Lucky Loot Raffle is Underway! David Thorne 2024-02-04 06:00:00Z 0
2024 Vocational Award David Thorne 2024-01-22 06:00:00Z 0
Ripple Effect Makes a Difference David Thorne 2023-10-31 05:00:00Z 0
Warm Bodies - Warm Hearts David Thorne 2023-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Family is Growing! David Thorne 2023-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club makes donation to the City of Selkirk David Thorne 2023-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Gigantic Book Sale David Thorne 2023-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Garden is Growing! David Thorne 2023-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Welcome to Rotary! David Thorne 2023-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Selkirk Rotary Club gives generous donation to Gaynor Family Regional Library 2023-05-27 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations David & Jean: QEII Jubilee Medals! Hobie Searles 2023-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
N.O.W. continues to WOW David Thorne 2023-02-20 06:00:00Z 0
Helping HUDDLE David Thorne 2023-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
2023 Vocational Award David Thorne 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Lunch & Learn

The Rotary Club of Selkirk was honored to host Joy Smith of the Joy Smith Foundation who gave a fantastic presentation on Human Trafficking to a packed house at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club today. The Foundation works to provide access to information so that every Canadian man, woman and child is educated and empowered to stay safe from manipulation, force, or abuse of power designed to lure and exploit them in a sex trade or forced labour. A $500 donation was given to the Joy Smith Foundation which included $5.00 from each ticket sold as well as a top up from the Rotary Club of Selkirk. Thank you for your amazing work Joy!!👏👏👏
Rotary Lunch & Learn David Thorne 2022-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Project Echo Success! Grand Opening!

Valentines Day | Official Opening of Selkirk Echocardiography Services

The Rotary Club of Selkirk raised approximately $200,000 to purchase the medical equipment required to bring echocardiography services to the region. Eleven different municipalities throughout the health region contributed to the project, as did 31 community groups, local businesses, Hutterite colonies and dozens of individuals.


Click on each news photo to read report
The Selkirk Record - February 20, 2020 Edition
Two articles
  • Strong pulse for heart health in Selkirk                   page 3
  • Echocardiography services expanding in Selkirk    page 9


        Ruth Ann Furgala
Judy Dunn
Ron van Denakker
Sharon Moolchan
Jean Oliver
Photo credit:
 Director IERHA Board
 Director IERHA Board
 Selkirk Rotary President
 Selkirk Rotary President-Elect
    &  Project Echo Co-Chair
Gail & Bill Bodman
Sharon Moolchan
President Selkirk Rotary
Photo credit: Gail & Bill Bodman
Jean Oliver
Selkirk Rotary President Elect  & Project Echo Co-Chair
Photo credit: Gail & Bill Bodman
Deann Lane 
Irwin Kumka 
Brad Saluk 
Debbie Fiebelkorn 
Joy Sul 
Sharon Moolchan 
Dr. Alan Lagimodiere 
Jean Oliver 
Clive Hinds 
Photo credit:
 Selkirk & District Community Foundation
 Councillor Victoria Beach
 Reeve  R.M. of Brokenhead
 Mayor of St. Clements
 Mayor of St. Andrews
 President Selkirk Rotary
 MLA Selkirk
 Selkirk Rotary
 Mayor of Stonewall
 Gail & Bill Bodman
Ralph Eichler
Petr Kresta
Cameron Friesen
Ron Janzen
Sharon Moolchan
Jean Oliver
Ron Van Denaker
Dr. Al Lagimodiere
Kelly Wilkinson
Reed Love
Photo credit:
 Shared Health
 Minister of Health
 Selkirk Rotary
 Selkirk Rotary
 Shared Health
 Shared Health
 Gail & Bill Bodman
Photo credit: Gail & Bill Bodman
Photo credit: Gail & Bill Bodman
Project Echo Success! Grand Opening! 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Ribbon Cutting Project Echo February 14, 2020 2020-02-14 06:00:00Z 0
The Importance of Peace Literacy 2018-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Ribfest Aug 24-26, 2018 2018-08-12 05:00:00Z 0
2018 Meeting dates 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
  Project Echo - Echocardiography machine 2018-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
On the Door April 2018 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0


                          Wasn't that a Party???         
a Bill Bodman 2017-06-10 05:00:00Z 0

Special Rotary Club of Selkirk Meeting

Posted on Apr 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Selkirk held a “Special Rotary Club of Selkirk Meeting” on Saturday, April 8, at the Selkirk Golf and Country Club when we celebrated our “80th Anniversary of Service to Humanity” in our community, region and internationally .
At the special meeting we celebrated Selkirk Rotary’s contributions to the Triple S Community and highlighted our exciting new major health care project to fundraise for very much needed “Echocardiogram Equipment” for our New Selkirk Regional Hospital.  Our Keynote Speaker for the event was a very dynamic speaker, “Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair”,
who spoke on his youth growing up in Selkirk and his Rotary experiences in RYLA and his youth exchange in South Africa and what Rotary meant to him.
Two Paul Harris Fellows were presented to commemorate our 80th Anniversary.
The first was to Rene Gauthier, a tireless community volunteer
who was instrumental in the creation of the Soup Kitchen and the
Homeless Shelter among other community achievements.
The second was to Jamie Sinclair to recognize his international
work in reconciliation and human rights.
Making the presentations was our president Marcia Bilkoski'
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  
Special Rotary Club of Selkirk Meeting 2017-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

Reflections from students

Reflections from students who have experienced the benefits

of the Rotary Club of Selkirk’s support of student programming

The experience I had with the adventure in agriculture through the Rotary finalized my decision to take agriculture at the University of Manitoba. The diversification that I experienced opened my eyes to the many fields offered in agriculture. The consensus belief in agriculture is that you need to come from a farm background. I was not raised on a farm, but I have immersed myself in the agriculture field. I have found this field both challenging and rewarding. Through my experience with Adventures in Agriculture I would highly recommend students attend with the Rotary who have any interests in the field of Agriculture!
  • Ali M
 “Since the election I've been thinking about how lucky I was to go. I was in Ottawa with AIC during the last election, and I've never been with so many open minded young people from a varied background of beliefs. I made great friends and valuable contacts, got to travel by myself for the first time, and learned a lot about Canada. The sessions were really valuable as well, and made me a more well-rounded person in so many ways. Mostly, the value of this trip has grown as I mature, I had no idea how much it would influence me through university and future political events I encounter.
  • Emma D
To me MUNA was the best part of my high school experience, it taught me how to think on my feet in order to continue a debate, as well how I needed to be very thorough in my research into any topic, not just MUNA. MUNA also gives us recognition within the community of being ambassadors for the future and a better world, one day as I was at work a stranger came up to me and asked if I had attended MUNA the past couple years, when I said that I did he shook my hand and told me that I was an excellent speaker and that both me and my community should be proud of what we do. This is why MUNA is important: it is not just about sitting in a room talking about resolutions that will never come to pass, it’s about the connections that we make with people both our own age and other ages as we are all able to talk and discuss topics that affect us all. It also looks good on the community to send youth, who often are regarded as the lowest of the low in today’s society, to these events so that people become interested in politics and world issues so that they become a voice in this world.
  • Matthew S
(MUNA was) Just a great learning experience, an opportunity for public speaking, and enhanced further learning and interest in subject. It allows you to see things you learn in classroom in action.
  • Ryan R
I think that the adventure programs are super important because they give students a chance to travel and make connections with like-minded people from around the country, who remain your friends even after the program has finished. They also give students the chance to develop their knowledge and interest in particular areas. I know for me, going on the adventures in Ag trip reinforced my current career path, and made me decide to pursue my studies through the faculty of agriculture as opposed to the faculty of science.
  • Sabrina K
MUNA was a really excellent program that helped me develop into a more confident student. It was a chance to develop my public speaking skills and gain confidence in my own abilities as a speaker. Furthermore, I was a student who often didn't feel challenged enough in school, and sometimes felt bored and uninvolved. MUNA gave me the opportunity to face a challenge, think on my feet and expand my knowledge of world issues. By making me represent a country I had never even heard of before (Eritrea), it made me realize just how big the world was, and how little I knew about it. I began to read the news and now as an adult make an active effort to be aware of the world around me. I believe that this inspired awareness has made me a more positive member of not only my community but society as a whole.
  • Meagan A
Model United Nations (MUNA) gave me the opportunity to build skills in leadership, compromise, and public speaking. Thanks to MUNA I was able to improve all of these skills and it helped open up many new doors. I am now a leader, changing my career focus into business and project management. I can thank MUNA for giving me the opportunity to try something new and create a passion!
  • Kara T
I wasn't completely sure if farming was the path I wanted to take but after that trip it did open my eyes to all of the possibilities of different agricultural jobs and opportunities there were and made me think more and more about going to university for agriculture which is what I'm doing now.
  • Kevin M
Model United Nations gave me exposure to different ideas and gave me the opportunity to put my love of politics to use.  It was one of best experiences that I had in high school and I was able to apply to both my undergraduate and master’s degrees.
  • Mathieu B
Reflections from students Bill Bodman 2015-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

The Fish Fry

Posted by Lesli Malegus
|August 10 is the Fish Fry
693 McPhillips Rd
Please bring a lawn chair
If you would like to bring a salad/vegetable/pasta/potato/etc please email or call Lesli, 204-482-3113 (work),<>

$15.00 per person, Cash Bar
You DO NOT need to bring your own plate or cutlery, Lesli has plenty of both

The Fish Fry Lesli Malegus 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Victor "Lucky" Costa

Posted on Jul 28, 2015
Victor won First Prize in our L.C. Card draw held on July 27th. Victor chose the $450 in CA$H.
For those with good memories, Victor was the music man at a couple of our LobsterFests a couple of years ago.
Victor "Lucky" Costa Bill Bodman 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
3rd Place in the Non-Profit Category Michele Polinuk 2015-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

Our Recent Guest Speakers

Posted by Bill Bodman on May 22, 2015
At our May 11 meeting we had a presentation by
Wm. (Bill) Shead, Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d ), is a member of the Peguis First Nation. As our guest speaker, his topic was 'Understanding Relationships with the Indigenous Community'. Mr. Shead is currently the Chair of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg and Vice-Chair of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development.
Bill Shead gave a very interesting presentation was he spoke about the local indigenous people and the local history, then about the Winnipeg Aboriginal Centre in the former CPR station amd lastly globally, the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People.

Our Recent Guest Speakers Bill Bodman 2015-05-23 00:00:00Z 0

Donations Approved

Posted by Harvey Lee Hanson on Apr 17, 2015

Recommendations from the Executive

and Approved by the Members April 13th.

A donation of $10,000 for Equipment in the new Nova House.
A donation of $2,000 to the Dufferin Gang.
A donation of $2,600 to the Bethel Home Foundation for dining room renovations in Bethel Home Selkirk.

Donations Approved Harvey Lee Hanson 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

Punography I

Posted on Apr 06, 2015
1.  I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
2.  When chemists die, they barium.
3.  Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
4.  A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
5.  I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
6.  How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
7.  I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
8.  This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
9.  I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
10. I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words .
11. They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.
12. This dyslexic man walks into a bra....
Punography I Bill Bodman 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0

This & That

Posted by John Wilson on Jun 25, 2014

We had another pleasant duty to perform and that was to make a presentation in the amount $3,000.00 to Lucille Erin Director of the Selkirk Day Care Centre. This donation will help in the purchase of a new dishwasher for the Day Care.Image


Attendance was 75%

Sharon tried desperately to rid herself of the 50/50 draw going as far as to hold three draws. Unfortunately the three Rotarians who had their tickets drawn did not cooperate.

Katherine, Bill and Brian failed to find the Ace of Spade so Sharon will have to carry on.

We took the time to pass the hat around and took up a collection for Mary Jane and staff in thanks for looking after us so well this past year.

I thought fitting that I include the farewell speech of again Past President Michele [one L]

As Michele leaves the Presidents position for the 2nd time and she left us with these words.


My year in Review – President’s Final Report



This & That John Wilson 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Bill Bodman Honoured with Lieutenant Governor's "Make a Difference Community Award" John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0

Author Randi Skjolden Speaks about her New Book!

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Mar 23, 2014

ImageRotarian Rhonda Grochowski presents Speaker Appreciation Certificate to Randi Skjolden following her great presentation on her new book "Trolls Walk in Words" a Norwegian romance and her experiences with self-publishing.

Author Randi Skjolden Speaks about her New Book! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Long Time Rotarian Karl Calden Passed Away on Feb.9th 2014

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Feb 10, 2014


Rotary in  Brief : joined Rotary July 1 1975 was Club President 1984-85. Awarded Honorary Membership Status in 2009. Wife Anneliese was an active Rotary Ann and passed away Feb. 1, 2012 .


KARL FRIEDRICH WILHELM CALDEN Karl Friedrich passed away peacefully on February 9, 2014, at Red River Place in Selkirk. He was predeceased by his wife Anneliese; son David; grandson Michael; his parents, Karl and Hedwig Calden; his sisters and their spouses Annagela (Dr. Stucky) and Hildegard (Klaus); stepchildren Walter and Monique. He is survived by his children Hildegard (Jim), Rika (Jeff), Mike (Heather), Robert; son-in-law Bryan; daughters-in-law Heather (John) and Martha; grandchildren Patrizia (Rob), Christopher, Douglas, Annamarie (Stephan), Nicole (Lars), Ian, Betina, Martina, and Rayna; great-grandchildren Amanda and Jeffrey; and nieces and nephews and their families.



Long Time Rotarian Karl Calden Passed Away on Feb.9th 2014 John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0

Tammy Thompson from START Program Speaks at Rotary

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Feb 09, 2014


Rotarian Jean Oliver presents Tammy Thompson with her "certificate of appreciation"
for her moving presentation on the START Program and the work she is doing
to help youth and families in our community for the past ten years.


Tammy Thompson from START Program Speaks at Rotary John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z 0

Wine & Roses 2014

Posted by John Wilson on Feb 05, 2014
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The Wine & Roses evening was as usual a great success. All reports both from inside the club and from non members indicated everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The venue the food and of course the wine was great...

Thanks to Lesli, Jean and all the members of their committee for an enjoyable and profitable evening.

The Club netted a total of $3010.49

Wine & Roses 2014 John Wilson 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Elaine Elliott Presented with Paul Harris Fellow +1 Pin Congratulations! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Grand Opening of "Gaynor Family Regional Library"!!! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

The Passing of a Good Friend, Bob Jefferson

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Dec 26, 2013


It is with great regret that we pass on the very sad news of the sudden passing of our dear friend Bob Jefferson. He will be missed very much. A good friend, a good Rotarian and a very generous benefactor to our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.


JOHN ROBERT (BOB) JEFFERSON Suddenly while on holidays in Chicago with his family, Bob Jefferson, aged 74 years of Selkirk, MB passed away on December 25, 2013. Bob leaves to mourn his sister Doreen Sisto, nephews Guy Sisto, Mark Sisto (Cori) and their children Dylan and Tyler, as well as cousin Ann Carol. He will be sadly missed by the Truthwaite and Boyce families as well as many extended families in the UK and dear lifelong friends. There will be heavy hearts left in the City of Selkirk as Bob embraced so many people by his unique and natural ability to engage anyone by offering pleasant and encouraging words or having a visit over coffee. He was predeceased by his father William Robert Jefferson and his mother Barbara (Neave) Jefferson, as well as numerous aunts and uncles. Bob lived his entire life in Selkirk, MB.

The Passing of a Good Friend, Bob Jefferson John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z 0

Annual Christmas Party December 9,2013

Posted by John Wilson on Nov 26, 2013

It’s Christmas time again and the December 9th date is fast approaching

Lesli is in charge and will be assisted by Al and Ronda. They will look after the silent auction and Jim and Ron are the ticket sellers;

Don’t forget the silent auction so make sure you bring your surprise the night of the dinner.

Tickets are now available at $25.00 each and must be purchased in advance. All money raised will be donated to the Selkirk Food Bank.

We will have a choice of chicken or beef and you can decide the night of the dinner.

Location: Selkirk Golf Course.

Time 6:00 PM

Annual Christmas Party December 9,2013 John Wilson 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0

President Michele and Club Members Welcome DG Ed Thompson and his wife Elaine!

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Oct 02, 2013

At The Selkirk Rotary Club meeting on Monday Sept.30th, the club welcomed District 5550 Governor Ed Thompson and his wife Elaine  on his first visit to our club.  He gave an exciting vision of RI and District's goals for the year and an update on Polio Plus. This year's theme of "Engage Rotary Change Lives" was highlighted. In honor of DG Ed's visit, he was presented with a $500 cheque from the club that will be donated to Rotary Foundation Annual Giving - Share Fund in his name. We look forward to another positive year of changing lives in our community and internationally under the leadership our new District Governor and President Michele.


President Michele and Club Members Welcome DG Ed Thompson and his wife Elaine! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Ashley Visits Ukraine Rotary Club - "Building International Friendship Bridges"

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Sep 27, 2013

Exchanging Rotary Club Banners with President Mykola Kubishyn of Ivano-Frankivsk Rotary Club District 2230.

Their big project is assisting to provide good medical diagnostic services to people who can not afford this. They have identified a good portable ultrasound machine made by General Electric Healthcare in the United States called LOGIQ Book XP  ( for $35,000 USD.

The local region has a large number of villages in the mountain region of the Ukraine where there is only one poorly equiped hospital supporting them. One of their Charter Rotary members, Maryan Yaremko, is a gynecologist who travels to this hospital periodically as part of his normal duties, and he has agreed to perform ultrasound studies as part of this Rotary Project. The Rotary Club is hoping to partner with Canadian Rotary Clubs to help with their project proposal for this very important medical service.

If any Rotary Club is willing to assist in this project please contact: Igor Kosovych or Olga Kosovych at


Rotarian Ashley Visits Ukraine Rotary Club - "Building International Friendship Bridges" John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Information for New Members

Posted by Michele Polinuk on Sep 21, 2013

The members of the Rotary Club of Selkirk extend a warm welcome and invite you to take an active part in the club's service and fellowship activities.



Rotary is a voluntary organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide. Rotary is the world's first volunteer service organization. Clubs are nonpolitical and open to every race, culture, and creed.


The Rotary Club of Selkirk was admitted to Rotary International in 1937.


Rotary Motto:

Service Above Self


Did you know?:

Some of the activities and projects that our Selkirk Club has sponsored locally include: The Skate Park in Selkirk Park, Selkirk Park Swimming Pool, Gordon Howard Senior Centre, and Dialysis Unit Project for Selkirk Hospital, Community swimming pool at the High School, Rotary Manor residence and the Selkirk and District Community Foundation.



Our club meets at Benjamin's every Monday at 6 p.m. Our meetings start with a meal, business arising and then a program of interest. Some of the programs take us to various locations in Selkirk and area.

Meetings are planned to end at 7:30 p.m.


Financial requirements:

Our meetings have two options; dinner and a 50/50 ticket is $20 or

meeting (no dinner, just coffee/tea and a 50/50) is $5.


At meetings you may get "fined" by the Sergeant at Arms. The money from the fine box goes towards a project - either locally or internationally.


Membership dues are paid yearly. Current fees are $150 for the year. Other opportunities for individual contributions take place throughout the year, such as The Rotary Foundation, disaster relief and other projects, which are tax deductible.



An emphasis in this club is to encourage members to attend as many meetings as possible, while recognizing individual needs and commitments. Meetings can be "made up" all around the world, Gimli, Winnipeg as well as e-club meetings online.


How can you be involved?:

For some of the activities and projects we have committees that are created by those with an interest in that area. As a part of the organization, we ask for your areas of interest, strength, or background and we will help find a "spot" for you!


An annual event is our Lobsterfest held the last Saturday of May. This is our major fundraiser. We enlist the help of every member, and if they have a partner we ask for their assistance. You will also be assigned "door duty" with another Rotarian approximately once a year


What do we do with our money we fundraise?

Approximately 75% of the money we raise will go to local community projects, with 25% supporting International projects. Our current goal is to complete the Skate Park and then start looking at our next "big project" for the community. If you have some ideas, come and join this great service group!


New Members  +  New Ideas   =  A Strong Club


Thanks for considering Rotary!


More information about Rotary can be found at  


Club Officers that you can contact:

President:  Andrew Glassco

President-Elect: Marcia Bilkoski

Secretary: Lesli Malegus

Treasurer:   Ruth Konzelman


Information for New Members Michele Polinuk 2013-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

Marine Musuem Draw Winners

Posted by Bill Bodman on Aug 28, 2013

the August draw winners were:

AL CURTIS $1,000  (again!)

Bonnie Hunnie $100

Good Luck in the next draw in October

Marine Musuem Draw Winners Bill Bodman 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
President Michele with husband Rtn Gary ushers in new Rotary Year at Selkirk Parade John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

President Andrew Glassco Receives Accolades for a Great 75th Anniversary Year!

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Jun 23, 2013

President Andrew Glassco gave a wonderful "End of Rotary Year Speech" at the Turn Over Meeting and summarized the club's activities and accomplishments during it's Anniversary 75th year. Thanking everyone for their hard work, fellowship and many contributions to the community both locally and internationally.

Highlights of the year were the Rotary Lobsterfest and $30,000 donation to Selkirk Community Living towards a new Residence and the three 75th Anniversary events, 75th Anniversary Granite Bench in Selkirk's Queens Park commemorating the Anniversary, the 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Gaffers with the District Governor Rick Hubbs and Presentation of 4 Paul Harris Fellow Awards to local citizens ( A. Hares, T. Hotchkiss, D. Thorsteinson, D. Chorney). This was followed by 2 Olympic Athletic speakers brought in to talk to the grade 9 students in the Lord Selkirk School Division. He was given a standing ovation by all the Rotarians and guests present at the dinner.

A special thank you and gift was presented to Chef May Jane for her wonderful catering and hosting of our club meetings for the past year. President Andrew welcomed the New Incoming President Michele Polinuk with her President's Pin and wished her all the best for her upcoming year. President Michele thanked President Andrew and presented him with his Award in recognition of his year of service as Rotary Club President for 2012-13. President Michele wrapped up the meeting and ushered in the new Rotary Year with the prospects of another great year for Selkirk Rotary!






President Andrew Glassco Receives Accolades for a Great 75th Anniversary Year! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Selkirk Rotary Donates $30,000 to Community Living for New Residence @ Lobsterfest!! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Corrie Corrigal Citizen of the Year!!

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Apr 14, 2013
28th Annual Citizen of the Year


Congratulations to Selkirk resident  & Rotary Ann  Corrie Corrigal as being selected as the Citizen of the Year for 2012!

Corrie is being recognized for her countless hours contributed to the Palliative Care Program at the Selkirk & District General Hospital. In addition, Corrie also volunteers her time to many other valued organizations and causes. We are very proud of you Corrie! Well done! 

Corrie Corrigal Citizen of the Year!! John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0

Passing of a good friend Rotarian Alvin Bracken

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Mar 08, 2013


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Alvin Mervin Bracken, at Selkirk and District General Hospital on March 6, 2013. Alvin is survived by his wife, Mabel of 54 years; daughters, Linda (Harry) and Wendy (Garry); grandchildren, Pamela (Adam), Blair (Bonnie), Rosalyn (Patrick), and Gordon; brothers, Ted, Edwin, Gerald, Allan, Ken; and sisters, Florence, Leora, Mayme and Mabel. He was predeceased by his son, Blair, granddaughter, Catherine, brothers, Howard, John and Earle, and sister Viola. Alvin was born to Manford and Violet Bracken on April 17, 1935 along with his twin brother, Allan, in Tessier, SK.

His family moved to Marchand, MB in 1935 to a dairy farm and later moved to the farm in Clandeboye, MB in 1944. Alvin attended the University of Manitoba and obtained his diploma course in Agriculture. In 1957 Alvin met Mabel Speer and they were married in 1958. They raised their family on Brackendale Farm, along with his brother, Gerald and sister-in-law, Evelyn and their children Cheryl, Marilyn, Gordon and Brenda, sharing the farmhouse until 1966 when Alvin and Mabel built their home north of the farm yard.

Alvin was actively involved in the work and life of the Clandeboye 4-H Club, the Clandeboye United Church, the Clandeboye Community Club, the Clandeboye Skating Club, the Clandeboye Fire Department, International Agricultural Exchange Program, and was a life member of the Selkirk Rotary Club. He believed that giving back to the community was important and encouraged his family to do so also.

Alvin's love and dedication to Mabel truly warmed hearts of those around them. His love for his girls and his grandchildren was also evident. Although a man of few words, his actions always told us that he loved us very much. Losing Blair was truly a difficult time for him but Alvin's strong determination and faith enabled him to carry on. Alvin was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1997. He was able to continue living a full life until the last few years as the disease progressed, slowly taking from him small bits of his mobility and independence. He never once complained. He was strong in his fight and accepted each setback as the disease progressed.

Alvin and Mabel moved from Clandeboye into Mapleton Lane in St. Andrews and enjoyed making new friends and settling into town living. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 11, 2013 at at Selkirk United Church, 202 McLean Avenue, Selkirk, MB. Pallbearers were Garry Church, Gordon Church, Harry Hawes, Blair Hawes, Gordon Bracken and Ian Grieve. Honorary pallbearers were Cheryl Bracken, Marilyn Wilkinson and Brenda Harris.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alvin's memory to the Palliative Care at Selkirk and District General Hospital, Clandeboye United Church or Selkirk United Church. 

Passing of a good friend Rotarian Alvin Bracken John "Ashley" Martyniw 2013-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

What Will You Do In The Name of Malala?

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Feb 01, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following opinion piece is by K J Dell’Antonia from a special issue of the RGHF Rotary Foundation newsletter.

Too often, the news leaves me speechless. Stops me in my tracks, occupies my mind, won’t let me go. Hearing, on N.P.R., that masked Taliban gunmen gunned down a 14-year-old girl for publicly speaking out about her desire for an education, had that effect. I was outraged, infuriated, saddened, helpless! Nothing I do will change what happened to Malala Yousafzai. I’ve little chance of even helping others like her.

But hearing her story shook me. It made me think about the value of my education, and the daily trips to school my daughter takes for granted. It reminded me that those who would insist on different rights for people with different genders, skin, beliefs or culture are still powerful and in some cases ruthless.

I see a value in being shaken in just that way. A few weeks ago, at a party, I had a casual conversation with a man who declared that he refused to listen to the news, and in particular, N.P.R., anymore. “It’s just one story about the downtrodden after another,” he insisted. “And we just listen and pat ourselves on the back for our sensitivity and nothing happens, and the next day it’s yet another story.”

In his essay “Unreal” in his book “The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity,” Richard Todd said much the same thing. “You have to keep a cool eye on yourself when you are outraged over something that remains secondary to your life,” he wrote. He described his reactions when the evening news showed pictures of soldiers killed in action — looking up from his kitchen cutting board, respectfully not sipping his wine, shaking his head sadly. “And then I began to realize that there was something about this ritual that had nothing to do with pain on my part, something that was indeed shamefully self enhancing.”

How “meta” are Mr. Todd and my acquaintance, so carefully examining their reactions to the news and pushing me to do the same? How clever to question our own responses to the outrages and horrors that are “secondary” to our lives only through accidents of birth or geography or fortune. And how convenient to conclude that unearned emotion is an indulgence, because that’s the only conclusion that would allow us to look away from Malala’s story, or any front-page outrages: the doctor who considers drugs the only hope for children in failing schools; the Syrian refugee crisis.

Maybe it’s a valid worry, that our emotional reaction to a news story gives us the comforting illusion of having taken action, thus freeing us from the burden of taking to the streets in protest, collecting donations or even voting. But is it a worry that we can afford? Would we be better off with silenced radios and folded newspapers?

Pakistani soldiers carry wounded Malala Yousufzai, from a military helicopter to a military hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan

Without the media trying to show us what’s happening in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, where Malala Yousafzai lived and where, in 2009, the Taliban forced the closure of her school, Malala Yousafzai would not have had the opportunity to blog about her experience, or been the focus of documentaries for The New York Times and other media outlets. Her story would never have generated outrage or interest on the part of the public — or the Taliban. But it’s also possible that had her story, and others, never been told, the Taliban would simply control Ms. Yousafzai’s world. And it’s certain that the Taliban did not want Malala Yousafzai’s voice to be heard.

What will you do with what you now know about Malala Yousafzai’s fight? What will you do with your anger at those who are proud to have struck her down, temporarily or permanently (she is now in critical condition after surgery)? I don’t have easy answers to those questions. What will I do? I will vote. I will tell my daughters her story. I will look for ways to contribute to education for women in parts of the world that still long to leash and muzzle half their population. I will think of Anne Frank, and how clear the most complex situations can appear in hindsight. I will stay outraged.

And I will keep listening to, reading, and reacting to the news.

K J Dell’Antonia is a writer for the New York Times. This article was first published October 10, 2012 at the blog “Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting

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Selkirk Rotary Unveils 75th Anniversary Commemorative Bench in Queen's Park

Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Oct 13, 2012


Rotary President Andrew Glassco, Selkirk Major Larry Johannson, St.Andrews Councilor Kurtiss Krasnesky and Gillian Smith from E.J. Smith Memorials unveiled the Rotary Club of Selkirk's 75th Commemorative Anniversary Granite Bench dedicated to the Citizens of Selkirk and celebrating 75 years of service to our community on Oct.14, 2012. The bench was also placed in Queen's Park in support of the Trans-Canada Trails Red River North.

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    Selkirk Rotary Celebrates 75 Years of Service

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    The Rotary Club of Selkirk plans a 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner, Bench Unveiling in Queen’s Park and Olympic Athletic Speaker for Youth in our School Division to celebrate their 75th Anniversary this Rotary Year.


    The Rotary Club of Selkirk is proudly celebrating its 75 Years of service and projects in the City of Selkirk and surrounding communities. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, the club was chartered on Monday April 19th 1937 at the Merchants Hotel in Selkirk. To mark this very special 75th Anniversary Year Selkirk Rotary is planning the three following events.

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    Rotary Float wins 2nd Place in Non-Profit Category @ Selkirk Parade!

    Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Jul 31, 2012

    Attached is a photo of the Non-Profit Winners for the 2012 Triple ‘S’ Fair and Rodeo Parade.  Congratulations on the Rotary Club of Selkirk’s second place win in the Non-Profit category! Vice-President Michele Polinuk is accepting our award on the club's behalf. 

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    RI President Sakuji Tanaka 2012-13 "Peace Through Service"

    Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Jul 01, 2012

    RI President: Through service, we can bring peace

    RI President Sakuji Tanaka

    By Sakuji Tanaka, 

    It’s a great honor to serve as your 2012-13 RI president and represent you in Rotary. Since joining this organization in 1975, it has changed my life and given me more than I ever anticipated. I look forward to sharing some of that with you.

    Through Rotary, I learned the purpose of my life wasn’t to earn more, but to help others. Through our service, we learn that the problems that may seem large to us are really very small.

    I also learned that through Rotary, we could build peace. As part of the first generation to grow up in Japan after World War II, I understand the importance of peace and its connection to our well-being.

    Peace can mean many things for many people, but however we understand peace, Rotary can help us achieve it. Rotary helps us meet the basic needs of health care, sanitation, food, and education. These can bring peace. In addition, we need peace as well for vaccinators to go into countries such as Afghanistan to prevent children from getting polio. It is through our work as Rotarians that we help to build the foundation for a more peaceful world.

    Through service, we can bring peace. This is why our 2012-12 Rotary theme is Peace Through Service.

    During my year as your president, I look forward to hearing from you on LinkedIn and when I post on the blog. I also hope to see you at one of my three Rotary Global Peace Forums.

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    Past District Governor Harvey Hanson "Aug.22, 1936 to Jun.4, 2012"

    Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Jun 09, 2012

    ImageHARVEY HANSON August 22, 1936 - June 4, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harvey Hanson on June 4, 2012. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, June 10, 3:00 p.m. at the Grace Bible Church, 1910 Mountain Rd., Dauphin, MB. If friends wish, donations may be made to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus, c/o Dauphin Rotary Club.

    Please join us all in remembering Past District Governor Harvey Hanson and his wife Lorraine their 3 children and 4 grandchildren in our thoughts and prayers. We all have fond memories of Harvey as our District Governor 2010-11 and enjoyed his visits and fellowship to our club. He will be sadly missed. We extend our sincere condolences to Rtn Lee Hanson and his family.

    Harvey Hanson was born and raised on a dairy farm in Southern Saskatchewan where he attended elementary school and high school. He started working at the local Co-Op store proceeding on to manage stores in a number of small towns in Saskatchewan. For a number of years he was in the investment and insurance business as a salesman and area manager for Federated Investments And Seaboard Life in southern Saskatchewan. Harvey moved to Thompson, Manitoba in the early 70's. He received his Real Estate Brokers license and became the owner Manager of Byron’s Real Estate Thompson Man. Harvey was a real-estate broker / salesman for over 35 years. He served three (3) terms on City Council for the city of Thompson, Manitoba. While on council he served on many different committees. He was a director for Norman Regional Development Board and was its president for two years. He sat on the Port Churchill Development Board and served as its president for one year. He was the founding President of the North of The 53 Tourist association and continued in that role for three more years. He also served as the Federal Governments representative for four years on the Port Churchill Advisory Board After moving to Dauphin Harvey was the city’s representative on the Parkland Tourist Association and was its president for one year. Harvey joined Rotary in 1973 in Thompson, Manitoba. When he moved to Dauphin he joined the Rotary Club of Dauphin. Harvey has been very active inRotary at the Club and District level. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Dauphin and served as an Assistant District Governor for five years. Harvey is married to Lorraine who is also a Rotarian. They have three (3) grown children (one boy and two girls) who are all married. Harvey and Lorraine havefour (4) grandkids, which they enjoy very much. Since his retirement from real estate Harvey has been busy with woodworking, camping, and Rotary.

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    Rotary’s Reach Out to Africa Initiative a Significant Step in Rotary’s War on Hunger!

    Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Apr 14, 2012

    ImageWhat Rotary is doing to combat one of the most pressing humanitarian crises facing us today: hunger? It is, I think, common knowledge that when we talk about food shortages, the problems we face are nearly always local. There is more than enough food produced in our world to feed everyone in it. The problem is getting the food where it is needed, and helping people in the poorest regions achieve food security.


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    March 2012 Message from R.I President Kalyan Banerjee

    Posted by John "Ashley" Martyniw on Mar 24, 2012


    My dear brothers and sisters in Rotary,

    In the first message I wrote for this magazine, last July, I quoted Mohandas K. Gandhi, who said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” And in the months since, I have had incredible opportunities to travel the Rotary world and see how Rotarians everywhere are bringing those words to life.

    Creating positive change means, at its simplest, using our knowledge and resources to solve a problem. But when we are talking about solving humanitarian problems in a real and lasting way, knowledge and ideas and resources are not enough to ensure results. We have to remember something else that is no less important: sustainability.

    A sustainable solution is one that will continue to work even after the Rotarians who proposed and facilitated it are gone. This means that even though the project might have come from Rotary originally, the community will take ownership of it. That, of course, means that when a part breaks on a water pump, there will be a process in place to repair it and to keep that pump functional – carried out by the community, and without further recourse to Rotary.

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    The Fourway Test!

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    The United States was in the grip of the Great Depression when Herbert J. Taylor, the newly appointed president of a nearly bankrupt Chicago cookware company, penned what became known as The Four-Way Test. Today, the simple test serves as an ethical compass for Rotarians everywhere.

    In 1932, Herbert J. Taylor, believing his employees were in need of an "ethical yardstick," wrote four questions on a small, white piece of paper:  Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


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    Message from RI President John Kenny

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    October 2009 My fellow Rotarians: There are many service organizations in the world today, but none so old or so successful as Rotary. There are many reasons for that, and Vocational Service is one of them. This year, I wish you to place a special emphasis on Vocational Service, which is sometimes the forgotten Avenue of Service in Rotary.
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    The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands

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    In choosing The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands as his theme for 2009-20210 RI President John Kenny said each one of us is standing on the shoulders of generations of Rotarians past, and it is our responsibility to determine Rotary's future. 2009-10 RI President John Kenny Kenny has emphasized that every Rotary club is and must be autonomous. He said that everything begins and ends with our clubs. Our clubs can and do work together; they work through their own districts, in cooperation with other clubs and districts, and with the support of our Foundation. At the end of the day, everything that we accomplish is done through the strength of our clubs. And so each club must have autonomy to serve where and how it can serve best.

    The future of Rotary will not be shaped at RI headquarters -- it will be shaped in each and every Rotary club, because it is for each of us -- as Rotarians -- to do what is necessary to keep Rotary strong. Editor: Dawes, John

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