Rotaract Club of Edmonton

April 2016

What have we been up to this month?

April has come and gone. Spring flowers are in full bloom, leaves are coming out and the seeds we have planted for our allotment have started to grow (most have anyway)! As a club, we have been very busy, but amongst all our fundraising, advocating and supporting other clubs, we squeezed in a pot luck!
Below are a few snapshots of our activity this month.

Annual End Polio Walk

Our members had an opportunity to participate in the annual Polio Walk in an effort to raise awareness and money to eradicate polio. With the help of Interactors, Rotaractors and Rotarians, we raised $10 000 which will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 2-1 by the Canadian Government, making the total $50 000! We are truly [THIS] close to the eradication of Polio!

Rotary Club of Edmonton turns 100!

Members of the Rotaract Club of Edmonton had the opportunity to attend and celebrate one of our sponsoring clubs’ centennial year. Our members had a wonderful opportunity to make connections with members from our sponsoring Club, Rotary Club of Edmonton and with other Rotarians from District 5370. The Rotary Club of Edmonton announced their centennial year projects – Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters and YMCA Northern Alberta.

Some of our lucky members got to hear RI President Ravi speak at the Rotary Club of Edmonton Centennial Gala. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our sponsor club, Rotary Club of Edmonton, on their 100th anniversary and say a huge thank you for all support they give us. We, as a club, are so proud to be able to be connected to a club with such amazing accomplishments.

Reaching out to Rotary in Spruce Grove

A few weeks ago, the Rotary Club of Parkland after Dark reached out to us asking us to help them with their hockey draft. A few of our members headed west of the city to help with the live auction, referee the air hockey tournament and then help with the final clean up. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Parkland after dark for making us feel so welcome. Hopefully, we will be able to help out at another event in the near future!

1st Annual District 5370 Youth Summit

Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Edmonton had the honour of listening to an inspiring speech by this year’s RI President, Ravi Ravindran, the current RI Director, Julia Phelps and RI Director Elect, Dean Rohrs. We were inspired us with a message from RI President, Ravi, about six important lessons. These included a reminder that we should always keep moving forward with purpose – time invested in services pays back. He also advised us to not worry about criticism and disappointment – we cannot please everyone and disappointment is important to helping us grow. RI President Ravi reminded us to “follow the path before [us]. This is [our] time to Be a Gift to the World!

Coming up...

Love wine? Be in for a chance to win lots of it and do good at the same time!

Our club is participating in the MS Walk on May 29. As part of our fundraising, we will be hosting a Wine Survivor night. Tickets are $20 and a bottle of wine. Tickets can be purchased through any Rotaract Club of Edmonton members, but hurry - maximum ticket sales are only 150!
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Help needed!

Do you have green fingers or spare gardening tools ? If so, we need your help!
Teaming up with ‘Lady Flower Gardens’ and under the guidance of one of our Rotaractors, we will be growing fresh food from seed in our own allotment. Harvested produce will be donated to the local food bank to help support local families.
In order to ensure we grow a successful crop, we will be needing many volunteers and some gardening equipment! If you can help us out in any way, please get in touch.

Fancy coming and joining a team of friendly people who want to make a difference in their community?

We have a meeting twice a month; our next meeting is this coming Thursday (4th May, 7pm) at Edmonton central library. If you want to attend, please get in touch on Facebook or via email and we will have somebody meet you!
However, we are involved in different projects and events most weeks. We always welcome new members.
Follow the link to take you to our homepage and calendar and find out what we are doing and where we are meeting next.