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

World Polio Day 2017. Laurie and I joined Rotary leaders to celebrate the 5th annual World Polio Day on October 24th in Seattle. The event was live-streamed around the world from the Gates Foundation headquarters.  Here is a link to the 60-minute event:

2020-21 District Governor Selected.  The District Nominating Committee selected Greg Horn as our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2020-21! Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, and he previously served three years as Assistant Governor for Area 12.  Greg and Mary Horn are co-chairing our 2018 District Conference in Tacoma. Greg will immediately begin a 30-month training cycle to prepare him to lead our great district. Send Greg a congratulatory note at

(Photo Caption: Governor Tom Carroll presenting Past Assistant Governor Kenn Whiteman of Port Alberni with a plaque recognizing his district service.)


Rotary Club of Nanaimo – Bed Project – Vancouver Island Mental Health Society


Two significant sponsorships by the Rotary Club of Nanaimo with funds from the book sale and The Rotary Foundation have been benches at Eden Gardens, seniors' dementia residence, and bed frames and mattresses for the Vancouver Island Mental Health Society (VIMHS).

For each of these activities, members of the Rotary club are active participants fulfilling the Rotary goal of “Service Above Self”.


District’s Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2017-2018

Nalin Dhillon is our district’s Ambassadorial Scholar for 2017-2018. Sponsored by the Oak Bay Rotary Club of Victoria, he is studying for a master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Nalin is being hosted by the Sidcup Rotary Club of London. He is pictured here in the front row being welcomed by the club. 

District’s Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2018-2019

The District’s Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ms. Lacye Groening of Olympia for the 2018-2019 school year. Sponsored by the West Olympia Rotary Club, Ms. Groening has been admitted to the Masters in Global Health program at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University.

Each year, the District awards its Ambassadorial Scholarship of $15,000 to a student for a year of graduate studies in the humanities with a view toward carrying out Rotary’s mission of service. Applicants must be a resident of the District and be sponsored by a District Rotary club. Applications are due by September 1st for the following school year, but an applicant should begin the process several months before that. Further information can be found on the District’s website in Scholarships under District Links.

Literacy Project Provides Summer Reading Opportunities

Beginning readers often regress over the summer vacation. In the past, individual students were given books for personal use. This year we wanted to increase the impact of the books purchased.  The Campbell River Daybreak Rotary Club, in cooperation with the We Wai Kai and We Wai Kum communities including the Laichwiltach Family Life Society, an elementary school having a significant number of students at risk of regression, and Literacy Campbell River, identified five locations that offer summer programs. In these locations, a selection of developmentally appropriate books was housed for the summer. The goal was to create opportunities for beginning readers to practice reading skills throughout the summer vacation.

The literacy, international service and small projects committees contributed funding for a District Community Grant to fund this pilot summer program. Teachers and the staff of Laichwiltach Family Life Society identified age and culturally appropriate books for placement in the summer libraries. These were supplemented with books donated by individual club members. Storage shelves on wheels were constructed to hold and display the books.  This allowed these books to be moved where the children were located during the day and into secure storage at night.

World Polio Day Fundraiser a Success

A great gathering at 318/328 Wale Road, Colwood  - The Holiday Inn and Suites/328 Taphouse + Grill – in celebration of World Polio Day.

8 of the 10 clubs of Area 6/7 were represented. 43 Rotarians, family and friends, all with purple painted pinkie fingernails, gathered at 6 pm for the light up. After taking many pictures with much conversation, everyone proceeded next door to 328 Taphouse + Grill. 

Pizza (their specialty) and beer (or wine) for $25 was the menu for the evening. It was a buffet style – help yourself pizza! As fast as the pizzas arrived they were 'inhaled' – more were on the way!. Pizzas kept arriving until everyone had had sufficient! The tables were set with place mats created by PDG Joan Firkins – recycled from her clubs' lunch meeting.  Jenn Raappana (Westshore Rotary Club) designed the tickets.


 Literacy Alberni Cooks and Books program

 The inaugural Literacy Alberni Cooks and Books program (Summer 2017) wrapped up with a bang! The youth cooking and reading program, funded by Island Health's Wellness Grant, helped take 16 youths aged 9 - 12 on a food exploration journey that lasted 6 weeks and involved an array of activities associated with culinary skills, tasting, and bringing home meals, and literacy skills!

The program's goal was to create self-sufficient and knowledgeable young chefs who would be able to help out in the kitchen and even handle their own recipes. Week 2 of the program had the students prepare two different types of bread, both of which they took home to their families. Another week the students visited Healthy Harvest Farm, harvesting their own salads to take home along with their dressings they also prepared. 


Rotarians “Up Their Game” in Mexico

Parksville AM Rotarians are busy planning their fourth annual building adventure in Mexico.  Having completed a multi-use Community Centre for seniors and children in 2017, Year 4 will see the team of Parksville AM Rotarians, partners and friends undertake the construction of a training centre for the local Rural Development Education Brigade in the small community of Vicente Guerrero, located in the San Quintin Valley, Baja California, Mexico.

The training centre will provide a teaching facility for up to 800 students per year with a curriculum that will teach 12 different vocational skills, including instruction on how to start a business and skills to improve the efficiency and economic returns from an existing business or farm enterprise.

These projects are the result of a unique collaboration between the Club and Live Different, a Canadian non-profit organization with a home base in Vicente Guerrero, which has seen the successful completion of three building projects in the last three years: a family home, a kindergarten, and a community centre. 

Rotary Awards Information


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.





This award recognizes one outstanding alumni association each year that has increased awareness of our alumni’s impact on our organization.


Who can nominate:

Regional Rotary Foundation coordinators

Deadline: June 30, 2018

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



Recognize Rotaract clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Rotaract Week, which occurs each year during the week of March 13. Activities can range from partnering with an international Rotaract club to publicizing Rotaract in your local media.


Who can nominate:

Sponsoring Rotary club or district Rotaract chair.

Complete the certificate that can be downloaded at:



Recognize Interact clubs that celebrate the founding of the first club during World Interact Week, which occurs each year during the week of November 5 (from Monday to Sunday). Activities can range from working on a joint project with a Rotary club to inviting potential members to a club meeting or project.


Who can nominate:

Sponsoring Rotary clubs or district Interact chairs

Complete the certificate that can be downloaded at:


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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