Discon 2021 Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers DISCON 2021
VALARIE WAFER | Rotary International Director 2020-22
CHRISTINA HASSAN | Co-Founder FullSoul Canada
I am so excited to introduce these two fantastic Rotarians as part of the dynamic line up of speakers for DisCon2021. Both Valarie and Christina have been serving in Rotary in a variety of positions and have a deep knowledge of what it means to navigate through these changing time and serve with impact. 
The Power of RotaryOur real-life examples of how Rotary has inspired the way we live, work, and serve as we navigate our own new worlds.
Take a sneak peek at Christina's video introduction to see what is coming! "CHRISTINA'S" VIDEO"
Just three weeks to go before we gather for our annual district conference on Saturday, May 01, 2021. This year's virtual event promises to be an engaging and vibrant gathering of all ages. If you haven't already registered, there is no time like the present to take click and connect! REGISTER

Come visit the DisCon 2021 website for more details and information.

See you at DisCon 2021 - a chance to connect the family of Rotary, and navigate a new world together!
Mary Turner DG
Discon 2021 Guest Speakers Mary Turner 2021-04-11 06:00:00Z 0

Future of Rotary

How can we attract the right people to our club?

What are low, or no cost ways to share our club's work with the public?
How do we get more young people in Rotary?
If you've asked yourself any of these questions, we hope to see you on April 14th from 5 to 7 pm. 
Four teams of students from Ambrose University will be presenting their vision for the future of Rotary's membership and marketing efforts. 
These teams have worked closely with the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Fish Creek, Lethbridge and Brooks. We think everyone can learn from their findings. 
Additionally, one group of students will reveal their plan for a new type of Rotary Club called "Rotary 21" . 
These students are bringing a fresh perspective to some recurring Rotary questions, and we guarantee you'll be surprised with what they have to tell you. 
Please use the link below to register, and invite a friend to join.
Future of Rotary Cory Tretiak 2021-04-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Learning Centre Update 

Learning Centre Update
Registration is now open for our monthly Club Learning Webinar on April 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM for a Rotary Learning Centre Update . Please join Rotarians Rob Wolfson and Tamara Larson District 5370 for this interesting presentation.  Follow the link below to register.
or go the ClubRunner District Home page, open Events April 21, 2021 and click on the registration link. Upon your registration you will receive a confirmation email.
Rotary Learning Centre Update Brian Callaghan 2021-04-11 06:00:00Z 0

Dog Walkers

Dog Walkers April 2021
Pat Lowell From Sunrise and President Ana from the Mosaic club at the Humane Society on April 7th to volunteer dog walk.  My grandchildren walked along side of us. 
Grandson Lucas age 11 with TJ the dog.
Dog Walkers Pat Lowell 2021-04-11 06:00:00Z 0
Dog Walker 4 April 2021 Michael Thompson 2021-04-04 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Robbin Gibb

Guest Speaker
Dr. Robbin Gibb
Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge 
Topic:  Building Brains Together -- A Community Approach
Robbin Gibb received her PhD in 2004 from the University of Lethbridge. In July 2004, she accepted a faculty position in the Department of Neuroscience at the U of L. Her research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms underlying the influence of early (pre- and perinatal) experience in shaping the developing brain.
Dr. Robbin Gibb Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Screening and Reporting Brian Callaghan 2021-03-28 06:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat

ALL Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise members!
Fireside Chat
Please join us for an interesting, informative, and fun time
                                 April 15 , 7:00 - 8:00 AM at our regular Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise meeting
                                                           Prize draws at  the conclusion of the Fireside Chat.
                                                             See you there!
Fireside Chat Myrna Procinsky-Longair 2021-03-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary 101 Webinar

Rotary 101
On March 30th at 7pm, District 5360 Learning and Development Committee and Membership committee are hosting Rotary 101. This is a supplemental resource for your Rotary Club's onboarding process aimed at providing an in depth look at Rotary as a whole. 
Created and delivered by Manon Mitchell, this session is perfect for anyone looking to learn more about how Rotary works.

New Members - Designed specifically for those who are just getting started with Rotary, they'll learn about Rotary's history, and place in the world. 

Non-Rotarians - A great way to introduce potential members to the organization in a way that's sure to inspire them. 
Rotaractors - Learn about the opportunities available to you when you make the leap to Rotary. 

Club Membership Chairs And Club Presidents - Send someone from your team to experience the session firsthand decide how it fits into your club's existing onboarding process.

Long-time Rotarians - Yes, even long term Rotarians can learn something new from this session. 

Use the link below to register! 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Cory Tretiak
Co-Chair - District Membership Committee
Rotary 101 Webinar Cory Tretiak 2021-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteers of YQL Awards Karen Johnson 2021-03-21 06:00:00Z 0

Protecting the Environment 21 Mar 2021

Protecting the Environment
Rotary International's Seventh Area of Service
Join us on March 24th 2021 at 7:00 PM for an exciting Zoom presentation by Bob Sandford on the topic of Protecting the Environment which is Rotary International's seventh area of service.
Registration is now open. You can follow the attached link 
or by visiting the district webpage and open the Coming Events menu and click on the March 24th event.
Brian Callaghan
Rotary District 5360
Learning and Development 
Protecting the Environment 21 Mar 2021 Brian Callaghan 2021-03-21 06:00:00Z 0

Zoom Volunteers needed

Greeter Opportunity
Members are asked to sign for our weekly Greeter duty.
Please select 2 Thursday's in a row between March 25 2001 through  June 30 2021
Role is to manage zoom during the meeting ( co host)
Coordinating meeting flow with President and Speakers
Duties include admitting members, managing mute functions, managing share  screen functions and creating meeting rooms.
Please email me at gamcmillan13@gmail.com the dates you can help us with.
I will be back to you with the confirmations.
Thanking you in advance for making our Rotary Zoom meetings better for all!
Yours in Rotary
Zoom Volunteers needed Gwen McMillan 2021-03-21 06:00:00Z 0

Sari Ohsada

Sari Ohsada
Global Grants Scholarship Recipient

Raised in a Japanese-speaking family in the Rocky Mountains of Canada, I am passionate about the natural environment, international development, and different cultures and languages. I currently study Environmental Science and Global Development Studies at Queen’s University focusing on my undergraduate thesis on “Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Agriculture in South-East Ontario” with Dr. Marcus Taylor. Previously, I have studied one-semester abroad at Arizona State University (ASU) as Killam Fellow and interned at Environment & Climate Change Canada as Environmental Program Officer. I was honoured to be invited to the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit 2017 in Dublin, Ireland, where I presented my paper, “Unregistered Syrian Climate Refugees in Jarrahieh Camp in Bekaa, Lebanon” a hypothetical anthropological research proposal that examined how to facilitate smoother adaptation and resettlement for Syrian climate refugees who escaped to Lebanon after the 2011 civil war, driven by drought in 2006.

I am a dedicated “people’s” person, natural team leader, and well-rounded student. Having traveled in various countries and experienced working in academic research, non-profit organizations, tourism, sports, and federal sector, I deeply enjoy interacting with people of different ages, skills, backgrounds and nationalities, and keeping an open mind and appreciation for diverse qualities and abilities. Most recently, I interned at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo as Communications Intern with prospects of pursuing higher education and working abroad to further my understanding for humanitarian issues in our world.

In addition to my academic life, I find myself fascinated by being outdoors in any weather, staying physically active through figure skating, karate, yoga and mountain biking, playing my flute, learning new languages, writing about my reflections, and traveling with purpose.

Sari Ohsada Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Ryan Uytdwilligen 18 March 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Congratulations !!!

20th Anniversary Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
Wow!! The celebration was a great success.
 THANK YOU to the members of the organizing committee for doing a wonderful job 
Congratulations !!! Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Monthly Coffee Info

To order coffee, please send an email on or
Include the following information:
  1. Your name
  2. The delivery address in Lethbridge or let me know if we need alternate arrangement
  3. Phone number so we can call you for delivery
  4. How many bags of ground or whole beans you would like.
Please make payment for $20 per bag to the club e mail transfer account.
If this payment method is not possible, please contact me to make alternate arrangements, but please do use the e mail transfer if at all possible!
Thank you for your order
Monthly Coffee Info Udo Hanebaum 2021-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Protecting the Environment Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speakers -- 4 March 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-28 07:00:00Z 0

Mental Health Seminar 25 Feb 2021

Dear Family of Rotary,
A friendly reminder to register for one of our upcoming "Don't Bottle It Up" Webinars.
Here is the registration link…..
Mar 6, 2021 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Hope to see you there!
Your "Don't Bottle It Up" Tri-Leaders,
Velma Noble- Calgary Heritage Park
Dwaine Souveny- Red Deer Sunrise
IPDG Christine Rendell 2019-2020- Calgary East 
Mental Health Seminar 25 Feb 2021 Charlene Bearden 2021-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
20th Anniversary 10 March 2021 Brian Treadwell 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

Guest Speakers 25 Feb 2021

Guest Speakers 
Emily Carscadden -- former outbound student
Karen Johnson -- Youth and other Vulnerable Sectors -- Online Application
Guest Speakers 25 Feb 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

Whitecourt Fire Engine 

A Fire Engine unit has been donated by the town of Whitecourt, Alberta  and their Fire and Emergency Services.
We thank the town council and the Fire Department of Whitecourt for their generous donation to the Los Amigos project. It will be much appreciated by Communities in Mexico.
Whitecourt Fire Engine Doug Thornton 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

Announcement 11 March 2021

Due to the 20th Anniversary Celebration on March 10, the regular club meeting on March 11 will be cancelled.
Announcement 11 March 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

Tortilla Soup  14 Feb 2021

Tortilla Soup 14 Feb 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

Agriculture Scholarship 50/50

Ag Scholarship 50/50, Draw Date Feb 21
Rotary Lethbridge Exhibition Ag Scholarship 50/50 Draw.  We are presenting a 50/50 draw to raise funds for this year's $10,000 Ag Scholarship.
The draw will take place on February 21, 2021 prior to the scholarship presentation on February 25.  image
To purchase a ticket, click HERE
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Please send this link to your contacts and followers on social media.  
We greatly appreciate your support for this event that supports agriculture students in Southern Alberta.
To learn more about this agriculture scholarship program click on this link:  http://ag-expo.ca/10000-agriculture-scholarship/
Thank you
Andrew Bronson
Rotary Lethbridge Exhibition Ag Scholarship Committee Member
C: 403-795-1557
H: 403-381-7002
Agriculture Scholarship 50/50 Andrew Bronson 2021-02-14 07:00:00Z 0

Nomination Committee


Nomination Committee special meeting on during February 18, 2021 regular meeting. The nomination committee will be putting forth a nominee call for the final board position for 2021-2222 Rotary year.
Nomination Committee Gwen McMillan 2021-02-14 07:00:00Z 0

Membership Webinar

This the last call for registration for our session on February 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM entitled Rotary Membership Recruitment and Retention. Join Neil Berg and Cory Tretiak as they share their strategies on this topic.
You can register by going to our district website and click on Events and open the February 17th link or;
Registration Link
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Membership Webinar Brian Callaghan 2021-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Valentine's Day Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-14 07:00:00Z 0

"Facts Talk". Jim Bennett


"Facts Talk" - Indigenous issues and history in Canada, current projects.

Jim Bennett 
"Facts Talk" - Indigenous issues and history in Canada, current projects.

RC of Raymond and Cardston Housing project and Reserve ice rink/basketball court



"Facts Talk". Jim Bennett Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
DisCon 2021 May 1, 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-07 07:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Kristine Cassie

The Child Advocacy Centre
Presented by:
Kristine Cassie
Kristine was appointed to the board for a three-year term effective Nov. 15, 2017. A graduate of Mount Royal from theYouth Development Program, Kristine started her career working with youth in care. It was while working at the YWCALethbridge and District that she reinvested in her education and completed an Applied BA in Human ServiceAdministration (Grant MacEwan) and a Master of Science in Leadership/Management from Walden University.

Kristine has worked in the human services sector for more than 34 years with substantial experience and advocacy efforts in the areas of youth empowerment, domestic and sexual violence and housing. She is a strong believer in giving at home and has contributed to the community of Coalhurst through many efforts over the 25 years that she has resided there.

Skilled at the development of programs, policy development, risk management and advocacy, Kristine has been instrumental in a number of community networks including: the Sexual Violence Action Committee; Domestic Violence Action Team; Southern Alberta Network of Children’s Services; Social Housing In Action; Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination; YWCA Canada Integrating Committee; Miner’s Days Historical Association of Coalhurst; and the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters. Kristine currently serves as Trustee of Palliser Regional Schools.

Since February 2016, Kristine has worked as the Director of Operations at Southern Alberta Community Living Association, an agency serving people with developmental disabilities. Kristine maintains registered social worker status in the Province of Alberta and is a certified community traumatologist. She resides in Coalhurst with her husband of 33 years, Dennis – who serves as the town’s Mayor. Together they have one son, Gabriel, a graduate from Coalhurst High School and currently a political science student at the University of Lethbridge.

Guest Speaker Kristine Cassie Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-07 07:00:00Z 0

Where Are They Now?

Where are They???
The 20th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is happening this year.  A Celebration event is planned for March 10th via Zoom.  The committee is working feverishly at making this a memorable occasion and would like to include past charter members.
Does anyone have contact information about the following people:
Doug Braden, Sandra England, Shawn Haas Jim McMullen, Phil Nicas, Chuck Olson, Kevin Sandquist, Robert Scott, Sharon Shore, Robert Smith, and Dan Price
Please contact Brian Treadwell as soon as possible.
Where Are They Now?  Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-02-07 07:00:00Z 0

Sophie Osaya 25 Jan 2021

Guest Speaker 28 Jan 2021
Sophie Osaya
Live update from Amuka Twende project (Busia, Eastern Uganda)
Sophie Osaya 25 Jan 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-25 07:00:00Z 0

Community Service 2021

Community Service Committee Report
The Community Service Committee is pleased to announce that the Board has approved support for the following projects:
Westminster Elementary School: $5000 for Stage and risers for their gymnasium.
Child Advocacy Centre:           $5000 for Therapeutic playroom furnishings.
Family Ties:               $3000 for Play Therapy equipment.
                                                       Family Centre:               $1000 Operational and equipment required to meet Covid requirements.
It's great to be a Rotarian helping those in need of support
Community Service 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-25 07:00:00Z 0

Foundation Chair 25 Jan 2021

Foundation Chair
Rotary Sunrise is in need of a member to take on the role of Foundation Chair for the 2021-2022 year.   If you are interested, please contact Gwen McMillan or Brian Treadwell.
Foundation Chair 25 Jan 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-25 07:00:00Z 0
Fresh Start Recovery Centre 17 Jan 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-17 07:00:00Z 0

Virtual District Conference 2021


Transitioning to A Virtual District Conference 2021

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that along with the support of the organizing committee, I have made the decision to pivot from our original plans to have a districtwide in-person conference to a districtwide virtual conference. This one day event will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Between the uncertainty of the timing of vaccinations and when the Medical Officer of Health will allow us to gather again, I feel that this is the most appropriate decision for our District. The safety and health of our Rotary family is my primary concern as we navigate these unchartered times.
Together we will Navigate a New World guided by inspiring speakers and interactive sessions that inspire and challenge us in doing the impactful work of Rotary. Please stay tuned as we continue to update the District Conference 2021 website in the upcoming weeks. There will be revisions to scheduling, pricing and content as well as information on what to expect the day of the virtual conference.
The silver lining is that now travel and accommodation expenses are no longer a barrier and this opportunity provides an even more inclusive event for more youth and more members of our Rotary family to attend.
Looking forward to seeing you online Saturday, April 17th!
Yours in Rotary Service - Mary Turner, District Governor, 20-21
Virtual District Conference 2021 Mary Turner 2021-01-17 07:00:00Z 0
Regular Meeting 15 Mar 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting 7 Mar 2021

Regular Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge on Zoom
March 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Board Meeting 7 Mar 2021 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2021-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

John Hewko Webinar 6 Jan 2021

Dear Rotarians:
Over 1,200 passionate Rotarians signed up to listen to John Hewko, RI General Secretary and his suggestions on how clubs can survive for the future.
Many of you have requested the video of John's message. Notes and the full video of John's message can be accessed by clicking on the link:
Stay Safe, Wash Your Hands, Wear a Mask!
Roma Murthy,  D6380 Membership Lead,  Troy Rotary Club Membership Lead
John Hewko Webinar 6 Jan 2021 Roma Murthy 2021-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

Sophie's Trip to Uganda

Sophie Osaya is heading home in Uganda
She is excited about her trip and looks forward to visiting with her son and his family and meeting his new born boy.  She leaves from Calgary to Amsterdam and then to Niarobie Kenya which takes about 21 hours, stays over night and then she has less than an hours flight on to Uganda the following morning.  I suspect some of you might like to send her on her way with a little gift and if you are so inclined, her address is........   Unit 10  409 43 Street S. Lethbridge  T1J 4B3.   She really appreciates the support of our members!!
Sophie's Trip to Uganda Deanne Little 2020-12-29 07:00:00Z 0

Westminster Treats Dec 2020

Holiday Treats for Westminster Students
The children and staff of Westminster School received a holiday treat from the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise. The cookies were made by Bootsma bakery. We also purchased mini-oranges and gave each person a chocolate hug! This was achieved through the fundraising efforts of the club. The school sent their thanks to you for your generous support.
YUMMY !!!!
Thank you to Cathy and Karl for preparing the Gifts
Westminster Treats Dec 2020 Cathy Moen 2020-12-27 07:00:00Z 0
Old Macleod Trail Marty Boogaart 2020-12-20 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Meets 12 Dec 2020

Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee --- Zooms ahead!
The Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee gathered virtually on December 12, 2020 to share updates on the Project!
Stehr is a Star!
Annie Stehr, University of Lethbridge, and Lethbridge Rotaract-er has spent many hours building the www.losamigosproject.ca website! 
A huge THANK YOU goes to Annie for her knowledge, commitment, attention to detail and patience in sorting through 10 years of records and photos and creating order out of all the ideas and information. 
The Project is excited to have a place to celebrate 10 years of international achievement, tell the story of the project, thank partners and sponsors and archive the participants and photos from each year of the project since 2010 .
Please visit and have a look! It is still in construction, and the Admin Team welcomes comments. If you have ideas or information to add, please contact doug@thornfin.ca
President Gwen attended the meeting and thanked the Project for all the great work, with special thanks to Annie for all her work to create the website.
Los Amigos Project Admin Team (RC Lethbridge Sunrise):
Doug Thornton and Henry VanHierden, Co-chairs
Karl Samuels. Daryn Wenaas, Berga Moen
Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee
Randy Smith (RC Airdrie); Richard Gette (RC Brooks); John Fortunka (RC Calgary Fish Creek};
Michael Henderson (RC Cardston); Robert Karchmarski (RC Kindersley); Jim Crawford (RC Olds); 
Dick Burnham (RC Pincher Creek); Jim Campbell (RC Lethbridge Sunrise); Greg Tiffin (RC Lethbridge Sunrise);
Lee Koran (RC Lethbridge Sunrise); KrJack Yaeck (RC Lethbridge); Wayne Stewart (RC Lethbridge).
Los Amigos Meets 12 Dec 2020 Bev Thornton 2020-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
McNally Gift Basket Raffle 13 Dec 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

Clubrunner Webinar 13 Dec 2020

Value in Using ClubRunner
Looking ahead to the new year please register for our next webinar this coming January 6, 2021 from 7 to 8 PM. The topic will be the value in using ClubRunner. Charlene Bearden will be our host.
In this session you will learn:
  • Learn about ClubRunner and how to keep your information up to date
  • Learn how information is stored and shared
  • Identify ways your club can better utilize ClubRunner for club documents and archives
  • Learn about other RI tools and apps
Registration Link:
or go to rotary5360.ca  click on Events then scroll down to Club and District Calendar then January 6, 2021 and open the link to register. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to welcoming you at that time.
Kind regards
Brian Callaghan
Clubrunner Webinar 13 Dec 2020 Brian Callaghan 2020-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

DG Mary Turner meeting 13 Dec 2020


Meeting With DG Mary Turner December 16, 2020

We currently have 64 participants registered for our gathering! It would be wonderful to have 100!

The evening promises to offer us an opportunity for some time to chat and participate in a Christmas quiz.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting with District Governor Mary Turner.
When: Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:

or go to rotary5360.ca  click on Events then scroll down to Club and District Calendar then January 6, 2021 and open the link to register. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to welcoming you at that time.
Kind regards
Brian Callaghan
DG Mary Turner meeting 13 Dec 2020 Brian Callaghan 2020-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas with DG Mary Turner



You are invited to a Zoom meeting with District Governor Mary Turner.
When: Dec 16, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

or go to rotary5360.ca  click on Events then scroll down to Club and District Calendar then January 6, 2021 and open the link to register. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
We look forward to welcoming you at that time.
Christmas with DG Mary Turner Brian Callaghan 2020-12-06 07:00:00Z 0

It's Coffee Time !

Coffee Fundraising Project
The fundraising committee requests approval to sell private label coffee blend, “SUNRISE” blend as a fundraiser.
Coffee is purchased as beans or ground from cuppers at $15 and sold at $20 per pound.  Fundraising committee and volunteers would deliver.
There is no limit for orders and anything from one pound up is fine.  The orders would be prepaid and there is no identifiable financial risk.
More information will follow soon.
It's Coffee Time ! Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-12-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sunrise AGM

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is scheduled for Thursday December 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM via Zoom. The zoom link will be sent out separately closer to the date.
Rotary Sunrise AGM Pat Lowell 2020-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youtube Channel Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
Speaker 3 Dec 2020 - Larraine Andrews 2020-11-29 07:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones Webinar 22 Nov 2020

  Jennifer Jones
Rotary International President 2022-23
Webinar, Mon Dec 21
In a rare opportunity, all District Rotarians are invited to listen to Jennifer Jones, Rotary International President 2022-23, from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Jennifer is a Canadian and will be the first Women President of Rotary International.
All Rotarians are welcome to join the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge on Monday, December 21 at 12 noon by way of a Zoom Webinar. Those interested should register at the link below as follows:  Firstname Lastname – Club
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The meeting will be one hour in length, in webinar format and is open to all Rotarians.
Jennifer Jones Webinar 22 Nov 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

Speaker Dr. Robert Sutherland 22 Nov 2020

Dr. Robert James Sutherland


Dr. Robert James Sutherland

Phone: 403.394.3987

E-mail: robert.sutherland@uleth.ca

PhD - Dalhousie University
MA - Dalhousie University
BSc - University of Toronto


Rob Sutherland received his PhD in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He moved to the Department of Psychology at University of Lethbridge in 1980, completing postdoctoral training in Neuropsychology on a NSERC Fellowship. From 1981 – 1991 he was a faculty member in Psychology and then from 1991 – 2001 he accepted a position at the University of New Mexico where he was Professor of Psychology, Physiology, & Neuroscience and Head of the Behavioural Neuroscience Area. He returned to Lethbridge where he is Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Alberta Heritage Medical Scientist, and Director of CCBN. His current research investigates the neurobiology of learning, memory, and amnesia in roden

Speaker Dr. Robert Sutherland 22 Nov 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

 2020 Rotary Member Census 22 Nov 2020

2020 Rotary Member Census

Thank you for being a part of Rotary! We hope you enjoy connecting with other leaders, exchanging ideas, and taking action with us.

As part of our commitment to providing you with the best Rotary experience possible, we invite you to participate in the 2020 Rotary Member Census. Your responses will help Rotary make important decisions about our organization and the Rotary club experience. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until 18 December 2020.

To begin the survey, click the link below. You can use the link to return to the survey if you need to leave at any point. Only one survey can be submitted using the link, so please don’t forward or share this email. By clicking the link, you consent to participating in the 2020 Rotary Member Census.

Begin the Survey

Questions about the survey? Write to surveys@rotary.org.

Questions about your membership? Contact us.

John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary





2020 Rotary Member Census 22 Nov 2020 John Hewko 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

Goal Setting Webinar 22 Nov 2020

Importance of Goal Setting

Registration is now open for the December 2nd  learning webinar on the subject of the value and reason for goal setting. Please join District Lead Linda Morris on what promises to be a very worthwhile presentation.

To register: go to rotary5360.ca  click on Events then scroll down to Club and District Calendar then December 2, 2020 and open the link to register. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

We look forward to welcoming you at that time.




Goal Setting Webinar 22 Nov 2020 Brian Callaghan 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

Come Spin With Challenge Summary 22  Nov 2020




Our sincere thanks to Vic Maris from the Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake for inspiring this challenge – your leadership and commitment to the eradication of polio
is sincerely appreciated.Congratultaions to the Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake who raised over $10,000 USD during the challenge. Fourteen Clubs participated in the Cycling Challenge (with additional cycling contributions from Lethbridge Mosaic and U of Calgary Rotoract Club)


To the best of my knowledge I am thrilled to report: 

Collectively we cycled 47,303.59 kilometres
DGE – Martin Parnell shared the following fun fact. The distance around the Earth at the Equator, its circumference is $40,075 kilometres – so our District cycled AROUND THE WORLD to eradicate Polio
The total District Polio Contributions from July 1/20 to Oct 30/20 are $60,700 CAD
My sincere thanks to the Club Cycle Champions for your  commitment to the challenge, to all those who participated to our collective kilometres and to all our generous sponsors for your financial support



Please continue to submit your donations throughout the year to Polio Plus – Rotary International has set a target of $1500 US per club/year  to eradicate polio.
Come Spin With Challenge Summary 22 Nov 2020 Marlene Doherty 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

Club Leadership Team Training Workshops 15 Nov 2020

District 5360 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors
I am very excited to share with you our plans for the Club Leadership Team Training Workshops to be held in February and March 2021.
Below is everything you need to know about this learning opportunity, but were afraid to ask:
Who should attend?
  •          Our District’s Rotary Family: Rotarian, Rotaractor and Interactor Leaders. District leaders recognise it takes more than a president to lead a club, it takes a team, thus it has been decided to open up the training to all leaders and potential leaders in your club.  We are hoping that at least 4-6 members of your club will attend. There is no additional charge for this training.
Why are we doing this??
  •          Because we believe "Ordinary people working together can achieve extraordinary results – Stronger together!
What will you learn?
  •          The topics will include:
  •          Part 1: “Leading Your Club” (Martin Parnell DGE), “Planning for Success” (Karen Blewett), “Setting Your Club Goals” (Linda Morris) and “The Value of Community Assessments” (Hyder Hassan).
  •          Part 2: “District Achievements” (Mary Turner DG), “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in your Club” (Sadia Khan and Steve Leavitt DGN), and “AG Roles and Responsibilities” (AG’s).
  •          Each session will be led by AG’s from across the District.
When will it take place?
  •          Saturday, February 20th (Part 1) and Saturday , Feb 27th (Part 2) or Wednesday, March 10th (Part 1) and Wednesday, March 17th (Part 2)
    • Each interactive Zoom session will last from 3 - 3 1/2 hours
Where will this take place?
  •          This training will be online. Go to www.rotary5360.ca , EVENTS….CLUB AND DISTRICT CALENDAR. Then select dates (Part 1 and 2) on the day/time you wish to attend and register….It’s that easy!
If you have any questions please contact either Rick Istead (rwistead@telus.net) or myself (info@martinparnell.com )
Yours in Rotary,
Rotary International
District 5360, DGE 2020 /2021
Rotary Club of Cochrane.
Rotary Opens Opportunities
Club Leadership Team Training Workshops 15 Nov 2020 Martin Parnell 2020-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Member Census 2020


Dear Rotarian,

Thank you for being a part of Rotary! We hope you enjoy connecting with other leaders, exchanging ideas, and taking action with us.

As part of our commitment to providing you with the best Rotary experience possible, we invite you to participate in the 2020 Rotary Member Census. Your responses will help Rotary make important decisions about our organization and the Rotary club experience. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until 18 December 2020.

To begin the survey, click the link below. You can use the link to return to the survey if you need to leave at any point. Only one survey can be submitted using the link, so please don’t forward or share this email. By clicking the link, you consent to participating in the 2020 Rotary Member Census.

Begin the Survey

Questions about the survey? Write to surveys@rotary.org.
Questions about your membership? Contact us.

John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary

Rotary Member Census 2020 John Hewko 2020-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

Strategic Planning Webinar 18 Nov 2020

 Please join us on the evening of November 18 from 7 to 8 PM for a webinar on the topic of Strategic Planning.
Karen Blewett our District Lead with Club and District Strategic Planning will be our presenter. Karen believes that,
"With a well-designed strategic plan, your Rotary Club can pave a clear path for the future. Whether your Club is trying to get through hard times, grow and prosper, or reimagine a new path forward, your strategic plan will help you get there."
In this session:
  • Learn about strategic planning and why it is important
  • Explore the fundamentals of the strategic planning process
  • Identify ways that Clubs can get involved in strategic planning
  • Discuss resources, information and next steps for Clubs to participate in a planning process.
In my last invitation to you I presented the click by click process to register for this free event. 
If you have any questions or difficulties please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Brian Callaghan
Strategic Planning Webinar 18 Nov 2020 Brian Callaghan 2020-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

20th Anniversary Celebration 8 Nov 2020

To recognize our anniversary on March 10, 2021, we will change our Thursday, March 11,  Zoom meeting to the evening of March 10.  It was suggested that it would be nice to have a slide show of pictures taken over the past 20 years. 
We have a copy of the PowerPoint that was made for the 10th anniversary.  We need to create another updated PowerPoint.  If anyone has pictures from the past 20 years,  please let us know.
It has been suggested that Brian would speak since he was President of our Charter year.
Please let me know if you are willing to help out.  Our next Anniversary Committee meeting is on Thursday, March 19, right after our regular 7 a.m. meeting.  You are welcome to attend.
20th Anniversary Celebration 8 Nov 2020 Carolyn Clark 2020-11-08 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunities for Sunrise Members
Volunteer Lethbridge has informed us of 2 opportunities for us to become involved in Community Service. 
1.  Keep In Touch volunteer opportunity. Volunteer Lethbridge has created more marketing materials for the program and they are attached for your information. The Seniors Wait list is growing by the day so Volunteer Lethbridge is currently stretching to find those interested individuals in the community and they are reaching out to us. This is something we can do from our home. 
2.  Volunteer Lethbridge has been contracted to provide recruiting and screening services to LSCO for their Drive Happiness program.  Please contact LSCO regarding this opportunity. They can be reached at 403-320-2222.
Volunteer Opportunity Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-08 07:00:00Z 0

Nordbridge Christmas Goodies

Nordbridge Fundraisers Edible Delights
Like many Individuals and Businesses, the Nordbridge Seniors Centre is struggling to maintain their programs.  If baking is not on your list for Christmas, you  might try some of these Delights 
Cookie Dough, Cinnamon Buns, Meat Pies, and Christmas Baking
Please call 403-329-3222 to order.

lease call 403-329-3222 to order
Nordbridge Christmas Goodies Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-08 07:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Committees 29 November 2020

Chair: Diane Randall
        Members: Ron Bunton, Alan Andron, Greg Tiffin, Jim Campbell 
Chair: Julie Smith
         Members: Richard Tamkin, Deanne Little, Carol Kundrik, Pat Lowell
Co-Chairs: Cathy Moen and Karl Samuels
         Members:  Karen Johnson, Carol Koran, Marty Boogaart, Judy Reed, Gwen McMillan
Co-Chairs: Richard Tamkin and Jim Campbell
Chair: Carol Kundrik
Co-Chairs:  Doug Thornton AND Henry Van Hierden  
          Members: Karl Samuels,  Berga Moen
Chair: Udo Hanebaum
         Members:  Ron Bunton, Wayne Brewer,  Cathy Moen
Chair: Myrna Prochinsky-Longair
         Members:  Carolyn Clark, Ian Randell, Marlys Reynar
                   PUBLIC RELATIONS
                   Chair: Greg Tiffin
                             Members:  Marty Boogaart, Judi Reed
The club survives on active participation of all members.  If you have a skill that would be of benefit to a particular committee, please step forward and provide your input.  We all have something to contribute.  Reminder:  Our treasurer will be completing his term this year.  Please consider applying for the position.              
Sunrise Committees 29 November 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

We Definitely Did It !

Congratulations Bike Riders and Donators!!
$5379.91  The final amount raised.
See the 5360 Events Bulletin for total kilometres completed by the clubs of 5360
We Definitely Did It ! Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0
Pumpkins galore Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

November Webinar

Dear Rotarians
Over the course of the past few months the District has been offering webinars on themes of interest as requested by our members. I am happy to say that our audiences have exceeded expectations so much so that we will begin to schedule a second event each month. We will endeavour to book the webinars on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
Please join in on the evening of November 4 from 7 to 8 PM when we will engage with Hyder Hassan on the topic of Toastmasters/Rotary Partnerships.
Please follow the link below of registration information.
Open Events/Calendar open November 4. Click on the hyper link to register.
Respectfully yours
Brian Callaghan
November Webinar Brian Callaghan 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

Pat 's New Sweater

The New Look for Pat !!!
Thank you Karen Johnson for your creation !
Pat 's New Sweater Pat Lowell 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

Make a Wish Canada

Make-a-Wish Canada Asks for Help
Hello!  Is there any way we can ask you to share a need for casino volunteers with your membership?  We are really hurting for volunteers for our casino next Monday and Tuesday and are reaching out to civic clubs to see if they have any members who might enjoy casinos?   It is at the PURE casino in Lethbridge.  Thank you and please let me know if that’s okay?
The following shifts are available:
Nov. 2, 1 - 8 pm - 2 volunteers needed
Nov. 2, 8 pm -4:30 am - 1 volunteer needed
Nov. 3, 1 - 8 pm - 3 volunteers needed
Nov. 3, 8 pm - 4:30 am - 3 volunteers needed
April Stallings
Manager, Resource Development
Make-A-Wish® Canada
587-880-3268 telephone
403-265-1704 fax
Make a Wish Canada Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

E-MAIL Fines and Happy Bucks Instructions:

Please follow the following instructions precisely to send any e-transfers to the club (and we do welcome your fines and happy bucks):
  1. Direct the E-mail transfer to:       Lethsunrotary@gmail.com
  2. Send an advice of that transfer to the following 2 people so that at least 2 club members are aware that a transfer has been made to the club and then we can “audit” to ensure that the transfer was deposited to the Club’s account.
Advise   Daryn.Wenaas@cwbank.com AND  ckundrik@telus.net of the transfer in an email.
This is necessary so that we have a check and balance to ensure all funds are received and deposited to the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise.  This protects our membership and our club officers.  Please do not send the e-transfer directly to Daryn or Carol’s personal e-mail addresses.  To ensure the accuracy and integrity of this process, any e-transfers directed to our personal e-mail addresses will not be accepted and you will have to redo to the proper e-mail address (Lethsunrotary@gmail.com).
Also, as a reminder, please collect fines and happy bucks and submit with a minimum of $25.  We do have transaction limits with Servus Credit union so every deposit (even electronic) may bring us closer to our monthly limit and if we exceed those limits, we will start to pay transaction charges. As well, we have to record every transaction in our accounting records and would like to keep those entries as efficient as possible.
Thank you and please don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions.
Daryn - Treasurer
E-MAIL Fines and Happy Bucks Instructions: Daryn Wenaas 2020-11-01 06:00:00Z 0
5 Nov 2020 Speaker - Steve Rozee Julie Smith 2020-10-29 06:00:00Z 0

E-transfer Available October 25, 2020

We now accept e-transfers for payment of your DUES, FINES and HAPPY BUCKS.  Direct the e-transfer to the following e-mail address:
For efficiency purposes, please collect your fines and happy bucks and submit occasionally once they have accumulated to at least $25 or more.
To maintain control, we would ask that once you have initiated the e-mail transfer, please e-mail both Daryn and Carol at the following e-mail addresses advising that you have sent the e-transfer and with the password for acceptance of the transfer.  This will protect the integrity of the process and ensure that funds are received by the club.  
Please ensure you let me/Carol know your password so we can accept the transfer directly into the account.
Thank you and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
E-transfer Available October 25, 2020 Gwen McMillan 2020-10-25 06:00:00Z 0

Care Committee October 25, 2020

The Care Committee is available for any Rotary Sunrise member who may require assistance and or support.
Please contact us. We are here to help.
Care Committee October 25, 2020 Myrna Procinsky-Longair 2020-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
WEE READ Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-10-18 06:00:00Z 0

Bike Challenge October 1, 2020

Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
Total Kilometers so far:  4574
Kilometers to go: 786
Current pledges excede $3857
Bike Challenge October 1, 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-27 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker October 1 2020

Andre Visscher is presenting "The Canadian Foodgrains Bank in the Time of COVID and Beyond" to the Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club on Oct 1,2020.
Southern Alberta Coordinator
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Guest Speaker October 1 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-27 06:00:00Z 0

Speaker September 17, 2020

Charleen Davidson is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta (CFLSA)
Davidson is a University of Lethbridge graduate (BA History, 2006) and holds a masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto (2008).

A 12-year resident of Lethbridge, Davidson has also worked extensively in the not-for profit sector in the community as the Executive Director of the Lethbridge HIV Connection Society and in a volunteer role as a city-appointed member of the Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives Board of Directors, among other community service interests.

Charleen provided an insight into CFLSA's support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about the CFLSA, go to cflsa.ca.
Speaker September 17, 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
Bike Challenge Update Sept 20 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-20 06:00:00Z 0

Feed Lethbridge City Wide Dinner Party

The Feed Lethbridge City Wide Dinner Party to support local food banks is next Friday, September 25th. See attached image for more information about the event.
Have you ordered your meal yet? MEAL ORDERS NEED TO BE CONFIRMED BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st.  
Dinner packages from Bavaru Catering and Mocha Local; Online Auction and 50/50 Cash Raffle Tickets are available at www.feedlethbridge.com.  Tune into your favourite local radio stations from 6-9 pm on September 25th for music and direction to more Feed Lethbridge Activities. 
Feed Lethbridge City Wide Dinner Party Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-20 06:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Relocate

On Saturday morning, five amigos and one amiga transferred Los Amigos Project equipment (gurneys,  SCBA tanks and backpacks, masks, radios, wheelchair and assorted parts) from current storage unit to the one next door.  RYPEN and Dragonboat items  were moved to another club storage unit.  A BIG THANK YOU TO
Greg Tiffin
Lee Koran
Doug Thornton
Henry Van Hierden
Jim Campbell
Bev Thornton
Los Amigos Relocate Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-09-20 06:00:00Z 0

 A Wonderful Thanksgiving Gift

Fall Planting:  This item is available for purchase from April-October while supplies last. This product will ship September-October according to hardiness zone.

Tulipa. Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years and the goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotarians around the world have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries and so far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating this disease. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. 

Dutch Rotarians have led the world in using tulips to benefit this critical polio eradication project. What began as the purchase of rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip during a 2013 charity auction, this idea has blossomed into a continuing and internationally successful fundraiser. In the first few years of launching this initiative, over 1.5 million tulips were sold, generating approximately $2,000,000 US to fight polio. Thanks to the breeding and cultivation of these beautiful tulips by Dutch grower Jan Lichthart, this Rotary initiative has spread to Switzerland, Germany, France, the USA and is now is in its second year in Canada through the efforts of Vesey’s and their Rotarian member employees. 

The beauty of this program is that the only organization benefitting from the sale of these tulips is Rotary. Every step along the way from grower to packaging, exporter to retailer, net proceeds (approx. $18.25 per box) from the sale of these bulbs will go directly to the Polio Eradication Program. Add to this the generous matching funds by the Gates Foundation and the end result becomes triple the initial contribution. Each purchase of the End Polio Now tulip will be shipped in this very attractive gift box containing 25 of these beautiful bulbs. And before you ask… the word tulip is not misspelled… it’s simply the Dutch version of the word! This lovely packaging also explains the polio program and provides detailed planting instructions. Show the world that you care and be part of this tremendous eradication program through your purchase of this very special and life changing tulip. Height 16-20". Bulb size: 12cm+.

Sold as: Pkg of 25

Order the tulips from 
A Wonderful Thanksgiving Gift Karen Johnson 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Mike Mahon Speaker Sept 24, 2020

Our guest speaker for Thursday September 24th will be the President of the University of Lethbridge. He has asked that we send him questions we would ask of him and he will base his remarks around our messages. My question would be, "What part will on line teaching be five years from now in our education system?" Please send your questions to deano62z03@gmail.com and I will forward them to the President.
Mike Mahon Speaker Sept 24, 2020 Deane Little 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker 24 Sept 2020

Our guest speaker for Thursday September 24th will be the President of the University of Lethbridge. He has asked that we send him questions we would ask of him and he will base his remarks around our messages. My question would be, "What part will on line teaching be five years from now in our education system?" Please send your questions to deano62z03@gmail.com and I will forward them to the President.
Guest Speaker 24 Sept 2020 Deane Little 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Donation of SMARTMusic for LCI Music Program

The Lethbridge Rotary Sunrise Club allocated $2600 from AGLC Funds to the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Music Program to purchase an application SMARTMusic, an on online music education software application for students to practices and grow as musicians.
Donation of SMARTMusic for LCI Music Program Diane Randell 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

 Rotary Youth Exchange Counsellors

 Rotary Youth Exchange Counsellors
The Youth Committee is looking for volunteers to assume the role of inbound and/or outbound counsellors for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. This program may or may not begin in 2021 depending on the factors surrounding Covid 19. The district continues to develop opportunities to learn about changes in the RYE program.
 Zoom presentations on Sept. 17 or 19
If you are interested in assuming one of these positions, please notify CATHY MOEN ASAP.  Information will be forwarded to you information about the role of counsellor along with an invitation to attend a zoom meeting.
Cathy is hoping to hear from you soon.
Cathy Moen
Co-chair, Youth
Rotary Youth Exchange Counsellors Cathy Moen 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Zoom Assembly

The  Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Assembly is being held on
Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 2 - 4 p.m
in Zoom format.  If you have never attended an Assembly here is your chance to see a scaled down version on Zoom for FREE.
To register:
Click on 2020 Assembly and Register under General Admission
Presentations from both Park Wardens - update on what is happening in Waterton and Glacier
Peace Leadership Dialogues with Peace Fellow Linda Low
Keynote Speaker - Tim Chapman Chair of Peace Gardens in North Dakota and Canada
Unfortunately we cannot do the Hands Across the Border Ceremony but the Peace Park Pledge will be recited at the end of the Assembly.
For more information contact Carolyn Clark - clarkm@agt.net
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Zoom Assembly Carolyn Clark 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

ANOTHER AMAZING WEEK! - 5360 Challenge Results

Calgary East – Dean Houghton 
352 km
Calgary at Stampede Park – Nancy Spence
1,048 km
Calgary at Heritage Park – Bill Skinner
1,232 km
Lethbridge Sunrise – Marty Boogaart
3,610 km (Pledges: $3589.60)
Calgary West – Marlene Doherty
1,260 km
Sylvan Lake – Scott McDermott
4,029.34 km
High River – Hal Knox
1,639.9 km
Canmore – Gail Smillie
Olds – Patsy Hickok
361 km
Calgary Downtown- Helen Hu
2,490 km
Rotary Club of Lethbridge
950 km
Stettler – Kevin Falkenberg
654.75 km
ANOTHER AMAZING WEEK! - 5360 Challenge Results Rinus Boogaart 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

Westminster during Covid Times

Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is again supporting the breakfast program at Westminster School.
A & W will again supply breakfast sandwiches for the students.   
Unfortunately, Volunteers will not be allowed into the school to serve sandwiches or read stories to children.  We will  deliver the A & W sandwiches once a month.
The dates planned are (Wednesdays) Oct 7 – Nov 4 – Dec 2 – Jan 6 – Feb 3 – Mar 3 – Apr 14 – May 5 – Jun 2
We ask Sunrise members to consider volunteering to deliver the breakfast sandwiches.  This will involve:
  • On the designated dates, four empty bins will be picked from Judi Reed's home in West Lethbridge
  • About mid-afternoon,  two bins are delivered to A & W on Scenic Drive and two bins to A & W on the North side
  • Next day at 8:00 am,  stocked bins are picked up from both A &Ws and delivered to Westminster, depositing the bins at the front door
  • Later on the same day, the empty bins are picked up and returned to Judi's. The bins are sanitized by Westminster staff. 
  • Each month Judi will schedule a volunteer 
Please let Judi Reed know if you are interested.  If you have questions, contact Judi.
Judi Reed
675 Heritage Blvd. W., Lethbridge
403-328-2209 home / 403-892-7880 cell
Westminster during Covid Times Judi Reed 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0
Hands Across the Border 2020 Carolyn Clark 2020-08-23 06:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Donation

Brian Cornforth, a former member of the Lethbridge Fire Department, played an integral part in the Los Amigos Project in the past.  He continues to provide fire equipment to the project.  Recently, Brian arranged for a donation of the following items: 
  • 48 ABCA cylinders
  • 21 SCB backpacks
  • 48 Face Masks.
Thank you, Brian!
Los Amigos Donation Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-07-26 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise----Club BBQ

You are invited to the Sunrise Evening BBQ to be held on
Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30 PM in Indian Battle Park.
Because of Covid -19 and the strange times inflicted upon us there will have to be some rules.  These are:
1.            Maximum 50 attendees.
2.            Maintain 2m social distance.
3.            Wear masks if closer than 2m.
4.            NO sharing of utensils or relishes, salads, etc. beyond an individual household.
5.            Alcohol is not permitted in City parks.
Attendees should each bring their own:
1.            Camping chair.
2.            Food they wish to cook and eat.
3.            Plates, utensils, relishes, salads for their household exclusively.
4.            Drinks of their choice (no alcohol).
As there will be only one BBQ stand, tongs and flippers will be provided – there will be as few cooks as possible so let us cook for you. This may take time so sit back, relax in the evening sun and enjoy chatting with members you have not seen in the flesh for some time.
Let’s just keep this BBQ simple and relaxing.  No fuss, No rush.
Driving directions:  Go downhill into valley bottom towards Fort Whoop-Up, but turn immediately right towards Helen Schuler Nature Centre and head towards the RR bridge, ignore the car park on left, turn left down first road, enter first car park on the right, park and look for us.
Picnic Location: In the treed area south of the railroad viaduct in Indian Battle Park there is a wooded area in which are located metal BBQ stands and picnic tables available to the public on a first come first served basis.  Around 4:30 pm some members will select an available location and light charcoal briquettes so as to have hot coals ready by 5:30 for cooking of burgers, sausages, hot dogs, etc. Since picnic tables do not enable social distances, their use is discouraged so avoid the need to eat off plates at a table.  Suggest you do not bring steaks, chops, etc.  Bring buns, etc. that can be hand held while eating in a chair.  Unfortunately, the nearest washrooms are locked shut – the nearest open ones are at the Baroness picnic shelter some half mile away.
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise----Club BBQ  Pat Lowell 2020-07-06 06:00:00Z 0

Name that Rotarian


Lets have some fun at our next meeting - July 9th


Name that Rotarian!  Is a fun way to learn new "things" about our club members.

We ask that you think of a story about yourself, be it funny or interesting - something that you would share with the group that the rest of us might not know "who" the story teller would be.

Karen will read the story, and then everyone will type who they think the story is about in the chat section of zoom.  Please keep track of how many you get right - for bragging purposes.  We will vote on who had the best story and the winner will be awarded a wonderful lap blanket woven by Karen.  :)


Please submit your story (about a paragraph long) to Karen at kfjrotary@gmail.com by end of day Tuesday July 7th

Name that Rotarian Karen Johnson 2020-07-06 06:00:00Z 0
Bob Jones Guest Speaker 2 July 2020 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2020-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
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Message from Myrna

We realize that COVID-19 has changed our members' lives in many ways. Since we are unable to meet " face to face" please know that we are thinking of you and that the club is here to help you should the need arise.
Myrna PL
Membership Chairperson
Message from Myrna 2020-05-30 06:00:00Z 0

Leadership Training

Leadership Training 1:15-4:30 June 5, 2020
Email from District Learning & Development Committee Chair Rick Istead.
For most people, leadership is not a natural talent – it is a learned art.
Leader, author, and speaker, Steve Armstrong reveals practical, hands-on leadership advice and skills learned as a soldier and humanitarian.
If we are looking for larger than life heroes, we misunderstand what leadership is. In my experience, ordinary people rise to the occasion in turbulent and trying circumstances.
Key lessons to be learned:
  • Leaders Are Made, Not Born
  • Leaders Manage Their Emotions
  • Leaders Respond Rather Than React
  • Leaders are Resilient people who can come from anywhere
If you have already registered for this webinar, many thanks - there’s no need to do anything more, but login on June 5th!
If you haven’t registered yet, please register as soon as possible:
  • Go to the District web site “Club Leadership Team Training Webinar #1” events page by using the following link: https://rotary5360.ca/event/club-leadership-team-training-workshop--2/
  • Hit the embedded link immediately below the line “You must register in advance for this webinar”
  • Fill in the “Rotary People of Action” Webinar Registration form and hit “Register”. Please be sure you add the name of your Rotary Club in brackets after your last name.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Leadership Training 2020-05-30 06:00:00Z 0

Zoom Shortcuts

Windows 10
  • F6: Navigate among Zoom popup windows.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift: Move focus to Zoom's meeting controls
  • PageUp: View previous 25 video stream in gallery view
  • PageDown: View next 25 video stream in gallery view
  • Alt: Turn on/off the option Always show meeting control toolbar in Accessibility Settings
  • Alt+F1: Switch to active speaker view in video meeting
  • Alt+F2: Switch to gallery video view in video meeting
  • Alt+F4: Close the current window
  • Alt+V: Start/Stop Video
  • Alt+A: Mute/unmute audio
  • Alt+M: Mute/unmute audio for everyone except host Note: For the meeting host only
  • Alt+S: Launch share screen window and stop screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
  • Alt+Shift+S: Start/stop new screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
  • Alt+T: Pause or resume screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
  • Alt+R: Start/stop local recording
  • Alt+C: Start/stop cloud recording
  • Alt+P: Pause or resume recording
  • Alt+N: Switch camera
  • Alt+F: Enter or exit full screen
  • Alt+H: Display/hide In-Meeting Chat panel
  • Alt+U:Display/hide Participants panel
  • Alt+I: Open Invite window
  • Alt+Y: Raise/lower hand
  • Alt+Shift+R: Gain Remote Control
  • Alt+Shift+G: Stop Remote Control
  • Ctrl+2: Read active speaker name
  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift+H: Show/Hide floating meeting controls
  • Alt+Shift+T: Screenshot
  • Switch to Portrait/Landscape View: Alt+L
  • Ctrl+W: Close current chat session
  • Ctrl+Up: Go to previous chat
  • Ctrl+Down: Go to next chat
  • Ctrl+T: Jump to chat with someone
  • Ctrl+F: Search
  • Ctrl+Tab: Move to the next tab (right)
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab: Move to the previous tab (left)
Meeting Shortcuts
  • Command(⌘)+J: Join Meeting
  • Command(⌘)+Control+V: Start Meeting
  • Command(⌘)+J: Schedule Meeting
  • Command(⌘)+Control+S: Screen Share via Direct Share
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+A: Mute/unmute audio
  • Command(⌘)+Control+M: Mute audio for everyone except the host (only available to the host)
  • Command(⌘)+Control+U: Unmute audio for everyone except host (only available to the host)
  • Space: Push to talk
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+V: Start/stop video
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+N: Switch camera
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+S: Start/stop screen share
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+T: Pause or resume screen share
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+R: Start local recording
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+C: Start cloud recording
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+P: Pause or resume recording
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+W: Switch to active speaker view or gallery view, depending on current view
  • Control+P: View previous 25 participants in gallery view
  • Control+N: View next 25 participants in gallery view
  • Command(⌘)+U: Display/hide Participants panel
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+H: Show/hide In-Meeting Chat Panel
  • Command(⌘)+I: Open invite window
  • Option+Y: Raise hand/lower hand
  • Ctrl+Shift+R: Gain remote control
  • Ctrl+Shift+G: Stop remote control
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+F: Enter or exit full screen
  • Command(⌘)+Shift+M: Switch to minimal window
  • Ctrl+Option+Command+H: Show/hide meeting controls
  • Ctrl+Shift+R: Gain remote control
  • Ctrl+Shift+G: Stop remote control
  • Ctrl+\: Toggle the "Always Show meeting controls" options in Settings/Accessibility
  • Command(⌘)+W: Prompt to End or Leave Meeting
Chat Shortcuts
  • Command(⌘)+K: Jump to chat with someone
  • Command(⌘)+T: Screenshot
General Shortcuts
  • Command(⌘)+W: Close the current window
  • Command(⌘)+L: Switch to Portrait or Landscape View, depending on current view
  • Ctrl+T: Switch from one tab to the next
Zoom Shortcuts 2020-05-30 06:00:00Z 0
District Conference Info 2020-05-30 06:00:00Z 0

Stitch it Forward

Lethbridge Rotary Sunrise has once again responded to an urgent need in our community. Three non-profit agencies have been the recipient of 100 hand sewn masks to protect staff and clients in our community. Within days of the request and volunteers of “Stitch it Forward”, our club sponsored the production of the masks and were delivered within 3 days. This group also provided scrub bags, headbands (with buttons to hold the masks) - all for frontline health care workers. They sew for people who are vulnerable and for this reason, the Board, on the recommendation of the Community Services, approved a grant so this dedicated group continues their work for the vulnerable in our community.
Stitch it Forward 2020-05-17 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks Greg and Karl

For taking on and completing the garden boxes for the YWCA and program to teach youth living at Hestia Homes the art of gardening and producing their own food. Thank you both so much for taking the initiative to get this done and available for this year’s growing season. This is service for youth in our community. Thank you
Thanks Greg and Karl 2020-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
April 30, 2020 Meeting 2020-05-04 06:00:00Z 0

Interact Thank You

Here is a thank you from some members of the interact club at Vic Park.
( the new ones that received the official club hoodies this year)

We are incredibly proud of the work this team has done this year. They started the year with great blanket ceremony and continuing on with number of service projects and successful grant projects!
Interact Thank You 2020-05-04 06:00:00Z 0
April 23, 2020 Meeting 2020-04-28 06:00:00Z 0

Meeting Update 

Meetings are suspended until further notice
Club meeting will be held on Zoom
You will receive an email from Marlys earlier in week for the link.
Meeting will be on Thursdays, logging in on Zoom at 6:45 am, meeting to commence at 7:00 am.
We are not posting the link here for privacy, you will need to check your email to locate the link or email Marlys.
Meeting Update 2020-04-23 06:00:00Z 0

My family to yours

I miss seeing you all. My family is in good health.
Enjoy these couple of fun family photos.
stay safe
My family to yours 2020-04-05 06:00:00Z 0

Westminster Breakfast Club

Hello Westminster Breakfast Program Volunteers…

I have been in touch with Angela Wilde, principal of Westminster and she has confirmed that the school is closed.  She thanked us for checking with her and let us know they are closed to the public, but open for on-line learning and learning packages.  Their staff are working, some at home and some at home.  She indicated it is best to cancel our breakfast program until they open again and offered best health to all our Rotary team.

Thanks for your hard work in supporting the school and serving breakfast to the students.  We will be in touch again when we know what our next date will be.

I hope you and your friends and families are all doing well during this unique, challenging time.


Westminster Breakfast Club 2020-03-28 06:00:00Z 0

Meetings are suspended

Nord-Bridge Senior Centre will be closed on Monday March 16 for at least one week and possibly longer.
This closure is under the recommendation of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer recognizing seniors as a high risk population. 
We will keep members updated through ClubRunner emails, our ClubRunner website and our Facebook page as we learn more.  
If you have any questions please direct them to Kim, Gwen or Marlys.
Meetings are suspended 2020-03-15 06:00:00Z 0
PBR Thank You 2020-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
March Special Dates 2020-03-08 07:00:00Z 0

March 19, 2020 Meeting *Cancelled*

*Morning meeting will also be cancelled*
We have been advised that the Nord-Bridge Senior Centre will be closed on Monday March 16 for at least one week and possibly longer.  This closure is under the recommendation of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer recognizing seniors as a high risk population. 
We will keep members updated through ClubRunner emails, our ClubRunner website and our Facebook page as we learn more.  
If you have any questions please direct them to Kim, Gwen or myself.
As Rotarians your work is all very important, please keep yourselves safe and remember "Wash your hands!".
Your in Rotary
Marlys Reynar
Co-president 2019-2020 
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
March 19, 2020 Meeting *Cancelled* 2020-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
March 12, 2020 Guest Speaker  2020-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
Mosaic Club Comedy Night 2020-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
March 5, 2020 Guest Speaker 2020-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
February 27, 2020 Guest Speaker 2020-03-01 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Dates

Quick look at upcoming events
March 19:  no breakfast meeting,  evening with Rotaract
March 28:  Peace workshop in Calgary
April 2:  no breakfast meeting
April 4:  2020 Vision for Sunrise
Save the Dates 2020-02-19 07:00:00Z 0
February 20, 2020 - Guest Speaker 2020-02-19 07:00:00Z 0
February 13, 2020 Guest Speaker 2020-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
AG Scholarship Dinner 2020 2020-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
February 6, 2020 Guest Speaker 2020-01-31 07:00:00Z 0

Sock It To 'Em

Sock Challenge
Please bring your donations of new socks to the next meeting.
To be given to those that need them.
Sock It To 'Em 2020-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
Feminine hygiene Product Drive 2020-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

New Member

Welcome to Carol Haayema
Joining our club on January 23, 2020
New Member 2020-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
January 30, 2020 Meeting 2020-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
McNally Community Centre 2020-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Ballroom Bingo 2020-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
January 23, 2020 Meeting 2020-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
Thank You A&W 2020-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
January 16, 2020 Meeting 2020-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
January Dates 2020-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
January 9, 2020 Meeting 2020-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
December 19, 2019 Meeting 2019-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
December 12, 2019 Meeting 2019-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
December Dates 2019-12-09 07:00:00Z 0

Victoria Park Activity

Victoria Park Interact Club
Hosting a pancake breakfast at Westminster Elementary School.
Don Robb band supplying the music.
Victoria Park Activity 2019-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Curling Bonspiel 2020 Details 2019-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
December 5, 2019 Meeting 2019-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
November 28, 2019 Meeting 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
November 21, 2019 Meeting 2019-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
Note from Bella 2019-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Post Christmas Brunch Correction 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
November 14, 2019 Meeting 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
November 7, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
Holiday Meetings Cancelled 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
November Dates 2019-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas Wreaths

Last Week to Sell/Buy, Deadline extended to November 14, 2019
Christmas Wreaths 2019-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Departure 2019-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Pig Roast

Pig Roast Fundraiser
Supporting Medical Clinic in Uganda
$15 per person
Saturday, November 2, 2019
The Miz City Church, 502 13 Street N. Lethbridge
5:00 Doors Open
5:30 Dinner and Progam
Contact Sophie Osaya for Tickets
Pig Roast 2019-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
October 31, 2019 Meeting 2019-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Polio Day October 24

October 24 is Polio Day ! We are this close to eradicate polio from the world. 
But we need to do more to close that gap !
The following two weeks during our rotary meeting we will be collecting donations to our polio plus campaign. 
Donate now ! and all your donations will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Give $20, and $60 will go to vaccinate children in the world ! IT'S THAT EASY !
If you prefer to donate on line or with credit card instead of carrying some money you can do that on this link: http://www.endpolio.org/donate
Donate Now !

Remember that we want to collect as much as possible before October 24, and your dollars will be matched 2:1 !

I will have a box to collect donations the following two rotary meetings. Bring your donation money (paper bills are preferred, but we will take coins also). 

Don't forget ... We are this close ...
Image result for polio plus
Polio Day October 24 2019-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
October 17, 2019 Meeting 2019-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
October 10, 2019 Meeting 2019-10-07 06:00:00Z 0
Waterton Shore Cleanup  2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Send off 2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0
October Dates 2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0
Karios Blanket Exercise 2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0
October 3, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0
September 26, 2019 Meeting 2019-09-22 06:00:00Z 0

September 19, 2019 Meeting/Tour

As has been announced at our weekly meetings over the last while, we are cancelling our normal Thursday Sept 19th morning meeting and instead have a tour of the new Science Commons Building (formally the Destination Building) at the University of Lethbridge.
September 19, 2019 Meeting/Tour 2019-09-15 06:00:00Z 0
September 12, 2019 Speakers 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Don!

Dear LCBS members,

It is with great excitement that I announce that The Allied Arts Council will be recognizing Don Robb as a Joan Waterfield recipient.

He will be recognized on September 19 during the Mayor's Luncheon for Business and the Arts. What a great opportunity this is as members of the LCBS to be able to come together to support and recognize Don at this event. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchase tickets online at artslethbridge.org. 

Thank you and Congratulations Don!

Share Thomas
LCBS president. 
Congratulations Don!  2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0

The value of diversity, equity and inclusion

I am proud to say that compared to 2018, we had triple the number of Rotarians and their guests march in the Calgary Pride Parade on August 31st!
The value of diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities is increasing with more attendees than ever showing up in support.
In January 2019 Rotary International's announced it's policy for diversity, equity and inclusion statement for Rotary as follows:

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Rotary International also updated its policy on adult harassment and requested the general secretary to provide training resources to club and district leaders regarding maintaining harassment-free environments at Rotary meetings, events, and activities.

I truly believe that through education, there comes understanding and acceptance. Kindly take your Rotary journey through adherence to Rotary's 4-Way test and the Rotarian's Code of Conduct.
In Rotary Spirit,
DG Christine Rendell
The value of diversity, equity and inclusion 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0
September Dates to Celebrate 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0

Naloxone training

This message is to invite you and any interested members of your clubs to join us at our weekly meeting on Tuesday, September 24 for a Naloxone training session provided by ARCHES.
We meet for dinner in the Saddle Room at the Exhibition (3401 Parkside Dr South) on Tuesday evenings, and anyone attending the training session is welcome to join us for the meal at 5:30 pm that evening. The cost of dinner is $23, and there is a cash bar available.
If anyone is interested they can e-mail me directly or you can collect responses and send them to me all at once.  I would like to have all RSVPs by Friday September 20 please, as I will need to let our caterers know how many people will be joining us for dinner that evening.
Thanks, and hope to see you there!
Keri Colwell
Co-President - Rotary Club of Lethbridge East
Naloxone training 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0
Hurricane Dorian 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0
Dragon Boat Blessing Ceremony 2019-09-01 06:00:00Z 0
September 5, 2019 Meeting 2019-09-01 06:00:00Z 0
August 29 ,2019 Meeting 2019-08-25 06:00:00Z 0
August 22, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-08-18 06:00:00Z 0
August 15, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-08-11 06:00:00Z 0
August 8, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-08-04 06:00:00Z 0
August 1, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
August Special Dates 2019-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
Vocational Talk July 25, 2019 2019-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
Dragon Boat Teams from Lethbridge going to Nationals  2019-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
People of Action - Los Amigos 2019-07-14 06:00:00Z 0

Dragon Boat Blessing Ceremony

Was thinking we could put a save the date for this event
it will be Sunday August 25 early afternoon at the Rotary Picnic Shelter (north side by Walmart)
Typically the ceremony has the funders doing the eye dotting ceremony.
I have some photos attached from the last one! 
I dont know how much the tickets are, but i will get "free" ones for Marlys and Kim.  I am assuming about $15 for others.
Karen Johnson
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
Dragon Boat Blessing Ceremony 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
New Zealand Friendship Exchange 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0

Message from the President


My dear friends, Rotary leaders, and Rotaract leaders:

A new Rotary year is upon us, and let us say one final thank you to former President Barry Rassin for his outstanding leadership. Barry, we will miss you, but we know and appreciate that you will continue to lead Rotary in important ways for years to come.

I have spoken for several months about how Rotary Connects the World, and the time has now arrived to put our words into action. We have an exciting year ahead of us, a year when we begin to implement the new Strategic Plan, what I call the Rotary Action Plan and when we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.

That anniversary will underscore the ties we have and goals we share with the United Nations. We will host five special events—UN Day in New York, three presidential conferences in Paris, Santiago, and Rome, and a final celebration just before the Convention in Honolulu. This will help us achieve the first Action Plan goal of increasing our impact by demonstrating that Rotary’s influence in the world has only just begun.

The second Action Plan goal is expanding our reach.  To achieve that, we need to grow Rotary – reaching out to new members, engaging current members, and creating more alternatives for membership for the next generation of Rotarians.

The third goal is enhanced participant engagement, making sure that Rotarians have experiences that are personally and professionally relevant and fulfilling. This is why I believe so strongly in building a more family-friendly Rotary -- one that welcomes children to our activities and that is considerate of families in our scheduling. Let us recommit to putting the needs, expectations, and growth of our participants at the center of all we do.

The final priority of our new Action Plan is increasing our ability to adapt. New approaches to our organizing principles do not threaten our sense of who we are. That is why I believe that Rotary must respect professional commitments and not require Rotary leadership to be a full-time job. We need to respect the time and responsibilities of young people who are building careers.

Together, we will harness the power of connection just as our organization has been doing for more than 114 years. We have a long, proud heritage. And we will continue to thrive because we are not afraid of change.

I look forward to leading you in this important journey, as Rotary Connects the World!

Yours in Rotary,

Mark Daniel Maloney
President, Rotary International 2019-2020

Message from the President 2019-07-08 06:00:00Z 0

July 4, 2019 Meeting

Guest Speaker - Jillian Hunchak
Extremism and the Impact of a Narrative
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
Rotarian of the Year
presented to Pat Lowell
July 4, 2019 Meeting 2019-07-01 06:00:00Z 0
July Special Dates 2019-07-01 06:00:00Z 0
No Meeting This Week 2019-06-23 06:00:00Z 0
June 20, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-06-17 06:00:00Z 0
June 13, 2019 Meeting 2019-06-09 06:00:00Z 0
Meet our New Zealand friends 2019-06-02 06:00:00Z 0
June 6, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-06-02 06:00:00Z 0
June Dates 2019-06-02 06:00:00Z 0
Pass the Gavel 2019-05-28 06:00:00Z 0

Vic Park BBQ

Our year end send off for Vic Park.
Wednesday May 29
thank you!!
Vic Park BBQ 2019-05-28 06:00:00Z 0
May 30, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-05-28 06:00:00Z 0
May 23, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-05-21 06:00:00Z 0
Dragon Boat Festival 2019-05-21 06:00:00Z 0
May 16, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
May Special Dates 2019-05-14 06:00:00Z 0
May 9, 2019 Meeting 2019-05-07 06:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019-05-07 06:00:00Z 0

Lobsterfest Volunteers

I am the volunteer coordinator for Lobsterfest and we are still looking for a few volunteers.

We are looking to fill the following shifts:

Table Cleanup 7-9pm / 9-11pm, Bartenders 4:30-7pm / 7-11pm (likely done by 11)

and silent auction payment takers 8-10pm.

Those who are interested can email me. Thank you very much!

From: Steve Craig steve.craig@uleth.ca



Lobsterfest Volunteers 2019-05-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Park Clean Up 2019

A picture of Sunrisers and family at the coulee clean up. We had a great turnout and enjoyed the cold drinks and perogies after.
The team of Marlys, Ian and Doug found the biggest pieces of garbage.
Rotary Park Clean Up 2019 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0

Westminster Breakfast Program

Our Breakfast Club volunteer team who serve breakfast sandwiches to Westminster Elementary School students on Rotary Wednesday, are a wonderful team.  They meet at 8:15 am for about an hour once a month during the school year and spend an enjoyable time with students and teachers.  Each volunteer's usual routine is as follows:
  • Meet in the Westminster kitchen area
  • Prepare a bin of food and beverages for an assigned classroom
  • Deliver the bin to the classroom; meet the teacher and students
  • Serve breakfast
  • Read a story (assigned by the teacher) to the group of students
  • Return the bin to the kitchen
Not all volunteers are available each month so I send an email to each team member about a week ahead. 
That way they can let me know if they are available.  
Would you like to join us?  Do you have any questions or concerns? 
Some photos are attached FYI.
We need more volunteers and would appreciate your support!  Let me know.
Judi Reed
Westminster Rotary Wednesday Coordinator
403-328-2209 / 403-892-7880 / campbell.reed@shaw.ca 
Westminster Breakfast Program 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Hero Award 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0


...  Berga Moen passed on  the book  "Mica Dam" but she cant remember who she gave it to.    Please identify yourself!!
your friend  Deane
Help 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0
May 2, 2019 Meeting 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0
April 25, 2019 Guest Speaker 2019-04-21 06:00:00Z 0
April 18, 2019 Meeting 2019-04-16 06:00:00Z 0

Last Week's Guests

Rotaract Club visitors
Taylor Fulton, Keely Goulding, Celine Quirante and Chelsea Kleckner
Last Week's Guests 2019-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
Former Exchange Student 2019-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
Supper Club 2019-04-16 06:00:00Z 0
April 11, 2019 Meeting 2019-04-07 06:00:00Z 0
Speghetti Spectacular 2019-04-07 06:00:00Z 0
April Dates 2019-04-01 06:00:00Z 0
April 4, 2019 Meeting 2019-03-31 06:00:00Z 0
March 28, 2019 Meeting 2019-03-24 06:00:00Z 0

Fine Dining

Fine Dining at the Garden Court, Thursday March 14, 2019.
Was a delightful gathering of friends in Rotary.
Fine Dining 2019-03-24 06:00:00Z 0

Chess for Life

Weekly Chess for Life
at Westminster Elementary School
on Tuesdays
March 26, April 2, 9,16
from 2:30 - 3:300 pm
Anyone can come and help out. Don't need to know how to play chess as we will be learning along side the kids.
Chess for Life 2019-03-24 06:00:00Z 0
March 21, 2019 Meeting 2019-03-24 06:00:00Z 0
March 14, 2019 Meeting 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Pint for Polio 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigo Administration Meeting March 11, 2019 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

Lethbridge Food Bank

We would like to thank you for your help and support to the Lethbridge Food Bank.
We are extending an invitation for our simple Donor Appreciation Event coming up
on March 22nd, Friday. The invitation for the said event is attached. Stop bybetween
5:00-7:00 pm and enjoy light snacks and beverages at the Lethbridge Food Bank (1016 2nd Ave S).
Don’t forget to RSVP as well. Thank you. We hope to see you there!
Kind regards,  
Mikee Lazaro-Ramsay
Volunteer and Event Coordinator
Lethbridge Food Bank
Lethbridge Food Bank 2019-03-07 07:00:00Z 0
March 7 2019 Meeting 2019-03-04 07:00:00Z 0
March Dates to Remember 2019-03-04 07:00:00Z 0


A Big welcome to Cathy Moen
Welcome 2019-03-04 07:00:00Z 0
February 28, 2019 Meeting 2019-02-24 07:00:00Z 0
February 21, 2019 Meeting 2019-02-17 07:00:00Z 0

Club Leadership Training


Online Registration

March 16, 2019
Sandman Hotel
421 Mayor Magrath Drive S
Lethbridge, AB
Room: Chinook Room



  9:00 AM - Registration

  9:30 AM - Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  9:45 AM - Planning for Success

10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM - Leading Your Club

11:30 AM - Strengthening Membership

12:15 PM - Lunch

  1:00 PM - Telling Your Club's Story

  1:45 PM - Highlight's from the Intternational Assembly

  2:00 PM - What's Next?

  2:15 PM - Adjourn


Room: Chinook Room


  9:00 AM - Registration

  9:30 AM - Welcome & Introductory Remarks

  9:45 AM - Planning for Success

10:30 AM - Break

10:45 AM - Leading Your Club

11:30 AM - Strengthening Membership

12:15 PM - Lunch

  1:00 PM - Telling Your Club's Story

  1:45 PM - Highlight's from the International Assembly

  2:00 PM - What's Next?

  2:15 PM - Adjourn

Club Leadership Training 2019-02-17 07:00:00Z 0

Gates Notes

February 12, 2019 | The Insider Edition
Our 2019 Annual Letter
By Bill and Melinda Gates
Our 2019 Annual                          Letter
This is an excerpt from our 2019 Annual Letter. You can read the full letter here.
How would you describe 2018? Was it what you expected?
We would probably say no. From especially devastating natural disasters on the one hand to record numbers of women campaigning for office on the other, 2018 felt to us like a series of surprises. The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple years ago looking forward.
A benefit of surprises is that they’re often a prod to action. It can gnaw at people to realize that the realities of the world don’t match their expectations for it. Some surprises help people see that the status quo needs to change. Some surprises underscore that transformation is happening already.
Twenty-five years ago, we read an article that said hundreds of thousands of kids in poor countries were dying from diarrhea. That surprise helped crystallize our values. We believe in a world where innovation is for everyone—where no child dies from a disease it’s possible to prevent. But what we saw was a world still shaped by inequity.
That discovery was one of the most important steps in our journey to philanthropy. We were surprised, then we were outraged, then we were activated.
There have been good surprises, too. When we first started learning about malaria, we thought the world would never make real headway on the disease until someone invented a long-acting vaccine. But thanks to bed nets and other measures, malaria deaths are down 42 percent since 2000.
In this year’s annual letter, we’re highlighting nine more things that have surprised us along this journey. Some worry us. Others inspire us. All of them are prodding us to action. We hope they do the same for you, because that’s how the world gets better.
  1. Africa is the youngest continent.
  2. At-home DNA tests can help prevent premature birth.
  3. The world will build an entire New York City every month for 40 years.
  4. Data can be sexist.
  5. You can learn a lot about processing your anger from teenage boys.
  6. There’s a nationalist case for globalism.
  7. Toilets haven’t changed in a century.
  8. Textbooks are becoming obsolete.
  9. Mobile phones are most powerful in the hands of the world’s poorest women.
Want to learn more about these surprises? Read our full Annual Letter at GatesLetter.com.
Gates Notes 2019-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
February 14, 2019 Meeting 2019-02-10 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos update

Karl and Jim do a presentation to the City of Lethbridge on behalf of Los Amigos.
Los Amigos update 2019-02-10 07:00:00Z 0
February 7, 2019 Meeting 2019-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
February 2019 2019-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
January 31, 2019 Meeting 2019-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Randy 2019-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
January 24, 2019 Speaker 2019-01-20 07:00:00Z 0

Supper Club 2019

Hello!  Lets get the supper club started.  I am looking for members to host a pot luck dinner at their home.  Here is what I need..
-Your name :)
-how many you can host
-a date that is good for you between February 1 and April 30th
DEADLINE to send me a hosting date:  January 24 
Once I have a few houses to host,  I will send out a link for the appropriate number of guests to sign up at your house on the date you choose.
This way everyone gets a date that works for them!! 
BUT you can only choose one date... 
Karen Johnson
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January 17, 2018 Guest Speaker 2019-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
Contemporary Hippie Folk Rock Foundation Night 2019-01-10 07:00:00Z 0
AG Scholarship 2019-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
January 10, 2019 Guest Speakers 2019-01-06 07:00:00Z 0
January Celebration Dates 2018-12-30 07:00:00Z 0

A Big Thank You

Thank you to the sunrise rotarians who donated to the Victoria park high school Christmas hampers.
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January 3, 2019 Meeting 2018-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas 2018-12-23 07:00:00Z 0

Random Act of Kindness

Victoria Park High School Interact Club
Great time by all, making and handing out 200 bag lunches in the downtown area. 
Random Act of Kindness 2018-12-16 07:00:00Z 0

FAMILY MEMBER CATEGORY – The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise

The Family Member Category allows more than one person in a family to become members of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise at a reduced rate.
Eligibility.  Any household may apply for Family Membership and designees may include any household member who is at least 18 years of age.
Family members do not need to join at the same time, but they can if they chose so.  Current Individual Members may later add other family members.
The following process will be used to set up a Family Membership:
  1.  Approval.  A Family Membership must first be approved by the Club’s Board of Directors.
  2. Inductions.  Each family member will be formally inducted into the club through the Club’s established new member process.
  3. RI Registration.  Each family member will be listed as an official member of the Rotary Club.
  4. Votes and quorum.  For the purpose of club meetings, each family member will be able to vote the same as an individual member. 
  5. Holding office.  Each member, as an individual, can hold any office in the Rotary club to which the member is elected in the normal way.
  6. Annual club dues.  One member pays full club dues and additional family members pay a reduced due that covers RI/District costs and insurance.
  7. Meals/beverage costs. Current meal fee structure is the same for all types of members.
  8. Bulletin and communication.  Family members will individually receive the club’s weekly bulletin/newsletter and regular club communications providing separate contact information is provided.
  9. The Rotarian magazine.  The family will receive a subscription to The Rotarian magazine (one copy per family).
  10. Participation in youth activities.  The family members are expected to abide by all restrictions, policies, and procedures with respect to club activities involving youth.
  11. Termination.  The process for terminating a family member is similar to that for individual members.  An individual may remain a Family Member as long as the original Rotarian is still a member.  If the original Rotarian leaves the Club, the related family member must become a regular Rotarian as soon as is feasible, but no later than the beginning of the next fiscal year.
Effective  July 2018
FAMILY MEMBER CATEGORY – The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise 2018-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
December 27, 2018 Meeting 2018-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
December 20, 2018 Meeting 2018-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
Westminster Invite & Concert 2018-12-09 07:00:00Z 0

December 13, 2018 Meeting

Club AGM
Congrats to Pat & Rita on their Paul Harris Awards
A big welcome to our new members Udo Hanebaum & Sophie Osaya
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Boogaart Christmas 2018-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
December Special Dates 2018-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019 2018-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
December 6, 2018 Guest Speakers 2018-12-02 07:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Volunteers Needed

We have been asked to volunteer for the Salvation Army Christmas kettles again this year. However, we won't take on a day to assign club volunteers and instead, anyone who is interested can contact Don Bladen directly at lethbridgekettles@gmail.com or call him at 587-257-5657 to set up a date, time and location that works best for you.
See below for details:
Salvation Army Volunteers Needed 2018-11-25 07:00:00Z 0
November 29, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-11-25 07:00:00Z 0

The Ambassador's Week

Posted by Richard Tamkin
Spouses and friends of the drivers flew down and stayed for the second week, entirely at their own expense, so as to partake in the celebrations that the Mexican Rotarians organize to thank Alberta for the gifts that have been driven down. Some Albertans may find this generosity excessive and unnecessary (the writer included) but it is the customs of Mexico that must be respected. The Mexicans are polite and caring people who wish to show their gratitude. It would be seen as arrogant and offensive if Albertans did not partake. (The writer and his wife have spent many years snow birding in Mazatlan and thus both like and respect the ordinary Mexican).
The drivers and ambassadors were divided into four groups so that celebrations in each town could be attended.
Karl Samuel’s group.
Vehicle Handover Ceremony – Acayucan, Veracruz
A small group flew via Mexico City to Acayucan near the big port city of Veracruz on the southern Caribbean coast where the fire truck from the MD of Rocky View was being donated. The fire truck had been purchased by the Rotary Club of Airdrie for $5,000 thanks to the efforts of Randy Smith who was the retiring Fire Chief of the MD. Randy, his wife, Donna, Karl Samuels and Jim Campbell formed this group, all of whom were hosted by the Rotary Club of Acayucan.
John Fortunka’s group Vehicle Handover Ceremony – Tepic, Nayarit
This was going to be a busy and memorable day for our group of six drivers and ambassadors who were visiting Tepic to handover the ambulance to the municipality of Tepic.
First stop an invitation to the Municipality Building to meet El President in his office. Greetings and pleasantries exchanged the group was escorted outside to the Plaza where the handover  was going to take place. The canopy was quickly filled and the top table guests and speakers took their places facing the crowd.
The highlight of the ceremony was the signing of the contract between the Rotary Club of Tepic Nayar and the President of the Municipality. This binding agreement ensures that the Municipality accepts the responsibility of keeping the vehicle well maintained and used to it fullest extent for the benefit of the people of Tepic.
The handing over of the keys of the Ambulance was the next step in the proceedings. Lynne Brasnett was chosen from the group to do this. It was special for Lynn to do this because the vehicle had been donated by the community of Pincher Creek and sponsored by Lynn’s Rotary Club. Lynn is also a paramedic in Pincher Creek and had driven the vehicle during its service in that community.
Speeches were made, banners presented and gifts were exchanged. Finally, the photo shoot to mark the end of the official occasion. As an added attraction the group was treated to a tour of the Tepic Fire Hall. Here the group enjoyed the antics of the Exchange Students who gleefully enjoyed trying the firemen’s emergency exit pole.
A special thanks to our great Rotary hosts in Tepic!
Jack Yaeck’s group – Vehicle Handover Ceremony – Mazanillo, Colima
To deliver the handi-bus to Mazanillo involved a wearing four-day trip beginning with, on the first day, an eleven hour drive to Colima which is the capital city of Colima state. The Rotary Club of Colima treated the group to supper as their guests. Then it was back on the bus for a one-hour drive to Mazanillo where the handi-bus from Brooks was formally handed over to the Helen Keller School for the Disabled.
Then a one hour return journey to Colima and the hotel.
The morning of the second day was profitably spent meeting with the Under-Secretary of the Minister of Social Development for the State of Colima, learning about the lack of education and the problems caused by poverty combined with the State’s efforts to alleviate these.
In the afternoon the group visited three fire stations in the City of Mazanillo which just happens to be Mexico’s busiest port on its Pacific coast with a population of around 190,000 people. These fire stations are ill equipped so the group were able to ascertain their requirements and to hear their wishes for the future.
Despite Mazanillo being such a busy port, it lacks a Rotary Club so the handibus will be supervised by the Rotary Club of Colima on behalf of the Los Amigos project.
Again, supper as guests of the Rotary Club of Colima.
After breakfast on the third day the group visited a second school for the disabled in Coquimatlán which received a handibus last year and is still working just fine. Then there was a tour of a local village by the Department of Tourism followed by a visit to a nearby museum featuring a highly revered local artist.
That evening the group attended the regular weekly meeting of their hosting club, the Rotary Club of Colima and exchanged banners.
The fourth day was spent travelling back to Mazatlan.
Berga Moen’s group  –  Vehicle Handover Ceremony – Culiacán, Sinaloa
Sunday 14 October 2018 – The group travelled by van to Culiacán, where the local Rotarians held a welcoming barbeque at the hotel.
Monday 15 October 2018 – Presentation of an ambulance to DIF (Welfare Dept.) Sinaloa. The ambulance will be part of a DIF project to provide services to indigenous farm works. These are the very poorest who come to the Culiacan area to find work in the fields, at the dump, etc. The project is the brain child of Rosy, the wife of the Sinaloa State Governor, who attended the presentation. Also, in attendance was the CAO for DIF (Welfare Dept.) in Sinaloa.
Pepesán (the lead Mexican Rotarian) gave a speech to the crowd explaining the Los Amigos project and how such projects in Mexico are vetted by Mexican Rotarians there to make sure that the vehicles brought to Mexico will be used. Rosy, the Governor’s wife, was most impressed with the Los Amigos Project and made a point of speaking to Berga and others on the team to thank them for the work they are doing.
The presentation was followed by a tour of a rehabilitation facility operated by DIF. Services are provided to all citizens, adults to children. Payment for services is based upon income and is free to those who cannot pay. Services include physical therapies and life skills coaching as well as psychological support. Some halls were lined with art work done by clients of the facility.
Tuesday 16 October 2018 – Presentation of school bus at City Hall. The City Treasurer attended for the Mayor who was unable to attend. The head of the Institute receiving the bus was also present. The bus will be used by the Institute to transport students from the University out to do community service work with the very poor and to bring the poor into the City for various treatment facilities and/or education.
Following this presentation, we toured the MIA, an interactive “museum” designed to teach the public, particularly school children, about addictions, how drugs and alcohol affect the body and the impact this has on the lives of those around the addict and society in general. It was very dynamic.
It was an exploration of how and why to say “No” to drugs, including alcohol. Also, a section devoted to teaching how to develop good habits such as exercise and healthy eating.
Wednesday 17 October 2018 – Presentation of ambulance to Culiacan Civic Hospital. In attendance was the Director of Medicine for the hospital and other dignitaries. The hospital has 130 resident doctors, including several specialists. They provide medical care to the poor. Patients pay only what they can afford, may be a little, may be a lot, or may be nothing at all. This ambulance will be used to provide outreach services to the very poor migrant farmers living on the outskirts of Culiacan. The medical care will go out to them and transport patients back into the hospital when needed. The Medical Director in his speech to us emphasized that this ambulance will make a huge difference in bringing care to the very poor and will save lives.
Following the presentation, we were able to see the ambulance donated to this hospital three years ago. It originally came from Cardston and had just received a new paint job. Rotary emblems had been replaced on the ambulance as well.
Thursday 18 October 2018 – The group went by bus to El Rosario where we attended the Cultural School for the presentation of music instruments. They learned that the program run by this school is actually after regular school hours. A few of the children are able go to regular schools beforehand. The majority were children that have come off the streets to take part in the music program. As a result, they are getting not only the opportunity to participate in the music program, but also basic education skills such as reading and math. These are not the children of wealthy parents, so no school uniforms here. Of the instruments donated by Los Amigos, several of the larger instruments donated by Los Amigos will remain with the program in El Rosario, but the rest will be used to start a second music program in another location. The group were impressed by the dedication of the music teachers in bringing this program to the students of every age group all participating together. The program also included a choral ensemble. The program director emphasized that this music program was keeping these kids off the street and off drugs.
The Ambassador's Week Richard Tamkin 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Adios Amigos

Posted by Richard Tamkin
Upon return there was one free day for both the drivers and ambassadors to relax.
The following evening there was held in Mazatlan a big banquet of thanks. Again, more wonderful Mexican hospitality.
Next day, sadly, all Albertans had to fly back ready to face our winter.
Adios Amigos Richard Tamkin 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Getting Ready

Posted by Richard Tamkin

October 2018 CONVOY


All 6 vehicles have been checked over. All 6 have been cleaned, washed and shined. All decals have been applied. All are waiting to be loaded with cargo before the October 4th departure following the big celebration send off breakfast.

This is the culmination of countless hours of negotiation, form filling, verification, translation, labelling, cross checking and finally loading. Over 800 pages of forms has been sent to Mexico City seeking duty free importation of the vehicles and cargo.

All 6 vehicles were presented to our local media at a luncheon event hosted by Lethbridge’s Fire department at their 5th Avenue North station on Wednesday, September 26. Most of the volunteer drivers were also present wondering quite what they had let themselves into. From past experience they will see lots of delightful scenery, meet fascinating people from all parts of both American and Mexican society plus see miles and miles of tarmac.

Note the cargo loaded inside.


Another Club has joined the convoy!


And look! Yet another Club has joined the convoy. We are growing.



The local media were invited to inspect, film and photograph all the 6 vehicles in this year’s convoy at a luncheon held in the 5th Street North fire hall. The volunteer drivers explained to the media the origins of the project and it’s effect on many Mexican communities. Often these donated vehicles are the first emergency vehicles their town or village has owned.


Pincher Creek continues to support the convoy – as it has since Los Amigos began.



Getting Ready Richard Tamkin 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Convoy Drives South

Posted by Richard Tamkin
The Los Amigos project consists of two very separate but complimentary parts. Rotarians in Southern Alberta gather together the vehicles and equipment to be donated and then deliver everything to Mazatlan, Mexico. Rotarians in Mazatlan are responsible for deciding which towns the vehicles and equipment will be donated to. These Mazatlan Rotarians are also responsible for ensuring that the donated items continue to be properly and continuously used.
 Albertan Rotarians very deliberately stay away from the donation decisions since they do not speak the Spanish language nor do we know the local customs or conditions.
After the October 4th departure breakfast the 6 vehicle convoy drove out of Lethbridge on Highway 4 to Coutts and Sweetgrass. This time the US border formalities were easily dealt with and the convoy rolled over the three Montana passes into Idaho without any problems. Overnighted in Idaho Falls and next day drove on through the scramble of Salt Lake City to Fillmore in Utah. There the regular evening meeting of the drivers was held in the open air which attracted other curious travellers who seemed impressed by Rotary’s efforts. Next day the convoy drove through Las Vegas, used the new by-pass that leads straight onto the big bridge over the Colorado Canyon and into Kingman, AZ. They were guests of Kingman’s Route 66 Rotary Club at their big Oktoberfest fund raiser. The drivers donated $150 to the Oktoberfest fund. After the regular morning vehicle checks the convoy headed on south through Phoenix and Tucson to Nogales, AZ, where they met up with Pepesán (the lead Mexican Rotarian) and Omar (a Mazatlan Rotarian). These two vital Mexican Rotarians traveled from Mazatlan just to ensure the convoy cleared the Mexican border checks and formalities with the minimum of trouble. Their magic touch clearly worked since the convoy was cleared in 3 hours, which is a record.
Overnighting in Nogales, Mexico gave time for the drivers to relax in a comfortable hotel just outside of the border control area.
The following day it was a short drive to the visa station at Km 21 were it took the drivers the usual one hour to obtain tourist visas. Then it was roll on south along fast Mexican toll road Route 15D to Navojoa and an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel with a warm pool!  Great relaxation. Next day in the late afternoon the convoy drove into Mazatlan where the vehicles were parked.
That completed the first week and the obligations of the Albertan part of the Los Amigos project which is very international as you can tell.ce our winter.
Convoy Drives South Richard Tamkin 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Departure Day

Posted by Richard Tamkin
Thursday, October 4, was Departure Day for the 2018 convoy heading south to Mazatlan, Mexico. A 7.00 am celebration breakfast was held in the Nord-Bridge Center with some 60 people present. This was the opportunity to thank donors to Los Amigos who had supplied vehicle maintenance, decals, coolers, tools, etc.
Mayor Bob Tarleck (Mayor of Lethbridge from 2001 to 2010) was thanked for his faith in Rotary. It was his faith in Rotary that basically began the Los Amigos project in 2010. Don McInnis and Richard Tamkin asked him and the Lethbridge City Council for one retired school bus to take wheelchairs and walkers down to Mazatlan and, to Rotary’s surprise and delight, he and the City Council gave Rotary three retired school buses. This enlarged gift presented an unexpected (but pleasant) problem which Berga Moen, Judy Reed, Don McInnis, Jim Campbell and Wayne Stewart were left to solve while Richard Tamkin and his wife, Di, drove south to spend 6 months snow birding in Mazatlan. Thanks to the invaluable assistance freely given by Rotarians from the Grand Prairie area the three buses were safely delivered to Mazatlan. It soon became apparent that we Lethbridgeians had a lot to learn about border formalities.
Berga Moen is seen here thanking Karley Lewis, the band teacher at Gilbert Pattison Middle School. Karley had found many, many musical instruments which were then donated to and driven down for Mazatlan schools to enjoy. Travis Conrad, of Wilson Middle School was likewise thanked for repairing these instruments and for bringing them back to good working order so that Mazatlan’s students could enjoy them. The Mexican health inspectors at the border were particularly pleased that Travis had carefully replaced all the mouth pieces with brand new ones. Travis had wisely anticipated this potential problem.
Karl Samuels, the Los Amigos project Coordinator, (a.k.a. The Boss or “El Jefe”) is seen here thanking Val Bhoeme of the Rotary Club of Raymond for a $2,500 cheque which will be added to the Los Amigos project’s funds.
Connors’s Fleet Services were especially thanked for all their valuable mechanical checks on each of the vehicles in the convoy.
After the breakfast the drivers loaded up, said their farewells and drove off almost on time.
Departure Day Richard Tamkin 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0
November 22, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
It's A Wonderful Life 2018-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Brunch 2018 2018-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
November 15, 2018 Speaker 2018-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

Coordinator Needed

My three year term as the coordinator for the Los Amigos project will be over on December 31st, 2019. This is a volunteer position that requires a significant number of hours and some organizational expertise. It is both challenging and rewarding.

 I would like to have the incoming coordinator in place by January 1st 2019.

This would allow the incoming coordinator to shadow me for a year and learn more about the inner workings of the project and the people on the Los Amigos team who provide support and volunteer hours to the planning for each trip.

 Los Amigos is truly a Southern Alberta project with multiple Clubs involved. Any interested Rotarians please forward your name to me, by December 15, 2018.


Karlyne (Karl) Samuels.

Los Amigos Project, Coordinator.



Coordinator Needed 2018-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
November 8, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-11-04 06:00:00Z 0
November Special Dates 2018-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Project Christmas Tree Raffle

The Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club

in partnership with

L’Arche Lethbridge and the Library Stitching Divas


‘Project Christmas Tree Raffle’


A fund-raiser to help send L’Arche clients to the Alberta Winter Games  in 2019


Grand Prize: A miniature (5 ft.) Christmas tree decorated with hand-knit ornaments. Value: $500

Tickets: $5 each

Draw Date: Dec. 8/18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church during the performance of

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

License # 504720

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November 1, 2018 Speaker 2018-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
My name is Rinus Marinus M L Boogaart 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
October 25, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-10-21 06:00:00Z 0
Condolences 2018-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
October Birthdays & Anniversaries 2018-10-14 06:00:00Z 0

Hello from Carol Laycock

Hi Sunrise Rotary Club,

Greetings from Vietnam!  My husband, Bill, and I are serving an eighteen month mission for our church in Hanoi, Vietnam.  We’ve been here for three weeks, so we’re still a bit shell-shocked.  We’ve been struggling to learn at least some of the language, and that’s a trick!  Just when I think I’ve got a phrase mastered, I try it out on some poor unsuspecting Vietnamese person in the elevator.  My efforts are met with a look of total puzzlement, followed by a good natured smile, telling me that my awkward attempt didn’t quite hit the mark.

Bill and I will be here teaching advanced English classes at Hanoi University of Business and Technology beginning very soon.  Until those classes begin, we’re busy adapting to a new world of fabulous food, tangled traffic – there are no lanes, no rules, and no mercy on the streets here.  With 8 million people in this bustling city and most of them on scooters, pedestrians are at the bottom of the food chain.  You take a deep breath, walk steadily, look straight ahead and pray, taking your life in your hands every time you cross the street because pedestrians NEVER have the right of way – and generous, hard working people.

I look back on our days producing The Christmas Carol in aid of the local food banks with great fondness, and I treasure the relationships with you.  Your club does selfless, wonderful things for people who need help, and I’ve felt honoured to rub shoulders with such well-meaning, humanitarian minded club members.

On this day, Canadian Thanksgiving, I want to express my thanks to you and my gratitude for you and the great memories we’ve shared.


Carol Laycock



Hello from Carol Laycock 2018-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
October 18, 2018 Speaker 2018-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
Christmas Wreaths - Last Week 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Raymond

80th Anniversary Celebration
October 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Seniors Center
Come dine with us and help us celebrate
80 years of Rotary in Raymond
and recognize our Sponsors and the contributions
of past and present members.
Free!!! You must RSVP to vboehme@gmail.com
Rotary Club of Raymond 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
Regional Learning Day 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
October 11, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
October 4, 2018 Meeting 2018-09-30 06:00:00Z 0

Special Meeting September 27, 2018

No meeting at 7:00 am
Meeting at Exhibition Grounds from 5:30-7:30 pm
in the Saddle Room in the South Pavillion.
Free buffet dinner provided.
Spouses and partners welcome.
Please RSVP at JulieSmithRotary@shaw.ca
Please let Julie know of any special dietary needs.
Mike Wutcherl will be presenting on the Exhibition Development plans and then taking everybody on a walking tour.
Special Meeting September 27, 2018 2018-09-23 06:00:00Z 0
September 13, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-09-09 06:00:00Z 0
September Birthdays & Anniversaries 2018-09-09 06:00:00Z 0
Our exchange student Emma Arnell 2018-09-02 06:00:00Z 0
September 6, 2018 Speaker 2018-09-02 06:00:00Z 0
August 30, 2018 Speaker 2018-08-26 06:00:00Z 0
August 23, 2018 speaker 2018-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
Pincher Creek Event 2018-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
Whoop-Up Days Parade 2018-08-12 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker(s) 2018-08-09 06:00:00Z 0
August's Extra Special Days Marty 2018-08-06 06:00:00Z 0
Speakers - Youth Service Committee Marty Boogaart 2018-08-06 06:00:00Z 0
About Rotary Marty Boogaart 2018-07-29 06:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker July 26, 2018 Meeting 2018-07-22 06:00:00Z 0
Digital Play Packs 2018-07-19 06:00:00Z 0
Save The Date 2018-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker July 19, 2018 Meeting 2018-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
2018 Waterton Glacier Peace Park Assembly 2018-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
Farewell to our Peruvian visitors 2018 2018-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
July 12, 2018 Speaker 2018-07-08 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Musical Instruments 2018-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Musical Instruments 2018-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
Flag Raising Ceremony 2018-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
July Birthdays and Anniversaries 2018-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
July 5, 2018 Meeting 2018-07-01 06:00:00Z 0

Club Service Committee Meeting

Club Service Committee Meeting
will be held on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00pm
at Carol Kundrik's home, 10 Notre Dame Place W.
Everyone is welcome, especially new members.
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Club BBQ Social with the Visiting Peruvians

When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Where: Pat Lowell's Home, 309 Sandstone Point South, Lethbridge
Home Phone: 403-394-4450
Need to Know: by July 3, 2018 - patlowell@shaw.ca
(how many are attending and whether you can bring a potluck salad or dessert)
The Club will provide the burgers, buns, condiments, water, ice, plates and cutlery. Seating will also be provided.
Don't forget your beverage of choice!
Club BBQ Social with the Visiting Peruvians 2018-06-24 06:00:00Z 0
June 28 Meeting 2018-06-20 06:00:00Z 0

June 21, 2018 Meeting

Cheque Presentations
by Greg Weadick
Danielle McIntyre of Interfaith Food Bank
Maral Kiani-Tari of Lethbridge Food Bank
Tony Deys of Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association
June 21, 2018 Meeting 2018-06-17 06:00:00Z 0

June 14, 2018 Meeting

Marlys Reynar & Wayne Brewer
Presidents Elect Vocational Talks
Passing of Gavel Presentation
Presentation of Past President Pin
June 14, 2018 Meeting 2018-06-10 06:00:00Z 0
June Birthdays and Anniversaries 2018-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

June 7, 2018 Meeting

Guest Speakers
Kathy Lewis
Library Stitching Divas Christmas Project
shared their fundraising idea for L'ARCHE Lethbridge
Interact Club
Interact Club Project over the past year and a thank you.
June 7, 2018 Meeting 2018-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

Don't Forget

We will be meeting at Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre
1904 - 13 Avenue North
Don't Forget 2018-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

May 31, 2018 Meeting

Cheque presentations to Lindsay Brown (YWCA, Girls Space), Leah Dormer (YWCA, Hestia House), Vi Knox & Sharon Loewen (Days for Girls), Mike Prociw (Young Lions Jazz) and Ken Rogers (LCI music instruments)
Farewell to Steve Oseen and Carla Trimble at Streetside Eatery.
May 31, 2018 Meeting 2018-05-27 06:00:00Z 0
Pulse Breakfast 2018-05-21 06:00:00Z 0

May 24, 2018 Guest Speakers

Logan Boras (President Interact club of Lethbridge)
Bev Hopsack (Youth Director Rotary Club of Lethbridge)
Laci Eged (Exchange Student from Hungary)
Shared what they have been doing this year.
Karen Johnson also shared a quick history about 
The Dragon Boat Festival and update for this year.
May 24, 2018 Guest Speakers 2018-05-21 06:00:00Z 0
Honouring Deane Little 2018-05-21 06:00:00Z 0

May 17, 2018 Guest Speaker

Rachael Harder MP, Lethbridge - with staff Alexandra Corrigan and Hidhi Patel
Provided updates on government issues.
May 17, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-05-13 06:00:00Z 0

Donate Blood Today

As of today Rotary Club Lethbridge has 34 donations towards your pledge of 100 which is 34% of your pledge.
At this time of year we like to see our Partners hitting 33% of their pledge to be on track, you are well on track to meet your pledge.
We have over 650 open appointments at the Lethbridge clinic in May
that we need to fill to keep up with patient demand.
Book your Appointment Now at: https://blood.ca/en/donate
Donate Blood Today 2018-05-07 06:00:00Z 0
Emma at Orientation 2018-05-06 06:00:00Z 0
Paterson Band Concert 2018-05-04 06:00:00Z 0
May Birthdays & Anniversaries 2018-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
FASD Thank You 2018-04-29 06:00:00Z 0
May 3, 2018 Meeting 2018-04-29 06:00:00Z 0

April 26, 2018 Meeting Hilights

Pat Killoran visited and encouraged everybody to get involved in the 100 year celebration.
Guest Speaker: Kim Derksen
Shared firsthand knowledge about the Safe Site in Lethbridge, how it benefits the clients and the community.
Alan was visiting from Chapala Sunrise Mexico,
shared the work they are doing making affordable filtration devices.
April 26, 2018 Meeting Hilights 2018-04-22 06:00:00Z 0
100 Years of Rotary in Lethbridge Activities 2018-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
100 Years Apparel 2018-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
PETS 2 at District Conference 2018-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
Fireside Chat to replace this weeks morning meeting 2018-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2018-04-02 06:00:00Z 0
March 29, 2018 Guest Speaker 2018-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
March 15, 2018 Meeting 2018-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Location change for meeting on March 22, 2018 2018-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
March 8, 2018 Meeting 2018-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

2017 Los Amigos Vehicle Deliveries

Posted by Richard Tamkin

Upon finishing the drive down From Lethbridge to Mazatlan, all of the vehicles were parked overnight in the parking lot of the playground named after Allan Kuechle from Grand Prairie Rotary Club, who started the vehicle convoys 15 years ago.

This newsletter reports on four of the vehicle deliveries. The remaining deliveries will be presented in the next Los Amigos newsletter.

The first week (which is the driving) was the responsibility of Alberta Rotarians and the Los Amigos project. The Rotarians from Mexico responsibility for the second week. After parking the vehicles, the drivers and ambassadors were taken to their hotel.

Next day, all Canadian representatives were returned to the park to attend the ceremonial handover of the vehicles' keys to Rotarians from each recipient town. Each town was represented by Rotarians, municipal officials, spouses, et al. Speeches were made with translators on hand. Following the ceremony, the vehicles were driven off to their new homes.

In order to formally deliver each vehicle, the drivers and ambassadors were divided into two groups. One group went north, the other went south.


The north group consisted of the firefighters and trainers who drove “their” ambulance to Culiacán. The training team had the opportunity to make this presentation. It was especially touching for the three firefighters from Lethbridge (the Trainers) who had actually driven the ambulance many times while on duty. This handover is covered in the preceding article.





The following day (week 2 day 2), the drivers and ambassadors boarded a bus and for a seven hour ride to Guadalajara via the fast toll road. They spent that night in a hill-top hotel.


Next day (week 2 day 3) the Pincher Creek ambulance was presented to the Rotary Club of Zacoalco de Torres and handed to the community of Acatlan (population 10,000). It is geographically remote with a lot of surrounding agriculture. In the past it has taken an ambulance one hour one way to respond to an emergency in Acatlan, then another hour to return to the hospital in Zacoalco. A bit of good news is that patients are stabilized at a medical clinic in Acatlan while waiting for transportation. There are 4 stabilization beds for adults, 2 for children, and a bassinet for one newborn.


The Fish Creek handibus was presented to the Rotary Club of Colima and handed to a school for disabled children in the community of Coquimatlan (one hour from Manzanillo). The school has waited three years for this; it was a 'dream come true.' There are 30 children registered and teachers have very little to work with. This handibus will enable children to go on field trips, reduce their isolation, and most importantly, get them to and from school. Many parents struggle in getting their children to school, especially during inclement weather when pushing a wheelchair in the mud is not that easy! After the official ceremony, the Mayor of Coquimatlan drove the children home using the donated handibus. It was a very celebratory yet poignant moment in time. The next article in this newsletter, written by John Fortunka of the Rotary Club Calgary Fish Creek, is a heart-warming story about this delivery.


Next day (week 2 day 4), the Cardston handibus was donated to Tlaquepaque which is on the outskirts of Guadalajara. It was donated in memory of Michael Henderson's mother, Beverley Henderson. The handibus was already booked solid for the next few days. It will be used in transporting the elderly and disabled to and from doctor appointments.


The following day (week 2 day 5) the whole group was bused back to Mazatlan.

Next morning (week 2 day 6) was the formal opening of the “proper” school to replace the “pallet school,” as mentioned in the previous newsletter. In the evening all attended the formal farewell dinner hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Mazatlan.

Next afternoon (week 2 day 7) everyone boarded a direct flight back to Calgary and home.

2017 Los Amigos Vehicle Deliveries Richard Tamkin 2018-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Handbus Delivery

Posted by John Fortunka

Coquimatlan Municipality School - Monday October 23, 2017

A happy band of Rotarians and Ambassadors were eagerly greeted and welcomed by local Rotarians and staff of the Coquimatlan Municipal School . The children were in their classrooms and were excited about our visit and the anticipation of what was going to happen. The kids who attend the school have varying disabilities and are aged from around four years old to young adults. School is important to these children and adults and getting to the school from their community is not easy for them.

I want to introduce you to Mercedes, one of the younger pupils in the classroom we were invited into. This is what she had to say about her School: 

Translation: "I am Mercedes – Mechita to my friends, I am a talkative person, always wanting to be informed of everything, so I always ask questions. I insist that I come to my school from my community because I am so happy there."






The initial welcome quickly progressed to the official handover of the handibus to the school. The President of the Community was there to officially receive the keys to the vehicle and many parents and members of the local Rotary Club were also present. The school children, young adults and staff were part of the audience for the official handover. Many speeches and photos!

The President had a great idea,‘’Let's load up the handibus with some of the school pupils for a photo-shoot!’" The tailgate elevator was lowered and pupils in wheelchairs were loaded on-board. Other students climbed up the bus steps to take a seat inside. There was a look on the faces of the students that was amazing. Their eyes sparkled with pride for their new acquisition. Tears and smiles spread infectiously among the kids and adults alike. It was a special moment which touched the hearts of everyone. My Rotary Moment!

A final surprise was to follow. The President decided that as the bus was now filled he would drive those kids on board home. So off they went!


The handibus was now in Service to provide transport for these Very Special Kids to attend their Very Special School and other trips out to enrich their lives.


John Fortunka
Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek

Los Amigos Handbus Delivery John Fortunka 2018-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos recent travels

Here are some photos of recent trips for Los Amigos
Los Amigos visiting Fort Macleod Club
Los Amigos visiting the Okotoks Club
Los Amigos recent travels 2018-03-02 07:00:00Z 0

March 1, 2018 Meeting

Peter Imhof sharing about the family Center.
  • Thursday, March 15th
  • 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Lethbridge Lodge
Join us for an evening of Food, Fun, Fundraising and Friendship!
Family Centre is committed to using all of the resources we have to ensure a better tomorrow. We all have a stake in promoting the well-being of the families in our community. Lethbridge McDonald’s Restaurants and Family Centre have joined together to ask you to support our efforts by attending the 5th Anniversary of the McFamily Gala & Auction.
You will be served a wonderful meal by Prime Catering. With a Vintage Carnival Theme to the evening, you will find lots of different activities to experience and enjoy. See Magic Tricks done before your eyes! Have your face painted by an incredibly talented team. With a Cocktail Chic dress code, you can wear your party outfits or come straight from the office.
Bring tissues as our speakers tell their stories which bring tears to your eyes. Bring your mobile phone or device as we use the Silent Auction Program HANDBID. Bring your chequebook to support TWO great charities that support people in Southern Alberta.
Help us raise $70,000 this year to support both Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta and clients to Family Centre who rely on Early Childhood Education programs, Parent Education programs, Family Support programs including counselling services and much more.
You truly can make a difference in our community through your generous support of the 5th Anniversary McFamily Charity Gala & Auction.
Buy a Table, Bring a Friend, Take out a Sponsorship! Call Kathryn Ponomar at Family Centre 403-320-4232 ext. 207 for sponsorship packages or just more information.
March 1, 2018 Meeting 2018-03-02 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigo Handi-Bus Delivery

Los Amigos Handi-Bus Delivery 
Coquimatlan Municipality School - Monday October 23, 2017 
A happy band of Rotarians and Ambassadors were eagerly greeted and welcomed by local Rotarians and staff of the School. The children were in their Classrooms and were excited about our visit and the anticipation of what was going to happen. The kids who attend the school have varying disabilities and are aged from around 4 years old to young adults.  School is important to these children and adults and getting to the school from their community is not easy for them.  
I want to introduce you to Mercedes – one of the younger pupils in the classroom we were invited into. This is what she had to say about her School: 
Translation ‘I am Mercedes – Mechita to my friends, I am a talkative bebe always wanting to be informed of everything, so I always ask questions. I insist that I come to my school from my community because I am so happy there’  
The initial welcome quickly progressed to the official Handover of the Handi -Bus to the school. The President of the Community was there to officially receive the keys to the vehicle and many parents and members of the local Rotary Club were also present. The school children, young adults and staff were part of the audience for the official handover. Many speeches and photos!!!! 
The President had a great idea- ‘Let’s load up the Handibus with some of the school pupils for a Foto -Shoot!!’ The tailgate elevator was lowered and pupils in wheelchairs were loaded on- board. Other students climbed up the bus steps to take a seat inside. There was a look on the faces of the students that was amazing. Their eyes sparkled with pride for their new acquisition.  Tears and smiles spread infectiously among the kids and adults alike. It was a special moment which touched the hearts of everyone!!! My Rotary Moment!! 
A final surprise was to follow: The President decided that as the bus was now filled he would drive those kids on board home. So off they went!!! 
The Handi-Bus was now in Service to provide transport for these Very Special Kids to attend their Very Special School and other trips out to enrich their lives  
John Fortunka 
Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek
Los Amigo Handi-Bus Delivery 2018-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
February 22, 2018 Meeting 2018-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
February 15, 2018 Meeting 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Exchange Students at February 8, 2018 Meeting 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting February 1, 2018 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

PBR 2018

Our annual 50/50 raffle at the PBR Enmax is March 2nd and 3rd and we need your help! 
-Workers for Friday or Saturday or both nights
-Commitment is from 5:30- 9:30 pm.
-Teams of two will be selling 50/50 tickets in a section of the Enmax. 
We will have two booths  locations with remaining locations requiring walking and steps. 
Please consider helping out, we need 14 volunteers for each night! Family and friends are welcome to volunteer too!
Please let Gwen know ASAP
PBR 2018 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Los Amigo Presentation to Mayor of Lethbridge 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Members Helping 2018-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
January 11, 2018 Meeting 2018-01-14 07:00:00Z 0

The “Pallet” School

The University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club (ULRC) had raised funds for a school in South Sudan, but the civil war there prevented its construction. Members of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East (RCLE) proposed to the Rotaractors that they fund a permanent structure for a poor school in Mazatlan, that was built out of shipping pallets. The ULRC agreed to this change, provided there was local Rotarian supervision in Mazatlan.
Construction of a hurricane-proof school was overseen and completed by a Mazatlan Rotarian who is also a major contractor in town. The school is a busy lively beautiful kindergarten. This school will also serve as a community emergency shelter.
In Mexico, children must attend kindergarten before they may enter grade school. To enter kindergarten children are required to wear a uniform and have a backpack filled the required school supplies. Many local parents cannot afford the uniform or the supplies, but local ‘snowbirds’ fundraise to ensure these children enter kindergarten. In Mazatlan there is a large group to permanent foreign residents plus snowbirds who organize scholarships and supplies to ensure children complete their grade school education.
The school’s new building formally opened in October 2017 and was timed to coincide with the convoy’s arrival. The two Presidents of the ULRC who were both heavily involved in project were also flown down (expenses covered by RCLE) to attend the formal opening.
L=>R: Katelyn de Boer and Katie Wilson
Katelyn and Katie attended the formal opening and in the evening, were entertained to formal dinner in a private house to thank them for the Rotaractor’s generosity. Mexican hospitality requires that visitors who bring valued gifts are specifically thanked, so the two Presidents also attended the formal dinner which marked the end of the 2017 convoy’s time in Mexico.
(Editor’s note: Mexican hospitality can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming to a foreigner, but good manners require that everyone joins in.)
The “Pallet” School 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

January 4, 2017 Meeting

Ron Bunton shares a vocational talk.
\Greg Weadick presents Pat Lowell  a Paul Harris Award
January 4, 2017 Meeting 2018-01-07 07:00:00Z 0

December 21, 2017 Meeting

Posted on Dec 17, 2017
We sure did enjoy having the cast and crew from "It's a Wonderful Life" join us for breakfast.
December 21, 2017 Meeting 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on December 28, 2017 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos News

Received a Fire Truck on December 16, 2017 From Airdrie.
Los Amigos News 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0

December 14, 2017 Meeting

Annual General Meeting
Greg Weadick presents a Paul Harris to Carolyn Clark
Greg Weadick presents a Paul Harris to Gregory Tiffin
December 14, 2017 Meeting 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Victoria Park Needs some Help 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
December 7, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Brunch 2017-11-27 07:00:00Z 0

November 30, 2017 Meeting

Carolyn Clark and committee members
presented on the process of inviting new members
and the role of the Membership Committee.
November 30, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
What Happened? 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0

Cheque Presentations on November 23, 2017

Greg Weadick presents cheque to Debbie Deak from FASD
Greg Weadick presents cheque to Vicki Hazelwood from Lethbridge Early Years Coalition
Greg Weadick presents cheque to Angela Wilde from Westminster School for Scientists in Schools
Cheque Presentations on November 23, 2017 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
November 23, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-20 07:00:00Z 0

November 23, 2017 Meeting

Terence Hochstein
from Potato Growers of Alberta presented the history, growth and impact of potato growers in Alberta's economy.
November 23, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Wreaths 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Needed 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0