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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As part of Rotary’s most recent campaign to match a US$355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with $200 million by June 2012, it is close to reaching its goal, with more than US$180 million raised to date. The funding will provide critical support to polio eradication activities in parts of Africa and South Asia. Since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan - although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
In many countries, Canada included, we forget that polio is still present in the world. How fortunate we are.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
|District 5020 Governor, David Stocks, with speakers Phillip Lancaster, John Nsabimana, and John Jordan at the October 14 Rwanda Forum.|
Monday, October 3, 2011
A speakers forum, Rwanda Today: Hope after Tragedy, will be presented by the Oak Bay Rotary Club on October 14 at the Monterey Recreation Center. The forum is to discuss the challenge of creating sustainable improvement in lands impacted by war, disasters, and poverty. A focus of the evening will be the positive accomplishments of peace and development in Rwanda today.
Three presenters address that challenge from first-hand knowledge:
Major (Ret.) Philip Lancaster, Military Assistant to General Romeo Dallaire during the period of the genocide He speaks from his years of field experience as Special Advisor on Conflict and Social Development for fragile states in Africa.
John Nsabimana, Rwandan genocide survivor, tells how he came from the killing fields to become a University of Victoria graduate and a UNICEF World Ambassador for the Protection of Children.
John Jordan, Oak Bay Rotarian, describes how the partnership he formed with Rwandans has created sustainable living for hundreds of widows and orphans.
A cultural evening opens at 6:15 with African drumming, music, and a sampling of Rwandan food. The Speakers Forum (from 7 – 9:00PM) promises to explain how history, politics, aid and grassroots development help or hinder progress in Africa.
Tickets are only $15 and are available at Global Village in Market Square and at Ten Thousand Villages, at 1976 Oak Bay Avenue and in the Broadmead Shopping Center.
For more information, contact John Jordan at 250 598-9739 or visit this INFORMATION web page.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The last Thursday of every month sees the members of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay gathering for a couple hours of fellowship and a chance to get a make-up for missed meetings. Jim Force, of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay, thought his club needed more opportunities for fellowship so he started gathering his fellow Rotarians for a beer at the Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay once a month. Although things started out slowly, more and more members of the Oak Bay club participated each month, and the meeting has attracted Rotarians from neighboring clubs.
The idea behind the extra meeting was to leave some of the business aside and enjoy each other’s company; to get to know one another in a new way. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere did not prevent a little business being transacted. The Oak Bay club is planning a benefit concert with proceeds going to the club's literacy campaign.
For the most part it has been a light and friendly gathering which is serving to bring the club members closer together. Several of the newer, younger members present expressed their delight in having a chance to get to know the older members in a more relaxed setting. As a Rotarian from another club, I was equally delighted by the friendly nature of the meeting and the opportunity to meet the members of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay. ~Marnie Hamagami, newer, younger member of the Rotary Club of Sidney
Monday, November 29, 2010
Memory Chazeza (above left), Director of the Atsikana Pa Ulendo Malawi Girls' School, and the Executive Director of APU-Malawi Education Foundation and co-founder of the school, Christie Johnson (above right), are making presentations throughout the Victoria area. At the Oak Bay Club, Memory gave a touching and inspirational history of why and how the school came to be and how Christie Johnson helped her turn her dream into a reality. Memory’s dream of building a school to provide girls with an opportunity for education and a better future is creating a ripple effect by creating better futures for the families and communities of these students too. She explained how Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa but it has lots of problems. Memory believes that education is a way out of those problems. Educating girls gives them hope, increased self worth, and provides choices like being able to choose when and how many children to have. It gives them a voice and helps them avoid poverty, reducing the threat of HIV. Memory will be returning home to Malawi on Friday (December 3) after a successful tour through Alberta and BC. Unfortunately seven of the Vancouver Island Rotary Club presentations had to be cancelled because of bad weather and poor driving conditions, but plans are underway to reschedule these clubs later in the year. This week, presentations will be made at Harbourside (7AM Wednesday December 1 at the Union Club), Sooke (12.15PM December 1 at Village Food Markets), Sidney (6.30PM December 1 at Glen Meadows Golf Club) and Victoria (December 2 at Noon at the Union Club). Rotarians who have not had the opportunity to hear Christie and Memory speak on this hugely successful project, funded mainly by individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs, could attend one of these meetings to hear them speak. An excellent article on the school's history and progress appeared last week in the Peninsula News - you can read it at this link. The article covers how Christie's inspirational volunteer work resulted in her being nominated on CBC’s Champions of Change. She made the final cut of 50 - more than 1000 were nominated. For more information on the Malawi Girls' School visit this link . A new blog has just been started to keep donors and all up to date on happenings at APU Malawi at this link.