P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 15
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Mr. Christopher Loat
ShelterBox Ambassador & Rotarian
Recovery Starts with Shelter

Disasters don't take time off and neither do we. ShelterBox is dedicated to helping ensure no family is left without shelter after natural disaster or conflict - by going where others can't or won't. Chris is a member of the RC West Vancouver Sunrise. He has held roles as Community Service Chair; Past District Interact Chair, District Peace Fellowship committee, ShelterBox Ambassador, and Past Board member of ShelterBox Canada. His son, Richard, is a ShelterBox Response Team Member.

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,



Rotarian Tunji Funsho named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the world

Story Written By: Ryan Hyland, Sep. 23, 2020

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, joins 100 pioneers, artists, leaders, icons, and titans as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. TIME announced its 2020 honorees during a 22 September television broadcast on ABC, recognizing Funsho for his instrumental leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region.

He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for work toward eradicating polio.

CLICK HERE to read the whole story.


Get ready for our fifth annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will stream live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA, to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join us as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication. 

One Day. One Focus:  Ending Polio
24 October

Join us for World Polio Day as global health experts and partners share our progress on the road to polio eradication. Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to watch with other end polio supporters.



Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
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
Food on the Corner
Nov 21, 2020 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 24, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Nov 26, 2020 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 27, 2020 10:00 AM
View entire list


Paul Martin Oct 13th
Verona Edelstein Oct 16th  
at our Club
none this week
Keith Phillips & Theresia Lee
4 years Oct  15th
Curt & Ingeborg Haase
56 years Oct 12th

Last Meeting October 13, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp.
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms Elect, introduced guests
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning, as well as our own members who have taken the time out of your busy lives to be with us today. Thank you for joining us.
  • Our last club Board meeting was last week. To give you a quick recap of what was covered:
    • Approved funding requests from the Community Service Committee:
      • $2,400 from the remaining 2019-20 gaming funds to be given to the Children’s Heart Network. Representatives from that organization will be speaking to us next week.
    • We give annual support from the Don Kavanagh Fund to the Britannia boys’ basketball program. We will be doing that again this year very soon to help them out.

      For those who don’t know Don Kavanagh, he was a long-term member of our club who was passionate about youth. He advocated and supported all things youth, including the exchange program. He sadly passed away a couple of years ago, but kindly ensured his legacy would be ongoing by donating some of his estate specifying that it was to be used for youth programs.
    • A new member reception is being planned for the end of October or beginning of November by our Membership Committee, with Parisa heading it up. They are looking into suitable venues and possible dates, ensuring everything is COVID safe, but at the same time comfortable and welcoming. Stay tuned for more info on that.
  • October 24th will mark World Polio day 2020. You are invited to get involved and take action for the day. You can watch Rotary World Polio Day Online Global Update on October 24th. Check for more info.

    It was great to see in the latest Polio Newsletter, sent to all members, that our own Mark Zhou was called out. It states that he is involved with vaccines and immunization procedures and that his organization has tremendous expertise in this area. Mark is a member of the Young Professionals Division of our club. Kudos to you Mark!!
Secretary's announcements provided by Gabby Dickert:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Nathan Hesketh was interviewed by Franco Gallo. CLICK HERE to view the whole interview. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Nathan anytime.
  • John Bathurst, Assistant DG, reminded all of the ClubRunner app you can install on your phone to have our member roster ready at your fingertips, anywhere, anytime.
  • Bill Schulz shared that he recently realized that it has been 20 years since he was club president in 2000-2001. Time flies...
  • John Hayto is looking into the viability of our annual ski weekend given COVID restrictions. Timing would be one of the 1st weekends in February. John will keep everyone informed as he sorts it out.
  • Parisa Adranga let us know that the Easter Seals rappelling fundraiser is now up to a whopping $155,000!
  • Adriana Zylmans – the Interact club at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary has reached out to the Young Professional Rotaractors for a mentorship program.
Rene Abi-Rached introduced our speakers from the Children’s Heart Network, Samantha Aitken & Hege Bolthof Hoegler.
Sam is the provincial coordinator for the Children’s Heart Network (CHN). She has a heart daughter who is 19, and a 21 year old son. They have been fortunate in that her daughter is quite healthy.
CHN is a non-profit that provides support for individuals and families dealing with heart disease and all that encompasses. It was started in 1992 by a group of mom’s who had children who weren’t well. They were looking for connection and support to help weather the storm. That’s how it started. Over time they have grown to over 1100 families who are now connected.
Every year 500 families in British Columbia find out their children have heart defects. As parents, it is a life time of worrying. You are challenged in ways that simply cannot be imagined unless you walk in those shoes. The experiences the children go through are difficult – multiple surgeries, eating problems, sleeping problems, mental health issues, ADHD, and more. There is no magic end to it, the difficulties continue as the children get older. We believe that other families are the best source of support while they are travelling down the difficult road.
There are a few programs CHN has ongoing:
The resource parent matching program – a new family gets referred to them, they find out the nature of the issues they are facing and then connect them with someone who has already travelled a similar road.
Heart Mama & Papa coffee group – due to COVID is now virtual. New heart parents can meet others who are further down the road and who can provide the support desperately needed and encouragement to keep going. Since they’ve gone virtual both parents can join in, versus one at home taking on the childcare while the other can go out to the coffee shop.
CHN hosts events all over BC. Again COVID has interrupted their normal plans. These events allow families to connect, children and adults/caretakers alike. Some examples of events they have held are pumpkin patch, breakfast with Santa, Cultus Lake. They are now working on a virtual Christmas party that’ll be fun for all.
The Heart of Gold team group is for heart teens (13-18 yr olds). It is a nice opportunity for them to meet and support each other. Often the youth don’t fit in easily at school due to the many and varied challenges they are dealing with. It is extremely valuable for them to connect with others living a similar experience, so they know they are not alone. Currently they are coming up with lots of virtual activities.
Every summer they have camp at Camp Zajac in Mission. It provides the opportunity for youth to connect and a much needed respite time for family/caregivers. It is hoped that next summer will be okay to resume camps.  
The provide workshops for parents where they provide training, e.g., First aid trainings, educational seminars with medical experts, etc.
In summary, in the past 10 years they have double in size providing help and support from 550 families to now over 1100 families. They are very excited to share with their Board that they have received further subsidy from our club. The support is much needed funds to keep their programs running.
Hege Bolthof Hoegler is the Event Coordinator for the Children’s Heart Network. She has a son who was diagnosed with a heart condition prior to his birth. He had 4 open heart surgeries and many other related surgeries. Hege was looking for support outside of family when she accidentally met another mom at vaccine clinic. They started a coffee group, and found out about CHN shortly thereafter.
The families she knew had a great need to talk about their situation and not feel alone or isolated dealing with such a painful, difficult challenges. Especially when facing hiccups along the way – others can help, providing not just support but suggestions and help problem solving. Others going through the same thing provides a lot of therapy for both parents and kids.
The youth who have the heart problems really need to connect with others. They have difficulty doing so in regular school. It is important that the find peers who can understand so they realize that they are not the only one in the world dealing with the problems and that they’ll be okay.
Hearts of Gold group, the teenage social group is even more important. Being a teenager is difficult enough without the added burden of such serious health issues. The group provides a lifeline for many young people.
In summary, Hege stays involved with CHN because she wants to give back and ensure this network continues. Really do need each other on so many levels.
A number of those who went through the Hearts of Gold group as children are now young adults. CHN is set up for up to support to 18 years. There is a transition program that they have working in conjunction with St. Paul’s Hospital. There they have a young adult coffee group for 19+. St. Paul’s has some other programs as well. Some of the young adults come back as volunteers and mentors.
Funding for the programs, that run at about $200K per year, comes from a few sources. A big part is gaming grants that fluctuate year to year, and the rest is donations and fundraising. Sometimes they receive some additional funds from the CKNW orphan fund to support camp specifically. COVID has made it more difficult to fundraise. They are extremely grateful for the additional donation they’ve received from the Rotary Club of Vancouver, especially during this COVID time.
It is important to know that the CHN is an organization where you get to meet others and connect. On the mental stage, not just be introduced but to really get to know other people that leads to lasting relationships.
Michael Woolnough let them, and us, know that the International Service Committee has been supporting cardiac surgery in the Philippines to train a cardiac surgeon for a program there.e
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Children's Heart Network, register for their virtual gala on October 23rd, or donate.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to everything that Rotary does for young people around the world.

October 23, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary