Rotary District 5370 Update
March 14, 2021

In this issue:

Recent Posts to Rotary International District 5370 News: Two clubs choose to profile members, but their reasons for doing so are different

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements:  District Office closed; RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration; Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive; Office Space for Rent; Beyond Borders newsletter (March 2021); Dawnbreakers Toastmasters Open House (March 18); What does a Passport club look like? (March 16); Wanted: Photos of Rotarians in Action; Rotary Club of Athabasca charter night (March 19); and District Spring Assembly (April 17).

Club Fundraising: Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle; Edmonton Riverview 50/50 Raffle; Rotary Club of Whitecourt online auction; 28th Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Dream Home Lottery; Rotary Club of Vermilion Community Spirits Raffle; and Rotary Club of Whyte Avenue Trivia Night (March 16)

A Foundation Moment: Words from a Past Rotary Global Grant Scholar

Membership Matters: How to make your club irresistible

Learning Opportunities (Information from the District Learning and Development committee): ClubRunner training (March 17 & 24)

Deadline for submissions for the March 21 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Friday, March 19. Send your submission to

Articles recently posted to:

Two clubs choose to profile members, but their reasons for doing so are differentWhile their initiatives are similar, the reasons that two clubs in our District have chosen to publish profiles of their members are different.

Each has a different audience in mind and so each approaches how they publish differently. The target for the Rotary E-Club of Canada One is its own members, while the Rotary Club of St. Albert has crafted it messages with an external audience in mind.

For the E-Club, publishing short member biographies in its weekly bulletin addresses the challenge of members getting to know each other when some have never met in person, even pre-pandemic.


Keynote Speakers: Michael Angelo Caruso and Niigaan Sinclair 

Breakout Sessions for all club leaders: presidents-elect, treasurers, secretaries, Foundation, membership, international Service and public image chairs, plus sessions focused on community service; technology; Clubrunner 101; RI Learning Centre; fundraising; inclusion and Diversity; and Peacebuilding.



How to make your club irresistible

The Rotary Club of Halifax Habourside went from 22 to 60 members in three years. How did you do it?

“It started with recognizing that we needed to ask some different questions. The question had always been, ‘How do we get more members?’ So we’d have everybody invite somebody, or we’d host an event. But membership challenges are a symptom. We needed to look in the mirror to figure out how the club itself could be irresistible.”

Read the full response of PDG Louisa Horne (District 7820) to this and three other questions from The Rotarian (November 2019).


Upcoming Clubrunner Training

Events & Volunteer Management

Wednesday, March 17, 1:00 p.m. MDT

Learn how to post, promote and manage events and volunteers! In this webinar we'll cover how to:

  • Set up online registrations
  • Set up volunteer sign up and task lists
  • Track volunteer sign ups and event registrations
  • Create email notifications and invitations
  • The difference between the Basic Volunteers vs. Enhanced Volunteers features

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register


Clubrunner 101

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. MDT

Learn about all the features of ClubRunner and how you can:

  • Manage a website without any technical expertise
  • Secure and personalize email communications
  • Create and manage club events and fundraising activities
  • Post and access valuable club information and documents
  • Generate various club reports
  • Track bills and create invoices

Duration: 30 Minutes

Click here to register


Dawnbreakers Toastmasters Open House

"Spark Your Creativity”

Thursday, March 18, 7:05-9:00 a.m. MDT.

Dawnbreakers are a group of early risers who learn new skills & practice public speaking before the day even gets started.

You are invited to the club's online Open House to learn about Toastmasters in an engaging, friendly atmosphere while enjoying your morning beverage.

Toastmasters member Erin Craig will be the keynote speaker for the meeting.

Through Rotary International’s partnership with Toastmasters International, Rotarians and Rotaractors have access to eight leadership modules at RI’s Learning Center.



The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie proudly presents its annual club fundraiser, the 28th Dream Home Lottery. This year's grand prize package includes a luxury Dream Home valued over $1.3 million. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to help with the club’s many projects, including Habitat for Humanity, D-Coy Armouries Community Hub and the Daytime Outreach Society. See more about where the funds go at The Early Bird III deadline is April 6, for a 2021 Buick Encore GX AWD 4-Door.

Don't miss out on the Cash Jackpot 50-50. The pot is already over $375,000 and the winner keeps half! Lastly, the Cash Cow Calendar, a chance to win up to $10,000 a day, weekdays in May. Tickets and 3D tours available at You can't win without a ticket!


Donate directly to ShelterBox

Participate in the Whyte Avenue Trivia Night via Zoom

Meeting ID: 834 1384 8257    Passcode: ShelterBox




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 (


Do you have pictures of Rotarians from your club that show them as “People of Action”— serving meals to seniors, filling hampers at a food bank, delivering meals, etc. (during or pre-pandemic)? These pictures will be shared with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors attending the District Spring Assembly on Saturday, April 17. Submit your photos to the District Office by Friday, April 2.

Registration is now open for those planning to attend the Spring Assembly.


Get out your shamrocks, grab your shillelaghs, get into something green and join the Rotary Club of Athabasca for its virtual Charter Night on Friday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. MDT. Guests welcome.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 8723 0579

Passcode: 834243

By wearing green you qualify for great door prizes. See you at the end of the rainbow. First one there gets the pot o' gold.


Rotary Club of YEG Passport Device Drive

(for the Sinkunia Community Development Organization)

Your donated device will support local newcomer students in online learning and help isolated elders stay connected.

We would love to accept all types of used tablets and phones, but unfortunately the latest video conferences software does not support end-of-life devices. Check out the criteria for donating supplied by Project Joy.

In order to use your donated device and protect your privacy, you must:

• Unlink your Apple ID and iCloud account (or any management account for Android devices)

• Factory reset your device

• Remove its protective case

Contact YEG Passport member Don at or (780) 913-8895 to arrange for your donation. You can also call Don with any questions.


RYLA and RYPEN spring camps have gone virtual and are open for registration

RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program for Enrichment) is for youth 15-18 and geared toward personal growth and development.

Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYPEN, email 


RYLE (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.

Cost to sponsoring clubs: $50/registrant

Click here to register.

If you have questions regarding RYLE, email


Rotary Club of Vermilion Community Spirits Raffle

1st prize: Barrel of Booze ($1,000 value)

2nd prize: Rec Room Package ($1,000)

3rd prize: Outdoor Patio Set ($800)

4th prize: Barbeque (Pit Boss 8-in-1 wood pellet grill/smoker) ($650)

To purchase tickets ($5 each, only 2,500 printed) contact:

Dawn Riley  780-581-4054, Mary Lee Prior 587-281-0747 or Mike Webb  780-581-4115

 Draw Date: Wednesday, March 17


Saint City Rotary 50/50 Raffle

Funds raised by this raffle will support Appetite to Achieve and other projects of the Rotary Club of St. Albert—Saint City.

The Appetite to Achieve program helps school-age children in St. Albert public schools and families who do not have enough food for daily breakfasts and lunches. 

Ticket Sales End: Thursday, April 1


50/50 Raffle

The winner will receive a minimum cash prize of $2,000 or 50 per cent of ticket sales (whichever is greater) up to a maximum of $5,000.

This year, the community service projects of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview focused on helping youth and seniors in Edmonton's inner city, at Delton and Norwood schools and at Operation Friendship Society, a drop-in centre for Edmonton's inner-city seniors.

Ticket Sales End: Friday, April 2


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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