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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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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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 Saintcityrotary@shaw.ca 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 (www.satls.org).  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.
Rotary's Ambassadorial Grants Scholarship program enables clubs and districts to provide a fully funded post degree program for selected individuals.  One of these is Kasia Fardoe, who spoke to our club at our January 7th meeting.  Kasia is our district's third Ambassadorial Scholarship Grant recipient.  (Our club helped support Amy Smith - the first recipient -  a few years ago; Amy has now completed her studies in Australia).  Kasia's grant is being coordinated by the Rotary Club of Camrose, with contributions from several other clubs.  She told us about her travels and her current studies at the London School of Economics.  Thanks for taking the time to speak to us, Kasia.
 
Rotary - Doing Good in the World.
 
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).
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
AGM
Dec 01, 2020
Debbie McKay
Dec 08, 2020
Rotary Graphics
Lydia Hodgson
Dec 15, 2020
Behind the Biohazard Door
Virtual Christmas Party
Dec 22, 2020
TBA
TBA
Jan 05, 2021
TBA
Joshua Morin
Jan 12, 2021
Michif Center
Lori Gosselin
Jan 19, 2021
Growing Communities Together
Marianne Barret
Jan 26, 2021
Appetite to Achieve
TBA
Feb 02, 2021
TBA
Board Meeting
Feb 09, 2021
TBA
Feb 16, 2021
TBA
TBA
Feb 23, 2021
TBA
TBA
Mar 02, 2021
TBA
TBA
Mar 09, 2021
TBA
Diane Ellis
Mar 16, 2021
20 Years Since African Trip
TBA
Mar 23, 2021
TBA
Board Meeting
Mar 30, 2021
Board Meeting
May 11, 2021
Past Speakers
Saint City Rotary Club - Charter Nite
Nov 24, 2020
(20 years)
Bryan Merrill
Nov 17, 2020
Shop St Albert
PDG Tim Schilds
Nov 10, 2020
Our Rotary - Our Foundation
Rick King
Nov 03, 2020
Rotary Video
Ann Lee Hussey (via video)
Oct 27, 2020
Polio and COVID-19