The EyeOpener
June 4, 2024 The Rotary Foundation
Rotary Fellowship Month
The in-person (with Zoom available) meeting was opened by President Alan with O Canada. This was a joint morning meeting with the Rotary Club of Camrose. There were 10 of 16 Daybreak (RCCD) members present and one Rotary Club of Camrose (RCC) member. No one attended via Zoom. There were 3 guests: John Blair and Scholarship recipients Ella Boyd and Hyacinthe Ante.
Alan read the Treaty 6 Acknowledgement:
We acknowledge that the Rotary Camrose is located on Treaty 6 land. This is the traditional territory and an ancient gathering place of many Indigenous peoples for thousands of years.
We recognize that we are all Treaty people and have a responsibility to become aware of our shared history, understand the Spirit and Intent of the Treaties and by doing so we can honour the past, be aware of the present, and create a just and caring future built upon Peace, Friendship, and Understanding.
Presentation of Scholarships
President-Elect Odell Olson presented Robyn Gray Memorial Scholarship cheques for $1,000 to Ella Boyd and Hyacinthe Ante. They were asked to give a brief outline of their plans; both intend to become Architects.
The Rotary Foundation
Morris gave a PowerPoint presentation on the History of the Foundation, goals and contributions for this year for both clubs and how the Foundation uses the money
     The Rotary Foundation is a public charity governed by a Board of Trustees. Rotary International is overseen by a Board of Governors. The Foundation was started at a conference in 1917 by outgoing president Arch Klumpf who proposed using the leftover $26.50 funds to start an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Charity Navigator has rated The Rotary Foundation as top-rated 4 stars. 88% of funds collected are used for projects.
Annual Fund Contributions this year
Rotary Club of Camrose    $6460.77 (goal $5000)     $239.29 per member
Rotary Club of Camrose Daybreak $6265.52 (goal $7000) $417.70 per member
RCC       $3634.14
RCCD    $1540.71     Both clubs increased their contributions over last year.
District and Club Challenges
The District Governor has a goal of increasing the per cent of members giving from 40% to 80%.
RCC 13 of 29 (45%) members contribute, RCCD 12 of 16 (75%) members contribute.
President Alan Fielding has a goal of having every member of RCC Daybreak contribute at least $25 USD ($35 Canadian).
There are recognitions programs for giving to the Foundation, varying with the amount and frequency.
Foundation Funds
They are used for district grants for our clubs: Days for Girls, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Scholarships and other District 5370 Club projects. Grants are available for International Projects in the areas of Service (Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy, Community Economic Development, The Environment), Peace Fellows and Disaster Relief. $150 million is designated every year for Polio Eradication, it is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Amanda Gates Foundation.
Money that we donate sits in the fund for 3 years, then 47.5% comes back to the district for district grants, 5% is retained for administration and 47.5% stays in Rotary International for the grants mentioned above.
Further information is available at
You can contribute once, at regular intervals via My Rotary or thru bequests in your will.
Rotary Clubs of Camrose Budget 2024-2025
Lou spoke about the proposed membership fees in the budget. Proposed fees would be $150 per member, $35 of this would go to the Rotary Foundation with the member getting the tax receipt and the recognition towards Paul Harris awards. Members who can are encouraged to add to the fee by contributing additional funds to the District, which will be treated as a charitable donation. The Budget and the new fees will be voted on at the June 11 noon meeting.  You can vote by attending, attending via Zoom or sending in your vote by email to the Rotary Club of Camrose address.
Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks were given for: the Convocation at Augustana on Sunday where Bill Smith, a leader in Search and Rescue was granted an Honorary Degree, a brother-in-law’s successful cardiac bypass surgery, the joys of caring for his grandchildren while the parents are on a trip, an upcoming family fishing trip to northern Saskatchewan, an upcoming cruise to Iceland and Norway, a successful trip to Newfoundland to put his boat in the water, visitors from Holland.
Lisa Rohr’s father died yesterday, we were asked to remember Lisa and her family as they grieve.
Announcements and Updates
  • Barbecue and farewell to Elise Lucas at the Rotary Pavilion June 18 at 6:00 pm. Cost $5.00; bring salad or dessert.
  • Summer socials schedule: July 9 (Marjorie and Harry Gaede), July 23 (Patrice and Larry Johnson – Mexican Fiesta), August 13 (Ellen and Tim Parker) and August 27 (Liz and Rob Rolf). Socials begin at 6 pm. Guests bring either salad or dessert, and each guest contributes $5.00 towards the cost of the meal.
  • Rotary Camrose 100th Anniversary- The Family Fun Day is June 15, 1 to 4 pm at the Rotary Pavilion. Shirley Bergsma has sent around a request for volunteers. 
  • Lemonade Day is June 15, they are looking for volunteers to act as judges the day of the program
  • The Air Cadet Annual Ceremonial Review is on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Mirror Lake Centre. Odell volunteered to attend and present the Roy Fearon Memorial Award.
We closed by singing the Four-Way Test