This centre fold ad will be published in the Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter on Friday, February 21st. Please save your copy (more from your neighbours et al if you can) and bring them to our Vocational Visit meeting at COBS Bread this Thursday. I will mount and laminate those copies 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).
Jelena Reich gave a very moving Classification Talk at our February 6th meeting about her journey to Canada from Croatia, adjusting to her new life, getting an education, and moving from working for others to opening COBS Bread with her husband Chris. Past President Brad Mastaler is shown below thanking Jelena for her presentation.
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.
Vocational Service Director Ray Frayne spoke about the good works of our Club to about 125 members and guests of the Spruce Grove and Region Chamber of commerce on February 11th, prior to Mayor Houston's State of the City Address. Ray also thanked the businesses for their support of our previous Lobsterfest Dinners and Charity Auctions and invited them to do the same for 2014. Finally, he also encouraged members and guests to submit a nomination for our Annual Integrity Award which will given out at the May 31st Lobsterfest. President Nizar Abouchami, Vice-President Victor Moroz, Club Administration Director Tony Zeglen, and Rotarians Bill Steinburg, Judy Kesanko and Michelle Coates were also in attendance and helped promote our Club.
We are still in need of many volunteers to help run the Bonspiel. Please contact Lesley Crawford here ASAP, if you can help out during the evening of Thursday, February 20th; during the day or evening on Friday, February 21s Saturday, February 22nd; and the morning of Sunday, February 23rd. All of these volunteer jobs are small tasks that require only your time and energy, not previous experience.
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!
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!!
Just a heads up that our March 13th meeting will be a little different. We will eat as right at 12:00 noon, then proceed with a one hour training session, led by the good folks of Goodwill Industries of Alberta, on working with people of disabilities.
I spoke today (Monday, February 10th) with my Canadian Blood Services (CBS) contact Keri, and asked about the possible move from the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre (TLC) for our Blood Donor Clinics. Keri confirmed that, in fact, our clinics will be moving. The reasons are several:
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier scholarship of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary's mission to empower, educate, and increase the capacity of peace builders through rigorous academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities. Two types of fellowships are offered: a master's degree program and a three month professional development certificate program.
A racist character in a Pulitizer, Tony, Olivier award winning dramatic production is also described as a Rotarian. Many disparging remarks are made about this character and his fellow Rotarians. The audience seems to take it all in stride, without any hint of disagreement with this association. That doesn't make us look very good.
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