P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 47
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Jenna Wray, Engagement Coordinator,
Centre for Suicide Prevention

Jenna Wray is the Engagement Coordinator at the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP) in Calgary, Alberta, an education branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. With the committed team at CSP, Jenna works to reduce stigma and increase awareness of suicide prevention through education
& training.

Jenna holds a Diploma in Human Services from Okanagan College. She began her career supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and has with worked with CSP since 2020. Jenna has both personal and professional experiences with suicide, and has been an advocate for mental health awareness throughout her career and in life.


Toby Hinton, Special Cst. Chin-I Hsiang, Cst. Dave Steverding, and Roberta Watt
ODD Squad Productions

Toby is the current ED for Odd Squad Productions. Retired Sgt. with 30 year's service with VPD. Original Founding member of the charity Odd Squad Productions. Film Director - Odd Squad and Founding Member Police Judo - Instructor Police Judo Juniors - Odd Squad.
Special Cst. Chin-I Hsiang is the head of Physical Literacy for Odd Squad Productions, Special Cst. In Vancouver City Remand Jail with over 18,000 prisoners a year. S/Cst. Hsiang is a former National Junior and Senior Champion for Taiwan in Judo, NCCP Level 3 Instructor and has managed all the Police Judo Junior programs coaching youth from diverse backgrounds, ranging from autistic 
Cst. Steverding is a long time member of Odd Squad Productions, a 12 year member of the Vancouver Police Department, and heads up the Peer-to-Peer Programs for Odd Squad Productions - focusing on Drug Education for Youth.
Roberta Watt was profiled in the Odd Squad documentary on Crystal Methamphetamine entitled "Scathed" as a young teenager who was trapped in a drug-using cycle. With help and support Roberta was able to enter the Portage Recovery Program in Montreal, break free from her addiction and then, once recovered, enter Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Roberta graduated with a BA (Honours), moved back to Vancouver and started working and volunteering at a not for profit housing provider in the DTES of Vancouver. Roberta also volunteers with Odd Squad and the VPD providing insight for others on the challenges of drug addiction. She is a new mother, raising her son with her partner Matt in Coquitlam, BC.
Their combined presentation will include: What is Odd Squad, How Rotary Vancouver Has Helped Odd Squad - Physical Literacy, How Rotary is Helping Odd Squad - Current Funding, and Roberta's Story.

37th Rotary Ride for Hearing
Let's get involved!

Ask from the committee:
There is still a need for neighbourhood gift certificates. When you are out and about, ask your regular vendors if they can help with a gift certificate, a gift basket, or some such thing. All support is welcome, and in turn we will be generating business for them.

Want to volunteer?
Contact Melody Hu, 

Want to ride?
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Want to be an event sponsor?
Contact Franz Gehriger,

Want to pledge a specific rider?
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Want to donate to the RCV Hearing Foundation?
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Other ways to help
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July 10th, 5:00 p.m.
Vancouver Rowing Club
Limited seating available
Join us in celebrating our Ride participants, volunteers, and also our newly inducted RI President, Jenifer Jones who will be attending our banquet.

Ukraine Update – June 7th, 2022
Presented by Stu Bird

President Wayne, my Rotarian Friends, and Guests:
Today I would like to give you an update on Rotary International’s Disaster Funding for Ukraine.
Full disclosure, Rotary International is non-political, I am not. I have some very strong feelings about the war that is going on between Russia and Ukraine. I believe that the rest of the world has not done enough to address the war and the suffering. I predicted that Russia would invade after the 2022 Olympics and I was correct. This being said, I will try and be as non-political as I can.
First, I would like to give you some background information and timelines.
There were 3 Rotary Clubs started in Ukraine between 1929 and 1935 but Rotary International suspended all Clubs when the Second World War broke out. No Clubs were restarted after the war.
Some key dates:
  • The Chernobyl Disaster happened on April 26, 1986
  • The first Rotary Club in Russia, The Rotary Club of Moscow, was chartered on June 5th, 1990.
  • The Soviet Union broke up on December 1, 1991
In 2018 the Soviet Union had 127 Clubs with approximately 1200 members. Today there are only about 40 Clubs in Russia, mostly are east of the Ural Mountain range, and the Moscow Club is still the biggest club in Russia. All the Rotary Youth Exchange Programs in Russia were prematurely terminated on March 15, 2022, 3 weeks after the invasion of Ukraine!
Now, why me (Stu Bird)? Why am I so interested in Ukraine and the disaster going on? Most of this information you can go and research yourselves.
Well I have been a member of our club since November 1977, a membership lasting 44 years and 7 months to date, to save you the calculation! I was your Club President in 1991 – 92. I am not exactly sure how the idea started, but in January 1992, our incoming President Ted Segonia, who was of Ukrainian background, was interested in seeing if a Rotary Club could be established in the Ukraine. His main interest was to try and provide much needed assistance in rebuilding Ukraine as it started down the road of democracy. Thinking that it would take more than six months, he started pursuing the idea thinking it could happen in his year as President (1992-93).
A group of six Rotary Clubs from three countries accepted the challenge to charter a Ukraine Rotary Club. The original clubs were Lynnwood, Washington; Toronto, Ontario; Shrewsbury, Mass.; Clarkson, Michigan; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Vancouver, B.C.
A little to Ted’s disappointment and proving once again that sometimes Rotary moves in mysterious ways, in May 1992, The Rotary Club of Kyiv was chartered, attended by the President of Rotary International, Raj Saboo from India; the Presidents of the 6 sponsoring clubs and delegates from the sponsoring clubs numbering about 50. (Including my father-in-law, Bo Sibold, who was not a Rotarian but was Ukrainian by birth and subsequently became a member of the Rotary Club of Stratford, Ontario) and 100 or so Ukrainian business people from around Kyiv, and also some delegates from RC Moscow.
We were all very well treated while we were in Kyiv and made many new Rotary friends.
Ukraine now has 62 Rotary Clubs plus six satellite Clubs with 1100 members and 24 Rotaract Clubs with over 300 members. All but one of the RC clubs are still operating, and continue to meet weekly.
Fast forward 30 years. When Russia invaded Ukraine, the past president of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury, Roy Balfour reached out to the six sponsoring Clubs to see what we could do to help. He held a ZOOM meeting inviting the current Presidents, the current District Governors, and any other interested parties.
Roy and I are the only surviving Past Presidents of the sponsoring Clubs.
A here is what happened after the first meeting:  Rotary International Declared that all Disaster Funds raised from March 3rd until April 30th of 2022 would go to aiding the Ukrainian disaster. And it would be dispensed before June 30th, 2022. This fund has raised over US$15million and the money is still coming in. Our district raised approximately US$122,000, of which almost US$100,000 came from this Club. You all should be immensely proud.
Now what have the six sponsoring Clubs and others been up to? We have been meeting every 2 to 3 weeks via ZOOM, to see what we can do to help our Ukrainian Rotary Friends and at the same time get Rotary International to understand something clearly at last and move faster in getting the money and thus the aid flowing to where it is needed. As of today, only about US$3 million of the US$15 million has been allocated. And June 30th is approaching FAST!
We have been successful in getting the District Grants in the countries around Ukraine increased from US$25,000 to US$50,000. This is still not enough and those of you who know how the grants work know it can be a challenging task. Therefore only US$3 million has been allocated… 120 District Grants! We are working extremely hard to get all District Grants for Ukraine increased to US$100,000.00 per application.
The disaster is immense, as you all know. Over 25% of the population of 42 million have left the country and another 17% are displaced. 29 hospitals have been destroyed. Countless schools and housing units have been bombed and/or burnt to the ground. Over 30,000 Ukrainians have already died, and the total may in fact be higher. 32 international journalists have also died.
The need is immense and continues to grow.
You have all seen the news and you all know how terrible this disaster is. Let me brighten your day.
The six sponsoring Clubs and other interested Rotarians and other have accomplished wonders.
One of the greatest needs has been torniquets. They cost about US$30 each. One of the members of the Shrewsbury Rotary Club was able to find a supplier who would supply them for US$20 each and the U.S. Air Force delivered 50,000 of them to Germany to be driven into Lviv, where they were received by one of the Rotarians on our ZOOM meeting.
The Rotarian responsible has only been in her Club for just over a year!
She also started to enquire about flak jackets, another requested item. She found out that the police and fire departments in the greater Boston area were already working on this and she put them in touch with her contact in the Air Force. Subsequently, 50,000 flak jackets were delivered to our Rotary contact in Lviv for distribution. Flak jackets are a controlled item by both the U.S and Canadian governments, however the contact with the U.S Air Force, smoothed out many of those hurdles.
This Rotarian’s name is Catrina, and she is Russian by birth and is now living in the United States.
The Rotary Club of Lynnwood got a request for a fire engine. They had raised half the money required, including a District Grant and needed another Club to help. The Rotary Club of Edinburgh, whose member just happens to be the current District Governor, stepped in, and secured the funding for the other half and the fire truck was shipped in 3 weeks from Austria. Yes, due to all the bombing and fires they need fire engines, firefighting equipment, and flak jackets to protect the fire fighters from being killed while doing their jobs.
People from all walks of life have been stepping up to help in whatever way they can. For example, an ex-Rotarian donated 306 tons of chickens; pharmacies are donating medicines, and on and on.
We have asked the Rotarians in Ukraine what they need most and to give us a list so that we can get other Clubs and Districts around the world interested in helping. As you can imagine the list is long and we are so far away. By coordinating efforts, it looks like suppliers in Europe, which is only an 8-to-12-hour drive away, are the most likely source of goods. So now what we must do is get the money moving.
One thing that is going to be needed long term and particularly once the conflict is settled, whenever that may be, is walking aids. Crutches, walkers, and canes. This is something the Rotary World Help Network can start to plan for. Not today or next month but hopefully soon we could be able to ship a container to them.
Also, with the rebuilding of the hospitals and care facilities, they will need all the basics. Rotary World Help Network once again.
I mention this as the Rotary World Help Network is the evolution of an idea Ted Segonia had, along with others, when we returned from Kyiv in 1992. Well done, Ted.
It is amazing of how Rotary works in mysterious ways!
What more can we do as a Club?
Is there a connection you have with Ukraine? If so, evaluate if there is anything we can do to help. Apply for a District Grant and if the request is more than the grant, get another Club involved. Our International Committee should be able to help with the paperwork.
Talk about what Rotary is doing to your family, friends, business associates and anyone that will listen. Firstly, we want the conflict to stop. Next will be to get supplies on the ground in Ukraine and the surrounding countries to help with medical, food, basic survival needs and getting people back and settled in Ukraine. And then the rebuilding will start, which will take years.
I believe Rotary has a role to play and we need to be involved.
The sponsoring Clubs are planning to continue their regular meetings and pushing Rotary International with their Disaster Fund grants and continuing to help our Ukrainian Rotarians in there days of real need.
Stu Bird
RCoV Past President 1991-92
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 14, 2022 1:30 PM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 14, 2022 1:45 PM
Business Networking Social
Hydra Estiatorio, The Cabana
Jun 15, 2022 6:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 15, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Jun 18, 2022 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 21, 2022 1:45 PM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 28, 2022 8:30 AM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 28, 2022 1:45 PM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Jun 30, 2022
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jul 05, 2022 1:45 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jul 12, 2022 1:30 PM
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Best wishes to Franz Gehriger who underwent surgery last week to rectify some clotting issues.
Speedy recovery Franz.
Want to see you on your bike at the Ride for Hearing!
RCoV's Newest Elected Corporate Members
Due notice having been given, the following corporation, and its individuals, has been declared elected as members of the club.
Kasian Architecture
Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
Daniel Hawreluk
(current member)
Architecture - Commercial
Christine Craik
Architecture - Interior Design
Warren Schmidt
Architecture - Planning
Paul McCrae Jun 08
Rumana Monzur Jun 09
Cici Yim Jun 09
Gerry Glazier Jun 10
John Sullivan Jun 11
at our Club
none this week
Wayne & Rose Fraser 
31 years Jun 08
Stephanie Lawton & David Neima 
48 years Jun 08
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting June 7, 2022

Stephanie Lawton, Past President (2014-15), chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via video
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to Tuesday’s meeting. It is wonderful to see you all, both those in person and those attending virtually.
  • June is Rotary Fellowships month.  Fellowships are Rotarians who share a passion, like chess, travel, puzzles, etc. You can search on the RI site for Rotary Fellowship groups that suit you – your interests and passions.
    If you have questions about what it's like to be part of a Rotary Fellowship contact Carolyn who will put you in touch with one of our many members who are already Fellowship members of a variety of groups, e.g, wine, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, golf, sailing.
  • Rotary was formed by a few individuals who were successful in their business and who decided they need to find a way to give back to society while as the same time support each other professionally. There is a symbiotic energy to this; building trusting relationships through Rotary benefits all aspects of our lives – both personally and professionally. Building on this, here are some announcements from the Board:
  • Given we no longer have any Covid barriers to meeting in-person, we need to prioritize member satisfaction and also club financial health. The Board has made the decision to return to mandatory 1/4ly meal billing. The cost is $350 per quarter. The more you attend, the more economical your meals are. The key is that our club thrives on personal contact.

    When we meet in person there is a buzz in the room, lots of chatter and laughter. This results in many positive things – an opportunity to rejuvenate friendships, make new connections, learn about each other and how we can support and mentor one another on both personal and professional fronts. We recognize that for some, taking a couple of hours out of your day is difficult. Particularly for our relatively younger members who are in the throes of building their careers. This leads to another decision by the Board:
  • There will be a change in our regular meeting schedule. One meeting per ¼ will be an evening social versus luncheon. The dates will be well advertised in advance. This will be an experiment to see the membership responds – will you like it or not, should we vary the schedule more frequently, or simply add more social events on top of the regular luncheon meetings. The hope is that the members who simply cannot attend a luncheon, will attend an evening meeting.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Bill Schulz shared that Leo Allas' memorial service has been set for July 9th, 11:00 a.m., at the Estonian Church on 49th Avenue. Contact Bill for more information.
  • Nadja Gehriger promoted the next Membership Committee's Business Networking Social on Wednesday June 15th. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
  • Joan Posivy provided an update from the last VYP Rotaract meeting of the year, held on June 6th. Thanks to our club members who attended. Your presence was appreciated by everyone. During the meeting, their AGM, they highlighted their activities over the last year. Some of the highlights shared:
    • At the recent District Conference, the club was awarded for their superb social media presence
    • The year started with 24 members, they are now up to 60 members
    • The VYP members have supported our club by helping with RWH container loadings, food on the corner, and the hoop a thon
    • They held their annual retreat where they mixed a lot of fun with the business of making plans for the year (strategic planning)
    • They held their incredible UNYA fundraiser. Thanks to our club for the financial support. They were able to raise about $26K, with about $16K going directly to UNYA!
    • Everyone is looking forward to a continued and growing connection between our members and the Rotaractors
  • Stu Bird spoke about how Rotary is supporting the clubs in the Ukraine and surrounding areas. See his full talk above. Feel free to contact Stu should you have any questions.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to toast to Ukraine and for peace.

June 17, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary