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Note from the President
President's message 
 
Summer is officially over, but I hope you all are still getting outside and enjoying the beautiful sunshine we are lucky enough to still have in abundance.  These warm days in September always feel like bonus summer days to me and I make sure I revel in every one of them.
 
Fall is bringing us some exciting meetings, with our tour of the Edmonton Public Library, Anne McLellan speaking at a joint meeting with the West Club and very soon our next big fundraiser, Step Up to the Plate.  It's been great to see good turnouts to many of our meetings and I hope we keep that momentum going.  The fellowship we share during lunches is one of the great benefits of Rotary and doubly enjoyable since we haven't been together much in these past two years.  
 
One of the other great joys of our meetings has been the guests we've been introduced to.  It's always a pleasure to meet new people from all walks of life and the conversation takes new and interesting turns.  I'm planning on bringing one of my daughters to the meeting when we have Dr. Kisha Supernant speak; I know she'll find it interesting and I'm looking forward to sharing that with her.  And so...who are YOU bringing to Rotary?  Can't wait to see who pops up as a guest or a new member.
 
Enjoy the warm days and see you at the next meeting!
 
Melinda Noyes, President
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".
 
Thank you to the Rotarian's who submitted their nomination for a Paul Harris Fellow to be honored at Step Up....   Nine nominations were received and reviewed by the organizing committee.   The top candidate is being contacted and will be announced at the Step Up event.
 
Want to join the organizing team?   We sure could use the extra help.   No experience necessary.  Send Nik a note at  nikonesihap@hotmail.com
 
Neil Lang               
 
Friday September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.   Also called Orange Shirt day. You can honour the day by wearing something orange.
 
Many links discussing Reconciliation can be found at:
 
Also...   at our Monday October 17th meeting there will be an extra special presentation from Dr. Kisha Supernant.  Dr. Supernant is director of the Prairie & Indigenous Archaeology and Anthropology (PIAA)  at the UofA.   This includes Canadian residential schools and the search for unmarked graves for which they are involved.  Several of us heard from Kisha and PhD candidates on Sept 22nd at a UofA  PIAA presentation.
Indigenous Archaeology and Anthropology, including Canadian residential schoolsDr. Kisha Supernant
Co-Director of the Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples & Place Signature Area

Chair, Unmarked Graves Working Group, Canadian Archaeological Association Association

https://www.kishasupernant.com/

This meeting is sure to be very informative and worth attending.
 
Check out the District Rotary Indigenous Committee: 
https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50012/page/district-5370-indigenous-committee      I highly recommend signing up for upcoming presentations offered by the Indigenous Committee.
Neil Lang
Update on our support for Ukraine
Anna continues her Service above Self!
 
 
 
Anna sent us the following on September 21st:
 
I just wanted to let you know that our latest supply to Ukraine was completed in the second half of August.
 
Łukasz, the veterinary doctor (I call him ‘our Man’), who drives his truck once a month to Ukraine, was so kind to take again our boxes with 15 military first aid kits (including 5 from Barb) and clothes and medical socks for soldiers in Mikolaiv (130 Km NE of Odessa along the southern coast of Ukraine)
 
Thanks to Łukasz, the first aid kits have directly reached a brigade of young soldiers in Mikolaiv. He told me that one of them cried when he got one. All of them were so moved with the kits considering them the GIFTS OF LIFE.
 
War is exceptionally tragic situation. You probably don’t think about the possibility of losing your life until you have to go to the front. These first aid kits are the equipment for every person carrying out support activities in hot zones.  Their valuable contents make it possible to save the lives of combat casualties even before professional medical help can be provided. Who knows? Maybe we managed to save someone’s life?
 
Anna
In the meantime I donated, in the name of our club, a baby carriage and a bassinet to two Ukrainian families here in Warsaw.  They were extremely happy. So, I’d like to share this happiness with you....
I’ve got a very interesting story to share  with you.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the famous Ukrainian stamps which are dedicated to the well-known event, when a Russian ship approached Zmeiny Island (Black Sea, Ukraine) and offered Ukrainian border guards to surrender. To this ultimatum, the Ukrainian soldiers suggested that the Russian warship go in a certain direction. The phrase “Russian warship, go…………” was uttered by Roman Gribov, a border guard from Snake Island. Gribov himself was captured, then he was released on exchange. In the future, the phrase became a symbol of the resistance of the Ukrainian people. The Russian ship “Moskva” pictured on this stamp below was destroyed on the next day after this stamp was released.
Łukasz got a set of these stamps from his friends-soldiers from Ukraine  and brought them to Poland. He asked me to sell them. The aim was to collect money for food supplies for people who live in wreckages of Kharkov.
It was still in August when Barb (from Calgary) was here. Without hesitation she bought them for 1000 American dollars and this is how the stamps turned into bags full of food for people in Kharkov.
I have drawn this story on this slide. Łukasz is there in the picture in Kharkov just on the right.  I can’t say more because this picture and the following one say more than words can say.
 Anna
 
 
 
The Rotaract Club of Edmonton
 
Our Club Update: 
 
All the best to Rotary Club of Edmonton!   
With Gratitude,
 
Adrianna Anderson 
Rotaract Club of Edmonton President 
The Royal Family and Rotary
The Royal Family is involved with hundreds of causes and organizations as you may suspect.
 
Click on the image of the Queen to read a brief article from Rotary Great Britain and Ireland.
 
Here is a collection of links of the connections between Rotary and the Royal Family....
 
HRH Prince Charles  is or was a member of  Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan
 
HRH Prince Phillip was a member of  Rotary Club of Edinburgh.
 
A Rotarian shares memories of the Queen;
 
Article when Princess Anne spoke at 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto:
 
What are you doing for the annual World End Polio Day Oct 24th?    Watch this powerful 28 minute video from Rotary International...
 
 
You can specify donations to go to End Polio or any of the other Rotary Foundation causes.
 
Speakers
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
Topic to be determined
Oct 31, 2022 12:00 PM
District Governor 5370 annual presentation
Nov 07, 2022 12:00 PM
Remembrance Day meeting
Nov 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Town Hall
Nov 21, 2022 11:30 AM
Fund Raiser Luncheon
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