Thanks to the hard work, support and generosity of our supporters, friends, and members, the Saint City Rotary Club is helping to make a difference in our Community and World Wide. Chartered in November 2000, our Club is a small group of dedicated individuals from the business and volunteer community who believe in “Service Above Self”.

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Speakers

We regularly have speakers attend our meetings. Read about some of our past speakers and see what's coming soon on our news page.

Charity Golf Classic

Every year, we put on the Saint City Rotary Charity Golf Classic. You can learn how you can participate or read more on our golf page.

 
News Stories

Listed below are some of the projects worked on, activities participated in, and speakers appeared at the club throughout the year. We try and ensure that there is a good mix of great speakers, volunteer effort, fellowship and business networking by all members.

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Saint City Rotary is a proud supporter of St. Albert Public School's Appetite to Achieve Program.  The program provides nutrition for many of the system's students.  Marianne Barrett, Deputy Superintendent for Program and Planning, St. Albert Public Schools, was at our meeting this week to provide us with an update on the program and receive our contribution.  Shown with Marianne (center) and club treasurer Bonnie Huckabay and Ross Algar, Saint City's Director of Community Service.   Rotary - Doing Good in the World!
Five years ago, the Government of Canada partnered with the The Rotary Foundation Canada to provide funding of $1.2 million annually  as matching funds for Canadian clubs' global grants.  At our meeting today, PDG Betty Screpnek, who co-chairs TRFC, provided us with a synopsis of this partnership, which is in its final year.  Thanks for sharing this information with us, Betty, and for all your work on behalf of Rotary.  Shown presenting Betty with her thank you certificate is Saint City's Director of Vocational Service, Chad Hierlmeier.
 
"Teach a mother, change the world" is the mission of the Amarok Society. At this week's meeting, Gem Munro, co-founder of the Amarok Society talked to us about the school we are co-sponsoring in Bangladesh, along with the Rotary clubs of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Parkland After Dark. Gem and his wife Tanyss are wonderful role models in the quest for helping to improve education and living conditions in the poorest of the poor countries. Thank you for the work you do, Gem, and for bringing us up to date on "our" school. Shown thanking Gem is Chad Hierlmeier, Saint City's Director of Vocational Service. For more about the Amarok Society and their work, visit http://amaroksociety.org/wordpress/?fbclid=IwAR0XBaS1Kb2WOD8frIkLBqsTgj9080yAMipo9EgGxiyCHeeuaGpk0XZeu-U
 
A great presentation at this week's meeting by Bruce Anderson, one of the founders of Lead With Seeds (http://leadwithseeds.org/) Lead with Seeds group members have been working together since 2009 as a grass roots response to the plight of rural people in another part of the Western Hemisphere. Honduras is wracked with poverty, unemployment, and violence resulting from the North American drug trade. The poor have lost traditional lands and knowledge, and have paid the price required for monoculture, global warming (hurricanes), and other systemic challenges.  Thank you for telling us the story and for the great work you and your colleagues are doing in the Honduras, Bruce.  Shown thanking Bruce is Saint City's president-elect, Diane Ellis.
In 1958, Rotary International launched its full year youth exchange program.    The program now provides a year-long exchange opportunity in a different country for approximately 8,000 students.   It is truly a life-changing experience.  Hanna Walsh, our speaker this week, related to us her experiences as a youth exchange student to Bolivia.  Hanna is now looking forward to continuing her university studies in a program which will include courses in Argentina and Italy.  Youth exchange truly connects the world.
Shown thanking Hanna for her presentation is Saint City Rotary's Director of Club Services, Lydia Hodgson.
Jamie Frunchak and Deborah McKinnon from the Youville Home in St. Albert attended our meeting this week to share the Youville Home Story.  As a combination of the original nursing home built in 1963 and a new facility that opened in 2006, Youville Home provides long-term care in a cozy, home-like atmosphere.  Thank you for sharing the news of these important programs with us, Jamie and Deborah.  Shown in the photo Jamie (left), Diane Ellis - Saint City President-Elect (center), and Deborah (right).
 
Saint city Rotary is honoured to have been awarded the Rotary International Citation for 2018-19, with Platinum Distinction.  Shown presenting  the award to Immediate Past President Nonie Buski is Past District Governor Julius Buski.  Nonie extended appreciation to all Saint City Members for their work towards the award.
Being a senior can  also mean becoming withdrawn and needing new friendships and activities.  That is the focus of Dawne Fowler's Seniorizing program.  For five days a week, program participants take part in a variety of activities,  Thank you Dawne, for coming to our meeting  and telling us about this unique program.  Shown thanking Dawne is Chad Hierlmeier, Sant City Rotary's Vocational Services Director.
Coping with a child with addiction can be a challenging and heartbreaking journey for any parent, and even more so when the problem continues over  years.  But - there can be light at the end of the tunnel.  At our meeting this week, Tom Halapatz spoke to us about he and his wife's personal experience with their son, and how that has resulted in them creating a program to help other parents.  Thank you, Tom, for sharing your experience with us.  Tom was thanked by Saint City President Jeff Hodgson (on the left).
The LoSeCa Foundation in St. Albert provides love, service and care for adults with disabilities. We were privileged this week to have LoSeCa's Executive Director, Carmen Horpestad, attend our meeting and outline the foundation's many programs for us. Thank you for the good you and your colleagues do in the world, Carmen! Shown thanking Carmen )(on the right) is Kathleen Soltys, Saint City's Director of International Service.
Congratulations to Saint City Rotarian Nick Algar, who received his PHF+1 pin at this week's meeting of our club. Thank you for your support of our foundation, Nick! Rotary - Doing Good in the World.
Shown presenting the pin to Nick (left) is club president Jeff Hodgson.
To really experience the international character of Rotary, attend an RI Convention.  At our meeting this week, club president Jeff Hodgson and wife Lydia shared their experiences at the 2019 Hamburg Convention.  Thank you Lydia and Jeff for sharing this experience with us!  Shown thanking our speakers is club member Gennet Ghebremichael (center).
"Teach a Mother, Change the World" is the mission of the Amarok Society's education program in Bangladesh. Each od the society's schools provides literacy training to 25 mothers, who then pass on the lessons to their children and others. Meaningful change. Saint City Rotary is proud to be a partner with several other clubs in supporting this important project. Our thanks to John Oldham, from the Spruce Grove Rotary Club (organizers of this cooperative support effort) from joining us at this week's meeting and telling us more about the project. Shown presenting John with our club's contribution is Nonie Buski, Saint City past president and Youth Services Chair. Interested in the work of Amarok? Here's the link to their website: http://amaroksociety.org/wordpress/
 
 
Wildlife care, wildlife rescue and wildlife education are the focus of the work done by Wild North., At our meeting this week, Graham Currie and Dale Gienow outlined for us the activities of this wonderful organization.. Shown thanking our two speakers (Graham on the left and Dale on the right) is club president-elect Diane Ellis.
 
Clean Scene - working to educate youth about drug and crime issues. Since 2002, Clean Scene has worked with more than 350,000 youth around drug and crime issues. At our June 11th meeting we were delighted to have Mike Ryan, founder of Clean Scene, provide us an update on the critically important work of this organization. Saint City Rotary proudly supports Clean Scene programs at Sir George Simpson Jr. High School in St. Albert. Thanks for all you do, Mike! You are an outstanding Rotarian. Bonnie Huckabay, club treasurer, thanked Mike on behalf of the club.
Saint City Rotary is proud to support /youth leadership development programs such as RYLA and RYLE. At our meeting this week, St., Albert Catholic High School students Elise Frederickson and Karis Heigh provided us with an enthusiastic presentation on their recent RYLE (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience). They were accompanied by their teacher Paige Bontus. Shown in the photo are (left to right) Elise Frederickson, PDG Julius Buski (who thanked them on behalf of the club), teacher Paige Bontus, and Karis Heigh. Saint City Rotary - proud to support our young leaders of tomorrow.
Helping youth at risk was the theme of a touching presentation at our meeting this week by Stephanie Taylor.  Stephanie talked to us about the suicide of their teen age daughter, Emily, and how that spurred her and husband Rick to establish the Emily Taylor Legacy Project.  Funds raised by their organization go directly to support CASA Foundation's mental health program for children, adolescents and their families.  Their primary support is to CASA House which treats adolescents from all over central and northern Alberta.  Thank you for sharing this story with us, Stephanie.  Shown thanking Stephanie is Saint City Rotary president Nonie Buski (on the right).
 

 

 
The History of Polio was the title of an enthralling presentation at our meeting this week, by Dr. Mark Joffe. Dr. Joffe traced the history of the disease, with a particular focus on Edmonton, and reinforced for us once again, that we are very close to ridding the world of this dreaded virus. Thanks of sharing this fascinating story with us, Dr. Joffe. Shown thanking Dr. Joffe is Lydia Hodgson.
 
Experience China this fall with  Saint City Rotary.  Great price for all-inclusive 11 day trip, including viewing the Terra Cotta warriors.
A refreshing classification talk - with the help of Dr. Seuss. Our newest member, Kathleen Soltys, shared her classification talk with us this week, using quotes from Dr. Seuss as an anchor, and proved once again that these are indeed some of our most interesting programs. Thanks for a very interesting presentation, Kathleen and welcome to our club! Kathleen was thanked by club secretary Linda Perras (left).
 
 
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
No Meeting
Dec 24, 2019
No Meeting
Dec 31, 2019
Kassia Fardoe
Jan 07, 2020
Global Grant Scholar
Patrick Gibson
Jan 14, 2020
Tour of Europe
Bridget Reschke
Jan 21, 2020
St Albert Tool Library Program
Board Meeting
Jan 28, 2020
Honorable Nathan Cooper
Feb 04, 2020
Westminister Parliamentary System/Duties as Speaker
Johanna Buisman
Feb 11, 2020
SASHA
Katie Fitzgerald
Feb 18, 2020
Using Social Media
Cheryl Dumont & Susanne Urbina
Feb 25, 2020
STAR Literacy
Grace Cunningham
Mar 03, 2020
St Albert Victim Services
Board Meeting
Mar 10, 2020
Linda Osborne
Mar 17, 2020
Seniors United Now
TBA
Mar 24, 2020
TBA
Mar 31, 2020
Board Meeting
Apr 07, 2020
TBA
Apr 14, 2020
TBA
Apr 21, 2020
TBA
Apr 28, 2020
TBA
May 05, 2020
Board Meeting
May 12, 2020
TBA
May 19, 2020
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May 26, 2020
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Jun 02, 2020
TBA
Jun 09, 2020
Past Speakers
AGM
Dec 10, 2019
Betty Screpnek
Dec 03, 2019
The Rotary Foundation Canada
Marianne Barret
Nov 26, 2019
Appetite to Achieve
Gem Munro
Nov 19, 2019
Amarok
Bruce Anderson
Nov 12, 2019
Lead With Seeds (Honduras Project)