Posted by Tina Yarbrough
2018-03-12 Rotary Buzz - Evening Meeting
Speaker -Cody McCarroll
Topic -Habitat for Humanity
Lisa opened the meeting at 6:00 pm.
  • Gala Update May 5, 2018:
    • tickets need to be bought/sold.  Please talk to Dan or Dawn.
    • silent auction items are needed.
    • Dawn has everything else covered.
  • Executive meeting March 20 at the Casino 5:15 pm.
  • Jenn Stone would like to have a meeting sometime in April with pictures of ourselves 20 years ago for some fun.
  • June 7 Daybreak's Rib Tickler Comedian and Motivational speaker, Alvin lowe.
  • April 21 Days for Girl's packing event from 9am-3pm at Business IQ.
Rotary Scholarship $1000 - Damy Lawal
Damy is from Strathmore, Alberta and is a fourth-year B.Sc. with a major in Kinesiology and Physical Education and a minor in Biology.  She has applied to medical school in several places.  Damy is President of the International Cultural Club, Program Co-Ordinator of International Students at Augustana, Resident Assistant and a Campus Ambassador.
Dr. Dunbar Memorial Award Recipient $500 - Carson Hvenegaard
Right Honourable Don Mazankowski Entrance Citation Award $10,000
Carson is a second-year B.Sc.  He plans to continue work in the environmental field.  He has a summer placement with the Battle River Watershed Alliance.
Speaker - Cody McCarroll, Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is involved in 100 countries around the world.  It has helped 7 million people by bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability, and independence through affordable homeownership.
Habitat has been in Camrose for 22 years.  They have built 32 homes and helped 38 families.  Some of the homes have seen multiple families.  There are four homes to be built in 2018.
To be a candidate for a home, a family must go through an interview process as well as fill out an application.  Qualifications are:
  • Resident of Camrose
  • Employed
  • Good Credit
  • Little debt
  • Do not qualify for a conventional mortgage either by income or downpayment restriction
Habitat sells homes at a fair market value but at a payment, the family can afford at 0% interest.  In lieu of a down payment, the family volunteers 500 hours to the build of their home and to other homes.
Families experience positive benefits through Habitat.  Some are instant, like the handing over of the keys and some benefits are medium to generational.  The family gets to build equity, they fare better economically as they pay 25% of their income for a monthly payment.  Their children perform better at school and the health of the family improves. 
The homeownership program gives families a hand up into home ownership.  It gives families in need of a safe, decent place to live.  It gives them a sense of belonging, security, and wellbeing, crucial components of a happy life.
Left to Right - Lou Henderson, Briar O'Nial, Cindy Olesen, Riley Oleson, Cody McCarroll, Lisa Rohr
Briar O'Nial - Home Owner
Briar was a single mom of a 2-year-old son and living in the basement of her friends home when applied to Habitat in September 2009.   Her application was accepted February 2010 and by December of that same year, she was in her new house.
She was a housekeeper at St. Mary's and working pretty much 7 days a week.  Briar enrolled herself in business classes and is now working Central Booking at St. Mary's and works Monday to Friday now.  She can now spend time with her son, now 10 years old.  Her son plays soccer year round and calls their house, "their forever home".
Cindy Olesen - Future Home Owner
Cindy is a single mom of two girls, age 9 and 13, and works three jobs to pay the bills.  She and her family moved 5 times in four years.  She applied in October 2017 for a home and on December 14, she was approved.   When she told her oldest daughter, she cried because she told her mom she never wanted to move again.
Cindy says this has given her a sense of stability and safety knowing she will never be told she has to move again.  This affordable house will cut what Cindy pays now in half and she looks forward to a time when she will finally have a savings account.
Because her payment will be reduced, she won't have to work three jobs, 7 days a week and her daughters will finally get their mom back.
The Rotary Club of Camrose Small Funding has donated $1000 to Habitat for Humanity
Rotary Day Virtual Golf Night 50/50 has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. 
50/50 - $23  Harry Gaete won and donated monies to Habitat for Humanity.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
Next meeting March 19, 2018 - Noon Meeting 11:45 am.
Camrose Resort and Casino