Wine and Craft Beer Survivor

We're Off!
Our 3rd Annual Rotary Clubs of Camrose Wine Survivor is underway with a twist - we've added a Craft Beer Island.
Welcome to our 3rd Annual Wine Survivor Raffle! This year we have expanded the raffle to include a Craft Beer Island in addition to Wine Island!  So 2020 is Wine and Craft Beer Survivor.  This is a "fun"draiser, with the proceeds going to both Camrose Rotary Clubs.  Both Clubs support the Camrose community in many ways through projects and financial contributions to other groups.
Wine and Craft Beer Survivor Morris henderson 2020-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

Dean LaGrange Inducted into Rotary

Destiny inducted Dean into the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak on January 7, 2020. Dean is Chief of the Camrose City Police. Dean grew up in the Red Deer area and has a policing career in Calgary and Airdrie. He is impressed with the city and the caliber of the police service we have. The members are well-trained and community-minded 
In his short time in Camrose he and his wife Laurie have become involved in the community. Dean is on the Camrose Special Olympics board and is currently fundraising in support of his participation in the Centra Cam Bowl-a-thon in March. If you haven't already met Dean you may find him in unexpected places as he enjoys getting out in the community. In December he was at Walmart tending the Salvation Army Kettle. Finding it a little dull, he called on Laurie to bring his speaker so he could share tunes and his dance moves.
As a Rotarian, Dean is now one of over 1.2 million Rotary members in over 175 countries around the world. He will be welcomed at any of the over 13,000 Rotary Clubs in those countries. Rotary offers opportunities to serve in the community and around the world.
Rotary Joins Leaders | Rotarians Share Ideas | Rotarians Take Action
Dean LaGrange Inducted into Rotary Morris Hendersn 2020-01-14 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary Speaker Series

The Rotary Club of Camrose offers the 2020 Speaker Series - AGRICULTURE: Production & Distribution of Food for the World presented by Olson Law at the Hotel Camrose Resort & Casino.

Twelve lunch presentations from November 25, 2019 to June 15, 2020 feature speakers from many facets of the agriculture chain.
Lunch is available for $20 with pre-registration by the Friday prior to the presentation.
See the schedule of speakers here.  For more information or to register email
2020 Rotary Speaker Series Morris henderson 2020-01-09 07:00:00Z 0

Camrose Merry Christmas Fund History

The Camrose Merry Christmas Fund – Christmas Hamper Program
People of Action - This year John Stoddart, his wife Lesley and Morris Henderson again helped out at the Camrose Merry Christmas Fund Christmas hamper assembly and distribution project.
Camrose Merry Christmas Fund History Morris Henderson 2019-12-22 07:00:00Z 0

People of Action - Salvation Army Kettle

John Stoddart has been co-ordinating volunteers to tend the Salvation Army Kettle at Walmart on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas.
This year members and a spouse of the Rotary Club of Camrose and the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak tended the kettle and handed out candy canes to children. They reported that Saturday December 21st donations were brisk as Walmart Canada was matching donations up to $100,000 that day.
Thanks to Odell, Mike, Dean, Morris, Lou and John for volunteering their time to this worthy cause.
I apologize for the stock photo, ClubRunner wouldn't let me upload the picture of John. I guess it saw the money in the kettle and decided I might be looking to counterfeit it.
People of Action - Salvation Army Kettle Morris Henderson 2019-12-22 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Scholarships Presentation

Two $750 Rotary Scholarships were  presented during our joint evening meeting at the Best Western Casino Hotel on November 18, 2019. Glenda Walker (Rotary Daybreak Youth Chair) and Shyla Coykendall (Rotary Daybreak Youth Liaison) presented awards to Ethan Mitchell and Carter Rolston.
2019 Scholarships Presentation Morris Henderson 2019-12-15 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Pints for Polio Pub Walk

Camrose Rotary Pints for Polio Pub Walk was a huge success!! We had 40 Rotarians and friends come out Friday night, November 1st, to support our awareness and fundraising event for the End Polio Now campaign. We visited 4 pubs where we were treated to a drink and some food. We had a raffle and/or a game at each stop. A thousand thank you's to our sponsor pubs: Tap Room Bar + Brewery at the Norsemen Inn, Canadian Brewhouse, Geo's Sports Lounge and the Boston Pizza Lounge, all who donated food, drinks and prizes. The staff at each place were fantastic! D&D Vehicle Sales donated use of a large van so we made sure everyone arrived home safely. Thanks to all the Pub Walkers, Pubs and community donations we raised over $2,100. This will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and grow to over $6,300! Enough to help vaccinate 10,000 children.
Great work Everyone! and so much fun!! Check out some pictures of the event.
2019 Pints for Polio Pub Walk Morris Henderson 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

Cash for Camrose

Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak has been supporting worthwhile projects and organizations in our City for over 16 years.  What could your organization do with some extra funds?  Follow the link in the "Take a Look" section at the top of this web page to access the application form and guidelines.  
Completed forms can be emailed to with "Application for Funding" in the subject line. 
Alternatively you can mail your completed forms to:
Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak
Box 1515
Camrose, AB  T4V 1X4
Cash for Camrose Anna Harder 2017-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary: Making a Difference at Martha's Table

Leslie Stoddart and Paige Switzer managing the soup crock pots.
President Lisa Rohr - "dishing" the dessert!
Through the month of July, Rotary is helping out at Martha's Table - ensuring that vulnerable folks in our community have a healthy meal.  Research shows that helping others boosts our immunity, diminishes pain and helps us to live longer.  We're happier when we go around making others happy!  What a win-win ... if you'd like to help out at Martha's Table, come to City Lights Church on Thursdays and someone can point you in the right direction.
Rotary: Making a Difference at Martha's Table Anna Harder 2017-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Kelly Falardeau and Blankets for Burn Kids

President Lisa Rohr, Stacie Chalmers (Victims Services), Nora-Lee Rear (Women’s Shelter), Breanne and Alison (Open Door), Kelly Falardeau (artist, Burn Blankets for Kids), Gus Guzman.

Victims Services, Camrose Women’s Shelter and The Open Door each received 10 blankets as a result of support for Kelly’s project at the Rib Tickler in June as well as Kelly’s own generosity of giving back from each blanket sold.

Read more about Kelly's project here


Kelly Falardeau and Blankets for Burn Kids Anna Harder 2017-07-11 06:00:00Z 0

Mental Health First Aid

Posted on Jan 24, 2017
Mona Lamoureux (left) of Canadian Mental Health Association, shared an overview of Mental Health First Aid and what we can all do to provide some immediate care to those we find in crisis.   CMHA offers a two day program to train lay people in these valuable skills. Following her presentation, President Elect Lisa Rohr (centre) presented Mona with funds for Canadian Mental Health; an organization we are proud to support each year.  Coordinating the presentation, Destiny Reay (right) who is both club member and an employee of CMHA.
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Paul Harris Fellows

President Carol Breitkreutz (right) presents Rotarians Larry Johnson and Patrice Johnson with Paul Harris pins.  Paul Harris Fellowships acknowledge generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation - the engine behind the global good works of Rotary.  The Johnsons' lives exemplify the 4-Way Test and we are so lucky to count them as members in our Club.  Well done, Larry & Patrice! 
Paul Harris Fellows Anna Harder 2016-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

2016-2017 President Carol Breitkreutz

The new Rotary year began in July with 2015-2016 President Destiny Reay (right) handing off the gavel to Carol Breitkreutz (centre).  Assistant Governor Ray Hook attended and helped the Daybreak Club usher in the new theme - Rotary Serving Humanity.
2016-2017 President Carol Breitkreutz Anna Harder 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Being a Gift to the World - in Camrose 2015-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
Days for Girls Kits Delivered to Guatemala 2015-12-02 07:00:00Z 0

Distinguished Alumni Award to Alan Fielding

This Thursday, long time Augustana advocate and community leader Alan Fielding will receive a University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award. This award will recognize Alan's long term contributions to the Camrose community and beyond.

For nearly 50 years, Alan Fielding has given his time to support local and international organizations such as the Battle River Credit Union, the Battle River Community Foundation, Camrose Kidney Foundation and the Red Cross, the Camrose Daybreak Rotary Club and the Sahakarini Association, a charity that raises funds and oversees projects in developing countries. Fielding is a founding principal of Fielding & Company LLP. He has held numerous positions with the Law Society of Alberta and was known for working cases pro bono if clients were under severe financial strain.

Fielding, a long-time Rotarian, is a tireless fundraiser and volunteer, and he lives by the Rotary motto, “service above self.” He is active not only in his community, but also in his church and the university. Fielding is a passionate lifelong learner, and he continues to take classes and attend guest lectures at Augustana. Music is Fielding’s great love, and he has long been a performer and supporter of the Camrose and Edmonton art scenes.

He was honoured with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2014, and this speaks to his altruistic nature and significant contributions to local and international causes.

Congratulations, Alan. Thank you for helping to make our community better by your efforts.

(Published by University of Alberta, Augustana Alumni, eCircle September 2015)

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Team Daybreak in the Terry Fox Run Anna Harder 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Joel Cassady Receives Honorary Paul Harris

Posted by Dean Jarrett

On March 8, 2011, the Daybreak club welcomed former rotarians Dennis Johnson and Joel Cassady as guests to the morning meeting.  Though no longer formally a member, Dennis was presented another Paul Harris fellowship earned through donations to the Rotary Foundation.  He also donated a second honorary Paul Harris to Joel Cassady a dedicated community-builder and contributor to Rotary for many years.  Pictured are Harry Gaede, Foundation Coordinator, Dennis and Joel as the Fellowships were presented.

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Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak - 10 Years Old!

Posted by Anna Harder
On June 6, 2012 the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak celebrated it's 10th year with a "Rib Tickler" - a delicious rib dinner followed by the antics of stand-up comedian, Ken Valgardson.   Posing with the cake were (past Presidents) Patrice Johnson, Harry Prest, Larry Johnson, Joy LeBlanc, (current President) Don Forestier,(and past Presidents)  Helen Samm, Gerry Lawrence and Christina Rebus.  

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Dr. Roger Epp honored with a Paul Harris

Posted by Dean Jarrett
 Dr. Epp, the outgoing Dean of the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta, was chosen to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship as a result of his efforts at Augustana throughout his tenure.  Dr. Epp oversaw the transition of the University from private to public institution, the joint venture of the Edgeworth Center, the development of the beautiful campus library, and the general trend to see Augustana become more and more engaged with Camrose and the surrounding community, as well as many other accomplishments.  Dr. Epp was presented the award at the morning meeting June 21, 2011 by Club President Patrice Johnson.
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Phyllis Hempel honored and remembered

Posted by Dean Jarrett

On June 21, 2011 the Daybreak club payed tribute to our late member Phyllis Hempel with an honorary Paul Harris fellowship.  Though her membership in the club was brief, she was fondly remembered for her benevolence, passion for community and the founding principles of Rotary.  The tribute gave club members an opportunity to reflect on Phyllis as well as her example that a generous nature needs very little time to leave a lasting impact.  Pictured are Club President Patrice Johnson as she presents the fellowship to Phyllis' husband Ken Hempel at the morning meeting.

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Camrose Daybreak goes Iron Chef!

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Saturday, April 30 was the date of an entertaining evening of fun for the Daybreak Rotary Club.  Coordinated by Patrice Johnson and staged at the new Home Ec. facilities at Camrose Composite High School, 3 cooking teams were assembled; Team Apple, Cheese and Oreo.  Each team had a head chef and was charged with making an appetizer, main course, vegetable and dessert in an "Iron Chef" type of format.  While Team Apple was the victor, there were certainly were no losers as the food was fantastic and fun was had by all.
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Grateful Grannies receive donation from Camrose Daybreak Rotary

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Agnes Hoveland receives a cheque for $1000 from Club President Patrice Johnson May 31, 2011.  Agnes represented the local chapter of the "Grateful Grannies", a branch of the Stephen Lewis Foundation which provides grassroots outreach and support to AID's orphans in Africa
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Camrose Daybreak Supports Augustana's Fine Art's Choral program

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Club president Patrice Johnson presents Keith Harder of Augustana University's Fine Art's Choral Program a cheque for $6000.  The club was able to generate the funds from it's primary fundraiser "Show A Little Love" dinner theatre, of which the choral students played an integral part by providing the evening's entertainment.  The cheque presentation was made at the May 31, 2011 morning meeting
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Camrose Daybreak Supports CAFCL

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Patrice Johnson, club president presents a cheque for $6000 to Ester McDonald of Camrose Association for Community LIving May 31, 2011.  CAFCL supports the needs of some of our community's less-abled people, providing housing, help with daily activities and general support.  The funds were generated through the club's primary fundraiser "Show A Little Love" a dinner theatre event.
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Show a Little Love Preparations

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Preparations for Show a Little Love dinner theatre in February 2011.  Balloon sales have been a significant contributor to the successful fund-raising associated with this event.  Blowing up the volume of balloons required has been a daunting task and this year was no exception.  Pictured are Dave Finlay, John Stoddard and incoming DG Larry Johnson.  Though these men were very capable, apparently Gail Stolee is the reigning champion for efficiency.
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Rotary Day 2011

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Both local Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs came together to celebrate Rotary Day Feb 24 at the Mirror Lake Centre.  Wine, cheese and other refreshments were enjoyed as the stained-glass piece sponsored by Daybreak and titled "Mirror Image" was inaugurated.  Mayor Marshall Chalmers pose with Daybreak club president Patrice Johnson.
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Grateful Grannies/ Stephen Lewis Foundation

Posted by Dean Jarrett
Pat Mader-Mundell (spelling?) spoke Tuesday morning March 1 regarding the work the local chapter of the Grateful Grannies is doing in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  The foundation is effecting change at a local level in Africa in an effort to "Turn the Tide" in the fight against AIDS.  The focus is on the 14 million AIDS orphans in that region.
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District Governor Jackie Hobal visits Daybreak Carol Davies-Pedersen 0

Terry Fox Run

Posted by Carol Davies-Pedersen
Daybreak Rotary provided these 4 crossing guards and paid the Bill Fowler Centre rental for the Terry Fox Run on September 19th.
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New Stained Glass Graces Mirror Lake Park Carol Davies-Pedersen 0

Hike for Hope

Posted by Dean Jarrett
A cold rainy September 19 was warmed up by community members from Camrose to fund raise for Hope School in India
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