Rotary District 5370 Update
February 14, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Post to Rotary International District 5370 News: Interact’s Blue Monday Campaign at M.E. LaZerte

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: Request from DGE Donna Barrett: Volunteer for a District committee; 2021-2022 RI theme; District Office closed; Rotary District 5370 Peacebuilder Committee Message; RYPEN and RYLE will be going virtual this year; Rotary E-Club of Canada One 8th Charter Anniversary (February 16); World Rotaract Week (March 8 to 14); Rotary Club of Oakville Speaker Series (March 9); District 5360 Indigenous Committee webinar: The Importance and Reasoning Behind Doing Land Acknowledgements (March 4); Rotary Peace Project presentation — RC of Edmonton West (February 22); PRIP Ian Riseley: Rotary’s New Cause, Protecting the Environment; 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; Rafflebox information session (February 17); Celebrate with our Flag (Rotary Club of St. Albert);  and Edmonton Centennial Interact Club Virtual Auction (until February 19)

A Foundation Moment: District Grants – Helping at Home

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): ClubRunner training (February 17 & 24)

Deadline for submissions for the February 21 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, February 19. 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.


Article recently posted to:

Interact’s Blue Monday Campaign at M.E. LaZerte

During the pandemic, the Interact club at M.E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton has shifted its meetings online and continues with its commitment to service. Interactors Johanna Lau, Raymond Kwok, Jessie Nguyen and Hermes T. submitted the following  description of their mental health awareness campaign.

As you may know, the third Monday in January of every year is known as Blue Monday. It is claimed to be the saddest day of the year and, as such, has become the prompt for an annual mental health awareness campaign. With the current circumstances, taking care of your mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever, so at M.E. LaZerte, we decided to run a Blue Monday awareness campaign.


Join members of the Rotary E-Club of Canada One on Tuesday, February 16 at 6:00 p.m. (MST) to celebrate our 8th Charter Anniversary, RECCO Style.

Click here to attend.

A dynamic speaker has been invited to make a presentation. This “Guest from the Past” is someone with whom many in D5370 are familiar. The evening will include a photo gallery with eight years of RECCO memories and President Tammy will reveal the answers to the trivia questions which have been posted online. Download, print, research and have your answers ready for the event. Prizes will be awarded to those with the most correct answers.

Dress Code: Mardi Gras Attire


Upcoming webinars from Clubrunner

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.


Bulletin Live Designer

Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. MST

In this session, learn how you can update your content on your club's bulletin.

  • Format and prepare your bulletin to send to all members and friends
  • Customize and design your bulletin using the new Bulletin Designer 3.0
  • Create and edit stories for your bulletin
  • And much more!

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register.


Future session topics: 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.




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.


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 (


RYPEN and RYLE will be going virtual this year!  

RYPEN will happen May 1- 2 and RYLE will be on May 15-16.  Camper packages and more information will be sent to Rotary Clubs in the next few weeks. Watch your email and plan to make this year special!  With a reduced cost, more youth than ever can participate.


Edmonton Centennial Interact Club (Ross Sheppard High School) First Annual Virtual Auction

(In support of two partner schools in Belize)

Bid here until 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday, February 19.


District 5360 Indigenous Committee webinar

The Importance and Reasoning Behind Doing Land Acknowledgements

Thursday, March 4, 4:00-6:00 p.m. MST

Contact Jan Fox ( for the link to this webinar and/or a list of local Indigenous speakers who are available to clubs.


Celebrate with our Flag! 

Show your patriotism and support Rotary Club of St. Albert’s community work. For an 

annual donation of $60, we will deliver and then pick up Canadian flags (even if 

you’re away) on the weekends of Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day. This 

program is only for residents in the Greater St. Albert area.

Link to order flags.


The District 5370 Rotaract Committee will be celebrating World Rotaract Week, March 8 to 14 and we are excited to promote the events by having giveaway prizes on our social media. For these giveaways we want to use local goods from across our District and this is where we need your help!

If there are any local businesses in your community that make a good fit with any of the areas of focus — promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies and protecting the environment — please let us know. We would like to purchase goods from them to then use as prizes throughout the week, while also helping local economies within our vast District. 

Email if you know of any local goods and keep your eyes peeled to hear more about the World Rotaract Week events. 


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.


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.


The Rotary Peace Project

PDG (District 5040) Chris Offer, a member of the Rotary Peace Centers committee, a Rotary Positive Peace Activator and an IEP (Institute for Economics and Peace) Ambassador, will speak to the Rotary Club of Edmonton West on Monday, February 22 (12:00 p.m. MST). Click here to learn more about Chris.


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.


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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