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
Posted by Lauren Emery on Sep 20, 2017
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Learning Fireside

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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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.
Rotaract in Nicaragua Lauren Emery 2017-09-19 06:00:00Z 0
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
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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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
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.
 
 
Whyte Knight, Stan Bissell, & Shelly Vermillion Lauren Emery 2017-08-15 06:00:00Z 0
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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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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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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Knifewear Lauren Emery 2017-07-18 06:00:00Z 0
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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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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
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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.
Kevin Ku: Back home to Taiwan Lauren Emery 2017-07-11 06:00:00Z 0
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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. 
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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!
A Presidential Challenge 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Neighbours Centre Dinner Club: A Partnership Tim Onciul 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2015
James Wynters officially submitted his application to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club on Tuesday July 21, 2015. Membership has up to 2 weeks to review and either accept the application or file a concern with the executive. James's bio will follow.
Whyte Avenue Rotary Membership Application: James Wynters Idris Fashan 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
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
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

Sunday July 5 - 'Takin It To The Streets' Music Festival 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
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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Volunteer Opportunity with Neighbor Centre Wednesday July 22 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
NO Meeting this Tuesday June 30 (in lieu of July 1 holiday) 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Club Transition 2015 Idris Fashan 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
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. 
Last Tuesday June 16 - AACL Rotary Employment Partnership Program 2015-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
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
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 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

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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
Last Meeting Tuesday April 28 Danielle Metcalfe-Chanail 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
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!  
Last Meeting Tuesday April 21 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Guess Who's coming for Dinner? 2015-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
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!!
Thanks Casino Volunteers! 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
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
 
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
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 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!
Thanks Winefest Volunteers! 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Jan 13 Planning Session 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Guest Speakers: Justin Mercier, Brad Rutherford, Jordan Close 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Join us at our regular meeting time and place on Tuesday, January 13th and help plan our upcoming fundraiser - the screening of the film "Through My Eyes", taking place on Thursday, February 5th.
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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!
Jan 6 Who's Who 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
2014 Holiday Christmas Celebration 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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 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

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


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
November Rhythm Circle at YOUCAN 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

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
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
Wine and Food Festival Volunteers 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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.
9th Annual OSYS Wine Festival Fundraiser 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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!

Last Meeting - Visit to Neighbours Centre 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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!
Past Meeting - Committees! 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!

PR Committee Discussion Tim Onciul 2014-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 28, 2014

We had an extremely productive and encouraging meeting at the Artisan Resto Cafe to develop sponsorship packages for Hockey Night on Whyte event coming September 27th!. We plan on expanding the depth and reach of this initiative, and we are well on our way towards generating significant "buzz" with this signature event.

After the meeting, we enjoyed some summertime cocktails at our second meeting home, O'Byrnes!

 

Last Meeting July 29 - HNOW Planning and Social Tim Onciul 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 20, 2014

*Note: There will not be a regular Rotary Club meeting Tuesday July 22, in lieu of this week's event.

YESS will be at Taste of Edmonton again this year! Now for something different: Instead of selling beer (and requiring certification), YESS is selling Jones soda, bottled water and Oasis smoothies for festival goers. There will be two separate locations for the tents, so pick any day or evening shifts that work for you and coordinate with your fellow Whyte Ave Rotarians and friends!  Many dates are booked already and some are in need of volunteers, so please go to our website, click on the event and click on Volunteer. This will bring up the schedule and you should be able to sign up for your shift(s). If you simply click on Attend or Decline, there will be no shift schedule for you to sign up.

Last Meeting - Volunteer Activity - YESS Taste of Edmonton July 17 - 26 Tim Onciul 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 20, 2014

"When I was approximately 9 or 10 years old I overheard a conversation that changed my life forever. I have totally blanked out the faces in the room that fateful day, however, I can still clearly hear the words. "He should not have heard that." This is when I found out that my mom and dad were my grandmother and grandfather and my oldest sister was my mother. At that moment, I went into total shock and my body shut down for many years. My grandmother, God bless her soul, told other members of the family that until the day she dies, she will never forget my eyes, within seconds, they went from love to hate. If only someone would have sat me down at that moment and got me talking about how I felt, I am sure that knowing what I know today, life would have been a lot different for me."

Don Towle shared his experiences with us - battles with addictions and the challenges that accompany them. He embarked on a long road to recovery from addictions, and that road had put him in touch with others, where he worked as a counsellor, advisor and mentor for people struggling through addictions and pain in their lives. You are an inspiration Don.

 

Last Meeting : Don Towle - My personal experience - a retired addictions counsellor and former alcoholic Tim Onciul 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 14, 2014

Last meeting we had the pleasure of inducting our newest member, Sheila Hawkins! Sheila has spent the last 18 months researching different organizations to become involved with, and she believes that the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue is where she would fit best - and we wholeheartedly agree!.   She agrees with the philosophy of the club, lives in the area, and likes how the efforts of the club impact the area directly as well as reaching way beyond.  

Welcome aboard Sheila!Image

Last Meeting - Induction of Sheila Hawkins Tim Onciul 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 05, 2014

Last Tuesday we started planning for our fall event, our 4th annual `Hockey Night on Whyte`, which is taking place on Saturday September 27th. HNOW is an important event that helps us connect with our community and stakeholders, and this is our opportunity to make sure we strengthen and build upon the relationships and learnings of previous years. If you want to participate on the committee to make this event bigger and better, contact Tim Onciul at tim.onciul@silvacom.com.

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Past Meeting - Strategy session for Hockey Night On Whyte 2014 Tim Onciul 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jul 05, 2014
ImageThis year's Takin' it to the Street was an absolute success! On Sunday July 6, Sophie, Tim, Marilyn, Meltem, Kent and Idris were joined by Trevor and Betty, and the conversations had were nothing short of stellar. Our new members and friends connected with many booth owners and patrons, and we've started conversations with organizations that are very interested in working with us in the future.
 
It was a great start to what will be a fun year ahead, a year of growing in size, gathering momentum and blooming brightly!
 

Special thanks to The Old Strathcona Foundation for offering us space to take part.

See below for more pictures....

"Takin' it to the Street" Blues Festival on Whyte Tim Onciul 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 30, 2014

ImageYOUCAN held a lively opening of their Youth Garden, complete with media, 20+ staff people, volunteers, and numerous youth who talked about their collective and unique contributions to the garden. The ribbon cutting event was especially charming, as Dana, the Step Up Step In Program Coordinator had two participants cut the ribbon to open the garden space officially. Special thanks was made to the Rotary Club for support by numerous staff. It was a great event to witness. As you can see (in photos), the space is incredible. It's amazing what they've accomplished.

YOUCAN Youth Garden Opening Day, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Tim Onciul 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 29, 2014

No meeting CanadImagea Day Tuesday July 1. Enjoy our national holiday and experience some of the many events we have in and around Edmonton!

Canada Day - no meeting Tim Onciul 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 21, 2014

 A very special thanks to our previous year's executive and audit team for delivering 2013's financials. This week we submitted another year of statements, and this will assist us in our future goals for strategic planning, fundraising, programming and marketing the club going forward. As incoming president, I am not sure that we readily give recognition to those who tire long hours to deliver our financial statements and see that those exhaustive, but incredibly crucial materials are delivered on time and with accurate measure and assurance. We should all take the time to thank those who work behind the scenes so readily. Thanks, team!

Last Meeting - Club Assembly, Committee Transition (Part 2) Tim Onciul 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 14, 2014

On Saturday June 14, a number of our members enjoyed attending a Rotary tradition called "Guess Who's Coming For Dinner", where members are matched up with other members for a dinner at a surpriseImageImageImage host's home. Fun was had by all, with new friendships made and old ones renewed. Looks like our Fun, Focused and Fearless members of Whyte ave Rotary have added their own flavour to what promises to be a club tradition!

Club Social - Guess Who's Coming For Dinner? Tim Onciul 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 07, 2014

Dear Club

A motion was presented to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club on the nomination of Sheila Hawkins for membership into the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. Sheila has been nominated by Marilyn Mucha under the classification of Financial Consulting/ Mortgage Advisory Credit Literacy. Her bio is below.

Like many financial advisors, after university Sheila started her career working with the bank. Not happy with what the large corporate institutions had to offer clients, she started her own company, with her goal to have time to work with clients to educate and guide them in a non-biased way helping them make the right decisions about their financial situation without product pressure.

Her experience is supported by her continuing educational focus, and is a Certified Financial Planner and Life Agent with 25 years of experience, and an Accredited Mortgage Professional with 20 years of experience.

In her free time, Sheila likes to spend time with her family (husband and 4 kids), play soccer, paint and is currently learning to sail and kite surf.  She also loves to learn about different cultures and to travel with a purpose.

In accordance with our club bylaws (see 3.2.5 below), please indicate within seven days (7), by return email to the Club Secretary, Tim Onciul, if you have any knowledge that Sheila does not meet the Rotary Four-Way Test and you object to the admission of her as new member, or if you require additional information regarding this candidate.

3.2.5 If the Board does not receive a written objection from a Member in Good Standing to the admission of the prospective Active Member, stating the reasons for such objection, within seven (7) days following the publication of information about the prospective Active Member pursuant to section 3.2.4, the prospective Active Member shall be considered to be elected to membership.

Thank you very much; I appreciate your timely consideration of the proposed membership. 

Alicia Brown
ROTARY CLUB OF EDMONTON WHYTE AVENUE

Nomination of Sheila Hawkins for Membership Tim Onciul 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 07, 2014

Sophie and Idris of our club attended the fourth annual YOUth Power event on Wednesday June 5. YOUth POWER is an interactive and experiential job & career event for youth aged 14-30, where youth learn how to connect with industry professionals, through face to face conversations. We had some inspiring conversations with young people, and met some of the movers and shakers in community development, military and youth services.Image

Past event June 5 - YOUth Power VI Tim Onciul 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 07, 2014
ImageImageIdris, our incoming president, presented the new goals and outlook for the new year, and asked how we can Light Up Rotary (which is the theme). It was a warm ceremony where members and guests got to speak to the goals they set for themselves for the next year, and Idris followed up with a presentation of the new vision and mission for the club. It's the perfect prefix for our next meeting, where we will transition from our current committee chairpersons to the new chairs.
 
Coupling this with our induction of Betty Marsh, our newest member,  made for a very exciting and invigorating meeting!
 
Last Meeting June 10 - Rotary Year Kick-off Tim Onciul 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 30, 2014

The Fun Fearless and Focused Rotarians of Edmonton Whyte Avenue, their spouses and the friends of the club celebrated the end of Sophie’s Presidential 2013-2014 Rotary year on Saturday June 7 at Sophie and Lucas's. Even young Elliott made a surprise appearance! Thank you Sophie from all members of the club - we will never forget the zest and energy you have given over the past year, and we look forwards to carrying on with the momentum you have provided us!!Image

Past Meeting June 7: Merci Sophie! Tim Onciul 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 30, 2014

June 3 is our Rotary Year transition week, so last Tuesday we held an executive meeting at O’byrne’s Tuesday June 3 at 6pm.We discussed a lot of great plans to help focus on in the upcoming year! Stay tuned for the direction we are taking!Image

 

Last Meeting June 3 Executive Meeting at O'Byrnes Tim Onciul 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 23, 2014

A motion was presented to the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club Executive Board on the nomination of Betty Marsh for membership into the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue. Betty has been nominated by Alicia Brown under the classification of Retired Minister. Her bio is below:

Betty is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She has a degree in Social Work (University of British Columbia), a Master's Degree in Theology (St. Stephens' College), and a Master's Degree in Divinity (Vancouver School of Theology). She obtained these degrees in her later years, after raising a family of five.

She was a member of the Rotary Club of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, for six years before her retirement and a move to Kelowna, British Columbia. She was a member of the West Kelowna Rotary Club for three years.

Betty is an avid people-person, especially with seniors, youth and youth in custody. Before entering the Ministry, she worked extensively with mentally challenged adults as their Residential Manager in Prince George, British Columbia, and Kelowna.

She is a mother of five children, a grandmother of six, and a great-grandmother of three.

She currently resides in Edmonton with her youngest daughter, and has joined her on trips to China, Europe, and the United Kingdom. She has also visited Guatemala, Fiji, and Australia as a solo traveler on Ministerial functions. 

In accordance with our club bylaws (see 3.2.5 below), please indicate within seven days (7), by return email to the Club Secretary, Tim Onciul, if you have any knowledge that Betty does not meet the Rotary Four-Way Test and you object to the admission of her as new member, or if you require additional information regarding this candidate.

3.2.5 If the Board does not receive a written objection from a Member in Good Standing to the admission of the prospective Active Member, stating the reasons for such objection, within seven (7) days following the publication of information about the prospective Active Member pursuant to section 3.2.4, the prospective Active Member shall be considered to be elected to membership.

Thank you very much; I appreciate your timely consideration of the proposed membership. 

Alicia Brown
ROTARY CLUB OF EDMONTON WHYTE AVENUE

Nomination of Betty Marsh for Membership Tim Onciul 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 23, 2014

Ken Mark, a Senior account manager in Health consulting with Deloitte, discussed his passion for Environmental Stewardship and in particular - Plastic in the Ocean, which he presented at a recent conference in San Francisco that was attended by the US Vice President and other global leaders.

Ken has a passion for the oceans. Even for a prairie boy that doesn't like seafood, he has taken to heart this topic of the environmental state of our oceans. It is "One Big Ocean", and we all own it. When we think of our oceans we think of beautiful sand and romance. But we don't think of the garbage, over fishing and acidification that is reality. It is a shared resource that is pivotal to food security, human health, scientific advancement and home to a vast ecosystem that regulates climate and weather pollution.  Our ocean is a carbon sink, with over half of man-made emissions being absorbed by the ocean, drastically changing its PH level and killing coral reefs and ocean life everywhere.

What is the answer? We need bold and disruptive solutions, moving away from vested interests towards thinking of the common good. We need to find a champion, a "Mandela for the Ocean", create mutual gains, turn the issues into opportunities, and improve ocean advocacy, education and awareness. 

He left us with the following critical question: What has happened to our collective human wisdom?

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Past Meeting: Ken Mark, Plastic In The Ocean Tim Onciul 2014-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 17, 2014

He could not wait any longer to join us... Elliot Waldin was born Monday May 12. His parents Sophie and Lucas are happy as can be! And they want to thank Whyte Ave Rotary for the beautiful flowImageers that welcomed him into the world.

Sophie and Lucas's big news Tim Onciul 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 17, 2014

James came to tell us the story of The Met Agency, an Old Strathcona advertising and design studio whose motto is to Engage and Inspire. The Met Agency is a true inspiration to many businesses we are all familiar with, and he walked us through the journey he takes companies in their search to find their true identity.

James started out working for MacEwan University for many years, before setting out on his own. The Met works out of a local Old Strathcona heritage building that is a well-known haunted house (and is part of the local ghost tours!). James is proud to call Edmonton home, and is amazed at what Edmonton has to offer and the generosity our community displays. And to top it all off, James is a local musician, and he shared the CD that he created!

The Met Agency
Past Meeting - James Morrissey, The Met Agency Tim Onciul 2014-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 11, 2014

Over this five day program of self discovery, our club’s candidate Destiny and over forty other youth connected and developed further their self confidence, self motivation and goal setting skills through seminars, speakers and physical activities. Big thaImagenks to Kelsey who makes this camp possible every year as District chair for RYPEN - and in the process “changes lives”.

Past Event – RYPEN - May 7 to 11 at Camp Warwa Tim Onciul 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 11, 2014

We had a great Club Assembly, with the following reports being presented;

Fundraising

Our 1st Annual Compost Sale Fundraiser was a great success! Our Pre-Sale total came to 283 bags, with us selling over 430 bags on Saturday. You can’t beat the Fun Fearless and Focused! Hats off to Paige for her leadership on this first annual compost sale fundraiser of the RC of Edmonton Whyte Avenue.

 

Foundation
Our goal of $2000 in giving has been exceeded.  Our club members gave $1,185 to the Annual Fund and $1,283 to Polio Plus which yields a combined $2,468.
Thanks to all members for their contributions. Note that one does not need to be a Rotarian to contribute and give credit to our club.
 
Membership:  Goal 18 members.
Currently at 17 with 2 member applications in approval stage:  Tamara Larson, Betty Marsh 
And another awaiting completion of application and submission. We have a healthy list of "Friends" that will continue to receive our bulletins and hopefully encourage to join.
 

New GenerationsHats off to RYPEN District chair Kelsey who made it possible this year again for RYPEN youth to strengthen their goal setting skills and network with other youth making positive changes in their lives.

Also, thanks to The Emmanuel Foundation and the good friend of our club Rotarian John Vrolijk, our club's RYPEN candidate Destiny was donated a sewing machine. A step up for our young lady to help her further her passion for clothing design and seamstress!

 

 

 

Last Meeting – Club Assembly Tim Onciul 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 11, 2014

First woman vice-president of Rotary International Ann Mathews celebrated women in Rotary and the impact women have had on Rotary International’s Service Above Self and on the work of the Rotary Foundation since they became part of Rotary in the late 1980’s. An inspiring homage was paid to eight incredible women in our District. Global Edmonton's Woman of Vision series producer, and member of the Downtown Rotary Club, Lesley MacDonald wasImage presented with a Paul Harris Fellow by DG Betty to thank her for going above and beyond to serve Rotary through her media vocation.  Congrats Kathy for co-chairing the committee that put together this uplifting event!
Tickets $30.00  www.rotaryshesallthat.com

Past District event - “She’s All That; Igniting Rotary” May 8 Edmonton Petroleum Club Tim Onciul 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 11, 2014

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS!

Whether you pulled up your sleeves to bag, carry, load, and sell compost, whether you bought one or ten bags of dirt, you have strengthened our club capacity to make a difference in our vibrant Whyte Ave area and beyond. Whyte Ave Rotary thrives to build community while supporting the youth at promess and the arts. Thank you everyone who participated in our fundraiser, we could not do it without you. Hats off to our champions Paige and Mathew for their incredible leadership and huge smile that kept all of us going.

Our 1st Annual Compost Sale Fundraiser was a great success! Early numbers show that we pretty much SOLD OUT our order, yielding hard earned funds for our initiatives! You can’t beat the Fun Fearless and FocusedImage

 

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Past Event - Compost Sale Fundraiser Tim Onciul 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 03, 2014

ImageGo south! And see what a Rotary club is like at 40*C above …  Whyte Ave members Meltem and Kent den Heyer visited the Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside club this month during their vacation. The Rotary Club of Playa del Carmen Seaside is the only English speaking club in Mexico and meet for lunch on Tuesdays. It chartered in 2012 and includes 33 members who are primarily American or Canadian expatriates and Mexican professionals. Their service projects include volunteering for weekly English reading sessions with the children at Pelopides School, donating Christmas gifts to a Playa organization for disadvantaged children named Christmas Dreams, and providing necessities to the unwed and expectant mothers at Casa Yoliguani. Check out our pic of Meltem with Club President Bob Hyde! Rotary Playa del Carmen Seaside

Down there in Mexico... Tim Onciul 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 03, 2014

ImageWhyte Ave Rotary is proud to welcome our newest member StanImageImage! Stan was inducted and experienced first hand the Whyte Ave Rotary Club traditional "swearing in sword" ceremony! Stan has been inducted with the category of Computer Forensics. We are very excited to have you join our club Stan!

Welcome Stan Kodric! Tim Onciul 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on May 03, 2014

A former high school educator and award winning school counsellor who spent 45 years in the profession, Bill is a true believer in the power of kindness to change lives of so called “difficult” young people and their families. Bill’s wonderful stories of youth empowerment inspired our club to keep focusing our service on youth, through educational support, vocational mentorship and most importantly through relationship building. They rImageeminded us the keys to build the trust our “youth at promise” need most: acknowledgment, respect, patience and consistency. 

Last meeting - Bill Gordon, "The Things Young People Need" Tim Onciul 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 27, 2014

When it comes to mental health issues, when one needs help, it needs to be answered immediately and at a cost one can afford. That is made possible by the 40  mental health therapists university students and community members volunteering their time days and evenings six days a week to serve the Edmonton community at the Walk-In Counselling Society of Edmonton (WICSOE).  Every day, Executive Director Kimberly Knull sees how much of a need there is for an anonymous space, an especially efficient model for men and teens often afraid of the stigma associated with reaching out for help. Located on Whyte Avenue just above the Millcreek Café and steps away from Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS), WISCOE was launched in 2013 as a continuation of The Support Network program which had been offering mental health services for 15 years in downtown Edmonton. Referrals and fundraising are two ways to help WICSOE.

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Past meeting: Kim Knull, Walk-In Counselling Society of Edmonton Tim Onciul 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 19, 2014
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High Prairie born and raised Lisa Baroldi first went global as she started her career in international diplomacy and moved to France. Ten years traveling the world led her to refocus on her Canadian roots. After a stop-over in Ottawa, Edmonton's entrepreneurial spirit brought her back to Alberta where she developed a new interest in community. Simply by watching people run their business, Lisa embraced various professional fields, from conference planner to marketing, to communication, to PR, to way finding... Failed attempts and regular bolds leaps are her trigger for growth as an entrepreneur. She thrives in movement and finds in free floating ideas a source of creativity that helps her keep a constant focus on the big picture. Connecting stakeholders to one another is Lisa's way to "plant seeds and see things happening" as she lives by the Nabokov's motto "genius is seeing invisible links between everything".


 

Past meeting - Lisa Baroldi, Progress Unlimited Tim Onciul 2014-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 19, 2014
ImageImageImageEaster bunny and chocolate gave a special atmosphere to this week's club assembly meeting, with an appearance by our very own Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue next generation!This was an opportunity for each committee to report to the club on their most recent developments and their upcoming undertakings. Click on the "more" tab for detailed information on the great progress of each of our committees!
Past Meeting - Club Assembly Tim Onciul 2014-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 11, 2014
Our club was among the top 3 Clubs of the district in raising funds in our recent Shutout Polio with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Together 10 clubs combined to sell 265 tickets, or in other more meaningful numbers, after matched funds we have collectively helped immunize over 13,000 children. We've brought the End to Polio just that much closer! 
Past Event - End Polio Tim Onciul 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 06, 2014

ImageTwenty five years working as a social worker and extensive research on issues confronting youth has enabled Peter to develop anti-oppressive intervention methods to better meet the needs of this very challenging population.  He supports the new focus on building relationships between  youth and a network of adults in the community at large. Consistency and understanding of the youth's past are the keys to entering the world of those youth whose approach to life is based on a distrust of adults. Peter promotes understanding youth through an attachment, trauma and brain development lens, and he outlines the importance of early childhood in the shaping of disconnected youth.
Peter helped found the Old Strathcona Youth Society in 1998, and most recently has played a key role in establishing the first High Risk Youth Conference coming up this May in Edmonton which our club has decided to support. For more information, visit www.hryc.ca

 

Past meeting - Peter Smyth, High Risk Youth Unit, Edmonton & Area Child and Family Services Tim Onciul 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 24, 2014

Thank you to all our members and friends who volunteered their time this past weekend to help raise funds for our club!

And a big thanks to Kelsey Rabin for organizing our first volunteer event at BeerFest.

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Thank you BeerFest Volunteers!! Tim Onciul 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 24, 2014

Elizabeth Bonkink delivered an informative presentation on the structure and workings of the Edmonton Community Foundation. She went into detail about the different endowment programs and who they are available for. She also shared an interesting sound byte that will help people who are trying to describe the difference between a charitable donation and an endowment. An charitable donation is immediate, an endowment is forever.  

The Edmonton Community Foundation is pushing ahead to brand itself deeper into the Edmonton conscience. We are happy to support this cause, as we now understand just how far its great work extends. 

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Past Meeting - Elizabeth Bonkink, Edmonton Community Foundation Tim Onciul 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 22, 2014

Paul Moulton, Executive Director of The Edmonton Arts Council, walked us through the intriguing and incredibly valuable not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. As a peer-governed entity, the EAC is charged with distributing funds to a very large number of arts organizations in the city, and increases the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life. The EAC invests in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations, public art and individual artists through municipal, corporate and private funding, and represents Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provides expert advice on issues that affect the arts community. It is governed by over 400 members, and provide a valuable and far-reaching role in our local community. And as a surprise to many at our meeting, EAC runs 'Tix On the Square" on Churchill square, which helps promote and sell tickets for many of our smaller city arts and music venues!ImageImage

Past meeting - Paul Moulton, Edmonton Arts Council Tim Onciul 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 17, 2014
Big Thank You to our chairs and to their committee members for the great work they are putting towards the success of our club. In a nutshell, this is where we are at:
Community Service and New Gens:  The call for applications to our scholarship for Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support and sponsorship for Rotary Leadership Camp RYPEN is out to our partnering organization serving the youth at risk in Edmonton. Looking forward to the deadline in April!  Contact: Kent (kdenheye@ualberta.ca) and Kelsey (rabin@ualberta.ca)
International Service - Stan
The third playground that our club has sponsored is being built in Belize this month. We need help with fundraising ideas and activities that will support this ongoing project.
Foundation committee - Marilyn
Our club Foundation goal of $2,000 is getting closer to being met.  We are currently at $1,500+ and hope that any members that have not yet submitted a contribution of whatever amount they are able to, that they still can do so before the end of May.  All contributions count towards the Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Public Relations - Idris
The PR committee is hitting the ground running with our new fundraiser! Things were a little quiet, but now it's time to gear up media relations and take the promotion to new levels! Members are invited to join in, just email Idris directly theonlyidris@gmail.com

Club Admin - Tim: We continue to publish and promote the club through our website, and continue to serve as a liaison between district and our local club. More good stuff to come with our media and communications tools!
Membership - Alicia
Fundraising - Kelsey

Past Meeting - Club Assembly Tim Onciul 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 16, 2014
YOUCAN Comedy Night Fundraiser was a full house on Saturday March 15 at the Canadian Druze Centre with special guest The Honourable Heather Klimchuk and Mayor Iveson. Thanks to ticket sales, 50/50 Draw, Playing Card Draw, Raffle Draw, Live Auction, and Local artist Lewis Lavoie creating a live painting during the show, YOUCAN raised over $55,000!
The mission of YOUCAN Youth Services is to equip youth to engage and inspire others to peacefully resolve conflicts and develop healthy relationships in their communities.ImageImage
Past event - YOUCAN Comedy Night Fundraiser Tim Onciul 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 16, 2014
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THRIVE Facilitation helps leaders in organizations and communities create positive change through a strategic or operational plan and meaningful stakeholder input. Chantal outlined the main community development principles according to which she works, including 1. Focus on creating possibility, not solving a problem  2. See people in community as contributors  3. People will get involved with what they care about 4. The invitation is critical to bringing people together  5. The power of small groups. Image

Past meeting - Chantal Normand, Thrive Facilitation Tim Onciul 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Mar 09, 2014
ImageOur partner organization YOUCAN is hosting their annual Comedy Night Fundraiser on Saturday March 15th. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm at the Canadian Druze Centre (14304 134ave). Laughs, tapas, silent auction items (including Westjet's gift of flight, lunch with the Mayor...)Tickets are $50 each or tables of 10 for $450.  Purchase your ticket online http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8s11bh1abb5e3b5&llr=8oyfwriab or pay by cheque to YOUCAN Youth Services. Contact Carmen at carmen.boyko@youcan.ca
YOUCAN Comedy Night Fundraiser - Saturday March 15 Tim Onciul 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 19, 2014

Since 2009 the District 5370 Playground Committee has been shipping playgrounds to Belize as part of the Rotary District's Belize Literacy Project.  Playgrounds are provided by Lyle Johnson of the Emmanuel Foundation who refurbishes and redesigns municipal and school playgrounds from Western Canada which are destined for the landfill. Guest speaker Wendy Andrews from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora is the Chair of District 5370 Playground Committee. Her presentation was an opportunity for our international service project committee to remind us of the good work our club has already accomplished and how we could be involved in the future.

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Last meeting Feb 25 - Wendy Andrews, Belize Playground Project Tim Onciul 2014-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 16, 2014
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This week, Tara Sliwkanich and Erin Hepper from the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton gave a presentation on the organization's mandate and the various programs and services for women involved in the criminal system or at risk of being involved in crime. Hearing about the many projects and programs the Elizabeth Fry Society manages was a learning experience for many of us who knew of their downtown facility, but we're not aware of all of their programs. Tara's and Erin's collective passion for the work was infectious, and we are really excited about the conversations we had about how we may work together in the future


Last Meeting February 18 - Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton Tim Onciul 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 16, 2014
ImageGuests and members of the Whyte Ave Rotary kicked off 2014 Valentine's with a quite new gourmet experience at the local artisan Choklat. Surprises for our palets included  tasting a wide range of chocolates, and unique wine and chocolate pairings.  Another successful friendraiser with fantastic company! See the photo album on our website for more great photos of the event.ImageImage
Last meeting - Chocolate and Wine, My Valentine Tim Onciul 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
"The backpack project" YESS online experience - March 7 Tim Onciul 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 08, 2014
ImageThis a once-a-year opportunity to get together with all Rotarians from the 63 clubs of our District to enjoy fellowship, find out what other clubs are doing to serve their community, and build-up your Rotary capacity.  FRIDAY evening : Banquet and Membership workshop. SATURDAY all day:  Keynote Todd Babiak on the importance of knowing your club’s story to develop a successful strategic plan for membership and public relations. Additional sessions on NewGens, Foundation and club leaders training.
TO REGISTER  http://www.crsadmin.com/EventPortal/Registrations/PublicFill/EventPublicFill.aspx?evtid=7fc76381-c81f-465c-8bd9-2455d8a0b152 or contact Dini Corbett-Lourenço, District Training Team Leader at dinicl@shaw.ca
District 5370 Spring Training & District Assembly - Friday March 7 & Saturday March 8 at Holiday Inn South Edmonton Tim Onciul 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 08, 2014
ImageRaise money for Polio Plus with Oil Kings fundraising tickets; of the $26 for each  ticket, Oil Kings will be returning $10 to Rotary Clubs to End Polio Now •   Cheer on DG Betty Screpnek’s ceremonial puck drop •   Attend the game with friends/family or treat kids in your community •   Win prizes including Oilers Catwalk Experience and Signed Sticks  •  Puck Drops at 2:00pm. 
To order tickets, please contact Scott Ritchie: 780 409 3766 or sritchie@edmontonoilers.com
District 5370 Polio Fundraiser Edmonton Oil Kings vs. Calgary Hitmen - Saturday March 1 Tim Onciul 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Feb 02, 2014

ImageLast Tuesday our club inducted a new member, Paige Reeves.  Paige is no stranger to Service above self : her family in Tofield, AB has fostered and adopted a total of 21 children with disabilities up to date. Paige became part of the family of Rotary right after high school when she participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange in Slovakia. This provided her with the opportunity to determine what her true passions and interests were and led her to become an occupational therapist supporting communities and families with kids with disabilities. After studying in Calgary, Paige made Edmonton her new home with her fiancé Mathiew. She looks forward to becoming more involved in her Whyte Ave community and building meaningful relationships with fellow Rotarians. We welcome Paige to our club!ImageImage

 

Also at this club assembly, our Fundraising committee presented to our club more ideas for this year's fundraiser.

Last meeting Feb 4 - Club Assembly & Paige Reeve Induction Tim Onciul 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 27, 2014
Last Tuesday, January 28th, we heard from Linda Bodo - an author, columnist, and eco-deco designer, Linda Bodo sees opportunities where most people only see waste. Using discarded items, she recreates a unique, upcycled range of interior and exterior accessories from waste and recycling streams. Common, day-to-day objects become multifunctional, still maintaining their previous character, but skilfully persuaded into a new function.

With environmental consciousness, Linda creates original end products with a new integrity that epitomizes design with a conscience. Her trademark choice of materials give her designs an ever present element of surprise and make going green wildly satisfying. Her presentation made us all pause and think what each of us can do in our daily lives to take stewardship of our planet seriously, but also appreciate stylish and innovative décor products. 


Last Meeting January 28 - Linda Bodo Tim Onciul 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 26, 2014
ImageImageImageOn Saturday January 25, our club spent the afternoon volunteering for YESS's 11th annual "Ice On Whyte" festival. Many thanks to Paige, Kathy, Marilyn, Mandy, Chad, Tim and Stan for volunteering for YESS at the Ice on Whyte festival this Saturday.

Each hot chocolate cup we gave put a smile on a face, contributing to make this a successful day for all. And we raised money for YESS!!!

In addition, we ensured our club's presence in an important event on the avenue, one that truly brings our community together.

Great job Marilyn on coordinating this!
Ice On Whyte! Tim Onciul 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 18, 2014
A time-honored custom (especially in France) is the Epiphany cake. It’s an almond paste filled with puff pastry with a charm hidden inside. The person who finds the charm then gets to wear the crown. This tradition is observed in France to commemorate the visit of the Magi to the Baby Jesus, it happens early January and is celebrated in most household and workplaces.  It makes for a fun time, as it involves the youngest person in the groImageImageImageImageup to go under the table and decide (in total objectivity) who each piece goes to. Thanks Paige for taking on that role, thanks Saiyed for cutting the pieces and congrats Alphonso for being our King!
Past Meeting : Galette des Rois Tim Onciul 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 18, 2014
He crossed Canada from East to West four time driving, 1 hitchhiking, and twice by train; he entered in 2005 the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame as a Midget fast pitch softball player; he once made money lip-syncing the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, he helped write a documentary about Cape Breton step dancing ... so much we did not know about Kent! Teaching across Canada and the world -from Columbia to Japan- provided him with an international approach to education which led him to a critical outlook on his own country's education practices. Through the study of the content that our society thinks with, its "cultural tools", Kent leads student teachers to explore the complexities of "historical consciousness". It comes down to assessing how much we are able to narrate Canadian history and make sense of our identity(ies) without reproducing the "Grand Narrative," a mythic origin story of the nation-state that provides an easily digestible vision of social change based on a simplified dominant vs dominated storyline. This curtailed vision of the world ignores the complexity of the intertwined social and cultural networks which -when considered together - make history.  To encourage agency and social change beyond what calls the "James Bond model" "great man" model of change, Kent works with students to see history as a multilayer process, the ensemble of countless desires, dreams, and understandings of the past, present and future. Kent's present research focuses on academic freedom under attack in the past decade and how that affects the way teachers and students are thinking about the future. He teaches at the U of A faculty of Education, and is proud to be part of Alberta's Education system, "one of tImagehe most progressive in Canada".
Last Meeting Tuesday January 21: Classification Talk by Kent den Heyer, Professor of Education Tim Onciul 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 10, 2014
When: Saturday, January 18th 2014  from 3-6pm
Where: Program Room at the Strathcona Library Branch (8331 - 104 Street)
How much : Free general admission Donations welcome. Popcorn for purchase $2.
What : Films makers showcased include Julio Munhoz, Dustin Chok, Tristin Deveau, Natalee Rawat and Ali Sultani. 
Who: Shareable Neighbourhood is a grassroots organization based in Old Strathcona aimed at encouraging all Edmontonians to share their local history and knowledge about our environment
Shareable Neighbourhood celebrates Local Filmmakers Tim Onciul 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 10, 2014
ImageAll donations to Polio Plus made prior to December 15 were matched 12 times by The Rotary Foundation supporters.
Through various creative initiatives, from designing seasons greeting cards to decorating a polio tree, our club made a special push in their Christmas giving. Thanks everyone for your generosity.
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Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 10, 2014
ImageAlphonso is a general adult psychatry specialist. In his work on political speeches - which our group participated in-, Alphonso demonstrated the tricks politicians play on the mind to affects people's understanding of their message and be more persuasive. Alphonso's other passions include sailing, love letters and Rotary, which he defines as a way to tackle the wold problem of inequality and an opportunity to help others while maintaining one's own integrity.
Past meeting: Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli, Psychiatrist Tim Onciul 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marilyn Mucha on Jan 10, 2014

11TH Annual Ice On Whyte Festival Takes Place January 24 – February 2, 2014 At End Of Steel Park.

an International ice sculpting competition with 10 teams from around the world.  Enjoy the outdoor play on the giant ice slide and in the interactive kids zone. The evenings are filled with live music presented by Alberta musicians. There will be food, hot beverages, fashion, L'il Chipper ice carving lessons, crafts, cultural exhibits and much more. 

We have a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for Y.E.S.S. while visitors  come into the heated tent on site and warm up with some hot chocolate that we prepare and serve.  RC of Edmonton Whyte Ave has secured a shift for 6 volunteers, which can include friends and family members on Saturday January 25 from 1:30 - 6:00 pm.   If we get our shift filled quickly, we may look to secure another date .... possibly February 1 - another Saturday.  Contact Marilyn Mucha if you are interested in helping out.  mgmucha@shaw.ca.  Sign up is on ClubRunner.

Check it out:  http://www.iceonwhyte.ca/festival/2014-festival/

 

 

 

Helping Y.E.S.S. at Ice on Whyte - while staying warm Marilyn Mucha 2014-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jan 03, 2014
 Incoming president Idris Fashan kicked off our classification talk month with a striking presentation on his vocation in Communications. He shared how he feeds off our city's energy, this magic blend of "blue collar flavour and smart people". He outlined how communications ethics line up with Rotary values and why as soon as he was introduced to Rotary in 2013, he became a natural.
Idris' explorer spirit may have to do with being UK-born from a sea-faring family. Cameleon-Idris went from being a biologist in Nova Scotia to touring North America as a drum musician. His introduction to Alberta as an arts and cultural management specialist put an end - at least for now- to his world wandering. Today, as a writer, communication strategist and entrepreneur in Edmonton, Idris warns us " this city is not done with me". Our club is thrilled to have Idris as its next leader.  "What we get involved in, we get energy out of":  we, the fun, fearless and focused shall steal that motto.
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Past Meeting - Idris Fashan , Communications Strategist Tim Onciul 2014-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Dec 16, 2013
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue ended a fantastic 2013 with two of its favourite things: holiday cheer with friends at the Next Act, and bringing some comfort to the local youth at risk at the Old Strathcona Youth Society (O.S.Y.S.) Festive Dinner.  Volunteers and staff came together to give the youth a home cooked turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings. It was held in the gym at the Knox United Church, December 21, 2013. Youth and staff helped to decorate and change the space into a lovely Christmas setting.

Marilyn and Kelly came by with their own sacks of goodies containing donations gathered by members of the Whyte Avenue Rotary Group.  Just like St. Nick they quietly placed socks, mittens, hand warmers (what else) into the knapsacks the youth would leave with.  There were extra hand warmers left behind with Karen from OSYS for the rest of the winter season. 


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Thank you 2013, Welcome 2014! Tim Onciul 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Dec 15, 2013

 

Last week we enjoyed a visit from our District 5370 Governor for 2013-2014 Betty Screpnek! She provided us with great perspective on the vast number of initiatives our district is undertaking, and the ways we as a club can participate. Saiyed brewed up one of his signature drinks, the 'Betty', and we decorated a tree that will be delivered to the YESS Armoury by Marilyn and Kelly this weekend. We celebrated gifts to the Rotary Foundation, collected gloves-mitts-scarfs-socks to help the youth at risk go through the winter, and welcomed two new 'Paul Harris Fellows' (Marilyn and Alicja), recognizing their contributions to Rotary International. They even got a 'knighting' from Idris! A very warm and enjoyable night on the coldest night of the year!ImageImageImageImage

 

 

Past meeting Dec 10 DG Betty Screpnek Tim Onciul 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Nov 15, 2013

Last Tuesday November 19th, we met to discuss our club budget, and also to plan our November 26th EPL event with Linda Cook. We will be going over our future fundraising plans and our revised budget in our December 3 meeting.

Past Meeting - Nov 19 Meeting - Club Assemby Tim Onciul 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Nov 15, 2013
The Future of Our Neighbourhood Library
 
For nearly 50 centuries, libraries have remained a central pillar of how we record, research, discover and define our world. But over the last 100 years, libraries have become so much more. From modernizing for the digital age, to growing outreach programs for adults and youth, to improving information access locally (and remotely), libraries continue to be the centre point of our society. 

We had a very special conversation with Linda Cook, CEO of the Edmonton Public Library, as she discussed the Edmonton Public Library’s last 100 years and what it has in store for today and tomorrow.

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Past meeting - The Future of Our Neighbourhood Library, with CEO of Edmonton Public Library, Linda Cook Tim Onciul 2013-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Nov 10, 2013

Gregoire, a Rotary Exchange Student being hosted in our district, shared his impressions of Canada and the new experiences he has encountered since arriving here. Gregoire is spending the year being hosted by the Downtown Club, but will be spending part of this year going to various clubs in the city sharing his life story. His family in France run a vineyard in the Bordeaux region of France, and finds our landscape (and weather!!) fairly different.

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Past Meeting - Gregoire - Rotary Youth Exchange student (from France) Tim Onciul 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Nov 04, 2013
Julie Self, Engagement Specialist, is a former Ambassadorial Scholar, and spent a year at Oxford.  She is also a former GSE team member to Australia and works at GoA Sustainable Resource Development. She gave us a great overview of her experiences during her training in Oxford, and her time on a GSE team in Australia.New Rotary Logo
Past meeting - Julie Self, Engagement Specialist Tim Onciul 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Oct 28, 2013

Marilyn Mucha led an interesting discussion on how she is involved in our district's Vocational Training Team. Members will be selected to travel to Honduras for two weeks in late April to mentor the micro-finance administration office as well as their small business client receiving loans.  Team members can be Rotarians, family members of Rotarians or non-Rotarians of any age, with skills in business advisory services and technology AND who have a working knowledge of Spanish as our trainees do not speak English.

Deadline for applications Nov 8,  after which up to four team members will be selected to prepare with team leader Donna Ducommun.

The team will have all travel and accommodation costs covered.  

Direct those interested to the District website.  Application form is attached.

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/SitePages/SitePage.aspx?accountid=50012&pid=312 

This is an exciting opportunity to use your talents in marketing, accounting or information technology to help alleviate poverty in Honduras.

 

Past Meeting - Marilyn Mucha and VTT Tim Onciul 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Oct 20, 2013
Theresa, as assistant District Governor, performs an essential role as the District Governor’s representatives to the individual Rotary clubs. She is a critical link between each club and the district, providing guidance and support to the clubs, and information about each club’s needs and accomplishments to the District Governor (DG) . Assistant Governor (AG) assignments are typically for three years. This allows each AG to develop a strong sense of each club’s strengths and challenges and develop a meaningful relationship as counselor and mentor to the club’s leadership when/if it may be needed. Theresa went through how the district can and does support each club in our district.
Past Meeting - Theresa Wilson, our club's Assistant District Governor Tim Onciul 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Oct 20, 2013

Over 400 Rotarians from across our District 5370 came to two inspiring days of speakers and fellowship, celebrating Rotary's and Rotary's partners talents and successes.  See more https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3Tlb4LMtQRmbTdJQmhVRGJXM0E/edit?usp=sharing

Activist Nazanin Afshin Jam reminded us that as Rotarians we should always ask ourselves "If now now, then when? If not you, then who?"  Strategic marketing expert Jared Smith incited us to keep focusing on our relationships in the community: always be referable and aim at finding our champions.Humanitarian Moira Kelly and singer Emmanuel Kelly outlined how we Rotarians should never let anything stop us from fulfilling our potential and making a difference in our lives and the lives of others.  Kuddos to Idris, Kathy, Alicia and Sophie for working together with the Glenora club on the preparation of this conference. Thank you to District Governor Betty and RC of Glenora for offering us the opportunity to learn so much and have great fun in the process. Thank you Kelsey for your involvement with New Gens Thank you Marilyn, Tim, Stan and Alphonso for representing our club at the conference. We have grown as Rotarians, and we have grown as a club.
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District Conference Tim Onciul 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Oct 20, 2013
Last Wednesday our club teamed up with four youth, and Rebecca from the Old Strathcona Youth Society and an OSYS volunteer. Not one leaf remained on the patio of Pakrat Louie, or on a private home's yard. Impressive youth in action! Even the city sidewalks are leafless now. Our fun fearless and focused youth were ready to get the job done! We ended the night with well deserved Pizza and rewards.
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Past Event - Leaves gathering with the Youth Tim Onciul 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Oct 20, 2013
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Nomination of President Elect   Idris was approached for the remarkable Service Above Self he has demonstrated since he first joined our club just a year ago. A vote was held and all members agreed Idris would be a fantastic leader of the Fun Fearless and Focused Whyte Ave Rotarians.

We take pride in Idris' readiness to serve as our club's next president.

Past Meeting - Club business (Alicia knighting Idris. We're serious!) Tim Onciul 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Oct 20, 2013

ImageOf course we can always work harder on some aspects of the planning... but looking back on our signature community service event Hockey Night on Whyte 2013, successes prevail! The two organizations our club and sponsors supported really enjoyed the day and saw a great impact on the youth.

Thank you so much!! It is awesome that you guys support us and we certainly appreciate all that you do, from participating in our community events to the non-judgmental way you interact with the youth. Karen -  Old Strathcona Youth Society

A big thank you goes out to you and all the Rotarians for organizing and executing yet another brilliant hockey tournament for our youth. It really was a super day and we all enjoyed every part of the day, including the delicious food. Jaya - Old Strathcona Youth Society

Thanks so much to your whole club! It was so fantastic and engaged lots of youth to participate and shine. A great community builder! Thanks so much to your whole club, we all had a great time. Rebecca - Old Strathcona Youth Society

Thank you for all of the hard work you and your club put into this event each year! I’m so glad to hear it was a success. Emily  - Youth Empowerment and Support Services.

Thank you all for a successful 3rd annual Hockey Night on Whyte! Alicia Brown 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Special thanks to Rowena Cui for coming by to tell us about herself, her passions, and her projects.

Her companies PlanIt Sound and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mwdiU3kAvI&list=PLDB852A764D33AED7&index=1hat Just Happened are where music, event planning and community engagement meet.

Rowena Cui’s introduction to Children and Youth Services began at age 15, when her mother began to accept foster children. Since then, together with her husband RJ, they promote Edmonton’s cultural identity through exciting and influential initiatives that truly matter. Among their recent projects is a music video for the United Way Capital Region campaign. 


Last meeting - Rowena Cui, COO PlanIt Sound and That Just Happened Alicia Brown 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Sep 18, 2013

YOUCAN Youth Services help youth that are ready to make positive changes in their lives to get out of harms ways, whether it is family violence, addiction, homelessness, or issues with the justice system. YOU CAN aims at giving a hand up, not a hand out : youth are invited to work hard for themselves, no just come along for the ride. They are closely kept in check by "relentless youth workers who will not allow the youth to disappear". Youth are trained to work as a team in conflict management, mediation and resolution on a 15 weeks program which leads them to respond as opposed to react.
The step up and step in community program empowers youth by having them get together and decide what they want to do, and plan it.  Our club can probably learn a lot from this particular program to advance our Vocational Mentorship and Educational Support community project with the youth at risk. To be continued...
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September 17 - Speaker Carmen Boyko YOUCAN Youth Services Sophie Waldin 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Sep 05, 2013

We had an awesome jam session with five youth at the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) Armoury basement last Wednesday. Big thanks to Whyte Avenue Rotarians, friends of the club, OSYS staff and the YESS Music Volunteer for providing musical mentorship and most importantly a safe, welcoming and respectful environment to the talented youth. Let's groove again soon...

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Past event - Jamming Night on Whyte Sophie Waldin 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Sep 05, 2013

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Owais came to hear our club's guest speaker Alex Taylor NATO spokesperson in Kabul last May, and quickly became a vital part of our youth mentorship community service projects, friendraisers and social events. Owais, you are truly a natural Fun Fearless and Focused Rotarian and we are thrilled that you decided to join! Owais was proposed for membership by our club's PR Committee Chair Idris and his classification is Early Childhood Education.

Welcome New Member Owais Siddiqui! Sophie Waldin 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Jul 25, 2013
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What happens when you bring together incredible contemporary art from Edmonton and beyond, company and conversation, and weekly drink features in the summer sun? Latitude 53 hosts the community and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Ave is going to be there.
Bring friends and your partner to the new Latitude 53  (10242 106 Street).

No Meeting on Tuesday July 30th

Patio at the new Latitude 53 Thursday, August 1st at 5:45pm Sophie Waldin 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Jul 25, 2013
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Stop your car in front of the Old Strathcona Youth Society (10325 83 ave, by the Farmers market main doors) and within 10 minutes, it will be shiny like on the first day. Price $10-$15, all proceeds go towards OSYS youth.  Knowing your approximate visit time would help, please email to sophie.kienlen@gmail.com     Invite partners and friends to join you with their cars!
Get your dirty car washed by a youth Sat, July 27 2-4pm Sophie Waldin 2013-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Jul 23, 2013
This walk was a great way to connect with the Whyte Ave residents and to uncover our neighborhood's secret murals and graffiti art. OSYS youth participants gave great insights on the graffiti. Will a guided tour led by the youth themselves come out of this? Stay tuned.

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Old Strathcona Graffiti Walk presented by Shareable neighborhoods Sophie Waldin 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Jul 11, 2013

Thanks to Shannon Goralski for going over the youth mentorship projects we are involved in this summer. The first will be a tour of graffiti, murals, and much more on July 24th. The second will be a car wash, pizza and soccer event on July 30th. The third will be a Fringe cleanup, basketball and pizza night on August 20th.

Shannon gave us a taste of the upcoming tour by taking us to four commissioned pieces of art in the immediate vicinity of the Artisan Resto Cafe. We learned about the artists and their inspirations. 

We look forward to a fun summer with the youth.

 

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July 9th - Shannon Goralski - Graffiti Tour Alicia Brown 2013-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Jul 06, 2013

A big THANK YOU to Kent and Meltem for organizing an opportunity for our club to get in front of the public in Old Strathcona. Last Sunday was the second annual Takin' It To The Streets, a music festival organized by Blues on Whyte. The free all-day event featured ten bands on two stages. Members of our club took shifts at a table at the event to hand out brochures and introduce our club to passersby.

 

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Takin' it to the Streets July 7th Alicia Brown 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Jul 01, 2013

Thanks to all who attended our AGM last Tuesday. We voted on some important changes; minutes of the meeting will be circulated to all members. Special thanks to Kathy and Idris... Kathy was able to Skype Idris through her iPad for this meeting.

Kent and Meltem held a fabulous croquet party to following the meeting. We learned some colourful croquet terms while watching the seemingly effortless plays of our hosts. Delicious hors-d'oeuvres were supplied by Saiyed. Thank you Meltem and Kent for kicking off our Rotary year!


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AGM and Croquet Party July 2nd Alicia Brown 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Jun 24, 2013

ImageImageImageThank you to all who attended the changeover party last week at Pakrat Louie's. Past President Kelly gave us a moving speech from her two years of leading our Club. President Sophie's comments were full of the contagious energy she is known for. Sophie presented Kelly with an incredible Rotary cookie. This was followed by the accolade as Kelly and Saiyed named Sophie the new President with the famed Whyte Ave Rotary sword.

Thank you Kelly, Welcome Sophie! Whyte Ave Rotary President changeover Alicia Brown 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Jun 10, 2013

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Last Tuesday, Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue hosted a very special speaker. Jules Thomas is one of Alberta’s unique success stories. This ambitious 30-year-old from Sturgeon Cree First Nation has managed to become a successful entrepreneur despite his very troubled past. His vision and sense of need for creating awareness of Aboriginal culture and understanding continue to fuel his successes. Jules talked about the challenges of peer pressure and the difficulties of breaking from a lifestyle. He spoke of the importance of will power, and of the people he met along the way who gave him a chance. He explained how key following his passion had been to be successful, and how much courage and trust that took. Jules emphasized on the importance of self-confidence : the more he believed in himself, the more things started coming his way. He shared the turning points in his transition, fatherhood being one of the most important. Jules always focused on looking forward "We can't change our past. What we can change is the future." 

 

Jules Thomas, one of Alberta’s unique success stories Tim Onciul 2013-06-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on May 19, 2013

Alexandra Taylor, Deputy spokesperson and Public Diplomacy Advisor in the NATO Senior Civilian Representative’s Office in Kabul. Alexandra has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for the past 15 months where she deals extensively with international and Afghan media as well as Afghan civil society. Her speech was a pleasant departure from what we normally hear about the region; the growing arts and music (heavy metal!) scenes. Afghans under 25 years of age comprise an incredible 64% of the population. She encouraged our club to get in touch with the Rotary Club of Kabul via their Facebook page.

Thanks to all members who made this night such a success. We had a full house!

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Keynote speaker May 14, 2013: Alexandra Taylor Sophie Waldin 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2013
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from Laura Morie, District Youth Services Chair

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) finished on Sunday, run May 8 – 12 at Camp Warwa. 46 campers, Journey to the Core, a journey of self- discovery designed to empower youth and to enhance their self- esteem, self- image, confidence and develop coping strategies. This camp was also a huge success. The Camp and Program Chair is Kelsey Rabin, from Athabasca, Kelsey was a RYLA attendee and former Youth Exchange Student, most recently she is a member of the Whyte Avenue Rotary Club and will In addition to RYPEN chair be the Whyte Ave club’s Treasurer.. When our efforts in Youth Services go as hoped we will have more Kelsey’s. Kelsey organized and delivered this program with help from Lesa Mueller of Servus Credit Union and soon to be Rotarian, Mike Hanna of Riverview Rotary, and Mike Ryan of Edmonton West, this is Mike’s 10th RYPEN. In addition, Kelsey brought in campers from previous years as Counselors in training. Meaghan Dunford, Jordan Clark, Karley Leverenz, Kiana Davies, Jordynn Blasco, Jacob Marler, Yvone Joubert, Serenna Constable, Ben Bales, Taylor Rhodes (former YEX, 2006 - 2007). Presentations by ROTEX Coordinators, Liz Hulley and Lisa Grotowski were very powerful, and Laura Ritchie from Edmonton Downtown Rotaract, and Bashir Mohammed were so impactful. We can’t thank the Rotarians and their clubs enough for finding campers for this life changing experience.

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Posted by Marilyn Mucha on May 17, 2013

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A message from District Governor Kevin Hilgers

What an evening we had. Over 4.5 million dollars raised for the Rotary
Foundation because of the efforts of people like you. Dollars raised for
now and the future. Thank you for being a part of a historic evening.
Many of have said it and I agree - an evening that made us all be so proud
to be a Rotarian.

Million Dollar Dinner Saturday May 11 2013 Marilyn Mucha 2013-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on May 09, 2013
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Melanie Lukevich from the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate presented her organization's mandate to represent the children and youth in care or involved in the justice system who do not have a parent or a guardian who can help them defend their rights, ensure their interests are considered, and their viewpoints respected.
The UN convention of children's rights is the bible of these seventeen advocates across the province whose role is to help children and youth identify which rights they have and which rights are denied to them and how to gain access to those rights.  The office of the Child and Youth Advocate focuses on the young person's perception of a situation, does not necessarily support the young person's decision but is his/her voice at of the table of grown-ups. Child and Youth Advocates long term goal is to teach the young person how to self advocate. Melanie underlined the vital role of community and natural advocates, such as our Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue.
May 7 Guest Speaker - Melanie Lukevich Sophie Waldin 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on May 04, 2013
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Thank you to all members who attended the Spring Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show presented by OSYS last Saturday May 4, 2013 at Knox Evangelical Free Church (8403 104 St NW). A special thank you to those who sponsored youth to attend the show. The youth at OSYS are very talented. We hope to work with these youth on future projects.

OSYS Spring Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show May 4th Sophie Waldin 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary goes to the ESO - Friday, May 3 2013 Sophie Waldin 2013-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Onciul on Apr 23, 2013
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LUCAS WALDIN is currently Artist-in-Residence and Community Ambassador with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Lucas was named to the newly created position after three seasons as the orchestra’s Resident Conductor. He is conducting the ESO in more than 20 concerts during the 2012/13 season while focusing on establishing strong
ties with the community through inventive outreach initiatives. He came to speak to us about the ESO's new educational project. 

 

Guest speaker April 23 - Lucas Waldin Tim Onciul 2013-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Jodi McKay will come by to tell us about the Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP). It consists of community mentoring agencies, government and youth working together to raise the profile of mentoring in Alberta.
April 23 guest speaker - Jodi McKay Kathy Strobl 2013-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sophie Waldin on Apr 13, 2013
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The third installation of the OSYS Community Role Play will take place on Tuesday May 14th, 2013. This will be held at the Transalta Arts Barns at 6:00 pm with pizza back at the Co-op when we are done. The OSYS is encouraging the business and theatre communities to join in as well. Please contact Karen Drynan from the OSYS with any questions, concerns or ideas for the role plays at 780-496-5947 or edirector@osys.ca.
OSYS Community Role Play May 14 Sophie Waldin 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
April 9th Guest Speakers - Bashir Mohamed and Kelsey Rabin Alicia Brown 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Mar 31, 2013
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We are honored to recognize Marilyn's leadership in joining the Rotary Foundation's Bequest Society. Membership occurs when an individual or a couple place The Rotary Foundation in their estate plan for a minimum of US$10,000 and notify The Foundation. Marilyn's generosity gives her a seat at the Million Dollar Dinner on May 11th with RI President Sakuji Tanaka.
Marilyn joins the Bequest Society Alicia Brown 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on Mar 23, 2013
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Freddy is the current Communications and Emerging Media Coordinator with Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS). Edmontonians started YESS in 1981 in an abandoned fire hall. Today, cities such as Jacksonville FL and Mexico City model their programs for youth at risk on the programs at the Armoury. Unfortunately, recent funding shortfalls have meant that the Armoury has had to decrease its hours of operation. YESS has brought in more marketing and fundraising professionals and hopes to get the word out about their programs and the difference they are making for local youth in order to meet funding requirements. We look forward to partnering with YESS on the next Hockey Night on Whyte this fall, and to create new ways in which we can work together to serve youth.
March 19 - Freddy Damani YESS Kathy Strobl 2013-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on Mar 02, 2013
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Latitude 53 is a non-profit organization aimed at making Edmonton the creative hub of western Canada. By pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, Latitude 53 wants to keep Edmonton's artists and art lovers in town and attract international artists to our city. Latitude 53 provides a space for 470 local and international artists to experiment, engage, and take risks by contributing to the production of ideas relevant to the city. Latitude 53 Innovates, Connects and Cultivates with 16 exhibits a year. Festivals such as VISUALIZE, social events like its popular Patio Parties or Wintersalons, inside or outside the gallery. Latitude 53 is a showing space only, it does not charge entry fees and does not sell art. It is a cultural investment in the city funded by the three levels of government, sponsors and private donors who want to have a place of dialogue and exploration of the contemporary issues relevant to Edmonton.
The organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with a new space 35% bigger than before and a new strategic plan.
Shannon will be our volunteer liaison with Latitude 53, hopefully our club can contribute to its future.
Big thanks to Erin and Jessie who shared with us their passion for Latitude 53, a cultural landmark of our city instrumental in making Edmonton the vibrant place we love.
Jessie Beier and Erin Ross of Latitude 53 Kathy Strobl 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on Mar 02, 2013
Why would you want to be a Rotarian? by Bill Gordon and The FISH! Philosophy: Catch the energy and release the potential by Wendy MacDonald

New Rotarian Bill Gordon shared what led him to join Rotary including the group he started with his students from Bev Facey High School in Sherwood Park: The Loyal Order of the P.U.P (Practitioners of Underground Philanthropy). Their mission is to spread love, compassion, and beauty through random acts of kindness.

Wendy MacDonald presented The FISH! Philosophy - a workplace management system inspired by the observed work culture at Seattle's Pike Place Fish Market.

 

Spring Training - Excerpts from the weekend Kathy Strobl 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to Idris for organizing our club's outing to the Timms centre last Tuesday to listen to Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine. Darren gave an interesting presentation on the productivity secrets of superachievers. Here are some of the key points he shared from his research on the world's most successful people.

  • Your adversity is your advantage
  • Saying "no" is a skill you must master
  • Focus on the tasks that only you can do (your Vital Few)
  • Learn to love failure

Copies of his slides are available. Please ask Idris, Sophie, or Alicia if you are interested.

Darren Hardy Success Magazine March 5 Idris Fashan 2013-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Feb 5th guest speaker - Jakub Taptik - Rotary Youth Exchange Alicia Brown 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on Feb 01, 2013
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Get ready for a fun night at our first ever Monte Carlo Casino night hosted by the Parkland After Dark Rotary Club of Stony Plain. A fun night of poker, 21, slots craps and roulette. (all funny money). This formal event includes a live band and a gourmet buffet dinner. The event is April 20, 2013 at the Pavilion at Heritage Park in Stony Plain. Cocktails and live band start at 6pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. Tickets are $125 each or a table of 8 is $950. Each ticket holder will receive $30,000 in funny money to spend at the casino. For tickets please email Kristi Larson at kristi@bellies.ca. They are also looking for sponsors and silent auction items.
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Posted by Kathy Strobl on Feb 01, 2013

Enjoy an elegant evening of Forbidden Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Decadence and Magic in a formal setting at the beautiful Beauvert Ballroom of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Tickets are $125. For more information, click here

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Rotary Club of Jasper Charity Ball and Masquerade March 10 Kathy Strobl 2013-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Jan 20, 2013
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Induction ceremony for Murray Davison

Our Membership Chair Saiyed Jaffer and President Kelly Sysak inducted our newest member, Murray Davison (centre). Murray's classification is Economic Development. He has over twenty years of experience in economic and community development. He is currently the Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association. Welcome Murray!

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Induction ceremony for Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli

 

Our Membership Chair Saiyed Jaffer and President Elect Sophie Waldin inducted our newest member, Alfonso Ceccherini-Nelli (centre). Dr. Ceccherini-Nelli's classification is Psychiatrist. In addition to being a consultant psychiatrist at the Alberta Hospital as well as his significant body of published research, he has also worked on the management board of UMMI (Unione Medico-Missionaria Italiana), an NGO dedicated to offer medical humanitarian aid to catholic missions in remote parts of Africa. Welcome Alfonso!

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Posted by Alicia Brown on Aug 30, 2012
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Venue and Meeting Date Change
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue now meets at the Artisan Resto-Cafe. Beginning September 4th, meetings will be held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Induction ceremony for Kelsey Rabin
Our Membership Chair Saiyed Jaffer inducted our newest member, Kelsey Rabin. Kelsey's classification is Business Analyst. At the age of fifteen she was a participant of RYLA. She was also a participant of the Youth Exchange in 2005-2006 to southern Brazil. Currently, Kelsey is chairing the RYPEN program. Welcome Kelsey!

Who's who: Colin Beddoes
Colin provided the Club with an entertaining presentation on his story. We learned about his family, his career, his travels, and how he came to be a Rotarian.

Membership
If you have not yet paid your dues, please make your cheque payable to The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue and hand it to the Club Treasurer Saiyed Jaffer.

Taste of Old Strathcona
This year, the food festival will take place on September 28th. This year's fundraiser for the Old Strathcona Society will be "bringing back 1912".

Next Week: Planning Hockey Night on Whyte
This year, the street hockey tournament will take place on Saturday, September 29th. Special thanks to Tim Onciul for coming back this year to make this second annual event a success. He will bring a new poster for this year's event to the next meeting as the Club continues the planning process.
Meeting Minutes - August 31, 2012 Alicia Brown 2012-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
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President Kelly opened the meeting with our Question of the Day. She had most all of us stumped with the exception of Sean and our wonderful guest, Gail Hall.Answers found at the bottom of this bulletin.

Who was the inspiration for the following songs:

- Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'

- Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl'?

 

On that note, Sean brought us Edmontonians back to 1980 with a piece of trivia about Tim Feehan of the band, Footloose. The song 'Leaving for Maui' was written by Feehan for Sean's aunt! Click the links for some history on Tim Feehan or to hear the song Leaving for Maui.

Thanks for sharing Sean!


Presentation - To commemorate her 6th Paul Harris Fellow, Sean presented Marilyn Mucha with her double ruby pin. Congratulations Marilyn and thank you for your continued generosity in supporting The Rotary Foundation!

 

For more information on how you can become involved, please check out The Rotary Foundation.

Our volunteer night at Taste of Edmonton Beer Gardens in support of YESS is coming up on Wed, Jul 25th. For those who want to bartend and haven't received their Proserve certification please let us know so we get you set up to take the online course for free. The online training takes a few hours and several days' processing time is required so please don't delay too long.

 

Thanks again to all those who have already committed their time to support YESS in this fundraiser.

 

Venue Change - All other July meetings will be taking place in the Old Strathcona Library meeting room on the second Floor.

 

Village of the Fringed is here! Fringe 2012 will run Aug 16-26. We again will be choosing a show in lieu of our Wednesday meeting. Put Aug 22nd in your calendars now and get ready to vote on the show we will watch that evening.

 

We will also be looking for groups of volunteers for two Saturdays in August to represent our club at Strathcona Farmers' Market. This will serve as a make-up for missing a meeting that week.

 

City of Edmonton Graffiti Program - Sean should get update on the schedule soon.

 

Guest Presentation - Gail Hall, Seasoned Solutions

 

Answers to Question of the Week:

Neil Diamond revealed the inspiration for 'Sweet Caroline' was President John F Kennedy's daughter, Caroline Kennedy who was eleven years old at the time.

On December 21st, 2011 in an interview on the CBS Early Show, Diamond attributed the name Caroline to Caroline Kennedy. He said that a magazine cover photo of her as a young child on a horse with her parents in the background created an image in his mind, and that the rest of the song came together about five years after seeing the picture. Diamond sang the song to her at her 50th birthday celebration in 2007.

Billy Joel's 'Uptown Girl' was inspired by Elle McPherson, not Christie Brinkley who was in the video and later married Joel. Joel was on holidaying in the Caribbean when he met three models staying in the same hotel - Macpherson, Brinkley and a young and then unknown Whitney Houston.

Kelly found these interesting tidbits from the book, The Girl in the Song, by Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson.

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GSE Australia 2011 and Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Dr. Jason Acker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the U of A, as well as the Associate Director of Research and Development for Canadian Blood Services. Throughout his six weeks in New South Wales Australia, he visited many cities including Tamworth and Inverell. He shared his amazing experiences in learning about the Australian Blood Service as well as marine conservation. He achieved all goals he had set forth to conquer and remains in contact with many of the other members of his GSE as well as the professionals he met during his travels. This experience has changed his life and he is very grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Julie Self is an Engagement Specialist for the Government of Alberta who is passionate about cross border water management. The most striking difference between water policy in Canada and Australia is the level of engagement by the public. Water scarcity is a reality for Australians, and the issue of water is discussed almost daily on the news and on the street. The Murray-Darling Basin stretches between a number of states including New South Wales, and is a great example of cross border water management that Julie experienced on her GSE. She exceeded every goal she had set for herself to connect with water policy professionals and to learn about the challenges faced in this area.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton West will be sponsoring Julie as a full year Ambassadorial Scholar at Oxford. Julie will be working on a second Master's degree and her thesis will explore the strong negative reaction by the public to a policy put forth by the New South Wales Office of Water Policy.
Guest speakers: Julie Self and Jason Acker Alicia Brown 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on May 15, 2012
Guest speaker: Grant Ainsley - Grant Ainsley Inc.
 
Make your organization bulletproof with effective media communications
 
Begin by developing a communications policy
1. Who is the spokesperson for the organization?
2. Who is the backup?
3. Make it clear who CANNOT speak for the organization
4. Provide training for spokespeople
5. Make social media part of the policy

When surrounded by media asking for a comment, use the feet, hands, eyes, and back rule
Stand up straight with your feet firmly on the ground
Keep your hands at your sides (or use them in your speaking)
Maintain eye contact with the reporter
Try to have your back up against a wall so that reporters do not ask questions from over your shoulder
Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes
In a crisis, address the media within 24-48 hours of the event
Must show responsibility and remorse
Notes from Grant Ainsley May 16 Alicia Brown 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on May 03, 2012
 On May 16th we will have the distinct pleasure of welcoming Grant Ainsley. Here is an excerpt from Mr Ainsley's website of what members and guests can expect to hear:
"Grant Ainsley is one of Canada's experts in media relations and crisis communication and has spoken across the country about ways to make positive impacts in the media. He's impressed audiences as he's looked at examples of what CEO's, politicians and others have done in a crisis. Some have thrived, while others failed and Ainsley explains how anyone can look like a pro in crisis mode and avoid the pitfalls that can end careers and crush brands.

After being in, and working with the news media for over 30 years, Ainsley now speaks about ways that organizations and their leaders can build and protect their brand in any type of media environment. Learn how a professional, organized and real approach to the media can positively affect your bottom line.

Here's what Grant Ainsley speaks about:

Why every company should have a communications policy

How to avoid a crisis and what to do and say if you get into one

How social media has become a game changer for traditional media

Why CEO's have to look at the media differently

Why it's more important than ever to be honest and real in public"
May 16, 2012 Grant Ainsley Kathy Strobl 2012-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Strobl on Apr 18, 2012

Last year Glori Meldrum spoke to our Club about Little Warriors. Please support the first annual Be Brave Luncheon.

At 1130am on May 28, 2012,  join us to hear Theo Fleury describe his personal story of sexual abuse in a presentation called “Don’t Quit Before the Miracle”. Help us celebrate his courage, as well as innovative programs and projects that focus on changing outcomes for “Warriors” like Theo.

The first Be Brave Luncheon is a fundraiser for Little Warriors and the Be Brave Ranch, Canada’s first treatment centre specifically designed to help child sexual abuse survivors. Our goal is to raise $400,000 at this luncheon.

Click here for Be Brave Luncheon information.

Theo Fleury - Be Brave Luncheon supporting Little Warriors Kathy Strobl 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alicia Brown on Mar 27, 2012
On Wednesday, March 28th, fellow Rotarians from the Edmonton Whyte Avenue Club and their guests enjoyed wine and cheese at a meet and greet at the Artisan Resto Cafe. The restaurant featured several delicious dishes and an assortment of wines for the enjoyment of the attendees. Saiyed Jaffer, fellow Rotarian and owner of the restaurant on 107 street and Whyte Avenue, would like to hold this well-attended event on a regular basis as a way for the community to meet members and learn more about the local Rotary Club.
Spring Wine Event - Artisan Resto Cafe Alicia Brown 2012-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
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YESS has sent us a BIG THANKS!! for our help at their Taste of Edmonton - see below for their word of thanks to us (from Cheryl Holburn of YESS). Thanks to all of your hard work in continuing to raise funds for such a worthy cause, and increase our participation and impact in our community.

To our wonderful volunteers…

 

 

I just wanted to say a great big

 

Thank you!

 

To all of you for helping out at Taste of Edmonton!!

 

 

There were a lot of bumps along the way this year, but everyone was endlessly patient and understanding while we tried to figure everything out. Fun was had by all, and I’m so grateful for all of your help and hard work! I especially appreciate everyone’s patience with my numerous emails sent out during recruitment, and to everyone who stepped up last minute to lend a helping hand!

 

 

Taste4Kids was a great success, and thanks for all of the time everyone put into learning your scripts and helping teach kids about nutrition and healthy eating!

 

 

The Charity Booth collected $650 in donations in just three days! That’s amazing! We also did a draw for an air hockey table and collected loads of Taste of Edmonton tickets for our youth to feast on J Way to go!  

 

 

The Beverage Oasis (though it was rainy and cold at times!) brought in almost $9700 for YESS! That’s thanks to all of the hours that you, our industrious volunteers, put in selling soda!

 

 

 

So once again, I say thank you for another successful year at Taste of Edmonton! I hope to see you all out again next year!

 

 

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Image At our meeting last week, we discussed the club's committees, transition, and had great discussions on how each committee chair was approaching the year. The discussions were excellent and the creative juices were flowing! Unfortunately we did not get through all of our committee presentations, so we will discuss our remaining committees' plans at this week's meeting.

We did have the tremendous honor to induct our latest member, Tamara Johnson. Tamara has been coming frequently to our club, and contributing significantly for quite a while now, so it was great to finally welcome her into the fold. Saiyed even sharpened his sword for the occasion!

See below for more photos of this momentous occasion!

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This week-end Rotary New Generations and RYLA youth Justin, Bashir, and their two new gens partners enjoyed a good game of football and supported Rotary's effort to eradicate polio. Part of the ticket price went towards The Rotary Foundation. Thank you Alicja, Idris, Sophie and Marilyn for offering them a ticket!

Justin made a Video! Check it out  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9XZmYkznDQ
Justin Mercier is the current Rotaract liaison on the RYLA Committee, treasurer in the UofA Rotaract club, and working on starting a Rotaract club at MacEwan. He has attended RYLA for the past 3 years (1st year as a participant, 2nd year as a helper/camp leader, and 3rd year as an organizer/cabin leader), and advocating for RYLA helped create an interact at his high school (Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain) just last year.

Hayley Hoffman attended RYLA in 2012 and went on an exchange from June 2012 to June 2013 in Brazil. She's from St. Albert in her Interact club at Bellerose Composite high school.

Whyte Ave Rotary's good friend Bashir Mohamed and his friend Sam Lee enjoyed the game too!

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The Old Strathcona Youth Society is proud to announce that they are part of the organization committee hosting the very first annual “High Risk Youth Conference” in Edmonton on May 12-13, 2014. The conference's primary goal is to bring together the youth, service providers, researchers, and experts that focus on the strategies and resources available to work more effectively with this growing population of youth who have increasingly high risk and complex needs.
OSYS will be holding a silent auction on September 21, 2013 in an effort to raise the necessary funds to host such a meaningful community event. To make a donation, contact jennie.mclester@albertahealthservices.ca
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Whyte Ave murals are one of our club's area of interest with community service and youth. Edmonton Arts Council and Capital City Clean Up launch the “Open Source Street Art” pilot project including “free” walls – designated sites where artists can legally practice street art.  The public is invited to paint over once completed. The workshop takes place Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) (10310-85 Avenue). Old Strathcona Youth Society youth will attend. Be there too! Register with emclarke@edmontonarts.ca
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 Youth programs manager Julie Elford and her team presented what the City of Edmonton makes available to the communities that request it in terms of youth recreation, sports and leadership. Volunteer service program coordinator Shannon Meyer introduced the Community Heros initiative aimed at empowering youth through volunteering opportunities. This presentation provided our club with valuable information and resources to enhance our community service projects serving the youth at risk in Old Stratchona. 
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Youth Mentorship Fringe Cleanup, Basketball and Pizza - Thur, August 22 Tim Onciul 0
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On Tuesday August 20th, in lieu of our regular meeting, we attended 'The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine' (it got 4 kernels out of 5 in the local paper, so we knew we were in for a good one!). Take a group of Rotarians and friends of Rotary, start with and finish with a beer at the Fringe beer garden, and throw in one of the best shows of the festival and you get a pretty cool soirée!!

 

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On Tuesday August 13th, we Fringed the Fringe with a great beer garden at Artisan Resto Café. Our guest speaker was Jill Roszell, Executive Director of Fringe Theatre Adventures, the organization that puts on the legendary annual Edmonton Fringe Festival. With over 200 plays about to embark starting on Thursday, August 15th, it is an event of epic proportions, and offers a diverse and adventuresome potpourri of theatrical talent. We enjoyed her talk with many guests and friends, on a perfect August night, enjoying Aprikat Brew on Saiyed's patio!

 

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Our club had the unique chance to meet of RI President 2012-2013 Sakuji Tanaka this May during his visit to our district, here in Edmonton. President Tanaka focus on Peace Through Service gave Rotarians around the world great inspiration and direction. His successor Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. "When Rotarians get involved, when they get engaged, lives change" Ron D. Burton, Rotary Club of Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Ron Burton's presidency will launch a new era for the Foundation with Future Vision, The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model. For more information: http://www.rotary.org/en/mediaandnews/news/pages/130118_ia13_fv.aspx
Learn more about
Ron Burton: http://www.rotary.org/en/aboutus/rotaryleadership/directors/pages/ridefault.aspx

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Rotarians from around the world gather every year to exchange great ideas, connect with old and new friends and be inspired. The 2013 RI Convention will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 23-26 June. Participate in a RI convention and gain a broader appreciation of Rotary's global impact, have fun, strengthen your commitment to service and discover the host city in the company of local Rotarians. RI President 2012-2013 Sakuji Tanaka says about the first RI convention he attended in Chicago in 1980 "That convention showed me Rotary, and changed me forever. It gave our club something to strive for. I came to the convention as a member of a Rotary club. I left it as a Rotarian". Without a doubt, this is the best boost to reach new heights in the work of Rotary! Next convention will be in Sydney, Australia in the Spring 2014.
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Our June 18 meeting was a Spring clean up of Whyte Ave and the River Valley with the youth of OSYS and YESS, followed by a high paced basketball game, and finishing with great pizza at Steel Wheel. It gave us a great opportunity for us to get to know the youth on a one-on-one basis, and help them build a sense of responsibility for the neighborhood they live in. Fun was had by all with alot of conversation and great ideas. Big thanks to our sponsors Fat Franks, Safeway (Garneau) and Rotarian Marilyn!


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Marilyn Speaking at Southeast Rotary Tue Aug 21, 7pm Kathy Strobl 0
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Kelly represented our Club in the rain at the Silly Summer Parade over the long weekend. She ensured that none of the silly summer children got hurt in the bouncy castle.

Guest Speaker: Marilyn Mucha

2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand

Marilyn shared her amazing experiences at the RI Convention last June. She was stuck by how all Rotarians, no matter how impressive their achievements, enter the convention as equals.

The Thai hosts lived up to their legendary hospitality and gave participants an opportunity to sample many aspects of their culture and cuisine. At 35,000 Rotarians, this was the most well-attended convention since the centenary in Chicago in 2005. Here is a link to the convention website: http://www.rotaryconvention2012.com/ The site has videos including the closing speech by RI President Kalyan Banerjee.

There were so many fascinating breakout sessions that it was hard for Marilyn to choose. She was particularly inspired by a session on membership strategy in North America. They discussed tactics to increase the diversity in club membership among ethnic, vocational, and sexual orientation guidelines.

The biggest achievement announced at the convention that India has been removed from the polio-endemic list. If India remains on this list for three years, the entire Southeast Asian region will be certified polio-free. Three nations remain polio-endemic: Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Since Rotary launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, polio cases have plunged 99% worldwide.
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Cornerstone Counselling Centre began 35 years ago in a church basement when the pastor recognized the need for support services in his community for those who couldn’t afford the usual therapy fees.

Now located downtown Edmonton in the Oliver area (10140 117 St NW), Cornerstone has 18 counsellors (registered psychologists and psychiatrists), two provisional counsellors and two student counsellors. Last year they supported 1600 clients over 6000 hours of counselling individuals, couples and groups, including children and teens.

Four out of five individuals suffering from depression will make a good recovery.

Of particular concern is Alberta’s rate of suicide. Higher than the national average, four Albertans take their own lives every three days. That is more than AIDS, homocides and motor vehicle deaths combined annually.

To help in dealing with recognizing and dealing with depression, Shelia created an acronym: LONER.

Learn the symptoms
Open communication
Non-judgemental listening
Encourage getting help
Risk assessment

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We've had some Clubrunner issues the last couple weekends but it looks like we're up and running again. Please review minutes from last week's meeting with Pauline Perreault. Tomorrow's meeting is a Strategic Planning session with Kelly.
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Pauline is a past president of the Edmonton South club and came to speak to us about three Rotary youth programs.

RYPEN

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a three day camp for youth in grades 10-12 who are searching for a positive identity. This district-sponsored program works with local schools to identify youth who will benefit most from the experience. Clubs can sponsor participants at $250 each. The camp consists of both physical and classroom activities. For most participants, this is their first exposure to personal development of any kind.

RYLA

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a three day camp for youth in grades 10-12 who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Clubs can sponsor participants at $500 each. This camp also consists of physical challenges and classroom activities. The classroom activities are more advanced and feature items such as the True Colors Test and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Youth.

RYE

Youth who are selected to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) spend up to a year with host families and attend school in a different country. They become ambassadors teaching their hosts about their country, culture, and ideas. Every year, more than 8,000 students participate in the program in more than 80 countries around the world. The success of this program rests on clubs who sponsor youth ($5,000 plus a $450 contract fee) as well as the families who open their homes to the youth. Currently, Laura Morie from the Rotary Club of Westlock runs the program in our district. Our club can find out how to get involved by emailing her at balesl@shaw.ca.

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We have an opportunity to work at the Taste of Edmonton in the beer tent again this year. The dates available are June 19th and the 27th.

Murray Davidson is the new director of the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

Kelly will be presenting our new brochure at the planning meeting next week.

Karen Taber from the Old Strathcona Foundation will permit our club to sit at a table at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market one Saturday a month.

The Old Strathcona Foundation’s Silly Summer Day Parade and Picnic will take place on Whyte Avenue on July 1st. In celebration of the 100th year since Old Strathcona chose to amalgamate with the city of Edmonton, this parade will be much larger than ever before.

Saiyed hopes to host another wine and cheese at the Artisan Resto-Café at the end of June or in early July.

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Kelly has been in touch with Shelley Green from YESS regarding the Taste of Edmonton Beer Tent. We hope to run the beer tent one evening during the festival. 

Marilyn let us know that there is a Membership Workshop this Saturday. Please email her for details.

The Club will have its next Planning Meeting on June 6th. Kelly will present an overview of our activities and other initiatives for the next twelve months.

Sean spoke with Cindy Davies regarding the Graffiti Project. Cindy will provide him with two ideas on how to get involved by the end of this week.

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Next week's guest speaker: Pauline Perreault, Rotary Club of Edmonton South

Pauline will tell us about the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN). Each program emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth.  

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May 23rd guest speaker: Tamara Gaudet, Tamara Speaks

Tamara shared her inspirational story of learning to cope with the sudden loss of her vision twelve years ago. Her ability to think positively, believe in herself, and never give up has changed her life and those who meet her. Tamara has a humorous take on the choice we all have in how to approach a challenge.

 

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May 23rd Guest Speaker - Tamara Gaudet Alicia Brown 0
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Tamara Gaudet will share her inspirational story of losing her eyesight in her mid-twenties and her journey to seek personal fulfillment in serving others. She works with the CNIB, the United Way, and the Ride for Sight to motivate others to make a difference in their communities.
www.tamaraspeaks.com
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Approximately $400,000 raised by over 300 people in Edmonton's first ever Bust A Move event for breast cancer. Kelly Sysak, Shannon Goralski, and Kathy Strobl joined the volunteer team on Saturday, March 24 at Edmonton Expo Centre. Participants took part in six hour long fitness sessions and finished the day with guest instructor Richard Simmons! It was a sparkling good time

Check out the original video created for this event by the doctors and staff  Bust A Move Edmonton YouTube

All the proceeds from the event will go towards a University of Alberta human genome project that is co-chaired by Dr. Gane Wong, who holds the iCORE Chair in Biosystems Informatics at the U of A. Dr. Wong is currently working on a team led by oncologist John Mackey to see if there is a connection between viruses and breast cancer.

Register online for Bust A Move 2013 !

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