Hollie Quiring – Mortgage Specialist, Royal Bank of Canada
Steve Hoodspith, Financial Planner, Royal Bank of Canada
District Governor: On August 24, 2016 our District Governor Joanne Croghan (Bainbridge Island) will be visiting our Club. President Norm would like to see as many members in attendance as possible. The 2016-17 Executive will meet with Joanne right after our regular meeting. If you are on the Executive and cannot make the meeting please email Major Norm a brief summary of your goals and objectives for the year.
50/50 Ticket Sales: Sales are doing great. Gord Svenson’s tips from last week have sunk in. Be enthusiastic! Markus asked people of they would like to make $10,000 tax free dollars…it seems to work.
50/50 Sales at the Craig Street Market (photo courtesy of Bashir El-Khalafawi)
Sunriser: Cara will not be able to do a Sunriser for the last (2) Wednesdays of August (the 24th and the 31st). Duty Rosters for these meetings will both be sent out beforehand. If you need to communicate with the Club please use your Clubrunner email service.
Beach Fest: Our last shift is this Saturday, August 20 from 8:45AM – 1:00PM. Helen, Elaine, Rob and Markus are scheduled with Carter and Emmanuel.
Rotary Club of Parksville AM Hats: Lynne had (3) Rotary Club of Parksville AM hats left for sale for $10. All (3) have been sold and funds will be donated to the Foundation.
Rotary Business Cards: Bruce has been doing some investigating. For $150 we can get 1000 generic cards done up here in town. Elaine wanted to put it off for a week to think about it. Helen suggested also asking Parks West as the owner Kevin Kinnear is a prospective member. President Norm would like to keep it local. We will give it another (2) weeks before making a decision.
Soup Kitchen On-Call: Major Norm circulated a sign up sheet for members to be ‘on-call’ for soup kitchen duties. This is not a scheduled commitment, but just a list of potential volunteers for when they are short staffed.
Club Picnic at Rathtrevor: Gord Svenson wanted to thank the few members that showed up. It was a lovely gathering but he does realize that we were overbooked as a Club that day. He asked for a show of hands to see if we would be interested in doing it next year if we can schedule our other commitments around it. Almost everyone in the room was supportive so he will book the picnic shelter again for next August.
Two Minutes of Rotary:
Elaine Young – Individual Serving (The Rotarian)
As Rotarians caring for others brings us purpose, meaning and a sense of belonging that is good for your mental health and self-esteem.
Gratitude works the same way. About 10 years ago Elaine took it on ‘gratitude’ as her word for the year. She never used negative comments, thoughts attitudes when speaking or interacting with the people around her.
It is proven that being positive improves sleep, positively affects self-esteem and self worth, is good for our immune system, careers and emotional wellbeing.
She encourages everyone to express gratitude to those you love.
Jo Dunn – Classification Talk
Gord Svenson introduced Jo. Jo grew up in Victoria and graduated from UVic with a degree in Economics and Finance. He finished school at a time when jobs were plentiful. At a recruitment fair at the school he was offered (5) jobs. He decided to take a job with MacMillan Blodel in Port Alberni. It was a culture shock for him and wasn’t really where he wanted to be.
He moved on to the Hudson Bay company for a year. When he returned from his first buying trip all of the management had been cleaned out. He was getting married in (2) months and wasn’t sure if this was a good place to stay either.
At a dinner party he was offered a 2-month contract with BC Tel and he ended up staying with them for (35) years. He started in Victoria, then to Vancouver, Prince George, Kelowna and Terrace where he met Bruce Huxtable. They both moved back to the lower mainland at the same time in ‘75 and their first children were born (4) days apart.
At that time BC Tel was a monopoly. There was a relatively small population in BC. They put service into all the First Nations villages. Radio and TV had come before. The introduction of this technology completely changed their culture. Dance, story telling and music stopped while families stayed home to watch TV. When bringing in the telephone there was backlash from the Elders believing this would be another negative impact on their communities. BC Tel was responsible for the introduction on Haida Gwaii where all of the technologies were tested and researched. They ended up getting all of the newest and latest technology. Often they were so far ahead that they couldn’t actually communicate with the mainland.
Back in Vancouver the company was regulated and interfaced with the CRTC. Jo travelled to Ottawa a lot. The CRTC are the epitome of bureaucrats sitting in a cubicle trying to understand relationships between the corporation and (27) rural communities.
From there he went on to marketing and was responsible for creating and selling service packages for long distance service. Long distance was (65) percent of BC Tel revenue at the time. Now it is essentially free. Cellular technology is eroding these companies. 80 percent of Canadians have wireless connections. The whole business is based on data, imaging, TV and cellular. This all started in about 1984 with the giant cell phones we can all remember that were good for nothing.
When BC Tel became Telus they aggressively went toward cellular. As this technology evolved competition started to occur. The cultural change was amazing. If a customer left and went to another company there was serious personal offence taken. A lot of people couldn’t handle the change and had to be let go.
A national service development company was developed to address the differences culturally, economically and environmentally in all the different areas across Canada. Jo went to this company for a year. He went back to BC Tel and after spending a year putting a national company together; he spent 2 years taking it apart. This was a very complicated process and ended (12) years ago. Jo was then offered another position doing the same thing within BC Tel. This is when he retired. He believes he had a very interesting career. It was a good company and overall a good experience.
Thank you Jo for stepping up last minute and giving us a very interesting and insightful presentation.
Joke of the Week: Markus Knab…has a fishing joke…but it wasn’t about catching fish…
Sergeant-at Arms: Helen is back and better than ever with glasses on her head instead of on her eyes!...Al was late…Markus paid to leave early…Steve of course had to donate and offered up half…Elaine forgot to stand…Major President Norm has to get our names straight…in the PQB News the RBC of Parksville and Ducks Unlimited cleared invasive species in the Englishman River…RBC donated $2000 to Ducks Unlimited…Todd Stone is the Minister for MOT…golf carts are now allowed on the roads of Qualicum Beach at 30km per hour…the 6 requirements are: license, plates, insurance, seatbelt, horn, lights, signals and a rear view mirror…The Elks Club donated $500 towards an ultrasound machine…B2B awarded their scholarship to Julianna Cook…RI has changed the requirements for membership…Clubs can reduce meetings to 2x per month…alternative membership types like a corporate membership where a company can have more than one person attend and participate have also been introduced…the per capita dues for RI membership in 2017 is $60 US and will increase to $68 in 2018…Helen is happy about having perfect distance vision…lots of happy dollars for Elaine and Jo’s presentations…Bashir is happy about his month in the Czech Republic…he’s not happy about his car dying on his way into the Beach Club this morning…Al is happy about deregulation…but Jo mixed up the Maritimes with the Atlantic provinces…Rob is happy about the fishing joke and our guests…Elaine was happy to be back on Gabriola Island for 9 days…but is happy to be back in Parksville…Lynne had a happy dollar for the small but lovely picnic on Saturday…and she’s off to Ontario for a headstone dedication for her son…Don has gratitude for our Club…Garry had a sad dollar for 2 new cases of polio in Nigeria…but a happy dollar for high jump gold…Gord is happy that Jo stood up for us this morning…Jo is happy that the price of telecommunications went down…and for only having a day to prepare for his presentation….Gord will book the picnic shelter again for next year…we were really busy this Summer, but we’ll try to plan better so we don’t have so many conflicts…
Birthdays: Gord Svenson – August 20, Diana Matsuda – August 21
Next Week’s Meeting: District 5020 Governor Joanne Croghan