Rotary District 5370 Update
April 11, 2021

In this issue:

District Leadership Assembly Program (April 17)

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: At least 10 reasons to attend the 2021 virtual District Learning Assembly 

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: DG Jim Ferguson's video message for April (Maternal and Child Health Month); 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; TRF Grant Certification; Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast: Cyber Security (April 18); District 5360 Conference (May 1); Beyond Borders (Zones 28 & 32 newsletter for April); President-elect Training (April 13); Rotary Foundation Chat (April 14);  Zones 28 & 32 Rotary Foundation Gala (May 12): Rotary District Indigenous Committee Speaker Series: The Oral Understanding of Treaty 6 (April 20); Rotary Advisors for District 5370 Youth Programs Needed; Public Image: The Musical (April 28); and Lawn Signs in St. Albert

Club Fundraising: Edmonton Whyte Avenue 50/50 Raffle; 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery; Rotary Club of Morinville 50/50 Raffle; Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); and Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark virtual auction. 

A Foundation Moment: What is SHARE?

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series - The Ask, Part 1

Learning Opportunities: Zoom video tutorials

Deadline for submissions for the April 18 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, April 16. Send your submission to


Rotary District 5370 Spring Leadership Assembly

Saturday, April 17 

Leadership to Change Lives & Grow Rotary

“The District Leadership Assembly on Saturday, April 17 is going to be awesome! It’s going to be virtual, which means it’s easily accessible. Anyone in the District can attend. There’s no cost. We have fabulous speakers. 

Michael Angelo Caruso speaks all over the world on leadership and engagement. He’s a Rotarian who is donating his time to come and be our lead speaker to help us increase our ability to connect, engage and inspire others. I think his presentation will be fabulous.

“Our closing plenary speaker Niigaan Sinclair is currently a professor at the University of Winnipeg. He’s going to talk about his personal experience as a young man who went to one of the youth programs in Winnipeg and it changed his life. It got him back into school. It got him reconnected with who he wanted to be and has really been an influence on his life going forward.”

Click here to register!

Donna Barrett,

District Governor-Elect

Click here to watch District Governor Jim Ferguson's video message for April (Maternal and Child Health Month)

Articles recently posted to:

At least 10 reasons to attend the 2021 virtual District Learning Assembly

Not registered for the District Learning Assembly on Saturday morning, April 17? Undecided about attending?

Well, we think you should register today! And we have at least 10 reasons why this is a not-to-be-missed event:

  1. It’s Virtual! No travel. No accommodation costs. No meals to buy. P.S. You don’t even have to wear pants, unless you really want to. 
  2. RI President Holger Knaack will be there. As Rick said in the movie Casablanca, “Of all the Rotary Districts in all the towns in all the world, he walks into our Learning Assembly.” P.S. Maybe we didn’t get that quotation quite right, but it is special and an honour that with 530 Rotary Districts worldwide Holger found time in his busy schedule to speak at our Learning Assembly.


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, April 14, 7:30 p.m. MDT

Topics to be discussed:

• How to set up Club Rotary Foundation goals for the Annual Fund and for Polio Plus

• How to find out if your club has outstanding district or global grant reports

• Share information about what projects clubs were involved in during the 2019-20 Rotary year.

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

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



Rotary Membership Video Series - The Ask, Part 1

In this short (2:06) membership animation, PDG Lawrence Furbish of District 7780, Zone 32 makes several suggestion about how to invite prospective members to join Rotary.


Looking to learn more about using Zoom? 

Check out these Zoom video tutorials to learn just about everything there is to know about Zoom and sign up for upcoming live training webinars.


Rotary District Indigenous Committee Speaker Series 

The Oral Understanding of Treaty 6

Tuesday, April 20,4:00–5:30 p.m. MDT

Meeting ID: 981 1332 6709

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This workshop presentation is predicated on elders’ teachings of treaty including the Nêhiyaw/Cree World view (Day before Treaty), the spirit in making Treaty (Day of Treaty) and the day after Treaty—the relationship as it unfolded. The oral context of Cree and Anishinabe legal orders and doctrines symbolized on the land, waters and sky are encapsulated in this 30-minute presentation to the Rotary Club members and guests.

Dr. Diana Steinhauer—Cree, from Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty No. 6 Territory, is an educator with 30 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development and administration in K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions. Most importantly, she is a mother and first teacher of her two children. She currently serves as the President of Yellowhead Tribal College. Diana completed her doctorate in iyiniw pimātisiwin kiskeyitamowin (Indigenous Peoples Knowledge) at University in Blue Quills. She is particularly grateful to elders and knowledge keepers who have guided and mentored her in Indigenous knowledge and ways of being as a kise iskwew. Recognizing the value and work of iyiniw pimātisiwin, Diana’s work as a change agent in language, education and governance is grounded upon her late father’s adage, pimātisîtotetân kimiyikowisiwininaw, let us live life the way our Creator intended us to live.

Suggested pre-reading: Understanding Treaty 6: An Indigenous Perspective by Sharon Venne


Join the Party

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. MDT

This will be a 60-minute fast-paced virtual Gala for The Rotary Foundation (TRF) designed to help Rotarians, clubs and Districts in Zones 28 & 32 meet and even exceed their 2020-2021 goals for both the Annual Fund and PolioPlus fundraising. 

This variety show will be co-hosted by RI Director Valarie Wafer and TRF Trustee Dean Rohrs and feature Master of Ceremonies Past RI Director Jeffry Cadorette, distinguished speakers, entertainers, a live auction, inspiring stories about service supported by TRF, and much more!

Tickets to the virtual event will be by a donation of US$100, 500, 1000 or 5000 (+ service fee) that will be directed 75 per cent to the Annual Fund of TRF and 25 per cent to the PolioPlus fund. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes and will be awarded Paul Harris Fellowship points for your donation.

Check out this 2.5-minute intro video

The program continues to evolve but we already have some great things lined up for you!

DG Jim Ferguson will host a District 5370 pre-event cocktail reception at 5:15 p.m. MDT. More details will be available soon.

For more information, contact Ingrid Neitsch, or Linda Robertson,


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.



Click here to register


Signs will be appearing on the lawns of members of the Rotary Club of St. Alberta this spring and summer to let neighbours know that a Rotarian lives here.



The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie's 28th Annual Dream Home Lottery ends soon!  This year's Grand Prize Package includes a fully furnished, 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 of where the funds go at Get your tickets before midnight on April 25 if you don't want to miss out on this opportunity.

In addition the Cash Jackpot 50-50 is already over $480,00.00 and the winner keeps half! Finally, the Cash Cow Calendar is a chance to win up to $10,000 a day, weekdays in May. Tickets and 3D tours available at




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 fourth in the series of sessions to prepare presidents-elect to lead their Rotary and Rotaract clubs during 2021-2022 is scheduled for TuesdayApril 13, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. MDT. Topics to be covered during this interactive session co-facilitated by Tyla Savard (RC of Grande Prairie) and Stacey Scott Nykolyshyn (RC of St. Albert) include growing membership and engagement through partnerships, service days, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Ensure you are registered in advance and watch your inbox for a message from DGE Donna Barrett which will include the detailed agenda and related materials.

The first three sessions were recorded and are available for viewing in the District’s virtual learning library:

January 19 – Planning the year, leading Rotarians, leadership styles and the Rotary Learning Centre.

February 9 – Running club meetings.

March 9 – Strategic planning, goal-setting, club roles and club operations.

Future PE training is scheduled for May 11 and June (TBD).


In the April issue of the Zones 28 & 32 newsletter Beyond Borders from RI Director Valarie Wafer you will find articles on Public Image: The Musical (April 28), the Zone TRF Gala (May 12), creating passport clubs, the Membership Monday webinar series organized by membership chairs from four Districts in Zone 32, and advice on holding virtual events.


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)

Three more 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.

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


Rotary Club of Parkland After Dark virtual auction

Click here to review what’s for sale and to bid.

Auction ends April 15.


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.


After being cancelled in 2020, the annual Cash and Camping Lottery is back as a Rotary joint venture project of three Rotary clubs in Grande Prairie—Swan City, Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Sunrise. 

The Grand Prize winner will have a choice between a Summer Home Package (a lake front lot at Snipe Lake RV Resort, 2021 Jayflight 40LOFT Park model, 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat and $5000 cash) or the Take it on the Road Package (2021 Jayco Melbourne 24’ Motorhome with a 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat). 

Other prizes include  RVs, boats, ATVs, staycations, entertainment packages, paddle board packages, electric bike, cash and more.  Over $467,000 in prizes to win! 

Our popular Summer Cash 50/50 Draw is back. One winner will keep half the Jackpot, up to $175,000!  Minimum winner payout of $70,000.

Enter the 10 Days of Summer Lottery for additional ways to win—10 days and 20 winners!  Prizes include gift cards for food, fuel, cash and more.  Total value of prizes is $68,000.

Tickets purchased by April 18 will be entered into the $5000 Bonus Cash draw as well as three Early Bird Draws valued at $10,000+ each.

For more info and to buy tickets visit



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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