Vol. 103 No. 5
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

NEXT MEETING AUGUST 11, 2020 (virtual)
Dr. Kris Magnusson, Professor, Faculty of Education, SFU
Canada scores 3rd in OECD education (PISA study) 

Dr. Magnusson recently completed two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon
Fraser University, and in August returned to faculty life as a Professor. During his time as dean, he also served two terms as the Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education, was co-chair of the BC Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment, led the development of the ACDE Accord on Internationalization in Education, and was co-chair of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council. Kris’ academic work is in the area of counselling psychology and career development. He was the recipient of the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of Excellence and the 2006 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development. Kris is also a cofounder of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-based Practice. Prior to joining SFU, Kris was a junior high school teacher, a college counsellor, and a faculty member in counselling psychology at the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge.
Dr. Magnusson will speak to our club about Canada's current PISA standing (with caveats around how much we can rely on such results). He will contextualize BC education within the overall Canadian data and will speak to the gap between actual system performance and public perceptions.



Amrit Sandhu, Marriott Pinnacle General Manager
Managing a hotel during the COVID-19 crisis 

The 2021 District Conference is shaping up to be a great and unique program for our members. Check out the conference site for the latest information.
Watch the trailer, CLICK HERE
It's not too early to register for next year's 2021 District conference.
Until August 31, 2020 there is a special early bird rate of $325 + GST. 
Register now to lock in your reduced rate.
Prizes will be awarded to Early Bird registrants.
Register now to qualify and lock in your reduced rate!


Available through our official Rotary supplier, CRS Marketing. Cost is $20.00 each or you can get a discount for purchasing multiples: Buy 6 for $18.00 each and save 10%; Buy 12 for $16.00 each and save 20%.

Machine Washable, Double Sided, Tightly Woven Cotton - meets CDC recommendations for cloth face masks.

These masks can be worn when regular Club meetings resume and while doing Service Projects together. Some are also ordering them to donate to others in the community.

These are not medical-grade masks that protect the wearer - they are designed to keep our normal exhalations, coughs and sneezes close to the body so they do not spread to others.

CLICK HERE to go to the CRS website.

They are down below under "Featured Products" or search for "masks" then you can choose which design(s) you'd prefer.



New Rotary Face Masks, designed by the Fraserview Club.
Show your affiliation to Rotary while supporting and keeping the world and your community safe.
2 styles to choose from; $20.00 each.
75% of the profit from each mask will be donated to the Rotary Foundation.
Contact Blair Montgomery from Fraserview for more information, CLICK HERE to send message.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 20, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020 8:30 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
Aug 25, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 25, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Aug 27, 2020 6:00 PM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 08, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 15, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Sep 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 17, 2020 7:30 PM
Food on the Corner
Sep 19, 2020 11:00 AM
RCoV Speakers Committee meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Sep 22, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Sep 24, 2020 6:00 PM
View entire list


Deb Sankey Aug 4th
Ralph Towsley Aug 6th
at our Club
Rumana Monzur 1 year
Franz Gehriger 35 years
Alvin Zhao & Lulu Wang
12 years Aug 8th
Charlene & Larry McDonald
47 years Aug 4th

Last Meeting August 4, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Thomas Reppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp.
President’s Announcements:
  • It is welcome news that The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.

    Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by the Rotary Foundation and global grants. It joins:
    • peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
    • disease prevention and treatment;
    • water, sanitation, and hygiene;
    • maternal and child health;
    • basic education and literacy; and
    • community economic development.
  • Miguel Rizzo was going to attend however had to back out for today's meeting. We look forward to seeing him soon. Miguel is staying active with Rotary and will be connecting with RI President and President Elect, staying active.
  • Sorry to confirm that Don Mackinnon has resigned from the Club due to health reasons. Don has been a member of our club for 39 years, having joined in 1981 then as a labour lawyer; he will be missed. Very active with RWH. Don is doing well, not dealing with anything life threatening thankfully. It has just become too difficult to attend meetings and participate the way he’d like to. Thank you Don for all you have given Rotary over the years, and it has been a lot.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Deb Sankey Aug 4th, Ralph Towsley Aug 6th      
  • member club anniversaries:  Rumana Monzur 1 year, Franz Gehriger 35 years    
  • wedding anniversaries: Alvin Zhao & Lulu Wang 12 years Aug 8th, Charlene & Larry McDonald 47 years Aug 4th 
Program - Club updates:
  • Wayne Fraser, as President Elect, is responsible for the Administration of the Club. He provided some brief updates for the committees that fall under that category:
    • Technology Committee
      • Alvin Zhao is the Chair; members are Jack Zaleski, Juno Parlange, Brian Street
      • The committee’s purpose is to prepare a strategy, recommend and co-ordinate technology integration for the Club and all of the committees. An official charter is in the works.
      • A regular meeting schedule has been set. They are reviewing 2019 and 2020 technology goals and are prepare a current technology landscape.
    • Strategic Committee
      • New committee, chair is Sarah Reppchen, deputy is Saarika Varma, member Wayne Fraser
      • The committee's purpose is to support all other committees achieve their strategic goals
      • So far they have reviewed the 2019 strategic plan and are preparing tools to help execute the strategic goals. They are working on updating the plan for the 2020/21 year.
    • Speakers Committee
      • Sarah Reppchen is chair, Secretary is Rotaractor Elena Schoenlau, members are Fred West, Jim Evans, Chris Motion, Thomas Reppchen
      • The committee's purpose is to ensure we have engaging guest speakers for our weekly meetings with meaningful content that supports attracting existing and new members to Rotary
      • Currently the speaker calendar is set until the end of September. 
      • Suggestions for speakers can be sent to To avoid any conflicts, only the speaker committee will contact the suggested speaker, or they will delegate, on the behalf of the club.
    • Fundraising Committee
      • A newly formed committee, chaired by Navid Morawej; members are Gabby Dickert, Saarika Varma
      • The committee's purpose is to manage the club's fundraising strategies and activities
      • They are currently preparing fundraising targets, and a strategy and tactics document.
    • Fellowship Committee
      • Milton Kiang is chair, currently a one-person committee.
      • The committee's purpose is to encourage members to be active and connected through social events
      • So far organized 3 or 4 pub nights. Last one about 3 weeks ago at Bridges Restaurant, with a great turnout of a little over 20 people. Next one in 2-3 weeks towards end of August Tap ‘n Barrel. Stay tuned, info will be forthcoming. Any ideas about venues or other fellowship events, contact Milton.
  • Public Image Committee provided an update; Saarika Varma as chair, deputy chair Jack Zaleski
    • Purpose
      • to have more informed and more empowered Club members
      • to encourage external media to produce content that highlights club activities that are relevant to today's world and invite potential donors to participate in club activities
      • increase membership
    • Intention
      • to build relationships with media contacts to further the Club's goals and initiatives
      • responsible for creating content to distribute amongst various media channels including traditional media outlets and online/social media channels
    • Collaboration
      • will work in collaboration with the Technology Committee to distribute content and create the Club's public persona
      • will work with Chairs of all committees to identify news worthy information and activities
  • Gerry Glazier, President, provided an update and requested feedback with regards to holding in-person member meetings. We are following closely how Terminal City Club is working, and they are working very hard to ensure all of their patrons are safe and they are compliant with WorkSafe and other government agencies as required. The protocols changed last week with stricter rules. It is now required to have a dedicated entry/exit and bathroom for each group. What this means is, while TCC are looking at alternatives to reorganize their space, the number they can safely accommodate has been reduced from the initial 39 to 15. Very strict rules will be in place, such as minimum 6 feet between individuals, plated meals, and no table hopping or close mingling.

    The RCoV Board will be discussing and deciding our path forward at the meeting on August 6th. Some feedback received:
    • John Bathurst - we need to ensure we are also following the guidelines set our by Rotary
    • Peter Clarke - has attended hybrid meetings and found it very difficult. There is a disconnect between those attending on ZOOM and those in-person. The background noise, interruptions make ZOOM participation challenging. Trying to host both zoom participants with in-person participants is extremely difficult to do effectively. As a result, recommends one or the other but not hybrid meetings.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to our club - a very active and vibrant club it is!

August 21, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary