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ROTARY CLUB OF COMOX MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 30, 2017 This was the evening of our Annual General Meeting. With quorum established, the meeting was completed before our regular meeting. Thank you to Past President Chris Brulotte, Chair of the Nominations Committee, who also chaired the AGM – and to Past Secretary Tim Cowan, who took the minutes. And to everyone who attended and made up quorum. Sincere thanks and congratulations to those who have been elected as new board members: Incoming Vice President Rod McKenzie and Incoming Directors Sukhman Sidhu, Tom Miller, Ernie von Schilling, and Rob Van Haarlem. These members will be a great addition to Incoming President Russ Wigle’s team! Gratitude was expressed to the outgoing Directors: Henrie Beaudoin, Leif Jason, Rod McKenzie (moving to Vice President), and Cathy Snyder, all of whose Directorship terms on the board will end on June 30, 2018. On the last day of Foundation Month, President Jo asked members to consider the painless way to give to the Foundation through Rotary Direct automatic regular payment – it’s always easier to give a few dollars per month than one lump sum. For just $11 per month, you too can be a Sustaining Member who gives TRF $100 USD per year. Speak to Foundation Director Rod. We were reminded that the Club Meetings are cancelled for Dec 21 and Dec 28 for the holiday season. The December board meeting has also been cancelled. Russell Ball is fully approved as a member and will be inducted in the New Year. It will be the club’s pleasure to welcome him. Celesta from Interact was on hand again this year to sell Christmas cards in aid of the Market Kids Program. Purchasers provide the Tegucigalpa market children with the necessities for school. DECEMBER 14 – UGLY SWEATER AND DISCRETIONARY GIFT EXCHANGE Along with being the meeting at which Club Service Director Hannah will tell members about Club Service activities, December 14 will also be the Ugly Sweater meeting. Why not come to the meeting lit up or wearing something seriously festive? Members are also invited to bring a gift to exchange – it can be a “white elephant” gift – something useless or funky or seriously tacky – or it can be something homemade – no monetary output is expected….if you bring a gift, you can take home a gift…..should be a fun meeting!! SALMON So far: 702 of the 1600 lb have been sold! That’s 44% – not quite half way! – BUT, we’re half way through our sales campaign period – so we can’t let up anytime soon! Please sign up at one of the sales venues. We have to move the rest of that 1600 pounds of salmon out into the hands of the community! We’ve sold out before, we can do it again! Salmon will be on sale to members at our club meeting on December 14. President Jo extended warm thanks to Salmon Sales Chair Rod McKenzie. We all do our parts for this fundraiser but Rod is there every day, hoisting the salmon, keeping the inventory straight, making sense of our financial sales reports, finalizing the schedules and rosters, stapling labels, bagging the salmon, loading and unloading, keeping it all straight…..he’s an amazing leader. Thank you, Rod! And no, you don’t look like a fish. Yet. SOUP SISTERS and BROTH BROTHERS – Charlene introduced the club to the concept of Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers – folks who make and deliver soup into the hands of those who need it. Just simple service with no infrastructure – Interested members: get in touch with Charlene to help think through and organize this venture – who knows what a great thing this could be! Fellow member David Peat has sent greetings from Kabul where he is currently working. He is hoping to be able to attend a Rotary meeting there before he leaves! We miss you, David! Stay safe and well. Click on the link below for the Rotary Moment for this week. Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) Founder, Chantal Stefan was also on hand personally to inspire us in our service task to create gift cards for recipients of the EDAS care packages this holiday season. https://youtu.be/56QT57pJOaU Everyone present let out their inner creative selves to make messages of love to tuck into the lives of those who need it this Christmas. Thank you to Sukhman and to Lois North in particular for organizing it so well and supplying us with everything colourful and imaginative that we needed to complete the task. Thanks also to Community Service Director John North for generating another meaningful hands-on service event this Rotary year. Have fun at the December 7 Christmas Party – Remember that all attendees MUST be registered with Hannah Rail and that she must know the ages and genders of any children to be in attendance! That’s all for this week! Be well, do good work, and come on back to the Rotary Club of Comox!

Chantal 🦋EDAS Comox Valley The Rotary Club of Comox continue to magically give of themselves in our local communities. The club hosted an EDAS Work Party this evening, in honour of this year’s EDAS Comox Valley project and made homemade…

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ROTARY CLUB OF COMOX MEETING HIGHLIGHTS November 30, 2017 This was the evening of our Annual General Meeting. With quorum established, the meeting was completed before our regular meeting. Thank you to Past President Chris Brulotte, Chair of the Nominations Committee, who also chaired the AGM – and to Past Secretary Tim Cowan, who took the minutes. And to everyone who attended and made up quorum. Sincere thanks and congratulations to those who have been elected as new board members: Incoming Vice President Rod McKenzie and Incoming Directors Sukhman Sidhu, Tom Miller, Ernie von Schilling, and Rob Van Haarlem. These members will be a great addition to Incoming President Russ Wigle’s team! Gratitude was expressed to the outgoing Directors: Henrie Beaudoin, Leif Jason, Rod McKenzie (moving to Vice President), and Cathy Snyder, all of whose Directorship terms on the board will end on June 30, 2018. On the last day of Foundation Month, President Jo asked members to consider the painless way to give to the Foundation through Rotary Direct automatic regular payment – it’s always easier to give a few dollars per month than one lump sum. For just $11 per month, you too can be a Sustaining Member who gives TRF $100 USD per year. Speak to Foundation Director Rod. We were reminded that the Club Meetings are cancelled for Dec 21 and Dec 28 for the holiday season. The December board meeting has also been cancelled. Russell Ball is fully approved as a member and will be inducted in the New Year. It will be the club’s pleasure to welcome him. Celesta from Interact was on hand again this year to sell Christmas cards in aid of the Market Kids Program. Purchasers provide the Tegucigalpa market children with the necessities for school. DECEMBER 14 – UGLY SWEATER AND DISCRETIONARY GIFT EXCHANGE Along with being the meeting at which Club Service Director Hannah will tell members about Club Service activities, December 14 will also be the Ugly Sweater meeting. Why not come to the meeting lit up or wearing something seriously festive? Members are also invited to bring a gift to exchange – it can be a “white elephant” gift – something useless or funky or seriously tacky – or it can be something homemade – no monetary output is expected….if you bring a gift, you can take home a gift…..should be a fun meeting!! SALMON So far: 702 of the 1600 lb have been sold! That’s 44% – not quite half way! – BUT, we’re half way through our sales campaign period – so we can’t let up anytime soon! Please sign up at one of the sales venues. We have to move the rest of that 1600 pounds of salmon out into the hands of the community! We’ve sold out before, we can do it again! Salmon will be on sale to members at our club meeting on December 14. President Jo extended warm thanks to Salmon Sales Chair Rod McKenzie. We all do our parts for this fundraiser but Rod is there every day, hoisting the salmon, keeping the inventory straight, making sense of our financial sales reports, finalizing the schedules and rosters, stapling labels, bagging the salmon, loading and unloading, keeping it all straight…..he’s an amazing leader. Thank you, Rod! And no, you don’t look like a fish. Yet. SOUP SISTERS and BROTH BROTHERS – Charlene introduced the club to the concept of Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers – folks who make and deliver soup into the hands of those who need it. Just simple service with no infrastructure – Interested members: get in touch with Charlene to help think through and organize this venture – who knows what a great thing this could be! Fellow member David Peat has sent greetings from Kabul where he is currently working. He is hoping to be able to attend a Rotary meeting there before he leaves! We miss you, David! Stay safe and well. Click on the link below for the Rotary Moment for this week. Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) Founder, Chantal Stefan was also on hand personally to inspire us in our service task to create gift cards for recipients of the EDAS care packages this holiday season. https://youtu.be/56QT57pJOaU Everyone present let out their inner creative selves to make messages of love to tuck into the lives of those who need it this Christmas. Thank you to Sukhman and to Lois North in particular for organizing it so well and supplying us with everything colourful and imaginative that we needed to complete the task. Thanks also to Community Service Director John North for generating another meaningful hands-on service event this Rotary year. Have fun at the December 7 Christmas Party – Remember that all attendees MUST be registered with Hannah Rail and that she must know the ages and genders of any children to be in attendance! That’s all for this week! Be well, do good work, and come on back to the Rotary Club of Comox!

Chantal 🦋EDAS Comox Valley The Rotary Club of Comox continue to magically give of themselves in our local communities. The club hosted an EDAS Work Party this evening, in honour of this year’s EDAS Comox Valley project and made homemade…

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Rotary Club of Comox Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Meeting Highlights Forty–three Years of Rotary Service … Honouring Sig Jensen What a pleasure it was to honour Sig with a pin acknowledging his 43 years of service to Rotary. Congratulations Sig … and thank you! Sunday, November 5th. Comox Valley Child Development Association Telethon The Rotary Club of Comox will be donating $5,000.00 to the Telethon. November 5, 2017! The event will take place at the Sid Williams Theatre. For those unable to attend in person, the telethon will be live streamed on the CVCD website and can also be viewed on ShawTV channel 4! November 9th. Remembrance Day Meeting Comox Club member Aaron Macluskie, former fighter pilot, will deliver a message of peace and pride in our Canadian forces at work around the world. Guests are welcome. November 30th is not just AGM Night … It’s EDAS Time! What’s EDAS you ask? Well, it stands for “Everyone Deserves a Smile”. We’ll spend time preparing to do just that. How? Two ways. (a) We’ll be making Christmas cards for the homeless. All materials will be supplied. (b) We’ll be collecting personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, for instance) and mitts, scarves, etc. that can be passed along to those for whom these items will make life a little easier. Kids, grandkids are most welcome! Literacy Rotary Challenge Literacy Chair David Peat announced that it took three vehicles to deliver the 680 (give or take) books to the Library. The books will be given to children who visit the Library on Hallowe’en. Special Presentation to Ernie von Schilling David Peat recognized Ernie von Schilling for contributing 292 books of the 680 total mentioned above. Rotary Moment Liz Datoo provided the Rotary Moment this week. She focused on the “Night of Wonders” that she and Joline Martin have coordinated for three years running … which resulted in over $10,000 being raised each year for Dawn to Dawn. Liz’ message … “All you have to do is ask” a Rotarian and they respond with willing hearts and helping hands. Thanks Liz for all that you do! Meal Service … “I Eat First” Badge Holder ☺ Thanks to Maureen Eby for searching for just the right table to share her last evening as the holder of the coveted “I Eat First” badge. There was a little scrambling to find another chair to add to already full table … but hey! Where there’s a will there is definitely a way! Chris Brulotte, Joan Collinge, Dawn Postnikoff, and Les Postnikoff (who did I miss?) … our thanks Maureen! Guest Speaker: Denise Ropp Title: Cannabis Education – Not the “Pot” of the Sixties Denise explained that medicinal cannabis, which requires a prescription, is used to good effect for such conditions as chronic pain, migraines and headaches, sleeping difficulties, inflammation, PTSD, palliative care, nausea … She emphasized the importance of distinguishing between medical and recreational cannabis. The former does not contain the psychoactive component and, therefore, patients do not get “high”. Nor, she reported, has it been found to be addictive. More information about Denise’s company, White Cedar, can be found at http://ift.tt/2lX75pp

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*MEETING HIGHLIGHTS, October 12th* Guest Speaker: Joan Toone In recognition of October being Polio Month on the Rotary Calendar, Joan Toone (current President of Victoria Rotary Club) spoke not only about her own experience as someone stricken with polio at an early age but also of the debilitating outcomes that polio has inflicted on so many. And, of course, she spoke of the hope that Rotary offers in its ongoing efforts to eradicate the disease. We are grateful for Joan’s visit to our club and all that she and her spouse Terry Toone (our District Polio Plus Chair) shared with us that evening. One message they both emphasized was the importance of immunization. There is no cure for polio but there is a way of preventing it. Immunization is the answer. Two references are noted below: • the first provides a very brief summary of a presentation Joan delivered at another place and time. • the second, picking up on the importance of immunization, is an article from the Times Colonist that cites low immunization rates on Vancouver Island. • http://ift.tt/2xMcikt • Times Colonist Editorial (September 20, 2015) http://ift.tt/2yvD1Wg Upcoming Events • October 19th. Nina Usherwood will be speaking of experiences as a Transgender Woman in the Military. Friends, family, and Rotarians from other clubs are most welcome. If you haven’t already indicated if you will be attending and/or bringing guests, please let Jo know so that she can make appropriate catering and seating arrangements. • Saturday, October 21st. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Meal to End Polio Here’s how it works. Members of our club volunteer to host a group of 8 to 10 participants. Hosts do not know who is coming to dinner; guests do not know where they are going for dinner (until the day of the event) … nor do guests know who else will be joining them for a night of food and festivity. Jo, Hannah, and Rod are the masterminds behind the organizational task and will, of course, take food sensitivities into account as they assign guests to host. • Hosts prepare the main entrée • Guests are assigned to bring appies, veggies, salads, desserts • Guests bring wine So, how is this a fundraiser? Well … • Each attending member will be asked to “pay” for the meal by making a donation to Polio Plus. • Forms and donation envelopes will be circulated to Hosts, who will distribute them at the dinner. Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. World Polio Livestream with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation November 2nd Auction Night This year’s theme … The 80’s. This is one of our major-fundraising events of the Rotary year and we have Victor to thank for getting things rolling. Please start thinking about what you can contribute to the evening. And remember … this is an evening to which we can invite friends and family. It’s always a sell-out … and lots of fun. February 9-11, 2018. The Rotary Presidential Peace Building Conference Environmental Sustainability and Peace Location: Vancouver, Hyatt Regency

"Putting a Face on Polio" by Joan Toone | Rotary Club of Nakusp World Health Organizations's Southeast Asia Region is declared polio-free. Nearly 80% of the world now lives in polio-free countries. But, the virus is still endemic in three…

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We’re very honoured to be the co-winners of the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Service Group with Strathcona Sunrise Rotary, Courtenay Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial!

Comox Valley Record Newsroom Here it is! The 2017 Readers' Choice winners, in print. Congrats to everyone who won, and thanks to everyone who voted. http://ift.tt/2i4DlFH More info @ http://ift.tt/2i4DlFH Automated post from Rotary Club of Comox - http://ift.tt/2wBsKot October…

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Meeting Highlights for September 14th, 2017 Welcome Claire … our Inbound International Exchange Student What a delight to welcome Claire to the Comox Valley. Past Assistant Governor, Robert Buckley, introduced Claire to our group and invited her to place the flag of her homeland, Belgium, into the flag stand. Guest Speaker Our Program Committee Chair, Bill Verburgt, is doing a great job in bringing interesting speakers to our Thursday night meetings. Last week was no exception. Our speaker, Allan McMurray, is considered an authority on conducting pedagogy and wind repertoire and has been a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in 42 states and 13 countries. Allan and his wife Judy now enjoy living part time in the Comox Valley and the rest of the time in California. During his presentation, it was clear that he had captured the attention and interest of his audience. Hunch is … that’s a common response to his engaging presentation style and informative message. Toward the end of his presentation, Mr. McMurray had us sing Auld Lang Syne … twice. The first time we followed his lead but with no instruction as to mood. The second time he asked us to sing as if we saying farewell, collectively, to a dear friend. The outcome was striking. After the last note was sung, he asked if we sensed the difference. Yes was the response. What accounted for the difference? Well, he said, when we sang the song the second time, we shared a common focus … a common sentiment. Interesting how that moment seemed to epitomize the sentiment that unites Rotarians. As a group of individuals with a shared focus … service to others, service above self … our “song” is indeed rich and meaningful. These websites give you a sense of what you missed if you weren’t able to join us last week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s6fa8C2mxs http://ift.tt/2xVILcB Rotary Moment And speaking of Rotary Moments, T. Dale Roberts spoke of the importance of considering the good organizations do in the world when we decide where to direct our donations. Needless to say, the Rotary Foundation is top of Dale’s list. Welcome “Home” Michael Bergob Michael has returned from what Facebook postings suggest was a wonderful time in Italy. Michael, thanks for choosing to renew your membership with us. Want to Support Mark Isfeld Interact Club? Here’s How! When returning bottles to the Bottle Depot on Anderton (Comox), please let the staff know that you wish to direct your change to the Isfeld Interact Club. Thanks! And thanks to James Eby for preparing signage for the Bottle Depot. Rotarians at Work in the Community • Comox Valley Community Foundation. (CVCF) Harry Panjer, the new President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation, announced that the CVCF Gala will take place on October 14th. The theme: Crimson and Gold. Harry would be pleased to provide further information if you’re interested in attending. • Comox Valley Hospice Society Joan Collinge is selling 50-50 tickets for the Comox Valley Hospice Society. This major fund-raiser is SO close to being a sell-out … which will see the happy winner $25,000 richer … and the Hospice Society as well. And Another Rotary-Sponsored Fundraiser or Should That Read FUNraiser? Either way … • Cumberland Italian Fest Dinner Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial’s major fundraiser at the Cumberland Recreation Centre. Doors-5:30pm, Family Style Italian Dinner at 6:30pm. Silent and live auctions including draws. Table of 8 or 10 may be reserved. Date(s): Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 5:30pm Pricing: $36 Phone Number: 871.4068. cell 702.4049 Email: [email protected] Over and out … until next time.

Conductor Allan McMurray Chair of the CU-Boulder Conducting Department, Allan McMurray More info @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s6fa8C2mxs Automated post from Rotary Club of Comox - http://ift.tt/2wBsKot September 21, 2017 at 04:19PM

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