Rotary District 5370 Update
March 21, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: District Learning Assembly on April 17 will be “fantastic” online event 

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements:  District Office closed; RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration; Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive; Office Space for Rent;Indigenous Speakers Series: Allyship and First Nations Communities (March 31); Wanted: Photos of Rotarians in Action; TRF Grant Certification; Youth Services Night to Network (April 8); and District Spring Assembly (April 17).

Club Fundraising: Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle; Edmonton Riverview 50/50 Raffle; and 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery 

A Foundation Moment: 

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Animations

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): ClubRunner training (March 24)

Deadline for submissions for the March 28 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, March 26. Send your submission to

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Chair Jody Swanson (RC of St. Albert) and the other 23 members of the District Learning and Development committee are “super-excited” about the virtual District Leadership Assembly to be held Saturday, April 17.

“We want to show that this is District 5370 and we can do a fantastic online conference,” Jody says. “This will absolutely not be just another Zoom meeting. You are going to love it!”

Infinite Event Services, which is owned by Rotarian Sheldon Fingler (RC of Morinville) has been contracted to handle the technical aspect of the Assembly.

Click here to register for the 2021 District Learning Assembly.

“We are trying to set a precedent of having a fantastic experience that creates an outstanding learning and inspirational experience,“ Jody says. “Even though it is an online event, it will be interactive and it will be live. We want people to be engaged and empowered by the time our three-hour conference is done.”

In addition to being an opportunity for participants to hear two keynote addresses and choose from among more than 10 breakout sessions, the Assembly will feature DGE Donna Barrett’s preview of the 2021-2022 Rotary year and her introduction of next year’s theme, “Serve to Change Lives.”

This theme, which was set by Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta from India, is reflected in the Assembly’s theme: Leadership to Change Lives and Grow Rotary.


Keynote Speakers: Michael Angelo Caruso and Niigaan Sinclair 

Breakout Sessions for all club leaders: presidents-elect, treasurers, secretaries, Foundation, membership, international Service and public image chairs, plus sessions focused on community service; technology; Clubrunner 101; RI Learning Centre; fundraising; inclusion and Diversity; and Peacebuilding.



Rotary Membership Animations

Beginning this week, we will feature a series of short Rotary membership animations created by PDG Lawrence Furbish of District 7780, Zone 32. Each video examines a particular membership issue and suggests solutions. The animations are meant to be lighthearted and fun, but the issues they address are important and timely. 

This week we have two videos: Lawrence’s introduction to the series (2:45) and the first video—Public Image (3:04).


Upcoming Clubrunner Training

Clubrunner 101

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. MDT

Learn about all the features of ClubRunner and how you can:

  • Manage a website without any technical expertise
  • Secure and personalize email communications
  • Create and manage club events and fundraising activities
  • Post and access valuable club information and documents
  • Generate various club reports
  • Track bills and create invoices

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register

Note: There will be a ClubRunner 101 session at the District Leadership Assembly on Saturday, April 17. Click here to register. Read article about the Assembly on the District blog.


All previous ClubRunner webinars were recorded and are available for viewing.

Future session topics: ClubRunner Essentials Training (April 7), Dues and Billing (April 14), Club Attendance Management (April 21), Website Live Designer (April 22), Bulletin Live Designer (April 28), Membership Management & Rotary International Integration (April 29), Website Content Management (May 5) and Events & Volunteer Management (May 12).

All sessions are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. MST. Click here for more information or to preregister.



Rotary District 5370 Indigenous Speakers Series

Allyship and First Nations Communities

Presenter: Dr. Patricia Makokis

Wednesday March 31

4:00-5:30 pm MDT on Zoom

Meeting ID: 936 9182 3671

Passcode: 824714

Patricia Makokis, Ed.D., is a servant leader committed to bringing into dialogue Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and an author, speaker and a longtime leader for Aboriginal education, health and values. She has received many awards for her work. Residing on the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, she embraces both the Cree culture and the western worldview.

She is also the executive director of the 50-minute documentary Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life. This documentary shares a traditional Cree understanding on natural law and treaty, and how Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous allies in Canada can work together for mutual benefit. Please watch Treaty Talk in advance of this webinar. It provides both background and format for our sessions.

This is the first of District 5370’s Indigenous Speakers’ Series. The series is based on the principle, “seek first to understand” and will run once a month through to the fall. It is led by the District 5370 Indigenous Committee chaired by Jan Fox. For more information about this work, please contact John Donner from the Rotary Club of Edmonton West at



The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie proudly presents its annual club fundraiser, the 28th Dream Home Lottery. This year's grand prize package includes a luxury Dream Home valued over $1.3 million. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to help with the club’s many projects, including Habitat for Humanity, D-Coy Armouries Community Hub and the Daytime Outreach Society. See more about where the funds go at The Early Bird III deadline is April 6, for a 2021 Buick Encore GX AWD 4-Door.

Don't miss out on the Cash Jackpot 50-50. The pot is already over $375,000 and the winner keeps half! Lastly, the Cash Cow Calendar, a chance to win up to $10,000 a day, weekdays in May. Tickets and 3D tours available at You can't win without a ticket!



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 (


Do you have pictures of Rotarians from your club that show them as “People of Action”— serving meals to seniors, filling hampers at a food bank, delivering meals, etc. (during or pre-pandemic)? These pictures will be shared with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors attending the District Spring Assembly on Saturday, April 17. Submit your photos to the District Office by Friday, April 2.

Registration is now open for those planning to attend the Spring Assembly.


Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive

(for the Sinkunia Community Development Organization)

Your donated device will support local newcomer students in online learning and help isolated elders stay connected.

We would love to accept all types of used tablets and phones, but unfortunately the latest video conferences software does not support end-of-life devices. Check out the criteria for donating supplied by Project Joy.

In order to use your donated device and protect your privacy, you must:

• Unlink your Apple ID and iCloud account (or any management account for Android devices)

• Factory reset your device

• Remove its protective case

Contact YEG Passport member Don at or (780) 913-8895 to arrange for your donation. You can also call Don with any questions.


RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) is for youth 15-18 and geared toward personal growth and development.

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYPEN, email 


RYLE (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.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYLE, email


Grant Certification

There are five requirements to be able to participate in Rotary Foundation Grants in 2021-2022.  Clubs are required to:

1. Have at least one member participate in grants certification webinar (only members that have participated will be able to access the ClubRunner application module)

2. Scan Memorandum of Understanding, including signature page and upload into ClubRunner Documents Folder

3. Ensure final reports for previous district grants are submitted through Grants Module and all required global grant reporting is up to date.

4. Enter Foundation SHARE and PolioPlus Goals on Rotary Club Central

5. For District Grants submit Grant Request complete with estimated budget (step one) by May 31, 2021 (Global Grants do not have a cut-off date for application but are subject to available funds)

Four certification webinars have been planned. Follow the link to register for whichever time works for you.  All webinars will be exactly the same and are offered at different times to allow for everyone’s schedule. We have allowed 90 minutes for each webinar,  which is the same as in prior years.

Tuesday, March 30 7:00 p.m. MDT

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m. MDT

Saturday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. MDT

Thursday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. MDT


Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle

Funds raised by this raffle will support Appetite to Achieve and other projects of the Rotary Club of St. Albert—Saint City.

The Appetite to Achieve program helps school-age children in St. Albert public schools and families who do not have enough food for daily breakfasts and lunches. 

Ticket Sales End: Thursday, April 1


50/50 Raffle

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of $5,000.

This year, the community service projects of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview focused on helping youth and seniors in Edmonton's inner city, at Delton and Norwood schools and at Operation Friendship Society, a drop-in centre for Edmonton's inner-city seniors.

Ticket Sales End: Friday, April 2


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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