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President Elect 2015-16 Larry Logan
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Immediate Past President Pub Club Brian West
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Membership Sandi Kennedy
Immediate Past President Jack MacLean
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Soap Box Derby Chair Mark Kharfan
Youth Exchange Brad Stuparyk
Christmas party Al King
Soap Box Derby Vice Chair Andrew Northrup
Chair Golf Tournament Jay McFarlane
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President Pub Club Tannis Andrejcin
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Okotoks Rotary
PO box 84
Okotoks AB T1S 1A4


  Club meets Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
  @ Crystal Ridge Golf Club
8 Crystal Green Lane, Okotoks, AB

  Pub Club meets Thursdays
  5:15pm to 6:15pm 
  @ Rylie's Cattle Barn
   #263, 200 Southridge Drive - Okotoks, AB

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Posted by Jeffrey Foss on Jun 07, 2014

The 25th Annual Soapbox Derby was a success, thanks to the hard work of volunteer Rotarians and community sponsors. Special thanks to co-chairs Mark Kharfan and Andrew Northrup for organizing this event once again.

Posted by Troy Bourque on Nov 01, 2013

Posted by John Lockhart




Posted by John Lockhart on Feb 08, 2013

ImageIn a little Town in South West Mexico 6 Okotoks Rotarians along with 4 spouses partnered with members of the Sylvan Lake and Red Deer Rotary Clubs to bring over 300 Wheel Chairs to needed people in the southern parts of Mexico around Huatalco. The clubs raised the money, purchased the chairs, shipped them off to Mexico and then travelled to Mexico to unpack and assemble the Chairs. They ten did work days helping people get a chair and teaching them how to manage them.

The picturse show our Rotarians at work helping...

  • 80-yr-old Nicolesa Bta Diaz took a four hour bus ride to get her wheelchair
  • President Kino of the Huatalco Rotary shows parents how to take their son up and down stairs

  • Neil Swenrude, 10 year veteran of the wheelchair program from Sylvan Lake left, with Lynn Peterson, first time wheelchair volunteer with the Okotoks Rotary lift a recipient into her new chair



Posted by Sandra Kennedy

Did you know that Rotary International has made it a mission to eradicate polio from the entire world?  And that there are only three countries left in which polio exists? The last country to capitulate was India, after many years of delivering the vaccine. In February, 2012, the country celebrated one full year polio free. 


In today’s world, many of us don’t understand the crippling effects of polio.  The virus attacks the intestinal tract, causing general illness and flu-like symptoms, but in its worst form, the virus migrates from the intestine and may affect the nerves governing the muscles in the limbs and the muscles necessary for breathing, causing respiratory difficulty and paralysis of the arms and legs. It can even cause death.


In the Western Hemisphere we began to use the vaccine as soon as it became available in the mid-fifties, and for many years we’ve not seen anyone with the disease. The rest of the world was not as fortunate, but with concerted efforts, only a few countries remain a challenge. Although immunization efforts continue, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are still infected.  Change in these countries is difficult due to cultural or religious barriers and/or civil unrest.  But when compared to the entire world, we have almost reached our goal. You will see evidence of the current campaign, which states, “We are ‘this close’ to ending polio.


One of the faces you will see in these ads is that of Bill Gates. He donated $350 million to the cause, and challenged Rotary International to match it.  Rotary’s initial pledge, set in 2009, was to raise $200 million for polio eradication. To date, Rotary has contributed $164.5 million to the cause in India, and more than $1 billion worldwide.


This money comes from fundraisers in individual clubs all over the world.

Here in Okotoks, the Rotary club is selling poinsettias to brighten your holiday season.  Why not celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th by ordering your plants? All of the proceeds will go toward this global initiative. We are using a local supplier, and offering two sizes of the plant. For $15, a stunning poinsettia, and for $20, a beautiful plant laced with tropicals.  To place your order, call (403) 938-9951 or e-mail   

Posted by Marvin Pawlivsky on Oct 03, 2012

Posted by Troy Bourque on Aug 03, 2012

As part of an international experiment, a satellite meeting has been created for young professionals, bringing the current membership to 52. Our local Rotarians are the only club in Canada participating in this unique pilot program.

Rotary generates funding for community projects and charitable organizations, and you’d be surprised at the variety of ways we do it.

Last month, we held the 23rd Annual Soap Box Derby on the Crystal Ridge hill, with a whopping 92 participants. This successful event sparks amazing community participation with parents and businesses alike sponsoring the homemade cars.  This year’s race brought in $7,500.  

This month, we ran our annual golf tournament with hot sunny weather, and a lot of fun.  The results? Ten thousand dollars was given to KidSport, an organization dedicated to financially helping families register their children in sports programs.  An additional ten thousand went to Rowan House, an emergency shelter for women in the Foothills area.

These are events you read about in the paper, but what about the work you may not know about?  Here’s what happened. Some Rotary reps went to a cattle auction. They bought a steer and sold the best cuts.  The rest went into hamburger, as did the money they made on the better cuts, and the Okotoks Food Bank benefitted by 400 pounds of fresh ground meat.

Next month we look forward to providing food at the Highland Games, and any proceeds from that gargantuan endeavour will be donated back to this high profile event.

Rotary is an international organization that believes in Service First.  If you’d like to visit a meeting, you’re welcome anytime. Wednesday’s meeting begins at 6:30 at Crystal Ridge Golf Club and includes dinner for $20.  The young professionals meet Thursdays at 5:15 at Rylie’s Cattle Barn for appetizers at five dollars. Find more information at

Peg Ainsley is a Rotarian and a freelance writer in Okotoks.

Posted by Marvin Pawlivsky

Alana Millard, who was chosen to represent the Okotoks Rotary Club at the annual Adventure in Citizenship program in Ottawa has just returned from her trip.  Here is the letter she wrote to the club.
Posted by Marvin Pawlivsky

Posted by Marvin Pawlivsky

Posted by Troy Bourque

The Rotary Club of Okotoks now has fifty members.

With the induction of 8 new members into the Satellite Clublast week the total membership of the Rotary club of Okotoks is 50! (42 active and8 honorary members)

Congratulations to all the new members and the membershipcommittee.

Posted by Troy Bourque on Oct 31, 2011

CanadianRotarian and polio survivor Ramesh Ferris met with Nigerian PresidentGoodluck Jonathan, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British PrimeMinister David Cameron, Pakistani Prime Minister Raza Gilani, andAustralian Prime Minister Julia Gillard immediately following anannouncement of a $90 million contribution to the Global PolioEradication Initiative.
Posted by Sandra Kennedy on Oct 12, 2011


Throughout the world of Rotary Clubs; 200 Clubs were grantedthe ability to organize a “Rotary Satellite Program”.  In this 3 yearpilot program, the Okotoks Rotary Club is working through the process to createa special “Satellite Club” geared to meet the volunteer needs of its region’syoung professionals.  The new group will meet on a different day, likelyan early evening 5-6 pm or morning 7-8am.  The Satellite Club will workalong with the existing Chartered Okotoks Rotary Club; also within the guide linesthat all Rotary Clubs follow. 


Posted by Troy Bourque

Join in the celebrations as Alberta honours its small businesses in and around the week of October 16 to 22, 2011 – recognized nation-wide as Small Business Week. Every year, The Business Link and the Alberta Chambers of Commerce work together to promote Small Business Week events in Alberta.

Small Business Week is a national annual celebration organized by the Business Development Bank of Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce during the latter part of October.

It pays tribute to the significant contribution that small and medium-sized business owners make to our economy and gives them an opportunity to network with those interested in small business and dedicated to its development.  

This news story was taken from

Posted by Wendy Adam on Sep 12, 2011

TheRotary Club of Okotoks hastraditionally supported one to four students to attend Entrepreneurial Camp atEagles Nest Ranch in the CypressHills of Southern Alberta.  Students returned from Camp and many didpresentations to the club,  We all got asense that this was an intense team building exercise while learning what ittakes to build a business.   Studentsalways expressed appreciation at having been given this opportunity to learnand grow – using words like awesome, best ever camp, made so many friends, gained so much confidence, etc .  As there was a young man close to us, Udo andI decided that we would make the trek to the closing ceremonies, and try anddiscover what turned these “kids” on.
Posted by John Lockhart

Rotarians Dr. Troy Bourque and Doug Fraser pose with Longview 4H member  Ashley Shewchuk and the steer Ashley raised. The steer was purchased by the Okotoks Rotary Club and the meat from the steer was donated to the Okotoks Food bank.
Posted by John Lockhart

Okotoks student Taylor Ardiel spoke to the Okotoks Rotary Club about local youth curling and about his experiences and commitments as a rising young Alberta curler representing his Region and his Province at various levels of youth curling tournaments.
Posted by John Lockhart

Kirianna Crowe walks along a path with some of the kids she worked with this past September through December. Kirianna spoke to Rotary on Jan 5, 2011 to thank Rotarians for their donations to aid her in her work teaching these street kids english and helping to supply books, pencils, and food along with building classroom benches for them to sit on, painting walls, cementing a floor, and many other necessary steps to remove hunger and literacy problems.
Posted by John Lockhart

Representing the Okotoks Rotary Club's Secret Santa Program, Past President Bill McAlpine presents a donation of $3,200.00 to Krista Aiello of the Okotoks Healthy Family Resourse Centre.
Posted by John Lockhart

President Ted Shacklady presents The Okotoks Food Bank Executive Director Lea Carter with acheque for $1,500 to assist in taking care of the needy families over the holiday season.
Posted by John Lockhart

Okotoks Rotary President John Lockhart and Rotarian Norm Castiglione presented Rowan House Executive Director Sherrie Botten with cheques of $25,000 and $1,500 at their regular club meeting on September 1st.
Posted by Vern Noble

The Rotary Club of Okotoks was pleased to present the Seaman Stadium Field House Building Fund with a cheque for $50,000. The Okotoks Dawgs made the transition to Okotoks and in the last two years have taken the Championship Title - last year in front of the home crowd!The youth of Okotoks have responded and there are now many minor teams playing and learning baseball. The enclosure of the field house will allow for year round training in batting and the basics of baseball. Another rewarding donation to the community.
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