Rotary District 5370 Update
June 27, 2021

In this issue:

Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: 2021-2022 DG Donna Barrett’s introductory video; District Changeover Event; Most of July issue of Rotary Canada focuses on District 5370; Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee; Invitations to attend Rotary clubs meetings: Edmonton (June 28) & Edmonton Riverview (July 13); Virtual Zones 28 & 32 Foundation Gala a great success; End Polio Now Virtual Run 2021(September 11-19); Zones 28 & 32 Interact Convention (March 10 - 13, 2022), Calgary; and Returning to in-person meetings?

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: Why Do We Support Our Rotary Foundation?

Membership Matters: An indication idea

Learning Opportunities: Considering hybrid club meetings? 

Deadline for submissions for the July 11 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, July 8. Send your submission to


From her garden in Edmonton, incoming DG Donna introduces the 2021-2022 theme—Serve to Change Lives—and previews the new Rotary year and plans for her “Rotary Appreciation Tour” of our District. Click here to view.


Click here to view the recording of the District Changeover Event hosted by the Rotary E-Club of Canada One (RECCO) on June 19. District Governor (2020-2021) Jim Ferguson reviewed the past year and incoming District Governor Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) previewed 2021-2022.


Returning to in-person meetings?

“As things change, we know clubs are excited about returning to in-person or hybrid meetings,” says 2021-2021 District Governor Donna Barrett. “As you make your plans, it  is important that clubs review and follow the relevant local public health guidelines.”

Links to provincial and territorial public health websites are available on the District website.

“We encourage clubs to keep the safety of members and guests in mind as they plan for face-to-face gatherings,” Donna says.

The District’s insurance provider recommends that clubs maintain attendance records for contact tracing in case meeting attendees come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19. 

“We must also recognize that individual Rotarians and Rotaractors will have different comfort levels with returning to in-person meetings,” Donna says. “Clubs may wish to gather members’ input through a survey as part of their planning for future meetings.”

Information has been posted to the District’s Virtual Learning Library (left side of the page) to assist clubs considering holding hybrid meetings (in-person with the option to join virtually).


Here are are some “precautionary risk management measures” related to meetings, provided by the District’s insurance provider:

1. Meet the current government & health authority guidelines.

2. Meeting/Event invite recommendations:
• Post social distancing protocols and expectations that they be followed., such as no handshaking, no hugging, masks required whenever not speaking or eating, etc.
• Post a disclaimer on the invite that indicates that members and guests come at their own risk as there is no way for the club or District to ensure zero risk of transmission (if possible, have a lawyer member assist in writing disclaimer). 

3. Venue

• Consider a larger or outdoor venue whenever possible to allow to for the ease of social distancing.
• Talk to the venue provider and ask about their social distancing measures.
• Post social distancing measures at the entry of the venue.

4. Room configuration & seating: Ensure that physical distancing is possible for all attendees.

5. Food: No buffets or shared plates.

6. Running the Meeting:
• Share the social distancing protocols and the importance of following them.
• Do not pass a wireless microphone around for open mike. If you do, sanitize the mic after every use. 

• Consider having a basket on the way out where members can place happy bucks or donations as opposed to handing a basket around.

7. Good Record Keeping: Maintain a log of all steps taken to reduce exposure of COVID transmission as well as a log the attendees and contact information (This is key as to be able to advise attendants if it is later discovered that COVID cases were potentially transmitted at the specific event). 


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!


Most of July issue of Rotary Canada focuses on District 5370

Articles and photos from our District fill the July issue of the Rotary Canada magazine, which should have arrived in your mailbox along with the Rotary magazine recently.

The feature article, consuming two pages of the eight-page publication, describes how the Rotary Club of Yellowknife—True North created a link to the community’s past by constructing a 20-metre-long steel suspension bridge to the historic Black Bay Cemetery. 

Turn the page to discover a profile of Rotarian Tamara Larson (RC of Edmonton Whyte Avenue) who was the District youth service chair for more than three years—a period during which the District established itself as a leader in youth programs. Tamara currently serves on Rotary International’s Leadership Development and Training Committee and on July 1 she will become the District’s new public image chair.


Receive the recognition your club deserves

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.


Here’s an idea from the Satellite E-Club of Canada One Global Professionals (SECCO) that your club might adopt when inducting new members. As each of the SECCO’s nine members was introduced during the new club’s charter event, a slide appeared on the screen with a photo and information about the new member—where they live, education and profession, previous connection with Rotary, hobbies and interests and in the bottom right corner a graphic representing the Rotary area of focus that interests them the most.


Considering hybrid club meetings?

The District Learning and Development committee has gathered information to assist clubs that are considering moving to hybrid meetings (in-person with the option to attend remotely):

Zoom 101 Basics and Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid Rotary Meetings Technology Guide

TGIG Checklist for for VIP Hybrid Meetings

TGIG Virtual Meeting Guide


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.


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 

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


Click here for additional information.




Invitations to attend Rotary clubs meetings

RC of Edmonton

Monday, June 28, 12:00 p.m. MDT

Guest speaker: Dr. Shalene Jobin, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

Topic: The history of Treaty 6 and treaty relations in Alberta

"For better or worse, we're all on these lands to stay. So, how do we have better relationships with each other where all of us can live miyo pimatisiwin, the good life?”

 – Dr. Shalene Jobin

Click here to join via Zoom. If using the telephone, call 587-328-1099 and enter

Meeting ID: 910 9279 5376 Password: 909387


RC of Edmonton Riverview

Tuesday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. MDT

Guest speaker: Senator Paula Simons

Topic: Life as a Canadian senator

Click here to join via Zoom. If using the telephone, call 587-328-1099 and enter Meeting ID: 889 9702 7828 Passcode: 5370.


Virtual Zones 28 & 32 Foundation Gala a great success

Our District had the fourth highest participation rate (of 43 Districts in our zone) at the virtual Foundation Gala held May 12.

With 69 tickets sold our District contributed US$17,000 to TRF and PolioPlus.

Across the zone, 850 tickets were sold and US$183,000 was raised.


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.


Zones 28 & 32 Interact Convention

March 10 - 13, 2022

Best Western Premier Hotel, Calgary (District 5360)

Early bird registration closes October 15, 2021. Six Interact students and one chaperone will be allocated to each district in Zones 28 and 32 during this early bird period. Each early bird spot is CA$841 ($700 registration fee plus a $141 refundable deposit). Visit the convention website for additional information and to take advantage of the early bird rate. Clubs may reserve a convention spot now and select the student who will attend later.



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.


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!


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. 


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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