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Build a Bed on June 4th!
Join the building project for our Rotary Club Community Services to help build beds for kids scheduled for Saturday June 4th 2022 at the Lowe's Namao-Edmonton location 9603 165 Avenue NW.   No experience required. Click here to register but if too late  contact Kevin Keough to see if there are options for late registration.  All participants must complete the Waiver form on the SHP website.  For the first question on the form choose the Edmonton South chapter.
 
Attendees chose from seven shifts starting at 7 am, 9 am, 1 pm, 4:30 pm or a combination.
 
Note from the President
The Rotary Club of Edmonton continues to Rock!
 
Check out what we’ve done over the last couple weeks:  members continue to learn about indigenous issues from speakers Cora Voyageur of the U of C and Shalene Jobin of U of A,  Viktor Serbolov, head of Ukraine YMCA and our own Anna Weiczorik brought us a first person update on the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine and our club’s response, Anna Marie Robinson, the local student we are supporting at Georgetown University gave a very timely talk on the law of war.  If you are want to know about the issues we are facing in Edmonton and around the world, there is no better place to  be than at our regular Monday meetings:  either in-person or virtual.  Don’t forget to register!
 
But wait!  There’s more!  The May 17 Integrity Award Gala hosted by our club was a smashing success!  Some 180 Rotarians and guests attending the dinner at the Chateau Lacombe to recognize the contribution of a dozen unsung heroes nominated by 12 local Rotary Clubs.  A tremendous congratulations to co-chairs Neil Lang and Nadean Langlois for organizing this major event.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, especially Brian Edwards who subbed in as Emcee when Lesley MacDonald couldn’t make it at the last minute.
 
The club is also renewing our “hands on” commitment to service.  And it promises to be a bit of fun too!  If you haven’t already signed up to build beds for local kids who are sleeping on the floor its NOT too late.  The Sleep in Heavenly Peace bed build will take place on Saturday, June 4 and there are afternoon and morning shifts available.  There is no cost, no experience is necessary.  It is outdoors and safe.  And we need a few more volunteers.  I hope to see you there!
 
And speaking of fun, sign up for the June 25 BBQ in Laurier Park Site #7.  This is a COVID friendly family event.  What a great chance to socialize with new and old friends and enjoy Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.  I hope to see you there too!
 
Jim Saunderson

Youth Services Report

This month we supported four youth to attend Rotary youth camps or conferences:
1 to RYLE  (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience)
2 to Adventures in Citizenship in Ottawa
 
Although we had someone to go to RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) the event was canceled due to insufficient registration.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Experience was held for a three day weekend at the end of April at Camp Nakamun.  This experience is intended for high school students (grades 9 to 12) who would like to gain or strengthen their leadership skills and learn how to be active citizens who strive to make a positive impact in the world. 
 
The Adventures in Citizenship annual event is a unique opportunity for young Canadians to come together to gain a better understanding of our country. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, they learn a great deal about the foundations and workings of our democratic institutions. And by meeting other young Canadians and having discussions among themselves, they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship.   
 
This 3 day event in Ottawa commences May 27th and features:
1. Indigenous Day - address the Indigenous contribution and experience in Canada and how to contribute to reconciliation.
2. Politics Day - with Joe Clark and retired diplomat Gary Smith
3. Citizenship Day - with Citizenship Judges, Pages working at the House of Commons and the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Integrity Awards 2022

Integrity Awards Gala was an amazing event held May 17th at the Chateau Lacombe.  We heard twelve fascinating stories of those non-Rotarians who made a difference in the Edmonton area.   The Recipients certainly serve to change lives in the community.  According to President Saunderson "This is the first time the event was held online and in person for 28 years".  180 Rotarians and guests attended the event at the Chateau Lacombe and a dozen online.
 
Our club's Recipient was: Linda Roussel. Linda is the founder and CEO of Kids On Track, an organization with a three-decade track record of outstanding work with children, youth and parents in Edmonton. Linda’s first career was as a community health nurse with a specialization in multicultural health services. In 1992 she followed her heart and started a grassroots community outreach organization for disadvantaged children and their families.
 
With only seven staff, Kids On Track equips and empowers over 300 volunteers, 20+ casual employees and 30+ youth leaders to deliver amazing community programs for local families. Kids On Track is a community building organization that provides hope, direction, and ongoing support for children, youth, and their parents. Educational, social, spiritual, and recreational elements are combined to deliver well-rounded programs. The organization cultivates relationships with participants encouraging their faith, character and leadership development, social skills, and a healthy lifestyle. They strive to support families that have limited opportunities due to various challenges.
 
What is unique about the Kids on Track programs is the mentoring focus that permeates everything. In teaching a child to play a game the focus is as much on character development as it is on skills learned. Who you are is much more important than what you are. The values of integrity, respect for others, and teamwork are the primary focus. 
 
Linda will be attending one of our future meetings to meet club members and to receive a Paul Harris Fellow.  All fourteen Recipients below with District Governor Donna.
Check out this year's brochure posted on our website under "Events" and "Integrity Awards".
 
Neil Lang

Update on our club member Anna Wieczorek

Anna resides in Warsaw, Poland and has been actively involved in supporting refugees from Ukraine.  
 
Check out all the email notes and many pictures from Anna on our website  https://edmontonrotary.com/
 
Donations are welcome.   If you would like to contribute to help our club support Ukrainian Refugees log into ATB Cares  atbcares.benevity.org/community/cause/124-888824448RR0001    Donations go to our Community Service Trust Fund.  Tax receipt provided by ATB Cares.   Please include a comment like "Support for Ukraine" by clicking on Share my name and comments  before entering your donation details.
 
 
 
Put together a foursome or at least register as a golfer for our Monday August 8th Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Tournament.  Register now at https://2022rotarygolf.eventbrite.ca/
 
Proceeds in support of the Lurana Shelter!  This facility offers a 24/7 Emergency Line: 780-424-5875

Lurana Shelter is a first-stage, emergency shelter providing safe, secure refuge and emergency services such as meals, clothing, personal care items, transportation, and child support, as well as services related to advocacy, and staffing 24/7 for support and security.  

We are seeking sponsors for this event.  Please help out Don McFarlane by contacting him 780-337-4027 donmcfarlane42@gmail.com 

Indigenous Speaker Series
Two speakers remaining for this amazing series. 
 

Ready for a Rotary Picnic?

 
Sunday June 25th
12 noon to 3 pm
Laurie Park - Site #7
See red circle around Site #7 in map below.  
 
Bring a lawn chair.  Food will be provided.   Bring your family OR show up on your own for this BBQ. 
 
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton
 
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton is excited for summer! We have several members attending the Rotary District Conference, thanks to sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Edmonton. We have also started meeting outside during the summer and might take some of our in person meetings to the library in the future. Our members are looking forward to getting active this summer with the 'Ride Don’t Hide’ Mental Health Fundraising Bike/Activity Challenge. In addition, we are planning several socials this summer and will be volunteering at the Edmonton Food Bank and the Green and Gold Community Gardens. Thanks so much for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing some of you at the District Conference!
 
Kathe,
Rotaract Club of Edmonton
Speakers
May 23, 2022
Victoria Day
May 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Indigenous Language Revitalization Program
Jun 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Building Bridges - Interfaith Coexistence and Harmony
Jun 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Indigenous Tourism
Jun 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Elks football
Jun 27, 2022 12:00 PM
My year as President of Rotary Club of Edmonton
Jul 01, 2022 12:00 PM
Mandate of Indigenous Relations Dept as Canada works towards reconciliation
Jul 04, 2022 12:00 PM
President change over for the new Rotary year
Jul 09, 2022
Meet the new Rotary International President!
Jul 11, 2022 12:00 PM
Edmonton Public Schools
Jul 18, 2022 12:00 PM
To be determined
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Rotary International president Jennifer Jones comes to Edmonton
Save the date of Saturday July 9th!   The new RI President will visit us in her cross Canada tour.
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