By Janette Nation
Invocation: Wendy Townsend
Recognition was given by President Peter to those who had worked so hard on making the Mardi Gras fundraising event, on 4 May 2019, such a success: Joan Peggs, Lorna Curtis, Neil Rawnsley and Wendy Townsend.
Visiting Rotarians:
Sophie Gloy – Harbourside
Willis Coffman – Red Lodge, Montana
Andrew Bekes – hosted by President Peter
Natasha Caton – Speaker
Caroline Caton – mother of Speaker
Joan Peggs thanked those who volunteered a home hospitality dinner on May 9 to attendees of the 5020 District Conference.
Pablo announced an upcoming Di Mahle concert at St. Mary’s Church, Elgin Street, Oak Bay on May 19 at 2.30 p.m. with $5 of every ticket ($25 or $22.50 for seniors) going to our club.
Janette advised $1450 had been raised from the Thrifty Foods Smile Card over the past year. She urged everyone to use their Smile Cards as 5% of all moneys spent goes to our club. She called once again for a worthy recipient for the coming year’s proceeds as the 5% is not received until approval has been provided to a new recipient. Joan Peggs said she had a nomination.
Jack Petrie reminded everyone about the Victoria Soul Gospel Choir concert on 10 May.
A video of photos taken at the Carnarvon Rotary Waterpark where several of our members volunteered to repaint the surfaces, was shown. There were lots of smiling faces!
New Member:
Andrew Bekes was inducted as a new member in the category of Property Management.
Celebration Master, Rod Sim asked a number of questions and then called for 5 people to volunteer to tell us of their moment when they knew it was good to be a Rotarian. Rod donated $5 for each.
  1. Jack Petrie: when Rotary and the Red Cross were the first charities to be allowed into Afghanistan
  2. Vicki Pitt: when a speaker who was a Canadian teacher showed a picture of a girl looking for ants to eat in Malawi and the club sponsored a Malawi girls’ school.
  3. Ceci: meeting people who want to do the same good things in the world that she does
  4. Giles: His wife was asked to join but he did instead because as a reporter, he covered meetings in Calgary as they had excellent speakers
  5. Sandy: he joined because Tom Lidkea sponsored him and secondly because he likes everything John Jordan does.
Neil won the draw but didn’t draw the black marble.
Guest Speaker, Ali Edgell introduced the guest speaker, Natasha Caton. The Caton family founded the CARE Team Service Society.  Natasha and her father, who is an anesthesiologist went to Guatemala in 2018 and participated in providing pediatric plastic surgery for the indigenous Mayans. Most of the injuries were due to cooking fires.
CARE is the acronym for Clinical Aid Research Education. It is a Victoria based 100% volunteer organization and non-denominational. Natasha Caton described the procedures the team follows. On triage day, there are 80-100 patients.  There are consults over a day and then surgery is booked. Every patient is surveyed. There are hysterectomies and hernias. Last year, a Guatemalan plastic surgeon gave her support. Patient care packages are assembled from donations and given to patients at the end of the triage day.
A gallery of photos is displayed on the 3rd floor of the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Non-medical volunteers assist as well.
Our club donated $1,000 to the cause.
[The Co-Founder and Director is Dr. Brent Caton, a cardiac anesthesiologist at the Royal jubilee Hospital. This is a description provided by Dr. Caton on his Linkedin page:
“The CARE Team Service Society is a non-profit organization established in Victoria B.C. Canada. We are dedicated to supporting improvements in health, education, and living conditions of impoverished peoples.
Our Canadian volunteers include Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Nurses and Patient Care Support Staff who are committed to making a difference in the lives of individuals who do not have adequate access to healthcare due to economic or social barriers. We are a non-denominational organization which relies 100% on funds raised by our generous supporters. Our enthusiastic volunteers use their vacation time and pay their all of their own travel costs.
Our team is brought together by a belief that we can provide help in the form of access to high quality medical and surgical services by sharing our time, skills, and expertise with those in need.
Most of our patients are members of the local Mayan population that has historically been marginalized and underserved.
Our annual surgical missions thus far have taken place in Antigua, Guatemala since July 2015. In July 2017, we safely and successfully performed 76 operations. Our most recent mission took place during the second week of July 2018 and we completed 81 operations. The majority of our patients were from remote areas of Guatemala with extremely limited access to healthcare. Our patients age ranged from 13 to 79 years.
These operations require a significant amount of supplies, equipment and medication, in addition to access to diagnostic and medical imaging. We also require access to a hospital facility and surgical suites as well as postoperative wards and care facilities. There is so much that is needed on a daily basis: surgical drapes, gloves, sponges, sutures, and medications – such as, anesthetics, analgesics, and antibiotics. The list is lengthy, but together with your support and generous donations we can make a difference!
CARE Team Service Society “]
In closing, President Pete showed a video of how, in Stockholm, people were encouraged to climb stairs instead of taking the adjacent escalator. The stairs were turned into a giant piano that had been electronically connected so that as people walked up and down, the notes would play. An excellent example of the fun theory!
You can see this video at the following link:
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