Rotary District 5370 Update
November 8, 2020

In this issue:

From the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: Family-friendly fun activity raises funds and increases awareness of Rotary in Camrose

Upcoming Rotary International, District and Club events: The District 5370 Fall Club Learning Series; Director Dialogues with Valarie Wafer and PRIP Ian Riseley: Supporting the Environment (Rotary’s new area of focus); the Virtual West Africa Project Fair; Rotary E-Satellite Club of Canada One for Young Professionals information meeting; and the Rotary International Convention 2021

District Leadership Opportunities: RYLE and RYPEN chairs required, District Governor 2023-2024

Club fundraisers: E-club of Canada One Polio Quiz; Edmonton Gateway Bottle Drive; Spruce Grove Silent Auction; Learn to Cook Pad Thai (YEG Passport); Beer for a Year raffle (Wainwright); Cars for Christmas Lottery (Grande Prairie—Swan City); and 50/50 Raffles: Westlock, Slave Lake, Fort Saskatchewan and Nisku-Leduc.

A Foundation Moment: Who is a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Member?

Membership Matters: Know your club’s strengths

Vision 2020 Virtual Project Fair: Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway and Edmonton Riverview—One Health Scholarships

Deadline for submissions for the November 15 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, November 13. Send your submission to

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An article in the November 1 issue of CONNECTIONS included the wrong address for MyRotary. The correct address to sign up and take advantage of everything MyRotary has to offer is

MyRotary is the go-to place for all things Rotary, including training webinars from Toastmasters International and Rotary International, donating to The Rotary Foundation and PolioPlus, accessing the resource of Rotary Brand Center, and registering for Rotary International events.

Read last week's MyRotary article.



A recent pandemic-safe activity organized by the two Camrose Rotary clubs was a success in several ways.

Besides being a safe, fun activity, the family-fun photo scavenger hunt held October 16-18 raised funds to support youth sports in the community, increased awareness of Rotary and may have even attracted a new corporate member to Rotary.

“We were pleased to have 15 teams participate, even though it was the first cold weekend of the season,” says Rotary Club of Camrose president Jennifer Stone.

“The teams signed up as families or cohorts and each received 14 clues to locations around Camrose that had historic value for Camrose or Rotary,” she says. “Each team took pictures of themselves in front of the clue signs that promoted Rotary and the sponsor for that location.”

The clues that participants received led them to statues erected to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary, the youth centre that was built in 2014 with funds raised by Rotarians, a skate park that was opened two decades ago with Rotary support, and the new location used for air cadet meetings, among other sites.

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During the months of November and December, District 5370 will be hosting a series of Virtual Club Learning events. Each one-hour event will address timely topics of interest to all club members. Please mark your calendars and join us. Click on the program title to register.

All Rotarians and Rotaractors are welcome to attend these programs.

November 5, 7:00 PM (MT)

Membership Engagement: Together is Better

Hosted by Tracey Vavrek, Past District Governor 

(A recording of this session will be available shortly)

November 12, 7:00 PM (MT)

Virtual Fundraising: What Clubs Need to Know

Hosted by John Nicoll, District Governor Nominee

December 3, 7:00 pm (MT)

The Rotary Foundation: The Heart of Rotary

Hosted by Tim Schilds, Past District Governor and Chair of the District 5370 Foundation Committee

December 10, 7:00 pm (MT)

Rotary Service: Sharing Successes during COVID-19

Hosted by Jim Ferguson, District Governor and Donna Barrett, District Governor-Elect



Need current, authoritative COVID-19 information?

The District website provides up-to-date COVID-19 information with links to provincial and territorial health authorities, Health Canada, the World Health Organization and Rotary International.


Check out these booths from the Vision 2020 Virtual Project Fair by clicking on the image:

Edmonton Gateway

One health scholarships

These and the other 13 booths will continue to be available to visit until mid-December.


Know your club’s strengths

Most things are strengths if you target the right audience. If you meet in the morning, you’re probably a good fit for someone working 9 to 5. Meet at noon and you’re more likely to appeal to retirees or parents of schoolchildren. “Not every club is right for every potential member,” Tom Gump (RC of Edina/Morningside, Minnesota) says. “If someone doesn’t fit your format, recommend them to another club.” Keep in mind that the point is not just growing your club, but boosting Rotary’s capacity to make a difference in communities around the world. And with any luck, that other club will send you a potential member one day.

Adapted from: Step right up: in Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner by Geoffrey Johnson (originally published in The Rotarian, August 2018)


Rotary Opens Opportunities to serve: RYLE and RYPEN chairs required

Are you looking to get involved and make a positive difference in Rotary? Apply to serve as chair of RYLE or RYPEN! Youth Services is looking for two dynamic leaders to serve in these positions for the Rotary year.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Experience (RYLE) brings high school-aged students from across District 5370 to Camp Nakamun for a four-day leadership developmental camp packed with workshops, speakers and experiences that build confidence, communities and empowerment. These students are nominated by Interact clubs and high schools as individuals who show strong potential for growth in the field of leadership and often have little or no previous experience with Rotary International.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a four-day hands-on "Journey to the Core" personal development experience hosted by Rotary International District 5370.

The program is designed for youth aged 15-18 who live within our District and who want to grow but have limited opportunities to attend other development programs. In previous years, RYPEN has been located at the Jasper Palisades and more recently at Birch Bay Ranch. 

As chair of one of these vibrant programs, you would be responsible for executing and planning the program with the committee. Duties include drafting a budget, creating interactive programming, chairing and overseeing the committee, and other assorted tasks. To apply, submit your resumé and a letter of why you would like to serve as chair. Email them to Youth Services co-chair Myles Dykes at by November 15.

For any questions or clarification, please reach out to Myles.



Clubs may submit nominations for District Governor for 2023-2024 to PDG Tracey Vavrek, Chair of the District 5370 Nominating Committee 2020, at  ( until November 15.

Members in good standing who are willing and able to serve as District Governor and have served as club president are eligible to be nominated. Qualifications for District Governor are prescribed by the Rotary International Manual of Procedure.

The Governor-nominee is required to provide an updated resume, recent photo, and a statement that outlines their vision and goals connecting directly to Rotary’s strategic plan and the District’s Strategic Plan. The written submission is limited to 500 words.

Nominations must also include a resolution naming the nominated candidate, adopted by the Rotary club at a regular meeting and signed by the club secretary.

Additional information, including the District 5370 Governor Position Overview, Governor-nominee Designate Form and the District Governor 2023-2024 Club Nomination Resolution form may be requested by emailing

Contact PDG Tracey with any questions or to request more information by email ( or phone (780) 814-1526.


Click here to register



Virtual West Africa Project Fair

November 9-13

Project Fairs are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends, while meeting project sponsors and finding international projects for your clubs and District to support. Given the challenges of hosting in-person events, many project fairs will be hosting virtual events this year.

During the virtual event, West African clubs will showcase small, medium and large-scale projects from every area of focus looking for support from international partners. The event will be hosted by Rotary members in Nigeria with project exhibitors from Ghana, Liberia, Benin Republic, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Togo and Senegal.

We invite you to join us online to learn about the local communities and to build partnerships for international service. Learn more about the Virtual West Africa Project Fair and register for the event

Other upcoming virtual project fairs (Sign in to required to view).



Win cars, trucks, ATVs, renew-your-room packages, gift certificates, cash and more in the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie—Swan City 21st annual Cars for Christmas Lottery. Proceeds will support 13 non-profit groups as well as eight food banks in the Grande Prairie region. Buy your tickets in October and $1 from every ticket sold will go to the food banks to provide food security for those in need. Get your tickets before Nov 1 and you’ll also be entered to win $10,000 cash in our bonus draw. Visit for more info or to get your tickets.

Sales end December 30, 2020




The November issue of Beyond Borders from Rotary International Director Valerie Wafer includes information on the 2021 Zone 28/32 Symposium to be held in Detroit on September 23-25. Additionally, it contains articles about socially distanced fundraising, coaching District membership chairs, a Rotaractor’s journey through Rotary, an economic and community development project in Guatemala, a Global Grant for virtual pre-school classrooms in Pennsylvania, a District’s million-mask distribution project and the End Polio Now tulip campaign in Atlantic Canada.


The Rotary E-Satellite Club of Canada One for Young Professionals is inviting Rotary alumni between the ages of 18 and 45 and Rotarians who have contact with alumni to join us on line for an information session on Saturday, November 14 at 3:00 pm MST. We are very close to submitting our charter application to Rotary International with the goal to charter on February 23, 2021. 

Please help us reach our goal and grow Rotary

Those interested can join our Zoom Meeting.

Meeting ID: 857 2539 8976

Passcode: 327525


The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be here soon — and it’s going to be an unforgettable experience. Join Rotarians from around the world in Taipei, Taiwan June 12-16 to Feel the Energy at a convention that will offer fantastic entertainment, motivational speakers, inspirational sessions and uplifting energy.

Early-bird discounts end December 15: Rotarians, US$365; Rotarians and guests under 30, US$120, and guests aged 5 to18, US$10.

Watch the official convention video


The Rotary E-club of Canada One Polio Quiz

Complete the quiz for a chance to win one of two Paul Harris Fellowships that will be awarded.

All correct quiz submissions, accompanied by proof of a minimum $20 donation to Polio Plus will be eligible to win a Paul Harris Fellowship. The draw will be made November 13 and winners will be recognized during our November 17 Fellowship Assembly.

An anonymous donor challenges others to make a donation to End Polio Now by matching up to a total of $500 for all donations towards polio eradication.

Link to the quiz is HERE


Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway Bottle Drive — raising funds for emergency school lunches. 

Now that school lunches have been cancelled due to COVID-19, some children are going without lunch because they don't have the resources to bring one from home.

Our bottle drive offers contactless pickup on Mondays, from October 26 to November 16.

Email GatewayRotaryYEG@gmail.comto arrange for pickup. (Include your name, phone number and address.)


Spruce Grove Silent Auction

Bidding begins Tuesday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. MST

Click here for a list of silent auction items.

Virtual Gala: On the night our virtual auction wraps up (November 17), please join us in a physically distanced celebration of our community and of Rotary's service. Click here for more details and to register.


Learn to Cook Pad Thai

A virtual cooking class sponsored by the Rotary Club of YEG Passport as a fundraiser for Misión Claridad (Mission Clarity), our cataract mission to Ecuador. 

Saturday, November 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. MST

In just one hour, learn the secrets of creating great pad Thai in your own kitchen from Edmonton-based chef Steve Buzak, of the Royal Glenora Club.

Seven to 10 days prior to the event, you will receive the recipe, a list of ingredients (including protein options), a list of the kitchen tools/equipment you will be using and instructions for preparing to cook along with Steve.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets (only $25).


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

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


Normally at this time of year, the Rotary Club of Westlock would be hosting its annual Westlock Rotary Dinner Theatre fundraiser with 50/50 raffles at each performance. 

Due to COVID-19, the club adapted and took both its production and the raffle online.

The winner will receive 50 per cent of ticket sales. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for community projects.

Ticket sales end November 12. Draw date: November 19


The Rotary Club of Slave Lake 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

The winner will receive a  minimum cash prize of $4,000 up  to 50% of ticket sales to a maximum of $10,000. 

Ticket sales end December 4. Draw date: December 9


The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has just launched its second online 50/50 draw to support local youth organizations.

For the last 12 years, the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan has provided safe rides home to residents who have been out enjoying themselves during the Christmas season, through Operation Red Nose. This service has raised $67,000 to support community youth organizations.  Due to COVID-19 we will be unable to provide this service this year, but we still want to provide funding to local youth organizations.

Click here to purchase tickets. Sales end November 16


Rotary Club of Wainwright’s Beer for a Year raffle

Prizes: Two beer-for-a-year packages ($1,000 value), barbecue ($850), patio set ($850) and a meat gift package ($100). Proceeds will help to fund the CT Scanner Project at the Wainwright Health Care Centre. Purchase tickets ($5 each) by texting Cal Clarke at 780-209-0213 and e-transferring  your fee to You will receive a picture of your tickets.

Draw date: November 22.


Normally, at this time of year, the Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc would be selling tickets for our annual cruise raffle. COVID-19 has changed that so we are excited to announce our new online 50/50 raffle. The money raised will go to support local, national and international projects.  

Ticket sales end November 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn December 10 during the club’s weekly meeting at the Redtail Landing Golf Course.


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