President Bruce had an alarm clock malfunction this morning, so Vice President Helen Dyck stepped into the breach to bring 20 unruly Rotarians to order. As this was the first Wednesday of the month, Peter Hann led us in The Four Way Test, the reciting of which was done with gusto.

During Two Minutes of Rotary, Angela Dadoush was passionate in her recitation of activities supported by the Foundation, closing with a personal recollection of a literacy program that gives hope for a better life to children from the slums of India.

 

 
Jo Dunn advised the members that we will be working the Salvation Army kettles on December 7 and 14, and had sign-up sheets available for everyone who is able to volunteer a few hours of their time. Major Norm Hamelin followed with some unfortunate news as the Salvation Army Thrift Store was flooded in the last rain storm. They have to close down the shop while they do renovations and Norm asked the members for any tips or leads for CHEAP (free would be better of course) space to use in the interim. They are looking for about 2000 square feet. If anyone has any ideas, please contact Major Norm.

Ken Armstrong also presented a project to the members from the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, an organization we have recently "taken under our wing". They need to have three poultry sheds rebuilt and will supply the materials if we provide the labour. There was support for this project and a project manager will be recruited. NIWRA would like to have the sheds built this fall, so stay tuned.

This being a Club Assembly morning, the following reports were presented:

Membership - Kirk Walper
An online membership survey has been created and will be sent out to the members today. The Committee would like to get an idea of how members are feeling about the Club and where it should direct its energies. Kirk stressed that it is important for us to identify a cause for the Club so we can tell potential members what we are working toward.

Community Service - Kay Burgoyne
Kay reported that Greg and Tracy Greenshields are hoping to be back soon. There has been a request for funding from "Building Learning Together" which has been tabled until the next Committee meeting. "Coats For Kids" was a huge success thanks to the leadership of Kay and Cara. Support for the Salvation Army will continue throughout the Kettle Campaign.

Vocational Service - Ray Walker
Vocational Service month in October was reflected in the weekly "Two Minutes of Rotary" presentations.

Youth - Helen Dyck
Helen & Ron Dyck and Garry Cox attended a Youth Protection "train the trainer" seminar. This training reflects a District policy that will apply to all activities involving youth. Sessions will be done at regular Club meetings every 3 months to review different aspects of this policy. Helen also noted that Springwood Middle School has been approached to start an Interact Club and we are now waiting for their response.

Public Relations - Bob Cummings
A thank you ad will be placed in the paper following "Coats For Kids", and promotional planning will now be focused on Taste of Oceanside.

International and Foundation - Angela Dadoush
Angela spoke about various international projects, including polio aftercare, mosquito nets and wells, noting that the Committee hopes to focus their efforts on an international project.

Administration - Diana Matsuda
John O'Brien has done an excellent job in setting the year's program, and we are now booking speakers well into the New Year. Our speaker for December 18 has just cancelled, so we will devote to the full meeting to the Club family Christmas party. Bring your partners, children and grandchildren as Santa will be there!

As for the Club's evening Christmas party, Jo and Sandy Dunn have graciously offered their home; details to follow.

Bob Cummings followed with the joke. He noted that he seems to be asked quite often lately to tell the joke, so either he is very good at it or he needs more practise. Judging by his very funny joke this morning, the former is the case!

Sarjeant Ian was in good form this morning, despite the noticeable signs of an encounter with his dog during which the dog seems to have won. Of course President Bruce was fined for his late appearance this morning. There were many happy dollars for the excellent work of Kay and Cara and the success of "Coats for Kids", and Jo Dunn also told a story about his chance meeting with Rotarian in Australia which demonstrated the power of Rotary to build goodwill and friendships throughout the world.

There was no Sunriser last week as our meeting was held with the Qualicum Beach Sunrise Club. However, the following are a few photos taken by Ian Dewar, showing the warm welcome extended to our members by the QB Sunrise crew:

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A great breakfast and warm fellowship at Rotary House

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President Deb Martin-Cox calls the meeting to order

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Major Norm Hamelin fills in as a "last minute" guest speaker


Next Week's Guest Speaker: Louise Sosa from Aldea Maya in Guatema