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Our Mission: "To create community through fellowship and service, to eliminate poverty and disease and to provide knowledge and opportunity, especially for young people."
Our Vision: "Being an exemplary club in meeting its mission, through a sustainable vibrant membership."
Posted by Rick Walker on Nov 12, 2016
Last Tuesday morning, the day before Verna Hryhorchuk, Ian Baker, Nancy & Frank Cosway were scheduled to leave for Kinston, the trip was cancelled due to severe flooding in the Kinston area, following the departure of Hurricane Matthew. Jane Markesteyn and Kathy Knowles (from the Osu Children’s Library Fund) were already in Kinston and returned to Winnipeg last Wednesday evening.
Posted by Frank Cosway on Nov 12, 2016
On Wednesday, October 29th., we held a Special Weekly Meeting, with Dr. Cindy Blackstock as our Guest Speaker. She told us about her 9 year campaign for equity for aboriginal children and her advocacy which led to the recent landmark decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission that successive governments racially discriminated against First Nations children by paying less for child welfare services for First Nations children, than for other Canadian children.
MUNA 2016 will be held on May 12 - 15, 2016 at the Canadian Mennonite University. Further details can be found on the website at www.winnipegmuna.ca
MUNA was founded in April, 1957 to expose youth to the world of international politics, through participation in a simulated United Nations Assembly. The last MUNA took place May, 2015 at the CMU, with at least 54 delegations attending.
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy was a participant in the first MUNA in 1957, and later became Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and a Nobel Prize nominee. Roy Vallance is the current Chair, ably supported by Cathy Stephens as Vice-Chair and an experienced committee. Our Club supports several delegations to attend MUNA.
Rotarian David Atem received the Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness, on October 17, 2014
Posted on Oct 27, 2014
At the University of Winnipeg, Fall Convocation, on October 17, 2014, Rotarian David Atem received the "Marsha Hanen Award for Excellence in Creating Community Awareness." The challenges David has faced seem unimaginable. A former South Sudanese child soldier, David arrived in Canada as a war refugee and enrolled at the University of Winnipeg to pursue a Bachelor of Arts.
Posted on Oct 25, 2014
Rotarian Jason Kolaski participated in the 4th Annual CEO Sleepout, hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. Over 160 CEO's participated and raised over $200,00. In summarizing his experience, Jason said, "I had the totally wrong idea of who the homeless are. I had no idea that a lot of them had jobs. I was amazed at some of the art that was done by people that were homeless.
Posted on Oct 06, 2014
Amanda Lindhout spoke on "Freedom in Forgiveness" at the St. Boniface Cathedral, on September 18th., as part PEACE DAYS 2014. In 2008, Amanda was kidnapped and held captive for 460 days in Somalia. Her experience led her to discover that as long as she retained her ability to feel compassion, her humanity could never be taken from her.
Posted on Oct 05, 2014
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg presented 18 year old Sappfyre McLeod with the Dr. E. Leslie Pidgeon Award on April 16, 2014, in recognition of her many volunteer initiatives and accomplishments.
Posted on Sep 21, 2014
Posted on Oct 02, 2014
The Rotary Centennial Wheel was recently installed in the RBC Convention Centre. The Centennial Wheel celebrates 100 years of service by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg (Downtown), which was founded in 1910. For more on Rotary and the Wheel, go to the URL shown below.
Posted by David G. Newman, Q.C. on Sep 21, 2014
Peace Days is one of the 5 initiatives of Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners. Peace Days 2014 was the best ever. This 5th annual festival of peace and compassion started at the Forks with a sunrise ceremony led by Aboriginal elders September 11 and ended on the International Day of Peace September 21 at the Forks Main Stage. Day 1, after the Indigenous Pipe Ceremony on Treaty 1 territory, included the raising of the Peace Days Flag at City Hall. For the full video of the flag raising and speech of Co-Chair and Co-Founder David G. Newman, Q.C. go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=SaahXKMKm98.
Posted on May 13, 2014
Thirteen Books about Rotary were donated to the Winnipeg Public Library. The books included 9 copies of "Rotary Club of Winnipeg - 100 years of Service" and 4 copies of the Rotary International book "A Century of Service - The Story of Rotary International". The books were presented to Rotarian Rick Walker who is Manager of Library Services, for the Winnipeg Public Library.
Posted on Jul 31, 2014
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg , Frank Cosway, Co-Chair of Fundraising, presented a donation of $1,650 to Hayley Laudien, Events Associate at Winnipeg Harvest for the Baby Formula appeal, on December 20, 2013.
The New Years "Family Luncheon" was a huge success with a clown, balloon animals and glitter tattoos. Over 70 Rotarians, family members, children and grand children attended. The lunch and the entertainment were enjoyed by all. A big thank you to the organizers!
In 2011, Ismael Muvingi, a former member of our Club visited his homeland of Zimbabwe on his sabbatical and identified the need for this project. During the election violence in Zimbabwe in 2010, many youth were either victims or perpetrators of violence.
This program was developed by the Winnipeg Foundation to ensure that financial hurdles should not prevent students from realizing their dream of a college/ university education. Students in grades 5 -12 can earn a “You Can Do It Award” of $1,000 each year, for a possible total of $8,000.
This project was developed by Strini Reddy, long before he joined our Club. This project is implemented in partnership with a Rotary Club in South Africa. Strini has been very effective at raising funds for this project. In 2014, this may be our first project to qualify for the new Rotary Future Vision funding.
Currently, this project is a small scholarship program to support 7 – 8 South Sudanese students who are living in Kenya. These funds include Club Funds ($6,800) and personal donations by Gail & Alex Zahradnitzky. David Atem, one of our members, is from South Sudan.
CSI is a 5 week Summer Learning Enrichment Program for 1000 elementary school students from the inner city that operates from 15 sites. Launched in 2005, CSI continues to grow each year. Strini Reddy has been the inspiration for this program long before he joined our Club. CSI received a grant of $7,500 from our Club.
Alex & Gail Zahradnitzky were the founders of this project which continues on today. Our Club has supported various schools within Guatemala over the past decade. Gail & Alex recently visited Guatemala to implement a new Ripple Effect program, with $2,500 from our Club, to provide some basic science equipment for several schools. This put smiles on the faces of both children and teachers.