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Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana President Peggy Clark presents a cheque for $6,580 to Dev Prakhya, winner of the 50/50 draw at Saskatoon RibFest 2016. Observing is Bill Sinnett, chair of the RibFest 50/50 Draw Committee. The winning number was RF2-022025.

Bill Christensen, left, and President Bob Devrome presented an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship to Helen Smith-McIntyre for her many years of work advocating for refugees. Helen Smith-McIntyre is a teacher, United Church Minister, mediator, human rights advocate and chair of the Saskatoon Refugee Coalition since its founding in 1987. 

Ali Abukar, right, Executive Director of the Saskatoon Open Door Society, accepted a cheque for $4,000 from Asit Sarkar of the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana at the meeting on February 16, 2016. The funds will support the Society in helping refugees to settle in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Ribfest is pleased to announce that almost 21,000 people entered the Ribfest grounds at Diefenbaker Park over the long weekend from July 31 to August 3, 2015.
“We have seen our attendance grow from about 14,000 in the first year to 16,000 last year and to almost 21,000 this year, said Ribfest Chair Boris Kishchuk. "It is clear that people love ribs and are including Ribfest on their summer calendars. We express thanks to the ribbers, other vendors, entertainers, volunteers, sponsors and especially all the people who came to Ribfest for the successful result.”
Boss Hog’s was the winner of the People’s Choice Award. The winner of the 50/50 draw was Al Curtis of Saskatoon. 
Ribfest offered four days of delicious ribs barbecued by some of Canada’s top ribbers, live entertainment, plus a kids’ fun area, food and craft vendors, beer garden, 50/50 draw and more. Admission and entertainment were free. Ribfest is organized by the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana working with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Saskatoon.  Funds raised through Ribfest will support local and international projects. Visit http://www.saskatoonribfest.com for more information.
The fourth annual Saskatoon Ribfest will be held July 29-August 1, 2016 at Diefenbaker Park in Saskatoon.

The annual Saskatoon Ribfest will be held on July 31 to August 3, 2015 at Diefenbaker Park in Saskatoon. More more information, visit saskatoonribfest.com 

Many of our members wore green for our St. Patrick's Day meeting. Thanks to the Park Town Hotel for serving both Irish Stew and Beef and Guinness Stew.

Rotary Exchange Student Aldo Jacome of Mexico uses a snowblower to clear snow following a recent blizzard in Saskatoon.

On January 21, 2015, the Rotary Club of Saskatoon mailed a cheque for $20,000 to the Van Norman Foundation. It was the final payment of the club's commitment of $100,000 for the reconstruction of Greffin School in Haiti, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. This is one of the largest projects that the club has taken on and all members share a sense of satisfaction at it successful conclusion.

Members have the opportunity to host Rotary Exchange Students in their homes. The students live in Saskatoon for almost a year, usually living with three or four host families. Student Aldo Jacome from Mexico is now living at the home of member Stan Garchinski. Here is Aldo with Stan's horse and sleigh. 

Each year members of the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana volunteer to ring bells at Salvation Army Kettles.

On October 5, 2014, Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana member Bryan Harvey presented Julie Borlaug with a certificate indicating that a brick honoring her grandfather, Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug, will be installed in the Peace Plaza at Rotary Park in 2015. The brick is jointly sponsored by Ag-West Bio and the Agriculture Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) held in Saskatoon October 5-8. Julie was a keynote speaker at the conference on the topic "Continuing the Borlaug Legacy into the Next Century."  Each year on the Tuesday closest to September 21, the International Day of Peace, the Club organizes a ceremony at the Peace Plaza in Rotary Park to dedicate bricks in honor of past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Each year, the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana recognizes past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize through the dedication of bricks in the Peace Plaza at Rotary Park. The dedication ceremony takes place on the Tuesday closest to September 21, the International Day of Peace. The aim is to inspire others to follow the example of the Nobel Laureates in working for peace at home and abroad, and to emphasize the role of the Peace Plaza as a centre of peace-related activities in Saskatoon. In 2014,  Anne and Doug Porteous sponsored a brick in honor of Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, who were the co-winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.  Doug works for Meewasin and has been a strong supporter of the Nobel Peace Prize program since its inception in 2010. He spoke about the development of the Peace Plaza, the Nobel Peace Prize recognition program, and how Mandela and de Klerk engineered a peaceful transition of power in South Africa from apartheid to majority rule.  His Worship Mayor Don Atchison and Rotary 5550 District Governor Pat Chernesky both brought greetings. Observing the ceremonies were students from the grade 8 Eco-Justice class that operates out of St. Edward Catholic School. Teachers Mel Sysing and Dustin Kasun spoke about the importance of acquainting young people with the many opportunities to work for peace at home and abroad.

The Second Annual Saskatoon Ribfest attracted 16,000 hungry people to Diefenbaker Park on the August long weekend in 2014. Ribfest is a four-day family event that offers great food, live entertainment, champion rib vendors from across Canada, kids’ fun area, food and craft vendors and a beer gardens. Admission is FREE. Saskatoon Ribfest is organized by the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana in partnership with Big Brother Big Sisters of Saskatoon. Watch for the next Saskatoon Ribfest on July 31-August 3, 2015 at Diefenbaker Park. Check http://saskatoonribfest.com for details.


On June 1st, 275 people gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn to support the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana's intiative to reconstruct the Greffin School in Port Au Prince, Haiti that was demolished during the devastating earthquake that struck the island in January 2010. Our special guest speaker was Senator Pamela Wallin who shared her experiences as a journalist, a public servant and growing up in Saskatchewan. Ian Van Norman, a former member of Nutana Rotary and our partner on this project thru his own charitable foundation gave a picture presentation on the reconstruction of the school and their future plans. Peter Eyvindson, another former club member entertained us with an inspriring childrens' story.     

Almost $ 30,000.00 was raised to support our total committment of 100k and we would like to thank all those that attended and those that made in-kind financial contributions.

Senator Wallin, with Rotarians Dorothy, Bill & Boris 


Nutana Rotary Club Supports School Reconstruction in Haiti


The Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana is working with the Van Norman Charitable Foundation in the reconstruction of an elementary school in Haiti that was destroyed during the earthquake that occurred in January 2010.


Nutana Rotary has committed to fund the reconstruction of the school in the amount of $100,000 over the next five years. The Van Norman Charitable Foundation has agreed to match Rotary’s contribution by funding the costs of school children that attend the “Rotary”school.  Governments publicly fund only about ten percent of elementary schools in Haiti.


The reconstructed school is located on the outskirts of Port au Prince and consists of four classroom, a kitchen, cafeteria and office areas. The school reconstruction was carried out by Free Methodist Church volunteers from Canada and the United States working with local construction workers. Reconstruction started in the fall of 2010 and was completed in the spring of 2011. Teaching staff at the school is recruited and monitored by Compassion Canada. The school is open to all children and there are no restrictions on school attendance.



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