Rotary District 5370 Update
November 1, 2020

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If you haven’t signed up at you are cutting yourself off from access to tools and information to make your membership experience better.

District Governor-Elect Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) is disappointed that the sign-up rate in our District is lower than it could be. She hopes to see more Rotarians and Rotaractors take advantage of what MyRotary has to offer.

Currently 56 per cent of members in our District have created MyRotary accounts. At the individual Rotary club level, the sign-up rate ranges from 14 to 93 per cent and from zero to 100 per cent in Rotaract clubs.

“From a learning and development perspective, we are moving more and more to online learning from the Learning Center at MyRotary,” Donna says.

This key component of MyRotary offers a variety of online courses for members to learn more about Rotary and prepare themselves for club and District leadership roles.

“The Learning Center is developing a lot of great material, both for personal development and for those interested in club leadership,” Donna says. “There is also good information for new Rotarians.”

The Learning Center catalogue includes courses of various length, from five minutes to 2.5 hours.

In addition to Rotary-specific courses, the Learning Centre is the place to go to access the eight leadership training courses developed by Toastmasters International as the result of the partnership with RI announced in early 2020. 

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Rotarians in Spruce Grove are about to launch an online auction that they believe will benefit their community in two ways.

Besides raising funds to support ongoing social programs and to continue to build community amenities, the club hopes the auction will reconnect local businesses with customers.

Rotarian Gerry Lawrence, the event’s chairperson, says that this virtual auction has a special focus that makes it unique.  

“We are encouraging businesses in Spruce Grove to donate an item or experience that will gain them a repeat customer. If you’re a pizza shop, maybe you donate a free pizza a month for six months. If you’re a hair salon, maybe it’s five free haircuts,” he says.  

“As the winning bidder from our auction comes back to the business several times over the next few months, we hope they develop a positive relationship that lasts for years. 

“Plus, both the bidder and the donating business know they’re helping build our community. It’s a win-win-win.”

The auction runs from November 3 to 17. On the evening the auction closes, bidders can experience a bit of auction-sale frenzy by joining in on a virtual gala.

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During the months of November and December, District 5370 will be hosting a series of Virtual Club Learning events. Each one-hour event will address timely topics of interest to all club members. Please mark your calendars and join us. Click on the program title to register.

November 5, 7:00 PM (MT)

Membership Engagement: Together is Better 

Hosted by Tracey Vavrek, Past District Governor 

November 12, 7:00 PM (MT)

Virtual Fundraising: What Clubs Need to Know

Hosted by John Nicoll, District Governor Nominee

December 3, 7:00 pm (MT)

The Rotary Foundation: The Heart of Rotary

Hosted by Tim Schilds, Past District Governor and Chair of the District 5370 Foundation Committee

December 10, 7:00 pm (MT)

Rotary Service: Sharing Successes during COVID-19

Hosted by Jim Ferguson, District Governor and Donna Barrett, District Governor-Elect



Grant Writing 101

Free, live two-hour interactive webinar presented by Alberta Community Development

Thursday, November 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. MST

Program Description

"Grant writing …ugh." Sound familiar? For many non-profit volunteers and staff, grant writing can seem like a time-consuming task in creative writing with the payoff determined by luck of the draw. The truth is, with steep competition for limited grant dollars a well-written grant is only part of the success formula. This two-hour webinar covers core proposal and grant-writing skills, how to avoid common pitfalls, understanding what funders look for, and tips on how to maintain good relationships with your funders.

Click here to register.



Need current, authoritative COVID-19 information?

The District website provides up-to-date COVID-19 information with links to provincial and territorial health authorities, Health Canada, the World Health Organization and Rotary International.


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

Rotary E-Club of Canada One

Rotary Employment Partnership

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


Keep a list of potential members 

It doesn’t matter if it’s a paper list or if it’s kept on the desktop of your computer. Either way, it makes you think about those people who might be a fit for your club. Discuss the list at board meetings — not just the concept of bringing in new members but the specific names and who’s going to contact them and when. And don’t overlook some obvious suspects, such as members’ spouses, Youth Exchange host parents — they already have a taste of what Rotary is about — and even former members. Sometimes people need to leave for a reason and then later they have more time and just have to be asked to come back.

Adapted from: Step right up: in Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner by Geoffrey Johnson (originally published in The Rotarian, August 2018)


Rotary Opens Opportunities to serve: RYLE and RYPEN chairs required

Are you looking to get involved and make a positive difference in Rotary? Apply to serve as chair of RYLE or RYPEN! Youth Services is looking for two dynamic leaders to serve in these positions for the Rotary year.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Experience (RYLE) brings high school-aged students from across District 5370 to Camp Nakamun for a four-day leadership developmental camp packed with workshops, speakers and experiences that build confidence, communities and empowerment. These students are nominated by Interact clubs and high schools as individuals who show strong potential for growth in the field of leadership and often have little or no previous experience with Rotary International.

Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a four-day hands-on "Journey to the Core" personal development experience hosted by Rotary International District 5370.

The program is designed for youth aged 15-18 who live within our District and who want to grow but have limited opportunities to attend other development programs. In previous years, RYPEN has been located at the Jasper Palisades and more recently at Birch Bay Ranch. 

As chair of one of these vibrant programs, you would be responsible for executing and planning the program with the committee. Duties include drafting a budget, creating interactive programming, chairing and overseeing the committee, and other assorted tasks. To apply, submit your resumé and a letter of why you would like to serve as chair. Email them to Youth Services co-chair Myles Dykes at by November 15.

For any questions or clarification, please reach out to Myles.


Presented by: Westlock Rotary Dinner Theatre

Based on Ole Koot’s Campfire series, created by Bunnie Arth

Written by Praneeta Lambert and produced by Kiwi Productions

During these unprecedented times brought on by COVID-19, the world has been thrown into a whole new normal, where friends and families have to maintain distance and avoid hugs and handshakes to protect themselves and their loved ones. Vacations have been paused and a clear perspective on wants and needs has developed. But what about the ones who were already on their way to a tropical vacation when the lockdown came into place?

Purchase tickets ($20 each) to watch this COVID-19-inspired movie in the comfort and safety of your home. You will be emailed a watch code two hours before the event. 

Remaining Performance Dates: November 5, 6, 7.

Read more about the production on the Rotary International District 5370 News blog: This year in Westlock, it’s dinner theatre without the dinner


Clubs may submit nominations for District Governor for 2023-2024 to PDG Tracey Vavrek, Chair of the District 5370 Nominating Committee 2020, at  ( until November 15.

Members in good standing who are willing and able to serve as District Governor and have served as club president are eligible to be nominated. Qualifications for District Governor are prescribed by the Rotary International Manual of Procedure.

The Governor-nominee is required to provide an updated resume, recent photo, and a statement that outlines their vision and goals connecting directly to Rotary’s strategic plan and the District’s Strategic Plan. The written submission is limited to 500 words.

Nominations must also include a resolution naming the nominated candidate, adopted by the Rotary club at a regular meeting and signed by the club secretary.

Additional information, including the District 5370 Governor Position Overview, Governor-nominee Designate Form and the District Governor 2023-2024 Club Nomination Resolution form may be requested by emailing

Contact PDG Tracey with any questions or to request more information by email ( or phone (780) 814-1526.



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RYLA 2020

Saturday November 7 

9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. MST

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) brings together Interact club members from across District 5370 for an one-day online leadership conference packed with workshops and speakers, to teach students the vital skills required to succeed in leadership positions and to improve their confidence.

One of RYLA’s most promising aspects is that it allows for like-minded Interact club members across the District to meet, cultivate and share ideas, and learn from one another. Though we are operating online this year, this mission to establish a bright future for young Rotary leaders through interaction in this way will still be possible! Co-operation will be encouraged and each participant can expect to feel as supported and heard as they would be in person.

Click here to register.

For more information please contact Elise Frederickson:


The Rotary E-club of Canada One Polio Quiz

Complete the quiz for a chance to win one of two Paul Harris Fellowships that will be awarded.

All correct quiz submissions, accompanied by proof of a minimum $20 donation to Polio Plus will be eligible to win a Paul Harris Fellowship. The draw will be made November 13 and winners will be recognized during our November 17 Fellowship Assembly.

An anonymous donor challenges others to make a donation to End Polio Now by matching up to a total of $500 for all donations towards polio eradication.

Link to the quiz is HERE


Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway Bottle Drive — raising funds for emergency school lunches. 

Now that school lunches have been cancelled due to COVID-19, some children are going without lunch because they don't have the resources to bring one from home.

Our bottle drive offers contactless pickup on Mondays, from October 26 to November 16.

Email GatewayRotaryYEG@gmail.comto arrange for pickup. (Include your name, phone number and address.)


Spruce Grove Silent Auction

Bidding begins Tuesday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. MST

Click here for a list of silent auction items.

Virtual Gala: On the night our virtual auction wraps up (November 17), please join us in a physically distanced celebration of our community and of Rotary's service. Click here for more details and to register.


Learn to Cook Pad Thai

A virtual cooking class sponsored by the Rotary Club of YEG Passport as a fundraiser for Misión Claridad (Mission Clarity), our cataract mission to Ecuador. 

Saturday, November 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. MST

In just one hour, learn the secrets of creating great pad Thai in your own kitchen from Edmonton-based chef Steve Buzak, of the Royal Glenora Club.

Seven to 10 days prior to the event, you will receive the recipe, a list of ingredients (including protein options), a list of the kitchen tools/equipment you will be using and instructions for preparing to cook along with Steve.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets (only $25).


Virtual West Africa Project Fair

November 9-13

Project Fairs are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends, while meeting project sponsors and finding international projects for your clubs and District to support. Given the challenges of hosting in-person events, many project fairs will be hosting virtual events this year.

During the virtual event, West African clubs will showcase small, medium and large-scale projects from every area of focus looking for support from international partners. The event will be hosted by Rotary members in Nigeria with project exhibitors from Ghana, Liberia, Benin Republic, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Togo and Senegal.

We invite you to join us online to learn about the local communities and to build partnerships for international service. Learn more about the Virtual West Africa Project Fair and register for the event

Other upcoming virtual project fairs (Sign in to required to view).


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

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



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

Sales end: November 3. Draw: November 10.


The Rotary Club of Slave Lake 50/50 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

The winner will receive a  minimum cash prize of $4,000 up  to 50% of ticket sales to a maximum of $10,000. 

Ticket sales end December 4. Draw date: December 9


The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club has just launched its second online 50/50 draw to support local youth organizations.

For the last 12 years, the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan has provided safe rides home to residents who have been out enjoying themselves during the Christmas season, through Operation Red Nose. This service has raised $67,000 to support community youth organizations.  Due to COVID-19 we will be unable to provide this service this year, but we still want to provide funding to local youth organizations.

Click here to purchase tickets. Sales end November 16


Rotary Club of Wainwright’s Beer for a Year raffle

Prizes: Two beer-for-a-year packages ($1,000 value), barbecue ($850), patio set ($850) and a meat gift package ($100). Proceeds will help to fund the CT Scanner Project at the Wainwright Health Care Centre. Purchase tickets ($5 each) by texting Cal Clarke at 780-209-0213 and e-transferring  your fee to You will receive a picture of your tickets.

Draw date: November 22.


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 (November 8) is 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 6.

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