May 15, 2017

The bridge Foundation


flying the friendly skies

Jeff brought the meeting to order.
Our guests were Rick Eistad, Joanna Thompson, Tim Croyle from WestJet Vacations, and from the Calgary Bridge Foundation, and from the Calgary Bridge Foundation, Didi Coobs and a young lady named Agnes who we will read about later in this message.
Bob Hansell announce that the Rotarians will be doing their highway cleanup again on Saturday June 17.  If you can assist, please contact Bob and advise of availability.
The Past Presidents Dinner will be held on June 15, beginning at 6 pm.  It will be held at the Danish Canadian Club.
We have 9 male and 1 female individual from Sri Lanka that need to be hosted.  Their program is made up, but they will need a place to stay June 24 to 28.  If you have some space, please let us know.
The proposal that was placed a couple of weeks ago was voted on.  There will be more on this later in this document.
Brian Larson reminded everyone that he will be co-chairing the workshop on May 27.  This workshop will chart the course of our club moving forward.  It will be held from 10 am to 230 pm at the usual meeting place.  There will be a $25.00 charge for the buffet lunch as usual.
Our District Governor Elect, Rick Eistad, was in attendance and had a few words for us.
He has made a commitment to visit as many clubs as possible during his tenure.

His priority, moving forward, is membership.  Rotary is good at recruiting, but needs to improve its retention.  An engaged Rotarian is a retained Rotarian. 

He wants to improve teamwork.  We have great programs but they operate in silos.

Rick's motto is not "If it aint broke don't fix it"; it's "If it ain't broke make it better"
Rick asked for 3 dates to come and visit the club.
He reminded us of the  June 3 International Youth Exchange Dinner, and the District Conference 2018, which will be May 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Calgary.
Since the primary reason people join is fun, fellowship, and making a local impact, the first evening of the District Conference will be purely social.
Rick closed by saying that he looks forward to serving us in his role as District Governor.
Our next speaker was Agnes, a young lady who is the recipient of a scholarship from the Calgary Bridge Foundation.

Agnes left her family in Kenya to move to Texas at a young age to study.  It was difficult for her, she lived with an aunt and uncle she had never met, attend a new school, and learn a new language.  Her uncle ended up moving to Calgary.

The transition to Calgary was easier, the Bridge Foundation provided a lot of support.  As a result of this, she has now applied to university.  She wants to become a neurosurgeon and make her parents proud.  She also wants to have the opportunity to help others.

She is a very inspiring young lady.
Our final speaker in this very busy dinner was Tim Croyle, Vice President and General Manager of West Jet Vacations.  Tim  generously provided discount cards to the members who were in attendance.  He also acknowledged Rotary's involvement in Westjet Cares for Kids.
Westjet started with 3 planes and 200 employees.  Now they do 639 flights a day.  They have 12000 employees, and 100 destinations.  They have 170 destinations with their partners.
The big difference between Westjet and Air Canada is its people   From the first day of work, ownership of the company and caring for co-workers and guests is part of the culture that new employees are exposed to.  Westjet succeeds, because they care.
Westjet cares to plan.  They plan the culture, creating a remarkable experience.

Westjet cares to share.  When Westjet was created, the intention was for employees to be able to buy into the company. Their shares are matched up to 20 % of their income by WestJet, dollar for dollar.  The program has been very successful.  85 percent of westjet employees are shareholders.

Westjet also does profit sharing with their employees every 6 months.  So far, 500,000,000 dollars have been distributed amongst Westjet employees.
Westjet cares to listen.

Westjet employees are engaged.  They use a tool called Yammer, which is like Facebook for Organization.  In fact. WestJet employees voted  in the name of the new commuter airline, Encore.

Westjet listens to guests, with surveys and focus groups.

Westjet designs the employee experience.  They ensure friendly, caring, stress free travel, with safety as a top priority.
Westjet cares to celebrate.

They celebrate profit sharing, they have a high 5 program, they have birthday parties.  They celebrate new destination launches, and incorporate family into the celebrations.
Fun is part of the fabric of the culture, and they celebrate by having fun.
Tim wrapped his speech with a touching story of how Westjet helped the residents of Fort Mac celebrate Christmas this year.  

I was at Calgary airport in 2013, picking up my wife who was flying from Fort MacMurray.  It was the night before Christmas I observed the gifts coming off of the carousel for the guests on the flight from Hamilton to Calgary.  It was a real treat to observe.



strategic plan meeting

What is a Club Strategic Plan?
It's the result of a visioning process that determines where the club wants to go over the next three to five years and how it's going to get there. It is a systematic planning process involving a number of steps that identify the current status of the club, including its mission statement, vision for the future, operating values, needs (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), goals, key strategies and action plans. Simply put, it's a club's roadmap for the future.
Why a Club Strategic Plan?
One year plans are not always effective in the long term.
Establishes a multi-year coordinated plan
Brings about greater continuity, consistency, and consensus
What will a Strategic Plan Do for Our Club?
Sustain and increase membership
Implement successful service projects
Support the Rotary Foundation
Develop leaders beyond the club level

Note to amend the annual Membership fee structure

A MOTION to amend the annual Membership Fee Structure was presented to the Membership at the May 15, 2017 regular meeting.This is a result of feed back from prospective members and some club members that the current $395 fee is cost prohibitive, and is the biggest barrier to increasing Club Membership. The proposed change in the annual Membership Fee Structure is as follow:
Full Membership: These Members enjoy all the benefits, opportunities and responsibilities of Rotary. Requirements include Attend meetings, Committee Member participation, voting privilege and participation on Board or Executive positions. Membership Fee is $275  per year.
Corporate Membership: 1st Member is the same as Full Membership. Fee is $275 per year. Second and additional memberships at $250.
Family Membership: 1st Member, is the same as Full Membership. Fee is $275 per year. Second and additional memberships at $250.
Associate Membership: Associate Members (Spousal/Youth/Trial) can attend meetings and can participate as committee members. These members do not have voting privileges or participation on Board or Executive positions and do not receive RI magazine and communications. Associate Membership Fee is $100 per year.
This Motion was presented by Dave Thompson, Second by Brian Larson and Carried by a majority of membership present.
An addendum to this Motion was requested and accepted by Dave Thompson. "The next term Budget will identify how the potential difference in membership fee revenue between the current Membership Fee Structure and this amended Membership Fee Structure will be handled”.
This Addendum was Carried by a majority of membership present. 
Next Meeting: Monday, May 29, 2017
At the Village Park Inn!!
Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Calgary North.
Calgary North
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Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail NW
Mail: 130 - 5403 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB  T2E 0B4
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