Introducing The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Exhibition Park $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship Award

 

Lethbridge, Alberta – Lethbridge Exhibition Park and the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East announced today a new scholarship award program for $10,000 for one of Lethbridge and District’s top agricultural students.

The scholarship is to further recognize the importance of agriculture in our community by supporting a top student in their pursuit of an agricultural career.

 

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Introducing The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and Exhibition Park $10,000 Agricultural Scholarship Award Andrew Bronson 2018-09-11 06:00:00Z 0 agricultural,scholarship
Posted by Andrew Bronson
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East is co-sponsoring this year's Inspired by Nature program along with the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.  This program allows young people under 18 years of age to exhibit their art work at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre in Lethbridge's river bottom park.  Fran Leggett, a long time member of our club has been instrumental in getting this program started in Lethbridge.   We look forward to seeing the exhibits and putting some of the art work on this website.  
 
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Inspired by Nature Andrew Bronson 2018-08-27 06:00:00Z 0 Inspired by Nature,helen schuler nature centre,lethbridge artists,youth art display
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The 5 Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Club and Interact Clubs that call Lethbridge home joined forces in the Whoop-Up Days Parade on August 21, 2018.   2018 is the 100th aniversary of Rotary in Lethbridge and this was one way to let the community know our story. The Rotary float looked great and several Rotarians took turns pushing and spinning the float down the street.  Rotarians and other volunteers handed out 3,000 colouring books to youth.  The colouring books highlighted 100 years of Rotary involvement in Lethbridge.  
Above is the Rotary float parading down 3rd Ave. South.
The Rotary float was shown on CTV News and Rotary Club of Lethbridge past-president Nick Nicolacopoulos was interviewed.  Others Rotarians are shown distributing colouring books to kids.  
Other Rotarians participated in the parade.  This year's parade marshalls were the presidents and past-presidents of the 5 Rotary Clubs in Lethbridge.
Some individuals like Frank Johanssen from our club participated.   Frank is shown here with his 1914 Model T Ford.  Frank has owned this car for 60 years.   He was accompanied in the parade by Gerry Colburn and Wes and Coral Skiba.  
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Rotary Clubs Very Involved in Whoop-Up Days Parade 2018 Andrew Bronson 2018-08-27 06:00:00Z 0 Whoop-Up Days Parade 2018
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Apr 29, 2018
Armand Huneault, a Lethbridge prosthetist and humanitarian, spoke to our club about his trip to Ecuador to help with humanitarian efforts in the earthquake ravaged areas of North West Ecuador.  A powerful earthquake struct this area in 2016 and many of the traditionally constructed buildings collapsed killing 687 people and injuring thousands.  While Armand was in the coastal area, he made two trips back into the mountains to the Prótesis Imbabura clinic in Ibarra, Ecuador to fabricate prosthetic limbs for two men.   One of these crippled men had a severely deformed leg and the other had had a motorcycle accident 18 years previously.   Neither man had walked without crutches for years. 
 
Armand Huneault has volunteered at the Protesis Imbabura clinic for many years.  This clinic does amazing work and the need is great.   Bob and Kit Frank from Ashville, NC have been instrumental in establishing this clinic.  They have trained local people and the clinic is nearly self sustaining.  If anyone wishes to donate to this clinic, click on this link and it will take you to the Go Fund Me website page that has been set up for Protesis Imbabura.  Go Fund Me for Protesis Imbabura
 
Below are pictures of Armand and his work in Ecuador.  We greatly appreciated Armand's talk and we hope that he will keep us informed of his amazing volunteer work in the field of developing country prosthetics.
  
This young man now has a prosthetic limb.  
Armand and friend delivering water to earthquake victims.
This man has needed an artificial limb for 18 years.  
 
 
 
 
 
Armand Huneault in Ecuador - Service Above Self Andrew Bronson 2018-04-29 06:00:00Z 0
Ten Rotarians With A Microphone: Stand-Up Comedy Event Andrew Bronson 2018-04-26 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Feb 22, 2018
Play Day 2018 at University of Lethbridge has grown into a very fun way to celebrate Family Day.  Play Day at the University of Lethbridge was started by Rotarian and club member Dr. Bev Muendel-Atherstone in 1979.  Club members, Bill Mains, Bev Muendel-Atherstone, Han-Henning Muendel, Bob Jones and Ian McDonald volunteered with the cardboard box building extravaganza shown below.
 
 
Play Day 2018 at the University of Lethbridge Andrew Bronson 2018-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East partnered with the Lethbridge & District Exhibition in the Rotary Adventures in Agriculture program .  This was the fourth year that we have teamed up with the Exhibition to send students to Regina to take part in this program.  The students spend 4 event packed days visiting many agriculture related businesses, the Canadian Western Agribition, the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and several other events.   The Adventures in Agriculture Program is hosted by the Rotary Club of Regina Eastview.  Our hats go off to these Rotarians for providing a very educational fun filled opportunity for some bright students to see and experience agriculture related careers, businesses and exhibits.  
From left to right, the Adventures in Agriculture 2017 students are Dawson Pahl, Erica Haugan, Alease Scholten, Adriana VanTryp, Nickola Haugan.  
 
Adventures in Agriculture Andrew Bronson 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fran Leggett on Nov 08, 2017
Watch this short video that shows some of the highlights, projects and activities of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East over the last 56 years.   These photos were compiled by this year's Co-President Fran Leggett for the visit of our current District 5360 Governor, Rick Istead.  We are all looking forward to the next 56 years!   
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Lethbridge East - Serving Humanity Locally and Internationally Fran Leggett 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Jun 28, 2017
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East met at Mike and Diana Greer's home to celebrate the end of a great Rotary year.  Activities included: "Pass the Gavel" to the new co-presidents Chris McLean and Fran Leggett, a welcome back to Canada to last year's outbound exchange student Coral Skiba and a last chance to say farewell to this year's inbound exchange student Linette Kux.  There was lots of great food and fellowship.  Many thanks to Mike and Diana for hosting this event.  
Above:  Rotary Club of Lethbridge East and exchange students Coral Skiba and Linette Kux behind the flag.  
Coral Skiba (left) has recently returned from a year in Austria.  
Linette Kux will be returning to Austria in July after a year in Lethbridge.
 
Linette Kux receiving gifts.  She sure liked her moccasins and Tshirt.  We're trying to make her as Canadian as we can before sending her home.  Left to right: Chris McLean and Fran Leggett (incoming co-presidents), Audrey King (outgoing co-president) and Linette.  
Audrey King getting ready to pass the gavel to Fran and Chris.  
Mike Greer, our host, was also celebrating his 65th birthday.  Mike (left) with Roger Rampling and Cheryl Mains.   
 
Passing of the Gavel and Farewell to Linette Andrew Bronson 2017-06-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Jun 04, 2017
Henning Muendel, a member of our club, gave an amazing presentation on May 30, 2017, about his recent return to the Paniyas of the Nilgiri Hills.  This was Henning's 7th trip to visit this colony.  The colony was established as a tribal area for Paniyas people 1966.  These Paniya people, prior to receiving this land, had been indentured servants and had almost no material possessions, no education and limited skills.  The NGO, NAWA (Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association) was responsible for the establishment of this tribal farm community.  Dr. Narasimhan was one of the key people in NAWA at the time of Henning's first journey to the Nilgiri Hills.  On this visit, there was a celebration of  Dr. Narasimhan's 100th birth anniversary at NAWA headquarters in Kotagiri and a few days later at the Paniya colony, nearly 200 km from Kotagiri.  
 
Henning, through the Canadian CUSO organization became the first farm manager for this tribal farm.  This incredible story is too long to tell in this format.  Readers are encouraged to read Henning's book on this subject.  My Life Among the Paniyas of the Nilgiri Hills which can be purchased on line through several vendors.  : e.g. via from time to time via Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Life-Among-Paniyas-Nilgiri-Hills/dp/0978359305
Below are some photos from Henning's first visit as farm manager in 1966 through to his latest visit in 2017.  Many of the children in the 1966 pictures are now grandparents and some are shown with Henning in 2017.
 
 
Grain preparation in 1966
 
The tea plantation on the Paniyas' land has added a source of cash which has enhanced the lifestyles of the community.
 
Henning was sent to India by CUSO as  fresh Masters in Agronomy/Plant Breeding and International Agricultural Development.   His duties included managing a farm and a newly created tribal area.  Henning realized that this group of Paniyas needed education and Henning was instrumental in getting many of the people education.  
 
Henning with “his” first students in 1966.  
1966: Narayini – third from right in back row; Ammini – her sister – third from right in front row; Kurian – their brother, 5th from right in front row (looking backwards)
 
2017: Narayini – front left; Ammini – her sister – beside her; Kurian – their brother, on right; with H-Henning Muendel in centre rear
 
 
Henning with Paniya school children in 1967; second from right is Vellikan C.
Above is Henning and Vellikan C. in 2017.
 
 
Above is Henning with some of the "children" from 1966.  Many of these Paniyas now have nice clothes, improved diets and education thanks to Henning's initial work and from the continued support by other organizations over the years.  
The picture above was taken at the inauguration of the community hospital that is shown in the background.  The Nilgiris Adivasi Golden Jubilee Hospital was built and equipped with funds donated by several organizations and Rotary Clubs including Rotary Club of Lethbridge East which was the lead club on this project.  
 
Location of the colony.
Above, farming by hand and with oxen in 1966.
Above, Henning and children in 1966.   And, 50 years later they remember how much Henning has helped them.
 
Some of the "grandchildren" in the computer lab on the colony.  The computer lab was established with donations by Henning and Bev Mundel.  
Some of the children have gone on to post-secondary education.  
 
Above and below, Henning with some of his students from 1966.  
Henning Muendel's presentation was very heart warming and thought-provoking.  We had some discussion after the presentation.  This Paniya colony is now self supporting.  Many of the residents have started their own businesses.  Several of the young people have gone on to post-secondary education.  There are many lessons to be learned from the continuous 50 year involvement  of the local NGO, the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association with the Paniyas of the Nilgiri Hills, including Henning's (and his wife, Bev's) enduring commitment to the Paniyas .   Long term commitment, continued support, planning, integrity and empathy were all factors in helping a group of people go from indentured servitude to self sufficient people with a positive view of the future.  All Rotarians and others interested in international development can glean important information from this success story.    
 
The following video was sent to the Rotary Clubs in Lethbridge in April, 2018.  Rotarians in Lethbridge are celebrating 100 years of Rotary involvement in our city.   It great to get recognition of our 100 years of projects and services from the NAWA Hospital in the Nilgiris of India.  
 
 
Among the Paniyas One Last Time (50 years later), Dr. Henning Muendel Andrew Bronson 2017-06-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson
On March 21, our club met at the Lethbridge Food Bank in lieu of our regular meeting.  We were put to work in 3 different areas of the Food Bank.  
1.  Packaging Oatmeal that our club had donated previous.
2.  Sorting donated food.
3.  Serving Clients
This volunteer project gave our club a better understanding of the day to day operations of the Lethbridge Food Bank.  It also gave our club a chance to interact with the dedicated and friendly staff.  We have gathered more knowledge of the system and its needs so we can improve our donations and projects with the Lethbridge Food Bank.  
For 7 years, the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East has made bulk food donations to the Lethbridge Food Bank.  The bulk food has included:  Quick Oats, Frozen Peas, Bulk Potatoes, Dry Great Northern Beans.  We have worked with the Rotary Club of Lethbridge, Frito-Lay, Viterra, Bonduelle, local farmers and others to provide over 63,000 pounds of healthy economical food in the past 7 years.  
Below are some action shots of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East at work.  The pictures of the unloading and stacking of the pallets of Quick Oats are from previous loads of oats.  
 
Volunteering at the Lethbridge Food Bank Andrew Bronson 2017-04-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Mar 07, 2017
At our regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East, we were treated to some heart warming stories by our in-bound exchange student Lynette Kux and by club member Dr. Chuck Galambos and his family.
 
Lynette recently returned from a trip to San Diego and to Tijuana, Mexico where she helped build a house for a very poor family.  Below are some pictures of Lynette hard at work, her house building team and a picture of a very grateful family that received the house.  Well done Lynette!
 
Our main speaker for the evening was Dr. Chuck Galambos.  Chuck with help from his daughters, Diana and Daniella and his Cuban born wife Leydis did a lively job of telling us about their recent trip to Cuba.  Chuck gave us a brief history of the island which included the long history of American involvement and the rise to power of Fidel Castro.  We learned about the Island of Youth ( Isla de la Juventud) as it is called today.  Leydis was born on this island and left for Canada 15 years ago.  The local economy is quite impoverished and there are many challenges for the people that live there.  It is difficult to live as there is very little cash in the economy and it is a challenge to find parts and equipment.  For foreign visitors it is extremely inexpensive.  There are beautiful beaches and great fresh fruits and vegetables.  Below are some pictures of the Galambos' trip to Isla de la Juventud.
 
 
We all learned some new things about Cuba.  Incredibly beautiful country with lots of history and political issues.  Thanks again Dr. Chuck and family.  
 
 
An Evening of International Stories Andrew Bronson 2017-03-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wayne Lindwall on Nov 03, 2016
Carol Kundrik (Sunrise) introduced from the Calgary West Club to speak about the long-term and very successful micro-credit development project in Honduras which is now in Phase IV since it started in 1984 at the 10th Int’l RI Convention.  Steve reviewed the long and impressive history of the project that is linked RI’s commitment with the UN to reduce world hunger and poverty.  In 1989, more than 40,000 children were dying daily from hunger and malnutrition related diseases.  Today that number is less than 10,000 but still far too many children are suffering.
 
The micro-credit program has had more than 200 million borrowers and impacted more than 1B people by providing only $1.25/day to minimize hunger. UN’s goal is to eliminate child poverty and hunger by 2050 and RI and the global micro-credit program is playing a key role in this effort.  Ken Montgomery is a retired engineer and active in the project for many years.  He has visited more than 67 countries but is very committed to the Honduras project because it is the 2nd poorest country in Latin America with more 800,000 people suffering from hunger.
 
This HECD IVth phase of the project lead by his Calgary Club are attempting to raise $150K to be matched by RI and funding partners Opportunities Int’l Canada and IDH in Honduras.  This involves providing family business loans as small as $150 for various entrepreneurial ventures.  Repayment of loans have been very successful > 90% and had a major impact on reducing poverty and increasing their standard of living. Families do not have access to reasonable financing locally given the high interest rates (40-80%).  They are focusing larger SME (small to medium enterprise) projects of about $5K/each that will create 30-80 jobs over the next year and benefit more than 250 family members.
 
 
They are hoping to raise up to $5K from interested clubs.  In this regard Sunrise announced a $5000 contribution to the project and hope that RCLE will be able to contribute as well.
After some lively discussion about the challenges with corruption in countries like Honduras, Ken convinced the group that their efforts in due diligence and oversight have minimized these concerns.
 
Andrew thanked Steve and Ken for their passionate and informative presentation and wished them every success.  Our club will discuss this initiative further and hopefully be able to contribute in some meaningful way.
Microcredit Program in Honduras - presentation by Steve Rickard and Ken Montgomery Wayne Lindwall 2016-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2016
The playground construction crew made great progress on the installation of the new equipment this week.  Weather should allow completion of the project in early November thanks to some mild weather.  
Below:  Cement work October 26.
 
Pouring cement October 27.
 
Equipment installation getting started October 30. 
 
Progress on the Sugar Bowl Playground Andrew Bronson 2016-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 23, 2016
"RCLE Sugar Bowl playground equipment in boxes at site readied for construction: October 23, 2016.
 
There will be further updates to this story as progress is made on the Sugar Bowl Playground.  This is the second "refit" of the playground since it was intially built by members of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East in 1971.  Photos by Bev Muendel-Atherstone.
 
Playground area has been prepped.  Original plaque is still there.  
 
New playground equipment is in boxes.
Boxes of playground equipment.                                                          
   
 
Another look at the site preparation.
  
Construction of the New Sugar Bowl Playground Is Underway Andrew Bronson 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Oct 11, 2016
Kim Derksen won a travel voucher a couple of years ago and used the proceeds to go to India to take part in National Immunization Day.  The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East had Kim speak to the club on October 12, 2016.  Kim, who is a nursing instructor at the University of Lethbridge, took us all on a short version of her trip to India in February of this year.  It was a very informative and interesting presentation. 
 
Kim is a member of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise.  She joined a group of Rotarians from California for the trip as it was the most convenient time to travel.  Kim arrived in Delhi and spent a few days seeing the amazing sights which includes lots of temples.  It was also a shock to Kim's senses to take in the sights, smells and income disparity.    
Kim travelled to a the city of Hathras with 4 of the volunteers.  In Hathras, they vaccinated up to 300 children per day in temporary clinics that were set up in businesses and government building.  Kim and her small group went out to a very primitive small village to vaccinate the children there.  Living conditions were very tough and unsanitary.
Kim then travelled back to Delhi and visited several Rotary supported clinics.  One Rotary supported clinic provided free blood services to needing people of India.  They visited a government supported hospital that provided surgery and prothetic support to Polio sufferers.  One doctor had dedicated his career to helping Polio sufferers and he had preformed over 25,000 surgeries.  
In 1988 there were over 200,000 cases of Polio in India.  In 2013, India was declared Polio free.  There are still a lot of people suffering from Polio and the country must keep vaccinating as there is Polio in neighbouring Pakistan.  
 
Kim Derksen dressed in her "National Immunization Day" outfit presenting
to Rotary Club of Lethbridge East in the Saddle Room.
 
 
The World Health Organization and UNICEF have done an incredible job
in India's Polio Erradication Program.
 
Kim and other Rotary volunteers gave drops at various booths
on National Immunization Day in India
National Immunization Day in India - presentation by Kim Derksen Andrew Bronson 2016-10-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 09, 2016
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East received the letter posted below from the Superintendents of both Glacier and Waterton National Parks.  This workshop preceeded the annual Rotary International Peace Park Assembly.  Many club members have been active in theWaterton - Glacier International Peace Park Association for many years.  Please visit their website to learn more:  www.watertonglacierpeacepark.org
Hands Across Borders - Rotary Club of Lethbridge East's Sponsorship 2016-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Oct 07, 2016
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge East did it again!  475 dozen roses were delivered to wives, family, friends, staff members at their homes and offices on October 6, 2016.  It was a very busy day that started early with wrapping the roses and finished with the last deliveries in the evening.  We greatly appreciate all the hard work from club members and other volunteers and we want to give special thanks to Chris McLean who lead this project this year for our club.  
Please watch the video below.  We received some great coverage by the Lethbridge CTV crew.  This video appeared on the CTV Lethbridge Evening News on October 7.  Chuck Galambos is shown delivering roses to the Royal Bank in downtown Lethbridge and there is a great interview with Bev Muendel-Atherstone.  
 
Below are some pictures of the roses, the card that is delivered with the Roses and some U of Lethbridge volunteers.  
Audrey and Evon Wrapping Roses                                                                                        
Bill Mains getting loaded up for another delivery run
Wes and Andrew - just visiting            Trinity loading up Chuck's car
Bob Jones getting ready                                                                                        
 Trinity and Chuck presenting roses at RBC
 
 
Rotary Roses 2016 - 475 dozen roses delivered - that is a lot of smiles Andrew Bronson 2016-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Oct 05, 2016
Our Inbound Youth Exchange Student for 2016-2017 is Linette Kux.  Linette, dressed in a traditional Austrian dirndl, gave our club her first formal presentation of the year.  Linette is 15 years old and comes to us from Austria.  Linette is from the village of Leogang which is famous for its proximity to the Saalbach – Hinterglemm ski resort which receives 23 million tourists annually.  
The club received an excellent presentation filled with beautiful photographs of scenery and historic castle from Austria.  Linette loves animals and sports which includes soccer, horse back riding and skiing. Linette's English is very good and is sure to improve during her stay in Lethbridge.  Our club is very pleased to host Linette for this year and we look forward to having her at our meetings, club events and family functions throughout the year.  Linette's sponsoring club in Austria is the Rotary Club of Zell am See (banner shown below).
Left to Right:  Glenn Coulter Co-President, Linette Kux, Audrey King (Co-President)
Meet our new Inbound Youth Exchange Student - Linette Kux Andrew Bronson 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Oct 03, 2016
On June 15, 2016, the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East served humanity, got some exercise, fresh air and had a few laughs doing it.  For many years in a row, the club has been picking up garbage along Highway 4.  So Rotary may be noted for projects such as polio erradication, international student exchanges, community develops such as spray parks and playgrounds but just so you know, we even pick up garbage!  We had a extra laugh this year when Maria Trans, our clubs Youth Exchange Student from Denmark found one of Bev Muendel Atherstone's campaign signs in the ditch.  
 
Adopt-a-Highway Andrew Bronson 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Bronson on Oct 03, 2016
Rotary Youth Exchange Students from several districts gathered at East Glacier to participate in the Hands Across Borders 2016. Transboundary & Peace Park Assembly. This was a tremendous experience for the exchange students as the Transboundary Practitioners Workshop brought conservation management people from all around the world to Glacier National Park.  Our Youth Exchange Student for 2016-2017 Line Kux attended and had a lot of fun getting to know all the other exchange students from around the world.  Futher information about the Waterton Glacier Peace Park Assembly can be found by clicking on this hyperlink.
 
Youth Exchange Students Attend Hands Across Borders Andrew Bronson 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Uganda Dental Clinic project - Mubende Chuck Galambos 2015-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Brian Kaltenbruner In Memoriam FLL 2015-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Andrew Bronson is watching Lethbridge Food Bank staff unload 10,000 pounds of Quick Oats.  This is part of the 14,500 pounds donated this year.  Total donations from the combined efforts of the 4 Rotary Clubs is over 53,000 pounds.  

Food Bank new shipments Christen Franken 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jun 01, 2014

Our darling Cassidy returned to Canada from Brazil ! No one is more excited than her mom and her granny. We say "welcome back" !! and we can't wait to hear all Cassidy's stories  .................... about plenty of hot running water, great water pressure, an exciting home-away-from-home, and lots of adventures and experiences.  

( For other views of Brazil and all its beauty AND soccer arenas : tune in to the FIFA world cup  !! )

Our Youth Exchange is back from Brasil ! Christen Franken 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jul 04, 2013

 

2012-2013 District Governor : Fran Leggett  
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Fran has been the very first female Governor in the history of our District. Since joining our Club in 1997 she applied her organizational skills and became an advocate for Rotary. She has been instrumentally involved in large-scale projects including the Lethbridge Rotary Dragonboat Festival, and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park established by Rotarians in 1932.

Fran has dedicated countless volunteer hours to the evolution of District programs in many years. As District Governor she completed the extensive travel throughout our District, and the 2013 District Conference was held here in Lethbridge in May this year.

Click District 5360 site to visit the District website of her successor : 2013-2014 District Governor Pat Killoran.

 

Past District Governor Fran Leggett Christen Franken 2013-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Food Bank ..... innovative support Christen Franken 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jan 03, 2013

ImageImageImageLaura is our Club’s  inbound exchange student  from Troyes (pop 61,200), the regional capital of the Champagne-Ardenne district in the North-East of France. The area is beautifully rolling land, inundated with vineyards producing the world-famous champagne. Troyes has old architecture including Cathedral St. Pierre et St. Paul and timber-façade buildings, and sits along the river Seine 150km southeast of Paris.

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Laura lives in a rural type setting in a large house with her parents and an older sister. Laura’s high school is a converted hospital from WWII ; she lives in residence and goes home on the weekends. She says she likes her family because, “They are not perfect”. Her mother was a tennis pro and national winner when Laura was younger; she now is a tennis teacher and Laura is very proud of her.  Her father works for the government ; he likes tennis - and that is what brought her parents together.  Her sister is into horses and participates in competitive riding. The whole family enjoys tennis.

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Laura's hobbies includes playing guitar, photography, reading and writing and she would like to learn to play piano.  Her friends are her second family because they live together all week, Her best quote is, “It’s very important to have friends, because they are the best things in the world”.

When Laura goes home, she will take her final year of high school and will aspire to be a lawyer (avocat) specializing in International Law.Image

 

   

 

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Laura is a delightful bright young lady, with whom we have shared various Alberta adventures - one that includied getting her gloves on fire over a Coleman stove pot when warming her hands after snow-shoeing with some of our club members …. . She is enthused and “agreeable” about the love our Club has for her and visa-versa, and she is learning a lot about life here. She is now 17 years old and is excitedly looking forward to becoming 18 in March of 2013. 

Enjoy your year Laura, it goes quickly……

Laura Massicard - exchange student from France Christen Franken 2013-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Nov 19, 2012

We are very proud to have long-time club member Bob Hironaka in our midst. Bob recently received the Alberta Order of Excellence recognition. Bob is an exceptional Rotarian, citizen, community inspiration and productive innovator.

ImageBob is an outstanding Rotarian, recipient of 5 Paul Harris Fellowships for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation, and a genuinely positive organizer for Rotary events. Bob has been deeply supportive of Group Study Exchange programs, through which young professionals visit other countries to learn in their fields and to build international relationships. Bob supervised a GSE group to Japan, and has hosted and planned visits and functions for countless incoming GSE groups.

For many years, Bob was one of the principal proponants and participants in the Young Voyageurs Program through which students from Quebec and Alberta participated in an exchange to enhance understanding within our Canadian culture. Bob has also been a strong supporter of the Rotary International Student Exchange, supporting both incoming, and outgoing Lethbridge students.

Bob has been a tireless organizer and supporter of Rotary community activities, and has held nearly every Executive / Committee Chair postion in the Rotary Club of Lethbridge East. He has introduced many people in the Lethbridge community to Rotary with his unique talent for identifying people's strengths. Bob is well known throughout the District and has become one of the "elder statesmen" for Rotary.

Bob is an outstanding citizen, a true inspiration to his community, and a very constructive innovator. Bob was behind the coming to fruition of projects such as the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Communites in Bloom, and so much more for our community ! Bob has also contributed to educational advancement in our City, as Chancellor at the University of Lethbridge.

Click Dr. Bob for more information about this incredible man !

Click News Flash Dr. Bob for photo of the 2012 Award Recipients.

Recently a Celebration Dinner was hosted in honor of Bob's special recognition - click Celebrate Dr. Bob  for photos of that event.

Dr. Bob Hironaka - Alberta Order of Excellence Christen Franken 2012-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Oct 08, 2012

The 2012 Rotary Roses Image
fundraising campaign
was a huge success !
 

On the Thursday before the Thanksgiving weekend,  over 400 dozen rozes were wrapped and delivered to happy, surprized and gratefull Recipients. The volunteer crews were comprised of club members, their spouses and friends, Rotaractors, high school students. Many of the wrappers and the driver-teams worked multiple shifts and tasks - some worked all day ...... it was a great day of solid team-work ! THANK YOU to all Volunteers !!

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The proceeds of this fundraiser will all go to local youth projects - as requests are presented at our Club meetings. A sincere THANK YOU to all the ticket purchasers - who sponsored this endeavour through their support - and who made the day a delightful one for so many recipients !

 

Rotary Roses 2012 Christen Franken 2012-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Galambos on Aug 06, 2012

Emily Carscadden is our Club’s choice for outbound exchange student for the 2012-2013 school year. Image

Emily is eldest of two sisters and attended  Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. For her final year of study. Emily will be attending school in Mazatlan, Mexico -- her departure is slated for August 13. She will be returning a year older and many years wiser.   Our club’s expectation is that she will be an outstanding representative for CANADA and return with many stories, a good many of which will be in Spanish.

Emily enjoys guitar among other avenues of interest. She receives high marks in school, is self-assured and is a good public speaker. Time for her will go much quicker than she expects.

Prior to departure, Emily’s excitement was palpable. She has never done anything out of her comfort zone like this before. With a rock-solid family behind her and the full auspices of Rotary to watch over her, Emily will be free to experience the ups and downs of a young teenager learning another culture. More importantly, she is going to learn about herself. Our club will follow her blog and it has been broached that we will entertain a few SKYPE calls throughout her year during our regular Club meetings.

Good Luck Emily. Work hard at being an Ambassador for your country. We are excited for you and expect to be even more excited at your return.

Youth Exchange Student - outbound Chuck Galambos 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jul 05, 2012
Image2012-2013 District Governor :  Fran Leggett

At our first Club Meeting in the 2012-2013 year, we welcomed a new arrival : the Home Club Banner for the District Governor of District 5360.

Our own Fran Leggett is the very first female Governor in the history of our District, and she is well-prepared, well-versed, tuned-in, and totally dedicated to serve our District this Rotary Year. Since Fran joined our Club in 1997, she has applied her organizational skills and has become immersed in Rotary. She has been instrumentally involved in large-scale projects including the Lethbridge Rotary Dragonboat Festival, and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park etablished by Rotarians in 1932 (currently serving as President).

Fran's vocation is Electron Microscopy. In her research at the Lethbridge Researcy Station she is scoring successes in advancement on agricultural "bug control".

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 = District Governor First Lady / Fran Leggett has already dedicated countless volunteer hours to District programs and innovations in the past years. This year she will visit all the Clubs in the District, and our District Conference Committee (Chaired by Dr. Glenn Coulter) is well under way with the planning of the Conference here in Lethbridge on May 3-4-5, 2013.

Click  District 5360 site
to visit the District website.
District Governor - Home Club Christen Franken 2012-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jun 25, 2012

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Preparing to roll from one Rotary Year into another, our Club hosted the Passing the Gavel event at Fort Whoop-Up. All four city Rotary Clubs were represented : Lethbridge, Lethbridge East, Lethbridge Sunrise and Lethbridge Urban Spirits - as well as the Winston Churchill High School Interact Club and University of Lethbridge Rotaract Club.

Outgoing Presidents relayed some of their Club events and vied for bragging rights, thanking their executives for the year. They passed the gavel on to the Incoming Presidents who hinted at exciting events coming up in the new year.

The atmosphere at the Fort was relaxed and sunny, the BBQ meal was tasty, and the whole ambience was conducive for good fellowship between the participants. Another memorable Rotary Event !.

Passing the Gavels in Lethbridge Christen Franken 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Christen Franken on Jun 21, 2012

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Presidential Citation

At the District Conference in Canmore our Club was awarded the 11/12 Presidential Citation - one of only six clubs in the District to receive this recognition.

Every year the criteria for the award are set by the current Rotary International president.
11/12 President Kalyan Banerjee focussed on membership growth with emphasis on increasing the number of women in Rotary. Globally, Rotary International still has fewer women than men, but in most Western nations there is a noticeable shift.

The other main focus was on contibutions to The Rotary Foundation and its Annual Program Fund. Contributions in this Fund become available in three years to the Rotary Districts, then providing a valuable source for Grant moneys issued by the Districts to Clubs applying to match these funds for their International or Community Service projects.

We are proud of this achievement, our Grant Applications are fruitful, and the Community benefits !

Award Winning Club ! Christen Franken 2012-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Galambos on Jan 23, 2012

Tuesday Jan 24 2012 was officially the 51st birthday celebrated by most of our members. We recounted anecdotes of the Club's past and celebrated with frivolity, fun and cake. It was a memorable evening..

51 and still going strong! 

Lethbridge EAST reaches 51! Chuck Galambos 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
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