Rotary District 5370 Update
April 18, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: Circumstances required different approaches, incoming District Governor says. 

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration;  Office Space for Rent; Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast: Cyber Security (April 18); District 5360 Conference (May 1); Zones 28 & 32 Rotary Foundation Gala (May 12): Rotary District Indigenous Committee Speaker Series: The Oral Understanding of Treaty 6 (April 20); Rotary Advisors for District 5370 Youth Programs Needed; Public Image: The Musical (April 28); Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast: What is Alzheimer’s Disease? (May 4); and Rotary Satellite E-Club of Canada One Global Professionals charter evening (May 1).

Club Fundraising: Edmonton Whyte Avenue 50/50 Raffle; 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery; Rotary Club of Morinville 50/50 Raffle; and ENDS TONIGHT: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs). 

A Foundation Moment: Why is SHARE called “SHARE”?

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series - The Ask, Part 2

Learning Opportunities: New Courses from the Rotary International Learning Centre

Deadline for submissions for the April 25 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, April 23. Send your submission to


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District Governor-Elect Donna Barrett is optimistic that 2021-2022 will be the year we return to in-person meetings and service projects, but understands that we will likely still be living with restrictions when she assumes leadership of the District on July 1.

Club visits will be conducted differently than in previous years when District Governors spent the summer and fall travelling throughout the District.

“I am planning right now to meet with clubs virtually, early in the fall,” Donna says. Later in the year she hopes to visit clubs in person. 

“I’m really looking forward to connecting with clubs and the people in clubs and experiencing Rotary fellowship,” she says. “I am hoping that as we get into the late fall and early spring that we will be able to connect face-to-face rather than just virtually.”

She also looks forward to an in-person District conference toward the end of her year as governor.



Rotary Membership Video Series - The Ask, Part 2

In this short (2:06) membership animation, PDG Lawrence Furbish of District 7780, Zone 32 suggests more ways to invite prospective members — both younger people and the recently retired — to join Rotary.


New Courses from the Rotary International Learning Centre:

Leading Effective Committees--This course is helpful for leaders who want to manage their committees effectively by learning how to set goals, motivate other members, plan productive meetings, delegate tasks and cultivate leaders.

Public Relations and Your Club--Take this course to learn about strategies for using media and public relations to gain visibility, increase awareness of club initiatives and publicize your impact in the community.

Nurturing New Clubs--This course offers good advice for guiding new clubs during their early years.


Rotary District Indigenous Committee Speaker Series 

The Oral Understanding of Treaty 6

Tuesday, April 20, 4:00–5:30 p.m. MDT

Meeting ID: 981 1332 6709

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This workshop presentation is predicated on elders’ teachings of treaty, including the Nêhiyaw/Cree worldview (Day before Treaty), the spirit in making Treaty (Day of Treaty) and the day after Treaty — the relationship as it unfolded. The oral context of Cree and Anishinaabe legal orders and doctrines symbolized on the land, waters and sky are encapsulated in this 30-minute presentation to the Rotary Club members and guests.

Dr. Diana Steinhauer—Cree, from Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty No. 6 Territory, is an educator with 30 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Most importantly, she is a mother and first teacher of her two children. She currently serves as the president of Yellowhead Tribal College. Diana completed her doctorate in iyiniw pimātisiwin kiskeyitamowin (Indigenous Peoples Knowledge) at University in Blue Quills. She is particularly grateful to elders and knowledge keepers who have guided and mentored her in Indigenous knowledge and ways of being as a kise iskwew. Recognizing the value and work of iyiniw pimātisiwin, Diana’s work as a change agent in language, education and governance is grounded upon her late father’s adage, pimātisîtotetân kimiyikowisiwininaw, let us live life the way our Creator intended us to live.

Suggested pre-reading: Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective by Sharon Venne


Join the Party

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. MDT

This will be a 60-minute fast-paced virtual Gala for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) designed to help Rotarians, clubs and Districts in Zones 28 & 32 meet and even exceed their 2020-2021 goals for both the Annual Fund and PolioPlus fundraising. 

This variety show will be co-hosted by RI Director Valarie Wafer and TRF Trustee Dean Rohrs and feature Master of Ceremonies Past RI Director Jeffry Cadorette, distinguished speakers, entertainers, a live auction, inspiring stories about service supported by TRF, and much more!

Tickets to the virtual event will be by a donation of US$100, 500, 1000 or 5000 (+ service fee) that will be directed 75 per cent to the Annual Fund of TRF and 25 per cent to the PolioPlus fund. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes and will be awarded Paul Harris Fellowship points for your donation.

Check out this 2.5-minute intro video

The program continues to evolve but we already have some great things lined up for you!

DG Jim Ferguson will host a District 5370 pre-event cocktail reception at 5:15 p.m. MDT. More details will be available soon.

For more information, contact Ingrid Neitsch, or Linda Robertson,


Rotary Club

of Edmonton Southeast

Cyber Security 

Sunday, April 18, 5:00 p.m. MDT

Speaker: Glenn Walker, IT Specialist

Cyber security refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Cyber security may also be referred to as information technology security.

Please let Victoria Ewert ( know if you wish to attend this meeting. You will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the meeting.




Time is running out to purchase tickets for the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie's 28th Annual Dream Home Lottery! This year's Grand Prize Package boasts over 5,100 sq. ft. of space, with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, and including stunning features such as a three-season patio, master suite with coffee bar, wine room, and bar and games room with theatre and golf simulator. The Grand Prize home package is valued over $1.3 million. Don't miss your opportunity. The final ticket deadline is Sunday, April 25 at midnight.

In addition, the Cash Jackpot 50-50 is already over $500,00 and the winner keeps half! What would you do with a quarter-million-dollar payout? The Cash Cow Calendar is a chance to win up to $10,000 a day, weekdays in May. Each ticket brings 20 chances to win!

We may not have been able to open our doors to the public this year, but we have an amazing 3D tour available. Take a 3D tour at and grab your tickets on the way out.



District Office closed

Due to new pandemic-related restrictions introduced by the Alberta governments, including a work-from-home mandate, the Rotary District 5370 is closed, but is still operational and available by phone (780-482-5370) and email (


The Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast invites you to attend its meeting on Tuesday, May 4 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) to listen to our guest speaker Lindsay Burham, from the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

Email Victoria Ewert ( to receive a link to this meeting.


Rotary Satellite E-Club of Canada One Global Professionals 

We warmly invite you to celebrate with us the chartering of the first Canadian Satellite E-Club and officially becoming active Rotarians

Saturday, May 1 at 3:00 pm (MDT) Via ZOOM

Special Guests:

• RI President Holger Knaack - Live from Germany

• RIPD Jennifer Jones - Welcome Message

 • DG5370 James Ferguson (Rotary E-Club of Canada One)


Registration Deadline April 23

Maximum number of attendees 100

Please consider a small donation to help us with our first Rotary Project  


E-transfers can be made to:

 (Please Indicate "SECCO Projects") 


Click here to register


District 5360 Conference

The Rotary District 5360 (Southern Alberta) annual conference which will be delivered on a virtual platform on Saturday, May 1. Together we will “Navigate a New World” guided by inspiring speakers and interactive sessions that energize and challenge us to do the impactful work of Rotary.

Click here to learn more and to register.




RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) is for youth 15-18 and geared toward personal growth and development.

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYPEN, email 


RYLE (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience) is for high school students to gain and strengthen leadership skills.

Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYLE, email


President-elect Waxes Poetic about the 2021-2022 Theme

The biggest gift we are given
Is the power to touch a life
To change, 

To make a difference
In the circle of life.
If we can reach out
With our hands, heart, and soul

The magic will begin to happen

As the wheel begins to roll ... Let’s turn the wheel together So all humanity thrives 

We have the power and the magic To serve ... to change lives ... 

— RI President-elect Shekhar Mehta


The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue has launched a 50/50 cash raffle in support of Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS). Buy your tickets today. Ticket sales end Wednesday April 28.



After being cancelled in 2020, the annual Cash and Camping Lottery is back as a Rotary joint venture project of three Rotary clubs in Grande Prairie—Swan City, Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Sunrise. 

The Grand Prize winner will have a choice between a Summer Home Package (a lake front lot at Snipe Lake RV Resort, 2021 Jayflight 40LOFT Park model, 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat and $5000 cash) or the Take it on the Road Package (2021 Jayco Melbourne 24’ Motorhome with a 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat). 

Other prizes include  RVs, boats, ATVs, staycations, entertainment packages, paddle board packages, electric bike, cash and more.  Over $467,000 in prizes to win! 

Our popular Summer Cash 50/50 Draw is back. One winner will keep half the Jackpot, up to $175,000!  Minimum winner payout of $70,000.

Enter the 10 Days of Summer Lottery for additional ways to win—10 days and 20 winners!  Prizes include gift cards for food, fuel, cash and more.  Total value of prizes is $68,000.

Tickets purchased by April 18 will be entered into the $5000 Bonus Cash draw as well as three Early Bird Draws valued at $10,000+ each.

For more info and to buy tickets visit




Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

Due to provincial regulations, only Alberta residents, aged 18+ may purchase raffle tickets.

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