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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.

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.  
At the Rotary Club of Dryden’s annual Paul Harris Awards dinner on Wednesday April 20th, District 5550 Governor Ken Krebs spoke briefly on why supporting the Rotary Foundation is essential to the work of Rotary World-wide.  Krebs put his focus on the six-areas-of-focus. To watch and listen to DG Krebs speech
It is not everyday that Rotarians get to celebrate a 100th Anniversary of the founding of their club. That is exactly what members of the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw will be doing on the 27th of May at 5:30 at the Heritage Inn.
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. 
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. 
An “Early Act” Club was chartered in Nipawin Saskatchewan’s Central Park Elementary School on March 14th 2016, This is the first such club in District 5550. 
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. 
District 5550 Conference in Gimli, Manitoba May 12th to 15th.  Don't miss out on the early registration date!  Prices increase April 16th.  Register now and save.  

by Rasheeda Bhagat of Rotary News 

Jennifer Jones has managed to break through the glass ceiling in Rotary, and is one of only 10 women to reach the level of RI Director.

We get asked all the time when will Rotary International see a woman President.

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.
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 communitynewscommons.org.
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.
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”.
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Welcome to one of the larger geographical districts in the Rotary World. District 5550 includes most of the Province of Saskatchewan, all of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

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