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Rotary International District 5370

Frank Reitz is married to Barbara who is also a Rotarian. They have 2 children and 14 grandchildren.  Barb’s Classification is Nurse Educator and they have been in Fort McMurray 45 years.
Frank’s Classification is “Real Estate”.  He has been a Realtor with RE/MAX Fort McMurray since 1996 where he has represented his Vocation in many capacities. 
Frank has served as Vice President of the Fort McMurray Real Estate Board and as a member of the Wood Buffalo Builders Association which he Chaired from 1998 - 2002.  He is past Director of the Building Committee of the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society and was Chair when the Society received $13 million Provincial funding for a new facility.  He has served on the local Community Futures Wood Buffalo Board for 2 terms from 2009 – 2015 as a member of the Lending Committee.
Frank was a member of the Fort McMurray Kinsmen Club from 1973 – 1984 and this is where his journey of service began.  Together,  Frank and Barb (Kinettes)  were involved with Club projects in the small community serving as Committee Chairs and holding most Executive positions.  Both Frank and Barb served their respective Clubs as President.  Frank chaired the Fort McMurray Kinsmen Blueberry Festival for 2 consecutive years and served as a Deputy Governor for 11 Clubs in Northeastern Alberta.  
From 1986 - 1992  Frank served as Chair of the Men’s Night Program at the Miskinaw Golf Course.  He was elected to the position of Golf Club President, representing golf on the MacDonald Island Park Society and later served a term as Board Chair. 
Frank joined the Rotary Club of Fort McMurray in 2001 where he served as Membership Chair for 3 years, Club President in 2005 – 06 and Assistant Governor from 2008 – 2011.  Frank is a Director of Rotarylinks@WoodBuffalo which is a Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Golf Course Project.
Frank and Barb are multiple Paul Harris Fellows and have attended 7 District 5370 Conferences, 2 Zone 24 & 32 Assemblies, 1 International Assembly and 5 International Conventions.  They have hosted numerous Rotary Youth Exchange students and have had the pleasure of visiting with them and their parents while enjoying their international travels.
As your District 5370 Governor for 2017 - 18, Frank is committed to working with District and Club leadership to strengthen Club Membership, Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service and Enhance Rotary’s Public Image and Awareness to ensure that Rotary IS Making a Difference.

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Oct 02, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Oct 09, 2017

“My 50 years covering sports in Edmonton and around the world”

Terry Jones was recognized for his journalism in winning the national award for amateur sports coverage (later named the Doug Gilbert Award) early in his career, the Sun Media's ultimate journalism award in 2001, and the Doug Creighton Award for Editorial Excellence.  In 2002 Terry received the Football Reporters Hall of Fame - part of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2003 the Sports Media Canada recognized Terry with the Outstanding Sportswriting Award.  In 2011 he received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame - given in recognition of distinguished members of the newspaper profession whose words have brought honour to journalism and to hockey.

Terry is married to Linda and has three children; a son, Shane (also a sports journalist), and twin daughters Trina and Nicole.


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Oct 16, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

University of Alberta

Doug graduated with an LLB from the Faculty of Law of the University of Alberta in 1976 and with an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1980. He practised law with the firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP for a period of almost 30 years before joining PCL Constructors Inc. in 2006 as general counsel. He retired from PCL in 2013 and now serves as a community volunteer and as counsel to Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP.

Doug’s service to the University of Alberta includes serving as 

  • sessional lecturer in the faculties of law, business and extension 
  • member of the Faculty of Law Advisory Committee 
  • director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute 
  • fundraiser for and donor to the university 

Doug has also served as vice-chair of the board of governors of Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University) and currently serves as chancellor of St. Stephen’s College. 

Doug’s service to the legal profession includes serving as president of the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch and a director of the Legal Education Society of Alberta. 

Doug’s service to the community at large includes serving as 

  • president of the Victoria School Foundation for the Arts 
  • governor of the Certified General Accountants’ Association of Alberta 
  • director of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation 
  • director of Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics 
  • director of CARE Canada
  • director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation 
  • volunteer to AIDS-Free World 
  • president of the Stollery Charitable Foundation 

His awards include: 

  • Canadian General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award 
  • University of Alberta Distinguished Alumni Award 
  • Grant MacEwan University Distinguished Citizen Award and Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree 
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 
  • Alberta Human Rights Commission - Suzanne Mah Award 
  • Edmonton Bar Association - Eileen Nash Award

Oct 23, 2017
Oct 23, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

"Write it down"

Welcome to Radio!
For years when I told listeners about the wild things that go on behind the scenes in radio, they said, “Write a book!” So here it is. Inside are stories you’ve not heard about highly creative people encouraged to go all out in every direction—to entertain an audience and keep life interesting for their co-workers and bosses.  Imagine coming to work and finding an office missing. How about filling someone’s convertible with puffed wheat, just because you can?
How did Jerry Forbes and Keith James Sr. guide a team like Bob McCord, Wes Montgomery, Chuck Chandler and the rest to build such a successful station? How did I fit in? Why did a police officer enter the 630 CHED newsroom, pistol at the ready? Why was I banned in Barrhead? What’s a Little Tiny Ugly? Why did one news announcer sound like she was having a passionate personal experience on-air? Want to know what it was truly like covering the Mayerthorpe tragedy?
If you can handle stories about people on the air that will make you laugh, shake your head, or cry, then this book is for you.

About the Author
Bob is news manager of the Corus Edmonton group of radio stations, including 630 CHED, iNews880, Fresh Radio, and CISN Country 103.9. He’s now in his 47th year of broadcasting.  Winner of four national awards for editorials, Bob is best known for his strong positions on family, good government, and law and order. He co-chaired Project SOS to buy and equip the Edmonton police helicopter.  Bob is also a member of the International Ventriloquist’s Association—it was his only way to get in the last word after being told to keep his mouth shut. Bob’s wife, Marg, has her own award-winning business, I Quilt For You. Bob and Marg have 6 children and 13 grandchildren.

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Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Join us for Rodeo Week for a unique Western style luncheon & raffle.. Featuring music by Martin Kerr, Canadian Idol Finalist & special lunch guest, Miss Rodeo Canada 2017 Miss Ali Mullin!

Doors open at 11:30AM

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Nov 06, 2017

100th Anniversary of Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele

The Battle of Passchendaele raged in Belgium in the summer and fall of 1917. The Canadian Corps joined the fighting there in October and would overcome almost unimaginable hardships to triumph on a brutal and muddy battlefield. This victory only came at a high price, however, as over 4,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives and almost 12,000 more were wounded.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The service and sacrifice of the Canadians who fought there will never be forgotten.

Author: Norman Leach

Norman Leach is a historian, freelance writer and professional speaker from Calgary, Alberta. He graduated with a degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Manitoba, and he now gives speeches around the world on Canadian military history.

Norman's writing has won him two Crystal Awards from the University of Lethbridge, and he has been awarded both the Canadian 125 and Alberta Centennial Medals.

He has also been named an honourary peacekeeper by the Canadian Armed Forces. Most recently, he served as historical advisor on the Paul Gross production of the film Passchendaele.

From the author: I have always been fascinated by Canadian history. As a kid travelling with my parents, I forced the entire car to stop at every museum along the road, no matter how big or how small. I am not interested in writing the great tomes about which battalion moved up when.

I tell the true stories of the officers and men soldiers who have been lost to time. My work is their lives, their sacrifices and their success and failures.

I have written about the men in the shell holes of Passchendaele to the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. Each time, I feel the men and women who have given their lives for our country looking over my shoulder. They seem to be saying "Please get it right, we deserve at least that."

Today I speak around the world on Canadian military history, and am a consultant on historical movies and documentaries. I am a senior volunteer with both the Military Museums and Lougheed House in Calgary, am the Managing Editor of "Honour Magazine" and lecture at many colleges and Universities. For that kid who stopped at every museum it can't get any better. 

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Nov 13, 2017
Nov 13, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

"How the City of Edmonton has changed in the past 10 years"

Rod Knecht was sworn in as the 22nd chief of police of the Edmonton Police Service on June 7, 2011 in a special ceremony at City Hall.
Chief Knecht was previously the Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), ranked as the most senior uniformed police officer in the RCMP. In this role, Rod Knecht was responsible for the efficient and effective operation of all components of the RCMP, including managing a budget of $4.7 Billion and 31,000 employees.
Prior to his appointment in Ottawa, Rod Knecht was responsible for the RCMP in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In the dual role of Deputy Commissioner – North West Region and Commanding Officer “K” Division in Edmonton, Alberta, he was responsible for managing the operations of 108 Alberta detachments and the delivery of community policing throughout the North West Region.
Rod Knecht is a strong advocate for integrated policing. While stationed in Alberta, he was instrumental in supporting the development and inception of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) and the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). Both inter-agency teams are comprised of police services from across Alberta, including the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP.
Over the course of his 40-year policing career, Rod Knecht has spent the vast majority of time working in an operational capacity. He has significant expertise in serious crimes, drug enforcement, undercover investigations, uniform duties, commercial and proceeds of crime and intelligence gathering. He has undertaken key leadership roles in a series of high-profile investigations and events throughout Canada and internationally.
One of his proudest achievements was the successful conclusion of the Blood Task Force (Krever Commission); a high-profile, international criminal investigation into the blood system in Canada and the creation of a national victim service liaison program for victims of tainted blood (HIV/Hepatitis C).
While Rod Knecht has been relocated on 16 occasions to communities throughout Canada, he considers Edmonton to be his home.
Honours and Awards
Rod Knecht is a decorated police officer who has received many prestigious honours and awards throughout his career. Recognitions include:
• Order of Merit of Police Forces (OOM)
• Queen’s Golden Jubilee
• 20-year Long Service Medal
• 25-year Long Service Medal Bronze Clasp
• 30-year Long Service Medal Silver Clasp
• Alberta Centennial Medal
• Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
• Citizen Recognition Award for Life Saving

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Nov 20, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Table conversations on Rotary Classification and Fellowship

Nov 27, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Dec 04, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Transportation in Alberta

Brian Mason was sworn in as the Minister of Transportation and Government House Leader on May 24, 2015.

He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood in a 2000 by-election, and is the longest serving Member of the 29th Legislature.

Mr. Mason served as leader of the New Democrats from September 18, 2004, to October 18, 2014.

Before his election to the Alberta Legislature, Mr. Mason served as city of Edmonton councilor for ward 3. He was first elected in October 1989 and won three subsequent civic elections. As a member of city council for 11 years Mr. Mason gained a reputation as a tough and effective voice for his constituents. Following his political science studies at the University of Alberta he became politically active, serving as the executive director of the Alberta Federation of Students from 1977 to 1979.

Mr. Mason has lived in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood for over 20 years with his wife, Karin.


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Dec 11, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Dec 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Dec 25, 2017
Jan 08, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Jan 15, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Jan 22, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Jan 29, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Feb 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Feb 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Coal Association of Canada

Robin Campbell, former Alberta Finance Minister and MLA for West-Yellowhead, will discuss his current position as President of the Coal Association of Canada and issues facing the coal industry.

As a 4th generation coal miner who has spent over 30 years in the industry, Robin Campbell understands the issues facing coal from the inside out. Starting his mining career in 1973, and transitioning specifically into coal in 1979, he has held positions ranging from loader operator to various executive postings. As former treasurer and President of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1656, Robin has local perspective and understanding of the challenges miners and their families are facing during this economic downturn. He also served as a representative of the International Union of the UMWA and gained global perspective of the industry.

Like most Albertans, Robin has a strong passion for the outdoors and takes pride in the environmental record of Alberta’s coal mining industry. He has been a registered fishing guide in the Jasper and Hinton area for over 30 years and places tremendous value in the protection of our natural landscapes, rivers and lakes.

Robin also served as MLA for West-Yellowhead in the Alberta Legislature from 2008 to 2015. He was appointed to Cabinet as the Government Whip in 2010 and then served as Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Minister of the Environment and most recently as Minister of Finance and Treasury Board until May 2015. His experience as a public servant and insight into the workings of government translate well into his role at the Coal Association of Canada.

Robin accepted the role as President of the Coal Association of Canada in November, 2015 and is leveraging his decades of experience to help preserve jobs and ensure the coal industry remains an important part of our economy.


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Mar 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Mar 05, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Mar 12, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Annual assesment of the present status and outlook for the Alberta economy

Todd Hirsch is the Chief Economist of ATB Financial. 

For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012, his second, Halfway Home in 2016 and his third, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change in 2017.
Todd provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets. He has served on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. 

He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the U of A and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. 


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Mar 19, 2018 12:00 PM
Mar 19, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Mar 26, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Apr 02, 2018