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Dr. Edward Ishiguro from the U-Vic Speaker's Bureau made a fascinating presentation to our club this evening.  His topic was AGING IS NOT A DISEASE: Don’t treat it like a disease. Keep yourself happy, healthy and active. Go to the top four: be well, be secure, be connected, and be enriched.
Pictured above is club member Rob presenting Dr. Ishiguro a certificate indicating our club will be donating ten polio vaccinations in his name to the Rotary Foundation.  


Our Program this evening was Stephanie Staples.  Stephanie is a professional speaker who travels the continent giving inspirational talks. She has written a book (The Try Angle - A New Slant on Life) and is a wonderful storyteller.  She explained some of her strategies when on a speaking trip she will ask people on the plane about parts of their lives e.g. asking stewardess what is the most beautiful, kind, loving, heartfelt event they have witnessed. She also was on a grounded plane that was stuck due to lightning and asked a fellow passenger what he did.  He was a choir master and singer and  Stephanie asked the flight attendant if he could lead the plane in a three part harmony song.  Made everyone cheerful instead of complaining about the situation she has used the story at a number of her talks including asking the choir master to attend a Vancouver conference.   Everyone is looking for inspiration, building relationships.  If you're looking for a dynamic speaker, Stephanie is fantastic!
Our club had the great pleasure of meeting two amazing students at our December 13th meeting.
The first student was scholarship winner Mackenzie.  Mackenzie thanked the members, and updated all present on her progress.  Since graduation from Claremont earlier this year, she has enrolled in general studies at UVIC, with the eventual goal of continuing on to Med School, and a specialty in Psychiatry.
The second student was RYLA participant Jamie from Stellys.  Jamie summarized her involvement in leadership training, and thanked members for assistance as this program will help her in achieving her goal of attending Med School, and going on to a specialty in pediatrics.
Congratulations Mackenzie and Jamie!