A note from President Pete:
The Rotary International theme for 2013-14 is Engage Rotary, Change Lives. At Oak Bay Rotary, we are committed to changing lives, locally and internationally, for the better. We are a mid-size (60+members) club, comprising an active mix of enthusiastic experienced Rotarians and new Rotarians.
In addition to a great line up of speakers and meeting topics over the next few months, we also have lots of important work to do. We have a potential of more than $55,000 worth of fundraising planned to help support community and international projects!
There are three major fundraisers coming up which could occur as a burden or occur as an opportunity to create a miracle. I am very much in the “miracle” view:
1) The New Orleans Mardi Gras Dinner (May 10th) which you have already heard lots about. Yesterday was great fun at our lunch meeting surrounded by New Orleans decorations and special lunch time goodies (last year the Tuscan Dinner raised ~$22,000 to fund projects)
2) Car rafflepartnership with the Victoria club which we did last year for the first time. This time, we are going full partnership with them so will split the proceeds. This will create more opportunities for shifts and for organizing. Sales will commence in April through to mid-August (could be ~$25,000 to fund projects)
3) Our new Canada Flag Program will enter its second year; we will ramp up sales through March, April, May in anticipation of the Victoria Day weekend. (This year, between repeat sales and new sales, we could set the stage for $10,000 - $15,000 regular, relatively easy annual fundraising.) This one enables us to reach out to our neighbours and have some fun tag team partnerships for installing and collecting flags.
We are having an exciting and productive year, thanks to your generous support (time, talent and treasure) that will have us:
a) Complete our funding commitments for the Teen area in the new Oak Bay Neighbourhood Learning Centre,
b) Provide document readers for McCauley school,
c) Likely fund, a new “Rotary” Climbing Wall for the Rec Centre pool (first one in Victoria!)
d) Supporting Interact, Rotaract and youth leadership development
e) Complete our major international projects and commitments:
a. Dental project and women’s community centre in Guatemala,
b. Toilet project in India,
c. A multi-faceted project in Rwanda,
d. Malawi Girls School in Africa,
e. Shelter boxes for the Philippines,
f. John Edgell is doing yeoman work to bring together the Community Centre plan for Mexico. We are still optimistic that we will be able to support and fund this valuable initiative.
f) And others …
To pull these three major fundraisers off, we continue to need the collective will and support of each and all of you. There are multiple things that everyone of us can do to support the effort. Please ask anyone on the organizing committees how you can get involved. Joan Peggs, Joan Firkins, Lorna Curtis, Jack Petrie, Ron Cooley, Neil Rawnsley and others are involved in leading one or more of these. Lots of others are engaged in organizing various elements. Jim Force, Brian Lamb, me or anyone on the Board are enthusiastic participants and welcome a discussion on how to get involved in a way that would be both fun and satisfying for you. We will be talking more about all of these fundraisers in the upcoming weeks.
This year, we are sponsoring our first Community Paul Harris Fellowship Dinner, to nominate and award non-Rotarian community leaders who exemplify Rotary principles in their work and in our community.
We are proud to sponsor and partner with both an active Interact Club and Rotaract Club. We are creating a Community Action Team (CAT) to volunteer, at least once monthly, in productive “sweat equity” projects within the community.
We have a growing core of young professionals who are taking on leadership portfolios in the club and pushing some of our “old” traditions to create “new” traditions in the club.
Visitors and visiting Rotarians frequently comment on the energy in the club and the beauty of our venue at the David Foster Foundation Theatre in the newly re-built Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Thanks to each of you for the great work you are doing in support of the work and fun of the club.
Come join us for lunch, Come join us to work, Come join us for fun. The welcome mat is always out and we look forward to meeting you.
New members are welcome!
Scroll down to view videos of our club's projects and information from Rotary International.
here for a history of our club's donations over the past 10 years
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