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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.

 
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!
Lori Kary, Executive Director of Westlock-based Rainbow for the Future Foundation, shared with us at this week's meeting the wonderful work being done in Ethiopia by the Foundation.  Check out their story at https://rainbowftf.ngo/
Shown in the photo are Saint City Club Administration Co-Director Lydia Hodgson, and Lori Kary.
The Rotary Employment Partnership is a wonderful program, under the auspices of Inclusion Alberta, which matches developmentally challenged adults with potential employers.   Bruce Uditsky, CEO of Inclusion Alberta, told Saint City Rotary Club about the opportunities the program provides for these individuals to find a meaningful and productive role in society.  Thank you Bruce, and Inclusion Alberta, for the great work you do!  Shown thanking Bruce is Saint City Rotary president-elect Nonie Buski.
 
Maggy Danko and Kristin Jennings from YNTA (Young Nurses Take Action) spoke to us this evening about their group's genesis and the programs currently underway.    Their medical missions have touched many lives in South America and this year's plans call for volunteer missions to Panama and Peruvian Amazon.  A very inspiring presentation.
Shown in the photo are (left to right) Kristin Jennings, Saint City Treasurer Bonnie Huckabay presenting a thank you certificate, and Maggie Danko.
"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.
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC
Aug 16, 2018
No meeting on August 14
Terry Cook
Aug 21, 2018
Salvation Army in St. Albert - Working for the Community
All
Aug 28, 2018
Board Meeting
Dr. Michael Strembitsky
Sep 04, 2018
One Edmonton - Two Cities
Derek Jay
Sep 11, 2018
Mercy Ships
John Engel
Sep 18, 2018
Gamealot Convention (Kinsmen Centre) - Mission: Fun and Games
All
Sep 25, 2018
Board Meeting
Marianne Barret
Oct 02, 2018
Appetite to Achieve
TBA
Oct 09, 2018
TBA - Held Spot
Jodie McFadzen
Oct 16, 2018
Chamber Presentation
Jan Preece
Oct 30, 2018
Project Amigo
David Winfield
Nov 06, 2018
Lifelong Learning
Board Meeting
Nov 20, 2018
Ingrid Neitsch
Nov 27, 2018
District Governor's Visit
All
Dec 04, 2018
AGM
No Meeting
Dec 25, 2018
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2019
Past Speakers
Lydia and Jeff Hodgson
Aug 07, 2018
Our Trip to China - April 2018
TBA
Jul 31, 2018
St Albert Victim Services
Gennet Ghebremichael
Jul 24, 2018
Classification Talk
Chad Hierlmeier
Jul 17, 2018
Classification Talk
Ash and Gennet Ghebremichael
Jul 10, 2018
The Toronto Rotary International Convention