P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 41
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Club Day
Celebrating our successes


Tim Stevenson, Former MLA and city of Vancouver Councillor
Times They are a Changing


for District 5040 members

Year Ahead -- this Thursday evening or Saturday morning -- is your opportunity to learn more about ways our District can serve you and your club in the coming year. It's a chance to speak up about what your club needs from our District and to learn how other clubs are serving their communities and the world in fellowship and friendship
You are invited to join fellow members of our 48 clubs as well as club and District leaders on one of two optional occasions, for 90 minutes via Zoom:
A. Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 PM;
B. Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9:00 AM.
• District strategic plan, to support you as club leaders and members
• How the District can support you and your club
• Why Diversity Equity Inclusion is an important strategy for Rotary
• Learning and Development needs of club leaders and members
• Criminal Record Check, purpose and process 
• Rotary Club Central, valuable features for your club
• Open discussion: please send me your topics in advance or bring them with you
OPTION A: Year Ahead, Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 PM 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 2793 5260; Passcode: 105333
OPTION B: Year Ahead, Saturday, April 30, 2022, 9:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 882 4818 0131; Passcode: 254985
To all of the RCoV members who supported
the 2022 Hoop-a-thon
the 2022 Foundation Dinner
the VYP Rotaract Ukraine Fundraiser Dinner.
All very successful events!
The Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club is going to be helping with garbage cleanup and graffiti removal with the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association.
All Rotarians are invited to volunteer and help out. However, the organizers need to have enough equipment on hand so kindly email Amrit from the VYP Rotaractors,, to register.

2022 Rotary District 5040 Conference
May 20 - 22, 2022

The Conference

  • First “in person” conference in 3 years.  Renew old friendships – make new friends.
  • Learn about the 7 Wonders of Rotary.  More details on the Conference site
  • Experience the challenges of being a Polio Survivor with Ramesh Ferris
  • Dress in your Ethnic Outfit at the Semi formal Cultural Banquet
  • You are offered the cheapest room rates ever - $ 99 per nite in 4 star hotels  Check Conference Hotels for details
  • Bid on a special queen-sized quilt (82” by 102”)
  • Designed, sewn and quilted by Cathy Hellyer
  • Irish Chain style
  • Fabric was bequeathed to a Prince George quilters group

Why visit Prince George

  • Two words: Northern Hospitality!  Come to Prince George and find out.
  • Visit the beautiful University of Northern B.C and their gardens, environmental projects
  • More bike and walking paths for any outdoors activities
  • Three challenging beautiful golf courses and 2 courses for the casual golfers
  • Friendly and helpful Prince George BC - Basecamp to the North visitors site to assist with any activity plans
  • Most beautiful majestic drive to Prince George – mountains, rivers, forests

Great Event - Western Theme BBQ

  • Will be held at Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum
  • Museum tour, mini train rides, live music and camp fire sing along
  • Menu includes :
    • Pulled pork sandwich or choice of burger ( Beef, Chicken or Veggie)
    • Caesar salad, potato salad or coleslaw.
    • Cake and ice cream  for dessert.
  • Shuttle service from your hotel (support Big Brothers and Sisters)
  • No shivering allowed! Please bring warm clothes and footwear.
  • Cost $35.00 per person
  • To add this event to your registration click on this link register/modify registration

Need more info?

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
May 10, 2022 1:30 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
May 17, 2022 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
May 18, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
May 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
May 26, 2022
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
May 31, 2022 8:30 AM
View entire list



Niusha Mogharrebi Apr 30
Tim Ikavalko May 01
Tugce Irtenk May 01
Amin Eskooch May 02
at our Club
Cici Yim 4 years
Gerry Glazier 8 years
Gordon Esau 40 years
none this week
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting Apr 26, 2022

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced our 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.
  • Coming up on May 14th, the Vancouver Young Professionals have invited us to join them volunteering to help the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association remove graffiti and garbage from Chinatown. Everyone is welcome to get out and help. See above for more information.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Nathan Hesketh, provided an update for the hoop-a-thon held on Saturday April 23rd. The annual event was organized by RC Vancouver Sunrise. After a couple of year hiatus on in-person events, they could finally host a live event. How many hoops? Well, they were just shy of the record, with a total of 27 baskets for our club. Please get your donation/pledge in as soon as possible. Contact Nathan Hesketh if you need help with this. As a total fundraiser, they are looking at somewhere north of $50K. Our club donated $5,000 of that plus all of the member donations and pledges coming in. A sincere thanks to those who came out to support the event and the participants.
  • John Bathurst provided an update about the Foundation Dinner, 17-18 of our club members attended. They were greeted at the door with Philippine appetizers, and then enjoyed a wonderful dinner, a silent auction, and a dessert auction (the best part!). A great young band entertained everyone. It was a really enjoyable evening.
  • Joan provided an update about the Ukraine fundraiser. Intimately involved were two Rotaractors who had moved from Ukraine to Vancouver in 2018 – they were so grateful and overwhelmed by the support shown for them and their countrymen. A sincere thank you to all who helped support this great cause. They raised over $3,500. Stu Bird added that basically, our district's overall support for Ukraine has shown us to be very much a world leader with donations. As of last week slightly over $8M has been raised for the Ukraine, all of which will be distributed by the end of June. There continues to be huge demand for all kinds of support and so many are working diligently to overcome obstacles. Case in point it is illegal to export protective military vests; the Canadian & U.S. governments are making an effort to overcome this and allow it legally. N.B., Stu was president of RCoV when 6 Rotary Clubs were instrumental in chartering the 1st RC in Kiev.

    If you'd like to donate and do not have the link to do so, contact Carolyn.
  • Franz Gehriger promoted the April 27th business networking event. Always new things to invent and we are looking to incorporate the wonderful ideas of our younger members. For our more senior members who may be retired, please remember that younger professionals are wanting to learn from senior professionals, retired or not. You have a lot of life and professional experience -- please consider sharing your wisdom.
  • Sandra Lowe provided an update on a global grant project related to Hispaniola Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team (HHART). Sandra has volunteered with HHART since 2018 and continues to do so. HHART missions are led by RC of Wasaga Beach, Ontario. The mission is to improve communities and lives of disadvantaged and impoverished people (primarily of Haitian heritage) by providing medical, dental and community development services. Most of the people served live near Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic. 

    The global grant, with an approved budget of US$110K, was used to build
    a community centre that included space for a health and wellness centre. HHART worked with Amigitos, a Norwegian NGO, who had been granted the land from the Dominican government. The local host sponsor was RC of Sosúa, and the international sponsor was RC Wasaga Beach. Our club, RCoV, along with 4 other Rotary Clubs each contributed US$3,580, very substantial contributions! The grant funds were used specifically to build and equip two clinics within the facility and also to provided related vocational training. 

    Congratulations to all involved on a very worthy, successful global project.
Rene Abi-Rached introduced Cindy Morrison, grant writer, & Marley Stevens, volunteer & recruitment coordinator, from Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland joining us via Z00m.
Big Sisters works to "ignite" the potential in young women who may not have strong female role models in their lives. Their mission is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people. 
Three of their programs:
  1. Big Sisters program, a one-to-one mentorship for 7-17 year old girls. Through regular outings a relationship is developed built on trust and common interests. It can, and often does, result in life-changing experience for both the Big & Little Sisters.
  2. Study Buddy program, a weekly one-to-one mentoring relationship that focuses on school work. Results show academic improvement and also higher levels of self esteem.
  3. Go Girls program, a group mentoring program for 10-14 year olds, promoting active, healthy lifestyle choices. 
The youth that Big Sisters help face a number of adversities, shown by the following statistics.
  • Economic issues
    • 54% come from single parent homes
    • 30% report learning or literacy issues
    • up to 87% come from low income families
  • Social issues
    • 47% have been bullied
    • 1 in 5 report harming themselves
    • 18% suffer from anxiety
  • Emotional issues
    • 40% struggle with mental health
    • 11% have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence
    • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth aged 10-14
The investment in youth programs, such as Big Sisters, has a phenomenal return -- $1 : $23 to society. Mentoring youth has historically shown incredible results for quality of life, in communities, and professionally. 
  • In life
    • 81% report financial literacy
    • 98% report making good life choices
    • 80% pursue healthy lifestyles
  • In community
    • 87% have strong social networks
    • 50% are more likely to volunteer
    • 13% are more likely to give charitable donations
  • At work
    • 47% hold senior leadership positions
    • 17% are more likely to be permanently employed
    • 13% receive higher earnings to the tune of approx. $315K more lifetime earnings 
Marley who has been employed by Big Sisters for about 8 years, spoke about her experience as a young lady who was fortunate enough to be part of the Big Sisters organization. She came into the program when she was about 12 years old on the recommendation of a social worker. Her family was a single Dad family and she had a younger sibling with developmental difficulties. At Big Sisters Marley was matched with a perfect Big Sister. They shared a lot of common interests and maintained a relationship through to Marley's adulthood. Marley contributes her healthy life to the relationships she was fortunate enough to benefit from through Big Sisters.
Links of interest:
  • Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland website, CLICK HERE
  • Upcoming Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland events, CLICK HERE
Meeting adjourned with a toast to the Big Sisters of the BC Lower Mainland and all the work they do.

May 06, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary