COVID - 19 Update
Hi Rotarians and Rotaractors,
In recent days and weeks, provincial and territorial governments across Rotary District 5370 have issued new requirements in response to the COVID 19 fourth wave to protect health care systems, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates.  
As a District, we will adhere to the applicable directives issued by health authorities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Links to specific health authorities can be accessed on the Rotary District 5370 District Website at “COVID 19 Updates and Responses” 
Additionally, Rotary International has issued the following Policy:
  • The health and safety of all participants in Rotary programs, meetings, and events is of paramount importance. 
  • All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events shall fully comply with all health and safety rules in effect in that location. 
  • No in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the pandemic.   
  • All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events are strongly encouraged to consider all health concerns in deciding whether to hold in-person meetings.  
  • All travelers must adhere to all risk mitigation protocols required or recommended by local authorities. 
As we move forward, we will keep you abreast of changes that will impact In-Person meetings and events. Please take care of your fellow members and follow the 4 Way Test.
Much appreciated.
Yours in Rotary,
Donna Barrett
District Governor 2021 2022
Healing from Historical Trauma 

Senator Patti LaBoucane-Benson on Healing from Historical Trauma 


September 30 has been designated as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation by the Government of Canada.  The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act establishes the day as a federal statutory holiday. 
This implements a Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:
80)       “We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal Peoples, to establish, as a Statutory Holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains vital component of the reconciliation process”.  Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 1: Summary Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, p 291.

What might this mean for Rotarians?  On September 21, Senator LaBoucane-Benson will talk with Rotarians from District 5370 on the topic “We are all called to action: The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation”.  

Tuesday September 21, 2021 4-6pm MDT

Zoom Link 

Meeting ID: 85076550598 Dial-In By Phone: (778) 907-2071

This presentation is part of the Rotary Indigenous Speakers Series

September 21 is International Peace Day! 
Empowering Girls Initiative - book YOUR club presentation!
PC Phil Dyer
The Empowering Girls initiative is one of three Presidential Initiatives for Rotary year 2021-2022 as we Serve to Change Lives.
The initiative is focused on club-level projects through which Rotary clubs can create positive change in the lives of girls.
Specifically, the initiative challenges clubs to:
  • Engage in a project or projects of their choice that empowers girls.
  • Address the needs and inequities that girls throughout the world face on a daily basis.
  • In addition to implementing a project, monitor and measure the impact of the project.
  • Disseminate and create awareness of Rotary resources and subject matter experts, including but not limited to: Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Foundation cadre and Peace Fellows.
  • Tell the stories of successful projects and their impact to the general public, using a variety of media channels.
  • Share the stories of success and their impact across their region and post them on Rotary Showcase, as well as on social media channels.
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue member, Tamara Larson, is one of Zone 28's Canadian Ambassadors for the Empowering Girl's initiative. 
Please reach out to her directly at or cell at (587) 783-8880 to book your club presentation to find out more! 
Supporting inner city youth and seniors!
Orange Shirt Day
Orange shirts are available through a club service project. $20 each while they last!
Net proceeds from the sales go to three organizations: The Boys and Girls Club of Saddle Lake; Turtle Island Safer Spaces and the Orange Shirt Society. 
The Work of Neighbours-Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations
As part of the University of Alberta's Alumni Week, the University of Alberta is inviting Rotary members to a FREE webinar with Dr. Pat Makokis, and others, including a panel discussion: 
The Work of Neighbours - Reimagining Indigenous-Settler Relations
September 29
12 pm to 1 pm MDT

The Rotary Foundation changes lives!
District Governor Message
September Message
August Message
Club Events and Opportunities
Rotary Club Edmonton Riverview Shredfest
District Events
Better Together District Conference
Youth Services
Zone 28 & 32 Interact Conference
Foundation News
Rotary Foundation Canada Report
District Updates
COVID 19 Information
Hybrid Rotary Meetings
Guides to Hybrid Meetings by Mitty Chang
Vulnerable Persons Record Check
District Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023
Zone News
Beyond Borders Newsletter September 2021
Beyond Borders Newsletter August 2021
Membership Moment
Running a successful Rotary club is a bit like baking a cake. You need the right ingredients.
If you’re a baker, you know that a great cake is made up of individual ingredients that come together to produce something special. A great Rotary club is like that, in that it is made up of a unique mix of ingredients. Here are the five that I have found in most, if not all, successful Rotary clubs. 
Check out this blog post by Barton Goldenberg, immediate past governor of District 7620 (Maryland and Washington D.C., USA)
Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation Dialogue
for Youth

Both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth are invited to attend this essential culture education. The program is delivered by First Peoples Group and effective, qualified and professional First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth presenters. All presenters have significant experience in reconciliation and Indigenous awareness education.

The presenters will provide and speak to First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage and culture. This is essential education for anyone living in Canada. Participants learn the impact of their own social, political and historical contexts within their speech, decisions and actions.

This cultural safety education helps develop an ongoing personal practice of critical self-reflection, paying attention to how social and historical contexts shape systems, and being honest about one’s own power and privilege, especially as these relate to Indigenous peoples.

Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Location: Live Online
Cost: FREE
Participants: Open to Youth Grades 9 – 11 across Canada
Attendance: Limited to 450 participants

Learning Center Tips and Tricks
Wonder how to create a successful hybrid meeting? 
Check out this short, two minute video on Hybrid Meetings. Now available in languages. Has anyone held a hybrid club meeting? How did it go? (My Rotary log on required)
Share YOUR event and success stories! 
Do YOU have something to share? 
Submit the following each Wednesday for inclusion in Connections:
  • Images (JPEG or PNG)
  • Short summary or story
  • Web link
  • Contact information (if required)
Link for submission below