District 5020 Monthly Bulletin
February 2018
Governor’s Message: February 2018
By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
District 5020 Interact Club Wins Global Video Competition!  Selected over 140 Interact clubs representing 28 countries, the Mark R. Isfeld Interact Club from Courtenay, BC won the highly competitive award with their video, "People of Action".  Watch it here.
Two New Rotary Clubs! The Rotary E-Club of District 5020 was chartered in January, and a new club in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island likely will charter in February. Chartering new Rotary clubs is one way to ensure we are offering the Rotary experience in new and different ways. The key is flexibility. Rotary is a membership organization; only through attracting new members will we increase our service to the world.

(Photo Caption:  Prospective charter members of a new Rotary club in the Comox Valley meet over a few refreshments to discuss club leadership positions.)

Growing Membership
5 Tips to Keep Member Leads Flowing
In the cold winter months of the year every club struggles with meeting attendance. And with lower meeting attendance comes a tendency to put member attraction and growth on the back burner til the warming suns of spring.
At this time of year I would encourage you not to be a groundhog afraid of your shadow. Put these five membership attraction tips into motion and your club should be a perennial powerhouse of membership activity.
Rotary Club of Port Hardy Christmas Hamper Fund
The Rotary Club of Port Hardy has done it again... they surpassed their donation amount from last year for the North Island Gazette Christmas Hamper Fund!

The Port Hardy club and its members donated $6400 to help cover costs towards preparing and delivering 600 food hampers throughout Northern Vancouver Island during the holidays for those in need. The Hamper Fund's goal was to raise $40,000.
(Photo Caption: Community Service Rotarian Gene Cadwallader (L) and President Heather Patriquin (R) present Public Relations Rotarian and Hamper Fund President Sandy Grenier with a cheque for $6400 from the the club and its members)
Call for Newsletter Content & Hello!
Hello everyone reading this, Leif Jason here from the Rotary Club of Comox, and your new District 5020 Newsletter Editor. I’m thrilled to be taking on the responsibility of compiling and sending out this newsletter every month! I’d love to see lots of great submissions from your clubs. I’m personally particularly interested in creative fundraising, and am eventually hoping to put some time into creating fundraising manuals useful at a district level. If your club has a Facebook page or Twitter account please reply to this email and let me know where to find you: I’d like to proactively follow your clubs and see if I find any neat story ideas! All the best, and thank you in advance for your submissions.
Rotary Awards Information
I am reviewing some of the awards that were listed earlier this year that didn't have application forms available. These are listed as reminders of awards that can be available in the next few months.
1) Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service
The Distinguished Service Award is the Foundation’s highest service recognition and is given to Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation. Recipients must have received the Citation for Meritorious Service at least four years prior to be eligible for this award.
Who can nominate: Rotarians
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Complete the nomination form when the nomination period is open for FY 2018.
2) Rotary Alumni Global Service
This award recognizes one outstanding Rotary alumnus each year whose humanitarian service and professional achievements demonstrate the impact of Rotary's programs.

Who can nominate: Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Complete the nomination form when the nomination period is open for FY 2018.
3) Rotary Award for Excellence in Service to Humanity
This award recognizes up to 150 non-Rotarians, including partners and spouses of Rotarians, who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service consistent with Rotary's ideals, and who might otherwise go unrecognized.
Nomination: The nomination forms will be available in March.
Deadline: April 6, 2018

Please contact Mike Robbins if you have any questions about these awards. 

Mike Robbins

Disctrict Awards Chair

C: 360-292-8110

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Next deadline for bulletin submissions is February 26, 2018 and the February theme is Peace & Conflict Prevention & Resolution.
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