Regular meeting August 27, 2018
President Ted called the meeting to order at 11:45am. O Canada and Rotary Grace were sung.
One guests today:  Heather Berry, who has just submitted her application for membership.  Keep watch for a follow-up email coming out shortly.
Ted re-opened the meeting with a video highlighting the upcoming District Conference in Edmonton Oct 18-20.  The line-up of speakers is amazing--please consider attending, even for one day.  You will not be disappointed.  The Club will pay the registration fee for all members who wish to go. Check it out
Health of the Club report. All good.
Brian Leibel and Carman Mason were greeters/judges and asked for Happy Bucks.
We were happy with:
  • family visits
  • thanks to all who have been helping water trees--helpers needed for Sept/Oct.  Call Shirley.
  • Jim and Evan Rasmussen celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!
  • Rosebud Theatre production
  • members attended various festivals and events across the province
  • Carman's grandson has been selected to attend a prestigious baseball camp
  • Thanks for the donation to the Bailey Theatre (see below for details)
Club Announcements:
  • Next meeting in 2 weeks will be joint evening meeting hosted by Daybreak featuring a Cannabis Information Panel.  See the email from Lou for poster and details.  Share the poster with anyone who might be interested.  FYI, our October 15 evening meeting features Rotarian Grant Gillott who will give us the industry perspective on Cannabis legalization.
  • The Hospice Society is sponsoring an event on November 16.  Compassionate Communities:  Caring for our Caregivers.  Details and registration at
  • Wine Survivor 2018 raffle planning meeting to be held at Lou’s house on Wednesday Aug 29 at 7pm.  Bring your ideas for any changes to the format for this year.
  • Lou and Morris have been doing quite a bit of research into a potential Chase the Ace raffle.  Time to update the folks who volunteered to help with the proposal and anyone else who is interested.  Meeting planned for next week, Sept 5, at Lou’s house at 6 pm. Burgers and beer included!
  • Community Registration Night is next week on Thursday, Sept 6 at the Field House.  Dan Macpherson will set up a Rotary booth.  Need a couple of helpers.  Thanks to David Taylor for volunteering.  One more would be great—call Dan if you can come out for a couple of hours.
  • The Board approved a donation to the Bailey Theatre for $1,000 to assist with repairs to the heating system from our Community funding budget.
  • Travelling Dinner social event is planned for early September.  Contact Shirley Rostad if interested in joining in on the fun.
Board Positions:
  • Ted is pleased to announce that Roy Wallace has agreed to take on the President-Elect position.  Yay Roy!
  • On a not-so-happy note, Sheila Herle has decided to resign from our Club.  She works in Edmonton and finds she is not able to contribute to the level she feels is needed.  She assures us she will come out to meetings and projects whenever she can, and continue to be a Rotary supporter.  Thanks so much, Sheila, for all you have done for the Club!
  • There are 2 open positions on the Board:  Community Service and Public Relations.  If anyone can step up and help out with one of these positions please let Ted know. 
Kiva Micro Loans Update:
  • Ted has invested in 2 new loans for $25 each on behalf of our Club
  • We now have $260 in outstanding loans.  We have made 11 loans in 9 developing countries.  Most of the loan recipients are women who are starting or expanding small businesses.
  • If anyone wants to personally get involved in lending, go to the Kiva website for instruction.  Ted is always happy to help you get started as well.
  • Ted spoke about promoting Corporate memberships.  He asked us to take 5 minutes at each table to brainstorm about which businesses or organizations we might approach, and which Rotarian might make the contact.
  • The suggestion is that while the business owner/manager might not be interested in joining, perhaps they would sponsor a mid-level manager for Rotary membership.
  • Dan Macpherson is putting together a corporate member information kit for us to use when we call on prospective members.
  • Keep thinking about where we might gain some new corporate members, and bring those ideas for further discussion next Club Assembly on Sept 24.
Rotary Cares:
  • For the second month in a row, Carman sold the winning ticket.  This month’s lucky winner is Al Rostad.  Congrats Al!!
No meeting next Monday--Labour Day holiday.  Joint meeting in 2 weeks--Cannabis Information Panel
Chase the ACE started with a new deck once again, as Florence won a whopping pot of $9 last week by drawing the Ace.  She generously donated her big win back to the pot.  Today, Grant Burgess pulled the 5 of Clubs, so away we go again!
Concluded with The Four Way Test.
Thank you, everyone, for attending.  See you in 2 weeks!