Call to Order
President Anna Harder.
20 Rotary Members attending.
None this week.
Breakfast next week is French Toast and Ham.
There will not be meetings held on Dec 23rd and Dec 30th.
Days for Girls is ramping up for our first sewing event on January 31, 2015. Lisa has generously offered up space in her downtown building to host the event. Our goal is to complete 60 kits on that day. There will be more information to come on the event itself, but in the meantime club members can help out by bring donations to fill our tub of supplies. We need new terry cloth washcloths, Ziplock brand one-gallon resealable bags (without the slider tab), hotel size bars of soap, and girls size 10-16 panties (Fruit of the Loom brand is recommended). Please bring any donations to regular meeting between now and the January 27th meeting and help fill the tub.
The Salvation Army is looking for Volunteers to be bell ringers for the kettle collection starting on Nov 27th. The hours run 9-6 and any block of time that you can donate is appreciated. Please talk to John for more information.
January is a busy Rotary month please be aware of the following dates:
Jan 13 -  Patrick Gibson from the Edmonton Strathcona club will be coming to talk about KIVA.
Jan 18 – Traditions Potluck Dinner party at Larry and Patrice’s.
Jan 27 – District Governor Linda Robertson is attending our meeting.
Jan 31 – Days for Girls Sewing Event
Food For Thought
Lisa’s food for thought this morning was a reminder of the Charity Check Stop taking place this year on December 6th from 12:00-4:00pm. Donations are being accepted for the Food Bank, the Secret Santa program and Victim Services. Please talk to Lisa if you’d like more information.
50-50 Draw
Larry and Patrice brought back spices from their favorite restaurant in San Diego, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto which was won by Lisa.
Destiny pulled the Ace of Hearts….so close, but not a winner.
Judge Greg fined those in attendance without their name tags.
Happy Bucks
Happy bucks this morning included spending the weekend in Canmore….and having clear roads after Red Deer, enjoying a nice trip to Arizona and California X 2, Shumka Dance performance X 3, the Barra MacNeils concert X 2, the snow is on the ground for cross-country skiing, going to Montreal, Christmas Party being held at Larry and Patrice’s, the snow is here for skiing and snowboarding, Traditions party on Jan 18th at Larry and Patrice’s, parents gone south for the winter and kids are housesitting, wife coaching senior girls volleyball and the team won Gold at recent tournament, the Grateful Grannies fundraiser at the Bailey, the involvement of Rotarians with a variety of charitable organizations and Go Stamps!
Guest Speaker
Today was our eagerly anticipated Annual General Meeting. Alan led us through some motions and the technical side of the AGM. The slate of officers for the next Rotary year was approved, but there are still some open positions including Youth, Membership, and President Elect. If you are interested in nominating someone for these positions or would like to allow your name to stand, please get in touch with Destiny, Anna or John.
Our Next AGM will be Nov.24, 2015
Other Rotary Business
Harry G. talked about the Rotary Foundation and encouraged everyone to participate in the “Every Rotarian Every Year” campaign. To donate to the Rotary Foundation (Canada) follow this link and then click “Make a Donation”. There are many ways to contribute including a one-time gift, a regular monthly gift (credit card) or a post life gift by naming Rotary as a beneficiary. Method of donation can be found on the website or you can bring a cheque to a meeting and Harry will make sure it gets to the right place. The goal of our club is $100 per member, so that would be approximately $115 Canadian funds if you would like to bring a cheque for Harry……although any amount is welcome and appreciated.
For every $1000 (USD) a member donates to the foundation, he/she then become recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. This morning there was an impressive number of Paul Harris Fellows in the room. Thank you everyone for your generous donations.