- A Weekly
Minutes of the
October 5, 2004 Meeting
President Walter Ploegman
John Burgess introduced our
Thailand Exchange student Ratika Thakur, Wayne Schnobel and
Barry Fraser from the downtown group.
Ratika Thakur pulled the winning ticket only to discover an
error in the distribution of tickets stubs. In the end Ratika
Jim Steele loved his Polio
flight last week .
Jackie Bray had an un-happy buck due to a late night break in at
her home. Her advice to all "lock your doors at night!".
Mike Hunter has been very pleased with the great promotion that
has been afforded to Stargazers lately, both radio and newspaper
attention. He also was happy to announce his
son MJ's 1st
birthday which is this Monday.
Roger McRae also enjoyed his recent Polio flight and had an
opportunity to see the Toronto Blue Jays lose.
Harry Verhey enjoyed some fishing with his father. His father,
82, skillfully caught a Muskie.
Frank Saraka also recently enjoyed some prime fishing in the
Don Howard and Dave
Joe Mares Special Plea.- In the face of world tragedy and
suffering Canadians now face a horrendous disaster without
measure. Through the recent lock out situation between the NHL
players and team owners hundreds of 7 figure income earners are
in jeopardy . We must ask ourselves, "How can we help?". Through
a meager donation of $700 a day each one of us can ensure that
these precious few remain in the lap of luxury. A wonderful
piece of tongue in cheek!
Howard brought us up to speed on the annual banquet and asked
for a count as to the number of tickets sold so far. He
encourages everyone to get out there and sell those tickets as
this is going to be a great event with some wonderful
entertainment this year.
President Walter reminded the group that Audrey Chavalier's
mother had passed away. Visitation will be at Hinnegan's Funeral
Home Tuesday with Funeral Mass Wednesday morning. Audrey had
conveyed to Walter that she considers Rotary her family and
appreciates our prayers and support. All of us are thinking of
you Audrey even though we all can not be present to express our
Speaker - Max Howell:
August of 2004 Max and his family enjoyed a fantastic trip to
China. Max's son works in water treatment in China and this
paved the way for the trip. Max reported that China is extremely
clean, no litter anywhere. You can walk the streets at night
without any fear. You can take photos of anything except the
military. In China the food is quite diverse. They say they will
eat anything that flies except airplanes. They will also eat
anything on four legs except a table. Most formal meals are
eaten from a lazy Susan. At times there can be as many as 20
plates. English is spoken most places except for taxis. Some
advice given to Max concerning Taxi use, " tell the driver to
turn the meter on", otherwise you never know what you'll end up
paying. Hotels provide a photo for tourists to show taxi drivers
for return trips. The largest religion in China is Buddhists.
The people in general are short in stature, thin and love
Images of China set to music (special technical
thanks to Steve & Brian Sadler) Their trip started in Vancouver
and from there straight to Beijing China. Through the multitude
of pictures Max was able to bring the complexities of China to
the group. China is truly a world of extreme contrasts. Endless
ultra modern cityscapes to ancient delicate shrines, palaces and
temples. Unspeakable foreign cuisine and McDonalds side by side.
Incredible monuments to the past ruling class, Buddha, and
treasures from antiquity. Max and his family walked the Great
Wall of China and received a stamped certificate to prove it.
The site of the Terracotta Warriors is said to be the unofficial
8th wonder of the world. China is said to be the next world
power. With a population of more than 1.3 billion and through
commerce and democracy China is a force to be reckoned with.
Max found that the costs were reasonable but anticipates some
big changes after the 2008 Olympics.
thanked max for his wonderful presentation
Meeting adjourned w/ the singing of O Canada.
Guyanne Rossignol from Family Support and Resource