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Hi all Presidents
I am forwarding to you an invitation to Inclusion Alberta’s Fundraising Breakfast. I thought that I would get this out prior to your All-Presidents meeting Monday to give you time to see if you could fit this into your busy schedules. Both District 5360 and 5370 have formally endorsed the Inclusion Alberta/Rotary Partnership.
As a background, Inclusion Alberta is a family-based non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Rotary, Inclusion Alberta and the Government of Alberta are committed to working in partnership with the business and broader community to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities - to create the kind of possibilities that contribute to the fullness of community life. Inclusion in community life today creates better communities for everyone tomorrow. To date the Inclusion Alberta/Rotary Partnership has created more than 345 meaningful jobs for adults with developmental disabilities with an average wage of more than $14 per hour. 
I would encourage those that have the time, and who want to learn more about Inclusion Alberta to attend the Breakfast.
Thanks and see you all on Monday
Dan Doherty
Rotary International
District 5360 Governor Elect
(403) 519-5796
From: Carla Hamarsnes [
Sent: November-01-17 10:47 PM
Subject: Inclusion Alberta Breakfast Invitation
Hello Dan,
It was so nice to meet you at lunch today. Rotary (and the world) is very blessed to have such a wise and passionate leader as the future District Governor!
As per our discussion, I’ve attached an invitation to our upcoming Fundraising Breakfast next week Thursday November 9th at the Westin Hotel (7:30-8:30 am).  I’m so glad you can attend and we would be thrilled if some of the other club presidents could attend as well (although we fully understand it is very short notice). We do prepare name tags for each guest and we want to ensure we have enough settings, muffins, fruit etc. so we will need people to RSVP ASAP (RSVP info on the invitation).
The continental breakfast is free, it is only one hour, and there is no obligation to give, but there is an explicit ask for donations at the event. It is a high-quality event where you will hear about the work we do from people whose lives we touch.
Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again for your support for our partnership and I look forward to seeing you at the breakfast next week! 
Carla Hamarsnes
Rotary Employment Partnership Coordinator
Inclusion Alberta (formerly Alberta Association for Community Living)
Unit 211/212, 4014 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2G 2R7
Main Office: 403.717.0361 ext.221
Direct line: 403.539.5866  
Cell: 587.227.4276
Fax: 403.228.2132
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Dear Fellow Rotarian:
We are announcing our trips to the Toronto Convention AND a trip to India to participate in the March, 2018 Polio National Immunization Days (NID).  All the material can be accessed at our website:
Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space.
•             Travel to a Rotary Convention is a wonderful international exposure to our organization and Canada offers many unique opportunities for 2018.
•             Rotarians in India are preparing to fully transition to the injectable Polio vaccine soon.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India for non-medical volunteers to participate in polio NID activities.  
Both of these trips offer you and the Rotarians in your club an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time. 
If you have questions, please let us know.
Jolene R. Bortz
Howard Tours
516 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 834-2260 voice
(510) 834-1019 fax
"We look forward to traveling with you"
Dear Tamara,
Include a Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa
in your vacation plans for 2018!!
Applications are currently being accepted for a
Rotary Friendship Exchange to South Africa from May 7 to 18, 2018
 Currently we are looking for 10 Rotarians
(in any combination of individuals and couples)
for this exchange.
  The exchange is to South Africa - District 9370
that encompasses the eastern and south-eastern part of South Africa and is centered in the city of Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.
This Friendship Exchange will involve 12 nights including one pre-exchange night in hotel then 12 days/nights with different host Rotary families (3-4 nights each approximately). There is usually a maximum of 5-6 host families per host Rotary club.  Programming includes Rotary activities, touring local points of interest and visiting tourist attractions.
for more information on the RFE program.
The exchange is dependent on a minimum number of interested participants.
Some additional facts:
· Participants must pay all costs except the billeting provided by Rotarians in South Africa.
· On this exchange most local transportation is provided by the hosts at nominal cost to us.
· Travel to South Africa is booked individually (not as a group) so your plans can include pre- and/or post-Exchange travel.
· Arrival and departure cities will be confirmed by Outbound Coordinator at first meeting.
· Must be prepared to complete the full exchange ie. arrival on May 6, 2018 and commencement of the Exchange on May 7, 2018.  The last night at the host families will be May 18 but the departure will be on May 19, 2018.
 · The Rotarian must be part of the traveling group.
· The group will participate in pre-exchange planning meetings with a district coordinator.
· This is a District to District Exchange and while participation in hosting an inbound exchange would be appreciated, it is not a requirement (but does help in assessing successful candidates if we are oversubscribed).
      Must be a Rotarian in good standing.
      Participants must be team players as the group will travel together for the duration of the exchange.
      Must be a good ambassador for Rotary and Canada.
      Must be in reasonable physical condition as the exchange will involve tourism activities that may require some moderate walking.
An application (an example application is attached as well for reference), should be submitted promptly as we expect this exchange will be a popular one!  Extensive Rotary experience is not a requirement but may be a factor in selecting the team if the Exchange is oversubscribed by the deadline (RFE involvement ie. Hosting is heavily weighted).  So please complete ALL questions on the application, in detail, as it may be the difference of whether you are chosen or not. Deadline for applications and RECEIPT OF DEPOSIT CHEQUE will be November 15, 2017.
Applications should be submitted to:
Margie Hansma
6 Austin Drive
Red Deer, AB
T4R 2T9
The application must include a non-refundable* deposit of $300 per individual or $600 per couple payable to: Rotary District 5360.  This deposit is to hold your spot on this trip and $250** will be returned at the completion of travel.  All cheques will be held and not cashed until you are chosen as one of the applicants.  Please email us the time of mailing so we can ensure we receive all applications sent to us.
*The non-refundable nature of this deposit will ONLY come into play if the applicant backs out of the trip before the time of travel without exceptional circumstances.  This is to ensure continuity of the size of the group that will be received by our hosts.
**$50 of the $300 will be a levy by the District Friendship Exchange to be used for the sole purpose of promoting and facilitating future exchanges in District 5360.  The remaining $250 will be refunded to the participants upon their return from the exchange abroad or participants may also use their collective funds against group expenses.  A further explanation of this will be provided by the outbound coordinator (Gerry Darichuk) at your first group meeting.
Questions should be addressed to: or 403-872-1555

Yours in Rotary,
Margie Hansma
RFE Chairman
District 5360
Dear Tamara,,
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For poor families, a small patch of land is often the only source of critical food and shelter. But scores of vulnerable widows have this lifeline stolen from them after their husbands die.

Powerful relatives or neighbours steal their land with violence, or prey on orphans in their time of need. Victims are left hungry, homeless and deeply afraid. Too often, local justice officials treat this crime as a “family matter” and tell a widow to settle with her abusers. Without accountability, criminals continue to thrive, their victims trapped in the cycle of poverty.
Join Rotary Clubs of Calgary along with IJM Canada for a private screening of National Geographic's short film about protecting widows and orphans in Uganda. We are honoured to welcome Nina Asiimwe, IJM Uganda's Director for Training and Community Relations, who is featured in the film. Equipped with a Master's degree in law, Nina has been passionately advocating for women and children's rights for nine years. 
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Sent on behalf go DGN Christine Rendell:
Dear Calgary and area Club Presidents, 
October 24th is World Polio Day and in our fight to end this horrible disease,we are holding the Raise your Pints for Polio event at Brewsters on 11th Ave SW.
Admission is  $26.50 cash at the door or pay on line when you register on the District 5360 website..This price is the amount of the initial donation to The Rotary Foundation 100 years ago!
Munchies and beverages are extra folks. All funds raised will support the End Polio campaign.
Drop by for a pint anytime starting at 5:30pm.
Please share with your club.Bring a prospective member!
In Rotary Spirit,
DGN Christine

Sent on behalf of Membership and Engagement Chair, Christine Rendell
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
You may recall the postponement of the Membership workshop originally scheduled for April 8th, 2017. 
I'm thrilled to announce that we have set a date for the workshop to Nov.18th, 2017 from 9:00am to 12 noon! The workshop will be held in Calgary for those who wish to attend in person however, this workshop will be livestreamed throughout the district so that all club members can participate! 
The concern with just about every club  in our district and across North America is that membership is decreasing and in some clubs, dramatically!
Clubs can opt to hold this workshop as an alternative to their regular meeting or consider gathering together with other nearby clubs in a mutually convenient location. It lends another opportunity to share ideas about Membership.
Registration will open in the few days so check the District website and Whatzup for the announcement.
In Rotary Spirit,
Christine Rendell
RI District 5360 Membership and Engagement Chair
DGN 2019-2020
Rotary Club of Calgary East
Sent on behalf of Rotarian Jane Audet
Need something to do Saturday Sept 23rd now that the peace Park assembly has been cancelled??
THE ROTARY CLUB OF CHESTERMERE could use your support.
They are hosting their amazing race and need more teams to make it a success. Please consider participating. See below you need to sign up by Friday Sept 15th. I know they would greatly appreciate the support.
See link below to register:

From Chetermere club:
We do need more teams to make this event a success and there is only 1 week left to register!

Rotary Sarcee has entered their team and they are looking for another Rotary club to challenge them.
We have a special trophy for the winning Rotary Team!

Please let us know if your club will be entering a team.

The basic entry fee is $200.00 per team, but we hope teams will try to raise additional funds.  A team can earn an "Express Pass" for raising extra money!
An Express Pass allows a team to either pass on a challenge - or do a modified easier version of the challenge, based on the amount of extra funds raised.

You can register your team online at or pay by cheque on event day.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Warmest Regards,
Karen McKee
Sent on behalf of Rotarian Jolene Bortz:
The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana, West Africa in October 2017 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.  Attached is detailed trip information. 
Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.
Trip Dates:                            October 03 – 12, 2017
Travel to:                              Accra, Ghana, West Africa 
Per Person Price:                $1,689, double occupancy
Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.
In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.
The experiences you have stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes.  It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite. 
The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  This committee needs your help, leadership and motivational skills, as Governor, to generate awareness, interest and action to support these projects.  Further, projects fairs are an expanding program, encourage by Rotary and The Rotary Foundation as an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to find viable, qualified humanitarian projects.
Not only will you be offering significant project support, but you will enjoy a profound “Rotary Moment.”  The Ghanaian Rotarians have prepared an extraordinary week of activities.
Let us know if you have any questions.   We hope to hear from you soon.
Jolene R. Bortz
Howard Tours
Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown
Past President

The following is a district organized event sent on behalf of DGE Dan Doherty:
Please join us at Calgary’s historic Plaza Theatre on September 28th at 6:00 pm for a private screening of Alive Inside, a documentary that explores the ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Also, hear about the unique Partnership with Rotary and Bethany Care Society.
With a gap in Calgary's senior and dementia care facilities, Rotary has taken the opportunity to embrace the ageing population by partnering with Bethany, a leader in southern Alberta’s senior care sector. Bethany has over seventy years of experience and established dementia care expertise.
A number of clubs from our district have committed to donate $1,000,000 to building The Atrium, a year-round indoor green space that will provide an area for Bethany residents, family, staff, volunteers, community visitors and Rotarians to gather and engage with each other. The Atrium will be one of the main features at Bethany Riverview, located in the heart of Calgary’s newest dementia care facility.
As partners, we are not only committed to providing the best care for the people that built our city and our province but also in bringing forward the stories of incredible people doing incredible things in senior care.  On September 28th, we would like to invite you to a screening of Alive Inside, a cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
 A glimpse of the impact:  
Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot and feel free to invite others as well:  
Alive Inside Screening - Register Here
Sent from DG Rick Istead:
Nominations for 2020-2021 District Governor
It is that time of year again when, together, we have the important task of selecting a new Governor Nominee to take office in the District for the year 2020-2021. A Nominating Committee of past and future governors has been appointed by the District Board to make their recommendation for the 2020-2021 Governor to the membership at the District's 2017-18 Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held at the District Conference in Calgary in May 2018.
At this time the Nominating Committee is assembling a slate of candidates which will form the pool for their consideration.  We are asking Clubs to determine whether or not they have a candidate in their midst and to consider putting this individual forward to the Nominating Committee. The deadline for submission of completed applications is October 1, 2017. 
Please submit your club’s nomination to:
Sent on behalf of President Hendrik Kraay from Calgary Olympic:
The Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic is sponsoring a team in the YWCA Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser in support of their programs for women and children fleeing family violence and abuse in Calgary. On Tuesday, September 19, RCCO men will be walking down Stephen Avenue mall in high heels in support of the YWCA’s campaign. I’d like to challenge other Rotarians to join our team (men only, but in this case it’s for a good cause) or to donate to our team:
Thanks for your support.
  • YW Calgary operates the YW Sheriff King Home emergency shelter, which offers safe,temporary housing and support for women and their children fleeing family violence and abuse in Calgary.
  • In 2016, the YW Calgary supported more than 6,800 individuals, including 419 women and children who spent at least one night at YW Sheriff King Home and more than 1,800 women, children, and men with counselling and personal development programs.
  • In 2016, Calgary Police Service noted a 36 per cent increase over the five year average in domestic violence calls. That’s more than 3,709 calls in one year.
  • Women experience many barriers when fleeing an abusive partner, such as fear for their safety and safety of their children and pets, shame, lack of support, homelessness and financial instability.
  • Family violence and abuse against women is a form of gender oppression related to culture, social political and economic factors. It affects women of all ages, races, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations and educational backgrounds.
  • Family violence and abuse against women is the main pathway into homelessness for women and their children.
Service Above Self Award
Rotary’s highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide, and no more than one from each district, each year. 
Only district governors, immediate past district governors, RI directors, and past RI directors may honor exemplary Rotarians by nominating them to be considered for this award. If you know of a Rotarian in your club or in our District who you feel is deserving of this recognition, please read the attached Service Above Self Award information and fill out the Nomination form (also attached). Please submit your nomination(s) to my attention no later than October 15th so we have time to review, select and submit our District’s candidate by RI’s deadline of November 1st. What a great way to recognize a fellow Rotarian. Our District’s last Service Above Self award recipient was Dan Doherty (RC of Calgary West) in 2015-2016.
Sent on behalf of DG Rick Istead:
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Assembly
I encourage all Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in our District to join us for the 85th Annual Waterton Glacier International Park Assembly in Waterton National Park town site on September 22-24th. This is the world’s first international peace park, one we should all be proud of as it’s right in our own back yard. The event kicks off Friday evening with a Pig roast followed by entertainment by the “Wardens”. On Saturday,   informative speakers bring information about the two National Parks, the native peoples and their culture, the history of Waterton and its future and a look at the Crown of the Continent and the transboundary collaboration that occurs. On Sunday, we will celebrate the relationships we have formed during the weekend and over the years culminating with the “Hands across the Border” pledge of Peace with our neighbours to the south.