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Club #0953

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Currently Zoom meetings only
3201-48 Ave.
Box 1464
Camrose, AB T4V 1X4
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RAFFLE #11: Progressive Jackpot is over $4,700. Tickets at at 10 am Today
The Camrose Service Club Group is offering a Chase the Ace Progressive Raffle. Every 2-week event will feature a deserving charity to receive a portion of the ticket sales during that event as well as also supporting our major charity - the Hospice Society. Tickets and more information is available at Our current Featured Charity is:
The Flagstaff Food Bank will receive 20% of ticket sales from this event to purchase food, hygiene products and supplies in short supply.
Community support has allowed the Flagstaff Food Bank to expand from its beginnings in 2002 to purchasing their current building in 2010 and hiring a coordinator to manage food and supplies while coordinating volunteers.
The Flagstaff Region of East Central Alberta encompasses over 4,000 square kilometres. Open 2 days a week, the Food Bank can provide up to 64 food hampers each month to a clientele that is about 40% working adults, 20% seniors and 40% children. The Christmas Sharing Program in conjunction with other community agencies generates up to 140 Christmas Hampers serving 350 Flagstaff individuals.
The Food Bank is proud of the ability of the community to give a leg up to individuals and families finding it tough to make ends meet.
President Dan along with Kim, have been researching a program called the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, with the intent of asking the club to consider taking it on as a local project.
Kim introduced the program to club members, explaining that it is a program that sends free books to young children, age 0-5, once a month.  The books are sent directly to each child so the children can look forward to receiving them in the mail, and that they also understand that the books are theirs. Children who are enrolled in the program at birth receive at total of 60 books.
Kim asked that we watch a short video about the project which can be viewed here.
Kim then walked us through a slideshow describing the program.  Highlights are as follows.
  • The Dolly Parton Imagination Library was created in 1995, and while it started in a local county in Tennessee, it has now grown throughout the US, Canada and the UK.
  • The program currently sends out over 1.5 Million, high-quality books every month, and since the start of the program has delivered over 167 Million books.
  • In Canada, there are 300 community partnerships in 10 provinces and three territories.
  • The books are paid for by the local partner at $3.55 per child per month, while the Dolly Parton Foundation pays for all the overhead, employee salaries etc.
  • All of the local funding goes towards the books and delivery
  • By providing books to children, the child's interest in reading is increased, parents read more to their children, and the children are better prepared for school.
  • The books being delivered directly to the child at their home creates an "event" that the children look forward to.  It also promotes sharing and interaction and helps to promote a connection between the child and the caregiver(s) other family members and siblings, strengthening the home environment.
  • Books are high quality, age-specific and selected by a committee of specialists.  In 2020 42/60 were Canadian titles.
  • Local partners, like Rotary are responsible for raising funds to support the program.  While the program should be open to everyone regardless of income class, the sponsoring club can place limits on the number of participants.  It is possible to start a pilot program.
  • Information collected about the child (Name, Address and Birth date) is stored in a secure database provided by the Dolly Parton Foundation.
  • There is typically a 60% enrollment rate, so if there are 1000 children in the community, approximately 600 will participate.
  • 600 participants represents a commitment of  about $25,560 per year.
Kim and Dan will be discussing this project at the next Board Meeting.  If they receive the support from the board, they will bring it back to the club asking for approval to initiate a local project.
September 30th has been declared National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Here are some resources to learn more about this call for reflection and its call for action:
Truth and Reconciliation Event Documentary


Home Fire: Ending the Cycle of Family Violence
Journey Home (the follow up to Home Fire – Healing for Indigenous Children in Foster Care)
Website: Delivering on The Calls to Action
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada


Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
The Rotary Club of Camrose is currently holding an On;ine Food Drive in Wetaskiwin for the Montana Cree Food Bank. Visit make a cash donation or book a pick-up of goods at your business or home this Friday the 26th or Saturaday the 27th.
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The Rotary Club of Camrose, the Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak and Rotary District 5370 co-operated to purchase over $2,000 of groceries and supplies for the Montana Cree Food Bank in Maskwacis. Delivery is happening today (May 1st).
Watch for an updated story.
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Past President
Director Public Relations
Rotary Foundation
Director Membership Services
Director Youth Service