Rotary Club of
Edmonton Strathcona

 "The Friendly Club"


September 2014

Wheelchair Program

       Click to open page. 

Canada Flag Program


Membership Logo 1  Interested in becoming
                            a Rotarian?

For more information, follow these links:
Rotary International  District 5370
Club Membership Chair

You are welcome to join us for our Tuesday meeting. Details in the banner. Just say you are a guest of the website.

Please visit and sign our GUESTBOOK we like to hear from you.

You are one of  free hit counter   visitors -- Thank You.


Club Executives & Directors

President Elect
President Nominee
Past President
Public Relations
Bulletin Editor
Sgt. at Arms
Youth Exchange
Youth Services

Club Meeting Information

Thanks for visiting our site! The first ClubRunner site in District 5370

Edmonton Strathcona

The Friendly Club

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
German Canadian Cultural Assoc.
8310 Roper Road NW
Edmonton, AB  T6E 6E3
District Site
Venue Map


Welcome to "The Friendly Club" and our Web Site.

Strathcona members and Other Users, if you are unsure how to log in, click "New and existing users:..." on the login screen, or contact the site administrator
Hans Granholm; phone: +1-780-466-5566 any time.

For more information about our club, including club mail address, click HERE 

For full information on our upcoming Speakers, click on the speaker's name.

Members can access the Club Constitution and By-Laws and other classified information from ADMIN | CLUB DOCUMENTS after login.



Upcoming Events


Stories -- click on story title or Read More... to read all.


It is with great regret and sorrow we pass on the sad news that Carin's father, Jan van Zyl died last week. Carin was contacted and set out immediately, but did not make it in time. President Stephan followed last Saturday. Stephan expects to be back for our September 16th meeting.

Jan van Zyl was a member of the Pretoria Rotary Club and a  Past District Governor of district 9400.


Many of us were fortunate to meet this warm and caring man, both in South Africa and during his frequent visits to Alberta.

It was a very proud and emotional father who participated in the induction of his daughter, Carin, as our newest member here in July.


Jan van Zyl will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Our sincere condolences go out to Carin, her mother and her family.



Neil McQuay from the Alberta Government spoke of the successes
we've seen coming from the Private-Public Partnerships over the
past several years.
Bidding companies for a new school or road do so with the intention
of managing the project for 30 years. 
40 schools and the ring roads of Edmonton and Calgary have been built
and are of higher quality than "lowest bidder" projects of the past.

Tymm and Carlo is spending quality time in Ontario this summer and will tour Europe for a year after that. Consequently she has resigned from the club with the intention of re-joining Rotary on her return to Canada.
We wish them both well in their endeavors and hope to hear from them on their return.

A special meeting at the Selkirk Hotel, followed by a Rotary themed film at the new/old Theatre.
A good meeting to bring a friend.
Details will be coming.

Tuesday August 19th ,2014 was an important day for our club. The main purpose of the celebration was to deliver wheelchair to the following attending organizations:
Easter Seals  
ALS Society  
Red Cross  
Rehoboth Christian Ministries  
Arthritis Society  
Alexander Band First Nation  
Alexis Band First Nation  
O'chiese Band First Nation  
Sunshine First Nation  
Robinhood Association  
Balikbyan Project Philippine
Also attending was Linda Robertson the DG and Tim and Sally Shilds DGE. and Laurie Hawn, M.P.
All attendees enjoyed lunch.
Monday saw the local deliveries of several chairs as seen in the attached photos. All were pleased to be helped as we were pleased to be helping.
Thanks Raymond Merhej for the hard work that went into this week. Raymond, Peter DeNooy and Dmitri Papanocolas were surprised and Very Pleased to receive a $10,000.00 cheque from our club towards the WPAC wheelchair facility project in Dominican Republic, slated to begin operation by July 2015.

Linda Robertson's photo.
Linda Robertson's photo.
Linda Robertson's photo.
Linda Robertson's photo.
District Governor Elect Tim Schilds presents a chair at Tuesday's successful Wheelchair meeting.
President Stephan had a great meeting with lots of guests, there to receive some of 50 wheelchairs.
The BIG cheque for $10,000. was presented from our club to the WPAC project. By the end of the meeting. ALL $40,000. needed to proceed, had been raised.
In total, $450,000. has been raised and used to provide 3,200 wheelchairs. These are the first to be given away in Alberta. Mexico, Dominican Republic and Philippines have been previous receivers.
DG Linda  speaks of the importance of dedication and energy being directed towards this project.
Our speaker last Tuesday was Christian Felske from the City of Edmonton Waste Treatment Facility.
Doctor of Garbology.   His Task: Divert landfill material and find value in our household trash. 




Al Pierog, from Edmonton South club gave a quick update on the inbound student coming to Edmonton in August. A girl from Bolivia will be here and we still need host families for 4 of the 10 months. Always an enriching experience for the exchange student AND the host families AND the clubs that participate. Even a weekend (give the host family a break) would be great for the student.

Please give it some thought. Let President Stephanus know.


From Donna Hutton:
This was a PowerPoint presentation that was given at a national conference for an organization that I am involved with at the Board level. It has some interesting information that we thought might be of interest to our members.
Please click on this LINK    Tip: After the PowerPoint opens, press the F5 key to start the presentation. Advance screens by using the [Enter/Return] key or the [Up] and [Down] arrows. Press [Esc] to exit the presentation.


Take a Bold Step: Participate in a Poverty Simulation

Did you know that there are 120,000 people living in poverty in the Edmonton area, including 37,000 children?

How would you deal with a life in poverty? You are invited to participate in a community Poverty Simulation, which is coordinated by the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. This is a powerful opportunity to experience what it may be like to live in poverty and the challenging decisions people are faced with every day. Considering so many of our Rotary Club projects and initiatives align with lifting people out of poverty, this is a great opportunity for us to get an idea of what it may be like to walk in their shoes.


The Kiva Lending Team: Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona is on the move!  We've already funded 32 loans, (UPDATE AUGUST 9...60 Loans!)

Go to our Kiva page

Join us and participate in the fun!


RI link: 4-Way Test

Privacy laws were recently implemented in Canada...


With the number of members in this club either owning or operating a business, we are getting a very poor interest in this nice little generator of funds for the club.
Are the rates too steep? I don't think so, but if you do, please let us know.
If you have any bright ideas on how to promote this little initiative, please speak up.

No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.
Are you looking for Adobe Acrobat Reader?

   News Release!

Click to OPEN


Follow Us on Facebook


Facebook Like Button


President 2014-15


Bulletin Subscribe

Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.


     Upcoming Speakers

Sep 02, 2014
Melissa Bowerman
Royal Alberta Museum
Oct 14, 2014
David Holdsworth
Heritage Building Designation
Nov 25, 2014
Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona
c/o German Canadian Cultural Association
8310 Roper Road NW
Edmonton, AB  T6E 6E3
ClubRunner © 2002–2014  All rights reserved.
Privacy Statement | Online Help | System Requirements