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
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
Eli Schrader & Krysta Fitzgerald
May 11, 2021
Centre Hope
Centre Hope
Lochlan Keylor
May 18, 2021
Who's Who?
Annual General Meeting
Jun 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Changeover Party!!!
Jun 22, 2021 6:00 PM
Week off for Canada Day!
Jun 29, 2021 6:00 PM
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Communications & Web Admin
Services - Community
Services - International
Services - Youth
Services - Youth
Rotary Foundation
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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 May 4th, we had Al Hoeft, The Salvation Army Divisional Secretary for Public Relations & Development for the Alberta & Northern Territories Division, speak to our club about the plans for their new Grace Village facility. Grace Village will provide supportive housing to bridge the gap between chronic homelessness and permanent housing in Edmonton. Grace Village will also offer addiction recovery programming to help people build the strength to break free of drug or alcohol addiction, giving hope for a better and brighter future. Al explained how Grace Village will be designed to support residents in a dignified and safe way, to promote community engagement and outreach, and meet the highest environmental building standards as a net zero building. Thank you for coming to speak to us about this project Al!
For more information on Grace Village visit BuildingTheDreamYEG.ca
Whyte Avenue Rotary held an online 50/50 raffle in support of Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) during the month of April. YESS has been one of our community partners since our club was chartered over ten years ago. Proceeds raised from this 50/50 will help support the valuable work that YESS does. Thank you everyone for your support of this fundraiser. Congratulations to Mike Brandingen, who took home half of the $3,820 total jackpot. 
This week we had Linda Hoang as our guest speaker. Linda is one of Alberta's most popular bloggers and social media strategists. Her blog and social media presence shows her passion for supporting local businesses, exploring neighbourhoods, and discovering food and art. Linda is the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival. Linda shared her love of cats (and cat puns) with us and how Cat Fest is adapting to the challenges of covid-19. She is also the founder of Instagrammable Wall Guides and she told us how she scouts out, shares, and gives tours of the most interesting walls to use as photo backdrops in Edmonton and other cities. An instagrammable wall tour sounds like a great activity for a future Whyte Avenue Rotary fellowship event! Thanks Linda - your presentation was purr-fect!
On Tuesday April 20th, Whyte Avenue Rotary Club members and friends were at the Edmonton Food Bank safely helping sort items and fill hampers for those in need. Thanks to the volunteers who helped out with this event!
On Tuesday April 13, two University of Alberta Senators, Dave Rumbold and Marla Palakkamanil, and Michaela Mann, U School Program Lead, came to speak to our club about U School. U School is a program run by the University of Alberta Senate that aims to introduce and connect students in grades 4 through 9 from socially vulnerable, Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) and rural communities to the University of Alberta. Classes, with their classroom teachers, attend a week-long immersion experience on campus led by U School staff. Our guest speakers shared how the sessions at U School are designed to build excitement while meeting the objectives of the curriculum. The program also strives to create a sense of belonging for marginalized students who have significant barriers to overcome - and it is clearly working since hundreds of U School alumni now attend the University of Alberta. The quotation that our guest speakers shared with us sums up the impact of U School,
"Some children are lucky to grow up in families and communities where the life-changing power of post-secondary education is well understood. U School is for everyone else."
U School sounds amazing and we were so happy to learn about this program and the role of a University of Alberta Senator. 
On Tuesday we had Anna-Marie Robertson join us online from the UK to talk about how Rotary has made an impact in her life. Anna-Marie completed her law degree at Cambridge University in July, and now with the help of a Rotary Global Grant, she is going to continue her studies in law by starting a master of laws degree in National Security Law at Georgetown University as a Georgetown National Security Law Scholar.
Anna-Marie has an impressive academic and service background. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Transnational Law and Human Rights (Carleton University) and a Certificate in International Affairs and Strategy (Sciences Po). Prior to her legal studies, Anna-Marie held various positions at the Canadian Red Cross and has been deployed to a number of disasters across Canada. She is currently works as Senior Advisor, Government Relations at the Canadian Red Cross. Anna-Marie is a former Rotary Youth Exchange Student (2012-2013); following her exchange, Anna-Marie returned home to Edmonton where she engaged with Rotary as a Rotex student and established an Interact Club at her high school. Anna-Marie was awarded the Rotex Scholarship (District 5370) for her commitment to service and further recognized by the Rotary Club of Edmonton as a Paul Harris Fellow.
We are so happy that the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club was able to work with other District 5370 Rotary Clubs to help make this Global Grant Scholarship happen for Anna-Marie - she is such a deserving recipient and we look forward to hearing about her studies when she comes back to visit our club again. All the best in your studies Anna-Marie!
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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May 2021
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.