Meeting February 17 2022-02-16 07:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month - Time for Matching Donations!!

Now's the time double your money!
During the Month of November, Rotary Club of Calgary East with match members' donations to Rotary Foundation, up to $100.00 per member, until we fulfil our $2,000.00 matching contribution.  Of that, $1,000.00 is earmarked for PolioPlus.
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Do you know a Rotarian who has gone above and beyond to create environments where girls under the age of 18 can flourish. Nominate Her/him.
Submission Deadline: Friday 23 July

Joey O'Brien to Speak on Enviromental Protection

In celebration of Rotary International adding a 7th area of service, The Enviroment, our Club had decided that further education on the subject is needed. We are very fortunate that Joey O'Brien has agreed to present at our noon meeting on this Thursday June 17. 
Speaker: Joey O'Brien
Topic: Protecting The Enviroment.
Joey has lived in Canmore for 18 years with his wife, 5 children and 2 grandchildren. He was one of the first in town to install solar panels (40- panels amounting to 10 KW) on his home and it is now energy positive annually.
Joey is the President of SustainDriven, an innovative provider of environmental consulting and event operations that executes sustainable water, waste, global greenhouse gas and energy solutions. His professional passion is environmental sustainability, mitigation and education.In addition, Joey is a hiking guide, a ski instructor, a ski coach, a first-class power engineer, a soccer player and enjoys building things.
The topic of his presentation will be “the Climate Crisis - What is the fuss is all about, global trends and local initiatives.”
Thursday June 17 @ 12 noon
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Christine and Brian

Congratulations to our very own Club President Brian Carnahan and Past District Governor Christine Rendel for recently becaming Arch Klumpf Society Members!!
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Have You Registered for DisCon Yet?

Join Us In Connecting!

Welcome to the Rotary District 5360 annual conference which will be delivered on a virtual platform on May 01, 2021.

Together we will Navigate a New World guided by inspiring speakers and interactive sessions that energize and challenge us in doing the impactful work of Rotary. I encourage you to join us and make new friends, reconnect with others across our District and learn more about Rotary.

Looking forward to getting together, and having a lot of fun as a Rotary family!

Yours in Rotary Service - Mary Turner, District Governor 20-21

Register Here

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Wine Tasting, LIVE from Argentina

Join us on February 25 at 6 pm, for an exclusive evening of wine tasting with Mauro Villarejo, owner of Trapezio Wines,
 LIVE from Argentina
The evening will feature these wines personally selected by Mauro, as he walks us through every aspect of their development and taste.
Trapezio Rose
Trapezio Finca Malbec                 Petit BOBO Tinto Blend 
A small tasting platter for wine pairing is included.
The costs is $80 per household and the purchase deadline in February 16.
There are 2 pick-up locations to choose from and the pick-up date is February 24, 4 - 8 pm.
Click below to purchase your wines and platter.
Anyone who does not wish to purchase wines through Calgary East is still welcome to attend and there is no fee for attendance.
Wine Tasting, LIVE from Argentina Anna-Maria Korell 2021-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

International appointment for Christine Rendell

It is with great pleasure that we announce a new Rotary International Appointment for Past District Governor and Calgary East Rotary Club Member. Christine Rendell.
Christine has been appointed as a Member of the Rotary International Peace Major Gifts Initiative.
She was selected for this appointment because of  her vast experience, knowledge  and commitment to the mission of  Rotary, its Foundation, and its programs.  This appointment will keep Christine busy until June 2024 and we wish her the very best.
Congrats Christine! We are VERY proud of you!
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 2020-12-18 07:00:00Z 0

Beruit Explosion update. Live On-Site Presentation

Join Us Online For This Incredible Presentation! 

December 17 @ 12:30 MST

On August 4, 2020, two strong explosions originating from the Port of Beirut devastated many parts of the Beruit. The blast resulted in more than 200 fatalities and 6000 injuries. Extensive infrastructural damage has left more than 300,000 people homeless and many health facilities, including hospitals, inoperable. 

The massive explosion at the main port severely damaged 4 hospitals including the Karantina Hospital, Beirut's only public hospital. 
This famous picture was taken on that day.
This catastrophe comes on the heels of several multi-faceted crises facing the country, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which had already put Lebanon’s health system, social services, and economy under severe strain. Today, more than 50% of the population is unemployed, a third of businesses have shuttered and many people are food insecure. At the time of the outbreak, the country was managing civil unrest, major economic and financial crises, and hosting over a million refugees displaced by conflicts in the region. All of these crises have had a detrimental effect on Lebanon and have made access to food, education, health care, jobs and housing almost impossible.
On December 17th, we will be fortunate to hear LIVE from a Rotary member the Cosmopolitan club of Beirut as well as a project partner member from the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise in Ontario. They will tell us about what is going on in Beruit, offer us an update on the only public hospital in the city and their joint plans for to rebuild the neo-natel unit.
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WINS Needs Volunteers 2020-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Presentation

PolioPlus is a major part of the Rotary Foundation and Linda is the End Polio Now Coordinator for 7 Districts and an End Polio Now Team Leader for 3 Rotary Zones (Canada and about 1/3 of the USA).
Part of her presentation will be on Polio and Covid-19 and how the Rotary Foundation assists with the public health management of the coronavirus while still eradicating the polio virus. 
Please join us on Nov 19th @ 12:30pm
The Rotary Club of Calgary East
Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 6047 9415 
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Let's Celebrate World Polio Day

Bingo 4 Polio, Sat Oct 24,  Zoom

N US and
Raise Funds for The Rotary Foundation at the same time!
An evening of Polio CONVERSATION with
amazing guest speakers and then the fun begins with a Virtual BINGO Game!
World Polio Day – Saturday, Oct 24, 2020
7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Via Zoom
$26.50 for 2 Bingo cards 

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Emma House Donation Delivered

This week, Calgary East volunteers delivered all the items to fully furnish a bedroom at Emma House.  We will be inviting a speaker from the House in the coming month.
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Join Mosiac to Welcome Speaker Todd Jenkins

We have no Rotary meeting this week but the Mosaic Satellite club has Todd "Bow-Tie" Jenkins as their guest speaker via Zoom. Todd was scheduled to be a guest speaker at District Conference last year before the District conference became a virtual conference. Todd is a great speaker and the Mosaic club can use our support. 
Topic: Mosaic Satellite Club weekly meeting
Time: Sep 9, 2020 04:45 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Tanya Mouland - Speaker June 18

We are very fortunate to have Tanya Mouland of Mouland Coaching and Consulting as our speaker for this Thursday June 18.
Tanya practices brain-enhanced, movement-based life skills treatments through coaching and support for neurological & physiological development .
In this week's presentation, Tanya will  address the  Physiology of Stress and discuss some activities we can do to lower our own personal stresses.
Her unique programs also treat balance and coordination, general aches and pains, physical skills (MS, Parkinson’s, stroke), memory, and vision problems.
Tanya is a licensed Brain Gym® instructor and Educational Kinesthetics consultant. Other certifications include Rhythmic Movement Training (Blomberg), Movement Exploration, Touch for Health and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  
Tanya has been providing movement-based life skills coaching since 2011 and has worked woth clients from 6 months to 91 years.
This presentation is a rare opportunity to hear about Tanya's proven and unique solutions to pain and stress.  
Be sure to attend this meeting!!


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Zoom Links

The hub is growing with resources, volunteer opportunities, trusted sources, and news about all matters related to the pandemic.



Catch the fantastic line-up of panellists for our June 6th at the DisCon 2020 “Rotary Crushes the Curve’   Register now!


All members are invited to the District Virtual AGM, Monday, June 8 at 5:00 PM
Only Club Delegates can vote but everyone can attend.  Register Here! 
More registrations are required to reach a quorum.



Keen to learn something new and beneficial? Sign up for TIC (Trauma Informed Care) Free Courses  Click Here!


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Don's Obituary

Donald Raymond McCleary

July 2, 1935 - May 14, 2020
Donald Raymond McCleary passed away suddenly at home in Calgary on Thursday May 14, 2020, at the age of 84.

Don was born July 2, 1935, in Calgary, Alberta, and was a lifelong area resident. He moved in with his aunt and uncle, Nora and Ernie Asbury of Calgary in his early teenage years. Don got his first and only job in the work force at Calgary Drafting and Blueprint Co. starting in 1950 at the age of 15 as a delivery driver. He worked in many positions throughout the company and retired from Caldraft 1977 Inc. in 2000 at the age of 65. In Don’s early adulthood he took an interest in collecting stamps and soon after added coins to this interest which he continued through the rest of his life. He did some hunting and fishing but loved to go camping. He was part Kiwanis Calgary and was an active member until 1977 when he moved to the Calgary East Rotary Club. There he was an active member until his passing. During his time in Rotary he held the President, Treasurer, Casino Director along with many others positions. He volunteered and/or help organized many events held by the club including Pancake Breakfasts, Casinos, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Student Scholarship Program and Global Fest to mention a few. He also took part in a few International Events around the world. 
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Masks Donated by Marks

Members of the Rotary Club of Calgary East had the opportunity to work with Marks to get some much needed re-usable masks to vulnerable populations around the city. 
Just before the Easter weekend, staff at the Marks clothing factory in Calgary developed a prototype for re-usable cloth masks and received approval to donate them. East Calgary was approached to help identify vulnerable populations and support the distribution of masks. 
Since then the team as Marks has worked tirelessly to make these masks, working double-time to fit them into their regular duties. They did the hard work so that 1500 masks thus far could be delivered to seniors residences and support housing for women.
Thank you to the team at Marks for the amazing work!!!!
Rotary East Member, Sangeeta Sharma, picking up a box of masks at Marks for delivery
500 masks to be exact.
And delivered!
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People of Action Website

 A Message from DG Christine . . 

Dear Rotary family and friends,


COVID-19 continues to impact our communities and communities around the world.  Our way of living has drastically changed and it has been amazing to see Rotarians in District 5360 and around the world rally together.  When the world is in need, we continue to step up to the challenge. I'm so proud of all of you. 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to People of Action, a website that will act as a hub of Rotary information as it relates to COVID-19., will be a source of information for:


  • When and how Rotary Clubs are holding their meetings.
  • Stories highlighting amazing things Rotarians are doing to help in their community during this crisis.
  • News and information about COVID-19 as it relates to Rotary.

If you have anything that you would like us to share on the site, please send it to Charlene at  We’re looking for:

  • Club Meeting information (times, how you’re meeting, upcoming speakers) Posters would be great.
  • Stories (written, pictures, video) of what you and your club are doing in the community during this time. It doesn't have to be lengthy – just a few sentences at most. This is a great chance to highlight fellow Rotarians doing incredible work as well.
  • Any news that you would like to share with the District.

Please be safe and healthy during these days of uncertainty and remember that your District Leadership Team is here to support you. 


In Rotary Spirit,


District Governor Christine

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A look back . . .

Some more photos found from our archives  . . . Prairie Winds Park
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Our last meeting in January welcomed Brian Gentles of Calgary Heritage Park Club as speaker. Brian presented on RAYEC (Rotary Alberta Youth Leadership Camp) 
Jane introduced and Christine thanked Brian for his presentation.
Read on for more on Brian's presentation.
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Christmas Kettle's at Marlborough Mall - 2019 2019-12-31 07:00:00Z 0

2019 - What An Amazing Year!

2019 has truly been an amazing year for our Small-But-Mighty Club! Thank you to all the Rotarians, Spouses and Friends who participated in our club activities this past year.
2019 - What An Amazing Year! Anna-Maria Korell 2019-12-31 07:00:00Z 0

January Social Evening

For this month's Social Week, we will supporting this year’s international dinner fundraiser for ShelterBox.



A fundraising dinner for ShelterBox, organized by past, present and future exchange students of district 5360. The evening includes a buffet dinner, an international array of desserts cooked by our inbound exchange students, a live international apron auction, and an evening talent show!

Friday, January 24 @ the Slovenian Canadian Club in Inglewood

Cost: $35

Doors open at 6:00 pm.



Tickets are now on sale!

Please purchase your ticket through the following link





January Social Evening Jane Audet 2019-12-31 07:00:00Z 0
What a Fun Christmas/Holiday Party 2019-12-31 07:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year! 2019-12-31 07:00:00Z 0

The Cat n' Fiddle's November Networking Evening

The multi-club networking evening at Cat & Fiddle was great fun. Despite the chill, members and guests from 4 clubs attended for introductions & networking. This was followed by Name-That-Tune Bingo. Calgary East cleaned up with Anna-Maria winning the first line, followed by Brian on the Square.
Glad to see such a good turnout.

Your Title Here

The Cat n' Fiddle's November Networking Evening 2019-12-06 07:00:00Z 0

November 22 - Volunteer Day at The Alex.

Calgary East Club Members spent the morning of November 22 at The Alex preparing food for our monthly volunteer day. We will volunteer again in the New Year for members who missed this one.
December's Volunteer Event will be working the Christmas Kettles at Marlborough Mall.  
November 22 - Volunteer Day at The Alex. 2019-11-28 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas Wrapping Volunteer Opportunity

For anyone interested in volunteering as a gift wrapper at one of the local malls
Cystic Fibrosis Canada is looking for volunteers to help gift wrap presents for donation at three malls in Calgary- Southcentre, Sunridge, & North Hill Centre. All proceeds from this event go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Two of our locations are almost fully booked, however, Sunridge still has a few shifts open. Volunteer shifts are typically 4 hours long and we have a variety of times to volunteer, since we gift wrap mall hours.
They have an online system to register for shifts:
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 Social Trivia night @ Cant n' Fiddle

Our Week 4 Social will be at the Cat n' Fiddle. We'll be meeting members of Chinook for Networking, Pub Bingo Trivia and Name that Tune
Join us on Nov 28, 2019 @ 5:30 PM.
Address: 540 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0J4
This is gonna be fun.
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District Committee Opportunities Available

Do you have a passion for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program?
There are currently 4 volunteer roles available at the district level.
The deadline to apply is November 25. Ream more for position outlines and responsibilities.
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AFP Generosity of Spirit Awards

On November 13, The Rotary Clubs of Calgary and Surrounding Area were Honoured at AFP's Generosity of Spirit Awards. As a group, our clubs were presented with the 2019 Outstanding Philanthropic Group Award for our joint contributions to the Atrium at Bethany. Way to Go Rotarians!
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Pints for Polio Results

 What Fun!
District 5360 Rotary Clubs met on Thursday October 24 to celebrate World Polio Day. We hear from motivating speaker, Marc Shannon. Rotarians and friends spent time catching up and enjoying an all-around good time at Big Al's Bar and Grill.  The event raised over $1000 towards the eradication of polio. 
Way to go District 5360!!!







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Some pics from AARCS volunteer day 2019-10-15 06:00:00Z 0

Oct 17 - Lunch Meeting

Be sure to join us for this week's lunch meeting - Member Panel

We will have an up close and personal look at 2 - 3 of our members.

Not going to say who.... So you need to come to the meeting to see . . .

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Committee Member Still Needed

We are still looking for a club member to fill this important position!
Urgent: There is an opportunity for a volunteer from our club to sit on the Rotary Employment Partnership with Persons with Disabilities committee.  
"The Rotary Employment Partnership is a partnership supported by District 5360, Rotary Clubs, Inclusion Alberta, and Alberta Human Services. The goal of the Partnership is to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The Partnership does this by working collaboratively with Rotary members to harness the capacity of the business community to hire and retain employees with developmental disabilities.  Through this Partnership, Rotary members, who are primarily business owners, managers and professionals, advocate for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the workforce.  Rotary members and clubs make excellent partners given their long-term and outstanding commitment to improving community life." 
  This is a great opportunity to represent Calgary East Club. Please touch base with Anna-Maria or Christine for more information.
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Rotary's International Policy on Diversity and Equity 2019

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.

Rotary's International Policy on Diversity and Equity 2019 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteers needed for AARCS 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
Pints for Polio 2019-10-02 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer at AARCS 2019-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Call for Donations - Bahamas 2019-09-09 06:00:00Z 0

DG Visit and Meeting with Board

District Governor Christine will be presenting at our club tomorrow, Thursday September 5. 
The board is reminded to be there at 11 am for the DG report.  If you are unable to attend please assign a committee member or other board member to attend/ report in your place.
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Networking Evening at Sangeeta's Home

Posted on Aug 19, 2019
If you have not RSVP'd to Sangeeta about Thursday's networking event, please do so ASAP. Be sure to indicate what you are bringing for the potluck.
Date: August 22 
Time: 5:30 pm
Registration Link:
For Week 5, a pancake breakfast has been scheduled at:
Rundle School
Aug 30, 2019
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Be sure to touch base with Nurdin to let him know you are coming.
Our next lunch meeting is September 5. As this is the first meeting of the month, it will be our business meeting. Contact Anna-Maria ahead of lunch if you need floor-time.
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Club Retreat in Windermere

Posted on Aug 19, 2019
Many Calgary East members spent this last weekend together at Diego's and Rosa's cottage in Windermere. Brian and Christine co-hosted sharing in meal responsibilities. 
Upon arrival, Diego greeted us with a delicious cocktail, as we visited on the deck, enjoyed the weather and munched on pre dinner snacks. (Apologies to Arup and Tracy to cutting off half you faces. We were distracted by the socks)
Then it was time to BBQ. 
The pre-meal activities wouldn't be complete without a bit of beatification. Time to thread our eyebrows. Yes men. this means you too!
Dinner was an event in itself, filled with great food and lots of laughter. . . and some darn good looking eyebrows ;)
After dinner, the evening continued with a few friendly games of pool . .  
And some pretty competitive foosball . . . 
AND some top-notch entertainment. (Video's have been omitted for the faint of heart.)
And finally a dip in the hot tub.
A hearty brunch and we said goodbye. 
Thank you to Diego and Rosa for hosting, to Brian and Christine for the meal planning, Arup for the karaoke and all the members who came out. . .  Dare I suggest . . an annual retreat?
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Community Kitchen Volunteer Day

For August's Volunteer Day, club members spent the afternoon preparing hampers at the Calgary Community Kitchen. 












We also learned that the Calgary Community Kitchen fed 1300 families last week, touched 190,000 lives last year, and fed 12,000 meals during the flood of 2013.


Working to reduce hunger by promoting healthy food choices and enabling the community to educate, equip and feed themselves


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New Meeting Format

Posted on Jul 24, 2019
There is a lunch meeting tomorrow, July 24.
The new meeting format for the Rotary Club of Calgary East is as follows:
Week 1 - Business Meeting (Lunch Meeting)
Week 5 - As Determined by Business Meeting
Doors for the lunch meeting will be open by noon.
12 - 12:15 - fellowship and meet/greet.
12:15  Oh Canada  - followed by lunch 
12:45 Announcements
12:55 Speaker
1:15 End of meeting.
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 The Passing of the Wheel

Posted on Jul 23, 2019
Our President's Party was held on July 20. Here we thanked Past President Arup for his service and passed the wheel to new president Anna-Maria. This Bollywood themed event featured some delicious Indian food, prizes and a Bollywood dance performance. We even learned a few steps :)
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Stampede Community Events

Posted on Jul 23, 2019
Rotary East members were hard at work during Stampede. Our team, and brand new trailer, could be seen dishing out the good stuff. A special guest even showed up to help!
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Report on International Convention

District Governor, Christine, reported on the International convention in Hamburg.
Some of the highlights were:
 - Nigeria will officially be Polio-free in August of this year. At which time, the only 2 remaining countries will be Afghanistan and Pakistan.
 - Roteract clubs are officially Rotary clubs  and have voting rights at the International Convention.
 - The convention had a number of inspirational speakers during both the General Sessions and the Breakout sessions.
  - There was some very interesting discussion around Rotary during Nazi Germany. for more information, check out the following link
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Oh What a Party!

High School Prom was AWESOME!














Oh What a Party! 2019-03-17 06:00:00Z 0

Thank you Don.

The Rotary Club of Calgary East would like to recognize Don McCleary for all the hard work he has done for our club and our community.
Congratulations Don! Thank you for all the work you do.
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Appointment of Officers 2019-20

Posted on Jan 16, 2019
 The East Calgary AGM was held on January 10. the appointment of officers is as follows:


Anna-Maria Korell

President Elect


Past President

Arup Goswami


Dave Nicholson


Silvia Alvarez

Community Service

Nurdin Qasimali

Youth Services


Club Service

Jane Audet

Club Service

Karen Lacharite

International Service

Sangeeta Sharma


Dean Houghton


Stanley Peloski

Fund Raising


Director at Large

Don McCleary

Director at Large

Christine Rendell

Director at Large

Ryan Lacharite


Anna-Maria Korell

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Why The Rotary Year Begins July 1 

Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July?

The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.

The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).

Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.

The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, "The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently."
Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.


Now you Know . . .

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The History of the Rotary Wheel

Posted on Jun 13, 2017
Fun Rotary Fact:
The internationally recognized symbol of Rotary, the Rotary Wheel, went through many changes to become the one we know and proudly use today.
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