This week we welcome members of the Australian Friendship Exchange, and we learn more about Australia while they learn more about Canada.
The Buzz
May 26, 2016
President Tony opened the meeting at 1210pm and welcomed a number of guests, including our contingent of Rotary Friendship Exchange members from New South Wales. The meeting was also called to order with the playing of the Canadian and Australian national anthems – to the delight of our guests!

Guests: Australian exchange members
David and Ruth Comish - Port Macquarie, NSW
Ian and Cherryl Cameron - Walcha, NSW
Peter and Rose Gray  - Port Macquarie, NSW
Brian and Susan Dixon  - Gloucester, NSW
Ken and Di Hall - Tamworth, NSW
Joan Burrell - Narrabri, NSW
Noreida Fotheringham - Wingham, NSW
Other visitors included Vivianne Grue, Carol Davies-Pedersen, Destiny Reay, Morris Henderson, Elaine Taylor, Elaine Hook, Leslie & John Stoddard, Linda Robertson, Betty Sherman, Betty Mayer.
Happy Bucks – from anniversaries and travel, to gardening, rain and finding friends safe after tragedy, guests and members were quite happy!
Rotary Banner exchanges, Friendship Exchange members presented Rotary Daybreak President Destiny Reay with banners from their home clubs. Rotary Club of Camrose banners were presented to the clubs on our trip to Australia in the Fall 2015.
Cash swap – Ray presented a gift of over $4,000 to the Australian contingent, funds left over from last year's exchange that the Canadians weren’t able to spend in Australia because of their clubs’ hospitality. Those funds can be used for the Australian group's upcoming projects.
Here are details of the exchange activities…
Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24
Pick up at airport
OPTIONAL: Camrose & District Community Band outdoor concert at Bill Fowler Centre
Wednesday, May 25
Hosts transport to Wetaskiwin for tour of Reynolds-Alberta Museum.
Rotary Club of Wetaskiwin meeting with presentation.
Travel to Maskwacis First Nation community
Tour Ermineskin Junior/Senior High School
Travel to and tour Pê Sâkâstêw Centre
Travel to home of Cree elder Roy & Judy Louis for light supper and cultural experience
Thursday, May 26
Joint Rotary Meeting at Camrose Best Western with presentation
Bus to Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta
Tour of Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
Tour of Wahkohtowin Lodge
Bus to and tour of Bailey Theatre
Bus to and tour of Recreation Centre and Rotary Youth Centre
Bus to and tour of Rotary Four Seasons Environmental Park
Hosts pick up guests and return home to rest and prepare for dinner at Lefse House
Friday, May 27
Travel to Little Beaver Lake, Ferintosh
Canoe lessons and walking trails
Lunch at Hi-U Centre.
Travel to Bashaw and tour Fire Hall Museum and Majestic Theatre (time allowing)
Travel to and tour Meeting Creek Railway and Grain Elevator
Return to Camrose and have dinner with hosts
Saturday, May 28
Travel to Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village
Hand over to Edmonton hosts
Ken Hall delivered the following presentation about Australia and the members of the exchange, outlining many details about Australia and their home district:
50/50 Draw – Ken Drever was the lucky ticket buyer this week, but he did not find the Ace of Spaces – he then lead the club in the 4-Way Test.
NEXT MEETING – Monday, May 30, 2016 at 1145AM at the Best Western Plus Camrose Resort Casino.
Program – Club Assembly
Greeters – Roger Maschke and Lou Henderson