Rotary District 5370 Update
October 25, 2020

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Most Rotarians have never come face-to-face with Rotarians in international service partner clubs or with people who benefit from these projects.

For members of two Edmonton clubs, COVID-19 has changed that. Edmonton West and Edmonton Riverview have taken advantage of the move to online meetings to open opportunities for Canadian Rotarians to meet people from other countries, albeit virtually.

“This is the silver lining of COVID-19,” says Lora Lee Peaslee, the president of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview. “COVID has shown us that we can connect with people in other countries and it’s not that hard.”

“If there is a positive aspect of COVID-19, it’s have we can invite people from all over the world to join our meetings via Zoom,” says David Weir, president of the Rotary Club of Edmonton West. “It brings us all together.”

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Need current, authoritative COVID-19 information?

The District website provides up-to-date COVID-19 information with links to provincial and territorial health authorities, Health Canada, the World Health Organization and Rotary International.


Check out these booths from the Vision 2020 Virtual Project Fair by clicking on the image:

Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview

Edmonton Area Integrity Awards

These and the other 13 booths will continue to be available to visit until mid-December.


Create a list of all the great things about your club

List your star members, the advantages of your meeting location, how many members you have, the kinds of projects and events you host, and so on. The list can serve as a template when sending an email or letter to a potential member. Make sure to tailor any correspondence so it addresses the specific interests and wants of a potential member. For instance, if someone is interested in international work, your email or letter should focus on that.

Source: Step right up: in Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner by Geoffrey Johnson (originally published in The Rotarian, August 2018)


During the months of November and December, District 5370 will be hosting a series of Virtual Club Learning events. Each one-hour event will address timely topics of interest to all club members. Please mark your calendars and join us. Click on the program title to register.

November 5, 7:00 PM (MT)

Membership Engagement: Together is Better 

Hosted by Tracey Vavrek, Past District Governor 

November 12, 7:00 PM (MT)

Virtual Fundraising: What Clubs Need to Know

Hosted by John Nicoll, District Governor Nominee

December 3, 7:00 pm (MT)

The Rotary Foundation: The Heart of Rotary

Hosted by Tim Schilds, Past District Governor and Chair of the District 5370 Foundation Committee

December 10, 7:00 pm (MT)

Rotary Service: Sharing Successes during COVID-19

Hosted by Jim Ferguson, District Governor and Donna Barrett, District Governor-Elect


Presented by: Westlock Rotary Dinner Theatre

Based on Ole Koot’s Campfire series, created by Bunnie Arth

Written by Praneeta Lambert and produced by Kiwi Productions

During these unprecedented times brought on by COVID-19, the world has been thrown into a whole new normal, where friends and families have to maintain distance and avoid hugs and handshakes to protect themselves and their loved ones. Vacations have been paused and a clear perspective on wants and needs has developed. But what about the ones who were already on their way to a tropical vacation when the lockdown came into place?

Purchase tickets ($20 each) to watch this COVID-19-inspired movie in the comfort and safety of your home. You will be emailed a watch code two hours before the event. 

Performance Dates: October 25, 28, 29, 30; November 5, 6, 7.

Read more about the production on the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: This year in Westlock, it’s dinner theatre without the dinner


Clubs may submit nominations for District Governor for 2023-2024 to PDG Tracey Vavrek, Chair of the District 5370 Nominating Committee 2020, at  ( until November 15.

Members in good standing who are willing and able to serve as District Governor and have served as club president are eligible to be nominated. Qualifications for District Governor are prescribed by the Rotary International Manual of Procedure.

The Governor-nominee is required to provide an updated resume, recent photo, and a statement that outlines their vision and goals connecting directly to Rotary’s strategic plan and the District’s Strategic Plan. The written submission is limited to 500 words.

Nominations must also include a resolution naming the nominated candidate, adopted by the Rotary club at a regular meeting and signed by the club secretary.

Additional information, including the District 5360 Governor Position Overview, Governor-nominee Designate Form and the District Governor 2023-2024 Club Nomination Resolution form may be requested by emailing

Contact PDG Tracey with any questions or to request more information by email ( or phone (780) 814-1526.




The Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast is holding a Play For Polio games night on Friday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. MDT. It costs $25 to register. We will be taking a look at Candy Land — a game created to give children in polio wards an escape. Then we will do a couple of rounds of Codenames (a tabletop board game that we will play in two groups of spies and spymasters,  over Zoom). We will wrap up the evening playing Lie Swatter — an online party game you watch on Zoom and compete in using your cellphone. 

The event is open to everyone but limited to the first 100 people who register.  


The Rotary E-club of Canada One Polio Quiz

Complete the quiz for a chance to win one of two Paul Harris Fellowships that will be awarded.

All correct quiz submissions, accompanied by proof of a minimum $20 donation to Polio Plus will be eligible to win a Paul Harris Fellowship. The draw will be made November 13 and winners will be recognized during our November 17 Fellowship Assembly.

An anonymous donor challenges others to make a donation to End Polio Now by matching up to a total of $500 for all donations towards polio eradication.

Link to the quiz is HERE


Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway Bottle Drive — raising funds for emergency school lunches. 

Now that school lunches have been cancelled due to COVID-19, some children are going without lunch because they don't have the resources to bring one from home.

Our bottle drive offers contactless pickup on Mondays, from October 26 to November 16.

Email GatewayRotaryYEG@gmail.comto arrange for pickup. (Include your name, phone number and address.)


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

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


Edmonton Strathcona 50/50


Win up to $5,000 while delivering some Christmas happiness to your homebound, isolated and senior neighbours who are counting on you!  

The money raised will be donated to Meals on Wheels to ensure the continuation of the subsidized meal program that so many depend on. By purchasing a ticket, you will give so much more than a meal.

Purchase tickets until October 31. Draw date: November 6.


The winner is guaranteed to win $2,000 or up 50 per cent of the proceeds. The other 50 per cent will go to support local Rotary projects. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sales end: November 3. Draw: November 10.


The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has just launched its second online 50/50 draw to support local youth organizations.

For the last 12 years, the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan has provided safe rides home to residents who have been out enjoying themselves during the Christmas season, through Operation Red Nose. This service has raised $67,000 to support community youth organizations.  Due to COVID-19 we will be unable to provide this service this year, but we still want to provide funding to local youth organizations.

Click here to purchase tickets. Sales end November 16


Rotary Club of Wainwright’s Beer for a Year raffle

Prizes: Two beer-for-a-year packages ($1,000 value), barbecue ($850), patio set ($850) and a meat gift package ($100). Proceeds will help to fund the CT Scanner Project at the Wainwright Health Care Centre. Purchase tickets ($5 each) by texting Cal Clarke at 780-209-0213 and e-transferring  your fee to You will receive a picture of your tickets.

Draw date: November 22.


Normally, at this time of year, the Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc would be selling tickets for our annual cruise raffle. COVID-19 has changed that so we are excited to announce our new online 50/50 raffle. The money raised will go to support local, national and international projects.  

Ticket sales end November 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn December 10 during the club’s weekly meeting at the Redtail Landing Golf Course.


Win cars, trucks, ATVs, renew-your-room packages, gift certificates, cash and more in the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie—Swan City 21st annual Cars for Christmas Lottery. Proceeds will support 13 non-profit groups as well as eight food banks in the Grande Prairie region. Buy your tickets in October and $1 from every ticket sold will go to the food banks to provide food security for those in need. Get your tickets before Nov 1 and you’ll also be entered to win $10,000 cash in our bonus draw. Visit for more info or to get your tickets.

Sales end December 30, 2020


Club Announcements Welcome – Has your club any upcoming events Rotarians from other clubs should know about? Email a brief description, including a link to a website for more information, to register or to buy tickets, to We’ll include your information in a future issue of CONNECTIONS and will tweet (or retweet your tweets) about your event. All submissions are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Announcements will be repeated as space permits. Deadline for submission for the next issue of CONNECTIONS (November 1) is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 30.

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