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June 12, 2017: Rotarian and former Senator Dan Hays celebrating our Jubilee

Chris Davis was rubbing his hands in glee when he was told he had lots of time to introduce our guest speaker, Dan Hays. He promised he would not resort to any filibuster tactics — an honest politician in the making!!! Chris enjoyed engaging Dan over lunch.

During his years of service in the Senate from 1984 - 2007, Dan has held varied leadership positions, including Speaker of the Senate, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and he was made a Privy Councillor by Prime Minister Harper. Dan received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, which he received from the Emperor of Japan for his work in promoting the Canada/Japan bilateral relationships.

He also sat as past-president of the Canadian Hays Converter Association. Hays Converter is a special dairy breed of cattle developed by the family.

Dan started by a recognizing the remarkable history of our club and it all began with our charter on June 10, 1967. His dad, Harry Hays, was a Calgary West Rotarian at that time. Rotary International is now 112 years old, operating in 200 different countries with over 1.2 million Rotarians. Why the success? Rotary started Polio Plus to eradicate Polio, there have been road blocks along the way, but, to date, $1 billion have been spent to achieve this goal. Our own Stephen Harper was recognized for the Canadian contribution to Polio eradication.

As Rotarians, we live by the Four-Way Test. He recalls a time when he did use filibuster tactics to block the passing of the GST — perhaps not meeting all aspects of the Four Way Test, but he did it for noble reasons.

Rotary International allowed women as members and Jennifer Jones predicts within five years a woman will be our RI President. [Editor's Note: "She is proud member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland and is a Past District Governor of District 6400. In Rotary, she has served as the Chair of the Strengthening Rotary's Advisory Group, Moderator of the 2013 RC/RPIC Institute, Vice Chair of the RI Communication Committee, North American RPIC Coordinator, the Advisory Board for Rotary Canada and the RI Promotions Committee's for Lisbon and New Orleans. She served three terms as Seminar Leader at the International Assembly and has been a featured speaker at this event on four occasions."]

Certainly, there are many more success stories. but time was a constraint.

Looking at our website, Dan sees the many successes of our club, such as our Homes of Hope build in Mexico every year, Malawi Girls on the Move helping vulnerable girls in Africa get an education, and our work in Latin American countries of Guatemala and Honduras. He recognized the list is far-reaching and offered his congratulations on all the good work the club has accomplished over the past 50 years.

He said his father, Harry Hays, was a product of Rotary. His dad ran a farm in the south part of Calgary in what is now Haysboro. This is where the new breed of dairy cattle was found, Hays Converter. The property was eventually sold to a consortium of builders, including Jaeger Homes. Mr. Hays senior was talked into running for alderman and decided he may as well run for mayor. But, first back in RCCW, he was club secretary under Glen Peacock and then himself president and District 5360 Governor. He used Rotary as a base foundation to move his political career forward. He was mayor of Calgary in 1959, 1961 and 1963 each for a two-year term. Then he became an MP and the minister of agriculture. At one point, he held all three positions at the same time, but opted for holding onto his ministerial position.

Bill Quinney was the thanker, giving us all a history lesson on our world famous Boltman. It has been our speaker gift for the past 30 years, and so has been given to some 1,200 guest speakers worldwide. It was originally made by students from Lord Shaughnessy High School. It is now made by Karl Herzog's students in Motive Action. Dan now has three of them, but this one has the gold hat!!!

  • Bill Quinney, Dan Hays, and Terry Felton Bill Quinney, Dan Hays, and Terry Felton

reported by Judy Cochran

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