P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 25
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Ken Cretney, President & CEO, PavCo and the Vancouver Convention Centre
Tourism in the Pandemic

The travel and tourism industry faced an immediate and devastating impact when on March 17, 2020, B.C. declared a public health emergency in response to COVID-19. Hotels, restaurants, transportation, arts, sports, and culture activities were either immediately closed or severely curtailed. Despite some modified re-opening over the summer months, the tourism industry continues to major see major reductions to business and revenues. The BC Pavilion Corporation owns and operates two remarkable facilities, BC Place Stadium and the Vancouver Convention Centre, two significant economic catalysts with unique capacity to drive business activity for a wide range of industry sectors in British Columbia. As the vaccine arrives and is distributed in 2021; PavCo is preparing to resume full operations and to host large-scale gatherings as conditions allow, business activity that will offer an economic stimulus for the families, businesses and communities involved in operating many of B.C.’s tourism-related operations.

John MacFarlane, author & historian
Around the World in a Dugout Canoe: The untold story of Captain John Voss and the Tilikum

per website:
John first heard about John Voss and the Tilikum while working as an interpretive guide at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, Alberta. As part of a walking tour of Banff, we would visit the historic Luxton Home on Beaver Street, where I would regale tourists with a tale of two men sailing across the Pacific Ocean in a dugout canoe in 1901.
The story went that Norman Luxton, a newspaperman originally from Winnipeg, met John Voss, a Danish-born Canadian mariner, at a bar in Victoria, B.C. Over drinks, they hatched a scheme to purchase a Nuu-chah-nulth whaling canoe, outfit it with sails, and circumnavigate the globe. While they were in the South Pacific, Luxton fell overboard.

To protect himself in shark-infested waters, Luxton held on to a piece of coral reef for hours, leaving him battered, bruised, and suffering from coral poisoning (the result of exposure to a dangerous toxin). On the advice of a doctor, Luxton backed out of the rest of the journey, found a replacement mate for Voss, and returned home to Canada.

Around the World in a Dugout Canoe shines in its dismantling of the rumours and misinformation that have been associated with the story of the Tilikum. Come and listen to John talk about his book.


Dr. Brian Westerburg & Dr. Jane Lea, St. Paul's Hospital
The new Rotary Hearing Centre

Dr. Brian Westerberg is an Otolaryngologist specializing in Otology and Neurotology, based at the B.C. Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver British Columbia. Dr. Jane Lea is an Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia and a subspecialty Otologist & Neurotologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.  

John Hoyle
1924 - 2020

Bill Shulz provided the eulogy remember John.
John passed on peacefully on November 26 at home in West Vancouver surrounded by loved ones. Born in Hamilton, Ontario on June 12, 1924. He was predeceased by his wife Marianne in 2017, survived by daughters Becky Knapton (Craig) and Nancy Rielly (Keith), 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

John joined our club in Dec 1976, he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow in 96/97. He had been very active in our fellowship Committee helping organize our famous yearly “Windup at Sea” fellowship functions on Mac Birds boat and also events at Jim Kerrs place on Gambier Island. This brings back fond memories for me of the great times of Fellowship. He of course also volunteered with our major fundraisers the Ice Capades and Bike a thon. His wife Marianne was active in the RWA as was my wife Luise so I often chatted with John at the events when spousal also attended. Besides his involvement in Rotary he also helped start the Vancouver Probus Club and also assisted in founding the North Shore Probus Club with Norm Weizel.
John was a wonderful family man and was a very dedicated caregiver to Marianne over many years as her eyesight deteriorated. He was also a good friend to many, was a WWII Lancaster pilot, Insurance Industry professional for almost 60 years, and besides Rotary did other volunteer work. He will be remembered for his positive outlook, friendly disposition, great smile, and kindness to all. He truly loved life! A Celebration of Life will be held when we can gather safely.

Message from DG Dave Hamilton

First of all, thank you for all the work you are doing as a club, especially ISC projects highlighted at today's meeting. As far as the District goes, it's been an interesting year so far. Unbelievably we are already ½ way through. How things are going at the club level is great, with all still doing the wonderful, necessary work of Rotary.
The District has done a lot of work with the health authorities in keeping with protocols. We are currently checking with those health authorities to see if there is any way we can provide support, e.g., vaccine distribution.
So far $130K has been raised for The Rotary Foundation (TRF), a good number given the conditions. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum we’ve built to continue for the next 6 months.
The District conference is going to be on June 4-5th in a digital format. In Terrace a live show will be hosted that will be streamed out to remote locations throughout the district. Friday, there will be a zoom gathering for everyone, Saturday there will be mini-conferences. The hope is by the time of the conference, to be able to gather small groups throughout the district though we will have to wait and see what the regulations are. Watch for more info as it becomes available.
Stay tuned for info about District training opportunities that should be sent out to all later this week or shortly thereafter to help us be even better Rotarians.

North Shore Rotaract Club
Food Bank Fundraiser

The North Shore Rotoract club recently signed up to host a Virtual Food Drive supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. 
We are incredibly impressed with the work the Food Bank is doing to provide its 8,500 weekly clients with consistent access to healthy fresh foods. We need your help to support the Food Bank in its tireless effort during the coldest months of the year. 
With winter upon us, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) is heading into its busiest season of the year. As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, the lineups outside Food Bank distribution centres only grow longer. 
This year, with so many struggling with rent, the extra cost of childcare, and the challenges of finding a job during the pandemic, many more families depend on strangers' generosity. This holiday season chose to give. For every $1 donated, the GVFB can double the value, feeding more people better food this winter.
You have the power to make someone's holiday season a whole lot brighter. 
Thank you in advance for participating in the North Shore Rotaract Virtual Food Drive and sharing this fundraiser with others interested in doing good this winter.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jan 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Jan 28, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 05, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Feb 09, 2021 1:15 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Feb 16, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 18, 2021 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 19, 2021 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Feb 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Feb 23, 2021 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Feb 25, 2021 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Mar 05, 2021 10:00 AM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Mar 09, 2021 1:15 PM
View entire list


 Stu Bird Jan 9
D'Arcy Warner Jan 9
Inder Johal Jan 11
at our Club
Katherine Copeland 3 years
Jill Pennefather 3 years
none this week

Last Meeting January 5, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced guests.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp via taped video.
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.
  • Thank you very much to Charles & Lucile Flavelle for their generous donation to our Rotary Vancouver Foundation.
  • It was good to have so many of our members attend the District holiday special event before Christmas. Hoping everyone had a restful and enjoyable Christmas & New Years. Thank you to DG Dave Hamilton for hosting and organizing. Dave estimated that 180-190 attended.
  • It is with regret we announce the passing of long time club member John Hoyle. Bill Schultz said a few words in his memory. (see above)
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Member moments and special announcements:
  • Parisa Adrangi received her Paul Harris Fellow. Franco Gallo interviewed her. (click here to view the complete interview)
  • Rotary masks are still available at $10 each. Contact Gabby Dickert if you are interested.
  • DG Dave Hamilton spoke to the group (see above for more info)
Michael Woolnough, on behalf of the International Service Committee, provided an informational presentation highlighting the projects they have been supporting recently.
The committee has been busy supporting a number of projects around the world including in Kenya, Uganda, Guatemala, Lebanon, Philippines, Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, DR Congo and Nepal. A number of projects support education and empowerment of women.
Some of the projects have straddled a number of years, others were initiatives brought forward by members as their personal interest. All ideas are welcome. Please consider joining the committee if you have a passion for international service. Contact Ian Storrs or Michael Woolnough, co-chairs of the ISC.
CLICK HERE to view the slideshow presentation.
CLICK HERE to view the Beirut video.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to a new year, the year of emergence, 2021.

January 22, 2021


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary