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September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
What are you and your Rotary Club doing to support Basic Education & Literacy?
 
Basic education and literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s 7 areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace.
 
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all. Increasing adult literacy in communities and working to reduce gender disparity in education.
 
What can you do?
• Provide books and educational materials
• Renovate and support schools
• Mentor students
• Train teachers
• Establish literacy programs for children and adults
• Donate to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Whether through volunteering your time and expertise, providing financial support to The Rotary Foundation, or building awareness, you can empower people and communities through literacy.
 
Rotary Orange Shirt Initiative
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act has set aside September 30 – previously Orange Shirt Day – as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.  Orange Shirts have become a symbol of recognition of the traumas of residential schools and of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.  
 
Rotarian Shelley Sabo (YEG Passport Club) was finding orange shirts difficult to source in Alberta.  Looking at the Orange Shirt Society guidelines, She identified an opportunity to support the Society by commissioning shirts and providing the net profits to organizations supporting the Society’s objectives.
 
 
Members of the YEG Passport Rotary Club are  active in Rotary in promoting awareness of and developing relationships with Indigenous peoples.  Providing orange shirts to Rotarians and partners would fit with the respectful approach of building understanding and signaling our desire to develop relationships.
 
YEG Passport, working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Edmonton West, is commissioning 425 orange shirts for purchase at $20 apiece.  The net proceeds from the sales go to three organizations: The Boys and Girls Club of Saddle Lake; Turtle Island Safer Spaces and the Orange Shirt Society. 
 
Committee members have been careful to ensure that the initiative is respectful of Indigenous peoples by being consistent with the guidelines from the Orange Shirt Society.   We have checked with the Society to ensure this project would be welcome as an expression of support and reconciliation.
 
Orange shirts are very hard to source this year and we had to move quickly.  Next year, we hope to improve  this service project based on what we are learning . We welcome your participation.
 
If you have orders, please contact Yvonne Ewanicke from the YEG Passport Rotary Club. yewanicke@gmail.com 
 
If you have questions, please contact Yvonne, or John Donner from Rotary Club of Edmonton West john.donner@telus.net , Shelley Sabo shelley@yegpassportrotary.com shelley@yegpassport.ca
 
Thank you for your interest and participation.
 
Serve to change lives
Take advantage of the perfect opportunity for you and your family to live this year’s Rotary theme, by joining us in Mexico this winter for a volunteer Week at Project Amigo.
It’s fun, it’s educational and it will change our students’ lives as well as your own.
Wish to learn more about How, What, Who and When?
Join us on ZOOM for one of our information sessions:
 
September 16, at 8:00 pm (MDT)
Focus on January 23-30 - English Tutoring/Computer Inauguration Week
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September 23 at 8:00 pm (MDT)
Focus on February 20-27 - Canadiana Week
 
Feel free to send in your questions in advance, to allow us to prepare.
 
Sharing Success Stories
On Thursday, August 12, the Interact Club of M.E. LaZerte and the Rotary Club of Edmonton NE took part in their first joint area of focus project for the “Environment”.

Everyone met with Roots for Trees for a planting event in the Sifton Ravine in Northeast Edmonton. 
Twelve Rotarians and family members, from young to not-so-young, worked alongside the Interactors to plant a variety of native trees and shrubs, such as Lodgepole Pine, White Spruce, Jack Pine, Buffaloberry, Wolf Willow, Prickly Wild Rose, and others. 
Last year virtually no planting events took place because of the pandemic, so there is a large backlog on the path to doubling the tree cover in Edmonton!
 
Thanks to the 26 volunteers, under the direction of Erin and Mike from Roots for Trees who planted 275 trees and shrubs!
 
On September 1, Rotarians and guests joined in Fellowship to Rediscover Fort Edmonton Park! 
There were over 37 in attendance with representation from four clubs: Edmonton West, Edmonton Riverview, Edmonton Downtown and Edmonton Sunrise!
Thank you to PDG Ingrid Neitsch for her leadership and to the Fort Edmonton managers and Janet for their warm welcome!

Shoes to fit

Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview
Delton Running Shoe Project (Dean Wood)

A two-year plan will be laced up this month when more than 800 pairs of Chinese-made running shoes are presented to inner-city school students.

“I initiated the $10,000 project on discovering Delton elementary school had been named one of Edmonton’s most vulnerable schools,” said IT consultant Miles Gibson, a Riverview Rotary Club member.

(scroll down through Nick Lees column to this great news story!)

September 21 World Peace Day
Foundation contributions make a difference
Save the date!
Rotary District 5370 
Virtual District Awards
September 29
Links
District Governor Message
September Message
August Message
Club Events and Opportunities
Rotary Club Sherwood Park 28th Golf Classic
District Events
Better Together District Conference
End Polio Now Virtual Run
2nd Annual Peter Lee Golf Classic
What's New
Waterton Glacier Peace Park Assembly 2021
Youth Services
Zone 28 & 32 Interact Conference
Foundation News
Rotary Foundation Canada Report
District Updates
COVID 19 Information
Hybrid Rotary Meetings
Guides to Hybrid Meetings by Mitty Chang
Vulnerable Persons Record Check
District Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023
Zone News
Beyond Borders Newsletter September 2021
Beyond Borders Newsletter August 2021
Rotary and Toastmasters - the best of both worlds;
a new D5370 club concept
Since the announcement of Rotary International and Toastmasters International in 2019,  
the two organizations have seen Toastmaster's public speaking curriculum available in MyRotary's Learning Center.
 
Our District 5370 is seeking to take this alliance to a new level and exploring a new Rotary club concept that encompasses the cornerstones of both organizations' offerings.
 
A hybrid Rotary/ Toastmasters club MIGHT look like this:
 
Like a Passport club, this Rotary/TM club will have fewer monthly meetings ie. two per month and no formal program speakers but rather focus on one meeting having service and fellowship elements and another meeting to follow the public speaking curriculum from Toastmasters.
 
Who might be interested in such a club? 
Anyone who would like to focus their limited free time to service to the local and international community, public speaking skill development, confidence-building and leadership opportunities.
 
This type of club would have linkages to Toastmasters, should members want to expand their commitment to the full offerings of Toastmasters such as competitions locally and beyond.  And this club could potentially operate as a Passport club that enables its members to participate in service, fundraising and offerings of any Rotary club in the District and globally and attract Toastmasters members to other Rotary clubs.
 
We are compiling a list of invitees to an information session sometime this fall.
 
It is important to note that this is simply a concept of what the club might look like and who might be attracted to this format ie former Toastmasters, former Rotaractors or Rotarians.  But ultimately how the club will operate will be determined by the member candidates that choose to navigate the path to club Charter.
 
Do you know someone that might be a prospective member of such a club?  Email Marilyn Mucha below.
 
Any club with Toastmasters experience may also have an interest to sponsor such a club.  If your club wants to check out this model, let Marilyn know as well.   
 
Let's see how we can Serve to Change Lives with innovation of our strategic alliance with Toastmasters. 
 
Learning Center Resources
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