Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway



Posted by Brian Liddell on Aug 14, 2017
August 9 Gossip
Elisabeth joined us for breakfast just a few days after her surgery. It was great to see her looking so good.
We did not have a speaker this week so president Al took the extra time to speak to us.
Al reported that he had recently attended a meeting of local Rotary presidents. They discussed several issues;
1.     The Rotary motto for this year is “Making a Difference” They interpret this to mean the everything that we do as a club should make a difference;
2.     Exploring different options for “associate” membership
3.     Common challenges that the ir clubs face such as membership and fundraising;
4.     The possibility of engaging in a collective tree planting project
Al also shared a few more stories from his auto biography. Including
1.     A story about a cattle drive from Saskatchewan to newfoundland;
2.     How his organisation “the Potato Growers of Alberta”  negotiated a sale of the logo “PGA” to the Professional Golfers Association”
Gossip August 9 Brian Liddell 2017-08-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Aug 03, 2017
Our guest speaker this week was Melissa Tar from the Kids Help line
Kids Help Phone is a national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. It’s service is completely anonymous and confidential.
Melissa talked about the important support that her organization offers to children and youth throughout the Country. It started 28 years ago as a telephone help line. It now offers information through it’s website and counselling through both telephone counselling and counselling through a chat line. They will be moving to a text service soon to further expand the ways they can reach out to young people in crisis.
Melissa asked us all to talk to the young people in our lives to make sure that them, and their friends, are aware of the help that is available to them through the Help Line
August 2 Speaker Brian Liddell 2017-08-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 30, 2017
We were joined this week by Rishav Sharma. Rishav is a 2017 grad of Harry Ainlee High School and he is one of the recipients of our scholarships. Rishav introduced himself to the group and talked about his plans to enroll in science at U of A this fall and pursue a career in medicine.
Robust Reds Update –
1.     U of A Rotaract has agreed to assist us with sale of tickets. We will provide a portion of the proceeds to the Club as a fundraiser;
2.     Each of the members are asked to provide a bottle of wine for the raffle
PUB Night – Monday July 31 at
Urban Tavern
11606 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0N2
July 26 Gossip Brian Liddell 2017-07-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 14, 2017


The meeting started with a presentation of a check to our partner for this year’s Winemaker Dinner proceeds Mckay Avenue School. The check was accepted for the school by our own Cindy Davis


One our guests this morning was Pat Coyle’s daughter Sarah. Sarah is a grade 5 teacher. Her class won a $500n award for a eco awareness video. Our club then donated some funds to the class to fund a bus trip to Telus World of Science. Sarah attended our meeting to thak us on behalf of her class.


Al Stuart reported that he had attended his first Robust Reds Committee meeting and he was impressed with their commitment and professionalism. He then encouraged us all to get out and sell at least 10 tickets each. This year’s Robust Reds promises to be bigger and better than ever.


Kylie gave us some insight into this year’s Robust reds planning;

  1. Tickets are available now
  2. There will be an early bird draw for all ticket holders who purchase before August 1st;
  3. The committee plans to have members visit all Edmonton area Clubs and invite them to attend. There are too many clubs for the committee so they are looking for volunteers from the general membership to participate;

Lorne is back from Africa. He reports that the Xia Xia and Pusa schools are thriving. More information to follow.





July 12 Gossip Brian Liddell 2017-07-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 14, 2017
Our guest speaker this week was Ellie Shuster from the Learning Disabilities Association.
Ellie told us that Learning Disabilities (LDs) are specific neurological disorders that affect the brain's ability to store, process, retrieve or communicate information. They are invisible and lifelong.
She talked about the importance of diagnosing learning disabilities early so that children can be taught coping techniques that will enable them to adapt. Children who do not receive early intervention have much higher odds of ending up with low self esteem, ending up in prison or even committing suicide.
The Association is currently lobbying to get more awareness and better responsses in the schools.
Thanks Ellie for an interesting presentation.
July 12 speaker Brian Liddell 2017-07-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 14, 2017
1) Early Bird Tickets - from now until July 30th anyone buying tickets will be entered to win 2 more. To be eligible simply fill out the stub on the ticket with name and email and give to Kylie. Draw is being made on August 3rd. 
2) For all ticket sales please fill in the stub and hand to Kylie. Each one will receive a personalized letter of thank you with an update on the event including: transportation options, accommodation for the night, Halo Bar After Party and anything else that is new this year. A great way to keep in touch. 
3) We need help from members to volunteer and go to other Rotary clubs to promote the event. If people could indicate which day and club they will go to that would be helpful. We really need at least 2 people per club.  At this time we have the following started: 
Downtown Club - Lionel and Judy
Northeast Club - Cindy
Urban Spirits - Kylie
Whyte Ave - Kylie & Cindy
Leduc club - Ken
4) Silent Auction items - needed as soon as possible!
5) Buy 10 get 1 free is back! 
Robust Reds Committee report Brian Liddell 2017-07-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 10, 2017
  1. Our feature Speaker this week was our incoming president, Al Stuart.
  2. Al chose to use his time to more thoroughly introduce himself to us. He gave us a brief autobiography.
  3. He talked about his early years n Scotland, immigrating to Canada, childhood school experiences, becoming a Canadian Citizen and the many phases of his career in marketing of agricultural products (his specialty now is potatoes).
  4. Thanks Al for a very entertaining and informative presentation.
July 5 Speaker Brian Liddell 2017-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jul 10, 2017
Overheard at Breakfast on July 5, 2017;
  1. Assistant District Governor, Marlyn Mucha, joined us for breakfast this week.
  2. Our new president, Al Stuart, introduced his board of directors
  3. David Dorcus and Lionell did a movie trivia quiz for fines ths week. Dave asked the question and collected the fines while Lionell gave a powerful, and spirited, demonstration of his acting talents.
  4. Al Stuart formally announced that the Jasper Place Wellness Center has been selected as out signature community project
  5. Elizabeth Bonkink reported that we had a small but mighty group for June Pub Night at Brewsters.
Gossip July 5 Brian Liddell 2017-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
As we enter into our 11th year for Robust Reds we are once again very excited and proud to be working with The Centre for Autism Services Alberta in this major fundraiser. Your donations and support work to send more kids with Autism to camp with the centre, helping them to learn social skills, build on their creativity and keep them physically active all in a fun and supportive environment. 
How can you help? 
1. Buy a ticket or two to Robust Reds. Click here
2. Buy a VIP experience if you are corporate. Click Here
3. Purchase a Westjet Raffle ticket (flight for 2 anywhere Westjet flies. ONLY 99 available) Click Here
4. Donate a silent auction prize of $100 or greater 
5. Bid on Super Silent Auction items online (do not have to attend the event. Online bidding commences August 15th). 
6. Make a donation. 
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support! 
Giving really does taste good. 
How to Help Raise Funds to Send Kids to Camp 2017-07-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by brian Liddell on Jun 29, 2017
President Ken thanked each of the officers and directors who served during his year
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Posted by Brian Liddell on Jun 29, 2017
We had a very busy meeting this week. It was our changeover meeting and outgoing president Ken Saunders handed over the gavel to incoming president Al Stuart at the end of the meeting.
During the meeting;
  1. We met Luka Marita and his mother Gerri. Luka is one of the Harry Ainlay students who received our scholarship this year. He gave a brief, and very articulate,  presentation to the Club;
  2. Al Stuart gave a brief report from the International Rotary Convention;
    1. Rotary is making it’s last fundraising push to finally eradicate polio. The Canadian government donated $100,000 towards the cause;
    2. The motto this year will be “Peace and Reconciliation”
  3. Our Club was presented with an award as the best club in the District
  1. Lionell advised that this year’s golf tournament will be held at the Pine Ridge golf course in Seba Beach Alberta to be followed by a barbecue at Dave Douglas’ mansion on the lake.
  2. Elisabeth has arranged for a private tasting for our Club at the Oliver Brewsters for pub night on Friday June 30th
  3. The last act in Ken’s presidency was to hand his gavel over to Al
June 28 Gossip Brian Liddell 2017-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by brian liddell on Jun 27, 2017
Upcoming Schedule for our Club
Aug. 2
Kids Help Line
Dave W.
Aug. 9
China Institute
Gordon Houlden
Dave W.
Adjunct Professor Alberta School of Business
Aug. 16
Joyce Madsen
Dave W.
African Grand Mothers Movement
Aug. 23
Downtown Business Assoc.
Ian O’Donnell
Cindy D.
Executive Director – Downtown Business Association.
Aug. 30
Pickle Ball - Tentative
Sept. 6
City of Edmonton
Alexandre Pecuk
Dave W.
LRT Expansion
Sept. 13
Junior Achievement
Jonathan Curtis
Sept. 20
Rotary Gateway
Lorne Parker
Lorne P.
Mozambique update
Sept. 27
Monster Mini Putt - Tentative
Gateway Monster Mini Putt
Oct. 4
District Governor
Dave W.
Oct. 11
Christmas Bureau
Judy W.
Oct. 18
Edmonton Ski Club
Ken Saunders Jr.
Ken S.
Oct. 25
Club Assembly – Evening Meeting
Nov. 1
Shuffleboard Tourney
Nov. 8
Remembrance Day
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Posted by brian Liddell on Jun 27, 2017

Our guest speaker this week was Lynne Christianson from Christianson Developments. Lynne talked about the Senior Focus housing that her company is developing and, in particular the “Life Lease” concept that they use.


Lynne talked about the unique form of investment that the “Life Lease” offers and how it can be advantageous to their tenants. She also talked about the social environment and maintenance free environment that they offer.









June 22 speaker brian Liddell 2017-06-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Jun 27, 2017
News and Gossip for the week of June 22, 2017;
1.       Kylie gave us an update on Robust Reds planning. The Robust Reds committee has been meeting regularly and is working hard. Letters have been prepared and distributed to assist members in gathering silent auction and auction donations. Tickets will be available soon.
2.       Our changeover party will be on Saturday July 8th at Agnes’ party room.
3.       Lionall and Dave Dorcus have organised a 2nd annual golf tournament to be held at Seba Beach on July 26th, 2017
4.       Dave Douglas collected fines this week. He had a very challenging Canada Trivia quiz
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Robust Reds. The Rebirth. 2017-05-27 06:00:00Z 0
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 0
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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Apr 27, 2017
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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Apr 27, 2017
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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Apr 12, 2017
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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Apr 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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Apr 05, 2017
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 0
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 0
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 0

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 0
Posted by Brian Liddell on Mar 25, 2017
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 0
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.
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