Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin 7 April, 2020
By Victoria Pitt
 
This was our second video meeting hosted by our intrepid President Joan using Zoom.  26 members were in attendance.  President Joan reminded everyone to turn on their video. Many people said hi or waived as they joined the meeting. If anyone was wearing PJ’s they were well hidden!
 
This month is dedicated to Maternal and Child Health, one of the 6 areas of focus of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  This includes reducing morbidity rates for children under age 5, reducing the death rate among mothers, and improving the health of mothers and children.
O Canada was done by video. I noticed some people singing although most people stayed seated as far as I could tell.
 
Adam gave a very timely invocation which was written after the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, by a Franciscan Irish priest in Dublin, Ireland.
 
Lockdown
Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death. 
But.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them. 
 
Announcements.
Please make sure that you get your Smile Cards loaded!  We will be using the funds for a defibrillator for the Oak Bay Rec this year.
The Rotaract Raffle raised $4,541.00. The Rotaract club added funds to bring the total to a nice round $5,000. These funds will be used to support a refugee family once they arrive.  They have been delayed due to COVID-19.  The raffle prize was won by the one of the family’s brother!
Joan Peggs announced that after receiving a suggestion from a subscriber, we will put out the flags early this year (at the end of April rather than at the May long weekend) to show support for all our health care workers and first responders.  If you are able to assist with installing the flags please let Joan know. The flags cannot come from the Oak Bay Works yard due to the lockdown so they will be picked up from either Joan’s home or John Jordan’s home. Stand by for more details as we get closer to the installation date.
Lorna told us that there are lots of opportunities for volunteering if people wish to do so. For example, the Monterey Center is preparing meals and volunteer drivers are delivering them to senior’s homes (leaving them on their porches and by their doors).  Soap for Hope is looking for help because they cannot get soap from hotels for the moment. There has been a huge increase in the use of the Food Banks so the Food Rescue Program is needed more than ever. The Island Food Caring campaign has raised $32,000 for Food Rescue.   Joan showed a small video done by CHEK TV for “Vital People” about the Program which is now saving 10,000 pounds of food a day
 
The Celebration Master was next (without his book – your humble recorder still has that!)  Neil Rawnsley asked that everyone pay their fines on line and that they make the payment at least $5.00 because there will be credit card costs.  Neil fined those who are now physically distancing from their fridges, anyone who was wearing PJ’s below the waist during the meeting, any one who has facetimed family in the last week, who has not used their Smile card recently, or who has not been for a walk today, and have you looked at the Rapid Relief site? (with thanks to Adam who set that site up). Happy/Sad Heather is happy that the Raymond James Foundation has raised $180,000 for foodbanks across Canada. Joan Peggs is happy that the change purse she found was not claimed and so has been returned to her by the police. The change, about $25.00, has gone to the Rapid Relief Fund.
 
Program
Today, instead of one speaker, we have two Vocational talks, from Chris Kershaw and Clair Wakefield
Chris Kershaw retired after 28 years based in the Home Office in England where he worked as a Statistician. His role was to track and report to Parliament on the trends in immigration.  The directive was to limit net immigration to 100,000 people per year. However, for a number of reasons, the numbers were always much higher. 
  1. The Bosnian Refugee Crisis.
  2. The 2004 entry into the EU of Poland.
  3. In 2010 the number of international students going to British colleges increased.
  4. In 2014 Romania and Bulgaria were in the EU and people could come from those countries to Britain.
From 2009 to 2019 there was net immigration was over 200,000 people per year. Net immigration was quite high at the time of the Brexit referendum and may be a part of a reason for the vote in favour of leavingAsylum applications increased and by 2019 were at 35,000. The number of Asylum seekers was limited because refugees are stopped by the physical barrier known as the English Channel. Chris supported his talk with a number of interesting graphs (attached)
He ended his talk by saying that the job was frustrating at times but that it was fascinating.
 
Clair Wakefield is an Acoustical Consultant. This was a new type of business when he first started in the field which he stumbled into initially.  The field deals with noise and sound both outside and inside. It started with airports and outside noise they cause and theatres for inside sound. The discipline is split about 50/50 between inside and outside. He has been involved in assessing noise levels for new highways and arranging sound walls to reduce the impact of the highway noise on communities. If you look at the new McKenzie interchange, for example, you can see some of these measures in place. Another example is the Golden Ears Bridge in Pitt Meadows which had a particular noise issue caused by the noise of vehicles going over the expansion joints on the bridge. They made a “ribit” type of sound every time a car went over them.  This was ameliorated by using modular expansion joints that incorporate silencing materials. This reduced the noise by 50%
The Oak Bay High School Theatre has noise control in its design. It is pretty spartan by acoustical standards but the acoustics in the theatre are good. University of Victoria has a new recording/sound perception room. This had to be very quiet and the space needed to be “dead” acoustically.  The acoustical design for the space accomplished this.
Clair told us that he has a wife and three children. He likes to play golf and play Guitar and showed us a picture of his two guitars; a Martin and a Gibson.
Joan Peggs thanked Chris and Clair.
 
Next on the Agenda was EREY.  Ali Edgell reported that the draw had raised $1,280.00 and that 36 tickets were sold and the wine was all in her cellar with do not touch labels on them. Lorna won the wine! However, Lorna told us that she does not drink wine and so she has suggested that the wine be used for our music bingo once social distancing limits are relaxed and we are able to hold that event and then we can all drink it! The 2nd prize ($75 certificate Deep Cove) was draw by Ali and her guy, Paul, won it! The 3rd prize, three bottles of cider from Sea Cider was won by Art Joyce.
Nest week we have Stephanie Staples and our DG Maureen
President Joan ended with a video of a family with 4 kids who did a Les Mis parody – that is one way to keep the kids busy!
 
 
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