September 2015


Fellow Rotarians:

Wow what a fabulous month this has been! Claire and I have now visited 15 clubs from Mackenzie to Pemberton and from the Sunshine Coast to the Cariboo. We trekked to Tweedsmuir Park with the Burns Lake Rotarians and met up with the Inbound Exchange students; toured a pulp and paper and a sawmill with Prince George members and visited Rotary projects in many BC communities. We thank you all for your hospitality and for your dedication to Rotary service.

During my club visits, I have had the privilege of inducting several new members and bestowing Paul Harris Fellowship recognition on deserving Rotarians. I congratulate those who have been chosen by their clubs as true representatives of our theme Be a Gift to the World. 17 clubs have already increased their membership since July 1  (Can anyone top Quesnel with four new members?) We are just shy of 100% sign on to Rotary Club Central. (If you have yet to sign on you and we know who you are!) Our clubs have set Foundation goals that will boost the good we can do in the world and with the support of the Federal Government and the Gates Foundation our donations towards eradicating polio are five times more effective. For the eighth straight time, The Rotary Foundation has earned a 4 star rating by Charity Navigator; thereby placing us in the top 2% of U.S. based charities. All this positive activity makes one proud to be a Rotarian and especially fortunate to be part of Rotary District 5040. We are making a difference!!

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month in the Rotary Calendar. Three tangible things clubs can do re literacy are: 1.  Connect with your local literacy organization. 2. Collect gently used children and youth books and distribute them to community groups such as women’s shelters, group homes, boys and girls clubs; or set up ‘free libraries’ in the mall or the community centre. 3. Remember literacy is more than just books. Rotarians can volunteer as tutors or readers to children and adults. For more ideas on how your club can become involved in literacy, contact our District Literacy Chair Rebecca Beuschel  of  the Rotary Club of Quesnel:  email Rebecca@goldcity.net

We have now opened registration for the Rotary Day of Dialogue at the Wosk Centre on November 21st.  Check out the program and the details on the District website or contact Co-Chair, Chris Offer at ChrisOffer@live.ca The Rotary Day of Dialogue is a unique opportunity for Rotarians in District 5040 to come together and share ideas on how to grow membership, increase service and expand their knowledge of Rotary. The Rotary Day of Dialogue is a first for Rotary and a highlight of this year in our district. It has received a great deal of interest from Rotary International, Zone 24,The Rotary Foundation and leaders in neighboring districts. Make sure your club is well represented and your voice is heard as we plan to move our district forward in the years ahead.

While the number of Youth Exchange Students is down this year, there is no drop in quality. The eleven students have settled in with their first host families and started school and community activities with great enthusiasm. Rotary International requires that all Club Presidents, Youth Exchange Officers and Counselors as well as all adults in the host family home have completed a current criminal records check (crc). The District is piloting a new on line system that should simplify and streamline the process for all members. Meanwhile, all original crcs must be sent to the District Youth Certification Officer, Ron Davis of the Rotary Club of Prince George, Yellowhead: email ron.davis2@shaw.ca . Clubs should now be looking for suitable Outbound Student candidates for next year.

Have you visited the Conference website recently? Information on the Friday and Saturday night social activities and the keynote speakers is almost complete and there are some great videos. Clubs are encouraged to send in their ideas for a poster session especially if you have a local or international project to share. You can find details of what is required and how to apply at celebraterotary.ca .125 people have registered to date in order to take advantage of the Early Bird Rates.  Great deals on hotel rooms are still available but close to 80 % of the room block has been booked. So I encourage you to plan ahead.

As we move into fall activities, our Clubs resume their regular programs. Octoberfest and Foundation Dinners occupy club members and many of you participate in the Terry Fox Run in your community. Claire and I look forward to meeting Rotarians in The North West, Lower Mainland and Powell River next month. We are heading out to Providence Rhode Island for the Zone Conference and will be there to support Lyn and Alex Stroshin as they continue their District Governor training in preparation for even bigger and better things next year.


Remember to take care of one another and Be a Gift to the World



John l. Anderson
District Governor 2015-16
Rotary District 5040

Membership Matters

Why do people join Rotary and what can we learn from those that do join that might help us get more members?  Well….lets try using the “Three Magic Questions”.
  1. Why did you join Rotar
  2. What excites you about Rotary?
  3. How did Rotary find you?
Send your answers to Tom Smith, tom@tascosales.ca, from your new members, and he will publish all the answers every month.  Together we will learn.


Rotary Day of Dialogue
(Posted by Chris Offer on Sep 04, 2015)
The Rotary Day of Dialogue is a unique opportunity for Rotarians in District 5040 to come together and share ideas on how to grow membership, increase service and expand knowledge of Rotary.
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Wosk Center for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings, Vancouver
Cost: $95.00 per person, coffee, lunch all materials - Click here to register.
DG 5040 Request for Nominations - Years 2018-19
(Posted by Ken Wilson on Sep 23, 2015 )
We are now seeking nominations for the role of District Governor for the Rotary year 2018-2019. Information about this process as well as a nomination form can be found in the Documents Download section of the Member Area. Nominations close November 1st, 2015.  More info
Foundation Dinner Postponed
(Posted by John Anderson on Sep 20, 2015)
Unfortunately we must postpone the Foundation Dinner which was going to happen in November 2015. We do not have a new date yet but will let you know as soon as we do.
(Posted by Penny Offer on Sep 15, 2015 )
This short video explains why you should take RLI. The next RLI Part 1 & 2 are October 24, 2015 - Registration is now open - to register click HERE
Rotary Coats for Kids Campaign 2015
Burnaby Metrotown
Oct 19, 2015 – Nov 30, 2015
This year we are beginning our distribution of new coats to Burnaby Schools on October 19th.  If you would like to help pick up coats, sort coats or deliver coats to children in need please click here for more information and let us know!   Kids in Burnaby will thank you and so do we! More info

Featured Video


District Conference, Whistler BC

DG Visits

Terrace Oct 5 12:15pm

Kitimat Oct 6 6pm

Terrace Skeena Oct 7 7am

Smithers Oct 7 6:15pm

Prince Rupert Oct 8 12:15pm

Royal City NW Oct 14 7am

Burnaby Metrotown Oct 14 12:15pm

Burnaby Deer Lake Oct 15 7:15pm

Burnaby Oct 16 12:15pm

Powell River Sunrise BM Oct 20 7pm

Powell River Sunrise Oct 21 7:30am

Powell River Oct 21 6:30pm

Pender Harbour Oct 23 12pm

Ladner Oct 27 12:05pm

Vancouver Centennial Oct 27 6:30pm

Richmond Oct 28 12:15pm

Richmond Sunrise Oct 29 7:00am

Vancouver Arbutus Oct 30 12:15pm


Sound of Hope - Bali Fundraiser
Oct 02, 2015, 6pm - 11:59pm
Fraserview Hall 8240 Fraser Street Vancouver, BC
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 & 2
Saturday, October 24, 2015 8am - 4:15pm
Town & Country Inn
Delta (Ladner) Hwy 99 & River Road
The Big Blue Ball
Nov 07, 2015 6:00 PM
Prince George
Rotary Day of Dialogue
Sat, November 21, 2015
8am to 4pm
Location: Wosk Center for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings, Vancouver
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