Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 3 March, 2020
By Lorna Curtis
 
Joan Pegg’s welcomed Rotary members from the Rotary Satellite Club of Langley Central Sunset – our club is donating 50 flags to help them launch the flag program in their community.
 
President Joan reminded us March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month; 663 million people don’t have access to clean water; 2.4 billion people don’t have access to improved sanitation and 946 million people defecate in the open.  Seven out of ten people, without access to improved sanitation, and 9 out of 10 people who have to in the open, live in rural areas.
Rotary’s Action Group, WASRAG, provides information, support, and encouragement to Rotarians, Rotary Club and districts, and takes an active role in projects/programs to develop safe water and sanitation as means of promoting improved health and hygiene round the world.
When people have access to clean water and sanitation waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. 
 
We sang the Canadian anthem to the video that promotes the club flag program.
 
Ben introduced guests Brian Siddall, Iris Bannerman, David Philip Jr., Joanne Cowan, Anne McIntyre and Joel Bryan.  Visiting Rotarians Steven Carter, Lilianne Fuller and Travis Strain all from the Rotary Satellite Club of Langley Central Sunset.
 
President Joan informed us we will be losing at least 3 members this year and reminded us how important it is for all of us to introduce friends, family and colleagues to Rotary.
 
Wendy Townsend, Community Services Chair, presented a $500 cheque from the club to Ann McIntyre for the Soap for Hope program.
 
Wendy also reminded everyone about the Immigration and refugee society project where we can sponsor a room.   By sponsoring a room, we commit to be the contact for a refugee family as they settle in and help them to feel part of the community.   If you are interested in being part of this project, contact Chris Kershaw or Wendy Townsend.
 
 
President Joan thanked John Jordan and Krista Voitchovsky for distributing rescued food at Craigflower Elementary School last Wednesday.
President Joan thanked Joan Peggs, John Jordan, Steve Sharlow, Heather Aked, Jack Petrie, Lorna Curtis and herself for volunteering on Saturday to promote the Food Rescue Project at local grocery outlets.
She informed club members that our club supported Rotaractors Grace and Meghan to attend PETS in February – they sent a note to thank the club for this very valuable experience.
Ali promoted the tickets sales for the wine draw to support the Rotary Foundation – contact her for the $35 tickets – draw will be March 10th.
 
 Vicky Pitt, Celebrations Master, extracted money for things like not washing hands for 20 seconds after going to the washroom and to those of us who do not back into parking spots.
Eugen gave $10 for his 10 years in Rotary.  Vicky won the 50/50 and got black marble winning $126 – way to go Vicky! Vicky kindly donated the money back to the club!
 
Krista introduced our speaker and club member Eugen Bannerman.  Eugen asked who has visited the Mile Zero Plaque?  One of the names on the plaque is that of Al Howie.  Al lived in Duncan and Eugen was fortunate to interview him and become an admirer and a friend. Al was a Canadian long-distance runner who won more than fifty marathons, ultramarathons, and multiday races in over two decades, including the 1991 Trans-Canada Highway run (7295 kilometers) in the record time of 72 days and 10 hours. A brass plaque on Victoria's Mile Zero marker commemorates this athletic event for which he raised $750,000 for a fund for children with special needs. Two weeks after running across Canada he won the Sri Chinmoy 1300 Miler in New York improving on his own world record time. Both the Trans Canada run and the 1,300-mile (2,100 km) race qualified for the Guinness Book of Records.[1] He lived in Duncan, B.C., from 2005 until his death in 2016. He had been receiving treatment for Diabetes I. The City of Duncan awarded him the Perpetual Trophy for Excellence and Sportsmanship in December 2007, and in 2014 he was inducted into The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.  He has recently been nominated for induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
 
 
Steve Sharlow won the Mystery draw, but no one guessed today’s Equation.
 
Joan reminded everyone that next week is Club Committee Day and there will be Directors Reports to bring everyone up to date on all avenues of service.
 
Joan closed the meeting with a quote from Abraham Lincoln:  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”!
 
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