October is Economic and Community Development month!

Economic Development:  Thanks to Inclusion Alberta for their contribution to this month’s video.  Take a peak and learn about how the Rotary Employment Partnership is making a difference.  Maybe your business can become involved too.
Community Development: Let’s all help our neighbours by looking for opportunities.  Consider our friends at the Legion as they prepare for Remembrance Day during a pandemic, or our local school, what have they got planned that could use our Rotary help, or maybe the local cemetery needs some attention.  What plans have been adjusted, and is there a way for Rotary to help recognize our veterans.  Let’s make a phone call, connect with a local chapter, and as my Brownie Leader would say, let’s Lend A Hand!
Whether it’s the Red, the Yellow, or the Blue door.  Rotary is opening opportunities. 
Interested in taking on a new role in Rotary?  Speak to Martin Parnell, DGE, he may have just the ticket to an opportunity for you!
Rotary has an alliance with Toastmasters, is this the time to try something new and improve your public speaking skills?  DGN Steve Leavitt can help you get connected.
Soul of the Next Economy Forum Nov. 16-20, 2020. ‘Co-creating the New Normal’.    Register at 20% off for Rotary members. 
Some quick Updates from District:
  • Grants Workshop is THIS SATURDAY, October 17, 2020.  Your club MUST have at least one member from your club Register and Attend to be eligible to write and receive grants.  Don’t be that club to miss out on thousands of dollars towards grants and for your passion to be fulfilled.
  • District Conference 2021, “Navigating a New World”: Register Online.  Check the District Website for conference information coming soon.
  • Monthly District Learning Webinar – Register for each one NOW on our District Website!  They are informative, educational and connect you to Rotarians across our District.  This month’s webinar is on October 21st and will focus on Fundraising with PDG Dan Doherty.
  • Accept the Polio Challenge!  Learn more about the Polio Bike Challenge from Sylvan Lake club and Check the Events Digest for distance updates. We are being challenged to raise $5360 per club with a dollar raised for every km cycled.  Are you up for it?  Accept the Challenge NOW and Send in your pledges!
  • World Wide Polio Day is October 24th - Join us and others across the District by joining BINGO 4 POLIO, from 7:00 – 8:30 and raising some fun and funds for this AWESOME cause.  Thanks to our Polio Chair Marlene Doherty for organizing.  Register Here.
  • Remember the Calgary Foundation for easy options to issue Tax receipts for approved charitable giving.
Updates from Rotary International including these fast facts:
  • Rotary announces RI President Nominee Jennifer E. Jones!  Jennifer Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario will be Rotary International President for the 2022-2023 year.  After 115 years of Rotary, Canadian Jennifer Jones will be Rotary’s first female Rotary International President. Congratulations from all of us in District 5360! Read More
  • Rotary Leads Program Change is making changes. Rotary International is cleaning up all old leads on their system.  Previous leads sent to Clubs and Districts but NOT removed from the system by the Club are being actioned by Rotary International.  This may cause some confusion as other clubs may have picked up the lead already.  So, when following up on old leads make sure that the Rotarian is not already participating in another club!  Thanks – eyes wide open on this new development!!
Rotary’s CORE values: Leadership, Fellowship, Integrity, Service, Diversity.
October for Canadians is also Thanksgiving, and I really hope yours went well.  It was not the event we had planned pre-COVID.  There were empty spaces at the table, and some unpredictable activity, yet like the weather it provides us with a new perspective every day. 
Thank you for your generosity as I am making Club visits and Board meetings via Zoom.  I appreciate your time, and your willingness to share your successes and to discuss opportunities for change.
"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."  Helen Keller, 1880 - 1968
Yours in Rotary Service,
Chat soon,


Mary Turner
Rotary International District 5360 DG
Russell Hampton
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