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

"The Friendly Club"

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6L 6B6
(780) 918-1079
(780) 665-7011
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Bernd engaged the attention of fellow members and guests with a partial review of his life as a child escaping East Germany with his family through the underground tunnels of Berlin in 1946 to completion of his Engineering degree in 1994. Through the years he has continued to promote relations between Canada, Alberta and the Republic of Germany along with fellow Rotarians, Fritz Koenig and Hugo Lehmann.
In his presentation which he referenced to a newspaper article “The end is near, actually this is just the beginning” he focused on a personal experience that reflected on being allowed another chance in life, much as the Germans who survived two major floods and rebuilt their communities and their lives.
In late January, 2020, with no direct flight from Hong Kong, he was forced to take a flight home from Singapore in less than admirable conditions. After arriving home he began experiencing respiratory problems which resulted in his being admitted to the Royal Alexandra Hospital from the end of May to the end of June when he was discharged after determining he did not have COVID.  His recovery meant that he was unable to monitor his business and was forced to sell his assets: keeping afloat was a nightmare. This situation brought on a severe depression and referral to a Psychiatrist which eventually lead to a personal testament to his ability to overcome procrastination in completing those ‘personal duties’ ie. Wills, etc.
Recalling his involvement in assisting provinces in Germany to rebuild following devastating flooding and loss of lives (more recently Leipzig), he determined he now had been given a second chance to rebuild his life as well. His determination is built in the belief that there is always a new beginning: fear and worry or makes us stronger. People come together to help one another in a show of solidarity: being there for one another. COVID affected everyone: adversity is a part of life’s plan; suffering is optional. Bernd recommends the following for a more satisfying life:
Switch off the TV: it provides an endless embodiment of bad news.
Be selective with the people: surround yourself with positive people.
Music: Enjoy favorite music: it is an absolute healer
Be in Nature: nature is therapeutic
Start treating yourself: small things in life are a big deal.
Thank you, Bernd, for this very sobering and therapeutic presentation.
A busy time for the Community Services chaired by Trina VanderMeer
A Walk to Remember took place June 29th in the INEW Indigenous Park, a subsection of Queen Elizabeth Park, which combined both a ParticiPACTION Grant from the Federal Government with the Diversity Focus implemented by Rotary at both the District and International levels.
The walk saw 16 participants review North American history from the Indigenous perspective through a blanket ceremony and Smudge presented by a representative of the ISKEW healing center. Cree Subs provided soup and Bannock for the event which had 13 of the 16 attendees indicate they enjoyed the experience, and 4 attendees ask if another such event could be held with time for a Q and A session, and the suggestion of possibly a Sweat Lodge experience be included. This is currently being looked into as an educational opportunity to be arranged privately, so if you’re interested, please let Trina know.
The second priority Phase 2 and 3 of the “Accessibility Back Pack Program.”
This joint effort between Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona (RCES) and Variety Children’s Charity, saw the “building” of 30 backpacks at Wise Warrior Gym by two AMAZING teams of Rotary members—The Tuesday night team was led by Vince and Vi, who had MOST of the entire team’s focus completed before everyone showed up…which allowed for some face-to-face friendship!
The Wednesday night team took longer—TWO Presidents on site, Jim Peddie and Carin Jansen van Vuuren - what do you expect — they broke or broke-in new member Amy Stewart who had some difficulty keeping track of her squeaky toys!
Thank you to both Loida, and Rose Marie—who were quite disappointed the work were completed too quickly for them to feel like they worked hard!
Then Phase 3 of this project kicked off with President Van Vuuren and Community lead Vandermeer dropping of 10 completed back packs at the Edmonton Co-op in Hawkstone to District Manager Kris and Store Manager Karl, for Distribution to their 5 local stores. Training for these folks is slated for July 28th via Zoom.
Ninety-minutes later, Jansen van Vuuren, Peddie, and Vandermeer, met up with Variety Children’s Charity representative Carole Alvarez-Cornell, and presented the Telus World of Science Center with two backpacks.
The team of Telus, including CEO Alan Nursall and a representative from each department, took our team to the new children’s imagination center, where they promptly started playing with all the Sensory-based toys supplied, while OUR team played in the Airplane. Jim said Sir Richard Branson reached the edge of space & Jeff Bezos successfully completed a historic space launch. Now two Rotarians are on their way - one small step for Rotary!
Watch out for Alan Nursall and his team to visit a future club meeting and update RCES on the $40m renovation the Telus World of Science Center is currently undergoing over the next year and offer funding opportunities for our two groups to work together on.
In the meantime, if you have any suggestions on where you think we should put the Sensory Backpacks, let Trina know. She is currently working on supplying them to the Edmonton Zoo and West Edmonton Mall and waiting for contact info from members regarding Ronald McDonald House and Stollery Children’s Hospital.
This 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk to raise funds to eradicate polio is a Rotary Days of Service Project.
Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and others are encouraged to sign up to complete their virtual 5K or 10K walk or run anytime between September 11th and 19th, 2021.
Together we can End Polio Now!


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.

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