Rotary District 5370 Update
June 13, 2021

In this issue:

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee; ; Nahanee Creative Speaker Series (Fridays in June); Rotary District 5370 Indigenous Committee Speaker Series (June 22); Rotary - End Polio Now Virtual Run 2021(September 11-19); and Discover New Horizons: Rotary International 2022 Convention (June 4-8, 2022).

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of YEG Passport: 50/50 Raffle Supporting Sinkunia; Canada Day Cash Raffle  Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Strathcona and Edmonton Whyte Avenue); and Rotary Club of Edmonton golf tournament (August 9)

A Foundation Moment: What is the Year-End Deadline for Making a Rotary Foundation Gift?

Membership Matters: Membership Best Practices, a Rotary discussion group. 

Learning Opportunities: Our Logo: Representing Rotary

Deadline for submissions for the June 20 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, June 17. Send your submission to


This 5K & 10K Fun Run/Walk to raise funds to eradicate polio is a Rotary Days of Service Project, co-sponsored by Rotary District 5370 and the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview.

Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and others are encouraged to sign up to complete their virtual 5K or 10K walk or run any time between September 11 and 19. Together we can End Polio Now! Register Today!


Nahanee Creative Speaker Series

We are Celebrating Indigenous Peoples History Month by amplifying Indigenous Inspiration with our inaugural Nahanee Creative Speaker Series!

We will be hosting  a series of one-hour Interactive Introductions over the month of June with brilliant guest speakers. Join us!

Here’s a full list of the events and links to the tickets:

Indigenous Identities
Friday,June 18, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten, Squamish
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Ta7talíya-men Paisley Eva Nahanee in conversation with Khelsilem exploring intersections of Indigenous Identities including urban Indigeneity, queerness and more.

Territorial Acknowledgements: From Awareness to Practice
Friday,June 21, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Hosted by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee
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Join Ta7talíya Nahanee, Squamish, to personalize your connection to acknowledging Indigenous Territories on National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Land Back: Global Intersections & Solidarity
June 25, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speakers: Mo Dhaliwal and Anita Lal
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with Mo and Anita, from Poetic Justice Foundation, to discuss the possibilities of solidarity in global Land Back movements.


Receive the recognition your club deserves

Our District has four awards related to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. Two of the awards are based on per capita giving to TRF and the campaign to eradicate polio:

Annual Fund Award – This award is presented to the club whose members made the highest per capital contribution to the TRF Annual Fund during the Rotary year (July 1 - June 30).

End Polio Now Award – This award is presented to the club whose members made the highest per capital contribution to the Polio Plus Fund during the Rotary year (July 1 - June 30).

The other awards, which are new this year, recognize Rotary and Rotaract clubs for their exemplary efforts to encourage support for the Foundation and Polio Plus:

Rotary Foundation Fundraising Award –This award recognizes a club that develops and implements a strategy that results in an increase in its per capita giving to the Annual Fund.

End Polio Now Fundraising Award –This award recognizes a club that develops and implements a strategy that results in an increase its per capita giving to the End Polio Now Fund.

Click here for a list of the 2020-2021 District awards and then submit your descriptions of your club’s award-worthy projects, programs and activities to by August 1, 2021 (include 2020-2021 Awards in the subject line). Awards will be presented in the fall.



Looking for membership growth and retention ideas? Check out Membership Best Practices, a Rotary discussion group.

This group of more than 5,300 members provides a forum for leaders at all levels to share best practices for recruiting, attracting, engaging and retaining current and prospective members. Here is a sampling of recent post topics:

  • Membership growth and retention
  • Potential new members questionnaire
  • The simple solution to membership decline

You can join this and other discussion after logging into your account.


Our Logo: Representing Rotary

A Rotary Learning Center interactive course

Learn why Rotary's visual identity and logos are important and how to use them to represent Rotary correctly. See how to customize your club or district logo to show that what you do locally is part of the good that Rotary does around the world.

This 30-minute interactive course is available in the Public Image section of the Rotary Learning Center. You need to sign into your account to complete this course.

Related Rotary International District 5370 News blog post: You would never use this logo, so why do so many Rotarians continue to use this one?


Join Rotary Club of Edmonton for its annual golf fundraiser tournament Monday, August 9 at Highlands Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit Lurana Shelter, a first-stage, emergency shelter providing safe, secure refuge and emergency services. Click here to learn more and register as an individual or a team of four.


What are you getting Dad for Father’s Day? Buy tickets for Dad and enter him to win a Banff Golf Package valued at $10,000! Package includes four nights’ accommodations at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a round of golf each day for four people at the Stanley Thompson Golf Course and daily breakfasts. You’ll also be entered to win RVs, ATVs, boats, staycation packages, cash and more! 

We’ve made gifting easy.  

  1. Order tickets online at directly in anyone’s name. 
  2. Provide an email address and schedule delivery on the date of your choosing.  
  3. We’ll take care of the rest.  It’s that easy!!

See the prizes and get your tickets at 


The Summer Cash 50/50 Jackpot is growing! Current jackpot is over $210,000!! 

Win half the jackpot, up to $175,000!

Joint fundraiser of the Rotary Clubs of Grande Prairie Sunrise, Swan City and After Five.



District Office closed

Due to 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 (


Registration is now open for the 2022 Rotary International Convention (June 4-8) in Houston, Texas.

Join us next year to explore what’s possible in Rotary, in Houston and in yourself.  

Whether you’re new to Rotary or a longtime member, it will be an unforgettable experience. Learn more at

Register and pay by 16 June to take advantage of the promotional rate of US$425. Don’t miss your chance to Discover New Horizons at the 2022 Rotary International Convention!


Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee  

This important committee facilitates Youth Exchange and assists in creating amazing youth experiences. The rewards are endless — you are literally changing the lives of youth in Canada and abroad.

To be an advisor, you must have a current VPRC and previous Youth Exchange experience (host parent, counsellor).  

Committee members cannot host exchange students or be inbound counsellors.

If you are interested, please email Karen Munjak at stating your previous Youth Exchange experience. Individuals from all areas of District 5370 are encouraged to apply.



Canada Day Cash Raffle 

The Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Strathcona and Edmonton Whyte Avenue are excited to announce our new online 50/50 fundraiser in support of Wounded Warriors Canada! 

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider utilizing clinical best practices and evidence-informed care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency and hope for Canada’s veterans, first responders and their families. 

Grab your tickets now! Sales end June 30.


Rotary District 5370 Indigenous Committee Speaker Series 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt

Topic: Metis Matters

Time: June 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm MDT

Join Zoom Meeting         

Meeting ID: 979 8868 8152


Rotary Club of YEG Passport

The Sinkunia Community Development Organization works both in Edmonton and Sierra Leone. This Pan-African organization embodies the spirit of Ubuntu (Oo-Boon-Tu).

Sinkunia’s work in Edmonton includes developing youth leadership within African and Caribbean communities so they may become ambassadors of diversity, equity and inclusion. They focus on youth resiliency by addressing issues of racism and discrimination in a positive manner. This work reduces social isolation and improves mental health among some of the most vulnerable youth in our city.

Tickets sales end July 16.


The Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc is holding another 50/50 Raffle with a maximum prize of up to $100,000 ($40,000 minimum prize). The proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Leduc, Leduc & District Food Bank and Rise-up Society.

Ticket sales end June 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day!


Start Gathering Your Important Documents

Saturday, June 19

9:00 - 12:00 noon MDT

Kingsway Mall

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview

Benefiting inner-city elementary school programs and our work with the Operation Friendship Society, supporting Edmonton’s inner-city seniors.


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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