Swan City Rotary Club
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     Paradise Hotel - 11201 - 100 Avenue  


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PP Doug Bain and PP Ken Loudon were on hand to induction Miguel Godua to our club. 
Welcome to the Swan City Rotary Club Miguel.

We were able to give out 18 awards to individuals from 3 school districts who exemplify Service Above Self.  These recipients were nominated by their school councils as people who take the 4 way test, and service above self and apply it in our school system.  Thank you!!

Our club was lucky to have an update from Rob Petrone with the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association today.  Rob updated us on the challenges facing the biggest industry in our city.

Rotarians Jermey Walker, Brent Oillund and Jim Boccioletti were on hand to receive a Paul Harris Pin/Plaque to show appreciation for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. 
On the left, Ken Drysdale was awarded a Paul Harris Plaque on behalf of the Club.  Ken is an amazing community member and he helps our club in many ways behind the scenes and we are happy to recognize the good he does in the world.

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Dave Cook presented the Reel Shorts Film Festival with $1,500 on behalf of the club.  the funding goes towards their school program.  This is the 10th year Reel Shorts has been operating, and it has been a huge success.

We are looking for sponsors and golfers for our tournament this May. 
Support 2 great causes, have a great time and promote your business!!

This is just a reminder that our regular Rotary meeting on April 6th is canceled in lieu of a multi-club meeting for the Rotary World Curling Fellowship World Championships. 
The meeting is being hosted by the After 5 Rotary Club and will be held at the GPRC downstairs in Pillars Cafeteria (lower level).  Cocktails and fellowship at 5:30, dinner at 6:30.  The cost of this night is $35 and will be added to your regular club bill. 
You MUST RSVP to this event by emailing Cheryl Budjack.

Top - Dan Boorse presented 3 hat tricks to Scott, Dave, and Gareth who have completed all necessary "official business" once joining the club. 
Bottom - Another round of new members inductions, Pres elect Karen Scribner, Shane Wallis, Alex Saltman (IT Horizions), Ken O'shea, Major Brian Beveridge (Salvation Army), Ryan Carroll (Wajax Power Systems) and Jim Meyers.  
Welcome to our new members and thank you to our sponsors who continue to help our club thrive.

We were very fortunate to help these 3 amazing groups.  Grande Prairie Catholic Education Foundation, The Society for support to Pregnant & Parenting Teens and Catholic Family Services.  These groups do some immeasurable work in our community.  Supporting our lotteries lets the Swan City Rotary Club support great groups like these.

We were happy to give the Scouts funding to day.  The funds will be used for local boys to attend a Jamboree.  Another great way we are able to give back using lottery funds.

Cars For Christmas Mega Lottery
We were very happy to give away prizes today! 
A big thank you to our community, suppliers & partner groups.  For a complete listing of winners, check out our web site

Past President Felix presented Darcy Hunt with his first Paul Harris Fellow.  He also presented Paul Harris plus's to Drew Lamont, Mitch Koll, Joan Nellis Mary Ann Smith, Dave Cook, PP Ken O'shea, and Mark Marcotte.  Dennis Grant also presented his son Darrin with a sponsored Paul Harris.  The Rotary Foundation is an amazing organization and the Swan Cityy Rotary Club is proud to encourage it's members to support it's endevaours here and abroad.

At our AGM we were proud to announce the board for 2016-2017.  President elect Karen Scribner announced Dave Cook as the president elect for her year.  We are very lucky to have so many members willing to give back and help with all the board activities.

Juanita Jones (Servus), Debra Cartier (Rogers Insurance) and Scott Gaylard (Remote Waste) were officially welcomed into the club.  Thanks again to Tab Pollock, Past President Ken Loudon, Past President Doug Bain and President Elect Karen Scribner for helping with the presentation, and sponsoring these new members.

Our annual spouses Christmas luncheon is December 16.  We will be meeting UPSTAIRS at the Paradise Hotel. 

Today our club was lucky enough to induct (officially) 2 new members.  Warren Toews (Alliance Disposal) and Nadine Lacroix (Arbonne) to our club.  A special thank you to Past Presidents Dan Wong and Holly Sorgen for sponsoring them.  As always Past President Doug Bain organized and President Elect Karen Scribner was on hand to help out.

With respect and thanks, the Swan City Rotary Club cancels our meeting on Wednesday November 11
Lest we forget.

Past president Doug Bain, along with President Cheryl Budjak were happy to induct Lisa Haunse (Bank of Montreal) into the Swan City Rotary Club.  Thank you to Brenda Yamkowy for sponsoring Lisa.  Welcome to the Club Lisa.

Members of our club were on hand to watch how our $125,000 donation helped open this much needed supportive housing facility.  Odyssey House staff and partners should be very proud of themselves for filling such a big need in our community.  For more information on this see the DHT article http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2015/10/25/new-supportive-housing-complex-gets-name

Just a reminder to all our members, our next meeting Wednesday October 21, will be in conjunction with The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce.

Our meeting will be UPSTAIRS at the Paradise Inn.  This meeting is scheduled from 11:30 - 1pm.

A great time was had at Heart of the Peace - an olive oil and vinegar store in downtown Grande Prairie (West of the farmers market).  Swan City Rotarians enjoyed some great snacks, wine, fellowship and of course oil and vinegar tastings.  It was a fun night!

Today President Elect Karen Scribner presented PARDS (Peace Area Riding for the Disabled) a cheque for $25,000!  What an amazing opportunity our fundraising and lotteries allow us to accomplish right in our own backyard.

Some Swan City members had a fantastic time at the 2015 District 5370 Conference in Dawson Creek
Pictured are Back- Rick Conrad, Karen Scribner, Cindy Park, Mia Ollila (exchange student) Scott GaylardFront - Cheryl Budjack, Joan Nellis and Naomi Ducklow.  Also pictured were members that we could not find at picture time Mike O'Connor and Chris Anderson. 
The theme of the conference was WHAT IF - and with some very inspiring speakers including Coronal Chris Hadfield we broadened our minds and are very excited to work on new and existing Swan City projects.

This year was the 35th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.  In celebration, our club partnered with the GP Public School District.  What a great experience!  The turnout was amazing; there had to be over 500 people in the park.  The energy was awesome.  Total donations for the community run portion were approximately $7,000.00.  Totals for the school run portion will be released in the next couple of months.  Thanks to the Terry Fox Committee and volunteer Rotarians for making this a wonderful anniversary event.  Special thanks to Mitch Koll and Clara Pierson for their tireless dedication to this iconic cause year after year.  - Amanda Reimer

Left - Rotarian Bill Shumard presented Kelly Benning from the Friendship Center with a cheque for $10,400.  This money will be used to pay for the meals that the Swan City Rotary Club provides and serves every Tuesday at the Friendship Center.  This is a great new initiative started last year, that the entire Swan City Club has got behind.
Center - New member inductions were presented today to BJ and Norm.  Pictured are President Cheryl Budjack, Sponsor Mark Marcotte, Norm Lafleur, BJ Clark, and sponsor Dan Boorse.
Right - Hat Tricks - the final step for members to complete when joining Rotary.  A few long term members are just now receiving their hat tricks along with some newer members.  Pictured are Brian Spronk, Norm Lafleur, Jim O'Connor, Brenda Yamkowy, Shane Wallis, Brian Glavin, and Sergeant Dan Boorse.

Asistant District Govenor Tracey Vavrek along with the Club Presidents (Cheryl Budkack, Dawn Miller, Glen Tissington, Lionel Frey, and Alexandra Doran - Not pictured), and Mayor (and Rotarian) Bill Given were on hand with various other community members to dedicate and officially open Maskwoteh Park (Cree word for Bear Heart).  Tracey said it best in her dedication "Over 300 local Rotarians and numerous volunteers dedicate time, resources and use their passion to ensure these fundraising events are successful.   It is as a result of these initiatives and others that Rotary can be part of projects like this that are important to our community." 

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

Muskoseepi Park

Bicycle-Wheelchair-Rollerblade, Dog friendly. 9:30am to 2:30pm

Free BBQ.
This event is a collaborative partnership between Swan City Rotary Club and Grande Prairie Public School District to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Terry's Marathon of Hope. For more information, contact Amanda Reimer at 780.505.1187.


Today Past President Doug Bain helped induct 2 new members into the Swan City Rotary Club.  Brenda Yamkowy (United Way)  and Ryan Boyd (Telus).  These members have already been active in our club, and are now officially Rotarians!  Thank you for your commitment - and welcome to our club.

Today our club was lucky to celebrate 3 Paul Harris Fellows!
Angie Peters was awarded a Paul Harris plus 7 and Allan Kuechle was awarded a Paul Harris plus 3.  The donations that are made by Paul Harris fellows are essential in operating Rotary's project internationally and here at home.  Thank you so much for your donations to make this world a better place.
Rotarian Dan Wong also presented Anna Albers with a Paul Harris award.  Dan donated the money on Anna's behalf because of the amazing work Anna and her Interact Club (St Joseph High School) do to make the world a better place.  Thank you Anna for making a difference.

Chris Montgomery of CAPP presented our club with some up to date information from his association.  It was a very informative topic, and our club really appreciated Chris taking the time to present to us today. 

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Assistant District Governor Tracey Vavrek (left) presents Past President Naomi Ducklow with a Presidential Citation.
Jun 01, 2016
John Krol
Real-estate Market update
Jun 08, 2016
Pres. Cheryl "T"
Vocational Talks, Hat Tricks, "T"
Jun 15, 2016
Club Bus.
Inductions/ Classifications/ Allocations
Jun 22, 2016
Board - TBD
2015-2016 Board report
Jun 29, 2016
Naomi Ducklow
Changeover Meeting
Jul 06, 2016
Mia-Sophia Ollila
Exchange Student from Finland - Year end report
Jul 13, 2016
Jul 20, 2016
Ted Caruthers
Rotary Foundation
Jul 27, 2016
Club Bus
Inductions/ Classifications/ Allocations
Aug 03, 2016
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
Club Bus.
Inductions/ Classifications/ Allocations
Aug 31, 2016
2015-2016 Outbound Exchange Student
Sep 21, 2016
Club Bus.
Inductions/ Classifications/ Allocations
Oct 12, 2016
Laura Morie
District Governor - Rotary District 5370