Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway


Title Author Date
Robust Reds. The Rebirth. 
Robust Reds. The Rebirth. 2017-05-27 06:00:00Z
May 14 Gossip
News and Gossip for the week of May 14, 2017
1) Kylie announced that our Winemaker Dinner was a complete success. Again the Club and our sponsored charity the McKay Archives and Museum enjoyed a great evening of food by Chef Paul Shuffeld - Workshop Eatery and South AfricianWines from Spier. The event netted $14,000 dollars. The money will be split 60/40 between the Archives Museum and the Mozambique school project. The success of the event was driven by Cindy Davis passion for the Museum and the great of gathering gift card donations and the sale of tickets. Three cheers to Cindy and the committee. Another round of applause for David Keam who not only delivered 500 wine glasses for the event he and his daughter polished each one. Big thank to David and the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.
2) Pat thanked the club for the support they gave his daughters grade five class by voting on the one minute video the students made for the Canada Energy Contest. Sara's class won second place and $500.00. She plans to take the class to the Space Science Center requested the club help by paying the $168 yellow bus fee. Sara teaches at Glendale School which is an identified Apple School. Everything that is done to support this school aids in providing each student with a better chance of success.
May 14 Gossip Pat Coyle 2017-05-05 06:00:00Z
May 3 speaker
Our guest speaker this week was Taina Lorenz. Taina is the musical director for the Cosmopolitan Music Society.  ( )
Taina was a very interesting speaker. She talked about the history and mission of the Cosmopolitan Music Society.
It is the oldest Music Society in Edmonton (over 50  years) and it’s mission is to “make music lovers into music makers”.
She told us about the Edmonton School Boys band (formed in the 1940s and still performing).
The Cosmopolitan Society has a number of bands, for all levels of musicians, and they perform at a variety of venues. There feature event is the annual “Lest We Forget” concert that they perform for our veterans and military members each year. I had the privilege of attending one of those concerts with my mother a few years ago. It was a great evening.
The Society will also be hosting a band fest in Borden Park in July.
Taina was an enthusiastic speaker and her passion for making music and bringing people to the joys of making music was infectious.
Thank You Taina!
May 3 speaker Brian Liddell 2017-05-05 06:00:00Z
April 26 speaker
Our guest speaker this week was Janet Tryhuba from the Fort Edmonton Foundation.
She started her presentation with a short video showing the attractions of the Park as it is now.
Janet talked about the history of Fort Edmonton and how it was created, in part, by the efforts of the Edmonton Rotary Club. She talked about how the park has been developed through a series of 10 year plans. The current plans call for;
1. expansion of the Selkirk Hotel ( our Club has contributed towards an Edmonton Rotary initiative to fund the expansion) 
2. Indigenous Peoples experience
3. New Front Admissions Area
3. 1920s Midway expansion
It sounds like lots of exciting changes for one of Edmonton's major attractions.
for further information you can visit their website at
Janet also invited us to attend their fundraiser events;
 - Chief Factor's Breakfast - May 28, 2017 -
-  Fall Gala - a Night in the Wild West - September 16, 2017 (contact Janet at for tickets ($200 each))
 - Jeans and jewels Rotary Legacy Fundraiser - June 15 2017 (contact Michele Johnson - for tickets ($4,000 for table of 8)
April 26 speaker Brian Liddell 2017-04-27 06:00:00Z
Gossip April 26
Great meeting. Good attendance and fellowship.
Cindy was back looking fantastic after her recent medical adventure. It was good to have you back Cindy.
Tony did a good job, again, as fines master. He played "stump the tables" and we once again proved that you can not underestimate our ability to answer trivia questions.
The Dreams Take Flight organisation has invited us to attend their Gala on  May 6. Tickets re limited but they are free. If you would like to attend please let Ken know.
Both Dave Douglas and Lionell Usunier showed up in Oiler jerseys! Great team support guys. Can we get the whole club to show up in orange next week?
Gossip April 26 Brian Liddell 2017-04-27 06:00:00Z
April 12 speaker
Our guest speaker on April 12 was Joan Patton.
Joan is Fundraising chair for YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services).
Joan talked about how YESS started out as the Youth Emergency Shelter providing emergency accommodation for kids who had aged out of the Child Services program. It changed to the YESS when it acquired the Armoury building and began to provide day services for youths.
The society is now a major operation with a multi million dollar budget providing support to youths up to the age of 24 year.
Please visit their website for more information
April 12 speaker Brian Liddell 2017-04-12 06:00:00Z
Gossip April 12 2017
News and Gossip for the week of April 12, 2017
  1. Next week we will welcome our newest member to the Club, Deborah Jack.
  2. Your reporter attended the wind up meeting of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club. It was a great event and I was honoured to be invited. The Club presented awards to it’s members and to it’s sponsor Clubs although the Rotaracters have impressed me with their enthusiasm, generosity and goodwill they did demonstrate a remarkable lack of culinary taste (must be due to the beer and kraft dinner diet of university students). They awarded our Club with the “BEST BREAKFAST AWARD”;
  3. Lionell showed up in a Oiler Jersey and ball cap. I fervently hope that he is wearing that again next week. It would be unbearable if Dorcus shows up in Maple Leaf garb and Lorne is wearing his Habs jersey but the Oilers are golfing by next week.
  4. We were treated by the YESS Society to a fantastic breakfast.
  5. Dave Winfield reported that the Westlock Convention was a great success.
  6. President Ken suggested that we consider putting together a significant group of members to attend the next convention in Fort McMurray in September. Sounds like fun.
Gossip April 12 2017 Brian Liddell 2017-04-12 06:00:00Z
april 5 speaker
Speaker April 5, 2017
Our speaker this week was Gem Munro from the Amarok Society.
Gem and his wife Tanniss travelled to Bangladesh to found the Amarok Society. The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes.
Jim talked about the effect that his organization is having on the women and children in the slums of Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world. It is his belief that the best hope for peace in this world is through offering education to it’s most underprivileged citizens.
Thanks to Jim for a thought provoking presentation.
If you would like more information about the Society visit it’s website at
april 5 speaker Brian Liddell 2017-04-05 06:00:00Z
April 5 gossip
Overheard at Breakfast on April 5, 2017;
1.       Rachel Poelzer from the U of A Rotaract Club joined us for breakfast again this week.  Rachel gave us a summary of the projects that her Club completed this term. It was an impressive list. This was the last week that Rachel will join us as official representative for the U of A Rotaract Club.
2.       Our next meeting will be held at the YESS offices, 85th Avenue and 105th Street
3.       Dave Dorcus reminded us that the Winemaker will be very soon. Ticket sales are slow and we still need gift certificates.
4.       Steve Lambert reported that he has tickets for the Integrity Award dinner ($50 each).
April 5 gossip 2017-04-05 06:00:00Z
March 29 gossip
News and Gossip for the week of March 29, 2017;
  1. We will welcome our newest member to the Club, Deborah Jack.
  2. Your reporter attended the Election meetng of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club. I acted as scrutineer. It was an actively contested election. I attach the names of the incoming board. We look forward to working with them next year;
Hi everyone! I do not have any real meeting minutes from today's meeting, but I do have exec election results if you missed them :)
For the 2017-18 school year we will have:
President: Amy Boyd
President Elect: Kathe Debenham
Treasurer: Steve Cook
  1. We did not have a regular breakfast meeting this week. Instead we held a dinner meeting in conjunction with our Annual Assembly. We were treated to a great meal and reports, director’s reports and a report from the Winemaker Dinner/ Robust Reds planning committee.
  2. We had a great turnout at Fionn Maccool’s for Pub night on Friday night. Good food, great beer and fantastic fellowship.
  3. Peter Elder and Tony Thibaudeu were tasked with the challenge of identifying a feature Community Project for our Club to report. They presented their report. They discussed the various projects and causes that they considered and recommended that the Club consider sponsoring the Jasper Place Wellness Center. Thanks to both Peter and Tony for all their work and for a great report.
March 29 gossip Brian Liddell 2017-04-01 06:00:00Z
Speaker March 22

Our guest speaker on March 22 was Mark Hall. Mark is Executive Director, Blatchford Redevelopment.


Mark talked about the history, origins and progress of the Blatchford Development on the old City Centre airport site.

The development was started by Edmonton city Council when the City Centre airport was closed and it’s operations were transferred to the International Airport. Council’s goal was to develop a sustainable community. To that end the design has been centered around making the development carbon neutral, and not car centered.

Mark expects construction on the first phase to begin this spring.

This is a very interesting and forwarding thinking project.

For more information please visit their website.


Speaker March 22 Brian Liddell 2017-03-25 06:00:00Z
march 22 gossip
Overheard at Breakfast on March 22nd , 2017
  1. President ken reminded us that there will not be a breakfast meeting next week instead our Club Assembly will be held that evening as a dinner meeting. Please let Dave Winfield know if you will be attending so that he can order meals.
  2. The Club will be holding a fireside in the third week of May. Stay tuned for more information;
  3. Tickets for the Winemaker Dinner on are available on line. Please order your tickets and you’re your friends.  Tickets are going fast. Get yours soon!
  4. We are looking for two corporate sponsors to sponsor a “Prestige Room” at this year’s Robust Reds Event. If you know of a company that would be interested in participating please forward the information to Kylie;
  5. The Robust Reds committee is looking for gift cards for the balloon fundraiser at the Winemaker dinner;
  6. Steve is looking for nominations for the Integrity award. The dinner will be held this year at the DoubleTree by Hilton on May 3rd .
  7. Elisabeth Bonkink has invited us to attend two Edmonton Community Foundation events ;
march 22 gossip Brian Liddell 2017-03-25 06:00:00Z
Problems of the 1st World
Who hates it when you go to the bathroom, sit down to do your business in a private stall only to find that there is no toilet paper! Now imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have a private stall, you didn’t have a toilet to sit on and you most definitely don’t have toilet paper. All of a sudden no toilet paper seems inconsequential.
Problems of the 1st World 2017-03-07 07:00:00Z