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Note from the President
President's report 
 
Huge thank you to the team who helped organise the Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf tournament led by Don McFarlane.  It was a fantastic day for golf and well supported by sponsors.   I heard many positive comments during and following the tournament.  The silent auction worked very well with high quality auction items.  Many thanks to the contributors.   Later this fall I will pleased to announce the funding raised for the Lurana Shelter.  
 
Recently on Sunday August 28th we held a BBQ for the residents of Millennium House in the McCauley Community.  This facility was built with financial support of our club as a legacy project in 2000 for those who are homeless or facing housing insecurity. See more about the building at: https://edmontonrotary.com/stories/millennium-house-picnic
 
I am looking forward to an exciting fall for our Rotary Club as we head to our next big fundraiser for Step Up to the Plate on November 21st, 2022.  I welcome your support!
 
Melinda Noyes, President
Million Dollar Hole-in-One report from golf tournament....
 
On August 8, 116 hopeful golfers assembled at the Highlands Golf Club for the 4th annual Million Dollar Hole-in-One Golf Tournament, each hoping to claim the ONE MILLION DOLLAR prize.  And while nobody won the money, they were all treated to a wonderful day of golf, camaraderie and fundraising for a great cause.  The weather was perfect, the course was amazing, and the hospitality, from lunch and dinner, to our on course hosts and volunteers, was nothing less than exceptional.
 
Volunteers from our own Downtown Rotary Club, Catholic Social Services, Lurana Shelter and Scotiabank handled every aspect of the event smoothly and efficiently;  you should all be very proud!
 
In the end, our goal of supporting a great cause was achieved.  We raised $37,585.00 through corporate sponsorship, an online auction, various donations and a `beat the pro' contest (pro not included).  And of course, the players make it all possible.
 
Thank you to Nik, Danny, Melinda and Emily and everyone else who contributed!
 
 
Funds raised will principally go to the Lurana Shelter.   Below President Melinda with Eoin Murray, Lurana Shelter and Don McFarlane, Golf Tournament chair, celebrate the fundraiser success.
 
Step Up to the Plate
 Noon November 21st,  Chateau Lacombe
Mark Monday November 21st in your calendar for this inspiring event.  This year another organization supporting the downtown community will be announced.  We will continue our theme of "Homelessness".
 
In the meantime, consider suggesting a nomination for a non-Rotarian that would be worthy of a Paul Harris Fellow.  Someone who exhibits support for the community.
 
Submit your nomination to me by September 12 providing the name of the candidate and your reasons for the request.   The Step Up organizing committee will select the top candidate and extend an invitation to the individual to attend on November 21st.
 
One of our last year's nominees  Tim Melton, CEO and Executive Chairman of Melcor,  was unable to attend so he will also be honored at this Step Up to the Plate event for a Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Want to join the organizing team?   We sure could use the extra help.  Send Nik a note at  nikonesihap@hotmail.com
 
Neil Lang               
NeilLangJuicePlus@gmail.com
The Rotary Club of Edmonton happily worked alongside both Rotary Club of Edmonton West and the City of Edmonton, for a fantastic day of tree planting! Thank you to Annie Mueller, Edmonton West club,  for organizing the Roots for Trees event! In the black polo shirt above is the RCOE's John Phoa.
 
The City of Edmonton has a goal of planting 2 million more trees by 2050!  Our contributions can enhance the City’s volunteer tree planting initiative, Root for Trees, as well as help build a healthy, climate-resilient city. 
Update on our support for Ukraine
Anna continues her Service above Self!
 
 
 
Anna sent us the following on August 29th!
Tomorrow I will be hosting a Ukrainian lady who is on her way from Ukraine to the US. I’m getting ready today for her arrival.
Sometimes it’s really difficult to report about everything what is taking place here. But I know you are not losing your faith in me and that helps me a lot to be as active as possible.
 
One thing is the most important  – we can’t stop helping Ukraine! The war is getting worse and worse and the winter time will be really hard. I worry a lot what winter is going to bring those poor Ukrainians who are still over there in their country.
We must not forget that the war is taking place every day and that people over there need us. They need us more than those who were lucky to leave their country and settle in Poland or in other countries, however, their situation is also very tough.
It is so difficult to feel what they are feeling. I tried many times and that was beyond my imagination. Everyone deserves a safe life and everyone deserves to have their home.  And that has been so brutally taken away from them. This is so dramatic.
 
At the moment I’m sending you something special! Look into the attachment to find some wonderful letters from Canadian kids (I took photos of their real letters that were sent to me) from Grandview Heights School, Edmonton.
I made a lot of contacts to send all these wonderful letters to Ukrainian kids and soldiers. I put them into suitcases and backpacks that we both with Barb had bought for Ukrainian kids staying here in Poland and then gave them away. I also send many of these letters to soldiers in Ukraine. As far as I know and heard,  these messages, so beautifully illustrated and written, triggered a lot of emotional tears but most importantly, they gave our Ukrainian friends  a lot of strength, self-confidence and belief that they’re not left alone.
Sometimes a letter written by a kid’s hand  means more than a material gift. Of course we tried to combine these two gifts just to bring a little smile on Ukrainian people’s faces.  I need to write a letter of thanks to Grandview Heights School. These messages were amazing and so heart-warming.  If you happen to get in touch with the teacher from the school before my letter of thanks arrives there, give them a big hug from me!
 
 
Youth Service News...
 
Youth Service committee supported Anna Szczesna to attend the Adventures in Human  Rights in Winnipeg August 14 to 20th.   
Szczesna is a Polish student who completed high school in England and wishes to pursue humanitarian study in university.   
 
According to Edward Mondol, Chair of the Youth Services Committee,  the committee is proud to support Anna to attend the Adventures in Human Rights.   Wonderful to show youth how important human rights are world wide. 
 
Read this CBC news article about the Winnipeg event:
Anna with Rotarian Tamara Larson
After the 7 day conference Anna flew to Edmonton for a few days touring our city and attended our August 22nd club meeting that included Police Chief McFee as speaker.
Photos used with permission
 
For more info on this adventure see:
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton
 
Our Club Update: 
 
This summer we have focused on connection and have prioritized volunteering together and socials. With busy summer plans it has been great to stay connected through volunteering at the food bank and getting together for a bike ride, game of frisbee, a walk, or for a visit! We are looking forward to this fall when we return to in-person meetings and planning for future events!
 
With Gratitude,
 
Adrianna Anderson 
Rotaract Club of Edmonton President 
 
Community Service News......
Speakers
Aug 29, 2022 12:00 PM
“The Life and Times of an 18-Year Career in Sports”
Sep 05, 2022
Labour Day
Sep 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Edmonton Tourism
Sep 19, 2022 12:00 PM
Edmonton Realtors
Sep 26, 2022 12:00 PM
Alberta Motor Association
Oct 03, 2022 12:00 PM
Edmonton Public Library - Stanley Milner Bldg Tour
Oct 10, 2022
Thanksgiving Day
Oct 17, 2022 12:00 PM
Indigenous Archaeology and Anthropology, including Canadian residential schools
Oct 24, 2022 12:00 PM
to be determined
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