Club Meeting Information
Welcome to Our Club!
Please contact our President via the link below to attend a lunch meeting as our guest!  
We meet at 12:00 noon every Thursday at the Grove Motor Inn, on Westgrove Drive south of Parkland Highway (Highway 16A), Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada T7Y 1A5
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Vocational Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Service Director
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Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, Box 3062, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada T7X 3A4
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The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove
The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove is about 50 local people who want to make their community a better place. But Rotary is an international organization that helps people in need all over the world such as through our fight to eradicate polio.
In the below photo, club members gather around an adapted bicycle created by You Can Ride 2, a local organization that helps find the right bicycle for children with disabilities. In 2015, our club raised approximately $90,000 for You Can Ride 2 at our annual Lobsterfest fundraiser.
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It was interesting to read about our Rotary International President-elect, Ian Riseley, in an interview in the March edition of the Rotarian and his answer to the question, "If a young person asked you why he or she should join Rotary what, in order, would you say?"  My comments here are the short version.  For the full version go to the March edition of The Rotarian.
1.  "The first one is friendship.  Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people in a semi-social environment and also achieve good things."
2.   "The second is personal development.  "...being involved in Rotary means that you're a friendly environment to get experience speaking, running meetings, motivating people, all that sort of thing."
3.   "The third is business development.  We've shied away from this over a period of time, and I don't believe we should."
4.    "The fourth one, and by far the most important is the chance to make a difference in the world."
I have had a very short form of answering this question for myself.  Rotary until now has been, fellowship and service.  Maybe now my view of Rotary has been expanded.  It has definitely, for me, also been a place of personal development!!  Interesting.  What does Rotary mean to you?  How would you answer the question put to our President-elect, Ian Riseley?
1.  Speaker, March 9.  Constable Javer Shamir.  Constable Shamir spends considerable time in our local Spruce Grove Schools as the RCMP liaison officer.
We will also be spending a few minutes on the launch of the Goodwill/Rotary, Champions of Good promotion focusing on youth who volunteer and  provide service in Spruce Grove.
2.  Speaker, March 16.  Michael Klassen, Classification
Reminder...Saturday, March 18.  Emergency Services Community Ball.  Celebrating and giving thanks to our regional emergency services who will be attending in full dress uniform.  A large Military Band, dancing and a dinner by Elizabethan Catering.  All proceeds support Aboriginal Youth Programs at Enoch and Paul bands.  A very worthy community event to support.  Connect with Judy Kesanko for tickets.
Reminder...if you scroll down on this RAP Bulletin you will see your commitments regarding Club Service.
We are very pleased to announce that Jennifer Heil, the winner of multiple Olympic medals and Canada’s Bobbie Rosenfeld Female Athlete of the Year (2011), will be the keynote speaker at our Career Day event, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Tuesday, March 22nd, at Horizon Stage and Spruce Grove Composite High School. This event is open to all high school students in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County at no cost.  Learn more about Jennifer here 
We have received thanks from Goodwill Industries and Wings of Providence, two organizations Rotary Club of Spruce Grove proudly supports!
A fond farewell to Thomas Miller, we wish him all the best in Victoria.
Julia has met her shelterbox goal!  If you would still like to contribute please go to Shelterbox Canada and type in Julia's name!
Thanks to Barry Twynam for hosting the Poker for Polio and farewell Thomas Miller event, a great time was had by all. 
John Oldham has provided an update on International Services for your reading pleasure!
We have received a generous contribution of $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark for the Celebrate, Reconciliation and Relationships event on February 3, 2016 at Horizon Stage.  This event is a result of the Aboriginal Connections Committee consisting of the Rotary Clubs of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland After Dark as well as other community organizations. 
Save the date for a Lebanese dining experience on March 12th.
Fellow Rotarian Nizar Abouchami has sent out information the 9 course Lebanese meal at Saharah restaurant in Edmonton, please RSVP!  We look forward to sharing this cultural experience and of course fellowship!
Looking to get some Rotary training?  If you want to learn things like effective leadership, creating funding and executing service projects, attend a Me and Rotary workshop!
Here are upcoming sessions in Edmonton you may be interested in.  You will learn lots about Rotary, effective leadership, and creating, funding, and executing service projects.  Our club will cover the $50 cost for first time attendees at the RLI Session 1 “Me and Rotary” workshops.
  • Two evenings: March 16 and March 23 at the District 5370 office in west Edmonton.  Register online here.
  • One Saturday: May 14 at the District 5370 office in west Edmonton.  Register online here.
  • After you attend, please report your attendance to Club Secretary Lesley Crawford for makeup credit and obtain a cheque requisition from President AnnLisa for reimbursement.
The next Blood Donor Clinic is Friday, April 29, 2016, 3:30-7:30 pm (Holy Trinity Catholic Church), see below for all upcoming clinics.  Contact Judy Kesanko to sign up.
As part of the direction from the Rotary Aboriginal Connections Committee, the three municipal libraries in cooperation with Cpl. Kim Mueller set up a "mini library" at Paul First Nation.  
As part of our desire to engage with our aboriginal communities the Rotary Clubs of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland After Dark helped organize an event to celebrate reconciliation and build relationships with our aboriginal neighbours.  We invite everyone to share in this event on February 3rd at 6:30pm, please get your tickets at Horizon Stage.
Save the Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Please join the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove and our local High School Students as a participant in our first Vocational Day from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Horizon Stage, Spruce Grove Composite High School (SGCHS).
Click for the Vocational Day cover letter and form.
Randy Hetherington received a request for fundraising support from a former Spruce Grove Interact Club member! If you are interested in supporting Logan Fechter, please continue reading for more information or Contact Randy.
Don't forget to register for the 2017 Rotary District Conference in Westlock!  Early Bird Pricing ends March 31, 2016!