P.O. Box 48358, Bentall Centre
Vancouver, BC V7X 1A1
Vol 104 No. 45
Wayne Fraser, President
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary

Lynne Kent, Trisha Baptie, and Alexandra Stevenson 
Vancouver Collective against Sexual Exploitation (VCASE)
What is VCASE; Stories of those who experienced trafficking

Vancouver Collective against Sexual Exploitation (VCASE) is a diverse and experienced group of individuals and organizations that has worked for several years to end the sexual exploitation of women and children through education and awareness campaigns, meetings and presentations. We are advocates, lawyers, social workers, professionals, teachers, front-line activists, sex industry survivors and retired business people who are working together for an end to commercial sexual exploitation in Canada. We also collaborate with various national and international organizations on this issue.


The Bill Reid Gallery is the place to be the night of Thursday June 2nd. Why?
  •  Auction + Gala = Super Fun
  • You'll be supporting the efforts of the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club as they raise funds for the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) which provides tools and opportunities for today’s youth to overcome challenges they face and to realize their full potential.
  • It's being held at Canada’s only public gallery dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast
  • Enjoy Indigenous-inspired canapés made by Bon Vivant Catering in collaboration with Indigenous Chefs
  • Hear from special guests including MLA Hon. Melanie Mark who is the first First Nations woman Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia’s history. 
  • And the auctioneer for the night? Drum roll please.....our very own Paul Martin!!!
The ticket price is now $100 but the 
Rotaractors are offering a special 'sponsorship club' discount bringing the price back down to the early bird price of $75.
Discount code for Rotary Club of Vancouver members is "2022Rotarian".
CLICK HERE for more information on the Rotaractor's UNYA fundraiser website
DATE: Wednesday June 15, 2022
TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
COST: Rotarians $30.00; Guests $40.00
WHERE: Hydra Estiatorio, 475 Howe St., Vancouver
DISCUSSION TOPICS: Digitalization of Healthcare

District 5040 2022 Conference
Prince George, BC

Thanks to Peter Clarke for sharing these pics.
Michael & Jane Woolnough
Passing the banner
Kendall Jessiman & Peter Clarke

LOCATION right here downtown Vancouver

Get the best price by being one of the 1st 100 registrants

WHAT: District Governor, John Berry's, installation to office

DATE: June 21, 2022

TIME: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

COST: $75.00 per person, cash bar available

WHERE:  Inn at the Quay, 900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster

CLICK HERE to register

John Berry


37th Rotary Ride for Hearing

The Rotary Club of Vancouver's Ride for Hearing is an annual fundraising event in support of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in British Columbia. Since its inception, we have raised over $3.6 million and have had a major impact on the lives of many children and adults who suffer from hearing loss. 

These funds have been used to support Cochlear Implant Research at UBC, to establish the Rotary Hearing Centre at UBC Hospital, and the BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital.  In addition, grants have been made to BC Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC, The Hearing Foundation of Canada, the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, the UBC School of Audiology & Speech Sciences, and the Vancouver Hearing Centre to name just a few.

Let's get involved! Contact Stephanie Lawson or Franz Gehriger
for more info.
Ride? Sponsor? Volunteer?
Upcoming Events
please click on the titles for more info for specific events
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jun 14, 2022 1:30 PM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 14, 2022 1:45 PM
Business Networking Social
Hydra Estiatorio, The Cabana
Jun 15, 2022 6:00 PM
International Service Committee meeting (contact
virtual ZOOM meeting
Jun 15, 2022 7:15 PM
Food on the Corner
Jun 18, 2022 11:00 AM
Youth Service Committee meeting
Terminal City Club
Jun 21, 2022 11:00 AM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 21, 2022 1:45 PM
Membership Committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 28, 2022 8:30 AM
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jun 28, 2022 1:45 PM
Rotarians' Investment Club meeting
Jun 30, 2022
Ride for Hearing committee meeting
Swissreal office
Jul 05, 2022 1:45 PM
Community Service Committee meeting (contact
Jul 12, 2022 1:30 PM
View entire list


WELCOME to our newest members!
Due notice having been given the following corporate members have been declared elected as members of the club.
Oberto Oberti
Tommaso Oberti
Architecture - Project Mgmt
Proposer: Franz Gehriger
Seconder: Anne Lippert

Saarika Varma May 26
at our Club
Brian Gusko 2 years
Amin Eskooch 4 years
Navid Morawej 4 years
Wolfgang Degemann 35 years
none this week
* come in person to celebrate with Purdy's chocolates!!

Last Meeting May 24, 2022

Wayne Fraser, President, chaired the meeting
Nadja Gehriger, Secretary, hosted the ZOOM meeting
Jill Pennefather, Sergeant at Arms, introduced guests
Miya Otake played O Canada on the harp via video
President’s Announcements:
  • Thank you to all of you who came to Tuesday’s meeting. It is wonderful to see you all, both those in person and those attending virtually.
  • The District Conference in Prince George was held last weekend, May 20-22, 2022. There were about 7 of our members who attended. They all seemed to have a wonderful time, sighting great speakers and a good format. A few highights:
    • Peter Clarke: meeting and listening to Chief Dolleen Logan from the Lheidli Tenneh First Nation, as well as Loralei Higgins, herself a Metis woman. They were so welcoming, open and kind. Peter noted that if you have a chance to attend next year, he highly recommends doing so.
    • Gabby Dickert: the Truth & Reconciliation talk was a definite high point. It was shocking to learn that suicide is a cause of death for kids 10-16 years old. (Our club will be hosting a speaker to this topic on June 14th) Another stand out moment was the barbeque at the train museum. Great refreshments, fun company, and a super duper ride on a mini train.
    • Kendall Jessiman: it was a great time that went on for days. He drove the trip, enjoying the beautiful scenery of our province on the way. One of his highlights was meeting a young man who had polio, Ramesh Ferris. Ramesh’s presentation was very powerful. He spoke to Rotary’s area of focus, Disease Prevention and Treatment. Following up the End Polio group walk was great to be a part of.
    • Wayne Fraser: let us know that the club received an award for having the most members under 40, making up 23% of our membership.
  • Next year’s conference will be right here in downtown Vancouver. April 28-30, 2023 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. The theme is Rotary: Connecting Clubs & Community. Get your tickets now; 1st 100 registrants enjoy an early bird price. Also there is a locked in price at the hotel for rooms should you wish to stay downtown.
Secretary's announcements:
  • reminders of upcoming events/meetings (see above)
  • birthdays, member club anniversaries, wedding anniversaries (see above)
Special announcements and members' moments:
  • Phil Webber received his PH+5
  • David Wray from the VYP Rotaract Club promoted their upcoming UNYA fundraiser. See above for more information.
  • Gabby Dickert encouraged us all to attend the above-mentioned fundraiser. She pointed out that it is only through relationship building that we will encourage Rotaractors to move on and become Rotarians. It would be fabulous to help build this bridge by attending and supporting the Rotaractor UNYA fundraiser event. 
  • Rene Abi-Rached thanked all of those who reached out to the Community Service Committee to express their appreciation for the support the committee is making to so many important intiatives and groups. 
Jim Evans introduced guest speaker, Stephen Rogers who spoke about Canada's Constitutional Monarchy. Stephen was a former BC MLA, a cabinet member, and the Speaker of the Legislature.
Many of our club members, recognizing that we have a large number of under 40s, weren’t around when Stephen was 1st elected in 1975. The clock keeps ticking. Stephen recognizes that he had many privileges afforded him while he was in office. One of them was on a business trip to India. The Prime Minister of India requested a meeting with Stephen. Stephen and his whole delegate were incredibly surprised by the invitation. As it turned out, the Prime Minister wanted to talk about personal experiences. When she travelled with her Dad as a young teenager, they travelled to Vancouver. Among other places she toured Stanley Park and this was what she wanted to talk about! She was thrilled that after 40 years or so, she had the opportunity to relive some of her experiences with someone from Vancouver.
A quick refresher course on politics. The head of state for Canada has been the same person who has been in the same role for some 70+ years, the Queen of England. Going back to the beginning of democracy, it started in Greece. At that time one had to be male and a property owner to be able to vote, somewhat democratic. Our democracy started in the UK, where at that time those who owned the castles and land had the power. The king was given the word that the French who came from Normandy landed in England. He summoned the property owners to hep push the French off their shores. They negotiated, thus the creation of The Magna Carta, -- the property owners were willing to give the muscle in return for some power.
The Queen is our head of state, the head of government is elected. Head of State, or her/his designate (the Governor General) meets with other Head of States from other countries. They have no political agenda, are very neutral.
The U.S. has a totally different process. We are a constitutional democracy; they are a republic. The American Head of State and Head of Government is one and the same. One main difference between the two is that in the Canadian system, the Head of State can protect the Parliament of the Canadian people against a Prime Minister, Head of Government, who may be working in a manner that will cause harm to the parliamentary system. There are no such checks in the U.S.
The process Canada has is to choose members of the public to run for office is one where we want people who make good decisions, fair to the majority. Whether it be for MP in Ottawa or MLA in Victoria, there is a requirement that one cannot be currently bankrupt and one cannot run for office while incarcerated. That’s it.
A person’s background and education does not necessarily indicate how good they will be in the position. We have had road scholars that looked terrific on paper but crashed and burned, and others who were more of a blue collar ilk who were extremely successful throughout their political career.
Governments run a zero based budgeting method. Not necessarily what one would think it is. It means if we got away with it last year, let’s we won’t look at it again. Stephen’s belief is that it is the wrong thinking process. The must use their full budget annually (or lose it in the next budget) rather than trying to economize and reallocate savings to other areas. There is no encouragement to do anything more efficiently, that’s never the objective.
If newly elected people think they’ll make changes for the better, think again. The big machine won’t budge.
To close, Stephen encouraged everyone to be more aware of all things political, especially the younger set. Forget about the promises made while running as that is often difficult to bring to fruition once in office. You want politicians who make wise decisions and also ensure that there is good oversight. Be an involved voter.
Meeting adjourned with a toast to toast to finding better ways.

June 17, 2022


Wayne Fraser, President   Nadja Gehriger, Secretary