Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue!
Edmonton Whyte Avenue

Fun, Fearless and Focused!

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Rooster Cafe & Kitchen
10732 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 6P4
Canada
Program from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Due to COVID our meetings are currently virtual and there is no cost to attend. Once we're back to meeting in person the meeting fee is $10. Guests - first 2 are on us!
Upcoming Speakers
Jimmy Morrison
Feb 01, 2022
Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS)
Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS)
Kelly Sysak
Feb 08, 2022
Bissell Centre
Week Off - No Meeting
Feb 22, 2022
Edmonton's NextGen
Mar 01, 2022 6:00 PM
Week off for committee business
Mar 08, 2022 6:00 PM
Week off - no meeting
Mar 22, 2022
Club Executives & Directors
President
Secretary
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Membership
Services - Community
Services - Youth
Services - Youth
Rotary Foundation
Fundraising
Programming
Programming
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Power in Our Connections
New to Rotary? Interested in learning more? Come to our next meeting and see what we're all about.
 
First two meetings are on us!
 
 
Updates on Club Activities
The Rotary Club Whyte Avenue had the pleasure of hearing from Dr. Tanyss Munro from Amarok Society on Tuesday, November 30th.  We were given an update of the Amarok Society.  
 
The Amarok Society teach mothers to teach the world
They work in the slums of Bangladesh where, according to the UN, virtually all population growth is taking place in the least developed regions and countries in urban centres, not rural villages.  1 in 3 children is growing up illiterate. It’s unlikely that any child will grow up in this chaotic, violent, noisy place to become a thoughtful, caring adult.
Given that building schools, training teachers and filling them with children was not working Amarok needed to come up with a novel approach. What if we taught their illiterate mothers? Every school we have is for mothers with 25 mothers/school.
 
Each mother teaches 5 children in her microschool. Every one of these children will graduate from  high school – some will go beyond.
Every boy they teach grows up thinking it natural and normal to be taught with girls by a woman. Not one of these little girls will be a child-bride like the mothers who teach them were.
 
We thank Dr. Tanyss Munro for giving our club an update and seeing the amazing work that Amarok Society continues to do. 
 
Our Holiday Auction is now LIVE! You can click the link below to browse and bid on awesome items including wine, gift baskets, dinner at local restaurants, jewelry, baking and more, and help our club raise funds to continue supporting Edmonton’s most vulnerable youth. Givergy Holiday Auction
The online auction will remain open until 8:00PM on Tuesday, December 7th.
 
You can also support our club by making a donation. If you would like a charitable tax receipt, please donate through the District 5370 Foundation at Canada Helps. These unrestricted funds allow us to respond to the most pressing needs in our community. **Please select the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue from the drop-down link. 
 
Edmonton's Food Bank is one of Whyte Avenue Rotary’s favourite places to volunteer. Thanks to everyone who came out to lend a hand sorting donations and building hampers on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, November 16, we had Past District 5370 Governor and Canadian Intermediary for Project Amigo Canada Society, Elly Contreras-Vermeulen, join our meeting as our speaker live from Colima Mexico. Elly provided an update on the work that Project Amigo is doing and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their efforts. Project Amigo Canada Society helps lift youth out of poverty through education and focuses on supporting youth of lower income families in Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico. 
For the past three years, the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club has been sponsoring a student through Project Amigo, and at the meeting we got a chance to meet Miguel via Zoom and to ask him questions. Miguel is in Grade 6 and loves Spanish class, reading, playing basketball, and his favourite food is pizza. It was wonderful to make the connection with Miguel. One of our members, Marilyn Mucha, will be participating in a Project Amigo volunteer week this winter, so we will soon get to learn more about Project Amigo and Miguel through her volunteer experience. To learn more about Project Amigo Canada Society, click here
On Monday November 15th, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue co-hosted an online lunchtime meeting with the Rotary Club of Edmonton (Downtown) and the Rotary Club of Edmonton West. Each club president had a chance to share a bit about their clubs and their upcoming events and activities. Our speaker was Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton Strathcona, and Leader of the Official Opposition, Rachel Notley. Ms. Notley shared her perspective on the state of affairs in Alberta and took time to answer questions from club members. We appreciated Ms. Notley taking time from her busy schedule to speak with Rotarians.
International Projects We Support
On Tuesday, November 16, we had Past District 5370 Governor and Canadian Intermediary for Project Amigo Canada Society, Elly Contreras-Vermeulen, join our meeting as our speaker live from Colima Mexico. Elly provided an update on the work that Project Amigo is doing and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their efforts. Project Amigo Canada Society helps lift youth out of poverty through education and focuses on supporting youth of lower income families in Suchitlan, Colima, Mexico. 
For the past three years, the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club has been sponsoring a student through Project Amigo, and at the meeting we got a chance to meet Miguel via Zoom and to ask him questions. Miguel is in Grade 6 and loves Spanish class, reading, playing basketball, and his favourite food is pizza. It was wonderful to make the connection with Miguel. One of our members, Marilyn Mucha, will be participating in a Project Amigo volunteer week this winter, so we will soon get to learn more about Project Amigo and Miguel through her volunteer experience. To learn more about Project Amigo Canada Society, click here
Last year Whyte Avenue Rotary sponsored a child in Colima, Mexico through the Project Amigo Canada Society. The $135 donation provided Miguel with the tools he needed to be successful, such as shoes, clothing and educational services. The sponsorship also helped him broaden his horizons and to connect with people beyond his own communities with the annual “Day at the Beach” trip and at Project Amigo’s volunteer-driven Christmas Fiesta. We are pleased to renew Miguel's scholarship for another year.
Whyte Avenue Rotary partnered with the Amarok Society and several other District 5370 Rotary Clubs to build the Combined Rotary Women's School in Bangladesh. In the school's latest update, they describe their struggles and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 August announced that transmission of the wild poliovirus has officially been stopped in all 47 countries of its African region. This is a historic and vital step toward global eradication of polio, which is Rotary’s top priority.
 
Rotary made a promise to rid the world of polio and continues to work each day to reach that goal. Watch this new video to learn more about this endemic, Rotary’ efforts to eliminate polio worldwide, and how you can help. You can learn more about Rotary’s efforts towards polio eradication here.
 
 
KIVA Microfinance Loans
One of Rotary International’s six area’s of focus is growing local economies by “strengthening local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.” The Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue is working on this area of focus by providing microloans through kiva.org.
 
Stan Bissell shared the story of Thúy, a female entrepreneur living in a remote rural community in Vietnam, who the club has supported with a microloan.

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You can receive a charitable tax receipt for donations made through the District 5370 Foundation at Canada Helps**Please select the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue from the drop-down link. 

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Event Cancellation Policy
Monies for events will be refunded (less an administration fee as well as any loss incurred by the District for contractual issues incurred by the District) provided the request is made at least 7 days prior to the event.
 
The refund will be processed after all incurred costs have been received and processed.
 
Normally, 10% of the fees paid will be withheld to cover these charges.
 
No refunds will be made within 7 days of the event. 
 
There will be no refund for district dues or donations.