District Office Holiday Hours
Seasons Greetings Everyone,
As discussed at the board meeting the hours for the office this holiday season will be:
Dec 23 - Closed at noon today
Dec 26 - closed
Dec 27-31 - Office closed ( I will be checking emails and voicemail intermittently during the week)
 I am also taking a week off from January 2-6th. If you have any tasks that need to be completed, or if you have any expenses that need to be processed, please send them to me before December 27th. 
During my absence if anything urgent comes up, please contact DG John Nicoll by email or cell (780)446-1978
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Deneen Lafreniere-Roth
Rotary International District 5370
Office Manager
Seasons Greetings from the District Governor
As Rotary work winds down and our family activities ramp up, Donna and I would like to wish all Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Friends of Rotary all the best for the Holiday Season and the upcoming New Year. 
I want to thank all of you for your contributions to your local and international communities and people in need.  This has been a challenging year for people around the world and Rotary International District 5370 members have again stepped up to put meaning into the phrase “Service Above Self”. 
John Nicoll, P.Eng.
District Governor 2022-2023
Calling all Public Spirited Business Owners and Non Profits!!!
Do you find it challenging to come up with Holiday business promotions or gift ideas for your team, staff members, important stakeholders, customers and everyone in between?
The Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie have made it easy for you to promote your business or organization during the holiday season with Cars for Christmas lottery tickets, all while supporting 12 non-profit organizations to ensure they can support the most vulnerable through all sorts of conditions. 
This is an amazing way to promote your business, acknowledge staff, volunteers, Board members, customers and clients – all while giving back to those in need.  A true WIN WIN!  With easy gifting options and ticket packages to fit any budget Cars for Christmas tickets make the perfect gifts!
Visit to pre-order tickets and schedule them for delivery on the date you choose. 
For multiple gift orders made easy fill out our convenient order form
Now you can sit back and enjoy the holiday season and know your gift giving is taken care of and has made a difference in the lives of so many.
District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2025-2026 Rotary Year
Submitted by DG John Nicoll
I am pleased  to announce that Ramesh Ferris has been chosen by the nominating committee as District 5370's nominee for District Governor Nominee Designate for the 2025-2026 Rotary Year.
Ramesh is an enthusiastic Rotarian who has distinguished himself both in our district and internationally as a champion for Rotary’s top priority to eradicate polio. Since the Whitehorse Clubs joined our District in 2019, Ramesh has been club president and is currently serving as assistant governor for our clubs in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Hay River. Ramesh has spoken to Rotarians internationally at conventions and district conferences. Last June, he was chair of the Northern hub for the Cross Canada Jennifer Jones tour.
Ramesh has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and currently employed as a Case Manager for Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Board in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Ramesh is married to Dagmar and together they are looking forward to contributing to a vibrant future for Rotary in our District.
It is a great honour to have an opportunity to join the Rotary 5370 district leadership team.
Team work makes the dream work. I look forward to  meeting and learning from all the incredible Rotarians and Rotaractors within our district as we promote our shared Rotary values and ensure Rotary remains relevant and accessible to all within our communities.”
- Ramesh Ferris 
RYLE 2023
I hope you all have been doing well. My name is Rehma Khan and I am the External Chair for Rotary Youth Leadership Experience (RYLE) this year. RYLE is a 4 day leadership camp that will take place at Camp Nakamun from May 4th-7th 2023. This program is tailored for high school students between the ages of 14-18 (exceptions may apply). 
During this camp, students are exposed to various experiential leadership activities where they get to learn with leaders from across Alberta. They also get to enjoy the outdoors and try some fun activities such as human foosball, the king swing, scavenger hunts, and many more! And students will be given the opportunity to learn more about Rotary and Interact as well! 
Our applications will be opening in January 2023, but in the meantime, I am currently working on presenting the program to Rotary Clubs across District 5370 who are interested in learning about the program and the benefits that it has for youth. I can do online and in-person presentations so feel free to reach me at if this is something you are interested in or if you have any questions regarding RYLE 2023. 
Yours in Rotary,
Rehma Khan
External Chair
Rotary Youth Leadership Experience (RYLE) Committee


Author, Historian, and independent journalist, as well as a broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 30 years. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American, and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries, including the Leduc Rep earlier in 2022. His books include Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and work); The Shortest History of War; and Canada in the Great Power Game.

His lecture on January 12th, which will be a 1-hour talk followed by about a 45-minute Q&A, will be entitled: War in the 21st Century

This lecture will address the specific strategies, tactics, and politics of the war in Ukraine, including the potential nuclear dimension of the conflict, but it will also consider the evolving nature and role of war as an institution. Is it unique to human beings, or just the human expression of a more widespread and deeply rooted behavior? How did it evolve into the different kinds of war people fight nowadays? Have nuclear weapons really 'changed everything except the way we think,' as Einstein said. And will we ever be able to stop?
Tickets are available by clicking the link below:
Links to events and updates
Club Events and Opportunities
Cars for Christmas Lottery
District Events
RESPECT District Conference 2022 2023
District Awards 2020 - 2021
Rotary and Rotaract District Awards
Interact District Awards
Youth Services
Zone 28 & 32 Interact Conference
Foundation News
Rotary Foundation Canada Report
District Updates
District Insurance Update 2022 2023
Hybrid Rotary Meetings
Guides to Hybrid Meetings by Mitty Chang
Vulnerable Persons Record Check
District Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023
Governor's Travels as of December 5
My visit to the Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark marked the end of club visits before Christmas. It was a dark and cold winter evening! While this is a small club, I was pleased to see that they work cooperatively with other nearby Rotary clubs to maximize their fundraising and hands-on experiences.  Truly a “small but mighty” Rotary Club.
Learning Center 
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- Look for your role in the tiles and select a tile
- Select the Enroll button and then select Let’s Begin
- Select the course you’d like to take first