Rotary District 5370 Update
June 6, 2021

In this issue:

District Governor Jim Ferguson's video message for June--Fellowships Month
Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: District Office closed; 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention (June 12-16); Receive the recognition your club deserves; Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee; Rotary Foundation Chat (June 9); Steven's Hope for Mozambique (RC of Edmonton Gateway-- June 9); Beyond Borders Zones 28 & 32 newsletter; Nahanee Creative Speaker Series (Fridays in June); and Peace Literacy Canada launch (June 8).

Club Fundraising: Cash and Camping Lottery (Grande Prairie clubs); ShredFest (RC of Edmonton Riverview) (June 19); Leduc-Nisku 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of YEG Passport: 50/50 Raffle Supporting Sinkunia; and Rotary Club of St. Albert Drive-Thru RibFest (June 11-13)

A Foundation Moment: What can Your $500 Contribution to The Rotary Foundation Do?

Membership Matters: Four membership-related breakout sessions during the 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention

Learning Opportunities: Our Logo: Representing Rotary

Deadline for submissions for the June 6 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Thursday, June 3. Send your submission to


Click here to view District Governor Jim Ferguson’s final monthly video message for –Fellowships Month

Related Rotary International District 5370 News blog post: Fellowships link Rotarians from around the world with shared interests


We have two constants in our world right now: change and uncertainty. As we work together to create a more peaceful world that is diverse, inclusive and has a safe place of belonging for all, having a tool box that has tools to guide us through difficult conversations is most important. Peace literacy provides a framework and tool kits to work toward creating a peaceful world. 

Education is our most powerful tool for change. As Rotarians, we work together to create a world with sustainable peace. 

On behalf of executive director and founder Paul K Chappell and the team at the Peace Literacy Institute, we would like to say how excited we are to work with Rotary District 5550 and World Peace Partners to launch Peace Literacy Canada under the direction of National Chair Tamara Larson. 

Join us on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. MDT for our official launch and learn how to be a soldier of peace.

RSVP to by Monday, June 7 to receive Zoom link. 


Nahanee Creative Speaker Series

We are Celebrating Indigenous Peoples History Month by amplifying Indigenous Inspiration with our inaugural Nahanee Creative Speaker Series!

We will be hosting  a series of one-hour Interactive Introductions over the month of June with brilliant guest speakers. Join us!

Here’s a full list of the events and links to the tickets:

Actioning UNDRIP

Friday,June 11, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Ginger Gosnell-Myer, Nisga’a and Kwakwak'awakw
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with Ginger Gosnell-Myers discussing the possibilities and stalls to actioning commitments to implementing the 46 articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Identities
Friday,June 18, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speaker: Khelsilem Tl’aḵwasiḵ̓an Sxwchálten, Squamish
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Ta7talíya-men Paisley Eva Nahanee in conversation with Khelsilem exploring intersections of Indigenous Identities including urban Indigeneity, queerness and more.

Territorial Acknowledgements: From Awareness to Practice
Friday,June 21, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Hosted by Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee
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Join Ta7talíya Nahanee, Squamish, to personalize your connection to acknowledging Indigenous Territories on National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Land Back: Global Intersections & Solidarity
June 25, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  MDT
Guest Speakers: Mo Dhaliwal and Anita Lal
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Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee in conversation with Mo and Anita, from Poetic Justice Foundation, to discuss the possibilities of solidarity in global Land Back movements.


Receive the recognition your club deserves

For 2020-2021, the District has expanded the list of awards to recognize the exemplary efforts of Rotary and Rotaract. Here are a few of the new awards for which clubs can apply:

Membership Growth and Retention Plan Award – This award recognizes a club that demonstrates a planned approach to retain existing members and to attract new members, resulting in a net increase in membership.

Rotary/Youth Partnership Award – This award recognizes a club that partners with an Interact or Earlyact club to meet community or international needs related to one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.

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 (include 2020-2021 Awards in the subject line). Awards will be presented in the fall.


Four membership-related breakout sessions during the 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention:

Saturday, June 12, 11:00 a.m. MDT: Rotary Alumni: A Hidden Gem for Membership and Service – Explore ways to engage alumni in Rotary activities and discuss ideas to help Rotarians attract alumni to new or existing clubs.

Saturday, June 12, 5:00 p.m. MDT: Innovative Ideas to Start a New Rotary Club – This session will discuss breaking the steps of starting a new Rotary Club into manageable parts. Hear from members of the Rotary Club of Metropolitano de Santiago as they share how they created a new club focused on bringing together young professionals. 

Monday, June 14, 7:00 a.m. MDT: Grow Rotary Through Engagement – Learn why members join and leave Rotary and Rotaract, ways to ensure Rotarians and Rotaractors find long-term value in their membership, and tangible activities to improve the Rotary experience.

Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. MDT): Mission Inclusion: Accelerating DEI in Rotary – Join a small group ideation breakout with Rotary DEI leaders to learn what Rotarians say are important DEI issues, and accelerate DEI in your club, district and zone. Celebrate progress, get connected with like-minded Rotarians and continue our journey to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that opens opportunity for all.

Click here to register for the 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention, June 12 - 16.


Our Logo: Representing Rotary

A Rotary Learning Center interactive course

Learn why Rotary's visual identity and logos are important and how to use them to represent Rotary correctly. See how to customize your club or district logo to show that what you do locally is part of the good that Rotary does around the world.

This 30-minute interactive course is available in the Public Image section of the Rotary Learning Center. You need to sign into your account to complete this course.

Related Rotary International District 5370 News blog post: You would never use this logo, so why do so many Rotarians continue to use this one?


Rotary Club of St. Albert Drive-Thru RibFest!

June 11-13, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. MDT

St. Albert Centre (shopping mall) parking lot

375 St. Albert Trail

Four rib teams, vehicles go straight through without guests getting out, orders are taken on-site, orders are picked up and vehicles leave.

50/50 tickets and raffle tickets on sale.

Facebook event page

It's going to be amazing!


What are you getting Dad for Father’s Day? Buy tickets for Dad and enter him to win a Banff Golf Package valued at $10,000! Package includes four nights’ accommodations at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a round of golf each day for four people at the Stanley Thompson Golf Course and daily breakfasts. You’ll also be entered to win RVs, ATVs, boats, staycation packages, cash and more! 

We’ve made gifting easy.  

  1. Order tickets online at directly in anyone’s name. 
  2. Provide an email address and schedule delivery on the date of your choosing.  
  3. We’ll take care of the rest.  It’s that easy!!

See the prizes and get your tickets at 


The Summer Cash 50/50 Jackpot is growing! Current jackpot is over $210,000!! 

Win half the jackpot, up to $175,000!



District Office closed

Due to 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 (


Steven's Hope for Mozambique

On Wednesday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m. MDT, Dr. Lorne Parker will speak on behalf of Steven's Hope for Mozambique at the weekly zoom meeting of Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway. Please join us.

Club Fundraiser: Contribute to this project via Go Fund Me.


Rotary Advisors needed for the Rotary Youth Exchange committee  

This important committee facilitates Youth Exchange and assists in creating amazing youth experiences. The rewards are endless — you are literally changing the lives of youth in Canada and abroad.

To be an advisor, you must have a current VPRC and previous Youth Exchange experience (host parent, counsellor).  

Committee members cannot host exchange students or be inbound counsellors.

If you are interested, please email Karen Munjak at stating your previous Youth Exchange experience. Individuals from all areas of District 5370 are encouraged to apply.


Join PDG Tim on the second Wednesday of each month to chat about Foundation topics, share ideas and get answers to your TRF questions.

Register here for this month’s Rotary Foundation Chat.

Wednesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. MDT

Topics to be discussed:

The Rotary Club of Northwest Spirit is looking to partner with other clubs for a project the club is trying to put together in Tanzania. Courtney Hughes of the Northwest Spirit club will make a presentation related to this project.

The Plus in PolioPlus (a presentation by PDG Tim)

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.


The 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention begins this Saturday, June 12, with the first of three daily general sessions (7:00-8:00 a.m. MDT each day). Breakout sessions of topics related membership, public image, The Rotary Foundation, polio eradication and opportunities for service begin on June 12 and continue until Wednesday, June 16. There is also a virtual House of Friendship and many other activities. 

The registration fee is US$65.


Click here to read the June issue of Beyond Borders, the Zones 28 & 32 newsletter from Rotary International director Valarie Wafer. In this issue, articles about the Zones 28 & 32 virtual zone summit, November 2 - 4, 2021; the 2021 virtual Foundation gala and information about what’s planned for 2022; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; membership growth during a pandemic; The Rotary Foundation, and international service projects.


Rotary Club of YEG Passport

The Sinkunia Community Development Organization works both in Edmonton and Sierra Leone. This Pan-African organization embodies the spirit of Ubuntu (Oo-Boon-Tu).

Sinkunia’s work in Edmonton includes developing youth leadership within African and Caribbean communities so they may become ambassadors of diversity, equity and inclusion. They focus on youth resiliency by addressing issues of racism and discrimination in a positive manner. This work reduces social isolation and improves mental health among some of the most vulnerable youth in our city.

Tickets sales end July 16.


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!


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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