May 2024                                                     

RI Presidential Message

R. Gordon R. McInally

R. Gordon R. McInally

President 2023-24

May 2024

I am deeply gratified by the enthusiasm shown across the world in the past year to better support the mental health needs of each other and the people we serve.

In January 2023 when I first spoke about the need for Rotary to become more engaged on this crisis, I noted that the global mental health system couldn't be described as broken only because it didn't exist. But I also offered a highly aspirational wish that Rotary could help build that system.

The first glimmers of this vision have been brought to light by you in dozens of mental health projects. But just as important is the invitation many of you have given to fellow Rotary members to share their stories.

I am impressed by the leadership young Rotarians and Rotaractors have shown and by the brave, inspiring stories they have shared. Former Rotaractor Freddie Almazan, a survivor of gun violence who refused to give in to despair, has an especially powerful personal narrative that you can hear firsthand at this month's Rotary International Convention in Singapore.

To create lasting change, the work we do needs to have a sustainable impact on the people and communities we serve. One great example of that kind of impact: Rotary clubs in Colorado endowing a pediatric mental health fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado.

At the convention, you can also hear from 2024 People of Action honorees lauded for the impact they and their clubs have made through mental health initiatives. Bindi Rajasegaran will talk about a Rotary-led project in Malaysia helping children develop skills to cope with mental health challenges and building capacity for support throughout the country.

In addition, Rita Aggarwal, an officer of the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives, will be recognized for her success in applying the Wellness in a Box framework, a mental health literacy approach for adolescents, in her hometown of Nagpur, India. This highly scalable and clinically backed framework can be adapted for use just about anywhere — reach out to the action group if your club would like to support or implement it.

As we look ahead, the Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives will play a critical leadership role in promoting proven, measurable projects. In doing so, it will empower clubs to focus on initiatives that drive scalable, sustainable impact.

I invite you to go to the Learning Center on My Rotary and check out the Increase Your Impact series, which includes a wonderful short video explaining impact. When we focus on impact, we bring Rotary's vision statement to life, creating lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

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May is Youth Service Month, a time when we get to focus on our Rotaract and Interact clubs and their very important role in Rotary.
Rotary invests in developing skills and leadership qualities among youth and young adults. So they can become successful and strong contributors in our community. 
Edmonton West supports two Rotaract Clubs, MacEwan University Rotaract Club and Northern Lights Rotaract Club. Our New Generations programs are designed to create opportunities for the youth, to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, as well as have fun through service.
We sponsored several Rotaractors to attend the District 5370 Conference at the beginning of May.
The District Conference didn't disappoint. They learned about mental health stigma, human trafficking and global grants. They appreciated our sponsorship and are excited for all the new ideas that will create hope in the world. 
We look forward to staying connected to these young leaders!

Rotarians at Work in the Community

Rotarians are people of action and want to make a difference in people's lives. Every Rotary club and every Rotarian assumes a responsibility to find ways to improve the quality of life for those in their communities and to serve the public interest. At Edmonton West we provide many opportunities to volunteer in the community.

Edmonton's Food Bank

Edmonton West Rotarians, MacEwan Rotaractors and MacEwan University Health Centre staff teamed up together to build hampers at Edmonton's Food Bank last week. Teamwork makes the dream work!! 

Sinkunia Community Development Organization

Community gardens bring Rotarians, friends and neighbours, young and old to share the basic resources of land, water, and sunlight. Working together alongside one another to nurture, develop and sustain a growing space in the community. Rotarians from Edmonton West and Edmonton Northeast spent a sunny Saturday afternoon helping in the community garden. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the people involved with Sinkunia, and to support this very worthwhile cause. We were also treated to some delicious food. A lovely afternoon all round!

The Daytimers

The Edmonton West Daytimers have been busy working hard in the community. 
We have recently connected with Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton.  Ronald McDonald House Alberta supports families seeking vital medical treatment for their seriously sick or injured child. Their warm, compassionate Houses provide a home-away-from-home for families who need to travel for medical reasons. When those families are experiencing one of life’s most difficult times,  they offer them the gift of togetherness.
Since the first Houses were built in Alberta in 1985, they have supported tens of thousands of families. Every year, thousands will stay at one of Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses. These stays can last up to a few nights, or as long as several weeks or months at a time.
Karen Gibbens, Fred and Al spent 4 hours at Ronald McDonald House pressure washing the railings which needed paining. Dusty Friesen from Red Deer who manages all the maintenance for the 4 Ronald McDonald houses in Alberta was there to help.  

Now they were ready to paint. It was a huge and challenging project but our volunteers got the job done. Thanks to you all for your hard work and the difference you made. It looks so much better.


Sinkunia Sewing Circle

When Karen Sanderson volunteered to teach a small group of women at Sinkunia to sew, little did she know how popular it would be. In just a few weeks the little group has grown from 10 to 30. It was clear that more sewing machines were needed. A couple of club members donated machines and Edmonton West bought some more. Al negotiated hard and got them for a steal of a deal! Massive thanks to Karen for her hours of prep and for teaching Sinkunia's enthusiastic sewers!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bern Ayotte
April 4
Sam Nsair
April 7
James Johnston
April 24
Brian Rawlings
May 15
Jackie Hobal
May 20
Bruce Hobin
Kate Hobin
May 28
Join Date
James Johnston
April 1, 1986
38 years
David Weir
April 11, 2016
8 years
Bern Ayotte
April 17, 2023
1 year
Wendy Boje
April 17, 2023
1 year
Spencer Mueller
May 5, 2014
10 years

Rotary's Peace Pole Project

A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message "May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the language of the country where it is placed. It also displays 3 additional languages meaningful to the host site.
The message is referred to as an affirmation of peace and its placement furthers Rotary's goal of building a culture of peace throughout the world. Peace Poles are intended to inspire unity among people of all cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. It is estimated there are over 250,000 Peace Poles, in every country in the world, dedicated as monuments to peace. 
A historic dedication ceremony at Fort Edmonton Park took place on May 2nd. Thanks to Ingrid Neitsch, Chief Factor Councillor Aaron Paquette, CEO Darren, Executive Director Lori, DG Brent, District Peace Committee, Rotarians and Guests who celebrated the installation of the first Peace Pole in Fort Edmonton Park!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Upcoming Events
Golf Tournament Planning
Suite 205, 14127-23 Avenue NW
May 25, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Sinunkunia Garden Help
129 Ave
May 25, 2024
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wheels of Hope wth Mark Kahan
University Club
May 27, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Highway Clean Up
Petro Canada
Jun. 02, 2024 10:00 a.m.
Purolator Tackle Hunger
Commonwealth Stadium
Jun. 08, 2024 3:00 p.m.
Music Mends Minds - Dr Anne Fanning-Binder et al
University Club
Jun. 10, 2024
2:34 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Golf Tournament Planning
Suite 205, 14127-23 Avenue NW
Jun. 15, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Root for Trees ~ Guided Tree Planting
Cameron Heights
Jun. 22, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Change over meeting & BBQ
University Club
Jun. 24, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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30th Rotary Integrity Awards

Our club hosted the 30th Rotary Integrity Awards at the Chateau Louis. It was an opportunity to honour and celebrate outstanding leaders in our community who have demonstrated Rotary values by their actions and commitments.  Twelve Rotary clubs supported this event by nominating an adult non-Rotarian Albertan who deserved to be recognized for their integrity as citizens.
The gala was a truly inspirational event. Everyone enjoyed great company, music and fine dining as we learned about how our local heroes and their contributions are making a difference in our community.
We had a special guest join us for this inspirational evening. The Lieutenant Governor, "Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, BSc, LLD (hon)" attending the event.
All of the recipients of the Integrity Awards told their story and spoke about their journeys. There was a lot of emotion in the room and every story touched us all. I encourage you to read the brochure attached below. 
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Integrity Awards Brochure

Edmonton West Golf Fundraiser

The Golf Fundraising Committee met on the weekend. We are on track to host a very successful event. Thank you to all those who have contributed wine, auction items and brought us sponsors.

What we still need!!

1 Foursome
2 bottles of wine from members who haven't donated yet
Auction items
Volunteers for the Event
Our Golf Fundraiser brings in funds that are unrestricted. Unlike casino funds which are restricted by AGLC. We are very lucky that our club is able to hold such a great event. We are thankful that the committee is prepared to put in the hard work, and we have members willing to volunteer on the day. The proceeds from the event help us support the organizations that are so important to us.
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