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Edmonton Strathcona

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We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m.
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6L 6B6
Our Club meets every Tuesday at the Woodvale Club except for the last Tuesday of the month. A Meeting With A Twist is a meeting and social at a location, date and time to be determined. Members will be notified by email of the details.
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Please note the following changes to meeting dates at Woodvale for May and June, normal meeting dates will resume in July.
The lunch meeting dates are:
May 7, May 14, Jun 18, Jun 25
May 28 is our Meeting with a Twist Golf Event at Millwoods Golf Club
Jun 8 is our-Gala Dinner
Board Meetings as usual on May 16 and June 19.
This week we were pleased to hear from Ivy Li, a pro-democracy spokesperson for the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong. Ivy was born and raised in Hong Kong and came first to the US to complete her training in Visual Communications Design. She worked as an assistant professor at several universities in the US before coming to Canada in 1989 to work as the Chief Designer for the Royal Ontario Museum. She then went on to teach Graphic Design at Sheridan College in Oakville as a professor and program co-ordinator.  In 2000 she left Ontario for Vancouver and went into private practise and then a few years later changed direction entirely. She tried organic gardening, then became the first accredited Chinese-Canadian Professional Interpretive Hiking Guide in the Canadian Rockies. In 2014 she found her next calling as a defender of democracy in Canada.
Along the way she had always closely followed the news about what was happening in her home country of Hong Kong. She had learned as a young woman that what the various news outlets reported was not always consistent with either each other or with evidence she found from other research. In particular there were big inconsistencies between what the Chinese language news (controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, CCP) reported when compared to the English language press accounts and then her own information from other channels.
Since 1980, the CCP had been mounting what became known as a ‘Hybrid War’. A Hybrid War is a strategy used to gain control without alarming the enemy through ’death by a thousand cuts’. China stepped up it’s criticism of the west by spreading disinformation to it’s own people as well as spreading it to the large Chinese diaspora in other countries like Canada through the Chinese language press. This was especially noticeable for reports of political uprisings in both China and Hong Kong. They also began using subtle means to influence the Canadian economy and many different Canadian business leaders and politicians.
In 1984 the Sino-British Declaration had been signed starting the process for the sign-over of Hong Kong to China , and in 1997, Britain formally handed over Hong Kong to China. At each big change in Hong Kong leadership a large number of Hong Kong residents fled and settled in Canada, in particular Vancouver, which became home to a large Hong Kong diaspora. When they came, so did the CCP trying to influence the press, business and politics in many different ways. In 2014 the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) tried to implement legislation that would require pre-screening of candidates before the Hong Kong chief executive elections. This resulted in a series of protests known as the Umbrella Revolution, which eventually failed. Many in the Canadian-Chinese diaspora also joined in.
This was a turning point for Ivy, when she realised that she could help people in Canada to better understand what was going on in Hong Kong with her ability to read both Chinese and English and her independent research skills she could provide a more realistic picture of the situation. She, along with a few friends, formed the Canadian Friends of Hong Kong and began writing articles for newspapers in Canada and has since published many articles in the Canadian press, including the Ottawa Citizen, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and many more newspapers across Canada. She has also provided background information and commentary for many more books and articles.  They have provided insight into the many issues affecting the people of Hong Kong and also into the many ways the CCP seeks to influence Canadian  local, provincial and national politics and security. These have included the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition protests in 2019, the influence that the CCP would gain over everyday Canadians if we implemented the Huawei 5 G network, the outsized effect that holding the 2022 Olympics in China would have and the subtle but serious influence the CCP is having on Canadian affairs through the currently ongoing Foreign Interference Inquiry. The last few lines of a sonnet entitled ‘Democracy’ that she wrote says it well:
We can still decide- decency or greed
Humanity is a choice, not a creed
We would like to thank Ivy for her very enlightening talk and I am sure many of us will be paying closer attention to the subtle attacks on our democracy.
For our May "Meeting With A Twist" we are golfing!
We have booked the MillWoods Golf Course for Tuesday May 28th for twenty golfers for 18 holes of golf.
This is a Fun Golf Day.
If you can ride in a golf cart and can putt, you can play. Inexperienced golfers can take as many or as few shots as they want during the game. The idea is to get Club Members and friends out on the golf course to enjoy a nice spring day and Rotary friendship. Everyone is welcome.
We will have 5 teams of 4 golfers each. Each team will play the Texas Scramble style. That is the team uses the best drive, chip or putt from all four players as their best ball, and the next shot by all team players is from the best ball location.
We will randomly choose the players for each team the morning before we tee off.  Or enter your own team up to four players, so you can golf with friends or other Rotary Club members. Each team will have a Captain who is an experienced golfer. Each team can use as many shots by each player as they like. That takes the pressure off of inexperienced golfers who are out for a Fun Golf Day.
We will meet at the Millwoods Golf Course Club House between 10 AM to 10:30 AM. The first tee time is 11 AM. All golfers should be finished their golf games around 4 PM.
We will have space reserved at the Woodvale restaurant upstairs from the Pro Shop and our regular Rotary meetings, starting at 4 PM for golfers and friends to order food and beverage from the menu as they like and pay individually.
The price per player is our direct cost from the Millwoods Golf Course of $89 per player plus GST.
This includes the green fee, power cart, warm up range basket of golf balls, and a $10/player pro shop credit. Golf club rentals are available at the pro shop.
For further information or to register for our Fun Golf Day please contact:
Eric Germain
tel: 780-991-0417
We recently received an update from Dawn Haines on our donation to the 177 Rosslyn Scouts. They thanked us for our donation which was used to purchase ten Eureka tents for their youth to use. They replaced old equipment that was at the end of it’s lifespan. The new tents are already in use and can be seen in the pictures below.
We are desperately in need of more donations for our Wheel of Fortune. Please bring your donations to the meeting with you and give them to either Ken or Eric Germain. Small, new items such as wine, small gadgets, candy, books and any other small non-perishable items are welcome, in particular something you yourself would be happy to win!


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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