Rotary Club of Oak Bay

Bulletin, 5 March, 2019

By Sabrina Corraini

President Peter opened the meeting and mentioned that it is Water & Sanitation month; an important theme in our world.

Steve Sharlow shared the invocation.

Lynne Murray introduced visitors and guests:

  • Roteractor Christopher Dietlein from UVic.
  • Visitor Shelley Hordiyuk (guest of Jack Petrie).
  • Visitor Joanne Specht from the Cridge Centre (speaker).

Announcements:

  1. Roteractor Christopher Dietlein let us all know that the UVic club was the first Roteract club in America to have their own foundation. They did a gala fundraiser last year that was very well-received and raised a lot of money.  They are doing another one again this year on April 13th at the Chief & Petty Officers’ Mess on the CFB Esquimalt base.  Tickets are $40 and the theme is celebrating service.  There will be a live auction, cocktails, hors d’oevres.  He had tickets available to sell at the meeting.  Contact the Roteract club if you’re interested in additional tickets.
  2. President Peter reminded us that the District Conference is May 9-11 Victoria, split between the Convention Centre and the Hotel Grand Pacific. He encouraged us all to attend to learn more about Rotary. He then played a short video discussing the merits of the District Conference.
  3. Joan Peggs said she needs some help and support for the District Conference. Thursday, May 9th is Home Hospitality night when our club members host and cook dinner for conference-goers from out of town.  Right now, more out-of-towners are signed up than there are people who have volunteered to host them.  Please sign up, you can even take people out for dinner if you don’t want to cook!  Joan mentioned there’s also a need for drivers.  If you can volunteer, contact her for details.
  4. Joan Peggs also said the dinner at Sol last week was a great event. $2,300 raised. Lots of fun and laughs.

Celebrations Master: Wynn

  • Fines related to New Years’ Resolutions and Lent.
  • Happy/sad dollars
    • Joan Firkins would appreciate leads for a limousine company that might sponsor/donate their services.
    • Neil Rawnsley needs your commitment for tickets for the New Orleans dinner. Let him know how many you want and you can pay later.
  • 50/50 draw: Art Joyce won and drew the black marble for the whole pot!

Speaker

Jack Petrie introduced our speaker, Joanne Specht, from the Cridge Centre.

Joanne discussed all of the different programs offered at the Cridge Centre including childcare, seniors assisted living, help for brain injury survivors, shelter/transition housing for women and their children escaping from abusive relationships, and much, much more.

Have a look at their website to learn more about this vital support for our community: www.cridge.org

Funding:

45% from gov’t contracts

40% from user fees (e.g. seniors pay to live there)

15% from fundraising and donations

Joan Peggs thanked our speaker and gave her a souvenir Rotary mug.

Lastly, President Peter said on May 9th our club and Abstract are sponsoring a performance by the Soul and Gospel Choir with proceeds from the event going to the Cridge Centre and the Rwanda Single Mothers Project.

To end the meeting, Jack Petrie toasted the 4-way test for us all.

 
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