Note from the President
Hello Rotarians,
Hello everyone and welcome to summer!  
With the recent rain, we've been able to breathe a bit easier, both figuratively and literally, with the wildfires more under control.  The sky has cleared of smoke and we can hope it stays that way for a good long while.
There are lots of activities coming up in the next couple of months and we'd love it if you would plan to attend.  Not everything is for everyone, but supporting these initiatives is important both for the work of the club in supporting our downtown community and in creating fellowship and our own community within Rotary.  Hoping to see people out at the picnic, the casino, and of course the golf tournament!
The Club had a fantastic showing at the Integrity Awards and we'll be hosting our honouree, Joe Cloutier, at a lunch meeting in the next few weeks.  Those events are always a great time to connect with other clubs in the District, to share some time with our own members, and to hear about the great work that goes on outside of Rotary.  The stories of the work these people have done is nothing short of phenomenal.
Wishing you all a wonderful start to summer.  Enjoy the green and hope the rain keeps coming!
Melinda Noyes, President                                                                                                                                       
Our club's recipient for a 2023 Integrity award Joe Cloutier, CEO, Inner City Youth Development Association
Joe is a distinquished leader in the field of youth development.  He has been committed for over three decades providing marginalized youth in Edmonton with the tools and resources they need to break the cycle of poverty and dependence that often dominates their lives.   
Joe founded this association recognizing the need for such from earlier work that he had done with marginalized youth. The association through the youth development arm reaches out to Edmonton’s marginalized Indigenous and other urban youth with tools and opportunities to break the cycle of poverty, desperation, and dependence that dominates their lives. This help ranges from programs of basic living skills, basic literacy, counselling, meals, and emergency supports such as bus tickets, food, interim shelter, addiction and legal supports.
The Inner City High School program provides the youth with a solid academic and arts based education, one that provides the students with the opportunities, skills and resources to become contributing members of society.
The program has enabled over 3,500 urban indigenous and other youth to leave street life behind and experience a degree of success in their lives looking towards a more hopeful future.
The association strives to respond to the needs of the students with respect and hope and provide the youth with the resources, tools and attitudes to stabilize their lives. The values of trust, respect, co-operation and non violence permeate the social services support and the academic program.  Joe has initiated, championed and nurtured this initiative since the beginning. He was the principal and then superintendent from 1993 to 2018. For the past five years Joe has been the Chief Operating Officer of the association reporting directly to the board along with the person who has been appointed principal, an indication of planning for the ongoing viability of the association.
Mr. Cloutier is very humble and his approach to leadership is guided by the principles of Rotary.  He meets the 4-way test, treating all faculty, staff and students with fairness and integrating all at Inner City High School.  He also involves elders to help students through smudging and other indigenous cultural activities.

Investing his life’s work in something that clearly fulfills a need for the individual youth as well as the community as whole, Joe certainly exemplifies the principles and values of Rotary. He is a great example of Service Above Self.

Brent congratulating Joe Cloutier
Club members celebrating Joe
Joe with his wife Violette.  Below are some Inner City School staff
All Integrity Awards recipients with District Governor John Nicoll
Along with Joe there were 6 others that attended from Inner City High School.  Come to the June 12th luncheon meeting to find out more about this person and the incredible work done by the organization for inner city youth. 
Rotary Club of Edmonton is proud to honor Joe Cloutier with a 2023 Integrity Award!
 Looking for a way to support Albertans affected by the forest fires?  Recently John Nicoll District Governor announced to be patient and recommends one of the following funds to help re-build infrastructure destroyed by fires.
Canadian Red Cross
2nd Annual Rotary Family Picnic at Laurier Park  Saturday June 24th 4 to 7 pm
BBQ at Laurier Park site 3 situated at the West end of the park.
Cost for adults is $10, children $5.  Menu will include hamburgers and hot dogs (vegan and gluten free available) and weather permitting a marshmallow roast.  Melinda has promised perfect weather!
Have you registered for our annual Golf Tournament yet?  Looking forward to a chance of winning a million dollars for a hole-in-one?  Sign up yourself or put together a foursome and get registered!

Monday August 14,  Highlands Golf Club
Thanks to Volvo of Edmonton as our Presenting Sponsor.  New sponsors are shown in the player invitation above.  There are still more opportunities for sponsorship. Just contact Don McFarlane.

Register on Eventbrite:  
There will be a $50 tax receipt issued to every paying player. 
I know that our efforts are making a difference to the women and children who seek the support of the Lurana Shelter. 
Don McFarlane
Anna continues to support Ukraine from her home in Warsaw.  
Consider making a donation to continue our help for Anna to support those in Ukraine.  See the donation link on our website or go directly to: 
When donating online please click on: Share my name and comments and type in "Ukraine" or "Belize" or other cause you desire.
Cheques may be written out to Community Service Trust Fund.
Tax receipts will be provided.    
For any questions or if you would like to be involved with International Services, contact Rod Karius
Downtown with a purpose
Casino July 22 and 23, Saturday and Sunday, Starlight Casino West Edmonton Mall
Please keep your schedule open to volunteer.  Contact Mathias Deuel to volunteer.  
Shifts for key roles (General Manager, Banker, Cashier, and Chip Runner) are: 10:00AM – 7:00PM or 6:30PM - 3:30AM. 5 volunteers are needed for the day shift, and 6 volunteers for the evening shift, each day.
Count Room shift is 11:00PM - 3:30AM. Six volunteers are needed each shift, each day.
No previous experience volunteering at a casino? No problem! We will have two casino advisors there to train and guide volunteers during every shift. This is a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the club and work alongside fellow Rotarians.
May 29, 2023 11:45 AM
Rotary Youth meeting @ The Churchill 10015 103 Ave
Jun 05, 2023 12:00 PM
Edmonton Elks
Jun 12, 2023 12:00 PM
Air Rescue Missions
Jun 19, 2023 12:00 PM
Theatre tour with catered lunch
Jun 24, 2023 4:00 PM
BBQ at Laurier Park site 3
Jun 26, 2023 12:00 PM
My year as President of Rotary Club of Edmonton
Jul 03, 2023 12:00 PM
Canada Day weekend
Jul 10, 2023 12:00 PM
Introducing our new club president
Jul 17, 2023 12:00 PM
Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation
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