October 30, 2017

Bob hansell's story

At the Rotary meeting for October 30, our guests were Gord Mcqueen, Lorna Murray, Clarance Wynter, and our exchange student, Michi.

A thank you card was passed around to acknowledge Spolombo's contribution to our efforts at Shouldice Park.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was announced that the money raised from today's fines would be given to the Alberta Parkinsons Association.  The reason for this will be clear from the rest of this note.
 
A call was made to members that if there is a need for our Remembrance Day information to be updated they should let Brian know.
 
Every December, Rotary provides volunteers for the Salvation Army Kettles.  These are typically 6 hour blocks, which are divided into 2, so it will be a 3 hour shift.  It's a meaningful activity which provides value to the community.
Richard announced that Club Dine Around is now under way.  So far 5 dinners have been offered.  Please reach out to Richard to either bid on one of the dinners on offer, or if you'd like to share your culinary services with the organization.
 
 
On November 11, Rotary Remembers will be having their annual event at the Carriage House.  Look for details on the district website.  350 Rotarians usually attend.
The November 11th event will take the place of the November 13th meeting.
 
 
Bob Hansell provided his story at the meeting.


Bob was educated in Prince Edward Public School in Winnipeg.
 
He had to go to Winnipeg United College for grade 12 as Prince Edward didn't have grade 12.
 
He graduated University of Manitoba with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1957.
 
Bob always loved music, jazz, romantic.  He has a large record collection.  There is a guy in northeast calgary who used to run Elvis's recording studio.  He bought a lot of the equipment, has 14 turntables, and if you need music converted he can do it.
 
Bob listed his musical favourites -Benny Goodman,Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey,Woody Herman,Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, the Inkspots, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra.  The lead singer of the Ink Spots lived in the Palace Hotel for quite a while before relocating to Vancouver for the rest of his life.
 Bob also said his dancing skills left room for improvement although he could do the polka.
 
However, he was the president of the Teenage Canteen in high school, and every Saturday night they would go dancing.  That was real dancing, you held the girl, and if you were lucky, you would take the girl that you came with, home.  I'm sure that Bob meant to her home, and the loving arms of her parents... right Bob?
 
Bob loved to play sports, hockey, soccer, basketball. Broke his finger playing basketball, and he has lost some movement in his finger as a result.
 
At University of Manitoba he played hockey, soccer, and volleyball.  He was outstanding athlete in the faculty of engineering, 1956-57.  It wasn't a matter of being the best athlete, it was a matter of being the most involved.  There were points for being on a team, points for being a coach, and points for winning games.  3 out of the 4 years that Bob was in university the soccer team won.
 
Bob was the engineering editor of the university newspaper, which was edited by Izzy Asper.
 
One year, Bob was conscripted to throw a shot put, as they needed a third person to make it a game.  He threw the shot, and walked away with a bronze medal for third place.
 
Bob met his future wife Gloria in high school in 1952.  They were married in 1957 after his graduation.  They didn't have children, and he lost Gloria to Parkinsons in 2003 after 53 years of marriage.  Since they didn't have children of their own, it has been and continues to be his policy to help children around the world.  He has had foster children in many parts of the globe.  
 
Bob first worked at CIL in Kingston, Ontario, in 1957.  In 1958 he went to Toronto with Canadian Ice Machine Company, now called Simcoe, which has made the news lately because of the tragedy at the arena in Fernie, BC.
From Toronto to London Ontario, then Winnipeg, then Calgary, where he would meet Henry Chorney, and Bud Watson.
 
In London, Bob worked for the Met stores, for whom he would design the air conditioning systems.  He would do the design, then fly to the location and ensure that the work was done, and return if there was an issue that needed resolution.
 
Bob started his own company in 1970 that specialized in large filter and fan systems.  He wanted to set a moral standard and sell Canadian products.  He kept this going for 25 years until he sold his company to one of his employees, and retired.
 
He worked on several projects including the Palliser Hotel, Calgary Tower, Husky Tower, Calgary Place, Rockyview Hospital.
 
He told a story about selling a much smaller fan to a gentleman who was passing out as he packaged sauerkraut into smaller containers for farmers' markets.
 
He was a 40 year member of the YMCA and stays involved.
 
For 25 years he volunteered at the Calgary Stampede helping manage the marching bands.
 
In 1965 he was president of the Calgary volleyball association, and they took their team to the first Canadian winter games in Quebec city.
 
He played in 5 Canadian championships, and has a perfect record.  Won none.  Not even close.
 
He was coaching in SAIT for a couple of years, as a volunteer, but since he didn't have a teaching certificate, his services were no longer desired.  Turns out that the insurance companies and unions aren't crazy about free help.
 
He got into field hockey, mostly with Irish players and beer drinkers.  Bob was right at home.  In 1973 he won the best all around player award because he could mix the techniques of ice hockey and soccer with a dram of enthusiasm thrown in.
 
In field hockey, the referee would penalize an offence by telling the offender to stand behind the net and watch the game.  Bob watched a lot of hockey.
 
Bob played hockey until he was 50 years old.He was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2014.
 
Budd Watson introduced Bob to Rotary in 1964.  Bob is thankful every day for that introduction.  In 1971-72 he served as president of Rotary Calgary North.  
 
He served for 53 years, but never as secretary since he couldn't type.  He loved to hike, camp, backpack.  Next to his wife,Rotary  was his greatest love, and he met some great  people.
 
Now he looks at his present friends in Rotary.  He suggests that Rotary has given him more than he ever gave Rotary (although Rotary may beg to differ), and he thinks that when he was younger, Rotary needed him, but now, he needs Rotary.  He would never have had the chance to give back without the opportunities that Rotary provided.  He provided a substantial list of the projects that Calgary North has been involved with throughout the years.
 
Finally, when Bob was trying to line up a contract for some filters, he wrote the company and gave them a copy of the Rotary 4 way test.  He got the contract.  The president of the company, a member of the Rotary club in Montreal, took him to lunch on a factory trip.  Integrity and giving goes a long way.
 
Thanks for a great talk, Bob.  I captured as much as I could.  It was inspiring.
 
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