Christina Melnick – guest of Ivo B. Tom Rose – guest of Tony C and potential new members. BIRTHDAYS/ANNIVERSARIES None this week! HEALTH of the CLUB …all in fine fettle. Doug Slowski is looking good and Neil had a good trip to Victoria despite the lousy weather. Sergeant-at-Arms The Sgt offered his opinion on the passing potential in this weekend‘s Super Bowl. Brian and Debi were the lucky winners.
SERVICE ABOVE SELF
February 9th, 2006 February is World Understanding Month IN THE LANCE THIS WEEK Tom Harris – Community Citizen
FOUNDATION $ 143.25 contributed to The Rotary Foundation this morning. Thank-you. ANNOUCEMENTS & REMINDERS RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly. A committee will convene in Wellington High School to review the résumés submitted with this year‘s applications. Saturday, February 11 th from 9AM to noon. It you‘re interested in participating (and learning what an excellent bunch of kids there are in our community) call Ron Hewitson. The Downtown Club is organizing a Rotary Outing to see Mrs. Robinson in ―THE GRADUATE‖ at the Old Bailey, 8PM, Thursday, February 23rd – to mark Rotary‘s 101st birthday. For tickets, contact Robert Grose. Only $15. Doug Slowski confirmed there will be a Garage Sale this year – so save your ―good stuff‖. He will let us know when & where… We now have some new Club Mugs - as
thank-yous for guest speakers (there will be few in the yellow box) and for you to purchase ($10). If you would like one, contact Barry Sparkes. GWCTD – dinners will be held Saturday February 18th and Saturday March 18th. If you would like to host and/or participate, please let Don Tamelin or Robert Grose know soonest… They are good fun and a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians. The more the merrier!! THANKS received from: ־The Salvation Army for our contribution to their Christmas Appeal in Nanaimo. ־Bookfest (Vancouver Island Children‘s Book Festival - May 6th 2006) – an important annual community event promoting literacy in children. ־Nanoose Bay Elementary School – ―We wish we could share with you the smiles on the children‘s faces. These children are not used to owning runners that are of such good quality. Your kindness has made a real difference to them. Thanks You!‖ THIS WEEK’s FEATURE Tom Harris, one of Nanaimo‘s most involved citizens, took time to talk to us – about balancing corporate and community commitments, something we all do as Rotarians. Community service – you either do it or you don‘t, and many people start at a young age. To achieve a balance, you have to be selective in what you get involved in. You have to pay attention to your business – if it fails you cannot remain involved in the community at the same level. You have to learn how and when to say ―No‖. Tom also talked to us about GM – about what appear to be major changes to a big company. A declining share of the North American auto retail market is forcing all of the ―Big 3‖ to make changes. At GM now: The focus is on excellence. Revitalize sales & marketing programs. Address structural (corporate) problems (e.g. pensions and health care for long-living retirees). Overall reduction in costs. Last year, GM sold 9.17 million cars worldwide. They are still a big company.
FUTURE EVENTS & FEATURES February 7th – Board Meeting (at 7AM) at IG February 9th – Heart & Stroke Foundation February 16th – Club Business Meeting February 23rd – Exchange students. LAST WEEK’S VISITING ROTARIANS Phil Wilson – Nanaimo Downtown. LAST WEEK’s GUESTS Tom Harris – Guest Speaker
DATE Feb 9 Feb 16th Feb 23rd
GREETERS Harrigan & Hill Lemmon & Loy Ollek & Olson
CASH Barker Okell Hewitson
GRACE Johnston LeSage Rogers
HOST & INTRO Kilner Lobay Podlubny
Sgt-AtArms Carruthers McFadden Evans
FOUND'N King Johnson Tamelin
If you cannot make your duty, it is your responsibility to find a replacement
ROTARY THOUGHTS ―Rotary has satisfactorily demonstrated the fact that friendship can easily hurdle national and religious boundary lines." - Paul P. Harris, from "This Rotarian Age" 1935 Fun, fellowship and friendship begins each Rotary meeting and is the key that unlocks minds and hearts to service. - Edward ―Eddie‖ Blender, The Rotary Club of Edwards (Down Valley), D5470 Colorado Why I Am A Rotarian ―…When I was offered membership in a Rotary club, I remembered my father, who was a Rotarian, always speaking well of Rotary—never in detail, but always in the positive. Presented with the opportunity to help others in society less fortunate than I, it was not very difficult to accept such membership. I am fully aware that, like many others, my contribution will only be a drop in the ocean. However, as Mother Teresa said, ‗Without that drop, the ocean will never be full.‘ That is why I am a Rotarian.‖ - Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, RI President 2005-06, Member of the Rotary Club of Goteborg, Sweden. A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOUR …with all due respect to preachers, little old ladies and Newphies… The Texas preacher rose with an angry red face. "Someone in this congregation has spread a rumour that I belong to the Ku Klux Klan. This is a horrible lie and one which a Christian community cannot tolerate. I am embarrassed and do not intend to accept this. Now, I want the party who did this to stand and ask forgiveness from God and this Christian family." No one moved. The preacher continued, "Do you have the nerve to face me and admit this is a falsehood? Remember, you will be forgiven and in your heart you will feel glory. Now stand and confess your transgression." Again all was quiet. Then, slowly, a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with a body that would stop traffic rose from the third pew. Her head was bowed and her voice quivered as she spoke. "Reverend there has been a terrible misunderstanding. I never said you were a
member of the Ku Klux Klan. I simply told a couple of my friends that you were a wizard under the sheets!" The preacher fainted. A little old lady is walking down the street, dragging two plastic garbage bags with her, one in each hand. There's a hole in one of the bags, and every once in a while a $20 bill is flying out of it onto the pavement. Noticing this, a policeman stops her. "Ma'am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag... " "Darn!" says the little old lady, "I'd better go back and see if I can still find some. Thanks for the warning!" "Well, now, not so fast," says the cop. "How did you get all that money? Did you steal it?" "Oh, no," says the little old lady. "You see, my back yard backs up to the parking lot of the football stadium. Each time there's a game, a lot of fans come and pee in the bushes, right into my flowerbeds! So, I go and stand behind the bushes with a big hedge clipper, and each time someone sticks his little thingie through the bushes, I say: $20 or off it comes!" "Hey, not a bad idea!" laughs the cop. "OK, good luck! By the way, what's in the other bag?" "Well," says the little old lady, "not all of them pay up...." A Newfie, let's call him, Wally, is driving home after downing a few at the local pub. He turns a corner and much to his horror he sees a tree in the middle of the road. He swerves to avoid it and almost too late realizes that there is yet another tree directly in his path. He swerves again and discovers that his drive home has turned into a slalom course, causing him to veer from side to side to avoid all the trees. Moments later he hears the sound of a police siren and brings his car to a stop. The officer approaches Wally's car and asks him what on earth he was doing. Wally tells his story of the trees in the road when the officer stops him mid sentence and says, "Fer Chris sakes, Wally, that's yer air freshener!"
You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing. ……………………… ROTARY INFO Rotary International: http://www.rotary.org. Zone 22: www.rotaryzone22.org District 5020: www.rotary5020.org Rotary Club of Lantzville: www.lantzvillerotary.com The District Governor's monthly newsletter: www.rotary5020.org/newsletter.pdf The Rotary Foundation Newsletter: http://www.rotary5470.org/RIFoundationNewslette r.cfm The 2006 District Leadership Training Assembly (DLTA) will take place in Victoria, April 1st and 2nd, 2006 (from noon Saturday to noon Sunday). For more info, click on: http://www.rotary5020.org/assembly/ The 2006 District Convention will take place in Victoria, May 12th to 14th, 2006. How to use mistakes positively… Own responsibility for your mistakes. Tell someone you trust how you‘ll change your behavior. It will help keep you accountable.