February 15, 2018 Meeting 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Exchange Students at February 8, 2018 Meeting 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting February 1, 2018 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Our annual 50/50 raffle at the PBR Enmax is March 2nd and 3rd and we need your help! 
-Workers for Friday or Saturday or both nights
-Commitment is from 5:30- 9:30 pm.
-Teams of two will be selling 50/50 tickets in a section of the Enmax. 
We will have two booths  locations with remaining locations requiring walking and steps. 
Please consider helping out, we need 14 volunteers for each night! Family and friends are welcome to volunteer too!
Please let Gwen know ASAP
PBR 2018 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Los Amigo Presentation to Mayor of Lethbridge 2018-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Members Helping 2018-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
January 11, 2018 Meeting 2018-01-14 07:00:00Z 0
The University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club (ULRC) had raised funds for a school in South Sudan, but the civil war there prevented its construction. Members of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East (RCLE) proposed to the Rotaractors that they fund a permanent structure for a poor school in Mazatlan, that was built out of shipping pallets. The ULRC agreed to this change, provided there was local Rotarian supervision in Mazatlan.
Construction of a hurricane-proof school was overseen and completed by a Mazatlan Rotarian who is also a major contractor in town. The school is a busy lively beautiful kindergarten. This school will also serve as a community emergency shelter.
In Mexico, children must attend kindergarten before they may enter grade school. To enter kindergarten children are required to wear a uniform and have a backpack filled the required school supplies. Many local parents cannot afford the uniform or the supplies, but local ‘snowbirds’ fundraise to ensure these children enter kindergarten. In Mazatlan there is a large group to permanent foreign residents plus snowbirds who organize scholarships and supplies to ensure children complete their grade school education.
The school’s new building formally opened in October 2017 and was timed to coincide with the convoy’s arrival. The two Presidents of the ULRC who were both heavily involved in project were also flown down (expenses covered by RCLE) to attend the formal opening.
L=>R: Katelyn de Boer and Katie Wilson
Katelyn and Katie attended the formal opening and in the evening, were entertained to formal dinner in a private house to thank them for the Rotaractor’s generosity. Mexican hospitality requires that visitors who bring valued gifts are specifically thanked, so the two Presidents also attended the formal dinner which marked the end of the 2017 convoy’s time in Mexico.
(Editor’s note: Mexican hospitality can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming to a foreigner, but good manners require that everyone joins in.)
The “Pallet” School 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Before the convoy departs all cargo must be sorted and loaded.
The 2017 convoy departed from the Streatside Restaurant on Thursday, October 12, after the celebration breakfast. They headed for the US border, where there were bonding issues. After some discussion, five vehicles were cleared. Two hours later, the sixth vehicle was cleared. By 1:30pm, the seventh vehicle was re-bonded which allowed it to proceed.
Outside Brady Montana, the Coaldale handibus blew its radiator. One ambulance stayed while the others proceeded to Great Falls. Henry van Hierden took out the defective radiator, took it in to Brady and ordered a replacement from Great Falls. That replacement did not fit so the supplier produced an alternative and drove out halfway to make an exchange. Henry installed the second radiator. Thank you, Henry!
Then the same handibus blew a head gasket, but was able to limp into a garage in Great Falls. The cost of repair would be ~$10,000, so to honour our bonding obligation, it was towed back to Lethbridge for disposal.
Five vehicles arrived at Idaho Fall’s hotel at ~5:30 pm; the ambulance that stayed behind arrived at ~11.30 pm. On Friday all six vehicles drove to Fillmore Utah without incident, and on Saturday drove to Kingman Arizona. During the required evening vehicle check, it was noticed that one tire on a vehicle was blown, but that was quickly replaced, without hassle, by a very cooperative local tire shop.
That evening, the Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club hosted the entire convoy at their customary excellent BBQ at a member’s residence. This provided an opportunity for the donations Kingman had obtained to be loaded into the vehicles. On Sunday Jo Ann Oysen from the Kingman Club joined the convoy. Eleven kilometres out of Kingman Arizona, another handibus blew its transmission. Jo Ann arranged for a Rotary member (past president of Kingman club) to assist us with the towing. This vehicle eventually made it to Mazatlan, thanks to Larry Schow who returned to Tucson and drove it down.
Chris McLean (RCLE) supervises loading the Handibus for removal.
Larry Schow and Michael Henderson stayed behind with the handibus, which apparently could not be repaired in Kingman. A friendly tow truck fellow towed the handibus all the way to Tucson for free, where it was left behind to be repaired. He then drove Larry and Michael to the US/MX border, again for free. That involved two days of tow truck driving for free – very generous and many thanks.
The remaining five vehicles drove to Tucson without incident.
On Monday ‘Catcho’ and ‘Meno’ from Mazatlan’s Rotary Clubs joined the convoy to assist at the border.
The remaining vehicles headed to the US/MX border with a stop at Green Valley AZ, to buy lunch, since there are no suitable facilities at the border. All the vehicles were X-rayed then backed up to the loading dock and unloaded. All the cargo was checked and processed by Mexican officials, who were polite, but which also required a lot of walking between various offices. Eventually all five vehicles were all cleared at 8:30 pm and the drivers collapsed into the Fiesta Hotel in Nogales Mexico.
On Tuesday the five vehicles headed south to kilometre-21 where visas were purchased, and then on to Navojoa’s Best Western Hotel and its welcoming pool.
On Wednesday the convoy completed the drive by arriving at the Mazatlan park at around 6 pm. The ambassador’s who had flown down joined the drivers at the park.
On Thursday, October 19th, one week after departing Lethbridge, the vehicles were formally handed over to the recipient towns at a formal brunch type ceremony.
The Driving to Mazatlan Adventure 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Ron Bunton shares a vocational talk.
\Greg Weadick presents Pat Lowell  a Paul Harris Award
January 4, 2017 Meeting 2018-01-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 17, 2017
We sure did enjoy having the cast and crew from "It's a Wonderful Life" join us for breakfast.
December 21, 2017 Meeting 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0
No Meeting on December 28, 2017 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0
Received a Fire Truck on December 16, 2017 From Airdrie.
Los Amigos News 2017-12-17 07:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting
Greg Weadick presents a Paul Harris to Carolyn Clark
Greg Weadick presents a Paul Harris to Gregory Tiffin
December 14, 2017 Meeting 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Victoria Park Needs some Help 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
December 7, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-30 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Brunch 2017-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
Carolyn Clark and committee members
presented on the process of inviting new members
and the role of the Membership Committee.
November 30, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
What Happened? 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
Greg Weadick presents cheque to Debbie Deak from FASD
Greg Weadick presents cheque to Vicki Hazelwood from Lethbridge Early Years Coalition
Greg Weadick presents cheque to Angela Wilde from Westminster School for Scientists in Schools
Cheque Presentations on November 23, 2017 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0
November 23, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-20 07:00:00Z 0
Terence Hochstein
from Potato Growers of Alberta presented the history, growth and impact of potato growers in Alberta's economy.
November 23, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas Wreaths 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Needed 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
November 16, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0
Victoria Park Grad Fundraiser! Karen Johnson 2017-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
November 9, 2017 Meeting 2017-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Anna Garleff and Yvonne Barker from the Oldman Watershed Council
Shared the history of the Oldman watershed.
November 2, 2017 Meeting 2017-10-30 06:00:00Z 0
October 26, 2017 Meeting 2017-10-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Tamkin
On Thursday, October 12th. another convoy headed off to Mazatlan, Mexico, thanks to the generosity of many municipalities in Southern Alberta who donated retired vehicles to this project. All these retired vehicles will have a second life working in the towns and villages of western Mexico.
This convoy consists of:
  • 3 Handibuses from the City of Lethbridge obtained by RC Lethbridge Sunrise.
  • 1 Handibus from the Town of Cardston with delivery sponsored by the Henderson family of Cardston in memory of Bev Henderson.
  • 1 Ambulance from the City of Calgary obtained by RC Calgary Fish Creek.
  • 1 Ambulance from the Town of Pincher Creek obtained by RC Pincher Creek.
  • 1 Ambulance from the City of Lethbridge obtained by RC Lethbridge Sunrise.
All of these vehicles were loaded with stretchers, back boards, turnout gear, cutters, and other useful equipment that the Mexican villages can not afford to buy. Rotarians in Mazatlan have selected the towns and villages that will receive these donated vehicles after sifting through many, many applications. The task of making these selections is left entirely to the Rotarians in Mazatlan, since they speak Spanish, know the localities and can best assess the needs.
The training programme has been expanded yet again. This time senior experienced Mexican EMS personnel will be trained to become trainers in their own locale. Alberta training manuals have been translated into Spanish for this task.
Two representatives from the truly wonderful Rotaract Club at the University of Lethbridge will be flying down to attend the formal opening of a primary school, for which they financed the construction. Instead of a rickety “school” built of shipping pallets and tarpaulins there is now a solid masonry school with a concrete roof, which is also designed as a hurricane shelter for the local community. The Rotaract Club should be very proud of themselves.
TheSixth Los Amigos Convoy is on the Road Richard Tamkin 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0
It's A Wonderful Life 2017-10-15 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos departed right after the meeting on October 12, 2017. Wishing them all a safe journey. Can't wait for updates.
Los Amigos 2017 Project 2017-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
President Elect Co-Chair announced 2017-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
Westminister Breakfast Club 2017-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2017-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute 2017-09-27 06:00:00Z 0
Hands Across the Border 2017-09-26 06:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker on September 28, 2017 2017-09-24 06:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Sept. 21, 2017 2017-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Greg Tiffin from Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise supporting Fresh Fruit Fridays at Senator Buchanan Elementary School. Basket of fruit presented to the principal, Dawn Ronne
Fresh Fruit Friday 2017-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Vehicle Cleaning 2017-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Media Lunch 2017-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
Guest speaker on September 7, 2017 2017-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
Banner from Brazilian Club presented to Wayne Brewer by Taylor Fulton.
Banner from Brazil 2017-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you Craig Cooper from the U of L
 for your Presentation on the Destination Project.
August 31, 2017 Speaker 2017-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome Caroline 2017-08-27 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Pot Luck Barbecue 2017-08-20 06:00:00Z 0
August 17, 2017: Leaders of tomorrow 2017-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
August 10,2017: Thank for sharing about the Seniors Hockey Association
Rob Zintel, Brian Treadwell & Gordon Pickles
Senior HockeyAssociaton 2017-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
Thank You A&W 2017-08-13 06:00:00Z 0
We are having another club service committee meeting on August 15, 2017 at Erica's house at 36 Moonlight Blvd at 6:30 pm.  Our Committee plans the program for the weekly meetings.  All club members are welcome to attend this meeting.  If you have ideas about speakers but aren't able to attend please let one of the committee members know your idea.  At present the committee consists of Don Robb, Carol Kundrik, Richard Tamkin, Julie Smith, Erica Cormack and Krystal Cruikshank - hopefully we haven't missed anyone.
Club Service Committee Carol Kundrik 2017-07-28 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Lethbridge and Lethbridge East are promoting a Photo Page celebrating Volunteers in Lethbridge.  There will be a booth at Whoop up Days where the photos will be displayed along with information about the organization. This is a good way to promote our motto Service above Self and to support a very important organization in our community. If you have any good pictures of members of our club volunteering for an event please go to the link below and upload your photos.
Let's Showcase our Volunteer activities Carol Kundrik 2017-07-28 06:00:00Z 0
Bella's Rotary Activities 2017-07-15 06:00:00Z 0
Last Week: Bella speaks of her Canadian adventures 2017-07-13 06:00:00Z 0
Taylor Fulton spoke of her Brazilian adventures 2017-07-06 06:00:00Z 0
The Thursday 8 June 2017 meeting is Community Groups day when we will present cheques to various community organizations.
June 8 - Community Group Day 2017-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Thursday 1 June 2017 - Youth Day 2017-06-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Tamkin
The red numbers before the Community name refers to the location number on the map.
The number after the => arrow shows the number of vehicles at that community.
Year 2011 - 3 vehicles
Recipient Community
School Bus
 6. Escuinapa, Sinaloa
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
School Bus
 8. Tepic, Nayarit
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
School Bus
 5. El Rosario, Sinaloa
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
Year 2012 - 4 vehicles
Recipient Community
Fire Truck
17. Mazamitla, Jalisco
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
Fire Truck
15. Jocotepec, Jalisco
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
11. Ameca, Jalisco
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
 9. La Yesca, Nayarit
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
Year 2013 - 4 vehicles
Recipient Community
15. Jocotepec, Jalisco
Fort Macleod Handbus Assoc. &
RC of Fort Macleod
 8. Tepic, Nayarit
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
16. Tapalpa, Jalisco
Town of Taber      
 6. Escuinapa, Sinaloa
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
Year 2014 - 6 vehicles
Recipient Community
13. Acatlan de Juarez, Jalisco
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
 7. Rosa Morada, Nayarit
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
 4. Palmillas, Sinaloa
Town of Taber
 2. Culiacan, Sinaloa
Town of Taber
 2. Culiacan, Sinaloa
Pincher Creek Handibus Assoc. &
MD of PC   RC of Pincher Creek
 1. Navolato, Sinaloa
Cardston Handibus Assoc. &
RC of Cardston
Year 2014 - 4 vehicles
Recipient Community
Fire Truck
 2. Culiacan, Sinaloa
Town of Jasper &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
Fire Truck
 8. Tepic, Nayarit
Willow Creek MD &
RC of Fort Macleod
12. Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco
Willow Creek MD &
RC of Fort Macleod
 8. Tepic, Nayarit
Pincher Creek Fire and EMS &
RC of Pincher Creek
Year 2016 - 8 vehicles
Recipient Community
1995 Fire Truck
 3. Mazatlan, Sinaloa
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
2011 Ambulance
12. Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
1985 Fire Truck
 2. Culiacan, Sinaloa
M.D. of Taber &
RC of Lethbridge Sunrise
2007 Handibus
 2. Culiacan, Sinaloa
Calgary Handibus Assoc. &
RC of Calgary Fish Creek
2001 Ambulance
10. Jala, Nayarit
M.D. of Cardston &
RC of Cardston
2007 Handibus
14. Zacoalco de Torres, Jalisco
Calgary Handibus Assoc. &
 RC of Coaldale
2007 Handibus
 1. Navolato, Sinaloa
Calgary Handibus Assoc. &
RC of Calgary West
1994 Handibus
12. Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco
Pincher Creek Handibus Society
& RC of Pincher Creek
Year 2017 - 6 vehicles
Recipient Community
Coaldale Handibus Association
& RC of Coaldale
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Sunrise
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Sunrise
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Sunrise
City of Lethbridge &
RC of Sunrise
Pincher Creek Fire and EMS &
RC of Pincher Creek
The red number before the Community name refers to the location number on the map.
The number after the => arrow shows the number of vehicles at that community.
Vehicles To/From Richard Tamkin 2017-05-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Tamkin
In early May two Rotarians from Lethbridge returned from a one week inspection tour of the 29 vehicles “Los Amigos” has driven down to Mazatlan in the past 6 years. Your editor is very happy to report that all 29 vehicles are well maintained and working on a daily basis. All vehicles are operated by authorized mature drivers, licensed, insured and are kept in sound operating condition. More importantly - each is highly valued by its community. The names of each Canadian town that donated the individual vehicle are each clearly displayed which show the local Mexicans on a daily basis that Canadians are their friends. Surely that alone has to make the “Los Amigos” project one of Canada’s better aid projects.

The Pincher Creek ambulance is being used.

The UofL Rotaract Club made possible this dramatic improvement. No wonder that Club has been awarded a prize for being the best Rotaract Club in North America and the Caribbean. Congratulations. Rotaract’s financing made these buildings possible and local Rotary connections supervised everything. So – connections work!
Below are “before” and “after” photos showing on the right the original school built of simple local materials with a dirt floor and a questionable roof. On the left is the new replacement school which also serves as a hurricane shelter for the local impoverished population. Now their children have a better chance of an improved life.

The Taber ambulance is well cared for and valued.

One of Lethbridge’s ambulances is earning its retirement to Mexico.

One of Cardston’s donations is at work.

Fort Macleod’s fire truck is still in service and will be for many more years.

Just to makes sure the ordinary Mexicans know who their friends are.

Other Pincher Creek donations enjoying a Mexican retirement.
Pictures of Vehicles on Locations Richard Tamkin 2017-05-31 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos thanks Alberta's Community Initiatives Program 2017-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
Glenn Klassen is the music director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra.
Glenn Klassen was appointed Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra in 2003.  Previously held positions include: Music Director of the Rochester Symphony (Michigan), Mason Community, Mennonite Community and, Manitoba Conservatory of Arts and Music Orchestras, Associate Conductor of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor with the National Academy Orchestra at the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival. As a guest conductor he has performed with: the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Helena Symphony, Traverse Symphony, and return engagements with the Mennonite Community and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras.
A native of Manitoba, Glenn relocated to Michigan in 1997 pursuing graduate studies at Michigan State University.  While at Michigan State, he was Assistant Conductor and led the University’s Symphony, Chamber, Philharmonic and Campus Orchestras and also worked with the Opera Theatre Department.  He graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2002.
Glenn has also been an active choral conductor and since 2003 has been the music director of Vox Musica.  Memorable choral experiences include working with renowned conductors Robert Shaw and Helmuth Rilling. Glenn has also served as interim conductor of the U of L Wind Orchestra during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Glenn resides in Lethbridge together with his wife Sandra.
Speaker 27 April 2017: Glenn Klassen - Lethbridge Symphony 2017-04-27 06:00:00Z 0
Speaker 20 April 2017: Roy Pogorzelski - Inclusion in our Community 2017-04-20 06:00:00Z 0
Dana Inkster was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario and focused on political studies during her undergraduate education at Queen's University, and in her  graduate studies at Concordia University and at the University of Lethbridge. She has extensive experience in the film industry and in fund development for nonprofits. She has lived in Lethbridge since 2005 is currently the Marketing & Communications Officer at the Galt Museum & Archives.
Speaker 13 April 2017: Dana Inkster - Galt Museum 2017-04-13 06:00:00Z 0
Outbound Student Orientation Weekend 2017-03-26 06:00:00Z 0
Global News interviews Bella after The Plunge
Bella on Ice 2017-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Angela Wilde (26 Jan 2017) 2017-01-26 07:00:00Z 0
Honduras Economic & Community Development Project Progress 2017-01-15 07:00:00Z 0
Christmas PARTY TIME with Sunrise 2016-12-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2016
This year's Christmas Brunch is:
  • at Myrna's home 3114 South Parkside Drive (thank you Myrna!)
  • 11:00 am Sunday 18 December 2016
Christmas Social - Sunday 18 Dec 2016 2016-12-18 07:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting this week (8 Dec 2016) 2016-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Trevor Lewington is this week's speaker (1 Dec 2016) 2016-12-01 07:00:00Z 0
Last Week's Fireside Chat 2016-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
No Meeting 24 Nov 2016 - Fireside Chat Day 2016-11-24 07:00:00Z 0
Michelle Day is this week's speaker (17 Nov 2016) 2016-11-17 07:00:00Z 0
Kathleen Sheppard is this week's speaker (10 Nov 2016) 2016-11-10 07:00:00Z 0
No meeting this week.
We are joining forces with Lethbridge East in order to have Past District Governor (PDG), Steve Rickard come down from Calgary to do a presentation on Microfinance.  We want our members to go to the meeting on Nov 1, 2016 at the Exhibition Saddle Room at 6:00 pm.
The HECD Program
The multi-year Honduras Economic and Community Development program (HECD) has been supporting the development of microfinancing in Honduras since 2014. The District 5360 Microfinance Task Force (MTF) has continued to expand its mandate to address new areas of need for financing in Honduras.  
Phases I and II of the HECD program have been successfully completed, and Phase III is now entering the implementation stage, having just received funding from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) via a Global Grant. The initial phases of HECD addressed the need for providing small loans to family-based businesses (Trust Groups) through our Honduran Non Profit, Non Government Organization (NGO) - Institute for Development in Honduras (IDH). The HECD program has leveraged its partnership with Opportunity International Canada (OIC) to transfer the loan portfolio funds to IDH. It enabled loans in the capital Tegucigalpa, and a new branch in Santa Barbara. While these loans led to local employment and improved the lives of thousands of families, a new opportunity has been identified through Phase IV of the HECD program to expand the scope of microfinancing to have an even greater positive impact on local economies and families.
Learn more about this program and how your club can get involved.
When:  November 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where:  Rotary Club of Lethbridge East – Lethbridge Exhibition (Saddle Room)
Who: Steve Rickard and Ken Montgomery from the HECD Program
**No meeting this week (3 Nov 2016)** 2016-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Mayor Spearman is this week's speaker (27 Oct 2016) 2016-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
Shawn Dowell will speak about Techbridge Makerspace
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.
Shaun Dowell is this week's speaker (20 Oct 2016) 2016-10-20 06:00:00Z 0
Daryn Wenaas is this week's speaker (13 Oct 2016) 2016-10-13 06:00:00Z 0
Bella at Illuminasia 2016-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
Berga Moen Receives Paul Harris +1 Recognition 2016-09-18 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (Thus 15 Sept 2016) is DG Neil Berg 2016-09-15 06:00:00Z 0
A great turnout for the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Mosaic's official inauguration.
Mosaic president John Pogorzelski received Mozaic's official charter from DG Neil Berg.
Lethbridge Rotary Club's president, and Assistant District Governor (ADG), Robin Hood were also at the meeting.
Mosaic has arrived! 2016-09-10 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Katie Wilson 2016-08-11 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Darryl Beaton 2016-07-28 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Wyson Ndhlovu - 21 July 2016 2016-07-21 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Maria Trams - 14 July 2016 2016-07-14 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker (7 July 2016) was Taylor Fulton 2016-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
This is the video that Isabella, our exchange student from Brazil, presented last week. Isabella provided exciting information about Brazil and her hopes for her exchange to Lethbridge.  She looks forward to experiencing snow, particularly skiing and making snow angels.
Click on READ MORE... to see the photos.
Last Week's Special Guest was Isabella of Brazil4 2016-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
President Carol presents the 2016 President’s Award to Gwen. Carol described Gwen’s contributions as significant but always low key. Congratulations Gwen, your good work is recognized!Carol gives Gwen the 2016 President's Award
Gwen receives President's Award - 2016 2016-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
Marlys with the new Jack Reynar Cup before she presented it to the top winning LOCAL team, which was the U of L Fiat Dux.
The Reynar Cup 2016-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (7 July 2016) is Taylor Fulton 2016-07-03 06:00:00Z 0
Our club's fifteenth president, Carol Kundrik, was recognized by our District Governor AND the President of Rotary International as a leader who helped our club be one of the best! Thank you and Congratulations Carol!
Presidential Citation 2016-07-02 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (30June 2016) is Carol Kundrik 2016-06-26 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (23 June 2016) is Lane Etherington 2016-06-19 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (16 June 2016) is Adonus Arlett and Dog 2016-06-11 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (9 June 2016) is Jim Campbell 2016-06-05 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker was James Sanders 2016-05-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 29, 2016
The date is May 29, 2016
Location – Rotary Picnic shelter
Time – 4:00 in the afternoon
Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the door (kids under 12 are free).
RSVP to Judi by May 26 providing ages and gender of kids attending.
This is an event for all members and their families so encourage everyone to come.
Everyone coming should bring appetizer or dessert or a garden salad.
The Club will provide chili, chili dogs, soft drinks, coffee, paper plates, utensils, napkins, and Caesar salad.
Cash bar - $5.00 per drink.
Mexican Fiesta - Sunday 29 May 2016 2016-05-29 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (2 June 2016) is Don Robb 2016-05-29 06:00:00Z 0
No speaker this week (19 May 2016) - Club Assembly 2016-05-15 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (12 May 2016) is Shannon Little Warriors 2016-05-08 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker (5 May 2016) is Spencer Simkin 2016-05-01 06:00:00Z 0
Where are the Los Amigos now? (aka Car 54 Where Are You?) 2016-04-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 13, 2016
Our club's Rotary Exchange student Taylor Fulton with her parents Trevor and Shannon attended Thursday's Fireside Chat.
Taylor Fulton 2016-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker was Josh Hellawell 2016-02-12 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Josh Hellawell 2016-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Johnson on Feb 07, 2016
Lethbridge Sunrise is very excited about our new Interact Club at Victoria Park School, an alternative school.
New Interact Club Karen Johnson 2016-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 07, 2016
In memory of Jack Reynar, the man who did so much to bring Rotary Dragonboat Festival to Lethbridge.
Marlys Reynar, Carol Kundrik, Judi Reed, and the Mixed Crew Community Challenge Award
Diane Randell, Carolyn Clark, Greg Weadick, Marlys Reynar, Carol Kundrik, Judi Reed
The Reynar Memorial Trophy 2016-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
The Root Bear visited Westminster School on Wednesday morning, accompanied by our own Don Robb and a couple of his local superhero friends. The children had a super time. Below are a few photos of the festivities.
Superhero musicians L-R: Randy Epp, Andrea Gedrasik, Don Robb
The Root Bear gives Don a few tips on playing the horn.
Princesses Superheroes & Villains was a Super Success! 2016-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rosie Digout-Ford shared the value of hiring disabled people and described the Lethbridge Family Services DaCapo Employment program. DaCapo pre-screens applicants and provides training and ongoing support.
Click on the link to learn more about DaCapo Disability Services.
If you are interested in hiring, call 403-320-9119.
Last week's speaker was Rosie Digout-Ford 2016-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Rosie Digout Ford 2016-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker is Josh Hellawell 2016-01-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 17, 2016
The meal to end polio is scheduled for Saturday 23 January 2016.
Meal to end Polio 2016-01-17 07:00:00Z 0
Due to circumstances, the meal to end polio is canceled at this time.
President Carol has had too many issues to have time to do any planning on this at all, so she had to make the call.
Rain Check 2016-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
Kristina Larkin who is a member of Urban Spirits and also works at the Boys and Girls Club.  The certificate is one of appreciation for Los Amigos giving the bus to the Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club Appreciates Donated School Bus 2016-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

As a Volunteer Lethbridge Leader of Tomorrow recipient, Michael is presented with a $1000 scholarship from Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise. Congratulations Michael! Special thanks to Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise for providing 2 scholarships to Leaders of Tomorrow recipients in 2015.

Carol Kundrik, Michael deGorter, Karen Johnson

Michael deGorter recieves $1000 2016-01-06 07:00:00Z 0

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Dear Friends,   
Please join me for an evening of kitchen camaraderie 
and delicious soup making in support of   
YWCA - Harbour House 

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers makes nurturing and nourishing soups for women and children affected by domestic abuse and youth in crisis. crisis.
Monday December 14,  5:30 PM to 8:30 PM             
330 6th Street South
The cost for a Soup Sisters event is $55/person which includes all of the fresh ingredients, a Chef facilitator, wine and a light meal. 
Please click here 
to go to our website calendar for this event and click on the above date to register.
The pass code to register is goodsoup
Follow the instructions for payment. 
Learn more at www.soupsisters.org.
Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers 2015-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 13, 2015
This year's Christmas Brunch is:
  • at Myrna's home 3114 South Parkside Drive (thank you Myrna!)
  • 11:00 am Sunday 20 December 2015
  • Please bring books for Literacy Pow Wow
  • Please bring a bottle of wine for the Raffle prize (if you want)
Christmas Brunch 20 December 2015-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2015
The Rotaract club is trying to get a vocational pairing program going with a goal building connections between Rotaractors and Rotarians, while allowing Rotaractors to gain understand of different vocations they are interested in. For this program we hope to have a list of Rotarians who would be interested in sharing career advice one-on-one with a Rotaractor who is interested in the field/career the Rotarian is or was employed. Please let me know if you or any of your club members would be willing to put their name on our list. Putting your name on our vocational list does not guarantee matching but if you are matched with a Rotaractor the time commitment is minimal and may include emails, going for coffee, a workplace tour and/or anything else. Let Katie Wilson know if you have any questions about this program.
Rotaract Vocational Pairing 2015-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
Cambiar Wechseln Endring Changement Change 2015-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
Banners - We visit; they visit. 2015-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker Greg Tiffin 2015-11-09 07:00:00Z 0
Next Week's Speaker: Brett Clifton 2015-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Bring in your banners.
 Ring in your banners.
To make our club's banners available for all to see at any time, we are scanning them and placing them in a photo album on our website at lethbridgesunrise.ca. The banners that visiting Rotarians and exchange students have left us and the ones that our members have received through their travels. Please bring in your banners.
Banner Scanner 2015-11-07 07:00:00Z 0
Next week's speakers are Don and Carol on the Rotary Foundation 2015-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Remember to Congratulate former president Barb Kinahan on her new role as retiree. She finally figured out how to escape to a new life of leisure.
The Great Escaper 2015-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Rotaract Meet and Greet (4 November 2015) 2015-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker: Chris Ritter 2015-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Join the walk to end polio on Friday 23 October 2015.
It starts at CASA (3 Ave & 8 St) at 3:30 pm and ends with a reception at City Hall.
Last year's walk participants all received lovely red rain jackets!
Walk for Polio Friday 23 October 2015-10-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2015
Last Thursday we had an impassioned speaker. Dr Robin Bright from the University of Lethbridge shared some of her research into Middle School Literacy. It was delightful to hear someone speaking so passionately about literacy, which is one of Rotary's areas of focus. It's great to hear about the good work that is happening right here in Lethbridge.
Last week's Speaker: Dr. Robin Bright 2015-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Next Week's Speaker: Chris Ritter 2015-10-17 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Pinnings 2015-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's special guest - DG Martin Harvey 2015-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Newest Member Don Robb 2015-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
UofL Rotaract Club Meeting Tue 27 Oct 2015 2015-10-12 06:00:00Z 0
Next week's speaker - DG Marin Harvey 2015-10-04 06:00:00Z 0

In memory of our dear friend, Inga Jesswein, who passed away Monday 28 September 2015.

Inga was the sixth president of our club (2006-2007) and was deeply involved in Rotary.

She will be sorely missed.

Inga Jesswein 1950-2015 2015-09-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2015
Last Saturday's Harvest Supper and Musical Review to raise funds for the Los Amigos project was a success!
Thank you to all the kind volunteers who donated their time and talents. These include the U of L Rotaract Club volunteers, Darrell Harris of DB Lighting and Sound, Chef Wilco van Dijk, all five musical acts (Vi Knox Accordion, Rainey Day Music Duo, Karma Ladies A Capella, Bridge Brass, and Bruce Roome R&R), and of course, our own club's volunteers.
Harvest Supper - A Harvest Success 2015-09-26 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Drew Cahoon, is a member of the Raymond Rotary Club. Drew recently returned from a tour of dental facilities in Africa. The reason? He has led a program which has supplied 90 per cent of the equipment to three dental schools in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Also on his itinerary, 23 hospital dental clinics at which his group has supplied dental chairs and a lot of other equipment. We can expect a lively and passionate talk about how a small town Alberta dentist got so interested in dental health in deepest Africa.


Last week's Speaker: Dr. Drew Cahoon 2015-09-24 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's Speaker - Melissa Belter 2015-09-20 06:00:00Z 0

Dentistry in Africa

Dr. Drew Cahoon, is a member of the Raymond Rotary Club. Drew recently returned from a tour of dental facilities in Africa. The reason? He has led a program which has supplied 90 per cent of the equipment to three dental schools in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Also on his itinerary, 23 hospital dental clinics at which his group has supplied dental chairs and a lot of other equipment. We can expect a lively and passionate talk about how a small town Alberta dentist got so interested in dental health in deepest Africa.


Next week's speaker - Drew Cahoon 2015-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker: Melissa Belter 2015-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
Harvest Supper 2015 2015-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker, Dr. Roy Goldsteyn, spoke of his research into buffalo beans at the University of Lethbridge. Experiments show compounds extracted from buffalo bean leaves have potential to fight a class of cancers that includes multiple myeloma.
Last week's Speaker: Dr. Roy Goldsteyn 2015-09-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2015
83rd Annual Waterton Glacier Internation Peace Park Assembly
September 11 - 13 2015
Every year Rotarians from the Areas around Waterton and Glacier gather together for a weekend to celebrate the First International Peace Park which Rotary was instrumental in creating.  This year the Assembly will be held in Waterton.  This Assembly traditionally fills up so do not wait to long to book your spot.
All the information you require can be found at the new website of the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Assocation
Waterton Glacier Peace Park (11-13 September 2015) 2015-09-11 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speakers - Carol & Marty 2015-09-10 06:00:00Z 0
Have you seen this Banner?  We are canvassing members to see if anyone has any of the original banners kicking around in their houses.  We have checked the airport storage and there are none there.  If we can't find anymore it might be time to order new ones. Let Carol know if you have any or bring them to the meeting next week.  Thanks
Case of the Missing Banners Carol Kundrik 2015-09-04 06:00:00Z 0
Katie and Seth from UofL Rotaract Club presented their club's achievements last year and their club's goals for this year (2015/16).
Projects supported include: Polio Plus, Cancer Research, Autism Swim Even, and Nicholas Sheran Playground.
Next week Rotaract is organizing the program and hosting the YEX students at the Peace Park event. Along with Lethbridge East, Rotaract is supporting the Pallet School project in Mazatlan. Their contribution is $38000 to the $65000 budget.
At the last District Conference, they received the Best Rotaract Website award.
Last year, Rotaract's Attendance Challenge saw 144 Rotarians and Friends attend Rotaract events. This year they hope for even more.
Their first meeting this year is at 7:00 pm on 24 September at the UofL campus. Everyone is invited.
Last week's speaker - Katie Wilson (UofL Rotaract) 2015-08-30 06:00:00Z 0
How to Register in "My Rotary" at www.rotary.org 2015-08-30 06:00:00Z 0
This week's speaker - Katie Wilson 2015-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speaker - Genna Bourchier 2015-08-28 06:00:00Z 0
Trip to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa in November 2015 to participate in a polio immunization exerciseattend the 10th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in hands-on work project.
Trip Dates:                    November 10 – 19, 2015
Travel to:                      Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
Per Person Price:            $1,779, 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.
Polio Immunization and West Africa Project Fair Trip for Rotarians - November 2015 2015-08-26 06:00:00Z 0
Last week's speakers were Jim Campbell and Wayne Stewart.
Jim spoke of the first five years of Los Amigos; Wayne spoke of the first year of the emergency service training.
The Los Amigos project is now a well known project in the Rotary 5360 district.
Last week's speakers - Los Amigos 2015-08-21 06:00:00Z 0
Africa Marks One Year with No Polio Don McInnes 2015-08-12 06:00:00Z 0
"Have you ever wondered how the streets of downtown Lethbridge get to be so clean and well maintained? Well, all the work comes from a small program that underwent several changes throughout the years and became what is currently known as the Clean Sweep Program (CSP). This program is dedicated to helping individuals who are in need of work while giving the downtown core a respectful appeal by cleaning up garbage, sweeping the dirt off the sidewalk, shoveling snow in winter, and maintenance."
In addition to cleaning the downtown streets, they accept work contracts to increase the opportunities for their participants and the ability to expand the program. Some fo the contracts that they currently operate include:
  • Specialized snow removal
  • Yard care
  • Painting
  • Curbside recycling for some downtown businesses
  • Many of the programs participants are available for odd jobs or occasional work projects.
If you are interested in supporting The Clean Sweep Program, please call the Program Director, Jeff Wall, to discuss your needs.
Jeff Wall, jeff@jeffwall.ca, 403-394-5603
Last week's Speaker: Jeff Wall - Lethbridge Clean Sweep 2015-08-09 06:00:00Z 0
Save that date - October 24, 2015 2015-08-02 06:00:00Z 0
Playground Build
Assumption school is building a new playground and are looking for volunteers as their school is quite small.  They are doing the build from Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to Saturday August 1, 2015.  They require 40 volunteers a day.  Some of the work is physical, helping to carry and putting playground pieces together. Some of the jobs are not very physical: attending the first aid station, helping at the water station, or cleanup crew. Currently they have about 10-15 volunteers every day. If you are interested in helping, please let Carol know by Thursday July 23, 2015.
Volunteer Opportunity - Playground Build 2015-07-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2015
Paco reviewed his year with us and shared his sincere heart-felt thanks to his host families and all of us for making this a year of memories. Paco says he wants to stay involved with Rotary.
All the man's presidents. 2015-07-10 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer Opportunity
with the BASE Camp at Lethbridge Family Services
July 29th - Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump field trip from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Volunteers would help supervise the kids as they take a bus and learn from the staff about Head Smashed in buffalo Jump.  If individuals wish to volunteer, we will need a couple of forsm signed so we would ask for you to respond back to Robin about who is attending prior to July 24th.
You can contact Robin Foreman at (403) 327-5724 or at Rforeman@lfsfamily.ca
BASE Camp Carol Kundrik 2015-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2015
A Quiz
The first person to email Carol with the names of the two Rotarians from our club featured in this month's District Newsletter will win a prize!
Who read the District Newsletter? Carol Kundrik 2015-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
Last Week's Speaker - RI President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran 2015-07-05 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteer at Dragonboat Festival 2015 Marty Boogaart 2015-05-28 06:00:00Z 0
Fifth Annual Lethbridge Jazz Festival 2015-05-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2015
Celebrating the success
of the Westminster
breakfast program
(7 May 2015).
Thank you A&W !
Let's do it again next year :-)
Westminster School Volunteer Appreciation Marty Boogaart 2015-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on May 09, 2015
Our Coulee Clean up will be 21 May 2015
We are just confirming which coulee we will be doing and will report that soon.
We will start around 4:30 and go for about 1.5 hours.
We would like to make this a family affair so bring along any family or friends who want to help out.  
We are hoping to go out for pizza after.
Coulee Clean up Carol Kundrik 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Devastation in Nepal Inga Jesswein 2015-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos group departs, April 19 Inga Jesswein 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Kids Art for a Cause Inga Jesswein 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Campbell on Apr 11, 2015


Dear Los Amigos Supporters,
At 3:00 pm Friday afternoon I received an urgent message from Jose Sanchez Reynoso (Pepesan), our primary contact and representative in Mexico for the Los Amigos Project.  He informed me that the paperwork for the four vehicles we plan to donate to Mexican communities, was not finalized.  Although we completed and sent all documentation, (consistent with the process followed in the previous four years) in early February, the Mexican government was now indicated that the paperwork regarding ownership of the vehicles is not acceptable.  Late last night we re-submitted the paperwork and are waiting for clearance to proceed.  We do not expect any resolution on this until Monday morning or later.
I have consulted our project leadership team and Sunrise club president to chart a course of action.  We have decided that we must delay departure and not leave on Sunday morning, as planned.  I realize this creates stress and upheaval for many of you.  We are hopeful that clearance from Mexico will be obtained next week and allow us to head south.  Even with a latest departure date of Saturday April 18th it would remain our intention to return on the flight departing April 26 from Mazatlán.  If the paperwork has not cleared by Friday April 17th we will cancel the trip for this year.
The training team will proceed as scheduled as their participation is not dependent on the vehicles.
If you are part of the driver team please let me know if you will be available to drive at short notice, this coming week.
I will keep you updated as information becomes available.
Jim Campbell, Project Coordinator


Los Amigos delayed departure Jim Campbell 2015-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein on Feb 28, 2015
Tasha Silver talks about programming at Victoria Park School and how Sunrise Rotary financial support makes a difference for their students.  She presented at the February 26, 2015 meeting.
Recent Speakers Inga Jesswein 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks from Chinook Arch Regional Carol Kundrik 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Effective January 31, 2015, Terracycle is requiring people collecting the Tassimo discs to become public drop-off locations.   I will therefore not be collecting the discs after January 15, 2015.  If you have any discs you want to send in, I will do one final shipment before the end of the month so please bring any discs you have to the meeting on January 15.  After that, you can still recycle your discs by taking them to the Helen Schuler Coulee Center as they are a public drop off spot.
Tassimo Collection Carol Kundrik 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Nov 29, 2014
Community Service Meeting
Next Meeting : Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Location:  10 Notre Dame Place Lethbridge
at Carol's House
If you are interested in being involved in this Committee, please join us.
Community Service Meeting, December 9 2014 Carol Kundrik 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Root bear at Westminster School Inga Jesswein 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0


On September 21, 2014 the Lethbridge Public Library will host its fourth annual THE WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL.  Founded in Toronto in 1990, the Festival's goal is to enhance and enrich a connection to reading and writing in all its forms by showcasing local, provincial and national literary and artistic talent.  The festival presents established and emerging authors, storytellers, demonstrations and workshops, street performers, live music, and a bustling marketplace.  We strive to create a festival that represents the diversity of our community, is appropriate to all ages, and most importantly is lively and fun.
It takes a lot of volunteers to be able to pull off a free, community event of this size so please consider volunteering.  This is a great volunteer opportunity as it is only a one day event and will not require an extended time commitment on anyones part.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Emily Kundrik by phone at 403 320-4078 or by email at word@lethlib.ca
Word on the Street Festival, Sept. 21 Carol Kundrik 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein on Jul 05, 2014
Rotary Foundation Update


Our Annual Fund Goal for 2013-2014 Rotary year was $6000.00

As of 30 June 2014, as a Club we have donated $6800.15 USD to the Annual Fund.  

Thanks to all of you who took the time to make a donation.






Rotary Foundation: We Did It! Inga Jesswein 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
The crew with their loot after the Coulee Clean up on Monday
Thanks to everyone who came out to help.
Coulee Clean up 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on May 10, 2014
Munzee Scavenger Hunt
On Thursday, we will be helping everyone download the app for the Munzee Scavenger Hunt onto their cell phones and explaining how to capture the QR codes, so if you are planning on participating in the Munzee Scavenger Hunt at the Fiesta on May 24, 2014 please bring your smart phones to the meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014.  
Munzee Scavenger Hunt Carol Kundrik 2014-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2014

¡Trabajo Bueno Los Amigos!

Follow Los Amigos on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LosAmigos2012 

See Jim Campbell's wrap-up talk with Quinn Campbell (lead story!):

¡Trabajo Bueno Los Amigos! 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart on Apr 19, 2014

Jim Davidson Membership Increase Award

This award is for the CLUB with the greatest percentage increase in net new members.Net membership will be based on reported membership as of March 15th, 2014.
James Wheeler Davidson The man who took Rotary World wide! Jim was born in Austin, Minnesota on June 14, 1872. In his early adulthood he led an exciting and adventurous life trekking from the North Pole to travels into the Far East where he met his wife to be, Lillian, who was a San Franciscan. James and Lillian came to Calgary in 1906 where he established Crown Lumber.
In March of 1914 he became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Calgary. He then went on to become a director and then President in 1919. In 1921 Rotary raised $11,000.00 and with it, sent Jim and J. Layton Ralston of Halifax to Australia carrying the goals and ideals of Rotary with them. By 1932, Jim had literally traveled the globe, interviewed thousands of individuals and influenced the development of Rotary Clubs world-wide. During his travels he chartered 23 Rotary Clubs in 12 countries. Jim served as District Governor during 1923-24.
Jim Davidson was a director and Vice-president of Rotary International for the term of 1926-27. Jim Wheeler Davidson died on July 18, 1933.

Carolyn Clark receives the Jim Davidson award.

Congratulations & thank-you to the entire membership committee:
Carolyn Clark, Myrna Procinsky-Longair, and Marlys Reynar.
James Wheeler Davidson Membership Increase Award Marty Boogaart 2014-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

CBS 6-8 pm Sunday 9 February 2014
The Night that Changed America

This program is a celebration of the Beatles' 50th anniversary appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and it includes top artists covering the songs the Fab Four performed that night, as well as other Beatles hits. Also shown is archival footage of the historic 1964 broadcast.

The Night that Changed America 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 30, 2014
Don, Carol, and Marty attended the Kainai Literacy Day Pow Wow at the Kainai High School on 23 January 2014. We were honoured for our club making a 78 book contribution to support their literacy day.
From left to right: Don McInnes, Marty Boogaart, Linda Weaselhead, Carol Kundrik, and Hali Heavy Shield
Linda Weaselhead is the Literacy Coordinator at Kainai Board of Education.
Hali Heavy Shield is a Kainai Board of Education teacher.
Linda and Hali have been driving spirits behind the Kainai Public Library and its membership in the Chinook Arch Regional Library System.
Please click on "Read more..." at bottom-right to view videos of dancers at the Pow Wow.
Kainai Literacy Day Pow Wow- 23 January 2014 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Percy Harris (19 April 1868 – 27 January 1947) was a Chicago, Illinois, attorney best known for founding Rotary International in 1905, a service organization that currently has well over one million members worldwide.

Paul Harris Fellow Individuals who have contributed more than $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Additionally, individual Rotary clubs may from time to time honor individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. These honorees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. Paul Harris recognition is not limited to Rotarians.

(Source: en.wikipedia.org - 27 January 2014)
Paul Harris Fellowship 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Wayne Ens Winner! 2014-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
When I'm 64 2014-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Feliz Navidad 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Norm Cowley Winner! 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the two winners of our first draw. The winners are:
  • Norm Cowley - Blue Rodeo + plus dinner at Streatside + $50 ENMAX gift certificate
  • Wayne Ens - One week in Mazatlan + two return tickets from WestJet.

We thank our sponsors for their generous support.


Travel Raffle Winners - 19 December 2013 Marty Boogaart 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Waterton Moon Felipe Guerra Fentanes 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Oct 10, 2013

Social Housing in Action 

is hosting 

Project Connect - November 2, 2013

In addition to the services offered at Project Connect, the committee is also in need of in-kind donations.  Below is a Wish List of items that the committee is currently in need of for Project Connect

  • New socks, Underwear and Under shirts (for men and women)
  • Diapers/Training pants
  • Towels and Wash Cloths
  • Nail Clippers
  • New Hair Brushes and Combs
  • Granola Bars
  • Travel Size (mini) Toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, shaving cream disposable razors, lip balm and body wash

If you are interested in contributing you can bring them to a Rotary Club meeting in October and Karen will see that they get to the Project Connect Committee


Project Connect - November 2, 2013 Carol Kundrik 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Apr 10, 2013

Welcome to our newest member

Felipe Guerra Fentanes


Inducted April 11, 2013

So Glad to Have you!

Meet our Newest Member Carol Kundrik 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Jan 12, 2013

Please support the Rotaract Club by either donating auction items or attending the event.  Tickets are $80.00 each or $500.00 for a table of Eight.  Student tickets are $40.00 each.  

For further information visit 

Liberty through Literacy Carol Kundrik 2013-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Annual General Meeting: November 28, 2013 Carol Kundrik 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Peace, Passion & Partnerships Carol Kundrik 2012-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Sep 05, 2011

I have always been aware of Rotary from the many fundraising functions that Rotary puts on during the year, but I was not aware of all the roles that Rotary fills in the local community as well as the international community.  I first became aware of the student exchange role when my niece was accepted as an exchange student.  This piqued my interest and it started the process of becoming more aware of the many functions that Rotary fills.

Why I joined Rotary by Anita Wickersham Carol Kundrik 2011-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Lethbridge Sunrise receives the 2011 Presidential Citation - WITH DISTINCTION! Marty Boogaart 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Apr 30, 2011

Levi Clain of the Rotary Club of North Hawaii presented information on the Rotary mechanical cow to the club on Thursday.  If you would like more information on this Rotary Project please click the link below


Rotary background of Mechanical cow
Rotary Mechanical Cow Carol Kundrik 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Apr 30, 2011

I guess I have been service-minded for about as long as I can remember. When I was young I was involved in 4-H and  Boy Scouts. My Dad was always helping out the needy in our small town and was a member of the Lions Club, a school board trustee and a social activist. He lived his life based on Albert Einstein’s statement that only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.


Why I Joined Rotary by Ian Randall Carol Kundrik 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Change your words. Change your world. Marty Boogaart 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Apr 16, 2011

Selene is the Exchange student from Mazatlan who is hosted by the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Downtown.  If you would like to see her powerpoint presentation that she gave the to our Club on April 14, 2011, please click the link below.

Presentacion Sobre Mexico.pdf

The youtube video from Mazatlan is:
Selene on Mazatlan Carol Kundrik 2011-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Apr 10, 2011

I was first introduced to Rotary through my brother-in-law in the early 80’s.

At that time he was very involved with the youth exchange program.    Although I felt the exchange program was an excellent program, I was not very supportive of the male only designation of his choice of service club.  Rotary advanced to open their membership to women in the late 80’s; however, I was still not sure the male dominated club would be my choice.

Why I Joined Rotary by Gwen McMillan Carol Kundrik 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Three Amigos Blog! Marty Boogaart 2011-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart on Mar 08, 2011




2001-2002 Brian Treadwell
2002-2003 Stephanie Sanderson
2003-2004 Bruce Anderson
2004-2005 Diane Randell
2005-2006 Chris Hanson
2006-2007 Inga Jesswein
2007-2008 Rita Boltezar
2008-2009 Ken Torry
2009-2010 Barb Kinahan
2010-2011 Berga Moen
2011-2012 Jim Campbell (president elect)

Presidents of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise Marty Boogaart 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart on Mar 05, 2011

My first introduction to service work and service clubs was almost 30 years ago. It was 1984, Kerry & I were newly married and I was being promoted to Bank Manager and being transferred to Snow Lake, Manitoba. Snow Lake is a small mining town about 700 kilometers straight north of Winnipeg.  My former boss had relocated numerous times and suggested I join a service club as a way to connect with other business people. I took his advice and wound up spending the next 14 years actively involved with Kinsmen.

Why I Joined Rotary by Don Lowe Marty Boogaart 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Feb 05, 2011
I am a General Contractor and own my own business, Integrity Home Renovations.  I met Barb Kinahan through my work and she invited me to my first Rotary meeting with the Sunrise club.   
Why I Joined Rotary - Yohannes Golom Carol Kundrik 2011-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Our Three Amigos leave on March 12th Marty Boogaart 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Judi Reed on Dec 04, 2010
I originally joined Rotary at the invitation of the infamous Robin Hood.  He and I were working on an initiative to encourage Downtown Rotarians to become blood donors.  Downtown Rotary enrolled in a program called Partners for Life whereby the group made a pledge to donate blood as a group.  Robin and Bernie Carriere both encouraged me to join Rotary.  As a result I joined the Downtown Club that year.
Why I Joined Rotary by Dorinda Emery Judi Reed 2010-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Oct 31, 2010
 In the fall of 2008 the school where I was principal applied for and received funding from Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club for some special technology we were seeking to use with our students. Berga Moen invited me to a meeting to be presented with the donation, which happened to be the same meeting where Henning Mundell described his goal of raising funds for the hospital in rural India. I marveled at a local organization whose impact would range from local youth to a remote community in a developing country.
Why I Joined Rotary by Amber Darroch Carol Kundrik 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik on Oct 02, 2010
 I remember that my father was not much of a joiner but  Rotary appealed to him because of its high ethical standards, opportunity to make business contacts, and participate in community service.  His Club got a motorized wheelchair for a person with disabilities.  This was no small thing in the 1950s.
Why I Joined Rotary by Jim Campbell Carol Kundrik 2010-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
This is how to treat a president! Marty Boogaart 2010-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Mazatlan Orphanage Photos Marty Boogaart 2010-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Alberta Website Marty Boogaart 2009-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

We are now able to send ink jet cartridges as well as the T-discs to Terracycle.  We will get 25 cents for every inkjet cartridge we send back so please start collecting and bringing to any Rotary meeting.  Proceeds from this project are going to support the Westminster Breakfast program.



Now collecting Ink Jet Cartridges Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik


We will be holding our initial meeting for planning the Greenhouses for Peru trip in 2015.  

If you are interested in going to Peru in 2015, please attend this meeting.

10 Notre Dame Place, Lethbridge

January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Contact for this meeting:  Carol Kundrik




REMINDER: January 13 meeting - Greenhouses for Peru Carol Kundrik 0
ShelterBox appeal for aid for Syrian Refugees Inga Jesswein 0
Alzheimers Poem Inga Jesswein 0
Supper Club #2 - Saturday 18 January 2014 Judi Reed 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik


The Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge are Partners in Life with Canadian Blood Services.  We are within SIX donations of reaching our annual goal with a month to go!  More important than achieving a goal is the lives that have been saved or enhanced as a result of our contributions.

You still have the opportunity to help us reach our 2013 goal.  The following are dates where there are few donors booked - November 27, December 3, 4 & 6 so if you are eligible to make a donation those would be great days to choose.


Partners for Life - Canadian Blood Services Carol Kundrik 0
CBC features Kainai Public Library and Kainai High School Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

The RLI committee for Lethbridge is offering modules one, two and three, this year and next. We would like to hold module 1 on December 7th at the University of Lethbridge.  This session is aimed at new Rotarians mostly but would be of use to all Rotarians. The topics covered are the following: Leadership, My Rotary, Engaging members, Foundation,  Vocational (Ethics) and Service Projects. At the moment the cost will be $50.00 which covers lunch and the class binders. We need to know how many would be interested, to gauge if we can hold this session on the 7th. We will need a minimum of 10 to proceed. Please let Carol ckundrik@telus.net know by November 20th if you are planning to attend. We all know that retention of members depends upon engagement of the individual. 


Rotary Leadership Institute Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

The District 5360 Scholarship and Peace Fellowship Committee is now ready to receive applications for the Global Grant Scholarship and the Peace Fellowship.

 Global Grant Scholarships fund graduate study (normally MA programs) outside of Canada in one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus:

Peace & Conflict Resolution/Prevention, Disease Prevention & Treatment, Water & Sanitation, Maternal & Child Health, Basic Education & Literacy, Economic & Community Development

Candidates must be residents of District 5360 and must be starting a new program of study after July 1, 2014. There is no cost to clubs to sponsor a Global Scholar; the program is entirely funded by District Designated Funds and the World Fund Match.  A District 5360 application form and more information are available on www.rotary5360.ca (follow the link to Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowship).

Club sponsorship is required for Global Scholars but this year we are allowing prospective scholars to apply directly to the District Scholarship Team; if necessary, club sponsorship will be arranged later.

The District 5360 Global Grant Scholarship application deadline is November 30, 2013.  The deadline for Peace Fellowship applications is May 1, 2014; links to more information and application forms are available on www.rotary5360.ca (follow the link to Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowship).

This year, District 5360 is pleased to be sponsoring a Peace Fellow, Mr. Jamie LeSueur, currently doing an MA degree in peace and conflict studies at Uppsala University in Sweden (he is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary) and a Global Grant Scholar, Ms. Danielle Trudeau, currently doing an MA degree in disaster management at the University of Copenhagen (she is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary Crowchild–Urban Spirits).

Global Grant Scholarships and Peace Fellowships are great opportunities for people who share Rotary’s vision to advance their education. Please advertise these opportunities widely.

Rotary Global Scholarships Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik


There are at least 2000 High River residents still unable to return to their homes and even a greater number who have yet to return to a normal life.  These are people who are living with friends, family or in temporary accommodation, worrying about how to resurrect their homes, gather basic possessions and rebuild their lives. Raising the spirits of the needy at Christmas is a high priority for the Rotary Club in High River and they are appealing to all of us to help rebuild their community.

The event is called the GIFT OF HOPE and is a community Christmas luncheon/dinner that will take place on Sunday, December 15.  The RC of High River will host 700 needy citizens (financially and emotionally) in that community. GIFT OF HOPE requires both "hands on" participation and financial support.  This emails is an invitation for Rotary Clubs, Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors to participate both financially and by working at the event on that date.

The event will include two sessions (350 each); a luncheon for families and a dinner for adults.  Singer/actor Tom Jackson has generously agreed to arrange entertainment for the luncheon and will provide a free concert following the evening dinner.  Volunteers will work the event, hopefully with the assistance of many Rotarians and families from clubs outside of High River.  The task will include cooking, serving and greeting.

Our Christmas brunch is happening that day so if we want to help it will have to be for the supper.  Please let Carol ckundrik@telus.net know by November 15, 2013 whether you would like to drive up to assist with the supper and she will contact the coordinators of the event.  It would be great if we could drive up together in a couple of vehicles.  If you as an individual want to make an individual contribution, cheques can be sent to the Rotary Club of High River, Box 5152, High River, AB T1V 1M4 with a note designating the money for GIFT OF HOPE.  





Gift of Hope - December 15, 2013 Carol Kundrik 0
Club Committees Marty Boogaart 0
Book Sale Fundraiser for Kainai Public Library, November 28-29 Inga Jesswein 0
Stuff a Bus - Tuesday 3 December 2013 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

Our meeting on November 7, 2013

Will be held in the Poplar room at the Lethbridge Lodge at 7:00 am.

This is the room at the end of the Hall - there should be a sign in the lobby.

Please remember this change of venue.

Posted by Carol Kundrik

The Vintage Vegas Committee

is looking for wedding paraphernalia for people to dress up in and get their photos taken.  They are looking for such things as a Wedding veil; gaudy, large rings; a pillow for the rings, blue garter,top hat, bouquet

Please bring to the meeting on Thursday or talk to  Judi if you have anything.

Vintage Vegas - Looking for Wedding Paraphernalia Carol Kundrik 0
November 21: Speaker DG Pat Killoran Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

This week is

Club Assembly

Karen will share some pictures of her weekend at the Rypen Camp


Nominations open for the Board for 2014 to 2015 on October 31, 2013.  Greg is looking to fill his slate before the AGM so if you would like to serve on the Board please let Greg know.


October 31, 2013 - Club Assembly Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

Rotary International Convention

Lisbon Portugal

To view the Powerpoint presentation given by Karen

please click the link below

Lisbon Convention

Lisbon Convention Carol Kundrik 0
Wayne Stewart - Rotary Vocational Training Carol Kundrik 0
Vintage Vegas Barn Layout - Proposed Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein



The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise 

proudly sponsors


featuring Tom Jackson

at Southminster United Church

Tickets are now on sale at the Yates and Enmax Ticket Centre

Tickets start at $45


The Huron Carole, December 6 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein
 Image Tracey Erickson-Driscoll, S.D. 51, on behalf of the Ready, Set....Go Committee, accepts a cheque for $2000 from President Marty Boogaart.

At the Ready, Set....Go event, 400 backpacks and school
supplies were given to children and youth.  In addition, 175 
haircuts, 35 ages and stages screens, 80 optical screens, 
174 on-site immunizations were provided.

The goal for next year is to provide these services to 800
children and youth in need in our community.

Cheque presentation to Tracey Erickson-Driscoll Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein
Charter Night for The Rotary Club of Chestermere! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

6 pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner and programme

Lakeside Gold Club, Chestermere

$60.00 per person

DG Pat is encouraging Clubs to organize car loads to travel up to be part of the celebration.  Clubs also traditionally give gifts to help the new Club get started: a bell, podium, roadside signs, cash, etc.

New Club Charter - Chestermere, October 26, 2013 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein


Sunrise Rotarian, Don McInnes, helping on the St. Patrick's Fine Arts Elementary School Playground installation on Sept. 28.

Don was joined by several other Sunrise Rotarians and partners: Clark Ferguson, Deane Little, Diane Randell, Jim Campbell, Ian Randell, and Marty and Gwyn Boogaart.

Rotarians at Work at St. Patrick's Fine Arts School, Sept. 28 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

The Kainai Public Library is the first public library on an Alberta reservation.

Greg, Carol, and Marty visited Linda and Lori - the people who made it so.
They need support to move into a new building. Books, computers, desks, shelves.


Greg Tiffin, Linda Weaselhead, Carol Kundrik, Hali Heavyshield, Marty Boogaart



Kainai Public Library Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein


Someone is needed to take Attendance
and Cash at the meetings coming up on
September 26 (URGENT) and also
November 7 and 21.

Please let Erica know asap if you can do
this very important job on any of these
Help Needed Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein




At the home of Myrna Procinsky-Longair

3114 South Parkside Drive

Christmas Brunch is December 15 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein



Esp. for Membership and Foundation/International Chairs

but all members are welcome!

Foundation Training will cover "Giving and Grants".

Session will be about 3 hours long.

Foundation and Membership Training, October 5 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Judi Reed

Supper Club Season is Back!

The first dinner party is Saturday, Oct. 5, at 6:00 pm.

The menu is YUMMY!

Bruschetta with garden fresh tomatoes.  Perfect with a glass of vino!

Pear & Gorgonzola Salad and Lemon Curd Cake for dessert (recipes from Cruise Line chefs).

Cranberry-Orange Pork Tenderloin, Rosemary Orzo, Roasted Parsnips & Carrots.

And if the menu doesn't excite you, the company will!  Rotarians, family, and friends.  What could be better!


Email Judi at 

Supper Club is Back Judi Reed 0
Lethbridge Events 2013-2014 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein

Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits

is holding an E-recycle Round-up


When:  Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 9am to 3pm.

Where:  3rd Ave. site of 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union

What: Essentially anything that "plugs in" can be recycled.  Eg. cell phones, computers, televisions, small appliances

Why:  Help the environment, declutter your life, and give back to the community (proceeds will be returned to the community for projects that support youth).

NOTE: If you can't make it to the event but still want to help, contact Urban Spirits before September 14; they will pick up your electronics.  Pick-ups are by donation.

Contact: projects@lethbridgeurbanspirits.ca

Urban Spirits Electronic Round-up, Sept. 14, 2013 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

On September 22, 2013, the Lethbridge Public Library will host Lethbridge's 3rd Annual The Word On the Street Festival.  Founded in Toronto in 1990, The Word on the Street Festival's goal is to enhance and enrich a connection to reading and writing in all its forms by showcasing local, provincial and national literary and artistic talent.  The festival presents established and emerging authors, storytellers, demonstrations and workshops, street performers, live music, and a bustling marketplace.  

The Festival is looking for volunteers on the day of the festival.  Since it is only a one day event, it will not require an extended time commitment on anyone's part.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Emily Kundrik by phone at 403-320-4078 or by email at word@lethlib.ca

Word on the Street Festival 22 September 2013 Carol Kundrik 0
Uros Island Dragonboat Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik


Just a reminder that the Annual dues are now due.

If you prefer to pay half at this time and the other half in January that is fine.

Dues were set at $260.00 for the year.


Reminder Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein

Exciting news! 

 The Organizing Committee for A Christmas Carol 2013 has decided to take a pass on presenting A Christmas Carol this year.  Instead, Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise will be the local sponsors of Tom Jackson's The Huron Carole tour.  The performance will be held at Southminster Church on Friday, December 6.  The Sunrise Club will help Tom and Alison Jackson by promoting The Huron Carole and recruiting volunteers to help on the day of the event.

In Judi's words:  "The Jacksons are wonderful people with a heartfelt message sure to instil the Christmas spirit in any unreformed Scrooge! This is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for the food banks and provide high quality Christmas entertainment for Lethbridge and area.  You might say "What the Dickens?" but we will be back again with A Christmas Carol in 2014--well rested after a year off and ready to entertain Lethbridge again, like only Dickens can do!"

Update on A Christmas Carol 2013 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein


Huron Carole needs about 2 more volunteers

Posted by Inga Jesswein

New Sunrise Member Conrad Westerson receives an Award 

from the Canadian Military 

for his outstanding contributions with EOC following the High River Flood

Conrad Westerson Recognized with Award Inga Jesswein 0
Ammolite Mine Tour Carol Kundrik 0
Operating Budget 2013-2014 Anita Wickersham 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein

The following is the text of an email received by Karen Collin July 11, 2013:

Hi Karen, I'm Gianni Farago and I'm the exchange from France sponsored by the Rotary Club of High River.  I'm in Lethbridge since Tuesday because High River is flooding and Gwen help me and host me.  I want to say thanks you for your club about welcomed me on the meeting, Thursday 27, and do a donation to help me.  I hope thing be better me in High River soon.  Greetings, Gianni Farago, YEX from France.

Message from Gianni, High River YEX from France Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein


Friday, August 16, 2013

9:45 am-12:00 noon (approximately)

Light lunch to follow at Tomkins Jewelers

cost $55 per person plus tax

Seating is limited.

contact Judi (campbell.reed@shaw.ca) for more information. 

Ammolite Mine Tour, August 16 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

District 5360 Flood Relief Fund

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
District 5360 is accepting donations to benefit those communities most affected by the flooding in Southern Alberta. Those wishing to donate to specific communities are invited to make their donations directly to the local Rotary Club, or to indicate their wishes when donating through the District. Please note that some clubs, including High River, are not in a position to issue charitable receipts at this time should one be required.

Donate on line or mail a cheque to:

       Rotary District 5360 Inc - Flood Relief Fund
       4 Parkdale Crescent NW
       Calgary, AB   T2N 3T8

       Attach donation form and mark memo area on cheque: Flood Relief
       (Registered Charity #88939 5398 RR0001)
       Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $25 if full mailing address is provided.

District 5360 will work with the local Rotary Clubs in each affected community to disburse donated funds. The proceeds of the fund will support flood relief projects in the affected regions through Rotary Clubs in Calgary, Canmore, High River and Medicine Hat.

If you have questions, please contact:
       PDG Mike French
       Phone 403-850-6421

District 5360 Flood Relief Fund (31 August 2013) Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein



to our newest members:  Kim Derksen and Conrad Westerson

Welcome new members Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein




As of Thursday, July 4, 2013, the breakfast meeting cost increases to $15.

Anyone who has prepaid meetings for July should remember to bring the extra $3 to the next meeting.



Reminder of Change to Breakfast meeting costs Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein

Lethbridge School District 51 presents the Prestigious Friends of 51 Award


 Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise


Thank you for your Outstanding Contribution to our School and our Students

From LSD #51 Board of Trustees


Special Presentation by Lola Major from School District 51 Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein

The Rotary Get to Know Contest invites youth 19 and under from all across North America to get outdoors and create nature-themed works of art, writing, photography, music and video.  Once submitted, the participants' works are showcased in an on-line interactive gallery which is fully social media enabled, as its own search engine, and is designed to be a fun space for youth to see their work being recognized, connect with their peers and learn about local organizations and initiatives (such as Rotary projects).


For further information about the Rotary Get to Know Contest and opportunities for your Club to get involved can be found on the website www.gettoknow.ca/contest or by contacting Kevin kcraig@gettoknow.ca

Rotary Get to Know Contest (1 Nov 2013) Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

The picture below shows the results of the Club's votes for the top five issues that we need to address.
The cells coloured green scored the most votes. Those three in yellow were six, seven, and eight.

The lone numbers show the individual counts; the T-numbers show the Table counts.
There were twenty-three individuals and five tables...the maximum possible count for each.

Strategic Plan 2013 Choice

Strategic Planning 2013 - Club Favourites Marty Boogaart 0
The Campbells talking about Los Amigos 2013 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
NewPresidentsLethbridgeRotaryClubs Lethbridge Rotary Clubs - Presidents 2013-2014 Something Old Something New
Something Old Something New
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Beauty and the Beast Marty Boogaart 0
The Speak Easy Crowd Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Alistair Ferguson
Kainai High School on the Blood reserve in Standoff Alberta is looking forward to this year’s graduation when 13 students will receive diplomas, a happy increase from 4 years ago, when just one student finished high school. The increase is attributed to a number of changes that the school has undergone in the last 4 years, including mandatory exercise to begin every school day, a 4-quarter school year with 2 classes per quarter, and Blackfoot language and culture classes. The school has seen marked improvement in areas of literacy and overall attendance, and Principal Annette Bruised Head hopes next year’s graduation will see even higher numbers of diplomas awarded. Calgary Herald    Image

Blood Tribe's Kainai High School celebrates success Alistair Ferguson 0
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park Assembly - 13-15 September Carol Kundrik 0
Casino Volunteers 2 & 3 June 2013 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Please do not hestitate to contact me with any questions: eva.gorny2@gmail.com, or text/call (403) 360-3843


PRE-FESTIVAL (May 21st - July 4th) - Weekday shifts from 5:15-8:30; Saturday shift times vary.

- Dock volunteers: Helping to load and unload paddlers into baots, and watching for inclement weather changes.  http://www.volunteersignup.org/TQF33
- Equipment trailer volunteers: Unloading equipment outside the trailer, and returning it to the trailer after the last paddler returns, handing information to crew managers and collecting any needed paperwork.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND: (July 5th - 7th) - All shift times vary


- Docks: Helping to load and unload boats for races.
- Wristbands and Pre-marshalling: Instructing teams for marshalling and checking wristbands.
- Lane Timers: Timing boats through the race.
- Equipment: Supervision of PFD's and paddles, ensuring equipment is properly returned.
: http://volunteersignup.org/QMP4F
: http://volunteersignup.org/HPBX3


- Server: Taking tickets and serving beverages.
- Stock: Filling tubs for servers.
- Supervisor: General supervision of patrons and gathering empties.
- Ticket Seller: Selling drink tickets.
: http://volunteersignup.org/4P7AL
: http://volunteersignup.org/QHXCK
: http://volunteersignup.org/R9H4M

I look forward to working with you in the next few months as we host another wonderful Dragonboat Festival.  Thank you for your dedication to Rotary in Lethbridge! 


Eva Gorny
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits
(403) 360-3843


Dragonfest Volunteer Opportunities Marty Boogaart 0
Los Amigos DisCon2013 Presentation Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Judi Reed reports, "We made $650 profit in the Spring Bulb Campaign. Many thanks to everyone for their hard work. The bulb order will arrive after May 18 when I return from Mexico."

$PRING BULB CAMPAIGN A $UCE$$ Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Judi Reed reports, "We had a wonderful evening with Berga, her sister Cathy, Felippe, Amada, their daughter Bacho, Karen, Dorinda, Jim and me."


Supper Club Delightful Evening Marty Boogaart 0
Local Media News Stories on Sierra and Blue Books by Deborah Yawney and Annette Nieukerk starring our own Carol Kundrik Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

Presentation of Books

On April 25, 2013, Carol Kundrik and the illustrator of the books, Annette Nieukerk 

Made the final presentation to the Grade 3 class at Children of St. Martha's Elementary School

St Martha's Presentation Carol Kundrik 0
Blackfoot Books Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik

Welcome to 

Irm Kuhn

She is now an honorary member of 

the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise

Welcome To Irm Carol Kundrik 0
Kristine Cassie - Hestia House Marty Boogaart 0
The Strategic Planners 16 March 2013 v2 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Laura is going to be leaving us soon.  Her last meeting that she will be attending is the meeting on June 12, 2013 so come on out to say Good-bye!


Laura's Last meeting Marty Boogaart 0
The Strategic Planners 16 March 2013 v1 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Hey Karen,

I guess you might've already seen on Facebook, but tickets for the Variety fashion show fundraiser are going on sale on Friday at Blue Sage Boutique and Great Strides Fine Shoes for $25.00 each and it's being held at Mix by Ric's on March 14th at 7:00pm. I would love to see some of my new Rotary friends there so feel free to send the info out to the members!

Thanks :)



Becky at Ric's 14 March 7:00 pm Marty Boogaart 0
Los Amigos from Fort MacLeod Visited This Week! Marty Boogaart 0
Stand up against Bullying Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Logan McInnes (Don & Gerry's Grandson)
receives a $1000 scholarship.

Logan McInnes Marty Boogaart 0
We're THIS close! Marty Boogaart 0
Strategic Planning Session Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
A Vegas Christmas in LA
30 November 2013

Next Meeting
5:00 pm Thursday 7th March

Canadian Western Bank
744 - 4th Ave. South
A Vegas Christmas in L.A. Marty Boogaart 0
Alberta Health Services South Zone Power Point Presentation - 7 February 2013 Marty Boogaart 0
Meet Rotary Foundation's Newest Bequestor Marty Boogaart 0
Fundraiser with a View Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
After a renewed interest in the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) course, a second round of Rotary Leadership Training will be offered in District 5360 this Rotary year provided that there is sufficient interest. This leadership training will be of interest to those who are or will be holding leadership positions in their club or in the district or simply wish to learn more about Rotary. The training is comprised of 3 modules which are taken in succession on three separate dates. The workshops run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A registration fee of $50 is charged for each of the sessions. Many clubs have reimbursed members who have previously participated in this training so you may wish to check whether your club will do the same for you. It's proposed to hold the training on the following dates in both Red Deer and Calgary:
  • Module 1 - March 2
  • Module 2 - April 6
  • Module 3 - May 11
Please e-mail your expression of interest in attending to Al Bergsma, bergsma.al@gmail.com, with a copy to Hank Popoff, popoffh@telusplanet.net NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 9TH. Be sure to indicate whether you prefer to take the training at Red Deer or Calgary. You will be notified on February 11th whether the training will proceed and be given the registration instructions if applicable."

Training Coordinator and Chair for RLI Prairie Division

Albert (Al) Bergsma
District 5360
Rotary Leadership Institute Marty Boogaart 0
E Waste Recycling Program Carol Kundrik 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Applications are being accepted for a:
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange to Brazil's Rotary District 4390 that encompasses the States of Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia.
  • January 14-28, 2013 (15 days)
  • We are looking for 12 Rotarians.
  • Programming includes touring local points of interest and visiting tourist attractions.
  • Participants must pay all costs except the billeting provided by Brazilian Rotarians.
  • On this exchange most local transportation is provided by the hosts.
  • Travel to Brazil is booked individually (not as a group) so your plans can include pre and/or post Exchange travel.
  • Arrival can be thru the Sao Paulo airport with the final destination being Aracaju.
  • Applications and questions should be submitted to:
Rotary Friendship Exchange - Brazil 14-28 January 2013. Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
When you walk, jog, or run around Lethbridge, what is the distance of your travels?
  • The City of Lethbridge has a site that you can use to measure your walks around Lethbridge to the nearest metre or so.
  • Click once at the start and then follow your route clicking once at every turn
  • and twice at the end to get your measurement in meters.
  • http://gis.lethbridge.ca/propertyinfo/
Cool tool!  Image 
Walking, jogging, running in Lethbridge Marty Boogaart 0
Pass the Gavel 2012 Marty Boogaart 0
Los Amigos 2012 Sendoff Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Inga Jesswein
Pass the Gavel 

This years Passing the Gavel will be held on June 10, 2013 at CASA in the Community Room

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 (program at 6:00 pm)

There will be Appetizers and a no host bar.

Casual Dress. 


Pass the Gavel Inga Jesswein 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Everyone is invited to come hear about the Rotary Everest Trek 2012

At 10 Notre Dame Place, Lethbridge on June 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Please join Inga, Carol and Carolyn as they share stories and pictures of their experiences in Nepal.
Mt. Everest Trekkers tell all! Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

Wednesday, April 11 – Depart Calgary for Vancouver at 10:55 p.m.  Arrive in Vancouver at 11:20 p.m.

Thursday, April 12 – Leave Vancouver for Hong Kong at 2:45 a.m. and arrive at 6:55 a.m. Hong Kong time. (Flying time 13 hours)

Friday, April 13 – Leave Hong Kong for Kathmandu at 5:30 p.m. (Flying time 7 hours)

In Kathmandu we will be met by Asian Trekking staff and transferred to the hotel.

Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 – We are in Kathmandu.

ITINERARY - Trek to the Base Camp at Mt. Everest Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Cheri Komar

Volunteering was such an ingrained part of my upbringing that I found it very odd to learn that it wasn`t something that EVERYONE did. As an adult I volunteered on a number of projects and have been on the boards of several organizations. After finishing a particularly intense work project that was slated for a 6 month duration, and grew in 2 1/2 years I took a break for a few years to recharge. One day my colleague from down the hall - Marlys - came to ask about a “Need a home for this stray cat” poster I`d put up. We got to talking and somehow it came up that I was looking for a new place to volunteer. She introduced me to Rotary. I have to admit, at that time I thought Rotary was still an old(er) men`s group!) I liked what I saw, and the rest is history!

Why I joined Rotary by Cheri Komar Cheri Komar 0
Rotary in the News Judi Reed 0
Mazatlan Volunteer Firemen - True Heros! Richard Tamkin 0
Posted by Brian Treadwell

My grandfather served as my surrogate father growing up. He was a businessman, respected community member and an active Kiwanian, serving as club president. I often attended meetings;  the “father & son” banquets were awesome.

“Pop” stressed community involvement and so when I was ready to really get into a community (radio by nature made you a gypsy) I was open to an invitation to join Rotary.

Why I Joined Rotary by Brian Treadwell Brian Treadwell 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
The University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club will host “Guir Ku Baai – Building Peace through Education”, its 7th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday 4 February 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at the Lethbridge Lodge.

The dream is the construction of a school building in the South Sudan community of Abouk (pronounced Ab-wark) to assist the children of the 5,000 resident community, which will help up to 600 young people with their education. Since each Canadian dollar is worth three South Sudan pounds, the funds raised in Canada will go a long way to help build the facility, mainly to acquire materials not available in Abouk, such as sheet metal for the roof, and the forms, and other resources to construct the brick walls and flooring.

  • Tickets are $65 each, or $450 for a table of eight.
  • Students may purchase a ticket for $40.
  • Silent auction items, gifts-in-kind, and monetary donations are also appreciated.
  • Please contact rotaract@uleth.ca to purchase tickets.
  • See a brief video presentation at this website: vimeo.com/33668154
  • For more information, please contact:
    • Eva Gorny, Vice President External Affairs
    • Phone: (403) 360-3843
    • E-mail: rotaract@uleth.ca
UofL Rotaract Fundraiser 4 February 2012 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Matthew Hatch

In September 2010 I started work in Lethbridge at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home. While I was waiting for my house in Edmonton to sell and my family to move down, I thought about how I could meet new people and contribute to my new community. A coworker in Edmonton was a Rotarian and I asked him about his experience with Rotary. He talked about the weekly meetings as well as the fund raising and service projects he was involved with.

My interest was piqued, so once my family had moved to Lethbridge I looked up Rotary on the Internet and filled out an online form. After a week or so I received an email from Rita Boltezar who gave me the information to the four clubs in Lethbridge. Having six children in various activities I decided the Sunrise Club would fit my schedule the best. I also heard it was a smaller group, which I liked because it is easier to get to know everybody.

I walked into Streatside Eatery at 7:00 am one Thursday morning and found a small and welcoming group of people. They kept inviting me to the meetings and made me a member in February of 2011. I enjoy the fundraisers that are planned and I am involved in “A Christmas Carol” and “Supper Club”. I look forward to getting involved in other Rotary fundraisers and activities.

Why I Joined Rotary by Matthew Hatch Matthew Hatch 0
Posted by Greg Weadick
In the mid 1980's we moved into our home on 15 Street and met one of our new neighbors, John Hoopfer.

John took over my insurance and we got to know him better. We had been operating our business since 1980 and were active in the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. John suggested that as a young business person I should consider joining the Rotary Club and invited me to Downtown club as his guest. I knew very little about Rotary and enjoyed the fellowship with such a wide variety of members. What impressed me most was the community work done by the Rotary club both in Lethbridge and internationally - especially the Polio Plus campaign.

I joined Rotary in the early 1990's and it has been great ever since. I was a founding member of Sunrise Club and wish I could attend more meetings and events. Our meetings are positive and uplifting. Our members are dedicated to community and I am still in awe of the capacity to "GIVE" that so many Rotarians show. Our members do live the Four Way Test.

Thanks for your help, support and friendship over the years.

Why I Joined Rotary by Greg Weadick Greg Weadick 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

I joined Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise 10 years ago as one of the charter members.

The answer to why I joined is simple. I was asked. I had been a member of Lethbridge Jaycees for about 17 years but had been forced into retirement a number of years before when I reached my 40th birthday. I missed being involved so was receptive to joining. Although I knew about Rotary in general terms I did not have any real understanding of what it stands for or what it does, particularly beyond local projects.

The better question in my case might be why am I still a member after 10 years. At the beginning I was very busy and out of town a lot. Weekly meetings helped because you can miss a few and still stay connected. I think I was a slow starter. Gradually I became more involved. Rotary sort of grows on you and you absorb its depth over a period of time. It takes a while (for me a number of years) to get an idea of all that Rotary itself does and facilitates a local club to do, particularly internationally.

To me the most impressive thing about Rotary is that it is a worldwide organization that provides a structure that allows a local club to connect internationally, to decide the details of its own project, which it can carry out itself and then see or measure the results itself. I want to see us do more of these.

The fellowship is also important to me and Thursday mornings have become part of my weekly routine.

Why I joined Rotary by Ken Torry Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Myrna Procinsky-Longair

I was delighted when my youngest daughter asked me to join the Rotary Organization with her, and share our perspective experiences.  She joined the University of Victoria Rotaract Club and I the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise. I had been encouraging my daughters to become more involved in community service so this was a welcome surprise.

Service and community involvement are not unfamiliar to me. My father has been a Lions Club member and I was involved with the Quota Club before it folded. Don McInnes was kind enough to take me along to several Sunrise meetings. I immediately appreciated the diverse group of special people in the club. Some familiar, but most not. I readily identified with "Service above Self”, the spirit of giving and the focus of the club (local, national, and international). The social component is a plus!

Thank you to everyone for making me feel welcome at the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise.


Why I Joined Rotary by Myrna Procinsky-Longair Myrna Procinsky-Longair 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

District 5360 Rotarians are going to trek to the Mt. Everest base camp next April. Learn all about it out at the Rotary Everest Trek website.

The need: Help The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) build a school to educate Nepali children - the only school in the region to offer a high school science curriculum. With your help deserving students, regardless of their family’s financial resources, can acquire a Gr. 12 diploma … and an opportunity for a better life.

Each treker must raise $2500 for the SEHF.
This money is NOT to cover their expenses.
Help them by making your donation here.

Team ChIC Marty Boogaart 0
A Letter from Richard in Mazatlan - Wednesday 24 November 2010 Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Dear Rotary friends,

On November 3, 1910 the first Rotary club meeting in Canada was held in Winnipeg. Today is a great day to celebrate Canada's Rotary cent entail project.

Our Rotary Centennial School in Afghanistan was dedicated on Sunday September 26th, five months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Representing us again was Rotarian Fary Mohini of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle. Fary was in Jalalabad to among other things, inspect our school and make recommendations to upgrading the lavatories, install a drinking system for the students, obtain quotes to install a playing field, and convert a room into a nursery to attract more female teachers. The Dedication was attended by a number of government and school officials, many respected elders, and local Rotarians. The ceremony had considerable local media coverage.

Rotary Canada - Centennial Project Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
 The Canadian Government has issued an OFFICIAL WARNING:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to the border areas between Mexico and the United States, due to continuously high levels of violence linked to drug trafficking in those areas.

Canadians should avoid crossing Mexico’s northern border by land, as shootouts, attacks, and illegal roadblocks may occur at any time. Criminals especially target SUVs and full-size pickup trucks for theft and carjacking along highways of the states of Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Sonora, and Sinaloa. Travellers are advised to reconsider their need to travel by land to or through these border states and should do so only if it is absolutely necessary, and after making appropriate arrangements to ensure their personal safety.

The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is postponing the trip until spring in hopes that the journey then will be safer for our volunteer drivers.
Travel Advisory Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Diane Randell

Dear Diane and  Ian (+Lethbridge Sunrise)

Long time since you have heard from me, and I am sorry about that.
But work and school is unfortunately keeping me busy.
I stopped working in the stable a while ago, but I still work in that underwear store and in the sports bar.
But now I also work on a gas-station.
So I am very busy, and I'm almost never home.

Letter from Bitten Diane Randell 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Why I joined Rotary by Marty Boogaart


During an interview in 1945, Paul Harris said, “…The heart and soul of the first Rotary Club in Chicago was fellowship and that has continued to be one of the basic principles of Rotary Clubs wherever they have been organized.…

In 2008 I was telling Jim Campbell that I was hoping to move beyond my cloistered lifestyle and get to know more people – I wanted fellowship. Jim said, “Come to Rotary next Thursday morning. They are a real fun group of people there.” He was right. Lethbridge Sunrise is a great group of people.

Why I joined Rotary by Marty Boogaart Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
My first introduction to Rotary was in 1995. The year before I had moved my children from Saskatoon to Dawson Creek so I could join a law firm there. The kids were unhappy with the move and David in particular had a hard time with the change. He was 15 and rebellious. I had my hands full. A teacher in the high school saw something in him and recommended him for RYLA. He went a teenager and came home a young man.
Why I joined Rotary by Berga Moen Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Carol Kundrik
My involvement with Rotary actually began with my daughter Rebecca.  Prior to her involvement with Rotary, my knowledge of the organization was limited to a vague awareness of Rotary projects such as their work on the new fountain in the GaltGardens.  I became much more aware of what Rotary did when Rebecca started participating in different Rotary events.  My daughter participated in both Rypen and Ryla during her High School years.  She told me recently that the Rypen weekend was quite life changing for her.  She then applied for and was accepted to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange. 
Why I joined Rotary by Carol Kundrik Carol Kundrik 0
President Barb at RI Convention in Montreal Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Club Runner is releasing version 2 of their software, which gives us greater control over the look of our site. The demonstration pages are very attractive.

Check out my first attempt at the new page here, but remember we have much more control, like the number of columns and/or rows.

The list at left shows which "widgets" are available for display on the front page. Which would you like to see there? Let me know at marty@boogaart.ca
New look for our website! Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Why did I join Rotary?

Because of Dragon Boating!! Well..sort of!

In 2008, the Rotary Festival Committee decided to "beef up" the training provided to the festival teams and asked me to be one of the festival Head Coaches.

Why I Joined Rotary by Karen Johnson Collin Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
In the late 90's, I was invited to speak at an evening function at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.  The Dean of Community Education asked me to join him at his noon Rotary meeting.  I really did not know much about Rotary before that opportunity, but the meeting left a lasting impression on me.  The fellowship in the room, the projects locally and internationally they were involved in, etc.  This one meeting left such an impression on me that when I was eventually asked to join Rotary in Lethbridge, I did not hesitate to say "yes."
Why I Joined Rotary by Carolyn Clark Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart
Greetings to my fellow Rotarians from the fabulous "Rotary Club of Las Vegas West." Why is this club so fabulous all of a sudden? Well, it isn't that recent. We've always been fabulous.

But we're even more talked about these days because of our club's new fundraising effort. We call the fundraiser, It's Vegas, Baby.
It's Vegas, Baby! Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Judi Reed

What is really important to understand is that had Ray Van not invited me to attend that first Rotary meeting I likely would not be a Rotarian today. I was new to Winnipeg having just been transferred there and was trying to establish a network of friends and business associates. Ray, as it turned out, after I got to know him, was very committed to bringing out new members, and had brought in many to the Winnipeg Club. Ray was also a Paul Harris Fellow and had attended Rotary meetings and conventions all over the world in his business and vacation travels.

Why I Joined Rotary by Wayne Brewer Judi Reed 0
Posted by Judi Reed
Seven a.m. rarely existed for me after I finished school and I can't recall a sunrise I saw by choice until Diane and Rita invited me to do a presentation about my experiences in Africa to the Sunrise Rotary Club.
Why I Joined Rotary by Trevor Brown Judi Reed 0
Why I Joined Rotary by Alan Andron Judi Reed 0
Why I Joined Rotary by Barb Kinahan Judi Reed 0
Posted by Judi Reed

Doreen and I moved to Lethbridge 33 years ago.  We found it very difficult to break into the community socially.  My motivation to join Rotary to start with, was to find a friend.  I've also felt a strong desire to contribute for the benefit of others and the Rotary motto "Service Above Self" seemed to fit.  Much to my surprise, the Downtown Lethbridge Rotary Club mirrored the community.   All the old Lethbridge people sat together and most of them had little interest in getting acquainted with anyone new.  I became discouraged and began to miss meetings until I received a letter from the secretary telling me I had to improve my attendance or I would be asked to resign.   To resign meant defeat and I decided this couldn't happen, so I really put my heart into it volunteering for any assignment that I was asked to fulfill, ending up as Club President in 1985.  


Why I Joined Rotary by Deane Little Judi Reed 0
Why I Joined Rotary by Inga Jesswein Judi Reed 0
Why I Joined Rotary by Rita Boltezar Judi Reed 0
Posted by Marty Boogaart

What an amazing experience it was to race in this sport-centric country with the fastest and friendliest athletes triathlon had to offer this year.   My race was filled with highs and lows and despite the lows, I will remember it as one of my best races to date.

The day dawned beautifully with tons of sun and a light breeze (okay, from Lethbridge standards, there was no wind).  I fretted all week about the ocean swim (the shark thing...), but once we got into the water, it was awesome, truly awesome...and really, really salty.  The water temperature was 20 degrees so we had wetsuits, and despite the first 4 minutes of churning chaos, the rest was long and strong swimming.  While I came out of the water in my fastest swim time this year, my recorded time is much longer because getting back to transition was about a 250 metre run in my wetsuit.

Transition was smooth and I headed out on my bike feeling really good.  The course was 2 loops, flat and fast and I dropped about 3 minutes off my previous best bike time.   So, life and the race was great when I came into transition the second time, racked my bike and headed out on the run.  My legs were a bit heavy, but within half a kilometre, I was running well and passing people.  As I came down a hill onto the flats at about the kilometre mark, my right calf cramped or tore and I nearly fell.  After many deep breaths, some fairly substantive (albeit qu
An Amazing Day - The Highs and the Lows! Marty Boogaart 0
Why I Joined Rotary by Richard Tamkin Judi Reed 0
Posted by Judi Reed

Why I joined Rotary                   Marlys Reynar


My father, Jack Reynar, had a big influence on my decision to join Rotary.  He became a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge (more affectionately known as 'the Downtown Club') shortly after he and my mother (Ruth) moved to Lethbridge in 1974.  His was, and continues to be, a great experience.

Why I Joined Rotary by Marlys Reynar Judi Reed 0
Discover Canadian Museums and Historical Sites Marty Boogaart 0
Birmingham Convention - On YouTube Marty Boogaart 0
Posted by Judi Reed

Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club plays an important role in support for Sunrise YPM House.

Sunrise YPM House Judi Reed 0
Highlights of the 2009 International Assembly Barbara Kinahan 0