Making Giving Easy Peasy 

November is such an exciting time for so many reasons.  In the United States you will be planning your Thanksgiving festivities.  Whether you are in Canada or the USA, we can all be grateful for our friends and families and rejoice in our good fortune to live in such a great part of the world.

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE NOVEMBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20
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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
Rotary International has named October as Economic and Community Development month. I have been hearing from clubs all over the district, and I want to share what I have been learning.
Almost all of our clubs are heavily involved in this area, but many don’t realize what they are doing is building economies and developing communities.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts

Knowledge is power, in Rotary and in the world.  
Every Rotarian has the ability and opportunity to share knowledge.  That knowledge can be as simple as sharing the accomplishments of your committee with the rest of the club. That knowledge may be as important as making your club and foundation finances as transparent and accessible as possible.  
In our modern world, none of that knowledge can be shared without a literate audience.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE SEPTEMBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts

Being part of something new is always exciting. You get that “cutting edge” feeling. It must have felt that way when the first automobile hit the roads; the first astronaut rocketed into space; the first person to get more than 100 friends on Facebook. Time passes quickly, so when we have a chance to be first, we have to move quickly before it is gone. That must be the feeling you get when you charter a Rotary Club. Think of it this way.   Currently we have 90 clubs in our district. That means a minimum of 1800 Rotarians hold or have held the title of charter member. Considering three clubs are celebrating their 100th anniversary this month, odds are a lot of charter members are no longer with us. If you are a charter member of the Rotary Club of Pt. McNeill, you would have your name on a plaque on a at the seafront.  Other clubs display those names on plaques on the wall of the room where they meet. It a badge of pride.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE AUGUST 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
By Jim Sparing
When Rotarian Kathy Koshman returned to Victoria after visiting a school in Rakai district in Uganda, she visited Craigflower School and reported to our club that she observed ‘3rd world’ conditions here in Victoria. This led Saanich Rotary to begin an ongoing program of support at Craigflower.
When the word “Rotarian” comes to mind, there’s a picture, too, of Bill Maule, Kingston-North Kitsap Club’s President for Rotary year 2019-2020
By Ron Carter
At almost ninety years of age, one would expect to be stepping down from civic and community activities.  Not Bill Maule.  He stepped up.  Effective July 1, Bill became President of Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club. 
He was born in California in 1930.  An Eagle Scout, Bill graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Zoology.  While at Pomona, he met his future wife, Seattle-born Sue Merrick.  He served as a U.S. Army infantry officer for two years, including time in Korea immediately following the armistice.  While pursuing an MA at University of Minnesota, he learned that the State Department’s Foreign Service was seeking generalists.
ALMOST “NONAGENARIAN” LEADS IN KINGSTON Ron Carter 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Team RFE India with Indian hosts enjoying a cool afternoon on the front porch.
By Geoff Pentz
Imagine if you will flying virtually to the other side of the planet(South India), being swept away to a full Hindu wedding with all the photos and dining associated with a 400+ person gathering.  It was an 18-course fingers only dinner on a banana leaf, serenaded by a Hindu band and on-stage photos with the bridal party.  Moments later, being chauffeured (don’t ever drive in India) to a middle school and once again being center stage but in front of 50 interact students and having a wonderful hour of questions and answers.  And finally traveling to the river’s edge of the backwaters of Kochi and stepping on a 40 ft open boat traveling down one backwater after the other lined with the common homes of fishermen and farmers.  This was our first day of 11, on our Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to South India (District 3201) this year.  
By Paul Wynkoop
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is holding it’s inaugural Bicycle Fundraiser event on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The inspiration for the event came from various club members’ comments that a bicycle ride might be a good idea for a future fundraiser. In researching the concept I was referred to the North Kitsap, Poulsbo Rotary Club, who’s been running a very successful event named Viking Tour for the past five years. 
Members of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay flag committee, from left, Gordon Quigley, Tricia Timmermans, Jim Force, Pete Lawrie and Joan Peggs look on as a Canadian flag flaps in the breeze. The club is seeking subscriptions for their annual Canada Flag Program. (Oak Bay News file photo)
New leadership took the helm this month for the Rotary Clubs in Greater Victoria. The new president of the 106-year-old Rotary Club of Victoria is Gerald Pash. The Sidney Rotary Club, established in 1946, will be led by Ian Morely. Robert Nemish will lead the 61-year-old Saanich Club.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the guest speaker at the July 17 meeting of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club.
By Ron Carter
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the guest speaker at the July 17 meeting of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club. Invited guests included Kingston Kiwanians.
Sunset on the Kalahari
By Dan Powel
Tacoma Sunrise Rotarians, headed by Dennis Buschman, completed three District Grants in Botswana and Namibia during a trip there in March 2019. Dennis was joined on the trip by his wife, Delia, as well as Sunrise Rotarians Tom Glenn, Dan Powell, and Bend, OR Rotarian Michael Dillard.
All three grants focused on Education and Literacy. The first grant provided 55,000 books for Primary Schools in Botswana. The second and third grants provided Rachel Plus electronic learning devices to two schools, one in Botswana and one in Namibia.
Steve Blacklock and Richard Davis, the grounds crew at the Comx Valley Batfest.
By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
I cannot begin to list all the reasons I am grateful for being a member of Rotary. There are just too many incredible things. I am thankful for everything from all the new friendships to the ability to work in local and international communities to help make them just a little bit better place to live.
Psychology Today cited the five top reasons to volunteer. It started with “volunteers live longer and are healthier”. We have this covered just look at our motto “Service Above Self.
VOLUNTEERING, A SENSE OF PURPOSE Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
By Corey Lopardi 
August in Rotary is known as Membership and New Club Development Month, but do you know why we focus on membership? Membership is essential to every aspect of a Rotary club. As a matter of fact, Rotary International won’t even allow you to start a new Rotary club without 20 people who are interested in joining and upholding Rotary’s ideals and values.

Cap Pearson and Club President Linda Kaye Briggs.
By Jim Henderson
At the June 20, 2019 meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary, at a quarterly presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships, our member Charles A. (Cap) Pearson, was presented with a Major Donor Award, (Level 1) for his cumulative donations to the Rotary International Foundation totaling over $10,000 by President Linda Kaye Briggs.
WHO:Paul Harris Society Members are Rotarians that have made the commitment, as long as they are financially able, to contribute $1,000 annually to the Rotary Foundation.
2019 DTA/CONFERENCE SPONSORS Jennifer Durham 2019-07-08 07:00:00Z 0
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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
Aloha District 5020 Rotarians!   It is with extreme Joy that I greet you, this brand-new Rotary Year, as your District Governor.  It is a time to look forward and to plan your connections with each other, with your community and with the world.  But let’s also value the year that is ending as I know former District Governor Craig is so appreciative of the things you accomplished, and he wants to see your continued success.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE JULY 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
By  Jim Mcgarva
Tumwater Rotary and the City of Tumwater dedication for Jim Brown Park. Jim Brown, known as Mr. Tumwater, was a charter member of Tumwater. The club started in 1951. Jim was an active member until his death in 2014.
TUMWATER ROTARY AND JIM BROWN PARK Jim Mcgarva 2019-07-03 07:00:00Z 0
By Craig Gillis
As we transition from one memorable Rotary year in the life of District 5020….and eagerly anticipate another exciting chapter in our Rotary story led by an enthusiastic, wise, and dedicated District Governor Maureen Fritz-Roberts and 91 eager and enthusiastic presidents and over 4600 club members ….I want to take a moment to share three of the many thoughts I take with me from this meaningful year in my life as a Rotarian:  Family, Service, Gratitude.
By David Engle
The Port Townsend (Noon) Rotary Club held its annual “Peaceful Transition of Power” event at the Port Townsend School of the Arts downtown gallery called Experience Art on the evening of Tuesday, June 25th
PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER David Engle 2019-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
By Ray Andrews
This year the Rotary Club of Sidney by the Sea is trying a new approach for it’s Annual Raffle – using an “On-Line Raffle” to reach throughout BC.
SIDNEY BY THE SEA ANNUAL RAFFLE Ray Andrews 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
By Charlene Davis
A great Rotarian and a very dear friend of mine told me a few years ago that Rotary changed her life.  I didn’t totally understand the significance of that statement at the time, but I’m getting closer now.  Most, if not all of us join Rotary to make a difference, to give back and to make a positive change in the world around us. We succeed spectacularly, we do change the world, but maybe we don’t always realize that Rotary changes us, in profound ways.
ROTARY CLUB OF DUNCAN ANNUAL CAR RALLY AND BBQ Nora Dowsett 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Ken presenting scribblers and footballs to staff at Nwawasea primary school .
By Bev Hilton
All my life I have taken living in Canada for granted, education, healthcare, living standards, access to clean water, etc.  Several years ago I traveled to Ghana, West Africa for the first time, what an unbelievable life experience.
(L-R) President Bob Macaulay, 2018-2019 District Governor Craig Gillis and Kelly Macaulay pictured with awards presented at recent District Conference in Victoria, B.C. (Photo by Pat Zane)
By Dick Hughes
President Bob was presented a Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his inspirational leadership and generous Rotary spirit!  The award commends President Bob for leading by example.
ROTARY CLUB OF SEQUIM PICKS UP TWO AWARDS Dick Hughes 2019-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
North Mason Interact kids helping out with the Taste of Hood Canal T-shirt Booth
By Ken Boad
We chartered in 2002 with the help of Pt. Orchard Rotary and Shelton Rotary.  Our first president, Mr. Joe Matthews originally from Pt. Orchard, was instrumental in getting us started in the basics of Rotary and Rotary Foundation.  Since then, we have evolved into a thriving club of 32 members with with several new member prospects on the horizon.
2018-2019 ROTARY YEAR AT NORTH MASON ROTARY CLUB Ken Boad 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
The award winners pictured (left to right) Cathy Kirkland (South Hill Collision and Auto Glass, Business), Mary Davis (Emerald Ridge High School, Education), Stephanie Dunkel (Pierce County Health Department, Government), Michelle Karns (Backpack Kids, Non-Profit Organization)
By Karen Hansen
Four community leaders will be recognized by the Puyallup South Hill Rotary Club for their contributions to the community through their vocation. The recipients of the 2018 Community Vocational Service Award are...
By Diana Matsuda
The Rotary Club of Parksville AM has decided it is time to take out the trash on Little Mountain. Over the years, the base of this beautiful pristine area of Parksville has become a dumping ground, either because the dumpers didn’t want to pay for proper disposal of their garbage or because they thought it would be exciting to throw something large over a 100 foot cliff.
TIME TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH! Diana Matsuda 2019-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
By Ron Carter
David and Trish Adler are becoming Rotarians. Trish works in Seattle and cannot attend noon meetings in Kingston. Because of David’s work, he cannot be at noon meetings. David and Trish are interested in contributing in their community, fellowship with neighbors and friends, and involvement with fun projects.
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19
‘We Are All One’ painted by Nanaimo North Rotarian, Derek Rickwood depicting our District 5020 Rotary Youth Exchange.
By Craig Gillis

Welcome to Fellowship Month


June---seems such an appropriate time to pause and reflect upon this past Rotary year as we celebrate our successes, install our new Rotary boards, and anticipate the potential of our incoming theme:   Rotary Connects the World!


In the fabric of a Rotary year we weave many memorable stories that remind us of projects completed, meetings held, and moments shared.   As many of us know Siegel and Gale drew attention to many reasons Rotarians join the family of Rotary, yet it is the sense of fellowship and camaraderie that emerges as a primary reason Rotarians remain in Rotary. Take a moment to consider how your experience has been enriched by and with people you have met as a result of this past Rotary. Sometimes it is a stranger who self introduces when seeing your Rotary pin, sometimes it is getting to know another club member as you workside by side, or sometimes it is sitting in a District Assembly classroom learning more about the leadership role you are about to take on. Whether a casual conversation before a regular meeting, a club social that brings together family and friends, or a warm sense of welcome while connecting with a club member…. our Rotary friendships are forged and strengthened.   We are enriched our experiences and the people with whom they are shared.   It is these connections that inspire us and often motivate us to contribute time, energy, and resources to making this the world we hope it can be.

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE JUNE 2019 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2019-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Cumberland International Services Director Dave Stevens taking a well earned break at our last spring clean up in mid May. 

By Debbie Lemire

Shortly after the first meeting of the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial in 2005, thoughts turned to the resurrection of a neglected and overgrown orchard on a gentle south facing slope that had been completely overtaken by the surrounding forest. 

By Jim Bennett
Imagine seventeen years of a repeat festival getting more and more successful each year. This is the experience of the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach who have just completed their Annual Wine Festival & Art Show with good support from almost all of their 42 current Members.
Rotary Wheel is proudly shown on the borehole!

By Vicki Evans
In April 2019 the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island completed a District Community Grant in the amount of $6,910 that rehabilitated six boreholes in Northern Uganda, replacing galvanized pipes and all components with all stainless steel.
CLEAN WATER FOR NORTHERN UGANDA Vicki Evans 2019-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION SESSION Richard Clarke 2019-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Assistant District Governor, Wayne Anderson, centre with exchange student Ayu Fujiwara, left, from Japan and Youth Protection Officer, Bonnie Murrell, right, at the Rotary's table , strategically positioned at the entrance to Earth Day's exhibit hall.
By Don Dempson
Earth Day - it’s more than just an awareness program; it’s taken on a life of its own globally, and become a day of information sharing, education, planning and an action event that involves upwards of a billion people in more than 190 countries,  
NANAIMO AREA 4 PI IN ACTION Don Dempson 2019-05-19 07:00:00Z 0
By Ramona Gagner
My name is Ramona Gagner and I am serving as the Youth Protection Officer for the robust Tacoma South Rotary.  It’s an honor and a privilege to be counted part of this group of caring and action-oriented leaders of our community.
TACOMA RESCUE MISSION TO OPEN A WOMEN’S SHELTER Ramona Gagner 2019-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
By Kevin Hilgers
Every club recognizes new members in different ways. Hopefully new members are inducted into their new family in a dignified manner.  It is after all what could be a life changing event.  While new members are hopefully warmly welcomed and invited to be a part of regular fun and work efforts, how do you recognize the new members’ sponsor? 
WHY DO WE CARE WHO SPONSORED US INTO ROTARY? Kevin Hilgers 2019-05-18 07:00:00Z 0
By Jeff Harris
Floyd served as President of the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor in 1990-91. As a successful business person, Floyd and his wife and lifetime partner Sandra Olson lived in Brazil for 9 years, working for Wilson meat packing, prior to moving to Gig Harbor.  When Wilson wanted to move them again they said no dice and bought a Servpro franchise and over time had 3 franchises and became the NW Director for Servpro.
By Jeff Harris, Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
The path to the approved Global Grant 1869459 (Barillas Rachel Digital Library Project) began in January 2015. Bob Cairns, RC of Port Orchard spoke to the RC of Gig Harbor.
Rachel stands for Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning.  It transmits gigabytes of quality material to nearly 50 computers, tablets or smart phones in 200 foot radius.
HOW THINGS HAPPEN - RACHEL GLOBAL GRANT IN GUATEMALA 2019 Jeff Harris 2019-05-14 07:00:00Z 0
By Kathleen Melendez, Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North
The Rotary club of Gig Harbor North hosted an “InterGenFest” as a community service event on March 30, 2019 at the Boys/Girls Club/Senior Club of Gig Harbor with 52 participants. The event brought together youth and seniors who would not normally find anything in common.
COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT "INTERGENFEST” Kathi Melendez 2019-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19
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.
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....
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE MAY 2019 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
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....
DISTRICT 5020 FACEBOOK GROUP Kevin Hilgers 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
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....
ROTARY TRIP FOR STUDENTS TO GUATEMALA  Bob Anderson 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.”
COUNCIL ELEVATES ROTARACT  Arnold R. Grahl 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
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....
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....
GATEWAY ROTARY BAGGING PARTY  Troy Kirby 2019-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Most Rotarians are aware that Rotary’s membership numbers have been relatively stagnant for some time now. We have been at 1.2 Million members for more than 10 years with about as many Rotarians leaving Rotary as are joining. Of the 170,000 members that left Rotary last year 31% felt that Rotary was too expensive or took too much time, 21% were unhappy with the club environment and 15% had unmet expectations. This suggest that there is a large portion of the population that is interested in Rotary, but want to experience it in a different way than is currently offered. Now we can definitely work to make our club experiences more inclusive and welcoming, but perhaps another approach is needed in areas where the current club options still don’t reflect all of the communities needs. This is where a Satellite Club can help us provide the opportunity for Rotary to many more people.

Membership: Why You Should Consider a Satellite Club Corey Lopardi 2019-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted 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
Whence the Rotary Gearwheel? Karen Griffith 2019-04-21 07:00:00Z 0
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
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,
DISTRICT 5020 NEWSLETTER EDITOR Caleb Summerfelt 2019-04-20 07:00:00Z 0

Joan 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....

Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Maternal and Child Health Month

The Gift of Health:      Many of us nurtured in North America we have come to know health care as a given.   Our ready access to medical care has minimizes trauma of birth and the challenges of the early years.   If we have the opportunity to parent, we quickly recognize our greatest gift and greatest resource is our children.   Over 100 global grants last year directly supported maternal and child health---- so many of the other areas of focus for global grants are also indirectly related to supporting our most vulnerable populations.
I have included a brief video message (in song!) this month---in an effort to draw together so much of who we are and what we do as Rotarians.   It is my dream to see every Rotary in District 5020 contribute a minimum of $25.00 U.S. to the Foundation.    Please help our District 5020 raise its per capita Annual Fund giving this year----and continue to truly leave a collective imprint on our world.  Thank you for your life decision to be a Rotarian.   Together we inspire; together we connect; together we can leave a legacy!
“A child born to a mother who can read has a 50% better chance of survival past age 5.”
Al Brooks Foundation Dinner in Olympia.
DG Craig
Pictured: National Immunization Day in Ethiopia
Governor's Message April 2019 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2019-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis

It is February-----the month when we encourage Rotarians to register for the District Training Assembly and District Conference:   May 9, 10, 11 in Victoria.
Why attend?    It is a great opportunity for all Rotarians to learn and to celebrate.  Bring a team----travel together---learn from skilled presenters----adopt ideas----make friends----enjoy the ambience of beautiful Victoria.   Be motivated by world class speakers whose life journey brings heart, hope, and inspiration.

Register by March 1, 2019……and be eligible for one of 6 Early Registration prizes:
  • Gowlland Harbour Resort (Quadra Island) --- one night accommodation for 2 and Quadra Island Golf Course --- two 18 hole rounds
  • Storey Creek Golf Course (Campbell River) -----two 18 hole rounds
  • Campbell River Golf and Country Club----four 18 hole rounds and 2 power carts
  • Campbell River Daybreak Wine and Blues Fest May ---- 2020 ---- tickets for 4
  • Quay West Restaurant (Campbell River) ----  Dinner for 2
  • Crowne Isle Golf  (Courtenay) --- two 18 hole rounds
Welcome to District Training Assembly and Conference Promotion! Craig Gillis 2019-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Clarke
The proposed Enactments for consideration by the 2019 Council on Legislation are now available for viewing on the RI website.
The role of the Council on Legislation representatives is to taken into account the impact that any proposed resolution will have on Rotary worldwide, rather than just the impact on Rotary within their own District.
Nevertheless, as your District Representative Richard Clarke and Alternate Joanne Croghan prepare for the council they would be interested in the views of District 5020 clubs. So if your club has a particular perspective that you would like to bring to their attention - please do so by later than March 30th.
Council on Legislation, Enactments for Consideration Richard Clarke 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Brooks
Citing OysterFest dollars at work, the local Shelton Skookum Rotary Club recently donated illustrated dictionaries to 367 local 4th grade students in the Shelton, Hood Canal and Mary M. Knight school districts. The reference books were distributed throughout the month of November and December by club members.

Each year, a Skookum Rotary president selects a “President’s Project.” Following his own research, Grigg discovered economic and accessibility challenges in Mason County’s largely rural population and chose to conduct this project to benefit three Mason County school districts’ 4th grade students.
Photo Caption: Bordeaux Elementary 4th graders proudly show off their new illustrated dictionaries
Dictionaries Gifted to Local Schools Kathy Brooks 2019-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Peace and Conflict Service Month!

As we begin the eighth month of an eventful Rotary year, I am reminded of how much of our Rotary work directly or indirectly impacts Peace and Conflict Prevention.  When we provide opportunities to improve health, education, economic growth … we can ultimately promote peace.  District 5020 is proud to be a Rotary Peace Builder District through our commitment to The Rotary Foundation.  One of our featured speakers at District Training Assembly and District Conference May 9, 10, 11 will be Paul Chappell whose work with students and adults promotes skills and attitudes that promote peace.   
This month I have a few comments to share via video.   Please click on the link below to share my February Peace and Conflict Prevention message.   Many thanks for your ongoing commitment to your clubs--together we are making this a more peaceful world!
DG Craig
Governor's Message February 2019 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2019-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi - District Membership Development Chair

Growing clubs and membership in Rotary is a bit like growing crops in a field. Each club represents a unique crop of Rotary that will produce great change in it’s community and the world.  On January, 11, 2019 the Rotary Club of Ucluelet became the newest crop of Rotary in District 5020. I recently had the opportunity to interview Debbie Vance, charter president of our newest Rotary club, and I asked her as series of questions to find out the secrets to  growing a new Rotary club.

District 5020 Rotary Club of Ucluelet new rotary clubs
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MEMBERSHIP: GROWING VIBRANT CLUBS - UCLUELET Corey Lopardi - District Membership Development Chair 2019-01-30 08:00:00Z 0 District 5020,Rotary Club of Ucluelet,new rotary clubs
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Vocational Service Month!

Here we are at the midpoint of a great Rotary year.   How exciting to be able to announce the chartering of a new Rotary Club in the community of Ucluelet.  On January 11, we will welcome close to 40 new Rotarians to our District 5020 family.  
Registration for the District Training Assembly and District Conference is now open.  This inspiring event hosted in Victoria May 9, 10, 11 promises riveting  speakers, fun and  fellowship, and much learning!   Please consider sending a team from your club.  Information is on the District 5020 website!
Governor's Message January 2019 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2019-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

As we enter into a season that often reunites us and brings us close to friends, families, and memories of holiday seasons past I want to wish you a memorable festive season.   This is also a time of year when we see and feel Rotary everywhere--- ‘Giving Tree’ projects, coats for kids, turkey dinners in schools, food hamper collections, concerts, Salvation Army kettle assistance, shoebox care packages ……the list is impressive and seemingly endless.  We are indeed ‘Rotarians of Action’!   This is a time of year when we also give pause and recognize how much we have to be grateful for----a reminder of our privilege and opportunity as Rotarians.  
Photo Caption:  Keith Tatton at Bahir Dar Hospital in Ethiopa with one of the recipients of corrective surgery
Governor's Message December 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Rotary Foundation Month

Congratulations to D5020 Annual Fund (per capita giving) Award Winners!
1.  Gateway---- Thurston County ……   $652.57
2.  Gig Harbor North ……$600.00
3.  Lacey ……$492.10
What is the Rotary Foundation?   As a novice Rotarian I was often quite mystified by the The Rotary Foundation.   Hearing Rotarians speak about the TRF---- I knew that it was important to who we are as Rotarians----but quite honestly, I just didn’t quite get it.   Now I do!
Photo Caption:  Lorna Curtis explaining The Rotary Foundation
Governor's Message November 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi on Oct 22, 2018

Recently, Rotary International released a revised presentation called “State of Rotary Membership” reviewing the current trends in membership. One of the things that stands out in this information is that last Rotary Year 2017-18 160,000 people joined Rotary, but another 170,000 chose to leave Rotary. Surprisingly, over 50% of those that chose to leave Rotary had been members of their Rotary clubs for two or less years. This begs the question - Why are so many new Rotarians leaving Rotary? Now the answers given may be a surprise to you, but they may offer some idea of whether or not your club is meeting it’s member’s needs.

Rotary Membership: Is Your Club Meeting Member’s Needs? Corey Lopardi 2018-10-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to Economic and Community Development Month

As Rotarians I have often believed that ‘we do----because we have the means to do’.   We have been so fortunate to have been nurtured in countries---the U.S. and Canada--- that have given us access to resources, education, and opportunity.   Our fundraising efforts from club to club may chart different pathways or look a little different community to community…… yet the end in mind in universal----we are eliciting funds through the generosity of our communities to make a difference both locally and globally.   Xavier Ramey, a young New Yorker in an impassioned speech at the Toronto International Convention, concluded by asking us to “dig into our privilege”.   His words resonated for many because they spoke to the heart of what we so often do in our individual Rotary clubs----we raise funds to make a difference to others…..through our unique fundraisers and through our individual contributions to the Annual Fund, to Polio Plus, or to whatever endeavor touches our hearts.   We help to develop economies and communities.
Photo Caption:  Dr Linda Venczel of the Gates Foundation
Governor's Message October 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandi Hanson
The Rotary Club of Yelm is bringing their community together to serve a need in feeding children this summer. This is the 2nd summer of their summer food program, nicknamed the “12 Weeks of Summer”.
Pictured: #5 packing crew, the largest one to date
12 Weeks of Summer Food Program Sandi Hanson 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jason Bradley
I never imagined when sending Grace away last August how fast it would go or what would happen here during that year she was away. As we are getting ready to welcome Grace Bradley home soon from her grand adventure abroad, I can't wait to see how much she has grown and hear all about it. She was so fortunate to have so many great people to help her and look out for her along the way (John Terje Jopperud, Hanne Jaerson, Linda Thoresen, Heidi Christensen, Bjarne Haugland and I am sure I have missed some).
Pictured: Grace's host families in Stavern, Norway after a Rotary meeting. The boy on the left is Jacob Christensen, Grace's Host Brother, who will be doing an Exchange in Tacoma.
What a difference a year makes! Jason Bradley 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Pivetta
3 Rotary Clubs & A Documentary = $12,969.00
By Sunset Rotary Tacoma WA
Have you ever wondered about the person behind the cardboard sign by the freeway? What is the story here? That is exactly what was behind the making of a documentary Signs of Our Times, The Signs You See, The People You Don’t.
The Signs of Our Times Sue Pivetta 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Wotschel
Literacy is, with good reason, an Area of Focus for The Rotary Foundation. Literacy impacts our individual growth, as well as our communities and economy.
If a country is able to improve its average literacy score by 1%, it is estimated that it will generate an increase in labour productivity above 2 % and a higher relative per capita GDP of 1.5% (Coulombe, S. & Tremblay, J. (2005). Public investment in skills) This translates into millions of dollars in our area alone.
Literacy, A Rotary Area of Focus Anita Wotschel 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19

Welcome to  Basic Education and Literacy Month

September 8 is United Nations' International Literacy Day to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
Each month the Rotary Calendar introduces us to the ‘Seasons of Rotary’. When we think of September ….there are many memories and stories that emerge…..many related to that time of year when we again begin to excitedly think of education and the return to school.   September in a Rotary year is a month dedicated to ‘Basic Education and Literacy’.   How proud we are to know that in so many ways our clubs promote education and literacy, not only in our home communities, but also for those with less advantage and opportunity in our larger world.
Photo Caption:  Campbell River Daybreak Scholarship recipients 2018
Governor's Message September 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Clarke

Seventeen Resolutions to the 2017 Council on Resolutions received a positive response from the Council and were forwarded to the R.I. Board of Directors for consideration. The Board considered 15 and forwarded two on to the Foundation Trustees for their consideration.

Here is a brief summary of those Resolutions and the results of the Boards and Trustees consideration.

Board and Trustee consideration of 2017 Council on Resolution Decisions Richard Clarke 2018-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis
An open note… from District Governor Craig… to returning Rotary Youth Exchange Students and Family members gathered in Seabeck, Washington.
I still remember the nervousness during district interviews, the excitement during Outbound Orientation… and the mixed emotions as you left your homes and families for your remarkable year.   The writer Tennyson says, “I am a part of all that I have met” – In short I know that you have returned with experiences and the best parts of so many you met during your year – and I am confident there are many who will never forget you or their shared experiences.  You have left parts of yourself wherever you have been – the best parts!
Photo Caption:  Rebound Students
Dear RYE Students and Family Craig Gillis 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Putting the District Governor to Work Nora Dowsett 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19
As I begin Week 5 of Club Visits... I am reminded of how fortunate I am to have a role that enables me to immerse myself in the culture of so many of our clubs.   This is such a welcoming and inclusive Rotary District. I urge Rotarians to take advantage of opportunities to visit other clubs. So often you will see different routines, practices and traditions – each example deepens our appreciation of the many and varied ways in which we carry out the service of Rotary. There is much ‘wise practice’ within Rotary District 5020.   We have much to learn from and teach one another!
Photo Caption:  Tacoma Narrows Induction of New Members
Governor's Message August 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Carter
If ever there was a juggling act to behold, it is right here in Kingston, Washington, where master magician and local Rotary club president Breane Martinez practices.  Family.  Career.  Community.  Shuffle.  Career.  Family.  Community.  Shuffle.  She keeps all three plates spinning on their sticks, not losing a one to the concrete below. 
Photo Caption:  Club President, Breane Martinez
Juggling Act Makes it’s Way to Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club Ron Carter 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Supporting the Community of Victoria Kevin Hilgers 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Cairns
Rotary offers opportunities where partnering multiplies the impact of a Rotary Grant.  A vivid example of the benefits of partnering is a partnership between District 5020 and District 5030 to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Kenya.
Photo Caption:  Education Team and Kenyan educators
The Power of Partnerships Robert Cairns 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leif Jason
Fundraising is a significant portion of what we do as Rotarians, and it comes with it's own set of rewards and challenges. Club members have an opportunity to try new things, interact with the public, connect with each other in fellowship and more. How do we keep longevity in our campaigns? How do we respect our member's time by simplifying laborious tasks? How we do adapt our campaigns for new technologies?
Is there a way that clubs within our District can share information, offer advice and guidance to each other, and make our fundraisers more successful and less laborious? I hope so!
In future newsletters I will be featuring one fundraiser by a club in the district, for your inspiration. This month it's the 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off & WestShore Showcase by the Rotary Club of West Shore.
Fundraising: Chili Cook-Off in Victoria, BC Leif Jason 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Henderson
At the April 28 Annual Auction for the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8, the 'Raise the Paddle' was done for donating to building a Habitat for Humanity house for the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.  Over $78,000 was raised and at the June 7 meeting of Tacoma #8 Rotary, the check was presented by Club President Mark Anderson and Auction Chair Carol Duris to club members Maureen Fife, Habitat CEO and Elliot Stockstad, Habitat Development Director.  Club members will assist in the house build which will begin in mid Summer, 2018.
Photo Caption:  Maureen Fife and Elliot Stockstad accepting the check from Club President Mark Anderson and Auction Chair Carol Duris
Raise the Paddle Jim Henderson 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi
When it comes to Rotary Membership there is one action that is key to success; the act of asking. No one joins a Rotary Club without first being asked. It might seem like the simplest of things to do, but only 20% of Rotary members ever sponsor a new member. Asking someone to join a Rotary Club is one of the most important things you can do as a member of Rotary. When you ask someone to join you not only validate Rotary to that person, but you also open Rotary and your club up to all that person has to offer. You may have just found the next project leader, Rotary Foundation advocate, Club President, District Governor or Rotary International President. We never know the full potential of a new member, and we never will if no one asks.
Membership: The Power of Asking Corey Lopardi 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19
Welcome to the 2018-2019 Rotary Year!

“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe in, our communities and in ourselves.”                                                   ---  Rotary Vision Statement

As a teacher I confess I always looked forward to the start of a new school year.   There was something quite invigorating about drawing together our ‘team’ as we anticipated our best year ever.   Quite naturally, as members of a community we always want to envision a great year ----one in which we accomplish goals, learn more about one another, work with a sense of purpose, and ultimately change lives.  
Photo Caption:  The Area 2 group at PETS (President Elect Training), Craig Gillis, DG 2018-2019 Center
Governor's Message July 2018 Craig Gillis, District Governor 2018-19 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Get to know... Club President Jane Currie Leif Jason 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Coward
Linci Cipriani is one of the clients supported by our District Community Grant.
Linci started a small business selling cupcakes on the plaza of her village. She enrolled in the Namaste Guatemaya program, to receive business training and a microloan. She used the micro-loan to purchase a small oven, which has helped her to expand her volume and increase customers.
Photo Caption: Linci Cipriana w/Fundación Namaste Guatemaya Member
District Rotarians Visit Grant Project in Guatemala Mary Coward 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hough
Your District Scholarship Committee has been busy. Last fall we awarded the District Ambassadorial Scholarship of $15,000 for post-graduate studies to Lacye Groening, sponsored by the West Olympia District Club. Ms. Groening is pursuing a Masters of World Health at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Because of her outstanding credentials the District has nominated her for a Global Grant Scholarship of $30,000. We worked closely with Ms. Groening to submit her application, which is pending. We are always looking for stellar applicants for these Rotary scholarships. Applications for the Ambassadorial scholarship are due September 15th for the following academic year. More information is on the District website under “Scholarships.” More information on Global Grant Scholarships can be found at
Photo Caption: Lacye Groening
District Ambassadorial Scholarship, Lacye Groening John Hough 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi
A Rotary Club is a lot like a tree. This is not a new metaphor, but one that I will shamelessly borrow from others before me. If you have read the April 2018 copy of the rotarian magazine then you may recall an article quoting Paul Harris, who wrote in his book My Road to Rotary “…as a result of my planting a sapling in 1905. The first Rotary Club was that sapling. It has grown into a mighty tree in whose shade it is delightful to dwell.” If you attended this year’s District 5020 Conference in Tacoma last month you might have heard Rotary International President’s Representative John Prendergast refer to Rotary Clubs being like trees. But what makes a Rotary Club like a tree?
Starting New Clubs: Why We Must Continue to Plant the Seeds of Rotary Corey Lopardi 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter M. Leenhouts
I have been thinking about ways to attract new members to our Rotary Clubs. I am convinced that we could significantly enhance our ability to attract new members by making our activities visible to other people via the web.
     So, here’s the bottom line up front – we need to be on the web as individual Rotarians, Clubs, and Districts (Rotary International already has a good web presence and is not the subject of this article).
     This article is focused on one aspect of  what we can do as individuals to attract new members to our Rotary clubs via the web. It’s not something we can leave to the District or somebody else – I strongly believe that we, as members, need to take this action.
Attracting New Members Via Flickr Peter M. Leenhouts 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laurie Carroll
Thank you to all the clubs that participated in the 2017-18 Governor’s Literacy Challenge. Earlier this year I asked clubs to donate at least 2 books per Rotarian to an organization of your choice and to keep track of the number of books donated.
Photo Caption: Laurie presenting the Governor’s Literacy Trophy to a representative from Puyallup South Hill
2017-18 Governor’s Literacy Challenge Laurie Carroll 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
This year has flown by! When I agreed to lead this District, I knew Laurie and I would be getting to know Rotarians throughout D5020. What I didn’t expect is how many friendships would be made in the process. From the smallest villages to the largest cites, we found dedicated Rotarians helping their communities and having a great time doing it. We started the year on July 1st in the Comox Valley, and we were surprised the entire town threw a parade in our honor (some say the parade was in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, but I prefer to believe AG Stu Tunheim, who said it was in our honor). Falling off a roof reminded me District Governors are indeed human and seeing the great work our clubs are doing every day reinforced the concept that we are a club-based organization. I want to thank those who attended our 2018 Conference and Training in Tacoma last month; I truly believe clubs can dramatically improve their performance and impact by ensuring several members attend each year.
Photo Caption: Tom Carroll & Laurie Schouboe Carroll, Yours in Rotary
Governor's Final Message June 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Peggs
All 10 Rotary Clubs in Greater Victoria wish to thank Victorians for their generosity during their recent Socks for the Feet of the Street project.

They collected and distributed 200 pairs of socks to the needy at the shelter in Sooke, 106 to Rock Bay Landing and another 225 split between Sandi Merriman and Anawin House.

For more information, go to
Socks for the Feet of the Street Joan Peggs 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Robbins
As we approach the end of the Rotary year the only award still open is the program for Rotary Citations for Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs. Interested clubs will have been working on meeting the criteria for a citation.
Deadline: June 30, 2018
Rotary Citations for Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Clubs Mike Robbins 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter M. Leenhouts
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County was recognized April 16th, 2018, at the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Annual Meeting with the prestigious WASA Community Leadership Award. Club President Terry Umbreit accepted the award on behalf of the club. The Rotary Club was recognized for their tremendously supportive and creative relationship with Chimacum Schools.
Photo Caption: Chimacum Schools Superintendent Rick Thompson (third from left)  presents East Jefferson Rotary Club President Terry Umbreit, far right, with the WASA Community Leadership Award. Rotarians Linda and Karl Kostenbader, pictured at left, attended the ceremony as did Rotarian Jack and Judy McKay. Photograph courtesy Jack McKay.
EJC Rotary Honored with WASA Community Leadership Award Peter M. Leenhouts 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Peggs
The Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona introduced the Canada Flag program to the The Rotary Club of Oak Bay after one of their members encouraged the use of this fund raiser. In an extremely generous move and to further encourage the Oak Bay Club, Edmonton Strathcona even donated 100 flag sets to get the fundraiser off the ground in Victoria!
Paying It Forward Joan Peggs 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
2018 District Conference. Over 550 people are already registered for the 2018 Conference, so don’t be left out!  Conference has sold out for the past two years, so please take a moment to register now:  Contact Jennifer Durham at if you have questions.
Photo Caption:  The Rotary Club of Gateway -Thurston County charters a new Interact club by partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Governor's Message May 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Shillabeer
For ten days in April the Nanaimo Rotary Club set new records with its SEMI-ANNUAL GIANT USED BOOK SALE. The Club sold an incredible 48% (or about 51,000) out of its inventory of 107,000 books. This was the highest total sales for the Club’s spring sale and was only a little behind last fall’s all-time record.
Another Great Book Sale In Nanaimo John Shillabeer 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi
When Paul Harris started Rotary on February 23, 1905 he was 36 years old. Being founded by someone who today might be termed a “Young Professional,” it would make sense that Rotary International would remain an organization of youthful members with fresh ideas just like Mr. Harris.
Membership: How to Attract Younger Club Members Corey Lopardi 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Get to know... Club President Scott Seitz Leif Jason 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leif Jason
Join people of action from around the world at the 2018 Rotary International Convention, 23-27 June, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With over 90 breakout sessions to choose from, and a variety of exciting host events, you’ll want to experience it all!
Visit the House of Friendship to view the latest Rotary virtual reality film at the VR Zone or connect and recharge while gaining tips on how to tell your Rotary story and getting personalized assistance at the Social Media Lounge.
See you in Toronto!
Don't Miss #Rotary18 in Toronto Leif Jason 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lorna Curtis
We traveled from February 22, 2018 through March 4, 2018. We arrived in Delhi and stayed overnight before taking a train to Agra.  Navigating a railway station in India can be quite intimidating but finally we were on our way to meet our hosts in Agra.  First impressions of India besides the beautiful, colorful clothing the women wear are the incredible amount of garbage everywhere and the significant number of people living in poverty (at least by North American standards).  There are cows, pigs, dogs and goats roaming aimlessly and feeding off the available garbage.  
Photo Caption: Ian and Hillary Brown, Lorna Curtis, Bonnie Murrell, Susan Graves, Tiffini Walker
Rotary Friendship Exchange To District 3110 - Northern India Lorna Curtis 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
District Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Maureen Considine’s Illness Update. For those of you that don’t know the specifics, Mo had a stroke that affected her ability to speak and understand language on March 22nd. She has improved slightly, but still has a long road ahead of her. It was recommended by her doctors that she go to intensive inpatient rehab for vigorous therapy regimen; unfortunately, that was not approved by her insurance. Mo’s children are now appealing the decision.  Since she is unable to go to the intensive inpatient rehabilitation, the next step is for her to transition to a skilled nursing facility. Their first choice is Panorama Rehabilitation in Olympia- but they are still waiting for Panorama to evaluate her for acceptance.  If anybody knows somebody within the administration or rehabilitation offices of Panorama Rehabilitation, the kids would greatly appreciate your assistance in reaching out to them to get her a spot there. If it doesn’t work out for Panorama, then Mo has already been accepted to Mother Joseph’s rehabilitation in Olympia.  Gabe: (530) 966-0966 or or Rachel (Honora) (360) 584-4357 or
Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll with four Rotary Youth Exchange students at the 2018 Thurston County Rotary Foundation dinner.
Governor's Message April 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Get to know... Club President Mendy A Harlow Mendy Harlow 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi
Almost everyone has heard the phrase “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” * It might seem like a reasonable stance to take when things are going well, (and you’re not sure quite why they are) but when it comes to Rotary Membership this stance can often prove disastrous to a club.
Membership: Growing Vibrant Clubs Corey Lopardi 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi

If you are over 40 then you might remember a 1980’s commercial for the product Krazy Glue. In the commercial a construction worker holds onto his hard hat and is suspended from a steel beam by only the power of one tiny dot of Krazy Glue. Wouldn’t it be nice if that’s all it took for member retention? Unfortunately, it takes a bit more that a drop of Rotary to keep new members, but with the right amount of inspiration and involvement any club can build the bonds that last for many years.

Membership Retention: 5 Tips For Building Bonds That Last Corey Lopardi 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Coyle
Each year Rotary International sponsors a video competition for Interact Clubs around the world.  The goal is to inspire others to take action.  For the 9th annual competition, the theme was “People of Action”.  This year, entries were submitted by 140 Interact Clubs from 28 countries.
Isfeld’s Interact Club’s video was produced, filmed and edited entirely by students in the club.  This project was spear-headed by Kalyssa Heinrich and Vassily Petrousevitch.  To see this video, please go to
Photo Caption:  Film Creators Kalyssa and Vassily - and Interact Club Co-Presidents McKenna and Jordana
Comox Valley’s Mark R. Isfeld Interact Club Wins Big Joanne Coyle 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
Comox Valley Rendezvous a Huge Success (Again)!  The 38th annual Comox Valley Rendezvous was a great success, with 31 students from a wide variety of countries and cultures attending.  This five-day event provided the student-ambassadors with a North American winter experience, complete with snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, ice skating and curling. 
The Rotary Club of Comox Valley Charters!  Comox Valley Rotary Club chartered with 62 members and another half dozen are eager to join.  Welcome to Rotary!
Photo Caption:  
Governor Tom Carroll and the 31 District 5020 Rotary Youth Exchange Students (Inbound) for 2017-18.
Governor's Message March 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
District Literacy Award 2018 Judy Henderson 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Coard
Please register for Strengthen Your Rotary Club--Introduction to the Rotary Brand Playbook! on Mar 13, 2018 6:00 PM PDT at:
In today’s world, a compelling brand is one of the keys to success for businesses and other organizations. Your club can help build pride with your current members, improve their satisfaction, attract new members and create more awareness of your Rotary club in your community by revitalizing and strengthening your Rotary Brand. Our Rotary Brand is more than the logo; it is the experience people have in Rotary, when they interact with Rotarians, or hear about the good work we do.
Strengthen Your Rotary Club - Introduction to the Rotary Brand Playbook Katie Coard 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Coward
District 5020 Peace Fellow Glenn Raynor speaks at Rotary Peace Conference in Vancouver – and his sponsor club in Victoria
Glenn Raynor recently traveled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he’s serving as Executive Director of the Jane Goodall Institute, to Vancouver to speak at the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference on Feb. 9-11, 2018 where over 800 Rotarians gathered to discuss a range of topics themed around Environmental Sustainability and Peace.
Photo Caption:  Glenn Raynor
Glenn Raynor speaks at Rotary Peace Conference Mary Coward 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kris Trudeau, Public Image
The Rotary Club of Comox Valley celebrated their newly-minted charter status on February 20, 2018 at the Black Fin in Comox with a standing-room crowd of Rotarians, city officials and charter members of the new club. Many Rotarians from Comox Valley’s other four Rotary groups were in attendance to give their well-wishes to the new club.
Photo Caption: Standing room only, complement of 60 Rotary Club of the Comox Valley members and District Governor Tom Carroll
New Club Chartered Feb 20th Kris Trudeau, Public Image 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mike Robbins on Mar 01, 2018
There are two Presidential Citations available for your consideration, for fiscal year 2017/2018 and fiscal year 2018/2019. Clubs that are strong and making a positive difference in our communities achieve goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service, and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
This year’s Rotary Citation will recognize clubs that complete activities that support these priorities. More details are available at
Presidential Citation Awards Mike Robbins 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bashir El-Khalafawi on Mar 01, 2018
Speaking at the Rotary Club of Victoria Bashir El-Khalafawi, District Chair for the Paul Harris Society Vancouver Island, outlined that the Paul Harris Society is named after Rotary’s founder.  The purpose of the Society is to identify and engage Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who have the ability and desire to make contributions of $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved Foundation global grants to help communities around the world.
Photo Caption: Paul Harris Society Members Rotary Club of Victoria President Elect Kim McGowen & PHS Chair Vancouver Island Bashir El-Khalafawi
The Paul Harris Society Bashir El-Khalafawi 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Clarke
If you would like the Council on Resolutions to consider a Resolution from your Club, now is the time to draft and submit that resolution. For clarity, a resolution is a request to the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues.
However, a resolution proposed by a Club must also be voted on, or endorsed, by the clubs in its district at its district conference, a district legislation meeting, or through a ballot-by-mail, before it can be submitted to Rotary. Resolutions must be submitted by the District Governor no later than 30 June 2018.
Time has been reserved during the business meeting at the District Conference on May 5, 2018 for consideration of any Club or District initiated Resolutions. To assist with this process, Resolutions must be submitted to the District 5020 Council Representative, Richard Clarke, no later than April 15th. For information on how to construct a Resolution, either search on the RI Website for “Council on Resolutions” or direct your inquiry to either Richard Clarke or our alternate Council Representative, PDG Joanne Croghan.
Council on Resolutions 2018 Richard Clarke 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted 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.
Governor's Message February 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi
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.
Growing Membership - 5 Tips to Keep Member Leads Flowing Corey Lopardi 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Port Hardy Christmas Hamper Fund Sandy Grenier 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Corey Lopardi, District Membership Chair

District Rotarians,

I have really enjoyed being the District 5020 Newsletter Editor for the last six months, but I am truly honored to be your new District Membership Chair. Our district is one of the largest in the world, and I am looking forward to meeting so many great Rotarians and helping them to engage others in Rotary.

One of my first tasks as your new District Membership Chair is to put together a District Membership Team. These wonderful Rotarians, who answer the call, will be helping me to reach out to every club in the district and provide them with the tools and training to attract, engage, inspire and retain members in their clubs. If you would like to help in this effort I would love to hear from you.

Membership is a Simple Thing Corey Lopardi, District Membership Chair 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18

New Rotary Vision Statement.  At its recent meeting in Atlanta, the RI Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement:  "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves."

New Membership Chair.  I am extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Corey Lopardi as Membership Chair for District 5020, effective December 15, 2017.  Corey is past president of Hawks Prairie Rotary, a PNW PETS training leader, and has been serving as District newsletter editor.  Please join me in congratulating Corey ( for accepting this important position.

Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll inducting Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor (no relation to Her Majesty The Queen) into the Rotary Club of Brentwood Bay.

Governor's Message January 2018 Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry McGee

On December 8, 2017, Rosie’s Bus accompanied by an ambulance arrived in El Tuito, Mexico. This was after a wonderful stop in Fresno, CA where the hospitality was warm from the Fig Garden Club and $500 was donated. The vehicles were officially donated to the community in a ceremony which included some wonderful traditional stomp dancing.  The drivers included: (Strathcona Sunrise)—Bayne Mann, Ryan Friesen, Patrick Johnson and  Andy Toporchak; (Cumberland Centennial)—Keith Tatton; (Twin Cities)—Leon Bowman, Mike Crouse and Larry McGee. The final driver was very important to our journey. Ignacio Palomera,  El Tuito Rotary, flew up so he could ride with us on the 2,700 mile drive from Chehalis. The ambulance, starting in Courtenay, went even farther, 3,000 miles. 

The story begins several years ago when the Strathcona Sunrise, Cumberland Centennial, Qualicum Beach and Tumwater Rotary Clubs of 5020 began projects in the El Tuito area. This beautiful area in Jalisco State is an hour south of Puerto Vallarta. With many modest villages, past projects have included public bathrooms, teacherages and donated vehicles.

Rose Bowman Memorial Bus has a new home Larry McGee 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG William McCarthy

District 5020 has another new Rotary Club, and it’s a first.  Although the idea of an E-Club was first envisioned by Past District Governor (PDG) Bob Martin in 2010, the 2016 Council on Legislation (COL) provided the flexibility to make it a reality. The COL drastically changed Rotary rules regarding flexibility, attendance, membership types, and classification. Just as we are discussing how to attract and retain “young” and busy Rotarians, we also need to bring former Rotarians back to our world of Service.  We know many former and prospective Rotarians have careers that simply do not allow for a regimented schedule.  “The Rotary E-Club of District 5020 International” is one option to meet that need. Although the Club is District 5020 based, the Club can accept members from around the world. The club hopes to reach former District 5020 Rotarians who may have moved of the District but wish to stay connected to their Rotary roots.

New District 5020 Rotary Club Chartered PDG William McCarthy 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Katie Coard District 5020 Public Image Chair

In the last few years, Rotary made a conscious decision to switch from the blue/gold legacy Rotary logo to one which explicitly had the Rotary name alongside the Rotary wheel. While the legacy logo did say ‘Rotary International’ inside the wheel, feedback suggested that this was hard to read. In turn, this meant that Rotary’s involvement in projects might not be getting the attention they deserved. 

If your Rotary club is still using the blue/gold legacy logo on promotional material, you should start switching to using the new Rotary logo. Clubs should all be using the same logos so Rotary’s successes around the world can be associated with each individual Rotary club. This helps potential members have a better idea about what Rotary is when we have a strong and unified brand.  

To help you access the correct Rotary logos, the District Public Image Committee has put together some handy guides and downloads for you to use. Please visit the District Public Image Rotary logos page ( You will find links to the Brand Center, a download of all the logos and access to each individual logo.

Are You Using The Correct Rotary Logo? Katie Coard District 5020 Public Image Chair 2018-01-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anita Wotschel

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.

Rotary Clubs of the Comox Valley Literacy Project Anita Wotschel 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

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 club

District Clubs Light Up to End Polio 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lee & Vicki Evans, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island

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:

Rotary Friendship Exchange, Atlantic Canada October 1 to October 15, 2017 Lee & Vicki Evans, Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0

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:

Strategies For Member Attraction & Retention Ann Warman 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by 5020 District Governor Tom Carroll

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).

Governor’s Message: December 2017 5020 District Governor Tom Carroll 2017-12-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Ross White

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”.

The most recent activity at VIMHS was funding of over $11,600 CDN.  Part of this was a $3,500 USD matching grant from the Rotary Foundation District Community Grant.  Beneficiaries of this project were the residents of the VIMHS facility which is 3 residences with a capacity of 35 individuals.  They now have bed bug free frames, mattresses and bedding.  Also, the beds are more suitable for some of the residents who are tall or oversize.  Previous sleeping arrangements were not conducive to restful sleeping and some mattresses were on the floor.

Rotary Club of Nanaimo – Bed Project – Vancouver Island Mental Health Society  PDG Ross White 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

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.

World Polio Day Fundraiser a Success 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Phyall

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.

Literacy Project Provides Summer Reading Opportunities Doug Phyall 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotarians “Up Their Game” in Mexico Jo Dunn 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry McGifford

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. 

Literacy Alberni Cooks and Books program Larry McGifford 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18

Each month as I travel our District visiting clubs, I’ve been meeting with local newspapers and radio stations to share the great work our clubs are doing in their communities.  This month I was interviewed by Olympia’s Dick Pust on MIXX 96.1.  Here’s a link to that interview:

Now is the time to register for the 2018 District Conference (Tacoma). Conference Co-Chairs Greg and Mary Horn of Lakewood Rotary are busy making sure the 2018 Conference and Training Assembly is the best yet. Register online here:  Contact Jennifer Durham at if you have questions.

Photo Caption: Jill Himley, President of Skookum Rotary Club of Shelton, presenting Laurie and I with a framed Oyster Festival Poster.  We visited both Shelton clubs in a combined breakfast meeting.  Great Fun!

District Governor's Message - October By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

I am Past District Governor 2003‐04 Bill McCarthy and I have taken the opportunity to accept District 5500’s Challenge to get involved in the Ride to End Polio.

Many Rotarians gather annually in November to Ride in the warm Arizona Sun. However, many of us cannot make the trip there due to business or other circumstances. So, I have another way for all Clubs in District 5020 to participate by riding indoors in the week of November 11‐18, 2017.

I encourage everyone to support me in my drive to see the “Drop to Zero”. Please check out the details below.

The (Indoor) Ride to End Polio Past District Governor 2003‐04 Bill McCarthy 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Anderson, the Chair of the Conference

Rotary Presidential Peace Conference 2018 - Environmental Sustainability and Peace

9-11 February 2018 – Vancouver, Canada 

Join scientists, world leaders in climate change, government and business leaders, scholars and peacebuilders at this important event, with speakers, breakouts and interaction all focused on solutions and taking action.

You will have opportunity to interact with experts in the field, share ideas, visit exhibits, and to take part in an environmental project in Vancouver.

Attend Rotary Presidential Peace Conference in February John Anderson, the Chair of the Conference 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Leif Jason | Rotary Club of Comox
Comox Rotary Club in conjunction with Disaster Aid Canada would like to thank everyone who participated in our Fire Relief Effort for northern BC.  We raised almost $12,000 cash and sent an estimate of over $25,000 in goods and products to the Evacuation Centers.  In addition to the Rotarians from Comox, we had contributions from the Courtenay Rotary Club and a ton of help from member Jim Thomas.
Fire Relief Effort for Northern BC Leif Jason | Rotary Club of Comox 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pieter Koeleman

Working on a World Community Service (WCS) is not a quick process and the road to follow might be long, with many pleasant and not so pleasant surprises and sometimes disappointments. It is important to keep focus on the goal, in this case to provide necessary sanitation for heavy public traffic areas to avoid many diseases and to improve the general health condition of the people.

After my visit with my son Mark in November 2015 to the West African Project Fair (WAPF) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, we started on this project in December 2015. Our club decided to support this project and take the lead. During the past course regular updates were provided to our membership by write-ups and presentations.

District 5020 Clubs Participate in Latrine Block Project Ivory Coast Pieter Koeleman 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Harris
Rotary International has six areas of focus. One, Supporting Education has motivated Rotarians throughout the world to responded in many ways including funds and hands on support. District 5020 is no exception. The winner of the 2016/17 Olson Foundation International Club of the year, Parksville AM has also supported schools in Mexico.
This year the Gig Harbor Rotary Club along with the Olson Foundation and the Barillas, Guatemala Rotary club has just completed its third Rachel District Grant in northwest Guatemala.
Gig Harbor Rotary Sends Rachel to Guatemala Jeff Harris 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by D5020 RFE Committee
Linda Krahn, co-chair of the D5020 Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) Committee recently joined a panel of four Rotarians from USA, Sri Lanka, and India to present a session on RFE in Atlanta at the Rotary International Convention.
5020 Rotary Friendship Exchange in Atlanta D5020 RFE Committee 2017-10-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Richard Clarke
If your club is considering proposing a change (enactment) to Rotary’s Constitutional documents ( RI Constitution, RY Bylaws  and/or the Standard Rotary Club Constitution), to be considered at the next COL,  your proposal must be submitted to the District no later than Oct 31, 2017.
A District may submit no more than five proposed enactments, which must have been endorsed by the clubs in the district. In District 5020 that vote will be conducted by an electronic ballot. Each proposal submitted by clubs will be reviewed by a District team, in an effort, to ensure that the proposals meet all of the COL requirements before submitting to the clubs for a vote.
COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION SUBMISSIONS Richard Clarke 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by 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.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - SEPTEMBER By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0

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.

Floyd and Sandra Olson International Service Foundation 2016/18 International Club of the Year Award  2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Longview Provides Little Free Libraries to Schools 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Governor Tom Carroll is happy to be out of the hospital and resting at home. It's amazing how beneficial a shave, shower and a night in your own bed can be. Tom was focused on being home to watch the Seahawks' 1st pre-season game, and traveling to Seattle to meet with the UW football team at Raise the Woof. This will be the last update we will run on his condition; the staff will be reworking the club visit schedule over the next week and share it with the District.
District Governor Returns Home 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18

 What a privilege to visit the Rotarians in our District, and to see first-hand the outstanding things they are doing for their communities.  In July, Laurie and I visited Area 2 (Campbell River, Campbell River Daybreak, Courtenay, Cumberland Centennial, Comox, Strathcona Sunrise), Area 5 (Chemainus, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith, Saltspring Island, South Cowichan) and Area 8 (East Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Angeles Nor’ wester, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sunrise, Sequim and Sequim Sunrise). A special thank you to Assistant Governors Stu Tunheim, Cher Lukefeld and Ned Luce for arranging all of the logistics.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - August 2017 Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Comox recently held it’s 30th Annual Ducky 500 race fundraiser. Done annually in conjunction with the Comox Valley Canada Day celebrations, the Ducky 500 has been a very successful campaign for the club, raising 60K+ annually.

Ducky 500 tickets are $10 each, and each ticket coincides with a unique duck. Each year 6500 rubber ducks are re-ringed (given their unique number), floated down the river, and then re-captured by a squad of volunteers. The first 10 ducks to pass the finish line determine the winners. This year prizes ranged in value from $200 to $5000.

Raising Money with Rubber Ducks 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Submitted by Lynn Gray – Club Foundation Chair

Courtenay Rotary Club’s June 20th Induction dinner, became more special with a posthumous Paul Harris Fellow Award presented to Past President Peter Leo Anderton, by his family. Born in 1885 on the Anderton Road family farm in Comox, Leo attended elementary school in Comox.  After a short 3 year hiatus to attend high school in Victoria, Leo returned to the valley, married in 1909, and in 1911 founded the Comox Valley’s first Real Estate and Insurance Company. He turned it over to his son, Past President Wilf Anderton, who subsequently sold the firm (and daughter Audrey Craig) in 1976 to what is now Waypoint Insurance.

A Fourth Generation Family Affair 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Some of you may have read that a number of new cases of paralytic polio from the type 2 circulating vaccine derived polio virus have been detected in Syria.  Most of the cases have been in the northeastern region of Syria.  The newly reported cases of paralytic polio this week in Syria will not change the outbreak response plans that are being finalized.  The response will be in accordance with outbreak response protocols internationally agreed to previously. 
We must remember that these cases are vaccine derived, not wild polio cases.  So far this year only 8 cases of wild polio have been detected.  More information about the Syrian cases and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) response can be found at
More about Rotary’s amazing role in polio eradication can be found at
Polio Update In Syria 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

By Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18

I consider it an extreme privilege to lead this district; thank you for entrusting me with the care of this wonderful organization for the next 365 days. Laurie and I are already “on the road” visiting all 17 Areas in our District, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

The theme for the 2017-18 Rotary year, “Rotary: Making A Difference”, was developed by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, and reflects why many join and stay in Rotary; we want to make a difference in our community, and in our world.  We make lasting friendships with those who want to give something back, and this friendship strengthens our service because together, we can accomplish so much more. As your Governor, I see my role as being the Chief Resource Officer for the 88 clubs and nearly 5,000 Rotarians in our district. The District only exists to provide a wide range of assistance to Clubs; it is our sole purpose.  Our 2017-18 District Directory and Web Site identify the broad range of committees staffed with experienced Rotarians waiting for your cal

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - July 2017 Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2017
Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every Rotarian in District 5020 for helping to make our District one of the best in the world.  
Don and I have enjoyed meeting so very many of you at our DLTA that took place in Victoria in April of 2016, our District Conferences in Olympia and in Suquamish and at either the Rotary International Convention that took place in Seoul, Korea or this month in Atlanta, GA.  The warm welcome we received at your club meetings was very much appreciated.   
Our District 5020 group at the Convention in Atlanta was over 120 Rotarians and partners.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Convention in Atlanta, do consider Toronto Canada next June 23-27.

“Don’t send flowers, do something for Rotary”, these are the words Rose shared with me in the months before her death. Rose passed away on the morning of May 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Let’s do something for Rotary!

Rose was a lifelong Rotarian, serving many roles within Rotary including the 2015-16 Governor of Rotary District 5020. She often shared her story of delivering a school bus filled with wheelchairs to a village in Mexico and said it was the day she became a “True Rotarian”. This story was retold in an article published by Lewis Talk in 2015, read it here. 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Past District Governor Rose Bowman passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Rotary District 5020 has created a gofundme account to celebrate Rose, her way, by sending a bus loaded with wheelchairs and medical supplies to a small village in Mexico. Please take a moment to read about her amazing story and help if you can:
Posted by Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2016-17)
Don and I have very much enjoyed attending a number of our Rotary Foundation’s Birthday Celebrations throughout the District.  The passion, creativity and dedication of our Rotarians continues to delight as we attend just as many functions as our schedule will allow.
The theme for April in the Rotary Calendar is Maternal and Child Health.  This would seem a very easy theme.  Mothers everywhere basically want the same things for their children: That is good health, sufficient food, and education.  In some parts of our world this is relatively easy but in the developing world today many challenges exist.
Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability for women in developing countries (WHO).
Nearly 27,000 children under five die every day from largely preventable diseases and conditions.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE: APRIL 2017 Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2016-17) 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Firkins, Past District Governor (2005-06)
All Rotarians and especially our District 5020 members are cordially invited to attend the District's Centennial Dinner Celebration on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, BC. Here are the frequently asked questions about the celebration:
Q. What is the purpose of the Centennial Celebration Dinner?
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED: D5020 CENTENNIAL DINNER Joan Firkins, Past District Governor (2005-06) 2017-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Bowman, Immediate Past District Governor
The annual Zone Institute for Zones 25 and 26 was held in Santa Barbara California, November 10-13, 2016. At this event,  awards were announced for districts excelling in multiple areas. It was exciting for those of us in attendance from 5020, and as Immediate Past District Governor, I was thrilled to be recognized on behalf of the District multiple times.
DISTRICT RECEIVES ZONE HIGH HONORS Rose Bowman, Immediate Past District Governor 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Chicago Rotary OneIf you are in Chicago on a Tuesday for business or pleasure, do plan a visit to a RotaryOne meeting.  The Union League of Chicago is a private mens residence in Chicago’s financial district at 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The Union Club of Chicago has rented RotaryOne an upstairs meeting room for the last 112 years of Tuesday noon club meetings.
CHICAGO ONE, WHERE IT ALL STARTED Judy Henderson, Rotary Club of Olympia, District 5020 Literacy Chair 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hough, District 5020 Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Rotary Club of Olympia
Each year our District awards an Ambassadorial Scholarship to an outstanding student for graduate level studies with a humanitarian focus. These scholars have gone on to rewarding careers that improve the lives of people around the world. 
This year’s District Ambassadorial Scholar is Anya Eber, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club.
ANYA EBER, INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP John Hough, District 5020 Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Rotary Club of Olympia 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Maureen Fritz-Roberts from Rotary Club of Comox who was recently selected to be Rotary District 5020 District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. 
The first time Maureen Fritz-Roberts put three drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of an Ethiopian child, she felt like a super hero.
"Every Rotarian saves and improves the lives of others in one way or another. I think that has to make all Rotarians into super heroes."
CONGRATULATIONS MAUREEN! 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Firkins, Past District Governor 2005-6
Dear Rotarians,

Our District will be hosting a Centennial Celebration Dinner in honor of the 100th Anniversary of our Rotary Foundation! Plans are made, venue is booked, keynote speaker is confirmed and all we need now is YOU!

The purpose of this event is to not only celebrate but to recognize all Major Donors and Bequest Society members who have contributed outright gifts or commitments $10,000 USD or greater from the start of this Rotary year, July 1, 2016, up until March 15, 2017. Our goal is to show that the Rotarians in District 5020 are committed to our Rotary Foundation by raising a minimum of $1 Million USD in cash and/or bequests in that time period! [Download Centennial Celebration Poster (PDF)]
DISTRICT 5020 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION DINNER Joan Firkins, Past District Governor 2005-6 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Croghan, 5020 District Governor 2016-17 on Dec 07, 2016
As the year 2016 draws to a close it is appropriate to reflect on the happenings of the past year.
“Shall we liken Christmas to the web in a loom?  There are many weavers, who work into the pattern the experience of their lives.  When one generation goes, another comes to take up the weft where it has been dropped.  The pattern changes as the mind changes, yet never begins quite anew. At first, we are not sure that we discern the pattern, but at last, we see that, unknown to the weavers themselves, something has taken shape before our eyes, and that they have made something very beautiful, something which compels our understanding” – Earl W. Count, 4,000 Years of Christmas
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - December 2016 Joanne Croghan, 5020 District Governor 2016-17 2016-12-07 08:00:00Z 0


Rotary International has announced that Past President Tim Cowan, of the Comox Rotary Club, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Vocational Service Leadership Award for District 5020.
Tim is committed to improving the lives of others through his vocational service. As the owner of, and pharmacist at the Medicine Shoppe in Comox, BC, he goes above and beyond for all of his patients, including being on call at all hours for individual health care needs.
Posted by Ann Warman


April 1-3, 2016
Marriott Inner Harbour Victoria
Victoria, BC

DLTA 2016 registration is off to a roaring start, with 33% of our Rotary rooms at the Marriott Inner Harbour April 1-3, 2016, already reserved. Don't delay, register today for Early Bird Savings. >>
Rotarians new and old, from all across District 5020 attend District Training & Leadership Assembly (DLTA) annually to learn, expand skills, make new friends, re-connect with distant friends, and grow their leadership potential. 
From Port Hardy down to Woodland WA, Rotarians turn-out for this annual event, celebrating community and world service, joining with District leaders to exchange ideas and take action.
Posted by Ann Warman


The new year brings us a treasurable moment to memorialize the passing year, celebrate successes, and make new goals.
For Bainbridge Island Rotarians, Dave Christensen and Sarah Bryant, memories in 2015 included travel to Uganda and Kenya to evaluate Club projects in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Kampala / Ssese Island Rotary and the Lira.
UGANDA TRAVEL 2015 Ann Warman 2015-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
In October, Rotary Club of Campbell River had their 4th Annual Pumpkins for Polio Auction. The week before Rotarians had picked up their pumpkin after the meeting, took them home and used their fantasy and creativity to return them for the auction. 
Pumpkins for Polio Pieter Koeleman 2015-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Treacy Duerfeldt
Editor Note: Treacy Duerfeldt is the District 5020 Rotary Foundation (TRF) Fundraising Chair
As a TRF Zealot I sometimes get my message lost in the details of how contributions are recognized, Club standings, numbers of projects, big numbers, etc.  At our Conference this year I had the chance to ask some questions of a man from Africa who had first hand experience with the impact of our projects on his community.  I was amazed at how simple his answers were.
Without a community well, how many miles do people walk for water?  The answer initially was six miles...then it was noted that the trip is typically made four times a day by the mother of the house or children old enough to carry water safely.  I did some math (as is my nature) and that's 24 miles per day.  I then asked how many families are served by a well in a typical community.  The answer was about a thousand.  Twenty four thousand miles per day, or nearly 9 million miles per year.  District 520 has nearly 400 wells to it's credit....3.5 BILLION miles per year.
The 5020 IMPACT with The Rotary Foundation Treacy Duerfeldt 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Susanne Rea World's Greatest Meal To End Polio arrives in Vancouver on Nov. 30th to start her District 5020 Tour on Vancouver Island BC.  Susanne is a wonderful inspiration and worker in the fight to end polio . Her first meeting is Breakfast at Port Alberni , BC on Dec 01st , Dec.02nd is Breakfast meeting in South Cowichan ( Mill Bay ) and then Dinner meeting in Chemainus , Dec.03rd is a joint Luncheon with Victoria, Oak Bay, Harbourside, Saanich, Sydney and Victoria Downtown at the Union Club , Victoria , then a Private Dinner at Joan & Terry Toone’s home in Saanich, Dec.04th is a luncheon meeting in Nanaimo at the Bastion Hotel, Dec.05th will be the WGM Polio Plus Gala “ The Faces of Polio” with both Susanne Rea and Joan Toone speaking , Fouray Barbershop Quartet entertaining and a Live and Silent Auction at Cottonwood Golf Club starting at 5.30pm , Dec.07 is a Luncheon for Duncan and Duncan Daybreak Clubs  Dec.08th Susanne leaves to return to Cairns, Australia.
For more information, contact Cheryl Leukefeld at
World's Greatest Meals to End Polio arrives in BC Cher Leukefeld 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0


It is well known that the Rotary Foundation is one of my passions.  My goal is to have 100% of the clubs donate something to both the Annual Fund and to Polio Plus.  November is a great month to focus on making this happen.  At this point I am proud to say that 76 of our 88 clubs have already contributed $135, 433 to the Annual Fund.  Thank you so much; I am sure the other 12 clubs will join us in this effort – in fact they may have but have not yet submitted the funds to RI.  I do recommend submitting funds turned in to the club each month – or at a minimum once a quarter.  Of course we will continue to grow those funds as the year progresses. 

The Club Presidents should remember that at PETS last March, District 5020 won the theme scarf and tie that RI President Ravi had donated to PETS. The tie goes to the club with the largest per capita per member to the Annual Fund.  The scarf goes to the club with the largest per capita per member to Polio Plus.  I know a few clubs that have set their sights on winning; I hope all of you get competitive.  The per capita formula doesn’t penalize small clubs vs large.   We will use May 31, 2016 giving numbers so that we can present them at the District Conference. 

The 2016 Rotary World Peace Conference, held January 15-16 in Ontario, California, will be an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and solutions with leaders and experts in conflict prevention and resolution.The mission of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 is to bring together experts with solutions to major issues that are occurring in our personal lives, homes, schools, businesses and communities, not just in Southern California, but around the world. We are inviting leaders from health care, academia, government, public safety, religions, business, and communities to meet together to share the solutions presented by experts. The format will allow for action plans to be developed such that real and measureable actions can be undertaken when attendees return home.  The conference includes five plenary sessions, more than 80 panel and facilitated sessions among 13 different tracks of training.  
2016 Rotary World Peace Conference Rose Bowman 2015-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Bowman

October:  Economic & Community Development Month:

As I write this month, Leon and I have visited 58 of 88 clubs.  We have had an inspiring and wonderful experience learning about each of the clubs in our District and are looking forward to what we learn on the remainder of the journey.  There is a lot going on out there in our District; so many dynamic clubs are making it happen.
100% of the clubs to date have a project that enhances their community.  That project may be a walking trail as we found in Port McNeil and other communities.  It may be Senior Housing as we have found in several Canadian communities.  It may be a Boys & Girls Club as we found in Sequim.  Like projects are to be found throughout District 5020.  These projects are essential to the overall economic health of any community.
District Governor Message for October Rose Bowman 2015-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
July Newsletter is now out. 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Fellowship – The Fifth Element of the Four Way Test
Fellowship is one of the most important elements of Rotary membership.  Whether at club meetings or at events, the camaraderie enjoyed by all helps create a vibrant, active club.
DG Doings – June 2015 Michael Procter 2015-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
By Michael Procter
Prepare For Major Rotary Year Celebrations
Next month marks the celebration of the 2014-15 Rotary Year, as districts around the world mark their achievements at their Annual District Conference.  
The 2015 District Conference committee has been working very hard to showcase the many projects undertaken by our district 5020 clubs. There will also be many projects displayed in the House of Friendship when the Conference convenes June 19-21 in Nanaimo. Clubs and members who have contributed significantly to Rotary in the past year will be recognized with special awards.
DG Doings – MAY 2015 Michael Procter 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ladysmith
Our story began when I spoke with David Stocks at the DLTA 2014 at the “Food for Thought” Dinner in March and was extremely impressed with the BEAR Program  Dale Simon of the Rotary Club of West Shore (Victoria) had started in her area. On returning home, I contacted David and he told me the basics of their program. The BEAR Program is having Rotary Volunteers enthusiastic about reading to Kindergarten to Grade 3. It is as easy as reading to your children or grandchildren. It is about instilling the love of reading at an early age.
Rotary BEAR Program ( Literacy ) 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Young Professional Summit- Berkeley, California Don Bonner 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2015
Diversity certainly describes the activities in our district. Check out some of the recent club happenings:
DG Doings for March 2015 Michael Procter 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Action Group for Business Ethics 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 04, 2015

World Understanding Month

February is a special month on the Rotary Calendar, as it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service-Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. 

Michael Procter presents DG Doings for February Don Bonner 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 25, 2015

Russian Friendship Exchange

By PDG Judy Byron, District 5020  US-Russia ICC Secretary 2014-15

Are you ready for a Russian adventure? ICC is currently finalizing the details for a Russian Friendship Exchange to take place in May 2015.  Our Russian hosts have extended an invitation for two teams of 6-8 Rotarians each to tour European Russia starting and ending in Moscow

Download the Newsletter now

United States-Russia Intercountry Committee Newsletter Vol. 1 #2 Don Bonner 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 23, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa. 

Rotary Moves to End Polio Now Don Bonner 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 22, 2015

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 22, 2015

The Rotary Foundation's continued success in changing lives will be buoyed by four new priorities aimed at expanding Rotary's work and enhancing the image and awareness of the Foundation's achievements.

The four priorities are: ending polio – now and forever; strengthening Rotary members' knowledge, engagement, and financial support to the Foundation; increasing the quality and impact of humanitarian services through Rotary grants and the areas of focus; and enhancing the image and awareness of the Foundation's record of achievements, particularly the success of PolioPlus and its 100-year record of doing good in the world.

Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 15, 2015

Your District Foundation Committee is expanding your club's opportunity for more education on The Rotary Foundation.  

Rotary Foundation Presentations Don Bonner 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 03, 2015

It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun. I have just completed my first six busy and extremely enjoyable months as your District Governor.

The hottest topic at virtually every club has been membership. Many clubs say that they are having trouble meeting their membership growth objectives. Why is this? Usually it is lack of awareness of the diversity of Rotary’s contributions both locally and internationally.

DG Doings – January 2015 Don Bonner 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Dec 07, 2014

On December 3rd I completed my final official District Governor visit. I have had the great honour and pleasure to meet with 88 Rotary clubs, 88 club boards and many of the nearly 5,000 Rotary members in our wonderful district.


December 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 09, 2014

Written by Bob Cairns, District 5020 Rotary Peace Fellowship Chair

District 5020 is proud to announce that Annemieke Holthuis was selected in Oct 2014 by Rotary International to be a Rotary Peace Scholar.  As a pioneer district from the inception of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, District 5020 has had a nominee selected almost each year since the inception of the program in 1987-1988.  

Rotary Peace Fellowship awarded to District 5020 Nominee Don Bonner 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Pumpkin Auction held in Campbell River Don Bonner 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 30, 2014

Written by: Brian King

Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.

My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.
Only this and nothing more.

A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE Don Bonner 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 29, 2014

Please read the attached flyer regarding the Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute Luncheon to be held November 15, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre featuring 2015/16 RI President Ravi Ravindran as keynote speaker.

Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute Luncheon Don Bonner 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 29, 2014

Call for Nominations

It is now time to nominate candidates for our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.  The selected person will become our District Governor Nominee Designate on January 1, 2015, and will then begin 2.5 years of training before assuming office as District Governor on July 1, 2017.

Call For District Governor Nominations Don Bonner 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 19, 2014

Polio, a virus that can paralyze people, still exists in 3 endemic countries but with your help we have a chance to end polio for good. Tell congress thank you for their support and that sustained funding is critical to #EndPolio forever. Write, call or email your elected officials, and help spread the word by sharing this video.

Help #EndPolio Forever Don Bonner 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 15, 2014

This is from the Campbell River Mirror. 

And in honour of World Polio Day, which is observed on Oct. 24, The Noon Rotary Club of Campbell River is continuing a 27-year Rotary commitment and initiating a month long educational awareness campaign designed to raise funds and inform people just how close we are to eradicating  the crippling childhood disease polio.

An end to polio is so close. Don Bonner 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 14, 2014

By Michael Procter

I have visited 60+ clubs since July 1 and am impressed by the many projects and community engagement of Rotarians from many different vocations.

October 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 14, 2014

October is Vocational Services Month. What is your club doing encourage high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society?

From Chip Ross Vocational Chair District 5020 Don Bonner 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 14, 2014


A group of 6 Rotarian couples (or single Rotarians) for a 15 day Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 9910 (New Zealand).

This RFE will see our RFE Team traveling to New Zealand March 1 – 16 2015 and the New Zealanders visiting District 5020 June 1 - 16 2015.

Rotary Friendship Exchange to New Zealand Don Bonner 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 07, 2014

Call for Nominations

It is now time to nominate candidates for our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.  The selected person will become our District Governor Nominee Designate on January 1, 2015, and will then begin 2.5 years of training before assuming office as District Governor on July 1, 2017.

Call for District Governor Nominations Don Bonner 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
The Service Award for a Polio Free World Don Bonner 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 02, 2014

By Michael Proctor

September is Youth Services Month

Youth Services has been a very large part of my agenda as I have visited the first 36 clubs on my calendar. I am a strong supporter of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and I promote the idea of becoming involved with RYE to clubs who are not hosting students currently. Smaller clubs can consider the Short Term Exchange Program, which is less costly that the full school year program. Five clubs in our district have returned to the RYE program this year, or have joined for the first time. I am pleased that my home club is a participant.

DG Happenings – September 2014 Don Bonner 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 10, 2014

From District 2050 to 1250 
Our Ambassador Scholar Alexandra Dawley in Brighton, England
Quarterly Report  1 - December 2013

Brighton Living

My First 10 weeks in Brighton have been great. My Flat is located in Kemptown (the artist district) just minutes from the sea. I enjoy walking through the vibrant city and I have (nearly) mastered the art of using the stairs on a moving doubleCdecker bus. I have met a fantastic group of friends. Together we celebrated Diwali (a Hindu celebration of gratitude), and American Thanksgiving last week. I enjoy exploring the local cafes with fellow Rotary Scholar, Cady Tolen, and attending weekly early morning hot yoga/meditation classes in Hove. I also recently had the opportunity to visit a friend in London which reminded me how close I live to "the big city." 

Ambassador Adventures Across the Pond (Part 1) Don Bonner 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 08, 2014

 Our District has always made excellent use of the opportunity to acquire project funding through the District Block Grant we receive from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) each year.

We have asked all clubs that wish to apply for a Community Grant to do so starting in April before the new Rotary year.  From those applications we build the spending plan that is required by TRF before we receive our allotment.

Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 06, 2014


Highest per capita Giving to Annual Fund

1) Lacey                            $376.32
2)Oak Bay                         $353.56
3)Parksville AM                  $349.70

2013-14 Foundation awards. Don Bonner 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 05, 2014

A record-setting year

Owing to the leadership and financial support of Rotarians around the world, 2013-14 was a record-setting year for our Annual Fund. Preliminary results suggest that more than $250 million was contributed to help change lives locally and in communities around the world. Thank you!

New year and new goals

Has your club set Foundation giving goals for 2014-15? If not, there is still time to evaluate your club’s fundraising efforts last year and submit goals for this year in Rotary Club Central. With your help, we can achieve our worldwide Annual Fund goal of $123 million by 30 June.

Rotary International Giving & Grants Newsletter Don Bonner 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 31, 2014

Presents – Our First Annual Pony Up for Kids!

Funds raised support our local and international projects helping children live better lives! (Dictionaries, scholarships and support to other nonprofits like HopeSparks who help children in need. Internationally, we work fighting Polio, supporting Infant and mother health and providing clean water.) Together we are “Doing Good” in our world.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club Don Bonner 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 30, 2014

RI President Gary Huang is encouraging all clubs to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 by hosting Rotary Days. The concept of a Rotary Day is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community for both Rotarians and the general public and use it as an opportunity to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary and drive interest in membership and other opportunities for engagement.

Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 with Rotary Days Don Bonner 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 30, 2014

CLUB VISITS UNDERWAY One month of the Rotary year is now history. Today, I completed my 19th official club visit, all on Vancouver Island.  I will be in Washington State starting August 5th for two weeks. The club visits have been extremely warm and enjoyable. The assistant governors have been very helpful in preparing for the visits.

Michael Procter's DG Doings for August 2014 Don Bonner 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 30, 2014

July 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER            

It’s Happy New Year every July for Rotary. This is the Rotary theme for the month of July each year. This will be my theme for the next 12 months of the 2014-2015 Rotary year.

My road show commences soon and continues for the next six months. While it is a lengthy trip, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit each of the 88 Rotary clubs in our district along the way. I am looking forward to it. My schedule of club visits is on pages 17 - 19 in the District Directory, which is available on the District 5020 website.

Michael Procter Presents DG Doings for July Don Bonner 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 14, 2014

During Friday's world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio.

Despite the physically grueling four-hour trek up and down the bridge's storied steel arches, the 340 participants kept their good spirits and stood side-by-side waving 278 flags.

"When the helicopters were going around, you just felt like one great big nation," says Graeme Davies, district governor of the Rotary Club of Kincumber in Australia.

ROTARY’S HISTORIC CLIMB IN SYDNEY Don Bonner 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 14, 2014

Dear Rotarians:

At the recommendation of the Rotarian Action Groups Committee, the RI Board recently decided to expand membership eligibility in Rotarian Action Groups. In addition to Rotarians and family members of Rotarians, anyone who has participated in a Rotary or Foundation program at some point in their lives is now eligible to join a RAG

Membership eligibility in Rotarian Action Groups Don Bonner 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 11, 2014

Districts that give 20 percent or more in District Designated Funds to PolioPlus will receive a special certificate each year they achieve this goal. To qualify for 2013-14, DDF contributions must be received by 30 June.

If your annual contribution continues at this rate through the eradication of polio, your district will also be recognized on a PolioPlus plaque to be displayed at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston. Only districts that began allocating DDF during the 2013-14 Rotary year -- and each year thereafter -- qualify for this recognition.

Posted by Peter Taylor on Jun 11, 2014

There are two ways to look at what Rotary fellowship means.

The first version comes with membership. As a new member, it is easy to be awed by the whole scenario. However, as you become active on committees and participate in events, you come to realize that there are some mighty good people out there in Rotary land. From there, you will become aware of the fact that some of your closest friends are Rotarians. It's a lot healthier to feel you are enriched by being able to visit with good friends every week rather than feeling you have to go to keep your attendance above 50%.

Fellowship Month is June in the world of Rotary International. Peter Taylor 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 09, 2014

The Rotary Club of Comox is seeking contributing partners for its next extensive water project in Honduras. If your club has even a small amount of uncommitted funds from this year’s or next year’s World Community Service budget, the Comox club would appreciate your partnership. The Rotary Club of Comox has itself committed $30,000, an ambitious amount for a club of 60 members and has already been joined by the Campbell River and Campbell River Daybreak Rotary Clubs. The Global Grant application is in the process of approval


Co-Funding Opportunity: Honduras 5 Community Water Project (GG 1420323) Don Bonner 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 09, 2014

The month of June is considered as Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary calendar. There is a misconception among Rotarians on what aspect of the RI programs is being celebrated for this month of June. Let us clarify the issue. When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:

June is Rotary Fellowship Month Don Bonner 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 11, 2014

Convention Time & Kudos for RYE and PDGs: RI has not designated a theme for the month of May, so I am on my own. As I slither toward anonymity, I ask you to do three things: (1) attend the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, June 1-4 if you can; (2) recognize our great Youth Exchange program; (3) acknowledge our highly accomplished and continuously active Past District Governors.

MAY 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 03, 2014

When the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago, political leaders in the United States welcomed—and with taxpayers dollars directly supported—the new political course of independent republics aimed at increased democratization and further integration into European political structures.

The Cold War was over and Russia was not a threat anymore. For those in the West and in the former USSR states this meant one thing: The future of U.S.-Russia relations was optimistic and—to a certain extent—peaceful. President Boris Yeltsin, who took over after Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, did not have imperial ambitions

The New Cold War by Geysar Gurbanov Rotary District 5020 Rotary Peace Fellow Don Bonner 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 02, 2014

The Rotary Foundation Trustees have approved a new model for funding the Foundation’s operating costs. Effective 1 July 2015, the Foundation will direct 5 percent of Annual Fund donations to help pay administrative and fund development expenses and to build a strong operating reserve. The Foundation will also draw on other funding sources, including 5 percent of cash contributions for global grants and up to 10 percent of select corporate gifts.

Trustees Approve New Rotary Foundation Funding Model Don Bonner 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Mar 31, 2014
In 1911, Rotary decided it needed a magazine to inform club members. The Rotarian was born. Soon, Rotary club members around the world wanted publications they could call their own. In 1915, the first regional magazine was published, serving members in Great Britain and Ireland. In 1928, the predecessor to Rotary Down Under launched in Australia.
April is Rotary Magazine Month Don Bonner 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 20, 2014

Treacy Duerfeldt has discovered a new motivation for lifting weights – to fight polio.

Motivated by his past – he’s lifted weights since he was twelve and he’s been a Rotarian since 1991 – Duerfeldt will be both weight lifter and polio fighter later this month. In his unique fundraiser on March 21, Duerfeldt will attempt to lift the max weight at all 25 weight machines in less that 70 minutes at the Valley Athletic Club.

Treacy Duerfeldt Lifts Weights in Fight against Polio William McCarthy 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Register now for the Understanding Young Professionals webinar Don Bonner 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

As soon as he announced his plan he had pledges of $1350 in 48 hours and $200... was from Non Rotarians.

Please go to the "Man vs. Machine" Link and make your pledge!

Press Release 1/24/14

Where: The Valley Athletic Club
When: March 21, 2014 1:30 pm
What: Strength Testing Event to raise $$ for Polio Eradication
How: Commit at
Who: A celebration of the Legend of John Henry and Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio
Why: Polio has recently surged forward in affecting new countries as a very contagious infectious disease that must be stopped

District Foundation Fundraising Committee Chair Treacy Duerfeldt is raising the bar on how to increase donations to the Foundation William McCarthy 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

Recently District Foundation Chair William McCarthy was interviewed by MMixx 96.1 FM in Thurston County Washington.  He was at a Rotary meeting sitting next to a local radio moderator, Dick Pust, when he mentioned that the local communities knew very little about Rotary in spite of the presence of nine clubs and over 550 Rotarians.

His comment inspired Mr. Pust who has begun a series of radio interviews with leaders in the many service clubs in Thurston County. Mr. McCarthy was honored to be the first representative of the local service clubs to talk about the good we do in the local community and around the world.

Prior to this interview being aired Mr. Pust promoted it on his Facebook page.  Mr. Pust is a respected area Radio personality with over 50 years in broadcasting. 

Posted by Don Bonner on Feb 01, 2014

From The Editor

We all belong to some sort of family. Many of us belong to biological families that can span a few generations. Others of us belong to intentional families that are bonded not by borders and boundaries but by forces other than biology. 1.2 million of us consider our fellow Rotarians as family. A recent article in The Economist states that altruism – a desire to assist strangers – shows up early in our human development. It’s no wonder “Service Above Self” is the tie that bonds our Rotary family and why, through our “family” of Rotary Organizations, we do everything we can to recognize, develop, and reward altruistic attitudes and behaviors.

Inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty now online. Don Bonner 2014-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Taylor on Jan 31, 2014
WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH - Rotary's full name is Rotary International. Has your club taken advantage of Rotary's international aspects? Since February has been designated World Understanding Month, I would like to share a half dozen opportunities with you that your club members may enjoy.
Pete Taylor DG Newsletter – FEBRUARY 2014 Peter Taylor 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 31, 2014

The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar.

It is designated World Understanding Month. February also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. Let us honour our fellow Rotarians and Rotary’s goal of world peace and understanding by planning programs and activities during this month that emphasizes understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace.



February is World Understanding Month Don Bonner 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 28, 2014
ImageIn 1964, John W. Richards, DDS, was District Governor of District 502 (later to become 5020). He then went on to help build Rotary Student Exchange programs for the district and other districts on the west coast, and he was always proud of his involvement with Rotary.

He spent many years of his life dedicated to service to his community, and he was always proud of his involvement with Rotary.

Some of John's other involvements in Rotary


Appointed Visa Facilitative Form issuing officer by the US State Department USIA division. Responsible for issuing over 10,000 visas over a period of 28 years to incoming foreign students in the Rotary High School Student Exchange Program. The jurisdiction reached high schools from Montana, through Nevada, into Central California, and up through Alaska.

It is with regret that we learn about the passing of PDG John Richards. 1964-1965 Don Bonner 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 28, 2014
DG-campbellriverRotary District Governor Pete Taylor and his wife Kristine read to Plessa Walden’s Grade 2 and Grade 3 class at Pinecrest School Jan. 23. The Taylors were visiting Campbell River to support the local Rotarians Read program and Family Literacy Week.
Reading Rotarians blitz local elementary schools Don Bonner 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Dec 01, 2013

December is chock full of things to celebrate that promote togetherness. Many of them have a foundation in the faith communities. Rotary has designated December as FAMILY MONTH, as this is the time of year when many families gather.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for December Don Bonner 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 24, 2013

ImagePete Taylor is pleased to announce that three outstanding members of District 5020 clubs have stepped forward into leadership positions:

DISTRICT APPOINTMENTS Don Bonner 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 19, 2013

ENDPOLIONOW_4pFrom Rotary International 

Rotary helped put polio eradication on center stage on the day best known for rallying support to finish the job - World Polio Day, 24 October. A special Livestream presentation -World Polio Day: Making History- showcased the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern's Chicago campus and streamed online to viewers worldwide.

On World Polio Day, Rotary spotlights the fight to end the disease Don Bonner 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 10, 2013

Here is the newsletter for Rotary Giving & Grants for November 2013.

Welcome to the newly created Rotary Giving and Grants newsletter, a merger of Rotary Grants News and Every Rotarian, Every Year . This one quarterly newsletter will serve as your primary source of information about The Rotary Foundation, offering insightful stories about the good work being done with your donations, as well as tips, announcements, and lists of resources. 

Rotary Giving & Grants - November 2013 Don Bonner 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 31, 2013
November is Foundation Month.

The 88 clubs of District 5020 will be recognizing the role of the Rotary International Foundation in funding the fight to end polio, the campaigns for clean water, and the variety of education and community improvement projects that engage Rotarians world wide.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for NOVEMBER Don Bonner 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 21, 2013
ImageIf you are a supporter of Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio – or simply want to learn more about it – you won’t want to miss World Polio Day: Making History, a special Livestream event presented by Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health, beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 24 (World Polio Day).
October 24th, World Polio Day Don Bonner 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 10, 2013

Youth Protection Officer Traning and Training for Trainers

Primarily for Incumbent and Prospective Youth Protection Officers, but Incumbent and Prospective Trainers are welcome too!!

Youth Protection Officer Traning Don Bonner 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 29, 2013
ImageVocational Service concentrates on the Four Way Test, Leadership, and Ethics in Business. All Rotarians should remember that Rotary was founded on the principle that its members maintain high levels of integrity and this should be emphasized throughout the year. Specifically, for October, please consider the following types of activities to recognize Vocational Service Month:
October is Rotary Vocational Service Month Don Bonner 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 16, 2013

Register for the Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 1): Overview and Introduction webinar!

Rotary International is pleased to present the five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

Rotary Service Connections Don Bonner 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 09, 2013
Pete Taylor

September 2013 District 5020 NEWSLETTER

ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLER with Peter Taylor | 2013-14 District Governor

September is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. What is your club doing to make itself attractive to younger potential members and equally important, what is it doing to hold the interest of your existing younger members? Clubs should be non-discriminatory in their recruiting efforts - anyone of any age who would be a good Rotarian should be recruited - but the area of “New Generations” presents the most challenges.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for September Don Bonner 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 04, 2013
ImageProbably one of the biggest makeovers of a website in the history of the internet took place on Aug 26th.  The website:

This is a big change from what was there before.  There were a number of problems with the old website including the ability to find anything that you were looking for.  The search function was one of the main issues.  It's not that it was a badly designed website, it's more that it was huge and the layout wasn't as user friendly as it could be.  That is all in the past.

Rotary launches their new website Don Bonner 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Homeless Children Receive School Supply Shopping Spree Don Bonner 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 31, 2013
ENDPOLIONOW_4pRotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility. 
$500,000 to Somalia to help eradicate Polio Don Bonner 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 25, 2013
ImageAt 29, Katie Ehlis knows first-hand the challenges of trying to fit the lifestyle of a young professional into a traditional club structure. After moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for work, this former Rotaractor visited several Rotary clubs to find the right connection.
New Traditions Bring in Younger Rotary Members Don Bonner 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 22, 2013
ImageK.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.
Ravindran is choice for 2015-16 RI president Don Bonner 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 19, 2013
Since the founding of our organisation in 1905 a Rotary International Convention has never been hosted on the African continent. As the Rotarians of Africa, representing 54 countries, we invite you to show your support for the proposed Rotary International Convention 2019, and to offer your voice as we strive to bring the convention to Durban, South Africa.
Africa is Calling Don Bonner 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
D5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship, Application Deadline Sept. 15, 2013 Don Bonner 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 11, 2013
ImageAlexandra Dawley, the recipient of the 2013-14 Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship, has been awarded an additional US$15,000 Global Grant Scholarship through The Rotary Foundation.  The combined value of the scholarships will provide Alexandra a total of US$30,000 to pursue her graduate studies. Alexandra was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside.
Global Grant Scholarship Awarded to Alexandra Dawley Don Bonner 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
It's about time. Rotary International's First Female Vice-President takes office. Don Bonner 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 05, 2013

The August issue of The Rotarian announced the winners of the RI Service Above Self Awards.  The award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, especially those who have helped others through personal volunteer work and active involvement in Rotary.  This award is the highest honour for individual Rotarians and goes to no more than 150 Rotarians each year.

RI announces the Service Above Self Awards for 2012-13 5020 District Rotarian Robert Wubbena is one of the honored recipients Don Bonner 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Aug 04, 2013
ImageRotarians and guests of the six clubs in Area 2A enjoyed a fellowship evening at a BBQ hosted by Parksville AM Rotary Club.The venue was Rotary Park in beautiful Qualicum Beach.
Rotarians from Clubs in Area 2A enjoy Fellowship John Challender 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Jun 24, 2013

Qualicum Beach Sunrise and Parksville AM Rotarians, School District 69, and Trades council BC, jointly sponsored “YES 2 IT, TRY A TRADE DAY” a Trade Fair that attracted over 600 Grade 7 and 8 Oceanside students and their parents.  The students were able to participate “hands on” in 25 different trades and technologies, everything from Culinary Arts to Plumbing to Aerospace Technology.   

Qualicum Beach Sunrise and Parksville AM Rotarians Introduce Students to Occupations John Challender 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Jun 16, 2013

ImageThe top three Clubs this year were all winners and it was very difficult to select the best because each excelled in different areas.   

The number three Club spent $301.25/member on international service; initiated 2 literacy projects in two countries and supported 5 projects in 5 countries.  Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Port Orchard.

The number two Club initiated 3 projects, 2 water and 1 literacy; they supported 3 water projects in 2 countries and multiplied their money with 3 Global Grants adding $73,689. to their projects.  Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Campbell River.

The winning Club initiated 3 projects in 2 countries, 1 sanitation and 2 literacy; they sponsored 6 projects in 3 countries, had 5 members visit projects in 3 countries and took 4 Interact students with them to complete 2 computer projects in 1 country.  They expanded their funding with 4 Matching Grants, including a Grant from Google for $5285.  We are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the Floyd & Sandra Olson International Service Club of the Year is the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

Other applicants included Lakewood, Olympia, and Shelton Skookum.  All of the applicants are providing phenomenal International Service, and Floyd would be proud of all of them.



2013 Floyd & Sandra Olson International Service Club of the Year John Challender 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 27, 2013

Congratulations to Alexandra Dawley, the recipient of the 2013-14 Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship.


Alexandra, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside, was selected by the District Scholarship Committee to receive the Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2013-2014. She has just completed her final year at Vancouver Island University (VIU), and will obtain a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Global Students and a minor in Sociology (Social Development).
District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholar Don Bonner 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner

THE IDES OF MARCH - Presidents-elect have just attended PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) and in their information-overload state, are scurrying around identifying members to join their leadership team and formulating their 2014-15 plans. 

MARCH 2014 DG DOINGS Don Bonner 0
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