2 June 2020
There WILL NOT be a meeting this week, Friday, 5 June
We had a great meeting last week! There were 20 people attending including a visitor Cori Gurskey. Cori just recently moved to Sherwood Park and is interested in learning about our club and Rotary in general.
The big news is that we inducted 2 new members. Meagan Olive and Zahir Jiwa. Both have been attending our Zoom meetings for a few weeks and decided they are interested in the club long term.
In addition to the induction, Zahir gave a classification talk allowing us to learn more about him. Zahir was born and raised in Uganda until a coup. In 1972 all Asians were told to leave the country. Even though his father was a successful business man he had to leave all behind and the family landed in the U.K. with almost nothing. Zahir eventually graduated from the University of Wales in engineering. After his brother moved to Canada Zahir did as well. He successfully challenged APEGA exams and was recognized as a Professional Engineer in Alberta. Some years later he formed an engineering company called Rotaflow. It has evolved from a focus on instrumentation and controls to fire protection systems peaking at 130 emloyess down to 68 currently. This company has dealings with many of the petro-chemical and industrial plants in the area.
Zahir decided to join Rotary after a well thought out master plan for his life. We welcome him and hope he will help us develop and deliver plans for our community and the world.
Next week at our Zoom meeting Meagan will speak allowing us some insight to who she is.
Executive and Board for 2020-2021
President Elect Mike is putting together the leadership team for our new Rotary year. It will be a year of challenges for this community, the world and this club. If we wish to be relevant into the future we need figure out ways to adapt. When Mike calls you please give serious consideration to help the club help the community and the world.
Strathcona Food Bank & Grocery Gift Cards
The need is great even in our community so at a recent board meeting we voted to contribute $500 to the Food Bank. Our original plan was to conduct a food drive. We were going to ask individual Rotarians to help out donating and gathering needed food. That becomes risky in this environment hence the donation of money. As individuals you can still help out by purchasing Sobeys/Safeway gift cards from Erin Stephen then drop them off or mail them to the Food Bank. This helps out our Interact Club and the Food Bank. Information on how to contact Erin follows:
Rotarians can send Erin a text. 780-235-7465 Etransfer to It doesn’t require a password. She will arrange a convenient "contactless" drop off.
The address of the Strathcona Food Bank is:
255 Kaska Road
Sherwood Park, AB
T8A 4E8
Mark You Calendars
  1. International Convention 20-26 June. Although the event in Hawaii was cancelled, RI is attempting to put together an online convention. You can sign up for more information. Check out the following website
  2. Oktoberfest 19 September. This is still 4 months away so it is too early to cancel. The German Cultural Society still wants our help and participation.
  3. Meal Packaging Event January 2021. Following the success this year OLPH Church will be the location again.
Upcoming Club Events
Regular Meeting - online
Jun 12, 2020
Regular Meeting - online
Jun 26, 2020
Executive Meeting
Jun 29, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Regular Meeting - online
Jul 10, 2020
Regular Meeting - online
Jul 24, 2020
Regular Meeting - online
Aug 07, 2020
Rotary Annual Patio Series Festival Place
Festival Place
Aug 19, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Regular Meeting - online
Aug 21, 2020
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