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Edmonton Whyte Avenue

Fun, Fearless and Focused!

We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
until 7:00 PM. Check our calendar for each week's meeting location in the
Whyte Avenue area.
Edmonton, AB
Canada
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Speakers
Sean Price
Dec 19, 2017
University of Alberta Alumni Association
Wendy Andrews
Jan 09, 2018
Belize Playground Project
Patrick Gibson
Jan 16, 2018
Kiva Micro-Finance Program
Stan Bissell
Jan 30, 2018
Who's Who
Kathy Strobl and Kristin Jennings
Feb 13, 2018
Let's Talk About Advanced Care Planning
Paige Reeves
Feb 27, 2018
Rotary Employment Partnership
Steve McRory and Saiyed Jaffer
Mar 06, 2018
Who's Who
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
President Nominee
Secretary
Immediate Past President
Treasurer
Public Relations Chair
Membership Chair
Program Chair
Finance Committee Chair
Governance Committee
Community Service Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Rotary Employment Partnership Chair
International Service Chair
Youth Co Chair Rotaract
Youth Co- Chair Interact
Foundation Chair
Fellowship Chair
Fundraising Chair
 
 

Please Join Us!

Edmonton Whyte Avenue

Fun, Fearless and Focused!

We meet Tuesdays at 5:45 PM
until 7:00 PM. Check our calendar for each week's meeting location in the
Whyte Avenue area.
Edmonton, AB
Canada
DistrictSiteIcon
District Site
VenueMap
Venue Map
 
 
Updates on Club Activities
Whyte Ave Rotarians came out in style on the evening Tuesday, December 12th to celebrate the holidays at Rooster Cafe. Ugly Christmas sweaters, tasty eats and a funky photo booth set the tone for a fun-filled night. Marilyn brought our exchange student, Andreas, who also took part in the fun. A big thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated this special time of year with us.
 
Sean Price, Associate Vice President with the University of Alberta Alumni Association, and a past Whyte Avenue Rotarian, will be presenting on 10 Things You Should Know About the U of A at our December 19th meeting. Come hear how the university continues to excel and contribute at the local, regional and international levels in these challenging times.
 
Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue spread holiday cheer early this year when they got together to prepare holiday stockings for the Skills Society!  The Skills Society is an incredible community partner that provides much needed support services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, survivors of acquired brain injury, and their families. For the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue collected donations and assembled 56 holiday stockings for people supported by the Skills Society’s Outreach Program.  The club would like to thank the Skills Society for inviting us to their office so we could assemble the stockings together as well as thank everyone who donated and volunteered! 
 
Tuesday's guest presentation was especially interesting, as Conrad Nobert from the Strathcona Community League shared some of their plans for partnering with the city on the renewal of our neighbourhood.
 
The city designates areas for renewal over a five-year project life cycle. Beginning in 2019, Strathcona is scheduled for projects and upgrades totaling some $42 million. In past, such decisions have largely been left up to the city, typically replacing "like for like", ie, new sidewalks being put down in exactly the same way and the same place as the old sidewalks. Recently in Edmonton, community-led initiatives have moved away from that trend, with the planning of renewals becoming more collaborative, leading to communities that better meet the needs and vision of the people living there.
 
The Strathcona Community League's vision is that, "The streets, sidewalks and intersections of Strathcona Centre Neighbourhood are safe, comfortable, beautiful, and accessible to all users. Strathcona Centre is Edmonton’s first Vision Zero Neighbourhood." This re-imagining of the community and the preliminary concepts put forward by the League are truly world-class, paving the way for an environment that is inviting and functional. A team of students from the University of Alberta’s Urban Planning Committee is participating, with four students  creating three different concept plans, each of which will present a different vision for the new Old Strathcona.
 
An extensive Community Engagement process design begins in December and runs through April of next year. Those of us who live and work in the neighborhood might consider participating in this exciting initiative. Learn more here.
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona is sponsoring a Hockey Pool for Polio Eradication. For a $30 entry fee, participants select a team made up of 3 goalies, 8 defencemen and 12 forwards for a total of 23 players, and send-down their under-performing or injured players during the 2 trade weeks incorporated into the schedule.
 
All monies raised will be split 50/50, with half the pot going directly to PolioPlus, and the other half going to the pool winner, along with bragging rights, of course.
 
The pool is open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians, alike, but is limited to only 330 participants, so register on-line to secure your team.
 
 
 
For the first time in 30 years, the Rotary Bonspiel is coming to Edmonton. Ed Schultz, from the sponsoring Rotary Club of Edmonton West, was kind enough to make time to fill us in on this terrific opportunity to meet and compete with Rotarians from all across both districts. It's also the perfect way to introduce non-Rotarian curlers to the organization, ensuring that they have lots of fun while getting to know people from near and far.
 
The 57th on-ice meeting of teams from District 5370 and 5360 takes place at the Thistle Curling Club, running from February 22nd - 25th. Curlers of all abilities - from novice to Brier contender - are welcome. Single players and 4-person rinks can register, but register soon to ensure your place at this entertaining event. For more details and on-line registration, got to www.rotarydistrictbonspiel2018.ca
Last Tuesday, District Governor Frank Reitz and wife Barbara were good enough to make the trip to Whyte Avenue from their home in Fort McMurray as part of their initiative to visit all 57 clubs in District 5370. Frank shared a video clip in which RI president Ian Riseley reflected on the necessary evolution of, "...stronger, more active clubs that serve in more lasting ways," and the need for clubs to adapt to stay relevant while remaining true to the principals of Rotary. This comment particularly resonates for Whyte Avenue and our community focus and connectedness with the people and organizations of Old Strathcona. It's good to know that we're already well down the path that RI is recommending.
 
Frank touched on the importance of our continuing efforts to eradicate polio, citing 15 new cases identified in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the stressed the need for continued support of the The Rotary Foundation in this ground-breaking work. If you would like to up your contribution to TRF, please contact Foundation Chair Lynn Kazairwe or one of our club executive.
 
He also explored the need for us to continue to grow and solidify our membership, identifying that clubs need to do a better job of communicating what is expected of our membership, and also conveying our unique culture. People need to understand who we are and what we do in order to fully engage. We will be looking at these issues in the next while in order to help members better communicate what it really means to be a part of Whyte Avenue Rotary.
 
Frank praised our projects partnerships and programs, and our work in supporting youth programs in particular, and also presented club president Kathy Strobl with the Shelter Box bronze award for our support of their important work. 
 
 
 
 
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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.