NEWSLETTER OF MAY 7, 2014



   Led by Valerie who has just returned from her trip, we heard the Four Way test in English, with the promise of the next time, being in French.

    We had 16 members present as well as our previous member David Ayala, who has indicated the wish to rejoin the club.



     All contributors had happy dollars and no sad dollars. As a reward, Bill had a draw for twice prizes today. A box of Purdy Chocolates which was one by Sheila A. and a special lottery ticket called Cleopatra which was won by no less than Cleo P. We will see if Cleo has a happy dollar next week, stating she won that lottery.



         Sad to see that it is now recognized that there is a new outbreak of polio this year.  Glad to see that in the Vancouver paper, Rotary was given credit with the Gates Foundation, but all other mentions did not recognize Rotary in their articles.



     Remember June 14 is Hoop a Thon Day. Mark your calendars. The Rotary team captains are recruiting members ((Four to a team including the captain). All members will have pledge sheets to include donations for their shooting ability. Make sure that you have sent your emails out to your contacts.



    Our speaker today was Zahed Lalani, Regional Campaign Manager for Vancouver and Victoria with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada.  The Foundation is a non-denominational organization, investing in community driven sustainable solutions in the poorest countries of the world. The Foundation has developed two Aga Khan Universities in the world, covering three main academic programs, Economic Development, Social Development and Culture.

   Their International Fellowship Programs offer extraordinary training programs and an eight-month overseas placement for recent university graduates and young professionals who are 30 years of age or under.

   Tina P. spoke of her involvement in her placement in Uganda, and perhaps at some stage, we can ask her to elaborate on her experience in that program.

     There are three fellowship streams, a) International Development Management, b) International Microfinance and Microenterprise and C) Young Professionals in Media.

    In 2013, the Aga Khan received the annual award from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Award in recognition for it’s work in promoting Islamic Architecture, in Canada as well as the rest of the world.

    There are approximately 30 million Ismailis in the world today. The Foundation has also worked with many Rotary Clubs in international projects around the world.

    Their big event coming up- The World Partnership Walk, an annual event for 30 years which helps take steps to end world poverty. It will be on May 25 starting at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. So far, 40,000 people participate annually in the walk and 82 million dollars has been raised. 100% of the donations go towards international development projects.



   You cannot judge the depth of the well by the length of the handle.   Quote from Gary Chomyn’s uncle.