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P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
admin@rotaryvancouver.org 
www.rotaryvancouver.org
Vol. 103 No. 7
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

NEXT MEETING AUGUST 25, 2020
Amrit Sandhu, Marriott Pinnacle General Manager
Managing a hotel during the CO
VID-19 crisis 

Amrit is currently the General Manager of the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown. He was born in India to an Army family and spent his formative years there studying in Military school. After completing his Hotel Management studies he did his first stint as management trainee at Taj Hotels. He moved to Canada in 1992 and after few jobs moved back to his true passion of the hotel industry when a position opened up with Delta Hotels in 1997.  He has held progressive positions in various Delta Hotels in British Columbia and Alberta before starting his current role in 2016.  

Amrit is an avid reader and takes active interest in world affairs and economics. He holds a Bachelor of Hospitality Management from Vancouver Community College, is also a member of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association Management Committee with a combined experience of 27 years in hospitality and customer relations field.


UPCOMING MEETING SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
District Governor, Dave Hamilton
2020-21 District News 

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The 2021 District Conference is shaping up to be a great and unique program for our members. Check out the conference site for the latest information.
 
Watch the trailer, CLICK HERE
 
It's not too early to register for next year's 2021 District conference.
Until August 31, 2020 there is a special early bird rate of $325 + GST. 
Register now to lock in your reduced rate.
 
Prizes will be awarded to Early Bird registrants.
Register now to qualify and lock in your reduced rate!
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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!
media@rotaryvancouver.org
 
Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Youth Service Committee meeting (email youth@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 15, 2020
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact youth@rotaryvancouver.org)
Sep 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
International Service Committee meeting (email international@rotaryvancouver.org 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 membership@rotaryvancouver.org 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 international@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 15, 2020 7:30 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Oct 17, 2020 11:00 AM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (email youth@rotaryvancouver.org for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 20, 2020
 
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact youth@rotaryvancouver.org)
Oct 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 
 
Angela Pan Aug 19th
 
Charlene McDonald Aug 23rd
 
Tremayne Perry Aug 24th
 
at our Club
 
Kendall Jessiman 9 years
wedding
 
Wilf & Barbara Wassersleben
50 years Aug 22nd

Last Meeting August 11, 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
     
  • Thanks to Franz, and Alvin, as Chair of the Tech Committee, for organizing today’s in-person meeting location. A work in progress…
    Accommodates up to 20 people.
     
  • Thanks to Jack, our ever-present and reliable tech guru, for adding my President’s Message to the website.
     
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Angela Pan Aug 19th, Charlene McDonald Aug 23rd, Tremayne Perry Aug 24th      
  • member club anniversaries:  Kendall Jessiman 9 years 
  • wedding anniversaries: Wilf & Barbara Wassersleben 50 years Aug 22nd 
 
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Social media – please follow; see above for the detailed info.
     
  • Miguel Rozo, Rotary Peace Fellowship. Endorsed by our club. Thank you for the incredible opportunity. Miguel chose to attend UNC Duke masters in Environment Ecology & Energy. He recently came to the difficult decision to withdraw; not easy decision.

    The current situation in the U.S. with general safety, COVID cases rising, and political instability were the major drivers in making the decision. Miguel requested a deferral, but this is not a possibility. One thing that brought greater peace of mind for him was the 4-way test. Being a Peace Fellow has been a long-term dream. On the bright side he will use the opportunity to re-engage with Rotary and Rotaractors as a speaker and will continue to find ways to engage with other clubs and districts around the world. Still committed to pursuing his studies – linkages between peace, environment, etc. Through his work & studies, he has found a lot of Rotary connections with like-minded people.

    In case you're interested, here is what Miguel was hoping to focus on my research: https://web.archive.org/web/20200720173849/https://rotarypeacecenternc.org/fellow/miguel-rozo/
     
  • Sandra Lowe, interviewed by Navid Morawej
    Fun chat with Sandra. Little misconception – not from Toronto, born in Port Alice and lived in BC her entire life. CLICK HERE to view Sandra’s entire interview.
 
Program:
Thomas Reppchen introduced speaker Rick Lewell, from Food on the Corner.
 
Food on the Corner (FoC) started in 1984 with only two people. It was a passion of the founders, Herman Glocker (still involved) Wayne Bergman, to help others. Herman had a pinto station wagon, in which they brought a homemade bucket of soup to the corner of Main & Hastings. Herman was a fairly recent immigrant from Germany who wanted to give back. He felt that there was something not right – he had so much and wanted to share with those who didn’t have.
 
Word leaked out – the group grew to 8 or 9 members. The one 4-gallon bucket that went downtown, grew to four 25 litre soup pails, along with sandwiches, and coffee delivered 11:00 a.m. Up until COVID in February, when FoC stopped for a time, they had been serving consistently since 1984 never missing a Saturday, even when their vehicle broke down they found a way.
 
The FoC service stopped for about 2.5 months due to COVID but is now back on-line. Have had, until recently, about 115 volunteers (some from RCoV) that includes people volunteering every week on a rotation basis, making sandwiches, soup, and serving. They have a specially built cupboard to house the food on their truck. There are 4 groups in Tsawwassen preparing the food, most are seniors who thoroughly enjoy the task.  Save On & Thrifty’s in Tsawwassen provide bread buns, sweets to complete the service. If there is anything left over, they have others in need who receive it all so nothing goes to waste.
 
Everything is now served as bagged lunches with COVID, and soup in cups ensuring minimal contact. All Food Safe guidelines are followed.
 
Truck stored in Tsawwassen, load there about 9 a.m., usually 5-6 people travel downtown in the truck where several more volunteers are met. They meet in front of the city courthouse on Main Street, which works out well. One rule: as we all should do everywhere we go, leave the location better than we found it.
 
Rick has been involved for 18 years but is still one of the “rookies”. FoC serve people on the downtown eastside who have been truly brushed aside by society. All ages come, from youth to seniors. One of the goals of FoC is to try and build self esteem and self worth to help, in even a small way, individuals find their way back to mainstream society. There are some good news stories along the way but unfortunately, it seems with the type of drugs available now its becoming harder and harder for those stricken with the disease of addiction. The truck drops off extra supplies to the women’s shelter and it has been noticeable that the number of addicts in the alley has increased incredibly of late, so sad.
 
A lot of volunteers are Delta based but not exclusively so. The main cost of doing business is the maintenance and running of the truck. Found a new vehicle down in Tahoma that has worked out really well. COVID has made keeping everything highly sanitized a challenge but it is working.
Great appreciation for all the volunteers who help out! Our club’s involvement is about the same age as the truck. The partnership with our club has worked out really well – it’s a great way to get boots on the street to directly help the community.
 
If you are interested in helping don’t hesitate to contact our community service committee, community@rotaryvancouver.org.
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Food on the Corner.
 

September 04, 2020

ROTARY OPENS OPPORTUNITIES

Gerry Glazier, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Gabby Dickert, Secretary