Rotary District 5370 Update
May 9, 2021

In this issue:

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

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: District awards updated; new awards added for 2020-2021 

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; Zones 28 & 32 Rotary Foundation Gala (May 12); 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); Apply to be RYLA chair; Rotary District Indigenous Committee – Speaker Series; Foundation Chat (May 13; and President-Elect Training (May 11). 

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: Matching Money with People for Positive Results

Membership Matters: Rotary Membership Video Series - New Member Induction

Learning Opportunities: Toastmasters Leadership courses for Rotarian and Rotartors 

Deadline for submissions for the May 16 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, May 13. 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:


As we move closer to July 1 and the beginning of a Rotary year, it is time to reflect on what went well during 2020 – 2021 and think about the awards the District uses to recognize clubs’ successes.

Both Rotary and Rotaract clubs have until August 1 to apply to receive awards, which will be presented to clubs in the fall. Clubs should submit their award-worthy entries to

A full list of awards appears at the end of this article.

This year, six new awards have been added to the existing awards for exemplary  community, international and youth service programs and projects, and others that recognize clubs for membership growth and contributions to The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.

The new awards include the Annual Theme Award, which replaces the Rotary Club of the Year Award, and another that everyone hopes will never need to be presented again.



Rotary Membership Video Series - New Member Induction

In this short (2:57) membership animation, PDG Lawrence Fubish asks, “How are you going to induct this new member and more importantly, how will it make that new member feel?”


As a result of its partnership with Rotary International, Toastmasters International has developed eight leadership training programs exclusively for Rotarians and Rotaractors. Check them out in the Rotary Learning Centre:

  • Develop a Speech
  • Deliver a Speech
  • The Inspirational Speech
  • Interpersonal Communication and Networking
  • Leadership Basics  
  • Leading a Team
  • Collaboration
  • Building Consensus

You need to sign into your account to access these courses.


Rotary District Indigenous Committee – Speaker Series


Guest Speaker – Cheryl Whiskeyjack: Speaking on Canada 150ish

Time: Tuesday May 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. MDT 
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Meeting ID: 926 6519 4123

“I often say that ‘Canada’ thinks it knows the Indigenous folks of the land but what they know is bits. This session will unpack the elements of Canadian policies and actions that continue to impact all of us today. All the pieces of laws and legislations, like the Indian Act, cultural prohibitions, residential schools, the Sixties Scoop (as well as the present scoop), MMIWG, etc. All of these happened while Canada was being formed as a nation. I also often say we have this awesome prequel! A hybrid balance of this prequel place is where I work hard to help our community to arrive at.” 

-- Cheryl Whiskeyjack

Cheryl Whiskeyjack is executive director of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society. The Society is committed to building upon the strengths of Aboriginal children, youth and families to enable them to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally so that they can walk proudly in both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. A distinguished alumna from MacEwan University, Cheryl is a key leader in the not-for-profit sector both locally and nationally. In Edmonton, she has fostered partnerships with many organizations, including Edmonton Public Schools, Edmonton Police Service, Alberta Children’s Services, Blue Quills University, MacEwan University and the University of Calgary. Cheryl is a general member at the National Advisory Council on Poverty.

Suggested Pre-viewing: Lion, starring: Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman 


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


The Cash and Camping Lottery’s Summer Sizzler Early Bird Package will turn your location into a staycation!

Create your own outdoor paradise with this Early Bird package valued at over $10,000! 

  • New Founders legacy pellet grill complete with accessories, rubs, sauces and pellets
  • Blackman’s Butcher Shop gift card ($1,000)
  • Canadian Tire gift card ($4,000)
  • Kakwa Stone & Landscaping gift card ($2,000)

Plus you’ll be entered to win RVs, ATVs, boats, cash and more!

Add on your Summer Cash 50/50 tickets for a shot at winning up to $175,000! 

Don’t forget your 10 days of Summer tickets: 10 days. 20 winners. $68,000 in prizes!

See the prizes and get your tickets at 

All lottery proceeds support three Rotary Clubs in Grande Prairie as well as seven other non-profit groups.  

Early Bird Ticket Cut-off is May 30. 


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 (


The final training session to prepare presidents-elect to lead their Rotary and Rotaract clubs during 2021-2022 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 11 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. MDT. The focus of this session will be The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus.

Ensure you are registered in advance and watch your inbox for a message from DGE Donna Barrett which will include the detailed agenda and related materials.

The previous sessions were recorded and are available for viewing in the District’s virtual learning library:

January 19 – Planning the year, leading Rotarians, leadership styles and the Rotary Learning Centre.

February 9 – Running club meetings.

March 9 – Strategic planning, goal setting, club roles and club operations.
April 13 – Membership


Join PDG Tim on Thursday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. MDT to chat about Foundation topics, share ideas and get answers to your TRF questions.

Register here for this month’s Rotary Foundation Chat.

Topics to be discussed:

• What resources are available to your club to promote The Rotary Foundation 
• How does the endowment Fund work and what is its goal
After you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have a topic that you would like to chat about, let Tim ( know.




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. 


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.

The registration fee is US$65.


Start Gathering Your Important Documents

Saturday, June 19

9:00 - 12:00 noon MDT

Kingsway Mall

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview

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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