Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 5 May 2020
by Clair Wakefield
 
President Joan acted as the Zoom Master and welcomed the 39 online participants including many guests from different corners of the world.
 
The following guests were welcomed: Gordon and Heather McInally - Kelso, Scotland, Sue Paget - Capetown, SA, Bob Menconi - Florida, PDG Brian and Barbara Beagle – Tucson, Arizona, Bob Hillier - Ottawa. Sean Graham – President elect RC of Steveston, Naida Hyde – former member, Alison Poste - prospective member, and Bob Blacker, our guest speaker.
The Invocation was delivered by Doris Lewis.  Doris read two quotations relevant to the times we are currently living in.
 
Rotary Information:
President Joan showed a short video about Rotoract activities in support of people and communities.  It featured Rotary Great Britain and Ireland.
The OB club is submitting an application for a $2,000 Covid 19 grant. John Jordan is handling it.
President Joan reminded everyone of the May 16 online District Training and encouraged all to participate.  As of May 5, there were 615 people registered. Registration was to close on May 6.
Joan Peggs noted that Katie Coard of the Westshore Daybreak Rotary will be incoming Assistant District Governor starting July 1.
Joan Peggs provided an update about the Flag program.  She noted that, at the suggestion of two subscribers, the flags have been put out in early May and will remain up until after the May 24 long weekend.  This is in recognition of the current covid crisis and all essential workers who are enabling us to handle the unusual situation. It will provide a greater opportunity for other folks to learn about the program and perhaps subscribe. Joan P thanked the OB members who have put up their flags and noted that two non-club members (Paul McCarthy and April Rodinger) also helped with flag installation. Joan also gave kudos to John Jordan for his flag distribution and coordination efforts.  President Joan then thanked Joan Peggs for her tireless efforts as the flag program manager.
 
Celebrations Masters were Senor Will Carter and Senora Carter.  The theme was Cinco de Mayo (the date of the meeting). Questions focused on that Mexican Holiday and all fines were to be $5 and be donated to the Rapid Relief Fund through the OB Rotary website.  Cece informed us that May 5 is not Mexico's Independence Day but rather commemorates a pivotal battle with the French.
 
Guest Speaker - Lorna Curtis introduced Guest Speaker, Bob Blacker. Bob, a Rotarian and retired police officer, was serving as Honorary Aide de Camp to newly appointed Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Point when they created the "Write to Read" program which establishes libraries and learning centres in remote First Nations communities. Bob presented a slide show and described how the program started in 2006 and how it has since grown to include 24 locations. Initially libraries were set up in donated Britco trailers (the first one was for the Toosey First Nations located in the interior) but more recently the learning centres, such as that for the Malahat Band, have been designed by an architect to reflect a traditional long house. Band members were involved in the construction including the fitting of the furniture built by inmates at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre. The facilities now offer books in digital format, audio books and books in First Nations languages. Write to Read is a partnership between Government House, Rotary and First Nations communities.  Visit writetoreadbc.com for more info.
 
Bob Beavais thanked our speaker, pointing out that, from his perspective as an academic, the development of such centres of learning was a very important and valuable service.
Before closing out the meeting, President Joan mentioned that the speaker for the May 12 meeting would be a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
 
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