Edmonton West News

Congratulations to Past-President Spencer Mueller and the Rotary Club of Edmonton West for achieving the Presidential Citation for 2017-18. This citation is awarded to clubs who achieve the goals they set for the year. 
Thank you Spencer, for your leadership and dedication and thank you to the membership for your hard work and helping us achieve such a prestigious award.

Thank you....

I received an email from Valerie Braiden after her visit to our club last week. She said how much she enjoyed the meeting and hearing about what we are up to. She commented on how friendly and welcoming our members were and she would love to visit again. She thoroughly enjoyed hearing the stories about Bill and Grace from Bill, Ben and others. Valerie passed on the stories to Grace, and her siblings Beverley and Andrew. She said her Dad would be so proud of the work the club had done and is still doing.


We are so proud of our brand new Interact Club. Last week Ken presented them with their 'Certificate of Organization' and they held their first meeting. Thanks Ken for all your hard work in getting them off the ground!! They are a very active club and have already volunteered with many of our hands on events. We expect great things from this club. Congratulations to you all.

What have we been up to this week?

On Thursday I had arranged for people from work to volunteer at the Food Bank. Unfortunately I didn't get enough people so I sent out an email at short notice, to the club asking for help. Within a few hours I had 12 volunteers........you all continue to amaze and inspire me. Edmonton West members always answer the call, roll up their sleeves and do the job and make their community a better place. People helping people. Thank you.....you make my Rotary Spirit soar:) 
On Saturday night Spencer and I attended the Cougar Boxing fundraiser at the Boyle McCauley Community Centre. Zen Moisey had purchased a table and we were honoured to join him and his grandchildren. Ken and I presented them with a cheque for $3000 for their program. This money goes to supporting youth in the Boyle McCauley area. It gives kids a safe place to go where they learn discipline, commitment and focus.
Our group had a wonderful evening on Sunday as we enjoyed our 3rd dinner. Fred and Susan Kraft hosted a delicious meal with everyone contributing a dish. It is a great way to get to know other members and make lasting friendships.
I would to first like to thank the Rotary Edmonton West Club of for inviting me to speak to them about my experience at the World Leadership Forum, the Int. Rotary Conferences and the next steps in forging closer ties with the MacEwan Rotaract Club.
The World Leadership Forum was a great opportunity to meet leaders from different backgrounds and sectors who carried different styles of leadership. The blend of ideas and methodologies to create diversified approaches to leadership was the clear focus of the forum. However, when it came time to networking and speaking on aspects of youth leadership, it was obvious that no one had the time of day. Although smaller than the age gap between of Rotarians and Rotaractors, myself and most attendees found it difficult to engage in any conversation. In addition, when it came to the platform on youth leadership, 85% of the crowd cleared the room, while the grandmother spoke of her granddaughter’s leadership skills and accomplishments. It seemed as if the adults did not have time to spare and why not have the granddaughter speak? It was as if the scope of what is “leadership” ended with them.
In great contrast, my two experiences at the Rotary International Conventions in Atlanta and Toronto had youth leaders speaking on their own success to Rotarians along with strong interactions between Rotarians and Rotarators. This is not to say that there doesn’t exist a divide between Rotarators and Rotarians. It means that as an organization have decided that youth leadership and inclusion is a mandate that we are actively pursuing. That being said, I would to thank the Rotary Edmonton West Club for the role you have played in developing the MacEwan Rotaract Club over the last four years. Although, many Rotarators would expect and insist that this be the standard for all Rotary clubs, many Rotaract Clubs do not have the same or even a portion of what you offer us. I cannot thank you enough. That being said, there is still much to be done to integrate our clubs and members. Although still young, the MacEwan Rotaract Club is ready to play a more crucial role in your club. We would like to be partners rather than participants. We are ready to be involved in the planning and execution phases of your projects rather than simply participate in your events. This effort will provide all of us with the opportunity improve the function, diversity and inclusion of both our clubs. As together we are stronger.
Upcoming Events
Volunteering at the Food Bank
Edmonton Food Bank Warehouse
Jun 06, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
395 Squadron Annual Ceremonial Review and Banquet
Jun 08, 2019 11:00 AM
Field Trip to STARS Air Ambulance
STARS - Edmonton Int'l Airport
Jun 10, 2019
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Grandview Concert Series ~ Joel Gray Trio
Capital Care Grandview
Jun 11, 2019
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Summer Solstice Celebration!
River Cree Resort and Casino
Jun 19, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Changeover Meeting
Faculty Club
Jun 24, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
District Governor Changeover Event
Chateau Louis
Jun 27, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Root for Trees - Planting Event
Jul 20, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Monday's Speaker

Lee Foote ~ The Power and History of Gardens; and the University                    of Alberta's Commitment


The University of Alberta Botanic Garden (formerly the Devonian Botanic Garden) is a stunning 97 hectare (240-acre) property located in Parkland County, 15 minutes southwest of Edmonton, with cultivated gardens and plant collections, indoor showhouses, and extensive natural areas.

The U of A Botanic Garden is an award-winning visitor attraction, a research site, and home to year-round adult and children's education programming.

Construction of the new Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, was completed in June, 2018. The 4.8 hectare Mughal-inspired garden, made possible by a $25-million gift from His Highness the Aga Khan, features secluded forest paths, granite and limestone terraces, still pools that reflect the prairie sky, waterfalls and streams. Fruit orchards extend around the large Calla Pond, and the garden contains more than 25,000 trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and wetland plants. This spectacular new garden is expected to draw visitors from around the world.

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University of Alberta Botanical Gardens
Upcoming Speakers
May 27, 2019
Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta (YONA)
Jun 03, 2019
Jun 10, 2019
2:30 PM Edmonton International Airport
Jun 17, 2019
Drive Happiness
Jun 24, 2019
Board Changeover Meeting
Jul 01, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
McDougall House
Jul 22, 2019
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