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
Gary Shelton
Sep 21, 2021 6:00 PM
Edmonton Sport Council
Edmonton Sport Council
Tamara Larson
Oct 05, 2021
Ambassador for Empowering Girls Initiative
No Meeting -
Oct 12, 2021
Week off for Thanksgiving
Forest Resener
Oct 19, 2021
StoveTeam International
Club Assembly
Oct 19, 2021
Review's of Financial From Last Rotary Year
Rachel Notley, MLA
Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Alberta’s Future
Gem Munro
Nov 23, 2021
Amarok Society
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
On Tuesday September 14, we had the pleasure of hearing Jon Gogan, Provincial Director for Northern and Central Operations, tell us about Shock, Trauma, Air Rescue Service (STARS). Jon told us how STARS was founded in 1985 after a pregnant woman from a rural community died from blood loss, leaving a father alone with their newborn. For STARS founder Dr. Powell, her death was one too many. Something had to be done and a non-profit helicopter air ambulance service was begun and has grown to serve three provinces. 
We have probably all seen the iconic red helicopters, but hearing first-hand about the incredible life-saving work that STARS Air Ambulance does gave us a new appreciation of just what those helicopters can do and why it is so important to support their work. Thank you Jon for sharing inspiring stories of this incredible organization! If you want to learn more about STARS, visit Stars.ca
Whyte Avenue Rotary had a great turnout of members and friends at our fall get together in the park. Members had not seen each other in person for many months due to the pandemic and it was great to catch up face-to-face. We were also happy to support the Rooster Cafe by ordering delicious catered meals. 
 
Our club, members of the YEG Passport Club, and friends spent Wednesday evening planting fruit and nut trees - cranberries, gooseberries, saskatoon and hazelnuts as part of City of Edmonton Root for Trees initiative. Club members also joined U of A Rotaract club on Friday night to continue the planting along Strathearn Crescent. Thanks to everyone who came out to help expand, care for and protect our urban forest.

Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue members Michelle & Enyinnah Okere joined us to talk about a new non-profit that they have started called the REET Institute.

The REET Institute teaches students about financial literacy and commercial real estate. The REET Institute will partner with corporations, schools, and non-profits to deliver training using a blend of e-learning, live courses, and hands-on experience. REET leverages a practical learning approach where students work with industry professionals and executives to evaluate live deals. These deals are located within their respective communities and students are then required to present them in a pitch competition to industry leaders. Students emerge from the program with the skills, confidence, experiences and networks that prepare them to secure a strong first job and to become stakeholders in their community. Michelle and Enyinnah are particularly interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in the commercial real estate sector and hope to engage youth from diverse and marginalized backgrounds to participate in this training. You can learn more by visiting their website at this link: REET Institute – Welcome to our institute.

Thank you for sharing your exciting new venture with us Michelle & Enyinnah!

On Tuesday we had Mack Male from Taproot Edmonton speak to our club about the upcoming municipal election. Taproot Edmonton is a source of curiosity-driven original stories, curated newsletters on various topics, and locally focused podcasts with a mission to help communities understand themselves better. Taproot Edmonton has a strong focus on municipal issues and club members were very interested in what they have to say about the upcoming municipal election. One of the exciting tools they are developing is a candidate survey that will be used to match voters with a candidate whose position on election issues most closely aligns-- it will be great to visit their website later this fall to give the tool a try and use it to become more informed about the election. Vist Taproot Edmonton at https://edmonton.taproot.news/ to find out more or check out their "Speaking Municipally" podcast by clicking this link
We were honoured to have District Governor Donna Barrett come to our club meeting on Tuesday, July 13th; our club was one of the first clubs in District 5370 that Donna visited. Donna met with our board before joining our regular club meeting. She spoke on this year's theme of Serve To Change Lives and remarked how our club already has a stellar record of service in the community. We look forward to inviting her back for an in person visit when we are meeting again face to face. Donna also played her fun introductory video for us, which you can check out at this link: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50012/Stories/district-governor-donna-barrett
 
International Projects We Support
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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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.