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Proceedings of the meeting on: 12/11/15

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Invocation: Jacci

Guests/Visitors: Rotary District 5040 Governor Rebecca MacPherson, Rotary Club of Quesnel.


Morning humour:

Rotary Moment:

-      Pres. Elect Robert notes that Past RI Pres. Wilf Wilkinson has announced a new program under ‘Future Visions’: Vocational Training Teams. Rotarians and non Rotarians will travel abroad in teams to learn and to teach. Similar to Group Study Exchange in format but the new program will place as much emphasis on teaching as on learning. The teams will be eligible for various Rotary grants and has no age limits.

Club Business/Announcements:

-      President Ardath welcomed all.

-      Park Royal’s Starry Nights holiday shopping event takes place Nov. 16th at the north mall and Nov. 21st at the south mall. Brian M. has tickets and remember: all proceeds from ticket sales go directly to our Club.

-      The Dist. 5040 Foundation Dinner will be held Sat. Nov. 24th at the Westminster Quay, tickets are available through the District website:

-      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 has background check forms available and the North Van RCMP detachment will do the checks free of charge.

Karen Harrison reports that the Rockridge Interact Club is once again collecting for the PolioPlus and has $800.00 so far. Ethics and Values presenter/facilitator training takes place Nov 23rd  9am-12 at Rockridge.

-      The Club Annual General Meeting will take place Dec. 6th 2012 and the Nominating Committee is meeting this week.


 District Governor Rabecca MacPherson presents

a gift to Club President - Ardath Paxton-Mann

Guest Speaker: -      Ken Wilson introduced today’s guest speaker: District Governor Rebecca MacPherson. Rebecca began her visit by inducting Paul Harris Fellows Marni Fraser and Mark Ferrari. The DG thanked Marni and Mark for their support of the Rotary foundation. Rebecca hails from Quesnel  where she and her husband raised five children.  DG MacPherson shared her vision of RI Pres. Tanaka’s theme of ‘Peace Through Service’. Peace is: absence and peace is presence. The absence of fear, violence, hunger, poverty and need. It is the presence of security of life, happiness, calm and well being. All Rotary programs bring a kind of peace, one or the other, to the beneficiaries. Rotarians have taken on the responsibility of doing this and putting the needs of others above our own, by deed and example. Rotary Clubs must be organizations that others want to be part of. We must ensure that new and non-Rotarians know what Rotary is and does. Rebecca urges Rotarians to ‘have a Rotary story’ and share it: ‘…if it inspires you it will likely inspire others”. DG MacPherson ended by inviting all Rotarians to this year’s RI Convention in Lisbon, any or all of three RI Peace Forums to be held around the globe (including Richmond BC), the District 5040 Conference in Quesnel, and the 100th Anniversary of Rotary in BC hosted by the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Mark F. thanked Rebecca for joining us today.

50/50/fines/happy/sad: -      Jacci M. sold herself the winning ticket but couldn’t cut the cards, Jim fined and fined and fined, we laughed we cried.

Meeting adjourned.