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The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
about participating in a Board of Directors
• Doug spoke about his experiences in Rotary in 1991 growing up in the Westshore having gone to school at
Belmont, UVic, Royal Roads, Colonel in the Airforce and enjoyed a career as an Engineer in many executive
positions and retired at 48 twelve years ago, and now owner of local business Bytes in Colwood.
• Doug talked about his many years and experiences involved in many Boards, Non-for-Profit, For Profit and the
responsibilities of the work of Boards. Doug teaches people about being on a board. Before accepting a role on a
board you must know your role and responsibilities and liabilities. He reviewed many aspects of being on a board,
some of which were outlined below in his presentation.
• Responsibilities and Duties:
- Look for diversity and skill set e.g. accountant, legal side
- Appoint President & CEO
- Approve term as of reference for Board
- Succession Planning
- Approve strategic plan and budget, external auditors, policies and procedures
- Approve external auditors
Rotary Club of Westshore may
• Legal Obligations:
- Directing management to ensure legal requirements have been met and documents and records
• Personal Liabilities:
- Liability in tort e.g. Unsafe condition on company property leading to personal injury
- Liability of breach of trust when dealing with a charitable property, involving investment decisions, for
lack of corporate authority
- Statuary liabilities
• Summary: Doug provided some examples of where things can go wrong for Board members if
due diligence is not exercised. His advice, "Go in with your eyes wide open and ensure there is
The City of Langford has been waiting for the completion of roadwork such as Leigh Road, etc before beginning on work on boulevards and parks. Now that some roads are completed, this work is underway. Many of these areas has had wells put in where possible for watering of trees and grass. Where wells have not been possibly, the City has put in artificial turf. There is a well at the corner of Jacklin Road. Much of the work has now been completed for parks around Westhills and Bear Mountain, and the City now has attracted such groups as Rugby Canada, Golf Canada and the Canadian Biking team which now train in Langford. The City is working on a boat launch on Langford Lake and opening a trail from Savory to Atkins and another trail from Jacklin to Humpback. As for transportation, the City has worked on getting a 50 passenger bus to commute from Park and Rides in Langford to downtown Victoria direct. They are still in negotiations on a rail line, but that is going slowly. Future plans include washrooms and a dog park at Irwin Park, and a new weed machine for the lakes.
reviewed the season and tournament fun and that the district Rugby players Boys Team from Belmont
Secondary and and Girls Team from Edward Milne were winners in the Westshore Rotary Sunrise
Tournament. John accepted a cheque from our Westshore Sunrise Rotary club on behalf of the Vancouver
Island Thunder Club.
November 5th, 2016 at Pearks. Events are free to youth and have exhibitors and speakers to come for
free and have them be interactive. Goal is to make a difference for youth in communities and move this
across Canada. Youth is the next generation and this works well as Rotary is philanthropy and this is
important for the future. www.teenfest.ca hope that all Rotaries (11) and Rotaract and 5 Interacts in the
South Island to join together and have a booth. Lorne to bring contact information of the Rotaract to
coordinate the youth. Determine email@example.com
- 17% of Royal Bay students spend one or more nights away from home, mostly couch surfing with friends or relatives. The number one reason for leaving home was family conflict.
- 27% of Edward Milne students had left home for one or more nights and had spent that time couch surfing with friends or relatives. Again, the main reason was family conflict.
- A more comprehensive report on the results will be distributed to the Task Force before the end of June.
- Hold another group meeting in September at the Colwood Golf Course to discuss the findings to date. Maureen agreed to make the arrangements.
- Bill will crunch the numbers from the Survey.
- We will make sure Arnold Lim at the Goldstream Gazette gets the results of the survey.
- Students will go ahead with interviewing their principals, many of whom have important insights into youth housing. We will also try to get a survey done at Belmont, maybe in September.
Earth Day at Royal Bay Secondary School
ED for BC & Yukon main office is based in Victoria, but most involvement has been on the mainland. However Victoria is the 2nd largest unit and fastest growing group.
The skill activity is personally chosen by the youth and it is limited only by their imagination and passion.
Volunteering develops empathy, self-esteem, and provides perspective on community for youth growing into adulthood
Physical activity is key to emotional and physical wellness
Guest Speaker: Elaine Harvey, nurse and author showed slides of her volunteering as a nurse with the Red Cross in Cambodia during the 70’s & 80’s. Elaine also read excerpts from her book, Encounters on the Front Line, Cambodia: A Memoir. Elaine brought to light the real life struggles for people of Cambodia.
In appreciation for her visit, we asked Elaine to sign a child’s book and her photo was taken with Maureen and Mike.
Action: Mike will order labels for the books.
Reporting on directions, Maureen spoke about the need to build momentum through awareness and educating community about the issue of youth homelessness. Key to educating ourselves, she stressed that this not a "quick fix project" but more one that involves community through consultation beginning with youth in the adult, alternative school as well as the two secondary schools Royal Bay and Belmont in the Westshore and the local municipalities to address concerns, barriers, and interests. Also it is key to not reinvent the wheel and be able to build on successful practice and models of housing such as Hope House in Sooke and M'aKola Housing projects which are underway. Next meetings will involve community via schools. Maureen invited questions and input from club members:
• What do you see being done to bring it together as a rotary project? For example, what kind of package will be need to drive or support the project? (Hugh)
• Looking at a Continuum of 1 .............................................10 with the beginning being building awareness and consultation of sectors including engaging youth, key stakeholders towards developing a focused vision, clear outcomes and a strategic action plan. I see Rotary as facilitating the process and the club choosing what we want to do specifically.
• Other questions for consideration:
• Where do I fit? As in, how do I bring my ideas forward to the project e.g. Mentoring and housing (Darrell)
• What timeframe are we developing? Dates, steps, action to check off
• What's the rotary project? Need to clear define the what. (Jim)
• What consultation? It's important for neighborhoods to be involved in the beginning and not just told what is already decided. ( Doris)