Eye Opener

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Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise

Proceedings of the meeting on:



O Canada

Invocation: Jacci

Guests/Visitors: Guest Speaker Michael Maser.


Morning humour:

Rotary Moment:

- Sam Chan gave today’s Moment: Sam told about a Rotary project that involves students tutoring refugee immigrants. The project is designed to help new immigrants to understand their new home’s society and culture and to help young people understand the problems and challenges facing newcomers.

Club Business/Announcements:

- President Ardath welcomed all.


- Next weeks meeting is the Club’s Annual General Meeting, all members are urged to attend.


-The annual Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon takes place Sat. Dec. 8th at the West Van Seniors Activity Centre. Setup at 09:00, teardown is done by 3:00  and Vicki and Roland Haller     will host a potluck dinner for all Club members later that day.


- Club night for Operation Red Nose is Dec. 21st. Brian Martin notes that anyone on the driving teams must have a background check done by the North Van RCMP but it is not necessary for headquarters volunteers.


-  RLI parts 1, 2 and 3 will be given at the Accent Inn Burnaby January 26th from 08:00 to 4:30.


- DGE Ken W. reports that DG Rebecca MacPherson has announced that the Foundation Dinner raised $14000.00. Club Member Jacci McTavish was recognized as a ‘Rotary Foundation Major Donor’ by Rebecca at the dinner.



- Park Royal Mall is recruiting Christmas gift wrappers. The Rockridge Interact Club will be manning the scissors and ribbons to raise money for their projects. Anyone who can volunteer to participate is asked to advise Karen Harrison.


- Club member Esther del Vicario sends thanks to all the Club members that donated to the CSICU team from St. Paul’s hospital.


- Club member Chris Loat reminded the Club of the Interact Conference taking place at Burnaby South Secondary School Dec. 1st, the conference is sponsored by Rotary Dist. 5040.


Guest Speaker:

- Club member Gordon Bird introduced today’s Guest Speaker Michael Maser. Michael is an award winning innovative educator and author. Michael has designed learning programs and has an online education facility with approximately 2000 registered students. Mr. Maser’s book ‘Learning Your Way’ is based on the neurobiology, psychology and sociology of who we are as individuals. The book dispels the myths of not being able to learn after a certain age, and that intelligence is based on rote learning of the ‘3 r’s’. Through neurobiology we now understand better the form and function of the human brain and what it needs in terms of nutrition and stimulation. Michael states that there are many forms of intelligence including mathematical skills, verbal, artisitic and innovative and inventive abilities. These can all be nurtured and enhanced by experience and creative teaching techniques that are designed to optimize the abilities of all to learn. Karen Harrison thanked Michael for speaking to us this morning.


- Ken had the winning ticket but no winners, no losers.

Meeting adjourned.