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Our Club had another busy week.
 
We met for breakfast on March 16 at the Windham Hotel. We had a great turnout for our meeting.
 
Terena and Tony were both celebrating birthdays. We treated them to a rousing, off key, rendition of the “Happy Birthday” song.
 
Judy had located and she distributed our old name badges. We will  be getting new badges. We were encouraged to add a “tag” on badges (ie. Nickname, motto, etc.). Please let Terena know what you want to appear on you badge.
 
Jamie is planning a Fireside session for our new members. A Fireside chat is a session that is run for new Rotarians to introduce them to Rotary.
 
Judy and Deb were recruiting members to join them next Thursday ant Soup Sisters. It sounds like a great opportunity for service and fellowship.
 
Mozambique news from Lorne Parker
 
Nathan IpMembers of our Cub, who have visited our school in Macambucuine, will remember Joa. He is our lead painter, has interpreted for us, and is our general handyman around the school. Joa has a large family, with children attending high school and university. While he works whenever and wherever he can, it isn't easy finding steady employment in Mozambique. In that regard, he is asking if there is any way we can help his family, by buying a computer for his university-aged daughter and helping offset some of the high school costs (bus fare, school fees, books, etc.). If you are interested in supporting this family, you can do so in several ways: send an Interac transfer to Lorne at lorneparker@shaw.ca; provide a donation through Steven's Hope (can provide a tax receipt through Shannon); or give Lorne/Judy a donation at the next Rotary gathering. No amount is too small or too big. Lorne is going to purchase a computer from Makro in South Africa for the university-aged daughter and will send the high school support directly. As is true for all our donations to Mozambique, we require receipts for all expenditures made with the funds provided. Please contact Lorne directly if more information is required. Thanks for your consideration of this request.
 
Our speaker this week was Nathan Ip 
 
Speaker
 
Nathan is with Edmonton Unlimited (formerly Innovation Edmonton). He talked about the work that his organisation does and to support early stage innovative entrepreneurs. He talked about how his organisation supports new businesses and the changes in the tech industry and in the job market. Innovation From Here For The World – Edmonton Unlimited
 
Nathan is also a candidate for the provincial NDP in the Edmonton SW riding. He talked, briefly, about some of the items that will be included in their platform once the election is called.
 
 
Evening at the Theater
 
We were invited by Shadow Theater to attend their opening night for the latest production “ All the Little Animals I have Eaten”. It was a great evening and a thought-provoking play.  
 
 
 
Twelve members and guests met for breakfast at the Wyndham Hotel on March 1, 2023.
 
It was great to have one of our alumnus members, Temi, t for a visit. Maybe she will rejoin our Club.
 
The Wyndham has resurrected the breakfast buffet in the Terrace and we were able to enjoy the buffet. It was great!
 
Our Youth Director, Jamie Pallet, invited members to join him for a U of A Rotaract fundraiser for The Boyle Street Community Services on Saturday March 4.
 
Jamie participated in the Coldest Night of the Year walk over the last weekend. He reported that our club raised over $1,000 for that event. He said that it was a fun event and encouraged more of us to be involved next year. Finally we held a draw for a beautiful ”Coldest Night of the Year”. Thanks for doing this Jamie.
 
Our Club will be making Soup with the “Soup Sisters” on March March 23. It is a great organisation and it sounds like a fun event. Contact Judy or deb if you can join us.
Our speaker this week was Anika Zepp from the Realtors community Foundation. The realtor’s Community Foundation was founded by Edmonton and area realtors to join forces and help the community. Today there are approximately 4,500 realtor members and it paid $450,000 in grants last year. Grants are made to local registered charities. Anika promised to keep us informed about their upcoming walk and golf tournament fundraisers and to feature any of our fundraiser events the foundations newsletter. REALTORS® Community Foundation (realtorscommunityfoundation.com)
 
We have arranged for Nathan ip, Ndp candidate for Edmonton Southwest to speak to our club on March  15. Please mark your calendar and invite a guest.
 
We had an excellent turnout of 15 guests to our Support Local evening!  Waaaaay down in the far reaches of Mill Woods there is a plethora of great Indian restaurants and we were treated to a delightful spread - a bit unorthodox in its delivery I know -- of great food from the Gujorot region of India.  Our host and co-owner - Tushar Mistry - was delighted to have us there.  We got to hear how he was an engineer but had always loved food and cooking. He is planning to open one of these restaurants in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto.  We are hoping to have him out to a meeting in the coming weeks.
    
January 18 -
 
we had the impossible happen and the chef didn't show up for work and we had no FOOD!  Luckily there was coffee and orange juice so we were able to soldier on with our Assembly.
1) Each director gave an update on their activity and the most interesting was the Treasurer stating we had money in the Casino account that needed to be used up in the coming months/this year - and for us to consider how best to get money into the community and have a benefit for the Club through increased awareness and Membership attraction.  We encouraged members to consider some charities they care about and to approach them to have them come and speak to the club or organize an event with them.  AND to follow through with a consideration of joining.  We have had a few suggestions come in already and the members are following up on them.
2) We discussed having a tutorial session with our projector/computers to show how to access Club Runner for all the new members. As well - how to access MyRotary on the Rotary.org site.  Judy committed to getting that into the meeting.
3) At the same time as doing a Club Runner tutorial we agreed to do a vulnerable record check tutorial for those needing the certification.
4) Strat planning to go to the 3rd session on February 9 at Shannon's.  All members asked to attend if possible - it will follow on the heels of a brief Board meeting at 5 with the Strat planning to start at 5:30.  Pizza will be brought in.
5) Steve went over the need for a document to go to our insurers each time we have a Rotary event where alcohol is consumed.
6) Youth - Jamie - scholarships in the works for Louis St. Laurent and Harry Ainley.  As well he is working with a disadvantaged young person with a bit of support from the club.  Jamie really needs a committee member to help him on some of the projects so am asking for someone to step up!
7) Encouraging members to think about locations for Support Local in their own neighbourhoods.
8) District  Conference - April 20-23 in Jasper.  Club will pay registration fees and one night accommodation for any members wishing to attend.
This was our annual meeting with our District governor. Our District Governor this year is John Nichol.
 
John was accompanied by his wife and senior Rotarian, Donna Nichol and our Deputy Governor Brian Edwards.
 
President extended an invitation from Shadow Theater to join them at the opening night of it’s new show “A Fresh Hell” next Thursday (January 19). Please save the date  and watch for a more formal invitation from her night Thursday night.
 
District Governor John Nichol gave an interesting presentation to our group;
     1. he Congratulated our Club on our Stevens Hope project
     2. he gave us some information about our current Rotary International President Jennifer Jones;
          a.  she is the first female president!!!
          b. her theme is “Imagine”
          c. the pillars of her objectives for her year include;
                - diversity
                -comfort and care
              -  empower girls and women
               - expand reach of rotary
     3. he talked about some of the things our Club can consider to grow our membership and participation
     4. Recommended that we checkout the district website
     5. provided a bit of a sales pitch for the District Convention in April 20 23 in Jasper ( Lorne will be a speaker )
 
   
 
February 2023
   
Thurs
Feb. 23
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
March 2023
   
Wed.
01-Mar
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndhm Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs.
09-Mar
Board Mtg.
5:30
To Be Determined
Wed.
15-Mar
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs
29-Mar
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
April 2023
   
Wed.
05-Apr
General Mtg.
7:15
wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs.
13-Apr
Board Mtg.
5:30
To Be Determined
Wed.
19-Apr
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs
27-Apr
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
May 2023
   
Wed.
03-May
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs.
11-May
Board Mtg.
5:30
To Be Determined
Wed.
17-May
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs
25-May
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
June 2023
   
Wed.
07-Jun
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs.
08-Jun
Board Mtg.
5:30
To Be Determined
Wed.
21-Jun
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs
29-Jun
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
July 2023
   
Wed.
05-Jul
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs.
13-Jul
Board Mtg.
5:30
To Be Determined
Wed.
19-Jul
General Mtg.
7:15
Wyndham Hotel - Gateway Blvd.
Thurs
27-Jul
Support Local
5:30 p.m.
To Be Determined
     
 
 

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