Notes from the Rotary Luncheon Meeting   November 21 2019

President Trina  chaired the meeting.

Induction

New member, Jensen was inducted by Verbon after being introduced by Kathleen and he was pinned with his  Rotary pin by president Trina.

Welcome Jensen from all Club members 

Club Business

 Trina intends the next meeting to be a committee working lunch with committees making plans and brainstorming. The following week there will be a Club social when Rotarians will go to the Christmas Dinner show, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” at the Elks Club.  Paula will be in contact with Rotarians with the date, meal choices etc in the next week.

Program

Jackie introduced the guest speaker Suzanne Carey Executive Director of the Western Regional Hospital Foundation.  Suzanne spoke about the Foundation's first two-year campaign for Breast Cancer Care. 

The aim of the current campaign is to provide equipment that will provide enhanced technology, clearer imagery, earlier cancer detection and superior diagnostic capabilities in the medical Imaging department as well as less invasive options and better tumour localization in the operating room. This is the first time a  plan for such revolutionary equipment with a price tag of over a million dollars has been made . The equipment will include a 3D Mammography Unit, a Lymphatic Mapping Probe and a General Ultrasound Unit. All this equipment working together will improve greatly Breast Cancer Care.

Susanne went on to outline the different fundraisers planned to make this come about including  the VOCM Radioathan, annual Gala, Tree of Life Memories, a golf tournament and a new wine tasting event, Sip and Savour amongst other events. The Foundation can also be helped by group fundraisers, monthly automated business or service deductions, planned giving and volunteering.

She thanked the Club for the recent S500 donation to the Radiothon and also thanked the Club for the $69,824.50 contributed  over the years to the Foundation. In her talk she gave examples of the Foundation’s purchases in the past 32 years and its impact on local residents' lives.  She concluded with the aims and purposes of the Foundation, which is to work to improve healthcare, bring new services to the region and enhance those already available. 

Jackie thanked Suzanne for the informative and interesting talk before the meeting adjourned at 1.30pm