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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
Canada
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Carin Jansen van Vuuren with Speaker Rowena Alido
 
This week we heard an inspiring life story from Rowena Alido, the owner of R3 Cleaning. Rowena told us that in 2003 she left her two small children behind in the Philippines to come to Canada to work as a caregiver in the North-West Territories so that she could support her family in the Philippines. She found that life here was full of twists and turns and many times it was her strong Christian faith that kept her going. She said that she truly feels the need to lead a life where she can make a difference in other people’s lives. After only a short time in Canada, due to problems in her sponsor family, she suddenly found herself without work or a place to stay. She was lucky enough to have a friend who helped her to find work and later, in 2006, to start her own cleaning company.  Through faith, determination and perseverance she has been able to build her company and also to help many newcomers to Canada to work and study, to make a better life for themselves and their families. She also sponsors children to come and study in Canada. She now lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta and her company has contracts across several provinces. They currently employ fifty people. Her cleaning company does both residential and commercial cleaning and more information on their services is available at r3Cleaning.com. We would like to thank Rowena for sharing her trials and tribulations with us, it was very inspiring to hear how she has persevered and overcome them through her determination to live a life that matters.
 
This week our Club President Graham Gilchrist gave us an overview of his experiences at the 2022 Rotary International Convention. Graham began by giving us some idea of the scale of the Houston conference center, saying that it covers five city blocks and is three stories tall. The main level has a conference hall three times bigger than all three halls of our Expo center here in Edmonton and has one hundred small break-out rooms on the second level of the center. He also said that it is the only building in Houston that does not allow people to carry side arms (hidden guns).  Graham said that the temperature change from outside to inside took a little getting used to as the outdoor temp was 102 degrees Fahrenheit and the indoor temp was sixty six degrees Fahrenheit.
The message from our outgoing president, Shekhar Mehta, stated some of his accomplishments during his tenure. These included putting together four peace conferences and an international membership drive which added twenty-five thousand new members in India alone. He also proposed that Rotary should consider changing our organizational structure to become a Federation, as this would allow Rotary in other countries to change their structure to conform more closely to their local cultures.
One of the breakout sessions he attended was on membership building, with a presentation about the Dallas Fort Worth Rotary group on how their membership was impacted by COVID and how they managed to rebuild. Their membership dropped from seven hundred before COVID to two hundred during COVID. They had to change their approach after COVID to include more community involvement to meet and attract a broader demographic of people and have now managed to build their membership up to five hundred.
Lastly, he talked about our new International President Jennifer Jones and some of her goals for the coming year with the forward thinking theme of Imagine Rotary.  She talked about building membership and how we need to be willing to change within to make room for new members with new ways of doing things, then strive to provide what they need to flourish in our clubs by providing the experiences that they seek. We also need to make empowering girls first one of our priorities, as this will in turn empower women within Rotary and our society as a whole.
Overall we got the impression that Rotary is changing with the times, and in order to move forward we need to be willing to change along with it. We would like to thank Graham for this interesting and thought provoking presentation.

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Maritza Meneses-Leach
Oct 11, 2022
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Oct 25, 2022
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Norman Leach
Nov 08, 2022
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Eric Solash
Nov 22, 2022
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