Rotary District 5370 Update
March 7, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: Rotarians and Rotactors, come celebrate World Rotaract Week, March 8 - 14

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: DG Jim's video message for March (Water and Sanitation Month); District Office closed; Rotary Club of Oakville Speaker Series (March 9); RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration; Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive; A Rotary Foundation Chat with District Foundation chair Tim Schilds (March 10); Presidents-Elect training (March 9); Director Dialogue with Director Valarie Wafer: Positive Peace (March 10); Office Space for Rent; Beyond Borders newsletter (March 2021); Rotary Employment Partnership celebrating 20 years; Dawnbreakers Toastmasters Open House (March 18); What does a Passport club look like? (March 16); Wanted: Photos of Rotarians in Action; and Rotary Club of Athabasca charter night (March 19)

Club Fundraising: Dogs with Wings 50/50 raffle (Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona); Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise 50/50 Cash Raffle; Celebrate with our Flag (Rotary Club of St. Albert); Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle; Edmonton Riverview 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of Whitecourt online auction; 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery; and Rotary Club of Vermilion Community Spirits Raffle

A Foundation Moment: What is a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship?

Membership Matters: What Members Want

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): ClubRunner training (March 10 & 17)

Deadline for submissions for the March 14 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, March 12. Send your submission to

Click here to view DG Jim Ferguson’s video message for March (Water and Sanitation Month).


Articles recently posted to:

Rotarians and Rotactors, come celebrate World Rotaract Week, March 8 - 14

Rotaractors in our District have unveiled an ambitious plan to celebrate World Rotaract Week, March 8 - 14.

“The District Rotaract Committee here in 5370 has decided that we’re going to embrace Rotaract Week wholeheartedly by hosting events every single day to celebrate Rotaractors in our District and the work that they’ve done,” says District Rotaract representative Ciorstaidh Reid (Rotaract Club of Edmonton).

The plans are arranged around Rotary’s seven areas of focus, with one being highlighted each day, beginning with maternal and child health on Monday evening, March 8.

“By chance, this year the first day of World Rotaract Week lands on International Women’s Day,” Ciorstaidh says. “So we thought that that would be a perfect way to start off the week by incorporating mothers and children on the first day along with International Women’s Day.”

Following the opening ceremonies, the Monday evening theme with be “Femme Leaders in Rotary.”


Click here to read this article on the Inclusion Alberta website.



Here's what research shows Rotarians want from their membership:

Source: State of Membership PowerPoint                  presentation from Rotary International

Is your club providing Rotarians with what they want?


Upcoming Clubrunner Training

Website Content Management

Wednesday, March 10, 1:00 p.m. MST

Note that this webinar will not cover how to use Website Designer.

In this session learn how you can manage website content for your club!

• Create, edit and publish stories, news and links

• Create, edit and manage photo albums

• Add private club documents and public download files

• Add speakers and upcoming events to the calendar (does not cover event registration and volunteer management)

• Tips and tricks such as inserting large photos and YouTube videos

Duration: 45 Minutes

Click here to register.


Events & Volunteer Management

Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. MDT

Learn how to post, promote and manage events and volunteers! In this webinar we'll cover how to:

  • Set up online registrations
  • Set up volunteer sign up and task lists
  • Track volunteer sign ups and event registrations
  • Create email notifications and invitations
  • The difference between the Basic Volunteers vs. Enhanced Volunteers features

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register


Future session topics: Clubrunner 101 (March 24)

All sessions are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. MST. Click here for more information or to preregister.



Dawnbreakers Toastmasters Open House

"Spark Your Creativity”

Thursday, March 18, 7:05-9:00 a.m. MDT.

Dawnbreakers are a group of early risers who learn new skills & practice public speaking before the day even gets started.

You are invited to the club's online Open House to learn about Toastmasters in an engaging, friendly atmosphere while enjoying your morning beverage.

Toastmasters member Erin Craig will be the keynote speaker for the meeting.

Through Rotary International’s partnership with Toastmasters International, Rotarians and Rotaractors have access to eight leadership modules at RI’s Learning Center.



Join PDG Tim on the second Wednesday of each month to chat about Foundation topics, share ideas and get answers to your TRF questions.

Register here for this month’s Rotary Foundation Chat.

Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. MST

Topics to be discussed:

• Introduction to the Environment area of focus by sharing a

presentation by Ian Riseley.

• How to find the reports you need as club Foundation chair or president

• A review of the Rotary Center Learning Centre and what is available

• Brief introduction of the grants training process and release of dates

for training webinars.

After you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have a topic that you would like to chat about, let Tim ( know.



The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie presents its 28th Dream Home Lottery. This year’s Grand Prize package includes a luxury Dream Home valued at more than $1.3 million. Proceeds will help with the club’s many projects, including Habitat for Humanity, D-Coy Armouries Community Hub, the Daytime Outreach Society and more.  

The Early Bird II deadline is March 9 – $25,000 toward a new vehicle! There is also a Cash Jackpot 50/50 and the winner keeps half (last year's pot was $470,040!). Lastly, the Cash Cow Calendar is a chance to win up to $10,000 every weekday in May. Tickets available at  While you are there, you can also take a 3D tour of the Grand Prize Home!



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 (


Director Dialogue with RI Director Valarie Wafer

Join us on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00 p.m. MST.

RI president-elect Shekhar Mehta will share his vision of peace. Also hear from Rotary Peace Fellow Marie-Paule Attema on how the Rotary Peace Center experience uniquely informs her work with refugees.

Learn what you can do to take action through Rotary’s Peacebuilder training; the Rotary Action Group for Peace; and the Global Peacebuilder District Program, which is being brought to life by Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 5370.

Click here to attend.


Wanted: Photos of Rotarians in Action

Do you have pictures of Rotarians from your club that show them as “People of Action”— serving meals to seniors, filling hampers at a food bank, delivering meals, etc. (during or pre-pandemic)? These pictures will be shared with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors attending the District Spring Assembly on Saturday, April 17. Submit your photos to the District Office by Friday, April 2.

Registration is now open for those planning to attend the Spring Assembly.


The March issue of our zone newsletter Beyond Borders from RI Directors and 2021-2022 RI vice-president, Valarie Wafer, includes articles about the new RI Peace Center to be located in the Middle East; how to start an Eco club; books about diversity, inclusion and equity; taking action against anti-Black racism in District 7820; establishing a Rotex club for rebound youth exchange students in District 5360; using social media to tell your club’s story; service projects and more. Click here to read.


Rotary Club of Athabasca Charter Night

Get out your shamrocks, grab your shillelaghs, get into something green and join the Rotary Club of Athabasca for its virtual Charter Night on Friday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. MDT. Guests welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 8723 0579

Passcode: 834243

By wearing green you qualify for great door prizes. See you at the end of the rainbow. First one there gets the pot o' gold.


The third in the series of sessions to prepare presidents-elect to lead Rotary and Rotaract clubs during 2021-2022 is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. MST. Topics to be covered during this session include strategic planning, goal-setting, club roles and club operations.

Ensure that you are registered on My.Rotary prior to attending this session as we will be logging into My.Rotary.

Click here to register for this session.

The first two sessions were recorded and are available for viewing in the District’s virtual learning library:

January 19 – Planning the year, leading Rotarians, leadership styles and the Rotary Learning Centre.

February 9 – Running club meetings

Future PE training is scheduled for April 13, May 11 and June (TBD).


Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive

(for the Sinkunia Community Development Organization)

Your donated device will support local newcomer students in online learning and help isolated elders stay connected.

We would love to accept all types of used tablets and phones, but unfortunately the latest video conferences software does not support end-of-life devices. Check out the criteria for donating supplied by Project Joy.

In order to use your donated device and protect your privacy, you must:

• Unlink your Apple ID and iCloud account (or any management account for Android devices)

• Factory reset your device

• Remove its protective case

Contact YEG Passport member Don at or (780) 913-8895 to arrange for your donation. You can also call Don with any questions.


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


Rotary Club of Vermilion Community Spirits Raffle

1st prize: Barrel of Booze ($1,000 value)

2nd prize: Rec Room Package ($1,000)

3rd prize: Outdoor Patio Set ($800)

4th prize: Barbeque (Pit Boss 8-in-1 wood pellet grill/smoker) ($650)

To purchase tickets ($5 each, only 2,500 printed) contact:

Dawn Riley  780-581-4054, Mary Lee Prior 587-281-0747 or Mike Webb  780-581-4115

 Draw Date: Wednesday, March 17


Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle

Funds raised by this raffle will support Appetite to Achieve and other projects of the Rotary Club of St. Albert—Saint City.

The Appetite to Achieve program helps school-age children in St. Albert public schools and families who do not have enough food for daily breakfasts and lunches. 

Ticket Sales End: Thursday, April 1


50/50 Raffle

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of $5,000.

This year, the community service projects of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview focused on helping youth and seniors in Edmonton's inner city, at Delton and Norwood schools and at Operation Friendship Society, a drop-in centre for Edmonton's inner-city seniors.

Ticket Sales End: Friday, April 2


Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) to a maximum of $5,000.

Proceeds from this raffle will support the club’s services projects and the Tourette Canada Edmonton Chapter.

Ticket sales end March 11.


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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