Rotary Club
of Calgary North

September 10, 2018

speaker Meeting

Speaker Meeting                             

The meeting began with a short hark back to Sept 10, 1846 when Elias Howe Jr devised a way to mechanize sewing.  The method was based on a vertical rather than horizontal metal plate to which fabric was impaled and stitched.  That was then, this is now when some of us own sewing machines that can baste, sew curves, quilt through several layers of fabric, and embroider dozens of designs.


Maria Serban received her second Paul Harris Fellow, which acknowledges individuals who contribute $1000 US to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Our club's matching contribution program makes this a reachable goal.

Speaker: Manon Mitchell

Days for Girls Project

So what does MHM mean?  Anyone? Anyone? No? Well it stands for Menstruation Hygiene Management.  This is how our informative, confident speaker, Manon Mitchell, began her talk to us this past Monday.  The MHM Program provides fact based instruction, that does not tread on the toes of cultural norms, but that does reach over a million girls and women - so far - and helps them remain in school, and more importantly, helps them live full lives.  


Sadly millions of girls and women lose upwards of 3000 days of their lives, which is just over eight years, because they have no access to hygiene products.  Some sit on cardboard and some on buckets, some hide in forests and caves, and some have been isolated from their villages and safety. Clearly they miss one week out of every four weeks of school.  Trying to succeed on 75% of instruction time, at best, is too much for most and they drop out of school, just as their mothers did and just as their girl children will if the trend isn’t stopped.


And for just over a million girls and women, the trend has stopped.


How is it done?  The answer lies in the palm of your hand.


It all starts with a DfG POD (Portable Object of Dignity), the basic unit Days for Girls Kit.  PODs contain 1 waterproof shield and 2 absorbent liners. PODs are the seed for Micro-Enterprises, because they can be sold at an affordable price point, and women can add components in the future.  Because DfG Kits last years, this is a timeline that works for many women. Days for Girls prioritizes using locally-available materials whenever possible.


Days for girls is an educational program that encompasses many topics.  The initiative has also added a “Men Who Know” course.


We ran out of time too soon, but can look at the remaining videos at another meeting.  Meanwhile, get more information on line by googling Days for Girls.


Announcements and Requests

Thanks so much to everyone  ...
who attended the Sneak a Peak at the SE Bethany.  We contributed to the Bethany Atrium Project and it was easy to see our contribution was well deserved and well spent.
Barb Darichuk and Jill McCaughey ... 
request our presence at a Sept 22nd Potluck held at the Darichuk home.  Please RSVP to either.
Sheila Newel ...
thanks Connie Sauter who attended the Food Bank volunteer evening Sept 11.  Between Connie, Sheila (slowest of the team), and two 17 year old girls, 1/2 a ton of potatoes were divided into 15 pound bags.

Help Please

Food Bank
Two or three more volunteers are needed for the second Tuesday in October.  Please help if you can.

Many Thanks

Thank you to those of you who stayed for the Membership Drive Meeting.
Thanks also to Derryl Duncan, Barb Darichuk, and any others who helped set up and take down.. 



Upcoming Events
September Potluck
Gerry & Barb's
Sep 22, 2018 5:00 PM
Next Meeting: Monday, December 5th at the Calgary Italian Club, upstairs.   Please bring your cheques for The Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. 
Also, we have a very interesting guest speaker on tap: Luce Berti, Retired City Police Officer who will talk about why he says "Thank God it was Me".
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: BOX 67131 5111 NORTHLAND DRIVE
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