This week we hear from the Rotary Exchange Students and their hiking adventure, as well as present Paul Harris Fellowships.
 
Community volunteer Tom Chelmick was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
The Buzz – June 20, 2016
 
The meeting was opened by president Tony at 1210pm, and he welcomed a number of guests including Rotary Exchange students from across the district, Rotary Hiking Trip guides & supervisors, Beverly McCarroll (644 Camrose Rotary Air Cadet Squadron), and Elaine Hook.
 
Health of the Club - nothing to report
 
Announcements – following last week’s meeting ( June 13 evening meeting), members were asked about the status of the evening meetings, as the first six months of evening meetings were a ‘pilot project’. Response last week was positive to continue the once-monthly meetings, however, Tony asked that if any members who were not at last week’s evening have comments about the evening meetings to let him know.
 
Air Cadet Squadron update – in 2017, the Rotary Club of Camrose will have sponsored the Air Cadet Squadron for 60 years… been there since Day One. Squadron currently has five officers and 30 cadets. Many cadets are attending camps this summer in Comox, Gimili and Cold Lake. Squadron will be going to Ottawa from November 9 to 14 – costing $300 per cadet. Possibility to march in the Canada Day Parade, visit RCMP HQ, attend the Musical Ride and tour Parliament Hill. Squadron is trying to find a new training officer. Cadets are very aware of the Rotary connection and strive to work for Rotary whenever possible- they recently did a garbage walk in Rotary Park, helped with the Gala and volunteered with Stop Hunger Now. The Squadron appreciates the support from Rotary and are looking forward to their 60th year.
 
Paul Harris Presentations – Roy presented Paul Harris Fellowships to Rotarians Tony (+1), Tyler Weber and community volunteer Tom Chelmik. Tom was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the community – and to Rotary. He has been described as a “dream volunteer” who has volunteered for curling events, wheelchairs to Mexico, Camrose Regional Exhibition, Camrose Kodiaks… but his number 1 passion is as Camrose’s #1 Engineer for the Mirror Lake Express. Tom has contributed thousands of hours to the train – from painting and maintenance to driving it to parades locally and across the province.  Tom said his ability to volunteer is thanks in part to having a very supportive wife – Valerie – who is always there behind the scenes.
 
Speakers – Dawn said there are two meeting dates open for speakers -  July 25 and August 15. If anyone has speaker ideas please let her know.
 
Rotary Youth Hiking Trip report – Jessie – speaking on behalf of the four guides who took 18 students on the hiking adventure, said their adventure began west of Nordegg at Kootney Plains. The group spent time hiking, camping, repelling and climbing – their biggest challenge being a day-long hike carrying huge backpacks. While it may have been hard, the students pulled together and pushed each other to success!
 
The students performed the following “interpretive” presentation to describe their adventure:
 
 
 
(please excuse the sound quality....)
 
President Tony thanked the students and guides for another amazing experience for the exchange students. The trip was reminiscent for Tony having gone on Air Cadet camps in his youth.
The 50/50 draw – Bonnie’s ticket was drawn, but she did not find the Ace of Spades… the pot continues to rise.
 
Next meeting – Monday June 27th at 1145am in the Regal II Ballroom of the Best Western Plus Camrose Resort Casino.
Greeters - David Stolee and Jerome Stetar

Speakers – 2015/16 - 2016/17 Presidential Executive and Board changeover