2017-2018 District Governor Rick Istead

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Spring is Here ... ?
April is Maternal & Child Health Month
Did you know that nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care and poor sanitation – all of which can be prevented? Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breastfeed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. The Rotary Foundation reaches mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
Membership - our #1 Internal Priority!
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At one point this year our District was down net 57 members from our July 1, 2017 start number. Slowly, but surely our numbers have been trending upwards and we now sit at 1,830 members, just 15 shy of where we started out this Rotary year. Let’s continue our journey to grow our membership. Thanks to everyone who’s been working so hard to attract and retain our members.
District Conference
Like Martin Luther King Jr., “I have a dream” – in fact, I have two dreams when it comes to this year’s District Conference. I would like to see all 47 Rotary clubs represented at Discon 2018 plus have more Rotaractors attend than any previous District conference.
Is it a stretch? Sure it is! Is it realistic? I believe so! But, it’s up to you to help make it happen.
How can you help?
If you are a regular District conference go’er, please encourage other members in your club to check out Discon 2018
If you’ve never been to a District Conference, well... there’s always a first time - this year’s conference is made for you.
If each Rotary club could sponsor a Rotaractor from one of our 4 Rotaract Clubs in our District that would mean potentially 47 Rotaractors!
Register a Rotaractor for $225.00. If you would like to sponsor a Rotaractor, please email Charlene Bearden.
Discon 2018 is Made for You!
We have great inspirational keynote speakers to inspire all who attend;
  • Sylvia Whitlock – Rotary’s first woman who will speak about her experience through her talk on the “Edge of Tomorrow”
  • Martin Parnell – I like to call Martin the “marathon man”; he will share with us his story on the “Secret Marathon: Running for Freedom and Equality”
  • Sheldon Kennedy – founder of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Center will talk about  “Making the Invisible Visible”
Additional Plenary Presentations you won’t want to miss;
  • Calgary’s Community Hubs
  • Red Deer’s All Access Playground
  • RI Convention 2025
  • My Peace Scholar Experience
For those of you that like to “learn through sharing” we have 4 distinct breakout streams to whet your Rotary appetite;
  • Community, International, Youth and Indigenous
House of Friendship
  • We have had a phenomenal response to our House of Friendship. Come and see who’s there
Fun & Fellowship
  • For those of us who love Rotary “fun and fellowship”, we have built networking time into your program and have two great events planned
    • DG Rick’s “Magical Mixer” & Conference Welcome at the Glenbow Museum on Friday night
    • DG Rick’s Disco Inferno Dinner & Dance on Saturday night
Rotary International
  • A friendly reminder about President Ian Riseley’s Tree-Planting Challenge. He’s asked every Rotary club to plant one tree for each member by Earth Day which is on April 22nd. 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 by the end of this Rotary year. Log into Rotary Showcase to report the trees you’ve planted. We look forward to learning how many Rotarians have come together through this challenge, Making A Difference for a better planet Earth.
  • There are 143 registered from District 5360 to attend the RI Convention in Toronto this coming June. Please 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/).
    This will be a great opportunity to enjoy some good ‘ole western Rotary “fun and fellowship”.   Register Here
By the way, here’s what’s happening in our District in April
  • RLI Module 2 (High River) – Apr 7
  • RLI Module 2 (Calgary) – Apr 21
  • AG  Check-in – April 24
  • District Board Meeting – April 27
Looking forward to seeing you at Discon 2018 next month. In the meantime, enjoy April, hopefully,
we’ll see the beginning of spring and remember - have fun out there making a difference!
Rick Istead
Rotary District Governor 2017-2018
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Service Reports


Inaugural Bernie Carriere Memorial Golf Tournament

The Inaugural Bernie Carriere Memorial Golf Tournament & Speaker Series

is an event that came to life with the idea of remembering a great person, father, brother and Rotarian. Since Bernie was so involved in the Rotary International Community, we wanted to find a way to keep his legacy alive as well as help the Rotary Foundation.
The golf and dinner event will merge 2 of PDG Bernie’s passions…Golf and Giving Back. The combination of the events will allow for great fun with the purpose of giving back. All proceeds will go to the Rotary International Foundation.
The evening Speaker Series will feature a conversation with two outstanding Rotary leaders who have been on amazing Rotary journeys and continue to work towards making this planet a better place for everyone.
The golf tournament will be held the morning of Friday, September 7th in Lethbridge, AB, with the speaker series to be held that evening.
The organizing committee (do you want to be on it?) is grateful for such strong support throughout the district since floating the idea.  We look forward to providing more information about opportunities to participate in the months to come.
ShelterBox April Update Philippines
INNOVATION: ShelterBox Operations Philippines
When Tropical Storm Kai-tak made landfall in early December, it released two months of rainfall in just two days. Thousands of families were forced to flee after the storm destroyed over 30,000 homes.
After the storm subsided, families were still not out of danger. A few days later, a second storm developed in the Pacific Ocean. Tropical Storm Tembin left a second trail of destruction, killing more than 240 people and displacing over 70,000.
ShelterBox has been working with the Rotary Club of Biliran Island and District 3860 in areas which suffered serious flooding and mudslides and experienced the loss of homes and livelihoods. Together, ShelterBox and Rotary supported nearly 1,000 families with a variety of aid items such as ShelterBoxes, ShelterKits, water filters carriers, mosquito nets and solar lights to support those families that were left most vulnerable after the storms.
The more than 7,000 islands of the Philippines sits right in the path of one of the world’s most deadly storm systems, known by meteorologists as ‘Typhoon Alley’. On average, ShelterBox responds to disasters here around twice a year. ShelterBox identified that one way we could serve these communities better is to create an in-country operations office to help get vital emergency shelter to vulnerable families even more quickly.
ShelterBox and Rotary have worked together in all of our previous responses in the Philippines. Collaborating with Rotary to create ShelterBox Operations Philippines was a natural next step, helping to ensure that ShelterBox and Rotary are in a stronger position to respond to the next disaster.
“The support of Rotary in the Philippines has been nothing short of fantastic. Through this network, we have been able to gain access to local governance structures and affected communities. Their warmth and friendship towards us has been incredible.” – Dave Ray, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator
PARTNERSHIP: ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity
As a result of the effective collaboration with ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity over the past few years, the two organizations have signed an agreement that will guide future joint disaster responses as appropriate.
ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity will also seek to join collaboration through training, technical developments in the field and shared support for coordination bodies such as the Global Shelter Cluster.
This partnership, with ShelterBox, focused on emergency shelter and Habitat for Humanity in long-term recovery will enable both organizations to coordinate their specialities and maximize the help available to families affected by disaster and conflict.
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
RYPEN RYLA and Irvin Provost
Ever since our inception, the Rotary Club of Pincher Creek has sent two students yearly to the fall RYPEN Program and one student to RYLA in the spring. When making any decisions regarding youth, we work closely together with John Taylor, a former teacher, who is now the Off-Campus Coordinator for the Livington Range School Division.  John is one of those wonderful people who is very dedicated to his students and will always go the extra mile.  He has been a great help to our Rotary Club.  
This story is about Irvin Provost, a First Nation’s student at Matthew Halton High School in Pincher Creek.  Irvin lost his parents four years ago, when he was twelve.  His grandmother Gloria gave a new home to him and his three younger siblings, the youngest just a toddler. 
Irvin was a very shy young man.  In the fall of 2016, the Rotary Club of Pincher Creek sent Irvin to RYPEN.  He came back much more confident about himself.  His leadership qualities were constantly improving.  Upon John Taylor’s recommendation, we sent him to RYLA in May of 2017.  In the past, we have never sent the same student to both RYPEN and RYLA, but Irvin’s tremendous advancement warranted an exception.  Irvin Provost is a truly remarkable young man wanting to make a difference and to give back.
He is a very good role model to his fellow students and all who know him.  He is a deep thinker and is willing to work hard in his pursuit of success.  He is very modest about all of his achievements.
But that is not all:  Regarding Irvin, there have been some very positive developments.  John encouraged Irvin to apply for the very prestigious summer program SHAD.   We just found out that not only did he get accepted, but he also received a substantial scholarship to cover most of his expenses during the summer plus tuition.  But there is more good news:  Irvin also applied to Pearson College UWC (Lester B Pearson United World College of the Pacific) for his last two years of high school.  Irvin made it through the selection process and succeeded to get invited for an interview, and following it, he got accepted to their internationally recognized Baccalaureate Program.  Getting accepted to such an internationally well-known school is amazing enough, but he also was awarded a full two-year scholarship by MacEwan University to attend this college!
John Taylor is convinced that our local Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Pincher Creek, was instrumental in putting Irvin in a position to receive both the scholarship and the invitation to SHAD as well being successful when applying to Leister Pearson College.  It is very rewarding for us to see the effects that RYPEN and RYLA can have on the students that we select to participate in these programs.
Karin Buhrmann
Chair, Youth Service,
Rotary Club of Pincher Creek
RYLA Camp Success Story
April 1, 2018
Hello Mr Istead,
It’s been awhile since last year’s RYLA! Ever since that weekend I’ve managed to increase my productivity and goal-setting, I suppose it has paid off with my acceptance to SHAD and UWC. I wanted to send my personal thanks to yourself for helping fund my expenses at SHAD.
I know that because of your contribution, I’ll be able to attend a rewarding program that’ll help me grow in my life-long mission to help others. When I got accepted to SHAD and UWC, I had to ground myself and remind myself of who helped me reach these lengths. It’d be an insult to yourself and my community if I clutched onto these opportunities without offering my thanks or promise. As I grow older, I plan on pursuing a career as an Aboriginal lawyer across Canada.
Should you require assistance or would like me to present anything, even if its ten years down the road, you may connect with me through e-mail.
Irvin Provost
House of Friendship - Last Call to Display


The Rotary District Conference is 26 DAYS AWAY!  The House of Friendship in Calgary’s Hyatt Hotel will be a great meeting place that showcases inspirational examples of making a difference in our communities and around the world.

Has your club done something that you’d like to share with other Rotarians?  Do you know a great organization or cause that would be of interest to other clubs?  Let us know!

There is no cost.  Each participating organization is allotted a 10 X 4 ft display area, with or without an 8 ft table.  Other needs will be accommodated as best we can.

Please contact Gerard D’Mello 403-978-9389 gerard@dmello.ca  by April 13th at the latest to apply for space.

Yours in Rotary,


James Wheeler Davidson Collection
Mr. George Brookman attended our launch event on March 22 and encouraged us to share the story more broadly. Below is the link to the article that appeared in our campus news. The hope is that you may be able to distribute this article to all Rotary Clubs in the district, since the story of James Wheeler Davidson is of broad interest to Rotarians.
This James Wheeler Davidson collection at the University is amazing.  I held a pamphlet from the 1920 President’s Ball at the Palliser.   The list of songs for the evening were “The Him Book” and all of the “Rotary Anns” were listed as Mrs. Fred or Mrs. John etc.   How times have changed.   We learned that Davidson spent $250,000.00 in 1903-04 to make this trip with his wife and daughter and Rotary International referred to him as the “Marco Polo of Rotary”   
As I listened to the comments and looked over the collection of pictures, newspaper clippings, etc.,  I could not help but think about the impact that Rotary has had on this community over the past one hundred plus years.   It is an amazing legacy and I was only sorry that we didn’t have a massive turn out of Rotarians in the room to appreciate what Tom Hickerson has done for Rotary by accepting this collection.   We were both berated by Leslie Abramson who is Davidson’s grand-daughter-in-law because neither Tom nor I had our Rotary pins on that day.
Anyway, this is really a huge tribute to Davidson but also to Rotary.  We should even make a point of getting the new General Manager at the Palliser up to the University to see this collection.
Those are just my thoughts.
George Brookman| C.E.O.
West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc.
Membership Attraction & Engagement
In March the District Membership Committee posted a 60-minute video of Jim Adamson’s November workshop, Rotary Membership: Priority #1. This month we’ve broken it out into 6 shorter segments. The segments can be viewed on your own, by committees or even during a meeting. Why not divide your club into groups and schedule social evenings to view the 60-minute video. discuss it afterwards and bring back ideas to the group? Be sure to download the accompanying workbook.
Jim Adamson: Rotary Membership, Priority #1- 60:00 Minutes
Jim Adamson led a District 5360 workshop that was packed full of ideas you can immediately implement at your club. The ½ day session was edited down to a 1-hour video. Download the workbook Rotary Membership, Priority One and follow the page prompts given in the video.
  • New member attraction
  • Member retention
  • Club branding
District Governor Rick Istead – 4:15 Minutes
Our District Governor gives a passion-filled challenge that every Rotarian should hear. He encourages all Rotarians and every club in our District to make Rotary Membership: Priority #1
Brand Power – 7:30 Minutes
Your brand is what others think it is. Do you know what they think about your club brand? Jim Adamson explains what your brand is and how to make it engaging for existing and new members.
Member Engagement – 20:00 Minutes
Attracting new members and engaging existing members is the path to sustainable club growth. Jim suggests common issues that clubs face but also present viable solutions that can lead to vibrant clubs.  
Elevator Speech – 3:07 Minutes
I know what you will say, “Elevator speech Melevator Speech!. I’ve heard it before.” I suggest not like this! Our short video presents new ideas for creating a custom speech that works. The focus is placed on ‘WHY’ various elements must be included that will engage potential Rotarians in 20 seconds.  
Siegle + Gayle – 3:43 Minutes
This world-class branding company was commissioned to conduct an in-depth survey into why people join Rotary, and why they stay. This is a must-watch video for club leaders. Excellent background for planning forward.
Resources – 2:36
There are tremendous resources available with practical ideas and strategies for club growth through member attraction and engagement. This short video explains where to go for resources from Rotary International, The Zone and District 5360. All you need to do is ask.
Rotaract Rotary Day, March 3
To Our Rotary Family,
Thank you very much to each and every one of you for supporting Calgary Rotaract’s Rotary Day event.
On March 3rd, 2018, Calgary Rotaract hosted Rotary Day with the Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome. Calgary Rotaract sold a total of 750 tickets to the game in conjunction with Westmount Charter School, who used this opportunity to raise money for new athletic equipment. While we went to Rotary clubs in Calgary, Okotoks, Cochrane and Airdrie to sell tickets to Rotarians and their families, many kind individuals who were not able to attend the game donated their tickets to the Women In Need Society (WINS).
Calgary Rotaract would like to thank the following clubs for stepping forward and supporting us by making contributions:
Rotary Club of Calgary
Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial
Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage
Rotary Club of Calgary Millennium
Rotary Club of Calgary North
Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic
Rotary Club of Calgary Sarcee
Together, we were able to donate 215 tickets to WINS, sending families to the hockey game that otherwise would not be able to go. At the game, we hosted a puck toss raffle with all proceeds benefiting WINS. We raised $3400 which went towards their family resource centre.
Calgary Rotaract sent 20 Interactors from Westmount Charter School to the game in exchange for their hard work collecting pucks during our raffle. On top of that, we also had 30 volunteers between Calgary Rotaract and WINS selling the pucks during the game. We also provided a bus to the Joy Foundation YYC, allowing them to send 21 Syrian refugee kids to the game. District Governor Nominee, Christine Rendell was also able to give an on ice interview during intermission about Rotary boosting awareness.
In total, Calgary Rotaract was able to raise $3225, which will support our community and international projects, including the Rotary Mattamy Greenway, Ronald McDonald House, Alcove Recovery Centre, and providing medical supplies to the El Buen Samaritano Clinic in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
We would not be able to do this without all of you! We are so thankful for your generous support!
Joyce Li & Sarah Khan
Rotaract Co-Presidents 2017-2018
Sustainable Club Growth

Sustainable Club Growth is Within Reach

Last October I wrote a post putting forward a plan for sustainable club growth. I noted in the blog that I was uncertain about ways to address number 5 – mew membership attraction and engagement. After discussions with Jim Adamson leading up to last November’s Rotary Membership: Priority #1 workshop, I began to formulate ideas based on his content. Further, my club, Calgary West, is going through a transition and has been energized by various ideas proposed to make our club even more engaging.
The process inspired me to rewrite sections of the October post. The second post goes deeper with practical ideas for learning about members and building relationships that are easy-to-implement.
Six Step Plan for Sustainable Rotary Club Growth
Build Your Rotary Club Through Building Healthy Relationships
Robyn T. Braley
Calgary West
District 5360 & 5370 Bonspiel Results

Rotary Alberta Bonspiel Results

The Bonspiel was held at the Thistle Curling Club in Edmonton, February 23, 24 and 25, 2018 and was hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton West.  In 2019, the Bonspiel will be hosted by the Rotary Clubs in Lethbridge (contact Charles Funk for information).
Winners – Grande Prairie Sunrise – Duncan Fraser, Serge Martin, Vernon Boyd, Jeff Keddie
Runner-Up – Edmonton Gateway – Dave Douglas, Jamie Pallett, Lorne Parker, Lionel Usunier, Dave Dorcas
Winners – Spruce Grove/Stony Plain/Yellowknife/Stettler – Tammy Svenningson, Michele Aasgard, Norma Jarvis, Nancy Georget
Runner-Up – Calgary South – Larry Kennedy, Mark Ambrose, Lynn Topp, Roselyn Jack
Winners – Calgary Heritage Park – Doug Hood, Roger Sontag, Jim Fitzowich, Greg Smyth
Runner-Up – Fort St. John Sunrise – Chuck McDowell, Dean Thom, Gord Sandhu, Gus McLeod
Winners – Calgary West – Dan Doherty, Darren Grierson, Bill Fitzsimmons, Marvin Pawlivsky
Runner-Up – Athabasca/Edmonton West – Ross Hunter, Greg Roszmann, Dave Liddell, Darryll White
GOOD TIME CHARLIE AWARD – Gus McLeod – Fort St. John Sunrise
HARRY JEWELL AWARD – Team Mueller – Edmonton West – Annie Mueller, Karen Gibbens, Sharon Reedyk, Sabine MacLeod
Brian Thompson
Rotary Club of Edmonton West
Duncan Fraser Team
Tammy Svenningson Team
Doug Hood Team
Dan Doherty Team
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Ian H.S. Riseley


ROTARY CLUB OF Sandringham
Victoria, Australia


At the 1990 Rotary International Convention in Portland, Oregon, then President-elect Paulo Costa told the gathered Rotarians, "The hour has come for Rotary to raise its voice, to claim its leadership, and to rouse all Rotarians to an honorable crusade to protect our natural resources." He declared a Rotary initiative to "Preserve Planet Earth," asking Rotarians to make environmental issues part of their service agenda: to plant trees, to work to keep our air and water clean, and to protect the planet for future generations.

President Costa asked that one tree be planted for each of the 1.1 million members that Rotary had at the time. We Rotarians, as is our wont, did better, planting nearly 35 million trees by the end of the Rotary year. Many of those trees are likely still flourishing today, absorbing carbon from the environment, releasing oxygen, cooling the air, improving soil quality, providing habitat and food for birds, animals, and insects, and yielding a host of other benefits. Unfortunately, while those trees have kept on doing good for the environment, Rotary as a whole has not carried its environmental commitment forward.

That is why, at the start of this year, I followed Paulo Costa's example and asked Rotary to plant at least one tree for every Rotary member. My goal was to achieve a good beyond the considerable benefits that those 1.2 million (or more!) trees would themselves bring. It is my hope that by planting trees, Rotarians will renew their interest in, and attention to, an issue that we must put back on the Rotary agenda: the state of our planet.

Environmental issues are deeply entwined in every one of our areas of focus and cannot be dismissed as not Rotary's concern. Pollution is affecting health across the globe: More than 80 percent of people in urban areas breathe unsafe air, a number that rises to 98 percent in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastics by weight than fish. And rising temperatures are well-documented: Global annual average temperatures increased by about 2 degrees F (1.1 degrees C) from 1880 through 2015. That this change was caused by humans is not a subject of scientific debate, nor is the likelihood of vast economic and human disruption if the trend continues unchecked. The need for action is greater than ever – and so is our ability to have a real impact.

As past UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it, "There can be no Plan B, because there is no Planet B." Our planet belongs to all of us, and to our children, and to their children. It is for all of us to protect, and for all of us in Rotary to make a difference.

Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Upcoming Events
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Apr 24, 2018
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District Board Mtg.
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PETs - President Elect Training at DisCon
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May 04, 2018
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RLI - MOD 3 - High River
High River Memorial Center
May 12, 2018
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May 13, 2018
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May 21, 2018 11:59 PM
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May 26, 2018
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