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
No Meeting - Committee business!
Feb 16, 2021 6:00 PM
Karen Foss
Mar 02, 2021
Who's Who
Kassia Fardoe
Mar 09, 2021
Global Grant Scholar
Jennifer Laughton
Mar 16, 2021
ShelterBox Trivia Night
Newel Anderson
Mar 23, 2021
Jewel Haus Cosmetics
Upcoming Events
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Communications & Web Admin
Membership
Services - Community
Services - International
Services - Youth
Services - Youth
Rotary Foundation
Programming
Fellowship
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
Service above self is a trait that Whyte Avenue Rotary members, and all Rotarians, admire and strive to demonstrate. The Whyte Knight Award was created by our club to recognize the commitment of our fun, fearless, and focused members in serving others. The previous recipient of the award decides, in consultation with other club members, the person who deserves to have this award. On Tuesday, Kristin Jennings, the past recipient of the award, presented The Whyte Knight Award to Michelle Okere for her service.
 
Michelle is a passionate and dedicated member of our club who embodies service above self. We really appreciate that she brings a lot of knowledge to the club from her work life. As Communications Chair for our club, Michelle has increased our social media engagement on all of our club platforms. She helped conceptualize and develop an online version of our Pumpkins for Polio fundraiser, including an online voting component, and she was a joint-force in organizing and promoting our online Holiday Silent Auction. Michelle has incredible energy and warmth, kindness and generosity. Congratulations Michelle!
Ashley Walsh, RMHC Donor Relations Officer,  joined us online to talk about how Ronald McDonald House Charities Alberta supports families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child. RMHC houses provide a home-away-from-home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. This is an organization that is near and dear to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club; the Edmonton RMHC house is only blocks away from where our club regularly meets in-person when we aren't meeting online, and members have volunteered there to make meals for families staying in the house. Ashley shared powerful videos of families who told their stories of staying in a Ronald McDonald house and she shared impressive statistics on the impact that RMHC has made for Alberta families who have been in this tough situation over the years. It was so great to hear from RMHC and we can't wait until we are able to volunteer with this amazing organization in-person again!
Tamara was recently asked to give an interview about women in Rotary on Global Rotary Radio and the interview will be broadcast on Saturday at 12 MST. In her interview, she speaks about her personal journey and about our club and the activities that we do. To listen, you can download the Global Rotary Radio app on android and IOS from the links included in the story content. Congratulations Tamara!
Strini Reddy, from the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, and Rob Campbell, from the Rotary Club of Hillcrest in South Africa, were our guest speakers on Tuesday January 12th. They described the familiar impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had in South Africa, resulting in unemployment, business failures, school closures, and social isolation. With little income and sparse government assistance, women are faced with providing food for their families by growing their own food. The 1000 Survival Gardens project aims to address this need by providing women in South Africa with a survival garden kit to help them create food security and self-sufficiency during and after the pandemic. The kit includes the ingenious Hippo Roller, which allows women to more easily transport water, and the tools and seedlings to start small vegetable gardens.
 
Our Holiday Spirit Auction was a success with over $1,500 raised in support of the Fresh Routes mobile grocery store at the Neighbour Centre! This was our first year doing an online auction and we can't wait to make it even bigger and better next year. Thank you to everyone who donated items, bid on items, and spread the word. Special thanks to Michelle and Tamara for spearheading this fundraiser. You can make out the smile on Tamara's face behind the mask as she makes contactless deliveries of auction items to the lucky winning bidders. 
With monetary donations from members of our club, hat donations from the Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS), and the generous donations of member Mel from her Shoppers Drug Mart location, we were able to put together 100 bountiful stockings for folks who are supported by the Skills Society.
Our club has been participating in Stocking Stuffing with Skills for five years. Each year, members of our club have enjoyed putting the stockings together with staff from Skills. Unfortunately this year, we were not able to meet as a group to put the stockings together. Our Community Service Chair, Kristin, and her partner Chris, formed a mini assembly line in their living room to stuff the ‘stockings’.
This year has been challenging for a multitude of reasons, but luckily COVID has not stopped our small but mighty club from spreading Christmas cheer.
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.