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Congratulations to Amenti Wakjira for winning the Rotary Club of Brandon's ACC Bridging Bursary in 2021 
The Rotary Club of Brandon is sending 3 teams to this years Virtual MUNA.
2 teams are from Neelin High School and 1 team is from Vincent Massey.
Our teams will be representing Bhutan, Libya & Honduras.
Resolutions to be debated
#1 Advancing responsible State behaviour in cyberspace for international security and
#2 Comprehensive and coordinated response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Two teams from Neelin High School have been registered for Virtual MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) this year! Special thanks to Kaiella Athaide-Lepp, previous Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camper who has recruited 3 other students and 2 counsellors for the teams.
"In 1957, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg became the first Rotary Club to sponsor a Model UN Assembly. Since then the Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) has been held annually with very few exceptions and with teams from high schools across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, North Dakota and Minnesota participating."
"The Winnipeg MUNA provides an accurate simulation of the General Assembly of the United Nations and how it drafts and adopts resolutions." 
Rotary provides service and leaders for the world.

“I believe participating in the Model UN was one of the formative experiences of my youth."

Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Chair - World Refugee Council, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, former Minister of Global Affairs Canada, Graduate of the 1st Winnipeg MUNA


“Taking part in the prestigious Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly as a high school student allowed me to experience for the first time how politics is conducted, both in the public halls and behind the scenes. It gave me a taste of what it means to speak to the hopes, dreams and needs of all citizens. For the participants of the Winnipeg MUNA, it is the perfect time to hone your debating and negotiating skills, and to put your convictions into action.” 

Honourable Greg Selinger, former Premier of Manitoba, graduate of Winnipeg MUNA

Unfortunately, with the current Code Red restrictions we will no longer be able to accept any book donations. Our warehouse is also quite full with over 40 pallets ready for the April 2021 sale. 
Thank you Westman for continuing to read and donate your books! Please keep reading and stay safe
Sherwood Home director Ken Oberlin and recreation director Chelsey Davies accept a donation to Sherwood Home of an iPad from Brandon Rotary Club members Chuck LaRocque and Simeon Norton.
PHOTO/ ANNE DAVISON Virden Empire Advance
The Rotary book bins are now in storage until February 2021.
Keep reading Westman & let’s hope for a booksale in April!!
In lieu of attending the Wine Festival events this year, we hope that you will consider donating to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, by clicking the link to donate online! With your help the Rotary Westman Wine Festival donates more than $10K from the events each year – we would be thrilled if our wine-loving community would continue that tradition.
2020 Strathclair Theatre
2019 Youth Choir
  • The Youth for Truth & Reconciliation project is launching this October at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre! Please see information below for information about the launch of this new program.
  • The Youth for Truth & Reconciliation project is a youth led initiative that will bring together young Winnipeggers, from a diversity of backgrounds, to share their experiences while learning about Indigenous History, Truth & Reconciliation, Leadership and Civic Engagement.
  • The selection of 100 youth, half Indigenous and half non-Indigenous, will attend 4 full day sessions over 4 months set to include workshops, Indigenous teachings, and opportunities for youth to build relationships and support each other through sharing their experiences. They will also have the option to join their group in 4 volunteer days within the community as well during that timeframe. The project will lead up to an exciting large 300+ youth led gathering in March 2020 that will focus on the same themes as the sessions with engaging speakers, youth stories and entertainment. We will invite youth from all over Winnipeg and Manitoba as this gathering will promote cultural inclusion and will serve as a celebration of the similarities and differences we share as Canadians. There will also be a chance to for youth to join the youth gathering committee which will plan the event.
  • The Youth for Truth & Reconciliation project is for Indigenous & Non-Indigenous youth between 14-17 and 18-29 who would be interested in or could benefit from joining. Sessions will take place once a month in Oct, Nov, Jan & Feb on a Saturday in Winnipeg. We will provide honorariums, meals and rides for the youth who attend and a certificate of completion at the end.
  • Registrations for this program are now open until Sept 27th and the first session begins Oct 5th.

Contact: Trisha North
Youth for Truth & Reconciliation Coordinator
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc.
445 King Street
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2CS
P: 204-925-0300 | C: 778-859-5213
tnorth@mamawi.com | www.mamawi.com
2020 Spring Book Sale
Sharing Circle
2019 BBQ
2019 Spring Book Sale
Healing Together
Holiday Greetings!
BRHCF's “Room for Renewal” Project
Chuck LaRocque, President-The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 with the help of Cindy Buizer, Exec. Director Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation (BRHCF) places a plaque of thanks and recognition on the 5th floor of Brandon Regional Health Centre to acknowledge The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 contribution of $50,000  to the BRHCF’s “Room for Renewal” project.
Rotary is always seeking opportunities to support community service.  The Brandon Regional Health Centre will touch almost every family in Westman at some time and The Rotary Club of Brandon is proud to have supported the “Room for Renewal” campaign, once again showing their commitment to our community!
November Evening Meeting

2019 Adventure in Citizenship
Applications are now being accepted for our youth leadership program - Adventure in Citizenship.
Please contact our Youth Coordinator for more information and an application form.
Adventures in Citizenship
Our 2018 Adventures in Citizenship student Kayla Burt gave us a presentation of her trip to Ottawa at our July 10 lunch meeting. Kayla joined 199 other High School students in Ottawa to learn about Canada's parliamentary democracy and its institutions. The visit included tours of Parliament, the Senate, the Museum of History, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, and the Library Archives of Canada. They witnessed a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony on July 1, and were able to reaffirm their citizenship. The real eye-opener for Kayla was when she participated in an Aboriginal blanket exercise. Kayla thanked the Rotary Club of Brandon for giving the her this amazing opportunity.  
2018 Adventures in History student Kayla Burt  is flanked by her mom - Patti Jo (L) and Past President Cheryl Winger (R)
Our 1983 Rotary Exchange Student Returns!

At our June 26 lunch-time meeting, we were delighted to be visited by our former Rotary Exchange student - Joao (John) Lopez and his family.  John was a 16 year old exchange student from Brazil who was hosted by The Rotary Club of Brandon in 1983-84 when club president was Ed Jarvis (later District Governor). John attended Vincent Massey High School.  John made many lasting friends and has carried on a very long lasting communication with Will & Jane (Harding) Lamont. In fact, their friendship is a large part of John and his family’s visit back to Brandon. 

John decided to bring his family to Brandon and show them where he spent a year learning English, Canadian culture, and making life-long friends. Pam (pictured below) and Jack Stacey were one of John's host families in 1983. John told us that even after 35 years, he still gets emotional when describing his experience to his children. 


(Back row L to R): Cheryl Winger (past-president), Chuck LaRocque (2018-19 President), Joao (John) Lopez, Pam Stacy*, Cinara Lopez
(front row L - R): John A Lopez. and John F Lopez.
* Pam Stacy hosted John, acting as his host "Mom", for a few months during his stay with us in 1983. 
2018 BBQ Days
International Peace Garden 
9/11 Memorial Site Clean Up

On Sunday, May 6 members from the Brandon and Minot Rotary Clubs met at the International Peace Garden for a morning of gardening at the 9/11 Memorial Site. The 9/11 Memorial Site was created in May 2002 in memory of those who lost their lives in the events of September 11, 2001. Ten pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center form the centrepiece of the memorial.

Brandon Club members were Cheryl & Roger Winger, Bernie Chrisp, Marty & Elaine Snelling, Michelle Fortin, Bill Anderson, Pam Stacey, Jane & Norm Neil, Rick Felstead, Chuck LaRocque, Ron Adams, and daughters Hannah & Carsyn. From the Minot Club were Kevin Harman, C. J. Craven, and two others (names not recorded). Also participating were International Peace Garden staff Tim Chapman, CEO and Connie Lagerquist, Horticulturist.


Getting the soil ready for new flowers (L-R: Hannah Adams, Ron Adams, Carsyn Adams, Bernie Chrisp, Bill Anderson, Elaine Snelling, Roger Winger).
Connie Lagerquist (blue jean shorts, back to camera) discusses strategy with Peace Garden Board member and Rotarian Rick Felstead.

Brandon Rotary Club on Display

Don Partrick, Chairman, Public Relations (Communications), spent several hours recently in the Main Concourse of the Keystone Centre sprucing up the club’s display cases.
The cases, gratefully provided to the club by the Keystone Centre, now offer the public updated information about our club and its ongoing activities in Brandon and Westman.The display also contains some of the club’s cherished artifacts, such as our original Charter, signed in 1921.
“If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check it out, possibly you might find some time to take a look,” says Don. “I think you will find it interesting. The display cases graphically encapsulate just how active The Rotary Club of Brandon #1344 is.”
Any questions or comments are welcome, Don notes.

Ripple Effect --Rotary and Education in Developing Countries

Ripple Effect is a Rotary District 5550 program through which Rotarians and other organizations and individuals in Canada can reach out to countries where children’s education is at risk. The program works in partnership with Rotary Clubs and communities in Guatemala to help build, equip and support schools for children in grades K to 6. Your donation to the Ripple Effect Program will help build and/or equip a school in Guatemala.
The Rotary Club of Brandon, along with other Rotary Clubs in Ontario and the Prairies have worked together to build a school in San Miguelito, to help reduce the incidence of illiteracy and poverty among the people of the area.  Guatemala is not only one of the poorest countries, (Guatemala is geographically south of Mexico), but has the lowest literacy rate in Central America. The school has taken several years to build, with all work done by local people and supervised over all by local and Canadian Rotary clubs.  Presently there are 5 classrooms, a computer lab, kitchen, washrooms, principal's office, storage along with a cemented playground, fencing and retaining walls.  Needless to say, the school has become the meeting place of the town with a market and place for sports and recreation. 

A Look at Rotary Youth Exchange

The Rotary Club of Brandon was fortunate to have two guest speakers this week, Gabrielle Ramos from Brazil, an exchange student who will stay with three Rotary host families. She spoke very well about her opportunities to come to Canada and offered some facts about Brazil, her pride in her home country, and the differences between Canada and Brazil.  Expect to see this young lady becoming a strong advocate for youth and international cooperation in the years to come.
Her host family also has participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program albeit 15 years ago.  Nathan Peto, presently the Manager of  Corporate Initiatives for the City of Brandon.  The contrast (and similarities) between the two participants was remarkable.
Nathan had gone to South Africa in 2001 and he stressed how important the trip was for his development into a young man. His parents talk about Nathan before and after the trip and the profound impact it had on his outlook on life.  When he returned, he was more confident, independent, goal driven, focused and worldly. He felt he became a better global citizen, and a better leader.

He became acquainted with Rotary, first through RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), a four day camp which has had only highly positive feedback from the participants, leaders and even those responsible for transport to the camp.  From that he went to the Exchange Student program.  Only two weeks after his graduation from Vincent Massey high school, he was on the plane heading for South Africa.  As much  as he thought he was independent (worked, saved for his own car, fought my own battles) you’ll never be as independent from your parents and friends when you step off that plane. 

You have to learn to communicate effectively (English/but many are not), you have to have a voice (cant be passive) you have to network and make connections. Your exchange is what you make of it….take ever opportunity you can… saying Yes to learning opportunities – he helped with Durban sharks (releasing them from safety nets), bungee jumping, playing Cricket and Rugby or learning about sewage treatment facilities. 
You have to think for yourself with no safety net.  You had to be your own person!  At 17 I had to make decisions for myself that I frankly don’t see some 23 year olds making in a world of helicopter parenting.  
Don’t get me wrong it was hard – BUT THAT’S WHEN YOU GROW – WHEN Comfortably Uncomfortable
it was empowering as a young person.  And had a profound impact on my development.
Our thanks to both of these remarkable individuals and we are pleased to have gotten the opportunity to hear them speak.


Meetings every Tuesday

Our club meets every Tuesday at the Meeting Room at Rotary Villas. You can purchase a full lunch, or something lighter. There is fellowship before the meeting is called to order. Then club business is attended to. Following that, there is a guest speaker from the community. There is also a 50/50 draw. There are greeters at the door to help out anyone visiting the club. 
Sally & Peter Dell, visiting Rotarians from Australia, dropped by to say "G'Day Mate!".
(L to R) Sally Dell, Marty Snelling, Peter Dell, Cheryl Winger, Brandon Rotary Club President
Rotary Shelterbox Program



The Shelterbox program is an unbelievable program to give the opportunity to an individual or a group to be able to step up and give a huge amount of help to people in need.

For example, the Shelterbox provides sustained shelter for people dealing with disaster in the Philippines.

Shelterbox already has two response teams on the ground in the Philippines who are working with the help of Rotarians to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The total cost of a Shelterbox is $1,500, but you can contribute a portion which can be gathered together with other donations to make up enough to purchase a Shelterbox.

Some 90 countries have received Shelterboxes. And more than 130,000 Shelterboxes have been deployed since the Rotary Club project since 2000.


For some more info, see: http://www.shelterboxcanada.org/




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RI President-elect Holger Knaack encouraged the leaders to take advantage of the many options that Rotary provides to create change in the world.

“Rotary is not just a club that you join. It is an invitation to endless opportunities,” Knaack said Monday, 20 January, at the annual training event held in San Diego, California, USA. “It opens opportunities to serve in a project as big and historic as End Polio Now and also in a small community project, where you just plant a tree. ... Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”