ROTARY CLUB

OF CALGARY NORTH

May 1, 2017

calgary seniors association

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The meeting was called to order.
Jeff acknowledged Gary Bain's generosity in providing the tickets for the Brewhouse.
A call was placed for volunteers to help with construction of the Arbour Lake playground, June 8 to 10.  No skill is required, just a willingness to
work.
There will be a SWOT workship May 27th.  It will be held at the Village inn and will be the normal $25 for the buffet lunch.  The meeting will be
guided by Brian, Sheila, and Val.  This will be important as decisions are going to be made about how to move the club forward.
Gerry proposed a new fee proposal.  Since time and cost are issues for a lot of people, Rotary has relaxed its must attend rules for meetings and
now asks that members make their best effort to attend.
Currently, the fee for joining is $395, of which $200 goes to the district and Rotary International
This means that currently, if there are 2 family members in Rotary, that's an 800 dollar commitment.
The new proposal reduces the cost of a full membership from $395 to $275.
There is also a corporate membership, which would be $275 for a first full membership, and $250 for a second member.
A family membership would also be $275 for the first family member, and $250 for subsequent members.
There also is another form of member, Associate, Youth, Trial, or Spousal.  These are not full memberships. The cost of these memberships will be
$100.  Associates are tied to full members.  They can participate in activities but are not eligible for moard membership.
The intent of this is to get more bums in chairs, and diversify the club.
This proposal will be voted on the 15th of May.
It was sadly announced the we have lost 2 former members; Wilf Haringer and Lionel Singleton.
Rob asked for help in finding a host for the inbound student.  He is looking for someone, even at arms length, who could provide this assistance.  
It would be prefered to have the arrangements made before the student arrives.
Our featured speaker was Dianne Cooper Ponte of the Calgary Seniors Association
Dianne retired from Scotia Bank 13 years ago, and came out of retirement to join the Calgary Seniors Association as in community relations/fund
development.
Calgary Seniors Association is a non profit intended to provide support and service to low income, isolated retirees.  10% of the population of
Calgary is over 65.  Hundreds of these seniors are struggling with financial challenges, mental health issues.  1 in 4 lives alone and is
susceptible to fraud, malnutrition, and abuse.
Calgary Seniors Association provide support that creates change thru volunteer programs, and Caregiver Connect YYC.
The connector program matches volunteers to seniors, with consideration to interests and location.  The volunteer will visit once a week, often the
visits become longer and more frequent as friendships grow.
An example was given of Arthur, a senior with Parkinsons.  Arthur had no access to transportation. The volunteer would take Arthur grocery shopping
every 2 weeks.  The volunteer was concerned about Arthur's living situation, which was a combination of squalor and hoarding.  Another volunteer
became involved with Arthur, who was about to celebrate his 65th birthday.  The volunteer made a birthday cake and invited his neighbours, thus
improving Arthur's social network.  THe volunteer also took him to the Keg for his birthday.  Arthur confided that he had never had a birthday cake
in his life.
The seniors association makes a big difference in people's lives,  Many seniors are concerned that they will die, and no one will know.  There have
been occasions where people's lives have been saved because the volunteer has been unable to reach them by phone so the call EMS to the senior's
location.
 
The seniors association also offers escorted transportation to medical appointments.  The city will provide transportation, but they won't provide
arm in arm escorting to the appointment, and back.  This makes it much less stressful for the senior to get medical help.
There is a new program that has been introduced called Pet Assist.  Some seniors can't look after animals, so they will get phone reminders if they
need to medicate their pet, and volunteers will come to the senior's home and walk the pet if that's necessary.
Currently there are 1500 volunteers.  More are needed.  The association hopes to recruit another 140 volunteers in 2017.
There will be reference checks, and police checks.  Training is provided.
The Calgary Senior's association's motto is "Do a lot with little, we're small but mighty"

 
What follows is a message from Henri J Simoneau, president of Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek:
 
Hello Rotarian Presidents 2016-17
 
Rotary is getting much involved with I Can for Kids
 
Please read below and the attached Impact report and pass on to your clubs
 
Thank You
 
Make it a great day! / Faites-en une belle journée!
Henri J Simoneau, Mortgage Professional / Advisor w. CML Canadian Mortgage Lender |
President 2016-17,  Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek | hsimoneau@shaw.ca |Cel: 403-668-7899
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Proud Supporter of Homes of Hope and Los Amigos and Full Soul
 
 
 
 
Hello Rotarians,
 
Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek is pleased to announce our partnership with the I Can for Kids Foundation.  In the spirit of “service before self”, our club is proudly representing ALL Rotary Clubs in Calgary, and with support from Save On Foods and Servus Credit Union, we have engaged in a special initiative to help hungry kids in our city this summer: 
 
We encourage you to join the fight to end summer childhood hunger in Calgary.  Please support I Can for Kids and donate a jar (or more!) of peanut butter at any of the following locations from May 6-14:
 
Servus Credit Union locations:
BOWNESS - 125, 6404 Bowness Road NW 
CREEKSIDE - 12662 Symons Valley Road NW 
McKENZIE TOWNE - 150, 142 McKenzie Towne Link SE
MOUNT ROYAL - 706, 17 Avenue SW 
SUNRIDGE - 130, 2929 Sunridge Way NE 
TRANS CANADA CENTRE - 210, 1440 - 52 Street NE
 
Save On Foods locations:
PANORAMA - 225 Panatella Hill NW
SETON - 130-19489 Seton Cres SE
WALDEN - 155 Walden Gate SE
HERITAGE - 100-8855 Macleod Trail SW
 
Here’s a look at the I Can for Kids Foundation:
 
 
 
 
 
Next Meeting: Monday, May 8, 2017
 
At the Village Park Inn!!
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Calgary North.
Calgary North
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail NW
Mail: 130 - 5403 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB  T2E 0B4
Canada
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