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Vol. 103 No. 16
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING OCTOBER 27, 2020
Gabor Gasztonyi 
Photographer, author, filmmaker, and District 5040 EndPolio Chair

Since we started the fight against polio, we’ve reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine. There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but we will not stop until we reach zero.
 
Polio remains endemic in two countries – Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially vulnerable countries with weak public health and immunization services and travel or trade links to endemic countries.
 
Gabor, along with Brian Finley (from Squamish) make up the District 5040 EndPolio Committee, working passionately to raise awareness and support for the cause.
 

UPCOMING MEETING NOVEMBER 3, 2020
Calvin Fong
Director Donor Services, 
Vancouver Foundation
A Ship Afloat on a Changing Sea

The Vancouver Foundation has been supporting donors and the charitable sector in BC for over 75 years.  But over the past 20 years the changing sea known as the charitable sector in BC has pushed the Vancouver Foundation to new horizons and challenging it to stay afloat in the vast ocean known as the charitable sector in Canada.  What are the challenges facing the Vancouver Foundation?  The charitable sector in Canada?  To donors wanting to make a difference?  Come aboard on November 3rd and learn more. 
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UBC Rotaract Club Fundraiser

Let's support our UBC Rotaractors! You can sign up to have your yard raked of all those leaves. Almost magic! 
 
UBC Rotaract is kicking off their 2020-2021 year with our first Community Service Event: Rake for Diapers. We will be helping out our neighbours this fall season by raking leaves in exchange for donations going towards supporting pregnant women of our community with their pregnancy and/or childcare. Pregnant woman are at especial high risk during COVID-19, and we want to support their transition into motherhood during these unpredictable times as much as possible. Donations can range from diapers, equipment, clothes, toys and more!

Don't worry, volunteers will be wearing masks and taking safety precautions to social distance and minimize health risks. You can pick whatever date (between October 26th & November 1st), that best suits you.
 
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VYP Stanley Park Run to Give Every Child a Future

Come and Run/Walk/Bike/Skate the Stanley Park Seawall and support an international mission to inoculate children against harmful diseases in the South Pacific. We will be meeting at the Devonian Harbour Park Roundabout at 11:00am!
 
When: Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Where: Devonian Harbour Park in Stanley Park
Who: anyone and everyone.
 
 
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Rotary Business Expo hosted by RC Oakland
an opportunity to connect...
Thanks to Franco Gallo for sharing this opportunity.
 
This is a networking event connecting Business Rotarians Worldwide to connect and to collaborate.  You are welcome to and encouraged to invite your colleagues and Rotarians friends to participate.
 
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00 pm
Where: ZOOM
Cost: FREE, though must register by October 31st
 
CLICK HERE to register
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Thanks to Sam Shorter for sharing this volunteer opportunity. 
ViaSport British Columbia is looking for panel members to help adjudicate local sport relief fund applications.
 
ViaSport has recently started accepting grant applications for the Local Sport Relief Fund ($1.5m). This grant program provides one-time financial relief for non-profit, community level sport organizations, clubs and associations most at risk of collapse or insolvency due to the impacts of COVID-19.
 
In preparation for the large number of anticipated applications, we are reaching out to partners in the sport, recreation, health and education sectors in the hopes of recruiting members for our review panel.
 
Panel members will review small batches of applications at a time over the course of a number of weeks, so the time commitment is manageable. 
 
CLICK HERE for more information about the role.
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Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Public Image committee meeting (contact media@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 13, 2020 10:00 AM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (email youth@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 17, 2020
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact youth@rotaryvancouver.org)
Nov 17, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
International Service Committee meeting (email international@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 19, 2020 7:00 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Nov 21, 2020 11:00 AM
 
Membership Committee Meeting (email membership@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 24, 2020 8:30 AM
 
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Nov 26, 2020 6:00 PM
 
Public Image committee meeting (contact media@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 27, 2020 10:00 AM
 
Public Image committee meeting (contact media@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 11, 2020 10:00 AM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (email youth@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 15, 2020
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact youth@rotaryvancouver.org)
Dec 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Kudos from Chris Loat to 
Verona Edelstein 
in her capacity as Chair of the District Foundation Grants Committee for her help and support for their grant application for work in Uganda.
 
 
 Bill Schulz Oct 25
 
at our Club
Deb Sankey 1 year
Alvin Zhao 2 years
Angela, Eliza & Xiang Xia Pan 3 years
 
wedding
John & Pamela Sullivan
61 years Oct 24th

Last Meeting October 20, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp.
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms Elect, introduced guests
 
Message from the Board:
The meeting started with an important message from Peter Clarke, Past President (2013-14), on behalf of the Board. A copy of his message was sent to all members. If you didn't receive it, contact Carolyn. Everyone is asked to read it.
 
 
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.
     
  • Member news:
    • Sarah & Thomas Reppchen have chosen to transfer their membership to the RC Vancouver Sunrise.
    • Brian Street has resigned as co-chair (with Thomas) of the Community Service Committee. I’m pleased to let you know that Stephanie Lawton, who called as soon as she heard Brian resigned to offer her services, along with Rene Abi-Rached, effective immediately will be the co-chairs of the CSC. Stephanie brings many years of Rotary experience as does Rene, with Rene having the additional experience of being co-chair of the Community Service Committee with me. Thank you to both of them, it will be a pleasure working together.
       
  • Kaz, for newer members is our Treasurer, has let me know that we’ve received a fabulous donation from the Koerner funds. This year the amount we received is significantly larger than in past years -- perhaps they liked our 5-year report!
     
  • It was my great pleasure to meet up with one of our newer members, Darren Radcliffe, for a coffee. On behalf of his Dad, who is a long-term Rotarian, we exchanged club banners. Yet another multi-generational Rotary family!

     
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
 
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Gabby Dickert let us know that the Young Professionals Rotaractors are hosting a Twitch live stream fundraiser this Saturday, 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight, in support of EndPolio. 

    Twitch is a live streaming platform geared towards gamers that launched in 2011. Since then, it has amassed millions of users, with a total of 3.8 million unique broadcasters as of February 2020. 

    Twitch offers gamers ⁠— or anyone interested in lifestyle casting about other subjects like food or music ⁠— the ability to stream their activity and let others watch in real-time. Streams can last anywhere from a minute to eight-hours and beyond. (from Business Insider, Jun 11, 2020)

  • Parisa Adrangi talked about her experience, with Mekdes Gete, at the Rotary World Help container loading last weekend. The container will be heading to Ethiopia. Parisa said it was a great experience.

  • Michael Woolnough who was also at the loading added that Dan Gallant, of RWH, was thrilled with the support. It is most likely that they will have enough supplies to send a 2nd container to Ethiopia. Thanks sent out to the local Ethiopian community, 3,000 strong, for their incredible support -- it was them who raised the funds to send the shipment.

  • John Bathurst shared that Ron Suzuki has lobbied Vancouver City Hall to recognize October 24th as World Polio Day. They've agreed and will be illuminating the building in red as acknowledgement

 
Program:
Jim Evans introduced our speaker Chris Loat. Chris is a member of the RC West Vancouver Sunrise community Service Chair; Past District Interact Chair District Peace Fellow Ship committee, ShelterBox Ambassador, and past board member of ShelterBox (SB) Canada. His son Richard is a ShelterBox Response Team Member.
 
Firstly Chris thanked us, this being his 2nd time speaking about ShelterBox. He thanked Gabby, who in her time as President of the Young Professionals Rotaract Club, used some of Shelterboxes in the Santa Clause parade. Chris was on the board of SB Canada for a while, and is now an ambassador working to raise awareness.
 
Why does Shelterbox exist?
How many people do you think lost their homes due to natural disaster or conflict last year? Quite a lot. In 2018 over 104 million people were displaced due to natural disaster or conflict.
 
Recovery starts with shelter. Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family, is vital for starting the long process of recovery. Shelter is more than just walls and a roof – it is a home.  On average, only 1 in 5 receive the emergency shelter they needed following a disaster, more than any other time in human history. Not all disasters make the news but all of them devastate people’s lives.
 
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that hand-delivers emergency shelter and the tools families need to self-recover after natural disaster and conflict around the world.  We have a commitment not just to those affected by disaster and conflict but to everyone who supports us and works with us to bring about real change.  As an organization we are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter after disaster.
 
What does shelter mean to you? We know that shelter is more than just a roof – it’s a home. It’s the foundation for life, for families, for communities. When natural disasters and conflict force people from their homes, we can’t replace what a family has lost, but we can help to rebuild. We provide people with the tools to start the process of their own recovery. The shelter we provide protects a family from burning heat, bitter cold, dangerous animals, and can also mitigate the spread of coronavirus, but it means so much more. A shelter creates a space where families can have privacy from the rest of the world, where they can feel safety and security in being together.
 
Every disaster and community are different. This is why we have a flexible approach. We listen and learn from the communities we work alongside to provide them with the right tools to self-recover. It’s not just about giving families shelter; it’s about ensuring families have the best possible chance of long-term recovery. Shelter is more than just a roof; it empowers families to start the process of getting back on their feet. Sometimes this means that the aid we provide will come packed in our iconic ShelterBoxes, these may contain one of our range of tents. Other times, our ShelterKits may be a better solution. It’s all about providing the right tools for the given situation.
 
Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start, when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. Rotarians and Rotary groups all over the world help ShelterBox in a variety of ways. In addition to tireless fundraising, they provide invaluable assistance during our responses. With more than 33,000 clubs worldwide, Rotarians are able to give us first-hand knowledge of many of the countries in which we respond, logistical and operational assistance and vital links into communities. ShelterBox can help attract new members and inspire communities through raising awareness of the impact of our partnership around the world.
 
Like you, the team here at ShelterBox are concerned about the impact Coronavirus is having on our lives and the world around us. Current travel restrictions are making our work more challenging; however, we are committed to providing vulnerable families with a place to call home throughout this Coronavirus outbreak.
 
Our partners in the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Vanuatu, India, Tanzania, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ethiopia are getting our emergency shelter to people who need it, whilst implementing the social distancing rules. There is still a massive need for humanitarian support. Coronavirus has made that need even more urgent.
 
Some examples of where ShelterBox is responding:
  • Philippines
    Category 3 Typhoon Vongfong (local name Ambo) made landfall in May in Eastern Samar, Philippines. Torrential rains brought devastating damage, affecting nearly half a million people. Families, some of them staying in evacuation centres or with relatives, have received tarpaulins, rope, and other household aid items. The emergency aid will enable people to rebuild their homes and provide a private space to protect themselves from the threat of coronavirus.
  • Lake Chad
    Since 2009, Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in Northern Nigeria. The violence has since spread to the neighbouring regions of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Around 10.7 million people in the Lake Chad region are in need of relief assistance. 2.4 million people are estimated to have been displaced and perpetual insecurity continues to drive displacement. Reaching across Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, it is a huge and complex humanitarian crisis with many causes. Extreme poverty, underdevelopment and climate change are just some of the factors at play, alongside growing insecurity caused by Boko Haram attacks. Currently ShelterBox is responding to assist families in Nigeria and Cameroon.
  • Cameroon
    In Cameroon, we have supported nearly 50,000 people tents, shelter kits and other essential aid items. Aid distributions for our current project are now underway with the support of our partner IEDA Relief. Minawao camp is home to around 51,000 refugees. In Minawao Camp tents enable families to leave collective centres sooner and start their journey towards recovery. ShelterBox is the only supplier of tents to new families arriving in Minawao camp.
  • Nigeria
    As the conflict enters its tenth year, in April 2019 it was reported that there are 1.9 million Internally Displaced Persons in need of assistance. In Nigeria, we’ve previously provided essential aid to nearly 4,500 families, and we are currently developing a new project with our partner ACTED to support internally displaced families. Working in partnership with ACTED, we a are currently working on Project 5 to support families with shelter kits.
  • Burkina Faso
    Burkina Faso is one of the fastest-growing displacement crises in Africa. Almost 1 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to extremist violence. Efforts by both government forces and local militias to fight it have uprooted even more communities. Despite the many challenges for humanitarian organizations, including travel restrictions, we are working with our new partner Help to support vulnerable communities. Distributions are currently underway. We’re supporting badly affected families with tarpaulins, kitchen sets, water carriers, sleeping mats, high thermal blankets, mosquito nets and solar lights.
  • Vanuatu
    Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu on 6 April as a slow-moving Category 5 cyclone. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, access to the country is extremely difficult. Vanuatu is one of few countries that has so far managed to keep coronavirus out. As we haven’t been able to send a response team, we have partnered with CARE Vanuatu. We have been delivering tarpaulins, rope, solar lights, and kitchen sets to families.
  • Ethiopia
    In Ethiopia, conflict, disease outbreaks, rainfall shortages and flooding, have forced people from their homes. The UN predicts at least 8 million people will need humanitarian assistance in 2020. Our latest project has been supporting the coronavirus country response as well as the emergency shelter displacement needs. With our partner IOM (International Organization for Migration) we have provided tarpaulins, ropes, wash basins, soap, water carriers, and sleeping mats. To help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, at distributions there has been a health expert to provide Covid-19 education.
  • Tanzania
    Torrential rain has caused flash flooding across the south-east regions of Tanzania. We’ll be supporting families in Tanzania with shelter kits. They will help people to build sturdy homes so they can start to rebuild their lives and recover from this disaster. The aid will also help families to following social distancing guidelines and protect themselves from coronavirus if needed.
  • India
    In mid-May, Cyclone Amphan tore through coastal regions of Bangladesh and north-east India. It was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the River Ganges Delta since 1999. In India alone, 1.7 million homes were destroyed. We’ll be working with our partner Habitat for Humanity India to support 1,400 families in the Sundarban Islands, one of the areas worst hit by Amphan. We’re planning to send shelter kits, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets and hygiene kits with soap, buckets and face masks.
The partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary is so much more than a single green box or a tarp, its about uniting together to take action and create lasting change in the lives of families after disaster or in times of conflict.  We have been able to support 1.5 million people over the past 20 years due to the continued support of Rotary Clubs and Rotarians here in Canada. ShelterBox Hero’s are Rotary clubs like yours that have identified this continuing need to prepare for disasters and respond at a moment’s notice.
 
ShelterBox Hero awards are given out based on your club’s annual support of ShelterBox Canada, through donations or funds raised. There are three ShelterBox Hero levels: Bronze ($1,200+), Silver ($3,600+) and Gold ($6,000+). Right now, we need the support of our Rotary friends and partners more than ever. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.
 
CLICK HERE to access the ShelterBox Canada website.
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary’s involvement to disaster relief around the world.
 

October 30, 2020

ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES

Gerry Glazier, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Gabby Dickert, Secretary