Rotary District 5370 Update
September 27, 2020

An initiative to rescue playgrounds from landfills has evolved into a non-profit focused on community development, which also serves as our District’s shipping arm.

From its warehouse in Edmonton, the Emmanuel Foundation has shipped refurbished playgrounds, and medical and educational equipment and supplies, to more than 40 countries, primarily in Central America, the Caribbean and Africa.

The non-profit also hosts meal-packaging events for shipments to other countries and for use by inner-city soup kitchens and food programs.

Executive director Lyle Johnson (RC of Sherwood Park) traces the history of the Emmanuel Foundation to 2002 when existing playgrounds were being decommissioned because they didn’t conform to new safety standards. The equipment that was being removed was slated for landfills.

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Vision 2020 District Conference speakers still available for viewing

All of the Vision 2020 Virtual District Conference speakers were recorded and will be available for viewing online until mid-December.

Viewer’s Guide:

00:06:30     Opening Ceremonies        

Alan Mallory — Reaching New Heights

00:17:35    Introduction    00:19:00    Presentation

Dr. Chris Brauer — Creative Destruction

01:37:00    Introduction    01:39:00    Presentation

Kathy Hawkesworth — Your Legacy Your Way

02:37:20    Introduction    02:38:30     Presentation

03:04:00     Lunch Break & Rotary videos        

Valeria Rojas — Project Amigo

04:37:00    Introduction.   04:38:00    Presentation

Valarie Wafer — Rotary International Director

05:02:30    Introduction.   05:04:20    Presentation

05:24:15     District Awards — PDG Tracey Vavrek

Amy Smith — Rotary Global Grant Scholar

05:53:00    Introduction.   05:53:45    Presentation

06:50:40    Closing Remarks

Visit 15 Vision 2020 Virtual Project Booths until mid-December

Click here and scroll down the page to visit the Virtual Project Fair.

Rotary Clubs and Programs: St. Albert (30th Anniversary Gala), Westlock (Dinner Theatre), Edmonton Riverview (Friendship Booth), Edmonton Riverview (One Health Scholarships), E-Club of Canada One, Edmonton Area Rotary Integrity Awards, Edmonton Northeast (Barranquilla, Colombia Water & Sanitation Project), Edmonton Gateway

Non-Profits: Habitat for Humanity, Project Amigo Canada Society, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Rotary Employment Partnership, Emmanuel Foundation (District playgrounds, shipping arm and meal-packaging events), Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans, Grande Prairie Rotary Clubs Wellness Centre Society

Commercial: CRS Marketing (Rotary International Official Licensee) 



Interested in Rotary youth programs? Want to get more involved? Consider becoming the District’s Youth Services chair. Contact DG Jim Ferguson ( to learn more.


2020 Glenora Rotary Wine Survivor Raffle

Win a Curated Wine Collection!

Proceeds to support disadvantaged women in Edmonton

Register your team of five by 12:00 p.m. MDT, Monday, October 5. Entry fee: $200.

Email to request team registration forms and more information.


E-Satellite Club for Young Professionals

The Rotary E-Club of Canada One took the next step toward establishing an e-satellite club for young professionals by meeting recently with interested individuals, including people from Finland, Italy and Brazil, as well as from Canada. After learning more about the concept, all committed to becoming charter members of this new club.

A second meeting will be held soon. If you are in contact with former Youth Exchange students (inbound and outbound) or former Rotary Grant scholars, please reach out and invite them to contact PDG Elly Contreras ( to learn more.


Rotary Club of Edmonton West invites you to join it for a special meeting on Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. MDT

Topic: Alberta's Halting Economic Recovery — Implications for Alberta's Public Finances by Dr. Robert (Bob) Ascah, one of Alberta's leading economists and authorities on public finances. 

Click here after 6:45 on Oct. 1 to attend.


Do you have a speaker coming to one of your club meetings whose message would be of interest to other Rotarians or Rotaractors? Email and we would be happy to extend an invitation on your behalf.


RC of Edmonton Riverview Shredfest

Safely dispose of sensitive documents, such as income tax documents, financial statements and other confidential papers, while helping to support programs for inner-city youth and seniors.

Saturday, October 3

9:00 a.m. to noon MDT

Kingsway Mall (north parking lot)

Donations welcome ($10 per box suggested)


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 4) is 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 2.

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