Welcome to the Rotary Club of the Battlefords

Welcome to the Rotary Club of the Battlefords

Battlefords Rotary

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The Blend Restaurant
1602 100th Street
North Battleford, SK  S9A 0W6
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Another Incredible Year for the
Rotary Club of the Battlefords!
Chartered in 1920, the Rotary Club of the Battlefords has made tremendous contributions to the Battlefords and the world for nearly a century.  Like many service clubs membership has declined over the last decade, but with 31 dedicated and active current members, the Club did amazing things once again in 2015-16. 
Let’s take a look back on the great things accomplished by the Club this past year.
Young people, and their wellness and development, are critically important to the Battlefords Rotary Club. 
The Battlefords Rotary Club awarded $4,000 in scholarships to youth to pursue their education at a post-secondary level.  Scholarships were awarded to students from North Battleford Comprehensive High School (NBCHS), John Paul II Collegiate (JP II) and North West College in 2015-16.  The Club looks forward to extending the scholarship program to include Sakewew High School in 2016-17.
RYLE (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience) is part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program.  The focus of RYLE is to develop leadership skills in youth between the ages of 15 – 17.  The 4 students (from NBCHS and JP II) sponsored by the Club joined youth from across District 5370 to develop leadership and motivation techniques, communication skills, team building and goal setting at the 5 day camp outside Edmonton. The young adults demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in their presentation to the Club in June 2016.
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) is a program for teens between the ages of 13-18 to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and personal skills at a four day camp organized by district 5370.  The Battlefords Rotary Club sponsored 7 youth to attend the camp held in Alberta.  Attendees reported the event was a life-changing experience.
On December 14th, 2016 our Club was thrilled to assist in the chartering of the Interact Club of NBCHS, the first Interact club in our community.  While sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Battlefords, the NBCHS Interact Club was the result of a tremendous amount of hard work and planning by a number of incredibly motivated and committed students.  Once chartered, the Interactors undertook activities to raise money for local and international charities.  Rotary is extremely proud of their achievements and looks forward to supporting their work and growth in the future.
Community Support
The Rotary Club was pleased to provide assistance in 2015-16 to the following groups for their very worthwhile causes.
  • North Battleford Bike Rodeo
  • Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Services
  • Kiwanis Music Festival
  • City of North Battleford – Free Public Skating Program
  • John Paul II – Student Debaters
CT SCANNER- Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH)
The BUH Foundation initiated a campaign in 2016 to raise funds for a new state-of-the-art CT scanner for BUH.  The Battlefords Rotary Club was pleased to make a donation of $2,000 to help improve healthcare in our region.
Battlefords Humane Society
The Battlefords Humane Society operated the animal shelter to house stray dogs and cats, and administers adoption services to ensure these abandoned animals find a good home.  The Society has initiated a campaign to raise funds to replace the old, inadequate animal shelter which has been their home for many years.  In May 2016 the Rotary club was pleased to commit $50,000 over 3 years to ensure this valuable resource to our community has a proper environment to undertake the care necessary for these unwanted animals.
Shelter Boxes
When disaster hits around the world people are often left without housing or shelter for their families.  Shelter Box Canada provides self-contained housing and survival equipment in any area where emergency accommodations are needed.  The Rotary Club of the Battlefords donated $3,600 for the purchase of three Shelter Boxes in 2015-16.
Fort McMurray
Disaster hit northern Alberta this spring as wildfires ravaged the community of Fort McMurray.  Canadians and the world lined up to help the tens of thousands people who were displaced from their homes.  Many Rotarians from our Club made personal contributions – thank you to all.  But the Club felt more help was required to bring Fort McMurray back to life as a community.  To that end the Club was pleased to make a donation of $5,000 to the Rotary District 5370 Foundation to help the community rebuild in the aftermath of this disaster. 
The Rotary movement, and clubs around the world, are committed to the eradication of Polio.  Through the tremendous work of Rotary International polio has been eradicated in all except three countries worldwide. On October 24th, 2015 the local Junior A hockey team (the Battlefords North Stars) allowed Rotary to promote the fight against polio at one of their games.  Club members attended the game, sang the national anthem (in tune of course), spoke to the 1000 fans in attendance about polio, and on the spur of the moment collected more than $800 to support the fight against polio.  Thanks to the Battlefords North Stars for donating the proceeds of their between-period promotion to the cause as well!
Over the past 95 years the Rotary Club of the Battlefords has done much in our community, leaving a legacy of projects that help make our community such a wonderful place to live and raise our families.  Some of the notable initiatives the Club has undertaken or has made significant contributions to include:
  • Herb Sparrow Rotary Splash Park
  • Rotary Skateboard Park
  • King Hill Lookout over the Saskatchewan River Valley
  • Rotary Park – adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce
  • Battlefords Boys and Girls Club building
  • Rotary Plaza and Chiming Clock at the CUPlex recreation facility
The membership of the Club not only fund very worthwhile causes but they also contribute their time to help make our community a better place – hands on giving. 
Bell Ringing for the Empty Stocking Fund – Rotarians provided bell ringing services at the Empty Stocking Fund donation kettles for one day at five locations around North Battleford. Our efforts helped raise funds to provide Christmas hampers and gifts to needy families.
Christmas Hamper Delivery – four Rotarians provided chauffeur service to take home families and their food hampers from the food bank at Christmas.
Meals on Wheels – Rotarians assist Prairie North Region Health Authority by delivering meals on wheels to the elderly and infirmed in the community.  The Rotary Club expanded its commitment by delivering meals for three weeks in 2015-16.
Card Playing at Regional Care Health Centre – in the spring of 2016 the Club renewed a program to visit residents at the regional care centre.  Each week 3 or 4 Rotarians (and often spouses) drop in one evening a week to play cards and visit with patients at the centre. 
Rotary Park Clean-up – the Rotary Park on the edge of North Battleford is used by many travellers as a place to rest, stretch their legs, walk the dog, or have a picnic.  Many residents of the Battlefords can also be seen enjoying the picnic tables located in this beautiful treed environment.  Each year Rotarians and their families and friends gather for an evening to use their skills at using a rake or mower to beautify the park – making it a true gem for the travelling and local public.     
In 2015-16 the Rotary Club ran five very successful fundraising projects, resulting in over $ 51,000 for the charitable work of the Club.  These initiatives were successful due to the incredible efforts of Rotarians and volunteers, plus tremendous support from the business community and the public of the Battlefords and area.
Spudnut Booth
The Club has operated a booth at the Battlefords Agricultural Society annual fair.  Held in August the fair attracts people from all over the region, and Rotary’s Spudnut booth is one of the main food attractions.  Operating the booth for the three day fair requires a tremendous amount of human capital. Rotarians and volunteers arrive early in the morning to start mixing the dough, and during the day when in full production you will see 12 – 14 Rotarians and volunteer supporters involved in the mixing, cutting, shaping, cooking, glazing and selling of the wonderful culinary delight known as a Spudnut (a huge deep fried potato flour donut).  Over 500 person hours are contributed during these three days, helping the Club raise achieve a net profit of nearly $11,000 in 2015.
But it’s not all about money – the Spudnut booth provides a unique opportunity for Rotarians to socialize not only with each other but also with the many family members and other volunteers who donate their time in the booth.  It is quite common to see high school students chatting with the owner of a big business or an elderly supporter of Rotary.  The conversations cover a wide range of topics but generally they lead to much laughter – everyone has fun.  The Club also uses our presence at the fair to promote the many worthwhile projects we have supported over the years – many fairgoers are not only surprised by the number of projects the Club has supported but also by the size of our financial contributions.
On October 3, 2015 the second annual Oktoberfest celebration was held in the Battlefords.  Rotarians and volunteer supporters transformed the Agrivilla building at the Agricultural Society grounds into a Bavarian paradise for a Rotary-version of the traditional Oktoberfest festivities.  A sell-out crowd of 290 people enjoyed the traditional German music, dancing and food along with a beverage or two.
Thanks to the generosity of many businesses in the Battlefords donating prizes a very successful silent auction was held.  When combined with receipts from 50/50 draws, food sales, liquor sales, and event tickets, the event achieved a net profit of over $9,800.  Another great project helping our Club to help our community and world.
This event, like most Rotary events, would not have been possible without the countless hours put in by the committee members and the event volunteers.  Over 325 hours were needed to plan and deliver this event.  Almost have the membership (15) were involved as were 12 non-Rotarian volunteers.  What would we do without the support of friends and family!
Trip of the Month
The Trip-of-the-Month lottery has been one of the best fundraisers for our Club for many years.  Draws are held each month for a fabulous vacation package beginning each December and running until November of the following year.  For the first time in a number of years the lottery sold out - all 325 one hundred dollar tickets were sold! Numerous ticket buyers also participated in the 50/50 add-on – the lucky winner received nearly $2,500.
With a sellout of tickets realized the Club over $13,600 in net profit in 2015-16.  This fundraiser doesn’t require a significant investment of time (approximately 30 hours to arrange trips, prepare tickets, phone ticket selling campaign, administration) or resources.  In spite of other groups in the community now copying this event, the Club is confident that those supporting the Rotary lottery not only do so for the chance to win a wonderful prize but also because they support Rotary causes.  
Father Daughter Gala
In March 2016 the Club introduced a new event to the Battlefords, the Father Daughter Gala.  The Gala, a formal affair for daughters and fathers regardless of age, consisted of a lovely supper followed by an evening of entertainment.  The organizing committee solicited the assistance of the United Way to staff the event, and along with Rotarians and other volunteers, and their investment of 150 volunteer hours helped provide a memorable experience for the 184 ticket holders.  Ticket sales were right on target but last minute demand which had to be turned away suggests that this popular event could draw 200 – 220 people in the future. 
The Club was extremely pleased to attract two major sponsors, Discovery Co-op Ltd. and Battlefords Furniture, and two minor sponsors, Innovation Credit Union and Gold Eagle Casino, for the event.  In addition numerous other businesses stepped forward with prizes for the auctions and prizes.
The event raised around $7,500 for Rotary as well as a $1,000 for the United Way.  With the success of the inaugural event, the Club plans on making this an annual event.  It is anticipated that the father Daughter Gala has the potential to achieve contributions towards our charitable work nearing $20,000 in future years.
Hockey Draft
Each spring brings an annual ritual to Canada – the NHL playoffs.  And along with the playoffs comes Rotary’s hockey draft.  In April of each year the Club hosts an event for 120 hockey enthusiasts to join together for supper, spirits and all the frivolry that goes with 10 rounds of drafting players to form their playoff teams.  The 2016 event was the twelfth (or maybe thirteenth) time it has been held.
Twenty-eight, four- person teams (including a team of lady Rotarians) participated in the 2016 draft, selecting players from the 16 teams involved in the NHL playoffs.  Entry fees along with the Calcutta, 50/50 draws, liquor sales and fines for breaking draft rules netted the Club over $6,000.  But more importantly, Rotarians and the community once again had a tremendous time at this much anticipated annual event. 
The Club was shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of one of our own in early 2016.  Brian Maunula, a member since 2010, passed away suddenly in February.  Brian was a past-President of the Club, and a Paul Harris award recipient.  His contributions to the Club and his friendly nature will be greatly missed.
A former long term member of the Battlefords Rotary Club, Harold Greyeyes, also passed away this past year.  Harold was a beloved member of our Club until health issues forced him to Saskatoon.  Harold was proud of his First Nation heritage and his long association with Rotary.  He served as Club President and was a Paul Harris recipient.

Rotary Club of the Battlefords Charters its First Interact Club


John Jangula (Rotary Club of the Battlefords)


Monday, December 14th, was an historic evening for the Rotary Club of the Battlefords!

The club held its annual Christmas meeting and members were treated to a wonderful meal. But instead of engaging in a holiday-related activity as was usually the case during such events, the club rang in the formation of the North Battleford Comprehensive High School Interact Club! Chartered on November 24, the new Interact Club has 16 members and a faculty advisor. Keri Payne, Secretary of the Rotary Club will serve as the liaison between the clubs.

NBCHS Interact President Alicia Piller accepted the Charter from Rotary Club President Bryan Nylander, and was also presented with a gavel and bell and a cheque for some start-up funds. The cheque may be redundant, as the Interact Club has already held their first fundraiser, raising over $400 selling popcorn at the school. Taking advantage of the attraction between food and teen metabolism, they were also able to pro-mote the club and recruit new members in the process!

The NBCHS Club joins 19 others in District 5370 and was borne out of the leaders’ participation in the RYLE and RYPEN programs offered in our District. The Rotary Club has been a strong supporter of these two programs, sending several teens every year. A few of the recent attendees were impressed with Rotary and wanted to expand the Organization’s presence in the Battlefords. That coupled with the dedication of several members of the Rotary Club culminated in the formation of the first Interact Club in the Battlefords.

The idea of starting an Interact Club here has been around for a long time, but it took the drive of a few teens along with that of a few past and present members of the Rotary Club to turn that hope into a reality. The youth of the area and the entire Battlefords community will be well-served by having a secular venue for youth who want to make a positive contribution to their world.

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