Date Posted: December 2, 2014
Wheelchair Distribution Project
I would like to extend an invitation to you and your club, to see the most recent wheelchair distribution that took place in Indonesia just prior to the International Convention in Sydney Australia, last May.
A number of clubs in the district are anticipating putting together another global grant for the purpose of sending a container (or two) to the developing world each Rotary Year.  I am available to come and speak and your clubs and encourage you to contemplate supporting this ongoing humanitarian project.  
PDG Al Bergsma,
Mobility for Humanity

Date Posted: November 27, 2014
Outerwear for the Morely Community
Karen Shepherd, President of  Calgary Olympic and Cory Tretiak, Lead for Calgary 
Rotaractors are heading a quick and exciting project, which needs your help! It was brought to our attention earlier this week that 500-700 residents in Morley need winter coats, boots, and other winter wear. CBC Calgary wants to advertise. Are we able to organize and do this on short notice?
Of course we can! We’re Rotarians and Rotaracters!
So far we have drop off locations established at Valentine Volvo, Charlesglen Toyota, Stampede Toyota and Neighbourhood Link. We will move dropped-off items from the car dealerships to Neighbourhood Link at least once each week. Once the donations are at Neighbourhood Link, we will need to sort them, clean some of the items, and box it for transport to Morley. Humanity in Practice has offered to drive everything to Morley for us.
Chris Harper, member of the Rotary Club of Calgary, will be interviewed by CBC Calgary to help publicize the coat drive (and get some great PR for Rotary in Calgary).
Our campaign will begin immediately until Dec 12. If we haven’t collected enough by then, we’ll extend it to Dec 19.
How can you help?
  • We will need volunteers to pick up the drop-offs and transport them to Neighbourhood Link.
  • We will need volunteers to sort the items for cleaning.
  • We will need volunteers to transport items to and from cleaning.
  • We need a dry cleaner(s). Does anyone know the name of a dry cleaner who would donate or deeply discount their services to help us with this project?
  • We will need people to donate clean and gently used winter wear!
  • We would appreciate financial donations from a few clubs to help cover the cost of gas and dry cleaning. Once we know the cost of dry cleaning, we’ll have a better idea of a budget.  At the moment, we’re predicting about $2000 for the project.
Cory Tretiak is putting together a basic website with drop-off locations and sponsors. It’s
If you would like to volunteer, make a donation to cover some costs or have a dry cleaner for us, please contact Karen Shepherd or Cory Tretiak
Let’s get behind Karen, Cory and Chris and help  the people in Morley!
Garth Toombs
DG   D5360
403 239 6317

Date Posted: November 19, 2014
National Polio Immunization Trip to India
Rotarians of District 5360
A National Polio Immunization trip is being planned to Delhi, Agra and Jaipar, India from Feb 13 - 24, 2015.  Cost is US$2099 per person.  Travel is additional.  The trip is being organized by a travel agency in Oakland California, and Rotarians across North America are being advised.  If interested, the recommendation is to sign up quickly, as these trips fill up quickly.  It will include a combination of participating in India's National Polio Immunization activities, interaction with local Rotarians and their projects, while visiting some of India's most extraordinary sights.
If you are interested in following up, please e-mail me   -  and I will e-mail you the information explaining everything.
It is expected that this tour will fill up quickly, so if interested, time is of the essence.
Best wishes,
Garth Toombs
DG    D5360

Date Posted: November 25, 2014
Shelterbox Hero Program
Dear Rotary Club President and fellow members,
My name is Ray Kmetiuk a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise. I am very pleased to introduce you to the new ShelterBox Hero Program.  A ShelterBox Hero is any Rotary Club who makes a commitment to supporting ShelterBox in bringing emergency shelter to families overwhelmed by disaster.  There are two ways to be a Hero:
  • Make a commitment of at least 1 box/$1,200 per year for at least three years.
  • Contribute at least 3 boxes/$3,600 between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2015.
Rotary Club Heroes will receive a ShelterBox banner.  I have asked for the opportunity to recognize Heroes and present the banners at our District Conference in Medicine Hat, AB. May 8th to 10th 2015.
ShelterBox is Rotary International's first project partner.  The partnership means these two global organizations collaborate to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.
Rotary clubs are core contributors to ShelterBox, enabling the organization to deliver aid to families affected by disasters big and small, throughout the year.  Rotarians also play a major role in the ShelterBox organization; and local Rotarians in disaster-affected regions are often invaluable to supporting ShelterBox operations.
In these many ways, ShelterBox is one of the most simple, direct, tangible ways that Rotarians can make a big impact in the world.
I would be delighted to attend one of your meetings or events to tell you more and answer your questions.  Whether you choose to become a ShelterBox Hero or make a smaller contribution, your support will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who have lost nearly everything.
Please use the enclosed form, or contact me directly, to join your fellow Rotarians in helping ShelterBox to provide much needed shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Most sincerely,
Ray Kmetiuk.
Shelterbox Ambassador.

Date Posted: November 22, 2014
Rotary Bonspiel
Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge
Lethbridge Feb. 27 – Mar. 1, 2015
Rotary Bonspiel
Districts 5360 and 5370
Welcome, curlers from Districts 5360 and 5370! We look forward to hosting a terrific bonspiel full of fellowship on and off the ice. The first 40 teams registered and paid will be guaranteed entry into the bonspiel. Registration details will be sent out shortly, so consider this your first notice that there will be a party going on in Downtown LA (that’s Lethbridge Alberta).
Download the attachment for more information and plan to be in Lethbridge February 27 - March 1, 2015 for rocking good times !!
Charlene Bearden
District Administrator