Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, Nov 3, 2020
By Dave Maxwell.
President Steve called the Zoom meeting to order at 12:15pm with A RECORD OF 38 MEMBERS AT THE MEETING!! 19 in person at the OBBH The National Anthem Video was followed by an inspiring invocation delivered by Jennifer Sharlow. Our thoughts and prayers with people across the globe and with our neighbours to the south on this very important Election day.
Guests:  No Guests or Visitors today.  
Tav: Chair of the Nomination Committee:  Reminded us of the Board Director positions that need to be filled for the July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 Club Board. Nominees to be Elected at our Dec 8 AGM. All nominations to be send to Tav! Great opportunity for the new guard and newer members to help us create and write the next chapter for our Club!!! Don’t be shy!!!
Joan Firkins:  Reminded us of the wine draw coming up. Please refer to your emails. Great event!!
Joan Firkins:   November is Rotary Foundation month. This is our big opportunity to be part of the “Every Rotarian, Every Year” program.  Note our Tax Auction is Nov 17th where you can donate and get matching $$ for your next Paul Harris level and make a donation to the Foundation.  Always a great meeting and a great way to support Rotary International.
Ben Smillie: Membership Chair gave us a membership moment with one of our young and new members who has been an excellent member: Adam Farquharson. He joined our club because of his affiliation with Interact and later through Jack. Ben reminded us to simply ask people we work with to join us!! 
Wendy Townsend:  Reminded us of the Purdy Chocolate sale and the Coffee sale. Please read her emails around both these awesome initiatives for our club!!!
Wendy Townsend:  Presented a check from our Club donating $2500 to the Tilly Therapy Dogs. Assn.  Well done everyone!
Program: Atam introduced todays speaker, Eileen Grant, from Oak Bay Emergency Response Preparedness.   
The message is very simple. With preparedness we can deal with most emergencies that come our way. The Mantra is:
  • Know the Risk
  • Have a Plan
  • Build your Kits
  • Know your Neighbours.
  1. Risk: Eileen spoke of the Tsunami risk in Oak Bay and after the new report just out identifying the 3 main Faults around Oak Bay, that our risk is quite low of a Tsunami.
  2. Plan: we were reminded that we need a plan around such things as fire, earthquake. Do we have insurance etc.
  3. Kits: We should all have 2 kits in case of emergency. We should have a 6-12 hour survival “Grab and Go” kit with Water/food/radio/documents/cash/. One kit per person.  The second kit is a “shelter in place“  kit.   More on the Oak Bay web site.
  4. Neighbours:  Very simple…..get to know them and not just their pets name.
COVID also requires our attention: Make a Plan/Prepare/Act Quickly/ Connect.
Useful websites are:
  • Local-
  • Regional-
  • Provincial:
Chris Kershaw (a response preparedness volunteer with a cool hat) thanked the Speaker.
Celebrations Master, Joan Peggs.   $1 fine for: no emergency kit in your house, not standing on Zoom for O Canada or not wearing a poppy. Most of us owed at least $2!! Fines etc. payable at”
No Birthdays or Anniversary’s.  Heather and Lorna had happy $$ for families and kids in our lives!
Remembrance Day: Our guest speaker reminded us that there will be a closed ceremony  at the Cenotaph on Nov 11 but it will be streamed at 10:55 though the Oak Bay Municipal Website for all of us to watch.
President Steve thanked us all for our attention and specifically to Joan F and Adam for all the work they do keeping our meetings and technology moving along seamlessly each week!!!!!!!
Club Meeting on Zoom next week!
Meeting adjourned at 1:15pm.
Dave Maxwell
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