P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 44
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary
Correction to the link re RC Langley and Abbotsford-Sumas strawberry sales. Sorry everyone and thanks Bill D.
Correct link for more detailed information, to choose your pickup location, and submit an order online CLICK HERE.

Bala Naidoo, Past District 5040 Governor
Why Rotary Central?  How to work it to your advantage.

As District Governor, Bala Naidoo initiated the usage of Rotary Club Central to create a “bottom up approach” to arriving at a Club and District Annual plan. He believes that what gets measured gets done and this helps each successive  DG & Club President create a living plan to help their Leadership Teams operate in a synchronized way moving forward!
Bala has been a Rotarian for 28 years and was two times President of the The Burnaby Metrotown Rotary Club. His wife, Vasi, is a Rotarian in the Semiamhoo Rotary Club in District 5050 where they live in White Rock.
Bala & Vasi were born in South Africa, whose ancestors came as indentured laborers from South India in the 1840’s. They have three children and one grand-daughter, enjoy travelling and now wish to experience the world through Rotary related travel and global projects. Bala loves to adopt, and adapt to, change by exploring new possibilities of Growing Rotary to become more relevant in each of our Communities.
Some of the Rotary roles Bala has filled: Assistant Rotary Coordinator Zone 28, D 5040 Strategic Planning Committee member, D 5040 District Governor 2019-20, and D 5040 Assistant Governor for the Burnaby-New Westminster area.
Bala's career spans 32 years with IG Wealth Management in various Senior Leadership roles. The Naidoo Wealth Management Team now focuses on helping Rotarians plan their legacy by utilizing unique tax strategies to benefit themselves;  their families; and The Rotary Foundation


Club Day - focus on International


Ingrid Jarrett, CEO BC Hotel Association
The Past, Present and Future in Tourism

The first-ever female President and CEO of the British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA), Ingrid Jarrett is an industry powerhouse who has spent the past three decades directly contributing to building the tourism sector across BC and Canada. Her impressive resume spans leadership roles at organization like Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Watermark Beach Resort along with volunteer work in leadership positions on several tourism boards including Tourism Victoria, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), and Destination British Columbia (DBC, where she served as Vice Chair of the Marketing Committee; Ingrid also was one of 5 members of the Tourism Task Force working on behalf of industry in the creation of Destination BC. Today, Ingrid channels her extensive knowledge and acute insights into supporting, and advocating for, members of the hotel industry province-wide, and leading the hospitality sector out of crisis caused by COVID-19.


The money raised from the strawberry sales go directly back into funding community projects in Langley and Abbotsford-Sumas. Help us to support local!
Corrected link for more detailed information, to choose your pickup location, and submit an order online CLICK HERE.


If you haven't already done so and would you like to contribute yourself,
the Greater Vancouver Mayor's Challenge campaign
continues for the month of May so there's still time.
Let Carolyn know the amount you'd like to donate.
Any amount, small or large, will make a difference.
To everyone who has already donated to the cause
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 11, 2021 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 15, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 17, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Jun 19, 2021 11:00 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Jun 24, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 25, 2021 10:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 29, 2021 8:30 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 09, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jul 13, 2021 1:15 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 15, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 23, 2021 10:00 AM
View entire list


Kamyar Asadibeiky May 23rd
at our Club
Sahra Homayounian 2 years
Mindy Tulsi-Ingram 17 years
Juliet Wong 23 years
Rene Fluri 57 years
Gerry & Marlene Glazier
53 years May 18th

Last Meeting May 18th, 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 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.
  • A huge thank you to our members who have responded to the call out to support the Greater Vancouver Food Banks by donating. We have received a number of donations already, some small, some large – all equally important and appreciated. As of May 17th, in addition to the $3,000 that our Community Service Committee has committed, we received $4,100 from individual members, for a total of $7,100. Thank you!
  • Strat plan meeting, the 2nd, was held last week. They are making good progress. There are two more meetings scheduled. If you are interested in attending, contact Wayne Fraser and/or Gabby Dickert.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Parisa Adrangi let us know about a fundraiser out of the RC Abbotsford-Sumas and RC Langley. They are hosting their 21st annual strawberry sale. See above for details.
  • John Hayto let us know that our club will be involved with a virtual student exchange program. It will be an exchange with Brazil, where they will be sharing cultural events, touring, etc., all virtually. Looking for a student aged 15-18 years to participate. If you know of anyone, pass it along to John. All applications will be considered. We are one of 8 clubs included in this trial format.
  • Nathan Hesketh will be participating in this years, Tour de Cure, cycling fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation. He will be participating in the 100 km champion ride on August 28th. If you would like to support him, kindly get in touch with him. Or you can donate directly, CLICK HERE
Jim Evans introduced our speaker, Dr. Dan Kalla, ER physician at St. Paul's Hospital and author.
Dan Kalla was born, raised, and still resides in Vancouver, Daniel spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an Emergency Room Physician in a major teaching hospital. In his ‘off’ time, he writes and manages a dual career. He is the author of ten books, which have been translated into eleven languages to date, and his Shanghai trilogy has been optioned for feature films. His latest book, Lost Immunity,  is currently available. It tackles the subject of vaccine hesitancy; a timely topic in today's climate.
The author, Daniel Kalla, applies 20+ years of medical experience to imbue his stories with genuine authenticity. His goal is twofold: to inform while entertaining.  He produces engrossing novels with an intensity that matches the challenge of his other role as an ER physician at a major downtown teaching hospital. His medical thrillers focus on themes that lie at the heart of his professional life, delving into topics as diverse as pandemics, superbugs, addiction, DNA evidence and patient abuse. His most recent trilogy – The Far Side Of The Sky, Rising Sun Falling Shadow and Nightfall Over Shanghai – tells a little-known but amazing historical chapter of the Second World War, when 20,000 Jews fled Germany to find shelter in only one city: Shanghai, “The Paris of the East”. In his latest novel, Lost Immunity, Daniel tackles the issue of vaccine hesitancy and the potential impact on a global outbreak, applying his real-life experience working on the frontlines through the COVID pandemic. [source:]
With his last novel, Lost Immunity, he doesn't think he has tackled a more relevant topic. Though that may be arguable given the topics of some of his past books, e.g., The Last High.
We have not seen the likes of COVID-19 in most of our lifetimes with 3.4 million dead and it is thought to be widely underreported. The truth is we have no idea what the long term effects will be for those who have recovered from the disease. 
Vaccines teach your immune system how to react when they encounter the disease. When thinking of herd immunity, think of viruses as rain drops. If only a few are vaccinated they are wearing rain coats, while if the majority are vaccinated then combines it creates an umbrella. This will protect the minority who are not vaccinated for one reason or another. Since no vaccine is 100% effective it is necessary to vaccinate more than 70% of the population to achieve her immunity.
No program has had such a successful success rate at fighting disease and preventing death, especially among children. Think small pox, polio.
COVID vaccines, especially the mRNA ones have been really successful so far. An example is the UK was in terrible shape in January with 1500 deaths per day; in less than 4 months of the vaccine program this reduced to 4 per day. In Israel it has been seen as well -- from 8450 deaths per day to 74 per day during the same period. Some local examples are the targeted communities -- care homes, vaccines have virtually irradicated outbreaks. The same is true on the east side and in indigenous communities. 
Side effects from vaccines are concerning for some. The mRNA vaccines have not had any deaths related to them in 15 million doses given. The AstraZeneca vaccine has had some major side effects of rare clotting complication. It has killed 4 Canadians which amounts to <1 in 500,000 doses given. This is safer than Tylenol. It needs to be put into perspective. Most side effects are very mild that passes within 24 hours.
Vaccine hesitancy has been around for even longer than vaccines have been around interestingly. The small pox vaccine was the first one developed. Anti-vaxers existed then and the arguments that were put forward back then are still those cited today. The hesitancy mushroomed when a bad study was made public linking measles vaccine with autism. The author of the study has since rescinded the work, it was realized that he falsified the evidence, was paid by pharmaceutical companies, and has been criminally charged. The WHO has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the biggest threats to global health.
It is all of our responsibility to sway the hesitant. Listen to their concerns and provide good information sources. It is vital that everyone who can, does get vaccinated to ensure we have herd immunity.
A concern has come out questioning how good the vaccines can be given the speed they were put out. It really has not been that quick. The mRNA vaccine has been worked on for the last 20 years pioneered by Hungarian-born biochemist Katalin Karikó, who had to fight to be accepted by her industry as is typical for most women scientists. As a result of this work, when COVID hit they, Pfizer and Moderna, were able to act very, very quickly.
Dan closed by reading the 1st chapter of Lost Immunity setting up the scene and the characters. It is placed in Seattle and tackles the fight against an extremely dangerous meningitis disease. From all accounts a good read.
Interesting links:
  • Listen to Dan Kalla's interview on CBC's The Current with Matt Galloway, April 3, 2020, following the release of his book, The Last High, about the opioid crisis. During his interview he discusses the COVID crisis. CLICK HERE
  • Read Vancouver Sun's article, March 24, 2020, CLICK HERE
  • Kalla's books to purchase on Indigo, CLICK HERE
  • Kalla's books to purchase on Amazon, CLICK HERE
Meeting adjourned with a toast to successful vaccinations for everyone in Canada.

June 11, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary