FEBRUARY 27,2017

Welcome to bill locke

march 6

Getting to know gary bain



Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
We have 2 weeks rolled into one Tiller again.  Our friends at Clubrunner and I have been having some back and forth over issues I've been having with the  website.  They insist that what I'm seeing isn't what I should see, and I have to respond with, either I'm crazy or it's what I'm seeing.  Things seem to be working properly now.
It's probably some karmic retribution for the years that I spent doing technical support.

Notes from february 27 2016

Introducing a new member!
Jeff called the meeting to order.

Henry announced our visitor, Charlie Gouldsborough.

The 50-50 was won by Ron Stickley.
Jeff thanked the membership for their support of the Spring Ball.  Ron had saved the day by picking up a 5 extra bottles of wine, and Gary Bain donated knive which were won by Jeff.

Henry Chorny was acknowledged for embarrassing the wallflowers by starting off the dancing.
Gary also won a dinner for up to 20 people at a local brewhouse.  He has donated the ticket to Rotary.  The coupon expires on April 30.  There is a time constraint, it has to be on a Friday or Saturday after 5 pm.  The suggestion is that anyone who wants to join in (until space is full) toss in a $20 and we organize a group.  There is one other condition, you have to spend $10 at the brewhouse.  If you can't think of a thing to buy in a brewhouse, I'd like to point out that reporters are known for their appreciation of dark beer.
Rotary North has a lot of inventory (decorations, lights) and we are discussing a method of sharing this inventory amongst the group by making available a list on line.  Once we think of a good way to share this information, I'll provide an update here.
Charlie Gouldsborough was called upon to speak.  He is with Rotary South, and his club puts on the country music special Country Thunder.  The club needs more volunteers to help put on the show.  They need bartenders, gate attendants, id checkers, and people to sell 50-50 tickets.  They are looking for volunteers from other Rotaries to help with this.  It's an opportunity to make some cash for the club!  The dates will be August 18,19, and 20.  It's held at Prairie Winds in the northeast.
In order to tend bar, you will need a Proserve ticket.  These are available online at a cost of $26.
Charlie would like to have commitments from those who can help as soon as possible.  Give this some thought.
George Waite gave us his classification speech today.  
George is almost a lifelong Albertan, if you forgive his brief foray to the fog of Vancouver.  George went to Beddington School from grades 1 to 9, then was transferred to Crescent Heights in grade 11.  After that, there was that aforementioned turn in south Burnaby.
Returning to Calgary, he worked at Ashton Hardware for a couple of years. When the oil strike hit Leduc, his father who was at CIL, needed help and George joined his father and brother at CIL.  Waites Transport was formed, and grew.
It was around that time that George joined Rotary, mentored by his father and Ian McNabs.
As George says, that's a whole other story.
We inducted a new member, Bill Locke.  Congratulations, Bill!  In  Turgay's absence, Jeff read the induction speech.
Bill has worked on fundraising for Rotary, and during an excursion to India he had the opportunity to meet the head of Rotary South India.  We look forward to his speech!
Sheila and Valerie introduced a new exercise to improve Calgary North by asking for thoughts vis a vis strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  I won't go into great detail of all that was discussed in this report as we'll be getting updates from them as we go forward.  They did provide some documents on which to fill out your thoughts, so please take some time to fill them out in order to give the club ideas on how to move forward.

notes from march 6 meeting

Once again, in my absence Derryl provided the notes from the meeting.   Thanks Derryl!
Jeff called the meeting to order and then led the singing of O’ Canada; Laurie followed with the Blessing.
Henry welcomed the guest speaker Brittany Voorberg from Big Brothers and Big Sisters also guests - Jack  L. from Chinook Club and Ms Lee guest of Paul.
Sergeant at Arms: Ron Stickley:
   - Issued the usual fine of $1 each for pins and name tags
   - Ron then requested Cliff put in $5 toward the “Alpaca Fund” because of our envy that he was going to Nepal to climb to Mt Everest Base camp.
Nick was fined $1 just because and then Ron fined himself $2.
Happy Bucks - $15 from Cliff for great President’s Ball and successful Wine Raffle and support from Robb Leibel, Ron and Dave T.
      - $5 from Robb who will shortly leaving for a months tour to Asia
      - $5 from Tally for great weekend of skiing
      - $20 from Dave Thompson for surviving his Asia trip and the parents picking up grand kids after the weekend at his place! (all in humor ).
50/50 Winner - Bob Hansell again!
Bud Watson - Foundation Donations Envelope winner was Gary Bain
      - Bud encouraged members to donate $26.50 USD to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Funding (~ $35 Can ), a target of Rotary International.
Rotary Social evening on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. 
Event will take place at Canadian Brewhouse, #1200, 9650 Harvest Hills Blvd. NW.
Thanks to our own Gary Bain we may enjoy up to 20 Prime Rib Dinners at NO COST
(except for a $10/patron minimum for drinks/dessert, etc.).
Donations for our various "unrestricted" activities (Youth, etc.) will also be gratefully
I will need to make a reservation so please confirm your attendance ASAP. Please call Jeff at 403 354 4075
Fund Raising events are available to Rotary Club of Calgary North on a proportionate value basis determined by the number of
volunteers provided by the Club. The events are Country Thunder and Summer Stomp. Last year the total amount split by the
volunteers was $70,000.  As you can see it is a great way to earn significant unrestricted funds for our club. Volunteers for the Club
can be Members, Family and Friends 18 years old and above. The first event is Country Thunder who need volunteers Aug 18 - 20/17
and shifts are 11:30AM  - 5:30PM and 5:30PM - 10:30PM. Summer Stomp is held around Calgary Stampede time but the date is not
known yet.
Cliff is accepting donations to provide school supplies for the village schools as he travels to Nepal and up to the Mount Everest base camp.
Gary Bain Craft Talk
Although Gary was only given 5 minutes to speak, he very skillfully covered his youth and development of many careers and charitable service.
As part of a family with a Father in the Airforce, he grew up in many places in Canada including Quebec, Vancouver and his favorite Yak, BC.
His Mother was his teacher and Principal in Yak which presented some life learning situations.
Brian describes his Mother as his teacher, mentor and business partner. They moved to Calgary in 1975.
Some of his business ventures were Barber at the age of 18, owner of a Beauty Salon in partnership with his Mother, CPR for ~7 years, Calgary City Fire Department retired in 2006 and in Real Estate which he continues to be very active.
Gary has also been very active for many years in charitable services. They include Jayces where he was recognized for his Club leadership as best in Canada, Legion, Shriners and of course in Rotary as a very active Committee member. Thank you Gary for a very interesting and fascinating presentation.
The guest speaker was Brittany Voorberg representing Big Brothers and Big Sisters - a volunteer driven, not for profit organization. 65% of funding comes from individual donations and the rest from government grants. In 2016 they provided service to 2057 people in Community programs, in-school programs and group mentoring. For those interested in further information, please contact 
Ron S. - Minister of Humor closed the meeting in good fashion as usual







We have a request for support from shelterbox

A ShelterBox Response Team is deploying to Madagascar after Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall on Tuesday, bringing with it up to 270km/hr winds and heavy rains. 5 people have died and over 10,000 people have been left homeless thus far. This number is expected to climb. 
Cyclone Enawo, a category 4 storm, is the strongest cyclone in 13 years to hit Madagascar
The gale force winds and heavy rain are expected to cause flash flooding and mudslides throughout the rest of the week. As most of Madagascar's roads are dirt, they are being washed out and access is difficult. 

According to Malagasy Red Cross, approximately 720,000 people are affected directly and indirectly by this intense tropical cyclone. Meteo Madagascar has issued a red alert for the north east coastal areas of Madagascar, advising residents to abandon houses on water edges, store drinking water and seek shelter in a safe building as the dangerous weather continues. 
Footage has started to emerge following Cyclone Enawo's landfall in Madagascar, however, communications in many areas are severed as a result of the storm so the full extent of damage is not yet known.
As a Rotary Project Partner, ShelterBox remains the best Rotary way to support the families affected by disaster around the world. Rotarians and Rotary Clubs from across the country continue to make our work possible, 365 days a year.
The ShelterBox Response Team will assess how our aid can assist families and we have our diverse range of shelter and aid options ready to send for whatever is needed.
ShelterBox is committed to the families affected by Cyclone Enawo in Madagascar, and to other disasters that we are currently responding, but we can't do it alone. We need your help.
Rotary continuously supports ShelterBox so we are as prepared as possible when disasters strike around the world. Together with Rotary, we can ensure that none of these families are left without shelter.
Thank you so much for your continued support of ShelterBox Canada and for supporting families who have lost everything after disaster. Your donations are changing lives.
Mosul, Iraq 
Over 42,000 people have been displaced in a matter of days. ShelterBox is on the ground providing lifesaving shelter and supplies.



A ShelterBox Response Team is assessing the need for ShelterBox aid as severe drought grips the region and warnings of famine are declared.

Cyclone Dineo 

Cyclone Dineo caused severe flooding as it passed through Mozambique and Zimbabwe. A ShelterBox team is assessing how we can help families in need.

Syrian Region 
As conflict in Syria continues to displace families ShelterBox is working with partners to ensure winterized shelter and supplies are available when families need them the most.
Around 100 Nigerian refugees are arriving daily in Minawao camp. ShelterBox has provided over 2300 shelters to families in need and continues to work on providing long term shelter solutions.

Boko Haram violence in Nigeria has displaced over 7 million people. ShelterBox continues to work in Niger to provide shelter and desperately needed supplies to refugees arriving daily.


following is a message from brian larson



One of the best things about Rotary, in my view, is that our Club is part of a worldwide effort to do good in the world.  In preparation for my year as your President (2017/18) I attended the Arizona PETS in Mesa Arizona on February 24 and 25th.  What a fabulous learning experience it was!  Rotary really takes its leadership development seriously!  I really appreciated the conference and it built on learning from the RLI Seminars I completed at home this year.  I am looking forward to working with the Board and the Club this coming Rotary year. 


When I accepted the nomination as PE, I knew it meant less winter travel for Marilyn and I during my year as Club President.  Those adjustments have been made, and we will be remaining in Calgary for the better part of the winter months.  I'll ask for your support during my "snowbird withdrawal" come about February.....


One of the highlights of PETS was hearing directly from RI PE Ian Riseley (Rotary Club of Sandringham, Australia) who announced the Rotary International theme for 2017/18:  MAKING A DIFFERENCE.  He stressed the importance of Rotary Clubs being welcoming and diverse, offering engaging and productive meetings, and where members look forward to the experience of Rotary as important success factors.  I couldn't agree more! 


My experience is that one learns leadership in a variety of ways, including attending conferences and seminars.  While these activities really do help one gain a better understanding of Rotary, it is the Club members who model leadership in a wide variety of ways that have helped me learn the art of leadership.  Hopefully, I will meet your expectations; I am a proud member of RCCN, just like you!


We return to Canada in early May.  In addition to the Strategic Planning activities that are currently underway, I plan to convene a meeting of the new Board in June.  I am counting on your support and expertise to help us continue the work of the current President Jeff, the Board and the Club membership. 


Best in Rotary!



Opportunity to help support a School in Nepal                         

Cliff and His Wife Are Going to Nepal at the end of this Month. March 2017
He would like to ask anyone if that would Donate Any Amount, so that he can Buy School Supplies for these Children in this very remote location.
  • School is in Chepang Village of Gorkha.
  • Funding school supplies for 115 students at a cost of $6/student and transportation and lunch costs $300.
  • School there starts in May. 
  • We will buy the supplies (with Norbu) in Kathmandu after our trek and deliver them to the school (sometime between April 20-27). 
Lake Louise  Ski Hill Base Elev. 5400 ft. Peak 8,650 ft.  that’s a Vertical 3250 ft.
Cliff’s trek will take him to 17,000 ft. above Sea Level 


A thank you from Robb Liebel for wine draw support

Thank you All.  For Supporting the Youth Exchange Program I’m apart of…… Calgary with the Rotary Club.
The Money Raised Helps the Students we Sponsor going out……..the Live abroad in a NON English Speaking Country for 11 Months, and a Student that comes to Calgary for 11 Months
These Students are High School age typically between 16-18 years old.
The Draw for the Wine and Cooler was Friday Night
Tyler  Macza  with Ticket #77 Won this Year.











Thank you's and awards

Here are some thank you's handed out at the Feb 27 meeting:


Next Meeting: Monday, March 13  at the Village Park Inn.
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