Discon 2024

Join us in Drumheller!

Rotary district conventions serve as a unique platform for reconnecting with old acquaintances and forging new friendships. The upcoming convention in Drumheller on May 4 and 5, 2024, promises to uphold this tradition, offering an enriching experience for attendees.

Distinguished speakers, renowned for their ability to weave compelling narratives, will center their discussions around the theme of 'Creating Hope in the World.' Their diverse storytelling approaches will captivate and inspire, providing attendees with a fresh perspective.

Engaging breakout sessions are designed to broaden your understanding of the expansive Rotary world. Noteworthy, this year's convention will kick off at 10:00 am on Saturday, facilitating convenient morning travel for district Rotarians. To ensure a packed schedule of fellowship and informative programs, the event will extend until 3:00 pm on Sunday. This thoughtful scheduling allows participants to return home at a reasonable hour.

Anticipate the creation of lasting memories, ones that participants will carry with them and eagerly share with fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.

 See you in Drumheller at the Badlands Community Facility!

 

DG Kurt
Rotary District 5360 Governor

Discon 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2029-09-28 06:00:00Z 0

BBQ Season 3 June 2024

First BBQ of the Season
 
 
Our First BBQ at Indian Battle Park with Guests from Rotary Club of Lethbridge East: 
Bev Lanz (standing),  Loraine Butt, Gordon Butt (incoming president) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BBQ Season 3 June 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

Lori Harasem  Lethbridge College  3 June 2023

 
 
 
 
 
 
Lori Harasem, Health Promotion Coordinator, Lethbridge College
 
Lori works to help identify student needs and gaps for services around well-being (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) and engages with community organizations to offer services to students, ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are aware of all of the great services, supports, and workshops available. 
 
 
Lori Harasem Lethbridge College 3 June 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House Experience

 
 
 
 
Ronald McDonald House
 
 
Veronika Smith presents her family's experience staying at Ronald McDonald House in Calgary during her daughter's illness
 
Thank You RMH !!!
Ronald McDonald House Experience Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-06-03 06:00:00Z 0

Camp Horizon Planning Team 16 May 2024

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 16: Guest speaker
 
Lori Harasem, Health Promotion Coordinator, Lethbridge College
 
 
Lori works to help identify student needs and gaps for services around well-being (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) and engages with community organizations to offer services to students, ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are aware of all of the great services, supports, and workshops available. 
 
Camp Horizon Planning Team 16 May 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-19 06:00:00Z 0
RMH Charity Golf 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-19 06:00:00Z 0

Camp Horizon Planning Team

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 16: Guest speaker
 
Lori Harasem, Health Promotion Coordinator, Lethbridge College
 
 
Lori works to help identify student needs and gaps for services around well-being (physical, mental, social, and spiritual) and engages with community organizations to offer services to students, ensuring that students, staff, and faculty are aware of all of the great services, supports, and workshops available. 
Camp Horizon Planning Team Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-19 06:00:00Z 0
Future Farmer Ignacio Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-19 06:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Lethbridge 9 May 2024

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
 
Amanda Jensen, Executive Director, Volunteer Lethbridge
 
Amanda has been serving the non-profit sector, largely in Southern Alberta for the past 25 years and shared some important insights about the social and economic impacts of volunteering. She notes that in 2023 Volunteer Lethbridge directly or indirectly supported 57% of Lethbridge residents who volunteered… which represents more than 60,000 volunteers who each contributed an average of 91 hours each! That equates to a $134M economic impact to Lethbridge and area.
Amanda holds a B. Mgt from U of L, and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Guelph.
Volunteer Lethbridge 9 May 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-12 06:00:00Z 0
Ignacio Graduates from CCH 11 May 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-11 06:00:00Z 0

Westminster School STEAM Project 

 
 
Donation to Westminster School in support of the STEAM Project
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise is excited to support a Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) initiative at Westminster School.
Diane Randell, Community Service Chair, presented a cheque to Jeni Halowski, Principal, and Katheryn McKee, Parent Council. We look forward to sharing the successes and achievements of these students in the upcoming year.
 
 
Westminster School STEAM Project Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-09 06:00:00Z 0
District 5360 Conference Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-05-04 06:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Spring Cleanup

SPRING CLEANUP
SUNRISE ROTARY
 
 
A Big THANK YOU to Karl, Carla, Carolyn, Marlys, Pat, and Gwen
 
JOB WELL DONE
 
Sunrise Spring Cleanup Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-04-26 06:00:00Z 0

Jason Dondersgoed Lethbridge Community College 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker: Jason Donkersgoed
 
Director of Extension at Lethbridge College, responsible for developing and delivering non-credit, customized and micro-credential courses.
Jason received his Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach.
He and his team were instrumental in establishing Lethbridge College as the first post-secondary institution in Alberta to offer an accredited leadership development coaching course.
 
Jason Dondersgoed Lethbridge Community College Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-04-26 06:00:00Z 0

Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association 18 Apr 2024

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Kale Hayes 
Executive Director
Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diane Randell,  Chair of Community Service Committee, delivers donation to Kale Hayes in support of Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association programs
Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association 18 Apr 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-04-26 06:00:00Z 0

Guided Journeys 14 March 2024

Guided Journeys Foundation

Paving the Way for Hospice and Palliative Care!

Guided Journeys Foundation is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing our communities with palliative care support wherever they may need it. Every moment is precious for us, so we try to make each one count. We offer comfort, guidance, and compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers facing end-of-life bereavement
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kinga Zentner, President and Founder
 
 
                                                                  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Celeste Ment, Retired Palliative Care Nurse
Guided Journeys 14 March 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-04-06 06:00:00Z 0

Green Shirt Day  Toby Boulet 4 Apr 2024

 
 
 
 
 
Toby Boulet
 
Every year Toby and Bernadine Boulet continue to spread the message of organ donation and registry after their son Logan Boulet died in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Logan was a registered organ donor and his organs saved six lives.
 
Green Shirt Day Toby Boulet 4 Apr 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-04-06 06:00:00Z 0

Green Shirt Day

Green Shirt Day April 4, 2024
 
Guest Speaker: Toby Boulet,  Logan's Father
 
 
 
Green Shirt Day Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-25 06:00:00Z 0

Ally Buck  ShelterBox Canada

Great Speaker March 21, 2024
 
Ally Buck
Ally Buck is te Rotary and Fundraising Coordinator for ShelterBox Canada.  Ally is from rural Nova Scotia and is of mixed settler and M'kMaq indigenous background. 
She attended N.S. Community College where she studied Social Services and Community Development before moving to Kingston and attending Queen's University where she graduated with a degree in Global Development Studies.  Ally is married and has 4 cats. 
ShelterBox philosophy is that everyone should live in a safe place able to sleep and cook their food, recover from the disaster, and prepare to move forward.  This is a basic human right.  Some years ago Rotary International became a partner with ShelterBox.  John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International said: "Through the partnership with ShelterBox, Rotary members around the globe can collaborate with ShelterBox to support communities in desperate need of emergency temporary shelter and vital supplies following natural disasters."
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise has been consistently donating since 2013, spurred by the enthusiasm of Rotarian Inga Jesswein.
The Club has been recognized as Bronze HERO each year since 2019 to the present, reflecting an annual donation of $1,200.
Lethbridge Sunrise has accumulated a lifetime donation of $11,856.50 since 2013.
 
 
Ally Buck ShelterBox Canada Bev Thornton 2024-03-25 06:00:00Z 0
What is this ?? Ask Karl Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Olds Students Support Los Amigos Project

 

 

Olds College logo

In preparation for a long journey to Mexico through the Alberta Rotary Club Los Amigos Project, two frosty fire trucks were serviced by students in the Heavy Equipment Technician Diploma program at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology. These students honed their new-learned skills by inspecting and servicing the fire trucks, ensuring they are safe and reliable for the 3,000-mile trip ahead. From changing oils and filters to checking lights, wheels and tires, the students gained hands-on experience working on a different type of vehicle that wouldn’t typically be available to them.

“This initiative has elevated our students' experience as we would typically not have a fire truck at Olds College to work on during class,” says Greg Loewen, Instructor, School of Trades & Skills. “We are happy to help the community with this great cause, and it is valuable hands-on experience and exposure for our students.” 

This is the second year that the School of Trades & Skills has helped the Los Amigos Project by having students service the vehicles. Olds College trades students are inspiring examples of what can be achieved when people come together to support a worthy cause. It's clear these generous individuals and organizations are making positive and lasting changes in their own communities as well as others around the globe.

The Los Amigos Project began in 2011 through partnerships with Rotary clubs in southern Alberta and Mexico. Through 12 successful trips, they have delivered fire trucks, ambulances, handicap vans and school buses to Mexico. For this trip, 16 drivers will be used to deliver the two fire trucks. The Los Amigos Project is also looking for more Rotary Clubs to become involved in this worthy initiative. 

To get involved or if you have any questions, reach out to the Rotary Club of Olds at rotaryclubofolds@gmail.com.

Olds Students Support Los Amigos Project Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Jess Foss Membership Presentation 22 Feb 2024

 
 
 
 “People of Action Pilot Project”
 
 
 
Jeff Foss is the District Membership Chair for District 5360 and a member of the Rotary Club of Okotoks.
Lethbridge Sunrise is one of 5 clubs in the District to be chosen to participate in a “People of Action” Pilot Project. IN speaking to the club via Zoom, Jeff outlined the purpose and process of the initiative, designed to strengthen our clubs by focussing on Membership, Public Image and the Foundation.  
 
Jess Foss Membership Presentation 22 Feb 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Dragonboat Committee presentation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dragonboat Update 2024 
 
Chris Mclean and Paul Henderson from the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East provided a progress report on the upcoming Dragonbaot Festival.  The
Festival is an event supported by the four Rotary Clubs in Lethbridge.  This year the Rotary Club of Lethbridge east is taking the lead but there is a need for increased support from the other clubs in terms of volunteers on the administration and during the event.
Dragonboat Committee presentation Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students 2023-2024

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Exchange Students 2023-2024
 
Ignacio Escabar Fuentes (right) form Chile and Silas Bermlow (left) from Denmark
 
 
Their activities and impressions of their visit to Canada was presented
 
Exchange Students 2023-2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Toastmaster Visitors 29 Feb 2024

 
 
 
The Club enjoyed learning more about Toastmasters in Lethbridge, with presentations from Michaela Enzmann, treasurer of the Coulee Commentators Toastmasters Club, previously serving as VP Membership, President and Area Director
And Dave Schaaf, who has been a Toastmaster since 1990 and chartered the Downtown City Speakers in 1996.

Toastmasters is focussed on having fun and taking a positive approach to improving public speaking and personal skills in a supportive network, building leadership skills and self-confidence.
 
There are 6 Toastmasters Clubs in Lethbridge, and, like our Rotary Clubs, meet weekly and
welcome guests to their meetings, and encourage visiting the different clubs to learn about them all, and perhaps join in the fun!
 
Toastmaster Visitors 29 Feb 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0

Discon 5360 Drumheller AB

Join us in Drumheller!

Rotary district conventions serve as a unique platform for reconnecting with old acquaintances and forging new friendships. The upcoming convention in Drumheller on May 4 and 5, 2024, promises to uphold this tradition, offering an enriching experience for attendees.

Distinguished speakers, renowned for their ability to weave compelling narratives, will center their discussions around the theme of 'Creating Hope in the World.' Their diverse storytelling approaches will captivate and inspire, providing attendees with a fresh perspective.

Engaging breakout sessions are designed to broaden your understanding of the expansive Rotary world. Noteworthy, this year's convention will kick off at 10:00 am on Saturday, facilitating convenient morning travel for district Rotarians. To ensure a packed schedule of fellowship and informative programs, the event will extend until 3:00 pm on Sunday. This thoughtful scheduling allows participants to return home at a reasonable hour.

Anticipate the creation of lasting memories, ones that participants will carry with them and eagerly share with fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.

 See you in Drumheller at the Badlands Community Facility!

 

DG Kurt
Rotary District 5360 Governor

Discon 5360 Drumheller AB Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Shannon Frank Oldman Watershed Council 1 Feb 2024

 
 
 
 
Shannon Frank
Executive Director
Oldman Watershed Council
 
 
Shannon Frank has been the Executive Director of the Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) for the last 13 years.
OWC is a one of 11 Watershed Advisory and Planning Councils in Alberta, mandated by the provincial government to provide an independent voice for watershed management and health under the Province's Water For Life strategy. Shannon’s very interesting presentation described the complexities of continent-wide watershed connections and also raised awareness of adaptive measures in water supply and management.
 
For more great information go to ABWATER.ca
 
Shannon Frank Oldman Watershed Council 1 Feb 2024 Bev Thornton 2024-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Steven Urquhart Vocational Talk 8 Feb 2024

 
Steven Urquhart
 
Vocational Talk
 
Steven Urquhart is Professor of Modern Languages at University of Lethbridge. His vocational talk made us very proud to have someone so accomplished in our Rotary Club! After having worked as an "au pair" in Lyon, France, Steven pursued his passion for the French Language and its literature in the French Teaching Specialization program at the University of Waterloo. He subsequently obtained a B.Ed. from Brock University before doing an M.A. at Penn State University. Steven's Ph.D. is from Queen's University, Kingston. Such a citizen of the world!!
Steven Urquhart Vocational Talk 8 Feb 2024 Bev Thornton 2024-02-11 07:00:00Z 0

Club Service 28 Jan 2024

Foundation Fellowship Dinner Fundraiser
Rotary members, spouses, partners & friends
 

You are invited:
To host or attend a at home dinner party when love is in the air,,, week of February 14!
We will be working with theme of Rotary Love and will be looking for the menus to follow the February 14th theme.
We are looking for 4-5 at home hosts to host 6-8 fellow Rotarians & friends
Guest will be asked to make a minimum donation towards TRF to attend a dinner. Your host will not be asked for donation but will be asked to make the main dish for the dinner. Hosts may also ask guests for courses as a donation reduction, or not! 
Hosts will get to select the day of the week of February 14 and the number of guests at their table.
Once we have volunteer hosts, we will work details such as numbers, dates, cost and menus. Guests will be contacted after details are finalized and will be given options of date and costs.
Please rsvp your interest as a HOST  to Gwen as soon a possible
Guests please indicate your interest to attend.
Thank you 
Yours in Rotary
Gwen McMillan
Foundation Chair
 
Club Service 28 Jan 2024 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Vulnerable Sector Checks

Vulnerable Sector Checks
 
All Rotarians must have a police / vulnerable sector check. That they must have this check, even to attend a meeting where a youth or other vulnerable person was present.
 
We have received clarification from our insurance provider: "
Insurance coverage for abuse would apply to members directly working with vulnerable individuals/youth, such as chaperoning, driving, attending an event, counseling/advising, trips, etc.  If members are just attending a meeting as a group and not interacting with the youth, it should be fine.  For the insurance abuse coverage to apply, the accused individual must have had a VSC done in the past 3 years. If the accused had not, then the insurance would not cover them.
This statement from our insurer is in line with current district policy, those that work directly with the vulnerable sector must have a Vulnerable Sector Check. 
Yours in Rotary,
DG Kurt
Vulnerable Sector Checks 2024-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
Carrie Ann Warden 25 Jan 2024 Vista Radio Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Dragonboat Presentation 

Dragonboat Request for Volunteers for 2024 Event and planning for Future 
 
Guest Speakers
Paul Henderson and Chris McLean
 
 
 
 
Dragonboat Presentation Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Recipients of Paul Harris awards

Recipients of Paul Harris Award
 
 
 Pat Lowell receives +7th Paul Harris award
 
 
 
         .                 Marty Boogaart receives his +3 Paul Harris award for his monetary contribution and a +4 for his work on the      
Polio fund raiser campaign
 
 
Guests at Presentation of Paul Harris Award
 
Guess Who is Who
DG Kurt Kowalchuk, Past DG Steve Leavitt, ADG Sherry Davis, Past President Gwen McMillan, Pat Lowell, Marty Boogaart
 
Recipients of Paul Harris awards Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Happy Charter Day

 
 
Charter Day Anniversary wishes from India!
 
From: rotarysw2@gmail.com <rotarysw2@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2024 5:44 PM
To: Bev Thornton <bev@albertasouthwest.com>
Subject: Wish you a happy charter day celebrations - Rtn Suren Poruri , District Chairman Global Grants - RI District 3150
 
Dear President Beverley Thornton , 
This is Suren Poruri, District Chairman - Global Grants, RI District 3150, from India.
Your rotary club of Lethbridge Sunrise was chartered on January 8, 2001, which is today. Your club completed 23 years service today in RI District 5360 in serving the communities across the world . 
I would like to extend my warm wishes to you and to all your club members on this joyous moment.
Rotary is the only organization which has global foot print and is working towards happy communities across the world with it's noble initiatives.
Thanks to our rotary club founder Rtn Paul Harris, we are able to make a difference in the communities where we live.
Rotary clubs across the world executes service projects worth 2 billion dollars every year in their communities. Rotarians gives 25 million volunteer hours to their communities across the world every year. 
 
Thanks and regards
Suren Poruri
District Chairman - Global Grants(Successfully executed 1 million dollar worth of global grants)
District Best Club President for year 2017-18
RI district 3150
+91 99855 55289.
 
Happy Charter Day Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

Food Bank Donation Letter of Appreciation 

Letter of Appreciation from Lethbridge Food Bank
 

Please accept this letter as acknowledgement of your donation made to Lethbridge Food Rank.

We here at Lethbridge Food Bank are incredibly grateful for your donation made to our organization. Since 1982, the Lethbridge Food Bank has been proudly operating in the community of Lethbridge and serving the surrounding area with a "food share" program. Lethbridge is home to over 100,000 people and growing, making the Lethbridge Food Bank an important part of the community ensuring food security for families in need. As a non-profit organization we depend on donations to continue our mission to "feed the need", and we are incredibly grateful to have received yours.

Kind Regards,

Mac Nichol
Executive Director - Lethbridge Food Bank

Food Bank Donation Letter of Appreciation Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-10 07:00:00Z 0
Ignacio Excobar Fuentes Exchange Student 2023-24 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-10 07:00:00Z 0

Link Pathway

MPE Link Pathway 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Doeve is the President of the Link Pathway Committee, a past councillor for Lethbridge County, and an avid cyclist! Henry and a small group of visionary founders launched this project to connect Lethbridge and Coaldale with a bike path. Henry has led that effort over the last 10 to bring it to the point where it is today. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter Casurella is the Owner of Progressive West Consulting, the Executive Director of the SouthGrow Regional Economic Development and has been helping for the past two years to advocate for the construction of the Link Pathway.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is an exciting opportunity for broad community involvement to create a unique 15 km of infrastructure with many benefits for the region.
 
Website… information, map, and pictures!
 
Link Pathway Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2024-01-10 07:00:00Z 0
White Elegant Christmas Potluck Lunch Myrna Procinsky-Longair 2023-12-08 07:00:00Z 0

Ronald MacDonald House Charities Alberta

Ronald MacDonald House Charities Alberta
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monica Ercolessi is the Associate Director, Community and Corporate Relations at Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta. She has been working in the non profit sector for the past 15 years, trying to satisfy her wish to do her part in the present to create a better future. In her spare time, you will find her in the mountains with her family and her dog, hiking biking skiing or just sitting under a tree.
 
Monica Ercolessi, CFRE
Associate Director, Community and Corporate Relations
Ronald McDonald House Charities® Alberta
C: 403.620.2713
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ronald MacDonald House Charities Alberta Rita Boltezar 2023-12-08 07:00:00Z 0

Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Cheque Presentation
 
 
Although the 2023 Rotary Clubs of Lethbridge Lobsterfest main festivities had to be cancelled, the silent auction portion of the event was continued through the kind support of Kastner Auctions. Through the generous donations of items from local businesses, individuals, and our caring, generous buyers, our Rotary Clubs were able to provide the Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre with a cheque for $4,900 on December 5, 2023.
 
Present in photo.  L-R Udo and  Mary-Ann (Sunrise Rotary), Cheryl (CCYAC representative), Todd (Downtown Rotary)
 
At the cheque presentation we each received a pin from the Chinook Child Youth and Advocacy Centre.  
 
All of Rotary’s supporters are the Everyday Heroes.
    
Thank you. 
 
 
 
 
Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Mary-Ann Isaac 2023-12-08 07:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Kickoff 25 Nov 2023

 
Rotarians
 
The Salvation Army needs your help in manning the Donation Kettles
 
If you are willing and able please contact George Epp at 403 331 8870 to arrange for a location.  Time commitment is 2 hour. 
 
What a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit
Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Kickoff 25 Nov 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker -- Ian MacLachlan 14 Dec 2023

Ian MacLachlan
 
Topic:  “East Asian Adventures in Shenzhen, Vietnam, and Inner Mongolia”
 

Born and raised in Montreal,  I obtained my B.A. (Honours, 1976) and M.A. (1981) from Carleton University in Ottawa before studying for my doctorate at the University of Toronto (1990). While working on my doctorate I taught in geography departments at University of Toronto at Mississauga(1985-86), University of Windsor(1986-88), and Carleton (1988-89) before I joined the Department of Geography at The University of Lethbridge in 1989.  

In 1991, I taught International Studies on a faculty exchange with Hokkai Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan. I was a Research Associate at the Instituto de Geografía, Universidad Autónoma de México during study leave, 1995-1996. On my second study leave, in 2003-04, I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. My third leave in 2011-2012 took me to the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia.

As an economic geographer, I have wide interests in Canada and overseas. I have focused much of my research on a variety of livestock and beef issues ranging from contemporary cattle production in Alberta, to nineteenth century slaughterhouse reform in the United Kingdom, and the livestock revolution in the developing world. Some of my more recent work has shifted into the area of planning history, regional economic development, and resource towns as outcomes of my last study leave.

 I have been involved in a number of university service activities including Marshal of Convocation, General Faculties Council, Parliamentarian/Assistant Parliamentarian, and Chair of the Academic Quality Assurance Committee.  I have served the City of Lethbridge as a Public Member on the Municipal Planning Commission, as a board member of Nikka Yuko, the Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East.

I share a century house in South Lethbridge with my wife of over twenty-five years, Diane Clark, and two very bad cats. Downhill skiing, hiking in the Alberta Rockies, recreational SCUBA diving, and riding my bicycles and motorcycles are avocations that I would like to do more often.

I retired from the University of Lethbridge at the end of 2015 at age 63. In my 3rd Age Career I have a post-retirement contract with the University of Lethbridge in the autumn semesters of 2016 and 2017. In the spring semesters of 2016, 2017, and 2018 I am appointed as a Professor of Geography at Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School of Urban Planning and Design where I teach "Human Geography for Planning Graduate Students".

Guest Speaker -- Ian MacLachlan 14 Dec 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Marty's Ride for Polio

Marty's Ride for Polio
 
Greetings Fellow Sunrisers,
 
We should be proud of ourselves!
Our efforts will save 2284 children from the scourge of polio
 
Well done!
Thank you.
Marty
Marty's Ride for Polio Rinus Boogaart 2023-11-24 07:00:00Z 0

Carol Kendrick Receives Major Donor Award

 
 
 
 
Carol Kundrick is honoured as a Rotary "Major Donor".
 
Foundation Chair Gwen McMillan acknowledged this significant financial support and also Carol’s many years of service to Rotary since joining Lethbridge Sunrise in 2009. Carol has held various committee chair positions, is Past President 2015-16, Past Foundation Chair, and current inbound counsellor for our Exchange Student.
 
AG Sherry Davis presented the award, and also brought greetings from DG Kurt Kowalchuk.
 
On accepting the award, Carol reminded us that if we deliberately make small, regular donations it can add up to be an impactful contribution toward service to the world through Rotary projects.
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Guest Speaker  Ali Norris 30 Nov 2023

Guest Speaker  Ali Norris 

November 30, 2023

Lethbridge Sunrise is proud to welcome Ali Norris, our sponsored participant at Rotary Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp (RAYEC) 2023.  Ali is in Grade 9 at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. She is an honour student and member of the volleyball team that won zone championship at season’s end in October. In addition to continuing sports, academic aspirations are civil and/or mining engineering. 

She sends her appreciation to Lethbridge Sunrise: 

 I’d like to thank you all for supporting me and sponsoring me for RAYEC this year. It has truly made an impact on my life, with new friends, new engaging opportunities, and knowledge that I can use for the rest of my life!”


 
Guest Speaker Ali Norris 30 Nov 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-11-18 07:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker  Bill Skretting16 Nov 2023

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Brock brings to southwest Alberta his experience as Head of Advocacy for Keep Alberta Rolling, a non-profit that showcases the benefits of the screen industry in the province.

Brock has assistant director and production experience on shows such as Interstellar, The Revenant, Wynonna Earp & Fargo.

Brock has a thorough understanding of how a film set works and all the jobs that go into making a successful project and the vendors needed to supply a film shoot. Keep Alberta Rolling has partnered with film industry organizations like the Directors Guild of Canada, Calgary Economic Development, Edmonton Screen Industries Office and municipalities throughout the SouthWest to develop initiatives to grow the industry in Alberta.




 

 

 

Guest speaker Bill Skretting16 Nov 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-11-11 07:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Bill Spenceley Flexahopper Plastics

 
Bill Spenceley BASc/BSc Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
 
Bill Spenceley is president and owner of Flexahopper Plastics Ltd., headquartered in Western Canada and has over 43 years involvement in the Rotational Moulding Industry. He will be speaking to the Club about his company’s efforts to innovate, reduce energy, and be successful in global markets while keeping the environment on the balance sheet.
Bill has been actively promoting his passion for sustainability since 2005 including green sourcing 100% of his company’s power since 2007 and installing a 167KW solar array in 2017. His company initiated the establishment of a green polymer lab at the University of Lethbridge in 2018 to help fund research and development of materials and process improvements.
 
 
 
 
 


 
Guest Speaker Bill Spenceley Flexahopper Plastics Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-11-11 07:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker- Brenda Small, Gift of Life International

November 9, 2023 – Guest Speaker- Brenda Small, Operations Consultant, Gift of Life International
 
 
Brenda returned to Canada in September 2020 after living in California for 27 years. Brenda has been a Rotarian since 2006 and has received five Paul Harris Awards as a result of her work with Gift of Life. 
The birth of Brenda’s youngest daughter changed life as it was forever. At just one week of age, she was diagnosed with complex heart disease. Doctors delivered the heart wrenching news that she would not survive her first birthday without receiving corrective heart surgery. Thankfully, the surgery was a success and Brenda had a new purpose in life. Following her daughter's surgery in 2002, Brenda began to raise funds to help children in need with heart disease. In 2006 Brenda joined Rotary and also founded the Los Angeles chapter of Gift of Life where she held the position of President until 2021. In 2012, Brenda was hired as the Assistant to Gift of Life International CEO, Rob Raylman. Brenda has worked Full Time for Gift of Life International for the past 11 years.  She also implemented the Gift of Life Nutritional Assistance Program in El Salvador in 2008. Brenda currently resides in Stoney Creek, ON and holds the position of Operations Consultant for Gift of Life International and feels blessed to be able to save the lives of children in need each and every day.  
 
Brenda’s presentation outlined the beginnings of the organization in 1975, the affiliation with Rotary International, and the milestones and impacts for nearly 50 years.
Here is the link to an inspiring short video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD9A9KuOnx8&t=2s
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker- Brenda Small, Gift of Life International Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Pizza Party Changes

 
Pizza etc. Party
 
 
CHANGES TO MONDAY EVENING AT LUIGI’S
 
  1. We will meet at Luigi’s North at 6 pm next Monday evening, November 13th
  2. We will have the ground floor private room to ourselves where we can spread out a bit and be more comfortable. 
  3. REVISION: We will not have the Luigi’s “group rate” $20 dinner, which requires a minimum number… INSTEAD, we will each just order what we want, individually, off the menu!!
Those who have previously paid their $20 per head will be refunded their cash to apply to their choice. 
 
Welcome one and all to an informal evening of enjoying each other’s company.
 
~ ~ Here is where Richard said I should add something cheeky to his note … but now is not the time to give you a pizza my mind!
Then, I thought I would add a joke about lasagna, but it’s just too cheesy.
 
Hey… maybe we have a prize for the best Italian food pun or joke of the evening?
 
Did you hear about the guy who took a second job as a pizza chef? He kneaded the dough!
 
 
😊
 
From President Bev, with thanks, on behalf of Richard!
 
Pizza Party Changes Richard Tamkin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
Ignacio's Culinary expertise Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Move for Polio UPDATE… from Marty and Jackie

Move for Polio UPDATE… from Marty and Jackie
 
Guess what these are !!!
 
 
These are "goat heads" and they are everywhere on Yuma's bike paths
 
 
 
 
We must avoid anything plant growth poking through the asphalt; but, I think we got punctured when we had to ride 1 mile on the other side of the East Main Canal, because they were doing new construction along the bike path side. It was all sand and I'm sure that sand was full of those little goat heads. Now, more than ever, we will avoid like the plague, any plant material poking through cracks in the asphalt. Three tires in one trip! live and learn.
 
2288.5 km completed… 85.4%of the goal with 19 days remaining until November 13, 2023
Move for Polio UPDATE… from Marty and Jackie Bev Thornton 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Guest speaker-Kim Orr, Victoria Park High School

Guest speaker-Kim Orr, Educator, Victoria Park High School
 
November 2, 2023 – Guest speaker-Kim Orr, Educator, Victoria Park High School
Kim has been an educator and administrator for 23 years with Lethbridge School division. With a diverse background in teaching, she has taught students ranging from kindergarteners to university students. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in science from Montana state university. Outside the classroom, Kim enjoys traveling and living an active lifestyle with her husband and daughter. Kim currently teaches science at Victoria Park High School and Kim Orr has been an educator and administrator for 23 years with Lethbridge School division. With a diverse background in teaching, she has taught students ranging from kindergarteners to university students. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in science from Montana state university. Outside the classroom, Kim enjoys traveling and living an active lifestyle with her husband and daughter. Kim currently teaches science at Victoria Park High School and is an active champion for community projects such as the school Christmas Hamper Project.
 
Guest speaker-Kim Orr, Victoria Park High School Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Fireside Event 16 Oct 2023

Fireside Event at the Thornton's Mansion 
A Great Time was had by all and we actually learned about Rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fireside Event 16 Oct 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
Raquel Austin Vocational Talk 19 Oct 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0

Luigi's North Pizza Party

 
Pizza etc. Party
 
The private room at Luigi's North for 6 pm on November 13 (a Monday) for their standard package of pizza, lasagna and salad for $20 per person which includes tax and tip.  Drinks are extra.  There are only 24 seats available.  Please pay on or before the November 9th Rotary breakfast.
Payment may be made to me at a Rotary meeting or by E Transfer to  di.rich.tamkin@gmail.com 
Luigi's North Pizza Party Richard Tamkin 2023-10-28 06:00:00Z 0
Trevor Lewington CEO Economic Development Lethbridge 12 Oct 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-17 06:00:00Z 0
Marty's Polio Quest Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-17 06:00:00Z 0

Melody Garner-Skiba

 
A Fascinating View of the Agriculture Industry
 
Melody Garner-Skiba
October 5, 2023
Melody Garner-Skiba offered a fascinating view of the agriculture industry, as it has evolved from its traditions toward a future of innovation and new technologies.
Melody grew up at Rocking Heart Ranch, a cow/calf operation, and is a next generation owner and operator of the family ranch which now includes an equine breeding operation, agri-tourism and learning venture, and selling aggregate.
Melody holds a Bachelor of Management from U of L and has spent the last 23 years in various senior and executive leadership positions, most recently she was the Executive Director of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers and President of the Canadian Sugar Beet Producers.
She is a recipient of the 2023 AFSC Women in Ag Award and current President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association.
It was a privilege to have her share her passion and knowledge, engaging with our global community to ensure the ag industry is strong and growing!
Melody Garner-Skiba Greg & Tammy Brigley 2023-10-17 06:00:00Z 0

Fireside Reminder

Save the Date
 
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
 
Fireside Chat
 
Thursday, October 26, 2023
(Morning meeting will be cancelled for this day)
 
Bev and Doug Thornton's home
54 Fairmont Cove South
 
7 - 9 p.m.
 
Evening of Rotary fellowship, Rotary moments, snacks and drinks
 
Please let Rita Boltezar - boltezar@shaw.ca
OR
Carolyn Clark - clarkm@agt.net  ......know if you can attend so snacks and drinks can be arranged
 
Fireside Reminder Carolyn Clark 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0

Thanksgiving Thoughts 9 Oct 2023

A Prayer for Thanksgiving 

Comprised from a series of quotes from author Melody Beattie

Thank God, life, and the universe for everyone and everything sent your way.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. 

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Gratitude makes things right.

Gratitude turns negative energy into positive energy. There is no situation or circumstance so small or large that it is not susceptible to gratitude’s power.

We can start with who we are and what we have today, apply gratitude, then let it work its magic.

Say thank you, until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it.

– Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Thoughts 9 Oct 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat 

Save the Date
 
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
 
Fireside Chat
 
Thursday, October 26, 2023
(Morning meeting will be cancelled for this day)
 
Bev and Doug Thornton's home
54 Fairmont Cove South
 
7 - 9 p.m.
 
Evening of Rotary fellowship, Rotary moments, snacks and drinks
 
Please let Rita Boltezar - boltezar@shaw.ca
OR
Carolyn Clark - clarkm@agt.net  ......know if you can attend so snacks and drinks can be arranged
 
Fireside Chat Carolyn Clark 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0

Enabling Innovation in Our Back Yard 28 Sept 2023

Guest speakers: Cal Koskowich and Nicole Daub
 
Technology Development Advisors, NRC- “Enabling Innovation Right in our own Backyard.”
 
 
The Club enjoyed a great presentation by two Technology Development Advisors from Natural Resources Canada-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
On the topic of “Enabling Innovation Right in our own Backyard”, Cal and Nicole offered a small glimpse of the many successful companies that have taken a new idea to commercial success.
 
For the last 25 years, Cal Koskowich, Technology Advisor, has been NRC’s person south of Calgary, connecting with a broad spectrum of industries including Oil & Gas, Agriculture, Construction,  Transportation and Telecommunications.   He further collaborates with Defense Research & Development Canada (DRDC),  Agriculture Canada, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College and Medicine Hat College. He is a 3rd generation Albertan and Professional Engineer
 
Nicole Daub holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge and an MBA from Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. and served on the board of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce finishing as the Chair in 2019/2020.   In 2022, Nicole joined NRC bringing with her over 15 years experience in geospatial/ag tech industries, and continues connecting a diverse range of industries including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), software development, health technology and whatever else emerges!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Enabling Innovation in Our Back Yard 28 Sept 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award -- Greg "Groovedaddy" Tiffin -21 Sept 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
Vocational Talk - Daryn Wenass Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0

Marlys's Bragging Rights 

 
"Bragging Rights"
 
Marlys and Paddy competed in an Equine show in Claresholm recently.
They won First Place in the Western Class and  placed in 5 of the 8 classes.
 
Congratulations to Paddy and you too, Marlys
 
 
Marlys's Bragging Rights Marlys Reynar 2023-10-01 06:00:00Z 0
PARTIES 11 SEPT 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award -- Berga Moen Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0
Richard's BBQ 11Sept 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

Ignacio The cook

Ignacio, the Gourmet Cook, Preparing homemade pasta.  Yummy !!!
 
 
Ignacio,  The Sailer ,  Oops, The Paddler
Ignacio The cook Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

Ukrainian Support Rotary Club of Lethbridge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis Chinner
Rotary Club of Lethbridge
 
On September 7,  a presentation from Lethbridge Downtown Club shares stories of their program to sponsor Ukrainian newcomers to Lethbridge.
 
Ukrainian Support Rotary Club of Lethbridge Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

Uganda Clinic Appeal

 
SOPHIE OSAYA'S CLINIC IN UGANDA PROJECT
 
You may have heard that Uganda is a corrupt country but there is all kinds of corrupt countries around the world.   In all these countries there are  desperate good people looking for help to help others.  For years Sophie has  been doing her best to help others in her home land.  I'm hoping our Sunrise Club and our membership will help out by providing funds for clinic equipment.   You can do so by passing on a cheque payable to Bridges Of Hope to me at our next meeting or mailing to me at 39 Tudor Blvd.  Lethbridge T1K 5B9.  Charitable Tax receipt will follow shortly        Deane
Uganda Clinic Appeal Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker Cam Kissick Streets Alive

 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest speaker  September 21, 2023
 
Cam Kissick
Director of Mission Operations
Cam  juggles the changes in how the Mission functions on a daily basis. Cam not only makes sure we’re operating in accordance with health regulations and such, he’s also helping staff, volunteers, and clients to adjust to all the changes. Can manages the new temporary Community Donation Centre.
Guest Speaker Cam Kissick Streets Alive Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

MyCityCare Stuff the Bus

Volunteering for MyCityCare Stuff the Bus

 
 
 
 
Volunteer to Stuff Backpacks at MyCityCare "Stuff The Bus"
 
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2023

Time: 1pm-3pm

Location: MyCityCare, 120F Mayor Magrath Drive N, Lethbridge

The Club meets together to help fill backpacks for the annual "Stuff The Bus" initiative. This program collects donations of backpacks, school supplies, clothing, and food for families undergoing financial pressure during the back-to-school season.
 
 
MyCityCare Stuff the Bus Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-15 06:00:00Z 0

Bright Spots 15 Aug 2023

Upcoming Events
 
August 17 AG Sherry Davis will join the meeting
August 21:  Board meeting, by Zoom, at 7:00pm. 
Members are welcome to attend. Ideas are welcomed contact bev@albertasouthwest.com or 403-627-0244
August 24: Official visit - DG Kurt Kowalchuk
August 31: Club Assembly
Bright Spots 15 Aug 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-15 06:00:00Z 0
Jodie Eckert, RAYEC Camp Manager 10 Aug 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-15 06:00:00Z 0

Richard Tamkin

 
 
 
 
 
Guest speaker - Richard Tamkin
 
A Special Rotary Experience: “Doing a good deed can cost extra money: Travels in Argentina”
 
Our well-travelled Rotarian, Richard Tamkin, shared memories of his and Di’s travels in Argentina. This resulted from a Rotary “good deed” hosting a young doctor who from that country who then became a lifelong friend… as so often happens! Richard’s entertaining stories and scenic images created a glimpse of an interesting country!
 
Richard Tamkin Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-02 06:00:00Z 0

Marty Boogaart

 
 
 
 
 
 
Marty Boogaart  
 
The Lead for Lethbridge Sunrise on District 5360 “Move for Polio”. 
 
Club members are sponsoring each other for a variety of activities.  Sergeant-at-Arms fines and Happy Bucks went toward this effort, raising another $50 for the initiative!
 
 
Marty Boogaart Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-02 06:00:00Z 0

Erin Crane

 
Guest speaker – Erin Crane, CEO, Tourism Lethbridge
Erin heads up a large team of staff and volunteers, collaborating with community organizations and all levels of government.
Erin is an outstanding cheerleader for Lethbridge, and we look forward to hearing more about how the organization works to promote the City and southern Alberta. 
 
Erin Crane Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-08-02 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Steven Urquhart 13 July 2023

Induction of Steven Urquhart
Since 2006 Steven has been Associate Professor of French, Quebec literature specialist, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Lethbridge.
He attended Brock University for his undergraduate degree, Penn State University for his Master of Arts, and received his PhD in French Language and Literature at Queens University.
LtoR  Sherry Davis (Assistant Governor), Steven Urquhart, Myrna Procinsky Longair (Membership Chair), Gwen MacMillan (President 22-23),  Bev Thornton (President 23-24)
 
Welcome Steven Urquhart 13 July 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Chris Burton 13 July 2023

 
Guest Speaker-Dr. Chris Burton
 
Associate Professor, History, University of Lethbridge; specialist in Russian and modern European History
 
”The Myth of the Good Czar”
 
 “not what we see on the news” insight into the attitudes and intricacies of Russian society, attitudes, and social patterns.
This fascinating talk placed current events in the context of the centuries-old expectation that our rulers are benevolent and work to serve their people.
 
 
 
Dr. Chris Burton 13 July 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Winner 50/50  Dragon Boat

CONGRATULATIONS
 
Justin Macpherson Wins 50/50 Draw presented by Gregory Tiffin (Rotary Sunrise)
in Coaldale Civic Square in front of the living wall 
 
Winner 50/50 Dragon Boat Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-18 06:00:00Z 0

Pass the Gavel 29 Jun 2023

Passing The Gavel 2023
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steve Leavitt ( DG 2022-23) along with Don and Gwen 
On June 29, 2023, Rotarian Pat hosted a BBQ to mark the “Passing of the Gavel” from Co-Presidents Don Robb and Gwen McMillan to incoming President Bev Thornton.
We were joined by outgoing District Governor Steve Leavitt and his wife Pat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                 Our Hosts: Pat and Keith
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gwen, Rita, Pat, and Rita's sister (sorry)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
            Karen and Greg always happy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
   
   
     Udo
     Richard
     Carla
     Karl
     Berga
     Sharon
     Wayne
     Alan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tristan Urquhart
 
Tristan Urquhart, our outgoing Exchange Student, was presented with a selection of Canadian items to accompany him on is way to Chile for his year abroad.
 
Pass the Gavel 29 Jun 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-12 06:00:00Z 0
Thank you to LSCO staff Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-12 06:00:00Z 0

Darcy Logan CASA 6 July 2023

Casa Presentation
 
Darcy Logan
 
Curator and Gallery Services Manager at CASA
 
July 6, 2023: Darcy Logan, Casa, provided an interesting overview of the history of the building and the upcoming programs and activities.
Darcy Logan CASA 6 July 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-12 06:00:00Z 0
President's Award Mary-Ann Isaac Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-07-12 06:00:00Z 0
Casino May 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-27 06:00:00Z 0
Tristan Uraqhat - Exchange Student 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-27 06:00:00Z 0

Lobsterfest 2023

Lobsterfest 2023
 

Date and time

Sat, May 27, 2023 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM MDT

Location

Sandman Signature Lodge Lethbridge 320 Scenic Dr S Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B4

Tickets:  Lethbridge Rotary Lobsterfest 2023

Lobsterfest 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

Strategic Planning Meeting 22 Apr 2023

WE NEED YOUR IDEAS AND THOUGHTS 
 
 
Strategic Planning Meeting
 
Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise
 
April 22, 2023,  11:00 am-3:00 pm
 
LSCO Room C/D
 
 
Bring your lunch and beverage
Strategic Planning Meeting 22 Apr 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

Trevor Sakitck

Trevor Sakitck Presentation Apr 6, 2023
 
Alberta Healthy Living Program
Trevor Sakatch, BSc. Kinesiology, CSEP- Clinical Exercise Physiologist, CSEP- High Performance Specialist, EiMC Level II
Clinical Lead- South Zone Supervised Exercise Program
Alberta Healthy Living Program
 
    •    Born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta
    •    Attended the University of Lethbridge and completed a BSc.     Kinesiology
    •    Attained a post-graduate certification in Exercise Physiology
    •    Currently working as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, registered under the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, within Alberta Healthy Living Program
    •    Areas of interest: exercise for people living with chronic conditions, Exercise as a form of medicine, high performance training for overhead athletes
    •    Hobbies: avid outdoorsperson, coaching/playing baseball, golfing, reading, spending time with family/friends/miniature schnauzer named Esme
Trevor Sakitck Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-18 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos 16 Apr 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

Bev Thornton Receives Award

Bev Thornton Receives Award
 
, Bev Thornton was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid for “community leadership and contributions to sustainable economic development”.
Cheers!!
Bev Thornton Receives Award Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-04-18 06:00:00Z 0

Tristan Urquhart outbound student 2023

TRISTAN URQUHART
 
DESTINATION:   CHILE
 
Tristan Uraqhart receives his RYE  Red jacket from DG elect Kurt Kowalchuck at this weekends orientation.  Tristan parents Steve and Wendy were on hand to share in the moment.  Tristan is one of 9 students District 5360 is sending out. Destination Chile
 
Tristan Urquhart outbound student 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-03-30 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Mishka Singh 

 
Dr Mishka Singh
 
Practicing Medicine In Lethbridge and
A refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece
 
Mishka Singh is a South African born family physician who enjoys working with a diverse range of patients within the population she serves.  She graduated in 2010 from the University of KwaZulu Natal, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in South Africa.  Whilst working in South Africa she worked in trauma, emergency medicine and obstetrics.  She moved to Canada in 2015 and has since completed all of her Canadian licencing exams as well as the exams of the College of Family Physicians Canada.  She currently serves a full panel of patients within the Lethbridge community.  She enjoys community service and just recently returned from a trip abroad volunteering with Kitrinos Healthcare at a refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. Dr. Singh realises that technology is the way of the future which motivated her to complete a few short courses on Artificial Intelligence in Health Care through MIT and Harvard. She endeavours to continue to improve her skills in her field to continue to help the community she serves. 
 
Dr. Mishka Singh Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-03-30 06:00:00Z 0
The Three Amigos Marty Boogaart 2023-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos from Fort MacLeod Visited This Week! Marty Boogaart 2023-02-20 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Mary-Ann Isaac

Sunrise's Newest Member
 
 Mary-Ann Isaac
 
Welcomed by Sherry Davis (left) and Carolyn Clark (Right)
 
New Member Mary-Ann Isaac Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Ian Randell Receives 2nd Paul Harris Award Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Happy Valentine's Day 2023-02-14 07:00:00Z 0

Oats Project 2023

THE OATS PROJECT
A 2023 JOINT CLUB PROJECT
 
LEFT TO RIGHT
 
Sherry Davis, Assistant Governor Lethbridge Rotary
Don Robb, Lethbridge Sunrise
Mac Nochol, Executive Director, Lethbridge Food Bank
Andrew Bronson,  Lethbridge East
Bob Jones, Lethbridge East
Loralee Burton,  Lethbridge Rotary 
 
 
Oats Project 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-02-04 07:00:00Z 0

Steve Leavitt and Hannah Dupuis 2 Feb 2023

District Governor, Steve Leavitt
promotes the
District Convention and 3K Run Event
 
Hannah Dupuis presents the history and Overview of the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization
Steve Leavitt and Hannah Dupuis 2 Feb 2023 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-02-04 07:00:00Z 0
President Don receives Paul Harris Award Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2023-02-04 07:00:00Z 0
College Dinner Event Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2022-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
Wayne Lindwall Ag Scholarship Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2022-12-16 07:00:00Z 0

Child Advocacy Centre

Child Advocacy Centre Lethbridge

A special visit and tour has been arranged during this week’s Thursday meeting, 7-8 am on Thursday October 20.  

Instead of meeting at the LSCO,  go to the Chinook Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, 712 4th Avenue South.  Doors will open at 645 am.  

It’s a “bring your own coffee” day,  and it is suggested that those interested in having breakfast together to make their own arrangements for after the meeting.

There will be no zoom meeting this week.  There will be a short presentation before the tour, to be confirmed. 
 
Child Advocacy Centre Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2022-10-18 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome Home Los Amigos 2022 Groove-Daddy Tiffin 2022-05-15 06:00:00Z 0
Los Amigos Send Off  14 April 2022 2022-04-20 06:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Driver Application

Los Amigos Driver Application
 
The trip this year will be leaving Lethbridge at 7:00 AM on Sunday, February 20th, returning to Lethbridge Saturday, March 5th around midnight.  We ask that if you are interested in applying for a drivers position this year, please complete the attached application and return it by email to doug@thornfin.ca BEFORE Friday, November 26. The Admin Team will be making selections over the weekend. Successful candidates will be notified on Monday Nov 29th.
Following current travel laws, all drivers must be fully vaccinated, and show proof of out of country travel insurance covering the dates of our trip.
You will note that there is no ambassadors application attached, since this year, the Admin Team has decided not to offer space to Ambassadors. Costs of Fuel, accommodation and flights have increased substantially.
Please feel free to share this application with any other members of your Rotary Club that may be interested. As you are aware, only members of Rotary are eligible to drive.
 
 
Los Amigos Driver Application Douglas THORNTON 2021-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Progress Report

Los Amigos Project Update
 
I want to reach out to give you information on the current state of our project. It will come as no surprise to anyone, due to travel restrictions, we will not be sending our units before the end of 2021. The Admin Team has met and we have begun to make preparations to leave Lethbridge for Mazatlan on Sunday, February 20, 2022. We will be returning home on Saturday, March 5th. All planning and travel arrangements will be re examined on or before December 20, 2021 and may be cancelled at that time.
There have been some changes to previous trips that are motivated to protect the safety of our drivers.  We will require 14 drivers and two administrators for this trip.
1.       All participants must be fully vaccinated for Covid 19, and be prepared to wear N95 masks in public areas that exhibit high chances for
          transmission of the virus.
2.       We will be unable to accommodate Ambassadors for this trip.
3.       All drivers must possess out of country travel insurance that provides coverage for Covid 19 infections, including the cost of quarantine or return
          transportation if necessary.
Driver applications will be available in the next few days. As before, drivers must be Rotarians, members of Clubs that have contributed to funding of Los Amigos or have provided vehicles.
We have found that our budget, prepared over two years ago, may have to be adjusted to account for realities in fuel costs, travel and accommodations from then to now. We will keep you advised as plans take shape.
Thank you for your interest and commitment to our Los Amigos Project.
Doug Thornton, Co-Chair
Los Amigos Admin Team
 
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Los Amigos Meets 12 Dec 2020

  
Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee --- Zooms ahead!
 
 
 
The Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee gathered virtually on December 12, 2020 to share updates on the Project!
 
Stehr is a Star!
 
Annie Stehr, University of Lethbridge, and Lethbridge Rotaract-er has spent many hours building the www dot losamigosproject dot ca website, which is no longer supported (updated 10 January 2024)
 
A huge THANK YOU goes to Annie for her knowledge, commitment, attention to detail and patience in sorting through 10 years of records and photos and creating order out of all the ideas and information. 
 
The Project is excited to have a place to celebrate 10 years of international achievement, tell the story of the project, thank partners and sponsors and archive the participants and photos from each year of the project since 2010 .
 
Please visit and have a look! It is still in construction, and the Admin Team welcomes comments. If you have ideas or information to add, please contact doug@thornfin.ca
 
 
 
 
 
President Gwen attended the meeting and thanked the Project for all the great work, with special thanks to Annie for all her work to create the website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Los Amigos Project Admin Team (RC Lethbridge Sunrise):
 
Doug Thornton and Henry VanHierden, Co-chairs
Karl Samuels. Daryn Wenaas, Berga Moen
 
Los Amigos Project Advisory Committee
 
Randy Smith (RC Airdrie); Richard Gette (RC Brooks); John Fortunka (RC Calgary Fish Creek};
Michael Henderson (RC Cardston); Robert Karchmarski (RC Kindersley); Jim Crawford (RC Olds); 
Dick Burnham (RC Pincher Creek); Jim Campbell (RC Lethbridge Sunrise); Greg Tiffin (RC Lethbridge Sunrise);
Lee Koran (RC Lethbridge Sunrise); KrJack Yaeck (RC Lethbridge); Wayne Stewart (RC Lethbridge).
 
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Los Amigos Relocate

A MOVING EXPERIENCE !
 
 
On Saturday morning, five amigos and one amiga transferred Los Amigos Project equipment (gurneys,  SCBA tanks and backpacks, masks, radios, wheelchair and assorted parts) from current storage unit to the one next door.  RYPEN and Dragonboat items  were moved to another club storage unit.  A BIG THANK YOU TO
 
Greg Tiffin
Lee Koran
Doug Thornton
Henry Van Hierden
Jim Campbell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supervisor:
Bev Thornton
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Los Amigos Donation

Brian Cornforth, a former member of the Lethbridge Fire Department, played an integral part in the Los Amigos Project in the past.  He continues to provide fire equipment to the project.  Recently, Brian arranged for a donation of the following items: 
  • 48 ABCA cylinders
  • 21 SCB backpacks
  • 48 Face Masks.
Thank you, Brian!
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Los Amigos update

Karl and Jim do a presentation to the City of Lethbridge on behalf of Los Amigos.
 
 
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Adios Amigos

Posted by Richard Tamkin
Upon return there was one free day for both the drivers and ambassadors to relax.
The following evening there was held in Mazatlan a big banquet of thanks. Again, more wonderful Mexican hospitality.
Next day, sadly, all Albertans had to fly back ready to face our winter.
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Los Amigos in Olds

Karl's Presentation to Olds Rotary Club
 
Wayne's presentation of the training program to Olds Rotary Club
 
Rotary Club of Olds, April 5, 2018
 
Officials from City of Olds, County of Mountain View & Rotarians at fire truck presentation.
 
Karl receiving the fire truck keys from Justin Andrews, Olds Fire Chief.
 
Cheque presentation from Rotary Club of Olds in support of Los Amigos Project.
 
 
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Los Amigos News

A big thank you to Pincher Creek as
Karl accepts an ambulance for Los Amigos.
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2017 Los Amigos Vehicle Deliveries

Posted by Richard Tamkin

Upon finishing the drive down From Lethbridge to Mazatlan, all of the vehicles were parked overnight in the parking lot of the playground named after Allan Kuechle from Grand Prairie Rotary Club, who started the vehicle convoys 15 years ago.

This newsletter reports on four of the vehicle deliveries. The remaining deliveries will be presented in the next Los Amigos newsletter.

The first week (which is the driving) was the responsibility of Alberta Rotarians and the Los Amigos project. The Rotarians from Mexico responsibility for the second week. After parking the vehicles, the drivers and ambassadors were taken to their hotel.

Next day, all Canadian representatives were returned to the park to attend the ceremonial handover of the vehicles' keys to Rotarians from each recipient town. Each town was represented by Rotarians, municipal officials, spouses, et al. Speeches were made with translators on hand. Following the ceremony, the vehicles were driven off to their new homes.

In order to formally deliver each vehicle, the drivers and ambassadors were divided into two groups. One group went north, the other went south.

THE NORTH GROUP

The north group consisted of the firefighters and trainers who drove “their” ambulance to Culiacán. The training team had the opportunity to make this presentation. It was especially touching for the three firefighters from Lethbridge (the Trainers) who had actually driven the ambulance many times while on duty. This handover is covered in the preceding article.

 

 

 

THE SOUTH GROUP

The following day (week 2 day 2), the drivers and ambassadors boarded a bus and for a seven hour ride to Guadalajara via the fast toll road. They spent that night in a hill-top hotel.

 

Next day (week 2 day 3) the Pincher Creek ambulance was presented to the Rotary Club of Zacoalco de Torres and handed to the community of Acatlan (population 10,000). It is geographically remote with a lot of surrounding agriculture. In the past it has taken an ambulance one hour one way to respond to an emergency in Acatlan, then another hour to return to the hospital in Zacoalco. A bit of good news is that patients are stabilized at a medical clinic in Acatlan while waiting for transportation. There are 4 stabilization beds for adults, 2 for children, and a bassinet for one newborn.

 

The Fish Creek handibus was presented to the Rotary Club of Colima and handed to a school for disabled children in the community of Coquimatlan (one hour from Manzanillo). The school has waited three years for this; it was a 'dream come true.' There are 30 children registered and teachers have very little to work with. This handibus will enable children to go on field trips, reduce their isolation, and most importantly, get them to and from school. Many parents struggle in getting their children to school, especially during inclement weather when pushing a wheelchair in the mud is not that easy! After the official ceremony, the Mayor of Coquimatlan drove the children home using the donated handibus. It was a very celebratory yet poignant moment in time. The next article in this newsletter, written by John Fortunka of the Rotary Club Calgary Fish Creek, is a heart-warming story about this delivery.

 


Next day (week 2 day 4), the Cardston handibus was donated to Tlaquepaque which is on the outskirts of Guadalajara. It was donated in memory of Michael Henderson's mother, Beverley Henderson. The handibus was already booked solid for the next few days. It will be used in transporting the elderly and disabled to and from doctor appointments.

 


The following day (week 2 day 5) the whole group was bused back to Mazatlan.

Next morning (week 2 day 6) was the formal opening of the “proper” school to replace the “pallet school,” as mentioned in the previous newsletter. In the evening all attended the formal farewell dinner hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Mazatlan.

Next afternoon (week 2 day 7) everyone boarded a direct flight back to Calgary and home.

2017 Los Amigos Vehicle Deliveries Richard Tamkin 2018-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos Handbus Delivery

Posted by John Fortunka

Coquimatlan Municipality School - Monday October 23, 2017

A happy band of Rotarians and Ambassadors were eagerly greeted and welcomed by local Rotarians and staff of the Coquimatlan Municipal School . The children were in their classrooms and were excited about our visit and the anticipation of what was going to happen. The kids who attend the school have varying disabilities and are aged from around four years old to young adults. School is important to these children and adults and getting to the school from their community is not easy for them.

I want to introduce you to Mercedes, one of the younger pupils in the classroom we were invited into. This is what she had to say about her School: 

Translation: "I am Mercedes – Mechita to my friends, I am a talkative person, always wanting to be informed of everything, so I always ask questions. I insist that I come to my school from my community because I am so happy there."

 

 

 

 

 

The initial welcome quickly progressed to the official handover of the handibus to the school. The President of the Community was there to officially receive the keys to the vehicle and many parents and members of the local Rotary Club were also present. The school children, young adults and staff were part of the audience for the official handover. Many speeches and photos!

The President had a great idea,‘’Let's load up the handibus with some of the school pupils for a photo-shoot!’" The tailgate elevator was lowered and pupils in wheelchairs were loaded on-board. Other students climbed up the bus steps to take a seat inside. There was a look on the faces of the students that was amazing. Their eyes sparkled with pride for their new acquisition. Tears and smiles spread infectiously among the kids and adults alike. It was a special moment which touched the hearts of everyone. My Rotary Moment!

A final surprise was to follow. The President decided that as the bus was now filled he would drive those kids on board home. So off they went!

 

The handibus was now in Service to provide transport for these Very Special Kids to attend their Very Special School and other trips out to enrich their lives.

ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE

John Fortunka
Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek

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Los Amigos recent travels

Here are some photos of recent trips for Los Amigos
 
 
Los Amigos visiting Fort Macleod Club
 
Los Amigos visiting the Okotoks Club
 
 
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Los Amigos News

Received a Fire Truck on December 16, 2017 From Airdrie.
 
 
 
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TheSixth Los Amigos Convoy is on the Road

Posted by Richard Tamkin
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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

Los Amigos 2017 Project

 
Los Amigos departed right after the meeting on October 12, 2017. Wishing them all a safe journey. Can't wait for updates.
 
 
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Los Amigos Training Program

Posted by Richard Tamkin
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In general Mexican firefighters receive little or no training. All Mexican firefighters are volunteers (except the one local boss in each municipality) who sort of, kind of, learn on the job. They have limited insurance coverage and very few, if any, benefits. They are courageous people and greatly respected in their locality for this.
 
Once again Lynn Brasnett (Past President of Pincher Creek Rotary and a Captain in Pincher Creek Fire Dept.), Chris Tomaras (Senior firefighter in the Lethbridge Fire Dept.) and Chris Carney (Captain in the Lethbridge Fire Dept.) have volunteered their time to assist in this training. Without this donation of their time this training would not take place at all. All the expenses of this training have been underwritten by the Rotary Club of Lethbridge.
 
For October 2017 the focus of the training courses for Mexican firefighters has been changed. The intent this October is to “train the trainers” so that training may continue throughout the year.  Prior to our arrival in Mazatlan, 6 senior firefighters will have been selected to attend a pre instruction class. At this class they will be given a 2 day seminar in the proper presentation of course material. After those 2 days these 6 senior individuals will then lead the instruction of “regular” firefighters with our Albertan trainers serving as supervisors. This training course will be held at the University of Sinaloa in Mazatlan.
 
We hope that these changes will enable training to continue throughout the year in the three states we serve..
 
Throughout this past year the Albertan training team has assembled a large amount of equipment which will be given out during the training sessions. Delivery will be assisted by the Los Amigos team.
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Los Amigos thanks Davis GMC

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Los Amigos says thank you t0 Davis GMC for their outstanding support of the project.
 
 
L=>R: Karl Samuels, Jeff Chalack, Amir Mustedanagic, Brian Lindsay, Jim Campbell
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City Donates 6 Decommissioned Vehicles to Los Amigos

On behalf of the City of Lethbridge, mayor Chris Spearman formally donates six decommissioned vehicles to the Los Amigos project. Los Amigos project director, Karl Samuels, presents Mayor Spearman with a certificate of recognition in the photo below.
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Adios Los Amigos!

Posted on Apr 21, 2016
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Thursday 21 April 2016 from 7:00 am to 8:00 am at Streatside Eatery
 
Join Rotarians and friends as they bid the Los Amigos convoy farewell. They will head out on a seven-day, 3800 km trip to Mazatlan Mexico. The convoy includes sixteen drivers and eight vehicles - 2 ambulances, 2 fire trucks, and 4 handibuses. Learn more about the 6th year of Los Amigos operations. Meet members of the driving, training, and ambassador team.
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Lethbridge Corporations Helping Los Amigos

 
The Communications Group Lethbridge Ltd. has again generously loaned us the free use of 8 radio handsets which will enable each vehicle to communicate with all others in the convoy.  Each set will need to be recharged overnight.  The unfortunate truth is that not all drivers keep their handset turned on which leads to missed instructions.  This type of error is the cause of much bantering at supper time.  Drivers are not allowed to forget these errors.
 
Al Green, the locksmith, kindly checked out each lock and where necessary either made new keys or reworked the faulty existing keys so now we have two keys for each ignition and each door for all of the 8 vehicles.
 
Robert Lloyd of Impact Signs came out over a weekend to apply all the decals on the 8 vehicles so that everyone can easily see that this a Canadian and Mexican joint project.
Canadian Tire regularly donates rigid coolers, tool sets and road safety kits to the convoy.  All these items are then donated in Mexico.  Canadian Tire has donated rigid coolers, tool kits and roadside safety set for the convoys use and for onward donation in Mexico.
 
The Fire truck arrived and the goodies were loaded on.
 
The simple fact is that without the support of many businesses, the Los Amigos convoys would not depart Lethbridge and so ordinary Mexicans would needlessly suffer.


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Los Amigos - Media Friends Fiesta

Posted on Apr 12, 2016
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Tuesday 12 April 2016 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm at College Ford Lincoln
Short Program at 12:15
A light lunch will be served.
 
Los Amigos are taking eight vehicles to Mexico this year. Join us for lunch and you can see the units all shined up and ready to go! Join Rotarians for a fun and information-packed taco lunch. Learn more about the 6th year of operation for Los Amigos. Meet members of the driving, training, and ambassador team.
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Los Amigos - Vehicle Spring Cleaning

Posted on Apr 09, 2016
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Saturday 9 April 2016 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at College Ford Lincoln
 
Los Amigos are taking eight vehicles to Mexico this year:
  • 2 ambulances
  • 2 fire trucks
  • 4 handibuses
Join the team as they get the vehicles all shined up and ready to go! Meet members of the travel team and organizers.
 
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Six Years of Los Amigos

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
Year Drivers # Vehicles Types
2011 6 3 3 School Buses
2012 10 4
2 Fire Trucks & 2 Ambulances
2013 10 4
2 Ambulances & 2 Handibuses
2014 14 6
5 Ambulances & 1 Handibus
2015 10 4
2 Fire Trucks & 2 Ambulances
2016 16 8
2 Fire Trucks, 2 Ambulances, & 4 Handibuses
Totals 66 29  
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Los Amigos Keeps Growing

Posted on Mar 15, 2016
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Los Amigos keeps growing because it has so many helpful friends. This newsletter is an attempt to keep all of our valuable friends up-to-date with what is happening    Not only are the convoys growing bigger but new projects have spun off due to contacts made within Los Amigos.  The formal training of "bomberos" and the construction of a pallet school are two such projects - read more later.
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Last week's speakers - Los Amigos

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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.
 
 
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Los Amigos group departs, April 19 Inga Jesswein 2015-04-19 00:00:00Z 0

Los Amigos delayed departure

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.
 
Regards 
Jim Campbell, Project Coordinator

 

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RC Lethbridge East supports Los Amigos

Posted by Inga Jesswein on Dec 06, 2014

 
Bob Jones from RC Lethbridge East
 
presents a cheque for $5000
 
to Jim Campbell
 
in support of Los Amigos
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¡Trabajo Bueno Los Amigos!

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!):

 
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RC Fort Macleod donation to Los Amigos project

Posted by Inga Jesswein
 
Henry van Hierden of RC Fort Macleod presents $1500 cheque to Sunrise President Marty Boogaart and President-Elect Greg Tiffin in support of Los Amigos Project
 
RC Fort Macleod donation to Los Amigos project Inga Jesswein 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Urban Spirits presents cheque for Los Amigos project Inga Jesswein 2013-12-28 00:00:00Z 0
The Three Amigos Blog! Marty Boogaart 2011-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Our Three Amigos leave on March 12th Marty Boogaart 2011-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Los Amigos on CBC Radio

Posted by Carol Kundrik
On Wednesday of this  past week, Jim was interviewed by Holly Preston, host of the CBC radio program Alberta @ Noon.  If you want to hear the interview, you can go to the link below.  On this link go to the media file beneath Wednesday July 18, 2012 and you will be able to hear the interview
 
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Los Amigos 2012 Sendoff Marty Boogaart 0