Vol. 102 No. 46
Bill Davidson, President
Parisa Adrangi, Secretary

MEETING JUNE 2, 2020 (virtual)
Fergal McCarthy, Peace Programs Manager, Rotary International

Fergal McCarthy is the Peace Programs Manager at Rotary International.  He will present on the strategy of Rotary International on peace building. Prior to his role at Rotary, Fergal worked at the Rand Corporation in California, the Irish Prime Minister’s Office in Dublin Ireland as well as the Irish Foreign Ministry.  He holds a BA in World Religions & Theology and an MPhil in International Peace Studies both from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict Studies from Queens University Belfast and an MSt in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.


NEXT MEETING JUNE 9, 2020 (virtual)
Jim Allworth, Portfolio Strategist, RBC Dominion Securities
Investment Management in Times of COVID-19

Jim Allworth has been in the investment business for 51 years, both as a research analyst and portfolio strategist. He has been with RBC Dominion Securities for more than four decades, where he has developed investment policy for the firm and translated that into solutions for individual clients.

As an investment strategist, Jim utilizes RBC’s extensive global economic, political, and sector analysis to develop a strategic view on the expected direction of major financial markets. He co-chairs the Global Portfolio Advisory Committee (GPAC) which provides strategic analysis of financial markets and establishes the asset allocation mix for clients worldwide. He regularly contributes to GPAC’s Global Insight monthly publication.

Jim is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, with a concentration in economics.




It's early days still, but Kayo's cancer looks like it's retreating into remission!
Way to go Kayo!
It was wonderful to hear your voice at our meeting. We are rooting for you.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (contact Chair, Ian Storrs, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 18, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact Chair, Franz Gehriger, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 30, 2020 8:30 AM
RCoV Board meeting
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 09, 2020 4:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact Chair, Ian Storrs, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 16, 2020 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact Chair, Franz Gehriger, for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 28, 2020 8:30 AM
View entire list


Saarika Varma May 26th
at our Club
Amin Eskooch 2 years
Navid Morawej 2 years
Pierre Adjoury 3 years
Michael Woolnough 19 years
John Sullivan 24 years
Jack Zaleski 26 years
Wolfgang Degemann 33 years
Paul Martin 33 years
Tom Crean 40 years
Richard Landahl 41 years
none this week

Last Meeting May 26th, 2020

Bill Davidson, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Thomas Reppchen hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
President’s Announcements:
  • Thanks to Thomas for hosting the meeting via ZOOM.
  • Welcome to our guests, most of whom introduced themselves to the group.
  • The “Roskars” – District Awards ZOOM event was on Sunday. If you missed it, the District team, including our own Peter Clarke who sits as District Awards Chair, did a fabulous job in presenting an entertaining event, especially given the difficult circumstances.

    Our club received a membership recognition award for our growth in younger members with specific acknowledgment of our Young Professionals division.

    In addition, we are so incredibly proud of our three nominations, all of whom won in their respective categories.​​​​
    • Franz Gehriger, Don Evans People of Action Award, for his outstanding membership renewal for our club. Franz has over the last 5+ years been the leader of our Membership committee and has successfully, not only increased the number of members, but increased the diversity, and increased the number of younger members we have. As a result, our club has enjoyed a new energy and character – positive traits we want to continue. Thank you Franz!
    • Gerry Glazier, Don Evans People of Action Award, for revitalizing our club’s Community Service initiatives. Gerry is another of our proud Rotarians. He finds inspiration from helping others and has, over the approximately 45 years he has been a Rotarian, been able to experience what he says were “truly life-changing experiences”. In our club Gerry’s passion has been working with the Community Service Committee, helping those who need it most right here at home. Over his time with the committee he has successfully increased volunteer involvement, i.e., boots on the street, and through his leadership, saw the committee become active, very active, helping an impressively diverse group of organizations over the years. Thank you Gerry!
    • Jack Zaleski, Rotarian of the Year. The work Jack has done for our club over the last 26 years cannot be summed up in a sentence or two, indeed, the application submitted nominating Jack was 5 pages long. We all know of the incredible work Jack has done through the Hearing Committee and Foundation to support research, treatment, and education for BC’s deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages. Rather than going into detail, I shall simply take one sentence from his nomination which sums it up quite well: “A shining example of a Rotarian Person of Action, and Service Above Self, Jack simply loves helping people and does so in any way he can all of the time.”

      Thank you Jack, an award well-deserved.

      Thank you to those members who contributed information to help complete the nominations.
  • Speaking of staying positive, the next speaker (tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.) in the District’s 2020 Vision Speakers Series, is clinical hypnotherapist, Kirsten Bloomquist. Her talk will be, Making positive changes in your mind to get what you want. The link to join is in your email; contact Carolyn if you can’t find it.
Parisa Adrangi, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays: Saarika Varma May 26th
  • member club anniversariesSean Chan 2 years, Amin Eskooch 2 years, Navid Morawej 2 years, Pierre Adjoury 3 years, Michael Woolnough 19 years, John Sullivan 24 years, Jack Zaleski 26 years, Wolfgang Degemann 33 years, Paul Martin 33 years, Tom Crean 40 years, Richard Landahl 41 years
  • wedding anniversaries:  none this week
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Victoir Wu has made all of our members a great offer. He has a supply of masks that is offering to us at wholesale prices, or even better offers for any of our seniors who may be immuno-compromised. If you are interested please reach out to Victoir directly, or 778-798-9767.
  • Induction of new member, Brian Gusko. Brian’s mentor is, his life partner, Saarika Varma. Always plus one with Saarika, got to meet many already. Looking forward to many years helping the community with everyone at Rotary. Gerry mentioned that Brian was the principal author or our recent press release.
  • Miya Otake let us know great news from Kayo: her latest scan shows that there is no cancer to be seen (she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 6 mos ago). Kayo will have another scan to confirm but currently looks fantastic – such great news! 
  • Harry Wierenga, Director, Western Canada Kids Help Phone spoke a bit about some new initiatives have been introduced at Kids Help Phone to address increased needs for both youth and adults due to the COVID-19 crisis. Demand is up 63% for text support and 55% for phone support. 
    •  In partnership with Crisis Text Line, Kids Help Phone is offering crisis for all ages. Youth can text TALK to 686868 and adults can text WELLNESS to 741741 to access free, confidential 24/7 mental health support in both English and French.
    • The have also partnered with the Government of Canada and other partners to create a we-based platform for mental health and addictions support services, called Wellness Together Canada. The service is available to adults in Canada for free, 24/7.
    • Check out their Never Dance Alone-a-thon, Sunday May 31st, CLICK HERE
Nick Blom introduced speaker Henk Snoeken, the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vancouver. The area he is responsible for ranges from Saskatchewan, up to the Yukon & NWT, and the BC.  Appointed in august 2018, he held various positions in ministries leading up to his current one.
Henk was happy to see a number of Dutch faces in the group. He’s been here for 3 years, though lots of Netherland immigrants came to Canada after the war. A notable person was Captain Vancouver who was Dutch.
There are deep bonds of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. There has been a history of close cooperation between countries, both in the event of difficult situations/events, and in working together to advance common goals. One of the main themes is the rule of law and order, the attention for good multilateral cooperation.
One of Henk’s roles is to strengthen economic cooperation. The Netherlands is the second largest investor in Canada. In fact, Dutch-Canadian trade has tripled in the last 10 years. CETA will further strengthen this trade relationship. Nearly 97% of all regulations of CETA are already working and lead to more trade.
  • Boskalis, a Dutch company active on the west coast announced their first contract at the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, BC.
  • Seabus is a dutch product. The 6 new hybrid driven ships bought by BC Ferries were produced in the Netherlands.
  • Largest private investment in Canada, led by Royal Dutch Shell, LNG Canada project. CEO has said the planning for the project is moving ahead despite of COVID. Looking at the LNG hub in the Netherlands as a possible template for a BC port hub.
Half the Netherlands would be under water if not for the dikes. Need to keep the water out for survival. Hence they have lots of experience in that regard. There are Dutch delegations working with governments and organizations in BC to help with, for example, the effective rebuilding of the dikes of Richmond, or collaborating in the agritech sector (another area the Dutch have vast experience).
Dutch farmers have been great contributors to farming in BC since 1950s. They have been at the front line of innovation here in BC, in the fields of greenhouses for example.
The close relation they have with the international design conference, bringing together Canadian and Netherlands designers; Netherlands has a lot of expertise Canadians are very interested – future of food, how our ideas will change in the future.
A few may know that Meastro Otto Tausk is Dutch, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. At the moment in the Netherlands and will remain there for the time being (COVID).
This year is the 75 year celebration of Dutch liberation thanks to Canadian soldiers. COVID cancelled the celebrations unfortunately however, thinking about some smaller events in November.
Special note: kudos to Adriana Zylmans for all the work done to organize these events.
Creative contributions of Dutch to BC – there has been a great collaboration of ballet dance troupes. Leader of BC Ballet has just gone to the Netherlands to lead the Dutch ballet.
We are also here for public diplomacy. Led consulate delegation in the Pride Parade. Human rights issues are particularly important, all around the world.
Investing in the Netherlands, why should businesses consider it? It is a very tiny country, but has ½ population of Canada. Some interesting facts:
  • Average density is 412x that of Canada.
  • It is in the centre of Europe where you have 170 million consumers, living within a 300 mile radius of Netherlands.
  • Most Dutch people speak English. Normal education is to teach 2 or 3 languages.
  • Lots of bicycles! In fact, 1.3 bicycles per person.
  • #1 most connected country through ports. Has access to markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
  • 95% of Europe’s major markets can be reached within 24 hours from Amsterdam or Rotterdam
  • #1 flower exporter
  • #3 most innovative country
  • #6 happiest country
  • The Schiphol Airport is Europe’s best airport in Europe (voted as such for 25 consecutive years) for cargo and passenger travel
  • It is the place where the internet lines come up from under ocean making it one of the easiest places to get internet connections – a lot of very large companies keep their data safe in the Netherlands.
To read more, CLICK HERE.
Meeting adjourned with three toasts:
  1. To the Canadian-Dutch relationships, especially in view of 75th anniversary of the Netherland liberation
  2. To all 3 award winners, and 
  3. To Kayo’s good health!!

June 12, 2020


Bill Davidson, President   Parisa Adrangi, Secretary