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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.

 
"It Starts With Me - St. Albert As a Welcoming and Inclusive Community" was the topic of Leanne MacMillan's presentation at Saint City Rotary's meeting tonight.  Leanne, who is the Community Development Coordinator with the City of St. Albert, reminded us that there are long term impacts when people are excluded from participating in the community, be it as a result of social, societal or economic pressures.  The Social Master Plan for St. Albert highlights and promotes the city as a welcoming and inclusive community.  The new education campaign to raise awareness, entitled "It Starts With Me" was launched with the goal of helping citizens better understand groups at risk of exclusion in the community.  Thank you for your thought-provoking presentation, Leanne.
Shown in the photo with Leanne is Saint City Rotary past president, Ross Algar.
 
Each month Saint City Rotary Club honours one of its members for outstanding service to the club.  This month, we were pleased to acknowledge the contributions and excellent service of Nick Algar.  Nick chairs our International Services Committee and helps out in many other ways.  Thanks for all you do, Nick.  Club president Julius Buski is shown presenting Nick with his certificate of appreciation.
Our program this week (March 27) featured Laura Young from the Parkinson Association of Alberta.  Laura presented a comprehensive and very interesting overview of the disease, current treatment options, and the good work being done by the Parkinson Association.  Thank you for visiting us, Laura!
Shown thanking Laura is our newest member, Gennet Ghebremichael.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER - GENNET GHEBREMICHAEL
Gennet was inducted into Saint City Rotary at our meeting this evening (March 13). Shown with Gennet are her husband Ash, also a member, and club president Julius Buski.
St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Albert Conference president Ken Gallagher spoke to Saint City Rotary at our meeting on March 13 and told us about the Society's work and their great need for a truck.  Along with Ken we heard from  Conference members Bernie McCracken and Val Merchant.  Thank you for all you do for the community, St. Vincent de Paul Society!
Shown presenting a certificate of appreciation to Ken is Club Administration Co-Director Jeff Hodgson.
Our guest speaker at this last meeting in February was Mike Ryan, Founder and Program Director of Clean Scene  [www.cleanscene.ca]
Since 2002, Clean Scene has worked with more than 350,000 youth around drug and crime issues.  Saint City Rotary is proud to support the work of this wonderful organization and sponsor the program at Sir George Simpson Jr. High School in St. Albert.   Mike is shown receiving our donation from president-elect Nonie Buski.
 
We are now accepting registrations for our China trips in October.    Please click on the China Trip link above.
Also - plan to attend our free orientation evening on Wednesday, March 7, 6:00 p.m. at the St. Albert Inn and Suites.
Saint City Rotary is pleased to acknowledge  Mark Palynchuk as our Saint of the Month for January.  Mark, who serves as our Sergeant-at-Arms and helps out in many different ways is always there when needed, provides humour at our meetings and is never afraid to ask the tough questions.  Congratulations, Mark, and thank you for being a Saint City Rotarian.  Mark (on the left) is shown receiving his Certificate of Appreciation from club president Julius Buski.
St. Albert is open.........open for business......open for change. That was the message St. Albert Mayor brought to Saint City Rotary in her informative presentation to the club this evening (February 6). In addition to sharing her insights with the club, the mayor fielded a number of questions from club members. Another great meeting! Shown in thephoto is president-elect Nonie Buski, presenting Mayor Heron with our club's certificate of appreciation and a donation on her behalf to PolioPlus.
Who benefits from the St. Albert Food Bank?  Where is the greatest need?  How is the food bank supported?  Is there a homeless problem in St. Albert?  How does St. Albert Community Village serve the homeless?  These are just a few of the questions our guest speaker this evening, Suzan Krecsy, answered for us in her informative presentation.  Thanks for coming and sharing your expertise with Saint City Rotary, Suzan!  Shown in the photo is Ross Algar, a past president, presenting Suzan with a certificate of appreciation.
Ron Bourret from St. Albert-based Loseca [Love-Service-Care] Foundation told us about the great work done by this foundation at our meeting this evening.  This award winning non-profit foundation operates a multitude of programs for disadvantaged adults.  Thank you for your very interesting presentation, Ron!   Shown thanking Ron is club member Dr. Ash Ghebremichael.  Check out Loseca's web page at http://www.loseca.ca
 
 
Congratulations to Nick Algar, who received his Paul Harris Fellowship at today's (Jan 16) meeting of the Saint City Rotary Club.  A Paul Harris Fellowship is named in honor of Paul Harris, Rotary's founder, and is awarded to an individual who contributes an amount of $1,000 US to the Rotary Foundation - one of the top foundations in the world  Thank you Nick.  Your contribution assists the Rotary Foundation to continue doing good in the world!
Estela Oates, Rotary's newest member, was welcomed into the Saint City Rotary Club at our meeting on January 23. 
Estela's classification is Commercial Cleaning.  She and her husband operate Elysha's Cleaning and Restoration.  Welcome to the Rotary family, Estela.  Shown in the photo is Estela receiving her new member kit from club president Julius Buski.
What a wonderful day for a car rally.
4 teams set out - 2 were at a disadvantage as they were not members of our club but are friends of our club.
Their route was handed out and the race began. They had to record their mileage to ensure their were not cheaters.
Their route took them to the homes of all our members but there was questions they had to answer about each place.
They returned with answers and the winners were Bonnie, Larry and Pauline.
BBQ followed with great conversations, fun, laughter and of course lots of food.
My 3 grandchildren, Terri's step son, and Ross and Lynn's Grandson also attended.
Rotary is about getting to know not only each other but our families and friends.
Thanks for a Great Day!
Guest Speaker, Patty Milligan gave an amazing talk about Bees, covering a vast area of information.  Who knew there were 20,000 varieties in the world?  Patty's presentation had to be ended to to time constraints, so she was immediately booked for a part two presentation in October.  You won't want to miss it.

Guest Speaker, Rachael Putt, from the Bissell Centre in Edmonton gave a great overview of the Centre and the work they do for thousands of homeless people in Edmonton and area.  Their primary goal is to get homes for these people. Then they work on food, clothing and jobs. It is a tremendous job requiring a lot of support and many volunteers.  Their web page which has much more information is www.bissellcentre.org.Image

 
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Margaret Danko
Apr 24, 2018
Young Nurses Take Action
Wendy McDonald and Devon McKenzie
May 01, 2018
Rotary Employment Partnership
Lori Kary
May 08, 2018
Rainbow for the Future Foundation
All
May 15, 2018
Club Meeting
RYLE Presentation
May 22, 2018
All
Jun 19, 2018
Club Meeting
Changeover Dinner
Jun 26, 2018
John Engel
Sep 18, 2018
Gamealot Convention (Kinsmen Centre) - Mission: Fun and Games
Past Speakers
All
Apr 17, 2018
Club Meeting
Leanne MacMillan
Apr 10, 2018
It Starts With Me - Community and Social Developent
Jess Morrill
Apr 03, 2018
You Can Work or You Can Fly - I Chose Fly!
Laura Young
Mar 27, 2018
Parkinson Association
Julius Buski
Mar 20, 2018
A Rotary Primer