P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 14
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Soudeh Keypour, Alterativ Designs
3-D printing home design

Soudeh, a relatively new member of our club, is passionate about creating positive change in peoples lives through conscious design. As a leader, she is devoted to the future of sustainable design utilizing the advantages of mass-timber construction and 3D printing technology in combination with computational design techniques and processes. Soudeh believes in design excellence and its transformative power. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Tehran.
Soudeh and her husband, Mehdi Einifar, are the prinicpals at Alterativ Design Lab. Alterative is a multidisciplinary international design firm. They operate in various scales from custom residences to large complex mixed-use buildings using cutting edge computational design tools and processes that facilitate creating value for their clients and communities. A global firm (not registered architects in British Columbia) that provide design services to a global clientele. They have partner architects, urban designers, and planners in all markets that they provide services to, that serve as the legal executive entities.

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan, Rabbi & Professor, Vancouver School of Theology
Interfaith Cooperation

Rabbi Dr. Duhan-Kaplan is active in the Vancouver community as a guest lecturer on spiritual, multifaith and Jewish topics; a synagogue musician and prayer leader; a retreat leader; and an organizer of community conferences and events, including VST’s annual Inter-Religious conference.

Dr. Duhan-Kaplan, who grew up in New York City, is a dual Canadian-American citizen. She is married to psychologist Charles Kaplan. Together they are musical partners in the band Sulam, parents of two young adults, and caretakers of a changing array of companion animals.

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan holds a B.A. in Philosophy Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University; an M.Ed. in Adult Education from Cambridge College/Institute of Open Education; a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Claremont Graduate University; Rabbinic Ordination from ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal Ordination Programs; and a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction from the Vancouver School of Theology.

She is also Professor Emerita of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte and Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver. While at UNC Charlotte, Laura received teaching awards from four different organizations, including the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the Year award (2001).

Dr. Duhan-Kaplan has a number of books to her credit, including Philosophy and Everyday LifeFamily Pictures: A Philosopher Explores the Familiar (Open Court, 1998); The Infinity Inside: Jewish Spiritual Practice Through a Multi-Faith Lens (Albion-Andalus, 2019); and The Multi-Species Mind of God: Animal Narratives in the Hebrew Bible (Cascade, forthcoming, 2021).


Dr. John Gill, Transplant Nephrologist, St. Paul's Hospital
Kidney transplants and Living Donor Circle of Excellence


Welcome to Cici Yim, our newest member

DG Lorne Calder inducted Cici to our club. Cici transferred her membership from the RC Fraserview club where she was a member for 3 years and was their club President in 2019-2020.

Welcome to new members, FINALLY!

As we open up for in-person gatherings, we are so pleased to be able to welcome a few of our members who joined our club during the COVID shutdown. Present from left to right: Gerry Glazier, President 2020-21, Darren Radbourne, Cherie White, Miya Otake, Nathan Hesketh, and Soudeh Keypour. A warm welcome to you all. We shall look forward to being able to see our other new members soon to be able to extend them the same welcome.

RCoV Business Networking Meeting
Thursday, October 14, 2021

As many of us know Rotary started with the main objective of fellowship composed of businesspeople from different occupations, without restrictions of politics or religion. Professionals with diverse backgrounds exchanging ideas while forming meaningful, lifelong friendships. This is an integral part of our Rotary Club.
Our Board Member, Ryan Crean, has proposed to organize “Rotary Business Networking Meetings“. The objective of these meetings is to discuss the many businesses our Rotary members are involved in, discuss challenges, opportunities, and receive feedback from members. 
The ask is that each member invite one friend with the objective to create interest for Rotary.
The agenda for this 1st meeting is:
  1. Introductions
  2. Each Rotary member to introduce his/her/their business, outlining opportunities, challenges, etc.
  3. Q&A and guidance
  4. Forming a committee
    • Chair(s)
    • Format
    • Meeting frequency and location
WHAT: RCoV Business Networking Meeting
WHO: All club members, plus bring a friend
WHEN: Thursday October 14, 2021
TIME: 5:30 cocktails, 6:00 start
WHERE: Open Outcry Bar, 811 West Pender St.
RSVP: by noon Tuesday October 12th to Franz Gehriger

Registration is open!

Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Oct 26, 2021 8:30 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Oct 28, 2021
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Nov 09, 2021 1:15 PM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Nov 16, 2021 11:00 AM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 18, 2021 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Nov 20, 2021 11:00 AM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Nov 25, 2021
Membership Committee Meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Nov 30, 2021 8:30 AM
View entire list


John Richardson Oct 05
Franco Gallo Oct 05
Gabby Dickert Oct 06
Milton Kiang Oct 09
at our Club
none this week
Wolfgang & Ida Degemann
64 years Oct 05
Tremayne & Margaret Perry
68 years Oct 09

Last Meeting Oct 5, 2021

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the meeting on ZOOM
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant At Arms, introduced the 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.
  • October 24th is World Polio Day. Everyone is asked to consider, particularly our committees, what we can do as a club to participate, contribute, and/or spread the word. Come with ideas to next week's meeting.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special presentations and Members' Moments:
  • DG Lorne Calder inducted Cici Yim to our club. Welcome Cici.
  • Gerry Glazier presented a few of our newer members with their name badges. These members joined during the COVID shutdown so it is a real pleasure to welcome them in person.
    • Darren Radbourne, Architecture - Commercial, sponsor Kendall Jessiman
    • Cherie White, Real Estate - Social Housing, sponsor Franz Gehriger
    • Miya Otake, Education - Music, sponsor Kayo Otake
    • Nathan Hesketh, Investments - Financial Planning, sponsor Parisa Adrangi
    • Soudeh Keypour, Architecture, sponsor Parisa Adrangi
  • There will be a New Member Reception on October 28th at the Terminal City Club. All members who joined during the COVID shutdown or just prior to it, please save the date. More information will be forthcoming soon.
  • Sandra Lowe let us know that she will be travelling to the Dominican Republic next week together with a number of Rotarians from a few Ontario clubs. They have been working down there for a number of years supporting community needs. They will be bringing needed medical equipment and will be performing a discovery exercise to determine what's needed next, using an ABCD approach (asset based community development). Sandra expressed thanks to ISC for contributing $5K to a global grant used for their work.
  • Darren Radbourne shared that he visited our ping pong table installed in the Kits Beach area. Great to see that he couldn't actually use the table -- it was too busy.
District 5040 Governor, Lorne Calder spoke to us about the strengths of Rotary. It is all about inspiration. Reminding ourselves of our history and all of the achievements we have made along the way gives us cause for celebration.
Shekhar Mehta, the current RI President believes that if we grow more, we’ll do more; if we do more, we’ll grow more. He has set an ambitious goal of growing Rotary from 1.2 million to 1.3 million worldwide. How do we do this? Each one, bring one. If every Rotarian brings one person into the fold, we will more than meet the goal.
It is with great pleasure that Rotaractors are now included in Rotary numbers. This alone brings our membership to over 1.4 million. It is about time!
Looking at some significant numbers:
  • 2 – cases of wild polio cases in 2 countries in 2020/2021 (Pakistan and Afghanistan- 1 case each)
  • 75 – years since we assisted in the formation of the United Nations***   UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO etc.
  • 125 – endemic countries in 1985 (polio)
  • 40,000+ - number of Heart operations funded by Rotary
  • 350,000 - number of polio cases per year in 1985
  • $4,000,000-$4,500,000 - estimated economic impact of District 5040
  • 19,000,000 - number people walking on this planet thanks to our Polio eradication efforts
  • $38,000,000 - dollars spent in 2020/2021 on COVID 19 emergency grants and global grant relief efforts
  • 2,000,000,000 - number of polio vaccinations administered since 1985
  • $2,000,000,000 - the amount of dollars raised/donated to eradicate Polio
  • $3,000,000,000-$4,000,000,000 - estimated Economic Impact of Rotary on an annual basis
Our current club Presidents ran a PETS marathon, doing their training all on-line over a lengthy time period versus the normal 3-day intensive training in Seattle. Kudos to them all for their dedication.
In planning using a good strategic plan our focus is on:
  • M&M of Rotary: Membership & Money (Foundation money)
  • Bringing up our public image, sharing stories, bringing attention to ourselves
  • Encouraging Rotary Days of Service where our clubs work with other organizations on community projects and initiatives
  • Attend the District Conference, this year in Prince George on May 20-22, 2022
  • Attend the RI Conference, this year in Houston, TX in June 2022
Looking at the first “M”, membership:
Our district did relatively well in terms of membership over the last challenging year with a net loss of only 13. District goal to increase by approx. 1,500 members. Ambitious, yes, but believe to be doable with the Each One, Bring One approach.
And the second “M”, money:
We did well last year despite the challenges of not being able to hold in-person fundraising events. Keep in mind that every dollar counts. Every dollar given is leveraged for district and global grants. This year District has a goal of $260K for the year. As a club it is encouraged to set a stretch goal to work towards.
There is a new district financial initiative, the Polio Society, that has been introduced this year. The request is a minimum USD$100 commitment annually until Polio is eradicated.
Participants will receive a special pin and certificate, as well as a chance to win 2 weeks accommodation in Mazatlan!!
Here’s how you can get your name in the draw for the prize of 2 weeks accommodation at The Inn in Mazatlan:
  • Sign-up for the Polio Society and make a minimum USD$100 donation- 1 ticket in the draw
  • Sign-up or belong to the PHS and make your qualifying donation- 5 tickets in the draw
  • Sign-up and join the Bequest Society- 3 tickets in the draw
  • Make a $1,000 donation to the APF- 2 ticket in the draw
  • Make a donation of at least USD$500 - 1 ticket in the draw
  • Achieve Major Donor Status- 2 tickets in the draw
  • Make a Major donation ($10,000)- 10 tickets in the draw
Some Restrictions do apply- availability
  • Feb/Mar need to book 12-14 months in advance
  • Holidays (US Thanksgiving, etc., more notice required)
To access Lorne's full presentation, CLICK HERE.
In closing think of the favourite quote of RI President, Shekhar Mehta:

Service is the rent I pay to occupy my space on this  earth
and I want to be a good tenant!

~ Muhammad Ali

Meeting adjourned with a toast to Lorne & Sue Calder for the time they dedicate to Rotary.

October 22, 2021


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary