Meeting Highlights
The Weekly Westerner Edition 55.14
Box 4572, Station C, Calgary, Alberta T2T 5N3
Grey Eagle Hotel, 3777 Grey Eagle Drive (Corner of 37 St SW and Glenmore Drive)
Mondays 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
President: Marlene Doherty President-Elect: Linda Anderson 
Past President: Bill Fitzsimmons
Secretary: Gail Williams Treasurer: Don Edie
Directors: Judy Cochran, Gord Cox, Terry Felton, Barb Hames,
Les Morgan, Drew Turnbull
Together We Are People of Action - Bu ilding Community
November 1, 2021  Edition: 55.14 Reporter: Judy Cochran Editor: Gord Cox
RCCW Hybrid Meeting
Our ever punctual President, Marlene Doherty had the meeting underway at the stroke of 12 noon. Beginning with the respectful Land Acknowledgement to our Indigenous neighbours followed by O Canada. Vivian Jones welcomed Courtney Wilson as a guest on Zoom and Marlene welcomed Narmin Keshavjee as a guest of Gail Williams and Kathryn Kaldestad. Other Zoom guests were Dr. Raju Hajela and Don Beavis.
It must be Hallowe’en as President Marlene had to perform some magic and juggling to keep the meeting running smoothly as our guest speaker, Dean Rohrs, and our Citizenship Award Recipient, Tim Fox. were not yet connected to the meeting.  We started with announcements:
  1. Barb Hames recognized the November birthdays, wedding, and Rotary anniversaries. Congrats to those celebrating!
  2. Steve Strang wanted to thank the 12 volunteers who signed up in 12 hours for Feed the Hungry duties on November 8. Due to Covid we will be handing out bagged meals. If you would like to go on the “back up” list, please contact Steve.
  3. Robyn Braley reminds us of the November 11 Rotary Remembers meeting at the Carriage House. Please register through our Club’s website by November 4.
  4. Terry Felton announced the sale of Xmas Greenery is now underway. The three products for sale this year include the wreaths, a candle centrepiece and garland. Please spread the word far and wide. Deadline for orders is November 8.
  5. Bill Quinney is still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the RC of Sarcee’s Casino on November 8. If you are interested in learning more about the Field of Crosses please register for November 5 on our website. Finally, a survey will be sent out to help garner your opinion on our club’s volunteer opportunities. This is valuable information so please complete the survey.
  6. Linda Anderson announced this year’s Nominating Committee consists of herself as President Elect, Orlin McMillan as President Elect Nominee, Past Presidents Steve Rickard, Bill Fitzsimmons and Bill Quinney and Tazim Asaria as Rotarian at large. Please help the Nominating Committee if you are interested in any of the Board or Committee Chair positions for the coming term.
  7. Ken Montgomery thanked those donating items to the Eclectic Auction. The auction will run from November 6 -16. Stay tuned for more information. Let’s support this fundraiser by spreading the word!
President Marlene announced Tim Fox is unable to join us today due to an emergency. Garfield Ganong, RCCW’s Foundation Chair, led us into the background and significance of this award. It is the highest honor for a Rotary Club to bestow a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. See more here. Dan Doherty as the nominating member Introduced Tim Fox, albeit spiritually. Dan has walked alongside Tim for 10 years. Tim exemplifies the Rotary motto, “Service above Self.” Tim was the Indigenous Lead at the Calgary Boys and Girls Club where he increased youth engagement which led to better decisions by the young members. On two occasions, Tim brought Indigenous youth on the house builds in Mexico. This was transformative and empowering for the youth and the other Rotarians on the build. In his current role as VP on Indigenous Programs at the Calgary Foundation, Tim is focused on the collective reconciliation between the Indigenous peoples and others. He shares his own personal journey. Those open to listening and learning can then mobilise the reconciliation journey. Relationships become based on the mutual respect and a deep understanding of each other. Dan provides a quote from Elder Casey Eagle Speaker, “There is a difference in knowing something in your head and taking it into your heart.” Tim lives the talk daily and thru his heart helps humanity. Tim will join us at a later date to receive this award.  Click here to see the Citizenship Award criteria and the Nomination Application.

Guest Speaker: Dean Rohrs, Trustee The Rotary Foundation Canada

The Rotary Foundation & The Rotary Foundation Canada

Back on track now with today’s program, Dan introduces our guest speaker, Dean Rohrs, Trustee of the Rotary Foundation. Dean has mentored Dan over the last 5 years in his Rotary journey. He blatantly calls her a rebel and a troublemaker. Having spent many years in various African countries, Dean has an intolerance for injustice and will not keep her voice quiet nor ignore helping to right the wrong of injustice. She carries those traits with her today. She married a “dude” named Rhino and they have three children. She joined Rotary as one of the first women to do so and has served as a District Governor, a Rotary International Vice President and currently as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation. She loves taking the youth of Rotary on trips to South Africa to see their transformation and show them how they to can help those in need. Please welcome a great Rotarian.
Dean started off in a bit of a stressful “flurry” as her electricians had tripped all the electricity in the house just 15 minutes prior to joining us. She was as cool as a cucumber recognizing the tremendous work of President Marlene Doherty and our club. She brought greetings from John Germ, Chairman of the Rotary Foundation and all the Trustees.
November is Foundation month so why donate? For Dean, it allows ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things in all the seven Areas of Focus. For example, to fight Covid, to bring fresh drinking water to a village, to build schools for girls, the list of opportunities is endless. Dean sees challenges as opportunities to help others. Our fight against Polio gives us the skills to fight Covid and Rotary has taken on a multitude of projects to do just that all made possible by our contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Those donated dollars are invested and multiply.  Even the Taliban in Afghanistan are allowing Polio vaccinations to continue and even be administered by women. This is not just providing the vaccines but also ensure there is medical support with a supply of much need PPE for fighting Covid.  Paramount is keeping the health workers safe. To date $46M USD has been used in the fight against Covid.
There must be an equitable distribution of vaccines to the poorer countries. Rotary International has signed an agreement with COVAX to provide those vaccines. Canada just recently announced it will start with a donation of 10M doses. Rotary International is working on a policy statement and it will be controversial for some. Responding to both Polio and Covid-19 are dual priorities. This year’s goal is $50M USD – that goal was barely reached last year. Rotary Canada donated $1M USD to the campaign.
Rotary recognises that to continue this journey they need to adjust to provide a safe, accessible, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our members, our employees, and our partners. As of June 30, 2021 $5.5B USD has been given to projects in communities around the world. What a tremendous milestone. Other areas of note include the Peace Fellowship programs which have grown 150% since 2015. The first yearly Program of Scale grant gave $2M USD to a malaria eradication program in Zambia. Funds also came from UNICEF for $2M and the Bill and Linda Gates Foundation for $2M. These large-scale grants are focused on helping even more people.
The challenge for all of us is to increase contributions to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus while equally increasing donations to the Endowment Fund. The goal is to reach $2,025M USD by the year 2025. Why? So, Rotary has a sustainable World Fund and cuts to grant funding will no longer be necessary. So, what is the future? Rotary is the crucible for grass roots change. Just one idea can change the world. The circumstance of our birth should not determine our future. Every individual should be entitled to equal opportunities. We must overcome challenges and injustice. Dean ends her talk with her mantra:
 “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
― Nelson Mandela
Rotary has a long walk ahead to bring about freedom and equality. First ask yourself what does it mean to me to give to the Rotary Foundation then give whatever you can.
Joe Klassen thanked Dean for her very inspiring presentation today. The task has been hard but possible with perseverance from leaders like Dean. It is exciting to hear that in three years time Polio will be eradicated. The Club will make a honorarium donation to ShelterBox in Dean’s name as a thank you.

Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation

Narmin  and Sa'adat Keshavjee

Dean was called to next present the awards to Narmin and Sa’adat Keshavjee as Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. It takes incredibly generous people to be major donors. It is money, yes, Dean used the “money” word that allows the wheels of motion for Rotary to continue to do what we do. So, thank you for your generosity on behalf of all recipients from the programs and projects that your funding will generate and from the Rotary Foundation. Marlene presented Narmin with her Major Donor Level 1 charm and Sa’adat with his Major Donor lapel pin and to both a crystal from the Foundation.  Congratulations were given via a standing ovation!!!
Marlene thanked Team 3 participants for todays meeting. Sadly, David Williams has received a colon cancer diagnosis and will be stepping back from his weekly duties at the Club. We will hold David in our thoughts, our hearts and in our prayers. The Move for Polio Campaign has ended. Thanks to our Club Champion, Don Edie, all the participants and all the donors. Stay tuned for the final results on December 16. The Building Community Pin goes to Malcolm Harrison for his work in organizing golf, Team 1 Captain, and his work in organizing volunteers for the Food Bank once again. At the All President’s Meeting Marlene announced that Calgary West is launching two fundraisers, has given out a Paul Harris Citizenship Award, has given an award to a new Major Donor, has inducted a new member, Mona Wasfy, Bill Quinney has numerous volunteer opportunities underway and is kicking off Foundation Month with Dean Rohrs. A lot to be proud of fellow Rotarians!
What a “magical” meeting and everything was juggled to have the meeting end with the 4 Way Test jingle and new karaoke tune.  No meeting next Monday, November 8 but please register for Rotary Remembers on November 11. The November 15 meeting will be a hybrid meeting and if attending at the Grey Eagle you will be required to present your QR code as proof of vaccination. Meeting adjourned at 12:56 pm.
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