P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 12
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

John Weston
Associate, The Critical Risk Team / Lawyer, Pan Pacific Law Corporation / President, Canadian Health and Fitness Institute (CHFI)

Founder of the National Health and Fitness Institute, John has experience in law, politics, business, diplomacy, land development, and health and fitness. He has spent much of his life promoting the value of physical activity as core to a healthy personal and community life.
John served as M.P. for the riding that hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With NHFI Advisors Pierre Lafontaine and Phil Marsh, he created the Parliamentary Fitness Initiative. With then-Senator Nancy Greene Raine, he quarterbacked the National Health and Fitness Day Act. 500 local governments have already proclaimed National Health and Fitness Day, the first Saturday in June each year. John serves as President of the National Health and Fitness Foundation.
source: CHFI website


Club Day!





Meeting attendance

In-person attendance:
We are able to safely accommodate people in-person at the Open Outcry Restaurant, 811 W Pender St. If you would like to attend in-person please register with Carolyn,
The technology is set up there for the combined in-person and ZOOM attendees. You do not need to bring your own laptop but if you would like to be more involved with the ZOOM attendees as well, it is recommended.
You are asked to order lunch off of the restaurant menu and take care of the charges before you leave.
ZOOM meeting guests:
If you know of guests, or would like to invite guests to our ZOOM meetings, please let Carolyn know in advance,


The following is a short list of conditions that we strongly recommend for our members when attending Rotary Club of Vancouver in-person events at restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, etc. These conditions are based on the Order of the Provincial Health Officer regulating events.
  1. Register your attendance with our Club Administrator, Carolyn, for the purposes of contact tracing (as well as our attendance records)
  2. Wear a mask when moving around the venue.
  3. Maintain a safe distance of two metres from other guests when seated, unless they are from the same social bubble, or are separated by physical barriers.
  4. Once seated, remain seated for the duration of the event except to use washroom facilities or to leave the premises.
  5. The maximum number of guests at a table is six, even if from the same social bubble.
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 16, 2020 10:00 AM
Food on the Corner
Oct 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Oct 20, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2020
Membership Committee Meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 27, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Oct 29, 2020 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 30, 2020 10:00 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 13, 2020 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 17, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Nov 17, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 19, 2020 7:00 PM
View entire list


Notice sent via email Sep22:
If no written objection is filed with the Secretary within 7 days of the original notice of Sept. 22, 2020 (by Sept 29, 2020), Neeraj Kumar Kaler will upon payment of the dues and assessments determined by the Board, be declared elected as a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver recognized by Rotary International.
The classification that Neeraj will hold is:
Technology - Digital
Sponsor: Franz Gehriger
Seconder: Navid Morawej
Tom Crean Sep 23rd
Gabriel Kalfon Sep 23rd
Joe Lopushinsky Sep 23rd
Leo Allas Sep 24th 
Alvin Zhao Sep 24th 
Jill Pennefather Sep 26th
Fred West Sep 26th
Rene Abi-Rached Sep 28th   
at our Club
Rhianon Chow 2 years
Narv Gill 18 years
Rene & Brigitte Fluri
24 years Sep 26th
Anne & Wolfgang Lippert
58 years Sep 22nd

Last Meeting September 22, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting and gave the invocation.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms Elect, introduced guests
President’s Announcements:
  • Welcome to our guests, new and returning.
  • As noted in last week’s Rotor, volunteering is at the heart of the Rotary experience. We ask all of our members to take note of and report their volunteer hours through their committee Chairs. Why do we do this? Rotary International recognized the need to quantify the impact and social outcomes of the organization's volunteerism to be able to provide the information to enquiring people when they are looking to donate or join. The statistics are fascinating, with the top line being that we volunteer a whopping 47 million hours per year.

    The question now is: where do you direct your efforts? Let us know. We want to hear from you. Even better, write a short paragraph about your own volunteerism -- where & why?

    Send it to for sharing.
  • Everyone is invited to join in on a “Together We Inspire” session hosted by RC of Terrace-Skeena Valley. Guest speaker is RI Past Vice President, Dean Rohrs. Date is, September 23rd, 7:00 a.m.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, provided the Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements & members' moments:
  • Barbara Welsh warned that her system was hacked. It is being resolved but please do not open anything with links you receive from her account.
  • Franco Gallo shared a vocational interview with Brian Street. CLICK HERE to view the complete video.
Sarah Reppchen introduced our speaker, Duncan Stewart, Director of Telecommunications & Media, is a futurist with Deloitte Canada. Duncan’s specialty is predictions.
He started by talking about cloud computing. 2019 had a great year for cloud computing companies, up 31%.
Globally IT spending in 2019 grew about 1%, it was fairly flat. With COVID, IT spending has been terrible around the world, showing negative numbers. Cloud spending on the other hand, e.g., Microsoft, Google, Amazon, up 25-30%. Because the demand went up they have needed more data centres to handle the load resulting in chip revenues that went up in relation.
Cloud doing much better the overall than IT, chip doing even better. This is a trend that was already occurring, but now we have seen what was expected for 2 years investment, in 2 months.
There are four methods for data storage: public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, and on premise. On premise means the old way of companies managing their own technology. In 2019 60% were done on premise, only about 4% on cloud. This is in the process of reversing and is a megatrend to pay attention to.
What will the future of work look like post COVID? A survey was done just as we were coming out of lockdown. There has been a tremendous decrease in the use of public transit. A move away from shared modes of transport to private modes – private cars & bicycles due to COVID fears of sharing. This is resulting in an increase of car purchases, especially in severe outbreak regions.
Looking at traffic in Marseille, France, it shows that the congestion level is worse that is was pre-COVID. A result of so many people avoiding public transit. This has been a surprise effect. Even though many are working from home, those travelling are doing so alone. Traffic issues not going away.
As a result of working from home PC sales are surpassing smart phones, ipads, etc.  There is a need for better systems to work on, bigger screens, printers, etc. Many will be working from home at least part time for the foreseeable future.
AI is a really important topic. The hardware is extremely expensive to develop, power, etc. but are developing very quickly. Moore’s law – this is improving so incredibly quickly now. The demand is every increasing. We are using data from satellites in orbit. This is much cheaper than it has been in the past. Historically this kind of data has been very expensive and cumbersome. The hardware is getting so small, that a home can carry a receptor. It will be able to provide data for reasonable prices and high speeds.
Satellites are a solution for those areas who do not have Wi-Fi available. Looking at $100-150 per month subscription, plus hardware cost. Is an improvement but certainly not feasible for everyone. May change the game for some. Should work but still unknown.
If living in higher populated areas, you’ll receive most benefit from fibre. It’s always the gold standard. Though, it is interesting that there are new kinds of wireless, e.g., 5G (5th Generation) similar results to fibre. Rural access is a problem, neither work well. Lower orbit satellites the answer there.
A point of interest addressing the concern about 5G’s health there are not a lot of scientists worried about it. There is a small group who a very vocal about the potential health concerns. There are no legitimate scientific studies showing 5G has any effect on health. Chances of getting cancer from 5G are about 1 million times less than getting it from a light bulb.
If interested in anything Duncan has spoken about and you want more info or have more questions to pose, feel free to contact him via email,, Twitter, @dunstewart, LinkedIn, Facebook, and even Instagram.
CLICK HERE to view his PowerPoint presentation.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary’s efforts to bring peace around the world.

October 2, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary