Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
Edmonton Riverview

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
E Meetings
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Edmonton, AB T5G 0W6
Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
Edmonton Riverview

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
E Meetings
Contact Us for the E-Meeting link
Edmonton, AB T5G 0W6
Our Stories
Riverview members served up a pasta dinner to students and parents at the Norwood School. Riverview has had a long history of projects at Norwood.
Last September, Paul and Cynthia Dusseault took a team of medical professionals to Ecuador to perform free cataract surgery and deliver free optometry services to disadvantaged individuals. While on that trip, the optometry team (lead by Kavitha Jayachandran from the YEG Passport Rotary Club) met a teenaged girl with a rare eye condition called Stargardt Disease. There is no treatment or surgery that can help Yuliana, but there is an electronic device that could improve her life. Please help us raise the money to purchase Yuliana the OrCam MyEye. A donation of $5 or $10 or any amount would help us reach our goal.  Please read her story by clicking on the photo of Yuliana or this GoFundMe link.
We know she's one person in a world of people who need help, but, as Ronald Reagan once said, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
Note: If you are not familiar with GoFundMe, donations can be made from anywhere in the world, in any currency, all by credit card.
A Successful Shredfest June 2021
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at Shredfest on Saturday. It was a lot of fun and a great success.
Thank you to the Emmanuel Foundation for donating the tables and chairs and also to our very own Riverview Rotarian Mrs. Sandra Bayrock for donating her Century 21 tent for our events.
Thank you to Jimmy Morrison of Operation Friendship for collecting bottles and their support.
Thank you to Kingsway Mall and Best Shredding for doing the heavy lifting.
Thank you to all those who came, dropped off, and made your donation.
Next Shredfest September 2021. See you all then!
Kind regards,
Raemonde Bezenar
Fundraising Chair 
Edmonton has some wonderful giving people, so when Svetlana from Svetlana Bridal gave Riverview member Sandra Bayrock a call, Sandra knew she had to roll up her sleeves.  For the second time, Svetlana donated over 140 wedding dresses, veils, and other material for our adopted village at Maya Centre in Belize. This totals almost 300 dresses for the Women's Craft Centre.  When she gets down there Sandra will help organize a business at the Craft Centre to help these wonderful local women earn some income. Dresses will be delivered by Emmanual Foundation when they ship 3 playgrounds to Belize this summer.   Can’t wait to see the look on their faces.
Shredfest is June 19, 9 am until noon, at Kingsway Mall, 109 St & Princess Elizabeth Avenue, North parking lot.
Bring your shredding and support Rotary and make a difference for Edmonton's Inner City. Drive up and we will unload your boxes and have them shredded on the site by Best Shredding. Donations or $10 a box.
Once again Riverview Rotary is partnering with Operation Friendship Senior Society at ShredFest on June 19 where they will have their truck to collect bottles. Attached is their poster so you can inform your networks while promoting ShredFest.
Please keep up the good work you are doing in reaching out to make Shedfest a success!
Riverview Rotary at Sikhs for Humanity food hamper drive!
Check out this video where Sikhs for Humanity provide food hampers for those in need. Dr. Roman and Sandra Bayrock from Riverview Rotary are featured in the video commenting on the food and service-above-self opportunity anyone can participate in. Every Friday at 5 pm at Nerval, 1001 Buckingham Dr., Sherwood Park.
Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview 50/50 Fundraiser!
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview has been an active Rotary Club since 1985.
Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self" and our club does this by helping other organizations both locally and internationally. This year our community service is focused on helping youth and seniors in Edmonton's inner city. We work with inner-city schools such as Delton and Norwood, and Operation Friendship Society, a drop-in center for Edmonton's inner-city seniors.
Your support will help us keep doing this important work.
Another ambulance serviced and ready to ship to 
BERT Belize
. Thanks to 
Alberta Health Services 
for donating the ambulance, Alberta Honda for the maintenance work, 
Myshak Group for transportation and Roman Bayrock for handling all the logistics. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs of 
Edmonton Riverview Rotary Club, 
Rotary Club of Edmonton West, 
Rotary Club of Belize Sunrise and the 
Rotary Club of Belize 
Covid…. Schmovid…
This pandemic isn’t going to keep Riverview Rotary from helping out our disadvantaged seniors.  For the second time in as many months members, Lindsay Robinson and Sandra Bayrock delivered 40 submarine sandwiches from Subway to Operation Friendships rooming house.  “ We couldn’t cook in their kitchen so we did the next best thing and delivered food right to their door”.   Many enthusiastic thanks from all but especially from Jimmy Morrison the community relations director at Operation Friendship.
What a treat!, Sandra Bayrock from our Rotary Club has contacted by “Svetlana Custom Made Dresses”. Svetlana donated to our Club over 128 Wedding dresses and other wedding items!
After a fun-filled afternoon, all the dresses, yardage, veils, etc. were sorted into bags. Special Thanks to Vera and Sandra Bayrock, and Viola Peters for sorting, organizing, and arranging these beautiful dresses. Southern Emergency Services, an ambulance service in the Stann Creek area of Belize is packing a container of medical supplies in Stony Plain which is destined to depart Alberta at the end of October.  With a bit of luck and some creative packing, these dresses will soon be on their way to Belize to help support a Women’s craft shop at Maya Centre in Belize. Many thanks to SES for their support.

Riverview Rotary Casino October 23rd and 24th, 2020 @ Century Casino

Century Casino will host the Riverview Rotary Fundraiser Casino October 23 & 24
Century Casino is located at 13103 Fort Road, Edmonton, AB T5A 1C3
Play & Win and support Rotary Projects in Edmonton and Globally.
Brenda Martin of Beaverlodge Alberta was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.
Riverview Rotary Receives Gold Citation Award
Each year Rotary International recognizes Clubs that are strong in core areas. The purpose of the Rotary Citation is to increase Rotary club involvement in service activities and encouraging Rotarians' personal involvement in serving others and promoting a high standard of Rotary service in the community. 2019/2020 the Club Received the Gold Award.
The Riverview Rotary Club was judged on the following categories;
Goal Detail Club membership
Service participation
New member sponsorship
Rotary Action Group participation
Leadership development participation
District conference attendance 
Rotary Fellowship participation
District training participation 
Annual Fund contributions
PolioPlus Fund contributions
Major gifts donations & Benefactors 
Service projects involvement
Rotaract clubs sponsorship  
Interact clubs sponsorship
Youth Exchange students 
RYLA participation 
Strategic planning
Online presence
Social activities 
Website and social media activity
Use of Rotary promotional materials
Rotary Fall 2020 Shredfeast was a SUCCESS!– Held on October 3, 2020, at Kingsway Garden Mall parking lot, we shredded. Donations were welcome and together with Operation Friendship we even took your bottles! Thank you to Operation Friendship, Best Shredding Co., Century 21, Alberta Traffic Supply, Emmanuel Foundation, and Kingsway Garden Mall. Funds raised support of Rotary Innercity Projects.

Riverview Rotary’s first Shredfest was a raging success! It feels great when our Club hits a win-win like this one. Thanks to Best Shredding, SANDRA BAYROCK at Century 21, Alberta Traffic Supply, Emmanuel Foundation, and Kingsway Garden Mall for partnering with us on this fundraiser. Many people drove up and watched their documents get shredded on the spot right in front of their eyes and we thank you for your support. Funds generated will give kids at Edmonton's inner-city Delton School a pair of new shoes.

A HUGE thank you to Roberta Adams and Gail Black of the Jewel Rebekah Lodge #25 and Odd Fellows of Edmonton for a generous donation of $3000 towards the Delton Running Shoe Project.

Riverview Rotary wishes to thank all the people who came out and supported us. Watch out this fall when we do a repeat performance and have a bigger, better Shredfest!

The 2020-21 Executive Handover took place on Saturday, June 27 under sunny skies.
Darcy Frunchak 2019 President received the Paul Harris Award in recognition of his Presidency with the Club. Darcy commented that the mighty few Riverview Rotarians changed the world. The club successfully completed 33 projects, with a goods & services value of over $2.7 million and 5700 volunteer hours.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview 2020 President  Loralee Peasle introduced her new executive and said she is looking forward to a wonderful year.
The Paul Harris Fellow +4 pin was presented to Lindsay Robinson for her endless efforts and commitment to Rotary. Congratulations Lindsay!

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview is featured in the July 2020 The Rotarian Magazine.

In 2019, first responders in Canada displayed a spirit of international cooperation by donating a firetruck and four ambulances for use in Belize.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview, Alberta, which has been coordinating donations of ambulances and medical supplies to Belize for a number of years, helped with logistics. To deliver the firetruck and ambulances, the club applied for the Denton Program, a joint effort of various US government departments and agencies, which provides transportation of humanitarian assistance using military aircraft. The truck, destined for the city of Corozal, came off the US Air Force transport plane at Philip SW Goldson International Airport in Belize City.

Roman the Rock 

by Nick Lees  •  Edmonton Journal

UPLOADED BY: Nick Lees ::: EMAIL: ::: PHONE: 7808034812 ::: CREDIT: Supplied ::: CAPTION: Dr. Roman Bayrock, pictured here with wife Sandra, is always involved in a plan to help others.

Indefatigable Dr. Roman Bayrock is helping his Riverview Rotary Club run a “Shred Fest” Saturday, June 27. (Kingsway Mall, Edmonton, North Parking Lot)

“We are offering to shred people’s old tax returns and other sensitive papers,” says chiropractor Bayrock. “Funds raised will help some of the many inner-city children who have never owned a new pair of shoes. “These youngsters have never experienced the many positive benefits of wearing a good pair of shoes and our plan is to see every child at Delton Elementary School in a new pair of running shoes by Oct. 31.”

People can see their papers shredded in front of them from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the north parking lot at Kingsway Mall. The cost: a donation or $10 per box. No limit to the number of boxes supporters can have shredded. Social distancing rules will be in place.

Bayrock is forever helping others and recently played a leading role in his club’s servicing of 200 donated wheelchairs being sent to different charities or to needy overseas countries.


The Wheelchair CleanUP Party was on Saturday, June 13 and it was a huge success!
Rotarians from a few clubs came and joined the Riverview Rotary CleanUP Party. An initiative of Dr. Roman Barock.
Dr. Bayrock has been gathering wheelchairs since January and Saturday was the day to clean them up and ship them out.
The Emmanuel Foundation and the Grande Prairie Rotary Club brought trucks to fill and get ready to ship to countries in need.

SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2020 COVID friendly
WHERE: WETASKIWIN 6119 – 47 Ave,
WHEN: 10 AM till 3 PM

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview has received about 200 surplus wheelchairs and we need your help! Most are in good condition but a few need some nuts and bolts tightened and all could use a good cleaning. Many of these wheelchairs are destined for different charities that donate them to some very needy countries.
We need help cleaning, tuning up, palletizing, and general preparation to be sent away. Easy work.
They are located at a warehouse at the Wetaskiwin airport. Plenty of room for social distancing.
DIRECTIONS: As you travel through Wetaskiwin on Hwy 2A less than an hour from Edmonton turn right (West),at 45 Avenue, (Ford Dealership). Follow the short windy road until you reach the airport district. Look for the only hanger with the brown roof on your left and you are there.
Refreshments and pizza provided, under strict COVID hygienic conditions. Bring a friend!
Please consider coming, Many hands make light work. Bring cleaning rubber gloves, screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers, socket sets (if you have them)
Any questions please call: Roman Bayrock 780 239 7214
Amy Smith was the presenter at the Riverview Rotary Club and spoke from Brisbane, Australia. Amy has visited the Riverview Rotary Club as our grant scholarship student. She is a Graduate of the University of Alberta and originates from Calmar, Alberta. She was a member of Rotaract and participated in Rotaract Belize projects. She recently completed a 2-year masters from the University of Queensland, Australia and is now on temporary work assignments. 7 Rotary Clubs, including the Riverview Rotary Club contributed and with the Rotary Foundation dollars provided the 2-year scholarship.
Amy talked about international Indigenous Development and Reconciliation in Settler States in Canada and Australia. She is proud of her Metis heritage. She
studied Political Science in 2015 and since worked in Human Resources and organized cultural awareness events, bringing her 2 worlds together.
The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship has been an amazing experience. She studied at the University of Queensland and received her Master’s Degree in Social Sciences.
She was accepted into the Aurora Internship Program in Australia. A 5-week internship.
“Understanding alone does not bring change. It’s what we do with that understanding that matters.” – Krishna Pujari. Amy believes we cannot sit on our understanding but need to take action.
Jessica Brandon ACT- Jessica Brandon, Manager of Training and Education, Action Coalition on Human Trafficking presented to the Riverview Rotary Club.
ACT Alberta (The Action Coalition on Human Trafficking) mobilizes action by working in collaboration to identify, respond to, and prevent human trafficking. Celebrating a 10-year anniversary. ACT provides support for individuals who have experienced human trafficking including supporting the prosecution of criminals. ACT provides training and education on human trafficking to service providers and stakeholders. This training aims to equip attendees with the tools needed to accurately identify and appropriately respond to instances of human trafficking.
HSMUN High School Model United Nations held its 3-day conference hosted by the UofA undergrads. This was the 18th annual conference with 578 students participating, from 26 schools. The 2020 conference guest speaker was former Governor Genera Madame Michelle Jean and 5370 District Governor Tracey Vavrek. Conference closing remarks were by Rotarian Brent Collingwood.

Riverview Rotary has received a heartfelt email updating the good news results of the Kashojwa Uganda Water Project.

Hope this finds you well. 

I am writing to you to bring to your attention to the water project impaction to our village.
As the major reason of the kashojwa project that you and your Rotary club funded was to bring down the typhoid cases..... READ MORE..

Riverview Rotary E-Meeting
Join the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview E-meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
Contact Us and we will send you a gotomeeting link to join every Tuesday at 7:30 am

Virtual Tuesday Morning Meeting
The Riverview Rotary Club regular Tuesday morning meetings are now virtual meetings. Every Tuesday morning at 8:00 - 8:30 am the club will meet and conduct its good work and fellowship via E-meetings. Club members will be sent the link Monday prior to the Tuesday meeting. 
You can make announcements and happy buck announcements during the meeting. The Sargent will be omnipresent. 
For more information contact
Darcy Frunchak
Early this year, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview (Canada) and Club Rotario Tomebamba (Cuenca, Ecuador) partnered on a project to replace the aging 1990s-era computers (Window 95 vintage) at the Unidad Educativa Especial Adinea, a school for children and youth with developmental disabilities.

Missing Rotary because your club cancelled its regular meeting. Continue your Rotary involvement by “visiting” the Rotary E-Club of Canada One (the home club of DGE Jim Ferguson).

The E-club also holds a weekly Coffee Chat on Thursday morning at 8:00 am MDT. These gatherings are “strictly for fun and fellowship and a way to get to know our fellows Rotarians.”

On the third Tuesday each month, the E-club holds a monthly fellowship assembly at 6:00 pm MDT, with a different theme each month.

Visit the E-Club Canada One website <> to learn more and sign up to attend its meetings. 

Thanks to money donated by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview, through its “Operation Esperanza” medical/dental project, the Club Rotario Tomebamba of Cuenca, Ecuador is now able to carry out its own dental missions throughout the year. The funds went to purchase two portable dental units and one portable sterilizer/autoclave.  The Tomebamba already had two units in their possession, but that was not enough to carry out an effective dental program.
With new COVID-19 guidelines in place, we have to limit the number of staff who can make & serve food. We are IN NEED of disposable/paper plates, cutlery & cups so we can continue serving 3 hot meals a day to our seniors. If you can, please drop off items at 9526-106 Avenue this weekend!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
the Spirited Spring Gala has been postponed.

Stay safe and healthy,
and we'll hope to reschedule this event later this year.

The Riverview Rotary regular Tuesday morning meetings are canceled at the Chateau Nova until further notice.
Precautions to ensure the health and safety of the members is paramount. As various public civic and rotary gathers are suspended, the temporary suspension of Riverview Rotary morning meetings is a prudent measure at this time. You will be updated with changes as they occur.
The district has canceled the March 20 & 21 Learning conference.
Other Riverview Rotary Events & Speakers are also canceled.
Darcy Frunchak
Riverview Rotary Club President
I wanted to say thank you to the Riverview Rotary Club for such a nice dinner tonight at the Norwood school. 
An email from a family who attended the Norwood School Celebration of Learning Pasta Dinner served up by Riverview Rotary.

HSMUN High School Mock United Nations Opening Ceremonies with guest speakers Rt Hon. Michaelle Jean, 27th Governor-General of Canada and Tracey Vavrek Rotary District Governor.

Stephen Lau, BCom, LLB, and realtor with RE/MAX Real Estate presented a 2020 Edmonton Real Estate outlook.
There are now 5 generations poised to buy or sell a home and with market influences, it is harder than ever to make a buying and selling choice. External factors have deterred millennials from owning a home; high debt-to-income ratio, difficulty saving for a down payment, new mortgage qualifying rules, reduction in purchaser confidence, and the supply of affordable housing has declined. The house baby boomers own is not the house Millennials can afford or even want, says Stephen Lau. "Immigration and wealthy foreign buyers have led to a change in monetary and lending policies by the government and banks. Mortgage 'stress test' rules make it increasingly difficult for homebuyers to qualify for a home purchase. Sellers will have to adjust their expectations that their home values will keep going up."
Stephen suggests "if you intend to live in your home for more than 5 years, consider investing in modernizing your home's interior/exterior appeal. If you intend to sell in less than 5 years, you will not have the benefit of enjoying your renovation investment for long and will not "recoup" the investment and be better off doing minimal improvements to get the house to be reasonably competitive with more modern homes." Appliances, upgrading to hardwood and granite counters, smart home features and upgrading the energy efficiency of a home will realize the best return of the investment.
Stephen Lau, BCom, LLB, Realtor
Message from the 2020 Ecuador Medical / Dental Mission
The Team left for Cuenca, Ecuador Jan. 24. Our team of 60 individuals arrived in Cuenca Jan. 25 and we received a warm welcome from the local Rotary Club, and from Dr. Avila and his family. 
The Dental Team consisted of 5 dentists and their assistants.  They treated all the patients before surgery.  The Dental Team treated children in rural schools, in an orphanage, and in a shelter for Venezuelan refugees. 
Dr. Roman Bayrock returned from 12 days with the Westend Rotary Club in Guatemala and Westend Club President Ben Doz. The Westend Club worked on its vision program and our Dr Roman Bayrock worked hard as the resident Chiropractor. Patients said they felt delicious.
Brent Collingwood introduced  Riverview Rotary guests Azan Esmail, HSMUN Secretary-General and Jinseo Kim, HSMUN Director-General.  They spoke about the upcoming HSMUN convention on Feb 20-22 at the U of A. There are 600 student delegates attending HSMUN this year. 35 Students from Grande Prairie are attending. The keynote speaker is Michaëlle Jean,  Canada’s 27th  2005-10, Governor-General. Tracey Vavrek, District 5370 DG will make an opening address on behalf of Riverview Rotary and Brent Collingwood will make the closing address. Riverview Rotary has supported HSMUN for 10 years. This year Riverview Rotary will make efforts to showcase at the event and show that with Rotary, the youth can make changes in the world. Riverview Rotarians are encouraged to attend this event.
Roman Bayrock is reported to be in Guatemala.
He sent us this picture. Which he says is an ariel picture of a Maya Temple.
But it looks more like it is made of sand on the beach.
Members of the Riverview Rotary attended the 2019 Salvation Army Appreciation dinner at the Chateau Louis Hotel.
Chris Gowers headed up the Kettle Ringing program for Riverview Rotary. Chris & Kathline Gowers, Lindsay Robinson, Dean Wood, Darcy Frunchak and Andrew Frunchak attended the luncheon.
Tim Sharp, Riverview Rotarian and Director of the Salvation Army Edmonton Branch spoke at the event.  The Salvation Army surpassed its projections and raised near $650,000. Thank you to all the Kettle volunteers in 2019.
Menasha Nikhanj, Director of Integrated Community Safety and Director of Engagement and Strategy with the Government of Alberta, Justice and Solicitor General, Menasha is a Peace Fellow from Riverview Rotary District 5370 and completed the Professional Development Certificate at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.   
Rhonda Tollefson, Principal, with the music director of Norwood School and the Norwood School Choir performed Christmas Carols. 14 young singers dawned pajamas and sang to the Riverview Rotary audience, who very much appreciated the Carols. Thank you to Leslie Cleary – Rotary Community Services Director for creating this heart-warming event.
Riverview Rotary Club together with the Cenntenial Interact Club and the Westend Rotary Club joined forces to make dinner at Ronald McDonald House on Dec 7, 2019.
Dr. Tom Greidanus receives the Paul Harris Pin +3 Sapphires.

The Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Plus 3 Sapphires Award and pin recognize Dr. Greidanu's contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Darcy Frunchak (left) Dr. Tom Greidanus (right)

Carl Simonson receives the Paul Harris Fellow Award

Darcy Frunchak, Riverview Rotary Club President presents The Paul Harris Fellow Award to Carl Simonson. The Paul Harris Fellow Award is presented in recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions.

Tim Sharp, Executive Director, Salvation Army Edmonton Community Resource Centre is inducted into the Riverview Rotary Dec 3, 2019.
Darcy Frunchak, Club President presented Tim Sharp with the Rotary Pin and Badge and the club welcomed Tim to Riverview Rotary.
                 Darcy Frunchak (left), Tim Sharp  (right)
Dr. Barry Lyka dons his Partridge in a Pear Tree Sweater
The Annual Riverview Rotary Christmas Party was held at the University Club On Dec 3. Nelson Scott & Lindsay Robinson, Event Organizers, did a fabulous job making this event a success.  LoraLee Peaslee, the 2020 President-Elect presided over the evening and made the evening fun and festive.
Riverview Rotary Pints For Polio & More!  A Resounding Success!
Darcy Frunchak, Riverview Club President, began the evening by outlining the impact of Riverview Rotary and its members have on the local Edmonton Community and its International reach to those in need. Wayne Kauffman presented the history of Polio and the fight to eradicate polio over the decades and Dr. Mikolaj Raszek, CEO of Merogenomics, a genome sequencing company, presented interesting information on the virus, tracking the virus, how it spreads, the logistics of vaccinating millions and consequences.
Riverview Rotary crew sits down for Tim's coffee after cleaning out the Club Storage locker Nov 20, 2019.
Items were moved to a different location. Club records and pictures will be archived and saved. The change is expected to save the club $1500 annually. 
Riverview Rotary provides 2 $1000 scholarships. The 2019 recipients are Chantel Akinneah who is entering 1st year Engineering at the U of A and Alexis Schick going on in 1st year Occupation Therapy at Grant McEwan University. Congratulations!
From the Riverview Rotary's Facebook page, the club received this post:
Nelson Byamukama You changed life history in my village. We now have clean drinking water. And life is going on well now. Thanks and God bless you all for the great work you are doing for the world.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview and the Freedom Church through the Rotary Club of Kihiihi in Uganda and the uncompromising support of the Rotary Foundation makes a difference to the people aworld away.  They helped the community get clean water.  So simple and so precious.
Brushes and rollers got busy at the Operation Friendship Center when the Cenntenial Rotaract Club got down to painting the decks around the Centre. In no time they had the place looking new and bright again. Youth Service Director, Dr. Roman Bayrock, Club Services Director, Sandra Bayrock, together with Community Services Director,  Leslie Cleary took on the role of supervisor and stood back and let them get the job done.
Kasha Fardo is entering the master's program at the London School of Economics. Riverview Rotary donated $2500 together with 11 other local clubs and Rotary Foundation for a total $69000 scholarship.
Kasha has drawn inspiration in her academic and career plans from Rotary.


Calvin Lim - Riverview Club Rotarian - 2019 Winner -  Innovative Broker of the Year

Recognized by The Insurance Nexus Awards, in Chicago, Calvin Lim is the 2019 Innovative Broker of the Year Winner for the insurance broker organization who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of the customer in the modern insurance industry. 

In the pursuit of delivering customer-first products with a seamless experience from purchase to claims, each carrier must first become a customer-centric organization. To recognize excellence and innovation at each stage of this process, in the category for product development, customer service, operational transformation and claims – and aim to celebrate both the executives leading the change and the teams on the front line every day executing on customer strategy.

Calvin Lim is the Owner of UW Insurer Brokers and a Riverview Rotarian since 2016.

Why sight? Why Seva Canada Karen Chalmers, Executive Director of Edmonton Destination Marketing (EDMH) for Seva Canada, explained why to our members at Tuesday's club meeting. A surprisingly high 80% of visual impairment is treatable or preventable. With approximately 36 million people in the world being blind, that means 29 million people who can't see could see, if they were treated. Cataracts account for a large percentage of blindness and visual impairment--and that's where Seva Canada comes in. Through its eye programs in some of the world's poorest countries, the organization has already helped--through cataract surgeries--5 million individuals see. As Chalmers points out, "Restoring sight breaks the cycle of poverty." It breaks down the financial and social barriers created by blindness and visual impairment. It provides individuals with the opportunity to study, to learn, to work, to live productive lives. Our Rotary club provided Seva Canada with a substantial donation this year, to help the organization help more people see.

Scotch Mist 2019--what a great evening! Cocktails on the lovely patio/balcony of the Royal Glenora Club. Fine Scotch. Fine food. A little Prosecco. Fun "games." Classy silent auction items. We accomplished what we hoped to; we raised a good chunk of change for our inner-city programs. Thanks to everyone who attended! Thanks to the staff of the Royal Glenora Club and to chef Steve Buzak for an amazing dinner. Thanks to the folks from Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants, who partnered with us once again. Stay tuned for info about next year's event. Not sure if we can top this one, but we're sure going to try.

Possessing a moral compass and unwavering moral principles. Upstanding. Honorable. Fair. Sincere. This aptly describes the individuals who were honored on May 8, 2019 at the 2019 Capital Region Rotary Integrity Awards. Every year, Rotary clubs are invited to honor non-Rotarians who embody the ideals of Rotary in their contributions to the community. The members of our club who attended the event heard some incredible stories about some incredible individuals. Just as we, as Rotarians, strive to "Be the Inspiration," these individuals serve as inspiration for us.

We were delighted to have Jim Bradshaw as our club's honoree. Jim has spent countless hours volunteering on community boards and for community initiatives--working to make communities better places for everyone. 

(Photos: Jim Bradshaw, all the honorees, Jim with Rotarians and friends)

Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor at Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS), addressed our club at Tuesday's meeting, filling us in on the amazing work the society does for our city's disadvantaged seniors. OFSS may be unknown to many, but it's dear to the hearts of our club members and is an organization we have been supporting for many years. Jimmy reminded us how lucky we are to live the lives we do, and how much our gifts of compassion and support mean to those less fortunate.

OFSS is holding it's Breaking Ground Gala on Monday, May 27, 2019, with the goal of raising money to build a new OFSS building that will provide an extra level of care for disadvantaged seniors who are in the fragile stages of life. If you have it in your heart to give, consider attending the gala or donating online to OFSS.

The Edmonton Centennial Interact Club (at Ross Sheppard) hosted us for breakfast on April 30th and told us about their recent work in Belize.

Interact club president, Maya, says, “This year, Ross Sheppard’s Centennial Interact Club made our 7th trip to Belize to work with two of the schools in partnership with us--Ocean Academy and Eden Primary. It was beyond incredible. Each and every member who went has returned beyond grateful for our experience. We painted murals, rooms, and a guardhouse, and shared wonderful memories with the students of each school! We’ve come back with a renewed sense of leadership and service, ready to embody Rotary’s motto of ‘Service above Self’ within our communities and with the schools in the future!”

Here are some pics of the Interactors in Belize. We're proud to be a sponsor of this club.

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