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E. R. (Jo) Johanson Memorial Scholarship in Music at Mount Royal University

At our May 21, 2010 meeting Stan Cichon proudly announced the creation of the E. R. (Jo) Johanson Memorial Scholarship in Music at Mount Royal University on behalf of our club executive and our board of directors:


President Karl, fellow Rotarians and guests,

The impact that scholarships have on education is profound.

The value of any scholarship comes from two perspectives, the individual receiving the scholarship and the one offering the scholarship.

For the recipient, the scholarship serves as a powerful way to encourage students to reach for their dreams. For the donor, the scholarship fund is a legacy that changes lives.

Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

Today I am proud to announce on behalf of our club executive and our board of directors the creation of the E. R. (Jo) Johanson Memorial Scholarship in Music at Mount Royal University.

Many of us here have known Jo. However, I suspect this is not so for our new members. Let me give you a brief glimpse of former Calgary West Rotarian, E.R. Jo Johanson.

Jo became a member in 1981 with a classification of Music Composer/Arranger. From 1981, until his leave of absence in 2007, he was our club pianist.

By 1987, Jo had become a Paul Harris Fellow and in 1992 received his first multiple Paul Harris sapphire followed again in 1996, 1998, 2006 and on June 22nd 2007 Sam Switzer presented Rotarian Johanson with his 5th sapphire.

For the years of 1988 through 1989 Jo served two terms as the District Rotary Foundation Chairman. But education of our youth was his passion.

From 1991 through 2003, Jo gave the District over a decade of service to the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee with three terms as Chairman. This time spanned 11 different district governors.

1990 - 1991 saw Jo as President of our club, Calgary West.

On Thursday afternoon, August 26th, 2010, the Annual In Memorial Ceremony will be held in the Dr. John H. Garden Memorial Park on the Mount Royal University Campus. During that Ceremony, the Memorial Scholarship for E. R. Jo Johanson will be suitably recognized and his name will be engraved on the appropriate marble plaque.

This is a particular significant moment for me as Jo was my Rotary sponsor.