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You are invited to a Regional Rotary Foundation seminar at the Wosk Centre in Vancouver. With RI President Elect Ian Riseley as the keynote speaker.  This is not an ordinary seminar. It is interactive using the unique resources at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue.  You will fully participate.
In October our District is honoured to welcome Rotary International President-Elect Ian Risely to British Columbia. RIPE Ian will attend meetings with Rotarians in Prince George and preside over a Regional Foundation Seminar at the Wosk Centre in Vancouver on October 22nd. Registration details on both of these events will be out shortly.

Due to the timing of the president-elect's seminars and the Rotary Day of Dialogue, and some overlap of content material, we have decided to cancel this year’s event planned for November 19th at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue. We recognize there are only so many events members can attend and we hope as many Rotarians as possible will have the opportunity to meet next year’s President during his visit to our District.

We hope to see you all at the meetings in October.

DG Lyn Stroshin and PDG John Anderson


A group of 24 Rotary people from RYLA, Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange and others volunteered at a Youth Leadership camp in Guangzhou China at the beginning of August.

DG Lyn Stroshin and DGN Darcy Long, 2017 District conference chair announced that David Forward will be a keynote speaker at conference 2017 in Whistler. David is the author of the official history of The Rotary Foundation, “Doing Good in the World.”
Quesnel was the venue for District 5040 Governor Lyn Stroshin's mid-July visit
For photos of DG Lyn Stroshin's visits and activities >>click here>>

Grades 8 to 10 students with a desire to make their schools and communities better places created and produced projects in “Service Above Self” and made new friends at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp on July 7 to 10, 2016. The 25 students attended the camp at Lakelse, south of Terrace, BC. The 3-day camp tought leadership and personal development skills, while instilling the Rotary ideal of high ethical standards. For more on RYLA >>click here>>


Here is a short Video invitation to The Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner being hosted by District 5040 & 5050 on January 9, 2017. For more information, please visit: https://sway.com/33HP6HfAAmMyPPl4


The Rotary Club is an International Organization whose volunteers are neighbours, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the community good.
The members share a passion for both community service and friendship. Their focus includes medical and dental missions and work to eradicate polio. No part of any donation goes to administration fees. The Rotary Volunteers pay their own transportation, lodging, and expenses.

Rotary World Help (RWH) is a nonprofit registered charitable organization that coordinates the shipment of educational, humanitarian, dental, and medical supplies, computers, and sports equipment to countries in need.
June 25th turned into a beautiful Whistler day as DGE Lyn Stroshin was inducted as the 2016/17 Governor of District 5040 by RI Director Dean Rohrs. Over 70 Rotarians, family and friends gathered from far and wide to participate in the celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium and lead by PDG Gordon Daglish. Click here to view the photos on facebook.
In this video, Rotary’s Deputy General Secretary Michele Berg explains changes that clubs can choose to make to allow for greater membership flexibility. This video covers the 2016 Council on Legislation’s decisions related to Meeting Flexibility and Format and provides examples of how these changes can be adopted and implemented by clubs.
For further information on changes made by the COL (Council on Legislation) please contact District 5040 COL rep - PDG Penny Offer at  pennyoffer@live.ca

DG John Anderson's Reflections on District Conference 2016. Video by Kyle Gomes a member of the Hugh Boyd Interact Club in Richmond.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has completed the "I Got Mine" membership challenge.  Who will be next?
May 15. 2016 was the Official Opening of the Rotary Pavilion at the Squamish Legacy Sports Park. The project was funded by the Rotary Club of Squamish, a District 5040 grant from the Rotary Foundation, and the Sea to Sky Nordics Club. Thank you to our partners, volunteers, and donors who helped make the vision a reality.

Welcome to the newest member of the Rotary 5040 family.
DG John Anderson on May 18, 2016 presented the charter to the Rotary Community Corps (RCC) of Burnaby, BC, District 5040.
The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has established the “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund” to assist in the rebuilding of that city following this tragic fire. The Charitable Foundation is now ready to accept donations, for which tax receipts will be issued. The Foundation will rely on an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary club and the municipality) for advice on disbursal of the funds.

This fund is being established after consultation with DGN Frank Reitz (resident of Fort McMurray) and Fort McMurray Rotary Club President Jeanette Bancarz.

Donations may be from individuals or corporations. Rotary clubs may wish to facilitate this process by collecting donations, and then forwarding either the individual cheques or a cheque drawn on the club’s account for the total amount, along with a list of the donors and their addresses and postal codes.

Please forward donations to:

Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation
c/o Rotary District 5370 Office
16030 – 104 Ave.. NW
Edmonton AB T5P 0S3

and annotate cheques “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund”

If you wish to make a donation using Visa, MasterCard or American Express, you may do so by using the Canada Helps website and the Charitable Foundation’s link:


In the comments section, please indicate that the donation is for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.

Many thanks!

Julius Buski, President
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation

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The Council on Legislation approved two key measures that will give clubs greater flexibility in their meetings and membership. Both were proposed by the RI Board of Directors and passed overwhelmingly after vigorous debate.

This video shows how one club presents Paul Harris Fellow recognition. The presentation uses slides to highlight the change in peoples lives that the gift to The Rotary Foundation made. By relating the Paul Harris Fellow recognition to the recipients of the aid the new Paul Harris Fellow and the audience understand the full impact of the gift. The video was created John Charbonneau, Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.



The Rotary Council on Legislation(COL) will be held in Chicago April 10th to 15th.
Congratulations to District Governor Nominee, Don Evans who received The Caring Canadian Award from His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada at the Chan Centre, UBC on Friday March 4th. The award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character. Accolades Don on this well deserved honour and thank you for the volunteer service you have given.

We are excited to announce a partnership with Bandstra Freight Systems.  They will ship our display booth from Richmond to Prince Rupert and everything in between........FREE OF Charge.  The only exceptions with be the Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky.  Brian Findley and I are working on shipping instructions and set up instructions.  Stay tuned.

Leadership, team work, communication and membership development were key areas of discussion at the first in a series of District 5040 Assemblies.


One in two girls wish they were someone else.

Local day camp that aims to build girls’ confidence gets a boost from Rotary.

The Rotary Club of Squamish donated a cheque for $3200 to the Howe Sound Women's Centre in support of the Girl's Camp for young girls. 
Read the full story from the Squamish Chief HERE.

It's time to place some attention on one of Rotary's amazing programs - Rotary Peace Fellowship.
Visitors learned about Rotary and  a new water park for Ladner on Saturday Feb 27th at Port Metro Vancouver office in Trenant Park.  The water park is one example of Rotary's many contributions to our community of Delta and region and to communities in need all around the world. It is the first time that the new Rotary event booth was on public display.