Rotary District 5370 Update
March 28, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: ShelterBox Update: Water, just like shelter, is a human right and 

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: RI President Holger Knaack will speak during the Spring Assembly (April 17); District Office closed; RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration; Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive; Office Space for Rent; Indigenous Speakers Series: Allyship and First Nations Communities (March 31); Wanted: Photos of Rotarians in Action; TRF Grant Certification; Northwest Spirit Rotary Club: Indigenous Culture–Together We Learn (April 6); Youth Services Night to Network (April 8); Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast: Cyber Security (April 18); District 5360 Conference (May 1); and District Spring Assembly (April 17).

Club Fundraising: Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle; Edmonton Riverview 50/50 Raffle; Edmonton Whyte Avenue 50/50 Raffle; and 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery 

A Foundation Moment: What are Some Financial Best Practices with Grant Funds?

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series: Statistics

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): Rotary’s Learning Center now available on mobile devices

Deadline for submissions for the April 4 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, April 2. Send your submission to

RI President Holger Knaack will speak during the Spring Assembly


District Governor Jim Ferguson has another reason for you to register for the District’s Learning Assembly on Saturday, April 17.

“I am very excited to announce that Rotary International President Holger Knaack will address our District on April 17 at the Spring Assembly,” he says.

“With over 530 Districts in the Rotary world, 35,000 Rotary clubs and about 1.2 million Rotarians, it is very special and an honour to have our Rotary International president take time out of his busy schedule to meet with us.”

Register today for the Spring Assembly to hear RI President Holger Knaack!

Click here to learn about all the keynote speakers and breakout sessions that will be part of the Leadership Assembly.

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Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are entitled to clean, safe water. But today, billions of people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water. According to WHO/UNICEF, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. 

Disasters force families out of their homes, making it difficult to access clean drinking water. Disasters cause a huge amount of damage and destruction. Water hand pumps break. Local water sources get filled up with debris, dirt, or chemicals, making it unsafe to drink. 

When families are unable to access clean water, water filters can help produce safe drinking water. Water filters distributed by ShelterBox can remove viruses, bacteria, pathogens, chemical, heavy metals, and fecal matter found in contaminated water. 


Morris  Henderson (RC of Camrose Daybreak) wants to hear the thoughts of Rotarians related to charitable gaming in Alberta, particularly particularly about online 50/50 raffles.

Morris is one of approximately 90 individual representing organizations depending on proceeds from casinos, bingo, raffles and pull tickets who have been invited by Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) to participate in its stakeholder review of the charitable gaming sector in Alberta.

The closure of casinos due to the pandemic has made fundraising a challenge for many clubs in Alberta, some of which have considered online 50/50 raffles as an alternative.


Keynote Speakers: RI President Holger Knaack, Michael Angelo Caruso and Niigaan Sinclair 

Breakout Sessions for all club leaders: presidents-elect, treasurers, secretaries, Foundation, membership, international Service and public image chairs, plus sessions focused on community service; technology; Clubrunner 101; RI Learning Centre; fundraising; inclusion and Diversity; and Peacebuilding.




Rotary Membership Video Series: Statistics

In the face of declining membership numbers in the US and Canada, PDG Lawrence Furbish of District 7780, Zone 32 offers advice on how to reverse that trend in your club in this short (3:41) membership animation.


Rotary’s Learning Center now available on mobile devices

You can now take Rotary’s online courses on most mobile devices. See our how-to guide for detailed instructions or follow these steps to get started:

  1. On your mobile device, use a browser to go to and sign in to My Rotary.
  2. Tap the ≡ menu at the top left of your screen.
  3. Tap the plus sign next to Learning & Reference, and then choose Learning Center.
  4. Go to your app store and download Go.Learn. Don’t open it from here.
  5. Return to your browser. From the same Learning Center page in My Rotary, tap the link to the Learning Center.

Go.Learn works with iOS10 and later as well as Android 6 and later. Note that the app has some limitations, including in some of the interactive learning options. You will need to use a computer to download certificates or view additional resources. Links to the Learning Center may not work on mobile devices. Instead, go to the Learning Center through My Rotary, then search for materials or courses.

If you have trouble using the Learning Center in Go.Learn, write to



Rotary District 5370 Indigenous Speakers Series

Allyship and First Nations Communities

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Makokis

Wednesday March 31

4:00-5:30 pm MDT on Zoom

Meeting ID: 936 9182 3671

Passcode: 824714

Patricia Makokis, Ed.D., is a servant leader committed to bringing into dialogue Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and an author, speaker and a longtime leader for Aboriginal education, health and values. She has received many awards for her work. Residing on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, she embraces both the Cree culture and the western worldview.

She is also the executive director of the 50-minute documentary Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life. This documentary shares a traditional Cree understanding on natural law and treaty, and how Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous allies in Canada can work together for mutual benefit. Please watch Treaty Talk in advance of this webinar. It provides both background and format for our sessions.

This is the first of District 5370’s Indigenous Speakers’ Series. The series is based on the principle, “seek first to understand” and will run once a month through to the fall. It is led by the District 5370 Indigenous Committee chaired by Jan Fox. For more information about this work, please contact John Donner from the Rotary Club of Edmonton West at


Rotary Club

of Edmonton Southeast

Cyber Security 

Sunday, April 18, 5:00 p.m. MDT

Speaker: Glenn Walker, IT Specialist

Cyber security refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Cyber security may also be referred to as information technology security.

Please let Victoria Ewert ( know if you wish to attend this meeting. You will receive the Zoom link the day prior to the meeting.



The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie proudly presents its annual club fundraiser, the 28th Dream Home Lottery. This year's grand prize package includes a luxury Dream Home valued over $1.3 million. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to help with the club’s many projects, including Habitat for Humanity, D-Coy Armouries Community Hub and the Daytime Outreach Society. See more about where the funds go at The Early Bird III deadline is April 6, for a 2021 Buick Encore GX AWD 4-Door.

Don't miss out on the Cash Jackpot 50-50. The pot is already over $375,000 and the winner keeps half! Lastly, the Cash Cow Calendar, a chance to win up to $10,000 a day, weekdays in May. Tickets and 3D tours available at You can't win without a ticket!



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 (


Do you have pictures of Rotarians from your club that show them as “People of Action”— serving meals to seniors, filling hampers at a food bank, delivering meals, etc. (during or pre-pandemic)? These pictures will be shared with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors attending the District Spring Assembly on Saturday, April 17. Submit your photos to the District Office by Friday, April 2.

Registration is now open for those planning to attend the Spring Assembly.


District 5360 Conference

The Rotary District 5360 (Southern Alberta) annual conference which will be delivered on a virtual platform on Saturday, May 1. Together we will “Navigate a New World” guided by inspiring speakers and interactive sessions that energize and challenge us to do the impactful work of Rotary.

Click here to learn more and to register.


Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive

(for the Sinkunia Community Development Organization)

Your donated device will support local newcomer students in online learning and help isolated elders stay connected.

We would love to accept all types of used tablets and phones, but unfortunately the latest video conferences software does not support end-of-life devices. Check out the criteria for donating supplied by Project Joy.

In order to use your donated device and protect your privacy, you must:

• Unlink your Apple ID and iCloud account (or any management account for Android devices)

• Factory reset your device

• Remove its protective case

Contact YEG Passport member Don at or (780) 913-8895 to arrange for your donation. You can also call Don with any questions.


RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) is for youth 15-18 and geared toward personal growth and development.

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYPEN, email 


RYLE (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience) is for high school students to gain and strengthen leadership skills.

Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYLE, email


Grant Certification

There are five requirements to be able to participate in Rotary Foundation Grants in 2021-2022.  Clubs are required to:

1. Have at least one member participate in grants certification webinar (only members that have participated will be able to access the ClubRunner application module)

2. Scan Memorandum of Understanding, including signature page and upload into ClubRunner Documents Folder

3. Ensure final reports for previous district grants are submitted through Grants Module and all required global grant reporting is up to date.

4. Enter Foundation SHARE and PolioPlus Goals on Rotary Club Central

5. For District Grants submit Grant Request complete with estimated budget (step one) by May 31, 2021 (Global Grants do not have a cut-off date for application but are subject to available funds)

Four certification webinars have been planned. Follow the link to register for whichever time works for you.  All webinars will be exactly the same and are offered at different times to allow for everyone’s schedule. We have allowed 90 minutes for each webinar,  which is the same as in prior years.

Tuesday, March 30 7:00 p.m. MDT

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. MDT

Saturday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. MDT

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. MDT


Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle

Funds raised by this raffle will support Appetite to Achieve and other projects of the Rotary Club of St. Albert—Saint City.

The Appetite to Achieve program helps school-age children in St. Albert public schools and families who do not have enough food for daily breakfasts and lunches. 

Ticket Sales End: Thursday, April 1


50/50 Raffle

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of $5,000.

This year, the community service projects of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview focused on helping youth and seniors in Edmonton's inner city, at Delton and Norwood schools and at Operation Friendship Society, a drop-in centre for Edmonton's inner-city seniors.

Ticket Sales End: Friday, April 2


The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue has launched a 50/50 cash raffle in support of Youth Empowerment Support Services (YESS). Buy your tickets today. Ticket sales end Wednesday April 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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