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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
Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities
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This Saturday we held a BBQ at the home of Carin and Stephan Jansen van Vuuren to welcome our new members to Rotary.
See the photo album below for more pictures from this event. 
Our very generous hosts opened their home and large outdoor patio and served us smoked brisket with a large helping of hospitality. The word was that Stephan got up at 3 am! to start smoking the brisket, which was perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious!
The program from Richard Karlsson, our Membership Chairperson and Carin, our President gave a short introduction to Rotary and what it represents for our new members. It also included a Paul Harris Fellowship presentation to Ellen Weber, our past Membership Chairperson.
Everyone who attended had a wonderful time visiting with each other while knoshing on snacks and warming themselves around the three fires (two propane and one bonfire). The cloudy weather held off and we ended the evening with an almost clear sky.
A good time was had by all who attended and we would like to extend a very big thankyou to our very gracious hosts, Stephan and Carin.
  • Membership chair (Richard Karlsson) welcomed everyone to the event
  • New members were finally properly introduced to the club:
    • Norman Leach (in the company of wife Maritza)
    • Amy Stewart
  • Prospective members were introduced:
    • Kim Schmidt & husband Peter (guests of Heather de Kok, introduced by Carin Jansen van Vuuren)
    • Rhonda Smith in the company of partner Ben Gomez (introduced by Stephan Jansen van Vuuren)
    • Candace Cole (introduced by Amy Stewart)
    • Jacquie Riske in the company of husband Ken (introduced by Ken Germain)
  • Information of the objectives of Rotary were given as information to new & prospective members
  • Assistant District Governor (District 5370) Jeanette Bancarz (in the company of husband Marc Hanatschek) was our honored guest and gave the club the best wishes from the district.
  • The Paul Harris Fellowship Award was given to Ellen Weber.
  • Committee Reports:
    • Foundation (Bob Sandercock)
    • International (Patrick Gibson for Loida Lumanlan)
    • Youth (Brenda McCullough)
    • Flag Program (Vince Campbell)
    • Community (Carin Jansen van Vuuren for Trina Vandermeer)
  • An outstanding brisket was served, and the rest of the evening was a successful social event.
Membership committee
Richard Karlsson
Stephan Jansen van Vuuren
This past week we were pleased to welcome Terry Vaughn, a local business woman (The Humble Bee) and bee keeper. Terry brought along a live observation hive that was buzzing with bees and gave a very engaging presentation on the lives of bees and their importance in the environment.
Terry, who is a former schoolteacher, and her husband Jeff, started bee keeping in 2016 after her husband was diagnosed with arthritis and found he could not tolerate many different kinds of foods, including nearly all sugars, with the exception of natural maple syrup and honey. Switching up his diet made a huge difference in his life, so he and Terry decided to go into the bee keeping business, both to supply their household with enough honey for their needs and as a profitable business. They now have twenty-six hives. Terry said that it was a very steep learning curve and they are still learning. Terry also shares her knowledge of bees by giving talks to local schoolchildren and other groups. They  make and sell honey (two thousand pounds this year) and bees wax products such as wax coated food wrappers and bees wax candles.
Terry says that bees are like babies, they take a lot of care and attention. In our climate they need hives made of material that can resist the extreme cold and keep the bees warm and dry thoughout the year. The bees need to keep their hive at a constant thirty five degrees in all weather and they also need to control the humidity in their hive in order to stay healthy. The outside of the each bee hive is painted in a different colour so the bees can find their way home. The only colour not used is red, as bees cannot see this colour.
The yearly cycle of a beehive starts in the spring when the queen bee can lay up to three thousand eggs a day. The eggs take twenty-one days to become adult bees. The worker bees (girl bees) do all the work in the hive from cleaning out empty cells to feeding and cleaning the queen, gathering nectar (honey) and pollen, making new cells, feeding the young and helping to maintain the constant temperature and humidity in the hive by fanning their wings. The drones (boy bees) only purpose is to fertilize the queen. The drones are killed off before winter as they are not needed again until spring. Queen bees live three to five years, worker bees only forty-five days in spring and summer and up to one hundred days in winter. By fall the queen is laying very few eggs and the hive is preparing for winter by filling and capping cells with honey and pollen to keep them over winter. The hive is still buzzing all winter long as the bees still raise a small number of young to replace those who die. They also need to go outside once in a while to do their business, as they will not go inside the hive. They will fly a short distance from the hive just long enough to do their business on warm winter days. The main threats to a hive are mites, moisture, humidity and starvation, especially in April before the flowers come into bloom. It is important for bee keepers to leave their hives with enough honey to last through the end of April.
Bees are the main pollinators of most of our native plants and agricultural crops. Bees will forage up to six kilometers out from their hive. They look for nectar and pollen from all kinds of plants, so no bee keeper can truly say their honey is only from one plant. They also need a clean safe source of water for drinking year round. Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem and we need to support them in every way we can. We would like to thank Terry for her very interesting and entertaining presentation.
The Rotary Foundation was set up over 100 years ago to raise money for the many international and community projects that the various worldwide Rotary clubs sponsor each year. The donations are divided into district grants which each club has access to, global grants for larger projects and disaster response grants. Global grants are for support of fighting diseases, providing clean water-sanitation and hygiene, education, women and child welfare, promoting peace, growing local economies and protecting the environment.
Our club has raised almost half a million US$ for the foundation since being chartered. Last year we raised over $27,000 US for the annual and polio plus funds with 75% of our members donating $25 US or more to the foundation. Of charitable organizations, ours (Rotary) has received the highest 4 star rating from the Charity Navigator for 13 straight years. There are several ways of donating and I will outline them in the club bulletin in the future. You can also look up all the information on the Foundation by going to the My Rotary Foundation web site.
Paul Harris Fellow recognitions are given out to members who have contributed $1,000 US or more and to persons who the club or other members feel have contributed to the well being of Rotary. Last year 27 Paul Harris Fellow were given out plus 3 major donor recognitions.
It is with pleasure that we give a Paul Harris Fellow to our past member Ellen Weber for all the work she had done for the club.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona mourns the loss of our member of 31 years following a major brain aneurism. Bernd Reuscher was a staunch supporter of the Paul Harris Fund who shared his physical support at meetings and special events.  As guest speaker at our July 27th Rotary meeting he shared some of his personal connection with Germany and Canada as well as his International ventures. During his presentation to our Club based on his personal experience with COVID and loss of business, Bernd quoted a phrase used in Germany following the recent major flooding in Lipsieg: “The end is near: actually, it is just the beginning” prior to describing changes in his own life which resulted in poor health, depression and bankruptcy. Sadly, his personal commitment to change his own life based on having a ‘second chance’ ended with his passing exactly three weeks after his presentation (he did not share these thoughts with his family). Bernd’s intelligence, thoughtful and kind demeanor will be missed.
Hello, good morning, dear members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona, I introduce myself, my name is Lety and I am part of Project Amigo.
I am getting in touch with you to inform you that unfortunately your goddaughter from Project Amigo, Yosselin Méndez Ramírez, is leaving the scholarship program, since she did not manage to be accepted at the University of Colima where she took the admission exam, she did not remain in the career in the which did the paperwork, which was Architecture and since it was not, she was insisting both at the University of Colima and at the Technological University of Colima, both schools are the only public schools that offer the Architecture degree, but it was not accepted either, so decides to study in a private school, which is called Vizcaya University, Yosselin is aware that Project Amigo cannot support her to study in private schools, she is determined to study in this private university and to pay for the expenses, she will work and her parents will also they will be helping to cover expenses.
Yosselin will contact you shortly to thank you for all the time you have been supporting her with her generous sponsorship.
Thank you for the trust placed in Project Amigo, thank you for helping to change the lives of children and young people.
For any clarification, please direct your questions to Mr. Kirk Dretzka, General Manager and Mr. Jorge Torres, Director of Student Services.
I bid you farewell with gratitude and respect.
Lety Valle
Dear Rotary Club Edmonton Strathcona sponsors!
Hello, dear sponsors, how are you?
It is a pleasure for me to be able to greet you through this letter, but I also feel sad since I will stop being a fellow at Proyecto Amigo, due to complications that I had at the school I wanted to enter since I was not accepted, that is why I decided that I am going to study Architecture at another school that does not qualify for the Proyecto Amigo scholarship.
I assure you that even if I no longer continue in the Scholarship Program, I will always continue to strive to achieve my goals and be able to finish a professional career, just as I have always told you.
During this time that I was a fellow at Proyecto Amigo I felt very good, I learned many things and was always supported, I met great people and always learned from them, I keep many good things and many experiences.
I thank you with all my heart and I will always be grateful for all the support you gave me during these 3 years, I feel very happy to have shared so many things with you, but above all for knowing that there are people like you with a good heart and very generous who they are always ready to support others. My family and I are very grateful to you for all the financial support you gave me for my school expenses, as I told you at the beginning, even if I do not continue with the scholarship, I will always strive to meet my goals and be able to finish a professional career and be a great professional.
I say goodbye to you, wishing you have an excellent day, that you always have good health and that you are always very lucky in the work you do every day, I will always remember you and carry you on my mind and in my heart. My family and I send you a big hug.
Thank you for everything, I will be eternally grateful, I love you.
With much affection, love and gratitude,
Yosselin Méndez Ramírez.

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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.
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