Oh Canada, sounds nice doesn't it?  It's our home and native land.  Perhaps not native for everyone, but nonetheless it's home.  Canada is a safe and calm place, great for families and an environment of equal opportunities and a land of respectful peoples.  July 1st, our Canada Day, celebrates all that we enjoy and appreciate by living in this wonderful land.
 
Unfortunately the pandemic continues our requirement to meet online, but fortunately this also opened the opportunity for a wider audience (41) to join our meeting today. 
 
Sharing this celebration with us were a field of distinguished Past District Governors, John Anderson, Darcy Long, Dean Rohrs (PRIVP), Penny Offer, Ken Wilson as well as DG Nominee John Berry and Peter & Janet Neufeldt from D5550. Other club Rotarians included Past Assistant Governor & (our club’s PP) Otto Rieve from Vernon, Michael Chiu and Jim Ling from Richmond Sunset, Michael Chang from Vancouver Cambie, Rod Holmes from Prince George, Rhino Rohrs from Langley Central and Janet Neufeldt from Regina. Other visitors were Albert Tseng, Peter Wen, Lyren Chiu, Li Min and Bart Vanderkooi.
 
Officiating today, new District Governor Dave Hamilton, who presided over the induction of 3 new members, Angie Vanderkooi, Joseph Liang and Gary Yang.  DG Dave then installed new President James Kao, and sworn in the new Board of Directors, V.P. and President Elect Suna Yee, Treasurer Jacqueline Ho, Club Administration Angie Vanderkooi, Vocational Service Vivian Wu, Youth Service Dave Rogers, Rotary Foundation Dean Hsieh, Public Relations Hugo Li, Director at Large Cindy Lau and Past President Henry Lee.
 
 
DG Dave offered a few words of congratulations and well wishes followed by President James Kao who expressed his enthusiasm for a robust year of Rotary action.  Along with the Board of Directors the Rotary Club of Richmond is intent on growing in membership and in community service.  Appreciation was expressed by all to Past President Henry for his positive leadership through a very challenging term of office.  Throughout he remained focused on completing community service, staying patient, all with a cheerful outlook and disposition.
 
 
No Rotary Club of Richmond meeting is complete without a round of Happy Dollars, Sgt-at-Arms Dave dipped generously into everyone's pockets.  Afterall, it's Canada Day and everyone is joyful to be Canadian.  Of note on Happy Dollars, Michael Chang, President of Vancouver Cambie Club donated $59 to acknowledge our club's 59th President, which James matched.  Thanks to everyone who joined our meeting today and participated in our celebration.