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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.

 
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.
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.
 
 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Changeover Dinner
Jun 26, 2018
Gerry Tersmette
Jul 03, 2018
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Ash and Gennet Ghebremichael
Jul 10, 2018
The Toronto Rotary International Convention
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
John Engel
Sep 18, 2018
Gamealot Convention (Kinsmen Centre) - Mission: Fun and Games
Ingrid Neitsch
Nov 27, 2018
District Governor's Visit
Past Speakers
All
Jun 19, 2018
Club Meeting
Veronica Kong
Jun 12, 2018
CAMTA (Canadian Association of Medical Teams Abroad)
Caroline Smigielski
Jun 05, 2018
SAIF(Stop Abuse in Families) Society
Carmelle Sevigny-Black
May 29, 2018
Discover Hearing
RYLE Presentation
May 22, 2018