Rotary Club
of Calgary North

October 16, 2017




Brian Larson opened the meeting by presenting our new exchange student, Michele (Michi) Deiana a Rotary Calgary North T-shirt. Michi wants to involve himself in any possible local activity, so if you have an extra hockey or football ticket, or are going somewhere and have space for an extra person, please let him share the experience. 
There was also a presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship pin to Paul Toole.  The Paul Harris fellowship pin acknowledges people who make significant contributions to Rotary International.
Visitors were announced.  Visitors included Didi Coots, Jeremy Tuff of the Interfaith Food Bank, Jordan Hamilton of the Drop In Centre, Ray Fair of the Calgary Humane Society, Marie Hauser, Barb Darichuk, Anar Dharshi of Calgary Rotary Park,, and Bill Cox of the 264 Legion.
The 50-50 went to Bon Hansell and the rotary envelope was won by Steve Gasser
Robb Liebel put out a call for help on the youth services committee.  One of the primary focuses of our club is youth and education.  We have a lot of services for kids - camps, the youth exchange - but this takes a lot of work.  If you have any way to help, please talk to Robb.
It's always a special meeting when new members are inducted and at today's meeting 2 members were introduced by David Thompson, who charged them with considering the 4 way test in everything they do.
Gary Bain asked for more volunteers for the casino.  Our current roster requires 2 more volunteers and we'll probably need an additional 2.
You  may have received an email from me.  I've been testing the functionality of the volunteer application in clubrunner, and filled it out for the upcoming casino.  Unfortunately I didn't realize it would send an email. However, the emails should have the correct times for the shift you signed up for.  In the future you'll be able to go to clubrunner, if you're so inclined, and remind yourself of your scheduled shift.
Richard Edwards announced a new season of the Rotary Dine Around fundraiser.  This is an opportunity for Rotarians to either demonstrate their love of cooking or their love of eating.  A Rotarian will offer up a menu, other Rotarians will bid on it, and the winning bid gets to sample the skills of the chef.  There will be sign-up sheets. 
Details will be included in a future Tiller.
Bud Watson stood to speak of the Dr Ivan and Freda McNabb Endowment.  Dr. Ivan McNabb, after receiving his optometry degree in Toronto, joined Calgary Rotary North in 1962.  He quickly became a dedicated Rotarian, and was president from 1981-1982, and the chair of the social committee.  He contributed to many charities, especially Rotary International, but his focus was youth.
As Ivan got older he continued to contribute but wanted to ensure that his legacy would last after he was gone, so he created the McNabb foundation. The ROI from this foundation is invested into his favourite charities on an annual basis.
His charities include St Pius X Church, the Interfaith Food Bank, Rotary Park, the Humane Society, and the Poppy Fund, all of which receive 50 percent of the annual donation, with the other 50% going to charities at the discretion of Rotary Calgary North.
There are also 2 other endowments, the Bud Watson foundation and the Hauser Foundation.  Our club has received 535,000 in 9 years, in addition to casinos and fundraises that also help Rotary give to the community.
Cheques were mailed to:
St Pius X Catholic Parish on behalf of the McNabb foundation;
University of Saskatchewan, Salvation Army Agape Hospice, and Alberta Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Watson Foundation.
Past president Jeff Huell then handed out cheques to the following individuals representing their organizations:
Bill Cox, North Calgary Legion Branch 64, whose membership is growing by 4 to 5 a day, accepted a donation.  The money received by the branch will be used for the Poppy Fund, with the first poppy going to the Lieutenant Governor and the second going to the Governor General.  The legion is moving into a new building in Kensington as a result of a land swap
Ray Fair, on behalf of the Calgary Humane Society.  In fact, Jeff's dog was a former tenant in that facility.  The Humane Society has been operating in Calgary for 95 years.  It was founded by Ellen Foster.  It's been able to exist this long because of charitable organizations like Rotary.  The need is always growing, taking, for example, a recent seizure of a large number of animals in Calgary Northeast.
Anar Dharshi accepted a cheque on behalf of Calgary Rotary Park from the McNabb Foundation.  Even better, the funds will be matched by the federal and provincial governments!
Our 2 new members, Didi Coombs and Jeremy Tuff, accepted a cheque from the McNabb foundation on behalf of the Food Bank.  With our struggling economy, demand on the food bank is growing.  The food bank works with over 200 organizations to try to find ways to help people never need the food bank again.
The Ernest Hauser Foundation had a cheque for the Calgary Drop In Centre, and the Deaf and Hearing Centre.  The money for the Drop In Centre will help 37 people change their lives.  Ernest and his late wife Jeanette are greatly appreciated.
The Deaf and Hearing centre is seeing more low income clients.  Recently they've been able to offer a red cross certified first aid course in sign language to 18 people.  This allows these people to work in environments that require first aid training.
Next Meeting: Monday, October  23rd at The Village Park Inn, main floor.    

Rotary Leadership Institute


The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of leadership courses offered in three (3) sessions (Modules I, II, III). The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for Rotary’s members. RLI is fun, interactive, and participatory and uses skilled faculty and facilitation techniques to make the experience both valuable and enjoyable. These modules are a wonderful learning opportunity for you to share and explore best management practices while providing a great opportunity for fellowship.
RLI is structured to not only provide new Rotarians with an effective orientation, but also aspiring leaders with an excellent foundation for success.
Please go to the District web site, hit the “Full Events Calendar” link, toggle to the month of March/April/May, and select “RLI 1, 2 or 3” tab and register. 

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Upcoming Events
Brodsky Casino Volunteer Schedule
Cowboys Casino
Nov 17, 2017 10:55 AM –
Nov 19, 2017 3:55 AM
Next Meeting: Monday, October 27th at The Village Park Inn, main floor.    
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: Suite 199, 130 - 5403 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB  T2E 0B4
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