P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 42
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Tim Stevenson, Former MLA and city of Vancouver Councillor
Times They are a Changing

Tim Stevenson is a politician and United Church minister. He served as councillor on the Vancouver City Council from 2002 to 2018 as a member and a founding member of Vision Vancouver. In 1993 he began his ministry at St. Paul's United Church in Burnaby. He also served as a board member at the First United Church in the downtown eastside for 10 years.

Tim is a true pioneer and champion of the LGBT community. Coming out in 1975, Tim rediscovered his spirituality and became the first openly gay student at the Vancouver School of Theology and minister ordained by the United Church of Canada. He performed the first same-sex marriage in BC in 2003.

Entering politics in 1995, Tim was the first openly gay Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) elected in BC and cabinet minister in Canada, serving as the Deputy Speaker and Minister for Employment and Investment. As City Councillor and Deputy Mayor, Tim helped make Vancouver one of the most inclusive and diverse cities in the world by championing initiatives including the city’s first LGBT Advisory Committee, designation of the Pride Parade as a civic event, and recognition of the historical significance of Davie Village.


Sancta Maria House, Vancouver


2022 Rotary District 5040 Conference
May 20 - 22, 2022

The Conference

  • First “in person” conference in 3 years.  Renew old friendships – make new friends.
  • Learn about the 7 Wonders of Rotary.  More details on the Conference site
  • Experience the challenges of being a Polio Survivor with Ramesh Ferris
  • Dress in your Ethnic Outfit at the Semi formal Cultural Banquet
  • You are offered the cheapest room rates ever - $ 99 per nite in 4 star hotels  Check Conference Hotels for details
  • Bid on a special queen-sized quilt (82” by 102”)
  • Designed, sewn and quilted by Cathy Hellyer
  • Irish Chain style
  • Fabric was bequeathed to a Prince George quilters group

Why visit Prince George

  • Two words: Northern Hospitality!  Come to Prince George and find out.
  • Visit the beautiful University of Northern B.C and their gardens, environmental projects
  • More bike and walking paths for any outdoors activities
  • Three challenging beautiful golf courses and 2 courses for the casual golfers
  • Friendly and helpful Prince George BC - Basecamp to the North visitors site to assist with any activity plans
  • Most beautiful majestic drive to Prince George – mountains, rivers, forests

Great Event - Western Theme BBQ

  • Will be held at Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum
  • Museum tour, mini train rides, live music and camp fire sing along
  • Menu includes :
    • Pulled pork sandwich or choice of burger ( Beef, Chicken or Veggie)
    • Caesar salad, potato salad or coleslaw.
    • Cake and ice cream  for dessert.
  • Shuttle service from your hotel (support Big Brothers and Sisters)
  • No shivering allowed! Please bring warm clothes and footwear.
  • Cost $35.00 per person
  • To add this event to your registration click on this link register/modify registration

Need more info?


Please join us to celebrate the start of the new Rotary year of 2022-23 and the

installation of our new District Governor, John Berry


$75.00 per person Buffet Dinner

Cash Bar available 

Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC V3M 6G1

CLICK HERE to register


Rotary Ride for Hearing

Let's get involved! Contact Stephanie Lawson or Franz Gehriger for more info.
Ride? Sponsor? Volunteer?
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
May 17, 2022 11:00 AM
Community Service committee meeting
Terminal City Club
May 17, 2022 1:45 PM
District 5040 Conference
Prince George
May 20, 2022 - May 22, 2022
Food on the Corner
May 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Rotary Ride for Hearing Committee meeting
Swissreal office
May 24, 2022 1:45 PM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
May 26, 2022
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
May 31, 2022 8:30 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 14, 2022 1:30 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 15, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Jun 18, 2022 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 28, 2022 8:30 AM
View entire list


If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of May 6, 2022 (by May 12/22)
Brittany Ford
will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Brittany Ford will hold is “Healthcare - Nutrition & Technology”.
Proposer: Gabby Dickert
Seconder: Franz Gehriger


Emmie Santos May 05
Wilf Wassersleben May 07
Robert Dueck May 09
at our Club
none this week
Kaz & Natsuyo Kadono
28 years May 07
Paul Martin & Heather Baker
44 years May 06
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting May 03, 2022

Kendall Jessiman, President Elect, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced our guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via video
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to Tuesday’s meeting. It is wonderful to see you all, both those in person and those attending virtually.
  • Reminder that coming up on May 14th, we have the opportunity to work alongside the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaractors. They have invited us to join them volunteering to help the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association remove graffiti and garbage from Chinatown. Everyone is welcome to get out and help. Contact Joan Posivy or Carolyn for more information.
  • The 2022-23 DGE John Berry’s installation dinner is on Tuesday June 21st. It would be great to have a RCoV contingent attend. Tickets are $75 per person. See above for info to register or contact Carolyn.
  • Great news, our Canadian First Lady for RI, Jennifer Jones, will join us at our Rotary Ride for Hearing dinner at the Vancouver Rowing Club! Hoping that we will have a large group of members, whether participating in the Ride or not, attend.
  • Kendall recently attended a conference in Portland where the keynote speaker said something that stayed with him: What Goes Well? Asking yourself this question at the beginning and end of your day ensures you focus on positivity. Something we can all use a little more of.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Franz Gehriger reminded everyone that the upcoming Rotary Ride for Hearing is the largest fundraiser our club puts on. He encouraged ALL Rotary members to get involved in one way or another, whether it be riding, sponsoring, or volunteering. The organizing committee are working to encourage families to take part -- there will be children's activities at Stanley Park.

    If you can't attend during the day of the event, you can purchase tickets to the dinner. The first lady President of RI, Jenifer Jones, will be attending our dinner. A perfect time to celebrate not only the event itself, but also the passing of the torch from club President Wayne Fraser to incoming President Kendall Jessiman.
  • Adriana Zylmans provided an update regarding the Dutch Liberation 2020 Society. Unfortunately this year the Society does not have tulips to share as the whole crop was destroyed in the Fraser Valley flood last year. Some good news though, her co-founder, Erik van der Ven, of the society was celebrated recently. On April 27, 2022, Erik received a Koninklijke Onderscheiding from his Majesty, Koning Willem Alexander of the Netherlands and became a member of the Order of Oranje-Nassau. 
    Erik van der Ven has served the Dutch Community in the Vancouver Lower Mainland of British Columbia in various capacities.

    Since 2018 Erik has been the vice-president of the Dutch Liberation 2020 Canadian Society. His contributions to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in British Columbia and across Canada are most noteworthy. He oversaw the financial resources of the Society and was the Society's international, national, provincial and municipal liaison director. 

    Congratulations Erik! 

    Due to Ukraine war, have decided not to host any services celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands. This war it is reminiscent of what those in the Netherlands experienced in WWII. It hits so close to home. Not sure what will be planned in the next couple of years. Will have to wait and see what happens in the Ukraine. Stay tuned.

Rene Abi-Rached, on behalf of the Community Service Committee, introduced our speakers.
Children's Heart Network
Hege Bolthof Hoegler represented the Childrens Heart Network. She spoke of her son, 16 years old, a hear warrior, born with ½ functioning heart and lungs. He also has a lot of other health issues that he continues to deal with like a warrior. He has already had many surgeries, including 5 open heart surgeries and more are in his future. The doctors did not expect him to make it into teenage years, but he has and he is strong.

When you have a child diagnosed with heart issues, as a parent, you don’t know where to turn. The Children’s Heart Network is a wonderful organization providing support of all kinds for whole families dealing with such serious health issues.

A lot of children with heart issues struggle emotionally, not just physically. They don’t make the same bonds with other children due to the constraints they deal with. At camp the children can meet others, thereby normalizing their own issues. They enjoy activities together with their peers. It is very important to have peer support to help them cope with the challenges of day to day life. Many have anxiety and depression, and ADHD. “Normal” medications may not be suitable. Their cases are very complicated.

Zajac Ranch provides an extraordinarily positive experience. It has a lot of qualified medical and support staff. The attendees can experience that they are not alone, they can succeed, they can have friends and people who truly understand them. It is an experience in being “normal”. Very excited to be able to resume the camps this summer after the Covid hiatus. Thanks to our club for their donation to support this.
Britannia Secondary School
Mitra Tshan spoke on behalf of Britannia Secondary School. Mitra’s passion is working with youth is located at Britannia. Her day job is at Britannia Secondary, an inner city school on the downtown eastside. When Covid hit and children could not attend in-person classes, Britannia Secondary got a jumpstart from Rotary. The Rotary Club of Vancouver was one of the few who jumped in to get laptops into the hands of students. When they were able to get back to they realized that social distancing was a necessity. The auditorium is the only space they have that could accommodate this. The building is 114 years old and is, frankly, falling apart. They didn’t have a screen and projector to show presentations etc. thus impeding hosting classes in the auditorium. Could fill the space quite easily but technology was missing. School. Note that a lot of the school’s funding goes to the social needs of their families vs tech. The Rotary Club of Vancouver was the 1st to step in asking how to help. The cost for the new screen and projector was over 20K, RCoV donated as anchor donor. This allowed the school to secure other funding from others to be able to complete the purchase and installation of a new screen and projector.
The result has been that they have been able to host classes and presentations, of all sorts, for the students enhancing the overall educational experience. Britannia is a community school, therefore community groups have also used the space and technology, e.g., Remembrance Day presentations.

This has been a legacy project that they have been gifted benefitting on average of 5-6,000 people per year. They are incredibly grateful for our club’s support.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to healthy children.

May 13, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary