Speaker Date Topic
Tina Thomas, CEO, Edmonton Community Foundation Apr 22, 2024 12:00 PM
A Look to The Future of Edmonton Community Foundation: Building On Its Strong Legacy
A Look to The Future of Edmonton Community Foundation: Building On Its Strong Legacy

Tina Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer at the Edmonton Community Foundation – the fourth largest community foundation in Canada and the largest non-governmental funder in Edmonton, distributing over $30M into the community annually. Prior to ECF she spent over 13 years at Edmonton Public Library, where she was responsible for innovative new services and led an award-winning rebranding. Tina holds an executive MBA from Queen's University, a CPA-CMA accounting designation, a Master's in Library Information Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. She was an Edify Magazine Top 40 Under 40, Library Journal Magazine Mover and Shaker and IABC Edmonton Communicator of the Year. Tina serves as a board member of the Edmonton Community Development Corporation and the Alberta Social Enterprise Venture Fund. Tina is also easily bribed with good dark chocolate or Californian Cabs.


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Annemarie Petrov, CEO, Winspear Centre Apr 29, 2024 12:00 PM
Winspear Centre and Tour of facility
Winspear Centre and Tour of facility

Annamarie will be providing an update on the Winspear Centre including lunch and a tour of the expanded facilities at the Winspear Centre.

For details on the expansion see:  https://www.winspearcentre.com/more/about/about-winspear/winspearproject/

NOTE This luncheon meeting will be held at the Winspear Centre, Studio B on third floor.  Cost is $33 per person for the catered lunch.  No parking included.

This meeting will be only available in person and not online.

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JJ Tremblay, CSC Chair May 06, 2024 12:00 PM
Community Services Committee

JJ with the Community Services Committee will review this year's projects including:

  • Civida - O'Day-Min Village
  • Downtown Corporate Cleanup Challenge 2024
  • Inner City High School - lunch program
  • Millennium House Christmas Event and Summer BBQ
  • Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS) 2023 Fall #Socktober Campaign and #OperationUndies 2024
  • School Nutrition programs

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Rotarian Myrna Findt May 13, 2024 12:00 PM
Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Rotary, District 5370 and our Clubs
Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Rotary, District 5370 and our Clubs

Myrna Findt is the chair of the District 5370 DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) committee which was formed in the fall of 2023.  

Through the committee's work, Rotary Clubs shall have the skills, abilities, education, resources, and culture to strengthen Rotary Clubs’ core values. Communities are empowered in District 5370 through the betterment of our Rotary Clubs.

The presentation will be a mixture of the following:

-DEI in the District at the moment and hopefully in the future
-vision of DEI in the District and in each Club
-DEI and benefits for the Clubs
-DEI in your Club: where and how to start
Myrna was born and raised in Germany and moved to Canada in 2011 together with her husband Chris and as well as the rest of the family - 2 horses and 4 cats at that time.

In the German education system, she studied law and is a certified knowledge management system developer. Working in IT, she has managed projects on all levels and all types of business environments and was responsible for the business relationship between the largest energy provider in Europe with Microsoft, and SAP before moving to Canada.

Living in Canada, professionally she started as a Licenced Immigration Consultant and is now working with her husband Chris in their own IT and Security company.

Being involved in all kinds of things her whole life, Myrna received an award for outstanding involvement in extracurricular activities from her high school, was the first female chair of the law student council of the University of Wuerzburg and was a member of the cross-faculty student council.

Right now, residing on an acreage in Parkland County, she is on the board of a horse rescue and the family consists of 3 dogs, 4 cats, 4 horses and 3 foster horses – but that’s a very fluent condition.  Her husband Chris was a Rotarian in Germany – in a Club that allowed women to become members in 2011. Learning and experiencing the differences in the world of Rotary, she joined the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove in Nov 2015, hosted Youth Exchange Students, and joined the District Youth Exchange Team in 2018. She was president of the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove in 2022-2023, is currently Assistant Governor for District 5370 for Area 5 and is visiting today in her role as chair of District 5370's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

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NO MEETING May 20, 2024
Victoria Day
TO BE DETERMINED!!!! May 27, 2024 12:00 PM

The original speaker, the City Mayor, has canceled his speaking engagement for this date.

Also note the location will NOT be at the Chateau Lacombe as it is not available.

Tentative Location for this luncheon:  Heritage Room at City Hall 

as a result this meeting is NOT expected to be a hybrid meeting.

Megan Dart and Murray Utas, Fringe Theatre Jun 03, 2024 12:00 PM
Edmonton Fringe Theatre Adventures


Megan Dart, Executive Director, Fringe Theatre

Murray Utas, Artist Director, Fringe Theatre

Youth Services Committee Jun 10, 2024 12:00 PM
update on Youth Services
Sam Escarmelle, Youth Exchange Student Jun 17, 2024 12:00 PM
final Youth Exchange presentation

Sam will review his past ten months in Canada before he returns to Belgium.

His adventures include:

  1. Trip to Grande Prairie for Inbound Student orientation
  2. Trip to Elk Island Park with Rod Karius
  3. Ski trip to Jasper
  4. Trip to Ottawa with other inbound students from District 5370
  5. Trip to Grande Prairie with host parents in February
  6. Numerous trips for skiing at local ski hills
  7. Trip to Tumbler Ridge, B.C. in early June

Chair of the day is Neil Lang, Inbound Youth Exchange counsellor

President Rod Karius location TO BE DETERMINED!!!! Jun 24, 2024 12:00 PM
TBD: Looking back at the 2023 -2024 Rotary Year

Note this luncheon has been changed to a new location as the Chateau Lacombe is not available!   To Be announced.

New President Markus Muhs Jul 08, 2024 12:00 PM
Looking ahead at the 2024-2025 Rotary Year
Professor Mark Haykowsky, UofA Nursing Faculty Jul 15, 2024 12:00 PM
Healthy Aging and Prevention of Heart Attacks
Healthy Aging and Prevention of Heart Attacks
Mark Haykowsky, PhD, FACC, FAHA.

Cardiovascular health and cardiorespiratory fitness across the healthy aging and heart failure continuum, and the role of lifestyle interventions to improve cardiovascular and skeletal muscle function. A second research area is in the cardiooncology field with specific focus on the role of exercise training to prevent cardiovascular and skeletal muscle deconditioning across the breast cancer survivorship continuum. A final research focus is in Sport Cardiology. Mark has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and expert opinion papers.

Professor Haykowsky's current course:  NURS 311 - Evidence Informed Nursing Practice

The course provides a hands on approach to evidence-informed nursing practice. This includes formulating clinical questions, systematic searching of electronic databases, reading, interpreting and critically appraising health research. Emphasis is on developing thinking and information literacy skills necessary to be an astute research consumer, and using evidence to inform clinical decision making.