P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 9
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Pat Montani, RC Pemberton
Effective collaboration across Rotary clubs 

Mitra Tshan, Britannia Secondary Community Schools Team Coach
Achievements and Future Aspirations

Duncan Stewart, Director of Telecommunications &Media,


Meeting attendance

In-person attendance:
We are able to safely accommodate 24-28 people in-person at the Open Outcry Restaurant, 811 W Pender St. If you would like to attend in-person please register with Carolyn,
The technology is set up there for the combined in-person and ZOOM attendees. You do not need to bring your own laptop but of course are welcome to. You are asked to order lunch off of the restaurant menu and take care of the charges before you leave.
ZOOM meeting guests:
If you know of guests, or would like to invite guests to our ZOOM meetings, please let Carolyn know in advance,


The following is a short list of conditions that we strongly recommend for our members when attending Rotary Club of Vancouver in-person events at restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, etc. These conditions are based on the Order of the Provincial Health Officer regulating events.
  1. Register your attendance with our Club Administrator, Carolyn, for the purposes of contact tracing.
  2. Wear a mask when moving around the venue.
  3. Maintain a safe distance of two metres from other guests when seated, unless they are from the same social bubble, or are separated by physical barriers.
  4. Once seated, remain seated for the duration of the event except to use washroom facilities or to leave the premises.
  5. The maximum number of guests at a table is six, even if from the same social bubble.



“This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”

— Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age, circa 1935

Have a story about Rotary you'd like to share? A tidbit of good news? An exciting project on the horizon? Don't delay, contact our Public Image committee today!
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
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
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 29, 2020 8:30 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 06, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 15, 2020 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Oct 17, 2020 11:00 AM
View entire list


Katherine Copeland Sep 1st
Wayne Fraser Sep 4th
Jim Evans Sept 6th
Richard Landahl Sept 7th
at our Club
Kim Lepp 3 years
Leo Allas 30 years
Des Verma 30 years
Bill Dauphinee 37 years
Myron Kuzych 37 years
Malcolm Hunter 40 years
Kendall & Sharon Jessiman
8 years Sep 2nd
Chris Motion & Stephanie Bertels
19 years Sep 1st
Phil & Miriam Webber
51 years Sep 7th

Last Meeting September 1, 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
  • Thank you to our Board members who are having a marathon ZOOM day with Rotary.
  • A reminder to everyone that if you would like to attend our in-person location to let Carolyn know in advance. Likewise if you’d like to invite guests to our ZOOM or in-person meetings, let Carolyn know.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Katherine Copeland Sep 1st, Wayne Fraser Sep 4th, Jim Evans Sep 6th, Richard Landahl Sep 7th     
  • member club anniversaries:  Kim Lepp 3 years, Leo Allas 30 years, Des Verma 30 years, Bill Dauphinee 37 years, Myron Kuzych 37 years, Malcolm Hunter 40 years 
  • wedding anniversaries: Kendall & Sharon Jessiman 8 years Sep 2nd, Chris Motion & Stephanie Bertels 19 years Sep 1st, Phil & Miriam Webber 51 years Sep 7th
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • DG, Dave Hamilton, inducted our two newest members:
    • Mekdes Gete, new Rotarian; classification Early Childhood Educator
    • Juliet Wong, transferring member from RC Toronto Eglinton, classification Publisher Owner – Retired
Gerry Glazier introduced our District 5040 Governor, Dave Hamilton, is a 30-year Rotarian from Tsawwassen. He has held a lot of different leadership roles over the years and comes to the DG role with great experience. Dave and his wife, Tanya, are travelling the district visiting clubs and making a lot of new friends along the way, all the while navigating the COVID-19 protocols to ensure everyone stays safe.
Dave has had the opportunity to meet RI President Holger Knaack a few times. Holger and Suzanne are wonderful people and will do a great job leading our organization through these crazy times. Closer to home, Dave has a whole team helping him meeting the year’s objectives: our own Peter Clarke, Awards Chair; Andrea Johnson, Public Relations Chair; Del Paterson, Foundation (TRF) Chair; Shirley-Pat Chamberlain, Membership Chair; Lynda Rocha, Youth Chair; and Thomas Miller, Rotaract Chair, to name a few. All members/club committees should feel free to ask any of these chairs for help or support as needed.
Dave spoke of RI President Holger’s speech that was all about “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, his chosen theme for 2020-21. CLICK HERE to view the Holger's presentation.
Fourteen years ago, the 1st international assembly was hosted in San Diego. Dave attended as District Governor Elect and, at the time, was very nervous about was lay ahead for him in his role. Now in 2020, the International Assembly returned to San Diego. Dave was still somewhat nervous but at the same time, so excited to share all the opportunities that lie in front of us.
At home here, you are part of a team that works year to year to ensure continuation of your programs and projects. Growing Rotary!! However, you will not be asked to grow by specific numbers because when we are asked this we invariably fail. Rather we want to think about how we can grow organically and sustainability, attracting new members and ensuring our current members stay. The key is to keep everyone involved and enthusiastic.
In many ways Rotary is in wonderful shape. It is financially strong with The Rotary Foundation (TRF) recognized as one of the world’s best. Rotary is evolving in interesting ways: there are now more Asian Rotarians than North American. However, Rotary, in some places, is over-aged. The digital revolution has affected Rotary much harder than anticipated. On an occasion when Dave had an opportunity to speak to Rochester NY Rotarians; he was told that everyone knew photography would make the transition to digital eventually, but they did not expect it to be so fast. Time will not slow down for us; rapid change will not defeat us. The rapid changes in technology will force us to make Rotary stronger and more adaptable, while keeping with our core values. We need to look at a variety of club types that will be suitable for our club’s various situations. Some different models, e.g., Satellite Club, E-Clubs, Passport Club, Alumni-Based Club, etc., all of which have their place in our Rotary network.
We want to build clubs to be as large and strong as they can but at the same time, we do need to be nimble in how we engage their members. As important as the size is that there are plenty of varied opportunities for members to be engaged.
As Paul Harris said, Rotary has always been revolutionary. To repeat, now is the time to be revolutionary. What does this mean? There is an opportunity for everyone to be real change-makers. Ask yourself, what would you do differently if starting a club today? Share your thoughts with your club and the District.
All of the DGs before Dave have left a great legacy for him to follow and build upon. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, the time is now for change. Clubs can thrive and District can grow. Paul Harris was quoted in 1935, “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.” This is as true today as it was in 1935. There are just as many new things to be done as there always have been. Let’s honour our founder’s belief in change. Build on the future, honour the past. Embrace change.
It is friendship and networking that draws people to Rotary. The 4-way test helps us make objective decisions. It is all about self-reflection. The 4-way test guides us: we ask ourselves, am I being honest, am I doing the right thing?
It is extremely important when talking to prospective members that we don’t just ask them to a join a meeting but rather really explain what Rotary brings to your life.
That is important! Share it!
On a different note: District conference in Terrace next May. The team is putting together an event not to be missed. There will be a day spent visiting the NAASK Valley, enjoying a barbeque, then celebrating the local club’s 100th anniversary. Additionally, there will be the usual golf tournament on Thursday. What if still in a world of COVID? Well, it will not be a total in-person conference to be safe and they are preparing to adapt as need be.
Terrace is in an incredibly beautiful part of the province. Consider joining us to celebrate District 5040 and Rotary here at home.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.
Save the dates: May 20-23, 2021
Thank you.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to diversity of our club, our District, and to our two newest members.

September 04, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary