Upcoming Speakers  Note the August 10th and 17th speakers have been reversed since last RAP.
 
1.  Thursday, August 10th, International Committee Report, 2017-18 Projects
 
2.  Thursday, August 17th, Neil Hollands, South American and African Adventures
 
3.  Thursday, August 24th, John Moquin, Classification.
 
Upcoming Community events
Spruce Grove City Centre, Sunday, August 13, Columbus Park, 11 - 4.
   Public Market and Art Walk and Sale
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COMMUNITY SERVICE:  2016-17
 
Service above self is Rotary's principal motto, which means that every Rotarian is responsible for finding ways to improve the quality of life in his or her community, and in those around the world, through service. 
 
Rotary's reputation is built on service projects based on community need.  This includes a focus on determining "hands-on" projects within our community that Spruce Grove Rotarians can add value to.  The goal of the Spruce Grove Community Service Committee is to conduct service projects that ensure the proper use of club funds, benefit those in need and address real and current community concerns. 
 
Examples of current hands-on projects include the Highway Clean-up and the Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic.
 
Through Community Service, the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove directly funds over 20 local non-profit organizations.  Contributions range from large donations that sustain organizations, to smaller contributions that enhance services or facilitate annual events that would not occur without financial support.
 
The Community Service portfolio also includes 2 sub-committees:
 
Connecting with Our Aboriginal Neighbors Committee:
- Originally a Rotary District 5370 initiative, the purpose of this committee is to build partnerships with the Aboriginal community and close historical, systemic barriers while raising awareness of the challenges faced by Aboriginal people in our local area and beyond.  This committee brings together the Rotary Clubs of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland After Dark, local libraries, Chambers of Commerce, Indigenous Nations and various partners, the RCMP, municipalities, and interested individuals who have coordinated several successful initiatives and projects.
 
Major Projects Committee: Assesses the feasibility and coordination of major projects in our local community.  Past projects include the Rotary Playscape, Parkland Food Bank expansion and the Ecole Broxton Park Playground.
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Rotary is...
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 encouraged...in 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?
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Posted by Tammy Svenningsen on Mar 11, 2016
Brad Mastaler did a short presentation on how to register for the "My Rotary" website and what you can do with it.  In case you missed it, check out this video tour of My Rotary: https://vimeo.com/73963261.  60% of our club members have registered already, but I know we can get EVERYONE registered.
 
If you haven't already registered, visit https://www.rotary.org/myrotary to do so.  Use the email address for registration where you received this message.  If you need help, Contact Brad!
MY ROTARY Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
CONNECTING WITH ABORIGINAL NEIGHBOURS UPDATE Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tammy Svenningsen on Mar 10, 2016
Congratulations to Paul Harris Fellow recipient Pete Demchuk, dear friend to Rotarian Barry Twynam.  Please see the photo of Barry, his daughter Devan and Pete. 
PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECIPIENT Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Jenni Sustrate, we are pleased to have you join our club!  See the photo of Lesley Crawford welcoming Jenni to the Club.
 
 
WELCOME NEW ROTARIAN Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
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The Club received a thank you letter and photos from the "mothers of Amarok Society Spruce Grove Women's School.
AMAROK SOCIETY - WOMEN'S SCHOOL Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
YOU CAN RIDE TOO UPDATE TAMMY SVENNINGSEN 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2017 - EARLY BIRD DEADLINE APPROACHING Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
VOCATIONAL DAY UPDATE Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
YOUTH SERVICES - City of Edmonton Youth Council Fundraiser Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
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Our club is planning a job fair/career fair for students in Spruce Grove and the tri-area this March. If your business would like to get involved or you would like to sponsor the event, please get in touch with Rotarian Angus McKenzie!
 
 
ROTARY JOB/CAREER FAIR Tammy Svenningsen 2016-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
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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 
 
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Posted by Tammy Svenningsen on Jan 30, 2016
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.
CELEBRATE RECONCILIATION & RELATIONSHIPS Tammy Svenningsen 2016-01-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tammy Svenningsen on Dec 18, 2015
Auggie's Cafe - All Rotarians are invited to Auggie's Cafe for a cheque presentation: 
  • Tuesday December 22, 2015
  • 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • 131 Church Rd, Spruce Grove
Aboriginal Committee Event - Celebrate Reconciliation & Relationships:
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
  • 6:30pm
  • Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre 1001 Calahoo Road
Deadline for Adventures in Citizenship and Technology Applications
Rotary Curling Bonspiel
  • March 3-6, 2016
  • Vermilion, AB
  • Contact Allan Shaw
Vocational Day - the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove and our local High School Students as a participant in our first Vocational Day:
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Horizon Stage Performing Arts Centre 1001 Calahoo Road
  • Contact Diane Brown, Chair - 780-963-4605
Lobsterfest
 
Mark Your Calendar Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
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Our club Christmas party is on Dec. 17 at Porta Romana Restaurant in Spruce Grove! We're in for a treat. It's an excellent restaurant, and run by a great local couple. Please RSVP by December 15 to Tony Zeglen if you're joining us!

The cost is $50 per person and friends and family are welcome. We're being served appetizers, two main courses and a dessert ... drinks start at 5:30 p.m. See you then smile emoticon

 

 

 

There is NO regular Rotary meeting that day.
 
 
CHRISTMAS PARTY DECEMBER 17 5:30PM Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-17 07:00:00Z 0
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Our exchange student, Julia Soires-Vieira, has a role in the Spruce Grove Composite High School's performance of Annie on Dec. 3. We're hoping to see plenty of Rotarians in the audience that night smile emoticon Ask Julia at one of our meetings if you would like tickets!
 
 
SPRUCE GROVE COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL'S PERFORMANCE OF ANNIE DECEMBER 3 Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tammy Svenningsen on Dec 02, 2015
As you are aware, our Club is embarking on a new project, a Vocational Day event, in March, 2016.
 
We have a great opportunity to piggy-back on an upcoming event hosted by the Spruce Grove CHS and St. Peter the Apostle HS, in association with NAIT, to help promote student participation in our event.
 
We need one volunteer to run our promotional booth at either SGCHS (morning) or St. Peters (afternoon).  The volunteer will be provided with a short video (on a loop) and a one page handout describing this event.  This information and your friendly demeanor will encourage students to save the date for our event.
 
If you can help, please contact Tony Zeglen ASAP.
 

 
VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR DECEMBER 2ND Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-02 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARIANS IN THE NEWS: KATIE JOLICOEUR Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Our club's Aboriginal Connections Committee is meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Spruce Grove Public Library from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Coffee is on at 4:30 p.m.

Join us for great discussion on the upcoming event Celebrating Reconciliation and Relationships at the Horizon Stage and a followup on the Alexander First Nation Career fair  that was held Nov. 27.

 

 

ABORIGINAL CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE MEETING: DECEMBER 1 Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Special thank-you to Rotarians Victor Moroz and Elizabeth Marsh who volunteer their services as auctioneers in our annual Silly Santa auction in support of Wings of Providence Second Stage Shelter:www.wingsofprovidence.ca/
 
 
 
SILLY SANTA SUCCESS! Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Looking for some Rotary swag?! Exchange student Julia Soires-Vieira is selling Rotary t-shirts for $20 each as a fundraiser for Shelterbox! Great work Julia!
 
JULIA'S SHELTER BOX FUNDRAISER Tammy Svenningsen 2015-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Leadership Institute; Part 1 Me and Rotary
Rotary 5370 District Office
Nov 14, 2015 
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
Rotary Leadership Institute; Part 1 Me and Rotary
Rotary 5370 District Office
Nov 21, 2015 
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
 
LI Part 1- “Me and Rotary” is a one day workshop helping to expand your Rotary knowledge beyond the club level and to learn about the bigger picture of Rotary International.  The session shares practical tips, ideas and resources from Rotary International that will assist you in your current and future Rotary roles.
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) was created as a grass roots initiative to help Rotarians build their leadership skills, both in their professional lives and as Rotarians. To provide this training, our district has partnered with Rotary Districts 5360 and 5550 making up the “Prairie Division” of RLI.
There are 3 RLI training modules and also opportunities for participants to become facilitators. This training has proven to help strengthen clubs because participants learn so much about Rotary in a condensed period of time. The more Rotarians know about Rotary, the better their experience will be.
This training is beneficial to board members in their leadership roles and also provides a great orientation for any members who are in their first five years of service. A perfect opportunity to share ideas, experiences and improve your Rotary knowledge.
 
Cost:  Each workshop is offered at a very reasonable rate of $50 per person. This fee covers your workshop materials, food and refreshments.
Be sure to check with your Club President to determine if there are training funds you can access.
 
For more information contact:
Edith Martin
District RLI Chair
780-721-8765
 
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE TRAINING - PART 1 ME AND ROTARY Tammy Svenningsen 2015-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Spruce Grove has a great lineup of speakers this month, don't miss:
 
November 5 - Movember Canada - Seth
 
November 12 - Vocational Day talk - Angus Mckenzie
 
November 19 - Club Assembly - AnnLisa Jensen
November 26 - KidsSport - Lisa Smith
 
NOVEMBER SPEAKERS Tammy Svenningsen 2015-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Brad Mastaler and his wife Krista for hosting the World Polio Day livestream at their home in Spruce Grove.
The event (and the Poker for Polio game that followed), were a great chance for Rotarians to have fun and learn about how close we are to ending polio.  If you weren't able to make it ot Mastaler's house, watch the livestream here.
 
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A big thanks to Angus McKenzie, Casino Chair for organizing another successful casino.  Also a HUGE thanks to all of the volunteers for taking the time to work at the two day (and night) event, it was quite easy work for a significant fundraiser!

Allan Polowich/Tammy Svenningsen

Janice Scalzo/Brad Mastaler

Jim Rigby/Catherine Pederson

Lyle Huston/Julie Lilienskold

Dave Eyestone/Tony Zeglen

John Oldham/Nizar Abouchami

Yvonne Naughton/Meryl Murry

Chris Findt/Barry Twynam

Thomas Miller/Dianne Browne

Allan Shaw/AnnLisa Jensen

John Moquin/Judy Kesanko

Mark Radke/Rick Lystang

Don Bay/Angus Mckenzie

 

THANKS TO CASINO WORKERS! Tammy Svenningsen 2015-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
ROTARY RUN FOR LIFE - ANOTHER GREAT YEAR! Tammy Svenningsen 2015-09-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Mike Ryan and Lesley Cleary who spoke to our club about Clean Scene, an organization that works with youth to help them achieve their full potential and with a drug-free lifestyle!

Below: Ryan and Cleary with Rotarian Catherine Pederson (centre).
 
Promoting the drug-free lifestyle Thomas Miller 2015-09-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Special thank-you to Stephanie Chard (left, with Rotary president AnnLisa Jensen) who shared her powerful story with our club. Stephanie, who is from Spruce Grove, is a survivor of sexual assault and now works as an advocate for those going through the same pain she has endured. Stephanie certainly has our club's support in her advocacy going forward and we hope to be involved in the great work she is doing!
 
Sexual assault survivor shares her story Thomas Miller 2015-09-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Goodwill Industries and everyone who came out to the family softball game on Aug. 30! What a fun day! And by the looks of it, we could put together a World Series calibre team of Rotarians, as members from all three tri-area clubs participated.
 
Below: At the softball game, Goodwill's Dale Monaghan was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.
 
Tri-club softball game was a blast! Thomas Miller 2015-09-03 06:00:00Z 0
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You can make Spruce Grove a safer place to live just by lighting the night for five minutes a week.
At the Safe Neighbourhoods Information Night put on by our club on Aug. 27 at the Horizon Stage in Spruce Grove, we challenged Spruce Grove residents to do just that.
A great group of people pledged to take part (below) and Light up the Darkness.
 
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Without volunteer support, the largest cycling competition in Canada wouldn't be possible in Alberta.
Representatives from the Tour of Alberta came to our meeting on Aug. 6 to discuss the incredible event that will put Spruce Grove on display for the world.
 
Below: Darwin Park, who is volunteering for the Tour of Alberta and an avid cyclist, appeared at a club meeting during the last Rotary year to get our club ready for the upcoming race.
 
The Tour de Spruce Grove Thomas Miller 2015-08-06 06:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary theme for 2015-2016 is "Be a Gift to the World."
"Every one of us has something to give — whoever we are, whatever our place in life. We can give our talent, our knowledge, our abilities, and our effort; we can give our dedication and our devotion. Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
In Spruce Grove we will do our best to be a gift to this community and internationally, every day.
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Finances are becoming a bigger issue for people in Spruce Grove.
At our club's July 16 meeting, we heard from NeighbourLink, a great group of local volunteers who help out with just about anything that's needed.
 
Below: Rotary Club of Spruce Grove president AnnLisa Jensen thanks Dick Lutz and Nat Rutter for their presentation.
 
Your friendly Neighbour - Link Thomas Miller 2015-08-06 06:00:00Z 0
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Titled "Redefining Good," a Shaw TV documentary on Goodwill Industries will feature our Rotary's contribution to the organization.
Recently our club, along with the Stony Plain club, helped Goodwill purchase a new van.
The documentary will be screened at the Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park this Friday, June 26 at 3:45 p.m. (it is one hour in length).
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free! Check out the good work that Goodwill is doing, if you are free on Friday.
 
Below: Rotarians Brad Mastaler and Barry Twynam at the rollout of the new Goodwill van in Spruce Grove.
 
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New Rotarian Dianne Brown gave a heart-felt classification speech during our June 11 meeting.
Most of us already knew Dianne through her great work at Auggie's Cafe or with the Parkland Potters Guild, but there's so much about Dianne Elizabeth Brown (so named due to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II around the time of her birth) that we didn't know at the time!
 
Below: Dianne Brown (right) accepts the Community Volunteer Award at the 2014 Chamber of Commerce Awards. - Photo courtesy the Spruce Grove Examiner
 
Dianne Brown classification speech Thomas Miller 2015-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
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Spruce Grove Composite High School student Melanie Elhafid took the time to say thank-you for the "Student Recognition Award" that our club sponsors at her school.
"I feel very honoured to not only have received this award, but to live in a community where there are so many opportunities to get involved," she wrote.
Thank you, Melanie! Keep up the great work!
 
A special thank-you Thomas Miller 2015-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
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John Head, from the Rotary Club of Workington (in England near the Scotland border), visited our meeting on June 11 while in town visiting friends who have retired to Spruce Grove.
John, now retired himself, used to work in the brewing business, so he had much to discuss with fellow Rotarian Angus McKenzie.
 
Below, club president Victor Moroz welcomes John Head to Spruce Grove, while John brings greetings from England.
 
A visit from England Thomas Miller 2015-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
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Kirsten Skipper-Mortensen has a new last name from the last time we saw her, and some new additions to her family.
Our club welcomed the former exchange student from Denmark back on June 11 along with her husband and children.
Though it was many years since her exchange, she remarked that she was excited for our club to receive a new exchange student in the upcoming Rotary year.
Kirsten is set to finish medical school soon, a dream she spoke of when she first visited Spruce Grove as a teenager.
 
Below, Kirsten Skipper Mortensen and her family are welcomed back to Spruce Grove by longtime Rotarians.
 
Former Rotary exchange student visits from Denmark Thomas Miller 2015-06-22 06:00:00Z 0
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Spruce Grove Composite High School student Jonathan Boerger sent a heart-felt thanks to our club for sponsoring the Student Recognition Award.
The award will help Jonathan in his studies at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he will be taking aeronautical engineering!
Great work, Johnathan!
 
A student who knows service above self Thomas Miller 2015-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Mammography machine finally shipped Thomas Miller 2015-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
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Our club got to know new member Tammy Svenningsen a little better at our May 28 meeting.
Many of us know Tammy through her work at the Spruce Grove Public Library and through the Rotary family as well (her husband Jason is a member of the Stony Plain club)  ... but now that Tammy has joined the club, we had to get to know her better!
 
Tammy Svenningsen classification speech Thomas Miller 2015-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Gem Munro, director of the Amarok Society, spoke to our club at our June 4 meeting.
Munro told our club how his organization is fighting extremism with education.
 
Below: Gem Munro (right) accepts a cheque for $3,000 on behalf of the Amarok Society from the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove.
 
Gem Munro on fighting extremism with education Thomas Miller 2015-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Lobsterfest, our annual fundraiser, was a massive success both for our club and the organizations we support!
 
Below: Rotarian Jim Rigby (our emcee) was one lucky lobster with lobsterettes "Garlic" and "Butter" by his side. Thanks to Rotarians Elizabeth Marsh and Julie Lilienskold for making the evening a fun night for everyone!
 
Lobsterfest 2015 a massive success Thomas Miller 2015-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to 2015 Integrity Award winner Dave Oldham!
The son of a Rotarian, Dave says the award skipped a generation, but we're sure his whole family will share the pride from this moment.
Dave donated the honorarium to Kidsport Parkland.
Thanks for your hard work in this community, Dave!
 
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Posted by Thomas Miller on May 25, 2015
Please welcome, our newest member: Katie Jolicoeur!
Katie is the owner of Be Free Yoga in Spruce Grove, the city's newest yoga studio.
At Be Free Yoga, they hold weekly karma classes, where the proceeds are donated to a charity or non-profit organization such as the Parkland Food Bank.
Be sure to say hi to Katie and her husband Jordan at this week's Lobsterfest :)
 
Below: Club president Victor Moroz and sponsoring member Thomas Miller officially inducted Katie into the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove at the club's May 21 meeting.
 
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The Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce was very appreciative of our efforts this weekend handing admission at the gate of their Life and Leisure Expo.
In previous years, we have had a booth at this expo. This year we tried a different approach by volunteering.
 
Below: Rotarians Randy and Thomas let the Interact Club go enjoy the Expo late into the Sunday shift once the gate slowed down.
 
Chamber Expo a success Thomas Miller 2015-05-25 06:00:00Z 0
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Our club visited the STARS Air Base at the Edmonton International Airport in lieu of our May 7 meeting.
STARS operates primarily through fundraising, and this was a great opportunity for our club to see first-hand the important work they do.
Read on for more photographs.
 
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At our club's annual fundraiser — Lobsterfest — we will be raising funds for many causes that we support.
One of those that we will be focusing on at Lobsterfest this year is You Can Ride 2.
 
Below: Melanie Harris (left), a physical therapist at Broxton Park School who volunteers with You Can Ride 2, presented to our club on the organization and its work in finding suitable re-engineered bikes for children with disabilities. Harris was welcomed at our April 30 meeting by Rotarian Barry Twynam.
 
You Can Ride 2: Adapting bikes for special needs children Thomas Miller 2015-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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We presented the City of Spruce Grove with the last instalment of our donations for tree planting along Grove Drive.
Mayor Stuart Houston and city manager Robert Cotterill were at our April 30 meeting to accept.
 
Planting the seed of Rotary in Spruce Grove Thomas Miller 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Spruce Grove Rotary Club's outbound exchange student is Reilly Rosenke. Reilly is a Grade 10 student at Living Waters Christian Academy and is travelling to the Czech Republic for the 2015-2016 school year as part of Rotary Youth Exchange.
Below: Reilly and her family at the orientation.
 
Outbound exchange student learning about Rotary Thomas Miller 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Ask anyone who used the Oculus Rift at the Spruce Grove Public Library during our club's visit there on April 23: It was awesome!
But that was just one of the many things available to library patrons in the innovation lab at the library, which our club has contributed to.
Special thanks to new Rotarian Tammy Svenningsen for hosting us at her office!
Below: Rotarian Chris Findt takes a ride on the roller coaster.
 
SGPL turns Rotarians into kids again Thomas Miller 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Miller on Apr 26, 2015
Rotarians Brad Mastaler and Barry Twynam represented our club at a Spruce Grove Composite High School clothing drive for Goodwill Industries.
It was Goodwill's first use of their brand new van, which we contributed $6,000 to.
Along with donations from the Rotary Club of Stony Plain and a matching grant from the Rotary Foundation, our contributions went a long way for Goodwill.
Below: Brad and Barry check out Goodwill's new ride.
 
In the news with Goodwill Thomas Miller 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Miller on Apr 26, 2015
Please welcome our club's newest member: Tammy Svenningsen.
Tammy is director of the Spruce Grove Public Library.
Her husband, Jason, is a member of the Stony Plain Rotary Club.
We will learn more about Tammy during her classification speech on May 21.
Below: Club membership director Michelle Coates pins new Rotarian Tammy Svenningsen.
 
Introducing Tammy Svenningsen Thomas Miller 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
District 5370 Conference - last chance to register! Thomas Miller 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Elizabeth Marsh shared a powerful story of honour with our club during the Aug. 28 meeting.
At the Marsh home in Cerisy-la-Fôret, France, this past summer she and her husband hosted an event for the families of veterans who fought at and liberated the small French town following the Normandy invasions in 1944.
Honouring our veterans in Cerisy-la-Fôret Thomas Miller 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to Amira Aissiou and Catherine Linton of Spruce Grove Composite High School, last year's Rotary scholarship winners!
Do you know a high school student graduating in 2015 who is deserving of the Rotary scholarship? Get in touch with Randy Hetherington!
 
 
Congrats students! Thomas Miller 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Lee Foote and three other tour guides at Devonian Botanic Gardens (DBG) for showing us their beautiful backyard (which just so happens to be AnnLisa Jensen’s backyard as well).
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Tomorrow Project Signs Up Rotarians Thomas Miller 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Run for Life is coming up in Stony Plain on Sunday, Sept. 14.
During our Aug. 14 meeting, members Julie Lilienskold and Meryl Murray spoke to the power of the event and the impact it has in the community, particularly for those who have lost someone to suicide. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie or Meryl.
There are a number of ways you can help out:
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Posted by Thomas Miller on Aug 17, 2014
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Our donation to Auggie’s Café for a new dishwasher got the ball rolling on a much bigger project.
They are now putting in a stainless steel dishwashing centre.
Auggie’s Café Project Grows Thomas Miller 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Radke classification speech Thomas Miller 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Miller on Aug 04, 2014
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Thanks to everyone who attended the Rotary social at Boston Pizza on July 31!
It was a great night of fellowship and an amazing opportunity to hear from one of our club’s former incoming exchange student (Mel, from Recife, Brazil), as well as a former outgoing exchange student (Ben McConnell).
Former exchange students share stories Thomas Miller 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Miller on Aug 04, 2014
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For those of you who haven’t yet had the chance to sit down and read it, I highly recommend the August 2014 edition of Rotarian Magazine.
You can read through a few of the features online, if that’s easier.
 
Rotarian Magazine Thomas Miller 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
History lesson from the MHC Thomas Miller 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Ag Society thanks members for volunteering at Flapjacks event Thomas Miller 2014-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on May 12, 2014
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President Nizar Abouchami and Community Service Director Barry Twynam were in attendance when our Club won the Goodwill Advocacy Award on May 7th!  The photo below shows Past President Arlaine Monaghan (right) showing off our award to Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews while they attended the "She's All That" event on May 8th. 
 
WE WON! GOODWILL ADVOCACY AWARD! Tony Zeglen 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
CHEQUE PRESENTATION: SPRUCE GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY Tony Zeglen 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR MAY 15TH MEETING: MERYL MURRAY, FISH TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on May 12, 2014
This new ad featuring Joanne Daniels will be shown on the City of Spruce Grove electronic bulletin board from May 19th to 26th.
HUMANITARIANS IN SPRUCE GROVE Tony Zeglen 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on May 05, 2014
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We have been nominated for a Goodwill Greatness Award!  The winner will be announced at a ceremony on May 7th to be attended by President Nizar Abouchami and Community Service Director Barry Twynam.  Whether we win or not is not important.  Being recognizing our good work, however, is very satisfying.
WE'VE BEEN NOMINATED! Tony Zeglen 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on May 05, 2014
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Thank you to all of the members of the community who attended the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) Clinic on April 25th and were able to donate blood.  The CBS goal for our clinic was 94 units of blood donated - we got more than 130 units!  Congratulations and special thanks to the members of our Club who volunteered to help run the clinic led by the incomparable Judy Kesanko.
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH Tony Zeglen 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS: MAY 1ST Tony Zeglen 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE MAY 1ST MEETING: MILJA KAUPPINEN, ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT Tony Zeglen 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHTS OF BOARD MEETING: APRIL 29TH Tony Zeglen 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 28, 2014
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Congratulations and special thanks to the five Charter members below who are still active in our Club!
 
FIVE ACTIVE CHARTER MEMBERS Tony Zeglen 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 28, 2014
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Special thanks to Director Randy Hetherington and his wife Michele for hosting our third Fireside of this Rotary Year on Saturday, April 26th focusing on Youth Service.  We had a spirited discussion about our participation in RYLARYPEN, Adventures in Technology (Saskatoon), Adventures in Citizenship (Ottawa), the great work being done by the Spruce Grove Composite High School Interact Club, academic scholarships to students from our three high schools, and the possibility of renewing our Club participation in the Rotary Youth Exchange.
YOUTH SERVICES FIRESIDE: APRIL 26TH Tony Zeglen 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 28, 2014
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The Spruce Grove Composite High School Interact Club wowed members at the meeting on April 24th.  This amazing group of young leaders made an outstanding presentation regarding Malala Yousafzai and her efforts to promote education for girls.
AT THE APRIL 24TH MEETING: MALALA SGCHS INTERACT CLUB PRESENTATION Tony Zeglen 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE APRIL 24TH MEETING: CHRIS FINDT CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR MAY 1ST MEETING: MILJA KAUPPINEN, ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT Tony Zeglen 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 21, 2014
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The Stony Plain Reporter/Grove Examiner published an article (April 18th) about improvements made recently to the Spruce Grove Skate Park located behind Central Park. Unfortunately, the report did not include any of the following important points of recognition:
SPRUCE GROVE SKATE PARK Tony Zeglen 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH Tony Zeglen 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 21, 2014
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At our meeting on April 17th, President Elect Victor Moroz (left in both photos) was very pleased to exchange club banners with Claude Blaisius (right in the first photo) from the Rotary Club of Insming, France and receive a banner from the Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain in Arizona via Past President Jim Rigby.
BANNER EXCHANGES Tony Zeglen 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR APRIL 24TH MEETING: CHRIS FINDT CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY ADVENTURES STUDENTS NAMED Tony Zeglen 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 14, 2014
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Thomas Miller gave his Classification Talk at our meeting on April 10th focusing on the joys and struggles of community newspaper journalism, and the support he has received from his friends and family during his life.  Thomas (centre below) was thanked for his presentation by President Nizar Abouchami (left) and Past President Angus McKenzie.
AT THE APRIL 10TH MEETING: THOMAS MILLER, CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR APRIL 17TH MEETING: BRAD MASTALER, 2014 LOBSTERFEST Tony Zeglen 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 07, 2014
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Siobhan Coughan from the Canada World Youth International Education Program shared many wonderful stories about her youth exchange centering on Whitehorse, Yukon and Inhambane, Mozambique at our meeting on April 3rd.  She also thanked our Club for supporting this great adventure and wonderful learning experience.  She is shown below being thanked by President Nizar Abouchami (left) and Rotarian John Oldham for her presentation.
AT THE APRIL 3RD MEETING: SIOBHAN COUGHLAN, CANADA WORLD YOUTH INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Tony Zeglen 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Apr 07, 2014
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Rotarians (from left to right below) Tony Zeglen, Patti Zeglen, Woody Murray (Honourary), Meryl Murray, Bill Kesanko (should be a Rotarian), and Judy Kesanko had fun at the Canadian Blood Services 14th Annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on April 6th.  We represented our Club on behalf of the many volunteers who help run our Blood Donor Clinics.  The next clinic will be at the Elks Hall on Friday, April 26th.
CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES VOLUNTEER AWARDS CEREMONY: APRIL 6TH Tony Zeglen 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED: WECHIAU HIPPO SANCTUARY Tony Zeglen 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR APRIL 10TH MEETING: THOMAS MILLER, CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 31, 2014
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​We are currently looking for individuals and/or businesses that may be interested in contributing to the 2014 Lobsterfest Dinner and Charity Auction on May 31st by sponsoring items for Live Auction and/or specific parts of this event.  Each sponsor will be appropriately recognized in the program for this major community event.
2014 LOBSTERFEST DINNER AND CHARITY AUCTION: SPONSORS NEEDED Tony Zeglen 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR APRIL 3RD MEETING: CANADA WORLD YOUTH INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Tony Zeglen 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Tony Zeglen 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR MARCH 27TH MEETING: MICHELLE COATES CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 17, 2014
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From Secretary Lesley Crawford:
 
Past President Jim Kulak joins the ranks of Des Bulger, Bob Morrison, Norman Dick, and Robin George as a members of Club 85 meaning that because of their long years of service to Rotary and their age, they are no longer expected to attend meetings on a regular basis.  When they do attend, they are counted towards our Club performance level, but when they are absent they are excluded from this record.
JIM KULAK JOINS CLUB 85! Tony Zeglen 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED ... Tony Zeglen 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 17, 2014
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We had a very special presentation by Goodwill Industries of Alberta called “Disability Awareness Training” at our meeting on March 13th.  Unfortunately, the photo and text slides used by Nancy Murphy, Power of Work Program Director, as part of her presentation were not available for integration into the following video.  I hope I have better luck next time :)
 
 
AT THE MARCH 13TH MEETING: GOODWILL TRAINING SESSION Tony Zeglen 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 10, 2014
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From Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne:
 
We are looking for nominees for our 2014 Integrity Award for Community and Business People of Spruce Grove.  Do you know someone who should be recognized?  Please go to the Download section on the left of this web page for the nomination form (and more information) which is due at the beginning of May.
2014 INTEGRITY AWARD NOMINEES SOUGHT Tony Zeglen 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED ... Tony Zeglen 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 10, 2014
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Kathy Rondeau spoke to our Club on March 6th about the traumatic highs and lows that she and her daughter Mandy went through in their journey into Ghana, West Africa while they attempted to adopt two brothers.  They spent months and mutiple trips going through the process of acquiring a private adoption, eventually adopting one of the brothers, Caleb.
 
Below is my first iMovie, which integrates the photographs supplied by Kathy with video I recorded and the standard photo I took during the meeting.  Enjoy :)
AT THE MARCH 6TH MEETING: KATHY RONDEAU, ADOPTION FROM GHANA Tony Zeglen 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 10, 2014
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From Judy Kesanko:
 
On Thursday we have a very special presentation by Goodwill Industries of Alberta called “Disability Awareness Training”. It will be of interest to us all, but because of the length of the presentation, which is about 50 minutes (including question and answer time), we are asking Rotarians to come to the meeting a little before noon, which you do anyway, to pay for your lunch and then go directly to the buffet as soon as you arrive.  If we have all eaten by about 12:30, we will be in good shape to have our presentation and be out of the meeting in good time.
AT OUR MARCH 13TH MEETING: GOODWILL TRAINING SESSION Tony Zeglen 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
TRI-REGIONAL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION NIGHT: FEBRUARY 27th Tony Zeglen 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE FEBRUARY 27TH MEETING: COBS BREAD VOCATIONAL VISIT Tony Zeglen 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Mar 03, 2014
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Kathy Rondeau will speak to our Club on March 6th about the highs and lows that she and her daughter went through in their journey in Africa while they attempted to adopt two brothers.  Kathy and Mandi Rondeau spent months in Ghana, West Africa while going through the process of acquiring a private adoption.
AT OUR MARCH 6TH MEETING: KATHY RONDEAU, ADOPTING AN AFRICAN CHILD Tony Zeglen 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 24, 2014
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... the Rotarians of Spruce Grove and friends and family who had a lot of fun over four days of competition and social events.  31 of our Club members took part by curling and/or volunteering, along with some of their significant others.  In the end we put on a great show leaving quite a positive impression on our guests regarding our Club and community.  Well done organizing committee members and volunteers!  Check out this video of highlights from this event.
53RD ROTARY DISTRICTS 5360/5370 CURLING BONSPIEL WINNERS ... Tony Zeglen 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 24, 2014
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We will be going on a Vocational Visit to COBS Bread in the Century Crossing Shopping Centre from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 27th.  After COBS Bread, we will move to the ATB Financial Building for lunch from The Chopped Leaf.  RSVPs were due Friday, February 21st for this event.  
 
By sweet coincidence, Rotarian Jelena Reich and COBS Bread was featured last week in a Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter article "Bakery hopes to rake in the dough".  Check the full story out here.
 
COBS BREAD VOCATIONAL VISIT: FEBRUARY 27TH Tony Zeglen 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 24, 2014
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... the Rotarians of Spruce Grove and friends and family who had a lot of fun over four days of competition and social events.  31 of our Club members took part by curling and/or volunteering, along with some of their significant others.  In the end we put on a great show leaving quite a positive impression on our guests (25 teams in total) regarding our Club and community.  Well done organizing committee members and volunteers!
53RD ROTARY DISTRICTS 5360/5370 CURLING BONSPIEL WINNERS ... Tony Zeglen 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 24, 2014
This centre fold ad was published in the Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter on Friday, February 21st.  Please bring your copies to our Vocational Visit meeting at COBS Bread this Thursday.  I will mount and laminate those copies on Sunday, March 2nd and distribute them to Rotarians in all three clubs for display at their businesses, places of work, and/or around the community.  This way we can get a lot of more mileage out of this $1,800 ad (our Club pays 1/6th of the cost).
TRI-CLUB ROTARY DAY AD Tony Zeglen 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 17, 2014
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Brad Mastaler, Chair of the 2014 Lobsterfest Dinner and Charity Auction (May 31st at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre), updated Club members of the planning for this event at our meeting on February 13th.  At this point, all Club members are reminded that they are expected to:
  1. Volunteer for some aspect of organizing this event;
  2. Find seven items for the Silent Auction by the middle of May (a solicitation letter will soon be available).
  3. Help set up for the event on the evening of Friday, May 30th and during the day of Saturday, May 3st;
  4. Help take down and clean up on the morning of Sunday, June 1st.
AT THE FEBRUARY 13TH MEETING: LOBSTERFEST 2014 Tony Zeglen 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Tony Zeglen 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 17, 2014
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Past President Brad Mastaler (far right below) and our Club Director for The Rotary Foundation had the honour of presiding over the awarding of two Paul Harris Fellows Awards at our meeting on February 13th.  Judy Kesanko explained the rationale for awarding this honour to Bill Kesanko (second left) and Past President McKenzie (not shown) did the same for Past President John Moquin.  President Nizar Abouchami (centre) congratulated both recipients.
 
PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARDS PRESENTED: BILL KESANKO, JOHN MOQUIN Tony Zeglen 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 10, 2014
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From Donna Ducommuna, Rotary District 5370, via Yvonne Naughton:
 
At the board meeting of Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation, a resolution was passed to disburse any remaining funds from the Community Spirit Grant to clubs that have already contributed:  Auggie's Cafe received $1151.40 for kitchen renovations for a grand total of $10,651.40!!
AUGGIE'S CAFE FUNDRAISER EVEN MORE SUCCESSFUL! Tony Zeglen 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 10, 2014
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Congratulations to the volunteers and blood donors who made the Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic on January 31st such a success!  We had nearly 200 donors attend and contribute over 150 units of blood!
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC SUCCESS Tony Zeglen 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE FEBRUARY 6TH MEETING: JELENA REICH, CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR FEBRUARY 13TH MEETING: BRAD MASTALER, LOBSTERFEST 2014 Tony Zeglen 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 10, 2014
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Jessica Chappell, Administrative Assistant, and Alyson Brown, Chair of the Rotary Run for Life (RRFL) Board reported at our February 6th meeting that over $55,000 was raised by the 2013 event, half of which has gone to the Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP) and the second half to the three sponsoring Rotary Clubs.  Our share was $8,700, which we will donate to the CSPP and other mental health programs.  Jessica (left below) and Alyson (second left) presented the cheque to Rotarian Lesley Crawford, our representative on the 2013 RRFL Board, and Past President Brad Mastaler.
ROTARY RUN FOR LIFE SUCCESS! Tony Zeglen 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Feb 03, 2014
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... Julie Lilienskold who was inducted into our Club at the January 30th meeting.  Julie earned a Certified Management Accountant degree, now lives in Spruce Grove, and is a Vice President and Deal Maker with VR Business Brokers.  She has worked as a comptroller and/or team leader for 17 years for local and international companies in Alberta.  She was a real estate agent and accountant for RE/MAX Real Estate before moving to VR.  She has worked as a volunteer with Parkland Search and Rescue in various flood and fire situations.  She has also participated in Ride for a Cure, and Stollery Children's Hospital and local Christmas fundraisers.  Her classification is Business Broker.  She was congratulated in the photo below by President Elect Victor Moroz (left) and her proposer Rotarian Ray Frayne.
WELCOME TO ... Tony Zeglen 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE JANUARY 27TH MEETING: RYAN KENNEDY, CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR FEBRUARY 6TH MEETING: JELENA REICH CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 27, 2014
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We need your help to expand the exposure of our Facebook page which was started on January 24, 2012.  All you have to do is friend us from your Facebook page so that our posts can be seen by you and your friends.  Then maybe your friends will friend us, and so on, and the circle of sharing in the good things we do will grow!

FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK! Tony Zeglen 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Tony Zeglen 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 27, 2014
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Brad Mastaler, Chair of the 2014 Lobsterfest Dinner and Charity Auction, spoke about the history and importance of this event, what decisions have been made thus far, obligations of Club members, and the next steps towards making this event a success.  This event will take place on May 31st, 2014 at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre in Spruce Grove.  Brad (left below) was thanked by President Nizar Abouchami for his presentation.
 
AT THE JANUARY 23RD MEETING: BRAD MASTALER, 2014 LOBSTERFEST Tony Zeglen 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR JANUARY 30TH MEETING: RYAN KENNEDY, CLASSIFICATION TALK Tony Zeglen 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 20, 2014
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... Michael Birdsell, Charter Member and President of our Club from 1999-2000, on recently being named to the Queen's Counsel!  For the full story click here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ... Tony Zeglen 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 20, 2014
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Dale Monaghan, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Alberta, provided us with an update of Goodwill activities at our January 16th meeting.  Dale is shown below (centre) with President Nizar Abouchami and Rotarian Larry Holland.  What follows is a "spoof" introduction of Dale by Larry; to be amused by, certainly not believed.  Then a serious video of Dale's presentation and a clip about Anthony referred to by Dale.  Enjoy!
AT THE JANUARY 16TH MEETING: DALE MONAGHAN, GOODWILL INDUSTRIES Tony Zeglen 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 13, 2014
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On Sunday, January 12th, in the St. Augustine's Parkland Anglican ChurchDianne Brown spoke before the service to the congregation about the incredible generosity of our Rotary Club and the commitment of our Club with helping get the church kitchen renovated with a new dishwasher.  She spoke of the $5,000 that suddenly became $9,000 and she was very emotional.   She also talked about how our Club sees the Auggie's Cafe project and the enhancement of their building, and of the Anglican Church as the same thing.

People were so overcome and so grateful.  I think our Club should know just how much this has meant to the Anglican Church's ability to reach out to those in need in our community.
WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE JANUARY 9TH MEETING: MIKE RYAN, CLEAN SCENE Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 13, 2014
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We proudly welcomed Christian (Chris) Findt as a new member to our Club at our meeting on January 9th.  Chris is a 14-year veteran in Rotary, hailing from the Rotary Club of Bad Mergentheim, Germany.  He moved to our area three years ago and is the General Manager of Building Technologies.  His classification is Information Technology and will be working on our Vocational Service Committee.  President Nizar Abouchami is shown below (left) congratulating Myrna Findt (wife) and new inductee Chris Findt.
 
WELCOME TO ... Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 13, 2014
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On January 9th, Community Service Director Barry Twynam (left below), Rotarian Yvonne Naughton (second left), and President Nizar Abouchami (right), proudly presented a cheque for $5,000 raised for kitchen renovations from direct donations by members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove ($4,000) and a $1,000 grant through Rotary District 5370 to St. Augustine's Parkland Anglican Church Reverend Donald Gray and Dianne Brown, Auggie's Cafe.  In addition, the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove presented $2,500 for kitchen renovations and $1,500 for operations from the Club budget, for a grand total of $9,000.  Auggie's Cafe serves a lunch and opportunity for companionship every Tuesday at St. Augustine's for the benefit of the homeless and elderly.
AUGGIE'S CAFE RENOVATION PROJECT CHEQUE PRESENTATION Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Jan 13, 2014
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Please join nonprofit and voluntary organizations in the community as the Parkland Volunteer Action Committee (PAVAC) hosts guest speaker Brent Collingwood, Motivational Speaker and Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations for the Alberta MBA programs at the University of Alberta.  Learn why volunteering is one of the most important renewable resources Alberta and our country has to offer. 
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Lunch provided by Community Services) Stony Plain Town Office 4905 51 Avenue, Stony Plain.  No Cost, Registration Required, phone 780-963-8583 or e-mail here.
ANNUAL NETWORKING MEETING: JANUARY 22, 2014 Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED SOME MORE! Tony Zeglen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR JANUARY 16TH MEETING: DALE MONAGHAN, GOODWILL INDUSTRIES UPDATE Tony Zeglen 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR JANUARY 9TH MEETING: MIKE RYAN, CLEAN SCENE Tony Zeglen 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL! Tony Zeglen 2013-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 23, 2013
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I invite all members to send me their thoughts which you would like to share with fellow Club members on an issue affecting our Club or the Rotary world.  Submission deadline is the Sunday of every week.  Enjoy this week's article, and please feel free to respond to those last words or submit your own article for future pbulication.
ANY THOUGHTS YOU WANT TO SHARE? Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL! Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 23, 2013
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We are sitting in the Winnipeg airport waiting for our son and daughter-in-law to arrive from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Long delay because of plane trouble.  They had to transfer to a different plane.  I found one of the few power plugs available to use my laptop, but there are no chairs, so I'm sitting on a box on a baggage cart.  I can't get to Starbuck's because it is located in the Departures Lounge and I'm stuck in arrivals.  FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS are so ...
 
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Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 23, 2013
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From Mic Farrell, President, Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview:
 
David Kinnaird of Edmonton Riverview is looking to make contact with car enthusiasts for a project involving disadvantaged youth.  Are you a car enthusiast, i.e. do you belong to, or have links to, car, street rod, or truck clubs?

Once we locate some enthusiasts, David will share some information from Ontario where a car club has linked up with a high school to support interests in youth at risk in some interesting ways.  David is just waiting for a video or slideshow on the topic to arrive.

If you are interested or know of other contacts David might pursue, please contact him here or Rita Sharek here.

CAR ENTHUSIAST? Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
LOOKING FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT AROUND PHOENIX, ARIZONA? Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE DECEMBER 19TH MEETING: ROTARY READS FISH TALK Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
SAINT CITY ROTARY ON THE MOVE! Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 23, 2013
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From Don Shay, District 5370:  
 
Please mark on your calendars April 16th, 2014 as the date of the District 5370 Integrity Awards. The awards will be held at the Executive Royal Inn and Conference Centre at 8450 Sparrow Drive in Leduc (directly across from the Edmonton International Airport east of the Queen Elizabeth II Highway 2).  More details to follow in the New Year!
ROTARY DISTRICT 5370 INTEGRITY AWARDS Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 23, 2013
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Community Service Director Barry Twynam and Past President Brad Mastaler announced at our meeting on December 19th that we have raised $5,000 (thanks in part to a matching grant through Rotary District 5370) for renovations and purchase of an industrial grade dishwasher for Auggie's Cafe.  Yvonne Naughton had the pleasure of informing the Auggie's Cafe Gang of the good news.  Also, we received the very nice thank you card below.
AUGGIE'S CAFE RENOVATION PROJECT Tony Zeglen 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 16, 2013
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Adapted from ClubRunner Connect (December, 2013):

 

There are numerous reasons members choose to leave a Club:  sometimes it is due to relocation or conflict in schedule, other times it could be because of lack of leadership opportunities and motivation.  Sometimes it is very difficult to gain the respect you deserve as a leader within a Club.  Yet we are all leaders in our profession and/or community, that is why we were invited to join our Club.  At the end of the day, the qualities of all members in our Club will motivate each other to work harder to achieve goals and remain part of the club.

 

Leadership is a quality that comes naturally to some, while others have to work very hard to be effective leaders.  A good member-leader knows that it's not about them - it's about the club, club members, and the work the club does. 

 

THE END WORD Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF JASPER MASQUERADE BALL: MARCH 8, 2014 Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 16, 2013
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From the Amarok Society:  
 
Once again, the women of Amarok Society’s schools have asked us to relay their wishes for a happy holiday season and a happy, peaceful New Year to all their “Canadian brothers and sisters”.  We thank our friends, too, for helping to draw these desperately poor and benighted women and their families into the light of the best of the world.  At the same time, we’re aware, as are you, that peace won’t be created simply by wishing.
 
Tanyss & Gem Munro (and Azien, Gabriel, Grace and Alastair Munro).
SEASONS GREETINGS ... Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 16, 2013
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We were suitably feted by Elizabethan Catering and members of the Grove City Chorus at our Christmas Party on December 12th.  Special thanks to Rotarians Rita Sahrek and Randy Hetherington for organizing the event, to Lesley CrawfordJoanne Daniels, and Patti Zeglen for decorating the hall, and to Lyle Huston for providing the space at Diamond Grove RV Park.  Check out the video of 13 songs performed acapella by four members of the Grove City Chorus below (Randy Nerbas, Dick Barber, Frank Traviss, Jim Cochrane) and the photo album to the left of this webpage.
 
CHRISTMAS PARTY: DECEMBER 12 Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTION FORM Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 16, 2013
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Have you ever wondered where all those video clips taken at various Club functions go?
 
Well, all video clips are uploaded to our YouTube account, edited, and published (with permission from the subjects) on our Home Page and/or eBulletin.  To date we have 1,092 video clips in the account, many of which have been merged into longer videos like our Christmas Party Choral Performance video in this eBulletin edition.
OUR CLUB YOUTUBE ACCOUNT Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR DECEMBER 19TH MEETING: BRAD MASTALER, FISH TALK Tony Zeglen 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 09, 2013
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At the December 5th meeting of our Club, President Nizar Abouchami proudly exchanged banners with Rotarian Christian (Chris) Findt from the Rotary Club of Bad Mergentheim, Germany.  Banner exchanges are just one of the traditions when Rotarians visit any of the 34,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. 
BANNER EXCHANGE Tony Zeglen 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 09, 2013
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On Tuesday, December 3rd, International Service Director Neil Hollands and his wife Linda kindly hosted a Fireside at their home .  The focus of our discussion was on continued work with projects in Ecuador, the medical equipment we have in storage waiting to be shipped to Nigeria and/or another needy area, and the new grant application process as is reguired by our District and Rotary International.  Thanks also to Randy Hetherington, Past President Brad Mastaler, John Oldham, Tony Zeglen, and President Nizar Abouchami for their attendance and participation.
FIRESIDE FOCUSED ON INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD Tony Zeglen 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
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There are four tickets available for this event due to cancellations.  Please contact Rita Sharek here if you want these tickets.

The regularly scheduled lunch meeting is cancelled on Thursday, December 12th due to this evening event.

From Club Service Director Rita Sharek:

Place:  Diamond Grove RV, 41 Century Road Spruce Grove

Cocktails - 5:30 - 6:30 pm - Cash Bar

Dinner - 6:30 pm buffet by Elizabethan Catering

Entertainment - 7:30 pm by Magnetic North Quartet (award-winning Barbershop Quartet)

Last Call - 10:30 pm

Tickets $55.00 per person 

CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY: DECEMBER 12TH (PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED) Tony Zeglen 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 09, 2013
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What you are looking at is the latest design for our eBulletin, including new links to our website Home Page, Archived eBulletins, and Archived Stories.  Please let me know what you think here.
 
More importantly, our Club decided at the AGM on December 5th to limit access to the eBulletin to members only, i.e. internet users will no longer see a button on the website Home Page linked to our eBulletin or previously published stories.  Also, I will no longer
NEW DESIGN AND FOCUS OF eBULLETIN Tony Zeglen 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tony Zeglen on Dec 02, 2013
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From Club Service Director Rita Sharek:

As per usual, we will cancel our Thursday lunch meetings during the Christmas and New Years period, which means no meetings on December 26, 2013 and January 2, 2014.  We will return to our regular schedule on Thursday, January 9th, 2014.

HOLIDAY MEETING CANCELLATIONS Tony Zeglen 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
FESTIVAL OF TREES DONATION Tony Zeglen 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
CATS: DECEMBER 19TH TO 30TH Tony Zeglen 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Tonight, Tuesday, December 3rd, International Service Director Neil Hollands and his wife Linda have kindly offered to host our next Fireside from 7:00 pm at their home at 14 Deer Park Bay.  As in our first Fireside, this will be an informal event with wine and light snacks, and spouses/partners/friends with an interest in Rotary are welcome.  We will have a general discussion about Rotary at the beginning of the evening, but our focus will be on talking in-depth about what we have done in the avenue of International Service in the past, currently, and what we should be doing in the future.

FIRESIDE FOCUSING ON INTERNATIONAL SERVICE: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD Tony Zeglen 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 25, 2013
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Shari Roszmann gave a very moving Classification Talk at our meeting on November 21st, describing her rough start in life, using inner strength to overcome many obstacles, raising her own children, and helping many troubled teens get on the right track in life.  Shari is certainly an inspiration and will make a great contribution to our work on programs for Youth.  Shari (centre below) was thanked by Past President Angus McKenzie and Judy Kesanko for sharing her life story.

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AT THE NOVEMBER 21ST MEETING: SHARI ROSZMANN, CLASSIFICATION TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 25, 2013
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Shannon Clark and Claire Casault Grade 10, and Alex Irwin, Danielle Seymour and Kristen Knull Grade 11 from the Spruce Grove Composite High School wrote thank you notes to our Club as recipients of Rotary Awards for the Highest Academic Average.  Classy!

WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
MARION BRIDGE: NOVEMBER 27TH TO 30TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 25, 2013
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From Yvonne Naughton:

I have received cheques totaling $790 so far.  Barry Twynam will match up to $2,000.  So, we have the opportunity to provide $5,000 toward an industrial grade dishwasher for Auggie's Cafe ($2,000 donations, $2,000 from Barry, and $1,000 (or more) from District 5370.  Please act now as this campaign ends at the end of this month.

AUGGIE'S CAFE: KITCHEN RENOVATION FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR NOVEMBER 28TH MEETING: RICK DAVISS, EDMONTON ARENA DISTRICT PROJECT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR NOVEMBER 21ST MEETING: SHARI ROSZMANN, CLASSIFICATION TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 18, 2013
Now there is a new, innovative way to do a make up on line.  It feels and looks like a real meeting, with a different Speaker Program each week.  A Moment of Humour, Inspirational Corner, Food for Thought, and Rotary Minute are all part of the meeting.  There is even a way to make a small donation, in lieu of a meal.  Visit the Rotary E-club of Western Canada, District 5370.  Meetings run 24/7, from Sunday midnight to Saturday Midnight.


MISSED A MEETING? LOOKING FOR A WAY TO DO A MAKEUP? Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to the support for motions by Past President Brad Mastaler on behalf of the International Service Committee to suspend the two week notice for a motion and to approve the expenditure of $1,000 from the committee's unallocated funds, our Club will pay for a shelter box from ShelterBox Canada in aid of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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DISASTER RELIEF FOR THE PHILIPPINES: OUR CLUB RESPONSE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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The next Board of Directors meeting will be held at 5:00 pm today Tuesday, November 26th at the Club House.

NEXT BOARD MEETING: NOVEMBER 26TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 18, 2013
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From District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek:

We have had some anonymous donors to Polio Plus come forward!!!  This tremendous act results in another match for polio donations.  We can now turn every dollar donated to Polio Plus before December 15, 2013 into two matching streams; your donation and the anonymous matching donation, each being matched 1 to 6.  This is a tremendous windfall opportunity and we are asking for your support.  What an exciting District we live in!  Further, your money goes toward your next Paul Harris Fellow.

Here is how it works:

  1. From now until December 15, the “Anonymous Donors” will give to District 5370 Polio Gonzo Challenge using The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Canada donation forms.
  2. Clubs and individual Rotarians send their donations for Polio to TRF Canada here. 
  3. The Alberta Government Grant (that was announced at the District Conference in Edmonton) matches the combined donation up to a total district contribution of $175,000.
  4. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation then matches the total donation - two to one.
  5. A duplicate match of your donation is contributed from the Anonymous Donors Fund.

Thus a donation of $1,000 is matched by the “Anonymous Donors” and the Provincial Government turns this donation into $4,000.  The Gates Foundation then matches the $4000.00 twice turning it into $12,000.00.Through both donation streams the money is magnified… WOW!!!

To Donate, please use the link to the Rotary website or use the attached TRF Canada donation form.  NOTE:  the TRF Canada donation form is to be mailed to TRF Canada (not to the US address).  The TRF Canada address is The Rotary Foundation, c/o 91160, PO Box 4090, STN A, Toronto, ON M5W 0E9.  My Polio Gonzo mascot is depicted in the photo.  This is an exciting time for Rotary, an exciting time to be a Rotarian!  Imagine turning a dollar into $12.00!!  An incredible opportunity for us all to make a dramatic difference in the Polio Eradication campaign.  Remember this matching money is only available by the Anonymous Donor until December 15, 2013.  Please direct any of your question to J. Ross Tyson, District 5370 Rotary Foundation Chair or 780-819-4910.

POLIO GONZO'S CHALLENGE 2013 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 18, 2013
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Thanks to Rotarian Jan Vanderblij for taking this video of District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek's visit on October 31st, which includes a presentation to Past President Des Bulger as a multiple Paul Harris Award winner, to Past President Angus McKenzie with a Presidential Citation for the Club's work in 2012-2013, and to President Nizar Abouchami with a gift from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora.


AT THE OCTOBER 31ST MEETING: DISTRICT BETTY SCREPNEK VISIT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Nov 18, 2013
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The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Part 1 Workshop, ‘Me and Rotary’, is intended for new members of clubs that may not have a formal orientation program or no longer hold fireside chats [Editor's Note:  we will hold our next Fireside on December 3rd].  It is also a great opportunity for an existing club member to mentor a new member by attending the workshop with them.  The more the new Rotarian knows about Rotary the better their entire Rotary experience will be.  The same holds true for our veteran Rotarian.  Currently we are partnering with District 5360 to deliver RLI training.  

Saturday December 14th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, lunch included at the Quality Inn, 74 Street and Gaetz Avenue, in Red Deer.  The cost to member is $50 to be paid at the session.  To register, please contact Sharon Price, District 5360 Training Director.  Once RLI Part 1 is completed, those Rotarians will be one-third of their way to becoming an RLI graduate!  The RLI training schedule is located on our District Site.  To locate, Parts 2 and 3 workshop schedule, access the District’s Training Calendar here, then Access the District Site, Locate ‘Clubs and Members’, Choose ‘District Training’ from the drop-down menu, Choose ‘Training Calendar’, and, explore the District Training site to access club resources, webinars and other training-related materials.

ME AND ROTARY WORKSHOP: DECEMBER 14TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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From District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek:

On behalf of all Rotarians in District 5370, I wish to express my sincere sympathy to our Rotarians whose families have been deeply affected by the force of nature that has devastated the areas of the Philippines.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.  Over the next week, I will be sending you information on how and where to donate.  Today, I received direction form Bryn Styles, our Zone 24 Director which says:  

An email has gone out to the 10 District Governors of the affected districts to see if they have established relief funds.  Once we receive details they will be posted on the Rotary International website. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) will not be establishing a relief fund; however, TRF can be used to address longer term recovery issues.  As soon as we have that information, we will send it out to you.  

Our District will also be sending money, but we want to ensure it goes directly to the District/s that are most in need.  

I am also attaching for your information, received from Dale Perret, our Alberta Representative for ShelterBox Canada.  ShelterBox is on the ground in the Philippines distributing shelter and aid to those so devastated by the recent typhoon with the  staggering loss of infrastructure and lives. We have shipped almost 2,300 ShelterBoxes to the area to date and have two ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) on the ground this past week with our Chair of ShelterBox Canada Ron Noseworthy, who is also a fellow Rotarian from Ontario, arriving there shortly.  We are still currently active in several other countries too such as Pakistan, Sudan, Iraqi Kurdistan and, combined with the the displacement of so many families due to ongoing civil unrest in Syria, we desperately need your support.  It has been announced that the Government of Canada will match donations until December 8th, 2013 to registered charities of which ShelterBox is one and this certainly will help us in making an impact in those areas so tragically affected.  Please ensure that all donations to this appeal are marked Philippine Typhoon Appeal.  How can you help?  By donating is certainly one way and forwarding this plea on our behalf to your friends and family, who in turn can share with their friends and family, will help spread the word and assist us in providing shelter warmth and dignity to the many in need.  Our website is only a click away. We sincerely thank you for your support and assistance in reaching out to provide hope for those that are dealing with so much tragedy in their lives.

DISASTER RELIEF FOR THE PHILIPPINES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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From Mariana Konsolos, Princess Florence Handbags & More:  

We need your help to FundRICE for the Philippines!!!  Our dearest staff member Sharon is leaving to the Philippines on December 19, 2013.  She is visiting relatives that got hit by the terrible natural disaster Typhoon Haiyan.  On Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Princess Florence Handbags & More, with your support would like to send with her as much money as we can to buy rice for people in need.  A sack of 50 kilograms of rice cost $66.  That will be enough to feed 300 people!  We invite you do your Christmas shopping at the store, while helping support our Filipino staff who have been wonderful to all of us through the years!  A percentage of the sales will be donated to Sharon to help friends and family in need.  Wine and bites will be served after 6:00 pm.  At 6:30 pm we will be offering our popular free workshop The Magic of Scarves - Christmas Edition.  Please RSVP by Thursday Nov 21, 5:00 pm here or call us at 780-451-1531 to save your spot!  You are welcome to extend this invitation to your friends and family!

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FUNDRICING FOR THE PHILIPPINES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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From Des Bulger, Chair, Organizing Committee:

The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove would like to welcome curlers in Districts 5360 and 5370 to the 53rd annual curling bonspiel to be held from February 20 to 23, 2014 in Spruce Grove, Alberta.  Interested teams may visit this site to learn more about the event and to register a team.  Only one registration is required per team.  Details about team members will be asked during the registration process. 
 
If you have any trouble with the registration process or have any questions about the bonspiel, please contact Angus McKenzie here.  On behalf of the entire Organizing Committee, I want to wish all participants safe travels to Spruce Grove and good curling!

Below is a silly (a spoof really) video created by Tony Zeglen to help lure curlers to our event and our community.


SPRUCE IT UP DISTRICTS 5360 AND 5370 CURLING BONSPIEL: FEBRUARY 20 TO 23 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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We are sad to send news that Andrew Hawkes' mother has passed away.  Club Direct Rita Sharek will soon send a token of our condolences to the family, on behalf of our Club.  May she Rest in Peace.  Andrew wishes to send his gratitude for condolences expressed by his friends in Rotary.

We are also saddened to inform you that former Club member, Stuart Hellis passed away from cancer.  His funeral will be held on Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 pm at St. Augustine Parkland Anglican Church, 131 Church Road, in Spruce Grove.

REST IN PEACE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Silly Santa Auction was held on November 14th in support of Wings of Providence Crisis Centre.  Members were asked to donate an item, deliberately concealed in Christmas wrapping paper, which was then auctioned by Rotarian Elizabeth Marsh and Vice-President Victor Moroz (shown in the photo below). To add to the fun, most donators wrote a little "poem" mischievously hinting at the contents of the item up for auction.  Only the donator knew exactly what was in the package, but members bid on it anyway raising over $1,600 for this well-deserved cause.  The winners got to unwrap their early Christmas gift, and the mothers and children in crisis will get some comfort and joy during this dark time in their lives.  Check out the new photo album to the left of this web page.

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AT THE NOVEMBER 14TH MEETING: SILLY SANTA AUCTION FOR WINGS OF PROVIDENCE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
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The incomparable actress and Rotarian Elizabeth Marsh entertained us with her Fish Talk at our November 7th meeting.  Se spoke of one of her favourite charities, Wings of Providence Crisis Centre (the fundraising object of the Silly Santa Auction on November 14th).  She explained how the Silly Santa Auction worked, for the benefit of the newer members, and how she got involved with Wings of Providence.  Elizabeth is shown below with Past President Angus McKenzie and Vice President Victor Moroz.

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AT THE NOVEMBER 7TH MEETING: ELIZABETH MARSH, FISH TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE CAMPAIGN: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
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From District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek:

It is my pleasure as your District Governor, to officially announce the selection of Laura Morie, member of the Rotary Club of Westlock as the successful candidate for District Governor Nominee Designate for the Rotary Year 2016-17.  Here are a few of her background highlights:

  • Joined the Rotary family in 2002
  • Chairperson for RYLA 2009-2012
  • Presently injecting much of her efforts as Director of Youth Services
  • Leadership roles as President, Foundation Chair, and Secretary
  • Benefactor, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Sustaining member of the Rotary Foundation.
  • Financial consultant with Investors Group for the past 15 years.

I would like to thank Past District Governor Kevin Hilgers, whom I appointed as Chair to lead the Selection Committee.  If you want any further information, I would be happy to respond so encourage you to contact me here.

Congratulations Laura!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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The Board was pleased to meet with District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek on October 31st and these were the highlights of that meeting.

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Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen presented a report in writing that the Open House PowerPoint/video was updated to October 16th; four Humanitarians in Spruce Grove ads have been completed and November will feature AnnLisa Jensen; Public Relations projects posted on the District 5370 Data Base include the 20th Anniversary President History Video project, Memory Album project, and the Open House PowerPoint/video project, and the Membership Mentoring program; the Rotary District 5360/5370 Curling Bonspiel promotional video has been completed; and Brad Mastaler was locating a digital copy of our Club flag.  In terms of Membership, we have inducted six new members in this Rotary Year, two others were approved as proposed members, five new members have been introduced to ClubRunner, and a second Fireside will take place in early December focusing on International Service and hosted by Director Neil Hollands.

Brad Mastaler reported on behalf of Community Service Director Barry Twynam that various community projects have been approved and cheques are being written; Highway Clean-up and Rotary Park Clean-up were completed; and Club members have been challenged to contribute to Auggie’s Café matching grant fund for kitchen renovations. 

International Service Direct Neil Hollands reported that the Committee has a budget of $36,000; a matching grant initiative for shipping medical equipment to Nigeria is on hold; our Club supports the Children of Ecuador projects; and the Committee is working on establishing evaluation criteria for granting funds and establishing a long term planning strategy.

Youth Service Director Randy Hetherington reported that he has attended two Interact Meetings, that group is looking to fund raise for an organization that supports women’s right to an education, and the new executive is in place and moving forward (tentatively), recruitment drive continues and they have 12 members; the Vocational Visit to Parkland School Division took place on October 3rd, 2013, highlighting public education for youth ages 2.5 – 20 in Parkland County, with a specific focus on integration of technology and a detailed look into the largest school bus operation in the province; new member Thomas Miller has been added to the committee; Shari Roszmann has assumed responsibility for Adventures programs and RYLE, RYPEN and RYLA (RYLE 2014 – May 1 - 4, 2014 at Camp Nakamun, RYPEN 2014 – May 7 – 11, 2014 at Camp Warwa; RYLA 2014 – September 27 – 29, 2013 in Edmonton); the Committee was approached by Aaron Grenke from Living Waters Christian Academy for support of their Mission trip to Guatemala (a prezi presentation on this request was made available to Board members for consideration and discussion; contact was made with 4th Spruce Grove Scouts to contribute $1500.00 and continue our sponsorship of this organization (they will prepare their charter for signing in the next few weeks); initial planning for the Speech Arts competition is underway; and our scheduled speaker for September 26 (Kaileigh Feist) did not show up.  Pending items include:  Aboriginal Initiative (District 5370) information received; meetings held with past participants regarding RYE to be discussed; and Youth submission to website and sponsorship of Club newsletter.

Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne reported that the Committee is working on Vocational visits (completed one in October), and planning others for January and February; representatives of the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce attended a meeting in October; and we hope to educate their members about the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove.

Past President Angus McKenzie reported on plans to present a report to the Club about the history of the Trail project.  The Club has the trail money in our account.  We must now submit an application to change the grant’s designation and also apply for an extension.  All financial information concerning this project must be submitted by December 30th, 2014.

President Elect Victor Moroz reported that he attended the President Elect training at the District Conference which instilled in him that continuity in the Club is important to insure we move forward with things we planned to do in the previous year, but did not complete due to time constraints, and that he will be attending the Rotary International Conference in Australia.

Rotary Foundation Director Brad Mastaler reported that our Club has a lifetime donation of $91,260 including 20 Paul Harris Fellows, two Bequests, three Benefactors, 37 Rotarian Donors, and 11 Non-Rotarian Donors; our giving goal is $3130 US (per capita less than $100 per member); and this year we added a line to our billing statements asking for at least a $10.00 donation to the Foundation for the Every Rotarian Every Year initiative.

Secretary Lesley Crawford reported that we have 48 active members and five honourary members, and that the attendance for September was 71%.

Treasurer Jan Vanderblij reported on our Community Spirit, Casino, and Interact Club (new account set up in October) bank balances, term GIC investment, Rotary Trail reserve (new GIC set up in October and that future attention will be required to administer this fund); financial records for the 2012-2013 year submitted to Tober, Hemblings & Callihoo for their review, and that a copy of our Meeting room insurance policy and current Club By-Laws; membership dues invoicing sent out on September 23rd, 2013 with receipt at 50% to date; and our Club has given $50,000 to the Ecole Broxton Park School for their new playground and we have committed $100,000 this year for the expansion of the Parkland Food Bank.

District Governor Betty Screpnek reported that the District will send out a message concerning the establishment of a District Hospitality Room at the Rotary International Convention for one day in order to provide an opportunity for all District attendees to get together; President Elect Training is set for March 7th to 8th, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in south Edmonton; the very first meeting of a Rotary Club in Edmonton was held May 10th at Fort Edmonton and there are plans to hold a birthday celebration on that date, and Dr. Oz has been booked for Rexall Place in June as the first of a series of fundraisers to establish a Rotary Office in Fort Edmonton; and that we should put the Rotary Year theme banner on our website.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: OCTOBER 31ST, 2013 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR NOVEMBER 7TH MEETING: ELIZABETH MARSH, FISH TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek visited our Club on October 31st and made several special presentations.  Along with Past President Brad Mastaler, she recognized multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Past President Des Bulger in the first photo below.  Along with President Nizar Abouchami, she congratulated new members Thomas Miller, Ryan Kennedy, Michelle Coates, Shari Roszmann, and Jelena Reich in the second photo; and presented Past President Angus McKenzie Presidential Citation Award for 2012-2013 in the third photo.  Finally, she presented President Nizar Abouchami with a picture in the last photo.  Special thanks to Rotarian Jan Vanderblij for taking these and other photos for this edition of the eBulletin.

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AT THE OCTOBER 31ST MEETING: DISTRICT BETTY SCREPNEK VISIT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Note:  Grace was part of the Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from Nigeria that we helped host (2009?)

From Grace T. Iyeghe-Erakpotobor via Arlaine Monaghan:

I feel so happy each time I read your mails.  Your concern and care is so moving I can not begin to thank you enough for it.  I am so glad you have overcome the surgery and would soon be back to your active self again.  Please do not mind some of my terminologies because I write to you like I would another Nigerian.  When I say overcome the surgery, I mean you have been successfully operated and are healing well and would soon be fine.

The things happening here are quite fearful and horrifying, but we are not in the midst of it all.  We live in the north west zone of Nigeria and the main problem is in the north east zone. The fearful part is that it can shift to any part of the country, but with God we are in safe hands no matter what happens.  I sometimes fear for my son who is in the University in Kano, and my daughter and parents who are in Jos, but despite all we would survive.  At least my son is home safe for now. 

You can send me mails without any problems.  My major problem here are electricity and internet network stability.  I have a whole pile of mails right now to read because I go for days before I can read my mails and also have the luxury of replying them at the same time.  Today the network is stable and fast enough for me to attach a photograph of me at my friends' daughter's introduction (the groom and his family came to formally introduce themselves and their intention to take her as a wife).  I would have liked to send you more pictures but I am not sure if it would not bug your system.  Maybe I should add one more.  In the first picture we were bringing the bride to be for the groom and his family to identify, if she is the girl they want, and in the second picture I was kneeling down to be prayed for as one of the guests at the occasion.  Sitting beside me is the mother of the bride who is my friend and colleague in the office.  I guess I have to go before the network stalls and I cant send you the mail again. Greet my friends for me.

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NIGERIAN GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE UPDATE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Oct 28, 2013
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District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek will visit our community on October 31st.  First she will meet with the Board of Directors at 11:00 am, then will be the guest speaker at our regular meeting.  Rumour has it that she will make a special presentation to Past President Angus McKenzie, and congratulate and welcome the six new members we have inducted thus far in the 2013-2014 Rotary Year.

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AT OUR OCTOBER 31ST MEETING: DG BETTY SCREPNEK VISIT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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November is Rotary Foundation month!  It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.  Our Club is asking each member to contribute at least $10 to the Foundation when they pay their annual dues.  Our Rotary Foundation sponsors a broad range of educational and humanitarian programs that save and change lives here and abroad.  These programs are the lifeblood of Rotary, creating world peace and understanding through the lives touched by the programs.  Ask any Rotarian who has visited/worked on an international project about the difference made by these programs.  There are many wonderful stories of saved and changed lives around the world.  Our contributions to the Rotary Foundation fund these Rotary programs.  While our Foundation is quite healthy (one of the largest foundations in the world), there is so much more we need to do.  Your annual contribution and/or a contribution to the Foundation Permanent Fund (through a major gift or benefactor contribution) fuels our Rotary programs.  A contribution to the Foundation is one of the best investments you can make with nearly 100% going to Rotary programs that save and change lives.  Learn more about The Rotary Foundation here and make a contribution to continue saving and changing lives.  These programs work and are a great investment for a better and safer world.  Source:  http://www.rotary5960.org/showDoc.cfm?pMenuTop=5&pObject=138
NOVEMBER IS ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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The Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 50th Anniversary on October 22nd and made a special effort to thank us for our 20+ year partnership with them as shown in the plaque below.  President Nizar Abouchami was on hand to receive this recognition on behalf of our Club.  It is safe to say, "You are quite welcome and we look forward to many more years working together to better our community!"

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WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE OCTOBER 24TH MEETING: MAREN HASSE, AUTHOR AND LIFE COACH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
WELCOME TO MICHELLE COATES: OUR NEWEST MEMBER Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
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YES, WE HAVE A NEW BANNER ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Silly Santa Auction is coming on November 14th in support of Wings of Providence Crisis Centre.  Members are asked to donate an item, deliberately concealed in Christmas wrapping paper, which is then auctioned.  Only the donator knows what is in the package, but members bid on it anyway.  The winner gets to unwrap it and discover their early Christmas gift.

SILLY SANTA AUCTION IS COMING! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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At our October 17th meeting, Elizabeth Marsh reported that Arlaine Monaghan is much better, but still recuperating from surgery at home.  Get totally well soon!

GOOD NEWS! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
AACL BREAKFAST: ROTARY WAS THERE! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
SAM SILENT AWAKENS! THE "DOOR" WRITES AGAIN! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark has launched their own "This Close" to End Polio Now! campaign in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain as well as a few locations in Edmonton on October 24th.  They have created donation jars with pictures of local Rotarians and have set those up at Jack's Drive-In, ATB in Stony Plain and Spruce Grove, Royal LePage in the Westland Mall, Powerworks Electrical, Leberge Engraving, Drayden Insurance in Spruce Grove, and United Construction Inc. in Edmonton thus far.  If you would like to display a donation container at your business, please contact Kristi Larson here.  The campaign will begin on World Polio Day on October 24th.  Please donate today!

And don't forget that Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk recently announced that the Government of Alberta will match donations made by Rotarians in Alberta up to $350,000.  $350,000 + $350,000, matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation = $1.4 million to eradicate polio for good!

END POLIO NOW WITH PARKLAND AFTER DARK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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From Community Service Director Barry Twynam:

Every Tuesday from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, St. Augustine's Parkland Church hosts Auggie's Café, a place where anyone can congregate for a hot meal, and some fellowship and conversation.  Totally financially self-sustaining, thanks to the blessings of locally-provided donations of food and cash, each week between 50 and 100 nutritious meals are served to all who are in need.  A small army of volunteers provides cooking, clean-up, and conversation that is given in the spirit of helping those in need of food and companionship.

A few months ago Patti Zeglen, Yvonne and myself visited Auggie's Cafe for lunch.  They serve a decent nutritious meal to all who come; that day there were 40-50 people.  I can only describe the experience as what a community gathering should be like:  there were old, young, native, white, black, homeless ... all are welcome.  The room was loud because of all the interaction.  It is totally a non-judgmental experience for all who attend.  

About a month ago, probably longer, Yvonne Naughton approached me about trying to get a matching grant for Auggie's Cafe kitchen renovation.  Currently, because of health regulations, the kitchen staff cannot clean dishes while meals are being served. They are looking at trying to renovate the kitchen and install a commercial dishwasher.  

Yvonne proposed challenging our Club membership to contribute to this cause and then use those collected funds towards a matching grant application.  Yvonne is kicking this off with a $100 contribution.  I thought this over and I decided to do what Lyle Houston does with the Rotary Run for Life.  I will match our Club members total contribution dollar for dollar.  Because I know there are some cruel, creative types in our Club and I need to protect my family's inheritance, I will need to cap my contribution to a maximum of $2000.  Once we know the total collected, we will make an application and see if we can add in a matching grant to the cause.  So feel free be cruel, large or small!

Please make cheques payable to “Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation” and put “SG Rotary – Auggie’s Café” in the memo line. They also have to be personal cheques, not company ones.

AUGGIE'S CAFE: KITCHEN RENOVATION FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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President Nizar Abouchami was proud to present Rotary Awards for the Highest Academic Average to the following students at the Spruce Grove Composite High School Awards Ceremony on September 17th.  Congratulations to the following winners!

Grade 10:  Shannon Clark, Jonathan Boerger, Claire Casault, and Duncan McDonald

Grade 11:  Alexander Irwin, Amira Aissiou, Danielle Seymour, and Kristen Knull

SGCHS ROTARY ACADEMIC AWARDS PRESENTED Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR OCTOBER 24TH MEETING: MAREN HASSE, AUTHOR AND LIFE COACH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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We were honoured to welcome seven guests from the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce at our meeting on September 17th.  Congratulations on their 50th anniversary of service to our community! 

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From left:  Chamber President Robin Grayston; Rotary President Nizar Abouchami; Chamber Directors Jim Peddie and Karina Beaudoin; Chamber Executive Director Brenda Johnson; Chamber 2nd Vice President Rosetta Taylor; Chamber Directors Charlene Bell and Dorcas Kilduff; and Rotary Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne.

AT THE OCTOBER 17TH MEETING: CHAMBER GUESTS Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE OCTOBER 17TH MEETING: MARIANA KONSOLOS, ENTREPRENEUR Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Sam Silent, as the old-timers of our Club will tell you, is a mysterious fellow who likes to stir up a little mischief from time-to-time.  Apparently, Sam is in Paris, where he met up with the famous Door - the symbol of great responsibility given in care to those who host the annual Rotary 5360/5370 Curling Bonspiel (note Then President Angus McKenzie struggling mightily with this duty to the right below).

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In a somewhat disjointed effort, our resident codger Bob Morrison and former World Champions John Moquin and Allan Shaw attempted to explain the skulduggery and shenanigans  associated with "caring" for The Door in the past.  We can only hope to understand these inside jokes!  I expect we will all have our own stories to tell after we host the bonspiel in February, 2014.

SAM SILENT AWAKENS! THE "DOOR" WRITES AGAIN! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR OCTOBER 17TH MEETING: MARIANA KONSOLOS, ENTREPRENEUR Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Larry Holland entertained and educated fellow Rotarians and guests at our October 10th meeting about post-photography techniques he uses to correct flaws in and enhance the photographs he takes.  An interesting hobby indeed!  Past President Brad Mastaler (left below) thanked Larry for his presentation.

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AT THE OCTOBER 10TH MEETING: LARRY HOLLAND FISH TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
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We proudly inducted Jelena Reich (centre below) to our Club at our meeting on October 10th.  Jelena is the co-owner of COBS Bread with her husband Christopher in Spruce Grove, and was sponsored by Rotarian Joanne Daniels (left below).  Her classification is Baker and she will work with the Vocational Service Committee.  She is being congratulated by Past-President Brad Mastaler in the photo below.

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WELCOME TO JELENA REICH: OUR NEWEST MEMBER Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
50TH SPRUCE GROVE AND DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATION: OCTOBER 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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... John Moquin selfishly gave up accompanying his wife to the ballet on Friday because he had pre-committed to working the Blood Donor Clinic.  What a man!  What a dedicated Rotarian!  What you say?  He just may have been thankful for a good excuse?

DID YOU KNOW ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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All of our previously published stories can be found by going to our Home Page and clicking on the Stories button on the upper left hand side.

LOOKING FOR AN OLD STORY? Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR OCTOBER 10TH MEETING: LARRY HOLLAND, FISH TALK Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Norm Dick announced at our meeting on October 3rd that we are now in possession of the $150,000 allocated towards purchasing improvements, i.e. rest nodes, along some of the trails in the City of Spruce Grove.  Past President Jim Rigby reported that we have received approval-in-principle from Alberta Culture - Community Spirit Program officials for this expenditure.  Past President Angus McKenzie reported today that we have applied for extension for resolving this grant expenditure along with the changes to the original proposal.  We have to submit a comprehensive budget with specific site locations by the end of 2013.  The exact number of rest nodes will depend on the sites, e.g. some sites may require retaining walls, therefore will be a higher cost.  Construction will then begin in the spring of 2014 to be completed by September.  Lastly, we will have to provide the final financial report by the end of 2014.

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TRAIL IMPROVEMENT MONIES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Butch Daoust and Murray Munro (owner on the right below) from locally-owned and operated Kiwi Nurseries Ltd. were busy planting ornamental trees along Grove Drive last week.  Our Club contributed $23,500 to this City of Spruce Grove beautification project.  This money was raised locally by our Club, was spent locally, and is improving our community.  We can't wait until spring to see the flowering fruits of their labour!

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ORNAMENTAL TREES PLANTED BY KIWI NURSERIES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Vocational Visit to the Centre for Education of the Parkland School Division office October 3rd included a viewing of the Division Vision "My Dream is ..." video and opening remarks by Superintendent Tim Monds, then presentations by Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator Nicole Lakusta and Director of Student Transportation Brian Hauptman.  Special thanks to Rotarian Youth Service Director Randy Hetherington for organizing this event.  President Nizar Abouchami is shown below (far left) thanking Brian, Nicole, and Tim for their presentations.

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AT THE OCTOBER 3RD MEETING: PARKLAND SCHOOL DIVISION VOCATIONAL VISIT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
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From Marilyn MuchaDistrict 5370 Vocational Training Chair:

District 5370 is embarking on its first Vocational Training Team trip under District Governor Betty Screpnek.   She has selected Honduras as the location for a team from our District to travel in late April for approximately two weeks to support a micro-finance project by providing mentorship to small businesses receiving micro credit loans.

We are seeking a Rotarian leader with related experience in business consulting to lead a team composed of non-Rotarians, Rotarians and/or family members of Rotarians with the requisite skills to provide mentorship to these small business owners.  Working knowledge of Spanish would be an asset. 

Interested parties are asked to complete the attached application form.  Deadline for applications today with interviews to be conducted for shortlisted candidates by the end of October.

For any questions regarding this exciting opportunity to assist in economic development of this South American destination in District 4250, please direct your inquiries to Marilyn Mucha here.

DISTRICT 5370 VOCATIONAL TRAINING TEAM Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Past President Arlaine Monaghan is feeling better but remains in hospital.  We wish her well!

GET WELL SOON! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Our next Club meeting will be a Vocational Visit to the Centre for Education of the Parkland School Division office at 4603-48 Street in Stony Plain on Thursday, October 3rd.  We will be meeting in the Imagination Room.

Please accept or decline the invitation sent in a separate e-mail by today so that the organizers can prepare enough food for our lunch.

AT OUR OCTOBER 3RD MEETING: VOCATIONAL VISIT TO PARKLAND SCHOOL DIVISION Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
AT THE SEPTEMBER 26TH MEETING: GUEST SPEAKER CANCELLED Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Members of our Club and two spouses were out on our semi-annual Highway Cleanup on the south side of Highway 16A last September 25th.  This Highway Cleanup was organized by Rotarian Barry Twynam and is part of our commitment to Community Service in Spruce Grove.  Check out the new photo album to the left of this web page.  At our September 26th, President Nizar Abouchami thanked Barry and the Rotarians and spouses who were able to volunteer, and to President Janice Scalzo and Joe Scalzo for hosting the after party at their home.

FALL HIGHWAY CLEANUP SUCCESS! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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We proudly inducted Thomas Miller to our club at our meeting on September 26th.  Thomas is the Editor of the Grove Examiner and Stony Plain Reporter, and was sponsored by Rotarian Tony Zeglen.  His classification is Journalist and he will work with the Youth Service Committee.  He is being congratulated by President Nizar Abouchami in the photo below.

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WELCOME TO THOMAS MILLER: OUR NEWEST MEMBER Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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At our September 26th meeting, Past President Angus McKenzie reported on the progress of discussions on  the use of the money allocated to enhancements for a trail that was meant to be built between Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, but never materialized.  The concept under discussion is to purchase six "rest nodes" (design shown below) to be placed along Jennifer Heil Way (two), west Grove Drive (two), and two in other places in Spruce Grove.  Recognition of the contributions made by the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, along with the legacy of the 1995 Alberta Summer Games will be included in these rest nodes.  Our final plans for using this money must be approved by the Lottery Board and will include details on what the Rotary Club of Stony Plain did with their trail monies.

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TRAIL IMPROVEMENT DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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From Past District Governor and President Project Amigo Canada Society Elly Contreras-Vermeulen:

Join us for Breakfast Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 am at Chateau Lacombe Hotel for an opportunity to hear the story of the poor children in Colima, Mexico, who through the work of volunteers and supporters from District 5370 are given a chance to an education that will help them and their family out of poverty.

Speakers: Coke and Cindy Newell, Executive Directors of Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico.  

Continental Breakfast $15.00 per person includes:  fresh juice, danish, muffins, croissants, banana bread, fresh fruit cocktail, yogurts, coffee or tea.  RSVP by Friday, October 4 to Judy Harcourt. 

This event is open to everyone, young and old.  Come and enjoy the camaraderie, meet Coke and Cindy, learn about Project Amigo Canada.

Your name will be entered for a draw to win registration for a Volunteer Work Week in Colima, Mexico ($1,200.00 value).

DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD OVER: SPECIAL PROJECT AMIGO BREAKFAST Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
WE'VE BEEN THANKED! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Brad Mastaler reported on a meeting with three officials from the City of Spruce Grove related to recognition of our contributions to tree planting over recent years and he expects that he will be able to present a draft agreement to the Board at the October meeting, including a budget.

Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen reported that in terms of Public Relations the Presidential video for Angus McKenzie's year is complete; our Open House PowerPoint/video has been updated to September 17th; Public Relations Projects will be posted on the District 5370 Data Base; and we are still trying to find the original digital file that was used to create our Club banner, so that we can upgrade its quality.  In terms of Membership, two members have inducted and one more is scheduled; motions to accept four others for proposed membership were passed; a Fireside focusing on Community Service was held and a second focusing on International Service is being planned; and the list of Honourary members will be reviewed.

International Service Director Neil Hollands reported that his committee will meet soon and will review any new requests for funding; and that he attended a quarterly District 5370 meeting on International Service.

Youth Services Director Randy Hetherington reported that two meetings regarding Rotary Youth Exchange were held; the SGCHS Interact Club has eight members and all three executive positions are filled, President Abigail Smith has been speaking to other students about the club, and they meet every Friday at 11:07 am; a Vocational Visit to Parkland School Division is scheduled for October 3rd focusing on services for youth; he and Shari Roszmann will attend the New Generations workshop on September 28th; the committee looking into interest in a Rotaract club; the committee is planning a Media and Speech Arts competition for 2014; and RYLA takes place from September 27 to 29.

Treasurer Jan Vanderblij provided a financial update and is in the process of mailing invoices for 2013-2014 dues to members.

It was decided that we would provide an additional $500 towards painting fences in the city of Spruce Grove, as long as recognition for our contribution is made outside of the election campaign period, as we are not a political organization; and that we would reinstate a Policy Review Committee which will include Brad Mastaler from the Board.

President Nizar Abouchami reported that we have made application for another casino.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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From Community Service Director Barry Twynam:

It is time once again for the Rotary Highway Cleanup.  The area that we clean is on the south side of Highway 16A from the greenhouse near Century Road and east to the overpass.  We meet at the the Big Greenhouse at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, September 25th.  We usually split into two or three groups:  working east from the green house to the cemetery and east from the cemetery to the overpass.  With enough people we are usually done within 1.5 hours.  Janice Scalzo has one again agreed to host us at her house (light snacks provided) on Fairway Drive after we are finished.  Remember, many hands make easy work and please be sure to wear you Rotary vest.  And of course spouses and children are welcome!

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HIGHWAY CLEANUP: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
BLOOD DONOR CLINIC: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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An observation from Lesley Crawford:

At the September 19th meeting ...

Rotarian Randy Hetherington, Principal École Broxton Park School, thanked Rotarian Elizabeth Marsh, Elizabethan Catering, for the celebration cake at the grand opening of their school playground.  Past President Jim Kulak, Decker Properties, donated hockey tickets (Oilers vs Canadiens) for auction, purchased by Past President Francis MellaWSI - Matrix Consulting Ltd. and The Tech Department, with the money going to the Rotary International Foundation.  Rotarian Liz Gawenus, Alberta Health Services, thanked Rotarian Lyle Huston, Diamond Grove RV Park and Campground and Rotarian Tony Zeglen, retired teacher, for raising funds and participating in the Rotary Run for Life, and the volunteers who worked the event.  Rotarian Elizabeth Marsh, Elizabethan Catering, thanked Rotarian Patti Zeglen, retired teacher, for her work as costume designer.  Past President Brad Mastaler, Computer Insights, mentioned Jelena Reich, a proposed member, COBS Breads and the $2,630 raised for the Parkland Food Bank at their grand opening.  Aren't we a varied and interconnected group!

ROTARY NETWORKING: SPRUCE GROVE STYLE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
SPECIAL PROJECT AMIGO PRESENTATION Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Kaileigh Feist, Past President of the Spruce Grove Composite High School Interact Club, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, September 26th.

AT OUR SEPTEMBER 26TH MEETING: KAILEIGH FEIST Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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At the September 19th meeting, Rotarian Patti Zeglen (centre in the attached photo) gave her Fish Talk on "Costume Design in 20 Minutes or Less" - a quick overview of everything it takes to bring a set of costumes from idea to opening night.  Her presentation was enhanced by the modelling of costumes from three of her shows by fellow Rotarians Elizabeth Marsh (right), Yvonne Naughton (second from right), and Larry Holland (second from left).

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Arlaine Monaghan is still in the hospital and Janice Scalzo's mother is undergoing treatment for cancer.  We wish them all well.  Both are on a temporary leave of absence from our Club.

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What a great day for the students, parents, and staff at École Broxton Park School as they officially opened their new playground!  Special thanks to the incredibly hardworking parents who spent two years organizing and fundraising to make this happen, to the Province of Alberta and our own club for financial contributions, and to Elizabethan Catering for providing the delicious cake and punch!  Check out the photo album to the left of this webpage.


ÉCOLE BROXTON PARK SCHOOL PLAYGROUND GRAND OPENING Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Check out this great opportunity to see some of the best films from the Toronto International Film Festival right here in Spruce Grove thanks to Liquor on McLeod and the Spruce Grove Public Library.  Click here for specific information.

REEL THURSDAYS ARE BACK! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Bill Steinburg you can take a short trip down memory lane by checking out the new photo album to the left of this web page documenting the loading of a container full of medical equipment destined for the needy in Kazakhstan.

REMEMBER THIS? KAZAKHSTAN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SHIPMENT Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The District 5370 Team Up To Tackle Polio event with the Edmonton Eskimos was a victory in our continuing global quest to End Polio Now because we raised vital funds for this cause and a win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers!  It was a beautiful day for football and fellowship with Rotarians from across our District, some of whom, like Governor Betty Screpnek in Eskimo attire below, were able to take part in the unfurling of the Canadian flag prior to the game.

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END POLIO WITH THE EDMONTON ESKIMOS VICTORY! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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We held our Club Assembly on September 12th, with the budget for 2013-2014 listing spending plans for each area of service being the main agenda topic.  Treasurer Jan Vanderblij (left below) shared the overall budget picture with members and individual directors spoke about their area of responsibilities.  Note:  Secretary Lesley Crawford and Club Service Director Rita Sharek were unable to attend that meeting.  Community Service Director Barry Twynam, Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen, International Service Director Neil Hollands, Youth Service Director Randy Hetherington, Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne, and Rotary Foundation Director Brad Mastaler follow below.
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Ten Rotarians and two guests were able to take part in the first Fireside for 2013-2014 and enjoy each other's company while having a focused conversation on Community Service.  Firesides are social gatherings directed towards newer members to Rotary when we talk about what we do in greater depth than can be achieved at our regular lunch meetings.  We will be holding three more Firesides during this Rotary Year which will focus on a single area of service each evening:  International, Youth, and Vocational.  Special thanks to  Community Service Director Barry Twynam and Past-President Janice Scalzo  for leading the conversation and to Tony and Patti Zeglen for hosting the event.

COMMUNITY SERVICE FIRESIDE SUCCESS! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR SEPTEMBER 19TH MEETING: FISH TALK - PATTI ZEGLEN, COSTUME DESIGN IN 20 MINUTES OR LESS Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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The Goodwill Industries of Alberta crew in the photo below led by CEO Dale Monaghan (far right) hosted Rotarians and their families from the Parkland After Dark, Stony Plain, and Spruce Grove clubs at a family baseball game and BBQ at the Meridian Sports Field on September 15th.  Check out the new photo album to the left of this web page capturing some of the fun and action had by 45 or so in attendance.  By the way, one team "won" the game after seven innings, 17 runs to 16.

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TRI-CLUB FAMILY BASEBALL GAME AND BBQ FUN! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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At our September 12th meeting, we welcomed Dianne McConnell (second from left below) to our Club.  Dianne is Associate Superintendent with the Parkland School Division and proud mother of three.  She is shown below with President Nizar Abouchami, her daughter Maren Hasse, and Rotarian John Oldham who introduced Dianne as part of the ceremony.  Dianne was proposed by Past President Janice Scalzo and her classification will be Educational Administrator.

We also welcomed Ryan Kennedy (right below) was welcomed as a new member.  Ryan is a Senior Financial Advisor with ATB Securities Inc., and proud father of five.  Ryan was proposed by President Nizar Abouchami and his classification will be Investment Management.  He is shown in the attached photo with President Nizar Abouchami.

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WELCOME TO DIANNE MCCONNELL AND RYAN KENNEDY: NEW MEMBERS Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
ÉCOLE BROXTON PARK SCHOOL PLAYGROUND GRAND OPENING: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
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From Renee Cavanagh, District 5370 Office:


The time to Team Up To Tackle Polio with the Edmonton Eskimos is getting closer!

 

4:30 pm, Saturday September 14, Commonwealth Stadium


Tickets are $26 with $10 going towards your club's Polio contribution. 

Game is against Winnipeg Blue Bombers (guaranteed win?)

Purchase your tickets on-line through Ticketmaster (use the code Rotary2013 where indicated).

Put your Full name in the First Name line and your CLUB NAME in the Last Name line.  

Click Here to buy your tickets

Purchase tickets for you and your family... also, consider donating some to a children's group or sports team.

Let's Tackle Polio for good!!!

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SPRUCE GROVE & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 50TH ANNIVERSARY: OCTOBER 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
GOOD LUCK AND GET WELL SOON! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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From District 5370 Governor Betty L. Screpnek:

Rotary Conference 5370 Registration Closes at midnight September 26, 2013.

Jared Smith, co-founder of Incite Marketing in Edmonton talks about his upcoming presentation at the 2013 District 5370 Conference in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre. Click here for his short video message.

If you have yet to register, click here.  You will find everything you need to know including speakers, breakout sessions, agenda for the two days, hotels, "Engage Rotary" lunch, and contacts.

Note:  Those who have never attended a District Conference may do so at the "Rookie" rate of $250, which will be paid for by our Club.

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WESTLOCK ROTARY DINNER THEATRE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to Rotarian organizers and facilitators, youth exchange students (inbound, outbound, and rebound), and host families, on a successful orientation weekend!  The photo below is of the 22 inbound students from 18 countries around the world.  A highlight of the weekend was listening to the humourous stories and heartfelt thanks to Rotarians in District 5370 from the Canadian students who had just returned from their exchange visits (rebound).  Check out the new photo album to the left of this webpage.

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CHILDREN OF ECUADOR GOLF TOURNAMENT: SEPTEMBER 21ST Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Due to illness, Glen Fraser (a resident of Parkland County), also known as "Santa Canada", was unable to speak to our Club about his travels to poorer parts of Mexico to spread a little Christmas cheer.  In his stead, Gail Fraser spoke to us.  She has been a major part this journey almost every year for over 30 years, for which Glen Fraser was recently given the 2013 Douglas Marshall Community Service Award.  Gail Fraser (centre below) was thanked by President Nizar Abouchami and Past President Arlaine Monaghan for her presentation.

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We will hold our Club Assembly on September 12th, with the budget for 2013-2014 listing spending plans for each area of service being the main agenda topic.  Treasurer Jan Vanderblij will send out the proposed budget via separate e-mail for your perusal prior to the meeting this Thursday.

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Community Service Director Barry Twynam reported that the Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Diane Goodwin, of the City of Spruce Grove demonstrated a positive attitude towards recognizing our past and proposed contributions towards tree planting and the beautification of our community during a face-to-face meeting held on August 29th.  Brad Mastaler reported that the next meeting will be with Jim Simpson, Acting General Manager of Planning and Infrastructure.  Once a firm proposal has been worked out, it will brought to our Club membership for approval.

TREE PLANTING PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE: RECOGNITION UPDATE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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On Sunday, September 15th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Triple Club (Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, and Parkland After Dark) Family Ball Game and Fellowship will be held at the Meridian Sports Park in Parkland County.  Bring your own lawn chairs.  Food TBA.  Please respond to the ClubRunner invitation (accept or decline) which was sent out September 4th.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME: TRIPLE CLUB FAMILY BALL GAME AND FELLOWSHIP Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to all the volunteers, runners, walkers, and supporters on the successful 10th Annual Rotary Run for Life proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stony Plain, the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, and the Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark, in partnership with Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program (a program of the Simon Poultney Foundation).  Look for an announcement regarding the winning club, i.e. recognition for the greatest percentage level of pledges raised, participants, and volunteers, at the Tri-Club Family Baseball Game.  Check out the new photo album on the left side of this page; photos taken thanks to Randy Hetherington.  For some strange reason, ClubRunner will not show vertical photos straight up!
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The Board decided not to proceed with a proposal to change our meeting location to Shotz Family Sports Lounge.

President Elect Victor Moroz reported on progress in planning a new community event.

Community Service Director Barry Twynam reported that we have a continuing commitment to fund the Parkland food Bank ($100,000) and tree planting in Spruce Grove ($23,500); and that his committee recommends that we fund Neighbourlink Parkland ($10,000); Auggie's Café ($1,500 annual grant, $2,500 one-time grant for kitchen renovations); Canadian blood Services Donor Clinic ($500); Coordinated Suicide Prevention, Turning Points - Family violence Initiatives, Postpartum Depression Support GroupVictim Services Society, (proceeds of our share from the Rotary Run for Life, approximately $7,300); Edmonton Epilepsy Association ($1,000); Festival of Trees ($500); Parkland Food Bank ($5,000); Highway Clean Up ($300); KidSport Parkland ($500); Parkland and Area Youth Emergency Shelter ($500); Seniors' Light Up Tour ($500); Silly Santa Fundraiser in aid of Wings of Providence Crisis Shelter ($1,000); Rotary Clubhouse and Park Insurance ($1,000); Rotary Clubhouse and Park ($5,000); Youth Initiatives & Education in Lifestyles & Driving Association - YIELD ($1,000); Parkland Children's Christmas Party ($500); Islamic Family and Social Services Association ($500); unallocated ($5,000); and $7,400 for the Spruce Grove Public Library plus $6,000 for each of the following three budget years in support of their Youth After School Program.

Club Service Director Rita Sharek reported that she is working on booking speakers for November and that the Rotary District Bonspiel from February 20th to 21st, 2014 will operate under her budget line (planning for 36 teams at $600 per team, $21,600 operational costs).

Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen reported that the Memory Album project is complete; volunteers for the Humanitarians in Spruce grove ad campaign are in place; a rink board contract with Spruce Grove Saints has been signed; a new member, Shari Roszmann, has been inducted; new member has been approved by the Board; seven other potential members have been approved by the Board; four Firesides focusing on one area of service each (Community, International, Youth, and Vocational) are planned for this year.

International Service Director Neil Hollands reported that his committee recommends that we fund several projects in Ecuador ($12,500); Vocational Training Team ($500); Malawi Education Foundation ($4,000); mammogram to Nigeria ($500); Project Amigo ($2,000); Polio Plus ($1,500); disaster relief ($3,000); Amarok - Bangladesh ($3,000); Human Sympathy Association - HUSA ($2,500); Rotary International Convention ($4,000); and unallocated ($3,500); and on their strategic and specific plans for 2013-2014.

Youth Service Director Randy Hetherington reported on the activities undertaken related to this area of service, and that we should fund Adventures programs ($3,000); Students to lunch ($500); Scouting ($1,500); Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment - RYPEN ($1,000); Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Experience - RYLE ($1,500); youth leadership ($2,500); high school scholarships for students in three local high schools ($6,500); and unallocated ($1,000). 

Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne reported his strategic plan for this area of service, including mission, goals, current/continuing initiatives, new initiatives, and monthly event/activity schedule; and budget requests for 2013-2014:  Vocational training ($500); Vocational programming ($500); Vocational Training Team ($500); Integrity Award ($1,500); and unallocated ($500).

Treasurer Jan Vanderblij reviewed the proposed budget for 2013-2014.

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Glen Fraser, also known as "Santa Canada" will speak to our Club about his travels to poorer parts of Mexico to spread a little Christmas cheer.  He has made this journey every year for over 30 years and was recently given the 2013 Douglas Marshall Community Service Award.

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Al Bergsma, Past President of our Club (1998-1999) and Past District Governor of Rotary District 5360 (2010-2011) dropped by for a visit at our August 29th meeting.  He was glad to report that he met up with our first Exchange Student, Eva Vander Waal, during a recent trip to Holland, and all is well.

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From District 5370 Governor Betty Screpnek:

It is with great sadness that I tell you Marian Horrocks, wife of Past District Governor Mike Horrocks (2000-01) passed away August 26, 2013.  We all send our sincere regrets to Mike and his family from all Rotarians in District 5370.

MARIAN HORROCKS PASSES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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From Don McFarlane, District 5370 Secretary:

The Annual General Meeting of District 5370 is to be held in conjunction with the District Conference in Edmonton on October 5, 2013.   If is important that each Club in the District plan to have representation at this meeting in order to exercise their Club's vote(s).

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At our August 29th meeting, President Nizar Abouchami reported that our total Club Member Donation goal to Rotary International Foundation is $3,300.  The hope is that every member will voluntarily give at least $10 to the Foundation when remitting their annual dues (to be established at the Club assembly on September 12th).

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION GOAL ANNOUNCED Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Auggie's Café offers lunch to those in need of nourishment and/or a social companionship every Tuesday at St. Augustine's Parkland Anglican Church, 131 Church Road, Spruce Grove.  Community Service Director Barry Twynam reported that he and committee members Yvonne Naughton and Patti Zeglen visited Auggie's Café and believe that it is provides a service that is well worth our continued support.  Auggie's Café also receives support from Elizabethan Catering (monthly food donation) and our local Boston Pizza (pasta sauce for a year).  Currently, they are looking for funds to upgrade their kitchen.  Continued and new funding for Auggie's Café will be included in the budget proposal to be presented at the Club Assembly on September 12th.

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Firesides are social gatherings directed towards newer members to Rotary when we talk about what we do in greater depth than can be achieved at our regular lunch meetings.  We will be holding four Firesides during this Rotary Year which will focus on a single area of service each evening:  Community, International, Youth, and Vocational.  Rather than broadly reviewing everything that we do in Rotary during one evening, as has been done in the past, this new format will allow for a more in-depth conversation about what we have done and are currently doing in a single area of service.

The first of four Firesides for 2013-2014 will focus on Community Service and will be led by Director Barry Twynam and Past-President Janice Scalzo.  It will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 13th and our hosts will be Tony and Patti Zeglen.  You will be sent a ClubRunner invitation (please accept or decline) on September 12th.

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Past President Angus McKenzie wishes to thank all of the 22 Rotarians and two spouses who helped run the casino on August 29th and 30th.  Your gifts of time and energy helped make the event a fundraising success!

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... at home recuperating; her hip replacement operation went well.  We wish her a full and quick recovery!

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Dale Monaghan, CEO Goodwill Industries of Alberta, thanked the members of our Club (Nizar Abouchami, Barry Twynam, Jim Rigby) for helping with the renovations of their local donation centre and store on 98 McLeod Avenue, Spruce Grove by donating a lovely gift basket (shown in the photo below with President Nizar Abouchami) to be raffled off for the benefit of a charity of our choosing.  Goodwill will host a Grand Opening in about a month and is currently working on partnerships with students at Spruce Grove Composite High School, Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain, and Christian Living Waters Academy in Spruce Grove.

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Past President Arlaine Monaghan (left in the photo below) and President Nizar Abouchami (right), congratulate Heather and Alex Graham on their presentation about the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary in Ghana given at our August 29th meeting.  They are looking for funding to add a small resort to the Wechiau community to bolster that local economy.
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Rotary District 5370 and the Edmonton Eskimos have teamed up to tackle polio once more.  This year on September 14th, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers come to town for a beating at the hands of the Eskimos, Rotarians will again gather to change the lives of children forever! 

Saturday, September 14 from 4:30 pm Commonwealth Stadium 

Tickets $29.00 (Ticket sales goal: 1000 tix!) 

Last year 25 Rotary Clubs from BC to Saskatchewan, along with the Eskimos, vaccinated over 21,000 children from the effects of Polio!  How'd we do it?  Simply by buying a ticket to the game, the Eskimos will contribute $10.00 to support your club's Polio Plus commitment, all while enjoying the company of hundreds of Rotarians and their families!  So buy tickets for yourself, friends and family or buy tickets to donate to a children's organization of your choice, or contact us and we will donate tickets for you.  Even convince your club to purchase tickets to donate or sell to help us fill the stands!  

The first club to sell 50 tickets will win an opportunity to have its attendees open the Canadian Flag on the field for the national anthem.  Other prizes for clubs include a signed JC Sherritt framed photo, an autographed football and and a signed Eskimos mini-helmet.  District Governor Betty Screpnek will also be raising the 13th man flag as part of the pre-game ceremony.  Just purchasing one ticket will help 40 children get vaccinated.  Click here to purchase tickers.  Rotary Club members will receive an email with the relevant pass code to enter from the district webmaster (sent by Nizar Abouchami on August 28th).  See you at the game!!!!!!!

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From District 5370 Governor Betty L. Screpnek:

It is Countdown to your District Conference Oct 4-5, 2013 in Edmonton!  I look forward to you joining me and fellow Rotarians across the District.

Register by Friday midnight Sept. 6 and you could win an extra ticket to the Governor's Motown Ball.  The Rookie Rate of $250.00 is an amazing opportunity (for Rotarians who have never been to a District Conference).

All registered Rotarians have the following included in their registration (see conference Agenda on the website)

  • Thursday evening Reception at the Shaw Conference Centre - Riverview Room - come for a meet and greet!
  • Friday:  Breakfast; Opening Ceremonies; Keynote speakers Dr. Stephanie Urchick and Mr. Jared Smith;  Engage Rotary Change lives Community Luncheon with Moira Kelly and her son Emmanuel;Five Breakout Sessions and Cocktail Reception.
  • Saturday Breakfast and Keynote Speaker; Presentation and Live Performance; Presentation of Awards and Recognition; District Governor's Challenge in the Dragons' Den; Lunch and Celebration of Life; Keynote Speaker Nazanin Afshin- Jam; Five Breakout Sessions; Cocktail Reception and Governor's Motown Ball and sitdown dinner.
All details and registration information is on the website at here.  For those who would like to purchase extra tickets for the "Engage Rotary Change Lives Community Luncheon" with Moira Kelly, on Friday October 4, you may register your guests for the lunch on the Conference Website as well, or clickwww.engagerotaryluncheon.ca
 
I am looking forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks.  Also joining us will be 100 Rotary Youth including Exchange Students ... our leaders of tomorrow.  Come and share!
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Check out their new website (thanks to Francis Mella) here!  Register to run or walk!  Help raise funds to promote suicide prevention through awareness and educational programs throughout Parkland County!  Sign up to volunteer!

Proudly sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stony Plain, the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove, and the Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark, in partnership with Coordinated Suicide Prevention Program (a program of the Simon Poultney Foundation).

Thinking of a business sponsorship for this event?  Click here for more information.

Please consider sponsoring Rotarian Lyle Huston for this event.  He promises to double every dollar you contribute to this great cause.

Liz Gawenus is looking for volunteers to cook pancakes, sausages, and eggs for this event from 6:30 to 8:30 am, 8:15 to 10:00 am, 10:00 to 11:15 am, and 11:15 to end including clean up on Sunday, September 8th.  Please contact her here, if you can volunteer.  

Help us win the tri-club trophy for most donations and volunteer hours!

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From Grace Erakpotobor via Arlaine Monaghan

Latest "hello" from Grace who was a member of the Group Study Exchange Team from Nigeria that we hosted in 2009.  She includes Mardi from Drayton Valley, another host.  

Her messages always give an appreciation for the freedoms, safety, and daily living benefits we pretty much take for granted here.  She has been unable to take up an invitation (a huge honour there) by a nearby Rotary Club to become a member, due to danger of travelling in the evening between two communities.
Hello Arlaine and Mardi,
 
I hope you are both fine and your families too. You might be wondering why I decided to write you both at the same time.  I need to get this mail out quickly before the electricity or modem goes off. I hope you do not mind this. We are doing ok, but I don't get to visit the internet that often.  All in all, we thank God for his mercies and grace.  The phones do not work very well because of the security threat of Boko Haram and the governments measures to counteract them. 
 
Just to say  hello.
 
Grace.
 
Prof. G. T. Iyeghe-Erakpotobor
Animal nutrition and physiology
Head of Rabbit Research Unit
National Animal Production Research Institute
Ahmadu Bello University
P. M. B. 1096, Shika-Zaria, Kaduna State
Nigeria.
GSM +23408036543398; +2348092978923
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Dear friends from the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove,

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to write you again, hoping to find you enjoying very good health.  Thanks for believing in me and supporting my education. Thanks for your contributions to Project Amigo.  I really appreciate your help.

I’m writing to tell you that I am starting a new school year. Many students like me, have returned to school, full of enthusiasm and eager to learn new things. I am now in my fifth semester, but I still have seven semesters to go.  Out of these seven, three more will be in classrooms at the medical school.  Two semesters will be practicing in the hospital and the other two doing social community service.

So far, my classes are very dynamic and interesting.  I'm currently studying the cardiovascular and respiratory system. Every Thursday, I am taking a special class about image neology (X-Ray computed tomography) and I am also working on a research project.  This semester I will be very busy, between taking classes and practicing in a Health Centre.

In my family, although there have been some problems, we are all doing fine.  We are grateful - especially my parents - for the opportunity you are giving me.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this project, because my future will be different, I am sure.

Saying goodbye to you and I promise to write soon to tell you more about my life.

Love,

Luis Enrique

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... to attend the Spruce Grove Art Gallery's (35 - 5th Avenue, Spruce Grove) 2013 Open Art Competition from September 10th to 28th.  Their Opening Reception will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Friday, September 13th.

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Operation of Hope are "deeply grateful for this generous support in helping these beautiful children".

Savannah Penner, graduate of Living Waters Christian Academy was "honoured to have been chosen to receive the Rotary Scholarship" and will be attending university this fall, with the longer term goal of entering the faculty of medicine.

Liz Gawenus, representing the Rotary Run for Life, wrote to thank us for funding their work and to report that they have hired a new coordinator in July, 2013.

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We were proud to welcome Shari Roszmann, Farmer Business Consulting, as the newest member of our Club at our August 22nd meeting!

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TRANSALTA TRI LEISURE CENTRE INFORMATION NIGHT: AUGUST 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Nancy Nystrom (centre in photo below) and Anita Javmolicz (right of centre), spoke to our club at our August 22nd meeting, about the work with the Casa Hogar Orphanage and Children's Foundation, in Mansanillo, Mexico.  They are hoping to raise funds to bring the Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos (featuring orphans from Casa Hogar) on a tour of Alberta in 2014.  Past President Angus McKenzie (left), President Nizar Abouchami, Alice Arsenault are also shown in the photograph.

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AT THE AUGUST 22ND MEETING: CASA HOGAR ORPHANAGE AND CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 26, 2013
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President Nizar Abouchami and Community Service Director Barry Twynam presented a letter to the City of Spruce Grove Council which was well-received and supported.  The letter confirms that our club is committed to provide $23,500 to the City to complete the current tree planting project, "so long as plans for suitable recognition of our Club's current and historical contributions in this regard can be defined and implemented immediately".  This recognition would include plaques along Grove Drive and Jennifer Heil Way; our Club would pay for the plaques and the City would pay for mounting and installation.  Secondly, the City would commit to identify and implement a means to "publicly promote our Club".  For the story that ran in the last Spruce Grove Examiner on this issue, click here.  What's next?  Brad Mastaler and Barry will meet with representatives from the City on the morning of August 29th.

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TREE PLANTING PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
CASINO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: AUGUST 29TH AND 30TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 19, 2013
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... more (or at least newer version of) "hip" when we see her next.  Meryl Murray will have hip surgery on August 26th and we wish her well!

SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
AT OUR AUGUST 22ND MEETING: NANCY NYSTROM, CASA HOGAR ORPHANAGE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
FIERCE INTEGRITY BOOK LAUNCH: AUGUST 27TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 19, 2013
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At our meeting on august 15th, Judy Kesanko reported that the extra Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic we were asked to help run on Saturday, August 10th was a success!  The goal was to collect 72 units of blood and we helped collect 88!

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC SUCCESS! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 19, 2013
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From Lesley Crawford:

George Robin and Bob Morrison are Active Club members whose combined age and years of membership in one or more Rotary Clubs is at least 85.  So, at their request, and with Board approval, they receive an attendance exemption.  This means they are are counted as present when they attend a club meeting, but they are not counted as absent if they do not attend.

DID YOU KNOW ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 19, 2013
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A group of students, including Madison Whiting, led by teacher David Oldham, Spruce Grove Composite High School, spent part of their summer working with the Children of Ecuador project.  Madison and David shared part of their experience at our August 15th meeting (we helped sponsor this project and trip).  Carol and Madison Whiting, Alexa Mastaler, David Oldham, President Nizar Abouchami are shown in the photo below on the left.  

David Oldham also described the new partnership between the Children of Ecuador and the Parkland School Division which will include a trip with up to 50 students and adults to work on Children of Ecuador projects in 2014.  Dianne McConnell (Associate Superintendent, PSD), Madison Whiting, Kelly Wilkins (Deputy Superintendent, PSD), Alexa Mastaler, David Oldham, President Nizar Abouchami are shown in the photo below on the right.  To view details of this partnership, click here.

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AT THE AUGUST 15TH MEETING: CHILDREN OF ECUADOR Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 12, 2013
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Julius Buski, President, District 5370 Charitable Foundation:

The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has again received an Alberta Community Spirit Grant of approximately $20,000 in this, the final year of the program.  The Board of Directors of our Foundation has determined that these funds would once again be made available to District 5370 Rotary Clubs (Alberta only) on a matching basis of up to $1,000 per club, first come first served, for club projects with the following  important conditions: 

1.  Your Rotary club needs to obtain donations from individuals (not businesses) and obtain cheques from them made out to "Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation."  A cheque from your club doesn't count. 

2.  All the cheques need to be mailed in one batch to our Foundation treasurer, Dennis Freeman as follows:  Dennis Freeman, 10928 - 36 Ave. NW, Edmonton AB  T6J 0B8.  We will deposit the cheques and hold the funds in trust until advised by your club as to disposition of the funds (including the matching amount up to $1,000).  Each donor on whose behalf you submit a cheque will receive a tax receipt for the amount of his/her donation.

3.  Your club needs to enclose a cover letter from a club executive member, indicating how the funds will be used.  Please note that the funds (with the matching amount) may be used only for community projects in Alberta and the recipient must be a "qualified donee."  Qualified donees include groups designated as charitable organizations with a CRA charitable number, municipal institutions and schools.  Groups outside of Canada do not qualify. 

4.  Your club must utilize the funds (those deposited by you along with the matching grant) by February 28, 2014. 

Please note - if there are any funds remaining in our matching account after November 30, clubs which have already received a matching grant may apply for a second one! 

To determine availability and qualifying information, please contact our treasurer, Dennis Freeman, here.

DISTRICT 5370 CHARITABLE FOUNDATION GRANTS Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 12, 2013
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From Linda PerrasRotary Club of St. Albert - Saint City:

Thursday, August 22nd, Saint City Rotary is having their 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic.  The weather promises a nice day 23C.  GOLFERS, VOLUNTEERS, DONATIONS NEEDED to make this event a huge success!  Please join us for this is a fun event supporting great causes!

SAINT CITY ROTARY CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC 

THURSDAY AUGUST 22, 2013

SANDPIPER GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

MEADOWVIEW DRIVE, ST. ALBERT

6:30 a.m. REGISTRATION / BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. SHOT GUN START (TEXAS SCRAMBLE)

EVERYONE IS A WINNER! 

PRIZE DRAWS & STEAK DINNER FOLLOWING GOLF

To register and pay, please go here.

5TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC: AUGUST 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anthony (Tony) Zeglen on Aug 05, 2013

Alex and Heather Graham will be speaking at our Club during our lunch meeting and for the benefit of seniors (see below) both on Thursday, August 29th.  These are some of the things that have been achieved so far at Wechiau

  1. Establish Community Hippo Sanctuary
  2. Clean water well
  3. Install solar lighting and later get the area on the country's electrical grid
  4. Build two primary schools
  5. Provide monor medical facilities
  6. Form a co-op for the women to market their shea nuts

But now, for the community as a whole to remain economically viable, they need to build the a tourist lodge for the sanctuary.

Please check out the photo album of pictures related to the Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary on the left hand side of this webpage.

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WECHIAU HIPPO SANCTUARY PRESENTATION: AUGUST 29TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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From Bradford R. Howard, Past District Governor, North American Coordinator, West Africa Project Fair Committee:

The purpose of this correspondence is to announce an upcoming trip to Togo, West Africa in October 2013 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 9th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project.

Trip Dates:  October 15 – 24, 2013

Travel to:  Lomé, Togo, West Africa

Per Person Price:  $1,689, double occupancy

Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.

 

In October 2013, North American Rotarians will travel to Lomé, Togo, for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

The experiences you have stay with you forever.  You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change.  Small children come up to you to say thank you.  Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life.  You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes.  It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite. 

 

The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), which is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  Your involvement, or your club’s involvement, in this Fair would not only provide an opportunity for project support, it would also help your members to grow and to understand the benefits of being a Rotarian.  Involvement in Rotary gives the ordinary Rotarian extraordinary opportunities to do things that they could never do anywhere else.  This trip is just such an experience. 

 

Let us know if you have any questions.   We hope to hear from you soon.

9TH ANNUAL POLIO IMMUNIZATION PROJECT: OCTOBER 15-24, 2013 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Join the Spruce Grove and District Chamber of Commerce in celebration of 50 years as a Chamber of Commerce, along with many of their Past Presidents and guests:  October 22, 2013, Horizon Stage, 7:00 pm cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, 8:00 pm "Command Sisters" and Special Celebratory Presentations, 9:30 pm cutting of cake and special desserts.  Tickets: $75 available through Chamber of Commerce office.

SPRUCE GROVE & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 50TH ANNIVERSARY: OCTOBER 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
SPRUCE GROVE & DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY FARM AND HERITAGE CARNIVAL AND CORN ROAST SUPPER, AUGUST 17TH: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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President Nizar Abouchami reported that Past Presidents Angus McKenzie and Jim Rigby are continuing to meeting with the City of Spruce Grove regarding issues related to the unspent trail money; that Angus McKenzie is still looking for volunteers to work shifts at the Casino on Thursday, August 29th and Friday, August 30th (shifts run from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, 7:00 pm to 2:30 am, and 11:30 pm to 2:30 am each day); that Directors must prepare their strategic plan for presentation at the Club Assembly on September 12th; that plans are in the works for a Tri-Club baseball tournament for September 15th; and that the District Governor Visit will take place on October 31st (replacing the regular Board meeting for October).

The Board agreed to renew our contract for the May 31st, 2014 Lobsterfest Dinner and Charity Auction with auctioneer Danny Hooper at new terms; to move our regular meeting on August 15th to the Shotz Family Sports Lounge at the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre; to not use our official name tags for off-site events, unless required; to accept the resignation of Celia Leathwood; asked President Elect Victor Moroz to look into a community fun-raiser activity for October; and to support the cost of hosting seniors at Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary presentation from 2:15 to 3:15 pm Thursday, August 29th.

Community Service Director Barry Twynam and Rotary Foundation Director Brad Mastaler reported on the progress of negotiations with the City of Spruce Grove regarding recognition of our many contributions to tree planting in the City.

Community Service Director Barry Twynam reported that he still working on his 2013-2014 budget proposal; that the Goodwill Industries Store in Spruce Grove is looking for volunteers to help with their store renovations on Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th; and that the Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society is seeking volunteers for their Farm and Heritage Carnival, and Corn Roast Supper on Saturday, August 17th.

Club Service Director Rita Sharek reported that speakers for August and October are booked, and September is almost booked; and that members are asked to respond to Club duty requests from their captains.

Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen reported the near completion of the Memory Albums project; the progress of the Humanitarians in Spruce Grove ad campaign; the creation of a Club Twitter Account; potential new members; a discrepancy between our Club Bylaws and the current version of the "How to Propose a New Member" brochure; and that a Fireside is being planning for every three months in 2013-2014.  After some discussion, the admission fee for new members was set at $75.00.

International Service Director Neil Hollands reported that he still working on his 2013-2014 budget proposal; and that his committee will be reviewing our commitment to all of our current projects, including Belize Literary, Project Amigo, Operation Esperanza, and container shipments of medical equipment.

Youth Service Director Randy Hetherington reported on scholarships awarded; a planned Vocational visit to Parkland School Division; Spruce Grove Composite High School Interact Club executives for 2013-2014; RYLE, RYPEN and RYLA openings; Youth Service/New Generations Reunion; District 5370 Youth Exchange Orientation; strategic plan for 2013-2014; Children of Ecuador Interact Club participation; and pending items.

Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne is working on his budget and strategic plan for 2013-2014.

Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Brad Mastaler is working on gaining access to Foundation records; adding members to his committee; and ensuring that 100% of our club contributions to the Foundation in 2013-2014.

Treasurer Jan Vanderblij reported that Directors must submit their budget requests to by August 15th, so an operating budget for 2013-2014 can be presented at the Club Assembly meeting on September 12th.

Next Board Meeting:  5:00 pm, Tuesday, August 27th

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: JULY 30TH, 2013 Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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We will be holding our regular meeting on Thursday, August 15th in the Shotz Family Sports Lounge on the second floor of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre.  David Oldham will remain our guest speaker for that day.

David and Madison Whiting from the Spruce Grove Composite High School Interact Club will speak to us about the Children of Ecuador project.

CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Ross Stevenson June 27, 1931 - July 26, 2013.  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ross Philip Stevenson at the age of 82 years.  He leaves to celebrate his life his sons Craig (Kimberly), Reade (Carey) and his grandchildren Ross and Mckenna.  He was predeceased by the love of his life Carole and daughter Laura.  A private interment will take place followed by a celebration of his life at the Glendale Golf and Country Club, 12410 - 199 Street, Edmonton, on Monday August 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Stollery Children's Hospital.  See more here.  You may access his online Guest book here.  Ross was a Charter Member of our Club.

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ROSS STEVENSON, CHARTER MEMBER PASSES Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
TRANSALTA TRI LEISURE CENTRE INFORMATION NIGHT: AUGUST 22ND Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
REGULAR LUNCH MEETING CANCELLED AUGUST 8TH ... Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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At the August 1st meeting, we were entertained by not one (as scheduled), but four Fish Talks (open-ended short speeches to members), thanks to Lyle Huston, Harold Gessner, Elizabeth Marsh, and Bob Morrison.  President Nizar Abouchami (left below) is shown thanking our first Fish Talk speakers.

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AT THE AUGUST 1ST MEETING: FOUR FISH TALKS! Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF INNISFIL BANNER EXCHANGE Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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We will be holding our regular meeting on Thursday, August 15th in the Shotz Family Sports Lounge on the second floor of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre.  David Oldham will remain our guest speaker for that day.  Please accept or decline the invitation to this meeting sent in a separate e-mail by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, August 13th.

David will speak to us about the Children of Ecuador project.

CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION: THURSDAY, AUGUST 15TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Des Bulger has booked two tee times (2:00 and 2:15 pm, Thursday, August 1st) at the Links Golf course.  Contact him here to join in on the fun!

GOLF ANYONE? AUGUST 1st Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 5370 CURLING BONSPIEL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE MEETING: AUGUST 12TH Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Celia Leathwood left her position at the City of Spruce Grove Library, and she and her husband have moved to downtown Edmonton, sometime ago, resulting in her retiring from our Club.  Celia, you will be missed!  Happy travels!

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WE SAY FAREWELL TO A GOOD FRIEND AND ROTARIAN: CELIA LEATHWOOD Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE: RECOGNITION OF ROTARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO TREE PROJECTS Anthony (Tony) Zeglen 2013-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
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From Barry Twynam:

The Goodwill Industries store at 98 McLeod Ave in Spruce Grove is trying to renovate and they are looking for volunteers to help Tuesday, August 6th (9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Wednesday, August 7th (9:00 am to 6:00 pm) - two to three hour commitments per shift.  Most of the work will be light duty, i.e. moving stuff around, prepping for a contractor coming in the next day, patching, painting, etc.  They will supply all tools required.  Just you and your work clothes are needed.  If you able to help in either the morning or afternoon please contact me directly here.  "Many hands make easy work".
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES SPRUCE GROVE: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AUGUST 6TH AND 7TH