P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 49
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Wayne Fraser, Club President
2021-22 Year End Review


Induction of 2022-23 Board
Guest: DG John Berry


July 10th, 5:00 p.m.
Vancouver Rowing Club
Limited seating available
Join us in celebrating our Ride participants, volunteers, and also our newly inducted RI President, Jenifer Jones who will be attending our banquet.


When: Saturday, July 2, 2022
Where: 7668 Burris Street, Burnaby, BC
Who: Everyone!!
Bring: appetizer & wear whites
Contact John Hayto,, for more information and to let him know you're going to attend.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Food on the Corner
Jul 16, 2022 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
varied, contact committee chair
Jul 20, 2022 7:15 PM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jul 26, 2022 8:30 AM
RCoV Board meeting
808 Nelson Street
Aug 03, 2022 5:30 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Terminal City Club
Aug 09, 2022 1:30 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
varied, contact committee chair
Aug 17, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Aug 20, 2022 11:00 AM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Aug 30, 2022 8:30 AM
View entire list


Kendall Jessiman Jun 22
Barbara Welsh Jun 23
David Motion Jun 25
at our Club
None this week
Bill & Luis Schulz
55 years Jun 24
Paul & Lynne McCrea
61 years Jun 24
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting June 21, 2022

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp
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.
  • As always it's great to see some of our most experienced Rotarians in the room -- regularly Paul McCrea, and today we are joined by Tremayne and Margaret Perry. 
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Navid Morawej provided a Ride for Hearing update. There are now just over 100 riders registered! They are still looking for volunteers to help with traffic control. Please recruit everyone you know! Good opportunity for high school students to clock volunteer hours. Adjustments to the route may occur through to the day of the Ride due to construction sites, etc.
  • John Hayto is hosting the 2nd annual croquet tournament in his backyard on July 2nd. Everyone is welcome. The only ask is to bring an appie with you and to wear whites. See above for more information.
  • John Bathurst attended the ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre where the Rotary Stay In School Scholarships were given out. One of his highlights from the eventing was to give a scholarship to a young lady who was quite visibly vibrating with excitement for being chosen. It is so rewarding as a Rotarian to be able to make such a tangible difference to these young people's lives.
  • Wayne, UBC International House (3 mins)
    On May 13, 2022 the UBC department of campus and community planning confirmed that it intends to demolish Frederic Lasserre’s 1958 International House.
    Our club’s website documents the following in the history section:
    The Rotary Club of Vancouver combined its interest in Education and International affairs when in 1954 the members undertook to raise $150,000 to build an International House on the campus of the University of British Columbia. By late 1957 these funds had been raised $115,000 from Club funds and individual members and $35,000 from private donors.

    There was a sod turning on November 20, 1957 and the cheque for $150,000 was presented by President Reg Rose to the University. The facility was completed late in 1958 and continues to the present as a jewel in our crown.

    The official opening of the UBC International House was on March 4, 1959, was a gala occasion. None other than Eleanor Roosevelt the United States Ambassador to the United Nations attended the opening ceremonies; and she firmly supported the purposes and principles which had motivated our Rotary Club to invest in this project which effectively demonstrated the Rotary concern for the development of International Understanding and Goodwill.

    Finally this is what we currently know from UBC:
    “While acknowledging the building’s long-recognized historical and architectural merits, a committee concluded that the perceived need to rebuild much of IH’s structure to bring it up to current code and seismic standards would fatally compromise its aesthetics and historical value. It is presently unoccupied, structurally intact but filled with stored office furniture. Nevertheless, many in the community feel strongly that this architecturally significant structure, an important witness to the rise of architectural modernism in Vancouver and an idealistic symbol of international cooperation, should be retained for future generations to use and appreciate.”

    We do not know the date set for the demolition. For many, it will be a sad day to be sure.

    Thanks to John Bathurst for bringing this to our attention through his Rotary contacts.
Rene Abi-Rached, representing the Community Service Committee, introduced the representative from ODD Squad Productions. We share with them our motto, Service Above Self. After working with them for approximately 7 months, the work culminated in our club donating a total of $38K from the Community Service and Youth Service Committees.
Ret. Sgt. Toby Hinton, currently the ED of ODD Squad, worked on the VPD force for 30 years before retiring. He is one of the original founding members of ODD Squad with Al Arsenault.
Toby expressed sincere thanks for the incredible support from our club. Toby has come full circle, being a delinquent Rotarian from North Van. It was through Rotary that he was introduced to and became involved with police, leading him to choose policing as his career
All members, Cst. Brendan Frick, Cst. Dave Steverding, and Toby demonstrated that everyone without exception want to give back to the youth of our communities.
The ODD Squad define themselves with 4 pathways:
  1. Digital Media – documentaries, reality series, educational videos
    Through a Blue Lens, their 1st documentary, is still one of the top education films. They’ve made 9 additional films since then. The format has changed with time, moving to a module format. Teachers’ guides have been developed to accompany the films.
  2. Peer2Peer – jr. A hockey program, lower mainland high schools, indigenous youth.
    The idea is that grade 11 students are given the tools to talk to and mentor grade 7 students, their peers. They make connections that endure when students make the transition to high school, smoothing the water somewhat.
  3. Presentations – drug education, gang education, law enforcement
    The reality based presentations show the unsavoury side to addictions. It’s not a scared straight program but it does show that sometimes, over time, there are dire consequences to the choices made. Through Covid, in-person presentations have not been possible, so in the new ODD Squad facility in Burnaby they build a broadcast studio to facilitate the process.
  4. Physical Literacy – self defense, adventuring, police judo, fitness
    The new Burnaby facility is approx. 8-9,000 sq feet in size. They built a gym that is about 2,000 sq ft with a spring floor. Judo classes are taught there. It’s a great opportunity to get kids out and involved in a physical activity. The underlying philosophy teachings of judo: take care of your partner.
Their new facility is at 5487 Lane St., Burnaby. They have a 10 year lease with BC Housing, started in April 2019. They have put $250K investment into the facility.
Odd Squad does not have any on-going funding so donations like ours is truly appreciated and makes such a difference to the organization. They are working with a $1M budget right now. Everyone involved with the organization donates a lot of their time for free. They log well over 15K volunteer hours a year. It was really nice to see some Rotarians attend the recent Odd Squad 25th anniversary gala.
Rotary youth grant beneficiaries:
  • Igor Serha
  • Abel Kasap
  • Romario Mejia Kasap
  • Yonis Kowdan
  • Julian Craddock
  • Liam Craddock
  • James Wang
Some of the kids now involved with the judo program are children of people who were personally involved in the drug gang life and were helped by the ODD Squad. The grants cover fees, judo attire, and competition fees. It was originally for 5 youth but with combination of other funding extended to include more. Kids targeted are those new to the country as these kids are especially at high risk for recruitment into gangs.
Other support provided by the Rotary donation:
  • Summer camp 2022, $9.000
  • Drug and gang presentations, $6,000
  • Peer2Peer lower mainland program, $6,000
  • Drug and gang northern programs, $7,000
Roberta Watt shared her story as a recovering crystal meth addict.. She was included in one of Odd Squad’s documentaries, Scathed. For the documentary she basically gave up her life, allowing a film crew to follow her around documenting her experiences as a meth addict.
A little bit of the alternative story from the wonderful successes: Roberta comes from a line of addicts. Her mother was and is an addict. Her father had some mental health issues. In her younger years, she did not understand that some who used could go back to their normal life after partying. An addict cannot return to “normal” life activities, ever.
She brings her own journey into motherhood with her new son. She reflects on how she will teach her son. How she will protect him. There are so many factors that frighten her thinking about her son’s future.
Roberta spoke of a well-known rat experiment. One set of rats lived in a barren cage with cocaine water and regular water available. The cocaine water was chosen almost exclusively. Another group of rats lived in a cage rich with activities and toys, also with both cocaine and regular water available. These highly stimulated and active rats chose regular water.
ODD Squad teaches by showing that service talks to human nature, when other choices are available drugs do not need to be the answer. The value of service, of giving back. Creating a beautiful generation through generosity and taking care of each other.
Roberta has come full circle and is breaking cycles. Bringing her son with her to the meeting reminded her of her dad. As a youngster, in a stroller, she accompanied her dad to his meetings. Meeting as a hash smuggler. Now she is able to let her son participate in something that is so much healthier.
Everyone is invited to drop in on the Odd Squad facility. They have an open door policy. They are pleased to see that they have a new generation of leaders in the group moving forward. They would like more community integration with organizations who have like minded philosophies, like Rotary. They are looking for international connections, so if Rotary can help on that front it would be most welcome.
Thank you for all of your support. And in closing it is worth saying that it is easier to raise a healthy child than to fix a broken adult.
Some interesting links:
  • Odd Squad Productions website, CLICK HERE
  • Through A Blue Lens documentary film courtesy of NFB, CLICK HERE
  • The Iceland experiment, how they went from the highest drug use to the lowest, CLICK HERE to read an article about it.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to toast to building better rat parks.

July 15, 2022


Kendall Jessiman, President   Sandra Lowe, Secretary