Fort McMurray
P.O. Box 5126 Fort McMurray, Alberta  T9H 3G2

Club Information

Welcome to our club!

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Smitty's Restaurant
9713 Hardin St.
Fort McMurray, AB  T9H 4K3
District Site
Venue Map

Home Page Stories

Thank you Bryan for a lovely change over dinner and for your past year as President.

Many things were accomplished, congratulations on the successful year.
We welcome Jeanette as our new President and are looking forward to it.

This year's Integrity Awards were held on Wednesday, May 6th at the Quality Inn and Conference Center. Our clubs recipient was John & Gail Foy, and the Oil Sands club recipient was Russell Thomas. Congratulations to these individuals and thank you for your contributions to our community.

Julianne was on hand at this weeks Chamber of Commerce lunch where TransCanada presented Imagination Library with a donation of $10,000.

Today we had a presentation from our MLA Mike Allen. Mr.Allen was able to give us a report on the progress of different projects and the current state of our economy. We appreciate the visit.

We were lucky enough to have Principal of Dr.Clark school Jeffrey Porter attend today's lunch meeting for a cheque presentation. We have donated funds to assist with a breakfast program for the students at Dr.Clark school. This was Bryan's project as President of 2014-2015 to secure a breakfast program in our region. We hope that we can expand this program in years to come. Congratulations everyone!

We received a very descriptive newsletter from Operation Eyesight. The newsletter is an update on what they have been doing with the funds we supply them. If you have the time I encourage you to read it, as its very informative.
It can be downloaded at


On March 1st we are teaming up with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in the WinterPLAY closing ceremony. We will be hosting a bonfire and highlighting Light Up Rotary. The significance of the fire will be to promote awareness of Rotary within the community. We will be offering free hot chocolate. The event will be held outside on the Snye from 5pm-8pm.  Come out and enjoy the snow and celebrate Rotary's great success in making a difference in our community and globally. Those interested in volunteering please speak to Megan.



We are teaming up with the Fort McMurray Today once again this year to showcase what Rotary does in the community in support of Rotary Day. This special section will have articles speaking about our current projects, messages from our presidents and advertisements from our members. This special will run on Rotary Day February 23rd sign up sheets for advertisements will be circulated shortly.  Contact Megan if you would like to advertise. 


Frank Reitz, a longstanding member of our Rotary club wrote to a letter to The Today editor outlining all the many ways that Rotary helps our community in the Wood Buffalo region and around the globe.
We are happy to announce that Dan Sorenson has been elected as the Club President for 2016-2017. And we have submitted a nomination to Rotary International for Frank Reitz as District Governor 2017-2018.  Both Dan and Frank have a long history with the Fort McMurray Rotary Club and we look forward to all the new initiatives they bring to the club in the future.
All the best to Dan and Frank. 

Edmonton Mayor, Don Iveson, visits the Fort McMurray Rotary Club.

Congratulations to those who received Paul Harris pins this month







Tuesday October 21st Fort McMurray Public Library
A Family Evening of Storytelling

Tuesday October 21  Fort McKay School 
Gr 3 - 8

 Wednesday October 22 Conklin Community School and Janvier School 
Conklin (K - Gr 5) and Janvier (Gr 4 -7) c

Wednesday October 22 Anzac Community School 

Gr 4 - 6 students

Thursday October 23 Fort Chipewyan
Athabasca Delta Community School  Gr 4 - 6 students 




 Sharing your skills

The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model provides various ways for Rotarians to use their skills to help others. Vocational training teams enable groups to travel to other countries to learn more about their profession or to teach local professionals, while the Project Enhancement Process (PEP) pilot is providing expertise for projects in water and sanitation.






The following is from the District 5370 website.
Kevin Hilgers

It is with great pleasure we announce the honor of having Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka visit District 5370.  This is a first for our district and promises a night to remember.    The event will be in Edmonton Saturday, May 11, 2013.  Meet the gentleman who is leading 1.2 million Rotarians around the world.  Event details are HERE.   Click below and expand to full screen to view a 10 minute video on the life of Mr. Tanaka and his journey through Rotary.



The Fort McMurray Rotary Clubs were pleased to be able to play host for D.G. Kevin Hilgers and his spouse Janice McNeice on October 26 and 27. On the 26th a very enjoyable dinner was held at the Stonebridge Inn with catering by Smitty's restaurant. D.G. Kevin gave us a very enthusiastic speech with several good ideas on how to get better recognition for Rotary and hopefully more members. We were also pleased to be able to induct two new members, Tim O'Rourke and Nelson Barbosa. Recognition was also given to Frank Seraka and Frank Reitz for reaching new Paul Harris contribution levels.

In this picture are from left to right, Matthew Creighton President of the Oilsands Rotary Club, D.G. Kevin Hilgers, Dan Lemke President of the Fort McMurray Rotary Club and Assistant D.G. Gary Couet.



Rotary International's programs and service opportunities, listed below, are designed to help Rotarians meet the needs of their own communities and assist people worldwide.

Home Page News

Edmonton Mayor, Don Iveson, visits the Fort McMurray Rotary Club.

The Rotary International Convention is being held June 1 – 4, 2014 in Sydney Australia.


See what hard work and lot's and lot's of patience has brought!

RotaryLinks @ Wood Buffalo Inc. receives their first grant through the Major Community Facilities Program.  Just in time, as the search for a Construction and Golf Course Manager is almost complete.


Please note that until further notice our rotary club will be meeting at the:

Smitty's Restaurant

Backroom as per normal


Another great example of how Rotary helps our community! 

Rotary and water

Millions of people lack access to clean drinking water. Through Rotary, community and business leaders come together to seek solutions, share ideas, and conduct sustainable projects that provide communities with safe water and proper sanitation. For World Water Day:


Enroll your child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and we’ll send them a FREE BOOK every month until their fifth birthday. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is open to all children within the RMWB under age 5. To register visit, select Canada as the country, and follow the instructions. The launch event is on Sunday, April 1 from 1-4 at the Nexen Field House at MacDonald Island. There will be bouncy castles, face painting, crafts, snacks, celebrity author readings, and mascots Curious George, Spot the Dog and Toot & Puddle. This is a FREE event and parents can also register their children at the event.
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 This past year was one of major accomplishments for Rotary and your Rotary Foundation.

Extraordinary progress was made toward the eradication of polio. We made history when India was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries — leaving just Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A difficult road lies ahead, but thanks to the commitment and generosity of Rotarians and friends, we are confident that Rotary will lead the way toward a polio-free world.

We also expanded Rotary’s reach in new and effective ways by entering into partnerships with Mercy Ships and UNESCO-IHE. And we built on our record of humanitarian service by continuing our strong relationships with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Aga Khan University, Oikocredit and the Rotary Peace Centers.

Over half a million young people worldwide participated in our New Generations programs. Their involvement in Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotaract and Interact clubs, and RYLA events helped them develop skills that they’ll need to become service-minded community and global leaders - and future Rotarians.

In 2012, The Rotary Foundation also earned top marks from several independent charity evaluators, including the American Institute of Philanthropy, Charity Navigator and the Wise Giving Alliance.

As we look ahead, we can be proud of all that Rotarians have accomplished. I am pleased to share the digital version of the 2011-12 Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Annual Report (click here), which offers a firsthand look at how Rotarians are working to improve the lives of people in need. I encourage you to review our annual report carefully, and to share it with others who may be interested in joining, partnering with, or donating to Rotary.

Thank you for helping Rotary achieve lasting change in your community and around the world. 


John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation
Twitter: @johnhewko


 RI Director Anne L. Matthews will be the Vice President of Rotary International for the 2013-14 Rotary year

 Director 12/14 Anne L. Matthews has been appointed by Rotary
International President-elect Ron Burton to serve as the Vice President
of Rotary International for the 2013-14 Rotary year. RIPE Ron announced
this appointment on Monday.

Anne is the first woman elected to serve as Vice President of Rotary
International. Anne is also the first woman to be elected to serve both
as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation and The RI Board of Directors.

PP Ron Ron Nethercutt District Internet Information Officer 3790
Club and International Service Director RC Mabalacat Angeles City,


Can't make the meeting, don't have a make-up? Send your regrets or you'll pay for lunch!!

 Rotary Friendship Exchanges are when Rotarians get to travel to each others country and visit.   It is purely for fun and friendship.  As outlined on the below link, a group travels to their Rotary district, and then later a group comes to our district. A  fantastic way to travel the world and make friends with people you have something in common with: Rotary!

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 I am pleased to announce that Nelson Barbosa has agreed to start helping me with the Clubrunner duties. If you have any stories or pictures for the website please forward them to Nelson or myself.

Welcome to the team Nelson!



Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced. “The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades. “Rotary is following the situation closely...
Ravindran declares Riseley president-nominee
RI President K.R. Ravindran officially declared Ian H.S. Riseley Rotary International’s president-nominee on 1 October. The nominating Committee for President of RI selected Riseley, of the Rotary club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, in August. He will be formally elected at the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul, Korea, and will become president on 1 July 2017.  Read more about Riseley
Attend one of five presidential conferences
Find new and innovative ways to improve your community by attending one of five presidential conferences this year, hosted by RI President K.R. Ravindran and Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. The conferences, to be held around the world between January and March, will highlight Rotary’s areas of focus. Use these links to learn about each of the programs and to register to attend: Peace and Conflict Resolution, 15-16 January in Ontario, California, USA Disease Prevention and Treatment, 19-20 February in Cannes, France Economic Development, 27 February in Cape Town, South Africa...
Under One Sky lights the way to a better world
Rotary and ONE, an international advocacy organization, joined other event partners in downtown Chicago on 24 September to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 ambitious goals constitute a road map for finding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and dovetail with Rotary members’ work to create positive change in their communities and around the world. As dusk fell over Chicago, participants in the Under One Sky event held up...
Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there. With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there. Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once...