Russell Hampton
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Editor's Notes

It is with tremendous gratitude that we enter June, The weather is improving, the river valley has exploded shades of green and creeks are running. It so great to get outdoors, and and to see life return even to the city streets. 
We appreciate that businesses and clubs, such as ours are still navigating a careful re-entry into a less isolated existence. And some are making this framework of working a permanent model - it certainly has its advantages.
Our club has stepped up with a specalar speaker series for the months that we continue to convene virtually.
Our newsletter has bitter sweet content this month. We lost two past members and current member who had a long and committed journey with Rotary, Our sincerest condolences to all the families involved. 
And my last comment - as we all become braver and re-enter the world please remain safe, wear a mask, and keep the distance. (Masks are now becoming a fashion accessory)
And only one covid giggle as I promised Neil.
Yours in Rotary Service
Marderé Birkill
This Month
Jun 08, 2020 1:00 PM
The Hope Studies Central -
Jun 15, 2020 1:00 PM
Life after Covid-19
Jun 22, 2020 1:00 PM
Tentative: My year as an Inbound Student in Edmonton
Jun 29, 2020 1:00 PM
My year as President for Rotary Club of Edmonton
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Neil Lang
June 4
Lourdes McLaughlin
June 5
Michael Bull
June 5
Randy Heaps
June 7
John Norton
June 15
Barry Schloss
June 16
Jan Fox
June 16
F Scott Montgomery
June 19
Muriel Dunnigan
June 28
Notes from the incoming President:
Dear all,
The new club executive and incoming boards are busy at work planning for the upcoming year. It will be an interesting year, with much uncertainty around fundraising and when we will be able to resume out in-person lunches. (I never thought I would actually miss Chateau Lacombe meals!)
However, we will be actively supporting our Edmonton community in these times of ever the greater need. Many club members have been volunteering with “Free Footie” delivering food hampers to those in need. We have continued our financial support for Boyle McCauley Health Centre, and we made a donation to “Kids-On-Track” to enable summer programs for those less fortunate. (I am sure, after being cooped up inside their homes for the past three months that all will need a break)
I look forward to July 6th club meeting to share more of our work, our challenges, and our plans for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.
Yours in Rotary
Best Regards,
Brian Edwards
President 2020-21
Bulletin Editor
Marderé Birkill
Sadly two past members  passed away in April. 
Elmer Bassani - 1934-2020
Elmer passed away April 24th.  He was a successful business man particularly with owning Cliff's Towing.  Robert Lang said "We didn't see Elmer much at Rotary but certainly saw his tow trucks everywhere in the City in the 70s and 80s".
According to the Edmonton Journal obituary, Elmer's entrepreneurial spirit drove him to become involved in many businesses in and around the Edmonton area. He had interests in various Edmonton hotels and in 1972 he purchased the Athabasca Hotel in Jasper. He tried his hand at many different and varied endeavors too many to list.
Borys Ferbey - 1928 - 2020
Borys was involved extensively within his Pharmacy profession and community throughout his life. He served as President of the Edmonton Society of Pharmacists, President of the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association, Vice President of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, and was selected as a recipient of the Alberta College of Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction. In his activities in the Community, he served as Chairman of the Edmonton Board of Health, President and an honorary life member of St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, President of St. John's Institute Board and President of the Edmonton Orthodox branch of the Order of St. Andrew.
As for leisure and retirement, Borys loved being outdoors, swimming, hunting, fishing, and sharing good times with his wife, Gloria, family, extended family and best friends at his cottage at Moose Lake, Alberta. He was also a long time season ticket holder of the Edmonton Oilers and loved to watch the games at the rink with Mark and Matt and on TV with Gloria. He helped his children out in so many benevolent ways and cared for each one of them in his own special way.
Note from the President
Greetings Rotarians,
We are certainly living in interesting times. While I don’t call it the new normal, I prefer “the new way of doing things”.   Interesting how some things are “up” like online conferencing and some are “down” like airlines.  For our Rotary Club  we are certainly looking at new ways of doing things that work and are effective.
For example, as a result of our Zoom online meetings on Mondays at 1 pm, we gained a few people and guests that we do not often see at our luncheons. Meanwhile…. Some of the regulars are now irregulars.   At the moment it looks like our online meetings will continue to the end of July.
Speaking of meetings, our May 25th virtual “literacy” tour of Belize was amazing.   Great to see that four Rotarians from Belize City were able to join us!  One never knows who shows up at our meetings and bound to be a good surprise for everyone.  Nice to see how effective our work is in Belize.
I would like to promote our upcoming online meetings:
June 8th – The Hope Centre – how hope will help us through times of crisis.  Sounds timely.
June 15th – Hon. Matt Jeneroux M.P. – dealing with life after Covid-19.  Promises to be a good discussion of dealing with the debt in the future. 
June 22nd – Iida, our Inbound Exchange student who will be reporting to us from Finland.  Let’s hear her reflections on her year in Edmonton.
June 29th – End of Year Presidential Address – 
July 6th – Beginning of new year Presidential address
So… are you scared stiff of Zoom online calls? Or just hesitant to join in without breaking something? Or haven’t a clue how to use Zoom?   Please send me an e-mail note and I can do a bit of an online training session… using Zoom of course.  As one uses the system, it gets easier.  
One bit of advice.   Online conferencing is FANTASTIC for bringing together family members.    Good opportunity to interact and find out “what are you up to?”.   Perfect way to learn the software without someone judging you.  Just please MUTE yourself and give others a chance to say something.
Neil Lang
In celebration of the life of Hal Tipper
Rotarian with Presidencies at two Rotary Clubs Passes
Sad news of the passing of Hal (Harold) Tipper on May 25th.   He was President of our club in 2000/01 and of Grande Prairie Rotary Club 1963/64.  Hal was a regular at our luncheon meetings. He was always friendly and social with everyone. Obviously Rotary was his life and he savoured the companionship of other members. Here is an excellent video from Hal as to how he joined Rotary:
He had an interesting history. Records show he was a fur trader in 1948.  He was a member of the Grande Prairie Ski Club when they opened their ski hill in 1960 with a single rope tow.  Check out a letter Hal wrote to Grande Prairie Rotary club about his presidency with their club in 1963/64.  Plus some comments of taking a rail coach with his club to Expo 67.  Sound like it was one heck of a party.  Hal and his wife Maxine attended the RI Convention in Toronto in Spring 1964.  Please see:
Harold wrote a book entitled Sailing in the Search of Yellow Bird that was even mentioned in The Rotarian magazine.  He seemed to follow the free willing spirit of the song "Yellow Bird".  The text was a humorous review of 15 years sailing the Caribbean like a gypsy with his wife Maxine.
At Maxine and Hal's request, there will be no celebration of life. The family will be placing the obituaries in the Edmonton Journal hopefully for the first week of June.
They were survived by:
Barbara Lynch (Albert), Cathy Tipper (Bill Schneider), Susan Tipper (Brian Grubb), and three grand-daughters Erin, Kelly, and Helen.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Y.E.S.S.: YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER SOCIETY OF EDMONTON. 
Reflections by Rotarians
Brent Abbott commented: 
He was the 'whip' for our manpower commitments to the bingo franchise in WEM. He was a respectful mentor, and always willing to assist. 
Jack Clements remembers many chats he with Hal at Rotary meetings.  He will miss Hal.
Muriel Dunnigan reflected: 
Hal was a true Rotarian through and through. He truly exemplified the Rotary values of Service and Fellowship. Our weekly luncheons were an important part if his life until he was beset with his illness last summer. Even though he was no longer able to attend the meetings, he had said he would remain a paid-up member as long as he lived. Over the years, he was very engaged in the work of the club giving much time to the wellbeing of our club as president and through his participation in many activities - bingos, K Days raffles, Mystery Dinners. Through his involvement in such activities, my husband and I had the opportunity to share many happy and fun times with Hal and his wife Maxine. May their souls rest in peace.
Ralph Young reflected:  Sad to hear of Hal’s passing. He was an exceptional man, and he and Maxine were very warm and generous with their friendship and contributions to Rotary. Hal had joined Rotary in Grande Prairie in the 1950s and was of the longest-serving Rotarians In Alberta. He was an active realtor in Edmonton for many years, I believe with Weber Bros. Realty until retiring early. He and Maxine took a long sabbatical on their boat in the Caribbean before returning to Edmonton and Rotary. He always has a smile and a friendly greeting for all. May he and Maxine Rest In Peace.

Please join the Directors of this club in celebrating the life of this amazing long term Rotarian

Yours in Service to Rotary
Neil Lang
RCOE visit to U of A Botanical Garden?
 I had a chance today, May 29th, to check out the UofA Botanical Garden.  Looks great with the early perennial flowers bursting open. Actually I saw Wendy Lickacz sneaking around there too!  The garden was open to public June 1st with physical distancing. 
I took the pictures with this article.  Note the construction of a new entrance so they have a temporary entrance by way of the Japanese garden.
As a followup to our Aga Khan Garden tour last September, I was wondering if we should do it again in warmer weather.


12 Commandments for growing older
#1 - Talk to yourself. There are times you need expert advice.
#2 - "In Style" are the clothes that still fit.
#3 - You don't need anger management. You need people to stop pissing you off.
#4 - Your people skills are just fine. It's your tolerance for idiots that needs work.
#5 - The biggest lie you tell yourself is, "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."
#6 - "On time" is when you get there.
#7 - Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.
#8 - It would be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller.
#9 - Lately, You've noticed people your age are so much older than you.
#10 - Growing old should have taken longer.
#11 - Aging has slowed you down, but it hasn't shut you up.
#12 - You still haven't learned to act your age, and hope you never will.
And one more:
"One for the road" means peeing before you leave your home.
Habitat for Humanity & Rotary Partnerships
Habitat for Humanity and Rotary Clubs worldwide have partnered for many years to ensure that families have safe, affordable housing.  Partnerships have included everything from volunteering locally at Re-Stores to building latrines in Zambia.  Rotarians and Habitat continue to work together to make the world a better place.
In these interesting times of Covid restrictions, the Edmonton Habitat affiliate has severely limited volunteer hours in order to keep everyone safe.  There are two major builds going on, one in Edmonton and one in Grande Prairie, the latter of which is heavily sponsored by local Rotarians.  With a donation of almost $1million, the Grande Prairie club is working to build homes for eight local families.
Because of the restrictions of the day, Habitat can really use your help.  Here are some ways that you can support your Edmonton affiliate while keeping safely distant:
  • Volunteer to deliver flyers in your neighborhood.  We have 35,000 postcards that need to get into mailboxes. Why not combine this with your daily walks? Contact Angela at 780-451-3416 ext 223
  • Donate saleable items to the Re-Stores.  Did you know that Habitat does pickups AND offers a tax receipt?  Sales at Re-Stores support our admin costs, including family programs. We accept both household and corporate donations. Call 780-479-3566
  • Make a cash donation to support our current builds and programs at
Habitat is grateful for your support during these difficult times and values our continued partnership with Rotary. Let's work together to keep families safe!