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We had a successful dinner meeting at the University Club on Thursday evening. I counted 12 people at the dinner table.
 
Our incoming president, Judy Wilson, thanked our past president Cindy Davies and our sooon to be past president, Elizabeth Bonkink for all that they did for our Club during the Covid times. She then presented them each a bouquet of Flowers.
 
Elizabeth reported that the Club will be donating $500 on behalf of each member to a charity of their choice, Stephen’s Hope is a choice you could make
 
Gary Smith reported that the Chrome Books we purchased for his school have now been delivered. There are plans in the works for us to visit the school.
 
Lorne Parker gave us an update on Stephens school construction projects in Mozambique.
 
Our speaker this week was Mark Hughes. Mark is the founder of Sintra Engineering.
 
Sintra Engineering is one of the first and one of the largest Canadian forensic engineering companies .He explained what forensic engineering is (ie figuring out why bad stuff happens for litigation purposes) how he got started in that area and how he grew his business.
 
Mark was a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.
June 30 - Pub Night
 
July 1 - Judy takes the crown!
 
July 23 - (Saturday afternoon) Tree Planing from 1 to 3 p.m.  Northeast location TBA  Please sign up here
 
We need speakers!!  Who do you know that might make for an interesting conversation??
Please letGary know if you have speakers you'd like to invite.
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.
 
 
 
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 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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