Rotary District 5370 Update
November 29, 2020

In this issue:

From the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: 2021 Edmonton area Integrity Awards’ planning will factor-in the pandemic

Upcoming Rotary International, District and Club events and announcements: The District 5370 Fall Club Learning Series; dates for President-Elect training; the Rotary International Convention 2021; global e-club meeting; and an update from ShelterBox

Club fundraisers: Cars for Christmas Lottery (Grande Prairie--Swan City); Rotary Club of St. Albert--Saint City Wine Survivor; Edmonton Riverview and Edmonton West Hot Sauce Sales; The Rotary E-Club of Canada One’s Non-Event Fundraiser; YEG Passport online auction; and 50/50 Raffles: Slave Lake, Sherwood Park and Nisku-Leduc.

A Foundation Moment: What the “architect” of The Rotary Foundation had to say

Membership Matters: Make a list of club members’ responsibilities

Deadline for submissions for the December 6 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, December 4. Send your submission to

Recent Posts to:

After having its plans for a traditional awards banquet disrupted by COVID-19, the organizers of the 2021 Edmonton area Integrity Awards are taking the pandemic into consideration as they plan for next year’s awards.

“We were one week away from the banquet (in the spring) when the pandemic was declared and we had to cancel,” says the chair of the Integrity Awards organizing committee Jim Saunderson (RC of Edmonton). “The difference this year is that we know about COVID-19 and are planning for it.”

That means the awards will likely be presented virtually during an online event in March or April.

Jim plans to get the ball rolling with a virtual meeting of representatives of interested clubs on Tuesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. MST.

“Anyone interested in attending should drop me an email ( with their name, club and email address and I will send them an invite with the coordinates,” Jim says

Besides being planned with the pandemic in mind, the 2021 event will be different in that for the first time Rotaract clubs have the opportunity to be involved.

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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.

All Rotarians and Rotaractors are welcome to attend these programs.

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

Previously Recorded Sessions:

Membership Engagement: Together is Better 

Hosted by Tracey Vavrek, Past District Governor 

Virtual Fundraising: What Clubs Need to Know 

Hosted by John Nicoll, District Governor Nominee


Make a list of club members’ responsibilities

It’s important to engage with potential members beforehand. They will want to know how they can fit in with your club and what opportunities there are for serving. The list should also include information about dues, attendance guidelines, and other club expectations — and it should emphasize the many benefits that come with being a Rotary member.

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




Dates for President-Elect training

The Learning and Development Committee has scheduled five one-hour training sessions for 2020-2021 presidents-elect:

Tuesday January 12, 2021          7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday February 9, 2021          7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday March 9, 2021              7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday April 13, 2021               7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday May 11, 2021                7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

More information available soon


Click here to see how you can support the YEG Passport club and provide opportunities for girls in Uganda.


Update from:

20 YEARS OF GRATITUDE: Home for the Holidays 

As the calendar year comes to a close and we reach the halfway point of the Rotary year, families all over the world are gathering in new ways to find gratefulness in being together, however that may look. Thanks to our supporters in 2020, ShelterBox has been able to ensure that more than 25,000 families have a home for the holidays. Home is the centre of all that we do at ShelterBox, the same way that home is central to our lives, families and communities. 

“For Filipinos, home — or ‘bahay’ as we call it — really is where the heart is. It’s the centre of our family life, our social life and very often our working life, too. At Christmas especially, being able to get together in our own homes means everything to us.”
                             – Rose Placencia,
ShelterBox Operations Philippines

The pandemic did not stop natural disasters from affecting the Philippines this year. Most recently, a series of typhoons including Typhoon Goni, the most powerful storm since 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan, devastated many communities in the region. In 2020, before Typhoon Goni struck, ShelterBox had responded twice to the Philippines, in response to the Taal Volcano eruption and Typhoon Vongfong. As we deploy in response to this new wave of tropical storm destruction, Alejandro and his family are just one of many recovering from Typhoon Vongfong who now have a home for the holidays. 

Typhoon Vongfong (known locally as Ambo) devastated communities across Eastern Samar in the Philippines earlier this year. The destruction caused by the typhoon and the torrential rain that it brought affected nearly half a million people.

Twenty-six-year-old Alejandro lives with his 25-year-old wife, Jennifer, and their three-year-old child, Keth, in the Eastern Samar region. They have lived in this region for four years but, unexpectedly, Typhoon Vongfong destroyed their home. ShelterBox was able to support Alejandro and his family with materials to rebuild. 

We asked Alejandro about the items he received that were most useful to his family’s recovery. “The tarpaulin and the solar light. We used (the tarpaulin) as roof and wall. The solar light is a very big help because we only have one bulb for the entire house. It’s not dark anymore. We feel safe because we are covered with these tarps already. We have our privacy now. Our daughter is smiling more often now because, according to her, we have a new house.”

Support from Rotary Clubs and Rotarians all over the world makes supporting families like Alejandro’s possible. This holiday season we are so grateful for your support, knowing that because of you more families can light up their own homes for the holidays. 

Join ShelterBox Canada Response Team Members and Rotarian staff December 11 via Zoom to ask your questions and learn more about our work in the Philippines. Click here to register

ShelterBox and Rotary have been official partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox Canada is a registered charity independent of Rotary. Click here to learn more or donate to ShelterBox.

As a ShelterBox ambassador, Bernie Kreiner is available to make virtual presentations to Rotary clubs. Email


Email rotary for the meeting link.

Edmonton area Integrity Awards planning meeting

Tuesday, December 1, 5:00 p.m.

Contact Jim Saunderson ( if you plan to attend. Include your name, club and email address and he will send an invite with the co-ordinates.


Win wine for the holidays — or as holiday gifts

Rotary Club of St. Albert—Saint City Wine Survivor

1st prize: 100 bottles

2nd prize: 50 bottles

3rd prize: 25 bottles

Only 1,350 tickets will be sold.

Click here for more information and ticket sales. Sales end December 13.



Buy Hot Sauce from Belize to support literacy initiatives in Belize

Check out this Rotary Hot Sauce jingle, written and performed by Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel to encourage the purchase Hot Sauce from Belize to support literacy initiatives in Belize

As the weather turns cold, here’s your opportunity to bring the Belizean Heat!

To support literacy initiatives in Belize, Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Riverview and Edmonton West have teamed up for a unique and deliciously spicy fundraiser: Marie Sharp’s award-winning hot sauces (plus jams, spreads, chutneys, jellies, salsas, juices and seasonings).  

Ingredients for the world-renowned, award-winning Marie Sharp’s product line are grown on Marie’s 400-acre estate. These ingredients are picked fresh and processed right on the property. It’s all about quality of ingredients and tried-and-proven recipes.

All products are all-natural, gluten-free and have a three-year shelf life. Most sauces do not even need to be refrigerated.

Orders are delivered directly to your address and shipping is free on orders over $99. 

Click here to discover a variety of options and gift packs. Sales end December 31.

Belizean youth—and your stomach—will thank you for ordering Marie Sharp’s!


Non-Event Fundraiser

The Rotary E-Club of Canada One requests the absence of your company at our 

Foundation Fundraiser 

This event won’t take place and you don’t have to go out. We DO need your assistance to make this a success. So please …
• Stay home • Kick back • Read a book • Watch your favourite show • Take a nap • Have a glass of wine • Attend our website meeting or do what every you wish and …

Here’s how you will save up to $600 by not attending: 

• No Raffle Tickets • No Chicken Dinner • No Manicure
• No served wine • No Salon Visit • No new dress • No Silent Auction • No taxi ride 

Instead of spending all this money for one evening out, just make a donation to the Rotary E-Club of Canada One. Learn about our projects and click the donate button on the side bar. 

Fifty per cent of the proceeds go to the Rotary Foundation and the other 50 per cent goes to our projects, doing good in the world. (A minimum of 50 per cent is tax deductible. 

We also accept your e-transfer to (Please Indicate “Non Event” on your donation). 


The Rotary Club of Sherwood Park has launched our first online 50/50 and our first major fundraiser of the 2020-2021 Rotary year.

All proceeds will support our ongoing local and international projects.

Click here to purchase tickets and to see some of the organizations we support. Ticket sales end December 3.


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

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


The Rotary Club of Slave Lake 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

The winner will receive a  minimum cash prize of $4,000 up  to 50% of ticket sales to a maximum of $10,000. 

Ticket sales end December 4. Draw date: December 9


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.



The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be here soon — and it’s going to be an unforgettable experience. Join Rotarians from around the world in Taipei, Taiwan June 12-16 to Feel the Energy at a convention that will offer fantastic entertainment, motivational speakers, inspirational sessions and uplifting energy.

Early-bird discounts end December 15: Rotarians, US$365; Rotarians and guests under 30, US$120, and guests aged 5 to18, US$10.

Watch the official convention video

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