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Our speaker this evening was Joanna Verano, Director of fund Development and Communications with the Habitat for Humanity.   Joanna gave a comprehensive and informative presentation on Habitat for Humanity (Victoria) emphasizing the organization’s work on the Peninsula (one ‘build’ planned to stat this month, and ten homes planned for next year) in addition to the 22 homes in the district since 1999, when the organization started.  Joanna also spoke about the importance of the Re-Store operations and invited all to the opening of the third store this coming Saturday.  She challenged all present to get involved as donors, volunteers, organizing and funding a ‘Team Build’ group and shopping at the Re-Store.  Lastly, she answered questions about processes and guidelines within Habitat for Humanity and encouraged everyone to ‘spread the word’ widely in order to encourage applications for home ownership.  Jack G. thanked Joanna and recognized her with a certificate acknowledging her presentation as well as a donation to Rotary’s work to end polio.
On September 13th, we had a very special evening at our club.  District Governor Craig Gillis visited our club and inspired us all about what Rotary is doing.  Secondly, our newest member was installed by DG Gillis.  Erin Davis became an official member of our club.  Erin has been assisting our club with volunteer activities for almost a year now and Erin is already a recipient of a Paul Harris fellow.  Welcome to the club Erin!  Last but not least, member Theresa Vogel was presented with her Paul Harris + 1 award.  Congratulations Theresa!  There was much to celebrate that evening!
Last year, the club provided Emily Lowan with a small contribution to her school trip to Haida Gwaii.  Emily Lowan recounted her amazing trip to Haida Gwaii with her Institute for Global studies class at Claremont Secondary.   It focused on the incredible resilience of the Indigenous people and their fight to exist on Haida Gwaii despite the devastating effects of colonization. Reclamation of their culture, and survival, Emily noted that a great deal of the island was actually second growth forest and sustainable food sources were not easily available.  Emily provided a great presentation and fun video to watch.  Thank you Emily.