Update to new programs

Hello Fellow Gyros:

I am pleased to announce the upcoming Gyro events:

  1. April 20 at the GCCC – Guest speaker Allison McCollum from Richard Craddock’s prior law firm will educate us on financial matters specific to the elderly (that is us).  Details of the program will follow but the presentation is a follow up from her excellent presentation on Wills and Estate Planning that she did last year and will include a wealth management/transfer portion.  Thanks to Rick for arranging.
  2. May 4 at the GCCC – Elections Night.  This is where I am stripped of my President for Life title.
  3. May 20 at the GCCC – Auction Night.  Due to overwhelming demand our auction is returning.  Please contact Keith with your auction items and notify him if you will be attending.  This promises to be a fun night if prior years are any indication.
  4. June 2 Horse Racing Night – Details to be released as we get closer to the event.
  5. June 15 (The ARK?) – Stay tuned for details on the Wind Up event and introduction of the new Executive Board for 2022 / 2023.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Yours in Gyro friendship,


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Obituary Ian Greig


Ian Douglas Greig
July 9, 1941 – March 10, 2022On March 10, 2022, surrounded by his family, Ian Douglas Greig passed peacefully in hospital in Calgary, after a sudden stroke. We loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed.

Ian is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years, Joan (née Bishell), his son Doug (Yolanda), his daughter Joanne (Ken), and his two grown grandchildren of whom he was especially proud, Braeden and Kaeleigh. In addition, he had recently welcomed two step-grandchildren into the family, Aryana and Rosalynne. Ian is also survived by his younger brother Don and sister-in-law Cory from Sherwood Park, as well as by many other in-laws and close relatives. Having attained the still-vibrant age of 80, Ian was sadly predeceased by his parents, grandparents, and other close relatives and in-laws.

He was born July 9, 1941 in Calgary to Edith Greig (née Gore) and John “Jack” Greig who was called away to the war for much of Ian’s early years. Ian’s English- and Scottish-born grandparents were also a nurturing part of his young life. He loved his hometown, heartily putting down roots and cultivating friendships that would last a lifetime.

Ian ventured away to attend the University of Alberta, where he had been accepted into the Regular Officer Training Program (ROTP). He chose the Royal Canadian Navy as his field of service during those years, and he would often recount many a colourful tale, for example about his cross-Pacific training cruise to Japan and back. His naval experience instilled in Ian a deep abiding respect for the military, and was perhaps the beginning of his fascination with ships and the sea, and travel in general.

Back home, he embarked on a long career as a Chartered Accountant, getting his start at ATCO and then becoming a partner in Miller McClelland and Company in its various iterations. During this time, one of Ian’s clients was Centron Construction whom he eventually joined as Controller.

In spite of the heavy demands of his work, Ian’s family was the center of his life. Dutiful and sentimental, he was deeply engaged as a husband and provider, a caregiver to his parents as they aged, and a loving and doting dad and grandpa. He was extremely proud of his kids’ and grandkids’ accomplishments and supported them in all of their extracurricular activities. In particular, he embraced his Scottish roots with Joanne’s highland dancing and Doug’s highland piping activities. Rarely did a Robbie Burns night go unmarked, and a trip to the “old country” was a highlight of Ian’s retirement. With his grandchildren, he spent countless hours cheering loudly (and muttering under his breath when there was a “bad call”) at every hockey rink, baseball diamond, and soccer, football and rugby field he could. He rarely missed a dance competition and patiently sat and watched the same performances, from one competition to the next.

A natural leader and organizer, Ian believed in living a life of service, which was evident in the various endeavours he found himself a part of, whether at work or otherwise. He was a founding director of the Palliser/Bayview/Pumphill Community Association, worked diligently on the Board of Doug’s youth pipe band, The Glengarry Highlanders, and was renowned as a go-to resource for friends and family for tax planning and preparation.

When tax season was done, Ian was on the golf course. He was an original member at what was then the Pinebrook Golf and Winter Club, and remained active there for almost 40 years. He had fond memories of trips with his golf buddies to the East Kootenays, and would pay tribute to many iconic courses in his travels, including Pebble Beach and St. Andrews. Another of Ian’s loves over the years was the gridiron—whether coaching junior football in his younger days, or rooting for his Stampeders (“Go Stamps Go!”) and Seahawks (“Go Hawks!”).

Friendship was of paramount importance to Ian, and nowhere was that more obvious than in one of his proudest pleasures: Gyro, an International Fraternity of Friendship. In his 54 years as a member of the Stampede City Gyro Club—and with Joan at his side providing indispensable and unflinching support—he served his Club as President, Gyro District VIII as Governor, and the greater organization as International President. Ian received countless awards for his service, but his greatest and fondest achievements were the enduring relationships he developed with Gyros and the “ladies of the fraternity”.

A celebration of Ian’s life is being planned for a later date. Please check this page periodically as more details will be announced.

Should you wish to make a memorial donation to a charity of your choice, the family encourages you to consider the following, which have been near and dear to us and to Ian:

Inn From The Cold

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

Society for Treatment of Autism

Open Medicine Foundation Canada

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President’s Update

Hello Fellow Gyros:

Just a quick update:

As previously agreed at the Annual General Meeting held in September the Gyro fees were set at $200 and were to be reviewed in January.  We also agreed to delay collection until the January timeframe.  At our recent Executive Meeting we asked Erik to proceed with invoicing and the collection of the annual dues; so expect an invoice from Erik.  We will monitor our activity and decide at a later date if we will require an auction for addition funds.

  1. We also discussed our Schedule of Events and what events can proceed.  It is felt that we will delay any further activities until the latest wave of COVID subsides; hopefully within the next month.  A suggestion was made that we should do more outdoor events in the spring and summer.
  2. I have been in communication with Duncan Mills from the Edmonton Club.  They are proceeding with their lunch speaker program with somewhat reduced attendance.  Duncan also forwarded a list of their speakers over the past several years that we may want to contact for our meetings.
  3. Duncan has suggested that we do a joint event.  They are considering attendance at an Oil Kings hockey game on February 21 (Family Day afternoon) and would invite is to join them.  The game is between the Winnipeg Ice and the Oil Kings who are the top two teams in the league; so it should be a good game.  Please advise me if you would be interested in attending.

Yours in Gyro Friendship,


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Thank You

Marion and I would like to thank the Gyros for a delicious supper in December. It was wonderful to visit with you and your partners. 

We would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy 2022!
Carol Lindner
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Note from President

Hello Fellow Gyros:

For those who attended Dominoes Night on November 10, thank you for your support.  Ian did a great job of introducing us to the game.  After a wonderful meal of baked salmon followed by either blueberry or cherry pie and ice cream we played a number of rounds of dominoes which I believe most people enjoyed.

At the meeting it was moved and voted on to postpone both the billiards night normally held at Caffrey’s and the bowling night that was to be held at Sherwood Park Bowling.  The members present did not feel comfortable mixing with large unknown groups at this time.  However a suggestion was made to have a Gyro Night within the next few weeks where we would have a guest speaker.  So if any of you know of a speaker who would be able to present a topic of interest to our membership please submit a  name.

The annual President’s Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, December 18th at the Belvedere Golf and Country Club.  We will be finalizing the arrangements within the next week and will provide more information at that time.  I hope to see the majority of you (at least those who have not gone south) and your wives at the event.

Yours in Gyro friendship.


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Founders Night 2021

Hello Fellow Gyros:

I would like to comment on the wonderful evening hosted by the Edmonton Gyro Club at the University Club in honor of the Founders of Gyro.  In attendance were 45 members, spouse, and guests including Sid and Sharon Slade and Allan Bleiken from our Sherwood Park Club.  The evening started at 5:30 pm with cocktails and visiting, with an excellent Prime Rib and Yorkshire Pudding buffet served at 6:30.

Duncan Mills was an excellent host and MC and introduced our own Allan Bleiken to speak on behalf of the Sherwood Park Club.  Allan spoke very eloquently about Gyro and what it means to him and gave an update on our clubs founding 46 years ago (and that we still have 4 of the original founding members still active in the club).  Marty Larsen followed to speak about the Edmonton club.

Following the formalities Duncan introduced the guest speakers Jeffrey Hansen- Carlson, CEO of Prairie Sky Gondola and Claire McDonald who is one of the managers.  Prairie Sky Gondola was born from the Edmonton Project which was a city-wide brainstorming competition that picked the urban gondola as a project the business community would back.

Claire read an interesting short book about the value of an idea.  Jeffrey and Claire thenspoke about how the company earned the project rights, its plans and progress to date, and what we can expect to see over the next couple of years until the anticipated grand opening in the summer of 2024.  Even though I was very skeptical coming into the meeting, the speakers did an excellent job of describing the project and more importantly would not require tax payers funding.   The presentation was very well received with a lot of questions and discussion following.  Technical details are available in the following link:  https://www.prairieskygondola.com/technical



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Covid update on cancellations

Hello Fellow Gyros:

With the COVID announcement on Wednesday it looks like we can no longer have indoor gatherings until further notice.  As a result the following events are cancelled:

  1. District VIII Convention – September 23 to 26.  Cancelled.  Those who have already registered will have been notified directly by Ken Baker and the hotel reservations have been cancelled. Refunds are pending.
  2. Cribbage Night – October 6.  Cancelled.
  3. Founders Night – October 19.  Still waiting for confirmation from Edmonton Club, but I am assuming it will be cancelled unless restrictions are lifted by then.
  4. District VIII Curlarama – October 22 to 24.  Cancelled.

We will wait for further notice if November events can proceed

Thanks Ted

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Curl-o-rama October 21 – 24 (Cancelled)

I have had communications over the past few weeks with representatives from the clubs regarding expected attendance at Curlarama 2021 which was tentatively scheduled for October 22 to 24 in Canmore,  While it appeared that participation would be lower than usual, we likely could have proceeded with a somewhat scaled down event.  However,  given the Government of Alberta’s  announcement yesterday of Covid related restrictions on social gatherings, we have decided to cancel the event for the second consecutive year.  Hopefully, we will be able to have a Curlarama 2022.

John Hodgson, Gyro Club of Calgary.


On Oct. 22 to Oct. 24 ( Friday to Sunday ) there may be the annual Gyro curling at Canmore.  The cost per curler is 295.00 which includes accommodation, curling, smoker with all free booze on Friday night, breakfast Sat. morning, 3 games of 6 end curling on Saturday, banquet Saturday night, and breakfast Sun. morning with presentations.  We had 3 teams at last bonspiel and had the likes of Wilson, Malott,  Delveaux, Ewanchuk, Austin, Davis, Greig, West, Lanes, Caddey, Hunt, Merrick, and also others other years.

As you can understand in order to run this bonspiel they need a close count on the number of teams so any member with an 80 percent chance of participating can e-mail me at   .   I think it would be nice to have at least 2 teams from Sherwood Park.  I will make up the teams and do some promoting but unfortunately I will not be attending this year due to hip restrictions.

They would like a reply by Monday (Aug 30)so they can make some decisions on proceeding.



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Passing of Allen Ireland

Thought I would pass a message on to you. In today’s Edmonton Journal there is an obituary for Allen Ireland, a former member of our club. As the obituary says, Al was a great storyteller who always had one to tell at our meetings.
Take care.
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District VIII Convention Sept 23-26

The District VIII convention will be held in Calgary at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino on September 23 – 26.

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