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Edmonton Strathcona

"The Friendly Club"

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Woodvale Facility and Golf Clubhouse
4540 - 50 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T6L 6B6

(780) 918-1079
(780) 665-7011
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Tracey Vavrek

Dear Friends of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona, 

Thank you for the warm welcome and sharing in fellowship. It was wonderful to spend time together celebrating your impact to community.  Vince and I truly appreciate your fellowship and incredible commitment to serve.  Be proud of your dedication to service and to make a difference for others. Edmonton and surrounding areas, and communities abroad are stronger as a result.

Please know from my heart I am grateful for everything you do. 

Together, we are connecting Rotary with the world. 
Best wishes, 

Tracey Vavrek
Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five  
District Governor 2019-2020, Rotary International District 5370

Wings of Providence

Christmas boxes and PJ’s for Wings

This year our Christmas project is to support the women and children staying at Wings over  Christmas. There are 49 women and 100  kids.
We will give gift boxes for the women as in other years and PJ’s for children (sizes 4-12 most needed).
Start collecting now- there are only 6 weeks to put Christmas Party.

Questions call Audrey
YEX 2019-20

Youth Exchange 2019-20

The Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Strathcona and Edmonton South are partnering in the Youth Exchange program for 2019-20.
Click on THIS LINK to open the photo album chronicling the adventures of our inbound student from Denmark, Celina Jensen and our outbound student Stephanie Leach being hosted in France.
Use this short URL to promote the album:
RC Edmonton South, Lynne Fisher: 
RC Edmonton Strathcona, Carin Jansen van Vuuren, 
Stories -- click on story title or 'Read More...' to get the rest of the story.
This past Tuesday we were pleased to welcome Tracey Vavrek, our current District Governor, to our meeting.
She spoke to us using the new Rotary logo of multiple colored ribbons as representative of the many different people that make up both Rotary and the people we endeavor to help through service above self. She said that since taking office in July she has travelled over twenty-nine thousand kilometers throughout Alberta in her trusty and colorfully beribboned vehicle named Amelia and has met an amazing group of Rotarians. She also said that both she and her husband Vince have met many different people around the world over the years as members of Rotary.
The Rotary logo or wheel is a recognizable symbol to many around the world and helps to connect people with like minded values. It also serves to provide a sense of connection and fellowship within the Rotarian community. Tracey emphasized that we never truly know the impact we are making through the projects we support in that  they often act as seeds in the minds and hearts of others that grow and multiply in many unforeseen ways. A small act of kindness to someone can have a very big impact on both them and others later in their lives. We show others through the change that we create, that they too can have opportunities they may never have dreamed of.
She said that sometimes we may get disheartened and tired, especially when we forget that we have others around us to encourage and support us in our efforts. After all, this is one of the reasons that we joined Rotary.  
People today have an endless list of causes that they can join, so why choose Rotary? Rotary is unique in that it can provide fellowship, friendship, and the opportunity to serve any sector of the community that we choose through it’s six avenues of service. Our wheel of rotary, the four way test and the well known objects of Rotary all combine to give us an instantly recognizable international reputation that results in trust from communities, charities and governments. This trust is invaluable in enabling us to carry out our projects and contributes to the power of Rotary. The number of volunteer hours alone, put in by Rotarians, saves our communities many millions of dollars. We need to continue to keep changing and listening to our communities and clients in order to remain relevant in the world. Rotary also keeps changing to accommodate what their members would like and will continue to do so.
She then presented our President Donna Hutton with a certificate in thanks for our club’s contributions to Polio Plus. She closed with a quote stating: ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service’.
Guest speaker, Nov 5
Norman Leach,
military historian – topic Battle of Passchendaele, October, 1917
The Canadians were tasked with taking Passchendaele, which like Vimy Ridge several months earlier, had been the site of unsuccessful Allied assaults.
  • It took four days for the Canadians to seize Passchendaele
  • the artillery barrage which preceded the attack resulted in a shell hitting every 18 square inches
  • the artillery barrage and heavy rains left the ground a muddy cesspool. Canadian soldiers had to be ordered not to pull their comrades from the pools of muddy water to avoid being pulled in by drowning men
  • Canadian troops by this time were referred to as “Storm Troopers” by their German counterparts, because they came at the Germans “like a storm.”
  • Arthur Currie, the Canadian commander, correctly predicted the cost would be approx.. 26,000 Cdns killed or wounded
  • Field Marshall Douglas Haig, gave the Canadians full credit for the victory
Our Rotary Exchange Student from Denmark, Celina, went her first hockey game ever. It was the Edmonton Oilers against the St. Louis Blues, the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Wednesday November 6th . She was the guest of yours truly, Eric Germain.
In her words, “It was an awesome night. I love hockey” . Celina had her photo taken by the Wayne Gretzky statue, and she tried her hand stick handling before the game at the Connor McDavid interactive display. First time holding a hockey stick and deciding she shoots right not left. It was amazing to watch her innocence, and appreciation regarding ice hockey, our great Canadian traditional game.
Celina was impressed with the new Rogers Place arena. Apparently there are 17,000 people in her home town in Denmark, so they would all fit in the arena.
She picked up the rules of the game quickly, and was impressed at how fast the players “run” on their skates, and how hard they hit and shoot the puck. She liked how fast and fluid the game was compared to the Eskimo football game she recently went to.
It was a pleasure introducing this confident young lady to a number of people at the game. Folks were impressed with her excellent English, maturity and friendly nature.
It was a great night, except for the final result. The Oilers were trailing 3-2 with 2 minutes to go and had a power play, only for the Blues to shoot into the empty net with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. The good old hockey game.
Celina was pleased to see #52 on the Oiler roster is Patrick Russell from Denmark. In fact he is from Bickerod (not Bickenrod as spelled in the Oiler program) [Publ. I believe the correct name of the town is: Birkerød], Denmark. Interestingly it is also the home of the Rotary Club that sponsored Celina to come to Edmonton as a Rotary Exchange Student, and very close to her home town.
Oh well, like we say, it’s always a great night when it’s Hockey Night In Canada.

Our "Staying Connected" committee, chaired by Rose Marie Basaraba, in response to my request to recommend an alternative to our Story of the Week, has suggested that we rename the weekly opportunity as:

“Personal Story of the Day” or “Getting to Know You”.

This would  enable fellow members to get to better know the speaker whether it be interests, experiences (Rotary or otherwise), life happenings learned through experiences, etc. (humorous or otherwise). 

 As of November 12, I would request that individuals scheduled to share their stories, keep these guidelines in mind and manage this sharing within a two minute time frame.  I look forward to learning more about each member of our club and thank you to Rose Marie and the Staying Connected Committee for their suggestion.


URGENT 10-30-2019 YESS Volunteer Call Out
We need your help for the following:
Event:  YESS will be hosting Remembrance Day Refreshments of Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate at the Armoury Resources Centre this year.  We will be preparing for 200-250 guests.  A Remembrance Day Ceremony will be taking place in the Light Horse Park next to the YESS Armoury Resource Centre.
Address:  10310 85 Avenue, Edm.
Date:  November 11, 2019 Remembrance Day
Time:  8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Volunteers Required:  2 -Greeting/Doors/Crowd Control/Shovel & Salt walkway & stairs(if it snows)                                 2 – Upkeep (1 Volunteer for main floor and 1 Volunteer for 2nd floor)
                                2 – Kitchen help to make the Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Tea (Main Floor)
Please let know directly if you are available to help.  Thank you.
We are in urgent need of volunteers to help in our kitchen at Whyte Avenue.  The YESS kitchen will be undergoing a major renovation and we will still be preparing all the meals for our youth.   It could be a great opportunity to learn new skills.
                . The volunteers would need to know how to use knives and commercial kitchen equipment
                  (oven, steamer etc). 
                . You could be asked to make or prep salad’s, potatoes, vegetables, tray desserts, crack eggs,
                  make sandwiches. 
                . Organize fridge, freezer and pantry.   Sweep and mop floors, take out garbage/recycling and
                  help transport food between locations. 
Shifts:  Starting Nov. 1 to 15th (9 AM to 3:30 PM)  and Nov. 18th to Dec. 13th  (9 AM to 12PM)
Address: 9310 82 Avenue, Edm.
Dress Code:  Closed shoe’s, hair tied back
We are also in search of volunteer Tutors, for Math 30, Chemistry 30, Biology 30 and Science 30.   Our youth are preparing for exams in January to get their diplomas and would be grateful for any help working on their studies over the next couple months.   Flexible 3 hour shifts available.  Please let me know if you can help in any way.   Thank you.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in volunteering, please let me know  or 780-468-7070.
Rotary Club of St Albert - Saint City is proud to share with all of your members and freinds two wonderful trips!!
This is a fundraiser for our club and we would love to have your members and friends join us this Febraruary to Vietnam!!
We have a short amount of time to get your reservations in but I can guarantee you will have a fantastic trip.  It is all inclusive flying out of Vancouver.  Airfare, four/five star hotels, 3 meals a day, English speaking guides and all entrance fee to attractions.
Deadline is November 3rd, 2019 for final payment.  Trip leaves February 11th-20th
Please share with your members.  If you get a group of 20 you will have your own bus.
We also have a second trip to offer your members
China in April!  This is all inclusive from Edmonton Interrntaional airport!  $2499! 
Deadline is December 4th.  We have offered this trip in past years and it is the most wonderful trip for the bet price.  Over 200 people have gone through our club and loved it!
See attachments for the details on these two trips/
Please call me at 7809826716 and leave a message.  Thank you.
I hope you can join us on this trip-of-a-lifetime brought to you by Saint City Rotary.

Diane Ellis

President Elect 2020-2021

Saint City Rotary


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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     Upcoming Speakers
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Amanda Banister
Nov 19, 2019
Nov 26, 2019
Dec 03, 2019
Ellen Weber
Dec 10, 2019
2 footed questions
Xmas Party at U of A Faculty Club
Dec 17, 2019
Fun and Fellowship
no meeting XMAS
Dec 24, 2019
Club Member Tasks
Nov 19 - Door
Door 1
Lumanlan, Loida
Door 2
Mouris, Bill
Nov 19 - Setup
Setup 1
Dass, Pradeep
Setup 2
Karlsson, Richard
Nov 26 - DOOR
Door 1
de Kok, Heather
Door 2
Solash, Eric
Nov 26 - SETUP
Setup 1
Flesher, Bruce
Setup 2
Germain, Ken
Dec 3 - DOOR
Door 1
Granholm, Hans
Door 2
Papanicolas, Dimitri
Dec 3 - SETUP
Setup 1
Germain, Eric
Setup 2
Docker, Ivan
Dec 10 - DOOR
Door 1
Lilly, Sam
Door 2
Wedman, Don
Dec 10 - SETUP
Setup 1
Docker, Ivan
Setup 2
Syrianou, Anna
Dec 17 - DOOR
Door 1
Wedman, Don
Door 2
Sveinson, Terry
Dec 17 - SETUP
Setup 1
Peddie, Karen
Setup 2
Quilliam, Hal
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