P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 13
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING October 6, 2020

Club Day


Meeting attendance

In-person attendance:
We are able to safely accommodate 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 if you would like to be more involved with the ZOOM attendees as well, it is recommended.
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,
  • A Rotarian believes in Rotary and in what Rotary stands for.
  • Above all, Rotarians believe in "Service Above Self", Rotary's international motto.
  • Rotarians believe in sharing Rotary with others.
  • Being a Rotarian means more than the sum of what a Rotarian believes about Rotary; it means maintaining high ethical standards in one's business, one's profession, and in one's personal life.
  • Being a Rotarian means to be actively involved in the affairs and service projects of one's club.
  • Rotarians demonstrate the strength of their commitment to Rotary in the service they render to their club, through their club to the community, and through the Rotary Foundation to people throughout the world.
  • Being a Rotarian is a way of life and can be a satisfying lifelong adventure for those who are willing to give of themselves to enjoy and benefit from all that Rotary has to offer.

As a Rotarian, I will:

1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.

2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.

3. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in my community and in the world.

4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.

The Community Service Committee will be having its fall kickoff meeting via ZOOM on Wednesday, October 7, at 18:30. We will be discussing current and ongoing projects as well as plans for the remainder of the Rotary year.
Please contact committee co-chairs Brian Street and Thomas Reppchen,, if you would like to attend. 
All club members are welcome to bring your ideas and participate on the committee.  We will also be sharing this information during Tuesday's Rotary meeting.

Sponsorship levels and packages have been put together as a guide to supporters of this inaugural gala. All components of the sponsorship package can be customized to fit individual or corporate needs. Therefore, please contact us for how you can become involved in the event and future plans to attain the best return on your investment. You can contact our Gala Organizer Mike Mahony ( or CHFI Founder John Weston (; 604 329 6146).

We aim to be a great partner, accomplishing your goals and showcasing your strengths... anything is possible! Come join the CHFI team and help make Canada the Fittest Nation on Earth!



Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Oct 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Oct 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2020
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 27, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Oct 29, 2020 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 30, 2020 10:00 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 13, 2020 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 17, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Nov 17, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 19, 2020 7:00 PM
View entire list


Due notice having been given; the following individual member has been declared elected as a member of the Club. 
Neeraj Kumar Kaler
Technology - Digital
Sponsor: Franz Gehriger
Seconder: Navid Morawej
Welcome Neeraj!!
Franco Gallo Sep 29th
Des Verma Oct 3rd
Nadja Gehriger Oct 4th
Gabby Dickert OCt 6th   
at our Club
none this week
Wolfgang & Ida Degemann
63 years Oct 5th

Last Meeting September 29, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning as well as our own members who we don’t see on-line very often. Thank you for joining us.
  • Milton Kiang, our 2020-21 Sergeant at Arms, will be away for quite some time. He has had to step away from his duties as Sergeant at Arms as a result. Jill Pennefather, who was our Sergeant at Arms Elect has agreed to move into the Sergeant at Arms role early, indeed almost a year early. Thank you Jill.
  • We also have some changes and adjustments taking place in some of our committees. The Board is looking at it to determine the best way forward to ensure there is no interruption to the great work our committees do. Our role, my role specifically, is to appoint committee chairs. A role I like to do collaboratively with my Board members, and we are working on it – reviewing all committees. So, don’t be surprised to see some changes in coming weeks.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Miya Otake was inducted by Membership Committee Chair, Franz Gehriger. Welcome to Miya, now officially a member of the family.
  • John Hayto introduced Alexa Bailey. Alexa is interested in being an exchange student as soon as it is permitted (given restrictions due to COVID) to do so.
  • Thomas Reppchen attended the 46th annual Wunday Ranch weekend at Paul McCrae's ranch. It was a great weekend and the attendees are already looking forward to next year.
  • Tom Crean recently found out about the nomination of Jennifer Jones for the position of RI President, 2022-23. This is fantastic -- a female president, and she's Canadian!!
  • Michael Woolnough, following up on Tom's comment, recommended looking up Jennifer Jones as one of the keynote speakers at the Zone conference. She is a wonderful asset and ambassador. Contact Michael for more info.
  • Ralph Towsley let us know that the RWH will be loading the container heading to Ethiopia on October 17th. We will be recruiting some volunteers from our club to help. If you are interested, let Carolyn ( know.  
Bala Naidoo, past District 5040 Governor, introduced our speaker John Weston. John is working to make Canada the fittest nation on earth by 2030. We Rotarians should adopt this project.
Thanks for the invitation to speak. So uncertain how, when, and even if we get together as a large group. No more relevant organization during these times than Rotary. Our motto Service Above Self rallies all together. John really admires what we do and how we do it.
Especially now, during COVID, as we have had to slow down we have the opportunity to think about some big questions. One being what makes us healthy and fit? This certainly relates to those closest to you. Health, if it wasn’t before, has become our primary focus.
Our lifestyles have over the years become increasingly sedentary. John recommends watching a film on Netflix, Social Dilemma. It explains well how our lives are changing because of the big tech companies. Screen time, car culture, poor diets, program costs are increasing with a result of decreased time in nature, reduction of P.E. programs in schools, less general physical activity, increased mental health challenges, reduction in productivity, and diminishing academic performance. Some other consequences are increases in obesity, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease. Related decreases in self esteem, confidence, community and economic resilience.
Our, the Canadian Health and Fitness Institute (CHFI), vision is to make Canada the fittest nation on earth by 2030. Over a 10 year period we will need to measure and compare to other nations. If we get to the stage when Canada is doing this right we’ll have much to share. They are looking to increase active citizenship, physical, mental and spiritual health. Mostly in the outdoors, there is something liberating and nurturing about being out in nature.
Jai Bawa, a relatively new immigrant designed the logo, a maple leaf exploding with joy.
The focus of this initiative is to encourage a metamorphosis in behaviour rather than just offering trails and huts. Trails are tools, huts are tools, all for the infrastructure. Need to think about being physically active.
Trying to steal ideas from already successful programs and countries. In Norway, for example, you cannot prohibit people from crossing your land. They want people to have free movement across lands walking or hiking. Volunteers look after local area huts. Hope to achieve here a similar outlook where it’s a way of life for all of us.
We have a lot to learn from 1st nations peoples in terms of communing with nature. They do have collaborative relationships to learn and to work with them for land use.
To inspire active citizens to reconnect with nature and active living. Be in the outdoors and enjoy the wonderful surroundings. Hope to create and support a network of inclusive and accessible places where leaders share and generate active-design ideas.
Support innovative initiative that promotes physical, mental and spiritual health. Promote measurable improvement in health for individuals and communities.
Engaging with community revitalization programs to develop measurable.
They are at the stage of completing a feasibility study now. Anticipating the innovation centre will be located in the Fraser Valley. This will be a centre of excellence that will expand out across the nation.
Land John’s family owns in the Fraser Valley, a portion of which will be gifted to the organization. Will be working with regional trails adding hut to hut feature of the program. Though the 1st facility will be in the Fraser Valley, we anticipate it will soon be in a community near you.
You can view a design deck 6-minute video that is available on the CHFI website, designed by Jai Gawa; CLICK HERE to view.
They will be hosting a virtual Celebrity Gala – October 15th, 2020, being hosted by pubcast. Save the date!
Why should Rotarians care? Are the objectives of CHFI aligned with those of Rotary? The notion of health and fitness are certainly demonstrated to be in the wheelhouse.
Urgent, or important? Easy to be captured by the urgent. Need to invest in both urgent and important.
See above poster for information about the CHFI fundraiser. It is free to join in. Please share the information and link with as many people as possible. The more the merrier.
They do have a corporate sponsorship package. Not just for donations but an invitation to be engaged with the organization.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotarians helping Canada meet the best fitness goals in the world.

October 9, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary