P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 10
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Mitra Tshan, Britannia Secondary Community Schools Team Coach
Impact of Rotarians during a pandemic

Basketball brought Mitra Tshan to the DTES 20 years ago. Passion for working with inner city youth has kept her there to this day!
As a volunteer coach, Mitra firmly believes that “the more things we can get kids to do correctly off the court, the more they will do correctly on the court”.  Basketball, life skills and community go hand in hand on the path of success.  Mitra has been recognized by Basketball BC with the Investors Group Volunteer Sport Administrator Award and the Mary Campbell Award for a woman who is making significant contribution to the game of basketball.  She was awarded the President’s Award at the Sport BC Gala as well as the Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award as an Emerging Leader by ProMotion Plus for her outstanding contribution to advancing gender equity in physical activity and sport within the community.

Duncan Stewart, Director of Telecommunications & Media, Deloitte


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,
The technology is set up there for the combined in-person and ZOOM attendees. You do not need to bring your own laptop but if you would like to be more involved with the ZOOM attendees as well, it is recommended.
You are asked to order lunch off of the restaurant menu and take care of the charges before you leave.
ZOOM meeting guests:
If you know of guests, or would like to invite guests to our ZOOM meetings, please let Carolyn know in advance,


The following is a short list of conditions that we strongly recommend for our members when attending Rotary Club of Vancouver in-person events at restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, etc. These conditions are based on the Order of the Provincial Health Officer regulating events.
  1. Register your attendance with our Club Administrator, Carolyn, for the purposes of contact tracing.
  2. Wear a mask when moving around the venue.
  3. Maintain a safe distance of two metres from other guests when seated, unless they are from the same social bubble, or are separated by physical barriers.
  4. Once seated, remain seated for the duration of the event except to use washroom facilities or to leave the premises.
  5. The maximum number of guests at a table is six, even if from the same social bubble.



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Learn more about BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner and your rights and responsibilities under B.C.’s Human Rights Code. It is also an opportunity for you to share about human rights issues affecting your region.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
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
Membership Committee Meeting (email 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 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 for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 20, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Oct 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
View entire list


After being a non-member member of our club for some time, we are happy to let you know that Miya Otake is now in the process of formalizing her club membership.
Miya stepped in when her mom, Kayo Otake, become seriously ill and could no longer fill her club commitments. Most will know Miya as the gifted harpist who plays O Canada at our member meetings.
If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of Sept. 11, 2020 (by Sept. 17), Miya Otake, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International. 
The classification that Miya will hold is:
Education - Music
Proposer & Sponsor: Kayo Otake
Seconder: Verona Edelstein
Mekdes Gete Sep 9th
Parisa Adrangi Sep 14th
at our Club
none this week
Anna Mandryko & Valeriy Shershnev
4 years Sep 12th

Last Meeting September 8, 2020

Wayne Fraser, President Elect, 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
  • As our educational institutions work to come back while providing a safe environment for their staff and students, it is great to know that our UBC Rotaract Club is getting ready for their new year. They are actively recruiting for some open executive positions as well as new members on campus.
  • St. Paul’s Hospital has organized a special access tour of the Pathology laboratory on September 16th, 4:00-5:00 p.m., via ZOOM.

    Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the lab, featuring St. Paul’s doctors who are experts in their fields. Hear about our life-saving work and world-leading research into COVID-19 and other major health threats. Learn how the lab at the new St. Paul’s will transform care for all British Columbians.

    We will include information in this week’s Rotor for all.
  • A belated warm welcome to our newest members who were induced into the club by DG Dave Hamilton last week, Mekdes Gete & Juliet Wong. It it great to know that they both are already active in committees.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Mekdes Gete Sep 9th, Parisa Adrangi Sep 14th      
  • member club anniversaries:  none this week
  • wedding anniversaries: Anna Mandryko & Valeriy Shershnev 4 years Sep 12th
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Robin Luo, on behalf of his mentor, Min Kuang, introduced an upcoming event. 
    We would like to extend invitation to our Rotary club members to a digital networking event hosted by Blockchain. Will provide the club with 5 complimentary tickets and time to introduce our club committees and activities on Sept 16th or 17th between 2:30 & 4:00. It is a fundraising event for the Lion’s Gate Hospital Foundation. Digital 2020 will be held using the Virbela immersive technology.
    Blockchain Impact Institute is hosting "Digital Week, Digital 2020-Shape the Future of Our New Remote Economy & Investment Seminar" from September 14 to September 23 and co-organized by over 30 organizations from different industries. The fundraising for Lions Gate Foundation is led by students from SFU and UBC under the FALL Working program supported by New Ventures BC backed by the Canadian government and Blockchain Impact. The proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.
    Contact Min for more information. CLICK HERE to register – register under “speaker”, no cost.
  • John Hayto – the most recent copy of The Rotarian magazine focussed on exchange students. We are looking at 2021, and have a student already lined up who has expressed real interest. Finding hosts is a challenge. Please help! Host families do not need to be Rotarian families. Contact Kendall Jessiman or John Hayto for more information or to let them know of anyone who may be a candidate. The exchange program within our club goes back to Charles Flavelle approx. 40 years ago, let’s keep it going another 40.
Thomas Reppchen introduced Pat Montani, our speaker from the Rotary Club of Pemberton. Pat is an interesting person with a legacy of wonderful projects. Pat was recognized in 2019 by being awarded Whistler Citizen of the Year, and also received a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his volunteer work.
Pat says he doesn’t normally speak publicly very much. His topic is one he’s been thinking about for a while, Effective collaboration across Rotary clubs. He has been involved with Rotary for 15 years. Prior to Rotary he spent his career starting up tech companies in the telecom space. A friend wrote a book that affected the way Pat started thinking about the world. Specifically, he started thinking about Rotary as a soccer ball model – very light with a tremendous wealth of members.
Pat met a chap who needed bicycles in Namibia to visit patients. He spoke to his then DG, who was on board, so they worked to collect 500 bikes which were given to health care workers to help them deliver their services. Their first collection was incredible, filling 3-4 containers. This got the attention of Rotary International who sent a letter stating that Pat had violated their rules. He had used the Rotary Wheel without approval resulting in him being asked to leave Rotary. He did leave with a bad taste, since his intention was simple: help people who needed it in the best way possible and then bureaucracy got in the way.
That little bicycle project, now knows as Bicycles for Humanity, started with 20 clubs and just kept growing. They have shipped approximately 325,000 bicycles, about 3500 a year, with 170 Rotary clubs involved now. All of these clubs approached Pat, not the other way around. In S. Africa there are two districts who have taken on the task of handing out the bikes. The project continues, with great results.
The lesson learned was that the project didn’t fit at a club level, but it did at a personal member level.
Pat was not involved with Rotary for 5-6 years. He moved to Whistler where he joined the local club there. It was a great experience, but his love was in Africa and that didn’t fit with the Whistler Club’s objectives. He started asking people in Africa what they wanted and heard the resounding response that they wanted a better education for their kids. Another brainstorm: store books on memory sticks and give away the memory sticks; a minimal cost project. A memory stick holds 5000 hours of video 100,000 books, a fabulous and compact tool easy to disseminate and share. Pat approached his club (and others), but this project didn’t fit with what their priorities were. Disappointingly, he couldn’t get any traction for a 2nd time. He had a number of friends in Pemberton, a very small RC with only 7 members. He joined them, became the 1 member international committee and he moved ahead with the project. Now there are over 300 Rotaractors involved in the book project, along with the bikes.
Once again, Pat had a project that didn’t stick on Rotary club level but certainly did on an individual member level. His experience has led him to believe that there are two Rotaries – one club with relatively rigid organizational structure, following rules as laid out by Rotary International; and two, 1.3 million individuals looking for things to do. In some cases, it seems easier as Rotarians to run global programs without Rotary but within Rotary. Meaning, not using global or district grants but just getting the job done, in some cases with minimal cost. If you believe in the cause or project, just get engaged and you can be involved.
How can two programs grow out of Rotary – could it be that our structure is broken? Rotary is good at one level, as a top down organization but in today’s globally connected world, it’s difficult to maintain.
Pat would like to plant the idea that as Rotarians we are 1,000 more powerful than Rotary as an organization. If we added up all of the programs we actually do, it would be off the charts. Anyone can join Rotary, reach into the network and do good. Pat believes this is the key to the future growth of Rotary – engaging members on a grass roots level.
We now have great technology that allows us to work as a group globally, and it is constantly evolving and getting better. He believes we need to figure out a way to engage our Rotarians in projects that inspire them to make a difference in the world. Something to think about.
Pat spends a lot of time at Rotary clubs in Africa. It seems that it is often the case where a big club, or clubs, here in N.A. works with another big club in Africa that they have an interest in and a history built up. Unfortunately, it is the case that the small clubs can not get traction or attract interest from North American clubs as a result. How do we change this and help the little clubs? Growing the ideas at a grass-roots level; inspire, embolden, and support our members to cross club boundaries and form groups to work together.
Pat works with 500-1,000 Rotarians around the world at any given time. We don’t need money to do good. What’s important is what we do to empower the lives of others. Bicycles for Humanity is not a non-profit, does not fundraise, does not have staff. Use the network of Rotary – join Rotary and hear about the benefits of the Rotary network. Come full of excitement, get into committees find out that their ideas are stymied by club politics.
It is not widely known that Rotarians can do things without committee structure. Let the spark of excitement grow to full flame through person to person connection. Engage people. If we could ever get to the point of believing that’s it’s okay to reach out.
To be clear, this is not to say that Rotary is in any way broken. The individual talent of the people – Rotarians, is extremely valuable. His point: Let’s think wider and broader and not be confined to the constraints of a particular club. Use the resources of Rotary to reach out globally, find projects/work, however small in scope, that excites and motivates our members to live what’s important and what Rotary does best -- empower the lives of others.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to getting together at Open Outcry restaurant for our in-person portion of the meeting.

September 11, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary