2018-06-11 Rotary Buzz
Lou opened the meeting at 6:00 pm with a welcome to all, and a statement of meeting on Treaty 6 land.
 
Health of the Club – Roy Fearon is settled into Providence Place in Daysland, and making his presence known to the staff and other residents.
Announcements:
  • Rotary Youth Exchange Peace Path trees are planted, and need to be watered twice a week for the next 2 months, then once per week until snowfall.  A volunteer sign up sheet was distributed.  Shirley Rostad is coordinating the volunteer schedule.  Please contact her when you have available dates.
  • The Melisizwe Brothers, a family vocal trio from Leduc, are performing at the Lougheed Centre on Saturday, June 16.  They will be in Camrose for rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon.  Dawn Anderson has arranged for the 3 boys and their parents to join Rotarians for dinner that night.  Anyone interested should let Dawn know.  The family has a strong connection to Rotary in Edmonton, and has a benefit concert scheduled in Uganda to help raise funds for a water project there.  This is an opportunity for us to build a better connection to this family so they may become great ambassadors for Rotary as they tour the world sharing their music.
  • Rotary has been “gifted” a booth at the Downtown Camrose Farmer’s Market on June 21.  Looking for a volunteer from the Noon Club to promote Rotary for a few hours that evening.  Daybreak Club will display their Flag Project, assisted by cadets.  Let Lou know if you can man (or woman) the booth that night.
  • On July 18 at 7pm the Snowbirds will be performing an air show in Camrose.  The Flying Club has asked Rotary to provide some crowd control at the show.  Basically, we get to sit in the front row and make sure no one goes any closer than that to the field.  Pretty easy!  Let Lou know if you want to come.
Special Recognition:
John Stoddart of Rotary Daybreak presented Paul Pederson with a heartfelt thank you from the Club for his assistance over many years with the Bingo.  Paul often has breakfast at Humpty’s so now he can eat on Daybreak’s dollars for a few weeks. Well done Paul!  A well deserved thank you.
Feature Presentation:
Our guest speaker was Brian Wildcat, Superintendent of Schools, Maskwacîs Schools. Mr. Wildcat spoke at length about the landmark agreement between the 4 First Nations Bands and both Federal and Provincial governments to grant Mackwacis Schools the authority over their own education system.  The process began decades ago, but gained tremendous momentum over the past 3 years, culminating in the agreement officially made in early May of this year.
Mr. Wildcat played a significant role in bringing together leaders of the 4 Bands and helping them arrive at a consensus about how they would collaborate in designing a curriculum and education system for the 11 schools on the 4 reserves.  This was no small accomplishment, given that the 4 Bands do not typically see eye-to-eye on most issues.  However, the will to have their children taught in a way that respects the Cree culture and recognizes the unique perspective of indigenous peoples overcame any politically-based barriers.  The 4 Bands are now in control of education for their schools, led by Mr. Wildcat and his team.
The agreement takes effect on July 1, 2018, and the new Indigenous-based curriculum will be in place for the start of the next school year in September 2018. A lot of work needs to be done over the summer, but Mr. Wildcat is confident they will be ready for the September start.  Congratulations and Good luck!
Mr. Wildcat presented President Lou with a brown bear statuette from Mackwacis.  Lou reciprocated with a Polio Immunization certificate.
50/50 – $14 was won by Lou Henderson, who donated it back to the Club.
 
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm (ish).
 
Next meeting - Noon Meeting, June 18, 2018, 11:45 am.
 
Topic – discussions on various Rotary business items and a classification speech by Shirley Rostad
 
Next week greeters are Tina Yarbrough and Jerome Stetar