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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Check us out!! We normally meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM St. Albert Inn but with COVID-19 we are meeting via ZOOM.  Please email us at if you would like more information on membership.  You can read more about our club or about Rotary.


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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It's a new Rotary year and yesterday evening Saint City Rotary held its changeover dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion in St. Albert. We were treated to a sumptuous buffet prepared by Kelley Catering and honoured several of our members as well as presenting our annual Integrity Award. It was outgoing president Diane Ellis's birthday so of course we had a birthday cake for her. Diane presented Kathleen Soltys with our Rotarian Year of the Year Award and paid special recognition to outgoing secretary and charter member Linda Perras, During her twenty one years with the club Linda has served in almost all the executive positions, including president, treasurer, and most recently several years as secretary. Also honoured was outgiong treasurer Bonnie Huckabay, who has served in that position since she joined the club in 2011. Pauline Vaugeois was presented with the Cliff Dochterman Scouting Award, in recognition of her many years of service to the Girl Guide movement. Our annual Integrity Award was presented to Cheryl Dumont, tireless community worker, by Vocational Services Director Chad Hierlmeier. Incoming president Julius Buski and his new board are looking forward to an exciting year of Serving to Change Lives!
The SOGI 123 program - making a difference in our community! Our guest speaker today was Charlotte Kirchner, coordinator of the SOGI 123 program in St. Albert Public Schools. SOGI stands for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. This critical program works towards providing a pathway to safe and inclusive schools. Thank you for your work in this and for your presentation to our club, Charlotte!
Another great program. Our speaker this week was Wendy McDonald, COO of Inclusion Alberta, who told us about the Rotary Employment Partnership. The Partnership is a collaboration between Districts 5370 and 5360, Rotary Clubs, Inclusion Alberta and the Government of Alberta. The purpose of the Partnership is to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in association with business owners, employers and municipalities. Saint city Rotary Club is proud to be a supporter of this wonderful program.
A powerful presentation at this week's meeting by John Nanni, a polio survivor, talking about his journey with polio and its after-effects. John has spoken to over 300 groups to share his story and the vital need for vaccinations. Thank you for sharing your story, John!
ShelterBox is dedicated to helping ensure no family is left without shelter after natural disaster or conflict – by going where others can’t, or won’t.
Saint City Rotary is a proud supporter of Shelter Box. At our meeting this week, Bernie Kreiner provided us with an update on the very important work this organization is doing. Thanks for sharing this information and for your dedication to Shelter Box, Bernie!
Clean Scene - drug education and helping youth deal with addiction. Our speaker this week was Mike Ryan, who founded Clean Scene 19 years ago. Mike told us about some of the tragic results of drug use and about the programs offered by the organization. Thank you for your tireless work and dedication to this case, Mike! Saint City Rotary is proud to support Clean Scene and to sponsor the program at Sir George Simpson School in St. Albert.
U School - reaching out to and bringing in the community. U School is a program of the University of Alberta Senate. The program brings in classes of children from disadvantaged areas for a one week experience on the University Campus (virtually during COVID). At this week's meeting Michaela Mann, U School Program lead told us about the program and how it changes children's perceptions and life plans. Many students who had not previously considered post-secondary education, change their minds after being exposed to this unique program. U School - a unique and innovative approach to reaching out. Thank you Michaela and your staff for the good work you do.
"China in Time" was our program this week and Ron Good, our speaker is passionate and knowledgeable about the topic. Ron is a an avid collector of Chinese made timepieces. He has been to China numerous times and is considered an expert on the topic by even the Chinese. His presentation took us through the development of water clocks, sand clocks, mechanical clocks and wristwatches. His many photographs made for a spellbinding presentation. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us, Ron. Another excellent program!
Our speaker on March 2 will be Michaela Mann, talking about the University of Alberta Senate's U School.
Tuesday, March 2, at 5:45 p.m. via ZOOM. Email to for log in instructions. You are welcome to participate.
Some of our most interesting programs are classification talks - a member telling us their life story and Rotary experiences. Yesterday evening was no exception. Our newest member, Claire, presented a most interesting talk. Thank you for sharing with us, Claire, and a special warm welcome to our club.  We are delighted that you h ave found us and are continuing your Rotary experience with us!
Saint City Rotary - the little club that can; the little club that does!
 We had a great presentation at our meeting this week by Don Pettit, from the Peace Energy Cooperative.  The cooperative has emerged as a leader in wind and solar energy and is looking for new members.

Congratulations to the lucky winners in our Wine Survivor Draw! Tickets were drawn December 15th, 2020 at 3:30 PM MDT.

Stacy Reynolds - 100 bottles - Ticket # C-1007
Ash Khan - 50 bottles - Ticket # B-296
Gregory MacIntosh - 25 bottles - Ticket # C-882

Shown delivering the wine to our first place winner is Saint City Rotary President Diane Ellis (along with committee chair Kathleen Soltys - who took the photo)

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Our meeting this evening featured District Governor Jim Ferguson as our guest speaker. Thank you for visiting our club (via ZOOM of course) and for your inspiring presentation, Jim! Rotary - Doing good in the world!
Our club had a great presentation at our ZOOM meeting this evening by Dr. Kris Wells and Allan Bohachyk, who spoke about the work of the St. Albert Policing Committee. Great programs, great fellowship, come check us out!
Saint City Rotary Club continues to meet during the COVID-10 pandemic, albeit over ZOOM.  Our next meeting on Tuesday, April 28 features a fascinating presentation by Kurian Tharakan, speaking on "The Power of Story".  Please e-mail us at if you would like to join in.
Colleen and Becky from St. Albert Victim Services attended our meeting this evening to share information about the important services provided by their organization.  Thank you for the work you do and for sharing this story with us, Colleen and Becky!  Shown thanking our presenters is Saint City Rotarian Ross Algar.
Cheryl Dumont, Executive Director of St. Albert Further Education, and Susanne Urbina, STAR Literacy Program Coordinator, visited our club this week to tells us about the excellent programs offered by the organization.  Thank you for the work you do and for sharing this information with us, Cheryl and Susanne.  Shown thanking our speakers is Saint City Rotary President Jeff Hodgson.
Johanna Buisman (SASHA President) and Lindsay Torok-Both (SASHA Fundraising Chair) were on hand at our meeting today to tell us about their organization's programs.  SASHA (St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association) is a not-for-profit association committed to palliative care in our community.  In addition to supporting hospice care at Foyer Lacombe, the organization operates Connect Café and other programs related to end-of-life care.  Thank you for your amazing contributions to the community, Johanna and Lindsay.  Shown thanking Lindsay (left) and Johanna (center) is Saint City Rotary's Director of International Service - Kathleen Soltys.
Our speaker this week was Katie Fitzgerald.  Katie provided an overview of social media and its possibilities.  Thanks for speaking to our club, Katie!  Shown thanking Katie is past president and club director of community service, Ross Algar.
A better understanding and appreciation of our democratic system of government are needed was the message from the Hon. Nathan Cooper, when he spoke to our club this week.  Cooper, a former Rotary Youth Exchange student is speaking to school groups and service clubs in an effort to promote a better understanding of how the system functions.  A very interesting and passionate presentation.  Thanks for making the time to speak to our club, Nathan and best wishes as you continue with these presentations.  Shown thanking Cooper (on the right) is club past president and director of community service, Ross Algar.
Saint City Rotary welcomes our newest member, Ron Majeau, who was inducted at our club meeting on February 4, 2020.  Shown in the photo are (left to right): Diane Ellis (Ron's sponsor), Ron, Club President Jeff Hodgson, and Ron's son Darcy and Daughter Tammy.  Welcome to Saint City Rotary, Ron!
Why buy a tool when you can borrow one from the St. Albert Tool Library (  Bridget Reschke, founder and volunteer executive directior of the library spoke to us about her inspiration for the library and how it operates.  Membership fees are very reasonable and new members are most welcome.  In addition to the tool library, this community-based non-profit also hosts Fix-It Cafés on a monthly basis at various locations throughout St. Albert.  Bring in an item needing repair, share a coffee, and see if one of the volunteers can bring your item back to live.  A wonderful community service!  Thanks for sharing this information with us Bridget, and also thank you for the many volunteer hours you devote to the project!   Shown thanking Bridget is Past District Governor Julius Buski.
Congratulations to Ross Algar, who received his PHF+4 pin from club president Jeff Hodgson (on the left) at this week's meeting.  Ross is a former club president and ongoing Director of Community Service.  Thank you for supporting our Foundation, Ross.  Rotary - Doing Good in the World!
Our speaker this week was Patrick Gibson, who shared with us a program, illustrated with his usual excellent photographs, of his visit to Greece this past fall.  Patrick is a former president of Saint City and we always enjoy his presentations.  Thanks for coming, Patrick - another great program!  Shown thanking Patrick is Saint City's Director of International Service, Kathleen Soltys.

We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM 
St. Albert Inn & Suites
30 - 156 St. Albert Road
St. Albert, AB  T8N 0P5
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Mailing Address

Rotary Club of St. Albert - Saint City
P.O. Box 311
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1N3

Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Elly Contreras
Aug 03, 2021
Project Amigo
Jackie Wiebe
Aug 31, 2021
Board Meeting
Sep 07, 2021
Sep 14, 2021
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 28, 2021
Past Speakers
Julius Buski
Jul 20, 2021
Belize - The Rest of the Story
Changeover Dinner
Jul 06, 2021
Benveet Gill
Jun 22, 2021
ReYu Paralysis Recovery Center
Charlotte Kirchner & Renee Lukie
Jun 15, 2021
SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity)
#1 - Marianne Barrett; #2 - Wendy McDonald
Jun 08, 2021
#1 - Appetite to Achieve Update; #2 - Rotary Employment Partnership