District & Club News

OCTOBER!!!  How did you get here so fast? One quarter of our Rotary year is behind us.  What did we accomplish? Are we on track with our goals?  Are we having fun with Rotary this year?

Don and I are truly enjoying our visits to clubs and groups of clubs. The hospitality that abounds in every corner of our District is delightful.  We are about half way through our club visits and have learned of more valuable projects than we could ever have imagined.  We certainly have very committed Rotarians in our District who are Serving Humanity on all levels.

photo: 5020 District Governor (DG) Croghan, earning her doo rag, astride Area 3 Governor (AG) Kenn Whiteman's gorgeous motorcycle. AG Whiteman is a Past President, maintaining member of Port Alberni - Arrowsmith.

Let's all celebrate 100 in Atlanta! June 10-14, 2017


As we celebrate “Rotary Serving Humanity” through the leadership of RI President, John Germ, we have a unique opportunity to come together with Rotarians throughout the world in Atlanta, Georgia, June 10 to 14, 2017. 


It is a significant year in Rotary --- the year-long celebration of the 100th birthday of the Rotary Foundation will lead many to the Atlanta convention---the city where it all began. This year due to the proximity of the Rotary International Conference, we hope to see a large District 5020 delegation.



For the second year, the Rotary Club of Downtown Victoria held their Pub Crawl For Polio which takes participants on a scavenger hunt around downtown Victoria.

The night starts off in a central location with a burger and beer, then players split into teams. Each team is given a map of downtown Victoria and list of scavenger hunt items that are each worth a point. The team at the end with the most points wins!



Have you ever noticed how much younger you feel after spending time with younger Rotarians?  Spending time with Rotaractors works even better.  Spending time helping younger folks can put a spring in your step.

Our Rotary and Rotaract Clubs include folks who are in mid-career or maybe just starting out.  Many of these folks could use a bit of mentoring.  Why not offer to give informal advice?  You probably have some experience – good or bad – that could guide a younger person toward success. How about working with your local Chamber of Commerce to establish a mentoring program? Your town probably includes dozens of people who could use some friendly advice about their careers.



The Ride to End Polio started in 2009 as a District 5500 project to raise awareness and funds to contribute to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

To date, the ride generated over $25 million – enough money to purchase more than 35 million doses of polio vaccine!

Jeffrey Ott, President Elect for Gateway Rotary raised $2,500 in contributions last year in his 104-mile ride around Tucson.This year he plans to raise over $3,000.  In 2015, nearly 100 Rotarians and Rotary International (RI) General Secretary John Hewko participated in the ride, raising nearly $8 million. 


A project in Mexico had been on the bucket list of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise in the Comox Valley for several years. 

This desire was fulfilled when several club members met Bob Johnson, a recent newcomer to the Comox Valley, who had been volunteering in Mexico for about 10 years.  

Johnson, a house painter and general handyman, had contacts with several municipal and social services agencies in the Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Corrientes area of Mexico where he co-founded the Mexican Schools Project to help repair schools in the area.



Join us for a special Membership Summit to learn about growing membership and improving your club's public image facilitated  by Rotary International (RI) Steve Lingenbrink, Zone 25/26 Membership Advisory Chair.

Open to all Rotarians!  

Saturday, October 29, 2016 
at Hotel RL, Olympia WA
9am - 12pm

Admission:  FREE

We encourage club presidents, presidents elect, and the chairs and members of the membership and public image committees to attend to learn about new ideas for promoting Rotary, to network, and to share our successes. At least one representative from each club should attend.

More about Steve Lingenbrink: 


The District 5020 Grant Committee is offering a grant opportunity for clubs to fund summer literacy or nutrition programs targeted to low income, free or reduced lunch students. 

Grants may start at the beginning of summer break in 2017.  The grant will be reimbursed after all reporting is completed during Rotary Year (RY) 2017-2018.  Notification of grant award will occur prior to the start of RY 2017-2018.  

Grow Membership and Public Image!
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