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

During my last newsletter, I mentioned I had fallen off my cabin roof and was on the mend.  It turns out I had injured myself more seriously than originally determined, and had to go back into the hospital for surgery.  I am recovering and am now back visiting clubs again.  I want to thank the clubs and individual Rotarians who sent get-well cards and posted kind comments on my Facebook page. And I want to thank Vice Governor David Stocks for filling in for me at the 54th Rotary World Golf Championships at Bear Mountain Westin Golf Resort near Victoria, BC.

(Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll, AG Meredith Green, Poulsbo Prez Michele Doyle, Silverdale Prez Kimberly Peterson, Bainbridge Island Prez John Stephens and Kingston Prez Doug Hallock.)


Literacy Month

By Laurie Carroll

September means cooler weather, changing of the leaves, back to school for the kids, and football.  It also means it is Rotary Literacy Month.  It’s the perfect time to promote literacy in your club and your community.  This year we would like the clubs to donate 2 books per Rotarian to a local or global need.  It could be a school, a reading foundation, Boys and Girls club, a hospital or anywhere that books may be needed.  Some clubs are already doing this. If not, this is the perfect time to start a literacy project.  Keep track of the number of books donated by your club.  Because competition is a motivator, there will be a contest between the clubs in your Area (on a per capita basis.).  The Area winners will be announced at the district conference in May at the Hotel Murano.  If you are looking for ideas for literacy within your club, check out the District 5020 Web page where there are many ideas. Be sure and put a Rotary bookplate in the donated book so the recipient knows the book came from your amazing Rotary club.


Floyd and Sandra Olson International Service Foundation 2016/18 International Club of the Year Award Winner is Parksville AM Rotary

Floyd Olson, a Gig Harbor Rotary Club member, President, District Governor and Rotary International Director, was honored by his club with a foundation to support international projects with an emphasis on water, His focus was adopted by RI as a priority.

The Olson Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Floyd and Sandra Olson. In 2011, the Foundation decided to establish an Annual Award to the District 5020 International Club of the Year. The award was intended to both honor the club of the year and to encourage other clubs in international projects either on their own or in partnership with other clubs.

Since creation of the Award winners have included Bainbridge Island, Oak Bay, Gig Harbor, Strathcona Sunrise and Comox.

District 5020 Governors
District Governor 2017-18
District Governor 2018-19
District Governor 2019-20

Attention all Rotarians:

Fall is the time of year when the District Governor candidate for the year 2020-2021 will be selected by our nominating committee.  Any Rotarian who is a member in good standing of your club and has served as club president for an entire year qualifies to be a candidate.

I have sent a letter outlining the procedure to all club presidents and secretaries.  We will be conducting interviews on October 28 at a place to be determined.

We have so many incredibly qualified Rotarians who would be extraordinary District Governors.

If you would like more information, or an application form, please contact:

    Joanne Croghan,  Chair Nominating Committee


Rotary Club of Longview Provides Little Free Libraries to Longview Area Schools

Little Free Libraries in the form of miniature houses stocked with books and mounted outside Longview elementary schools are helping students hone reading skills during summer vacation and beyond.

Rotary Citation

Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.

Deadlines: 30 June 2018 for Rotary and Rotaract clubs, and 15 August 2018 for Interact clubs

1) Citation for Rotary Clubs

Rotary clubs that achieve the goals listed in the Rotary Citation brochure by the end of the Rotary year will earn the Rotary Citation. All activities need to be completed, reported, and reflected in the Rotary database by 30 June. 

See what goals your club has already achieved in the Rotary Citation Dashboard District view available in late August. 


2) Citation for Rotaract Clubs

Rotaract clubs that achieve the goals listed in the Rotary Citation for Rotaract Clubs by the end of the Rotary year will earn a citation. All activities need to be completed, reported, and reflected in Rotary’s database by 30 June.

No forms are necessary — you can report all accomplishments on My Rotary. Work with leaders of your sponsor Rotary club to track and verify your club’s progress toward the citation’s goals. Reports that are available for Rotaract club presidents, sponsor Rotary club leaders, and district and regional leaders can help you (reports available in late August). For help, see the guide for Rotaract clubs.


3) Citation for Interact Clubs

Interact clubs that achieve the goals listed in the Rotary Citation for Interact Clubs by the end of the Rotary year will earn a citation. All activities need to be completed and reported in Rotary’s database by 30 June.

For Interact clubs with one sponsor Rotary club, the sponsor club’s president completes the online registration for the citation by 15 August 2017. For Interact clubs with more than one sponsor club, Rotarians should submit only one nomination. This citation is presently closed but should be available for next Rotary year.

Learn more about the Rotary Citations at: Download the Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact goals. 


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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