New years is on February 1, 2022 followed by "Spring Festival"
Note from the President
The Rotary Club of Edmonton is hitting the ground running in 2022!
Just a few examples include the super  turn-out for the joint meeting with the Edmonton West Club to hear University of Alberta President Bill Flanagan talk about how the U of A is meeting the challenges it is facing.  Yes, we had some sound issues, but the President’s talk was clear to everyone and attending virtually or in-person. 
Our lunch programs continue to be strong.  Personally, I am looking forward to the upcoming “mini-series” of speakers that will explore the strength and value added potential of Alberta’s agriculture, forestry and petro-chemical sector.  Mark February 14 in your calendars to hear Stan Blade, Dean of Agriculture.  Mark February 26 to hear Jason Krips, head of the Alberta Forestry Association and April 4 for Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Canada’s Industrial Heartland in Fort Saskatchewan.
The service side of the club is in full swing too!  The Board recently approved a $1,000 contribution to the work Rotary is doing to assist in the recovery from the floods in BC before Christmas.  Canadians answered when Fort McMurray was in need a few years ago and I am proud that our club is helping when other Canadians are in need.
COVID has made international travel very difficult so there won’t be a playground build in Belize this February, but the Belize Literacy project is coming to a successful conclusion and making a difference to children who can’t attend school due to the pandemic.  The International Service Committee will make contributions to the international campaign to vaccinate people against COVID-19.  The ISC is also supporting Shelter Box, a long standing Rotary cause that provides shelter and other emergency supplies to people immediately after a disaster like the recent typhoon in the Philippines. 
The Community Services Committee is also meeting monthly and I expect will announce some exciting hands on service opportunities in the coming weeks. 
With our own Brian Edwards to become District Governor in a couple of years I would encourage everyone to look at the broader Rotary world and take advantage of the Rotary Foundation Virtual Gala on February 23 and the District 5370 Convention at the West Edmonton Mall Fantasyland Hotel on May 27-28.  And I am eagerly awaiting more information on incoming International President Jennifer Jones visit to Edmonton this spring!
There has never been a better time to be active in the Rotary Club of Edmonton!
Scottish / Robert Burns Luncheon Jan 24th a big success!
Many thanks to the speaker  Keith Day and also to the Bagpiper Scott Palmer who set the tone for our meeting with striking pipe music.   See pictures on the right hand column at the bottom.
Online raffle - purchase your tickets before Feb 7th 2022
Raffle first prize - a 27 year old Scotch bottle:
Raffle second prize - a Scotch bottle and Whisky bottle:
Raffle third prize - case of 12 wines:
Online auction for this fabulous figurine sculpture:
"Duncan"  a 14 inch artistic sculpture:
for more info on Raffle and Auction see:
Feb 23rd 7 pm MST join in for this big online event for Zones 28 and 32 (France, Canada, United States, Bermuda).  Attend from your home computer for this 90 minute gala!  Registrations due by Feb 23rd.   Click here to register    Apparently our District 5370 will hold a pre-Gala meeting commencing at 5:15 pm MST.
For more info see:
Check this link for a variety of videos from last year:
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton is very excited for the coming year! We welcomed our new President, Adrianna Anderson, on January 1st and we are excited about her new ideas and leadership this year. We also have a new executive team and have restructured our club to include coordinator positions. Our club is still meeting online once per month and we have been volunteering at the Edmonton Food Bank monthly as well. We will continue to have online socials outside of meetings to grow the relationships between our club members. In addition, we have decided to continue to focus on the environment for our projects in 2022. As the situation with COVID is constantly changing, we hope to eventually work towards meeting in person again in 2022. We are constantly working to grow or club membership, and hope to continue to welcome more Rotaractors to our community.
Thank you so much for your support, it means the world to our club and our membership. All the best to your club in 2022! Check out our website at:
Rotaract Club of Edmonton
Integrity Award Nominations Sought
Our club hosts the Integrity Awards for Rotary clubs in the Greater Edmonton Region.  We are planning an event @ May 17th 2022 that is hoped to be a hybrid meeting but will at least be online.
What are the Integrity Awards?
The awards honor non-Rotarian citizens for their integrity and service to the community.  Rotary clubs select their nominee based on  those who:
- have a lifestyle consistent with the Four-Way test
- have a life showing purpose and expressing principles widely accepted in the community
- take a stand without concern for personal loss or reputation, regardless of circumstances
- pursue their integrity without the need for recognition within the community 
- have made a personal contribution to the region that warrants special recognition 
To prepare for our club's nomination, we are now accepting nominations.  If the above list reminds you of a exemplary candidate, please complete the nomination form (click on Nomination form below) and submit to
If you would like to join the committee in hosting this fabulous event, please contact one of the co-chairs Nadean Langlois or myself.
Neil Lang
Editor's message....
I've been experimenting with promoting our special events on our website
There are three ways to find out upcoming speakers.
1.  The Speakers section of this newsletter below
2. On our website by clicking on Events then dropping down to Speakers
3. Calls for registration on the main page such as the following:
I'd love to hear your feedback.

Order of Canada Recipient

Barbara Paterson is a partner of one of our fine upstanding club members John Paterson.
Barbara A. Paterson was awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions to visual arts and for creating some of the most celebrated monumental sculptures in the country. Paterson is best known for her bronze figurative works and has used a variety of mediums including wax, stone, bronze, and welded steel. Her works include the Lois Hole “A Legacy of Love and Learning” statue situated outside St. Albert City Hall and the Famous Five monuments, also known as the Women are Persons! Monument, in Calgary’s Olympic Plaza and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The Famous Five statues were featured on a Canada Post stamp in October 1999, and on the $50 bill. An image of part of the statue can now also be seen on the inner pages of the Canadian passport. In 2000, Paterson was the recipient of the University of Alberta’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Our club congratulates Barbara on receiving his prestigious honour.
Recent announcement from Rotary International about Rotary's position on Covid vaccinations and promotion of other vaccines especially Polio.
Jan 31, 2022 12:00 PM
River Valley Alliance
Feb 07, 2022 12:00 PM
“Beans, Rum & Beer”
Feb 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Future of Farming
Feb 21, 2022
Family Day
Feb 28, 2022 12:00 PM
Alberta Forest Products Association
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Pictures from Robert Burns event:
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