January 2024

Presidential Message

R. Gordon R. McInally

R. Gordon R. McInally

President 2023-24

January 2024

In difficult times like these, it’s impossible to avoid feeling heartbroken over the devastation and loss of life caused by war and destruction. 

Rotary always stands against harming and displacing civilian populations and using armed aggression instead of pursuing peaceful solutions. We advocate for the observance and respect of international law. We believe in strong action to defend and promote peace, even in the darkest of times.

But we also take our position as an international, nonpolitical, nonreligious organization seriously. To respect the global perspectives and experiences of our members, and to work most effectively in our peacebuilding efforts, we do not choose sides in conflicts. 

Rotary is made up of 1.4 million people in communities all over the globe who are united in our commitment to building a peaceful world. We strive to ensure that our words and actions prioritize the health and safety of our global membership and the communities where we live and serve.

Our members seek to offer humanitarian assistance to those affected by conflict, and our global reach requires that we promote peacebuilding and conflict prevention with cross-cultural, cross-border connections and friendship through Rotary.

For decades, Rotary has harnessed these connections to carry out service projects, support peace fellowships and scholarships, and establish programs like Rotary Peace Centers to help build lasting peace. Our members also take action to promote Positive Peace, addressing the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary members who wish to wage peace can use district grants and Rotary Foundation global grants to support projects with other Rotary members that help refugees and displaced people, provide medical support, and more worldwide. Members can also work with or join peace-focused Rotary Action Groups, Friendship Exchanges, Fellowships, and intercountry committees. And District Designated Funds or district cash can support our peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts.

Members and nonmembers alike can learn more about peacebuilding through the Rotary Positive Peace Academy, a free online course available to anyone with an internet connection. You can find it at positivepeace.academy/rotary.

There is no denying that incidents of violence and atrocities being perpetuated around the world seem to be escalating. Global peace is fragile, and the stakes are getting higher.

Still, we know that it is possible to bring all people together to work toward a shared goal. Rotary members do so every day in every part of the world. May our ability to unify in common purpose be a spark that helps light the path out of these dark days.

Together, let’s Create Hope in the World.

Monthly Theme

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The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second object, which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster:
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
  • Talk about your profession in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  • Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  • Help young people achieve their career goals.
  • Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
By undertaking these activities, you bring vocational service to life. Vocational service is the essence of Rotary and serves as the foundation from which we serve our communities around the world.

Raising Funds to End Polio

On January 19th there was a fundraiser at the Oil Kings game. $5 from each ticket went towards Polio Plus. 
District Governor Brent Collingwood and District Governor nominee Ramesh Ferris were on hand to do the puck drop to start the game.
Many Rotarians wore their red “End Polio Now” shirts to create more awareness for the eradication of Polio.
It was a great game to watch as the Oil Kings beat the Prince Albert Raiders 6-4.

Community Service

The Daytimers

Al and the Daytimers have been busy volunteering their time in the community. 


Wellspring Alberta is a warm and welcoming community that provides a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs so anyone living with cancer and the people who care for them can improve the quality of their lives so no one has to face cancer alone. They serve individuals living with cancer – those diagnosed, caregivers and kids – throughout Alberta. 
Al, Fred and the daytimers have been helping to do maintenance work around the building. There will be more opportunities to volunteer there in the Spring.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Charities 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.
Their facility currently has 37 rooms and is adding 60 more. In the past Edmonton West has helped with drywall and painting. We hope to be able to lend a hand with the new build.

Capital Care Grandview

The Rotary Club of Edmonton West and Capital Care Grandview have had a long-term relationship focused on making life a little better for the residents of this long-term care facility. 
For many years we sponsored a concert series which provided top class musical entertainment several times a year for the residents and their families. This was put on hold due to the pandemic. As the facility can now welcome visitors and guests Jerome has been playing the piano for the residents. Al and his band will also be playing there on February 26 at 2 pm and everyone is welcome.

Sizwe Marimba Band

The band asked for another set of marimba stands to keep at another school. Al, Lorne and Darryll have been hard at work making these stands.
Any member who is interested in volunteering with our handy dandy Daytimers contact Al Sanderson. Everyone is welcome.
Upcoming Events
Cycling Vacations - Joe Lizotte
University Club
Jan. 22, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Zebra Child & Youth Advocacy - Emmy Stuebing
University Club
Feb. 05, 2024
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Volunteering at the Food Bank
Edmonton Food Bank Warehouse
Feb. 06, 2024
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Golf Tournament Planning
Suite 205, 14127-23 Avenue NW
Mar. 09, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
View entire list

30th Rotary Integrity Awards

The Integrity Awards is an opportunity to honour and celebrate outstanding leaders in our community who have demonstrated Rotary values by their actions and commitments. Each participating club will nominate an adult non-Rotarian Albertan who deserves to be recognized for their integrity as citizens.
The Edmonton West nominee this year is Ian Hall, the Edmonton area ambassador for Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC). WWC is a nationally-recognized organization and mental health service provider dedicated to serving ill and injured trauma-exposed professionals and their families in both official languages. Rotary International and our District Governor have urged Rotarians to focus their service efforts on mental health, so we are thrilled that Ian has accepted the nomination.
The gala will be a truly inspirational event. You can enjoy great company, music and fine dining as we learn about how our local heroes and their contributions are making a difference in our community. 
To Register for the Gala please click this link  https://www.crsadmin.com/gen/EventPlanner/EventServices.aspx?aid=457
Tickets are $78 (credit card) or $75 (cash or cheque) a plate. Please register for the dinner by May 8 2024.

Edmonton West Golf Fundraiser

The Golf Committee met this month to finalize the invitations that are sent to last year's sponsors and participants. This has been done and we have had a good response so far. We have secured 3 major sponsors and we are already getting registrations from hole sponsors and we expect the event to be another sell out.

A big thank you to those members who have already started to obtain auction items. It is very much appreciated. Let's all get out there and continue the good work.

Vulnerable Sector Checks

Many of the projects and activities in which members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton West participate involve advising youth - e.g., Interact Clubs, cadets; providing assistance to or supporting elders and elder communities - e.g., Grandview; and working with disabled and/or other vulnerable communities.
Any member wishing to volunteer with our club must have their District Certification to work with Vulnerable Persons. 
Applying for Your VPRC On-Line
Click on the link below to access the EPS online Police Information Checks website. On this website you will be asked to register (to create an account) or login to an existing account. 
The check that you are applying for online is "Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search - Volunteer". 
Thank you.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Vic Rudkowski
January 2
Karen Gibbens
January 5
Richard Dickinson
January 10
Spouse Birthdays
Pat White
January 26
Darryll White
Pat White
February 7
Join Date
Ben Doz
January 1, 1993
31 years
Brian Rawlings
January 1, 2011
13 years
John Donner
January 6, 2020
4 years
Bruce Hobin
January 10, 2001
23 years
Arthur Lachance
January 13, 2013
11 years
David Graham
January 28, 2022
2 years
Ingrid Neitsch
February 1, 2006
18 years
Alastair Sanderson
February 5, 1987
37 years
Nancy Lavimizadeh
February 25, 2022
2 years
Fred Kraft
February 27, 2011
13 years

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