P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 104 No. 1
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Cybele Negris, Co-founder & CEO,
The future of technology & the COVID-19 virus 

Cybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, columnist and a Hall of Fame inductee of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

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Cybele has many received many accolades in the business world and is very active on a variety of boards. She is a columnist for Business in Vancouver and speaks at dozens of events each year including TEDx and Level Up Conference along with former Prime Ministers Chretien and Harper.

Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun Columnist
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Daphne Bramham is a Vancouver-based journalist and author who has written extensively about children’s rights, women’s rights and animal rights. She has covered two Olympics, two elections in India, the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997 and too many elections in Canada to count.

A columnist for the Vancouver Sun since 2000, she was named Commentator of the Year
by the Jack Webster Foundation in 2019, an award she had won previously. She has also
received a National Award for column writing. She is a past recipient of the Rosemary Brown Award for women and in 2011 was named Champion of Child and Youth rights by the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

Her book, The Secret Lives of Saints: Child Brides and Lost Boys in Canada’s
Polygamous Mormon Sect, was published in 2008 and was a finalist for three national,
non-fiction book awards.

A few words from our club's 2021-22 President
Wayne Fraser

First, many many thanks to Gerry for his hard work as our Club President over the last year. He has led us through some challenging times last year and we are all very grateful. I am so glad that he was finally able to chair an in-person meeting, and much to his satisfaction, ring the bell.  His hard work will be celebrated in an upcoming Past President Dinner organized by Wilf Wassersleben.

Next, I would like to say that it's such an honor to be selected as the 110th President of this Club, and to be chosen to carry on this club's tradition of Service above Self.
About 10 years ago I became a Rotarian and immediately found myself among friends and mentors. Everyone was very encouraging to get me involved and I quickly found a place in fundraising. Each year I have learned more and more about Rotary and found inspiration everywhere I turned. I am sure that many here share this experience. There are amazing Rotarians here and everywhere. 
Speaking of amazing Rotarians, I am so happy to be working with some of the best,  including Lorne Calder, our District Governor, our past presidents, and a very skilled Board of Directors that I would like to recognize and thank in advance:
New Board Members:
  • Nadja Gehriger (secretary 2021-22)
  • Director, Ian Storrs (2021-23)
  • Director, Paul Martin (2021-23)
  • Director, Sandra Lowe (2021-23)
  • Jill Pennefather
  • Peter Clarke (Elect)
Continuing on:
  • Treasurer, Kaz Kadano
  • President Elect, Kendall Jessiman
  • Imm Past President, Gerry Glazier
  • Director, Joan Posivy (2020-22)
  • Director, Navid Morawej (2020-22)
  • Director, Ryan Crean (2020-22)
 Special thanks to those who have finished their Board service (for now) 
  • Past President, Bill Davidson
  • Secretary, Gabby Dickert
  • Director, Min Kuang
  • Director, Parisa Adrangi
  • Director, Stu Bird 
Please join me in thanking all of these Rotarians for serving our Club.
As you know, the new President of Rotary International is Shekhar Mehta and his theme is "Serve to Change Lives" He is urging us to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own. His focus this year is on diversity and membership.  
For our Club, my focus this year will be on three themes: 
  • Transparency - sharing information and news to all members
  • Inclusion - Reaching out to all club members and getting as many people as possible involved in our work. 
  • Relevancy - Making our club relevant in our city and to our membership. 
It's an exciting time to be President of this Club. We have spent a great deal of time, as a team, planning for the year ahead through our work on the strategic plan. We have defined goals for all areas of our service: Including Club Membership, Foundation, Service Projects, Young Leaders, Public Image, Peace, Club Operations, Bike a thon, and Hearing Foundation. Many thanks, in advance to Franz, John, Rene, Ian, Kendall, Gabby, Gerry, Wilf, Stu and Jack. 
I am looking forward to working with you all, our Board, and our Committees to expand our Club's involvement in all areas and continue the path of having all members included on one of the committees. Just by the way, we are still looking for Leaders for Public Image, International, and Bike A Thon, plus other service areas, so please let me know if you would like to increase your Rotary adventure this year. we need your help.  
Our Major goals for this Rotary year are:
  • Increase membership to 130 members (from 115) with a focus on business and community leaders 
  • Target 23 Service projects for poor and underprivileged (17 local and 6 international) 
  • Provide support to leadership development in our Rotaract and Interact, helping to grow membership in these programs to 57 and 30 respectively. We will participate in Adventures in Citizenship again and increase our Criminal Records Check numbers to 50% of the club. 
  • Focus efforts on the website and social media to improve audience awareness, presence and relevancy.
  • Submit a Peace Fellow candidate.
These are all outlined in more detail in our strategic plan and, if we achieve our goals, we should be a solid candidate for the Rotary Citation. Achieving this Citation is one way to celebrate our Club is making a difference in the world. 
I firmly believe that the most  important thing to remember is that we are here to serve each other and the club. making sure we leave it better than when we started. 
Thanking you for the trust you've placed in me this year. I will do my very best.


              President                                Secretary                         Treasurer
          Wayne Fraser                      Nadja Gehriger                  Kaz Kadono
   Imm. Past President                 President Elect                     Director (2020-2022)
       Gerry Glazier                   Kendall Jessiman                      Joan Posivy
      Director (2020-2022)               Director (2020-2022)             Director (2021-2023)
         Navid Morawej                          Ryan Crean                       Sandra Lowe
        Director (2021-2023)                 Director (2021-2023)
             Paul Martin                              Ian Storrs

Thank you to our outgoing Officers & Directors

       Past President (2019-20)         Secretary (2020-21)          Director (2019-2021)
             Bill Davidson                     Gabby Dickert                    Min Kuang
            Director (2020-21)                            Director (2020-21)
                 Stu Bird                                        Parisa Adrangi
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
RCoV Board meeting
Aug 05, 2021 4:00 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Aug 10, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 19, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Aug 21, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Aug 26, 2021
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 31, 2021 8:30 AM
RCoV Board meeting
Sep 02, 2021 4:00 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Sep 14, 2021 1:15 PM
View entire list


Keith Phillips July 7
Pierre Adjoury July 12
at our Club
none this week
Pierre Adjoury & Maria Strazzullo
7 years July 12
Jeremy & Rebecca Towning
9 years July 7
Cherie & Aaron White
23 years July 11
Franz & Hildegard Gehriger
49 years July 7

Last Meeting July 6, 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.
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.
  • The framed original club charter dated June 2, 1913 was passed from Gerry to incoming President, Wayne Fraser. Wayne will care for it for the duration of his year as club President.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Jack Zaleski – update on St. Paul’s Foundation, Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation
    • Our club, through the RCV Hearing Foundation, made a commitment in June 2019 to raise $6 million for the new St. Paul’s hearing centre of excellence, to be called the Rotary Hearing Centre. The St. Paul’s Foundation committed to match our donation for a total of $12 million for the project.
    • The hearing centre will be a high profile space that will include:
      • Custom clinical and research spaces
      • State of the art equipment
      • Customized exam rooms
      • Surgical suites
      • Research clinics
      • Laboratories
      • Clinical support
      • Vital equipment used to locate, diagnose, and treat ear conditions
    • So far, the VRC Hearing Foundation has given them $200,000.
    • Members are working very hard collecting names of potential large donors with your help. All suggestions are welcome and will continue to be welcome through to 2026. Any names of individuals or organizations put forward will firstly be sent to the St. Paul’s Foundation for initial vetting. We want to be sure there is no conflict, i.e., that the name is already on St. Paul’s plan. Once we receive approval to proceed then the potential donor is researched thoroughly and then approached with a tailored presentation and ask.
    • This project is not just a club one, it is a provincial one, as the centre will serve clients from all over the province. Our hearing committee will be reaching out to other clubs via their club presidents to either have the president present it to their members, or, if they wish our hearing committee will make a presentation.
    • By way of support, our members are encouraged to “chat it up”, spark interest from other Rotarian friends, family, colleagues, etc.
    • This project is in keeping with the direction RI is taking, that encouraging larger scale projects with naming potential and high visibility. The Rotary Hearing Centre fits the bill.
  • By way of a more in depth introduction to the incoming President, Wayne Fraser’s interview hosted by Franco Gallo was shown. The video will be available for viewing soon.
John Bathurst introduced Lorne Calder, the incoming District Governor. Lorne hails from Prince George.
Lorne is starting his year by showing how he leads by example – living up to RI’s everyone bring one campaign, Lorne’s wife, Judy, recently joined Rotary herself. Like Wayne Fraser, Lorne was voluntold by his boss 28 ½ years ago that he should join Rotary. The rest is history.
Firstly, thank you to John Bathurst, now a past ADG, continuing at the District by leading the Strategy Planning Group and who is also the District’s Rotarian of the year. Though it really should be Rotarian of the decade! Thanks also to Peter Clarke who has sat as District awards chair for a few years now. Thanks to our club for sponsoring the RC of Prince Rupert. They are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.
Lorne has been down to the lower mainland recently visiting a few clubs. Every president he has spoken to has said that last year was extremely challenging. We all acknowledge that to be true. Many clubs adapted quickly to using technology to stay connected and continue their work. Some struggled with it. RC of Vancouver has done very well.
Membership in this district led the zones #1 & #2 despite the pandemic. Fact is we have the lowest run off of all districts. Our retention rates are one of the highest. Looking internationally, the female membership is around 20%, our district is around 40% female. We are getting closer to reflecting the true community.
Looking forward, we will be working to engage more and reengage our membership so we can do more, and grow more. Each one, bring one. An increase globally in membership by 10% is the request from RI president. We hope our District will be aligned with that.
Looking at finances, the demand for global grants has gone up about 40% with gifts only about 6%. We will be trying to close that gap.
RI President, Shekhar Mehta’s favorite quote, “ Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Lets keep up the good work and continue our service.
Lorne installed the 2019-20 RCoV Board of Directors as noted above.
Wayne Fraser closed the meeting with thanks and best wishes sent to RC Prince Rupert on their 100th anniversary.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to our incoming Board, those who have finished their term for all they’ve done, and those who are continuing.

July 30, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary