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There were 12 on my laptop screen on Apri2l 2021.
 
Deb’s new dog is a fussy eater.  She has finally found a fancy imported dog food that (Dr. Marty’s ) that she will eat.
 
Pat reported that Agnes has been doing well. That is indeed great news.
 
We talked about Cindy’s decision to take a leave of absence. She will be missed.
 
We had a general discussion about the changes to our Transit system. There were lots of advice and comments from a group of seniors who have not been on a bus in 20 years.
 
Deb reported that our application for charitable status for Stephen’s Hope has been returned. CRA is seeking further detail and clarification. Lorne, deb and Brian are working on a response.
Interim President/President-elect Elizabeth pointed out that our pre pandemic fundraising sources (Robust reds and Casinos)  are not possible now. We will need to find new ways to raise funds. She asks that members provide any thoughts.
 
Mark and will coordinate a bottle pick up.
At least 13 of our members gathered downtown on Saturday morning.
 
We were fitted with gloves, grabbers and garbage bags and we set our to pick up trash in the Chinatown area.
 
It was a real eye opener for me. There was lots of trash but it was not the trash that had an affect on me, it was the stuff we found in the trash like novaxin kits and needles and the number of homeless people living in tents. I came away from the event feeling good. Not only did we clean up an area of town that is clearly neglected by the City and ETS (the worst spot we cleaned up was a bus shelter) but we showed people there that someone cars.
 
We had a great time and the consensus from the people I talked to was that we should do this again.
 
There is a rumour that a few of us may, or may not, have gathered for “tea” on a patio after the event.
 
    
Our speaker this week as Peter Visser.
Peter is a member of tee Yellowknife Club and an old friend of Lorne Parkers.
Peter introduced us to his Club. He talked about
it’s history, it’s projects,  including
              school snack program
              Constructing parks and trails in Yellowknife;
              A bike park
              RI – Polio
Shelter Box support
Support for our Mozambique project
Peter gave a great presentation and concluded his presentation tith a donation of $3,500 to Stephen’s Hope.
 
Thank You to Peter and to the Yellowknife Rotary Club.
 
Our club has provided scholarships to graduating high school students each year.
 
Our Youth Director, Jamie Pallett, has conducted a reviewed and revised the criteria we will use to select recipients .
 
This year we will be providing three scholarships to high school students.  One to a student attending a public high school (Harry Ainlay this year), one to a student attending a catholic high school (to be determined) and one to a student (20 yrs +) completing high school through some sort of support agency.
 
We will attempt to set the annual scholarship financial amount as $1000.  
 
The recipient criteria is as follows 
 
1.  Historical GPA range of 50 to 75 percent
2.  Perceives education positively, is in good standing with the school and is enrolling in University in September 2021.  
2.  Has experience (within the last 16 months) of organizing or participating in some type of voluntary community service work (can not be an experience related to school course requirement).
3.  Is an active participant in a sport and/or arts and/or theatre   
4.  Is dealing with a personal challenge that stems from a situation that is beyond their control (i.e.: health, family, etc)
5.  Is able to indicate how the financial support will help them move closer to a personal goal or achievement.
 
Nominations will be accepted until April 30th.  Recipients will be chosen in May and the scholarships awarded in June.
 
 
 
When the pandemic hit our Club faced a number of challenges. One of which was that our normal fundraising activities (Casinos and Wine Tasting fundraiser) had to be cancelled. We did not have the source of funds that we  were used to to fund our charitable activities.
We could not participate in many of the community charitable activities like the Mustard Seed meal prep etc,
Gary Smith is in the front lines of our educational system and he identified an urgent need in some of our schools in less affluent neighbourhoods. Many of the charities that had been providi9ng meals for their students were unable to do so because of the pandemic  but kids were still coming to school hungry. Gary thought that our club could help. We could  purchase prepackaged food and put together lunch bags for the kids that could be distributed in a covid safe manner.
GATEWAY Rotary has taken on Gary’s challenge. We raised funds from private donations and from a bottle drive. To date we have purchased, packaged and delivered 1800 food packages to the following schools;
  1. Ivor Dent school -800 lunches
  2. Laudedale School – 400 lunches  and;
  3. Prince Charles school – 600 lunches
This is a great story of the generosity and  impact of our little Club. We need, however to extend our thanks for the efforts of our members who have made this project a success;
  1. Gary Smith who brought this idea to the Club;
  2. Gary Smith and Elizabeth Bonkink who purchased supplies and delivered 600 lunches to the Prince Charles School
  3. Pat and Joan Coyle who purchased, packaged and delivered 400 meals to the Lauderdale School;
The Club members who attended our only in person meeting during the pandemic at the McKay school who helped package 400 lunches for the Prince Charles school
   
 
 
J
EdmGateway Rotary is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Weekly Meeting
Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed, until Jun 30, 2021, 13 occurrence(s)
        Apr 7, 2021 07:30 AM
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Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
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Meeting ID: 841 1032 5117
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Look forward to seeing you at these meetings!
 
I am attaching an email that Lorne received from our contact in Mozambique. As you can see they are dealing with Covid there too but they have been able to proceed with the construction. It is a piece of good news for the new year.
 
Thank you for sharing the news Lorne.
 
Greetings   
Good to hear from you. From this side we are doing well hope you are too.  
The Macambacuine School reopened in November the 2nd and closed for short break of two weeks that is from December 21st to 03 January 2021.  The headmistress Mrs. Henriqueta told me that the 2020 school year will be closed on February. On March 2021 will begin a new school year. The school maintenance balance enabled the school to set up new system of washing hands.  Also we set up the water tank behind the boys washrooms. Thus, the school was reopened after the inspection from the government authorities. 
After placing water tank and testing to see if the water enters, we found that the pump doesn't work. We asked someone who works on pump repair to help us. He told us that some parts of the pump had damaged because it has not been used for a long time due to the closure of the school by Covid-19. After repairing, he charged 7500 Meticais, which with the current exchange corresponds to 110 to 115 USD. So we have a debt of 7,500.00 Meticais. We apologize for not having communicated in advance. 
We appreciate for your precious support to Macambacuine school kids. May God continue blessing you. 
Find the attached Mambacuine School pictures and the treasurer financial report. 
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! 
 
Sincerely, 
Filipe Macaringue 
 
       
Our Board met with District Governor James Ferguson and Area Governor Terri Demers, virtually, on Tuesday December 1.
The board members reported on our Club’s progress and projects this year.
Lorne gave a detailed report on the status of our Mozambique school construction projects. He discussed;
  1. Difficulty getting Foundation funds because they are “brick and mortar” projects;
  2. Our successes at Xia Xia and Pusa
  3. Our association with the Canadian embassy in Mozambique and our new project near Maputo
  4. Our progress in registering “Stephen’s Hope for Mozambique Society”  as a charity
Deb Jack briefed the governors on our Community Service efforts in the face of the pandemic. We have continued to support the Mustard Seed and we are preparing and providing school lunches.
 
We held our Annual General Meeting  on Wednesday November 18. It was, of course a virtual meeting.. We resolved[BL1] ;
  1. Incoming executive will be;
Executive Committee
•        President – Elizabeth Bonkink
•        Secretary – Steve lambert/Gary Smith
•        Treasurer – Pat Coyle
•        President Elect – Debra Jack
•        Past President – Cindy Davis
•        Club Services  – Deb Jack
              Sergeant at Arms – Gary Smith
 
Board of Directors
•        Membership & Vocational Services – tba
•        Community Services –Carolyn Melnychuk
•        Youth Services – Shannon Troke
•        Public Image/Relations & Foundation – tba
•  Foundation -   Brian Liddell & Mark Delydurante
 
 
  1. Audit Committee will be;
    1. Tony Thibaudeau
    2. Peter Elder and;
    3. Dave Dorcus
  2. Financial statements approved as read
 
Judy reported that we are signed up to man the Salvation Army kettles again this year and she is looking for volunteers.
 
Lorne Parker provided his International Affairs report.
  • Arrangements are continuing to have the donation of Portugese books delivered to Mozambique
  • Construction has stalled on our school project for lack of funds. Lorne reported that the budget for our Maputo school is in the order of #350,000. He anticipates that fundraising will be much eaxier once Stephens Hope for Mozambique Society has been awardied charity status.
 
Pat Coyle provided his treasurer’s report. Pat’s report reflected the challenges that we have experienced with Covid.
 
Gary reported that we have prepared and distributed 800 meals for schools.
 
Brian Liddell – presented his report as the Club’s Covid officer. We do not have insurance for Covid Liabillity. Rotary District has circulated a directive in whch it strongly recommended that we suspend in person meetings and officers and directors of the Club could be sued and found personally liable if an attendee contractd Covid 19  after attending a rotary meeting. While I do not share the opinion that directors could be found personally liable I concluded
  1. We should have all attendees at meeting sign a declaration and waiver;
  2. We[BL2]  should have a recorded directors resolution before evey in person meeting;
 
We need to follow all government orders and suggestions regarding in person meetongs
All of our meetings for the time being will be held virtually. The[BL3]  last meeting of each month will be a virtual Pub Night at 5:00 pm while all other meetings will be held at 7:30 am
 
Cares and Concerns
 
Agnes Fisher is is undergoing serious medical treatments. Judy has been her companion and support person. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agnes and our thanks to Judy
 
Jamie Pallet is also dealing with some severe back problems. Get well soon Jamie.

Our speaker this week was our own Dr. Lorne Parker.
 
Lorne talked about his recent trip to Mozambique and his plans for further school development in that country.
 
Lorne had a rocky start to his presentation. His laptop had “upgraded” software so, of course, his carefully prepared presentation would not work. However, being an ex military man, Lorne was able to “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome”.
 
Lorne visited our school in Xia Xia and reported that the enrollment is up further and the bathrooms have been completed. The wall had been damaged in the recent typhoon but, otherwise, the school is in great shape.
 
Lorne also talked about his visit to the Canadian Embassy in Maputo. He told us that the Ambassador had visited a school in the Maputo region and been dismayed by the conditions. Over 2500 kids were being educated in the outdoors under trees. The washroom conditions were so poor that they were a health hazard to the students and staff. The Embassy had heard about our school in Xia Xia and they invited Lorne to meet with them and asked him to help them with a project to construct new washrooms and a school on that site.
 
The Embassy has negotiated with the local government so that they will match our construction on the site and he is reaching out to other Clubs to assist with our funding.
 
Hopefully we will have our new charitable society, Steven’s Hoe for Mozambique”, in place to assist with fundraising for the project.
 
Thanks Lorne for all of your good work. You make our club look good.
 
 
Official opening of the last washroom block at Macambucuine (Edmonton Gateway Rotary Club) School in Xai-Xai, Mozambique. Additional support for the washrooms from the Yellowknife Rotary Club. Our school has grown from 378 students to over 1,700 today...and growing. Starting our third school in Matola, Mozambique on Monday.
     
 
 
 
      

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