Welcome to the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, proudly serving humanity since 1951!
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. There are over 300 Rotarians in Grande Prairie and becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
Members of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie donated over $10,500 at the Friday October 21 meeting. Donations were accepted at the door, and those members participating had their pinky finger painted purple, the same way International Rotary Polio immunization clinics identify those who received the vaccine. The donations are matched by the Canadian Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Once the matching is in place we leveraged our club donation to over $51,000!! Wow! Thank you Rotary Club of Grande Prairie!
Posted by Joanne Ballance
Do you know a youth, aged 15-17 (born on or after January 1 2000) who would make an great Canadian Ambassador, who would enjoy spending a year in a new country, and who would like to learn a new language? Check out www.youthexchangeinfo.com for the application. Deadline to apply for the 2017/18 year is October 25th!
It is already time to start thinking about the 2017 Conventions. You have two to consider the 2017 District Convention in Westlock in April 2017 and the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta Georgia in June 2017.
Rotary District 5370 Conference
Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre
April 6-8, 2017
Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre
April 6-8, 2017
Our Club has pre-purchased many Conference registrations in advance at the early bird rate, so if you are interested in attending, please be sure to contact Dori and secure one of the early bird registrations. Planning for travel and accommodations can happen at a later date. It is always a great time to connect with fellow Rotarians and friends. So mark it in your calendar and consider attending this one if you have never attended before!
Rotary International Convention
It is never to early to start thinking about attending the Rotary International Convention, it is always something very special. And 2017 will even be extra special as Rotarians from around the world celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation! It will be a spectacular event filled with so many activities and opportunities to feel even more connected with the most successful Organization in the world! You will want to be there, when they declare the world to be Polio free, this is a once in a lifetime event that Rotary has had the largest impact on with its Foundation Funding. We should all be proud of the fact that the world and our future generations will be Polio Free... Forever because of our hard work and contributions! This Convention will be an event you won't want to miss.
Posted by Cheryl Montgomery
Congratulations to all Rotarians on another successful Food Bank Drive. Together with the community we managed to collect 46.5 tons of food!! A record amount this year to help provide to our community. Great job everyone!!
Special thanks to everyone who also showed up on Monday evening to build boxes for the Food Bank Drive. We managed to build 1200 boxes in less than 90 minutes! You Rock!
Giving back to the Community!!
Posted by Cheryl Montgomery on Jun 15, 2016
Recently the 2016 International Convention was held in Seoul, Korea. I and 4 other members of the RCGP were fortunate enough to attend the convention. I was very lucky to have 8 other members and spounses of our club join me in Seoul. Kudos to Kevin and Jan Hilgers, Harry and Amar Sandhu, Doug Montgomery and Terry Lewis and Joanne Ballance for making trip as well. I want to express my gratitude for this experience as the President Elect, I found it a valuable source of networking and knowledge for all things Rotary!
Myself, I have attended several conventions throughout the years and this was by far one of the best Rotary Conventions I have attended. The break outs and keynotes were educational and inspirational!, The opportunity to attend as President Elect, certainly gave me a whole new perspective though, it provided me with a broader sense of both my responsibility but also my resources. I connected not only with fellow President Elects around the globe, but also with one right here in Grande Prairie, who I know I will be working with throughout the year, Karen Scribner from the Swan City Club. I found it invaluable to be able to connect with other President Elects to share ideas and broaden my own scope of what our Rotary Club does do and can do in the future! Together, my new friends and fellow President Elects have made a pact to meet one year from now in Atlanta to share our Presidential Year of experiences! I can't wait! I know that Joanne Ballance, our incoming Secretary, echoes the benefits she got to experience by attending.
No matter how many times a person attends a Convention, they always come away with a renewed sense of "Rotary" and a broadened view of how one person really can make a difference. I invite everyone to try and attend a Rotary International Convention, no matter where you are in your Rotary journey. Why not join many of us who have already committed to attend the 2017 International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, or perhaps 2018 in Toronto, Ontario! This is a great chance to get to know Rotary better as well as your fellow Rotarians, local and international friends alike.
Thank you again, and here is to a great Rotary Year!
"Here's Don Golden and the table moving team ready to spring into action and place the bench that Don and his wife Debbie donated to our campground"
DON'T FORGET TO COME TO ROTARY DAY THIS SATURDAY AT MUSKOSEEPI PARK!
IT WILL BE AN AFTERNOON FILLED WITH FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL.
WE ARE SHARING ROTARY WITH THE COMMUNITY AND SHOWCASING OUR LOCAL PROJECTS.
SATURDAY MAY 2, 2015
Club makes a donation to the Golden Age Centre for renovations for $25,000.
Posted by Michelle Gairdner
Today the Club donated $20,500 to various community and 1 international project. Pictured is the presentation to the GP Cricket Club
Rotary International News
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Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...