February 2022

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 

The 2023 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is now available, and we need your help finding the next cohort of global peace and development leaders.
Rotary International encourages club members to use their professional and social contacts to find potential candidates. They can also support the program by coaching candidates through the application process and connecting them to districts that can endorse their applications, a required step in the application process.

Edmonton West News


Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
But...to be able to do more through service, Rotary needs to increase membership. Membership has hovered around 1.2 million for the past two decades. Thus, Mehta has challenged Rotary District and Clubs to be catalysts to help increase membership to 1.3 million by 1 July 2022 through his Each One, Bring One initiative which asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the next 17 months.
Take Action | Each One Bring One! – Zone 2627

We have a new member!

We are proud to welcome David R. Graham as a new member to the Rotary Club of Edmonton West and to the larger family of Rotary International. Thank you to Art Lachance for bringing David on board. We look forward to getting to know him and helping him to get involved in the club.

Community Service

     Community Garden 


Just behind Alex Taylor School, in downtown Edmonton, is a lush green space sorted into manageable garden plots for nearby community members to work and enjoy.

The e4c Community Garden was planted on the Alex Taylor School grounds in 2004 to provide willing neighbours the opportunity to grow their own food. Each of the garden members plants and maintains their own garden space while working collectively with others on common areas in the garden. Many gardeners live in apartments where they are not able to grow food. Every season brings a wonderful mix of vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowering plants.

Community gardens are recognized for improving food security, reducing stress, providing inclusive meeting spaces, and strengthening connections within communities. e4c staff at Alex Taylor School see the pride each gardener has in the space. The community garden is also environmentally sensitive and uses safe gardening practices, composting, and rainwater collection.

In early spring 2017, Sustainable Food Edmonton awarded a grant to e4c and the Rotary Club of Edmonton West provided a gift in kind of 150 hours of labour and design. This generosity enabled improvements to the space and the ability to increase the height of the raised beds. The raised garden beds, increases the ability to broaden the selection of plants, and improves access for gardeners with mobility challenges.

Edmonton West members have continued to support the e4c garden with maintenance and spring clean up.

Al, Duart and myself connected with Shannon, Director of Sustainability and Communications at e4c, via zoom to revive our relationship which had lapsed during the pandemic. She said she is so excited about reconnecting, and would like to extend their sincerest thanks for all of our help in previous years to refresh and reinvigorate their garden space; they would not have been able to have it weather as many storms as it did without our support and labour of love. Shannon was excited to share what has been happening over the past year.
In 2021 e4c was the recipient of a $70,000 grant through the The United Way Engineering Day of Caring Challenge which brings the engineering community together each year, on a collaborative community impact project.
The project included elements to enhance the user experience, updating vital outdoor spaces to provide a safe and inviting space. The refreshed areas provide opportunities for productive outdoor experiences and promote physical and mental health.

The new e4c community garden features a new layout, Indigenous medicine plants and space for Indigenous ceremonies and programming. New raised and at-grade garden beds were installed, along with paving stone walkways and enhanced landscaping. Updates provide better accessibility for those with limited mobility. Lighting was added, along with a composting system, outdoor storage areas and a rainwater pump.

Here are some photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_bs6Q7tvnb0vYlJOYX_hK12PTM1wt4yn?usp=sharing

We will be organizing a spring clean up event as soon as the ground has thawed. It will feel wonderful to get our hands dirty again.

Volunteering at the Food Bank Warehouse is out favorite thing to do. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, John and Penny, Rob and Elizabeth, Jim, Lorne, Al, Bryan and welcome back to Darryll White. 
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”.
Root for Trees Program Update
The Root for Trees planting season is just around the corner! Bookings will be opening up in March. I will be looking to organize an event in June or July.
Root for Trees increases tree planting throughout the city with the help of local businesses and community groups. The annual target of this initiative is to plant an additional 45,000 trees. 
Root for Trees plays a critical role in the landscape management process of naturalization. Over time, these grassy areas are planted with trees, shrubs and wildflowers and brought back to a more natural state, resulting in economic, environmental and quality of life benefits.

Board Positions 

There are two Board Positions that need to be filled. If you are interested please contact President Al.

Foundation Chair 

The Foundation Chair raises awareness of The Rotary Foundation; encourages club members to donate to the Annual Fund and Polio Plus; advises the President Elect on TRF donation goals for the President's year; provides reports to the President, Board and Club on the Club's giving during the Rotary year; assists members who have questions about how to donate, what donations are used for, etc.  In brief, the Foundation Chair is the champion for TRF in the club.  Support is provided in the form of Foundation Moments, monthly meetings led by the District Foundation Chair, and information on the RI website.  Vicky Grabb, as the most recent Foundation Chair, will also provide support.

Club Treasurer

Club Treasurer - prepares cheques for signature, makes deposits to the club's accounts (mostly the General Account and, from now on, the Golf Account), posts transactions to Quick Books Online, reports on club finances to the Board and the Club.  The Treasurer issues invoices for club dues and follows up to ensure all members pay either by cheque or through Club Runner.  The Treasurer prepares a budget for the coming year for review and revision by the Board, after which the budget is presented to the Club for approval.  Payments are made in line with the budget and any unplanned expenses must be approved by the Board as budget revisions before payment can be made.  Deposits come from meeting fees, fines, dues payments, contributions in support of club initiatives, etc.  The Club has three accounts at Servus Credit Union:  General, Casino and Golf.  In addition the club has funds with the Edmonton Community Foundation and the District 5370 Foundation.  These two sources are restricted to payments to organizations that have Canadian charitable registration status.  The Casino account can be used for purposes approved by AGLC.  After year end (June 30) the Treasurer prepares the income statement, balance sheet, and other financial reports for the prior year.  These reports and the records are reviewed by two club members, who sign to indicate they have completed the review and are satisfied with the reports and records.  Reports are filed annually with Alberta Registry and there is a separate report on the Casino Account to AGLC (year end is October 31.)  An external accounting resource has assisted with the year end and Casino reports for the past three years and will continue to be available.  This resource is paid for her services.  You don't have to be an accountant but you should have some financial experience with financial statements, budgets, and computer software.  Vicky Grabb, as the outgoing Treasurer, will provide support.  Ideally, the Treasurer will be selected in advance of year end and able to work with Vicky to learn the transactions, be involved in preparing the budget, and then in the new year be supported in issuing invoices, preparing year end reports, etc.



The Rotary Club of Edmonton West

Charity Golf Tournament


Thursday July 28, 2022

Cougar Creek Golf Resort

Fundraising is an essential part of any Rotary Club. It enables us to fund our local community and international projects. The event also brings members, friends and business partners together to shine a spotlight on Rotary and how we make a difference. 
The Golf Tournament Committee has been working hard behind the scenes. The event brochure is being finalized with the board this week. Once completed this will enable us to secure sponsors for the event and start accepting registrations.
Stay tuned for further updates!!

New Directions

In New Directions we are pursuing several interesting speakers and opportunities
Ingrid is leading a number of Peacebuilding initiatives.  These include:
  • Our meeting on February 9 , film maker Kasha Slavner spoke to us about her latest production, "1.5 Degrees of Peace". Use the following link and credentials: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86271164850?pwd=OUNtejhLd0pzMmRnS05YT1ROSGlNdz09
  • Ingrid is working with the Rotaract Clubs at University of Alberta and MacEwan University to explore installing peace poles at both universities.  At the end of February, Ingrid and members of the District Peace Committee presented to the U of A Rotaract.  Following a telecon with Ingrid, on February 1 the MacEwan Rotaract President Erin Wadge presented to the club who voted to become a peacebuilder club and to support a peace pole at MacEwan.  A follow-up presentation will be scheduled for March.
  • Ingrid is also in discussion about a peace pole at Fort Edmonton.
Following a meeting of the Indigenous sub-committee mid-January, action is proceeding on several initiatives:
  • As part of the Indigenous Speakers Series, from 4:00- 5:30 on February 17, Rocky Sinclair and Terry Coyes will talk about the ecosystem for Indigenous business.  In addition to providing loans and business services to support Indigenous community projects and entrepreneurs in both urban and rural settings, they will talk from the experience of operating successful businesses in the hospitality sector.  Use the following link and credentials:
  • Join Zoom Meeting        https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83999032630 
         Meeting ID:  839 9903 2630
  • Planning is also underway for another in the Speakers Series, a panel focusing on Indigenous agencies and populations in Edmonton.
  • Doug Sollows is in discussion with Pat Makokis and with manufactured home builders to see whether there is an operation to collaborate in providing buildings to assist Saddle Lake Cree First Nation to provide health supports.
  • We are making connections with several agencies who provide, advocate for or support housing for the homeless.  These are in earliest stages at present.
We are always interested in your suggestions for how to learn about, engage with and support the initiatives of Indigenous peoples.  Please contact John at 587-926-5458 or john.donner@telus.net

Social Events

The Pickleball Event is a go!!

The new sport with a funny name is one of the fastest-growing sports in North America, and it’s gaining footholds around the world as well. It’s a hybrid sport that has a lot in common with tennis, table tennis, and badminton. It’s actually much more than just a sport, it’s often a social gathering and a fun activity. People of all ages can not only play pickleball easily, but they can play someone of any age. It's not out of the ordinary to see seniors and kids on the same court! 

Join us on Saturday April 23rd at Crestwood Curling Club for a fun game of pickleball. We are all beginners so let's learn together. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend and introduce them to Rotarians Having Fun!!

Sign up on our ClubRunner page.

Upcoming Events
Feb 14th Luncheon / Hybrid Meeting
Feb 14, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
The Ecosystem of Indigenous Business, District Indigenous Speakers Series
Zoom Meeting
Feb 17, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
View entire list

More Upcoming Events

Tree Planting with Root for Trees
e4c Community Garden Spring Clean Up
Highway Clean-Up
Fellowship Walk 

Watch for these and other exciting Events!

Upcoming Speakers
Feb 14, 2022 12:00 PM
The Future of Farming
Feb 21, 2022
Feb 28, 2022 12:00 PM
Rotary Youth Leadership Experience
Mar 07, 2022 12:00 PM
Governing Canada: The Tradecraft of Politics
Mar 14, 2022 12:00 PM
The Rotary / George Grover Scholarship
Mar 28, 2022 12:00 PM
Update on the Edmonton Economy
View entire list

International Service



The Rotary Club of Edmonton West has been active in the Villages of Placencia and Seine Bight, Belize for many years in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Placencia. Almost all of the Clubs’ efforts have related to education. Examples of some of the completed projects are an extension to a teaching annex for a school in the neighboring village of Seine Bight and the installation of sanitary toilet facilities at the Placencia School.
Activities included the provision of scholarship funding for several underprivileged students so that they could continue their schooling and advance to high school and beyond. Funding was also provided to the local high school in the neighboring village of Independence in order that critical educational materials and supplies may be provided. A successful summer literacy program was offered for many years where educational professionals from Edmonton work jointly with the Rotary Club of Placencia to provide literacy clinics to students in need.
Shauzzy Augustine is one of the original students from Seine Bight who participated in the program and has been the recipient of the funding available. Shauzzy overcame many obstacles and family tragedy. He continued to persevere towards reaching his goal of completing high school and college and striving to obtain a better life for himself and his family. Today Shauzzy has been recruited by the Belize City Police Force. We are so proud of his fortitude and accomplishments.
Over the years many Edmonton West Members contributed to this project. Your selfless dedication made a difference to many lives.

“People can make a real difference. One person at a time, one job at a time, one life at a time.”

District 5370 News

In 2021 / 2022 Rotary International has established the Rotary Days of Service. These days are to address challenges facing the community and provide meaningful and participatory experiences for Rotary, Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct members.

Rotary District 5360 and 5370 have decided to embrace the theme of “Empowering Women and Girls” and participate in The Secret 3K. 

It's about "Empowering Women and Children" while we walk or run 3K how cool is that.  It's something we can to do instead of having a meeting, as well as completing a Rotary Days of Service Project.  Please invite members, family, friends and children to participate.
This Virtual Run/Walk is taking place March 2, 2022, at 6pm or the run/walk can be done one week prior at anytime. 
I have included the link for you to look at for more details, there is a registration tab which is linked to the running room.
If you go to "The Story" you can learn more about the history behind this event.
Cost is $15 per person.

Nevis Prufer

District Community Service Chair


Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jason Bossert
February 9
Ann Orsini
March 14
J P Poirier
March 14
Annie Mueller
March 15
Spouse Birthdays
March 15
Join Date
Ingrid Neitsch
February 1, 2006
16 years
Alastair Sanderson
February 5, 1987
35 years
David Turner
February 23, 1955
67 years
Vicky Grabb
March 15, 2004
18 years
Mike Ryan
March 17, 1998
24 years


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