Welcome to the September 23, 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club of Calgary Millennium.

President Chris opened the meeting in the Monarch Room and our guest, Fran Porter led the singing of O'Canada. Secretary Dianne said Grace.  Chris introduced the visitors and guests:

  • Fran Porter - author
  • Andy Porter
  • Jeff Andersen
Treasurer Dale did the S@A honours today.  Many happy bucks.  Dianne made a plug as a reminder to bring in socks for Wendy, Kyla and Chris's sock drive (Wendy and Kyla are collecting new or gently used adult socks for the Drop In Centre and the Alberta Chiropractic Association.  Neighbourlink will collect the same type of socks for Infants and Children).  
Dues invoices were sent out on July 24th.  Please remember to pay Dale.  
The club voted on a proposal made by Chris to the club regarding the inaugural project for the re-launch of NeighbourLink called No Crib for a Bed.  The vote was unanimous, conditional to the approval of ALGC.  
The Speaker Series will take place on November 4, January 13 and March 2 if we can get speakers.  Todd Hirsch (ATB) is available for January.  The other 2 dates are open.
Glenn Dmetrichuk is our Program Director extraordinaire.  If you have any program ideas please contact him.  
Chris introduced Andy who introduced Fran Porter, author of the book When the Ship Has No Stabilizers.
Here is an exerpt from Fran's FaceBook page:
THE BIG DAY!! So meaningful for us. Yesterday morning, aptly during Mental Health Week, Andy and I donated a cheque for $20,000 to McMan Youth, Family, and Community Services. This is the sum of book proceeds to date, and it will be used to further McMan programs for mentally-ill adolescents. Our invited guests were friends and representatives of organizations that have supported us every step of the way to this meaningful milestone. We never thought the book would have such impact, and speaking engagements continue!! With us in the photo below, accepting the cheque, are McMan's Executive Director Soraya Saliba (left) and Darlene Petrie, good friend to Colleen for many years and now McMan's Community Engagement Specialist. As long as we can, we'll keep speaking out...and donating to McMan, in Colleen's memory.
“It’s the story of our mentally ill daughter, Colleen, who took her own life in June of 2010. The effort really is to pay forward some of what McMan tried to do for Colleen so that others now can benefit from new advancements that have become available since Colleen passed away,” said Porter.