There were 16 members and 4 guests in attendance this morning.  We were joined by our guest speaker, Jesse Foreman and his two sons, Drew and Owen, and by Louise Sosa from Aldea Maya.

Louise Sosa began the meeting with announcements about two events taking place in the Parksville area.  Aldea Maya, a locally-based grassroots NGO will hold an event in Qualicum Beach on October 24 to tell people about the work they are doing in Guatamala; and on October 27  Julio Cochoy will speak on the topic "Voices Breaking the Silence: Recovery after the Guatemalan Civil War".  Louise will be returning to the Club on November 13 for a full presentation on the work she and Aldea Maya are doing in Guatemala.

Other Announcements:

  • Members were reminded not to show up for our meeting next Wednesday (October 30) as we will be joining the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club at their meeting on Tuesday, October 29 instead.
  • A "Cash Mob" has been announced at Stedman's for Saturday, October 26.  Members were encouraged to drop by and help them get back on their feet.
  • Norman Hamelin still has Turducken tickets for sale!

Vocational Month was again the focus Two Minutes of Rotary as Ray Walker spoke about the Objects of Rotary, the Rotary Code of Conduct and the Four Way Test.  These stand for the integrity and ethics and that is what makes a Rotarian.  Live it!

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Our guest speaker this morning was Corporal Jesse Foreman who works in Community Policing with the RCMP.  Jesse participated in the "2013 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock", a 1,000 kilometer cycling trek by local police officers through Vancouver Island communities, starting in Port Alice and ending in downtown Victoria. Funds raised from the Tour benefit the Canadian Cancer Society and its paediatric research and prevention programs.  Jesse began by giving a little history about the ride.  It was started by a police officer in Edmonton who became aware of a child who was bullied because of his baldness due to cancer treatments.  The officers in the community responded by shaving their heads and initiating programs in the school.  This same officer then moved to Saanich and spearheaded an Island-wide "head shave" which later evolved into the Tour de Rock.

The Tour de Rock has continued for 16 years and has raised $20M.  The focus of this fundraising effort is paediatric cancer research, with the belief that research into child cancer will ultimately lead to a cure for all cancers.  A portion of the money raised also goes to Camp Good Times in Port Moody, a fun and recreational experience for children with cancer and their families.  Oceanside is a major supporter of Tour de Rock with various fundraising events.  This year a community record was reached with $70,000 raised.

Jesse noted that this is not just a ride but is a 7 month commitment of training and preparation.  All riders are police officers or affiliated with the police.  There are also 4-5 media riders who "work all night and ride all day to get the message out".  Riders are never allowed to do the ride more than once, and Jesse affirmed that it is indeed a life-changing experience.  Vancouver Island embraces the Tour de Rock in such a way that it has become a model for all of British Columbia.  Jesse ended his presentation with a video that encapsulated the feeling of "why we do it".  Sandy Herle thanked Jesse for his excellent and emotional presentation, presenting him with our Club certificate stating that 10 children will be immunized against polio in his name.

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The 50/50 of $15 was won by Bruce Huxtable, after which Gord Svenson lived up to his legendary jokester status by telling a very funny joke!

Next Meeting: Don't forget that we will be joining Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club on Tuesday, October 29 at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach.  The breakfast cost is $10, cash only.

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