Rotary District 5370 Update
October 11, 2020

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Rotaract club launches in St. Albert

At the urging of Mark Dixon, the Rotary Club of St. Albert president, Laura Charrois has taken on the challenge of creating a new Rotaract club in St. Albert.

“I was approached by Mark, who said that for the 30th year anniversary of the Rotary club he wanted to focus on projects that would create more of a legacy,” Laura says. “In his mind, starting up a Rotaract club would be one way to do this.”

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No Thanksgiving dinner this year? No problem! Edmonton Southeast still finds way to feed those in need

Rotarians understand that when circumstances close a familiar door, they open other opportunities to put “Service Above Self.”

“For the past eight years, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast has had the opportunity, through our partnership with Millbourne Laundromat’s owner and the Leefield Community League, to host a Thanksgiving dinner to those in need,” says Victoria Ewert, the club’s administrator. “We have previously provided between 800 to 1,000 Thanksgiving meals each year, and a sense of community for individuals in need during the holidays.”

The club’s commitment to this project for residents of Edmonton’s Millwoods community was celebrated in 2017-2018 with a Gilbert Paterson Award for community service.

“It is with heavy hearts that our Rotary club made the difficult decision to cancel our annual community Thanksgiving dinner in Millwoods due to Covid-19, as in-person gathering is not allowed,” Victoria says. 

But that didn’t dampen these Rotarians’ determination to feed those in need, this fall.

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Check out these booths from the Vision 2020 Virtual Project Fair by clicking on the image:

Rotary Club of St. Albert 30th Anniversary Virtual Gala

Project Amigo Canada Society (PACS)

These and the other 13 booths will continue to be available to visit until mid-December.


Rotary International Webinar: Connecting with Prospective Members in your Community

In these difficult times, people are yearning to connect with others and to find ways to help others and give back to their communities. They see how Rotary clubs around the world are actively working to take care of each other, their neighbours and those in need during the pandemic. Almost 19,000 visitors to have expressed interest in joining a Rotary club  since July 2016. Now, more than ever, let's connect with those who are looking to join us to do good in the world. 

Join us for a webinar on Connecting with Prospective Members in your Community on Thursday, October 22 at 4:00 p.m. MDT. Attendees will view a demo of how to effectively use Rotary's Membership Leads platform to connect with prospective members, and participate in a Q&A with Rotary staff from the Membership Development team. During this webinar, you'll learn about:

  • Navigating your club's Manage Membership Leads platform in My Rotary  
  • The impact that connecting with membership candidates could have on your club 
  • Best practices and strategies for connecting virtually with prospective members in your community

Register now to reserve your spot!

After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with directions on how to join the webinar. All registrants will receive a copy of the slides and a recording of the presentation afterward.


The city of Edmonton requires tenants of the Orange Hub to pre-screen and track all visitors. All visitors must complete a screening survey developed by the Alberta government, within 24 hours prior to their visit.

Please follow these procedures before visiting District Office:

• Contact the office ( or 780 482 5370) to schedule your visit. 
• Complete the screening survey within 24 hours before your scheduled visit.
• Send a copy of the survey to the office prior to your visit.
• Bring a copy of the survey with you.
• Wear a mask.


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

Due to provincial regulations, only Alberta residents, aged 18+ may purchase raffle tickets.


Edmonton Strathcona 50/50

Win up to $5,000 while delivering some Christmas happiness to your homebound, isolated and senior neighbours who are counting on you!  

The money raised will be donated to Meals on Wheels to ensure the continuation of the subsidized meal program that so many depend on. By purchasing a ticket, you will give so much more than a meal.

Purchase tickets until October 31. Draw date: November 6.


The winner is guaranteed to win $2,000 or up 50 per cent of the proceeds and the other 50 per cent will go to support local Rotary projects. Click here to purchase tickets.

Sales end: November 3. Draw: November 10.


Normally, at this time of year, the Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc would be selling tickets for our annual cruise raffle. COVID-19 has changed that so we are excited to announce our new online 50/50 raffle. The money raised will go to support local, national and international projects.  

Ticket sales end November 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn December 10 during the club’s weekly meeting at the Redtail Landing Golf Course.


Win cars, trucks, ATVs, renew-your-room packages, gift certificates, cash and more in the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie—Swan City 21st annual Cars for Christmas Lottery. Proceeds will support 13 non-profit groups as well as eight food banks in the Grande Prairie region. Buy your tickets in October and $1 from every ticket sold will go to the food banks to provide food security for those in need. Get your tickets before Nov 1 and you’ll also be entered to win $10,000 cash in our bonus draw. Visit for more info or to get your tickets.

Sales end December 30, 2020


Club Announcements Welcome – Has your club any upcoming events Rotarians from other clubs should know about? Email a brief description, including a link to a website for more information, to register or to buy tickets, to We’ll include your information in a future issue of CONNECTIONS and will tweet (or retweet your tweets) about your event. All submissions are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Announcements will be repeated as space permits. Deadline for submission for the next issue of CONNECTIONS (October 18) is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 16.

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