Bulletin, 12 March, 2019

by Tav Macpherson.

President Peter opened the meeting at 12.15pm. The gathering was at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre.

Joan F. immediately promoted the upcoming Mardi Gras Dinner. Being held on the evening of Saturday, 27 April, this is an important Club fundraising event and all members are asked to lend their full support.  Purchase tickets from Neil Rawnsley and bring out some guests. It will be a fun filled evening with good food and good fellowship.

Jack Petrie was in fine vocal form as he led a strong performance of our National Anthem which was followed by Lynnie who delivered the invocation. There were no guests or visiting Rotarians.


Neil indicated that over 100 tickets have been sold for the dinner. There are 200 available.

Peter promoted attendance at the District Training Assembly and Conference to be held in Victoria on 9, 10 and 11th of May. It is recommended that all newer members attend and the Club has budgeted for a partial subsidy for attendees. There is an amazing amount of information about Rotary available and the atmosphere will be relaxed and friendly.

Lynnie noted that she was preparing the duty roster for the second quarter and asked members for input regarding their availability.

Wynne, our Celebrations Master grabbed dollars from all using a number of different but trivial infractions as his excuse. He also played Jeopardy with an Irish theme in recognition of the up and coming St. Patrick’s Day. All good fun and many laughs. There were a number of happy/sad dollars and Art Joyce won the draw but not the black marble.

 Eugen is taking on the important task of monitoring the health of the club. We currently have Nils Jensen and Gary Lunden who are experiencing health challenges. We wish them well.

Today’s program featured Joan Firkins who has been instrumental in conducting the ‘Health of the Club’ survey. This initiative has been a long process, having started in September 2018 when Club members were asked to complete a survey form about the many aspects of our Club’s day to day programs and processes. Joan has distilled this information and has communicated the results to all members by email.

At this luncheon meeting Joan allocated those in attendance to five different discussion groups.  Each group was allocated three statements to analyse and discuss. The first question was different at each table while the second and third questions were common to all groups.

The following were up for discussion.

  • “I prefer that we focus on a few projects that we do well rather than spread ourselves all over the map. We have a few who believe that they have to do everything. We need to be more inclusive and delegate more.”
  • My club regularly acts upon member’s inputs and ideas.
  • My club actively seeks to involve all members in projects and activities according to their interests, skills and availability.
  • The idea of having a sit-down meal every week at Rotary has to change if we are to accommodate the financial burden, especially on younger members.
  • A number of people indicated “too few” community service projects: a number of people indicated “too many” international projects.
  • The Club really needs to do a better job of engagement: we are failing.
  • List one or two things we could do as a club that would make the biggest impact.

After twenty minutes of discussion each table appointed a spokes-person who shared the groups key points with all others. Some good suggestions were put on the table and all the valid discussion points will be taken forward to the Board of Directors. It is the Board’s responsibility to chart the future of the Club. We have a wonderful history of success but we should never become complacent.

Thank you to Joan Firkins for guiding our members through this long but valuable process.

The meeting, having gone slightly overtime was adjourned by President Peter.

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