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President Raj is in Moldova on a World Bank assignment. During his stay at Chisinau, he attended the meeting of the Rotary Cosmo Club of Chisinau. Here is a photo of President Raj with the President of the Chisinau Club with a couple of other members of that club.
Posted on Oct 24, 2016
The Social Committee held an Italian evening, hosted by Jack and Betty Rae on October 22, 2016. Click on the following link to view a video, shot and edited by Rotarian Ian Lagasse, of the evening. . https://animoto.com/play/teTaYgwNFX1BmPatNhDWiw?autostart=1
Thanks to Jack and his program committee for today's excellent speaker, Dr. Marco Merra, who is head of the genome sciences department at the BC Cancer Agency's research centre at UBC. Funding from the annual Terry Fox run helps support this research. In introducing Dr Merra, Van covered a portion of his resume outlining some of his many accomplishments and awards.
Posted by Raj Rajagopal on Aug 26, 2016
Our August Charity Book Sale was held at the Peace Arch Curling Centre from August 18-21, 2016. The location allowed us to display almost all our books on top of about 110 tables. In addition, we helped artists from the community display and sell their works. With assistance provided by volunteers comprising our own members, spouses, Rotarians from other clubs and Non-Rotarians from the community, we were able to conduct a successful Booksale. (see below for the list of volunteers)
All members of the public who came to buy books commented very positively about the venue and suggested we should conduct future sales at this place if possible. The lighting was good, the vast space allowed people to move freely and browse without overcrowding.
The gross income from the book sale was about $21000. Net proceeds would be used to fund worthwhile projects in the community as well as a project in Pakistan in association with Adopt-a-village foundation.
List of Volunteers:
|Darryl Swallow||Penny Coates||Adriel Wilson||Greg Vanstone||Djoke Span|
|Mauricio Browne||Jane Baldwin||Christine Dodgshon||Virginia Lange||Trish Kilgour|
|Jack Klinkhammer||Marilyn Buchannon||Alex Reibin||Thomas Jin|
|David Young||Cathy Swallow||Ron Rumsby||Barry Coolin|
|Van Scoffield||Huguette||Ivan Sadovsky|
|Mark Hambrook||Rita||Lynda Roberts|
|Frank Sequeira||Beth Kish|
|Linda Sinclair||Rob Kish|
|Carla Hanson||Bryson Goodwin|
|Dick Stott||Rowland Kelly|
|Wally Philips||Sean Dickie|
|Don Jones||Renee Corbeil|
A Big Thank You from the Chair of the Book Committee to all the above great volunteers!!
Some photos of the sale event are given in the next page: Please click on the Read More button below
Last weeks speaker was Beth Kish. She is Executive Director of White Rock Hospice Society. Her husband was raised in White Rock -his father a teacher at Semiahmoo High School- Frank Kish.
Beth fundraised to build hospice in rural Alberta and eventually became the Executive Director of that hospice. Her husband’s work took him back to White Rock and the timing was good as White Rock Hospice was looking for an Executive Director.
Beth explained that there are currently 7 hospice beds in Peace Arch Hospital. Any patient expected to dies in 6 month or less and can't manage at home is eligible for one of those 7 beds. The beds are managed by the hospital staff but any counseling and comfort company are provided by the volunteers who are members of the White Rock Hospice Society. Patients are made as comfortable as possible and any pain is managed. Counselling will continue at the support and care centre on Russell Street across from PA Hospital.
The Ministry of Health has approved building a separate Hospice Building on the Peace Arch hospital grounds at the corner of 16A and 156th. It will be a 15 bed hospice costing 2.1 million for the building. White Rock Hospice Society will lease it back to Fraser Health for a nominal annual rent on the condition that Fraser Health operates the hospice and covers the operating costs. Currently about one million dollars has been raised for the building costs and another 1.1 million is needed to complete the capital campaign. Counseling will continue at the support centre owned by Hospice on Russell Street across from south side of Peace Arch Hospital.
The cost of providing counseling services comes from a thrift store on 24th Ave (near Black Bond Book Store), from public donations and from grants. Beth noted that many of their Hospice volunteers also help with our Rotary book sales.
The District 5050 golf tournament was held this Friday Aug. 12th with all funds raised going to the Rotary Foundation for doing good in this world. It was held at Hazelmere golf course in South Surrey and we had 8 members of our club ( sorry 6 and 2 spouses ) that were players and our member Ted Church won a blender. Great fun was had by all!
Denis Boyd, our past District Governor, spoke about a new initiative to return (to some degree at least) to the roots of Rotary. We have seen a shift from a very strong emphasis on business networking (in the early days of Rotary), to a shift away from business networking- to the point where some clubs have fined members for talking business at a meeting! The new theme is “Rotary is open for business”.
To help members who want to identify and connect with businesses that are run by Rotarians, a new web site – www.rotarynetworkingplus.com – has been established, with seed funding from District 5050. The underlying theme is that doing business with Rotarians should mean doing business with business people who are ethical and can be trusted. Denis gave a demonstration of the web site, which is up and running now. There is no charge for registering a business on the website. There are now 152 listings – target is 400-500. While District 5050 has provided funding so far (about $6000 to date), the long term plan is for the website to be self – financing.
Denis’ presentation was well received – those present expressed generally positive reactions to the initiative.
Dr. Har Prashad, a very accomplished man currently consulting for Tribology. Voss is doss? Tribology is the study of science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. His topic for us was life, love, health and happiness. He broke each word down and provided us insight into how these very personal words impact our daily lives.
Megan Mohan, Semiahmoo High graduate with our $2,000 Community scholarship. Megan will be studying to become a teacher at the University of Victoria. On graduation she plans to work with children competing in the special Olympics. In a brief talk she listed some of her many volunteer accomplishments while in school.
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