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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.

 
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.
There is help available for those experiencing spousal, family or elder abuse. SAIF (Stop Abuse in Families) Executive Director Caroline Smigielski joined us for our meeting today and outlined the many excellent helpful programs available through SAIF. Shown thanking Caroline is Saint City's Community Services Director Ross Algar.
All About Hearing.
How good is your hearing? Carmelle Sevigny-Black and Nicole Schmidt, from Discover Hearing in St. Albert, presented a very informative session at our meeting. They spoke on the topic of hearing, hearing loss and the amazing technological advancements in that field. Thanks for sharing with us Carmelle and Nicole!
Shown in the photo with Carmelle and Nicole is our sergeant-at-arms, Mark Palynchuk.
Saint City Rotary is  proud sponsor of several youth leadership programs, including RYLE - Rotary Youth Leadership Experience.  At our meeting this evening, we heard from two of our recent RYLE participants,  Jillian Callbeck and Alex Black.  Shown thanking Jillian and Alex is incoming club president Nonie Buski.
Saint City Rotary is proud to acknowledge the contributions to the club of Gerry Mazer, our Saint of the Month for May.  Gerry has held many leadership positions in Saint City Rotary, including  past service as a president.  He is currently our Membership Chair.  Thank you for all your contributions to our club and to Rotary, Gerry!
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Board Meeting
Nov 20, 2018
Ingrid Neitsch
Nov 27, 2018
District Governor's Visit
All
Dec 04, 2018
AGM
Mike Ryan
Dec 11, 2018
Bright Lites Event and Clean Scene Speaker
TBA
Dec 18, 2018
Christmas Social Evening
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2018
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2019
Julius Buski
Jan 15, 2019
Saint City Rotary - Report Card
Games Nite at Mission Fun and Games
Jan 19, 2019
Social Event
David Winfield
Jan 22, 2019
Lifelong Learning
All
Feb 19, 2019
Board Meeting
All
Apr 16, 2019
Board Meeting
Past Speakers
Alan Murdock
Nov 13, 2018
St Albert Music Festival
Doris Vandersteen
Nov 06, 2018
PEO Chapter St Albert
Social Event
Nov 04, 2018
Bowling Nite
Edith Martin
Oct 30, 2018
Project Amigo
Marrianne Barret
Oct 23, 2018
Appetite to Achieve