In celebration of the Rotary Foundation, this week we honoured two local individuals with Paul Harris Fellowships at our monthly evening Rotary meeting, followed by a presentation by Deanne Morrow about Carbon Capture and the future in Carbon Fibre.
The Buzz – April 11, 2016   By Ray Hook
  1. President Tony called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.  at the Best Western Banquet Room
  1. Tony welcomed the large number of guests to this special Paul Harris Fellow dinner (Chicago style thanks to Dawn, to the chef and staff of the Best Western!). Tony apologized for the last minute change to our guest speaker due to illness. But Tony promised an interesting talk from Deanne Morrow, who graciously agreed to fill in at short notice. There were thirty guests this evening -spouses, friends of Rotary and interested community members.
  1. Health of the Club – no report.
  1. Announcements
    1. The usual business of our meetings was put aside this evening, but during dinner, Tony asked for our greeters to ask for Happy Bucks, and there were a number of Happy members!
  1. Dinner – a delightful and attractively served Chicago style dinner was served and enjoyed by all.
  1. President Tony then invited Roy Wallace, chair of the club’s Rotary Foundation Committee, to present a number of Paul Harris Fellow pins to new members and those who have increased their donations to the Foundation. Receiving first time pins were Grant Burgess, President Tony and Roy Wallace; receiving PH+ pins were David Samm, Leroy Johnson, Don Rebus, and Ray Hook.
  1. Roy then presented Honourary Paul Harris Fellow pins and certificates to two deserving community members, who were recognized for the selfless service to the community, fully embracing the ideals of Rotary – in Service Above Self. Roy spoke eloquently of Eileen McHugh’s passion for helping and comforting others as a resident in Bethany Meadows.  And after the passing of Roy’s father last year, he said that Eileen was there for him, as she is for anyone who needs a friend and a comforting hug. Eileen is also a Polio survivor. David Samm was then asked to introduce our second honored recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow – Alan Ford. Members will remember Alan for his incredible work and dedication in promoting and supporting literacy for kids through his Munsch for Kids program through long distance bike riding expeditions to Winnipeg (both ways to and from), to Prince Rupert, and to the Peace Country. He personally managed to rope David S into joining him for several years, and they and their team rode those long distances, stopping every day at schools along the way, reading to kids and promoting literacy wherever they went. Alan is still riding and still raising $ for literacy. 
  2. Both of these worthy individuals were honoured with Paul Harris Fellow designations with Rotary’s thanks. There will be a feature story in the coming Booster with more details on both of these incredibly deserving individuals.
  1. Guest Speaker – Tony introduced his wife Deanne Morrow as our guest speaker. Deanne brings a wealth of experience in technical communication and public speaking, and she will present a talk on Carbon Capture and her (and Tony’s) exciting initiative in this field for their approach to the Province of Alberta. Her presentation may be downloaded from the download section of our site.
  1. Other Business – the 50/50 draw was won by Sheila Herle, and sadly she failed to draw the winning card.
  1. Next week’s meeting will be a regular Club Assembly at the Best Western at 11:45 a.m. A short update presentation on the coming Rotary Friendship Exchange from New South Wales will be given then too.
  1. The meeting/social was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.