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Welcome to Canmore Rotary Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Enjoy some camaraderie over breakfast at 7:30 am prior to our regular morning meeting
at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club 2000 8th Avenue
Canmore, AB  T1W 2V2
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November 2016


Rotary Club of Canmore

Community Service Committee

Request for Funding

Application Instructions


The Rotary Club of Canmore’s Community Service Committee is seeking submissions for local projects. These projects should be community-focused and benefit residents of the Town of Canmore and surrounding area (east of Banff National Park including the MD of Bighorn and the Kananaskis region). 


Successful applicants will receive a one-time grant, normally ranging between $1,000 and $5,000, which may be applied to either new or existing program activities. Note that only charitable organizations or not-for-profit groups may apply. Individual recipients are not eligible.


The application deadline is January 31st, 2017 and it is anticipated that funds will be disbursed to successful applicants by late February or early March of 2017. Applications for funding are to be made electronically as an attachment to an e-mail sent to the Rotary Club of Canmore/Community Services Committee care of Bob Ellard at 


The following background information on the applying community group / organization should be included with the application: the organization’s mission statement, annual operating budget, brief outline of the organization / community group’s history, summary of existing programs and the name, phone number and e-mail address of the contact person.


Funding proposals must include the following information: the project title and timeline (start / finish dates), a detailed budget for the project, including an explanation of how the amount being requested will be expended, a description of the intention and expected impact  of the project, a description of the intended beneficiaries and the need(s) that will be met, how the Rotary Club of Canmore’s contribution will be recognized and, if others are supporting the project, who they are and what their contribution has / will be.


All applicants will be contacted on the status of their application by late February or early March 2017. For more information on this Rotary funding initiative – please contact Bob Ellard care of or Hugh Williamson care of



What a bunch of troopers! Gerald Walsh, owner of Tim’s and President of the Rotary Club of Banff, paid for the corporate Tim’s truck appearance and the free coffee and hot chocolate which was provided to the runners and volunteers. Gerald is in the second picture with one of his Managers and with Canmore Rotary volunteers: Jan, Candace and Doug in the third picture.  Melissa's Restaurant and Bar, who started the road race, has been a donor to the Banff Canmore Community Foundation for 11 years.  Banff Daycare Society and the Banff Community HIgh School Green Team also have been assisted on an ongoing basis.  The Canmore Rotary Club members participated to support The Rotary Club of Banff in highlighting the community work demonstrated by Rotary and also to promote membership with Rotary in Banff!  A long day volunteering but we congratulate you all for Service Above Self. 

Doug Jones promoted Walk a Mile at our Sept 14th meeting and it must have helped the resulting fund raising because Town of Canmore was the winning team, raising $13,849.00 to Town of Banff's $7,753.15.  Two of our members were at the top: John Borrowman at $5,126 and Sean Krausert at $3,295.  Also making a very sizeable contribution was our own Rob Seeley!  Thank you to everyone who made a contribution with money or walking or both!  You made it happen!  Rob Seeley is dressed to impress and Sean Krausert is looking politically correct as they participate.

Peter introduced the club to Pirate's Day at our meeting on September 14th.  Yes, it's true, Rotary in Canmore is truly fun!

July 2016, our club hosted a fantastic group of Rotarians from clubs in Louisiana.  Homes were opened up to host couples and singles from the group for 3 nights with dinners out and dinners shared at Rotarian's homes.  The group enjoyed great activities and sites during the day and told us all about their clubs at our Wednesday meeting on the final day.  A fun bunch of people that we were sad to see go.

This is a photo of the Banff Rotary Club celebrating their 90th club anniversary in 2015.  Let's help them to reach 100!!
Doug Jones and George Raham attended the Banff Rotary club meeting last Thursday. Banff members are interested in any assistance that Canmore Rotarians can provide in helping them to build membership and participate in their club activities.

Doug is looking for club volunteers to join with Banff Rotary members to show the 'Rotary Wheel' at the Melissa's 37th Annual Road Race in Banff on Saturday, September 24th. Gerald Walsh, owner of Tim's in Banff and Banff Rotary President has arranged for the Tim Horton's Coffee Wagon to be at the event.
Rotarians are asked to wear Rotary identification and assist at Tim's Wagon.

Ruben Solano Magana is our club's new exchange student from Mexico.  Ruben is a fine young man, who speaks English very well and is also available to any members who would like to practise their Spanish!  I know several members who spend time in Mexico and who could perhaps even drop in on Ruben's family for a "Rotary Family Visit".  Ruben will be with us for the next year and is currently staying in Banff with Amber and her husband - we'll keep you posted when he moves.  Make sure you pick him up for adventures or a meal or a tour of your favourite spots in our area or farther away.  We want him to have a great experience here in Canada.  Ruben is helpful and polite, with entertaining stories at our weekly meetings.  Make sure next week he is talking about his latest adventure with YOU!  

2016 - 2017 District Governor Neil Berg
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District Governor Message
Posted by Neil Berg


Now and in my conversations with the respective Club Boards of Directors, one topic which consistently comes up in reviewing and discussing membership trends and plans with each Club’s BOD is the retention rate or the turnover, especially among newer members. 
Many clubs could be 50-100% larger if they had kept all of their new inductees.  A question to perhaps ask ourselves is whether the expectations of new Rotarians truly match those expectations of the Club.  Setting out expectations and providing opportunities for engagement of participation of every member for all members, including newer and yes, even existing members, will likely go a long way to retaining engaged members.
We do a pretty good job of attracting new members.  I recall seeing a number not long ago that typically we welcome 100,000 new members to Rotary each year.  The problem is that we have 100,000 or more leaving Rotary each year. Individuals will be attracted to vibrant groups of committed and engaged people.  So let me ask this: is your Rotary Club a vibrant club of engaged Rotarians?
What do I mean by a Vibrant Club?  One that the members look forward to going to when you meet.  It’s a group that non-Rotarians can see (meaning you have a public image presence) that is fun and serving its community and so is one they want to be involved with.
What do I mean by an engaged Rotarian?  To me, it is a member who attends a majority of meetings and social functions; has been assigned to and really provides input into, a club project or committee position; contributes to The Rotary Foundation and is ready, willing and able to tell the Rotary story when asked.
If we think we don’t have enough female members, or enough ethnic Rotarians or enough younger business and community leaders as Rotarians, whose responsibility is it to change that?
Attraction and retention are two sides of the membership coin.
Neil Berg
Rotary Club of Red Deer East
Rotary International District 5360 Governor
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Rotary monies (including amounts from other Rotary Clubs across Canada) will be used for the Lantern Fund, which is to educate teachers in Afghanistan. The Lantern Fund is a special campaign to raise funds to sustain their Teacher Training program in Afghanistan. Since 2008, CW4WAfghan has been training in-service teachers and an estimated 70% of Afghan teachers currently working in classrooms have had little to no previous teacher training and most also have no post-secondary education of any kind. Many have not even completed high school. The lack of trained male and female teachers directly affects girls’ access to school and is detrimental to the quality of education.
CW4WAfghan's teacher training program provides quality teacher education for approximately 1,000 teachers each year. They have committed to training at least 5,000 teachers from 2013-2018, at a costs of $400,000 per year—that's less than $400 per teacher. The goal of the Lantern Fund is to provide $2 million to sustain this teacher education program over five years.

July 7, 2016



Rotary Club of Canmore announces Citizen of the Year and Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary Club of Canmore has recognized Carol Picard as 2016 Citizen of the Year. The retired journalist and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Outlook has a long history of volunteerism in the Bow Valley. Currently serving as chair of the Canadian Rockies Public School Board, Picard has been involved with the Canmore Folk Music Festival for many years and with the 2014 Alberta Winter Games. 

Picard also serves as Head Cook for the Community Food & Friends program at St. Michael’s Anglican Church. This very successful community program serves an average of 145 dinners each Monday night, a total of 18,000 meals since it began in April of 2013. Leading a kitchen crew of nine, Picard has contributed more than 2,600 volunteer hours to date. 

Rotarian Doug Jones nominated Picard as Rotary’s Citizen of the Year, citing her leadership skills and ‘can do’ spirit. According to Picard, “The world would not function without volunteers.  I love the camaraderie that develops.” 

The Rotary Club of Canmore also announced Jane Cameron as the 2015-16 Rotarian of the Year. Cameron was recognized for her commitment to Rotary and her innovative and enthusiastic efforts as Chair of Club Services. 





It could be Canmore but it's not...


As part of a team with Hearts and Hands, Rotarian Sue Shellian - Frey and her husband Gord were busy in  Guatemala this year, helping people and communities there by building facilities where needed.  You're looking good and thanks for contributing!


Straight out of the gate!

Last meeting we celebrated Georges (something, something) birthday.  Let's just say that every winter he competes in Senior's downhill races and always comes away with a medal.  We're proud of you George!


Rotary Club of Canmore Charitable Foundation

Making a Difference in our Communities


Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation
PO Box 8025, Canmore, AB  T1W 2T8



It's that time of year to submit our membership dues to the Club for 2016/17.

You can pay in one installment, or with two cheques (one post-dated to January 1) or by monthly deduction from your bank account. 

Automatic bank deductions

To initiate the automatic monthly deduction, please use this form and submit both your completed form and a cheque marked “void” to Ron Lewis at the next meeting you attend. 



Club Executives & Directors
Vice President
President Elect
Chair of Membership
Immediate Past President
Director of Community Service
Director of Club Service
Director of International Service
Chair of Public Relations
Director at Large
Chair of the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation
Chair of Fundraising
Director at Large
The Rotary Foundation Representative
Director of Vocational Service
Director of Youth Service
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