What have we been up to this month?

On February 12th, as part of our Grandview Concert Series, the Murray Smith Trio played at the care centre. Jerome joined them on the piano for an impromptu session. Someone in the audience filmed a little of it and posted it onto YouTube. So at our meeting on Monday we played it and enjoyed some music during lunch. I have attached the link below.....enjoy!
Murray Smith Jazz Trio
MacEwan Rotaractors', including Ada, Rain, Aaron, and Myles and Edmonton West Rotarian Jason Bossert, were part of a team that went to Belize. The project involved building playgrounds and distributing graded readers in schools. 
When a playground is built at a school it increases attendance and decreases disruptive behaviour in the classroom. Play is the key to physical, mental, intellectual and social well being of children.
Literacy Without Borders is an organization started by our very own Jason Bossert and aided by his daughter Rain, a MacEwan Rotaractor. 

Literacy Without Borders is a federally incorporated non-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Their three main goals are to (1) develop global citizens, (2) foster lifelong literacy ambassadors, and (3) improve literacy levels for individuals and families.

Current projects are focused mainly on developing literacy skills and strengthening community engagement in Belize City, Belize.

While they were in Belize City they visited St. Luke’s Methodist School and Unity Presbyterian School. Graded readers were distributed to 35 classrooms. 

The team will be making a presentation to our club soon....so stay tuned!!

On Family Day a group of us went to the Oil Kings Game to support the End Polio Now campaign. In total 360 Rotarians, friends and family from our district attended and brought awareness to the campaign and Rotary. The End Polio Now video was shown on the Jumbotron, and so was Ingrid! $2,200 was donated from the ticket sales to the campaign.
Upcoming Events
Networking Event and Membership Drive
The Faculty Club
Feb 27, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Make Tax Time Pay Training March 2nd
Alex Taylor School
Mar 02, 2019
Spring Leadership Assembly
Chateau Louis Conference Centre
Mar 08, 2019 – Mar 09, 2019
Make Tax Time Pay Training March 16th
Alex Taylor School
Mar 16, 2019
Selling 50/50's at the Oilers Game
Rogers Place
Mar 26, 2019
4:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Royal Alberta Museum
Royal Alberta Museum
Mar 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Volunteering at the Food Bank
Edmonton Food Bank Warehouse
Apr 15, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

This week......

Don't forget our club is hosting a Networking Event.........
Our Edmonton West Curling Team is heading to Lethbridge this coming weekend to compete in the 5360/5370 Rotary Bonspiel. We wish you a Good Game:)
Last year our club hosted the Bonspiel and an Edmonton West team won a very prestigious trophy; The Jewell Sportsmanship Award. In order to receive this fabulous award you must loose every game and be happy about it........haha, just kidding. Well my team did in fact loose every game but we smiled through the whole thing and had a great time. Unfortunately, this year we will not be defending our title and so we give the trophy to Brian to take down to Lethbridge for some other deserving team. 

Rotary Stories

In 2005 Merle and I attended the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. That was the year that Danny Michel won the award for the best new performer at the Festival. We were certainly impressed with him: he wrote most of the material he performed, he looked like and sounded like Paul Simon.
Merle was listening to an interview with Danny on CBC just before I left for Belize in 2011. He explained how he did most of his recording in Belize, working with local musicians and children’s choirs; at this time virtually everything he recorded was composed by him.
I went to his website and was very impressed by his music and videos, all created in Belize.
Ocean Academy was founded in 2008  the first community-based high school on Caye Caulker (the only high school at that time). I spent some time with Joni Miller, the Principal and one of three founders of this school. They did not receive any money from government and were relying on contributions. Music was one of many subjects taught.
While I was in Belize I noticed that Danny Michel was playing in several locations in Belize and that he would be touring in Canada after that. After I returned home I sent an e-mail to many of our contacts in Belize and to the Rotarians on the District Belize Project Committee. I suggested that they may want to attend one of these concerts since Michel was Canadian and was creating great music with the local people and taking it throughout our two countries.
When Joni Miller received my e-mail she contacted Danny in Belize and asked if he would like to visit Ocean Academy to see what they were doing. He came – and he stayed for two weeks, the beginning of a wonderful cooperative effort. He decided that this would be one of his main fund-raising efforts. He and his fans contribute regularly to O. Academy. Since 2011 they have contributed more than $70,000 US. 
The school is now doing well.
The Facebook page tells an up-to-date version of the story.
I had not met Danny in Belize so when St. Albert was one his concert list Merle and I went with Bill and Keatha to his performance. I introduced myself to him in the lobby after the concert.
‘I’m Jerome Martin, Danny.’
'Ah, you’re the guy who sent that e-mail’ he said. 
We had a good chat. Merle, Keatha and Bill loved his music (he had several Belize musicians with him that night).
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 25, 2019
Wellspring Edmonton
Mar 04, 2019
The Erika Legacy Foundation
Mar 11, 2019
Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta (YONA)
Mar 18, 2019
Parkinson Alberta Boxing Gala and Fundraiser
Apr 08, 2019
Kids with Cancer - the Tour of Hope
Apr 15, 2019
The Africa Mercy Ship
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This weeks speaker...

Martin Dugas ~ Wellspring Edmonton
Martin gave a fabulous presentation and told us amazing stories from people who have participated in the programs at Wellspring.
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