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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We  meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM St. Albert Inn.  Please email us at saintcityrotary@shaw.ca if you would like more information on membership.  You can read more about our club or about Rotary.

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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Welcome to our newest member. At this evening's meeting our club welcomed Karen Kiddine to Rotary membership. We're delighted that you've chosen Saint City Rotary to begin your Rotary journey, Karen. Shown presenting Karen with her membership certificate is Jeff Hodgson, Membership Director.
We had an excellent informative presentation about our Rotary Foundation at this week's meeting by PDG Ingrid Neitsch. Ingrid provided us with a summary of the various foundation programs, ways of giving, and the wonderful education being provided by Rotary's Peace Centres. Consistently ranked by Charity Navigator as one of the world's top charities, the Rotary Foundation should be the charity of choice for all Rotarians.
Shown thanking Ingrid is Saint City Rotary President Chad Hierlmeier.
Owais Hikmat, from the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, spoke to our club this week about the work of the hospital and foundation. The foundation is currently conducting a fund drive to raise 2.7 million dollars for a Neuro Rehabilitation Innovation and Research Facility at the hospital. One of the series of fundraising events is the Festival of Trees. More information is available at
Thank you for very interesting presentation, Owais.
Shown thanking Owais is Nonie Buski, Saint City Rotary Youth Services Director.
John Donner, co-chair of the District's Indigenous Committee, spoke to us this evening about the district's work in this area and provided tips on how our club can reach out to indigenous groups in the area. Thank you for our excellent presentation, John!
 
Our guest speaker this evening was Mike Hook, from the St. Albert BMX Association. Mike provided us with a very interesting presentation on BMX racing and outlined the plans his club has for expanding St. Albert's current track and hopefully attracting a world competition in a few years.  Mike was accompanied by his son Jack, who is a BMX racer.
Another Rotary year is coming to an end. Our club held its annual Changeover Dinner yesterday evening at the University Club. We were delighted that DG Donna Barrett could join us for the event.
During the evening Linda Perras was presented with her PH+5 pin, husband Leo with his PF+3, daughter Julie with her PH+2 and son-in law Warren with his PH+1. It was also a special evening for Julie as she received our club's Integrity Award for her community service.
Nonie Buski was named Rotarian of the Year, honouring her dedication to working with our Interact Youth as well as many hours applying for and securing funding for our other projects such as the Amarok Society and Project Amigo.
Three of our SACHS Interact members (Evan Jamieson, Mapy Barba and Avalina Zenari) were in attendance and gave an excellent presentation on some of their projects.
Diane Ellis was presented with the Saint of the Month Award and incoming president Chad Hierlmeier received his president's pin. Chad distributed the theme pins for the new Rotary year (Imagine Rotary) to members present.
It was a wonderful evening at which we celebrated our accomplishments this year and looked forward with anticipation and commitment to another great Rotary year coming up, under Chad's leadership.
Our next meeting with be on July 12 at Rotary Park.
 
 
 
 
 
Al Henry (president) and Tony Druett (vice-president) of BLESS (Big Lake Environment Support Society) spoke to our club this evening about the Society's goals, achievements and priorities. The Society is currently focused on
Expanding the BLESS stewardship activities to cover the entire Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park
Working with the Parks Dept. and lobbying for funding for trail improvements and additional signage in LHCPP
Working with the City of St Albert to accomplish the following:
· Raising the Red Willow Trail under the Ray Gibbon Drive bridge
· Preserving the wildlife corridor on the north side of river under the bridge
· Installing replacement trees adjacent to the NE corner of LHCPP
Revising the City’s Municipal Development Plan to delete the Employment Lands designation on two areas of St Albert adjacent to Big Lake
Providing and supporting environmental education programs
A very interesting presentation.
Kathleen Soltys thanked Tony (left) and Al (right) on behalf ot the club.
FOIP Follies was the title of an interesting and at times humorous presentation at our club this week by Mary Golab, Director of Information and Privacy at the University of Alberta, and our own club member Dr. Maggie Shane, Privacy Officer for the Alberta Teachers' Association. In their presentation our guests outlined the provisions of the FOIP Act (1995) and the PIPA Act (2004), as well as some prognostications of what may be coming down the pike. A great and educational presentation - thank you Maggie and Mary!
Lyn Reynolds, president of the St. Albert Botanic Park, spoke to us this week about the many beautiful aspects of the park and its programs. It was interesting to learn that while St. Albert bills itself as the Botanical Arts City, the city does not provide any support or funding for this beautiful gem, which is operated completely by volunteers. Thank you for telling us about he park, Lyn!
You can learn more about the park on their website:
 
Nicole Urbina, from St. Albert Further Education, spoke to us today about the centre's Family Literacy Program. The program is designed to assist:
  • Parents/caregivers who did not complete high school
  • ELL or ESL Learners
  • Newcomers to Canada, and
  • Individuals look for extra help with literacy, numeracy, conversation and language skills.
Thank you for your interesting presentation, Nicole.
Past president and the club's youth services director, Nonie Buski, thanked Nicole on behalf of the club.
 
The St. Albert Public Library is much more than books. That was the theme of an eye-opening presentation to our club by Stephanie Foremsky, the library's Public Services Manager. Stephanie outlined how the library has something for everyone: support for educators and learners, for families, for job seekers and for the community. The library even has a seed repository.
Thank you for this most interesting presentation, Stephanie!
Muna Abdulhussain, from St. Albert Further Education, spoke to us this week about the council's Newcomer Connections Program. The program is designed to welcome newcomers and provide them with information about various resources and referrals for health, education, support and services, as well as job search and resume writing. Assistance is offered in a number of languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish, Hindi, Tagalog, Russian, Ukraine and more. Thank you for sharing with us the information about this valuable community resources, Muna. Ross Algar, Saint City's Community Services Director and past president, thanked Muna on behalf of the club.
Our speaker this week was Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack. Lana is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and researcher known for her work exploring experiences of Cree identity in Western culture. She gave a very interesting presentation on We Are the Medicine - An exploration of the Cree 13 lunar moon cycle. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and rich heritage with us, Lana.
Toss 'Em Into the River: Vigilantes in Edmonton and St. Albert in the 1880s and 90s was the title of an interesting presentation at our club meeting this week by Tom Long. Tom related several stories of how vigilante groups deals with unauthorized (and sometimes authorized) buildings in early land claim disputes.
Kevin Royle and Ihor Kruk spoke to our club at our Tuesday meeting about the work that was being done in Ukraine through this program. This was on the eve of the Russian invasion of the country.
As described on the organization's website (https://www.firefighteraidukraine.com/) the mission of the Firefighter Aid for Ukraine (FAU) is to collect unneeded/unwanted firefighter bunker/turnout gear, personal protective equipment (PPE), life rescue equipment, and medical supplies from fire departments and vendors in Canada.  FAU also aims to raise the necessary funds to send these goods to first responders in various locations of Ukraine who are in desperate need of equipment and supplies required to fulfill their duties to serve and protect citizens, while ensuring one's own safety.
The organization came about as a result of Kevin Royle taking part as a team member of the 2012 Rotary Club Group Study Exchange focusing on emergency services. During the exchange Kevin visited several cities and rural areas in Western Ukraine including; Lviv, Kiev, Odessa, Ivano Frankivsk, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, and Vinnytsia. While there, the team visited several fire stations, hospitals, clinics, training facilities, ambulance dispatch centers, and other medical facilities. In each visit, the recurring observations were:
  • underfunded emergency medical responders attempting to fulfill their duties with worn out tools and equipment
  • missing or inadequate PPE
  • broken down, archaic apparatus and vehicles
  • working out of dilapidated and crumbling facilities.
The deficiencies are the result of under funding due to a magnitude of reasons. As the conflict in Ukraine continues, the situation for front line first responders and medical workers worsens, placing both first responders and citizens in jeopardy.
Obviously the good work of this organization is suspended until Ukraine is safe to travel to again. The Saint City Rotary Club will be working with other clubs in our district to raise the necessary funds to continue this important project.
 
Our speakers this evening were Len Gierach, Guy Blood and Karen Gill, from the Edmonton Interfaith Center for Education and Action. They told us about the wonderful educational work being done by the Center and showed us an exceptional video, "Building Bridges" produced by the group. The video is available to watch on the Center's website: https://www.edminterfaithcentre.ca/
It is a wonderful and inspiring production.
A Valley of Darkness was the theme of the presentation to our Rotary Club this week by Dr. Phil McRae of The Alberta Teachers' Association. Dr. McRae shared with us the results of several longitudinal studies on the effects of not only COVID but other factors on the quality of teacher work life and their concerns about the present and future. The ATA has been undertaking the only systematic research in North America relating to this topic.  Among other findings was that almost one in three teachers are planning on leaving the profession! Thank you Phil for sharing with us this comprehensive overview and eye opening analysis of the current situation in our schools.
Project Amigo - helping disadvantaged and marginalized children of west-central Mexico achieve their highest potential by enabling education, and by providing material support, enrichment activities and healthcare services not otherwise available to them. PDG Elly Contreras-Vermeulen attended our meeting via ZOOM this evening to provide us with an update on the good work being done by this project in Colima, Mexico. Thank you Elly and Ramiro for your eighteen years of dedication to this outstanding project. Saint City Rotary is a proud supporter of Project Amigo.
Our program this week was about SAGA - a weekly safe space for queer, trans, non-binary and gender diverse youth to engage in fun activities, make friends and find support at Paul Kane High School.  Renee LeClerc, the teacher in charge of the program, assisted by one of the student members. outlined for us the importance of this program.   Thank you both for sharing this wonderful story with us.
Saint City Rotary Club has for many years been a proud supporter of the Amarok Society and its schools for mothers in the slums of Bangladesh. At our meeting last week, Tanyss Munro, co-founder of the society, brought us up to date on "our" school and shared stories of how teaching mothers to read and pass on the knowledge impacts the behaviour of many others. Thank you Tanyss and GEM for the amazing work you do!
Shelley Passek, Executive Director of St. Albert Family Resource Centre was our speaker this week. Shelley told us about the many programs offered by the centre, as well as the mentoring provided. The centre continues to be a lifeline for many during these COVID times. Many thanks to you and your staff for the work you do, Shelley!
World Polio Day was October 24th and in celebration of that event, Past District Governor Linda Robertson, regional coordinator for End Polio Now Coordinator for this and several other Rotary districts, spoke to our club and provided an interesting update on this worldwide program of Rotary. The exciting news is that there have been only 2 polio cases from the wild polio virus in the world in this calendar year!
Our program guests this past week were Zohreh Saher and Janette Bishop, who spoke to us about the InterVivos organization and the wonderful mentorship programs offered by it. Thank you for this most interesting presentation Zohreh and Janette and for the good work done by your group.
 

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
Blanket Exercise
Dec 06, 2022
In Collaboration with St Albert Further Education
Club Assembly/AGM
Dec 13, 2022
No Meeting
Dec 27, 2022
Getting to Know You
Jan 10, 2023
Getting to Know You
Jan 17, 2023
Getting to Know You
Jan 24, 2023
John Liston
Feb 07, 2023
T8N100MEN
Marcie Mazurenko
Feb 14, 2023
St Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association
TBA
Feb 21, 2023
Board Meeting
Feb 28, 2023
Dr Sharon Ryan
Mar 07, 2023
A Search for Human Rights in a Global Pandemic
TBA
Mar 14, 2023
TBA
Mar 21, 2023
TBA
Mar 28, 2023
TBA
Apr 04, 2023
TBA
Apr 11, 2023
TBA
Apr 18, 2023
TBA
Apr 25, 2023
TBA
May 02, 2023
TBA
May 09, 2023
TBA
May 16, 2023
TBA
May 23, 2023
TBA
May 23, 2023
Board Meeting
May 30, 2023
Past Speakers
Board Meeting
Nov 29, 2022
PDG Ingrid Neitsch
Nov 22, 2022
Our Rotary Foundation
Owais Hikmat
Nov 15, 2022
Neuro Rehabilitation at University Hospital
Joe Dwyer
Nov 08, 2022
Morinville Rotary Club Activities
Mark Dixon
Nov 01, 2022
My Grandma's Polio Story