Wed Oct 2 Luncheon - Bring a friend to meet some new friends and introduce them to Rotary

Hilton Vancouver Airport 
12:15 to 1:30 pm
5911 Minoru Blvd (map)
Welcome DG Bala, Angelo and Dave!
District 5040 Governor, Bala Naidoo paid his official visit to meet club members and to bring his greetings.  He reminded us to attend the District Conference next spring to network with other Rotarians and discover more value in being a member of a Rotary Club.  Bala message referred to counting our service time is becoming more of an important aspect for Rotary.  In doing so, we are able to promote how collectively, 1.2 million Rotarians can impact their local and international communities.  Collaborating with other Rotary Clubs has much merit and he congratulated our Rotary Clubs in Richmond for working together on our projects.  DG Bala acknowledged incoming Assistant Governor Dean Hsieh and District Treasurer Jacqueline Ho.  Our Rotary Club of Richmond is once again proudly involved with District Leadership.
Today was also an auspicious occasion as we welcomed two new members to the Rotary Club of Richmond.   Angelo Boholst is the Executive Director of the Hospice House, and Dave Rogers transferring from another Rotary Club.  Very nice to greet our two newest members, who join August inductees Christina and Robert.
We also celebrated three September birthdays, David Takahashi, Jacqueline Ho and Dean Hsieh.  Thanks to Secretary Hugo for bringing the delicious cake and to Sgt at Arms Cindy for collecting many happy and sad dollars today.  Many happy dollars collected as we celebrated two new members and acknowledging our visitors.  But we also paused for a moment as we were saddened by the news of the passing of Honorary Member Helge Neilsen, a Past President and long time Rotarian.
Our visitors today, included DG Bala Naidoo, Assistant Governor Wayne Connorton, Cecilia Li and Nancy Yurkovich representing Honorary Member Tony.  Late arrivals Becky and Eva, missed lunch and the programme, but it was really nice to see Eva who is recovering from her stroke.  We certainly wish her well, and a speedy return to her friends at Rotary.
Our Condolences 
It is with heavy hearts we learned the passing of Helge Nielsen, our Honorary member and Past Club President (1995-96) on September 21.  He battled with Parkinson's for 31 years but always maintained a positive attitude.
Helge was an avid Rotarian and an active member for 50 years. He received the Paul Harris Award for his dedication to Rotary and his many Rotarian friends. When a group of us visited him last year, he and his wife Joan told us what a joyful experience they had when they used to host International student exchange. 
Helge went to 2006 Rotary Convention in Copenhagen with us, he was born there, we toured Norway before the convention, I still remember his friends welcomed us to their home and we had such a good time. Rotary gives the opportunity to become lifelong friends, we sure miss such a great person.
For the past few years, we enjoyed our yearly meet up at the Parkinson Walk at Minoru Park.
Helge's service will be at the Richmond Golf Club, Friday October 4, 2:00 pm.
What purpose for a social?
A Rotary social event on Sat, Sep 28th at a BC Lions football game.  What purpose for a social?  It's not worth one's effort to attend?  It's easy of course to give a social a pass and not attend.  One never knows what happens when Rotarians get together.  After a bit of chit chat, perhaps there is an service opportunity clubs can explore.  On this night we discover Operation Red Nose is available, and it is a bit of cash flow for a club.  There's chat about Interact and Rotaract.  There's chat about district succession and strategic planning.  If you could have attended there was some more fellowship and bonding.  What about the football game? Home team won by a squeaker.  So, the fans were glued to their seats to the end of the game to witness a home side victory.  Attending with DG Bala, were President Henry, Treasurer Jacqueline, Foundation Chair Dean, and Youth Chair Suna.
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