Rotary Club awards its donations

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June 4, 2015 8:15 AM

Alex Chippin Photo Border City Rotary Club president Candace Odishaw presents Harland Lesyk and Lois Butts, of the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, with a cheque for $14,800 on June 2. - Alex Chippin Photo

The Border City Rotary Club handed out donations to local organizations on June 2 from the money they collected during Irish Pub Night back in March.

“In the past few years we’ve just donated to the (Lloydminster) Community Youth Centre (LCYC),” said Candace Odishaw, president of Border City Rotary Club. “But this year we felt it was important to spread the wealth a little bit to other organizations.”

Odishaw says the decision to contribute financial assistance to multiple organizations, as well as which organizations to give to, was determined by the club’s members. In total, the group doled out $35,000 over the course of the club’s weekly meeting.

The Rotary Club’s cheque presentations began with a $14,800 donation to the LCYC.

“Every year when we get these things, we’re always amazed that other organizations are so generous in helping us achieve our goals,” said Harland Lesyk, board director for the centre, who added that the money will be put towards ongoing expenses. “Rotary has been a huge supporter of the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre. We’re very, very happy that they are, we need them.”

The Rotary Club also presented a $10,900 cheque to the Lloydminster Interval Home and a $3,000 cheque to the Lloydminster Public School Division drumline.

“Our youth programs are extremely important to us. We see more children and youth in all of our facilities and in all of our programs than we actually do adults,” said Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the Interval Home.

Finally, the group set aside $6,300 for its own youth programs, which Odishaw says will serve initiatives like the 10-month exchange program.

“Youth is our mandate, we just want to help as many youth as we can.”

Tuesday morning was a bittersweet day for Odishaw, who likely presented donations for the last time as president of the Rotary Club. Her presidency is set to expire in a couple of weeks and current club member Ethan Walker is preparing to step into the position.

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