Rotary Club of Athabasca

Service Above Self

Mailing Address
Box 2021, Athabasca, AB T9S 2B6
Rotary Links


Club Executive
President Elect
Service Projects Director
Past President
Sgt. At Arms
Public Relations Director
Youth Services Director
Rotary Foundation Director
Director At Large
Casino Coordinator
We have partnered with Imagination Library to provide children under 5,
in Athabasca, a free book every month.
To register your child go to:
or call 780 675 7750 for help registering. 
The community of Athabasca and area, along with Athabasca Rotary has completed the goal of raising $250,000 towards the commitment to the building of the Athabasca Fitness & Aquatic Centre.
The generosity has been incredible!
The final $100,000 raised from the 2022 Celebrity Dinner as well as other fundraisers was presented to the Athabasca Regional Multiplex.
Thank you to the Town & Country Today for their update.
The 2022 Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner & Auction will be held on
Friday, October 28, 2022 at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex.
This gala event will feature Olympic Gold Medal Curler, Kevin Martin and MC Danny Hooper.
The meal will be superb, the company divine, and the auction...out of this world!
Consider this event for your company Christmas party. 
Single Tickets or Tables of 8 or 10 are available.
Athabasca Rotary would like to thank our sponsors to date. Amazing people and businesses, engaged in community betterment and future service projects.
A big thank you to our Lucky 13 Auction sponsors who have contributed
towards amazing Puppets being custom created By Hawkey Studios.
Pipe Quest Projects Ltd. and Night & Nattr has sponsored the 1st ever Athabasca Rotary $1000 Bag of Cash Auction.  Along with many other businesses, you can bid to win bags full of goodies including one containing $1000 cash!

A thank you goes out to our 50/50 Early Bird prize sponsor of 6 Steak Night passes and Beverage Credit! This really got the raffle off and running at a quick pace!
Please contact Rob or Natasha if you would like information on sponsorship or silent auction donation.
With Only 3 days left to get in on the last early bird draw we are already at $4000
September 1 is the draw for 4 Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner tickets (value $600)
Get your raffle tickets and share the link to keep this 50/50 climbing to $20,000.
Cash draw date is October 29, 2022 unless we sell out and draw early!!!
Event Dinner & Auction Tickets will go on public sale September 1, 2022. 
2022 Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner & Auction
The Rotary Club of Athabasca is proud to have served the Athabasca community for more than 30 years. We are excited to once again host the Celebrity Dinner & Auction fundraiser on Friday, October 28, 2022 at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex. Canadian Olympic Men’s Curling Gold Medalist and long time Team Alberta skip, Kevin Martin, will be our feature speaker with MC and Auctioneer Danny Hooper running the show! This long running, community supported event has raised phenomenal amounts of money that has been used for such things as building the multiplex, pool and fitness centre. This event will continue to support these and other community initiatives.
We ask for your support now to help make this return gala event a massive success.
*Participate in one of the listed sponsorship packages and use the cost towards your business advertising expenses.
Platinum $5000
- Gratitude at the event and remarks during program
- Recognition on printed materials, event video, social and traditional media marketing
- Certificate of Sponsorship   
- 4 event Tickets  
 Diamond $2500
- Recognition on printed materials, event video, social and traditional media marketing
- Certificate of Sponsorship                        
Gold $1500
- Recognition on printed materials and social media marketing
- Certificate of Sponsorship                        
*Make a personal cash donation to Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association towards the purchase of an item to auction and receive a charitable tax receipt.
*Donate an item(s) or service(s) to be auctioned in our live and silent auction.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
Please contact us with your details, logos and information.
Please make cheques payable to RAYDA or etransfer to
For all questions and inquiries:
Contact Rob Balay  780 327 9646
or Natasha Kapitaniuk 780 689 9847
The first early bird draw of the Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner
50/50 Raffle was done today.  
Angela Missler won 6 steak night passes and beverage credit
donated by Colinton Hotel, famous for Thursday Night Steak Night.
Thank you to everyone for getting early tickets.  
Tickets may be purchased until October 28 but the next Early Bird draw is September 1.
Don't miss out on the chance to win 4 Celebrity Dinner Tickets valued at $600.
The Big 50/50 leading up to the October 28, 2022 
Celebrity Dinner & Auction is underway with 2 Early Bird draws!
The first early bird draw will be made on August 15, 2022 for 6 steak night passes and $100 Beverage Credit
Donated by Colinton Hotel 780 675 4744
The second early bird draw is September 1, 2022 for 4 Celebrity Dinner tickets!
The 50/50 can reach up to $10,000 for the winner so spread the news and lets give some prizes away!
Thank you to Mr. Brian Scott for exceptional care and leadership in 2021-22 and passing the gavel forward to President Dave Liddell 2022-23.
This year the theme is IMAGINE ROTARY.  Just imagine the future and positive change that will continue as we all work together.
After a 4 year hiatus, the Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner and Auction is back and tickets will be available soon!
Save the date of Friday, October 28, 2022 and be sure to snag your table and tickets early! 
Contact Natasha Kapitaniuk or Rob Balay if you would like to participate in event sponsorship and auction item donations.
This gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and that money has stayed in Athabasca building the
Multiplex, Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre to name a few projects.
This is sure to be an excellent time and a great way to get together and celebrate our community!
Do you have any Aeroplan miles that you are not planning to use? Consider putting them to good use by transferring the miles to our Aeroplan Beyond Miles Account for Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association.
Transferred miles will be pooled and auctioned at the 2022 Athabasca Rotary Celebrity Dinner.
All proceeds will be used for Athabasca area community and youth development projects.

Transfers of 1,000 miles or more can be made by anybody, anytime, so we appeal to Rotarians, family, friends and community members to help by donating extra miles. Go to
Athabasca’s sliding hill is open and available for fun, family use!
Located north of Athabasca, on right hand side just before the Athabasca bridge. Thank you to all who helped groom and set up the hill, and to the wonderful community members who provided square bales. Go out and enjoy some sliding fun!
May 12, 2021 - A Happy Day!
Debbie Kobzey receives her jackpot winnings of $4365 from the first Athabasca Rotary 50/50, from. Rotarians Darlene Reimer and Shannon Ehman.
Thank you for the community support and together we will keep projects alive in Athabasca.
The Rotary Club of Athabasca 50/50 raffle is live! Help continue community projects and have a chance to win $2,000 to $5,000.
This is an AGLC approved raffle open to Alberta residents only, for one month to a maximum of $10,000 sales. If we sell out early, we will draw early. All funds raised will go towards Rotary projects in our community!
December 3, 2020
Exciting news!
Athabasca Rotary in partnership with the Town of Athabasca has created an outdoor sliding hill for families to use.
The sliding hill is located at the old dump site, turning right before heading north across the bridge. It is partially groomed and hopefully with more snow it can become a fully groomed and fun, free space for kids to enjoy this winter.
Pictured here are our selfless and hardworking Services Projects Director, Reg Stapley and Club Secretary, Maurice Gushta. They had a team out there getting things ready.

November 25, 2020

This year Rotary is facing an unprecedented and unique time. With Covid hitting the world, a number of things have changed forcing all of us to make adjustments and changes that we may not necessarily want or agree with. Starting in March, Rotary was unable to host meetings for almost two months. We had to bring back our exchange student; Jacob Kociuba from Italy and send Megumi Suzuki home to Japan. This was much sooner than they and us would have liked. 

Throughout this year we have collectively moved forward and looked for ways to stay relevant and continue our community activities. 

  • Our membership has remained strong with two new members joining. 

  • Rotary is hosting our regular Wednesday meetings (12:30) by Zoom. Our attendance is averaging over 20 members per meeting and we have managed to attract some excellent speakers. Thank you for the great job done by our teams.

  • Rotary has made adjustments to the budget with the limited revenues we have. 

  • Rotary has continued to support our annual Awards.

  • Rotary has supported our Interact members and invited them to some of our activities to keep them motivated and included.

  • Rotary is focusing on completing projects (within our budget) that we started; Rotary Trail, Storage facility, Toboggan hill.

  • Rotary members have been participating in online conferences.

  • Rotary is keeping a strong profile in the community and in the news with articles in the local paper, instagram and on facebook.

  • Rotary has moved our Celebrity Dinner to October 2021. 

As things change so does Rotary. New dates for our casino should be coming out soon. Meetings will continue on Zoom until we are able to resume face to face. Planning for the next year has already begun. Rotarians have much to look forward to as we show our strength and perseverance and are there when our community needs us most. Thank you to the great members of Athabasca Rotary. I am proud to be your president for 2020-2021.


Bernie Giacobbo, President

Kelly Zammit is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako located in Prince George, BC.  She chose to give her Paul Harris Fellow to one of her dearest friends, Darlene Reimer of the Athabasca Rotary Club. Darlene has been through some serious health battles and is a champion survivor. Kelly would like to acknowledge what a wonderful person she is and to show her appreciation for all that she does for the people in her life. She has the biggest heart and truly lives the ideals and values of Rotary. Kelly used her recognition points to order the Paul Harris Fellow in honour of Darlene. This act of care and friendship is what Rotary is all about.
Here, Club President Bernie Giacobbo presents Darlene Reimer with the Paul Harris Fellow award on behalf of her good friend Kelly Zammit. 

March 19, 2020

Recent developments regarding Covid-19 have had a profound impact not only on our own community but around the world. As an international service club, Rotary International recognizes how important it is to act now and work together supporting efforts to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.  Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney has asked all Rotary clubs around the globe to immediately begin working with their communities and implement the recommendations of their local health authorities that will assist in preventing further spread of this disease.

The Rotary Club of Athabasca has already taken steps to participate in social distancing by suspending all future club and executive meetings until further notice. We will look at options that will allow our club to continue to communicate and operate without having the personal contact.

We will be examining future planned events by our club with a view to either postpone the event or cancel it altogether. We will be reaching out to our community leaders to offer assistance and collaborate on any initiatives that will strengthen the efforts to keep our community safe when and if we can.


Howard Peterson


Rotary Club of Athabasca

In 1994, our Rotary Club of Athabasca President Dawn Minns had a dream to connect Athabasca with a trail system. Today, we are thrilled to enjoy over 10 km of Rotary Way trails. Join us on September 21, 2019 for our 25th anniversary walk and BBQ. Check out our Rotary Way page for more information and to download a trail map.
Weekly Meetings
Every Wednesday at 12:15 pm
In-person meeting at Athabasca Legion (lunch $)
ZOOM Virtual Meetings (Hybrid meeting In-person and virtual)
by invitation 
(contact Webmaster or any Rotary club member )
Weekly Presentations
Gurpreet Ranu - Distiller
Jun 07, 2023
Anohka Distillery
Baptiste Soulhol
Jun 14, 2023
Rotary Youth Exchange student from France
Rotary Business Meeting
Jun 21, 2023
Rotary Club business only
Dave Liddell and Natasha Kapitaniuk
Jun 28, 2023
Presidents' Gavel Handover
Lyubov & Viktor Vovchuk
Jul 05, 2023
talk about their journey & challenges becoming a doctor in Canada
Diane Morrison
Jul 12, 2023
Rotary Youth Exchange
Janice Green (Vice President) Senior Centre
Jul 19, 2023
Athabasca and District Senior Citizens Society
Stacey Mabey - Incoming EPC Principal
Aug 02, 2023
EPC Principal
Denise Chiernyk - Aspen Primary Care Netwrok
Aug 09, 2023
Green sleeves (personal directives)
Business Meeting
Sep 20, 2023
Business Meeting
Debbie Wood - FCSS
Sep 27, 2023
Speak about interagency
Quotes to Share
THE 4-WAY TEST-Of the things we think, say or do...
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

“A true leader is one who does not indulge in blame game in the face of failure but instead provides stability and is able to develop measured response to a given situation. - Brahma Kumari Shivani Ji

"You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments or publicity”. - Thomas Wolfe

"All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears – of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words “some assembly required”. - Dave Barry

"I'm a community person, I think in terms of community before individual. That's the essence of Albertans and to a large extent that's the essence of Canadians as well." - Peter Lougheed

"Move out of that comfortable space in which you only approach the people who seem the most like you." - Pamela Young  

"Our country is the greatest place in the world to live because of our compassion, friendliness and willingness to roll up our sleeves to help." - Craig & Marc Kielburger 

"You should eat delicious things while you can still eat them, go to wonderful places while you still can ... and not have evenings where you say to yourself, 'What am I doing here? Why am I here? I am bored witless!' " - Nora Ephron