P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 24
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

No meetings on Dec 22 & 29

Club Day - Celebrating a new year!

Ken Cretney, President & CEO, PavCo and the Vancouver Convention Centre
Tourism in the Pandemic



The UBC Rotaract club has been engaged in a myriad of initiatives during the first term of school.
"UBC Rotaract Club, June - Dec 2020 Events + Accomplishments: 
This year, despite the pandemic, the UBC Rotaract Club was able to welcome 40+ club members to the team, with people grouped into committees for heightened engagement and involvement. 
Our community service team led a 6 month (and ongoing) senior home virtual visitation program, along with successful Clothing Drive and Rake for Diapers events. Next year, community service is looking to host educational workshops and tutoring sessions for both the local and international communities. 
This year we also revived the professional development portfolio within the club. This committee has been dedicated to planning the January 9th 2021 CareerCon that all students, at university and high school levels, are welcome to attend and learn more about possible career options. We've also partnered with Rotaract Canada to host a Canada-wide training symposium for Rotaractors to take place in March 2021. In addition, we made speakers at our biweekly general meetings a tradition!
Our fundraising committee oversaw 4 movie night fundraisers, partnering with multiple UBC clubs to fundraise for causes such as refugee relief. In 2021, we are looking to fundraise through digital campaigns such as GoFundMe and Raise for Rotary, as well as through applying to community grants. 
Our President Elect is Sandra Radic, and the current club president, Ariel Qi, is looking to mentor and help her begin her transition starting January 2021.
We thank you wholeheartedly for all the support that the RCoV has given to our team!  
A note from Christopher Loat, Shelterbox Ambassador and Rotarian from the RC of West Vancouver Sunrise Club.
In the ShelterBox Canada newletter for January, they are discussing Rotary International being awarded the first Global Humanitarian Service Award as well as totaling up the impact that we were able to make around the world in 2020 with support from Rotary.
Thank you for your continued support of the ShelterBox mission and for everything you do in the name of Rotary. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact Chris.
CLICK HERE to read the ShelterBox Canada newsletter.
CLICK HERE to view a brief thank you video from ShelterBox.
Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year! Keep well. Keep safe.
What is the meaning of Hanukkah? 
Phil Webber provided the following for us:
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 represented the 6th day/night of Hanukkah which began last Thursday evening.  The eighth and last night of Hanukkah will occur this year on Thursday, December 17.  Because the beginning and end of Hanukkah is based on the Jewish calendar and the Jewish month of Kislov, Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights varies from year to year, sometimes overlapping Christmas Day and sometimes finishing early, as is the case for 2020.
“Hanukkah" has been defined as follows:
noun: HanukkahChanukah or Chanukkah (all various correct spellings)
  • A lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights.
Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights (Hebrewחַג הַאוּרִים‎, ḥag ha'urim).
Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrewשַׁמָּשׁ‎, "attendant"). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival.[2] Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot (a special jelly donut), and dairy foods.
The history of christmas is quite colourful. 
CLICK HERE to read an article on the History channel website.
Here are some interesting facts from the site:
  • The Bible does not mention a date for Jesus' birth. Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25. It is commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century.
  • In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.
  • When Christmas was cancelled: From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
  • Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
  • The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
  • Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
  • Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are about 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
  • The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Food on the Corner
Jan 16, 2021 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Jan 19, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 21, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 22, 2021 10:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Jan 28, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 05, 2021 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Feb 16, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 18, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 19, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Feb 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 23, 2021 8:30 AM
View entire list


 Gordon Esau Dec 17
Robin Luo Dec 19
Kayo Otake Dec 24
Curt Haase Dec 25
at our Club
Mark Zhou 2 years
Ralf Behringer 10 years
Robert Dueck 15 years
Chris Motion 15 years
Sue Harolds-Towsley 23 years
Richard Higgins 24 years
Fred West 24 years
Mark Zhou & Tamara Mihic
5 years Dec 19
Ralph & Sue Towsley
24 years Dec 28
David & Joy Motion
49 years Dec 18
D'Arcy & Jill Warner
58 years Dec 29

Last Meeting December 15, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced guests.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp via taped video.
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning, as well as our own members who have taken the time out of their busy lives to be with us today. Thank you for joining us.
  • The Board recently approved funding requests from our Community & Youth Service committees:
    • John Norquay Elementary School, covering the cost for ten iPads required for remote learning in times of COVID.
    • Britannia Community Elementary School, covering the cost of 70 rain ponchos to be used by 7 classrooms, as well as the cost of 10 iPads to be used for remote learning in times of COVID.
    • The support for L’Arche Greater Vancouver continues with funding for a chair lift to replace an existing irreparable one. It is necessary for their residents to move between floors of their home.
    • Some urgent funding was approved post-Board meeting to support Lord Roberts Elementary School providing family hampers for 12 families in dire need.
  • Check out the new look of our website. There’s still a lot of work to do with the underlying pages but our home page has been updated. If you have content you’d like highlighted, please send to Carolyn.
  • Have you participated in the Rotary member census? An email was sent to all members from RI General Secretary, John Hewko. The survey is open for another couple of days, until Dec 18th. If you don’t have the link handy, contact Carolyn and she can forward it to you.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Anne Lippert has received a Paul Harris Fellow +1, thanks to a donation made on her behalf by Parisa Adrangi.
  • Eric Peach of the Young Professional Rotaract Club gave us an update on the group's activities. They've held a very successful fundraiser with proceeds of approx. $950.
  • Jill Pennefather needs a couple more volunteers for the next Food on the Corner. Please contact her if you are interested.
  • Kamil Kanji from the YP Rotaract club provided an update on their club's activities. (see above for the details)
  • John Bathurst encouraged all, if they are inclined to donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF), to do so as District 5040 is matching points. It is a great example that you can do this in someone else's name to acknowledge them, i.e., Parisa donated in Anne Lippert's name. Perhaps the money you've saved on our Rotary lunches would be a good suggestion for a donation.
  • Brian Street volunteered at Aunt Leah's Christmas tree sales. Such a wonderful organization, one of which we've supported as a club in the past, that supports transitioning young people moving out of foster care.
Joan Posivy led us in through some seasonal trivia. Most of the questions are below so you can share with your family and friends.
Holiday Trivia Questions 
  1. Which city is officially known as "The Christmas Capital of Canada"?
    a) Toronto
    b) Montreal
    c) Winnipeg
    d) Vancouver
  2. During the 12 Days of Christmas in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, kids often wear masks, make noise, ring bells and go door-to-door seeking treats. Which name do they go by?
    a) Mummers
    b) Bummers
    c) Belsnicklers
    d) Both a and c
  3. During Christmas in Quebec, a Yuletide tradition is a réveillon. What exactly is it?
    a) A Christmas dance
    b) A Christmas bouquet
    c) A Christmas banquet
    d) A Christmas party game
  4. In 1905, which company sponsored the first Santa Claus Parade in Toronto?
    a) The Bay
    b) Le Château
    c) The T. Eaton Company
    d) The Real Canadian Superstore
  5. At the Port of Vancouver, young girls dress in traditional kimonos to accompany the arrival of a special first shipment from Japan that kicks off the Christmas season for many Canadians. It contains…?
    a) Video games
    b) Cellphones
    c) Plasma TVs
    d) Oranges
  6. Which of the following is a genuine Canadian Christmas recording?
    a) "All I Want for Christmas Is a New RV" by The Trailer Park Boys
    b) "Have Yourself a Murray Little Christmas" by Anne Murray
    c) "Christmas with the Adams Family" by Bryan Adams
    d) "Barenaked for the Holidays" by The Barenaked Ladies
  7. Which Canadian was born on Dec. 25?
    a) Celine Dion
    b) Wayne Gretzky
    c) Pamela Anderson
    d) Justin and Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau
  8. Which is considered to be the first Christmas carol based on an Aboriginal language?
    a) "Joy to the World"
    b) "The Huron Carol"
    c) "White Christmas"
    d) "The First Noel"
  9. How often does the average Canadian eat turkey?
    a) Once a year
    b) Twice a year
    c) 11 times a year
    d) 15.5 times a year
  10. When was the term "X-mas" invented?
  11. True or false: The song "Jingle Bells" was written specifically for Christmas.
  12. When was Christmas declared a national holiday?
  13. What does the word "Hanukkah" mean?
  14. What is the candle holder for Hanukkah called?
  15. Which department store was featured in the film Miracle on 34th Street?
  16. What is the highest-grossing Christmas movie?
  17. True or false: Christmas originally began as a pagan holiday.
  18. Who was the author of A Christmas Carol?
  19. How many reindeer were in the story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas?
  20. What made Frosty the Snowman come to life?

Answers To Holiday Trivia

  1. C Winnipeg earned this title because its frequent and abundant snowfalls each December virtually guarantee a white Christmas, providing ideal weather for skating, sleigh rides and roasting chestnuts over an open fire.
  2. D Belsnicklers or Mummers wear masks and costumes, disguise their voices and sing and dance before going to the next house. If the host can't guess their identities, he or she must come along with them and join in the holiday fun.
  3. C A traditional réveillon, or "waking up," is eaten after people return from Midnight Mass.
  4. C Santa was the attraction in Toronto's Santa Claus Parade. In 1906, Santa arrived in a coach pulled by four white horses. In 1982, the parade became a nonprofit organization. The last Eaton's store closed its doors on Feb. 26, 2002. Today, the parade has grown to more than 25 floats, 24 bands and 1,700 participants.
  5. D Japanese oranges arrive in Canada during winter. As a result, they have been making spirits bright and filling the Christmas stockings of kids of all ages for well over 100 years.
  6. D "Barenaked for the Holidays" is actually a pretty traditional album featuring "O Holy Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and a duet with Michael Bublé.
  7. Pierre and Margaret Trudeau had three sons, two of whom were indeed born on Christmas Day: Justin in 1971 and Alexandre, who was born on Dec. 25, 1973.
  8. B "The Huron Carol," or "Jesous Ahatonhia," ("Jesus, He Is Born") was written in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people by missionary Jean de Brébeuf in 1643. The English version "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" was written by Jesse Edgar Middleton in 1926.
  9. D More than 50 per cent of turkeys consumed each year in Canada are eaten at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Canada is the eighth largest global turkey producer, which works out to 19.6 million gobblers per year. The United States is No. 1.
  10. The mid-1500s by the Greeks (Fun fact: "Christos" in Greek begins with the letter X.)
  11. False
  12. 1870
  13. "Hanukkah" means "dedication"
  14. Menorah
  15. Macy's
  16. Home Alone
  17. True
  18. Charles Dickens
  19. 8 (Rudolph isn't in this story.)
  20. His hat
Meeting adjourned with a toast:  Regardless of what faith you observe, we wish everyone the same: happy holidays. May the strange times surrounding this season not prevent you from enjoying and celebrating your family and friends albeit with virtual visits and hugs. Until 2021...

January 15, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary