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Edmonton Strathcona

"The Friendly Club"

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Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6L 6B6
Our Club meets every second Tuesday. Please email to confirm date.
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This past Tuesday our club was honored to hear from our District Governor, John Nicoll. John was introduced by our District assistant Governor Jeanette Bancarz who told us that John is a retired Electrical Engineer. He is a member of the Edmonton North East club. John and his wife Donna have been travelling around Alberta in their motor home, since early summer, to visit all of the various clubs in our District.
John told us that this past summer we were honored to receive a visit from our Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. Her chosen Theme for this Rotary year is Imagine. She chose this theme because if you can not imagine something, you can not build it. The four pillars of her theme for Rotary clubs this year are:
  1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our clubs should look like our community with equal opportunity and a place for each member do what they do best.
  2. Comfort and Care. Our clubs should talk to our members, find out what their interests are and where they would like our club to go.
  3. Empowering Girls and Women. Our clubs should strive to find projects that support and empower girls and women to make contributions in non-traditional fields such as but not exclusive to Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
  4. Expand your reach.   Our clubs should try to expand their reach by supporting worldwide projects such as Polio Plus. We can do this by encouraging our club members to join the Polio Plus Society. Other ways are to support International projects such as the fundraising campaign to help Ukrainian refugees.  
John said that we need to continuously try to make our clubs a place of fellowship which present a nice place for people to gather and enjoy other’s company with service projects that are meaningful to our members.  He said that most clubs in Alberta are relatively small with between fifteen to thirty-five members. He said that our district suffered membership losses due to the changes brought about by COVID which necessitated some budgetary adjustments, including a relocation of our District office. Plans are to be able to relocate to a permanent office location at Fort Edmonton Park once renovations are completed on the new entrance building in a few year’s time.
John closed with a video promoting this year’s District Conference with the theme of Respect. He said that they chose the Jasper location in order to support our local tourist economy post COVID by having everyone travel a little in order to attend. He said that in addition to the usual Rotary presentations, his wife Donna, who is an enthusiastic quilter, has organized a short Saturday nite presentation on quilting, along with a quilt display and sale as part of the marketplace.
We would like to thank John for taking the time to visit our club and give us an update on what is happening district wide.
District Governor John Nicoll presented Rose Marie Basaraba with a Paul Harris Plus Six Award for her contributions to the Rotary Foundation over the past year.
We have recently learned that two members of our club, Hans Granholm and Norman Leach, have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) for their significant contributions and achievements as Albertans. We would like to sincerely congratulate them both on this honor.
We would like to encourage our members to register for and attend our annual district conference which will be held from Thursday to Sunday, 20 to 23 April at Jasper Park Lodge. The conference theme is Respect. There will be special programs for all ages for those wishing to bring children or other family members with them. One of the special programs is a quilting display and sale. Registration and details regarding programs and speakers can be found at
On Dec 18 we received a thank you from John Shalewa of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services. Twenty six Ukrainian nationals received gift boxes from Rotary Strathcona at an appreciation evening for all the volunteers that are helping out at the Ukrainian free store on 101 Ave. and 104 St. The ladies were thrilled to receive these gift boxes. The smiles on their faces and the love that came with each gift box, made it so special. All in attendance were also treated to a dinner that was provided by a potluck of delicious food.
Brenda McCullough presented John Shalewa, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services based in Edmonton with Christmas boxes to be distributed by them to needy women who have recently come to Canada from the Ukraine.
Our club would like to thank Trina Van der Meer and her ‘Christmas Elf’ volunteers from Benaiah Guarding who generously volunteered their time and talents helped to put these beautiful boxes together.
John thanked us for the boxes and said that their group has had over seven hundred families visit their offices in the past year. He said that they have been overwhelmed by the support for recent immigrants from the Ukraine that they have received from the Edmonton community in the past year.


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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