Posted by Cara MacDonald on Oct 24, 2018
Guests:
Sheron Mason – Prospective Member
Morris Bouman – Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department
Roland Clark – Prospective Member
Bryce Reynolds – Soap for Hope
Frank van Thienen – The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach
Joan McKeen – The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach
 
Presenations:
 
Polio Plus: Steve and Bill presented a cheque for $1000 to Diana and Don Luke as representatives of the Foundation for Polio Plus. Don thanked us on behalf of the 430 million children vaccinated this year and the 2.5 billion vaccinated in last 30 years. In 2017 we had the lowest occurrences of Polio ever. Don Luke encourages the club to check out this YouTube video for a warm Rotary Thank you from WHO and Unicef…just click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtprGjIYqo
 
Musical Ride: Don Goyan and Garry presented Morris Bouman, representative of the Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department with a certificate of appreciation for volunteering fire protection at the Musical Ride 2018.
 
Soap for Hope: Bryce thanked our Club for supporting the Soap for Hope program. They wouldn’t have a presence here in the area with out the help of Rotary. The Soap for Hope program provides Hygiene Kits to local shelters, transitional homes, food banks & low income seniors in many communities on Vancouver Island. They do this by working with hotels to gather their gently used amenities. Their volunteers then reprocess these useable products to create Hygiene Kits. Each Kit contains a bar of soap, an individual sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion.
 
Now that they have 3 hotels participating in the area, they are looking to find places for donations locally. They also fundraise to provide donations to support local organizations. For more information check out this website link:  https://dosomegood.ca/organization/soap-for-hope-a-program-of-disaster-aid-canada-351575
 
Announcements:
 
Foundation Month: November is Foundation month. All donations to the Foundation of $100 or more are doubled this month.
 
Shelly Park Project: City Staff will do some legwork with the new City Manager and Council. Bill and a representative from the City went to the park to find the irrigation system water source but couldn’t. Stay tuned.
 
Little Mountain Hike: Saturday, October 27 10:00AM a few members will do a reconnaissance hike with plastic bags to fill and to check out the situation.
 
Mexico Build: We have (4) Ballenas/ Interact Students coming to Mexico and possibley a couple of more students from the mainland. Stay tuned.
 
Youth Committee Meeting: October 31, 2018 at Pacific Brimm, 7:00AM.  All members are welcome.
 
Two Minutes of Rotary:
As today, October 24, is World Polio Day, John O’Brien shared a letter with us from RI President Barry Rassin. Every Thursday morning, Barry receives an email from the World Health Organization with an update on the status of polio eradication. Every week, when that email appears in his inbox, his heart seems to stop for just a moment until he reads the first few lines – and learn whether a child was paralyzed by wild poliovirus that week.
 
You can find the complete Presidential Message for October 2018 here: https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/presidential-message
 
World Polio Day is a tremendous opportunity for clubs to highlight Rotary, and our historic work to eradicate polio, in their own communities. It is also a great way to take advantage of the challenge from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: For every dollar that Rotary raises for polio eradication, the Gates Foundation will give two more. Join Rotarians everywhere, on October 24 for World Polio Day – and Be the Inspiration for a polio-free world.
 
Check out https://www.endpolio.org for this year’s events. Now is the time to give it everything we have.
 
Guest Speakers:
 
The Village Voices of Qualicum Beach – Joan McKeen and Frank van Thienen
 
The organization has been entertaining since 1992. They currently have about 70 members. Most are seniors but all are welcome. This year, Patricia Plumley, Director of Music will take the choir in a new direction. Their repertoire is usually based on a theme. This year Patricia has included young performance artists as part of their performances. These artists include musicians, dancers and poets. The youth injection has inspired the audience and singers. The students are always competing or playing recitals; this is their first time experiencing the appreciation of a paying audience. They have (4) concerts per year. The spring concert will include Youth Infusion #2. Joan took on the sponsorship chair position as a result of her inspiration from the youth.
 
There are a number of ways to support the choir:
Of course attend the concerts for $15 per ticket (children free) or become a member! Become a Friend, Donor, Sponsor or Patron. They also have a Thank you for Being a Friend campaign will get your a name on the back of the program and a ticket voucher for any of the concerts.
 
To find our more about the organization, upcoming performance schedule and ways to support the organization click here: http://www.thevillagevoices.ca/index.html
 
Don Goyan presented Joan and Frank with a Polio Plus certificate for their presentation.
 
Joke of the Week: Jo has a Kay approved joke…it sounded risqué to start off…but in the end…it was clean and corny.
 
Sergeant-at Arms: Gord made Major Norm pay for leaving early, a suit gets you a fine…Gord paid for Kim’s missed handshake, and Christian turned around and fined Gord for not shaking hers!...a long-winded story got Gord another fine…wait, I thought he was the Sergeant…there were many happy dollars for Village Voices, Jo thinks they’re the best $15 ticket in town…happy dollars for Morris and Bryce of course…Tania had a bonus happy dollar for anyone who needs it today…Elaine noted that the Youth Committee is meeting next Wednesday at 7:00AM, everyone is welcome, not just Committee members…Don Goyan is off till Spring so he unloaded his happy dollars on his way out…and his granddaughter’s hockey team won gold in their hockey tournament…ack, Markus is happy that his house is back in order after a Thanksgiving fire!...Blair is happy to be hiking and has ticked Mt. Arrowsmith off of his list…and Ken is happy the Roughriders beat the Stampeders…Jo is happy we officially have a grant for the 2019 Mexico Build…Bill is off to Haiti to help abused young girls and women with a new facility…
 
Birthdays: Don Goyan – today October 24 the Club actually sung a mediocre rendition of Happy Birthday.
 
Anniversaries: Major Cindy and Major Norm - October 21
 
Next Meeting: November 14, 2018