ROTARY CLUB

OF CALGARY NORTH

April 3 and 10 2017

STARS

Louise Dean

Russell Hampton
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April 3 meeting:
 
Jeff called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM and then led the singing of O’Canada followed with the blessing by Laurie Fisher.

Henry introduced the guests: Dr Greg Powell - STARS, Linda Powell - STARS, D.D. Coutts, Guest of Frank - Maria and Monica Faria.

50/50 Winner was guest Monica

Sgt at Arms - Joe Toole

Issued fines for badges and pins. Paul fined for loud phone but Joe stated Bud will pay for it in abstentia.

Happy Bucks: Frank $5 , he going on trip. Joe said he imposes $1 on everyone at the meeting. But he would pay it!

Bob Hansell presented a Paul Harris Fellow to Jeff on behalf of an anonymous member. Bob said it was an anonymous member and it   was in unanimous support by the members. Thanks to Jeff for his leadership and success in this Presidential term.

Winner of Foundation envelope draw was Jim Mukherjee.
Reminders for upcoming events: 

   -Club Social at the Brew house April 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM 

   -Seeking Volunteers for Arbor Lake Community playground construction June 8, 9 & 10. Call Jeff for details and volunteering.

   -Calgary Rotary South is looking for volunteers to assist in Stampede Dream Home lottery ticket sales - see Jeff

   -A bus is being arranged for transport to District conference in Red Deer for the Saturday May 6, 2017 at a cost of $35 round trip. See  Jeff or Gerry.
Gerry is looking for Hosts for the Shiri Lanka exchange. There are a total of 10 single guests and at this time Gerry is short approximately 4 hosts. The timing is in June, please see Gerry for details.
 
Frank introduced Dr Greg Powell and Linda Powell of Stars as the guest speakers.

Dr Greg Powell is the Founder of Stars and has been recognized with many awards including Officer - Order of Canada. Linda is the Special Advisor & Ambassador for Stars who gives the first half of this presentation. There is a pdf of the slides that were presented during the presentation.  If you would like a copy, please let me know.
 
Thanks to Derryl Duncan for providing the notes from that meeting.
 

April 10 Meeting - Rita Dixon, principal of Louise Dean 

 
Jeff opened the meeting reminding everyone of the social evening on April 28 at the Brewhouse.  Looks like there's still more tickets available.
 
A reminder was also put out for the help needed on June 8,9, and 10 for work on the Arbour Lake Middle School playground.  This doesn't require advanced building skills, if you can put together a piece of ikea furniture you can do help.  Just remember where you put that allen key.
 
Henry made available an attendance spreadsheet.  Ask him if you would like to receive it in an email.
 
Ron Stickley introduced our special guest, Rita Dixon, principal of Louise Dean School
 
Louise Dean is a school for pregnant teens, young mothers, and impoverished families.  Rita Dixon was named one of Canada's top principals by the Learning Partnership, one of 40 in Canada (5 in Alberta).
 
Rita has been principal at Louise Dean for 7 years.  The goal at the school is to stop the cycle of poverty.  If we can made a difference in people's lives now, the impact will be felt in future generations.  Statistically, a teen who becomes pregnant before 18 will probably become pregnant again before the age of 20.
 
People ask, why do these young people not put the kids up for adoption?  The bottom line is, they don't.  We may not agree with the decision the teens make to raise their children, but we have to support it.  The baby has to come first.  This means ensuring safety, providing counselling, and nutrition.  For teen moms, poverty is the reality and they will often find security in abusive relationships. It's the intent of the school to give these young mothers the ability to be independent.  Once they are past their teens, they typically make better decisions.
 
Louise Dean started with nuns and retired teachers.  Now, there are 13 teachers (9-12) and child care workers. There is space for 60 children.
 
Louise Dean has available pre-natal care, birth control training, physicians, and psychiatrists to help with depression and anxiety, psychologists, and social workers. They also provide legal help by law students supervised by a lawyer.
 
Louise Dean's numbers are growing.  This might be a good sign, it means people are coming out from underground and trying to succeed.
 
There proportion of aboriginals is 35 percent.  Across Canada, this is a typical demographic.  Louise Dean is trying to work with this demographic by getting kids into the Aboriginal Learning Centre, as well as providing circle time, smudges, and an elder.
 
The goal of Louise Dean is 86% graduation.  As things stand, it looks like they will exceed that goal by hitting 90%.  6 years ago, they were at 56%.
 
Louise thanked Rotary for converting a computer room to a 20 person child care room, and last year, renovating a toddler room.  This allows Louise Dean to have 3 year old kids in care.
 
There are success stories.  People are getting scholarships to Bow Valley College and Dellmar, with graduates pursuing nursing, cosmetology, and ACAN.
 
Rita's philosophy for her charges is "Turn the leaf over".  The impact, the long term change, is incredible.  And the partnership with Rotary makes a difference.
 

Bus to the District Conference

Calgary West has arranged for a 56 passenger bus to take club members to the District Conference on Saturday, May 6.  There may still be seats left.
The bus leaves from a North Calgary location and 8 am and returns from Red Deer at 7 pm.  Register for the conference on line, register for the bus by emailing wtquinney@shaw.ca.  Cost of the bus is $25, best to pay in cash on the bus.  You'll arrive for the morning coffee break.
 

sorry for the short notice on this one

 

I need your help again this year.  I am working on the Celebration of Life slide show for the District Conference on May 5-7, 2017. 

Could you please ask your clubs for information on all the new babies born this past year?  Could you please ask them to provide a photo, name of baby, date of birth, parents and the relationship to the Rotarian and the name of the Rotarian. 

Could you please also ask for any deaths in the past year.  Please supply names, date of death, Rotary club they belonged to, and city they lived in. 

I will do the research on their lives to add to the slide show. 

I will need all this information before April 17.

Thank you so much for your help,

Shanaley Galts

Email:   shangalts@gmail.com

 
 

More on arbour lake playground

 

If we could have anyone interested sign up prior to May 1 that would be great!  I'd like to have everyone booked at least a month before so I can see if I need to panic.
 
They can either go on our sign up genius on I can input ‎their info myself.  They can go to the link below or email me directly.

We need people every day but June 8 afternoon is the biggest need but all days still need over 35 people.
Name, phone, email‎ and shift preference.
 
Shifts 8 to 12 or 1 to 6
 
June 8 am or pm
June 9 am or pm
June 10 am or pm

Thank you


Go to the following site to sign up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4daca72da7fe3-arbour
 
 
A thank you card from the Atrium:
 
 

A note from stars

 

country thunder

 
Here's a note from Amanda at Startech about Country Thunder:
 
To give you lovely folks better detail there are two shifts available! Morning shift is 11:30am-5:30pm, the afternoon shift is 5:30-10:30pm. Follow this link for a more in-depth overview about what it’s going to be like. http://www.rotaryvolunteersatcountrythunder.com/bar-server-personnel/ If you use the drop down option under volunteer opportunities it lists what will take place and what is needed from you. Being with the Rotary club you will not need to pay admission, when your shift is over you are welcome to stay and enjoy the live performances. Hope to hear from you all. Those who I have already heard back from I greatly appreciate it 
 
 
 
 
Next Meeting: Monday, April 17, 2017
 
At the Village Park Inn!!
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