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Our club is becoming a partner in another water project in Ecuador!  Following the completion of a municipal water system in the rural community of Santa Teresa, Manabi, Ecuador in 2020, the Rotary Club of Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador approached us again about their next project in the Rio Muchacho valley.  Similar in intent, the project would provide, for the first time, reliable potable water to the homes and schools in the valley by creating a well, a treatment system, a distribution system, meters, and a local water board to govern and operate the system as a utility.  The project would be funded by several Rotary partners and utilize a grant from The Rotary Foundation for expenses.  We are hoping to raise $2,000 from the Spruce Grove community, which we can multiply several times over to become a major contributor to the US$90,000+ project.
 
The Service Projects committee approved up to $2,000 of matching funding under the Projects of Passion plan.  That means if we can meet our $2,000 fundraising goal before the end of May, we will end up contributing $4,000 cash to the project.  We are in the process of gaining approval from Rotary District 5370 to match that with $4,000 of funding.  Following that, we expect to receive a successful match of an additional $6,000 from The Rotary Foundation's world fund.  That would be a total of $14,000 from $2,000 raised from the community!  We should all be so lucky to get a 7:1 match on investments in a matter of a few weeks.  Really, though, the worth of the investment is priceless: the health, wellbeing, and community of the Ecuadorian people in the Bahia de Caraquez region, one with which Spruce Grove has had a connection for over 15 years.
 
If you're interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the project, please contact Brad Mastaler at 780-965-0258 or brad.mastaler@gmail.com or Neil Hollands at 780-690-8002 or nlholl@shaw.ca.  If you know someone in the community who might be interested as well, please pass on this message and our contact info.
 
Thanks,
 
Brad and Neil
 
The Spruce Grove City Council allocated $27000 from their 2020 contingency fund to the following local organizations:
 
Neighbourlink $8000
Spruce Grove Welcome and Refugee Centre $6000
Pay Forward Kindness $5000
Auggie's Cafe $4000
Kinettes $4000
 
The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove loves the association and partnership we have with the City of Spruce Grove Council.
 
Way to go Council...way to go Spruce Grove!
October 20, 2020
 
The Spruce Grove Rotary Club plans to reconnect local businesses with customers while raising some urgently needed capital to support ongoing social programs and continue to build community amenities.  From November 3 to November 17, the club will host a virtual silent auction featuring a hundred items and experiences sourced mostly from local businesses.  On the evening the auction closes, bidders can experience a bit of that auction sale frenzy feeling by joining in on their virtual gala.
 
 
 
Once again Rotarians came together, this time  organizing a charitable motorcycle ride, in support an organization doing good work in and around out community.   You Can Ride 2 is charity that customizes bicycles for special needs kids. Even kids unable to walk can learn to ride a bike specifically adapted for them This one thing can have a major impact on these children and their families.  This inaugural “Rotary Ride for You Can Ride 2” started in Spruce Grove and ended at the Goodwill Impact Centre in west Edmonton.  A 250km scenic tour of Sturgeon, Lac Ste. Anne, and Parkland counties.  Rotary raised over $6500 for You Can Ride 2.