november 20, 2017

talking about the weather

There are some down sides to preparing the Tiller on a Sunday night.



The first and most obvious is that I'm frequently asked to include stuff in the tiller, and by Sunday night it's already happened.  Unfortunately, my time doesn't allow me to get to it sooner so that's a risk that we have to live with.  But the down side that makes me feel really guilty is times like tonight.  I have in my inbox, a photo that I was asked to include in the Tiller.  It is called "Go Stamps".  I will publish it, although we all know that the hopefulness represented in that photo turned to bitter despair when the wrong guy grabbed the ball even as the Stamps seemed to have a lock.  So I include the photo because I believe that we all stand with you, even in defeat.

Go Stamps!




Derryl kindly took notes at the Meeting of Monday Nov 20, since I was away, as I will be again this week.


o Brian called meeting to order with usual singing of O’Canada and then grace by Laurie.
o Guests Joana Thompson and Guest speaker Tim Morrison.
o Brian thanked the volunteers assisting at the Casin night which was quite successful o Sgt at Arms - Joe Toole issued fines for no badges or name tags
Happy bucks: 
David Thompson - $5 Johana accompanied him to meeting
Ron Stickley - $  Sonny ,former exchange student, will be attending classes for full term as classes are back in session.
Richard Edwards - has a new baby Grandson
Bud Watson  - Happy the $300 of chips were found at Casino night and everything balanced
Brian Larson - Happy brother-law surgery went well
o Joe Toole won 50/50
o Jim Mikherjee’s Foundation envelope was picked for matching club funds o Brian announced that individual member contributions to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank will be matched by the Club up to $5000 with donations staring next Monday meetings for 3 weeks. Contributions can be given to Bob Hansell in the form of a cheque made out to "Calgary Interfaith Food Bank”. Charitable receipts will be given after a presentation at the CBC and Bob will distribute them thereafter.
o Richard Edwards gave and update on the Dine Around funding raiser. Brian Larson will host his dinner around the end of January 2018; Nicks has sold out; Gary Bain is scheduled for Friday Feb 16/2018; Gerry Darichuk is sold out; Richard Edwards is thisSaturday and does have a few spaces available.
Richard indicated that pricing for the dinners is in the $100pp range.
o Brian put forward the possibility of organizing a Christmas evening get together social in the Thorncliff Community Centre PUB Dec 19/17. A show of hands indicated favourable interest in participation. More info will be presented next week. 
o There is still a need for volunteers to man the Christmas Salvation Kettles, Contact Cliff Tyminski  at 403 508 5000 or 403 286 3200.

o Jeff Cuell introduced the Guest Speaker -  Tim Morrison, Director of Government Relations, Western Region, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

  -The IBC is the National association for Canada’s private home, auto,
business insurers established in 1964. IBC members represent 90% of the Canadian Market

  - His presentation was "Severe Weather in Canada: A Growing Threat -The IBC is the National association for Candad’s private home, auto, business insurers established in 1964. IBC members represent 90% of the Canadian Market. Their Strategic priorities are Effective Auto Insurance, Natural Catastrophes and Sound Regulatory Environment. 

Natural Disasters are occurring more frequently and more catastrophic as is illustrated by the Insurance Industry claims and payout statistics. Floods account for most Disaster spending. IBC is working in collaboration with governments, commercial  and individuals in areas of education in understanding Insurance Policy, flood protection implementation, building codes, cost responsibilities for property losses. 

There was a good Question and Answer session at the end of the presentation.
The presentation delivered by Tim is followed by an important message from Hendrik Kraay, so please read on.



A message from Hendrik Kraay,

Rotary District 5360 Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowship Team Lead


Fellow Rotarians:


The District 5360 Scholarship Team is now ready to receive applications for the Global Grant Scholarship. Financed by a District Global Grant, these scholarships fund graduate study (normally masters’ programs) outside of Canada in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus:

Peace & Conflict Resolution/Prevention

Disease Prevention & Treatment

Water & Sanitation

Maternal & Child Health

Basic Education & Literacy

Economic & Community Development

Candidates should be residents of District 5360 and preference is given to students starting new programs of study. The value of this scholarship is US$30,000 and it is entirely funded by District Designated Funds and a World Fund Match. As per long-standing Rotary International policy, lineal descendants and ancestors of Rotarians are ineligible for Global Grant Scholarships.


A District 5360 application form and more information are available on The District 5360 Global Grant Scholarship application deadline is January 22, 2018.


Since 2013, District 5360 has funded seven scholars through Global Grants in programs ranging from a Masters in Disaster Management to an MBA in Social Enterprise. This year, we are supporting Ms. Leah Schmidt (sponsored the by Rotary Club of Calgary) in her MPhil in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies the University of Cambridge, Ms. Sarah Pousette (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park) in the second year of her MA in International Economics with a Concentration in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Mr. Jay Wang (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic) in the second year of his MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Heidelberg. For more information on our scholarship recipients, visit (and scroll down the page).


Global Grant Scholarships are great opportunities for people who share Rotary’s vision to advance their education. Please advertise this opportunity widely. If you have any questions, please contact me at the e-mail or phone number below.





Hendrik Kraay

Rotary District 5360 Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowship Team Lead

Next Meeting: Monday, November 27th at The Village Park Inn, main floor.    
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