The declaration of the Lethbridge Catholic Separate School District No. 9 was established on January 18, 1889. The first Catholic school opened on April 1, 1889 with 33 students in attendance. A second school opened in 1891 which was run by five Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 runs 13 schools in Lethbridge, Taber, Coaldale, Picture Butte and Pincher Creek. Students in the Holy Spirit Catholic Schools follow the curriculum of Alberta Learning within a Christ-centered environment.
Souce: Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4 website; "Lethbridge Catholic Separate School District No.9: The First One Hundred Years 1889-1989" by Bosco Baptista.
Scope and Content
001: 25 Portraits of Chairmen part 1 (1889-1989)
002: 9 Portraits of Chairmen part 2 (1989-2007)
003: Newsletters, banquet program, Christmas cards, Coaldale mission statement, and 3 photographs (1934-1994)
004: Junior Red Cross incident book, newsletters, correspondence, certificates and 2 certificates oversize (1947-1975)
005-008: St. Basil School Scrapbooks (1905-1988)
009: 1990-1994 Photo Album 74 photographs of various Board events
010: 1970-1975 Photo Album 54 photographs of various school events at St. Basil School
011: 1958-1990 Photo Album 48 photographs of various Board events
012: 1999-2002 Photo Album 162 photographs of Teresa Grice retirement tea, and hanging of her portrait at St. Basil School
013: St. Joseph’s Coaldale School newspaper clippings (1992-1994)
014: Newspaper clippings (1981-1992)
015-016: 1990-1992 St. Paul School photo album 325 photographs of various school programs
017-019: 1992-1996 St. Paul School photo album 64 negatives and 328 photographs of various school programs
020: 51 Negatives and 52 photographs of Christmas Concerts and a letter by a Japanese student 1989-1994
021: 34 Photographs of a Halloween event and class photographs (1982-1983)
022: 66 Photographs of Christmas concert, education week, and field trips (1986-1987)
023: 80 Photographs of events from Halloween, Christmas and Our School Day (1988)
024: 178 Photographs of various school programs (1989)
025-026: 169 Photographs of various school programs (1990)
027: 75 Photographs of St. Paul School Classes and staff (1992-1994)
028: 76 Negatives and 87 photographs of St. Paul School staff party and various school events (1992-1996)
029: 62 photographs of St. Paul School classes and staff (1989-2000)
030: 381 Student identification cards (1976-1998)
031: Photographs of students (198-) add photos to 35mm sleeves
032: Photographs of students and staff of St. Paul School (1999) add photos to 35mm sleeves
033: 66 Photographs of St Basil School’s classes and staff, and booklet for Ukraine 100 years of Christianity (1972-2001)
034: List of teachers and 43 photographs of various school events (1914-2003)
035: 34 Negatives and 83 photographs of various school programs at various schools (1940-1955)
036: 79 Photographs of various school programs (1954-1960)
037: 105 Photographs of various school programs at St. Basil School (1960-1965)
038: Photographs and negatives of various programs at St. Basil School ()add photos to 35mm sleeves
039: Negatives of ()add photos to 35mm sleeves
040-041: 2 cassettes
042-043: 354 Slides of Outdoor Education programs (1973-1991)
044: 71 Slides of various school programs at St. Basil School (1973-198-)
045: 100 Slides of various school programs, classes and staff of St. Basil School, and 20 plaques of honor roll students (1940-1968)
046: 110 Photographs and negatives of St. Basil School, mass, CCH Drama Center/ old Board office, and (1978-1994) add photos to 35mm sleeves
047: 11 Photographs of three deconstructed posters showing the classes of 1986-1987 (13.5 X 19) and newspaper articles from a deconstructed poster (30 X 25) (1986-1994)
048: Correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates and 9 photographs of student class pictures, events, and playing (1971-1996)
049: Newspaper clippings, photocopy of photographs of social events, and 91 photographs of students, staff, and Board members (1952-2000)
050: History of St. Paul’s School and information about Robert A. Kimmitt (1980-1987)
051: Portrait of Robert A. Kimmitt oversize (1972) (20 X 16)
052: Poster of staff and class photos at St.Paul’s School oversize (2001-2002) (24.5 X 16.5)
053: Poster with photographs of all honor roll students from the different Catholic schools with their names oversize (1961) (21.5 X 16)
054: Portrait of Emil Stephen (Steve) Vaselenak oversize (1932-1971) (20 X 16)
055: Portrait of Walter Jacob Ruff oversize (1971-1982) (20 X 16)
056: Portrait of Father Leonard Van Tighem (OMI) oversize (21.5 X 16.5) (1889-1890)
057: Portrait of John Aberle oversize (20 X 16) (1959-1988)
058: Portrait of Sister Gertrude Isabelle buss oversize (20 X 16) (1954-1971)
059: Poster of St. Basil’s Separate School Junior Hockey Champions 1946 with a 9 x 7 photograph oversize (21 X 15)(1946)
060: Poster of St. Basil’s Separate School Junior Football Champions 1946 with a 9 x 7 photograph oversize (21 X 15)(1946)
061: Enlarged photograph of a class from 1920 oversize (18 X 12) (1920)
062: Portrait of Teresa Diane Grice oversize (nee Berte) oversize (20 x 16) (1982-1971)
063: Students and staff photograph outside on a field oversize (13 X 10) (2000-2001)
064: St. Paul’s School oversize (14 X 7) (1954)
065: Photograph of students racing oversize (11 X 14) (195-)
066: Assumption School oversize (20 X 10) (1955)
067: Poster with picture of the Lethbridge Catholic Separate School Board oversize (1947-1949) (18 X 17)
068: Portrait of Most Rev. Frederick Henry oversize (1998-2017) (20 X 16.5)
069: Photograph of Board members oversize (1993) (17 X 24)
070: St. Basil School staff photographs with names oversize (200-) (17 X 12)
071: Portrait of Hubert Pyne from Taber oversize (199-) (14 X 11)
072: Photograph of children at St. Patrick’s Church likely during first communion oversize (189-) (13 X 11)
073: Photographs of Taber Board members oversize (1955-1965) (13.5 X 18)
074: Photographs of Taber Board members oversize (1966) (13.5 X 18)
075: Photographs of Board members standing in front of St. Mary’s School oversize (1950-1952) (11 X 14)
076: Portrait of Robert Hagel oversize (197-) (8 X 10)
077: Portrait of Mr. O. Malo Chairman oversize (1957-1964) (10 X 13.5)
078: Portrait of Mr. J. Chomany, Chairman oversize (1955-1964) (10 X 13.5)
079: Photographs of Board members oversize (197-) (20 X 16)
080: Photographs of Board members oversize (198-) (20 X 16)
081: Laminated newspaper article oversize (1977) (15 X 23)
082: Sketch from Jill Quinn “The Other Author, Arthur” oversize (199-?) (9 X12)
083: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1993-1994) (19 x 36)
084: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1996-1997) (19 x 36)
085: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1995-1996) (23.5 x 36)
086: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1994-1995) (25 x 10)
087: St. Paul’s School students and staff photograph (2000-2001) (20 X 30)
088: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1990-1991) (23.5 x 36)
089: Public education works in Alberta Catholic Schools poster with photographs of students and staff oversize (1995) (31 X 28)
090: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1992-1993) (24 X 28)
091: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1988-1989) (26 X 27)
092: St. Paul’s School class and staff photos oversize (1987-1988) (26 X 27)
093: St. Basil’s School class and staff photos oversize (1977-1978) (30 X 20)
Tomomi Okutake originally immigrated to Canada in 1907, and was employed with the CPR in Vancouver. He then moved to Hardiville, Alberta in 1911, and resided there until enlisting with the Princess Pat Canadian Infantry in 1917. After serving two years in Britain and France, he was honourably discharged, receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Upon his return to Canada, Tomomi began his work in the No. 6 coal mine. In 1930, he travelled back to Japan to marry Tsuru Genka, and together they moved back to Hardieville where Tomomi continued his work.
The No. 8 coal mine site was moved to Lethbridge shortly after, where he continued as a miner until his retirement in 1953. Once Japanese citizens were allowed to live in Lethbridge, the couple moved into the city. Tomomi and Tsuru Okutake resided in the City of Lethbridge from 1961 until Tomomi’s passing in 1971.
Throughout his time in Alberta, Tomomi became a founding member of the Lethbridge Buddhist Temple and the Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple. He also played a big part in being the interpreter or spokesperson for those who couldn’t speak English in the Okinawan community.
After Tomomi passed away, Tsuru enrolled at the Community College to learn English as a second language. She joined the Senior Centre and learned new skills such as weaving and dancing. In her final years, she lived in the Taber Long Term Care unit where she later passed away in 1990.
The Okutake family had two adopted daughters, Patricia Yuriko (Sassa) and Esther Tsuru (Ayukawa).
Scope and Content
2017.1025/001 Okutake Family Photographs: Tomomi Okutake, Tsura Okutake, Chiyoryo Ishimine, Toshiko Ishimine, Tomotaka Ishimine, Choryo Ishimine, Toshiko Higa, Chiyosei Genka, Yoneko Genka, Chiyotasu Genka, Dorothy Goshinmon, Chiyoki Okutake, Chotei Okutake, Art Okutake, Pat Okutake, Chokei Okutake, Guiso Oshiro, Vicki Okutake.
2017.1025/002 Citizens certificate, statement of service, passport, biography, etc.
2017.1025/003 Biographies of Issei Pioneers from Okinawa to Southern Alberta.
Rotary International is an international service organization that operates to bring
business and professional people together in order to provide humanitarian services to those peoples, and nations, in need around the world. The Rotary groups are non-political and non-sectarian, and each group is open to all people regardless of race, religion, color, creed, gender or political preference. Rotary International was formed in 1905, in order to better serve the community on a local to global level. Rotarian groups usually gather weekly for breakfast, lunch, or dinner to fulfill the group’s principle of developing friendships and connections in their local area.
The Rotary Club of Lethbridge Sunrise was formed in 2001, and meets on Thursday’s at 7 am at the Nord-Bridge Senior's Centre. The Club works to bring local business professionals together to get involved, and help, the local Lethbridge community. Their objective is to: “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”
As part of the Sunrise club’s commitments to the local and global community, they aim to: “channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.” These Avenues of Service include: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and Youth Service.
One of the global projects that the Lethbridge-Sunrise club became a part of was the Los Amigos Project in 2017. The group heard of the need for a variety of emergency vehicles in Mazatlan, Mexico. In collaboration with the Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie, the Sunrise Club was able to drive down, and donate, three school buses and emergency supplies to Mazatlan, Mexico. A detailed account of the Los Amigos Project can be found in file 2019.1015/001.
Scope and Content
2019.1015/001: Rotary Club Los Amigos Project Story, 2017.
2019.1015/002: Miscellaneous Casino Records, including Casino License Applications, Facility and Services Agreements, Volunteer Registrations, etc., 2003-2010.
2019.1015/003: Administrative Records Part 1/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, Dawn Breaker Newsletter, etc., 2000-2001.
2019.1015/004: Administrative Records Part 2/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc., 2001.
2019.1015/005: Administrative Records Part 3/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Annual Reports, etc., 2002-2003.
2019.1015/006: Administrative Records Part 4/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Annual Reports, etc., 2003-2004.
2019.1015/007: Administrative Records Part 5/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Financial Reports, Correspondences, etc. 2004-2005.
2019.1015/008: Administrative Records Part 6/10, Membership Records, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc. 2005-2006.
2019.1015/009: Administrative Records Part 7/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Rotary Motto, Promotional Statement, etc. 2006-2007.
2019.1015/010: Administrative Records Part 8/10, Semi-Annual Reports, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, etc. 2007-2008.
2019.1015/011: Administrative Records Part 9/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, New Member Applications, etc. 2008-2009.
2019.1015/012: Administrative Records Part 10/10, Board Meeting Minutes, Correspondences, Semi-Annual Reports, etc. 2009-2010.