2016 - 2017 District Governor Neil Berg

District 5360 eBulletin

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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
District Governor Message
To our Youth, the Future.

If the future really belongs to our youth,

to the young people preparing to take on the leadership roles in our businesses and communities, then it is our responsibility to instil in these young people the values and integrity that gave rise to and continues to define our collective walk in Rotary.
May is Youth Service month on the Rotary calendar.  I’ve heard many times the comment from a Rotarian that ‘youth program such-and-such’ is their favourite aspect of Rotary.
This year our District is host to fourteen international students in the Rotary Youth Exchange program and there are similar numbers of young people ‘out there’ now and more ready to start their adventure of a lifetime in the next few weeks. We would encourage all Rotarians to support and if possible attend the International dinner 03-Jun in Calgary where our Youth Exchange students will continue to raise money and awareness for their charity of choice, ShelterBox.
While the international Youth Exchange Program is one of the better known it sure isn’t the only one.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards brings together young people with demonstrated leadership potential for a weekend of enriching self-development.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment, while not an official Rotary program but rather a District initiative, gives youth from perhaps more challenging backgrounds an opportunity for personal growth.  The stories these young people share with their sponsoring Clubs about the impact on their lives is a true testament to the value of their experience.
We are privileged to have five Rotaract Clubs in our District.  These young leaders are Rotarians and humanitarians in their own right, positively impacting their communities both locally and through their international projects.
Interact is oriented to high school students and has a lot of potential for further growth in our District.  And of course, now there is Early Act, involving youngsters from junior high school and even late elementary ages.
The ‘Adventures in’ programs have a long history in our District.  The Adventure in Citizenship program is perhaps the best known.  By the way, Mayor Tara Veer of Red Deer was an Adventures in Citizenship scholar when she was a 17-year-old Red Deer student.  She became the youngest mayor in Canada a couple years ago.  Other Adventures programs include photography, technology, fire-fighting and agriculture, among others.
We are also excited to announce a new initiative, our partnership with Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.  This jives perfectly with the can-do business-first attitude of Albertans generally and will be renamed the Rotary Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
We can all be proud as well of the work that has been done in our District to build and maintain a comprehensive youth protection program.  (And this is, of course, applies to all the vulnerable people that we serve in our communities.)
It can certainly be properly stated that through Rotarians work with youth in the many forms it takes, we are building peace, community service & leadership and world understanding one young person at a time.
So keep your eyes and ears open to Youth Service opportunities in your Club.
We are all Rotary Serving Humanity through the mentoring and development of the future leaders in our communities.
Neil Berg
Rotary Club of Red Deer East
Rotary International District 5360 Governor
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
(403) 302-1552
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Service Reports
Use your phone for good. Use your phone for Rotary!

Lights, Camera, Action! Tips for Shooting Rotary Videos Using Your Phone

News flash! Video is a highly effective way to tell your story and build your club’s brand. Why? It is the next best thing to being there. You can look viewers in the eye and speak directly to them. Video connects at an emotional level. Sound integrates with visuals to create a sensory environment.

Anyone with basic knowledge can shoot a short video, edit it, and upload it for the world to see. All from their phone!
Robyn T. Braley
P 403-280-1093
C 403-829-3340
CRCF New Website needs your Content
Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation
305, 105 - 12th Ave SE • Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
The Board of Directors for the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation (CRCF) encourages all Rotarians to visit the CRCF web site at the link provided above.
We are looking to update the site with new photos and stories about projects that our Calgary clubs are involved in or have completed where funds earned from the clubs involvement with CRCF were utilized.
If your club has a story to tell please send it along with photos to the attention of Gordon Forsyth
Send us your story in a “Word.doc” and please keep the dialogue to under 250 words.
Pictures should be sent as a separate attachment and not pasted to the Word Doc. Photos are limited to a maximum of Two (2).
CRCF reserves the right to edit all submissions to meet site formatting requirements.
We look forward to hearing from you
Thanks from Your CRCF BOD
Rotary/Mattamy Greenway Grand Opening Planning

The Rotary Mattamy Greenway project is nearing completion and planning for the Grand Opening event is underway!

All levels of donations of prizes and sponsorships will be gratefully received.
In order for the Parks Foundation to plan the event, clubs should make their contributions prior to May 15.  However, donations and sponsorships will continue to be accepted right up to the event. Clubs, individuals, companies and groups are all welcome to donate and will receive recognition as outlined. 
This is such an exciting project!  All of you took a ‘leap of faith’ five years ago and created a world’s first for the citizens of Calgary and area.
Email  Alexandra Velosa (Alex) or call 403 471 9583
Presidential Citation - Qualify your club Today !
To qualify for the Presidential Citation, clubs must complete two mandatory activities and additional activities in several categories. Most activities will be verified automatically through RI’s data. But some will be verified only by the information you enter in Rotary Club Central.
To more accurately capture your club’s achievements, for the first time ever, clubs will have the entire Rotary year — from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 — to achieve the Presidential Citation goals.
District governors will be able to track the progress of all of their clubs online, and I’m asking them to follow up with you regularly and support you in achieving these goals
RI President John Germ will also offer a special citation to districts that:
  • Have at least 51 percent of clubs earn the Presidential Citation
  • Contribute at least 20 percent of their District Designated Fund to PolioPlus
  • Increase Annual Fund giving by 5 percent over last year’s total
  • Achieve a 3 percent increase in membership
Thank you in advance for your efforts this year to show Rotary Serving Humanity.
Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp Aug 13-19,

Club Sponsorship and Adult Volunteer Opportunities Available








As you read these lines, final preparations are well underway for our 108th Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June in Atlanta. We're looking forward to one of the biggest and best Rotary conventions yet, as we celebrate not only a wonderful year of Rotary Serving Humanity, but a full century of Doing Good in the World through The Rotary Foundation.

If you haven't already made plans to attend, it's not too late to register at riconvention.org. There is simply no better way to round off another great year in Rotary than by coming together with 40,000 or so of your fellow Rotarians to share ideas, find inspiration, and have a great time together.

We're excited to have Bill Gates, a friend and partner in our work to eradicate polio, speaking at our convention this year. And it's worth arriving early to attend a special Presidential Peace Conference, scheduled for 9-10 June and featuring Bernice A. King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.

I'm proud to host a convention that is practically in my own backyard: Atlanta is a vibrant, modern state capital just a two-hour drive from my home city of Chattanooga, Tenn., and it's a great place to experience the famous hospitality of the American South. Our Host Organization Committee has a great week planned, starting with the "Blue Jeans and Bluegrass" kickoff event on Saturday night.

Come on over to Centennial Olympic Park, right across from the House of Friendship, and get in a dancing mood with Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band. Meet up with friends old and new at the Centennial Celebration Block Party or on the Peace Tour of Atlanta. Roll up your sleeves for the Habitat Home Build, or tie up your laces to take part in the 3K Walk/Run to End Polio Now. And before you say goodbye, come back to the House of Friendship for one more party: our Foundation's 100th birthday party, with (of course!) cake and ice cream.

It's going to be an incredible experience, and Judy and I are looking forward to celebrating with you – or, as we say in the South, with y'all! See you in Atlanta!



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