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Step Up to the Plate event on Nov 22nd was an overwhelming success.
 
This fabulous event focused  on Homelessness and Human Trafficking.
 
Musician Paul Brandt provided our keynote speaker online from his country home.   There is a surprising connection between homelessness and human trafficking.  Paul sang a beautiful song for us on his guitar.  He spoke of how prevalent human trafficking occurs in Alberta.  The average age of those affected is 12 years old.  65% of survivors were homeless. Trafficking seems to be very high in Canada.  Seems that housing is used as a threat or motivation to victims.  The perpetrators could even include parents of the victims. It was a real eye opener for those attending the meeting.   Paul is chair of the  Alberta Human Trafficking Task force.  He did his first fundraiser eight years ago and set up NotInMyCity.ca to make people aware of the issues.   www.alberta.ca/human-trafficking-task-force.aspx
 
Musician Curtis Young provided us with indigenous music before and after the meeting and lead us with O'Canada.  Curtis sang a song he wrote about the Highway of Tears and spoke of personal stories he had.
 
District Governor Donna Barrett presented Cheryl Whiskeyjack a Paul Harris Fellow on behalf of our club for  her work with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. Cheryl has been Executive Director since 2008.  Read more about Bent Arrow at https://bentarrow.ca/
 
Kate Quinn, Executive Director, CEASE, spoke of the different programs their organization supports those affected by Sexual Exploitation.  Showed how the need was great here in Edmonton.  Survivor, Patti Howell also spoke on the challenges she faced in her life and without CEASE would be in a different place. 
This event fundraised for   

 

Our Silent Auction raised $5366!  Many thanks for those that bid on the 59 different items.

Wine tree raffle earned $3090!

Speaker: Paul Brandt
in person "distanced" 
online participants
Entertainer Curt Young
Curt Young all heart drum

Heart felt presentation by a CEASE survivor, Patti Howell

In person participants enjoying meal

Cheryl Whiskeyjack, Paul Harris Fellow with DG Donna Barrett
Melinda, Jim and Curt

Need to know more about CEASE?

Focusing on one interesting part of the organization here are a couple stories.
 
HOPE Quick Response Program: Help Others Prosper Equally
 
This year, HOPE supported 149 individuals and addressed immediate needs through 346 calls, emails, and knocks at the door. 100 participants received charity support such as food cards and bus tickets. Additionally, 17 participants worked closely with the HOPE Coordinator on in-depth transition plans and were provided financial support through the HOPE Fund: Bridge to Employment after Graduating (2), Career Path – In School Training Program (7), and Overcoming Barriers to Livable Income (8).
 
Impact Stories
“CEASE checks up on me and is consistent with follow-ups. There was never a time I did not feel supported when I asked for help. Because of the can-do attitude from my support worker at CEASE, I feel I can overcome my challenges and achieve goals. With the help of CEASE, I am more comfortable advocating for myself.”
“CEASE provided me with a lot of support to access community resources and agencies that can help me with my housing needs. With the support of CEASE, I discovered I am capable of overcoming the challenges I am facing. My self-esteem has improved. I know more information about my rights and resources available to me."   <CEASE 2020/2021 Annual Report>
 
Thanks for your contributions in Step up to the Plate to support this organization.
 
Note from the President
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
December, 2021 EDMONTARIAN
 
Monday, December 6 was an important date.  For the first time since March, 2020, the sound of the Rotary Club of Edmonton’s 70 plus year old bell was sounded at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel!  Yes we have resumed in-person meetings!
 
Also, for the first time ever, the December 6 regular meeting was a hybrid meeting with on on-line option. And I am please to say that it all went well.  There are few things we can get better at, but there were no major technical issues.  Something that has plagued all the other Rotary Clubs that have gone down this road that I’ve talked to.  Not braggin’, just sayin’.  (Full credit to Neil Lang who not only pulled off this technological coup but doubled as Chair of the Day!)
 
We are also celebrating the hugely successful Step Up To The Plate Lunch on November 22 organized by Melinda Noyes and her committee.  Some 125 people attended the mac and cheese lunch at the Chateau Lacombe with another dozen on line.  Headline speaker Paul Brandt delivered a powerful message on human trafficking and Cheryl Whiskeyjack of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  The principle beneficiary of the funds raised will be the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE).  The Rotary Club of Edmonton is continuing its proud tradition of making an impact in downtown Edmonton on issues that matter.
 
And 2022 promises to be even better!  Our Community and International Services Committees are firing on all cylinders and Youth Services is revving up.  As we resume in-person meetings the Sgt. At Arms Committee is reactivating too.  We have a line-up of incredible speakers including District Governor Donna Barrett on January 10 and University of Alberta President Bill Flanagan on January 17 and our annual Robbie Burns celebration on January 24.  Give me a shout to get active in one or more of these action oriented committees.  Your input is needed!  Join us live (or on-line) at our Monday lunch meetings.  2022 promises to be a great year to be involved in the Rotary Club of Edmonton!
 
Jim
Monday December 20th we will be offering our annual Holiday luncheon.  Be ready to celebrate the season with a turkey lunch at the Chateau Lacombe!  This will be a social event allowing us to have a long overdue chat with others.  Special entertainment including a harpist and a visit from Santa.   Guests very welcome but everyone needs to bring their QR Code for proof of vaccination.
Announcing our annual Scottish or Robert Burns luncheon Monday January 24th.   Scottish theme speaker to be announced. Pencil it on on your calendar and if possible wear something Scottish even if you connect online.  All it takes is a tartan scarf or tie.
 
Along with this event we are again hosting a Scotch and Wine Raffle.  This is where we need your help.... we could use donations of Scotch and Wine bottles that we can set up for Raffle items.  If you purchase bottles best to keep a receipt that could be used for a Tax Donation.  Contact Neil Lang neillangjuiceplus@gmail.com
 
 
Look for a Rotaracts report in the next newsletter.  Meanwhile check out their website at:
 
Kathe
Rotaract Club of Edmonton
 

Hybrid meetings commenced December 6

While our meetings are broadcast using Zoom, they are much different from normal Zoom meetings.  
 
Our club has had to spent significant funds on equipment such as a camera, laptop, cabling and software.  One difference is having a Web Camera on a tripod for viewing primarily the speaker podium but also the audience.  Special software will be used to quickly run audio visuals.  
 
The microphones will be connected thru a SoundBoard to the laptop computer and broadcast thru the zoom call.  
 
We are also using a system called StreamDeck which uses a single button to run presentations or switch cameras.   Much like a broadcaster operation.
 
A software app called OBS will control the visuals from the laptop and the Webcam Camera.
 
There are bound to be hiccups in using these systems so please be patient. both in person and online.  We will do our best to have a smooth event but with very powerful technical systems anything can happen.
 
So it may be tricky dealing with the Q&A questions coming from the in person audience verses online.   This results in the speaker having to repeat questions for the online audience.
 
I plan on setting up a Breakout Room for online participants to chat amongst themselves when there is no activity at the meeting.
 
IF anyone would like to help us with the use of these systems, that would be appreciated. No prior knowledge required but you will need to attend meetings in person. Contact President Jim and we can help you with a bit of training.
 
Many hands will make it work...
 
Neil Lang
 
Many thanks to all those who donated to Rotary International in November!  Of course one can donate at any time by clicking on above graphic.
 
Rod Karius
RI Foundation chair
Speakers
Dec 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Polio
Dec 20, 2021 11:30 AM
Holiday Welcome
Dec 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Jan 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Jan 10, 2022 12:00 PM
District Governor presentation and update
Jan 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Jan 24, 2022 12:00 PM
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Editor's message....
Expect the next newsletter at the end of January.  Rotary related articles are always welcome from any club member.
 
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