Spring Leadership Assembly will prepare club leaders for 2019-2020 and beyond

Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 2.02.20 PMThe District 5370 Spring Leadership Assembly offers something for every Rotarian, whether you are in an official leadership role or not.

District Learning and Development Chair Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) hopes that each club will send several delegates to the assembly, which will be held Friday evening and Saturday, March 7 and 8 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway, in Edmonton.

“It’s called the ‘leadership’ assembly, but we believe every Rotarian is a leader,” Donna says.

As an incentive for clubs to send more people, five Rotarians can attend for the price of four. The registration fee for individuals is $215, which means that the special five-for-four price works out to about $170 per person. There is no charge for presidents-elect to attend.

Your registration fee includes a light dinner on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, as well as all the plenary and breakout sessions.

Click here to register.

Donna feels that the greatest benefit of attending the Spring Leadership Assembly is that club leaders have time to plan with other Rotarians for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.

“Many of the issues and areas we are going to focus on will be about what matters across Rotary, so understanding how the culture of your club has an impact on membership in your club is important,” Donna says.

“This is something that needs to involve those beyond the people with designated positions. Everyone contributes to creating vibrant clubs and through this session I think everyone will see how they can play a role in enhancing their club and Rotary.”

“We hope presidents-elect and other members will use this session to make plans that can be implemented in their club, and that these plans will be formed enough that they can go back and share with their club and be ready to implement them within a short time frame.”

There will be breakout sessions Saturday afternoon for presidents-elect and others who have specific leadership positions in the clubs, including secretaries, treasurers, TRF chairs, membership chairs, public image chairs, youth services chairs, and club services chairs.

There will also be a session for new Rotarians. “This year, we are doing something to engage and support new Rotarians. We’re having a session called ‘A Taste of Rotary.’ ” Donna says. “It will help new Rotarians learn about how they can become engaged at their club level and get involved in all the great things Rotary is doing in the District and around the world.”

Another session will be of particular interest to Rotarians interested in service projects within their own communities.

“We have added a new session focused on community service,” Donna says. “We will share some really strong projects and ways clubs have enhanced the impact they have on their communities.”

In addition to the role-specific sessions Saturday afternoon, there will general sessions Friday evening and Saturday morning.

“We are going to continue to build on the theme started last year, that the strength of Rotary lies in its members,” Donna says.

“Jim Adamson (PDG District 5060) will build on what we did last year about membership and the relationship between membership and strong clubs.

“On Saturday morning, we want to highlight the work Rotary does related to polio eradication. We are so close, but we’re not there yet,” Donna says. “We really need to keep this focus going, so that we do achieve this goal. It’s possible, but it still needs our continued focus.” 

Assembly participants are encouraged to bring devices with which they can connect to online learning resources.

“The District and Rotary International has developed new learning resources that can be accessed online and we want to be sure that club members are familiar with these resources,” Donna says.

Participants should make sure they are registered in Clubrunner and at Rotary.org prior to attending.

Meet Rotarians from other clubs this fall, in Montreal or Edmonton

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If you missed the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in June but are looking to experience Rotary beyond the club level, here is some good news for you.

There will be two opportunities this fall to join gatherings of Rotarians from other clubs.

First, there is the Zones 24 and 32 Conference in Montreal, September 20 – 22. A month later, the District 5370 Conference will be held in Edmonton.

The zone conference is a first-time event. In the past, participation in zone institutes was pretty much limited to those in leadership roles at the district and zone level, but this year in Montreal will be different.

“This year’s committee decided they wanted to open it up to more people than just future, current and past District Governors and other district leaders,” says Laura Morie (RC of Westlock), who was District Governor in 2016-17.

There will still be a training component for District Governor nominees, District Governors-elect and current District Governors, which was an important reason for zone institutes in the past, but there will also be sessions that will appeal to all Rotarians.

“The conference will provide attendees with a macro view of Rotary, where they can see the global reach and positive potential of collaborating outside your own sphere,” Laura says.

“There will be breakout sessions related to membership, The Rotary Foundation and public image, and this year we have a focus on developing our youth and the programs we offer.”

Laura and District 5370 Youth Services Chair Tamara Larson (RC of Edmonton Whyte Avenue) have been invited to play a key role in the youth component of the conference.

“We are going to do the Rotaract portion. Our District has been fully involved in the youth programs for the last 10 years, since youth services became an avenue of service. We have had tremendous success. We actually have more Interact and Rotaract clubs in the District than we do Rotary clubs,” Laura says.

Scholarships available for youth participation in the Zone Conference

To encourage youth participant, District 5370 is offering 10 scholarships to support the attendance of young Rotary leaders, aged 18 to 25, to attend Rotary NOW. 

The scholarships include registration, accommodation and airfare.

Two additional scholarships are available for Rotarians aged 26 to 40 to attend the convention.

Ask your club president or youth services chair for additional information, which Tamara has sent to both. You can also contact Tamara directly (Larson.tamarac@gmail.com or 587-783-8880).

During two days of interactive sessions, youth participants will share thoughts on education and literacy, human rights, the environment, employment and social justice, through innovative working groups, inspirational speakers and service project opportunities.

On Friday, September 21, which is International Peace Day, the young Rotary leaders will have the opportunity to work with a Rotary Peace Fellow and to learn about Peace Fellowships, and Rotary Peace Centres.

The scholarship application process requires interested young people to write an essay, in which they describe their Rotary career path, including past and present roles and responsibilities along with future goals, and how attending the zone conference will support them in achieving their Rotary goals and objectives.

Applications for scholarships should be emailed to Tamara at youthawards5370@gmail.com by August 15.

In addition to encouraging young people to apply for District scholarships, Laura has another suggestion for clubs. “We would like different clubs to decide that, over and above the District initiative to get kids there, perhaps the club could see its way to sponsoring a dynamic young person who they feel has a Rotary career ahead of them,” she says. 

“The registration fee is $275. There are hostels, so accommodation is $120 and whatever the airfare is. Ballpark $1,000 per person. This might be a Rotaractor or a Rotarian in early career, who will be able to bring ideas back and take action.”

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District 5370 Conference October 18 – 21

The second opportunity to attend a multi-club event will be the District 5370 Conference, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, October 18 – 21.

“Planning for the conference is actually coming along really well,” says conference chair Spencer Mueller (RC of Edmonton West). 

“Our committee has been working on putting the conference together for well over a year and a half. Now, we are at the stage of putting the final touches on things,” he says.

“We have an excellent venue in the Shaw Conference Centre. Our conference will be occurring at a wonderful time in the river valley and our speaker lineup is incredibly strong, featuring fantastic topics and speakers from all over the world.

The conference kicks off Thursday evening with a Peace Building dinner, which reflects the priority District Governor Ingrid Neitsch has placed on District 5370 becoming a Rotary Peacebuilding District. Additional details will be released shortly about the dinner, which is being held in conjunction with the annual Paul Harris Society dinner. There’s a separate registration fee for this event.

Both Friday and Saturday will include a full schedule of keynote speakers and breakout sessions.

“Now, the big focus is on getting people to continue to register,” says Spencer. “We realize that for many people things slow down and Rotary takes a bit of a lower priority during the summer months. We’re hoping for a strong response when people get back into routine after the September long weekend.”

The committee is offering a special reduced registration rate for those who have never attended a District conference. “We’re really trying to encourage both Rotarians and non-Rotarians to attend the conference. In our lineup there’s something for everybody. Our lineup of speakers is very strong, even in comparison to the Rotary International convention in Toronto,” Spencer says.

The registration fee includes access to the House of Friendship, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and the Governor’s Ball on Saturday evening.

“The Governor’s Ball will have a 1920s theme. We have a wonderful live, large band, the Trocadero Orchestra, playing for the event. It’s going to be a great way to wrap up this Rotary Conference.”

Spencer encourages Rotarians to visit the conference website. “All the details and registration information are on that website and people can register right from there. 

Curlers from Alberta, British Columbia and NWT drawn to the “best Rotary bonspiel in years.”

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Brian Thompson (RC of Edmonton West) assessed the 57th Annual District 5360/5370 Bonspiel simply and unambiguously: “It was the best bonspiel in years!”

Brian may be a little biased. After all, he did chair the committee, made up of members from Rotary Clubs of Edmonton West and Edmonton Gateway, which hosted the three-day event that was held at Edmonton’s Thistle Curling Club February 22 to 24.

“Everyone seemed happy with the bonspiel,” Brian says. “We received lots of emails saying good things about the event.”

The organizers were pleased with the number of participants. This year, 31 rinks took part.

“This was pretty good,” Brian says. “Attendance has been falling off over the last few years. There were only 28 teams last year.”

The event drew curlers from across both districts, from Lethbridge in the south to Fort St. John and Grande Prairie in the north. There was even one curler from Yellowknife.

The makeup of the rinks varied. Some were mixed teams, but most were all-men or all- women. While most rinks were made up of four curlers from a single Rotary club, a few had curlers from two or more clubs.

The team which won the B Event included curlers from four Rotary clubs and from both districts.

Preparations for the bonspiel began a year ago, as soon as the event was awarded to Edmonton at the 2017 bonspiel in Lethbridge.

Brian says that there is “a bit of a ceremony” required to having a club’s bid to host accepted. All members of the committee must pass through a very small door. No sooner had Brian and his committee passed through the door, it disappeared.

“There is a long tradition of other clubs stealing the door,” he says. “We only had it for two minutes before the door was gone.”

The next time he saw the door was during this year’s bonspiel. By that time, a plaque commemorating the 2018 event had been added to the other plaques on the door, one for each year in which the bonspiel has been held.

After being awarded the event, the committee’s first task was to secure a venue. “The Thistle club had the right dates for us,” Brian says. “It was a great facility.”

Next, the committee looked for a hotel near the rink which could accommodate out-of-town curlers and serve as a venue for the bonspiel’s social activities. As soon as the date and venues were set, it was time to publicize the event.

“By early April, we were able to provide information to participants in previous bonspiels,” Brian says. Later, committee members visited all Edmonton-area clubs to encourage Rotarians to enter the bonspiel.

Once the bonspiel was over and all the bills had been paid, Brian and his committee were left with a surplus of $2,800, which was donated to two not-for-profit organizations.

“Three hundred and sixty dollars of that profit was due to donations from the Athabasca team, who gave back their D Event winnings, and from Eugene Wasylik of Vermilion (the 50/50 winner),” Brian says. This helped the committee decide to which organizations donations would be made.

“Since Athabasca and Vermilion are two communities who will benefit from the Stroke Ambulance—it’s not for us city folks—it has been decided to donate $1,500 to the University of Alberta Hospital Stroke Ambulance,” Brian says.

The remaining $1,300 was donated to Wellspring Edmonton.

The location for the bonspiel alternates between the two Rotary districts, so the 2019 bonspiel will be in District 5360, with RC of Lethbridge as the host club.

2018 District 5360/5370 Bonspiel Results

A EVENT:

Winners – Grande Prairie Sunrise – Duncan Fraser, Serge Martin, Vernon Boyd, Jeff Keddie

Runner-Up – Edmonton Gateway – Dave Douglas, Jamie Pallett, Lorne Parker, Lionel Usunier, Dave Dorcas

B EVENT:

Winners – Spruce Grove/Stony Plain/Yellowknife/Stettler – Tammy Svenningson, Michele Aasgard, Norma Jarvis, Nancy Georget

Runner-Up – Calgary South – Larry Kennedy, Mark Ambrose, Lynn Topp, Roselyn Jack

C EVENT:

Winners – Calgary Heritage Park – Doug Hood, Roger Sontag, Jim Fitzowich, Greg Smyth

Runner-Up – Fort St. John Sunrise – Chuck McDowell, Dean Thom, Gord Sandhu, Gus McLeod

D EVENT:

Winners – Calgary West – Dan Doherty, Darren Grierson, Bill Fitzsimmons, Marvin Pawlivsky

Runner-Up – Athabasca/Edmonton West – Ross Hunter, Greg Roszmann, Dave Liddell, Darryll White

GOOD TIME CHARLIE AWARD – Gus McLeod – Fort St. John Sunrise

HARRY JEWELL AWARDTeam Mueller – Edmonton West – Annie Mueller, Karen Gibbens, Sharon Reedyk, Sabine MacLeod

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Leadership Assembly will prepare leaders to “Be the Inspiration” for their clubs

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In planning the District 5370 Leadership Assembly, Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) and her learning and development team have woven the 2019-2019 Rotary International theme and priorities into all aspects of the event.

“The 2018-2019 theme will be central to the keynotes and to how the breakout sessions are organized,” Donna says.

“[District Governor-elect Ingrid Neitsch] will be sharing the theme and the keynote speakers will help convey this message.”

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin (RC of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas) revealed the theme, “Be the Inspiration,” to incoming district governors during RI’s Assembly in San Diego, in January.

“I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us,” he told the district governors-elect.

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”

He asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents and the Rotarians in your districts to want to change, to want to do more, to want to reach their own potential.”

Click here to watch the RI President-elect’s presentations at the Assembly in January.

T1819EN_RGBDonna says the assembly will provide “incoming leaders with the tools they need to ‘Be the Inspiration’ for their clubs.”

The assembly will be held April 6 and 7 at the Chateau Louis Hotel and Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway in Edmonton, and will offer something for every Rotarian.

“There is something in the assembly for current leaders, incoming leaders and other Rotarians who want to learn more about Rotary,” Donna says.

“The leadership assemblies are planned to provide motivation, current information, support, opportunities to learn, and to share ideas and strategies to prepare presidents-elect, other club officers and members to have a successful year,” DGE Ingrid says.

“The leadership assembly is also an opportunity to form friendships and networks that support and enhance our relationships. There exists a splendid synergy when like-minded leaders collaborate on making a difference in our communities.”

To encourage participation, the District is offering several attractive registration packages, which provide reduced fees when several Rotarians from a club register as a group. When five Rotarians from one club, including the president-elect, register together their cost will only be $450. If five Rotarians, not including the president-elect, register as a group, the fee is $600.

Individual registrations are $150.

There is a separate fee of $35 per person for Friday evening’s Mix and Mingle.

Click here for additional information and to register.

This spring’s program builds on the Leadership Assembly held in the fall, which received praise from participants.

“The feedback from participants at the fall learning assembly is that it was one of the best learning and development assemblies they had ever attended,” Donna says.

Rotary Peace Fellow will speak about the “Magic of our Foundation” Friday evening

The assembly will kick off at 6 p.m., Friday evening, with what Donna promises will be a mix of fun and information. Following a mix-and-mingle networking reception, which offers a light buffet supper, a no-host bar and entertainment, Rotarians will have the opportunity to hear from the first of two Rotary Peace Fellowship alumni scheduled to speak during the assembly.

Summer Lewis, who also spoke at the RI assembly in January, is currently the Rotary Institute for Peace Partnership Co-ordinator. The topic of her presentation is the Magic of our Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation supports Peace Fellows, paying all the participants’ expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and internship/field study expenses.

Saturday morning, DGE Ingrid will share the RI theme and three priorities for 2018-2019:

  • Support and strengthen clubs
  • Focus and increase humanitarian service
  • Enhance public image and awareness

Ingrid will be followed by keynote presentations from two co-ordinators for RI Zone 24.

Zone Co-ordiantors will focus on Membership and Public Image during Saturday morning keynotes

Assistant Co-ordinator (Membership) Denis Boyd will build on what happened at the fall assembly. He will share strategies to strengthen membership and look at the club culture. Public Image Co-ordinator Sean Hogan will focus on ways to enhance Rotary’s public image. He will suggest techniques that can be used to share what Rotary is doing.

Following the keynote sessions, there will be more breakout sessions than have ever been offered at a District 5370 assembly. Some will be specifically for presidents-elect, treasurers and secretaries.

In their session, Ingrid will ask presidents-elect to set one goal for each of RI’s three 2018-2019 priorities.

All the other sessions are open to all Rotarians. Topics include membership, the Rotary Foundation, youth, club culture/public image, liability, the Rotary Employment Partnership, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and the Emmanuel Foundation, which partners with Rotary to arrange humanitarian shipments to other countries.

The day will conclude with a second Rotary Peace Fellowship presenter. John Lamming, who was working with the RCMP in Grande Prairie when he was selected as Peace Fellow, has entitled his presentation, Adventures in Peace.