Welcome to the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue!

Edmonton Whyte Avenue

Fun, Fearless and Focused!

Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. Program from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Meeting fee $10. Guests - first 2 are on us!
Rooster Cafe & Kitchen
10732 82 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 6P4
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Annual General Meeting
Jun 16, 2020 6:00 PM
Change Over Party
Jun 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Michelle Okere and Enninya Okere
Jul 14, 2020
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Ryan King
Jul 21, 2020
Edmonton Eskimos and Kings Kids
Dayna Hyman
Jul 28, 2020
KidSport Edmonton
Michael Janz - Edmonton Public School Trustee
Aug 04, 2020 6:00 PM
Edmonton Education during the COVID-19
Aug 11, 2020 6:00 PM
No Meeting - Committee Business!
Aug 18, 2020 6:00 PM
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Updates on Club Activities
A motion was presented to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club Executive Board on the nomination of Lochlan Keylor for membership in the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. Lochlan Keylor has been nominated by Paige Reeves under the classification of Hospitality Management, Banquet Server.
Please indicate within seven days (7), by email to the Club Secretary, Mike Greaney, if you have any knowledge that prospective member, Lochlan Keylor, does not meet the Rotary Four-Way Test and you object to the admission as a new member or if you require additional information regarding this candidate.

Lochlan is an engaged community member who enjoys keeping busy and being active in his community. He has been in a book club for several years now through the Edmonton Public Library, is a seasoned toastmaster having been attending the Fabulous Facilitators Toastmasters club for 4 years, and is a long time member of RootEd., a local community-building initiative. Lochlan studied hospitality management at NAIT and has pursued a number of different employment opportunities over the years. Lochlan has been working as a restaurant host and banquet server at Fort Edmonton Park for 6 years now. Lochlan is interested in joining Rotary for the opportunity to give back to his community and connect with other engaged community members.  

Thank you,
Kathy Strobl
Membership Chair 
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue
Here is a nice message of thanks from Mary Murphy of the Mustard Seed's Neighbour Centre for our club's support of their weekly Dinner Club program:
"Thank you to the Rotary Club of Edmonton on Whyte Avenue for your financial support and the generous gift of your time and talents!
When we were able to share meal making and gather around a communal table to share our delicious creations and conversations you often taught us cooking techniques, made creative desserts out of our ‘interesting’ ingredients and lead us into so many interesting with intriguing conversations with questions of the day.
Whyte Ave Rotarians are always thinking ahead, that's why a few of us got together online this past week to review district grants and project funding!

We discussed plans for possible community service projects for the 2020/21 Rotary year as well as how to best support youth in our area with grant funding. Great projects are being lined up, stay tuned for more details!

A fantastic discussion with some fantastic Rotarians, thank you to everyone who participated!

Rotary Whyte Ave had double the fun this past Tuesday when we had two presentations!  
First up, we had our very own District Governor Tracey Vavrek who joined the club online to give an update on Rotary's work since the COVID-19 outbreak. Rotary District 5370 has been active since the beginning by establishing a risk management task force to help the district respond to the changes as well as a policy framework to help the district move forward. Tough decisions had to be made, such as canceling district training and youth camps. However,  Rotary is more important now than ever so the district has been working hard to support Rotarians. The district has since made the district training available online; started releasing its newsletter weekly; is doing virtual events (such as an upcoming virtual pints for polio); and providing clubs special COVID-19 grant funding! Tracey is also inviting members to join her for online coffee chats to help keep Rotarians connected (register for the next coffee chat this Tuesday here). Thank you for coming Tracey!

Next up, we learned about the 1st ever Rotaract Conference in Halifax when University of Alberta Rotaract Club members Kira Eberts, Wyatt Liboiron, and Ana D’Aubeterre came and spoke to Rotary Whyte Ave. The University of Alberta Rotaract Club helped develop this  Conference, the fist of its kind in Canada, to help connect Rotaracters across the country.  Five members from the U of A club went to the Conference in February where they met other Rotaracters, shared ideas on how to make a difference in the community, as well as learned new communication tools and governance practices!  Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue supported this great initiative by helping to send University of Alberta Rotaract Club members to Halifax. With what they learned, the University of Alberta Rotaract Club came back to Edmonton and revamped the structure of their club so they can better serve club members and the community. Way to go Rotaract!  

Want to learn more about the Rotaract Conference? Watch a fun video on the trip here.

Thank you to our speakers and for everyone who joined us online!

After the January 2020 brainstorming session held by our club, one of the outcomes of that meeting was a commitment from club president Kevin to lead the creation of a 2019/20 club classification study.  This member classification study was made to help the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue better understand which professions are represented in the club; what skills & expertise are available; how these skills contribute to club goals, events, and administrative needs; and where there are potential gaps in membership skill-sets of which the club leadership should remain cognizant.
The study has been completed and is now available!  Please view the classification study here: https://bit.ly/2YWjagh
This document includes an overview of Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue member occupations, occupation themes, potential occupation skill-set gaps, and recommendations towards strengthening club membership as well as how to better align club membership with the businesses and professions in Edmonton. 
Enjoy the read!
(Rotary Whyte Avenue's own Kristen Jennings presenting on women's health in Tanzania in November 2019
We all know of the fantastic work our fearless Community Services Chair Kristin Jennings does in our community, but this week we got to learn about her incredible work abroad! Last Tuesday, Kristin came and presented on her efforts supporting sustainable menstrual care and health education in Tanzania.
Kristin explained that, for some women and girls in Tanzania, education about menstruation is not readily available. What's more, many women also face barriers in accessing safe and sustainable menstrual hygiene products. 
To help overcome these barriers, Kristin went with a small group to schools across Tanzania in November 2019 to make a difference. She spent over six days distributing kits across rural Tanzania, provided presentations, as well as did demos at rural schools in Tanzania.  
Kristin talked about their important work to support menstrual education, including by showcasing some of the materials distributed. She also raised how her group provided dental hygiene presentations for the boys at the schools so that all students received support. She also talked about going beyond schools and supporting families, which they did through a community presentation for about 30 women (all of which also received kits).
Kristin ended off her journey with an amazing climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa!  An fantastic presentation by an incredible Rotarian, thank you for speaking to our club Kristin!
International Projects We Support
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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June 2020
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.