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Vol. 103 No. 49
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

UPCOMING MEETING JUNE 29, 2021
Club Day - Year in Review

Gerry Glazier will chair his last full meeting as our President, providing the year wrap up.
 

UPCOMING MEETING JULY 6, 2021
Club Day - Installation of the 2021-22 Board 

Please join us in welcoming our new Board. DG Lorne Calder will be in attendance for the installation of our 2021-22 Board:
  • President, Wayne Fraser
  • President-Elect, Kendall Jessiman
  • Immediate Past President, Gerry Glazier
  • Secretary, Nadja Gehriger
  • Treasurer, Kaz Kadono
  • Director, Joan Posivy (2020-22)
  • Director, Navid Morawej (2020-22)
  • Director, Ryan Crean (2020-22)
  • Director, Paul Martin (2021-23)
  • Director, Sandra Lowe (2021-23)
  • Director, Ian Storrs (2021-23)
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Dictionaries arrive at Britannia Community Elementary School and John Norquay Elementary School

Happy grade 3 students receiving their dictionaries care of The Dictionary Project and our Community Service Committee.
 
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ROTARY CAN BE FOUND IN ALL SIX HABITABLE CONTINENTS

As of 100 years ago, in 1921, Rotary had a presence on six continents. There was large expansion in 1921:
  • In 1912 in Winnipeg (the 1st club outside of the U.S.), then London
  • In 1913 in Vancouver (our club was the 2nd in Canada)
  • In 1919 in Montevideo, Manila, Shanghai, and Panama
  • In 1920 in Calcutta and Buenos Aires
  • In 1921 in Madrid, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, and Johannesburg

Rotary truly is a global force for good

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The following email was sent to all Rotarians in District 5040
 
Planning for the 2022 District Conference is now getting underway and we would like to offer you the opportunity to be involved. Our goal is to have all regions of District 5040 directly involved with the planning and execution of the 2022 conference. 
 
We can put your interests, talents and creativity to work to make this return to an in-person celebration the very best experience that the Rotarians of District 5040 will have in 2022.
 
Please contact our Conference Committee Chair – Bill Hellyer (billhellyer@telus.net, 250-640-7584) to let him know how you would like to be involved. Our next committee meeting is Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m.
 
As a sneak peak for the 2022 conference, watch this short video about welcoming you to Prince George in 2022 that we previewed Saturday at the 2021 District Conference. 
 
Lorne Calder
District 5040, DGE
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Upcoming Events
CONTACT COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR UPCOMING DATES
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Food on the Corner
Jul 17, 2021 11:00 AM
 
Membership Committee Meeting (contact membership@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jul 27, 2021 8:30 AM
 
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Jul 29, 2021 6:00 PM
 
RCoV Board meeting
Aug 05, 2021 4:00 PM
 
Community Service Committee meeting (contact community@rotaryvancouver.org)
Aug 10, 2021 1:15 PM
 
International Service Committee meeting (contact international@rotaryvancouver.org)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Aug 19, 2021 7:15 PM
 
Food on the Corner
Aug 21, 2021 11:00 AM
 
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Aug 26, 2021 6:00 PM
 
View entire list

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

 
Kendall Jessiman June 22
Barbara Welsh June 23
David Motion June 25
Tom Calkin June 28
 
 
at our Club
Victoir Wu 4 years
 
 
 
wedding
Milton Kiang & Emily Geng
5 years June 26
 
John & Jane Bathurst
51 years June 26
 
Bill & Luise Schulz
54 years June 24
 
Paul & Lynne McCrea
60 years June 24
 

Last Meeting June 22, 2021

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM & introduced 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.
     
  • Happy to report that we, as in the RCV Hearing Foundation, have submitted the 2nd installment for our commitment to St. Paul's. Another $100,000 has been sent.
 
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
     
Special announcements & Members' Moments:
  • Cherie White, classification Real Estate - Social Housing, was inducted into the club by Franz Gehriger who will be her sponsor and mentor. Welcome Cherie!!
 
Program:
Tom Crean introduced his son, who is the General Manager at Heritage Gardens, Trevor Crean.
 
Heritage Gardens is located in the Campbell Valley Region of south Surrey, at 16th Ave & 192nd St. It was a former huckleberry and tree nursery that shut down in 2012. The Crean family bought the old farming operation in 2016. It took until 2018 to complete the clean out of the former operation. Now the farmhouse works as their offices and they have already developed a number of gardens on site.
 
While there is no shortage of cemeteries in Vancouver, there is a shortage of available and affordable space. The Orthodox community in Vancouver faced these issues when they found a solution in partnering with Heritage Gardens, supporting their rezoning application. The Greater Vancouver Orthodox Cemetery was developed. It provides these communities with a beautiful space to lay their family members to rest and where they can continue to tend the graves as they like to do.
Heritage Gardens is pleased to say that they have been recognized with an award of excellence by the Surrey Board of Trade last November.
 
The big focus for Heritage Gardens in approaching the planning process for the site was to consider what future needs will be. Sustainability and eco-friendly are front of mind. Theirs is the 1st green burial site registered in Canada. The 5 principals of green burial are:
  1. No chemical preparation of the remains,
  2. Casket or shroud is made of locally sourced materials,
  3. No permanent headstone,
  4. A natural burial, direct into the earth,
  5. Optimized land use.
 
Green burials are as simple as you can get. There are a lot of differing interpretations of what is “green”. Heritage Gardens work with families to find out what is most meaningful for their needs and do their utmost to meet those needs.
 
What really makes Heritage Gardens different from other burial sites? They want to brighten peoples’ days, support local organizations, and make a positive impact overall. They began to farm some of their unused land, approximately ½ acre. Sometimes visitors are greeted with a gift of in season produce – quite unexpected and delightful. They have donated approximately 500 lbs of fresh, organic produce to local organizations such as the Cloverdale Community Kitchen. They feel very fortunate that the growing conditions are great and lots of good food is produced.
 
Heritage Gardens is located near the Little Campbell River. There are four species of salmon that use the river while on their spawning journey. Heritage Gardens voluntarily dedicated 2.3 acres by the river to protect it with appropriate zoning.
 
After they finished some of their gardens, they moved on to responding to cremation requests. Metro Vancouver has one of the highest cremation rates in North America, approximately 90%. Once families have had a cremation, often many did not know what to do with the remains. Heritage Gardens offers meaningful memorialization for families.
 
They have the Willow Cremation Garden, where a plant of the family’s choosing, sometimes out of their own garden is planted alongside a memorial plaque. The remains can be sifted into the soil to help the garden and then provide a spot that can be visited and enjoyed.
 
They also have full size tree plantings, e.g., cherry or maple trees. These sites can accommodate 8 people’s remains, so are multi-generational. Again, plaques can be, if wished, placed under the tree for memorialization.
 
Heritage Gardens also has a Memorial Beehive program. This program helps on a number of levels, helping the pollinators by providing safe homes for them, helps the nearby gardens, and provides an option for families who can subsidize hives in memory of someone. They can enjoy honey from the hive when it’s harvested. Of course anyone is welcome to subsidize a hive, not just in memory of another, but just because they want to.
 
Another garden is the Katsura Garden, a place where people can safely gather outdoors to celebrate life. One of the negative effects of the pandemic is that families have been denied the ability to come together in grief. This garden, made of flagstones and Katsura trees, helps address this.
 
Now that we are opening up from the vast lockdown for COVID-19, there are great numbers of families requesting gatherings to remember people who passed during the lockdown. Ceremony is important in helping with the grieving process; coming together as family and friends is important.
 
They manage to continue developing the site by planning through the fall and winter and then building through the spring and summer. The design of each discreet space is a result of months of planning and dialogue, ensuring that a very meaningful space is developed for each community, honouring their unique traditions. Kudos to Trevor, the planner, his younger brother, Shawn, the lifter, and the landscapers they work with to bring the wonderful ideas to fruition.
 
Some new and upcoming projects:
  • Currently underway is the building of the Ying & Yang Garden, placed to balance the sun and shade through different times of the day.
  • Heritage Gardens is currently working with the Filipino community to develop a Sampaguita Garden. It will house a columbarium which customarily houses funeral urns. The design will be such that it will blend with the natural garden landscape of Heritage Gardens while at the same time providing a traditional memorial spot for the Filipino community. They recently got the green light to go ahead with this project.
  • Heritage Gardens is collaborating with the Chinese community to build a jade garden. At the heart of it will be a large jade boulder in a centre plaza. They plan to build out from there.
 
The most special part of the work they are doing is that they have an ability to respond to requests from families and guests. They engage people and collaborate with something so personal and meaningful – it’s truly wonderful. The goal is to provide space where guests feel comfortable enough to keep coming back, long beyond the sad day of the funeral, through the grief, and on into the joy of remembrance.
 
For more information:
 
 
Meeting adjourned with a toast to thoughtful solutions for families in need.
 
 
 

July 9, 2021

SERVE TO CHANGE LIVES

Wayne Fraser, President
admin@rotaryvancouver.org   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary