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District 5040 and 5050 will host a Million Dollar Dinner to celebrate 100 Years of The Rotary Foundation “Doing Good in the World”. Rotary International President John Germ will be the keynote speaker. The event will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017. Watch the district website over the next few months for details and how you can participate in the Million Dollar Dinner.

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

Register for District conference 2017 by June 30, 2016 and save $26.50. The current registration is only $299.00 per person. On July 1, 2016 it goes to $325.50.  For information on Conference 2017 and to register online go to: www.CelebrateRotary.ca.

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has completed the "I Got Mine" membership challenge.  Who will be next?
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

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.
We have held this event for the past 31 years. It is a bike ride from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs Resort, a distance of 120km.  It is held the second Sunday in July and this year falls on July 10th.  The event is run to raise funds for the deaf and hard of hearing in British Columbia and we have raised over $2.8 million in our 31 years.

This picture is of Baljeet and Jaspreet Rakmo. Jaspreet has a cochlear implant and he has been doing very well adapting to the new technology.
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.
To any who are planning to join us and attend the Rotary International Convention, we look forward to spending this exciting time with you. The Convention dates are May 28 through June 1, 2016.

Please let us know if you plan to attend.

We would like to know who from District 5040 will be in Seoul – we always get together and have some fun times at International Convention. To make sure you are on our list, just drop me an e-mail and we will build our group.

There are some tours available through Indus Travel in Richmond and details can be had through the Download section on the left of our home page – click the link to either open or download the details for the tour or tours in which you are interested. You can also call Maryalice Golinsky at Indus Travel, Direct Line: 1-778-773-9850 for more information.

Don Evans and Deb   604-988-3435   don_evans@telus.net

DGE Lyn Stroshin and her husband Alex are attending the week long assembly for over 500 governors for the 2016-17 Rotary year. Lyn and Alex are seen here with Rotary International President-Elect, John F Germ and his wife, Judy. The President- Elect has just announced his theme for next year, Rotary Serving Humanity.


On Jan 8th, the Squamish Reporter published an article about the Rotary Club of Squamish. The article gives a brief history about the club, and highlights the club's plans for 2016, in both our local and international communities.

To read the full article, click the More button
The Rotary Foundation received a $500,000.00 gift from the late Fred and Bette Cotton of Vancouver. The funds received on December 30, 2015, will support the Rotary International polio eradication campaign.
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On behalf of all the Rotarians in Korea, I invite you to the 2016 Korea convention. We are all looking forward to welcoming you and making your trip our very special gift that goes far beyond your expectations.
I am very excited to announce that Darcy Long of the Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Sechelt has been appointed as the 2018-19 District Governor for District 5040. I know Darcy will do an excellent job as our Governor and I look forward to working with her and all Rotarians to help Rotary make its mark in our District.

Please join me in welcoming Darcy to this position.

John L. Anderson
District Governor 2015-16
Rotary District 5040

The Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Sechelt held a successful public event on Friday, December 4, 2015. Rotarians and the general public were invited to hear about Rotary’s work on polio eradication. Polio survivor Ramesh Ferris spoke the more than 150 people who attended the event.