Helping with access to clean water in Ukraine

Posted on Oct 03, 2022
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Environmental clean up authorities in the Ukraine are working on cleaning up rivers and lakes throughout the war-torn country so residents can access clean water with the help of a Rigid Inflatable boat and 11 underwater diving suits provided by our Rotary District 5040 and other Districts in Canada and the Ukraine through a multi-District disaster response fund.  Our generous District 5040 has supported relief in the Ukraine with more than CDN $300,000 donated to the Disaster Response Fund, Shelter Box, Red Cross and Disaster Aid Canada. Our Rotarians donated US $136,000 US to the Disaster Response Fund and over CDN $70,000 to Shelter Box among the contributions to date.  
Helping with access to clean water in Ukraine Peter Roaf 2022-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

District working on help for East Coast communities

Posted on Oct 03, 2022
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Our Rotary District 5040 is working on collaboration with District 7815, of clubs in Atlantic Canada, and Disaster Aid Canada to explore ways our members can help the Maritimes with relief where it is needed from the devastating impact of Hurricane Fiona. Past District Governor Lorne Calder and the District Foundation Committee will advise members as soon as they know how we can best assist.
 
District working on help for East Coast communities Peter Roaf 2022-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
National recognition for District 5040's top Foundation giving Peter Roaf 2022-09-27 07:00:00Z 0 award,giving,rotary foundation

Always interesting learning about achievements of our clubs

Posted on Sep 12, 2022
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As the annual District Governor club visits begin, Pat and I have been delighted to meet with clubs and Rotarians throughout our large District and have the in-person exchange that is Rotary at its finest.  We especially look forward to hearing more about what clubs are accomplishing.
Always interesting learning about achievements of our clubs Peter Roaf 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Food hamper delivery continues after pandemic peak

Posted on Sep 12, 2022
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When the pandemic came to Squamish in March 2020, the local food bank could no longer have residents visit the facility in person due to COVID protocols, and had to transition to home delivery of food hampers. Rotary Club of Squamish contacted the food bank and volunteered to help. In April 2020, Rotarians began delivering hampers in the community every Tuesday and Friday. They continue long after the pandemic food bank "emergency".
Food hamper delivery continues after pandemic peak Peter Roaf 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0 bank,food
2022 Million Dollar Dinner 2022-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

Quality of life improving for women and children in South Africa with hippo rollers

Posted on Sep 01, 2022
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In the 1600s, when the Europeans first explored Africa, they were met by men brandishing spears and women carrying buckets of water on their heads. It's now 2022 and the men carry cell phones and laptops, but the women are still carrying buckets of water on their heads. To liberate women to some extent in these communities where this practice continues, the hippo water roller was developed.  The innovative hippo water roller provides a simple solution to this global problem. Basically, the hippo roller is a re-invented wheelbarrow designed to transport 90-liters of water by placing the water inside its “wheel.” This simple design allows an arduous chore to be done easier, faster, and more efficiently. Luke Vorstermans, of the Rotary Club of Gibsons, helped his club launch the “Help Us Roll 1000 Hippos” campaign that quickly rolled out across Canada and the USA.
Quality of life improving for women and children in South Africa with hippo rollers Peter Roaf 2022-09-01 07:00:00Z 0 Africa,health,mother and child,water and sanitation

Rotary's global Health Care Worker Appreciation Week Aug 21 - 27

Posted on Aug 22, 2022
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More than two years into COVID-19, many people are feeling “pandemic fatigue”. Around the globe, more than 555 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported, according to the World Health Organization. Health care workers have continuously dedicated their time, energy, and skills to ensure our safety, often putting their own health at risk to do so, paying the price of their own physical and mental health amidst unrelenting demand and staff shortages. Rotary saluted the courage and commitment of our health care workers who have given up so much to treat those who have become ill and contain this disease. 
Rotary's global Health Care Worker Appreciation Week Aug 21 - 27 Peter Roaf 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

 District breaks its Foundation giving record once again -- District Governor

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, as we recharge our batteries and get started on another great year in Rotary!  Pat and I have really been enjoying the start to the year, meeting more of you at a variety of events, and of course looking forward to our District Governor visits to each Rotary and Rotaract club in the fall. 

Having already broken our own record in District 5040 for Foundation giving in the past Rotary year for reaching US$1 million, as I reported last month, late endowments not included in that total has now taken us well over US$1.5 million US. Among the 500 Districts throughout the world, our District is one of the smaller ones, yet we ranked 30th in Foundation giving. That's a major achievement to celebrate. It indicates that many people in our District have regarded The Rotary Foundation as their charity of choice. Thank you so many of you for your generosity, donations big or small, in this year with its own special needs in our communities and our world.
District breaks its Foundation giving record once again -- District Governor Peter Roaf 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

Food support for families in Delta

Posted on Aug 10, 2022
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One-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted every year. Food is a significant portion of the organic waste which amounts to 40% of material sent to our landfills. As this material decomposes it generates a significant level of greenhouse gasses which contributes to climate change. When food is lost or wasted so are the resources that are required to grow, manufacture and distribute it. Some of that food is now being rescued and given to families and individuals in need. Tsawwassen Rotarians, as people of action, have established with partners, Delta Food Runners, which is helping to provide fresh produce to Delta organizations who are able to get it into the hands of those in need in the community. 
Food support for families in Delta Peter Roaf 2022-08-10 07:00:00Z 0 families,food,recycling,security,waste

Automated External Defibrillators can save lives on Bowen Island

Posted on Aug 08, 2022
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Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anybody at any time. The heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Moments count. To help save lives on Bowen Island the people of action in the Rotary club there have worked with authorities and neighbourhoods to install 25 automated external defibrillators or AEDs so far at key locations around the island. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
Automated External Defibrillators can save lives on Bowen Island Peter Roaf 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
Exchange student returns to Prince Rupert for visit Peter Roaf 2022-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Grants make community service possible
 

Posted on Aug 04, 2022
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District Grants allow Rotary and Rotaract clubs to identify, plan, and fund worthy projects in their own communities or internationally. Grants can fund improvements such as kitchen equipment for a food pantry, assistance for after-school programs, a defibrillator for a community centre, or renovations to an accessible playground.
Rotary District Grants make community service possible  Peter Roaf 2022-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary-led Rebuilding of Ukraine village after Russian bombing

Posted on Jul 31, 2022
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Before Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year there were 2,789 buildings in the village of Moshchun. After Russian artillery shelling there were 789 still standing. Left behind were 1,597 craters from shells. With the participation of Rotary clubs of the world, in partnership with Ukrainian state, the rebuilding of Moshchun has the aim of developing a symbol of happy, independent, modern Ukraine.
 
Rotary-led Rebuilding of Ukraine village after Russian bombing Peter Roaf 2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Mountain rescue funding from annual Rotary bike ride

Posted on Jul 20, 2022
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Search and rescue operations are on the rise. As more and more people take to the trails and ski runs of Vancouver's North Shore mountains, the demand on North Shore Rescue, most recently at 130 calls a year, has steadily increased since its founding in 1965. North Shore Rescue is a community-based search and rescue team of 40 volunteers with skills in search and rescue operations in mountain, canyon and urban settings to provide a life-saving service to the public, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In support of North Shore Rescue, the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise held its 11th Annual Rotary Ride for Rescue on June 11th, 2022. The event is a fundraising road and mountain bike ride up West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain which involved 90, Rotarians and other volunteers as bike riders or organizers. It included a pancake breakfast and prizes after the ride at the British Pacific Properties  Cypress village on Cypress mountain. -- photos by Tania Ryan
Mountain rescue funding from annual Rotary bike ride Peter Roaf 2022-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Blood supply boosted through Rotary partnership with Canadian Blood Services 

Posted by Christopher Loat on Jul 19, 2022
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Based on a donor screening process, one in every two people is able to give blood, but only 1 in 81 people actually give blood. This lack of blood donors regularly leads to a significant shortage of blood when compared with the demand for blood from hospitals in their ongoing treatment of patients.
 
Even when the blood inventory is good in the healthcare system some hospitals are forced to cancel elective procedures, such as heart and cancer surgeries, for lack of some components in the blood, such as platelets, which have a very short shelf life, and of rare blood types. Of course, there is a constant demand for blood in treating trauma patients in accidents and providing regular transfusions for cancer patients.
 
The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise joined Canadian Blood Services in the "Partners for Life Program." Soon afterwards the COVID pandemic hit. This meant that donations could only be made at the two CBS locations on Oak Street and Dunsmuir Street in Vancouver.
Blood supply boosted through Rotary partnership with Canadian Blood Services  Christopher Loat 2022-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Imagine Rotary year begins -- District Governor

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A new Rotary year has started. With that comes this monthly roundup of news for our Rotary District 5040 members. We kept it brief.
 
But looking back on the accomplishments of our District in the past year, under the capable leadership of District Governor Lorne Calder, our Foundation giving, which he now leads as committee chair, the District set several new highs, including total giving, which exceeded $1 million for the first time. Congratulations to all of you throughout the District.
Imagine Rotary year begins -- District Governor Peter Roaf 2022-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
2022-23 President Jennifer Jones is eager to advance Rotary’s narrative Peter Roaf 2022-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Recognizes Eight Community Leaders in Richmond   Christine Marin 2022-06-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Ukraine disaster relief keeps growing

Posted on Jun 20, 2022
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A fire truck, two ambulances, medical equipment and supplies and equipment have been arriving as relief in parts of war-torn Ukraine thanks to the Rotary group of clubs and Districts in which our District 5040 Governor Lorne Calder has represented us. Lorne reports that the group's next step is to acquire a hard bottom boat and some diving equipment to take out bombs, shells and debris out of their rivers and lakes so people in destroyed communities can access fresh water.  The access to fresh water becoming more and more critical.
Rotary's Ukraine disaster relief keeps growing Peter Roaf 2022-06-20 07:00:00Z 0 Ukraine,crisis,disaster,relief fund

EarlyAct elementary school pride parade

Posted on Jun 17, 2022
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Over 500 students from Strathcona Elementary School marched through their Vancouver community on June 15, 2022 as the school's first annual Pride Parade led by members of the EarlyAct program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise.
EarlyAct elementary school pride parade Peter Roaf 2022-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Thousands inspired by Rotary International CEO Peter Roaf 2022-06-15 07:00:00Z 0 Hewko,conference,convention
Empowering Girls a high priority for Rotary President Peter Roaf 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Free heart surgeries from Rotary in Kenya

Posted on Jun 11, 2022
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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta to discuss plans to provide free heart surgeries and other Rotary initiatives
Free heart surgeries from Rotary in Kenya Peter Roaf 2022-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Wheels are turning in Squamish

Posted on Jun 06, 2022
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Several new Canadian families from Syria and Ukraine were among those in Squamish who were delighted to take home 40 refurbished bikes, among the 80 donated, in the Recycle Bicycle program re-launched on June 4, 2022. 20 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands came out to collect, repair, and distribute bikes to kids and families in Squamish through a Kids Bike Drive. 
Wheels are turning in Squamish Brian Finley 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Wheels are turning in Squamish

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Several new Canadian families from Syria and Ukraine were among those in Squamish who were delighted to take home 40 refurbished bikes, among the 80 donated, in the Recycle Bicycle program re-launched on June 4, 2022. 20 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands came out to collect, repair, and distribute bikes to kids and families in Squamish through a Kids Bike Drive. 
Wheels are turning in Squamish 2022-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
First Nations, 7 Areas of Focus, End Polio among highlights of District Conference 2022 Peter Roaf 2022-05-31 07:00:00Z 0 2022,District Conference,areas of focus
Rotary's disaster relief for Ukraine now US$15 million Peter Roaf 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0 Ukraine,crisis,disaster,relief fund
At risk inner-city kids benefit from basketball fundraiser Peter Roaf 2022-05-28 07:00:00Z 0 children,kids,sports,youth

Hot stuff! Fire department acquires drone thanks to Squamish Rotary grant

Posted on May 06, 2022
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The Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department, in the Squamish area, can buy a reconnaissance drone with a thermal imaging camera, to search less accessible places for wildfire assessment, hotspots, and to locate warm bodies, thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Squamish presented on April 25, 2022 at Black Tusk Village.
Hot stuff! Fire department acquires drone thanks to Squamish Rotary grant Peter Roaf 2022-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Mark your calendars

 
June 21
District Governor 2022-23
John Berry
Installation Dinner
July 10
Imagine Rotary Canada Tour
in Vancouver with 
Rotary International
President 2022-23
Jennifer Jones
 Jun 21, 2022 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Inn at the Quay
900 Quayside Drive
New Westminster

Meet our 2022-23
Rotary International President
>
Mark your calendars 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Ladner Rotarian to chair international Rotary Peace Centers Committee

Posted on Apr 30, 2022
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As of July 1st, 2022 the new international Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee, which every year selects the Rotary Peace Fellows for the 50 Master's Degree or 80 Professional Certificate programs in peace and conflict resolution at seven universities throughout the world, is Past District 5040 Governor Chris Offer.
Ladner Rotarian to chair international Rotary Peace Centers Committee Peter Roaf 2022-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary's support for people of Ukraine nearing $10 million

Posted on Apr 26, 2022
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So far generous Rotarians and clubs in District 5040 have generated $100,000 for the Ukraine Disaster Response Fund. As of April 18, 2022 Rotary's global total had reached $9.5 million. The funds will support locally-led relief efforts underway by Rotary clubs in Ukraine and neighboring countries. More information about this crisis and Rotary's response.
 
Rotary's support for people of Ukraine nearing $10 million Peter Roaf 2022-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
District recommended Peace Scholar one of only 50 selected worldwide for Master's program Peter Roaf 2022-04-16 07:00:00Z 0 Rotary Peace,peace,peacebuilding,scholarship

Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees

Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 17, 2022
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The crisis in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine. Rotary and Rotaract (young professionals) clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.
Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees Peter Roaf 2022-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Celebration of life for Andrea Johnson Mar 26th

Posted on Mar 17, 2022
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A Celebration of LIfe for District Public Image Chair Andrea Johnson, of the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako, will be held on March 26th at 10:30 am at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she worked as a Communication Officer. The service will take place in the Canfor Theatre and directional signage will be in place to help you locate the theatre. If you are unable to attend in person, we are pleased that we can offer you the opportunity to attend virtually. https://unbc.zoom.us/j/62813385550.... Following the service, a reception will be held at the Twisted Cork, 1157 5th Ave.
Celebration of life for Andrea Johnson Mar 26th Peter Roaf 2022-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Fellow applies peacebuilding to police training

Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 12, 2022
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Since 2016 the Vancouver Police Department's Use of Force instruction for new recruits has included judo which Rotary Peace Fellow Constable Bryan Nykon has been providing as instructor. Having completed his Rotary-funded Master's degree program at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2011, through a Rotary Peace Fellowship, Bryan has been instrumental in bringing conflict resolution principles into police training. He has been developing and implementing use of force training for all VPD officers.  
 
Rotary Peace Fellow applies peacebuilding to police training Peter Roaf 2022-03-12 08:00:00Z 0 peace,peacebuilding,police,training

Rotary on the move and on the ground for Ukraine

Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 09, 2022
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To provide relief for the people of Ukraine and refugees from there to neighbouring countries, The Rotary Foundation's disaster response fund is supporting Rotary districts and clubs in Poland and other countries adjacent to Ukraine for immediate assistance of refugees. So far Rotary has raised $1.1 million and counting to support clubs responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Donations can be made to Ukraine relief funds and Rotarians can make a personal donation, and receive a Canadian tax receipt and Paul Harris Fellow credit through The Rotary Foundation fund.
 
As Rotary International CEO John Hewko reports, "Two of the most difficult aspects during a humanitarian crisis are communication and coordination around supplies. I’m proud to share that Rotaract Europe (young professionals and university students in Rotary) has accomplished both. Within 48 hours, its Supplies Team, consisting of 60 members from across ten countries, developed a matching tool that quickly links demand for goods on site with the supplies inventory."
 
Ukrainian refugees are shown boarding a minivan, sponsored by Rotary District 2231 in Poland, for transport to a safe location in Poland. 
Rotary on the move and on the ground for Ukraine Peter Roaf 2022-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

RIP - "Andrea Everything"

 
It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing to inform you that our fellow Rotarian and dear friend, Andrea Johnson, has died. There are not a lot of details at this point, she was sick and suffering from her asthma this past week and when calls went unanswerred, a wellness check was requested of the RCMP and regrettably they confirmed that Andrea had passed.
 
Family from Alberta are on route, I am sure that Andrea will be taken home to her beloved Alberta. Any service will be at a later date. Should you feel so inclined, donations to the Rotary Foundation would be appropriate and encouraged.
 
Rotary and Andrea's  Rotary family meant the world to her and brought her joy, and we were blessed with her service to our club, community, District, PNWPETS and Rotary. Today as we mourn her passing, take a moment to remember her infectious laugh and beautiful smile and perhaps raise a glass of red wine to toast her memory. She will be sorely missed but I know that she would want us all to move forward and follow her lead of service. She was a champion of peace and today we must console ourselves knowing that she will rest in peace knowing we will carry on. She will be annoyed at missing the Olympics, World Championship Curling and the second half of the hockey season. Enjoy them for her.
 
Lorne Calder, District Governor
District 5040
 
Thanks to Gina Rawson for this article.  It was perfect.
 
Again, additional info in:
RIP - "Andrea Everything" 2022-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Fundraising Gala on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 2022-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Reduced deaths, increased productivity of 34,000 in northern Laos with water filters Roaf Peter 2022-01-04 08:00:00Z 0 Asia,Laos,education,water,water and sanitation

Nominations for 2024 - 25 District 5040 District Governor are now open!

Posted on Aug 25, 2021
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Each year in Rotary Districts around the world, Rotary International Policy requires we choose a Rotarian to serve as District Governor. approx. 2.5 years from now. 
  
It is indeed my honor, as this year's Nominating Committee Chair, to extend this invitation to you and your club to submit a nomination for the position of District Governor 2024-2025 for District 5040. Please seriously consider this request and note it is time sensitive.

More information may be found on this Role Description and Election Guidelines but please "Read more" for the official Request for Nominations and for much more information.
 
Darcy Long
District Governor 2018-2019
Rotary District 5040
Nominations for 2024 - 25 District 5040 District Governor are now open! 2021-08-25 07:00:00Z 0

Diversity Equity Inclusion continues to define Rotary

Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 14, 2021
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority for Rotary International as well as District 5040. It underscores our core values as a foundation for how members interact with each other and their communities. Rotary was based on Diversity in 1905 and has grown globally on that foundation. Yet, our Rotary clubs can learn more and do more to support that commitment to DEI as our communities and our world transform around us. We want to welcome more people with diverse abilities and from diverse backgrounds, as people of action, in our cause of service above self.
Diversity Equity Inclusion continues to define Rotary Peter Roaf 2021-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

BC Wildfire Relief 2021 - Rotary BC Wildfire Relief Team – Write to Read Project BC 

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As you are aware, the village of Lytton was devasted by wildfire, leaving many people homeless and taking refuge in nearby cities. 

The initial call for help from Write to Read Team member Sue, Past President of the Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise, set this initial Immediate Needs Initiative into motion and the Rotary BC Wildfire Relief Team – Write to Read Project BC was formed. When our Rotary Family asks for help, the answer is always – how can we serve? And in the Write to Read family it is then –let’s get’ter done!
 
We are continuing to request donations for the purchase of gift cards be made via the Rotary Club of Steveston-Richmond Charitable Society (RCoSRCS) as the 1000 plus evacuees from Lytton will have ongoing immediate needs while the mid- and long-term plans are put into place.
 
Read more for additional information and how you can help.

 
BC Wildfire Relief 2021 - Rotary BC Wildfire Relief Team – Write to Read Project BC 2021-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Does your Club project fall into ONE of these categories?

The theme of the 2022 District Conference is The Seven Wonders of Rotary and we are "considering" featuring Club projects that depict Rotary's 7 Areas of Focus.
 
We would like to have a list of projects that would qualify to be presented at the District Conference when the Committee confirms we will have sessions to present Club's Projects.
 
Does your Club project fall into ONE of these categories? If so we would like to feature it at the 2022 District Conference.
 
If so, please send a brief summary of your project and how it exemplifies one of the 7 Areas of Focus and also send a few photos to support the project. Please send it to Nancy Eidsvik before July 5, 2021.
If you have any questions. please contact Nancy Eidsvik at nancy@eidsvik.ca
 
Lorne Calder,
District 5040 DGE
Does your Club project fall into ONE of these categories? 2021-06-24 07:00:00Z 0

District Awards presented during Conference

During the Live Virtual District 5040 Conference members and clubs of the District's Rotary Family were recognized during the awards presentations
 
The Rotary Club of Mountainview was named District Club of the Year and John Bathurst of the Rotary Club of Vancouver was named Rotarian of the Year. at the conference held virtually on June 4th and 5th.
 
Nine Rotarians were also recognized for their service and dedication with 2021 Don Evans People of Action Awards. In addition four were awarded District Governor Awards. Membership awards were presented to those clubs that had significant membership growth. For more detail click here.  
 
District Awards presented during Conference 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Odd Eidsvik Park

 
While watching the Rotary Club of Prince Rupert Centennial video you may have noticed the Odd Eidsvik Park sign. Nancy Eidsvik has graciously provided much more information about her husband Odd Eidsvik - Mr. Prince Rupert. Odd was a strong supporter of his community and Rotary Club. Definitely a person of action.  Thanks Nancy!
Odd Eidsvik Park 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) North 2021 is going virtual! 2021-05-06 07:00:00Z 0 RYLA,Rotaract,Rotary District 5040,Rotary Youth

Dave Hamilton Memorial Service

The link below may be used to view a recording of the service
 
 
Click here to view recording of the service
 
Service starts at 10:00AM Pacific Daylight Time.  That is 10:00AM
Dave Hamilton Memorial Service 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Send us your Rotary Family photos

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WANTED for District Conference 2021: Photos from “Rotary family” album.  
 
If a picture is worth a thousand words, do you or you club have a photo that tells the story of “Rotary Family?" Rotarians at work and play in your community making a difference?
 
The District Conference Committee is looking to pull together several hundred photos to use in support of this year’s Virtual Conference theme of “Rotary Family.”
 
Simplest way to share your photo is to pick one or two (no larger than 4MB each) and email them to kevine@telus.net.
 
Don’t delay – do it today!
Send us your Rotary Family photos Andrea Johnson 2021-04-12 07:00:00Z 0 District Conference,Rotary 5040

Moving From Diversity to Inclusion: Be A Timon or a Pumbaa

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Dr. "Bowtie" Todd Jenkins currently serves as the Senior Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation Leader in Corporate America at a Fortune 400 company and as a Global Inclusion Trainer, Strategist, and Speaker with Bowtie Leadership, Inc. As a consultant, he has worked with several companies such as Walmart, Google, Facebook, American Airlines, Deloitte, etc., oil and gas companies, small and large non-profits, and entrepreneurs.

He'll deliver the keynote speech at the 2021 District Conference on Friday, June 4 as we celebrate the Rotary Family, June 4 and 5 in a live, virtual event. Register now for the 2021 District Conference for $79! 

Dr. Jenkins is a proud Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas; he has served as the former Rotaract Advisor, Interact Sponsor, RYLA presenter, Youth Services Chair, two terms on Club Board of Directors, and graduated from his District and Zone Leadership Academy. Dr. Jenkins is currently one of the youngest Youth Exchange District Chairs in Rotary International.

Moving From Diversity to Inclusion: Be A Timon or a Pumbaa Andrea Johnson 2021-02-15 08:00:00Z 0 Conference 2021,Rotary 5040,rotary,speaker

Facilitated Dialogue on the World of Rotary

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Judith Diment has held many senior positions in marketing and communications including Head of PR for the National History Museum, London. 
 
A dedicated Rotarian, Diment has worked as an advocate for polio eradication for more than 20 years. She is currently the Coordinator of Rotary International Polio Eradication Task Force and a member of Rotary International Polio Plus Committee (IPCC).
 
She will join us online at the 2021 District Conference on Saturday, June 5. 
 
Register now for the Conference for $79/person in this exciting, live virtual event.
 
 
Facilitated Dialogue on the World of Rotary Andrea Johnson 2021-02-10 08:00:00Z 0 Conference 2021,Polio eradication,rotary,speaker
Past District Governor Chris Offer in Rotary magazine and joins Rotary Foundation Canada Board Peter Roaf 2021-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

An Invitation to all Rotarians in District 5040

  • Have you ever wanted to improve your skills as a facilitator or mediator?
  • Could you deal better with conflict in your club business or personal life?
  • Are you adjusting well to the strains of online communication and Zoom fatigue? 
  • Would you like to learn new ways to shift your views of conflict; learn advanced listening and facilitation skills; and take part in a facilitated ‘Peace Conversation’ on cross-cultural communication? 
 
If you answered positively to any of the above questions, Rotary 5040 is offering a free, comprehensive training program in collaboration with Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) that may just be right for you!
 
An Invitation to all Rotarians in District 5040 Andrea Johnson 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 5040,peacebuilding
Time to Celebrate 2020-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Tsawwassen Rotarians Support Polio Plus by Helping Their Local Community with Flu Vaccines

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On a cold Saturday morning in early November, the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen, BC Canada in District 5040 were ready to do their Polio Plus
Drive Thru Flu Shots. 
  • 50 cars 102 flu shots
  • Over $7000 raised for polio plus
  • Finally seeing people face to face - partially!
  • Great winter fun event
With a COVID plan in place and socially distanced jobs to do, everyone masked up and got going. Rotary member Edwin Lee, a local pharmacist supported by his wife Vicki, a pharmacist, gave 102 flu shots. The Rotarians, family and friends received their flu shots without ever getting out of the car.
 
 
 
Tsawwassen Rotarians Support Polio Plus by Helping Their Local Community with Flu Vaccines 2020-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

From One Conference in Terrace to… 

Six Integrated Mini-Conferences throughout the District

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COVID-19 has forced everyone to think beyond the norm, including planning for 2021 Rotary District 5040 Conference. 
 
Rotary District 5040 Innovation…
 
We will maintain the Rotary energy found when we all gather at our in-person conferences with the added benefit of making the 2021 Conference easy to attend and accessible for every Rotarian in the District! 
The new dates are now Friday June 4 and Saturday, June 5, 2021 and will be a combination of virtual and in-person gatherings at pod sites (following all provincial safety COVID-19 guidelines.)
 
The conference will be hosted and broadcast from the Terrace Hub with the maximum number of people allowed to gather in person according to Provincial Health Officer guidelines and is subject to change. 
From One Conference in Terrace to… Six Integrated Mini-Conferences throughout the District Andrea Johnson 2020-11-20 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary District 5040,rotary

Shirley Pat Chamberlain District Governor for 2023/24

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The Rotary District 5040 Nominating Committee has completed the interview process and the challenge period has now ended. Consequently the Committee is proud to announce that  for the Shirley-Pat Chamberlain from the Rotary Club of Steveston is the District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year.
 
Congratulations Shirley Pat and we look forward to working with you.

 

    Shirley Pat Chamberlain District Governor for 2023/24 2020-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

    Canada salutes UN 75th Anniversary with new dollar coin – a celebration for Rotary too

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 29, 2020
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    On the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), Canada is celebrating our nation's role as a founding member and a contributor to world peace with its 2020 $1 circulation coin.
     
    Canada was one of 51 countries which founded the United Nations in October 1945. As one of the most “international” organizations in the world of the day, Rotary played an active role in the drafting of the United Nations Charter in 1945 in San Francisco.
    Canada salutes UN 75th Anniversary with new dollar coin – a celebration for Rotary too Peter Roaf 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0 Canada,United Nations,anniversary,coin

    PolioPlus Update by Mike McGovern

    Posted on Oct 20, 2020
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    The RC of Ladner had an excellent presentation on PolioPlus and our campaign to eradicate polio by Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. We can see the end of our journey.
     
    You can view the presentation at at https://vimeo.com/470385506
     
    PolioPlus Update by Mike McGovern Brian Finley 2020-10-20 07:00:00Z 0

    2021 District Conference Sponsors

    We thank our District Conference 2021 Sponsors for our conference. Without your support it would simply not be possible to have our conference. Your support is much much appreciated.
       
      
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    2023 - 24 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open!

    Posted on Sep 22, 2020
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    It is that time of year.  We are searching out enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians to apply for the position of District Governor (DG) for the year 2023-24.  Have a look around your club for someone who might be interested and qualified to serve as District Governor.
     
    Perhaps you are the one!
     
    The role of DG is demanding but the rewards are incredibly unique and fulfilling. More information may be found on this Role Description and Election Guidelines but please "Read more" for the official Request for Nominations and for much more information.
    2023 - 24 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open! 2020-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians helping the Squamish Food Bank

    Posted on Aug 18, 2020
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    Every Tuesday and Friday for the past 4 months during the pandemic, members of the Rotary Club of Squamish have been delivering Food Bank hampers to families in our community. 
    Hamper deliveries have now ended as the Food Bank transitions to the new Under One Roof facility at 3rd Avenue and Main in downtown Squamish. The Food Bank will operate in "THE MARKET" on the ground floor starting on September 1st.
    A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who signed up and helped out. The Food Bank and Helping Hands are truly grateful.
    Rotarians helping the Squamish Food Bank Brian Finley 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

    2021 District Conference Speakers

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    The 2021 Conference Committee is building a list of informative and exciting speakers.  Check below for individuals who will widen your horizon and provide more insight into your Rotary family.
    Among them so far are Family and ER physician Dr. Paul Dhillon; Métis Canadian Cultural Mediator, Rotary Positive Peace Activator Lorelei Higgins; multi-talented and award-winning actor Neal McDonough; and mediator, architect and entrepreneur Scott R. Martin.
    2021 District Conference Speakers Andrea Johnson 2020-08-02 07:00:00Z 0 Terrace BC

    Supporting the Environment

    Posted on Jul 01, 2020
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    The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: Supporting the Environment.
    Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by the Rotary Foundation and global grants. It joins:
    • peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
    • disease prevention and treatment;
    • water, sanitation, and hygiene;
    • maternal and child health;
    • basic education and literacy; and
    • community economic development.
    Supporting the Environment Brian Finley 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

    Dr. Bonnie Henry receives Paul Harris Fellowship award

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    On June 17th the Rotary Club of New Westminster - Royal City presented a Paul Harris fellowship award to  Dr, Bonny Henry BC's provincial health Officer. 
     
    As mentioned during the presentation ceremony: When Dr. Henry first spoke the words, Be kind, Be calm, Be safe she showed compassion for what the people of BC would be dealing with in Covid 19. She inspired us with her gentleness and her calm voice of reason reassured us that we were going to get through this together. 
     
    Dr. Henry's experience includes an effort as part of the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan. Definitely inline with Rotary’s mission to eradicate polio from the world. Her work to establish the Canada Pandemic Influenza Plan, which contains recommendations for health-related activities during the spread of a virus has directly and positively impacted the course of this pandemic
     
    Dr Henry was selected to receive this recognition because her work exemplifies the humanitarian objectives of The Rotary Foundation. A very worthy recipient of the Paul Harris fellowship award and Rotary District 5040 thanks the Rotary Club of new Westminster - Royal City club for recognizing Dr. Henry on behalf of all Rotarians.
     
    More information is available on this New Westminster Record article.   Click the Read More for a Zoom meeting video of the presentation.
     
    Dr. Bonnie Henry receives Paul Harris Fellowship award 2020-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

    New Member Induction Ceremony

    Induction of a new member

    Suggested Induction Speech

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    ------------------------ we are so excited that you have chosen to become a part of our Rotary family and your initial attraction to our activities can grow deeper and more meaningful. The Rotary organization has a long and amazing history . We are continuously innovating and becoming relevant to our changing environment and looking forward to your Leadership and advice as we craft our vision. We invite you to provide feedback as you learn more about the amazing work we do in our 6 Areas of focus; fellowship; fun; and Leadership Development opportunities.
     
    You are strongly encouraged to consult with your mentor ; join a committee so that you always remain engaged. There is a great deal to learn about this very large organization and we want you to regularly learn about the areas that could be of particular interest to you so it becomes mutually satisfying to you. We encourage you to involve your family and friends in all our activities as well. We have several Conferences and Learning & Developments days so that we increase your Rotary knowledge and engagement.
     
    We are very flexible in our approach and want your regular feedback on what we can change/ alter/ improve as an organization.  ------------------, networking ; fellowship and getting engaged in the Leadership of our club is available as you see fit .you are welcome to attend any local and/or International Rotary club which is an interesting and exciting way to meet new friends and experience other cultures .
     
    You will learn about our guiding principles ; vision; and our four way test which embody our culture and is a guiding light in our activities. ---------------------------------, you have been invited to join us in this journey and want to help you identify your passion and area of interest. We believe that you are a great fit to our club and want to welcome you to The R C of ------------------------.
     
    Fellow Rotarians, please welcome ----------------------------- to our family and please come forward to congratulate  ---------------- ! 
     

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    New Member Induction Ceremony 2020-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

    Ideas for Installation Ceremonies

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    Installation of Rotary Club President

    -------------------------- the role of President is the highest honor one can attain at the club level and you have earned the trust of your Board and club members to provide Leadership to the RC of  --------------- .It is a real privilege afforded to you , and this also will qualify you  to move onto  important District Leadership positions; The  Assistant Governor role ; and eventually the District Governor role as the only Officer of Rotary International within your District. The members of your club rely on you to inspire them ; motivate them; engage them;  have fun and fellowship so that your members look forward to attending your meetings regularly.

    You have and will continue to receive world class Leadership development opportunities for you and your Team .I would encourage you and your Team to participate in the appropriate RI and District Learning and Development opportunities; District & International Conferences so that your club and its members stay relevant and serve your local and International communities. Your Leadership and Inspirational ability  is going to dictate the future of this already amazing club .

    I ------------------------, swear that I will execute the office of President of the RC of ---------------------------, and that I will to the best of my ability support and assist my Assistant Governor; the District Leadership Team and Rotary International and that I will uphold the constitution and bylaws of this club.

    ---------------we wish you an amazing and memorable --------------year and promise to assist and support you in whatever it takes to make this one of the best years of your life !   Fellow Rotarians , please welcome your Leader for the --------------year , ----------------------- !

    Installation of Rotary Club Officers & Directors

    The Leadership Team of a Rotary club creates the shared club Vision ; supports the District & Rotary Vision so that the Organization is fully integrated to make our world a better place. We will rely on you to tell us –how to best support you and your members so that we are driving value to you that will enable you to meet or exceed your goals for the coming year ! Your fellow Rotarians have elected each of you to your respective positions because they trust and believe in your Leadership and abilities.
     
    Will you fulfill the responsibilities of your office to the best of your ability and in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of this club ( we will ).
     
    I hereby declare the new Officers and Directors installed and give each  you  and President --------------the authority to govern and lead the RC of ----------------------------.

    To all our outgoing Officers & Directors -----we thank you for your contribution and efforts and want you to know that your continued mentorship ; engagement; and serving your District in a position that interests you is extremely important and strongly encouraged !

    Fellow Rotarians, please come forward and congratulate your -----------------------President and his/her Leadership Team !
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    Squamish Rotarians leave their Hearts on the Trails.

    Posted by Brian Finley on May 15, 2020
    Three years ago the Rotary Club of Squamish introduced a new community Valentines event to Squamish – Rotary Hearts; a Celebration of Love.
    Now these Hearts have a new lease on life. Rotarians have been busy refurbishing them with new messages of hope, encouragement and thanks.
    Over 50 hearts have all found new homes along some popular local trails:- Estuary/Swan Trail, Smoke Bluffs, Jack's Trail, Golf Course/Spawning Channels, Ray Peters Trail, and Loggers Creek Nature Trail.
    We hope those in Squamish will enjoy your walk or ride and take joy from the messages of inspiration.
     
    Read more in the Squamish Chief.
    and on our Facebook page.
    Squamish Rotarians leave their Hearts on the Trails. Brian Finley 2020-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

    PDG Mary Watson

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    We are very sad to have to inform you that PDG Mary Watson passed away last week. Mary started her Rotary career as soon as women were allowed to join in 1989, by being welcomed into the Burnaby Metrotown club. Later she joined the Vancouver Arbutus club and latterly the Tsawwassen club.
     
    Mary, together with her husband Sandy, spent many of these years serving at District level – including as District Treasurer and as Youth Exchange chair. Many of us will remember Mary as a strong and vibrant leader and passionate about the youth who were going or coming to their unforgettable year of exchange. As an early woman Rotarian, she was a mentor to many of the women of Rotary that joined and followed her. In 2003 – 2004 she took that position to the next level and as first woman District 5040 Governor, paving the way for the many who have followed her over the years.
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    Hear the 2020 Vision Conference Speakers Series and plan for the Roskars Awards

    Posted by Peter Roaf on May 06, 2020
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    All members in our District now have the opportunity, through Zoom, to experience the inspiration and learn from the shared knowledge and wisdom of some of the leading speakers who were scheduled to speak at the cancelled 2020 Vision Conference in Vancouver in April.
     
    The 2020 Vision Speakers Series will include five speakers, as scheduled below, including District Governor Bala Naidoo.
    Hear the 2020 Vision Conference Speakers Series and plan for the Roskars Awards Peter Roaf 2020-05-06 07:00:00Z 0 conference 2020,speaker
    Register now at the Early Bird Rate for the 2021 District Conference 2020-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

    Options for all Rotary District 5040 members with cancellation of conference and looking to 2021

     
    All Rotary District 5040 members, we hope everyone is staying safe and keeping healthy.  You have a unique opportunity regarding Rotary District 5040’s 2021 Rotary Family Conference in Terrace from May 20th to 23rd. If you are registered for the now cancelled 2020 Vision Conference, please see the update below.
     
    Stay safe,
     
     
    Bala Naidoo
    Rotary District 5040 Governor 
     
    Tom Smith
    Chair, 2020 Vision Conference
     

    Take advantage now of EARLY BIRD RATE for 2021 conference (if not already registered for 2020)

    The 2021 District Conference is shaping up to be a great program for our members. 
     
    If you did not register for the 2020 Vision Rotary District Conference and would like to register for the 2021 conference you can do so for the early bird rate of $299 +GST until April 26, 2020. This early bird rate would have been offered to you at this year’s conference.
     
     
    Watch the Rotary Family District 5040 Conference 2021 video
     
    Video access option: https://vimeo.com/399227758

    Registered already for 2020: your options

    1. If you are registered for the now cancelled 2020 Vision Conference and you want to attend the 2021 Rotary Family Conference, just email Mike Storey and you will be registered  for the Rotary Family District Conference in Terrace.  If you already paid $299.00 + GST you’re done because that is the early bird price for the 2021 conference.
     
    2. If you are registered for the 2020 Conference and you paid more than $299.00 + GST AND you want to attend the Rotary Family Conference in Terrace email Mike Storey and he will roll it over for you and refund you the difference.
     
    3. If you are registered for the 2020 Conference and you DO NOT want to attend the Rotary Family Conference in Terrace email Mike Story and he will arrange a full refund for you. Please advise us if your mailing address is different than that listed in Clubrunner so we can mail your refund cheque to the correct address.
     
    Also, if you are registered for the 2020 Conference and had a room booked at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel you should have received a room booking cancellation notice by email from the Hotel. If you did not receive an email with your cancellation please phone them at (604) 689-9211 to cancel your room.
     

    Thank you to 2020 Conference Team and Sponsors

     
    No group is more disappointed in the cancellation of this year’s conference than the 2020 Vision Conference Committee – members listed below -- which has been working for all of us over the past year and a half to bring you what promised to be an outstanding program of vision.
     
    We thank very much our conference sponsors for this year, who helped us get there, as listed below.
     
    Thank you as well for their support over time and their cooperation in full refunds to the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel Vancouver,  which is recommended for your next downtown Vancouver stay. Of course, we had to cancel various entertainers and services and thank them for their cooperation in refunding deposits.
     

    2020 Vision Conference Team - thank you

     
    District Governor Bala Naidoo, 2020 Conference Chair Tom Smith, Leslie Abramson, David Anderson, Kevin Beatty, John Charbonneau, Peter Clarke, Blake Cowan, Gordon Dalglish, Carina Dietz, Nancy Eidsvik, Kevin Evans, Franco Gallo, Joy Jones, Samantha Kwong, Rick Lewall, Matthew Lynam, Ken Martin, Terry Miller, Frank Peabody, Sarah/Thomas Reppchen, Peter Roaf, Lynda Rocha, Mike Storey, Sam Thiara
     

    2020 Vision Sponsors - thank you

     

     
     
     
     
    Options for all Rotary District 5040 members with cancellation of conference and looking to 2021 Peter Roaf 2020-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

    COVID-19 related ban leads to District Conference cancellation

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    Our District’s 2020 Vision Conference in Vancouver April 24 – 26 was expected to attract upwards of 350 registrations. With great regret District leaders have cancelled the District Conference in response to BC Health Minister Adrian Dix’s announcement on March 12 that the provincial government has banned all events with more than 250 people to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including sporting events, upcoming concerts and all religious gatherings.
    COVID-19 related ban leads to District Conference cancellation Peter Roaf 2020-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
    Erhu to play in background while dining Chinese option at the 2020 Vision Conference April 24 to 25 Peter Roaf 2020-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
    Leadership Training a Success Chris Offer 2020-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
    Top notch Italian dining for those attending the 2020 Vision Conference in April Peter Roaf 2020-02-07 08:00:00Z 0 conference 2020,dinner

    Global Citizenship at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040

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    What is Global Citizenship? What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? First year International Relations student at the University of British Columbia, Sameer Esmail, brings his wealth of experience through Rotary and other global service agencies to explore these definitions and understand why the world needs more global citizens. Sameer will speak about the need for young people to immerse themselves in the global environment, at the Rotary District 5040 2020 Vision Conference, April 24 to 26, 2020, at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver.
    Global Citizenship at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040 Peter Roaf 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0 conference 2020,global,youth

    Rotary and Toastmasters are Teaming Up.

    Posted by Brian Finley on Jan 07, 2020
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    Toastmasters and Rotary partner to help members with personal development and make a difference in their communities.
     
    Rotary International and Toastmasters International have formed an alliance and are working together to provide members of both organisations with more opportunities for personal and professional growth.
     
    Members of both Toastmasters and Rotary will enhance their skills, broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities through the new collaboration.
     
    For more information click HERE.
    Rotary and Toastmasters are Teaming Up. Brian Finley 2020-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

    Things To Do in Vancouver before or after the April 24-26, 2020 District Conference
     

    Posted on Dec 09, 2019
    Vine & Hops: Urban Wine & Distillery Tour is just one of the organized tours available before or after the 2020 Vision Conference for Rotary District 5040 in Vancouver, April 24 - 26, 2020. It's an all inclusive day of fun offering a customized, behind the scenes guided tour, of some of the funkiest venues in Vancouver. These off the beaten track locations will be sure to tantalize your taste buds as you learn about the distillery and wine making process. $109 per person + up
    Things To Do in Vancouver before or after the April 24-26, 2020 District Conference  Peter Roaf 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

    City of Vancouver Proclaims Oct 24, 2019 as World Polio Day.

    Posted by Brian Finley on Oct 18, 2019
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    Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart welcomed representatives from Vancouver Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs, and District 5040 on Friday Oct 18th.
    He read out and then presented the Proclamation naming October 24th as World Polio Day in the City of Vancouver.
    Vancouver City hall will be illuminated in red for the day. 
    Rotary has been at the forefront of the global polio eradication campaign for 40 years. Worldwide polio cases have dropped from 1000 per day to less than 100 per year and we are getting close to eliminating this disease forever.
    Photo: Mayor Kennedy Stewart presents the formal proclamation to District Governor Bala Naidoo and District End Polio Chair Brian Finley.
     
    City of Vancouver Proclaims Oct 24, 2019 as World Polio Day. Brian Finley 2019-10-18 07:00:00Z 0

    Fighting poverty through better sight at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040

    Posted on Oct 12, 2019
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    Over 100,000 of the world’s poor have been given opportunities for education and better health for themselves and their families thorough improved eyesight. That's the achievement of Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS), a Vancouver-based, International Charity of eye doctors and opticians who travel to developing countries to provide thorough eye exams and prescription eyeglasses. Filipino Canadian activist and humanitarian Dr. Marina Roma-March, who founded TWECS, has pursued a mission of alleviating the burden of poverty by helping people see better. She will be speaking at the 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary District 5040 in Vancouver April 24-26, 2020.
    Fighting poverty through better sight at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040 Peter Roaf 2019-10-12 07:00:00Z 0 conference,eye,eyeglasses,poverty
    What a view! What a deal! Book low priced Vancouver hotel room for 2020 Vision Conference next April Peter Roaf 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0 conference,hotel

    Polio NID Campaigns - India - January 2020

    Posted by Brian Finley on Sep 14, 2019
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    If you have always wanted to participate in a Polio NID campaign, this may be your last chance. There are two opportunities coming up in early 2020.
     
     
    The Rotary Club of Agra Taj Mahal is conducting a Polio Campaign on January 3-5 2020. If you are interested in joining this campaign and also visiting Agra, other cities and some Rotary projects please refer to the Event poster HERE, and/or contact secretary@agratajmahalrotary.org.
     
    Howard Tours is organising a trip to India January 10 to 21, 2020. This trip includes the Polio NID on Jan 19-20, visits to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Rotary projects. More information HERE, or email Jolene Bortz jbortz@howardtours.net.
    note: Howard Tours is owned by Brad Howard, past Rotary Director and has led dozens of Polio trips.
     
    Polio NID Campaigns - India - January 2020 Brian Finley 2019-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

    Third World eyeglasses collection building for 2020 Vision Conference

    Posted on Sep 12, 2019
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    Rotary Club of Ladner President Elect Diana Cabott received 55 donated eyeglasses in the collection box for the District's 2020 Vision Conference next April 2020. Rotary District 5040 Past District Governor Sonia Baron made the contribution after collecting over the summer. This contribution will help build a collection being assembled for the Third World Eyecare Society, a Rotary supported project based in Burnaby, by the time of the District's 2020 Vision Conference, April 24 to 26, 2020 in Vancouver.
    Third World eyeglasses collection building for 2020 Vision Conference Peter Roaf 2019-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
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    24th Pot of Gold Golf Tournament a great success

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    The 24th Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament, jointly organized by the Royal City Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Westminster, was another great success.  Under ideal golfing conditions at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond, 120 golfers teed off in a Texas Scramble format to compete for team and individual prizes, followed by a delicious buffet and live and silent auctions. 
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    2022 - 23 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open!

    Posted on Aug 28, 2019
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    It is that time of year where we are searching out enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians to apply for the position of District Governor (DG) for the year 2022-23.  Have a look around your club for someone who might be interested and qualified to serve as District Governor.
     
    Perhaps you are the one! The role of DG is demanding but the rewards are incredibly unique and fulfilling.
     
    More information about the role may be found on this role description.
    2022 - 23 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open! 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

    Cathedral Thinking to inspire us at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040

    Posted on Jul 30, 2019
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    We should all be involved in unfinished work. That’s Cathedral Thinking. Those who anticipate the long term ramifications of what they do today, and who put in place a vision for success, are often called "Cathedral Thinkers". Former CEO of Tourism Vancouver, which launched the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler, Rick Antonson, will be speaking to us on this visionary approach to how we lead our lives, at the 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary District 5040, April 24 to 26, 2020, at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel in Vancouver.
    Cathedral Thinking to inspire us at 2020 Vision Conference of Rotary 5040 Peter Roaf 2019-07-30 07:00:00Z 0 conference,speaker,vision

    Rotary Friendship Exchange now June 2020

    Posted on Jul 23, 2019
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    The Rotary Friendship Exchange to Russia has been postponed to June 14 to 28, 2020 to accommodate more members who could not make arrangements in time for this summer. A group of 10 to 12 people from our Rotary District 5040 will visit fellow members in Rotary District 2223. Partners, family friends welcome. Visas are required.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange now June 2020 Peter Roaf 2019-07-23 07:00:00Z 0 exchange,fellowship,friendship,travel

    RI President meet and greet August 17 in Surrey

    Posted on Jul 02, 2019
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    Meet and Greet our new 2019-20 Rotary International President Mark Maloney at a reception on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4 to 6 pm, at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's  Spruce building, 12666 72 Avenue in Surrey, BC. Rotarians and their families are encouraged to come and meet Mark.  Tickets are CDN$25 and children under 12 are free. Register here
     
    Mark is in town to speak the following day at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner of Canadian Eyesight Global (see separate website post for more information)..
    RI President meet and greet August 17 in Surrey Peter Roaf 2019-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

    South Asian flair at Installation of District Governor

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Jun 22, 2019
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    At a gala "Bollywood Night" which attracted about 150 Rotarians, family and friends, former Vice President of Rotary International and Past District 5040 Governor Dean Rohrs installed Bala Naidoo as Rotary District 5040 Governor for 2019-20. Bala's family and many friends and colleagues were on hand to share in the festivities. It was a joyous occasion of ceremony, dining, entertainment and dancing. The evening program started with a memorial tribute to Past District Governor Don Evans who recently passed away. -- photographs by Past District Governor Ken Wilson
    South Asian flair at Installation of District Governor Peter Roaf 2019-06-22 07:00:00Z 0 gala,installation

    International peacebuilding recognition of local Rotarian

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Jun 22, 2019
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    With its international "Citation for Meritorious Service", The Rotary Foundation has recognized Gloria Staudt, of the Rotary Club of New Westminster Royal City, for her contribution to the cause of peace and conflict resolution as chair of the Rotary District 5040 Peace Fellow Selection Committee over the past nine years.
     
    One way Rotary District 5040 makes a valuable contribution to peace and conflict resolution in our world -- one of Rotary's six primary areas of focus -- is through recommending candidates every year for Peace Fellowship scholarships in 50 Master's degree programs and 50 Certificate programs at six universities around the world. The annual funding for this US$9 million program comes from the international Rotary Foundation.
    International peacebuilding recognition of local Rotarian Peter Roaf 2019-06-22 07:00:00Z 0 conflict,peace,peacebuilding,rotary foundation,scholar,scholarship
    Join RI President Mark Maloney at Canadian Eyesight Global Gala Dinner 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation major contributor to the new St. Paul's Hospital $12 million hearing loss centre

    Posted on Jun 19, 2019
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    Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation has committed to raise $6 million, and St. Paul’s Foundation another $6 million, to support a hearing and balance centre at Vancouver's new St. Paul’s Hosptial, expected to open in 2026. This funding will have a transformative impact on care for British Columbians with hearing loss and balance disorders. By fostering innovation and collaboration, and accelerating the development of permanent solutions for hearing loss, the new centre will offer the very best in care and hearing advancements in Canada.
    Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation major contributor to the new St. Paul's Hospital $12 million hearing loss centre Peter Roaf 2019-06-19 07:00:00Z 0 ear,health,hearing,hospital

    Value of volunteer time among clubs along BC west coast
    estimated to be $1.5 million, and worldwide over $1b

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Jun 12, 2019
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    From sponsoring water parks for children and their families, developing an outdoor fitness course, providing food for children of low income families, to running a bathtub race, cleaning up a street, opening First Nations learning centres, shipping medical equipment to communities in other countries or supplying clean water in Southeast Asia where there is need, the 50 Rotary clubs in Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert generated more than 68,500 volunteer hours of service among their 1,500 members in the past year.
     
    According to calculations in a special Value of Rotary Volunteering report by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Civil Society Studies, the monetary value of that time devoted to local, regional and international projects is $1,514,250 in 2017-18 (based on a conservative rate of US$18 per hour). The total time for the 50 clubs over the past five years has been 160,200 hours for an estimated value of $3,604,500.
     
    An annual soapbox derby is just one of many community service projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen
    Value of volunteer time among clubs along BC west coastestimated to be $1.5 million, and worldwide over $1b Peter Roaf 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0 hours,service,value,volunteer

    Rotary Walk to End Polio 2019

    Posted by Brian Finley on May 26, 2019
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    On a beautiful sunny morning, over 120 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends gathered at the River Market on the New Westminster quayside for this year's Walk to End Polio.. The event was held to raise awareness about Rotary's goal to eradicate polio and to raise funds to help finish the task.. We were joined by Rotarians from the Philippines who are visiting on a Rotary Friendship Exchange. Numbers are not finalised, but close to $10,000 will have been raised from donations, sponsorship, and sales of End Polio shirts.
    Rotary Walk to End Polio 2019 Brian Finley 2019-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

    Past District Governor Don Evans passes away

    Posted on May 21, 2019
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    Our very dear friend to many in our Rotary District 5040, Past District Governor Don Evans, has suddenly passed away. While travelling in South America, with Deb and Deb's brother Mike, Don suffered a massive coronary yesterday. I know that I can speak for all of us, that we, our District and the Rotary World have lost a monumental force.
    Past District Governor Don Evans passes away Peter Roaf 2019-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

    Our District's recommended Peace Scholar from Australia accepted -- your club can nominate

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    2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Recipient, Bronwyn Manley, of Australia, recommended by a panel from our Rotary District 5040, was accepted by the University of North Carolina (UNC), her first choice, one of six universities around the world offering Rotary sponsored peacebuilding Master's degree or professional development certificate programs. The other universities are in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Japan, Australia and Thailand. 
    Our District's recommended Peace Scholar from Australia accepted -- your club can nominate 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0 peace,peacebuilding,scholarship
    Installation of our District Governor Team 2019-20 a fun, cultural event Peter Roaf 2019-03-29 07:00:00Z 0 Governor,installation

    Acts of Kindness April 19 -21

    Rotary
    Acts of Kindness
     
    Hold a foodbank drive
    Encourage someone
    Volunteer
    Pick up litter
    Write a thank you note
    Bake cookies for a homeless shelter
    Help someone with their groceries
     
     
    Please join Rotarians & Friends
    When: April 19 – 21, 2019
    Where: Local Communities
    How:  Carry out any act of kindness - use your imagination
    Record: Let us know about your act of kindness using our facebook page
    Acts of Kindness April 19 -21 Murray Wood 2019-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

    Contribute $500US and receive Paul Harris Fellow matching points from the District!

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    Rotarians the deadline is getting close.  During this weekend's, yes March 9th, Foundation Dinner Cultures of Rotary Foundation Dinner your contribution of $500U.S. to the Rotary Foundation will be matched with 500 points from the District. Note that contributions to the Annual Funds - Share are the only contributions eligible for the District match.  Perhaps it's your chance  to earn that Paul Harris fellow.  If you are not attending the dinner you may send your contribution to Del Paterson.  Contributions must be received by March 11.
    Contribute $500US and receive Paul Harris Fellow matching points from the District! 2019-03-07 08:00:00Z 0

    Understanding the "Be The Inspiration" theme logo

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    The 2018/2019 Rotary Theme is "Be the Inspiration" and that theme is depicted in this year's Rotary theme logo.  At first glance the logo looks very simple but there is a lot of meaning packed into a small area. Under the "Did you know" category here is much more detailed explanation of what the logo really means.. Interesting stuff!
    Understanding the "Be The Inspiration" theme logo 2019-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

    Philippines friendship exchange begins

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Jan 30, 2019
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    District 3810 of the Philippines by a team of 12 District 5040 members on a Rotary Friendship Exchange is starting in Manila. The team will  assist the Caring Hearts Dentistry Society, a group of dentists, hygienists, and volunteers from Richmond by distributing food and dental/hygiene kits on three occasions.  Several dental offices in Squamish, including Rotarians, Drs. Laurie and Lino Vanzella, donated toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental supplies.
    Philippines friendship exchange begins Peter Roaf 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0 Philippines,exchange,friendship

    Youth and Salvation Army to benefit from July 16 golf tournament

    Posted on Jan 30, 2019
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    To benefit youth projects in New Westminster, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Adventure Programs, Youth Exchange and school hot lunch programs Rotary Clubs of Royal City and New Westminster are hosting the 24th Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond. Also benefitting from the proceeds of the tournament are the Salvation Army (New Westminster) and Lower Mainland Purpose Society, an alternative education facility for students experiencing challenges in the regular school system. 

     
    Youth and Salvation Army to benefit from July 16 golf tournament Peter Roaf 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0 golf,tournament
    Bradley/McGillivray Blues Band to headline District Conference 2019 entertainment!  Kevin Evans 2019-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

    District Conference 2019: Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan

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    Razia Jan – “Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan”
    District 5040 Conference 2019; Saturday, May 4th at 10:40 a.m.

     Born in Afghanistan, Razia Jan is the founder of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education.
     
    She was nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero of 2012 for her work on the Zabuli Education Center, a school that she founded in rural Afghanistan that provides a free education to about 350 girls.
     
     
    District Conference 2019: Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
    Conference program, speaker bios posted! Kevin Evans 2019-01-16 08:00:00Z 0
    Needy communities in the Philippines receiving medical equipment Peter Roaf 2019-01-12 08:00:00Z 0 container,dental,equipment,medical,school
    Your Rotary Legacy – Doing Good in the World Chris Offer 2019-01-07 08:00:00Z 0 rotary,rotary legacy,the rotary foundation
    Year-end Conference Savings Kevin Evans 2018-12-29 08:00:00Z 0
    Planning on track for Positive Peace Workshops Chris Offer 2018-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
    Christmas Greetings Murray Wood 2018-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

    Vocational Training Team needs your help

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    In partnership with Kenya Connect, District 5040 is sending 8 BC teachers to Kenya in March 2019! 
     
    Thanks to the generous support from or District Rotary Clubs we have half of the USD$19,000 needed to support the project, We thank them sincerely.  But we now need a final push to reach the target required by The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
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    Rotaract  November Update

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    With 2018 coming to its end, the Rotaractors of District 5040 had and have a whole bunch of exciting events coming up that we would like to share with and invite you to. Let’s start with an event a bit further in the future, even though we know how time flies (especially when you’re on a schedule as busy as a Rotarian). Please mark your calendars: The Rotaract District 5040 Installation Dinner will take place on May 11. We would be delighted to have you join us for this special night! Further details will be announced shortly.
    Rotaract November Update 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
    District 5040 a global leader in Rotary Friendship Exchange Peter Roaf 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 fellowship,friendship,travel

    District Governor 2021-2022 Lorne Calder

    Posted on Nov 21, 2018
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    A Past President of the Rotary Club of Prince George, former Assistant Governor, former District 5040 Trainer and Rotarian of the Year (1997 and 2011), Lorne Calder, CMA, has been appointed Rotary District 5040 Governor for 2021-2022. Calder has been the Chief Finance & Risk Officer for Integris Credit Union in Prince George since 2014. Prior to that he served Integris predecessor, Prince George Savings, as Chief Financial Officer for 22 years.
     
    A 25-year Rotary member with Prince George Rotary, he has served on many boards and committees for numerous other Prince George organizations, including Initiatives Prince George, the Prince George Film Commission, and the Prince George Hospice Society. In 1999-2000 he served as President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce (1999/2000) and then on the board of the BC Chamber of Commerce. The District nominating committee has selected Lorne and his name will be reported to Rotary International on December 2, following the 14-day challenge period. November 18 - December 1, 2018. 
    District Governor 2021-2022 Lorne Calder Peter Roaf 2018-11-21 08:00:00Z 0

    Fishing village's medical centre receives equipment from Rotary World Help

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Nov 20, 2018
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    The newly renovated medical centre in the fishing village of Panglao, on the island of Panglao, Bohol, the Philippines, will receive used medical equipment such as hospital beds, side tables, medicine carts, wheelchairs, emergency beds and cribs for children in a shipping container organized and loaded on November 17, 2018 by Rotary members in Districts 5040 and 5050 in the Greater Vancouver area.
     
    Also in the container, sponsored by Rotary World Help, which is supported by many Rotary clubs in this region, and, in this case, by the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, are dental chairs, dental equipment and supplies, plus computers and books. The Rotary Club of Panglao is administering distribution of the equipment and supplies when the container arrives at its destination in the coming weeks.  -- photos by Drew Antrobus
    Fishing village's medical centre receives equipment from Rotary World Help Peter Roaf 2018-11-20 08:00:00Z 0 Philippine,Rotary World Help,container,dental,medical
    DGE Bala Naidoo inducted into Arch Klumph Society Chris Offer 2018-11-17 08:00:00Z 0 aks,rotary,rotary foundation

    Interactors join World Polio Day Celebrations

    Posted by Brian Finley on Oct 28, 2018
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    The Interact Club of King George Secondary had a World Polio Day celebration on October 25th . Pictured are the Interactors and the Teacher Sponsors with the Mayor's City of Vancouver Proclamation for World Polio Day.. These students had a bake sale and raised funds for PolioPlus.
     
    Interactors join World Polio Day Celebrations Brian Finley 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0

    Pumpkins for Polio saves children for a lifetime

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 25, 2018
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    To mark October 24th World Polio Day, Rotary Club of Ladner has helped spare 9,800 children half way around the world from the crippling disease of polio by generating $7,761 raised from the sale of 100 pumpkins yesterday and an auction among members last week then matched 2:1.
    Pumpkins for Polio saves children for a lifetime Peter Roaf 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
    PolioPlus funds generated from BC Lions vs Edmonton Eskimos Rotary Night Peter Roaf 2018-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

    Learning and Development for Rotary District 5040

    Posted by Penny Offer on Oct 18, 2018
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    Developing the skills and knowledge of Rotarians improves the effectiveness of clubs and our District 5040 in supporting Rotary’s goals and commitment to build communities and improve lives across the world.
     
    To enhance leadership and improve performance which rewards us all at the end of the day, our Rotary District 5040 is taking learning and development to a new level in District 5040 with a District training committee, called “District Learning and Development Committee” to oversee training in the district and plan and conduct education and training events for all Rotarians.
    Learning and Development for Rotary District 5040 Penny Offer 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0 leadership,learn,,training

    Charter Event Rotary Club of Lillooet - Oct 20th

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    You're invited to the Rotary Club of Lillooet Charter Event!

    The event will feature a fine dinner, social and silent auction

    Help welcome one of District 5040s newest clubs.
     
    Time: 5:00PM Oct 20
    Where:Royal Canadian Legion Branch
    737 Main St. Lillooet BC map
    Charter Event Rotary Club of Lillooet - Oct 20th 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

    Columbia Rotary Positive Peace Project

    Posted by Chris Offer on Sep 30, 2018
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    Rotary District 5040 is one of two international partners for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project to support peace in Columbia. This is a legacy from the Presidential Peacebuilding conference held in Vancouver in February 2018.
     
    The project will allow Rotarians to use their strength as conveners and community leaders to bring diverse groups of young people together. The goal is to forge relationships and provide a platform for dialog for with various peacebuilding groups. Signing the Colombian peace agreement put an end to one of the world’s longest armed conflicts, and marked the beginning of a process to build lasting, sustainable peace. Rotary can help shape this process by leveraging its networks and engaging key stakeholders to identify ways build peace at the local level.
    Columbia Rotary Positive Peace Project Chris Offer 2018-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotarians welcomed on exchange visit as Rotary celebrates 100 years in the Philippines

    Posted on Sep 27, 2018
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    Rotarians have been investigating the late January early February 2019 Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to the Philippines and are preparing to sign up. There is the option of a two week visit, or three week visit.  2019 will be a special centennial year for Rotary in the Philippines so RFE travellers could experience some special celebrations.
    Rotarians welcomed on exchange visit as Rotary celebrates 100 years in the Philippines Peter Roaf 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0 exchange,fellowship,friendship,international

    Rotaract September Update

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    With summer coming to an end, the Rotaractors of District 5040 were very busy and had a lot of fun during the annual PACE roundtrip. For those who don’t know PACE stands for the Pacific Canadian Experience.
     
    The Rotaract Club of Burnaby hosts the event, along with the Rotaract Clubs of Victoria, Richmond and the Vancouver Young Professionals, at the end of August every year. We select six international Rotaractors to come and experience the beauty that is the Lower Mainland of British Columbia!
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    District recognized for 29 net new members in 2017-18

    Posted on Sep 25, 2018
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    With 1,442 members on July 1, 2017 Rotary District 5040 grew by a net 29 new members to 1,471 by July 1, 2018. On behalf of the District, 2017-18 Governor Don Evans received recognition at the Rotary Zone conference in Montreal over the past weekend for the highest net gain in membership in Zone 24 West (Western Canada). Congratulations to all our 51 clubs, District board, Assistant Governors and membership committee.
    District recognized for 29 net new members in 2017-18 Peter Roaf 2018-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

    District 5040 Recognized for PolioPlus Giving.

    Posted by Brian Finley on Sep 24, 2018
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    At the Zone 24-32 Conference in Montreal, September 21st, PDG Don Evans, on behalf of D5040, received recognition for our contribution to PolioPlus during 2017-18. Highest total giving and highest per member giving in Zone 24W.
     Certificates below....
    District 5040 Recognized for PolioPlus Giving. Brian Finley 2018-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
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    Proclaim World Polio Day in your Community.

    Posted by Brian Finley on Sep 16, 2018
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    You can help increase awareness about Rotary's commitment to END POLIO by requesting your local Town or City Council to proclaim October 24th 2018 to be World Polio Day in your community. A sample Proclamation template can be found HERE..
     
    Want to host a World Polio Day Event? Click here for event ideas.
    Proclaim World Polio Day in your Community. Brian Finley 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Football Night

    Posted on Sep 12, 2018
    Rotary Football Night!
    VS 
    BC vs Edmonton
    Friday October 19th
    BC Place Stadium
    Game Time 7PM
    Tickets $40 with $10 going to Polio Plus
    Order now!
    Rotary Football Night Murray Wood 2018-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

    More Innovative Rotary Clubs

    Posted on Sep 09, 2018
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    A very successful RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) Part 1 course was held in Burnaby on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Twenty-two Rotarians completed the course. The day focused on dialogue, exchanging ideas and discussion on topics that included leadership, Rotary beyond the club, The Rotary Foundation, ethics and vocational service, engaging club members and service projects.
    More Innovative Rotary Clubs 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
    Priority #1 Plus Membership Workshop, Prince George, Sep 15 Peter Roaf 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0 education,membership,training

    Sign up for Jan/Feb 2019 District Rotary Friendship Exchange to the Philippines

    Posted on Sep 02, 2018
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    Join a team of 10 on Rotary District 5040’s Friendship Exchange heading to the Philippines January 28 to February 17, 2019. Learn more about the Rotary Friendship Exchange and send in your application. For more information:
    Elena Agala
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair D5040 2018-2019
    Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise
    604-690-0551
    Sign up for Jan/Feb 2019 District Rotary Friendship Exchange to the Philippines Peter Roaf 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0 Philippines,exchange,fellowship,friendship

    Rotaract Update August 2018

    Posted on Sep 01, 2018
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    The Rotaractors of District 5040 experienced exciting days during this year’s edition of PACE. For those of you who have not heard of it yet: PACE stands for Pacific Canada Experience. Six Rotaractors from all over the world are given the opportunity to experience the Canadian Pacific Coast during summer, hosted and guided by local Rotarians and Rotaractors. Highlights of the trip include the visit of Victoria and Whistler, as well as several of the most popular hikes in our District.
     
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    The Red Carpet Ball "A Night at Studio 54"

    Posted by Brian Street
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    As president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, I invite fellow Rotarians to our club's new signature event coming up on Halloween Saturday October 27, 2018 -- The Red Carpet Ball "A Night at Studio 54". Proceeds will support Rotary's excellent youth programs and the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre's mentorship program for at risk youth on the Downtown Eastside. We are bringing in DJ Robbie Leslie, one of the original Studio 54 DJs, to be our music maestro. He plays events worldwide and also hosts the weekly Studio 54 program on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Put on your boogie shoes and come on down to the 54! tickets at www.redcarpetball.ca
    The Red Carpet Ball "A Night at Studio 54" Brian Street 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Club of Squamish raises $30,000 for Community Hospice

    Posted by Brian Finley on Aug 14, 2018
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    On Sunday, August 12th during the Squamish Street Market, 2000 rubber ducks came out of the chute of a Cardinal Concrete truck into a pool. Five lucky ducks were then plucked from the pool by blindfolded "duck-grabbers".  The 1st prize was $10,000 cash.
     
    This was the finale of a fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Squamish in support of the new Sea to Sky Community Hospice.. The event raised $30,000 for the new facility which is planned to open in spring 2019. The four-room Hospice will be located between Hilltop House and Squamish General Hospital and will welcome Sea to Sky Corridor residents from all backgrounds, faiths, and income levels.
    For more information and photos please click HERE..
    Rotary Club of Squamish raises $30,000 for Community Hospice Brian Finley 2018-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

    Polio end near, but still a massive global effort

    Posted by Peter Roaf on Aug 09, 2018
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    Children in India show their pinky fingers painted purple for a few days to indicate that they have received oral polio vaccination. Billions of children's lives around the world  have been saved or spared the crippling, lifetime burden of polio since Rotary took the lead over 30 years ago in ridding the world of polio. We are almost there, but it will still take a massive effort of professional expertise and volunteer time and an estimated US$1.5 billion more to reach that goal. Rotary District 5040 Past District Governors, Chris Offer and Penny Offer, who are members of the Ladner club, explain the scope of the global campaign and their involvement in it.
    Polio end near, but still a massive global effort Peter Roaf 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0 polio

    Rotaract Update July 2018

    Posted on Jul 31, 2018
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    With the start of a new Rotary/Rotaract year, the new executives of Rotaract District 5040 stepped into their new positions. The District BBQ, held on July 14th, gave Rotarians and Rotaractors a great opportunity to mingle and connect.
     
    At the upcoming first Rotaract District Committee Meeting a strategic planning session will be held to select this year’s District Project, as well as dates for socials and opportunities for collaborations between the individual Clubs.
     
    Currently most Rotaractors in District 5040 are focusing on the preparations for this year’s PACE trip, which is only a couple of weeks away. Starting on August 24th, 6 Rotaractors from around the world will have the chance to experience the Canadian Pacific Coast, hosted by our District and Rotaractors in District 5020 for the Victoria portion of the trip. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Rotarians for their support of PACE through hosting our guests, as well as financial funding. We are looking forward to see you at the PACE Welcome and/or Goodbye BBQ! Further information regarding the events and how to RSVP will be sent out to you soon.
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    Call for District Governor applications & Other Leadership Roles Darcy Long 2018-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

    Vocational Training Team (VTT) Leader chosen

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    During Spring Break 2019, in partnership with Kenya Connect, the Rotary Vocational Training Team (VTT) will visit schools in Kenya’s Kyaithani and Lower Yatta regions to become familiar with the educational environment and student needs in rural Kenya. It will work with local teachers and school principals to explore new ways of presenting material using computer and Internet technology.
     
    The Selection Committee led by PDG Don Evans has completed their interviews of all applicants for the position of Leader for the VTT. PDG John Anderson has been chosen to lead the team to Kenya in March 2019 and work with the Kenyan team when they come to BC in April 2019.
     
      Vocational Training Team (VTT) Leader chosen 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

      Polio Eradication - Rotary's #1 Humanitarian Priority

      Posted by Brian Finley on Jul 14, 2018
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      Since 1979 Rotary has been at the forefront of the campaign to eliminate polio from the world forever.   In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.5 billion to the effort.. Since 1988, Rotary and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have seen the number of cases drop from 350,000 per year in 122 countries, to just 22 cases in 2 countries in 2017.
      Polio Eradication - Rotary's #1 Humanitarian Priority Brian Finley 2018-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotaract Update June 2018

      Posted by Johanna Johnson on Jul 10, 2018
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      While June tends to be a slower month at the club level it was a busy one at the district and international levels. We had Rotaractors present at the Peacing it Together Conference in Squamish, the Rotaract District Dinner in Vancouver, the RI Convention in Toronto, and RYLA North America in Washington DC.
       
      Prince George Rotaractor, Simran Jawanda had this to say about the Peacing it Together Conference: "Attending District Conference provided me with the opportunity to connect with fellow Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District, to learn more about Rotary, and to be inspired. It was a key event in my growth as a Rotaractor!"
       
      If you want to hear about our District 5040 Rotaractors experiences at the RI Convention and RYLA North America you will have to wait for next month's newsletter. Don't want to wait? Invite one of them to speak at your Rotary club meeting!
      Rotaract Update June 2018 Johanna Johnson 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0

      June 30, 2018 -  A Special Thank You

      Posted by Don Evans on Jul 01, 2018
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      A Special Thank You  -  The 2017-2018 Rotary Year has been an exceptional experience for both of us.   While final year end results are still being tallied, we know that the year has been a strong one for both Rotary and the clubs in our District.  The appreciation for all of this goes out to all of you - it is each and every Rotarian in our (now) 51 Rotary Clubs that make things happen, that make a difference in our communities throughout the year.   It is also each and every one of you that have made this Rotary year so special for both of us.
       
      Thank you for your commitment and hard work, and thank you for making us so welcome through the year.   We will stay connected as we now move on to our Past Governor roles, but we both look forward to seeing you again in your home communities in the future.   THANK YOU for Making a Difference.
       
      Don & Deb
      June 30, 2018 - A Special Thank You Don Evans 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

      Life changing experience at Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp 

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Jun 21, 2018
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      Tristan Miura, 16, has travelled to the cloud forest of Honduras to study wildlife for two weeks. He has worked with children in the Dominican Republic for a week. Even after those global adventures, he says, “I didn't expect to have learned more about myself and those around me from a single speaker than I have in 13 years of schooling,” about his experience at four days of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp on Easter Weekend 2018 at Camp Elphinstone near Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.
      Life changing experience at Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp Peter Roaf 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0 RYLA,camp,learning,youth
      Prince George joins global Rotary tree planting campaign Peter Roaf 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0 park,plant,trees
      2019 District Conference - Register Now Murray Wood 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

      2018 District Conference Video

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      What an event!  Relive this year's conference with the conference video below.
      Thanks to PDG Chris Offer for all of your great photos and for all of your hard work to put the video together
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      Conference Registration & Pre-Conference Socials

      Posted by Peter Clarke
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      There is still time to register and we would love to see you there!
       
      Registration Location: The registration check in desk will be inside main entry of CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre, West Coast Railway Heritage Park 
      Registration Hours:   Thursday:  5:30 PM to 7 PM | Friday: 7:30 AM to 9:15 AM &  2:45 PM – 3:30 PM 
       
      Pre-Conference Socials:
      Thursday 5 PM – 7 PM: No host bar-Club Car open at West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish 
      Thursday 6 PM: Join the golfers on the patio Thursday afternoon at the Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club, 2458 Mamquam Road, Squamish, a la carte drinks/food.
      Conference Registration & Pre-Conference Socials Peter Clarke 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Walk to End Polio raises over $9,000

      Posted on May 28, 2018
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      Several hundred Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and friends assembled at the River Market on New Westminster Quay for the 5th annual Rotary Walk to End Polio. This event is sponsored and organised by the clubs of Burnaby, New Westminster, Vancouver Cambie & Vancouver Mountainview.
      This year's event has so far raised over C$9,000 for PolioPlus which will be tripled after matching by the Gates Foundation.
      Congratulations to Gabor Gasztonyi and the committee for making this year's event so successful.
      Rotary Walk to End Polio raises over $9,000 Brian Finley 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

      2018 Rotary Century Ride

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      It's BACK! Join the Rotary Club of New Westminster Royal City on May 27th, for the second annual Rotary Century Ride presented by Caps Bicycles! 100% of the $26.50 entry will be going to support both the eradication of polio as well as build a library for New Westminster's own Purpose Secondary School in an effort to help raise literacy.
       
      Now you may be wondering why such an arbitrary entry fee?? That is the original donation that started Rotary International over 100 YEARS AGO!
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      Attend Conference ... Pick up strawberries

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      Those attending the District 5040 Conference will have a special opportunity to pick up some great strawberries. The Rotary Club of Squamish, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford - Sumas, is holding a Strawberry Sale.
       
      Turns out that Rotary has some great Fraser Valley connections to some of the best locally grown strawberries. There is nothing added - no sugar, no water, no preservatives. Just yummy sliced strawberries  They are washed, hulled and sliced then put into the pails. Ready to be enjoyed right away or frozen for use during the year.  Proceeds will go towards a  global grant to provide fistula clinics in Kenya.
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      Canada provides $100 million to protect girls and boys from polio

      Posted on May 08, 2018
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      The Government of Canada has just signed a generous pledge of CDN $100 million to help eradicate polio in Afghanistan as well as in the two other endemic countries, Nigeria and Pakistan, and to continue to protect many polio-free countries. Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, had announced the pledge at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta last June.

      In addition to previous donations of CDN $ 650 million, this most recent funding consists of CDN $ 30 million to WHO and UNICEF to support programme activities in Afghanistan, and Can$ 70 million of flexible funding that can be used to support vaccination campaigns, rapid outbreak response, poliovirus surveillance and other critical eradication strategies and activities to reach every last child worldwide with a safe vaccine.
      Canada provides $100 million to protect girls and boys from polio Peter Roaf 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0 Canada,funding,polio

      Walk to end polio - join us

      Posted on May 07, 2018
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      Rotarians and friends of Rotary, as the march towards complete erradication of polio continues around the world, please play a part and join the 5th annual Rotary Walk to End Polio in New Westminster on Sunday, May 27th at 9 am.
      Walk to end polio - join us Peter Roaf 2018-05-07 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotaract Update - April

      Posted by Carina Dietze on Apr 28, 2018
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      It is a busy time for the Rotaractors of District 5040. With the upcoming celebration of Rotaract’s 50th Anniversary, and many events and projects, there are a lot of opportunities to get involved!
       
      We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on May 12th, when we will celebrate 50 years of Rotaract at Firefighters Public House in Burnaby. A fun schedule with interesting speakers, a silent auction, music, food, and the chance to get to know each other has been set up. Get your ticket now! 
      Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online until midnight on May 6th at www.rotaract50th.eventbrite.ca  
      Rotaract Update - April Carina Dietze 2018-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

      Have you gotten your ticket for the Rotaract 50th?

      Posted by Johanna Johnson, DRR
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      Time is running out to get your ticket for the hottest event in town. The Rotaract 50th Anniversary Celebration is quickly approaching and you don't want to miss it!
       
      When: Saturday, May 12th, 6pm-10pm
      Where: Burnaby Firefighters Hall (6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5H 3E8)
      Why: Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary!
      Cost: $65
       
      Tickets are only on sale until May 6th at 11:59pm. Get yours now!   
       
      Busy or out of town that day?
      You can still help by contributing a silent auction item. All proceeds from the event will going to the End Polio campaign! Please contact drr@rotaract5040.org if you have an item to donate.
       
      See you at the celebration!
      Johanna
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      Johanna Johnson, DRR
      District 5040, British Columbia - Canada
      Have you gotten your ticket for the Rotaract 50th? Johanna Johnson, DRR 2018-04-26 07:00:00Z 0

      Conference Promotion: Multigenerational Break out session

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Apr 24, 2018
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      Ever wonder what makes an Interactor inspired, a Rotaractor rejoice, a Youth Exchanger engage, or a Rotarian rejuvenate? Then you won’t want to miss this fast-paced, interactive session. Interested Rotarians will take a 9 minute journey to Quest University for a one-hour group exchange comprised of multi-generations from our Rotary family. Carefully selected questions will be asked, designed to help us learn more about each other and what makes us tick in our Rotary world.
       
      Conference Promotion: Multigenerational Break out session Peter Clarke 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

      6 "Sweet" reasons to attend the 2018 District Conference

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Apr 24, 2018
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      1. On Thursday May 31st start your Rotary experience with other Rotarians and attend RLI, or have some Rotary fun and play golf at the Squamish Golf Club, or maybe a guided tour of Britannia Mines or ride the Squamish Gondola to the top of the Chief!
         
      2. Expand your network of dedicated Rotarians and friends; grow your business make connections.
         
      3. Be inspired by the many outstanding speakers lined up for our plenary sessions who have been specifically chosen to appeal to young, old or in between!
         
      4. Show off your Rotary clubs projects at our poster event and project booths.
         
      5. Celebrate the "Rotarian of the year"! Could it be you?
         
      6. Celebrate the "Rotary Club of the Year"! Could it be your club this year?
      "We hope to see all Rotarians at our District Conference May 31st to June 3rd in Squamish at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park"
       
      6 "Sweet" reasons to attend the 2018 District Conference Peter Clarke 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0

      Conference Plenary Speaker:  Nancy Hughes

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Apr 20, 2018
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      We are very pleased to present Nancy Hughes, a 2009 Rotary Service Above Self Award winner (one of only 100 presented worldwide) for StoveTeam International. Nancy's Plenary will be at 2PM on Friday June 1st.

      Prior to her work establishing StoveTeam International, she was a stay at home mom.
       
      In 2003 she met Irma, a young woman whose hands had been burned shut after falling into an open cooking fire. Wanting to help, she transformed a small Rotary club project into an effective international charity that has helped develop local factories to produce life-saving, fuel-efficient cookstoves in the developing world.
      Conference Plenary Speaker: Nancy Hughes Peter Clarke 2018-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

      More children in Laos can attend school thanks to running water

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Apr 19, 2018
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      In remote villages of Laos, considered the most bombed country in history, where a third of the population was killed during the the Laotian Civil War or Secret War (1953–75), lack of access to clean water is both a health problem and a barrier to education for many children. Faced with its 2016 population of 1,133 expected to triple in five years, the village of Ban Xiengda, in the Luang Prabang Province of northern Laos, had one cement block toilet with no running water. A new system to deliver water to the village was needed.
      More children in Laos can attend school thanks to running water Peter Roaf 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0 children,dam,education,health,water

      Webinar - Role of Club Secretary - May 24

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      As club secretary, you help your club run well. Watch its trends to identify what works well and what doesn’t, and share this information with club and district leaders.

      This online session will discuss the main roles and responsibilities of the Club Secretary, key Rotary websites, membership, club administration, finances, club records and changes to Rotary policies and procedures from the 2016 Council on Legislation.
       
      Webinar - Role of Club Secretary - May 24 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Why RLI

      Posted by Dave Hamilton
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      Next sessions – PARTS 1 & 3
      THURSDAY, MAY 31 ~ 10 AM
      Westcoast Railway Heritage Park

      Site of the 2018 District Conference

      The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a three part series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary. Courses are fun, topical, interactive and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and Rotary club and more knowledgeable Rotarians.
       
      Why RLI Dave Hamilton 2018-04-14 07:00:00Z 0

      20 years helping communities around the world

      Posted on Apr 13, 2018
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      The lives of an estimated 11,460,000 women, men and children around the world have been improved in some way over the past 20 years since Rotary World Help started shipping containers of badly needed medical, dental and educational equipment and supplies from the Greater Vancouver area to now over 60 countries.
       
      Rotary World Help, of clubs in Rotary Districts 5040 and 5050, has shipped to date 382 53-foot containers for an estimated replacement value of almost $134 million.
      20 years helping communities around the world Peter Roaf 2018-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

      5 more "Sweet" reasons to attend the 2018 District Conference

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Apr 03, 2018
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      1. Get the inside scoop of the workings of Rotary International from our own Dean Rohrs, Rotary International Vice President.
         
      2. Picnic on a real passenger train Saturday with a boxed lunch.
         
      3. Honour the passing of our Rotary friends at our annual memorial service Sunday morning June 3rd. This is a special event to attend.
         
      4. Shhhh.....there will be a secret special family and friend event on Friday evening. Stay tuned for the special announcement May 5th.
         
      5. Always a highlight is the presentation put on by the "Youth Exchange" students. How much fun can these young men and women have?
      5 more "Sweet" reasons to attend the 2018 District Conference Peter Clarke 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0

      23rd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament

      Posted by Richard Molstad on Mar 30, 2018
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      The Royal City Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Westminster invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on July 17th at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club. Over the past 22 years, this event has raised almost $500,000 for local charities. Over $33,000 was raised from last year’s tournament alone. There are four hole in one prizes valued at $25,000 or more! Go to www.rotarypotofgoldgolf.com to learn more and register.
       
      Registration is only $195 per golfer: includes golf, cart, lunch, buffet dinner, prizes, contests, & photos with BC Lions Felions.
      23rd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament Richard Molstad 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

      After 52 years of war in Colombia, District 5040 supports youth peace workshop

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 30, 2018
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      Since the Government of Colombia and the Marxist led Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reached a peace agreement in 2016, after a war of 52 years that left 200,000 dead and 5 million displaced. The challenge since then has been the building of a lasting, sustainable peace. Rotary District 5040 is taking action to help build that peace by investing $20,000 to become a partner in a $100,000 Positive Peace Workshop for Colombian Youth. Rotary District 5040 clubs will join clubs throughout Colombia to sponsor the Positive Peace Workshop built on pilot workshops previously held in Uganda (2016) and Mexico (2017).
      After 52 years of war in Colombia, District 5040 supports youth peace workshop Peter Roaf 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0 Colombia,peace, conference,peacebuilding, conflict,war,youth

      Interior communities benefit from Rotary's Wildfire Relief Fund

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Mar 20, 2018
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      The fire department in 100 Mile House plans to purchase some needed equipment, such as portable water pumps, through a share of funds which Rotary District 5040 has donated to the Rotary Club there. The District’s Wildfire Relief Fund, launched during the devastating wildfire season last year through the Rotary Club of Squamish Foundation, eventually raised $68,000. The Fund was divided among four clubs in communities hardest hit by the fires. Clubs in our District and individuals donated to the relief fund, but some support came from Ft. McMurray, Alberta and Ontario.
      Interior communities benefit from Rotary's Wildfire Relief Fund Peter Roaf 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0 forest fire,relief fund,wildfire

      Starting out with your club's Facebook and Social Media?

      Posted on Mar 20, 2018
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      "Facebook, social media basics and the buttons you haven't clicked...yet" was the topic of the third of three in a series of Rotary District 5040 Public Image and Public Relations webinars, presented by President Elect of the Rotoract Club of Vancouver Thomas Miller on March 20, 2018. It was the third for the District Training Committee's new GoToWebinar system. Thomas provided some advice for those who are new to Facebook and social media for their clubs, with some content provided by Rotary Club of Burnaby President Elect Sammy Li.
      Starting out with your club's Facebook and Social Media? Peter Roaf 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0 Facebook,Social Media,communications

      Starting out with your club's website?

      Posted on Mar 06, 2018
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      "You've been named Club Web Master? Now what? " was the topic of the second in a series of Rotary District 5040 Public Image and Public Relations webinars, presented by District Webmaster Murray Wood on March 6, 2018. It was the second for the District Training Committee's new GoToWebinar system. Murray provided some advice for those who are new to websites for communications.
      Starting out with your club's website? Peter Roaf 2018-03-06 08:00:00Z 0 club communications,website

      Speaker Announcement: "Rotary of the Future" plenary with Mitty Chang

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Mar 02, 2018
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      We are excited to have Mitty Chang bring his youthful enthusiasm to your District Conference.
       
      • Mitty has spoken at three international conferences and several district conferences on topics such as Rotary's future survival, Managing Change and attracting young people to Rotary - every one in the Rotary family needs to hear him!
      • He is a must see if you are connecting with up and coming Rotarians.
      • He is Chair-Elect of Rotary International's Rotaract-Interact Committee.
      Speaker Announcement: "Rotary of the Future" plenary with Mitty Chang Peter Clarke 2018-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
      District webinars launch with communications planning Peter Roaf 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0 PI,PR,Public Image, Public Relations,communications,planning,strategy

      Breaking News This just in!

      Posted by Peter Clarke on Feb 28, 2018
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      Rotary Family BBQ everyone invited.
      2018 District Conference
      West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish BC (or Quest...)
               
      When: Friday, June 1st, 6PM
      Fee: $40/person   $20 children 12 and under free
      Please register and pay online for guests. Note BBQ is included for all conference registrants
       
      Please ask your friends, family (including children and grandchildren, cousins, uncles and aunts) to this family Barbeque event. Everyone is welcome. This promises to be a highlight of the conference.
      Breaking News This just in! Peter Clarke 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
      Help find 2019 Rotary Peace Fellows, webinar Mar 6, 8 am Peter Roaf 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0 fellowship,peace, scholar

      PETS is Powerful!

      Posted by Murray Wood on Feb 26, 2018
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      Feb 22-25  was the 2018 edition of the Pacific NW President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  This is the event where we work with our Presidents Elect to make their Rotary Year 2018/19 the best.
      PETS is Powerful! Murray Wood 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
      Need another reason to register and participate in the 2018 Rotary District Conference in Squamish BC? Peter Clarke 2018-02-19 08:00:00Z 0
      Philippines to benefit from container of medical, dental equipment Peter Roaf 2018-02-17 08:00:00Z 0 Philippines,container,dental,medical,shipping

      Polio Eradication - an Update

      Posted by Brian Finley on Feb 02, 2018
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      2017 saw significant progress in our campaign to eradicate polio from the world forever. We saw the fewest cases in history caused by the wild polio virus, Only 22 cases were confirmed worldwide in only two countries - Pakistan with 8, and Afghanistan with 14. 2018 will be a critical year for the polio eradication programme, and we will be strengthening efforts to reach all the vulnerable children and to find the places that the polio virus still lurks in the environment.
      Polio Eradication remains Rotary's number one humanitarian priority, You can read the latest Polio Newsletter HERE.
      Polio Eradication - an Update Brian Finley 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

      2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration

      Posted by Hank Sartin Photos by Monika Lozinska on Feb 01, 2018
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      Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large. Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
      2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration Hank Sartin Photos by Monika Lozinska 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotaract Update - January

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      The Rotaractors of District 5040 headed into 2018 with a busy schedule, and exciting news on many levels! We are proud to announce, that the redesigned Rotaract5040.org website has gone live! There are a few more updates in the works, specifically regarding PACE and its application process. Information about the RYLA sponsorship for Rotaractors and past-RYLArians has been distributed. We are very excited for the opportunity! Continuing reading to read Club updates and exiting events you do not want to miss.
      Rotaract Update - January 2018-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

      Club communication strategy for results

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Jan 30, 2018
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      Positive reputation is essential for retaining members, recruiting new ones and attracting sponsors. Measurable, results-oriented communication is at the core of effective leadership. Learn more about it, for yourself and for your club. In response to needs identified by club leaders and by District members, Rotary District 5040 presents three Public Image/Public Relations webinars to provide support to all club members as well as board and committee volunteers in leading their clubs to a high level of trust and reputation among our members and within our communities. Watch for the event announcements coming soon.
      Club communication strategy for results Peter Roaf 2018-01-30 08:00:00Z 0 communication,learning,media,public image,public relations,training
      Rotarians you have the Power to Give Life in Honour of Bob Jones 2018-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

      Dare to Dream: How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication

      Posted by Brian Finley on Jan 25, 2018
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      Have you ever wondered how Rotary became involved with polio eradication in the first place? This high-quality, full-length documentary film tells the story of how a small group of visionary Rotary leaders dared to set a breathtaking goal of eradicating polio for all of the children of the world. In doing so, they laid the groundwork for the single most successful public health coalition in history.
      Dare to Dream: How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication Brian Finley 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0

      Celebrate Chinese New Year - Feb 7th

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      Join the Rotary Club of Richmond to celebrate a year of good health, good fortune and happiness! 2018 is the Year of Dog. Lion Dance: Vancouver City Police Department Lion Dance Team will be performing!!! Program: Chinese Banquet, Entertainment, Silent Auction, Photo Booth, Chinese Calligraphy, Lucky Draw, Games, Raffle and Prizes. Tickets: $98 ($108 after Dec 31, 2017) / $980 per table of 10 ($1,080 after Dec 31, 2017) $40 tax receipt available upon request.
      Celebrate Chinese New Year - Feb 7th 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
      Merry Christmas from your 2018 District Conference Committee Peter Clarke 2017-12-23 08:00:00Z 0

      Rotary service to our communities and the world gains from Foundation dinner

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Dec 01, 2017
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      Once again, in this spectacular year of 2017, Rotary District 5040 has shown its outstanding generosity to The Rotary Foundation so gifts to our communities here in BC or somewhere in the world can continue. With the global generosity of Rotary members, through The Rotary Foundation, peacebuilding is reducing conflict, diseases are being fought, clean water and sanitation is being provided, mothers and children are receiving care, education is being delivered, and women are being supported in business.  The latest contribution was more than $30,000 US raised through the November 18 annual District 5040 Foundation dinner. Pictured here are President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, Phil Webber, and Foundation Dinner Chair, Min Kuang.
      Rotary service to our communities and the world gains from Foundation dinner Peter Roaf 2017-12-01 08:00:00Z 0 dinner,foundation,fund-raise

      How peace and sustainability are linked: Presidential Peacebuilding Conference Feb 2018 

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Nov 29, 2017
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      Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. Often conflict starts and continues over long periods in competition for dwindling resources and as environmental changes force people to migrate. The 1.2 million members of Rotary International, in 35,000 clubs around the world, refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. On February 10, 2018, in Vancouver, BC, Rotary is holding the first of its six presidential peacebuilding conferences around the world on the theme of environmental sustainability and peace..
      How peace and sustainability are linked: Presidential Peacebuilding Conference Feb 2018 Peter Roaf 2017-11-29 08:00:00Z 0 environment,peace,peacebuilding,sustainability

      Rotaract December Update

      Posted on Nov 28, 2017
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      On November 19th, we held a successful Rotaract District 5040 Training Day at the Burnaby Neighborhood House. 40 Rotaractors and Rotarians gathered for a day of learning, sharing, and fun! Our day included inspiring speeches from District Rotaract Chair (DRC) Joan Posivy and DG Don Evans; a team-building challenge making stools out of only newspaper and masking tape; an "Ask a Rotarian" panel; breakout sessions on projects, membership, marketing & PR, and club positions; and also a presentation on all the opportunities available via Rotaract and Rotary!
      Rotaract December Update 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

      District Conference Update - December

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      "Peace" is the theme of the 2018 District Conference.
       
      Peace may be the most important topic of our time.
       
      Come to the 2018 Rotary District Conference where we will be "Peacing it Together" with speakers like Eduardo da Costa, who is a Rotary Peace Scholar and Global Peace Index Ambassador.
       
      District Conference Update - December Peter Clarke 2017-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

      Congratulations RLI Grads

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      We have our first graduating class from Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in some time. Thirteen Rotarians finished Part 3 on November 25 and received their final Certificate.
       
      There was also a full class of 19 for Part 1 who can't wait for March 3 so they can take Part 2, followed by Part 3 on April 7.  Look for registration information to be posted shortly. 
      Congratulations RLI Grads 2017-11-27 08:00:00Z 0

      Dave Hamilton selected as District 5040 Governor Designate

      Posted by Don Evans on Nov 06, 2017
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      The District 5040 Nominating Committee, led by Past District Governor Lyn Stroshin, has selected Dave Hamilton of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen as the next District 5040 Governor Designate. Dave was selected from a slate of several outstanding candidates to lead our District forward in the 2020 – 2021 Rotary year.
       
      It's now official! Dave Hamilton is the District 5040 Governor Designate.  Please join me in congratulating Dave, and in thanking all those who let their name stand for this position.
      Dave Hamilton selected as District 5040 Governor Designate Don Evans 2017-11-06 08:00:00Z 0

      Priority #1 Plus – Membership Workshop

       

      Engage in membership!

      Following the membership workshop held Dec 9th, 2017 many of you who attended asked for a copy of the presentation.  And for those of you that did not attend we have posted the presentation and the workbook.  We got a lot of positive feedback regarding the “take aways” the attendees received.  Membership is Rotary International’s #1 internal priority. .
       
      District 5040 is one of 20 Districts that have been chosen for a membership questionnaire.  A short questionnaire sent to all of your district’s club presidents and club membership chairs will allow them to self-report whether they need help, and if so, what they need help with. Their responses will produce a downloadable report for their club with strategies, tools, and ideas to address their indicated needs. 
       
       
      Priority #1 Plus – Membership Workshop 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      RLI a Success

      Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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      An enthusiastic and engaged group of Rotarians completed Part 2 of the Rotary Leadership Institute. DG Don Evans welcomed the class and thanked them for what they are doing for Rotary and their community.
      RLI a Success 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotaract November Update

      Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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      Our Rotaract clubs are always happy to assist Rotary clubs with their projects. In October, the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club helped the Rotary Club of Vancouver with the Oktoberfest fundraiser for youth programs. The Yaletown Rotaract Club participated in the Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown's Bowling for Kenya fundraiser supporting their Water Harvesting Project. The Prince George Rotaract Club assisted the Rotary Club of Prince George - Downtown with their Big Blue Ball event that supports men's health and local prostate cancer programs.
      Rotaract November Update 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Welcome new AKS members

      Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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      Thank you to the newest members of the Arch Klumph Society.
       
      Congratulations and thank you Vasi and Bala Naidoo who are the newest District 5040 members of the Arch Klumph Society. Your generosity and commitment to Rotary is outstanding
      Welcome new AKS members 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      D5040 Conference November Update

      Posted on Oct 30, 2017
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      Dear Rotarians,
      Can you guess who this District 5040 Rotarian is by her impressive resume?
      If not you had better register for the 2018 Rotary District Conference and come and hear her speak lunchtime Friday June 1st.
      D5040 Conference November Update 2017-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Literacy leaps forward with mini-libraries throughout Tsawwassen

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      Little Free Library, a community free book exchange system of mini-libraries at four locations, is an Education and Literacy project of Rotary in Delta’s community of Tsawwassen developed with students at South Delta Secondary School. This take-a-book-leave-a-book system to and from the book shelters is aimed at enhancing literacy and learning in Delta for not just students, but all residents.
      Literacy leaps forward with mini-libraries throughout Tsawwassen Peter Roaf 2017-10-28 07:00:00Z 0 Tsawwassen,book,education,library,literacy,school

      Tasting the Philippines with singing and dancing

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 16, 2017
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      To raise funds for the 49th and newest club in Rotary District 5040, the largely Filipino Rotary Club of Vancouver Mountainview, for Rotary's global campaign to End Polio Now and for the Rotary Club of Ladner's campaign with other clubs to fund a $45,000 water delivery project over 6.5 kms in the remote village of Ban Xiengdu in Northern Laos, 120 Rotarians, family and friends participated in "A Taste of the Philippines" dinner on October 14, 2017 in Richmond, BC.
      Tasting the Philippines with singing and dancing Peter Roaf 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0 Adopt A Village,Mountainview,Philippine,polio,water

      Outdoor fitness circuit opens in Burnaby

      Posted by Peter Roaf on Oct 09, 2017
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      With the success of the outdoor fitness circuit at one of its parks, the City of Burnaby, BC had planned long term to install a similar circuit at the popular Fraser River Foreshore Park. Along came Burnaby Rotarians – people in action – to help make it happen for the estimated 63,000 residents who use the park at least once a month.
      Outdoor fitness circuit opens in Burnaby Peter Roaf 2017-10-09 07:00:00Z 0 Burnaby,circuit,community,fitness,outdoor,park

      Rotaract October Update

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      On Labour Day, tears of joy flowed long and heavy as we said goodbye to our 6 International Rotaractors who came to visit at the end of August to experience the beauty and people of British Columbia for PACE. During their visit, they experienced everything from skating (who knew Fijians were so good on ice!), to biking, hiking, museum tours, historical walks, dragon boating, kayaking, and of course, poutine!
      Rotaract October Update 2017-10-06 07:00:00Z 0

      District Foundation Dinner Nov.18

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      We would love your participation and presence in joining District Governor Don Evans at our very special District Foundation dinner celebrating the start of The Rotary Foundation 's Second Century! 
       
      Date: November 18, 2017
      Locations: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC  V6C 1B6 
      Tickets: $100 + tax (includes 3 course dinner & wine, dessert, prize and live show)
      District Foundation Dinner Nov.18 2017-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

      RLI big hit in District 5040

      Posted on Sep 24, 2017
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       Twenty-one Rotarians, representing 10 Rotary clubs completed Part 1 of the Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Richmond.
       
       
      RLI big hit in District 5040 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

      Shine for Shelterbox

      Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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      JOIN US IN BRIGHTENING LIVES THIS WINTER - Join communities all over the country this fall and winter and get together to brighten lives by attending a fundraising dinner. Come and help us celebrate ShelterBox Heroes, recognize Donors and launch two exciting new programs : Shine For ShelterBox and ShelterBox Gift Campaign
       
      DATE: Sat, 4 November 2017 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
      LOCATION Hollyburn Country Club 950 Cross Creek Road West Vancouver, BC V7S 2S5
      Click here to book your tickets
      Shine for Shelterbox 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

      2020 - 21 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open!

      Posted on Sep 09, 2017
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      It is that time of year where we are searching out enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians to apply for the position of District Governor (DG) for the year 2020-21.  Have a look around your club for someone who might be interested and qualified to serve as District Governor.  Perhaps you are the one! The role of DG is demanding but the rewards are incredibly unique and fulfilling. More information about the role may be found on this job description.
      2020 - 21 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open! 2017-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      2021 - 22 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open!

      Posted on Sep 09, 2017
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      It is that time of year where we are searching out enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians to apply for the position of District Governor (DG). This time for the year 2021-22. Have a look around your club for someone who might be interested and qualified to serve as District Governor.  Perhaps you are the one! The role of DG is demanding but the rewards are incredibly unique and fulfilling. More information about the role may be found on this role description.
      2021 - 22 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open! 2017-09-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Barry Rassin selected as 2018 - 2019 Rotary International President

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      District 5040 is proud to relay the announcement that Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
      Barry Rassin selected as 2018 - 2019 Rotary International President 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

      Don't Miss this Amazing Event

      Posted on Sep 02, 2017
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      My Dream - "Love to Vancouver" Charity Show

      A unique dance and musical show performed by
      the amazing China Disabled People's Performing Arts Troupe.
      Sponsored by The Rotary Clubs of Richmond and Richmond Sunset.
      Saturday, Oct. 7th, 8pm, River Rock Show Theatre, Richmond BC.
      Partial Proceeds go to END POLIO NOW.
      For more Information & Tickets click HERE.
      Don't Miss this Amazing Event Brian Finley 2017-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

      RI President Ian Risley comments on Membership

      Posted on Aug 14, 2017
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      Dear fellow Rotarians,

      I joined Rotary in 1978, when I was relatively young and had just started my accounting practice. My reason for doing so was because I thought that it would be good for my business to be associated with the movers and shakers of my community. But it didn’t take long for Juliet and me to realize that Rotary offered us so much more. Yes, Rotary provided us with ways to make friends and help build a business. But it also became the best way I know of to make a difference in our communities, both local and globally.

      RI President Ian Risley comments on Membership 2017-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Wanna learn more about Rotary?

      Posted on Aug 11, 2017
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      Want to find out more about Rotary and hone your leadership skills at the same time?  If your answer is yes we have the courses for you.  Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).
       
      We have scheduled Part I, II and III sessions for this spring.
      Wanna learn more about Rotary? 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
      Buy Furniture ... Support the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery fund 2017-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

      College Heights Interact Club raises nearly $3000 for BC Wildfire relief

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      At the Yellowhead Rotary meeting on July 27, 2017 two representatives (Shamitha Aravind and Sarah Ash) of the College Heights Interact Club presented their their BC wildfire relief fund raising initiative which raised close to $3000 over 3 days. This is a great example of "Rotary Youth in Action". They presented a letter detailing their efforts to  both the Prince George Yellowhead Rotary Club President Dave Wilbur, which is included, keep reading.
      College Heights Interact Club raises nearly $3000 for BC Wildfire relief 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
      Rotary remembers Sam Owori for his ‘quiet confidence,’ integrity, and friendship Ryan Hyland and Abby Breitstein 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

      David Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Rotary Presidential conference

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      David Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Rotary Presidential conference in Vancouver February 9 – 11, 2018. He is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way. Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. His eight-part BBC/PBS series, The Secret of Life, was praised internationally, as was his five part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel.
      David Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Rotary Presidential conference 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

      Announcing Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund

      Posted on Jul 20, 2017
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      To the many of you who have been wanting to offer help for the victims of the wildfires currently burning in the Cariboo region of the British Columbia, thank you for your care and concern. District 5040 is pleased to let you know that the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund is now open and collecting funds that will be made available to Rotary clubs in the affected areas. Contributions to the fund are now being accepted. Once the situation with the fires has ended, a team will work with the clubs to allocate funds to the Rotary clubs in the affected areas to assist with recovery and rebuild projects in their communities. Continue reading for full details.
      Announcing Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund 2017-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary 5040 and the British Columbia Wildfires

      Posted on Jul 12, 2017
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      To the many of you who have been wanting to offer help for the victims of the wildfires currently burning in the Cariboo region of the Province, thank you for your care and concern. It is our intent to have a District wide coordinated response available to Rotarians throughout BC and Alberta.
      Rotary 5040 and the British Columbia Wildfires 2017-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
      Presidential Conference Speakers Announced 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0 peace conference,presidential conference,rotary environment

      Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference - Vancouver BC

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      Rotary International President Ian Riseley invites you to the Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace,  Vancouver, BC,  Friday to Sunday February 9 – 11, 2018. Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace—one of six international peacebuilding conferences planned for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  President Ian Riseley has made environmental sustainability a major focus for his year and we are honored that he has chosen Vancouver to hold the first Presidential Conference on this key area.
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      Donald J. Evans - Rotarian and District 5040 Governor

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      Don Evans has been active in Rotary for more than 31 years. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (2002-2003) and has held many different positions with his club. He has been active with District 5040 in Strategic Planning, as a member of the District Foundation Committee and as a PETS Trainer. He was named Rotarian of the Year for  5040 in 2014 and is currently Governor for 2017-18. Don is a Paul Harris Society Member and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Both Don and Deb are also Bequest Society members.
       
      Donald J. Evans - Rotarian and District 5040 Governor 2017-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

      Obituary PDG Irwin Stewart

      Posted on Jun 30, 2017
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      It is with regret that we announce the death of PDG Irwin Stewart on Monday, June 5, 2017.
       
      Please join the Stewart family as we pay tribute and celebrate his life. 
      Time:               Saturday July 8, 2017 at 11:00am followed by a lunch reception
      Place:              Queens Avenue United Church, 529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster
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      Welcome Vancouver Mountainview

      Posted on Jun 24, 2017
      District 5040 welcomes our newest club: Vancouver Mountainview!
       
      Vancouver Mountainview meets on Thursdays at 6:15 PM at the Multicultural Helping House Society at 4802 Fraser Street.  They currently have 26 members.   Plans are being made for a Charter Dinner sometime in September and they are waiting for confirmation on a final date.
       
      To all of the members of Vancouver Mountainview Welcome aboard .
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      2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced

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      President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
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      Clubs' communities the original purpose of The Rotary Foundation
      Clubs'

      Posted by Peter Roaf
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      When Arch Klumpf founded The Rotary Foundation 100 years ago and the first contribution of was $26.50 was made, the purpose of the Foundation then, and over many years to follow, was development of our local communities. Although we think on the grand, global scale about our Foundation, with pride that it is among the top rated in the world, development of our own communities still remains a primary focus.
      Clubs' communities the original purpose of The Rotary FoundationClubs' Peter Roaf 2017-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

      Help Wanted: Your chance to participate at the District level

      Posted on Jun 14, 2017
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      Are you interested in participating at the District level.? Then we need you!!! We have a couple of open positions at the District level and we could really use your help!
      The positions are for a 3 three year term. Why? In one word continuity. It helps us with our succession planning. A District 5040 strength.
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      Canada Pledges $100 million to Polio Eradication 

      Posted by Brian Finley on Jun 14, 2017
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      At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, global leaders and key donors affirmed their commitment to ending polio by pledging $1.2 billion over 3 years in new money for the fight.
      The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, onstage with Bill Gates and other leaders, announced Canada is pledging C$100 million (US$75 million) towards polio eradication..
      Canada Pledges $100 million to Polio Eradication Brian Finley 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

      Toronto Bound?

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      Act now!
      Rotary International Convention - Toronto
      June 23-27 2018

      There are only 2 days left for the special early registration rate of $295 US. This is a very limited time offer which is only good until Wednesday June 14th. Use this link to access the registration page

      More information about the conference may be found on the conference web site.

      You can also register a hotel from the same link. Given how quickly hotels book up for RI conventions you may want to consider booking now. Who knows you might find a great deal. Please let us know if you find one.

      Please share this information  – especially the early bird registration which is only good until this Wednesday, June 14.

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      Delta Rotary Youth Awards recognize young leaders

      Posted on Jun 05, 2017
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      Thirty-four young people who have helped without seeking personal reward or accolades throughout the Delta, BC community, who have demonstrated compassion and empathy for others, acted on a global level, and shown inner strength in overcoming adversity and setting an example for others were recognized at the at the ninth annual Delta Rotary Youth Awards on June 2, 2017. Past District Governor Penny Offer presented some of the awards on behalf of the Rotary Club of Ladner.
      photos by PDG Chris Offer
      Delta Rotary Youth Awards recognize young leaders Peter Roaf 2017-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
      Obituary PDG Mel Spowart 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Walk to END POLIO 2017 

      Posted by Brian Finley on May 29, 2017
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      On May 28th 2017, Rotarians, Rotaractors, & Interactors gathered on the New Westminster Quay to walk 5K to raise funds and awareness for Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio from the world forever. 
      Rotary Walk to END POLIO 2017 Brian Finley 2017-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Squamish & Lil’wat Nations lunch

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      The attractive, new Squamish & Lil’wat Nations Community Centre, with a vista view of the mountains, was the venue for the Friday lunch. For the Hunter and Trappers BBQ, under cover outdoors, west coast cedar plank salmon with maple glaze, BBQ rubbed chicken and buffalo smokies were served, with wild mushroom and barley pilaf, fresh baked bannock and much more.
      Squamish & Lil’wat Nations lunch Peter Roaf 2017-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
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      District 5040 Exchange Students from four continents Peter Roaf 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

      Rotary Polio Walk 2017

      Posted by Brian Finley
       
       
      Join the 2017 Polio Walk to raise funds to END POLIO NOW.
      Here's how:-
           1. Signing Up as a Team or Individual to help raise funds
           2. Make a Donation
           3. Show your support by coming out to the Walk.
       
      Sunday, May 28 |  9 am to 12 noon  |  River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
      Information and sign-up HERE..
       
      Rotary Polio Walk 2017 Brian Finley 2017-05-18 07:00:00Z 0

      Young Professionals Summit - May 13th

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      On May 13th, the first District 5040 Young Professionals Summit was held at the SFU Harbourside campus.  The event was an excellent opportunity for Young Professionals to meet, work together and develop relationships with others who will make a difference.

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      Young Professionals Summit - May 13th Bala Naidoo 2017-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Generations Served Humanity -- District Conference 2017 highlights

      Posted by Peter Roaf on May 11, 2017
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      Rotary District 5040's Conference held May 4 to 7, 2017 certainly lived up to its theme, “Generations Serving Humanity,” as 300 people of all ages came together in Whistler, BC. The young and not-that-old learned from each other, cried and laughed as we reflected on Rotary’s tremendous contribution to our communities and our world in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. Below are some inspirational, thought-provoking highlights of the conference.
       
      Generations Served Humanity -- District Conference 2017 highlights Peter Roaf 2017-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

      Health of mothers and children – the focus of Rotary around the world in April

      Posted by Peter Roaf
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      An estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation — all of which can be prevented. Women in the 20th century have achieved significant progress in the economically progressive areas of the world, but women and girls in non-developed countries have a much more difficult life and must accept their inferior social status and tend to fall into traditional roles. In April, Rotary worldwide has recognized this all so important bond of maternal and child health as one of our six areas of focus.
      Health of mothers and children – the focus of Rotary around the world in April Peter Roaf 2017-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
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      DG Lyn and Alex Stroshin inducted to Arch Klumph Society

      Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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      As Rotary celebrates the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, congratulations go to District 5040 Governor Lyn Stroshin and Alex Stroshin for their induction into The Rotary Foundation's Arch Klumph Society on April 12, 2017 at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, IL. RI President John Germ (left)  and Trustee Chair & Past RI President Kalyan Banerjee (right) presented the prestigious recognition.
      DG Lyn and Alex Stroshin inducted to Arch Klumph Society Peter Roaf 2017-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
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      The Water is Flowing at the Hosanna Children's Home 

      Posted by Brian Finley
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      This Global Grant project brings water security to the Hosanna Children’s Home for the Destitute in rural Kenya..
      It is an International project by the Rotary Club of Squamish, the Rotary Club of Nairobi Industrial Area, and the Rotary Foundation.
      The Water is Flowing at the Hosanna Children's Home Brian Finley 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
      Personal care for those in need Peter Roaf 2017-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
      Uganda villagers supported through conference swag bags -- become a sponsor Peter Roaf 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
      Give your used specs and books at conference Peter Roaf 2017-03-20 07:00:00Z 0

      You or your club can sponsor to make the conference possible

      Hunter Amenities is the latest sponsor of this year's conference. , The company is donating toiletries for our blessing bags (2,000 each shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, soap) in support of needy people and donating items to the registration bags. Check out other conference sponsors including our clubs. Become a personal sponsor.
      You or your club can sponsor to make the conference possible Peter Roaf 2017-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
      Nurse and Rotary Peace Fellow to share local and international service to humanity 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
      Youth Conference May 5 - 7 to experience more of Rotary 2017-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
      100 acts to celebrate 100 years Peter Roaf 2017-03-05 00:00:00Z 0

      District Spring Training

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      Spring Learning and Development sessions are coming to your area. Read more to find dates and locations in your area for the Rotary - Year Ahead and Grant Managements seminars.
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      March, Water & Sanitation month: District Global Grant Projects Peter Roaf 2017-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
      Williams Lake Daybreak and Vancouver clubs happenings 2017-02-28 00:00:00Z 0

      Your District Conference Unmasked

      Posted on Feb 23, 2017
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      Whistler becomes "The Big Easy” for our May 4-7 District 5040 Conference at the Saturday evening Mardi Gras gala. Unmasking for Mardi Gras, the conference committee takes a moment from its work together to give you an idea of what to expect throughout the conference. Read more to watch the video.
      Your District Conference Unmasked Peter Roaf 2017-02-24 00:00:00Z 0

      Learn from fellow Rotarians in hands on workshops, Thursday, May 4

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      Learn from fellow Rotarians in hands on workshops, Thursday, May 4
      Start your conference early with interactive workshops full of ideas and strategies to enhance the Rotary experience on Thursday May 4th in Whistler at the “Ski Cabin” at 2028 Rob Boyd Way.
      Membership Mysteries: work together on the challenge of lack of club membership growth, solve the puzzle and leave with ideas and tools to engage and attract members.
      Reputation and Club Communications: explore with others the essence and value of a strong brand and what clubs are doing to build the Rotary brand through Public Relations strategies and tools.
      Rotary Uncovered - What Have I Joined?: join other Rotarians to learn what it takes to make Rotary relevant in today’s world and how you can contribute through service to your club and the world beyond.
      Corralling ClubRunner: explore ClubRunner’s administrative facilities to make them work for your club, such as membership information, reports, mail service, club invoices, club directory, documents. Bulletins, RI website integration and attendance reporting.
      Learn from fellow Rotarians in hands on workshops, Thursday, May 4 Peter Roaf 2017-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

      Conference speakers update

      Find out more about the speakers and facilitators confirmed for our Rotary District 5040 Conference May 4 to 7, 2017 for keynote presentations and breakout session facilitators has been posted on the conference website. An impressive line up and more to come.
      Conference speakers update Peter Roaf 2017-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

      New Book at Conference 2017

      Posted on Feb 14, 2017
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      District Conference 2017 keynote speaker David Forward will release a new book on the Rotary Peace Centers at the RI Convention in Atlanta. District 5040 Rotarians attending the district conference in Whistler will have an opportunity for an early peek at this new book. David Forward is the author of books on the history of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation. He is an entertaining and engaging speaker. He is without question the most knowledgeable person on Rotary’s history. Don’t miss his presentation. Read more about David and the conference at www.celebraterotary.ca/speakers2.html

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      A Young Woman’s Journey with Rotary

      Posted on Feb 13, 2017
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      Sylvia Barton is our District’s first participant in the New Generations Exchange Program and this is the story of the journey she has embarked on with Rotary. Sylvie as she is known by those close to her, is a 3rd year student at SFU majoring in criminology with a minor in First Nations Studies. It has been edited in length but is her story.
       
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      Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month in February

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      Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.
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      Reputation and Relationships

      Posted on Feb 02, 2017

      When a Rotary club has a positive Public Image, brand or reputation, current members are motivated to participate in service above self, prospective members are eager to join and sponsors are willing to support service. 

      Reputation and Relationships Peter Roaf 2017-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
      Draft Conference Program and Speakers announced 2017-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

      Pre Conference Workshops

      Posted by Penny Offer
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      District Governor Lyn invites Rotarians to register for workshops planned for Thursday May 4th in Whistler in the Ski Cabin at 2028 Rob Boyd Way. The workshops are designed to expand your Rotary knowledge and build your commitment to Rotary and your club. They will be interactive and full of ideas and strategies to enhance your Rotary experience. What a great way to start this years District Conference in Whistler!
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      Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak joins Starfish Program

      Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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      The Starfish Pack Backpack Program was created in response to teachers hearing the cry of their students.  Teachers were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting that they had not eaten over the weekend.  
       
      Rotary makes a difference! Last fall representatives from the Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak club met with the principal of Chilcotin Road Elementary today to present the Starfish Pack program to his school..  An agreement was made and the program started as soon as parental agreements could be arranged.
       
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      Deb and Don graduate from "Governor School"

      Posted on Jan 26, 2017
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      Congratulations to DGE Don and Deb Evans who completed their Governor training with more than 500 Governors Elect from around the world in San Diego this past week. Photo with RI President Elect Ian and Juliet Riseley.

      DGE Don and Deb are being congratulated by RI President Elect Ian and Juliet Riseley.

      The group is standing in front of a banner with the 2017/18 Rotary theme: Rotary Making a Difference.