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Edmonton Strathcona

"The Friendly Club"

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
German Canadian Cultural Assoc.
8310 Roper Road NW
Edmonton, AB  T6E 6E3

(780) 466-5566
(780) 665-7011
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Dear Fellow Rotarians:
 On the evening of Monday,  October 30th, President Vince and our Club will host an informal reception to welcome DG Frank Reitz and his wife, Barbara, who will be in Edmonton for club visits later that week.
Please join us from 7 to 9 pm in the Bordeaux Room at the Moose Factory, 4810 Calgary Trail. Your spouse/partner is most welcome.
The club will provide appetizers.  There will be a cash bar.  No tickets are required but please RSVP by October 24th.  Reply to e-mail or phone 780-446-2629.
Yours in Rotary,
Diana Parker
Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities
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On Tuesday, Maggi Hegan, pictured, Director of Program Services at Arch Enterprises, gave us an overview of the programs and services that they offer.
Arch Enterprises was founded in 1973 by members of the South Side Rotary club to help disabled adults achieve their goals. In 1986, they invited some members of our club to join the board as well.  It has evolved over the years, and now provides vocational programs that help around one hundred disabled adults each year. They are supported mainly by Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services, as well as income from their retail Greenhouse, with a much smaller amount from their casino, which takes place once every two years.  They have twenty-two full time staff, and many are long time team members. Their staff has a reputation for excellence and they recently were awarded Level II Accreditation (the highest level) from the Alberta Council of Disability Services.
Their clients range in age from eighteen to seventy-eight. They provide each of then with an individualised plan to help them achieve their goals. These plans change over time as their interests and abilities change. They offer many different types of programs, from adapted yoga and other recreational programs, art programs, music therapy, and educational programs, to opportunities to volunteer in the community. Volunteering gives their clients an opportunity to expand their horizons and to make connections in the community. They also offer specific employment training, and help with resume writing, job search and with specific skills needed by the jobs that they are offered. They also go on-site with their clients to help with adjustment to a new job environment.
They have a large network of dedicated employers that work with them to provide employment opportunities for their clients.  In addition, they also provide some work through their greenhouse, especially in the spring season. The Greenhouse has a very good reputation and has built up quite a loyal clientele over the years. Their greenhouse manager, John Clement, was a recipient of the Alberta Greenhouse Grower of the Year Award in 2012.
As Rotarians we can help by volunteering to support their casino events, patronising their greenhouse and becoming a Friend of Arch. We can also contact them if we have a suitable employment opportunity, and, if we know of any other organisations they should get their message out to.
The life blood of our Rotary Club and Rotary International heading into the future is the successful recruitment and retention of new Rotary Club members. As time marches on, it is imperative that we are all actively identifying prospective new Rotary Club members, and inviting them out to our weekly club meetings. Our club has been very successful in recruiting and retaining new club members over the last several years.
Part of our recruiting initiative over the last couple of years, has been to have special lunch meetings devoted to inviting prospective new members to introduce them to our club, and to provide some insight into the benefits of joining Rotary. We have been holding these traditionally in the spring and the fall, with good results.

New Hope School

Our Rotary group has partnered in a joint venture with the Rotary Club of Pretoria to help raise funds for the New Hope School in Pretoria. Patrick Gibson has put together a presentation that he will be making to the other rotary clubs in our area to encourage them to help us with this venture. Our goal is to put enough funding in place for us to be able to apply for a Rotary International matching grant.
Patrick gave us the same presentation he will be making to other local rotary groups. It included a short introduction on the New Hope School, followed by a video that has been prepared by the New Hope School. The New Hope School has been one of the projects of our club for some years now, and most of our members are well aware of the work they do in schooling for handicapped children in the Pretoria area. They provide many services above and beyond the usual schooling activities, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and many others, as needed by their students.
They receive only basic funding from the local government, so must fundraise to provide these other services. Some of the specific projects our funds could be used for would be a specialised playground, or programs to provide technical skills such as kitchen skills, nail and hair salon skills and sewing skills.  Patrick has also put together a ‘Go Fund Me’ page on the web, on which people can get more information, view the video and make contributions. We will also be adding a link on our Rotary web page to this site.
As you may know RI President Ian Riseley is holding six peacebuilding conferences around the world. The first of these international conferences is close for your members to attend. On February 9-11, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The presidential peacebuilding conference will examine sustainable global and local environmental practices, and their contributions to peacebuilding and peacemaking.
Participants will discuss the impact of environmental issues on health, fresh air, clean water, vegetation, and food production – and how improved environmental conditions are a fundamental condition of building peace within communities. The conference will bring together community leaders, youth, and representatives from the public, private, and government sectors. Attendees also can participate in a hands-on service project the morning after the conference.
There will be a focus on how Rotary clubs can involve their local community in sustainable projects and peacebuilding.
Members of any Rotary club are to encouraged to attend this important international Rotary event.  
The conference website has a list of keynote speakers, link to book a hotel room, draft program and a link to the registration.  Please visit:
Rotarians from the US, Canada and around the world will come together at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver for this conference. Will your club be represented? 
Thank you for all you do for Rotary and your community,
Chris Offer, PDG
for Rotary Peacebuilding Conference Vancouver


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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October 2017
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     Upcoming Speakers
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Why I Joined Rotary
Oct 24, 2017
New Members Day
Frank Reitz
Oct 31, 2017
District Govenor 5370
Andrea Burkhart
Nov 07, 2017
End Poverty Edmonton
Nov 14, 2017
Vince Campbell
October 24 - DOOR
Door 1
Hutton, Donna
Door 2
Wedman, Don
October 24 - SETUP
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Clayton, Jarrod
Setup 2
Chow, Campbell
October 31 - DOOR
Door 1
Freeman, Dennis
Door 2
Sveinson, Terry
October 31 - SETUP
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Cyrynowski, Les
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Clayton, Jarrod
November 07 - DOOR
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Germain, Ken
Door 2
Pilz, Hans
November 07 - SETUP
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Craig, Barb
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Cyrynowski, Les
November 14 - DOOR
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Granholm, Hans
Door 2
Peddie, Jim
November 14 - SETUP
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Dass, Pradeep
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Craig, Barb

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