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A Thanksgiving Message 
Bruce and I want to wish all of you across our large Rotary District a Happy Thanksgiving. Once again it will be different as we all take care to celebrate safely, doing our part to help us move through this pandemic.
 
During my visits with our Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, I have learned so much about how Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors give so generously of themselves to support their communities and communities around the world. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do to Serve to Change Lives. You fill my heart with gratitude this Thanksgiving.
 
Donna Barrett
District Governor, 2021 - 2022
Rotary District 5370 is seeking nominations for District Governor for the 2024-25 Rotary year
Rotary District 5370 is seeking nominations for District Governor for the 2024-25 Rotary year.
 
Did you know that the Rotary District Governor is the sole representative of Rotary International in the district?
 
Each District Governor serves a one year term, but in most districts, that individual fills many roles in the lead-up to serving as District Governor.  For instance, District 5370 has a District Governor (Donna Barrett, 2021 - 2022), a District Governor Elect (John Nicoll, DG for 2022 - 2023), and a District Governor Nominee (Brent Collingwood, DG for 2023 – 2024).
 
The District Governor is Chair of the District 5370 Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer of the district, and all of the District Operating Committees report to the District 5370 Board through the DG.
 
Serving as District Governor is an incredible life-changing experience; just talk to any Past District Governor about their journey.
 
The District Governor’s primary role is to inspire, strengthen and support the district clubs, promoting Rotary through district initiatives, district and public events. Even though it’s a volunteer position, a DG Stipend through Rotary International is provided to cover most travel and office expenses.
 
The DG also provides fiscal oversight, and works with the D5370 Committee Chairs to manage their committees.
 
As Immediate Past District Governor, one of my roles is to form a committee that will seek out the District Governor for the 2024 – 2025 Rotary year.
 
We’ll be looking for an individual that is passionate about Rotary, having served as a Past Club President, been a Rotarian in good standing of a functioning district club for at least five years at the time of nomination, and perhaps even served at the District 5370 Committee level.
 
The ideal candidate should have a very positive outlook, with proven management skills a real asset.
 
The procedure for selecting a District Governor Nominee and minimum qualifications for the position of District Governor are outlined in the District 5370 Policy and Procedures Manual and the Rotary International Manual of Procedure. You can also sign into My Rotary and read about the Governor role; ie: Governor | My Rotary
 
The Rotary International Bylaws were attached to the e-mail you should have already received, with Articles 12, 13 and 16 being the ones that pertain the most to the selection of a District Governor Nominee. Also emailed to you was the District Nominating Committee policy that’s located in the Rotary District 5370 website.
 
We’ll be accepting nominations from clubs until November 30th, and the club nomination form is attached. All completed documents should be submitted to my e-mail, below.
 
The Governor-nominee applicant is required to provide an updated resume, recent photo, and a statement that successfully outlines their vision and goals connecting directly to Rotary’s Strategic Plan and the District’s Strategic Plan. The written submission is limited to 300 words.
 
Nominations must also include a resolution adopted by the Rotary Club at a regular meeting naming the nominated candidate. The governor nomination resolution (attached) must be signed by the Club Secretary.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to call or e-mail me.  You can also contact current DG Donna Barrett or any PDG, as I am sure all would be more than happy to answer your questions about the District Governor position.
 
In Rotary,
 
James (Jim) Ferguson
Rotary District 5370 Governor 2020 - 2021

RI President Shekhar Mehta asks clubs to support World Polio Day

Take action for World Polio Day!
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta says that polio eradication can be achieved if Rotary members stay committed. He calls on every club to offer support this World Polio Day.

Watch and share President Mehta’s World Polio Day video message.
Link to register https://youth-services.eventbrite.ca/
Contact the District Office to register: office@rotary5370.org
Empowering Girls RI Presidential Initiative
Rotary’s Empowering Girls initiative is a club-level service opportunity for Rotary year 2021-2022. The initiative encourages Rotary and Rotaract club members to participate in service projects that focus on the health, education, safety, well-being and economic development of girls worldwide. The project you choose can be a new project for your club, or an existing project that is implemented with a focus on girls.
 
Want to learn more about Empowering Girls? Reach out to Zone 28 Empowering Girls Assistant Ambassador Tamara Larson for details and a club or event presentation. 
 
Tamara Larson 
larson.tamarac@gmail.com
Links
District Governor Message
October Message
September Message
August Message
Club Events and Opportunities
Cars for Christmas Lottery
District Events
District Awards 2020 - 2021
Better Together District Conference
Youth Services
Youth Services Networking Night October 19
Zone 28 & 32 Interact Conference
Foundation News
Rotary Foundation Canada Report
District Updates
COVID 19 Information
Hybrid Rotary Meetings
Guides to Hybrid Meetings by Mitty Chang
Vulnerable Persons Record Check
District Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023
Zone News
October 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
September 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
August 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
Success stories!
Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue Neighbour BBQ

On Thursday, October 7th, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue held a community BBQ at the Stratchona Baptist Church. A group of ten volunteers set up, cooked and served 136 burgers, along with refreshments and snacks to our neighbours who may not have otherwise had a hot meal. There were great conversations had by all and the evening served as a reminder of the importance of human connection - something we’ve all missed through the pandemic. 

Thanks to the Mustard Seed for helping to spread the word and bring our community together and to Marilyn Mucha for coordinating. 

Rotary Club of Edmonton Million Dollar BBQ
President Jim and Tournament Chair Don recently delivered a cheque for $23,500 from the proceeds from the Rotary Club of Edmonton’s Million Dollar Golf Tournament for improvements to Lurana Shelter. Lurana Shelter provides a safe place and other services to women and children leaving abusive situations.
Thank you to all our sponsors and golfers for making this possible!
Rotarians are People of Action, Serving to Change Lives and truly making a difference! 
Rotary Learning Center Tips 
Learn how Rotary’s Action Plan can help your club increase its impact, expand its reach, better engage its members, and keep adapting to a changing world. Our research shows that clubs that develop and follow a strategic plan are stronger than clubs that don’t. Their members are more satisfied and view their clubs and Rotary more positively.
 
Take the course Rotary’s Action Plan and You to learn more (My Rotary log in required):
Membership Moment

Alumni represent an incredible network of leaders engaged in service around the world. Clubs sometimes think about inviting them as speakers or using them as extra hands for service projects. But if we take the time, effort, and willingness to remove a few of the barriers that keep them from joining, we can experience the benefits of their insight and talent to grow Rotary. 

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