P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 34
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

postponed from March 9th due to tech issues

Jack Zaleski, Chair, RCV Hearing Foundation
Current hearing projects

The RCV Hearing Foundation takes on our club's biggest initiatives targeting the maintenance and support of institutions and societies engaged in research and treatment of deafness and hearing disabilities and to provide assistance for hearing related causes. Some of the donations made in 2020 were to the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre ($17,500), the Hearing Foundation of Canada ($10,000), and the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation ($120,000).

Jack will provide an update on projects and on-going work of the RCV Hearing Foundation despite facing the challenges of COVID interfering with fundraising efforts.

Scott Ansell, VP Project Development, Sun Peak Metals
Mining in Africa

Scott will talk about the challenges facing gold mining exploration and development in Africa with particular reference to Ethiopia where Scott recently had to evacuate their mining camp due to the conflicts in the area.
Scott Ansell has an engineering background with over 25 years of expertise in project management, feasibility studies, permitting and mining finance. Scott was most recently VP Project Development for Sunridge Gold where he managed the completion of prefeasibility studies, feasibility and environmental and social studies for the Asmara Project in Eritrea, which led to the awarding of a mining license by the government of Eritrea. Scott was previously Technical Director of Studies and Manager of Consulting, Geology and Mining for AMEC Americas, located in Lima, Peru and Vancouver, Canada. He has previous experience in Africa with Nevsun Resources as Project Manager in Mali and Eritrea.

Katy Harandi, President, Board Chair, PALS Autism Society

Katy is the mother of two, one of whom has autism. Since 1995, she has devoted her time toward helping her daughter overcome many of the challenges with this condition. She has investigated educational and biomedical treatments for autism and has researched the field extensively. Katy supervised and actively participated in her daughter’s home-based ABA program, receiving many hours of training from educational and behavioural specialists as well as experts in the fields of speech and occupational therapy. She was the YWCA 2012 Women of Distinction nominee for her contributions to our community and recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada. Katy is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Women’s Leadership Circle and a member of the Sauder School of Business Women’s Leadership Council. She is also a director of the board of the Adam’s Apples Foundation and the Stanford University Alumni Club in BC. She received her B.A. degree from Stanford University in Computer Science and holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business. Katy is one of the co-founders of PALS.

Rotary Club of Vancouver's
Live Auction Fundraiser!
Noon, Tues. April 6, 2021

Raising funds for our youth projects
For this to be a success, there needs to be enticing auction items! We have already collected some great auction items. Yay!!!
However, we still need more contributions.
Please review this short list of ideas to launch your thinking as to how you can contribute:
  • share your culinary skill by offering an online cooking class
  • create and deliver a bottle of wine and dinner for 2
  • perhaps you have an AirBnB or timeshare
  • arrange an experience with a "I’ve-always-wanted-to-do-that factor!" - tour a winery, brewery, horseback riding, skydiving, heli-hiking, adventure tour, movie-studio tour, access to typically inaccessible-to-the-public spaces and/or businesses, etc.
  • know a celebrity who would donate his/her time for an online chat?
  • gift cards always do well
  • donate your expertise! Are you a lawyer who would draft a will? A massage therapist for pain or stress relief? Can you gain access to a movie set? Perhaps you're a fashionista who could provide wardrobe advice?
As you can see from the above list, we're hoping for more "experience" type auction items rather than physical objects.
Is there a minimum or maximum value? Not at all! Please get in touch with Joan Posivy ( asap with your offering. With your help, we will create a super-fun, successful event that will ensure continued service and support to our youth.
Thanks in advance for your support!!!


Mekdes Gete is joining in on a fundraiser to support a young girl who has been a student with Mekdes for many years. She has been diagnosed with Aspartylglucosaminuria (AGU), an ultra-rare neuro-degenerative disease that affects about 200 children worldwide.

Mekdes, as guest chef, is offering an Ethiopian cooking class on Zoom: Saturday, March 27 6pm to 8pm.⁣⁣

⁣⁣In this class you will learn how to cook four authentic Ethiopian dishes:⁣ 

  • Asa Tibs Wet⁣
  • Gomen Wet⁣
  • Green Lentil Salad⁣
  • Ginger and Garlic Paste⁣.⁣

⁣⁣For $50 you will receive a printed copy of the recipes and three spices including authentic Ethiopian berbere and korerima. ⁣For an additional $7 you will receive three pieces of injera, an Ethiopian flatbread. And because you are supporting Rare Trait Hope Society, you will receive a tax receipt for $30.⁣⁣

⁣⁣Recipe packages are available for pick up only in: Vancouver (Kitsilano and East Vancouver), Richmond and Langley.⁣⁣

⁣We look forward to seeing you as Mekdes shares her love of Ethiopian cuisine AND we support KIDS WITH AGU!

Learn more and register now, CLICK HERE.


A new mentorship program is currently being created between Rotary and Rotaract.
Links to sign up to be a mentor, mentee or both are below. Areas of mentorship can be far-ranging and can include anything relating to work/career, education, hobbies, or Rotary, so feel free to be creative! 
The time commitment will be one hour-long mentorship session per month for three consecutive months (total of three hours).
We're hoping this will be a great way to build better knowledge transfer, as well as new connections between Rotary and Rotaract. Also, since it's a pilot program, feel free to pass on any areas of potential improvement as you complete the forms and take part in the program!
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Apr 13, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 15, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 16, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Apr 17, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Apr 20, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 27, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Apr 29, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Apr 30, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
May 11, 2021 1:15 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 14, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
May 15, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
May 18, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
View entire list


Michael Woolnough Mar 12th
Jack Zaleski Mar 12th
Brian Street Mar 14th
at our Club
none this week
Ian & Pear Storrs 7 years

Last Meeting March 9, 2021

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced guests.
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via taped video.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning, as well as our own members who have taken the time out of their busy lives to be with us today. Thank you for joining us.
  • All members are encouraged to register for the 2021 District 5040 Conference, June 4th-5th. Cost is only $79 per person. If you haven’t received the info email from Andrea Johnson, contact Carolyn.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Brian Street:  It was a year ago that the birthday people received Purdy’s chocolates for the last time before the COVID break. Brian was one of those birthday people. He let us know that he will be moving to the island, Victoria and will be transferring his membership to the RC Victoria at the end of the month. He expressed thanks for all of the opportunities he’s had to serve with our club. We all wish Brian the best in this new chapter of his life. He will be missed.
  • Joan Posivy: An update on the upcoming Youth Committee auction. By way of reminder, the auction will be during our regular member meeting on Tuesday Apr 6th. It’s exciting to see the donations that are coming in. So far, we have gift baskets, sushi dinner for 5, roses shortbread, one week of vegan meals, one week accommodation in Arizona, Ethiopian cooking class and a Rotarian outdoor working crew made up of 5 Rotarians (so far Deb & Joan, so need 3 more volunteers). See above for more information about the auction and how to submit your donations. Contact Joan should you have any questions.
  • Mekdes Gete: is joining in on a fundraiser to support a young girl who has been a student with Mekdes for many years. She has been diagnosed with Aspartylglucosaminuria (AGU), an ultra-rare neuro-degenerative disease that affects about 200 children worldwide. Her mom has started the Rare Trait Hope Society to raise $2M to cover expenses associated with the preparation for and conduct of an upcoming gene therapy clinical trial. Mekdes is offering a cooking class, Cooking with Mekdes: An Ethiopian Experience. CLICK HERE for more info and also see above notice.  
  • Anne Lippert (on belhalf of the International Service Committee): The ISC has supported a water well project in Tanzania  together with the RC of Prince George, some other District 5040 clubs, and a RC club in Tanzania. The project has been very successful. Water wells have been built in areas who have never had fresh water accessible to them before. Interestingly, when compared to Congo who had to drill 300 metres, in Tanzania they only had to drill a fraction of that to access water. It was a group of Canadian who were on safari that came across the villages with no ready access to water. They started the project to help in 2014. Now they have two wells and plenty of clean, potable water. The villagers are extremely grateful. A brochure has been put out tracking the progress.
  • Gerry Glazier:  We received a letter from UBC requesting our input in planning the future us of the International House and property it stands on. The International House was built in 1956 with the majority of funding coming from our club. The building has been closed and they are now looking at reusing the building and land. Gerry will be our liaison with UBC and will keep us up to date.
  • Gerry Glazier:  As most are aware we have a big challenge in front of us to support the building of the Rotary Hearing Centre to the tune of $6M. Each of Hearing Committee members have been asked to call 10-12 members of the club with a request: to submit names of possible donors. You can remain anonymous and the committee will reach out to the potential donor(s), or you can help with the approach (training will be provided as to the hows). We are looking at a 5 year period for donations. This is definitely a legacy project. It will not be our club only doing this but also other clubs in the area – the name of the centre will be the “Rotary” Hearing Centre.
  • Jack Zaleski: We, the Hearing Committee needs help with both the bike a thon (in whatever form it takes this year), and the fundraising campaign for the Hearing Centre. If you can offer some time in either or both of these areas, please contact Jack.
  • Phil Webber: Attended two elementary schools yesterday, Britannia Community off Commercial, then Norquay Elementary with whom our club has an over 30 year relationship. The purpose for Phil’s visit was to put Rotary stickers on about 70 rain jackets and 10 ipads at Britannia, and another 10 iPads at Norquay. Phil shared a note from the principal expressing genuine “Thanks for coming by, nice to have guests in…”
  • Nathan Hesketh:  The hoop-a-thon is coming up. Hopefully there will be an in-person tournament in 2022 but for now virtual it will be again. The Zoom 9ame will be on the 24th of April. The fundraising goal has been set this year to $35K, but of course the hope is to beat last year’s incredible $52K. Note that some proceeds from our Youth club auction have been earmarked for the hoop a thon. More info to come. CLICK HERE for the hoop-a-thon web page.
  • Gerry Glazier: How many attended the Tsawwassen meeting with Jenifer Jones? It was a very inspiring talk by an impressive lady. Dave Hamilton did the intro. Sad news to share that the prostate cancer Dave is fighting is taking its toll. Dave has asked Darcy Long to support him, and step in as needed, for the remainder of the year. Wishing him well. Sad and tough for Rotary.
  • John Bathurst: Added to Gerry’s comment about Dave, it is very disturbing watching someone go through the latter days of cancer. We can all show support by registering for the District Conference, with a cost of only $79. CLICK HERE and show your support for Dave personally by registering to attend the conference in his hometown, Terrace.
  • Gerry Glazier: Jim Evans is doing a great job sourcing us quality speakers. We are always looking for new leads so if you have any ideas, please contact
  • Jim Evans: In his search for speakers has been talking to the president of Vancouver school of theology who suggested some topics to talk to us about. Laura, Rabbi, can talk to about inter-faith topic as possibility.
  • Robbie Bishop (YP Rotaractors):  Is part of a committee with other members from the district launching a pilot of mentorship program. They are now looking for volunteers to offer some of their time, only an initial commitment of 1 hour per month for 3 months, to mentor younger Rotarians/Rotaractors/Interactors. It can be in an area of particular interest to you – business experience or hobby. The more diverse offerings, the better.

    There is a short on-line form for people willing to fill out. On it you can identify what area(s) to offer your expertise. The goal is to build out a diverse database of mentors so matches can be made quickly between mentee and mentors.

    Mentorship = people with areas of expertise, not necessarily work related, could be hobbies. The goal is to unlock the diverse knowledge within Rotary to support young members. More detailed expectations: e.g., The pilot project envisions YP & UBC Rotaractors looking for guidance in their careers, helping them make decisions for their futures.
  • Jocelyn Vissia (YP Rotaractor): added that they are looking for mentors with a wide and deep knowledge base who are willing to share that knowledge. They are not looking to take advantage or use the mentors for leads.

    For more guidelines, in MyRotary there is a 30 minute course for mentors. It shows how to be effective as a Rotary mentor.
  • Joan Posivy: added that our Networking committee will be involved in the project. Keep an eye on your email for more info coming.
  • Rotarian face masks are still available, $10 a piece. Contact Gabby or Carolyn to order.
In the face of some technical issues, Jack Zaleski, has postponed his presentation about the Hearing Foundation and its projects until next week, Tuesday March 16th. 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to our not letting technology getting in the way of having a productive and enjoyable session.

April 16, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary