John Hazenberg offers the invocation at the start of the Club's offsite meeting last Thursday. 

Our Club held its first offsite indoor lunch meeting last week, gathering in the basement of Yellowknife’s historic Holy Trinity Anglican Church.

Almost 20 members brown-bagged it for the event, which followed the COVID-19 public gathering guidelines.

John Hazenberg offered the invocation, while Thola Rusike played a recorded version of O Canada sung in three languages by a group of schoolchildren from Iqaluit, Nunavut. The latter is part of our new program of incorporating more diversity and cultural enrichment into our meetings. (We also had to improvise with a way to show the flag, our apologies if we broke any protocols...) 

Charles Dent enjoys an apple, while President Wayne Guy chats with members prior to the start of the meeting.

The meeting was also a special event for Club member Chris Williams, the retired bishop of the Arctic, who remains honorary assistant at Holy Trinity. Williams, who has ministered in Canada’s arctic since 1960, shared a wonderful story of the history of the building and how it grew over the years. 

Other discussions included planning for an event around World Polio Day this month and an update on work for the annual Rotary Wreaths campaign. We also heard how members are signing up to help the Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign, which begins in a couple of weeks at several locations around the city.

Members chow down on their brown-bag lunches as President Wayne moves through the agenda.

The offsite meeting at the church on the fourth Thursday of each month, is designed to inject some variety into the club’s activities and also to attract new members, who might find the casual atmosphere a bit more approachable.

We return to our regular Thursday home at the Explorer Hotel this week at noon, with members usually starting to arrive at 11:45 a.m. Please contact the Club if you think Rotary might be a good fit for your volunteer aspirations. It’s our 50th year as a Club and we are having a membership drive!

 Rusike Thola Rusike shares a laugh with the group. 

(All photos by James O'Connor.)