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Russell Hampton
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President’s column – February 20th, Edmontarian
 
The winter of 2021 is now upon us, with arctic cold air and some winds.  Many revel in it. Well, perhaps for a (very) short period of time.  Many have taken flight to Victoria for a bit balmier weather.  We seem to be heading the right way (lower) with Covid-19 infection rates and transmission in the province. Vaccines are on the way and “hope springs eternal”, if not simply “hope for spring”. 

Our club continues as leaders in our community with “Service Above Self”.  With the rich legacy of our club, we are known to support those in need.  A “Hand-up” or a “Hand-out”; a bit of guide and support for people to believe in themselves. 
Opportunities to support the development of the next generation of leaders to make a difference in our community.  
 
So now we ask “Where to focus, or multiple focus areas?
The need is greater than our financial and volunteer capabilities. We are currently a club of 70 people. Can we be a club of 100 members? I think so as the joyous nature of volunteering is infectious. 
 
The board is starting a strategic to guide the club over the next multi-year period. We all have an investment in Rotary and expect a return on our investment. Whether that is the newest member looking to contribute or the most experienced member who has done much, yet also looking to what comes next?

As a membership driven club, what is desired by members? 
 
How should our club unfold? 
 
This year’s theme of “Rotary Opens Opportunities” is very apt.  What does “Service Above Self” mean to you?  We will start with small discussion groups.  We may have some bilateral, 1:1 conversation.  A survey is being developed.  Your input will be confidential and may be anonymous. 
 
The Rotary Club of Edmonton is needed ever the more in our community.
 
Brian
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Many thanks to our ticket purchasers!
First Prize winner, Ray Marshall
Second prize winner, Daisy Liwanag, Fort McMurray <no pic>
 
Third prize winner, Rod Karius
Bonus prize winner, Betty Edmonds
Food Bank $3000 cheque presentation Feb 17th 
2020 Inductees - Business Hall of Fame
For the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame inductees, we congratulate Rotarian club member Radhe Gupta as inductee for 2020.
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Covid-19 update
Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko posted a note Feb 1st, that all meetings at the international down to club levels are to be held virtually until at least the end of the Rotary year (end of June 2021).  So expect no in person lunch meetings until at least July 2021.
Speakers
Feb 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Club Assembly
Mar 01, 2021 12:00 PM
U of A School of Business, Author and Advisor to Alberta's Tech industry
Mar 08, 2021 12:00 PM
President - Norquest College
Mar 15, 2021 12:00 PM
RCoE - International Services Committee -
Mar 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Alberta's Economy - where are we headed?
Mar 29, 2021 12:00 PM
President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
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Stories
Integrity Award Nominations Sought
Our club hosts the Integrity Awards for Rotary clubs in the Greater Edmonton Region.  We are planning an event @ May 17th that may or may not include a meal but will be at least be hosted online.  
 
What are the Integrity Awards?
The awards honor non-Rotarian citizens for their integrity and service to the community.  Rotary clubs select their nominee based on  those who:
- have a lifestyle consistent with the Four-Way test
- have a life showing purpose and expressing principles widely accepted in the community
- take a stand without concern for personal loss or reputation, regardless of circumstances
- pursue their integrity without the need for recognition within the community 
- have made a personal contribution to the region that warrants special recognition 
 
To prepare for our club's nomination, we are now accepting nominations.  If the above list reminds you of a exemplary candidate, please complete the nomination form (click on Read More below) and submit to Neil Lang      Neill@nait.ca
 
If you would like to join the committee in hosting this fabulous event, please contact Jim Saunderson or myself.
 
Yours in growing Integrity Awards,
Neil Lang
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From the editor's desk
I seem to be still learning using the New Bulletin (Beta) features in Clubrunner.  Bear with me as these newsletters get published.  For example, when I move a photo into the newsletter, the system automatically rotates the image 90 degrees.  As if the reader has to read sideways and no way in Clubrunner to fix it. Have to go into a graphics package, turn an image sideways and save it.  Then move into the newsletter to un-do the sideways look.  Talk about going sideways!
 
Second, feel free to use the "comments" button as shown in some of the articles.  You should be able to see other people's comments too!
 
Finally, since I know that a few of our members celebrate Chinese New years which was held recently, I have added the following article if you "Read More".
 
Editor Neil
 
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New Member Review - Ryan May
I had the pleasure of joining the Rotary Club of Edmonton last summer, and was asked by President Brian to step into the Secretary role for the club in December. I've enjoyed our virtual meetings, and have met a few members for coffee or at the casino fundraiser, but I'm looking forward to meeting more members once we are back to in-person meetings.

I am originally from Calgary, and moved to Edmonton in 2013 to attend Grant MacEwan. In 2014, I graduated with a business diploma in Risk Management and Insurance, and in 2015 I moved to Grande Prairie to join Aon Reed Stenhouse as a commercial insurance broker. While in Grande Prairie I became a Kinsman with the local Kin club, eventually serving as club treasurer, and also helped run the first 2 seasons of the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival, serving as the festival’s Cash Manager.

In the summer of 2017 I was asked to spend a few months assisting in Aon’s Whitehorse office, and in the fall accepted a longer-term position in Whitehorse. In the spring of 2018 I joined the Whitehorse Rotary Club and was later elected as Director, International for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year. I also organized the club's 2019 summer meeting program, which was hosted at members' homes and businesses due to our regular hotel meeting location being fully booked during Yukon's busy summer tourism season.

During my time in Whitehorse I had the opportunity to visit and explore many small communities in Yukon, northern BC, southeast Alaska and NWT's Mackenzie Delta region.

After 2 years in Whitehorse I accepted a transfer back to Edmonton in late 2019, where I joined Aon’s Public Sector practice as a Senior Account Executive. I work with clients across Alberta, NWT and Yukon, specializing in healthcare, Indigenous and real estate. My job is to work with clients to find the right commercial insurance solutions for their operations' needs and risk tolerance--this has been particularly challenging over the last few years as the insurance market has hardened and large catastrophe claims have increased. But it is still a great job with new and interesting things to do everyday.

Outside of work and Rotary I enjoy photography, playing soccer and participating in amateur astronomy. I’ve been an active member and volunteer with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada since 1997 and continue to work with the national organization and local Edmonton Centre.   Click on "Read more" to see some photos.

Ryan

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    Jim Saunderson, President Elect.  Our new president for 2021-2022.
    Melinda Noyes on the job at Millenium House.   President Elect Nominee.
     
    Our new president for 2022-2023.
    Committee review of the month:
    Membership Committee – The Rotary Club of Edmonton
     
    The role of the Membership Committee of the Rotary Club of Edmonton is to support membership recruitment and development. To be effective, a Rotary club needs members, and
    our club’s ability to serve the community, support international Rotary projects, and develop leaders capable of serving Rotary beyond the club level is directly related to the size and strength of our club’s membership base. Even though our membership base has decreased over the past number of years, we are encouraged that there is still a consistent flow of individuals seeking to serve their community through membership in the Rotary Club of
    Edmonton.
     
    The responsibilities of the club Membership Committee include:
     Developing committee goals to achieve club membership goals for the coming year.
     Conduct club assessments (formal or informal) to determine strengths and weaknesses.
     Work with the Club Executive to create a positive club image that is attractive to prospective and current members alike.
     Develop programs to educate and train new and current club members, like new member lunches, etc.
     
    The Membership Committee of the Rotary Club of Edmonton currently consists of John Wojcicki, Suresh Gurjar, John Norton, Rick Lemieux, Rick Prentice and Al Hoeft. This past year has been a little challenging for this committee because they have not been able to meet in person, but they have worked hard to connect with potential members, including “cold calls”, and guide them through the membership process. We are excited to have been able to welcome at least eight new members into the club, even in these challenging days of “virtual” meetings. We look forward to building on that momentum and work to expand and strengthen the membership in the upcoming year.
     
    Al Hoeft, Membership Chair
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    MINDFUL MORNINGS

    Start your day in calm. True North Rotary (Yellowknife) is offering Mindful Mornings at 8am MT every Monday by Zoom.

    Past President Paul leads shamatha vipassana meditation. Also known as
    "calm abiding," this is unguided silent meditation. Instruction will be provided. You just need a quiet place to sit - on a cushion or chair. (No driving!) We will sit for 10-20 minutes and be done by 8:30.

    On alternate Mondays, President Yusur leads gentle morning yoga. 30 mins of Yoga asanas,10 mins max. of savasana and guided meditation (optional). So, you are
    done by 8:30 or 8:40.
    Log in to Zoom with a mat and comfortable clothing!
    Blanket optional.
     
    For now, meditation and yoga will be offered on alternating Mondays. For
    more info, and to get notifications of upcoming sessions, email Paul
    lawyer@falvo.ca


    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87689545920?pwd=NE82Nm5FSTRuNzQzcStkUHdzcm1WUT09

    Meeting ID: 876 8954 5920
    Passcode: Mindful