Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 10 November, 2020
Club Day, by Vicky Pitt.
Hey where is everybody?
Joan Firkins as usual hosted the meeting via Zoom.  It seemed at first as though there were only going to be a few of us in attendance but as the clock reached 12:15 there were a flurry of arrivals who were almost late!
That looks better!
President Steve welcomed everyone to the meeting  and we started with a video rendition of O Canada, this time sung  in 11 different languages  You can see the video here;
Heather reported that there were no guests at the meeting today.
Jennifer delivered the invocation and spoke of this week as being a time for remembrance of those who gave their lives in service of this country.
Joan Firkins reminded everyone that November is Foundation Month and showed a small video highlighting what the Foundation does. You can find it here;
Joan also reminded everyone that next week is the Foundation Auction.  Neil Rawnsly will be sending the info about it out shortly.  The auction will be held during a hybrid meeting both in person and on Zoom – that should be interesting for catching all of the bids! There will be 18 different lots put up for those wishing to bid.
We will also have the wine draw that day (thanks Ali)
If you want to know where your donations stand before the meeting, contact either Neil or Ali who will be able to give you that info.
We then adjourned to our various meeting rooms for a period of 20 minutes (courtesy of Joan F who is getting to be a “dab hand” at this) .  By all accounts the committee meetings went well.
After that we all returned to the main meeting.
Wendy reported that we will be doing the Salvation Army kettles this year notwithstanding Covid. Shifts will be reduced to one hour each.  She also reported that the Purdy’s Chocolate campaign has another 2 weeks and we are still shy of the minimum required so please get your orders in!
Peter reported for Youth Services:
The Student Exchange program is working well in coordination with the Victoria and Harborside clubs and we have two or possibly three out bound candidates for student exchange.
Interact is off to a slow start due to the unusual situation this year but it still should be a good year. Rotaract is doing well and is having good turnout at their meetings.
The committee is working on a Youth Project Leadership course. The idea is to support youth who are doing projects and to assist them to learn about things like project management and similar lifelong skills. This is in the development stage.
Joan Peggs as Celebrations Master told us that Sandy Curry ad Barb have an anniversary on the 12 November but the number of years on her list (7) looked wrong!
There were no birthdays this week
There were a number of Club anniversaries:
  • Nov 1 – Perry Bamji – 28 years
  • Nov 1 – Rod Sim - 26 years
  • Nov 1 – Atam Uppal – 3 years
  • Nov 2 – Renate Mackenzie – 10 years
  • Nov 12 – Bryan Crockford – 1 year
Happy/Sad bucks;
Neil put in a happy $25 bucks for his 6th grandchild who has just been born (she and mom are doing well)
Jack $10 to celebrate John Jordan. The two of them went walking around the Village notwithstanding John’s painful knees. John, Jack told us, always notices people who need help so when he saw someone struggling with a heavy gate it was “Hello mate, can I help you close that gate?” even with his bad knees he leant a hand and go the gate closed.  He is an inspiration.
Joan Peggs reminded everyone to go to the club website and pay their fines ($3 each)
On the subject of poppies.  In Flanders Fields was first published in Punch Magazine in 1921 and was quickly adopted as a symbol for the Legion both here and in Britain. In Canada it is worn on the left, in Britain on either side. You can also wear a poppy to the funeral of a Vet or on the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  In Ottawa, the tradition has developed of placing your poppy at the memorial after the service so the memorial is awash with poppies.
Steve then announced that Brenda Cressy from the RI Foundation will be zooming at out meeting next week as well as Katie, our Assistant Governor.  It will be a full vibrant and interesting meeting so be there before 12:00 noon because it will need to start right on time.
We closed with a Rotary Day video and as a little amusement.
We adjourned at 1:17PM.
Peter reported for C
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