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!
AFP Generosity of Spirit Awards 2019-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
 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!!!







Pints for Polio Results 2019-10-30 06:00:00Z 0
Some pics from AARCS volunteer day 2019-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
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 . . .

Oct 17 - Lunch Meeting 2019-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Committee Member Still Needed 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0

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
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.
DG Visit and Meeting with Board 2019-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Networking Evening at Sangeeta's Home 2019-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
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?
Club Retreat in Windermere 2019-08-19 06:00:00Z 0
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


Community Kitchen Volunteer Day 2019-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
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.
New Meeting Format 2019-07-24 06:00:00Z 0
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 :)
The Passing of the Wheel 2019-07-23 06:00:00Z 0
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!
Stampede Community Events 2019-07-23 06:00:00Z 0
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 https://memorial.d-1800.org/docs/Booklet_Teaser.pdf
Report on International Convention 2019-06-20 06:00:00Z 0
High School Prom was AWESOME!














Oh What a Party! 2019-03-17 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Thank you Don. 2019-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
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

Appointment of Officers 2019-20 2019-01-16 07:00:00Z 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
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