Rotary District 5370 Update
May 16, 2021

In this issue:

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; 17th Annual Rotary Integrity Awards, Edmonton Capital Region (May 17); 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention (June 12-16); Apply to be RYLA chair; Rotary District Indigenous Committee – Speaker Series (May 18); Youth Services Month video; An Evening with Peace Educator Paul Chappell (May 26); Receive the recognition your club deserves; and 2021 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly (Sept. 17-19)

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Death by Chocolate Online Auction (Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan)

A Foundation Moment: Want to Learn More About The Rotary Foundation?

Membership Matters: 10 Steps to a New Rotary Club with 100 Members in Just Four Months

Learning Opportunities: Clubrunner app for your smartphone

Deadline for submissions for the May 23 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, May 20. Send your submission to



Rotary District 5370 youth advisors Lesa Mueller and Bohun Konikowski talk about the positive influence the District’s programs. Click here to view.


Receive the recognition your club deserves

Each year, the District highlights the exemplary efforts of Rotary and Rotaract clubs with awards for service (community, international and youth), membership development, enhancing Rotary’s public image, and supporting The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus. There is also an award for the club that most effectively embraced the RI annual theme (Rotary Opens Opportunities) and this year there’s another for a club that pivoted to continue to meet, service and build goodwill and friendships during the pandemic.

Click here for a list of the 2020-2021 District awards and then submit your descriptions of your club’s award-worthy projects, programs and activities to by August 1, 2021. Awards will be presented in the fall.


While this article focuses on developing new clubs of young professionals, some of these ideas could be adapted by any club wishing to grow its membership.

10 Steps to a New Rotary Club with 100 Members in Just Four Months

An article by Past District 7620 Governor (2015-2016) Ken Solow

Rotary’s leadership has clearly asked us (begged us?) to be creative in structuring the Rotary experience so it will be relevant to a new generation of Rotarians. Since creativity isn’t necessarily one of our organization’s strongest points, I thought I would pass along a few ideas about this subject. NOTE: I want to give a special shout-out to Rotarian Clarissa Harris and the District 7620 Young Professional team. Many of the ideas below are theirs, although I am admittedly going to take things to another level. It’s OK. They think I’m a lunatic anyway. Since they have already completed steps One through Seven below, I KNOW you can do it too.

Step One:  Agree that this new, vibrant club is to be populated by members of all ages, sexes, religions, etc. However, we are going to build the club from the bottom up to be attractive to young professionals. Agree that your target market of young professionals is aged 25 – 40, time-constrained, obsessed with their careers, don’t have a lot of discretionary money, are possibly new parents, possibly new homeowners, highly educated, interested in community service and globally oriented.

Read Steps Two to Ten.


The Clubrunner app for your smartphone puts information about your club at your fingertips, including a membership list; members profiles; the club executive for the current, past and future years; stories posted on your club’s website and information about upcoming club events; plus information about our District. You can even check your meeting attendance record. The Clubrunner app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

Watch short video to learn more.


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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“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


Save the Date:

2021 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly

Friday - Sunday, September 17-19

Waterton Lakes National Park

The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association is planning for an in-person event. The program should be finalized shortly and will include a great speaker lineup. If an in-person gathering is not possible, the assembly will go forward as a virtual event, as was the case in 2020.

Hotel Information: Two hotels are “holding” rooms for the Assembly. Contact the hotels directly and use the booking code WGPA21 to receive 15 per cent off the regular rates:

Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort (25 rooms): 403-859-2150 or 1-888-985-6343
Aspen Village Inn (15 rooms): 403-859-2255 or 1-888-859-8669

Click here to learn more about the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association


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 (


Join the Edmonton Region Integrity Awards gala online, Monday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. MDT. Meet the 16 impressive award recipients and hear their stories, which are sure to bring a tear to your eye and joy to your heart. It’s simply amazing how they have contributed to the community and, in some cases, to the entire province of Alberta. The event is being arranged with the help of Infinite Event Services, which has helped with other Rotary online events.

If you miss the event and would still like to see the full brochure with all the recipients, email


An Evening with Peace Educator Paul Chappell

Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. MDT

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Edmonton West

Join us to hear Paul K. Chappell speak of the importance of peace, the importance of peace literacy, and the importance of viewing all we do through the peace-builder lens.

Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and founder of Peace Literacy. He graduated from West Point, who was deployed to Iraq and left active duty as a captain. Realizing that humanity is facing new challenges that require us to become as well-trained in waging peace as soldiers are in waging war, Chappell created Peace Literacy to help students and adults from all backgrounds work toward their full potential and a more peaceful world. 

Peace Literacy frames peace not merely as a goal, but as a practical skill-set—a literacy like reading and writing—that needs to be taught and practiced from pre-K through to higher education. Peace Literacy empowers us to create peace that is realistic, resilient and sustainable, while helping us develop our full capacity for empathy, conscience, reason and realistic hope.

Peace and conflict resolution, one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus, is at the heart of Rotary and all that we do. Rotary’s peace-builder work is now more important than ever. By working together, we can build a community where there is peace and there is safe places of belonging for all. 

The Zoom link will open at 6:45 p.m. and the presentation will be at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 873 2505 3776

Passcode: 924038


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.


The Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc is holding another 50/50 Raffle with a maximum prize of up to $100,000 ($40,000 minimum prize). The proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Leduc, Leduc & District Food Bank and Rise-up Society.

Ticket sales end June 30 and the winning ticket will be drawn on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day!


Death by Chocolate Online Auction

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Fort Saskatchewan

May 13 to May 27

“We have everything from a fireplace to a family game package, to a liquor basket, to a golf package, to pizza for a year, to gift bags. Local businesses and club members have been very generous in donating fabulous items.” – Lauren Reid, auction chairperson

Click here to view what’s for sale and submit your bids.


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.

Want to Learn More About The Rotary Foundation?

The Rotary Foundation produces a number of resources that help Rotarians learn about the work that we do around the world.  Here are some favorites:   

1. The Annual Report: annual-report-2019

2. The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide: reference-guide  

3. Videos about our work: rotary-videos

4. Our website:

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