Rotary District 5370 Update
February 7, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Post to Rotary International District 5370 News: In search of stories about immigrants who are contributing to their communities

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: Request from DGE Donna Barrett: Volunteer for a District committee; 2021-2022 RI theme; DG Jim’s monthly video message for February; President-Elect training (February 9); Beyond Borders Zone newsletter (February 2021); District Office closed; A Rotary Foundation Chat with District Foundation chair Tim Schilds (February 10); Rotary District 5370 Peacebuilder Committee Message; Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation Dialogue for Leaders (February 27) and Do you belong to a Rotary Fellowship? 

Club Fundraising: Dogs with Wings 50/50 raffle (Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona); Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise 50/50 Cash Raffle; Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast Online Auction; and Rafflebox information session (February 17)

A Foundation Moment: District Grants--Helping at Home

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): ClubRunner training (February 10 & 17)

Deadline for submissions for the February 7 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, February 5. Send your submission to

To my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors.

We rely on our District committee volunteers to develop programs to assist you and our clubs to carry on the great work of Rotary. We know that “many hands make light work” and so today I am asking you to consider contributing your ideas, time, talent and energy to help us serve our clubs and members by joining a District committee.

Serving on a District committee gives you an opportunity to focus on a passion, share your skills, explore an interest and get to know some great people. District committees will continue to meet via Zoom for a few hours a month, so no matter where you live in our large District, you can easily participate.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Let’s work together to guide and strengthen our District!

In Rotary Service,

Donna Barrett

District Governor Elect 2021-2022

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise


During Rotary” Peace and Conflict Resolution month, a message from DG Jim Ferguson and Peacebuilder committee members PDG Ingrid Neitsch and Rotaractors Yvone Joubert, Miles Dykes and Shannon Peacocke. Click here to view.


Click on the image to view District Governor Jim Ferguson's video message for February (Peace and Conflict Resolution)


In search of stories about immigrants who are contributing to their communities

A former Rotary Global Grant scholar hopes Rotarians can help with her search for inspiring stories about how immigrants have made contributions to their community.

Meghan Casey, who received a Global Grant to complete her master’s degree in 2016-2017, now works for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on a campaign called Immigration Matters. 

The campaign tells stories about how immigrants contribute to the economy, enrich our communities, and make a difference in our lives. They can be business owners who create jobs, experts in various sectors or even community volunteers.

“We have lots of stories from urban areas, but would like to feature more stories from rural areas,” she says.

This is where Meghan feels Rotarians from across our vast District can help.


Join PDG Tim on the second Wednesday of each month to chat about Foundation topics, share ideas and get answers to your TRF questions.  

Register here for this month’s Rotary Foundation Chat

Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 MST

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This month’s topics:

  • How do we encourage our fellow Rotarians to contribute regularly to The
  • Rotary Foundation?
  • How do I access information on My Rotary?
  • How to transfer Paul Harris Fellow points?

If you have a topic that you would like to chat about let Tim ( know.


Upcoming webinars from Clubrunner

Dues and Billing

Wednesday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. MST.

Geared towards club treasurers, this overview will cover how to:

  • Manage and track member dues
  • Manage funds and create invoices
  • Collect online payments with the Online Payment and eCommerce module
  • Track various payments and apply credits and debits to member accounts

Duration: 30 minutes

Click here to register.

Club Attendance Management

Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. MST.

Geared toward club secretaries, this overview will cover how to:

  • Track and manage your club's meeting attendance
  • Track guests
  • Generate attendance reports
  • Report records to the District

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register.

Future session topics: Club Bulletin Live Designer (February 24), Website Live Designer (March 3), Website Content Management (March 10), Events & Volunteer Management (March 17) and Clubrunner 101 (March 24)

All sessions are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. MST. Click here for more information or to preregister.


Indigenous Awareness & Reconciliation Dialogue for Leaders (live online via Zoom)

Saturday February 27,        10:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m MST

COST -  $100.00 per person

Please let Doug Logan ( know by  Monday, February 8 if you wish to attend. There are limited seats set aside for Rotarians.

Essential education for anyone living and working in Canada. Participants learn the impact of their own social, political and historical contexts within their speech, decisions and actions. This cultural safety education helps develop an ongoing personal practice of critical self-reflection, paying attention to how social and historical contexts shape systems, and being honest about one’s own power and privilege, especially as these relate to Indigenous people.

Curriculum (Delivered by First Peoples Group):

 Introduction (30 min.) – Traditional Teachings (Discovering Peace)

Indigenous Awareness: First Nations, Métis and Inuit (2.25 hours) - Program is delivered by effective, qualified and professional First Nations, Métis and Inuit presenters. All participants will receive a manual with background research material and additional resources.

HIP - Honouring Indigenous People (30 min.)

Reconciliation & Re-Confederation (1 hour) - What is it, what does it mean, how might it happen in Canada and what role can you play? 


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).


2021-2022 Theme

Rotary International President-elect Shekhar Mehta encourages members to be change-makers and announces his theme for the 2021-2022 Rotary year, Serve to Change Lives.


Do you belong to a Rotary Fellowship? 

We are planning to write an article about Rotary Fellowships and would like to talk to Rotarians and Rotaractors from our District who are members of any of the more than 50 Rotary fellowships. Which fellowship are you part of? Why did you join? What are the benefits of your membership? What does your fellowship do? Please email if you are willing to be interviewed for this article.


Click here to read the February issue of the Beyond Borders newsletter from Rotary International Director for Zones 28 & 32 Valarie Wafer (who has just been appointed to serve as RI vice-president during 2021-2022). This issue includes an article by Ana D’Aubetterre (University of Alberta Rotaract Club), “How Collaboration Moves Us FORWARD,” plus articles about building Rotary’s brand, reaching out to members who cannot or will not attend Zoom meetings, Global Grants, passport clubs, polio eradication and more.



Join DG Jim for an information session with representatives of Rafflebox.

Rafflebox is licensed to host online raffles in Alberta, NWT and Yukon. By April, they plan to be licensed in all of Canada. At least 15 clubs in our District have already used Rafflebox to help with their fundraising.

Wednesday, February 17,      7:00 p.m MST.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Rafflebox representatives will answer any questions that the clubs have about their online service.


Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast Online Auction

Click here to browse and bid on a variety of silent auction items. 

The auction ends Wednesday, February 10.


Rotary Club of Edmonton Sunrise 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

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

Proceeds from this raffle will support the club’s services projects and the Tourette Canada Edmonton Chapter.

Ticket sales end March 11.


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.


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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