Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 21 July, 2020
by Lorna Curtis
 
 
The meeting was called to order by President Steve with zoom-master Past President Joan at the controls.  Joan played another excellent selection of O Canada and after the invocation Pablo welcomed the following guests: Gerald Pash, PP of Victoria Rotary Club, Rob Reid, today’s guest speaker and Jennifer Sharlow, who will soon be inducted as a club member.
 
Claire Wakefield introduced speaker, Rob Reid.
Rob is the owner-operator of Frontrunners Footwear and New Balance Victoria. He has been in business in Victoria for 32 years having entered the retail business due to his passion for marathon running. He was ranked in Canada’s top 10 in the early 80s and has been a race director on the Board of the Victoria Marathon for 30 years. He erected the famous Terry Fox statue at Mile Zero in 2005. He has co-produced a film on homelessness called Us and Them.
In addition he is a Past Board Member on Telus Community Board, Past Board Member for Funding on Cool Aid, a founder of Every Step Counts - Cool Aid Program, a founder of independent Running Retailers of Canada. He has been awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship and a Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award. Rob is father of 4 and has three grandchildren.
 
Rob spoke of preserving the Terry Fox legacy. He indicated that he had helped set up an exhibit to display over 1000 artifacts from the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Run. He showed photographs of the support van that Terry used, as well as a well-worn pair of shoes and holy socks! This exhibit has been on display in a number of cities throughout Canada and the hope is to have a central location in which these items may be preserved to honor Terry Fox and to pass his story on to future generations.  It would be nice to honor him with a museum in his name as Terry Fox is definitely part of the Canadian identity.  The exhibit was going to be displayed at the PNE this year but due to COVID-19 that will not happen, and the artifacts will remain in storage.  Rob and Terry’s family are hoping federal, provincial and private funding can be secured in order to have a venue for this very informative and emotional exhibit.  
How can Rotary Clubs help?  Rob would like the 300 Rotary Clubs across Canada to get involved by donating $1000 each towards this project and then hopefully get matching funds from the Rotary Foundation.  Adam Farquharson has agreed to help Rob with this goal.  All donations to this project are eligible for a tax receipt.  If you are looking for more information, go to www.terryfoxcentre.ca
 
Perry Bamji thanked the Rob for his stirring presentation.
 
Krista was the celebration's master and asked that since we did not have to purchase a lunch could everyone please go to the club website and donate $5 under happy/sad dollars.  Birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged including Giles Bixler’s 85th birthday. (A very poor rendition of Happy Birthday was sung. Perhaps Joan F. can find a happy birthday song on video to help us in the future).
 
There will be no meeting next week on the 28 July as there will be the monthly meeting of the club’s Board (on Zoom). This is not a closed shop and any member may attend a Board meeting.  The next club meeting is Tuesday 4 August also on Zoom.
 
The Club zoom meeting adjourned and was immediately followed by the AGM for the Rotary Club of Oak Bay Foundation, chaired by Vicky Pitt. After the Chair’s report Tav Mac conducted the election of the Board of Directors. Elected by acclamation were Ron Cooley, David Maxwell, Victoria Pitt, Rod Sim and Jamie Talbot. Some business was ratified and then the meeting adjourned.
 
In closing the day’s gathering Joan F played a video of Duchess Camilla and Judi Dench having a zoom visit and talking about COVID-19 and how it has changed how people view and use technology.
 
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