District & Club News
November – Rotary Foundation Month
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.
In June 2013, the Yarnell Hill Fire claimed the life of 19 firefighters and destroyed over 100 homes; it also severely damaged the Yarnell Water Improvement Association’s system with an estimated cost for repair at $1.5 million. And although the water services were never interrupted, keeping the system running manually was a financial and physical burden to the community.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Good News! Our District 5020 earned a special award for being the leader for PolioPlus donations in our Zone in 2014 – 2015.
There are ten Districts in Zone 25 and we were Number One! The award for our District’s generosity was presented to Past District Governor Michael Procter at the Zone Institute held in Hawaii in October.
Many thanks to all of you whose generosity made this possible. Let’s continue our support so we can END POLIO NOW.
Thank you all
Terry TooneDistrict 5020 End Polio Now Chair
Posted by By Katie DeRosa
Within an hour of arriving at the Rotary District 1060 headquarters in Coventry, UK, I had met a Japanese student who speaks Sinhalese and volunteered in Sri Lanka, an American who served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, a New Zealander who wants to study peace development through theatre and a woman from Malta with direct experience working with refugees.
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.
For more information, see http://www.peaceconference2016.org/who-we-are/.
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
This Fall the District Membership Committee is providing four free regional Summits. Open to all Rotarians, we encourage Club Presidents, President Elects, Membership Chairs and Committee Members to attend to learn about new ideas for membership, network, and share our successes. Join us!
October 17th - Lantzville