Calgary Centennial

Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:45 AM
Ranchmen's Club
710 - 13th Ave S.W.
Calgary, AB T2R 0K9
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Jun 06, 2020
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Latest Club News:
Long time member and friend Emlyn Jessop passed away on Dec 24, 2021.
He will be missed by all, a link to his obituary can be found HERE
Hi Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and EarlyActors,
Here is the latest up date, from the Zone 28 / 32 newsletter, on how to support BC:

Donations to the Fires and Flood Disasters of British Columbia

Posted by Sherry Chamberlain, Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator - Zone 28
We are so appreciative of the funds donated thus far for the Wildfire victims and now with the Flood victims of BC. There have been some good news stories of the work that has been done through Rotary and we will submit for the next newsletter.
If you or your club would like to donate to the Pacific Northwest Rotary Disaster Recovery and Relief Efforts, you can do so as follows. Donations for fire or flood relief and recovery can be made to the Steveston Rotary Charitable Foundation in two ways:
  1. E-transfer   Send your e-transfers to
  2. Cheque.  Cheques made payable to the Rotary Club of Steveston Charitable Society can be sent to:
Rotary Club of Steveston
12111 3rd Avenue, Richmond, B.C. V7E 3K1, Canada
You can specify in your notes if the donation goes to a specific area or disaster as well as just the overall efforts being done by Rotarians in Districts 5060, 5040 and 5050.
As I get more information I will share with all members in District 5360.
Yours in Rotary,
Martin Parnell (he/him/his)
Rotary Club of Cochrane
District Governor 2021/2022
Rotary International District 5360
We at Rotary would like to thank everyone that attended, volunteered or sponsored this amazing fundraising weekend!
We couldn't have done it without you!
Here is a short video package with some highlights from the weekend.
Our ribbers are so fired up for Rotary YYC Ribfest 2021 that they are giving away FREE SIDES with every purchase of a FULL RACK on FRIDAY, JULY 30th, 11AM – 5PM 😊 
So come on out and get your BBQ fix at the McMahon Stadium parking lot! Just screenshot this coupon and show us on Friday, July 30th between 11am and 5pm to claim your sides! Admission is FREE!
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 Networking – beyond the dictionary definition
1999 - Three weary travelers arrive at the Toronto’s Pearson airport after a horrendously long journey, exhausted and jetlagged. The first impression of Canada: far away, far from our families, friends and old lives; dismayed when we met an impossibly rude immigration officer wearing thick glasses, who declined our help with the spelling of our family name as he copied it down from the passports into his records.
A lady, whom I worked with for a short time back home and that had immigrated to Canada a few years ahead of us, had sent her husband to meet us at the airport and drive us to a “bed and breakfast” in one of the most expensive Torontonian neighbourhoods: The Beaches. The room had been booked by another acquaintance, a Canadian whom I had worked with at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He did not realise that for a newcomer, paying $65 per day would be exorbitant when he booked it, but these two people were our “Canadian connection”, basically our “network”.
As years went by, we met people through work, social events and acquaintances. We thought we were building a network of people that would help us understand how “things worked” in Canada and how to find a job, but one by one, our network kept disintegrating because people were having different priorities: new family members that needed more attention than a stranger, better jobs, different political orientations or for no reason at all and here we are: 22 years and 20 “jobs” later, our network is still struggling to grow.
2020 - The COVID crisis. A crisis like no other in the history of humanity. Having lived most of our lives in a communist country where human interaction was only allowed under strict political supervision, we never imagined we will have to once again “socially” and “physically” keep the distance. What was left of our network was quickly disappearing under the pressure of keeping ourselves safe, healthy and well.
But then, a CTV news report caught our attention: movie drive-in. In the middle of “socially” distancing we could still enjoy a movie with others. Some genius’ idea of bringing people together, while keeping the distance.
Long story short: that is how I became a Rotary Centennial Member. A few months later after the movie drive-in event and after having to wake up at the wee hours of the morning to join into the friendly banter of a group of new friends and what is now my new network, I feel optimistic that no matter how long this crisis will last, my new, soon to become old friends, will be there for me, supporting me and my family so that when the light at the end of the tunnel turns into the new normal, I get to meet them in the wee hours of the morning for coffee and Danish, for a new episode of the “friendly banter series”.
What better reason do you need to become a member of Rotary? Name one and I’ll swallow my Danish.