Welcome to the YEG Passport Rotary Club

 

We are PEOPLE OF ACTION doing good, in Edmonton and abroad.

 
 
 
 
YEG Passport is a new type of Rotary Club for busy people who want to make positive changes in our community and the world.  We get together on the last Wednesday of each month at a variety of locales across Edmonton. All our members are encouraged to serve in all 5 areas of Rotary service and to reach out and connect with other Rotarians around the world. 
 
Join us for a meeting to find out more!
 
 
Club News
Thanks to a successful partnership with Odd Company Brewing in Oliver Exchange in Edmonton, YEG Passport Rotary club held a first ever " Pints for Polio" event on Oct. 30, 2019 to raise awareness and funds for Rotary International's global polio eradication campaign.  With only Afganistan and Pakistan remaining endemic, all funds raised by Rotarians are matched 2 to 1 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reach the most difficult areas of these countries and to rid the world of this deadly and crippling disease.
 
Pictured are Len Chanasyk and spouse Marilyn Mucha ( Assistant Governor to YEG Passport club), members Ashley Meek, Wayne McCutcheon, President Markus Muhs  and President Elect Gord Sheppard.  Many other members and their guests enjoyed some excellent local craft beer and snacks.  Huge thank you to Odd Company  and co-owner Brett Loree for sharing proceeds from all beer purchased towards the cause and to Wayne for organizing the super event.
A former Rotaract club of Agbora, Nigeria President in 2002-3, Femi Fasinu was inducted a new member of YEG Passport club on November 13, 2019 by District Governor Tracey Vavrek.  Femi is trained in Health leadership and works as a social worker.  His previous Rotary involvement and work in Nigeria with led him to be engaged with the UN Population Fund as a youth advocate.  He was also has a background in youth development, especially in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS awareness and cure research. 
 
Femi is a keen volunteer and presently in the process of bringing his wife and three daughters to come to Edmonton.  
Building housing for the needy -YEG Passport Rotary club makes a difference
 
On August 7, 2019 a team from YEG Passport including Kathy Hawkesworth, Anne McAthey, Wayne McCutcheon, Andre Peters and Joy Pfannmuller convened at Carter Place 2216 24 St. for a day of home building with Habitat for Humanity.
 
The volunteering was from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. starting with the site supervisor giving a briefing on the safety features that we had to follow at the construction site and the importance of wearing our safety gear like Hard Hats, Gloves, Steel Toed Boots and safety glasses. We were introduced to the construction crew and who would be in charge of our group. Our group was divided in two; one group was digging up some window wells and to reinstall them, the other group was involved in landscaping activities. In between our shifts we had two coffee breaks and a lunch break provided by Habitat For Humanity  which gave us a good time to socialize with the other volunteers and the construction crew. On the whole, we had a great time even though it involved a lot of manual work and it was a pretty hot day. 
 
A sunny Saturday morning saw YEG Passport club members and family add almost a dozen “Rotarians At Work" join the Edmonton West club planting trees in Brookside.  This initiative is a partnership with the City of Edmonton's Root for Trees project that supplies the shovels, gloves and young trees and bushes for increased tree coverage in neighbourhoods around the city.  
 
This event is great fun and fellowship while beautifying our community for generations to come.  Thankfully the weather cooperated and the previous rains made the digging a little easier too. Huge thanks to Guiscela, Mark L., Tom K.,  Kathy H and husband Gary, Clarissa R. and husband Shawn,  Don W.,   Ryan L. and friend of the club and prospective member Tobi O. and her children.

Rotary -The digital experience

Part of improving the Rotary experience is making sure that members have the tools they need to run their clubs, learn new skills, apply for grant funding, and quickly, securely, and easily contribute to The Rotary Foundation.

 

We listened to ideas from members and enhanced several online tools to better meet members’ needs. Tools that now offer a better user experience include:

  • Rotary Club Central: Clubs use Rotary Club Central to set strategic and measurable goals each year. Almost 20,000 clubs have set goals in 2018-19. 
  • The Learning Center: Launched in August, Rotary’s new online learning platform offers more materials and has made learning more fun. The site includes features like virtual badges that users can earn by completing courses, dashboards that track their progress, and coming soon, social learning in which members can share documents on course topics. More than 350 courses are offered in 20 languages. 
  • The Grant Center: This is where clubs go to manage their grants from The Rotary Foundation from application to final report. This year, we redesigned the district grant application to make it easier to use. 
  • Making an online donation: Donors can now donate quickly and securely from their mobile devices and receive immediate acknowledgment of their contributions. It’s also easier now for club officers to give on behalf of their club or its members. 

Building on the success of these projects, we have already started enhancing other digital tools:

  • Peer-to-peer online giving will empower Rotary’s donors to raise money for The Rotary Foundation on social media. Soon, you’ll be able to use your personal and social networks to raise funds to honor important events like birthdays or participation in athletic events. 
  • My Rotary will be easier to navigate and search from any device. Club and district leaders will be able to manage their information quickly and easily while staying connected with Rotary. This will allow you to focus on what matters: serving your clubs, your members, and your community. 
Want to know more?  Ask your club for insights into these tools or email your Club Assistant Governor mgmucha@shaw.ca