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 8:00 a.m.
Safety Starts Here
5051-50th Street, South Door
Camrose, AB T4V 1R3
Hybrid In-Person/Online 1st Tuesday 8:00 am at Safety Starts Here; 2nd Monday noon and 3rd Tuesday 6:00 pm at Days Inn Norsemen; 4th Thursday 5:00 pm Happy Hour at Fox & Fable. See calendar or Email for meeting invitation.
The Relocation Application for the Camrose Resort Casino to move to South Edmonton is now in Step 2 - Community Consultation.
This is an urgent call for you to let AGLC know that you support the relocation of the Camrose Resort Casino to South Edmonton so that the 600+ groups relying on events to raise critical funding can access up to 50% more event proceeds to share with local causes.
The original relocation request and appeal were denied primarily because the number of objections filed by City of Edmonton based individuals and organizations greatly outnumbered the supporting comments filed by individuals and organizations in the Camrose Region. A revised application and increased awareness of the inequity between urban and rural gaming allowed AGLC to reconsider the relocation.
We need to show our support NOW to have a positive outcome. Please share this email with your organizations, family, friends, local and provincial government, and anyone else you know that can support the relocation.
Check out sitepage/camrose-casino-relocation for documents including:
  • document summarizing the relocation application
  • Background information for how we got to this Step 2 – Community Consultation
  • Editable template to email to AGLC Senior Manager, Inspections Gaming:
Let me know if you have questions, need more information, or suggestions for reaching more supporters. Send your support email to AGLC as soon as possible, but before August 9th at the latest.
Thank you for your support in striving for equity in charitable gaming.
Morris Henderson
Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak
Rotary is Celebrates 100 Years in Camrose
The Rotary Club of Camrose was chartered on March 24, 1924. In celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Camrose we hosted three events:
  • Online Auction, April 16 to 30 - thanks to your bids we had a successful online auction
  • 100th Anniversary Gala, April 27 - a great turnout, great venue, great meal and successful, fun evening
  • Family Fun Day, June 15 - beautiful weather made a great day for the scores that turned out
Online Auction April 16 to 30
The online auction featured a variety of items - experiences, merchandise, gift cards, and more. You also had the opportunity to donate to our causes:
  • Days for Girls Camrose Team creating and sending menstrual health kits to girls in need around the world. Almost 6,000 produced to date
  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Camrose Affiliate serving 325 children under 5 in Camrose City and County with a new age-appropriate book every month
  • Rotary Youth Exchange giving high school youth a one-year immersive experience abroad while we host a student from abroad
  • Other projects addressing Rotary's Seven Areas of Focus, including Community Economic Development and Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution
100 Anniversary Gala April 27
Our Gala Celebration was at the Days Inn Norsemen where we Honored Our Past | Celebrated Our Present | Built Our Future. From international themed decor drawn from project locations and Exchange Student countries hosted and visited, the special welcoming cocktail, enjoyable cocktail hour musical entertainment, delicious buffet dinner, live auction of six special experiences, timely keynote, and fellowship our goal was to entertain you and share the impact of Rotary in Camrose and around the world thanks to the support of our community and the passion of our members. It was an event enjoyed by all. THANK YOU!
Family Fun Day June 15
Saturday, June 15 was a time for our community to enjoy a free, family oriented day of games, food, and fellowship at the Camrose Rotary Pavilion by the Stoney Creek Centre. Our butterfly and hummingbird gardens are close by while our Camrose Rotary Peace Path featuring trees planted to recognize Rotary Youth Exchange students going abroad (outbound) or being hosted by families here (inbound). The students spend close to a year in an immersive cultural experience usually hosted by three to four different families while attending school and being part of the local community.
Scores of young and old turned out to the Camrose Rotary Pavilion on the 15th from 1 to 4 pm to enjoy free food, games, fellowship and FUN. The weather was sunny and warm to add to the enjoyment.
For information on any of the events here, email
Order your maple leaf now for the 2024 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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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 2024 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.
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Download our Gift Subscription Form now or email for more information
Thank you for your support!
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
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


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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 for more information.
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