This week marks the last meeting for Tony Hladnun's year as president of the Rotary Club of Camrose - thank you for your dedication and commitment to Rotary!
Assistant District Governor Ray Hook presents Tony with his Past President's pin.
The Buzz – June 27, 2016   By Ray Hook
  1. President Tony called the meeting to order at 11:45 AM at the Best Western Banquet Room
For his last meeting as President. Today will see President Elect Dan Macpherson assume the role of President, and Lou Henderson step up as President Elect for 2017-18.
  1. Guests There were a few guests in attendance today, but I did not write them all down! My apologies. We did welcome Joy Leblanc and Gavin Galenza.
  1. Health of the Club – no report.
  1. Announcements
  1. President Tony presented Lou Henderson with her PH +4 pin.

      b. Rotary Dues are due. $240 until mid-July, then $250 after. See Dan today – he has a “square” to accept credit card payment of dues.
      5. Tony thanked his Executive and all members for their support during his year as President. He summed up some of the Club’s major accomplishments during his year – the successful Gala, the sold out Rotary Cares raffle, and the Stop Hunger Now day (50,000 meals with club and community support). He thanked one and all for the opportunity to be their President.
      6. Assistant Governor Ray Hook was then called upon to say a few words of thanks on behalf of the District Governor, and then he presented the Club President Pin to Dan Macpherson, who in turn, thanked Tony for his year as President and presented him with his Past President’s pin.

Then Ray turned the microphone over to President Dan for his remarks.

At this point, the meeting was encouraged to join Dan in his signature welcome – “Yea Rotary!”, which was followed by more practice until the volume was correct….!   Dan’s remarks are enclosed below…(Sorry it's a tad long... dm)
   Fellow Rotarians  - it seems just like yesterday that Dawn Anderson asked me to consider accepting the role of President for the 2016/17 Rotary year.  I find this to be an incredible honour and a special way to celebrate my 21st year in Rotary. While I thought I knew a lot about Rotary, I’ve come to realize there is still so much to learn.  We have an amazing wealth of talent, knowledge and experience in this very room so I know that I won’t be going through the upcoming year alone.
   As Rotarians, we work together – from community projects and special events, to work parties or on-going learning – in an effort to promote the ideals of Rotary with each other and with our community. I am excited to not only be working with the executive and directors, but with each member in so many ways this year.
So what do I want to accomplish this year? Let me first say that it is really not what I want do – it is what I can do to help us as Rotarians achieve the goals and ambitions that make us Rotarians. We are each a thread in this fabric we call Rotary – as separate threads we cannot accomplish much, but woven together we have the strength to accomplish amazing things.
   Rotary International President John Germ has selected “ROTARY SERVING HUMANITY” as the theme for this Rotary year, drawing upon one of the cornerstones of Rotary “Service above self”. In this increasingly busy world where it is more and more challenging to allocate our waking hours (and sometime our sleeping ones) to the important things in life, I ask that you find ways that the power of Rotary can work to make this world a better place –both locally and globally. Rotary has incredible strength –and that strength comes from each and everyone one of us pulling together to achieve those goals.
   When I first considered “Rotary Serving Humanity” I thought…how does this relate to the Rotary Club of Camrose? More global projects? More support for the Foundation? It’s much easier than that…
   -how hard would it be to find four like-minded individuals in Camrose to become Rotarians in the next year? This way we continue to grow the footprint of Rotary in Camrose while spreading the positive news about Rotary in our community.
   -would you consider contributing just $26.50 to the Rotary Foundation this year? That’s the same amount that started the Rotary Foundation in 1917. The Foundation funds amazing work done by Rotarians around the world. If you’re already contributing to the Foundation, thank you for the support and please continue your contributions. However, would you consider becoming a benefactor or joining the Bequest Society by naming Rotary International in your will?
   -can you spend time with our incoming exchange student, to learn more about Denmark, or can you live vicariously through Ashley as she brings Austria to life through regular exchange updates.
   -can you help create a welcoming meeting environment for our guests and fellow Rotarians each week? By being friendly to strangers, you will not only become friends - but our guests will continue to see Rotary as warm and friendly.

Let me tell you a little story…
High in the mountains there once lived a wise old man.
Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to "psychically" tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.
A few young boys from the village decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities.
One boy came up with the idea to capture a bird and hide it in his hands. He knew of course, the wise old man would know the object in his hands was a bird.
The boy devised a plan.
Knowing the wise old man would correctly state the object in his hands was a bird, the boy would ask the old man if the bird was dead or alive. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands, so that when he opened his hands the bird would be dead; if the wise man said the bird was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird fly free.
So not matter what the old man said, the boy would prove the old man a fraud.
The following week, the wise old man came down from the mountain into the village.
  1. The boy caught a bird and cupping it out of sight in his hands, walked up to the wise old man and asked, " Old man, old man, what is it that I have in my hands?"
    The wise old man said, "You have a bird." and he was right.
    The boy then asked, "Old man, old man tell me, is the bird alive or is it dead?"
    The wise old man looked at the boy and said, "The bird is what you make of it."
    …and with that, my friends, Rotary is in our hands.
       7. Dan then had the pleasure of introducing a new member to the club – Grant Gillot  After reading a short bio, Dan called upon Grant's sponsor Jim Rasmussen to formally induct Grant by presenting him with his pin and new member folder.

As is tradition with the Club, all members then greeted and welcomed Grant into the club by shaking hands exchanging greetings.
      8. Judge/Greeters   David Stollee and Jerome S fined Tony for failing to call for the Judges, then paid all the fines himself and called for Happy Bucks, and there were many: Jim R, Paul P, Lou H, David T, Don R, Donna P, Dan Macp, Ashley, Ray H, Tony, Ted, Dan O, Dawn A, Tina, Carman and Jerome.      
      9. The monthly Rotary Cares draw was won by Gord Elliott.   
      10. The 50/50 Draw was won by Ken D (AGAIN!), but he failed to draw the Ace. Better luck next time.
      11. New Traditions – President Dan presented the RI Banner “Be a Gift to the World” to outgoing President Tony, hopefully starting a new tradition in the club…
      The meeting was adjourned at 12:55 P.M.
Next Meeting:  1145 am in the Regal II Ballroom at the Best Western Plus Camrose Resort Casino

Program: Outlining the upcoming Rotary Year featuring RI President John Germ

Greeters: Ted Gillespie and Les Parsons