Archive for March, 2011

Free WiFi in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Free WiFi in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain |Spruce Grove Stony Plain Parkland County Real Estate | Barry TwynamAway from home or your office and need to access the internet?  More and more places in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain offer free wifi.

City of Spruce Grove

Access free wifi from 6 am to midnight at four City facilities:  the Agrena, Central Park, Rotary Playscape and Fuhr Sports Park.  Click here for more information.

Spruce Grove Public Library:  420 King Street, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 2C6; 780-962-4423 ‎

From the SGPL website:  “Wireless tickets can be picked up at the circulation desk. Each ticket lasts for one hour and there is no limit to the number of tickets you can use.”

Second Cup (Spruce Grove):  100 Campsite Rd, Spruce Grove AB; 780-960-3721 ‎

Not many plug-ins, but check out the “secret” one under the fireplace!

Café Simone:  505 Queen Street, Spruce Grove AB; 780-948-0056 ‎

Located in the Queen Street Medical Centre.  Café is open till 5 pm.

Starbucks in Safeway (Spruce Grove and Stony Plain)

Open till 11 pm most days.

Town of Stony Plain

Beginning mid-June 2011:

  • Shikaoi Park: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Stony Plain Golf Course: one hour prior to morning tee-offs to two hours after close
  • Stony Plain Outdoor Public Pool:  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily (seasonal only)
  • Rotary Park: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily (closed in winter)

Stony Plain Library:  4613 52 Avenue, Stony Plain AB T7Z 2W5; 780-963-5440 ‎

Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites Stony Plain:  3101-43 Ave, Stony Plain AB; 780-968-1716


Looking for more information about businesses and services in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain or Parkland County?  Check out my Community Connections Business Directory.

Your comments and questions are always welcome!  Email me at, phone me at 780-910-9669, or contact me here.

10 Cool Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rotary

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

10 Cool Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Rotary |Spruce Grove Stony Plain Parkland County Real Estate | Barry TwynamMore information about Rotary International, the Spruce Grove service club I recently joined.  The facts below are taken mainly from two of Rotary International’s publications, This is Rotary and The ABCs of Rotary.

 Did you know…?

1)      Worldwide polio cases have decreased an astounding 99% since 1988 due to Rotary’s PolioPlus participation in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  Rotarians have vowed not to stop until polio is wiped from the earth to prevent this deadly disease from ever making a comeback.

2)      $1.5 billion could be saved annually around the world if polio were eradicated.  This money could be applied to other public health priorities, and the savings in human suffering is immeasurable.

3)      More than $650 million have been contributed by Rotary members to PolioPlus.

4)      The Gates & Buffett Foundation offered to donate $355 million to PolioPlus for polio immunization campaigns in developing countries if Rotarians contributed an additional $200 million by June 2012.  Success is imminent as $160 million had already been raised by December 2010.

5)      9,000 secondary-school students annually experience life in another country through the Rotary Youth Exchange.

6)      How big is Rotary International?  32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world initiate service projects to address today’s challenges, including literacy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns.  The clubs get to work immediately whenever a crisis strikes; at this very moment Rotarians are busy in the earthquake regions of New Zealand and Japan.

7)      1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders make up the Rotary global network of community volunteers who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world numbers.

8)      The organization that holds the highest consultative status given by the United Nations to nongovernmental organizations is Rotary International.

9)      The first Rotary club meeting was held in Chicago on February 23, 1905.  Five years later in 1910 Canada welcomed its first Rotary club to Winnipeg.

10)  The furthest a Rotary Club banner has ever traveled:  In 1968 astronaut Frank Borman, member of the Houston Space Center Rotary club, carried a banner on the Apollo 8 flight to the moon!

For more information about Rotary International please visit the website

I always welcome your questions and comments!  Email me at, phone me at 780-910-9669, or contact me here.

Rotary International

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Rotary International |Spruce Grove Stony Plain Parkland County Real Estate | Barry TwynamRecently I became a member of Rotary International in Spruce Grove.  I am not usually a joiner, but this organization’s philosophy and good works appeal to me.  The information below comes from two of Rotary International’s publications, This is Rotary and The ABCs of Rotary.

What is Rotary? 

Rotary defines itself as “an organization of business and professional persons united world wide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Rotary, I’ve come to learn, really is a service club in the truest meaning of that phrase.  In fact, Rotary’s principal motto is “Service Above Self”.  Rotary’s main objective is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise”.  This concept of service is applied at every level:  Club, Vocation, Community, International.

Rotary also originated one of the most widely quoted statements of business ethics in the world, the Four-Way Test, one which closely aligns with my personal business philosophy:  “Of all the things we think, say or do:  1. Is it the TRUTH?  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Rotary’s many worldwide projects are legendary and include the following:

  • PolioPlus is Rotary’s massive effort to eradicate polio.  To date, Rotarians have contributed nearly $650 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to this project that has resulted in an astounding decrease in polio cases world-wide of 99% since 1988.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange“one of the most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships”.  At present more than 9,000 high-school-age young people from around the world participate annually in “opportunities to learn about the customs, languages, traditions, and family life in another country”.
  • Youth Service Projects:  Rotary’s slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” takes many different forms, depending on community needs.  “Rotarians sponsor Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, athletic teams, centers for disabled children, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, county fairs, child care centers and children’s hospitals.”  In addition, vocational counseling and youth employment programs, drug or alcohol abuse prevention and HIV/AIDS awareness are supported.
  • World Community Service“the Rotary program by which a club or district in one country provides humanitarian assistance to a project of a club in another country”.  This usually entails giving aid to a developing community to raise the standard of living and quality of life.  But it also involves stepping in wherever crises occur in the world; New Zealand Rotarians are already hard at work in the earthquake zone in Christchurch.
  • Literacy Projects around the world where needed.
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange encourages Rotarians and their families, usually along with several other families traveling as a group, to visit Rotarian families in other parts of the world in a reciprocal exchange that results in an unusual vacation and interesting experiences.
  • Group Study Exchange pairs Rotary districts to send and receive study teams whose goal is to learn about the host district while interpreting their home district, nation and culture to their hosts.
  • Many opportunities for people of all ages to perform service as international volunteers of every type, receive leadership training, learn about responsible citizenship and the fostering of world fellowship and international understanding.
  • Rotary sponsors numerous awards and scholarships such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Ambassadorial Scholarships, Rotary World Peace Fellowships, and more.
  • Rotary also gives out numerous grants of which some of the most important are the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants.  Since 1978 $74 million USD have been spent on 290 projects in 75 countries for the purpose of improving health, alleviating hunger, and enhancing human, cultural and social development around the world.  The first 3-H project was the immunization of 6 million children in the Philippines against polio – the beginning of PolioPlus.

For more information about Rotary International please visit the website

I always welcome your questions and comments!  Email me at, phone me at 780-910-9669, or contact me here.

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