Rotary embraces new members

By Geoff Lee

February 14, 2018 1:42 PM

Meet the newest members of the Rotary Club of Lloydminster, who were inducted on Monday. From left is Felix Cervantes, Stephen Barbour, Anita Schmidt, Malcolm Radke and Michael Naylor. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

The life and times of Malcolm Radke.
That was one the storylines from the Rotary of Club of Lloydminster’s Monday meeting where Radke got to deliver his “vocational” or personal story.
“You give a vocational to the club as a new member and basically it’s an introduction about yourself,” said Radke, who is the CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation.
“It’s kind of my story up to this date, mostly my personal life and what I am doing for a living today.”
Radke, along with Stephen Barbour, Michael Naylor, Felix Cervantes and Anita Schmidt, were welcomed as the newest members of the club by past president, Glenys Reeves.
“Membership in Rotary places upon you many obligations, and we believe that you will welcome such responsibilities as an opportunity for service,” said Reeves.
All the new Rotarians will present their life stories in the coming weeks with Radke the lead-off guy.
Radke was born in Lloydminster and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012 with a bachelor of commerce degree in management and marketing.
His proudest personal and professional local project to date was the bidding, planning and hosting of the RBC Cup in Lloydminster while he was the marketing manager of the Lloydminster Jr. A. Bobcats.
To help himself and others cope with stress, he is a yoga and self meditation instructor in a co-owned yoga and mindfulness business with his partner Crystal.
He previously spoke to Rotary about mindfulness as a meditative tool in January.
“Now with the Health Foundation and some of the community health projects we do, there’s some overlap that my fellow members care to learn about,” he said, knowing he’ll be asked to speak at Rotary again.
“I’m not a stranger; I’m thinking I’m going to be the IT expert on powerpoint if I’m not careful.”
Radke’s many local affiliations, international travels, entrepreneurship and volunteerism, fits in with him becoming a Rotarian.
“It’s a great group of people,” he said.
“Everybody here is about mentoring and connecting and networking, so it’s a great group in terms of getting things done and sharing ideas and really encouraging each other.”
He said as a member, there is an expectation to volunteer at the many causes that Rotary is involved with and attend weekly meetings.
Reeves touched on some of the community roles that Rotarians have while formally inducting the five new members who were all recommended by existing members.
“The community will know and judge Rotary by your actions and ideals as associated with your business and we commend you—your guiding light—the Rotary four-way test and our motto, “Service above Self,” she said.
The induction took place as the Rotary club was set to celebrate their 89th year of operation as a Lloydminster service club on Feb. 13.

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