Wed Nov 6 Luncheon - "Connecting in Real Space not Cyberspace. The Importance of Fun" by Michael Ross

With technology in our hands like a crystal ball beyond our wildest dreams we are in danger of de-personalizing and disassociating ourselves from the natural world and people that surround us. The irony is that we desire to feel connected. Yet much of the connection we have in cyberspace is an illusion. With his presentation Michael will attempt to demonstrate making a connection in Real Space Time.
Michael Ross is a Speaker, Comedian, Magician and retired Event Planner. He began his career working in Comedy Clubs doing many shows with Jim Carrey, Howie Mandel & many more. He has opened for music acts including Elvis Costello. He has taught executives, movie stars and coached and consulted for film, television and stage productions.
In the 1980's he was also the magician seen on Canadian Sesame Street and Mr. Dress Up. Read more...
Hilton Vancouver Airport 
12:15 to 1:30 pm
5911 Minoru Blvd (map)
Enjoy a night of Music, Help Rotary

An Encounter with Pop Classics

The concert, co-organized by VMO and the Rotary Club of Richmond with the proceeds benefiting the Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now, will take place on November 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the River Rock Casino Theatre. A total of ten pop classics will be performed, with the VMO taking to the stage under the baton of Maestro Ken Hsieh, to be joined by two local bands—Spencer Cheung & His Dream Continues, and Loig Morin & the Band.
As for the ten pop classics, they are all linked by a common theme, which is, most appropriately, “encounter”.
  1. Hallelujah by the Canadian singer-songwriter laureate Leonard Cohen, a bitter lament about encountering and losing someone one loves.
  2. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, a classic love song of the 1960s
  3. Unforgettable of the 1950s is a quick sketch of the feelings of love at first sight.
  4. If You Leave Me Now of the 1970s
  5. Missing You (Anata ni aitakute) Japanese Pop song
  6. Unchained Melody featured in the film Ghost
  7. I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Misérables
  8. New York, New York one of Frank Sinatra’s signature songs
  9. Canon Rock, a rock arrangement of the Baroque classical work “Canon in D” by the Taiwanese guitarist and composer Jerry Chang, become one of the most popular wedding songs since the 1980s
  10. Over the Rainbow from the film The Wizard of Oz 
Two weeks away, purchase your tickets now! 10% discount on order of 10 tickets, promo code "ROVO10" For ticket and sponsorship info, contact Dean Hsieh at 604-781-7588 or email
Polio Immunization in India
Polio, hasn't been part of the North American lexicon for several decades.  We scarce give Polio a thought and daresay, most of the population have never heard the word.  Polio has been eradicated from the western world, but it lingers still in faraway places like Pakistan, Afghanistan and is a threat in India, Philippines, Nigeria to name a few.
Why do we still talk about this topic?  Polio is a plane ride away.  It can strike again because many westerners have given up on any vaccinations.  But it doesn't have to be a threat if Rotarians and partners World Health Organization, UINICEF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continue to support country wide vaccination programmes.  Vaccinators must seek out every child under 5 and administer vaccine.  Children are scattered in remote enclaves and nomadic tribes where airplanes, jeeps and motorcycles cannot reach.  This effort is made very difficult because some children are located in war zones....and some don't wish to be found and are hidden away. 
Countries undertake National Immunization Days, NID's, to attempt to blanket everyone.  Just for scale, imagine 1.55 million vaccinators mobilized in India on any NID.  Imagine 160-170 million children.  These are staggering to one's imagination.
And of course it all takes money, hence Rotary keeps fighting until we can announce a Polio Free world.
Our Past President Barbara Duggan went on such a vaccination team earlier this year.  She brought us these incredible numbers and a heart touching story of her time on the front lines administering vaccine.  She also told of how subsequent teams providing rubella vaccine and mosquito nets are using the exact Rotary distribution model.  Rotary has forged a breakthrough process for future mass vaccination initiatives, and it is of enormous importance.  She is proud of what Rotary has done. Barb's Presentation...
Waiting for new limbs at the Jaipur Limb factory …There are several such facilities all over the world.The limbs are made of basic pvc piping and moulded into fully operational legs, feet, hands etc
Barbara at one of the several schools they visited. This one received toilets and sinks provided by the Rotary Foundation in partnership with two local Rotary clubs. 
Young ladies at a well in an impoverished village. A few of the Rotarians ( in the background)  trying  to bring the water up from the well…and not very successfully.  The weight of the water on the girls’ heads is astounding. 
One of many young ladies and men at St Stephens hospital who are receiving surgery to correct their polio.
We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Hilton today, along with our friends Gilles and Lois Bouchard, Ken and Pearl Hsieh and visiting Rotarian Scott Campbell.  As this is the last Wed of October we also celebrated October birthdays for Cindy, Hugo, Suna and Cindy.  Captain Canada, aka James Kao acknowledged Halloween with his costume and summarily collected many happy dollars today. Check out our fashion models Secretary Hugo and President Henry.
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Wed Luncheon - Connecting in Real Space not Cybers
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Nov 06, 2019
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Wed Luncheon - Jeff Jiang
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Rotary Pop Classics Charity Concert
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Wed Luncheon - Rotary Youth Exchange
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Nov 20, 2019
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