Rotary District 5370 Update
May 30, 2021

In this issue:

District Governor Jim Ferguson's video message for June--Fellowships Month
Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention (June 12-16); Apply to be RYLA chair;    Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee; District 5370 Interact Committee: Join our 2021-2022 team; Rotary Foundation Chat (June 9); Steven's Hope for Mozambique (RC of Edmonton Gateway-- June 9); and Nahanee Creative Speaker Series (Fridays in June) .

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of YEG Passport: 50/50 Raffle Supporting Sinkunia; Rotary Club of Wainwright: Beer for a Year raffle; and Grande Prairie clubs: Oxygen for Life–Help India Breathe (June 2)

A Foundation Moment: What can Your $500 Contribution to The Rotary Foundation Do?

Membership Matters: 

Learning Opportunities: The Rotary Brand

Deadline for submissions for the June 6 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, June 3. Send your submission to


Click here to view District Governor Jim Ferguson’s final video message—June is Fellowships Month

Related Rotary International District 5370 News blog post: Fellowships link Rotarians from around the world with shared interests


Nahanee Creative Speaker Series

We are Celebrating Indigenous Peoples History Month by amplifying Indigenous Inspiration with our inaugural Nahanee Creative Speaker Series!

We will be hosting four one-hour Interactive Introductions over the month of June with brilliant guest speakers. Join us!

Here’s a full list of the events and links to the tickets:

Indigenous Resistance: A Nahanee Decolonial Timeline
Friday, June 4, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Latash Maurice Nahanee, Squamish
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with her uncle, Squamish Elder Latash Maurice Nahanee, talking about their lineage of organizers and changemakers and their contributions to cultural resurgence in labour, law, education, media and performing arts.

Actioning UNDRIP

Friday,June 11, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Ginger Gosnell-Myer, Nisga’a and Kwakwak'awakw
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with Ginger Gosnell-Myers discussing the possibilities and stalls to actioning commitments to implementing the 46 articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Identities
Friday,June 18, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten, Squamish
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Ta7talíya-men Paisley Eva Nahanee in conversation with Khelsilem exploring intersections of Indigenous Identities including urban Indigeneity, queerness and more.

Territorial Acknowledgements: From Awareness to Practice
Friday,June 21, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Hosted by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee
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Join Ta7talíya Nahanee, Squamish, to personalize your connection to acknowledging Indigenous Territories on National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Land Back: Global Intersections & Solidarity
June 25, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speakers: Mo Dhaliwal and Anita Lal
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with Mo and Anita, from Poetic Justice Foundation, to discuss the possibilities of solidarity in global Land Back movements.


Receive the recognition your club deserves

Each year, the District highlights the exemplary efforts of Rotary and Rotaract clubs with awards for service (community, international and youth), membership development, enhancing Rotary’s public image, and supporting The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. There is also an award for the club that most effectively embraced the RI annual theme (Rotary Opens Opportunities) and this year there’s another for a club that pivoted to continue to meet, service and build goodwill and friendships during the pandemic.

Click here for a list of the 2020-2021 District awards and then submit your descriptions of your club’s award-worthy projects, programs and activities to by August 1, 2021 (include 2020-2021 Awards in the subject line. Awards will be presented in the fall.


Four membership-related breakout sessions during the 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention:

Saturday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. MDT: Rotary Alumni: A Hidden Gem for Membership and Service – Explore ways to engage alumni in Rotary activities and discuss ideas to help Rotarians attract alumni to new or existing clubs.

Saturday, June 12, 5:00 p.m. MDT: Innovative Ideas to Start a New Rotary Club – This session will discuss breaking the steps of starting a new Rotary Club into manageable parts. Hear from members of the Rotary Club of Metropolitano de Santiago as they share how they created a new club focused on bringing together young professionals. 

Monday, June 14, 7:00 a.m. MDT: Grow Rotary Through Engagement – Learn why members join and leave Rotary and Rotaract, ways to ensure Rotarians and Rotaractors find long-term value in their membership, and tangible activities to improve the Rotary experience.

Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. MDT): Mission Inclusion: Accelerating DEI in Rotary – Join a small group ideation breakout with Rotary DEI leaders to learn what Rotarians say are important DEI issues, and accelerate DEI in your club, district and zone. Celebrate progress, get connected with like-minded Rotarians and continue our journey to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that opens opportunity for all.

Click here to register for the 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention, June 12 - 16.


The Rotary Brand

Learn more about our brand and what you can do to strengthen Rotary’s brand by enrolling in this 15-minute interactive course, available in the Public Image section of the Rotary Learning Center. You need to sign into your account to complete this course.

Related Rotary International District 5370 News blog post: You would never use this logo, so why do so many Rotarians continue to use this one?


Are you looking to get involved? Do you want to make a positive difference in Rotary? Apply to serve as chair of RYLA! Youth Services is looking for a dynamic leader to serve in this position for the 2021-22 Rotary year

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) brings Interactors from across District 5370 together for a one-day developmental conference packed with workshops and speakers intended to empower confidence and teach vital skills required for those stepping into leadership roles.

To apply, submit your resumé and a letter of intent by email to, no later than May 31. For questions or clarification, please reach out to our Youth Services co-chairs, Elizabeth Bonkink and Myles Dykes by email at


Interested? The application link is here.



The Cash and Camping Lottery’s Summer Sizzler Early Bird Package will turn your location into a staycation!

Create your own outdoor paradise with this Early Bird package valued at over $10,000! 

  • New Founders legacy pellet grill complete with accessories, rubs, sauces and pellets
  • Blackman’s Butcher Shop gift card ($1,000)
  • Canadian Tire gift card ($4,000)
  • Kakwa Stone & Landscaping gift card ($2,000)

Plus you’ll be entered to win RVs, ATVs, boats, cash and more!

Add on your Summer Cash 50/50 tickets for a shot at winning up to $175,000! 

Don’t forget your 10 days of Summer tickets: 10 days. 20 winners. $68,000 in prizes!

See the prizes and get your tickets at 

All lottery proceeds support three Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie as well as seven other non-profit groups.  

Early Bird Ticket Cut-off is TODAY (May 30). 


Minimum prize: $4,000. Ticket sales end today (May 30)



District Office closed

Due to 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 (


Steven's Hope for Mozambique

On Wednesday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m. MDT, Dr. Lorne Parker will speak on behalf of Steven's Hope for Mozambique at the weekly zoom meeting of Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway. Please join us.

Club Fundraiser: Contribute to this project via Go Fund Me.


Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee  

This important committee facilitates Youth Exchange and assists in creating amazing youth experiences. The rewards are endless — you are literally changing the lives of youth in Canada and abroad.

To be an advisor, you must have a current VPRC and previous Youth Exchange experience (host parent, counsellor).  

Committee members cannot host exchange students or be inbound counsellors.

If you are interested, please email Karen Munjak at stating your previous Youth Exchange experience. Individuals from all areas of District 5370 are encouraged to apply.


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, June 9, 7:30 p.m. MDT

Topics to be discussed:

The Rotary Club of Northwest Spirit is looking to partner with other clubs for a project the club is trying to put together in Tanzania. Courtney Hughes of the Northwest Spirit club will make a presentation related to this project.

The Plus in PolioPlus (a presentation by PDG Tim)

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 2021 Virtual Convention (June 12–16) will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

The registration fee is US$65.


Grande Prairie’s Rotary and Rotaract clubs have joined forces to raise money for Rotary’s Oxygen Banks in India. On Wednesday, June 2, we are holding a drive-in movie, showing Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Grande Sunset Theatre in Evergreen Park. This event is open to Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, friends and family. Tickets are $30 + $4.48 (GST and processing) and are available online here.


Rotary Club of YEG Passport

The Sinkunia Community Development Organization works both in Edmonton and Sierra Leone. This Pan-African organization embodies the spirit of Ubuntu (Oo-Boon-Tu).

Sinkunia’s work in Edmonton includes developing youth leadership within African and Caribbean communities so they may become ambassadors of diversity, equity and inclusion. They focus on youth resiliency by addressing issues of racism and discrimination in a positive manner. This work reduces social isolation and improves mental health among some of the most vulnerable youth in our city.

Tickets sales end July 16.


The Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc is holding another 50/50 Raffle with a maximum prize of up to $100,000 ($40,000 minimum prize). The proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Leduc, Leduc & District Food Bank and Rise-up Society.

Ticket sales end June 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day!


Start Gathering Your Important Documents

Saturday, June 19

9:00 - 12:00 noon MDT

Kingsway Mall

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview

Benefiting inner-city elementary school programs and our work with the Operation Friendship Society, supporting Edmonton’s inner-city seniors.


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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