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Fort Saskatchewan

Service Above Self

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Mailing address - Box 3363
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2T3
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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.
Operation Red Nose was once again a success. Through our efforts we were able to hand out a total of $5,600 to nine (9) different community organizations focused on youth activities.
Ukrainian Dance Assoc.
Peewee Fury
Girl Guides
Boys & Girls Club
Fort Sask Furniture Bank
Multicultural Assoc.
Navy League
Sting Football
PALSS
 
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
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 30 - so every Friday and Saturday nights 9pm - 3 am excluding Christmas Eve but 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.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club honoured three Operation Red Nose volunteers at a special dinner on October 2.  Honouring Ken Booker, Jim Sheasgreen and Doug Taylor with a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest forms of recognition in Rotary, kicked off our volunteer recruitment for 2018.  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 30 - so every Friday and Saturday night 9pm - 3 am and including New Year's Eve.
 
“It takes about 70 volunteers to make the program run smoothly, stated Stew Hennig, ORN Program Chair. The three gentlemen we recognized tonight come out and help us every year. Without great volunteers like them, the program does not exist.”
 
Groups and organizations are encouraged to put together teams and pick a night to sponsor.  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 or leave a message at 780-999-7567.
     
$10,000 Donated to Support Heartland Community Hospice Foundation
 
The Heartland Community Hospice Foundation was presented a cheque for $10,000 to sponsor one of the six new hospice rooms that recently opened in Rivercrest.
 
“Our club is always looking for projects to support in the community and the new hospice was a perfect fit” stated Stew Hennig. “The club approached the Foundation to sponsor a room and help outfit it.”
 
Profits from the clubs annual fundraiser, Death by Chocolate held every February, provides the means to support various projects and scholarships in the community.
 
 “Having hospice beds in Fort Saskatchewan is just what our growing community needs to provide a full range of health services to our citizens.” stated Lisa Makin, President of the Heartland Community Hospice Foundation. “We are very appreciative of the Rotary Club for their donation.”
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 Stew Hennig, Rotary Club President.
 
The application form with detailed criteria and instructions can be downloaded on the bottom right of this home page in downloaded files or from the counsellor or youth leader at Fort High, John Paul II, NextStep High School and the Boys & Girls Club.
 
The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club is moving to breakfast meetings starting June 5.  The club will also be relocating to Roustabouts Restaurant in the Lakeview Inn & Suites.  Meetings will start at 7:15 am and end no later than 8:30 am.
 
“When the Rotary Club first started in Fort Saskatchewan it was a breakfast club” states Stew Hennig, President. “We are excited to be moving back to breakfast meetings as that fits better with our current membership.  Plus we hope that it will help us attract new members that want to meet first thing in the morning and then get on with their work day.”
 
Anyone wanting to learn more about Rotary is welcome to attend a meeting. The club meets every Tuesday morning.
 
“We put out a call for proposals to local venues that could meet our requirements and the Lakeveiw Inn and Suites fit our needs” outlines Hennig.  “The hotel has been a Corporate member with the club for a few years and has been a big supporter of our Operation Red Nose program.”
End of Program Stats:
  • 61 volunteers handled 145 volunteer positions over the 13 night program.  25 of these volunteers were first timers.
  • 31 volunteers worked 2 or more nights with 1 volunteer working 8, 4 worked 6, and 7 worked 5 nights.
  • A total of 145 rides were given; 35 of those New Year’s Eve.  This is a 33% increase over 2016.
  • Our volunteers drove 2,780 km which is a 23% increase over 2016.
  • Average ride donation was $30
  • Our major sponsors included Shell Canada, Legion Branch 27, 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, McDonalds, Perry’s 2 for 1 Pizza, Buster’s Pizza, Panago Pizza, Funky Mango Food Truck, Pizza Hut, Subway, Shell Theatre, Sawmill Restaurant, Mix 107.9, Canadian Brew House
The Rotary Club is accepting funding requests from local community groups that work with youth, who want to be considered for grants from the 2017 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
The 19th annual Death By Chocolate event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan, will feature entertainment by South Asian Arts Movement.  The best night of fun for ladies 18 years of age and older is Saturday, February 24 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 for the event go on sale Dec 7 at 10 am and 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 Bollywood as our theme this year with entertainment by the South Asian Arts Movement. They will not only perform Bollywood dances but get the ladies up learning as well `` stated  Ellen Kranz event chairperson.  ``We encourage the ladies to dress up Bollywood style.``
 
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 looking to engage youth in our community to improve our community and inspire positive change around the world. We want to establish an Interact Club for young leaders ages 12 – 18.  Interact is a FREE service club that benefits from the guidance and support of the sponsor Rotary Club. A parent and future Interactor information event is planned for Monday, December 4 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Boys and Girls Club.
 
“Rotary believes that our youth are our future.  Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self” states Tamara Dabels, Youth co-chair. “We are excited to be working in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club on this initiative.  Which means the interact club is open to youth throughout the community.”
 
Interactors will discover:
  • How to take action to make a difference in our community
  • New cultures and promote international understanding
  • How to become a leader in our community
  • How to have fun and make new friends in our community and from around the world
Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
 
“Our club believes that Fort Saskatchewan is ready for an interact club that will join over 20,000 interact clubs around the world” states Colin Hobson, Youth co-chair. “We encourage youth ages 12 – 18 to join us with their parents on December 4 to find out more.”
 
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 twelve evenings starting Nov 24 - so every Friday and Saturday nights 9pm - 3 am excluding Christmas Eve but including New Year's Eve.
 
“It takes about 70 volunteers to make the program run smoothly, stated Stew Hennig, ORN Program Chair. 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.
 
Fort Saskatchewan, June 28, 2017 — The Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan hosted their annual executive change over with special recognition of four (4) local individuals, in celebration of the centennial of The Rotary Foundation.
 
“We presented Paul Harris awards to Maria Basaraba, Terry Noble and Harold & Maxine Reichstein, for their support and dedication to our club” stated incoming President Stew Hennig.
 
The Foundation is the $1 billion charitable arm of Rotary International. To mark the centennial, Rotary aims to raise $300 million by July 2017 for its campaign to eradicate polio and for service in communities around the world.
 
Established in 1917 with a donation of $26.50, The Rotary Foundation is dedicated to advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Through grants and other resources, Rotary members develop sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies.
 
“Our club contributes $1,000 every year to the Foundation, plus our members individually contribute over four times that amount” outlined Robert Thomas, club foundation chair. “We are able to apply for grants based on our donations, and use those grants to support local projects such as the STSS Handivan, Families First and high school scholarships.
 
Rotary’s top priority is the global eradication of polio. Rotary launched its polio immunization program, PolioPlus, in 1985 and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to eradicate polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $35 million a year. Since the initiative began, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 71 confirmed in 2015.
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.