P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 24
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

No meetings on Dec 21 & 28, 2021

Hayley Woodin, Executive Editor, Business in Vancouver

Hayley Woodin holds the title of executive editor at Business in Vancouver, British Columbia’s leading business publication and breaking news website. In March 2020, she became the first executive editor in Business in Vancouver Media Group’s 30-year history. She leads the company’s magazine portfolio, helps guides a broad range of editorial activities, and is focused on strengthening BIV‘s subscriber base.

She is currently on leave in New York City, where she is pursuing a master’s of science degree in journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. (She will be joining us from New York via Zoom.)

Hayley joined BIV in 2016 as a multimedia journalist. She has appeared on Global News Morning more than 500 times, has hosted and produced radio and/or podcast content for five years, and has contributed expansively to BIV‘s print and digital publications. She is passionate about a variety of international, environmental, political and cultural issues. Resource development is among them, as are terrorism, human rights, climate change and trade.

She graduated with distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014. While completing her bachelor of journalism degree, she spent six months studying international journalism, terrorism and political Islam at the University of Central Lancashire in England. She also spent six weeks undergoing conflict zone reporting training at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta. 




The Vancouver Rotary Club Foundation
  • Deborah Sankey
  • Michael Woolnough
  • Charles & Lucile Flavelle Family Fund
  • Franz Gehriger
  • Bill Davidson
  • Malcolm Hunter
  • Rene Fluri
The Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation
  • Malcolm Hunter
  • Rene Fluri


The history of Christmas is quite colourful. Some interesting points from various articles on the subject:
  • 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 first chose December 25th in 221. 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 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 celbration 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.
  • Though there is some uncertainty about the precise date and origin of the tradition of the Christmas tree, it appears that fir trees decorated with apples were first known in Strasbourg in 1605. 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
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 19, 2022 7:15 PM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jan 25, 2022 8:30 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Jan 27, 2022
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Feb 08, 2022 1:30 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Feb 15, 2022 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 16, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Feb 19, 2022 11:00 AM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Feb 22, 2022 8:30 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Feb 24, 2022
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If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of De. 17, 2021 by (Dec. 24, 2021), Jerry Shi, 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 Jerry will hold is
Real Estate Investment”.
Proposer: Mark Zhou
Seconder: Franz Gehriger

If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of De. 17, 2021 by (Dec. 24, 2021), Mukhtar Latif, 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 Mukhtar will hold is
Consulting - Affordable Housing”.
Proposer: Franz Gehriger

Miya Otake Dec 09
Kim Lepp Dec 14
Gordon Esau Dec 17
Robin Luo Dec 19
Curt Haase Dec 25
at our Club
Shoshanah Webber 1 year
Mark Zhou 3 years
Chris Motion 16 years
Sue Haralds-Towsley 24 year
Richard Higgins 25 years
Fred West 25 years
Mark Zhou & Tamara Mihic
6 years Dec 19
Ralph & Sue Towlsey
25 years Dec 28
David & Joy Motion
50 years Dec 18
D'Arcy & Jill Warner
59 years Dec 29

Last Meeting Dec 14, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant At Arms, introduced the guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to today’s meeting in person. It is wonderful to see you all. 
  • Special thank you to the following for making this gathering an especially enjoyable one:
    • Ian Storrs for sponsoring our glass of bubbly for toasting
    • Miya Otake on the harp & Carolyn Dueck on the piano for entertaining us with music and leading the sing-a-long
    • Nadja Gehriger for sponsoring our chocolate treats
    • John Hayto for so gamely playing the part of Santa
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
The rest of the meeting was a social with a toast to Rotary, Santa's grand entrance wth his elf and entertaining performance, a sing-a-long, laughter and chit chat.
A poem to share that sums up the year:
A Covid Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, but Covid was here,
So we all had to stay extra cautious this year.
Our masks were all hung by the chimney with care
In case Santa forgot his and needed a spare.
With Covid, we couldn't leave cookies or cake
So we left Santa hand sanitizer to take.

The children were sleeping, the brave little tots
The ones over 5 had just had their first shots,
And mom in her kerchief and me in my cap
Had just settled in for a long winter's nap.
But we tossed and we turned all night in our beds
As visions of variants danced in our heads.

Gamma and Delta and now Omicron
These Covid mutations that go on and on
I thought to myself, "If this doesn't get better,
I'll soon be familiar with every Greek letter".

Then just as I started to drift off and doze
A clatter of noise from the front lawn arose.
I leapt from my bed and ran straight down the stair
I opened the door, and an old gent stood there.

His N95 made him look pretty weird
But I knew who he was by his red suit and beard.
I kept six feet away but blurted out quick
"What are you doing here, jolly Saint Nick?"

Then I said, "Where's your presents, your reindeer and sleigh ?
Don't you know that tomorrow will be Christmas Day? ".
And Santa stood there looking sad in the snow
As he started to tell me a long tale of woe.

He said he'd been stuck at the North Pole alone
All his white collar elves had been working from home,
And most of the others said "Santa, don't hire us!
We can live off the CERB now, thanks to the virus".

Those left in the toyshop had little to do.
With supply chain disruptions, they could make nothing new.
And as for the reindeer, they'd all gone away.
None of them left to pull on his sleigh.

He said Dasher and Dancer were in quarantine,
Prancer and Vixen refused the vaccine,
Comet and Cupid were in ICU,
So were Donner and Blitzen, they may not pull through.

And Rudolph's career can't be resurrected.
With his shiny red nose, they all think he's infected.
Even with his old sleigh, Santa couldn't go far.
Every border to cross needs a new PCR.

Santa sighed as he told me how nice it would be
If children could once again sit on his knee.
He couldn't care less if they're naughty or nice
But they'd have to show proof that they'd had their shot twice.

But then the old twinkle returned to his eyes.
And he said that he'd brought me a Christmas surprise.
When I unwrapped the box and opened it wide,
Starlight and rainbows streamed out from inside.

Some letters whirled round and flew up to the sky
And they spelled out a word that was 40 feet high.
There first was an H, then an O, then a P,
Then I saw it spelled HOPE when it added the E.

"Christmas magic" said Santa as he smiled through his beard.
Then suddenly all of the reindeer appeared.
He jumped into his sleigh and he waved me good-bye,
Then he soared o'er the rooftops and into the sky.

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight
"Get your vaccines my friends, Merry Christmas, good-night".
Then I went back to bed and a sweet Christmas dream
Of a world when we'd finished with Covid 19.

Meeting adjourned with a toast to the strong fellowship in our club, the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Friendships born there that last through the years.

January 14, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary