P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 13
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Lorne Calder, District 5040 Governor
District News & Membership Celebrations

Lorne Calder will be visiting from his home in Prince George, bringing with him news of the District -- what is currently happening and what his plans are for the year.
Lorne, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Prince George, former Assistant Governor, former District 5040 Trainer and Rotarian of the Year (1997 and 2011), was appointed as the District 5040 Governor for 2021-2022. In his professional life, Lorne has been the Chief Finance & Risk Officer for Integris Credit Union in Prince George since 2014. Prior to that he served Integris' predecessor, Prince George Savings, as Chief Financial Officer for 22 years.
He is a 25-year Rotary member with the Prince George Rotary Club. He has served on many boards and committees for numerous other Prince George organizations, including Initiatives Prince George, the Prince George Film Commission, and the Prince George Hospice Society. In 1999-2000 he served as President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce (1999/2000) and then on the board of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Please join us and welcome Lorne to our club.

Soudeh Keypour, Alterativ Designs
3-D printing home design

Soudeh, a relatively new member of our club, is passionate about creating positive change in peoples lives through conscious design. As a leader, she is devoted to the future of sustainable design utilizing the advantages of mass-timber construction and 3D printing technology in combination with computational design techniques and processes. Soudeh believes in design excellence and its transformative power. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran.
Soudeh and her husband, Mehdi Einifar, are the prinicpals at Alterativ Design Lab. Alterative is a multidisciplinary international design firm. They operate in various scales from custom residences to large complex mixed-use buildings using cutting edge computational design tools and processes that facilitate creating value for their clients and communities. A global firm (not registered architects in British Columbia) that provide design services to a global clientele. They have partner architects, urban designers, and planners in all markets that they provide services to, that serve as the legal executive entities.

Rabbi Laura Kaplan, Rabbi & Professor, Vancouver School of Theology
Interfaith Cooperation


RCoV Business Networking Meeting
Thursday, October 14, 2021

As many of us know Rotary started with the main objective of fellowship composed of businesspeople from different occupations, without restrictions of politics or religion. Professionals with diverse backgrounds exchanging ideas while forming meaningful, lifelong friendships. This is an integral part of our Rotary Club.
Our Board Member, Ryan Crean, has proposed to organize “Rotary Business Networking Meetings“. The objective of these meetings is to discuss the many businesses our Rotary members are involved in, discuss challenges, opportunities, and receive feedback from members. 
The ask is that each member invite one friend with the objective to create interest for Rotary.
The agenda for this 1st meeting is:
  1. Introductions
  2. Each Rotary member to introduce his/her/their business, outlining opportunities, challenges, etc.
  3. Q&A and guidance
  4. Forming a committee
    • Chair(s)
    • Format
    • Meeting frequency and location
WHAT: RCoV Business Networking Meeting
WHO: All club members, plus bring a friend
WHEN: Thursday October 14, 2021
TIME: 5:30 cocktails, 6:00 start
WHERE: Open Outcry Bar, 811 West Pender St.
RSVP: by noon Tuesday October 12th to Franz Gehriger


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.

Registration is open!

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Oct 28, 2021
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Nov 09, 2021 1:15 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Nov 16, 2021 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
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
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 30, 2021 8:30 AM
View entire list


Welcome to our newest members
Due notice having been given; the following corporate members have been declared elected as members of the Club.
Marla Brock
Emelia Santos
Consulting - Recruiting & Immigration
Proposer/Mentor: Gerry Glazier
Seconder: Franz Gehriger
Rene Abi-Rached Sep 28
Franco Gallo Sep 29
Des Verma Oct 03
Nadja Gehriger Oct 04
at our Club
Miya Otake 1 years
Soudeh Keypour & Mehdi Einifar
10 years Oct 04

Last Meeting Sep. 28, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the meeting on ZOOM
Jill Pennefather, 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.
  • Leo Allas, joined our club in 1990. He celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend. I had the honour of presenting him with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award on behalf of our club in honour of this milestone.
  • A request for help: we’ve received a note from a fellow Rotarian in Ecuador looking for accommodation for a young man, Juan Jose Salazar,19 years old, who will be attending school here in Vancouver for the 2021-22 year, starting in October. The program is a Bachelor of Commerce. Any accommodation provided will be paid for. The address of the school he will be attending is on Granville St. If you know of anyone who can help, please let me, Nadja, or Carolyn know.
  • Registration has opened for the 2022 RI Convention in Houston, Texas next June 4-8th. There is a reduced registration fee until December 15th, with a cancellation policy, full refund less a $50 fee until April. See above for the link.
    Michael Woolnough, Stu Bird, and Phil Webber all encouraged every Rotarian to attend at least one RI Convention during their Rotary life. Don't need to be grey-haired :o) Indeed better sooner rather than later. All highly recommend the experience.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special presentations and Members' Moments:
  • Gerry Glazier: The container loading last week heading to Montevideo, Uruguay was very successful. Volunteers included 5 members from our club, Parisa, Mekdes, Kaz, Nathan, Gerry, and 2 VYP Rotaractors. It was Nathan’s 1st time out, hopefully not his last. He helped inside the container with Kaz and others, playing a game of Tetris fitting in all of the inventory being shipped.
  • John Bathurst: as Past ADG, John presented Gerry Glazier, 2020-21 Club President, with the Club Citation Award. The award is in recognition of achieving goals that were set for the year in a number of areas, e.g., membership, etc. There were 13 different goals.
    • Also awarded to the club was the Most Members Under 40 Award, presented from the District. 
    • Recognition goes out to Peter Clarke for the work he does as District Awards Chair.
  • Parisa Adrangi: completed her fundraising rapelling event a couple of weeks ago, raising funds for Easter Seals. Thank you to everyone who supported her by donating for this worthy cause. The hope is that there will be a RCoV team next year, making it a club event. Contact Parisa if you'd like more information.
  • Jim Evans: as happens frequently and always unexpectedly, wearing something with the Rotary logo invokes conversation along the way. Jim, while wearing his Rotary face mask, ran into someone who recognized the logo from the newly installed ping pong table at Kits. Great conversation that, who knows, may lead to a new Rotarian.
Cici Yim introduced the guest speaker, Andrew Goh, and Ei Sun OH who joined us later, both of whom attended from Malaysia via ZOOM.
Andrew just finished term as ADG, a great experience taking care of 5 clubs. Helped all to achieve Rotary Citation for all 5 clubs. He is a member of the RC of Port Klang in Malaysia.
A bit about Andrew:
  • Past Assistant Governor, District 3300 (RY 2020-2021)
  • Past President of Rotary Club of Port Klang, Malaysia (RY 2001-2002)
  • Committee of TRF (RY 2021-2022)
  • Sargent-at-Arms of Rotary Club of Port Klang, Malaysia (RY 2021-2022)
  • PHF + 1
  • Profession: CEO of Taik Sin Timber Industry Sdn Bhd, a wooden pallet manufacturer in Malaysia
A bit about Aleen Foo:
  • President, Rotary Club of Port Klang (RY 2021-2022)
  • Youth Chair, Rotary Club of Port Klang (RY 2020-2021)
  • Vocational Chair, Rotary Club of Port Klang (RY 2019-2020)
  • Profession: Co-Founder, The Dickson Lab, Healthcare Technology
Some facts about the club:
  • Rotary International District 3300, Malaysia
  • Chartered on 21st May 1987, making the club 34 years old
  • Port Klang, is a town and the main gateway by sea into Malaysia
  • the club now has a membership of 25 Rotarians
  • the current President is Aleen Foo
Some of the projects RC Port Klang has been involved with:
  • Oxygen Tank Project, for Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahim, Klang
    #SaveLives 43 tanks donated to one of the Covid Hospitals in Malaysia. Klang is one of the towns facing very high daily COVID numbers.
  • Rotary Food Ranger
    • #FightHunger, providing food to those in need the 1st Sunday of every month.
    • #sponsordrinkwater, providing needed water to various organizations, 950 boxes = 7800 bottles.
    • #LoveFrontLiners, giving our cookie/sweet bags to express our thanks to our Health and Essential Workers during this Covid Pandemic.
  • Face Shield Project, distributed 18,920 face shields to 29 schools and generated income for 11 single mothers who made the shields.
  • Bed-minton Project, providing medical beds to needy patients who are
    very sick and need a dignity and hygiene environment to recover from illness.
    #SaveLives, the medical beds will be returned after used and refurbished for the next needy patients. A grant was used to purchase 8 out of 180 medical beds at Charity Food Basket, Klang. Rotarians have installed a total 60 medical beds since Sept 2020 till Aug 2021 and refurbished more that 20 medical beds after patients
    returned them.
Ei Sun OH joined our meeting just as we ended. Those who joined via ZOOM were able to enjoy his presentation.
A sincere thank you on behalf of our club goes out to both Andrew and Ei Sun OH for joining us at the crazy hour of 4:00 a.m. their time. 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to serving people worldwide.

October 22, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary