Rotary District 5370 Update
January 24, 2021

In this issue:

From the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: District Learning and Development to provide training to 2021-2020 presidents-elect and other club leaders and ShelterBox: Getting Our Aid Where it is Needed Most

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: DG Jim’s ShelterBox Challenge; President-Elect training (February 9); District Office closed;  District 2232 (Belarus & Ukraine) Rotary Vocational Forum (January 30); PolioPlus Update and Conversation (January 26); The Future of Rotary with Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko; and Memorial Award established to honour PDG David Taylor

Club Fundraising: Rotary Club of Edmonton's 2nd annual Robert Burns luncheon (January 25) and raffle and Dogs with Wings 50/50 raffle (Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona)

A Foundation Moment: What is the Goal of Rotary Foundation Grants?  (Part 2 of 3)

Membership Matters:  Stop Recruiting/Start Attracting

Deadline for submissions for the January 31 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, January 29. Send your submission to

DG Jim's ShelterBox Challenge

Tess Widdifield of ShelterBox Canada and District 5370 Governor Jim Ferguson challenge the District's Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs to support ShelterBox, enabling ShelterBox and Rotary can carry on with much need international help. 


• As an individual, give a gift in someone’s name to ShelterboxCanada for those in need. See District 5370 individual Rotarians Stock-a-Box campaign.

• As a club, contribute $1,200 now to be a Shelterbox Hero Rotary Club in 2020-21.  (Let’s increase from 40 per cent last year to 50 per cent the number of District 5370 clubs who support ShelterBox Canada.)

• Commit to undertaking a small fundraising campaign for ShelterBox. Check out these fundraising ideas

Contact Bernie Kreiner (RC of Hinton), ShelterBox Canada ambassador in D5370 if you want a club presentation. Email ( or call (780-865-9355)

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This month, the Learning and Development committee launched an ambitious program to prepare presidents-elect to lead their Rotary and Rotaract clubs during 2021-2022.

The training is based on the 2019-2022 edition of Rotary International publication, Leading Your Club and feedback from participants in previous president-elect training.

“Past presidents-elect have said that they really appreciate having smaller breakout sessions where they can converse freely with a small group of anywhere between three to five people,” says L&D committee chair Jody Swanson (RC of St. Albert). “They have time to discuss problems or issues or things that are happening in their club and then get feedback from other people in their group on solutions or possible solutions that they could try.”

The program consists of six interactive webinars, previous recorded webinars and training videos from the Learning Centre available at


In the era of COVID-19, the challenges of transporting aid around the world are greater than ever. But as the world around us is constantly changing so too is how we get our ShelterBox aid to the families who need it most. 

You may remember when all our aid was shipped from our ShelterBox operations headquarters warehouse in Cornwall, England, to disaster zones across the world. Over the years, our ways of working have adapted so we can provide the most effective aid package in the most efficient way. One of those changes was introducing pre-positioning hubs into our supply chain. This means that we have moved to a system of storing aid items in strategic locations around the world. This pre-positioned aid makes it quicker and cheaper to move the aid to where it is needed when responding to a disaster. 

Our logistics and procurement team constantly monitors stock levels in each of our storage locations. After stock is allocated to a response, we place orders to replenish the warehouse immediately, which is why Rotary support is so important. There are many considerations when it comes to pre-positioning aid, including manufacturing times, transit times, frequency of stock use and space and container optimization.



Stop Recruiting/Start Attracting

Click here to listen to a 30-minute recording of a presentation by Rotarian Bill Wittich, the author of Stop Recruiting/Start Attracting: A Book about Change and Membership in Rotary Clubs.

2:20: Five reasons people want to be part of Rotary

4:00: Three keys to attraction

9:30: Three things to look for in a new member

10:00: Defining people you want to attract

16:30: Where to find people to attract

23:00: Three attraction tips


The Future of Rotary

On January 6, the Rotary Club of Troy, Mich., and District 6380 hosted a presentation by Rotary International General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, who shared his thoughts on the future of Rotary and issued six calls to action:

  1. Rotaracts- get them more involved, invite them to club events
  2. Member retention/engagement - think about adjusting meeting times, network events, more service. Reach out to members who may have "disappeared" during the current online environment.
  3. Innovation - New ways of doing projects, different club models
  4. Unleash your creativity with fundraising - Stretch the limits on your creativity in coming up with new ideas to raise funds
  5. Connectivity - Continue to be connected to each other, clubs, district, Fellowships
  6. Reach out to struggling clubs who are not meeting during the pandemic

Click link to view a recording of Hewko’s presentation (begins at the 10:30 minute mark and his calls to action at 29:00):


Memorial Award established to honour PDG David Taylor

The Rotary Club of Camrose has established a memorial scholarship in recognition of David Taylor’s 35 years of commitment and dedication to the Rotary and Camrose. 

The $1,000 David Taylor Service Above Self Memorial Award will be awarded annually to a University of Alberta, Augustana Campus student based on academic standing and demonstrated leadership in school or community.

Elaine, David’s wife of 58 years, said this award “is very fitting as a job at Camrose Lutheran College (now Augustana) brought us to Camrose in 1984. Rotary provided so many experiences for both of us in the way of service to the community and beyond”.

David truly demonstrated Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” in his many contributions locally and to other communities across the region and around the globe. 

David was instrumental in promoting several of Rotary’s international projects, including bringing educational opportunities to Belize and better medical care for infants in Tanzania and Jamaica.

Locally, he supported projects including the Rotary Four Seasons Park, Rotary Youth Centre, and the many fundraising initiatives of the club.

A member of the Rotary Club of Camrose since June 1984, David served as club president in 2001-2002 and as District Governor in 2007-2008. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Charter Member and Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Benefactor.



Win up to $10,000 while supporting Dogs with Wings (DWW)  

Dogs with Wings (DWW) is a leader in the international community of assistance-dog training schools. They breed, raise, train and place service dogs, autism service dogs, companion dogs and facility dogs.

Proceeds from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona’s virtual 50/50 fundraiser will go to DWW to ensure the continuation of the dog training programs. The cost  to DWW to breed, raise, train and place one dog is approximately $40,000 but the cost to its clients is only $1.00. 

Ticket sales end March 1.


District Office closed

Due to new 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 (


The second in the series of sessions to prepare presidents-elect to lead Rotary and Rotaract clubs during 2021-2022 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. MST. Topics to be covered during this session, which will be led by DGE Donna Barrett and Area Governor Marilyn Mucha, are running your meetings and club, online tools and reporting.

Click here to register for this session.

Click here to view the recording of the first session (January 19), which focused on planning the year, leading Rotarians, leadership styles and the Rotary Learning Centre. 

Future PE training sessions are planned for March 9, April 13, May 11 and in June (date TBD).


PolioPlus Update and Conversation with PDG and District Foundation chair Tim Schilds on Tuesday, January 26, 8:00-9:00 MST.

The evening will include information on the history of polio, Rotary’s efforts to eradicate the disease, where we are now and how you can help in our efforts. Come ready to exchange ideas about what your club is doing to help eradicate polio as there will be at least one breakout session. 

If you have any specific areas you would like to have discussed, please contact Tim at and he will do his best to add it in.

Click here to register 

The Rotary Club of Edmonton is hosting its 2nd annual Robert Burns luncheon via Zoom at noon on Monday, January 25, the 262nd anniversary of the famous Scottish poet’s birth. During his short, 37-year life, Burns wrote hundreds of poems and more than 300 songs, including the ubiquitous New Year’s Eve favourite, “Auld Lang Syne.”  Today, annual Burns dinner celebrations in his memory are held all over the world.

The meeting will feature bagpipes, Burns poems and music, and Scottish door prizes from the Robert Burns World Federation gift shop. The keynote presentation will be given by Alex Thomson, the current “bard” of the Edmonton Burns Club and a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, the home of Robert Burns.

In connection with this meeting, the club is selling raffle tickets for three baskets of Scotch whisky and wine, with proceeds going to the Edmonton Food Bank.

1st Prize: Scotch and Wine Basket valued at $600 

2nd Prize: Scotch and Wine Basket valued at $400 

3rd Prize: Scotch and Wine Basket valued at $200

Ticket sales end January 28.


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

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






District 2232 (Belarus & Ukraine) Rotary Vocational Forum

Saturday, January 30

January is Vocational Service Month on the Rotary calendar. This is a good time to strengthen the network of Rotary professional connections. Since being founded as a business networking organization, Rotary has emphasized the importance of bringing together business and professional leaders for the purpose of exchanging ideas, developing relationships and improving communities. 

This event is planned to strengthen Rotary relations and create a platform for connections between Rotarians as professionals from different countries. Each participant will find something interesting in plenary sessions, during breakout sessions in the Session Zone, at professional booths in the Expo Zone, or during personal communication one-to-one in the Network Zone.

Click here for more information and to register.

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