Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak
PO Box 1515, Camrose, Alberta   T4V 1X4    Email: camrosedaybreak@gmail.com
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We are People of Action
Camrose Daybreak

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Tuesday - Safety Starts Here
5051-50th Street
Camrose, AB T4V 1R3
Canada
CURRENTLY MEET ON ZOOM Tuesday 7:00 AM Email CamroseDaybreak@gmail.com for a meeting invitation.
RAFFLE #26: Progressive Jackpot is OVER $12,400 with only 27 cards left. Tickets at CamroseChaseTheACE.org until 6 PM July 13
 
The Camrose Service Club Group is offering a Chase the Ace Progressive Raffle. Every 2-week event will feature a deserving charity to receive a portion of the ticket sales during that event as well as also supporting our major charity - the Hospice Society. Tickets and more information is available at CamroseChaseTheAce.org. Our current Featured Charity is:
 
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES ALBERTA
 
Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta (RMHCA) will receive 20% of ticket sales from this event to provide comfortable, compassionate, and affordable accommodations to families with sick children, staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Alberta.
 
RMHC Alberta serves families from almost 200 Albertan communities across the province from Camrose, Wood Buffalo to Lethbridge, and Grand Prairie to Lloydminster, families come from all corners and corridors of Alberta to stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
 
Since 1985 RMHCA has supported families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child. Warm, compassionate Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. When those families are experiencing one of life's most difficult times – they have the gift of togetherness. This year celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Red Deer Ronald McDonald House.
 
This family quote brings home the impact of a stay at a Ronald McDonald House:
 
“We may be 800 kilometres from home, but we have no worries. We have a roof, food to eat, all the basics covered. If wewerenthere, wed have to pay for rent, utilities, food. We can totally concentrate on our son’s health. It’s our world right now – it’s everything at this moment. I don’t even have the words to describe how helpful it is to be living here; it’s a blessing.”
– Singh Family, 266 nights (and counting)
 
In memory and in honour of the work Camrose Public Library's past director Robyn Gray did to maintain the vital service CPL provides and contributes to the community, the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak has set up memorial donations to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Camrose affiliate.
 
"Robyn’s passion for literacy through reading led us to direct donations to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Camrose affiliate," noted Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak member Morris Henderson. "It is heartwarming to see the amazing effect of Robyn’s short life on those who met her, but sad to see that life cut short."
 
Children are eligible to receive a free, age-appropriate book monthly from birth until they reach the age of five. Children that are registered when they are born, could potentially build a library of 60 books by the time they graduate from the program. "The Rotary Club of Camrose has partnered with the Camrose Public Library to offer this program to children in Camrose. Parents can register children in person through the library or by downloading an application from https://imaginationlibrary.com/ca/affiliate/ABCAMROSE/ and mailing it to the Rotary Club of Camrose".
 
"With Robyn's passing, her parents asked the Daybreak Rotary Club where memorial donations to Robyn would have the best effect," noted Henderson. "With Robyn's passion for reading and literacy the Imagination Library was a no-brainer to suggest. Ann and Gord (Robyn's parents) enthusiastically accepted our suggestion."
 
Robyn passed away in Calgary on January 29, at the age of 31 years, after a courageous year-long battle with brain cancer.
 
She joined the team at Camrose Public Library as the director in January of 2019. Unfortunately, she was forced to take long-term disability leave in the spring of 2021.
 
During her time with CPL and in the community, Robyn came to be known for her warm and welcoming manner, her passion to keep people reading, her dedication to the continued growth of CPL (despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic) and her participation and support throughout the community including as an active member of the Daybreak Rotary Club.
 
Robyn will be sorrowfully missed.
 
Memorial donations to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Camrose affiliate in Robyn Gray’s name can be made by:
 
"We chose units of $50 because that is the cost to provide a book-a-month for a year to a Camrose child registered in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library," said Henderson adding that all donations and condolence messages will be shared with Robyn’s parents, Ann and Gord.
 
"There are donations from teachers, bandmates, workmates, friends (some representing groups) that have been touched by Robyn's spirit."
 
To learn more about the project visit https://imaginationlibrary.com/ca/affiliate/ABCAMROSE/.
Pipes & Drums has an obituary that offers a glimpse into the impact Robyn had on those who met her.
 
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The Rotary Club of Camrose has partnered with the Camrose Public Library to offer the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Camrose families.
 
The program sends new, quality books to young children, newborn to 5-years-old, once a month. The books are mailed, addressed to the child, so the children can look forward to watching for their arrival, and understand that the books are theirs. Children enrolled in the program at birth receive at total of 60 books.
 
A short video that introduces the project can be viewed here.
 
Highlights of a slideshow the club prepared describes the program. Some excerpts:
  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was created in 1995, and while it started in a local county in Tennessee, it has now grown throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
  • The program currently sends out over 1.5 million, high-quality books every month, and since the start of the program has delivered over 167 million books.
  • In Canada, there are 300 community partnerships in 10 provinces and three territories.
  • The books are paid for by the local partner (Rotary Club of Camrose), while the Dolly Parton Foundation pays for all the overhead, employee salaries, etc.
  • All local funding goes toward the books and delivery.
  • By providing books to children, the child's interest in reading is increased, parents read more to their children, and the children are better prepared for school.
  • The books being delivered directly to the child at their home creates an "event" that the children look forward to. It also promotes sharing and interaction and helps to promote a connection between the child and the caregiver(s) other family members and siblings, strengthening the home environment.
  • Books are high quality, age-specific and selected by a committee of specialists. In 2020, 42 of 60 books offered were Canadian titles.
  • Local partners, like the Rotary Club of Camrose, are responsible for raising funds to support the program. While the program should be open to everyone regardless of income class, the sponsoring club can place limits on the number of participants. It is possible to start a pilot program. The Camrose program has no restrictions but is limiting the program at 100 children enrolled.
  • Information collected about the child (Name, Address and Birth date) is stored in a secure database provided by the Dolly Parton Foundation.
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September 30th has been declared National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
 
Here are some resources to learn more about this call for reflection and its call for action:
 
Truth and Reconciliation Event Documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JOOIHbFmRU

Videos

Home Fire: Ending the Cycle of Family Violence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmstyXc6FnI
 
Journey Home (the follow up to Home Fire – Healing for Indigenous Children in Foster Care) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-q4VepX4vU&t=9s
 
Website: Delivering on The Calls to Action https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1524494530110/1557511412801
 
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Executive_Summary_English_Web.pdf
 

Fiction

 
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese https://www.cbc.ca/books/indian-horse-1.3973010
 
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ShelterBox Canada Bronze Hero
 
We are very excited to announce our ShelterBox Canada Hero Status for Rotary year 2020-2021. We, like ShelterBox, are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter after disaster. Our hero status shows our commitment to helping ShelterBox prepare for when disaster strikes. Learn more at ShelterBoxCanada.org.
 
#Rotary #RotaryInternational #disasteraid #disasterrelief #ShelterBox
 
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The 9-hole family friendly disc golf course in Jubilee Park offers two levels of play, beginners and those wanting more challenge. The course is available for free play, just bring your own disc. A great selection of discs are available for purchase at Sport Excellence.
 
The UDisc app for iPhone and Android is available as a free download. You can see the layout, record your score, find other disc golf courses as you travel and more.
 
The baskets are all in, tee box locations are marked and sign posts are installed. Concrete will soon be poured for the tee boxes and sign design is underway. Email CamroseDaybreak@gmail.com for more information.
 
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