Vol. 103 No. 3
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

NEXT MEETING JULY 28, 2020 (virtual)
Dr. Janice Leung, Respirologist, St. Paul's Hospital, and Principal Investigator at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation
How studies show we can inhibit COVID-19 from setting up residence in our body.

Dr. Leung has spent her medical career caring for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases. She has dedicated much of her research to exploring the outcomes, manifestations and underlying mechanisms of COPD in patients with HIV. More recently, with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Leung has pivoted to study the way the virus enters humans through the airways using a receptor called ACE-2. Scientists at HLI have shown that COPD, smokers and older folks have an increase in the number of ACE-2 in the breathing tubes. Dr. Leung's current research is focused on figuring out which drugs can cause these receptors to disappear or become inhibited. If that occurs, then the coronavirus can't get into the host and cause pneumonia. Dr. Leung will speak about this work.

Club Day!! 

Excerpt from The Rotarian, July 2020
Among the many reasons to join Rotary, one of the most important is social. We do like to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We like to work with others towards common goals. We like to belong to a community. This need for fellowship has come into sharp relief with the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of us socially distanced not only for our Rotary clubs but from everyone. How do we make those meaningful connections, now more than ever?
Debra Fine, a Denver Colorado Rotary club member and author of The Fine Art of Small Talk commented:
  • While using ZOOM or other on-line meeting platform, ensure you call out people's names. For example, "John, what's going on in your world?", or "Sue, outside of this crazy horribleness, what is keeping you busy?". 
  • Rotary is about Service above Self, about fellowship. Connect by giving people something real to talk about. Something brief but relatable. For example, when asked how you are, answer "Great, I've just planted some seeds for my vegetable patch", or "I just read a great book." This works both on-line and in person.
  • When meeting someone new at Rotary, greet them. "Betty, good to meet you. What keeps you busy outside of Rotary?"
  • When we meet again in person, don't ask the generic, "How are you?" but rather, "Fred, what's new with you?" Be sure to include everyone at the table in the conversation by engaging those across from you, not just beside you.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 20, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020 8:30 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
Aug 25, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Aug 27, 2020 6:00 PM
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
View entire list


Warmest welcome to our
newest members:
Wendy Guan
Robin Luo
Ryan Crean July 21st
Malcolm Hunter July 26th
Sam Shorter July 26th  
at our Club
none this week
Graham Coleman & Lorrie Miller
21 years July 25th
Fred & Eva West
50 years July 25th

Last Meeting July 21, 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:
  • Thanks to Thomas for hosting this meeting.
  • The possibility of resuming in-person meetings with a limited attendance of 39 people will be placed before the Board at their next meeting in August for discussion and a decision. Met with staff from the Terminal City Club where they showed how the room will be set up, and explained all of the precautions (many, many precautions) that will be in place to ensure safety of those in attendance and of their own staff. If the Board decides to proceed, then the earliest in-person meeting will be the 3rd week of August, with a maximum of 39 people attending. It will be a work in progress, some trial and error as we go along. Stay tuned.
  • Gerry attended the most recent speakers committee meeting; they continue to do a great job. Fred West is stepping down as Chair of the committee though will remain on as a member of the committee. Wayne Fraser is working with the committee on how to reorganize and fill Fred’s shoes.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Ryan Crean July 21st, Malcolm Hunter July 26th, Sam Shorter July 26th
  • member club anniversaries:  none this week
  • wedding anniversaries: Graham Coleman & Lorrie Miller 21 years July 25th, Fred & Eva West 50 years July 25th  
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Induction of new members performed by Membership Committee Co-chair, Franz Gehriger:
    • Wendy Guan & Robin Luo, joining as individual members, with Min Kuang as their sponsor and mentor.
  • Bill Schulz had a chat with Leo Allas. Leo is doing well though still not allowed in-person visitors.
  • Robin Luo, newly inducted member, shared videos for One World Together 2020.5.2 Home online concerts. This was a musical fundraiser they organized for front line workers and COVID relief projects. They will be making a donation of $2614.63 to Rotary Club from the funds raised. About $6000 from Chinese community was raised; $3,000 of which was donated to Vancouver Food Bank.  Robin & Wendy’s son, Alex made the donation, shared via video
Fred West introduced Honourable Jenny Kwan.
Jenny acknowledged Rotary for the great work we do. Today she was talking about the implications of the new Chinese National Security Act that was passed on June 30, 2020 and came into effect July 1st.  As we are watching the situation, people have been very concerned about Hong Kong.
The Act has far reaching implications. It consists of 6 parts, 66 articles. Those convicted of crimes under the law can be given sentences of life imprisonment. Trials can be held in secret without a jury. Judges can be hand picked by Hong Kong’s chief executive who is answerable to China. Shockingly, there’s even an article affecting non Hong Kong residents for actions taken outside of Hong Kong. The significance of this is not lost on the Canadian government – Canada suspended the extradition treaty with Hong Kong in short order to protect those within Canadian borders. Australia has followed suite. The U.S. is planning on doing the same.
Already we have seen potential impacts on Canada. On July 1st, there was a rally in Vancouver that Jenny attended, where organizers organized speakers to speak out against the law. About 1000 attended. By virtue of attending the rally, people can be deemed guilty of breaking the law and prosecuted by China.
This has already had an impact on our own democratic rights in Canada. There is a travel advisory that has been put into place by our government warning that, though we are protected within our borders, we are not protected in other countries. You could theoretically be in transit, and if passing through or in a country who still has an extradition agreement, you could be sent to China for prosecution.
Because the National Security Act is so vague, you may not know if you are in violation. People are being searched without a warrant. People been given a warning because they are holding a piece of paper, even blank paper. If journalists write about the situation, they could be deemed in violation.
Parliamentarians around the globe have spoken against the law. Countries are in the process of changing their immigration laws to protect Hong Kong citizens – extending visas, etc. Canada must support a “life boat” for the citizens of Hong Kong through the immigration system, foreign worker system, family reunification, students, and refugee streams.  They are being urged to bring in special measures in support. Given China’s on-going human rights violations, Canada needs to take a strong stance by taking a multi lateral approach. Jenny has submitted a cross-partisan letter to invoke sanctions with the Canadian version of the Magnitsky Law (CLICK HERE for detailed info on the law, CLICK HERE for news article about the law). Jenny was emphatic that she cannot emphasize enough the seriousness of the situation, the implication for Hong Kong residents and for Canadians who are currently in Hong Kong.
This gives a general sense of what’s happening in Hong Kong right now. This law, the Chinese National Security Act that consists of 66 articles is far reaching and devastating for the people of Hong Kong and international community.
The U.K. has been very assertive with their reaction, as have the U.S. Canada has not been stepping up quickly enough so far. Minister of immigration does not have a plan to date that they are sharing. Canada has strong and proud history supporting humanitarian actions – this is one of those times where we need to take action joining our allies.
In closing, we live in a democracy. Express your point of view, write to the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs urging them to take action: offer support measures for the people of Hong Kong, invoke to Magnitsky Law. Contact your own local MP to take action on your behalf. Time is urgent. Let China know that this is not acceptable.
If anyone has any follow up questions, feel free to contact Jenny through her office:
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Canada as a beacon of human rights and democracy around the world.

August 21, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary