Rotary Club of Oak Bay

Bulletin, 23 October, 2018

by Victoria Pitt


President Peteropened the meeting and welcomed everyone. The hotel has moved into winter colours; tables were all done in black tablecloths with white accents. It was very smart. Pablo said grace.

The program started following a tasty lunch of sweet and sour chicken, rice, and savoury cabbage salad, with cake-pops and squares for dessert:

Joan Peggsintroduced ourvisitors. Onevisiting Rotarian, being Andrew Turner from Victoria Harborside, and one visiting Interactor, Maya McIntyre. In addition, our visitors included our speaker, Tina Ireland, Claire Wakefield, and Lori Beaulieu (for the last time!)

Joan Firkinsinducted Lori Beaulieuas a new memberof the club. Lorna is her sponsor and Perry is her mentor. Lori is a Project Manager of Infrastructure Planning with BC transit. In the past she has worked and volunteered for many years and in many countries with Doctors without Borders. She has been a volunteer coordinating sailing for sailors with disabilities; she is on the board of Our Place and Kitchens for Missions. Lori is an avid boater who loves art, paints in acrylics and who is looking forward to helping with the Christmas kettles on Oak Bay Avenue.

Joan reminded us all to be engaged in the clubboth locally and globally, to engage with each other (and to sit with different members every week), to explore, express your opinions, expect a lot from leadership and hold them to the highest standards, to have fun and to remember that Rotarians are people of action.


Ali Edgellreminded everyone that there are End Polio Nowjars on the table for our contributions and that Wednesday, October 24 is World Polio Day. All money donated to Rotary for polio eradication will be matched 2-for-1 by the Gates Foundation to the end of 2018. The End Polio Light up will be held at 6.30pm on Wednesday at the fountain in the central square by the Library of UVic.

Ali noted that polio cases have declined 99.9% since RI began the Polio Plus Campaign. This is down from 350,000 cases per year to only 20 cases so far this year. It takes only $3 to fully protect a child from polio.  This includes all the work in moving and storing the vaccine, the actual vaccinations, and multiple doses as may be necessary. There are now only 3 countries that are endemic, down from 125. Those countries are Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Ali also awarded Lorna Curtiswith her Paul Harris Societywings. These wings, which are added behind a Rotary pin or a Paul Harris pin, indicate a commitment to contribute $1,000USD or more each year to the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

Guest Andrew Turnerinvited us to help support Victoria Harborside in their Roses campaign. They are striving to sell at 1100 dozen roses at $32 a dozen. The roses are packed by club volunteers who also will deliver them in teams of 2 or more on 3 November. You can order them at the meeting today, or you can order them online.

Joan Peggsreminded everyone that next week’s meeting will be at Janna’sbusiness, Fired Up, and followed by fellowship atChristy’s pub. Please contact Joan to let her know if you are going.  She needs numbers both for Janna and for Christy’s pub.

Tav Macphersonis the Chair of the Nominating Committeewhich is forming a new slate of Officers and Directors for both the Club and the Club Foundation for the Rotary year 2019-20. We need to keep progressing towards a bigger and better club. For those who are excited about leadership opportunities please inform committee members Joan Firkins, Ron Cooley, Heather Aked or Tav.

The winner of the draw was Sandybut he drew a clear marble and so the pot grows…

Rod’s birthdayis 29 October so we all serenaded him with happy birthday.


Wendy introduced Tina Irelandwho is the Assessor for the Vancouver Island Region of the BCAssessment Authority.There are 786,000 people, 60 government agencies, and over 100 appraisers on Vancouver Island for the annual assessment roll.

Tina told us that until 1974, assessments were done by each individual municipality. This changed in 1974 so as to provide uniform assessments across the province. The system is based on the idea that taxation of each property should be based on its value and usage except for publicly funded places like churches and schools. She showed a small video about Mill Town which you which you can find at

BC Assessment Authority sends out assessment notices once a year. You can go to the BCAA website online and compare your assessment with others in your area. It’s important to look at this information because of how your assessment will affect your taxes will depend on how your assessment compares to others. If your assessment is higher than average in your municipality, then you will have an increase in taxes. If your assessment is lower on average than your municipality then, assuming taxes are the same as the year before, you should have lower taxes. If your increase is about average then your taxes will not be affected by the change in your assessment.

BC Assessment Authority uses a number of sources for the information that goes into the assessment roll including mailed out questionnaires, information from the Land Title Office, building permits and the like. Although the assessment is based on values as of July 1, they are also based on the physical condition of the building as of October 1. This means that if, for example, you have a home that finished construction in September, it will be assessed as a completed building on the roll even though it was not completed on July 1.

There are 2,044,482 properties on the BC assessment roll, 88% of which are class I (that is to say residential). The value is $1.86 trillion and 96% of those values are accepted without appeal. Many of the appraisals are “mass appraisals” and if there are changes to your property that would affect the value, you can call to tell BCAA about that while the roll is being prepared.

In Oak Bay, value of properties is up 61% from 2010. The 2018 assessment roll shows hefty increases over the last 2 to 3 years and values are up about 10% this year. The median sale price in Victoria is now $789,000 which is still a higher value than last year. In Oak Bay, the average selling price is now $1.4 million. The Greater Victoria area on a whole is up about 5-10% this year and about 10-20% for commercial properties.

Every year there is more information available on the BC Assessment Authority website. You can look for comparable sales, and other values. There is also information about property trends for each jurisdiction and a list of the top 500 properties. The target for BC Assessment Authority is to value properties at 97% of market value with a range plus or minus of 5%.

Perry thanked the speaker and commented on the good information on the BC Assessment Authority website.

President Peter then adjourned meeting.

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  1. Lynnie November 10, 2018 Reply

    I would like to thank Tav Macpherson for his FABULOUS job of catching us all up on the last about 18 months of the weekly Club Bulletin. It is a very good reminder of how fantastic and fun the Rotary Club of Oak Bay is.

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