Are you excited? I certainly am. Preparations are finishing off, and I am dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.

Where: It is at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF), 80 Veterans Way in Drumheller.
For our event, the BCF will provide free parking. You can safely ignore the ‘you must pay for parking ‘ signs.
 
When: Registration opens at 9:00 am on Saturday. Opening ceremonies are at 10:00 am. The last speaker of the day finishes at 4:30 pm. Giving you time to return to your hotel and freshen up before heading back to the BCF for the evening. The cocktail reception starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:00, followed by the evening entertainment, with the last call at 10:30.
You will be welcomed back on Sunday at 9:00 am. The program will end at around 2:45 pm.
 
Bus Transportation: After freshening up on Saturday, you can get a ride back to the BCF for dinner and the evening festivities. No need to drink and drive. School buses will be circulating between the four advertised hotels (Ramada Inn & Suites, Sure Stay Inn, Canalta Jurassic Inn and the Quality Inn) and the BCF starting at 5:00 pm and going until 6:30 pm. They will be running again between 8:30 pm and 11:00 pm to return you back to your hotel at the end of the evening.
If you drove your car to the evening event, have been drinking and don’t wish to drive, no problem, leave your car and catch the bus back to your hotel. The buses will be circulating again between 8:00 am and 9:30 am on Sunday morning to get you back to the BCF for the day’s activities and to pick up your car.
 
Saturday Evening:  Speaking of Saturday evening, we will have a DJ and a fun casino hosted by the Rotary Club of Drumheller.
The Blackjack and Crown & Anchor Tables will open at 8:00 pm.   Game rules will be posted at each table.
Anyone who wants to join in the fun can pick up their complimentary packet of Funny Money ($20,000) at the table in front of the casino tables.  Unlimited re-buys are available for a $20 no-receipt donation to The Rotary Foundation per additional $20,000 packet.
At any point, players may exchange their Funny Money for tickets to win the 5 prizes displayed at the front of the Casino.  The exchange rate is $10,000 per ticket.  You may immediately exchange your complementary packet for two tickets on the prize draws if you do not wish to play the casino games.
The tables will close at 9:30 pm, and the prize draws will be at 10:00 pm.
 
BRING YOUR BOOKS
We need help! The Rotary Club of Calgary is stewarding the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale again this year, and we are below our target for book donations -- but you can help! Bring your gently used books to the District Conference, and we’ll ensure they get to the Calgary Curling Club.

Drop off your books at the Big Book Sale sign in the House of Friendship. Here’s your chance to turn pre-loved books into re-loved books + support the important work of helping children learn to read!

What kind of books?
  • Gently used books across genres! + DVDs, CDs and audiobooks (no encyclopedias, readers’ digest, textbooks, magazines, etc…Learn more about what to donate and what not to donate
What do proceeds support?
  • Proceeds support the important work of helping children learn to read and get books of their own through organizations such as YW Calgary, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area, Book Bank and more!

Helping children become stronger readers has never been more important. Thank you for your support!! 
 
See you this weekend!
Yours in Rotary,
Kurt