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Fort Saskatchewan

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
via online meetings
Mailing address - Box 3363
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2T3
Canada
First and Third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM Virtual Coffee Meetings Second and Fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 PM
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On September 11, the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan is holding a fund raising event Walk to end Polio. Rotary as a whole, has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, and has made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent. It’s crucial to eradicate polio from the last two countries where it remains endemic and to keep other countries polio-free.
 
“If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. That is unacceptable,” states Stew Hennig, Walk committee chair. “Anyone wanting to participate as a walker/runner can contact us at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com. Our goal is to raise $5,000 with each participant raising a minimum of $100.”
 
People can participate in a fun walk of 1, 2 or 5 kms or a fun run of 5 or 10 kms. We will also be accepting donations if people do not want to actually walk or run.
 
We’re close to eradicating polio, but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunization and surveillance efforts. Your gift will get us closer to the finish line.
 
The Rotary Club is pleased to announce that they have partnered with the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Philippines. The sisterhood agreement aims for both clubs to endeavor to promote and develop mutual understanding, friendship and goodwill; and, undertake joint projects on the different avenues of service of ROTARY on a club-level basis.
 
“Rotary is about doing things locally and globally. Our club did two projects with Santa Rosa during covid and we have just launched our third” stated Terry Stacey Club President. “With our President-elect Michael Gabriel having been in the Santa Rosa Club before he came to Canada, we have developed a club to club relationship much different than just sending funds.”
 
The sisterhood agreement was signed at a joint online meeting where members of both clubs got to meet each other. At that time pictures were shared of the newest project that the two clubs partnered on – Rotary on Wheels.The Fort Club sent funds to build five (5) bicycle carts so residents of Santa Rosa can become entrepreneurs.The Santa Rosa Club build the carts, had signage and t-shirts made to identify that this is a joint project between the two Rotary Clubs.Each vendor is vetted and has to sign an agreement that if they no longer want the cart it returns to the Santa Rosa Club and they will find a new vendor.
 
         
The Rotary Club is pleased to announce that they are partnering with the Sherwood Park Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP).  A five thousand ($5,000) dollar donation was made to sponsor a bed build in Fort Saskatchewan on October 23rd.
 
“The club was approached by SHP just prior to the pandemic starting in March 2020.However when everything closed down we could not move forward.Now that bed building can take place again we approached SHP and established a relationship which will result in a bed build this fall” stated Lauren Zumbusch committee chair.“Details are being worked out for the build and a team from the Rotary Club will be participating in SHP’s next build on August 21 in Sherwood Park to learn all the ins and outs”.
 
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Canada is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and and delivering beds including bunkbeds to children . Their motto is no kid sleeps on the floor in our town! https://www.shpbeds.org/chapter/ab-strathcona-co
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club will once again award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.  One scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited college or university, and one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited technical institute or trade school.
 
This annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan high
school.  Students may apply in their graduating year or within one year of their graduation if they have
chosen to upgrade and/or take a “gap year” prior to attending a post-secondary program.  The application documents must be postmarked no later than July 30.
 
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships, and are pleased to assist students fund their post-secondary education,” states Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President.
 
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded from the clubs web site at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/465 or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, St. Andre Bessette, and NextStep High School.
From May 13 to May 27 bidding for over 50 items will take place online at https://www.32auctions.com/fortsaskrotary. The annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser, usually held in February, was cancelled this year due to Covid.  Part of that event was a silent auction that raised funds for club activities such as youth scholarships.
 
``We are excited to still be able to do something that keeps our Death by Chocolate theme, and an online auction fit perfectly `` stated Lauren Reid auction chairperson.  “We have everything from a fireplace, to a family game package, to a liquor basket, to a golf package, to pizza for a year, to gift bags. Local businesses and club members have been very generous in donating fabulous items.”
 
The online auction is easy to use and will let you know when you have been outbid so you can bid again.  All payments will be done electronically and pickups will take place here in town. 
The Rotary Club is pleased to announce that four (4) local organizations were awarded grants from our 2020 50/50 draw proceeds. 
  1. Boys & Girls Club for their youth employment program
  2. Fort Sask Minor Football for new helmets
  3. Fort Sask Multicultural Assoc. for their online youth programing
  4. Fort Sask Restorative Justice & Youth Justice Committee – training for volunteers to assist with youth
 
The Rotary Club is accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from our recent 50/50 draw proceeds.  Each request should clearly state:
  1. the groups name and objectives,
  2. what the funds are going to be used for; and
  3. amount the group is requesting. 
Requests will be accepted until February 28 and can be submitted to fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.  Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary is most well known for its goal to eradicate polio world wide.  Here in Fort Saskatchewan Rotary is all about giving back to the community and supporting leadership in our youth.  Meetings are the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm online.  New members and guests are always welcome, just contact us at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com.
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Didn’t get in on our summer 50/50 and want a chance to win up to $10,000?! The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has launched their second online 50/50 draw. Tickets are now on sale and the draw ends November 16.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the Fort Distillery on December 1, 2020.
 
“Every Christmas the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan has provided safe rides home to our residents that have been out enjoying themselves.  Due to Covid19 we will not be able to provide this service through Operation Red Nose this Christmas season,” stated Lauren Zumbusch, Rotary 50/50 committee chair. “We do however want to still provide funding to local youth organizations that we have supported through Operation Red Nose for the last twelve (12) years. Over that time $67,000 has been given to community youth organizations.”
 
The Rotary Club will be accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from the proceeds of this 50/50 draw.  Each request should clearly state the group’s name and objectives, what they want to use the funds for and how much they are requesting.  Requests will be accepted until January 30, 2021 and can be submitted to fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com or any Rotary Club member.
 
To purchase 50/50 tickets Albertans can visit https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/rotaryclubfortsask
 
Tickets are being sold in packs of:
100 tickets for $100, 20 tickets for $50, 4 tickets for $20 and 1 ticket for $10.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club was pleased to award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Due to Covid 19 local high school award nights are not scheduled. Therefore the awards were presented at the final Farmer’s Market September 17.
 
“Our annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan High
School stated Stew Hennig, scholarship committee chair.  We had over a dozen applicants to choose from and were excited to provide two (2) scholarships this year.”
 
2020 scholarship winners were: 
Terry Buchanan Scholarship awarded to a recipient attending a technical/trade school – Lindsay Bettac
Bill Devereux Scholarship awarded to a recipient attending University – Karissa Goulding
The Club held its first online 50/50 draw and raised $18,320.  Half of the winnings, $9,160, was won by Fort resident Jesse McKiernan.
Rotary International has as a top priority for Rotary, to grow and diversify our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities. We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement and on July 29, 2020 the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club officially adopted the same statement.
 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
 
Rotary has a long history of being non-political, nonpartisan and non-religious”, states Ted Griffiths, President of the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club. “Rotary has a long history going back to the United Nations 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Rotary is only one of two non-country flags that fly at the UN. However given world events of late, our club felt it was important to formally take a stand and declare our beliefs around diversity, equity and inclusion.”
 
The local club also approved an action plan to continue to work on fulfilling the intention of the diversity, equity and inclusion statement.
Want a chance to win $10,000?! The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has launched a new fundraising initiative, an online 50/50 draw. Tickets are now on sale and the draw ends August 13.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market on August 20.
 
“Most non-profits have relied on fundraising events that involve people gathering together and with Covid-19 those events can no longer happen in the way they have in the past”, stated Lauren Zumbusch, Rotary 50/50 committee chair. “Rotary looked into other types of fundraising ideas and we are excited to be launching our first online 50/50 draw.”
 
The proceeds of the draw will be directed to Rotary’s efforts in assisting local groups and organizations to achieve their goals.  So far this spring the Fort club has provided funds to the Boys & Girls Club for their family kits, the Multicultural Association Women’s Group to make masks, installed their third Buddy Bench in the community and supported our sister club in the Phillipines to acquire PPE.
 
To purchase tickets Albertans can visit https://www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/rotaryclubfortsask
 
Tickets are being sold in packs of:
100 tickets for $100, 20 tickets for $50, 4 tickets for $20 and 1 ticket for $10.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is continuing to hold online meetings and as of June 16, we will be moving our meetings to Tuesday evenings. Official club meetings will be the first and third Tuesday of the month, while the second and fourth Tuesdays being social coffee chats. 
 
“Our members have been very productive and are enjoying online meetings,” states Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President. “Rotary Concerts in the Park is not proceeding this year due to Covid-19. The Chamber of Commerce asked if we could man one of the two gates for the upcoming Farmer’s Market. We polled our members and have moved our meetings to Tuesday so we can help the Chamber.”
 
In the last month the Rotary Club supported a third local organization in their efforts to deal with Covid 19.  The club provided funding to assist the MultiCultural Association’s women’s group to sew masks to make available for sale to the community.
 
By the end of June the third Buddy Bench will be installed in the community at SouthPointe School. The first two benches were installed at Win Ferguson school during their playground rebuilding program.
 
As we continue to stay safe at home we will be looking for other ways that we can assist Fort Saskatchewan.  In the meantime if anyone is interested in joining us please send us an email at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com
Gather your family and get ready to embark on a fun filled scavenger hunt, around the city of Fort Saskatchewan, in attempt to win an AMAZING PRIZE!!!!
 
“Our Interact Club wanted to do a fun family activity that would get people out and about while still following the physical distancing rules” stated Emma Homeniuk, President of the Interact Club. “Our members have put together a four week scavenger hunt with weekly prizes.”
 
The scavenger hunt will run for 4 weeks, from May 27-June 24. The Interact Club will be posting to our Facebook and Instagram pages every Wednesday.  Here is how it works:
  • Each Wednesday 5 scavenger hunt tasks will be posted
  • Take a picture of each task you complete
  • Post the picture and use #FortSaskInteract or tag us in your photo
  • You can earn up to 5 entries per week, one for each task photo posted
  • Each photo must be posted no later than 6pm the Tuesday following the task posting. That way you can be entered into the weekly draw for a prize.
  • Each weeks draw will take place on Wednesdays
  • Week 1 Prize – Family Outdoor Activity Package; Week 2 Prize – Family Game Night Package; Week 3 Prize – Family Movie Night Package; Week 4 Prize – Family Baking Kit
Our Community Interact Club benefits from the guidance and support of the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club as well as our partner the Fort Saskatchewan Boys & Girls Club.
Meetings are online every Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Message us at fortsaskinteractclub@gmail.com
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is still operating and supporting our community. Members meet online every Thursday evening with official meetings the first and third Thursday of the month, while the in between Thursdays are social coffee chats.
 
“It is as important as ever that our club stay vital and be able to support the community at this time,” states Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President. “We were fortunate to have our major fundraiser at the end of February and thank all the businesses that donated to our Death By Chocolate silent auction. Thank you cards will be personally delivered once it is safe.”
 
In April the Rotary Club supported two local organizations and one international Rotary Club in their efforts to deal with Covid 19.
 
  1.  The club provided funding to assist the Fort Saskatchewan Boys & Girls Club to assemble and hand out almost 100 family kits full of games, crafts and activities to help families while they stay safe at home.
  2. Funding was also supplied to Fort Saskatchewan High School to help them feed their families in need.
  3. In January the Rotary Club developed a relationship with the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, Philippines.  Our current president elect, Michael Gabriel was the president of that club when he lived in the Philippines.  Our initial project with the Santa Rosa Club was to help them provide DARE program funding to their youth.  However as time went on and Covid 19 touched us all, they asked if the funding could be redirected towards PPE for their front line workers.
 
As we continue to stay safe at home we will be looking for other ways that we can assist Fort Saskatchewan.  In the meantime if anyone is interested in joining us please send us an email at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club will once again award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.  One scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited college or university, and one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited technical institute or trade school.
 
This annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan high
school.  Students may apply in their graduating year or within one year of their graduation if they have
chosen to upgrade and/or take a “gap year” prior to attending a post-secondary program.  The application documents must be postmarked no later than July 30.
 
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships, and are pleased to assist students fund their post-secondary education,” states Ted Griffiths, Rotary Club President.
 
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded from the clubs web site to the left of this article, or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, John Paul II, and NextStep High School.
Last night we were able to provide support to nine local organizations from the proceeds of our Operation Red Nose campaign.
1st Fort Sask Scouts
Boys & Girls Club
Fort Sask Gymnastics...
Fort Sask Historical Society
Fort Sask Library
Fort Sask Minor Football
Heartland Roller Derby Assoc.
Pineview Christian Nursery School
Youth Action Club
#serviceaboveself
#operationrednose
 
 
 End of Program Stats:
  • 45 volunteers handled 105 volunteer positions over the 11 night program.  10 of these volunteers were first timers.
  • 13 volunteers worked 3 or more nights with 1 volunteer working 8, 2 worked 6, 2 worked 5, 4 worked 4 and 4 worked 3 nights.
  • A total of 99 rides were given getting 215 people home safe
  • Our volunteers drove 1933 km
  • Our major sponsors included Shell Canada, Legion Branch 27, Wolf Midstream, Straightline Chrysler, Boston Pizza, Doug Taylor and Pots Bar & Grill
  • In kind Donations of over $20,000 were received and included our media partner Mix 107.9/FortSask Online, Alpine/Intact Insurance, Lakeview Inn & Suites, RCMP, Home Depot, Jiffy Lube, R.I.F. Thomas CA, McDonalds, Perry’s 2 for 1 Pizza, Buster’s Pizza, Panago Pizza, Royal Pizza, Funky Mango Food Truck, Pizza Hut, Swan Pizza, Papa John’s Pizza, Sawmill Restaurant, Canadian Brew House, Shell Theatre.
The Rotary Club is accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from the 2019 Operation Red Nose proceeds.  Each request should clearly state the groups name and objectives, what they want to use the funds for and how much they are requesting.  Requests will be accepted until January 30 and can be submitted to fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com or any Rotary Club member.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is pleased to be running Operation Red Nose this holiday season.  Operation Red Nose is a national campaign designed to provide chauffer service to partygoers who need a ride home for themselves and their vehicle. We cannot do it without volunteers.  The program will be running for eleven evenings starting Nov 29 - so every Friday and Saturday nights 9pm - 3 am including New Year's Eve.
 
“Each team is made up of three (3) people and it takes approximately twelve (12) volunteers each night.  In total about 70 volunteers are needed to make the program run smoothly, stated Terry Stacey Volunteer Coordinator. We encourage groups and organizations to put together teams and pick a night to sponsor.  We provide training and support to make it a positive volunteer experience.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact us at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com or leave a message at 780-999-7567.
 
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.  Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Rotary is most well known for its goal to eradicate polio world wide.  Here in Fort Saskatchewan Rotary is all about giving back to the community and supporting leadership in our youth.  Meetings are every Tuesday starting at 7:15 am at the Lakeview Inn & Suites. Prospective members and guests are always welcome.
 
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The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club will once again award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.  One scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited college or university, and one scholarship will be available for a student attending an accredited technical institute or trade school.
 
This annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan high
school.  Students may apply in their graduating year or within one year of their graduation if they have
chosen to upgrade and/or take a “gap year” prior to attending a post-secondary program.  The application documents must be postmarked no later than July 30.
 
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships, and are pleased to assist students fund their post-secondary education,” states Stew Hennig, Rotary Club President.
 
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded from the download files section on the left of this home page, or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, John Paul II, NextStep High School and the Boys & Girls Club.
The Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan has joined in with a nationwide project to support northern communities. It is called Northern Canada Mini Projects.  The objectives of northern Canada mini projects is to concentrate efforts on helping Northern schools, food banks, soup kitchens, elder groups and other groups with small projects via envelope and box challenges. We have selected a community in need, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Their K – 5 school has requested help with building a school closet for their low income students whose parents may not be able to provide and keep up with growing children who always need essentials. They need warm and layearable clothing suitable for those age groups.
 
 
  • 49 volunteers handled 123 volunteer positions over the 11 night program.  12 of these volunteers were first timers.
  • 32 volunteers worked 2 or more nights with 1 volunteer working 7, 2 worked 6, and 4 worked 5 nights.
  • A total of 96 rides were given; 31 of those on New Year’s Eve.  This is a 51% drop in total rides from 2017.
  • Our volunteers drove 1,724 km which is a 61% drop over 2017.
  • Average ride donation was $30
  • Our major sponsors included Shell Canada, Legion Branch 27, Access Pipeline, Straightline Chrysler, Boston Pizza and Pots Bar & Grill
  • In kind Donations of over $15,000 were received and included Alpine/Intact Insurance, Lakeview Inn & Suites, RCMP, Home Depot, Jiffy Lube, R.I.F. Thomas CA, Doug Taylor, McDonalds, Perry’s 2 for 1 Pizza, Buster’s Pizza, Panago Pizza, Royal Pizza, Funky Mango Food Truck, Pizza Hut, Shell Theatre, Sawmill Restaurant, Mix 107.9, Canadian Brew House, Fort Record.
The Rotary Club is accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from the 2018 Operation Red Nose proceeds.  Each request should clearly state the groups name and objectives, what they want to use the funds for and how much they are requesting.  Requests will be accepted until January 31 and can be submitted to fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com or any Rotary Club member.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club was pleased to award three (3) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each at local high school award nights this fall. 
 
“Our annual scholarship is open to all graduating students from any Fort Saskatchewan High
School stated Stew Hennig, Rotary Club President.  We had such a great selection of applicants and we were excited to have the funds to provide three (3) scholarships this year.”
 
2018 scholarship winners were:  Boyd Gerow & Anthony Colarossa from Fort High and Brooklyn
Grainger from St. Andre Bisonette.
 
Tickets are now on sale for the 20th annual Death By Chocolate event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan.  This year’s theme of wedding revival was chosen through a contest and was suggested by annual attendee Barb Bauman.  It is the best night of fun in Fort Saskatchewan for ladies 18 years of age and older. The event this year is on Saturday, February 23 at the Normandy Room from 6:30 pm to 1 am. 
 
The price of the ticket is only $60.00 and includes an evening of fun, entertainment, dancing, draws and a meal, and of course lots of chocolate goodies.   Tickets are only available through Eventbrite.  Tables seat 10 people and can be reserved when 10 tickets are purchased by letting a Rotary Club member know you have purchased 10 tickets.
 
``We are excited to have Wedding Revival as our theme this year.  We know the ladies love to dress up, so we can’t wait to see all their outfits.  Along with a DJ to get the ladies dancing, we will be having a lip sync contest with great prizes for the winners. `` stated  Ellen Kranz event chairperson. 
 
Death By Chocolate is Rotary’s major fundraising event of the year.  Through the generous donations of local businesses, Rotary would not be able to continue our support of local youth leadership, supporting various community groups and meeting our international obligations. 
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is pleased to be running Operation Red Nose this holiday season.  Operation Red Nose is a national campaign designed to provide chauffer service to partygoers who need a ride home for themselves and their vehicle.  The program will be running for eleven evenings, starting Nov 30 - so every Friday and Saturday nights 9pm - 3 am excluding Christmas Eve but including New Year's Eve.
 
 “This is our twelve year running Operation Red Nose, stated Stew Hennig, ORN Program Chair. The program allows us to do two main things that are the Rotary way – providing service to the community in getting people home safe, and taking the donations that people give us and supporting youth organizations in the community. To date we have allocated $56,000 in grants back into youth in Fort Saskatchewan.”
 
It takes about 70 volunteers to run for the eleven nights. Volunteers must complete and application form and get a criminal check.  Training and support is provided to make it a positive volunteer experience Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact the Rotary Club at fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com