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Honor a club member who participates in service activities in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International and Youth.
Who can nominate: Club Presidents
Deadline: Recognition materials will be available in late 2017 Download the nomination form
Honor members who have been actively involved in service activities related to The Rotary Foundation, such as serving on a Foundation committee, participating in a grant-funded project, or supporting a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Who can nominate: District Governors
Deadline: 30 June Download the nomination form
The Distinguished Service Award is the Foundation’s highest service recognition and is given to Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation. Recipients must have received the Citation for Meritorious Service four years prior to be eligible for this award.
Who can nominate: Rotarians
Deadline: 30 June Download the nomination form      Nomination opportunities opening soon 
Present a certificate to Rotarians in your district who are making a difference through the Foundation’s programs.
Who can nominate: District Governors
Deadline: None Download the certificate order form (limit 20 certificates)
Rotary’s highest honor recognizes up to 150 Rotarians each year who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.
Who can nominate: Current and immediate past District Governors and current and past RI Directors
Deadline: 1 November Download the nomination form
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to our polio eradication efforts. Each year, we give up to 10 regional service awards per WHO region to worthy recipients. We also give 10 international awards to people whose work has had widespread impact.
Who can nominate: Rotarians
Deadline: 1 November Download the nomination form and guidelines
The award is made to honour Rotarians who provided extraordinary service to the Rotary Foundation, such service having a substantial impact on the ultimate goal of polio eradication prior to November 1, 1992.
Who can nominate: Rotarians
Deadline: 1 November Download the nomination form and guidelines
This award is given to Rotarians who have used their occupation to make an impact in the community, demonstrated integrity in their profession and in Rotary, and undertaken at least one of six activities outlined in the award guidelines that are outlined in the nomination form.
Who can nominate: District Governors
Deadline: 1 November Download the nomination form
Honor a club, district, or zone that achieved superlative success in membership growth and retention.
Who can nominate: Given at the DG’s discretion
Clubs that are growing stronger, creating positive change in our communities, and enhancing our public image deserve recognition. The Presidential Citation is one way to acknowledge their work.
Who can nominate: District Governors
Recognize Rotaract clubs that are meeting the RI president’s challenges to make a positive difference.
Deadline to achieve all goals: 30 June
Recognize Interact clubs that are meeting the RI president’s challenges to make a positive difference.
Who can nominate: Sponsoring club’s President or District Leader
Deadline to achieve all goals: 30 June
Deadline to report qualifying clubs to RI: 15 August
Recognize a club in your district whose project has addressed a significant problem or need in your community (international projects are not eligible). You can nominate one club per district each year.
Who can nominate: District Governors
Deadline: 15 March Download the Nomination form
Recognize Rotaractors who are making a sustainable impact in one of Rotary's areas of focus through their innovative community or international service projects.
Who can nominate: Rotaractors
Deadline: 1 August - 1 February Download the nomination form      Nomination opportunities opening soon 
This award recognizes up to 150 non-Rotarians, including spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service consistent with Rotary's ideals, and who might otherwise go unrecognized.
Who can nominate: District Governor
Deadline: 1 April Download the certificate order form
This award recognizes one outstanding Rotary alumnus each year whose humanitarian service and professional achievements demonstrate the impact of Rotary's programs.
Who can nominate: Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators
Deadline: 30 June
Download the nomination form      Nomination opportunities opening soon 
Recognize Rotaract clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Rotaract Week, which occurs each year during the week of 13 March. Activities can range from partnering with an international Rotaract club to publicizing Rotaract in your local media.
Who can nominate: Sponsoring Rotary Club or District Rotaract Chair
Deadline: None Download the certificate
Recognize Interact clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Interact Week, which occurs each year during the week of 5 November. Activities can range from working on a joint project with a Rotary club to inviting potential members to a club meeting or project.
Who can nominate: Sponsoring Rotary Club or District Interact Chair
Deadline: None Download the certificate
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. The Fourth Object of Rotary initially composed by Donald MacRae
Deadline: April 30
For information on the Don MacRae Peace Award please contact Zone 24: PDG Joan Hayward at
This award recognizes one outstanding Rotarian or Rotaractor within the District who was inspired to demonstrate outstanding achievement in Rotary and in the community both locally and internationally and through his or her actions has been an inspiration to others to do the same.
This award is for the CLUB with the greatest percentage increase in net new members. Net membership will be based on reported membership in My Rotary as of 15 April. For more information on James Wheeler Davidson see Appendix 2.
This award is for the CLUB with the highest attendance at the District Conference based on District Conference registrations as of 15 April. Conference Host Rotary Club is excluded from this award. For more information on George (Curly) Galbraith see Appendix 2.
GILBERT PATERSON Rotary Foundation Contribution Award
This award is for the CLUB with the highest per capita year-to-date contribution to the Rotary Foundation Annual Program Fund as reported by the Rotary Foundation as of 15 April. For more information on Gilbert Paterson see Appendix 2.
MEL CUNNINGHAM Club Publicity Award
This award is for the best CLUB public relations activity that promotes “Rotary” in their community. This may be in conjunction with a fundraiser, service project or donor project. Submission deadline: 15 April. For more information on Mel Cunningham see Appendix 2.
GLEN PEACOCK Award for Outstanding Rotary Clubs Large/Medium/Small
This award is for the large, medium and small CLUBS which best reflect the themes of Rotary International and the District. Submission deadline: 15 April. For more information on Glen Peacock see Appendix 2.
Large clubs: over 100 members; Medium clubs: 40 – 100 members; Small clubs: less than 40 members
RYERSON CHRISTIE Conference Attendance Award
For the club with the highest percentage attendance at the District Conference based on District Conference registrations as of 15 April. Conference Host Rotary Club is excluded from this award. For more information on Ryerson Christie see Appendix 2.
The ShelterBox Canada Hero program recognizes the ongoing dedication and support of Rotary Clubs in Canada who believe that no family should go without shelter.
A Rotary Club is recognized based on the total contributions from the club, its fundraising and its members throughout each Rotary year.  There are three ShelterBox Canada Hero levels: Bronze ($1,200+), Silver ($3,600) and Gold ($6,000).
Appendix 1
Service above Self
Distinguished Service
Meritorious Service
Dan Doherty 2015-16
John Rymes 1994-95
Jack Thompson 2015-16
Steve Rickard 2014-15
James Robinson 1983
Walter Haessel 2013-14
Bernie Carriere 2013-14
Neil Swensrude 2006-07
Mike Smith 2011-12
Chuck Masur 1999-2000
Walter Haessel 2010-11
Bill Gillott 1998-99
Garth Toombs 2008-09
Alan Williams 1994-95
Neil Swensrude 2007-08
John Rymes1991-92
Clayton Caroll 2002-03
James Robinson 1982
Raju Paul 2000-01
Philip Libin 1999-2000
Carl Smith 1998-99
Chuck Masur 1995-96
Kenneth R. Ford 1993-94
Appendix 2
Monty J. Audenart
The theme of the award is “Inspiring others above and beyond”.  The award commemorates the contributions of Dr. Monty Audenart, a Red Deer dentist who served as District Governor of RI district 5360, in 2000 – 2001 and went on to serve as RI Vice president 2008-2009.  He was the Trustee of the Rotary Foundation at the time of his passing on January 21, 2015.
The selection committee is composed of: The District Governor, the District Governor Elect, The District Governor Nominee, a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East and the Awards Chair. The Recipient of the award will be announced at the District Conference.
In addition to completing the attached form, please use additional sheets to describe what qualifies your nominee for the award. Include any writings, previous awards, accomplishments, and contributions to Rotary, in the Club, and in the community, locally and internationally. Please send material in electronic format. Focus on what the nominee has done that emulated the values and actions of Dr. Monty Audenart and demonstrates unquestionable integrity.
The application should be sent to the District Awards Chair.
The award will only be given if the selection committee finds that the individual meets the necessary qualifications.
Unsuccessful candidates will be carried over for two additional Rotary years. During this time the nominator has the opportunity to provide information about new accomplishments that will strengthen the candidate’s application.
The recipient of the Dr. Monty J. Audenart Award will
  • Have their name permanently inscribed on the Award trophy
  • Receive a plaque emblematic of the Award for permanent retention
  • A donation of $1000 Canadian will be issued from the Rotary Club of Red Deer East, towards a Rotary project of the recipient’s choice.
James Wheeler Davidson
The man who took Rotary World-wide! Jim was born in Austin, Minnesota on June 14, 1872. In his early adulthood, he led an exciting and adventurous life trekking from the North Pole to travels into the Far East where he met his wife to be, Lillian who was a San Franciscan. James and Lillian came to Calgary in 1906 where he established Crown Lumber.
In March of 1914 he became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Calgary. He then went on to become a director and then President in 1919. In 1921 Rotary raised $11,000.00 and with it, sent Jim and J. Layton Ralston of Halifax to Australia carrying the goals and ideals of Rotary with them. By 1932, Jim had literally travelled the globe, interviewed thousands of individuals and influenced the development of Rotary Clubs world-wide. During his travels, he chartered 23 Rotary Clubs in 12 countries. Jim served as District Governor during 1923-24.
Jim Davidson was a director and Vice-president of Rotary International for the term of 1926-27. Jim Wheeler Davidson died on July 18, 1933.
Appendix 2
George H. “ Curly” Galbraith
George Harshaw Galbraith was born in Vulcan, Alberta on June 4, 1921.
In 1949, with degrees in Engineering and Business Administration, “Curly” established his own firm connected with development and distribution of mechanical products. George and Doris were married in 1955.
“Curly” became a Rotarian with the Calgary Club in 1949-50 and he has managed over 55 years of perfect attendance. The contributions of PRIVP (Past Rotary International Vice President) Curly Galbraith have been considerable. After his term as District Governor in 1980, he served as an RI director (1988-90) and vice-president (1989-90). Curly served on numerous international committees, including vice-chair of the 1996 International Convention in Calgary. For four years, he was national chairman of the Canadian Rotary Committee for International Development (CRCID). He represented District 5360 four times on the Council on Legislation, and served twice on the RI president’s nominating committee. He was Founder and co-convener of Rotary’s Stay in School Initiative. For over twenty years, Curly Galbraith had telephoned every member of the Calgary Rotary Club and other Calgary Rotarians on their birthday to wish them a “Happy Birthday.”
Dr. Gilbert Currie Paterson
Gilbert was born in 1893 and received his early schooling in his home town of Stayner, Ontario. He came west and for some years Gilbert was a teacher and school principal serving communities in and around Medicine Hat. He then went on to U of A and received a law degree which took him to Lethbridge were he practiced until the mid-sixties. He was married to Nan. Gilbert served as a school trustee for three decades and was a co-founder of Lethbridge Junior College.
Dr. Paterson was the Club president of the Lethbridge Rotary Club 1941-42. From 1959-60 he served as District Governor for 536. During his years as a Rotarian he was most active and enthusiastic about the annual Waterton Peace Park Assembly with its “hands across the border” event.
Appendix 2
Mel Cunningham
M. M. (Mel) Cunningham was born in 1898 in Woodrow Saskatchewan. As a young man, he moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where he married Margaret Perry, the daughter of a pioneer Southern Alberta farming family.
In 1938, he moved to Red Deer where he started a farm implement dealership, which he operated for more than 20 years. In 1955 he was named Alberta vice-president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a director of the Canadian Federation of Farm Equipment Dealers.
Mel was introduced to Rotary by Dr. Gilbert Paterson. He served as club president in 1953-1954 and was a delegate to the Rotary International Convention in Seattle Washington in 1954. He served as Rotary District Governor for District 536 in 1958-1959. He was a group discussion leader at the Rotary International Assembly in 1958.
Mel Cunningham passed away on March 14, 1974.
Glen Peacock
It was during his year as District Governor in Alberta that the Rotary Club of Fairview was organized. “As Canada pushes back its frontier,” he then predicted, “Rotary will move deeper and deeper into the northland. Bad roads and cold weather are no match for the Rotary spirit.” Glen was a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary. He served our district as District Governor 1954-55 and as an RI director 1958-60. Under his guidance, the first extension Calgary club in 1955 was formed then known as the Manchester Club. Manchester later became Rotary Club of Calgary South. His classification was motion-picture theatres, Theatre owner.
Ryerson M Christie
Ryerson was a very active Rotarian at District and RI levels from 1947 to 1952. For the term of 1946-47 he was the president of the Cardston Rotary Club. In April 1948, he was the special representative responsible for chartering the Claresholm Rotary Club. As district governor in 1948-49(then 116 District RI) he hosted the District Conference in Banff June 1-3 1949. At the 1949 International Convention he was nominated to be a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee. For the term 1951-52 he served as a member of the Program Planning Committee of R.I.
Ryerson Christie was born on Jan. 17, 1888 at Island Brook, Compton, Quebec. He married Ada Dunning on January 20, 1917. His death was recorded in October 1974.
Updated: Jul 1, 2017