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Our Mission: "To create community through fellowship and service, to eliminate poverty and disease and to provide knowledge and opportunity, especially for young people."
Our Vision: "Being an exemplary club in meeting its mission, through a sustainable vibrant membership."
The New Years "Family Luncheon" was a huge success with a clown, balloon animals and glitter tattoos. Over 70 Rotarians, family members, children and grand children attended. The lunch and the entertainment were enjoyed by all. A big thank you to the organizers!
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg , Frank Cosway, Co-Chair of Fundraising, presented a donation of $1,650 to Hayley Laudien, Events Associate at Winnipeg Harvest for the Baby Formula appeal, on December 20, 2013.
MUNA 2014 will be held on May 1 - 3, 2014 at the Canadian Mennonite University. Further details can be found on the website at www.winnipegmuna.ca
MUNA was founded in April, 1957 to expose youth to the world of international politics, through participation in a simulated United Nations Assembly. The last MUNA took place May 9 – 11, 2013 at the CMU, with at least 40 delegations attending.
In 2011, Ismael Muvingi, a former member of our Club visited his homeland of Zimbabwe on his sabbatical and identified the need for this project. During the election violence in Zimbabwe in 2010, many youth were either victims or perpetrators of violence.
This project was developed by Strini Reddy, long before he joined our Club. This project is implemented in partnership with a Rotary Club in South Africa. Strini has been very effective at raising funds for this project. In 2014, this may be our first project to qualify for the new Rotary Future Vision funding.
This program was developed by the Winnipeg Foundation to ensure that financial hurdles should not prevent students from realizing their dream of a college/ university education. Students in grades 5 -12 can earn a “You Can Do It Award” of $1,000 each year, for a possible total of $8,000.
Currently, this project is a small scholarship program to support 7 – 8 South Sudanese students who are living in Kenya. These funds include Club Funds ($6,800) and personal donations by Gail & Alex Zahradnitzky. David Atem, one of our members, is from South Sudan.
CSI is a 5 week Summer Learning Enrichment Program for 1000 elementary school students from the inner city that operates from 15 sites. Launched in 2005, CSI continues to grow each year. Strini Reddy has been the inspiration for this program long before he joined our Club. CSI received a grant of $7,500 from our Club.
Alex & Gail Zahradnitzky were the founders of this project which continues on today. Our Club has supported various schools within Guatemala over the past decade. Gail & Alex recently visited Guatemala to implement a new Ripple Effect program, with $2,500 from our Club, to provide some basic science equipment for several schools. This put smiles on the faces of both children and teachers.
Posted by Frank Cosway
The September "Peace Concert with the Spirits Call Choir" was organized by David Newman and the World Peace Partners Committee. Through World Peace Partners the Club provided 2 bursaries ($3,200) for 2 high school graduates to attend the "Adventures in Global Citizenship" offered by Global College , August 7 – 15th.
Y.E.S. was established in 1974 as a partnership between the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and the YMCA. Art Jonasson has been Director since 1974, and Norm Podolski since 2008. Y.E.S. assists youth 16 – 29 to find and maintain employment. They support those most at-risk, including aboriginal people, the unemployed and disadvantaged youth, by providing training, assistance and encouragement. All services are free.
This is part of a global Rotary campaign started in 1986. Great progress has been made. Only 3 countries still have active polio cases (Afghanistan, Pakistan & Nigeria). But much important work still remains to End Polio Now. ($1,500 was budgeted. Our members have donated at least an additional $5,000.)
Partners for climate change research in Tanzania
Littered with old National Geographic magazines, a model volcano, and a solar cooker, Bartholomew Meena’s crammed science room in Machame, Tanzania, captured Amy Kaspar’s heart at first glance. “He created all the science projects we had from our childhood in one room,” recalls Kaspar, a former Rotary Scholar who’s now a member of the Rotary Club of Capital Square in Ohio. Within those projects, she saw Menna’s passion for his environment and a wealth of unexplored opportunities, particularly the chance to collaborate and study the environmental impact of Mount Kilimanjaro’s melting glaciers...
Global star Angélique Kidjo champions Rotary’s efforts in new song
In her new album, “Eve,” Grammy award winner Angélique Kidjo honors the women in Africa, and pays tribute to Rotary’s work to end polio worldwide. The singer and activist from Benin chose to include Rotary in the soon-to-be-released video of the album’s signature song, “Eva.” Rotary’s presence in the video is no coincidence. The relationship between the singer dates back to 2011, when she joined about two dozen celebrities, including Jackie Chan, Jack Nicklaus, and Jane Goodall, in Rotary’s “This Close” polio awareness campaign. “I am the cherry on top of the cake,” says Kidjo in an exclusive...
In Pakistan, polio vaccinators earn community trust in spite of danger
No polio vaccinator had ever set foot in Killi Baksho, near Pakistan's rugged northwest border with Afghanistan. Most people there have long opposed immunization, believing the polio vaccine causes infertility or AIDS. The combination of that public mistrust and intimidation from militant groups has been nothing short of deadly. In 2013, 20 polio vaccinators and nine police officers assigned to guard them were killed in Pakistan. With that memory fresh in their minds, a team from a Rotary-supported polio resource center went to the village to promote acceptance of the vaccine. They expected...
Finding safe haven
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen. After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug...
Helping people with disabilities make their own music
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school. After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for...