Rotary Club of Athabasca

Service Above Self

Mailing Address
Box 2021, Athabasca, AB T9S 2B6
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Club Executive
President Elect
Service Projects Director
Past President
Sgt. At Arms
Membership Director
Public Relations Director
Youth Services Director
Rotary Foundation Director
Casino Coordinator
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.
Marg Wintonyk and Rotarian Dawn Minns at the May 9, 2019 "She's All That" dinner celebrating women of inspiration in Rotary. In 1989, Marg was Athabasca and Western Canada's first female Rotarian, and was followed soon after by Dawn. Way to trail blaze ladies!
Congratulations to Emma Kamelchuk, winner of a 2019 SummerScapes (Red Deer College) visual arts workshop award presented by Lori Claerhout and Rotarian Mike Gismondi. Two other Rotary Club of Athabasca award winners, Kory Williams and Senten White,  will attend 2019 Artstrek Theatre Alberta Camp.

You’re invited!  The Rotary Club of Athabasca and Rotary Athabasca Youth Development Association are pleased to host Jay Onrait, Athabasca home town boy, as our guest speaker for the Celebrity Dinner & Auctions on October 27, 2018. 



This is a major fundraiser and all net proceeds will be for the fitness centre in the new Athabasca Regional Pool facility.
Youth Exchange student Julia Cygan  is adding to her many Canadian experiences before returning home to Poland early July 2018. She is seen here with her Rotary counselor, Howard Peterson enjoying a ride in his classic car.
On March 16, 2018, at the kick-off of the fundraising campaign for the new Athabasca Regional Pool & Fitness Centre, our Rotary Club of Athabasca 2017-18 President John Ollerenshaw presented a $50,000 cheque to pool committee chair and Rotarian Rob Balay. Great start to our Club's $250,000 commitment for this fantastic project!
On February 21, 2018, the Rotary Club of Athabasca welcomed Aaron Durant as a new member. President John Ollerenshaw (left) and sponsor Jeff Johnson (right) congratulate Aaron.  
Thank you to Rotarian Al Zahar and Gerri Zahar from Elsa's Catering for going above and beyond, as always!
On October 19, 2017, Athabasca celebrated local businesses in a grand way. On behalf of our Rotary Club, John Ollerenshaw had the pleasure of presenting the Rotary Business Integrity award to Michelle Bishop of Elle's Closet Boutique & Beauty Ltd. Michelle also won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Further on behalf of our Club, John presented the Employer of Youth award to Athabasca A&W (accepted by Laurie Bonell). Kudos to Rotarian Darlene Topolinski Reimer who won Manager of the Year award, and Rotarian Leonard LeSage owner of Canadian Tire in Athabasca, winner of the Community Spirit award.
This summer, our Rotary Club sponsored three students to attend summer arts programs at Red Deer College. Katelynn Williams attended Summerscapes: The Visual Arts Workshop for Teens in August. Erica Bown and Sarah Overacker attended Artstrek: A Summer Theatre School for Teens in July. All said their camp experiences were life changing…in a good way!
Weekly Meetings
Every Wednesday at 12:30 pm
ZOOM Virtual Meetings
by invitation 
(contact Webmaster or any Rotary club member )
Weekly Presentations
Rachel Dragun
Jan 26, 2022
TED Committee
Bonnie Nichols
Feb 02, 2022
New Member Talk
Krystal Zahara
Feb 16, 2022
Athabasca Cares Community Housing
Sheldon - Regional Fire Services Coordinator
Feb 23, 2022
Athabasca County
Shera McConell
Mar 02, 2022
Healthy Foot Clinic
Brian Hall
Mar 09, 2022
New County Councilor/Reeve
Business Meeting
Mar 16, 2022
Business Meeting
Margaret Archibald
Mar 23, 2022
Four Directions - how they work with Boyle Street
Monica Rosborough
Mar 30, 2022
RCMP Chaplin
Quotes to Share
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