Japan Fair -- Rotary participation

Posted on Apr 17, 2024
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The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival March 29 to April 25, 2024 is an annual event that celebrates the cherry blossom season. Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 13 & 14, which is part of the Festival, showcased Japanese food and cultural activities from Japanese food, sake, performances such as the Japanese tea ceremony, taiko drumming, theatre and games. Representatives of Rotary District 5040 participated in the Sakura Days Japan Fair over the two days.
Japan Fair -- Rotary participation Peter Roaf 2024-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

A Legacy that will transform in our District: Dave Hamilton Service Above Self Bursary

Posted on Apr 15, 2024
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The new Dave Hamilton Service Above Self Bursary will make it possible for students to reach for the stars and pursue their dreams after high school. This $1,000 bursary will be available to any high school graduate who is part of the Rotary family in one of our communities served by the 48 Rotary clubs of District 5040, from Greater Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert. This Bursary was established by Dave Hamilton, who passed away during his term as District 5040 Governor in 2020-21, and made possible by donations from Dave's home club in Tsawwassen and many Rotarians throughout the District and administered by Tanya Hall of the Sunshine Coast - Sechelt club, with District Governor Shirley-Pat Gale. Applications for the first year of this Bursary are due by May 15, 2024.
A Legacy that will transform in our District: Dave Hamilton Service Above Self Bursary Peter Roaf 2024-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace in Spring by District Governor Shirley-Pat

Posted on Apr 15, 2024
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Happy Spring!!! As the sun begins to shine and the flowers bloom I hope this message finds all you members well throughout our District.
 
Congratulations to all the 2023-2024 Presidents for your leadership and inspiration you have provided your clubs. The service and fellowship this has fostered has been such a joy to witness. At this point in our Rotary year  - 99 percent of club visits are done BUT I would love to come and attend any spring events, service activities, or even membership or fellowship opportunities as my schedule allows. We have less than three months left in our term together - please please reach out if there is anything I or the D5040 Team can do to support and strengthen your club!!
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace in Spring by District Governor Shirley-Pat Peter Roaf 2024-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Clubs' achievements and activities in our District for February & March Peter Roaf 2024-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

30th First Nation learning centre now possible with funds raised at youth exchange conference

Posted on Apr 07, 2024
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The Write to Read Project BC is an equal partnership between participating Indigenous communities, Rotarians, and volunteers with a range of diverse skills represented on the Write to Read Team. W2R-BC is a literacy equity project started by two friends, former BC Lieutenant Governor Hon. Steven Point and Past District 5040 Governor Bob Blacker, It works with rural and remote Frist Nations communities across British Columbia to build library learning centres.

W2R-BC partnerships bring together people who have an interest in participating in increasing literacy through equitable access to literacy materials for rural, isolated or under-served Indigenous communities. The collaboration creates relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities through shared power, and builds on a foundation of honesty, trust, and equitable respect in the larger pursuit of social justice and reconciliation through truth-telling and action.
30th First Nation learning centre now possible with funds raised at youth exchange conference Peter Roaf 2024-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary - What is Your Story? A video all clubs can use

Posted on Mar 14, 2024
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What drives you? What is your passion? What do you bring to the world? video (2:34) -- courtesy of Rotary Club of Silverdale, WA. Any Rotary club can use this video for its website and any communications using the link of embed code.
 
 
Rotary - What is Your Story? A video all clubs can use Peter Roaf 2024-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Sail shades outdoor learning in Pemberton

Posted on Mar 13, 2024
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For the 250 students at Pemberton Secondary School, who participate in outdoor learning, sails to provide shade for those learning spaces have come as welcome relief in hot weather common in spring and early summer.
 
The school’s Parent Advisory Committee led the $12,694 project. It had the shade sails – to withstand wind and weather year-round – installed in 2021 over the outdoor classroom/gathering space which the School District had constructed in 2020. In the midst of COVID this project to support outdoor learning became a priority.
 
Rotary supported 30% of the project, including $2,500 from the Rotary Club of Pemberton and $1,250 from a Rotary District Grant. A gaming grant and community sponsorship provided another 30%.
 
Sail shades outdoor learning in Pemberton Peter Roaf 2024-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Social change through youth sports in wartorn South Sudan aim of Peace Scholar recommended by local clubs and District

Posted on Mar 10, 2024
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Jackson Wenesayo, of Yambio, South Sudan and now a Rotary Peace Fellow, in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation studies at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda, has expressed his gratitude to District 5040 for reviewing and endorsing his 2024 Rotary Peace Fellowship application.  His appreciation was sent to the Rotary committee representing the three Prince George Rotary Clubs, Prince George Rotaract Club and Quesnel Rotary Club for their recommendation and then to the required District review panel who endorsed his application to compete at the final world level review where he was approved as a successful recipient. -- photo: Jackson Wenesayo, with Makerere University Vice Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe
Social change through youth sports in wartorn South Sudan aim of Peace Scholar recommended by local clubs and District Peter Roaf 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Boys impacted by tough life in some Vancouver communities benefit from new program

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Of the youth and their families living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Strathcona and Grandview-Woodlands communities 95% are refugees or recent immigrants, Indigenous and racial minority families. With average household income in at least two of these communities estimated to be in the $20,000s, many live in low-income housing. Boys often come from single-parent household incomes that fall below the poverty line. These communities experience the highest crime and violent crime statistics outside of the Downtown Core district. 
 
For instance, in December 2020 a 19-year-old living in one of the three communities, who had “aged out” of the ‘after school’ and basketball programs, died from violent conflict and criminal activity. Just four months later a 15-year old died for the same reason. Other young people in the area have been involved in, or impacted by, these kinds of events. Criminology experts, police officials and political leaders all agree that the flow of young people into the gang lifestyle must stop.
 
To address this serious concern, the Rotary Club of Vancouver Sunrise has led the establishment of a $70,745 [or $58,500?] youth leadership, life skills and mentorship program with support of a $5,000 contribution from Rotary Club of Vancouver and a Rotary District 5040 Grant of $8,000 from The Rotary Foundation.
Boys impacted by tough life in some Vancouver communities benefit from new program Peter Roaf 2024-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Youth Hub Rotary sponsorship for Squamish Foundry Sea to Sky 

Posted on Mar 08, 2024
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Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCS) helps thousands of children, youth and adults through more than 40 community services and programs in BC’s Sea to Sky corridor, from Squamish up to Pemberton. 
 
In 2019, the Society consulted with community members, including youth, to consider a new centre for youth, as an integrated, inclusive, non-judgmental space for young people, providing them access to a variety of supports. 
 
In 2020, the Society received partial funding to replace a dilapidated (condemned) Youth Resource Centre with a new youth centre – the $2.2 million, 5,000 sq ft Foundry Sea to Sky -- where young people aged 12-24 can access mental health, primary care, substance use intervention, peer support, and social services, all under one roof. 
Youth Hub Rotary sponsorship for Squamish Foundry Sea to Sky  Peter Roaf 2024-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

'It all started with Rotary’ says Canada's Ambassador to Japan

Posted on Mar 06, 2024
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Canada’s ambassador to Japan, who started life in Kamloops and Penticton, began his career journey as a Rotary exchange student. Ian McKay’s career path has run like a superhighway through some of the world’s most important cities: New York, London, Tokyo. It has led him to the highest reaches of finance, politics, and global diplomacy, culminating in his current role as Canada’s ambassador to Japan.
 
When asked the secret of his success, McKay credits his foresight in learning Japanese, his keen interest in finance, and his understanding that high-level negotiations often work best away from boardrooms and summits. But the underlying answer is simpler. “It all started with Rotary,” he says — and later adds: “I can’t overstate that the critical part of that whole journey was Rotary." -- photo: Ambassador McKay with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2023 at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Indonesia.
'It all started with Rotary’ says Canada's Ambassador to Japan Peter Roaf 2024-03-06 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary - What is Your Story?

Posted on Mar 04, 2024
What drives you? What is your passion? What do you bring to the world? video (2:34) -- courtesy of Rotary Club of Silverdale, WA
 
Rotary - What is Your Story? Peter Roaf 2024-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day Peter Roaf 2024-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Clubs' achievements and activities in our District for January Peter Roaf 2024-02-06 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dog Park brings together pets and people in Terrace to socialize and have fun

Posted on Jan 31, 2024
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Hundreds of dog owners in Terrace finally have a safe site for exercising and socialising their dogs in a dedicated park. Not only had the City of Terrace received multiple requests for an off leash dog park, RC Terrace had also heard from the community about this need. Dog owners who do not have a fenced yard now have a place where they can let their dogs exercise and interact with other dogs. Dogs benefit from socialising with other dogs and the owners also benefit from interacting with other owners. This first dog park in Terrace opened in 2022, thanks to $31,000 in funding from the Rotary Club of Terrace, and a $10,000.00 Rotary District Grant, plus services provided by the City of Terrace.
Rotary Dog Park brings together pets and people in Terrace to socialize and have fun Peter Roaf 2024-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the new year

Posted on Jan 20, 2024
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Happy New Year! 2024 has started with a bang - winter has now arrived! Winter is the time to recharge, to share stories and plan for the next seasonal rounds! It is also a time to not only dive into preparing to complete steps towards club goals for 2023-2024, but to help the team which will transition and keep the action going.
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the new year Peter Roaf 2024-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Clubs' achievements and activities in our District for December Peter Roaf 2024-01-08 08:00:00Z 0

Educational and hospital equipment from Rotary off to Ukraine

Posted on Jan 07, 2024
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Another 40 foot shipping container loaded with educational books , computers and hospital equipment is now on its way to Ukraine thanks to the team at Rotary World Help which gathered all the contents from various sources and the Rotarians who showed up on January 6, 2024 at the RWH warehouse in Coquitlam to do the loading.
 
On November 25th Rotarians packed a similar container for Laoang Northern Samar in the Philippines, thanks to the receiving Rotary Club of Catarman Northern Samar. The Consul General for the Philippines, Arlene Magno, officiated at the sealing of that container once loaded. The Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise, along with clubs of  Langley and Langley Central sponsored the shipment. -- photos by Elena Egala
Educational and hospital equipment from Rotary off to Ukraine Peter Roaf 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

News that appeals from Rotaract young professionals

Posted on Dec 27, 2023
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The Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club has captured its achievements and activities over the past six months with a three-page newsletter. The newsletter features the club's various causes in an appealing, visual way, with future events also displayed boldly. It's a good role model for all of us to learn from our younger members.
News that appeals from Rotaract young professionals Peter Roaf 2023-12-27 08:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the festive season by DG Shirley-Pat

Posted on Dec 15, 2023
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Happy Holidays to you ALL - the season of snow, roaring fires, and festive fun is upon us!
 
In the past month of whirlwind club visits I witnessed first hand even more amazing work of our Rotary District 5040 family as we make our communities and world a more joyous place for all. It was so lovely to have District Executive Administrator Nancy Eidsvik with me for many of these adventures.
 
On Bowen Island we saw the most beautiful outdoor learning space and gardens the club has helped the community build. Dragon Club produced a brilliant video as an inspirational way to remind our communities and potential members of "why Rotary!" You can view the video on the District's home page. 
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the festive season by DG Shirley-Pat Peter Roaf 2023-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Gratitude of Siska Band for Rotary Lytton wildfire relief so full of meaning and hope

Posted on Dec 11, 2023
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After the wildfire which destroyed the Town of Lytton in July 2021, including its commercial district and 70 homes, Rotary Club of Steveston organized a relief fund for that community through its foundation. Donations came from that club, a number of other clubs and individuals in this Rotary District and across Canada. Three members of the Siska Indian Band, in the Lytton area, visited the Steveston club on November 14th to thank the club and all those who contributed to the relief fund.
Gratitude of Siska Band for Rotary Lytton wildfire relief so full of meaning and hope Peter Roaf 2023-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary relief for Ukraine from our generous District, but more still needed

Posted on Dec 08, 2023
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Donations can still be made to the Ukraine and Pakistan Disaster Response Funds until December 31st. These funds must be spent by June 30th, 2024. As District Foundation Chair PDG Lorne Calder says, "Warm clothing, medical equipment coming through a Rotary World Help container from our District and area soon, school supplies and basic needs are needed more than ever."
Rotary relief for Ukraine from our generous District, but more still needed Peter Roaf 2023-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Dragon Feature Video from 2023 Presidents Dinner 2023-12-05 08:00:00Z 0
Clubs' achievements and activities in our District for November Peter Roaf 2023-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Peace Park, school clubs, community fund supported by Winter Wonderland

Posted on Dec 02, 2023
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The Rotary Peace Garden project, which Rotary International President 2022-23 Jennifer Jones launched at Garden City Park in Richmond last year is one of the causes supported by the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset's 22nd Annual Winter Wonderland at Richmond City Hall on display throughout December. Proceeds from the project, launched on December 2nd, are expected to reach $50,000 or more and will support Rotary sponsored Interact clubs at Hugh Boyd and Steveston-London Secondary schools, scholarships at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Christmas Fund and The Rotary Foundation, plus an endowment fund which focuses on one of Rotary's seven Areas of Focus, maternal and child health.
Peace Park, school clubs, community fund supported by Winter Wonderland Peter Roaf 2023-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Philippine Ambassador receives Paul Harris Fellow Award from District 5040

Posted on Nov 30, 2023
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Ambassador of the Philippines Her Excellency Maria Andrelita Austria receives a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award in Ottawa from Rotary District 5040 Governor Shirley-Pat Chamberlain and Assistant Governor Mary Anne Velayo. Paul Harris Fellow Award honourees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International for extraordinary service above self.
Philippine Ambassador receives Paul Harris Fellow Award from District 5040 Peter Roaf 2023-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Dinner brings future project grants to our clubs and communities

Posted on Nov 20, 2023
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Winter coats and boots for kids, a valley trail viewing platform, an off leash dog park, seniors’ outdoor fitness stations, lower income family kids sponsored for summer camp, young musicians to participate in a youth orchestra are the kinds of projects made possible with proceeds from a Rotary fundraising event.
 
Members of Rotary District 5040 -- the 48 Rotary clubs from Vancouver up the coast to Prince Rupert -- many throughout the Lower Mainland raised net proceeds of $29,000 at a dinner on November 18, 2023. The funds will all go to the The Rotary Foundation, among the highest ranked international foundations over the past 15 years. 
Foundation Dinner brings future project grants to our clubs and communities Peter Roaf 2023-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Youth learn to perform in an orchestra

Posted on Nov 18, 2023
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The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra is a professional orchestral preparation program for young musicians. Rotary Club of Vancouver Centennial, with a District Grant from The Rotary Foundation, has funded a music scholarship and bursary program to support some youth to attend Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra.
 
 
Youth learn to perform in an orchestra Peter Roaf 2023-11-18 08:00:00Z 0

Children in Indonesia with cleft lip/palate get to live normal lives

Posted on Nov 17, 2023
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In the tourism paradise of Bali, Indonesia and surrounding islands there is a lot of poverty and hardship. Children with cleft lip and palate live deprived of normal lives and struggle with impaired speech. Many of these children are hidden by their families, not allowed to go to school or participate in community activities. Because they are not able to eat and drink properly unless helped undernourishment as children leads to health issues. Rotary Club of Vancouver has participated in two  Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation to provide surgery for the many affected children.
Children in Indonesia with cleft lip/palate get to live normal lives Peter Roaf 2023-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace by District Governor Shirley-Pat

Posted on Nov 16, 2023
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Fellow District 5040 members, I hope you are all well and enjoying the changing season as the leaves change. 

It has been an absolute pleasure to visit clubs and see the amazing work of our Rotary Family. The many hundreds of kilometres on the road and multiple ferry rides have all been worth it on feeling the joy and true inspiration I experienced in reaching my various destinations, to hear the "brags" about our District and about the Interactors raising funds to support girls' education in Bangladesh, and installing eight new members in a single club and five in another.
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace by District Governor Shirley-Pat Peter Roaf 2023-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Kids get a hand up to go to summer camp

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Camp Potlatch is run by the Boys and Girls Club South Coast BC on 133 acres of wilderness along the shores of Howe Sound. Thousands of children have visited Camp Potlatch over the past 70 years. Rotary Club of Lionsgate in North Vancouver, with support of a Rotary District Grant, sponsors under privileged children to attend Camp Potlatch in summer 
Kids get a hand up to go to summer camp Peter Roaf 2023-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Beach facility upgrade in Gibsons

Posted on Nov 09, 2023
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Armours Beach in Gibsons is a public recreation area and meeting place for families and friends of all ages. The swimming and picnic area is active throughout the spring, summer and fall. Rotary Club of Gibsons led a project to renovate the Armours Beach facility, at the north end of the Gibsons Beach Walk which starts at the Gibsons Marina, 1.2 km to the south.
Beach facility upgrade in Gibsons Peter Roaf 2023-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Clubs' achievements and activities in our District for October Peter Roaf 2023-11-07 08:00:00Z 0

Vancouver City proclamation and walk to End Polio in the world

Posted on Oct 30, 2023
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Today 20 million people, who might have been paralyzed by polio, are walking. Another 1.5 million people, who would have died from polio, are alive. So far, the global effort to eradicate polio has saved more than $27 billion in health care costs. Another $14 billion is expected to be saved by 2050. -photos by Michael Cowhig, Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus
Vancouver City proclamation and walk to End Polio in the world Peter Roaf 2023-10-30 07:00:00Z 0

Girls Helping Girls Stay in School

Posted on Oct 26, 2023
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1 in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses 20% of school during their menstrual cycle. Many girls starting to menstruate drop out of school altogether. Lack of affordable menstruation products, facilities and education are among the reasons for this barrier to education. Myths and taboos around menstruation in some societies and communities are further barriers. 
 
Working with the Rotary Club of Kampala Nsambya, in Uganda, the Global Grant was, "Girls Helping Girls Stay in School" Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise plus clubs of Vancouver, Pender Harbour, Whistler Millennium, Williams Lake Daybreak, Kitimat, and Squamish received a Rotary Global Grant.
Girls Helping Girls Stay in School Peter Roaf 2023-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Pumpkin Patch in the Park 2023

Posted on Oct 22, 2023
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As the dawn broke over Stan Clarke Park in Squamish on Saturday, a jolly band of Rotary Pumpkineers joined Squamish BIA members and a crew from Sea to Sky Couriers to create the Pumpkin Patch in the Park.
500 pumpkins were spread around the park, tents were erected, games were set up, and the BBQ was lit.
All was ready for 10am when the kids and adults arrived, many in costume, to select their pumpkin(s) by donation, have faces painted, dance to the music, go on the trick-or-treat adventure, have photos taken, do some Halloween crafts and play the games.
And for the hungry, the hot dog crew was busy cooking and serving up the Rotary Dog-in-a-Bun. The proceeds will be going to the Squamish Welcome Centre and the Rotary Club of Squamish’s Oceanfront Playground fund.
For more pictures, go HERE.
Pumpkin Patch in the Park 2023 Brian Finley 2023-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope & Peace

Posted on Oct 16, 2023
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Greetings and congratulations on completing the first seasonal round of the 2023-2024 Rotary year! As your District Governor, I had the honour of starting my club visits in September in the Northwest, Cariboo and Prince George where my heart was filled with amazing stories of service, resilience, and ingenuity!! From lunches with Elders, to amazing community gardens, to a one of a kind rock climbing wall, to community auctions, to fall fairs, and heart felt Paul Harris awarding and inductions of new members in our Rotary family. So grateful for ALL you ALL do to create hope in the world. 
Sowing Seeds of Hope & Peace Peter Roaf 2023-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Join Rotarians marching in Vancouver for World Polio Day Oct 24, donate too

Posted on Oct 16, 2023
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For World Polio Day on October 24th, Rotarians, Rotaracts, Interacts, family and friends join Vancouver and area Rotary Clubs for the 2nd Annual World Polio Day Walk, starting 4:30 pm at the North Entrance of Vancouver City Hall. As part of that event the City of Vancouver will present Rotary a World Polio Proclamation.
 
At 5:00 pm the walk will make its way to Science World where the exterior lights on the dome will turn red to honour our global campaign to end polio. Join us in celebrating the end of this horrible disease!

Bring your “End Polio" T-Shirts or your red shirts, good walking shoes, banners, noise makers, and your loud voices!
Join Rotarians marching in Vancouver for World Polio Day Oct 24, donate too Peter Roaf 2023-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs in September Peter Roaf 2023-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Hybrid meeting technology enables Rotary clubs to increase productivity
in community service post-covid
 

Posted on Sep 28, 2023
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Local community service and global humanitarian relief which the Rotary clubs of Richmond and South Delta have been providing for decades is now enhanced with new “hybrid” meeting technology thanks to $33,500 in funding from the Government of Canada. The funding will help the six clubs purchase OWL 3 hybrid meeting units to enable members to meet in person and involve speakers or other members online with a projector and screen at a meeting venue. Because the Richmond Community Foundation was able to add to the original grant of $18,500, the local clubs have loaned out 10 more OWL 3 units to clubs in other parts of the Rotary District in Greater Vancouver and BC coast and interior. An OWL unit connects to a laptop and a large projection screen so groups can meet with other groups in meetings or engage with a single guest speaker from afar.
Hybrid meeting technology enables Rotary clubs to increase productivityin community service post-covid  Peter Roaf 2023-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
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International Peace Day September 21st

Posted on Sep 21, 2023
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The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
 
A long-established universal website that serves all involved in Peace Day, beginning annually with the 100-day Countdown, celebrates a milestone: the 20th Anniversary of the UN Resolution on the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. A/RES/53/243 B. Let us all create Peace Day every day!
International Peace Day September 21st Peter Roaf 2023-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Meet the Mayor

Exciting News
 
Rotary Club of Vancouver is hosting a fireside chat with KEN SIM, CITY OF VANCOUVER MAYOR on Tuesday September 19, 2023
 
This event is open to everyone -- Rotarians from all clubs of course, friends, relatives, colleagues. No limits however we need numbers by Sunday September 17th to ensure we have enough seating.

Please spread the word to your networks. Forward this email on, OR share this link:

https://RCVancouver_speaker-KenSim.eventbrite.ca

Meet the Mayor 2023-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

New seniors Day Care in Delta receives major support from Tsawwassen Rotary

Posted on Sep 08, 2023
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KinVillage in the Delta, BC community of Tsawwassen, which provides older adults life in a community of health, housing and wellness programs is beginning a new phase of development. A significant part of the development's $56.6 million Phase One, which includes 103,000 sq ft for 152 independent living suites, is a new $5 million expanded 5,000 sq ft Day Program for 11 to 35 older adults a day. In turn, the Day Program will provide respite for caregivers of those seniors.
 
The charitable society at the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has committed $200,000 over 10 years to development of that Older Adults Day Care, making that the largest donation in the club's history. -- report courtesy in part of the Delta Optimist
New seniors Day Care in Delta receives major support from Tsawwassen Rotary Peter Roaf 2023-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Beef BBQ continues 57-year tradition at Squamish Logger Sports Festival

Posted on Aug 21, 2023
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1600 lbs of Canada Grade AAA beef slow roasted on a rotisserie, over a bed of alder, garnished with 275 lbs of fried onions, produced over 2600 beef-in-a-bun sandwiches which Squamish Rotary members and friends served on August 5th & 6th 2023 at the Rotary Beef BBQ 2023 as part of the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival. -- photos by Brian Finley
Rotary Beef BBQ continues 57-year tradition at Squamish Logger Sports Festival Peter Roaf 2023-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to District 5040 members for national leadership in giving Peter Roaf 2023-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs in July Peter Roaf 2023-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

27th Annual Pot of Gold Tournament

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The Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament this year has resulted in $40,000+ raised, and over $665,000 since the first tournament! The proceeds are shared with Royal City Rotary, Rotary Club of New Westminster, Salvation Army and Purpose School, to fund programs for youth in our community including RYLA, Adventure programs, bursaries, and Youth Exchange. Thank you to all who contributed to this event in its 27th year!
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Pride Parade team from District 5040

Posted on Aug 06, 2023
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A group of Rotarians, Rotaracts, Vancouver Young Professionals, and Interacts from Rotary District 5040 participated in Vancouver's largest ever Pride Parade on August 6, 2023.
Pride Parade team from District 5040 Peter Roaf 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rolling Hippos lead to 1000 Survival Garden Kits in rural South African communities

Posted on Jul 20, 2023
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Rotarians from over 120 clubs are collaborating to bring water and food security to 16+ marginalized rural communities in South Africa. Through the 1000 Survival Garden Kits Project, over 7700 beneficiaries have benefited from the delivery of hippo water rollers and farming tools to increase the water supply and create homestead food gardens. Rotary's dedication to community service and goodwill provides personal, family, and community impact.
 
Rolling Hippos lead to 1000 Survival Garden Kits in rural South African communities Peter Roaf 2023-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Seeds of Peace to start the new Rotary year

Posted on Jul 15, 2023
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“Peace is the soil in which hope grows” -- Rotary International President 2023-24 Gordon McInally
 
Happy Rotary New Year! Together in 2023-2024 we will collectively strive to create hope in the world.
 
Hope is an energy that illuminates. According to positive psychologist Charles Snyder’s theory hopeful thinkers achieve more and are healthier. Hopeful thinking (and in my experience hope based action) is made up of 3 things: goals, pathways, and agency.
 
Thinking in a goal orientated way, finding different ways to achieve those goals, and believing that you can instigate change all create hope. Hope is not simply a happy feeling – hope is the energy of humanity that enables us to not just survive but thrive. Hope is our belief that we can change the future for the better and it one of the biggest determinants of success.
Seeds of Peace to start the new Rotary year Peter Roaf 2023-07-15 07:00:00Z 0

Lack of running water takes away from lives of girls and women -- a girl's story

Posted on Jul 14, 2023
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When water comes instantly from the turn of a tap -- hot or cold -- little attention is given to the 1 billion+ people who are not so well served.  We've all seen photos of women half way around the world carrying 40-pound buckets of water on their heads. We likely dismiss our discomfort over their discomfort with thoughts and comments such as, "It's part of their culture and a woman's traditional role." As if they had a choice!
 
A woman's journey into this 'traditional role' begins with young girls who dream of a more empowering future. Here's a story.  
Lack of running water takes away from lives of girls and women -- a girl's story Peter Roaf 2023-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

BC's Write 2 Read program brings Education & Literacy Rotary focus to First Nation communities

Posted on Jul 11, 2023
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“If you don’t know how to read, you don’t know how to do anything,” said Naomi White, librarian for her village of Lax Kw’alaams, north of Prince Rupert, on receiving 14 pallets of books and library furniture so that about 150 school-age children in her small village would get the chance to enhance their literacy through the Rotary-initiated Write2Read program throughout BC. Literacy, she said, is the key to more First Nations people advancing into higher education and holding down jobs in the trades, businesses and professions. 
 
“We’re just so remote here. Now we’re better able to foster the love of learning. And to pass on that reading is power. The more you know the better of you are,” said White, describing how many young people in the village are keen to learn about the larger world through the library.
BC's Write 2 Read program brings Education & Literacy Rotary focus to First Nation communities Peter Roaf 2023-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
Achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs in June Peter Roaf 2023-07-05 07:00:00Z 0
A message from 2023-24 DG Shirley-Pat Chamberlain  Barbara Webb 2023-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

High school students try out health care

Posted on Jun 30, 2023
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The 34 Grade 10 and 11 students from Kitimat and Terrace who participated in Rotary’s Adventures in Health Care in early May visited health care professionals at Coast Mountain College, University of Northern BC and Northern Health in Terrace. The enthusiastic students took part in hands-on demonstrations of medical procedures, sociology, community health and diagnostics, prompting many questions and discussion. -- photo courtesy of Terrace Standard
High school students try out health care Peter Roaf 2023-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Peace and Hope key themes as District leaders installed for 2023-24

Posted on Jun 28, 2023
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The house was full at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery museum in Richmond's Steveston community on the evening of June 24 2023 for the installation of Shirley-Pat Chamberlain as Rotary District 5040 Governor along with her team of District leaders as they set a course for serving our 48 Rotary clubs, as well as Rotaract clubs (young professionals) and Interact clubs (at high schools) and all our members throughout our communities in 2023-24. 
Diversity, Peace and Hope key themes as District leaders installed for 2023-24 Peter Roaf 2023-06-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO optimistic, despite global conflict, massive migration, and natural disasters because Rotary is a peace builder 

Posted on Jun 21, 2023
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In his address to the 14,000 Rotary members and guests at the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia on May 29th, Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO John Hewko said:
 
“Building peace is more than just ending war. It’s also about taking on the challenges of food insecurity, the climate crisis, civil unrest, and toxic polarization. These are huge challenges. But this is a not a moment for despair. Rather, this is Rotary’s moment to step up and take action. Because this is what we do. We are practitioners of peace, and this gives us an opportunity to fulfill our historic role — one that has been built through our decades-long investments in peace. Because today, peace is an imperative. And that imperative begins with us because we have the means to wage peace as aggressively as nations can wage war.”
Rotary International’s General Secretary and CEO optimistic, despite global conflict, massive migration, and natural disasters because Rotary is a peace builder  Peter Roaf 2023-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International’s first female President speaks about continued values, but emerging transition in world of Rotary
 

Posted on Jun 21, 2023
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Welcoming the 14,000 Rotary members and guests to the Rotary International “Imagine What’s Next” Convention in Melbourne, Australia on May 28th, the first female president of Rotary since its founding in 1905, Jennifer Jones, a Canadian, said:
 
“When I began this journey as the first woman to lead Rotary, I discovered that something much bigger was happening: people suddenly felt seen for the first time — people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Rotary members from all walks of life who felt our organization had just done something not just different and historic, but essential and exciting. The world is hungry for a new style of leadership, one that is empathetic, open, and eager to learn from everyone who participates in the act of change.”
 
Rotary International’s first female President speaks about continued values, but emerging transition in world of Rotary  Peter Roaf 2023-06-21 07:00:00Z 0

Our District of achievers and generosity, End Polio need, renewal ahead

Posted on Jun 16, 2023
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This point at the end of our Rotary year gives us a chance to complete personal, club and district goals that may need just a little final push! Clubs are completing and recording their success in achieving their goals and I’m sure we’ll again have a splendid roster of clubs receiving the international Rotary Citation. The Citation recognizes the achievements of our clubs, engagement of our members, relevance to our communities and our welcoming style as part of the culture of Rotary. Our District has a relatively high level of Rotary Citations received in recent years. 
 
Our District’s Foundation giving has been generous again this year, and I know we still have some folks who will donate before year end.  One area where we have lagged a little, however, is Polio Plus.
Our District of achievers and generosity, End Polio need, renewal ahead Roaf Peter 2023-06-16 07:00:00Z 0

Rights of abused, widowed women in Tanzania supported by Richmond club

Posted on Jun 14, 2023
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Women in Tanzania face a great challenge to get justice when they suffer abuse or when left widowed left to bring up a young family. Violence against women is common in Tanzanian society with 40% being forced to marry before the age of 18 years. Of these women, 44% will experience both sexual and physical abuse in their marriage, enabled when 60% of women, themselves, believe spousal violence is acceptable and even a demonstration of a husband’s love. 
 
While Tanzanian Law does recognise the rights of women to inherit or receive financial or property provision when abused or widowed, most women tend to be unaware of their rights and how to access their entitlement. The not-for-profit, “Inherit Your Rights” (IYR) has formed to help women with access to what they are entitled. The Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise is helping sponsor part of that program
Rights of abused, widowed women in Tanzania supported by Richmond club Peter Roaf 2023-06-14 07:00:00Z 0

Our first international Rotary convention -- not our last!

Posted on Jun 13, 2023
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At the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia last month, says Immediate Past District Governor Lorne Calder, with wife and fellow Rotarian Sue, “We cheered, clapped, danced, cried and laughed throughout the convention as we heard many personal stories of tragedy, disasters, strife that were turned around thanks to the encouragement or support of Rotary or Rotarians.”
 
Lorne adds, “As Canadian Rotarians we can be extremely proud of Jennifer Jones’s leadership and the impact that she has had as the President of Rotary International over the 2022/2023 Rotary year! It was a thrill for me and Sue, and fellow Canadians, as achievements in this Rotary year were recognized and Jennifer’s role in all that at the convention.”
Our first international Rotary convention -- not our last! Peter Roaf 2023-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
From bees, beer, comedy to railroads, music, magic, Rotary Fellowships form global communities  Peter Roaf 2023-06-01 07:00:00Z 0

Your club can join others to celebrate Canada Day

Posted on May 10, 2023
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Canada Day on July 1st is approaching and, if your Rotary club has no plans to celebrate in your community, your club or you can come on over to North Vancouver to join other clubs and local organizations in celebrating on the waterfront . 
Your club can join others to celebrate Canada Day Peter Roaf 2023-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs in April Peter Roaf 2023-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Tips for using the Brand Center to tell Rotary's story

Posted on May 06, 2023
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Here are some ways to increase the impact of club communication in our communities. These are some ideas about use of the Brand Center, from our District 5040, to Rotary International in its blog, "Rotary Voices", published on May 5th. Your District 5040 Public Image Committee is here to serve our clubs. The committee will be reaching out to clubs in the coming weeks and months to advise and provide service in public image and public relations.
Tips for using the Brand Center to tell Rotary's story Peter Roaf 2023-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary promotes the value of, and commitment to, Youth Service

Posted on May 02, 2023
Every year, over 350,000 young leaders participate in Rotary’s youth programs across Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Rotary’s Youth Service Month is an opportunity to promote our young leaders’ local and global impacts and the Rotary and Rotaract clubs that make these programs possible.
Rotary promotes the value of, and commitment to, Youth Service Peter Roaf 2023-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Canada's first Chief Accessibility Officer speaks up for those challenged by barriers

Posted by Roaf Peter on May 01, 2023
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People with disabilities are under employed. 22% of Canadians live with a disability. They are 645,000 people ready, willing and able to work right now today. 50% of them have a post-secondary education, with at least one degree. But they're not working. Why? 27% of them will tell you it's because they can't get to work because there is no accessible transportation. Others will tell you about unconscious bias and artificial intelligence screening them out in the hiring process right from the beginning.
 
Stephanie Cadieux’s 4-year appointment as the Government of Canada’s first Chief Accessibility Officer began in May 2022. Ms. Cadieux is a change leader with more than 15 years of experience in planning and leadership roles. She has worked as an advocate for diversity, accessibility, and disability inclusion.
 
Canada's first Chief Accessibility Officer speaks up for those challenged by barriers Roaf Peter 2023-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Spring  brings renewal and return of Rotary programs

Posted on Apr 16, 2023
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Spring is a wonderful season for renewal and looking forward, and so it is with Rotary!  Rotary everywhere is working for a strong finish to the current year while planning and preparing for the 2023 – 24 Rotary year. Our new leaders, in RI, in District and in our clubs bring a fresh perspective and new ideas. And we blend that with a rich tradition of continuity, especially in our enduring values, as we change and adapt.   
Spring brings renewal and return of Rotary programs Roaf Peter 2023-04-16 07:00:00Z 0

Herring spawning helped with fabric on docks

Posted on Apr 11, 2023
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Pacific herring are a main food source for salmon. There is a threat to herring, and in turn, salmon, due to the loss of much of their natural habitat of eelgrass and kelp beds in recent years and the continued heavy roe fishery in the Salish Sea. To help the herring population grow, the Rotary Club of Pender Harbour started a project to drop fabric curtains off docks each spring as artificial spawning grounds for herring. A curtain can accommodate as many as 3 million eggs. With ongoing monitoring, volunteers carefully remove predators during the spawning season, such as crabs and starfish, allowing the roe to reach maturity within two to three weeks.  -- photo by Jacob Bøtter
Herring spawning helped with fabric on docks Roaf Peter 2023-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs in March Peter Roaf 2023-04-04 07:00:00Z 0

Saving the almost 6 million children under five from death

Posted on Apr 02, 2023
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.
 
Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future. 
 
Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Saving the almost 6 million children under five from death Roaf Peter 2023-04-02 07:00:00Z 0
Economic impact of District 2021-22 CDN$6+ million, worldwide US$6.5 billion Roaf Peter 2023-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Salute to Rotaract, RYLA South,  Foundation thank you, learning continues

Posted on Mar 14, 2023
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As spring approaches, we're delighted to see Rotary blossoming throughout our District. Pat and I have enjoyed tremendously visiting all the Rotary clubs and nearly all the Rotaract clubs in District 5040. Some of the many initiatives and successes that we see at clubs are profiled on our website.
 
At our District Conference, April 28 to 30, we'll also learn more about how clubs succeed in connecting with communities.
Salute to Rotaract, RYLA South, Foundation thank you, learning continues Peter Roaf 2023-03-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary celebrates Rotaract worldwide March 13-19

Posted on Mar 13, 2023
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Rotaract is a global movement of students and young professionals ages 18 and older who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges as they exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. From big cities to rural villages, Rotaract is changing communities and knows no limits in its outreach. Rotaractors have access to the many resources of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Shown here, members of the North Shore Rotary Club, one of 10 Rotaract clubs in Rotary District 5040.
Rotary celebrates Rotaract worldwide March 13-19 Roaf Peter 2023-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day

Posted on Mar 08, 2023
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It is a special year in Rotary worldwide, on International Women's Day, March 8th with the first female President of Rotary International in its 117 year history: Jennifer Jones. She is also a Canadian -- an extra source of pride for all of us. Not only worldwide, but here in our District 5040 of 49 clubs, we have a number of women as our leaders. 
Global and local Rotary leaders saluted on International Women's Day Peter Roaf 2023-03-08 08:00:00Z 0

Clean water, sanitation, hygiene for a healthy environment, productive life

Posted on Mar 01, 2023
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
 
Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
 
March is Water Sanitation and Hygiene month throughout Rotary world.
Clean water, sanitation, hygiene for a healthy environment, productive life Peter Roaf 2023-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Kids experience a daily routine of those in Uganda hauling water

Posted on Feb 27, 2023
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To support a water infrastructure project for students in Uganda who do not have easy access to clean drinking water over 300 students at Holly Elementary School in the Delta community of Ladner participated in a Walk for Water on February 10, 2023. The children carried yellow jerry cans of water almost one kilometer to simulate a daily task for their peers in the East African nation. The schools "Green Team" also raised $900 which, matched by a member of the Rotary Club of Tsawwwassen, for a total of $1,800 towards the Club's "Walk for Water" project that will deliver clean drinking water and sanitation and hygiene training to over 1000 people in Uganda.
Kids experience a daily routine of those in Uganda hauling water Peter Roaf 2023-02-27 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary relief fund now open for Turkey Syria earthquake

Posted on Feb 15, 2023
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The Rotary Foundation Trustees decided that all donations made, from now until 31 March, to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund will be used to aid earthquake relief projects. In addition, the Trustees made available more than $125,000 to Rotary districts affected by the earthquake through Disaster Response Grants. Many Rotary members are asking how they can help. Here's how to have the greatest impact.....
Rotary relief fund now open for Turkey Syria earthquake Peter Roaf 2023-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

RYLA return, Foundation success, sad news -- District Governor

Posted on Feb 15, 2023
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RYLA is back!! After the restrictions and isolation we all experienced during the past two and more years of pandemic we can all celebrate that our District's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, an exceptional development program for youth, has returned in person. RYLA South, for 15 to 18 year olds, is happening at Camp Elphinstone, near Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, March 25 to 28.  Spots are still available, clubs and the 5040 RYLA website have registration information with a February 23 closing date.  
RYLA return, Foundation success, sad news -- District Governor Peter Roaf 2023-02-15 08:00:00Z 0

Gift of a lift: driving to access medical services

Posted on Feb 13, 2023
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Accessing specialist medical services for residents of Squamish can be a challenge for some. For those who cannot drive to Whistler or the Vancouver area because of a medical condition or following surgery and family or friends are not available and if paid services or not suitable or too costly, it's a worrisome problem. To meet that need in the community Rotary Club of Squamish has awarded a grant of $20,000 to fund the launch on March 1st, and first year of operation, of a new MediCar service for residents in need of transportation to specialist medical services at no cost to them. - photo courtesy of the American Cancer Society
 
Gift of a lift: driving to access medical services Peter Roaf 2023-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Recent achievements and activities of our District 5040 clubs Peter Roaf 2023-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary road sign marks Prince Rupert club's anniversary Peter Roaf 2023-02-13 08:00:00Z 0
Deadly earthquake in Turkey, Syria: Rotary partner, Shelterbox, preparing to respond Peter Roaf 2023-02-06 08:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellow Award points matched by District in February Peter Roaf 2023-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Pakistan flood, Ukraine war: Rotary Foundation temporary relief funds announced

Posted on Feb 02, 2023
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In Pakistan a severe monsoon season has caused devastating floods and affected millions of people. Seen here, Shabana’s home was destroyed and she now lives in a shelter made of sticks and cloths. In Ukraine, the ongoing war has led to a continued humanitarian crisis. We’ll begin fundraising efforts soon to finance disaster response grants from these funds. 
 
Past Rotary International President and current Trustee Chair of The Rotary Foundation Ian Riseley says, “As a global humanitarian organization, Rotary continually takes action such as this to help communities in need. The Rotary Foundation has established two temporary funds to support immediate relief efforts in Pakistan and Ukraine.” photo © European Union, 2022 (photographer: Abdul Majeed) https://flic.kr/p/2nP8qqR
Pakistan flood, Ukraine war: Rotary Foundation temporary relief funds announced Peter Roaf 2023-02-02 08:00:00Z 0

BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital

Posted on Jan 30, 2023
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Not being able to hear a favourite song or the sound of a loved one’s voice is a reality for over 400,000 BC residents who suffer from severe hearing loss. For over 40 years, the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s Hearing Foundation has provided life-changing care for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. From funding Canada’s first-ever Cochlear Implant surgery in 1982, to completing over 770 surgeries, raising $3.6 million and committing $6 million for the creation of a new Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for research, restorative care, and recovery of patients with hearing loss, Rotary Vancouver's Hearing Foundation has pursued its mission to bring back the sounds of life for so many in need.
BC Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital Peter Roaf 2023-01-30 08:00:00Z 0

Learn from, recognize, valuable Rotary service in our BC communities and world: 5040 SHOWCASE

Posted on Jan 24, 2023
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Rotary members and program participants throughout Rotary District 5040 are improving lives in many communities of British Columbia and around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Here are some examples of how People of Action in Rotary have made life better for others in service above self. Learn what other clubs are doing to inspire yours and share in the value of the Rotary experience.
Learn from, recognize, valuable Rotary service in our BC communities and world: 5040 SHOWCASE Peter Roaf 2023-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the new year

Posted on Jan 20, 2023
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Happy New Year! 2024 has started with a bang - winter has now arrived! Winter is the time to recharge, to share stories and plan for the next seasonal rounds! It is also a time to not only dive into preparing to complete steps towards club goals for 2023-2024, but to help the team which will transition and keep the action going.
Sowing Seeds of Hope and Peace for the new year Peter Roaf 2023-01-20 08:00:00Z 0

District Foundation Dinner and District Conference ahead

Posted on Jan 17, 2023
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I hope everyone had a great holiday season and are enjoying the opportunities we have in Rotary to serve our communities and the world in so many rewarding ways.

Plans for our District Conference April 28 to 30 are moving rapidly: check out the theme and draft program and register. There’s something for everyone, an interesting and varied program, great speakers, fun and fellowship all in a great location.  The $400 registration cost is being extended for another month, to January 31, before it rises to $450.  And there’s a special rate for Rotaractors and first-year Rotarians -- $99, not including a Gala ticket.  There are still hotel rooms in the block at our special negotiated rate.
District Foundation Dinner and District Conference ahead Peter Roaf 2023-01-17 08:00:00Z 0

District Foundation Dinner, Lower Mainland, donate to online auction for Foundation and Richmond Rotary Lunar New Year

Posted on Jan 08, 2023
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The Year of the Rabbit, in the Lunar Calendar is coming. Right now it is time to get together to do something extraordinary and make a difference in our world, starting with donations of items to the online auction as part of the Lower Mainland District Foundation Dinner and Richmond Rotary Lunar New Year Gala on February 4, 2023.  We need all Rotarians to participate and donate items for On-Line Auction. Each club is asked to please donate one item to the Rotary Club of Richmond which is hosting the event by January 14th. 
District Foundation Dinner, Lower Mainland, donate to online auction for Foundation and Richmond Rotary Lunar New Year Peter Roaf 2023-01-08 08:00:00Z 0
"Imagine" Rotary theme float wins trophy at Tournament of Roses Parade Peter Roaf 2023-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Gates Foundation renew partnership

Posted on Dec 22, 2022
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Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have renewed their longstanding partnership to end polio. The renewal agreement includes a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
 
"We’ve made tremendous progress, but the world is facing multiple pandemics, and vaccine hesitancy is on the rise," says Ian Riseley, trustee chair of The Rotary Foundation. "Partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helps us ensure that children in polio-affected countries get the lifesaving vaccines they need."
Rotary and Gates Foundation renew partnership Peter Roaf 2022-12-22 08:00:00Z 0

New Vancouver club part of a busy month -- District Governor

Posted on Dec 16, 2022
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Best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas season!  And as we celebrate what is both a secular and a Christian observance in our society, let’s remember and respect the many other religions that also celebrate special occasions at this time of year.  It is wonderful to see so many of our clubs engage with their communities as they celebrate holiday events. We’ve had an active month in Rotary!  Here are some highlights.
New Vancouver club part of a busy month -- District Governor Peter Roaf 2022-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary members mobilize for World Polio Day

Posted on Dec 13, 2022
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Rotary members and supporters took action on World Polio Day, October 24, 2022, to raise awareness and funds toward eradicating polio.
 More than 4,200 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs in 118 countries registered their participation in World Polio Day.
 Donors contributed more than US$740,000 online, which meant a total — with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2-to-1 match — of more than $2.2 million raised.
 Social media efforts tied to World Polio Day reached 31 million people, compared to 17 million in 2021.
Once again, Rotary’s members and supporters united to show tremendous support in the fight against polio.
Rotary members mobilize for World Polio Day Peter Roaf 2022-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Gift of life changes lives

Posted on Dec 10, 2022
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Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset member Magdalen R Leung, as a member of the Health Major Gifts Initiative Advisers committee, says, "Through my participation in global grants from The Rotary Foundation, I have seen how the lives of 600 children in China have been changed for the better in the past ten years. I have been involved in four global grants to support Gift of Life in Shanghai, China. These grants, ranging from $150,000 to $200,000, have provided life-changing heart surgery to children as young as three months old, with most of the children ages five or six."
Gift of life changes lives Peter Roaf 2022-12-10 08:00:00Z 0
New Vancouver club Peter Roaf 2022-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Journey canoe becomes part of Delta School District's Indigenous edcuation with support of Tsawwassen Rotary

Posted on Dec 09, 2022
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Inclusion of First Peoples’ content in schools builds student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. In Delta, British Columbia, the School District commissioned “Wave Warrior”, an ocean-going 39-foot fibreglass Journey Canoe, to help students learn more about the canoe culture and connect them with Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
 
Delta students and staff can use the canoe on day trips throughout the paddling season. The School District's Indigenous Education Department has also been developing a mentorship program, Paddling Together, for students in grades 5 to 12. The program will inspire positive identity of urban Indigenous students, help develop leaders, and bridge relationships throughout the community.
Journey canoe becomes part of Delta School District's Indigenous edcuation with support of Tsawwassen Rotary Peter Roaf 2022-12-09 08:00:00Z 0
District team is coming together to support our clubs! Peter Roaf 2022-12-06 08:00:00Z 0

One of youngest ever Rotary award recipients for Wheelchairs for Fiji

Posted on Dec 05, 2022
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For her hard work and success in making a contribution to Wheelchairs for Fiji, Kitimat resident, 11-year-old Avaya Borgens, is among the youngest people to ever receive a prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award from a Rotary club.
 
Every day three people in Fiji on average lose a limb, many of those their legs. After those suffering from such a life-changing loss, a wheelchair means freedom from immobilization and burden on family and friends and access to productive, fulfilling lives. Rotary clubs in the District's Northwest have been raising funds in recent years for Wheelchairs for Fiji to supply wheelchairs to the South Pacific nation of almost 900,000 population.
One of youngest ever Rotary award recipients for Wheelchairs for Fiji Peter Roaf 2022-12-05 08:00:00Z 0

Foundation Month, supporting causes near and far -- District Governor

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The aim of this monthly bulletin is to give a community update on activities and achievements of all of us through our clubs in District 5040. At Rotary Clubs of Kitimat, Sechelt and Vancouver we are all in this together. Please let me know how we might make this collection of news briefs and announcements better fit your needs.
Foundation Month, supporting causes near and far -- District Governor Peter Roaf 2022-11-16 08:00:00Z 0

Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw Capilano Littlest Ones School in North Vancouver receives Write to Read funding

Posted on Nov 15, 2022
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Since 1951 Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw Capilano Littlest Ones School has brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, parents, community residents, and school staff for the education of now 131 children in a community school in the Norgate area of North Vancouver. In 1996 it was designated as a "community school" under the auspices of the North Vancouver School District.
 
The "Littlest Ones School", as it is known, is in the Squamish First Nation which is the first urban First Nation to receive support from Rotary's Write to Read (W2R) program. W2R focuses on literacy, learning and life in Indigenous communities, through libraries and learning centres, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens in order to break down social barriers, to build bridges across cultures, and to re-establish positive relationships. The Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise was the leader in facilitating this funding support.
Xwemélch’stn Etsimxwawtxw Capilano Littlest Ones School in North Vancouver receives Write to Read funding Peter Roaf 2022-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

40 ambulances to Ukraine from Rotary partnership

Posted on Nov 05, 2022
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A convoy of nearly 40 ambulances wound its way from Slovakia, around mountains and through roadblocks, military checkpoints, and torrential rain to arrive in Kyiv, bringing the critically needed vehicles to Ukrainian government officials. This is just one way Rotary is responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
 
The US$600,000 initiative was the first joint project between Rotary and Ukraine Friends, which agreed in July to collaborate to provide resources, organize logistics, and distribute funds for high-impact projects that help Ukrainians affected by the war with Russia. Each organization donated US$300,000 to get the ambulances, and Rotary districts in Ukraine and Slovakia coordinated the delivery. Rotary's funding came from a Rotary Foundation disaster response grant. -- article by Ryan Hyland; photo by Chantal Mistral
40 ambulances to Ukraine from Rotary partnership Peter Roaf 2022-11-05 07:00:00Z 0

Past District 5040 Governor David Kirk passes away

Posted on Nov 01, 2022
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Past District Governor David Kirk passed away October 22, 2022.  Greatly respected as a kind and gentle man and Rotarian, David served our District as Governor in 2000 – 2001.  David was part of the Rotary Club of New Westminster for 40 years, where he served as President in 1990 – 1991.  He was a professional engineer, where his accomplishments were recognized with a life membership in the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and with the honour of a Fellowship with Engineers Canada. David is survived by his wife Sheila, herself a Rotarian, and their family.  
Past District 5040 Governor David Kirk passes away Peter Roaf 2022-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer to support our clubs!

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"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot," Dr. Suess says, "nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” We have so many talented members who could help District 5040 fulfill its mission to support and strengthen the clubs we serve.
 
If you are looking for the opportunity to serve, to learn, and to build relationships with other Rotary members across the district and beyond – check out the options.
Volunteer to support our clubs! Peter Roaf 2022-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Pumpkins for Polio funds raised by Interactors in West Vancouver

Posted on Oct 22, 2022
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CDN$1,710 is going to The Rotary Foundation for the End Polio Now campaign thanks to 12 members of the Interact Club at Rockridge Secondary School in West Vancouver who ran the annual “Pumpkins for Polio” fundraiser on October 22, 2022. Typically on a weekend close to Hallowe'en, the event, run by the high school Interact club, which Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise sponsors, sold the pumpkins for $5 per pumpkin or donations greater than that for Interact sales of $855. The Rotary Club matched the sales to reach the campaign total of $1,710. Each pumpkin had an “End Polio Now” sticker and was complete with a flyer about the campaign.
 
Pumpkins for Polio funds raised by Interactors in West Vancouver Peter Roaf 2022-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Arch Klumpf Society inductees Del and Roxanne Paterson

Posted on Oct 22, 2022
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Past District 5040 Governor and former District Foundation Chair Del Paterson, of RC New Westminster, and wife Roxanne were among 35 members welcomed to the Arch Klumph Society at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois on October 22, 2022. In thanking each and every honoree for empowering Rotary to help others, Rotary General Secretary and CEO, John Hewko, says, "We reflected on each other's personal stories and how impact is amplified when one puts Service Above Self. I'm honored to know these 36 philanthropic leaders and to celebrate their contributions."
Arch Klumpf Society inductees Del and Roxanne Paterson Peter Roaf 2022-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

First Polio Walk for Rotary in Vancouver

Posted on Oct 22, 2022
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Vancouver Rotary clubs held Vancouver’s first World Polio Day Walk on October 24, 2022, starting with the Proclamation at City Hall followed by the walk from Vancouver City Hall to Science World. -- photos by Michael Cowhig
First Polio Walk for Rotary in Vancouver Peter Roaf 2022-10-22 07:00:00Z 0

Powell River Rotarian Jan Gisborne recommended as District Governor in 2025-26

Posted on Oct 17, 2022
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The District 5040 Nomination Committee has recommended District Learning and Development Team Chair and former Assistant Governor Jan Gisborne, of the Rotary Club of Powell River, as District Governor Nominee Designate to serve as District 5040 Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary year. A 14-day appeal period begins October 17th and runs until October 30th.
Powell River Rotarian Jan Gisborne recommended as District Governor in 2025-26 Peter Roaf 2022-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Seniors' expedition to Barkerville of 60 years longest continuous service project in District

Posted on Oct 14, 2022
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Many of the 116 seniors who participated at no cost on September 7, 2022 in Quesnel Rotary's annual Expedition to Barkerville, the gold mining heritage town dating back to 1862 -- the largest living-history museum in western North America -- have been long-time supporters of local Rotary fundraisers. This expedition has become an annual tradition since 1962. In fact, other than the past two years on interruption because of the pandemic, it is the longest continuous service project in Rotary District 5040.
Seniors' expedition to Barkerville of 60 years longest continuous service project in District Peter Roaf 2022-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

District 5040 a national leader in Foundation giving

Posted on Oct 14, 2022
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More great Rotary Foundation news this month!  At our recent Zone meetings in Toronto, our Past District Governor (and current Foundation Chair) Lorne Calder, was presented with three awards for 2021 – 22.  We were first in our zone for EREY giving (Every Rotarian Every Year, where Rotarians give at least $25 US to the annual fund – share), with 65.6% of Rotarians doing that.  We were also first in new donors, at 253.  Finally, we were second, and received an honourable mention award, for per-capita giving to the Annual Fund, at $388.93.  
District 5040 a national leader in Foundation giving Peter Roaf 2022-10-14 07:00:00Z 0

Almost $1.3 million from BC Rotarians will provide aid and development to people and communities in need, here and worldwide

Posted on Oct 08, 2022
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As communities in BC become stronger through facilities and services, often with a focus on those in need, through the work of Rotary clubs, funds for those projects often come from The Rotary Foundation. Communities around the world, where there is so often a desperate need for people just to survive, The Rotary Foundation provides funds to fight disease, help mothers and children survive, provide disaster relief, and improve lives often through our Rotary clubs worldwide.
 
To support any and all of those causes, The Rotary Foundation is receiving US $1,292,288 from generous Rotary members, and some others, in British Columbia’s Rotary District 5040 with some from Rotary District 5050. Announcement of this gift came at District 5040’s Million Dollar Dinner on October 8, 2022 at Quilchena Golf Club in Richmond.
Almost $1.3 million from BC Rotarians will provide aid and development to people and communities in need, here and worldwide Peter Roaf 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Rotary International President visits local project and tours Vancouver

Posted on Oct 08, 2022
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At one of three Rotary StoryWalk trails in Delta, sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Ladner, North Delta and Tsawwassen, Rotary International President 2020-21 Holger Knaack, visiting from his home in Northern Germany, volunteered to help with changing the monthly children's storybook featured at 21 stations along a one-kilometre StoryWalk trail in Ladner on October 8, 2022. Holger was in town as special speaker at Rotary District 5040's Million Dollar Dinner that evening. After joining the work party, he toured some of the sights of Vancouver.
2020-21 Rotary International President visits local project and tours Vancouver Peter Roaf 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

District working on help for East Coast communities

Posted on Oct 03, 2022
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

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 Districts 5030 in Seattle and Area and 5060 in the Okanagan area of BC and part of Washington State 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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    We welcome our sponsors from our 2020 District Conference who carried over their generosity to the 2021 Conference.
     
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    2021 District Conference Sponsors Andrea Johnson 2020-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

    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  ---------------- ! 
     

    Pin Presentation using social distancing techniques

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    Thanks Jihn Charbonneau
     
    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 !
    Ideas for Installation Ceremonies 2020-05-24 07:00:00Z 0

    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).
    Vocational Training Team needs your help 2018-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

    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
    Rotary Leadership Institute 2018-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

    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.
     
    Rotaract Update August 2018 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

    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.
    Rotaract Update July 2018 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
    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