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Russell Hampton
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Dear Rotarian
 
What a strange time we are living in! I never in my wildest imagination would have seen this coming. The silence, the empty street and the empty shelves are a bit of a shock everytime I see it. However, isolation has had some silver linings: 
Seeing all my clients online has added 2 to 3 hours to my day.
Knowing I cannot get to the gym took away the excuse that I can't and now I exercise at home.
Fully working from home forced me to take some my own medicine and become an expert planner.
What are your silver linings?
 
Stay safe & Healthy!!
Marderé Birkill
 
 
 
 
This Month
Mar 30, 2020
Community Service Committee Presentation and other Rotary Club of Edmonton Topics
Apr 06, 2020
Alberta Economy 2020
Apr 13, 2020
Easter Monday
Apr 20, 2020
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Christine Chorney
March 11
 
John Paterson
March 16
 
Sandy Pon
March 22
 
Gary Keen
March 28
 
Anniversaries
David Abbott
Linda
March 28
 
Robert Lang on the move again!!

NOTE:
The MillionDollar Golf Tournament has been cancelled.

Bulletin Editor
Marderé Birkill
Note from the President
 
Hi Rotarians
 
Wow, the end of March came like a lion.  Boom!  All the world is affected.  It needs us more than ever as we are squirreled away in our homes.  Little things may be necessary.
 
Naturally need to help ourselves first and loved ones.  Of course, keep an eye on neighbors and give your family members a phone call.
 
I've been busy planting seeds and growing seedlings for the spring including tomato, onion, lobelia, pansy, marigold, early lettuce, begonia, and sunflower so far.   All ready for my plantation this spring for my three gardens.  Working on my green thumb.
 
How about yourself?  What are you doing to stay active and pass the time?   Members of the Membership Committee contacted all our members checking out everyone's health.  I hope you had a good chat!
 
We are planning to hold some online meetings for the club using various online software.  It takes a bit of patience to get connected especially visually but well worth it.  Feel free to ask for help especially for those technically challenged.
 
While technically our next luncheon is April 27th with Premier Jason Kenney chances are it will end up being delayed. I can't tell at the time of writing.
 
I am planning to hold some online silent raffles.  Contributions of items would be welcome. Feel free to make bids when prompted.
 
Yours in growing good health
   Neil Lang
Stories
Another successful Belize venture completed
EDMONTON ROTARY CLUB MAKES A DIFFERENCE INTERNATIONALLY WITH BELIZE PLAYGROUND AND LITERACY PROJECTS
In mid-February, the Edmonton Rotary Club completed another successful visit to Belize City as part of District 5730’s playground initiative and advanced our ongoing Literacy Program.  Members of the Edmonton West, YEG Passport, and Stony Plain Rotary Clubs, as well as the MacEwan Rotaract Club, also participated.
Four members of the Edmonton Club made the trip; Rod Karius, Jim Saunderson, Richard Dickinson, and Yousef Abbas.  It was a pleasure to renew acquaintances and work with members of the Belize City and Belize Sunrise Rotary Clubs, especially our main contact Francis Woods as well as Belize Government Chief Education Officer, Dr. Carol Babb.
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Memories of Polio Virus Scare in Edmonton 
 
I was in Junior High on 81st Avenue when schools were delayed until mid-October 1942. Swimming pools, YMCA and YWCA closed. Group meetings like Cubs and Scouts canceled. Libraries and other public spaces closed.  Movie theaters closed.  No sharing of cups.  Water fountains were a no-no.
 
We carried on with the regular things.  No person to person contact.  We lived the life thinking "It's not going to happen to me" because of youthful exuberance.  In the back of our minds, we were always aware of the possibility of contracting the virus.
 
My wife Jean who became a Registered Nurse in the early 50s was assigned to Polio ward at University for a couple of years in the latter 50s.  I volunteered to entertain the Polio patients with magic shows.  I remember the iron lungs.  One ward at the university hospital had 6 lungs.  They had to look in a mirror to look around the room.  I had to do my magic considering everyone is looking at me through a mirror.
 
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Edmonton area Rotary clubs recognize 10 non-Rotarians for “Service Above Self”

Despite the cancellation of their March 18 banquet due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the 2020 Edmonton-area Integrity Awards feel it’s important to salute the 10 non-Rotarians who were nominated by participating clubs. A release from the committee states that “the awards recognize individuals who have given themselves to better humanity and improve our community … but have not been adequately recognized elsewhere.” Since 1994, Edmonton-area Rotary clubs have banded together to recognize non-Rotarians who have exemplified the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

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