Monday, 20 March 2017

Rotary Club of Oak Bay Meeting 14 March, 2017 - Bob Mueller on "Finding Your Butkus"

Reporter: Heather Aked

President Lori opened the meeting with O’Canada

Perry gave us the invocation and Wendy introduced our visiting Rotarians and guests.
John Picken – St. Catherines
Art Joyce – Royal Oak RC in Victoria
Don Patrick – Brandon
Wendy Foster – guest of the Club
Bob Mueller – guest of the Club and our speaker
Trong Holtby  - guest of the Club
Ceci Valdes – guest of Pablo
Wade Hartwell – guest of Lori

Our Rotary moment focused on a water project in Peru

No announcements today.

Celebrations Master Jack Petrie brought the luck of the Irish with him today as he collected multiple fines for our lack of Irish knowledge.  Happy and sad dollars were donated by Wendy, Heather and Mary.   

Guest Speaker: Bob Mueller
Ron Cooley introduced our speaker Bob Mueller to talk to us about ‘Finding Your Butkus’

Bob is a motivational speaker with a unique story.  Through leadership and teaching, he inspires confidence, courage, and hope in others.  Bob is a 7th Degree Black Belt, a businessman, an international teacher, and an EMMY Award winning artist and author.  ‘Finding Your Butkus’ is a film about the power of the individual. It is a motivational story about believing in possibilities and discovering your life purpose.  Find your Butkus crafts a playbook for life, using NFL football and martial arts philosophies to entertain, educate and motivate people. 

On April 29, 2008, Bob found himself in the office of Steve Sabol, the legendary NFL Films President. In an instant, Bob was rewarded for decades of decisiveness and determination as he accepted an Emmy Award from Sabol.  Bob talked about asking better questions, and about having a purpose – there’s a world of possibilities in what you don’t know.

"Have you ever had a perfect moment?
If you knew you couldn’t fail what would you do?
What do you want?"

Bob stated that everyone has a unique vibration, a frequency that draws things towards you, one true sound, one vibration.  Most of us are too busy to notice the perfect note.

The number 51 is Bob’s note (this was Dick Butkus’ number), in 2008 he was 51, when he moved to Toronto and opened a martial arts studio. It was at 51 King St., the martial arts studio he opened in Victoria is at 1551 Cedar Hill X Rd.  The number 51 has been in his life all this time.

“Wisdom – what you want you have to find on your own.”   
“Having doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how to use it”

Bob entertained us with a story about Yoga and studying under Bickram and how painful it was and how he hated it – five weeks in a 120 degree studio!

In 2002 Bob’s childhood fascination with NFL Hall of Famer, Dick Butkus, was rekindled when he discovered e-Bay and began buying everything and anything relating to him.  He painted Butkus for 2 years…..this lead to the Emmy award.

Bob has written the "Playbook for Success", launched on Amazon on March 15, 2017.  In it are 6 plays for life, about finding the right vibration, and finding what your heart is about.

Dallas thanked Bob and presented him with the coveted OB Rotary mug.

Lori closed the meeting with an entertaining video from Walk of the Earth singing their version of Royals by Lorde. 
(For those who don't know, Walk off the Earth is a Canadian independent alternative, ska and reggae rock band from Burlington, Ontario.  They are known for their low budget music videos of covers and originals. The band is well known for its covers of pop genre music on Youtube making use of uncommon instruments such as the ukulele and the theremin, as well as loopng samples. The band's recorded music and videos are produced by member and multi-instrumentalist, Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio.)

Friday, 10 March 2017

Rotary Club of Oak Bay Meeting 7 March 2017 - Barry Denluk on Bee Keeping

Reporter: Heather Aked

President Lori opened the meeting with O’Canada
Invocation from Lynne Murray
Heather A. provided the week's Rotary Moment which was on this month's theme: Water and Sanitation 
Eugen Bannerman introduced our visiting Rotarians and Guests:
Matthew Lowe guest of Jim Force
Graham Hill guest of Ron Cooley
Barry Denluk guest of the Club and today’s speaker

Health of the Club: Mary gave us an update on Tom L. He is out of the hospital and resting at home. Recovery will take at least 2 months.  Feel free to reach out to both Tom and Margaret; it would be appreciated.  A card was circulated.

  • Anne McIntyre announced that she was still looking for another 2 people to host the Aussie Rotarians that are in Victoria the weekend of May 20th – following pick up Anne will host a b.b.q. at her home.  Lynne stepped up – thanks. Looking for one other home.
  • Eugen announced that in two weeks, he will be our speaker and his talk will be on the ‘bucket list’.  If you have anything you want to share with Eugen prior to this talk feel free.  Lori commented that the only item on her bucket list was to win the lottery…..she keeps buying tickets!

Our Celebrations Master, Mandy, drained us with a variety of questions including celebrating International Women’s Day which is March 8th.   Mandy had us guessing names of members based on the anagrams she posted on the screen. Lori was the best hands down and saved out table a dollar or two.  Ann Sims birthday was last week. We sang Happy Birthday.
Ron Cooley’s 50/50 ticket was drawn yet again but sadly for him, he did not pick out the black marble. Maybe next time Ron!

Guest Speaker:
John Jordan introduced Barry Denluk, today’s speaker.  Barry has been a master bee keeper for 15 years, has travelled to Rwanda twice (once with John J.) to assist bee practitioners there.

Barry gave a very interesting talk on Honey Bees.  He explained that as honey bees pollinate the food we eat, as the population grows and we grow more plants, the seeds require pollination.
What’s the difference between a honey bee and a wasp?  Honey bees have hair, wasps don’t, the ends of each hair are like a duster and carry an electrostatic charge as they fly through the air, causing pollen to attach.

A bees diet is pollen (protein), nectar (sugar) and water.  Yes, honey bees drink water. If you have a bird bath, make sure you put some stones in it so the bees can sit on them and drink (they don’t swim very well).  Did you know that beetles were very likely the first pollinators?

There are more than 20,000 different varieties of honey bees and they can be found everywhere except Antarctica as there are no flowers down there!  Honey bees have the most complex social behaviour of all bees.  They each have different jobs.   The queen can lay 2000 eggs over 24 hours.  The workers are undeveloped females; they don’t develop ovaries.  The drones (males) have a single function and that is to mate.  They live for 10 days and then die.

Iraq is the birthplace of the bee.  Canada imports about ¼ of a million Queen Honey Bees every year, an the life expectancy of this imported honey bee is about 3 months.  Her function is to get the hive started and then a replacement queen is introduced. 

In the summer Barry has about 60,000 bees per hive and the bees' single function is to produce honey. It was surprising to hear that an entire life’s work for a bee is just 1 tablespoon of honey, and they work all day, every day.  

A bee's hair gives it its colour . As they get older they lose their hair so they get blacker – so in theory we can tell how old the bee is.  When they are born, they are grey in colour and within 24 hours, they have their full colour.

It takes 21 days for the egg to hatch, the next 21 days are spent in the hive and the final 21 days are spent foraging.  Honey bees’ wing muscles do not have the ability to regenerate.  A winter bee will live 3 to 6 months and the queen bee will live longer as she travels less.

Did you know:
  • That a honey bee can carry almost its entire body weight of pollen back to the hive
  • In the first week of its life a bee doesn’t have a developed stinger
  • Bees don’t like black
  • Honey is a simple sugar and metabolizes quickly
  • Honey bees sting to protect the hive.
Barry began beekeeping 15 years ago and finds it very relaxing.  As mentioned, he’s been to Rwanda twice (he has a whole talk about this which hopefully we will hear one day).  Some lucky people bought some Rwandan honey. Yours truly bought some wildflower honey which I can’t wait to try.  Check out Barry’s website for information about courses etc. etc.

Ann Sims thanked Barry for his talk and presented him with the coveted Oak Bay Rotary mug.

Lori closed the meeting with a rap video on water and sanitation.

See you next week!

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Rotary Club of Oak Bay Meeting 28 February 2017 -

Reporter: Janna

Visiting Rotarians and Guests:

Visitors: Geoff Pratt, Trond Holtbu (potential member), Courtney Sims, Cecilia Valdes, Kate Bishop, Doreen Westera. Rotarians: John Picken from St. Catharines and Joan Fisher from London South.

Celebrations Master: Jack P.

Happy/Sad Dollars

  1. Heather A. expressed her gratitude for the attendees at Brian Lamb’s celebration of life
  2. Joan F. Said that Lori and Heather made wonderful speeches at Brian Lamb’s celebration of life
  3. Niel R. wanted to remind us that the Brian Lamb Food Rescue Fund has been established. Members are invited to donate and can do so online. Here is the link:
  4. Mary C. Brought news of Tom L’s surgery that was happening the day of the meeting. We all wish him well and a speedy recovery  

Trivia Questions for fines

  • Which country has the most time zones? France
  • What country produces the most Oxygen? Russia
  • Which country has the least trees? Haiti
  • Which country has the highest educated people? Canada
  • What is the largest country in the world with no farms? Singapor

Guest Speaker:
  • Joe P. introduced our speaker for the day
  • We learned some valuable information about what to do with an idea. An idea can change the world and on average we have 10 new ideas per day. The trick is what to do with those ideas and how to turn them into action.  

Ending song: “Que Serra Serra”