This week we hear from LeRoy Johnson and his reflection on the Viking Cup hockey tournament.
 
 
The Buzz – May 2, 2016
 
In President Tony’s absence, past president David Samm opened the meeting at 1210 pm.
 
Health of the Club:  Paul announced the passing of Abe Friesen.
 
Abram Earl Friesen from Camrose, Alberta passed away on April 27, 2016 at the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife Ethel; son Darcy (Teresa) Friesen; daughters Cheryl (Vern) Berg, Charlene (Mark) Petryshyn; step-son Timothy (Lois) Bowler; sister Pearl (Ed) Jahn and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his first wife Barbara; brother Sheldon and sister Ellen.
 A time for public visitation will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Weber's Mount Pleasant Chapel. 
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Camrose United Chuch with Rev. Alan Richards officiating. Interment will take place at the Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial donations are gratefully accepted to the Mazankowski Heart Institute.
Rotarians attending the service are asked to assemble in the United Church basement at 130pm. Vivianne Grue will be presenting the eulogy.
Judge/Greeter  - Ray Hook called for happy bucks, and there were may ranging from the success Rotary Gala and golfing to travel and the joy of family.
Evening Rotary meeting – Monday May 9th – Best Western Plus Camrose Resort Casino at 545pm. In recognition of May being BBQ and Photography month, we are celebrating both! First, our guest speaker will be Pat McCarthy of Kobe Classic Beef, and Kobe Beef strip loin will be our featured meal. Second, Dawn asks at that members send her photos of Rotarians, their families, activities or favourite photos. The pictures will be projected during dinner and prior to Pat’s presentation. Because of the cost of Kobe beef, cost of the dinner is $30 per person and limited to 50 people.
Camrose Ski Jump – the executive received a request of support from the Camrose Nordic Park Society, which is seeking to preserve the ski jump site. The club has a process to address such requests, and the club members will be kept up to date. It may be possible to have the Society present to the club as well. (see attached)
 
Classification Speech – LeRoy Johnson – life before politics
 
-originally from New Norway, LeRoy wanted to pursue a  career in education.
 
-Leroy Johnson originally attended Augustana University College in Camrose before moving on to the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and eventually the University of Montana where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. In 1967 LeRoy was appointed high school principal at Camrose Lutheran College, where he worked to help the institution develop from its high school status into a degree-granting institution.
 
A proud accomplishment was the creation of the Viking’s hockey program, still considered a strong ACAC program today. He was head coach and manager from 1967-1970 but continued on as team manager up until 1980. A founder of the internationally renowned Viking Cup Hockey Tournament, Johnson chaired the tournament from 1980 through to 1998.
 
 
-LeRoy  also had a 23 year in politics, beginning with Camrose city council, followed by three terms in the Alberta legislature
 
            -the highlight of his career in politics was working to bring the University of Alberta to Camrose
 
            -LeRoy’s true passion is with hockey, and he spoke with enthusiasm about the origins of the Viking Cup and how Camrose not only was the stage for many future NHL hockey players, but the way the tournament was organized changed the face of hockey & sport. Players were billeted with local families rather than staying in hotels… something never heard of in the realm of international hockey.
            -once the players and organizers experienced accommodation arrangements the teams would never have it any other way. When the Russian team was reluctant to accept these arrangements in 1988, until the Russian organizers were told the Czech team were OK with the billeting situation… if the Czechs can do it, then so can the Russians!
 
-it has been said that through the Viking Cup, “Camrose is not a place, but an experience”                                                                                                          
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LeRoy needs two write a book about the Viking Cup and his experiences to bring international hockey to Camrose
 
-Leroy Johnson’s contributions to his community have been well-acknowledged with the presentation of a number of notable awards and distinctions recognizing him locally, provincially and nationally. Among those many distinctions are the Premier Lougheed Alberta Achievement Award (1975); Augustana University College Distinguished Alumnus Award (1975); Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Sports & Culture (1988);The Camrose Rotary Integrity Award (1992); CFRN TV Sports Award of Excellence (1996); and the Hockey Alberta Centennial Award (2007).
David Samm thanked LeRoy for his presentation…certainly a short version of a very prolific and exercises in international sport and diplomacy.
 
50/50 Draw – Jenn Stone’s number was drawn, but she missed the Ace of Spades… the pot continues to grow!
 
Next Meeting – Monday May 9th – 545pm.
Guest Speaker – Pat McCarthy of Kobe Classic Beef. Dinner for this special meeting is $30 per person.
Greeters – Ray Hook and Maurice Francoeur