Rotary District 5370 Update
June 20, 2021

In this issue:

Articles recently posted on the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: New satellite e-club links young professional from around the world and Update from ShelterBox Canada: Burkina Faso is one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa
 
Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee;  Rotary District 5370 Indigenous Committee Speaker Series: Metis Matters (June 22); Rotary - End Polio Now Virtual Run 2021(September 11-19); and.
 

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of YEG Passport: 50/50 Raffle Supporting Sinkunia; Canada Day Cash Raffle  Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Strathcona and Edmonton Whyte Avenue); and Rotary Club of Edmonton golf tournament (August 9)

A Foundation Moment: What is the Best Way to Make a Year-End Gift?

Membership Matters: Membership tools and resources for Rotary International 

Deadline for submissions for the June 27 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, June 24. Send your submission to communications@Rotary5370.org.

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Articles recently posted on

It is estimated that about 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes and at least 13.4 million require humanitarian assistance.

The instability, insecurity and the pandemic present in Burkina Faso have made it difficult for aid workers to reach displaced families. ShelterBox has partnered with the NGO Help to support vulnerable families.

Rihanata’s family is one of 900 that received aid from ShelterBox.

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New satellite e-club links young professional from around the world

They live half a world from each other, but they are connected to each other as charter members of a new satellite club.

For some this means they are reconnecting with Rotary a decade or more after they participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program or were members of an Interact club. Others are connecting with Rotary for the first time.

The Satellite E-Club of Canada One (SECCO) Global Professionals, sponsored by the Rotary E-Club of Canada One (RECCO), celebrated receiving its charter on the afternoon of Saturday, May 1.

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This 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk to raise funds to eradicate polio is a Rotary Days of Service Project, co-sponsored by Rotary District 5370 and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview.

Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and others are encouraged to sign up to complete their virtual 5K or 10K walk or run any time between September 11 and 19. Together we can End Polio Now! Register Today!

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The green toilet that has been appearing on front lawns throughout Slave Lake is part of  a successful Rotary club fundraiser. 

Rotarian Nicole Baril says she hoped that “Get Flushed with the Travelling Toilet” would raise $1,000, but that pot has grown to $1,300 since the campaign began on June 1 and   the toilet will continue to appear throughout the community until the end of June.

Community residents who discover the toilet on their lawn can contact Nicole and pay $10 to have Rotarians come and remove the toilet. For an extra $10 (a total of $20) they will also deliver the toilet to one of the recipient’s friends.

For $30 the Rotarians will take the toilet away, deliver it to a friend and guarantee it will never come back.

Getting ready for the fundraiser took a bit of preparation.

“We decorated the toilet by spray-painting it green. Then we stuffed a pair of pants and made it appear that someone was being flushed down the drain,” Nicole says. “We also filled the tank with flowers and a plunger.”

Nicole says she been busier than she anticipated. “I thought I would receive a call once a day, but we have days when we have moved the toilet eight times,” she says. “I’ll be glad when the month is over.”

The feedback from non-Rotarians who have had the toilet appear on their lawns has been positive. “They feel it’s a good fundraiser, especially when we have to social distance,” Nicole says.

Based on this year’s success, she predicts that the travelling toilet will become an annual fundraiser.

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Receive the recognition your club deserves

There are two District awards that are specific to the year for which they are presented. The first is a recurring award that is tied to the annual theme chosen by the Rotary International president. For 2020-2021, President Holger Knaack’s theme was “Rotary Opens Opportunities.”

Annual Theme Award —This award is presented to a club that serves locally and/or internationally in ways that reflect the Rotary International theme for the current year and are related to one or more of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

Everyone hopes that the other year-related award is one that will never again be presented to any club after 2020-2021:

Pandemic Pivot Award —This award recognizes a club that has responded effectively to the challenges imposed by COVID-19 by continuing to meet, to put Service Above Self, and to “build goodwill and better friendships.”

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 Rot5370@telus.net by August 1, 2021 (include 2020-2021 Awards in the subject line). Awards will be presented in the fall.

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Rotary International has an extensive collection of resources and tools to improve the Rotary experience for current members and to help clubs attract and retain new members. Here you can learn how to assess your club, engage current members, connect with prospective members, follow membership leads, make new members feel welcome, develop your club and start a new club. 

Sign in to my.Rotary.org to access this information.

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Join Rotary Club of Edmonton for its annual golf fundraiser tournament Monday, August 9 at Highlands Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit Lurana Shelter, a first-stage, emergency shelter providing safe, secure refuge and emergency services. Click here to learn more and register as an individual or a team of four.

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The Summer Cash 50/50 Jackpot is growing! Current jackpot is over $210,000!! 

Win half the jackpot, up to $175,000!

See the prizes and get your tickets at www.cashandcamping.com 

Joint fundraiser of the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie Sunrise, Swan City and After Five.

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Click here for additional information.

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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 karen@kamca.ca stating your previous Youth Exchange experience. Individuals from all areas of District 5370 are encouraged to apply.

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Canada Day Cash Raffle 

The Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Strathcona and Edmonton Whyte Avenue are excited to announce our new online 50/50 fundraiser in support of Wounded Warriors Canada! 

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider utilizing clinical best practices and evidence-informed care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s veterans, first responders and their families. 

Grab your tickets now! Sales end June 30.

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The District 5370 Indigenous Speaker Series presents:

Métis Matters

June 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm MDT

Join Zoom Meeting         

Meeting ID: 979 8868 8152

Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt, an associate professor at the Werklund School of Education at University of Calgary, traces her ancestral roots back to the historic Red River settlement and, more recently, to Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in northeastern Alberta. Yvonne worked with members of the Fishing Lake community to create a series of 19 intergenerational digital stories that are included in the 2020 Routledge publication of Digital Storytelling in Indigenous Education: A Decolonizing Journey for a Metis Community. Yvonne has published in the realm of social justice, media studies, Métis studies, reconciliatory pedagogy, service learning and the integration of arts in education. She earned a Werklund Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, a Students Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations Distinguished Academic Early Career Award in 2018 and the Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Teaching in 2021.

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Independent senator and former Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons will be speaking to the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview at 7:30 a.m. MDT on Tuesday, July 13. Join us to learn about life as a Canadian senator.

Meeting ID: 889 9702 7828

Passcode: 5370

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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.

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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!

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The mission of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora is to help women and children in need. Due to the pandemic, we also decided to support Edmonton restaurants. At this time, we would usually be gearing up to host our annual spring Diversity fundraiser. This year, we'll be honouring our diversity theme by choosing a range of restaurants that reflect Edmonton's global food scene. Help us help our local small businesses and non-profit organizations in need.

Our Diversity Restaurant 50/50 Raffle is a supporting local 2-for-1: half of the funds raised will go toward gift cards for local restaurants which will be raffled off to ticket holders on June 30. The other half will help fund Glenora Rotary's Community Service activities and donations.    

Click here to purchase tickets. Sales end June 28. 

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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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