Scuttlebutt – January 21, 2014

Posted By Ken Walker


Scuttlebutt is a weekly newsletter highlighting the activities of the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise

January 21, 2014

Service Above Self

January is Rotary Awareness Month





Contribute $100 to the Rotary Foundation and become a Sustaining Member




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Around Rotary’s World

Incoming District 5020 Governor Michael Procter was in San Diego last week with over 500 of his DG Elect colleagues from all over the world; they were attending the International Assembly, which is the training venue for District Governor’s Elect. Michael commented that it was a little different than his usual San Diego trips – no golf clubs, it was all hard work; very intense was Michael’s description of the International Assembly. During the first plenary session of the Assembly, RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang, from Taiwan, introduced the theme for 2014-15, Light Up Rotary. President Elect Huang explained he was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”

January 21st Meeting


Two guests this morning, Errington Elementary School teachers, Jeannie (left) is a Kindergarten teacher and Bobbi Coleman in the Principal; Welcome Jeannie and Bobbie.









Barry Lohman - Club Serv ice

Barry Lohman – Club Service

Barry circulated a sign up sheet for our next club fellowship event, which will be a night of Bowling followed by dinner at Boston Pizza. It’s happening on Friday Jan 31st, at the Bowling Alley in Parksville starting at 5:30. Should be fun.










Don MacPherson

Don MacPherson – International Service



Don encouraged members to support “Struttin’ at the Speakeasy” a Roaring 20’s Musical Revue, a Dinner Theatre event being organized by our colleagues in the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club in Courtenay – Feb 7, 8 and 9. Don and Janet as well as Mike and Carol plan to attend; if your interested contact Don for Tickets, prices are $50 for Friday and Sunday and $55 for the Saturday performance.






Ron Stothers - Spring Ball

Ron Stothers – Spring Ball

Ron announced that Stewart’s caterers were interviewed by Ron and Allan Gannon and have been selected to provide the food services for the Spring Ball. Jim and Deanna are designing the Tickets and the Posters and Jim reports that tickets will be available very soon. Prices are the same as last year – $75 per person; $700 for a table of ten. Ron stressed the need to start selling and promoting the event as soon as tickets are available. Circle March 21 the date of our major 2014 fundraiser.









President Elect Doug Arbo

President Elect Doug Arbo

Hole In One – What are the odds of scoring a hole in one? What are the odds of scoring 3 holes in one in a single year? Well whatever the odds our President Elect Doug has done it, fantastic Doug, congratulations.



Our Rotary Club has purchased 36 books for grade 3 students reading program at Qualicum Beach Elementary and they are looking for reading volunteers to assist the students. You are not required to read to them, but rather listen to them and assist them if they are having difficulty with certain words. It would be a, six week commitment of one hour one day each week for the six weeks. We would like to have 5 volunteers. You would be required to have a police check done on your background, the $30 fee is waived. This volunteering is not limited to Rotarians so if your spouse or your neighbor would like to do this, they are welcome as well.

A second volunteer opportunity exists with Building Learning Together. Leanna Garner, the Community Literacy Coordinator at Family Place is looking for volunteers as well. There are a variety of things you can volunteer for at BLT such as:

1. Drive the WOW Bus (moving it from BLT to wherever it is needed that day)

2. Painting items in their Storybook Village

3. Helping seniors learn computer skills at TLC (Technology Learning Center)

4. Helping to build a scaled replica of a Spanish galleon ship for the children to play on.

These are just a few of the things you could volunteer for. Check out Mikes email for other volunteer opportunities that exist with BLT. Some of those things might be a lot of fun.


A Rotary Moment is When the Magic Happens


Rotary Fundraisers

“Struttin’ at the Speakeasy” is a Roaring 20’s Musical Revue, a Dinner Theatre event being organized by our colleagues in the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club in Courtenay – Feb 7, 8 and 9

Port Alberni Rotary Club announces their “Dinner for Breakfast” fundraiser to be held Saturday February 15 at the Best Western Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni. Contact President Ken Watson for tickets at phone 1-250-720-2824 Tickets are $40

Community Service

Mike Haas - Community Service

Mike Haas – Community Service

Program Community Service Director Mike Haas presented a cheque for $750 this morning to Errington Elementary School Principal Bobbi Coleman to support a proposed 2-day a week breakfast program for students. Kindergarten teacher Jeannie Diewold described the need that exists at the Errington School of approximately 150 students. The Errington area probably has a higher percentage of children who may come to school hungry then perhaps any other area in Oceanside, and Jeannie stated that hungry kids are not good learners. “Educating Minds By Filling Stomachs” – Jeannie described a number of factors that impede learning for children who leave home without having a nourishing breakfast.

• They have slower memory skills

• There are often behavioral issues associated with poorly nourished children

• They are sometimes hyper active

• They often exhibit poor cognitive functioning

• Absence and Tardiness may also be an issue

The school provides a nourishing lunch at a reasonable price from Tuesday through Thursday. Bobbi and Jeannie will now be able to provide a nourishing breakfast for students on Monday and Fridays.

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