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Fort Saskatchewan

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We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Kanata Inn
9820 - 86 Avenue
Mailing address - Box 3363
Fort Saskatchewan, AB  T8L 2T3
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Through the cooperative efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, the Farmer’s Market Committee, and the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the Rotary Club will be presenting a series of concerts.  Each Thursday evening, the Rotary Club will sponsor two hours of entertainment at the Legacy Park Band Shell.  The entertainment will begin at 5:30 PM and continue until 7:30 PM each evening.  As an ongoing community project, there will be no charge to attend these shows.  It is offered as a bonus to the local Farmer’s Market.
 
“The plan remains the same this year, and that is to showcase local talent, both young and old, and to provide a safe, cost free site for Fort Saskatchewan talent to perform” states Stew Hennig, event chair.
 
“Our concerts will start on June 15th and will run each Thursday evening until September 21th, weather permitting. We still have a few spots left for entertainers” states Ellen Kranz event co-chair.
 
Singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, jugglers, orchestras, and entertainment of all sorts are invited to apply.  Some may wish to provide the full two hours of entertainment while others may perform for 45 minutes allowing for two groups in an evening.  Applications to perform can be obtained on the Rotary website - http://portal.clubrunner.ca/465
 
Please come out to support the Rotary Club and these entertainers as they provide some fun filled evenings in Legacy Park.
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 28.
 
“Over the years we have awarded many scholarships, and are pleased to assist students fund their post-secondary education,” states Bill Gordon, Rotary Club President.
 
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded from the left side of our web site or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, John Paul II, NextStep High School and the Boys & Girls Club.
 
End of Program Stats:
  • 52 volunteers handled 107 volunteer positions over the 11 night program
  • A total of  109 rides were given to get  248 people home safe
  • Our volunteers drove 2,246 km
  • Ride donations totalled $3,400
  • Average ride donation was $30.54
  • 20 first time volunteers; 27 volunteers worked more than 1 night and 4 volunteers were out at least 5 times
  • Our cash sponsors donated $6,050 and included Shell Canada, Legion Branch 27, Boston Pizza and Pots Bar & Grill
  • In kind Donations of over $10,000 were received and included 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, Ricky’s Grill, Montana’s Restaurant, Mix 107.9, Fort Record, Canadian Brew House, Shell Canada, AMS Car Audio.
The Rotary Club is accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from the 2016 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 20 and can be submitted to fortsaskrotaryclub@gmail.com or any Rotary Club member.
 
September 20, 2016 — In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on 24 October, the ROTARY CLUB of Fort Saskatchewan is recognizing it earlier at our end of season Rotary Concerts in the Park on September 22.  We invite the community to come down and listen to some great music enjoy refreshments donated by the Funky Mango Food Truck, and donate a few dollars to this worthy cause.
 
“Our entertainment for the evening are two great performers, Harold Reichstein and Rebecca Lappa,” outlined Stew Hennig, Concerts in the Park co-chair. “The concert starts at 5:30 and goes until 7:30.”
 
Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help.
 
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.    The disease remains endemic in three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan -- although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
 
“As part of our club’s contribution to this cause, we feel that raising awareness in the community is important,” states Bill Gordon, President. “Concert goers can enjoy the donated refreshments and if they wish, donate to the end polio campaign.”
 
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as US 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  After an international investment of more than US$9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.
 
Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  It includes the support of governments and other private sector donors.
Well done everyone. Last evenings Alberta Bands Together event went off without a hitch. The bands were fabulous, the music superb, the volunteers plentiful, and the crowd enthusiastic. They were not large in numbers but they were generous and willing to donate.
 
We took in in cash donations for the music and the water, $1,398.15. There will be one or two cheques coming in so all told, the night was a success. Special thanks to the staff of the Funky Mango food truck for donating all $42 of their tips from tonight.  We are pleased to be donating that amount of money to the District 5370 Charitable Foundation's Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.
 
Thank you to the Shell Theatre staff for the work they did today. Thank you to the Rotary and friends of Rotary who volunteered. Thank you to the COPS and the municipal enforcement that came out for traffic control and to Staff Sgt. Tewfick who provided security.  Thanks to our fire staff and EMS for standing ready for any emergency. Thanks Josh for everything you did but most of all, thank you to the marvellous performers who gave their time to help create the night we had. You are all terrific and I love you all for what you have done. Well done, all.
 
 
Stew Hennig
Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Fort Saskatchewan Library, will be holding a used book sale June 18 and 19.  Funds raised will be split between the two organizations, with Rotary’s share going towards our Imagination Library project.
 
“The Dolly Parton Foundation Imagination Library project is the largest project the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has ever undertaken. This project will be focused on Fort Saskatchewan children and we estimate that the cost, for the first five years will be $125,000, based on growth projections.” states Kathy Stevenson, project chair. “Our goal is to raise the full five years of funding before starting the registration process.”
 
Established in 1995 this program mails high quality, age-appropriate books directly to the homes of registered families for children 0 – 5 years of age.  It is a proven fact that children who are read to from birth are much more likely to excel in class when they begin school. Another benefit is that parent literacy levels also increase as they read to their children.
 
“To date the club has raised $7,500 and once we get our charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency, we will be launching our major fundraising campaign” shared Terry Stacey, project vice-chair.
 
The book sale will be held at the Library from 9am-3pm on Saturday, June 18 and on Sunday, June 19th from 1:00 am until 4:00pm.  On the Saturday books will be $0.50 each and Sunday a bag of books will sell for $1.00.  Anyone wanting to donate books for the sale can do so by bringing them to the Library by noon, June 17.
May 4, 2016, Fort Saskatchewan:  The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has established the “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund” to assist in the rebuilding of that city following this tragic fire.  The Charitable Foundation is now ready to accept donations, for which tax receipts will be issued.  The Foundation will rely on an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary club and the municipality) for advice on disbursal of the funds. This fund is being established after consultation with District Governor Nominee Frank Reitz (resident of Fort McMurray) and Fort McMurray Rotary Club President Jeanette Bancarz.
 
“Rotarians are known to come together and support each other in times of need.  This is a time for all Rotarians in our Rotary District 5370 to assist with what will be a long rebuilding process of the community of Fort McMurray” states Bill Gordon, Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club President.  “We encourage not just Rotarians but members of our community to donate through this Rotary fund.”
 
Please forward donations to:
 
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
c/o Rotary District 5370 Office
16030 – 104 Ave.. NW
Edmonton AB    T5P 0S3
 
and annotate cheques “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund”
 
If you wish to make a donation using Visa, MasterCard or American Express, you may do so by using the Canada Helps website and the Charitable Foundation’s link:
 
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-district-5370-charitable-foundation/
 April 18, 2016, Fort Saskatchewan: Through the cooperative efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, the Farmer’s Market Committee, and the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the Rotary Club will be presenting a series of concerts. Each Thursday evening, the Rotary Club will sponsor two hours of entertainment at the Legacy Park Band Shell. The entertainment will begin at 5:30 PM and continue until 7:30 PM each evening. As an ongoing community project, there will be no charge to attend these shows. It is offered as a bonus to the local Farmer’s Market.

“The plan remains the same this year, and that is to showcase local talent, both young and old, and to provide a safe, cost free site for Fort Saskatchewan talent to perform” states Stew Hennig, event chair.

“Our concerts will start on June 16th and will run each Thursday evening until September 22th, weather permitting. We are taking applications for our shows only 15 nights available, performance spots will go fast” states Ellen Kranz event co-chair.

Singers, musicians, dancers, magicians, jugglers, orchestras, and entertainment of all sorts are invited to apply. Some may wish to provide the full two hours of entertainment while others may perform for 45 minutes allowing for two groups in an evening. Applications to perform can be obtained in the downloaded documents section to the right on this web page.

The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is pleased to donate $2,000 to Families First Society at their “Frank on the Roof Event”.
 
“One of our goals is to undertake projects that will improve the quality of life for persons residing in and about the City of Fort Saskatchewan”, states Bill Gordon, President of the club.  “That meshes very well with Families First objectives as an organization serving families through early childhood development, parenting programs and family support.”
 
Rotary as an international organization believes that Rotarians should help improve our community by volunteering and donating.  The local Rotary Club did just that be both providing a monetary donation, and members volunteered their time and effort to make “Frank on the Roof” a success for Families First.

Two pieces of art were unveiled November 12 by the Rotary Club and the Tinkler family in the Rotary Room at the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital.
 
“Tom was a proud Rotary Member (Paul Harris fellow) and a fabulous artist” stated Stew Hennig. “The club approached his widow Nan and asked if we could acquire a couple of Tom’s paintings to decorate the Rotary quiet room in emergency. Nan and the Tinkler family were kind enough to donate two paintings.  It is a fitting way to remember this great man by showcasing his artwork and bringing some solice to others as they use this quiet room.”
 
Tom had passions for art, his church community, his appreciation for all aspects of nature and Rotary. Tom attended the Kingston College of Art which led him to a career as a graphic designer, engraver and then as the Creative Director of Public Affairs for the Government of Alberta. His art is displayed in galleries, businesses and homes throughout Japan and England, as well as many cities in Canada, in addition to the Alberta Legislature.
 
 “We appreciate the donation from the Tinkler family and all the support we receive from the Rotary Club.” stated Christine Sheasgreen, Chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation.
Local media covers Fort Saskatchewan and Leduc Rotary Clubs working with the Emmanuel Foundation loading a container of goods going to Fiji.