Imagine Rotary
Note from the President
It is hard to believe that the 2021-22 Rotary Year and my term as President is almost over.  Melinda Noyes will take on this 106 year old office on July 1 and I know she is going to rock it (no pressure!)!
I think it is safe to say 2021-22 was an unusual year.  It started on the heels of Brian Edwards’ even more unusual year with the club meeting exclusively by Zoom but I think we should all look back with some satisfaction on what the club achieved.  (Congratulations to Brian who will become District Governor in 2 years!)  I thought we would get back to in-person meetings quickly, but it wasn’t until December that we were able to move to hybrid meetings.  But we did and overall I think we had an excellent speakers program the year, largely thanks to Barry Schloss and the Program Committee.
We worked around COVID to have a strong year on the service side too.  In August, Don McFarlane led a whole of club effort to a tremendously successful Million Dollar Golf Tournament.  It resulted in a $23,500 donation to Lurana Shelter, that was matched by another donor to make significant improvement to this first line shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence.
In the Fall, Melinda Noyes led the annual Step Up To The Plate Luncheon where key note speaker Paul Brandt and a survivor of human trafficking made powerful presentations to over 100 people, raising awareness of the issue in Edmonton and globally.  The Luncheon resulted in a $10,000 contribution to the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE).
Also in the Fall, the Walk for Polio organized by John Yamamoto presented an opportunity to socialize and ride the funicular to the river valley and raised $2,500 to help end the child crippling scourge of polio. 
The ongoing COVID pandemic restricted the work of the Youth Services Committee chaired by Edward Mondol but they still made important contributions to Kids on Track and other youth leadership development programs.  The club took the lead in administering the District’s support for Anna Marie Robinson’s studies on international law at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The May 17 Rotary Integrity Awards was a huge success as documented in Nick Lee’s column in the Journal.  Twelve Edmonton area Rotary Clubs joined to celebrate the work of a dozen local unsung heroes at a banquet at the Chateau Lacombe attended by 130 people.  Congratulations to co-chairs Neil Lang and Nadean Langlois!
The Community Services Committee chaired by JJ Tremblay was active throughout the year making a difference providing lunches at disadvantages schools, at Operation Friendship Senior Society, at Millennium House and elsewhere. Recently, the Sleep in Heavenly Peace project organized by Kevin Keough built 29 beds to get children in Edmonton off the floor and into safe secure beds, building self-worth and no doubt contributing to a better night’s sleep and better school performance
The International Services Committee chaired by Rod Karius completed the Club’s major literacy project in Belize and helped other clubs with their international projects.  Most notably, the club and our Warsaw based member, Anna Wieczorek, responded to the humanitarian crisis created by the illegal invasion of Ukraine.  So far the club has raised some $25,000 (including a contribution from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Foundation) for shelter, food, medical equipment of the simple necessity of a decent suitcase for refugees.  Anna’s work attracted attention from CBC Radio’s local morning show and Global TV’s national morning show.
There is more, looking back it’s been quite the year.  But as these stories show, the club’s success is attributed to leaders stepping forward and members kicking in with their volunteer time or financial contributions.  Thank you to everyone for your contributions to the club’s success and personal support over the year!
Jim Saunderson
NOTE from the new President
Looking back at a fantastic Rotary year and looking forward to a new one.  My sincerest thanks to Jim Saunderson for his seemingly endless work this year as president.  He has been a great leader of the club, a patient mentor, and a man of vision.  They will be big shoes to fill but Jim and the current Board of Directors have set us up very nicely for a great year.  I'm looking forward to tackling some big issues such as current member engagement, recruitment of new members, and hopefully some speakers who will help us along the road of diversity and inclusion.
As covid allows us a feeling of more safety these days I'm looking forward to seeing you at in person meetings.
Melinda Noyes, President-Elect
Rotary International president Jennifer Jones visits Edmonton
Save the date of Saturday July 9th!   The new RI President will visit us in her cross Canada tour. Jennifer becomes President on July 1st.
Roots for Trees - sign up for tree planting  Saturday morning planting   (limit of only 60 so register right now)
Fort Edmonton Park - all day showcase of the park and the new Indigenous Peoples Experience.  Join Jennifer Jones for the evening for $75!   Our club members meeting from 5 to 7:30 pm.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace - 20 beds built 

Many of our club members and Rotary Club Community Services Committee helped build beds for kids on June 4th   While a windy day with the support of many others we were able to build our beds.  Twice as many as was planned.  Twenty children will now have a peaceful sleep in their own bed.
Rotary International Convention June 5 to 8
Houston Texas -  HEY ROTARY!
Melinda at Houston and ready to hold up the world!
Those that purchased tickets for virtual access were able to view Breakout Sessions live or later on demand on topics such as DEI, Youth Programs, HANWASH, Malaria, Addiction Prevention, Toxic Polarization and Diversifying Clubs.  Plus one could tour online the House of Friendship with 90 booths.  Very valuable information for Rotary.
Some reflections on the conference:
From nuclear disarmament, to human trafficking, to more mundane topics like how to engage with the media and enhancing the experience of our clubs, the 2022 Rotary International Convention covered it all. President-Elect Rod Karius and I both attended a FANTASTIC session that was mostly brainstorming with at least a hundred other people around how clubs can engage members, both current and new, and what would make our meetings more interesting. There is nothing like hearing ideas from people across the globe, everyone facing the same challenges. Rotary numbers have increased this past year, but lots of clubs haven’t seen that rise yet, including our own. We learned about Satellite Clubs, and Peace Fellowship Centres (there’s a new one coming in the Middle East in 2024), and heard from International Presidents past, present and future. Daytime sessions led into evening events and we sometimes divided to conquer and sometimes attended together. Rod hit up NASA with 1,500 other Rotarians (I’m pretty sure the astronauts didn’t see THAT coming), Brian Edwards graciously included me in a dinner with our very own District Governors past and present,
we hit an Astros game, complete with dollar hot dogs and we sang in the 7 th inning stretch. And it wouldn’t have been complete without a real Texas hoe-down…with barbecue brisket, beans, and bourbon.

But how do you put into words the work that we do? The answers sometimes came unexpectedly. The young Harvard Rotoractor with tons of energy, hitting a room of Rotarians over the head with how to best engage with students, or the woman who was a Peace Fellow in Uganda who would be an incredible connection with iHuman, an organization our club supports in downtown
Edmonton. Connections were everywhere both during sessions and in-between.
Rotarians are a mighty bunch and we have much work to do, but we are definitely getting it done.
Melinda Noyes
As in-coming President, my objectives for attending the Convention were to expand my knowledge of Rotary and to gain additional insight into the operation of Rotary clubs which I would then draw upon to develop an action plan for my year as President.
The Convention exceeded my expectations and was very fulfilling in terms of the knowledge I gained from my attendance at the following:
  1. General Sessions - were very inspiring!  Being with 11,000 other Rotarians to see and hear the extraordinary achievements of mostly ordinary people making a huge difference in the lives of many other people in the world.
  2. Breakout Sessions - this is where the nuts and bolts of Rotary were presented and discussed in smaller groups across a wide range of topics, issues and initiatives focused at the club level of Rotary.  I will use some of this in developing my plan for 2023-24.
  3. House of Friendship - a wealth of information was obtained from the dozens of booths and displays pertaining to Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Fellowship organizations and partners of Rotary.
  4. Social Events - these were valuable opportunities for sharing information about clubs and projects.  Of special value to me was renewing contact with our Rotarian friends from Belize pertaining to our Literacy and Playground projects. 
If I had to highlight one thing that stood out as the most meaningful for me, it would be the remarks by Rotary's General Secretary, John Hewko during the General Session on Day 2.  He provided some interesting rationale for why we are Rotarians.  He spoke about the personal benefit we receive by giving back and getting involved with our communities.  He referenced research by UCLA Professor Matthew Lieberman who found that doing good things in the community makes people feel good and fulfills a basic human need. Furthermore, meaningful engaged social interaction improves physical health and longevity.  
So as Rotarians we align ourselves with something important that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others while making engaging and meaningful connections.  Our time together as Rotarians is spent on something rewarding. That is why we are in Rotary and why engaged Rotary members keep coming back.  But in addition, Rotarians need to feel that the club they belong to is relevant and fun. 
While perhaps somewhat academic, I found John Hewko's commentary very insightful in addressing the question of "Why join Rotary"??!!   See the link for Mr, Hewko's presentation on the right hand side,
Rod Karius
I attended virtually all three of the General daily sessions which were two hour each.   Also I looked at a handful of breakout sessions.  Especially enjoyed the youth session on uniting  Rotaracts around the world for monthly online meetings.  Fortunate to view the sessions later on my own time.  Simply amazing all the Rotary projects going on world wide.  Quite an eye opener as we are not just "End Polio".  Did you know there are more countries represented in Rotary than there are in the United Nations?
Neil Lang 
Next year's Rotary International Conference in Melbourne Australia  May 27 to 31, 2023.  Visit     Are you interested?
Put together a foursome or at least register as a golfer for our Monday August 8th Million Dollar Hole-In-One Golf Tournament.  Register now at
Proceeds in support of the Lurana Shelter!  

Let's give Lurana more HOPE.

We are seeking sponsors and volunteers for this event.  Please help out Don McFarlane by contacting him 780-337-4027 

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Raffle closes July 11, 2022.

Community Service News

Our Rotary club funded the Bike Tune-up Station and the Pollinator workshop offered at North Glenora Community League May 29th.
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton
Rotaracts helped out immensely at the recent Better Together District 5370 Conference!  Rotaracts from the District helped with filling and distributing backpacks with essentials for the homeless.   
Rotaract Club of Edmonton
Imagine Rotary
The President's theme for 2022-2023 is "Imagine Rotary".   Find out why there is a circle surrounded by seven dots.
Rotary making a difference in Ukraine
Words from a Ukrainian doctor that made a presentation in Houston....

Update on our club member Anna Wieczorek

Check out all the email notes and many pictures from Anna on our website   Check out the International Service award our club earned at the recent District 5370 conference.  Certainly because of the wonderful work that Anna has and continues to do for people from Ukraine.
Donations are welcome.   If you would like to contribute to help our club support Ukrainian Refugees log into ATB Cares    Donations go to our Community Service Trust Fund.  Tax receipt provided by ATB Cares.   Please include a comment like "Support for Ukraine" by clicking on Share my name and comments  before entering your donation details.
Tourniquets for Ukrainian Solders
John Hewko, General Secretary & CEO Rotary International addressing the question "Why join Rotary".   Click here to hear his presentation.
Did you know that the number of Rotarians in Ukraine has increased since the beginning of the war?  We are making a difference in the world.
Lets Create Lasting Change!
Jun 20, 2022 12:00 PM
Elks football
Jun 27, 2022 12:00 PM
My year as President of Rotary Club of Edmonton
Jul 04, 2022 12:00 PM
President change over for the new Rotary year
Jul 09, 2022
Meet the new Rotary International President!
Jul 11, 2022 12:00 PM
Edmonton Public Schools
Jul 18, 2022 12:00 PM
Mandate of Indigenous Relations Dept as Canada works towards reconciliation
Aug 01, 2022
Heritage Day
Aug 08, 2022 11:30 AM
Golf Tournament
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