Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 13 October, 2020
By Jennifer Sharlow
President Steve Sharlow opened the meeting noting that it was a wet, windy day in Victoria. The meeting was conducted on zoom and was not hybrid.
Joan F then shared a touching “O Canada” video and John provided a thoughtful invocation.
We welcomed two visitors, Deane and Brooke. They joined in Club Day activities and later in the program they discussed a proposal for a Band Shell at Turkey Head.
Joan Firkins shared that it was World Polio Month and right now there are 19 million people walking on the Earth, who would have otherwise been paralyzed. Since 1988, 3 billion children have received the vaccine.
Club Day Committee meetings:
Those in attendance broke out into heir respective Committee meetings. Reports on discussions should be filed with Tav Mac and may be reviewed below. (* At the time of editing only Peter has reported. The Youth Services report is below.)
Celebrations Master: Kris finished the meeting with a fun and informative quiz about Rotary, followed by happy and sad dollars.
Notes from 13 October, 2020, Youth Services Committee:
  1. Renate has volunteered as our club Youth Protection Officer and is being trained/certified.
  2. Joan P has volunteered to be point person for Rotaract (University)
  3. Pete has volunteered to be point person for Interact (High School); still looking for a replacement or tag team partner for this.
  4. Update on Youth Exchange developments:
    1. Volunteers for positions:
      1. Jen has volunteered to be Youth Exchange Counsellor and Doris has volunteered to be her co-counsellor and back up
      2. Pete is current Youth Exchange Officer (looking for a replacement or co-officer).
    2. Activity:
      1. We have at least one student from Oak Bay High applying for potential outbound exchange starting in August/September 2021 through to June/July 2022
      2. Youth exchange will be dependent on the existence of a COVID vaccine and the student being vaccinated by late May/early June to give time to build up sufficient anti-bodies before departure.
      3. We are collaborating with Harbourside and Victoria for interviews, selection and support. There is at least one additional candidate in process of applying.
      4. If we have an outbound student, we will also host an inbound student (subject to vaccinations)
      5. There are a couple of additional candidates who were selected last year but the program was cancelled due to COVID. They  will also be considered this year subject to vaccinations.
      6. Club interviews in Victoria planned for early November; District interviews planned for mid Jan to mid Feb in 2021.
  5. Updates on Joint Efforts with Harbourside/Victoria:
    1. Discussions ongoing
    2. Joint meeting scheduled October 17th to finalize business plan and action plan for this year – Pete to attend and report back
  6. Further discussion on new Leadership Development Possibilities
    1. Doris and Bryan to explore possible experiential leadership development opportunities. Pete to join to conversation. Will report back next meeting.
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