Vol. 103 No. 2
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

NEXT MEETING JULY 21, 2020 (virtual)
Jenny Kwan, NDP MP East Vancouver
The future of Hong Kong

For over 25 years Jenny Kwan has fought for the people of East Vancouver. In 2015 she was elected as the Member of Parliament for our community. Born in Hong Kong, Jenny immigrated to Canada at age nine. After graduating from Simon Fraser University, she worked as a community legal advocate in the Downtown Eastside. In 1993, she became the youngest city councillor elected in Vancouver’s history, distinguishing herself as a fearless voice for the community.


Jenny was voted to go to Ottawa in 2015 and currently serves as the NDP’s Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, as well as Critic for Multiculturalism. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

UPCOMING 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. Janice Leung is a Respirologist at St. Paul’s Hospital, and a researcher of chronic lung diseases at the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation, a UBC-affiliated research centre at St. Paul’s.
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.

APPLY YOURSELF! Great opportunities await.

Would you like to contribute further to Rotary by serving on a Rotary International committee? Each of Rotary's committees, made up of Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world, works with the organization's leadership to ensure efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of the strategic plan.

The following committees are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2021-22. All committees correspond via email, teleconference, or webinars as needed, and some involve at least one mandatory in-person meeting per year. Most committee business is conducted in English.

To be considered for committee membership or recommend someone for an appointment, CLICK HERE.

Applicants must be registered on My Rotary at and ensure that their My Rotary profile includes current contact details.

The application deadline is 15 August.

The following committees are searching for qualified candidates:

  • Audit. Advises the Board of Directors on financial reports, internal and external auditing, and the system of internal control.
  • Communications. Advises the Board on communication with key audiences.
  • Finance. Advises the Board on Rotary's finances, including budgets, investment policy, and sustainability measures.
  • Joint Committee on Partnerships. Advises the Board and Trustees on partnership and sponsorship matters.
  • Leadership Development and Training. Advises the Board on Rotary's leadership training program for Rotarians, clubs, and districts, with a special emphasis on training for district governors.
  • Operations Review. Monitors the effectiveness, efficiency, and implementation of operations and all internal systems, advises the Executive Committee on compensation matters, and performs other oversight functions as requested by the Board.
  • Rotaract. Advises the Board on Rotaract; develops the Rotaract Preconvention program.
  • Strategic Planning. Reviews Rotary's strategic plan and associated measures; advises leadership on other matters of long-term significance.
For more information including prerequisites and commitment, CLICK HERE.
Correction to last week's Rotor (vol. 103 no. 1)
"Brian Street, as Past President, congratulated Bill for his successful year. It was not what he anticipated; however, it was an incredibly administered year. Becoming president is quite a commitment, before, during, and after the term. Brian thanked all those who have committed to serving this Rotary year."
Correction to the above:
Brian Street, as Past President, congratulated Bill for his successful year. Brian noted how one quarter of Bill's year was impacted by the health pandemic, and how accountants are known for creative accounting and that Bill had therefore used his skills to creatively administer his year as President. Becoming president is quite a commitment, before, during, and after the term. Brian thanked all those who have committed to serving this Rotary year.
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
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The warmest of welcomes to our newest Club members:
Daniel Hawreluk
Darren Radbourne
Nathan Hesketh
Due notice having been given; the following individual members have been declared elected as members of the Club.
Travel Services
Min Kuang
Investments - Equities
Min Kuang
Joan Posivy July 15th
Rhianon Chow July 18th
Peter Clarke July 19th  
at our Club
Gabriel Kalfon 20 years
Sarah & Thomas Reppchen
12 years July 20th
Ralf & Marguerite Behringer
24 years July 19th
Gordon & Janis Esau
44 years July 17th

Last Meeting July 14, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Thomas Reppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
President’s Announcements:
  • Thanks to Thomas for hosting this meeting.
  • Thanks to Milton Kiang for organizing the recent social.
    • Milton reported that 24 people attended. All seemed to have a good time. Started out a bit cloudy but sun came through. They had 4-5 tables that were well spread out in keeping with the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Thanks to all for coming out. Milton is going to plan another social in a month or two. Any suggestions as to location send to Milton,
  • Welcome guests, potential members, returning guests and first-timers.
  • Gerry attended the installation of the 2020-21 District 5040 Governor, Dave Hamilton. It was a fun evening event. Dave will be a great DG and am looking forward to working with him.
  • There is a small fundraising committee is now in place: Navid Morawej, Gabby Dickert, Saarika Varma, and Wayne Fraser as members.
  • Wayne, as part of his role as President Elect, will be looking after club administration, including speakers, finance, and general administration of the club.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Joan Posivy July 15th, Rhianon Chow July 18th, Peter Clarke July 19th
  • member club anniversaries:  Gabriel Kalfon 20 years
  • wedding anniversaries: Sarah & Thomas Reppchen 12 years July 20th, Ralf & Marguerite Behringer 24 years July 19th, Gordon & Janis Esau 44 years July 17th  
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Induction of new members performed by Membership Committee Co-chair, Franz Gehriger:
    • Darren Radbourne and Daniel Hawreluk, joining corporate member Iredale Architects; with Kendall Jessiman as their sponsor and mentor;
    • Nathan Hesketh, individual member, with Parisa Adrangi as his sponsor and mentor.
  • Jack Zaleski provided an update for the 2020 Bike-a-thon: The 2020 Stay-At-Home Bike-a-Thon concluded this past weekend and we raised just over $40,000.  We had 19 participants raising funds for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in BC and 200 donors supported their efforts. Kudos to Barb Welsh whose team raised >$12K and to Bill Schulz and others who really helped make the unusual “COVID” event a success.
Jim Evans intro Dr. Susan Forwell, PhD, OT, FCAOT, Professor and Head of the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UBC. Dr. Forwell is a resident expert on COVID-19 at UBC with a particular area of interest in health care delivery and policy.
Dr. Forwell has been at UBC for 30 years. During that time has filled many positions, though consistently done research and teaching in the field around how we occupy our time in a meaningful way during times of disruption and right now is certainly a time of intense disruption.
Dr. Forwell has been gone into work environments for patients over the years to ascertain how patients could resume work to the benefit of both the individual and the organization. If we enjoy our jobs, data supports staying at work longer is beneficial. Recently completed study with the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation, looking at how to maintain employment for persons with disabilities. It was a very successful project.
She is currently involved in COVID-19 studies looking at how it is affecting employment, families, and children. Part of the work related to employment is her presentation today covering what we know about COVID-19, ensuring safety by reducing the threat of COVID-19 in the workplace, minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and the related unintended consequences for workers, and managing those unintended consequences.
We know:
  • COVID can exist anywhere – streets, backyard, schools, parks, farms, construction sites, campgrounds, resorts, and slums all over the world. It is a common molecule – highly contagious. There is increasing research showing that it passes through smaller water droplets than first thought.
  • We cannot rely on reporting from all countries; reporting statistics is both a science and creative process. By and large, 1st world countries are pretty reliable reporting.
  • Canada for the most part has done pretty well in controlling the spread of the virus. In BC with a population of 5.1M, we have the privilege of being in an area that to date has low reported numbers (as of July 13th, 3,115 cases, 530 hospitalizations, 189 deaths). We have had good leadership and good communication. BC is made up of a highly educated population. There is a distinct difference from the south where they show that the rights of the individual surpass the rights of the collective.
  • Sex distribution of acquiring COVD is equal, though males have higher proportion of hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths.
It is commonly understood that:
  • Physical distancing is the #1 strategy. Consistently shown as THE most important strategy to prevent spread.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Socialize outside. The virus does not survive long in an outdoor environment (12 mins or so) whereas indoors 6-12 hours.
  • Hand washing.
  • Wear a mask in enclosed places, particularly when contact cannot be avoided.
  • Form your social bubbles/pods/cluster and stay within them. Can expand carefully but don’t want to be constantly meeting new people.
Ensuring safety by reducing the threat of COVID-19 in the workplace:
WorkSafe has a 7-point plan for all to follow. Organizations need to come up with a plan that makes sense to resume their activities face to face. Start small, focus on one area of the workplace.
  • Have manager & possibly worker of the area involved n risk assessment, then repeat or organize for all areas.
  • Consider personal workspace and create distance and/or barriers (plexi screens, dividers, move equipment or furniture to create personal space) between workers, public and others.
  • When distancing is not possible or multiple users of equipment, consider PPE (mask, goggles, visor, gloves, clothes covering, etc.) as appropriate to the environment.
  • Tools, machinery & equipment touched often should be wiped particularly if inside (cell phone, keyboard, doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, credit card reader, light switch). Easiest to have user do the quick wipe.
  • Hand cleaning facilities readily available and filled with cleaning solutions inside and outside all doors.
  • Consider alternate workplaces to spread out workers to increase and/or maintain distancing principles, such as:
  • Empty offices could now be occupied
  • Working from home or alternate environment
  • Take over underused spaces
  • Reduce the number of people in the workplace at any one time
  • Flex hours so that the space is used longer but by less people at a time.
Public and group spaces in the workplace is all about distancing. Including washrooms, conference & seminar rooms, lounges, stairs, reception areas, lunchrooms/areas, corridors, elevators, etc. 
  • Consider the use and understand capacity for the space – 10 people in 400ft2, if equally disbursed in the space.
  • Flow of people through the space. One way directional, in one door out another, directional arrows, unidirectional stairs.
  • Control the volume of people in a space.
Now you’ve got this, how do you keep it?
  1. Must be entrenched in the corporate, institutional, business culture
  2. Modifications to the environment is very effective and relies less on individual behaviour or practices.
  3. Show positive role modelling by leadership.
  4. Develop policies and practices, as appropriate. For example:
    1. Flow of people movement, number of people in a space
    2. Use of PPE
    3. Daily screening before coming to work
  5. Train workers on workplace COVID_19 safety practices.
  6. Monitor strategies and update as need. Won’t be perfect, just do the best we can to set up the best plan and then be open to make changes as required.
The invisible implications of COVID-19 related work disruption:
There are four scenarios, two of which we are not looking at now: (1) losing a job, and (2) the job is unchanged. The others are:
  1. For some workers, the work load has lessened:
    1. Bored, less productive, unable to re-establish routine or engage in usual occupation, particularly in a new work environment (home)
    2. Feeling lethargic, irritable
    3. Working fewer hours as some responsibilities have diminished
    4. High dissatisfaction
  2. For others, the workload is the same or increased work:
    1. Have 2 full time jobs (usual responsibilities and issues related to COVID-19)
    2. Exhausted, reduced patience, feeling overworked
    3. High dissatisfaction levels
The casualty of workers mental health – a more serious problem as result of the COVID-19 disruption who are told to work from home, showing:
  • Anxiety among workers
    • Find that the home environment is not conducive to work
    • Feel like they are under-performing, not meeting expectations
    • Believe their employment is precarious because of an inability to work productively at home
    • Think the employer is looking to reduce costs, thus expecting more productivity
  • Stress among workers
    • Small residences for prolonged periods is straining on marriages, partnerships
    • Panic attacks and tears related to the unknown and lack of control
    • Work – life balance is fragile or disrupted
A special situation is for workers with young children under 8 years old.
  • Tend to be early in their careers.
  • Are attempting to establish or prove themselves.
  • Feel conflicted between “need to work” competing with “need to provide childcare”.
  • Report high stress, feel unproductive, and are worried about job security.
  • Female workers with young children are more vulnerable and impacted.
  • Have no:
    • In home nanny support, as nanny is no longer comfortable coming to the home in the face of COVID-19
    • Childcare services in the community have been closed
  • Children still have school expectations, but need continued supervision to engage in the school work
    • Parent becomes the teacher
    • Space to do school work in the home is difficult, when parent and other family members are also needing workspace.
  • Parent becomes the primary playmate (particularly if only child),
    • As no play dates or neighbourhood gatherings are permitted
    • As lessons, clubs, community centers typically attended have been closed.
In closing, we can manage the unintended consequences:
Consider the pressure points and:
  • Determine the corporate issues or policies that could be changed
  • Message understanding of the impact of the disruption
  • Validate the need to reduce stress and anxiety.
Establish or identify support services such as:
  • Employee network to share similar concerns
  • Just for fun activities – e.g., virtual TGIF
  • Regular “touch base” meetings to discuss expectations and plan next steps
  • Professional services that can be called upon.
Lead with calmness, thoughtfulness, and clarity of thought.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the way that BC, and Canada, has handled the COVID-19 crisis.

August 21, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary