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Nisku-Leduc

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Thursdays at 7:00 AM
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Nisku, AB
Canada
The Club will stand down for regular meetings for the summer months of July and August, 2020. First regular meeting will be Thursday, September 3rd, 2020. The decision on whether this will be an online or in-person meeting TBA.
Stories
   Our club was once again involved in planting trees in the City of Leduc's, Telford Pollinator Garden. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions we were not able to assist at the actual planting but did contribute $1800.00 to purchase 18 additional trees bringing the total new trees this year to 58.  The trees were planted by City staff  this year without assistance from any of the volunteer organizaions involved.
 
 
    The March 5, 2020 regular meeting not only saw the induction of our newest member, Donna Chen, but included a tour of The Northern Lights Cannabis store in Nisku. The picture was taken well before the store opened for the day!!!! 
The Club continues to grow and this time the new members should not MELT away!!!!!
 
 At the March 5th regular meeting held at Blackjacks Restaurant Donna Chen was formally inducted into our Club by President Mark and Past President Robert.
 
 
 At the previous meeting at Red Tail Landing, Rod Ahlskog was also inducted into our Club by President Mark.
 
 
 
          WELCOME  DONNA  &  ROD
 
Our Membership Chairman, Gerald Thomas, is still out recruiting new members for our Club.  He found this latest candidate in his back yard.
 
 I had the pleasure of finally meeting in person our amazing student that we sponsor in Project Amigo here in Colima, Mexico.
Alondra is in her third year of Medicine at The University of Colima and is maintaining and exceeding the required 8.5 grade point average to stay in the program.
Like all other schools, the university is shutdown for the current emergency situation but Alondra is keeping up with her studies and program at home until classes resume.  I presented her with one of our banners and a Canadian Flag Pin and was presented a thank you card from Project Amigo
 Please find in the READ MORE the latest 3 letters from Alondra along with her bio and other Project Amigo stories.. 
 
Nisku-Leduc Rotary recently approved a $3500.00 donation to the Black Gold Outreach Schools for their Expressive Arts project at both the Leduc and Beaumont schools. The project involves the students designing and finishing wall tiles to form murals. 
Pictured above: Bev Lyseng, Principal; George Lavertu, Fundraising Director; Jolanda Nichols & Bev Howard, Beaumont Teachers: and President Mark Gallant
 
 Another community project supporting youth and education. We have been invited to the the dedication when the murals are complete.
  At the recent Spirit of Giving luncheon, Nisku-Leduc Rotary was very proud to present 3 cheques in the amount of $10,000.00 to The Leduc & District Food Bank, The Boys & Girls Club of Leduc and The Leduc Rotary Music Festival.
 
 
 
Nisku-Leduc Rotary is proud to support Casa Hogar Los Angelitos, a children's home, in Manzanillo, Mexico.  A place where the children are given all the basics of life  -PLUS - love, basic and post-secondary education and expressive arts programs to produce very productive citizens for Mexico and the world.  The dance program featured in the links below is part of their Expressive Arts Program.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The 22nd annual cruise raffle draw was held at Red Tail Landing at our regular meeting on December 12, 2019.
   
 
   Winnng Tickets
 $1000.00 cash                        - Ticket # 0069  - Heather Oddan
  Safeway Gift Card                  - Ticket # 1646D - Olivier Labbee
  Leduc Co-op Gift Card          - Ticket # 0226   - Britany Kemper
  Canadian Tire Gift Card       - Ticket # 1798B  - Raymond Sloan
  5 Nights in San Francisco      - Ticket # 1620C  - Debbie Mayer
  7 Day Caribbean Cruise        - Ticket # 1680D  - Ryan VanSlyke 
 
This year's major prize winners from the Annual Raffle. Hilda Holloway representing her neice, Debbie Mayer, winner of the San Fransico trip and Ryan Van Slyke, winner of the 7 Day Cruise.
Also, shown are Cruise Raffle Chairman, George Lavertu, Club President Mark Gallant and Kasey Kosicky, who finally sold the winiing ticket.
 
Ball Caps for Sale - $25.00 -
 
Two Styles -Flex Fit and Adjustable
Contact - Gord Lewis -
 Our District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, visited our Club on October 9th and 10th. She attended our Board Meeting on the 9th at Smitty's and also gave an uplifting and feel-good talk about Rotary, our successes and our challenges at our regular meeting the following day.
  Thank you, Tracey. The world needs more dedicated Rotarians like you.
 
Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc was well represented at the 2019 District Convention in Grande Prairie from Oct. 4th to 6th.
 
  Elmer, Marilyn, Mark, Myrtle & George
 
    A good time was had by all and the speakers were great.
Gerald Thomas receives his Paul Harris Fellow award from President Mark
  Maurice Tellier was presented with his Paul Harris +1 Pin and named as the Club's newest Honourary Member at this year's President's Turnover Dinner.
 
  Past President Robert hands the gavel over to this year's President, Mark Gallant, at the turnover dinner at the Executive Royal Inn on
Thursday, June 27, 2019.  More pictures of the event are included in the Photo Album area of the webpage.
  We just received the following THANK YOU letter from Nancy Nystrom, Founder and Director of Casa Hogar Los Angelitos ( CHLA) in Manzanillo, Mexico.  They received our donation of $5000.00 through The Rotary Club of Winnipeg West's charitable foundation forwarded to The Rotary Club of Manzanillo.  CHLA is an ongoing international project for our club promoting youth and education.

Dear Gord and Nisku/Leduc Rotary, 
I am thinking of you and remembering the fantastic tour and ballet performance in your beautiful area! We must plan to do that again!
 
Thank you so very much for your gift for CHLA.
It could not come at a more needed time!
Nancy with one of the recent graduates.
 
 
We have had fewer contributions since our January benefit dinner although our expenses have increased with so many of our kids now attending college or university. For me it is the mark of success and a goal for every child that enters the casa hogar... to get the education that will give them opportunity and choices in life.
We have students studying to be an Architect, nutritionist, Business administrator, chef, dental technician, Medical Doctor,  logistic and export, and elementary teacher. Three college graduates (one as a Dr) and another student entering this August to also study nutrition. 
 
The only way we can do this is to have people who see the value of providing education for  those who would other wise be stuck in the mire of hopeless poverty and at great risk.
 
Every day I am more determined to help all these children! Our youngest child is three, she was brought to us by the social agency DIF after police found her wandering the streets. She was the only survivor of a family where her mother and baby brother were murdered in front of her. How she survived I don't know, but, she did.  Her story is not the only tragic story at the casa hogar. Each one of our children have a heart breaking story. 
 
Please keep us in your prayers and hearts!
Again, Thank you!
 
Nancy Nystrom
We are all faced with brilliant opportunity disguised as impossible situations! 
 
 

 

 The video link to follow is great viewing.  If you have not visited Ft. Edmonton Park, this video will open your eyes to an amazing project that Edmonton and area Rotary Clubs are helping to organize and fund.  
 
 
  We have donated another $1800.00 to purchase pollinator type trees for the garden beside Telford Lake.  Rotarian Alana represented our club and participated in helping to plant this year's additions to the garden.  Thank you Alana!
 We once again sponsored The Rodeo of Smiles at the LRC with a $4000 donation and a few volunteer hours from Rotarians Elmer, Gerald, George, Greg & Brenda Gross, Pat and Robert to serve lunch.
  Our annual Lobsterfest was held on Friday, May 24th at Red Tail Landing and by all reports was a great success again this year. Big thank yous to the staff at Red Tail, assistance from The Leduc Food Bank, and our committee members headed up by George Lavertu. 
 
 
   The Capital Region Rotary Integrity Awards were held on May 8, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Edmonton. Nisku-Leduc's winner this year was John Bole.  The evening was well attended with 6 members of our club along with John & Joan Bole and 4 family members.   There were a total of 10 Integrity Awards presented by Edmonton area clubs and John certainly stood out as a very worthy recipient.  John's brief bio is included in the Read More area.  View more pictures from this year's event in the Photo Album section.
 
  President Robert presents a cheque for $10,ooo to fellow Rotarian Myrtle Smyth, Director of The Leduc Rotary Music Festival
at this year's Gala - Best of the Best - at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts. More pictures of the event in Photo Albums on our website.
 
  President Robert & Pres. Elect Mark making cheque presentation to Susan Perry & Dave McKenzie from HUB with proceeds raised at Hometown Hockey event. 
   On Thursday, November 22nd, our regular meeting was moved across the airport property to the STARS hanger. We had a great turnout and not a single person was disappointed with the visit.  We had a wonderful breakfast in the Stars meeting room and a great presentation by Stars Director of Events, Sheyanne.    A tour of the facility followed with everyone totally amazed at the equipment they have and training that these folks continually go through.  If you missed this meeting you missed a very special occasion.  Hope we can do it again some time. Photos courtesy of Stuart.  Breakfast catered by Square One. This great day arranged by Marilyn.  Thanks to all and a special big thank you to staff at Stars. 
  More photos in Photo Albums under STARS Visit
 
The Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc curling team (Lorne Yeo, Jamie McNamara, Greg Gross and Ken Chromiak) recently participated in the District 5360/5370 Annual Curling Bonspiel hosted by the Rotary Club of Lethbridge (Downtown). The Nisku-Leduc team won their first three games then lost by one point going into the 'A' semi-finals. The Lethbridge Club were outstanding hosts providing great hospitality, curling and fellowship! Rotary curlers are looking forward to February 21-23, 2020 when the Rotary Club of Swan City from Grande Prairie will host the Annual 5360/5370 Curling Bonspiel.
 
 
 
  The children from Casa Hogar say thank you for the new van. Rotary Clubs from western Canada funded the project. Nisku -Leduc participated to the tune of $10,000.00
   Please read the letter in the "read more" tab.
 
Rotary Clock Dedicated - Leduc - November 7, 2018
 
  Downtown Leduc has been enhanced with the addition of our new Rotary Clock.  Many dignitaries, club members and guests on hand for the official ceremony including our District Governor Ingrid Neitsch
   Amy Smith sends greetings and an update from Australia.  Finished off the first year of my Masters program ( Master of Development Practice) in Brisbane and now exploring a bit of the country. Found this Rotary graffiti in Melbourne's Hosier laneway  - haha!!
Upcoming Events
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Stuart Wringe
    July 12
  • Michael Gardiner
    July 14
  • Hilda Holloway
    July 19
  • Robert Neufeld
    July 19
  • Nancy Laing
    July 25
Anniversaries:
  • Gary Sandercock
    Dorothy
    July 9
  • Robert Neufeld
    Shirley Keith
    July 15
Join Date:
  • Sherry Fraser
    July 1, 2013
    7 years
  • Sylvia Farrer
    July 1, 2013
    7 years
  • Stephen Lindop
    July 4, 2002
    18 years
  • Claire Voldeng
    July 5, 2012
    8 years
  • Hilda Holloway
    July 16, 2009
    11 years