Rotary Club of Oak Bay
Bulletin, 14 April 2020
 
President Joan opened the 28th meeting of this Rotary year and the second virtual meeting via ZOOM with 29 members and guests in attendance. Welcoming all in attendance she reminded us that April is Maternal & Child Health Month. There are 40 polio cases, she said, in Pakistan & Afghanistan. Due to the current Pandemic, these numbers may go up since it is difficult to access these countries and administer the anti polio vaccine.
We sang O’ Canada and Lynnie Murray did a good job of the invocation.
 
Our Visitors: District Governor Maureen, PDG Lee Blankenship from Salinas, California, Mandy Pui, Jim Hicke (both former members) and speaker and Rotarian Stephanie Staples.
Ceci gave us an update on the Mexico project.  Six houses have now been built and inhabited since the earthquake in September 2017. The community built the houses, learning as they went along and can now teach others in the community as well. They are very grateful for our support! There are 2 video presentations of the building sites so please be sure to see the link at the bottom for the meeting and Ceci’s videos and explanation.
DG Maureen recommends that we all try and take this time to do some online training and gave us Kudos for having our Zoom meetings.
 
President Joan announced that the Board has approved some funding ($1,800) to a small town of 8,000 people in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala. Due to the current pandemic the community is currently suffering a food shortage.  Rotarian Jacqueline Mealing spoke to us in Nov 2019 about the project. Sydney by the Sea has donated a like amount.
 
Celebrations Master Neil Rawnsley did a great job with some creative ideas to raise some dollars. Donate rather than be fined. All funds are going to the Rapid Relief fund. Go to Oak Bay Rotary Club website and click on Zoom and donate. You are not paying for lunch so why not donate at least this amount? Easy to do! Fine yourself, if you had Turkey at Easter, If you are not participating somehow in the flag program, have not taken an online Rotary course or done a webinar, did your own haircut or are buying hair coloring, if not banging pots and pans at 7pm and finally you are not wearing a rotary pin or apparel. Great job Neil, thank you!
 
Heather Aked introduced our speaker Stephanie Staples who is a Rotarian from Sidney by the Sea.
This former prairie girl is pushing year three of island life and her first year in Rotary and is loving both! Pre-COVID she traveled internationally as a key note speaker delivering idea packed programs proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness, empowerment and ability to apply actionable positive change for participants.
As a multi-titled author with an eclectic background that combines learnings from nursing, journalism, fitness and communications, she has some unique insights. Maybe someday we will get to meet her in person but today she is going to Zoom in for a quick chat about emotional wellness in these turbulent times. Please watch the ZOOM  meeting link to hear the wonderful presentation that Stephanie did along with the song Crazy, by Patsy Cline that she rewrote and sung for us. I think we all came away from it with some great coping ideas!
 
Renate thanked Stephanie.
 
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