Norwood School Dinner

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.
Norwood School Dinner 2023-04-14 06:00:00Z 0

An Eye for Yuliana - Fundraiser

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.
An Eye for Yuliana - Fundraiser 2023-04-03 06:00:00Z 0

A Succesful Shredfest !

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 
A Succesful Shredfest ! Andrew Frunchak 2021-06-21 06:00:00Z 0

300 dresses for the Belize Women's Craft Centre

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.
300 dresses for the Belize Women's Craft Centre Andrew Frunchak 2021-06-16 06:00:00Z 0

Shredfest June 19 at Kingsway Mall 9-noon

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.
Shredfest June 19 at Kingsway Mall 9-noon Andrew Frunchak 2021-06-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary- End Polio Now Virtual Run September 11 - 19, 2021  Andrew Frunchak 2021-05-25 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Friendship Senior Society at ShredFest

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!
Operation Friendship Senior Society at ShredFest Andrew Frunchak 2021-05-18 06:00:00Z 0
Sewing Machines for the Congo! Andrew Frunchak 2021-05-13 06:00:00Z 0
Riverview Rotary Shedfest 2021 Andrew Frunchak 2021-05-02 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary at Sikhs for Humanity hamper drive

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.
Riverview Rotary at Sikhs for Humanity hamper drive Andrew Frunchak 2021-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
Sikhs for Humanity Food Drive Andrew Frunchak 2021-03-01 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary 50/50

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.
Riverview Rotary 50/50 Andrew Frunchak 2021-02-23 07:00:00Z 0

BERT receives another AHS Ambulance

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 
BERT receives another AHS Ambulance Roman Bayrock 2020-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Covid…. Schmovid…Sandwiches!

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.
Covid…. Schmovid…Sandwiches! Sandra Bayrock 2020-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

Wedding Gowns to be Shipped

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.
Wedding Gowns to be Shipped Sandra Bayrock 2020-10-27 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary - Casino - Oct 23rd & 24th, 2020 @ Century Casino

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.
Riverview Rotary - Casino - Oct 23rd & 24th, 2020 @ Century Casino Darcy Frunchak 2020-10-06 06:00:00Z 0

50/50 Raffle Winner

Brenda Martin of Beaverlodge Alberta was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.
50/50 Raffle Winner Darcy Frunchak 2020-10-06 06:00:00Z 0
Riverview Rotary helps families in Lebanon Darcy Frunchak 2020-10-05 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Receives Citation Award

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
Riverview Rotary Receives Citation Award  Darcy Frunchak 2020-09-30 06:00:00Z 0

Oct 3 Shredfest Kingsway Garden Mall

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.
Oct 3 Shredfest Kingsway Garden Mall Darcy Frunchak 2020-09-23 06:00:00Z 0

2020 Riverview Handover 

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!
2020 Riverview Handover Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-28 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Shredfest A Huge Success!

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!

Riverview Rotary Shredfest A Huge Success! Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

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


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.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview is featured in the July 2020 The Rotarian Magazine. Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-23 06:00:00Z 0

Roman the Rock

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.


Roman the Rock Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-22 06:00:00Z 0

The Wheelchair CleanUp a Huge Success!

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.
The Wheelchair CleanUp a Huge Success! Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-16 06:00:00Z 0
June 27, 11-3 Shredfest at Kingsway Garden Mall Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Wheelchair Tune Up!


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
Rotary Wheelchair Tune Up! Darcy Frunchak 2020-06-04 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Global Grant Scholarship receipient Amy Smith 

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.
Riverview Rotary Global Grant Scholarship receipient Amy Smith Darcy Frunchak 2020-05-19 06:00:00Z 0

Action Coalition on Human Trafficking presented to the Riverview Rotary Club.

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.
Action Coalition on Human Trafficking presented to the Riverview Rotary Club. 2020-05-12 06:00:00Z 0

HSMUN Presents at Riverview Rotary E Meeting

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.
HSMUN Presents at Riverview Rotary E Meeting 2020-05-05 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Clubs Find Ways to Serve Darcy Frunchak 2020-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

Kashojwa Uganda Water Project

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..

Kashojwa Uganda Water Project Darcy Frunchak 2020-04-12 06:00:00Z 0
Ecuador Needs Our Help! Paul Dusseault 2020-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

E Meeting Tuesday 7:30 am

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
E Meeting Tuesday 7:30 am Darcy Frunchak 2020-04-05 06:00:00Z 0
Stacking Tables Higher! Darcy Frunchak 2020-04-02 06:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Staying Intouch with Virtual Meetings

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
Riverview Rotary Staying Intouch with Virtual Meetings Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-29 06:00:00Z 0

Computers for Adinea

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.
Computers for Adinea Paul Dusseault 2020-03-28 06:00:00Z 0
Tables for Emmanuel Foundation Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
Dr. Roman Bayrock - Wheelchair Project Champion Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-25 06:00:00Z 0

Stay in-touch with E-Club Meetings

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. 

Stay in-touch with E-Club Meetings Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-23 06:00:00Z 0

OFSS Needs Paper Products

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!
OFSS Needs Paper Products Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-23 06:00:00Z 0

Improving Dental Care in Ecuador

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.
Improving Dental Care in Ecuador Paul Dusseault 2020-03-21 06:00:00Z 0

POSTPONED -  Spirited Spring Gala

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.

POSTPONED - Spirited Spring Gala Paul Dusseault 2020-03-19 06:00:00Z 0

Regular Tuesday Meetings are canceled

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
Regular Tuesday Meetings are canceled Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-17 06:00:00Z 0
Dr. John Lewis speaks at Riverview Rotary Club Darcy Frunchak 2020-03-10 06:00:00Z 0 Dr. John Lewis
Riverview Rotary and with a Little Help from my Friends 2020-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Norwood Dinner Mar 5 2020

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.
Norwood Dinner Mar 5 2020 2020-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary at the Edmonton Food Bank Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
Lynn Gagne, C.H.N. presents on Nutrition Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-25 07:00:00Z 0

HSMUN Ceremonies 

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.

HSMUN Ceremonies Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-13 07:00:00Z 0

Stephen Lau, RE/MAX presents Edmonton 2020 Outlook 

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
Stephen Lau, RE/MAX presents Edmonton 2020 Outlook  Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Dr Greidanus and the Equador Medical Mission

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 Greidanus and the Equador Medical Mission Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Spirited Spring Gala 2020 - Registration is open! Paul Dusseault 2020-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Andrew KnackEdmonton Councilor Speaks at Riverview Rotary Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-04 07:00:00Z 0
Dr. Tom Greidanus at Hospital San Juan De Dios Ecuador Darcy Frunchak 2020-02-02 07:00:00Z 0
Amanda Banister, Associate Director at YONA addresses Rotary  Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bayrock 12 days in Guatemala

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.
Dr. Bayrock 12 days in Guatemala Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
BERT receives Alberta Health Services Ambulance with the help from the Rotary Club Edmonton Riverview. Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-26 07:00:00Z 0 AHS,Alberta Health Services,BERT,Riverview Rotary
LoraLee Peaslee presented Nov 16, 2019 Belize Sewing Project.  Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-21 07:00:00Z 0
Riverview Rotary 35 Year Anniversary Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
Paul Dusseault presents on 21 Years of Ecuador Projects Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-15 07:00:00Z 0

Where is Roman?

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.
Where is Roman? Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-13 07:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Appreciation Dinner

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.
Salvation Army Appreciation Dinner Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Menasha Nikhanj Rotary Peace Fellow Recipient 

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.   
Menasha Nikhanj Rotary Peace Fellow Recipient Darcy Frunchak 2020-01-07 07:00:00Z 0
Operation Friendship Christmas Service Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

Norwood School Christmas Chior  Performs

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.
Norwood School Christmas Chior Performs Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-17 07:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House Dinner

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Dec 07, 2019
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.
Ronald McDonald House Dinner Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-07 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Riverview RotaryClub Christmas Party

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.
2019 Riverview RotaryClub Christmas Party Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0

Carl Simonson receives Paul Harris Fellow Award

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Dec 03, 2019
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.

Carl Simonson receives Paul Harris Fellow Award Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0

Tim Sharp Inducted to Riverview Rotary

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Dec 03, 2019
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)
Tim Sharp Inducted to Riverview Rotary Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Tom Greidanus receives Paul Harris Pin +3

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Dec 03, 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)

Dr. Tom Greidanus receives Paul Harris Pin +3 Darcy Frunchak 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
Thank You from Rotary Club of Kampala-Munyonyo Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-29 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Pints For Polio & More!  A Resounding Success!

Posted by Darcy Frunchak
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 Pints For Polio &amp; More! A Resounding Success! Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
Uran Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse presents at Rotary Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
Global Grant Scholar Well Underway Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-22 07:00:00Z 0
Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Launch Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Corozal Fire Department Receives New Fire Truck Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Eastglen Riverview Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Darcy Frunchak
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!
Eastglen Riverview Rotary Scholarship Recipients Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
Bill Gordon showcases Wateron-Glacier International Peace Park Darcy Frunchak 2019-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
Trick or Trick at Operation Freindship Dinner Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-30 06:00:00Z 0
YONA First Note Graduation Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
DG Tracey Vavrek at Special Executive Board Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
Nick Lees: A World of Rotary community work for Edmonton couple Nick Lees 2019-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
Tracey Vavrek District Governor District 5370 Speaks at Riverview Rotary Meeting Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
Cenntenial RotarAct Goes Planting Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-19 06:00:00Z 0

Cenntenial Rotaract Paints Operation Friendship Centre

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.
Cenntenial Rotaract Paints Operation Friendship Centre Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Networking Event Paul J Dusseault 2019-10-10 06:00:00Z 0

Uganda Water Projects makes a difference!

Posted by Darcy Frunchak
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.
Uganda Water Projects makes a difference! Darcy Frunchak 2019-10-01 06:00:00Z 0

Calvin Lim - Innovative Broker of the Year Winner


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.

Calvin Lim - Innovative Broker of the Year Winner  2019-09-15 06:00:00Z 0

Kasha Fardo $2500 Recipient

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Sep 10, 2019
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.
Kasha Fardo $2500 Recipient Darcy Frunchak 2019-09-10 06:00:00Z 0
Networking Event Paul Dusseault 2019-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Janet Tryhuba at Riverview Rotary Darcy Frunchak 2019-07-30 06:00:00Z 0

Giving the gift of sight - Seva Canada

Posted on May 15, 2019
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.

Giving the gift of sight - Seva Canada Cynthia Dusseault 2019-05-15 06:00:00Z 0

Oh, what a night! Scotch Mist 2019

Posted on May 11, 2019
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.

Oh, what a night! Scotch Mist 2019 Cynthia Dusseault 2019-05-11 06:00:00Z 0

Integrity honored at a delightful event

Posted on May 09, 2019

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)

Integrity honored at a delightful event Cynthia Dusseault 2019-05-09 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Friendship - Making a Difference

Posted on May 07, 2019

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.

Operation Friendship - Making a Difference Cynthia Dusseault 2019-05-07 06:00:00Z 0

Young People of Action

Posted on Apr 30, 2019

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.

Young People of Action Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-30 06:00:00Z 0
Putting food on the table Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-27 06:00:00Z 0
Induction! Welcome Mariusz! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-26 06:00:00Z 0

All sewed up!

Posted on Apr 22, 2019

“Sewing for a Better Tomorrow,” our club’s newest international project, delivered a week of sewing lessons to a group of women in Sandhill Village, Belize and left the women with the equipment, supplies, skills, and knowledge they need to start a sewing cooperative and earn gainful income.

It was a week of long days and hard work in some mighty intense heat—both for the women of Sandhill and for the project’s volunteers—but under the fantastic leadership of club member Lora Lee Peaslee, the rewards reaped by all were many.

The ultimate goal was to help the women help themselves, so we’re looking forward to hearing updates from the co-op executive regarding how things are going. Lora Lee will stay connected with the women to provide ongoing support and advice. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who donated to this worthwhile project.


All sewed up! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-22 06:00:00Z 0

 Long-term Partnership - Boyle McCauley Health Centre

Posted on Apr 17, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16th, Cecilia Blasetti, Director of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre addressed members at our weekly meeting. Our club has had a long relationship with the Centre, providing annual funding for its IUD (intrauterine device) program.  Cecilia thanked the club for its ongoing support and had some good news. The IUD program has now obtained secure, sustainable funding for the program, so we can channel our club’s funding donation to other good causes.

Cecilia described the many other services and programs that the Boyle McCauley Health Centre coordinates, pointing out that there are still opportunities and needs for partnerships with Rotary. For example, people often come through the door of the Centre with no healthcare card. The Centre assists them with getting “into the system” so that they can access much needed medial care.  The Centre also offers dental, footcare, chiropractic care (Our own club member Roman Bayrock, a chiropractor, has often donated his time here.), acupuncture, optometry as well as assistance with finding housing, pregnancy services, etc.  The list goes on.

The Boyle McCauley Health Centre offer services to the most vulnerable in our society—individuals who have challenges accessing health services. This is awesome work and we look forward to exploring new ways we can become involved.

Long-term Partnership - Boyle McCauley Health Centre Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-17 06:00:00Z 0

Another Successful "Operation Esperanza"

Posted on Apr 13, 2019
At Tuesday's club meeting, club member Dr. Tom Greidanus spoke about the Operation Esperanza mission, which took place in late January and early February of this year. One of our club's signature projects, for over 2 decades the mission has been improving the lives of impoverished Ecuadoreans. This year, 48 hip and knee replacements were performed by the orthopedic arm of the mission, and a few hundred individuals (most of them children) were given dental treatment by the dental arm of the mission.

Another Successful "Operation Esperanza" Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-13 06:00:00Z 0

A Framework for Fostering Peace

Posted on Apr 07, 2019
Our Rotary district and the Rotaract club at Concordia University hosted Paul Chappell (he's 4th from the left, in the back row) on Saturday to deliver the workshop "Inspire Peace: A New Peace Paradigm and Skill Set." (Visit, Rotaractors, and members of the broader community attended. There were many takeaways and we were all given much to ponder--about the non-physical needs of human beings, about reality and virtual reality, about building community, about building shared trust, about aggression, and ultimately about what comprises peace. Chappell ended on the note that "Evil is caused by taking the easy path." For Rotarians and Rotaractors, that's an important message that many of us already take to heart. As "People of Action," we need to take risks and seek to effect change, or peace will be unattainable.

A Framework for Fostering Peace Cynthia Dusseault 2019-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

Life is a highway! 

Posted on Mar 26, 2019
At this morning's meeting, we headed outside for a unique "ambulance blessing" by Father Mark Bayrock and the chance to wish Roman Bayrock and Sandra Bayrock a safe journey. On Friday they will be hitting the road as part of the “Highway to Mexico” convoy. Started in 2002 by the Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, the “Highway to Mexico has, over the years, brought together several Rotary clubs and many Rotarians in a unique mission to personally deliver emergency vehicles, school buses and other equipment to Mazatlán, Mexico. Here, in the province of Sinaloa, lives are changed and lives are saved by these vehicles and this equipment. Roman and Sandra will be driving an ambulance donated by our club, and Roman sourced the 80 wheelchairs that will be transported by the 10 vehicles in the convoy. Buen viaje, Roman and Sandra!

Life is a highway! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-26 06:00:00Z 0

Mary McLean passes away

Posted on Mar 26, 2019
We mourn the loss of Mary McLean, who was a long-time member of our club and a dear friend to many of our members. She was an elegant and graceful woman who epitomized the ideals of Rotary. Here is her obituary and photo as it appeared in the Edmonton Journal.

Mary McLean passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Burlington, Ontario, with her son by her side, at age 86 years. Mary leaves behind her son, Barton (Brenda); and three grandchildren, Carson, Cierra and Savannah. Mary was the eldest of six and leaves her sisters, Hilma and Lillia; her sister-in-law, Yvonne; as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Norris; sisters, Emma and Anne; her brother, Gary; as well as her life-long best friend, Grace Allen. Mary was born in Prince George, B.C. on November 2, 1932 and moved to Edmonton in 1962. After working for Shell Canada she found her true passion in Real Estate. She was a Rotarian (Edmonton Riverview), a member of Beta Sigma Phi and active in her church, Robertson Wesley United. She touched the lives of so many and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. Visitation to take place on Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 114 St. Edmonton. Funeral Service to take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Robertson Wesley United Church, 10209 123 St. NW, Edmonton. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 St. Albert Trail NW, Edmonton. To send condolences, please visit
Mary McLean passes away Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-26 06:00:00Z 0

Celebration of Learning

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
On the evening of March 21st, our club members plus family members and friends rallied to serve dinner at not one but two inner-city schools--Norwood and Delton. It was "report card night" and the free pasta dinner dished out by our club members brought parents and families out to celebrate learning.

Celebration of Learning Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-22 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteering in Ecuador

Posted on Mar 22, 2019

Paul and Cynthia Dusseault are beginning their journey home from a six-week stay in Ecuador. The trip was very much a volunteer vacation. The club’s International Committee provided $5000 CAD for them to use in a partner project with the Tomebamba Rotary Club in the city of Cuenca. The project involved equipping Casa Maria Amor, a shelter for abused women and their children, with a variety of much-needed items—clothing, running shoes, kitchen supplies & equipment, etc. The women and children flee their homes with only the clothing on their backs, and the shelter is their refuge sometimes for many months. Government support for Casa Maria Amor was recently cut back, so the shelter is struggling to meet the needs of the women and children.

While helping the Tomebamba Rotary Club seek out (shop for and order) the many items that were needed by Casa Maria Amor, Paul and Cynthia embarked on a side volunteer project of their own. This project turned out to be much bigger than they had imagined. They spent almost every morning—for four weeks—at Hogar Miguel León, a home for low or no-income seniors (many with no families) as well as for orphans.

A week was spent turning up the soil in a huge overgrown-with-weeds garden plot, preparing the soil for a vegetable garden. Paul and Cynthia arrived early every morning to first help the staff with the seniors—to get them ready for the day and to help them with breakfast. (Many of the seniors are in wheelchairs, so they need help with showering and dressing. Many have great difficulty feeding themselves or simply cannot feed themselves.) Once breakfast was over, then Paul and Cynthia headed into the garden for three to four hours, adzes and shovels in hand. The seniors watched curiously and offered the occasional bit of advice.

The next two/three weeks were spent fixing the seniors’ wheelchairs, which were in very bad shape—flats tires, loose brakes, missing footrests and armrests, missing bolts on hand rims, etc. Paul and Cynthia got to know where to buy tubes, tires, tools, etc.—Ecuador is not a place with one-stop-shops. They were also entrusted with a key to a secret room that contained about two dozen old wheelchairs, from which they were able to salvage parts. It was an exercise is creativity. Some of the seniors cried when they were given their refurbished wheelchairs. Thanks to the generous donation of money from the Operation Esperanza ward nurses whom Paul and Cynthia had come to know through volunteering on that medical/dental mission for 6 years, and who had entrusted them with some money to do something charitable with, there was money to buy supplies, tools, and parts to fix as many wheelchairs as possible plus to buy three brand new wheelchairs.

Towards the end of the wheelchair project, the nuns who run the hogar asked Paul and Cynthia if they could help with a fairly big donation—of an oxygen concentrator needed by a sweet 103-year-old man who has to be on oxygen 24/7. Compiling the remaining money from the nurses, plus a donation by a Canadian friend (Thanks, Dennis!) who had come to visit, plus some personal money that Paul and Cynthia contributed, plus a top-up by the Riverview Rotary club, Paul and Cynthia had the funds to go oxygen concentrator shopping. There was much happiness at the hogar the day they purchased it, squeezed it into a taxi, and delivered it.

The day Paul and Cynthia went to the hogar to say good-bye to the nuns, staff, and seniors, a two-hour-long surprise party was held to thank them—complete with speeches, cake (a real treat for the seniors), hand-made gifts and cards, and a few tears.

Back to Casa Maria Amor, just before leaving Cuenca, Paul and Cynthia and a delegation of Tomebamba Rotarians went to deliver all the items that had been purchased for the shelter. More speeches. Another little party. But the gratitude goes both ways. As Paul and Cynthia point out, giving back makes you a better person, so everyone benefits.

Volunteering in Ecuador Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-22 06:00:00Z 0

WISEST & STEM explained by Fervone Goings

Posted on Mar 20, 2019

Fervone Goings, WISEST team lead, spoke to our club at Tuesday's weekly meeting about equipping and empowering girls and women to pursue and embrace careers in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology) is a unit of the University of Alberta.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview sponsored four grade six girls from Delton School to attend the Choices Conference (hosted by WISEST) in February, engage in hands-on activities, watch cool demonstrations, and learn about the fascinating world of STEM. Seeds planted? Here's hoping!



WISEST &amp; STEM explained by Fervone Goings Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-20 06:00:00Z 0

Some "shaking" going on! For Belize!

Posted on Mar 17, 2019
"Shake it for Belize" was a delightful evening. Thanks to everyone who attended, everyone who opened their wallets to donate to our "Sewing for a Better Tomorrow Project," and everyone who donated their time to help Lora Lee make the evening a success. There definitely was a little "shaking it" going on, as evidenced by the photo.

Some "shaking" going on! For Belize! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-17 06:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk - Sandra Bayrock  

Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Sandra Bayrock, one of our hard-working associate members, gave her "classification talk" at our March 12th club meeting. Sandra is a real estate agent and volunteer extraordinaire. She and her husband, Roman Bayrock (he's also a member of our club) have been behind our club's ambulance, firetruck, and Belize playground projects. Sandra jokingly--or not--spoke about how life prepared her for "Team Roman." As incoming director of "Club Services," Sandra will be bringing her enthusiasm and passion to our board in the new Rotary year.  

Classification Talk - Sandra Bayrock Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-12 06:00:00Z 0

District Spring Learning - A "must" for incoming board members

Posted on Mar 09, 2019
Some of our members attended our Rotary district's "Spring Learning Event" on March 8th and 9th. Svetlana Pavlenko, who is currently serving on our club's board as director of fundraising and will be stepping into the role of president elect on July 1st, attended and took away some valuable insights. One of those was a simple, straightforward way to answer the question that we Rotarians are so often asked: "What is Rotary?" 

District Spring Learning - A "must" for incoming board members Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Shayne Saskiw explains the issues

Posted on Mar 05, 2019
On March 5th, at our weekly club meeting, Shayne Saskiw, who wears many hats, gave club members some insights into the key issues in the upcoming 2019 provincial election. Read more about Shayne and his experience with the world of Alberta politics. Shayne spoke to our club from his position as a principal with Alberta Counsel, which is a multi-partisan firm specializing in legal and lobby services at both the provincial and municipal levels.

Shayne Saskiw explains the issues Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

A Narrowboat Journey

Posted on Mar 02, 2019

At this Tuesday’s club meeting, Nelson Scott introduced Rotarians to narrowboat vacationing on the canals of England. These boats were built during the Industrial Revolution, and Nelson and his wife, June, embarked on a unique narrowboat adventure. After receiving a brief introduction to their 72-foot-long, seven-foot-wide narrowboat as well as an orientation to the operation of the locks they would be navigating through, they set out on a week-long journey on the Stourport Ring. This trip of about 90 miles included 10 tunnels and 118 locks, of which only three of the latter are manned. The boat itself was well equipped and provided comfortable accommodation for four people (up to six people is possible). Nelson said that narrowboats and locks are easy to operate. The trip offered contrast between urban settings—such as Birmingham—and tranquil countryside. Needless to say, many pubs were located along the route.

A Narrowboat Journey Cynthia Dusseault 2019-03-02 07:00:00Z 0

Chris Gowers tells the rest of his story

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

At Tuesday's club meeting, member Chris Gowers took the stage and delivered part 3 of his "classification talk. In his working career, Chris was a hotelier par excellence.

Each member of a Rotary club is expected to deliver a presentation about his/her vocation/profession; this is called a "classification talk."





Chris Gowers tells the rest of his story Cynthia Dusseault 2019-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
Scotch Mist 2019 - Tickets are on sale! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-02-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rozanna is in!

Posted on Feb 07, 2019

We inducted a new member at Tuesday's meeting, and we're delighted. Rozanna Wyatt is an executive leadership and performance coach and the founder of her company, Wyatt Leadership IQ. Rotary is the perfect place for her to use her expertise and knowledge. Happy Rotary journey, Rozanna!

Here's Rozanna with Stephen Lau (who introduced Rozanna to Rotary) and Paul Dusseault (Club Membership Director).


Rozanna is in! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-02-07 07:00:00Z 0

Svetlana Pavlenko tells her story

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
We enjoyed a delightful "classification talk" at this morning's club meeting. Svetlana Pavlenko spoke about her home city of Novosibirsk, Russia; her education (she holds a doctorate by the way); her hobbies (she loves gardening); and her passions (she loves travelling, learning, going to the opera, and much more). You may remember that she was a candidate for Ward 5 councillor in the 2017 city election. We are so very lucky to have Svetlana in our club.
Svetlana Pavlenko tells her story Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

Mission Launched!

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
The Operation Esperanza team, led by club member Dr. Tom Greidanus, has arrived in Cuenca, Ecuador. Work has begun--orthopedic surgeries and dental treatment for those who can't afford it. Go team!
Mission Launched! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

Make-Up Meeting in Hong Kong

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
Club member Calvin Lim did a make-up meeting at a Rotary club in Hong Kong while he was travelling. Here he is doing a flag exchange and . . . making a little speech? Yay, Calvin! We can't wait to hear how their meetings work compared to ours.

Make-Up Meeting in Hong Kong Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteering at the Food Bank

Posted on Jan 27, 2019
The Food Bank always needs volunteers, and our club was happy to step up. Ten of us--Rotarians and friends--headed to the Food Bank's warehouse on Thursday, January 24th. We sorted donations of food and packed hampers. Of course we also swept up when we were finished. Hence, the brooms.

Volunteering at the Food Bank Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-27 07:00:00Z 0

Informative evening highlights what we're all about 

Posted on Jan 23, 2019

On Monday evening, our club’s Membership Committee hosted an “Introduction to Rotary” event for new and newish members of the club. Club Membership Director, Paul Dusseault, welcomed the attendees—five of the club’s newish members (Svetlana, Lola, Sandra, Mark, and Denis), along with Denis’s spouse, Monique, Stephen Lau’s girlfriend, Faye, and the Membership Committee members, Wayne, Nelson, Stephen, and Dean.


Wayne identified the many benefits of Rotary membership—networking, fellowship, the reward of “giving back,” the opportunity to develop humanitarian projects using one’s knowledge and skills.  He explained the club’s focus on impacting inner city youth and seniors. Projects such as the Rocky Mountain Experience, the Voyager Experience, school dinners, music programs, and scholarships demonstrate our commitment to youth. Our partnership with Operation Friendship Seniors Society (serving meals, holding clothing drives, and assisting with Christmas programs) forms the focal point of our work with seniors. Internationally, our many projects include the Operation Esperanza Medical/Dental Mission to Ecuador, providing ambulances to countries in Central America and Africa, building playgrounds in Belize, and a brand-new-this-year sewing project in Belize.


The “Introduction to Rotary” evening was interactive, with lots of questions, answers, and great conversation. Everyone took away a greater appreciation of what the club does, what it can do, and how individual members constitute the driving force behind it all.


Informative evening highlights what we're all about Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-23 07:00:00Z 0

Discovering Russia

Posted on Jan 23, 2019
The club went on a virtual trip to Russia during Tuesday morning's club meeting. Paul and Cynthia Dusseault condensed their one-month sojourn in Russia into a combination history lesson and travelogue. It was 30 days of independent exploration and discovery that took them through western Russia (St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Moscow, the many towns of the Golden Ring, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, and Ekaterinburg) and gave them some amazing insights into an often misunderstood country.

Discovering Russia Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-23 07:00:00Z 0

Happy 50th, OFSS!

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

Members of our Rotary club celebrated the 50th anniversary of Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS) this morning at their "kick-off breakfast," which heralds a string of anniversary year events. It was great to spend a little time with the seniors served by OFSS, to meet some of the society's board members, and to mingle with other folks who give of themselves to help this shining star of a social service agency in our city.

The Calgary Flames fan is Jimmy Morrison, OFSS's Community Relations Supervisor. And that's long-time OFSS board member, Sue Walsh, wearing the lovely green and purple scarf. The rest . . . well, that would be us Rotarians, from left to right: Leslie, Chris Cynthia, Paul, and Dean.

Happy 50th, OFSS! Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-17 07:00:00Z 0

Celebrating with The Salvation Army

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

The Salvation Army hosted an "appreciation lunch" for its recent Christmas Kettle Bell Campaign, and some of our club members who took shifts at Southgate Mall to help fill the kettle attended.

The Edmonton campaign raised over half a million dollars to provide social services to the capital region's vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Here we are with Rotarians from other Edmonton clubs that also "rang the kettle bells."

There's Chris (far left), Paul (next to Cliff), and Raemonde and Darcy holding the certificate of appreciation.

Celebrating with The Salvation Army Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sewing for a Better Tomorrow 

Posted on Jan 10, 2019

We're delighted to announce our club's newest international project, spearheaded by long-term member Lora Lee Peaslee. Please consider supporting this project that will change the lives of low-income and no-income women in a village in Belize.

We've set up a GoFundMe campaign to tell the story and to make it easy for you to give if you can. Click here or click on the photo to learn more.


Sewing for a Better Tomorrow Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

Thanks, Stephen! Great job telling it like it is. 

Posted on Jan 08, 2019

At this morning's weekly meeting, club member Stephen Lau, President and Founder of Edmonton Home Pros, gave us a fascinating crash course on the current status of the real estate market here in Edmonton mainly but also in other parts of the country.

Get ready for more “skinny homes.” Understand that millennials have a huge effect on the market because they’re doing everything later in life—including buying homes. If you live in a huge house, think of downsizing soon because demand for big homes is dropping. Modernize/renovate your home if you plan on living in it for another 5-10 years; otherwise, don’t bother. Expect the real estate market to remain flat because of the uncertain economic and political situation. Etc. etc. etc.  

Stephen, who organizes speakers/presenters for our weekly meetings, had to figure out how to cover the last-minute cancellation (due to illness) for this morning. He stepped up in a big way to be the speaker himself and outdid himself. Tons of info, a heap of insights, and an excellent handout to boot.

Thanks, Stephen! Great job telling it like it is. Cynthia Dusseault 2019-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

YONA students perform at Christmas concert at Alexander First Nation

Posted on Dec 29, 2018
A few club members headed out to the Alexander First Nation on Thursday, December 20th to hear the YONA students perform at the Kipohtakaw Education Centre's annual Christmas concert. These students have been in the YONA program for a year and a half and gave a smashing performance for burgeoning violinists. Our club has been a long-time supporter of the YONA program, which was largely the impetus of our former club member, Carl Simonson. 

Watch the video!
YONA students perform at Christmas concert at Alexander First Nation Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
Riverview Rotary &amp; Norwood School - We made the news! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Serves Seniors Christmas Dinner

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Dec 17, 2018
Riverview Rotary served Christmas dinner to over 200 at the Operation Friendship Seniors Society a few days before Christmas.
Riverview Rotary served Christmas dinner to over 200 at the Operation Friendship Seniors Society just a few days before Christmas. Chris Gowers was the evening's maitre d'. Under his stewardship was Mrs. Gowers, Brent, Wayne, Roman, Sandra, Leslie, Darcy & Raemonde and others. Dinner was topped off with a Christmas orange, Christmas cookies and well wishes. We "did a fine job", according to Chris and together with the Center's help, raised the spirits for all.

Riverview Rotary Serves Seniors Christmas Dinner Darcy Frunchak 2018-12-17 07:00:00Z 0

A special day at Operation Friendship

Posted on Dec 17, 2018
Thursday, Dec. 13th was delivery day at Operation Friendship Seniors Society. Santa presented the surprised and delighted seniors with presents purchased by generous shoppers through the Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program held in partnership with London Drugs and other organization. Our club's own Sandra Bayrock and Leslie Cleary were there to help. This is a program that our club has taken to heart; several of us volunteered for different stages of the program this year.

A special day at Operation Friendship Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-17 07:00:00Z 0

Polio - The story. The fight to finish the story.

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

At our meeting this morning, Dr. Mark Joffe, Vice President & Medical Director for Northern Alberta with Albert Health Services, walked us through the history of polio, from when it was a mysterious and misunderstood disease that afflicted thousands and killed many, through to the discovery that polio is caused by a virus and can be vaccinated against, and finally to today when immunization programs have almost wiped this dreaded disease from the planet, the only countries with polio cases being Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan--and the numbers of those cases being very small. Joffe pointed out that the barriers to wiping polio from these three countries are both political and social. For example, the Pakistani Taliban have banned the polio vaccine.

Joffe gave us incredible insights into how polio affected life in Edmonton through the years, and how medical professionals here stepped up to cope with the epidemics of the 1950s. He told a moving story of iron lungs and lives destroyed. It's a story that Rotarians embrace and pay attention to because the fight to end polio is a fight that Rotary will not walk away from until polio is no more.

You can help Rotary and its partners in the fight to end polio. 




Cliff Neufeld, our club's president, thanks Dr. Joffe for an informative, insightful, and powerful presentation.

Polio - The story. The fight to finish the story. Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0

It's all about service in the world of Rotary.

Posted on Dec 11, 2018

What a great club meeting we had this morning! Too much for one story, so there will be two today. This one's about service . . . one of the pillars of Rotary. We gave and we thanked.

First, there's Edmonton's Food Bank. Our director of community services, Leslie Cleary, handed a cheque for $5000 to Tamisan Bencz-Knight, Manager of Strategic Relationships & Partnerships for the Food Bank. The money will help augment the Food Bank's food hamper program through the provision of shelf-stable milk for the hampers handed out to the Edmonton's families in need.


Second, there's Alberta Honda. Club member Roman Bayrock presented Glen Lewis, Shop Foreman at Alberta Honda, with a plaque in appreciation of Alberta Honda's work on servicing our donated ambulances and fire trucks to get them ready to go to places like Belize and Honduras--places that are in dire need of emergency services vehicles.


Third, we have Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS). Long-time club/board member Dean Wood loaded up his vehicle with items collected by our club members for the disadvantaged seniors who use the services of OFSS. Winter clothing, coffee, mugs, a blanket/afghan or two . . . we hope these items help the seniors stay warm this winter.


It's all about service in the world of Rotary. Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-11 07:00:00Z 0
Here come the judges--for our 2nd Annual Rotary's Got Talent Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-10 07:00:00Z 0

Wasn't that a party?

Posted on Dec 05, 2018
Club members, partners, and friends donned their Christmas finery and gathered at the Faculty Club on the evening of December 4, 2018 to celebrate the season at the annual club Christmas soirée. Thanks, Nelson, Lindsay, John, Lora Lee, and all those who played a role in making the party a success. Thanks, Darcy (our club's president-elect), for being our witty MC. And of course, thanks David for delighting us with your looking-back-on-a-year-at-Riverview version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. The party's "white elephant gift exchange" organized by John was a blast, but there wasn't enough "stealing." Darn us polite Rotarians!!

Wasn't that a party? Cynthia Dusseault 2018-12-05 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting "The Foundation"

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians around the world to undertake humanitarian service projects that change lives. At Tuesday morning's club meeting, Vicky Grabb, who is a governance consultant by profession and a Rotarian at heart, reminded us of that.

Donations to the Foundation come back to club members so they can carry out work in the Rotary's 6 areas of focus:
• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
• Disease prevention and treatment
• Water and sanitation
• Maternal and child health
• Basic education and literacy
• Economic and community development

Rotarians donate to the Foundation, but so can anyone--everyone. Read more about the Foundation, and . . . well, why not consider donating

Our club president, Clifford Neufeld is thanking Vicky with a gift--the gift being a donation to the Foundation, specifically to the fund to eradicate polio from the planet.

Supporting "The Foundation" Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Helping with the Kettle Campaign Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-25 07:00:00Z 0

China's Belt and Road Initiative - This is huge!

Posted on Nov 20, 2018

Professor Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute, explained China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to our club's members and guests this morning. Consisting of a “belt” of overland routes based on the ancient "Silk Road" and a maritime “road” of shipping lanes connecting numerous ports, the BRI is, as Houlden explained, the "biggest infrastructure project in history," with over 100 countries involved. (Learn more)

While China--a country that has been on the rise for a few decades--is the driving force behind the initiative and will reap substantial economic and social rewards from it, the goals are multi-fold for all involved countries. Houlden identified them in his presentation: 1) policy coordination; 2) facilities connectivity; 3) unimpeded trade; 4) financial integration; 5) people-to-people bonds.

This is an initiative you can expect to hear much about in the future.


China's Belt and Road Initiative - This is huge! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Rotary's Got Talent - Join us! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-17 07:00:00Z 0

A "Giving" Program

Posted on Nov 16, 2018
On November 15th, 2018, we lent a hand to write gift tags for the Stocking Stuffers for Seniors initiative, spearheaded by Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS), operated in conjunction with London Drugs, and with many other partners involved. Our club was proud to participate this year, and here we are, at Stingray Radio in West Edmonton Mall, preparing the tags that will appear on Christmas trees in London Drugs stores very soon. Take a tag, buy the gifts listed, hand them to the customer service folks at London Drugs, and those gifts will be wrapped and given to our city's disadvantaged seniors at Christmas. If you're still not quite sure how the program works, click here
A "Giving" Program Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Shipping container headed to Belize

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

On November 8, 2018, some dedicated members of our club and some friends of our club met at the Emmanuel Foundation's warehouse to load a shipping container that is now on its way to Belize. In the container . . . well, there's literally a ton (or more) of donated items. Thanks to our club members Roman and Sandra Bayrock for working with the Emmanuel Foundation to collect items and spearhead the loading of this container.

3 playgrounds
6 boxes EMT (emergency medical technician) uniforms
5 desks
30 hospital mattresses
2 bundles of garden tools
4 handsaws
10 chairs (for a sewing project that our member Lora Lee is organizing for 2019)
6 tables (for Lora Lee's sewing project)
14 sewing machines (for Lora Lee's sewing project)
2 boxes fabric (for Lora Lee's sewing project)
30 wheelchairs
10 walkers
10 spinal boards
37 bicycles
600 soccer balls & pumps
20 boxes soccer uniforms
2 hospital gurneys
. . . plus so much more (4 calling birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree--well, not really, but 'tis the season)




Shipping container headed to Belize Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Makes a Visit

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

District Governor Ingrid Neitsch met with our club’s board on October 29th and spoke at our club meeting on October 30th, to deliver some advice and inspiration.

Ingrid (front centre), Marilyn Mucha (Assistant District Governor) to Ingrid's right, and our hard-working board.
Animated discussion!
Ingrid with Stephen Lau, our speaker organizer, who is not looking jet-lagged at all after his recent trip to China.
District Governor Makes a Visit Cynthia Dusseault 2018-11-01 06:00:00Z 0

 Getting ready to make Christmas special for special people

Posted on Oct 27, 2018

This past week, club member Sandra Bayrock spent some time with Stanice Tokio Markham at Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS) making Christmas lists for disadvantaged inner city seniors in Edmonton. This is part of an amazing program--called Stocking Stuffers for Seniors--developed by OFSS. Actually, it was OFSS Community Relations Supervisor Jimmy Morrison, who came up with the idea, and it makes one's heart sing.

For each senior, Sandra and Stanice created a list of 3 items--could be something like toiletries, socks, throw blankets, cookies, chocolates, etc.--that would make Christmas special for that person. Those lists will be taken to London Drugs, written on ornament-shaped tags, and hung on a Christmas tree.

Then it's up to Edmontonians to pitch in. How? When you're doing your Christmas shopping this year, pop into a London Drugs store, look for the tree, take a tag, buy the items and leave them with the cashier. The gifts will be wrapped and given to the seniors at Christmas.

The Edmonton Journal wrote an article about the program last year.

It truly is better to give than to receive, and this program brings that home.

Getting ready to make Christmas special for special people Cynthia Dusseault 2018-10-27 06:00:00Z 0

 Flags, Fellowship, Peace Building . . . and more

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

Back from a month-long journey in Russia, Paul Dusseault presents our club president, Cliff Neufeld, with "flags" from two Rotary clubs (a St. Petersburg club and a Kazan club) in Russia. When you're a Rotarian, you're welcome--in fact, more than welcome--to attend meetings of clubs in other countries. The exchange of flags is a token of friendship, and each club's flag is representative of some feature or aspect of the club, its city, or its country.

About that journey, Paul Dusseault and his wife (Cynthia, also a member of the Riverview club) travelled independently (not on a tour), learning a great deal about Russia, its people, and its history. Two members of the Kazan club even took an afternoon off work to show Paul and Cynthia some of the historic sights near Kazan, which is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan. That's Rotary fellowship!

Paul Dusseault says, "Visiting clubs anywhere in the world is a great feature of Rotary. We think this type of people-to-people relationship building contributes to peace building by reducing mistrust and misinformation between people and nations. And by the way, go to Russia, it is amazing."


Flags, Fellowship, Peace Building . . . and more Cynthia Dusseault 2018-10-26 06:00:00Z 0

Making Kids Feel Like Stars

Posted on Oct 25, 2018
Andrée Vincent,  MD/MBA candidate of the class of 2019 at the University of Alberta and co-founder of Starlight  Performance Camp, told us (at our club meeting this week) how children affected by chronic illnesses and disabilities have the unique opportunity to feel like a star for a day at this free performance camp that teaches cheerleading, dance, gymnastics, and fashion. Created and led by U of A medical students, the camp gives children confidence and self-esteem. At the end of they day, children perform for their families--and they literally shine!
Andrée Vincent is receiving a heartfelt thanks from our club president, Cliff Neufeld. 
Making Kids Feel Like Stars Cynthia Dusseault 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0

District 5370 Conference: Inspiration Delivered!

Posted on Oct 22, 2018
District Governor Ingrid Neitsch and the Rotary Club of Edmonton West hosted a mighty fine district conference this past weekend. There was music. There were outstanding speakers. There were countless opportunities to connect, network, engage, and learn. We had excellent attendance by the members of our club, and no doubt all of us left inspired and energized--ready to take "Service Above Self" to a new level. 
If you were unable to attend this year's district conference, plan to get inspired at next year's, which will take place in Grande Prairie.  If you register before November 30th, you'll get the early-bird rate. See you there!
Our members who attended the last day of the conference.
District 5370 Conference: Inspiration Delivered! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

Delton School - "Welcome Back" BBQ

Posted on Sep 18, 2018
The students, families, and teachers of Delton School enjoyed a "Welcome Back" barbecue on September 13th. Thanks goes to our club's Community Services committee for organizing this event, and thanks goes to those who cooked and served. Here's the crew that came out on a very cool fall evening.
Delton School - "Welcome Back" BBQ Cynthia Dusseault 2018-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Welcoming Greg. Learning about a worthy cause. Cynthia Dusseault 2018-09-05 06:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk: Dr. Denis Vincent

Posted on Sep 01, 2018
At Tuesday's meeting, one of our newer members, Dr. Denis Vincent, delivered his "classification talk." In the world of Rotary, this is a requirement of Rotarians. The talk showcases who you are, what you do, and helps your fellow members get to know you--all geared to enrich the fellowship aspect of Rotary. 
Denis spoke about his background, his family, his practice . . . what makes him tick, what makes him who he is.
And speaking of fellowship . . . left to right, there's Stephen Lau, Denis, and Club President Cliff Neufeld.
Classification Talk: Dr. Denis Vincent Cynthia Dusseault 2018-09-01 06:00:00Z 0
Ambulances for those in need Cynthia Dusseault 2018-08-29 06:00:00Z 0

The podcast's the thing!

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

So, at Tuesday's meeting, Karen Unland and her daughter Elizabeth Spencer gave us some insights into podcasts and why we should make them part of "our media diets." Check out Karen and Elizabeth's podcast, "That's a Thing." ( And if that's not your thing, check out the Alberta Podcast Network ( for more great podcasts by Albertans. Then go even broader, and check out Time's "the best podcasts of 2018 so far (



The podcast's the thing! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-08-24 06:00:00Z 0

One induction. One adventure.

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Induction!! At Tuesday's meeting, Jessy Nerval became our first new member in this Rotary year. Jessy launched the Seva Food Truck not-for-profit (see Seva YEG) a project of Edmonton’s Sikh community. Seva Food Truck provides meals to Edmonton’s hungry, regardless of ethnicity or religion. Welcome Jessy!


Today’s speaker was our own Roman Bayrock, who, with his fiancée, our own Sandra McDonald, enjoyed a unique boating adventure this summer, through the many locks of Canada’s Rideau Canal. The Canal was opened in 1832. It was designed to defend Kingston, Canada’s capital at the time, from an American attack. Thankfully, that attack never happened.












One induction. One adventure. Cynthia Dusseault 2018-08-18 06:00:00Z 0

Speakers! Outstanding!

Posted on Aug 13, 2018
We had great speakers at our last 2 meetings!
On July 31st, Dr. Mikolaj Raszek, the founder and managing director of Edmonton-based Merogenomics Inc., delivered a fascinating talk on the medical benefits of genome sequencing and how it can be used in the areas of cancer screening, the study of hereditary and infectious diseases, prenatal screening, and much more. This is medical science as its most advanced, and the good news is that genome sequencing is available to the general public. Learn more at
On August 7th, Bean Gill, who, in 2012, suddenly became paralyzed by transverse myelitis, spoke about her journey to rebuild her life and regain her strength and also to become the cofounder of the ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre, where individuals with spinal cord injuries and associated disorders engage in neurorecovery--exercises that retrain the nervous system and foster mobility. Check out Bean's story and the ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre:
Speakers! Outstanding! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-08-13 06:00:00Z 0

A little exercise and stretching anyone?

Posted on Jul 30, 2018
On July 24th, it was far from our typical Tuesday morning meeting. Tony Nguyen, Co-Founder of F.R.E.E. Fitness and Personal Trainer, got us off our chairs, made us work some of our under-worked highly-in-need-of stretching muscles, and gave us some great exercise tips--which we should all take to heart. After all, a healthy, fit Rotarian is much more capable of working to make the world a better place.
A little exercise and stretching anyone? Cynthia Dusseault 2018-07-30 06:00:00Z 0

A Worthy Cause - Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation

Posted on Jul 23, 2018

Andrew Otway, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation delivered an eye-opening and highly informative presentation to our club on Tuesday, about the hospital that many of us know well. This busy hospital runs 28 operating rooms, can provide complex care for 66 babies at a time in its neonatal intensive care unit, delivers hundreds of babies every year, and so on and so on.


But, the hospital needs help to carry out necessary upgrades and renovations. If you can find it in your heart to give back to the hospital that does so much for so many, well . . . give a little or give a lot. Here's the link:
 Andrew Otway (left) and club president Cliff Neufeld. 
A Worthy Cause - Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation Cynthia Dusseault 2018-07-23 06:00:00Z 0

Thanking members for club service

Posted on Jul 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, our club had a "handover" event at the Faculty Club, at which the reins of the club were handed over to a new president and a new board. Past President Paul thanked those who served on the board and served in key roles during his presidential year. Thanks again, everyone!


John, Jason, and Tamisan couldn't be at the event, so Paul thanked them at this week's meeting. Thanks, John, for another year of serving as Club Secretary. Thanks, Jason, for arranging our weekly speakers and handling our ongoing grocery card fundraiser. Thanks, Tamisan, for scheduling us all for meeting set-up and take-down.




As our club embarks on a new Rotary year, we invite you to learn about Rotary ( by coming to a meeting. Head over to our website ( and learn more about us. Send us a message and we'll let you know about our upcoming meetings, our meeting format, what Rotary does, and how Rotary can become one of the most meaningful aspects of your life.

Thanking members for club service Cynthia Dusseault 2018-07-14 06:00:00Z 0

ezReferral: Towards a better health care system

Posted on Jul 12, 2018

At Tuesday's meeting, one of our newest members, Dr. Denis Vincent, spoke about ezReferral (, a must-have service for health care professionals and their patients.


The service (Dr. Vincent is the founder and CEO) makes it possible for health professionals to send referrals easily and securely through the cloud, ensuring that everyone is on the same page, including the patient. The system automatically notifies and reminds patients of what's up, which means patients don't have to wonder what's really happening with those referrals their physicians said they made.


The ezReferral system means no more faxing. Faxing is an archaic, inefficient method of communicating, and as Dr. Vincent points out, lost faxes can and do put patients' lives at risk. A referral that's acted upon in a timely manner can save a life.


Dr. Vincent and his innovation partners built ezReferral as a social enterprise. It won the Canadian Medical Association’s top prize for innovation last year.


Ask your health care professional if he/she uses or knows about ezReferral. If the answer is "no," then forward him/her this article about the downfalls of old-fashioned faxing:…/article-why-are-fax-mach…/ and encourage him/her to advocate for a change. Some health professionals are already on board, but bureaucracy is an impediment. Advocacy can make a difference--and save lives.



ezReferral: Towards a better health care system Cynthia Dusseault 2018-07-12 06:00:00Z 0

Farewell Party for Mary McLean

Posted on Jun 04, 2018

On May 31st, we enjoyed a lovely "cinq à sept" farewell party for long-time club member Mary McLean. We gathered at the home of member Lindsay Robinson to celebrate Mary's years with our club and to wish her well as she prepares to move far away from us, but closer to her family.

Good-bye Mary. We are going to miss you. We thank you for your many years of stellar "service above self." (And here are just a few photos of the delightful evening.)





Farewell Party for Mary McLean 2018-06-04 06:00:00Z 0

The doctor is in, and HSMUN 2018 shares its success

Posted on May 31, 2018

Another great meeting on Tuesday. Induction happened first. Meet our newest club member, Dr. Denis Vincent, family physician and innovator (…/ezreferral-alberta-denis-vincent-1.4248…). Welcome to the Rotary family, Denis! And thanks, club member Stephen Lau, for inviting Denis to our meetings to learn about Rotary and now embrace it.

We were also treated to an informative presentation about University of Alberta’s High School Model United Nations (HSMUN) 2018 Conference (, of which our club has been the primary sponsor for the past six years.

Thanks, Perrin Michalyshyn (HSMUN 2018 Secretary General), Abdel Tayem (HSMUN 2019 Secretary General), and Azan Esmail (HSMUN 2020 Secretary General), for telling us about the issues/debates and how students solve world problems.





The doctor is in, and HSMUN 2018 shares its success 2018-05-31 06:00:00Z 0

Reverend Mark Bayrock becomes a Rotarian!

Posted on May 25, 2018
On May 22nd, we welcomed Reverend Mark Bayrock (Всечесніший о. Марко Байрак) as a member of our club. Yay!!! His classification: Minister of Religion. We're delighted that he has chosen to become part of the Rotary family. We're sure he'll find many ways to put his skills and expertise to use as he helps us in our projects and endeavours.
Reverend Mark Bayrock becomes a Rotarian! 2018-05-25 06:00:00Z 0

Scotch Mist 2018 was fabulous!

Posted on May 17, 2018
Our Scotch Mist 2018 event took place on Friday, May 11th. It was a lively event and raised funds to help support our inner city school programs. Thanks to all who helped with the event and all who attended. 
More pics . . . . 
Scotch Mist 2018 was fabulous! 2018-05-17 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza: Telling the Stories   

Posted on May 03, 2018
At Tuesday's club meeting, Dr. Tom Greidanus gave a presentation about Operation Esperanza 2018, and some members of the Operation Esperanza team joined him to tell stories about the patients and volunteers, and how lives are changed. Our club, of which Dr. Tom is a member, received a Rotary Global Grant to support the mission. 
Here's Dr. Tom with some team members. Left to Right: Cynthia Dusseault, Paul Dusseault, Dr. Tom, Sharon Litchfield, Mary Knight, Suzy Depledge
Dr. Tom with Paul Dusseault, who has been handling the mission's finances for the past 5 years.
Operation Esperanza: Telling the Stories 2018-05-03 06:00:00Z 0

An Induction and a Delightful Presentation

Posted on Apr 29, 2018
We welcomed another new member into our Rotary club on Tuesday. Lola Ibraimova, born in Uzbekistan, is a licensed immigration consultant, fluent in four languages. She has a resume that’s nothing short of impressive, and we are delighted she has chosen to join our club.
Our guest speaker at the meeting, Reverend Mark Bayrock, gave us a fascinating presentation about his sabbatical year, during which he embarked on a road trip through Canada and US, one highlight of which was attending the Fiat Club of America’s annual gathering in Michigan. He also spent a few months at a monastery in California and studied for a semester at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. Quite a journey!
An Induction and a Delightful Presentation 2018-04-29 06:00:00Z 0

Induction & Inspiration - A Great Meeting!

Posted on Apr 22, 2018
At our meeting last Tuesday, Svetlana Pavlenko was inducted into our club. We are delighted that she has chosen to join the Rotary family--and our club in particular. Svetlana is the Executive Director of the JDIC (Jewish) Seniors' Centre and has a wealth of expertise to draw upon as she takes part in the endeavours of Rotary.
We also want to thank Gem Munro for delivering a passionate talk about the Amarok Society, which he founded with his family. The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers, in the poorest areas of the world, so they, in turn, can teach their children and the children in their communities. It's not about building schools and libraries; it's about sustainable, cost-effective education. The teaching happens in houses, on rooftops . . . wherever the teachers and students have a space to teach and learn. Check out the website of the Amarok Society, and learn about its work and its impact--on mothers, on children, on the world. You'll see that, as the society's motto states, "If you teach a mother, you teach a family. If you teach five mothers, you teach a neighbourhood."
Induction &amp; Inspiration - A Great Meeting! 2018-04-22 06:00:00Z 0

Learning about Gorilla Conservation   

Posted on Apr 13, 2018

At Tuesday's club meeting, Raemonde Bezenar, Executive Director of the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Society of Canada, donned her gorilla suit and gave us an impassioned talk about her work with the endangered gorillas of Africa.


In May of this year, to raise money for students pursuing careers in veterinary medicine--and who will potentially become "gorilla doctors" for these great apes--Raemonde will be spending 12 days trekking to Everest Base Camp and then participating in the 60 Km Extreme Ultra Everest Marathon. Please consider supporting Raemonde in her efforts by donating to her GoFundMe campaign.




Learning about Gorilla Conservation Cynthia Dusseault 2018-04-13 06:00:00Z 0

HSMUN Opening Ceremonies 2018

Posted by Suzanne Depledge on Feb 26, 2018

University of Alberta’s High School Model United Nations (HSMUN) 2018 Conference!


This year marks the 16th anniversary of HSMUN, and for the past 16 years the University of Alberta campus has been transformed for three days of each year into a realm of negotiation and intrigue. High school students from across the province had the opportunity to work together through real life scenarios. Riverview Rotary is pleased to continue to support the HSMUN financially each year.


HSMUN 2018 will took place from Thursday, February 22 to Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the U of A north campus. The conference  commenced with opening ceremonies on Thursday night and wrap up on Saturday afternoon with closing plenary.


HSMUN Opening Ceremonies 2018 Suzanne Depledge 2018-02-26 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza 2018 - Mission accomplished!

Posted on Feb 24, 2018
The mission is over. Sixty-five volunteers from Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba travelled to Cuenca, Ecuador early this month to take part in Operation Esperanza, the orthopedic-dental mission that provides much-needed surgeries and dental treatment to disadvantaged individuals. Here's the team enjoying an evening of food and entertainment provided by our partner club, Club Rotario Tomebamba. There was good reason for the team to celebrate this year. A record number of surgeries were performed (44 hip and knee replacements for adults, 17 surgeries for children with a variety of orthopedic conditions), and 381 adults and children were provided with dental treatment. Kudos to Operation Esperanza team leader, Dr. Tom Greidanus, a member of our club, for another successful Operation Esperanza mission.
Operation Esperanza 2018 - Mission accomplished! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-02-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Scotch Mist May 11 2018 2018-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
Leslie Cleary and Don Bladen inducted into Riverview Rotary 2018-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
David Sheppard, MLA Rotary Guest Speaker Darcy Frunchak 2018-02-06 07:00:00Z 0
Nelson Scott presented the "Paul Harris" + 4 pin Darcy Frunchak 2018-02-06 07:00:00Z 0

A mighty fine evening - First Annual "Rotary's Got Talent!"  

Posted on Jan 30, 2018
The snow didn't stop the show, and what a show it was! Here's to the organizing team, the judges, the performers, and everyone who attended "Rotary's Got Talent!" Proceeds are going to the Emmanuel Foundation, to help hurricane victims rebuild.
Here are a few pics from the event. Go to our Facebook page to see more.
Our judges: Bryan Hall, Ingrid Neitsch, Rob Christie, and Frank Reitz
MC Miles Gibson
Brent Collingwood, singing a sea shanty
Duff Robison, who closed the show in style
A mighty fine evening - First Annual "Rotary's Got Talent!" Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
The Eradication of Polio - We're so close! Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-25 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Tom Greidanus receives Paul Harris x2 pin  

Posted on Jan 23, 2018
Congratulations to club member Dr. Tom Greidanus, who received his Paul Harris x2 pin at this morning's club meeting. Paul Harris pins honor donors to the Rotary Foundation, which supports life-changing projects around the world. Dr. Tom Greidanus will soon be heading to Ecuador with a large team of volunteers on the orthopedic/dental Operation Esperanza mission. A grant from the Rotary Foundation supports this mission.
Here's Dr. Tom (left) receiving his pin from club president Paul Dusseault.
Dr. Tom Greidanus receives Paul Harris x2 pin Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-23 07:00:00Z 0

Making Life Better for Our Aging Population 

Posted on Jan 18, 2018

We live longer than ever before, and life is indeed a gift. But, along with that longevity often comes chronic illnesses, dementia, and a host of other conditions and issues. Dr. Jean Triscott (, Professor and Director of the Division of Care of the Elderly, spoke at our Tuesday morning club meeting about the work being done to improve the care of the elderly and make life better for us in our twilight years.

Read more about the work of the Division of Care of the Elderly here:…/a…/division-of-care-of-the-elderly.

Here's club member Chris Gowers thanking Dr. Triscott for taking the time to talk to us.

Making Life Better for Our Aging Population Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-18 07:00:00Z 0

Sending Supplies Worldwide

Posted on Jan 14, 2018

Thanks and thanks again to the Honourable Stephanie McLean, Minister of Service Alberta. Through her efforts, the Alberta Government was most gracious in responding to our request for surplus wheelchairs, tables, and chairs.

Our club partners with a few charities, especially the Emmanuel Foundation, which ships containers full of playgrounds, medical equipment, and educational materials worldwide. In the extra spaces of those containers, we stick our tables, chairs, sewing machines, and other donations. Off they go to countries like Nicaragua, Uganda, and Belize.

Here are some photos of our work parties loading up wheelchairs and disassembling and loading up tables for delivery to the Emmanuel Foundation's distribution centre. Way to go, Riverview Rotary!
























Sending Supplies Worldwide Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
Ingrid Neitsch - Judge for "Rotary's Got Talent!" Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Classification Talk! Cynthia Dusseault tells her story.  

Posted on Jan 10, 2018
At Tuesday morning's club meeting, Cynthia Dusseault gave her classification talk, telling the story of the career journey (from radiation therapy technologist to elementary school teacher, and including a little dabble in the travel agency business) that led her to become a freelance writer. Her 20-year writing career encompasses magazine articles, blogs, marketing materials, web copy, a picture book for children (published by Scholastic Canada), video scripts, corporate history projects . . . you name it.

Cynthia considers herself to be the least photogenic person on the planet, so instead of a photo of her, here's a photo of the portfolio pieces she brought to the meeting.

Classification Talk! Cynthia Dusseault tells her story. 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0
Meet DG Frank Reitz, judge for our upcoming "Rotary's Got Talent!" 2018-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
Meet one of the judges for "Rotary's Got Talent!" Cynthia Dusseault 2018-01-03 07:00:00Z 0

We have an Ironman in our midst! 

Posted on Dec 12, 2017
This morning, at our weekly breakfast meeting, club members and guests were treated to a presentation by our own Miles Gibson, long-term Rotarian, our club's current membership director, and (as of October of this year) Ironman. Miles talked about the rigorous training he undertook to prepare for the Ironman competition in Cambridge, Maryland this fall, and also about what it was like to spend 12 hours and 31 minutes completing a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, followed by a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride, followed by a 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run. 
What a story! What an accomplishment!
We have an Ironman in our midst! Cynthia Dusseault 2017-12-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Got Talent! - Help us raise money for hurricane relief.

Posted on Dec 10, 2017
What better way to start 2018 than with a fundraiser? And a fun fundraiser to boot! Everyone is welcome--Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Bring your family. Bring your friends.

Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
Invites You To

The First Annual

Rotary's Got Talent!

With proceeds to be donated to hurricane relief efforts.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Be "wowed" by the talent of Rotarians
and friends and relatives of Rotarians.

Enjoy the commentary of a panel of "celebrity" judges.
This is purely entertainment. Performers won't be awarded prizes.

Tickets: $45 per person
(includes buffet dinner and show)

Dinner starts at 6:00 pm.
Show starts at 7:00 pm.

The Carvery Buffet Royale
3318 Gateway Boulevard
Edmonton AB T6J 6V1

Click to buy tickets!
Or copy and paste this url into your browser:
Rotary's Got Talent! - Help us raise money for hurricane relief. Cynthia Dusseault 2017-12-10 07:00:00Z 0

Serving a hot meal to inner city seniors at Operation Friendship

Posted by Cynthia Dusseault on Dec 03, 2017
On Saturday, Dec. 2nd, our club sponsored and served a hot meal at the McCauley Senior’s Drop-In Centre, operated by Operation Friendship Seniors Society. This society provides a range of services to disadvantaged inner city seniors. It's cold out there, and the drop-in centre is where seniors can come to warm up, have a cup of coffee, get some socks and mittens and toques (donations are always welcome), and have a hot meal. The OFSS also operates housing facilities for seniors, and it works with the city's landlords to help find long-term housing solutions.
Such stories of hardship lie behind the faces of the seniors who come to the centre. There are many opportunities for volunteers to help.
So . . .
Getting ready to fill plates in the kitchen . . .
Our kitchen crew . . . 
Our serving crew . . . 
Serving a hot meal to inner city seniors at Operation Friendship Cynthia Dusseault 2017-12-03 07:00:00Z 0

Helping to Fill the Christmas Kettles 

Posted on Dec 02, 2017

On December 1st, several of club members headed to Southgate Mall to volunteer for The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign, which helps support those in need at Christmas and year round. Thanks to the busy shoppers who took the time to stop, say "hi," and put something in the kettle. Every little bit helps to make the holiday season brighter for those who have less. 

There is no greater joy than giving. 


Here are Norm Johnson and Paul Dusseault, who took the last shift at the Christmas Kettle.


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The Rotary Foundation - Give generously. 

Posted on Nov 28, 2017
Thanks to Wayne Kauffman (on the left), our district's Rotary Foundation Chair, and Wayne McCutcheon (right), our Grants Chair (District & Global), for once again providing us with insight into The Rotary Foundation--the foundation that funds life-changing projects around the world.
Through district and global grants, our district's clubs are able to make a difference in the lives of our fellow human beings. Our own club has obtained several grants, most recently to dig a well and bring clean water to a community in Uganda, and also to support our international orthopedic/dental mission, Operation Esperanza, to Ecuador. 
Congratulations to Dean Wood (left) on receiving his Paul Harris x 4 pin from Wayne Kauffman. Dean is a committed donor to The Rotary Foundation. 
It's easy to donate. Head here:
The Rotary Foundation - Give generously. Paul Dusseault 2017-11-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Governor, Frank Reitz

Posted by Paul Dusseault on Oct 10, 2017

Rotary news from the District Governor

We had the good fortune to have the Rotary District Governor, Frank Reitz from Fort McMurray, at our meeting this past week. Thanks so much Frank for attending and sharing the latest Rotary news and vision to our members.
Rotary District Governor, Frank Reitz Paul Dusseault 2017-10-10 06:00:00Z 0

We CAN Make A Difference

Posted by Cynthia Dusseault on Sep 29, 2017

We need your help to feed hungry Edmontonians!


Riverview Rotary heard that Edmonton's Food Bank is experiencing a shortage of donations -- food and funds. We have committed $5,000 to this wonderful organization and the cheque is already making its way there now.

We're asking your help in matching our donation and sending another $5,000 to Edmonton's Food Bank that does so much for so many.


Our club has a long history of serving meals to Edmonton's needy, whether they are the children and families who belong to our inner city school communities, or they are disadvantaged seniors struggling to meet their basic needs. But, on a daily basis, people in our city are hungry, and Edmonton's Food Bank is there for them. Visit the website of Edmonton's Food Bank to learn more.

We CAN Make A Difference Cynthia Dusseault 2017-09-29 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Paul Dusseault on Sep 29, 2017

Riverview Rotary's newest member - Shayan Jalali

Riverview Rotary is pleased to welcome Shayan to our club and the big world of Rotary. We are looking forward to getting to know Shayan and helping make our world a better place for all.
Welcome Paul Dusseault 2017-09-29 06:00:00Z 0

Another Amazing Ambulance

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Sep 29, 2017

Ambulance comes from the Latin word "Ambulare"

"Ambulare" in Latin means "to walk or move about" which references the early medical care where patients were moved by lifting or wheeling. An important and essential item for any community to help provide medical care.
Club member, Roman Bayrock, and Riverview Rotary friend, Sandra McDonald, were able to acquire another ambulance to share with a community in Belize. After a thorough mechanical inspection and it loaded with donated medical items ... it is ready to go and will be heading down to Belize within a couple of weeks! Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.
Another Amazing Ambulance Roman Bayrock 2017-09-29 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Cynthia!

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 06, 2017


Riverview Rotary is pleased to welcome Cynthia Dusseault to our club. Cynthia has helped at countless events, fundraisers, and community service activities side-by-side for a long time. We are pleased that Cynthia will be taking her "service above self" to the next level working with us as a fellow Rotarian. Thank you Cynthia!
Welcome Cynthia! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2017-09-06 06:00:00Z 0

And the winning bid goes to ...

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Aug 11, 2017

Judy & Ron!

Judy Harcourt-Brown and Ron Brown were the successful bidders at our Operation Esperanza fundraiser to send Dr. Greidanus to Ecuador for hip and knee operations last October.  They bid on an fun filled adventure packed jet boat trip down the North Saskatchewan river  from Edmonton to Devon. After a stuffed salmon BBQ ,  a quick zip back and a great time was had by all.   We even got hung up, unintentionally I might add, on a gravel bar.  Kudos to Judy and Ron for being gracious outdoors people.  Can’t think of nicer people to go boating with.
And the winning bid goes to ... Roman Bayrock 2017-08-11 06:00:00Z 0

Honouring Riverview Rotarians

Posted on Jun 25, 2017
On June 20, John Williams, Lindsay Robinson and Roman Bayrock were presented with Paul Harris Pins in recognition of their support of the Rotary Foundation! What great examples of Service Before Self!
Honouring Riverview Rotarians Karen Bennett 2017-06-25 06:00:00Z 0

Atlanta 2017

Posted by Paul Dusseault on Jun 14, 2017
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Rotary International Convention

Paul, our incoming President, and his lovely wife, Cynthia, attended Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia to experience the hospitality of the American South and share with fellow Rotarians from around the world.
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A Playground Project Update

Posted by Paul Dusseault on May 24, 2017
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Operation Esperanza Expanded

It is amazing the friendships that has been built spanning thousands of kilometers from Edmonton, Canada to Cuenca, Ecuador as we work with the Tomebamba Rotary Club. A couple of years ago we met with the local orphanage, Hogar Miguel Leon, that the Tomebamba Club was helping to see how else we can support their work.
A Playground Project Update Paul Dusseault 2017-05-24 06:00:00Z 0

An Ambulance to Belize

How many Rotarians can you fit in an Ambulance?

Only actually one - the driver with his trusty co-pilot volunteer. A 5 week odyssey from Edmonton to Miami, then a barge to Belize City. Then the ambulance is off to the Southern Regional Health District to be commissioned and sent to work.
An Ambulance to Belize Roman Bayrock 2017-03-15 06:00:00Z 0

Scotch Mist Fundraiser

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Mar 13, 2017
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An Elegant Evening of SCOTCH MIST!

Come and enjoy a unique experience of pairing fine scotch whiskies featuring Flaming Heart with a three course dinner.
All funds raised will support inner city youth programs.
Date: Friday, May 11, 2018
Doors: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Glenora Club (11160 River Valley Road)
Tickets on Sale soon...
Scotch Mist Fundraiser Darcy Frunchak 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Behind the Scenes

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 13, 2017
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A Riverview Rotary 2016-2017 Update

There is always a missing piece to my puzzles at home. I often try to fake it with a new piece I just drew on a post-it note, but I always get called out. Below are some points and information about the work at Riverview Rotary to help share the knowledge. Feel free to email us if you have any questions or simply seeking clarification.
Behind the Scenes Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

2017 Integrity Awards

Posted by Karen Bennett on Mar 13, 2017
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All you need to know to nominate ....

Nomination Form and Criteria
Integrity is defined as a moral soundness, uprightness, and honesty. The District 5370 Capital Region Rotary clubs annually present Integrity Awards to promote high ethical standards and raise awareness of Rotary ideals. The purpose of these awards is to honour adult, non-Rotarian members of the community for their integrity as citizens. Each participating club recognizes one such individual at an annual Dinner.
Also, we are looking for 3-4 people who would be interested in volunteering for an hour or so to discuss nominees and make a selection on behalf of the club. If you are interested in this role, please let Karen know by end of day Tuesday, March 14.
2017 Integrity Awards Karen Bennett 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)

Posted by Norm Johnson on Mar 13, 2017

Thursday, May 25


On Thursday, May 25th, SACE will be hosting its annual fundraising and awareness gala at the Shaw Conference Centre with an anticipated 350-400 guests in attendance. The evening will include musical entertainment, a plated dinner, live painting, as well as silent and live auctions. This year’s event is We Believe: The Art of Healing. Art therapy is one of the many therapeutic trauma modalities utilized by the 14 trauma therapists at SACE.

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) Norm Johnson 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed

Posted by William Betteridge on Feb 15, 2017
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Give the gift of YOU!

Volunteers are needed to help serve dinner at Operation Friendship Seniors Society (9526-106 Avenue) on Thursday, March 23.
Please contact William Betteridge at
Volunteer support is also needed for the Voyageur Experience for Delton School April 4-5 and for Norwood School April 12-13.
Please contact William Betteridge at
Volunteering is a great way to spend your time and give back to our neighbours.
Volunteers Needed William Betteridge 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Power of One by Ashish Ram

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The Power of YOU!

One song can spark a moment,
One whisper can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One moment can make one fall in luv.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!
The Power of One by Ashish Ram 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0

Fort Edmonton Park: Expansion Plan

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 15, 2017
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History is being made even more exciting!

The Vision: Fort Edmonton’s vision is to create and promote a world-class, internationally acclaimed living history experience; fulfilling the mission of connecting generations to Edmonton’s dynamic history by offering fun, unique, immersive experiences.
Fort Edmonton Park: Expansion Plan Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 15, 2017
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Join the movement to include everyone!

Inclusion is the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure. By being a part of the Rotary Employment Partnership you begin the journey of inclusion which fulfills the need of the business while fulfilling the needs of people.
Inclusion Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
Roman and the ambulance are on their way! Darcy Frunchak 2017-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
Andrew Richardson; Riverview Rotary's new member Darcy Frunchak 2017-01-24 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary's Murder Mystery

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Dec 19, 2016
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Thank you to Concordia University Department of Theatre
and The Carvery - (3318 Gateway Blvd)
Riverview Rotary's Murder Mystery Roman Bayrock 2016-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

Something's Up - Norquest College

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Dec 19, 2016

Todd Odgers, Principal, Centre for Intercultural Education

Todd Odgers from Norquest College joined us to share insights into the future. Our morning talk was insightful and showed the changes we are experiencing as a community.
1. Responding to "the new reality"
2. Noticing "something's up"
3. An intercultural framework to apply
4. Expanding habits of mind
5. Final metaphor to apply
Something's Up - Norquest College Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-12-19 07:00:00Z 0

Bissell Centre: Edmonton

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 12, 2016

Relationships are important!

Bissell Centre vision is to eliminate poverty in our community, and guided by a passionate concern for the dignity and well-being of each individual, Bissell Centre’s work is based on building relationships, hope and trust. The Bissell Centre mission is to work with others to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. We enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life.
Bissell Centre: Edmonton Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

Canadians for Sustainable Medicare (C4SMC)

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 12, 2016

Private vs. Public? That is the question ...

I would like to begin by saying that I am not taking sides to the argument of Private vs. Public Health Care. This is probably just as bad as having an opinion for either option. I wholehearted believe that we are in trouble either way. Both have positive sides and negative problems. Which one should we choose? Again, me choosing neither isn’t good because I didn’t educate myself enough on each option to formulate a choice. A decision to follow my choice.
Canadians for Sustainable Medicare (C4SMC)  Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas 2016

Posted by Lindsay Robinson on Nov 09, 2016

Celebrate the Season with Fellowship!

Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Faculty Club, UofA
(116 Street & Saskatchewan Drive)
6:00 p.m. Doors Open
7:00 p.m. Dinner with Entertainment to follow!
Cost: $50 with cash bar (Prime Rib, Beef, Salmon or Vegetarian)
Dress: Christmas Finery
Parking: $2 at Faculty Club or $5 at the Windsor Car Park
Please RSVP by December 2, 2016 to:
Elaine 780.436.6869 ( or
Lindsay 780.438.8295 (
Christmas 2016 Lindsay Robinson 2016-11-09 07:00:00Z 0

Norwood Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Paul McElhone on Sep 23, 2016

Food helps create community ...

Riverview Rotarians were out this last week helping serve a lovely pancake breakfast at Norwood School. As we break bread (or in this case shared a pancake breakfast) it is an opportunity for us to create a community within the school - a safe place for parents and children.
The early morning breakfast saw between 200-300 parents, students and their siblings enjoy the warm morning meal. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and donors who made this possible!
Norwood Pancake Breakfast Paul McElhone 2016-09-23 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza 2016 Mission Report

Posted by Tom Greidanus on Sep 10, 2016

Sharing our trip ...

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It is because of the dedication of friends and Rotary that we are able to continue to provide services in Cuenca, Ecuador. Please enjoy our 2016 Mission Report.
Operation Esperanza 2016 Mission Report Tom Greidanus 2016-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza's Medical Mission Auction & Dinner

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Sep 10, 2016

October 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

The annual auction and dinner to raise money for Operation Esperanza's medical mission to Ecuador will be held
Friday October 14th. Join the Fun!
Santa Maria Goretti Centre (11050 90 St NW)
Registration & Cocktails at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Please help support this worthy mission by attending the event and/or donating to the auction.
Live auction hosted by Danny Hooper!
Tickets are a reasonable $60 per person. 
Please see Elaine Zimmer for tickets or to arrange a donation for the auction at 780.944.8864 (w) or
  2016 is the 20th anniversary of Dr Tom Greidanus heading the medical mission! Celebrate with us on October 14!
Operation Esperanza's Medical Mission Auction & Dinner Elaine Zimmer 2016-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

Ecuador orphanage playground project

Posted by Paul Dusseault on Sep 10, 2016

Help the children play & give today!

No childhood is complete without play and the physical, social, and emotional benefits it provides. The children who live at Hogar Miguel León don’t have a playground where they can enjoy safe active play—where they can develop large muscle skills, acquire communications skills through sharing and taking turns, form friendships, and exercise creativity.
Ecuador orphanage playground project Paul Dusseault 2016-09-10 06:00:00Z 0

STOP HUNGER NOW - January 29, 2017

Posted by Brent Collingwood on Jul 12, 2016

Cancelled ...

The Metro Edmonton region of District 5370 is holding a STOP HUNGER NOW (SHN) campaign Cancelled until further notice at the Edmonton Food Bank Warehouse at 11434-120 Street. This is both a local food drive for the EDMONTON FOOD BANK and an opportunity for you to package 100,000 meals for STOP HUNGER NOW.
STOP HUNGER NOW - January 29, 2017 Brent Collingwood 2016-07-12 06:00:00Z 0

Aussie Guests

Posted by Barry Lycka on Jun 16, 2016

Friendship Exchanges...What Amazing Fellowship!

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Boyle Street Community Services

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 29, 2016

We never give up ...

It was lovely to have speakers from Boyle Street Community Services join our club. I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to tour the centre years ago as well as work with Boyle outreach workers in the past. The passion, kindness and respect from volunteers and staff working in the inner city is commendable.
Boyle Street Community Services Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-04-29 06:00:00Z 0

HSMUN and Beyond

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 29, 2016

High School Model United Nations

On Tuesday we were fortunate to learn a little more on how the High School Model United Nations simulations actually worked. Riverview Rotary has been supporting the HSMUN for five years now. Our feedback from the HSMUN committee has been the number of students attending and the experiences shared by participants. Don’t get me wrong, this is valuable information, but is was Sirisha, Keon and Donald, that brought more depth to the simulation and its purpose.
HSMUN and Beyond Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-04-29 06:00:00Z 0

Be Ready

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 07, 2016

Canadian Red Cross

It is always a pleasure to learn new things...especially when you thought you new it all about an organization. We were fortunate to have Shelley from the Canadian Red Cross join our club to share the many faces of the Canadian Red Cross.
Be Ready Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

Grocery Cards

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 07, 2016

Jason vs. Roman

Our friendly rivalry has begun! Instead of Spy vs. Spy, we have our very own Jason vs. Roman as they battle to sell the most grocery cards in the club. Need Safeway, Save On Foods, Superstore cards? See one of them and they would gladly set you up.
Grocery Cards Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

Compost Sale

Posted by Duff Robison on Mar 17, 2016

7th Annual Compost Sale


Saturday, May 14, 2016

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

at the Highlands Community League

[6112-113 Avenue]

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Your Rotary: Our Foundation

Posted by Tom Greidanus on Feb 26, 2016

The Rotary Foundation: "To Do Good In The World"

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
A monthly donation of $15 (CDN) to the Rotary Foundation will allow you to fulfill $100 (US) per Rotarian each year and then some. Join the movement to make a difference.
The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is a Canadian federally chartered corporation and Canadian registered charity supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who share its vision of a better world. Join the millions of Rotarians giving to Our Foundation and know that you are doing good in the world.
Your Rotary: Our Foundation Tom Greidanus 2016-02-26 07:00:00Z 0

Entori "Roots Matter"

Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Feb 15, 2016

Experience True Wine with Entori

Eberhard Tamm presented his passion for fine wine and his company Entori Wine Marketing Inc.
For more information on Entori Wines, please contact Mr. Tamm at 780.906.7531.
Entori "Roots Matter" Darcy Frunchak 2016-02-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Roman Bayrock on Feb 10, 2016

November 2015

Our club flew down to Belize to upgrade a school in the town of Gales Point. Our goal was to target the poorest of the poor and help where we can.
After some initial R&R touring local museums and bumming around on the beach we got to work. For a week we painted, painted, painted with some more painting. Essentially, we painted the exterior and most of the classrooms at the school. We supplied light fixtures, ceiling fans and about 15 sewing machines where 5 our team members taught a sewing workshop in the local church. Some fun included a supper at the local drumming centre, eating local Garufina food and dancing to some hypnotic tribal rthythm.
Well done Team Riverview!
Belize Roman Bayrock 2016-02-10 07:00:00Z 0

Dental Kindness in Belize

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Feb 08, 2016

KIA is "Kindness in Action"

  Riverview Rotary has partnered with the Alberta dental charity ”Kindness in Action”, the Rotary Clubs of Sunrise in Belize City and Dangriga town to provide dental care to the poor village of Hopkins.  Over the past week KIA performed over 200+ fillings, 200+ extractions, 200+ cleanings. The dental team worked very hard and was greatly appreciated for their expertise and caring.
Dental Kindness in Belize Roman Bayrock 2016-02-08 07:00:00Z 0

A Neonatal Ward

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Feb 08, 2016

Another first in Belize

Belize has been afflicted with a recent rash of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the Karl Heuser hospital in Belize City has begun building a neonatal ward.

A Neonatal Ward Roman Bayrock 2016-02-08 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Does It Belize

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Feb 08, 2016

Working in partnership with Sunrise Rotary Club

Our club has acquired another ambulance and in concert with the Sunrise Rotary Club of Belize City and the Belize Emergency Response Team,  BERT. We are currently coordinating not only the delivery of the ambulance in the Fall of 2016 but after a lot of very tenacious persuasion we have finally received permission to fill this ambulance full of school supplies. We have now purchased about $600 worth of supplies with barely room for a driver and buddy to drive down to Miami where it will get barged to Belize City.
Riverview Rotary Does It Belize Roman Bayrock 2016-02-08 07:00:00Z 0

Dr. Lorne Parker: Mozambique Update

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 28, 2016

I had no idea we were helping in this way...

It's amazing how much happens in Rotary in the blink of an eye. We had Dr. Lorne Parker join us to share his updates on funds Riverview Rotary shared with a school in Mozambique.  The photo above is a beautiful artistic depiction of the Mozambique flag. 
Dr. Lorne Parker: Mozambique Update Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

This & That with the Cat in the Hat

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 27, 2016

Upcoming Events & Dates ...

Moving further into 2016, there are numerous club activities coming up. Some have dates, times and needs chosen, while others are simply to get you thinking of what is coming up. If you notice any omissions or changes or *egad* complete and utter miss, please contact Tamisan to have things adjusted.
This & That with the Cat in the Hat Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2016-01-27 07:00:00Z 0

Chinese New Year Dinner

Posted by Darcy Frunchak

2016 — A Monkey Year

Chinese New Year 2016 will be a year of the Monkey. "Monkeys" are witty, intelligent and have a magnetic personality... 

Chinese New Year Dinner

Register using Club Runner. Go to Calendar. Click high lighted date Feb 6 and Click On Line Registration, then fill out the registration form.

Date: Saturday Feb 6 2016 6:30 pm

Location: Brent & Adele's

Registration Required.

Cost approx $15 per person.

Menu provided by Golden Rice Bowl

Top-notch Chinese and Szechwan cuisine since 1975, the Golden Rice Bowl Restaurant (780) 435-3388 has established itself as Edmonton's premier destination for Chinese dining.


Chinese New Year Dinner Darcy Frunchak 2016-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

Disaster Aid Canada

Posted by Judy Harcourt Brown on Nov 23, 2015

Hurricane Patricia - Mexico

Hurricane Patricia was reported as the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere.  Thankfully the death count was low and sever damage to large city centres did not happen. BUT does this mean that the people and towns that were hit do not deserve our support and help? In many situations, those that are suffering, those that need our help are the people that do not have the voice to stand up and ask for help. Many of the small communities on the west coast of Mexico that were hit hard rely on farming or fishing and tourism. To have their communities torn about weeks before their high season begins is devastating beyond words. These people had little to begin with and what they did have blew away or was ruined in the rains that followed Hurricane Patricia.
Personally, I was interviewed by 3 News channels; each of them asking for a follow up interview and photos of my experience of going through Hurricane Patricia. This did not happen.  The story was not big enough. The Hurricane had not caused the destruction that was anticipated. Global news coverage ended before people in this disaster were all helped.
Disaster Aid Canada Judy Harcourt Brown 2015-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

Pearce Cracks National Team

Posted by Miles Gibson on Nov 23, 2015

Pearce Hana: Canada!

Pearce Hana (ENSC/BATC) rocked it on Friday at the National Team Trials, finishing in 6th place, 1:13 (3.3%) behind the winner, Nathan Smith, who won World Cup Gold in 2014-2015. With this excellent result, Pearce, who still calls Edmonton Nordic home, secured a spot on the IBU Cup Team for 2015. He will be in Italy and Austria for the IBU Cups before Christmas. That’s Pearce in the caption photo, leaving the range seconds behind Nathan Smith.
Pearce Cracks National Team Miles Gibson 2015-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Flag Exchange in Naribri Barry Lycka 2015-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 13, 2015

Burn Foundation to give blankets to children suffering for burns

Kelly Falardeau is a burn survivor. Since the age of two she has struggled with her self-worth and confidence after receiving burns to 75% of her body. Kelly found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the Top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Speaker, Fierce Woman of the Year, Best-Selling Author (3 times), recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and most recently a YWCA Woman of Distinction 2013. Kelly shared her challenges with the club in October during Fire Prevention Month - please remeber to check your smoke detectors. For more information, please visit Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary Christmas Party 2015

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Nov 13, 2015

Tuesday, December 8 at the Faculty Club

Join us on Tuesday, December 8 at the University of Alberta Faculty Club (116 Street & Saskatchewan Drive). 
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment following. 
Cost: $50 & a cash bar
Dress: Christmas finery
Parking: $2 at the Faculty Club or $5 at the Windsor Car Park
Please RSVP by December 2 to Elaine or Lindsay.
Please specify your choice entree: Prime rib of beef; salmon; or vegetarian.
Happy Ho Ho!
Riverview Rotary Christmas Party 2015 Elaine Zimmer 2015-11-13 07:00:00Z 0

Potluck Social

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Nov 05, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Riverview Rotary's fall potluck will be held Saturday, November 14th at Elaine Zimmer's for members and significant others. Please bring your favorite dish and whatever you wish to drink. Elaine will supply meat (and a vegetarian option) and non-alcoholic beverages. Starts at 6 pm.  If you have not signed up already, please let Elaine know if you are attending. Directions to follow for those attending.
Looking forward to an evening of fellowship and fun.
Potluck Social Elaine Zimmer 2015-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Patricia

Posted by Judy Harcourt Brown on Nov 05, 2015

You can make a difference

I want to appeal for help for the poor people who lost their homes and possessions, have no food or water, in the areas close to our condo in Mexico. The hurricane was a huge disaster and these people were hit head-on by 400 km winds and rain. To top it all off, there was another big rain storm on the weekend, and flooding everywhere. In fact, the road from the highway to where our condo is, is completely washed out. Glad that we are not there right now.
The local Rotary club that we go to when we are down there is trying to raise funds to help some of the really desperate people. There are two families in particular that they are wanting to help out. These families of 8 people each have lost the roof of their meagre homes, and most of their possessions. There is no work because the restaurants and stores in the area were washed out. There is no government assistance. It is very dire. There is no clean water and very little food. I hope that our club, and perhaps individual members, will be able to help in some small way.
Please contact myself or Ron Brown to contribute to this worthy cause. Thank you.
Hurricane Patricia Judy Harcourt Brown 2015-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA)

Posted by Miles Gibson on Oct 22, 2015

Special Guest Speaker

Cebile Nompumelelo Manzini–Henwood, Executive Director of the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) will be speaking to our club on Tuesday, October 27She will be speaking about Crossroads International and and the work  that Crossroads is  doing to support  NGO”s in Africa such as the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse ( SWAGAA) where she is the Executive Director.  Cebile will also be talking about the girls empowerment programs that she is successfully running enabling young girls to learn about and exercise  their human rights. Crossroads is an international organization that has worked for more than 50 years  to create a more sustainable  and equitable world by engaging and strengthening individuals ,organizations and communities through mutual learning and collective action.
Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) Miles Gibson 2015-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

Member Classification Talk

Posted by Stephen Lau on Oct 19, 2015

Classification Talk ...

As a part of our membership development and invigoration project, we are seeking members who have EITHER:
- not yet given a "classification talk" to our club to make themselves known
- it has been "too long" since you last told us about what you're doing (in life!)
Please send us an e-mail via:  and
We have an exciting opportunity for this coming Tuesday if you would like to do a Classification Talk!  Let us know if you would like access to the computer projector.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Warmest regards,
Stephen Lau
Member Classification Talk Stephen Lau 2015-10-19 06:00:00Z 0

Soles 4 Souls

Posted by Miles Gibson on Oct 19, 2015

Wearing Out Poverty through Short Term Relief & Long Term Solutions

Join us on November 10 to hear Cassandra Tomas speak about Soles4Souls.  Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribtion of shoes and clothing.
Soles 4 Souls Miles Gibson 2015-10-19 06:00:00Z 0

Fruits of Sherbrooke

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Sep 25, 2015

Welcome Christina Piecha, Alan Cosh & Maple Rose Furugay

Join Riverview Rotarians on Tuesday, September 29 to hear all about this amazing community organization!
Fruits of Sherbrooke Elaine Zimmer 2015-09-25 06:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 23, 2015

Changing the world, one meeting at a time.

Gord Sheppard joined us on Tuesday morning to share some valuable information about meetings and how we can all be a little more productive.  Gord loves awesome meetings and he isn't shy about sharing his positive and sometimes enbarrasing meeting experiences.  He has professionally facilitated, run & attended over 2000
meetings & wants to pass along his experience.  Gord built Create Awesome Meetings, the ultimate resource
to make your next meeting more productive & profitable. 
Please enjoy the 10 Ways To Create Awesome Meetings Checklist!
Create AWESOME MEETINGS Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-09-23 06:00:00Z 0

Social Night with Riverview Rotary

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Sep 11, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Riverview Rotary is having a social night on Friday, September 18th at the Atlantic Trap and Gill.  Bring your friends, family and fellow Rotarians for fellowship and live entertainment performed by Duff Robison.  Duff starts playing at 9:30 pm but come before for excellent east coast seafood and pub fare.  Please let Lindsay Robinson or Elaine Zimmer know if you plan to attend so we can reserve tables.  
Time:  7:30 pm 
Date:  Friday, September 18th
Place:  Atlantic Trap and Gill
Address:  7704 Calgary Trail South
Social Night with Riverview Rotary Elaine Zimmer 2015-09-11 06:00:00Z 0

Karen MacKenzie

Posted on Sep 09, 2015

MacKintosh Canada ... not the toffee


Karen MacKenzie is the Co-Founder and President of MacKintosh Canada, an Aboriginal owned, international consulting company will be joining us on Tuesday, September 15 as our guest speaker.

Karen MacKenzie Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-09-09 06:00:00Z 0

A Life-Saving Gift: Organ & Tissue Donation

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jul 14, 2015

Lives are saved - miracles happen.

We were very fortunate to have Beverly Browne join our Rotary meeting to discuss the importance of organ and tissue donation.  I know personally that I have signed my Alberta Health Care Card and my husband as well.  Realistically, I am not sure I would be a candidate with my MS; however, I will leave it up to those who know much more than I do about all this medical stuff - when in doubt, my organs and tissue can be used for medical studies to help further our knowledge.  Moving forward, I was inspired to learn about the Organ & Tissue Donation Registry as a way to ensure that my wishes would be fulfilled once I die.  Yes, in my morbid way, I have expectations when I die and this is one of them. 
Please enjoy Beverly Brown and Kevin Lynch's stories and simple steps to register your wishes below.
A Life-Saving Gift: Organ & Tissue Donation Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-07-14 06:00:00Z 0

Club Update

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 14, 2015
Tuesday, June 23 Rotary Morning Meeting Canceled!
Please mark your calendars.  Our turnover dinner will be held on Thursday, June 25 (spouses welcome) in the evening at the Faculty Club.  More details to come.
Please create a schedule for yourself and your team to ensure that the set-up & take down is "fair to all concerned".  Thank you!
Set-up & Take Down Crew - April 2015
PJ White
Duff Robison
Barry Lycka
Dean Wood
Hans von Bloedau
Set-up & Take Down Crew - May 2015
Tom Greidanus
Karen Bennett
Colin Oddoye
Paul Dusseault
Judy Harcourt
Paul McElhone
John Williams
Set-up & Take Down Crew - June 2015
Michael Hanna
Lindsay Robinson
Brent Collingwood
Norm Johnson
Carl Simonson
Neil Cockburn
Voyageur Experience in Fort Edmonton Park
Volunteers needed Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24.  If you are able to help, please contact William Betteridge.  Thank you.
Rocky Mountain House
Volunteers needed the weekend of May 2, 2015.  If you are able to help, please contact William Betteridge.  Thank you.
Guess Who's Coming for Dinner
Our second Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner evening is scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
Note: Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner is an adult-only activity. 
1. Hosts will determine how many guests they would be willing to host.
2. Hosts will be responsible for planning and preparing the meal.
3. Guests will be contacted on Saturday morning to advise them where they will be going (address only—no names) and when they should arrive.
4. Guests are encouraged to bring a hostess gift, such as a bottle of wine.
Operation Friendship Seniors Society Dinner & Silent Auction
Monday, May 25 at the Radisson Hotel (4440-Gateway Blvd.)
District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership
Not sure if employment possibilities exist at your workplace for someone with a developmental disability?  Give AACL a call and they will take the time to learn your business needs and determine how the inclusion of an employee with a developmental disability can benefit your business.
Wendy McDonald, Chair, District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership (P: 780.451.3055 ext 410 / E:
Devon McKenzie, District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership (P: 780.451.3055 ext. 425 / E:
Sarah Bykowski, District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership (P: 780.451.3055 ext. 406 / E:
Job Seeker Snacpshot: Kaitlynd is looking for meaningful employment in an office setting.  She has experience with filing, data entry, and other office applications.  She has a professional attitude, and is enthusiastic and motivated to work.  Kaitlynd would be an asset to any team.
Club Update Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

Set-Up & Take Down for 2015-2016

Riverview Rotary 2015-2016
Set-Up & Take Down Schedule
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Below you will see twelve different teams with each Rotarian designated three months of the Rotarian calendar year to take care of our set-up, take down and invocation. 
We have not chosen a team leader; therefore, please connect with each other to develop you plan of action.  Please mark your calendars!
Set-up - Desk & Greeter: Please arrive by 7 a.m. to set-up the registration table, flags and other opening needs including wine draw etc. Please greet guests, hand out wine draw tickets, and ensure things flow smoothly at the front desk.
Invocation: Please share either a personal grace, morning prayer, or special saying. The Rotary prayer book is also available for you to use. 
Take Down: Please ensure that all materials are returned to the blue box including flags and front desk resources.
July 2015
1. Carl Simonson
2. Mic Farrell
3. David Kinnaird
4. Tamisan Bencz
5. Norm Johnson
6. Nelson Scott
7. Bill Ohe
8. Lora Lee Peaslee
9. Wayne Kauffman
10. Harvey Lawton
August 2015
1. Paul McElhone
2. David Kinnaird
3. Norm Johnson
4. Nelson Scott
5. Bill Ohe
6. Lora Lee Peaslee
7. Colin Oddoye
8. Devon McKenzie
9. Stephen Lau
September 2015
1. Paul McElhone
2. John Williams
3. Dean Wood
4. David Martin
5. Paul Dusseault
6. Carl Simonson
7. Gail Taylor
8. Michele Weselake
9. Mary McLean
10. Hans Von Bloedau
October 2015
1. Paul McElhone
2. John Williams
3. Mic Farrell
4. Judy Harcourt-Brown
5. PJ White
6. Tom Greidanus
7. Devon McKenzie
8. William Betteridge
9. Elaine Zimmer
10. Harvey Lawton
November 2015
1. John Williams
2. Roman Bayrock
3. Lindsay Robinson
4. David Martin
5. Paul Dussseault
6. Carl Simonson
7. Brian Batsh
8. Mary McLean
9. Hans Von Bloedau
10. Harvey Lawton
December 2015
1. Karen Bennett
2. Colin Oddoye
3. Dean Wood
4. Judy Harcourt
5. PJ White
6. Brent Collingwood
7. Lora Lee Peaslee
8. Michael Hanna
9. Elaine Zimmer
January 2016
1. Devon McKenzie
2. Duff Robison
3. Dean Wood
4. Tamisan Bencz
5. Paul Dusseault
6. Wayne Kauffman
7. Barry Lycka
8. Neil Cockburn
9. Elaine Zimmer
10. Hans Von Bloedau
February 2016
1. Roman Bayrock
2. Tamisan Bencz
3. David Martin
4. Norm Johnson
5. Nelson Scott
6. Raymond Tsang
7. Kathleen Brady
8. Duff Robison
9. Colin Oddoye
March 2016
1. Barry Lycka
2. William Betteridge
3. Neil Cockburn
4. Brian Batsh
5. PJ White
6. Brent Collingwood
7. Michele Weselake
8. Tom Greidanus
9. Stephen Lau
April 2016
1. Gail Taylor
2. Raymond Tsang
3. Roman Bayrock
4. Lindsay Robinson
5. Michael Hanna
6. Duff Robison
7. Brent Collingwood
8. Tom Greidanus
9. Kathleen Brady
10. Mary McLean
May 2016
1. Karen Bennett
2. Brian Batsh
3. Neil Cockburn
4. Judy Harcourt-Brown
5. Lindsay Robinson
6. Kathleen Brady
7. Stephen Lau
8. Bill Ohe
9. Barry Lycka
June 2016
1. Karen Bennett
2. Gail Taylor
3. Mic Ferrell
4. Judy Harcourt-Brown
5. David Kinnaird
6. Raymond Tsang
7. Michael Hanna
8. Wayne Kauffman
9. William Betteridge
10. Michele Weselake
Set-Up & Take Down for 2015-2016 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-04-14 06:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary

Posted by Lindsay Robinson on Apr 12, 2015

What you need to know about Rotary.

One of our most experienced and knowledgeable Rotarians, Wayne Kauffman, will share with us the ins and outs of Rotary on
Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: 7122-119 Street (at Lindsay Robinson's)
Partners and guests are welcome and encouraged!
Wine and fellowship will be served.
Our Rotary Lindsay Robinson 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Paula Simons

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 18, 2015

Philanthropy & Charity

Paula Simons, Edmonton Journal's columnist, was able to join us at our breakfast meeting to share some of her insights on philanthropy.  A born-and-bred Edmontonian, Simons is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA Hon.) and Stanford University (MA), as well as a former fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Over her years with the Edmonton Journal, she has served as provincial affairs columnist, culture columnist and as a member of paper's editorial board.
Paula Simons Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

YONA Update

Posted by Carl Simonson on Feb 18, 2015

And then there were 40 ...

In October, we reported having successfully started our second year, complete with 20 new students on viola, cello, and bass, along with the 20 violinists from last year. Now that we’re partway through the year (and partway through the winter!), we’re excited to update you on how things have been going with our group of 40!
YONA Update Carl Simonson 2015-02-19 00:00:00Z 0

Changing Lives...One Step at a Time

Posted by Tom Greidanus on Feb 16, 2015

by Janet A. Greidanus

Cuenca lies in the highlands of the Andes Mountains, approximately 435 kilometres south of Quito. Its mild weather, narrow cobblestone streets, picturesque flower markets and grand domed cathedrals attract many North American retirees. This vibrant colonial city with its modern hospitals, however, belies the fact that a very large number of Ecuadoreans live in poverty with no access to healthcare or even clean drinking water. Poverty is most prevalent in rural areas and greater among the many indigenous people. When you walk along the streets of Cuenca, it’s not uncommon to see adults walking awkwardly due to a painful dislocated hip, disabled from severe, untreated rheumatoid arthritis, or children (and adults) with club feet deformities.
Changing Lives...One Step at a Time Tom Greidanus 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Vocational Service Update 2015

Posted by Karen Bennett on Feb 16, 2015

Student Adventure & Leadership Programs for 2014/2015

Riverview Rotary has a great line-up of Adventure Programs for High School students this year.  Rotary’s Adventure and Leadership programs provide an incredible benefit. Students can broaden their outlook, increase their understanding, make new friends, and experience many new activities. Our programs are always a positive experience.
Vocational Service Update 2015 Karen Bennett 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual Murder Mystery

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Feb 16, 2015

"Nick Notorious" Pictured Below ...

Hats off to John Williams, a.k.a "Nick Notorious", our murder victim.  John was robbed of his Oscar worthy performance because a certain shotgun didn’t go off.  However, a little impromptu acting saved the day.  Another successful murder mystery and everyone had a good time. 
Special thanks to the Drama Club of Concordia University who offered their time and passion to entertain one and all. 
Who knows which Rotarian’s number will be up next year?!?!  Stay tuned and don’t miss your chance to join in on the fun!
2nd Annual Murder Mystery Roman Bayrock 2015-02-17 00:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza 2015 - A Success

Posted by Paul Dusseault on Feb 08, 2015

Dear Friends,


Dear friends, we have concluded Operation Esperanza 2015.

Thank you for sharing this new experience with Rotary Club Tomebamba.

 We hope you all have fulfilled your expectations and to come back next year to continue changing lives of many people in Cuenca. On behalf of all of them we can only say: THANK YOU!

In fellowship, Fausto Córdova

(Presidente, Club Rotario Tomebamba)

Operation Esperanza 2015 - A Success Paul Dusseault 2015-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Operation Esperanza Update 2015

Posted by Paul Dusseault on Feb 02, 2015

Operation Hope 2015


Hi all,

 It is going very well. The photos attached are from the second clinic underway to assess adult patients for this year. The need is so great. Some people travel 12 hours then wait through the night at the gate to the clinica. Only to been seen late in the afternoon by the OE medial/dental team. They have infinite patience. 

Operation Esperanza Update 2015 Paul Dusseault 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

High School Model United Nations: Year Four

Posted by Dean Wood on Jan 25, 2015

Please join us ...

We are supporting the High School Model United Nations for the fourth year in February 2015. We are invited to participate in one or more of three events.  Our members have always enjoyed these events.  A Riverview Rotarian will be speaking at the opening and closing ceremonies. 
High School Model United Nations: Year Four Dean Wood 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0


Murder Mystery Dinner

Presented by ...
The Drama Club Of Concordia University & Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
on Friday, February 13, 2015
7:00 PM
11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive
PRICE: $38.0 per person (Table of 6 $228)
and include a fish, chicken, beef or vegetarian meal!
For tickets: e-mail either Roman at or Elaine at to reserve.
“A NIGHT OF EVIL AND PASSION” Roman Bayrock 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0

Thematic Analysis

Posted by Greg Hadubiak on Jan 11, 2015

Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview: Self Assessment

As part of our Strategic Directions ...
Thematic Analysis Greg Hadubiak 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

You are invited

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 11, 2015


Carman McNary, Chirman of Edmonton Community Foundation, invites you to a wine & Cheese reception to learn more about the impact ECF has had in our first 25 years.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Reception: 5pm to 7pm at the Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D
RSVP to or call 780.423.4956. Deadline: January 16
You are invited Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

Guess Whose Feet?!?!

Posted by Tamisan on Dec 03, 2014

Can you guess whose classy socks these belong to?

I love seeing our Rotarians arrive at our meeting dressed in their finest suits.
I have also enjoyed seeing the sassy socks being worn.  Not sure if everyone else has been noticing this.  My challenge is this, if you know who these socks belong to?
The first right guess will win a prize!
Guess Whose Feet?!?! Tamisan 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0

Special Promotion

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Nov 18, 2014

Special Thanks to ....

Brian Stecyk of President Rose Country Advertising & Public Relations
(Publisher of the Responder magazine & Caring Now magazine) who donated this ad space!
Special Promotion Roman Bayrock 2014-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

Food Fellowship

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 03, 2014

More than just food...

Sue Oliver Martin is an Anglican Chaplin and our very own Integrity Award nominee.  Sue shared with us her experiences of cooking and feeding people with more than just food.
Food Fellowship Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

Barry Lycka - Classification Talk

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 03, 2014

Cosmetic Dermatologist

I was fortunate to have met Barry in 2013 when he organized a food drive in partnership with Lexus of Edmonton in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.  I was thrilled when I realized that he joined our very own Riverview Rotary Club and even more thrilled because Barry is passionate and dedicated to many amazing organizations. 
Barry, like all Rotarians, is a great philanthropist.
Barry Lycka - Classification Talk Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

Vocational Training Team: Honduras

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 03, 2014

A Vocational Training Team is a group of professionals who travel to another country to learn more about their profession or teach local professionals in a particular field.

In April 2014, Donna, Elly, Marcela, and Juan Carlos travelled to Honduras.  The Republic of Honduras has a population of about 8 million people.  The primary language is Spanish.  Exports are coffee, fruit and a growing textile industry.  Unfortunately, it is a very poor country. Unemployment is at 25% with 50% of people living below the poverty line.
And this is when I learned about Micro-credits …
Vocational Training Team: Honduras Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0

Tom Jackson's Huron Carole

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Oct 08, 2014

The Huron Carole - The Untold Musical Story

The Huron Carole – A Musical will be an unwrapping of the gift I received while living in a crawlspace in 1987.  I carry it in my heart.   It continues to motivate me to share the philosophy of ‘the gift is in the giving’.  The gift is life-changing, and in my case, life-saving.” ~Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson's Huron Carole Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0

Edmonton's Food Bank Open House

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 18, 2014

You're Invited!

Please join us for an evening filled with food, fun and fantastic friends while you tour around the Food Bank.
Edmonton's Food Bank Open House Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

September 2014 Quickie

Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Sep 18, 2014
School Breakfasts
We are hosting a pancake breakfast at Delton School Wednesday, September 24, Spruce Avenue on Thursday, September 25 and Norwood on Friday, September 26.  If you can volunteer please contact Lindsay at or phone 780.438.8295.  We need 3 or 4 more volunteers for Spruce Avenue and the same for Norwood.
Delton School (12126 - 89 Street) Volunteer start time at 6 AM
Spruce Avenue (11424- 102 Street) Volunteer start time at 6:30 AM
Norwood Schhol (9520 - 111 Avenue) Volunteer start time at 6:30 AM
September 2014 Quickie Elaine Zimmer 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Put your back into it ... sort of ...

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Sep 18, 2014

Your Title here

The Stanley Milner Library has now made our Rotary club THE preferred recipient of their excess inventory of books. 
This month we picked up 14 sizable boxes of children books.  Our total haul in the last two years have been 144 boxes of books.

These donated books are taken to the Emmanuel Foundation to be distributed with playgrounds to Asia, Africa, India, and Central America.

Books are heavy.  It’s an interesting way of keeping in shape and a little easier than triathlons (*teehee).

Put your back into it ... sort of ... Roman Bayrock 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

What a gift!

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Sep 18, 2014

Thank you Riverview Rotary for the beautiful ambulance!

It is now a major asset and will serve the people of Belize City well, but first a little bit of fun.

We’re getting it all dressed up for the Belize National Parade Celebrations where we can show it off a bit.

What a gift! Roman Bayrock 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Community Service Events in September 2014

Posted by William Betteridge on Sep 03, 2014

Riverview Community Service with Youth

School Breakfasts:
1. Wednesday, September 24 – Delton School [12126-89 Street]
2. Thursday, September 25 – Spruce Avenue [11424-102 Street]
3. Friday, Sept 26 – Norwood School [9520-111 Avenue]
Volunteers Needed! Please contact William Betteridge.
Rocky Mountain Experience (kids to Nordegg):
1. Spruce Avenue Saturday & Sunday, September 27/28 – Need one volunteer!
Community Service Events in September 2014 William Betteridge 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Love, Sweat & Giving

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Sep 02, 2014

Volunteer in Belize

To all Rotarians interested in traveling to Belize to help upgrade a school in the town of Hopkins there will be a introductory meeting at Roman Bayrocks house [8108 – 96 Avenue / P: 780.239.7214 on Monday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Love, Sweat & Giving Roman Bayrock 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0

Casino Fundraiser 2014 Schedule

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Aug 28, 2014

Century Casino on Fort Road: September 10 & 11, 2014

Please check the schedule for your shifts.
HUGE thank you to all our volunteers!
Casino Fundraiser 2014 Schedule Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Kudos & Well Wishes

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Aug 28, 2014

This calls for congratulations! (And probably champagne!)

Congrats, Ron & Judy!
Ron Brown and Judy Harcourt were wed during a quiet ceremony surrounded by family on August 17, 2014. 
It’s so great to see two awesome people like you getting married. Judy will now be known as Judy Harcourt Brown.
You are a perfect pair. You are the inspiration to us. Marriage is about finding true love and sharing a common, beautiful dream.
May you find the company of each other as soothing as the assuring rays of the first sun!
Love and best wishes always!
Kudos & Well Wishes Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

Casino Fundraiser 2014

Posted by Elaine Zimmer

"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others." ~Albert Schweizer

Our casino fundraiser will be on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11 at the Century Casino on Fort Road. 
We still need more volunteers!  Please refer below for our lists of duties and shifts.  If there is a blank beside the duty that means we need a volunteer. 
Let us know what you can do to help.  You can email or phone Elaine if you can help out.
Thank you to all who have already volunteered.   
Casino Fundraiser 2014 Elaine Zimmer 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

July 16 Quickie

Speakers Needed
To ensure our weekly meetings are fun and relevant we need to find more speakers. David Kinnaird has agreed to head the committee for speakers.  Please contact David if you are willing to help on this committee or if you have suggestions for speakers.  If everyone submitted 2 or 3 names we would have more than enough speakers for this year.  
Rotarian Fellowship
If you have already purchased your tickets for one of the performances, thank you for supporting this initiative.  The proceeds from the performances will go to the orphanage in Manzanillo so that they can continue to save and nurture abandoned and abused children. 

Danzas Folklorico Manzanillo Ticket Purchase Update

Edmonton-Wednesday July 23rd

L’uni theatre in Le Cite Francophone Doors 6:30-Show 7:00pm

Go to

In event search bar at the top of the page print Danzas –a pop up will appear right below for Danzas Folklorico Manzanillo- click on that for online ticket purchase.

July 16 Quickie 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Amarok Society: Teach a month, change the world.

Amarok Society defeats ignorance with the most powerful force known to man: Woman.


Amarok Society brings a revolutionary solution to a chronic humanitarian problem.

What do you do in a land where there is no money to build schools for the millions of uneducated children? How do you reach into the hearts of destitute communities to inspire lasting change in a way that’s sustainable and cost-effective?

Amarok Society effects miraculous changes in the lives of thousands of Bangladeshi children through our unusual and daring design for educating the dwellers of desperately poor slums.

Amarok Society: Teach a month, change the world. 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Set-Up & Take Down Schedule 2014-1015

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
We have six different teams with each designated two months of the Rotarian calendar year to take care of our set-up, take down and invocation.  We understand that no schedule we develop will work perfectly for thirty-eight different people.  Keys are available for the blue box if you do not have a set already.
We have not chosen a team leader; therefore, please connect with each other to develop you plan of action.  If you cannot help your team, you are to see if they can make due in your absence or find another member [outside of your team] who can support you [i.e. you have a trip planned and will not be in the city, please switch with a different team].
Set-up - Desk & Greeter: Please arrive by 7 a.m. to set-up the registration table, flags and other opening needs including wine draw etc. Please greet guests, hand out wine draw tickets, and ensure things flow smoothly at the front desk.
Invocation: Please share either a personal grace, morning prayer, or special saying. The Rotary prayer book is also available for you to use. 
Take Down: Please ensure that all materials are returned to the blue box including flags and front desk resources.

Set-Up & Take Down Schedule 2014-1015 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0

Casa Hogar Los Angelitos

Posted by Judy Harcourt on Jun 16, 2014

Casa Hogar Los Angelitos

Folkloric Dance Tour []
July 23, 2014 at 7 p.m.
$20 / ticket
L'Uni Theatre - Le Cite Francophone [8627-91 Street, Edmonton]
Call 780.469.8400 for ticket information
Casa Hogar Los Angelitos Judy Harcourt 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

The Emmanuel Foundation

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jun 16, 2014

Supporting Community Transformation: Change a lift - Impact a Community

What happens to old playgrounds? A decade ago, an old playground that is dismantled for a new and improved version would go to the garbage.  Now, there are ways of being good environmental stewards by refurbishing and installing these “old” playgrounds into communities that would never have the opportunity to enjoy them.
The Emmanuel Foundation Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

Gordon Ward on Hyperbaric Medicine

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jun 16, 2014

Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The equipment required consists of a pressure chamber, which may be of rigid or flexible construction, and a means of delivering 100% oxygen. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy found early use in the treatment of decompression sickness, and has also shown great effectiveness in treating conditions such as gas gangrene and carbon monoxide poisoning.  
Gordon Ward on Hyperbaric Medicine Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Year

Posted by Tamisan Bencz on Jun 09, 2014

A New Rotary Year

As we welcome a new Rotary year, we are also welcoming a new Set-up & Take Down schedule. Please check your inbox and mark your calendars as the schedule is done for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  If you will be away and are unable to work with the group that you have been assigned with, please connect with someone from another group to switch teams. Please also put your month in your calendar.  Thank you to everyone who has done so already. Please let Tamisan know who you have switched with. 
New Rotary Year Tamisan Bencz 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0

Inner City Women's Project

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on May 11, 2014


It was lovely to hear about the new inner-city women’s project our club has helped support financially.  Dr. Ami Shing of the Boyle McCauley Health Centre [10628-96 Street] joined us to share a little about the direct impact this donation has on women within Edmonton. 
First, we will begin with a brief explanation about what an IUD is. The letters IUD stand for "intrauterine device." IUDs are small, "T-shaped" devices made of flexible plastic. A health care provider inserts an IUD into a woman's uterus to prevent pregnancy.  The IUD remains in the uterus as long as contraception is desired. An IUD is safe, effective and long lasting.  It will not prevent a sexually transmitted infection; however, women living in the inner city, in high-risk lifestyles or close to the poverty line often do not want to become pregnant.
Inner City Women's Project Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0

Litigation Basics for Business Managers & Owners

Posted by Tamisan Bencz on Apr 23, 2014

Q: What do you call a smiling, courteous person at a bar association convention?

A: The caterer.

We began our story with a joke since the topic normally gives goose bumps.  Amy Bassili from Prowse Chowne LLP was a lovely addition to our meeting.  She was engaging, light hearted and even shared a lawyer joke of her own. 
Lawyers with senses of humour – I feel a marketing idea come up …
oh I digress.
Amy practices litigation with Prowse Chowne LLP and works with our very own John Williams.  She specifically spoke about the necessity of being proactive versus reactive and how to avoid a lawsuit.  Don’t ever consider that a lawsuit will not happen.  Every business has risk but your business shouldn't be risky and lawyers are busy regardless of recession or boom.  If you are a business you should take the time to speak with a lawyer.
Litigation Basics for Business Managers & Owners Tamisan Bencz 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0

Cleanit Greenit

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 27, 2014

Producers of Organic Soil

Treating organic waste as a resource, Cleanit Greenit Composting System Inc. in Edmonton is able to manufacture a line of organic products that add value to your property and the environment. They provide organic waste recycling services to the industrial, municipal, commercial and agricultural sector. Organic waste from these sectors is used to produce a line of compost-based landscape products under the name of Organic Soil™.
Cleanit Greenit Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Western Murder Mystery

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Mar 27, 2014

Putting the "fun" into fundraiser ...

A dramatized murder mystery and buffet-style Indian dinner
Date: April 8, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: New Asian Village [320 Manning Crossing]
Presented by: Concordia Drama Association and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
Western Murder Mystery Roman Bayrock 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0

Riverview Rotary in Belize Again

Posted by Roman Bayrock on Mar 23, 2014
This February, members of our Riverview club visited the country of Belize, this time armed with some pretty nifty stuff.
In the town of Hopkins, the Lebeha Drumming Centre is an excellent venue for school children to strut their stuff and express with pride their Garufina culture.
Riverview Rotary in Belize Again Roman Bayrock 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Mark Your Calendars

Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 05, 2014
May Set-Up & Take Down Crew
Tom G.
Judy H.
Elaine Z.
Carl S.
Wayne K.
Brent C. &
Allison R.
May 3
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner [Nelson Scott]
May 8 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
You are invited to celebrate the Dynamics of Rotary Women Leaders
At the Edmonton Petroleum Club [11110 - 108 Street]
Tapas and Cash bar  /  Free Parking  /  Tickets $30.00 each
GUEST SPEAKER:Anne Matthews, First Woman Vice President of Rotary International  
For more information call District 5370 Office at 780.482.5370 or email  Rene Cavanagh
May 10
Compost Fundraiser [Duff Robison] - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Saturday afternoon from 12noon to 4pm!
May 27 & 28
Voyageur Experience - Part Deux [William Betteridge]
June Set-Up & Take Down Crew
Michael H.
Dini C.L.
Gail T.
Nelson S.
Dean W.
Miles G. &
Colin O.
June 7 [Gail Taylor]