Posted by Eric Germain on Dec 08, 2018
Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School Provides the “Meals That Mend” Dinner for Ronald McDonald House
The Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School visited Ronald McDonald House (RMH) on Thursday December 6, 2018. They provided the groceries, prepared and served dinner for an Italian Feast  featuring a lasagna dinner for 100 people, while spreading holiday cheer to all. They also did some house chores, and cleaned up, including preparing dinner packages for families returning later in the evening from the hospitals.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona provided the groceries and the drivers to transport the Interactors to RMH and back to the school. Thanks to our drivers Hans Granholm, Ken Germain, Dennis Freeman and Vince Campbell. Also a special thankyou to our great Percy Page  school teachers with our Rotary Interact Club, Karen Huculak and Taso Garanis ,who were out in full force for the evening.
RMH has 35 family rooms that are always full, with a waiting list, for sick children from across Canada who are receiving treatments from the excellent children’s hospital services in Edmonton. Year to date for 2018, 360 families have stayed at RMH with up to 5 family members in a room. The average stay is 26 to 32 days, with over 11,000 individual family member overnight stay days in 2018, with the better part of December to go. The cross section of families at RMH illustrates that a full spectrum of Canadians from every background, require access to a home away from home for sick children and their families. The staff and volunteers at RMH are a pleasure to work with, including Matt Mang, Executive Chef & Meals Coordinator.
A special Christmas initiative from Karen Germain and her Royal Alex nursing school friends provided a large basket of children’s hats, toques, mitts, and socks for the RMH children, that we delivered on the day. It was very gratefully and well received, and will find their way into some special Christmas stockings that are hanging on the RMH fireplace in hopes that Santa will visit.
As Matt Mang said, so many families appreciate coming home from the hospital to a nice dinner, without the hassle of picking up groceries and preparing dinner, but instead enjoying a nice prepared dinner and family time with loved ones. Nice touch, and very much in line with our Rotary Interact Club motto of making our school, our community, and our world a better place, while having fun and making friends.
Warmest regards on a cold winter night,
Eric Germain
Rotary Interact Club Advisor
Rotary Interact visit to RMH December 6, 2018 Eric Germain 2018-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2018
As you may have heard, our club is planning the 2nd Annual Rotary's Got Talent. DG Ingrid Neitsch has agreed to come back as a "celebrity judge."
We'd love to see this become an annual event that brings Rotarians across the district together. Last year, members from several clubs performed and attended, and we're hoping to build upon that fellowship.
So, I have two simple requests:

1) Could you pass the word on to your members that we've got room for a few more acts? Any kind of talent is welcome, so musicians, singers, comedians, magicians, jugglers . . . really, any kind of talent is welcome, and it could be Rotarians themselves who perform, or it could be their spouses, partners, children, friends. It could be solo performers or duos or trios or small groups/troupes. If anyone wants to perform, just tell them to contact me at and I'll pass their contact information on to our talent coordinator.

2) Could you send out the attached poster (pdf and jpeg attached) about the event to your members to encourage them to attend? It's a family-friendly event, so they can bring their families, their relatives, their friends. It's simply a fun evening that brings Rotarians together and generates awareness of Rotary. By the way, as you can see from the poster, profits from the event are going to Operation Friendship, to support programs for our city's underprivileged and homeless seniors. 
Thanks so much for your attention.
ClubRunner Link: 
Facebook Link:
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Posted by Ken Germain on Dec 08, 2018
Thanks to all who donated to the recent Amarok appeal. 
More emphasis will be put on corporate sponsors who can match our efforts and contributions.
I thought you'd like to hear that things seem to be picking up for Amarok Society.

We're likely opening either 3 or 4 more schools this year in Bangladesh in partnerships with Rotary Clubs there, which will make a big difference. And there are other North American business partnerships we're starting to form which is part of our plan to broaden our funding support. At some point, once our revenue grows even more, we'll probably hire a social media expert (part time) to start to build more support from individuals "adopting" mothers and other things. So, we can see 2019 is off to an exciting start.
Please read the article and decide if your family has a desire to positively impact the lives of Mothers and Daughters in Bangladesh. 
They become teachers in the slums by the hundreds!

Democracy isn't a Pizza.

                                    It's a Tree.

Ostensibly, democracy is one of the chief exports of the western world. It’s conflated with freedom and is seen as inherently valuable for its own sake. There’s also a belief that once democracy is introduced to a country, the citizens will use it to resolve all the country’s problems.
But Democracy isn’t a pizza: we can’t just deliver it to a society’s doorstep, never giving a thought to what’s on the other side of that door. Democracy, rather, is a tree that we’re transplanting: it requires numerous other factors to help it thrive. An uninformed public, for instance, can’t exercise an effective democracy. Likewise, a corrupt government can stand in the way of fair processes and accessibility. It takes more than the advent of an election to realize the democratic ideal.
Rupa never used to leave her slum. This isn’t strange; none of the women there felt comfortable venturing far from their home. Mobility was just one more privilege of men. She couldn’t read, either. I know that her city, Dhaka, has municipal elections, but how on earth that practically functions in the slums is beyond me, where most people can’t read, almost half of the voting-age population feels repressed by the other half, and even something as simple as going for a walk can be problematic. How does unbiased information find its way into such a place? How does an informed, representative vote come out?
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Support Amarok Society Ken Germain 2018-12-08 07:00:00Z 0 amarok

Driving Interactors

To take J Percy Page High School Interact Club members to Ronald McDonald House so they can cook dinner for the families staying there, and then to pick them up and return them to the school afterwards. All drivers must have a vulnerable persons police check in place.
Dec 6
3:30 pm at J Percy Page (meet inside the west facing front doors of the school)
7:00 pm at Ronald McDonald House
Contact: Eric Germain 780-991-0497,
Volunteer Drivers Needed  2018-11-29 07:00:00Z 0 interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 29, 2018
This last Tuesday we heard from one of our newest members, Anna Syrianou, whose classification is Beauty Consulting. Anna came to Canada from Greece when she was fifteen years old. She said that while in Greece she really didn’t have any idea what Canada was like. She assumed that it would be very much like New York and other American cities which she had seen on television in Greece.
When she landed in Halifax, she thought they were in the wrong place. It was quite a culture shock for her to get used to Halifax, a much smaller place with wooden houses, when she had come from Athens, a very large city of five million. In 1976, she married and moved to Toronto, and then across Canada, ending up in Saskatoon. Her husband had a restaurant and she had a salon business. Anna’s business did very well. She entered and won many competitions and awards. She also did make overs on the local television channel, which were very popular.
After fifteen years of marriage, when her husband wanted to move on again, they decided to go their separate ways.  Anna remained in Saskatoon and became a single mother. When her daughter started University at the U of A in Edmonton, Anna decided to move here. She opened a new business in Edmonton. Two years ago she closed her business and now works out of her home.
She now has more time for her daughter and her grandchildren, and also to enjoy oil painting.  She is glad to now be able to the things she loves, and to do them unconditionally.
We welcome Anna to our Rotary club and look forward to getting to know her better.  
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Anna Syrianou, Classification Talk  Vi Hughes 2018-11-29 07:00:00Z 0 anna


You’re invited to a fundraiser in support of the Kids with Cancer Society co-hosted by MP Matt Jeneroux and Dr. Elizabeth Clement.

Help raise community support for this important cause in our City by enjoying your favourite breakfast cereals from your youth and hearing from speakers about the great work accomplished by the Kids with Cancer Society.
Please join us on Friday, November 30 from 7:30am-9am where 100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Kids with Cancer Society.

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit .
Kids With Cancer Society -- invitation Rose Marie Basaraba 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0 cancer
Posted by Ken Germain on Nov 24, 2018
This is a better link to click for donations to Amarok.
Remember to type "match" under comments for a bigger impact .
A dollar for dollar match for your donation to my favourite Canadian charity, Amarok,is being offered!
Only 4 Weeks!
Please read the article and decide if your family has a desire to positively impact the lives of Mothers and Daughters in Bangladesh. 
They become teachers in the slums by the hundreds!

Democracy isn't a Pizza.

                                    It's a Tree.

Ostensibly, democracy is one of the chief exports of the western world. It’s conflated with freedom and is seen as inherently valuable for its own sake. There’s also a belief that once democracy is introduced to a country, the citizens will use it to resolve all the country’s problems.
But Democracy isn’t a pizza: we can’t just deliver it to a society’s doorstep, never giving a thought to what’s on the other side of that door. Democracy, rather, is a tree that we’re transplanting: it requires numerous other factors to help it thrive. An uninformed public, for instance, can’t exercise an effective democracy. Likewise, a corrupt government can stand in the way of fair processes and accessibility. It takes more than the advent of an election to realize the democratic ideal.
Rupa never used to leave her slum. This isn’t strange; none of the women there felt comfortable venturing far from their home. Mobility was just one more privilege of men. She couldn’t read, either. I know that her city, Dhaka, has municipal elections, but how on earth that practically functions in the slums is beyond me, where most people can’t read, almost half of the voting-age population feels repressed by the other half, and even something as simple as going for a walk can be problematic. How does unbiased information find its way into such a place? How does an informed, representative vote come out?
There are a hundred ways in which education has transformed Rupa’s sense of herself. She and her classmates are now leaders in their community. So, when a group of them went to speak to a city counsellor to discuss an unfulfilled campaign promise, that marked a huge shift in the community. Democracy wasn’t achieved when Bangladesh got the vote. But when Rupa marches freely with her fellow students to hold local government accountable, they are taking an admirable step in democracy’s direction. 
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Double Your Money >>UPDATE<< Ken Germain 2018-11-24 07:00:00Z 0 amarok
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 21, 2018
On Tuesday, Carol Devereaux, our district chairperson of the Paul Harris Society, presented several awards to some of our members. She noted that our club is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation.
She presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award, for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation of one thousand dollars, to Graham Gilchrist and to Augie Annicchiarico.  She then presented a Paul Harris Society membership certificate to Jim Peddy for his commitment to donate one thousand dollars a year for five years to the Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Society
Carol Devereaux, Paul Harris Awards  Vi Hughes 2018-11-21 07:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris,Society
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 21, 2018
This past Tuesday, Wayne McCutcheon, the district chairperson for the Rotary Global Grants program, gave us a short introduction into the Rotary Foundation, what they do and why they do it. He started by describing a project that our district was involved in about ten years ago, where we provided the seed money to bring clean water to a village in Ecuador. The children in this village were always getting sick. The problem was eventually traced to their water supply, which came from a surface water ditch. Three hundred families participated in this project by digging the trenches for a new water supply system that included a storage tank, purifying system and piping to each home and the local school, as well as new latrines for the community. Each family now pays about five dollars a month for the upkeep of this system and they have not had any incidents of sick children due to water since it was installed. This has improved their quality of life immensely as the children in the village can now attend school more regularly and are able to play and have a more normal life. In all this project cost seventy-two thousand dollars.
Rotary has the vision to see a world where people can unite, take action and create lasting change. This also aligns with our fourth object, which is to create understanding, good will and peace. The Rotary Foundation is committed to funding humanitarian projects both locally and internationally. It does this through providing District Grants, Global Grants, Vocational Training Teams and various types of Scholarships through matching programs that help to greatly increase the original contribution. The projects they fund are thoroughly vetted and must meet a strict set of guidelines.
Locally, our district is currently overseeing fourteen global grants, with a contribution amount of just over one point five million dollars over the past four years. This past year our club alone raised over thirty thousand dollars for the New Hope School in South Africa, by contributing just over nine thousand dollars of our own funds and then applying for and receiving matching grants to make up the difference.  
Currently the members of our district pledge two hundred seventy-seven thousand dollars a year to the Foundation, and only one in two members take part. Imagine what we could do if everyone took part? The vision of the Rotary Foundation and the fact that it can make such a big difference in helping  Rotarian’s chosen projects come true, should make it our charity of choice.  We can be a part of a wide variety of different projects both at home and around the world simply by making a contribution to this one foundation.
Foundation Wayne
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Wayne McCutcheon, The Rotary Foundation  Vi Hughes 2018-11-21 07:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Wayne
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Nov 16, 2018

Visit Greece with the Greek anyone?

Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on 16 November 2018
After two successful Tours of Greece in 2016 and 2018, a couple of club members have asked me if I will be organizing a tour in September 2019. I would like to have an idea of how many members of our club (and their friends) will be interested in participating. The bus tour is about 10 days and takes place in the middle of September. If interested in participating, please send an e-mail to Dimitri Papanicolas at . The number of participants is in the order of 20, on first come first served basis. We will also connect with a few Rotary Clubs during the trip. Of course, the tour is open to non-Rotarian too.
The tour will take place in the mainland visiting archeological sites, religious sites, overall site seeing (see map) and of course some local food, wine, ouzo and shopping. Island and cruise tours can be organized separately before or after the tour.


Visit Greece with the Greek anyone? Dimitri Papanicolas 2018-11-16 07:00:00Z 0 greece
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 15, 2018
Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hearing from Lorette Garret, CEO of the George Spady Society, about their various programs. Lorette told us that it first began thirty-seven years ago with George Spady, a United Church minister, whose vision was to give people living on the street with addiction issues a safe place to sleep and hope for a better future. It was first housed in on old church. In 1983, the government funded Alcohol and Dug Abuse Commission became involved and they started the George Spady Society.
The Society operates many different programs housed in various places around the city. All of their programs are fully funded by various branches of the Alberta government, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Community Services and Homeward Trust. Their buildings are leased from various agencies, so they do not have to worry about maintenance or physical plant costs.  They do not rely on donations for their programs but do accept donations to help provide food and clothing for their clients. They currently employ about two hundred staff members. Their aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental service, treat their clients with respect and dignity, and give them an opportunity for change.
George Spady
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Lorette Garret, George Spady Society  Vi Hughes 2018-11-15 07:00:00Z 0 George Spady
Posted by Patrick Gibson on Nov 09, 2018
The Rotary Club of Bakersfield California thinks they can bring more people to a Condors game then we can to an Oil Kings game....REALLY???  
Can't make this a 4 ticket voucher ($100) to any Oil Kings game this season.
Don't like hockey... you can still support the cause by buying 4 tickets ($100) and donating back to OEG's "classrooms and hockey" program.
A CHALLENGE HAS BEEN ISSUED...THE GLOVES ARE OFF!!  Patrick Gibson 2018-11-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Nov 09, 2018

Why the Poppy?

Today, fields of brilliant poppies still grow in France.
 A writer first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths during the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th century, remarking that fields that were barren before battle exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

 During the tremendous bombardments of the First World War the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing 'popaver rhoeas' to thrive. When the war ended the lime was quickly absorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again.

 After John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields was published in 1915 the poppy became a popular symbol for soldiers who died in battle.

 Three years later an American, Moina Michael, was working in a New York City YMCA canteen when she started wearing a poppy in memory of the millions who died on the battlefield.

 During a 1920 visit to the United States a French woman, Madame Guerin, learned of the custom. On her return to France she decided to use handmade poppies to raise money for the destitute children in war-torn areas of the country. In November, 1921, the first poppies were distributed in Canada.

 Thanks to the millions of Canadians who wear flowers each November, the little red plant has never died. And neither have Canadian's memories for 116,031 of their countrymen who died in battle.
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Remembrance Hans Granholm 2018-11-09 07:00:00Z 0 remembrance
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 07, 2018
On Tuesday, Ellen Weber, our membership chairperson, introduced us to three new members of our club,
Sam Lily, Charitable Gaming - Compliance, sponsored by Eric Germain;
Karen Peddie, Education - Secondary, sponsored by Jim Peddie;
Jeanette Goerz, Beautician, also sponsored by Jim Peddie.
We look forward to getting to know these new members better over the coming year and to building a vibrant community together with them.
New Member Induction  Vi Hughes 2018-11-07 07:00:00Z 0 welcome
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 07, 2018
This past week we welcomed a visit from our current District Governor, Ingrid Neitsch. Ingrid has been travelling round our large district visiting with each club. Our district has fifty-seven clubs, with over two thousand members and stretches from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories and Ft. Nelson in northern BC, south to include Jasper, Camrose and east to Battleford, Saskatchewan. So far Ingrid has put forty-two thousand kilometers on her vehicle travelling to visit various clubs.
Her message to our club, and to all of the clubs in our district, follows this year’s Rotary International’s theme of ‘Be the Inspiration’. It also includes a heavy emphasis on taking care of our family of members and growing our membership so that we an continue to make a change both in our community and beyond. We need to remember that the change we bring will endure beyond us and will continue to spread outwards. We are like the members of an orchestra that starts playing one at a time but when all of the members have joined in the message is overwhelming. She also asked us to think of a moment when we were inspired and then asked us what we did in response. Then she reminded us that we can be the vehicle that helps other people’s dreams of a better education, a better life, and many other hopes and dreams come true.
She then talked about how our support of the Rotary Foundation is a key in this goal. She then presented our club Foundation chair, Patrick Gibson, with a banner, as every member of our club made a donation to the Foundation over the past year. She also talked about how our support of Polio Plus  has helped to eliminate polio around the world and stressed the need for us to continue our support for this program as the fight is not over yet.
Ingrid has also been working together with other people in our district to create a strategic plan to support our current members and to increase our membership. Their goal is to establish three new clubs and to attain a net increase of fifty members. This would mean that each club would have a goal of retaining their current membership and also adding three new members this year. In order to do this she reminded us that we are the best advertisement to bring in new members for our clubs.
She also spoke about the role that Rotary can play in peace and conflict resolution. This is something we can work with and teach our children about. Rotary supports Peace Scholars through the  Peacebuilder District Fund who work in many places around the world to promote peace in many different ways. Our District has not sponsored an applicant for this in several years, but this year we will. Our district would need to raise the equivalent of sixty-one dollars per member each year in order to support this.
Vince Campbell then presented Ingrid with a cheque for thirty-four hundred fifteen dollars, which works out to sixty-one dollars per member towards the Rotary International Peacebuilder District program from our club. Ingrid thanked us and said that we were the first club to make a contribution for each member in this way.
She closed by have everyone stand and hold hands as we repeated the Rotary theme for this year, that we will ‘Be the Inspiration’.
DG Ingrid
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Ingrid Neitsch, District 5370 Governor  Vi Hughes 2018-11-07 07:00:00Z 0 DG,Ingrid
Posted by Donna Hutton on Oct 25, 2018
Are you a current and potential future leader?  
Are you new to Rotary?  
Are you a member of Rotaract?
Have you been a member for a period of time and interested in learning what is new in Rotary?  
Rotarians are leaders in making change in the world.
This Leadership Assembly "Inspiring Leadership" is designed for you!  The agenda was created for us to come together in a smaller setting for facilitated discussions, learning's, and sharing on the specific topics noted in the attached document. 
Thank you.  I appreciate your support in strengthening Rotary. Together, we are people of action!
Warmest wishes, 
Tracey Vavrek
District Governor 2019 - 2020, Rotary International District 5370
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Fall Leadership Assembly Donna Hutton 2018-10-25 06:00:00Z 0 leadership,training
Posted by Rose Marie Basaraba on Oct 23, 2018
Our Rotary Club hosted presenters Pat Desnoyer, Executive Director and Community Leader and Greg Alcorn, Chairman of the Board for L'Arche Association (not to be confused with Arch Enterprises, one of our community partners) in a very informative presentation.
The L'Arche Community serves adults with various disabilities and from different ethnic backgrounds, offering training and employment opportunities. The organization was founded by Jean Vanier acclaimed as "a Canadian who inspires the world" (Macleans magazine) and a nation builder (The Globe and Mail). In 1964 Jean welcomed two men from an institution to live in his home with him in the French village of Trosly-Breuil. This was the beginning of an international movement of L'Arche communities around the world where people with and without developmental disabilities share life together in communities that belong to an International federation. Today, there are 146 L'Arche communities in 35 countries on 6 continents.
L'Arche Edmonton began in Sherwood Park in 1972. Today they have 2 homes in Sherwood Park and 4 homes in Edmonton. In addition to the residences, they have a community centre located in Fulton School, a community hub of like-minded organizations . At the heart of their Community Centre is their Discovery Day program where people with and without developmental disabilities use their gifts to expand their circle of friends by continually finding ways to reach out to people beyond their community. As a community they are committed to personal and spiritual growth, discovering each day what it means to be in relationships. Currently 12 people with disabilities and from diverse cultures, some from other countries, live in a home for one year. A strong hospitality pace creates friendships where day-to-day joy and celebration are a strong part of life. They celebrate diversity by sharing experiences, community holidays and community visits i.e. greenhouses. L'Arche (ages 40-80) also offers the gift of outreach services to seniors in the community who may be isolated. Public community events include an art pageant by members and allow members to access the story of Christmas through their annual Christmas Pageant.
As a retired City Policeman, Greg Alcorn considers his role unique in creating awareness of this program as well as seeking monetary support for the organization. Although partially supported by the Provincial Government, the organization also currently receives support from the Melting Pot as well as the provision of boards and expertise --in the breaking of same-- from a South Edmonton Tae Kwon Do College of Martial Arts. Naturally they welcome any support with gratitude. his was truly an interesting and heart-rending presentation.
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L'Arche Association of Edmonton Rose Marie Basaraba 2018-10-23 06:00:00Z 0 L'Arche
Posted by Rose Marie Basaraba on Oct 17, 2018
Looking for a unique  one-week vacation experience? Edith Martin, pictured, member of the Edmonton North East Rotary Club and member of the Project Amigo Canada Society Board of
Directors and Merle Taylor from the Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club shared  this interesting and refreshing opportunity with Club members.
A Project Amigo Volunteer Week is a true Mexican Cultural Experience.  Each week is designed to give the volunteer a balanced perspective. The students and their families have great needs. They also have a rich and ancient culture and are keen to welcome you, the 'Amigo'.
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Project Amigo Rose Marie Basaraba 2018-10-17 06:00:00Z 0 project amigo
Posted by Donna Hutton on Oct 12, 2018
We now have an opportunity to volunteer for the event on November 4 to assist the children with purchasing clothes at Old Navy in West Edmonton Mall..  They need 100 volunteers so that each child has an adult to assist them.. ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR THIS MUST HAVE THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCE COMPLETED and registered with the District.  Below is the sign up link...  I will send you the brochure that explains the program for those that missed the presentation or who have senior's memories...   Tx Donna


On the sign up - disregard the Dec 15 date . Everything is on Nov 4/18.

Here is the sign up:
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Santa Clothes Donna Hutton 2018-10-12 06:00:00Z 0 santa clothes
Posted on Oct 12, 2018
Rotary Club Of Edmonton- End Polio Now Walk
The Annual End Polio Now Walk, hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton, is being held in conjunction with our 2018 District 5370 Conference.  The Walk is a total of 3.6 Km , will take approximately 45 minutes and takes place October 17 2018 at 11:45 am.  This will be an opportunity to gather Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors from all over the district and make Rotary visible to downtown Edmonton so please wear your Rotary T-shirts, jackets or hats!   Please register for this walk by clicking the link below.  When you register you will be asked for your Club name.  All donations will be credited to the club you identify.

Please join us for walk to End Polio Now in the Fight for Global Polio Eradication.
Date: October 17, 2018
Starts at 11:45 AM
Location: Beaver Hill House Park (10404 Jasper Avenue)
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End Polio Walk 2018 2018-10-12 06:00:00Z 0 end polio walk
Posted by Hans Granholm on Oct 12, 2018
This past Wednesday Donna Hutton introduced Anna Syrianou as our newest member. Anna’s classification is Beauty Consulting. We would like to give Anna a warm welcome to our club.
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Anna Syrianou new member induction Hans Granholm 2018-10-12 06:00:00Z 0 new member
Posted by Vi Hughes on Oct 04, 2018
This past Tuesday, October 2, we heard from Andrew Ottway, the President and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. The Royal Alex Hospital was founded n 1899 and although it has moved several times it has always been near the current location. The Foundation was started in 1984 and Andrew has been the President and CEO for the past twenty years.
The hospital serves the population of Alberta from Red Deer north and also includes northern BC and the Territories. With nine hundred beds, it served over five hundred thousand patients last year, it has the busiest emergency department in Alberta and also does the most surgeries of any hospital in Alberta. It has thirty-one operating rooms and does thirty thousand surgeries a year. It also does the most robotic assisted laparoscopic surgeries in Canada. One of their biggest challenges is finding post operative beds for these surgery patients, many of whom have complex health issues. There is also an issue with discharging these patients from the hospital as many people do not have appropriate home care to go to.
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Andrew Ottway, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation  Vi Hughes 2018-10-04 06:00:00Z 0 Royal Alexandra
Posted on Sep 29, 2018
Thanks to Harald Kuckertz for capturing this video during a make-up meeting to the Rotary eClub of the South West USA
Rotary One
The Boys of 1905 Hans Granholm 2018-09-29 06:00:00Z 0 Rotary One
Posted by Ellen Weber on Sep 28, 2018

Our October 9th meeting will be pre-empted with a special meeting at the U of A Faculty Club on October 10th.

Regarding your sign up for the Wed., Oct. 10th  5:30 dinner event at U of A. Thanks to those already signed up! Still time to bring prospective Rotarian members and enter a draw for $50 Cash prize.
To those not yet signed up, thanks for signing in online today so we can give numbers for U of A fabulous dinner prep. It’s $30 for your dinner and $30 for guests. FREE dinner for all prospective members.
Thanks all for bringing a prospective member and/or helping us welcome Rotarian prospective members on Wed., Oct. 10th. Remember, NO ROTARY MEETING on Tues. OCT 9th.
In a relaxed setting, over wine we’ll share wit ‘n wisdom of our members, propose service project ideas for the coming year, and laugh with our own comedians’ quips starting after dinner. Guaranteed out before 9.
Dinner and new member meeting at U of A Faculty Club located at 11435 Saskatchewan Dr.  
In fun ways, through many voices, we’ll reconsider the 4-way test’s relevant “what if” questions. Gain new insights from neural discoveries and Rotarian noodles. Surprise humor entries. We’ll also play a gender-circle-game to stir up diverse views, laugh together, and look at enormous gender differences through both sides of the brain!
Rotarians and guests will toss in humor, offer ideas to inspire us, help design service opportunities for our new era, and consider opportunities to serve up Rotarian ways that benefit all. Let’s kick off our new membership meeting with new zip! Thanks for signing up here – and see you there!

If you are bringing your partner or other family members, then register them with your own registration.

Enter the names of prospective member(s) from the [GUESTS] button on the registration, but don't proceed with payment for the prospective member(s)..

Ellen Weber (PhD) 
Director - MITA International Brain Based Center
MITA Brain Leaders and learners  blog: 
MITA Brain Based TPT Site  at

For technical support, contact Hans Granholm.  780-918-1079



Prospective Member Meeting Ellen Weber 2018-09-28 06:00:00Z 0 prospective
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 27, 2018

Youth Exchange 101

This last Tuesday we heard a presentation from Tamara Larson, our District Youth Chairperson. Tamara spoke to us about how the district Youth Exchange Program works and what we can expect to happen when our club takes part in this in 2019.
We have partnered with the Edmonton South Rotary club to sponsor an inbound and an outbound student for this exchange. Our club has sponsored many students in the past, so we do have some idea what is involved, but Tamara gave us an overview of how it is managed, our legal responsibilities, and estimates of costs that we can expect.
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Tamara Larson, District Youth Exchange Program  Vi Hughes 2018-09-27 06:00:00Z 0 youth exchange
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 19, 2018

Loida Lumanlan

This past Tuesday we heard an informal talk from Loida Lumanlan, who spoke about her recent trip to the Philippines. She and her brothers and sisters all returned home to visit their mother on the occasion of her eighty eighth birthday. Her mother is still living in her own home and near to other family members.
Unfortunately, the long twelve-hour flight to Manilla in the Philippines became even longer as their flight was diverted to Cebu due to bad weather. This would then entail arranging another flight to get back to her home town near Manilla. Her plane landed near noon and her mother’s birthday was the next day, so it did not leave much time to arrange a flight, collect her luggage, take a bus to the proper terminal, go back through security and onto the next plane. Then things got really hairy when her luggage took four hours to come. Once she finally got through security they were already calling her name for the flight, so she grabbed her shoes and ran barefooted for the plane.  However, she did make it home by evening and in plenty of time for the party the next day. She and one of her sisters had arranged to stay at their mother’s home in the spare bedroom. They knew they were back in the Philippines once they spotted a dead cockroach under the bed and a live lizard on the ceiling of their room.
They had a great time at the party and the food was amazing. Lots of fresh fruit, fresh fish and fresh vegetables. To cap off the trip, Loida had arranged to treat her sisters to a holiday together in Macau for a few days. No husbands, no children, no talking about money or troubles at home, just enjoy themselves, shopping, sightseeing and eating. She said they all had a wonderful time and she would recommend doing this to anyone. She said that if you have someone you love who you know can not afford this type of trip, but you can, go ahead and treat them to the trip of a lifetime. You will not regret doing it. Loida certainly does not. They all had a great time.
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Loida Lumanlan, Trip to the Phillipines  Vi Hughes 2018-09-19 06:00:00Z 0 Loida,Philippines
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Sep 14, 2018
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Our Secretary Audrey exchanging banners with President Kostas Lerekis of RC Of Athens Goudi and RC Partnitha. ADG of District 2470 was also present. 
Banner exchange at RC Athens Dimitri Papanicolas 2018-09-14 06:00:00Z 0 greece
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 12, 2018

Informal Talks

This past week, since there was no official speaker, Stephan Van Vuuren suggested that we have some of our members give short informal talks on issues that interest them and would also interest other members of our club.
Stephan volunteered to be the first speaker, on the topic of his involvement with the issues surrounding the medical use of marijuana.  Stephan told us that few years ago he decided to learn more about cannabis from a medical point of view and took a certification course to learn more about it’s use for medical purposes. He then joined a clinic that prescribes marijuana for medical use. He described marijuana as a chemically ‘fuzzy ball’ made up of about fifty different compounds, many of which have various effects on the body. The main active compounds are THC, which is a psychotic and hallucinogen, CBD, which is an anti psychotic, and many varied types of terpenes, with various physiological effects.
The effect one gets from cannabis can vary dramatically depending on the variety used and how it is consumed. The amounts of the various compounds present in a strain of cannabis can vary widely. Strains grown today have up to ten times more THC than older strains. It can also be purified into various products, each of which can have different effects. It can also interact with other medications people may be taking so that needs to be considered as well. He said that one needs to know quite a bit about the particular strain you are using, in order to get the desired effect. One strain can make you sleepy while the next will get you energized. Some work well for pain relief and others do not. He has found that it can be a very useful medication for some people, but it is definitely not a first or even a second line treatment for most people.
Our second informal speaker of the day was Bernd Reuscher, who spoke about the rise of populism in Germany and many other countries in northern Europe. Bernd gave us short history of immigration patterns in Europe as an introduction to this topic. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s many people from less prosperous southern European countries of Spain and Italy, Greece and even Turkey immigrated to Germany and other more prosperous countries looking for work and a better life. Those who had closer ties to the language, customs and religions of the country they settled in integrated well, but others did not and kept to themselves. When German reunification took place, those in eastern Germany were very eager to take part in their new chances for freedom and prosperity, and at first this did happen. This was followed by more immigration from the newer EU countries in eastern Europe. But as the recent flood of new immigrants from even farther east started to happen, one million refugees in one year, in Germany alone, they saw their chances for prosperity falter as the economy struggled to support the large numbers of refugees.  Some people are becoming more right wing and are speaking out more. Freedom of speech is OK, but demonstrations that result in violence are not. Dealing with the underlying economic issues is going to be very difficult for all of the countries involved.
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Informal Talks Vi Hughes 2018-09-12 06:00:00Z 0 canabis,marijuana
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 06, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Leslie Cleary from the Edmonton Riverview Rotary club who spoke about the Rotary Santa Clothes program. This is a program that originated with the Las Vegas Rotary club, in 1998.
Three years ago, the Edmonton South Rotary club decided to do a similar thing in Edmonton. They have partnered with other local rotary clubs, the Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of Edmonton. The Old Navy store at West Edmonton Mall provides the shopping experience, with extra staff who volunteer their time, and provides an additional fifty percent discount on all items in the store. The goal of the program this year is to provide two hundred dollars worth (four hundred with discount) of new winter clothes and shoes for at least one hundred elementary age students from needy families in Edmonton.
The clubs in conjunction with the United Way program of ‘All in for You’ helped in the selection of four Edmonton schools from which the children are chosen.  The chosen schools this year are Tipaskin, Delton, St. Alphonsus and John A. McDougall. The children prepare a list of items they would like to have that will fit into the allotted budget. Various rotary clubs provide over one hundred volunteers who act as chaperones on the buses and personal shopping assistants for the children. Each child has one person assigned to help them with their shopping.
The event takes place on the first Sunday morning in November. The children are bused from their respective schools to West Edmonton Mall where they meet their personal shopping assistants. The store dedicates this time slot for this group alone. The children make their selections with the help of their volunteer assistants and their purchases are bagged and labelled. Their bags are held for them and returned to them just before they leave for home. They are then treated to a private marine life experience and then are taken to the Fantasyland Hotel for a pizza lunch. Their bags are then returned to them and they are bused back to their respective schools. Edmonton South Rotary has committed to cover the cost for fifty students and is looking for volunteers and sponsors to cover costs for shopping and lunch, the marine life experience and bus transport. They have both individual and group packages available.
This program gives us an opportunity for us to have an impact on the children in our community and to demonstrate the rotary belief that ‘We Care and We Share’.
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Leslie Cleary, Rotary Santa Clothes Program Vi Hughes 2018-09-06 06:00:00Z 0 santa clothes
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 30, 2018
Patrick Gibson gave us a short update on planning for the Rotary Oil King’s game which is now a fundraiser for our club. In the past this game was organised by the district. Patrick presented two members of the Oil King’s organisation, Kevin and Derek, who gave us a short update on their ideas and suggestions for the game in the new year. This sounds like it will be a good fundraiser for our club and thanks to Patrick for all of his work on this so far.
Al Pierog, from the Edmonton South Rotary Club gave us a short update on progress so far for the Youth Exchange program. They will partner with our club to sponsor one high school student to be selected from our area to participate in this exchange. The exchange will take place in 2019, for ten months. Our two clubs will in turn, host a student coming from abroad. Donna Hutton is the contact for our club in this exchange.
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Aug 28 Short Reports  Vi Hughes 2018-08-30 06:00:00Z 0 student,youth exchange
Posted by Eric Germain on Aug 29, 2018
Dennis getting a line...betting money at the ready!
Rotary Club Of Edmonton Strathcona Golf Tourney and Barbecue
Our Rotary Club had our annual golf tournament on Friday August 24th.
We changed things up, and had a Texas Scramble at Coyote Crossing in Sherwood Park, played by 22 golfers. It was a taste of playing St. Andrews in Scotland on a summer day. The golf groups had a great time, spoiled by chasing a little white ball.
A fun Happy Hour and Putting Contest followed. Carin Van V was our putting contest hostess, again, doing a great job.  The final 2 putters were Jim Peddie & Nicolle Germain. Jim clinched the putting contest, and donated all the proceeds to our charity of choice for the day , the  Edmonton Food Bank.
The dinner for 40 friendly folks, was a lovely barbecue cuisine.
Ken & Eric Germain, the Blues Brothers, rolled out the program, highlighting the golf awards of the day.
  • Longest Ladies Drive- Barb Craig
  • Longest Men’s Drive- Stephan Jansen Van Vuuren
  • Closest to the Pin- Carin Jansen Van Vuuren
  • Longest Putt- Donna Hutton
The low score of the day was 36, par, by 2 teams. We cut cards for the gold medal, and the winning team was Dave Prince, Con Basaraba, Don Hughes, and Judy Brown. Special mention to our silver medalists, Donna Hutton, Gary Froleich, Dennis Freeman and Ellen Weber.
            Best joke of the day was by Ken. Something about a hole in Juan (one).  Thanks for everyone who made it out, and made it a special day!
Eric & Ken
Fun Golf Day 2018 Was A Fun Golf Day!! Eric Germain 2018-08-29 06:00:00Z 0 golf
Posted by VI Hughes on Aug 28, 2018
This past Tuesday, Eric Germain reintroduced Maggi Hegan as our newest member. Maggi’s classification is Non-profit Administration. Maggi works at Arch Enterprises as Program Director. We would like to give Maggi a warm welcome to our club.
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Maggi Hagen, New Member Induction  VI Hughes 2018-08-28 06:00:00Z 0 new member
Posted by Eric Germain on Aug 24, 2018
We have secured some better pricing for our golf day on August 24th !
We are also pleased to ask you to bring food items for the Edmonton Food Bank. Please open the Most Needed Items document HERE. For more information about the Edmonton Food Bank, click the link HERE.
Donna Hutton will also collect food items brought to the Aug 14 and 21 meetings.
Monetary donations are most welcome and tax receipts are available.
We now have the plans set  for the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona golf tourney on Friday August 24 at Coyote Crossing Golf Course in Sherwood Park. ‎
Golf groups will start out at 2:00 and probably start returning by 4:30.
Social time and a putting contest will be going on. Drinks are available at the bar.
Dinner will be planned for 6:00
The attendees as per Eric's and Ken's list are:
Donna and Dennis Hutton 
Gary and Edith Froleich
Ellen Weber
Bruce and Joyce Flesher 
Rosemarie and Con 
Barb Craig 
Stephan and Carin 
Maggi Hegan 
Dennis and Joan Freeman
Jim Pritchard
Maxine Heatherington
Wally Romaniuk
Graham Gilchrist
Vi Hughes 
Ken and Sandy Germain
Eric Germain 
Bruce Kemp
Vince and Ann Campbell 
We will play a Texas Scramble for 9 holes starting at 2 PM. A team of 4 playing the best shot, captained by a seasoned golfer is Texas Scrable. Everyone is welcome , including any friends or family.
Golf is $40 including a power golf cart. The dinner is $20, and features grilled and barbecued chicken breast & honey grilled sausage. The dinner comes complete with seasonal steamed vegetables, baked potatoes, a variety of salads, dinner rolls, and lemonade & ice tea.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience for golf and/or dinner,  to
This is ‎our Rotary Club's summer fun event. Please plan to attend, and feel free to  forward this invite to any one who may be interested. All golf prizes graciously accepted. 

tel: 780-991-0417


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Fun Golf, Aug 24 >>FOOD BANK UPDATE<< Eric Germain 2018-08-24 06:00:00Z 0 food bank,golf
South African, Canadian Rotary clubs partner to improve the future for students with disabilities Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2018-08-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 15, 2018
This Tuesday, August 21, we heard from Chavi Kausha, current past president of the J Percy Page Interact club and whom we sponsored to attend the Adventures in Citizenship Program held in Ottawa this spring. Adventures in Citizenship is a four-day program in Ottawa for around two hundred high school students who have been sponsored to attend by their local Rotary clubs. It is organised and hosted by the Rotary club of Ottawa. Chavi said that she will forever remember the people, experiences and connections she made with the other attendees.
She arrived the day prior to the program and was billeted, along with another attendee, with an Ottawa family. They went for a walk that evening around the local neighbourhood and got to see the homes of several ambassadors from various other countries. On day one they were introduced to the organisers and then toured the Canadian War Museum. In the evening they made a trip into Quebec for a traditional Quebecois meal. On their second day they toured the Parliament buildings, but parliament was not in session that day. In the afternoon they received a presentation from Library and Archives Canada and in the evening they attended a dinner in Ottawa. On their third day the were taken on a tour of the University of Ottawa, the Rideau Canal, the Indigenous Peoples Center and then Ottawa City Hall. On their last day they attended a citizenship ceremony and then went to a conference center for their final day ceremonies. A representative from each Province gave a short speech and all attendees received a certificate for their attendance. Some special awards were also presented and Chavi received the Young Citizens Scholarship of one thousand dollars towards her first year of University. She will be attending Ryerson University in Toronto this fall.
Chavi thanked our rotary club for this opportunity and said that she is very grateful to have had a chance to meet so many like minded people. She gave special thanks to Carin Jansen Van Vuuren from our club and to Karen Huculak, the J Percy Page teacher co-ordinator for the Interact club for all of their encouragement and support.
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Chavi Kausha, Adventures in Citizenship Progam  Vi Hughes 2018-08-15 06:00:00Z 0 adventure,citizenship
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 08, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Ryan Milne, a Finance and Development officer for the northern Alberta branch of the Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (CASA). CASA is the Alberta Health Services sponsored provider of mental health services for children and adolescents for all families in northern Alberta. It is known that up to seventy percent of adults with mental health problems, have had that problem since childhood.
CASA was founded in 1991 and is a community based non-profit organisation. They currently provide services for 4300 children and their families in northern Alberta. They have about one hundred fifty professionals from many various professional disciplines. They operate from four locations in the Edmonton area and also have a travelling team of specialists who serve outlying areas. One of their facilities is a residential facility with nineteen beds in Sherwood Park for high school age clients. They provide clinical services for children from birth to eighteen years of age. All of heir clients are referred to them through the health care system. They provide twenty-two types of specialised programs for their clients. Their programs include infant and preschool services, school age services, specialty services such as family therapy, day programs, and the addiction and mental health program. Their programs are based on the four pillars of quality care, access, sustainability and partnerships with research and health providers. They received fourteen million dollars last year to provide services for a population of three point four million.
Their government funding is based solely on intake numbers and is not tied to the services provided, as these can change over time. They are always looking for new sources of funding and would like to be able to fund a research chair based at the University of Alberta, Edmonton. It would provide funding for three researchers to develop a front-line program to address mental health for children. They would also like to be able to fund a shift to electronic record keeping for all of their facilities.
This was a very interesting and enlightening presentation that gave reason for thought to all of us, as we realise what an enormous undertaking they have made. Any and all donations towards their programs would be very welcome.
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Ryan Milne, CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health  Vi Hughes 2018-08-08 06:00:00Z 0 casa
Posted by Ken Germain on Aug 04, 2018
Here is another nice blast from the past. 
This photo is probably from 1983 as our charter president, Johnny Germain is presented with a 20 year attendance pin by then club president and charter member Larry Priestnall.
Thanks for sharing Ken.
Another great picture from the Germain photo archive Ken Germain 2018-08-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Martyn on Aug 03, 2018
You are invited to celebrate the opening of the newly redesigned EYE Institute of Alberta.
When: Wednesday August 22, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (1600-1800)
Where: Eye Institute of Alberta, Royal Alexandra Hospital. 10240 Kingsway Ave. Edmonton
RSVP: by August 1 (which is now past, so please hurry to acknowledge)
For more details, contact Audrey Martyn780-722-4262
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Eye Institute of Alberta Grand Opening Audrey Martyn 2018-08-03 06:00:00Z 0 eye clinic
Posted by Audrey Martyn on Aug 02, 2018
This summary of Tuesday’s presentation was prepared by Vi Hughes from notes taken by Audrey Martyn.
This Tuesday we heard again from Les Campbell, pictured, Genealogical Courses and Outreach chairman of the Edmonton Genealogical Society, who gave us some more information on family research. He described his personal experiences, when in 1995 his father asked him to help find more information about his grandfather. He gathered up what information they had at home such as certificates of birth, marriage, and death as well as family photos to start his study. His grandparent’s marriage license gave him the name of the place they had come to Alberta from and his grandmother’s maiden name. It also contained both great grandfather’s names. He found that they had used his grandmother’s family name as a middle name for their sons. It also gave him the location of their marriage, the date and their religion. With their death certificates he was more cautious accepting the information as the personal information such as full name, birth date and place was provided by a second person and could have been inaccurate. He said that the only really accurate way to determine your origin is with DNA testing.
He found that old photos and postcards were a good source of information as to dates, names of relatives and even places they had lived. He said that some other places that are good to look into for information include local libraries and archives as their records are free to access. The Alberta Genealogical Society also maintains a library with a variety of information for family research. The LDS Library in Salt Lake City is another excellent resource to check out and you may even be lucky enough to find an already published book on some of your family members. Census records are another place to look for information, although the information they contain may not be entirely accurate as it could have been supplied by a secondary source. You need to be a bit of a detective to put together the truth.  
Many online resources are also free and easily searched. Some large search websites such as are also free. Ancestry charges a monthly, Semi-Annual or Yearly fee for it’s use. Learning more about historical localities where your ancestor’s lived is also helpful. He also found that attending conferences was very useful. In the end, although he did not really have a personal interest in family history, he was glad he had done it for his father.
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Les Campbell, Digging Deeper into Family  Audrey Martyn 2018-08-02 06:00:00Z 0 ancestry
Posted by Vince Campbell on Jul 28, 2018
We received the following request for help from Mustard Seed:
Please be mindfull that Caroline, AB is approx. 300 km from Edmonton and that all volunteers MUST have prior 'Vulnerable Persons' police clearance as per our district's insurance regulations.

Dear Volunteers,


This year we embarked on a very special project to send youth to camp as many of our facilities across Alberta serve families in need and we learned having their children attend camp would be a blessing to them this summer. Donors have contributed thousands of dollars to send 50 kids to Camp Caroline. 


Unfortunately we hit a road block with our Edmonton drivers taking the youth to camp for two weeks of the summer so we're emailing you to see if this is something you'd consider doing for youth we're working with. 


We need a driver(s) for:

  • Sunday, July 29th 1:30pm Departure time, 7:00pm Return to Edmonton - Drop youth off
  • Friday, August 3rd 3:30pm Departure time, 8:30pm Return to Edmonton - Pick youth up
  • Sunday, August 19th 1:30pm Departure time, 7:00pm Return to Edmonton - Drop youth off
  • Friday, August 24th 1:30pm Departure time, 7:00pm Return to Edmonton - Drop youth off

Because we are transporting youth, it's most ideal to partner our drivers with another volunteer, so ideally we're looking for 2 people to ride with the children. These weeks have no more than 4 youth attending and we are happy to arrange payment for gas/mileage and cover all other outstanding logistical details. 


If you and your partner, friend or other companion would consider to give an evening or two to serve these children, we would love to hear from you and processes you to do so! Simply reply to this email or give my cell a call as listed in the signature below. We are coordinating this effort out of our Calgary office, so please do not be confused about the long distance call. 


Thank you for reading and considering to help!




Drew Gusztak

Volunteer Services Manager

Cell/Direct: 403.999.0193

The Mustard Seed

102 11 Ave SE

Calgary, AB T2G 0X5


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Mustard Seed needs volunteers Vince Campbell 2018-07-28 06:00:00Z 0 mustard seed
Posted by Patrick Gibson on Jul 28, 2018

This is taken directly from the pending New Hope School press release. The $33,900 USD budget on the project will translate into R424,150.00 (South African Rand)


With the approved grant we will be able to continue and expand our Skills Training Program for learners with disabilities in such a way that it would be sustainable and ensure an income for students after school.  They can also be placed in the open market with trained skills to become a successful adult in society.

Training centrums that will be improved:

  • Computer Skills Training centre including entrepreneurial skills and programs suitable will be installed.

  • Welding and woodwork: Machinery and equipment will be upgraded and material will be provided. Quality products can be made to sell and orders can be placed by outside companies. Equip any learner in the school to participate in these programs. Workshop can be equipped according to the health and safety act.

  • Basic maintenance under supervision will be included in skills training.

  • Food production and hospitality will be trained according to the Differentiated Caps with the correct equipment and stock.

  • Sewing, beauty and nail technology: Training will be more professional in terms of the curriculum with suitable equipment, stock and materials provided.

  • School to work program will be able to expand to give more students the opportunity to work in the open labour market to prepare them for job opportunities after school.

  • Accommodation in hostel for students

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New Hope School receives Global Grant Patrick Gibson 2018-07-28 06:00:00Z 0 new hope
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 26, 2018
This last Tuesday we heard from Susan Padget, the Communications and Resource Development officer with the Edmonton Food Bank, pictured. The Edmonton Food Bank was the first Food Bank in Canada, when it was founded in 1981. At the time, they could not officially call it a bank, due to government legislation, so their official name to this day is the Edmonton Gleaners Association.
They serve about twenty two thousand people per month in the Edmonton area. They do not receive any regular government funding and rely on the public to donate both time and food, and they are a registered charity. Last year volunteers put in over seventy-six thousand hours, the equivalent of forty full time staff.  They have volunteers coming in six days a week. They also rely on the public for donations of dry goods and corporate donors for donations of fresh food. They do purchase some items like eggs as well. They will also gladly accept home garden produce as long as it is fresh and in good condition. The hampers they distribute usually contain tinned meat, vegetables, soup, pasta sauce and fruit, dried goods such as pasta along with fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs and bread. They re designed to last about five days.
They have two main warehouses in Edmonton, just west of the old municipal airport. They have eight to ten drivers who pick up and deliver hampers and meals to over fifty local depots around the city, where individuals can pick them up.
She spoke to us about the many volunteer opportunities with the Food Bank. These include working at various events accepting donations and thanking people, helping to sort incoming donations and checking freshness at the warehouse, picking and packing items for hampers, loading trucks, accepting calls for information from clients, and various other warehouse duties. Many of their volunteers come with a friend. The benefits also include making new friends, and the opportunity to do lots of walking,
We can find out more about how to volunteer our time by either phoning or checking out their website.
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Susan Padget, Edmonton Food Bank  Vi Hughes 2018-07-26 06:00:00Z 0 food bank
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 12, 2018
This week we had the pleasure of meeting our District Governor Nominee, Jim Ferguson and then hearing a recap by our former past president Peter DeNooy of the presentation on Best Practices for E-Clubs which was recently given at the Rotary International Conference in Toronto. Both Jim and Peter are members of the Rotary E-Club of Canada One. The members of this club are from all over the world and most of them are not able to meet the attendance requirements of a local club due to physical limitations, work commitments or extensive travel abroad. It gives them an opportunity to still be part of the Rotary family and meet the attendance requirements on their own time table. It also provides an opportunity for the fellowship that is an essential part of every Rotary club.
The E-club has weekly web-based coffee chats that can be attended wearing whatever, from their living rooms, from anywhere in the world. In addition it also presents monthly speakers, whose presentations can be viewed from anywhere in the world. Their club decided to contact other E-Clubs to try and come up with the best type of overall platform that could be used by E-Clubs. The full presentation can be viewed on their club’s youtube channel.
Peter said that their club had decided to try to improve their club’s practices by looking at how other clubs did things. They subsequently looked at the websites of three hundred other clubs and sent out e-mails asking for more information. They then contacted seventy of the clubs that responded for further information and compiled their findings. Once they had compiled their findings they thought that maybe other clubs might be interested in them and decided to make it into a presentation at the Rotary International Convention that was held in Toronto this year. The presentation, organised and hosted by Peter DeNooy, was ninety minutes long and included participation from ten different E-Clubs giving both live and virtual presentations on their various types of E-Clubs. The presentations covered the things that they have personally found that worked best for their clubs. A lot of the ideas presented can easily be applied to regular rotary clubs as well. There were a few technical glitches that had to be overcome prior to the presentation, but it went over without a hitch and was enjoyed by the two hundred and sixty some attendees. Their presentation was made on Monday afternoon, the first day of the conference and Peter was glad to then be able to enjoy the remainder of the conference worry free.
The presentation was recorded using Zoom software and then converted to a presentation that was uploaded to their club’s youtube channel where it can be easily viewed by anyone with a computer.
photos curtesy of Heather de Kok
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Best Practises for E-Clubs Vi Hughes 2018-07-12 06:00:00Z 0 e-club
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 04, 2018
Our year end dinner was held on Tuesday evening at the Ellerslie Rugby Club. Vince Campbell, our outgoing president for this year and also our incoming president for next year gave a short presentation on our clubs achievements over the past year. He said that we have supported just over thirty different projects and have donated just over sixty seven thousand dollars to those projects over the past year.
He then gave out perfect attendance awards to Graham Gilchrist, Eric Solash, Harald Kukertz, Rose Marie Basaraba, Ivan Docker (not present) and Hans Granholm. He went on to give out Rotary Foundation awards to Graham Gilchrist, Eugene Sekora (not present), Ron Brown (not present) and Rose Marie Basaraba.
He then thanked all of he many members who have given generously of their time to keep our club running smoothly over the past year, starting with a special thanks to Hans Granholm for all of his advice and guidance to Vince in his first year as president and to Eric Germain for his amazing work with out Interact club. He then went on to thank Dennis Freeman and Sandy Germain for their work on our flag program, Vi Hughes as editor of our bulletin, Hans Granholm, as publisher of our Bulletin and ClubRunner website admin, Eric and Ken Germain for their entertaining Rotary Wheel efforts each week, Eric Solash for tracking attendance each week, Heather de Kok for managing our social media, Audrey Martyn for organizing all of our wonderful speakers and Stephan Jansen van Vuuren for being our Sergeant at Arms each week. Finally he thanked the members of the board that have served with him over the past year, Dmitri Papanicolas as past president, Donna Hutton as president nominee, Rose Marie Basaraba, who has just completed her second three year term as secretary, Graham Gilchrist, our treasurer, Ken Sutley as administrator, who did some excellent work re-organising our door duties roster and also in reviewing and revising our bylaws, Carin Jansen van Vuuren as youth services, and finally Patrick Gibson for his efforts organising the Polio Hockey Pool, the Go Fund Me campaign and the grant application that raised matching funds for the New Hope School.
Next year’s board will be Vince Campbell continuing on as president, Dmitri Papanicolas as past president, Donna Hutton as president elect, Jim Peddie as president nominee, Audrey Martyn as secretary, Graham Gilchrist continuing on as treasurer, Bill Sinclair as administrator, Eugene Sekora as community services, Carin Jansen van Vuuren as international services, Nicole Germain in youth services and Doug Milne as the member-at large. In addition, the following people will also be contributing their time to our club, Hans Granholm as bulletin publisher and ClubRunner website admin, Vi Hughes as bulletin editor, Ellen Weber in membership services, Eric Germain as Interact club co-ordinator and hosting our board meetings at his business offices, Dennis Freeman and Sandy Germain for our flag program, Eric and Ken Germain for our weekly Rotary Wheel, Eric Solash will be tracking attendance, Loida Lumanlan will be organising speakers and finally our Sergeant at Arms will be Dennis Freeman.
Vince then presented the Rotarian of the Year award for our club to Graham Gilchrist, who has put in hundreds of hours this year as treasurer re-organising and smoothing out the job of treasurer.  Vince said that this is undoubtedly the most time-consuming position on the board.
In his message as incoming president, Vince said that we have many things to look forward to this next year. These include adding new members to our club, organising the Polio Plus Hockey Game (to be chaired by Patrick Gibson), training of host families for the Rotary student exchange and organising a new Interact club at W.P Wagner High School with Jim Peddie as advisor.  In addition, we will be voting on our revised by-laws in a few weeks. We will also be continuing with our efforts for other projects, our support of the young people at the J Percy Page Interact club, our flag program and our flag program partnership with the Venture group. He also hopes to see more meetings in other venues and maybe even a Pie Night. In closing he thanked everyone for their ongoing support of Rotary and said that he is looking forward to a great year.
Photos curtesy of Carin van Vuuren
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Rotating Wheel Dinner  Vi Hughes 2018-07-04 06:00:00Z 0 RWD
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on Jun 29, 2018
Congratulations Eric having your pic in the July 2018 Rotary Canada magazine. That must have been quite the sight.
Eric G. got published... Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2018-06-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jun 27, 2018
Last Tuesday, one of our long-time members talked about her recent experiences on a trip to New York. She said that she had never dreamed that she would get a chance to sing in Carnegie Hall in New York city. When a local choir that she sings with, the Cosmopolitan Chorus, was invited to perform as part of a concert in Carnegie Hall, she eagerly accepted.
An American production company routinely invites choirs from across North America to perform in Carnegie Hall. Her choir, along with two other western Canadian choirs, Chorale Saint-Jean from Edmonton and Nova Borealis from Smithers, BC were also invited, and members from all three choirs performed together at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, 19 May, under the direction of Laurier Fagnan of the Chorale Saint-Jean. The piece they chose to perform was ‘Requiem for the Living’ in Latin.
Each choir member was responsible for covering their own expenses. They left Edmonton on the Wednesday prior to the concert, so they would have a few days for everyone to practise together before the concert on Saturday evening, and returned home on Sunday.
She showed a short video taken of the three choirs on the West Jet flight from Edmonton to Toronto, when the stewardess asked them to all sing Oh Canada.
She had never been to New York before, so she did as much sight seeing as she could handle. They stayed in downtown New York in an old hotel with a very small elevator, so trips up and down for the large group had to be carefully orchestrated. They took the subway to a local church for their daily practices, and she was glad she did not have to navigate underground by herself. She got a chance to walk around in Times Square and in Central Park and also took in a stage show. She found the volume of traffic and crowds of people to be quite disconcerting, especially the noise from all of the emergency vehicles that seemed to appear out of nowhere from time to time.  They got caught in a downpour once and the number of jostling umbrellas on the street was more than she has ever seen.
She said that Carnegie Hall is a very large, very old theatre with excellent sound qualities. Their concert went off without a hitch. One disappointment was that they do not allow anyone to take photos or sound recordings in the Hall, so she has no actual proof that she really performed there.  They ended their trip with a late night dinner cruise on the harbour, after their concert. She said that she felt very privileged in that a girl from small town Alberta, who did not understand Latin and could not read music, could somehow get this once in a lifetime chance. In closing, she said that we should always take advantage of the opportunities that life presents, or they will pass us by.
Rose Marie Basaraba, New York Experience  Vi Hughes 2018-06-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jun 20, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Les Campbell, Genealogical Courses and Outreach chairman of the Edmonton Genealogical Society. Les has been researching his own family history for over twenty years and gave us a very knowledgeable talk on how to get started on our own family histories. Les admonished us to get organised before you start. The paper can pile up fast and having a system to keep track of it all as time goes on is important. He also said that making assumptions about things can lead to disappointment. Keep an open mind and don’t believe anything until it is backed up with the facts.
Start with yourself and work backwards, gathering all the information you can on each person before moving on to the next person. Keep in mind that most people have trouble getting back any further than four generations easily. Always make sure you have citations for all of your information. Names, dates, places and any other information. Write down each piece of information as you find it and record where you acquired the information (your source). Take your time and keep good records, even if you searched some record for information and came up empty handed, write it down. It will save you from repeating the same search later on, when you have forgotten all about it.
Setting goals for yourself helps, as does keeping a written research log of what you have done and what you think is next to be done. Things to look for at home that will help you with your search are baptism and confirmation certificates, birth, marriage and death certificates, diaries and journals, family bibles, newspaper clippings and family photo albums. Recording your information on preprinted forms that are available for free online ( from and other sites) is a good idea and helps to keep your information organised. Some of the forms you can use are pedigree charts and family group record sheets. These are handy to help keep you focused on your goal. You can use either paper or genealogy software to keep track of things. Each has it’s own merits. There are many different computer software packages to choose from, so choose carefully, which one is best for you. Three of the most popular ones are Roots Magic, Legacy and Reunion. 
Remember that accuracy is vital, typos and abbreviations can cause all kinds of problems. Spell out the month when recording dates to save confusion.  You may also find the internet databases are handy for putting out queries that may eventually be answered years later. If you are not sure about a name do not guess, simply leave it blank. Databases can also help with record searches, and there are many of these available online.
Les will be back in a few weeks to give us some information on more advanced searching, and we look forward to hearing from him again.
Les Campbell, Tracing Your Family Tree- Getting Started  Vi Hughes 2018-06-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by VI Hughes on Jun 13, 2018
This last Tuesday we heard from Kevin Keough, the Executive Director of the Alberta Prion Research Institute. The Institute was created by the Alberta government in 2005, in response to the mad cow disease incident that took place in Alberta in 2003. It is funded by the government of Alberta and is a part of Alberta Innovates. To date, it has received over seventy-five million dollars in funding. It’s function is to promote and support research that focuses on innovative approaches to prions and prion like diseases.
Prions have and will continue to have an impact on our lives. They cause unusual diseases in animals and are also suspected of being involved in some human diseases as well. Prions are unusual infectious agents, as they have no genetic material, being composed of a single protein, that can vary from disease to disease. The protein is one which in it’s normal state has a useful function in the body, but once it becomes deformed, it can then cause more of the same proteins to also become deformed, building up in the body like a chain reaction. Because of this, it can not be ’killed’, which creates all kinds of challenges. The main animal diseases caused by prions are Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) which affects cattle, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) which affects deer, elk, moose, caribou and reindeer, Scrapie which affects sheep, and Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (CJD) which can be spread from cattle to humans when they eat infected beef. CWD, in particular, is expected to have an increasing impact on our local wild populations of grazing animals as the prions are found throughout the infected animal, and are deposited on the ground in feces and urine, where they contaminate the soil and vegetation. They can then be eaten by other grazing animals and cause them to become sick.
This disease was first found in Alberta about twelve years ago, near the border with central Saskatchewan and is slowly spreading north and west through the river valleys in populations of wild white tail and mule deer.  There is no known treatment, and the infected animals can not even be diagnosed until after they are dead.  Other prion like diseases in humans are some forms of Alzheimer’s disease, Frontal-Temporal Dementia (FTD), Parkinson’s disease. Tauopathies, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other dementias. Each of these diseases have a characteristic build up of a specific deformed protein that is a hallmark of the disease, although they do not have the ability to infect other people, in the way that the animal prion diseases do.
Current research supported by the Institute includes things like developing new animal models to study these diseases, searching for new diagnostic methods and biomarkers, looking for therapeutic approaches and investigating the fundamentals of what is going wrong.  The Institute currently supports the largest group of prion researchers in the world, through offering grants and fellowships to qualified Alberta based researchers with innovative approaches. They are very proud to be supporting world class research into prion diseases, right here in Alberta.
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Kevin Keough, Alberta Prion Research Institute  VI Hughes 2018-06-13 06:00:00Z 0 prion,research
Posted by Eric Germain on Jun 12, 2018
The Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School were awarded the Alberta Emerald Foundation Youth Environmental Award for 2018.
The presentation was made May 24th at the school. The award recognizes the great project our Interact Club completed. They transformed some old forgotten large planter boxes at the South entrance to the school into an environmental rejuvenation of flowers, perennial flowers and bushes and trees. The South entrance will be used for the first time in school history as the entrance to the high school graduation prom party at the end of June.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation presented a “Large Cheque” , literally, for $1000 to the Interact Club. They shot a video of the occasion to be shown at the Alberta Emerald Awards Ceremony June 4th in Calgary. Ironically the video producer was a former student  our Interact Club Teacher Advisor, Karen Huculak , and graduated in 2004 at  J. Percy Page High School.
Congratulations to all the members of our Rotary Interact Club at J. Percy Page High School who made this project and the overall Rotary year terrific!
Our Interact Club receives Emerald Foundation Award Eric Germain 2018-06-12 06:00:00Z 0 interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jun 06, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Kathleen bell, the coordinator of the St. Albert Amplify Festival. She had come to give us a report on their 2017 festival and to say thank you for the donation which we made in it’s support last year. The festival is an arts festival designed to give young people in northern Alberta between grade seven and the age of twenty-one a chance to both develop and showcase their art, creativity and cultural talents. It takes place over two days in October and this year will be the fifth year for the festival. 
The festival is composed of eight workshops, for which a minimal registration fee is charged, seventeen free drop-in activities and two evening concerts called the Battle of the Bands for which a minimal entry fee is charged. It also includes an art exhibit, a poetry slam, and presentation of various video projects.   The workshop and other activities cover topics encouraging young people to develop their skills as musicians, artist and writers and also gives them a venue to showcase their talents.  
It is organised and run by volunteers and receives most of it’s eighty-thousand dollar yearly operating budget from the City of St. Albert.  The volunteers take care of organising, fundraising, managing social media, marketing and many other duties.  They also have a committee of youth advisors who ensure that the topics covered are relevant to todays youth culture.  
Last year it gave one hundred and forty-seven young people a chance to show their talents and was attended by over nine hundred people.
Kathleen then showed us a musical video presented by one of last year’s participants who subsequently went on to win several awards from the City of St Albert as a poet and young artist.  She said that this festival gives young people a chance to try something new, develop their talents, learn about themselves and develop their self confidence.  She said it is also an innovative way to help young people deal with challenges in their lives such as bullying, loneliness, depression and anxiety. It gives them a way to express themselves and helps them to become resilient and confident members of society. She closed by thanking us again for our donation to helping these young people share their talents.
Kathleen Bell, St. Albert Amplify Festival Vi Hughes 2018-06-06 06:00:00Z 0 amplify
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Jun 03, 2018
Αγαπητέ κύριε Παπανικόλα καλησπέρα,
            Εύχομαι να είστε καλά!
Σας ζητώ συγνώμη που καθυστέρησα να σας γράψω, αλλά μας καθυστέρησαν πολύ στην παράδοση των παραγγελιών. Σας στέλνω σήμερα τα εξοφλημένα τιμολόγια, μαζί με φωτογραφίες του γυμναστηρίου. Ελπίζω ως την άλλη Δευτέρα να παραλάβουμε και τα είδη του νηπιαγωγείου, ώστε να σας στείλουμε και άλλες φωτογραφίες.
Θέλω να γνωρίζετε ότι και στις δύο αίθουσες, ως ελάχιστο δείγμα των ευχαριστιών μας,  έχουμε αναρτήσει πινακίδες με την δωρεά του Ομίλου σας.
Και πάλι σας ευχαριστούμε πάρα-πάρα πολύ και σας περιμένουμε να τα χαρείτε μαζί μας.
Να είστε πάντα καλά!
Με εκτίμηση
Βασιλική Μάστακα
We apologize that it took us so long to get back to you but there was some delay with the delivery. We hope that by this coming week we will receive the kindergarten living room set-up, and photographs will be forwarded.
We would like to inform you that for both rooms were they will be installed, as a minimum gesture of our recognition we will place plaques recognizing your Club.
We thank you again and look forward to seeing you for you to share with us our gratitude to your Club.
Wishing you all, good health.
Yours respectfully.
Vassiliki Matakas
Letter of apppreciation from ELEPAP Dimitri Papanicolas 2018-06-03 06:00:00Z 0 elepap
YONA 1st quarter 2018 Rose Marie Basaraba 2018-06-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 02, 2018
As per the attached flyer, the focus is on a great, all-day with a Million Dollar hole-in-one shoot out as the main event – here is a list of the highlights:

·       Eight players will go to the 18th Tee Box after scheduled play and they will have one shot at the Million Dollar Hole-in-One.

·       Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team will be performing beside the 18th Green during the Shoot Out

·       There will also be another $10,000 Hole-in-One on another Par 3

·       Beat Craig McTavish of Edmonton Oilers on a Par 3 hole by being closer to the pin, and have a chance to win a great prize.

·       Beat Cam Tait on the practise green near the Club House and have a chance to win a great prize

·       Taco Bar lunch at noon with some beverages

·       Cocktail hour after golf & during the Shoot Out with complimentary beverages

·       Each Player receives an Authentic Autographed Puck signed by #99 Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers

·       Gourmet Dinner with complimentary wine service

·       Prizes for the Top 3 Teams, all players are handicapped – and it will be a Shamble Format.  Each Player must hit 4 Tee Shots, maximum by one player is 6.

·       Some of the prizes includes: 

o   Half Hour Helicopter flight for 5 around Edmonton, courtesy of Canadian Helicopters

o   Scotch Tasting for 15, courtesy of Keg N Cork

o   Canadian North Air Flight package

o   Chateau Lacombe Hotel package

o   and more.

Entry Fee is $375.00 and you can sign up and pay on line at:
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Posted by Vince Campbell on Jun 02, 2018
Both are pretty good pictures. They told us they brought 700 trees to plant .  I didn’t count how many showed up but my guess was about 50 or so. Vests look great
L to R: Linda and Erik Granholm, Vince Campbell
Roots for Trees planters Vince Campbell 2018-06-02 06:00:00Z 0 trees
Posted by Vi Hughes on May 31, 2018
This last Tuesday we met at the Valley Zoo for a catered lunch and a talk by Tammy Wiebe, the Executive Director of the Valley Zoo Development Society, followed by a tour and introduction to the valley zoo revitalization plans.  Tammy started by saying that zoos have changed a lot over the years. They now focus a lot more on animal conservation and public education. They believe that they are the last stand for a lot of animals that are disappearing in the wild. About sixty five percent of all wild life will be lost by 2020, and most of this loss has been caused by humans.
The Edmonton zoo was founded in 1959 as a small children’s zoo, and still remains an intimate zoo due to the location, but they now have more emphasis on animal conservation, and take part in species survival programs.  Tammy said that people only save what they love, they only love what they understand, and they only understand what they know about.  This is why teaching people about animals in the wild, and giving them an opportunity to learn more, is so important. The valley zoo is host to about sixteen thousand school children and receives over half a million visitors in total every year.
The Valley Zoo is owned and operated by the City of Edmonton, and the Valley Zoo Development Society is a separate group with charitable status that does fundraising specifically for the zoo. The Valley Zoo deliberately operates at a loss, and is the cheapest City owned facility for a family to visit in Edmonton The zoo has been undergoing a revitalization over the past few years with some phases having been completed, some underway and several more in the development and fundraising stages. The zoo has been divided into areas called zones, and each zone will be funded and developed separately. One of the zones currently under development is the ‘Under Zone’, where visitors will be able to walk underneath the animals and see what life is like for animals that burrow and live underground. Another is the ‘Between Zone’, which will give visitors a view of what animals that live both underwater and on land see every day. It will also include a natural wetland. There will be three different ‘On Zones” for various animals that live on land. In addition, there will also be an ‘Above Zone’ where visitors will be able to walk around in the tree tops, to better view tree dwelling birds and animals.  They are also currently developing an ‘Urban Farm Zone’ to introduce city dwellers to what life is like for animals on the farm, which will include a large heated barn so that the programming can continue year round. The barn will have a green roof and will include access for some of the animals (goats) to the roof. The zoo also has a plan to pave their parking lot, including swales to catch and filter run-off, with solar panels above the parking lanes to supply the zoo with power.
The zoo takes part in species survival plans for more than twenty species of animals at our zoo, the Red Panda and the Grevy’s Zebra are two of these. These worldwide survival plans are an essential part of maintaining the genetic diversity of animals on our planet.  The animals that are mated are carefully selected for their genetic diversity. Sixteen Red Panda babies from this zoo that have been placed in other zoos over the years. We can also be a part of these plans and our Rotary club is currently sponsoring the Grevy’s zebras at the zoo.  They are always looking for supporters, both in volunteer time or funds.
Tammy Wiebe, Valley Zoo Development Society Vi Hughes 2018-05-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Audrey Martyn on May 25, 2018

Our regular noon meeting at the German Club will convene at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. MAP  Details are as follows:

Visit to the Zoo  - Tuesday May 29, 2018; 12 noon
Join us in the Otter Room for a Greek lunch and presentation by the Zoo to be followed by a tour if you wish.

Cost is $25.00 and cash or checks can be given to Audrey by May 8.
Audrey Martyn
Strathcona Rotary


Visit the Zoo on May 29th Audrey Martyn 2018-05-25 06:00:00Z 0 zoo
Posted by Hans Granholm on May 25, 2018
Thank you to Don Henry, Heather de Kok and Eric Solash for arranging the much anticipated Scotch Tasting on May 16. 
Fourteen eager tasters met at Wine and Beyond on Mullen Way.
You can open and watch the photo album curtesy of Carin HERE
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Scotch Lovers loved it! Hans Granholm 2018-05-25 06:00:00Z 0 scotch,tasting
Posted on May 25, 2018
The Rotary Club of Edmonton West is asking us to join them to plant air purifiers (read: trees) and at the same time comply with the RI president Ian Riseley's challenge and the City of Edmonton's goal to Go Green.
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Planting trees with Roots For Trees Hans Granholm 2018-05-25 06:00:00Z 0 roots,trees
Posted by Vi Hughes on May 23, 2018
This past Tuesday we had the pleasure of hearing an update from Hans Granholm, a charter member of our club. Hans was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943 and grew up in a suburb of Hellerup. His father died in 1945 when Hans was just eighteen months old and his mother raised both him and his older brother Peter, who was six at the time, on her own, with help from family.
The baby boom that had occurred during the war in Denmark, combined with the effects of the war itself, meant that he country’s resources were strained, and school systems were overburdened. Hans never really liked school much, but wanted to be an engineer. He loved working with his hands and finding out how things worked. He once took apart an alarm clock, gears an all, much to his mother’s dismay, but also managed to get it back together and it still worked.   He chose to become a tradesman and maybe then go on to take engineering. He completed a four year apprenticeship as an auto mechanic in a Volkswagen dealership, and graduated with an award for excellence in 1964. He also received the King’s Silver medal for the highest trade ranking in Denmark that year.
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Hans Granholm, Classification Refresher  Vi Hughes 2018-05-23 06:00:00Z 0 granholm,hans
Posted by Vince Campbell on May 18, 2018
One of many happy flag customers in Blackburn
This is Is Kin Leung and two sons. Lives at 1313 McAllister Way SW. He is a friend of the fellow that purchased Bruce Flesher's house in Blackburn.
Happy Flag recipients Vince Campbell 2018-05-18 06:00:00Z 0 flag
Posted by Vi Hughes on May 16, 2018
Last Tuesday we heard from Ken Karpoff, who has been a trainer and coach for the Canadian Olympic Bobsled team for the past twenty years.  Over the years he has been a trainer, coach, counselor and mentor for many elite medal winning athletes. He said that Bobsleigh is a sport where sixteen steps (pushing the sled) are followed by a fifty-five second ride to the bottom, so the mental state, in addition to physical conditioning, is paramount to the athletes performance.  He told several stories of athletes that he has worked with where their state of mind interfered with their ability to perform. He said that elite athletes are asked to perform under the continual pressure of high expectations and need to know how to handle this pressure without cracking. When everyday stressors like family health issues, financial or business set backs, poorly run athletic organizations, pressure to drop out so someone else can replace them, or expected support from others does not materialise, are added to the mix of high expectations, the stress becomes too much. Unfortunately, many of them crack, and the road back to high performance is a long one.
They suffer from the same issues, commonly known as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that soldiers suffer when placed in the battlefield and their efforts result in failure, or when people are led to believe they will have a better life and the organisation making the promises does not come through. He also referred to this as the “I got screwed” reaction. He said that studies by the American military have found that pressurization or stress can cause a breakdown of the mind in about one third of battlefield soldiers when it is continuous for four months or longer. Ken also said that the higher the expectations, the more serious the reaction to failure becomes, and that the same type of reaction happens to people from all walks of life when placed in similar high expectation situations.
Ken has worked with many athletes who have had this type of thing happen to them. He said that, in his experience, the usual sports psychology approaches do not work. He said that the approach that he has found to work the best is observation, experience and reflection on the part of the athletes, their trainers and coaches to determine what works best for them. When working with athletes he looks for patterns and applies the things that he has found stand the test of experience. He has found that keeping a clear head, works best in the long run. He also tries to head off unrealistic expectations by being honest with his athletes about what they can truly expect from other people and organisations.
He said that elite athletes can not expect to reach the upper levels of performance if their head is not in the game. Being in perfect physical shape for their chosen sport is only one part of the equation, the mind does the rest.
Ken Karpoff, Training for the Olympics  Vi Hughes 2018-05-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Heather de Kok on May 11, 2018
Time is winding down. There are still tickets available, but we need more scotch enthusiasts.
Calling all Scotch lovers! On May 16 Don Henry, Heather de Kok and Eric Solash invite you to join them at Wine and Beyond on Mullen’s Way for a fabulous evening of fellowship and Scotch. The event is $55 and we will sample 6 varieties as well as have some light snacks. Only 18 spots are available so make sure to hurry and buy your tickets.
The deadline to Register is May 15. 
Look forward to seeing you there
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Posted by Vi Hughes on May 10, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, Senior Medical Director of Primary Health Care for Alberta Health Services. He spoke to us about what drives health care costs, and what we can do about it. He said that Alberta has the second most expensive health system in Canada and that we have built more hospitals than anywhere else in Canada. He showed us statistics from around the world that show that the more you spend on tertiary care such as expensive infrastructure and equipment the worse your health care outcomes become. Areas that have put their funding into primary care and community supports have the best medical outcomes.
He said that the most costly diseases to the health care system are not things like cancer, strokes or heart disease, they are hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, depression, asthma and dyslipidemia (high cholesterol). They are all quite common chronic ailments. He said that about twenty five percent of the population never sees a doctor in a year and that just five percent of the population uses sixty-five percent of our health care resources. Most of these are due to hospitalization. It takes just two weeks in hospital per year to put someone into this five / sixty-five club.
The biggest users of our health care funds are the frail elderly and older people with multiple chronic illnesses. Frail can be defined as being unable to manage their day to day activities (such as shopping, paying bills, banking or filing their own taxes). A big factor that helps to define frail, is a walking speed of less than 0.8 meters per second, or the speed it takes to cross the street in the time of a walk light. This is, oddly enough, a big factor in being able to get out to run errands, socialize and go shopping. Once people have trouble walking fast enough to cross the street safely, they stop going out, become more isolated and slow down even more. He said that in some parts of the US they have increased the timing on their walk lights and have seen a decrease in their health costs as a result.
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Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, What We Can Do About Health Care Costs Vi Hughes 2018-05-10 06:00:00Z 0 ahs,health
Posted by Vi Hughes on May 03, 2018
Last Tuesday we heard from Zion Yua, a work colleague of Dimitri’s at Thurber Engineering. Zion is a young geo-environmental engineer with a passion for helping others. He believes in approaching problems with action first. He said that young people in heir twenties are very time challenged as they are busy with their careers and lives. When they decide to make the commitment to help others they like to be able to really make a difference and learn about other people and places at the same time.
Zion’s commitment to helping others began in High School in Chilliwack, B.C., when he decided to get a group of friends together to help other people in the local community. In 2011, when the Tohoku earthquake struck Japan, he decided that he needed to go and help there. He spent several weeks helping clean up debris in the aftermath and in the process he met people from all over who had just decided to pick up and come on their own to help in some way.
This inspired him once he returned to Canada to get together with a group of friends to find a project that they could all help with. He heard through one of these friends about opportunities to build homes for people in the San Quentin valley of Baja Mexico. Most of the people there are descendants of Ouaxacan migrant workers who came there to work in the vegetable and fruit growing farms of the region.  Their housing conditions are very poor, usually no running water or electricity and their homes are often built using whatever is at hand, such as packing crates, cardboard, sheets, and plastic held together by strapping or rope. They work in the fields and usually make about nine US dollars a day. Unfortunately, other costs such as school uniforms for their children, cost one hundred dollars a year, and the children are not allowed to attend school without them.
These house building projects are done by many different groups. He and his friends decided to partner with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) to help to build homes for two families in 2016 and also in 2017. They would need to fundraise to cover the cost of building materials and other supplies, in addition to personally covering their own travel and accommodation expenses. Since neither he nor his friends knew nothing about building homes, they learned framing and roofing by watching you tube videos. In August of 2016 they travelled to Baja and built two homes. They had to learn by doing, how to use carpenter’s tools such as hammers, tape measures and saws. The homes were very basic, twenty by twenty two foot, wood frame homes, built on a concrete slab, with rolled roofing on top.  They built counters and bunk beds and also provided mattresses, tables and new outhouses. The homes still have no running water or electricity, as these are not available in the neighbourhood they are in.  In addition, they provided school uniforms for the children. In 2017 they returned and built two more homes for two more families.
He said that he and his friends are now looking for another opportunity to help others and are looking at several different projects they might be able to help with. It was inspiring for our group to hear about this small group of friends who have independently taken it upon themselves to make the commitment of time and money to help others.
Zion Yua, House Building Projects in Mexico  Vi Hughes 2018-05-03 06:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Apr 25, 2018
This past Tuesday was new members day and as part of our initiative to try to bring younger members into Rotary, Ellen Weber facilitated a special brainstorming session on leading Rotary with the brain in mind. The workshop was designed to help us come up with some suggestions for new Rotary projects that would inspire others and help ignite change.  As Ellen said, we often assume that millennials and boomers do not have anything in common. Rotary has a reputation for tackling serious problems and maybe it is time to talk together about some of the newer problems now facing the world.
The group divided into six tables of about eight participants each. Each table had some older Rotarians and some younger guests. Each table was then given some time to come up with suggestions for a problem to approach. Then each table discussed various ways that Rotary could approach their particular problem. Finally, each table was asked to use a quiz devised to help each of us discover our areas of interest and strength, based on the eight intelligences of verbal-linguistic, visual-spatial, logical-mathematical, musical, intrapersonal, bodily-kinaesthetic, interpersonal, and naturalistic.  We were then to decide how each of us could use our individual strengths to support our project.
Each table then presented their project to the group as a whole. The suggested projects were wide ranging, from helping young people dealing with mental illness, to improving accessibility of our rotary meetings for younger students or working people, to addressing isolation and loneliness in seniors, to empowering women to be able to make their own decisions by working for abolition of the dower act, to finding ways to improve retirement incomes for the elderly, and finally to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math in aboriginal youth. As part of this whole project we all learned that millennials and boomers do have a lot in common, in their desire to make the world a better place.  Through this workshop, we came up with a lot of ideas for projects which can now be used as a basis for further discussion and translation into action.
Ellen Weber, Igniting Change Vi Hughes 2018-04-25 06:00:00Z 0 Brain
Posted on Apr 20, 2018
Happy International Volunteer Week 2018!
We would like to send our most sincere thanks and gratitude to our volunteers who have lent their time, talents, voice and support to Youth Empowerment and Support Services over this last year. 
In celebration of the International Volunteer Week, from time to time, we come across interesting opportunities and we would like to pass this one on to you for your consideration.   
We have a new association with, they provide discounted pricing on a wide range of local: Events, Attractions, Services and Dining options.
GoAsAGroup collaborates with professional sports teams, entertainment venues and local services. Venues like Edmonton Eskimos, Edmonton Prospects, West Edmonton Mall’s attractions, the Alberta Ballet, Roxy Theatre, Citadel and the Mayfield Dinner Theatre. They also work with local businesses: Golf Courses, Restaurants, Indoor Children's Facilities, Fitness Studios, Escape Rooms and Beauty services to mention a few. GoAsAGroup has no membership cost. You can also invite your friends and family to join and use the service as well. If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact GoAsAGroup directly:
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Apr 18, 2018
This last Tuesday we heard from Gem Munro of the Amarok Society, pictured. The Amorak Society provides educational programs in Bangladesh and Pakistan and is now starting a Canadian project as well.  Gem’s wife Tanis Munro was the recipient of the QE II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 in recognition of her significant contributions and achievements.
Gem said that there are millions of children around the world in families that are too poor to send them to school.  This is especially true in the slums of large cities in places like Bangladesh and Pakistan.  The normal approach of addressing this problem is to build and staff schools, but it has not been successful in these poverty stricken areas.  Many years ago, Gem and Tanis decided to try a different approach. Their idea was to teach mothers first and then have these same mothers go home and teach five children in their home the same lesson they themselves had just learned. The Amarok group closely monitors the progress of the mothers and also that of their their home based schools. In turn, many of these children then go home, of their own volition, and teach their families the same lesson. At the time they were told that this approach did not have much hope of success, as their plans would be interfered with by the slum landlords, the corrupt local police, the traditional muslim men or the local gangs of extremists. After eleven years of setting up schools of mothers in the slums these naysayers have been proven wrong and their approach is proving to be very successful. They have been able to have a big effect on the lives of many women, children and their associated families. In particular, the children have been given a path in life that gives them hope for a better future.
The program starts by teaching the very basics such as how to hold a pencil and moves on from there. They learn to read and write in their own language and then learn English as well, as this is the language of the educated in their country. Each mother then goes home and teaches the lesson to five children from her neighbourhood at a time of day convenient for them.
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Gem Munro, Amarok Society Vi Hughes 2018-04-18 06:00:00Z 0 amarok
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Apr 13, 2018
Happy Easter wishes from the kids of ELEPAP. Greek Orthodox Easter was this past Sunday.
Easter wishes from ELEPAP Dimitri Papanicolas 2018-04-13 06:00:00Z 0 elepap
Posted by Patrick Gibson on Apr 13, 2018


The regular NHL season is over and so the term of the hockey pool has come to an end!

Well, the 1st ever Rotary Hockey Poll for Polio Eradication has come to a close and it was a race right down to the finish!!

Just as a reminder here's the breakdown of how winnings are being allocated:

(Prize Pool is $525) 

40% of accumulated prize pool is paid to the participant with highest overall team score

20% of accumulated prize pool is paid to the participant with the highest performing group of 12 forwards

20%  of accumulated prize pool is paid to the participant with the highest performing group of 8


10%  of accumulated prize pool is paid to the participant with the highest performing group of 3 goalies

10% of accumulated prize pool is paid to online transaction fees.


**Ties in any of the above categories will be split evenly among winners in those categories**

AGLC Raffle Licence 477118     No tax receipts issued for this event.


The highest overall score goes to the team of "Mayor" put together by Robert Balay  

 The highest performing group of forwards goes to the team of "Polio Gone" put together by Hans Granholm 

 The highest performing team of defenceman goes to the team of "Mayor" put together by Robert Balay

 The highest performing team of goalies goes to the team of "WOP" put together by Bernie Giacobbo 

 Winners please contact me so we can arrange payment of your winnings. 


Patrick Gibson

Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona.

AGLC Raffle Licence# 477118

    No tax receipts issued for this event.

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Hockey Pool For Polio Eradication Patrick Gibson 2018-04-13 06:00:00Z 0 hockey,polio,pool
Posted by Vi Hughes on Apr 11, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Alex Campbell, pictured, a Paramedic and Public Education Officer with Alberta Health Services. He spoke to us about the provision of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Alberta and also gave us some basic information about Fentanyl and its impact in our community.
The EMS in our province serves four million Albertans, and their dispatch services handled over half a million calls last year. They also provide a transfer service using fixed wing aircraft for patients from more remote areas and provided critical care and transport for fifty-five hundred patients in this way last year. In addition, the STARS helicopter, which is funded separately by donations, flew another two thousand missions. They have four thousand EMS practitioners and five hundred fifty ambulances in Alberta. Alberta Health Services uses contract providers to deliver services and there are currently about thirty different contractors. These often include local fire services as they are also trained to handle some types of medical emergencies and are often closer to the emergency. In many cases both the EMS and Fire services will co-respond as the firefighters provide a valuable complementary service to the paramedics.
Alberta also has the first stroke ambulance in Canada. It has a CT Scanner on board and all the equipment needed for immediate treatment of a stroke victim. It is run from Edmonton, and will often meet incoming ambulances with stroke victims, pull off to the side of the road, transfer the victim to the stroke ambulance, scan and treat them immediately, then transport them to the hospital.  This gives the patient quicker access to treatment and results in much better outcomes, as every minute counts with stroke victims.
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Alex Campbell, Emergency Medical Services and the Fentanyl Crisis Vi Hughes 2018-04-11 06:00:00Z 0 ahs,ems,fentanyl
Posted by Eric Germain on Apr 11, 2018

J Percy Page Interact receives nomination

Good News!
I received a phone call this morning from Greg Caswell at the Emerald Foundation.
The Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School has been selected the winner of their youth environmental award , the Ron Kruhalk Award, for the province of Alberta.
The award will be presented in Calgary at their annual awards program on June 5, 2018. I don’t think we will be able to attend as it is in Calgary. They want to send out a video production crew  to make a video about our spring cleanup and tree planting project.
The award is also $1,000 , that they would present during the spring cleanup project.
Eric Germain     
emerald interact
Alberta Emerald Award Eric Germain 2018-04-11 06:00:00Z 0 emerald,interact
Posted on Apr 06, 2018


Greetings Rotarian members and younger guests, After a brief introductory session, several of you suggested you'd like to invite people to another  interactive session with the brain in mind. Let's do it! Let's bring together older and younger participants for a special inter-generational brainstorming session on April 24th . Together let's LEAD ROTARY INNOVATION WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND. We'll integrate our ages, survey our intelligences, toss in a dose of the brain's wellbeing chemical and enjoy a growth mindset outcome together! Oh, we'll enjoy lunch too! Expect fun interactions as we design service opportunities for a new era, all while you discover how you are smart. Supported by our club members, energized by you, and facilitated by Ellen Weber. Hope to see you there! 
Ellen Weber (PhD) 
Director - MITA International Brain Based Center
MITA Brain Leaders and learners  blog: 
MITA Brain Based TPT Site  at

We would like to invite you to attend the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona- Special  Lunch Meeting on Tuesday April 24th, 2018.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
We are having a special meeting to plan and lead Rotary innovation with the brain in mind, and to encourage more young people to get involved with our Rotary Club.
We plan to have some round table discussions with our current club members, and some dynamic young people, like yourself, to “Connect The Thoughts”. It will be facilitated by our club member, Ellen Weber PhD. We will look at current life challenges in our community and beyond, and we plan to develop Rotary based solutions, and potential projects and initiatives.
We will be meeting at our regular club location, the German Canadian Cultural Association, 8310 Roper Road, Edmonton, T6E 6E3. The lunch meeting starts at 12:00 noon and will finish at 1:30 PM.
If there are other people you know who would like to attend, please feel free to invite them, just let me know their names.
There is no cost to you. All we ask is for you to RSVP to confirm if you can attend.  I hope you can make it.
Best regards,
Eric Germain
Managing Partner
Suite #103, 9636 51 Avenue
T 780-420-9999 | 1-888-242-6698
April 24th Special Meeting Eric Germain 2018-04-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Apr 04, 2018
On Tuesday we were given an update on what the Interact club a J Percy Page High School has been doing this year. The presentation was made by three members of the current executive, all of whom are now in grade twelve, Chhavi Kausha (President), Gurleen Kaur (Vice President) and Mahmoud Asadi (Treasurer). This Interact club has been sponsored by our Rotary club for the past ten years. Their Strathcona Rotary advisor is Eric Germain and their school teacher advisor is Mrs. Huculak.  They told us that they have about fifty members in their club at present. They do quite a bit of public relations within the school promoting their club activities and it’s fundraisers.
Their club has been very busy with various fundraising and volunteer events throughout the past year. They did a fall clean up of the school grounds for which they received a five hundred dollar donation from the Emerald Society. At Halloween they sponsored a Scary Movie as their first fundraiser, which also included drinks and snacks and raised five hundred dollars for their club. They also made a volunteer trip in the fall to Ronald McDonald house to cook and serve dinner. At Christmas they sold candy cane Candy Grams which raised about three hundred dollars for their club. They made two more trips to volunteer at Ronald McDonald house in January and March and had a really good turnout for both.
For Valentines Day, they sold Roses (which were donated by Heather de Kok of our club) and raised over three hundred dollars for their club. This makes a total of sixteen hundred dollars raised so far for this Interact year. They still have another yard clean up planned for which they expect to earn another five hundred dollars. They also plan to help the school Earth Club plant trees this spring and hope to be able to volunteer at the Mustard Seed some time this spring as well. The groups that they donated their funds raised from the previous year to were Operation Smile, Polio Plus and supporting graduation attendance for a J Percy Page student who cannot afford the expense. The group has yet to decide how the funds raised this year will be used.
Our club supports the Interact group by donating funds for groceries for Ronald McDonald House and this year we also supplied the club members with blue shirts that have their club logo on them. They said that their members enjoy and wear the shirts a lot and they definitely give their club more presence within the school.  Our club is also sponsoring two of their members (Mahmoud and Gurleen) to attend RYLE in early May, and one member (Chhavi) to attend the Rotary Adventures in Citizenship program in Ottawa this spring. They said that they have really appreciated being able to be part of the Rotary community and that it has given them a chance have fun, help others, gain new experiences, learn leadership skills, and have the opportunity to be more involved in their community.
J Percy Page Interact Club 2017/18 Update Vi Hughes 2018-04-04 06:00:00Z 0
Arch Art Show & Sale Audrey Martyn 2018-03-31 06:00:00Z 0 arch
Posted on Mar 30, 2018
I love Easter. It’s a time for eating all the chocolate you can find with complete impunity! Have a delicious Easter.
Happy Easter Hans Granholm 2018-03-30 06:00:00Z 0 Easter
Posted on Mar 26, 2018
A number of volunteer opportunities exists with YESS. The bingo events are listed below. Check also the one day event, YESS 2018 Gala for Youth at THIS LINK.  
Hello,  We are in search of volunteers to help work at a Caesars BINGO  in West Edmonton Mall.   YESS has been selected as one of the charities of choice.  They require at least 2 volunteers at any of the following dates:
Sunday April 1st – Evening Shift
Friday May 25th  - Evening Shift
Saturday September 8th – Afternoon Shift
Thursday October 4th – Evening Shift
Sunday November 25th – Evening Shift
Please let me know if you or anyone you know would be willing to volunteer a shift in support of YESS at the Caesars BINGO hall in West Edmonton Mall.   Thanks you so much.
YESS—Youth Empowerment & Support Services
T 780-468-7070 Ext. 234  |  780-466-1374
YESS volunteer opportunities Hans Granholm 2018-03-26 06:00:00Z 0 yess
Posted by Eric Germain on Mar 23, 2018
Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School Provide The RMH Home For Dinner With An Italian Feast & a Danish Twist
The Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy High School made their third trip of the school year to Ronald McDonald House for the Home For Dinner Program. They served up dinner for 100 people. An Italian feast of meat and vegetarian lasagna’s , dinner buns, veggie platters, potato salad, fruit plates, juice beverages, and a lovely Easter cake.
The large contingent of Interactors did a great job of preparing, serving, and cleaning up the dinner. In addition, they were busy, including they had a tour of RMH, cleaned, and artistically decorated paper lunch bags for the RMH Lunch Program, while meeting the resident families and staff.
The Danish Twist was not the dessert, it was Andreas , our favourite Rotary Exchange student from Denmark. He is currently being hosted by the Downtown Edmonton Rotary Club. He is attending grade 11 at McNally High School, is a Rotary Interact member at Victoria Composite High School, and has been very active in our Rotary District, including being the guest speaker at a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona. Andreas will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Interact Club lunch meeting on Thursday April 19th.
Thanks to our J. Percy Page Teacher Rep, Karen, and newcomer Tuso, the Social Studies teacher who wants to help with the Rotary Interact Club. Also thanks to our great Rotary Drivers, Hans Granholm, Rose Marie Basaraba, Vi Hughes, Dennis Freeman, and Ken Germain.
The Ronald McDonald House residents, out of town families who have sick children receiving major medical care in Edmonton were very grateful, and send a special warm thank you to everyone who helped make this first day of spring special.
Rotary Best Regards,
Eric Germain
JPP Interactors in action at RMH Eric Germain 2018-03-23 06:00:00Z 0 interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 21, 2018
On Tuesday we heard from long time member, Ken Sutley, who gave us a refresher since his last classification talk, given shortly after he joined our club in 1994. Ken’s classification is Chartered Accountant, Consulting.
Ken was born and raised in Edmonton, as the youngest of three children. His family was quite musical and they all played instruments or sang together as a family. Ken also loved to spend time with his father fixing up old cars. He attended Delton Elementary, HA Gray Junior High and Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton. He then went on to get a B. Comm. from the U. of A. in Edmonton. Ken loved bowling and belonged to the bowling club at the U. of A. He articled at Deloitte and wrote the very challenging four day exam to become a Chartered Accountant in 1976. During this time Ken also married and had two children. Ken worked as an accountant for a while but then decided that he would like to be able to teach accounting. He worked for a while at the U of A as a sessional instructor and then looked into going back to school to earn a PhD. He had a choice of several different pathways and Universities. He chose the University of Chicago, as they had a highly respected academic reputation and also because his sister lived just outside of Chicago. In retrospect, he said that this may not have been the wisest choice for him and his family.
In 1982 he and his wife took their two small children and moved to Chicago. Ken had obtained a five year student stipend (in Canadian dollars) that would support them while there, so they went on student visas. This meant that neither he nor his wife were allowed to earn income in the US. Unfortunately, the value of the Canadian dollar dropped every year and it soon turned into some very tough years financially. In addition to this, Chicago was a very tough, violent place to live.  As he soon found out, the working culture at the University of Chicago, was also not the best, with most professors being very unsupportive, and more often than not, outright nasty to most of their students. His only moments of sanity came when his family visited with his sister, or when he sang with a local choir that she had encouraged him to join.  
He received his PhD in 1984 and moved back to Edmonton with his family, just in time for the Klein government cutbacks to nearly everything. He spent five years in a tenure track position at the U of A, but left in 1992 to start his own accounting practice. Ken joined Rotary in 1994 and has held many different positions within our local club and district and still continues to do so. In 2001, Ken and his wife divorced and Ken returned to teaching on contract at the U. of A. His father soon became ill and he spent the next six years caring for his father and then his mother.
In 2006, Ken joined Grant MacEwan, to help them build their accounting program. He taught there until his retirement in 2016. He has never looked back since. Ken now enjoys being able to do the things he loves. He has returned to singing and playing bridge. He belongs to the Cosmopolitan Choral Society and has recently earned a bridge Life Master milestone. He also enjoys travelling and spending time with his two children who are now both married with children of their own. We would like thank Ken for this insight into his life, and also for the many contributions of talent and time that he has made to our club over the years.
Ken Sutley, Classification Refresher Vi Hughes 2018-03-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 21, 2018

This past Tuesday, Tanis Munro, from the Amarok Society gave us a short update and showed a short video on what they have been doing recently. The Amarok Society’s ‘Teach a Mother’ program is based in the slums of Bangladesh and Pakistan. It gives women a basic education for free, on the condition that they then go home and teach five children of both genders what they have learned each day.


This program fills a need for the many families who can not afford to send their children to a traditional school. It also helps to empower women and girls by helping to change gender relations within families and communities. She also said that it gives these children an entirely new path in life, as they will now have access to many educational and occupational opportunities that would otherwise be closed to them.

In closing, Tanis said that she would like to thank our club for our ongoing support for this program.

Tanis Munro, Amarok Society Update Vi Hughes 2018-03-21 06:00:00Z 0 amarok
Posted by Eric Germain on Mar 20, 2018


Sign up HERE


Rotary Interact Club of J. Percy Page High School (JPP) requires transportation by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona members to the following special event:

Tuesday, March 20th. Serving dinner at RMH.

Pick up at JPP at 3:30 pm (1530). Deliver to RMH, Return from RMH at 7:00 pm (1900) to JPP.

Rotarians are welcome to attend the events, or just provide rides. Please advise how many passengers you can take.


     MAP TO JPP                                MAP TO RMH

If you have any technical issues, contact Hans Granholm 780-466-5566

Eric Germain
Event organizer

JPP Interact Drivers Needed, March 20, 2018 Eric Germain 2018-03-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Mar 16, 2018


A new feature on our website and newsletter (e-Strathconian) will be occasional news items from the Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre.
The full bimonthly, Mar-Apr, publication can be seen HERE  
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre - News Hans Granholm 2018-03-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 14, 2018
This past Tuesday, we heard from Laura Young, pictured, a Fund Development and Event Co-ordinator for the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta (PAA). Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive, neurodegenerative disease. It is associated with the loss of Dopamine transmitting neurons in the brain and can affect both motor and non-motor functions. Once symptoms appear, greater than eighty percent of these neurons have been lost. Symptoms can include tremor in hands and legs at rest, difficulty moving, stiffness and pain, difficulty talking, loss of sleep, loss of senses of smell and taste, depression, bladder control issues, constipation, hallucinations and paranoia. The average age of onset is fifty-eight years of age. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimers. The incidence of this disease is the same worldwide and affects people from all walks of life. There is no known cause or cure. The many treatments currently in use control symptoms or slow the progression of the disease. There are currently about ten thousand people in Alberta living with Parkinson’s disease. The cost to the health systems in Alberta is about one thousand dollars per month per patient.
The association provides services in seven districts in Alberta, Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, and Red Deer. The Edmonton office and support services are located in the Buchanan Center. They currently help about one thousand clients in the Edmonton area. They provide many different services and programs designed to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for both clients and caregivers. They provide a help line, counselling services, sponsor twelve support groups on the Edmonton area, and also provide services in the areas of the arts, education, physical activities and social activities.  They also sponsor a yearly conference, with educational speakers. The conference this year will be held on 26 of May at the Central Edmonton Lions Seniors Center. They also provide funding for several local Parkinson’s research programs based in Alberta. These include Dr. Patrick Flood, researching the role of inflammation in PD, Dr. Janis Miyasaki, Advanced Care Planning and Dr. Nils Daniel Forkert, Medical Imaging Analysis.
The association does not have a consistent source of government funding, so it relies on many different public fundraising ventures. They raise about sixty percent of their funding each year from fundraising. These currently include Petals for Parkinson’s, Step’n Stride, Circle of Help and Champions of Hope. Last year the Step’n Stride fundraiser in Edmonton alone had over six hundred participants, who raised over one hundred fifty thousand dollars for the PAA. They are always looking for other sources of funding, and any and all donations are welcome.
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Laura Young, Parkinson Association of Alberta Vi Hughes 2018-03-14 06:00:00Z 0 parkinson
On Thursday March 1, President Vince assisted by Hans Pilz, presented a cheque for $2,500 to support programs at the Jewish Senior Centre.  
The Jewish Seniors Drop In Centre is committed to engaging its members and keeping them involved in life. Not only do we provide a variety of presentations at the centre, we arrange out trips to locations such as Elk Island Park to hear a lecture at the only dark sky location around Edmonton. We also arranged a trip to Luminaria at the Devonian Gardens, a trip to a murder mystery, an opera evening and many others. To get participants to an event we have to hire a bus and a bus is not cheap.
In fact transportation is the largest expense we have at the club.
So, when we were kindly given a donation of $2,500.00 by Edmonton Strathcona Rotary we were so pleased as we knew that Rotarians "got it": keeping seniors connected is important. Not only does it enrich lives but it also helps lessen feelings of loneliness and helplessness.
Thank you to our friends at Rotary
Hans Pilz, Board Member
Jewish Senior Centre News Hans Pilz 2018-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 08, 2018
On Tuesday we heard a presentation from Megah Tornwe and Roanne Varden on the Working Warriors program. This program is a collaboration between the Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools and the Bent Arrow Healing Society in Edmonton. It was conceived a few years ago as a way to help young people, ages twelve to seventeen, transition from correctional services back into society, to become employed or further their education, and become contributing, productive citizens with crime free lifestyles. The program came about because Edmonton Police Services surveys had noted that a large number of offences are often committed by a small number of offenders. They reasoned that if they could especially help young offenders in this category, that they would be able to give these young people a much better life and reduce crime and its associated costs at the same time. For several years now, the police service has identified the top fifty young offenders (Y-50) and have tried various intervention approaches.
The Working Warriors program was begun in conjunction with the Bent Arrow Healing Society in 2016 as a pilot project and received one point six million in funding from Service Canada to provide services to fifty-four youth over a period of two years. The youth who are referred to take part in the program come from very diverse backgrounds, with many confounding risk factors, usually starting in early childhood, so the support services provided are very wide ranging. They are a mix of young people who are in custody, on probation, or sometimes neither. Assessments are done and continually updated so that the program is tailored for each participant, to provide the services that they require and also those they have an interest in. These may include housing assistance, addictions counselling, conflict resolution training, life skills training, work ethics training, resume writing, educational courses (provided by Edmonton Public Schools), and specific job-related training and employment opportunities. The program also covers wages at minimum wage for up to three months for employers willing to provide work experience.  They also provide support to keep the young people on track and intervene as needed to give them every chance to succeed.
The program is completely voluntary on the part of the participants. Candidates are recommended for the program by a Y-50 constable and undergo a needs assessment, including CASEY Life Skills testing . There is a two- week probationary period to ensure participants are committed to taking part. A three-month period then follows where the participants attend training in the program for two days a week and either attend school or take part in work experience for three days a week. The program is designed to last for up to one year for each participant with follow up for longer in some cases. The measure of success is either full time hired employment or schooling combined with a crime free lifestyle. As of February this year, one year from inception, they have provided services for seventy youth with a success rate of over sixty five percent.  They concluded their presentation with a quote from Churchill, saying ‘The definition of success, is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm’. Their goal is to give these young people the skills and also the will they need to succeed in life.
Megah Tornwe and Roanne Varden, Working Warriors Program Vi Hughes 2018-03-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 01, 2018
This past Tuesday, we heard from Diana Bacon, who provides advice and training to boards and executive groups of many kinds on proper meeting procedures and tools to help make their meetings more productive.
She talked about Steven Covey’s seven habits of effective people and how they can be applied in practise. In particular, she mentioned two habits, ‘begin with the end in mind’, and ‘find your voice and inspire others to find theirs’. She emphasised that it is important not to be afraid to speak up and let other know your concerns. She said that some of the most helpful things to have in place to improve your meetings are a set of current bylaws and a written set of meeting rules (usually including the use of Robert’s Rules of Order) that establish a meeting structure and expectations (orders of the day) to be followed at each meeting. These orders of the day can also be part of the bylaws. She also stated the meeting agendas and reports to be discussed should be sent out in advance. She supplied a sheet of commonly used motions, which included what, why, when and how to word a motion properly.
She gave many different examples of problems that can arise during a meeting and had some very good suggestions on how to deal with these. One of these suggestions was to set discussion time limits prior to a motion, in order to allow everyone wishing to speak a chance to do so. She said that the chair of the meeting has a lot of power to keep the meeting under control, but should also act as a mentor for members who may not be fully conversant with proper meeting procedures. In closing, she said we should ask ourselves, how do we intend to improve the meetings that we attend.
Diana Bacon, Governance Optimizer Vi Hughes 2018-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Mar 01, 2018

On Tuesday Feb 20, we heard from Maxine Hetherington, whose classification is Family Physician. Maxine grew up in a family of five children in rural Alberta. Her family then moved to Ontario, where they lived in Sudbury and also Ottawa. She initially studied nursing, but decided that it was not for her, as she was more interested in Science, so she went on to take a BSc. in Physiology and then earned a MSc. in Experimental Medicine. During this time she married, became a mother of two children and then a single mother. She subsequently went on to study Medicine and in 1998, she completed her residency in Family Medicine in Alberta.

She then took a rural locum position, where she did clinical, hospital and emergency work. She said that it was a steep learning curve at first. She loved rural medicine and stayed on practising rural medicine in Leduc County for over seventeen years. During this time, she was living in Edmonton and commuting out to Leduc each day. In August of last year, she decided to move her practice closer to home, so she joined a practise based in the city of Edmonton.

She enjoys cycling and has cycled in many places around the world. She also enjoys playing golf, but emphasised that she does not keep score. She was prompted to join rotary in an effort to become more connected to the city, and things that are happening in Edmonton. We would like to welcome her to our rotary club and look forward to getting to know her better.

Maxine Hetherington, Classification Talk, Corrected Vi Hughes 2018-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2018
On Tuesday Feb 20 we had representatives from Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues speaking to us on the occasion of their 100th anniveersary.
Edmonton Community Leagues Hans Granholm 2018-02-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on Feb 16, 2018
At Cape Town International Airport we had a make-up. 
Solved SA’s 🇿🇦political situation- Zuma is out. 
Now off to Zambia 🇿🇲 to see if we can be of assistance. 🤪
Service above self in South Africa Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2018-02-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Feb 14, 2018

On Tuesday this week, we heard from Maxine Hetherington, whose classification is Family Physician. Maxine grew up in a family of five children in rural Alberta. Her family then moved to Ontario, where they lived in Sudbury and also Ottawa. She initially studied nursing, but decided that it was not for her, she was more interested in Science, so she went on to study Physiology and eventually gained her PhD in Science. During this time she married, became a mother of two children and then a single mother. She subsequently went on to study Medicine and in 1998, she completed her residency as a Family Physician in Alberta.

She then took a rural locum position, where she did clinical, hospital and emergency work. She said that it was a steep learning curve at first. She loved rural medicine and stayed on practising rural medicine in Leduc County for over seventeen years. During this time, she was living in Edmonton and commuting out to Leduc each day. Recently she decided to move her practice closer to home, so she joined a practise that deals with what she refers to as ‘city diseases’, in Edmonton.

She enjoys cycling, and has cycled in many places around the world. She also enjoys playing golf, but emphasised that she does not keep score. She was prompted to join Rotary in an effort to become more connected to the city, and things that are happening in Edmonton. We would like to welcome her to our Rotary club and look forward to getting to know her better.

Maxine Hetherington, Classification Talk Vi Hughes 2018-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Germain on Feb 09, 2018
The Rotary Interact Club at J. Percy Page High School has had good school year, and is looking forward to more good meetings and upcoming events in the New Year.
They had good fundraising events at Halloween and Christmas. Their next fundraiser is the Valentine Rose Sale. Roses generously donated by Heather de Kok.
They had two visits to Ronald McDonald House for the Meals that Mend Program, providing the groceries and preparing and serving supper for 100 very grateful people. They have one more trip planned in March to RMH.
The Rotary Interact Club members organized a fall outdoor cleanup of their school grounds and the Millwoods Park. It earned them an Emerald Environmental Award. They plan to have another enviro- project in the spring.
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Rotary Interact Club- Update Eric Germain 2018-02-09 07:00:00Z 0 interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Feb 07, 2018
This past Tuesday we were given the honour of hearing from a very distinguished speaker, Lewis Cardinal (pictured).  Lewis spoke to us about the dialogue that will be needed to bring about the changes that will be needed for Canada to truly become a treaty nation.  He started by explaining how the name of our country came about. The indigenous peoples who lived here referred to their land as Kanatan, which means ‘a clean, sacred and pure place’. Dropping the ‘n’ from the name, to Kanata, the name in use today, converts the word from a noun into a verb, with the meaning ‘to make a clean, sacred and pure place’. This name is prescient, in that it also describes the process we are still going through in learning to live in harmony with each other. It also gives us a responsibility to keep ourselves in balance, so that we can live in a clean and pure place.
Lewis Cardinal, A Promise of Canada: Becoming a Treaty Nation Vi Hughes 2018-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vince Campbell on Feb 02, 2018

Meals on Wheels Casino

Meals on Wheels and myself would really appreciate any help we can get at our next casino on February 24 and 25. This casino location is at West Edmonton Mall in The Palace Casino which has been renovated this past year. Might be nice to see it.
Positions left as of today are:
One Cashier for Saturday from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm (early shift)
One Countroom for Sunday from 11:00 pm to 3:30 am
Please call Vince at 780 239 3199 or email me at to sign up for this event.
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Jan 31, 2018
On Tuesday this week we heard from Brittany Beatty, from Operation Eyesight. Operation Eyesight was founded in Calgary, some thirty-five years ago. She talked to us about some of the initiatives they have with their partner hospitals in India. She said that losing one’s eyesight is especially harmful for the very young, the very old and the very poor. The provision of eyeglasses, or performance of a simple surgery for cataracts, at a nominal cost of around fifty dollars, can be life altering for these people. It also has an effect on other family members, as many times, girls or women are forced to stay home from work or school to look after someone who has lost their sight. Eyesight problems are more prevalent in poor countries for several reasons. Lack of knowledge about the treatments for eye conditions, combined with harmful cultural practices such as using salt in the eyes as a treatment, can result in almost two and half percent of the population suffering from some type of blindness in some countries. This makes it a major health issue.
Over the years Operation Eyesight has established over one hundred vision centers in India. They work in conjunction with government and local hospitals, many of which are non-profit, to educate and screen people and deliver needed eye care. In the past year they screened more than three million people in India.  They do this through training local volunteers, who then go door to door in small villages, to screen and educate the local people, and to offer transport and access to treatment when needed. They also help by providing equipment and training for staff and volunteers. They work on a cost recovery basis and ask people receiving their services to pay a small fee.
They are very proud of the fact that in 2017, they received a Sustainable Development Goals Award from the United Nations, in recognition of the fact that they met seven of the seventeen goals that they have established. They have helped to reduce poverty, promote good health and well being, provide quality education, ensure gender equality, provide clean water and sanitation, ensure reduced inequalities and created partnerships to fulfil their goals.  Recently they have not been able to qualify for matching grants from the federal government as their goals do not align with the current government’s new focus on supporting charities that are more focused on women.  They can use our support, now more than ever.
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Brittany Beatty, Operation Eyesight Vi Hughes 2018-01-31 07:00:00Z 0 operation eyesight
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 26, 2018
We can now accept credit cards AND debit cards as payment for the day's luncheon. We also accept payment for membership dues and purchase of book of lunch tickets.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express and Interac debit.
Since the transaction charge for debit cards (Interac) is only 10 cents compared with 2.65% per credit card transaction, we strongly encourage you to use your debit card.
Please be patient with us as we are learning as we go.
Feedback and questions are welcome.
Hans Granholm
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Debit and credit card at the door Hans Granholm 2018-01-26 07:00:00Z 0 credit card,payment,square
Posted by Ellen Weber on Jan 24, 2018
Tom Duke LLp at Miltom Management - January 23rd presentation, Marijuana in the Workplace, provided a brief history and suggested strategies to manage medicinal and recreational marijuana use.
Medical Marijuana, first legalized in 2001 will become legal for recreational use in the summer of 2018. Marijuana’s dozens of strains and many potency levels raise challenges for accurate impairment tests. The result? We can expect far greater potency which can be detected in bloodstreams for days or weeks after ingestion.
Current tests indicate ingestion within 4-6 hours, yet do not account for strain & potency, environmental surroundings, frequency of use, or method of consumption. New tests also face challenges based on privacy and on questions about impairment levels, so that employers can ensure workers are not impaired at work. Questions arouse related to employees’ safe setting along with medical marijuana protection. Since employees are not permitted to be impaired at work, will anti-smoking laws apply to marijuana as they apply currently to regular cigarettes?
Tom detailed specific cases to show how legal use of marijuana may be treated in a similar manner to rules for alcohol consumption. He suggested that use of medical marijuana to treat medical conditions must be treated in a similar manner to other prescription drugs that can cause impairment. Tom engaged questions from Rotarians related to how employer and employee report use or abuse of medically prescribed marijuana, lawyer interventions, and concerns about recreational marijuana at work. He discussed how one avoids decisions based on stigma around marijuana or on assumptions about the use of marijuana and its impact on employees’ ability to do their jobs. Through shared cases and Tom’s gracious interactions with thoughtful Rotarian comments brought to the discussion, we left with more understanding of the issue as well as further articulated questions to investigate in future.
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Marijuana in the Workplace Ellen Weber 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0 marijuana
Posted on Jan 19, 2018
Dear President Vince,

Greeting from South Africa.

It gives us all a warm feeling when I write and advise you that we received your magnificent donation of R 22955.00. (approx. CN$2,400.00)

The work your club has put into raising these funds is so much appreciated, the money will bring so much joy to the New Hope School staff and pupils.

Thank you so much and best regards to you and your members

David Avery
Treasurer Rotary Club of Pretoria
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Thank You note from Rotary Club of Pretoria, SA Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2018-01-19 07:00:00Z 0 new hope
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jan 17, 2018
This past Tuesday we heard from Joe Goebels, a rotarian based in Alberta, who has spent many years in Peru, and Abigail Jiminez Acevedo, a math professor from Chincha Baja, Peru. Joe is a retired adult educator who now spends a large part of his time working with the Friends Forever NGO based in Peru and also with Rainbow of Hope for Children, based in Wainright, Alberta. Joe has been going back and forth to Peru for seven years now, helping them with many different projects. He helps to raise funds from Rotary groups in Alberta, and then also helps to organise the various projects in Chincha Baja, Peru.
Chinch Baja is comprised of fifty-seven rural communities, most of whose people work as farmers or laborers for farmers.  One project involved helping the people in Chincha Baja recover from a deadly earthquake in 2007, that destroyed many homes and public buildings. Rotarians helped to supply a large container of clothing. We also supplied building materials and expertise to teach the local people how to build wooden structures that would provide shelter and also could be expanded in future. This project also included temporary classrooms.
His largest project has been to build a school for adult education in Chincha Baja, that would provide four years of high school education and also provide technical skills training in six different areas. They are proud to announce the first sixteen graduates from their high school finished this year. This school is a new concept for the area because it provides both a high school diploma and a technical certification upon graduation and is soon to become a model for adult education in other parts of Peru.
Joe’s most recent project was to provide medical care for a young girl who was crippled, by raising the funds and organising her treatment. Joe let us know that he makes sure the recipients of our generosity, understand that this is money we have worked to acquire and have given freely to help them. Joe says that he feels it is important to stay in touch with the Rotary groups that have supported his projects to let them know what their funds have been used for. In closing, he thanked us for the many contributions we have made towards projects in Chincha Baja and hopes that we will continue to do so in the future.
Joe Goebels, Rotary in Peru Update Vi Hughes 2018-01-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Attention all Rotarians and guests.
It’s my pleasure to be officially launching this season’s End Polio Now campaign with the Edmonton Oil Kings.  

Last year we raised more money to End Polio through Oil Kings tickets than ever before, and Tim Schilds and I have set a goal to beat that number this season.  In fact, Tim wants to hit 1,000 Rotary tickets sold for the 4:00 PM game Sunday, February 25th vs the Swift Current Broncos, which would be a phenomenal accomplishment (and I’d owe him a steak dinner!)

This season we have added a fun social aspect to the event – starting at 3 PM sharp, the North Mezzanine Club will be open exclusively for Rotarians to mix and mingle and get to know one another.  There will also be in-game recognition for the Rotary Clubs in attendance, as well as a cheque presentation celebrating the money raised!

This season, Rotary tickets are $29, with $11 from each ticket sold donated to end the fight against Polio around the world.  Rotarians will be able to purchase tickets by contacting me, purchasing from Tim, or purchasing online via the link below:
Hold CTRL and click the link above and it will take you directly to the correct location.  The promo code is ENDPOLIO

The link above won’t allow purchasers to buy more than 8 tickets at a time, and it works best on desktop or laptop computers (Smartphones and tablets don’t work so well).  If you’re having trouble with the link, or for larger orders please contact me directly via email, or 780-409-2494

Tickets are available starting now, so order soon.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Yours in hockey, 

Jason Adams.
Jason Adams | Nonprofit Account Executive, Group Sales
Edmonton Oil Kings Hockey Club
300-10214 104 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5J 0H6
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Oil Kings and Polio Plus Vince Campbell 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0 oil kings,polio
Posted by Audrey Martyn on Jan 10, 2018

Audrey Martyn is extending an invitation to form a table at the inaugural Eye Ball Gala in support of Transformative Ophthalmic Patient Care at the Royal Alexandra Hospital

You can open the full brochure HERE

Tickets are $250

For details contact Audrey at; 780 722-4262

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Eye Ball Gala Audrey Martyn 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0 eye ball
Happy New Year from ELEPAP in Greece Dimitri Papanicolas 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0 elepap
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jan 04, 2018

Patrick Gibson presented two members with Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowships, Augie Annicchiarico, for PHF+7, and Audrey Martin, for her first Fellowship.


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Rotary Foundation Presentation Vi Hughes 2018-01-04 07:00:00Z 0 Audrey,Augie,PHF
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jan 04, 2018
This past Tuesday we were given a very interesting talk by one of our long time members, Eric Solash. He used a series of six stories from his past as illustration. Before the second world war, his father, and co-workers, who were lawyers whose firm helped out the International and Longshore and Warehouse Union in New York City, decided that they wanted to enlist in the Army. His father did not want to be stuck stateside, so he did not tell them he was a lawyer. After the war ended he decided not to go back to practicing law and joined his family in their umbrella sales business, that was doing very well , as a  traveling salesman. He worked all up and down the north-eastern US, from Chicago and New York, to Nashville and Richmond. One of his customers, Levine Department Stores, offered him a better job as a store manager, which he accepted, and was sent to the southwestern US, from Santa Fe, to Austin, to Waco, Odessa and finally on to Albuquerque.  
As a result. Eric, a little ‘Yeshiva Bucher’, from New York, grew up all over the southern US, and finished his schooling in Albuquerque in 1961. It was again a time of military draft, and one of his three best friends unluckily had a low draft number, so he was drafted right away into the Army. Two others, who actually wanted to enlist, joined the Marine Corps, shortly afterwards. Eric decided to take his parents advice to continue his education and enrolled in the University of New Mexico with an educational deferment. The only problem was that he majored in partying and minored in drinking, so that soon his only remaining option was the military. He looked at his choices, and decided that since there were no fox holes in the ocean, he would enlist in the Navy. They tested all their recruits in boot camp and then gave them three choices of occupation, Eric’s three were all the same, Electronics Technician. Out of a class of one hundred fifty, at the end of his thirty-eight week RADAR training, seventy-eight graduated. The deviousness of the Navy became apparent when they offered Eric, and the other the top four students in his class, a placement in Adak, Alaska, on almost the last island in the Aleutian chain. They then gave them an option to sign up for another two years of service, and be sent for advanced computer and electronics training in Dam Neck Virginia. Of course, they all took the option. Unfortunately, they soon learned that the training only pertained to nuclear submarines, so guess where they ended up serving? So, he had joined to navy to see the world, and everything he got to see was through a periscope. His underwater tours ranged from sixty-two the seventy-eight days, where he worked in the navigation section. They performed regular trial launches of nuclear missiles, which were so realistic they only knew it was a trial when the ship did not lurch as the missile fired.
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Eric Solash, Classification Refresher Vi Hughes 2018-01-04 07:00:00Z 0 solash
Posted by Vi Hughes on Dec 27, 2017
On Tuesday we were given the pleasure of hearing from Dimitri Papanicolas, the fascinating story of how his Albanian Greek family ended up in the Belgian Congo, and of their many trials and successes there. His father was born to a Greek family in a small village in Albania, just over the border from Greece.  In 1936, at the age of nineteen, with a grade two education, he immigrated to the Belgian Congo as an indentured worker/employee . This meant he had to work to repay his cost of passage, before being freed to work on his own   Within a few years he was joined by his brother and together ventured in running a grocery back in the jungle. The business started to prosper and his father  returned to Greece in 1949 to look for a wife. There he met and married Dimitri’s mother. They returned to the Belgian Congo where as a wedding gift a concrete floor was placed to the dirt floor of their first home.  Dimitri was born in 1951, in the southern province of the Belgian Congo. His father and his uncle prospered in their grocery business and started buying corn, manioc, peanuts, honey, and packaging them for sale. They opened several more groceries in the bush to expand their purchasing power from the locals. In 1956, his family moved to Elisabethville (now Lubumbashi) for Dimitri to start school and to operate the flour mill and packaging facility that the Papanicolas brothers had built. The ex-Belgian Congo went though several coups and civil wars, during the 1960’s and Dimitri remembers well seeing dead bodies and people being hacked up in the streets during these uprisings. In December of 1960 he was evacuated to N’Dola in Zambia, and it was several months before he could return home to the southern Congo.
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Dimitri Papanicolas, From the Belgian Congo to Canada Vi Hughes 2017-12-27 07:00:00Z 0 dimitri
Posted by Hans Granholm on Dec 27, 2017


The next issue of the e-Strathconian will be published January 5, 2018.
Happy New Year, and may 2018 bring you health, happiness and time to enjoy it all.
e-Strathconian  next issue... Hans Granholm 2017-12-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on Dec 21, 2017
Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona gives out six $1,000 scholarships to students who are all-round achievers; has shown leadership qualities by being involved in the life of the school; and provided service in the community while overcoming significant challenges. 
These funds are raised by our club members who place a high value on education. 
This year it was a difficult choice between two exceptional students at JH Picard High School.
With the assistance of Ms. Colleen Dunkley (School Counsel​l​or), we decided to give each student $500. 
I was proud to ​make the presentation to Neressa Wimberly and Adrien Ulliac on behalf of our Club on November 28, 2017 at their Awards Ceremony.
Scholarship presentation Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2017-12-21 07:00:00Z 0 scholarship
Posted by Vi Hughes on Dec 20, 2017

On Tuesday, December 19, Carol Devereaux gave a brief introduction to the Paul Harris Society and the Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Award Society membership is presented to Rotarians and others who make a commitment to donate one thousand dollars or more to the Rotary Foundation annually. She presented two of our members, Ken Germain and Campbell Chow (not present in person) with the Paul Harris Society membership, as the newest members from our club of the Paul Harris Society.

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Carol Devereaux, Paul Harris Society Presentation Vi Hughes 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0 germain,ken,phs
Posted on Dec 19, 2017
The General Assembly, held Tuesday. December 19th, 2017 elected the following Club Officers for the Rotary Year 2018-2019 .
President:                           Vince Campbell
President Elect                   Donna Hutton
Past President                    Dimitri Papanicolas
President Nominee             Jim Peddie
Secretary                             Audrey Martyn
Treasurer                             Graham Gilchrist
Committee Directors include Ken Sutley,  Gene Sekora, Patrick Gibson, Loida Lumanlan, Carin Jansen van Vuuren and Nicolle Germain.
Ken Sutley will be reviewing Club By-Laws with the District, which may affect the slate of Directors.
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Posted by Patrick Gibson on Dec 15, 2017
The photos depict the dedication and opening of a new footbridge in Rwanda, the bridge was built by Bridges to Prosperity, the construction of the $180,000 bridge was supported by many Rotary clubs including a $5,000 US donation from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona and another matching $5,000 US from District 5370. 
Publ. You may recall Bridges of Prosperity  was the Kerr's charity of choice after hosting the Hawaiian Feast last year. The $5,000 was a rounded up number of dollars raised at that wonderful event.
Bridges to Prosperity UPDATE Patrick Gibson 2017-12-15 07:00:00Z 0 bridges
Posted by Vi Hughes on Dec 13, 2017
On Tuesday, December 12th, Eric Germain and Past President Dimitri Papanicolas inducted two new members to our club. Maxine Hetherington, Physician, Family Medicine, sponsored by Ken Sutley, and Bill Sinclair, Engineering, Technician, sponsored by Dmitri Papanicolas. We look forward to getting to know them better and would like to extend a hearty welcome to them both.
Bill Sinclair                            Maxine Hetherington
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New Member Induction Vi Hughes 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0 hetherington,sinclair
Posted by Vi Hughes on Dec 13, 2017
This past Tuesday we served as an audience for a practice presentation given by three students from the Faculty of Business at the U. of A. These students will be competing as part of a team in the Not-For-Profit strategy section of the business student competition known as JDC (Jeux du Commerce) West. It began as a way for students of Business Administration to meet and compete against students from other business schools across Canada.
Each team is given a case study with about ten pages of information, and will have three hours to prepare a professional presentation which would be presentable to stakeholders that would hopefully be funding the not-for profit proposal.  They are not allowed to make use of any outside resources during the three hours they are given to prepare. Each team has been preparing and giving presentations every week for the past twelve weeks.
The team of Kevin, Alycia and Sarah, who gave the presentation to us, have been coached by Conor Pilz.  The team is judged by a panel of coaches and peers in the competition and they were happy to have an opportunity to present in front of an outside audience.  The presentation they gave was handled in the same way as it would be for competition, in that they were given the case study only three hours prior to presentation and had no access to outside resources during that time. They gave us a very professional presentation using powerpoint slides, with each of the three team members making separate parts of the presentation. The case study was for a not-for-profit organisation to provide clean water for a region in Africa. They did an admirable job of breaking down the presentation to cover all of the major areas that would be of concern to prospective stakeholders. Identify the problem and related issues, present an analysis of the core issues, make strategic recommendations, present a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis and present a plan for implementation including costs and resources that would be needed.
They presented their proposal for a clean water initiative in a very clear and organised fashion, and included a surprising amount of detail, considering the time restraint on preparation. They were all very adept at public speaking and did an admirable job, both individually and as a group. I am sure that everyone present was impressed by their ability to make such a complex presentation ‘on the fly’. We wish them well and look forward to hearing how they do in the competition to be held in Calgary in January.
U of A Business Student Presentation Vi Hughes 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Germain on Dec 08, 2017
CLICK HERE to open the photo album and slide show.

The stockings were hung by the chimney in care at the Edmonton Golf and Country Club December 5th    , as our Rotary Club celebrated the Christmas Season with our annual dinner and gala. This is always a classy affair, and a lovely venue for our Christmas party with excellent food, drink and service , with it’s nice  Christmas ambience. We had a youth choir singing Christmas carols in the background during our cocktail hour.


The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Rick Harcourt. He did an admirable job keeping the evening running smoothly, and added some party games to see what table got to go the buffet line first, second, etc. He added some good humour to the evening. One of his best jokes was, “What is worse than Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer with a runny nose? Frosty the Snowman having a hot flash!” He did mix things up by having Ron Dobbin say his eloquent , and surprisingly short grace after dinner.


Stephan Jansen van Vuuren, our Sargent at Arms, also mixed things up, by recognizing a number of Rotarians in the room for their positive contributions to our club over the years. These included Audrey Martin, Dianna Parker, Eric Solash, Hans Granholm, and Betty Germain. He presented them each with a jumbo chocolate toonie coin.


Our Christmas charity of choice was the same as last year, the Shoebox gift program, to provide a box full of toiletries and other items for ladies in women’s shelters in the Edmonton metro region and beyond. The Shoebox lady was at our dinner and spoke about how their program has grown over the last few years, and how excited she was to see all of the Christmas boxes they were receiving from our Rotary Club at the end of the evening. Positively  impacting people’s lives locally and internationally on a daily basis is what Rotarians do best.


Ken Sutley rounded up a Christmas choir spontaneously at the end of the evening to lead the room in singing some classic Christmas carols and to get in the festive spirit.

And as the Rotarians and guests headed home it was heard from above, Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

Christmas Party captured Eric Germain 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2017
This is a reminder to the people who were scheduled to either Door Duty or Setup & Greeter for the December date Dec 26.
December 26 we have no noon meeting and obviously we do not require anyone there.
December Door Duty Roster. Hans Granholm 2017-12-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2017
We look forward to see you all on Tuesday evening.
Please join us for the annual Christmas Party of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona on Tuesday December 5, 2017.

It will be held once again at the Edmonton Golf and Country Club. This is an event not to be missed.
We are doing the Shoebox project again this year. We will explain in more details later, but starting Tuesday November 7th, we will have the appropriate box available for you to pick up at our meeting. The cost is $2.25 per box.
Open this Link  to see more details about the Shoebox Project.
Bring your significant other, family and friends, your singing voices and Christmas Spirit and enjoy a relaxed evening among Rotary friends.
Dress: Professional Dress – no denim allowed in the Club    
Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7p.m.. Please register as soon as possible.        
Registration deadline¨December 2nd, payable in advance to Rose Marie or Graham or on-line 
Need technical assistance? Contact Hans Granholm, 780-466-5566
Wanna see how much fun you can have? watch the photo album and slide show  from last year.
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Christmas Party, 2017 Hans Granholm 2017-12-01 07:00:00Z 0 christmas,party
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 29, 2017

Rotary Youth Exchange

This past Tuesday we heard from Andreas Lybecker Larsen, a Rotary Exchange student from Copenhagen, Denmark. Andreas is one of four Rotary exchange students in the Edmonton area and one of thirteen in our Rotary District. He is being hosted by the Edmonton Downtown Rotary club. Andreas is sixteen years old and is currently attending grade ten at McNally High School. He is also keeping very busy with many different Rotary related activities. He regularly attends the Edmonton Downtown club meetings and the Victoria School of Fine Arts Interact club meetings.  He arrived in Edmonton in mid August and will be living with four different Rotary host families over the course of his exchange year.
He has had the chance to travel, see and do many different things in his past few months in Alberta and told us about some of them. He gave am interesting presentation complemented by many pictures of the places and things he has done so far, and people he has met.  His first truly Canadian experience was the trip here with Air Canada. His flight from Copenhagen to San Francisco, and overnite stay there went smoothly, but getting from there to Edmonton required him to spend many long hours in airports waiting for multiple delayed flights, resulting in having to rebook missed connections three times, and then was capped off with a long delay at Customs in Calgary. He feels that he is now a pro at dealing with Air Canada booking agents.
His has spent time with his host family at their lake lot and has also been on trips to Banff and Lake Louise to go skiing and snowboarding, attended an Eskimos Football game, an Oilers Hockey game, several concerts, experienced West Ed Mall Galaxyland, and done lots of walking around Edmonton. He even got to try out playing hockey. His school life has been busy as he is playing school volleyball whenever he can.  He also has made many visits to Tim Hortons, and says he has bought something there forty two times already this year.
With the Rotary exchange students group he has been to the District Conference in Ft McMurray, a high light of which was a helicopter ride over the oil sands. The group also went canoeing down the North Saskatchewan river near Edmonton, where he quickly found out it was not possible to paddle upstream.  He and his canoe partner had to climb out into the rocks and water to carry their canoe upstream.   The exchange student group also helped to package food for Rise Against Hunger, helped out with building homes for Habitat for Humanity and worked at the Edmonton Food Bank.
His goal for this exchange was to experience as many new things as possible. He has already surpassed his bucket list, and is looking forward to many more new adventures and opportunities.
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Andreas Larsen, Rotary Exchange Experiences Vi Hughes 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0 andreas,exchange,youth
Posted by Eric Germain on Nov 24, 2017
That was a great day at Ronald McDonald House on Wednesday November 15!
We made a lovely lasagna dinner for 100 people. Many of the RMH residents young and old, enjoyed our dinner and good company. Thanks to all of our Interact Club members who came out, and our Rotary Club drivers who provided the rides from Percy Page to RMH. We received many compliments from the guests and staff at RMH for providing their “Home For Dinner” meal this evening. Myself and Carin had a nice conversation with a Mom and her 2 year old son ( who liked Carin very much!) from Drayton Valley, who are taking their 6 week baby girl/sister home tomorrow after a medical procedure to help the baby survive. It makes our problems and challenges in life considerably smaller. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
J Percy Page Interactors Eric Germain 2017-11-24 07:00:00Z 0 interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 22, 2017

Brains are us!

On Tuesday we were treated to a very interesting talk by our newest member Ellen Weber. Ellen‘s classification is Brain Research, and she is a past member of Rotary in Rochester, New York. Ellen grew up in Nova Scotia and was left to fend for herself at the young age of fourteen. She somehow managed to survive multiple family tragedies and went on to complete her schooling and then onwards to completion of University graduate studies, through high achievement and scholarships obtained by sheer determination, hard work and her personal faith. She went on to have a long and fulfilling career in the study of how the human brain learns by using multiple forms of intelligence. She has one daughter, whose family lives in the Edmonton area. She has taught at several different universities, most recently at St. John Fisher University near Rochester, New York.  Ellen has now retired, but still mentors graduate students in the field of innovative leading and learning. She has given countless presentations over the last forty years in many countries around the world on her MITA (Multiple Intelligences) based approach to learning and leadership. She is also the author of several books and also an award winning leadership and management blog, that can be found at
Along the way Ellen developed a way of presenting the complicated process of how the brain learns in simple layman’s terms, by using fictional characters with real brain parts which she calls Namungos.  She used these large, brightly colored cardboard cut outs to give a short, very interesting and entertaining presentation, with many examples thrown in for good measure. There are six Namungos. The first one she presented was ‘Bas’, who represents our Basal Ganglia, the part of your brain that is your mental warehouse. It remembers both good and bad and can often get you into a rut by preventing you from looking towards a newer way of doing things. This is the part of your brain that causes you to repeat the same stories over and over, to be dead sure that your opinion is the right one, and to think you know all the answers. The second Namungo was ‘WM’, or Working Memory. This Namungo only takes up a very small part of your brain, but it gets you thinking about new things which can then be moved over into ‘Bas’, your Basal Ganglia, during REM sleep. The third Namungo was ‘Sero’, or Serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that makes you feel good and keeps you smiling. Keeping ‘Sero’ in action can bring all kinds of good things to you and the people around you. The fourth Namungo was ‘Cort’, or Cortisol, another brain affecting chemical, who brings sadness and a sense of never ending depression. It can also foster a mean, sarcastic approach to life. The fifth Namungo was ‘Plas’, or Plasticity, the quality which allows your brain to grow, repair itself and learn new things. It gives you the ability to come back after a massive stroke, as it did for Norman Doidge, who wrote a book titled The Brain that Changes Itself. ‘Plas’ works best in conjunction with ‘Sero’ and needs to avoid ‘Cort’ as much as possible. The sixth and last Namungo was ‘Myg’, or Amygdala which is the seat of your emotions. Controlling ‘Myg’ is the key to moving forward.  When you use your tamed Myg, everyone around you is heard from and treated fairly. When untamed, you become the bully who is miserable, angry, and filled with stubbornness.
In closing. Ellen emphasized that the choices we make every day in how we use these brain Namungos, determines whether we will be happy and successful, or not. She knows from personal experience the changes that the power of the human brain can bring in life.
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Ellen Weber, Classification Talk and Namungo Presentation Vi Hughes 2017-11-22 07:00:00Z 0 Brain,ellen,weber
Posted by Ken Germain on Nov 10, 2017
Thank you Ken Germain for sharing one of your father's treasures.  
A poem from the trenches Ken Germain 2017-11-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2017

Remember: Edmonton Strathcona casino.

Where:  Casino Edmonton - Argyll. 7055 Argyll Rd. NW   MAP
When:  Wednesday May 23 - Thursday May 24, 2018.
Why:  This is the largest fundraiser for our club in terms of revenue generated over a two day period. This revenue is basically divided into two and funds a majority of our community projects, local and international over a two year period. -
Download: our Casino Advisor's Volunteer Guide
Questions: Contact Patrick Gibson, Event Organizer. 780-982-6741
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 09, 2017
This past Tuesday we heard from Andrea Burkhardt, pictured, from End Poverty Edmonton, on the Initiative of the City of Edmonton to end poverty in Edmonton, within a generation. This initiative was established in 2015, and they now have developed a road map to guide them forwards. The road map sets out five main goals with a total of thirty-five actions that have each been assigned to various groups around the city of Edmonton to address. It also sets benchmarks against which the results are to be measured.  
We have about one hundred thousand people in Edmonton living in poverty, including about thirty-five thousand children. The cost of health and social services to our Alberta economy for services provided each year to those living in poverty is over seven billion dollars. Lifting people out of poverty has some very real benefits for all of us.
In the past many different groups in Edmonton have been rescuing people from problem situations, Rotary being one of those groups, but most of these actions do not comprehensively address the root cause of the problems, which is poverty. The five goals of the road map are 1) Toward True Reconciliation, 2) Justice for All, 3) Move People out of Poverty, 4) Invest in a Poverty Free Future and 5) Change the Conversation: Build a Movement to End Poverty. Andrea explained that we need to remove the stigma around people who live in poverty.
There are six game changers, that if we do them well, will help to end poverty. These are to 1) Eliminate racism, by creating ways to recognise, include and celebrate the culture of our aboriginal peoples and other cultural groups. 2) Create livable incomes, the living wage in Edmonton is closing in on seventeen dollars and hour, but twenty percent of the population still works for less than fifteen dollars on hour.  3) Affordable housing, is an essential element in this strategy.  4) Affordable and accessible transit at all hours for homes, schools, services and places of business so that people can move easily from one to the other. 5) Child care that is affordable and high quality, and finally 6) Access to Mental Health and Addictions Services.
Half of these thirty-five actions belong to the City of Edmonton to address and the other half are spread among many different groups. She invited Rotary to have a look at the road map action points to see which of these things we can help to address. Ending poverty is not something any one group can do alone, we all need to work together on this problem. These goals are not set in stone, they can and will shift over time.
The current budget of the City of Edmonton to address these issues is set at five and a half million dollars a year and they are still in the process of setting benchmarks and ways to measure their progress. Poverty is about inclusion in society, not just money. Poverty and loneliness often go hand in hand. We can make a difference in peoples lives in more than just a monetary way by helping to end poverty.
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Andrea Burkhardt, End Poverty Edmonton Vi Hughes 2017-11-09 07:00:00Z 0 poverty
Posted on Nov 07, 2017

Gordon Peterson, Hon. Member.

We are sad to report that one of our Honorary members, Gordon Peterson, died on Saturday, November 4th. 
Gordon had been a resident at St. Joseph's Auxillary Hospital for a number of years.
Gordon was introduced into our club and Rotary by Bill Skelly in 1996 with the classification of Law - Corporate.
Services to be held on Tuesday, November 14, at 1400-1600 at Glenwood Funeral Home.
Address: 52356 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8B 1B8  [MAP]
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 01, 2017

District Governor, Frank Reitz presented a Level One, Major Donor Award to Patrick and Susan Gibson, in recognition of their support for the Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary Foundation Major Donor Presentation Vi Hughes 2017-11-01 06:00:00Z 0 major donor
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 01, 2017
District Governor, Frank Reitz, President, Vince Campbell and Sponsor Eric Germain inducted Ellen Weber, as a new member to our club. Ellen is a former member of the Pittsford Rotary Club in New York State. Her Classification is Brain Research. We would all like to extend a hearty welcome to Ellen.
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Ellen Weber, New Member Induction Vi Hughes 2017-11-01 06:00:00Z 0 ellen,weber
Posted by Vi Hughes on Nov 01, 2017

On Tuesday, we heard from our District 5370 Governor for the coming 2017/18 year, Frank Reitz. Frank and his wife of fifty years, Barb, are long time members of the Ft. McMurray Rotary club.

The evening before, Monday the 30th, the club put on a 'Meet and Greet' evening organized by Diana Parker. The venue was the Bordeaux room at the Moose Factory.


He began his presentation with a video clip from a presentation given recently by Ian Risely, our International President on the Rotary theme for this year, ‘Rotary- Making a Difference’. He then spoke about how Rotarians continue to make a difference in our communities and the world at large through many various means. He reminded us that the basis for all of this is the local club membership, and how we need to encourage and strengthen our membership at the local level in order to achieve our goals. He spoke of how each club has it’s own culture, which in turn provides a wide array of choices for prospective members. We need to ensure that prospective members are aware of the obligations, such as regular attendance and club participation, as well as the benefits to joining Rotary.

Each club has it’s own community and international charities that it supports, and these help to give each club it’s own character. He commended our club on our excellent work with young people in Edmonton, in particular our support of our high school Interact club and the scholarships that we offer. He encouraged us to continue to support the Rotary Foundation and the Polio Eradication Fund. He said that WHO requires three years of no reported cases before a disease is considered eradicated, so we need to continue to support this fund for at least another three years. He mentioned the upcoming Presidential Peace Building Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace to be held next February in Vancouver and encouraged us to attend, if possible.

In closing he thanked us for our contributions to the Rotary Ft. McMurray Fire Relief Fund and spoke of how they have had to broaden the scope of the fund, as the original scope only included capital items (community owned buildings), most of which were not impacted by the fire. They have now broadened the terms of reference so that social services will to be able to provide counselling and other services, which are in high demand, as the impact of the personal home losses continues to affect people now and into the future.

DG Frank presented President Vince with certificates of appreciation from Shelterbox recognizing the club's contributions in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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Frank Reitz, District 5370 Governor Vi Hughes 2017-11-01 06:00:00Z 0 DG,Frank,Reitz
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on Oct 27, 2017

Scholarship Presentation

Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona gives out six (6) scholarships to students who are all-round achievers, has shown leadership qualities by being involved in the life of the school and provided service in the community while overcoming significant challenges.

These funds are raised by our club members who place a high value on education.
In talking to her teachers, ​Emily Meyer is admired for her tenacity and resilience. ​She has been involved in many activities, including being part of the concert ensemble, festival of trees, playing in school pit band, to name a few.

She’s also partook in many volunteering opportunities and had to deal with many personal and family issues. A young lady to be admired for what she has overcome and achieved.
Together with the $1000 scholarship ​she received a token with the Rotary 4-way test on it. 
Scholarship Presentation Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2017-10-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Oct 25, 2017
This past Tuesday was our ’bring a prospective new member’ day. Eric Germain, Club Membership Director, gave a short presentation on what Rotary is, and how to become a Rotarian. He explained that Rotary is all about ‘Service Above Self’ and how the purpose of life should be a life of purpose.  
He also spoke about the activities that our club supports and the service opportunities that we have as Rotarians. He gave a short history of Rotary, founded in 1905, and Rotary in Edmonton, which started in 1916. Our club was founded forty-three years ago. He spoke about how he grew up in a Rotary family, with his father John, and how that led to him becoming a Rotarian along with his brother Ken, and now his daughter Nicole,.  He explained that Rotary is a social group of people who are committed to making their communities and the world, as a whole, a better place for everyone.
There are one point two million Rotarians around the world in thirty-four thousand clubs, of all types. The twenty-two clubs in the greater Edmonton region range in membership from twelve members to over a hundred and twenty members. It is possible to find a club that meets on a day and time that is convenient for just about anyone. He also spoke about some of our local club activities throughout the year and some of the charities, both local and international, that we support, as well as the J Percy Page Interact high school club that we mentor.
We also heard from three Rotarians, Loida Lumanlan, Rose Marie Basaraba and Dimitri Papanicolas on what Rotary has meant to them as individuals. Loida spoke of how she enjoys being surrounded by like minded people who want to serve their community. Rotary has allowed her to meet a lot of amazing people that she would otherwise not have met. She also spoke of how much she enjoyed the weekly array of speakers, the apple strudel with whipped cream, and the joke of the week, which she can relate to her husband later, to gain points at home.  Rose Marie spoke of how she had retired from a very busy and engaging work life, but had no plan for what to do next, and had an invitation from a friend who brought her to Rotary. Joining Rotary gave her life purpose, and she has not looked back since, being busier than ever, with all kinds of Rotary activities. She spoke of how Rotary allows you to bring your skills with you when you volunteer. Dimitri talked about how he had joined Rotary at a time in his life when he was totally immersed in his work, and it gave him an opportunity to get to know people from other walks of life and helped to broaden his horizons. He has enjoyed being a part of the many volunteer opportunities it has presented, and is especially thankful that it is also flexible enough to recognise that working people may not always be available to help, but that they very much welcome the opportunity to help when they can. He also enjoys the variety of local speakers, on many diverse and interesting topics. Additionally, he appreciates the opportunity it gives for people to travel to other places and almost always be able to find a group of welcoming, like minded, people to socialize with.
Eric Germain, Prospective Member Day Vi Hughes 2017-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on Oct 25, 2017

Wheel of Fortune

For the last 20 years or so, our club has offered the chance to win a bottle of wine, a lottery ticket, or a Wheel of Fortune opportunity for a prize. A bit of fun in the middle of the meeting. Members pay $1. for the chance. We have made about $800.00 profit for the general revenue each year.
As this has recently been deemed a game of chance rather than a game of skill, the activity becomes an event that must be licensed by Alberta's Gaming Commission. 
That sounds like a lot of unnecessary work.
Tickets at the door are therefore now FREE of charge to everyone. No one pays for the opportunity to win the prizes, so it is not gambling.
We would like to continue The Wheel of Fortune and encourage members to help keep it rewarding and exciting by donating in one of three ways:
1) Donate prizes.  Fun prizes always show up. Thanks folks!
      Maybe sponsor a whole wedge! Consider the dozen roses spot. Great! Thanks Heather.
2) Sponsor the wine prize. Otherwise the club will pay for it. I can store it. No, really.
3) Donate cash! (a lot like sponsoring the wine prize but I buy the wine. Thanks Campbell C).
Free Wheeling! Ken Germain 2017-10-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Oct 18, 2017
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.
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Maggi Hegan, Arch Enterprises Vi Hughes 2017-10-18 06:00:00Z 0 arch
Posted by Hans Granholm on Oct 16, 2017

Thank You!

Thanks to Patrick Gibson, Ivan Docker, Vince Campbell, Dennis Freeman, Eric de Kok and Heather de Kok, The 7th annual comedy festival in Edmonton was a great success.
Sacrifying a quiet evening at home in front of a boring Oiler game with driving a bunch of comedians and listen to their, mostly, funny commentary--Priceless!
Our President Vince was an enthusiastic newbie.
We have received considerable PR exposure with a prominent mention in the Festival program inside the front page.
Thanks again Team. We couldn't have done this without your enthusiastic participation.
I hope we will be given the opportunity to volunteer next year.
Hans G.
Edmonton Comedy Festival 2017, Wrap! Hans Granholm 2017-10-16 06:00:00Z 0 ecf
Posted by Diana Parker on Oct 14, 2017
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
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Make your Vote Count! Hans Granholm 2017-10-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2017
This past Tuesday we heard a classification refresher talk from long time rotarian Patrick Gibson, (pictured), Patrick first joined Rotary as a charter member of the Canmore, Alberta club, twenty eight years ago.  
Patrick was born and raised in the Oshawa, Ontario area. His great grandfather had come from Ireland to Ontario and owned and operated a large livery stable in Oshawa, which supplied the horses for the local dairy, among other things.  As a young man, Patrick found he had a talent for metal working, but eventually decided to take carpentry to give himself more of a challenge. He met and married his wife Susan in Ontario and they travelled across Canada to the west coast, on their honeymoon. They stopped along the way in Banff, and really enjoyed the Mt Norquay area, as they liked to ski, and this was nothing like the ski hills back in Ontario. He was even offered a job as a carpenter in Banff at the time, but turned it down to return to Ontario.
Some years later, in 1976, they returned to Alberta and settled in Canmore, where he started his own construction business. He helped to build the smokestack for the powerplant, just outside of Canmore, and remembers well how scary it was hanging from cables that were anchored to the green (freshly poured two days earlier) concrete wall, and a long ways off the ground, putting the inside structure into place.  His company went on to work on many different buildings in and around Canmore, and also at Sunshine Village. He remembers it as a challenging time that meant working with a lot of different trades, often acting as a referee in order to get the job done properly and on schedule.
They stayed in Canmore for seventeen years, until his wife was offered a job in Vancouver, and they decided it was time to move on. Patrick also decided around this time that he would probably enjoy a different type of work, where he could be more independent, and decided that he might enjoy financial services as an occupation. He read a lot of books on the business and then started taking the courses required to become a financial planner. Once they had moved to Vancouver, he was offered a job in Financial Services and has never looked back. A few years later his wife was offered another job, this time in Edmonton, so they moved on again and have been in the Edmonton area ever since.
They have two daughters, one on Edmonton and one in Vancouver, both married, and have several grandchildren whom they love to spend time with. His wife retired two years ago, and Patrick is planning to retire at the end of this year.
He has always enjoyed solitary motorcycle touring, and intends to continue on with this, and spend more time taking photos, videos, and writing stories for his blog, Adventures on Two Wheels. He has already toured in quite a few countries and is thinking of adding a few more to the list. Some trips he would like to take are the California coast, Monument Valley in New Mexico and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. He is also thinking he might branch out into off road motorcycle riding. Along with all of his other interests, and his rotary activities, I think Patrick will be busier than ever in retirement.
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Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Oct 07, 2017
I received these photographs from ELEPAP showing the use of the computers we donated by young children and adolescent during their training sessions.
They want us to know that with our donation they have achieved their training goals and the required therapeutic interventions. With the old computers they could not use the software. Look at the attention that young kids are watching the screen.
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Oct 04, 2017
On Tuesday we heard from Dr. Louis Francescutti, Emergency Medicine Expert and Professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health give an impassioned talk on the legalisation of marijuana and the problems it will cause for the individuals who use it, their employers, the health care system and the public at large.
A few weeks ago, he received a request to appear before the National Committee to speak on Bill C46, authorising the legalisation of marijuana in Canada. In his opinion, marijuana is far too dangerous to the health of our young people to be made legal, and if it is made legal, the minimum age for use should be twenty-five. As an emergency room physician he sees the effects every day on people who come in with cyclic vomiting (caused by steady marijuana use), young people having psychotic episodes brought on by the use of marijuana, and the permanent damage it causes to young lives from the changes it causes in brain chemistry.
The marijuana of today is one hundred times stronger than the marijuana most older folks smoked when they were young, One puff held in the lungs for a short time can cause disorientation for hours. It also results in addiction in one out of every six users.  The damage it causes to young people is due to the fact that their brains are still developing, up until around the age of twenty-five, and marijuana contains chemicals that can change gene expression in the brain leading to abnormal developmental processes. This can cause a lowering of their intelligence, and sometimes can bring on brain disorders like schizophrenia or other forms of psychosis, which will then be present for life.  The smoke from marijuana also contains some serious carcinogenic substances, just as damaging, or even more so, than tobacco smoke.
Legalisation of marijuana will not alleviate the illegal market, in fact it will probably encourage younger people, ten years old and up, to give it a try, as the government says it is legal, so it must be safe. It will also expose our children to more poisoning episodes in the home, due to the presence of tempting edibles such as candy and brownies. We will see more road accidents due to drugged driving, and will also see a spike in workplace injuries. Employers will have all kinds of issues with delinquency, productivity, and quality of work from impaired workers, much of which may not be immediately apparent. For example, if the electrician wiring your new home is using while working, their errors may not become apparent until much later. Workers seeking to avoid the stigma of testing positive for marijuana use, and still needing the high it gives, may switch to even worse substitutes such as crystal meth. There will be a lot more people who need help dealing with addiction and mental health issues, and we can barely keep up with helping those who need help now.
The marijuana industry will most likely follow the same mantra that the tobacco industry uses, to manipulate to the product to make it as addictive as possible, while downplaying the public health issues, claiming everything is fine, while maximising their profit. This will be a big money industry and our government is being blinded by the dollar signs that taxes will bring in. Every tax dollar earned should be earmarked for mental health, but we know this will not happen. Not very many organised groups have stood up to protest the legalisation. He would like to see a lot more people stand up to oppose this legislation, as our young people, those who will be impacted most, are least likely of all to understand the impact it is about to have on their lives.
Dr. Louis Francescutti
Dr. Louis Francescutti, Emergency Medicine Expert Vi Hughes 2017-10-04 06:00:00Z 0 Dr. Louis Francescutti
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Posted on Oct 04, 2017
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
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Posted on Oct 04, 2017
The Rotary Club of Sherwood Park is holding its first annual Oktoberfest on Saturday October 7th.  Funds raised will be used to support community and youth services projects.  Specifically, we are looking to once again hold a meal packaging event - but this time sponsored by Rotary and organized by our new community interact club.
We would love to have some of your club members join us for an evening of fellowship at Festival Place in Sherwood Park. Tickets purchased in groups of six will be able to reserve tables.  Live music and a traditional German meal is included in your ticket price.  $5 beer available for purchase.  Wine and spirits also available.
Oktoberfest Invitation from the Rotary Club of Sherwood Park 2017-10-04 06:00:00Z 0 oktoberfest
Posted on Oct 04, 2017
The Nisku Leduc Rotary Club is extending an invitation to you to visit the club for a special meeting by MP Mike Lake. Mike is the MP of the Leduc Wetaskiwin riding and shares a passion for helping others.
The lunch is on Friday, October 13 at Red Tail Landing Golf Course at the Edmonton International Airport. Come for networking at 11 am. The Program starts at 11:30 and the luncheon goes until 1 pm sharp.
All Rotary Clubs and their guests are invited to attend this great event!
If you are attending, please RSVP by October 11 to
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 27, 2017
This past Tuesday, we changed up our meeting location and joined the South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) for lunch. They meet in what was at one time, a Catholic Elementary School building, that shared the school yard with Holyrood Public School (which is still in use). We ate lunch in their cafeteria along with their usual lunchtime crowd.
We heard from Kim Beuhler, their Executive Director, who gave us a brief introduction to SEESA and the programs that they offer. SEESA was founded in the late nineties by a group of neighbourhood people who were concerned that the school, which was set to be sold to Arch Greenhouses, would be attracting too much traffic to their neighbourhood. The Seniors Association, has become a very popular neighbourhood hub, with almost fifteen hundred members, which definitely attracts more traffic all year round than the greenhouse ever would have!  This seniors association has an official outreach area that takes in all neighbourhoods south of the river, north of the Whitemud and east of 99 St, although they also accept members from outside this range.
Membership is currently thirty dollars per year with extra fees charged for their various activities. They offer many different types of services and programs for seniors. They are a community hub for Meals on Wheels drivers. They have a Home Supports Services Co-ordinator who vets and then can recommend local businesses that offer many different types of home maintenance and cleaning services. They have a cafeteria that serves a hot breakfast (for seven dollars) and lunch (for ten dollars) five days a week, as well as other smaller items to anyone who wants to drop in. They also have a library, a gymnasium, a woodworking room, a pool room with several pool tables, and several more classrooms which are used for all kinds of clubs and classes. The building is open from morning to evening five days a week, with all kinds of clubs, drop in activities and classes going on at any one time. Their most popular classes are the fitness classes, which range from Cardio Salsa, Fitness for Life, Clogging, Yoga for Men, Line Dancing, Pickle Ball and Nordic Pole Walking, to Soft Pilates, Ballroom Dancing and many more. They have music classes, choirs, clubs for Guitar players, Bridge, Cribbage, Table Tennis, Toastmasters, Knitting, Quilting, Wood Carving, and many more.  They also offer courses on using your iPad, managing investments, estate planning, creating your own cook book, and elder abuse, among many others.
One project involves giving medical students a look at what life is like for a healthy senior, as opposed to the patients they see in hospital. They partner with the U. of A. Medical School to give all fourth year medical students one day in the center. They host one or two students each day, give them a tour and then let them join in on which ever activities they would like. They soon learn that they can barely keep up with these seniors and often get their buts quite soundly kicked by someone in their eighties, at the various sports.
Another project they currently have is the neighbourhood bench program, which started a few years ago when Kim heard about this type of program and decided to try it herself. She got her brother in law to build her a bench, painted it up brightly and chained it to a tree in her front yard. It was such a hit with her neighbours that she decided to expand the project. The association applied for and received a grant of twenty five hundred dollars to produce twenty three benches that were placed all over the Holyrood neighbourhood, on the boulevard, with a home owner to make sure the bench is looked after and accessible all year round. They then started making the benches for sale to people who were willing to look after them and it has burgeoned into quite a popular project, with seventy eight benches sold so far, for one hundred dollars each. The bench comes unpainted, with a gift certificate to pay for paint, a chain and a padlock. The purchaser must sign an agreement to place it on their street and to look after it.
One day in the cafeteria Kim overheard a lady tell someone that if it was not for SEESA, she would have killed herself. She lived nearby and her husband had recently passed away. She felt very alone and isolated. Then one day she came for a meal at SEESA.  As Kim said in closing, you should never under estimate the power of a meal. You never know what changes in someone’s life, providing a cup of coffee, or a meal for someone can achieve.
Kim Beuhler, South East Edmonton Seniors Association Vi Hughes 2017-09-27 06:00:00Z 0 SEESA
Posted on Sep 20, 2017

 Did you hear about the cowboy who dressed in brown paper bags?
He was arrested for rustling!

This week's Laugh Ken Germain 2017-09-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on Sep 20, 2017
President Vince Gets A Tip From The King Of Hospitality

The history of Bruce Flesher was laid out for us on Tuesday by the author of "This is Us". The book about his family.

Starting with John Flesher in 1801, Bruce's great grandfather had a hardware store in Flesherton, near Owen Sound, Ontario.
His Dad came west and drove one of the 5 cars in Edmonton at the time. Not his own, but remarkable for sure.
With low prices hitting hard and fast, he sold his cattle by the piece, preserved with river ice to make ends meat. (!)
Mother came from Magnolia to meet father. Bruce was born later in Edmonton and lived in Norwood. A gravel road trip to Banff with his family was a highlight of his young life.
Joyce came into the picture at an early age. They have known each other since they were seven years old. High school friends and all that.
Eventually, recognizing their love for each other which has never ended, they married. Bruce liked the Sugar Bowl restaurant and owned it for a short while. Moving on to other restaurants like Mr. Johns and Cockney Kids fish and chips, Bruce had over 30 restaurants and 300 staff.
Successful children have come along as well. All have degrees from University, paid for by themselves. A very proud point for Bruce.
The four steps to success:
1) identify and define what it is you want.
2) act like you have already achieved what you want.
3) don't let things hinder you. only listen if it aids you and will help you.
4) listen, watch,
Be ready  to act when the logical opportunity comes. It will. Guaranteed.

Thanks Bruce. Like you said about your lovely wife Joyce, "pure gold!"
Sponsor Bill Skelly Thanked the speaker with a happy tear
A good sized group was out for the very interesting
life and times of Bruce Flesher
Bruce Flesher
Bruce Flesher; A Life Lived With Meaning Ken Germain 2017-09-20 06:00:00Z 0 Bruce,Flesher
Posted by Salma Ibrahim on Sep 15, 2017
Dear Eric [Germain] and Strathcona Club,
One last thank you for  introducing me to Rotary through my high school years. I really enjoyed the club, the fundraisers, and the trips. Even though planning the Fundraiser the past few years were hard, it clearly was worth it with all the money we were able to donate at the end. Sometime during the year I was informed that our club was the largest high school interact club in the district (5370) that ranges from here and up north and into the territories with over 40 students registered.
I was hoping that you could send my thanks to the Strathcona group for me. It was an incredible honour to be the president of not only our largest group yet at page, but the entire district!! Im so proud, and I hope I represented the Club well as VP and President and that you are proud of my performance as well. 
Also a big thank you from us grade 12. Being in the Interact club really gave us many memories together. I have attached a photo of (left to right) 
  • Me, Salma Ibrahim (member 2014-15, VP 2015-16, and President 2016-17)
  • Sophie Berube (member 2014-15, Past President 2015-16, 2016-17 and director 2016-17)
  • Ouch Nwoke (member 2014-15, Director 2015-16, Director 2016-17)
I will reply with another email with a picture of the entire group. Our group photo for the yearbook was the largest group. So large that we had to get rid of the backdrop because we could fit in its frame!! It was a great problem to have And I was so proud to be the President of that specific group.I was hoping you could attach the photo to your club website not he JPP page. I just have to find it since one teacher at school has access to it, and since Im in university now, it might take a while. Hopefully by next week. 
I will be sending another email with tip and advice on how the club can continue with this streak. good luck to the next generation of Interact and good luck to President Vincent Campbell in the 2017-2018 year. Please know that your sponsorship at our school is making great impacts in our live as it did for my friends and I as we all head to another chapter. Thank you for the memories and we will always live with the motto of Service Above Self I. our everyday lives. I hope your presence at j Percy page continues. Thank you. 
Salma Ibrahim
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News from J Percy Page Interact Club Salma Ibrahim 2017-09-15 06:00:00Z 0 J Percy Page,JPP,interact
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 13, 2017
On Tuesday we heard a very interesting presentation from Kecia Kerr, pictured, the Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society of Northern Alberta (CPAWS NAB). CPAWS NAB is a non-profit organization that is science based and collaborates with government, indigenous peoples and local communities to advocate for protection of our parks and wilderness areas. It was established in 1968 and was the first regional chapter of CPAWS. The Northern Alberta branch advocates for the three National Parks in Northern Alberta, Wood Buffalo, Jasper and Elk Island, along with our other wilderness areas. About sixty percent of the land in northern Alberta is public land and twelve percent of this is currently protected in some way. Nationally, ninety percent of land is public and ten percent of this is protected.
The International Convention on Biodiversity goal for protected land, to ensure biological diversity and sustainability is to protect seventeen percent of all land by 2020.  CPAWS NAB is currently campaigning to have the Bighorn watershed set aside as protected land. This headwater provides ninety percent of the water in the North Saskatchewan River and none of it is currently protected.  The argument for Parks and protected areas is quite strong. Diverse woodlands of this type help to mitigate extreme weather events by acting as sponges to absorb excess water and also reducing the effects of drought. Connected protected areas help to provide refuges for all kinds of wildlife.
She then went on to talk more specifically about Elk Island National Park. Elk Island was first protected in 1899, to provide a refuge for the population of native elk that resided there. In 1906 a fence was built to enclose the park, and it is still the only completely enclosed National Park in Canada. The park reached its current size in 1947. The park is composed of a very unique type of habitat, based on glacial moraine, with lakes, wetlands and mixed forest. It was deemed a Biosphere Reserve in 1916 and is also now a Dark Sky Preserve, where one can view the stars and night sky wonders such as the northern lights. It is home to forty species of animals, two hundred species of birds, one species of reptile and two species of fish.
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Kecia Kerr, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society of Northern Alberta Vi Hughes 2017-09-13 06:00:00Z 0 cpaws,elk
Posted by Vince Campbell on Sep 08, 2017
Hi Vince,
Thanks for arranging today’s volunteer session. We were happy to have the help of so many Rotarians! I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. I managed to take one picture while on shift (see attached). I’ve already tweeted it out – feel free to use it as you choose.
Joan Freeman, Karen Peddie and Loida Lumanlan
Thanks again!
Caitlin Fleming
Community Engagement & Fund Development Manager
Edmonton Meals on Wheels
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Meals On Wheels on the roll... Vince Campbell 2017-09-08 06:00:00Z 0 meals,wheels
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 06, 2017

Hal Quilliam presented three Paul Harris Awards on behalf of the trustees of the Rotary Foundation. Campbell Chow received a Paul Harris plus three award, Wally Romaniuk received a Paul Harris plus two award. Bob Sandercock and his wife Libby received a Major Donor Award for their ongoing support of the Rotary Foundation. The major donor award is presented for donations beyond the Paul Harris plus eight level.


Paul Harris Awards Presentations, 170905 Vi Hughes 2017-09-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Sep 06, 2017
This past Tuesday we heard from Debbie Cameron-Laninga, pictured, Program Team Lead and Executive Director of Caregivers Alberta. Caregivers Alberta is an organisation that provides programs and services for caregivers. It was founded in 2001 in Edmonton, and has grown to encompass the whole province. They provide workshops, drop-in information sessions and advice from a caregiver advisor for caregivers of all kinds throughout the province.
Debbie started out by telling us a little about her personal journey as a caregiver and how she came to be involved with this group. She grew up in Alberta, and has family here. She is a licensed pilot, and she and her husband had lived overseas for many years, and were flying aid missions in Papua New Guinea, when they received news that her parents were not well. Within weeks of returning home, both of her parents were given terminal cancer diagnoses. She and her husband decided to take leave from their jobs to stay here and care for them. Neither of them had any experience with the local medical community or supportive care systems, as they had lived overseas for many years.
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Debbie Cameron-Laninga, Caregivers Alberta Vi Hughes 2017-09-06 06:00:00Z 0 caregivers
Posted by Audrey Martyn on Sep 01, 2017

Program Chair, Audrey Martyn, has arranged an out-of-site visit to South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA) for our September 26 luncheon meeting.

We will have lunch in the cafeteria -- please bring $10 cash -- SEESA Executive Director, Kim Buehler will present an overview SEESA's operation.


Your Rotary Club is going out to lunch! Audrey Martyn 2017-09-01 06:00:00Z 0 SEESA
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 31, 2017

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.
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Patrick Gibson, New Hope School Fundraising Presentation Vi Hughes 2017-08-31 06:00:00Z 0 new hope,school
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 31, 2017

Speaker August 29

This Tuesday, Stacey returned to give us a short quiz session regarding the talks she had presented over the past few weeks.
The questions covered all aspects of wills, powers of attorney and personal care directives, and also gave us a quick over view of all three topics.  Overall, the members present were able to answer most of her questions quickly and correctly.
Stacey noted that there continue to be changes to the law affecting wills and estates and we need to periodically check that the documents we have in place are up to date.  Her closing advice was to take care of your documents and make sure there are no issues.
Stacey Maurier, Wills and Estates Quiz Vi Hughes 2017-08-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 31, 2017
Our President, Vince Campbell, presented a Paul Harris plus six award to Hal Quilliam and then Hal presented three more awards to other members of our club. Dennis Freeman received a Paul Harris plus three award, Eric Solash received a Paul Harris plus two award and Eugene Sekora received Paul Harris plus one award.
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Paul Harris Awards Presentations Vi Hughes 2017-08-31 06:00:00Z 0 PHF,Paul Harris
a Very Special Evening with Mr. Harald W. Kuckertz Hans Pilz 2017-08-25 06:00:00Z 0 kuckertz
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 23, 2017

Speaker, August 22

On Tuesday, we hosted Stacey Maurier, pictured, of the Estate Connection law firm, to talk to us about how to be an excellent executor. She gave out handbooks that presented sixty five ways to be a good executor, that included timelines, checklists, many different types of handy forms, and samples of common types of correspondence. She then went on to talk about some of the things that we can do to make our executor’s life a little easier. One of the things that we can do now is to pre-arrange our funeral, and let our families know what we would like. It will save our families a lot of stress, time and money once the time comes. If you have added a family member’s name to your bank account or property title, those assets, as present on your date of death, are still considered part of your estate and must be accounted for and distributed as stated in the will.  If you have made loans to family members prior to your death they now become due and must be paid into the estate.  Make sure you have a will, and store the original in a safe place. Let your family know where it is stored. Probating a copy of a will, instead of the original, can be done, but it could be time consuming and costly.
The will is the guiding principle for everything an executor does, but does not cover everything. There are also fiduciary rules, Canadian common law and trusteeship rules that must be considered. An executor must be fair and equitable to all concerned, and the will must be followed to the letter. Changes can not be made to what is laid out in the will, without making a court application.
The executor should keep detailed records of everything they do and decisions they make in relation to the estate and should keep family members/beneficiaries up to date with monthly written updates. Setting up an email account strictly for this purpose is a good way to keep track of all correspondence. Ask everyone to use this email account for all correspondence regarding the estate.  Keep a small notebook in which you write everything done, in chronological order. Records should be detailed and be accompanied by receipts and any other corroborating paperwork. Another way to keep a record is to photograph everything, receipts, checks etc. The court can require an accounting of every detail at any time. They have a lot of power to set time limits for the sale of assets, set penalties on the executor, or even replace an executor.
The executor may make reasonable use of funds. If they are not good at accounting, they can hire a book keeper. If the home needs major cleaning prior to sale, they can hire a cleaning company. If there are family disputes that arise, that they feel they do not have the skills to handle, they can hire an impartial professional to act as executor in their place.  
The executor is responsible for keeping the assets of the deceased safe, and so should change locks on doors, secure vehicles and other property, secure all bank accounts and safe deposit boxes. This will prevent people from stealing items. Taking photos of the house, contents and other property immediately is also a good idea. All of the deceased’s mail should be directed to the executor’s home. Having a valuation done by a professional on the contents of the house should also be done as these values will be needed as part of the probate application. Advertising for creditors is also worthwhile, even though the cost may seem high. It can save nasty surprises later.  If you let people into the house, you should always be present.
The executor is responsible for paying the debts of the deceased, but there are laws that govern the payment of debts if they exceed the assets, and also that govern the payment of credit card bills. Any utility bills and income taxes due should be paid promptly, other creditors bills can wait. You must follow the law.  Most estates should be able to be wrapped up within a year of death, with the exception of receipt of the tax clearance certificate from Revenue Canada. Stacy had a lot of small anecdotes that she used that made the talk quite interesting and helped to clarify how issues can arise. An executor’s job is not easy, and dealing with a lot of different people can be stressful, but if we follow her advice, it should be a lot easer.
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Stacey Maurier, Executor’s Duties Vi Hughes 2017-08-23 06:00:00Z 0 estate,executor
Posted by Vince Campbell on Aug 18, 2017
The following letter of appreciation was received from Meals on Wheels:
         11111 103 AVE NW
     Edmonton, AB T5K 2P1
Phone: 780-429-2020
Fax: 780-424-5561
August 15, 2017
Rotary Club of Strathcona
To Vince and the Rotary team,
Thank you so much for your support of Edmonton Meals on Wheels and our clients. Your financial support has made a difference in the lives of many local frail and homebound seniors. The $1,000.00 we received from the Rotary team on August 4, 2017 will be supporting meal and grocery delivery. Your donation has directly impacted the lives of the elderly, frail, at-risk and disabled Edmontonians who cannot access food nor cook any longer, but wish to maintain their independence.
Every day, we are able to see the difference that your support has made in the lives of our clients. One of those clients, Donald, had the following to say, “If it wasn’t for Meals on Wheels, I probably wouldn’t be able to stay in my home at my age.” It’s also the out-of-town family members that benefit from our services. Knowing that their loved ones are taken care of really reduces the amount of worry and stress. Danica’s father was on our hot meal delivery service for many years. She says, “My dad received Meals on Wheels for a number of years and this made all the difference in his ability to stay in his own home. As his family, we are grateful for the care that he received through the volunteers and the meals themselves.”
Our sincere thanks for your incredible commitment and contribution towards helping to fund vital programs at Edmonton Meals on Wheels. We are truly grateful that you choose to support our mission and our clients.
-The Edmonton Meals on Wheels team
Official Charity Name: Edmonton Meals on Wheels
Charitable Business Number: 11889-3940-RR0001
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Meals on Wheels thank you Vince Campbell 2017-08-18 06:00:00Z 0 meals,wheels
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 16, 2017
On Tuesday, Sandra Maloney, pictured, from the International Children’s Festival of the Arts, spoke to us. This event is held in St. Albert, for six days at the end of May each year. The first three days are specifically aimed at school groups and the last three days are aimed towards the public. This event attracted over fifty thousand people this year. It is held in downtown St. Albert with the Arden Theatre as an anchor facility. It covers five city blocks and uses forty tents as well as several nearby indoor facilities.
They bring in many different types of entertainment acts, from singers, puppeteers and jugglers, to face painters, acrobats, magicians and many more. The festival has both free and paid activities, and no busking is allowed. Their goal is to provide an out of school learning and enrichment experience in the arts for children and their families. The festival attracts school groups from all over northern and central Alberta and even brings in a few groups from out of province. They also have a Toddler Town experience for families with small children under four years of age. It includes craft activities, short shows, music lessons and a collection of sensory bins that are quite popular. It consists of several large bins filled with things such as dried beans, sand or shaving cream, which the children can play in.
They are a registered charity that is part of a group of nationwide regional festivals. This helps them to partner with other festivals to cover the cost of bringing in well known entertainment groups. The local festival has over five hundred volunteers that help to make it happen, and many come back year after year. The festival has been happening for thirty-six years in the Edmonton region. When it moved from being held in Edmonton to St. Albert, they made an agreement with the City of St. Albert that there would be no cost to the St. Albert taxpayer. The festival is fully supported by fundraising efforts. They receive some funding from the federal government Canadian Heritage fund an also from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The remainder of their funding comes from local sponsors, businesses and individuals. Their budget for the past year was just over one point five million in kind and cash.
They have many different types of projects that donors can support. Their Outreach Program provides funding for one school to send the entire student body to the Festival for a full day of programming, which includes the cost of busing and a full day of performances and activities. The school board makes the decision on which school will be selected. They also have a program that brings the entertainers to children in places like the Stollery Children’s Hospital, the Glenrose and the Elves Child Development center. Their Unity Project involves several tall poles, each with a statement of something some people like to do attached, such as I read books, I pray etc. Each person then wraps some colored yarn around the pole that most applies to them and the yarn is pushed upwards and off the top of the pole to become part of a large overhead meshwork signifying how everyone is different, but we are all still all connected to each other.
They measure outcomes each year by conducting surveys of the attendees, to determine how well they are doing at providing programs for children from all types of backgrounds. For some children, the bus ride alone is a major attraction.  For some it is the entertainers, and for still others, making a takeaway item to bring home and discuss is the high lite. Providing an opportunity for exposure to the arts and the ability to introduce children to other cultures through the arts is their goal. As one of our members said in closing, schools feed our minds, but the arts feed our souls.
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Sandra Maloney, Int’l Children’s Festival of the Arts Vi Hughes 2017-08-16 06:00:00Z 0 festival,sandra
Posted by Hans Granholm on Aug 14, 2017
What a day!!
Spotless weather -- spectacular settings -- magnificent organizing (Caren, Skip, Heather, Eric)
You can be sorry if you missed it :-(
This year the Kerr's graciously opened their door and their hearts again hosting The All Things 60's Party.
Like last year, the Kerr's put on the whole show by providing food, entertainment and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Skip is donated three premium bottles, e.g. 27 year old Scotch, Masterpiece Bourbon, Platinum Tequila.
All revenue from ticket sales and funds raised will be destined to Kiva Micro Finance, with emphasis on borrowers in Ecuador and Columbia as suggested by the Kerr's.
The ticket price is $60/ea
If you have any questions, contact Heather, the event organizer, 780-905-3034
Technical assistance, contact Hans G. 780-918-1079
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The All Things 60's a la Kerr - Wrap! Hans Granholm 2017-08-14 06:00:00Z 0 60,kerr
Posted by Hans Granholm on Aug 12, 2017
Come on folks. This is it! Today is 60s time!
If you just dropped in from Pluto, fear not -- we'll let you in. Just show up with money or credit card.
Where are you going to get a home cooked gourmet pig roast with all the trimmings, alchoholic beverages and non, entertainment, a chance to win fabulous prizes in a gorgeous private home for only $60/ea??
This year the Kerr's are graciously opening their door and their hearts again in hosting The All Things 60's Party.
The date is Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 5:00 pm (1700) till 10:00 pm (2200).
Like last year, the Kerr's are putting on the whole show by providing food, entertainment and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).
Skip is donating three premium bottles, e.g. 27 year old Scotch, Masterpiece Bourbon, Platinum Tequila. Heather has provided a sign-up sheet where you can pre order and pay her in advance. Open the file in the left column or
All revenue from ticket sales and funds raised will be destined to Kiva Micro Finance, with emphasis on borrowers in Ecuador and Columbia as suggested by the Kerr's.
Skip is donating three premium bottles, e.g. 27 year old Scotch, Masterpiece Bourbon, Platinum Tequila. Heather has provided a sign-up sheet where you can pre order and pay her in advance. Open the file in the left column. All revenue from ticket sales and funds raised will be destined to Kiva Micro Finance, with emphasis on borrowers in Ecuador and Columbia as suggested by the Kerr's.
The ticket price is $60/ea
If you have any questions, contact Heather, the event organizer, 780-905-3034
Technical assistance, contact Hans G. 780-918-1079
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The All Things 60's a la Kerr Hans Granholm 2017-08-12 06:00:00Z 0 60,kerr
Posted by Hans Granholm on Aug 11, 2017

Drivers Needed!

We need drivers to transport performers from venue to venue during the annual ATB Edmonton Comedy Festival.
The festival runs this year from Thursday October 12 to Saturday October 14.
If you think you can stand the fun OPEN THIS LINK to download the 'Driver Information' sheet to learn more.
Contact Hans Granholm, 780 918-1079
Edmonton Comedy Festival 2017 Hans Granholm 2017-08-11 06:00:00Z 0 ecf
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 09, 2017
This past Tuesday we heard again from Stacy Maurier, a lawyer and founder of Estate Connection Law Firm. She talked to us this time about Personal Directives and Powers of Attorney.
A Personal Care Directive outlines your wishes on matters of health and medical care, where you would like to live, who you would like to associate with and social and educational activities you would like to take part in.  It also sets out how and when it becomes active and who is responsible for ensuring it is followed.
There are many issues you will need to think about before you prepare this document. These are some of the options to be considered, but there are many more that are possible. What type of medical intervention is acceptable to you. Do you want to be kept alive even when the chances of a good outcome are non-existent, twenty five percent, fifty percent? Where would you prefer to live once you require full time care- in your own home with a paid caregiver, in the home of one of your children, in an assisted or extended living facility? Do you have any special personal physical care wishes- extra bathing, hair dressing services etc.? Would you like your representative to receive reimbursement for parking charges, transportation costs etc.?
You must also remember that you are appointing someone to be your medical advocate. You should personally ask them prior to preparing this document. Will they be able to be present at sometimes odd times of day or night, do they have the emotional stamina to be able to make tough decisions, do they have enough knowledge of your medical history to be able to inform medical staff and make good decisions, will they be able to handle seeing your private parts, if necessary? Do they have the same cultural and religious values that you do? Will they be able to carry out their duties over the long term- some people survive for decades in a disabled state? Whomever you appoint should keep a notebook or calendar with good records of their visits, duties performed and decisions made, and inform other family members on a regular basis about what is happening. A clause requiring a yearly family discussion is also a good idea, as this ensures everyone will get a chance to hear what the caregiver has been doing for the past year. When deciding when your agent can take over for you and who will make that decision, consider whether these people will be available when needed. If you specify a particular doctor, they may be on holiday in Hawaii when you need them. You can also choose to have more than one person make this determination.
A Personal Care Directive is specific to the locale ( legal jurisdiction, province) in which you live, it may not be recognised outside of that jurisdiction. If you regularly spend time in another location ( work overseas, spend winters in Arizona), it might be worthwhile having a similar document for that locale as well. It can be a handwritten document, prepared at home, but you should make sure that it covers all of the requirements of the legislation. A lawyer can also prepare one for you. You should review this document every few years to make sure it still meets your wishes and remember, it ceases to be effective if you move to another jurisdiction.
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Stacey Maurier, Personal Care Directives and Powers of Attorney Vi Hughes 2017-08-09 06:00:00Z 0 care,directive
Posted by Vi Hughes on Aug 02, 2017
On Tuesday we heard from Stacy Maurier, pictured, a lawyer and founder of Estate Connection Law Firm. Stacy ha been a wills and estates lawyer in the Edmonton area for many years. She has had a lot of experience both personally and professionally with people whose will and estate planning has been less than the best and had lots of tips to offer to avoid pitfalls. She stressed that being open and honest with your family about what your wishes are, even though it could be awkward or difficult, was uppermost in preventing your family from falling apart due to conflict once you pass away. You should put some thought and consideration into what your family issues are and how best to deal with them, so that you can leave your family with solutions, and not more problems.
She mentioned the fact that most people either do not have a will, or have a will that is problematic as all of the family issues have not been dealt with. She also discussed holographic wills and do-it-yourself wills. Holographic wills are legal and do not require a witness, and in fact are best when not witnessed. She has seen many cases where the witness used was not appropriate, or not even legal. Do-it-yourself, fill in the blanks wills are fine for very simple estates, but only when completed properly. She has seen cases where people mentioned everything but the big items like their home or bank accounts!
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Stacy Maurier, Will and Estate Planning Vi Hughes 2017-08-02 06:00:00Z 0 estate,maurier,planning,stacy
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 26, 2017

Speaker July 25

This Tuesday we heard from Dr. Robin Inskip, pictured, an advocate on accessibility and mobility issues for disadvantaged groups and people in our community.  During this coming year the Federal government is expected to bring in general legislation covering public accessibility for the disabled, however, in Canada, each province is responsible for setting their own much more detailed legislation and standards. Ontario and Manitoba have both had legislation in place for several years and British Columbia and Nova Scotia have more recently passed legislation in this regard. Alberta presently has no such legislation in this regard. 
There are many different types of people with mobility issues. Many of those with accessibility issues are not visibly disabled. They may speak a different language, not see or hear well, have a learning or mental disorder or deal with a chronic illness such as arthritis.  Even mothers with baby strollers or small children could also fall into this category. Many of these groups do not have a political voice and will not lobby government on these issues.
There have been many piecemeal approaches to accessibility in Edmonton, Some areas of the city have sidewalk ramps and others do not. Very few intersections have audible crossing signals. A lot of sidewalks in older areas do not have sidewalk ridges to let a seeing impaired person know the street curb is coming up. Some intersections are timed so poorly a disabled person can not get across safely in time. Some sidewalks are not wide enough for two people with walkers or wheelchairs to pass each other. Sidewalks can also be partially blocked by benches, trees, or other obstructions. Accessibility to stores, public buildings, transit and other services, even informational computer websites, are often also an issue. Government websites that can not be enlarged enough for those with low vision to be able to read them, are a case in point.
Winter in Edmonton brings even more issues. Snow clearing in winter is not done to a consistent standard, sidewalk ramps are often ploughed under by street grading, or sidewalks may not be cleared at all when they are the responsibility of private homeowners.
Other Canadian cities such as Winnipeg and Ottawa can serve as benchmarks for Edmonton, as they have standards and guidelines that have been in place for many years. They could also be used to get a rough cost estimate of how much it would take to implement a more comprehensive plan.
Other places that have implemented these types of standards have found that they are appreciated by everyone, not just those with mobility issues. It can be compared, in some ways, to parts our Rotarian four way test, is it fair to all concerned, will it build good will, will it be beneficial to all concerned. Addressing these issues benefits everyone in the community.
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Posted by Hans Granholm on Jul 21, 2017
Beginning Tuesday August 1, we will be able to accept credit cards as payment for the day's luncheon, with or without ticket. We also accept payment for membership dues and purchase of book of lunch tickets.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express. Sorry, no debit cards at this time.
You will be able to select if you want to receive a receipt by text or email.
Please be patient with us as we are learning as we go.
Feedback and questions are welcome.
Hans Granholm
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Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 19, 2017

July 18 Speaker

On Tuesday, we had the pleasure of hearing Rose Marie Basaraba, a fourteen year member of Rotary, tell us a little about her life and how she came to be a Rotarian. Rose Marie was born. Raised and educated in Bon Accord, just north of the city. She said that from a young age, she has always been a people person. Her dad was an Austrian immigrant and a carpenter and she has two younger brothers.  She clearly remembers walking along the rail road line to school in the winters, as the snow was always ploughed there. She also remembers all the walking she did with a bag over her shoulder, delivering the Edmonton Journal. She has many friends that she made growing up in a small town and still regularly keeps in touch with many of them. After she finished school, she attended business college in Edmonton, and soon after had a job working for the Provincial Government in the young offender’s office. Her father passed away at about this time and she travelled back and forth to go home to Bon Accord each weekend to help her mother out.
She soon met Con, as they both loved to go dancing at the Trocadero in Edmonton. They were married and went on the have three children. Con had his own business that took him away from home a lot, so Rose Marie raised her children alone most of the time. Rose Marie also tried to keep up her secretarial skills by doing some part time work, and when her children had all become teenagers, she decided she needed to get out and meet more people. She returned to work, this time in administration at Norquest College, and she also joined Toastmasters. She made it a point to remember the names of the students that she came in contact with. During this time, she met many people from all over the world and is still good friends with many of them. She was very proud to be asked to speak one year at the Norquest College graduation ceremonies, held at the Jubilee Auditorium.
After seventeen and a half years at Norquest College, she decided that it was time to retire. She wanted to spend more time with her family and be able to help out with her handicapped grand daughter. She also started helping Con with his business by keeping the books. It was soon after this, while talking with their company accountant, who suggested that since she had more time on her hands now, she might like to see if she would enjoy being part of Rotary. She attended a few meetings and soon joined and became an active member. She has since served three terms as secretary and one term as President for the Edmonton Strathcona Rotary. She is still very busy with her family, friends and other interests. She serves as a mentor for a smaller Toastmasters club, and has also recently joined the Cosmopolitan choir. She says she did not know how to read music when she joined, but she does now.
Rose Marie never continues to be amazed by the things that Rotary is involved with and looks forward to doing more with Rotary, and helping out where ever she can. In her words, ‘people and friendships are what makes life complete’.
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Rose Marie Basaraba, Refresher Classification Talk Vi Hughes 2017-07-19 06:00:00Z 0 Rose Marie
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 11, 2017
This Tuesday, our guest speaker was Brenda Hawryluk, Director of Donor and Business Relations for Goodwill Industries of Alberta. She talked about the mission and vision of Goodwill Industries and how they go about achieving these.
Goodwill was founded in 1902, in Boston, by Edgar J Helms, who believed in giving people a hand up, instead of a hand out for people with disabilities. Goodwill has been doing that ever since by providing job counseling, career development and job placements. They also directly provide jobs for people with disabilities, as twenty seven percent of their employees have a disclosed disability. They believe that the best way to help people is to give them an opportunity to enhance their lives through meaningful employment. They make this possible through the funding they derive from the sale of donations of used clothing, sporting equipment, toys, books, household goods and other items. There are one hundred sixty-two Goodwills in seventy-two countries around the world. In Alberta, they recently received a ‘Diversity in Ability Award’ from Diversity Magazine for their support of individuals with disabilities, and they also received the City of ‘Edmonton Mayor’s Award for Paid Employment’ for their creative methods to ensure dignity and inclusion of persons with disabilities. Internationally, they were also recognized as one of the twenty most inspiring companies by Forbes magazine.
They have fourteen retail locations and twenty-four donation centers in Alberta alone.  In 2016, the Alberta Goodwill made one point two million transactions, including processing five hundred seventy thousand donations. They took in about twenty million dollars in sales and eighty-nine-point six percent of this went directly back to support their programs and services. They have a policy of recycling as many items as possible, if they can not be sold in their outlets. In 2016 they took in fifteen point seven million kilos in donations, sold seven point eight million kilos and recycled another four million kilos. They have recently opened a one-hundred thousand square foot warehouse in west Edmonton that is home to many of their current initiatives. It includes their warehouse and logistics operations, their recycling program, furniture sales, their Commercial Services division, a regular sales outlet, their first outlet store where customers can purchase items by the pound, and a Community Engagement Center that can host programs that give back to Edmonton and surrounding communities.
It is currently hosting the ‘You Can Ride 2’ Program, that provides specially equipped bicycles for children with disabilities. Their warehouse sorts and sends out saleable items to their stores, all small appliances are tested to ensure they work, and if not, they are recycled. Some items are recycled in-house into saleable items, such as towels, which are cut and packaged to be sold as cleaning cloths. They have empowered many Albertans through their Power of Work program and will continue doing so into the future.
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Brenda Hawryluk, Goodwill Industries of Alberta Vi Hughes 2017-07-11 06:00:00Z 0 brenda,goodwill,speaker
Posted by Vi Hughes on Jul 05, 2017
This Tuesday we heard from our 2017-18 President, Vince Campbell, about his experiences at the recent Rotary International Convention, that was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
It was attended by forty-three thousand people, and required two opening ceremony sessions to accommodate all of those wishing to attend.  Bill Gates spoke about Polio Plus and informed everyone that it may take up to another three years to completely eliminate the disease, as isolated outbreaks are still popping up in a few parts of the world. The estimated cost for this is two point four billion dollars, and a large portion of this has already been pledged.
There were a large number of excellent speakers and the variety of sessions to attend was in the hundreds. He attended a panel discussion on ending modern slavery, that was very well presented, as well as several other break out sessions. He thanked the club for giving him the opportunity to attend and to learn about and meet so many other rotarians from around the world.
Vince’s daughter Sara and her son Quin were also at Tuesday’s meeting and he invited her to talk a little about what she does, as he has had many questions in the past about what she does for YWAM. Sara explained that Youth With A Mission is an international Christian group, founded about fifty years ago, that tries to give young people an opportunity to do mission work on a short term basis, by offering short six to ten month training sessions followed by a term of mission work. Their three goals are Mercy (similar to the types of work we do as Rotarians, in helping local people with whatever needs to be done), Evangelism and Training. Some of the things Sara and the group in Wrexham, Wales, do is to train others, work with refugees, the homeless, and the local food bank.
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Vince Campbell, Rotary International Convention Report Vi Hughes 2017-07-05 06:00:00Z 0 president,vince
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jun 30, 2017

We celebrated the annual Rotating Wheel Dinner at the picturesque setting of the The Royal Glenora Club on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

President Dimitri gave a comprehensive report on a successful 2016-17 and our 2017-18 President, Vince Campbell, introduced his team for next year.

The handoverPresident Dimitri and Rotarian of the Year, Hal Quilliam


Please OPEN THE PHOTO ALBUM  and start the slide show. Sit back and relax, there are 87 slides.


Several new Paul Harris Fellowship awards were presented. Most notably, Isabella Basaraba, Rose Marie's granddaughter and Emily Fischbach, granddaughter of our guest and former Rotarian Otto Gloeckler, and Honorary Member Betty Germain.

In addition several PHF plus pins were presented recognizing multiple Paul Harris contributions. Watch the slide show.

A very significant milestone was reached by Bernd Reuscher as he was presented with an engraved crystal in recognition as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.

Rotating Wheel Dinner 2017 a wrap. Hans Granholm 2017-06-30 06:00:00Z 0 rotating
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jun 23, 2017
$1 billion GIF

On June 22, 2017, Kiva crossed $1 billion in loans to students, farmers, women, refugees and so many more entrepreneurs around the world.


This milestone wouldn’t have been possible without our passionate community of lenders, volunteers, partners, staff and supporters like you. Your dedication to creating a better world and your willingness to share Kiva’s mission powered this movement from day 1 to make this moment a reality.

Here's how team Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona helped make $1 billion in change!


Loans supported


In impact



We’re looking forward to the next billion in loans, and we’re so thankful to have you by our side on this journey.


Best wishes,
The Kiva team 

Kiva crosses a significant milestone! Hans Granholm 2017-06-23 06:00:00Z 0 kiva
Posted by Ken Germain on Jun 23, 2017
As one of four women and 10 children born into an Islamic family, Mona Nashman-Smith has a passion for ensuring women are given the same opportunities as their male colleagues for advancement in the world of CEOs.

Her father recognize that education was important for girls even if it included a personal cost.
Mona worked as superintendent assistant and a superintendent in Oman until 2014.
She is now the principal at Edmonton's Islamic Academy with 1350 students of 33 nationalities.
Mona was born and raised in Edmonton.
Mona Nashman-Smith. Muslim-Woman-Teacher Ken Germain 2017-06-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 16, 2017

Invitation to Participate

August 21-25, 2017

on Treaty Six Territory

at Grant MacEwan University


Ignite Change is a global gathering for human rights defenders, protectors, promoters, facilitators… those with a concern about the current human rights climate we live within and are working to build peace and take action globally and locally.


Participants will examine how to address four key issues from a human rights lens: human trafficking, arms, drugs and hate. Global citizens need to amplify voices and perspectives on these issues and translate concerns into non-violent direct action.


Whether you are curious about human rights and need some direction or inspiration, an active human rights defender, or one with knowledge and experience to share, this gathering will provide an opportunity to network and build a deepened collective impact.


We are inviting all Rotary Clubs in the districts to sponsor an international student or delegate to attend this Global Gathering.


Outcomes of the conference will include a report of public policy recommendations on the issues at hand and a documentation of stories and ideas.


For more information:

780 453 2638 @jhcentre


The Global Gathering has been brought to you by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights with the support of the Tribal Chief Ventures, City of Edmonton, Government of Alberta, and Lions Club of Edmonton Golden Gate.

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Posted by Hans Granholm on Jun 16, 2017

We are celebrating the annual Rotating Wheel Dinner at the picturesque setting of the The Royal Glenora Club on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

President Dimitri will report on a successful 2016-17 and our 2017-18 President, Vince Campbell, will introduce the team for next year.

Date:  Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Place:  The Royal Glenora Club

             11160 River Valley Road, Edmonton


Time:  6:00 – Cocktails  (Cash Bar)

           7:00 – dinner

Dress:  Professional Dress

Cost:  $65/ea

​Deadline for registration: June 23rd, 1800 MDT

Registration: on-line   or by cash or cheque to Rose Marie Basaraba / Donna Hutton

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Rotating Wheel Dinner 2017 Hans Granholm 2017-06-16 06:00:00Z 0 rotating
Posted by Ken Germain on Jun 14, 2017
Ken Sutley lines up before striking another perfect ball!
Val Solash and Barbara Koenig watch and learn.
18 golfers and 25 diners had fun on Tuesday. The Bang the Ball for Bangladesh day went well The weather was  dry and cool with scattered mosquitoes.
An unfortunate traffic accident had taken place on the Walterdale bridge closing off access for more diners but other than that all was a success.
The 2 person best ball golf competition was won by Con B and Eric G, by one stroke over Val Solash and Ken G. The most "honest" golfers were Loida and her husband Jim.
Back at the clubhouse, Jim Petty sunk nine golf balls in a row to win the (30 payers x $5./each) putting championship from Eric Germain who could only sink eight in a row. Bruce Flesher was close till the end.
Nearest the Pin in one shot holes were won by Eric Germain and Ron Brown (I think. Les C. and Judy Brown did well also). Longest putts were by Val Solash, Jim Peddie and Ken Germain (I think. Con B. and Barbara Koenig were dynamite!) 
Thanks Bill and Lorraine Skelly for arranging the Kinsmen Club house and golf deal once again.
Golf balls were donated by IS2 (Eric). Thanks Ken Sutley for helping.
Thanks to all who donated prizes especially the auction items.
  • New, shiny golf bag Don H.  $120.00
  • Proseco bucket/basket (Audrey) $100.00 (gifted to Karen G's health and recovery.) thanks Jim P.
  • and a Last Will and Testament (Harald) $400.00!
These items raised an extra $620.

Our total proceeds for The Amarok Society : $1400.00!
A chicken and potatoe salad and green salad meal was enjoyed with lashings of fresh fruit. Wine and Beer seemed to be popular.
Another great day for golf and Rotary fellowship ‎in our club's long tradition of over 40 years of hosting a golf tourney.
Ken G.
Fun Golf Day Was A Fun Golf Day!! Ken Germain 2017-06-14 06:00:00Z 0 golf
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on Jun 12, 2017
I had the pleasure to present our club's $1000 scholarship to Erika Hurl from Vimy Ridge Academy on Thursday June 8th. 
In talking to her teachers Erika is admired for her tenacity and resilience. She has been involved in many activities, including being the Student Body President, doing morning announcements and volunteering at different community events. 
Carin van Vuuren, Director
Youth Services
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Scholarship Presentation Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2017-06-12 06:00:00Z 0 scholarship,,vimy ridge,,youth
Posted by Ken Germain on Jun 08, 2017
A regular speaker, Wendy McDonald, pictured, gave a heartfelt and meaningful talk on Tuesday. Wendy spoke with experience as she has helped raise Kyle, her son who was born very premature. Kyle's growth due to her caring, love and commitment has convinced her that Employment for developmentally challenged people is important. Unfortunately 80% remain unemployed. The payback is great when a job works out. To be less dependent and have a purpose goes a long way. Loneliness is the biggest challenge for most of these folks.
40 organizations are trying to help through this non profit group. 6000 families need your help.
A Little Help From Your Friends Ken Germain 2017-06-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on Jun 01, 2017
Good guy, good Rotarian and good husband. Three Goals achieved!
Jim Peddie. pictured,  gave his classification talk on Tuesday.
Kirkland Lake, Ontario was home for Jim. Son of a second generation gold miner, he tried the hard work of the miner and decided that if his future was not hockey, he was likely moving on. Move on he did. Deciphering Russian morse code in Alert and learning the military ways stuck with Jim but Civil Engineering called and project manager soon followed. Ft. Saskatchewan Business Park was a surveying and engineering challenge faced. 
Life Insurance and Financial Advise has kept Jim busy and happy now for a number of years. His honest demeanor and willingness to assist have been helpful in his success.
Jim joined the Spruce Grove Rotary Club in 1993 as a charter member and served a year as President of the club. He's been with us since last year.
Jim and his wife Karen met when Jim responded to a "Shared Accommodation" ad in the paper. Serendipity strikes again! They have a daughter and also a son with a wedding coming up in July. 
Hobbies include volunteering, collecting watches  (when he has a minute) and coaching kids sports.
A help-book on retirement adjustment is a work in progress.
Thanks for the insights Jim.
Jim Peddie Scores A Hat Trick Ken Germain 2017-06-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on May 26, 2017
Members are reminded about the UPDATED District Volunteer Security Policy, DOWNLOAD HERE.
This policy was generated from the requirement of our insurance company providing liability coverage in case of issues arising from members and non-Rotarians working with youth and other vulnerable members of our society.
The policy provides that all involved Rotarians and non-Rotarians complete a vulnerable persons police check.  Click on "Read more..." or title 'Police Check' to read more about the relaxed submission procedure which has been greatly simplified.
Failure to complete the police check means members and non-members will not be able to work on any Rotary program that involves 'Vulnerable Persons'.
Contact Hans Granholm, 780-466-5566 for more information.
Police Check UPDATE Hans Granholm 2017-05-26 06:00:00Z 0
Ken Rosenau, pictured, is the third generation CEO of the trucking company started by his grandfather in 1957. That is not common. Only 12% of family businesses can do it! (Right Dave Rayner?)
A half ton truck, a dream and a house full of boys led to success and non stop growth.
Today, Rosenau Transportation includes 450 trucks and 650 employees who complete 2300-2700 trips a day. 7.5 million lbs /day. 
Their 24 locations throughout western Canada now include loads of storage space. 210,000 sq. ft. near the Edmonton International Airport. The volume of product being moved around is always increasing in this part of the world. With Port Edmonton and the other airport land improvements planning massive growth, Rosenau will be around for a few more generations.
Rosenau Transport. An Alberta Success Story Ken Germain 2017-05-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Harcourt on May 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona
C/O Rick Harcourt
Dear Strathcona Club members,
On behalf of the 155 school girls, the 30 residents of the Treatment Centre, the 15 new mothers at the Health Unit and the Days for Girls Chapter in Calgary, I thank you for your $800.00 donation to offset the shortfall for washable menstrual kits for Alexander First Nation in Morinville.
Days for Girls, an international volunteer organization with over 960 chapters around the world, is focused on keeping girls in school by providing high quality, washable feminine hygiene kits.  These kits are paired with women’s health and reproduction education to ensure that girls and women have accurate information for making life decisions.  Alexander invited us to distribute kits to their girls because many were dropping out of school.
Since menstruation is a delicate subject, we work with local women to ensure that our activities are culturally appropriate.  In the case of Alexander First Nations, we have taken training from their Cultural Advisor to ensure that we respect traditions, wording, ceremonies, and gifts.  Our chapter feels that this distribution opens a door to our First Nations’ sisters and hope that it leads to other opportunities with northern communities.
You have helped us with your donation but even more important is the opportunity to work with Strathcona on other projects in the future.  This letter is an open invitation for Strathcona members to join us as we increase our presence in NWT and northern Alberta through kit distributions and micro enterprises.
Thanks again,
Katharine Bondy
Partnerships and Fundraising Coordinator
Calgary Chapter, Days for Girls
 Days for Girls Calgary Chapter   ∙    Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.
Calgary Chapter:   Charity # 827847039RR0001 
Letter of Appreciation Rick Harcourt 2017-05-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Carin Jansen van Vuuren on May 19, 2017
We received a gracefull Thank You letter from New Hope School in Pretoria South Africa.
It is refreshing to receive, very promptly, a heartfelt note of appreciation. Read more... for the full accounting
New Hope School 2017 update Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2017-05-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on May 17, 2017
On Tuesday, May 16th, Carol Devereux, District 5370 Paul Harris Society Chair, graced us with her presence where she presented Bruce Flesher with his PHS membership.
A Paul Harris Society member is a person who has pledged to contribute US$1,000 in a Rotary Year to Rotary Foundation programs. Bruce is already a major Foundation donor and Joyce is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
Congratulations Bruce and thank you for your continued support of The Rotary Foundation and its programs that our club benefits in.
Bruce Flesher is a Paul Harris Society Member Hans Granholm 2017-05-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on May 11, 2017
Here's The 2015 Group.
Perfect Day! A Great Walk With Friends.
This year will be all of that, and more.
PRIZES!PRIZES!PRIZES!...(please, please, please!)

"Bang the ball for Bangladesh "
All proceeds will support The Amarok Society.

June 13, 2pm Kinsmen Pitch/Putt.
(note: a quick meeting will still take place at the usual venue, usual time.)

-Golf.  Cost:  $25.
-Chicken pic-nic. 6:pm. Cost:$25.
                 -Both Events $50.00    Please pay Ken Sutley or Ken Germain.

-Fellowship 4:30 - 6.ish,: Drink a beer, wine or juice etc. Cost: Free!
Contributions of Golf Prizes are appreciated.
How about a Silent auction table?
Join us Tuesday, June 13 following a quick Rotary meeting. 2:15 tee off times begin.
Best Ball, 2 person teams will compete for fun, glory and prizes. 2 or 3 clubs is all you'll need including a putter.
Kinsmen Pitch and Putt is a very short but beautiful course in Edmonton's River Valley.
About 2 1/2 hours completes the round, then it's off to the Kinsmen Clubhouse, beneath the High Level Bridge for fun and Bar B-Q. The roasted chickens were a hit last year and spares us from lighting the Bar B-Q and cooking. Salads desert will be there too!
Some beer and wine and juice is included.
Please register on line or tell us that you'll be there for either or both events.
Fun Golf and Bar B Q June 13 Ken Germain 2017-05-11 06:00:00Z 0
Recently, the board approved the adoption of the Grevy’s Zebras habitat at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. We get incredible exposure (2 sign locations) and is one of the animals in the Zoo’s Species Survival Plan.  The Zoo may be getting another male soon, in hopes to continue the successes the Zoo has had in breeding.  Adoption of this exhibit was a great opportunity for the club.

The Grevy’s Zebra, named for Jules Grevy, is found in the semi-arid grasslands of Kenya and Ethiopia, Africa.

The Grevy’s zebra is the largest of all wild equines. Grevy’s Zebras differ from the other two species of zebras in that it has a more mule-like appearance, its ears are larger and rounded, and its stripes are narrower and more close-set. As with all zebra species, the Grevy’s Zebra’s has a black and white striped pattern. The belly and the area around the base of the tail lack stripes, a feature that is unique to the Grevy’s zebra. Foals are born with brown and white stripes. The brown stripes darken as they mature. Like snowflakes, no two zebras have the same stripes.

Male zebras are solitary animals and occupy the largest territory of any herbivore. Grevy’s zebras do not form lasting bonds like other zebras or horses. Herds of Grevy’s Zebras are composed of female zebras and their young.

The Grevy’s zebra is considered to be Endangered as their numbers in the wild are estimated at less than 2,500. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is committed to the conservation and protection of these zebras, and are members of the Species Survival Plan.

To learn more about this magnificent animal, visit Animal Diversity Web or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Adoption at the Zoo Hans Granholm 2017-05-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Hutton on May 05, 2017
Dear Friends,

Wellspring Edmonton is pleased to extend an invitation to the 2nd Annual Allard Lecture on June 1st, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at The Citadel Theatre.  We are honoured to present internationally renowned doctor and cancer control specialist, Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, who will deliver a lecture - The Science and Art of Healing: New Horizons versus New Eyes.
Wellspring in Edmonton Donna Hutton 2017-05-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on Apr 28, 2017
Check this out!
Office area at the Red Deer Municipal Airport, c. 1967. Note the sign for Johnston Air Services. Man on the left is Ron McCullough, who was a City Councilor representative on the Muncipal Airport Commission. 
Publ. What Ken did not know was that the gentleman  second from the right is John Martin. John was our Charter Vice President, and in a moment of delirium introduced Ron into Rotary and our club in September 1975.
I invite Ron to provide some further commentary.
BTW, it is the sixties alright. Note the neat fedoras and Ron's thick head of hair not needing one -- Oh and the large ashtray on the table.
A blast from the past Ken Germain 2017-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Bourassa on Apr 28, 2017
These Rotary signs are throughout downtown Prince George. Looks great, hard to miss. Excellent example of good Rotary PR work.
Rotary visible in Prince George Ed Bourassa 2017-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Sandercock on Apr 28, 2017
Rotary House Construction Site, April 2017
After about 5 years of fund raising this is a picture of the progress of the Peace River Rotary Club's “Rotary House” project.
It will be similar, but on a smaller scale, to Ronald McDonald houses.
 Bob Sandercock
News from Peace River Rotary Bob Sandercock 2017-04-28 06:00:00Z 0
REMINDER!  General voting next Tuesday, April 25th Hans Granholm 2017-04-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2017

I'm an old school, hardcore political activist. For instance, I still won't eat grapes because of the plight of the migrant farm workers. I also won't eat raisins because of the older migrant farm workers. That's how hardcore I am. I also won't eat prunes. That's for a completely different reason.


The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.           W. C. Fields


Apr 21,... And then there's...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-04-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 14, 2017


Three fishermen catch a mermaid. If they agree to set her free, she will grant them each a wish.
The first guy says, "OK, I want you to double my I.Q." Immediately, the guy recites Shakespeare flawlessly.
The second guy asks the mermaid to triple his I.Q. Suddenly, he's spouting complicated mathematical solutions.
Impressed, the last guy asks the mermaid to quintuple his I.Q. The mermaid hesitates and asks, "Are you sure that's what you really want?"
"Absolutely!" says the man.
The mermaid smiles. Instantly, the third man turns into a woman.


Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force.. never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.         Winston Churchill

April 14, ...And then there's ... That!?! Hans Granholm 2017-04-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
In recognition of longtime service and contributions to the club, The Edmonton Strathcona Rotary Club honored longtime member and Past President, Art Baird with an Honorary Membership at his home, on April 11th.
Past President Harald Kuckertz presented the Honorary certificate and a letter from President Dimitri, who was absent in Greece. Also present was his wife Joyce, Past President Ken Sutley and Hans Granholm. The lovely flowers were arranged and curtesy of Heather de Kok.
Art Baird Honored Hans Granholm 2017-04-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2017

Two girls speed down the highway at 90 mph.

"Hey," asks the brunette at the wheel. "Do you see any cops following us?"

The blonde turns around. "As a matter of fact, I do."

"Damn!" says the brunette. "Are his flashers on?"

The blonde turns around again. "Yup. Nope. Yup. Nope. Yup."


When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on            Theodore Roosevelt

Apr 7, ...and then there's ... that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-04-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Apr 05, 2017
On April 4, 2017 I visited ELEPAP in Ioannina that we funded the purchase of 8 computers. 
I was accompanied by a small delagation of the RC of Ioannina, including its President Dr. Kosta Kotsi. At ELEPAP we were greeted by the President Natassa Benga and the facility director Vassiliki Mastaka.
The Computer Room of the RC of Edmonton Starthcona was amazing. The computers were in the room hooked up to special equipment for users. A sign was prominently displayed as you may see it on the photograph. I also presented them with a banner that I asked them to place on the wall.
You cannot imagine how grateful ELEPAP is with our donation, and the use they have started doing with the equipment.
For those that were on the 2017 Greek tour, we also visited the ELEPAP village for 35 adult people with special needs. The facility is completed and will start to be populated in the next month or so. The European Union inspected the facility and is presently looking at the possibility of providing them more funding for the operation and/or expansion.
I also visited a school were the participants of the 2017 Greek tour gave a donation of 500 Euros that was used to provide daily lunch to 20 Roma elementary sudents. Unfortunatelly the kids were gone but the photos of the classrooms show the poverty that exist.
On Thursday I will attend the meeting of the RC of Ioannina.
Till next time, cheers.
Updated April 5
The computers (with special keyboards, tools etc...) are purchased and set, and...our club sign is already on the wall  smiley yes....and what a sizecool
I have spoken to Natasha and also to the director and will arrange to visit them sometime next week, maybe with representatives from the RC of Ioannina. At that time I will send new photos.
On behalf of ELEPAP I would personally like to thank the Board and through it the membership for this generous donation to my heritage hometown. We will alway remember the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona.
ELEPAP Update, Apr 5 Dimitri Papanicolas 2017-04-05 06:00:00Z 0 elepap
Posted by Hans Granholm on Apr 05, 2017


Please consider helping at the Mustard Seed. See the note below: 


Event Name: Church Meals Group - April 2017

Event Date/Time: Wed, Apr 5, 2017 -- 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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Event Meeting Location:
The Mustard Seed Street Church
10635 96 St NW, Edmonton AB

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Technical assistance, contact Hans Granholm


Event Description:
We are delighted that you have chosen The Mustard Seed for your volunteer opportunity and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your kindness and generosity.
  • Volunteers have to be at least 13 years of age to serve meals at the church and must be accompanied by an adult
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to volunteer on their own
  • The Meal group must be no larger than 12 people
  • The Meal group are required to prepare, cook, serve, assist with other related tasks, and clean up after the meal
  • The Meal group should arrive (together) at the church by 5 pm and available until 9 pm Monday to Friday
  •  The Meal group should arrive (together) at the church by 3 pm and available until 7 pm on Saturday
  • The meal group is encouraged to car pool; parking is available at the back, on the street in front and the north side of the building
  • The food coordinator will help the group get settled and give the group members their tasks for the evening
  • Come dressed in fairly casual, comfortable loose fitting clothing that can get dirty
  • NO open toed shoes or sandals will be permitted
  • No bandanas as their meaning can be misinterpreted
  • No clothing with profanity or inappropriate messages and / or graphics
  • We require that all people working in the kitchen wear a hair net which will be provided
  • Please dress modestly (no short skirts, halter tops or midriff bearing clothing) Shirts with sleeves (short or long) must be worn in the kitchen – no tank tops
The group must have a designated leader and all group members must sign in and out on the sign in sheets. Please contact The Food Coordinator when you arrive at the church. We hope this experience will be a blessing to you as well as the community we serve.
Mustard Seed Volunteer Opportunity Hans Granholm 2017-04-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Hutton on Mar 31, 2017
Donna is collecting silent auction items for the Pilgrims Hospice    Fund raising Gala on April 7.  Anyone who has items they would like to donate, can bring them to the meeting on Tuesday (April 4th) or call me 7804355498 to pick up.  It's a good cause and all donors are recognized.
Thank you in advance.
Pilgrims Hospice Fund needs Auction items. Donna Hutton 2017-03-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2017

Q: What is the ideal weight of a lawyer?

A: About three pounds, including the urn.


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.         Leo Tolstoy





Mar 31,...and then there's ...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-03-31 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ken Germain on Mar 30, 2017
Here is a letter from one of the Mothers of Intention who learn and teach children through our sponsorships with the Amarok Society. 
Her story is told by herself. 
April 11, Co- founder Gem Monroe will be our Guest Speaker. 
He is speaking to the Rotary Conference the previous weekend.
February 2017
Amarok Society
Ruma Khatun
Khulna, Bangladesh
Dear Ken,
I hope you are very well. We are also fine. You will be happy to know that now my daughter Sefa Akther Rasni can recite rhyme and try to write herself. Now she is 2 and half years old. Today I like to tell you about our mother school and education for little children that I teach. When I came to our mother school then my consideration how people can write their own name. But now I am thinking to write a name or something it doesn`t means education. Education is much than more singing or writes words. But every day we are learning many new things and realizing more on importance of education in our life. We come in our school for learning and have some responsibilities as a mother to our children. In our culture mothers are responsible to take care of their children.
 You will be happy to know that last December we 25 mothers win award from our mother school as our volunteer service to teaching children. I think this is our dignity and also our social respect. You know my learning is very limited. And with this I am trying my best to teach 4 neighbor children and my daughter.
Amarok Society, UPDATE Ken Germain 2017-03-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Mar 30, 2017
The format for the April event is 2 couples Visit to the house. One couple the host family selects and one couple I will assign. Otherwise the same format.
If you have any questions, contact Heather, , (780) 905-3034 


"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

April 22, 2017

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a social program of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona. It is designed to provide an opportunity for Club members and spouses/companions to meet other Club members in an informal, social, small group setting.

Typically a Member would Host one month and be a Guest for two months. All Members are encouraged to participate - even if for only one month. The visitors should expect anything from spaghetti or pizza to steaks. The most important part of this program is the fellowship and the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Full description and details: HERE


Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Aril 2017 Hans Granholm 2017-03-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 24, 2017

Q: Why did the golf player take an extra pair of pants when he went out on the golf course?

A: Just in case he got a hole in one.



Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.        George Bernard Shaw


Mar 24 ...and then there's ... that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-03-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 17, 2017

A blonde canvassed a wealthy neighborhood looking for odd jobs. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had anything for her to do.

"Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?"

She replied, "How about $50?"

The man agreed and told her the paint was in the garage. A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.

"You're finished already?" he asked.

"Yes," the blonde answered, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two coats." Impressed, the man reached in his pocket for the $50.

"And by the way," the blonde added, "that's not a Porsche; it's a Ferrari."


Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.     Helen Keller


Mar 17 ... and then there's...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-03-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Sandercock on Mar 13, 2017
As a former member of the Peace River Rotary Club, I would ask everyone to help support that club in this endeavor.
They are raising funds for Rotary House which is similar to Ronald McDonald houses.
The town with the most votes will get a Big Valley Jamboree show in their town with the profit going to their project.
Please vote every day.
The voting at this stage is a little complicated but if you follow this method you should get there:
You do have to register your name and email address
1. click on their" Final round of voting begins"
2. on the 25 years window go down to the Voting now open , click on" Small Town Saturday night final round of voting begins”
3. Click on “vote now”
4. select Peace River click on select
5. go down to vote and click on it
Hopefully they will  make voting easier soon.
Pass this along to your friends and family to help them out.
Bob Sandercock
Vote for your favourite Alberta small town.




Vote for the Winner of Small Town Saturday Night 2017 Bob Sandercock 2017-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 10, 2017


A man rushes his limp dog to the veterinarian. The doctor pronounces the dog dead. The agitated man demands a second opinion.

The vet goes into the back room and comes out with a cat. The cat sniffs the body and meows. The vet says, "I'm sorry, but the cat thinks that your dog is dead, too."

The man is still unwilling to accept that his dog is dead.

The vet brings in a black Labrador. The lab sniffs the body and barks. The vet says, "I'm sorry, but the lab thinks your dog is dead, too."

The man finally resigns to the diagnosis and asks how much he owes. The vet answers, "$650."

"$650 to tell me my dog is dead?" exclaims the man.

"Well," the vet replies, "I would only have charged you $50 for my initial diagnosis. The additional $600 is for the cat scan and lab tests."



He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.             Benjamin Franklin


Mar 10, ...and then there's ... that!?! 2017-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
YONA Spring Concert 2017-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
Photos from Vietnam and Cambodia Donna Hutton 2017-03-03 07:00:00Z 0
Photos from Hawaii Ivan Docker 2017-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
Photos from South Africa Carin Jansen van Vuuren 2017-02-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Betty and Tim die in a car accident on the eve of their wedding. In Heaven, they ask St. Peter if they can still be married.

"Well, let me find out if this is possible. Stay here and I will be right back."

Six months pass and Peter returns. "Yes, we can do this for you."

The couple asks, "Well, as we have spent so much time together waiting for your answer, we need to know that if things don't work out, is there a possibility that we can be divorced?"

To which St. Peter answers, "It took me six months to find a priest up here -- how long do you think it will take me to find a lawyer?"



Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been.        Hilary Clinton



Feb 24 ...and then there's...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-02-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
Look who's strutting!
Diana show off her newly unencumbered foot
Ron McCullough says: Well done!
Diana unencumbered Hans Granholm 2017-02-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2017

My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.     Soren Kierkegaard

Feb 17, ...and the there's...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-02-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2017
What's Irish and comes out in the spring? 

Paddy O'Furniture!



Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.     Mahatma Gandhi

Feb 10 ... and then there's ... That!?! Hans Granholm 2017-02-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 03, 2017

Q: What do Eskimos get from sitting on a block of ice?

A. Polaroids.



We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.     Martin Luther King, Jr.

Feb 3, ...and then...there's that!?! 2017-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 29, 2017
News from ClubRunner
Play the video and learn more.
Download the 'ClubRunner Mobile' app from your app store.
NOTE: one feature, a very convenient one, the club locater in your immediate area, is currently being updated and is not available.
ClubRunner Mobile Hans Granholm 2017-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 29, 2017
One of our newer members, Ron Brown and his bride, Judy Harcourt-Brown spends a few months in Mexico every year. They visit Rotary clubs regularly and participate in local club projects and events.
Judy is a director of Project Amigo Canada, and it is no coincidence that one of their favourite projects is 'Project Amigo' in Colima.
Ron just sent me a Blog covering the period January 11 - 19.
Ron and Judy 2017 Mexico Blog Hans Granholm 2017-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2017
YESS is starting to plan for our 2017 Gala for Youth, taking place on April 28, 2017. This is our largest yearly fundraiser and we are asking for your help! Are you or someone you know willing to donate an item to our gala’s silent auction?
Donor individuals or companies will receive recognition in our event program and signage at the event, on the auction table, and on our event website.
Here some examples of items we are looking for that tend to do well at our auction:
Experiences – tickets to an event, trips – skiing, fishing, etc., golf packages or lessons, helicopter, airplane or hot air balloon ride, photo portrait session, kid’s party , art party or lessons
Romance - dance lessons, flowers for a year, dinners, dream date night
Lifestyle – gym membership or fitness training, haircuts or spa package and related items, pet grooming, massages, housekeeping, shopping spree
Outdoor Items – bbq, decking or backyard reno, outdoor machines like snowblower or lawnmower, tools, birdhouse, gardening set, kid’s playground set
New Items – purses or luggage , set of his and hers sunglasses, kitchen machines, themed gift baskets, camping or outdoor items, musical instrument, luxury bedding set, home gym, golf clubs, telescope, autographed sports memorabilia
Art – artisan pottery, sculpture, painting/print (preferrably framed), woven blanket or shawl
If you have an item you are interested in donating or know of a company we should contact, please call or email Michelle Iorio, michelle.iorio@yess.org780-468-7186 ext 223.
YESS planning for Gala Hans Granholm 2017-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 27, 2017

Our regular noon meeting at the German Club will convene at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Details are as follows:

Date:  Tuesday, February 14th   (in lieu of our regular meeting at the German Club)

Place:  Otter Room,  EdVenture Lodge, located in the entry plaza of the Edmonton Valley Zoo

Schedule:      11:30 -11:30 am     Setup

                      11:30 – 12:30         Lunch and Club Meeting

                      12:30-12:45            Presentation Presentation by Stephanie Perilli, Director, Fund Development, can be entitled Nature’s Wild Backyard. 
                                                  On the tour we will see the animals and learn the scale of the zoo’s next phase of revitalization.

                      12:45-2:00 pm        Tour of the Zoo

Cost:  $20.00 per person

Invite a guest or two!

Click on the link in "Upcoming Events" to register and pay online.

You may confirm your attendance at the club meeting of Jan. 31st or Feb. 7th, or by email to   Payment may be made on line or at the door.   Please advise in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Deadline for registration is Friday, February 10th.

Visit the Zoo on February 14th Hans Granholm 2017-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 27, 2017
Anyone is welcome to sign up
Here are some tips for the volunteers:
Parking: -- The Strathcona Farmers Market parking lot on the east side of Gateway Blvd. (103 Street) is free for 'Ice on Whyte' patrons and volunteers. Go as far north as you can.
The Hut: -- It is adequately heated and comfortable. One chair is provided.
RCES brochure: -- place the new tri-fold brochure stand on the outside ledge. More brochures inside the large white envelope marked "Strathcona Rotary". Perhaps fold a few more in your spare time.

Every year, the Ice on Whyte Festival grabs Canadian winter by the snowballs and carves it into a wicked combo of ice and art. Just imagine, 155,000 pounds of ice is dumped just to prep for this week long party – on purpose! So, get your toque on and come down to the International Ice Carving Competition, ride a gigantic ice slide, or learn to carve ice just like a pro. One of the hottest shows is on the last night, where you’ll see fire melt an ice sculpture right back into H20. You’ll be right in your element. Get it?
In honour of Canada turning the big 150 in 2017, some historically iconic Canadian characters will be making a special appearance at the End of Steel Park during the festival. Don't just imagine what life was like for Canada’s ancestors, see for yourself! Listen to stories about Edmonton from fur trading pioneers like Richard Hardisty or hear from Margaret Martin about what life was like for women before they had the right to vote. Experience the stories of ordinary people that shaped our country in a unique and extraordinary way.
- See more information about the volunteer opportunities and to sign up, visit:
Ice on Whyte volunteer opportunity Hans Granholm 2017-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 27, 2017


A gorilla walks into a bar and says, "A scotch on the rocks, please." The gorilla hands the bartender a $10 bill.

The bartender thinks to himself, "This gorilla doesn't know the prices of drinks," and gives him 15 cents change.

The bartender says, "You know, we don't get too many gorillas in here."

The gorilla replies, "Well, at $9.85 a drink, I ain't coming back, either."


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.      -- Charles Caleb Colton (c.1780-1832)

Jan 27, ... and then there's ... that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-01-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Jan 23, 2017
On Sunday January 22 the Edmonton Oil Kings scored big time at the new Rogers Place with the End Polio Now campaign. Unfortunately, they did not register a score on the scoreboard as they fell 2-0 to the Moose Jaw Warriors.
The photos (by Carin van Vuuren) show the Oil Kings present a cheque in the amount of $5,200+ to our member and District Polio Plus Chair, Patrick Gibson. Well done Patrick. I believe we set another attendance record with close to 600 Rotarians, family and friends in the seats.
Oil Kings Score with Polio Plus. Hans Granholm 2017-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dimitri Papanicolas on Jan 21, 2017
After the 2016 successful Tour of Greece there has been an interest in a repeat. If you or acquaintances of yours are interested in participating in an 8 to 10 days bus tour of Greece please send an e-mail to Dimitri Papanicolas at in order to receive more information. The number of participants should not exceed 20, on first come first saved basis. We will also connect with a few Rotary Clubs during the trip and see if we can organize a visit. The tour is open to non-Rotarian too.
The tour will take place in the mainland visiting archeological sites, religious sites, overall site seeing (see map) and of course some local food, wine, ouzo and shopping. Island and cruise tours can be organized separately before or after the tour.

Visit Greece with the Greek anyone? Dimitri Papanicolas 2017-01-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2017

One day, Mr. Phillard rushed his pregnant wife over to the hospital. As the doctors were prepping his wife, Mr. Phillard's idiot brother Bill arrived to watch the birth. But when Mr. Phillard saw the blood and everything else, he fainted. When Mr. Phillard woke up he was in a bed with the doctor standing above him.

"Mr. Phillard," the doctor said, "you are in the recovery room. Don't worry, your wife is fine and she had twins, a boy and a girl. Because you were unconscious and your wife was still under anaesthesia, she requested that your brother Bill name the kids."

"What! My brother, the idiot! I can't believe you let him! What did he name them?"

"He named your daughter Denise."

"Hey, not bad! I underestimated my brother. What did he name my son?"

"He named your son Denephew."

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.      Mahatma Gandhi

Jan 20, ...and then there's ... that!?! 2017-01-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.     -- Plato


Confucious say, ''Man who runs behind bus is going to get exhausted.''


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.           Albert Einstein

Jan 13, ...and then there's ... that!?! 2017-01-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
Ken took telling the 'Story of the Day' to a new level by juggling three balls while playing the harmonica -- well, sort of. Ken commented himself that it was probably a good idea that he used balls instead of eggs in the shell.
Story of the Day -- the untold version Hans Granholm 2017-01-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2017
'nuf said!

He that lies down with the dogs riseth with fleas.      -- George Herbert (1593-1633)

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.      -- unknown
Jan 6...and then there's...that!?! Hans Granholm 2017-01-06 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation - 100 Years! Patrick Gibson 2016-12-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Dec 23, 2016
On behalf of the editorial staff, we wish all of you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and fulfilling New Year. the next e-Strathconian will be January 6th 2017.
Please be reminded that we will not meet on December 27th. Our next meeting will be on January 3rd 2017.
Merry Christmas Hans Granholm 2016-12-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Dec 16, 2016
We welcomed a new member to our Rotary family on Tuesday, Dec 13th:
Sponsor Hans Pilz, Audrey Martyn, President Dimitri, Membership Chair Eric Germain
Audrey Martyn sponsored by Hans Pilz. Classification: Education-Retired
Please introduce yourself and make Audrey feel welcome.
Welcome New Member Hans Granholm 2016-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Dec 12, 2016

Annual Christmas meal for St. Teresa of Calcutta School -- Thank You! 


We received a note for Kyle Porter, Principal:

Hello Hans,
  On behalf of our school community, I would like to thank you and your volunteer members for taking the time to serve at our Annual Christmas Dinner.  It was a packed house once again and your members helped to ensure that it flowed smoothly!  I hope they enjoyed the experience as much as we enjoyed having themJ



The annual Christmas meal is prepared by an area Junior High School for the students and families of St. Teresa.  This is one of the rare opportunities they have to get all families in the (economically challenged) area involved and build community around the school.


The annual Christmas meal was prepared by an area Junior High School for the students and families of St. Teresa.  This is one of the rare opportunities they have to get all families in the (economically challenged) area involved and build community around the school.


Thank you note from Principal Porter Hans Granholm 2016-12-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Dec 09, 2016

The annual Christmas meal was prepared by an area Junior High School for the students and families of St. Teresa.  This is one of the rare opportunities they have to get all families in the (economically challenged) area involved and build community around the school.

We received a request for help and nine members and spouses meet the challenge. From all accounts the dinner went well.

Annual Christmas meal for St. Teresa of Calcutta School.  Hans Granholm 2016-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Germain on Dec 09, 2016
CLICK HERE  to open the photo album and slides show.
The Rotary Interact Club at J. Percy Page High School teamed up with Chef Andrew Martin's Culinary Students in order to prepare, deliver, and serve a festive meal at Ronald McDonald House on December 1st. 
As a part of their "Meals that Mend" program, 24 students enthusiastically cooperated in prepping food, wiping down surfaces, playing with children, talking to families and then serving a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
By making meaningful connections in their community, these students are role models in their commitment to put others before themselves.
A huge thank you goes out to the Strathcona Rotary Club contributors, who paid for the groceries, and volunteer drivers who helped make this holiday feast a success!
JPP Interact Club serves dinner at Ronald McDonald House, Dec 2016 Eric Germain 2016-12-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ivan Docker on Dec 05, 2016
No matter where we have travelled in Australia and New Zealand, the presence of Rotary in the local communities is evident.  We spent 3 Days in Paihia, and on the beach just across from the resort where we stayed there was a shower for rinsing off the sand emblazed with the Rotary logo, beside a beautiful playground built by Rotarians.  I had a great time at their meeting, and have enjoyed make-ups at 6 other clubs in Australia and New Zealand.  We are now in Auckland, and our 8-week adventure will soon be over. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at our meeting on Dec. 13.

'bye for now, Sue & Ivan
Ivan and Sue down under Ivan Docker 2016-12-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hans Granholm on Nov 30, 2016

You don't want to miss this great opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow Rotarians and partners.

Sign up now!

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

January 28th

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a social program of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona. It is designed to provide an opportunity for Club members and spouses/companions to meet other Club members in an informal, social, small group setting.

Typically a Member would Host one month and be a Guest for two months. All Members are encouraged to participate - even if for only one month. The visitors should expect anything from spaghetti or pizza to steaks. The most important part of this program is the fellowship and the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Sign up today: OPEN LINK

Full description and details: HERE