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P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
admin@rotaryvancouver.org
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Vol 104 No. 12
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING SEP 28, 2021
Ei Sun OH, Principal Adviser, Pacific Research Center, Malaysia
Malaysia: Opportunities and Challenges Amidst a Pandemic

Ei Sun will provide an overview of the current socioeconomic situation in Malaysia and also the state of the pandemic, together with the challenges and opportunities presented.

Andrew Goh, Past Assistant Governor, RC Malaysia; Aleen Foo, President, RC Port Klang, Malaysia
Rotary in Malaysia

​Andrew and Aleen will talk about the Rotary Clubs in Malaysia including what projects they have been supporting.
 

UPCOMING MEETING, OCT 05, 2021
Lorne Calder, District 5040 Governor
District News & Membership Celebrations

Lorne Calder will be visiting from his home in Prince George, bringing with him new of the District. What is currently happening and what his plans are for the year.
 

UPCOMING MEETING, OCT 12, 2021
Soudeh Keypour, Alteriv Designs
3-D printing home design

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JOIN THE RCOV CURLING TEAM

Don't be shy. Beginners welcome as well as experienced. We want you all!
 
Rotary Curling is happy to announce that Thomas Reppchen, President Elect of the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise, has joined our Monday Night Curling at Vancouver Curling Club, together with Reyna Dominguez and Matthew Lynam. We had such fun with Thomas and wife Sarah two years ago at our Squamish Weekend Bonspiel, and we’re happy to welcome our newcomers. We are also welcoming six curlers from the Hollyburn Club.

However, it is with great regret we are losing Ralph and Sue Towsley. Ralph is now 95 and is no longer able to drive in from Ladner. The historical start date for Rotary Curling is now lost in the mists of time, but Ralph no doubt was instrumental in the start-up. We send our love to Sue and Ralph.

We now have 5 ½ teams and are still looking for two more people. Please contact Bill Dauphinee at 604-687-6620 or 604-985-9693 if you would like to join us: 4:30 on the ice every Monday, beginning 27th of September.
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Registration is open!

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Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact membership@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 26, 2021 8:30 AM
 
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Oct 28, 2021
 
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Nov 09, 2021 1:15 PM
 
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Nov 16, 2021 11:00 AM
 
International Service Committee meeting (contact international@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 18, 2021 7:15 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Nov 20, 2021 11:00 AM
 
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Nov 25, 2021
 
Membership Committee Meeting (contact membership@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 30, 2021 8:30 AM
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 
If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of Sept. 24, 2021 (by Sept. 30, 2021), Marla Brock & Emelia Santos, will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as members of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
 
The classification that
Marla & Emelia will hold under their Corporate membership is
Consulting: Staffing, Hiring & Immigration Services”.
 
Proposer/Mentor: Gerry Glazier
Seconder: Franz Gehriger
 
 
Tom Crean Sep 23
Gabriel Kalfon Sep 23
Joe Lopushinsky Sep 23
Leo Allas Sep 24 (100 yrs!!)
Alvin Zhao Sep 24
Jill Pennefather Sep 26
Fred West Sep 26
 
 
at our Club
Rhianon Chow 3 years
Narv Gill 19 years
 
 
wedding
Rene & Brigitte Fluri
25 years Sep 26
Anne & Wolfgang Lippert
58 years Sep 22
 

Last Meeting Sep. 21, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the meeting on ZOOM
Bill Davidson, acting Sergeant At Arms, introduced the guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp
 
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.
     
  • Rotary highlight – Rotary International/TRF
    Raise for Rotary, is RI’s online peer-to-peer fundraising tool. It recently celebrated its 1st anniversary and has been popular with members and clubs. It has recently expanded to accept Australian and Canadian currencies.

    Members, donors, and participants use Raise for Rotary to support The Rotary Foundation by creating fundraisers for birthdays, anniversaries, athletic challenges, and events like World Polio Day, to share with their friends and family online. It's mobile-friendly, making it easy to post fundraisers and updates on social media to expand support for a favorite Rotary cause.

    Since Raise for Rotary launched in July 2020, it has made an impact with more than 800 custom fundraisers, which have generated more than $400,000 for Foundation funds including the World Fund, Polio Fund, Disaster Response Fund, and Rotary's areas of focus.

    The platform is available in English, and there are plans to add more currencies and language options over time.

    Learn more how to create your own fundraiser on the RI website, CLICK HERE
     
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
     
Special presentations and Members' Moments:
  • Kendall Jessiman: The Youth Service Committee recently met, here are some update from that meeting.
    • They received an email from Nfld looking for a homestay for 27 yr old son of a Rotarian to stay between Sept 27th and the end of Jan. Good news – they actually found 2 places. The first being John & Cindy Hayto’s; they will pick him up from the airport and have him stay with them for a bit. Then another friend of Kendall’s will host him for the remainder of his stay.
    • There is a new youth program, adventures in health care. It was well subscribed to last year, but this year the demand is underwhelming. It is still going ahead as a virtual experience, March 1-31 2022. There are 25 spots avail for the District. If you know of someone considering a career in healthcare, grade 10-12, let Gabby Dickert, Kendall Jessiman, or John Hayto know. The takeaway for you is that the candidate needs to be committed, needs a link to our club, and they will be required to come and present why they want to be included and subsequently report about the experience afterwards. The deadline for applicants is Nov. 15th.
    • A reminder that as part of the club’s strategic plan, we want to get most of our members through the CRC process. Contact Carolyn if you don’t know how to complete this very simple process.
       
  • Sandra Lowe: just back from district conference in Timmins Ontario, always invigorating being with a group of enthusiastic Rotarians. While there is was great to watch someone talk about international service and have our own club, RCoV, acknowledged for our contribution to the Beirut project.
  • Sandra reviewed the club’s vision statement together with actions (makes it easier and more fun to remember). Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
 
Program:
Cici Yim introduced the guest speaker, Don Chapman an author and retired pilot. She met Don more than 10 years ago through mutual friends.

Lost Canadians are people who think of themselves as Canadians, but either ceased to be citizens, or never were Canadian citizens in the first place, as a result of gaps in citizenship law, or arcane legal provisions. In many cases, Lost Canadians were unaware they were without Canadian citizenship, and potentially stateless, until they attempted to obtain government identification like a passport or birth certificate, or register for government services, such as Canadian Pension. 

The Canadian government has done a dismal job of recording and keeping track of Canadians. What is worse: a politician who is ignorant of the issues, or a politician who knows but isn't interested? You may think this doesn't affect you, but it does. We stand together as Canadians and Lost Canadians goes against everything that Canada stands for. 

Don Chapman was born in British Columbia, but unknowingly lost his citizenship at the age of six when his father moved his family to the United States and took out American citizenship. Chapman was shocked to learn, many years later, that because his father had given up his Canadian citizenship (but his mother hadn't), under the rules of the time, Chapman's Canadian citizenship was automatically revoked. He became an advocate for Lost Canadians and embarked on a years-long crusade to have the federal government change the law and restore citizenship to hundreds of thousands of people.

Here are eight ways Canadians lost their citizenship:

  1. The Chattel Children. Those whose fathers took out citizenship in another country while they were still minors, as in Don's case. We estimated at least 20,000 people affected in Canada, and 85,000 who now lived in the United States.
  2. Border Babies. These were children who, for whatever reason, were born across the border in the US. In rural Quebec, for example, it was not uncommon for women to have their babies at a hospital in the US. In other cases, parents might be working or travelling abroad when they had a baby, and those babies later lost their citizenship. At the time we estimated 10,000 border babies, but the real number we now know was exponentially larger.
  3. War Brides. These were women who came to Canada as the brides of Canadian soldiers, mainly during World War II. Ironically, Prime Minister Mackenzie King made a speech welcoming them as Canadian citizens, but later many of them had their citizenship stripped. We estimated about 35,000 people were affected, a number that outraged Canadian war veterans across the country. 
  4. War Babies. These were children who were born to Canadian soldiers during World War II while those soldiers were stationed in Europe. Despite the fact they were born to Canadian fathers who later married their mothers and brought them home to Canada, many of these people later lost their citizenship as well as they were born out of wedlock; a prudish response that ruined the lives of some 20,000 people.
  5. Born Abroad Babies, pre-1977. There are records indicating 32,000 people had or could lose their citizenship because they were born out of the country prior to 1977, even though their parents were Canadian, and in many cases they lived their entire lives in Canada.
  6. Born Abroad Babies, post-1977. An even higher number, at least 42,000, either did or could have lost their citizenship because they were born outside of Canada, to Canadian parents. Section 8 of the 1977 Act demanded that Canadians show a significant connection to Canada, and so people who were born outside of Canada had to ‘reaffirm’ their citizenship by age 28. Unfortunately, very few people knew this, resulting in many being stripped of their Canadian status.
  7. Illegitimate Mennonites. Canada’s prudish and foolish laws created decades of headaches for a religious minority in Canada, with an estimated 30,000 Mennonite Canadians losing their citizenship, despite many who were born in Canada to Canadian parents. Back in the 1920s many Mennonites had moved to religious communities in Mexico seeking religious freedom. However, Mexico did not recognize church weddings, and the children or grandchildren of those Mennonite couples could or did lose their citizenship because they were considered illegitimate. In one case, a young woman in Manitoba was stripped of her citizenship because the Canadian government asserted her grandfather was born out of wedlock! The government argued that since her father was born out of wedlock, citizenship could not have been passed down to him, and therefore his children also were not Canadian. Today, there are still many people affected by these issues, and most are Mennonites, but others were the children of Canadian soldiers.
  8. Military Brats. The so-called military brats are one of the single largest groups affected by anomalies in Canada’s original citizenship law.

    They got their name because the majority were born during the Cold War on Canadian military bases abroad. Others are the children of Canadians who worked abroad for the diplomatic corps or on other government work.

    Before 1977, all Canadians who had children abroad were required to secure their children’s citizenships with a form known as the Registration of Birth Abroad. In the case of children born on military bases, those forms were collected and filed by the Armed Forces.

    After 1977, the laws about registration changed, and anyone born abroad was required to obtain a certificate of Canadian citizenship. However,  in many cases, Citizenship and Immigration Canada did not tell the affected people of the new requirement. These issues were generally corrected relatively quickly, since the military kept records of many of those births, but in some cases, children of Canadian diplomats and military personnel were being drafted to serve in the military of foreign countries. 

Don went on to talk about the injustices in the face of political agendas going back to Mackenzie King. The information, if you don't already know it, is quite alarming and eye-opening. As Don said, Lost Canadians is all about identity, admitting and correcting egregious mistakes in our history. Canada is not alone -- England and Germany are working to correct their similar history. Looking forward, we know that climate refugees will be coming. Canada should be and could be a beacon of light for these people.

You are encouraged to contact your MP about the issue.

 
Related links:
  • view Don Chapman's talk at the meeting, CLICK HERE
  • Lost Canadians website, CLICK HERE
  • Don's book, The Lost Canadians, available on Amazon, CLICK HERE
 
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to equal rights for everyone.
 

October 22, 2021

SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES

Wayne Fraser, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary