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November Message - District Governor Donna Barrett
November is Foundation Month! 
Rotary District 5370 AGM - Monday, November 29
Rotary International District 5370 NOTICE OF:

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday, November 29, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM MST
Zoom Meeting Format
ONLY
Advance registration is required
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
 
Agenda, minutes from previous meetings, and signed financials have been distributed via email on October 27, 2021 to membership. 
Want to collaborate to raise funds? 
Patrick Gibson from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona has been given the mandate to proceed with a large, multi month, multi club 50/50 raffle. 
 
The raffle would be run over a 3 month period, mid-January to mid-April, with an early bird draw on Valentine's Day and one on St. Patrick's Day for a total of $200,000 as well as a minimum pot.
 
If we can get nine clubs expressing interest, Patrick is willing to host a Zoom meeting to answer all questions. 
 
If you are one of nine other Rotary Clubs that might be interested in participating, please reach out to Patrick Gibson by November 15, 2021. 
Link to register:
https://edmontonrotary.com/event/rachel-notley--leader-of-the-opposition/
 
PLEASE NOTE - You must register as a GUEST and not as a member if you are not a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton
November is Rotary Foundation Month
Links
District Governor Message
November Message
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September Message
August Message
Club Events and Opportunities
Cars for Christmas Lottery
Rotary Club Edmonton Northeast Fundraiser
District Events
District Awards 2020 - 2021
Better Together District Conference
Youth Services
RYLA 2021 Registration
Zone 28 & 32 Interact Conference
Foundation News
Rotary Foundation Canada Report
District Updates
COVID 19 Information
Hybrid Rotary Meetings
Guides to Hybrid Meetings by Mitty Chang
Vulnerable Persons Record Check
District Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023
Zone News
November 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
October 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
September 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
August 2021 Beyond Borders Newsletter
RYLA 2021 Registration is open! 
The District 5370 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee  is reaching out to announce that RYLA will be happening this November 20th, 2021!
 
Registration is open and will be closing on November 17. Interact leaders are the future of Rotary, and we need to invest into the next generation through programs like RYLA, where they can collaborate and connect with their peers!
 
This year, RYLA will be a one day online event packed with collaboration and interactive activities to shake off that quarantine routine. Registration for one participant is $25.

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

RYLA’s purpose and goal is to allow like-minded, passionate Interact Club members across the district to meet, cultivate and share ideas to learn from one another. Although we are operating online this year, our mission to better equip and support young Rotary leaders is as strong as ever!

Collaboration and interaction is strongly encouraged to elevate communication and connection between participants. Let’s learn and lead together at RYLA 2021!

If anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out to RYLA Chair Bo Konikowski at: 5370RYLA@gmail.com or konikowskibohun@gmail.com

Yours in Rotary,
The District 5370 RYLA Committee

Membership Minute
NEW COURSE: Creating an Inclusive Club Culture
 
Creating a club culture that is welcoming to everyone starts with having conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Discussing these topics takes time and isn’t always easy.
 
This course will help your club hold these discussions, assess its policies and practices, and make changes to create a more inclusive culture. (My Rotary log in required)
Registration link: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/webinars/upcoming
Success stories and initiatives!
Over the last couple of days, The Rotary Club of Edmonton Whyte Avenue was busy preparing meals for our friends at Melcor Village, supported by Skills Society. Meals included lasagna, beef stew, tuna casserole, chicken and rice along with muffins, cookies and trail mix and a fresh caesar salad and bun to pair with the stew. 
A big thank you to members Kelly Sysak, Kristin Jennings, James Cameron, Tamara Larson, Mike Brandingen, Michelle and Enyinnah Okere, Meltem den Heyer, Scott Young, Stan Bissell and Marilyn Mucha along with our Friends of the Club Merle Taylor (RC Glenora), Wayne McCutcheon (YEG Passport) Terry Mucha and Sue Belair for all the cooking and baking and new pick up driver James.
Hearty meals and a card with an uplifting message for each recipient were delivered in a colorful tote bag for each recipient. 
 
It appears that we had some canine cheerleaders also giving moral support.
 
Well done, Rotarians and friends! 
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of St. Albert! 
911 Ambulance (air/ground) dispatcher celebration OCT 25 & 28 for Central Communications Center (Edmonton)
Submitted by Rotarian Tony Baumgartner,
Rotary Club of Edmonton South
 
The service project to celebrate the 911 air and ambulance dispatchers for central AB initially came from an Alaska Rotary club hospital staff celebration Pauline Perrault (membership chair for RC Edmonton South) saw on Instagram: the power of social media! 
 
We searched out for something similar and learned from a Rotary South member Melanie Hibbard, who's husband is a 911 dispatcher, that morale is incredibly low inside the Kingsway dispatch office (central communications center) for the 130 staff members; war like decisions (triage) are having to be make by these dispatchers due to COVID and overcrowding in hospitals.  These dispatchers are literally having to decide who goes to the hospitals and what circumstances have to be sent out of the area and/or out of province - CRAZY! 
 
In addition to this, budgets were slashed a couple of years ago and something as simple as pens and post it notes are no longer supplied (they have to bring their own).  We learned that the staff love hot chocolate and popcorn for their late night shifts, candy and water bottles are always nice and coffee, coffee and more coffee.
 
So the new members of Rotary South decided to take this opportunity to celebrate the 911 dispatchers as their service project.  We had overwhelming support from Rotary South club members financially with just under $1,000 raised as well as the following donated by members/businesses: $10 Starbucks cards for each of the 130 staff, water bottles, bottled water, pens, post it notes, gum, candy, popcorn, donuts, cookies with "Thank you" on them, fresh coffee available each celebration date Oct 25 & 28. 
 
With the remaining $632 left over in financial donations, the Dominos Kingsway is delivering 130 individual pizzas next week and taking care of any overage costs as a donation to the event.  We can't throw the staff a pizza party due to COVID, so we had to figure out a way to send individual pizzas - Domino's kicked in and made it happen! 
 
Rotary South club members got to share time together at a "bag stuffing party" when all the items were gathered and we built an assembly line with 130 bags and loaded each of the items following all provincial COVID guidelines. 
 
One of the most important parts to the celebration was coordinating the in-person celebration with thunderous applause as the dispatchers came on & off shift from 5-6 pm on October 25th and 28th.  We had volunteers from our Interact clubs at Lillian Osbourne High School, the University of Alberta Rotaract club, Rotary Club of Edmonton Downtown as well as the Rotary Club of Edmonton West and members of the Rotary Club of Edmonton South club brought young leaders, neighbours and friends to celebrate the dispatchers.
 
You could see and feel the emotions from the dispatchers coming out and hearing the applause from approximately 30-40 people on each of the dates.  The operators had no idea this was happening - all of this was a surprise planned by their operations manager.  There were tears of joy and thanks beyond recognition. 
 
Fantastic feeling for EVERYONE!!!
 
I am encouraged and confident this can be a district wide type of service project for 911 air/ground ambulance dispatchers in Peace River and Calgary.  Further to this, there are other AHS 911 dispatchers who are part of fire and police departments who are under the same pressures and low morale.  All dispatchers have gone unnoticed during the pandemic and this project to celebrate the central communications center in Edmonton was a beautiful start to something much MUCH bigger!  
 
LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN DISTRICT 5370!
 
WHAT AN AMAZING FEELING IT IS TO SHOW OUR HUMAN RESOURCES THE LOVE AND GRATITUDE THEY DESERVE FOR ALL THEY GO THROUGH BEHIND THE SCENES WITH VERY LITTLE OR NO RECOGNITION FOR WHAT THEY DO!
Learning Center Tips
November is Rotary Foundation month. To learn more about the Rotary Foundation, check out The Rotary Foundation Basics course (My Rotary log in required)
Sharing success stories and club initiatives! 
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