What's been happening this week?

 
We congratulate John who received his Canadian Citizenship last week. Gavin, Duart's son wrote:
 
Yesterday we got to witness pure Canadian pride. Our friend John became one of the newest Canadians in the country after a journey from the Congo that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies. Wearing his red jacket and red shoes he leapt up to grab his Canadian certificate with an exuberant display I can only compare to winning the lottery. And really, it probably isn’t far off from what has occurred. He won the lottery to get out of the jungles where he and his brother were beaten and left for dead. He won the lottery to be chosen to get out of the refugee camps and away from all the corruption and anarchy. He won the lottery when he was told that Canada would accept him. He won the lottery when he and his brother sat next to my sister on their airplane ride to Edmonton and she took them under her wing. He won the lottery when after years of talks with MLAs, he was finally reunited with his family (including a son he had never met) in Canada. And yesterday...well, yesterday he didn’t win the lottery. Yesterday was the result of hard work and a focused drive to reach a goal. The passion in him to become a Canadian and represent everything Canada represents is inspirational. I am proud that my country saved him and his family from the chaos and war torn jungles of the Congo. And I am overwhelmingly proud to include him under our flag as one of us.
 
 
Community service is the heartbeat of Rotary. Our club gives countless hours of service to many community organizations.
Rotarians are people of action and all over the world we are rolling up our sleeves and working beside community members to improve the lives of others.
Communities are a beautiful but complex mix of different values, experiences, beliefs, histories, cultures, ideas and identities. Volunteering helps us to forge links among individuals and groups in our communities that overcome differences and enrich our day-to-day life. Volunteering is ultimately about helping others and having a positive impact on the well-being of others. And that ultimately has a positive impact on our own well being.
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These are the community organizations with which we work side by side:

Edmonton West donates funds to the following organizations:

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Since 2002, Clean Scene has worked with more than 350,000 youth around drug and crime issues. It provides drug awareness and prevention programs for youth, as well as supports to and through recovery, including referrals for treatment, for those already at risk. We are very proud to support our very own Mike Ryan.
 
 
Ingrid received the 'Flamingo of Change' award at the Zone Institute in Montreal. As you can see in the photograph on the cover of the Rotarian, Barry Rassin and his wife are standing with a flamboyance of flamingos. They are all facing one way, except one. The key here is that the rest of the flamingos eventually turn and follow the one flamingo. Barry Rassin asked the DG's to inspire their club presidents, and the Rotarians in their districts to want to change. To want to reach their own potential, to motivate them, and help them find their own way forward.
 
CONGRATULATIONS INGRID
 
 
The picture was taken on Sept. 21, in a place called Cabo da Roca, Portugal, which is near Sintra, the summer palace/playground of the royals and their entourage a century or two ago.
 
Located about 40 km, west of Lisbon, Cabo da Roca is the most westerly place on continental Europe.
 
The marker/plaque seems to be dedicated to the founding father of Rotary International, Paul Harris (with the help of google translator and google search), and it was erected in 1980 by the Rotary Club of Sintra. 
 
Arthur Lachance
Upcoming Events
Christmas Hampers for the Christmas Bureau
Dec 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
 
Salvation Army Kettle Campaign
Costco
Dec 22, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
 
McCauley Cup
McCauley Rink
Dec 28, 2018 12:00 PM
 
Volunteering at the Edmonton Food Bank
Edmonton Food Bank Warehouse
Jan 30, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 

Where was Ingrid this week?

Upcoming Speakers
Dec 17, 2018
Honour Based Violence
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Jan 07, 2019
The Deployment of the Ex-Alta 1 Satellite
Jan 14, 2019
Project Amigo
Jan 21, 2019
VETS Canada
Jan 28, 2019
The Rotary Foundation
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Dr. Doug Klein is family physician and researcher with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Klein co-founded Edmonton’s MOVE program and the CHANGE Adventure Camp. He has strong connections to primary care physicians in Alberta. Passionate about health promotion and the benefits of nature, he can often be found outdoors with his wife and three children.
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