Posted on Dec 30, 2018

Please make a special effort to attend the January 10 meeting. Not only will we have the White Elephant Auction, we will also have our AGM during this meeting. (It had been scheduled for December but due to low turn-out, it has been rescheduled.)


The Annual General Meeting is vital to running the business of our Club. All Active Members are strongly encouraged to attend.


Below are the Nominations for the 2019-2020 year for the Rotary Club of Calgary East. As you can see, there are still a few vacant positions. Please contact Anna-Maria if you are interested in nominating another member, or yourself, for these position. 




Anna-Maria Korell


President Elect



Past President

Arup Gosmali



Dave Nicholson



Silvia Alvarez


Community Service

Nurdin Qasimali


Youth Services

Awaiting Response


Club Service

Jane Audet

Club Service

Karen Lacharite


International Service

Awaiting Response



Dean Houghton



Stanley Peloski



Anna-Maria Korell





Director at Large

Don McCleary

Director at Large

Christine Rendell

Director at Large

Ryan Lacharite




2019-2020 Board of Directors 2018-12-30 07:00:00Z 0
Our Christmas Kettle Volunteers 2018-12-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2018
- Congrats to Don for winning the Marbelous Draw last week.
 - We were happy to share a little thank you for all the wonderful service!
White Elephant Auction - January 10, 2019
Our first meeting of the new year will feature our clubs first White Elephant Auction.  Here's how it works.
Any member who wishes can bring in a wrapped Christmas Re-gift (minimum $10 value - no max) to the January 10 meeting. We all get them! Another tacky tie, a tea set even though you drink coffee, a bottle of white wine when you only drink red or perhaps a bottle of 25 year old scotch that you'll never get around to drinking :)
All gifts will placed on the front table for auction. Each item is then auctioned off to the highest bidder The only catch - you can't look inside the gift until your bid wins and is paid for. Then you can open your prize all to see. 
This is a great meeting to bring friends and family to. The more bidders, the merrier.
Club News 2018-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2018
It's Christmas Party Time.
Our regular lunch meeting is cancelled this week. Instead, we'll see you all Thursday Evening at Dave's home for our annual Christmas Party.
Club Christmas Party 2018-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
Spa Gift Certificate Fundraiser Dave Nicholson 2018-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
Thanks to everyone who came out to Yuk Yuk's. The event raised over $1,700 and the comedians were excellent.  A special shout-out to Karen for organizing.
Yuk Yuk's Fundraiser 2018-11-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2018
It's that time again! The Board is accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 year. Nominate yourself or another club member. Please contact Anna-Maria with your nominations before December 6, 2018.
Board Nominations 2018-11-18 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Calgary East will volunteer with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Program again in 2018. We will be at Marlborough Mall on December 7 and 8. 
Please email Nurdin to sign up. 
Salvation Army Kettle Volunteers Needed! 2018-11-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary 4 Way Test 2018-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker was our own Stan, who reminded of us the importance of supporting The Rotary Foundation.  Members can also give through their will. Talk to you lawyer when updating your will about legacy-giving to The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Foundation - Stan 2018-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
October 26th guest speaker was Moji Taiwo, author of “I Give because I’m Blessed – I’m Blessed because I Give”.
Moji Shared stories of her experiences as a new immigrant to Canada.

Moji was born in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. As a young woman, she immigrated to Canada in 1978. Her book outlines the struggles and triumphs of her immigration.

Our Rotary Club was honoured to have members from the Rotary Club of Calgary North join us for this meeting. What a turnout! Great to see you North Calgary.
Moji Taiwo's Presentation 2018-10-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2018
Brian Carnahan has proposed for membership, Cliff Butchko,
Cliff is an electrical engineer. Some of you will know him through Curling. Cliff also enjoys mentoring people in career development. 
Proposed Member - Cliff Butchko 2018-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
New Member -  Dave Bhapala  2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker and District Governor, Dan Doherty, was a particularly special one. Dan was present and participated in the induction of our club's newest member. Afterwards, he shared some statistics and thoughts on membership.
Presenter - Dan Doherty 2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0

Moji Taiwo is the author of “I Give because I’m Blessed – I’m Blessed because I Give” is a remarkable  A Chronicle of an Immigrant’s Journey


Moji was born in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa.  As a young woman, she immigrated to Canada in 1978.  Her book outlines the struggles and triumphs of her immigration.


An accomplished public speaker, Moji is a mother of three adult, professional children and a proud glamma to three beautiful grandsons. Moji is passionate and committed to the development and success of young people and happiness of their parents.


Guests can register at:

Oct 25th Speaker-Moji Taiwo, A Chronicle of an Immigrant’s Journey 2018-09-11 06:00:00Z 0


Richard Casavant is Keynote Speaker, Corporate Trainer and author of the book the Boston rules, building relationships like a dog.


Through his passion for change and love of dogs, as a dog trainer, he saw the opportunity to apply his training techniques to organizational behavior that combines a humorous yet practical approach to human relationships .‘Thinking like a dog’ forced him to look at his training results to make sure his behavior was creating a positive and approachable environment, which in turn, prompted him to look at how business and personal relationship are built.


Join the Rotary Club of Calgary East for our lunch meeting on Thursday November 15 to enjoy this dynamic speaker.


Guests can register at:

Richard Casavant on Nov. 15 - The Boston Rules 2018-09-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2018
A fundraising meeting will be held on August 22 at 6 pm. Location TBA. Please RSVP to Anna-Maria as to whether or not you can make it. So far I have heard from 4 people. 
East Calgary will support an upcoming  Rotaract community event on Sept 9 at 10 am - 12 noon at Rotary Challenger Park.  We will provide our new trailer and will need volunteers to make pancakes. Keep posted! see you there.
Announcements 2018-08-09 06:00:00Z 0
RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
Be the Inspiration 2018-07-04 06:00:00Z 0

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 . . .

Why The Rotary Year Begins July 1 2018-05-19 06:00:00Z 0
Check out some of our upcoming speakers!
Speaker for June 10 - 
 Isabelle is in town and will be this week's speaker she will let you all know what she has been up too and the next new volunteer adventure she will be doing this summer.
Upcoming Speakers 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Speaker, Thursday Feb. 15 2018 2018-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Yuk Yuks 2018-01-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
Join us to hear Todd Hirsch speak about adapting to unwanted change.
Date: Thursday, February 1.
Time: 12 Noon to 1:30 PM
Location: Coast Plaza
Cost: $23. Includes Buffet Lunch
From small disappointments to heartbreaking tragedies, unwanted change blindsides us and leaves us wondering what to do next. It might be new neighbours constantly blasting loud music late at night; it might be a technological breakthrough that leaves your business in its dust; it might be a heart attack that nearly kills you.

Whatever form it takes, unwanted change requires us to adapt to a harsher environment. Like the spiders sent into space by NASA that found ways to spin their webs without the aid of gravity, we have to find ways to overcome the pitfalls that life places in our path.
Drawing on inspiring stories of individuals, organizations and businesses, Todd will explore a selection of adaptive traits that can help us not only survive, but thrive, when unwanted change comes our way.
Based on Todd's latest book with co-author Rob Roach, it's a timely topic given the unwanted change brought about by two years of recession in Alberta.

Don't miss this inspiring event.
Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change 2018-01-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 31, 2017
Here's hoping you have a happy New Year, both in celebration and throughout the year.
The Rotary Club of Calgary East has been through a time of struggle but by November and December there are signs of new momentum and sense of purpose. I want to keep that momentum going. To that end please mark you calendars for these upcoming events.
First, I'm still looking for responses to the three questions about our Club. If you haven't submitted your responses please get them to me by January 1, 2018.
Our regular meetings begin again January 4 at the Coast Plaza as usual. 
Our speaker will be Silvia Alvarez giving her Classification speech.
We will be inducting a new member that day as well.
January 11 will be our AGM. There we will elect the new Board for Rotary Year 2018/2019. Nominations are now being accepted.
There will be another induction that day as well.
January 15 5:30pm - 8:30pm EVERYONE is requested to attend a Strategic Planning Session with Past District Governor Martin Harvey. We DO have a plan but it hasn't been "enlivened." We will work through a process to bring it to life so that it is not something on a shelf but sets our course of direction for the next few years.
February 1 Todd Hirsch will be our speaker. Todd is the Chief Economist for ATB and is sought after for economic insights by various media outlets in Calgary and around Alberta. He is a highly sought after speaker. He offers a choice of four topic areas to speak on.  I will send those out in the new year so you can suggest which you would like to hear.  This is an event to invite friends and colleagues to.  We may need a bigger room.
February 8 there will be no meeting.  We are having our Annual night out at YukYuk's Comedy Club. Tickets are $20. Bring friends and family, colleagues and others. This is a fundraiser as much as it is a social event.
Looking forward for an exciting year in Rotary.
Dean Houghton
Rotary Club of Calgary East 2017/2018
Message from President Dean 2017-12-31 07:00:00Z 0
The Board of Director's elections/annual general meeting has been changed to January 11, 2018.  Please consider nominating someone or putting your name forward for a position.  
In fact, the Director of Club Service remains open for this year for one of you to fill.  
We have the following positions to fill to have a full list of directors for the upcoming year.  Unfortunately many of these will be vacant soon, but we know each and everyone of you are qualified to fill the openings.  Again, please consider putting your name forward. For those that are willing to stay in your position for the next Rotary year, please contact Jane Audet or Dean Houghton with your intentions.
Positions that need to be filled:
Committee Chairs
Outbound Counsellor
Inbound Counsellor
Board of Director Elections 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0


If you've already registered, that's great. See you on Saturday. We’ve had a flurry of registrations for Membership Priority #1 scheduled for this Saturday. Click to Register We’ve also heard from Rotarians planning to attend but who haven’t registered.


Please register! Why? We need to print an information packed 58 page workbook for each person (content below). The fully interactive session is led by Jim Adamson for Wenatchee, Washington (bio below). The session is FREE! (details below)

HOWEVER: if you haven't registered and Friday evening or Saturday morning realize that you want to attend any of the FOUR venues, please know that you will be welcome as a walk-up.


Membership – Priority #1.

If your club is losing members, this session if for you! Club growth requires two elements; attracting new members and retaining current members! That makes Membership Priority #1.


Join with Rotarians from throughout the district for Membership – Priority #1 next Saturday, November 18th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary! Click for Info. It is easy to find on the corner of 16th Ave and 36th St NE. Parking is free. This workshop will also be live-streamed to Red Deer, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat as well. (links below)


Leader – Priority #1

Jim Adamson from Wenatchee WA is an engaging and powerful speaker. He has spent his entire life focused on helping people as a Career Counselor and Training Consultant and through Rotary service.

He has served as District Governor of 5060 (59 clubs) and many years as the District Trainer. Jim has spoken about membership growth to various Rotary Districts. Last year he spoke to District 5370 (Northern Alberta) and his content drew rave reviews.


You’ll also hear from our District leadership about what we discovered in the spring-2017 District-wide survey and how what we learned applies right here and right now.


Priority #1 Content

Every club is unique and every club has different growth challenges. This three-hour session will be packed full of easy-to-implement attraction and retention tactics that you can take back to your club. You will leave with ideas about WHAT to do and WHY you should do it.


· Getting Ready (First Impressions)

· Evaluating your Rotary Brand Experience

· What is Rotary? The better answer

· Retention Keys: Meeting the new & tenured Rotarian’s needs

· A personal approach to new member inductions

· Engaging and motivating long-time and new members

· Raising your club’s community profile

· Action items and tools you can put in place right now


Who Priority #1 is For

The session is for anyone who wants to see and help their club grow in its capacity to serve the community and each other. Especially, club Membership Chairs, Presidents and Presidents Elect. The content will be well worth the investment of your time. As our clubs growth, so does our ability to help people through service. Click to Register


What is the Cost?

Wait for it! The cost is FREE! That’s right. The District leadership feel this is so important that they want to make it easy for all Rotarians to attend.

There’s more! Arrive early and receive a FREE muffin and coffee. Calgary Membership-Priority #1 Workshop at Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 1316 33 St NE, Calgary

Rotary Membership 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
We don’t remember days, we remember moments.
Can you image waking up one day and remembering nothing?  Not being able to remember the day you started your company, or the day you fell in love?  Not being able to remember the birth of your first child and not being able to remember your first Rotary meeting.
This happens every day to people across our city and our district.  These are people that need care and they need people and facilities to provide that care.
With a gap in Calgary's senior and dementia care facilities, Rotary has taken the opportunity to embrace the ageing population by partnering with Bethany, a leader in southern Alberta’s senior care sector. Bethany has over seventy years of experience and established dementia care expertise.
As partners, we are not only committed to providing the best care for the people that built our city and our province but also in bringing forward the stories of incredible people doing incredible things in senior care.  On September 28th, we would like to invite you to a screening of Alive Inside, a cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.
 A glimpse of the impact:
If you have already registered, thank you.
If not seating is becoming more limited, so please reserve your spot and feel free to invite others as well:  
Alive Inside Screening 2017-09-21 06:00:00Z 0


Former adult educator and T.V host, Sue has worked hands on, in millionaire agent’s offices, managed a real estate brokerage, teaches at the Calgary Real Estate Board, is a certified business coach, professional speaker and two-time author. Her new book “The Little Red Stick- What Get’s Measured Get’s Done” tells all the secrets of high producing agents so that others can reach the top too!

We are fortunate to have Sue Styles address our club and look forward to an inspiring talk.

Speaker for Thursday August 17, Sue Styles 2017-08-16 06:00:00Z 0
Letters of Appreciation Anna Maria Korell 2017-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
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.
The History of the Rotary Wheel 2017-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 03, 2017
"Her Majesty's Secret Service invites you to Rotaract's Annual Midsummer Soiree, James Bond Edition on June 10th at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community hallThis is your mission if you choose to accept it: support Calgary Rotaract projects by attending a fun evening where you will complete a secret mission, be entertained by live music and party games, browse the silent auction, and have delicious appetizers and drinks. The event runs from 7:00 - 10:00, and tickets are only $35. Proceeds will support the final phase of our School Revitalization Project in Ojojona Honduras and local organizations including Ronald McDonald House, I Can for Kids, the Mustard Seed, the Rotary-Mattamy Greenway, and more. Bond style attire is encouraged.
There is a prize of 10 Rotaract volunteer hours for the Rotary club that purchases the most tickets!"
Tickets can be purchased through the Facebook event page
Support Rotaract's Annual Midsummer Soiree 2017-06-03 06:00:00Z 0
This coming Thursday, the Rotary Club of Calgary East welcomes Ian Hartley as Guest Speaker. Ian was Keynote Speaker at the District Conference last month. This promises to be an enjoyable presentation.  Be sure not  to is this exciting speaker.
Bio for Ian Hartley

Dr. Ian-Grey Hopkins Hartley was born in 1941 to farming parents in South Africa not far from Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. He grew up speaking English and Xhosa. Ian’s undergraduate studies were in Mathematics, Physics and Religion. His graduate work is in Mathematics, Religion and Education. He spent the first half of his professional life teaching in Central and Southern Africa and the second half of his professional career as a clergyman with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Southern Africa and Alberta. He is married for 54 years to Irma who was also born in South Africa. They have two married daughters who both have Ph.D.’s and one grandson who is a software engineer.

Ian has been a Rotarian for over 30 years and has led Rotary initiatives in foreign countries from South Africa and from Alberta. Ian and Irma moved to Alberta from South Africa 20 years ago. His hobbies include fixing anything mechanical, cabinet making, motor cycling, writing, public speaking and driving fine cars.  He retired four years ago and thinks he should have done so 40 years ago! Currently he does part time chaplaincy work and is a board member of the Pregnancy Care Centre. He is a great believer in the value of Rotary International as a remarkable force for good and for building community in this world. Ian is an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer East

Ian Hartley, Speaker for Thursday June 1 2017-05-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2017
Overcoming the Odds was an amazing event. We would like to take the time to thank everyone who made it happen.
Click on Read More . . .  to see a list of supporters who helped make it happen.
Also, visit our Facebook Page to see more pictures at Rotary Club of Calgary East.
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Better Community Contest 2017-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 02, 2017
Saturday's Event, "Overcoming The Odds," was a HUGE Success. 
Stay posted for more pictures and stories!
Overcoming The Odds 2017-05-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 03, 2017
“The Atrium”
Rotary's goal is to serve the community, provide supportive environments inclusive to all generations, and enrich the future, by supporting local demand and opportunities. With a gap in Calgary's senior and dementia care facilities, Rotary has taken the opportunity to embrace the aging population. A leader in Calgary's senior care sector, Bethany has over seventy years of experience and established dementia care expertise. With a need for developing dementia care in Calgary, Bethany has partnered with Rotary to create “The Atrium”.
Learn more about “The Atrium” and our partnership with Bethany
The Atruim at Bethany, a Rotary Partnership 2017-04-03 06:00:00Z 0
Overcoming the Odds: a Calgary Literacy Fundraiser 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
3rd Annual Yuk Yuk's Comedy Fundraiser 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
Nov 2016-Jan 2017
Nov. 3rd Legends of Rotary East Series- Christine Rendell shared her story.
Nov.11th Club members attended the annual Rotary Remembers event held annually around Remembrance day in support of our past and present troops.
Nov.24th University of Calgary’s Dr. Zhangxing Chan shared some of the advanced technological developments in the oil and gas industry.
Dec.1st Rhonda Goldberg shared her success storey with the development of naturally flavored banana snacks.
Dec.8th Election of the Board of Directors for 2017-2018
Dec.15th Christmas Party at NESS
Dec 22nd and 29th –Holiday break
Jan.5th Alvin Law is a member of the Canadian Assoc. of Professional Speakers who has a unique approach to presentations!
Jan. 19th Final workshop for our Strategic Plan
Jan.2th Alison Karim-McSwiney filed us in on the multi- million dollar improvement project for International Ave.
Club happenings 2016 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
2016 Club Happenings 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Robbie Aurora has been proposed by Arup Goswami and approved by the Board of Directors for membership in the Rotary Club of Calgary East.If there are no objections from club membership within the next seven days, Robbie will become our newest member in September (he will be on vacation for several weeks)
Yours in Rotary,
Christine Rendell
New member Proposed! 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robin Couronne on Nov 12, 2014
District Governor Garth Toombs  was our guest speaker today.  He is a Past-President of the Downtown Club and has been involved in Community Service for many years.  It is the District Governor's annual duty to visit all the clubs and we are very honoured to have had Garth and his lovely wife Anne with us today.
Our Guest Speaker Nov 13, 2014 Robin Couronne 2014-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Lacharite on Mar 31, 2011

Marjolein Lalleman was our guest speaker today.  She is our 2010/2011 Inbound student and came to us from The Netherlands.  She is 18 years old and is attending Bishop McNally High School.  She is enrolled in mostly grade 12 programs at school because she has graduated school in The Netherlands.

OUR GUEST SPEAKER Karen Lacharite 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z 0