January 15, 2018

The Rotary foundation

The sew must go on

Sgt at Arms: Gary – was kind - did fine Lawrie Fisher for his phone going off, but in recognition of his esteem, made Paul pay; fined Michi for winning the 50-50 for the 2nd time in a row welcomed happy bucks.
Steven Gasser won the matching Paul Harris Foundation $$
Turguy welcomed our two prospective members Connie and DG, which constituted the 2ndannouncement of Connie’s membership and DG’s first announcement.
Gail Williams from Rotary West announced the Strawberry Shortcake fund raiser There will be more information on this in a subsequent Tiller.
President Brian pointed out that there is a Calgary Rotary Night with the Calgary Hitmen vs Regina Pats.  Tickets are $15 each with $5 of that going toward Calgary Rotaract’s Community Projects and WINS.  It occurs March 3rd.  Contact Joyce Li at 403-797-2630 orpresident@calgaryrotaract.com
Guest Speaker:  Anne Dale, owner of My Sewing Room located in the strip mall off Macleod Trail at Heritage Drive.
Anne Dale is a Rotarian from Chinook Club.  She has been featured in Business Week and The Calgary Herald as a successful Entrepreneur, who started in fairly low paying seamstress positions and then created the biggest most successful quilting store in Canada.  Anne gives a considerable amount of money away to a local hospital and various other charities.  She has been to Africa on behalf of Rotary's Day of Girls program, and on and on.  In spite of her work with Rotary, it's her personal story she was asked to tell.
Anne Dale’s career choice became clear to her in High School when she took a course in Fashion and Design.  She excelled at it, actually ending up with 113% at the end of the year.  Her teacher apologized for having to reduce her grade to 100%.  From that moment on Anne took every course she could in sewing, including skipping math in order to sneak out to SAIT and take a sewing course there.  Anne’s first Fashion and Design teacher continued to support and encourage Anne to continue in the world of sewing because of her talent and skills.
Anne was raised in a “Canadian poor” family and once she left school life wasn’t any easier.  After a failed first marriage, which produced a son Anne dotes upon, she worked for very low wages sewing in manufacturing companies, once of which included having to repair huge 80 lb flags that had become tattered in the wind.  But perseverance, passion for sewing, and lots of hard work led Anne eventually to purchase a fabric store.  More of the same characteristics led Anne to expand and then finally move into a space that allows her to run the largest quilting-fabric store in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
A strong belief in helping others the way she was helped has moved Anne to donate considerable time helping others through Rotary and other programs.


Next Meeting: Monday, January 22nd at The Village Park Inn, main floor.    
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Calgary North.
Calgary North
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail NW
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Calgary, AB  T3B 4Z1
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