HORSESHOE September 20th:

28 of us attended this year’s Horseshoe event. It was held back at its former traditional site in South Cooking Lake. Beer, Pop and Pizza were what kept us going until the winners were declared. Ray Davis and guest, Barrie Thomlinson edged out runners up, Dorne Hunt and Jim Mallot in the final match. It was a great afternoon with the weather cooperating. Thanks go to Bernie Kropp and Sid Slade for keeping us all in line, fed, and watered. The size of the prize bottles reflected our budget conscious organizers!

Special note: Ted Ewanchuk volunteered yet again while we gathered, this time to be our new treasurer. Thanks, Ted, for your continued, much appreciated support. Thanks also toErik Braun, who served in this capacity for many years.

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Election Night


This was no ordinary meeting. It was called to determine the club’s officers for the coming year.

It was also an extraordinary meeting in that, due to a communications hiccup, the GCCC was not expecting us. The building was deserted and luckily the janitor had not yet left when we started arriving. We were let in we turned on the lights and 24 of us sat around to ensure a quorum.

Since there was no food or bar, and all positions were won by acclamation, the meeting was much briefer than expected. We had started early so that we could go home in time to catch most of the Oiler/Golden Knights game. As it turned out some retired to a MacDonalds, ate a less than nourishing fast food supper, and were home for the first puck drop.

Your new leadership team is as follows: President: Nestor Slipchuk
Vice President (Pres. Elect): Don Grieve Past President: Bruce Copeland Secretary: Ray Davis ClubAdministration: RayDavis Webmaster: Ray Davis

Treasurer: TBD
Registrar: Dorne Hunt

Directors:  Gordon Stewart, Paul West, Sid Slade and Ted Ewanchuk

Bulletin Editor: Scott Brisbin

The new executive will be installed at the Windup and officially take over July 1st.

The club is very fortunate to have such dedicated members who have stepped up to keep Sherwood Park Gyro on a steady and positive course. A special thank you goes to Erik Braun who has served the club as treasurer for many years. You are the essence of what Gyros aspire to, Erik. Your dedication is recognized and most appreciated. Erik’s replacement will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Auction May 24, 2023

Greetings Fellow Gyros:

Thank you to all who have donated and those who will take part in the auction.  Your club is most appreciative.  The auction will take place on Wednesday, May 24 at the German Canadian Cultural Centre.  As with other meetings the doors will open at 6:00 with dinner served around 7:00.  The auction will follow.  Bring your cheque books; Jim will also have his VISA machine available.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Yours in Gyro Friendship,


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Jack Beattie – rest in peace

Jack Charles Beattie Jr. | Obituary | Sharing Memories

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Note from President Bruce

Fellow Gyros

We have had two very successful meetings over the past month.

Founders night was a success with over 50 Sherwood Park Gyros and 40 Edmonton Gyros attending the meeting was enjoyed by all as was the food. We have received a pleasant thank you letter from Bonnie and Barrie Pratt, one of our founding members, thanking us for inviting them and how  they enjoyed visiting with old friends.

Thank you to Don Greig who arranged such a successful evening.

Last Wednesday, Nov. 10, Edmonton Gyro held their annual Billiards meeting at Cafferys pub. Paul West was the on to Chairman and the evening was enjoyed by all.

Our next meeting will be Cribbage night at the German Canadian Club, Wednesday, November 23. Bill Austin, E Mail is the Chairman for that meeting and requires a response from those expected to attend in order that we can provide a meal count to the German Canadian Club. The response is required by November 19.

We still require someone to step forward and occupy the Vice Presidents position.


Yours in Friendship

Bruce Copeland


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Curl -a -rama

November 4-6 were the dates for this year’s Curlarama held in Canmore. Our club was represented by 4 curlers; Milt Lanes, Ray Davis, Dorne Hunt and Jim Malott. There was also a tag along, Don Greig, who along with Milt added to the retirement funds of Ray and Dorne by losing a few crib games. One of the losers, Don, tried unsuccessfully to pay off his debt with a car wash token!

Now to the curling where the format was 6 end games. On Saturday the boys curled well winning one and losing the other to the eventual “A” event winners from the Calgary Club. On Sunday the team played in the “C” event final against a team from the Edmonton Club made up of Mike Matei, Chuck Gerhart, Dunc Mills and Roger Russell. Our club got off to a slow start and found themselves down 5-0 after two ends. The team dug deep and scored in the next four ends to win 8-5 and the “C” event trophy. A great game and one that will go down in Gyro history as the greatest come back at curlarama!!

Thank you to the Calgary Club and John Hodgson for organizing this year’s fun filled curlarama and to our own club organizer, Lloyd Wilson.

I strongly recommend members to attend next year; 1st weekend in November 2023 at Canmore. As the saying goes “the more the merrier.

Take care


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Dawn Williams

Hey  Guys

I  am sorry to say that Dawn passed away yesterday morning(Oct 29).    She was suffering from Lewy Body Dementia and it finally claimed her after roughly  seven years  of living with the illness.     Our family will be hosting a celebration of life in a couple of weeks.

Regards, John Williams

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Gyro Hockey Pool

Fellow Gyro Hockey Fans

I am hosting the 2022/23 Alberta Gyro Hockey Pool again this year. Last year we had 25 teams so I hope to have many more this year.  The more the merrier and bigger the pot.
  • The entry fee will stay the same as last year at $25 per team.  Enter as often as you like.
  • You can e-transfer me or mail to address below.
  • Deadline for entering your team is Oct. 23 so you’ll have 10 days of the season to help decide your picks.
  • It will be helpful to me if you enter your team as early as possible.  You will still be able to make changes to your picks up to Oct. 23.
  • 5 Bonus points will be awarded for hat trick or shutout
  • Each month you can make 1 player trade from within the same box.
I don’t have everyone’s emails so please pass their emails to me and I will send them an invite to join.
Our pool name is: Gyro2023
Password: Gyro
Winner Pot will be split
1st Place  50%
2nd Place 30%
3rd Place  20%
Any questions or comments, please email.
Good luck to all.
Rick O’Donnell
67 Charlton Way
Sherwood Park, Ab
T8H 2C8
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Memorial Service Keith Bradley

July 22, 1944 – August 1, 2022

We are saddened to announce his unexpected death after suffering through many months of complications following a slip on the ice in April.

Left to mourn his loss are his wife of 55 years, Jan, and their three sons, Todd (Kimberly), Matthew (Crystal) and Darrell (Sue) and his six much-loved grandchildren Kaleb, Paige, Hudson, Jaide, Lincoln and Finn. He was predeceased by his brother, Bernie, (Sandra) on June 23. He leaves behind three brothers-in-law, Bill and Bob Henderson, Peter Rivers, many nephews, nieces, cousins and their families.

Proud to have been a born Edmontonian, but having settled in Sherwood Park in 1970, Keith was a Land Developer who brought many changes in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and in Edmonton but had to retire early due to cardiac health issues.

Keith has been a member of Gyro International since 1976 and played many active roles. For many years, the family enjoyed time spent together at South Seba Beach. He was an avid golfer belonging to Belvedere and loved “putzing” in his yard. He loved his Sun City Palm Desert home in the winter and made many friends there. Keith and Jan enjoyed travelling to many countries over the years.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many and will be greatly missed. Family times were the best times. His sons will miss his wisdom, warmth, advice and support.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 298 Bethel Drive, Sherwood Park.

The family is sincerely grateful to the staff of 6 West, Misericordia Hospital for their tender care and support.

Memorial donations may be made to the Heart Transplant Clinic, University Hospital Foundation to support the work Keith benefitted from over 20 years ago.Please leave condolences at

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Keith Bradley

Sad news our friend Keith Bradley passed away August 1 at 9:22 in the morning.  It is extremely sad for us all. Keith was someone who talked to everybody, he was genuinely interested in what you had to say, a rock solid Gyro and he will be missed greatly.

Keith awoke Friday morning with sharp pains in his right abdomen which they tried to relieve with pain meds.  After tests, they moved him to ICU with Septic Shock.  It turns out he had infection in his Gallbladder.  Last night, he was going through Kidney Failure and they tried dialysis but early this morning, he was going into Heart Failure.

His wife Jan and son Todd were with him when he passed.  Other family members were away and arrived too late.

Keith was just so tired and worn out, and in such great pain.  The ICU nurses were wonderful and made sure he was not in any pain, and sure enough he slipped away peacefully.  No more pain for him.  Now we learn to live our lives without him.


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