Rotary District 5370 Update
May 23, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: 16 Edmonton area non-Rotarians honoured during virtual Integrity Awards ceremony

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention (June 12-16); Apply to be RYLA chair;  Youth Services Month video; An Evening with Peace Educator Paul Chappell (May 26); Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee; ShelterBox Update: 2,000,000 people supported; and District 5370 Interact Committee: Join our 2021-2022 team.

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Death by Chocolate Online Auction (Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan); Rotary Club of YEG Passport: 50/50 Raffle Supporting Sinkunia; Rotary Club of Wainwright: Beer for a Year raffle; and Grande Prairie clubs: Oxygen for Life–Help India Breathe (June 2)

A Foundation Moment: What can Your $100 Contribution to The Rotary Foundation Do?

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series - Club Health Check

Learning Opportunities: Rotary Club Locator app for your smartphone

Deadline for submissions for the May 30 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, May 27. Send your submission to


Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News:

The woman who has been the public face of Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was among 16 non-Rotarians receiving awards at the 17th annual Edmonton Capital Region Integrity Awards ceremony, held virtually on Monday evening, May 17.

The people who were honoured were selected by clubs in the Edmonton area because they live lives that are consistent with the four-way test and exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”

This year, for the first time, Rotaract clubs joined Rotary clubs to put forward names of individuals who they felt should be honoured.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, was reluctant to accept the award as an individual, but did so on behalf of her team.

The May 17 issue of the Edmonton Journal quoted Hinshaw as saying, “While I am the public spokesperson for my team working on the COVID-19 response, I could not do what has been done this year without all of them. I don’t feel that I can put myself above the team while being nominated for an individual award.”

Slides showing the faces and names of members of the team were shown during her remarks while accepting the award.

Dr. Hinshaw was nominated by the Rotary Club of Edmonton West.

This year’s event was co-ordinated by the Rotary Club of Edmonton, with president-elect Jim Saunderson and past president Neil Lang serving as co-chairs. Their club was also responsible for the awards in 2020 and will take on the role again for 2022. 


Thanks to your compassion and dedication to humanitarian values, together with Rotary we have now supported two million people in 98 countries around the world with emergency shelter.

While it took 15 years to help one million people, you have helped us reach our second million in the space of just five and a half years. That’s two million people who have been able to recover after disaster and conflict.

Twenty years ago, ShelterBox began as a millennial project at the Rotary Club of 

Helston-Lizard in the United Kingdom. It is only because of the support of Rotarians and Rotary Clubs around the world that we’ve been able to grow into the global organization we are today. Thank you for ensuring no family is without shelter after disaster.

Each year, more and more families lose their homes to disaster or conflict. In 2019 alone,

104 million people lost their homes. Together, we are working to ensure no family is without shelter. But we can’t do it alone. We rely on our global partnership with Rotary International to get aid to the families who need it the most. And we rely on Rotarians like you to help us get it there. Join us today by making a donation or by getting your club involved. Your support of ShelterBox Canada means more families have a place to call home. More families have shelter, water and the tools they need to rebuild their lives. Click here to find out more


Receive the recognition your club deserves

Each year, the District highlights the exemplary efforts of Rotary and Rotaract clubs with awards for service (community, international and youth), membership development, enhancing Rotary’s public image, and supporting The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. There is also an award for the club that most effectively embraced the RI annual theme (Rotary Opens Opportunities) and this year there’s another for a club that pivoted to continue to meet, service and build goodwill and friendships during the pandemic.

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. Awards will be presented in the fall.


Rotary Membership Video Series - 

In this short (2:58) membership animation, PDG Lawrence Fubish (District 7780) states, “According to Rotary International, in the 2018-29 Rotary year, approximately 80,000 new members joined Rotary, but 67,000 left, 52 per cent within their first two years. Why is this happening? How many of you know what your members really think of your club?”


Rotary Club Locator app

Find Rotary clubs worldwide with RI’s free Rotary Club Locator app. You can search for clubs by keyword, country, state or province, district, and even by meeting day. Or simply use the “Near me” feature to find clubs close to your current location.

Note that when you search for nearby clubs, the map won’t display e-clubs. Use a keyword search to find information on e-clubs.



  • Display a club’s location on a map
  • Search for clubs by keyword
  • Search for clubs within 1 to 100 miles of your physical location
  • Save your search results
  • Add a club to your contact list
  • View club officer information (available only to Rotarians and Rotaractors)

Update club data

Make sure people can find your club! If Rotary doesn’t have your club’s current location, ask a club officer to update it, either by entering the information online or by sending it to


Are you looking to get involved? Do you want to make a positive difference in Rotary? Apply to serve as chair of RYLA! Youth Services is looking for a dynamic leader to serve in this position for the 2021-22 Rotary year

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) brings Interactors from across District 5370 together for a one-day developmental conference packed with workshops and speakers intended to empower confidence and teach vital skills required for those stepping into leadership roles.

To apply, submit your resumé and a letter of intent by email to, no later than May 31. For questions or clarification, please reach out to our Youth Services co-chairs, Elizabeth Bonkink and Myles Dykes by email at


Interested? The application link is here.



The Cash and Camping Lottery’s Summer Sizzler Early Bird Package will turn your location into a staycation!

Create your own outdoor paradise with this Early Bird package valued at over $10,000! 

  • New Founders legacy pellet grill complete with accessories, rubs, sauces and pellets
  • Blackman’s Butcher Shop gift card ($1,000)
  • Canadian Tire gift card ($4,000)
  • Kakwa Stone & Landscaping gift card ($2,000)

Plus you’ll be entered to win RVs, ATVs, boats, cash and more!

Add on your Summer Cash 50/50 tickets for a shot at winning up to $175,000! 

Don’t forget your 10 days of Summer tickets: 10 days. 20 winners. $68,000 in prizes!

See the prizes and get your tickets at 

All lottery proceeds support three Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie as well as seven other non-profit groups.  

Early Bird Ticket Cut-off is May 30. 


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 (


An Evening with Peace Educator Paul Chappell

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. MDT

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton West

Join us to hear Paul K. Chappell speak of the importance of peace, the importance of peace literacy, and the importance of viewing all we do through the peace-builder lens.

Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, who was deployed to Iraq and left active duty as a captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world. 

Peace Literacy frames peace not merely as a goal, but as a practical skill-set—a literacy like reading and writing—that needs to be taught and practiced from pre-K through to higher education. Peace Literacy empowers us to create peace that is realistic, resilient and sustainable, while helping us develop our full capacity for empathy, conscience, reason and realistic hope.

Peace and conflict resolution, one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, is at the heart of Rotary and all that we do. Rotary’s peace-builder work is now more important than ever. By working together, we can build a community where there is peace and there is safe places of belonging for all. 

The Zoom link will open at 6:45 p.m. and the presentation will be at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 873 2505 3776

Passcode: 924038


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.


The 2021 Virtual Convention (June 12–16) will be better than ever, opening more innovative opportunities to learn and to engage with the family of Rotary, near and far. You’ll be able to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and join fun activities with Rotary members from around the world.

The registration fee is US$65.


Grande Prairie’s Rotary and Rotaract clubs have joined forces to raise money for Rotary’s Oxygen Banks in India. On Wednesday, June 2, we are holding a drive-in movie, showing Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Grande Sunset Theatre in Evergreen Park. This event is open to Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, friends and family. Tickets are $30 + $4.48 (GST and processing) and are available online here.


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!


Death by Chocolate Online Auction

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan

May 13 to May 27

“We have everything from a fireplace to a family game package, to a liquor basket, to a golf package, to pizza for a year, to gift bags. Local businesses and club members have been very generous in donating fabulous items.” – Lauren Reid, auction chairperson

Click here to view what’s for sale and submit your bids.


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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