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The Rotary Club of Calgary District No. 5360 VOL. 27 N0. 23 Next Week’s Speaker John Gilchrist Xmas Luncheon December 8, 2009 Our own Carl under the presidency of Bob Junker and Steve finished grade 12 but opted to forgo the award Smith, who neither Allan, men who shared the vision and saw and not continue with further education. needed nor wanted the potential. To provide the necessary tax any introduction, receipts for donations a partnership with The Carl’s vision has become a reality. This club got a fine one Calgary Foundation was formed. The first is fortunate to be able to share in the efforts anyway by students were enrolled in 1995. After Carl’s and success of Carl’s dream. Club members President Larry. If years leading the initiative Hank Popoff took who are involved as volunteers in the stay in anyone wondered if the leadership reigns and chaired the school program gain a lot of personal we were getting committee. He did a yeoman’s job to move satisfaction in seeing young people succeed. ‘bang for the buck’ the program forward. Today John Lindenbach That satisfaction was shared by the entire club Our writer this week, with our stay in is providing excellent leadership and Carl when we next heard from Kathy Nguyen, Eva Friesen... school program, remains in an advisory role. Loretta Reikie and Quan Ly. they certainly wonder no longer. Carl took us back to the early days of how the stay in Kathy Nguyen was a student at Holy Cross school program got started and developed. and selected for the program in 1998. We Then three very impressive young people, learned that her father passed away in the recipients of the stay in school scholarships same year as she was selected for the as long as 10 years ago, took the podium and program. She was thus doubly motivated to shared their journey with us telling us how succeed in her education. She attended the scholarship and Rotary support made a Father Lacomb School taking the IB program. huge difference in their lives. She graduated from University in 2008 after studying Mandarin, Biology and Calculus. In 1991 the Federal Government sponsored a While in University she took a page from Stay-In-School initiative. Under the Rotary and volunteered in her community. leadership of Curly Galbraith and Don She was president of the student marketing Campbell the Rotary joined the effort and a association and volunteered for the Walk In national program known as Canadian Rotary Closet for women in need and Ronald Stay-In-School was developed. Many clubs McDonald House. She worked as a summer in Canada created local programs suited to student for Husky in 2007 and in 2008 got a their specific market. Our club set up a FT job with Husky as an oil and gas analyst. program encouraging club members to mentor Kathy expressed her appreciation for the children in selected Elementary Schools. Rotary Club and stated she would not have Today we still have a number of members (the Our speaker, Carl Smith... had this success without the program. Popoff’s, Jim Sinclair, Maggie Redmond and Allan Stretch who regularly act as mentors to Today’s program has expanded to 5 Loretta Reikie was a former student at children at Valleyview school. John elementary schools located in East Calgary. Valleyview Elementary and was one of the Lindenbach is the sole weekly volunteer at Between 90 and 100 students are continuously students in the very first group in 1995. After West Dover – here is an opportunity for more being mentored at various levels of their grade 6 it was Loretta’s dream to become a involvement by other Rotarians. highschool and post secondary programs. mechanic or a building designer. Loretta’s Students are selected when they are finished sense of humor and public speaking ability In 1994, motivated by his vision to help grade 6 (about 12 years old). This is when were developed well beyond her young years. financially disadvantaged students get a kick- mentoring starts and continues for about the She had the club in stitches several times. At start towards their post secondary education, next 6 years. This is a huge commitment and the time she was selected for the program she Carl led the development of the stay-in-school a big thanks is extended to the club members was not aware she came from a low income scholarship program. His early target was to who help make it happen. To date 16 students family and that statistics showed she was raise $125,000, which would provide 5 awards have graduated from post secondary and are more likely to drop out of school and enter a at $5,000 each for 5 years. Too rich for the working. Another 29 students have graduated circle of poverty. She did not know that club coffers at that day, Carl was not from grade 12 and are in various stages of money could limit who she could become and dissuaded. He found an annonomous donor their post secondary. Only 9 have dropped that education was a tool to shape herself and who contributed $75,000 and the rotary club out of the program. Some of these 9 have her future. She credited her own success to contributed the remaining $50,000. This was the many phone calls from Carl over the years Calgary, Alberta • Chartered April 1914 • Club # 113 Suite 310, The Kahanoff Centre, 1202 Centre Street S., Calgary Alberta T2G 5A5 • Tel: (403) 398-9969 • Fax:(403) 264-2393 • Website: rotaryclubofcalgary.org • email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tina Jarrett, Manager of Administration • Office Hours: 7:00a.m. - 3:30p.m. Monday to Friday Carl Smith presents Paul Harris Fellow awards to Peter McKeen Our three speakers today, scholarsip award recipients, Kathy and to Donna L’amarca for her father, Jack Carter ... Nguyen,Quan Ly and Loretta Reicke... and his encouragement of her efforts. Today Loretta is an inter-provincially certified Red The Meeting: Seal Journeyman Cabinetmaker. She designs and builds structurally sound and beautifully The brilliant Frank McKitrick thumped the sculpted pieces of custom furniture from keys to bring in the head table team and bedroom sets, to built in libraries to dream lead us in a rapid rendition of the national kitchens. She works in a small shop where anthem. A thoughtful invocation was environmentally friendly materials are a delivered by Aldo Brussoni. priority. She wants to leave the world a better place. She does everything from pricing, Ralph Lundberg took a walk down memory designing using auto CAD and drafting lane of the Rotary Show of Steve Allan’s programs, to building with her own two hands, year. We saw the usual gorgeous girl staining or painting and delivering and dancers, the less gorgeous men dressed as installing. She is passionate about her work girl dancers, and Larry Shelley kicking up and grateful to the Rotary Club for providing his slightly younger heels. Ah, those were her the opportunity. She is married and her the days. proud husband was in attendance at this meeting. Thanks to Ian Viner and Superior Autobody/Economy Glass for the Quan Ly is not a stranger to the club, having sponsorship of the COG. spoken on a few other occasions. He was a student at Valleyview Elementary School and Thanks to Chris Harper and Bob Merett for part of the 1997 group of students selected taking your money at the door. Betty Percy, aged 100, is a guest at our for the program. Quan went to Western Seniors Christmas Party.. New member Tanya Eklund did a suberb Canada High School, then the U of A to study finance and accounting. Today he works at job introducing the guests today. Catherine Deloitte and Touche and is working on getting Brownlee’s Club was duly noted and received considerable applause. his CA designation. He took the exams for the first time in September, and just learned Michael Halliwell’s very willing and that he was not successful. However, he capable assistance to the president was informed us this was a mere hurdle that would noted and appreciated. Thanks to our great only make him stronger and he was VP! determined to be successful on the next effort. We believe he will be and wish him well. Brian Guichon thanked the club for a very successful seniors Christmas lunch event on The Stay-In-School program would not be Sunday. Nearly 1000 seniors attended. successful without tremendous financial support from the Jack Carter Golf Classic. Bill Redmond encouraged club attendance Since its inception 13 years ago this event has at the district conference to be held in raised more than $350,000 towards the Banff in May, 2010. program. Appreciation was expressed to the long term sponsors and the many club David Arther updated us on the Christmas members who have volunteered and Hamper program. contributed over the years. Special thanks to our own club member, Peter McKeen, who Bill Avery invited members to volunteer for brought the Jack Carter group on as a partner. the Young Canadian’s Show for needy Jack Carter and Peter McKeen were families being put on at Jack Singer this recognized by the club with a Paul Harris Saturday. Brian Guichon reports on Seniors Christmas Fellow award, one of the highest honours a Party... Rotary Club can bestow upon a person. AND Tina is 50 this week! UPCOMING SPEAKERS THE ROTARY CLUB OF CALGARY Dec. 15 - Richard White Director of Strategic Initiatives NEW MEMBERSHIP PROCESS - WHITE SLIP Riddell Kurczaba Architecture “Calgary the Adolescent City” Dec 15 & Dec 22, 2009 Dec. 22 - Partners Christmas NAME: Kerry Longpré Luncheon PROFESSION: Communications John Gilchrist Author and Restaurant Critic COMPANY The Calgary Foundation ``Blood oranges, garbanzo beans and goji berries - A fun look at CLASSIFICATION: Associations – The Calgary what we will be eating in 2010`` Foundation,Communications PROPOSED BY: Eva Friesen and Roy Boettger Dec. 29 - Informal Meeting No Speaker DATE: December 9, 2009 Jan. 5 - Theoren Fleury - (Retired NHL player, former Calgary Flames team member and author) Curly Has Moved Jan. 12 - Brent King To all the good folks who visit Curly Galbraith, let it be known that he (VP Operations Tenet Medical has been moved to 215 Beverly Care Centre, 1729 - 90 Ave S W , T2V Engineering and Manning 4S1, phone 403-255-4662. Innovation Award Winner 2009) ``Creating innovation with impact`` Jan. 19 - Dave Bronconnier Frank n’Stein Mayor City of Calgary Glencoe Club - 4.30 - 6.30 p.m. Thursday December 17th\ “Annual State of the City Address” Contact Frank Sparks for more details Jan. 26 - Lorne Motley Editor-in-Chief Calgary Herald “Canada’a Team in the 2010 Winter Last Day to Register for Christmas Luncheon Olympics” The luncheon on December 22nd will be our Partners Christmas Lunch in the Crystal Ballroom at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. This will be a plated Feb. 2 - Randy Williams lunch; therefore we will need to know how many members and guests President & CEO Tourism Calgary will be in attendance on that day. Please invite your spouses, partners and “Tourism - A Changing of the guests to this festive occasion, when our guest speaker will be restaurant Guard” critic and author, John Gilchrist. His presentation will be entitled “Blood oranges, garbanzo beans and goji berries – a fun look at what we will be Feb. 9 - Dave Mowat eating in 2010”. CEO ATB Financial To reserve seats for this luncheon for you and your guests, please sign up through Clubrunner. Cutoff for registration will be Tuesday December 15th. TRAVELERS Klaus Reichwald - Scottsdale, The 2009 Christmas Hamper Campaign Contact Carol Rosdobutko at 402 681 4222. Donation forms are available at the Tuesday meetings NEW MEMBER PROFILE by John Ink “Call 310 years he had formed his first company Included in the history is an innovative Greg” (A cribbing and framing. (Cribbing is the off spring called Renoworks. This testament to the industry term for building the forms for company was a pioneer in visualization old adage – concrete basement walls and framing is software. The system allowed his sales advertising what it says, the wood sticks and planks people to digitally alter images of pays) above grade) different combinations of exterior cladding, windows and doors to allow Greg Martineau Greg Martineau In the same year he obtained a real customers to see virtual images of what began his career estate license and formed a home their renovated home is going to look in the construction industry after building company which thrived until like, and, incidentally, allowing “she receiving his high school matriculation cursed NEP decimated Greg’s business who must be obeyed” to make changes from St Francis in 1972 and is now in along with so many others. before the order is put in the system. his 37th year in the same industry. Misery liking company, he joined He remains involved in the management Greg was introduced to the Club last Statesman Corporation as their of both companies commuting to his month by Bill Andrews, seconded by construction manager before once again office via his helicopter. Dave Richardson - no doubt both of branching out on his own, running the them hoping for a break on new window & door replacement division of Greg sponsors a number of charity golf windows! Gienow Building Products. tournaments and he is deeply involved in his support of the Adolescent However before starting his own very In 1995 he started Greg Martineau Recovery Centre. successful exterior renovation company Projects Inc. expanding window and (advertising pays) he began his career door replacement to include exterior Greg and his wife Patti have 3 children, at the bottom so to speak cribbing cladding replacement as well. And, the a boy in college and 2 girls in high basement walls. Within a couple of rest as they say is history. school. LOUSON INVESTMENTS LIMITED • Land Development • Property Management • Heritage Restoration • Hotel Consulting This issue of the Cog sponsored by 403 262 1956 Rotarian Larry Ryder email@example.com The Rotary Club of Calgary is an organization of professional and community leaders who come together through commitment and fellowship to create opportunities and a better future for generations to follow.
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