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End Polio Walk...... Did you miss the walk for Ending Polio?
 
Did you know that Sunday October 24th is End Polio Day? So what are you doing for this special day? Consider a contribution to the Rotary Foundation's End Polio fund
click on the "Donate to End Polio" image above.
 
 
 
 
 
Note from the President
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
September, 2021 EDMONTARIAN
 
Well, as I write this summer is officially over.  Autumn has begun.  School is in.  And the Rotary Club of Edmonton has hit the ground running!
 
For example, on Saturday, September 18 John Yamamoto organized a successful Walk for Polio to support a district 5370 wide Run for Polio initiative.  We raised cash and pledges of over $2,000 for this life saving Rotary International cause.
 
The coming weeks will be even more exciting!  On September 27 we will announce a $23,500 contribution to the Lurana Shelter arising from the tremendously successful Million Dollar Golf Tournament in August organized by Don McFarlane.  Refurbishing the shelter will make it a little more comfortable and welcoming to women and children who really need somewhere safe and welcoming to go.
 
On  September 27 we will also commemorate the National Week for Truth and Reconciliation.  Contact Brian Edwards to get your Rotary Orange Shirt.  Also, over the next couple meetings we will induct two new members.  Welcome to Daniel Strilchuk and Nadean Langlois!
 
All of our committees have resumed meeting, including planning for the November 22 Step Up To The Plate Luncheon.  If you would like to get involved with one or more of them give me a shout.  Your help is needed, it will make a difference and I guarantee you will find it rewarding.
 
Jim Saunderson
 
TOWN HALL MEETING
 
On Monday, September 13 President Jim hosted  town hall meeting to take stock of where the club is at and where we go from here.
 
Members broke into small discussion groups and identified the following as issues the club could focus on in downtown Edmonton including:  homelessness, cleanliness & safety, making downtown liveable, changing civic politics, children’s hunger, getting people back to work and drug abuse.  It was noted that many of these issues have an associated focus on Indigenous people.
 
Members also suggested the opportunities for Rotary include; collaboration with likeminded organizations,  the downtown park/warehouse project, getting the most for our contributions, a physical legacy project or enhanced support for an inner-city agency.  It was noted that there is an overlap with human trafficking and poverty/homelessness.
 
Members had an opportunity to express their thoughts about requiring vaccinations to attend in-person meetings.  Since then the provincial government has implemented new requirements and the board will be considering how to proceed at its October 7 meeting.  We hope to resume in-person meetings, with an on-line option in October.
 
Treasurer Martin Connolly gave a high level overview of the club’s $125,000 budget for 2021-22.  The club is in great financial shape and should enter the 2022-23 Rotary Year with $100,000 or so in the bank.
 
September 1st we had a informative visit of Fort Edmonton Park specifically the new Indigenous Display.   Many thanks to the Indigenous staff for their special tour of the facility for Rotarians from the greater Edmonton region.  Certainly adds to the awesome park and their buildings.   Excellent multimedia display.  Check it out next spring as they are now closed for the winter.  Great place to take your children or grand children.  Keep an eye out for the Rotary Wheel in special places at the park!
Fall is underway for the Rotaract Club of Edmonton! We are currently volunteering with the Green and Gold Community Garden, in order to get our fill of the outdoors before the cold sets in. We have also been going to regular group walks in parks around Edmonton, have been participating in monthly socials and meetings, and we hope to have some new projects up and running soon, with a focus on the environment and poverty.
 
For the time being, our club will be meeting exclusively online, as the situation around COVID-19 continues to change.
 
We are also in the process of nominating and electing our new President-Elect. The election will take place at the end of September.
 
Thank you so much for your ongoing support!
 
Best,
 
Kathe
Rotaract Club of Edmonton
 
Got your ORANGE shirt yet?   send a note to Brian at   723edwards@gmail.com 
 
Not sure what this Orange shirt thing is all about especially why "orange".  Check out the story at:
 
 
 
 
Save the date of Monday November 22nd at noon.  Want to volunteer but not sure what you can do send Melinda a note at mnoyes@ualberta.ca
 
Watch for our new graphics for this fabulous event which will focus on Homelessness and Human Trafficking. Paul Brandt keynote speaker....
Editor's message....
I had the pleasure of attending the Treaty 6 Walk at St. Paul on Sept 5th.  Details and pictures were in the District mid September Newsletter.  It was a very enjoyable experience chatting and walking with other treaty people as "We are all Treaty members".  Consider joining next year when the event is expected to run again. Hopefully we can car share at that time.   In the meantime.... mask up and get your shots.
 
One of the upcoming speakers is the Executive Director of Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues on Oct 18th.   In the meantime you may be interested in the free online Conversation with Mayoral Candidates  Wed Oct 6th 6:30 pm.  https://efcl.org/event/a-conversation-with-mayoral-candidates/
 
I see there are TWO upcoming speakers who are very knowledgeable about the pandemic that would be worth watching...Dr. Darren Markland on Oct 25th and Dr. Mark Joffe on Dec 13th.  Dr. Joffe is a past Rotary Integrity Award Honoree.
 
Neil Lang
Speakers
Sep 27, 2021 12:00 PM
Kemet Group - an initiative to provide access to essential drugs in low resource settings
Oct 04, 2021 12:00 PM
Social Enterprise Fund
Oct 11, 2021
Oct 18, 2021 12:00 PM
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues
Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic in Edmonton and its probable aftermath
Nov 01, 2021
The Winspear Centre
Nov 08, 2021 12:00 PM
Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Alberta’s Future with Rachel Notley
Nov 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Homelessness and Human Trafficking
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