Posted by Philip Laitar on Aug 21, 2017
Rotary Rays - August 21, 2017
President Lisa Wells
O’ Canada/Invocation/Sergeant at Arms Olga M
Attendance Don F
50/50 Don S
Greater/Minutes Phil L
John Brittan
Robert Marsden (Tillsonburg Club) with exchange students Erica (outbound) and Beatrice (inbound)
50/50  was won by Lisa W, and she drew the Jack of Spades.
Happy Bucks
Rick S  One Buck each for enjoying a river cruise down part of the Rein,  which caused him to miss the Dragon Boat Festival.
James S for enjoying it too much when Bruce C went into the water at the start of the Dragon Boat Festival.
Richard H  for a host of family events, including a wedding, which made him absent from the Dragon Boat Festival.
Dave H for a successful Dragon Boat Festival and also for enjoying it too much when Bruce went into the water.
Robert Marsden for a great student exchange and for great exchange students.
Lisa W for winning the 50/50, and for Bruce’s water experience.
Hazel P  for the article in the local paper about the Dragon Boat Festival and Rotary.
Lynn  enjoyed a wonderful trip to London and Norway (and missing the Dragon Boat Festival).
Sergeant at Arms
Olga quizzed us all about Rotary, and did a fair job in cleaning up a bit for the club.
Ian H.S. Riseley, President 2017-18
Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Rotaract, started in 1968. Rotaract (which stands for Rotary in Action) is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young women and men ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages.
Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Presidential theme 2017-18:
Rotary: Making a Difference
The only Canadian on the RI Board of Directors
Hendreen Dean Rohrs
Vice-President 2017-18
Rotary Club of Langley Central
British Columbia, Canada
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Chris C (Birthday)
Richard H  (Birthday AND Anniversary)
Rick C (Wedding)
Lynn B (Wedding)
Dave H (Wedding)
Robert R (Wedding)
Don F (Wedding)
A card and Banner from Karen of the Bradenton, Florida club was received, thanking us for hosting her at lunch when visiting the area.
A letter from Logan Johnston, who attended and was greatly successful as part of the Canadian Junior National Dragon Boat Team at the World Championship in Ferney-Voltaire, France, thanked the club for the opportunity and bursary to attend.
Student Exchange - One Month Exchange.
Robert Marsden introduced Erica and Beatrice, who spent one month together in Italy and one month in Oxford on a one month student exchange.
Both Erica and Beatrice commented on how they were “pushed out of their comfort zones” to experience the culture, live abroad and about themselves.
It allowed them to learn more about a full exchange for the future.
Dragon Boat Festival Recap
Dave did a brief recap on this year’s festival and how successful it was.
Dave also wanted to mention how the event is successful due to, in large part, to the volunteers  who lend their time and support before, during and after the event.  From the large financial support from Joe at Pharmasave, Rick in the organizing the medal and t-shirts, Phil for printing, signs and banners, Don F for controlling the funds, John Brittan for an incredible amount of work in many areas and to ALL the members, their families and friends that make it a great and well respected event
Lisa closed the meeting by asking members, who could stay, to work briefly in one of three groups (Fundraising, Communications and Community) to begin to lay a framework for the coming year.