GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE
 
Evening of the chartering of the Rotaract Club of Centralia College (with Rotaract members and sponsors from the three Rotary Clubs of Centralia, Chehalis, and Twin Cities.
 
By Craig Gillis
 
 
Welcome to Youth Service Month
 
Youth---truly our treasure and our future!   How fitting that Rotary designates a calendar month to Youth Services!   A survey of all Rotarians would likely reveal that many join or remain in the ‘family of Rotary’ because of its advocacy for youth programs.   That is my story.   As a teacher the Rotary imprint was so evident in our schools and community.   Leadership, literacy, and scholarship programs flourish because of Rotary’s partnership.  As a parent I felt so fortunate that our son could experience that rare gift of youth exchange----a year of language, culture, and deeper world understanding.   Every club in our district in some way promotes opportunities for youth to learn, to connect, and to become leaders---ultimately to become who they can be!
 
Thank you to our Youth Services Chair, Michele Doyle, for continuing a strong tradition of guidance and support for youth programs....
 
 
DISTRICT NEWS
DISTRICT 5020 NEWSLETTER EDITOR
By Caleb Summerfelt
 
I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new District 5020 Newsletter Editor. I want to thank Leif Jason for helping with the transition and for everything he has done.
 
I would love to have press releases from your clubs about current/upcoming events, projects, and exciting news that directly involves your club. Please send all press releases with photos, and event notifications directly to me at district5020newsletter@gmail.com
 
When submitting content, please include a short bio about yourself so readers can learn more about you, also please understand that all submitted content may be copyedited for clarity and style.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I’m always happy to help!
 
In your service,
Caleb
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COUNCIL ELEVATES ROTARACT
 

Representatives vote to close a debate on a proposal at the Council.

By Arnold R. Grahl

The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.

Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.

“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”
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PORT TOWNSEND ROTARY RAISES $22,000 FOR TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
Callay Boire Shedd, member of The Benji Project Board of Directors and Rotary Fund-a-Cause presenter,  with her parents Janine Boire and Ben Shedd
 
By Carla Caldwell
 
The Rotary Club of Port Townsend raised $22,000 for the Benji Project at its annual auction on March 30 at Fort Worden Commons.  Founded in 2016 by Cynthia Osterman in memory of her son Benji Kenworthy who died by suicide in 2015, the Benji Project teaches stress management and emotional resilience skills to 11-19 year olds using an evidence-based curriculum of mindfulness and self-compassion called Making Friends with Yourself. 
 
“We are thrilled that this year’s Fund-a-Cause will provide scholarships for young people....
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GATEWAY ROTARY BAGGING PARTY
 
By Troy Kirby
 
Gateway Rotary doesn’t just have a few members show up to perform a service project, it packs a room and sets records at the same time.
 
Essentially, Gateway puts the onus on the 501c3 non-profit Homeless Backpacks to not run out of bags, in the quickest time stuffing imaginable, when its members start stuffing cans of tuna, spaghetti along with boxes of organic milk, mac & cheese, as well as bars of granola and rice crispy treats that have specialty messages written on them specifically for the young children that it feeds.
 
Gateway set a new personal record of having over 37 people packed in a room on April 20, stuffing 545 bags in less than 30 minutes....
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ROTARY TRIP FOR STUDENTS TO GUATEMALA
 
Parents and students preparing to leave.

By Bob Anderson
 
Not many sixteen year olds have had a chance to fly internationally during Easter Holy Week to a predominantly Catholic third world country. Gig Harbor Rotary Clubs with the leadership of Gig Harbor Rotary North gave six high school students the chance to do just that in April.
 
The six students and three Rotary chaperones had a potentially life changing week when they visited Opal House near lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Opal House was created by Dr. Will Boegel and his wife Diane as a non-profit nearly twelve years ago and with support of Rotary Clubs have expanded their outreach....
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DISTRICT TRAINING ASSEMBLY PLANNING – WHAT DOES A DISTRICT TRAINER REALLY DO?
 
By Marnee Obendorf
 
When I was asked to create an explanation of how the process of putting together the upcoming District Training Assembly has evolved this year, I felt like it required a little background information about what the District Trainer and Training Committee really does.
 
Oddly enough, the District 5020 Trainer doesn’t really TRAIN Rotarians. It’s more of a coordinator position than most Rotarians might think from the title.  Early in the 2018-19 year when the position became available, and I accepted the challenge....
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PARTNERING TO RAISE MONEY: ROTARY CLUBS OF PORT HARDY & PORT MCNEILL
 
Club members from Rotary Clubs of Port Hardy & Port McNeill manage the yearly auction
 
By Sandy Grenier
 
Last November the Rotary Clubs of Port Hardy & Port McNeill teamed up again for their biggest fundraiser of the year, the 32nd annual rotary radio auction.
 
This year they raised over $55,000, with a large portion of the money raised goes back into North Island community projects....
 
 
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QUALICUM BEACH ROTARY CLUB RAISES MORE THAN $4,000 AT POLIO FUNDRAISER

Joanne Toone, polio survivor, speaks at a Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise polio fundraising event. - Submitted photo

The Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise recently hosted a fundraiser for Polio called “Perogies for Polio,” a dinner of perogies and Polish sausage.

More than $4,000 was raised which will be matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of more than $12,000....

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UPCOMING EVENTS
District Training & Conference
May 09, 2019 - May 11, 2019
 
DID YOU KNOW: WHENCE THE ROTARY GEARWHEEL?
By Karen Griffith 
 
The Rotary gearwheel is one of the most familiar symbols in the world today.  In some countries it is displayed at the city limits of every town with a Rotary club. But for many years, there was no standard emblem.  Rotary clubs designed their own.
 
The Rotary Club of Chicago first used a wagon wheel, an idea attributed to Paul Harris, who reasoned that it symbolized civilization and movement.  The appearance changed from time to time, depending on the engravings that the club printer had in stock.  Then Montague Bear, an engraver, joined the club and....

PAINTING PINKIES PURPLE FOR POLIO IMMUNIZATION

By Debbie Lemire
 
Pictured here with Club President, Keith Tatton (R) the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial poromoted World Immunization Week April 24-30 by painting their pinkies purple. 
 
In countries where polio is a threat children's pinkie fingers are marked with purple ink after they are immunized. This helps health workers know which children have been protected.  Vaccines save lives and the effort to end polio is proof that vaccines work. 
 
Through the global fight to end polio, Rotary and its partners have protected more than 2.5 billion children from polio.  Because of their work and the efforts of tens of thousands of health workers polio will one day soon be a distant memory. For more information visit www.endpolio.org
DISTRICT FACEBOOK GROUP
 
 
By Kevin Hilgers
 
Have you ever asked “How can we accomplish ______ within our Rotary Club?”  Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of other Rotarians who have “been there, done that”?  A year ago I received permission to create a Facebook “Group” page for District 5020.  While we already have a Facebook “Fan Page” the goals for the new group page were different.    The original 5020 Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/Rotary.5020/ is a great way to push out information.  Often these type of FB pages are designed for public consumption of messaging the admins like to market.  A great tool. Anyone can like and join.     
 
A group page is designed for “inward” communication amongst each other. The site is a “Closed” group, open to Rotarians and “Family of Rotary” members such as youth exchange, partners of Rotarians, past and future members and others.  Anyone in the group can post and respond.  The group is of around 800 District 5020 Rotarians sharing ideas with each other. I find it helpful because don’t have to reinvent the wheel....
 
 
 
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