September 9, 2019


speaker Meeting                             

The meeting began with a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday directed at Past President Sheila who had a BIG birthday.  President Dave was kind enough to not mention how old she is and simply suggested that the number had a 7 and a 0 in it.  (Thanks everyone for the best wishes, great dessert with a candle in it, and lovely card!)  

The winner of the 50-50 draw was our exchange student, Balint.  Henry helped him with the four way test - this time, but suggested he learn the four points before his next win.

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker was George Webber, whose artistic photographs spring from his affection for the people of the Canadian West.  George Webber is the recipient of numerous National Magazine Awards (Canada) including Gold Awards in 2010 and 2018, multiple Awards of Excellence from The Society For News Design (USA) and The International Documentary Photography Award (Korea).  His books include Alberta Book, Badlands, Prairie Gothic, In this Place, Last Call, People of The Blood, A World Within, and Requiem.  

George’s photographs have been featured in numerous publications including “American Photo”, “Apple”, “Canadian Geographic”, “Canadian Living”, “GEIST”, “Lenswork Quarterly”, “Photolife”, “The New York Times”, “Reader’s Digest”, and “Swerve”.  George’s photographs can be found in Canadian and international museum collections including The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Canada), Glenbow Museum (Canada), Museum Ludwig (Germany), Australian National Gallery (Australia) and the Bibliotheque Nationale (France).  In 1999 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in recognition of his contributions to the visual arts in Canada. The documentary film Lost Horizons: The Photography of George Webber was released in the Fall of 2017

The photographs George showed were from one of his books, Prairie Gothic, and as George moved from one photograph to another he paused at the ones whose stories he thought were particularly poignant, such as the one of an elderly Chinese man who immigrated to Saskatchewan when he was young and whose plans to bring his pregnant wife and their toddler here once he settled in were thwarted by a change in immigration laws (they weren’t reunited until 55 years had passed) or the one about a formerly successful man tending bar at one of Calgary’s famous watering holes, who had fallen from grace and hadn’t seen his family for decades until George’s picture of him was published on the front page of the Swerve, allowing his brother to track him down. These two synopsis don’t do any justice to the full stories, which themselves came alive through the photographs.

Discussion and Action Item

The tragic situation in the Bahamas and the need for shelter for thousands of people was discussed with this result:  

President Dave put it to the club that we would match member donations with up to 2500$ of club casino money.  The Casino has come in at about 70,000$ which is 5000 over the budget that we had approved and President Dave felt that spending half our ill gotten gains on Shelterbox would be fine. 

Deadline for matching donations is the Sept. 23rd meeting.

When you donate, particularly by cheque, Bud Watson asks that we please give the money to the Calgary Club of Rotary North Foundation.


Please find below details for the September/October Planned Giving/Wills workshops, which all members of Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation member clubs are invited to attend:

Thursday September 26 and Tuesday October 22

6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Calgary Golf and Country Club

Phil Levson, along with passionate, knowledgeable, and unconflicted Rotarians will be speaking at these two events.

Recall that CRCF supported the creation of these workshops, so it would be helpful for us to have attendance by and feedback from as many of our directors as can attend.

Do not respond to The Tiller editor.  Instead please RSVP to ( no later than September 20, 2019 (for September 26 workshop) and October 14, 2019 (for October 22 workshop).

Next Meeting

Join us next Monday, Sept 16th, for an interesting talk on Aboriginal Affairs from our club songbird, Marie Williams, who is also a First Nations Independent Advocate at Mâmawihisicikewin where she provides  advocacy in the area of criminal justice, children and family justice, employment issues in terms of systemic infringement, lateral violence, and violence in the workplace.  Marie holds a degree in Social Work and Justice, majoring in English and Indian Studies and has managed two halfway houses for a no-for profit agency.


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