Rotary District 5370 Update
August 30, 2020

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The District’s new membership chair is clear about the challenge our District faces—to turn around the trend that has seen membership numbers declining.

District 5370 has the dubious distinction of having the second-largest decline in membership among the 21 Districts in Rotary International’s Zone 28 over the past year.

“For everyone who we brought into Rotary last year, two others left,” says Tyla Savard, who serves as membership chair and as president of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.

The net membership decline across the District during 2019-2020 was 190.




African region certified wild polio-free

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world.

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

(From a messages to District Governors from RI President Holger Knaack and K.R. Ravindran, Chair, The Rotary Foundation)



2020 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association’s annual Hands Across the Border Assembly, a virtual conference experience hosted by the Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise. 

Saturday, September 19

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. MDT

No-cost event, but please register.

The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is the first trans-boundary peace park in the world, envisioned by Rotarians from Canada and the USA and approved by both governments in 1932.



Just 13 days until:

Saturday, September 12

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MDT

Here are three great reasons to pre-register for the Vision 2020 Virtual District Conference:

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. People who pre-register will receive an email with instructions on how to access the conference site.
  3. People who pre-register can win thank-you gifts, such as those that have already been won:

$25 Tim Hortons gift card—won by Morgan Guerin (RC of Grande Prairie)

Free scotch-tasting package, worth $50—won by Holly Astill (RC of Whitecourt).


Participate in Vision 2020 to Open Opportunities to hear outstanding speakers from around the world and visit the virtual project fair.


Consider helping to defer the costs of Vision 2020 by becoming an individual, club or corporate sponsor.


Interested in Rotary youth programs? Want to get more involved? Consider becoming the District’s Youth Services chair. Contact DG Jim Ferguson ( to learn more.


Watch the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention breakout sessions

Recordings of the breakout sessions and other resources are available in the Learning Center through May 2021. Look for them in the 2020 Virtual Convention Breakout Presentations learning topic.

You can also visit the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention site to watch featured breakout sessions, including:

Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members – Embracing a few best practices for engaging with participants in the virtual world will inspire you to create experiences that are memorable and meaningful.

Grow Rotary Through New Club Types – Learn about new club models, processes for starting new clubs, and the factors underpinning success.

Engage Young Families with Service and Alternative Meetings – Learn to position Rotary as quality family time and a lesson on community.


The Peter Lee Classic Golf tournament in support of Inclusion Alberta (A Rotary Employment Partnership partner)

Thursday, September 24

$150 entry fee for each golfer

Hosted by Foster Park Brokers, an inclusive employer that named the tournament after a young man it hired three years ago—Peter Lee.

Click here for more information or to register.


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