New Member Proposal - Lochlan Keylor

Posted on May 26, 2020
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Dear $NICK_NAME$,
 
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.
 
Bio 

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
New Member Proposal - Lochlan Keylor Kathy Strobl 2020-05-26 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal - Karen Foss

Posted on May 20, 2020
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Dear $NICK_NAME$,
 
A motion was presented to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club Executive Board on the nomination of Karen Foss for membership in the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. Karen Foss has been nominated by Marilyn Mucha under the classification of Nurse Practioner - Women's and Child Health.
 
Please indicate within seven days (7), by email to the Club Secretary, Mike Greaney, if you have any knowledge that prospective member, Karen Foss, 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.
 
Bio 

Karen grew up in a small central Alberta town but Edmonton has provided the setting for her home, work, and education since her late teens. A nurse by profession for more than 30 years, she has worked in Neonatal Intensive care.  She is the mother of two dynamic women in their 20s that have chosen health-related professions. Aside from Karen’s undergraduate and graduate education in nursing, she also has graduate degrees in Educational Policy Studies – adult education focus. 

Karen has become more aware of health literacy, marginalization, diversity, and social responsibility.  With her exposure to the Whyte Ave Rotary club, she says she has witnessed how our like-minded, energetic members are friends; together taking action to support healthier communities both locally and globally. 

Karen has participated in the Skills Society – Making meals twice and visited our club meetings in person and online.

 
Thank you,
 
Kathy Strobl
Membership Chair 
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue
New Member Proposal - Karen Foss Kathy Strobl 2020-05-20 06:00:00Z 0

Thank You from the Mustard Seed!

 
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.
 
Thank You from the Mustard Seed! Scott Young 2020-05-18 06:00:00Z 0 Dinner Club,The Mustard Seed,The Neighbour Centre

Rotary Whyte Ave Members Plan for the Future

 
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 Members Plan for the Future 2020-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Learning More About Rotary's COVID Response & The Rotaract Conference

 
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!

 
 
Learning More About Rotary's COVID Response & The Rotaract Conference 2020-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Check out the 2019/20 Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue Classification Study!

 
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!
Check out the 2019/20 Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue Classification Study! 2020-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Menstrual Health Education In Tanzania

(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!
Menstrual Health Education In Tanzania 2020-05-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Whyte Avenue Goes the Extra Mile Again With Our 3rd Meals for Melcor Volunteering Event!

Delicious chili, pastas, muffins, and more were served by Rotary Whyte Avenue for community members in need!

 Over 100 delicious meals and 100 baked goods were made and delivered by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue for marginalized persons with complex needs who live at Melcor Village and are supported by the Skills Society. All meals were picked up and delivered to Melcor Village by our amazing Community Services Chair Kristin.

 

Thank you Kristin for your leadership and to everyone who helped out!

Rotary Whyte Avenue Goes the Extra Mile Again With Our 3rd Meals for Melcor Volunteering Event! 2020-05-09 06:00:00Z 0

Donate Your Coffee Cups To OFSS Through The Coffee Cup Roundup

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our club was not able to support the Operation Friendship Senior's Society (OFSS) by preparing lunch in-person this month as we initially planned. In the meantime, we have come up with another way to help support OFSS: The Coffee Cup Roundup. OFSS accepts donations of new or used coffee cups to use in their centre and it would be great to help them out by collecting cups.
 
Please check your cupboards and if you find some coffee mugs that you don't use, set them side and our amazing President-elect Stan B will collect them from you and deliver them to OFSS when it is safe to do so. If you would like to get the cups out of your house right away, and feel comfortable dropping them off on my front porch, feel free to email Stan (s_bissell@hotmail.com) to coordinate a drop off time.
Donate Your Coffee Cups To OFSS Through The Coffee Cup Roundup 2020-05-09 06:00:00Z 0

Supporting Community Members Through Social Work in Old Strathcona

Community Development Social Worker Nor'Ali McDaniel joined Rotary Whyte Avenue for an online meeting to talk about her incredible work in Old Strathcona. 
 
Nor'Ali has been working as a Community Development Social Worker with the City of Edmonton since 2018. Before this role, she worked in non-profits focused on addressing issues of poverty, homelessness, and harm reduction in Alberta, including six years at Bissell Centre with the Housing First team in both front-line and supervisory positions, and three years with the Wood Buffalo HIV/AIDS Society working on hepatitis C education and a needle exchange program.
 
Nor'Ali talked about her efforts to make a caring, connected, and inclusive Edmonton where people are connected to the supports they need. As part of her presentation, Nor'Ali shared a video on a day in the life of an ethnographer to help the audience understand their relationships with street-involved individuals (you can watch the video here: https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/initiatives_innovation/recover-research.aspx). She also talked about some of the great supports available in the city that she works with, including Food Deserts and Fresh Routes.
 
Thank you for joining us Nor'Ali and thank you to everyone who came out!
Supporting Community Members Through Social Work in Old Strathcona 2020-05-09 06:00:00Z 0

Over $1500 Raised In Support Of Edmonton's Food Bank

(Rotary Whyte Ave & friends volunteering at Edmonton's Food Bank in October 2019)
 
In typical Rotary Whyte Avenue fashion, our club members and friends came together to provide overwhelming support for a great community partner - Edmonton's Food Bank!
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue regularly volunteers with Edmonton's Food Bank. In March, to help this community partner continue to provide food items and services for Edmontonians in need during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue made a commitment to cost-match monetary donations to Edmonton's Food Bank up to $500. 
 
And Rotarians rose to the challenge!  Rotarians and friends dug deep to support and made a total of $703.00 in personal donations!  Amazed by this response, the club went beyond the initial $500 cost match commitment and matched the entire amount of $703.00!
 
To make the donations go even farther, the club's cost-matched donation was made through ATBcares, which matches 15% of donations made in Alberta. This led to a total of $1511.45 donated to Edmonton's Food Bank!  Way to go everyone!
 
The generosity and community spirit of this club knows no bounds, thank you to everyone who donated!   

Still want to support? You can donate to Edmonton's Food bank directly via: https://www.edmontonsfoodbank.com/donate-now/

Thank you all for supporting Edmonton's Food Bank!  

Over $1500 Raised In Support Of Edmonton's Food Bank 2020-05-09 06:00:00Z 0
Passing Along Words of Thanks from Edmonton's Food Bank Scott Young 2020-04-30 06:00:00Z 0 Edmonton's Food Bank

A Bunch of Happy Rotarians During Our Online Happy Hour!

While physical distancing can sometimes get you down, it only takes a chat with a few Rotarians to bring you right back up! This past Friday, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue helped curb the spread of COVID-19 while having a great time with friends online through our 2nd virtual happy hour!
 
President-elect/Club Bartender Stan B. kick-started the night by showing attendees how to make a classic old fashioned and gave an exciting history of the drink in the process!
 
Attendees then spent the next hour chatting away. Highlights include how they discussed their favourite drinks, Kathy's physical distancing math project while she's out for a run, and how the members had a pet show off contest with some cute cats and dogs (Kevin's house plant get an honourary mention).
 
Thank you to Stan for showing us how to make another fantastic drink, to Scott for getting us online, and to everyone who joined!
A Bunch of Happy Rotarians During Our Online Happy Hour! 2020-04-25 06:00:00Z 0

Learning How to Avoid a Social Media Crisis with Grant Ainsley

 
This past Tuesday, Rotary Whyte Ave was joined by Grant Ainsley to learn about social media crises and, more importantly, how to avoid them.
 
Grant Ainsley has spent close to 20 years in the news media and public relations in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the last decade he's worked as a media trainer and spoken across Canada on a regular basis on topics related to the news media, social media and communications.
 
Rotarians and guests were shown some real world examples of social media crises and how it can effect a company's brand and reputation.  Grant then went over why it is important to have a social media strategy in place so that employees know what is allowed, what isn't, as well as the consequences for poor behaviour online.
 
Thank you Grant for joining us and thank you to everyone who joined us online!
Learning How to Avoid a Social Media Crisis with Grant Ainsley 2020-04-25 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Whyte Ave Meetings Will Continue Online for the Month of May

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, our Rotary Club moved on line to help curb the spread while still having Rotary fun on a weekly basis!
 
To ensure we carry on meeting while still playing our part in keeping our neighbours and community safe, our club will continue meeting online for the month of May.
 
Looking forward to having more Rotary fun online!
Rotary Whyte Ave Meetings Will Continue Online for the Month of May 2020-04-25 06:00:00Z 0

Home Cooked Meals for Melcor Village

People of Action are at it again!  Rotarians and friends, including past club members, neighbors, friends from the YEG Passport Club and friends from the Glenora Club, once again showed their commitment to supporting our community by making delicious home cooked meals for people in need! Over 100 delicious meals and 60, 2-pack baked goods were made and delivered for marginalized persons with complex needs who live at Melcor Village and are supported by the Skills Society.  Way to go everyone!  
 
A big thank you to Kristin for organizing, to both Kristin and Marilyn for picking up and delivering food, to the Rotary Club of Glenora and the YEG Passport Club for your support, and to everyone who helped out! 
Home Cooked Meals for Melcor Village 2020-04-21 06:00:00Z 0

The Leadership Team Discusses The Club Response To The COVID19 Outbreak

Let's get planning! The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue leadership team took time this week to get together online.

The club executive and chairs discussed how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the club and the response to date. The team agreed that the club is doing a lot to keep active and remain people of action in support of the Edmonton community, including everything from: fundraising; creating new forms of physical distancing volunteering activities; and moving meetings online so that we can keep enjoying Rotary safely during the outbreak.

The leadership team also talked about the next Rotary year, which begins in July. Incoming President Stan is already doing an amazing job assembling the new leadership team and planning an exciting year ahead. Looking forward to the next Rotary year already!

Thank you everyone one leading a committee or supporting the fantastic work of this club!

The Leadership Team Discusses The Club Response To The COVID19 Outbreak 2020-04-19 06:00:00Z 0

The EFCL Joins Rotary Online to Talk Community

During these days of physical distancing, we are all in need of some community. Luckily, Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) Executive Director Laura Cunningham-Shpeley showed us that there is no better way to meet your neighbours than through our local community leagues!

Rotary Whyte Avenue members and friends heard from Laura when she spoke to our club last Tuesday during our fist online meeting. 

Laura talked about the history of community leagues in Alberta and how Edmonton is not only the first instance of community leagues in Canada but has one of the most active community league scenes in the country.

She also talked about the work of community leagues around the city and how there is more than half a billion in community infrastructure in Edmonton - including over 119 ice rinks, 126 community halls, and 55 water spray parks!

During the outbreak, the EFCL will continue to provide support and resources for community leagues and Edmontonians. Community leagues across the city are also organizing efforts to support those in need during the pandemic. 

Thank you for coming Laura and thanks to everyone who joined our last meeting! 

The EFCL Joins Rotary Online to Talk Community 2020-04-14 06:00:00Z 0

Members Tipsy on Fun From Our Virtual Happy Hour Social!

How do you help curb the spread of COVID-19 and have a great time with friends? By attending a virtual happy hour of course!

Rotarians and friends got together this past Friday to socialize, check-in, and have some nice drinks at our first online social event. President elect Stan showed off his bartending skills by making a delicious looking gin sour to start the night off.
 
Members and friends chatted about life since the outbreak and had some exciting conversations, including a debate on which movies are more fun: Bollywood (Indian movies) vs. Nollywood (Nigerian movies); great places to get food; and how we can use our free time to take classes online (EDX.org was recommended).
 
Thanks for everyone who made it out (or stayed in?) for our online event! Thank you to President-elect Stan for teaching us some exciting drinks and for Past President Scott for getting us online!
Members Tipsy on Fun From Our Virtual Happy Hour Social! 2020-04-07 06:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Guest Speakers in April!

 
 
Here’s an update from Past-President Scott Young on what our club is up to for the month of April!

If you are a member of a different Rotary Club, Rotaract or Interact or just plain interested in attending an upcoming online meeting please join us!

There’s no cost and we have a great lineup of guest speakers.
 
For details visit our club calendar or click the links below:
 
Upcoming Guest Speakers in April! Scott Young 2020-04-04 06:00:00Z 0 Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues,Grant Ainsley,Laura Cunningham-Shpeley,Nor'Ali McDaniel

Supporting Skills Society

Whyte Avenue Rotary members have been busy preparing meals for 13 people living at Melcor Village, who are supported by Skills Society. Skills Society is a non-profit organization that works to help people with disabilities in the Edmonton area to be fully included as citizens in the community. Our fearless community service chair, Kristin, picked up over 100 meals made by focused club members and delivered them to people at Melcor Village!
Supporting Skills Society Stan Bissell 2020-04-01 06:00:00Z 0
A Message from Rotary President Mark Maloney on COVID-19 Scott Young 2020-03-31 06:00:00Z 0 COVID19

Rotary Whyte Ave Meetings Now Online!

 

To help ensure we as a club can continue to have Rotary fun while still doing our part to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in our community, Rotary Whyte Avenue is having our club meetings online for the month of April!  Our first online meeting will be on April 7th when Laura Cunningham-Shpeley from the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues joins us to talk about the EFCL!

Watch your email inbox, Whyte Ave Rotary social media, and our website as we will share the web links and call-in information so you can take part in these meetings online! We will decide whether we continue to have online meetings on a monthly basis.

We are also organizing virtual social events so we can still socialize while physical distancing!  Our first event is this Friday - click here to learn more.

We're looking forward to seeing you all online - stay healthy and safe out there!

Rotary Whyte Ave Meetings Now Online! 2020-03-29 06:00:00Z 0

CANCELLED: March Club Events

To play our part in curbing the spread of Novel Coronavirus in our community and out of an abundance of caution, all Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue meetings will be cancelled for the rest of March.
 
At this time, we intend to restart meetings again in April. The planning of any future meetings will be made with the health and well-being of club members, friends, and of the entire community top of mind and will be in line with the advice coming from Canada's and Alberta's public health officials. Accordingly, we will reassess closer to April as to whether any further meetings need to be cancelled.
 
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your help and support in keeping our community members safe and healthy.
 
Best,
 
Kevin McLeod
President
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue

CANCELLED: March Club Events Scott Young 2020-03-16 06:00:00Z 0
DG Tracey Vavrek Sends Words of Celebration in Honour of Club's 10th Anniversary 2020-03-06 07:00:00Z 0

Former DG Celebrates Rotary Whyte Ave's 10th Anniversary Milestone

 
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 3, 2020. To mark this event, friends and colleagues have been sending in their celebratory messages to celebrate a decade of public service. 
 
One such message was from Terry Drader, who was the Rotary 5370 District Governor when the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was established.  Terry couldn't join us as he is away in Arizona but he sent us this celebratory message. Thank you Terry!
Former DG Celebrates Rotary Whyte Ave's 10th Anniversary Milestone 2020-03-06 07:00:00Z 0

10th Anniversary Wishes from 2009/10 District Governor 

 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 3, 2020. To mark this event, friends and colleagues have been sending in their celebratory messages to celebrate a decade of public service. 
 
One such message was from Terry Drader, who was the Rotary 5370 District Governor when the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was established.  Terry couldn't join us as he is away in Arizona but he sent us this celebratory message. Thank you Terry!
10th Anniversary Wishes from 2009/10 District Governor 2020-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

Trivia Night to End Polio

 

Rotarians and friends got together this past Wednesday to outsmart Polio together!  Rotary Whyte Avenue put on a trivia night to raise funds towards the eradication of polio.

Foundation Chair Tamara kick-started the night by talking about our Rotary goals and thanking everyone for coming. Our President-elect Stan B. put together some challenging trivia questions about Edmonton on everything from Edmonton cuisine, landmarks, sports, and celebrities! 

 Multiple teams showed off their knowledge of Edmonton and competed for the YEG trivia  crown. However, at the end we had a three way tie between teams YEGtastic Gatway, Ageless, and the YEG Masters! After two sudden death rounds, YEGtastic placed first, Ageless in second, and YEG Masters in third!  Rahim J. is also the lucky recipient of the 50/50 draw!  

Final amount of funds raised is being calculated and will be shared at an upcoming meeting. The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue thanks Polar Park for hosting us, for putting $2.50 of every drink sold towards our polio fundraiser, and for the delicious food!

Thank you to Tamara and Stan for organizing such a great trivia night and fundraiser, and thank you to everyone who came out! 

Trivia Night to End Polio 2020-02-20 07:00:00Z 0

Kasey Machin on Parity YEG and Bringing Gender Parity to Politics

On Tuesday, February 11th, Kasey Machin, Co-Founder and Chair of Parity YEG, discussed her group’s work to increase gender parity in all levels of government.  Kasey, who works as a Communications and Policy advisor for Edmonton City Council’s Ward 1, is a firm believer in the roles of education and advocacy in encouraging women to run for municipal, provincial and federal office. 

Kasey Machin on Parity YEG and Bringing Gender Parity to Politics 2020-02-15 07:00:00Z 0

Trivia night on Feb. 19 to raise funds to end polio

How well do you know Edmonton? Test your Edmonton smarts and help rid the world of Polio by joining us at our 'Do You Know YEG?' Trivia Night!  

The rules are simple - whoever knows the most about Edmonton wins! The trivia night categories include questions on Edmonton celebrities, landmarks, and history with prizes for the winner! Play as a team or as a single player.

The Details:

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

What time: 6PM - 8PM

Where: Polar Park Brewing Company (10416 80 Ave NW)

How much: $20 

Come play trivia or just socialize among friends! Delicious appetizers will be available all night and $2.50 from every drink sold goes towards eliminating polio for good!

Show off your Edmonton knowledge for a worthy cause! Funds raised go towards our goal of eradicating polio. Register here.

Trivia night on Feb. 19 to raise funds to end polio 2020-02-10 07:00:00Z 0

Learning About the Edmonton Police Commission 

This past Tuesday, Rotary Whyte Ave members and friends learned about the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) from current EPC commissioner and former Member of Parliament Laurie Hawn.

Laurie talked about the positive dynamic between the EPC and the Edmonton Police Service (EPS). Guests learned how the EPC and the EPS are different but nevertheless share a common vision of responsive community policing. The EPC, among its many functions, oversees the police service; responds to citizens’ concerns on policing matters; helps to develop the annual policing plan and budget; and works to build positive relationships with community partners. Laurie also discussed the process in selecting the new police chief and the future goals of the EPC.

The speaker and guests then had a robust conversation on the importance of having a police force that is representative of Edmonton's diverse population and how to ensure positive relationships within that community. This conversation was greatly complimented by EPS executive director and new member Enyinnah!

Thank you to Laurie Hawn for coming to speak and to everyone who made it out!

Learning About the Edmonton Police Commission  2020-02-10 07:00:00Z 0

Councillor Ben Henderson presents update on Plan Whyte

On Tuesday, January 28th, Rotary Club on Whyte received a visit from Ward 8 Councillor Ben Henderson.  Councillor Henderson, who has served the area encompassing Whyte Avenue on City Council since 2007,  spoke about the Whyte Avenue Commercial Area Land Use Study, commonly referred to as Plan Whyte.  Old Strathcona Business Association Executive Director Cherie Klassen was also on hand to share her valuable perspective.

Councillor Ben Henderson presents update on Plan Whyte 2020-02-01 07:00:00Z 0

Amarok Update

Posted by Stan Bissell on Jan 28, 2020
The Amarok Society has shared an update on the progress of The Combined Rotary Women's School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue, in partnership with five other Rotary Clubs and the Amarok Society, helped to fund the building of the school in 2018. This school is in a slum area with more than 150 families living in a crowded area. Every afternoon, 25 women from this slum attend the school. Each mother who attends the Amarok mini-school teaches her own children, as well as five neighborhood children, what she has learned.
 
Some highlights from the 2019 Field Monitoring Report:
-Women attending the school have reported that they have attained better jobs that allow them to contribute money to their families
-The children enrolled in formal government primary schools are more successful with the support of the Amarok mini-school
-There is increased value placed upon education in the community, which has led to fewer child brides
-The school library has developed into a successful community library
Amarok Update Stan Bissell 2020-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Whyte Ave Shines in Support of Shelterbox

This past Tuesday, Rotary Whyte Ave members and friends got together in support of Shelterbox!  Shelterbox is a Rotary partner that provides emergency disaster relief to families around the world who have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. 

Meeting at the Almanac on Whyte, President-elect and International Services Chair Stan Bissell provided a great presentation on the value and importance of Shelterbox and how members and guests can support. Stan added that the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave would match any donations raised up to $1200! Guests also got to enjoy great company, fine drinks, and some delicious food (hope everyone tried the cheese cake!).

Last year our club raised the $1,500 needed to pay for one ShelterBox. This year the goal is to raise enough funding for two Shelterboxes! As you read this, funds are being counted and an update on how much was raised will be provided at the next meeting. There is still time to donate so please do not hesitate to reach out to Stan or Club President Kevin if you would like to contribute!

A huge thank you to Stan Bissell for organizing such a great event and thank you to everyone who came out and donated!    

Rotary Whyte Ave Shines in Support of Shelterbox 2020-01-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Whyte Ave Coming Out To Support Rotaract

 
On January 18th, the University of Alberta Rotaract Club organized a fantastic networking and mentoring event! This event included a round table discussion that provided Rotaractors opportunities to meet, ask questions, and build connections with the Rotarians of their sponsor Rotary clubs.
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave is a sponsor of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club and Youth Services Co-Chair James Wynters went out to support!  Thank you James for representing Rotary Whyte Ave and helping to make this event a success! 
 
Congrats to the University of Alberta Rotaract Club for another successful event!
Rotary Whyte Ave Coming Out To Support Rotaract 2020-01-23 07:00:00Z 0
January 14th Meeting Cancelled Due to Extreme Cold Weather 2020-01-14 07:00:00Z 0

A New Year Message 

Happy New Year everyone!

Rotary Whyte Avenue took a few weeks off to enjoy the holidays and I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season!  As we gear up for 2020, I just want to acknowledge all the hard work of everyone over the past year. In 2019, we came together to serve the community through countless community service events; we were fearless in taking on new and exciting fundraisers in support of youth at risk and to combat polio; and we created great moments together in fellowship! I'm incredibly grateful to everyone for their hard work, support, and dedication to the club and to serve others. Thank you!  I can't wait to see what we will accomplish together in 2020! 

-Kevin 

A New Year Message 2020-01-07 07:00:00Z 0

Great Holiday Party to End 2019

 

There's snow better place to be then a Rotary holiday party! The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was in the holiday spirit this past Tuesday as we held our year end holiday party! Members and friends were at their holiday best as Christmas sweaters, socks, and more holiday gear was on display! Photos from the past 6 months were on rotation, new photos were being taken at our photo booth (including some 'elfies!), and some of the best food you can find in Edmonton was being served!  What's more, we were able to celebrate the induction of two fantastic new members (more on that below) as well as highlight our club's support to Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) through the first inaugural Dodge the Streets charity dodge ball tournament (more on that below as well). There were so many good times, it was easy to get a bit 'Santamental!' :)  

 
Great Holiday Party to End 2019 2019-12-27 07:00:00Z 0

Building Community at the Neighbour Centre Christmas Dinner

 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was in the holiday spirit this past Thursday when we helped our community partner the Neighbour Centre kick off its annual Christmas Dinner! The Neighbour Centre is a non-profit organization that supports homeless and marginalized people in Edmonton. 
Building Community at the Neighbour Centre Christmas Dinner 2019-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

Prepping for the Neighbour Centre Christmas Dinner!

 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue worked hard to get desserts ready in preparation for the Neighbour Centre's Christmas Party last Thursday! Last Tuesday, Rotarians & friends donated their time and cooking skills to make sure the annual Neighbour Centre Christmas Party had some great food, including rice krispies squares and chocolate peppermint bark! Thank you to Kristin and Marilyn for organizing and to all the volunteers! 
Prepping for the Neighbour Centre Christmas Dinner! 2019-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

Go-Cups Going Towards a Good Cause

 
Rotarians dusted off (and also bought!) travel mugs in support of the Neighbour Centre! The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave collected go-cups to donate to patrons of the Neighbour Centre. Travel mugs are an item of great need for many experiencing homelessness. These great donations were dropped off last Thursday at the annual Neighbour Centre Christmas Dinner.  Thank you to Marilyn for getting this travel mug drive started and to everyone who donated!
Go-Cups Going Towards a Good Cause 2019-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

New Member Proposal - Jennifer Laughton
 

Posted on Dec 07, 2019
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Dear $NICK_NAME$,
 
A motion was presented to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club Executive Board on the nomination of Jennifer Laughton for membership in the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. Jennifer Laughton has been nominated by Tamara Larson under the classification of Physical Anthropologist.
 
Please indicate within seven days (7), by email to the Club Secretary, Mike Greaney, if you have any knowledge that prospective member, Jennifer Laughton, does not meet the Rotary Four-Way Test and you object to the admission as a new member (transfer from Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro) or if you require additional information regarding this candidate.
 
Thank you,
 
Kathy Strobl
Membership Chair 
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue
 
 
Bio 
Jennifer is currently a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the Department of Anthropology. Her specialization is Physical Anthropology and her research will focus on a group of Neolithic hunter-gatherer skeletons from Siberia. She has worked as a Physical Anthropology Consultant at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, and with commercial archaeology companies in Ontario. She has lived in five countries and has developed a love of travel, hiking, history, and languages (of which she speaks five fluently). She was a Rotary long-term youth exchange student to Siberia, Russia and has been back twice to further explore her second home and once to assist on an archaeological excavation. She was a member of District 7040 Youth Exchange Committee and is the secretary of the Canada-Russia Inter-Country Committee. Jennifer’s ‘rotary family’ includes host sisters from Brazil, Germany, the Philippines, and Russia, and brothers from Columbia and Russia.
New Member Proposal - Jennifer Laughton  Kathy Strobl 2019-12-07 07:00:00Z 0

Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Skills Society

Members and friends of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue were spreading holiday cheer early this year when they got together to prepare holiday stockings for the Skills Society!  The Skills Society is a 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 fourth year in a row, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue collected donations for a whopping 110 holiday stockings for people supported by the Skills Society’s Outreach Program.  Volunteers then went to the Skills Society on Thursday to assemble these great gifts for people in need!
Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Skills Society 2019-12-05 07:00:00Z 0

Whyte Ave Rotarian Recognized for Her Contributions

 
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue's own Tamara Larson was recognized for her commitment & support to the Rotary Foundation last night as she was presented the Major Donor crystal! As a Major donor, Tamara joined a global group of humanitarians united in their passion of service. Congrats Tamara!‬
Whyte Ave Rotarian Recognized for Her Contributions 2019-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
Paths for People Helps Make Edmonton More Accessible Stan Bissell 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award: Tim Onciul

Rotary is often defined as “service above self” and the Whyte Knight Award was created to recognize the commitment of our fun, fearless, and focused members in serving others. Tonight we awarded Tim Onciul with the Whyte Knight Award. Tim was the inaugural recipient of the award back in May of 2016. Tim received the award again for his continued passion to help youth in our community. The dodgeball tournament in support of Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS) was a success because of Tim’s vision and commitment. Thank you Tim for all that you do! Congratulations on receiving the Whyte Knight Award!
Whyte Knight Award: Tim Onciul 2019-12-03 07:00:00Z 0
Check out our weekly Newsletter 2019-12-01 07:00:00Z 0

Dr Stan Houston Provides Context in Quest to End Polio

On Tuesday November 19th, Dr. Stan Houston, adjunct professor at the U of A’s School of Public Health helped put the global efforts to eradicate polio into perspective by comparing its progress with efforts  to eradicate other diseases.  He also gave a brief history on clinical awareness of the disease and shared some facts and figures regarding it’s toll on society and the victories and challenges involved in achieving eradication.

Dr Stan Houston Provides Context in Quest to End Polio 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Speaker Nov 5: Anthony at Your Service! Scott Young 2019-10-23 06:00:00Z 0 Anthony at Your Service

Building a Strong Foundation to Scare off Polio!

 
‪A few members of the Rotary Whyte Avenue Foundation Committee got together this week to discuss all things foundation!  Members finalized some details on the exciting pumpkins for polio family event planned for October 29th (you can catch a glimpse at one of the silent auction prizes in the picture!).  You can all about our pumpkins for Polio event here: bit.ly/316QQ8x)
 
Members also looked at options for a future polio fundraising event near the end of November. We are looking to collaborate with a new up and coming business off whyte, so stay tuned! 
 
Thanks to all who made it out to this committee meeting and for all of your support to help make Polio history!
Building a Strong Foundation to Scare off Polio! 2019-10-23 06:00:00Z 0

Nova Cannabis Visit a New High Point for the Club!

 
On October 15, Rotary Whyte Avenue members and friends went to Nova Cannabis off Whyte to learn about this new and exciting industry! Store manager Chris Ianson gave members and friends a new understanding of the cannabis industry and how it has evolved since cannabis legalization. Chris explained how a big part of their business was providing education and ensuring that cannabis is consumed responsibly.  Thank you to Rotary Whyte Ave's own Marilyn Mucha for organizing the trip and to everyone who made it out!
Nova Cannabis Visit a New High Point for the Club! 2019-10-23 06:00:00Z 0

CTV News: Edmontonians dip, dug, dive, dodge for a cause

Posted by Scott Young on Oct 21, 2019
 

Nice coverage from CTV Edmonton for this weekend's Dodge the Streets Charity Dodgeball Tournament in partnership with Dodgeball Edmonton and Dodgeball Canada in support of YESS. Was a great day (as you can see by all of the pictures on our Facebook page) and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Thank you to our sponsors RAMP Interactive and Qube Invest!

 
CTV News: Edmontonians dip, dug, dive, dodge for a cause Scott Young 2019-10-21 06:00:00Z 0 Dodgeball Canada,Dodgeball Edmonton,People of Action,Rotary Connects the World,Rotary International District 5370,RotaryWhyteAve,YEG,YEGSports

Winner of Dodge the Streets 50/50 Draw Found!

 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue held a 50/50 draw at our Dodge the Streets Tournament and we have found our winner!  The winning number is 705190 and the winning ticket came forward on Sunday, October 20.
 
Thank you to everyone who took part in our 50/50 draw and thank you for supporting the Dodge the Streets charity dodgeball tournament!
Winner of Dodge the Streets 50/50 Draw Found! 2019-10-21 06:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference One Dodged Ball at a Time!

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue held it's inaugural Dodge the Streets charity dodgeball tournament in support of Youth Empowerment and Support Services on Saturday!

Saturday turned out to be a fantastic day as 26 teams descended on the Saville Community Sport Centre to compete for the coveted cookie medals made famous through Hockey Night on Whyte! This tournament had 4 divisions, with the Men’s/Women’s divisions each having 6 teams, the co-ed Competitive having 10 teams, and the co-ed Recreational having 4 teams.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave also competed in the recreational league and won bronze (and won a lot of hearts as well, I would imagine!).

Rotary Whyte Ave was lucky to partner with Dodgeball Canada and Dodgeball Edmonton to put this event on in support of YESS!  Total funds raised are being confirmed as we speak. Thank you to these great partners for making the 1st Dodge the Streets tournament such a success!

Thank you to everyone who made it out and everyone who supported! 

Making a Difference One Dodged Ball at a Time! 2019-10-19 06:00:00Z 0

Robert Lang Regales Rotary on Whyte

On October 8th we were fortunate to have Robert Lang hold court at the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club.  During this time he touched on but a few of his talents and the fascinating anecdotes they have facilitated.  A true Edmonton pioneer, Robert is 89 years young and still manages Lang Locksmiths, which opened in town in 1972.  

Robert Lang Regales Rotary on Whyte 2019-10-12 06:00:00Z 0

Whyte Ave Awarded the Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction

 
The Rotary Citation is awarded to clubs for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and the club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in the community.
 
Our Rotary Club won this honour for our achievements over the 2018/19 year. Our club also received the silver distinction for going well beyond the requirements needed to win the Rotary Citation.  Out of the 60 Rotary Clubs in the Rotary 5370 District, only 9 clubs received this honour. 
 
Congratulations to all club members and friends for making the 2018/19 year such a great success!
Whyte Ave Awarded the Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly!

On October 1st, Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave got together for a club assembly!  As part of the meeting, club members went over the results of the recent member satisfaction survey. The results showed that members really do enjoy being members of our club as well as love the programs organized. For the future, the survey showed that we as a club should focus on strengthening club membership and engagement. One of the follow up's from the membership survey is to plan a brainstorming session to discuss club goals and culture at a future meeting.

Club Assembly! 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0
"Dodge the Streets" 1st annual Dodgeball Tournament in Support of YESS Scott Young 2019-10-08 06:00:00Z 0 Dodge the Streets,Dodgeball Canada,Dodgeball Edmonton,Duane Wysynski,Margo Long,YESS

Help us Help The Bahamas

Posted by Stan Bissell on Sep 30, 2019

People in the Bahamas are still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

Immediate Past Rotary President, Barry Rassin, and our Rotary International District 5370 leaders have urged clubs to consider providing aid for this disaster.

The Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue has donated $250USD to the Robbins Funds, a fund for relief efforts of Rotary International District 6990 (Florida and Bahamas).

Watch the video from Barry Rassin:

 

If you wish to personally donate to this disaster, you can donate in the following ways:

Robbins Fund Bahamas Relief (in USD only) through Rotary District 6990 (Florida and Bahamas)

Bahamas Relief (in USD only) through Rotary District 7020 (Caribbean and Grand Bahamas)

Rotary Disaster Relief (in CAD and eligible for a Canadian tax receipt)

ShelterBox Canada (in CAD and eligible for a Canadian tax receipt)

Help us Help The Bahamas Stan Bissell 2019-09-30 06:00:00Z 0 Bahams Relief,Hurricane Dorian,Rotary Disaster Relief,Rotary International District 5370,ShelterBox Canada

A Purr-fect Evening at the Cat Cafe on Whyte!

 
 

Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave was very fur-tunate to have had a paws-itively great night of fellowship at the Cat Cafe on Whyte last Tuesday!

Rotarians and guests were introduced to the cats and learned more about the Cat Cafe business model. The group learned that the Cat Cafe owners were inspired to open the cafe from similar stores in their native China, except there you can find cafes dedicated to all kinds of animals - everything from cats, to owls, to hedgehog cafes! Members also learned that cats will often be sent to the cafe to help socialize them - and those cats definitely got some social time with Rotary around!

We're not 'kitten' around, Rotarians and their guests were 'feline' fine after that cafe visit.

A Purr-fect Evening at the Cat Cafe on Whyte! 2019-09-26 06:00:00Z 0

Wine Survivor Cancellation

Due to low sales, we've decided to cancel the wine survivor planned for September 17.
 
Though this is not the best outcome, cancelling will ensure we don't get stuck with any major costs, allows us to concentrate our efforts on some of the big fundraising events coming up (such as the Dodge the Streets), and provides an opportunity to learn and be ready for the next time. 
 
I'd like to thank everyone who worked so hard selling tickets!  Though it's unfortunate to cancel the raffle, all your hard work to make to move this raffle forward is what drives this club. I know we as a club can find the best path forward to make sure we avoid this type of outcome in the future. 
  
Going forward, we'll take time during our Club Assembly on October 1st to discuss fundraising so that everyone has an opportunity to comment and so that we can discuss as a club.   
 
Please don't hesitate to contact me *kggmcleod@hotmail.com) at anytime if you have any questions, comments, or concerns as I would be happy to discuss at any time!  Thanks again everyone for your patience, commitment, and support! 
 
Warm regards,
 
Kevin McLeod
President
Wine Survivor Cancellation 2019-09-16 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Connects Whyte Ave with India!

 
This past Tuesday our club was lucky to be visited by Mukta Malhotra, coming all the way from India! 
 
Mukta is a member of the Rotary Club of Gurgaon Harmony Iberis which meets in Gurugram, Haryana (not far from New Delhi). 
 
Mukta talked to club members and guests about some of her club's activities and ways we can collaborate together in the future. We then participated in a banner exchange between our two clubs.
 
Rotary really does Connect the World, thank you for joining us Mukta!
Rotary Connects Whyte Ave with India! 2019-09-04 06:00:00Z 0

Learning Alberta History with FRAMS

 
 
The President of the Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum Society (FRAMS), Chris Radojewski, joined Rotary Tuesday to talk about the great work they do to share Alberta's history with the world. FRAMS is a registered charity that supports the Royal Alberta Museum. 
Learning Alberta History with FRAMS 2019-09-04 06:00:00Z 0

Week Off to Promote Committee Work

Rotary spent the past week getting great work done at the committee level. (and had a great time doing it of course!) A lot of the magic of Rotary happens during our committee meetings, so the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue dedicates one Tuesday a month for committees to get together and have fun!

 

Week Off to Promote Committee Work 2019-09-02 06:00:00Z 0

Laurie de Grace on McDougall House Treatment Centre

 

On Tuesday August 20th , Laurie de Grace, Executive Director of McDougall House, gave a presentation on the association’s history and the work it does in the field of addiction treatment.

Established in 1969, McDougall House is a second stage live-in treatment centre for women recovering from substance addiction.  Clients spend an average of three months at the centre modelling healthier lifestyles and developing the coping skills necessary to make self-medication less compelling.

Laurie de Grace on McDougall House Treatment Centre 2019-08-24 06:00:00Z 0

Enjoying the Summer at Brandingen's BBQ Bash!

Rotary Whyte Ave enjoyed a delicious BBQ to celebrate the summer! Mike and Deb Brandingen hosted Rotarians and friends on August 13th by putting on a fantastic BBQ Party at their home. Everyone filled their plates (and went back for seconds...and thirds...) with delicious brisket (cooked by pro Barbequer Mike B). Members brought appetizers, salads, and tons of dessert to enjoy! 

The evening was filled with good conversations around the fire, competitive games of Bocce, and (surprisingly) no rain! Thank you Mike and Deb for hosing this fantastic event and for everyone who came!

Enjoying the Summer at Brandingen's BBQ Bash! 2019-08-20 06:00:00Z 0

Making Polio History 

 
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.
 
Making Polio History 2019-08-14 06:00:00Z 0

KAIROS Blanket Exercise an Indigenous Canadian History Lesson

 

On Tuesday August 6th members of the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club attended a presentation of The KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Orange Hub Community Centre.  This workshop was sponsored by Reach Edmonton, an organization that advocates for community safety through  improved engagement of all community residents.

KAIROS Blanket Exercise an Indigenous Canadian History Lesson 2019-08-09 06:00:00Z 0

Helping Out at the Neighbour Centre BBQ!

 
On August 1st, Rotary Whyte Ave and friends helped community partner the Neighbour Centre put on a fantastic community BBQ!  This BBQ is an annual event hosted by the Neighbor Centre and supported by Rotary Whyte Ave to provide Neighbours experiencing homelessness and community members a safe space to kick back and relax and enjoy some delicious food. Rotarians and friends helped organize the event, set up, severed delicious meals, donated food, desserts, games, and equipment, and helped clean up at the end of the night.
Helping Out at the Neighbour Centre BBQ! 2019-08-02 06:00:00Z 0
Amarok Combined Rotary Women's School Update (Dhaka, Bangladesh) Scott Young 2019-07-29 06:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society

Brent Collingwood Shares his Passion for the River Valley

Posted by Mike Greaney on Jul 26, 2019

On Tuesday July 23rd Brent Collingwood gave a fascinating presentation on his work as Executive Director with the River Valley Alliance.

Ask an Edmontonian what sets the city apart and the river valley will invariably be near the top of their list.  As keen as we are to claim bragging rights to this incredible resource we actually share this pristine tract with six other municipalities. In 1996 the River Valley Alliance was formed to preserve and enhance this area.  A key feature of their master plan is to establish an interconnected path that will bridge existing trails and extend for 100 km through the Town of Devon, Parkland County, Leduc County, The City of Edmonton, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County and the City of Fort Saskatchewan.

Brent Collingwood Shares his Passion for the River Valley Mike Greaney 2019-07-26 06:00:00Z 0 Brent Collingwood,River Valley Alliance

Whyte Ave Rotary Supports Youth Success in Mexico

Posted by Stan Bissell on Jul 12, 2019
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue has sponsored a child in elementary school in Colima, Mexico through Project Amigo. This sponsorship will help provide a child with the tools he or she needs for success, such as shoes, clothing and educational services. This sponsorship also helps to connect the child with people beyond their own community by allowing them to participate in the annual “Day at the Beach” trip and at Project Amigo’s volunteer-driven Christmas Fiesta. 
Whyte Ave Rotary Supports Youth Success in Mexico Stan Bissell 2019-07-12 06:00:00Z 0 Project Amigo

Recover Edmonton Wellness Project Tackles Homelessness From Unique Perspective

Posted by Mike Greaney on Jul 10, 2019
 
On Tuesday July 9th Susan Coward of the Recover Urban Wellness Project gave a presentation on the their work to affect positive change with marginalized youth and adults in Edmonton.
 
Launched by the City of Edmonton in 2017, The Recover Urban Wellness Project attempts to reconcile the specific needs of marginalized individuals with support groups, businesses and area residents that interact with them on a regular basis.
Recover Edmonton Wellness Project Tackles Homelessness From Unique Perspective Mike Greaney 2019-07-10 06:00:00Z 0 Recover Edmonton Wellness Project,Susan Coward
Making a Delicious Brunch for Children & their Families at Ronald McDonald House 2019-07-06 06:00:00Z 0

It's a New Rotary Year!

Posted on Jul 02, 2019
 
Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.
 
It's a New Rotary Year! 2019-07-02 06:00:00Z 0

Take Part in our 2nd Annual Wine Survivor!

 
Tickets for our 2nd Annual Wine Survivor are now available (where you have to chance of winning a large amount of wine) being held at our Change-Over Party at the Polar Park Brewery on Tuesday, June 25th.
 
Funds raised go towards our various community service projects (such as The Neighbour Centre's Dinner Club and Meals that Mend at Ronald McDonald House), our youth programs (sending high school and university students to leadership camps) as well as our international programs (microfinancing through Kivaand ShelterBox)
 
Take Part in our 2nd Annual Wine Survivor! 2019-06-25 06:00:00Z 0

U of A Discusses Community Engagement

 
University of Alberta community engagement consultants Alexis Ksiaskiewicz and Emily Ball visited our club on June 18th, 2019. The U of A is conducting a thorough examination of how it is connecting with its internal and external stakeholders in order to come up with a comprehensive community engagement plan. To date the consultation process has involved over 60 sessions discussing engagement opportunities with over 1300 people. 
U of A Discusses Community Engagement 2019-06-19 06:00:00Z 0

Join Us at Our Year-End Change-Over Party on June 25th! 

Come celebrate all that our club has accomplished this year with President Scott Young and hear what our incoming President Kevin McLeod has in store for the new year! Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/whyte-ave-rotary-year-end-change-over-party-tickets-62901519137

Tickets include:

  • Appetizers
  • Tour of the Polar Park Brewery & beer tasting

We will also be doing the draw for our 2nd Annual Whyte Ave Rotary Wine Survivor fundraiser!

Join Us at Our Year-End Change-Over Party on June 25th! 2019-06-08 06:00:00Z 0

World Partnership Walk coming on June 9th

 
 
On our May 29th meeting Naz Hasham gave a presentation on the Aga Khan Foundation Canada's World Partnership Walk, which is being held on the Legislature grounds on June 9th.
 
Naz Hasham grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the oldest of seven sisters.  Her family of nine's accommodations in Dar es Salaam was the equivalent of a bachelor apartment.  Still, their living situation was better than that of many she witnessed first-hand during her upbringing. Her directorship with the World Partnership Walk is one of the many volunteer activities she has immersed herself in to affect positive change locally and globally.  
 
The Aga Khan Foundation Canada was initiated by people who came from East Africa and were eager to dedicate some of their relative good fortune to alleviating poverty in developing areas of Africa and Asia.  Their first World Partnership Walk was held in 1985 in Vancouver and has become an annual event in 10 cities, including Edmonton. Since that first event  teams set up by schools, workplaces and community groups have raised more than 100 million dollars throughout Canada, mostly through fundraising activities leading up to the walk itself. The proceeds from these events have funded over 180 initiatives in 15 countries, reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for millions.
 
There is still time to participate in this year's event.  For more information go to https://www.worldpartnershipwalk.com/en/walk-cities/edmonton
 
 
 
 
World Partnership Walk coming on June 9th 2019-05-29 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Learns How to Compost

Posted by Kevin McLeod on May 21, 2019
 
Rotary members had a fun filled afternoon learning how to compost in our own backyards from Master Composter Nicole Spring from Veg in Yeg. Veg in Yeg is a social enterprise based in Garneau, Edmonton who grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers for local consumption through "Pay What You Want" pricing.
Rotary Learns How to Compost Kevin McLeod 2019-05-21 06:00:00Z 0 Veg in Yeg,composting

Renee Senko and Caitlin Johnston discuss their Belize Playground trip 

 
At our May 14th meeting Renee Senko, past president of the Vegreville Rotary club, and Caitlin Johnston, current president of the Vegreville Interact Club, came by to give a presentation on their recent trip to Belize. 
 
Renee and Caitlin joined 8 other volunteers to assist in building a playground at Paraiso School in Corozal.  The playground equipment consisted of repurposed equipment from a playground in Alberta that had been recently upgraded. The Emmanuel foundation handles the logistics of sourcing out and transporting decommissioned items that would be invaluable elsewhere. In Paraiso the local Rotary Club made the necessary preparations to facilitate the build and provided the visiting Canadians with an experience they would not forget.
Renee Senko and Caitlin Johnston discuss their Belize Playground trip 2019-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

YEG Passport Rotary Club submits Charter Documents!

 
Congratulations to the YEG Passport Rotary Club for getting one step closer to being official.  Charter documents were signed by President Markus Muhs, Secretary Anne McAthey and District Governor Ingrid Neitsch and witnessed by club advisor and member of sponsor club RC of Edmonton Whyte Ave Marilyn Mucha at the District office on Friday, May 10, 2019.
YEG Passport Rotary Club submits Charter Documents! 2019-05-15 06:00:00Z 0

Seven Women - Tackling Poverty Head On

Posted by Scott Young on Apr 15, 2019

The challenging reality

The first Sustainable Development Goal aims to end extreme poverty everywhere by improving the access of the most vulnerable members of society to economic opportunities.
 
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia and at least 22% of its population still lives under the poverty line. Within Nepal, disabled and other socially marginalised women are amongst some of the most disadvantaged social groups, and are often excluded from training and employment opportunities. When disabled women are employed, they are often paid less than their able-bodied peers.
Seven Women - Tackling Poverty Head On Scott Young 2019-04-15 06:00:00Z 0 Fair Trade,Gender Equality,SDGs

Whyte Ave Rotary Visits the Food Bank

Posted by Mike Greaney on Apr 12, 2019
 
On Tuesday November 9th members of the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club, the YEG Passport Club and their friends were given the opportunity to assist the Edmonton Food Bank.  In the Food Bank's large warehouse downtown we helped sort donated fresh and non-perishable food items and build hampers to be distributed to individuals and families who are having trouble making ends meet. 
 
Whyte Ave Rotary Visits the Food Bank Mike Greaney 2019-04-12 06:00:00Z 0 Edmonton Food Bank

Rotary Making A Difference in Bangladesh

 
 
Rotary Whyte Avenue is proud to be a sponsor of the Combined Rotary Women’s Schools in Bangladesh to support the non-profit Amarok Society. The Amarok Society empowers mothers through education so that they can in turn empower their children and communities. Great to work in partnership with other great Alberta Rotary Clubs to help make this project happen!
 
Rotary Making A Difference in Bangladesh 2019-04-09 06:00:00Z 0

Amy Smith - Aurora Report 2019

Posted by Scott Young on Apr 01, 2019
 
Our Club participated in a Global Grant Scholarship (along with RC Westlock, RC Saint City, RC Nisku/Leduc, RC Jasper and RC Brisbane) to help support Amy Smith, where she is currently completing a Masters of Development Practice Degree (with a specialization in Social and Cultural Dynamics of Development) at the University of Queensland in Australia.
 
Here is her most recent update!
 
"During the 2018/2019 summer period, I interned with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) in Bendigo, Victoria for five weeks. Right from the start, I felt welcome and included by the small team at the office in Bendigo. Everyone made an effort to get to know me and make sure I was comfortable in my new temporary community. This Canadian also got to experience her first 40 degrees weather in Australia!
Amy Smith - Aurora Report 2019 Scott Young 2019-04-01 06:00:00Z 0 Amy Smith,Global Grant Scholar

Dr. Emily Block speaks on her work in Ghana

 
On Tuesday March 5th Dr. Emily Block spoke to the Rotary Club on Whyte about her work with the Frontiers of Business Initiative at the University of Alberta.
 
After spending 20 years in the U.S. at the Universities of Notre Dame and Illinois Emily returned to Canada in 2016 to teach at the U of A.  She is currently the Eric Geddes Associate Professor of Management at the U of A's Alberta School of Business.  Emily's Frontiers of Business MBA elective looks at improving the livelihoods of those in developing countries while making the best use of finite contributions of money and volunteer labour.  
 
Dr. Emily Block speaks on her work in Ghana 2019-03-14 06:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Help "Chuck a Puck"!

 
Wow --- last minute things can turn into $$ in a hurry. Friday March 8, District Governor Ingrid Neitsch got a call from the Edmonton Oilers Group with a cancellation of volunteers to sell "Chuck a Pucks" at the Oil Kings game this past Sunday. She texts Marilyn while at District Spring training to see if our club can come up with 10 volunteers for 2 pm Sunday. Marilyn said " YES", all the while wondering who she could call on such short notice.
 
Rotarians Help "Chuck a Puck"! Scott Young 2019-03-11 06:00:00Z 0 Chuck a Puck,Edmonton Oil Kings

Operation Friendship and Assisting Hard to House Seniors

 
Our February 26th meeting featured Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations supervisor for the Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OSFF) of Edmonton. For the last 50 years Operation Friendship has been providing support and accommodation for hard to house seniors in our city.
 
 
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Meena Deccan speaks on Honour Based Violence

On February 12th Meena Deccan gave a compelling talk on the topic of Honour Based Violence.  Her presentation challenged many of the prevailing perceptions surrounding this phenomenon and laid out why conventional social services and law enforcement guidelines may be ineffective in breaking the escalating pattern of emotional and physical abuse involved.
Meena Deccan speaks on Honour Based Violence 2019-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
TONIGHT'S CLUB ASSEMBLY HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! 2019-02-05 07:00:00Z 0

Stan Bissell speaks about Shelterbox

 
Stan Bissell has a ShelterBox conveniently tucked away somewhere in his new home.  In the aftermath of a disaster this kit contains many of the essentials required to protect a family from the elements and allow them to begin to rebuild their lives.  Inside it's large durable storage container, which can be repurposed in a multitude of ways, the ShelterBox contains a family sized tent, solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets, cooking utensils and basic tools. Stan feels fortunate to have this potentially life-saving kit in his house.
 
Stan Bissell speaks about Shelterbox Mike Greaney 2019-01-26 07:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox,Shine For ShelterBox,Stan Bissell

You're Invited! Tuesday, January 22nd Stan Bissell Will Be Talking About ShelterBox

Posted by Scott Young on Jan 17, 2019
 
Join us on Tuesday, January 22nd from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Cafe & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue, as club member (and International Programs Chair) Stan Bissell will be talking about how ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter for over a million people displaced due to a natural disaster as well as his plans to raise money for ShelterBox with his "Shine for ShelterBox" fundraiser!.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, January 22nd Stan Bissell Will Be Talking About ShelterBox Scott Young 2019-01-17 07:00:00Z 0 ShelterBox,Shine For ShelterBox,Stan Bissell
Kathy Stobl and Toastmasters: Improving Your Speaking Skills Mike Greaney 2019-01-15 07:00:00Z 0 Kathy Strobl

ATB Financial Hosts a Presentation by Brian Mandujano and Inclusion Alberta

Posted by Mike Greaney
 
 
Our first weekly meeting after the Christmas break was hosted by ATB Financial's Strathcona branch on 80th Avenue and 104 Street.  We were introduced to Brian Mandujano, who's employment with ATB was facilitated by Inclusion Alberta.
 
Inclusion Alberta is a family-based non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. They do this by helping find meaningful employment for those with a developmental disability.
ATB Financial Hosts a Presentation by Brian Mandujano and Inclusion Alberta Mike Greaney 2019-01-09 07:00:00Z 1 ATB Financial,Brian Mandujano,Inclusion Alberta,Rotary Employment Partnership
Celebrating Our Successes for the First Year & Plans for the Rest of the Year Scott Young 2019-01-05 07:00:00Z 0 Scott Young,Year in Review
Support for the Belize Playground Project Scott Young 2018-11-28 07:00:00Z 0 Belize Playground Project,Immanuelle Foundation,Mike Greaney
[Meeting Replay] 11.20.2018 - Paige Reeves, Vocational Services Scott Young 2018-11-21 07:00:00Z 0 Paige Reeves,Vocational Services

A Rotary Foundation Primer, courtesy of Wayne and Wayne

Posted by Scott Young
 
To kick off Foundation Month, on Tuesday, November 6th, Wayne Kauffman, our district Rotary Foundation chair, and Wayne McKutcheon, our district grants chair presented on the importance of the work that Rotary clubs are able to achieve by donating to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund and Polio Plus.
 
We appreciate the hard work they both do on behalf of our District!
A Rotary Foundation Primer, courtesy of Wayne and Wayne Scott Young 2018-11-09 07:00:00Z 0 District Grants,The Rotary Foundation,Wayne Kauffman,Wayne McCutcheon

Join Us for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 

 
 
The Fall 2018 edition of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is fast approaching! Guess Who's Coming To Dinner is not only a fun way to enjoy some fellowship with members of the club and their guests but is also a chance to enjoy a great meal and some classic Rotarian hospitality.
Join Us for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? 2018-11-08 07:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award - Kevin McLeod

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 04, 2018
 
The latest member of our Fun, Fearless and Focused club has shown since they became a member in 2015 that they are willing to go above and beyond to help the club stay organized with our community services events, is willing to learn and try new things as head of our Communications Committee  and has been super helpful as our President-Elect, and I look forward to seeing what he can do once he becomes President of our Club next year. Please join me in congratulating Kevin McLeod as the latest recipient of the Whyte Knight Award!
Whyte Knight Award - Kevin McLeod Scott Young 2018-11-04 06:00:00Z 0 Kevin McLeod,Whyte Knight Award
District Governor Ingrid Neitsch Visits Rotary on Whyte Mike Greaney 2018-11-02 06:00:00Z 0 District Governor,Ingrid Neitsch

You're Invited! Tuesday, October 16th Nicole Spring from Veg in Yeg is our Guest Speaker!

Posted by Scott Young on Oct 11, 2018
 
We are pleased to be welcoming Nicole Spring from Veg in Yeg as our guest speaker on Tuesday, October 16th from 6 - 7 pm.  
 
Nicole will be talking about how she turned a vacant lot in Garneau into an amazing garden where she grows vegetables, herbs and flowers for local consumption.  It's a great story that you won't want to miss!
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, October 16th Nicole Spring from Veg in Yeg is our Guest Speaker! Scott Young 2018-10-11 06:00:00Z 0 Nicole Spring,Veg in Yeg

[Meeting Replay] 09.18.2018 - Cherie Klassen, Old Strathcona Business Association 

Posted by Mike Greaney
 
These are truly interesting times for Old Strathcona, and as Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association Cherie Klassen has a front row seat.  
 
On Tuesday September 18th we had the privilege of hearing her insights on the many aspects at play in the area.  
 
She touched on her group's efforts to amend the new smoking bylaw that doubles the distance smoking is allowed from any business entrance to ten meters.
[Meeting Replay] 09.18.2018 - Cherie Klassen, Old Strathcona Business Association Mike Greaney 2018-09-21 06:00:00Z 0 Cherie Klassen,Old Strathcona Business Association
You're Invited! Tuesday, September 25th - Nova Winter, Mary Murphy & Aaron Cranston from the Neighbour Centre Scott Young 2018-09-19 06:00:00Z 0

You're Invited! Tuesday, September 18th - Cherie Klassen from the Old Strathcona Business Association

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 14, 2018
 
On September 18th, from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue will be welcoming Cherie Klassen, the new Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association, as our guest speaker.
 
She will be talking about all of the wonderful things going on with businesses in the Old Strathcona Area.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, September 18th - Cherie Klassen from the Old Strathcona Business Association Scott Young 2018-09-14 06:00:00Z 0 Cherie Klassen,Old Strathcona Business Association

You're Invited! Tuesday, September 11th - Who's Who: Luke Wawrinchuk & Taylor Girard

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 05, 2018
 
On September 11th, from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue will learn more about members Luke Wawrinchuk & Taylor Girard who will be doing what we call their “Who’s Who” presentation.
 
Come and learn about our newest members!
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
#WhyteRotary #RotaryD5370
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, September 11th - Who's Who: Luke Wawrinchuk & Taylor Girard Scott Young 2018-09-05 06:00:00Z 0 Luke Wawrinchuk,Taylor Girard,Who's Who
[Meeting Replay] 09.04.18 - Our First Club Assembly of the Year! Kevin McLeod 2018-09-04 06:00:00Z 0 Club Assembly
You're Invited! Tuesday, September 4th - Our first Club Assembly of the Year! Scott Young 2018-08-29 06:00:00Z 0 Club Assembly
Kiva Loan Chosen by Scott - Chenaimoyo Scott Young 2018-08-24 06:00:00Z 0 kiva

You're Invited! Tuesday, August 21st - Who's Who: Maria Reyes & Scott Young

Posted by Scott Young on Aug 18, 2018
 
On August 21st, from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue will learn more about members Maria Reyes and Scott Young who will be doing what we call their “Who’s Who” presentation.
 
Come and learn what these two Rotarians are all about and what makes them tick.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
#WhyteRotary #RotaryD5370
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, August 21st - Who's Who: Maria Reyes & Scott Young Scott Young 2018-08-18 06:00:00Z 0 Maria Reyes,Scott Young,Who's Who
Brianne Thomas, Stollery Women's Network Mike Greaney 2018-08-17 06:00:00Z 0 Brianne Thomas,Giving Comfort Campaign,Stollery Children's Hospital,Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation,Stollery Women's Network

You're Invited! Tuesday, August 14th - Brianne Thomas from the Stollery Women's Network

Posted on Aug 09, 2018
 
Come join us on Tuesday, August 14th from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Cafe & Kitchen as Brianne Thomas from the Stollery Women's Foundation will be our guest speaker!
 
She'll be talking about their Giving Comfort Campaign where they give comfort packages to families going to Emergency at the Stollery Children's Hospital at the University of Alberta.
 
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, August 14th - Brianne Thomas from the Stollery Women's Network Scott Young 2018-08-09 06:00:00Z 0 Brianne Thomas,Stollery Children's Hospital,Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation,Stollery Women's Network,University of Alberta Hospital

Edith Martin on Project Amigo

Posted by Mike Greaney
 
On August 7th Edith Martin of the Edmonton Northeast Rotary Club gave a presentation on Project Amigo, an NGO that assists and advocates for education in rural Mexico.
 
Project Amigo was inspired by one individual's visit to Colima, Mexico in 1984.  While site-seeing Ted Rose inadvertently found himself in one of the area's smaller villages.  Thoroughly charmed by it's inhabitants but taken aback by the pervasive poverty he encountered he became a catalyst for change in many young lives.
Edith Martin on Project Amigo Mike Greaney 2018-08-08 06:00:00Z 0 Edith Martin,Project Amigo

You're Invited! Tuesday, August 7th - Edith Martin from Project Amigo

Posted on Aug 03, 2018
 
Many folks when they join Rotary have a goal or, are anxious to be able to experience an international work project and Edith Martin will be sharing one of the best ways to have this experience.

Project Amigo in Cofradia, Mexico is transforming lives, is committed to ending poverty through education and for the last 32 years has involved volunteers to help.

Come hear about an experience on Tuesday, August 7th from 6 till 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue, that is available to you and your friends that will be life changing.
You're Invited! Tuesday, August 7th - Edith Martin from Project Amigo Scott Young 2018-08-03 06:00:00Z 0 Edith Martin,Project Amigo

Kristin Jennings on YNTA, Project Amazonas, and her trip to Peru

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On our July 24th meeting Kristin Jennings gave a wonderful presentation on her recent trip to Peru.  As members of Young Nurses Take Action Kristin, three other Registered Nurses and nine nursing students assisted Project Amazonas by providing medical aid to those living along a portion of the Amazon River.
 
 
Young Nurses Take Action was founded in Edmonton in 2011 to encourage engagement and mentorship opportunities among young Registered Nurses.  Among the many activities and projects they have participated in have been six medical volunteer trips.  This latest one involved travelling in a house boat along the Amazon River and making scheduled stops along the way to administer basic medical services to underserved rural communities.  
 
Kristin Jennings on YNTA, Project Amazonas, and her trip to Peru Mike Greaney 2018-07-26 06:00:00Z 0 Kristin Jennings,Project Amazonas,YNTA,Young Nurses Takes Action

Meeting Replay - July 17, 2018 - RI Convention Toronto 2018 Recap

Posted by Scott Young on Jul 18, 2018
 
Missed the meeting on Tuesday? Perhaps you'd like to get a feel for our meetings?
 
This is a replay of our meeting on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 where members Kathy Strobl, Scott Young, Tamara Larson and Marilyn Mucha reviewed their experience at the Rotary International Conference in Toronto.
 
If you've ever wondered what it’s like to go to a Rotary International Convention or wanted to learn more about the recent Rotary Convention in Toronto then you'll want to watch the replay.

Marilyn Mucha also gave an update on one of the Kiva micro-lending projects we are involved in, Tamara Larson gave a brief overview of the District's Peacebuilding initiative and Kristin Jennings gave a preview of her presentation next week on her recent trip to Peru with Young Nurses Take Action, where they worked alongside Project Amazonas to deliver medical aid to villages along the Amazon.
 
Meeting Replay - July 17, 2018 - RI Convention Toronto 2018 Recap Scott Young 2018-07-18 06:00:00Z 0 #Rotary18,Kathy Strobl,Kristin Jennings,Rotary Convention Toronto 2018,Rotary18,YNTA,Young Nurses Takes Action,kiva,microfinance,microloans

You're Invited! Tuesday, July 24th - Kristin Jennings and Project Amazonas

 
 
Come join us on Tuesday, July 24th from 6 to 7 pm at the Rooster Cafe & Kitchen as our very own Kristin Jennings will be our guest speaker!
 
She'll be talking about Young Nurses Take Action and their recent mentorship trip to Peru with Project Amazonas, where they delivered medical aid to villages along the Amazon.
 
She also did a trip along the Inca Trail so should have some interesting stories and lots of great pictures.
 
Hope to see you there!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, July 24th - Kristin Jennings and Project Amazonas Scott Young 2018-07-18 06:00:00Z 0 Kristin Jennings,Project Amazonas,YNTA,Young Nurses Takes Action

You're Invited! Tuesday, July 17th - Rotary Convention Toronto 2018 Recap

 
Ever wonder what it’s like to go to a Rotary International Convention?  Want to learn more about the recent Rotary Convention in Toronto?

My name is Scott Young and I’m the President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue and I’d like to personally invite you to our meeting on Tuesday, July 17th from 6 till 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue where several of our members (including myself) will be sharing their experiences at largest Rotary International event of the year!

I look forward to seeing you there!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, July 17th - Rotary Convention Toronto 2018 Recap Scott Young 2018-07-13 06:00:00Z 0 Rotary Convention Toronto 2018,Rotary18

Rotary E-Club of Canada One member Dr. Peter Denooy

Posted by Mike Greaney on Jul 11, 2018
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We all deal with commutes of various distances to get to our weekly Rotary meeting.  However, imagine making it to your 5:45 PM meeting on Whyte Avenue if your office is in the Dominican Republic.  
 
Dr. Peter Denooy is an active and contributing member of our Rotary District 5370.  As such he regularly attends his club's weekly meetings.  He also spends most of his time in his newly adopted home of the Dominican Republic.  This feat was made possible by the advent of the Rotary e-Club of Canada One.  
 
 
Rotary E-Club of Canada One member Dr. Peter Denooy Mike Greaney 2018-07-11 06:00:00Z 0 Dr. Peter Denooy,Rotary e-Club of Canada One

You're Invited! Tuesday, July 10th - Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Peter Denooy from Rotary e-Club of Canada One

Posted by Scott young on Jul 09, 2018
 
 
Ever wonder what a Rotary eClub is all about?  Interested in learning more about an ongoing Rotary project currently underway in the Dominican Republic?

My name is Scott Young and I’m the President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue and I’d like to personally invite you to our meeting on Tuesday, July 10th from 6 till 7 pm at the Rooster Café & Kitchen on Whyte Avenue where our guest speaker Peter Denooy from the Rotary E-Club of Canada One will be answering those very questions!
 
You're Invited! Tuesday, July 10th - Our Guest Speaker is Dr. Peter Denooy from Rotary e-Club of Canada One Scott young 2018-07-09 06:00:00Z 0 Dr. Peter Denooy,Guest Speaker,Rotary e-Club of Canada One

RI Theme

Posted on Jul 01, 2018

2018-2019 Rotary international theme

 
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The Neighbour Centre Dinner Club Kevin Mcleod 2018-06-16 06:00:00Z 0 Dinner Club,The Mustard Seed,The Neighbour Centre
Congratulations Tamara Larson, District 5370 Rotarian of the Year! 2018-06-13 06:00:00Z 0
ATTENTION all Wine Survivor ticket buyers! Tamara Larson 2018-06-12 06:00:00Z 0

Whyte Ave Rotary's First Pride Parade

Posted on Jun 10, 2018
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June 9, 2018 was our first time in Edmonton's Pride Parade.
 
Old Scona Interactors, University of Alberta Rotaractors, and Whyte Avenue Rotarians joined forces to put together a fabulous group of proud paraders who danced and sang while handing out beads, buttons, and flags.
The energy was bursting at the seams and the crowd was amazing.
 
Great job to our club members who served on the committee: Kelly Sysak, Mike Greaney, Marilyn Mucha, Ellie Huang. A special Thank You to Mike's daughter, Evelyn, for putting together the vast majority of the buttons. We couldn't have done it without you! 
 
 
 
 
 
Whyte Ave Rotary's First Pride Parade 2018-06-10 06:00:00Z 0

Year-End Party June 12 from 7-9pm

Posted on Jun 10, 2018
 
 

Come celebrate the year that is coming to a close and get ready for the year ahead. It's bound to be another great year of fun!

We'll be announcing the Wine Survivor winners - see below for information.

Link to Eventbrite to purchase tickets

ATB Financial Arts Barns 

10330 84 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9

 
Year-End Party June 12 from 7-9pm 2018-06-10 06:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting Inititiave

Posted by Kevin McLeod on May 31, 2018
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue teamed with Rotaracters and Rotarians from across the city to add a little green to Edmonton! Rotarians got to work Tuesday night by planting trees with Root for Trees! City of Edmonton's Root for Trees initiative aims to rejuvenate natural areas in Edmonton through tree planting. By combining our efforts, we planted close to 700 trees, shrubs, and flowers! Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tree Planting Inititiave Kevin McLeod 2018-05-31 06:00:00Z 0 Root for Trees,Rotary,Whyte Ave

Meals That Mend

Posted by Kevin McLeod on May 29, 2018
 
 
Rotarians and friends made their way to Ronald McDonald House Tuesday to take part in the Meals that Mend program.   Meals that Mend provides a comforting meal for Ronald McDonald House families when they need it the most. Rotarians and friends came together to prepare a delicious breakfast for dinner meal for all families at the House. There were pancakes, sausages, breakfast burritos, and a lot of smiles had during this meal!  Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered for this event and a special thank you to James Wynters for planning such a successful meal!
 
Meals That Mend Kevin McLeod 2018-05-29 06:00:00Z 0

A Kiva Story

Posted by Stan Bissell on May 28, 2018
 
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.
A Kiva Story Stan Bissell 2018-05-28 06:00:00Z 0 kiva,microfinance,microloans
Wine Survivor at the Year-end Party Kathy Strobl 2018-05-27 06:00:00Z 0

Pride Parade June 9 - Rotary entry - Join in the walk!

Posted by Marilyn Mucha on May 27, 2018
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The Edmonton Pride Festival theme is FULL SPECTRUM and will have its Pride Parade on Whyte Ave on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and Rotary will be there. The Rotary entry for our District is organized by the Edmonton Whyte Ave club, UofA Rotaract club and spearheaded by Old Scona Interact.
 
Click to find out more...
 
Pride Parade June 9 - Rotary entry - Join in the walk! Marilyn Mucha 2018-05-27 06:00:00Z 0 Pride,Rotary,Whyte Ave

Considering Mental Health

Posted by Mike Greaney on May 22, 2018
 
On May 22nd Rotary Whyte Avenue member and psychiatric professional, Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli MD, shared some facts and insights regarding the state of Mental Health in Canada.
 
Alfonso highlighted a couple of surprising statistics; in an average year, 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem and 50% of Canadians will have had some form of mental illness by the time they are 40.
Considering Mental Health Mike Greaney 2018-05-22 06:00:00Z 0

Catherine Falk, Root For Trees

Posted by Mike Greaney on May 15, 2018
 
In preparation for our club's tree planting event on May 31st, Catherine Falk from the City of Edmonton's Root for Trees give a presentation.  Catherine outlined the history of this program and how it contributes to the well-being of our city.
Catherine Falk, Root For Trees Mike Greaney 2018-05-15 06:00:00Z 0

Whyte Ave Food Crawl

Posted by Saiyed Jaffer on May 13, 2018
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A warm, blue-skied evening was the setting for The Whyte Avenue Rotary Club's first ever food crawl last Tuesday. It was a fun, fearless and food-focused night where members and friends of the club visited and strolled between three unique venues for some tasty eats. The first stop was Avila Arepa for a sampling of some traditional Venezuelan appetizers. For a choice selection of entrées, we headed to Malt & Mortar, one of Whyte Avenue's newest additions. After our meals, we strolled off the Ave and made some room for our last stop at Ohana Donuterie where we each tried one of their delectable donuts.

Thank you to all who came out for a night of food and fellowship and helped make our first food crawl a great success!
Whyte Ave Food Crawl Saiyed Jaffer 2018-05-13 06:00:00Z 0

Roots for Trees - May 31st

Posted on May 07, 2018
 
In keeping with 2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley's challenge for every Rotarian to plant a tree we are joining forces with the Rotary Clubs of Edmonton West, Glenora and Strathcona to do our part by planting trees on May 31st through the City of Edmonton's Roots for Trees program.
 
The City of Edmonton's Root for Trees initiative aims to rejuvenate natural areas in Edmonton through tree planting.
 
Come and join us!
 
Details:
 
Where: we'll meet at the corner of 205th Street & 60th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. The tree planting will take place around this area and Hamptons Lake.
When: Thursday May 31, 2018.
What time: 4:45PM to 7PM.
 
 
Interested volunteers are requested to sign-up before Thursday, May 10 in order to take part!  This is to ensure that Roots for Trees has time to prepare the materials.
 
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring your 'Rotary at Work' shirt if you have one!
 
Please feel free to email me (kggmcleod@hotmail.com) at anytime if you have any questions.
 
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you all there!
 
Kevin McLeod
Community Services Chair, Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue
 
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Identity Part II

 
On May 1st, Paige Reeves led the second of our three meetings focusing on Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue's identity and what can be done to enhance it.
 
Drawing on her enthusiasm for assisting her clients at AdaptAbilities and the insight it has given her, Paige challenged those in attendance to consider ways to make our club more inclusive.
 
From its beginning just over eight years ago, our club was one of the many that helped Rotary evolve from its origins of exclusivity to a makeup that would be more in-line with its mission statement, as validated by our Four-Way Test.
 
Rather than settle for the level of diversity our club has already achieved, we would be better served looking for barriers that we may inadvertently create as a group and as individuals.
 
It could very well be these barriers that deter prospective productive members from attending our meeting and finding belonging within our club.
 
Thank you to Paige for facilitating this thought-provoking session.
Identity Part II Mike Greaney 2018-05-05 06:00:00Z 0

Gem Munro of the Amarok Society

At the April 17th meeting Gem Munro gave a compelling presentation on the Amarok society.
 
 
 
Gem and his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, founded the Amarok Society in 1992 to support their efforts in providing education to First Nations children that were not being adequately served by the existing school system.  
 
The Munros then set their sights on improving the prospects of the poorest people in Bangladesh. 
Gem Munro of the Amarok Society Mike Greaney 2018-04-19 06:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Gem Munro

Wine Survivor June 12th

Wine Survivor, an event that allows you and your friends to integrate your love of Rotary with your love of alcoholic beverages takes place on June 12th at the Polar Park Brewery, 10416-80 Avenue (the old Bee Bell Bakery site).  
 
Tamara Larson has 500 tickets to sell to this event.  
 
Tickets are $10 with the donation of a bottle of wine worth at least $15, or $25 without a wine donation.  
 
Lets make sure to support this fun and worthwhile initiative.  
 
The winner is set to receive at least 64 bottles of vino, so it might be a good time to build that wine cellar you've always wanted.
 
Contact Tamara Larson or Kathy Strobl for tickets and more information.
Wine Survivor June 12th Mike Greaney 2018-04-19 06:00:00Z 0 Polar Park Brewing,Wine Survivor

Get In on the Action

 
There's no more exciting way to help in the fight against polio than cheering on our hometown hockey heroes.
 
Your $29 ticket gets you access to the pre-game mixer  from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, plus great seats to see the Oil Kings take on the Swift Current Broncos at Roger's Place.
 
$11.00 from each ticket sold goes toward the End Polio Now campaign, with all funds raised matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
Tickets are still available from Club President Kathy Strobl. Help make this our third consecutive record-breaking year by purchasing your tickets today.
 
 
Get In on the Action Steven McRory 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Ice On Whyte Volunteers Needed

 
The Whyte Avenue Rotary Club is getting ready to once again support the Boardwalk Ice On Whyte Festival, January 25th through February 4th.
 
Volunteers are needed for a variety of four-hour shifts January 25 - 28 and February 1 - 4.
 
You can sign up for your choice of shifts by visiting the Ice On Whyte Volunteer page.
 
Please help make sure that this year's festival is another rousing, frosty success.
 
Ice On Whyte Volunteers Needed Steven McRory 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Belize Playground Update

 
Wendy Andrews, Chair of the District 5370 Playground Committee, attended our January 9th meeting to give us the latest news on the playground program. 
 
Playgrounds are provided by the Emmanuel Foundation, which refurbishes and redesigns municipal and school playgrounds from Western Canada. Through this project, playgrounds that were once destined for the landfill find a new home in Belize.
 
As an extension of the project, play leadership programs are being developed as a component of the build, ensuring sustainability and ongoing maintenance.
 
You can learn more about this important and exciting initiative by visiting the District 5370 webpage, or contacting Stan Bissell, International Service Co-Chair for Whyte Avenue Rotary.
 
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Welcome, Maria Reyes!

 
At our January 9th meeting, we were very pleased to induct Maria Reyes as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue, with the member classification, Government.
 
Maria has an extensive history with Rotary, spanning 15 years and five Rotary Clubs from BC to the Atlantic provinces. 
 
Welcome to the club and our Whyte Avenue Rotary family, Maria!
 
Welcome, Maria Reyes! Steven McRory 2018-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Leadership Meeting January 2nd

On Tuesday, January 2nd, the leadership team will meet at 6:00 pm in the boardroom at the Arts Barns to review 2017 and look out to 2018.
 
Our next regular meeting will be January 9th at Rooster Cafe & Kitchen.  
 
Leadership Meeting January 2nd Steven McRory 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0

U of A Alumni Affairs 

Posted by Steven McRory
 
We were very fortunate to play host to some distinguished guests and alumni from the University of Alberta for our last meeting of 2017.
 
Sean Price, Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs, brought along Alumni Council President Ayaz Bhanji and a number of Council Member to share their perspectives on the University of Alberta as one of Canada's premiere post-secondary institutions, and also on its impact on their lives after graduation. 
 
University of Alberta Senate representative Stephen Leppard gave a presentation that was filled with an astonishing array of facts about the university:
 
  • Pioneered  Hepatitis B oral treatment
  • World-leading MS research
  • Recognized internationally for work in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
  • At the forefront of Indigenous Studies, with one of the only accredited faculties in North America
  • Extensive outreach programming for underprivileged children, gender and LGBTQ relations, hands-on learning opportunities for children, and more
  • Through TEC Edmonton, partnered with Edmonton Economic Development to turn U of A research into 22 spin-off companies
  • Ranked among Canada's top five universities, and the top 100 in the world
  • U of A grads have the highest employment rate in the country
 
It's great to think that this world-class institution is just down the street, and closely connected to Whyte Avenue Rotary!
U of A Alumni Affairs Steven McRory 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner with The Neighbour Centre

Posted by Kevin McLeod
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was in the holiday spirit last Thursday when we helped our community partner The Neighbour Centre kick off its annual Christmas Party. 
 
Rotarians donated their time and desserts to make sure this event was a success.
 
It was a full house as an estimated 100 guests gathered at Strathcona Baptist Church to share  in a fine meal and good times between volunteers, neighbours experiencing poverty or homelessness,  friends, and members of the community. 
 
Thank you to all who took part in an evening that truly embodied of the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Dinner with The Neighbour Centre Kevin McLeod 2017-12-20 07:00:00Z 0

Merry and Bright

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.
 
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A Visit From U of A Alumni

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.
 
A Visit From U of A Alumni Steven McRory 2017-12-14 07:00:00Z 0

Stocking Up for the Skills Society

Posted by Kevin McLeod
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! 
 
Stocking Up for the Skills Society Kevin McLeod 2017-12-06 07:00:00Z 0

D.G. Frank Reitz Visit

Posted by Steven McRory
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. 
 
D.G. Frank Reitz Visit Steven McRory 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0

Nov 28 at ATB Financial Arts Barns

Posted on Nov 26, 2017
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Our Tuesday, November 28 our meeting will be held at ATB Financial Arts Barns located at 10330 - 84 Ave NW. 
 
Conrad Nobert from the Strathcona Community League will be speaking about the neighborhood renewal project, which includes a partnership with the University of Alberta. Visit http://strathconacommunity.ca/ for more information.
 
Regular meeting fee of $10 applies. Guests are always welcome to join us and receive two complimentary meetings so you can get to know us!
Nov 28 at ATB Financial Arts Barns Kathy Strobl 2017-11-26 07:00:00Z 0

Change of Meeting Venue

Posted by Steve McRory
Artisan Resto-Cafe will be closed for renovations on Tuesday, November 21st, so our meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Edmonton Arts Barns, 10330 - 84th avenue, beginning at our regular 5:45 start time. 
 
The evening will feature a visit by our District Governor, Frank Reitz, to update us on the current state of District 5370. This is an important opportunity to gain a broader perspective on Rotary, and all members are encouraged to attend. Our speaker will be focused on organizational issues, and not dealing with any issues in our community, so the meeting might not be suited to introducing new people to our club. First impressions are important, so think about saving your invites for a later date.
Change of Meeting Venue Steve McRory 2017-11-16 07:00:00Z 0

Pool 

Posted by Tamara Larson
On Tuesday, November 15th, we welcomed members, family, friends of our club, District guests and fellow Rotarians at our 2nd Annual Pool for Polio FUNdraiser . Our three co-hosts: President Kathy and two dynamic young leaders, Maria and Wyatt, from the University of Alberta Rotaract Club, kicked the night off. District Governor Frank Reitz also spoke and presented our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club with our End Polio Now: Make History Together Campaign award from The Rotary Foundation for reaching our Polio Plus goal of $2662 US. Frank  and his wife Barb joined us to compete for the Pool for Polio champion title, and Past District Governor Laura Morie spoke about Rotary's role in eradicating Polio worldwide, and our true impact on the lives of so many. We would also like to thank District Governor Elect Ingrid Neitsch for taking time out of her busy schedule to join us.
 
Eight teams came together to vie for the coveted Pool for Polio championship.  There were a lot of close games but ultimately team Hygge were the victors. Congratulations to Richard and Sheila of team Hygge on their win, as well as to runners-up Tristan and Peter of team Polio Predators. Silent auction items included an autographed Edmonton Oiler Ryan Nugent-Hopkins print, two lift tickets to Marmot, a Nespresso machine, beautiful artwork and prints by local artists, wine, Rotary swag and much more. Thanks to all who donated items in support of the event, as well as all the bidders. We are excited to announce that through a portion of ticket sales, generous donations to Polio Plus by members and friends, and the proceeds from the silent auction, our club raised $2262 towards our Polio Plus goal for this year! With matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of 2:1, this will make our contribution worth $7986! 
 
A very big THANK YOU to The Billiard Club for sponsoring our event; they donated the venue, the pool and provided one highball for each ticket sold for our guests to enjoy.  Thanks, also, to all of you who made our 2nd Annual Pool for Polio a huge success! 
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Raffle Results

Posted by Tamara Larson
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club has been hard at work selling raffle tickets to raise funds for our many clubs projects and initiatives. Thanks to the hard work of our members, we sold 594 tickets, which means we have raised $1188 towards our fundraising goal this year! 
 
Here are the lucky winners: 
 
Ken Saunders - Patrick Maroon Prize Package
Garrett Turta - Commemorative D11 Cat Bronze Collector Piece
Paul Atkins - Gift Certificate to Julios Barrio
Dalene Onciul - Two tickets to the ESO 
Kim McInnes - Autographed Oil Kings Hockey Stick
 
Thank you to our generous sponsors who donated these fabulous auction items: United Cycle, Finning Edmonton Power Systems, Julios Barrio, Edmonton Oil Kings and Marilyn Mucha.
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The Final Push: Pool For Polio

Posted by Steven McRory
Our 2nd annual Pool For Polio FUNdraiser is coming up on Tuesday, November 14th, at The Billiard Club, 2nd floor, 10505 - 82 Avenue, starting at 6:00 pm. You don't have to play pool to enjoy this terrific event. You only need to follow a few simple steps:
- Buy a ticket. It's not too late to purchase tickets on-line for $25.00, including pool, appetizers and one highball before 9:00 pm.
- Bring a friend. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce new people to the Whyte Avenue Rotary experience.
- Bring the money from you raffle ticket sales, along with any unsold tickets. (But, mostly money from sales!)
- Bring an item to add to our silent auction. Be creative. You never know what's going to kick off a bidding war.
Last year, we raised $2,400 towards our Polio Plus goal. This year we are aiming for $3,000, which will become a $15,000 donation after matching funds from both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Canada. 
 
We are so very close to completely eradicating polio, worldwide. Be part of this important and historic effort by joining us for an evening of fun and FUNdraising.
The Final Push: Pool For Polio Steven McRory 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

Brick Art by Aaron

Posted by Steven McRory
We were very privileged to hear from mom Marilyn Bercovich, whose 24-year old son, Aaron, is a unique artist working in a unique medium; LEGO®  bricks. As the parent of a child living with autism, Marilyn has a special perspective on helping her son to find his gift and create his own path in life.
 
What started as play and a creative outlet has now grown into a small business, with Aaron creating original and commissioned works using only the iconic building blocks as his medium. Having built store display models for the busiest LEGO® Store in Canada, Aaron now creates portraits, corporate logos, and transforms almost any image into a beautiful art mosaic. For a young man that thrives on organization, following patterns, and being precise, he has found a niche that is ideally suited to his skills and personality. With support from Marilyn, and family and friends, we look forward  Aaron's continued growth and success as an artist, entrepreneur, and a young man building (with LEGO®) his own future.
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You can learn more about Aaron and see a gallery of his works by visiting Brick Art By Aaron.
 
Brick Art by Aaron Steven McRory 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome, Mike Greaney

Posted by Steven McRory
On Tuesday, November 7th, Mike Greaney was inducted with the member classification "Retail", with daughter Erin watching the proceedings. As a long-time resident of Strathcona and an active volunteer, he is sure to be a valuable addition to our club. Welcome, Mike, to the Whyte Avenue Rotary family.
Welcome, Mike Greaney Steven McRory 2017-11-12 07:00:00Z 0

Pool for Polio!

 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is hosting their 2nd Annual Pool for Polio FUNdraiser on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at The Billiard Club (2nd floor 10505 – 82 Avenue).
 
Each dollar raised at this Polio FUNdraising event will  matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation making each dollar raised $3! In addition, the Canadian government has committed $100 million dollars to help eradicate polio! 
 
At our 1st Annual Pool for Polio, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club raised $2400 for our Polio Plus goal. With matching funds, our contribution to eradicate polio totaled $9600!
All proceeds from ticket sales, donations and silent auction bids will go towards Polio Plus and The Rotary Foundation in support of our club’s goal to help eradicate polio.
 
We are asking for YOUR help to End Polio Now!
Help us reach our goal of $3000! Donate a silent auction item for our 2nd Annual Pool for Polio and we will share on our webpage, social media and have signage at the event in support of YOUR generosity.
Tickets for this FUNdraiser are $25 and include pool, appetizers and one highball before 9 pm. Pool is optional so please join us!
 
You can purchase tickets on line through the following link or by contacting one of our members: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2nd-annual-pool-for-polio-tickets-39343118326
 
Monetary donations can also be made online (through the above link) or we will accept cash and/or cheques at the 2nd Annual Pool for Polio event! Tax receipts will be issued through The Rotary Foundation for amounts of $10 or more.
 
Thank you for your generous support of this Polio FUNdraiser. For further information regarding this event or silent auction item donations, please contact Tamara Larson, Fundraising Chair at (587) 783-8880 or Larson.tamarac@gmail.com
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Second Annual Mix and Match

 
On October 25th, 50 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Exchange Students mingled at the second annual Mix and Match event organized by Whyte Avenue Club and University of Alberta Rotaract Club.
 
This year, the event was sponsored by District 5370 who are looking to support both youth and mentorship.

The event aims to foster connections between Rotarians and youth in Rotary and is an opportunity for mentors from Whyte Avenue to connect with Mentees from UofA Rotaract.
 
Mentorship is a priority of the district, specifically for youth, but has long been an informal mechanism for building fellowship and friendships in Rotary.

Turnout from District Clubs was fantastic with 4 Rotaract and 6 Rotary clubs represented.
 
Attendees were invited to mix and match themselves with people from other clubs while enjoying the great food sponsored by the St. John`s Institute.
 
Whyte Avenue hopes this annual event will continue to build bridges with Rotary youth and between clubs.
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Kids Help Phone - Malissa Tarr

Posted by Kathy Strobl on Oct 22, 2017
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 On Tuesday, October 17, Malissa Tarr of Kids Help Phone spoke to our members and guests about Kids Help Phone. It has evolved over the years and now provides 24/7 counselling online or over the phone. It is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. It's completely confidential - no call display or tracing. Whether by phone, mobile app or through our websites, you can connect with Kids Help Phone whenever and however you want. 
Kids Help Phone - Malissa Tarr Kathy Strobl 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

Best of Luck, Amy!

Posted by Kathy Strobl on Oct 22, 2017
We welcomed Amy Smith to our meeting on October 17 as she presented our club with a traditional gift of tobacco and a dream catcher she made specifically for Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue to express her appreciation for our club's financial support in helping her qualify for a global grant scholarship. Our club is one of several in the District to support her studies over the next two years as she works toward a Master of Development Practive (MDP) at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As a Métis woman she is passionate about Indigenous community development work and is an active Rotaractor and charter President of the Calmar Interact Club during high school. Congratulations, Amy. We wish you the best and look forward to seeing you again when you return from Australia!
 
Best of Luck, Amy! Kathy Strobl 2017-10-22 06:00:00Z 0

Our 7th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte

Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 23, 2017
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Hockey Night on Whyte 2017

 
 
HNOW By the Numbers:
- 3 media outlets
- 2 Oiler Alumni
- 80 players
- 300 burgers served
- 1 awesome band: Secret Parcels
- 200 estimated community members who viewed or participated in off-rink activities including CommuniTEA tea, hair styling in the Armoury, music, and more!
 
Saturday, September 23 marked our club’s 7th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte event and it was a smashing success! It was the perfect weather for sweating it out in the Impark lot beside YESS Armoury for a little 4-on-4 hockey action. Eight teams battled for first place and the best cookie medals you’ve ever seen! Thanks to Sophie Waldin for baking the cookie medals again this year for all our podium finishers.
 
We were fortunate enough to be joined by Oilers alumni Geoff Smith and Marc Fistric who spoke to the crowd and did the official puck drop while Global and CTV captured the action. Lauren secured our fantastic live band, The Secret Parcels, to provide entertainment – thank you Alphonzo, Max, Nellis, Jonn, and Jon “Herman” for coming out! Paige and Mathew brought CommuniTEA, a mobile tea house that serves up iced tea to thirsty community members while creating the coolest hand-made buttons! At many times during the day, the number of community members watching and partaking in the off-rink events outnumbered the players on the rinks.
 
It was a record year for sponsorships and as always plenty of food from Save-on-Foods and vendors at Strathcona Farmers’ Market, just to mention a few (with over 300 hamburgers served!) Thank you to each sponsor for your support, and to our members and friends who approached them – it doesn’t get done without you! And many thanks to each and every member that took time to engage community members in conversations that we know make a difference.
Our 7th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte Lauren Emery 2017-09-23 06:00:00Z 0

Learning Fireside

Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 20, 2017
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New and prospective club members Kaitlin, Mike, Rowena, Stan and Steve were joined by president-elect Scott Young as Marilyn Mucha hosted a Fireside chat on Wednesday, September 20th. A Fireside is a perfect way to gain an understanding of Rotary as an organization, and Marilyn did a great job of distilling the world’s biggest service club into an hour of conversation and camaraderie. Many thanks to her for offering up her home and her extensive knowledge of Rotary, and going above and beyond with snacks for everyone. (Mmmm… snacks!) If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend a Fireside, we highly recommend that you look for the next opportunity to join one and get to know Rotary and some of your fellow club members.
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Rotaract in Nicaragua

Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 19, 2017
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Rotaract in Nicaragua

This week we had a group of Rotaracters from the University of Alberta come to tell us about their international projects in Nicaragua. They have had projects in three areas in Nicaragua since 2012, in Managua, Cinco Pinos, and Belen. Throughout 2012 to 2015 they have worked with Saint Albert based Roots of Change and the Nicaraguan FUNDACCO to build a preschool, a community centre and water collection resources in community. Partnering with onsite organizations is a huge part of Rotaract’s and Rotary’s mindset to ensure that useful projects will be proposed, well-managed, and carried out in a sustainable way. Their latest project was centered around supporting families in the rural Cinco Pinos where many families did not have running water. A representative from each of the fifteen effected families came to talk with the Rotaracters with the help of an ever-patient translator whose wife was the translator for the club’s last trip. The families said it was important for them to have a face to place where things were coming from and to be a part of the process in building relationships. In was an incredibly meaningful trip for our young counterparts as they had a chance to experience the lives of those they were supporting by billeting with community members. Each one had a story of how members on both sides said they were family afterwards and continue to build on their connections.
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Kristy Russ, the Renegade Pharmacist

Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 12, 2017

 

Kristy Russ, the Renegade Pharmacist

We had Kristy Russ the renegade pharmacist as our speaker this week. Kristy believes in emphasizing realistic changing and addressing underlying problems because as she says, there is nothing normal about feeling crappy! The Top 5 things she notices her clients struggle with is issues with weight, exhaustion, insomnia, constant pain and mood. She recommends working on key areas in your life starting with diet and understanding that a lot of our everyday diets are to extreme and unbalanced so our bodies decreased energy and storing fat is a natural reaction to that, especially because it is nearly impossible to achieve optimal nutrient levels based on diet alone. Nutrients is a big focus for her clients as 97% of Canadians do not get the RDA levels of nutrients, and that they are how our body functions without complication. She recommends higher quality, professionally recommended supplements as poor quality manufacturing or ingredients either lack what is actually needed or will not dissolve properly. In terms of exercise she wishes we realized how hard it was to build and maintain muscle mass  especially after 30 and that we’d stop doing long episodes of cardio and focused on 3 half an hour work outs a week with intensity and strength training. We should also address stress management and quality sleep more seriously, as busy people fail to recognize the body’s emotional and physical signs of stress, before they become to hard to manage. She also looks into nutrients to help balance hormones that may be changing rapidly and help ease the effects.  Her main question is, “Is your normal really normal?"
Kristy Russ, the Renegade Pharmacist Lauren Emery 2017-09-12 06:00:00Z 0

Strathcona Park Cleanup

Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 02, 2017

Strathcona Park Cleanup

 
Rotarians are rolling up their sleeves to help keep our community clean!  On August 29, 2017 in lieu of our regular meeting spot, friends and members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue participated in the City of Edmonton’s capital city clean up and picked up litter in and around Strathcona Park.  The day included a lot of smiles, socializing, and ended with several bags of collected litter. Thank you again to everyone who helped out!
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Potluck Picnic in the Park

Posted by Lauren Emery on Aug 22, 2017

 

Potluck Picnic in the Park –Glorious Sunshine and Fellowship

A great turnout at Emily Murphy park included many club members and
their families along with prospective members –  Rowena, Maria, Crystal and Rick. Ride sharing made it possible for anyone that wanted to attend to get to this picnic venue not far from our club's neighbourhood.
 
The food selection was varied and delicious, from popcorn and veggie snacks to homemade pie, Betty’s baked beans and perfectly roasted marshmallows by Tim Onciul. Great weather made this a perfect night for fellowship including lots of games brought by Laura Milroy and Steve McRory. Paige and Mathew’s little canine family members Pipp and Izzy were a big hit with all ages. An added feature was the presence of the Skills Society CommuniTea mobile van serving iced tea and making colourful custom buttons.
 
We have partnered with Skills Society in the past and their participation helped remind us of our commitment to community service and inclusion. A big thank you to all the members that came to share great conversation and food as well as members that could not attend but dropped off food items to share – thanks Kelly and prospective member Mike Greaney. If only all our meetings could be
outdoors on sunny summer days ….
 
Potluck Picnic in the Park Lauren Emery 2017-08-22 06:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight, Stan Bissell, & Shelly Vermillion

Posted by Lauren Emery on Aug 15, 2017

Whyte Knight, Stan Bissell, & Shelly Vermillion

During our very eventful meeting Betty Marsh passed on her nomination for the Whyte Night Award last quarter to Eli Schrader for his dedicated and enthusiastic work with our community’s youth. We welcomed back Stan Bissell who was a founding member of the Whyte Ave club and has again been sworn in as a full member with support from his partner David and son Ewan.
 
Our speaker this week was Shelly Vermillion who shared her story and her inspiration behind her starting Naoka Inc., a vehicle safety whip company. Shelly said she would never be a entrepreneur because she grew up seeing the struggles that come with it, but after working with the Dene community health department and seeing untapped labour forces she decided to dedicate opening her business to keep people in the oil field safe and on the principles of respect, integrity, safety, people first, and quality products. Shelly focuses on using as many Canadian products as possible in production and through focusing on helping relieve the unemployment rate maintains an 80-85% aboriginal people employment base, but open to everyone and including immigrants. Her experience in business it that paying attention to people is what keeps employees happy so she believes in supporting any education an employee and the principle of flex hours as the time people want and are able to work is when they’ll be most productive. Her ideals and ability to uphold them earned her recognition through the Alberta Chamber of Commerce 2015 Aboriginal Business Women Award of Distinction.
 
 
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All About Atlanta Rotary International Convention - August 1

Posted on Aug 01, 2017
On August 1, we had our own club members Paige Reeves, Guiscela Perez-Arellano, Tamara Larson, and Rotaract member Yvone Joubert talk about their experience at the Rotary International (RI) Convention in Atlanta. They stayed on Peach Street which is Atlanta’s version of Whyte Avenue and were surrounded by 40,000 Rotarians. The conference had many highlights including 2017-2018 Rotary Internation President, Ian Riseley, sharing his goals in Rotary of peace and sustainability. Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter and CEO of The King Centre, Bernice King, also spoke about her and her father’s message of peace. Bill Gates spoke about our polio efforts and has pledged 1.2 billion dollars for the new polio campaign, Drop to Zero. Ashton Kutcher spoke about his work with human trafficking including online tracking software to help find people involved. Kutcher urged to be more aware that trafficking is thriving in developed countries and that survivors need not only to have the rings broken up but to have supports created for them afterwards. Overall, it was a fantastic experience designed to help Rotarians think about how to connect their inspirations and skills to be better Rotarians. For those interested in attending the next RI Convention it is in Toronto from June 23 - 28, 2018.
 
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Good News Auto

Posted on Jul 25, 2017
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On Tuesday, July 25, Kimberly & Chris Ferland, co-owners of Good News Auto, joined our meeting to tell us about Good News Auto and its Jump Start Fund.
 

Good News Auto is a regular retail mechanic shop dedicated to vehicle education and providing financial assistance for vehicle repairs. Balancing vehicles and money is a challenge for customers. They believe there are two ways they can help customers with this balancing act.

1. offer vehicle education opportunities

2. offer financial assistance when repair costs are overwhelming

Good News Auto specializes in general auto repair just like most shops in Edmonton BUT Good News Auto Repair is the only mechanic shop in Canada that uses a portion of profits to offer vehicle education workshops to the general public. They also offer "Learn to Earn" matched savings opportunities and safety repair grants to qualified customers.

Since their doors opened in 2012 they have funded over $200,000 through the JumpStart fund.

You can learn more about Good News Auto at http://www.goodnewsauto.ca

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Meeting Knifewear

Posted by Lauren Emery on Jul 18, 2017

Meeting Knifewear

Last week we attended a knife demonstration and talk at our local Knifewear shop on Whyte. Knifewear is a fast growing company in Canada and specializes in kitchen and butchering knives with all the accessories as well as branching into straight razors and cocktail gear at their next-door shop Kent of Inglewood. Their store manager Kristopher Armitage demonstrated their knife selection and uses and was kind enough to field our questions.
Afterward we tried some house specialties at Tavern on Whyte which is another community business to which a member won a donated gift certificate to at our Spring into Employment. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Whyte Ave Rotary Bulletin: July 11, 2017

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Speaker: This week our club's speaker was Lyle Johnson, Rotary Club of Sherwood Park President and a representative of the Emmanuel Foundation. The Emmanuel Foundation is an organization that shares Canada’s surplus of medical and school equipment with other developing countries to foster sustainable community change and development. So far it has had a huge impact on building relationships with other communities and continues to expand after their playground relocation initiative (Play It Forward) has increased school engagement and children’s development. The Emmanuel Foundation makes achieving international projects more accessible for Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs. The foundation is hoping to strengthen their ability to ship supplies, find more donated space, and is asking for administrative volunteers as well as volunteers’ support for work projects and delivery.
 
Club Business: Scott has developed a charted timeline of our key events. Tim & Marilyn are chairing the fellowship BBQ which is on August 22nd. The Armory and HNOW is confirmed for September 23rd, 2017. Past President Tamara Larson was presented with her Paul Harris Fellowship Pin for her outstanding support of the Rotary Foundation.
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Speaker: Lyle Johnson, Rotary Club of Sherwood Park and the Emmanuel Foundation

Posted by Lauren Emery
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This week our club's speaker was Lyle Johnson, Rotary Club of Sherwood Park President and a representative of the Emmanuel Foundation. The Emmanuel Foundation is an organization that shares Canada’s surplus of medical and school equipment with other developing countries to foster sustainable community change and development. So far it has had a huge impact on building relationships with other communities and continues to expand after their playground relocation initiative (Play It Forward) has increased school engagement and children’s development. The Emmanuel Foundation makes achieving international projects more accessible for Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs. The foundation is hoping to strengthen their ability to ship supplies, find more donated space, and is asking for administrative volunteers as well as volunteers’ support for work projects and delivery.
 
 
 
Speaker: Lyle Johnson, Rotary Club of Sherwood Park and the Emmanuel Foundation Lauren Emery 2017-07-11 06:00:00Z 0

Kevin Ku: Back home to Taiwan

Posted by Lauren Emery on Jul 11, 2017
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KEVIN KU: BACK HOME TO TAIWAN

 
A big thank you to all District 5370 clubs who supported his stay in Alberta.
As we may recall, Kevin was destined to be hosted by the Ft. McMurray clubs for 2016-17, however the wildfires last May quickly scuttled those plans and the District sought out a Plan B to enable Kevin to still come to our District and experience his exchange to Canada.
 
A truly creative solution came together with the efforts of no less than four clubs to host and financially support Kevin’s successful cultural experience.
 
Kevin said his last good byes on Sunday July 2, 2017 after spending the past 11 months with the families of his counselor Mike Brandingen ( Whyte Ave club),  Marilyn Mucha (Whyte Ave Club) Brian Kiely ( Mayfield Club) Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli ( Whyte Ave),  and Sophie Waldin (formerly Whyte Ave). 
 
Financial support from Mayfield, Edmonton West, eClub Camada One, and Ft. MacMurray enabled Kevin to attend school at Austin O’Brien Catholic High School, take the public bus system and participate in the special activities such as Spring and Fall Orientations, Westlock District Conference, Yellowknife Tip-toe with the caribou, skiing in Jasper and the final 10-day mountain hiking trip.  In addition, Kevin attended both RYLA and RYLE camps thanks to Frank Yakimchuk ( eClub Canada One).
 
Kevin, along with the other inbound Youth Exchange Students (YEX) was obliged to raise funds for Shelterbox this year and Kevin exceeded his goal and raised over $650 . by cooking a traditional Taiwanese dinner to Rotarians and non-Rotarians willing to dine for a fee  ( and some who generously contributed directly to his campaign)
 
His presentations to his supporting clubs highlighted his cherished memories of meeting generous Rotarians and their families and seeing the northern lights, learning to ski and curl and eating his new favourite foods – Poutine and pyrogies. Through the generous support of the Ft. Mac clubs, Kevin was also afforded the opportunity to visit his original hosting city, do some fishing, take a private plane ride over the area to see the natural beauty and the remains of that devastating fire.
 
Although we bid farewell to Kevin perhaps we will see him in Taiwan in 2021 when the RI convention is in Taipei.
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Tamara Larson - Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Lauren Emery on Jun 27, 2017
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Tamara Larson - Paul harris fellow

Last week, Past President Tamara Larson was presented with her Paul Harris Fellowship Pin for her outstanding support of the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Tamara, we are proud to have you. 
Tamara Larson - Paul Harris Fellow Lauren Emery 2017-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

The Neighbour Centre BBQ and Sending Off Kevin Ku

Posted by Lauren Emery on Jun 27, 2017
 
 

The NEIGHBOUR CENTRE BBQ and SENDING OFF KEVIN KU

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue supported their long standing community partner the Neighbour Centre in putting on their annual Summer BBQ! The event was hosted by the Neighbour Centre and meant to provide Neighbours experiencing homelessness a safe space to kick back and relax. Rotarians, friends, and neighbours all came together to join the summer fun in Hawrelak Park. We also came together to wish our exchange student Kevin Ku the best as he readies to return to Taiwan after a successful exchange year. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible!
 
The Neighbour Centre BBQ and Sending Off Kevin Ku Lauren Emery 2017-06-27 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave 2016-2017

June 20 We had our year-end celebration! We showcased the many wonderful projects and initiatives we have worked on this year, the accomplishments of our members and committees and launched our new Rotary year! 
 
There were activities for our young Rotarians in training (and for those of us still young at heart), appetizers and a cash bar. 
 
Enjoy the video!
 
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave 2016-2017 2017-06-21 06:00:00Z 0

Our Exchange Student - Kevin!

Posted on Jun 13, 2017
Please join us Tuesday, June 13 at 5:45p at Artisan Resto-Cafe to hear all about our exchange student Kevin's great Canadian adventures!
 
Our Exchange Student - Kevin! Kathy Strobl 2017-06-13 06:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award - Betty Marsh

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 16, 2017
 
The Whyte Knight Award in our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED club was created to recognize "service above self" for our members and their commitment to serving others.
 
This award is for members and chosen by members.
 
President Elect Kathy Strobl was the most recent recipient of the Whyte Knight Award for her many contributions to our club in her leadership roles.
 
Along with input from members of the club, tonight member Betty Marsh was awarded the Whyte Knight Award!
 
She is our greeter extraordinaire, is committed to our Dinner Club project with the Neighbour Centre and is committed to serving the community, and humanity, in every way.
 
Thank you Betty for all that you do and being such an amazing part of our club! Congratulations on being awarded the Whyte Knight Award for Service Above Self!
Whyte Knight Award - Betty Marsh Tamara Larson 2017-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Second Annual Youth Summit

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 16, 2017
Come out and help us celebrate the many accomplishments of our young Rotary leaders and their Rotary Superhero stories!
 
Celebrating Rotary Superheros!
Saturday, May 27
10 am to 3 pm
University of Alberta - Education North Building
ED N2 115
(112 street and 87 avenue)
 
 
Tickets are $5 and includes lunch along with a Rotary Superhero T Shirt!
 
We are launching our First Annual Youth Awards and there will be a MYSTERY speaker and more!
 
Want to volunteer - watch for the volunteer schedule coming out soon!
 
Please contact Tamara at larson.tamarc@gmail.com for further details!
 
Second Annual Youth Summit Tamara Larson 2017-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Guess Who is Coming to Dinner

Posted by Tim Onciul on May 16, 2017
 
On Saturday, May 13, Paige Reeves and Mathew Bilyk hosted our Guess Who is Coming to Dinner at their new home in Sherwood Park.
 
Tim and Dalene Onciul, exchange student Kevin Ku along with Tamara and Owen Larson were treated to some very special Bilyk family recipes and FUN was had by all.
 
Thanks to all who participated.
 
We still have spots available for Saturday, June 3!
 
Please let Tamara know at larson.tamarac@gmail.com if you are interested in being a part of Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner!
 
Guess Who is Coming to Dinner Tim Onciul 2017-05-16 06:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange student Kevin Ku - Taiwanese dinner raises funds for Shelterbox Canada

Posted by Marilyn Mucha on Apr 28, 2017
 
Kevin Ku - a.k.a. Iron Chef Kai-wen, did an amazing job of creating a culinary feast on Saturday, April 22, 2017 to raise funds for Shelterbox.
 
Club members Stan Kodric, Mike Brandingen  and wife Deb, Eli Schraeder, Marilyn Mucha and husband Len Chanasyk, along with Marilyn’s sister Terry joined in Kevin’s Taiwanese specialties of pork and shrimp dumplings, beef Lo mei (sp?) with tofu, fried rice, squid with pea pods, sauteed cabbage and mushrooms, chicken and mushroom soup and finished things off with Bubble milk tea, and pineapple mini cakes.
 
Thank you as well to all who donated to Kevin’s Shelterbox campaign, including club members Pam Handy and eClub President Frank Yakimchuk
 
Donations can still be made online to Shelterbox, see link, for a tax receipt.
 
 
Youth Exchange student Kevin Ku - Taiwanese dinner raises funds for Shelterbox Canada Marilyn Mucha 2017-04-28 06:00:00Z 0

Fort Edmonton Park - A Rotary Legacy

 
Janet Tryhuba (Executive Director of the Fort Edmonton Foundation) joined our meeting on April 18, 2017 to share with us the history and future vision of Fort Edmonton Park.
 
It began in 1966 when Rotary Club of Edmonton Downtown began working with the city to create a replica of the Fort. It wasn't until 1974 that the Park opened in its doors.
 
Today the Fort Edmonton Capital Expansion Plan has set its sights on developing the top four initiatives of the Master Plan:
 
  1. The Indigenous Peoples' Experience
  2. The expansion of the 1920's Midway
  3. The expansion of the Hotel Selkirk
  4. A new guest services area reclaiming the Train Station
Fort Edmonton Park and Fort Edmonton Foundation appreciates all support to move this vision forward. Volunteer your time, donate, sponsor or attend an event. Jeans and Jewels is a fundraising dinner on June 15, 2017 and A Night in the Wild West is the fall gala on September 16, 2017.
 
Fort Edmonton Park - A Rotary Legacy Kathy Strobl 2017-04-24 06:00:00Z 0

Meet Ellie and Guiscela

Posted by Tamara Larson on Apr 24, 2017
On Tuesday, April 11, we had two of our members do their Who's Who for us.
 
What a great way for our members to get to know each other.
 
 
Ellie is an alumnus of our District 5370 Youth Exchange program. She came to us from Taiwan in 2012 2013 and was part of the Westlock Club. During her time there, she made many friends and close ties to her host family, the community of Westlock and our District. This year, she returned to Edmonton to study at the University of Alberta. She had the choice of Hawaii or Edmonton and she chose Edmonton as she wanted to once again be a part of her Rotary family.
 
Ellie is the first dual Rotaractor and Rotarian, not only in District 5370, but in our Zone! She is a member of the University of Alberta Rotaract Club as well as a member of our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club. She has also joined the District Youth Exchange committee working closely with our ROTEX students and more.
 
 
Guiscela is also an alumus of the youth exchange program - just a different District! Originally from Mexico, Guiscela did her exchange in Germany. She then moved back to Europe after her exchange to work as a nanny before arriving here in Canada. Her two week vacation turned into her becoming a part of our community and our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club.
 
We all talk about wearing our Rotary attire proudly. Here is a great reason why we should! Guiscela was at a salon where a member of our club was and wearing a Rotary pin. Guiscela asked about Rotary and soon
she became a member of the Whyte Avenue Rotary club. Let's wear our attire proudly and start a conversation about Rotary!
 
Guiscela too has joined the District Youth Exchange team and has taken on many important roles.
 
Thanks Ellie and Guiscela for sharing with us and being a part of our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club!
 
Meet Ellie and Guiscela Tamara Larson 2017-04-24 06:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House - April 4

Posted by Kevin Mcleod on Apr 11, 2017
On Tuesday, April 4, the FUN, FEARLESS, & FOCUSED Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue prepared and served a Greek inspired meal to the families at the Ronald McDonald House! 
 
Rotarians and friends came together to make and serve chicken souvlaki, Greek potatoes, Greek salad with pita bread and hummus (and an assortment of desserts too!) so the families at Ronald McDonald House could have a fantastic meal.

Ronald McDonald House - April 4 Kevin Mcleod 2017-04-11 06:00:00Z 0

Club Fundraising is Successful Through Partnerships

Posted by Marilyn Mucha on Mar 22, 2017
Our club partnered with the Rotary club of Edmonton Mayfield to participate in a two-day casino at West Edmonton Mall’s Palace Saturday and Sunday March 17 & 18, 2017.  Members Tim Onciul, Alicia Brown, Kate Peters, Mike Brandingen and Marilyn Mucha were joined by prospective member Laura Milroy and Friends of the Club Rupak Sarma (two shifts), Deb Brandingen and Tammy Medhurst to fill a total of 10 shifts.
 
Together we raised $10,000 for our projects, both local and international.

A huge thank you to all for giving up your time to bringing significant funding to our service activities.
 
Our own club casino application is in process but we will have to wait at least 24 months before we get the opportunity to host our own event and call upon more volunteers at that time.  
 
Just last month, our club again partnered with the Mayfield Rotary club at their Fork it Over fundraising dinner and auction on February 10, 2017.  The Mardi Gras themed event saw close to 300 people attend the dinner at Marriott River Cree Ballroom, where numerous silent and live auction items sold along with raffle tickets to raise nearly $ 50,000.  Our own Randy Clark, spouse of member Sheila Hawkins won the top raffle prize of $2,000. Thank you to all our club volunteers who helped decorate, tally auction items, take donations and take down the decorations as well as the members who secured the many auction items and sold raffle tickets.  A big club collaborative event.  Our share of the funds is $10,000, which will go a long way towards our local and international service projects.
 
Club Fundraising is Successful Through Partnerships Marilyn Mucha 2017-03-22 06:00:00Z 0

Fork It Over 2017

Posted by Tamara Larson on Feb 16, 2017
On Friday, February 10, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club partnered with the Mayfield Club to raise funds at this very fun event!
 
Thank you all who participated, donated, spent their hard earned funds on the many live and silent auction items, volunteered and truly made this event a success.
 
Watch for updates on how much was raised and the many projects our club will support!
 
Fork It Over 2017 Tamara Larson 2017-02-16 07:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award - Kathy Strobl

Posted by Tamara Larson on Feb 16, 2017
 
Rotary is founded upon the foundation of "SERVICE ABOVE SELF". Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club has members who truly exemplify this heart for service in all that they do.
 
In order to recognize members for their hard work and dedication to Rotary and serving others, our club has created the Whyte Knight Award for Exemplary Service Above Self to our Club and Community.
 
This award is chosen by members for members.
 
On February 7th, past recipient Kristin Jennings had the distinct honor to present the Whyte Knight Award to our Foundation Chair and President Elect Kathy Strobl.
 
Kathy is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. She is described as confident, kind, loyal and respectful of herself and others. In May of 2014, Kathy was co-chair of the first annual "She's All That - A Celebration of Women in Rotary". In the fall of 2014, the District sponsored Kathy as a Future Rotary Leader to attend the Future Rotary Workshop at the Zone Institute in Cherry Hill, NJ. Past District Governor Betty Screpnek reaching out to Kathy and the Whyte Avenue Club to support her and the Glenora Club to play a key role in planning her District Conference in the same year. Presently, along with her very important roles in our club, Kathy is the secretary of the District Foundation Committee and treasurer of the District's Charitable Foundation.
 
Congratulations Kathy on being awarded the Whyte Knight Award for your exemplary service in all that you do!
Whyte Knight Award - Kathy Strobl Tamara Larson 2017-02-16 07:00:00Z 0

Fork It Over - NEW Fundraiser for our club

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 22, 2017
 
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club has partnered with the Edmonton Mayfield Club to raise funds. Fork It Over is a great night of fun and laughter with great live and silent auction items and more.
 
Tickets are $125 each or a table of ten for $1,175.
 
Tickets can be purchased from any member, online (please see link below) or by contacting Tamara Larson at larson.tamarac@gmail.com.
 
The theme is Mardi Gras and entertainment will be provided by "That Guy". And, as a special treat, the jazz band from Old Scona Academic High School (our Interact Club members will be there also) will also be featured. It is a night that will warm your heart in this cold, Alberta winter.
 
AND, your ticket purchase automatically enters you to win an all expense paid trip to New Orleans, LA for a week!
 
Funds generated from this great event will go towards supporting our many youth programs and community initiatives. Come out and support our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club.
 
http://mayfieldforkitover.ca/index.html
Fork It Over - NEW Fundraiser for our club Tamara Larson 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Edmonton Oil Kings

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 22, 2017
On Sunday, January 22, Rotary District 5370 partnered once again with the Edmonton Oil Kings to raise awareness and funds to eradicate Polio world wide. We are THIS CLOSE!
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS to our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club who sold 100 tickets for this game! $9 from each ticket goals towards Polio Plus and this helped us raise $900 towards our club annual Polio Plus goal. Because every $1 raised for Polio is matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as 2:1 by the Canadian Government, YOUR $1 actually becomes $5. That makes our $900 worth $3600 towards eradicating Polio world wide! THANK YOU!
Rotary and Edmonton Oil Kings Tamara Larson 2017-01-23 00:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year!

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 02, 2017
It is hard to believe that 2017 is upon us! In 2016, there were many ups and downs yet the true kindness of so many truly came to the forefront. As life brings us challenges, working together, we can truly make a difference - one life at at time, one day at a time, one project at a time!
 
This past year saw our economy change dramatically which had a huge impact on so many both personally and professionally. We were all impacted by the fire in Fort McMurray. Some of our community partners, who depend upon donations and the generosity of so many, felt the economic downturn in ways that were passed on to those who needed help the most. Despite this, Albertans, Rotarians and those who could help, DID! We saw kindness in so many ways; people opened their homes to those who needed it the most, meals were provided, new relationships were developed and so much more.
 
Here are some pictures from our year-end party:
 
Happy New Year! Tamara Larson 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Serving Humanity

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 02, 2017
December was a very busy month for our club, our friends and Rotaractors! Together, in addition to the many other activities going on, we were able to support the Neighbor Centre and their annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 15 at Old Strathcona Baptist Church.
 
Thank you to all who donated food and beverage items and to those who time out of their very busy holiday season to share this meal, along with their time and talents, to make this Christmas dinner very special for those who need it the most.
 
Serving Humanity Tamara Larson 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Tamara Larson on Dec 19, 2016
On Tuesday, December 6, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club served dinner to the families at Ronald McDonald House. In the true spirit of our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club, our members decided to have a Ukrainian night.
 
 
On Sunday, December 4, some of our members, along with the University of Alberta Rotaract Club and the Strathcona County Rotaract Club, these ambitious Rotarians made over 300 perogies!
 
 
Ronald McDonald House Tamara Larson 2016-12-20 00:00:00Z 0

Visit from our District Governor Laura Morie

Posted by Tamara Larson on Dec 19, 2016
 
On Tuesday, December 13, District Governor Laura Morie came to visit our club. Each year, the District Governor visits each club in the District. During that time, she also meets with the Leadership Team prior to the club visit. Our club was the last on her club tour for District 5370 and we are so grateful to her for her dedication and passion for Rotary. In total, she has been part of over 120 club meetings and visits since July 1!
 
District Governor Laura spoke to us about the important of Rotary, youth being our future, the need for clubs to be flexible, some unique growth strategies and the importance of the Rotary Foundation; this 100 year old organization is the financial fuel that drives Rotary. This year, the Rotary Foundation is celebrating its Centennial. It all started with a donation of $26.50 and since then, it has handled billions of dollars and truly made the world a better place.
Visit from our District Governor Laura Morie Tamara Larson 2016-12-20 00:00:00Z 0

November Was Rotary Foundation Month

Posted by Tamara Larson on Dec 05, 2016
November was a very busy month for our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club. Our First Annual Pool for Polio was a HUGE success in raising $2400 towards our PolioPlus goal for 2016 - 2017 and FUN was had by all!
 
On November 22, we had a very special club meeting. We were joined by Patrick Gibson, District Polio Plus Chair, Wayne Kauffman, District Foundation Chair, Wayne McCutcheon, District Grants Chair and our District Governor Laura Morie.
 
Member Marilyn Mucha was presented with her Major Donor award and our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club was honored by Rotary International for the following:
 
November Was Rotary Foundation Month Tamara Larson 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellows: Kristin Jennings & Paige Reeves

Posted by Tamara Larson on Dec 05, 2016
 
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club was proud to present two of members with their first Paul Harris Fellow. Both members are recipients of the Whyte Knight Award. Through their own contributions to the Rotary
Foundation and points from generous club members in recognition of their exemplary service, Kristin Jennings and Paige Reeves were given their Paul Harris Fellows by Foundation Chair Kathy Strobl and President Tamara Larson.
 
Congratulations Kristin and Paige for this achievement.
 
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication, not only to Rotary, but also everything that you do in changing lives, serving humanity and truly making a difference!
 
Paul Harris Fellows: Kristin Jennings & Paige Reeves Tamara Larson 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z 0

December 1 - Interact Club of Old Scona Academic Charter Night

Posted by Tamara Larson on Dec 04, 2016
 
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club proud to sponsor the new Interact Club of Old Scona Academic. Today, they are 76 members strong and working hard on new projects, initiatives and fundraising to work with partners in our local community and establish relationships with other Interact Clubs to work on international projects.
 
District Governor Laura Morie joined us on December 1 to celebrate the charter of this new Interact club and presented Co-Presidents Rudra Patel and Fajr Haq with their Charter Certificate from Rotary International, our 2016 - 2017 Banner "Rotary Serving Humanity' and Certificates of Membership for the 76 newest members of Rotary in District 5370.
 
It was great to see family, friends, Rotarians and more come out to support these young Rotarians.
December 1 - Interact Club of Old Scona Academic Charter Night Tamara Larson 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

Pool for Polio

Posted by Tamara Larson on Nov 17, 2016
 
Our first annual Pool for Polio took place on Tuesday, November 8 at The Billiard Club on Whyte Avenue. We were joined by family and friends, other Rotarians and Rotaractors from our District. Special guests included District Polio Chair Patrick Gibson, District Governor Laura Morie and Past District Governor Jackie Hobal.
 
Along with the doubles pool tournament, we heard from Jackie Hobal about her personal journey as a polio survivor and how it impacted her family and her life.
 
Thank you Jackie for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us!
Pool for Polio Tamara Larson 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Presentation by youth exchange student Kevin Ku

Posted by Tamara Larson on Nov 17, 2016
 
Kevin Ku, our inbound youth exchange student, presented to us last night about his home country Taiwan, his family and more about his life. Kevin did a great job and we had such a great time hearing from him! Kevin's exchange and Canadian experience is quite unique. He is sponsored by five Rotary clubs; we are his host club and are providing two host families. The Rotary Club of Edmonton Mayfield is providing a host family as well as financial support. He is also supported financially by the eClub Canada One, Edmonton West and Fort McMurray Oil Sands!
 
Presentation by youth exchange student Kevin Ku Tamara Larson 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award: Kristin Jennings

Posted by Tamara Larson on Nov 17, 2016
 
Rotary is founded on the premise of "Service Above Self". Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club has members who truly go above and beyond to serve in so many different ways.
 
In order to honor their hard work and exemplary service to the club and the community, our club has created the Whyte Knight Award.
 
This award is for our members and chosen by members. Our most recent recipient Marilyn Mucha, and three other club members, met recently to choose our next recipient.
 
We would like to congratulate Kristin Jennings on being the recipient of the Whyte Knight Award. Kristin joined our club 18 months ago.
 
In this time, she has joined the Community Service committee, the Vocational Service committee, is working with our newly chartered Interact Club (Old Scona Academic High School) and is our Program Chair.
 
Her energy, enthusiasm and quiet determination have truly made our club grow in so many ways. This fall, Kristin was one of the ten candidates from our District to attend Rotary NOW! in Winnipeg with 40 other young Rotary leaders in Zones 24 and 32.
 
Congratulations Kristin on receiving the Whyte Knight Award for all of your hard work in serving the community!
 
Whyte Knight Award: Kristin Jennings Tamara Larson 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Pool for Polio

Posted by Tamara Larson on Nov 07, 2016
Come out support our event to raise funds to eradicate polio! It is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
 
In celebration of all the amazing projects and work that we are able to do in the world thanks to the Rotary Foundation, we are launching our FIRST Annual Pool for Polio! Funds raised will go towards our End Polio Now campaign.
 
Each dollar raised is matched 5:1; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides $2 for every dollar raised and the Canadian government also provides matching funds! Your $1 becomes $5!
 
Tickets are $25. Hope to see you there!
 
There will be a pool tournament, silent auction items in an evening that will be filled with fellowship and fun!
 
Facebook Link:
 
Purchase YOUR tickets online:
 
 
Pool for Polio Tamara Larson 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: Mix and Match Tuesday, October 25

Posted by Tamara Larson on Oct 31, 2016
 
On Tuesday, October 25, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club hosted a District event that included Rotaractors, Interactors and Rotarians! What a great evening of fun and friendship for us to network with our young Rotary leaders!
 
We had Rotaractors and Interactors from the Edmonton area join us along with several Rotary clubs. Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and mingle!
 
 
Thank you to Lindsey Johnson, President, University of Alberta Rotaract Club, and her team, along with Kate Peters, Rotaract Chair RC Edmonton Whyte Avenue for their hard work on putting such a great event together.
 
We look forward to making this an annual event so watch for details in the future!
 
Recap: Mix and Match Tuesday, October 25 Tamara Larson 2016-11-01 00:00:00Z 0

Mix and Match Tuesday, October 25

Posted by Tamara Larson on Oct 20, 2016
 
Come out and support our young Rotary leaders!
 
Our meeting next week will an opportunity to meet Rotaractors and Interactors and hear about their projects.
 
Same time! Same place!
 
Here is the event information:
 
Cost is $10 for Rotarians and is FREE for our young Rotary leaders!
 
For those of you who are on Facebook, here is the link:
 
 
Here is the invitation and link to purchase tickets on Clubrunner:
 
Mix and Match Tuesday, October 25 Tamara Larson 2016-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

Hockey Night on Whyte 2016

Posted by Tamara Larson on Oct 02, 2016
On Saturday, September 24, our club hosted the 6th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte street hockey tournament!
 
 
Not only did we raise $4000, we had the largest crowd ever!
 
Thank you to our sponsors: TD Bank, Save ON Foods, Noralta Lodge, United Cycle, Insure Your Way, Dorwad & Associates, FenceLine, the Old Strathcona Farmers Market, Remedy Cafe and Driving Force.
 
 
Hockey Night on Whyte 2016 Tamara Larson 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Induction of new member - Ellie Huang

Posted by Tamara Larson on Oct 02, 2016
This past year, the Council on Legislation voted on many changes to allow clubs to flexible, grow and offer many new options for membership, meeting times and more. One of those options was to allow a Rotaractor to be a member of both a Rotaract club and a Rotary club. On September 20, our FUN FEARLESSS & FOCUSED  Rotary club was one of the first to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
 
 
Here is Ellie's amazing bio:
 
I have been involved with Rotary since 2012! My journey with Rotary started with the International Youth Exchange Program. I was sent to D3480 as a representative for my high school. And during the year, we started an Interact club in my school in Taiwan.
 
I was an exchange student in Westlock in 2012 - 2013. And, by the end of my exchange year, I also had a great opportunity to help Westlock Interact start their fundraising! The year I spend in Westlock has totally changed my life ever since. I participated in lots of Rotary events and even had a chance to join RYLE camp. Because of Rotary, I have gotten to know myself better, and determine who I really want to be. I wouldn't be where I am today without Rotary.
 
I acted as a host for Naoaki Murakami when the group of young people from Fukishama toured our District in the summer of 2016.
 
Here is a short story. I was accepted at U of A, U of C and Hawaii Pacific University (HPC). HPE seemed to be the most attractive option and they had offered me a huge amount of scholarship assistance. However, I still made my mind up for U of A because deep in my heart, I am so connected to those host families I have in Westlock and many enthusiastic Rotarians in D5370. So, I WANT to come back to this big community continuing this amazing journey with Rotary, Rotaract and Interact!
 
This is TRULY a story of how Rotary impacts the lives of so many.
 
Congratulations Ellie and welcome to our club!
 
Induction of new member - Ellie Huang Tamara Larson 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award: Marilyn Mucha

Posted by Tamara Larson on Oct 02, 2016
Rotary is defined as "Service Above Self".
 
Our club has created an award that honors the hard work by our members. The Whyte Knight Award recognizes exemplary service above self to our community and our club. This award is for members and chosen by members.
 
 
In September, Marilyn Mucha was given the Whyte Knight Award for her dedication to our club and Rotary. Marilyn is a Past President, is a member of the Paul Harris Society, presently in an Assistant Governor in our District and in the past two years took on the role of Membership Chair. Under her leadership and direction, our club has gone from 18 members to 30 in the past two Rotary years. She has led Fireside chats, launched our spousal membership option (and we have TWO spousal memberships in our club now!), created the foundation for corporate memberships and helped establish a mentorship program for our new members. This year, she was essential in helping our club work through all of the details of hosting our inbound exchange student Kevin from Taiwan and has taken on the role of his first host family. Her work behind the scenes and wealth of Rotary knowledge has been a big reason and contributing factor to our club's success.
 
Thank you Marilyn for all that you do for our club and Rotary.
 
Congratulations on receiving the Whyte Knight Award!
Whyte Knight Award: Marilyn Mucha Tamara Larson 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0

It’s Raffle time!

Posted by Tamara Larson on Sep 07, 2016
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is raising funds for our many projects! Only 1000 tickets printed so don’t wait and miss you on your chance to win one of these FIVE fantastic prizes!
 
  1. Digital photo frame donated by Marilyn Mucha
  2. Brunch for four at the Royal Glenora Club donated by the Royal Glenora Club
  3. Bed and Breakfast at the Fairmont Hotel McDonald donated by the Fairmont Hotel McDonald
  4. Autographed Oil Kings Hockey Stick donated by the Edmonton Oil Kings
  5. Autographed Leon Draisaitl Framed Print donated by United Cycle
 
Tickets are $2 each. Contact Tamara Larson at Larson.tamarac@gmail.com to purchase yours and ask any of members for YOUR chance to win!

All proceeds go towards supporting our youth programs
 
It’s Raffle time! Tamara Larson 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome BBQ!

Posted by Tamara Larson on Aug 25, 2016
In the early hours of August 14, our exchange student Kai Wen (Kevin) Ku arrived from Taiwan! Originally, Kevin was heading to Fort McMurray with his host club being the RC of Fort McMurray Oil Sands. Due to the devastating wild fires this community experienced in May, this made hosting too challenging this year. Other clubs in our District rallied to come together to make this youth exchange happen for Kevin!

For the first time in our District’s history, Kevin will be sponsored and supported by more than two clubs. Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club is Kevin’s host club. We will be providing two host families: Marilyn Mucha (Len Chanasyk)  and Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli. Mike Brandingen is his Counselor and has a wealth of experience in youth exchange; Mike has been both an inbound and outbound Counselor, hosted exchange students and has been the parent of an exchange student!

The Mayfield Club will be providing a host family, Brian Kierly, along with financial contributions. Three other clubs will be supporting Kevin financially this year: Edmonton West, eClub Canada One and Fort McMurray Oil Sands.

Kevin’s year here will be filled with adventure and fun! He will be attending Austin O’Brien Catholic High School in east Edmonton near Capilano Mall. He has already attended the Fringe Festival, tasted poutine, rode the old railway car over the High Level bridge, taken a day trip to Jasper and experienced a day of sailing at Wabamun Lake. Watch for updates on all that Kevin will be experiencing this year!

It takes a Rotary village to host an exchange student! Thank you to Sumeet Shinde, our RDA from the Youth Exchange team, Marilyn for all of her hard work and hosting Kevin, Mike for taking on the role of Inbound Counselor, District Governor Laura Morie for her continued support and enthusiasm,  the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue for taking this huge leap in being a host club for Kevin and to the other clubs for wanting to be a part of this unique Rotary Youth Exchange opportunity in making Kevin’s experience a true success!
 
Here are some pictures from the event:
 
Welcome BBQ! Tamara Larson 2016-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

Fireside

Posted by Tamara Larson on Aug 25, 2016
August is Membership month! Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club has inducted several new members in June and July. Offering the opportunities for our newest members to learn about Rotary is important in making our club engaged and strong.  On Tuesday, August 16, Marilyn Mucha hosted a Fireside for our new members. This is an opportunity for our new members to learn about “What is Rotary?” and the different avenues of service along with projects our club is working on. Our newest members get to choose what they wish to work on and learn more about Rotary and our club!

Thank you to Marilyn for hosting and creating such a dynamic, interesting and fun presentation. Foundation Chair Kathy Strobl spoke to us about the many different facets of our Rotary Foundation, the important work we can do with the support of the Foundation and the options of contributing to make our Rotary engine run! Member Sheila Hawkins joined us to meet our new members and share her Rotary experience while President Tamara spoke with members about the different avenues of service and the many projects members are working on.

Thanks to Marilyn, Sheila and Kathy for their hard work in making this event a true success! Looking forward to a great year!
 
Here are some pictures from the evening:
 
Fireside Tamara Larson 2016-08-26 00:00:00Z 0

OSYS Renovations with Home Depot

Posted by Tamara Larson on Aug 06, 2016
 
On Wednesday, August 3, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club spent the day at the Old Strathcona Youth Society doing renovations! 
 
The Old Strathcona Home Depot, as part of their Orange Door Project in helping eliminate youth homelessness, came in and worked with our club to paint, build new exterior benches, renovate the bathroom, put up some much need shelving and storage along with new blinds and futons for this great organization. 
 
 
Thank you to Michael and his Team Depot for their hard work and dedication in truly making a difference in the lives of youth in our community. 
 
A BIG Thank You to our Past President Kelly Sysak, along with our Vocational Services Chair Tim Onciul, for working together with the team at Old Strathcona Home Depot and the Old Strathcona Youth Society in making this very important day a true success! Volunteers from our and friends list included Marilyn Mucha, Mike Brandingen, Dave Brown, Rupak Sharma and Tamara Larson. 
 
Here are some before and after photos:
 
OSYS Renovations with Home Depot Tamara Larson 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow Presentation - Tim Onciul

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jul 17, 2016
 
Foundation Chair Kathy Strobl and President Tamara Larson presented Vocational Service Chair Tim Onciul with his first Paul Harris Fellow!
 
Congratulations Tim!
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Presentation - Tim Onciul Tamara Larson 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

New Member - Mike Brandingen

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jul 17, 2016
 
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club had the honour of inducting Mike Brandingen as our newest member.
 
Mike is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and brings with him a terrific sense of fun and a wealth of Rotary knowledge.
 
Congratulations Mike!
 
We are very excited to have you as a member of our club and look forward to working with you.
 
And Mike is our Inbound Counselor as we welcome our first YEX student this year!
 
 
New Member - Mike Brandingen Tamara Larson 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: Engineers Without Borders

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jul 11, 2016
On Tuesday, June 28, we heard from Ashley Meeks and Engineers Without Borders in regard to water projects.
 
 
Water and sanitation is one of the key areas that Rotary focuses on in serving humanity in our international communities.
 
There are many challenges presented when working on water projects; the initial construction is one part. There is also sustainability.
 
How do local communities get parts? How is it maintained? Sustainability is extremely important.
 
Many times, when the wells stop working, it is simply a small part, such as an o-ring that costs only cents on the dollar, yet a complete rebuild can happen.
 
Clean water is essential to well being. Let's keep working together to make this happen for those who need it.
 
Thank you Ashley for taking time out of your busy schedule and presenting to us.
 
 
 
Recap: Engineers Without Borders Tamara Larson 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0

New Partnership with the Rotaract Club from the U of A and Interact Club of Old Scona!

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jul 10, 2016
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is proud to be a sponsor of two dynamic youth clubs:
  • The Rotaract Club of the University of Alberta
  • The Interact Club of Old Scona Academic High School
 
Thank you to Kate Peters, our Rotaract Chair, and Eli Schrader, our Interact Chair, for all of their hard work in making this happen!
 
 
Watch for updates and interactions with these two dynamic clubs and the amazing things these Rotary youth will achieve!
 
 
New Partnership with the Rotaract Club from the U of A and Interact Club of Old Scona! Tamara Larson 2016-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Our Club Received the GOLD Presidential Citation!

Posted on Jun 22, 2016
Congratulations to the members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue for receiving a GOLD Presidential Citation for their hard work and great initiatives in the community throughout the 2015 2016 Rotary year. Each of you are truly a gift to the world!
 
 
 
Our Club Received the GOLD Presidential Citation! Tamara Larson 2016-06-23 00:00:00Z 0

Year End Celebration!

Posted on Jun 21, 2016
On Tuesday, June 14, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue celebrated the many accomplishments and milestones achieved in this past Rotary year. Check our our Facebook page for the video featuring some of the many highlights (please include video and direct link to Facebook page) 
 
We were joined by family and friends along with some guests from Rotary District 5370: Incoming District Governor Laura Morie, Foundation Chair Wayne Kauffman, Polio District Chair Patrick Gibson, Assistant Governor Terry Demers. 
 
Thank you to all for coming and celebrating our Rotary year. We look forward to the upcoming Rotary year as we work towards fulfilling the Rotary 2016 2017 theme "Rotary Serving Humanity).

 
 
Year End Celebration! Tamara Larson 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0

Fort McMurray Update

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jun 05, 2016
Rotary club of Fort McMurray president Jeanette Bancarz has returned to Fort McMurray this week and I asked her for a short update on what was happening, here is her response:

"Things are progressing very quickly with the voluntary re-entry.  They have already removed the boil water advisory for the Lower Town Site.  The hospital should be fully operational on June 21st.  Today the traffic felt like nothing had happened.  Grocery store parking lots were full and there was a line up at the Timmie’s.  We lost more than 2400 structures so there is much heavy lifting to be done in the coming months and years to help those impacted.  We are hoping to still have a changeover dinner on June 26th.  There is no smell of smoke in the area which is aided with the recent rainfall we have experienced the last few days. 
 
Coming home on June 1st, I was struck by how the dandelions had overtaken every lawn and municipal greenspace.  Streets were quiet that first night, however, now signs of life are at every turn.  An impatient neighbor woke me up this morning mowing his lawn at 7:45 am.  I’m not complaining though, it’s wonderful to have our neighbors coming home."
 
I understand we have raised over $400,000 through the Charitable Foundation so far and that does not include any donations made through the ATB.  We are very pleased that ATB is adding 15% to any donations made online toward the District 5370 Charitable Foundation Fire Relief Fund.
 
As you know we are partnering with Alberta Pork Producers to raise more money at the Porkapalooza Festival.  We still have a few volunteer spots to fill on June 18 and 19 and would appreciate if you or your club members could lend a hand collecting donations for our Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.  The festival is being held at Clarke Stadium/Park in Edmonton.  Shifts are about four hours in length.  Duties consist of staffing the collection booth, meeting new friends, and showing a Rotary presence.  Free T-shirts and food.  It would be great if we could show support from all areas of our district, why not make a weekend out of it.
 
If you can help, please register using the following link:
 
http://vols.pt/js89Za
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue will be presenting a cheque to the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation Chair Julius Buski for $1,000 for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund on Tuesday, June 14. 
 
 
Fort McMurray Update Tamara Larson 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0

Porkapalooza Update

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jun 05, 2016
Good day Rotary friends,
 
We still have a few volunteer spots to fill on June 18 and 19 at the Porkapalooza Festival.  Please consider helping out in collecting donations for our Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.  The festival is being held at Clarke Stadium/Park in Edmonton.  Shifts are about four hours in length.  Duties consist of staffing the collection booth, meeting new friends, and showing a Rotary presence.  Free T-shirts and food.
 
If you can help, please register using the following link:
 
http://vols.pt/js89Za
 
Many thanks for your assistance.
Porkapalooza Update Tamara Larson 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award: Paige Reeves

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jun 05, 2016
 
Rotary is often defined as service above self. Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club's members each have a BIG heart for service. In recognition of such dedication by our members, we have created the Whyte Knight Award to celebrate the accomplishments of our members.

Paige Reeves is our Community Service Chair. Under her direction and leadership, new partnerships have been formed and great work is being done in our community. She is presently completing her MSc in Occupational Therapy and will be moving forward with her PhD in the future. She is also a member of the Rotary District 5370 Rotary Employment Partnership Steering Committee. Thank you Paige for all that you do for our club and Rotary! Congratulations on receiving the Whyte Knight Award for Service Above Self!
 
Whyte Knight Award: Paige Reeves Tamara Larson 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: WINGS Presentation

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 23, 2016
On Tuesday, May 17, Rhonda Janz, and Sarah, from Wings of Providence came to speak to us.
 
This organization helps women and children who are faced with domestic violence.
 
Their program not only provides safe and affordable housing but treatment program to equip these families to move forward with their lives in a positive manner.
 
WINGS - Women In Need Growing Stronger

WINGS offers a second-stage shelter and affordable housing for women with children who have experienced family violence.

At WINGS, we address the social, psychological, and health issues affecting women and children, extending our programs inclusively to clients of all races, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

We are proud to be part of a continuum of support to women and children leaving family violence. Together, through ongoing collaboration with the family violence prevention sector, we aim to reduce and eliminate family violence.
 
Their funding comes from government, grants and fundraising.
 
Thank you for coming to speak with us!
 
 
 
 
Recap: WINGS Presentation Tamara Larson 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0

Whyte Knight Award: Tim Onciul

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 15, 2016
Rotary is often defined as service above self. Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club's members each have a BIG heart for service.
 
In recognition of such dedication by our members, we have created the Whyte Knight Award to celebrate the accomplishments of our members.
 
 
Tonight, we had the honor of presenting the inaugural Whyte Knight Award to Tim Onciul. He is the visionary behind our Hockey Night on Whyte event. His continued vision and passion to help youth in our community by working with them and others to give them a "hand up" is truly inspiring.
 
Thank you Tim for all that you do!
 
Congratulations on receiving the Whyte Knight Award!
 
Whyte Knight Award: Tim Onciul Tamara Larson 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

She's All That - Color her Courgeous

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 15, 2016
 
On Thursday, May 12, members of the Whyte Avenue Club joined other Rotarians in celebrating Women in Rotary!
 
She's All That - Color her Courgeous took place at the Edmonton Golf and Country Club. Guest speaker, Interact alumnus Kirsten Poon, shared her many amazing life experiences with us.
 
This event also raised funds for the District 5370 Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund. Proceeds from ticket sales and raffle items will go to support this much needed cause. Rotary President (Rotary Club of Fort McMurray) Jeannette Bancarz shared her harrowing ordeal of being evacuated and what life is like now for many as the rebuilding and clean will take place in Fort McMurray.
 
Some truly amazing stories of courage and bravery in a time of need; most inspiring is the sense of community and the willingness to help each other throughout a terrifying experience.
 
Thank you Jeannette for sharing.
 
She's All That - Color her Courgeous Tamara Larson 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

May 10th Presentation with the Terra Centre

Posted by Tamara Larson on May 15, 2016
 
On Tuesday, May 10, we welcomed two very special guests from the Terra Centre: Executive Director Karen Mottershead and Donna Ma, Fund Development and Donor Stewardship.
 
Terra Centre helps pregnant and parenting teens to develop self-reliance and skills to become successful parents.
 
The programs they offer include leadership, child care, clothing and essentials, group support programs, family outreach, housing and a unique program for young dads.
 
May 10th Presentation with the Terra Centre Tamara Larson 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0

Serving Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

Posted by Tamara Larson on Apr 11, 2016
On Tuesday, April 5, our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary Club serves dinner at Ronald McDonald House.
 
Members had a great time making Enchiladas and more.
 
Thanks to all who made such a difference for the families who are there!
 
 
Serving Dinner at Ronald McDonald House Tamara Larson 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Announcing Our New Partnership with the Rotaract Club from the University of Alberta! Tamara Larson 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5370 Youth Summit

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 28, 2016
The Rotary club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue has taken on the leadership role to host a Youth Summit on Saturday April 23, 2016 at the Shaw Center from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. 
 
Featured speaker will be President Ravi and we are looking forward to a fantastic event.
 
 
 
Also in attendance will be Rotary International Director Julia Phelps and Director-Elect Dean Rohrs.
 
 
Julia Phelps   Dean Rohrs
 
Please encourage any youth you know to register and attend. 
 
It will be an inspirational morning that I am sure will take them even higher. 
 
For more information see Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/986858018046314/ 
 
 
After the summit we will join the Walk to End Polio. 
 
We would like to have all of the youth attend and we would also like to see at least one club member from every club in the district in attendance as well. 
 
For those of you in Edmonton bring your entire club. 
 
It is not an arduous walk and although we would like to raise a lot of money for polio eradication (Timmy’s Double Double is still in effect) it is just as important for the event to be big and gain a lot of coverage for our efforts.
Rotary District 5370 Youth Summit Tamara Larson 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

Visit to Derks in Old Strathcona

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 28, 2016
 
On Tuesday, March 15, members took their meeting to the streets! Sterling Derk and his team at Derks welcomed our club to their location in Old Strathcona for a tour. This family business was started in 1965 by Sterling's grandfather. He was a farmer who was also a tailor. The first store opened in Capilano Mall in 1965. In the 70s, Sterling's father took over the family business. There was a growing trend for tuxedo and formal wear which started what is now known as Derks Formals.

 
Visit to Derks in Old Strathcona Tamara Larson 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z 0

International Women's Day - Tuesday, March 8

Posted by Tamara Larrson on Mar 13, 2016
We had a very special meeting on Tuesday, March 8.
 
As a part of celebrating International Women's Day, we had the honor of inducting Vaishali Rampurkar Shukla to our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club.
 
Her sponsor was her father and he is a Rotarian in India.
 
Both of her parents joined us via Skype for this special occasion.
 
 
On International Women's Day, this is a significant event.
 
In India, women are not a central part of Rotary. Her mother is quite involved in Rotary and is a part of the "Inner Wheel".
 
 
Vaishali's classification is Electrical Engineering Research.
 
We look forward to having you part of our club Vaishali!
 
Welcome to our Rotary family and congratulations!
 
International Women's Day - Tuesday, March 8 Tamara Larrson 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Spring Learning

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 13, 2016
This past weekend, the leadership team from our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club attended District 5370 Spring learning.
 
There were many opportunities to learn about youth, vocational services, communications, our club's public image, foundation and so much more.
 
 
Thank you to Kathy Strobl, James Wynters, Kevin McLeod, Meltem den Heyer, Guiscela Perez Arellano, Marilyn Mucha, Idris Fashan, Roxann Vaos and Tim Onciul for taking time out of their busy schedule to take part and for having the second most number of registrations in the District.

Watch our website and social media for many of our new ideas! 
Spring Learning Tamara Larson 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (March 5): Scott Young

Posted by Scott Young on Mar 06, 2016
Great event at Scott and Michelle Young's house with Guiscela Perez Arellano and her boyfriend Edgar.
 
It was a Mexican-themed night where we had nacho chips, salsa, guacamole, fajitas and chocolate pots de creme and ironically Guiscelaand Edgar are both from Mexico!
 
Edgar had fun playing soccer with our son Benjamin in the back while Scott BBQ'd.
 
Michelle and Guiscela had fun talking about Mexican food and music.
 
A great night for all!
 
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (March 5): Scott Young Scott Young 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting on Tuesday, March 8

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 06, 2016
Tuesday March 8 is International Women's Day.
 
In honor of this, we will have our International Service Chair, Meltem den Heyer, speak to her vision of International Service for our club.
 
We will also be inducting our newest member: Vaishali Rampurkar.
 
Her father, a Rotarian in India, will be her sponsor.
 
Quite fitting for International Women's Day! 
 
Hope to see you all at a very exciting meeting for our club! 
 

 
Meeting on Tuesday, March 8 Tamara Larson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
RYLE Deadline is April 10th Tamara Larson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

RLI Level 2 "Me and My Club"

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 06, 2016
The members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue completed RLI Level 2 "Me and My Club".
 
 
What a fun and engaging way to learn about Rotary, get to know each other and plan for the future.
 
Thanks so each member for their input, enthusiasm and more in making these sessions FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED! 
RLI Level 2 "Me and My Club" Tamara Larson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Feb 27): Tamara Larson

Posted by Tamara Larson on Mar 06, 2016
An evening of fun was had by all! Hosted by Owen and Tamara Larson, guests Paige Reeves and Matthew Bilyk along with Petra Remy and Stan Kodric enjoyed an evening of fellowship that included baby back ribs, baked potatoes, salad, strawberry cheesecake and more!
 
 
Thanks for a great evening!!!
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Feb 27): Tamara Larson Tamara Larson 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (March 5): Marilyn Mucha

Posted by Marilyn Mucha on Mar 06, 2016
Great event at Marilyn Mucha's house with Tim & Dalene Onciul, Sheila and Randy Hawkins and Vaishali and Shandanu Rampurkar.
 

We had an International meal with Spanokopita, borsch, pyrogies, pot stickers, naan bread, stuffed kulcha, greek salad and chana masala.  Our guests never left the dining table till almost 11 pm. 
 
Great conversation, laughs and certainly a better understanding and appreciation of each other.  ( I learned that Tim Onciul’s family is from a southern area of Ukraine, Vaishali has yet to find a good Indian restaurant in Edmonton and that Randy and Sheila will be visiting a Rotary club in Mexico while they housesit later this month). 
 
By the end of the evening, Vaishali was less petrified of our dog Prince.
 
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (March 5): Marilyn Mucha Marilyn Mucha 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0

On Tuesday, February 23, Rotary is celebrating 111 years of "Doing Good in the World!"

Posted by Tamara Larson on Feb 21, 2016
We invite you to come and celebrate that many good things that our club is doing in the community!
 
Tuesday, February 23
5:45 pm to 7 pm
Artisan Resto Cafe
10732 - 82 Avenue
 
What better way to celebrate than to showcase our our Vocational Service project!
 
Our mandate has been to support youth at risk.
 
Our members have been working hard to create an opportunity for these youth to have a "hand up".
 
Kent den Heyer will be speaking about our Vocational Service project - Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support program.
 
Our FUN FEARLESS & FOCUSED Rotary club is working hard to be "Be a Gift to the World"!
 
Come and celebrate our many accomplishments on Tuesday!
 
 
On Tuesday, February 23, Rotary is celebrating 111 years of "Doing Good in the World!" Tamara Larson 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Our Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support program is now accepting applications! Tamara Larson 2016-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: Moving the Mountain Presentation

Posted by Tamara Larson on Feb 15, 2016
 
On Tuesday, February 2, we had the privilege of hearing from Jodi Stonehouse in regard to Moving the Mountain program; a partnership between the University of Alberta, iHuman and Harvard University.
 
This program focuses on 25 aboriginal young women ages 13 to 25. Alberta had the highest number of Residential schools in Canada. Today, many aboriginal youth and their families are facing challenges as inter generational survivors. They face abuse, many have been cycled through the foster system, are now homeless and so much more.
Recap: Moving the Mountain Presentation Tamara Larson 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute Level II

Posted by Tamara Larson on Feb 08, 2016
On Tuesday, February 2, members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue completed the first session of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Level II. This involved club brainstorming, strategic planning and membership. Thank you to all who were able to attend. Many great ideas were presented and enthusiastically discussed by all!
 
The second session of RLI Level II will take place on Tuesday, March 1. Building upon this first session, members will be discussing club communications, team building and the Rotary Foundation!
 
Thanks to Edith Martin for leading us in this great session.
Rotary Leadership Institute Level II Tamara Larson 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Nikki Webb

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 31, 2016
Each year, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue sponsors youth who require financial support for tuition as they further their education and employment goals as part of our Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support Program.
 
Last year, Nikki Webb was one of our successful candidates.
 
Congratulations to Nikki Webb Tamara Larson 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0

Vital Signs Report - Edmonton Community Foundation

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 18, 2016
On Tuesday, January 12, our club had the privilege of hearing Elizabeth Bonkink, Communications Advisor, Edmonton Community Foundation speak about their Vital Signs report. And, little did we know, she is also a proud Rotarian and a member of the Gateway Club! 
 
The Edmonton Community Foundation was formed in 1989 with three, very generous, $5 million gifts from the Stollery and Poole families here in Edmonton. Since then, the assets have grown to over $450 million and in 2015, they distributed $20 million throughout the Edmonton community. 
 
 
 
Vital Signs Report - Edmonton Community Foundation Tamara Larson 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

RECAP: Shut Out Polio Oil Kings Game

Posted by Tamara Larson on Jan 18, 2016
 
District Governor Tim Schilds and Polio Plus chair Patrick Gibson accept a cheque from Edmonton Oil Kings for $5610.
 
Close to 45 000 children will be immunized. Thanks to the over 500 Rotarians and friends who supported this great event.
RECAP: Shut Out Polio Oil Kings Game Tamara Larson 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Shut Out Polio

Posted by Scott Young on Jan 11, 2016
 
In January, we have a very special event planned. Rotary District 5370 and the Edmonton Oil Kings have once again partnered to SHUT OUT POLIO!
 
Sunday, January 17 @ 6 pm - Edmonton Oil Kings versus the Kamloops Blazers
 
Tickets are $27 and $10 from each ticket goes to our Polio Plus campaign that will help eradicate Polio world wide.
 
This $10 will be matched by both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the Government of Canada making each $10 contribution $50.
Shut Out Polio Scott Young 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0

The RotarAction Banquet: A Night for Nicaragua

Posted by Scott Young on Jan 10, 2016
This is The University of Alberta Rotaract Club's annual fundraising event in partnership with the Roots of Change Foundation.
 
Together our goal is to build a preschool in Belen, Nicaragua. 
The RotarAction Banquet: A Night for Nicaragua Scott Young 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Need Some Christmas Cards?

Posted by Scott Young on Dec 02, 2015
Our club is selling special cards designed by our members to support the Polio Plus, End Polio Now campaign!
 
Each card is $5 or you can purchase 5 for $20.
Need Some Christmas Cards? Scott Young 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Be a part of Whyte Wishes in Old Strathcona this Christmas season!

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 22, 2015
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is hosting the Sleigh Ride Shuttle each Saturday in December: December 5. December 12 and December 19.
 
Be one! Bring one!
 
Come and volunteer at one of the stops and help Christmas shoppers get on and off the Sleigh Ride as they shop and enjoy all that Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona have to offer during this Christmas season.
 
Sleigh rides are by donation and proceeds will go to the programs supporting high risk youth programs sponsored by the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club; this includes mentorship, post-secondary scholarships and so much more!
 
A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Old Strathcona Business Association in making this a vibrant community for all to enjoy!

So, come out and volunteer or enjoy a Sleigh Ride and support the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club!
 

Contact Roxann Vaos, event chair to sign up or with further questions.
 
Be a part of Whyte Wishes in Old Strathcona this Christmas season! Scott Young 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Presentations

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 22, 2015
Thank you to Rotary Exchange Students Julie Noteboom and Guiscela Perez Arellano who presented their experiences to our club last week.
 
 
Exchange Student Presentations Scott Young 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month!

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 08, 2015
The Rotary Foundation is the "gasoline and oil" that makes the Rotary engine run!
 
Donations fund projects in our local communities and make a difference to the lives of so many in the international community.
 
Rotary is rated as one of the top ten charities by Charity Navigator; only 3.8% of funds received is put towards administration leaving almost 91% of your charitable donation to be put towards our service projects!
November is Foundation Month! Scott Young 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Recipient

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 08, 2015
One of our most important club projects is offering post-secondary scholarships to youth. We were pleased to meet and congratulate Josie on her scholarship and her success! 
 
 
 
Scholarship Recipient Scott Young 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

Neighbor Centre

Posted by Scott Young on Nov 08, 2015
Our club was successful in receiving a matching grant from the Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation. Our community project has been supporting the Neighbor Centre dinner club. Once a week, for 8 weeks, our club prepares and enjoys a meal with 25 participants in Old Strathcona. 
 
This program has been a great success and we look forward to working with the Neighbor Centre in the future.
 
 
 
Neighbor Centre Scott Young 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Join us Friday for our World Polio Day event! Scott Young 2015-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: Hockey Night on Whyte

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 28, 2015
Hockey Night on Whyte 2015
THANK YOU to everyone for making this event a success! We had great media coverage; we were featured on Saturday news on both Global (6 pm news) and CTV (late news) as well as a great article and photo gallery in the Edmonton Sun.
 
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Recap: Hockey Night on Whyte Scott Young 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Hockey Night on Whyte Raffle

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 27, 2015
Hey everyone! Want to win an autographed Connor McDavid framed print? An autographed Oil Kings hockey stick? An iHome docking station?
 
Tickets are only $2 each and a limited number available.
 
Last year we SOLD OUT so don't miss YOUR chance!
 
Contact Tamara for tickets.
 
Draw date is Tuesday October 27!
 
Funds from these raffle tickets go towards supporting our youth programs.
 
 
Hockey Night on Whyte Raffle Scott Young 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival 2015 Scott Young 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Update

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 27, 2015
Rotaract King's CollegeOur Youth Services Chair Idris Fashan, has been working hard with the future Rotarators at King's University. They have an Executive in place and over 20 students interested in forming this Rotaract Club.
Rotaract Update Scott Young 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Special Meeting October 6th

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 27, 2015
Each month, Rotary has a theme. October is Community and Economic Development Month. On Tuesday, October 6, we have some special guests coming to join us.
Special Meeting October 6th Scott Young 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

No Meeting This Week!

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 27, 2015
Remember everyone that there is no meeting this week. Thank you to everyone for your hard work in organizing, setting up, participating and cleaning up after our 5th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte event. Enjoy a well deserved break and we will see you on October 6.
No Meeting This Week! Scott Young 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
This Tuesday - Hockey Night on Whyte Planning Meeting Scott Young 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: $2,000 Donation to The Neighbour Centre

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 13, 2015
Our club is proud to have Paige Reeves and Tim Onciul present Bobbie O'Connor, Donor Relations for The Neighbour Centre, with a donation of $2,000 to go towards 8 weeks of Dinner Club meals.  This was done as a matching grant from Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation.
Recap: $2,000 Donation to The Neighbour Centre Scott Young 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Recap: ACT Alberta Presentation Scott Young 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
RLI Rotary and Me - Club Goals and Roles September 15th Scott Young 2015-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Hockey Night on Whyte is Almost Here!

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 03, 2015
Join our club for the 5th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte at The Armoury Youth Centre as youth, local businesses and organizations play for the coveted Hockey Night on Whyte championship title in this fun, fearless and focused street hockey tournament! 
Hockey Night on Whyte is Almost Here! Scott Young 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: August Patio Party

Posted by Scott Young on Sep 03, 2015
In honor of Membership Month, we reached out to our friends, supporters, local merchants, family and friends to celebrate the hard work of our club over the last year and introduce many exciting new initiatives.
Recap: August Patio Party Scott Young 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Sept 1: No Meeting in Lieu of Committee Meetings Scott Young 2015-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Immunization and West Africa Project Fair Trip for Rotarians - November 2015 Scott Young 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0

Recap: Ronald McDonald House Event

Posted by Scott Young on Aug 25, 2015
A BIG thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the Ronald McDonald House event a big success on Tuesday, August 18th.
 
Our group of intrepid voluteers converged on the Ronald McDonald House to prepare a hot meal for the 30+ families who were guests of this local charity.
 
Ronald McDonald House is the only facility in Edmonton and the surrounding area that provides temporary and affordable accommodation for families whose children are being treated in one of Edmonton’s medical facilities.
Recap: Ronald McDonald House Event Scott Young 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Next Week: Membership Patio Party at Artisan Resto Cafe 2015-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Past Meeting: Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue Goals & Roles! Tamara Larson 2015-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Next Meeting: Mike Ryan, Clean Scene Network for Youth Idris Fashan 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary 5370 District Conference 2015 Tamara Larson 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Events: August 2015 Idris Fashan 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Hockey Night on Whyte Sponsorship Packages Tamara Larson 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

A Presidential Challenge

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Our president, Tamara Larson, has issued a fundraising challenge for the matching grant we received for the Neighbours Centre. Friends and members are welcome to join in!
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Neighbours Centre Dinner Club: A Partnership Tim Onciul 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Whyte Avenue Rotary Membership Application: James Wynters Idris Fashan 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting July 7 - Jeannie Bird of Restor International

This Tuesday we are excited to welcome Jeannie Bird of RESTOR International Inc. They are a Rotarian non-profit humanitarian organization that provides free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and adults in developing countries with cleft lip and palate anomalies, burn contractures, and other disfiguring and disabling conditions.  With the support of Canadian medical professionals and non-medical volunteers, they work to build capacity by training local physicians and health professionals and promote the development of sustainable and preventative programs. www.rotoplastcanada.org.
 
Our speaker Jeannie has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  She has had a varied nursing career working her way west, specializing mostly in Maternal and Child Health in her early years and Gerontology as GM of two assisted living facilities in Kelowna for 10 years.  Jean retired from her nursing career in 2008.  She became interested in medical missions when joining Rotary in 2006.  She has been on 3 missions in a variety of positions with Rotaplast Canada and her 4th mission last year as Mission Director of the first All-Canadian medical mission as Restor International.  All her mission experiences have been to Ethiopia.  Jean is a board member of Restor International in the role of Director of Medical  Missions
 
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Next Meeting July 7 - Jeannie Bird of Restor International 2015-07-04 00:00:00Z 0

Sunday July 5 - 'Takin It To The Streets' Music Festival

Volunteers are needed to man our booth at the Takin' it to the Streets festival on Sunday, July
5th, 2015. This is an annual festival that occurs on the block between 103 and 104th street on Whyte Avenue. This event involves many Community groups, sharing their contributions to the area with the general public.
 
The Commercial Hotel provides a great stage with some great bands, so even if you are not volunteering, COME ON OUT and enjoy the afternoon or evening! We will be sharing a booth with the Old Strathcona Foundation - the OSF tent will be close to 10345 Whyte Avenue, (in the vicinity of the candy store, Gummi).
 
More event info is at http://exploreedmonton.com/festivals-and-events/takin-it-to-the-streets
 

Takin' it to the Streets Music Festival

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Volunteer Opportunity with Neighbor Centre Wednesday July 22

You are invited to the Neighbor Centre Dinner Club Event! This is a very special opportunity we hope you will consider. We have room for 5 volunteers to join us at the Strathcona Baptist Church to prepare and share a dinner with fellow neighbors experiencing homelessness. See the event details listed under the 'events' section of this newsletter and our website.
 
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NO Meeting this Tuesday June 30 (in lieu of July 1 holiday) 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Club Transition 2015

Posted by Idris Fashan on Jun 22, 2015
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Transition 2015 is underway for the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue! We've had a very successful year, and things are moving ahead in a myriad of fresh and engaging ways!
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Last Tuesday June 16 - AACL Rotary Employment Partnership Program

Last Tuesday, our special guest was Wendy McDonald, from the AACL Rotary Employment Partnership Program. Alberta Association for Community Living and Rotary have been partnering for a number of years to assist in finding meaningful employment opportunities for those with developmental disabiltities. Inclusion Alberta (formerly Alberta Association for Community Living) is a family based, non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. They share a dream of meaningful family life and community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. As an advocacy organization they support families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life. 
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Last Tuesday June 9 - Club Assemby & Kevin McLeod Induction

Last Tuesday we heard about the many ways our members could get involved in our club through our numerous committees and avenues of service. It is great to see our club getting excited on making a difference in our neighborhood, and how if each of us gets involved in whatever manner and whatever amount we can, that we will make a big difference!. Stay tuned for more news on where we are headed.
 
We were also very excited to welcome our newest member, Kevin McLeod. We had our club's first "sponsor-by-skype", as Kevin's sponsor Gordon was broadcast to our meeting from his home in Ontario, where Kevin is originally from. An awesome way to knight our newest member! Kevin, we love your eagerness, your optimistic viewpoint on life, and we look forwards to building a great relationship with you!
 
Last Tuesday June 9 - Club Assemby & Kevin McLeod Induction 2015-06-07 00:00:00Z 0

NO MEETING Tuesday May 5 - GO VOTE!

This Tuesday, May 5, 2015 we will not be holding a club meeting.  We we wanted to leave ample time for our members and friends to perform their civic duty and vote for their candidate and party in the pending provincial election. As Rotarians, we recognize the importance of living and working in a thriving democracy, and voting is one of the best ways for us for us to ensure that our communities remain strong, fruitful and supportive.
 
I thank you in advance of the election Tuesday for performing your civic duty. We hope to see you at a following meeting, or at our upcoming community cleanup activity May 12, 2015 (see event registration invite to the right, under 'Upcoming events - Strathcona Park Clean Up' and SIGN UP!. It's going to be a blast!
NO MEETING Tuesday May 5 - GO VOTE! 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting Tuesday April 28 Danielle Metcalfe-Chanail

Last Tuesday we had the pleasure of hearing Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, the Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North).
 
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate (only one of a few in Canada ), which provides her fantastic opportunities to meet with service clubs and people from all walks of life.
 
Danielle grew up in Ottawa, studied history, but eventually left that field to pursue her love of writing, and she loves to tell stories in things she is interested in. Danielle lived in Dawson city for 3 months of winter to research her book "Polar Winds", and she is also currently working on a project on the ghosts of the old Charles Camsell Hospital which I for one will be very interested in!
 
Thank you Danielle for the fascinating glimpse into Edmonton's deep and growing history! www.daniellemc.com
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
 
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.SuoLY5PT.dpuf
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is Historian Laureate for Edmonton (award winning author Canadian North)

“Metcalfe-Chenail has captured a rich heritage in great detail, and yet woven it all together in such an entertaining way that it’s hard to put Polar Winds down…it’s a wonderful read for anyone interested in the aviation of Canada’s north.” Sherwood/Strathcona News

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying  and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North, and is currently at work on an anthology project called Unsettled: True Stories from Natives and Newcomers (Brindle & Glass, 2016) and a WWII-era novel, Chasing Skies. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011; and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate. www.daniellemc.com

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/6160/Speakers/a5f8d602-8db0-425d-bf54-8848ed397aec#sthash.aW0uxdIH.dpuf
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Last Meeting Tuesday April 21

Last Tuesday April 21st we welcomed Lance Bell (Manager of Save On Foods Old Strathcona), where he talked on the Save On Foods Community Initiatives. Lance was a guest BBQ chef at our 4th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte event in September, where Save On Foods also contributed a significant amount of food to feed our hungry hockey players. The local Old Strathcona store has been open since 2000, with a significant renovation in  2013. The store has a very unique clientele - vs other Edmonton stores, Lance's store sells more organic and health food and fish than any of the other 30 stores in the district - and is last in red meat sales! They do lots with the Stollery Hospital (the annual Hair massacre), and they also partner with MADD, the local Parkinsons walk, the Santas shuffle, AIDS walk, U of A food bank, and they do a BBQ every second Tuesday of the month for the Ronald McDonald House.  Each store is given an annual budget, and Lance and his team go over it annually to make sure they are not getting too stretched. 
 
Thank you Lance and team for the great partnership we are enjoying with your organization! And here is a picture of Idris presenting Lance and his team with prestigious Whyte Avenue Rotary pens!  
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Guess Who's coming for Dinner?

Our second mystery dinner occurred on Saturday, March 21st, and it was a big success!  We had three dinners going on concurrently, with old friendships renewed and new ones started. This is a fellowship event designed to get to know your fellow members over an informal meal. Neither hosts nor guests knew who they would be spending the evening with until the doorbell rings - guests were given an address to arrive at, and hosts only knew that 4 people would share their table. A fun event which we will have again soon!
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Thanks Casino Volunteers!

Last Tuesday (and very early Wednesday!!) a few of our members (and spouses!) participated in a fundraising casino, in conjunction with another local Edmonton Rotary Club. Thanks so much for your spirit and enthusiasm to help raise critical funds for our programs!!
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Last Meeting - Ski weekend - April 11 & 12

Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 15, 2015
On April 11 and 12, our club held our second annual Jasper weekend. A number of us hit the slopes of Marmot Basin (after some Bears Paw Bakery cinnamon buns were consumed), and we were very fortunate to enjoy excellent snow, and nice (but a bit erratic!) weather. Saturday supper was at Jasper Pizza and we were joined by a number of other members and friends and we took over half of Jasper Pizza. And Paul (Kate and Christian's boy) won over the heart of our server! Great pizza was had, as well as a little wine and a lot of good fellowship! Thanks for those that came out to enjoy spring in the Canadian Rockies!  More pictures to come in our photo library!
Last Meeting - Ski weekend - April 11 & 12 Tim Onciul 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Call for Applications - Rotary RYPEN Leadership and Scholarship - Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
 
Sponsorship - RYPEN Rotary leadership camp for youth at risk, Jasper Palisades, May 14-18, 2015  (application deadline April 25, 2015)
CONTACT: Paige Reeves, Community Service Chair, Whyte Ave Rotary Club: paige.e.reeves@hotmail.com
Selection Criteria: This is a four-day, jam packed, camp like adventure for at-risk youth 18 and under. Applicants should be recommended by your organization, should be already engaged in making a positive change in his/her life, and should have a connection (even temporary) to the Whyte Ave area.
RYPEN selection process: Potential candidates should contact Paige Reeves for a straightforward application form. Selected applicants will be invited to interview. 
Funding available: All costs for RYPEN will be provided by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue.
 
Scholarship - Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support (application deadline April 25th, 2015)
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is seeking proposals from students who need financial support for tuition to further their education and employment goals. All school programs are eligible for support.
CONTACT Kent den Heyer, Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support Committee Chair, Whyte Ave Rotary Club: kdenheye@ualberta.ca
Funding available: Amount varies
Application: 2-3 pages detailing a short description of the youth’s plan of action including how we can help, timeline, institution to which they will apply, and other parts of the plan in place or to be in place. In addition, at least one reference letter. Feel free to contact Kent for further information. All applications are welcome.
Call for Applications - Rotary RYPEN Leadership and Scholarship - Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue Mission Statement

Posted by Kathy Strobl on Feb 15, 2015
 

The primary goal of the members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is service through fellowship in the community and around the world. We foster the ideal of “service above self” through:

1.      Implementing activities that improve life in the community of Old Strathcona

2.      Recognizing the positive change carried out by youth and young adults through leadership development activities

3.      Expanding Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world to promote understanding and peace

4.      Serving others through our professions and aspiring to high ethical standards

5.      Strengthening the cooperation within our club, between clubs, and with our partners in the community
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue Mission Statement Kathy Strobl 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0

Thanks Winefest Volunteers!

THANKS to all the club volunteers who showed up on Feb 13 and 14 (Friday and Saturday) at the Winefest at Shaw Conference Centre for the purchase of laptop computers for the youth in Mexico as part of our participation in Project Amigo . Fun was had by each member or friend of the club while we earned $15/hour as a donation to the club for our work as we showed our Rotary colors in style!
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Jan 13 Planning Session

Posted on Jan 18, 2015
Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and ideas last week in planning our upcoming fundraiser - the screening of the film "Through My Eyes", taking place on Thursday, February 5th.
If you weren't able to make the meeting on Tuesday, please contact Tamara Larson to find out how you can help out.
There are a limited number of tickets available for this screening. Please be sure to express your interest as soon as possible and forward names of Rotary Whyte Ave supporters or prospects who may also be interested in attending to Tamara so she can coordinate communication to those individuals, as well.
Thank you again for your support and see you Tuesday!
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Guest Speakers: Justin Mercier, Brad Rutherford, Jordan Close 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Jan 6 Who's Who

Posted on Jan 11, 2015
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Last week, one of our newer members, Betty Marsh, spoke about her world, shared stories about her life, and she described how Rotary's principles have guided her through many adventures. Betty speaks from a deep knowledge of scripture, and her devotion to working with troubled people, especially youth, is incredible. Some of her stories were tough, as they described people's struggles in difficult times, but they serve to motivate us, and we embody the Four Way Test and the core mandates of Rotary to service for others. Betty is an inspiration and a prime example of a Rotarian who defines their own path in the service of others. Thank you, Betty!
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2014 Holiday Christmas Celebration

Thank you to everyone who made it out on Dec 16th for our annual holiday celebration! Great food, drinks and fun were shared by all.
Thank you to the organizers of the silent auction and to Remedy Cafe for hosting us that evening.
 
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Who's Betty Marsh?

Posted on Jan 05, 2015
Meet us tonight at 530pm to find out all about our very own Betty Marsh. She joined us last year after moving back to Edmonton from warmer terrain in BC and we're glad she did!
See you are Artisan Resto-Cafe tonight!
Who's Betty Marsh? Kathy Strobl 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting Nov 25 - Vocational Training Team Honduras Micro Credit

Last week, we had a very special guest "via Skype" Elly Contreras, our Past District Governor. Elly was part of the District 5370 Vocational Training Team that went to Honduras in April 2014, to assist a Rotary supported micro-finance operation.  Their team was led by Donna Ducommun, a retired banker, and Edmonton Glenora Rotarian. Her presentation focused on what value they brought to the loan recipients and the lending organization.
 
Honduras is one of the most impoverished countries in America, with consistent 25% unemployment, which affects women proportionally hard.  Donna's group worked with "Fundacion Uniedo America, an Rotary action organization funded by Rotarians, which provides micro loans anywhere from $100 to $3,000. The emphasis of the program is on better training and marketing for the participants. With the majority of the loans being to women, the "Market Mothers" program keeps kids in school, while the mothers gain valuable business skills   There are numerous success stories that show that micro loans are a cure for poverty in developing countries. The VTT group spent signficant time with the local organizers, sharing their experiences, skills, and focused on ways the program could be even more effective.
 
With potential for expanding this Rotary program to another country in the near future, this is another example of the Rotary Foundation at work linking the skills of Rotarians and non-Rotarians with International needs.
Last Meeting Nov 25 - Vocational Training Team Honduras Micro Credit 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

Past Meeting Nov 11: Rotary Foundation - Kathy Strobl and Marilyn Mucha

Each year, Rotary funds some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at our Rotary Peace Centers. These fellows are committed to the advancement of peace, and often go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank.


Marilyn and Kathy highlighted the two different offerings and shared insights into how Rotary Peace fellows are changing the world starting with youth. Rotary never ceases to amaze with the vast number of initiatives that continue to succeed through the Rotary Foundation.

Past Meeting Nov 11: Rotary Foundation - Kathy Strobl and Marilyn Mucha 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

November Rhythm Circle at YOUCAN



If you are interested in learning techniques to support de-stressing, healing and motivating yourself, others and your community this is the workshop for you! On Thursday,November 20th, YOUCAN will host a community rhythm circle, incorporating various instruments and exercises for a fun and energizing evening. This event is lead by a skilled drum circle facilitator who will guide you through the workshop. Drums are provided and there is no experience necessary!
There is a minimum donation of $10 which will be collected at the door. We will provide you with light healthy refreshments and beverages.
 
You can learn more about this event and register here
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Last meeting - Ulrike Thomas of CARE Canada

Last Tuesday, we had a very special visit from Ulrike Thomas of CARE Canada. Now in its 70th year, CARE began by delivering emergency relief “CARE Packages” to the people of Europe following WWII. Over the years, CARE’s work has expanded as it addresses the world’s most threatening problems. Today, CARE has grown into one of the world’s largest private humanitarian and development organizations, reaching millions of people in over 80 countries around the world. CARE helps strengthen communities through an array of programs that work to create lasting solutions to roots causes of poverty.

Ulrike gave us an idea on what CARE projects are happening worldwide and how Rotary can help further their efforts. She also shared her amazing personal story of journey, discovery and experiences in a wide variety of cultures.

Last meeting - Ulrike Thomas of CARE Canada 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0

Wine and Food Festival Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Rocky Mountain Wine Festival last weekend! It was a great event and the participation by all is greatly appreciated! 
 
For those unable to participate this weekend, thank you for all that you do in other capacities to make our club FUN FEARLESS and FOCUSED! The enthusiasm and efforts by all are making a HUGE impact in such a positive way in all that we do. 
 
Tamara Larson
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9th Annual OSYS Wine Festival Fundraiser

Our club was represented at the 9th Annual OSYS Winter Wine Festival fundraiser, held Friday November 7th at the Transalta Arts Barns. In addition to a sold-out house, our club donation (thanks to Tamara Larson!!) garnered significant interest and contributed to the event's success. With a wide variety of silent auction items, music, wine tastings (courtesy Sherbrooke Liquor Store) and even a photo booth, the funds that were raised are going to support the continued programs of the youth society.
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Last Meeting - Visit to Neighbours Centre

This last week, the team gathered for a special presentation by Kris Knutson of the Neighbours Centre. which is located at 7221 104 St NW (along Calgary Trail). We took a tour of the facility, spoke at length about the challenges our homeless face with changing seasons and circumstances with land development. We heard about the various partner organizations and churches that are involved in the Centre's programs. It's clear that their long-term strategy is one of growth, and it was really exciting to hear how much of an effect this team of staff and volunteers have on the community. 
 
We also heard about a fascinating program that the Centre puts on every month, and we will be speaking at length about the program to the membership at large in the weeks to come. 
 

Also, the Neighbours Centre continues to be in need of clothing and items in preparation of the coming winter. We think this would be a great opportunity for club members to donate desperately needed items as winter starts to descend upon us!

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Past Meeting - Committees!

The last meeting enabled the club to get a solid footing on the focus and achievements of the last few months. The Membership, Foundation, International, Fundraising and Community Services committees all have goals that will help to push this club into new growth and directions, and it's amazing to see what will be coming in the very near future!
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Past Meeting - Project Amigo in Mexico

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 27, 2014

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Cindy and Coke Newell, Executive Directors of Project Amigo in Mexico, were here for the District Conference in Edmonton. They joined us for a very special presentation on happenings in their organization, and how we might be able to get involved.

Project Amigo helps poor children of Colima, Mexico achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school—by improving access to higher to higher education, promoting literacy, and helping with dental care.

Visit their website to find out more!

Past Meeting - Project Amigo in Mexico Tim Onciul 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Raffle Tickets are ready to sell!

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 20, 2014

Our Raffle Tickets are now printed and available for sale! A crew of Whyte Ave Rotarians were out at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market on Saturday selling tickets and spreading news of HNOW and had some great interactions with Whyte Avers. Our Raffle tickets are in support of our youth scholarships, with the final draw to occur at next Saturday's Hockey Night on Whyte. So please get your packs of tickets (at our next meeting this Tuesday) and sell to support our great causes! Image

Raffle Tickets are ready to sell! Tim Onciul 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

Next Meeting - Meet our scholarship laureates!

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 20, 2014

We have a packed meeting this Tuesday that you will not want to miss! We will start out reviewing our Scholarship Project, its goals, how it has evolved, and we will be introducing and recognizing the recipients of our Scholarship Recipients. We will also be talking about the broader reach of Rotary and youth, with presentations and discussions by Rotaract, RYPEN, and RYLA participants. We will also be hearing from one of our district's exchange student from Bolivia, and hear about her life and adventures in the strange land of Canada!

Don't miss this exciting event!

 

Next Meeting - Meet our scholarship laureates! Tim Onciul 2014-09-21 00:00:00Z 0

4th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 14, 2014

Do you want to participate in a rip-roaring old time street hockey game? You want to contribute to the true Canadian essence and fabric of the Whyte Avenue area, at the same time helping provide a medium for youth at risk to pause and have a fun afternoon? WE NEED YOU to help at our 4th annual event, happening Saturday September 27th at 11 am - 4 pm in the YESS Armoury parking lot (103 st & 84 Ave). For more information contact Tim Onciul (780 975 2160) or Kelsey Rabin, or click on the "events" tab above on our website and record your name for attending.Image

4th Annual Hockey Night on Whyte - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Tim Onciul 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting September 16 - Lazina McKenzie of L2 Style

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 14, 2014

ImageLazina Mckenzie is the founder of L2 Style, a consultancy that coaches individuals and organizations on the importance of having a polished, professional appearance as well as on building a purposeful and dynamic personal brand. Lazina shared her passion about mentoring people in the area of impression management and branding, and emphasized the need to still be genuine when identifying your personal brand. She has coached a number of high profile individuals in the city, and continues to help those that want to bring a unique sense of individual identity to their image.

Lazina and L2Style have been featured in several media outlets such as The Edmonton Journal, Breakfast Television, Shaw TV, CTV, Global TV and Capital Ideas Edmonton.

Last Meeting September 16 - Lazina McKenzie of L2 Style Tim Onciul 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0

YOUCAN SEPTEMBER Circle of Rhythm Evening

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 05, 2014
If you are De-motivated, Uninspired, Exhausted or Stressed this is the evening for you!

 

Because a YOUCAN Rhythm Circle can help you find a natural state of joy, passion and purpose!
 
When
Thursday September 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM MDT
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Where
YOUCAN Youth Services
11124 130 Street
Grey Building at Westmount Junior High School
Parking Lot access to 131 Street
Edmonton, AB T5M 4J5


So Register Today and get Motivated, Find Inspiration, Boost your Energy, Unclutter your Mind and RELAX!

 

You don't need any experience with drums, circles or community evenings. You don't even need your own drums as we have plenty you can try out. You only need to want to learn, get involved and have a fun and energizing evening. 

 

Richard Flank, a YOUCAN staff member and skilled rhythm and drum circle facilitator will guide you through the evening with various exercises and opportunities to try several different instruments. 

 

There is a minimum donation of $10 which will be collected at the door. We will provide you with light healthy refreshments and beverages. 

 

All money raised will support our food program, offering healthy meals and snacks for all young participants of our programs.

Get more information
I can't make it
Thank you for your continued support of at-risk youth in Edmonton and YOUCAN's programs. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
 
YOUCAN SEPTEMBER Circle of Rhythm Evening Tim Onciul 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Past Meeting - Kris Knutson

Posted by Tim Onciul on Sep 05, 2014

ImageLast Tuesday, Kris Knutson came to talk to us about The Edmonton Do Likewise Society & The Neighbour Centre, Edmonton. The Neighbour Centre, an initiative of the Edmonton Do Likewise Society, is a small scale storefront resource centre for at-risk adults in south Edmonton. It is located at 7221 104 Street NW. Away from the harshness of the street, volunteers and staff provide support and services that help restore dignity and foster personal growth. Kris shared the incredible work that the Centre is providing to people in need, and their plans for the future.

Past Meeting - Kris Knutson Tim Onciul 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting - Hockey Night On Whyte Prep

Posted by Tim Onciul on Aug 31, 2014

Last Tuesday we held a great planning session for our 4th annual Hockey Night on Whyte event (on Sept 27) which is quickly approaching, and at this meeting we received updates on all the various aspects of this exciting event. We need you to make this event a success! So come out and pitch in on this great event - numerous volunteer positions are available! 

We also had an appearancImagee from our newest Rotary member, Elliott!

Last Meeting - Hockey Night On Whyte Prep Tim Onciul 2014-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

PR Committee Discussion

Posted by Tim Onciul on Aug 21, 2014

Join us this Tuesday August 26 as the Public Relations Committee will discuss publicity plans for upcoming events in the year, as well as community relations possibilities for the Club. Come and help us chart our course for the year!

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Yoga Fundraiser for YESS

Posted by Tim Onciul on Aug 11, 2014

On Sunday August 10, our club attended a very special fundraiser event in support of Old Strathcona Youth Society. Modern Yogi presented Peace in the Park, an outdoor Yoga class open to all. The funds raised through the registration fee and the silent auction went towards the recreational activities offered every Saturdays to the high risk street youth by the Old Strathcona Youth Society all year long. Yoga teacher Meg did a fantastic job at guiding us from a state of doing to a state of being, while suntanning and contributing to help our local youth make positive changes in their lives!Image

Yoga Fundraiser for YESS Tim Onciul 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0

Fringed and Confused: Die Nasty!!

Posted by Tim Onciul on Aug 07, 2014

On Friday August 15, a number of members and friends went to Die Nasty at the Varscona Theatre for the Edmonton Fringe Theatre event. We spent some time enjoying the Fringe Beer Gardens - and a few of us were brave enough to sport our Rotary colors!! See below for more pictures.

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Fringed and Confused: Die Nasty!! Tim Onciul 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0

Hockey Night on Whyte Fundraising Meeting

Posted by Tim Onciul on Aug 07, 2014

There will not be a regular presentation this week. Instead, the fundraising committee will report on new developments for Hockey Night on Whyte sponsorship developments and other upcoming fundraising activities. Tamara and her fundraising committee have developed a great HNOW Sponsorship package that we will be rolling out at this meeting. Come out and help us make this event a great success!

Hockey Night on Whyte Fundraising Meeting Tim Onciul 2014-08-08 00:00:00Z 0

Last Meeting - Mark Cherrington, Youth Advocate

Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 31, 2014

ImageMark is a Youth Advocate with Legal Aid, a role he’s had for over 20 years. His youth-focused radio show Youth Menace on CJSR earned broadcasting accolades even as it bristled audiences. But it is his use of Twitter that have earned him worldwide acclaim for the bitter truth and unwitting sincerity of the lives of the youth he works with. Mark inspired us with his genuine and unedited stories of the youth he works with, and presented a side of the story that very few of us see or are exposed to.

Youth in Edmonton have a great advocate in Mark - and through Twitter and other means, he is standing up for them in a non-adversarial manner. He is a mentor, coach, and a true fighter for youth in Edmonton.

 

Last Meeting - Mark Cherrington, Youth Advocate Tim Onciul 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z