Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak
PO Box 1515, Camrose, Alberta   T4V 1X4    Email:
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Club Information
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
CURRENTLY MEET ON ZOOM Tuesday 7:00 AM Email for a meeting invitation.
RAFFLE #41: Win the Draw + Select the ACE of Spades = Claim OVER $24,925 with only 12 cards left. Tickets at until 6 PM TODAY
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 Our current Featured Charity is:
The Institute for Stuttering Treatments & Research (ISTAR) will receive 20% of this event’s sales for the ISTAR Client Assistance Program to help clients who are in financial need receive life changing speech therapy. On average, the cost of therapy is $145 an hour and most clients require between $2,000 and $5,000 to complete their therapy program. Many clients simply don't have the resources to pay out of pocket for this specialized service. This fund helps to subsidize their treatment costs.
ISTAR began treating preschoolers, school aged children, teens and adults in 1986. Clinics are in Edmonton and Calgary but clients in all areas of Alberta, in Canada and internationally are served. The goal of ISTAR is to transform the lives of their clients who stutter and have communication difficulties. They conduct research into the nature and cause of stuttering, train students and clinicians nationally and internationally how to deliver the program, educate the public about stuttering and effectively treat their clients. People build their speaking confidence which helps them academically, vocationally and emotionally.

ISTAR has been a world recognized center of excellence for over 36 years. As an institute within the U of A, over 400 clinicians have been trained, more than 4,000 clients successfully treated, 82 research studies published, work presented at dozens of conferences and more than 500 media stories shared. The greatest success is seeing people speak without fear so that they can be productive members of their communities.
ISTAR clients are at risk for being under-educated, under-employed and susceptible to mental health issues. Through donor support, these clients can lead amazingly productive lives and go on to contribute significantly to our communities and society as a whole. Former clients have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, firefighters, nurses, accountants, speech therapists and countless other professions who then give back to their community.
Find out more about the great work ISTAR does on their website or Facebook.
There are new Little Free Libraries not registered with but placed in the spirit of the organization for you to check out:
 Private Home at 4919 58 Street
 Centennial Museum 4522 53 Street
 Private home at 5801 36 Avenue
St Andrew's Anglican Church 4713 50 Street
Order your maple leaf now for the 2023 Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day weekends. Order here.
Have you seen the beautiful maple leaf flying all over Camrose?  Want to have a flag in your yard too?
Email and we can tell you more about how you can have a Canada flag on your lawn for the Canada Day, Civic Holiday and Labour Day celebrations.
Want to subscribe now - Go to the Flag Subscription Form.
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… A Canada Flag Subscription

The Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak has been placing Canada flags on lawns in Camrose to celebrate Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day for many years. The flags provide a colourful display and many residents enjoy seeing the flags as they travel throughout the city. You can see some of the over 200 flags we deploy in our 2020 Community Flags Photo Album on this site.
For only $60 you can subscribe to have a flag placed on a friend’s or family member’s lawn in Camrose for the 2023 holidays. We will acknowledge your gift and send a note you can provide to your friend or family member explaining the gift.
Proceeds from the Canada Flag subscriptions provide funding to the Camrose Air Cadets and other youth initiatives in the area.
MAY 17 - 24, JUNE 28-JULY 5, and AUGUST 30 - SEPT 6
Download our Gift Subscription Form now or email for more information
Thank you for your support!
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 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
Pipes & Drums has an obituary that offers a glimpse into the impact Robyn had on those who met her.
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.
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


Home Fire: Ending the Cycle of Family Violence
Journey Home (the follow up to Home Fire – Healing for Indigenous Children in Foster Care)
Website: Delivering on The Calls to Action
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada


Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
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 for more information.
Global health leaders see a clear path to polio eradication

Rotary and WHO’s World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond event in Geneva, Switzerland, brought health experts together to share updates, exchange

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polioPartnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio

Austrian Rotary member Anton Zeilinger wins Nobel Prize in physics

Austrian Rotary member Anton Zeilinger wins Nobel Prize in

Watch World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond

Watch World Polio Day 2022 and BeyondThe livestream of Rotary International and the World Health Organization’s

The human touch

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Olena Morhun fled with three of her children and made her way to Puławy, Poland. There they were welcomed by Krystyna Wilczyńska-Ciemięga, one of many Rotary members who have opened their homes to refugees.

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Past President
Club Administration
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Rotary Foundation
February 2023