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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.

 
We were delighted to have Ray Pinco back with us this week to continue relating some of St. Albert's history. Shown thanking Ray is Club Administration Co-Director Lydia Hodgson.
We were delighted to have District 5370 Youth Services Chair (and the District's Rotarian of the Year for 2017-18), Tamara Larson, speak to us about the District's Youth Programs at today's meeting..  There are presently 52+ Interact clubs and 9 Rotaract clubs in our district, which surpasses in total the 57 Rotary clubs!  Tamara provided us with an interesting update on RYLA, RYLE and RYPEN, as well as an exciting collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg.  Thank you for sharing this with us, Tamara.  In recognition of Tamara's participation, the Saint City Rotary Club will be making a donation to Rotary's PolioPlus program in her name.  Shown presenting the thank you certificate to Tamara is Lydia Hodgson (left), the club's co-director of Club Administration.
(Special thanks to Jeff Hodgson for serving as our official photographer for this and many other photos in our posts).
Keep learning....stay connected. That was the message David Winfield brought to us at our meeting this week, when he spoke about ELLA (Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association). ELLA is once again offering a variety of courses during the 2019 Spring Session - April 29 to May 17. You can find out more at www.m-ella.com. Thank you for a most interesting presentation, David.
Shown thanking David (on the right) is PDG Julius Buski.
St. Albert - Alberta's First Non-Fortified Community has a rich history and many "firsts"..We were delighted to have Ray Pinco from the St. Albert Historical Society share some of these stories with us at our meeting this week.  Thank you for a fascinating presentation, Ray!  Shown thanking Ray for his presentation is our International Services Director, Nick Algar.
Saint City Rotary Club proudly supports DG Ingrid Neitsch's Rotary District Peacebuilder Initiative.  At this evening's DG's visit, club president Nonie Buski presented Ingrid with the club's contribution of $675 towards this vital program.
 
Somewhat like Rotary, PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) appears often to be a well-kept secret.  Established over 150 years ago, this women's organization provides scholarships, grants, awards and loans for women to continue their education.  At our meeting this evening, Doris Vandersteen, from the St. Albert Chapter filled us in on the good work done by this organization.  For details, check their website at www.peointernational.org
Shown thanking Doris is Saint City's Director of Administration, Lydia Hodgson.
Project Amigo is celebrating 33  years of transforming lives through education in Colima, Mexico.  The project provides education funding for children as well as an on site hands-on opportunity for Rotarians to spend a week assisting the project in various ways. Saint City is proud to be sponsoring a child's education.  We were delighted to have Edith Martin visit our club today and share some of the Project Amigo stories.   Shown thanking Edith is club member Gennet Ghebremichael (on the left).
To learn more about the project, visit their website at:  https://www.projectamigo.org/
 
Saint City Rotary celebrates small business week each  year by inviting a representative of St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce to speak at our meeting that week.  Today  we were delighted to have Jodie McFadzen, Volunteer Chair of the Chamber as our program.  Shown thanking Jodie is club secretary Linda Perras (left).
Our speaker this week was Denny May, son of the famed pilot Wop May. Denny shared with us many fascinating vignettes about Wop's life and career. Shown thanking Denny is Saint City Community Services Director Ross Algar (left).
Our club was treated to an inspiring presentation at our meeting today by Derek Jay, ,who told us about the wonderful humanitarian work being done in Africa by Mercy Ships.  Thank you Derek, for your informative and touching presentation - and apologies for the fuzzy photo.  Shown in the photo (left)  with Derek is Chad Hierlmeier, Saint City's Director of Vocational Service.
Board games are still a popular pastime for many of us.  At our meeting today,  John Engel of Mission Fun and Games in St. Albert, told us about the forthcoming Gamealot Convention.  Check it out at https://tabletop.events/conventions/game-a-lot-2018
Show thanking John for his presentation is Saint City member Diane Ellis-Mineault
"One Edmonton - Two Cities" was the title of a fascinating presentation at our meeting today by Dr. Michael Strembitsky, former superintendent of Edmonton Public Schools.  Dr. Strembitsky sketched a historical perspective of the sociological and economical divide which has existed in Edmonton, on a diagonal northwest southeast line.   A very gripping presentation.  Thanks for sharing this analysis with us Mike!  Nice to have a number of visiting Rotarian join us this evening as well.
Shown thanking Dr. Strembitsky is Saint City president Nonie Buski.
We were delighted to have Dr. Alan Murdock, President of the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival,  visit us today and present Saint City president Nonie Buski with a certificate of appreciation for our support of the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival as a Scholarship and Award Donor.
DOING GOOD IN OUR COMMUNITY
An outstanding presentation at today's meeting by Elaine Alton, member of the St. Albert Salvation Army church. Elaine shared with us the history of the Salvation Army and the many community-based programs offered by the church in St. Albert. An inspiring speaker! Thanks for sharing this story with us Elaine!
Shown thanking Elaine is Ross Algar, Saint City Rotary's Community Services director and a past president of the club.
 
 
IN APPRECIATION
President Nonie expressed our club's appreciation at our meeting today to Linda Perras, long-time organizer of our Saint City Charity Golf Tournament and to Ross Algar, for his many years of support of the tournament. Thank you both! In the photo, left to right - Ross, Linda and Nonie
One of Saint City Rotary's fundraisers this past Rotary year was a trip to China.  Jeff and Lydia Hodgson, two of our club members who went on the 11 day  trip shared their experience at our meeting tonight.  In addition to dozens of fascinating photos, our two travelers brought along some Chinese food for us to sample (locally sourced, of course!).  Shown in the photo with Jeff and Lydia is Diane Mineault (on the left), our trip coordinator.  Our next trip is a nine day excursion to Thailand and Hong Kong, departing February 14.  Total all inclusive cost is $3,099.
Classification talks are some of our best Rotary programs and tonight's was no exception, as Chad Hierlmeier presented his.  Chad has had several careers and is now enjoying being a realtor.  Thank for a great talk, Chad!
At our meeting this week, Sue Trenchard and Margaret Geall told us about the vital services provided by St. Albert Victim Services. Thanks for sharing this with us, Margaret and Sue!
We were delighted to have Brian Blumrick, President of the Rotary Club of Hibiscus Coast, RD9370, visit us today.  Shown exchanging banners with Brian is Saint City Club President Nonie Buski.
Rotary International's Convention is a great experience and the recent one in Toronto was no exception.  Two of our club members, Dr. Ashgedom Ghebremichael and wife Gennet attended this one and reported on some of the highlights at our club meeting this week.  Shown in the photo with Ash and Gennet is club president Nonie Buski.
Our own Gerry Tersmette shared a wonderful presentation at our meeting today - telling us about the origin and good works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you, Gerry!
We were fortunate at today's meeting to hear from Veronica Kong Executive Director) and Jackie Wiebe (Administrator) of CAMTA (Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad).  CAMTA has just completed its 17th mission to Ecuador, providing free orthopedic care to the needy.  Over 90 individuals took part, at their own expense or through raised donations!  Saint City Rotary is proud to be a sponsor of this life-giving undertaking.  Shown in the photo (left to right) are Linda Perras (Saint City Secretary), Veronica Kong and Jackie Wiebe.
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Jan Reimer
Feb 26, 2019
Women's Shelters
Dr Mark Joffe
Mar 05, 2019
History of Polio
Sheila Jenaille
Mar 12, 2019
Geneology
Jan Tworek
Mar 19, 2019
St Albert Senior Services
TBA
Mar 26, 2019
TBA
Social Event
Mar 30, 2019
Bowling at St Albert Bowling
Patrick Gibson
Apr 02, 2019
Aerial Photography
Michelle Veran
Apr 09, 2019
Sidekicks Mentorship Program
All
Apr 16, 2019
Board Meeting
Bernie Kreiner
Apr 23, 2019
Shelter Box
TBA
Apr 30, 2019
TBA
No Meeting
May 07, 2019
CASINO
All
May 14, 2019
Board Meeting
TBA
May 21, 2019
TBA
TBA
May 28, 2019
TBA
RYLE Presentation
Jun 04, 2019
RYLE
RYPEN Presentation
Jun 11, 2019
RYPEN
All
Jun 18, 2019
Club Assembly
All
Jun 25, 2019
Change Over Dinner
Past Speakers
Board Meeting
Feb 19, 2019
Board Meeting
Raymond Pinco
Feb 12, 2019
St Albert History Part 2
David Winfield
Feb 05, 2019
Life Long Learning
Tamara Larson
Jan 29, 2019
District Youth Chair
Raymond Pinco
Jan 22, 2019
Overview of St Albert History