At our meeting, we were fortunate to have George Brookman (Business owner, Calgary Herald columnist, radio commentator, and Order of Canada recipient) give a presentation on a variety of topics, including the current state of our city, provincial and Canadian politics, and world affairs.
One of our favorite speakers, Lori Williams (Political Scientist, Professor at Mount Royal University, and TV Media Commentator) was back again speaking to our club about “Everything Politics”. This time, she gave a presentation about the upcoming UCP Nomination and provided a detailed breakdown of each nominee and their platform.
Last year’s summer barbecue for Optimist Club members and invited guests was such a success, we decided to hold it again on August 21st, 2022 McKenzie Lake Beach Club.
There was plenty of food and spirits to go around, and it was a fantastic chance to reconnect with everyone before the end of the summer.
Zone 6 Lieutenant Governor Marilyn Bushell inducted a number of new members to our club, and President Bill Campbell handed out a number of Member Appreciation Awards to several members who provided a significant contribution over this past year.
Our Optimist Summer Picnic for members was held at Glenmore Park on July 16th, 2022. Our club rented a private picnic site at the park for members to enjoy.
Member Robin Morris provided the chili, cheese buns, and dessert. And everyone else contributed something to ensure the event was a success.
The park was extremely busy and the weather was spectacular!
Members from our club, along with the Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary and Optimist Club of Airdrie hosted the Calgary and area 2022 Junior Golf Qualifying Tournament on July 13th at Collicutt Siding near Crossfield, Alberta. Attendees had fun and the weather was great.
Our club, in conjunction with the Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary hosted the “2022 Optimist Day in the Park” at Optimist Athletic Park on Saturday, June 11th from 10 AM to 3 PM. There was plenty of free food, activities (bouncy castle, obstacle course, miniature golf, curling, bean toss), and fun for families at Optimist Athletic Park in the Glenbrook community of southwest Calgary. Approximately 200+ members of the Stetson Showband practiced and performed during the event. The Calgary Fire Department provided a fire truck and two fire fighters for kids to see, talk to, and take pictures with. And the Calgary Flames mascot “Harvey the Hound” joined us for several hours to entertain and engage with everyone in attendance. We even had Richard Pootmans (Calgary City Counselor) attend for several hours and meet attendees. Over 450 people were in attendance during the event, despite the rain we had for several hours.
At our meeting, Dr. Phil Langill gave a fascinating presentation to our club entitled, “Astronomy and the Rothney Observatory - Understanding the Universe we Live In.” He is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary and the Director of the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory in Priddis, Alberta. We learned a lot about the observatory, how stars are formed, and black holes.
The club had Dr. Tom Keenan back again in March to talk about his latest book, “Technocreep” which explains how technology is becoming creepy in hidden ways that are difficult for most people to understand. During our meeting, he talked about the vast amount of privacy-eroding and life-invading technologies humans deal with from governments, corporations, and yes, even the person next door.
Our guest speaker was Jeff Parry, Concert Promoter, Author, Owner of Jeff Parry Promotions. Over decades of being in the music business, Jeff has promoted shows for a wide range of stars and acts around the world. During the meeting, he discussed his book "Fail to Win: Because of the Beatles.” It is an insider's look at the enigmatic world of big finance, overblown egos, and phenomenal risk—and reward—in the behind-the-scenes activities of national and international rock music promotions. His book illustrates the importance of embracing failure in order to attain significant financial and personal success.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Tom Keenan, technology expert, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Calgary; Author; and TV Commentator. His presentation was called “Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and the Blockchain – What’s the Latest?” It was an interesting discussion on digital currencies, how they are ‘farmed’ and tracked electronically on the blockchain.
Scott Forsyth, Professional Photographer, Author, and Calgary Medical Doctor was the guest speaker for our meeting. He is an award-winning National Geographic photographer who was recognized as "Artist of the Year" from the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). His presentation was based on his award-winning book The Wild Coasts of Canada, featuring images from seven years of travel across the globe.
Our guest speaker was Lori Williams, Political Scientist, Professor at Mount Royal University, and TV Media Commentator. She spoke about “Everything Politics” - including a debrief of the federal election, upcoming municipal election, provincial issues, and a provincial referendum.
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