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Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
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Vol 104 No. 22
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING DEC 07, 2021
RCoV Annual General Meeting


Bill Hellyer, E-Learning District 5040
MyRotary, Rotary Club Central & The Learning Center

Bill is a member of RC Prince George Yellowhead. He joined Rotary in 1995, and is a Past Club President (twice), a past Assistant Governor, and is currently a District 5040 Trainer.
 
E-Learning has revolutionized learning, improving efficiencies in a manner that we continue to  dedicate to Rotary.  The flexibility offered by e-Learning in place of learning and time of learning means that whole education programmes can be rolled out across teams and clubs all over the world.

We are pleased to that Bill will help to expand your Rotary experience and knowledge by taking advantage of some of the tools available. He will show you the step by step on how to set up a “My Rotary” account and then on to how to access the e-Learning courses.

UPCOMING MEETING DEC 14, 2021
VRC Foundation Annual General Meeting, and Holiday Social

Bill is a member of RC Prince George Yellowhead. He joined Rotary in 1995, and is a Past Club President (twice), a past Assistant Governor, and is currently a District 5040 Trainer.
 
E-Learning has revolutionized learning, improving efficiencies in a manner that we continue to  dedicate to Rotary.  The flexibility offered by e-Learning in place of learning and time of learning means that whole education programs can be rolled out across teams and clubs all over the world.

We are pleased to that Bill will help to expand your Rotary experience and knowledge by taking advantage of some of the tools available. He will show you the step by step on how to set up a “My Rotary” account and then on to how to access the e-Learning courses.

 

NO MEETINGS DECEMBER 21st or 28th, 2021 

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Leo Allas, 1921-2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news Leo Allas passed away on Nov. 21st. Leo was born in Estonia, was a refugee in West Germany at the end of WWII, emigrated to Australia when he completed his engineering degree in 1949. He moved to Canada the first time in 1958, then following available work Leo moved on to Brazil in 1968. There he formed his own consulting engineering firm that grew from 14 employees to over a thousand.
 
When he retired, Leo returned to Vancouver where he transferred his Rotary membership from Brazil to our club in 1990. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday and was a Rotarian for ½ of his life – 50 years.
 
More information about Leo’s funeral, scheduled for Saturday December 11th, will be forthcoming soon.
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Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation (VRCF)
 
CLICK HERE to make a donation to VRCF
 
Tax receipts will be issued directly from CHIMP (Charitable Impact Foundation (Canada)) on behalf of the Rotary Club of Vancouver
 
 
Rotary International The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
 
CLICK HERE for more information about TRF donation options
 
Tax receipts will be issued directly from Rotary International.
 
 
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Miya Otake & her sister, Kaori, performing
 in remembrance of their Mom, Kayo Otake

 Bergmann-Otake Double Duo
Music for 287 strings & 17 pedals

Wed., Dec. 8th @ 2:30 pm
OR
Wed., Dec 8th @ 7:00 pm

Evergreen Cultural Centre Studio Theatre
1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

CLICK HERE for info/tickets
click on Dec 8th date
or
phone 604-927-6555

 

Bergmann-Otake Double Duo
Music for 287 strings & 17 pedals

Thurs., Dec. 9th @ 10:30 am
ACT Arts Theatre
11944 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge

CLICK HERE for info/tickets

Bergmann-Otake Double Duo
Music for 287 strings & 17 pedals

Fri., Dec. 10th @ 11:00 am
Surrey Arts Centre Studio Theatre
13750-88th Ave., Surrey, BC 

CLICK HERE for info/tickets

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Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Jan 11, 2022 1:30 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Jan 15, 2022 11:00 AM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Jan 18, 2022 11:00 AM
 
RCoV Bike-a-thon Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jan 18, 2022 1:45 PM
 
International Service Committee meeting (contact international@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 20, 2022 7:15 PM
 
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jan 25, 2022 8:30 AM
 
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Jan 27, 2022
 
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Feb 08, 2022 1:30 PM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Feb 15, 2022 11:00 AM
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 
Mindy Tulsi-Ingram Dec 03
 
 
at our Club
Scott Stroshin 2 years
Min Kuang 5 years
Aldo Brussoni 26 years
David Motion 29 years
Jim Evans 42 years
 
 
wedding
none this week
 

Last Meeting Nov. 30, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant At Arms, introduced the guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp
 
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 to everyone for joining us including our current ADG, Mary Anne Velayo, for whom this is her first, not last, visit to our club.
     
  • Our numbers for in-person attendance are slowly increasing, getting close to 30 more consistently. If you have any feedback regarding your feeling of safety, format of the meeting, etc. don’t hesitate to speak to me, Wayne, or pass it on to Carolyn.
     
  • It is with great sadness that I share the news Leo Allas passed away on Nov. 21st. See above for more information about our long-time member, Leo. Guest speaker, June Goldsmith, kindly played Abide With Me on the piano.

 

Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
     
Special presentations and Members' Moments:
  • Verona Edelstein provided an update on the Menkao “Water Is Life” project. This was a deep well project bringing clean water to thousands of people. 24 hr security guards have been put in place to protect the assets. Congrats to our club and the others who made the project possible through generous donations, in our club’s case via our ISC. Verona shared some testimonials:
    • Received from Maman Yolande: “The source of water from this well is a source of (Gods) grace. Before this well, they sold us a container of water at too high a price. So much so that I could only purchase one container of water every week for a family of eight. Every member of my family had the right to one glass of water per day. During the three-month dry season, don’t speak about washing the body; that would be a miracle. Thank you for this water well. It has changed our lives.”
    • Maman Yolande’s joy is also shared by (Papa) Moustapha who affirms that all the members of his family formerly drank only rainwater and they washed themselves only when it rained. He said, “the arrival of the dry season was the arrival of our crossing of the desert. With my motor scooter I rode a few kilometers from here into the brush to scoop up dirty water from the ponds. But with the arrival of well water in the Communaute du Chemin Neuf we are seeing the mercy of God because it gives us almost free of charge water from the heavens. Before we would buy 25 litres for 1500 francs (75 cents) but now we get the same quantity for 300 francs (15 cents). What a relief it is to drink and wash in clean water!
       
  • Franco Gallo promoted the next Rotary Business Networking event that will be in two weeks. It will be the event of the year, a Xmas social gathering combined with the opportunity for great networking, wine tasting and delicious nibblies. It will be a party! Limited availability, only 42 spots are available, cost is $20 per person. Respond to the email with the Eventbrite invitation or contact Franco or Carolyn.
     
  • Mary Anne Velayo, ADG 5040. Mary Anne shared her beginnings in Rotary led by the 4-way test. In 2017 Mary Anne was invited to join Rotary – RC Vancouver Mountainview, a Filipino group. Only 3 members had Rotary knowledge of the 26 inaugural members. Lots of learning for everyone. Mary Anne became the club president after a short time and is now, at John Bathurst’s encouragement and support, the ADG 5040 for 2021-2024.

    Mary Anne presented a PolioPlus Society certificate and pin to John Bathurst, who encourages more club members to donate and be acknowledged for their effort.
     
  • So happy to see Tremayne Perry, Charles Flavelle, and Rene Fluri join us in-person. All three joined our club in 1964 (57 years), thus giving our younger members something to shoot for! Together with Paul McCrae (54 years) and Nick Blom (50 years), who also attended, we had our most experienced Rotarians in the room.
 
Program:
Miya Otake introduced speaker, June Goldsmith, founder of Music in the Morning.
 
June expressed that it has been a great pleasure learning more about Rotary. Music has been part of June’s life forever and because of her long life journey June really had to decide what small bit to talk about. The part she chose was how she founded Music in the Morning.
 
A ground breaker many times in her life, June always followed her dreams: to share her love of music, to make music accessible to a wide audience, to provide the opportunity for audiences to hear unusual repertoire and to promote and support young talent. For three decades she has contributed to the appreciation of classical music in Canada and the U.S. and in honour of her dedication as an educator, presenter, performer, and mentor, she has received both the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. In April 2012 she was named an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
 
June started playing piano when she was 5. Like most, she didn’t like to practice. She certainly didn’t wane to be a performer but was always interested in teaching. When she finished her master’s at Stanford, she taught gr 8-12 music at John Oliver High school. Working with grade 8 boys – 13 years old, who were definitely not enthusiastic about their music class, she started thinking about what to do next. June taught adults at UBC, where she augmented the theory by playing at every class. Then after doing that for years, thought there would be something more. It all started when some women asked if she could teach out of her home. She held classes for about 20 ladies. It was more of a social event, with some talk, refreshments, and playing.
 
June kept receiving more requests to join into this musical group, but she couldn’t accommodate any more in her home. The thought came to mind that maybe she could move it to a hall of some sort. Call it Music in the Morning, as it was at 10:30 a.m. Who other than June Goldsmith, would think that a classical music concert series on weekdays at 10 o’clock in the morning would be successful? But June was convinced there was an audience willing to listen and appreciate the music she served with coffee and muffins at the Vancouver Academy of Music. So in 1986, Music in the Morning was born. Now known formally as the registered non-profit, Music in the Morning Concert Series Society.
 
She decided to have the artist speak from the stage, so they could present themselves as regular people rather than displays for show. Coffee would be served at 10:00 a.m., in real cups, along with some catered goodies. The artist of the day would speak about the music they were about to play. That was the extent of her plan.
 
June’s first call to an artist about their initial event got a good response. The second request didn’t get such a good response. June had lots of musical and teaching experience but no business experience. There was no infrastructure for the project to speak of. The driving factor was a genuine passion out of which grew a great thing. It has been quite the learning experience.
 
June had the support of her friends from the living room series who volunteered to help run the program. All the artists needed to be able to speak about themselves and their art. They opened one day a week on Wednesdays, sold out in two years, added Thursday, sold out, added Tuesday sold out, added Friday. All grass roots growth. Wanted all guests to come away enthusiastic, so program was planned accordingly. booking seats from her home phone, counting the receipts on a card table. From an initial 200 subscribers and six concerts in 1986, she increased her subscribers to 1400 and the number of presentations to 44 per year which included the morning concerts (repeated four days), an education series, early evening Rush Hour concerts and Sunday afternoon family music with Rob Kapilow. June guided the organization for 25 years.
 
For some reason the program got sidelined a bit for a while. It is a very serious concert, not just a group of ladies having a social. The idea was that they wanted a less formal presentation than the well known evening concerts. The daytime concert format was new and took some time to be taken seriously by many. Music in the Morning filled a niche in the cultural life in Vancouver. Initially the audiences were primarily female, about 5-10 years ago this changed so there is now a much more balanced audience. The program is one hour with no intermission, so this allows for many to attend during their working day.
 
After retiring in 2010 from an extraordinary career as founder, artistic and executive director of Music in the Morning, June Goldsmith continues to share her love and knowledge of music. She regularly appears with Sheryl MacKay on CBC Radio One on North by Northwest. One of her CBC fans emailed: “I would walk for a mile, uphill, in the snow, barefoot, to hear June Goldsmith talk about music.” She volunteers at a local school, did a series for autistic children and their families, and plays in a duet with Adrian Fung, who is a world class cellist. Adrian has taken the reigns from June in the role of creative director for Music in the Morning.
 
A ground breaker many times in her life, June always followed her dreams: to share her love of music, to make music accessible to a wide audience, to provide the opportunity for audiences to hear unusual repertoire and to promote and support young talent.
 
June’s belief is that “musical masterpieces are nourishment for the soul.” She describes her experiences as a teacher, presenter, performer, and mentor very simply: “I love what I’m doing.” Let it be so for many more years.
 
June finished her talk with a delightful performance of a Schumann piece from his Scenes From Childhood collection.
 
For more information about Music in the Morning, including tickets, CLICK HERE
 

 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to tenacity!
 

December 17, 2021

SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES

Wayne Fraser, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary