New Member Review - Ryan May

I had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Edmonton last summer, and was asked by President Brian to step into the Secretary role for the club in December. I've enjoyed our virtual meetings, and have met a few members for coffee or at the casino fundraiser, but I'm looking forward to meeting more members once we are back to in-person meetings.

I am originally from Calgary, and moved to Edmonton in 2013 to attend Grant MacEwan. In 2014, I graduated with a business diploma in Risk Management and Insurance, and in 2015 I moved to Grande Prairie to join Aon Reed Stenhouse as a commercial insurance broker. While in Grande Prairie I became a Kinsman with the local Kin club, eventually serving as club treasurer, and also helped run the first 2 seasons of the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival, serving as the festival’s Cash Manager.

In the summer of 2017 I was asked to spend a few months assisting in Aon’s Whitehorse office, and in the fall accepted a longer-term position in Whitehorse. In the spring of 2018 I joined the Whitehorse Rotary Club and was later elected as Director, International for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. I also organized the club's 2019 summer meeting program, which was hosted at members' homes and businesses due to our regular hotel meeting location being fully booked during Yukon's busy summer tourism season.

During my time in Whitehorse I had the opportunity to visit and explore many small communities in Yukon, northern BC, southeast Alaska and NWT's Mackenzie Delta region.

After 2 years in Whitehorse I accepted a transfer back to Edmonton in late 2019, where I joined Aon’s Public Sector practice as a Senior Account Executive. I work with clients across Alberta, NWT and Yukon, specializing in healthcare, Indigenous and real estate. My job is to work with clients to find the right commercial insurance solutions for their operations' needs and risk tolerance--this has been particularly challenging over the last few years as the insurance market has hardened and large catastrophe claims have increased. But it is still a great job with new and interesting things to do everyday.

Outside of work and Rotary I enjoy photography, playing soccer and participating in amateur astronomy. I’ve been an active member and volunteer with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada since 1997 and continue to work with the national organization and local Edmonton Centre.   Click on "Read more" to see some photos.


    New Member Review - Ryan May Ryan May 2021-02-21 07:00:00Z 0

    New Playground Completed in Kyiv, Ukraine!

    Earlier this year, The Emmanuel Foundation and Rotary District 5370 Playground Committee finalized a letter of agreement with Kyiv Multinational Rotary Club and YMCA Ukraine. This letter of agreement was drafted by a club member, Rod Karius in his role as Co-Chair of the district’s playground committee. Other club members have been involved from working on our organizing committee (Brian Edwards, Wendy Lickacz, Rod Karius, Michael Bull), and fundraising and donations (Wendy Lickacz, Michael Bull, John Yamamoto, Rod Karius)....
    New Playground Completed in Kyiv, Ukraine! John Phoa 2020-09-28 06:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Edmonton

    Zoom online meetings

    Rotary Club of Edmonton is holding weekly Zoom online meetings on Mondays at 12 pm (noon) lasting 45 to 60 minutes.  
    We welcome all to join - fellow Rotarians, former (inactive) Rotary Club of Edmonton members and guests.
    Check out the "Events" on the right hand side of this website for speakers and topics. 
    In the event description is the Zoom link to join our meeting. 
    (Please note: we ask you to mute during the actual meeting to give lead to the speaker and to eliminate background noise. We will unmute all for the Q & A session.
    Current AHS regulations state there are to be NO indoor meetings larger than 15 people.  Rotary International, and our District 5370 advise clubs to remain online. So until this changes we will continue to hold online Zoom.  
    The Chateau Lacombe Hotel has told us to expect this to continue until perhaps spring 2021.
    Zoom online meetings Brian Edwards 2020-09-14 06:00:00Z 0

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton Scottish-themed Robert Burns Luncheon - January 20th

    Each year, the world celebrates the January 25th birth of Scotland's greatest poet - Robert Burns and his many famous works of poetry and songs. This year, the Rotary Club of Edmonton's members (many of whom are of Scottish descent), will be able to participate in these celebrations at our Monday, January 20th luncheon meeting.  
    The Chateau Lacombe's chefs have welcomed the idea of a Scottish-themed lunch for our Club and have promised to serve us an exquisite cuisine of beef barley soup, mashed potatoes (tatees), mashed turnips (neeps) and yes, even haggis! (For those less adventurous, roast beef will be available as an alternative to haggis). You will also enjoy a typical Scottish dessert - bread pudding with a side of custard. A wee dram of Scotch is available for $8 to complement the haggis and for toasting purposes.

    This is a first for our Club so we have pulled out all the stops! One of Edmonton's pre-eminent bag pipers will commence the luncheon with some Scottish pipe tunes. Our speaker of the day is a member of The Edmonton Burns Club who hails from Ayre, Scotland. Alex Thomson is a Robert Burns aficionado who will tell us about the influence of famous Scots such as Burns and the many Scottish immigrants who helped in the formation of Canada as we know it today. 
    In keeping with the theme of the day, feel free to wear Scottish tartan socks, a tartan tie or scarf and celebrate the occasion! Come ready to buy some raffle tickets as the winner(s) will enjoy a prize  of  either one of two baskets of scotch and other liquor  or a third prize of two bottles of wine.
    If you know of someone who might be interested in joining us for this unique event, please invite them!
    As we are expecting a good turnout, please be sure to register in advance by going to:
    The Rotary Club of Edmonton Scottish-themed Robert Burns Luncheon - January 20th  2020-01-14 07:00:00Z 0 2019-11-18 07:00:00Z 0

    iHuman Youth Society - approval - 2019

    Posted by Tom Love and Neil Lang on Jul 02, 2019

    iHuman Youth Society Request 2019... APPROVED!

    Our Community Services Committee reviewed proposals during the 2018 -19 Rotary year from various downtown Edmonton organizations for the funding of a legacy project.   The committee approved the iHuman project which subsequently was approved by the board. 
    The primary purpose of the project is to fix flooring in the iHuman facility after a flood that occurred in January 2018.
    iHuman Youth Society - approval - 2019 Tom Love and Neil Lang 2019-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

    Belize Literacy Program Update

    Posted by Markus Muhs on Nov 22, 2018
    Our club’s literacy project in Belize, for which we obtained a large Rotary International matching grant in 2017, was selected on August 08, 2018 for a sustainability evaluation (audit) by Rotary International. The purpose was for RI to have a better understanding of what’s been done, how our club (and Belize Rotarians) are involved, what we envision to complete the project and intended long-term impact (sustainability).
    Belize Literacy Program Update Markus Muhs 2018-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary International President Visit

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016

    Rotary International President Visit

    Please join us for Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran's visit to Edmonton from April 21, 2016, to April 24, 2016, as we celebrate 100 years of service to the community in the Capital Region and across Rotary District 5370.  There are a number of events you can participate in and two big ways you can really help us in our efforts to connect, serve, and celebrate this milestone anniversary.
    1. Tell all of your friends and fellow employees about President Ravi’s visit.
    2. Please join us whenever you can.
    Click here to read more about what's going on.
    Rotary International President Visit Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2016-04-14 06:00:00Z 0

    Centennial Gala

    Centennial Event: Centennial Gala

    Please join as we celebrate 100 years of service to the community with keynote speaker Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran on Saturday April 23, 2016, at The Westin Hotel.
    For more information and to register online, click here.
    Centennial Gala Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2016-03-06 07:00:00Z 0

    Centennial Walk for Polio

    Centennial Event: 6th Annual Walk for Polio

    Please join as we walk with RI President K.R. Ravindran on our  6th Annual Walk to End Polio at 11 am Saturday April 23, 2016, City Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA.
    For more information and to register online, click here.
    Centennial Walk for Polio Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2016-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

    2016 Rotary Raffle

    2016 Rotary Vacation Raffle raised $12,790

    Thank you to all club members who assisted selling tickets for the 2016 Rotary Club of Edmonton Vacation Raffle led by John Kopeck.

    The draw was held on February 15, 2016, by President Randy Heaps witnessed by board members Gayle Head and Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn.

    Prize winners were all club members and names were announced at our February 22 club meeting.

    A special thank you to our prize sponsors including:
    Edmonton International Airports & KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – (Round Trip Airfare)
    Jan Fox – (Condo in Whitefish Montana)
    Ron Coloumbe - (Condo in Radium Hot Springs)
    2016 Rotary Raffle Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2015-12-21 07:00:00Z 0

    2015 Giving Tuesday

    Connect. Serve. Celebrate. The Power of Rotary.

    On National Philanthropy Day 2015 (November 15), The Rotary Club of Edmonton kicked off a 100 day social media awareness campaign to connect, serve, and celebrate The Power of Rotary and 100 years of #ServiceAboveSelf in the Greater Edmonton community and across Rotary International District 5370.
    The Centennial Community Outreach Team invites you to join The Power of 100: Rotarians in Community. We will be giving and volunteering in the community starting on GivingTuesday (December 1, 2015).
    Stay tuned for opportunities to connect, serve, and celebrate right through to Rotary International's anniversary on February 23 and our club's 100th on April 1, 2016.
    For more information, please contact Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn via Club Runner.
    2015 Giving Tuesday Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2015-11-27 07:00:00Z 0

    2016-17 Rotary Youth Exchange Call for Applications

    Posted on Oct 04, 2015
    For each and every one of the more than 8,000 students who participate annually in Rotary Youth Exchange, the opportunity is a three-year commitment through a year of preparation, a school-year abroad, and a year of reintegration and service above self.
    2016-17 Rotary Youth Exchange Call for Applications Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn 2015-10-04 06:00:00Z 0
    Prentice Speaks at Rotary 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Quotes of the Week 2015 2015-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

    Mystery Dinners 2015

    Fellow Rotarians, it is nearly the time to start thinking about Mystery Dinners for January to April 2015.  These are meant to let Rotarians get to know one another on an informal basis.
    Enclosed is a photo from a Mystery Dinner last year.
    To Register, ...Read More.
    Mystery Dinners 2015 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Reflections Nov 3, 2014 Helene Darcel 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Belize Call for Volunteers February 2015

    Rod Karius announced at the Monday Nov 3rd meeting the International Service Committee's (ISC)'s  intention to form a playground work group.  The intent is to travel to Belize before February 23, 2015 and spend approximately one week building a new playground.  Any volunteers are encouraged to add some extra time to their holiday to give yourself a little hard earned vacation.  Contact Rod Karius for more details.
    Belize Call for Volunteers February 2015 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

    Quotes of the Week 2014

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
    -- John F. Kennedy.
    Quotes of the Week 2014 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0

    Vocational Services Committee April 7

    Joanne Johnston gave a brief overview of the role and progress of the Vocational Services Committee.  They are emphasizing their focus on Communication and with a new committee member from the CBC they are accomplishing this very well.
    Vocational Services Committee April 7 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

    Dr. Arya Sharma April March 31 Speaker

    Dr. Sharma gave a humorous talk on Obesity.  Basically once your body has reached a certain weight that is what it aims to stay at.
    Most research shows that dieting does not work which leads to this yo-yo effect in weight loss attempts.
    Dr. Arya Sharma April March 31 Speaker 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0

    Integrity Awards 2014

    Posted on Apr 02, 2014
    Fellow Rotarians:
    The 2014 Integrity Awards are being held on Wednesday, April 16th at the Executive Royal Inn and Conference Centre at 8450 Sparrow Drive in Leduc (directly East of the Edmonton International Airport).  Cocktails are at 6:00 pm. Dinner is at 7:00 pm. Cost is $50 per person and can be purchased from Connie Hill, our Club Administrator.
    Integrity Awards 2014 Helene Darcel 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Edmonton – Vocational Services Update June 2013

    Posted on Apr 02, 2014

    The Vocational Services Committee of the Rotary Club of Edmonton has helped to create a total of 16 positions since October 2008 in the District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership program. 14 of these have been under the leadership of the current Vocational Services Chair, Johanne Johnson (since 2011). The statistics speak for themselves on the success of this program and the quality of the partnering business employers. Rotarians from our Club have been key to providing employment in this program and ensuring people maintain their employment.

    Rotary Club of Edmonton – Vocational Services Update June 2013 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z 0

    RSVP for Lunch

    Club Meeting Attendance

    Let's make this our best Rotary year ever, in respect to our club administrator, Connie, the hotel staff, and your Sergeant-In-Arms Committee.
    Please RSVP in advance of each Monday meeting using the personalized link sent to you on Wednesdays.  It only takes a minute to click on the personalized link you receive via Club Runner, either "Accept" or "Decline", and use this same form to register your guest(s). 
    You can let us know whether or not you will be attending the next club meeting when you sign in at the Welcome Desk.  Simply put your initials on the weekly sign-in sheet when paying for your lunch ($26) and/or parking ($4).
    RSVP for Lunch Helene Darcel 2014-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

    Integrity Awards 2014


    The Edmonton Downtown Rotary Club is taking nominations for their Integrity Award winner for 2014.  This person is a non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to our community


    More information can be obtained by contacting Sylvia Boyetchko.



    Integrity Awards 2014 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Feb 10 Edmonton Autism Society Helene Darcel 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

    Honouring Integrity Awardees

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 15, 2013


    Please join fellow Rotarians from the Edmonton region in honouring Integrity Awardees from sister clubs at a Gala Dinner at The Agora in the Strathcona Community Centre in Sherwood Park.  The dinner is being held on Thursday, April 25, at 600 for 630 PM.  The cost of tickets is $50.00 and they can be obtained from Sylvia Boyetchko or Kevin Keough.


    The Integrity Awardee for the Rotary Club of Edmonton this year is Scott Matheson.  A brief summary of some of his main contributions to the community is below.


    Scott Matheson


    Scott Matheson has made extraordinary contributions to the Edmonton community through extensive contributions to strategic planning, operational support and fundraising for important organizations that serve the community.  Seven years ago he founded Row for Kid, where he still organizes and participates, to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, and through which nearly $700,000 has been raised to date.   He is the past-chair of the Capital Care Foundation, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse ageing population through research and service.  He has also been a lead organizer for the Festival of Trees fundraising activity in support of the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation.  Following in the footsteps of his father, Scott is the President of Crime Stoppers of Northern Alberta, an organization supporting the safety of the Edmonton community.   Scott has contributed countless hours to community development activities.  Through being a director on the Fort Edmonton Park Management Company his fund-raising skills and knowledge construction enabled him to make significant contributions to the Park, in particular to the Blatchford Field Hanger restoration.   As a Director of the Downtown Development Association he has been an enabler of projects for low-income housing and for other activities to revitalize the Edmonton’s downtown core.  This exceptional record of the service of others which has required a high level of commitment and personal time makes Scott Matheson a deserving recipient of the Rotary Integrity Award.

    Honouring Integrity Awardees John Kopeck 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0

    2013 Lobster Feast - Call for Live and Silent Auction Items

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013

    We are calling on all club members to assist in securing auction items for this event.  Our goal is to have 300 silent auction items and 10 live auction items.  We would like to get commitments by no later than May 31, 2013.  Thanks in advance to all club members for your assistance.

    If you have any questions, please contact John Kopeck our Acquisition Chair at (780) 429-5452 or by e-mail at

    2013 Lobster Feast - Call for Live and Silent Auction Items John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Harry Buddle Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013
    Congratulations to Rotarian Harry Buddle for recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. 

    Lifetime Achievement Awards are conferred on Fellows of the Chartered Accountants who, through their entire career, have rendered meritorious service to the profession, and whose career and achievements in the community have brought honour to the profession.

    Harry Buddle Receives Lifetime Achievement Award John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Meet Rotary International President on May 10 and 11

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013

    There is great interest in the visit of Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka May 10 and 11.  And for good reason, never have we had the honour of hosting a standing R.I.President in District 5370. 

    There are three opportunties to spend time with our International President.

    Million Dollar Dinner - a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation Saturday, May 11 in Sherwood Park.  We have sent invitations to new Bequest Society members.  We have also sent invitations to Paul Harris Society members and Major Donors as a way to thank them for their support.   You can be there, too by joining the Bequest Society,  it's a few easy steps.    Take these steps, support the Foundation (heck it's part of your will so you don't even have to pay now) and join us. Details:

    Rotary Day, Saturday AM May 11, Old Fort Edmonton Park.   A free BBQ (Thanks, Driving Force!).  If able help us spend a bit of time at a spring clean up before the BBQ, if President Tanaka can pitch in, I can, too!    (The President is known for a local "clean the streets" inititiative he enjoys in Japan.  See his video on the mentioned link)  Bring family, a friend or potential Rotarian!   Details:

    Peace Begins With You(th) - Friday May 10.  An evening event for YOUTH!  Interact, Youth exchange,  friends of Rotary,  Ryla, Rypen, etc.   A karaoke evening with the President will include mixing, mingling,  networking,  dance and more fun!  Details: 

    Meet Rotary International President on May 10 and 11 John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Lorne Anfindsen - A Celebration of Life on April 21, 2013

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013

    The Anfindsen Family request the pleasure your company to join with them for a celebration of Lorne's life.  This will be held on Sunday April 21, 2013 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Edmonton Petroleum Club - 11110 - 108 Street.


    Lorne Anfindsen - A Celebration of Life on April 21, 2013 John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Who Wants to Travel to South Africa? Rotary Friendship Exchange

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013
    Who wants to travel to South Africa and have a hoot with fellow 5370 and local Rotarians? We have successful contact with South African Rotarians regarding a Rotary FReindship Exchange. We would travel there in November 2013, they would visit our District Spring 2014. A Rotary Friendship Exchange is just for FUN. (This year India and England occurred with great fun and success!) You would be hosted by Rotarians. If you go you don't necessarily need to host but would be asked to possibly assist with the planning when they visit us. The trip will be about 2 weeks unless you plan more... Below is the link to Rotary Friendship Exchange. Also below - our response from one District in SA as to what you can expect. We would be looking for around 8 - 12 Rotarians/spouses or single Rotarians... Are you in? Start packing and join us. 
     Rotary Friendship Exchange Details..
    Who Wants to Travel to South Africa? Rotary Friendship Exchange John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International - Message from the President John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Day 2013

    Posted by John Kopeck on Apr 11, 2013

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton Northern Lights are the organizers and it is an opportunity for all Rotary Clubs in the Edmonton area to come out and enjoy some fresh air and meet the Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka.

    Everyone is invited to celebrate Rotary Day with us at Fort Edmonton on Saturday May 11th.

    We have "clean up the park" planned for the morning, with the President of Rotary International-Sakuji Tanaka joining us for the clean up! Then a bbq with entertainment, including Country Singer, Shawna Lynn and a band.  Please bring a potential Rotarian and/or family members with you!

     The schedule is as follows:

    9-9:20 Registration, maps and supplies distributed
    9:20-9:30 arrive at clean up site area
    9:30-11:00 clean up assigned area (mostly leaves and light trash in each area)
    11:00-11:30 Words from the President of Rotary International Sakuji Tanaka and District Governor Kevin Hilgers, on the steps of Fort Edmonton.
    11:30-1:30 Free BBQ (Sponsored through Driving Force.

    Casual wear, including boots or runners and please bring gloves for the clean up!
    Million Dollar Dinner that evening.  Further details here:

    Call or e-mail Rene to let her know if you can attend and if so how many people you are bringing with you.  We have to let the Northern Lights Club know by May 1st so that they can order enough food and drinks.

    Rotary Day 2013 John Kopeck 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

    Thoughts from Paul Harris

    Posted on Feb 07, 2013

    "But he who has once given himself to dreaming is not easily satisfied."

    Paul Harris

    Thoughts from Paul Harris 2013-02-08 00:00:00Z 0

    REMEMBER to RSVP for Lunches

    Posted by John Kopeck on Aug 29, 2012
    Just a reminder to all club members to RSVP your attendance.  It only takes a minute to either "accept" or "decline" online or only a few seconds to initial your attendance for the following week on the check in sheet when paying.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to project numbers so let's all help Rene out PLEASE!!!
    REMEMBER to RSVP for Lunches John Kopeck 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0

    Shelterbox Representative Tom Henderson Speaks to Rotary Club of Edmonton

    Posted by Rene Cavanagh on Apr 11, 2012

    Don’t miss the opportunity to hear:





    Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton

    Monday May 1 - 12:00 pm luncheon (weekly club meeting)

    Sutton Place Hotel, 10235 - 101 Street, Edmonton


    Everyone welcome.  Lunch tickets $30. Guests please RSVP to

    Tom’s story is one of inspiration, dedication and one man’s determination to it’s a tale of what can be achieved when one trusts in hope.

    Rotarian Tom Henderson (UK) is the founder of ShelterBox, an international charity that has grown to be recognized as one of the most innovative and effective aid organizations in the world.


    Tom developed the idea for ShelterBox in 1999. The concept was simple - to provide emergency shelter in the form of tents and other lifesaving supplies in an easily transportable box. Since distribution of the first ShelterBoxes in India in 2001, ShelterBox has responded to more than 170 disasters in over 75 countries, including the Haiti earthquake and Japan tsunami/earthquake. 


    More than 10,000 Rotary Clubs around the world have supported ShelterBox, providing both funding and assistance in the field.

    Shelterbox Representative Tom Henderson Speaks to Rotary Club of Edmonton Rene Cavanagh 2012-04-11 16:51:26Z 0

    Rotary Program July 18, 2011

    Posted on Jul 06, 2011

    This program will feature Terry Wickham, Producer and General Manager of the Edmonton Folk Festival.  


    Beginning in 1980 with one staff person and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world (and many would say the best).  Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000, the festival is a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.


    The quality of the music and the depth of the performer lineup is the single greatest ingredient in its success. Terry Wickham, Producer, selects artists within a broad musical mandate.


    The Folk Fest’s Vision is to continue to improve as a world-class folk music festival.


    This year, the Edmonton Folk Festival sold out in a matter of hours.  It will provide yet again another year of excellence with more than 70 outstanding performers from across Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia/Asia and more than 40,000 music fans.


    Terry will speak to us about the music festival, its history, its contributions to the City of Edmonton and the Capital region, current challenges, future aims and how he leads a team of volunteers towards continued excellence.

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    Rotary Program June 13, 2011

    Posted on Jun 06, 2011

    Lewis Cardinal has spent most of his professional life in public service. As a communicator and educator, he has dedicated his work to creating and maintaining connections and relationships that cross cultural divides. His work has mirrored his personal vision of a socially-just and responsive society.

    Mr. Cardinal has a long track record of public service which includes his board involvement with Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Little Warriors, Edmonton Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee, Bissell Centre Board of Governors, and as National Chair the Aboriginal Voices Radio Network.

    Mr. Cardinal has received Canada's highest Aboriginal recognition award, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Public Service, and has received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Grant MacEwan University, and the Alberta Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity. As well, he is the owner of Cardinal Strategic Communications, specializing in Education and Communications.

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    Rotary Program April 11, 2011

    Posted on May 03, 2011
    This program will feature the Rotary District 5370 Employment Partnership. We will have several Rotary speakers telling us about their experiance with the program.
    Rotary Program April 11, 2011 2011-05-03 14:10:40Z 0

    Chef Arthur on the scene!!

    Posted on May 03, 2011

    On Saturday evening the RCE exchange student Arthur Mert was chef and hosted a dinner for  several Past Presidents, our current President and thier wives. It was a fund raiser in part for the Japanese relief effort and in part to help pay for some excursions Arthur has and wants to take. It was a great evening and we can recommend his cooking ability, and the fun of the evening.

    Chef Arthur Sous Chef Rose Appetizers anyone???
    Just a little stir Ahh...Belgium meatballs Proof of the pudding
    Chef Arthur on the scene!! 2011-05-03 14:09:38Z 0
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    Rotary Program - July 25 2011

    Posted by Rene Cavanagh

    Steve Hogle is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs with the Katz Group.  His focus is squarely on the Edmonton Arena and Entertainment District, a project slated to be built on a 16 acre parcel of land in downtown Edmonton.

    Before joining Katz Group one year ago, Steve was the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Alberta Research Counciul, now Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.  He spent three years working with a variey of stakeholders and promoting the value of science and innovation in the province of Alberta.

     The majority of Steve's career - almost 30 years - was spent in the media, including stops in Camrose, Red Deer, Japan and Edmonton, where he spent 25 years at CTV Edmonton, becoming the third Hogle to hold the position of Director of News and Public Affiars.  He was proud to watch his new team capture a variety of awards over the years, ranging from Edward R. Murrow Awards for international recognition to Radio and Television News Directors Awards for national honours to a Canadian Association of Broadcasters Trophy for the Best Newscast in Canada,

    Steve's numerous volunteer activities in the community include roles with Ronald McDonald House, the Manning Awards, Salute to Excellence, Canadian Athletic Club and Youth for Christ, the last of which led to an assignment to shoot documentary footage in Burundi, Africa, one of the pporest nations on earth.  His work with the United Way at the Alberta Research Council resulted in back to back Awards from the Premier of Alberta.

    Steve has been married for 29 years to Cathy, a school teacher.  Together they have a son Zac, who is carrying on the family tradiiton in media, and a daughter Kirsten, who is a yogi! 

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    Rotary Program June 20, 2011


    This program will feature Ted Rose and Susan Hill

    While on vacation in Mexico in 1984, Ted Rose stumbled into a small village and a children's home for underprivileged kids.  That unplanned visit turned out to be a life-changing event.


    A couple of years later, he and his wife Susan sold their office equipment business in northern California and moved to Colima, Mexico to devote full time to helping disadvantaged children learn skills and develop visions to improve their chances for a better future.


    Their effort launched Project Amigo which now provides educational and incentive programs and higher education scholarships to 300+ disadvantaged children each year. It also provides dental, auditory and vision care, thanks to volunteers.


    Ted grew up in Los Angeles and was educated at Humboldt State University.  He has been a Rotarian for 31 years, and is now a member of the Rotary Club of Colima. Ted received Rotary International's "Service Above Self" Award in the year  2000.


    Susan grew up in Palo Alto, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. She has been a Rotarian for eleven years, and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Colima.


    Ted and Susan are both past Club Presidents and are Rotary Foundation Major Donors.


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    Rotary Program - April 18, 2011

    Legacy Projects Finalists Unveilled.

    After months of painstaking research and due dilligence the Legacy Committee chaired by Rotarian Luther Haave will unveil the finalists for the 2011 Rotary Club of Edmonton Legacy Project.  You the member will have a direct vote to determine which of the projects will move forward.

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    Rotary Program April 4, 2011

    The speaker for this week is Don R. Campbell of the Real Estate Investment Network. He will be discussing the comming five years in the Alberta real estate market, the good, the bad and the ugly. He will top his comments off with a review of the latest Top Alberta Investment Cities for 2011-2016. Don's presentations often chance audience thinking about realestate from being a month to month thought process to a more realistic look at the market. In addition to a view on Alberta he will comment on what the US market looks like in the comming years.
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    Rotary Program March 28, 2011

    The program will feature non other than Rotarian Roger Laing.

     His presentation will discuss 'The shifting demographics of our community impact all aspects of our lives, both personally and professionally. By the year 2025, one in every four people in Edmonton will be a senior. In his presentation, Roger will speak to how we support seniors to 'Age in Place' and will describe what this means to Sage (Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton), your business and your community.'

    Roger is the Executive Director of Sage, the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton, a role he has fulfilled since 1997. As Executive Director, he has been active in many community collaborations and has been instrumental in establishing a number of innovative services for seniors.  In the past Roger has served on many Boards and Commissions. In 2005, Roger received a Centennial medal for his work with seniors


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    Rotary Program March 21, 2011


    This Rotary Program will feature Dr. Robert Bailey.

    R.J. Bailey is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  A graduate of the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, he finished his internal medicine specialty training at the University of Alberta.


    Dr. Bailey then became the first fellow of the University of Alberta Gastroenterology training program.  Following that, he was the recipient of the first Canadian Liver Foundation fellowship, which provided support for hepatology training with Dr. Roger Williams at the King's College London. 


    Dr. Bailey maintains a varied hepatology, gastroenterology and endoscopy practice in Edmonton, Alberta.  He is active in teaching, research, and the delivery of clinical care. 


    He has been involved as an executive on numerous medical societies and committees, including President of the Alberta Internist Society, President of SIED, Treasurer of Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG), President of Medical Staff of Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Treasurer of OMED, and Endoscopy Chair for the 2005 World Congress of Gastroenterology.  Dr. Bailey is currently Medical Director of the Northern Health Services Network. 

    Dr. Bailey has titlesdhis presentation  "A Gastroenterologist in Ethopia - Endoscopy in Evolution" and will focus on highlights of his recent trip to Ethopia.

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    Rotary Program March 14, 2011


    The featured speaker will be Dr. Chris Leung, CEO of Catholic Social Services. The following is the announcement of his appointment in April 2002.

    Chris Leung is the new chief executive officer of Catholic Charities, the parent society of Catholic Social Services and the Sign of Hope Society.

    The agency's board of directors announced Leung's appointment April 10 following the resignation of Father Micheal Laporte, who served as CEO for almost three years.

    Leung has served in a variety of senior management positions with the organization for the past two decades, most recently as associate CEO.

    Laporte left his position to pursue a career in social work with CSS. "I'm looking forward to doing hands on work with people," he said.

    "This is a decision that I made for myself."

    The holder of a master's degree in social work, Laporte began doing summer work with CSS in 1982, rose to program manager in Wetaskiwin in 1988 and was appointed CEO of Catholic Charities in September 1999.

    "I'm happy the appointment fell on Chris Leung," he said. "He is a very competent administrator and someone who genuinely believes in the mission of Catholic Charities."

    Leung, 54, has a doctorate in management as well as graduate degrees in social/public administration and management studies from Hong Kong University. He worked with Caritas Hong Kong for more than 10 years before joining Catholic Charities in 1981.

    "I found him in Hong Kong 21 years ago," said Msgr. Bill Irwin, the agency's founder and vice-chair of its board of directors. "I think he'll be an excellent CEO. Now I can retire and go away."

    Leung was serving as manager of human resources for Caritas Hong Kong in 1981 when Irwin visited the island as a delegate to an international social work conference.

    "Chris is a man of faith and integrity."

    - Archbishop Thomas Collins

    "I met him. We got to know each other and then I asked him if he had any work opportunities in Canada," he recalled.

    "So he offered me the job."

    When Leung announced his resignation to Caritas, he was met with the surprise of his life. Instead of scolding him for leaving the agency, Hong Kong Bishop, now a cardinal, John Baptist Cheng presented him with the Caritas Medal for outstanding service.

    Almost 20 years later, in 2000, Leung received another important recognition - the prestigious Peer Reviewer of the Year award from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children in recognition of his exceptional organizational and analytical skills.

    Upon his arrival in Edmonton in 1981, Leung became director of administration. Seven years later, in 1988, he was promoted to senior vice president and, in 1998, he became associate chief executive officer.

    His appointment in early April as CEO for Catholic Charities caught him by surprise, but he says he is ready for the task.

    "I am honoured to be chosen chief executive officer and I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities facing Catholic Social Services and Catholic Charities during these rapidly changing times," he said.

    As CEO, Leung must lead more than 1,100 full-time, part-time and contractual staff, plus 1,700 volunteers currently working for the organization and its subsidiaries.

    Board chair Patricia O'Brien believes Leung has what it takes. "In Dr. Leung we have a leader who has the exceptional skills, leadership and knowledge required to successfully lead Catholic Charities and its subsidiaries, Catholic Social Services and the Sign of Hope Society, during the 21st century."

    Archbishop Thomas Collins echoed O'Brien's remarks, saying he is pleased Leung has accepted the challenge of leading the "loyal" staff and volunteers of the three organizations. "Chris is a man of faith and integrity and one who has clearly dedicated his life to serving people in need."

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    Rotary Program February 28, 2011

    This program will feature Rotarians. Harry Buddle, Gord Deeks, Gayle Head speaking about District Conference 2011 and Ron Coulombe speaking and providing an update on the strategic plan for our club.
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    Rotary Program February 7, 2011


    The speaker will be Richard Andersen, President and CEO of Northlands. Mr Andersen was appointed CEO and President in June 2010 as noted in the Press Release of that date.

    Northlands is excited to announce the appointment of Richard Andersen CFE, an experienced and renowned leader in sports and facility management, as the new President and CEO of the organization.

    "I am delighted to share the news of this appointment with our community," said Andrew Huntley, Chair of the Northlands Board of Directors. "Richard is highly regarded for his leadership in delivering exceptional events and managing world class venues and facilities. Richard is the perfect choice as leader of Northlands' future."

    As the former General Manager of Petco Park in San Diego and the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, Andersen brings a wealth of experience in largescale, international facility and sports franchise management. Petco Park opened in
    2004 to considerable critical and architectural acclaim. With Andersen at the helm, the park has become synonymous with excellence in facility management, and was recently awarded the 2010 Venue Excellence Award in the stadiums category from the International Association of Assembly Managers.

    Andersen has invaluable experience in Northlands' core businesses: event production, facility management, creating exceptional customer experiences, attracting major international events and negotiating corporate sponsorships. "Richard can build on the strong legacy of Northlands and take our multi-faceted facilities and events into an exciting future," described Huntley. "We are confident that a leader of his caliber can continue to position Northlands as a critical entertainment and economic driver in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Richard will take Northlands to the next level."

    Andersen takes over from current President and CEO, Ken Knowles, who has served in the role for the last 11 years. "Ken is to be commended for his accomplishments as our President and CEO, and he has our deepest gratitude for his 25 years of loyal service to the organization and this community," said Huntley. "Richard will continue our tradition of running a business that serves the community with integrity, world class standards and a deep commitment to doing what's best for Edmonton and Northern Alberta. These multiple 'bottom lines' are as important to him as they are to us. It's one of the ways in which we knew he was a great fit." Andersen's tenure begins on August 3,2010.

    "I am impressed by Northlands, its ambitions and its strong connection to the community," said Andersen of his new employer. "Northlands, already a cornerstone of the community, has shaped Edmonton and continues to play a pivotal role in its business, sporting and cultural life. My wife Susan and I are excited to be coming to Edmonton, becoming a part of the community and playing a part in shaping the next chapter for Northlands," concluded Andersen.

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    Rotary Program January 31, 2011


    Thiis Rotary Program will feature The Premier of the Province, Ed Stelmach. Premier Stelmach will be speaking about the State of the Province.

    Given the announcement our Premier made Tuesday January 25 2011 it could be a very interesting meeting.

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    Rotary Program January 24, 2011

    January 24th - Youth Day

    Speakers:        Each group will have 10 - 12 minutes to present

    First Group:      Attendees of the World Affairs Seminar

    Julia Amelio and Elizabeth Higgs, Attendees sponsored by Youth Services


    The World Affairs Seminar is the vision of Rotarian Dr. Dale Brock, whose vision was to bring about better understanding of world problems within a select group of young people from around the world. To accomplish this, he built a Seminar to study current issues. In the course of this study, the Seminar provides opportunities for participants to discuss those issues with other young people from around the world. Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict with the idea that if the causes are understood, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.

    Second Group:  Rotaract of Edmonton Centre            

    Hailey Hutton, President, Kirsten Poon, Vice President, Pavel Medvedev, International Director


    Rotaract of Edmonton Centre will be speaking about our two main ongoing community and international projects. The community initiative is an after-school mentorship program for a group of students at Delton Elementary School . The International project we're currently working on is a nursery construction project on Mfangano Island , Kenya . This May, they will be traveling again to Mfangano Island to assist in construction of the nursery, visit the school and bring new shoes for every student of Misori primary school.


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    Rotary Program January 17, 2011


    Antoine Parker (Pictured here) and his associate Kevin Gangel will be our speakers on January 17. There subject is "What is social enterprise?

    Antoine Palmer is Edmonton's one and only monk-turned-business consultant, with an extensive background in social enterprise, community development, communication and mediation, project management, and real estate investment. His firm, Konscious Corp. is a hub for champions of sustainability and social enterprise in Edmonton. Konscious facilitates collaboration among community leaders and provides a range of strategic consulting services. Antoine is married with three children and volunteers with several community organizations.

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    Rotary Program January 10, 2011

    Our Guest speaker will be Todd Hirsh, economist for ATB. Todd has spoken to the club before and will bring his economic forecast for 2011
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    Rotary Program December 20, 2010

    It has been said that there is magic in attending a luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonton. On the 20th not only will there be magic....real magic,  there will be music by our very own Rotarians. It will be a fun and enjoyable meeting.
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    Rotary Program December 13, 2010

    This Rotary meeting and program will celebrate the Christmas season. Please invite your significant other to join us for lunch. Rotarian Morley Workun has a few surprises up his sleeve including the wonderful young voices from Concordia College who will sing Christmas Carols, both familiar and unfamiliar. What else you say...well you will just have to be there to enjoy the great fellowship and camaraderie of the season. Please RSVP to Bonnie.
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    Rotary Program December 6, 2010


    The speaker will be Reg Milley, CEO of the Edmonton Airport Authority.

    Reg Milley joined Edmonton Airports as President and Chief Executive Officer on February 1, 2005.  Edmonton Airports is responsible for the management and operation of four airports in the capital region: Edmonton International Airport; Edmonton City Centre Airport; Villeneuve Airport and Cooking Lake Airport.

    Prior to joining Edmonton Airports, Reg was President of Halifax International Airport, a position he held since 2001.  Before that, he was a Vice President and Lead Officer with Husky Energy Inc. of Calgary, Alberta.

    Reg is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He is a Director and past Chair of the Canadian Airports Council (CAC), and also chairs the Association's Governance & Compensation Committee.  Reg is also a member of the Government of Alberta's External Advisory Committee on Strategic Transportation Policy; member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority Board of Directors and Transportation Committee member; member of the World Governing Board of Airports Council International (ACI) and Board member of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA); Vice Chair of the Telus World of Science Edmonton Board of Directors and a member of the Governance Committee; member of the Board of the Edmonton Symphony Society; member of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Presidential Advisory Committee; member of Concordia University Management Advisory Committee; and member of the Coordinated Clearance Coalition Advisory Board.

    Reg and his wife Marcie have two children: Catherine, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine practicing in St. Albert; and Kent, a member of Shell Canada's Management Development Program and currently assigned to the Scotford Refinery Expansion project in Fort Saskatchewan.


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    Rotary Program November 29, 2010

    This weeks program will feature the Annual General Meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonton. This meeting is a requirement for  a registered Not for Profit. It will among other things  allow for financial reporting, appointment of auditors, and provide the leadeership with an opportunity to outline plans for the future. Be sure to attend
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    Rotary Program November 22, 2010


    This Rotary Program will feature long time Rotarian Paul Byrne.

    Paul  is the President & CEO of Grant MacEwan University.  Paul's career has also seen him in leadership positions at three public post-secondary institutions in Canada as well as work in the private sector with General Motors.

    Dr. Byrne's academic credentials include a PhD from the University of Alberta, a Masters of Education from the State University of New York, a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from Brock University, and certificates from Ryerson University and the League for Innovation.  He has completed post doctoral work at Harvard Graduate School and Oxford.

    Paul's commitment to enhance access and provide a continuum of learning for learners is a key attribute that he brings to the presidency.  He has a strong belief that the soul of a university is the staff and their commitment to serving the needs of students.

    Paul is a board member of The Edmonton Police Foundation Board, the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, the Judicial College of Arizona, and two US-based boards. He is Past-Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.   In recognition of his community leadership, Dr. Byrne received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Gold Medal, and the Alberta Commemorative Silver Medallion. Venture Magazine named Paul as one of Alberta's 50 most influential people in 2000 and 2004.  In April 2006 he received the Paul A. Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award from the Chair Academy. In October 2009, Paul was installed as the Honorary Colonel of 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, based in Cold Lake, Alberta.

    Internationally, Paul has participated in projects and activities in India, South Africa, Uganda, Mexico, China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Ukraine.

    Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is the province's largest undergraduate university with four campuses, over 70 programs, a budget of $190 million and serves more than 38,000 learners annually.  MacEwan's mandate includes offering certificates, diplomas, post-graduate diplomas, applied degrees and undergraduate degrees.

    The subject of Paul's address will be "MacEwan University - Sustainability"

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    Rotary Program November 15

    This week will feature an update from two of our service focused committees. The World Community Service Committee Chair Brian Hehn  will provide an update on the Internationally oriented projects while Bill Hamilton, Chair of the Community Services Committee will speak about our clubs community focused efforts.

    This is a good opportunity to catch up on the service work being done by our club.

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    Jasper in January


    Jasper in January 14-16


    To:  Rotary Youth Exchange Students


    Whether you are an avid skier or you have never felt snow before, it's time to think about a ski trip in the new year with other Rotary students.  Every winter the Rotary Club organizes a ski trip for Rotary Youth Exchange Students in the district to experience skiing in the Rocky Mountains.   Experienced chaperones will take you there and ski instructors will give lessons to the first timers or others who want to polish their moves.  Rental of ski equipment will be arranged for you, all you have to do is to register!


                 Registration is on a first-come first-served basis - Register Early!!


    Cost :              $350 per person 


    ·        This cost includes housing, transportation, rentals, lessons, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, Pizza Dinner on Saturday.

    ·        You will have access to the facilities at the Jasper Recreation Centre such as pool, hot tub, showers and pool games.




    Registration Deadline:             Received by Mon., December 27, 2010

    Payment Deadline :                   Received by Wed., January 5, 2011

    (Sorry, we cannot accept late registration or payment)


    To Register :            Fax or e-mail a completed Registration Form to Mimi Hui

                                    Fax:  780-492-1857                  e-mail:
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    Rotary Program November 8, 2010


    As we near Remembrance Day, the Rotary Club of Edmonton program will feature Brigadier-General Lamarre, DMM, CD. Brigadier-General Lamarre joined the Canadian Forces from Calgary in June 1981. His first posting after completion of his training as a Logistics Officer in 1986 was to Transportation Company of 1 Service Battalion, Calgary. There, he served as a Platoon Commander, Company Training and Operations Officer and Company 2 I/C. This posting was followed by a Regular Support Staff tour at Hamilton Militia District Headquarters from 1988 to 1990.

    He was next posted to Force Mobile Command Headquarters in St-Hubert, Quebec. After working in the SSO Transportation and G4 Operations sections, he was sent to Croatia from January to August of 1994 as the Movements Officer for the Canadian Contingent. Promoted to the rank of Major while overseas, he was then posted to 1 Service Battalion, Calgary, as the Officer Commanding Transportation Company from 1994 to 1996.

    After a short posting to J4 Logistics at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), he took over the responsibilities of Career Manager for all Army Logistics Officers, a position he held from June 1997 to June 1999. This was followed by a two year posting as G4 of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Edmonton, Alberta.
    Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2002, he served for one year as the G4 of Land Forces Central Area in Toronto until July 2003.

    Thereafter, he was appointed the Commanding Officer of 1 Service Battalion in Edmonton, from where he deployed during the period of July 2004 to February 2005 to command the Canadian National Support Element of Operation ATHENA, Canada's contribution to the NATO mission in Afghanistan.

    He was promoted to Colonel in June 2005 and attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. In June 2006, he was appointed Director Plans Support/Specialist within the Strategic Joint Staff. In September 2006, he was appointed Director Land Service Support, the G4 of the Canadian Army. He assumed command of 1 Area Support Group, the support formation in Land Forces Western Area, in June of 2008.  In June 2010, he was appointed Commander (designate) JTF-Afg HQ 5-11/Mission Transition Task Force and will deploy in June 2011.  He was promoted to his current rank in September 2010.

    Brigadier-General Lamarre is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston, the Canadian Forces College, Toronto and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Masters in Defence Studies and a Masters of Science in National Resource Management.

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    Rotary Program November 1, 2010


    Bob Baker graduated from the University of Alberta, Department of Drama, in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) Honors degree. In 1972 he co-founded and was co-director of Edmonton's Alberta Barter Theatre. From 1974 to 1979 he was in the Acting Company of The Stratford Festival in Ontario. In 1979 he became a faculty member of Vancouver Community College and taught Professional Acting Classes in Vancouver and Edmonton. In 1982, he was appointed Artistic Director of Edmonton's cutting-edge Phoenix Theatre where he directed such plays as Cloud Nine; Key Exchange; Torch Song Trilogy; Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor's Nightmare; The Zen of an Intelligent Machine;As Is; B-Movie, The Play; The Curse of the Werewolf and North Shore Live, which he co-wrote, along with Tom Wood and Nicola Cavendish.

    The years 1987-1989 saw Mr. Baker directing around the world in places such as The Shaw Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Canadian Stage Company, and Harbourfront Theatre in Toronto, The Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, The National Arts Centre, The Cleveland Playhouse, The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. In 1989 he became a member of the faculty at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto.

    In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto where he directed such plays as Breaking the Code; The Dreamland; Henry VI; Richard III; La Bête; Once On This Island; Into the Woods; The Glorious 12th; Angels in America Parts I and II and Claptrap.

    This 2010-2011 Season marks Mr. Baker's 12th year as Artistic Director at the Citadel Theatre.

    Mr. Baker has received four Dora Award (Toronto) nominations for Outstanding Direction (Breaking the Code; Into the Woods; Angels in America Part I and Angels in America Part II) and received the award for directing B-Movie, The Play. Locally, Mr. Baker has three Sterling Awards (Edmonton) for Best Director (Popcorn, Cabaret and The Pillowman) and three nominations for Best Director for "Art"; Measure for Measure and West Side Story

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    First Two Months in Switzerland


    Here is a note from Nelson Nolan, our Rotary exchange student.

    Hello Downtown Rotary Club. This is Nelson and I am the outbound exchange student for the club. I am currently on my exchange to Basel, Switzerland. In my first two months here I have already acquired many great memories and experiences. I am learning High German and in the process of understanding the Swiss dialect of German. I have already travelled to France, Italy and numerous parts of Switzerland. I suppose I can be classified as a tourist now.  It is incredible how much you learn each day from just being in another place in the world. I am optimistic for the rest of my exchange and excited to share my experiences with you when I get back.

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    Rotary Program October 25, 2010


    Our Rotary Program will feature a report from Eve Dewart, who was our Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Eve's Exchange country was Finland.  This is how Eve introduces herself.

    "My name is Eve Dewart and thanks to Edmonton Rotary, I was given the opportunity to spend the 2009/2010 school year in Tampere, Finland. It is Finland's third largest city and is about a two-hour drive north of Helsinki. I attended Tampereen Yhtesikoulon Lukio, a high school with a performing arts focus. I was able to learn to speak some Finnish and get a close look at Finland's lifestyle and culture. Some of my most memorable Finnish experiences are going to sauna, eating reindeer, attending graduation and going to the capital, Helsinki. While there I also had the opportunity to travel to several other countries, including Russia, Denmark, Italy, France and Germany. It was an amazing opportunity for which I am truly grateful.

    Now that I am back home in Edmonton, I am attending Archbishop MacDonald High School once again and pursuing my interest in sports, particularly volleyball and sailing."

    For the full story and accompanying photos be sure to attend this meeting.


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    Rotary Program October 18, 2010


    Our guest speaker will be Gordon Sawyer, President of the Edmonton Rush.

    - Native Albertan
    - Born in Calgary, Alberta
    - Lived in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Doing his second tour of duty in Edmonton, AB.
    - Started his formal career as a purchasing agent at Bruins Plumbing in 1975.
    - moved to the Albertan Newspaper from 1977-1979.
    - moved to Global mail for launch of national newspaper in 1980.
    - moved to Rogers Cable as a marketing supervisor for the launch of Super Channel, First Choice and C  Channel in 1981.
    - 1983 to 2009 - Returned to the newspaper business at the Calgary Sun where he held a number of positions over 26 years.
    - 2009 - Retired from the Calgary Sun and in April 2009 became the President of the Edmonton Rush Lacrosse Club.
    He has two daughters Chelsea and Kate of whom he is very proud.

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    New Governor General a Rotary Foundation alumnus


    Hon. David Johnston, the new Governor General of Canada in 1963 was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, (District 6290) to attend University of Cambridge in England. 

    David Johnston is an academic and author. He became Governor General on October 1, 2010. His specializations are securities regulation, corporation law, and communications law. Among many honours, he received honorary doctorates from 12 universities and status as a Companion of the Order of Canada.
    He served as president of the University of Waterloo, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the founding chair of the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy, and the only non-US citizen to chair Harvard University's Board of Overseers.
    He is also an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener (District 7080).
    In his inaugural address as Canada's 28th governor general, he challenged Canadians to join him in a stepped-up journey to "support families and children, to reinforce learning and innovation and to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism" as the country approaches its 150th birthday in 2017.
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    Rotary Program Oct. 4, 2010


    The program speaker will be Helen Nolan, Executive Director of the 124st Street  Business Association.

    Helen will provide an update on the redevelopment of 124 Street In 1988 the merchants of the business district, 124th Street, extending from Jasper Avenue north to 111 Avenue in central Edmonton, formed a business association. The purpose of this association was to work with the City of Edmonton to stimulate growth within the business district. Through the efforts of many members working with the Board over the years, 124th Street has physically improved with streetscaping and infrastructure work. Many businesses have seen the benefits of locating or expanding within the 124th Street business area. The vacancy rate is at an all time low, however rental rates have not been significantly affected. Many of the businesses have been on 124th Street for years, providing specialty sales and service to Edmonton and surrounding areas. Accessible parking and a diverse range of businesses and services, cobbled sidewalks and decorative street-lights, our streets invite each passerby to linger, to explore and to discover the charm of an area not much bigger than the heart of a small town. From sporting goods, travel and home decor to high fashion, flowers, books and designer furniture, you'll find what you're looking for on 124 Street & Area. Enjoy a break in one of many fine restaurants and bistros along the way, and don't miss the famous "Gallery Walk", featuring some of the best art the city has to offer. Perhaps you are a history buff? Take a guided walk of the Original West End, or head to the Provincial Museum of Alberta for an outstanding variety of displays and events. Capture the magic of a bygone age in the heart of a bustling city - Visit 124 Street & Area today!

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    Rotary Program Sept 20, 2010

    The program speaker is Tom Heinderks, Executive Director  Alberta Aviation Museum. Tom was born in the late '50's in Winnipeg , Manitoba.  Tom is passionate about flying, having taken his first flight when he was three Weeks old. His youth was spent flying  across Western and Northern Canada. Tom graduated from F. H. Collins High School in Whitehorse, Yukon, received his glider licence through an air cadet scholarship at Rivers Manitoba, and private pilot's licence through an air cadet scholarship in Edmonton. His first aircraft was a 1946 Cessna 120. Tom's presentation will focus on The Alberta Aviation Museum, The Spirit of Edmonton Project and our future in Aviation.
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    Women in Rotary

    The 1989 Council on Legislation vote to admit women into Rotary clubs worldwide remains a watershed moment in the history of Rotary.

    "My fellow delegates, I would like to remind you that the world of 1989 is very different to the world of 1905. I sincerely believe that Rotary has to adapt itself to a changing world," said Frank J. Devlyn, who would go on to become RI president in 2000-01.

    The vote followed the decades-long efforts of men and women from all over the Rotary world to allow for the admission of women into Rotary clubs, and several close votes at previous Council meetings.  Success story.

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    Update - Edmonton Pakistan Flood Relief Committee

    The committee has acted very quickly and positively in its effort to raise funds to support the much needed relief effort.

    The fund raising dinner was held at Khazana Restaurant, in an environment that felt like a small group of 50 friends coming together to help close friends in need.  Dr. Muzaffar Siddiqui offered a touching and emotional plea to help.  Gene Zwozdesky, the Minister of Health and Wellness, who also joined us for dinner, offered a compelling call to action.

    We raised over $35,000, which will be matched by CIDA for an additional $35,000, for a total of $70,000.  Of the funds accessible to us, the committee decided to use two third of the funds to address immediate needs by purchasing Shelter Boxes, Aqua Boxes, and other much needed emergency items.  The other one third will be given to Rotary International to support medium- and long-term projects, likely with a focus on improving Pakistan's capacity to rebuilt itself.

    A big salute to committee members Mike Nabavi, Joyce Tustian, Sarkis Hakopdjanian, Joel David, David Heibert, Karen McDonald and Muzaffar Siddiqui

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    Rotary Program September 27, 2010

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton will be holding a Club Assembly on September 20. Lead by Rotarian Daryl Baker, the focus of this Assembly will to look at additional fund raising activities. It is important to have a good attendance, and great conversations which will give President Jim and his Board of Directors some ideas to work with.
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    Rotary Program August 30, 2010

    The Program will feature speaker Daniel Schloss. For the past year, Daniel has been the Pacific Region Manager for the Canada-Israel Committee, an organization that is the official representative of the Canadian Jewish Community on matters pertaining to Canada-Israel relations.
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    Rotary Program Sept. 6 2010

    Posted by Harry Buddle
    District Governor Jackie Hobal is scheduled to visit and speak to our Rotary Club on September 13, 2010. Jackie was first introduced to the 'world of Rotary' through her father Harry Jewell who was a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Mayfield.  She is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Athabasca and prior to moving to Island Lake, (north of Athabasca) - Jackie was a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton West. 


    Jackie has been involved in a variety of club and district committees and served as district trainer facilitating the training of incoming Club Presidents and District and Club Leaders.  She was also a member of the District Harassment and Abuse Committee and served as Club President of the Athabasca Club during Rotary's Centennial year in 2003-2004   In 2006 Jackie travelled to Ajijic, Mexico, as part of a delegation from Athabasca working with Rotarians to support an orphanage for children who have been abandoned as a result of AIDS.   Jackie continues to work closely with the Teacher Facilitation and Training committee for the District 5370 Belize Literacy Program. Jackie is a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society.  She was honored to have been chosen to be District Governor for District 5370 in 2010-2011.


    Jackie enjoys the many opportunities for fellowship in Rotary and especially the District 5360/5370 annual curling bonspiel in February is also on the calendar. 


    Education Administration & Training is Jackie's vocational classification.  Jackie is a retired school administrator from Edmonton Public Schools where she held a variety of teaching, consulting, supervisory and administrative positions.  In addition Jackie has authored textbooks as has served as a curriculum specialist.  She has worked as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor for the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta in Edmonton and on campus in SlaveLake where she taught in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program.   Recently, Jackie assisted in the development and coordination of curriculum implementation planning and professional development for Northern Alberta and Edmonton Region School Districts. 


    Jackie is married to Wayne, a retired Program Head from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)  Two married sons - Daryn and Patty and Brendan and Robin and 4 grandchildren all living in Edmonton enrich Jackie and Wayne lives. In addition to family and gatherings with Rotary friends, lake visits with the grandchildren, hiking and golf are passions for Jackie and Wayne.  Their guest cabin at Island Lake brings enjoyment and opportunities to meet and welcome many visitors.


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    Rotary Program August 23, 2010

    The program on Monday, August 23 will feature two speakers, Dr. Glenn Hundleby and Sol Rohlinger. The topic is the history of the formation of Wellspring Centres throughout Canada as a post cancer support centre and the development of the Edmonton clinic following the cutbacks at the Cross Cancer Institute when most if not all of the post support treatment was discontinued.  The  current status is that Wellspring Edmonton has been incorporated as a Part 9 Company and the major launch for the development and building of the new clinic site took place on April 27, 2010 and we hope to have a major announcement very shortly as to its location and dates for completion.  Dr. Hundleby is the Chair of the Board and Sol Rohlinger is a Board Member active in securing the site and public, private and government support.
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    Rotary Program August 16, 2010

    This program will feature some Rotary Education. It should be informative and help committees be more effective communicators.
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    Rotary Program August 9, 2010

    The Program during the Rotary luncheon on Monday August 09 will feature "Moose" Kingsley. "Moose" is the commanding officer of the 419 tactical fighter squadron.
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    Register for Rotary UN Day


    The annual Rotary-UN Day will be held on Saturday, 6 November, at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

    Under the theme "Rotary and the UN: Building Communities, Bridging Continents," the daylong meeting will bring together key leaders from the United Nations, Rotary International, and other organizations to discuss humanitarian issues and opportunities for collaboration.

    Organized by the RI representatives to the UN, this year's event will feature presentations from senior UN staff and Rotary leaders as well as panel discussions on health, water, literacy, and youth.

    High school-age students, including Interactors and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, can attend a special youth program in the morning and join the adult program in the afternoon.

    Rotary-UN Day 2009 attracted more than 1,600 attendees from 46 countries. Because of reduced meeting space this year, early registration is encouraged. Read more.

    To register, submit the appropriate form and payment.

    Adult registration form
    Youth/student registration form
    Online registration

    For further information, contact Brad Jenkins, RI representative to the UN in New York.

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    Rotary Program - July 26, 2010


    The program for the July 26 meeting will feature the well known Canadian and Edmonton Broadcaster Byran Hall.

    One of the most recognizable voices in Alberta's media industry, "Hallsy" has spent over 50 years announcing and promoting sports. Bryan Hall combined personality, commitment and longevity to create an enormous impact on the City of Edmonton. Bryan has been the play-by-play announcer for the Edmonton Eskimos for over 35 years, calling the action for several Grey Cup victories and countless memories. Bryan was also the voice of the Alberta Oilers (World Hockey Association), Edmonton Flyers Hockey Club and Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey Club. In 1967 Bryan Hall took a bold step forward in sports broadcasting when he pioneered the first open-line sports show in Edmonton.

    Throughout the last 50 years, Bryan has established himself as the most well known media celebrity in the City of Edmonton. Bryan's impact on the City of Edmonton and the media community across the country has been recognized twice: being honoured with "Bryan Hall Day" proclamations from the City of Edmonton, and, in 1989, being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

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    Rotary Program July 19, 2010

    The program for the July 19 meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonton is TBA. It is sure to be an interesting meeting.
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    RCE on Facebook

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton now has a Facebook Page. Take a look and sign up as this can be another information and communication tool. Here is the link:


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    Rotary Program July 12, 2010


    The featured speaker for the scheduled meeting Monday July 12 will be John Wheelright of Dogs with Wings. The following was taken from their website.

    Our Mission

    Fostering independence and integration for Albertans with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support.

    Our Goals

    To train and graduate sufficient, qualified assistance dogs yearly to meet the growing demand. To increase our annual funding contributions to enable us to meet the demand. To enrich someone's life by helping them to become more independent, and to enhance their ability to contribute to the community through their job, education and volunteer work by providing them with a fully trained assistance dog.

    Our Values

    Persons with disabilities are important members of society who need our assistance. We work with and support other organizations that provide assistance to the challenged members of our society. We provide dedicated and innovative services and opportunities for our clients. 
Our organization exists to serve our clients; our volunteers are instrumental in meeting our goals. Our assistance dogs are not just working dogs, they are valued family members.

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    Rotary Program June 28, 2010

    This is the last program in this Rotary year. Our speaker will be our President "King Richard". He will share thoughts on the experiance of leading this dynamic club of ours.
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    Rotary Program June 21, 2010

    The featured speaker will be Major Patrick Brizay of the Canadian Forces. Major Brizay lead a field hospital team  in earthquake ravaged Haiti. earli in the new year. The following was taken from a news release.
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    Rotary Program May 17, 2010

    This will be an exciting program lead by Rotarian Jim Greenough. 30 minutes or more of dynamic thought and energy.
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    Rotary Program June 14, 2010


    The featured speaker will be Daniel Watson, Deputy Minister Western Economic Development.

    Daniel was appointed Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) on July 16, 2009.

    Before this appointment Daniel was Associate Deputy Minister at WD. Previously, he was Senior Assistant Deputy Minister at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Assistant Deputy Minister at WD Saskatchewan Region, and Director General at the Department of Justice.

    Prior to joining the federal public service, he worked for both the British Columbia and the Saskatchewan governments, gaining extensive experience in policy, Aboriginal issues and intergovernmental affairs.

    A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Mr. Watson sat on a number of government committees, including the Saskatchewan Federal Council, the Assistant Deputy Ministers' Forum.

    WD promotes the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy and advances the interests of the West in national economic policy. Western Economic Diversification Canada works to strengthen western innovation, entrepreneurship and community economic development. Daniel is based in WD Headquarters in Edmonton.

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    Rotary Program May 31, 2010


    Representatives from the Edmonton Eskimos will be featured on the program on May 31. They will be updating Rotarians on the planning for the 98th Grey Cup.

    For the second straight year, the province of Alberta will host Canada's largest annual sporting event. Taking place in the city of Edmonton, the 98th Grey Cup will be played at Commonwealth Stadium, a historic venue that has played host to several major sporting events, including Grey Cups from previous years. Festivities surrounding the event will highlight Edmonton's passion for football, and the spirit of this northern Alberta city, something fans of all ages won't want to miss.

    This Grey Cup is also important to Edmonton because it coincides with the Eskimos' 100-year anniversary. Decades of great memories and great football will no doubt be featured throughout the festivities, as fans from all over Canada come to together to celebrate, while the CFL's best compete for the championship trophy.

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    Rotary Program June 7, 2010


    The program will feature Dr. Andy Knight. You may recall the long time Rotarian Ron Grantham was an advocate and financial contributor to the Peace and Conflict resolution studies at the University of Alberta. Dr. Knight was a friend of Ron's and was one of the first to teach in that field at the university.

    Dr. Andy Knight was appointed to the International Development Research Centre Board of Governors in March 2007. He is serving his first term, which will expire in 2011. Effective July 1st, Dr. Knight became Chairman for the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Previously, he was Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Director of the Office of the Interdisciplinary Studies' Peace and Post-Conflict Studies Certificate Program in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty Advisor, National Model United Nations (NMUN) and High School Model United Nations. He co-edited the international journal, Global Governance, from 2000 to 2005 and has served as Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Professor Knight is the author and editor of several books, including Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era: Lessons Learned and A Changing United Nations. He is co-editor of Building Sustainable Peace.

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    Rotary Program May 10, 2010


    The speaker will be Dr. Wayne Shillington, President & CEO Norquest College

    Dr. Wayne Shillington has had a tremendous impact on Alberta's post-secondary system for more than 30 years. Starting his career as a teacher in Saskatchewan, Dr. Shillington moved to Alberta in the late '70s where he spent 20 years at Lakeland College in northeastern Alberta, including serving inthe role of academic vice-president.
    Throughout his career, Dr. Shillington has maintained a strong commitment to ensuring
    everyone has an opportunity for a post-secondary education. He has worked extensively withoutreach program delivery and pioneered the use of distance education technology and alternatelearning models. Dr. Shillington's own educational successes include a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Washington State.

    In 1998, Dr. Shillington became President of NorQuest College (formerly Alberta Vocational College). His leadership and vision has led to significant expansion of NorQuest programs and partnerships with the community, business and other post-secondary institutions. Today, NorQuest College is a recognized innovator and leader in business, industry and health careers training, English language and adult literacy, and workplace programs to assist newcomers in transitioning to the workforce.
    Dr. Shillington believes in investing in his community and does so as a volunteer with a variety of community organizations, including the Riverview Rotary Club, Vibrant Communities Edmonton, and the United Way. His involvement extends to the Edmonton Chamber ofCommerce, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the Edmonton Downtown Business Association. In fact, Dr. Shillington's community involvement is one of the reasons NorQuest has emerged as a key contributor to the economic and social development of the Edmonton region.
    Dr. Shillington and his wife Marcy are active supporters of Edmonton's arts and cultural community and throughout the year, they attend a variety of fundraising events in support of many charitable causes.

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    Rotary Program Monday May 3, 2010

    The featured speaker for the Rotary Program on Monday May 3 is Donald J. Oborowsky, CEO Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. Raised in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan, and a 43-year resident of Edmonton, Donald Oborowsky is the Co-Founder and CEO of Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd., an industrial steel fabricator, employing 500 employees, specializing in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, transportation and petro-chemical industries. Waiward Steel, currently celebrating 38 years in business, is recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and regarded as one of the largest privately-owned automated industrial steel fabrication facilities in Canada. Don is also the President and CEO of Waiward Construction Management Inc., involved in excavation services including water, sewer, and commercial site preparation, paving and hydrocarbon contamination clean up. He is also President and CEO of Hustle Holdings Ltd., a residential and commercial development company with land and property holdings in Edmonton and area. In a joint venture with Fort McKay First Nation, Waiward Management Inc. has developed a 250 acre industrial park in the Fort McMurray region providing facilities for the manufacture, processing and storage of mechanical electrical and steel products for industrial use. Don will be well known to many members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton. He is highly regarded in the world of business and the community at large. Corporate and personal awards include WCB Alberta Work Safe Award of Distinction, Canadian Construction Association National Safety Award, Premiers' Award of Distinction, CCA Community Leader of the Year, Alberta Business Leader of the Year (JA), 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Prairies Region, and 2009 CCA Person of the Year.
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    Rotary Program April 26, 2010


    A former member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton, Dr. Gerry Predy will be our speaker.

    Dr. Predy received his M.D. from the University of Alberta in 1976 and holds a Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons with a specialty in Community Medicine. He has over 25 years experience in Family Medicine and Public Health in both rural and urban settings. In September, 1996 he was appointed Medical Officer of Health for the Capital Health Region in Alberta, and this past year became the Vice-President of Public Health as well. Major responsibilities include managing health protection programs and monitoring and reporting on the health status of the population. Annually, Dr. Predy produces a health status report entitled "How Healthy Are We?" which makes use of population health indicators and the influence of the determinants of health. Chronic disease prevention, injury prevention and healthy physical and social environments are high on his agenda.

    As Medical Officer of Health Dr. Predy has a major role in health protection overseeing emergency preparedness, infection control in the community, for example, influenza, antibiotic resistant organisms, tuberculosis and HIV and utilizes a number of strategies for controlling outbreaks.

    Dr. Predy also has a limited practice in a local medical clinic thereby keeping up to date on what is circulating in the community. He is interested in running and regularly participates in marathons. He recently was presented with a Leadership Award in Heart Healthy Policy by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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    Rotary Program April 19, 2010

    The guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Edmonton meeting for Monday April 19 is John McDonald, Publisher of the Edmonton Journal. When John was appointed Publisher in January 2008 the following article was published describing his thougts and background.
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    What does being a Canadian Citizen mean to you?

    Posted by David Hiebert
    The following was written by Amanda Waskahat, a 16 year old grade 11 student attending Amiskwacity Academy, in support of her application to go to the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program in Ottawa. The Youth Service Committee selected her to go to Ottawa to attend the program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa May 2-5, 2010.
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    Time is right to end polio

    Canadian Robert S. Scott (left), chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, joins Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (center) and other government officials on 10 October in Islamabad to launch National Immunization Days.
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    Rotary Program April 12, 2010


    This weeks program will feature Nolan Crouse, Mayor of St. Albert. Nolan Crouse has lived in St. Albert since 1991 and served a term as Councillor from 2004-2007. During his time on Council, Nolan served on a number of Boards and Committees including:

    •St. Albert/Sturgeon Intermunicipal Development Plan Team

    •Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee

    •Chair, St. Albert Finance and Audit Committee

    •Multipurpose Leisure Centre Campaign Planning Committee

    •St. Albert Subdivision and Development Appeal Board •Yellowhead Highway Association

    •Affordable Housing Advisory Board

    •Municipal Planning Commission

    Nolan has also been very involved in the community, especially through the Alberta Junior Hockey League where he has contributed as both a Coach and General Manager. In addition to his involvement in the sporting community, he has also been involved in the United Way and a number of community initiatives such as the Slave Lake Arctic Winter Games. Nolan has extensive experience in the Forest Products industry and as an entrepreneur.

    He recently completed his MBA in Community Economic Development. Nolan is married to wife Gwen and has three children.

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    Rotary Program March 29

    Larry Louie - The Photographer The two greatest passions in his life are travel and photography. "Both broaden one's view of the world. Travel helps us develop tolerance and appreciation of others and ourselves. Our world and all the people are interconnected - we are individually all different and yet the same. My photographs document my journey in life and allow me to share with others the diversity and beauty of the world I see." Larry's love for photography and travel developed at a very young age with his first National Geographic Magazine. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Edmonton, Canada, Larry was educated as a doctor of optometry. His journey into photography started right in his own backyard. He started his series Homeless Men by photographing the "down and out" people of his home city, Edmonton. His Burnt series involved monitoring local police frequencies and rushing to the burnt sites. And of course, his love for nature and the outdoors brought him and his camera to the Rocky Mountains of Alberta quite frequently. After optometry school, Larry experienced a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for photography. After viewing an exhibition of Josef Koudelka's work at the New York's Guggenheim Museum, he became interested in black and white photography and photojournalism. He also discovered another problem: he likes his profession as an optometrist, but also likes to travel and photograph. He, therefore, has decided to split his time between his optometry practice and his passion for travel and photography. Larry takes several trips a year to many different places around the world. He takes special interest in places far off the beaten path where the indigenous people and their cultures and practices are rapidly becoming extinct. In 2008, through his photography, Larry became an avid supporter of Seva Canada and their projects around the world. Over the years, Larry has received many awards and recognitions for his work
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    Rotary Program March 22, 2010

    The speaker on Monday March 22 will be Dr. George Richardson. George is associate professor of social studies education and Associate Dean (International Initiatives) in the Faculty of Education. His areas of research include global citizenship education, the role of education on national identity formation, multicultural education and action research. He has international experience working with teachers in a Open Societies' Foundation program in Ukraine, with local and district school administrators, and Chinese academics in a CIDA-funded project in Western China, has recently been a co-instructor on a pre-service teacher course on global citizenship in Ghana and is currently involved in a UNESCO project working to upgrade the pedagogical and content area skills of teacher educators in Iraq.
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    Rotary Program March 15, 2010

    This comming week we have three for the price of one. A team of speakers from the Rotary Employment Partnership will be sharing their experiances with this exciting Rotary project. The co-ordinator is Wendy McDonald.

    Wendy is a second generation Rotarian who is actively involved in Rotary at the district level as a trainer and is Chair of the Rotary Employment Partnership. Wendy is also a Past President of the Mayfield Rotary Club.

    Outside of Rotary, Wendy is equally as active a President of the Alberta Association for Community Living

     In her spare time Wendy   also finds time for her paying job as a Principal in the firm PossibilityWorks, which specializes in staff training and leadership development. Wendy and her husband Blaine have two sons, Aaron and Kyle.   Kyle, the youngest, is 15 years old and has a developmental disability.  

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    Rotary Program Monday March 8, 2010


    We are pleased that our guest speaker will by Mayor Stephen Mandel.

    Serving Alberta's Capital City, Mayor Stephen Mandel has led the City of Edmonton since October 2004.

    Mayor Mandel is a strong advocate for Alberta municipalities, ensuring they receive a fair share of funding to pay for vital infrastructure and community services.   In addition, his advancement of key initiatives like Port Alberta are driven by his dedication to fostering Edmonton's growing position as a hub for northern development, transportation, logistics, manufacturing and research.

    His bold vision to improve the integration of services in the Edmonton region made historic progress by encouraging the Province to take the lead and create a new governance body with a clear direction to build a more effective regional plan.

    Mayor Mandel's impartial leadership approach strengthens the community.   In 2007, when the City invested a record breaking $1 billion to improve roads, neighbourhoods and community revitalizations, the City continued to be a strong patron for the arts and cultural events leading to Edmonton becoming the Culture Capital of Canada.

    Through his inclusive vision for the city, Mayor Mandel has given a voice and opportunities to low-income families, seniors, and those in need.

    As Mayor, Stephen is a steadfast steward of numerous green initiatives and remains committed to preserving Edmonton's reputation as a global environmental leader.

    Before running for public office, Mayor Mandel was an accomplished businessman bringing 30 years of private sector experience to City Hall.   As President of Mandel Group, he was involved in business development, residential and commerical real estate development, construction, as well as operations of hotels and sports enterprises.

    Stephen remains active in the community and volunteers for organizations including the Mazankowski Heart Institute, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Jewish Community Centre, and Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre.   He is married, with two grown children.

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    Scaling New Heights for Polio


    "You breathe and you breathe and you breathe. And then you take a step."

    That's how Finbar O'Sullivan, a member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, describes climbing to the summit of 23,000-foot Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. "It was physically brutal -- probably one of the hardest things I think I've ever done."

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    What would it take???

    Rotarian and President elect nominee Ron Coulombe presented his Rotary reflection on MOndat February 8. His theme was "What would it take?" and he referenced a Rotary video. The link to the video is provided for you Video
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    Rotary Program March 1, 2010

    The first Rotary meeting in March will feature Tim Sloan, Technical Director Lift Interactive. His talk is titled "Social Nets work"
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    Cirque du Soleil and Les Miserable featured

    A performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil and an award-winning musical adaptation of Les Misérables are two of the entertainment opportunities during the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June. Click excitement for more information.
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    Rotary Program January 11, 2010

    The second Rotary program of the new year will feature Todd  Hirsch Economist with ATB. Todd has presented to the Rotary Club of Edmonton before and will be bringing us an economic update and forecast for 2010.
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    5 Top Reasons to Support the Rotary Foundation

    Posted by Joel David

    By contributing to the Foundation, you advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

    There are as many reasons to support The Rotary Foundation as there are ways to do good in the world.

    By contributing to the Foundation, you advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

    Here are a few ways your contributions are making change possible.

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    Rotary Theme 2010-2011


    RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith addresses district governors-elect at the 2010 International Assembly.

    After taking the stage to the tune of "California, Here I Come," RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the 2010-11 RI theme, Building Communities -- Bridging Continents, during the opening plenary session of the 2010 International Assembly .

    Klinginsmith said he arrived at the theme after reviewing RI themes of years past. He noticed that only a few spoke to non-Rotarians.

    "As a result, I decided to search for a briefly stated theme that would fulfill two objectives: the first to explain Rotary to non-Rotarians, and the second to validate our work for Rotarians," he said. "The words I have selected to describe Rotary's current mission and to highlight our achievements are what we do best: Building Communities -- Bridging Continents. Full Story

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    Rotary Program February 1, 2010

    Our Rotary program will feature Dr. Sam Shaw, President of NAIT.

    Dr. Shaw assumed his responsibilities as President and CEO of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) on October 1, 1997. Today, Dr. Shaw leads a team of more than 3,300 staff serving over 84,000 students with an annual budget of $302 million.

    Educational highlights

    • BA from Chaminade University of Honolulu
    • MSc from Dalhousie University
    • MEd and PhD from the University of Toronto
    • Completed the Professional Development program at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management
    • Earned Chartered Director designation from McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada in 2006
    • Teaches Organizational Behaviour at NAIT
    • Adjunct Professor, MBA program, Cape Breton University

    Accomplishments at NAIT
    During Dr. Shaw's tenure, NAIT has grown into the number one apprenticeship trainer in Canada and was recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers for 2007 and 2008. In addition, NAIT has:

    He is most proud of NAIT's 141,000 alumni who are getting the job done in Alberta and around the world.

    Memberships and awards

    • Member of Industry Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC)
    • Chair of the Standards Council of Canada, Canadian Advisory Committee
    • Sits on a number of boards including the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Canadian Commercialization Corporation (CCC)
    • 2005 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII.
    • Alberta Venture magazine's 2004 Business Person of the Year and one of their 50 Most Influential People in 2000 and 2005
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    RYE Student Liz Green Returns


    Former Rotary Exchange Student Liz Green (then Elizabeth Thomas) from Australia visited our Rotary Club on Monday. She and her husband are taking a six week tour of US and Canada. In speaking to club members she reflected how the experience has changed her life. She, in her words, was an immature 16 year old who had lived a very sheltered life in rural Australia. She returned to Australia a year later a more confident, independent and mature young lady. On her return she had found that her class had graduated, and a number of her friends were pregnant. This was not the path for her. She completed her grade 12, participated in public speaking finishing second at state level competitions. Liz has now graduated from University, and has been teaching for three years. Liz ended her comments by saying " I am who I am today because of my experiences here".

    Thank you Liz for the update. It is nice to see the difference we are making to the young people who come to our Rotary Club in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

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    Rotary Program January 18, 2010

    Posted by Dave Lovely

    The focus of the Rotary Program for Monday January 18 will be the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. There will be three speakers , presenting different viewpoints on the program. They are:

    Nelson Nolan our 2010-11 Outbound Student who will introduction of himself to the club.

    Joel Semeniuk, a Rotex member (returned student) and current medical student at the U of A will discuss Rotary Youth Exchange program's impact on his life.

    Debbie Walker a former host family as well as parent of a Rotary Youth Exchange program participant will discuss the benefits of hosting from her perspective.

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    Rotary Program Monday December 7, 2009


    Our Guest speaker will be Sandy Mactaggart, the recient of the Dickson Memorial Award.

    Sandy Auld Mactaggart was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1928.  He was evacuated to Canada at the age of 12 in 1940 from Islay during World War II.  After schooling in Ontario at Lakefield College School and in New England at the Choate School, he graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture.  In 1952, he received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.  He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta in 1990.

    He came to Edmonton in 1952 and two years later incorporated Maclab Enterprises Ltd. with the late Jean de La Bruyère.  This company is engaged in property development and venture capital activities in Western Canada, the United States and other parts of the world.

    Sandy Mactaggart was one of the four founders of the Citadel, Edmonton's first professional regional theatre and remains a governor. more

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    Rotary Program December 21, 2009

    Long time Rotarian Robert Lang will be our guest speaker on Monday December 15. Robert joined Rotary December 19, 1985 and has made a point of visiting Rotary Clubs throughout his travel. He has also gained a reputation as a locksmith, safe cracker and singer. His subject will be "Who is that Rotarian sitting next to you".
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    Rotary Program Monday January 4, 2010

    Guest speaker to start the new year will be Rotarian Jennifer Lawley. Her subject will be "Rotary making a difference in Belize" Our Rotary disurtct has been involved in Belize for a number of years and is making a significant differnce in the standard of education in that country. Jennifer will be providing an inspiring update.
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    Rotary Program December 14, 2009


    Merry Christmas and the fellowship of the season will be the program and focus of the meeting this Monday, December 14. Members are reminded to bring their partners and please, please pre register so that we have a good number for the meal count.

    Rotarian Santa Morley has arranged a great program, with the Rotary Brass Ensemble, and students from Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts making an appearance. I understand they ( the students) may be doing some numbers from their recent successful production of "White Christmas".

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    Outbound Student - Rylee Oosterhuis

    Posted by Dave Lovely

    Rylee Oosterhuis is our second outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Her exchange is in Skaelskor, Denmark .

    Rylee sends monthly updates on her progress and has been having challenges.  Apparently the language was a problem for her so after about 1 month in a regular high school she transferred to a school for Danish as a second language.  She is studying Danish with gusto and is trying to get to a point where she can return to regular high school and be more productive.  We expect that will happen within the next month.   She also struggled with her first host family in the beginning but worked through it to have an enjoyable time there in the end.  No doubt she grew from the experience and is one of the great benefits of RYE.   She has just recently moved to her 2nd host family.  Rylee is enjoying doing a lot of extra-curricular activities such as working out at a gym and dance classes.  She has been to the opera and has taken some nice trips around Denmark.

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    Nick Ochotta Passes

    Posted by Robert (Paddy) Johnson

    I regret to advise that Nick Ochotta passed away in his sleep early evening Friday December 4, 2009. Service details are:

    Nick was an avid Rotarian having joined the Rotary Club of Edmonton January 11, 1968. Nick served the club as President  in the 1989 - 1990 Rotary year. Nick served in the Canadian military during World War two, operating a tank (little known fact: the Sherman tank had an air-cooled, aircraft-style, radial engine).  Nick's passion has always been photography.  He tells of, as a youth, assisting the official photographer of the Edmonton Eskimos football team, where Nick was responsible to load film into the movie cameras.  The film lasted about ten minutes, so quite a few films needed to be loaded for the game.  With the introduction of colour film, Nick entered the field of photofinishing, and he established Northwest Colour Laboratories, a colour film processing laboratory that served Alberta and more.

    A little-known interest of Nick's is stained-glass windows.  Nick creates and repairs these windows, and for many years had his residential garage converted to this endeavor.  Nick is also an accomplished artist.

    Over the years of his membership in Rotary, Nick has taken many photographs.  He has provided these to the club archives. 

    The prayer services will be held Sunday evening December 13th, 2009 at 7pm at St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Edmonton.

    The funeral services will be held Monday morning December 14th, 2009 at 10am at St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Edmonton.  Committal is to follow in Boyle, Alberta.

    St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral is located at:
    10951 - 107 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2Z5

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    Rotary Program November 23, 2009

    Rotarian John Chomiak will be the guest speaker on Monday, November 23. John joined the Rotary Club of Edmonton July 31, 1980. John is very active in the community and in political circles. John is one of the champions of Expo 2017 and will be presenting the why's and wherefore's of this exciting opportunity for Edmonton.
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    Outbound Student Eve Dewart

    Posted by Dave Lovely

    Eve Dewart is one of our two outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students. She is living in Tampere, Finland and has just completed her first 3 months there. Here is an update.

     " Eve is doing great and sends regular updates.  She is energetically taking on the task of learning a very, very difficult language, Finnish.  She attends school regularly and has made many friends at her school.  She is even taking such topics as math and physics, not easy even in English let along Finnish.  In addition she is doing a lot of dance and is now practicing ballroom dance in preparation for the big high school dance coming up after the new year.  Her first host family was great and she became close to them.  Enough cannot be said for what an important role a good host family can make in an exchange student's experience (hint, hint… are you a great host family just waiting to happen for our inbound students?).  Eve has just moved to her 2nd host family.

      Eve also has an online blog at and I encourage you to take a look.  She has a few videos that she made about her experiences on it that are interesting.

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    Irene Domecki Passes

    In 2007, Irene Domecki was selected as the recipient of the Dickson Memorial Award. Irene had a distinguished record of involvement and philanthropy in our city. Mrs. Domecki passed away November 7, 2009. The following article was taken from the University of Alberta and reflected on why the Domecki family supported education.
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    Rotary Program Monday November 16, 2009


    Satya Das will be the feature speaker on Monday November 16. Satya is an experienced opinion leader, a noted policy advisor, and most recently, the author of the best selling The Best Country – Why Canada Will Lead the Future. With more than 25 years of public policy experience in his previous career as an award winning editorialist and national columnist, Das has substantial expertise in economic policy, social policy and foreign policy. A pioneering commentator on Canadian identity and values, he wrote about Canadian pluralism in the 2003 Supreme Court Law Review. As a principal in Cambridge Strategies Inc., he has advised at the most senior levels of the federal, Alberta and municipal governments on governance issues, policy development, strategic planning and economic policy. His volunteer work has brought him a number of major awards for the advancement of human rights and cultural diversity.

    On Monday he will be discussing his latest book titled "Green Oil"

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    Obstetric Fistula support


    Julie Mulligan, the Rotarian from Drayton Valley, who was kidnapped in Nigeria gave a riveting presentation at the Rotary Club  of Edmonton on Monday, October 26. After being held in captivity and at gun point for 13 days it would be easy to hate her captors and and want to forget she had ever been there. Julie has the true Rotary spirit and has recognized a significant problem in Nigeria. An estimated one million women in Nigeria suffer from Obstetric Fistula the most devastating of all childbirth injuries. More information here. Julie has joined her fellow international Rotarians in fighting to overcome this debilitating condition. The Board of Directors have agreed to match contributions made by Rotary members on a 1 for 1 basis (up to $2,500) to support this cause. Please contact Bonnie with your contribution.

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    Rotary Program Monday November 9, 2009


    This program will feature James Rajotte, MP

    As a member of the Conservative Party of Canada in the Canadian House of Commons, Rajotte is chair of Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance. Previously he was chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. He represented the riding of Edmonton Southwest from 2000 to 2004. In the 2004 federal election he was elected in the newly-created riding of Edmonton-Leduc. He was re-elected in Edmonton-Leduc in the 2006 and 2008 federal elections. He was first elected as a Canadian Alliance MP in 2000, and was also one of four Alliance MPs who agreed to sit with the Progressive Conservative caucus after the December 9, 2003 creation of the Conservative Party, as the Alliance and Progressive Conservative parliamentary caucuses were not officially merged into a single caucus until a few weeks later.
    Rajotte is a former executive assistant and researcher. Rajotte was the CPC official opposition critic for Industry and also fulfilled the role of opposition critic for Science, Research and Development. His interests include classical music and literature.

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    Dolly to speak at 2010 Convention


    Dolly Parton will speak at the morning plenary session on 23 June to promote reading among preschool children. Photo courtesy of The Dollywood Foundation


    Country music legend and philanthropist Dolly Parton will be a keynote speaker during the 2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June.

    Parton will speak at the morning plenary session on 23 June to promote reading among preschool children. She and the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library teamed up with Rotary International in March to help provide age-appropriate books each month to children from birth until age five. Read more.

    Parton will speak to Rotarians about the importance of early childhood reading and how the collaboration with Rotary International has augmented the success of the Imagination Library.

    The singer developed a personal love of books while growing up in rural Tennessee, USA, where she saw firsthand the toll that illiteracy can take on families.

    "I am thrilled about our partnership with Rotary International," she said in March. "Rotarians love kids as much as I do, so I truly believe we can do something extraordinary together to help even more children love to read and succeed."

    Since its launch in 1996, the Imagination Library has provided more than 23 million books to preschoolers.

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    Rotary Program November 2, 2009


    The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Ohlhauser. Dr. Ohlhauser is known around the world for his inspirational seminar and book, The Healthy CEO, which uses his proven concepts of goal setting and outcome measurement to address the unique health and career challenges facing professional executives. As a professional, motivational, and corporate keynote speaker, Dr. Ohlhauser tells you how to develop a healthy CEO.

    After running a successful medical practice in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Ohlhauser worked with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for 20 years (the last 12 years as Registrar and CEO). Today Dr. Ohlhauser is president and CEO of Ohlhauser & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in healthcare strategy and management consulting for large multinationals, business corporations, and government institutions.

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    Rotary Program Monday, October 26

    The featured speaker will be Rotarian Julie Mulligan from Drayton Valley. Julie was the center of an international news story when, as the leader of the Rotary District 5370 GSE Team, she was kidnapped at gunpoint, and held for ramson. Julie will be telling her story.
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    Rotary Program Monday October 19


    The program will feature Hon. Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Service Alberta.
    Mrs. Klimchuk was elected to her first term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Glenora on March 3, 2008. On March 13, 2008, she was appointed Minister of Service Alberta.
    Mrs. Klimchuk´s public service experience prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta includes working for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a researcher and working as a writer for both Premier Lougheed and Premier Getty. Mrs. Klimchuk also assisted with the initiation of the Alberta Seniors´ information phone line.
    Mrs. Klimchuk holds a bachelor of arts (special) from the University of Alberta in political science.
    Mrs. Klimchuk is also active in her community and has served in the following capacities:
    • Planning and development for the Glenora Community League
    • Glenora School Council chair and volunteer coordinator
    • Reading mentor at Glenora School
    • Director of St. Basil´s School of Ukrainian Dance
    • Communications director for Kupalo Ukrainian Dance School
    • Volunteer coordinator for the Bell Walk for Kids

    Mrs. Klimchuk and her husband, Wade, have two children: Kyrsten and Keifer.
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    U of A Alumni Honors Three Rotarians

    On Tursday, October 1 2009  there will be a celebration of University of Alberta Alumni Achievement. Through Leadership in Business and Communities, Advances in science and scholarship, accomplishments in athletics and the arts, and servive to humanitarian efforts - The University of Alberta Alumnibrings honour to themselves and their alma matterin a multitude of ways. The Alumni Recognition Awards honour University of Alberta Alumni for their significant contribution to society. This year, among others, three members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton will be recognised for their contributions. They are Hugh Robertson 63 BA, 66 LLB, William Sharun 72 BSC, 74 DDS and Ralph Young 73 MBA.
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    Rotary Program October 5, 2009

    Our Guest Speaker will be Lynn Sutherland VP VrSTORM Inc. Lynn has worked in information and communications technology for 25 years. After 22 years in the not-for-profit sector, including Department Head of Advanced Computing, Alberta Research Council, Vice President, iCORE, and President, Cybera, she is now Vice President of VrSTORM Inc., a startup company created to deploy Canada's first commercial cloud.
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    New Rotary Baby


    Rotarian Sharon Liu and her husband Ed Wong are excited to announce the arrival of their first baby who was born Wednesday, September 16. Summer Eden Wong was 6 lbs 4 oz and 20 inches long. (for the ladies in the club).  Mother Sharon and daughter summer are doing well.


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    Peace and Conflict Resolution


    The late Ron Grantham, a Rotarian of note, was instrumental in encouraging the University of Alberta to create  "Peace and Conflict Resolution" studies. This involved personal contributions, and a great deal of effort. The concept has moved forward and  now there will be a major conference in Edmonton to support the established goals.

    A major international conference organized by the United Nations University and the University of  Alberta titled «Towards 'the Dignity of Difference': Neither 'the Clash of Civilizations' nor 'the End of History'» with keynote address from Benjamin Barber, Robert Cox, Hassan Hanafi, and Fred Dallmayr will take place in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) on 2–4 October 2009.

    All panels are FREE and OPEN to public. To learn more about the conference and to register please visit

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    Itzhak Perlman Concert Benefit Polio Eradication


    Stricken with polio at the age of four, Perlman overcame great physical challenges to become one of the world's most celebrated musicians. Now, he'll help Rotary meet its greatest challenge -- to eradicate polio.  

    To buy tickets, phone the Philharmonic box office at 212-875-5656 (hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily) and mention that you're a Rotarian so you can access the block of tickets reserved for Rotarians until 1 November. Tickets can also be purchased online  through the Philharmonic, but they are not part of the Rotary ticket block. Tickets are expected to go quickly.

    All proceeds benefit Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge.

     Here is the press release download a press release about the event.

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    Rotarian Ron Grantham Passes


    Ron's family sent out this email in regard to Rotarian Ron's passing.

    On Tuesday September 16th our father, Ronald Douglas Grantham, died at the Misericordia hospital in Edmonton.  He had been in the hospital for the past two months but we all (Dad included) were making plans for him to move to a facility in Edmonton where he could have a bit more care than at Canterbury Court (the seniors residence he founded which led to his decoration with the Order of Canada).  He died peacefully in the night after a wonderfully full day of visitors.

    We are both saddened and shocked to have to provide this news to you.  We know, however, that Dad would have wanted to send one large message to everyone he knew to let them know that he cared for each of you and he loved to communicate with you all.  Thank you for sharing messages and community with Dad, he loved to have this access with you and to share information and knowledge.As one friend put it, "He was such a large presence in this life - it is so unlike him not to be here."

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    Rotary Program September 21, 2009

    September is New Generations Month in Rotary. Our speaker will be Vikram Seth who has just completed his term as President of the Edmonton Center Rotaract Club. He will be speaking about a project his club members took on in Kenya in June. Vikram is an exciting and enthusiastic speaker. This is a do not miss!!
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    Rotary Program Monday September 28

    This Rotary Program will feature a speaker from across the world. Nonhlanhla (Bianca) Moyo a Rotarian from Zimbabwe will be speaking.
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    Meet Gabby our newest Rotary Exchange Student

    Gabby da Silva is our newest Rotary Exchange student. She hails from Rotary District 4500 in Brazil. After arriving in Edmonton on August 26 she has been staying with her councilor Rotarian Marie.
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    Canadian Credited with Making Rotary International

    I n August 1928, Canadian Rotarian James Wheeler Davidson set sail from Montréal, Québec, with his wife, Lillian, and teenage daughter, Marjory, on what was to be an eight-month voyage to organize Rotary clubs in the Middle East and Asia.For more information click Davidson
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    Rotary Program Monday September 14


    The program will feature Fred Horne, Chair of the Alberta Heath Policy Committee 

    Fred Horne (born August 25, 1961 in Whitby, Ontario) is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Rutherford as a Progressive Conservative.

    Horne, a former debater, moved from Ontario to Alberta in 1992 to accept the position of executive director with the Alberta Debating and Speech Association. He later coached Team Canada at the World Schools Debating Championships. Prior to his election, he spent 25 years as a health policy consultant, working with various governments, health professional bodies, and research organizations to develop health care. Horne holds a master of business administration degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia and a postgraduate certification in dispute resolution from York University.

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    Rotary Program August 31, 2009

    This week will feature two Rotarians, King Richard and former Secretary Randy Boissoneault who will be discussing their experiances at the Rotary Internatoinal Convention that was held in Birmingham.

    With the next Rotary International Conference being held in Montreal, It will provide an opportunity for club members to experiance this wonderful event.

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    Rotary Peace Park - A Celebration

    Waterton - Glacier is a monument to the vision and hard work of Rotary leaders from both sides of the border. On July 4, 1931, representatives from the Rotary clubs of Kalispell, Great Falls, and Missoula in Montana, and Lethbridge and Cardston in Alberta met at Waterton Park, Alberta. They devised a plan to designate the two national parks as one "International Peace Park", the first of its kind in the world.

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    Rotary Program August 17, 2007

    Special Guest District Governor Terry Drader will be our speaker on Monday. Terry is a charter member of the Drayton Valley Rotary Club and has been a Rotarian for 14 years. Terry's classification is Construction - General Contractor. He is a Past President and has also chaired many committees at the club level. In Terry's year as Membership Chair his club received the award for most increase in membership in one year (70%). Terry is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Paul Harris Society He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation District Service Award and is also a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal. One of Terry's Rotary highlights has been travelling with his wife Mary (also a Rotarian) around the world on two separate occasions, covering 26 different countries, visiting former Rotary Exchange Students and GSE Team members and attending numerous meetings at Rotary Clubs around the world, gaining understanding and insight of how the vision of Rotary inspires the rest of the world. Terry and Mary own their own General Contracting & Consulting Business and are also involved in Land Development. They are actively involved in their local Anglican Church. Terry and Mary have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.
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    Rotary Program August 10, 2009


    The first meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmotnon to be held in the Sutton Place Hotel will feature Murray Smith as our guest speaker.

    Murray Smith was elected to the Alberta Legislature in June 1993. Prior to his election, Murray worked in the private sector, where his career included ownership of a number of Alberta companies in the energy and retail sectors.

    Murray has been involved in the oilpatch from his early years on the rigs in northern Alberta to his eventual ownership of an oil well servicing company and other entrepreneurial ventures.

    Murray's third consecutive elected term and his appointment as Alberta's Minister of Energy began in March 2001. The ministry has responsibility for a diverse resource development portfolio that includes natural gas, conventional oil, oil sands, petrochemicals, electricity, coal, and minerals.

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    Canada and Rotary


    Pictured here is E. Leslie Pidgeon the first non-American to become President of Rotary International.

    Next June, Rotarians from around the world will gather in Montreal for the 101st RI Convention. When they do, they not only will usher in a second century of Rotary conventions, they also will mark the 100th anniversary of the first Rotary club in Canada, that one in Winnipeg that can -- and does -- claim to be "the club that made Rotary international."

    By 1914, six Canadian clubs had followed Winnipeg into "first 100 clubs" status: Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, and Victoria. In the nearly 100 years since, those seven clubs have multiplied a hundredfold: Canada is now home to 728 clubs with more than 27,000 members.

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    Rotary Day at the United Nations


    About 1,500 people, including Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and United Nations leaders, will attend Rotary-UN Day in New York City on 7 November.

    Organized by RI representatives to the UN, the day will feature panel discussions on water, literacy, health, and youth. Speakers from the United Nations, Rotary, and other nongovernmental organizations will discuss humanitarian programs and provide insight into the more than 60-year relationship between Rotary and the UN.

    The program will also include a youth panel featuring a speaker from Interact and Rotaract, who will each present a 10-minute description of a hands-on international club project.

    Learn more, including how to register, at All registration forms must be submitted by 23 October. Early registration is encouraged.

    E-mail Brad Jenkins, primary RI representative to the UN in New York, for further information.

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    Rotary Program July 30, 2009

    Thursday July 30 will be the last meeting for the Rotary Club of Edmonton at the Westin Hotel. The featured speaker will be Germain Dechant.
    Germaine is Chief Executive Officer of CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health. CASA is a large non-profit community-based organization that provides a comprehensive continuum of treatment services for approximately 3,000 Alberta infants, children, adolescents and their families each year. CASA, affiliated with the University of Alberta, also plays a major role in teaching, research and program evaluation. Germaine began her career in health care in 1965 as a psychiatric nurse. She is now a registered nurse with a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. She is also a Director with the National Institute of Certified Directors. Over many years of service in complex roles, she has developed a rich background of experience including bed-side nursing, teaching, research, consulting, management and senior administration. Her portfolio includes appointments as Director of Nursing Services in varied hospital settings, President of the Charles Camsell Hospital and Associate Vice-President of the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Germaine has been published in the areas of resource management, health care ethics and the history of children's mental health services. She is the proud recipient of the 2004 Alberta Association of Registered Nurses Award for Excellence in Administration and the 2004 Muttart Fellowship Award.
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    Rotary Program July 23, 2009

    The Rotary Program on Thursday July 23 will be a mixed bag. We will be introducing two outbound Rotary Exchange students and getting to know them a little. In addition our member Rotarian Shall Sinah and his wife Pramila will be speaking about the Rotary Zone 22 Award they were recently given. This is the Donald Rae Award.
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    Meet John Kenny, International President

    J ohn Kenny, a graduate of Glasgow University, is a past dean of his local law faculty, a judge, and a notary.

    He is past president of the Forth Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Scottish Junior Chambers of Commerce and past general legal counsel of Jaycees International. In addition, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him the deputy lieutenant of his district. 

    John is an elder of the Church of Scotland, where he has served as session clerk and Presbytery elder. Active in Boy Scouting, he received the organization's Medal of Merit for helping to form new Scout groups in Eastern Europe. 

    A Rotarian since 1970, John is a member of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth. He has served Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) as committee member and chair, vice president, and president. He has served Rotary International as district governor, task force member, committee member, vice chair, RI Board Executive Committee chair, director, and Rotary Foundation trustee. He also has been a representative, member at large, and parliamentarian for the Council on Legislation on several occasions. 

    John is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member. He is a recipient of the Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.

    John and his wife, June, have been married since 1965.

    President, Rotary International, 2009-10
    Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2000-04
    Director, Rotary International, 1995-97
    President, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, 1992-93
    Vice President, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, 1991-92

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    Rotary Program July 9, 1009


    Mr. Bart West was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton, AB in October 2001. He will be discussing his view of a trip he took to visit the troops in Afganistan.

    Honorary Colonel West was born in the UK. Following training as an electrical engineer (specializing in electric power transmission and distribution) he held a variety of engineering positions with the electricity supply industry in the UK.

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    Rotary Program July 16, 2009


    Dr. Milton Ness, Zoo Veterinarian for the Valley Zoo in Edmonton is a poster child for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  In his 28 years as an Edmonton area veterinarian, he has practiced in almost every facet of veterinary medicine. He spent 5 years as a mixed practice veterinarian in Fort Saskatchewan and 23 years as a companion animal/exotic animal veterinarian. He has done exotic animal and wildlife medicine and surgery his entire career at sites that include West Edmonton Mall, Elk Island National Park, the Valley Zoo, and private individuals. He spent 8 years as an academic, teaching veterinary topic at NAIT.  He was hired by the Valley Zoo in 2007 to become the first staff veterinarian at that facility in its 50 year history. He has recently become the focus of national and international commentary with regards to "Lucy" the 34 year old Asian elephant who is the longest residing animal at the Valley Zoo. 

                His presentation will focus on how the Valley Zoo has changed in the last 50 years and its plans for the future.  He will give you a glimpse into the life of medical professional who has to focus on the health and well-being of well over one hundred and forty different species. 
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    Rotary Golf Day 2009

    Posted by Janet Brown
    The committe once again did a great job of organizing the Rotary Golf day. The Jaeger Ridge Golf course was in great shape, the fellowship fabulous,  the I shudda's.......frequent, lost balls numberous, the weather great (except for about 20 minutes). To view the full photo journal click golf
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    Rotary Program July 2, 2009


    Having recently returned from the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England our New President, King Richard will make his inaugural address to members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton. Rotarian King Richard will review his thoughts on the convention and outline some of his ideas for the year. This is a do not miss meeting.

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    Rotary Program June 22, 2009

    President Gordon will be presenting his "Swan Song" and reflecting on his term as President. Gord and his Board brought some innovative new ideas to the club, and had to deal with several issues that the club has not dealt with in a long time. It will be a great presentation.
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    Rotary Program June 18, 2009

    Dr. Axel Meison of the Alberta Research Council will be our guest speaker on Thursday. He will be speaking about Microsystems, the Community of the Future.  Dr Meison is the former President of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was recently awarded  The Order of Canada.  Part of the text in connection with his award follows:
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    Rotary Program June 11, 2009


    The Rotary Club of Edmonton is pleased to host Councillor Ed Gibbons for lunch this Thursday.

    Ed Gibbons, Councillor of Ward 3, remembers 118 Avenue in its heyday. He's delighted that 118 Avenue is returning to its roots as a vibrant community, filled with restaurants, ethnic shops and a diverse array of arts and services. Most importantly, families of all ages and sizes are calling the surrounding area home.

    "When I lived there, 118 Avenue was a major thoroughfare," notes Gibbons. "It's a privilege for me to support the revitalization of this historic community. As a City Councillor, I'm proud to have worked with the community on many aspects of the revitalization project."

    Be sure to attend on Thursday, June 11, as Councillor Ed Gibbons shares his views on the rejuvenation of this historic Edmonton district. The Councillor will entertain a brief question period at the conclusion of his presentation.

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    Rotary members Host Belize Teachers

    Our Rotary District 5370 is sponsoring a major program in which Rotarians and their partners will impact the education system in Belize in a major way. The Alberta Department of Education is one of those partners. One aspect of the project is to send Alberta teachers to Belize during the summer months to "teach the teacher". A second aspect is to bring a number of Belize teachers to Edmonton for specialized training.

    Past President Muriel Dunnigan was the club liaison for the return visit and asked a number of our members to act as host families. Included was Roger Laing, Dawn Fargey, Gary Keen and Harry Buddle. Muriel and Frank also hosted a dinner party for all involved. This is the evidence.

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    and a good time was had by all

    John and Lois Bachynsky once again were fabulous hosts for the wrap up of the Mystery Dinner parties. They opened their home to Rotary couples who participated in the fellowship event. The evening was filled with laughter, wine, great food, wine and more laughter. This is one of the great Rotary fellowships held during the year.

    Past President Hal, Mike and Joel

    Hostess Lois, Maxine and Johann

    The complete photo journal can be found at fellowship.

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    Rotary Program May 28, 2009

    The Rotary Program, Thursday May 28, will feature Neil Shelly as our guest speaker. Neil is a native of Alberta and was born and raised in Grande Prairie. Upon receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta he began his career in the Industrial Heartland as a process engineer at the Esso Chemical's Red Water Fertilizer complex. Upon leaving Esso Chemicals, Neil enjoyed a diverse career as an environmental consultant as well as various positions with the Government of Alberta. Neil left the Government of Alberta in 1995 to accept the position of Director, Environmental and Technical Affairs with the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and was appointed to the position of Executive Director in 2002. In November of 2007, Neil was appointed the Executive Director of the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association where he coordinates economic development and sustainable planning initiatives for the region. The Alberta Industrial Heartland Association is a cooperative effort of the municipalities of the Counties of Lamont, Sturgeon, Strathcona as well as the City of Fort SaskatchewanIts mandate is to promote and enhance sustainable economic development in the region.
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    RCE Sponsors Pro Coro Canada

    The Vocational Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Edmonton has provided a grant of $5,000.00 to Pro Coro Canada to support their youth outreach program.  As a result of the grant, a number of young men from Arch Bishop Jordan Catholic High School, Edmonton Youth Choir, Eschoir, Memorial Composite High School, Strathcona Chamber Choir, Sturgeon Composite High School, and the Grande Prairie Boys Choir will be joining the men from Pro Coro Canada on stage at the Winspear Centre for Music at 2:00 pm Sunday May 24th.
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    Doug Goss Honored by Rotary

    Each year The Rotary Club of Edmonton honors a business person who makes a real difference in our city. This year (2009) Doug Goss a practicing lawyer with Bryan & Company LLB was selected. Doug's boundless energy and outstanding vision allow him to see things as they could be and then he works with a team of like minded individuals to make it happen. From one time events like the Heritage Classic, to continuous involvement in important causes like NAIT and the Edmonton Oiler Community Foundation, Doug makes important contributions to make our city a vibrant and exciting place to live. This is a tribute to Doug Goss produced by Aquila Productions Ltd.

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    Rotary Program May 14 2009


    This weeks Program will feature Rick Lelecheur, CEO of the Edmonton Eskimos AND Richie Hall our new Head Coach.

    Richie Hall (born October 4, 1960, in San Antonio, Texas) is the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League. Hall played college football at Colorado State University before joining the CFL and playing defensive back for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders from 1983-1991. Hall was a CFL All-Star in 1983 and he was part of the Roughriders' 1989 Grey Cup winning team. He also won the Tom Pate Memorial Award in 1990. Hall served as the defensive coordinator for the Roughriders for eight years before he was hired as the head coach the Eskimos. Hall becomes the first African-American head coach in the Edmonton Eskimos history.

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    Gala a Great Success

    Congratulations to Chairman Rotarian Ron Coulombe and his very hard working committee for presenting a very successful "Downtown with a Purpose" Gala. It was well attended and was an evening enjoyed by all. Full stories will be published as they are available;  in the interim one of our partners, The Edmonton Journal has published these photos and has additional photos on this link. Friend
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    Rotary Program April 30, 2009


    Wanda Cree, winner of the 2009 Integrity Award  will be the featured speaker for the luncheon meeting scheduled for Thursday April 30.

    Wanda Cree has a remarkable record of service to the seniors of Edmonton and Alberta. From 1974 to 1981 she was the Assistant Director of the Society for the Retired and Semi-Retired. Following that she worked for the Seniors Secretariat of the Government of Alberta for 12 years where she was responsible for province-wide information services, and the grants program of the Secretariat. In her own retirement she has continued to contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer service to improving conditions for the elderly in our city and province. She has assisted in establishing the Senior Friendly program and the planning for the International Year of Older Persons. She was a member of the Action Committee on Elder Abuse. She was active member of the Alberta Association of Gerontology where she held a number of highly responsible positions. The Association has honoured her with the Mary Morrison Davis Awards for exceptional services in the field. Wanda has served on the Advisory Committee of the University of Alberta Centre on Aging, and as a member of the Capital Health Consumer Advisory Committee to their Geriatric Services. She helped to form the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and continues to serve on its Board. For the last ten years she has chaired the Edmonton Seniors Community Health Council, a group of retired health professionals working to improve policy and programs for seniors. Wanda Cree has helped to significantly improve the lives of hundreds of Edmonton and Alberta seniors. Her outstanding contributions make her a most deserving recipient of the Rotary Integrity Award

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    Rotary Program May 7, 2009

    For the past 20 years, our featured speaker Agnes Joyce has focused her career and education on the assessment and treatment of chronic conditions and the maintenance of health, with a major focus on understanding stroke in particular. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1994 and worked in both rural and urban hospitals in Alberta, planning and implementing stroke services to improve the access for all Albertans to appropriate stroke care. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in Canada (including the 40-60 year age group). As a result, Agnes' interest now extends to include a greater focus on stroke prevention. In 2006, she also obtained a Master of Science in Health Promotion and uses these skills in her current position as a Regional Stroke Service Coordinator for Alberta Health Services. She is working with this group to establish an integrated provincial network services aimed at the provision of 'best-practice' care in all areas of the province for stroke prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.June is "Stroke Month", and as a result Agnes and her colleagues will be presenting many one-hour presentation sessions on prevention and factors on how to identify if someone is having a stroke.
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    Rotary Auction features quality art

    Rotarian Era Rowles is one of the many Rotarians who is a strong believer in and supporter of the "Downtown with a Purpose Gala". As the owner of business that represents many Alberta Artists, Era asks for and receives the support of many of her clients. Among those who have donated art to the Gala are painters Bi Y Cheng view, Lissi Legge view, and George Schwindt view. There is also sculpture and glass work by Ken Li view and Larry Guterson.

    There are many items available for auction.

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    Job Seekers Profile-April

     Now in its eight year, the Edmonton Employment Partnership is a collaboration of District 5370 & 5360 Rotary clubs, the Alberta Association for Community Living, and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Branch and Community Boards (Alberta Seniors & Community Supports).

    The purpose of the project is to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in partnership with Rotary business owners and employers.   Many Rotarians are making an invaluable difference by helping people with developmental disabilities "get their foot in the door" of business and industry - to have a chance for real jobs. In turn many Rotarians are learning about the contribution people with developmental disabilities can make from improving the bottom line (e.g., by reducing turnover) to increasing customer satisfaction.  

    So just how does an employer go about employing someone with a developmental disability? Employers may think, at first, that they simply do not have any jobs for someone with a developmental disability.  However, our experience and that of an increasing number of Rotarians, demonstrates that many jobs exist when an employer has the support and opportunity to think about the benefits of hiring someone with a developmental disability. The project staff helps business owners and employers to think about how jobs can be re-defined so as to maximize efficiency and productivity while creating the possibility of an employment opportunity for someone with a developmental disability.

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    Integrity Awards Announcement

    The Chair of the Rotary Integrity Awards Committee Rotarian Kevin Keough announced that the winner of the RCE Integrity Award will be Wanda Cree. The Award will be presented to her at the Edmonton City Wide Rotary Integrity Award Dinner which will be held at the Sutton Place Hotel Wednesday April 29. Cocktails are scheduled for 6:00 pm with Dinner at 7:00. This is a very enjoyable Rotary evening. Please call Lovina for tickets  780-429-3256 or by email at
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    Rotary Program April 23, 2009

    Spring is in the air and this weeks featured speaker will talk about the boys of summer. Sean Price is the VP of Brands for the Edmonton Oilers and will be speaking about baseball in Edmonton. The inimitable Patrick La Forge will be the Chair of the day.
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    Rotary Program April 16, 2009


    This weeks Rotary Program will feature the presentation of our Rotary Club's Paul Harris Award Winner in conjunction with the Downtown with a Purpose Gala. The person selected is Doug Goss. Doug has been involved in our community in many ways. This article was taken from "Canoe" to provide an example of the involvement Doug participates in.

    When the Edmonton Oilers began looking for somebody to help stage an outdoor hockey game at Commonwealth Stadium, lawyer Doug Goss was a natural selection.

    A huge Oilers fan, Goss, a merger-and-acquisitions specialist with Bryan & Company, has put his talents to work for dozens of worthwhile causes in Alberta's capital. Among the more notable efforts, Goss sits on the boards of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Kids Kottage. He also co-chairs Alberta's Promise, a group established by Premier Ralph Klein and led by business leaders to help improve the lives of children. Goss, who also serves as a board member for Capital Health, the Alberta Economic Development Authority and NAIT, was mooted as an ideal mayoralty candidate by an Edmonton Journal columnist, an idea that Goss dismissed because, he says, his wife Joanne, a provincial court judge, would kill him.

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    Vocational Services Support Pro Coro Canada


    The Vocational Services Committee is contributing $5,000.00 towards the Pro Coro Canada Youth Program. This program focuses on the male voice in High Schools and Youth Choirs to encourage and support young men who like to sing. The featured event is the Male Voices Concert on May 24 at the Winspear Centre for Music  which will see the combined voices of the young men and the Tenors and Basses of Pro Coro fill the hall with music.

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    Fifty under Fifty

    Todate the Rotary Club of Edmonton has installed 12 new members, 7 of which were sponsored by the team of current or past executives of the club. Five have been sponsored by the remaining club members. Currently there are an additional 12 new members in the process and the numbers are reversed so... the contest is currently a tie.
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    Rotary Program April 09, 2009

    The global economy has been rocked over the last several months by the financial meltdown. In the spring of 2009, is a recovery just around the corner? Or is it too soon to say the worst of it is over? What lies ahead for the US, Canadian, and Alberta economies in the months ahead? Our speaker, Todd Hirsch received his BA Honors in Economics from the University of Alberta, and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. Since completing his education in 1993, he has held a series of economist positions at a variety of for-profit and public sector organizations, including the Canada West Foundation, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Bank of Canada. Todd joined ATB Financial in May 2007 as Senior Economist where he provides economic information and intelligence to the various lines of business at ATB. He also tracks current developments in Alberta's and North America's economy and delivers presentations to both internal and external audiences. Todd appears regularly as an economic commentator on CBC radio, the Globe and Mail, and various local and national news programs. He also teaches two economics courses at the University of Calgary, acts as a mentor for the Economics Society of Calgary's student mentorship program, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Arts Academy.
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    Mei and the Pysanka

    With Easter soon upon us Mei's host Mother Johann decided to teach Mei and her fellow Rotary Exchange Student Anna from Denmark the art of Psyanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) making. The three spent part of Saturday and Sunday learning how to create special designs on eggs to celebrate the season. To see the photo journal click Pysanka
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    Rotary Program April 2, 2009

    This week we will feature the Rotary Club of Edmonton Vocational Service Committee. The committee, which is chaired by Rotarian Paul Spiller, will be featuring some of their work and will introduce several of their beneficiaries. This will be a good Rotary Program.
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    Rotary Program March 26, 2009

    The featured presenter this week will be Chris Sheard, Interim Chair Capital Region Planning. You may recall that Mayor Mandel spoke of the importance of Capital Region Planning and reflected on the recent announcement. The following is Mr. Sheard's biography.
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    Rotary Program March 19, 2009


    The Speaker will be William S. Rice QC, Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission.

    Bill Rice was appointed chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission in July 2005, following 25 years as a commercial and securities lawyer, most recently serving a five-year term as the national managing partner of the law firm Bennett Jones LLP. During the course of his practice, he represented a variety of enterprises, including major Alberta corporations, junior to mid-size oil and gas exploration and service companies, major US energy corporations, and almost all institutional members of Alberta's investment banking community. Mr. Rice has held board and chair responsibilities with several public and private companies and has lectured on the subjects of corporate law, public financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and law firm management.

    "I advocate balance between principles-and rules-based approaches, yet see many reasons why Canadian market realities demand a rules-based regulatory regime. Major market participants claim they cannot apply behavioural leverage to major companies in whose securities they invest. Many junior issuers lack the sophistication, resources, and advisors to interpret and apply principles. Besieged boards of directors feel powerless to apply a principles-based approach. Meanwhile, market participants and their professional advisors look to regulatory authorities and organizations to dictate the rules. We must acknowledge and understand Canadian market risks in order to properly manage them. We must remove rules that have become established principles and ensure that the remaining rules are readily understood by those who must follow them."

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    Mei visits Ottawa and Beyond


    Mei was able to take a trip to Ottawa and Montreal with her secnd host family. They visited Montreal to learn about the cosmopolitan nature of the city and of course do some shopping. The second stop was Ottawa where they were able to see some of the famous landmarks including the Parliment Buildings.


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    Why RSVP???

    Posted by David Hiebert

    Why RSVP?

    Your Rotary club needs you to RSVP to keep our lunch costs as low as 
    possible. However, just because you RSVP that you are coming, that 
    doesn't mean that you HAVE to come.   Your club understands that plans 
    change. All we're asking is that you RSVP to the best of your 
    knowledge. If your plans change, we just ask that you send Lovina an 
    email or call her to let her know. You won't be charged. And if you 
    don't RSVP because you don't think you can come, but on Thursday you 
    find yourself able to come, please come!

    The reason that we are asking you to RSVP is that the Westin Hotel has 
    been losing money on our lunches for a while now and in these 
    challenging economic times, they need to either control their costs or 
    increase the price for lunch. The reason that the Westin has been 
    losing money is that they do not have good information on how many 
    people are coming to each lunch. If they don't know how many people 
    are coming, they either make too much food or not enough. Either way, 
    it is more expensive for the hotel. Sometimes only 60 people come and 
    other times 150 come, so you can see how this can make it difficult 
    for the Westin to make the right amount of food.

    All we're asking is that you take a minute to RSVP if you think you 
    will be coming to come to lunch.

    Club Runner has recently added a feature that allows you to respond saying that you will attend, or that you are unable to attend. Simply click on the Luncheon invitation Lovina sends out and follow the links. If you have forgotten your password please give Lovina a call and she will reset it for you.

    Thank you.

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    Rotary Program March 12, 2008


    This week we will feature Mayor Stephen Mandel. Serving Alberta's Capital City, Mayor Stephen Mandel has led the City of Edmonton since October 2004.

    Mayor Mandel is a strong advocate for Alberta municipalities, ensuring they receive a fair share of funding to pay for vital infrastructure and community services.   In addition, his advancement of key initiatives like Port Alberta are driven by his dedication to fostering Edmonton's growing position as a hub for northern development, transportation, logistics, manufacturing and research.

    Before running for public office, Mayor Mandel was an accomplished businessman bringing 30 years of private sector experience to City Hall.   As President of Mandel Group, he was involved in business development, residential and commerical real estate development, construction, as well as operations of hotels and sports enterprises.

    Stephen remains active in the community and volunteers for organizations including the Mazankowski Heart Institute, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Jewish Community Centre, and Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre.   He is married, with two grown children.

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    Mei Visits the NWT

    It was an experience. Mei and nineteen other Rotary Exchange students had a chance to visit Canada's Great White North and see and experience some Northern living. The trip was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lloydminster. The drive to Yellowknife took them through High Level and Hay River. On the trip they had a chance to do some ice fishing, mushing with the dog sleds, build an igloo and many other activities. For more photos click here.
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    Rotary Program Thursday March 5, 2009


    The Rotary Program for March 5 will feature Jim Carter speaking on Carbon Capture. Jim Carter was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Syncrude in October 1997. A mining industry veteran, Mr. Carter has contributed invaluable knowledge, experience and dedication to the achievement of Syncrude's goals. Since joining Syncrude in its first full year of operation, he has played a prominent role in a variety of initiatives aimed at enhancing safety, reliability, production, unit costs and product quality.

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    Rotary Program February 19, 2009


    This week the speaker will be Lisa Grotkowski, our Ambassadorial Scholar who has returned from a year of studies in Sweden.

    The Ambassadorial Scholarship Program which was founded in 1947 is the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best known program. Since then nearly 38,000 men and women from 100 countries have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the worlds largest privately funded international scholarship program.

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    This Week in Rotary: 104th Anniversary


    During the first Rotary club meeting on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey and Paul Harris (pictured left to right) met to talk about their personal experiences. Harris then unfolded his general plan for their club meetings.

    This was the simple beginning of the world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago. It was created because of Harris' wish to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

    Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honor of that first club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago's Unity Building, by re-creating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711 Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior, including doors and radiators. In 1993, the RI Board of Directors set aside a permanent home for the restored Room 711 at RI World Headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Evanston.

    For more historical information about Rotary, visit Rotary History and Archives or the Rotary Global History Fellowship.

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    Rotary Foundation-Donor Recognition Totals


    With the important contributions of these generous donors, The Rotary Foundation is fulfilling its promise of creating a polio-free world, helping children and families live healthier lives through Rotary's Humanitarian Grants Program, and educating young people about cultures worldwide. Rotary World Peace Fellows are engaging in the study of peace building, which may allow them to participate in resolution efforts in some of the world's most challenging situations.

    Below are totals as of 31 December 2008. Learn more about the individual recognition that these donors receive.

    • Arch C. Klumph Society members -- 229
    • Major Donors -- 10,724
    • Bequest Society -- 6,341
    • Benefactors -- 79,238
    • Paul Harris Fellows -- 1,147,854

    Current members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and their partners who are Paul Harris Fellows are listed on the club website. Look on the menu on the left have side of the home page. Look for the heading "Site Pages" then look for Paul Harris Fellows.

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    Rotary Program February 12, 2009


    This week's Rotary Program will feature Dr. Arvind Koshal who will, be speaking on "The Making of a Heart Institute". Dr Koshal is very accomplished as noted in the following short biography.

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    Rotary Program February 5, 2009

    Please note there is a venue change for this meeting.

    The meeting will be held at the Kids in the Hall Bistro at City Hall. All seats have been sold for this event and the club is unable to host additional members or guests for this meeting only.

    The speakers this Thursday will be Kelley and Christopher Polowy. In June 06, 2006 Kelley's younger brother Christopher spent a week  at the Stollery Hospital after coming down with a rare condition called Kawasaki Disease. It caused his skin to break out in a severe rash, his joints to ache, and the arteries to his heart to enlarge. He has since recovered, but his sister Kelley just couldn't get the hospital out of her mind. " All she wanted for Christmas was toys for the kids" her Mother Gloria said. Kelley's first initiative was to painting and decorating cards, wrapping paper and Christmas ornaments to sell at her own art sale in her West Edmonton neighbourhood.

    Dianne Young, then President and CEO of the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, is impressed by Kelley's community spirit. "What is important is that a child of that age get's it,"  she said. "They get that they can make a difference, and to me that is more important than any dollar amount that they raise".

    Kelley will be telling her story.


    Paraphrased from the Edmonton Journal Article published March 7, 2007

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    Rotary Reflections


    During club meeting this year, our Club Secretary, Rotarian Randy Boissonnault, has presented Rotary Reflections. These are stories of how activities or experiances are tied into Rotary ideals, philsophies and actions. This week Randy reflects on the Inaugural speach of President Obama, specifically  making a choice to be hopeful. Click here

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    Rotary Program January 22, 2009

    Wally Hild will be the featured speaker for the meeting on Thursday January 22, 2009. Wally will be speaking about a personal circumstance which had a major impact on his life and now has an operating philosophy which is "Say Yes to the Impossible". The chair for the day will be Past President Scott Montgomery.
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    Rotary History-Fort Edmonton Park-Continued


    Quite apart from the original large donation the Edmonton Rotary Clubs made to the construction to the palisades and bastions, these clubs have continued to contribute through the Historical Foundation to the development of the Park.The Rotary Club of South Edmonton transported the round Henderson Barn to the Park, and sponsored the reconstruction of the Henderson farm house. These buildings form a conspicuous and interesting part of the area known as 1885 Street. In addition in 1986 The Rotary Club of South Edmonton began to stage a threshing bee at the park during threshing season This venture required an investment of about $20,000 for the threshing machines. The demonstration each fall of the kind of harvesting operation that has practically disappeared and yet formed an important feature of our farming life in the past has been very popular. The threshing bee has since evolved into the Harvest Fair Weekend of the present.

    In connection with the building of 1885 Street, one of the conspicuous structures is Jasper House Hotel. Both the Rotary Club of Edmonton West and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast contributed towards it. The Rotary Club of Edmonton Mayfield has a covered wagon built and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast a wagon i which the handicapped can ride around the park

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    Rotary Program January 15, 2009

    The featured speaker will be Rotarian Pauline Perrault addressing the subject of Rotary Youth. Pauline has had the distinction of addressing the Rotary International Assembly in Chicago in 2005. She will be speaking about Rotary Youth Exchange, and it is anticipated our two new outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students will be present. In addition Pauline will be speaking about The umbrella youth Programs in District 5370, RYLA and RYPEN, Why clubs support these initiatives, what outcomes have been experienced across the district? What impact do these events have in student's lives? It will be an action packed program chaired by Rotarian Al Jacobson.
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    Rotary History-Fort Edmonton Park


    This city park of 156 acres includes the reconstructed Hudson's Bay Fort, the 1885 Street and the 1920 Street among other attractions.

    This ambitious project has become a major attraction and is a valuable contribution towards the preservation and understanding of our past. The park is a product of much effort, time and money that came from many sources. The provincial and federal governments, as well as many businesses, organizations and individuals have contributed. It is not a Rotary Park, however Rotary in Edmonton has played a major role in its conception and development.

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    Rotary History-Ft Edmonton Park - Continued

    The committee brought about the incorporation of the Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation which came into being December 18, 1969.

    Its objectives are to promote the development of the park and restore the fort, "historically correct in so far as possible," to assist in preserving and restoring other buildings, artifacts, records which reflect and record the historical heritage of the Edmonton area and to establish a fund for these purposes. The 50 charter members were prominent citizens from the Edmonton area and included those Rotarians who had promoted the creation of the Foundation. In the first 10 Years' existence the Foundation has had several presidents from Rotary In addition to Mr. Wolfe are Ray Ludford of the West Edmonton Club and Walter Howard.

    Every year the Foundation elects an Honourary Chief Factor from among those who have made a notable contribution to the park. From the Downtown Club have been Messrs. Dickson, Wolfe and Ward and from the South Edmonton Club Jack Edworthy.

    Throughout the early '70s, Merrill Wolfe has a major role in seeing that the Rotary pledge was met and in raising funds from provincial and federal governments and from business and individuals and in seeing the work went forward. The fort was completed and the official opening took place on May 17, 1974.

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    Program January 8, 2009

    The first program of the Calendar year features Rotarian Brent Collingwood who will be speaking on the Rotary District Foundation.
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    Centennial Interact Club says Thank You


    December 10, 2008

    Edmonton, Alberta  

    Dear Rotary Club of Edmonton:  

    As you know, on November 22, 2008, the Edmonton Centennial Interact Club hosted An Unbelizeable Evening, a silent auction fundraiser and banquet in support of the education system in Belize.  We are very pleased to say that our night was a great success.  In total, this event raised over $15 000 through ticket sales, silent auction items, and sponsorships.  All of these funds will go towards our international project in Belize, for the betterment of the lives of deserving children.  

    Though we take pride in the commitment of our club members for this success, we could never forget the support of countless others.  Thus, we would like to take this time to thank you for sponsoring and attending our event.  Your contribution to this project has been invaluable, and will undoubtedly make a difference in another part of the world.  You have taken part in a remarkable cause, and we would like to reiterate the significance of your role.   We are truly excited for the change this project will bring.  Again, thank you for joining us on our journey.    


    President Anisha Chotalia  

    On behalf of the Edmonton Centennial Interact Club

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    Rotarian Brent Abbott presents Cheque


    On Thursday December 11, 2008, Rotarian Brent Abbott presented a cheque to Colleen Novotine of the Boyle McAuley Health Centre. In receiving the cheque Colleen went on to tell us about the use of funds. In one case it will help buy shoes for a client who has size 15 shoes. These are hard to find and it is important the the client be prepared for the current winter conditions. In other cases the funds will be used to purchase necessities that the clients cannot afford.

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton has a long history and relationship with the Boyle McAuley Health Centre. Located in the heart of the Boyle Street area,  it serves inner city residents through a variety of programs such as Street Works which is a needle exchange.

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    Rotary Program December 18, 2008

    This week the Rotary Club of Edmonton is pleased to host our District Governor, Ross Tyson. Ross was born in Borden Saskatchewan, a brother of two older siblings- a brother and a sister. His family moved to Edmonton in 1957 after starting school in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

    Ross met his lovely wife Brenda while working to put himself through University at Greyhound Lines of Canada. Brenda and Ross were married in 1971 and today have two children, Colleen and Jeffrey, and four grandchildren. Ross's hobbies include golf, guitar, motorcycling and woodworking.

    Ross attended the University of Alberta achieving a BSc in genetics in 1973, and a Professional Diploma in Education in 1974, eventually completing a Masters in Education in 1999.

    Ross began and ended his teaching career in Edmonton Public Schools, spending most of his time in junior high schools. After serving twelve years as a classroom teacher, two years as an Assistant Principal and seventeen years as a Principal, Ross retired from the school district in June of 2005.

    After a short retirement, consisting of four months of golf, Ross was asked to serve as the Executive Director of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Edmonton, a position that he currently holds.

    Ross is the Past President at the Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast and has been active in District 5370 serving as an Assistant Governor, the District Trainer, Club Services Chair, and numerous committees and task forces.

    Members are encouraged to attend this meeting. You will find Ross to be a strong speaker as he presents ideas and thoughts about Rotary.

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    Millennium Christmas Party


    Under the able leadership of Rotarian Linda Hall, The Rotary Club of Edmonton provided an enjoyable Christmas party for the tenants of Rotary's Millennium House. The festive event included a wonderful meal, a sing-a-long by the Rotary Band, Santa and Christmas gifts. The pictures tell the story. Check out the photo Journal on the lower right of the web page or click on the link. Thanks to President Gord for the photographs.

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    Rotarians offer Support in Wake of Mumbai Tragedy


    Rotary leaders and Indian Rotarians are expressing sadness and offering support for survivors following last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, that killed more than 170 people. 

    More than 300 Mumbai Rotarians joined tens of thousands of city residents on 3 December in a peace march to mourn the dead and protest the violence. Participants gathered in the streets surrounding the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, one of several locations stormed by armed gunmen on 26 November. In a show of unity and peace, Rotarians carried Rotary flags and banners.

    "It is a terrible situation. But Rotary is ready to help those who have suffered," says Past RI President Rajendra Saboo. "Rotary will be most needed when the painful happening recedes in the memory."

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    Rotary Program December 11, 2008


    The Program this week will feature the Rotary Christmas Program. The Program committee has put togeather a delightful program that will help usher in the Christmas season. It will feature time for Rotary Fellowship, a fantastic Men's group UPSILON  and of course Santa himself.

    Members are encouraged to attend  and bring your spouse, significant other  and family to celebrate the season.

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    History Christmas Bureau Support-Epilogue


    This story is taken from the RCE 75th Anniversary booklet. The Rotary Club of Edmonton received a letter dated December 17, 1979, from a point in rural Alberta.

    " Nearly 30 years ago, while living in Edmonton, I was left a widow, with four small children and no means of support. In the fall I was able to get work at a very low salary, but it was difficult making ends meet. We faced a very bleak Christmas, and it is one I will never forget. It was extremely cold and I had walked from the bus line, my thoughts on the coming holiday season. There would be no husband to share with me, no Daddy to enjoy what was usually a very happy day for my children.

    When I went into the house, the first thing I saw was a big wooden box, with "Rotary Club" on the end.



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    Rotary Program December 4, 2008


    This week well known Edmonton Sun Columnist Graham Hicks will be speaking to the club.  Graham was selected as the Rotary Club of Edmonton Integrity Award Winner for 2008.

    Graham has a very active and interesting biography.

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    History-Christmas Bureau Support

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton has had a long history of working with and supporting what is now the Christmas Bureau.

    Back in 1918 the members decided to make individual contributions to provide Christmas Hampers to needy families. In the first year there were 20 of them whose names were provided by the Salvation Army.

    The hampers were paid for by thee individual contributions of members each year. The cost ranged from $400.00 in the beginning to over $3,000.00. The club purchased the contents of the hampers, a turkey, all the food as well as games and books for the children. Each hamper filled a large strong wooden box with handles on each end so the Rotarians could carry it. Members met to pack hampers, first at the Thompson & Dynes store on Jasper Avenue, later at the Cockshutt Plow warehouse and in more recent years at Edmonton Motors.


    The tradition of sharing continues. Non-denominational and accessible to all, The Christmas Bureau works closely with a number of other organizations to ensure that the money we raise is used effectively without duplication of service. While the process of determining a person's eligibility is a thorough one, it is marked by a spirit of compassion and generosity, respecting his or her dignity, integrity, confidentiality and rights. The Bureau is a registered non-profit society governed by a board of directors and administered by a small staff employed for a portion of the year.

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    Directors Elected

    The four new Directors who take office on July 1, 2009 have been elected. They are

    Randy Boissonnault, Ed Keelaghan, Wendy Cooper and Elexis Schloss. The following appointments were also announced:

    Secretary: Lianne Lefsrud

    Treasurer: John Brennan

    Sgt.  at Arms: Barbara Perkins

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    History-The first meeting

    The first Rotary meeting was held in a typical business office - a small room, not too well lighted, with a desk and three or four uncomfortable chairs, a coat rack in a corner , one or two pictures, and an engineering chart on the wall.

    It was the office of Gus Loehr, a mining engineer, and Gus had just welcomes a visitor - a merchant tailor names Hiram Shorey. Hiram took one of the straight backed chairs, and he and Gus began to talk - first casual conversation about the usual topics, but their talk soon drifted to the idea which a lawyer friend had been discussing for several months. The Lawyer's name was Paul Harri, and he had an idea about a new kind of club.. They would discuss it again tonight, for Gus and Hiram were waiting for too more visitors-Silvester Schiele, a coal dealer and Paul Harris himself.

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    Mei's Adventure to November 23

    This week Mei had a chance to visit the Legislature along with a number of other exchange students. Rotarians Jack Clements and Maria Ulveland arranged and accompanied our students. Mei also had a back stage look at how Choirs prepare for concerts as she visited the Richard Eaton Singers. ( The founder of the choir was a long time Rotarian) On Friday night she attended the RES performance of Solomon and Saturday Mei attended the Centennial Interact fund raiser along with a number of club members
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    Rotary Program November 27, 2008


    Don Lowry, President and CEO has led the transformation of EPCOR Utilities Inc. into a North American power and water company. Under his leadership, EPCOR has delivered on its plan to achieve sustained growth.

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    Mei's Adventure to Nov. 16


    This week Mei attended the stage performance of Hairspray with Rotarian President GordDeeks and Rotarian Gayle Head. Mei's friend Scarlett, an exchange student from France also attended. Mei, Gord and Gayle are pictured with a member of the Hairspray cast. On Thursday Mei attended her first Edmonton Oiler Hockey Game thanks to an invitation from Rotarian Marguerite Trussler. Mei ended the week with a sleepover at Scarlett's  to celebrate Scarlett's host sister's birthday. Not much sleep was had by all.

    Check the link:

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    Rotary Day at the United Nations

    Posted by Russ Mann

    Pictured here; RI President Dong Kurn Lee meets Jonathan Olunga of Uganda, the 10,000th Gift of Life patient. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson

    More than 900 people, including Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from more than 44 countries, attended Rotary International Day at the United Nations in New York City on 8 November.

    The day featured panel discussions on water, literacy, health, and hunger. Speakers came from within Rotary, the UN, and other partner nongovernmental organizations, illustrating how organizations can work together to tackle these challenging issues.

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    Greenough Elected as President Elect Nominee


    President Gordon Deeks called for nominations for the office of President Elect Nominee on Thursday November 20. A motion was made from the floor to have nominations cease and was unanimously passed. As a result Rotarian Jim Greenough was declared to be the President Elect Nominee. Jim will take office July 1, 2010

     Jim was sponsored by Past President Ralph Young and joined the Rotary Club of Edmonton February 10, 1994. He has served on a number of committees  and is currently the Chair of the Program committee and is Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Foundation.

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    Rotary Program November 20, 2008


    This weeks Rotary Program will feature  Memory Chazeza, a dynamic young lady from Malawi.

    An orphan from a young age, Memory struggled hard to complete her education. In 2006, Memory graduated from university with a degree in education, a lifelong dream she once thought to be unattainable. She is now the Director of APU Secondary School for Girls in rural Malawi. She is putting her considerable talents and passion into improving the lives of hundreds of other young girls who are suffering the same hardships that she has overcome. Through her work with girls and education, Memory has become a respected role model, and has single-handedly changed the views of the male leaders in her community. They are now encouraging their daughters to continue with their schooling.  Not only are they willingly accepting leadership from a woman, but they are actively seeking Memory's advice. Because of Memory, thousands of little girls now believe that they too can have a future - a future that includes education, health, independence and empowerment.

    These websites will provide additional information:


    Editors note.

    I have had an opportunity to listen to Memory speak. This is a young lady with vision and passion and that special internal belief and drive to make a difference. This is one speaker that I can highly recommend.

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    History-Pranks in Rotary-Continued

    Pranks could take many forms and on occasion involved Rotary guests. Rotarian Charlie Hepburn had a confectionery store on Jasper Avenue and on one occasion when the world famous girls' basketball team, The Grads visited the club, Charlie presented them with boxes of chocolate. Only when the generous young ladies offered some to the men at their tables was it discovered that they were filled with onions.
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    Mei's Adventure

    This week Mei attended the Canadian Finals Rodeo with Rotarian Ron Coulombe. She had never seen a rodeo and found it to be very exciting, in fact so much so that she and three other exchange students, Scarlotte (France) and Marianna (Brazil) attended again on Saturday night.
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    History of the Rotary Foundation

    I n 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph (pictured here) proposed that an endowment be set up "for the purpose of doing good in the world." In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
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    Rotary and the Arts

  • Rotarians attending the 1931 RI Convention in Vienna, Austria, were treated to a performance of Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow by the composer himself, a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna. Other Rotarian composers included Jean Sibelius, once a member of the Rotary Club of Helsinki-Helsingflors, Finland, and Sigmund Romberg, a former member of the Rotary Club of New York. Find out about more famous Rotarians at the Rotary Global History Fellowship .
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    Rotarians meet Taliban Supporter


    On the eve of Afghanistan's 19-21 October National Immunization Days, Stephen Brown, past governor of District 5340 (California, USA), had an extraordinary opportunity to witness the country's drive to end polio in action.

    Brown and Fary Moini, a fellow member of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, were in Afghanistan to help develop Rotary humanitarian and educational projects. They were invited by Dr. Ajmal Pardis, chair of the country's National PolioPlus Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Jalalabad, to attend a 15 October meeting of Islamic leaders, or mullahs, in Jalalabad.

    The meeting emphasized the importance of the polio eradication initiative and linked immunization against the disease to the duties of parents to protect their children, as explained in the Quran.

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    History - Pranks in Rotary

    It was not unusual for pranks to be played on Rotarians. Norman Smith was very good at this with his quick wit and keen sense of humour. Like several other of the early Rotarians he was also an inveterate prankster. On one occasion he and Davie Jones planned and carried out a spoof on their fellow Rotarians. Somehow the "tipped off" the press that a pair of Russian dignitaries were about to arrive in Edmonton via the transcontinental train. Probably the Rotary President was in on the lark and let it be known that "important visitors," having been contacted by telegraph, had graciously consented to come as guests to the Rotary meeting. It "just happened" that they were to arrive in Edmonton on the day of the regular meeting.
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    Mei's Adventure

    This week was quite busy for Mei. Thanks to Wendy Lickacz, Mei had an opportunity to meet internationally known artist Robert Bateman, and followed up with a diner with Del Dilke. She made her introductory talk to our Rotary Club, sharing the stage with Pat LaForge of the Edmonton Oilers. Pat presented Mei with a Oiler Souvenir hat. Thursday evening Mei atended a performance by television star Wayne Brady. Gayle Head and President Gord arranged Mei to meet Wayne and have her photo taken with him following the show. Mei rounded the week off by attending the Pro Coro Canada concert on Sunday. Additional photos can be seen in the photo journal on the lower right hand side of the Club Website.
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    History - Community Service

    The Rotary Club of Edmonton has always had a strong concern about community service. In the early days it included driving disabled veterans, raising a Victory Garden, handling the Salvation Army's annual canvas, and especially the efforts to help needy boys. The Club helped establish the Boy's Club, and built a summer camp at Edmonton Beach on land given to the club.  Dedicated members were John Imrie of the Journal, H. H. Cooper (Wholesale Groceries) and not long after John Michaels and Oliver McIntyre. Other prominent citizens who gave strong support to these community activities were James Ramsey, James McKinnon, H.M.E. Evans, John McDougall and C.M. Duggan (twice elected Mayor). Two other notable activities of the club were providing Christmas hampers to the needy, the funds being donated by the members (as they are now) and the Spokes Club. Both of these activities were established in 1917.
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    Rotary Program November 6, 2008

    The Program for the Rotary Club of Edmonton on Thursday November 6th will be our Remembrance Day Tribute. The speaker will be LCol Tom Bradley. He has operational experience in Bosnia and Afghanistan where he has completed two tours. His first rotation was in 2002 and the second was when he was deployed with BGen Grant in 2007.  Col Bradley has unique experience at the strategic level having served as Chief of Staff and as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Defence Staff.  Col Bradley is married and has three children.

    Also in attendance will be Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Ken Hodge.

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    History - Dr. Wilbur Bowker

    Wilbur Bowker had been Dean of Law at the University of Alberta for about a year when he was invited to join the Rotary Club of Edmonton. The teaching of Law has been Wilbur's life. As Dean of La, he saw the Faculty of Law grow from about fourty students to around two hundred. Many of those students rose to positions of prominence including two who sat on the Supreme Court of Canada.
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    History - Allan McTavish

    Allan was born in Edmonton in 1914, obtained his B.Comm from the University of Alberta in 1936 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1940. He ran the McTavish Business College intil the late 1960's. Allan subsequently took on part time work at Hudson's Bay Acceptance Ltd. and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta where he served as Executive Director for many years.
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    Rotary Program October 30, 2008

    Over the past 25 years Patrick LaForge has enjoyed many wonderful business experiences with leading sports and entertainment organizations in the areas of professional and major junior hockey, alpine ski racing, auto racing, horse racing and professional rodeo.

    Born in Lac la Biche, Alberta and raised in Edmonton, LaForge enjoyed a lengthy career with Molson Breweries of Canada where he ascended to Vice President of International Marketing, working in the United Kingdom, Japan and across Canada. He also enjoyed a leadership position within Olympics Canada, as President and CEO of Alpine Canada Alpin and served on the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee.  

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    Rotarians Visit New York


    Rotarians Janet Brown and Marie Ulveland, accompanied by Marie's daughter Amy were recently in New York. Among the activities was to visit the Rotary Club of New York which meets in the Harvard Club. Janet noted that the tab for lunch was $50.00 which makes the $20.00 or so we pay here look very reasonable.

    Marie's comment was "what happens in New York stays in New York"

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    Capital Ex Raffle Report

    Rotarian Gary Keen, Chair of the 2008 Capital Ex Raffle Committee presented his report on Thursday October 16. The proceeds will be $92,240.00 (less costs of approximately $7,167.00) which is down about $18,887 from the 2007 figures.
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    History - Bill Swift

    Bill Swift -  Probably only his mother ever called him William, grew up in the Tofield area where he attended elementary and high school. After receiving his B.A from the University of Alberta in 1924, he attended the Calgary Normal School, then taught in Provost, Viking and the Olds Agricultural School. During these years he qualified for a degree of M.A. (Education) and M. Education from the University of Alberta.
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    Rotary Program October 16, 2008

    CTVglobemedia has appointed Lloyd Lewis Vice-President and General Manager of ACCESS, effective immediately.Lewis takes on this new role in addition to his present responsibilities as Vice-President and General Manager of CTV Edmonton.

    At ACCESS, Lewis will be responsible for the station's financial performance, staff and facilities on site in Edmonton, sales activity originating in Alberta and community relations.
    Prior to joining CTV Edmonton, Lewis was the Promotion Manager for CTV Calgary and was responsible for all aspects of news and community promotion.Throughout his 26 years of experience in private television production, operations and management, he has also served as General Manager of RDTV Red Deer (now CHTV) and held management positions at CKND-TV (now Global Winnipeg) and STV Saskatoon (now Global Saskatoon).
    Lewis has also served as a board member with Can Pro and The Western Association of Broadcasters
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    Rotary Day(s) at the United Nations

    The first ever UN Book Days will be a literacy event, organized by UN Dept. of Public Information.  It will be held on October 9-10, 2008 at UN Headquarters.   Librarians, teachers, students and the public are invited to see information products and services from UN and Inter-Governmental Organizations.  Attendees can witness the work of the General Assembly and other organs of the United Nations as the world celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Human Rights and the UN Peacekeeping Operations.  For more information:
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    Mei's Adventures


    Mei has been to a number of events over the past several weeks. It includes the Mexico/Canada Soccar Game thanks to Past President David Black and Margarita Hansen, A Kids in the Hall event, thanks to Fred Katz ( she met Mayor Mandel and Councellor Ben Henderson),  A significant fund raiser thanks to Rotarian Era Rowles and Janet Brown, Thanks Giving Dinner, and Don Henry's 65 Birthday Party. Pict ures can be seen in the Photo Journal under the heading Mei's Adventure October

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    History - Percy Page

    Percy Page was raised at Bronte near Hamilton, Ontario. After attending Hamilton Teachers College he taught at a boy's school in Rothesay, New Brunswick and then in St. Thomas, Ontario. In 1912 he came to Edmonton to teach at McDougall Commercial High School where he was principal for many years.In 1915 he organized a women's basketball team known as the Commercial  Grads. During its 25 years of existence, all the players but two were in fact graduates of McDougall. The team played 522 games with a won lost record of 502-20, a record that must be unequaled in the world of sport.
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    Rotary Program October 9, 2008

    The featured speaker at the Rotary Club of Edmonton on October 9, 2008 will be Tom Huffaker, Consul General of the United States of America for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories
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    Rotary Centre for New Canadians


    The Rotary Centre for new Canadians is nearing completion.  Project Chairman Randy Heaps, Past Presidents Scott and Russ along with Marc Barylo made a site visit on Thursday September 25th. The finishing touches include moving furniture, unpacking and placing equipment, touch-ups, etc. It is anticipated the first Immigrant refugees will be located in the Centre on October 6.

    Additional photos are located in the photo journal section of The Rotary Club of Edmonton home page  on the Photo Journal menu, lower right hand side of the web page.

    A Grand Opening is anticipated and will be scheduled in the fall.

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    Mei and Del

    Posted by Russ Mann

    Pictured here are Rotarian Del Dilke and our exchange Student Mei (pronounced May). Del gave Mei a fashionable jacket with the onset of a Canadian fall and the weather it brings.

    Mei is an adventourous young lady who is very fluent in English. She awaits your call to share Canadian experiences. She can be reached through her current host parents Russ and Johann Mann.

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    History-John Michaels

    John Michaels came to Edmonton from Brooklyn before World War 1 and started as a newsboy, selling papers at the corner of 101 Street and Jasper Avenue. Soon he had the distributorship of the papers and various magazines and established Mike's Newsstand which is still in operation. It became an Edmonton institution not only because it carried almost every publication and was a popular tobacco shop, but because it was the outlet for tickets for all the sporting events, and many others.
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    Rotary Program October 2 2008


    Myka Osinchuk has been Executive Director of the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine ( iRSM) since February 2007.  The organization was formerly known as COMPRU. iRSM is a joint initiative of Caritas Health Group, Capital Health and the University of Alberta.  It is a unique integrated translational clinical research institute, with a focus on reconstructive medical sciences. 


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    Shall Sinha Peace Advocate

    We left Edmonton on Sept. 3 morning. In Vancouver we went to Four Point
    Sheraton Hotel, attended the meeting of RC of Richmond, where I was the
    Guestg Speaker for that meeting. In Honolulu we spent 4 days taking
    sightseeing tours, enjoying the beach and walking and doing some
    shopping. Then we went to Big Island for 4 days. I spoke at 2 RC
    meetings and attended a third one. We also saw a good deal of tourist
    attractions including the Volcano. Yesterday we came to Kauai and have
    been meeting with many Rotarians. This morning we attended the District
    Seminar on Membership and met the current DG and DGN and many leaders of
    District 5000. This week we will be speaking to total of 5 of 6 Rotary
    clubs on this island and Pramila will speak at the AGM of YWCA. My main
    assignment with U of Hawaii will start on the 19th.
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    History-W.H. "Bill" Bruce

    W.H. Bill Bruce, like Oliver McIntyre, was born in Bruce County, Ontario. He came to Calgary around 1908 at the age of 18 and worked for the Alberta Government Telephones as a lineman. Eventually he became head of AGT, then Deputy Minister of Telephones. In World War I he enlisted in the Signal Corps and won the military medal.

    He was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists, the professional body to which persons practicing those professions must belong Mr. Bruce's major contribution to his profession was as Warden and Secretary of Camp 6 (Alberta) of the Ritual of the Calling of thee Engineer, a post he held for 22 years beginning in 1942

    The purpose of this ritual is to pass on to young engineers the ethical concepts of the profession, and it is marked by the presentation of an iron ring. Mr. Bruce's interest in the ritual matched his interest in Rotary.

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    Rotary Program September 25


    This Thursday, the Rotary program will feature the two finalists for  the Rotary Club of Edmonton's Legacy project. As this will be a significant project with a substantial price tag, members are urged to attend and listen to what the presenters have to say. A great deal of work has already been done, and what remains is the presentation and vote to select the project.October 9th is the voting day. The information that follows was published last week, and is being reprinted to allow the membership to be well prepared for the presentations on Thursday.

    Committee Membership: 
    David Black, Richard Dickinson, Muriel Dunnigan, Jim Greenough, Luther Haave (Vice Chair), Rod Karius, Scott Montgomery, Barry Schloss, Elexis Schloss, Bill Stephens, Clayton Tiedemann (Chair)

    Request for Proposals were sent out first week of April, 2008 to 28 possible proponent organizations in the greater Edmonton area.  Deadline for submission was May 31.  The Committee received 13 responses to the RFP and narrowed that list to 6 on June 11.  Those six were:

      YWCA - Building Bright Futures Campaign
      Pilgrims Hospice - Construction of Edmonton's First and Only Community Based Residential Hospice
      Bissell Centre - Relocation of the Community Access Program
      Children's Autism Services of Edmonton - Children's Treatment Centre
      Society for Assisted Cooperative Recovery from Eating Disorders - Treatment Facility

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    Rotary Program Sept. 18, 2008

    The program will feature Jay G. Ramotar, P.Eng., M.Eng., Deputy Minister Alberta Transportation. Jay brings extensive experience in the field of transportation to his current position as Deputy Minister of Transportation. A Graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Jay attained a Masters Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 1976.
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    History-Oliver McIntyre

    Oliver McIntyre came from Bruce County in Ontario to Calgary in 1905 as a boy of eight. The family moved to Edmonton in 1912. Oliver served overseas in World War 1 and taught school for a short time before going into his father's business, The Capital Box Company. The sturdy boxes that held Rotary Christmas hampers came from his factory Another article in his supplement describes the affection which one of the recipients still retains for her box.
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    History-G. Fred McNally

    Posted by Russ Mann
    G. Fred McNally, was born on a farm near Fredericton New Brunswick. In 1906 he came to Alberta to teach school. Later he was an inspector then taught at the Calgary and Camrose Normal Schools.  In 1918 he went to the Department of Education and was Deputy Minister  from 1935 to his retirement in 1946. He had a vital role in shaping curriculum, teacher training,  vocational training and establishing large school divisions. At the national level he was a leading member of the Canadian Education Association for some 40 years, including three as President. In 1946 he was one of five delegates from Canada to the first UNESCO meeting in Paris. The same year he was elected Chancellor of the University of Alberta. Among his innumerable public services was his chairmanship of a Royal Commission in 1954 to make recommendations for enlarging the boundaries of Edmonton and Calgary.
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    Rotary Program Sept. 11, 2008

    Posted by Russ Mann
    Bob Baker graduated from the University of Alberta, Department of Drama, in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) Honors degree. In 1972 he co-founded and was co-director of Edmonton's Alberta Barter Theatre. From 1974 to 1979 he was in the Acting Company of The Stratford Festival in Ontario. In 1979 he became a faculty member of Vancouver Community College and taught Professional Acting Classes in Vancouver and Edmonton. In 1982, he was appointed Artistic Director of Edmonton's cutting-edge Phoenix Theatre.
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    Rotary Program Sept. 4, 2008

    This week's program will feature Professor Emeritus Walter Jule. He will be speaking on Edmonton Print International. The Chair of the day will be Rotarian Jack Clements.
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    Attendance Exempt Attendance Record

    This is a don't shoot the messenger story. Based on the attendance records from the 2007-2008 Rotary Year, and looking at only the "attendance exempt" Rotarians the members listed in the table below attended or made up more than 50% of Rotary meetings.
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    History-Sam Dickson

    Posted by Russ Mann
    The Edmontarian takes a look at S.A. (Sam) Dickson, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and it's second President. Sam came from Seaforth, Ontario. With a B.A from the University of Toronto, he graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1902 and in the same year came to Fort Saskatchewan. He was a member of the Bar of the North West Territories and was the last surviving one of those who later practiced in Alberta. Coming to Edmonton in 1909 he practiced law from his office in the Tegler Building until shortly before his death in 1971 at the age of 95.
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    Rotary Program Aug. 28 2008

    This week's program will feature Dr. P.J. White, Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry U of A as our guest presenter. Rotarian Dr. John Paterson will be the Chair of the Day
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    History- Contribution to a War Effort

    During World War II the Rotary Club of Edmonton made contributions connected with the war effort. In the summer of 1940 it donated $2,000.00 toward the cost of a Red Cross ambulance, and a like amount toward the purchase of a Spitfire aircraft. In the four years immediately after the war, when rationing still existed in England and meat was in short supply, the Club conceived the idea of buying large quantities of canned meat. This was shipped to the Rotary Club of Liverpool for distribution among the needy.
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    Rotary Program Aug. 21


    Linda Hughes is the Chair  of the  Blue Ribbon Committee to End Homelessness in Edmonton. Linda has an impressive set of credentials which include:

    -Former Publisher, President and Editor in Chief , Edmonton Journal

    -General Manager, CanWest Media Works

    -Alberta Business Hall of Fame

    -University of Alberta Honorary Doctor of Laws

    -Athabasca University Honorary Doctor of Letters

    -BA in History and Economics, University of Victoria

    -Volunteer, Bhutan Observer, Royal Alexander Hospital Foundation, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and Norquest College

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    Rotary Christmas Luncheon


    The Rotary Club of Edmonton Luncheon held on December 13 was a special occasion, where Rotarians, their partners and special guests enjoyed the seasonal fellowship.

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    Rotary Program Aug. 14, 2008


    Glasgow-born Nick Lees worked for several London newspapers and agencies before taking a cargo boat over the Atlantic and finding his way to Edmonton.His first job was with an news agency that covered the airports for the British press and several international news agencies and he honed his interview skills by talking with such people as Muhammad Ali, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton and the late Bobby Kennedy.

    Lees found his way to Edmonton after a brief stay in Calgary, where he thought the natives in full regalia where part of the everyday scene. He moved on when he realized he was in the midst of the Calgary Stampede.Lees has been with The Journal for 27 years and reported on a wide variety of subjects.

    He has been under the Atlantic in a submarine; broken the sound barrier in a CF-18 fighter; parachuted with the Airborne Regiment; spent 23 night on Mt. Logan, Canada's highest Mountain and driven in demolition derbies.The columnist has a passion for marathon running (he's logged 55) and has often combined trips abroad to run with researching wine. As well as a penning a thrice-weekly "People" column, Lees writes about wine for The Journal.

    Lees has used his enjoyment of running to raise funds for many charities. With a couple of television broadcasters and a friend at a radio station, he helped create The Doughboys, which netted $250,000 for the Salvation Army in three years.

    Lees has been recognised for his community efforts many times. He is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and The City of Edmonton's Award of Excellence for Sport Volunteering. Grant McEwan College recognized him as an Outstanding Citizen and presented him with an Honorary Diploma and the Professional Society of Fundraisers recognised him with one its its annual Philanthropy Award.

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    Rotary Program July 31, 2008

    Shall Sinha was born in the same area where Gandhi practiced his first Satyagraha movement in India. Since the movement brought miraculous relief to the local people, they started treating Gandhi as a messenger of God. Shall recalls that there was hardly any aspect of his life which was not guided or influenced by Gandhi's techniques or principles. Though Shall pursued a career in Engineering, and earned undergraduate as well as graduate degrees, Gandhi's influence dominated all his interests and finally he decided to concentrate on the study, practice and dissemination of Gandhi's teachings.
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    G8 Countries Support Polio Eradication

    Posted by Russ Mann

    At their 8-9 July summit meeting in Japan, the G8 nations agreed to "maintain momentum towards the historical achievement of eradicating polio." 

    To do so, their joint statement continued, "We will meet our previous commitments to maintain or increase financial contributions to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative [GPEI], and encourage other public and private donors to do the same."

    Together, the G8 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- account for more than half of all funding of the GPEI. The initiative is led by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.

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    Rotary World Peace Summit

    On April 25 - 27, 2008 Rotarians and peacemakers from around the world will gather in Windsor, Ontario for a Presidential Peace Forum to share, celebrate and create peace initiatives. This North American event is the forth and final in a series that have taken place this year in Bulgaria, Turkey and Africa.
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    History-The Beginning

    To put the founding of the club in perspective, it helps to remember that on February 23, 1905, Paul Harris arranged the first meeting ( of four prospective members in Chicago. This was the start  of the formation of service clubs. In the next five years, Rotary Club were formed in 15  other American cities. In 1910 P.A.C. McIntyre of Winnipeg formed the club that made Rotary International. In the followingvtwo years Rotary Expanded overseas to Dublin, London, Belfast and Galscow. In Canada the Winniprg Club sponsored the Rotary Club of Calgary. About that time P.A.C. MvIntyre came to Edmonton and encourgaed Sam Dickson to organize a club in Edmonton. The outbreak of World War 1 delayed the founding of the club until 1916. The first meeting was held March 16, 1916 and the official inauguration was held one week later.
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    Rotary Program July 24, 2008

    Posted by Russ Mann

    This Rotary Program will feature Bob Boutilier, General Manager Edmonton Transportation Department. Bob has a MBatchelor and Master of Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, OntarioHis experiance includes 22 years with the military with a variety of postings including Canada, England and The Middle East. In Civic Transportation Management Bob has worked with the City of Calgary and in 1996 moved to Toronto  to work with their Transit Commission.

    Bob assumed the role of General Manager Transportation Department in Edmonton July 23, 2007. This has been an active year for Bob as  expansion of the LRT and the Trolly issues have been at the forefront of the publics mind.

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    Meet our new Prez-Gord Deeks


    Gordon Deeks assumed the Presidency of the Rotary Club of Edmonton on July 1, 2008. Gordo, as he is affectionately called by his friends, is a twelve year member of the club. He has served on the Board of Directors and  the Executive as "Honorary" Secretary. He has also served as Chair of the Program Committee, member of the auction Committee among others.

    Gord has also been very active in the community having started the Concordia Eskimo Golf Tournament (10 years), serving on the Better Business Bureau (1991-1995), The NAIT Advisory Board for Sales and Marketing Department, Collegue of Grant MacEwan College (2005-present), Chaired the Employabilities Golf Tournament for 5 years, Ronald McDonald House President 2006-2008.

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    Rotary Program- July 17, 2008

    Posted by Russ Mann

    The program this Thursday will feature Mel Wong Assistant Deputy Minister Technology Dept. His subject matter will be Alberta's Action Plan --  Bringng Technology to Market. This will explain the way the Alberta Government supports innovative technology by providing funding to purchasers of new technology.

    Those who plan on attending the meeting should note that the location of the Badge Box/distribution Centre will change. It will now be located just inside the door of the meeting room to let our members pick up thier name badges as the enter the room.

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    Downtown with a Purpose - Report

    Rotarian Ron Coloumbe, Chair of the 2008 Rotary Dinner and Silent Auction themed "Downtown with a purpose" presented his final report on Thursday June 19. When Ron  Presented the Committee's ideas some months ago, they presented a socre card by which to measure the success believing that dollars raised should not be the only measure. What follows is that score card:
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    Dickson Paul Harris Fellowship

    Posted by Muriel Dunnigan

    The Board of your club's foundation has chosen the recipient of the

    2008 Dickson Paul Harris Fellowship. The presentation will be made

    May 15 at our luncheon meeting. We think you will be especially

    pleased with the choice this year as the recipient is not only an

    outstanding citizen of Edmonton but contributed a great deal to our

    club while he was a member. Former Rotarian, Doug McNally is this year's recipient. He

    will address the club on May 15. It should be a great program. So

    mark your calendars.

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    Rotary Program July 10, 2008

    Posted by Russ Mann
    Guy West is President of the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation, the not-for-profit common collection agent for non-beer beverage containers in Alberta. As such he works closely with key stakeholders (provincial governments, industry and NGOs) in planning and implementing strategy with respect to beverage container stewardship in the province. He has been involved in recycling in Alberta for more than 18 years. He is a past president and long-time active member of the Recycling Council of Alberta, and has served on numerous other groups involved in waste management and recycling.
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    Background to the Dickson Memorial Award

    Posted by Muriel Dunnigan
    In 2002 some $200,000 was bequeathed to the Edmonton Rotary Club Foundation from the Estate of Arch Dickson. Arch had been a long serving member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and a very active member in his community. He was Edmonton Born and educate, was active in the Boy Scout movement in his youth and was a adult member of the District Executive. He served his country in the Canadian Armed Forces during the 1939-45 conflict and joined the Rotary Club of Edmonton in 1946 with the classificationLaw-General Practice. Arch acted acted as legal advisor to the club for many years.
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    Rotaract Update


    This is an update from the Rotaract Club of central Edmonton. The President is Paul Hillier and he  writes:

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    Tribute to Rotarian Frank Totino

    Posted by Russ Mann
    High praise with friendly jabs were delivered last Thursday as Rotarian, Past President and Past District Governor Frank Totino was honored for his 50 years in Rotary.
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    Honoring 50 Years of Rotary Service

    Posted by Russ Mann
    Frank ("Mr. Buon Giorno") Totino is celebrating 50 years of Rotary Service. He has served or Rotary Club as a president in 1983-1984 and as District Governor.
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    The Arch Dickson Memorial Award

    Posted by Muriel Dunnigan
    The Edmonton Rotary Club Foundation has extended the deadline for applications for the Dickson Memorial Award which takles the form of a Paul Harris Fellowship until Friday, March 7.
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    St. Joe's Students Attend World Affairs Seminar

    Posted by John R. (Jack) Clements
    The Youth Services Committee of the Rotary Club of edmonton sponsored two students from St. Joe's High School to attend the 31st annual World Affairs Seminar in White Water Wisconson. This is their report
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    Lisa Grotkowski, Ambassadorial Scholar 0
    Richard Dickinson Nominated for President 2009-2010 0
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