Rotary Club of Oak Bay

Bulletin, 21 May 2019.

by Clare Wakefield

President Peter opened the meeting and thanked Joan Peggs and all the club members who were helping with the Flag Program over the May long weekend. After the National anthem and invocation, delivered by Bob Beauvais, those in attendance enjoyed the buffet.

Lynnie introduced visiting Rotarian Barb Cameron, from the Rotary Club of Courtenay, and visitors Emily Percival-Paterson (Host, Barb Cameron) and Ann Chabert of the Canadian Blood Services, today’s speaker.

Barb Cameron introduced guest Emily Percival-Paterson.  Emily is the recipient of a Rotary scholarship/bursary to complete a Masters degree in Maternal and Reproductive Health. Emily is from Sooke and was proposed for the award by the Rotary Club of Sooke. The $30k US scholarship will pay for 50% of Emily’s program. Emily has been recently working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education.  This work has involved Emily flying across Canada teaching STEM subjects in some of the most remote communities.

Peter described how, at the recent Rotary District Conference in Victoria, cards that had been prepared by elementary school students in DG Craig’s area, appeared at each place at the Saturday dinner.  The children had been asked to describe something/someone that had inspired them. The Grade 4 student (Austin) that did Peter’s card said he was inspired by his neighbour “because he runs a Dairy Queen and I think I might want to work there someday”.

The President noted that since OBBH is booked next Tuesday there will be no lunch meeting on May 28.

Rod Sim was Fines Master: 

He reminded members of this year’s moto “Be the Inspiration” and how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had provided $100M matching funds “up front” to support Rotary’s Polio eradication program. The Gates have also funded research being conducted at Waterloo University to greatly reduce the costs of delivering Polio vaccine to remote recipients in warm climates.  The research has found that by mixing sugars with the vaccine to form a gel, it can be transported without costly refrigeration/cooling.

Rod challenged the members to guess the name used by African children for balloons – No one knew. It is “Fufa”

Happy/Sad Dollars:  Joan thanked the flag installers and mentioned new subscribers. Heather gave sad dollars because her niece is in Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. Sandy gave Happy dollars because of the “gorgeous day” he spent kayaking on the Gorge on the weekend.



Joan Peggs introduced the speaker Ann Chabert of Canadian Blood Services.  Ann gave a presentation about the functions and services provided by CBS including types of blood products that are collected and how they are used, the requirements for eligibility to donate blood, the blood types that are the most widely usable by recipients, and how much blood is required for various medical procedures and conditions.  A surprising statistic was that, while about 50% of people are eligible to donate blood, less than 5% of the population actually does.  Ann encouraged members to donate and to encourage their family, friends and colleagues to do so. There were several questions about blood types, Stem cell transfusions etc.

Perry thanked Ann and presented her with the OB rotary mug.

Pres Pete adjourned the meeting.

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