pairs of eyeglasses and sunglasses in time for the 2020 Vision Conference, April 24-26, 2020 in Vancouver.
Please help us reach this goal to help those who need
better sight for a better life.
• Each Rotary club will receive four boxes: one for club meetings and three for local optometry clinics or local retirement homes.
• Single vision reading or distance eyeglasses are preferred.
• Non-prescription sunglasses are also welcome.
• No scratches and the frames in working order.
• No loose lenses or frames only, must be a complete set.
• Bring your full boxes to the 2020 Vision Conference in Vancouver on April 24-26, 2020.
I am writing to ask whether the Vancouver Arbutus Rotary Club will be sponsoring students to attend this years RYLA Lakelse camp in Terrace.  We ask that you advise how many students as soon as possible.
Hoop-A- THON
We are set to have the cheques presented at our Breakfast Meeting, 7:30 am on Weds June 5/19 at The Coal Harbour Community Centre.
2019 Fund Raising to date: Total: $42,670
Discussion: Areas of Improvement for 2020: 
Goal for 2020: Expand to other schools and include other areas; Need is important.  HOW do we do that?? Better engage our Members and Add Clubs.
T-shirts for 2020; use as an incentive for kids?
Next Year’s Hoop-A-Thon date is  Saturday, MAY 9/20….Mark your calendars!
 Thanks to all! With the support of 4 Rotary Clubs and Members we have set a new record for fundraising this year.  Since 2006 Rotary has raised over $355,000 for kids at risk in Vancouver.  We are making a difference!
"Cross Egypt Challenge" that aims to promote tourism to Egypt and prove that Egypt is still safe for tourism.  Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan - District 2451 –

Cross Egypt Challenge is an international cross-country motorcycle and scooter adventure tour conducted throughout the majestic and fascinating Egypt. Participation is open for Rotarians and non-Rotarians a like and their accompanying spouses or friends from around the globe. People who do not ride motorcycles can also join this amazing adventure and be hosted in air-conditioned chase vans.

This amazing Rotary project started in 2011 and for the past 8 years, Rotarians and riders from over 45 countries took part in the adventurous challenge. This year the challenge will start on October 17 and will last for 10 days and will pass by Egypt's top attractions and off the beaten track destinations. 

A normal practice we are used to conduct during Cross Egypt Challenge is an annual "Sahara Rotary Meeting" where participating Rotarians along with Rotaracts from our organizing team conduct an official Rotary meeting in the Egyptian Desert –
Rotary Friendship Exchange to Russia:
Join the Rotary Friendship Exchange to Russia August 19 to September 2, 2019. A group of 10 to 12 people from our Rotary District 5040 will visit fellow members in Rotary District 2223. But hurry. Deadline to apply is June 15, 2019. Partners, family friends welcome. Visas are required.
2019 - 2020 District Leadership Team Installation

Saturday 22 June 2019 6 PM

Riverside Banquet Halls
14500 River Road
Richmond BC

Register Now!

Last date to purchase tickets 14 June 2019

$60 per Person
Don Evans Memorial Service
Don's love for trains is also evident with his involvement with the West Coast Railway Assoc and the creation of the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish.
This is where Don's memorial will take place.
JULY 7th, 2019
Westcoast Railway Heritage Park Roundhouse @ 2:00 PM.
Again, out thoughts and prayers are with Don's wife Deb, and his children and families at this time.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  June 29 Club BBQ at Leigh’s House.
Club Directors Meeting:
After our meeting on May 31
May 31 Meeting Dianna Smith 2019-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
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
Imaging used to study anatomy and organ function are:  
  • Radiation useslight, heat, ultraviolet rays, microwaves, radio waves and electric current.
  • Ionizing radiationis used in x-ray and nuclear medicine – discharge of particles such as electron form an atom.
  • Radioisotopes or radionuclideare unstable form of a chemical element that releases radiation as it breaks down and becomes more stable.  Different isotopes bind to different tissues.
  • Tomographyis imaging by sections or slices.
  • Contrast mediumare substances ingested or injected to increase delineation of structures (ex. Barium, iodine, gadolinium). 
Examples of medical imaging using ionizing radiation are:
  • X-ray:  radiography is used for static 2D imaging of areas such as chest, skull, hand, etc.  Usually, at least two perpendicular views are taken for better evaluation.  
  • Fluoroscopylooks at the structure in movement or continuous motion to study gastro-intestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, bowel) and blood vessels (angiography), the spinal fluid (myelography). 
  • CT scan  combines the x-ray beam with powerful computer calculations.
  • Nuclear medicine uses short acting man-made radioisotopes of various elements to selectively accumulate in tissues, in order to study function or locate disease.  Some examples are bone scan with technetium-99 to look for spread of cancer to bone, or thyroid scan with iodine-131 to locate hyperfunctioning nodule.
  • PET scan uses very short acting isotope of glucose to locate very active cells, such as cancer cells.  CT scan or MRI are superimposed at the same time to locate deposits in space, as 3D image reconstructions.  
Examples of treatment using ionizing radiation (radiation therapy) are:
  • External radiation therapy, also called external beam radiation therapy uses high powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. 
  • Internal radiation therapyputs radioactive substances into the body.  Needles or “seeds” can be inserted in tumour tissues.  Radioisotope such as iodine 131 can be swallowed to treat an overactive thyroid gland or thyroid cancer.  
Examples of medical imaging and/or treatment without inonizing radiation:
  • Ultrasounduses sound waves to distinguish solid from fluid.   It is used to guide biopsies, various tube insertions, locate brain or spinal cord abnormalities intra-operatively.  Obstetrical ultrasound is used to study fetal development.  Echocardiography is used to study heart.  Duplex ultrasound is used to check blood vessels in extremities and neck. Lithotripsy is used to turn kidney stones to sand.  
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radio waves and powerful magnets combined with computers to produce images of soft tissues, including bone marrow.   MRI of brain and spinal cord looks for signs of blood vessel damage, brain injury, cancer, stroke.  
Dr. Jocelyn LaPointe educates us about medical imaging Yoonhi Green 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Alida Jurconi is back from Hawaii for the summer.  She treated us to chocolate covered macadamia nuts.  Yummm!   
Our own Bill Bourlet is also back for the summer.  
Welcome back Alida & Bill Yoonhi Green 2019-05-24 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.
Cyril Prisman 2015-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Aerial Photography in WW II 2015-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
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.
ADG Tom Smith 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
This week's bottle was won by one of our guests - Tom Fisher.  Other guests were Derrick Leung and Richard Truscott.
Wine draw winner and guests. 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Richard Truscott speaks on Transit Referendum 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Prince of Wales Interact Club 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Volunteer Day 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

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!
Prince of Wales Interact Club 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Arbutus Rotary Interact club 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
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.
Rebecca Blair on Jan Vernmeer. 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Visiting Rotarian and Wine Draw Winner 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0

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

Quote of the week 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
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.

Rick Acton Memorial Bursary to the Fraser Academy Harreson Lovick 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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.

RYLA Students: Their weekend experience at RYLA Harreson Lovick 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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.

CRCID Needs Your Help! Send a letter to your MP. Harreson Lovick 2013-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
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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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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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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.

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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. 



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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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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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Posted by Michael Frost

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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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.

Posted by Bill Bourlet

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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New Paul Harris fellow. Davinder Grewal. Bill Bourlet 0
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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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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!
Magee Secondary School Centennial Mary Stark 0
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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
Posted by Mary Stark
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!
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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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
Posted by Mary Stark
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!
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Posted by Mary Stark
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.
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Posted by Mary Stark
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!
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Posted by Mary Stark
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.
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Posted by Mary Stark
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.
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Posted by Mary Stark
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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Posted by Mary Stark
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."
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Posted by Mary Stark
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
Posted by Mary Stark
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
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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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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Posted by Bill Bourlet

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.

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