P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 14
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Ms. Sam Aitkens, Provincial Coordinator &
Ms. Hege Bolthof Hoegler, Event Coordinator
Children's Heart Network

Samantha has been a member of the CHN since 2006. She initially became involved as a board member for three years and then eventually took on the role of provincial coordinator. She lives in Vancouver with her husband Rob, son Jackson, and daughter Danielle. She holds a bachelor of commerce from UBC and worked in the restaurant/purchasing industry for the majority of her career. “Our daughter, Danielle, was born with congenital heart disease and had a large VSD repair at three months old.
As the mother of a heart child I felt it was important to give back and volunteer in some capacity. This led to me volunteering on the CHN board and ultimately to my current role as provincial coordinator since 2009."
Hege is a TV director at Global News, currently not working in order to protect her heart/lung-sick son. She grew up in Norway, but moved to Canada upon meeting her husband Darren in Australia in 2000. They have two boys, Mattias and Marcus, and became members of CHN in 2005 when finding out that their first-born had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Mattias has undergone multiple surgeries and lives with only half a functioning heart, lung disease, and many other health challenges. Hege was one of the first four members of the Heart Mama Coffee Group that started up in Steveston, where she lives. She is a resource parent at CHN and has written articles and been part of publishing a book with doctors and medical staff about tube feeding in Scandinavia. Since 2012 she has produced the Miracle Weekend Telethon for BC Children’s Hospital on Global TV, and as of fall 2018 she has taken on the job of event coordinator for the CHN Annual Wine Gala that normally takes place every spring.

Mr. Christopher Loat, Shelterbox Ambassador & Rotarian


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,
Here is a great Rotary Virtual Summit opportunity, running
Saturday, October 10th at 9 am
There is a lot of good information at the House of Friendship displays as well as keynote speakers. All are invited.
CLICK HERE to see a preview of interesting things that will be available to you.
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


Gabby Dickert Oct 6th
Milton Kiang Oct 9th  
at our Club
none this week
Tremayne & Margaret Perry
67 years Oct 9th

Last Meeting October 06, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Parisa Adrangi, Secretary stand-in, 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.
  • 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.
Parisa Adrangi, stood in as Secretary and provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
CLUB DAY! Celebrating our Club and our Members:
  • Neeraj Kaler was inducted by Membership Committee Chair, Franz Gehriger. Welcome to our Rotary family Neeraj!
  • Mekdes Gete was interviewed by Franco Gallo. CLICK HERE to view the whole interview.
  • Parisa Adrangi gave us a bit of an update on the Easter Seals fundraiser she participated in bravely rappelling down a Vancouver tower. Her team’s fundraising goal has increased significantly from the original amount they set. It is now set at $20,000 of which they’ve already raised $18,780. Only $1,220 to go!! The link to donate is open until October 15th if you are inclined to help, CLICK HERE (search for individual, Parisa Adrangi).

    The total raised so far has been a whopping $130,000. These funds are to help support programs for youth and adults with disabilities. CLICK HERE for more info about Easter Seals.

    Next year Parisa would really like to have a Rotary team participate. Let her know if you’re interested.
  • Anne Lippert provided an update from the Community Service Committee about a project she’s been working on for close to two years – a permanent ping pong table in Vancouver. A few locations were suggested and it was decided that Kits beach park would be best. There’s lots going on there so it would get a lot of exposure and, hopefully, use. Park & Recs initial response was no but they’ve come around agreeing to a location close to the tennis courts.

    Anne has done a lot of research regarding construction of the table and has found one that has agreed to do it but the cost will be $12,000 (up from the anticipated $5,000). The Park Board does not have any budget left to help except to cover the cost of the labour for the installation. It will take approximately 3 weeks to construct once we have the money in place.

    Note that Rotary Club Vancouver will be imprinted on the legs and on the metal netting providing us lots of exposure.

    The committee will be voting on the needed funding and then make the request from the Board.
  • John Bathurst, Assistant DG, recently met with the District Governors. His takeaway was that, like us, people are getting Zoomed out. Clubs are coming up with some innovative ways to deal with it, such as tailgate gatherings in Sechelt, or walk-tober on Sundays in Richmond.

    Fundraising ideas are flowing as well. Groups are being creative:
    • Pumpkin sales for polio, Ladner
    • On-line raffle, Gibsons, raised approx.. $18,000
    • Hired paper shredder truck, charging $10/box, Steveston
    • Number of clubs doing raffles
    • Drive through breakfast, Williams Lake
  • Projects are still on-going internationally, e.g., a hearing project that the RC New Westminster has worked on, the Dr. Irwin Stewart Hearing Health Centre Uganda. Stellar project.

    Clubs are continuing to induct new members even though fellowship is challenging. They are finding unique ways to be involved and raise needed funds.

    The District Conference next May has recognized that COVID will most likely still be a factor. As a result, they are trying to set up remote pods, about ½ dozen around the district. If you have any ideas for venues, e.g., educational facilities that have auditoriums please let John know.
    Anne Lippert suggested Langara College, she will connect with John to follow up.

    There is no news regarding the youth exchange program.
  • Adriana Zylmans wanted to acknowledge Debbie Mar, a teacher from Upper Sumas Elementary in Abbotsford, was selected for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Debbie was nominated by Adriana, an educator herself, after they worked on the Tulip Project together.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary fellowship.

October 23, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary