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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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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A great presentation at this week's meeting by Bruce Anderson, one of the founders of Lead With Seeds ( 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:
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).
Shelter Box - A Rotary Affiliated Program doing good in the world. Our guest speaker this week was Bernie Kreiner, who shared with us the Shelter Box story and encouraged us to continue making club and individual contributions to this highly effective and respected emergency disaster relief organization. Thanks for your excellent presentation, Bernie. To learn more about the program, click on this link:
A most interesting presentation at today's meeting by Michelle Veran, Executive Director of Sidekicks Mentorship.   A  St. Albert based and developed program, Sidekicks Mentoring matches community volunteers to school-aged children between the ages of 6 to 16 with the goal of providing these children with positive mentors and role models to be their friends.  Sidekicks is a program of the St. Albert Community Information Centre and a great example of doing good in the world.  Thanks  for sharing this information with us, Michelle.
Shown presenting a certificate of appreciation to Michelle is club president Nonie Buski (on the left).


A fascinating program this week by our former member and club president Patrick Gibson. Patrick has taken up a new hobby, drone aerial photography. Patrick showed us some amazing photos and video footage shot by him. Thanks for sharing, Patrick. I think you may have whetted an interest in drone photography on the part of at least a couple of our members. Shown thanking Patrick is our community services director, Ross Algar (on the left).
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30 - 156 St. Albert Road
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Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Gem Munro
Nov 19, 2019
Marianne Barret
Nov 26, 2019
St Albert Public School Board
Betty Screpnek
Dec 03, 2019
The Rotary Foundation Canada
Dec 10, 2019
No Meeting
Dec 24, 2019
No Meeting
Dec 31, 2019
Kassia Fardoe
Jan 07, 2020
Exchange Student Experience
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
Feb 11, 2020
Feb 18, 2020
Feb 25, 2020
Mar 03, 2020
Board Meeting
Mar 10, 2020
Mar 17, 2020
Mar 24, 2020
Mar 31, 2020
Board Meeting
Apr 07, 2020
Apr 14, 2020
Apr 21, 2020
Apr 28, 2020
May 05, 2020
Board Meeting
May 12, 2020
Past Speakers
Bruce Anderson
Nov 12, 2019
Lead With Seeds (Honduras Project)
Board Meeting
Nov 05, 2019
Hanna Walsh
Oct 29, 2019
Bolivia Student Exchange Experience
District Governor
Oct 22, 2019
Irene Walker
Oct 15, 2019
HHART (Hispanola Humanitation Aid & Relief Team