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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 & Inspiration - A Great Meeting! 2018-04-22 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.


Helping to Fill the Christmas Kettles 2017-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Jun 14, 2017

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.
Atlanta 2017 Paul Dusseault 2017-06-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on May 24, 2017

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

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
Posted by Darcy Frunchak on Mar 13, 2017

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
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 13, 2017

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
Posted by Karen Bennett on Mar 13, 2017

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
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
Posted by William Betteridge on Feb 15, 2017

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 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
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 15, 2017

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

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
Posted by Roman Bayrock on Dec 19, 2016

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
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
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
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
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
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
Posted by Tom Greidanus on Sep 10, 2016

Sharing our trip ...

Image result for ecuador medical mission\
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
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
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
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
Posted by Barry Lycka on Jun 16, 2016

Friendship Exchanges...What Amazing Fellowship!

Aussie Guests Barry Lycka 2016-06-16 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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]

Compost Sale Duff Robison 2016-03-17 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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]
Health Bridge International Run for the Health of It! 5 km event from 10am to 1pm in Victoria Park. Pre natal and post natal support in India.  With your support, we are able to continuously ensure mothers and children receive quality health services, sanitation, education and safe practices. Funds raised will be shared between Health Bridge International and Rotary initiative. 5 kilometer is the average distance mother in Pakur must walk to reach a health centre.
What we've done ... During the last two years, we received over $400,000 in donations and these are some of the things we did with the money: 
-We educated over 7,000 people on maternal and children health practices through street theatre and informational materials.
-We trained 1,135 Anganwadi workers on nutrition counseling and growth monitoring to identify malnourishedshed children.
-We trained 721 community health volunteers that provide counseling and health services to pregnant and post-partum mothers.
-We trained 609 Traditional Birth Attendants on clean and safe delivery practice.
Edmonton Contact: Gail Taylor [P: 587.987.2837 or].
June 21
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner [Nelson Scott]
October 24
2014 Ecuador Fundraiser in support of Operation Eperanza
Mark Your Calendars Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2014

Canadian Anti Spam Legislation

Upcoming changes will impact may companies, individuals and non-profits.
CASL 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mic Farrell on Mar 05, 2014

So far this year we've had some great presentations, thanks to the work of Brent, Caroline and Paul who organize speakers for us. However, it seems like everyone's facing increased pressures at work and finding speakers is becoming a challenge.


Weekly Speakers Mic Farrell 2014-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Kauffman on Feb 24, 2014
Ms. Chido Shoniwa was born in Zimbabwe and left her home country for the first time when she came to Canada on a Rotary Scholarship to study to become a Rehabilitation Practitioner in the field of deafness, becoming well skilled in the work involved in audiological testing, ear mold making and fitting. She was also a trained and skilled teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and had worked with children in classrooms for a number of years. When she came to study at Grant MacEwan College, she actually took a two year course in just one and a half years – she was a brilliant and dedicated student here and made many friends. When she returned to Zimbabwe, she continued to work with deaf children and traveled the country as much as possible so that children could have hearing aids. She worked for the Ministry of Education in Zimbabwe and was much loved and respected for her dedication and her wonderful way with children and families. She met with a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview just a few months before her death and was asking if there was a possibility of getting another scholarship so that she could go further with her education and obtain a University Degree in Audiology. She understood that this increase in her own skills and knowledge was severely needed in Zimbabwe.
About Chido Shoniwa Scholarship Wayne Kauffman 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Hi Mic,

Greetings from our team “Operation Esperanza” in Cuenca, Ecuador!
We arrived at the new Quito Airport Midnight last Thursday night. It looked like we would have some difficulty with Customs...
February 3, 2014 Tom Greidanus 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Hola Mic,
I have just received the prostheses for the hip and knee replacements. There are more coming; however, they have been delayed from Toronto.  I'll unfortunately miss the meeting tomorrow as there is a lot of packing and other things to look after and the time to departure is short!  Please share with the Club that  most of our team of 61 individuals leaves for Houston early Thursday morning. The rest leave Friday morning.
January 27, 2014 Tom Greidanus 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul McElhone
Dealing with the reality of a stroke: July 25, 2013
It was a typical day and I was feeling out of sorts. I then began to realized that things were not that good. I started loosing feeling in my right hand, my leg was dragging and then I was not able to speak.  I waited in the hospital for hours, given two aspirins and sent home at 3 a.m. I was unfortunately missed diagnosed.
Shit Happens Paul McElhone 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 12, 2014
Mark your calendar!
Saturday, March 8 - District Training
Saturday, April 26 - Integrity Awards
Murder Mystery Fundraiser Opportunity
Please see Roman
Concordia University students and New Asian Village are interested in hosting a Murder Mystery fundraiser in support of our club. Suggested date is Tuesday, April 8.
Are you able to help coordinate this event?  Roman is looking for someone to help organize this fundraising opportunity as he will be away for a few weeks leading up to the date.  New Asian Village will do a buffet dinner for a reasonable cost and the students will be in character to create a fun filled evening of suspense and murder.
We need a commitment.  Can you help?  If so, please let Roman know A.S.A.P.  If not, we may have to postpone for the fall due to the timing.
Brian Batch
Our projects to date have been the following:
Chido Shoniwa Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a Norquest student.
Faculty of Nursing
Nursing students, as part of practicum, go to Africa for two weeks.  Our club supports 12 students at $200 each.  Last year the students went to Ghana.
Support to the Philippines
$2,000 was sent to support Humanitarian Aide through the Red Cross for the Philippines.  The Canadian government matched this donation. 
S.E.E.D.S. is a Canadian Charity based in Edmonton that provides services to impoverished children and families in Ethiopia.  The focus is helping 410 children attend school by covering costs for school fees, uniforms, health needs and school supplies.  Riverview Rotary Club is working on supporting this group to help get toilets and running water to the school.
Kigesi Healthcare Foundation Uganda
Uganda has very few doctors.  For example, there are only 6 dentists in Uganda and they have a population of 2.5 million people.  A hospital formed and provides services to the people of Uganda.  There is unfortunately no running water at this time and our club is looking at supporting this advancement to the infrastructure of the hospital.   
Question for club members: would you want to participate in an infrastructure build in another country [i.e. build a well, paint a school]?
Financial Update
Lora Lee
Thank goodness for people who know numbers!
International dues and district dues need to be paid yearly.  There are costs to the club while doing business such as: district training, storage, guest meal, executive meetings etc.
Largest charge to a member is the cost of the breakfast.  Members are required to pay this cost regardless of attendance.
We have numerous fundraisers every year to fund our projects as well as a casino.  Casino funds are restricted and must apply to use them in specific ways.
Discussions with the Board about use/investment of the Allendale Bingo share funds. 
March 2014 Set-Up & Take Down Crew
Brian Batch
David Kinnaird
Mary McLean [Tamisan & Mary switched months]
William Betteridge
Paul McElhone
Kathleen Brady
Raymond Tsang
Changes will be made for the 2014-15 Rotary year for the set-up and take down crews [starting July 2014].  Each team will be given 3 months of the calendar year moving forward.  It is the hope that the teams will have more people to draw on the support this activity.  Please watch for more details.
Club Update - February 13, 2014 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2014
Rotary International President Ron Burton scheduled to visit with Rotarians in District 5370!
Save the date:  May 2, 2014!
Rotary’s International 2013-14 President, Ron Burton and Jetta Burton will visit Red Deer, the home city of Monty Audenart, Aide to RI President and Trustee of the Rotary Foundation.
President, Ron Burton 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Docker on Feb 12, 2014

To All District 5370 Club Presidents and Club Rotary Foundation Directors

What is a Rotary Peace Fellowship?
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier scholarship of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary's mission to empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peace builders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities.  Two types of fellowships are offered:  a master's degree program and a 3-month professional development certificate program.
Rotary Peace Fellowship Ivan Docker 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 04, 2014

Greg Hadubiak ...

Welcome back Greg. 
We are looking forward to building strong communities with you.
Welcome Greg! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 04, 2014
OFSS Spotlight by Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor
To raise $225,000 through our 2012 Capital Campaign, Going the Extra Mile with Operation Friendship Seniors Society.  This campaign would allow us to get four new vehicles for Operation Friendship Seniors Society.  It is our goal to purchase:
-Two new Helping Hands Vans, which would enable us to help maintain the independence of seniors in need by providin basic services, as time and space permit.
-A Cube Van that would be used daily for the pick-up of food and donations.
-A Passenger Bus, which would allow our Recreation Coordinator the opportunity to plan more outings for our seniors.
Going the Extra Mile with Operation Friendship Seniors Society Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Neil Cockburn on Jan 30, 2014

 Dinner & Silent Auction

April 25th, 2014
Doors 6:00PM, Dinner 7:00PM
Ramada Conference Centre [11834 Kingsway Avenue]
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Tickets for Sale
Silent Auction Items Wanted
Belize in Bloom Neil Cockburn 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Oddoye on Jan 28, 2014
The Rotary Foundation is our Rotarian foundation that helps us many worthy causes around the world locally and abroad.  Please consider donating all your loose, spare change to the Foundation.  Alternatively, paper and plastic work just as well!
Please Donate to the foundation. Feel free to speak with Colin Oddoye to learn more about the Rotary Foundation [TRF].
Spare change: a fundraiser that makes cents Colin Oddoye 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 28, 2014
I usually like to give a mini article on the topics shared at our Rotary meetings.  We are fortunate to have so many wonderful people join us and share.  Abe Silverman was one of these lovely people.  Unfortunately, I will not be writing about our discussion because frankly, most of what was discussed was way above my comprehension and understanding of the situations in the Middle East.  I can honestly say that I am absolutely, one hundred percent ignorant to all that is happening in the Middle East.  I know there is tension, fighting, anger and I used to be one of those people thinking “One side just has to give up the anger, hate and fear and then it will be all better.”  After listening to Abe, it finally donned on me that the situation in the Middle East is like an “onion” is has hundreds of layers upon layers that has created an intricately complicated scenario.
I cannot begin to understand and fathom how people survive in situations which at any second bombs could be raining down overhead.  I am fortunate to have been born and raised in Edmonton.  A Canadian who, when I first moved out of my house was five whole blocks from where I spent my entire childhood, and now with my new home only four blocks away.  My parents and grandparents live close by.  My daughter has a day-home seven blocks from me.  And I am so lucky to have this peace, security and the opportunities I have been given. I can definitely say that today I took another long look at my life and said thank you for what I have.
Geneva Accords from an Israeli Perspective Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 28, 2014
It is always a pleasure to cross paths with past Rotarians from our club, like Bob Winfield, and Tuesday was no exception.  Bob Winfield was gracious to join us, despite our jibs and friendly jabs, with Paul Lucas from Events Edmonton.  There have been many great transitions over the last few years from the Taste of Edmonton to the New Year's Eve celebrations downtown.
Events Edmonton Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 28, 2014
We sometimes forget the little “diamonds in the rough” and thanks to Pilar Martinez & Tina Thomas we now know a little more about the amazing work of the Edmonton Public Library. Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dean Wood on Jan 28, 2014
For the past three years, the Riverview Rotary Club has partnered with the High School Model United Nations sponsored by UofA students. "Read more" to find out how you can participate.
High School Model United Nations 2014 Update Dean Wood 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary McLean on Jan 28, 2014
Celebrate Chinese New Year with fellow Rotarians on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
Brent and Adele Collingwood have kindly opened their door to all.  Please contact Mary McLean at as soon as possible if you have not already R.S.V.P.’d
We will order Chinese food for the number of folks attending and the cost will be divided and shared by all who come [we will collect at the party].  Please bring your own preferred drinks.
Happy New Year! Mary McLean 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 07, 2013
Empowering Youth through Music Education Outreach
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra has embarked upon an extraordinary joint partnership with the Edmonton Catholic School District, the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Riverview and Sherwood Park, and the Inner City Children’s Program (ICCP) whose work together will inspire a sense of community and empower Edmonton’s underserved youth through music education outreach.
YONA Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 07, 2013
At Pharmacare, we believe that our clients should have access to the highest quality healthcare within their community at the highest standards of safety and scope of pharmacy practice.  To realize this vision, we have invested in community retail centers, mobile clinical teams and a Pharmacy Fulfillment Center that is an industry leader in safety, information security, timely distribution and compliance packaging.  This breadth of service makes Pharmacare a truly integrated healthcare company with a proven track record of maximizing our patients’ health outcomes.
Gord Deegs on Pharmacare Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Greidanus on Sep 26, 2013
For some Royal Alexandra Hospital staff, vacation means going those extra miles to make a difference.
Holiday With Heart Janet Greidanus 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 09, 2013
Citie Ballet is Edmonton’s resident professional ballet company.
Art that Moves Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 09, 2013
These two words normally drive the fear deep down into most people’s souls.  Is there no hope?!  Lisa Van der Kwaak is a speaking coach and she was kind enough to share some helpful tips to improve presentation and essentially communicate more efficiently.
Public Speaking!?!?!?! AHHHHHH! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mic Farrell on Jul 29, 2013
Riverview Rotary is looking to fill a couple of positions to ensure smooth sailing this Rotary year. 
Open positions include: Youth Services Chair, Membership Chair, Integrity Awards Coordinator and Director of Club Projects.
Interested individuals are to connect with our perfect and prestigious president, Mic.  Please “read more” for duty descriptions.

Opportunities to Serve Your Fellow Members Mic Farrell 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jul 18, 2013
I felt as though I should have saluted Chief Sheriff, Rick Taylor when I greeted him on Tuesday.  He was dressed to impress and with all the lovely insignias and fancy military style thingies on his suit, but he was more than a man in uniform.  Rick joined our club to share with us what a Sheriff does because to be honest, he was just another man in a uniform to me.
I felt like saluting … Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jul 18, 2013
A Sad Farewell
On Tuesday, we said goodbye to Pernille, our exchange student.  It was a pleasure to learn a little Danish and a joy to know Pernille.  We wish her the best and look forward to receiving updates in the years to come.
William Betteridge
Paul Harris Fellow and now, Benefactor!  Congratulations and thank you for your continuous support of The Rotary Foundation.
Newest Member
We are pleased to induct, Hans Von Bloedau, back into the club.  Looking forward to hearing your classification talk!
July Update Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jul 08, 2013
This mini quickie brought to you by the number 99!
July Set-up & Take Down Crew
1. Bill O.
2. Lindsay R.
3. Paul D.
4. John W.
5. Caroline S.
6. David M.
7. Han von B.
August Set-up & Take Down Crew
1. Bill D.
2. Michele W.
3. Marry M.
4. Lora Lee P.
5. Larry H.
6. Norm J.
7. Roman B.
Mark your calendars!
The 2013 Ecuador fundraiser is booked for Friday, October 4, 2013.  Tickets will be available in mid to late August.  Silent and live auction items appreciated.
Rocky Mountain Experience
Postponed until September 28, 2013. 
Riverview Backyar Boys & Girls
What: Painting Paul McElhone's fence
Where: 12730-102 Avenue
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
As part of our Riverview club fundraising activities, we are painting Paul's fence for a fee.  Monies raised will help continue our community work.  If you can spare a few hours [weather permitting], please contact Carl at 780.720.4495 or  Spray paint provided ...
Quickie Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 20, 2013
Nola Bryann joining the world!
A baby so cute and so small,
Everyone adores,
And the best part of all-
This little one is yours!
 Proud big brother Gabriel
Congrats to Barb & Christoph! 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jun 19, 2013
Christoph and Barb graciously opened their home for a fun filled family BBQ on Saturday, June 15.  A great opportunity for adults and children to come together; however, things didn’t go as planned…
Born to be a Rotarian … Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
I have to say that almost everyone has heard of the new addition to the downtown Edmonton – a new arena.  However, there have been many changes to our downtown core that you might not have heard about.
Jim Taylor of the Downtown Business Association joined our club to share how there have been many unseen changes leading up to the most recent development of the arena.  Jim has lived and worked downtown for more than 25 years now.  In other words, Jim knows downtown very well.
Downtown Edmonton: An ever-changing landscape Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jun 18, 2013
Fringe theatre is theatre that is not of the mainstream, it is on the periphery.
Fringe Theatre Adventures [Edmonton, Alberta] is dedicated to providing a vibrant year around home in Edmonton for local, national, and international artists to present theatre arts that challenge audiences, and celebrate the cultural fabric of our communities.  They do so by fostering an environment and providing resources that encourage audiences of all ages, and artists - professionals and aspiring alike - to take creative chances.
It was great to hear Sam Jenkins, President and Board Chair of the Fringe Theatre Adventures, speak so passionately on their humble beginnings and behind the scenes by the numbers.
Fringe: edge of mainstream / avant-garde Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jun 02, 2013
“I love my job.  There is an unknown potential inside each child and the Stollery Children’s Hospital is an investment, which contributes to the potential for each child that is helped.  ”
~Mike House
Mike House of the Stollery Children’s Hospital joined our club to share his insight and need for a world-class children’s hospital in Edmonton.
An investment of potential: World class care for all children Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carl Simonson on May 26, 2013
The purpose of Rotary International and the Riverview Rotary Club is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
For the past two years the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview has sponsored the HSMUN Assembly at the University of Alberta. Mr. Finnbarr Timbers, the General Secretary of the 11th 2013 HSMUN has written the following report which we share with Rotarians of District 5370.
University of Alberta Model United Nations (HSMUN) Carl Simonson 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roman Bayrock on Apr 29, 2013
 On Sunday, April 7, Riverview Rotarians joined the Ross Sheppard Interact Club in hosting a Home for Dinner event at the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton.


Home for Dinner Roman Bayrock 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 24, 2013

I joined the Riverview Rotary Club a few years ago and it took me until today to fully understand the scope of Operation Esperanza.  For any of us who unfortunately don’t speak Spanish, “Esperanza” translates to “hope” in English.  Operation Esperanza is a medical and dental mission to Cuenca, Ecuador that gives hope to the patients who are helped as well as their families.


Operation Hope Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Hanna on Apr 21, 2013

"Thank you all for making this trip possible.  The children were beyond thrilled.  This is an event they will always remember.  The trip sparks a love of history and promotes a sense of belonging as citizens of our city and province.  These are priceless gifts- thank you on behalf of all the staff and parents at Norwood School."

It is amazing how an experience like the voyageur excursion brightens the lives of youth who might not have had the opportunity if it wasn't available from our club.  Photos speak louder than words.


Voyageur Michael Hanna 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 16, 2013

Dr. Garry Wheeler of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada joined us on Tuesday to teach us about MS.  Prior to Dr. Wheeler’s role as Vice President with the MS Society of Canada, he taught at a very famous school in England depicted below [totally cool, but not relevant].

What do you know about MS? Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 15, 2013



Goddag Riverview Rotary Club,


I would like to thank you all for supporting and donating money for my fundraising for Shelterbox. I am very happy to announce that I have raised $820!
We were asked to raise $500 which pays for half a Shelterbox. I am still hoping to be able to raise $1000 so I can buy my own Shelterbox and to be able to trace it, and know that with help from you, we have saved lifes!
If you know anyone, family, friends or co-workers that will be interested in buying tickets to win some great Danish prizes it is not too late yet! The deadline is next Rotary meeting, May 28th, and I'll be more than happy to collect some last tickets and round up to a whole Shelterbox.


ShelterBox Fundraiser Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 14, 2013

Spring is almost here - I can taste it!  Keep your eye open for the opportunity to brighten the lives of residents at Operation Friendship [Seniors Society]. Each year, Riverview volunteers plant lovely flowers around the buildings.  If you like getting dirty, this is the volunteer job for you! Stay tuned for the date and time for Planting 2013!


Planting 2013 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Apr 11, 2013

Unfortunately we can’t keep Pernille and she will be returning home.  However, before she leaves, she has a few things she would like to do.  Please see if you can help “Make A Wish” come true for our lovely Pernille!


Pernille’s Wish List:

Horseback Riding


Lake Louise



Elk Island Park

Fort Edmonton Park

River Valley Excursions - biking, walking, rollerblading

Art Gallery of Alberta / Royal Alberta Museum


Oilers Game(s)


Ukrainian Village

Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump

Icefields Parkway near Banff

Did we mention Mountains?

Winspear Centre - concert

Farmers Market



Pernille's Wish List Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Apr 01, 2013

Good morning Riverview Rotarians,

I wanted to thank you again for the Report Card dinner.  It is such a nice treat for our families and just one more way that we can encourage them to come to the school and learn more about their child’s educational program.  There is so much value in parents feeling more and more welcome in the school.   Your people resources and financial contributions go a long ways to furthering this goal. On behalf of Delton School, we thank you.   Please pass on my thoughts to all for a job well done! 


Nancy Weber, Principal

Delton School


The Meaning of Rotary - Service Above Self Paul Dusseault 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brent Collingwood on Apr 01, 2013

Cari Noelck has been an RN for 17 years and presently works in the operating room at the Orthopedic Surgery Centre at the Royal Alexander Hospital. Cari has participated as a team member on Operation Esperanza, the medical-dental mission to Ecuador, for eight years and for the past six years she has been charge nurse in the operating room. This involves a tremendous amount of work:  gathering, purchasing, and organizing surgical supplies, sterilizing instruments, as well as packing them. This work takes many months and many meetings prior to the mission.


Our Integrity Award Recipient: Cari Noelck Brent Collingwood 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nelson Scott on Apr 01, 2013

This is how it works ...

Three Saturday evenings have been identified for Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner this spring: April 13, May 25 and June 22.

Typically, each Rotarian will host once and be guests on the other two. If you are available on only one or two of these dates, you should still plan to participate when you are available. If you can only host or be a guest you may still participate. Both couples and singles are welcome.  Note: Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner will be an adult-only activity this year.

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 or flowers.

Once you have signed up for dinner, I will contact you to determine if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, which will be considered when I match guests to hosts.


What is Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner? Nelson Scott 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 18, 2013

Guess which Rotarian would be played by Lauren Bacall?



Guess Who Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 17, 2013

In all honesty, if someone asked me on Monday what the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta was, my response would have been … “duh a college”.  Not my brightest moment in life I must say; however, Dr. Trevor Theman joined us on Tuesday to clarify the role of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta [CPSA].


College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
An Elegant Evening of Scotch Mist Allison Read 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Duff Robison on Mar 05, 2013

Support Riverview Rotary's community initiatives and beautify your garden at the same time as we present the 4th annual Compost Sale on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Highlands Community League [6112-113 Avenue].


Compost Sale Duff Robison 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Mar 05, 2013

I’ve always been one for “girl power” and “women’s rights” and continuously advocating that I can lift as much as a man and can do anything a man can do.  However, hearing our wonderful guest speaker, Brent Purnell [a.k.a. The Skipping Guy], speak at Tuesday’s meeting made me rethink my preconceived notions about boys. 


"Skipping is a metaphor" Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Greidanus on Feb 28, 2013

When embarking on a Mission to a Third World country one can encounter unexpected difficulties. When we left Edmonton for Cuenca, Ecuador, on January 31, 2012, we still did not have the necessary “Letter of Approval” from the Ministry of Health in Quito giving us permission to do our work to help the poor and suffering in Ecuador. It was only upon arrival in Quito that we were finally met by a government representative and given the required letter! Then, after passing through Customs and Immigration, we waited at the baggage carrousel only to find out that most of our supplies had not arrived with us in Quito. Thirty-two hockey bags, including all of the hip and knee prostheses, were missing. Thankfully, they arrived late the following evening. Strangely, they came from Houston on a different airline via Panama City!


Operation Esperanza 2013 Report Tom Greidanus 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Feb 28, 2013

Thanks to our amazing volunteers, Riverview Rotary was able to serve a lovely dinner at Operation Friendship Seniors Society on Tuesday, February 26. Operation Friendship Seniors Society’s mission is to offer services to improve the quality of life of our clients who are seniors in need over 55 years of age.


Feeding more than just the body ... Paul Dusseault 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Hanna on Feb 24, 2013


Thank you everyone for the showing your support for the 490 High School students at the opening of HSMUN 2013.  These students will grapple with global issues of significance over the next two days.

The High School Model United Nations will address:

Polio Eradication,

Humanitarian Aid in Conflict Areas,

Right to Protect Civilians in Conflict Areas,

Nuclear program verification protocols, and

other gritty issues of our times. 

HSMUN 2013 Michael Hanna 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dini Corbett-Lourenco on Feb 24, 2013

Every day we hear from students about what awards or bursaries mean to them.  Thanks to you, our generous donor, student awards recognize the hard work and dedication our students have put into reaching their education and career goals.


Norquest College Thanks Dini Corbett-Lourenco 2013-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Dini Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 18, 2013

Why does your downtown matter?  Tammy Pidner of the Edmonton Economic Development  Corporation shared some insights on why all Edmontonians should care about our downtown.


I "heart" yegdt Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Feb 06, 2013

Rotary's primary motto is "Service above Self", join Riverview Rotarians in the community at one or more of the following events:


Community Services 2013 Update Paul Dusseault 2013-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carl Simonson on Feb 05, 2013
Hola Riverview Rotarians from Cuenca, Ecuador. Project Esperanza 2013 is off and running smoothly. We are in the second day of surgeries and the adult surgery team has completed 16 hip and knee surgeries. We receive wonderful co-operation from the private hospital called Santa Innes Hospital. Tom and I met with the hospital administration this morning to show our appreciation and to work out some of the logistics. Once the operation is completed the adults are encouraged to get up and walk with one of the three Physio Therapists on the team. It is truly amazing to see the progress made on the same day of the operation. The indigenous people travel hours to Cuenca to receive these life changing surgeries. Many thanks goes to Dr. Manuel Avila who works tirelessly throughout the year to identify these undeserved, needy people. Every day the Esperanza team members receive truly heartfelt words of thanks from the patients and their families.


Project Esperanza 2013: Blog February 5th, 2013 Carl Simonson 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
“I wanted to be a writer but I don’t like to write” ~Karen Bennett Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Feb 03, 2013

The Morbid Details of the Funeral Business

I always thought it would be an interesting career choice to work in the funeral business.  I’ve enjoyed my share of horror movies, books, short films, cartoons etc. with zombies being my favourite.  My wedding was even a little morbid with each guest table being a horror film like Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Nightmare Before Christmas and even the Texas Chainsaw Massacre [to name a few].  In lieu of a number you had a lovely hand made photo to commemorate each horror movie. 


Duff of the Dead Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Dafoe as Dafoe ... Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
MASQUERADE: Masks are a Must! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Bennett on Jan 20, 2013

Riverview Rotary: Vocational Service

Student Adventure and Leadership Programs For 2012-13


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.


Student Adventure and Leadership Programs Karen Bennett 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 16, 2013

What can I say?  I’ve always enjoyed a good informative video or documentary.  Maybe it’s my lack of attention or the need of visual stimulation to learn … my apologies, I digress. We were fortunate to have Lori Schmidt from Productivity Alberta join us on Tuesday morning. She shared with us the most productive company in Alberta video: the HIVE!


I always love a good video … Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Miles Gibson on Jan 13, 2013
The Board of Directors adopted this list of what constitutes a make-up at its October 2009 meeting and confirmed the list at its August 2011 meeting.
Make-ups for missed meetings Miles Gibson 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gilbert Perras on Jan 08, 2013

A RYLA is a nimble and highly effective omnivore.  They come in a variety of colors and have been seen with both long and short hair.  Due to their youthfulness, some may speak differently and electronic communication is preferred.  Rotarians are encouraged to listen and learn these behaviors before approaching.  Seriously?!


What the heck is a RYLA? Gilbert Perras 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Ever wonder what RYPEN means? Gilbert Perras 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 08, 2013

District 5360 & District 5370 Annual Bonspiel and World Curling Qualifiers

Event dates: February 21 to February 24, 2013

Stettler Rotary club is very excited to host the 2013 bonspiel and World Qualifying Event. We would like to invite all Rotarian Curlers to enter a team today for our event in February.


Welcome to Stettler: Rotary Rocks 2013 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 02, 2013

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.


 This is why we are drawn to Rotary and this is why we stay ...


A Little Refresher Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Robin Williams as Neil Cockburn Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jan 02, 2013
Interested in learning about Rotary?  Watch Rotary International's video at: 


Doing Good In The World Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Dec 23, 2012

Warmest Greetings of the Season
and Best Wishes for
Happiness in the New Year
with Holiday Blessings


Happy Holidays! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Angie Tarasoff's 20 Questions Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Dec 04, 2012

Yes, the term “MacEwan University” is a foreign term for me as well.  Back in the day, when I attended, it was Grant MacEwan Community College.  I truly enjoyed my two years at MacEwan and walked out with a Police & Security – Police Major diploma, but this was years ago.  We were fortunate on Tuesday to have David Atkinson, the current President of MacEwan University, join us and share a little history and a new focus. 


“MacEwan University” Wwwhhhaatt?? Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunities with Operation Friendship Seniors Society Paul Dusseault 2012-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Getting to Know Joshua Marshall Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 22, 2012

Social enterprise is attracting a lot of attention around the world – as a great way to make the world a better place.

Although certainly not new, (think of the co-operative movement in the 1840s, or the first thrift shop in the 1890s), the power of social impact investing has captured the imaginations of those seeking to meet a wide range of social, environmental and cultural challenges.

The Canadian Task Force on Social Finance has defined social enterprise as “any organization or business that uses market oriented production and sale of goods and/or services to pursue a public benefit mission.” Social enterprises come in all shapes and sizes, but are united in their passion for change, using business to power that change, and a desire to be more self-reliant in creating the change they seek in the community.

The Social Enterprise Fund was established to provide financial support in the form of loans to organizations in Edmonton that are launching or growing a social enterprise. One of our friends described SEF as being “like Dragons’ Den, but for good.”  Basically, we can provide patient capital to make social enterprise a reality.


The Social Enterprise Fund: Money on a Mission Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 22, 2012

February 21st – 23rd, 2013 at the University of Alberta []


“I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun doing something educational.  I will never forget this!” ~Student delegate

“It was great to learn about other countries.  I would definitely recommend this event to others for next year.” ~Student delegate


High School Model United Nations [HSMUN], is a three-day UN is a three-day UN simulation held annually at the University of Alberta.  In 2011, 579 students represented more than 100 countries.  Additionally, nine students from Westwood Community High School participated in a rural delegation.  HSMUN is made possible thanks to the generous support of the University of Alberta: Faculty of Arts & Department of Political Science as well as the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview.


University of Alberta High School Model United Nations Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 22, 2012

By George Belanger, Dayna St. Arnault & Brittany Collins

At 5:30 a.m. the rooster calls [literally], and we begin our day as fourth year nursing students in Ghana.  Shortly after the early morning begins we usually catch a ride with Kofi, a driver from the University of Ghana to the 37 Military Hospital located just outside of central Accra.  The commute from our residence [International Student Hostel] to the hospital is approximately forty minutes, often varying on account of unforeseen traffic congestion.  Upon arrival at 37 Military Hospital, the ten students in our group disperse to various units ranging from Obstetrics, Emergency, Intensive Care, Paediatrics, Surgery and Public Health.


Nursing half a world away Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Our Very Own Sean Connery Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Nov 07, 2012

Celine Calfa of Exceptional Communications joined us Tuesday morning and shared some wonderful ways of weathering the perfect storm in business.


How to weather the perfect storm ... Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Oct 30, 2012

This was our first of 3 dinners sponsored by the Club at Operation Friendship this Rotary year.  


Big thanks to everyone who helped on Tuesday evening.  All went well and the ham, scalloped potatoes, salad and cake were very much appreciated by all!




Operation Friendship Dinner: December 4, 2012 Paul Dusseault 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Oct 30, 2012

When some of us hear the name “Duff” we either think of the Simpsons “Duff Beer” or a long time former member, Duff Robison.  



Welcome Duff Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Oct 30, 2012

Due to unfortunate circumstances, the Voyageur Experience – Norwood School November 8 & 9, 2012 has been cancelled.  Please watch for alternative dates and opportunities to ensure students have the opportunity to participate in this amazing program.

William Betteridge is leading our second Voyageur Experience this fall to Fort Edmonton Park.  Voyageur Experience (VE for short) is an excellent adventure for grade 4 students as it links their classroom studies of the exploration of Western Canada with a hands on opportunity to spend time in Fort Edmonton and learn about hunting & trapping, Fort life, trading for goods, all with park interpreters.



Voyageur Experience Cancelled Paul Dusseault 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Oct 30, 2012



This will be the second year for the Cups of Compassion initiative, where we collect coffee mugs and coffee for the Drop-In Centre.  Last year the club contributed 100 coffee mugs and 24 kilograms of coffee!  Please bring any unwanted coffee mugs and some coffee to the next meetings and Paul Dusseault will store them for delivery to Operation Friendship.  As the days get shorter, a cup of hot coffee can warm more than just a stomach….but a heart as well.

Cups of Compassion Paul Dusseault 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Where Things Move at the Speed of Kindness … Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Oct 22, 2012
At the beginning of October we were fortunate to have Phil Sande join our club.  Phil shared the new vision and redevelopment of the City Centre land.  Regardless if you are fore or against the redevelopment, this area will impact and change what Edmonton looks like in the future.


City Centre Redevelopment Project Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Oct 17, 2012
As a Rotarian, it is wonderful to hear about all the work that is being done in the world, but it is even better when our club has an amazing connection to an outstanding project like the Namibian Maternal Health Project.  Rob Greidanus, our very own Tom Greidanus’ son, helped spearhead this positive change and education in Namibia with Rotary.

Namibian Maternal Health Project: Justice for Women & Children Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Colin Oddoye on Oct 17, 2012
The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is an official associate foundation of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. 


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.


To learn more about The Rotary Foundation or to donate, please contact Colin Oddoye or visit

Donate what you would have spent on a coffee or bottle of wine once a week and of course, spare change also adds up!


November — Rotary Foundation Month Colin Oddoye 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 30, 2012
Lora Lee has kindly donated 60 copies of the famous Renwick Family Cookbook to sell in support of our community projects.  For $10 each these cookbooks make amazing gifts and raises funds at the same time! 
Renwick Family Cookbook Fundraiser Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 25, 2012

“Five key phrases to learn when married: Yes dear.  I’m sorry. You’re right. I understand. I won’t do it again.” ~Roman Bayrock



Everybody Loves Roman Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 17, 2012
 “New Gens keep me young and alive and forced me to learn to text.” ~Mike HannaImage


New Gens Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Dusseault on Sep 12, 2012
We are fortunate to have a variety of community initiatives and events planned over the next couple of months.  Join fellow Rotarians as we build goodwill and better friendships while investing in our future.
Community Services Paul Dusseault 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elaine Zimmer on Sep 12, 2012

Mark your calendars!  The annual Operation Esperanza Silent Auction will be held Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre. 

Please join us and support this important fundraiser for the Ecuadoran medical mission.  Last year we raised more than $50,000 and hope to raise even more this year!

You can support the event by attending the dinner and/or donating items for the silent and live auction. 
Tickets are $60 per person. 

Please feel free to contact either Elaine Zimmer for more details. Image

Operation Esperanza Silent Auction Elaine Zimmer 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 11, 2012
We are fortunate to induct our newest member on Tuesday during our special joint meeting with the Edmonton Glenora Club welcoming District Governor Kevin Hilgers.  Welcome to the Rotarian family Darren!Image
Welcome Darren! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 11, 2012
In all honesty, despite reading about Kevin and hearing others speak on his ability to capture an audience, I was unprepared for him on Tuesday.  Kevin is taller and younger looking in real life.  The energy oozes out of him and he has the ability to gain attention at “hello”.  All you have to do is see his parting photo.


Kevin Hilgers … “You are not alone when you’re a Rotarian.” Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 04, 2012
Rotarians in the Capital Region have joined with the Edmonton Eskimos to TEAM UP TO TACKLE POLIO at the Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders game on Saturday October 13, 2012 [kick-off at 2:00 p.m.].
Edmonton Eskimos to TEAM UP TO TACKLE POLIO! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Sep 04, 2012
Did you know that Kevin Hilgers is District 5370's youngest Governor.  He often says "My family and I have received so much from Rotary I don't think I could ever pay it back.  But I'm certainly going to try".

Join us on Tuesday, September 11 at a special combined meeting with the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora to meet our District Governor.  Kevin is an  energetic and enthusiastic leader and will be a breath of fresh air on the DG meeting front.Image
Kevin Hilgers, District Governor 2012/13 Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Help support our Riverview Rotary initiatives in the community by eating! Lindsay Robinson 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tamisan Bencz-Knight on Jul 31, 2012
And support Edmonton's Food Bank at the same time!

Bentall Kennedy has launched Fare Fight For Food Challenge, a national initiative that will partner, locally, with Edmonton's Food Bank.

From now until October 31, special events and promotions are being coordinated to raise awareness, food and funds for Edmonton’s Food Bank. We are also competing against other participating Food Banks across Canada. Winning Food Banks will be given one of five $10,000 grants!

Let’s make a difference! Enter to win free groceries for a year ($3,000) at!  Go to Contest and the team you are supporting is: Oliver Square/Oliver Village - Edmonton's Food Bank.

For each person who enters the draw, Edmonton's Food Bank gets closer to winning $10,000!

Win Free Groceries for a Year! Tamisan Bencz-Knight 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Mar 13, 2012

There was little time for silence, or apathy, this weekend at the U of A when 480 High School Students from Northern Alberta gathered at the 2012 High School Model United Nations Conference. Students spent their Thursday, Friday and Saturday discussing possible “resolutions” to many contemporary global issues.

The U of A High School Model United Nations Conference (HSMUN) is an annual event run by U of A and hosted at the University’s North Campus. Each high school student attending the conference has the opportunity to take on the role of a UN delegate, representing a country or non-governmental organization. Seven multilateral committees worked individually to draft resolutions to various international issues before presenting them at a plenary session on Saturday afternoon.


The conference was run entirely by student volunteers, the majority of who attend the U of A. After being recruited in early September, some of these volunteers spent their time researching and blogging on the topics of debate. Others were involved with writing stories for an HSMUN newspaper that is published during the conference, or creating a fake “international crisis” that the high school delegates needed to address during their three days at HSMUN. All of the volunteers were present at the conference itself in order to help facilitate the debate.

HSMUN was founded in 2002 Andy Knight, chair of the Department of Political Science. The organization’s mission is to enlighten high school students about the complexities of international relations while encouraging them to become active participants in policy discussions internationally and locally. This year marked the beginning of a three-year collaboration between HSMUN and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview. The generous support of this club has allowed HSMUN to greatly increase the size and reach of the conference.

For information regarding the HSMUN 2012 conference, please contact Nolan Sawatzky at 780.964.1010 780.964.1010.

High School Students debate global issues at High School Model United Nations Conference Michele Weselake 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on May 05, 2011

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner.

Your Riverview Fundraising Committee has a target of raising $2500 through Backyard Boys and Girls projects this year.

You can help in two ways: First, if you or someone you know has a project that a group of 5 or 6 Rotarians could tackle in a day, let us know. Our experts estimators will meet with you or the interested party to scope out the project and give an estimate of how much time it will take. We then ask the person to make a donation to the club that is commensurate with the size of the project. We're looking to do 5 or 6 projects between May and October, so we're thinking that donations would be somewhere in the $500 range. Of course if anyone has a one or two hour project that you're willing to make a small donation for, we'd certainly try to accommodate you.

Please send your proposed projects to Mic Farrell ( and we'll take it from there. The second way you can help is by coming out to work on any of the projects. We hope to schedule one project per month, usually on a Saturday. We'll usually finish the day off with some food and fellowship. So please prepare to join us for at least one Saturday over the next 6 months. 

Back Yard Boys and Girls Want Projects !! Michele Weselake 2011-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
a Wonderful Experience with our GSE Australian Group ! Michele Weselake 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Feb 21, 2011

Riverview Rotary

Vocational Service

Student Adventure and Leadership Programs



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.


Although we will be working with a few high schools to recruit students, we also need the help of all members in recruiting deserving students. In the past couple of years applications for our Adventure and Leadership programs have diminished and last year we didn’t sponsor any students. Our late efforts to recruit students at Ross Shepherd and the Interact Club last year yielded no applications.


This year we hope to recruit students from Ross Shepherd, Queen Elizabeth, Amiskwaciy Academy, and perhaps other high schools in Edmonton.  Having said this, I believe we could also recruit students through our membership. This would be a great way to bring Rotary to people you know. So look around, on your block, business contacts, friends and family. Maybe there is a deserving student right in your own house.


We need at least 12 students to fill our programs.


So let’s get busy and recruit some students!

If you would like any other information, please Gilbert at: 


Let's Recruit Some Students! Michele Weselake 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Feb 16, 2011

Carl Simonson and Dini Corbett-Lourenco provided a project status report on the Sophie's Academy Initiative. The 5000 books, 20 computers, 150 desks and shelving units shipped by container to Kitwe, Zambia, are now in use at the school. Guests for the presentation included some of the many project partners: Dr. Lorne, EPS; Ms. Justine Vandergrift, King’s University College; and Ms. Kate Wallace, President of Ross Sheppard Centennial Interact Club. The International Services Committee will now determine how to best assist the school going forward. A copy of the presentation will be available on the Club’s site soon!

Sophie's Academy Initiative Michele Weselake 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Feb 09, 2011
 Catholic Social Services thanks the Riverview Rotary "Backyard Boys & Girls Club" for their support and generosity. We were also featured in their Billboard newsletter. 
Catholic Social Services Thanks Riverview Rotary Michele Weselake 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Carlos- Our Exchange Student Michele Weselake 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Feb 07, 2011

We are a club of hard working professionals with a mandate to Service Above Self.  Having said this our club relishes the fellowship during breakfast meetings with a sense of humour and passion for the projects on hand second to none . 

We hope you'll join us for our morning Business Breakfast Meetings at the Royal Glenora Tuesdays ....  

Our Edmonton Riverview Rotary Morning Business Meetings Michele Weselake 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michele Weselake on Feb 07, 2011

A big heartfelt Thank you to Dr. Greidanus and Wayne Kauffman for sharing their adventures this morning at our  Feburary 8, 2011 breakfast meeting with Jim Hole. How inspiring to hear about the 39 operations changing lives. The man up the hill and the lady being carried in a! What an amazing feat and story. We are so proud of you all.

Operation Esperanza 2011 Michele Weselake 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jennifer Banks on Feb 01, 2011

Rotarians are making an invaluable difference by helping people with developmental disabilities “get their foot in the door” of business and industry – to have a chance for real jobs.  In turn many Rotarians are learning about the contribution people with developmental disabilities can make from improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction.  

Rotary Employment Partnership- Explore the possibilities Jennifer Banks 2011-02-01 18:18:49Z 0
Norwood Christmas Caroling Tradition Continues. Jennifer Banks 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brent Collingwood
Join fellow Rotarians for the Capital Region Integrity Awards on April 25, 2012 at the Strathcona County Community Centre. The Alberta Capital Region Rotary Clubs annually host the Integrity Awards Banquet to promote high ethical standards and raise awareness of Rotary ideals. Non-Rotarians are recognized by their sponsoring club to receive the Integrity Award.
- A non-Rotarian adult resident of Alberta
- Their work and life reflect the 4-way test
- One who, regardless of circumstances, takes a stand without concern for personal loss or reputation
- Not necessarily have a high profile
- Someone who has made a personal contribution to the region that would warrant special recognition.
Submit your nomination to, and purchase tickets from, Brent Collingwood at
Capital Region Integrity Awards Brent Collingwood 0
Norwood Breakfast hosted and served by Riverview Rotary to Kick off their New School Year! Michele Weselake 0
Presidential Handover Celebration June 26 2011 Michele Weselake 0