2017-2018 District Governor Rick Istead
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We CAN help make the world a better place
I think President Ian Riseley said it best and I paraphrase, “Rotary is a massive and massively complex organization with 1.2 million members in over 35,000 clubs in nearly every country of the world. Each District and each Club has its own history, priorities and identity (culture). It’s this diversity that makes us so strong, but it can also pose challenges to our identity as an organization. It is no surprise that many people who have heard of Rotary still have little idea of what Rotary does or more importantly why we exist at all. These challenges have significant implications, not only for our ability to serve most effectively but also for the public image that is so essential to our ability to build our membership, our partnerships and our service. To respond to these challenges Rotary has developed the Brand Centre, the People of Action public image campaign and we have a new vision statement, Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. As Rotarians, we see a world that could be better and that we can help to make it better.” After all, this year’s Presidential theme is "Rotary: Making a Difference."
May is Youth Service Month
You can help develop leaders in your community and beyond by reaching out to the youth and engaging them in one of Rotary’s youth service programs such as RYLA, RYPEN, Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange, New Generations Service Exchange, Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, Stay in School and Adventures In programs. The opportunities are vast, but the need is far greater than you can imagine. Let’s work to develop and empower the next generation of leaders through Rotary Youth Service.
Membership - our #1 Internal Priority!
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We moving in the right direction! Let’s continue our journey to attract, grow and retain our membership. If on July 1, 2018, we are equal to or greater than our year-ago numbers, then I would say we’ve turned the corner and stopped the annual downward decline of roughly 50 members per year. This is cause for us all to reflect on what we’ve achieved this past year and to recognize and celebrate those accomplishments. Keep up the good work, let’s keep the pedal to the metal; we must never take membership for granted!
District Conference
Discon 2018 kicks off Friday May 4, here in Calgary! All but 6 of our Rotary clubs are participating, 283 were registered as of May 1st, including 10 Rotaractors and are within 15 people of reaching our conference capacity. I’m excited about all aspects of this year’s conference - from the Friday night welcome reception at the Glenbow Museum to the Saturday Night Fever dinner and dance, “fun and fellowship”  is well looked after. Three great keynote speakers, 15 breakout sessions and one of the largest House of Friendships ever await attendees. We are trying something new - an “App” called “Sched” which you download onto your smartphone so everything about Discon 2018 is at your fingertips.
Rotary International
  • Tree Planting Challenge
    • Just a follow-up friendly reminder about President Ian Riseley’s Tree-Planting Challenge. He’s asked every Rotary club to plant one tree for each member. To those clubs in our District that have already planted their trees or to those clubs that have plans in the works to plant trees, I thank you for accepting the challenge. If you haven’t planted your trees yet, there’s still time to do so this Rotary year now that spring is hopefully (finally) upon us. Remember report in Rotary Showcase the trees planted. We look forward to learning how many Rotarians have come together through this challenge, Making A Difference for a better planet Earth. Let’s show we are difference makers!
  • Toronto Convention
    • I am pleased to announce that 140 Rotarians and their guests are attending the RI Convention in Toronto June 23 - 27, which is 70% of the target set 18 months ago. Hope to see many of you there.
    • Save Monday, June 25th on your RI Convention calendar. Fellow DG Frank Reitz (5370), DG Peter Neufeldt (5550) and I invite you to a Tri-District social evening for Rotarians and their guests at “The Bottom Line” restaurant and sports bar (https://bottomlineto.com/).  REGISTER HERE. A $20.00 cover gets your first drink and appies. After that, it’s up to you and your F&B appetite. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy some good ‘ole Rotary fun and fellowship. We have 88 registered so far from our 3 Districts!
Look what’s happening in our District in May!
  • PETS 2 (Calgary) – May 4
  • Discon 2018 (Calgary) – May 4-6
  • Rotary Meet and Greet (Calgary) – May 9
  • RLI Module 3 (High River) – May 12
  • PETS/SETS/TETS (Red Deer) – May 26
  • Women of Acton (Calgary) – May 31
Until next month, continue to make a difference!
Rick Istead
Rotary District Governor 2017-2018
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Service Reports


Calgary Olympic Leads the Way

“Women of Action” is coming up quickly on May 31st. Are you going?

This District 5360 event is planned by women in our district (Rotarians AND Rotaractors) who want to celebrate the work of women Rotarians and in doing so attract other women who do not know about and invite them to consider Rotary.
Women of Action will celebrate a great woman, Marmie Hess. We will also recognize the work of many great Rotarian women in our district. The keynote speaker is Celeste Mergens, the founder and CEO of Days for Girls International. Days for Girls is changing the status quo, through menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generation opportunities. In less than 10 years, DfG has reached one million women and girls in 110+ countries on 6 continents. Rotarians in Canada and the USA are adopting Days for Girls as their projects both locally and internationally.
The Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic is leading the way in supporting this evening moving their regular meeting to the Women of Action event on May 31st.
Come and join in a fun opportunity to become informed and educated about the life-changing work that women Rotarians do in our community and internationally.
Of course, this event is open to men and others who don’t know about Rotary. Perhaps these are the people who should hear what Celeste has to say mainly because women tend to NOT speak about this subject. So come and BE IN THE KNOW!

TICKET SALES END ON MAY 24th   Get your Eventbrite tickets here

Your $30 ticket gets you into the event which includes some yummy appetizers but it also provides 1 menstrual hygiene kit for 1 girl so she can go to school every day of the month. Period.
If you are unsure of your attendance, then click on these links as they are sure to inspire you!
Chrissie Fit, an American Singer and actress of “Pitch Perfect” fame created a short music video about Days for Girls:

See you on May 31st at the Coast Plaza Hotel.

New Rotary District 5360 Theme Song?

Michael Clark, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Red Deer composed Rotary Blue and Gold

For a recent presentation, he composed and sang lyrics set to "I walk the line" by Johnny Cash.  The theme is universal.
Michael Clark’s connection to Red Deer goes back to 1986 when his father moved the family here to set up a small instrumentation and electrical business, Canalta Controls Ltd.  Graduating from Lindsay Thurber High School in 1993, Michael went on to both the University of Alberta and Red Deer College, after which he spent the better part of the following 10 years working, living and travelling all around the country and the world, in a number of different pursuits, including the music business and various other commercial and industrial endeavors.
Returning home to work in the family business full time in 2006, he has spent the following decade helping to build the business into a global player in the process instrumentation field.   He now heads a global group of companies involved in a number of different fields including manufacturing, metal casting, industrial services, supply chain logistics, process controls, land development, property management and storage solutions.
Michael is most proud of his role as a husband and father of two young children.  He has also committed himself to the betterment of the surrounding community and its citizens, both in Red Deer and beyond through a number of efforts, including active participation in environmental groups, political associations and membership in the Rotary Club of Red Deer.
Comedy Night, Lethbridge

Ten Rotarians and a microphone

The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Mosaic hosted their second annual fundraiser:
"Ten Rotarians with a microphone" with amateur comedians invited to participate
from all five Lethbridge Rotary Clubs as well as Rotaract. John Pogorzelski, Emcee from
the Mosaic Club had helped the amateurs hone their skills. 
Yes, we did have ten comedians, but I was the only women, thus comedienne.
The evening was held at "Average Joe's" where RCL Mosaic meets on Thursdays.
We all had a lot of fun with a very accommodating audience ever ready with laughter. 
 All the comedians were happy to have lots of laughs to our jokes. The evening was closed
by two professional comedians, but the amateurs stole the night.
Letter from Cambridge
Leah Schmidt, Global Grant Scholarship Recipient from District 5360, doing her MPhil in Gender Studies at Cambridge University, hosted by the Rotary Club of Cambridge South and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary, write to tell about her first semester studying at Cambridge.
For more information on District 5360’s Global Grant Scholarship, visit http://www.rotary5360.ca/page/global-scholarship-funding.
April 20, 2018
Dear Rotarians in District 5360:
It’s been another busy semester at the University of Cambridge, and it’s hard to believe that we’ll be starting our final term of the year in only a few days! My Lent term, much like my Michaelmas term, was jam-packed with activities and adventures in the UK, and all of the students here also started getting deep into our thesis research in the Cambridge libraries.
Over the past term, I have been working with the St. Margaret’s Society of Queens’ Choir, and we performed Mozart’s Requiem for the University in early March. Being too busy to keep up my singing in the final few years of my undergraduate degree, it’s been amazing to get back into it, especially in the amazing acoustics of Queens’ medieval chapel. I’ve had a number of friends who are studying at Universities in London and at Oxford come and visit for a few days, so I’m getting quite good at giving tours of all of Cambridge’s history. A number of us also attended the Easter service in King’s College Chapel, which featured the amazing King’s College Choir and was quite awe-inspiring.
Likely my biggest extracurricular commitment over the past term has been the Queens’ rowing team: I was promoted to coxing our alternate women’s competitive team, so we’ve been training on the river about four times a week, plus land training and sessions at the brand new, high-tech Cambridge Indoor Rowing Tank. During the final two weeks of term, we participated in “Bumps,” a Cambridge racing tradition. Because the Cam is so narrow, we do not have space to do regular side-by-side racing, so instead we all start front-to-end down the river and you win the race by smashing (or “bumping”) into the boat in front of you, who is simultaneously trying to bump into the boat in front of them, etc. It was both terrifying and thrilling, made even more so by the fact that we were boating in one of Cambridge’s rare blizzards. Participants lined the bank and cheered us on, and we concluded the races with a huge team dinner and speeches. Already we’re in training for Summer bumps, including a week-long training camp in Norwich, which means that I’m getting quite good at rigging and de-rigging boats for transport. Hopefully, our spring season is equally as successful!
On the academic front, it’s good that Cambridge has such beautiful and historic libraries because I seem to be spending quite a bit of time in them! In addition to many supplementary research courses to help guide my statistical research, the students in our program have also set up multiple thematic reading groups throughout the past term, which we hold weekly (with tea, of course), and we always have excellent discussions.
I’m very much looking forward to the Easter Term, as the Cambridge Political Science department has brought in some world-class speakers for the Gender Studies program, including Laura Shepherd, who is one of the founders of the Gender & Violence/Security field that I work in. My supervisor has even managed to schedule a lunch with her for me next week, and I’m absolutely thrilled for the opportunity. We have a number of presentations on our research approaching, and then our final thesis is due at the end of June, so it looks like I have a lot of reading in my future! Luckily, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous here (hovering around 25 degrees), and all of the spring flowers have bloomed, so I’m looking forward to getting the chance to work outside in the University’s beautiful botanical gardens for some of that period. We have the annual Balls and Garden Parties coming up in the next few months, so it looks like it’s going to be another fantastic term for Cambridge experiences, and I can’t wait!
Leah Schmidt

Around town (London, UK)


Exploring Britain’s foodie culture with Afternoon Tea at the avant-garde London restaurant Sketch, which does French-inspired takes on traditional British food.
This is the bathroom if you can believe it!


One of our bi-weekly pub nights with the Cambridge Rotary Scholars crew. We’re from four different continents and have all grown very close.


The dinner set-up at the 16th Century Manor Madingley Hall, in advance of the
Cambridge Club’s 52nd Charter celebration.


Spring training camp for the top Queens’ Women’s rowing teams and our coaches in (the very hot and sunny!) Norwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Literature.

Your Rotary Club can Unleash the Power of Sponsorship
There are two reasons why you need to understand basic sponsorship theory. Either you are a sponsor who is funding a project, or you have a project to which you are trying to attract sponsors.
Rotary and other service clubs can find themselves in either group. Your club may have started a project and are seeking collaborative partners to help fund it. It might be a children’s festival, community park or an educational, health or other projects.
On the other side, your club may be making a sizeable donation to a community project. As a ‘thank you’ for the gift you may be requesting an acknowledgement package that will raise awareness and draw attention to the service work you do.
New District Partnership
Over the last two years, District 5360 Youth Services has been in discussions with AYEC (Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp), a week-long camp for youth aged 13- 15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up their own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is “Business Day” at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreational activities throughout their week at camp.
Our discussions have centred around a strategic partnership aimed at bringing together the camp with our Youth Services family. 
We’re excited to announce that AYEC is now part of the Rotary Youth Services family and will be known as RAYEC (Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneurship Camp).  This is a great opportunity to add a new and exciting program to our Youth Services family and one that will continue to build bridges between all of our programs. 
More information on the camp can be found at: http://ayec.ca/
Geoff Hughes
Youth Service Chair
District 5360
One Rotarian's Contribution
There are all kinds of Rotarians. Those who faithfully pay their dues annually and contribute not much more; those who occasionally put in a few hours of service, and finally, there are those who believe in the true spirit of Rotary. Such a Rotarian is Uwe Krickhahn of the Medicine Hat Rotary Club in southern Alberta.
Throughout the 35 years that Uwe has been in Rotary, he has typically been responsible for a number of concepts to fulfil his notion of what it means to be a Rotarian. For instance, 28 years ago, he started a clean-up project in Medicine Hat that has since been taken over by the city. Most recently, he was responsible for starting a reading project similar to one that is currently running in Red Deer AB whereby books are placed on buses and at various locations throughout the city. But his most enduring project yet is the one which he implemented in June in honour of Canada's 150's Birthday.
Along with his wife, Anke, and with the participation of the Saamis Rotary Club, Uwe funded the purchase of some 6,300 small blue spruce trees and distributed them to every child from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Uwe arranged, with the assistance of a local tree nursery, to have the trees brought in from Grande Prairie AB with the kind cooperation of a local trucking company. He then proceeded to arrange their distribution. In fact, 46 years ago, the two spruce trees in front of a local school were planted by Uwe's own daughters. Children of that school cannot but wonder how tall the little trees they were given will grow in years to come, and no doubt the trees will be a reminder to everyone of this year's celebrations. The air will be cleaner in Medicine Hat, birds, and small animals will be assured a home thanks to the personal efforts of a true Rotarian by the name of Uwe Krickhahn.
Meet Modu Gambo and her family

ShelterBox Case Study

Since 2000, Boko Haram has been committing deadly attacks all across Nigeria. Known for targeting isolated and vulnerable villages, the violence has now spread to the neighbouring border regions of Cameroon, Niger and Chad. An estimated 17 million people have been affected by this crisis, with 3.2 million people in urgent need of emergency shelter.
ShelterBox has been working in the region since 2009, providing shelter and essential aid items to vulnerable families. To date with the support of Rotary Clubs across Canada we have supported 10,000 families. On one of our latest visits to Camp Minawao Refugee camp in Cameroon we met Modu and her family.
25-year-old Modu Gambo is originally from Nigeria. She now lives with her four children in Minawao Refugee Camp, Cameroon, home to more than 60,000 refugees who fled Boko Haram violence.
In her home village, Modu worked as a trader, and lived with her husband and four children. She told staff at IEDA Relief – ShelterBox’s implementing partner based in Cameroon – they were a united and happy family until the attacks began.
‘It was the beginning of darkness for us’, she said. ‘We had to run to save our lives.’ She said her whole village had been completely destroyed by Boko Haram, and all of her neighbours had fled. After she ran with her children, she never saw her husband again and now cares for her children on her own. She said that she still lives in the hope that she will one day see him again. ‘The last time I spoke with him, he told me he was going to get some money to join us. He was completely ruined when Boko Haram destroyed all that we had.’
Weeks after fleeing their home, Modu and her children eventually made it to Minawao camp. She said their first days inside the transit centre at the camp were not easy. Modu found it difficult to sleep at night, she said it was overcrowded and they lived in an extremely narrow space.
The family were in the transit centre for a few days before they were relocated to an emergency ShelterBox tent. ‘Since then, life has become so much better. I miss my husband, but I feel highly relieved. We finally have some privacy in our own home’, said Modu. She has made some new friends in the camp who are also refugees and have been through the same as experience as her. She explained that the tent gives them a space to talk in private, something she used to have in the past.
As well as a tent, the family received a kitchen set, mosquito nets, solar lights, water carriers and water filters, blankets, and ground mats. Modu was extremely grateful for the aid they received. ‘Thank you so much IEDA and ShelterBox. This tent and the other items we have been given have made my life so much better. I can sleep at night and stay with my family peacefully’
CURRENT DEPLOYMENTS: ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity
The latest ShelterBox deployment info can be found at www.shelterboxcanada.org/operations-update
Is your club interested in having a ShelterBox presentation? Get in touch at support@shelterboxcanada.org
ShelterBox Canada – 159 Jane Street, Office 2, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8
E: support@shelterboxcanada.org  T: 647.352.1930 www.shelterboxcanada.org
ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation
Second Chance Art Sale

Thank you fellow Rotarians for helping to make a success of our first used art sale! 

The Second Chance Art Sale was a fundraiser of used art run by the Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park. 
During February & March this year we asked Calgarians to donate pieces of wall art they no longer needed.  We were very fortunate to have LaZboy and Digital Post stores as partners.  They allowed their stores to be donation collection sites.  
When we opened the doors on Saturday, April 14 we had 1400+ pieces for sale.  The art was priced very affordably. There were a handful of special items with a $200 - $300 price tag but most pieces were under $50.  
When it came to donations of art we were delighted to be well supported both by the public and by local Rotary clubs.  Many Rotarians and friends scoured their attics and basements for pieces to contribute and we thank them for doing that. 
We haven’t crunched the final numbers yet but we exceeded the sales goal we set ourselves.  The Second Chance Art Sale committee is hopeful that RCCHP will make this an annual event.
Literacy Alive 4


If you can stay in school and obtain a high school diploma many doors will open for your future but young students need to Dream this possibility and Do what they can to make graduation a reality.  This was the project slogan for Literacy Alive 4 – a Rotary International Global Grant project that took place in Belize, Central America in  March 2018.  The overall goal of the project was to improve literacy for children and adults through a collaborative venture between the Rotary Club of Red Deer, Alberta Canada and the San Ignacio, Belize Rotary Club. 
Over 350 children participated in the very successful CAMP and approximately 100 Belize adults participated in training activities.  Literacy awareness was strengthened in the community through public celebrations and recognition events including a Literacy Alive Parade and a  song and dance public performance on the topic of ‘Dream and Do It’.  Thousands of literacy-rich resources were distributed to students, adult participants, schools and libraries.  The successes of the project exceeded the expectations of the planning team. 
A Vocational Training Team of 20 Albertans (teachers and community developers) and a Voluntravel Team of 10 worked with over 50 Belize educators, government officials, community volunteers and local librarians to combat weak literacy rates in the Cayo area of Belize. The focus of the literacy teaching was directed to a variety of target groups including a) school-age children   b) preschool children  c) parents of young children  d)  adult literacy   e) English second language support   f) community-based outreach literacy programs  The project was funded by the Rotary Club of Red Deer, RD 5360,  Rotary Foundations of Canada and Rotary International.  The second phase of the project continues in August where an impact study will be conducted and additional training and mentorship will be provided to Belize programs.  The Voluntravel Team completed construction of a deck to expand use the San Ignacio Library (funded privately).  For more information on the Literacy Alive access the project website at literacyalive.ca
Ministry of Education Director for Literacy (Belize) commented:
To add to the success of the literacy camp was the wealth of knowledge shared by your Literacy experts providing coaching and mentorship by modelling the different activities to our Belizean teachers. During this time great friendships were also developed among the Canadian Team; Librarians and our Belizean teachers -  something that will never be forgotten!  For this and much more, I want to thank you!  We from the Ministry of Education will ensure that the good work of the Literacy Alive 4 team is sustained in our schools and libraries. Again, words cannot express how grateful we are for all that you and your dynamic team did for our students, teachers and parents. THANKS A MILLION! (Ms. Isaura Williams)
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Ian H.S. Riseley


ROTARY CLUB OF Sandringham
Victoria, Australia


May 2018

Rotary is a massive, and massively complex, organization. As this issue of The Rotarian goes to press, we have 1.2 million members in 35,633 clubs in nearly every country of the world. Hundreds of thousands of participants are involved in Rotary programs such as Rotaract, Interact, Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Rotary Community Corps, Rotary Peace Centers, and a host of local and Foundation-supported projects and programs at the national, district, and local levels. The name of Rotary is attached to countless projects every year, from blood banks to food banks, school sanitation to polio eradication. One hundred thirteen years after the first Rotary club was founded, Rotary service reaches literally around the globe.

What that service looks like on a daily and weekly basis can vary enormously by region, country, and club. Each club has its own history, priorities, and identity. It follows that the identity of Rotarians, and the purpose each Rotarian sees in his or her service, similarly has a great deal of variation. There's nothing wrong with that, as Rotary is by design a decentralized organization, intended to enable each Rotarian and each Rotary club to serve in the ways that suit them best.

Yet the diversity that makes us so strong can also pose challenges to our identity as an organization. It is no surprise that many people who have heard of Rotary still have little idea of what Rotary does, how we are organized, or why we exist at all. Even within Rotary, many members have an incomplete understanding of our larger organization, our goals, or the scope and breadth of our programs. These challenges have significant implications, not only for our ability to serve most effectively, but also for the public image that is so essential to our ability to build our membership, partnerships, and service.

Several years ago, Rotary launched a serious effort across the organization to address these issues, developing tools to strengthen our visual and brand identity. Today, we are using those tools to develop our People of Action public image campaign, which showcases the ability that Rotary grants each of us to make a difference in our communities and beyond. Last June, your Rotary International Board of Directors voted to adopt a new vision statement, reflecting our identity and the single purpose that unites the diversity of our work.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Wherever we live, whatever language we speak, whatever work our clubs are involved in, our vision is the same. We all see a world that could be better and that we can help to make better. We are here because Rotary gives us the opportunity to build the world we want to see – to unite and take action through Rotary: Making a Difference.

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.

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