President John Edgell opened the meeting by bestowing a blue sapphire pin on Jim Force for a Paul Harris Fellowship +3 award. Congratulations Jim!
Rod Sim, in charge of the Salvation Army Kettles again, asked the first shift people to
pick up the kettle equipment from the 3rd cashier desk at Pharmasave; the last shift of
the day is to meet the Salvation Army rep (with ID) at the close of the shift, and give them
the kettle, then put the equipment away, again with the 3rd Pharmasave cashier.
Volunteer positions are going fast, so call Rod now or be disappointed.
Joan Firkins reported on the first ever Christmas concert saying thanks to Pablo Diemecke, the club committee, sponsors, door prize donors, and Tricia for their efforts in netting at
Another Joan (Peggs) reported netting nearly $1500 on poinsettia sales!
Our speaker today was new club member, Renate Gibbs. Her topic, complete with an excellent video
presentation, was India - A Field School Camosun College Nursing Students Experience.
Pediatrics in Doon Hospital - two to a bed!
In conjunction with Camosun College International Department, Renate's group of nursing
students travelled to India with 50 pounds of medical supplies each, in addition to their own
They culturally immersed with people in the Himalayan Mountains and in
Dehradun. To get to the Himalayas, they travelled by train, staying at a guest house where
they learned self reliance in a new setting. In Dehradun, they visited a Tibetan monastery and
nunnery and a private Tibetan hospital.
These young nursing students found the biggest hurdle was the language barrier, but they
were resourceful in relating, helping, and reaching those that they visited. Among
challenges for people in rural areas is a very high infant mortality rate, poor sanitation,
and contaminated water and air. Renate spoke on these topics very effectively.
Before leaving India, they experienced river rafting on the Ganges, exploring temples,
watching holy immersions in the Ganges, and visiting Jim Corbett National Park in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Tibetan Nuns gather with Camosun student nurses outside their temple.
Introduced by Dallas Chapple:
John Heraghty from Harbourside Victoria Club, and guests
Maureen Madsen guest of Neil Madsen, and Gary Smith guest of Jack Petrie.
Jim Force was the Celebrations Master. He gave the gears to John Edgell about his
published retirement date versus the real one, to Lynne for basking in Maui, to those with
tablecloths on their lunch tables (apparently showing uppityness), and to Perry for getting
Pablo's birthday cake on his forehead. (I just report what I hear!)
Pablo and his Birthday Cake
John Edgell thanked Renate for her presentation on behalf of the club.