November 2021 Newsletter RAGFP 2021-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
November Foundation Month Duane Hayunga 2021-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Canadian Museum of Human Rights June 2021 Newsletter

Honoring the 215 Children
We remember all the children stolen from their families and sent to residential schools, and mourn the ones who never made it home, including the 215 children discovered in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. As Canada begins National Indigenous History Month, we cannot mark this occasion without naming the colonial settlement of these lands and the ongoing impacts of colonization. And that the residential school system was an instrument of colonial genocide.
Canadian Museum of Human Rights June 2021 Newsletter Duane Hayunga 2021-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

The 215 Pledge


After hearing the tragic news of the discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Peter Hernandez, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, felt disturbed. As a father of three young girls, ages 2, 3 and 5, he was immediately hit by the sunken feeling that these children could have been his daughters under different life circumstances. That night he made sure to hug his girls and tell them how much he loved them.
The 215 Pledge Duane Hayunga 2021-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Growing Club Membership

Welcome to Rotary - Rotary District 1120

There isn’t anything profound or new to what I am about to tell you, only a reminder of some of our past and present strategies we all continually striving to achieve. We have, amongst our fellow Clubs and RI, continuing information and strategies to develop membership efforts.

Membership is always a challenge for any organization.

Growing Club Membership Don Patrick 2020-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

MUNA 2021

As you might know, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg has organized the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) almost continuously since the first MUNA was held in April,1957. Now we are preparing for MUNA 2021 which will take place from April 30th to May 1st, 2021. Many Rotary Clubs in your District have participated in MUNA over the years and we would like to welcome delegations from your local high school sponsored by your Club. We need your assistance in helping to develop tomorrow's leaders.
This year’s program will be a departure from previous years because of the COVID pandemic we are facing. This year’s event will be a “virtual assembly”, which may mean even more opportunities for participants from other parts of the country. The benefits to the young people who engage with MUNA this year have not changed. Through the MUNA program, young people get an opportunity to learn about the workings of the United Nations in a realistic simulation of its operation. Students get to discuss resolutions on topics ranging from world peace and security, to social and environmental issues. There are opportunities for them to share their ideas and practice their communication skills. They learn to listen, to challenge ideas with which they disagree and share their own solutions for some of the world most pressing issues. The skills practiced and developed at MUNA are a great asset whatever the career pursued.
MUNA 2021 2020-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Neepawa Rotary Public Image Makeover

The Neepawa Rotary Club has been working to improve their public image in the community. Some signage in the community and some Rotary structures were an eyesore. Motivated by the Public Image Newsletters, the club decided that now was the time to start.
Neepawa Rotary Public Image Makeover Ron Nordstrom 2020-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Brandon Rotary Donates iPads to Care Homes EMILY KLATT (reprint from Brandon Sun) 2020-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Neepawa Rotarians in Action Ron Nordstrom 2020-10-07 05:00:00Z 0
People of Action Spotlight 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Doing Good In The World 2020-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones from Windsor-Roseland nominated for RI President

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

Jennifer Jones from Windsor-Roseland nominated for RI President 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Kale Ann returns to Regina Eastview 2020-09-02 05:00:00Z 0



Guest presenters, Victor Roman and Jonathan Carrier, shared with us their introduction to, and their ongoing association with, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina and Area. Beginning with their "little" brother match, 10 and 8 years ago, Victor and Jonathan spoke about how their respective brother relationship has grown over the years. Growth was not restricted to the young person (the mentee), but equally so to them as the "mentor". A growth and development process, such that they have become important components of one another’s lives. As Victor stated so clearly, "We transform young lives by igniting their potential."

Rotary Resolutions 

As we enter the new decade Rotary club of Saskatoon North has the following Resolutions
Rotary Resolutions 2020-01-06 06:00:00Z 0

2019 Adventures in Agriculture


This weekend 26 high school students from across Western Canada and Ontario are participating in the R.C. of Regina Eastview Adventures in Agriculture program.  The students will have a full 3 day agenda visiting various businesses culminating with speech presentations on Sunday morning at the Royal Regina Golf Club.  The agenda includes the following: a tour of Redhead Equipment &  Ralph McKay industries, Agribition events including the rodeo, John Deere tour and banking session, the U of Regina Biology Department for Agriculture experiments and a Viterra tour at Balgonie. 
Other presentations will include the Sask. Institute of Agrologists and Investors' Group, Global Ag Risk Solutions, a veterinarian, Sask. Elocution and Debate Association.  Saturday evening they will dress in their finest for a banquet at the Royal Regina Golf Club followed on Sunday morning with the presentation of their speeches and an address by the Minister of Agriculture.
2019 Adventures in Agriculture 2019-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary club of Saskatoon Nutana Program

Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana Program - Nazeem Muhajarine - U of S Mozambique Project
Asit Sarkar introduced Nazeem Muhajarine of the faculty of Community Health and Epidemiology at the U of S. Nazeem spoke about the Mozambique/Canada Maternal Health Project, of which he is Principal Investigator. The project's goal is to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health in the province of Inhambane, Mozambique. A five-year project that began in April 2017 and is funded by Global Affairs Canada, the project is a partnership between the Inhambane Provincial Health Directorate and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, which is the implementing agency. The headquarters is in Inhambane City and the Canadian office is in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Nazeem said there are 489 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Mozambique compared to 7 to 10 deaths in Canada. In seeking to improve maternal health outcomes, the project has found it beneficial to take steps to reposition women as leaders in their families and communities and to fund micro projects, such chicken production and flour grinding. For more information visit: Walt Pawlovich expressed the club's thanks.
Rotary club of Saskatoon Nutana Program 2019-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
South Eastman Rotary Club D.A.R.E Luncheon 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary club of Winnipeg Honouring Indigenious Peoples (HIP) Initiatives 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Saskatoon Nutana Speaker informs Club on the U of S Ethiopia Project 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Prince Albert 12 Annual Wine Premiere

Rotary club of Prince Albert Wine Premiere

Saturday the twenty-sixth of October was the twelfth annual Rotary Wine Premier, sponsored by B&B Construction and many other generous sponsors. The evening was a great success, boasting a full house, live entertainment, and the presence of the makers of the evening's wines from Italy and Australia. 
Rotary Club of Prince Albert would like to thank all attendees, volunteers, and sponsors. We'd also like to thank Doug Reichel Wine Marketing for working with us to provide high-quality wines for the evening.
On Thursday, November seventh, members of the Rotary Club of Prince Albert visited Mont St. Joseph Home to present a donation from the proceeds of the 2019 Wine Premier. This year the Wine Premier raised a total of $22,000 to be donated, half of which was designated for Mont St. Joseph Home, and the other half designated for the Rotary Club of Prince Albert Centennial Project, which will be announced at a later date in 2020. Rotary members presented Mont St. Joseph Home with a cheque for $11,000, seen in the photo below. Thank you for all of the support we received to make the Wine Premier a success!
Rotary Club of Prince Albert 12 Annual Wine Premiere 2019-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Prince Albert's Rotary Trails Completion 2019-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange District 9780 Visits Saskatchewan

A visiting Rotary Friendship Exchange team from District 9780, an area West of Melbourne, Vic, Australia, was in Northern Saskatchewan Aug. 15 - 29 this year.  The D9780 Team were hosted by RC Hudson Bay, RC Melfort, RC Prince Albert and RC Saskatoon Meewasin. This picture includes the 12 Australian visitors and members of the Prince Albert Club during the visit there. The exchange included Rotary Club events, visits to local Industries, Historical Sites, Recreational Activities and more.
An RFE Team from across our District had been in D9780 in March of this year. All participants have reported that these RFEs were a rewarding Rotary experience, the best part being meeting Rotarians from around the world.
Click to see Photos of the Club visits to Prince Albert, Nipawin, Hudson Bay, Melfort, Creekside Orchard and Flyover of Nipawin and Melfort.
Rotary Friendship Exchange District 9780 Visits Saskatchewan 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Jun 01, 2019
After a rip-snorting start to my year as Rotary District 5550's 2018-2019 Governor – which included Canada Day fireworks in Dryden, helping sort meals for and meeting the 16 young adults from around the world taking part in the two-week International Canoe trip in Sioux Lookout and then a multi-camp trip on Lake of the Woods in a Poker Derby organized by the Kenora Rotary Club, we finally arrived back in Winnipeg from our RV trip to the RI Convention in Toronto. 
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF MY DG YEAR Elaine Thompson 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 4-WayTest,Dryden,Kenora,Melfort Rotary Carol Festival,Nipawin,Nutana,Saskatchewan,Sioux Lookout,The Pas,Thompson MB,blueberries,cranberries
ATTEND THE DISTRICT 5550 2019 CONFERENCE VICARIOUSLY; VIEW THIS 32 MINUTE VIDEO John Borst 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 Bags of Hope,Conference 2019,Don Evans,Dr John Blount,Dr Sylvia Whitlock,Kevin Chief,Rotary District 5550,Rotary Youth Exchange
DICON ‘INSPIRED BY THE FAMILY OF ROTARY’ PLENARY SESSIONS INSPIRING! John Borst 2019-06-01 05:00:00Z 0 2019,Conference,Conflict,Dr Sylvia Whitlock,Duarte,Indigenous,Rotary District 5550,West Winnipeg Charitable Trust,Woman President

Handbags of Hope Drive a Huge Success



Handbags of Hope is an organization that provides handbags and essential items to women in woman’s shelters in the province. Their goal is to uplift and encourage women of all ages who have had the courage to leave abusive and unhealthy relationships, as well as those in transition as a result of poverty and life challenges.

In March, a challenge went out to the Rotary clubs of District 5550, which extends from Sioux Lookout, Ontario in the east, to Flin Flon in the north, to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the east. The challenge was to collect handbags and essential items like socks, mitts/gloves, hats/toques, shampoo/conditioner/soap, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, brush/comb, Kleenex, granola bars, tea, soup packages, gum, or a piece of pre-loved jewelry. The collected items were to be brought to the district conference held from May 2-4 where they would be sorted and distributed to shelters.

The Rotary Club of Neepawa recognized the value of this program and reached out to the community to help meet this challenge. The club put up posters and promoted the idea on social media. The Banner helped get the word out by running an article promoting the cause. Handbags and items started trickling in, then as the word spread, started pouring in. The community collected over 150 handbags and enough supplies to fill a half ton truck.

Local organizer Ron Nordstrom says, “We were hoping to collect 30-50 handbags and a few boxes of supplies. We were proud of and overwhelmed by the generosity of the community for this worthy cause. The small town spirit of helping those in need is evident. Thank you for your support Neepawa!”

Mandy Kwasnica of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Charleswood organized this challenge for the district. She reports, “This flash project for Handbags of Hope was an overwhelming success. The generosity shown by Rotarians and their communities was incredible. Special thanks to the town of Neepawa who had the largest quantity of donations brought in. These handbags and the other donations received are going to have a major impact to those in need.”

The need for the items in the purses exists all year round and donations will be stored and distributed as needed.

Handbags of Hope Drive a Huge Success  2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
D5550 DISPERSED GRANTS TO FIFTY-EIGHT PROJECTS IN 2018-19 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Conference,D5550,Grants Report,World Community Service
D5550 DISPERSED GRANTS TO FIFTY-EIGHT PROJECTS IN 2018-19 Robert Durston 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Conference,Distrist 5550,Grants,Report,World Community Service


Posted by Dave Bennet on May 01, 2019
Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) is an international reciprocal exchange program for Rotarians, Rotarian Partners and Friends of Rotary that gives participants an opportunity to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. You experience other cultures and see the scope of Rotary in other countries. 
OPPORTUNITIES TO HOST ROTARIANS FROM INDIA AND AUSTRALIA Dave Bennet 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 1 Brandon,District 3040,District 5550,District 9780,District 9800,Hosting,Hudson Bay,Kenora,Melfort Rotary Carol Festival,Prince Albert,Rotary Friendship Exchange,Saskatoon Polytechnic,Sioux Lookout,West Winnipeg Charitable Trust
COLOURFUL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE APRIL BOARD MEETING Elaine Thompson 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 2019,Board Minutes,Conference,Infographics,Rotary District 5550,World Peace Partners


Posted by Jim Forestell on May 01, 2019
From April 14 -18 2019 Rotary held its triennial meeting of the Council on Legislation in Chicago to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. The delegates considered proposed amendments submitted by clubs and districts during the past two years to change Rotary’s Constitution, the Bylaws and Standard Rotary Club Constitution plus position statements by the RI Board.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL'S COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION APPROVES 46 CHANGES OUT OF 117 PROPOSED Jim Forestell 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Council on Legislation,District 5550,Rotary International
OCEANID RESCUE RAFT AND ‘PORT IN THE STORM’ FLIN FLON ROTARY’S BIG PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 A Port in the Storm,Flin Flon,Northwestern Ontario,Oceanid,Water Rescue,Winnipeg
ROTARY CLUBS OF MANITOBA - PROJECTS AND EVENTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Manitoba
DRYDEN ROTARY PROVIDES POWERPOINT ON YEAR’S EVENTS AND PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Christmas tree pick-up,Dryden blooms,Fish fry,Highway clean-up,MUNA,Meals on Wheels,On-line Auction,Paul Harris Fellowships,Rotary Park,Rotary Youth Exchange,Scholarships,Senior's housing,Soccer Clubhouse,Weekend Weeder,adventires in,agriculture,harazardous waste day,human rights,technology
KENORA TO BEGIN ‘NOW’ PILOT AND MAKE BIG SPLASH ON JULY 6TH 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 100th anniversary,Frozen Fiesta Gala,Kenora,NOW,Norman Park,Northwestern Health Unit,Nutrition on Weekends,Paul Harris Dinner
ROTARY CLUBS OF SASKATCHEWAN - PROJECTS AND EVENTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Saskatchewan
ROTARY CLUBS OF NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO - PROJECTS AND EVENTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Northwestern Ontario


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Apr 01, 2019
ALL RIGHT!.....This is a 'shout-out',  “It is only one month to the day to District 5550’s 2019 Conference, “Inspired by the Family of Rotary”. The dates are May 2nd to May 5th and the place is CANAD INN DESTINATION CENTRE, Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Avenue in Winnipeg.
‘BE THE INSPIRATION’, JOIN THE CONVERSATION ON OUR ‘PROJECTS & EVENTS’ AT D5550’S 2019 CONFERENCE Elaine Thompson 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Canada Inn Destination Centre,Conference,Events,Fundraising,Polo Park,Projects,Rotary District 5550,Winnipeg
MELFORT ROTARY DESCRIBES A DOZEN SERVICE ACTIVITIES 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Canadian Foodgrains Bank,Communities in Bloom,Guatemala,Habitat for Humanity,Melfort Rotary Carol Festival,Ripple Effect,Rotary 1,Rotary 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten,Rotary Youth Exchange,World Polio Day
YORKTON CLUB RACE RUBBER DUCKS AND SELL BURGERS TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Appreciation to Agriculture Evening,Holy Trinity Anglican Church,Yorkton, SK
A FAIR SHAKE FOR ALL IS THE FOCUS OF FOUR SASKATOON ROTARY CLUB PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Friendship Inn,King George Community School,RAP,Restorative Action Program,Saskatoon, Sask.,Westmount Community School
NIPAWIN PASSPORT CLUB RAISING FUNDS FOR FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Colour Run,Nipawin,Rotary Club of Hudson Bay
MOOSE JAW WAKAMOW SUPPORTS SUMMER READING CAMP AND ACTIVE IN INTERNATIONAL SERVICE 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Chuchuka School,Guatemala,Holy Trinity School Division,Moose Jaw Literacy Network,Prairie South School Division,Rotary District 5550
SASKATOON MEEWASIN PROVIDES A LIST OF THEIR ANNUAL PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 E.D. Feehan High School,Guatemala,Meals on Wheels,Saskatchewan Hospital,Saskatoon Polytechnic,ShelterBox
SWAN VALLEY CLUB SHARES LIST OF NINE COMMUNITY PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Hiking,Minitonas,Rotary Park,Swan River,Trials
SELKIRK HAS HISTORY OF CONTRIBUTING TO LARGE PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Bill 2,Manitoba,Selkirk,St. Andrews,St. Clements
DAUPHIN ROTARY PUTS ITS FOCUS ON THREE EVENTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Dauphin,Manitoba,Meals-on-Wheels,Skate,Vermilion River
WINNIPEG DOWNTOWN SEEKS GLOBAL GRANT PROJECTS IN BANGLADESH AND SOUTH AFRICA AND INVOLVED IN HONOURING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Strini Reddy 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Lily of the Valley Children’s Village,NIP,Rohingya refugees,Rotary Club of Chittagong,Rotary Club of Hillcrest,South Africa
WINNIPEG WEST PROVIDES OVERVIEW OF SIXTEEN PROJECTS 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Akousa Bonsa,Brooklands school,Children's Rehabilitation Foundation,Clint Fogg,Flora House,Kampala,Kildonan Park,Lake Chapala,MUNA,Manzanillo Rotary Club,Rotary Club of Chapala Sunrise,ShelterBox,St. James Collegiate Institute,Uganda,West Winnipeg Charitable Trust,Youth Exchange
WINNIPEG-CHARLESWOOD ROTARIANS ARE CUSTODIANS OF THE ASSINIBOINE FOREST 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Assinboine Forest,RYLA,STAR Air Ambulance,Westgrove School,Winnipeg


The RFE trip to India was a huge success in a number of ways. The participants bonded as a team and many Rotary friendships were forged between the members and their Indian counterparts.

As well, we were very impressed with the variety and depth of the humanitarian projects that the Rotary Clubs of District 3040 have undertaken in an effort to make a positive impact on the lives of ordinary citizens. From dialysis to eye care to drowning prevention, District 3040 is working hard to bring a better standard of living to many.

We came away with a positive feeling about the boom and growth of India, in the face of a huge population with very disparate living conditions. India is changing, and the pace of change will accelerate as the future unfolds.

The RFE team very much appreciated the opportunity to travel to India to enhance their understanding of another culture and another country. 
2019 ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE (RFE) TO INDIA  2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Mar 01, 2019
On February 4th, I sent an email asking each Rotary club in the District to share their favourite fund-raising event for our March newsletter. I’d like to thank the 24 clubs who took the time to respond and to share their experience. Much of the analysis, which follows was created by my editor, John Borst of the Dryden Club.
DIVERSITY AND ‘PEOPLE OF ACTION’ CHARACTERIZE DISTRICT 5550’S FUNDRAISING EFFORTS Elaine Thompson 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Diversity,Fundraising,People of Action,Rotary District 5550
FOOD EVENTS ARE POPULAR FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN SASKATCHEWAN Elaine Thompson 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Clubs,D5550,Fundraising,Saskatchewan
TOY DUCKS, FOOD, A DRAW, AND BINGO BIG EARNERS IN NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO Elaine Thompson 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Clubs,D5550,Fundraising,Northwestern Ontario
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF FUNDRAISING AMONG MANITOBA CLUBS Elaine Thompson 2019-03-01 06:00:00Z 0 Clubs,D5550,Fundraising,Manitoba


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Feb 01, 2019
The recent Council on Legislation changes allows clubs to create alternate membership types. Although Rotary International has only two types of membership - “Active” and “Honorary - clubs are free to have other types of membership, but only “Active” members are included in the official count of club members.
SEVEN NEW MEMBERSHIP TYPES CREATED BY CLUBS Elaine Thompson 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 1 Associate,Corporate,Emeritus,Family,Friends of Rotary,Introductory,Memebrship,Trial,Youth
HOW ROTARIANS MEET AROUND THE WORLD Elaine Thompson 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 0 Holsworthy England,Ilhabela Brazil,Rotary Clubs,Sao Sebastiao Brazil,Scottsdale AZ,Taichung Taiwan,Williamsburg VA


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Feb 01, 2019
Gone are the days when all Rotary Clubs met weekly over a meal and attendance was taken and tracked. Over the past decade, flexibility and innovation have become the mantra of Rotary International. And the grassroots have taken up the challenge of creating new ways for clubs which to the demands of modern society and different cultures.
What follows provides a brief overview of the new form clubs are creating.
A REVOLUTION IN THE TYPES OF ROTARY CLUBS IS UNDERWAY Elaine Thompson 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 1 Clubs,Hybrid,Passport,Satellite,Traditional,e-Club
ROTARY CLUBS: WEEKLY, BI-WEEKLY, MONTHLY, QUARTERLY-WHAT’S NEXT? Elaine Thompson 2019-02-01 06:00:00Z 2 Change,Innovation,John Hewko,Rotary International,Types of Clubs,Types of Membership

D5550 Conference 2019 – You will be INSPIRED by the Family of Rotary!


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Jan 01, 2019

The Conference Location

The CanadInns Destination Centre Polo Park, located at 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P7, Ph: 204-775-8791, is where the conference is taking place. It is a pet-friendly and child-friendly hotel that offers free airport shuttle service, free wi-fi, free parking, an indoor pool, a fitness centre, a kitchen in every room and a restaurant for those not wishing to cook! It is the perfect place for a family weekend get-away!
D5550 Conference 2019 – You will be INSPIRED by the Family of Rotary! Elaine Thompson 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0 Canad Inn,District 5550 Conference,Don Evans,John Blount,Kevin Chief,Polo Park,Sylvia Whitlock,Winnipeg
LISTEN, CHALLENGE, AND LEARN WITH FOUR DYNAMIC KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Jim Forestell 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 1 2019,Conference,District 5550,Harvard School of Business
NEW DISTRICT CONFERENCE WEBSITE TO GO LIVE IN JANUARY Jim Forestell 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0 2019,Conference,Distrist 5550


Posted by Jim Forestell on Jan 01, 2019
During the conference, Partners will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on project to make life a little more bearable for some Winnipeg women. Our conference will collect and fill handbags for distribution through several shelters in our city
HANDBAGS OF HOPE Jim Forestell 2019-01-01 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Career Symposium 

The Rotary Career Symposium in Winnipeg is one of the largest in western Canada and is held annually in the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

• Approximately 12,000 attend-students, teachers, parents and others looking for a career or career change

• 100 exhibitors and 40 speakers participate in the Symposium every year

• Rotary Career Symposium showcases Winnipeg and Manitoba’s industries, employers, post-secondary institutions and trade organizations

• The Symposium encourages and motivates Manitoban youth to find a career of their choice and understand the education requirements involved in reaching their goals, allowing them to become contributing members of our community. 

If you are a Rotary member and able to volunteer for this event please click volunteer link.

Click here to go to the Symposium website

Rotary Career Symposium 2018-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
How to Grow an Audience for Your Club Website John Borst 2018-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Google Analytics,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary District 5550,Statcounter,Website

Buy a District 5550 RESP for a Guatemalan Child this Christmas

Posted by John Borst on Dec 01, 2018
In Canada, one of the best gifts a parent or grandparent can buy for their child is a University or College education. Hence for the next five months, we are plied with ads for Registered Educational Savings Plan (RESP) investments. Unfortunately, many families have incomes too low to put aside the thousands of dollars needed to make such an investment.
Buy a District 5550 RESP for a Guatemalan Child this Christmas John Borst 2018-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 Christmas,District 5550,Guatemala,RESP,Ripple Effect Scholarship Fund
We Are District 5550 with a Unique Rotary Culture Elaine Thompson 2018-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 Community,End Polio Now,Guatemala,Ripple Effect,ShelterBox

DG Elaine's Holiday Message

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Dec 01, 2018
PDG Ed, I and our family would like to wish all Rotarians in District 5550 a 
Merry Christmas,
Joyeux Noël,
Щасливого Різдва,
Wesołych Świąt,
Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Natal,
Maligayang Pasko,
Happy Hanukkah,
חנוכה שמח,
and a
Happy Holiday !!! 
DG Elaine's Holiday Message Elaine Thompson 2018-12-01 06:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Family,Greeting,Holiday,Rotarians,Season's

Rotary Club Supports Peer Helpers Program at NACI

Rotary Club Supports Peer Helpers Program at NACI

Neepawa Area Collegiate Grade 12 students Rylan Hollier and Rylee Gluska were pleased to accept $750 dollars for the Peer Helpers Program from Neepawa Rotary Club President Wayne Hildebrand.  Rylan and Rylee are two members of the Peer Helpers Program at NACI. 
“Peer helping is based on the fact that youth often seek out their peers when they are experiencing some frustration, worry or concern”, said Rylan.
“By establishing a peer program, schools teach students how to help, not hurt, others”, explained Rylee.
Peer helping fosters a climate of care and respect within NACI to reduce violence, vandalism, and bullying.  In addition, peer helping enables youth to learn skills to enhance self-image, reduce loneliness, promote health, and support academic and personal achievement.
“The Neepawa Rotary Club is very pleased to support the youth in our community”, relayed Wayne Hildebrand.
Rotary Club Supports Peer Helpers Program at NACI Duane Hayunga 2018-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
DG Elaine Nears Completion of First Round of Visits to Clubs Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Manitoba,NWO,Ontario,Regina,Rotary District 5550,Saskatchewan,Winnipeg
Moose Jaw Rotary: a “Clubby” group where the retired are in the majority. Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Moose Jaw,Saskatchewan
Winnipeg-Charleswood a club which demands a lot of its members Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Manitoba,Rotary District 5550,Winnipeg
Thompson Rotary in “survival mode”, make last-ditch effort to grow. Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Elaine Thompson,Manitoba
Assiniboia, a small club where women outnumber men, two to one Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Assiniboia,Rotary District 5550
Moose Jaw Wakamow: an engaged club without fines Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Moose Jaw,Saskatchewan,Wakamow
Weyburn: a mature club with a local focus actively engaged in fundraising Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 5550,Saskatchewan,Weyland
Joint meeting of 3 clubs sing Nutana’s Four-Way Test lead by DG Elaine Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Assiniboia,Elaine Thompson,Four-way Test,Moose Jaw,Nutana,Rotary District 5550,Wakamow
Rotary’s Best Kept Secret- The International Camp Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 International camps,Rotary District 5550,Rotary International,Sioux Lookout

Winnipeg West, an eclectic group with a strong focus on International Service

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Nov 01, 2018
Members describe their club as very friendly, inclusive and their fellow Rotarians as an eclectic group who have fun, exhibit both frivolity and seriousness and are easy to get to know. One member, a woman, mentioned that she felt included in everything and that when she attends a club meeting, “I feel like I come home.” All members “get things done and make things happen” and want to do good in the world, locally and internationally.

Winnipeg West, an eclectic group with a strong focus on International Service Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Manitoba,Rotary District 5550,Winnipeg
Brandon Rotary has its eyes squarely on the future Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Brandon,District 5550,Manitoba
Fort Qu’Appelle a small but mighty club Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Fort Qu" Appelle
Watrous Club’s focus is to provide local service while enjoying being social Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Saskatchewan,Watrous
Yorkton Rotarians have a lot of irons in the fire Elaine Thompson 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 5550,Saskatchewan,Yorkton
SASKATOON MEEWASIN: A rare morning group with 100% Paul Harris Fellows Elaine Thompson 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0 District Governor,Gordie Howe Sports Complex,Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,Lobsterfest,Oliver Lodge,Rotary District 5550,St Michael Community School
SASKATOON NORTH: A unique mix of members due to women and age profile Elaine Thompson 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 1 Clubs,District Governor,Howard Coad School,Rotary District 5550,Saskatoon,Saskatoon Food Bank

REGINA SOUTH: Increased diversity occurs as membership grows again

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Oct 01, 2018
The club used to have 25-35 members four to five years ago, but the numbers had dwindled to the mid-teens. The club is focusing on membership, which has risen to 20 following induction of two new members during the DG visit. 
REGINA SOUTH: Increased diversity occurs as membership grows again Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Citi Kidz Regin,District Governor,Mother Theresa School,Regina Food for Learning,Regina Palliative Care,Regina Women Immigrant Centre,Ripple Effect Scholarship Fund,Rotary District 5550,ShelterBox,Waterson Centre

How Mine Action Supports Rotary's Six Areas of Focus

Posted on Oct 01, 2018
Support for mine action is a time-tested way for Canadian Rotarians to advance the Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus, particularly in Cambodia where the Canadian Landmine Foundation's grassroots partners are making a difference every day. We hope to inspire as many Rotarians as possible to join this effort.
Wilf Wilkinson
President of Rotary International 2007/08
Chair of The Rotary Foundation 2012/13 
How Mine Action Supports Rotary's Six Areas of Focus 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Canada,Canadian Landmine Foundation,Wilf Wilkinson
REGINA: The city’s oldest service club with a wide range in membership Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Dean Smith Youth Centre,District Governor,Harbour House,Knox Metropolitan United Church,Little Souls Daycare,Regina,Rotary District 5550,Salvation Army,Shayil Home Women’s Addictions Program,Souls Harbour Rescue Mission
SASKATOON: As the President said we’re“schizophrenic.” Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Becas,District Governor,Friendship Inn,Joy’s Centre,King George School,Restorative Action Program,Rotary District 5550,ShelterBox,Youth Exchange
REGINA OSKAYA: Where the focus is on Inner city youth and literacy Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 District Governor,RYLA,Rotaract,Rotary District 5550
SASKATOON RIVERSIDE: A small club of ‘selfless members’ Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 5550
ESTEVAN: a vibrant club with gender and youth equality Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 1 District Governor,Estevan Literacy,Estevan’s St. Joseph’s Hospital,Golf Ball Drop,Lions Club,Rotary District 5550,STARS

REGINA EASTVIEW: Teamwork centred on “Youth” and “Retention of Members.”

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Oct 01, 2018
The club’s culture is shifting to a focus on youth, retention of existing members (through engagement, communication and contact) and working as a team, both internally and with external partners, to get things done. 
REGINA EASTVIEW: Teamwork centred on “Youth” and “Retention of Members.” Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Belgium,District Governor,Lyle Piett Memorial Golf Tournament,RYLA,Regina Mental Health,Rotary District 5550,Saskatchewan Visual Art Project,ShelterBox
Melfort Rotary Partners with Town’s Library to Sponsor 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Initiative 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Literacy,Melfort,Reading,Rotary Club,Saskatchewan
Nine Actions Rotary Can Do to Attract Younger Members Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 2 Membership,Rotary Club,Rotary District 5550,Youth
SASKATOON NUTANA: A lively club where creativity reigns Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Oskayak High School,Restorative Action Program,Ribfest,Rotary District 5550,Rotary Peace Plaza,Saskatoon Food Bank,Sherbrooke care home

DG Elaine Identifies the Uniqueness of Saskatchewan’s Clubs  

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Oct 01, 2018
During September, I visited Rotary clubs in Saskatoon, Estevan and Regina, with a break to attend the Zones 24 and 32 Conference in Montreal from September 23rd to 28th.
Editor’s note: Rather than one long article I have given each club a story page. A picture, club name and headline appear on this page. Each links to the story.
DG Elaine Identifies the Uniqueness of Saskatchewan’s Clubs Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 District Governor,Estevan,Regina,Rotary District 5550,Saskatchewan,Saskatoon
REGINA INDUSTRIAL PARK: a “close-knit family” with a focus on the disadvantaged Elaine Thompson 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0 Albert School,Distrct Governor,Ghana,Ignite Adult Learning Corp,Muscular Dystrophy Canada,PolioPlus,Rotary District 5550,ShelterBox,Sir Dance A Lot

Kenora Rotarians Raise Flag For Peace


Kenora Rotarians Raise Flag for Peace

Rotarians in Kenora raised the peace flag in honour of the September 11 attacks, and the International Day of Peace which takes place September 21.

Rotary President Lynn Carlson talked about why they did it. 

"It's important to Rotary because our philosophy is around peace. We're about helping others around the world, whether that's within our community or globally," she said.

September 11, 2018 marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York City.

Nearly 3,000 innocent victims, including 24 Canadians lost their lives. 

Kenora Rotarians Raise Flag For Peace 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
DG Visit to RYLA Junior Camp Features an “Amazing Race” Elaine Thompson 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 Amazing Race,Camp,Chores,Distrist 5550,RYLA,Youth
As “End Polio Now” counts down to history, a new threat emerges Arlene Jorgenson 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 Dysentry,Malnutrition,OPV,Polio,Virus,cVDPV,hygiene

DG Learns Change is the Focus of “Club Culture” in Manitoba and Northeast Saskatchewan


Posted by Elaine Thompson on Sep 03, 2018
During August my visits centred on clubs in Manitoba and northeastern Saskatchewan. My objective is to grasp each club’s “culture” and learn their thoughts on D5550’s 2018-2021 draft Strategic Plan. This newsletter focusses on the “club culture” discussions. 
DG Learns Change is the Focus of “Club Culture” in Manitoba and Northeast Saskatchewan Elaine Thompson 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 1 Annual visit,District Governor,Elaine Thompson,Rotary Clubs,Rotary District 5550

4th Annual Rotary Ribfest Winnipeg

RIBFEST is a family friendly event with lots of Food, a Beer Garden, Kid's Zone, Entertainment and an online 50/50 draw. (See the attached poster for the website link) Admission is free.
We are expecting about 20,000 people and hoping to raise $35,000 for local youth projects. Help us to "Create Leaders for tomorrow". 
For moreinformation, check out the following websites:
RIBFEST Website:             
to purchase50/50 Tickets         Must be a resident of Manitoba to purchase
For a $3 coupon for ribs      
(Friday only)
4th Annual Rotary Ribfest Winnipeg 2018-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Literacy Action Group

Rotary District 5550 Literacy Chair Ann Grahame volunteering at the LitRAG booth in the House of Friendship at the recent Rotary International Convention in Toronto. 

Toronto Rotary International Convention 2018 – LitRAG is Gaining Strength! reports LitRAG Vice-Chair Carolyn Johnson LitRAG had an active presence in Toronto sharing a message of active engagement in a wide variety of literacy activities, both locally and internationally. Our booth in the House of Friendship was busy throughout the convention, sharing ideas and promoting efforts of Rotarians in supporting basic education and literacy projects. More than 200 Rotarians from across the Rotary world signed up to become involved in LitRAG. Great thanks to Brenda Ericsson, Peter Johnson, Carolyn Johnson, Vicki Whiting, Anand Seth, Sue Bellor, Ann Grahame - and several others - for spending time at the booth talking with interested Rotarians and sharing ideas of ways that we can promote literacy. 
Rotary Literacy Action Group 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
District 5550 Rotary Friendship Exchanges (RFE) in 2019   Elaine Thompson 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 0 Australia,District 3040,District 5550,District 9780,District 9800,District 9920,Friendhip Exchange,India,New Zealand,Rotary
The Editor’s Notebook  John Borst 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 1 ClubRunner,Clubs,DG's Newsletter,Data,Rotary District 5550,Video Autoplay

DG Elaine's Report

It is not an understatement to declare that my Rotary year started with a bang. I’m probably not the first District Governor in Canada to notice that July 1st, Canada Day and the start of a new Rotary year coincide. So it should be no surprise that my year as DG started with fireworks. Four days before our first club visit, we attended Canada Day celebrations at the Dryden Government Docks area. 
DG Elaine's Report Elaine Thompson 2018-08-05 05:00:00Z 0 August 2018,Boards,Clubs,Manitoba,Newsletter,Northwestern Ontario,Rotary District 5550,Travel

2018 Saskatoon Ribfest

The sixth annual Saskatoon Rotary RibFest to be held August 3-6, 2018 at Diefenbaker Park in Saskatoon. RibFest will offer four days of delicious ribs barbecued by some of Canada’s top ribbers, plus live entertainment, a kids’ fun area, food and craft vendors, beer garden, 50/50 draw and more! Hours of operation will be: Friday, August 3 4 - 9 p.m. Saturday, August 4 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, August 5 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday, August 6 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Please help promote Saskatoon Rotary RibFest by visiting our website at visit and by following, liking and sharing our social media sites at: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: 
2018 Saskatoon Ribfest 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Serious and Shocked Over Rotary Elaine Thompson 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,Growth,Homework,Membership,Message
Winnipeg-Charleswood Rotarians Build Garden Beds at Winnipeg School John Borst 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0 Community,Rotarians,School Garden,Winnipeg

Neepawa Rotary Meets Their International Tree Planting Challenge

Neepawa Rotary Meets Their International Tree Planting Challenge

The Neepawa Rotary Club has coordinated a second tree planting project in the town of Neepawa. This completed their contribution to a Rotary International challenge to  plant a tree for every Rotary Club member. A total of 15 Rotarians and students from Neepawa Collegiate combined efforts to plant 12 two meter high trees near the soccer fields at the area known as “the Flats” in Neepawa. Last month 20 trees were planted along the Veterans Way walking path on the west side of Neepawa. 

The tree planting project involved the Town of Neepawa, Whitemud Watershed Conservation District, and Peer Helpers and the Horticultural Club from Neepawa Collegiate. The town staff saved the planters a huge amount  of work by digging the holes and having proper topsoil available to pack around the trees. The town staff will also include these trees in their watering schedule. The project was funded in partnership with Whitemud Watershed and Neepawa Rotary. The planting was completed by Neepawa Collegiate students and Rotary members.

Three different species of trees were planted, including North America Linden, Ohio Buckeye, and Bur Oak. 

Last year Rotary International President Ian Riseley, challenged every Rotary club to plant a tree for each member. If the challenge was met, the result would be 1.2 million trees planted by Rotary. Rotary clubs around the world have accepted the challenge and far more than 1.2 million trees have been planted.

There are many reasons for us all to plant trees. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce greenhouse gases. They prevent flooding by protecting soil from erosion and reducing surface run-off. They support agriculture by improving topsoil erosion and create shade and shelter for livestock. Trees and forests improve health and well being by reducing air pollution. Woodlands help keep cities cool and are perfect places to exercise. Trees encourage wildlife, as they provide habitat for birds and small animals. Trees also increase property value. They promote peace simply by giving people a place to sit in the shade and contemplate the world. Planting trees shows a long term commitment to the community, as the ones who benefit the most will be future generations. 

The tree planting project was a lot of fun. It is always a good idea to partner with middle school and high school students as their energy and enthusiasm is contagious. The Neepawa Rotary Club would like to thank all the partners for helping to meet our tree planting challenge.

Neepawa Rotary Meets Their International Tree Planting Challenge 2018-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Dryden Shaw TV Rotary Programs

A recent partnership between the Rotary Club of Dryden and Shaw Cable TV to get the message of Rotary out in the Dryden area as well as the messages of some great guest speakers at the Rotary Club of Dryden meetings. The Clubs goal is to increase membership interest. Great job Ed Iskra and congratulations on to Rena who has been working on this project the past months and Rotary year. 
Click below to view the recent programs of the Dryden Rotary Club. 
Rotary Club of Dryden Shaw TV Rotary Programs 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Prince Albert Paul Harris Night

DG Peter and Partner Janet were were the special guests of the Rotary club of Prince Albert on April 23rd, 2018 to honour Rotarians with Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  In order to receive this recognition a club member must donate $1000 U.S. to the Rotary Foundation.   As well members can be recognized for multiple Paul Harris levels for every $1000 U.S. contributed.  In addition to honouring club members the Rotary club recognized members of the community who are not Rotarians but are very well deserving of an honorary Paul Harris.   Below we have club president Dr. Nnamdi Ndubka, Rotarian Clint Thierman, Honorary Paul Harris recipient Randy Whitter, Rotarian Les Mewis, and District Governor Peter Neufeldt. 
Prince Albert Paul Harris Night 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
From Brazil To Prince Albert; The Return of Tayna Lucena  2018-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

District Conference 2018

District Governor Peter Neufeldt Invites You To the 2018 District Conference In Regina
Click on the Dove below to take you to the Conference Web Site
District Conference 2018 2018-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of fort Qu'Appelle Canada 150 Project 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Prince Albert 2017 Rotary Scotiabank Wine Premier

Rotary club of Prince Albert Annual Wine Premiere

   Saturday October 21st marked the 10th anniversary of the Clubs Wine Premiere. Over 200 quests were treated to great wine and food. Wines represented two Wineries. The evening began with wine from Portugal being paired with the first two courses, and wine from Portugal was paired with the final three courses. Representatives from both Wineries made the trip from Portugal and Spain to be in attendance and share with us a little about their local culture, their approach to growing the grapes and the final product we were enjoying at the event. All proceeds from the event were donated to two local foundations, The Victoria Hospital Foundation and The Mont St Joseph Care Home Foundation.
   To see more details and photos click here Rotary Scotiabank Wine Premiere
Rotary Club of Prince Albert 2017 Rotary Scotiabank Wine Premier 2017-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Reservations Instructions for Regina District conference 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Peter Neufeldt Visits the Rotary Club of Prince Albert 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
August 2017 Newsletter 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
July 2017 Newsletter 2017-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

Nipawin Schools Donate to Shelterbox

In the picture are the Principal of Central Park School, children and youth from LP Miller Highs School, Wagner School, Central Park School -- including members of the Early Act Club of Central Park Nipawin, and members of the Rotary Club of Nipawin, as well as Rotary Assistant District Governor, Brian Harris.
Nipawin Schools Donate to Shelterbox 2017-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary club of Winnipeg RibFest 2017 2017-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Fort Qu'Appelle Canada 150 Celebration 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Fort Qu'Appelle Kairos Blanket Exercise

The Rotary Club of Fort Qu'Appelle is co-sponsoring with the Calling Lakes Interfaith Friendship Forum and the local Ministerial Association.  As one step in implementing the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission the Club is working with others to offer "The Kairos Blanket Exercise",  a unique learning experience designed to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.

Rotary Club of Fort Qu'Appelle Kairos Blanket Exercise 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Prince Albert 2017 RibFest 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
6th Annual Bill McDonald Memorial Basketball Tournament  2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
100 Years of Rotary in Saskatoon 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin 2017 Lobsterfest 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Brandon Rotary and Rotaract Clubs Beer Tasting Festival 2017-03-16 05:00:00Z 0
Adventures in Technology 2017 Now Open For Registration 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
District News 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
RI Pres. Germ Presents D5550 with certificate of appreciation for achieving MDD goal John Borst 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
D5550 Rotarians have opportunity to lunch with RI President Germ on Sept. 30th John Borst 2016-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
Sam Owori Is Selected To Be 2018-19 Rotary President John Borst 2016-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
MUNA 2017 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

D5550 Club News

Clubs in the news


By Brian Oliver, The Graphic
R C of Portage la Prairie 

Ashley Robinson, Regina Leader-Post
Regina Clubs
Lanny Stewart, Westman Journal
R C of Brandon
The Weyburn Review Sept. 07, 2016
D5550 Club News 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0

News & Views by Rotary Blogs

District, Zone & Rotarian Blogs

Retention Central  by Jim Henry, Zone 34

Great Ideas to Share by Chris Offer, Zone 24-32

News & Views by Rotary Blogs 2016-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Club fund-raising is a focus of DG’s visit report

Posted by Rod Riopel on Aug 05, 2016
July was an amazing month, learning the geography of our district, seeing the beautiful sights and visiting 13 clubs. I was glad that Barb was able to accompany me on the longer trips and experience everything that I was able to see.  
Club fund-raising is a focus of DG’s visit report Rod Riopel 2016-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
The DG'er No. 2 2016-08-05 05:00:00Z 0
July sees major announcements at ShelterBox 2016-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Honoured to serve you as we give ‘Service to Humanity’

Posted by Rod Riopel on Jul 01, 2016
I am very humbled to be given the opportunity to be District 5550 Governor in 2016-17. I would like to introduce my fiancee Barb Klassen. Whenever possible, Barb will accompany me on the club visits. 
Last January Barb and I spent a week in San Diego at the International Assembly. There were 574 fellow District Governor Elects there for “Rotary School”.
Rotary President John Germ spoke about how Rotary has been many things to many people in the last 111 years. Through Rotary our members have found friends, community and a sense of purpose. Every week more than 34,000 clubs around the world come together for one overriding goal: service.
Service to Humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since its earliest days and remains the main purpose today. So it only makes sense that is the theme for this Rotary year.
President John spoke of his belief that there is no better path to meaningful service today than Rotary membership and no organization better placed to make a real and positive difference in our world.
He spoke of going back to our roots as a service club hence he chose "Service to Humanity" as this year's theme.
Germ spoke of service in three ways:
a) How important members are to Rotary: Listening to their needs. Know they joined. Understand what they get out of it.
b) How close we are to ending Polio: Know there are only two countries left. Be aware of how important it is that we move forward with a united front and common goals.
c) Remembering that Rotarians are volunteers: The family comes first. A business income stream is second and Rotary third.
As we move forward we need to think outside the box and continue to change the world.
Have a great July and look forward to the club visits
Honoured to serve you as we give ‘Service to Humanity’ Rod Riopel 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – July 2016

Posted by Stephanie Christensen on Jul 01, 2016

Rotary Youth Exchange Students raise funds for ShelterBox Canada

This past April the Rotary Youth Exchange students in District 5360 raised over $27,000 for ShelterBox Canada! The students held an international dinner with local community members and Rotarians to ensure that no family is left without shelter after a disaster.
The group was made up of both inbound and outbound students who came together with their Rotary Clubs to tackle such an impressive fundraising goal. Each student was awarded a ShelterBox Youth Exchange Challenge pin and certificate to thank them for their amazing fundraising efforts. Everyone at ShelterBox Canada would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who helped make this event a success!
If your Rotary District is interested in learning more information about the ShelterBox Canada Youth Exchange challenge please get in touch at

Deployment Update: Sri Lanka

In May, Sri Lanka experienced a cyclone that caused major torrential rain fall and landslides that buried whole villages in meters of mud.
“The landslides came so fast. All we could hear for about an hour was rocks crashing. Sometimes it was as loud as an atomic bomb.”
Our ShelterBox team is in Sri Lanka and is working with the military and the local Rotary network to establish camps for people who have been displaced from the landslides and flooding. ShelterBox aims to support over 300 households with ShelterBoxes and other needed aid items.

From ShelterBox Canada to Rotary: Thank you

Everyone at ShelterBox would like to extend a big thank you to all of the Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and individual Rotarians across Canada who have supported our efforts in the 2015-2016 year.
So far this year, Rotary Clubs have donated over $425,000 to support families who have lost everything after a disaster. On behalf of the ShelterBox team and those we serve, thank you.
ShelterBox Canada – 159 Jane St Office 2, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8
ShelterBox Update – July 2016 Stephanie Christensen 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

DG Ken says thanks and passes the torch on to DG Rod

Posted by Ken Krebs on Jul 01, 2016
I am starting with a huge “THANK YOU” to all Rotarians in District 5550 for making this year as District Governor such a wonderful experience. The welcome I have received at all the clubs, not only during my term as Governor, but ever since my confirmation as Governor Nominee has been heartwarming and an inspiration to serve as well as possible.
The official club visits have been a source of inspiration and I have shared as many new ideas from the clubs as possible to other clubs in the district. I have seen clubs working hard to increase membership, to share the sense of accomplishment of work well done and to promote goodwill and fellowship amongst Rotarians and friends of Rotary.
The many projects we were shown have demonstrated your eagerness to be a “Gift To The World”. Your generosity has benefited people around the world through your gifts to the Rotary Foundation. Your support of the Polio Plus project have brought us closer to a polio free world. Your support of literacy, water and sanitation, health and disease issues, economic improvement, women’s issues have all contributed to our ultimate goal – that of Peace and Understanding among all people.
I have been asked “What will you do now that your term is over?” As the Immediate Past District Governor, I will remain on the executive and board of our district, and I begin a three year term on the selection committee tasked with finding future district governors as well as being the Vice-Governor for one year. In terms of Rotary Service, I am stepping into a pair of shoes that will be a challenge to fill. PDG Nancy Morris is stepping down as co-chair of the D5550 World Peace Partners committee and I will be taking that position. It will be a challenge, but one I will be happy to address and hope I will be up to the job. This is a busy committee and you will be hearing much about it in the future.
Only a year ago I was starting the year’s journey and the time has passed quickly. Today I am saying farewell to the task of being District Governor and pass the privilege of governing our district to DG Rod Riopel. I know you will all grant him the same welcome, friendship and support you have given me over the past year.
I wish all of you a great new Rotary year and much success in the future.
DG Ken says thanks and passes the torch on to DG Rod Ken Krebs 2016-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

‘Every story has an end. But in life, every end is a new beginning!”

Posted on Jun 30, 2016
By K.R. Ravindran, Rotary International President, 2015-16
On every July 1st, a page turns in Rotary. One Rotary year ends, and another begins; we do not lay down our pen but only lift it from the page, as we write the final lines of one chapter and consider the first lines of the next.
The story of the 2015-16 Rotary year has now been written and my friends, you have written it well. We end our year with a net gain of over 30,000 members, and global membership approaching all-time highs. Our convention was the second-largest in Rotary history, with extremely positive reviews. Rotary Global Rewards, launched only one year ago, now contains over 1,350 offers and is approaching 100,000 site visits. And we are closer than ever to our goal of eradicating polio, with only seventeen cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus to date in 2016.
These are achievements that all of us can be proud of. But we all know that the true story of Rotary this year was written, not in Evanston by its officers, but in every one of Rotary’s clubs and districts, by each of you, and by the Rotarians you have led, motivated, and inspired. The story of this Rotary year is the work of your minds, your hands, and your hearts; the story of health, of education, and of hope that you have brought to countless people, in every corner of the Rotary world.
In the final days of this year, I found my mind returning to the words I spoke on the final day of our International Assembly: “Every story has an end. But in life, every end is a new beginning.” The story of our year together, in Rotary office, has now been written. Again, a fresh page awaits us, empty, waiting to be filled. The pen hovers above it. What will it write?
That, my friends, is up to every one of us. The opportunities of our offices may be over, but those of Rotary remain: opportunities to serve, to change lives, to be part of our business of miracles, and to Be A Gift to the World.
I thank you for your service, for your trust, and for your confidence in me, and I wish you all the best in many years of Rotary service ahead. You are, and you will remain, a gift to me, as you are A Gift to the World.
‘Every story has an end. But in life, every end is a new beginning!” 2016-06-30 05:00:00Z 0
Educational resource 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
PDG Doug O’Brien of Flin Flon dead at age 80 John Borst 2016-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

PDG of District 5550 Eugene Suchoboki Passes Away

Posted by John Borst on May 23, 2016
Past District Governor  (2001-2002) Eugene Suchoboki passed away on May 17, 2016 after a battle with cancer. At the time of his death he was a member of the Rotary Club of Regina South. "His cheerful and upbeat disposition will truly be missed," said fellow PDG  Peter Peters.

PDG of District 5550 Eugene Suchoboki Passes Away John Borst 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Prepare Now to Celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s 2016-17 Centennial

Posted by John Borst on Apr 29, 2016
Did you know that The Rotary Foundation is turning 100 in 2016-2017?*

The Rotary Foundation is a very significant part of the vitality of every club. Every club participates in at least some programmes and most support the Rotary Foundation through donations. Therefore it makes sense for every club to use the Centennial as a way for strengthening Rotary among members and in their community.  
Prepare Now to Celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s 2016-17 Centennial John Borst 2016-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
DG Krebs Explains Why the Rotary Foundation is Essential to the Work of Rotary World-wide. John Borst 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Moose Jaw Rotary Set to Celebrate 100th Anniversary Meeting John Borst 2016-04-21 05:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation Makes Historic Changes to Rotary

Posted by John Borst on Apr 16, 2016
Like a corporation, Rotary is governed by a Board of Directors lead by a President. Every three years however, with a nod towards a Parliamentary form of government, Rotary meets in a forum called the Council on Legislation. 2016 was such a year and the Council on Legislation met last week April 11-15. 
Council on Legislation Makes Historic Changes to Rotary John Borst 2016-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Chernesky to be Honoured by Town of Nipawin with Achiever’s Award.

Posted by John Borst on Apr 13, 2016
Past District Governor, Pat Chernesky (2014-2015) will be honoured by the Town of Nipawin on April 21st with an Achiever’s Award for her Outstanding Volunteerism with the Rotary Club of Nipawin.
The application was put forward by members of the Nipawin Rotary Club under the leadership of Lorna King. 
PDG Chernesky to be Honoured by Town of Nipawin with Achiever’s Award. John Borst 2016-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update - April 2016

Posted by Stephanie Christensen on Apr 11, 2016

Desperate need for shelter in Fiji after Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston hit the islands of Fiji on February 20th and was the most powerful storm ever recorded in the South Pacific, with winds over 285 km/hr, torrential rain and 12m waves. The cyclone left 42 dead, buildings flattened and crops destroyed. Hundreds of thousands were affected, and 97 schools were damaged or destroyed. A state of natural disaster was declared by the Fiji Government, and they put a call out for international aid.
The United Nations estimates that as many as 350,000 people may have been affected, over a third of the Fijian population. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also says that access to fresh water remains a particular concern. 67,000 Fijians had been suffering drought conditions in January due to El Nino, and most of them live in the corridor affected by the cyclone.
ShelterBox has been responding since the Cyclone hit, utilizing prepositioned stock in Fiji as well as New Zealand and Australia. Our ShelterBox Response teams have already been able to deliver tents and ShelterBoxes to families on six remote islands.  Canadian SRT, Ron Noseworthy (Member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Kenora) was recently deployed to deliver aid to families after the storm.
More aid is on the way, including 2,000 solar lights that will provide light and safety to communities without power, and 2000 complete ShelterBoxes, but it’s not enough. There are still many tiny islands too remote to have received help. We need your support to send more aid to assist families who have lost everything after the storm. 
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April a Time of Renewal in Rotary

Posted by Ken Krebs on Apr 11, 2016
Many look forward to the beginning of April with great anticipation. There are so many things that occur this month. First, one day a year everyone is on the lookout for practical jokes. Who knows who is going to try to fool you one way or another. But once “April Fools Day” is gone life more or less returns to normal.
April a Time of Renewal in Rotary Ken Krebs 2016-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
‘Infinite Possibilities’ await you in ‘New Iceland’ Ken Krebs 2016-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
District’s First ‘Early Act’ Club is formed by Nipawin Rotary Club John Borst 2016-04-07 05:00:00Z 0

PDG Harold Empey receives 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Award

Posted on Apr 07, 2016
By Mitch Empey & Jenn Sharp – originally posted at FaceBook & Instagram
On April 06, 2016, Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield announced the recipients of the 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.
I am thrilled to be attending the ceremony to watch my soul Dad- Harold Empey be given this award. Harold has acted as a trailblazing inclusion agent. He was integral in opening Rotary International membership to women in the early 1990s. He has contributed to Saskatchewan's "globalization" long before it was a word we used in textbooks. 
PDG Harold Empey receives 2015 Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal Award 2016-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
D5550 Conference Price Increases April 16th: Register Now! John Borst 2016-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
We’ll see an RI woman President in five years 2016-03-29 05:00:00Z 0

Passing of PDG Cam King Announced

Posted by John Borst on Mar 14, 2016
District Governor Ken Krebs announced the passing of Past District Governor Campbell "Cam" King (2004 - 2005). Cam passed away Sunday March 13 th 2016 after a lengthy illness. Our condolences go out to his wife and fellow Rotarian Myrna and the entire King family.
Passing of PDG Cam King Announced John Borst 2016-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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ShelterBox Update – March 2016

Posted by Stephanie Christensen on Mar 02, 2016

Cold, hard facts from the DPRK

When a family loses its home, it’s devastating. However, when a family loses its home in the depths of winter, with temperatures as low as -25°C, it’s a matter of life and death. 
ShelterBox Update – March 2016 Stephanie Christensen 2016-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

WPP Co- Chair, David Newman Reports from Rotary World Peace Conference 2016

Posted by John Borst on Feb 27, 2016
January 2016 saw the first of five Rotary International Focus Area conferences from around the world. January 15-16 saw the first one, the Rotary World Peace Conference occur in Ontario, California. District 5550’s World Peace Partners co-chair David Newman attended the event and sent the following four reports via
WPP Co- Chair, David Newman Reports from Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 John Borst 2016-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

District Club Archives About to Go Digital

Posted by John Borst on Feb 22, 2016
District 5550 Archivist Gayle Jones (Moose Jaw Wakamow ) has announced that beginning with this year’s PETS assembly Clubs will be asked to establish an electronic archive file rather than the traditional paper system.
District Club Archives About to Go Digital John Borst 2016-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – February 2016

Posted by Stephanie Christensen
by Stephanie Christensen, Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada
Volunteers Make the World a Better Place
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
ShelterBox Update – February 2016 Stephanie Christensen 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly

Posted by Roy Vallance
The 58th Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg will be held on May 12th to 15th, 2016 at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Delegations (each comprising two grade 10-12 students and a counsellor) will gather from all over Manitoba, and from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly Roy Vallance 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

A Reflection on Peace as the Heart of Rotary

Posted by Ken Krebs
We are almost at Rotary’s anniversary. On February 23rd we will celebrate 111 years as a service organization. From an almost inconspicuous start, Rotary rapidly grew and now is not only the world’s oldest service club, it is also the World’s largest service organization.
A Reflection on Peace as the Heart of Rotary Ken Krebs 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
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ShelterBox Update – January 2016

Posted by Stephanie Christensen
By Stephanie Christensen, Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada
Rotary and ShelterBox Make A Difference
Rotary clubs and Rotarians across Canada raised over $1,014,000 for ShelterBox Canada in 2015. This money has been used to help thousands of people around the world. 
ShelterBox Update – January 2016 Stephanie Christensen 2016-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

District Loses a Rotary Club as New Year Begins

Posted by John Borst on Jan 03, 2016
With the start of 2016, District 5550 has lost one of its member clubs. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg North has officially given notice to DG Ken Krebs that it will “cease operation as of December 31, 2015”.
District Loses a Rotary Club as New Year Begins John Borst 2016-01-03 06:00:00Z 0
The Force Awakens: End Polio Now John Borst 2015-12-24 06:00:00Z 0
2017 Rotary Peace Fellowship Application now available online! John Borst 2015-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
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ShelterBox Update – Holiday Edition

Posted by Stephanie Christensen on Dec 14, 2015
Help brighten lives this holiday season
Light is such a joyful part of our holiday celebrations in Canada, but for families left with no shelter, light will be far more than a festive decoration. Light will be a lifesaver. That’s why, in every ShelterBox this winter, we urgently need to pack a LuminAID. This solar lantern is easy to carry, waterproof and inflates in just seconds. It is a brilliantly clever way to conquer the dark when all other power is dead. 
ShelterBox Update – Holiday Edition Stephanie Christensen 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Winter Solstice Festivities Unite People of All Faith’s in Peace

Posted by Ken Krebs on Dec 14, 2015
This fall at the unveiling of the Peace Pole near the Pavilion in St. Vital Park I made the comment that Peace is our most precious possession, but that it is also our most fragile possession. Peace is something most of us have lived with most of our lives, along with the many freedoms we are privileged to have here in Canada. We indeed live in a peaceful country; one which values peace. One of the things contributing to our peaceful nature is our willingness to learn about one another and come to understand our commonalities as well as celebrate our differences.
Winter Solstice Festivities Unite People of All Faith’s in Peace Ken Krebs 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Be a Rotary Elf this Christmas, Remember Your Rotary Foundation John Borst 2015-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Be a Gift to the World - Infinite Possibilities is D5550 Conference Theme Signe Holstein 2015-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
Rotaract & Interact International Advisory Committee Meeting Held in Evanston on Dec 3-4, 2015 John Borst 2015-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

District 5550 Million Dollar Dinner: Recognition Levels & Key Resource

Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2015
As new Rotarians soon know, Rotary likes to recognize donations to The Rotary Foundation with pins. For most of us receiving our first "Paul Harris" pin is a milestone in our journey as a Rotarian. The Million Dollar Dinner however, is about becoming a Major Donor and a Bequest Donor. Both of these ways of giving to The Rotary Foundation has a hierarchy of pins similar to the different levels of a "Paul Harris". The person on these "Foundation" pins is the founder of the endowment which became in 1928 The Rotary Foundation, Arch C. Klumph. An infographic on these pins follows. 
District 5550 Million Dollar Dinner: Recognition Levels & Key Resource John Borst 2015-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Spread the Joy of Rotary this Season John Borst 2015-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
District 5550 Million Dollar Dinner: Gift Designation Options John Borst 2015-11-25 06:00:00Z 0

Report of the Ripple Effect Scholarship Fund for 2015

Posted by Doug Mortin on Nov 19, 2015
In honoring their commitment for transparency and providing current information, the District 5550 Ripple Effect Scholarship Fund, led and managed by the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, has provided the following report.
Report of the Ripple Effect Scholarship Fund for 2015 Doug Mortin 2015-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Infinite Possiblities: What's That About?

Posted by John Borst on Nov 17, 2015
"Infinite Possibilities" what is that about? Why is the Rotarian "?" embracing the idea with out stretched arms?  And what is the significance of the shape of the "o" in Rotary?
Infinite Possiblities: What's That About? John Borst 2015-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
D G Ken Krebs on the Million Dollar Dinner John Borst 2015-11-16 06:00:00Z 0

Howard Tours Announce Rotary National Immunization Days (NID) Tour to India

Posted by John Borst on Nov 12, 2015
Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time.  
Howard Tours Announce Rotary National Immunization Days (NID) Tour to India John Borst 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Governor’s official club visits are complete!

Posted by Ken Krebs on Nov 12, 2015
The very last club to be visited was the South Eastman Rotary Club in Steinbach, Manitoba. Due to the federal election their visit was rescheduled to October 26th. A luncheon following the visit included a celebration of the club’s involvement with the RCMP’s DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program. The luncheon was attended by Rotarians, partners, RCMP officers, students and school officials.
Governor’s official club visits are complete! Ken Krebs 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox Update - November: The Syrian Refugee Crisis 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

December is Disease Prevention month!

Posted by Ken Krebs on Nov 12, 2015
What a theme for a month we associate with Christmas, Hanukah and many other religious and cultural celebrations. This is a time when we usually look at sharing our good fortune with others, not to mention sharing all that good cheer.
December is Disease Prevention month! Ken Krebs 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

The Magic Bank Account

Posted by Ken Krebs on Nov 12, 2015
This piece I recently received in my email struck a chord for me. It in a way took me back to when President Ravi announced our theme and stated the this year we have 366 days and one leap second to accomplish our goals as district governors. The author is unknown. It was apparently found in the billfold of coach Paul Bear Bryant, Alabama, following his death in 1982.
The Magic Bank Account Ken Krebs 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

What would Rotary be without the Foundation?

Posted by Ken Krebs on Nov 12, 2015
We hear about the Foundation regularly, but November is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation. One could go on and on about how the Foundation works and give all kinds of facts about how large it has grown since its humble beginnings. Similarly one could talk about how we can increase our project strength through grants from the Foundation. Indeed, one can talk at length about the need for regular contributions to the annual fund, major gifts and Polio Plus.
What would Rotary be without the Foundation? Ken Krebs 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Million Dollar Dinner Infographic Explains Opportunities to Create Your TRF Legacy of Service John Borst 2015-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Women, Singing Their Praise John Borst 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

What is a Million Dollar Dinner?

Posted by John Borst on Nov 03, 2015
District 5550 is hosting a Million Dollar Dinner in support of Our Rotary Foundation on May 14, 2016
What is a Million Dollar Dinner?
What is a Million Dollar Dinner? John Borst 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0

Fellowship is Focus of 90th Annual Peace and Goodwill Weekend

Posted by Ken Krebs on Oct 13, 2015
The 90th annual Peace and Goodwill Weekend was held at the end of Peace Week and featured Eduardo Costa as a keynote speaker. Costa is from Belem, Brazil and is currently studying for a PhD at the Arthur V Mauro Center for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. Eduardo is a Rotary Peace Scholar by virtue of having been sponsored by the Rotary Foundation to get his Masters Degree jn International Development, concentrating on Peace and Conflict Resolution at one of Rotary’s six Peace Centres: Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. 
Fellowship is Focus of 90th Annual Peace and Goodwill Weekend Ken Krebs 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

October Sets Plans for District 5550 Million Dollar Dinner

Posted by Ken Krebs on Oct 13, 2015
Moving into October, the District 5550 World Community Service and Grants Committee met in Russell Manitoba on the 2nd to 4th. Past projects and grants were reviewed and future plans drawn up. The grants committee has already announced the grants qualification seminars being held on line. All clubs are encouraged to have as many as possible attend the seminars to ensure you are certified to receive grant monies from the districts shared funds.
October Sets Plans for District 5550 Million Dollar Dinner Ken Krebs 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Winnipeg & District to Host Zone 24/32 Institute in 2016

Posted by Ken Krebs on Oct 13, 2015
The Zone 24/32 Institute was held in Providence, Rhode Island, September 21st to 27th. The first three days were dedicated to training incoming district governors and other district leaders. The last three days were general conference style presentations of interest to most Rotarians. One of the last presentations was for Canadian representatives only and covered the recently announced grant to the Rotary Foundation (Canada) by the federal government. 
Winnipeg & District to Host Zone 24/32 Institute in 2016 Ken Krebs 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

Peace Days Participation Highlight of September Activities

Posted by Ken Krebs on Oct 13, 2015
September was another busy month. Some of the month was dedicated to official club visits, but other events kept us busy. I continue to be impressed with the strength and diversity found in our clubs and I strongly urge you to continue your efforts to make Rotary a “Gift to the World”.
Peace Days Participation Highlight of September Activities Ken Krebs 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

October 23 is World Polio Day: Let’s Celebrate Progress

Posted by John Borst on Oct 11, 2015
This year many of the events celebrating World Polio Day will be held on Friday October 23 and we hope you are encouraging events and activities in your Clubs as part of the world wide celebration. You can also join the Live Streaming from New York at 5:30 p.m. Central/ Time. this year. Check out his link.
October 23 is World Polio Day: Let’s Celebrate Progress John Borst 2015-10-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Creates Alumni Relations Initiative

Posted by Elaine Thompson on Oct 11, 2015
Rotary International has undertaken a new initiative – Alumni Relations. Laura Higgs has been appointed RI’s Alumni Relations Coordinator. The expectation is that every district will appoint a District Alumni Chair and that every Club will appoint their own Alumni Chair.  
Rotary Creates Alumni Relations Initiative Elaine Thompson 2015-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
District Governor Nominations: Call for 2018-2019 John Borst 2015-10-09 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – September 2015

Posted by John Dawes on Sep 30, 2015
Greece migrant crisis  
As Greece buckles under its own economic pressures, it is also under stress from a growing external pressure. Every day boatloads of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan arrive on islands such as Lesbos
ShelterBox Update – September 2015 John Dawes 2015-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
“Peace and Goodwill” Rotarians Invited to Participate in WPP Events John Borst 2015-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

August and September Themes Focus Rotarians on Membership and Basic Education/Literacy

Posted by Kenneth Krebs on Sep 02, 2015
August was membership month and membership was a common point of discussion during the visits. Many clubs are looking at new ways to attract and retain membership. Many have found that being in the public eye while working on projects affecting their communities has had a positive effect on recruitment. Some have found that engaging their members actively in projects is a definite factor in retention. The biggest reason for joining is being asked to join. Potential members are looking for fellowship, networking and a chance to give back, and belonging to Rotary is a way of doing all three.
September with “back to school” is fittingly Basic Education and Literacy month. Is your club involved in a literacy project locally or internationally? Local projects can be hands on at a local school reading to students, having them practice reading to you, donating books to the school or local library, adult reading programs and so on. There is a huge amount of satisfaction helping someone, young or old, learn that they can read! Internationally our district Rotarians are helping build and furnish schools for children and adults as well as promoting mother and child learning. Here is an opportunity for you and your cub to become an even greater gift to the world!
August and September Themes Focus Rotarians on Membership and Basic Education/Literacy Kenneth Krebs 2015-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
World Peace Partners Announces Peace Days 2015 Program John Borst 2015-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

Join us in Winnipeg for the 90th Peace and Goodwill Weekend Sept. 18-19, 2015

Posted by John Borst on Aug 24, 2015
The Goodwill Weekend celebrates the Internationalism of Rotary as American and Canadian Rotarians join in fellowship. Rotarians from Districts 5580,(Thunder Bay, N Minnesota & ND) 5950 ( Central and SW Minnesota) and 5960 (Central and SE Minnesota and western Wisconsin.) will join District 5550 in Winnipeg from the evening of the 17th Sept. to Saturday evening on the 19th. 
Join us in Winnipeg for the 90th Peace and Goodwill Weekend Sept. 18-19, 2015 John Borst 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

August Busy with Visits to 17 Clubs and 2 RYLA Camps

Posted by Ken Krebs on Aug 24, 2015
August was a month of travel to many of our clubs. The first week was spent with clubs in Winnipeg: St. Boniface-St. Vital, Winnipeg East A. M., Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Winnipeg - Transcona, Winnipeg - Assiniboine and a trip to the Basic RYLA camp. 
After that we went to North East Saskatchewan to Visit Prince Albert Rotary, Melfort Rotary, Rotary Club of Nipawin, Rotary Club of Hudson Bay and the Senior RYLA camp. At Nipawin, Immediate Past District Governor Pat held a World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio. A number of members from the Nipawin club enjoyed a social evening with dessert and fruit punch. Donations were accepted toward Polio Plus, raising over $500.00 to the cause.
The following week we visited the Rotary Clubs of Brandon, and Brandon - Sunset with their Rotaractors and finished the trip with a visit to the Rotary Club of Neepawa.
The month was rounded out with visits to the Rotary Clubs of Yorkton, Dauphin, Swan Valley, and Minnedosa.
We have been impressed with the scope and magnitude of the service projects of the clubs visited so far in our district. Our clubs are becoming more willing to vary their meeting styles to accommodate their membership, improve retention and lower the average age of their members. Several more new members were inducted and we are starting to regain some of our losses that occurred at the beginning of the Rotary Year.
August Busy with Visits to 17 Clubs and 2 RYLA Camps Ken Krebs 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – August 2015

Posted by John Dawes on Aug 24, 2015
Canadians across the country are helping families who have lost everything after a disaster. Everyone from our donors, ShelterBox Canada Volunteers and Response Team Members (SRT's) are helping make a difference. 
ShelterBox Update – August 2015 John Dawes 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

Spread “Peace Days” to Your Community

Posted by Nancy Morris on Aug 19, 2015
What can your club do to recognize the ongoing search for peace – in your club and community?
Go online to the Peace Days website where you will find the agenda for Peace Days 2015.
In every community there is someone who is interested in sharing the Ideals of Peace.  Invite that person to come to your meeting between September 14th through 21st  to present a program to your club!
Perhaps you too could make your first event a “Music For Peace Concert.  Reach out to groups who are already serving the community, perhaps a local food bank, mission, community club, other service clubs or church organizations. And don’t forget to involve the schools and cultural and ethnic groups.
You know your community, both its needs and the resources; use the latter to support the former.
You may be the start of something great in your club! Every great initiative starts small; persevere and it grows!
Spread “Peace Days” to Your Community Nancy Morris 2015-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

A Brief History of Peace Days in District 5550

Posted by Nancy Morris on Aug 19, 2015
September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace.  
In 2010, to celebrate this and to raise awareness of the importance of this day, District 5550 held a Music for Peace Concert at the Forks area in Winnipeg.  It was a cool, rainy day but we persevered. For the second Concert in 2011, we were fortunate to have a lovely fall evening.
Both years visitors to the Forks stopped by and enjoyed the event. We had local performers and in 2011 featured singer and violinist, Sierra Noble.
In 2012 we took no chances with the weather and held the concert indoors. Good thing because it was a cold, rainy, windy night.
By this time other groups were becoming interested and wanted to be part of an active Peace program. As momentum grew we found that local groups – secular, ethnic, and civic – participated with events at different locations throughout the city. A simple Music for Peace concert became “PEACE DAYS”.
A Peace Days committee was founded and they meet regularly throughout the year to make plans. A logo was developed and a flag was designed. It is raised and flown at Winnipeg City Hall to signal the beginning of Peace Days .
In 2014 the Gimli community held a Peace Days event and people who attended expressed the hope that there will be one there again this year. And so the word spreads.
A Brief History of Peace Days in District 5550 Nancy Morris 2015-08-19 05:00:00Z 0
Ripple Effect Report on Phase 4 of the San Miguelito School in Guatemala Deb LeMaistre 2015-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Ian Riseley, RI President 2017-18, Familiar with District 5550

Posted by John Borst on Aug 15, 2015
Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2017-18. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge him.
Ian Riseley, RI President 2017-18, Familiar with District 5550 John Borst 2015-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Membership and Conference Draw 2014-2015 Year to a Close

Posted by Pat Chernesky on Jun 08, 2015

Greetings Fellow Rotarians!

It is so difficult to believe that we have ONE month left in this Rotary Year! Time is running out so quickly. I am actually a bit sad that there is so much more left that we could do this year and so little time!
I have completed my Feedback Letters to Clubs and hope that they have been of some value. You have all been “Lighting up Rotary” in your communities and the World in your own special ways throughout the year, and so many have benefitted! You have given hope by even lighting ONE candle to take away the darkness for that one person!
The month of May has no designated theme so we continue to carry on completing our Goals for the year and preparing for the next one!


Thompson Club Visit

We were thrilled to re-visit the Rotary Club of Thompson on May 14th to share in a very exciting time for them; SEVEN new members were inducted that evening preceded by several more prior to that fairly recently! The fellowship, energy and enthusiasm in the group were contagious. Congratulations to President Tom O’Brien and his Membership Committee who have been very successful thus far in growing and stabilizing the Club!


Polio Eradication 

We are diligently working towards our Goal to eradicate polio, with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; please continue to support this cause by either purchasing the Just In Case Binders, Mr. Apple Discovers the Four Way Test or through personal contributions, if you wish.



When viewing the District Dashboard for Membership stats I was saddened by the fact that we have dropped by 15 members this month; I was so excited earlier as we had a net gain of 45 by the end of April, and were almost at our goal of a net gain of one member per month. I know we have lost a few members to that Great Rotary Club in the sky, but perhaps folks are taking a serious look at their membership and “cleaning up” so to speak, by end of May, as was initially recommended to do, so that Clubs would not be paying dues for those who would not be renewing memberships in the new year. BUT we are still far on the positive side! I thank you ALL for working so hard at Membership Growth and Retention this year. I hope that being more flexible, as I have been encouraging Clubs to be, helped. That, to me, is the key to growth in many Clubs. I would like to have an accurate Membership Growth number to present at District Conference so I urge you all to register any new members soon if you have not already! 



Our Foundation contributions to the Annual Fund are continuing and thank you for that. To date, 45/47 Clubs have contributed. The grand total is $145,848.32. I am confident that we will achieve at least our $100.00 goal per member this year …… so let’s “inject” that final dose into the fund and make this a good, healthy number ( pardon the medical terminology! ) giving our District more funding in three years for local projects, as well as contributing more to the World Fund.


Major Gifts Seminar

We were thrilled to host Carolyn Ferguson, our Zone 24 Major Gifts Officer from Ancaster, Ontario who spoke in all 3 of our major centres about the Foundation, Major Giving and Bequests. Thanks to PDG and ARRFC Eva Vida and DRFC Bob Durston for helping at the Winnipeg Venue. I was able to accompany Carolyn in both Regina and Saskatoon.
This was a wonderful learning experience for us and I thank all who attended and especially those who worked hard at organizing the meetings and getting Rotarians out to hear her presentation! Carolyn felt that the trip was very successful; there will be exciting news evolving from this very soon!  She was inspired by the results of the visit.



We are very excited to offer delegates an informative and Fun Filled Conference; we are happy that Inner Wheel has decided to join us for a parallel Conference but they will be joining us for several of our sessions as well. This is a “First” in our District. Another “First” is the “Hands on Literacy Project” happening off site at 4:15 at our Elementary School on Friday the 19th! Come and meet the students, teachers and resource people from our Community, who will walk you through the various Stations of activity.
We have a prestigious line up of both Plenary and Breakout speakers in an effort to cover as many areas of Rotary which time allowed us to have! The President's Representative is Jacque Andrew, past DG of District 6000, plus we will be graced with the presence of PDG Al Bergsma from Rocky Mountain House the Assistant Rotary Regional Coordinator for Zone 24 West and  PDG Eva Vida the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 24 West. We have some very special awards to recognize Rotarians who have gone above and beyond. But most of all, we welcome our District 5550 Family of Rotary to enjoy and savor the Fellowship and evening entertainment that makes these events so memorable!
Membership and Conference Draw 2014-2015 Year to a Close Pat Chernesky 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0
Team Rotary D5550 Shelterbox Challenge Contributes 42 Shelter Boxes to Nepal Earthquake Victims John Borst 2015-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – June 2015

Posted by Ron Noseworthy on Jun 07, 2015
Shelter for more than 15,000 people in Nepal
ShelterBox was able to provide shelter for more than 15,000 people whose lives were turned upside down following the recent Nepal earthquakes.
Our ShelterBox response teams have been working tirelessly to reach families whose homes have been destroyed or badly damaged.  Help from Rotarians, Rotaract members, local volunteers, and cooperation from other organisations, has been crucial in helping our aid to reach remote communities in Nepal’s mountainous landscape. The need is great. More ShelterBox aid will be arriving so we can continue to provide the shelter to keep families safe and dry before the monsoon rains arrive.
ShelterBox has responded to several disasters in Nepal throughout the years. Most recently ShelterBox provided aid to people who had lost their homes in the north of the country due to flooding and landslides last autumn.
Two natural disasters hit Chile
A  ShelterBox response team has arrived in Chile, as the country is facing two separate natural disasters, leaving communities without homes and shelter. 
The Calbuco volcano has resulted in the evacuation of 6,600 homes. The Atacama region of Chile has suffered from intense rainfall, leading to rivers bursting their banks, flash flooding and landslides. The region got 7 years worth of rain in 1 day. The floods left more than 8,000 families with either damaged or totally destroyed homes.
The ShelterBox team, made up of John Cordell (US), Scott Culbertson (CAN) and Kevin Moforte (US), is working with fellow aid organisation Habitat for Humanity and the Chilean Red Cross Society to provide shelter kits to 1,500 families whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by these events. 
Rotary District 3292
Rotarian and Canadian SRT Dave Hallett, Tim Osburn and Becky Maynard meet with Rotary 3292 District Governor Rabindra Piya and District Secretary Nugal Vaidya. The District 3292 Disaster Relief Fund has been supporting ShelterBox during the earthquake response as well as working tirelessly on numerous community projects throughout the affected regions to support the people of Nepal.
For the latest updates and to make a donation please visit
ShelterBox Update – June 2015 Ron Noseworthy 2015-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
RI Rep for 2015 District Conference is Iowan Jacque Andrew John Borst 2015-05-10 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – May 2015

Posted by Claire Noseworthy on May 06, 2015
Devastating Floods in Malawi
Canadian ShelterBox response team members, Claire Noseworthy (Kenora Rotarian) and Andre Blomenik (Fernie, BC), have been helping to deliver shelter to communities in Southern Malawi, following devastating flooding that first started in January.
ShelterBox has been working solidly to reach some of the most vulnerable people in need of shelter. Families whose houses had been completely destroyed by the floods had been living in makeshift shelters made out of sticks and thin plastic sheeting, sleeping at night with just a blanket for protection.
It has been so difficult to access some regions that the teams are still finding areas in great need of aid, almost three months after the initial disaster. Andre Blomenik said: ‘We have seen a repeated story within these areas, of a young, single mother with two, three or four children and a destroyed home. It is often a single parent household and many of the families we met have experience of poor health, often HIV or diabetes.’
One of our beneficiaries was Eunice, who is HIV positive. She is not only the sole caregiver for her children, one of whom is deaf, but also looks after her mother who has health and mobility issues of her own.
The ShelterBox teams are working in the districts of Zomba and Mulanje. They are focusing their attention on distributing aid to people in their own communities so that they can be near to their land and their families, and can sooner rebuild their homes.
People in Vanuatu Left Homeless
ShelterBox continues to help people in Vanuatu left homeless after a category 5 cyclone hit the Pacific Islands. Peter Pearce, from Gosford North Rotary (Australia), went to Vanuatu within 48 hours of the airport opening to begin delivery of Shelter Kits, tents and other essential lifesaving items.
Many of the outer lying islands were severely hit. The cyclone had decimated homes in its path. It doesn’t take much to flatten the houses as most are constructed using bamboo and soft wood, they have all gone as have all of their crops.
While on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, our ShelterBox response volunteers have been staying in ShelterBox tents and using ShelterBox equipment, such as water filters and cooking utensils. Being self-sufficient means that our volunteers aren't putting a strain on limited resources and can focus on helping the people who truly need it.
Reaching the remote areas that most need support is a long process, but your support enables us to send the supplies and ShelterBox response volunteers to do this. Thank you
For the latest updates and to make a donation please visit 
Thank you for your support and for making our response possible.
ShelterBox Update – May 2015 Claire Noseworthy 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z 0

Many Passions of DG Pat Shine Through in April

Posted by Pat Chernesky on Apr 29, 2015
Fellow Rotarians,
April is Magazine Month! Our “Rotarian” has been in publication since 1911, spreading the word about Rotary! We share Rotary now through many different social media but there is still a very important role for our magazine. It showcases the work of Rotarians around the world and as President Huang stated, “It engages, entertains, enlightens and inspires”.
Personally, I look forward to each issue and read each article, enjoying success stories, following the Presidents’ travels, and just learning more about the Rotary world.   When you are finished reading issues of the magazine, share it with non-Rotarian co-workers, friends, and place it in waiting rooms, etc to help tell our story!
Our travels have continued this month; we were honored to attend Moose Jaw Wakamow’s  Global Service Above Self Awards Banquet, celebrating the achievements of several Community members both locally and Internationally ……… their passions are above and beyond! While in the area, we shared at meetings in both the Assiniboia and Moose Jaw Clubs; plus we had a stop at Watrous for more food and fellowship!
Thank You to the Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon for inviting us to the 2015 Badge Shield & Star Dinner, honoring very worthy professionals for their achievements,and making the Community of Saskatoon a better place! Special Thanks to Bev and Vic Dubois for hosting us there! The motto of the special guest Speaker Sandy Davis of this event “The highest reward for your work is not what you get from it but what you become from it” parallels, I believe, how we grow in Rotary!
The Winnipeg Career Symposium  What an opportunity for the participants! Cudos to the Rotarians of Winnipeg along with their Partners in making this huge event such a success! Thank You Cheryl for the time you spent with me on such a busy day; it was great to reconnect with so many Rotarians in the city!
Warm hospitality was a part of the Paul Harris Evening which we attended in Neepawa on April 23rd recognizing Rotarians and Non Rotarians for their generosity and Community work! Information about OUR Foundation was also presented and shared. Thank You President Dave and Bob and Carolyn!
Long Term Youth Exchange, Outbound Orientation in Russell April 24-26th was a success, as always! Good job, Leanne and Committee! Our students, parents and counsellors connected so well there, receiving their much needed information while having fun as well! I am so proud of our Youth Exchange Program! 
OUR FOUNDATION ………….. Annual giving now totals $141,136.32 YTD.  Continued support is encouraged to continue both local and International projects from this fund. The goal of AT LEAST $100.00 per Rotarian for this year has not been achieved yet BUT we still have 2 months to do it! Let’s get over the top! We have some Clubs that have done very well in this area and you will hear about them at District Conference!
MEMBERSHIP ……… Recent data shows our membership has grown from 1513 July 1st 2014 to 1565 on March 31st 2015! ( 52 Members Net Gain! ) Good work and please keep the momentum going!
Our Zone 24 West Major Gifts Officer Carolyn Ferguson will be visiting our District. She will be in Winnipeg on May 27th, Regina May 28th, and Saskatoon May 28th Evening and morning May 29th.  Details are being finalized with her and ALL clubs will be notified when these are complete with times, etc for each day. She will discuss Major Giving and the Permanent Fund, and also meet with individuals/small groups for further discussions.
Remember to continue supporting  Polio Plus through our 2 Fundraisers or personal/Club contributions as you wish!    
DISTRICT CONFERENCE June 18-21st 2015 A great conference is planned and we are excited to see many Rotarians, partners, students, Interactors and Rotaractors there! We will send frequent updates to everyone through Clubrunner emails!  Detailed information will come via that source, so please stay closely tuned to us there.  Please visit our website as new information is added regularly!
We have all been touched by the recent enormous tragedy in Nepal; thoughts and prayers are with the many involved.  Rotary has joined forces with our official Project Partner Shelterbox to supply the much needed cover for these people. District 5550 has launched a fundraising campaign through our Website so please contribute as you are able!
Thank you for “Lighting up Rotary” in your own way to make our local and Global Communities shine  just a little more!  Lighting ONE candle in a dark corner of the world for even ONE human being makes a difference in that ONE life!
Many Passions of DG Pat Shine Through in April Pat Chernesky 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

March is Literacy Month!

Posted by Pat Chernesky on Mar 30, 2015
March is Literacy Month!
I am proud to say that many of our Clubs have been and are involved in very significant Literacy activities both locally and internationally. 
March is Literacy Month! Pat Chernesky 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – April 2015

Posted by Ron Noseworthy on Mar 30, 2015

Cyclone Pam causes devastation in Vanuatu

On March 14 Cyclone Pam hit the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu with devastating consequences. Vanuatu, one of the world’s poorest nations, is made up of a sprawling cluster of more than 80 islands, which are situated about 1,600 kilometers east of northern Australia.
ShelterBox Update – April 2015 Ron Noseworthy 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Case Study of Dryden Club’s Participation in Global Grant Submitted to RI during ‘Literacy Month’ John Borst 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
WPP Announces New High School Program ‘Rotary Adventures In Human Rights’ Nancy Morris 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

District 5550 World Peace Partners Committee News: Spring 2015

Posted by Nancy Morris on Mar 15, 2015
Hello to all members!  Happy spring! I hope you are seeing and feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing the snow melt!
I am so excited to send you the news about our summer student programs based upon peace and human rights studies. 
District 5550 World Peace Partners Committee News: Spring 2015 Nancy Morris 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Issues Call for 2015 Participants

Posted on Mar 03, 2015
By Roy P. Vallance, Chair District 5550 MUNA Committee, Rotary Club of Winnipeg
In 2015, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg is excited to be running its 57th annual Model United Nations Assembly or MUNA.
Graduates of this program include Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
MUNA 2015 will be held in Winnipeg on April 30th, May 1st and 2nd, at the Canadian Mennonite University. Delegations of two high school students and a counsellor, take on global citizenship as they simulate the United Nations Assembly.
Please sponsor a delegation or two from your local high school. Let us help develop our leaders of tomorrow.
For further information and online registration, please visit our website at
We look forward to welcoming a team from your local high school.
Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Issues Call for 2015 Participants 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0

District 5550 Youth Exchange Team Wins 2015 NAYEN Award

Posted by Pat Chernesky on Mar 02, 2015

District 5550 Youth Exchange Team Wins 2015 NAYEN Award</h2 Pat Chernesky 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Update – March 2015 - Thank You for Making this Possible

Posted by Ron Nosworthy on Mar 02, 2015
Dedicated ShelterBox Response Team volunteers deliver emergency shelter and vital supplies to communities around the globe overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis.
Latest ShelterBox deployments include Madagascar, Malawi, Gaza, Malaysia, Sierra Leone and Philippines.  
ShelterBox Update &ndash; March 2015 - Thank You for Making this Possible Ron Nosworthy 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
World Understanding Begins With Us - Right Here in District 5550! Pat Chernesky 2015-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Ontarian, Bryn Styles Elected New Rotary Foundation Trustee to Replace Alberta Trustee, Monty Audenart John Borst 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Day 2015: A Time to Assess Rotary&#39;s World Wide Impact John Borst 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0

The Man in the Queque

Posted by John Borst on Feb 15, 2015
District 5550’s major literacy initiative is the Ripple Effect program.  This inspirational video called The Ripple is a good example of the power of a “Ripple” effect.  
The Man in the Queque John Borst 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
District Rotarian, Wallis Zbitnew Creates Book on Rotary&rsquo;s Four Way Test John Borst 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary&#39;s Global Reach 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Zigggy Marley Sings &quot;Lighthouse&quot; for &quot;EndPolioNow&quot;</h3 John Borst 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

A Global Citizen’s Introduction to the CMHR

Posted by John Borst on Sep 24, 2014


Rebecca Deng at The University of Winnipeg
While Canada waits to catch a glimpse of what is inside its newest national museum, Rebecca Deng is already cherishing her experience previewing the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Deng’s tour this summer was included as part of the Adventures in Global Citizenship course at The University of Winnipeg’s Global College. A portion of the course took place in the museum with CMHR experts acting as guest faculty.​
A Global Citizen&rsquo;s Introduction to the CMHR John Borst 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
DG Dr. Pat Takes &quot;Ice Bucket&quot; Challenge for ALS John Borst 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
DG Pat Shares District Goals &amp; Club Success Stories Pat Chernesky 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

Your Future In Rotary

Posted by Rick Hubbs on Jun 20, 2014
Have you thought of what you want to do to make a difference within Rotary?
Presently the District is looking for someone to take positions for the Membership Committee, the District Trainer team, and Rotary Leadership facilitators.
Your Future In Rotary Rick Hubbs 2014-06-21 00:00:00Z 0

May 2014 Blog 5550opinions Posts

Posted by John Borst on May 28, 2014
I know you all really want to be out there sailing, fishing, swimming on a lake somewhere in this great country of ours but here for your Rotary edification are some of the posts that have been placed on our District 5550 Blog 5550opinions this past month.
I’ve been trying to increase the number of views and visitors this site receives. It has been attached to our District website since March 2011. However, I know from the statistics which I gather that very few Rotarians access through that portal.
So with only a couple of days to go in May I thought I would share with you the posts that have occurred this month:
Posted on May 2, 2014  Ron D. Burton, President 2013-14 and Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee, Trustee Chair 2013-14
Posted on May 2, 2014 Rotary International Press Release
Posted on May 6, 2014 by John Borst, District 5550, Communications
Posted on May 14, 2014  By David Newman, Q.C., Co-chair, Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners
Posted on May 16, 2014 by John Borst, District 5550, Communications

Sustainability Demystified Book Review
If I Had a Water Buffalo: Microfinance as a Means to Sustainability 
Posted on May 28, 2014  by John Borst, District 5550, Communications

May 2014 Blog 5550opinions Posts John Borst 2014-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rebranding Rotary: A Before and After Slideshow John Borst 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

Risking Obsolescence without a Story to Tell

Posted by DG Ed Thompson on Feb 03, 2014
Why is it that superior technology doesn’t always win out?  Why do some enterprises fare better than others?  Why do some charities become better funded and better known than others?   Is there a common trait?  Yes, I think there is.
Do you remember when video tapes were first introduced?  Sony was the first to bring the technology to market and they called it “Beta” video.    VHS video came shortly after.   Beta was certainly the better technology at the time.  Why did VHS win with an inferior product? Now, of course, both are obsolete.
Another example was the Apple operating system vs. Windows.  Again Apple was the superior product but almost went bankrupt trying to compete against the Windows operating system in other PCs.  Why did the Apple operating system not become the dominant system? 
A Canadian corporate example would be BlackBerry.  Its cell phones with e-mail & texting provided the greatest degree of security and still do today.   Then why is it almost bankrupt?
All these companies did not realize that the market size for the technology they developed was much larger than one company could handle and missed the absolute requirement to share the technology with others by restricting its use for competitive advantage.  Each alternative took the inferior technology, made it “open” and not only let everyone else improve on it but also, in the process, make it the most acceptable and accessible at reduced cost.  Beta was gone long before VHS; Apple made a comeback with its block buster innovative “i” product line, of itunes, ipod, iphone and ipad and the revolutionary “apps”.  Blackberry may still have the US president using its phone because of the security it provides, but not many others are following his example, because the apps and operating systems of Apple’s proprietary iOS and Google’s open source Android smartphones became more desirable than security, even among business users.
Now consider Rotary.  It was started February 23, 1905 by Paul Harris, a man with a vision.  What was it he started? Was it supposed to be a charity or a local service group?  Neither of these seems to tell the whole story.  For me Rotary is about a group of people getting together and combining their individual expertise and knowledge, without financial reward, to remedy a human need or condition anywhere in the world.  The sole reliance and faith in mankind to duplicate this simple idea and share it with others around the world was the vision. 
It is the sharing I am concerned about here.   We appear to be passed by because few people seem to know what we do.   For example the January edition of Maclean’s had an article on the eradication of Polio by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Rotary wasn’t mentioned even though the value of Rotary‘s contribution in money and manpower exceeds that of the Gates Foundation.    The article didn’t even mention our Federal Government from time to time contributed our tax dollars to match the contributions of Canadian Rotarian’s donations towards Polio eradication.
Are we like BlackBerry who didn’t believe that a mountain of “apps” could replace security on a cell phone, or like Apple who failed to see the advantages of Microsoft’s open source Windows 1.0 in 1982 even though they had popularized the icon based operating system in the first place?
Traditionally, Rotarians have practiced humility and not promoted their good works.   Unfortunately, the more society has come “under the influence” of advertising and marketing the more Rotary’s struggles to attract new members has increased. Rotary has only recently come to the realization we haven’t kept pace with the communications revolution that has engulfed us.
Throughout this year I have been asking each club to ensure a member is responsible for Communications and/or Public Relations. Not only do we have to improve our messaging out to the community but among and between ourselves.
Over the past two years Rotary International has created two marketing opportunities to improve communication among Rotarians.


Rotary Showcase

The first is web feature “Showcase” where clubs and Districts can ‘showcase’ their favorite projects.  
See   .   How many projects do you see for District 5550 from our 48 clubs? What a wonderful site to celebrate what our clubs are doing.  What a great way to refer new members or club Rotarians for ideas on worthwhile projects. This site also provides an opportunity for an enthusiastic member to create and display a video or slide presentation on your own club projects.


Rotary YouTube Video Channel

Then there is Rotary’s own video channel at YouTube  .
This site is an excellent source of inspiring presentations for club meetings if you do not have a speaker.  It’s free, it’s good, and it tells the Rotary story.
So let’s get inspired and use the sharing opportunities offered by these two web sites. They should be among the “favourite” web sites for every Rotarian, along with the District web site of course. It’s a perfect opportunity for your Public Relations and Communications chairs to work together.  Set your club into motion and start sharing your projects with the world and help guarantee Rotary’s future success.
Yours in Rotary,
Ed Thompson, District Governor 5550 
Risking Obsolescence without a Story to Tell DG Ed Thompson 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
&lsquo;Rotary Minute&rsquo; Videos Great Way to Celebrate &lsquo;Rotary Awareness Month&rsquo; John Borst 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Winnipeg was first stop in Rotary's spread around the world John Borst 2014-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Melfort Rotary and Radio CJVR - CK750 raise $31,000 for ShelterBox Philippine Relief John Borst 2013-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Season’s Greetings to all Rotarians! John Borst 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
District’s Ripple Effect Program Seeks Funds for New Project in Los Tarayes, Guatemala John Borst 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Saskatoon Rotary Clubs Enter Santa Claus Parade for First Time since the 50’s. John Borst 2013-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Polio eradication workers hope one strain of the disease has been wiped out -Toronto Star 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Borst on Nov 04, 2013

Gimli BrandstromOn the last day of September we visited the Rotary Clubs of Gimli and Selkirk. The view of Lake Winnipeg from the club’s meeting room provided a delightful background to both the Board and club meetings in Gimli. DG Ed and AG Elaine Elliott had the pleasure of assisting in the induction of a new member (Wilfred Brandstrom) into the Gimli Rotary club.

Selkirk Skate ParkThe pleasant drive from Gimli to Selkirk on a nice, warm, sunny day brought DG Ed into Selkirk early enough to get a tour of two recent projects of the Selkirk Rotary Club – the Skatepark (completed and definitely in use when we arrived) and the new library (still under construction) with a large, special area for young children and their even younger siblings to spend time with their parent or guardian. The weather was so pleasant that organizers decided to hold both their board and club meetings in Benjamin’s Courtyard, a pleasant outdoor dining experience.

The first club visit in October was Portage la Prairie. A board meeting in the Portage la Prairies council chamber was followed by a tour of some of the Rotary Club’s projects over the years and then a buffet lunch (with a large turnout of members) at Canad Inns. During the club meeting, two members of the Portage PCU Grand Halllocal media – Clarise Klassen (managing editor of The Graphic and the Herald Leader) and Paul Harland (general manager of the local radio station and assistant coach of the Portage Terriers) were honoured for their contribution to Rotary and to the community. A display of current and past fundraisers (sale of vegetables and chicken dinners, an annual regimental ball, cycle-a-ton, walk-a-thon, cabaret, bingos, casino nights, talent nights, etc.), of international (installation of hand water pumps, purchase of school books, providing hospital supplies, a school for deaf & blind students) and local projects (“republic of manitobah park”, Portage Rotary Playground, Herman Prior Seniors Centre, the PCU recreational centre), as well of student activities (Rotary Youth exchange annually since the late 1970s, RYLA and MUNA) provided evidence of a very active Rotary club in Portage la Prairie. Following the meeting, DG Ed’s tour of Rotary projects continued. It included the playground and the PCU Centre, with its swimming and wave pool, two arenas, walking track, fitness centre and meeting rooms.

South Eastman PetersThe visit to the Rotary Club of South Eastman on October 8th was a more subdued, laid back affair. After the club meeting, DG Ed was provided with a gift package that contained locally made chokecherry jam and whole wheat flour ground at the windmill in the Mennonite Heritage Village.

The re-scheduled meeting with the Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Transcona took place at the Canad Inn Transcona at noon on Thursday, October 10th, with President Tom Hallas presiding. DG Ed was pleased to see the revitalization of this club.

TRAVELLING WITH DG ED – October John Borst 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

56th Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) set for May 1-3 2014

Posted by John Borst on Oct 14, 2013

The Rotary Club of Winnipeg is once again sponsoring the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). They have done so in an almost uninterrupted fashion since the first MUNA was held on April 26 and 27, 1957.  The 56th Assembly will take place May 1-3, 2014 and we welcome delegates from all District 5550 clubs.

56th Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) set for May 1-3 2014 John Borst 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

56th Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) set for May 1-3 2014

Posted by John Borst on Oct 14, 2013

The Rotary Club of Winnipeg is once again sponsoring the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). They have done so in an almost uninterrupted fashion since the first MUNA was held on April 26 and 27, 1957.  The 56th Assembly will take place May 1-3, 2014 and we welcome delegates from all District 5550 clubs.

56th Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) set for May 1-3 2014 John Borst 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

TRAVELLING WITH DG ED – August & September

Posted by John Borst on Sep 29, 2013

WEEK 4 – Prince Albert, Melfort, Nipawin and Hudson Bay

DG Ed spent the last week of July and first few days of August visiting Rotary Clubs in Prince Albert, Melfort, Nipawin, and Hudson Bay. Besides meeting with the board members of each club, and then with the club members, DG Ed was also treated to golf games (in Prince Albert and Nipawin), a tour of the many Rotary Club projects in town (in Melfort, Nipawin and Hudson Bay), and a dessert evening with Nipawin Rotarians at the home of DGE Pat Chernesky.

Peter-Laser-Vienna-Dist-of-ColumbiaA surprise at the Melfort meeting was the arrival of a biker, Rotarian Peter Laser, from the Rotary Club of Vienna in the District of Columbia, who was driving his motorcycle back to Washington, DC after having driven it to Prudoe Bay, Alaska and noticed the Melfort Rotary meeting sign along the highway. His goal was to raise money for a women’s microfinance organization called Five Talents and for Rotary Youth Exchange. Melfort Rotarians left a total of $200 on their tables for Peter’s projects. PDG Brian Cocks and wife Darlene were among the club members taking in the DG meeting in their club.

RC-Hudson-BayThe highlight of Week 4 for farm boy DG Ed was the quarter section of canola that the Rotary Club of Hudson Bay was growing to share the proceeds with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The quarter section is rented from a “retired” farmer in the area, who prepares the land and plants the crop. Donations for inputs (like fuel, fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides etc.) are provided by international and local suppliers  - as well as the retired farmer. When the crop is ready to harvest, an announcement is made over the local radio station that the harvest will be taking place the next day Local farmers, most of whom are not Rotarians, leave their own fields and rush over with their combines to the Rotary field to take part in the harvest and then be treated to a barbecue afterwards. Last year, harvesting the crop on Rotary’s quarter section with the 11 combines that showed up took only 51 minutes.

TRAVELLING WITH DG ED – August & September John Borst 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by John Borst on Aug 28, 2013

Spending three weeks in Saskatchewan, explaining the details of his “District Vibrant Clubs Award” to the board members of 17 Rotary Clubs has not dampened DG Ed’s enthusiasm for his personal plan to award $4000 to one club accumulating the most points doing what vibrant clubs should be doing – to put towards a project of their own choice.

With Weyburn Club

Some clubs were not particularly interested in going through the exercise of gathering information from their members for fundraising activities, attending meetings at other clubs, participating in their own and other club’s projects or activities. Some even thought this was a program initiated by Rotary International.

Club VisitsAlthough it’s based on RI’s “Effective Clubs” and “Vibrant Club” forms, the point system to quantify effectiveness and vibrancy are solely the work of DG Ed (and not of his wife, as one board member suggested). These reluctant clubs did, nevertheless, have at least one board member who could see the benefits to their club of undertaking such an exercise. The key benefit which supportive board members appreciated was the ability to measure, compare and improve their club’s vibrancy from year to year.

There have also been suggestions made to give more prominence to certain programs in the point count such as participation in the student exchange program, which one board member said adds significantly to a club’s vibrancy.

Ed with Board of DirectorsDG Ed’s presentation to club members provided information about the end game in the eradication of Polio from the face of the earth, and the challenges and strengths of Rotary International as published in a recent study by Siegel and Gale that had been commissioned by RI.  This study provided some very interesting results that members appeared to be pleased to hear about.

Besides attending 17 Rotary Board meetings and experiencing the fellowship of 17 regular Rotary Club meetings, (where Paul Harris awards and perfect attendance awards were also presented), DG Ed has also participated in social activities. These included

  • the steak barbecue/meeting and tour of Lake Manitou (Camp Easter Seals, the Spa, Danceland and a beautiful sunset over Manitou Lake) with President Al of the Rotary Club of Watrous,
  • socializing with the Hillsdens – in their home, at Jack & Keaton’s BBQ and Grill, and for Grace’s 70th birthday party,
  • attending the play “Forget Me Not” at Regina’s Fringe Festival,
  • taking part in a farewell picnic at Wascana Park for the soon to be departing exchange student Maite from Belgium,

Sunset Retreat Ceremony

  • visiting the RCMP Heritage Centre and watching the Tuesday evening Sunset-Retreat Ceremony on the Parade Square at the RCMP Depot,
  • joining several members of the Regina Eastview Club in experiencing  the divine “Coronation Chicken” prepared by President Ann,  

Attending Roughriders Game

  • attending the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ trouncing of the Hamilton Tiger Cats at Mosaic Stadium (courtesy of President André of the Regina Oskaya club),
  • touring Moose Jaw and viewing its many Rotary projects with Assistant Governor Yves and
  • attending the barbecue/meeting of the Fort Qu’appelle Rotary Club.

In addition, Regina also provided an “act of God” experience, wherein a hailstorm passing through the eastern side of Regina pounded the DG’s car into a dimpled red mass and required replacement of all the plastic vent covers in his motorhome.

First Club Visit Saskatoon MeewasinAlthough DG Ed is known (by his family and his own Rotary club) to arrive late at events, he has arrived on time for all the meetings – with two exceptions  - and these were as a result of two clubs having changed their meeting location (as far as DG Ed and his “handler” knew).

PeytonSeveral things struck DG Ed at the Estevan Rotary Club meeting. One was the way the club exhibited their banners, using folding wood & fabric room separators. The other was a lady who single-handedly set up the meeting room (with tablecloths, cutlery in napkins and cups), brought in the plates, bowls and food for the buffet lunch, (we didn’t ask if she also prepared all the food), served the soup then removed all the plates, cutlery,  tablecloths, etc, and cleaned up after the meeting was done.  For her incredible service, the Estevan Rotary Club has awarded her a Paul Harris Fellow.The third was the presence of a sweet young lady, Payton, about 5 or 6 years of age, at the club meeting, who was there with her Rotarian mother, Andrea. Andrea indicated that Payton enjoys coming to Rotary meetings because she likes the opportunity to dress up.  That day Payton was colour coordinated with a long pink and white dress, a pink purse and pink high-heeled shoes decorated with rhinestones. She said she had several pairs of shoes like those, each in a different colour! 

Visit Ed at FaceBook

TRAVELLING WITH DG ED John Borst 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Governor's Exchange Pins

Posted by John Borst on Jun 20, 2013

One of the last acts of the 2013 District 5550 conference was the "exchnage" of pins. District Governor Rick officially pasted the mantle of District Governor on to Ed Thompson when he presented  him with his DG pin. In return Ed present Rick Hubbs with his past-district governor pin. 

Governor's Exchange Pins John Borst 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Twenty Clubs Receive Literacy Awards at 2013 District Conference John Borst 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0

Spring Active for District 5550 DG Rick

Posted by John Borst on May 14, 2013

Well. It has been a busy winter for us. The ice is still here and probably will be for a while. Although the shoreline is starting to open up a little, time will tell. We promised some fishing for some conference attendees. Odds are that the shoreline will be open enough to do that. Bring your rods and a couple of CD11 Rapala  (blue , gold, silver). They are best for offshore unless you want to set up a bait rig.

Conference 2013 Set for The Pas

And the conference is coming up pretty quick. May 30th we will be golfing to start it off. We’ve got some excellent speakers, a representative from the Restorative Action Program (RAP) in Saskatoon, an Ambassador from Guatemala, an RI rep that has been around the world involved in many Rotary programs, and some great food. The entertainment and opening ceremony will be something you don’t want to miss. The northern “pipers” will be worth the admission.

Canadian Rotarians Excel for PolioPlus

Canada PolioPlus Summit 

At the Vaccine Summit that is being held in Abu Dhabi, Minister Fantino has announced that the Canadian Government will commit $250 million between 2013-2018 to the Polio Eradication Effort.

Congratulations to all Rotarians who helped to influence the government.

Canadian Rotarians have raised $2 million for polio matched 3 to 1 by Government of Canada and Gates Foundation. That means $6 million for polio eradication. $400,000 was raised in one week when the Government of Canada and the Gates Foundation announced on February 23 an extension of the matching agreement to remove the maximum limit of $1 million for the March 1 deadline. Well done.

Travel & Events

The revised District Manual of Policies and Procedures (MOPP) should be ready to approve at the Annual general meeting. Thanks for all the assistance to make it all come together.

We made a few trips including Youth Exchange program (YEP) events, Paul Harris Fellow presentations, general business, and even got to go on a little vacation to the Rockies. And a special trip to Winnipeg to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the new Museum of Human Rights.

Unfortunately, we did have a couple of outstanding Rotarians pass on. Our thoughts are with the clubs and are certain they will be remembered.

Peter Peters EstevanWe did miss one important event and regret not being there. The Rotary Club of Estevan celebrated ninety years of Rotary success. There were 180 people in attendance along with the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. PDGs Peter Peters and Wayne Claypoole were there to present Paul Harris Fellowships and pass along their congratulations and mine. Thank you everyone and again my apologies.

Neepawa New InducteesWe did get to the Paul Harris night in Neepawa and presented the awards to Rotarians and citizens of Neepawa. It is always a pleasure to meet such dedicated people. We had an enjoyable evening and as always- great food.

We left the next morning for Winnipeg, spent the day there, turned around and went to Russell that evening. The YEP orientation took place with all of our inbound and outbound students. We have to congratulate the committee on a very well run event. We were on hand to see Jackie Taylor pass the reins over to Leanne Kessler. Jackie Jackie has been the Outbound chair for umpteen years and has decided to retire from her position. (something to do with horse shows).  We certainly wish Jackie all the best and am glad she will remain an active Rotarian with the Nipawin club. Leanne has been working with Jackie the last year and is not only suited for the job, but, is doing it very well.

We were able to have the exchange students visit us in The Pas for “The Pas Winterfest”. They all enjoyed dog sled rides, skidoo rides, Inuit games, and camaraderie. They will be at District conference to

Youth Exchange Event 

entertain you and then catch their bus for the Western trip. We have to Thank Ted Smook for all the arranging, chaperoning and driving for this annual trip. They will have one more group outing at Camp Whitney provided by the Flin Flon Rotary club. It is always a great time and the District appreciates the many years the Flin Flon club has dedicated to this program. Then it will be time for the students to travel home. Next year the Minnedosa club will be holding the Halloween event. The YEP is one of our longest and most important programs. We appreciate that most of the clubs in the District have been involved in one way or another.

Remember to help your student raise some money!! They were all given a challenge to raise funds for either Shelterbox or Polio. Although they are to present their gains at the District conference, they can still carry on until they leave.

WORLD PEACE PARTNERS HAS DONE IT AGAIN! Congratulations on a terrific step towards the goal of Peace and Understanding. District 5550 will be on the map!

Signing MOUOn May 10, 2013 we signed the MOU with Stuart Murray, CEO of the Museum of Human Rights. It is an agreement with District 5550, World Peace Partners and the Museum of Human Rights to assist in the education of youth. We will have a presentation on this at District Conference. Further information can also be had on the World Peace Partners website.

After the signing, David and Brenda Newman took us to the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) headquarters. Another great Rotary Program. A big “Thanks!” to all the volunteers. Elly has done a super job in organizing the MUNA event for our students. We didn’t get to participate, but the students we spoke to were thoroughly enjoying the experience.

There have been many fundraising activities and service projects going on in our District in the last few months. Some were old standbys and some were new adventures. Keep up the good work.

The Pas club has assisted in sending Dental techs to Guatemala for an annual working program with participants from Red River College and North Dakota. We are looking at this program for a future Vocational Training team mission. It has been going on for eight years and Rotary has not been involved. Maybe that will change.

Dauphin Rotary club has a new fundraiser- a mud race. It is scheduled for this summer and looks like a good one. August 10, 2013 Manitoba Mud Run | Facebook

It’s not too late to sign up for conference- see y’all there!

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January, a working interlude before race to the finish.

Posted by John Borst on Feb 05, 2013

We got a late start to 2013! We spent the evening with “what else?”--- Another Rotarian! 

We were in the middle of “what else,” but another Rotary discussion! When someone said “Oops, we missed the moment”!  It was about ten minutes past the stroke of midnight. We hugged, offered best wishes and “yes” carried on the conversation. 

The important dialogue was the planning of The Pas Winterfest where we get to host the Youth Exchange students in March. This event will take place March 7-10, 2013. 

Exchange Melfort 2013 Flags 

We spent the weekend of January 18-21 with the students in Melfort, SK and filled them in about The Pas. The Melfort weekend went well despite the very cold weather. The Melfort Club did very well considering the juggling of events because of the cold. The previous weekend had been cancelled due to a winter storm.  Skiing and snowboarding were great but the hayride had to be cancelled. 

Exchange Melfort 2013 Students 

Indoor events of swimming, bowling, and curling were enjoyed and the Sunday dinner was excellent. We had expected no less from this club that has hosted exchange student programs for so many, many years. Thank you and keep up the great work! 

We have special Thanks to Jackie Taylor from the Nipawin Club. Jackie has been our Outbound Student Coordinator for the Youth Exchange Program for longer than I can remember. We have always enjoyed working with Jackie. Jackie assures us that her replacement, Leanne Kessler, from Saskatoon Meewasin will be a big asset to the program. Congratulations, Leanne. And Thank you for doing this huge job for the students. Leanne officially takes over at the end of April at the orientation in Russell.

The majority of our time has been spent working on the Manual of Procedure and our conference planning. We did get out fishing twice and caught well. Snow blowing has been more than last year already and we still have three more months of winter. 

Conference plans are doing well. We have on line registration up and running at Some of the events are still being organized and will be on the website as soon as possible.

The Manual has been rewritten and is awaiting adjustment. We have to thank our legal advisor and Parliamentarian David who has helped a lot with this. David came up with a plan for a new Organizational Chart which will improve the continuity of the manual and by-laws. We are just finishing this chart. We expect to have the Executive approve it in early February. Once this is done we can coordinate the manual to the chart. The next step will be to have the board members agree. We expect to have the final draft at the general meeting at conference for final approval.

The District Transition team and Training team have been working hard and steady, making sure that we are ready for July 1st and the new grants management system.

As an added note from the RI Stewardship department:

“I am happy to inform you that District 5550 was 100% up-to-date with reporting requirements for grants sponsored by the district and its clubs as of the January 2013 analysis.”

Our Membership Chair, Gail Dodds (Estevan Club) has informed us that there is a slight increase in the overall District membership. Although we have had some members leave for various reasons, some clubs have been able to increase membership. We do have 25 percent female members in our District which is higher than the RI average of 17%. Gail will be at PETS to discuss some of the ideas that clubs have used for this progression. 

Kenora Donation Neilson

 A $5,000 donation to the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation has been made in honour of Rotarian Earl Nelson. Pictured left to right is President Mike Szajewski, Foundation Managing Director Jess Rheault, Earl's son Rotarian David Nelson, and Community Services Director John Dahl.

Unfortunately we have had a great Rotarian pass on and would like to offer our condolences to his family. On January 10th, the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Earl Nelson, a Rotarian for 58 years passed away. (see obituary). 

Congratulations to PDG Nancy Morris (and driver Dave, too). Nancy has been asked by President Tanaka to represent him at the District 7820 conference in May. This will take place in Halifax the week before our conference. What a great honor for Nancy and our District.  We know Governor Tom McCaughey (7820) and were thinking of calling ahead and offering Dave’s services as a driver!

DG Tom has since sent a letter asking for the clubs to support a literacy program throughout Rotary. The club Presidents have received a copy of this request.  In his letter Tom says:

Tom McCaugheyDid you know that low adult literacy costs Canadian businesses over $4 billion annually?

The 2005 Statistics Canada presented their findings on the 2003 International Adult and Literacy Skills Survey showing that 48% of Canadians 16 years of age and older do not have the literacy skills they need to keep pace with the escalating demands of our society and economy. …

The first step in addressing workplace literacy is to understand what employers know about the topic and to gauge their willingness/opinions on an approach.  An ABC Life Literacy Canada survey has been adapted and the goal is to have every Rotarian in Canada take it to their company and have it completed by the appropriate individual.  

Please do the survey.

Rotary Foundation reports show that our District contributions are on par with last year. If clubs continue with their donations as per their Annual Program Fund goals, they should surpass 2011-12. Keep up the good work and thank you for your support!

We have received some interesting information about Polio from our Zones 24-32, Rotary International, Director (2012-14), Bryn Styles. He wrote:

Bryn Styles“The IPPC (International Polio Plus Committee) committee and our support staff are anxious to quantify the success in Canada so the advocacy program can be encouraged worldwide….

What we need is to find out how many clubs are planning on having an event during the week of the 17 Feb 2013 or are planning an event at a later date.

Could you please contact your clubs and find out if a club is having an event, the type of event, when it will be held and if there will be media coverage? If there is other information that clubs wish to share then that would be most welcome. 

All of this information can be used when our Rotary senior leaders talk with the Canadian government and we can indicate to them the support for polio eradication within Canada.”

Please send me the information at your earliest convenience at 

We have received some special Polio days from a few clubs and hope for more. We have also gotten one Presidential Citation application. Be sure to consider filling one out for your club.

District Governor Elect Ed and our Foundation Chair Eva have been undergoing their training for an exciting year bringing in the new Future Vision plan. Although there seems to be some questions as to how and why, it should be beneficial. It is interesting to see Ed’s new theme. But for now, let’s just remember: “Peace through Service”

Enjoy the snow. Don’t shovel too much, and stay warm and safe!

January, a working interlude before race to the finish. John Borst 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

Flin Flon club looses two members in November

Posted by John Borst on Dec 20, 2012

It is with sadness that I share this message from Jane Robillard of the Rotary Club of Flin Flon, MB. We did not receive the news early enough to put it in our December newsletter.

Jane reports that on November 4th, Rotarian Catherine Hynes passed away. This was followed by the loss of fellow Rotarian George Barabonoff on November 17, 2012.

Flin Flon club looses two members in November John Borst 2012-12-21 00:00:00Z 0

The warmth and support of Rotary needed in this holiday season

Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2012

Although Fran and I would like to wish everyone a joyous and safe holiday season we were first and foremost saddened to hear the news of the passing of two Rotarian partners in the last two weeks.

Hence we extend our condolences to Past District Governor (PDG) Harold Empe and to Gary Morrish of The Rotary Club of The Pas. Both of these men are long standing and respected Rotarians. Both we know, will miss the support of their partners. We can assure them that they will continue to have that support in the Rotary world.

Selkirk 75thOn a more pleasant note, we congratulate the Rotaract Club of Regina Auxillium. They had a wonderful event which raised over $3,000.00 towards Polio. GOOD on you!

Paul Harris Fellow award honourees Doug Chorney, Al Hares, Edward Hotchkiss, and Dan Thorsteinson pose for a photo at the Rotary Club of Selkirk’s 75th anniversary gala dinner held in Lockport Nov. 17. (BROOK JONES/SELKIRK JOURNAL/QMI AGENCY)

We also attended the 75th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Selkirk.It was a very nice evening with accolades presented by several community leaders. Amongst their many service projects this club is a big supporter of World Peace Partners. David Newman spoke to that and was proud to have one of the program’s students share her success story with us.

Fran and I do wish everyone a joyous and safe holiday season. Although we are not looking at a new Rotary year; the calendar new year will begin many new experiences for Rotarians. Our District governors: elect, nominee, and nominee designate will be working on their “new years" to come. We wish them well.

Thank you all for your continued support and have a great New Year!

Gimli Rotarian, Ken Krebs Nominated as District Governor for 2015-2016

Congratulations to Ken and Donna Krebs 

Ken & Donna Krebs

Ken Krebs has been chosen to be the District Governor of District 5550 for the Rotary year 2015-2016. We are confident that Ken will more than fill the role.

Fran and I wish Ken and Donna an interesting, educational, and exciting future. There will be many challenging and fun adventures over the next two years leading up to this position.  Do your best to enjoy them all.

We can now call Ken "Mr. DGND"

On behalf of the members of District 5550 thank you for what you have done and will be doing for the good of Rotary.


District 5550 Rotarians Prominent in Movember Movement to Raise Funds for Prostate Cancer Research and Mens' Mental Health

When Dryden Rotarian and District 5550 Communications Director, John Borst, asked me at the last moment if he could use the ClubRunner software to raise funds for prostate cancer research I quickly replied yes.

The response was very positive so I asked him to share the results with you because I suspect next year this could become quite a competition among our District 5550 clubs and within Rotary in Canada.

Total Amount for all countries raised by 1,125,529 participants for the Movember Foundation as of December 9, 2012 is $122,074,491

On Dec 6th the CBC reported the top individual fundraiser as Reed Ludwig of Medstead, Saskatchewan (located about 170 kilometres west of Movember Safeway Prince Albert) with donations of $96,321. However on December 9th Bill Doherty of the Walton Group, headquartered out of Calgary, is the leader with $166,690.00. The third ($90,791), fourth ($75,200) and fifth ($47,994) biggest individual fundraisers are also from Canada.

It should be no surprise then to find Canada as the top fundraiser among the world’s nations with $38,910,315 in contributions. Other countries raising in excess of one million dollars are: the United Kingdom- $30,692,665; Australia- $24,916,480; USA- $19,140,244; Ireland- $1,900,414 and New Zealand- $1,173,552.

Canadian Rotarians were also the only Rotarians to really organize themselves into a “Network” for purpose of injecting a little competition. Fifteen clubs from across Canada registered and together raised $19,730.00. District 7040’s Iqaluit “Mo’tary” as they called themselves beat all comers by raising $5,617.00. District 5550’s Dryden Rotary came second with $3,157.00, while Saskatoon’s Meewasin club raised $1,400. However, on December 7th I received an e-mail from Brian Martin of the Prince Albert club. Brian led a group which raise $1,055 in honour of their current President, Clint Thierman, who had prostate cancer three years ago. Even though the group was not under the Rotary banner, it does mean that District 5550 collectively raised $5,612.00 just shy of District 7040’s total.

The Movember program places everyone who raises $1000.00 or more in the “Platinum Club”. Four Rotarians from Canada achieved that standard. Among the 62 Rotarians District 5550’s John Borst topped out at $2030.00.

Rotary Friendship Exchange to the State of New Mexico is a “GO!”

On December 3rd, Kevin Wilson, chair of our Rotary Friendship Exchange team sent me the following message.


I am pleased to report that the New Mexico Friendship Exchange is going ahead. At the moment, the team includes one couple and three singles. However, there is a good chance that an additional couple will join them. My contact in New Mexico is aware that the team is smaller than usual, but she is OK with that. As you know from experience the team is bound to have a wonderful time. 


Kevin would also like to compile a list of all District Rotarians who have participated in a Friendship Exchange. If you are one of those Rotarians please contact Kevin at  or watch for a bulletin in the near future.




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Regina Rotaract Club Raises $3060 to End Polio

Posted by John Dawes on Nov 20, 2012

On November 3 the Rotaract Club of Regina Auxilium hosted their Third Annual Polio Awareness Fall Dinner to raise funds & awareness for the Rotary International End Polio Now movement. It was a fun night with music, prizes, a delicious meal & fellowship!


Regina Rotaract Club Raises $3060 to End Polio John Dawes 2012-11-21 00:00:00Z 0