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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.

 
Wonderful presentation at our meeting this week by Dr. Alan Murdock, on the topic of "The 21st Century - the Good, the Bad, the Ugly." Well researched and thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Alan. Shown thanking Alan is Chad Hierlmeier, (right), our Vocational Services Director and Sergeant at Arms.
 
What an inspiring presentation! At our meeting this week RCMP Const. Geoff McKay shared with us how his receipt of a small box of goodies while posted in Nunavut led to hundreds of boxes being sent for school children throughout the territory. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us, Geoff! Shown thanking Geoff is Saint City Rotary Treasurer Ross Algar.
Mike Ryan, founder of Clean Scene, visited our club this week and we took advantage of his visit to present our cheque in support of this organization's great work. Clean Scene works with youth in the area of drug and crime issues. Shown presenting the cheque to Mike is Nonie Buski, Saint City's Youth Services Director.
Rotary - Doing Good in the World!
Our guest speaker this week was Edith Martin, President of Project Amigo Canada Society. Project Amigo provides education and humanitarian support to children in Colima, Mexico. Saint City Rotary is proud to support the education of several students through Project Amigo. Shown thanking Edith and presenting our cheque is Diane Ellis, Saint City Rotary's International Services Director. We were also delighted to have Dr. Alan Murdock front The Rotary Club of St. Albert Join us, and provide an update on the Rotary Music Festival. Saint City Rotary provides funding for the Don Vaugeois music scholarship and Dr. Murdoch was here to thank the club and receive our cheque from Youth Services Director Nonie Buski.
 
Another great meeting last night. Dr. Marc Arnal and wife Rashmi Joshee shared with us a pictorial program of their recent trip to the Antarctic.
In addition, president Maggie Shane presented our own Ross Algar with this PHF+6 pin. Congratulations, Ross!
 
Ever heard of Roll A Hippo.? At our meeting yesterday, Luke Vorstermans, co-founder of the Roll A Hippo Foundation outlined for us the wonderful work being done by the foundation in providing an easier way for villagers in South Africa to convey water. To date, over 2600 hippo water rollers have been distributed. Want to know more? Check out their website and get involved:
https://www.rollahippo.org/
 
 
 
This morning Ross Algar from Saint City Rotary and staff of St. Albert Public Schools packed over 200 food hampers for distribution to needy families in the school system. Saint City Rotary contributed $3000 towards this program, part of St. Albert Public Schools' Appetite to Achieve initiative. Rotary - Doing Good in the Community!
BRIGHT LIGHTS TOUR FOR SENIORS is an annual program of Saint City Rotary Club, and this year was no exception Yesterday evening approximately 70 St. Albert seniors were provided with a tour of Edmonton's and St. Albert's holiday lights and Christmas decorations, courtesy of St. Albert Transit. Following the tour the seniors returned to St. Albert Inn and Suites, where they were greeted with coffee and hot chocolate, courtesy of the Inn, and cookies provided by our St. Albert Catholic High School Interact Club. Many thanks to St. Albert Transit, St. Albert Inn and Suites and the Interactors for helping with this annual holiday tradition. Special thanks as well to the teachers from SACHS who came out to assist and to Ross Algar, Saint City Community Services director for coordinating the event. Rotary - doing good in the community.
The impact of artificial intelligence on our lives is growing exponentially, and we have just begun to see the ramifications.  Dr. Phil McRae, Associate Coordinator - Research, The Alberta Teachers' Association provided an informative and thought provoking presentation on this topic at our club meeting this week.   Thank you for sharing your research with us, Phil!.
 
 
SAINT CITY ROTARY - SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY
Two St. Albert community organizations received a boost at our meeting this week. St. Albert Public Schools received a cheque for $3,000 to assist in their Appetite to Achieve Program and the St. Albert Food Bank received $1500.
Shown receiving the cheque from Saint City Rotary's treasurer, Ross Alger, is St. Albert Public Schools deputy superintendent Dr. Marianne Barrett. Presenting the cheque to Suzan Krecsy, St. Albert Food Bank Executive Director (on the left) is Nonie Buski, our Youth Services Director.
Rotary - Doing Good in the World!
Had a wonderful presentation at our meeting tonight by Darryl Anderson, Executive Director of Mercy Ships. Wonderful work being done by this charity - well worth supporting. Thank you, Darryl, for sharing the Mercy Ships story with us.
 
https://mercyships.ca/en/
 
Our speaker this week was Mike Ryan, founder and executive director of Clean Scene, an organization devoted to helping youth deal with drug and crime issues. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has reached over 500,000 youth. Saint City Rotary is a proud supporter of Clean Scene. Mike is an inspiring speaker and we always welcome a visit from him. Shown thanking Mike is Nonie Buski, Saint City Rotary's Youth Program Director.
Also at this meeting we were delighted to induct our newest member, Shanna McConnell. Welcome to our club, Shanna. Together with you, we will all work to make the world a better place.
We had a wonderful presentation at our meeting this week by Avalina, Deirdra and Mapy, three young ladies from our Interact Club at Saint Albert Catholic High School. The trio won first place in the Alberta 2023 Envirothon and went on to represent Alberta in the International Envirothon in New Brunswwick, where they placed 31st in their overall presentation and 9th in their oral presentation. A very impressive group of young ladies of whom wer're very proud. Shown thanking the group is Nonie Buski, Saint City Rotary's Youth Chair.
At our Changeover Dinner this evening we celebrated the club's accomplishments thisd past year under the leadership of President Chad Hierlmeier and welcomed incoming president Dr,. Maggie Shane who will lead us in 2023-2024 as we work to Create Hope in the World (the new Rotary theme).
We also honoured Diane Ellis as our Rotarian of the year. Diane has been a tireless worker on behalf of the club and continues to organize one of our major fundraising projects - trips to various places around the world. Congratulations, Diane!
We were visited this week by Brian Reed from the Morinville-Sturgeon Rotary Club and John Hagan from the One Step Learning Organization. They spoke to us about John's passion - the One Step Learning Opportunities Centre in Ghana,. Operating in a donated compound building in Entumbil, Ghana, the centre currently provides early childrhood learning experiences for 1 to 6 y ear olds. John's organiation is a registered Canadian charity and is looking for financial support from Rotary clubs and other organizations. Thank you John and Brian for telling us about this interesting project. Shown in the photo (left to right) are John, Saint City Rotary president Chad Hierlmeier, and Brian.
Air Racing was the topic of the presentation at our meeting this week. Jeannette Bancarz, who is the president of the Canadian Air Racing Association, provided us with an overview of the different types of air racing, its history, and current efforts to bring it to our region. Thank you for a great and informative presentation, Jeannette! Shown thanking our speaker is Ross Algar, club treasurer and our club's director of Community Service.
We were visited at our meeting this week by Jackie Wiebe, Program Manager for CAMTA (Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad) and Grace Bredlow, a student nurse who took part in this year's mission to Quito, Ecuador. Jackie provided a bit of CAMTA history and Grace shared an impassioned speech about her experience as a team member. CAMTA has been providing free orthopedic surgery in Quito since 2002. You can read more about the organization on their website: https://camta.com/
Saint City Rotary is a proud sponsor of CAMTA.
Shown thanking Jackie (left) and Grace (right) is Saint City's Treasurer and Community Services Director, Ross Algar.
Welcome to our newest member - Nancy Hoffman!
At our meeting this week, Saint City Rotary inducted our newest member - Nancy Hoffman. Nancy is no stranger to Rotary, as daughter Hayley was an exchange student to Brazil a few y ears ago, and also since Nancy's parents are PDG Julius and Nonie Buski
Welcome to Rotary, Nancy.!
Shown presenting Nancy with her new member kit and badge is Saint City's Membership Director, Jeff Hodgson.
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Interac
Jun 04, 2024
RYLE
Club
Jun 18, 2024
Club Assembly - Budget Meeting
All
Jul 02, 2024
Changeover Dinner
Past Speakers
Dr. Alan Murdock
May 21, 2024
21st century the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Const. Geoff McKay RCMP
May 07, 2024
Bringing Kindness to Nunavut and some other good info
Jackie Wiebe
Apr 16, 2024
CAMTA
All
Apr 02, 2024
Board Meeting
Edith Martin
Mar 19, 2024
Project Amigo