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Tonight, Tuesday, December 3rd, International Service Director Neil Hollands and his wife Linda have kindly offered to host our next Fireside from 7:00 pm at their home at 14 Deer Park Bay. As in our first Fireside, this will be an informal event with wine and light snacks, and spouses/partners/friends with an interest in Rotary are welcome. We will have a general discussion about Rotary at the beginning of the evening, but our focus will be on talking in-depth about what we have done in the avenue of International Service in the past, currently, and what we should be doing in the future.
We will hold our Annual General Meeting on December 5th (regular lunch time meeting) featuring reports from current Board members to our Club regarding progress towards our goals for the year and the election of the executive for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.
Thanks to a successful Silly Santa Auction, the committee has been able to purchase 48 bathrobes for the comfort of the women who are forced to use the services of the Wings of Providence Crisis Shelter. The next step in this good cause is to wrap up our gifts: please stay after ouf December 5th meeting to help. We will then deliver these gifts and perhaps some toys for the children to the shelter.
Rick Daviss (centre below), Executive Director of the Downtown Sports and Entertainment District for the City of Edmonton, spoke to our Club at our November 28th meeting. Below, he is being thanked by President Nizar Abouchami and Rotarian Judy Kesanko for his presentation.
We would like to wish Linda Pawlowich, wife of Rotarian Allan Pawlowich, and Shari Roszmann's daughter Kolbi all the best while they deal with their current medical issues. Club Service Director Rita Sharek will send each a token of our get well wishes of their choosing, i.e. some may appreciate flowers, others food or a donation to a charity.
Past President Angus McKenzie reported on the progress on tracking down the Trail money, including actual records of what has transpired, so that we can fully resolve this situation and get the trail rest nodes in place. His next step is to apply for an extension to our deadline with the Government of Alberta so that we can complete everything by the end of 2014.
Thanks to the generous support of our Club members, most notably Community Service Director Barry Twynam and Rotarian Yvonne Naughton, we have raised $4,000, which will be added to by a District 5370 grant of $1,000, towards the purchase of an industrial-grade dishwasher for Auggie's Cafe. Another good deed for our community!
As per usual, we will cancel our Thursday lunch meetings during the Christmas and New Years period, which means no meetings on December 26, 2013 and January 2, 2014. We will return to our regular schedule on Thursday, January 9th, 2014.
Past President Des Bulger joins the ranks of Bob Morrison, Norman Dick, and Robin George as a member of Club 85 meaning that because of their long years of service to Rotary and their age, they are no longer expected to attend meetings on a regular basis. When they do attend, they are counted towards our Club performance level, but when they are absent they are excluded from this record.