Vol. 103 No. 6
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Food on the Corner
History and Future of Food on the Corner

Food on the Corner Society was started In 1982 and their mission is to help those that are vulnerable and less fortunate then ourselves with a hot meal every
Saturday at Main and Cordova in Downtown Vancouver. We desire to help build up our guests self-esteem and self-worth and to help them find their way back into society. We are an organization of approximately 120 people who volunteer their time to prepare food including hot soup and sandwiches to feed the
homeless every Saturday and until Covid came we had never missed a Saturday in 38 years!!
Rick has been a member of the Food on the Corner Society for 17 years and joined the group in 2003. He served as president for two terms(6 years) and has
been a director for 14 of those 17 years serving in various capacities. Rick is a member of Rotary and joined the RC of Tsawwassen in April 2004. He has been very involved with the club – a past president 2010 to 2011. As well, has been a director primarily involved with Fundraising and chaired their annual soap box derby for 4 years. Rick is also a former Assistant Governor for Delta and Richmond, Past District Chair of Interact and chaired a District Conference as well
as the Peace Conference at the Hyatt hotel. Beyond Rotary Rick is currently the chair of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame, been a director of Kin Village Retirement Centre and very active in the Tsawwassen Community. Five years ago Rick was chosen to be Citizen of the Year by the Delta Chamber of Commerce.

Amrit Sandhu, Marriott Pinnacle General Manager
Managing a hotel during the COVID-19 crisis 


District Governor, Dave Hamilton
2020-21 District News


First woman named Rotary president-nominee!
Jennifer E. Jones makes history

sourced from Rotary International:

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”


The 2021 District Conference is shaping up to be a great and unique program for our members. Check out the conference site for the latest information.
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Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 20, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020 8:30 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
Aug 25, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Aug 27, 2020 6:00 PM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 08, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 15, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Sep 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 17, 2020 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Sep 19, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 22, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Sep 24, 2020 6:00 PM
View entire list


Nathan Hesketh Aug 13th
at our Club
Sarah Reppchen 1 year
Thomas Reppchen 1 year
Nadja Gehriger & Clay Terrell
8 years Aug 11th
Michael & Jane Woolnough
46 years Aug 16th
Doug & Colleen Kellough
50 years Aug 15th

Last Meeting August 11, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Thomas Reppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning
  • Fabulous news! A wonderful and historic announcement from Rotary International. The first woman has been chosen as the president of Rotary International (2022-2023) and not only that but she is a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario. Jennifer E. Jones. Jennifer is an incredible person with a long Rotary history. We will include a link to her biography in this week’s Rotor. Be sure to check it out for this is a long awaited, momentous advancement for Rotary.
  • Board update:
    • The RCoV Board met last week. Some of the business covered was to:
      • Approve leaves of absence for members, Mindy Tulsi-Ingram & Anna Mandryko
      • Approve Carolyn’s contract as our Administrator for the next 3 years
      • Approve the Club’s budget for 2020-21
      • Review the Board’s new Operations Manual including identifying which Directors will work with which committees. Committee Chairs: expect to hear from your Director very soon to discuss expectations for the year.
        • Director of Administration: Wayne Fraser as one of the President Elect’s responsibilities.
          This includes: attendance, fellowship (Milton Kiang), club bulletin (Rotor), speakers (Sarah Reppchen), and anything else related to club service.
        • Director of Membership: Navid Morawej
          Co-chairs of the committee: Franz Gehriger & Navid.
        • Director of Public Image: Min Kuang
          Chair: Saarika Varma, Deputy: Jack Zalesk
        • Director of Technology: Wayne Fraser
          Chair: Alvin Zhao
        • Director of Foundations: Stu Bird
          Chair: Chris Motion
        • Director of Strategy: Wayne & Gerry
          Chair: Sarah Reppchen
        • Director of Hearing: Stu Bird
          Chair: Jack Zaleski
      • Service Project Committees are the responsibility of the President, Gerry. However, each committee will have a Director or two helping.
        • Director of Community Service: Ryan Crean
          Co-Chairs: Brian Street & Thomas Reppchen
        • Director of International Service: Parisa Adrangi
          Co-chairs: Ian Storrs & Michael Woolnough
        • Director of Vocational Service: Navid Morawej
          Members: Franco Gallo & Justin Emilio
        • Director of Youth Service: Joan Posivy
          Co-chairs: John Bathurst & Kendall Jessiman
        • Director of Fundraising: Gabby Dickert
          Members: Wayne, Navid & Saarika
      • And of course, there is the Young Professionals Division with members Scott Stroshin, Justin Emilio & Mark Zhao.
    • Consider the pros and cons of sanctioning a larger group meeting in-person for our weekly member meetings. It was decided that we will expand to the 15 person meetings at TCC in a few weeks. A few salient points with regards to this:
      • Until TCC is permitted to accommodate more, the maximum is 15. We currently have 6 attend in the Boardroom.
      • Only Carolyn (Admin) and/or I (President) will deal with TCC on behalf of our Club. No one else.
      • The room is set up so that every person will be seated at their own 4x4 table spaced 6 feet from their neighbour arranged in a U-shape configuration to facilitate chatting.
      • Mingling with less than a 6 foot/2 metre distance is NOT permitted. Regardless of your personal beliefs, attending anything Rotary means you are representing our Club and we MUST adhere to the guidelines and rules set out by, in this case, the TCC.
      • Once seated, you must remain seated unless needing to use the bathroom. Table hopping is not permitted.
      • The meal will be a plated lunch, paid for in advance with no refund option, should you change your mind. The price will be our pay at the door fee of $49.50 per person.
      • We have yet to find out whether the option of setting up the sound system & screen is viable for a hybrid meeting. If not, those attending will need to bring their own laptops to join in on the ZOOM meeting. We will certainly confirm this setup prior to the first meeting.
      • We want to ensure that all of our members, should they wish to, have the opportunity to attend in-person so registration will be managed in as fair a manner as possible.
  • All signs are indicating that we will not be returning to “normal” anytime soon. We all, including the TCC, are doing our best to adapt and change to meet the ever-evolving situation. That said, it is important that we get our new members together for an orientation very soon. We are looking at options and will let you know as soon as we have something set up; most likely in the early fall with a similar setup as for our 15-person meetings at TCC.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Nathan Hesketh Aug 13th      
  • member club anniversaries:  Sarah Reppchen 1 year, Thomas Reppchen 1 year 
  • wedding anniversaries: Nadja Gehriger & Clay Terrell 8 years Aug 11th, Michael & Jane Woolnough 46 years Aug 16th, Doug & Colleen Kellough 50 years Aug 15th 
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Rene Abi-Rached spoke about the terrible tragedy in Beirut; he has contact with Rotarians in Beirut. The international committee will consider funding a container of equipment in Beirut.

    Last week there was a mini nuclear bomb explosion. 25% of the shockwave generated in Hiroshima, equivalent to a 3.5-4 earthquake. The blast demolished 10km radius. Windows, doors, structures fell down. People going to the hospitals had to deal with structural issues with the hospital as well. Canada, US, Germany, France and other countries sent medical supplies. Not a happy situation for sure. Thank you for those contacting me to chat about the situation
  • Ron Suzuki from the RCV Sunshine; hockey season is here. their club has the annual hockey auction where they auctioning off the teams. You bid on the team you think will win the stanley cup. 40% will go to a cause, 35% will go to the winning team, 10% runner up, and 10% for team that does the worst. Vancouver Sunrise could adopt a team. Tomorrow at 7:30, Thomas can hook you up.
  • Thomas Reppchen provided an update regarding Food on the Corner.
Fred West introduced guest speaker: Dr. Kris Magnusson, Professor & recent Dean in the Faculty of Education at SFU.
How are Canadian schools measuring up in this world?
PISA studies in member countries (tests on 15 year olds). They’re being tested for Math, Science and Reading. Done since year 2000 and Canadian students performed very well.
Why Canada Excels in Education?
The numbers don’t tell the whole story, but we are doing remarkably well. Kris provided a bit of a history lesson re: American Civil War.
PISA: a method for countries to compare themselves to one another, but also to themselves.
The major focus and minor focus shifts every 9 years between Math, Science and Reading.
In 2018 they created adaptive testing that changed the questions after the first set.
Scores are used to establish ranking (500 would be the statistical Mean).
Levels: level 2 is the minimum/baseline level needed to function in society. Level 6 is the top 1.1%, level 5 is top 7.7% - ask: how many of our students can get by (level 2) and how many can excel (level 5 and 6). Canada has no national education system, so each province is treated as its own country but Canada’s stats as a whole are an average.
85% of students in BC excel levels whereas 86% meet it nationally
Whereas significant achievement levels are 15% across Canada and BC has 16%. Best in Canada is AB at 18%. Reading results by Score/Rank: 1. China 2. Singapore 3. Alberta 4. Macao 5. Hong Kong … BC would be 10th but a score 1 point higher would put us at #4.
BC at 81% meet baseline; 14% meet significant achievement
2015 to 2017 Canada’s rankings have dropped in all sections. Now what we’re seeing is a “disturbing collapse.” Not statistically significant, but something to be aware of moving forward.
There is a significant achievement gap between high and low socioeconomic status. The more economic disparity you have, the larger of a score variation you have. In Canada 6.7% of score variation is due to socioeconomic status.
There is a significant performance gap between immigrant and non-immigrant students
The top jurisdictions in the world are monocultural. Canada has 2nd largest foreign born population. 41% of BC students are immigrants (21% 1st gen). Multiple languages in the classroom.
Approach to learning
The leading countries tend to rely on rote learning and high pressure performance. Better equipped to replicate knowledge. However, much poorer to adapt to change. Often pay a steep social cost for high achievement.
Given the educational challenges we face, Canada (and BC) continue to do extremely well.
Extenuating factors help explain a recent slide in our rankings, but they do not excuse them; this is not the time for complacency. The new BC Curriculum is directly aimed at “adaptive versatility”; we need to ensure that we invest in the pre-service and in-service preparation for professional educators.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to strong support for our friends in Beirut.

August 21, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary