Vol. 102 No. 41
Bill Davidson, President
Parisa Adrangi, Secretary

MEETING APRIL 28, 2020 (virtual)
Mary-Lynn Hanson, Manager Corporate Development, Easter Seals BC/Yukon

For 70 years, Easter Seals BC/Yukon has been helping individuals with diverse abilities reach their fullest potential, and supporting their families along the way. Mary-Lynn Hanson with Easter Seals joins us to share their story and explain the two essential services they offer: Easter Seals House & Easter Seals Camps.

Easter Seals House provides affordable accommodation and a home-away-from-home for BC residents required to travel to Vancouver for specialized medical care. Located along the medical corridor on Oak Street in Vancouver, the House has over 30,000 bed nights every year. With 49 self-contained suites the House offers personal autonomy to guests so they can relax, cook and live in their own space. This convenience is important, particularly for those with compromised immune systems and special dietary needs. Depending on their treatment plan, guests will stay for one night, a couple of months, or more than a year.

There are three Easter Seals Camps operating in BC – Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, Squamish on the Sea to Sky corridor, and Winfield in Lake Country. These camps offer a one-week, fully-accessible, overnight camp program for persons aged 6-49 with any physical and/or intellectual disability. Along with onsite medical care, specialized meals and customized programs, camp also helps campers build confidence, develop a positive self-image, enhance skills and create friendships and test boundaries. Furthermore, Easter Seals Camps provide an
important respite for families and caregivers.


NEXT MEETING MAY 5, 2020 (virtual)
Diane Clement, Olympian Runner & Sun Run Organizer
"Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger" Giving your best in sport and life.


NEXT MEETING MAY 12, 2020 (virtual)
Elena Schoenlau, Rotaractor and Cancer Researcher

District 5040's Year Ahead 2020-21 sessions are now be presented as six webinars aimed at all members of District 5040, incoming club officers, committee members, new Rotarians, even potential members.
As per their website, the series replaces the in-person sessions planned earlier for different centres of the District because of the COVID-19 threat. Here is information about Webinar #1 in the series.
The first two sessions of the webinar series were held on April 9th & 11th respectively. See below for information about the remaining five webinars and how to register for them. There is no cost to register and participate.
We think you, and your club, will benefit from all the webinars and look forward to working with you in learning about the coming Rotary year.
Webinar #2
Change Model
Public Image & PR
45 minutes
Thurs Apr23 7:00pm
Repeated on
Sat Apr25 10:00am  
Webinar #3
The Rotary Foundation
60 minutes
Thurs Apr30 7:00pm
Repeated on
Sat May02 10:00am  
Webinar #4
Growing Rotary - Membership & Club Flexibility
Rotary Citation for 2020-21
60 minutes
Thurs May07 7:00pm
Repeated on
Sat May09 10:00am
Webinar #5
Youth Protection Policy
Rotaract in 5040
 45 minutes
Thurs May14 7:00pm
Repeated on
Sat May16 10:00am 
Webinar #6
Learning Centre
Duties of Secretary, Treasurer, Director, Member
Upcoming 5040 Events
 30 minutes
Thurs May21 7:00pm
Repeated on
Sat May23 10:00am
For more information and to register for these next webinars, CLICK HERE.

Staying positive and optimistic during these crazy times some may find challenging. There have been numerous studies that have shown a correlation between overall health and optimism. Here are a few things you can do to improve your positivity:
  1. Practice gratefulness. Whether significant or very small, there are always things to be grateful for... steady work (if you are one of the lucky ones), a hot cup of coffee, a smile from a stranger, a good book to lose yourself in.
  2. Start your day with a positive routine. Smile - it will change your brain's perception (crazy but true). Meditate.
  3. Slow down. Embrace the slower pace of today's world. Ensure you are present in the moment. 
  4. Exercise. If you cannot or don't want to, get out for a walk or run, there are lots of on-line yoga and fitness classes many of which are free.
  5. Embrace the digital community. Check-in with friends and family. Reconnect with those who you haven't heard from in some time no matter where they are in the world. Participate in group chats and video gatherings.
  6. Laugh. It has been confirmed by many studies that laughter has great benefits on the mind and body. 
  7. Walk away from distressful conversations. Nothing positive is to be gained by continued participation. Indeed it only serves to increase stress, so remove yourself from the negativity. Balance what news you take in with the joy of making positive connections.
  8. Have faith. Not necessarily religious faith (but certainly for those who believe, draw from it), but faith in humanity, faith in science, technology and our health care heroes. Faith in our resilience and ability to overcome great hardships and obstacles. Faith in yourself to come out of this stronger than ever.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact Chair, John Bathurst, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 02, 2020
International Service Committee meeting (contact Chair, Ian Storrs, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 18, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact Chair, Franz Gehriger, if you'd like to join in)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 30, 2020 8:30 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact Chair, John Bathurst, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 07, 2020
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Don MacKinnon Apr22
Brian Street 10 years
Sandra & Chris Lowe
34 years Apr 26th
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Last Meeting April 21, 2020

Bill Davidson, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Stephanie Lawton played O Canada on her grand piano.
Thomas REppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
President’s Announcements:
  • Thanks to Thomas for hosting the meeting.
  • As noted in the email last week, for these meetings to continue to be successful as Club meetings, anyone who wants to add something to the agenda send it to Carolyn by Friday (or if absolutely necessary, by Sunday). Anything received after that will be pushed to a week later.

    The speaker committee is happy to receive suggestions for speakers; email to

    Milton Kiang, as our social director, will be happy to field suggestions for having virtual social gatherings. Email or call him with your suggestions.
  • As per another email sent last week, Club dues (no meals) for this quarter (April-June) will be processed this week. We are asking, for those able, to consider donating the normal meal fees to the Club. Thanks to those who have already donated -- much appreciated. No pressure to those who cannot. If you have not received the email or have any questions, contact Carolyn.
  • The District has launced a series of webinars for the Our Year Ahead 2020-21 presentations. Everyone, especially newer members and incoming Board members, are encouraged to sign up. Info is included above.
Parisa Adrangi, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Don MacKinnon Apr 22nd 
  • member anniversariesBrian Street 10 years
  • wedding anniversaries:  Sandra & Chris Lowe 34 years Apr 26th
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Stephanie Lawton told of the experience had by her daughter-in-law's sister who is working in the U.K.
  • Franz Gehriger was interviewed by Navid Morawej. CLICK HERE to view the entire interview.
  • Navid Morawej spoke of a project by his sister's engineering firm Sentient Tools, working to provide portable ICU ventilators. Funding is needed. An email was sent to all with details. Contact Navid if you'd like to discuss.
  • Shayla recently back from her student exchange experience in Spain (prematurely due to COVID-19), expressed her heartfelt appreciation to our club for providing her with this experience. She shared a slide presentation that gave us a sense of what her life was like there. Though things were not always a walk in the park, overall she had an amazing time and would go back in a heart beat.
  • Tom Calkin, a member who now resides in Nova Scotia, thanked those who reached out to him. The recent tragic events in Nova Scotia left him reeling, everyone is in shock. Then on top of that he received the sad news that his sister passed away after a battle with cancer. He expressed that he is very thankful for his reconnection to our club, made possible through the virtual platform.
  • Saarika (pronounced Sawrika) Varma, as a result of the work she has been doing with Bill on the Strategic Plan report, recognized a gap in the area of PR/Marketing. She shared some ideas and has asked members who would like to be involved with the PR committee or have anything to contribute at all, to contact her.

    The 1st press release has already gone out regarding the support our club is providing related to COVID-19. 
  • Gerry Glazier, as Bill mentioned, encourages all to attend the District 5040 webinars. They are very informative and will be very useful in moving our club forward.
John Bathurst introduced our District Governor, Bala Naidoo.
Bala joined all of Canada in expressing his sincere thoughts of condolence to Nova Scotia and all of those affected by the horrendous events where many were killed.
Bala congratulated our club for such a quick and early adoption of the technologies allowing us to stay connected and meet. Even better to follow up with a written summary. The on-line format presents a wonderful opportunity to widen the scope of speakers. Our club is known for have a great variety of speakers, now we can broaden it even further.
Bala will be sharing what we are doing with other clubs as an example of practices of excellence. Indeed all of the club Presidents are currently sharing what they are all doing, what works, what doesn’t so much, so that they can all improve during this difficult time.
Bala is attending bi-weekly meetings with RI Directors discussing all. The most important message being Rotary is open and will remain so.
What are the next steps for Rotary on the global stage? Mark Maloney has joined efforts with other global leaders to discuss how best to offset the long range impacts, social and economic, of COVID-19; this with Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, and Optimist international.
Bala and Dave Hamilton (DG Elect) have met with Toastmasters as a strategic alliance to discuss how to reach out to all members with on-line skill building sessions.
As the effects of the COVID-19 situation will probably last longer than we want, it would be beneficial to take the time now to re-tool how we do things. Bala highly recommends that each club to strike a task force of 5-6 individuals who can examine and evaluate what we do, what is important to us, what then we should focus on and how do we get it done. It’s important to have open-minded individuals who will think outside the box. For example, with regards to our annual bike-a-thon fundraiser, how about approaching Electronic Arts supporting/sponsoring via an on-line biking event?
Bringing up the community profile of the club… inviting civic officials to attend and perhaps present. Now is actually a good time, they are more easily available.
FYI for all there is a worldwide Rotary meeting in the pipe. Stay tuned…
Bala never imagined, as is true for all of us, that he would see such changes during his time as DG. He is still learning alongside all of us within our clubs and will share best practices and unique ideas.
The Tsawwassen club, for example, concerned about some of their members who were ill, organized a drive-by celebration, tying balloons to their cars. The parade of vehicles kept everyone safe but let their members know without a doubt that they were being thought of and cared about.
There is an opportunity now to increase involvement and potential growth by reaching out to former members and absentee members who could not attend meetings but may want to become involved again with the on-line format that is more convenient.
Do log in to the Rotary Learning Centre. There is a wealth of courses on offer. Bill Davidson has a summary of them all if you are interested.
Social meetings are possible, not just formal club meetings. Host a ZOOM recipe sharing dinner party or martini party.
Currently the club’s Board meetings and committee meetings are being held virtually. The good work you are doing continues.
Save the date: District 5040 Awards Event – Roscars Night. May 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear fancy hats and lots of them, perhaps with a favourite cocktail in hand. Check the District website for more information.
The Year Ahead sessions are easy and free for all to attend. There are at least two times/days for each so everyone should be able to fit it into their schedule.
Coming up in mid-May there will be some Wednesday & Saturday afternoon sessions for approx. 1 hours where the speakers who were going to present at our District conference will present virtually. Stay tuned for details.
The 2020-21 budget has been released already. We can apply for District Grants now. MOUs need to be completed. Trainings on how to do this is available on-line through the District.
Youth exchange programs for 2020-21 will either be postponed to a shortened January-June 2021 session or cancelled (most likely the latter). The decision will be made on May 1st.
Another exciting opportunity in the pipe is a 10-hour course that will be open to all Rotarians and the public as well. It will be a certification course for individuals to volunteer from home. Bill will be sent the details when it becomes available.
In closing, you are all encouraged to keep tabs on the District website. We are all learning and adapting to this new world and are making the best of it. Keep up the good work.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Tom Calkin -- thoughts and prayers for his personal loss and the loss of all Nova Scotians.

May 29, 2020


Bill Davidson, President   Parisa Adrangi, Secretary