Rotary District 5370 Update
May 2, 2021

In this issue:

DG Jim's video message for May (Youth Services Month)

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

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; Zones 28 & 32 Rotary Foundation Gala (May 12); Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast: What is Alzheimer’s Disease? (May 4); 17th Annual Rotary Integrity Awards, Edmonton Capital Region (May 17); 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention (June 12-16); Virtual RYLA Conference Coming Soon (May 15 & 16); May issue of Beyond Borders newsletter; and Apply to be RYLA chair.

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oilsands 50/50 Raffle; and ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19). 

A Foundation Moment: How The Rotary Foundation Touched One Person’s Life

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series - Is Your Club Really Welcoming? Part 2

Learning Opportunities: Rotary Learning Centre Course Catalog 

Deadline for submissions for the May 9 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, May 7. Send your submission to


Click here to view DG Jim Ferguson’s message for May (Youth Services Month)


Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News:


In a mid-April email to District leaders, RI President Holger Knaack and President-Elect Shekhar Mehta wrote that, “Over the next several months, we’ll ask Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs to update their logos to align with (Rotary International’s) brand standards.”

If you are confused by what the RI leaders are talking about, that’s not surprising.

Eight years after Rotary’s rebranding, many Rotary clubs continue to use a previous version of Rotary’s mark of excellence (wheel). An informal survey of a sample of club websites in our District shows that about half continue to use the MOE that was retired in 2013.

That’s when RI modernized its branding, which is something that happens with many organizations. Well-known brands such as Pepsi Cola, VISA and Starbucks have evolved their brands over time.

And this is not the first time that the RI brand has changed, as you can see in the graphic at the beginning of this article.

Clubs are encouraged to use only the new branding on websites, in print documents and signage, and on social media.



Rotary Membership Video Series - Is Your Club Really Welcoming? Part 2

In this short (2:15) membership animation, PDG Lawrence Fubish says, “Maybe rather than assuming that everyone finds us to be a warm and friendly group, we might want to dig a little deeper. Why not ask some of our visitors what they think of us?”


Check out the Rotary International Learning Centre Course Catalog for online courses that will help you learn more about Rotary or about club leadership roles. Courses are divided into 10 topics, including About Rotary, Club Leadership, Membership, Public Image and The Rotary Foundation.


The promotional rate for the 2021 Virtual Rotary International Convention ends soon.

Register before 11:00 p.m. MDT, May 7 to take advantage of the US$49 promotional rate. After that, the registration fee increase to US$65.

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.


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 15. For questions or clarification, please reach out to our Youth Services co-chairs, Elizabeth Bonkink and Myles Dykes by email 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 (


Click here to read the May issue of Beyond Borders, the Zone 28&32 newsletter from RI Director Valarie Wafer. In this issue, read articles about RI’s year-old partnership with Toastmasters International; the Zone Gala in support of TRF (May 12); responding to sexism and misogyny when it occurs in Rotary; flexibility and innovation in Rotary clubs; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (by Yvone Joubert from the MacEwan Rotoract Club, District 5370); a literacy program in South Africa; and a call for nominations for the Donald MacRae Peace Award.

The Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast invites you to attend its meeting on Tuesday, May 4 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) to listen to our guest speaker Lindsay Burham, from the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

Email Victoria Ewert ( to receive a link to this meeting.





Virtual RYLA Conference Coming Soon

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. MDT

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYLE, email


Everyone is welcome to join our event involving 15 different Rotary Clubs.  

5:00 Pre-session for those sharing a virtual dinner from the Sawmill Restaurant (More information below)

6:00 Initial announcements

6:30 Award presentations

9:00 Closure

Click here to Register.   

Sawmill meal order contact: 780-818-3659

3-Course $50/person VIP Meal Package created by Sawmill for final completion and plating by you in your home. Package will include step-by-step preparation instructions and online video tutorials hosted by Chef Paul Doucette. It's not just a meal. It's an experience!


Rotary Club of Fort McMurray Oilsands 50/50 Raffle

In support of the Fort McMurray SPCA

Ticket sales end Thursday, May 13

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $1,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of $2,500. 


What are you getting mom for Mother’s Day?  Buy tickets for mom and enter her to win a Jasper Park Lodge Spa Package valued at $10,000! 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 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!!

Jasper Park Spa Early Bird Package ticket deadline is May 9

This year you choose your grand prize! Winner’s choice of the Summer Home Package with a lakefront lot at Snipe Lake RV Resort, 2021 Jayflight 40LOFT Park model, 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat and $5,000 cash, or the Take it on the Road Package with a 2021 Jayco Melbourne 24’ Motorhome with a 16’ Tracker Pro Guide Boat.  

See the prizes and get your tickets at 


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Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview

Saturday, June 19

9:00 - 12:00 noon MDT

Kingsway Mall

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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