Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 25 June, 2019.
by Ali Edgell.
(I forgot until the very end of the meeting that I was the scribe for the day which is really too bad because there were some very funny and heartwarming moments during today’s meeting).
Starting off with President Peter’s farewell speech in which he thanked club members for being his Rotary inspiration and thanked incoming President Joan for taking over and cleaning up the mess that Past President Wendy created and Peter perpetuated…[Insert evil grin and a chuckle from the podium].
Tav Mac welcomed the following visitors. Rotarians: Oliver Marler and Allan Lingwood from the Rotary Club of Victoria as well as Cheryl Nelson from the Rotary Club of Jasper. Guests today were Marnie Spencelayh, our speaker, Doris Lewis, Chris Kershaw and Jenny Boulet.
Tav reminded every member of the importance of paying their annual dues and at the very least making their membership intentions known prior to June 30th when the membership report to Rotary International is due to be submitted along with RI’s portion of our membership dues.
Vicky Pitt did a wonderful job of extracting fines.  She has a well trained eye and cruises the buffet lineup collecting intelligence for her time on the podium.  Of note, Past President Wendy was fined for not unpacking her Rotary name badge in time for our meeting among many other fines that were levied.  The collection box was heavy at the end of our meeting today. There were many wonderful happy bucks and one very sad buck.
We had a self-professed “gate crasher” attending our meeting today.  Her name was Doris T. Lewis.  Doris had a wonderful time at our meeting and was so moved she gave a happy buck offering back for all of the multiple blessings she had received during the meeting. When it came time for the 50/50 draw it had to be postponed (whoops!) The suspense continued to build.
Our speaker, Marnie Spencelayh, had a lovely message to help people to find SHALOM (which in Hebrew means peace and harmony) through improved personal relationships. Her book is called, Flourish in a World Full of People, and is available on Amazon and Chapter’s online.
Jack Petrie added to this message with his own message which I felt was worth repeating here, he suggested “replacing judgement with curiosity”.
Finally, it was time for the draw and the winning ticket was held by…Doris Lewis, our wonderful guest.  Not only did she win the draw but she pulled the black marble as well. Doris kindly donated part of her winnings back to the Club. Thanks Doris! She also suggested that she might wish to become a member.
We ended the meeting with a recitation of the 4-Way test, led by Ali.
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