There were 20 members present this morning with one guest, Arthur Wong, Beach Club Resort General Manager. Ray Walker started us off with our Anthem, and Major Norman Hamelin gave the Invocation. 
 
Lynne Pearson gave us 2 Minutes of Rotary, speaking about the Polio Plus program which started in 1985.  Today, only three countries are still battling polio; Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.  The Gates Foundation is a huge donor and  will match donations  2 to 1 up to 35 million dollars.   More than one million Rotarians have donated their time and energies to combat this dreaded disease, including our very own Don Luke, Angela Dadoush and Diana Matsuda.
 
Announcements:
Ray Walker reported on the A.L.S. walk slated for June 2014, noting that the organization is looking for someone to coordinate the Walk.  President Bruce Huxtable presented Al Cameron with a special Rotary Pin for bringing Victor Andrushko into our Club as a new member (shown in photo).  John O’Brien presented a revised and updated Membership list for Club members.  Jo Dunn spoke about Salvation Army Christmas Kettle volunteers.
 
 
 
Gord Elliott introduced our guest speaker, another in the Entrepreneurial series, Rotarian Gord Svenson speaking on “Failing to Succeed”. Gord completed his Masters Degree and taught school in Port Alberni and Campbell River. He was a Computer Trainer and had centres in P.A. and C.R. He started his own business, Westnet Information Services in 1985, incorporating in 1991. The 1990s were successful; computers got smarter and less complex. He started a Mapping shop in 1995 working for the federal government. In 2001, after Weyerhauser came into Canada and replaced MacMillan Bloedel, he programmed One Step Fire Inspection which was a new development. His largest Canadian customer is the Toronto Fire Department.
 
What works in business? Be first in service and benefits, honesty and integrity, work hard and have some smarts. Gord has always worked hard and still works with great people. He looks forward to slowing down, maybe work 2-3 days a week, travel more and spend more time with Louise. Al Cameron thanked Gord and presented him with a certificate that states 10 children will be immunized against Polio in Gord’s name.
The Joke of the day was told by Jo Dunn, and Sgt. @ Arms Ian Dewar did his usual great job.