P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol. 103 No. 17
Gerry Glazier, President
Gabby Dickert, Secretary

Calvin Fong
Director Donor Services, Vancouver Foundation
A Ship Afloat on a Changing Sea

The Vancouver Foundation has been supporting donors and the charitable sector in BC for over 75 years.  But over the past 20 years the changing sea known as the charitable sector in BC has pushed the Vancouver Foundation to new horizons and challenging it to stay afloat in the vast ocean known as the charitable sector in Canada.  What are the challenges facing the Vancouver Foundation?  The charitable sector in Canada?  To donors wanting to make a difference?  Come aboard on November 3rd and learn more.

Remembrance Day Program

Some interesting facts from Veteran Affairs Canada:
  1. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
  2. From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to “Remembrance Day”. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.
  3. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  4. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans.
  5. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).
  6. The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public.
  7. In advance of the ceremony, long columns of Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members, RCMP officers, and cadets march to the memorial lead by a pipe band and a colour guard. At the end of the ceremony, they march away to officially close the ceremony.
  8. Some of the 54 Commonwealth member states, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, observe the tradition of Remembrance Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Other nations observe a solemn day but at different dates. For example, ANZAC Day is observed in New Zealand on April 25. In South Africa, Poppy Day is marked on the Sunday that falls closest to November 11.
  9. Many nations that are not members of the Commonwealth also observe Remembrance Day on November 11, including France, Belgium and Poland.
  10. The United States used to commemorate Armistice Day on November 11. However, in 1954 they changed the name to Veterans Day.

Rotary World Network needs some help.

They have a container loading on Saturday, November 7th going to the Philippines (Gen Santos). They need an additional 10-12 volunteers to help. In normal times, it would be okay to simply show up to help but due to COVID restrictions, volunteers now need to register. 
If you want to join in to help, enjoy a fun way to give while building Rotary friendships, email Carolyn ( Volunteers accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
The details:
What: container loading for Rotary World Help, destination the Philippines
Where: Riverview hospital grounds, Coquitlam.
The warehouse is located on Thistle Place.
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Equip needed: masks must be worn at all times, and follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible

UBC Rotaract Club Fundraiser

Let's support our UBC Rotaractors! You can sign up to have your yard raked of all those leaves. Almost magic! 
UBC Rotaract is kicking off their 2020-2021 year with our first Community Service Event: Rake for Diapers. We will be helping out our neighbours this fall season by raking leaves in exchange for donations going towards supporting pregnant women of our community with their pregnancy and/or childcare. Pregnant woman are at especial high risk during COVID-19, and we want to support their transition into motherhood during these unpredictable times as much as possible. Donations can range from diapers, equipment, clothes, toys and more!

Don't worry, volunteers will be wearing masks and taking safety precautions to social distance and minimize health risks. You can pick whatever date (between October 26th & November 1st), that best suits you.
CLICK HERE to sign up and have your lawn raked

VYP Stanley Park Run to Give Every Child a Future

Come and Run/Walk/Bike/Skate the Stanley Park Seawall and support an international mission to inoculate children against harmful diseases in the South Pacific. We will be meeting at the Devonian Harbour Park Roundabout at 11:00am!
When: Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Where: Devonian Harbour Park in Stanley Park
Who: anyone and everyone.
Rotary Business Expo hosted by RC Oakland
an opportunity to connect...
Thanks to Franco Gallo for sharing this opportunity.
This is a networking event connecting Business Rotarians Worldwide to connect and to collaborate.  You are welcome to and encouraged to invite your colleagues and Rotarians friends to participate.
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00 pm
Where: ZOOM
Cost: FREE, though must register by October 31st
CLICK HERE to register
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 24, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Nov 26, 2020 6:00 PM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 27, 2020 10:00 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 11, 2020 10:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting (email for meeting invite)
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 15, 2020
Youth Service Committee meeting (contact
Dec 15, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 17, 2020 7:00 PM
Food on the Corner
Dec 19, 2020 11:00 AM
Public Image committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 25, 2020 10:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Dec 29, 2020 8:30 AM
Investment Club (contact Chair for updates on meeting dates)
Dec 31, 2020 6:00 PM
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 Bill Schulz Oct 25
Darren Radbourne Oct 27
Phil Webber Nov 1st
at our Club
Sam Shorter 1 year
Bill Davidson 27 years
Stu Bird 43 years
none this week

Last Meeting October 27, 2020

Gerry Glazier, President, chaired the meeting.
Gabby Dickert, Secretary, hosted the meeting via ZOOM.
Miya Otake played O Canada on her harp via taped video.
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms Elect, introduced guests
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.
  • Sarah & Thomas Reppchen have chosen to transfer their membership to the RC Vancouver Sunrise. Many thanks for the positive support they did give to Rotary while in our club and best wishes for their happiness in their new club.
  • World Polio Day was last Saturday, October 24th. Vancouver city hall was lit up in honour of the day. If you'd like a copy of the Vancouver mayor's acknowledgement (short video), contact Carolyn.
  • Our membership committee is organizing a new member reception on November 18th. All new members and their mentors are encouraged to attend.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Message from the Board:
The meeting started with an important message from Stuart Bird, Past President (1991-92), on behalf of the Board. A copy of his message was sent to all members. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the issues addressed, contact Stu, Gerry, any other Board member directly. If you didn't receive it, contact Carolyn. Everyone is asked to read it. 
John Bathurst introduced Gabor Gasztonyi, our speaker. Gabor really is a person who is a strong proponent of ending polio programs. He himself, contracted polio as a child so knows first-hand how devastating this disease is. Aside from that Gabor is an exceptional photographer, specializing in black & white images. CLICK HERE to take a look at his website.
Gabor is a member of the Rotary Club of New Westminster. Their club has organized an annual polio walk in New Westminster. Unfortunately, due to COVID this year’s walk was a no-go. That said they have raised about $24,000 for polio, combined with the Gates Foundation contribution amounts to about $100,000!
Gabor has a connection to Ethiopia. He went there on a trip with Rotary, not realizing at the time that children today still contract the disease.  He shared many pictures that told the story of the children.
1988 there were about 388K cases of polio worldwide. This fell by a reported 99% to a total of 407 cases in 2013. Now, in 2020, there are only two countries with active cases of the wild polio virus, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are so very close but need to keep working. Even a few cases can bring about wider spread easily.
In 2015 Ethiopia was declared polio free. They planted (Gabor was part of the group) indigenous trees in celebration of this. Africa as a whole declared polio free in August 2020, an amazing accomplishment.
Polio affects everyone differently. Destroys muscles at varying rates.
Not being able use your muscles, mobility is obviously affected. One thing not talked about much is the childhood trauma. These children are not only affected physically but mentally as well. The mental trauma is more difficult to overcome. In Africa this is huge; having a child like this is considered a curse on the family. Though loved by their parents, these children are never really considered to be part of the family/community. A big problem.
Gabor was lucky that he was able to stay in Haile Selassie Residence beside the children’s hospital during one of his visits. He stayed in same bed Mother Theresa did!
There are all sorts of things people can do to support young people with polio. Any Rotarian can put in for a grant, it doesn’t have to be a club or a club committee. An example is the Basic Rehabilitation Training for Mother’s of Children with Polio & Other Developmental Disabilities sponsored by Rotary. Rotary does follow up to be sure projects are running effectively.
There is a relationship between polio and COVID-19, in that the immunization process developed for polio, with such an incredible polio network, it will benefit and be used to distribute COVID-19 immunization when the time comes. This is a truly amazing humanitarian accomplishment thanks to Rotary.
On a different note, though related due to subject matter, Gabor was the 2016 Rotary photo contest winner. It’s so important to see what’s inside an individual, he attempts to capture it through his photography.
In closing, Rotary has elevated Gabor’s sense of the world and how we, as individuals, can make a real difference. End polio now!!
Meeting adjourned with a toast to Rotary’s efforts for a polio free world.

November 20, 2020


Gerry Glazier, President   Gabby Dickert, Secretary