Russell Hampton
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Editor's Notes

A huge thanks to this month's contributors!1 It is great to have a variety of authors in the Edmontarian this month.
Echoing Brian's sentiment - I cannot believe it is the end of August, schools and universities are back again, and it feels as if want to go back to some type of normal. So while we wonder about normal life, I am adding a few more thing to ponder:
  1. Sweet meets are candy, but sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
  2. Quicksand works slowly.
  3. Boxing rings are square.
  4. How can a SLIM CHANCE and a FAT CHANCE be the same, while a WISE MAN and a WISE GUY are opposites?
  5. Why do we ship by truck and send cargo by ship?
  6. Why do feet smell and noses run?
  7. Why is LEMON JUICE mostly artificial ingredients, but DISHWASHING LIQUID contains real lemons?
and lastly
IF “Con” is the Opposite of “Pro”, then what is the opposite of PROGRESS?
Have a wonderful month!
Marderé Birkill
This Month
Aug 31, 2020 1:00 PM
Our Monday meetings - plans
Sep 07, 2020
End of summer - Have a great holiday!
Sep 14, 2020
Parkland Institute - U of A
Sep 21, 2020
RCoE Integrity Award recipient for 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Keough
August 2
Russ Mann
August 5
Alec Murray
August 7
Mathias Deuel
August 20
Sean Price
August 23
John Whitmore
August 27

It's time to step up for Step Up 😎 One of our club's signature fundraising events occurs each year in November, with funds raised going to support community initiatives in the downtown core.  To date, we've supported school lunch programs, iHuman youth services, a smoking cessation program at the Boyle McCauley Health Centre and many other projects. 
Our committee from last year has dwindled and we are looking for ambitious people to work on the planning and execution of the event.  There is lots of room for sharing ideas, especially with Covid precautions changing our world.  This years' event will be unique but no less exciting!
If you are interested in joining the committee, please get in touch with Melinda Noyes at  The committee meets more or less every second week from now until mid-November and meetings will be virtual.  Meetings are short, but productive and we have a lot of fun.
We would also love to have some people on board who may not be able to attend committee meetings but would do some small project work such as commandeering auction items. Please do get in touch if this is a fit for you.
Looking forward to working with an inspired group of people this year!
Ukraine Playground Launched.
Bulletin Editor
Marderé Birkill
Note from the President
It is the end of August already. The trees are starting to turn colour. We have cool nights and warm days, at least when the sun shines. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The schools are opening and hope, so important in life is everywhere.
Hockey will be starting soon. Oops, hockey playoffs are underway. The world is on its head as we operate in these strange times. Schools will open, in some fashion. I do feel pandemic, COVID-19 fatigue with fear of illness, restrictions, and needing to remember a mask wherever we go. And yet some bright spots which bring hope that we are coping. The Edmonton Symphony has held almost 150 chamber music concerts, all done free of charge and simply requesting donation. It is uplifting. The Fringe Festival was online. My grocery shopping and cooking skills are improving as I seek out new dishes. We have family Zoom calls to check in with each other. Many people in the park or on the street have time to say hello and ask after others.
Within our Rotary club, our year progresses. Our Zoom meetings are getting better, as we try new formats. We are starting to plan a November Step Up to the Plate event. I’m sure it will be great if a bit different from past events.
Our giving and support of the downtown Edmonton community continues. Instead of our usual summer barbeque at Millennium House, we delivered boxed lunches to the residents.  We are supporting a local Edmonton charity called “The Earth Group” as they find creative ways to provide meals for those less fortunate. The playground in the Ukraine is being erected and providing both pride and joy to that community. It only came about due to the efforts of members of our Rotary Club. We gave a certificate of recognition to the Rotaract Club we have been sponsoring, for their great work over the past year. They now sail off in the new Rotaract model of independent operation. We wish them well, as a really great group of young people. It gives one hope for the future.
How will the year unfold? This year’s theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities” is very apt. Each challenge provides opportunities.  One must look, think differently however achieve the same results.
Rotary is needed ever the more in our community.
In Rotary Service
Brian Edwards
Introducing New Member, John Phoa (note: Phoa is pronounced "Pwa")
Introducing New Member, John Phoa (note: Phoa is pronounced "Pwa").  John holds the Classification: Real Estate – Commercial

John Phoa was born and raised in Edmonton and now lives on an acreage in Sherwood Park. In February of 2020, he became licensed as a real estate agent and deals in residential and commercial transactions, under the guidance of two experienced brokers at his firm, The E Group Real Estate. Since 2007, John gained a lot of experience as an owner and manager of a small apartment building in Edmonton. He also believes in giving back and has worked and volunteered for not-for-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, World Vision Canada, and Edmonton Meals on Wheels.
In April of 2020, John graduated from Athabasca University with a Masters in Business Administration (with Distinction) and continues to pursue his passion for business and life-long learning. He also completed a B.COM from MacEwan University in 2015, and a B.A. from Concordia University of Edmonton in 2011.
Outside of work and school, John spends time with his lovely girl-friend, his wise and very patient uncle, and his friends (including some from his elementary school). John also enjoys practicing kung-fu and staying abreast with current events. He says he is joining Rotary in the hopes of making more life-long friendships and to continue pursuing his affection for philanthropy. And by the way, John’s Grandfather was a Rotarian, so it’s in his blood!
Millennium House Picnic
One of the RCOE's major projects in the downtown community is the Millennium House apartment building located in the inner city.  Millennium House was built as a legacy project in the year 2000 in order to provide housing for people in the downtown area who were experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. 
The building houses 24 people and fills an important role in the affordable housing market, ensuring that people can maintain their living space.
Each year, our club hosts a Christmas dinner and a summer picnic at the building.  This summer the picnic took on a different look due to pandemic precautions. Our President, Brian Edwards, and two club volunteers delivered boxed lunches this Saturday to each resident of the building.  These events play a huge role in keeping us connected with the folks in the downtown community in general and with some of the tenants specifically.  It's nice to see some of the same friendly faces over the years.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped out!  
Integrity Awards during a Pandemic
Dr. Ross Wein:  Rotary Club of Edmonton 2020 Recipient
RWein01Edmonton area Rotary Clubs have been presenting Integrity Awards to non-Rotarians who live the Four-Way Test since 1994.  The Edmonton Rotary Club is taking the lead organizing this annual event in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Each participating club selects a recipient to be honoured.
In 2020, the Edmonton Rotary Club selected Dr. Ross Wein as its recipient.  A University of Alberta professor, author, and researcher in 1998, Ross and Eleanor Wein’s son Danny suffered a serious motor accident in South America and emerged with grave physical impairments. 
Danny, however, retained an active and outdoor-oriented mind.  Ross immediately retired and focused his energies on Danny and the many others coping with similar circumstances. Ross has worked tirelessly to establish the not-for-profit Alberta Abilities Lodges Society (AALS) and to create a fully accessible outdoor lodge suitable for the 400,000 Albertans living with physical or cognitive impairment.  In 2017 the AALS purchased 195 hectares of a defunct rural prison site in the rolling aspen parklands east of Leduc. The Coyote Lake Lodge was born!  Moose, deer, coyotes, and ospreys are common visitors.  The lodge is a full-access, full-service, all-season set of lodging for up to 30 guests with both private and common areas, rooms overlooking a lake, and all less than an hour’s drive from Edmonton Centre.  Truly a life of service above self!
The COVID 19 pandemic forced the last-minute cancellation of the banquet planned for March 18 and hopes that in-person meetings could resume quickly have been dashed.  Please join our club’s ZOOM meeting on September 21 to recognize Dr. Wein’s contribution and hear his story and that of the AALS.
Planning for the 2021 Integrity Awards will begin shortly…and the Pandemic is still with us.  Some creativity and flexibility will be required!  If you would like to contribute to the planning and organizing this Edmonton area Rotary initiative, including identifying the downtown club’s 2021 recipient please let Jim Saunderson know, and let's show Edmonton that COVID can’t stop Rotary! (Jim can be reached at