March 7, 2023 - This Is Rotary
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month
The in-person (with Zoom available) meeting was opened by President Alan with O Canada.  There were 8 of 14 members present as well as guests Assistant District Governor Jen Stone and former club member Carol Davies. Alan congratulated Odell on his 75th Birthday.
Alan read the Treaty 6 Acknowledgement:
We acknowledge that the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak is located on Treaty 6 land. This is the traditional territory and an ancient gathering place of many Indigenous peoples for thousands of years.
We recognize that we are all Treaty people and have a responsibility to become aware of our shared history, understand the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties and by doing so we can honour the past, be aware of the present, and create a just and caring future built upon Peace, Friendship, and Understanding.
Discussion on Future of the Club
Alan summarized the discussion led by Chris on the future of the club and invited further comments.
  • We should try to recruit retired people; they have the time for a club.
  • Would Days for Girls survive if we were gone?  We support them with about $4,000 per year.  They are pretty organized at making and assembling kits on their own.
  • Funds left over if a club closes go to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Would some of the people who have left come back?  Odell will send a list of people to Cliff and Larry who will talk to former members.
  • Would a change in time or venue attract more members.  7:00 am was good for working people but perhaps not so attractive to those who are retired.
  • The Wainwright Club fundraised for a CT Scanner, they were in the paper weekly and did get some new members with this big project.
  • Could we generate a tournament or other events with Disk Golf that would increase publicity and community engagement?
  • Would a weekly ad in the Booster listing both clubs with contact information inform the community more about the two clubs?
Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks were given for:
“Dodging a bullet” with his recent surgery, great skiing after recovery from injury, his birthday, regaining his voice after a cold, an upcoming birthday for which she has planned her own party, a great week in New York with a 3-day extension due to a flight delay.
  • The Chase the ACE draw tomorrow is down to 10 cards. The prize for drawing the ACE of Spades is $26,500+. The Charity for this period is KidSport Camrose. Should the ACE not be drawn we will be responsible for the weeks of April 6 – 19.  The Music Festival and Reading University have been suggested, any further suggestions for a charity should be sent to Morris.
  • The District Conference is in Jasper April 20 to 23.  Alan and Valerie plan to attend.    
  • Camrose Police Service Regimental Ball will be held March 18 at the Camrose Resort & Casino in support of Alberta Communities Against Abuse and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  Supper, Dance and Silent Auction.  See the poster sent by Morris or contact Dean for more information.
  • We sent a donation to Shelterbox for two kits ($2,400) for the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
  • Alan and Valerie will be in Guatemala next week reviewing Namaste Direct. 
  • The Board meeting that would have been on March 14 will now be held at the Canadian Mental Health Boardroom, 4711 51 Avenue, on March 21 at 8:00 am following our Club meeting at Safety Starts Here.
Our next meeting is the joint meeting on Monday March 13 at 6 pm at the Norsemen Inn, Ted has sent out a Zoom link, or check the calendar on their website. Reeve Cindy Trautman will give an update on the County. Please let RotaryCamrose@gmail.com know by Monday at noon if you are planning to have the meal.