Former Nigerian Rotaract club President inducted

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.  
Former Nigerian Rotaract club President inducted Marilyn Mucha 2020-02-20 07:00:00Z 0 New member,Nigeria,Rotaract,YEG Passport Rotary Club

Pints for Polio - Oct 30  Odd Company Brewing

Posted by Marilyn Mucha
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.
Pints for Polio - Oct 30 Odd Company Brewing Marilyn Mucha 2019-10-31 06:00:00Z 0 Odd Company Brewing,Pints for Polio,Polio Plus,YEG Passport Rotary Club

Building housing for the needy 

Posted by Andre Peters
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. 
Building housing for the needy Andre Peters 2019-09-08 06:00:00Z 0 Community service,Habitat for Humanity

Rotary Digital Experience - Improvements

Posted by Marilyn Mucha

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
Rotary Digital Experience - Improvements Marilyn Mucha 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

YEG Passport members take root

Posted by Kathy Hawkesworth
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.
YEG Passport members take root Kathy Hawkesworth 2019-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Conference in Hamburg

Posted by Markus Muhs on Jun 12, 2019
Rotary International's annual convention was in Hamburg, Germany this year. Since I have family in Hamburg anyway, whom I haven't visited in 6 years, I took the opportunity to make this my first RI conference visit, the 110th international conference in Rotary's history. 
Rotary International Conference in Hamburg Markus Muhs 2019-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

YEG Passport club submits Charter docs to RI

Posted by Marilyn Mucha on May 12, 2019
YEG Passort Rotary club is one step closer to being official.  Charter documents were signed by President Markus Muhs, Secretary Anne McAthey and District Governor Ingrid Neitsch and witnessed by  club advisor and member of sponsor club RC of Edmonton Whyte Ave Marilyn Mucha at the District office on Friday, May 10, 2019.
The Charter application included the information on the 20 Charter members.   A celebration of the Charter will be set once we receive final approval from RI.  Tentatively the date is set for Thursday,  June 20. Charter night is when all members will be officially inducted. Spouses and family will be invited as well as other clubs in our District.
Stay posted.  This will be an exciting milestone for the first Passport club in our District AND Alberta.  
YEG Passport club submits Charter docs to RI Marilyn Mucha 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Update on Polio Eradication- struggles continue

Posted on May 12, 2019

Letter from Linda Robertson,
Hi Everyone 
Today as I was preparing to send an End Polio Now update to all of the districts in Zone 24 W, I received an e-mail from Mike McGovern, Rotary's International Polio Plus Chair.  He was sharing the disturbing news that in the last two weeks four polio workers were killed in Pakistan and a propaganda program against polio vaccinations in that country has created hysteria that led to tens of thousands of children needlessly going to hospital.  There are news stories circulating regarding the current polio eradication efforts in Pakistan and Rotary and its partners are doing all that is humanly possible to address the many situations. If you have any further questions about the current situation please contact me as End Polio Now Coordinators are kept well informed.
Mike also shared that three new cases of wild polio virus were confirmed in Afghanistan last week and two new cases in the lab in Pakistan were confirmed this week.
Thus we have gone from 9 cases this year to 12 officially and two more known. The message we are being asked to share with Rotarians is to emphasize our long term progress, to highlight the African progress (Africa is expected to be declared polio free by August 2019) and to indicate we have challenges in Pakistan and Afghanistan which are being addressed by Rotary leaders.

Update on Polio Eradication- struggles continue Marilyn Mucha 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary with Shelterbox after Cyclone Idai

Rotary On the Ground in Malawi:

Cyclone Idai has torn through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying homes and livelihoods.

According to the UN, this devastating cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.

Thousands of families urgently need shelter and support

Rotary member and @ShelterBox response volunteer Liz Odell provides an update on the response to #CycloneIdai and how working with Rotary contacts in-country is helping to assess the need.
Rotary with Shelterbox after Cyclone Idai Marilyn Mucha 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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