District 5020 Monthly Bulletin
December 2017
Governor’s Message: December 2017
By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18

Rose Bowman Memorial Bus Update. 

Earlier this year I requested Rotarians donate to refurbish a bus to be delivered to a small Mexican village to honor the memory of Past District Governor Rose Bowman. I appointed a committee to oversee the project, including Leon Bowman, Larry McGee, Chip Ross and Jerry Wilkins. The primary objective was to get the bus operational and delivered to the Mexico community of Cabo Corrientes, which is adjacent to Puerto Vallarta. The bus is now fully repaired, and on December 2, 2017, the bus started its journey to Mexico. $21,698.44 has thus far been raised for the project. Approximately $7,750 has been expended (towing and repair of the bus).  A replacement engine, batteries and other items have been donated to significantly reduce the costs to get the bus operational.  The reminder of about $14,000 will be leveraged with Rotary International Grant funds to provide support to the community of Cabo Corrientes. 

(Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll with Ignacio Palomera, (El Tuito) Leon Bowman, Mike Crouse, Larry McGee (Twin Cities), David Stevens, Keith Tatton (Cumberland), Ryan Friesen, Patrick Johnson, Bayne Mann, and Andy Toperchuk (Strathcona).)


Rotary Friendship Exchange, Atlantic Canada October 1 to October 15, 2017


Five couples from Rotary District 5020 embarked on a Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 7820, Atlantic Canada.  These couples were:

Bruce and Patricia Baikie, Campbell River Rotary Club,
Pieter and Beja Koeleman, Campbell River Rotary Club,
Betsy and Geoff Pentz, East Jefferson Rotary Club & Bremerton Rotary Club
Vicki and Lee Evans, Bainbridge Island Rotary Club
James and Kathryn Whitacre, Tacoma #8 Rotary Club.

We were hosted by several clubs in 4 different areas of Nova Scotia. These clubs were: 

1) South Shore; Lunenburg, Bridgewater and District
2)Yarmouth Rotary;
3)Annapolis Valley Clubs -Kentville, Wolfville, New Minas Sunrise
4)Halifax- Halifax Rotary, Sackville and Area

We enjoyed plentiful hospitality which included van tours around the area enlightened by the expert guidance and commentary of our Rotarian drivers. We enjoyed several pot luck dinners to meet with local club members. The rural beauty and coastal scenery of various sites provided constant interest and appreciation.

Some of our experiences included:


District Clubs Light Up to End Polio

The END POLIO NOW light up was  great public awareness and a financial success. Word is just in from 328 Taphouse + Grill

"We had 47 attendees for the event, which brings your funds raised to $587.50."

Attendees at The Pizza Beer/Wine evening on Tuesday October 24th ate well, shared much social time,  renewed or met Rotarians from many clubs and raised $$$

Thank you to all who attended!

PR Committee, Area 6/7 clubs

Rotary Clubs of the Comox Valley Literacy Project

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the Rotary Clubs of the Comox Valley launched the What Canada Means to Me contest.  Comox Valley residents of all ages were invited to participate in this open format contest. Submissions could be from individuals or groups, and could be in any form including poetry, rap, diorama, video, essay, or graphic art.

The judges were impressed at the quality of the entries, and, and have chosen the following winners:

Grade 4-7    Ms K. Leith-Mills Grade 4 class at Ecole Robb Road                 Elementary School

This entry was a collection of moving personal accounts written by her students.

Grade 8-12   Aisha Hunter-Bellavia, Grade 11, Highland Secondary School

Aisha designed a T-shirt that illustrates several aspects of the Canadian struggle for tolerance and inclusion.

Adult            Glacier View residents

Residents created a large mural of Canada, and shared memories of their connections to different parts of the country. The result is an evolving art piece which will be enhanced with the addition of more memories.

Winners will receive $500 to donate to the charity of their choice, and $50 for their personal use.

Strategies For Member Attraction & Retention

Rotary International reports that the top reason members stay with Rotary is the valuable friendships and connections they make as members. Committed to member retention, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has put into effect several innovative communication programs to help members connect both inside the club and in the wider community. 


The Club’s Communication Director, Mark W. Costa, is a veteran Sales, Marketing and Business Development Executive with an extensive background in travel, tourism, hospitality and nonprofit executive leadership. His inclusive, motivating approach to leadership involves a combination of senior level management experience and inspiring creativity. Here are some of his new programs: 

Bill’s Ride to End Polio

Many of you will remember that Past District Governor 2003‐04 Bill McCarthy (you know Bill – everybody does!) accepted the challenge to be one of many Rotarians and friends of Rotary riding in the Indoor Ride to End Polio.  This was in conjunction with the El Tour de Tucson where riders representing Rotary Clubs from around the world ride distances from 28 to 106 miles to raise funds to help the world “Drop to Zero” polio cases.

Well – he did it!

Bill met his goal to ride 50 miles for PolioPlus (at the age of 70).  While this was done to raise money to End Polio Now he also made this a personal physical challenge to himself.  Of course, the biggest motivation was to honor those who had pledged him.  “It was grueling”, Bill says.  He started early morning and rode until nearly 5 PM on Thursday 11/16/2017.  Allowing for some water breaks and a lunch he still averaged nearly 10 miles per hour for the time he rode.

Rotary Awards Information


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.


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 forms will be available late in 2017.


Deadline: April 1, 2018

Complete the nomination form when the nomination period is open for FY 2018.

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

Mike Robbins

Disctrict Awards Chair

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