The Rotary Club of
Edmonton Strathcona
Chartered 1974
January 12, 2018
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Edmonton Strathcona
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We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
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8310 Roper Road NW
Edmonton, AB  T6E 6E3
(780) 466-5566
(780) 665-7011
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Upcoming Events
Hockey Pool.
Oct 31, 2017 – Jun 30, 2018
Franklin Expedition
Jewish Seniors Drop in Centre
Jan 18, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
A Volunteer Opportunity for YESS
Rogers Place
Jan 25, 2018
4:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Rotary's got Talent
The Carvery Buffet Royale
Jan 26, 2018 6:00 PM
Presidential Peacebuilding Conference
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Feb 09, 2018 – Feb 11, 2018
Save the Date!...
Rogers Place
Feb 25, 2018 4:00 PM
Eye Ball Gala
The Westin Hotel
Mar 03, 2018 6:00 PM
Casino, Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona, 2018
Casino Edmonton - Argyll
May 23, 2018 9:00 AM –
May 24, 2018 3:30 AM
Susan Buxton, The Girl with the Green Sash
On Tuesday, we heard from Susan Buxton, her personal story of strength and determination in the face of childhood polio and subsequent post polio syndrome. In 1953, Susan was five years old and living in the eastern townships of rural Quebec, when she got sick with what seemed like the flu. However, by the next day it became very clear this was more than the flu, as she was paralysed from the neck down. Her parents took her to the hospital where they soon learned that she had polio. It was never determined how she had come in contact with the virus.  Her parents were told that she would never walk again. She spent the next two months in isolation, where the only people she saw were her parents and the medical staff.  Her father would carry her to the window so she could see other people outside. When she was finally transferred to the children’s ward, she noticed that some of the children were there one day and gone the next.  She soon learned that they had died.  These children had a more severe form called bulbar polio.  Susan was paralysed from the neck down, with her right leg being affected the worst. It was eight years before she would walk again. She vividly remembers the treatment for muscle spasms which entailed wrapping her in hot wet wool blankets. To this day, she can not tolerate wool blankets. Her physiotherapist was an angel that worked with her regularly and gave her hope for recovery. There were lots of failures, but slowly she regained the ability to move. She related one incident, where she had been asked by her mother to lift her leg and had tried over and over to do so and failed, when suddenly her leg flew up and hit her mother in the face.  She also began to see a specialist in Montreal, an underwent six surgeries over three years to repair some of the damage.  As her left leg recovered it grew normally, and was soon several inches longer than her right leg. She hated the special shoes that she had to wear, and to this day has never been able to wear high heels.  She attended a special school for crippled children, and also attended crippled children’s summer camps.  She remembers one camp where they were each given different colored sashes to wear.  She was given a green sash.  Green for those who could take part in all activities, yellow for those who could only take part in some, and red for those who could not take part in any activities. This would probably never be done today. By the age of twelve, she had regained the ability to walk without crutches.
About this time her family moved to Edmonton. She was now able to take part in various sports and soon found that she was an excellent swimmer. In the water she had no disabilities. She joined a competitive swim club and really enjoyed taking part in the competitions. After she married, she and her husband decided to have children, against the commonly accepted advice that that pregnancy would be too hard on her body. She found an obstetrician who told her not to worry about the birth, it was his job to get the baby out, not hers.  So, she and her husband went on to have two children.
Some years later, when she was in her early forties, she started having bad headaches, very much like those she remembered from her childhood. She eventually learned that she now had what they call post polio syndrome. She found that there was an excellent post polio syndrome specialist in Edmonton.  He has really helped her to cope with many different health issues that have come up since then. He recommended that she start using a cane, and almost immediately she noted that she could walk upright, instead of with a limp. He also gave her insight to help her deal with the problems in her right hip. Susan had worked as an administrative assistant for thirty-seven years with the Edmonton Public School Board, when the specialist recommended that she retire.
Susan now enjoys spending time with her husband of forty years, her two grown daughters and their two grandchildren.  She lives with constant pain, and is now back to using crutches, but is as determined as ever to live as normal a life as possible.  Her body does not always do what she wants it to do, and she has had a few bad falls requiring surgical interventions to repair the damage. Her oldest grand daughter, who is five, only recently noticed the nana does not walk the same as other people. Susan proudly related that one day, her grand daughter was telling her about a boy in her class who has a disability, and when Susan asked her if he had help in the classroom, she replied matter of factly, that yes, he did, she helped him. Susan felt so good that somehow, she has been an inspiration to others in ways unknown to her.
Susan thanked her mother, her sisters and their families for their continued support and faith in her. She especially thanked her husband and daughters for their unwavering support. She also said a final thankyou to all Rotarians for their dedication to the eradication of polio.
Happy New Year from ELEPAP in Greece
Eye Ball Gala

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

Oil Kings and Polio Plus
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
Rotary Foundation Presentation

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


Hockey Pool For Polio Eradication

The teams are now locked down

The second trading opportunity is the first week of March 

Welcome to the Rotary Hockey Pool For Polio Eradication, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona



Here’s some interesting facts about THIS hockey pool!!

Pool is limited to 330 participants, Entry fee is $30, Every entry automatically make a donation of $15 to PolioPlus, Every entry automatically adds $15 to the prize pool, Each team will consist of 3 goalies, 8 defenceman and 12 forwards for a total of 23 players, get rid of those underperforming or injured players during the 2 trade weeks incorporated into the schedule.

Test your hockey knowledge by building your own team from scratch!


To register click here: CLOSED

After registering you will receive an email with a link to the online pool.


Hockey Pool Rules are as follows:


Pool is limited to 330 participants

Entry fee is $30  Registration closes November 30th 2017 11:50 pm

Every entry automatically make a donation of $15 to PolioPlus

Every entry automatically adds $15 to the prize pool

Each team will be made up of 3 goalies, 8 defenceman and 12 forwards for a total of 23 players

** Teams that exceed the above player allocations will be deleted by Admin**


January 1-7th 2018 is a trade week, teams can trade up to 3 players

March 1-7th 2018 is a trade week, teams can trade up to 3 players


Prize Pool is allocated as follows:


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 defenceman

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**


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    No tax receipts issued for this event.
Patrick Gibson, New Hope School Fundraising Presentation

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.
Presidential Peacebuilding Conference
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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