Calgary Centennial

Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial

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Wednesdays at 6:45 AM
Ranchmen's Club
710 - 13th Ave S.W.
Calgary, AB T2R 0K9
Canada
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Jun 06, 2020
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We at Rotary would like to thank everyone that attended, volunteered or sponsored this amazing fundraising weekend!
 
We couldn't have done it without you!
 
Here is a short video package with some highlights from the weekend.
 
 
 
Our ribbers are so fired up for Rotary YYC Ribfest 2021 that they are giving away FREE SIDES with every purchase of a FULL RACK on FRIDAY, JULY 30th, 11AM – 5PM 😊 
So come on out and get your BBQ fix at the McMahon Stadium parking lot! Just screenshot this coupon and show us on Friday, July 30th between 11am and 5pm to claim your sides! Admission is FREE!
 
Click on the banner to check out yycrotaryribfest.ca 
 
 
 
 
 Networking – beyond the dictionary definition
 
1999 - Three weary travelers arrive at the Toronto’s Pearson airport after a horrendously long journey, exhausted and jetlagged. The first impression of Canada: far away, far from our families, friends and old lives; dismayed when we met an impossibly rude immigration officer wearing thick glasses, who declined our help with the spelling of our family name as he copied it down from the passports into his records.
 
A lady, whom I worked with for a short time back home and that had immigrated to Canada a few years ahead of us, had sent her husband to meet us at the airport and drive us to a “bed and breakfast” in one of the most expensive Torontonian neighbourhoods: The Beaches. The room had been booked by another acquaintance, a Canadian whom I had worked with at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He did not realise that for a newcomer, paying $65 per day would be exorbitant when he booked it, but these two people were our “Canadian connection”, basically our “network”.
 
As years went by, we met people through work, social events and acquaintances. We thought we were building a network of people that would help us understand how “things worked” in Canada and how to find a job, but one by one, our network kept disintegrating because people were having different priorities: new family members that needed more attention than a stranger, better jobs, different political orientations or for no reason at all and here we are: 22 years and 20 “jobs” later, our network is still struggling to grow.
 
2020 - The COVID crisis. A crisis like no other in the history of humanity. Having lived most of our lives in a communist country where human interaction was only allowed under strict political supervision, we never imagined we will have to once again “socially” and “physically” keep the distance. What was left of our network was quickly disappearing under the pressure of keeping ourselves safe, healthy and well.
 
But then, a CTV news report caught our attention: movie drive-in. In the middle of “socially” distancing we could still enjoy a movie with others. Some genius’ idea of bringing people together, while keeping the distance.
 
Long story short: that is how I became a Rotary Centennial Member. A few months later after the movie drive-in event and after having to wake up at the wee hours of the morning to join into the friendly banter of a group of new friends and what is now my new network, I feel optimistic that no matter how long this crisis will last, my new, soon to become old friends, will be there for me, supporting me and my family so that when the light at the end of the tunnel turns into the new normal, I get to meet them in the wee hours of the morning for coffee and Danish, for a new episode of the “friendly banter series”.
 
What better reason do you need to become a member of Rotary? Name one and I’ll swallow my Danish.
 
 
Survival Garden Kits Give Women Food Security

Fifty-five women received tools, seedlings, fertilizer, a hippo water roller and training on food security from our Project Partner, Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, South Africa.
 
 
 
 
Sutton Garner, 16, was recognized by LEGO’s Rebuild the World campaign for her structure — a sandwich made of LEGO bricks that’s being constructed by a community of LEGO people — built to represent her charity I Can For Kids. Through Rebuild the World, which launched this month, LEGO aims to celebrate the endless imagination and ingenuity of kids by sharing stories of how they are changing the world.
 
 
Rotary Centennial was responsible for donating 1% of the money over the summer for food gift cards.
 
Click HERE for a link to the full article in the Calgary Herald
 
 
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