Rotary Bulletin Sept. 29, 2015

Giving without fund-raising

                On September 24, Gayle Voyer, territory manager of Canadian Blood Services, talked about the need for whole blood donations.
                You may not know that blood has a shelf life. After 42 days, it has to be discarded, or re-processed for other blood products, so there’s a constant need for a fresh supply. Nationally, Canadian Blood Services collects about 10,000 units every month. The local operation normally maintains about eight day’s supply, but in high-accident periods that may sometimes drop to as little as three day’s supply.
                Although more than half of us know someone who has needed a blood transfusion, only one in 20 actually gives blood. “Give” is the important word. In Canada, you don’t get paid for donating blood, and you don’t pay to receive blood.
                Until recently, no one over 61 could become a new blood donor. As of this week, that age restriction has been removed. Which makes most of our club eligible to give blood.
                Gayle referred to what they call their “Partners for Life” program, where corporations and organizations commit to providing 15 units of blood per year. Perhaps this is something Rotary clubs could consider, a way to provide service that doesn’t require fund-raising?

Other club info

  • Six of the seven recipients of Rotary bursaries attended the club meeting September 17 for breakfast: Harman Brar, Lauren Kim, Tayla Krogfoss, Michelle Machalka, Taylor McRae, and Tyson Meraw.. Taylor Schilling, our seventh recipient, was unable to attend. Several of the bursary recipients brought along members of their families. We had almost as many guests as members that morning, so the singing of Oh Canada was unusually vigorous!
            The bursaries are based on a combination of academic prowess and community service work. Last year, Rotary made $8,000 available to graduates of George Elliot Secondary School for further post-secondary education.
  • Final figures are not in yet from Rotary’s participation in ArtWalk, September 12 and 13, but Bernard Dewonck estimates that we had a total revenue of about $4600, expenses of around $1000, and therefore a profit of about $3600.  Rotary ran an ad in The View to thank those who had donated food and/or supplies, especially Harlan’s Foods and Beverages, who provided the slushie machine.
  • Brenda Dewonck is now a full member of Rotary. She got tired of being only part of a “family” membership.
  • And just in case you wondered if you were still capable of driving safely, if your dog looks like this….