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Welcome to the District 5080 Website!

District Governor:
   Kees van der Pol 
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The District Youth Exchange Committee is looking for new members. Often described as one of the best programs that Rotary has, the district committee is looking for Rotarians who would like to know more about Youth Exchange and who  might like to serve on the District Committee. If interested please contact Darryl Bishop dcsbishop@shaw.ca for further information.
District 5080 Spring Assembly 
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn
Hosted by District 5080 Governor Elect, Jerri Anderson
A Day for All Rotarians to Come Together to Network, Learn and Explore 
Click below to register.
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Governor-Elect Jerri Anderson (Sandpoint Rotary) and Kent being presented to 2017-18 Rotary International President-Elect Ian Riseley and Juliet
at the International Assembly in San Diego in January.
All are sporting next year's beautiful theme ties, scarves and jackets as they stand in front of the new logo and the theme of "Rotary: Making a Difference".
Rotary District 5080, in partnership with the University of Calgary Medical School, recently completed the first year of a 3-year Vocational Training Team (VTT) project to provide much needed training for Family Medicine Specialists in Laos.
The VTT project was organized by the Rotary Club of Golden, BC. Major funding came from the Golden and Columbia Center Rotary Clubs, with additional funds from Spokane 21, Cranbrook Sunrise, Invermere, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie and Coeur d’Alene Sunrise. Matching funds from District 5080 and The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund resulted in a $150,000 CAD Global Grant.
Dear fellow Rotarians,
Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International
Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you
are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving
Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with
you. Information and resources for this event can be found at weekofservice.org.
Visit the International Week of Service 2017 Facebook event page to RSVP and
see what other clubs are planning.
Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International,
Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International,
Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Ys Men International,
Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.To participate, your club can work with
one or more other area service groups to do something together for your community.
They can join you in a pre-planned event, or you can plan a new event together. Find a fellow service organization in your community here. Share your photos and videos at weekofservice.org, on the event page, and on social media using #weekofservice2017.
To promote your activities locally, we've provided you iåith a customizable press release.
This event will help us to promote all of our organizations, highlight membership opportunities, and reinforce the importance of doing good in the world. It's a chance for our volunteers to forge lasting relationships and creating the potential for future joint projects. Your participation will also achieve one of the service goals listed in my presidential citation.
I hope you'll join me in what promises to be a unique, important opportunity to better your community.
John F. Germ
President, Rotary International
An Opportunity for Canadians (Only)
to Petition the Canadian Government
to Support Polio Plus
Dear Rotarians,
I hope this message finds you well.
I take this opportunity to inform you about a petition encouraging the government of Canada’s continued support for polio eradication. This Petition can be found on the House of Commons website:  https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-798  
A brief story has also been posted about the petition on Rotary’s End Polio Now website.
A letter will soon be sent by Rotary leaders in Canada to Rotary club presidents throughout Canada to alert them to this petition and to request their assistance in encouraging support among club members. Your support and encouragement of this outreach would be greatly appreciated.
While not directly related to the petition, it’s worth noting that this week happens to be International Development Week in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau issued a statement in which he announced that the theme this year is “Leave no one Behind: Canada contributes to Global Goals” This theme certainly fits nicely with the longstanding collaboration between Rotary and the Government of Canada to reach every last child, including those living in insecurity and the most complex environments to protect them from polio and achieve the shared goal of a polio free world.
With thanks and best regards,
Kris Tsau
Advocacy Specialist | PolioPlus
Below please find a notice that you may wish to incorporate into your
District Newsletter.  As Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday in 2017
and entrance to Canada’s National Parks is free for the year, camp sites
are expected to be reserved quickly.  If attendees at the WGIPPA 85th
Assembly in Waterton wish to camp, I would strongly recommend that
your reservations be made ASAP.
Thanks.  Glenn
Hundreds of Rotarians vacation worldwide at IGFR (International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary) locations.
The 54th annual IGFR will be held this August 6-12 in Victoria , BC , Canada. Proceeds go to Rotary charities.
Please pass this information on to your Rotary Club Presidents asking them to inform golfers in their clubs.
More information on how to register: http://www.igfr.ca  
Thank you
Dr. Gerry Kelly
Chair: IGFR2017 in Victoria. Canada

District Governor’s Monthly Message
(January 2017)
Vocational Service Month
Welcome to 2017!  And embrace the January theme of Vocational Service!
The 2nd Object of Rotary has us encourage and foster:
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.
Even though this is a core value and has existed since the very beginning of Rotary, it is sometimes hard for Rotarians to put the 2nd Object into action.
What follows are some ways of performing vocational service:
  • Live the Rotary Four-Way Test,
  • Talk proudly about your work and your professional organization,
  • Use your professional talents to perform a service project in your community or overseas,
  • Show genuine interest in others’ occupations,
  • Participate in an Rotary Ethics Seminar (we had one in Spokane on October 1, 2016),
  • Mentor high school or college students to help them achieve their career goals,
  • Continue to participate in professional development and encourage others to do the same,
  • Be ethical in your professional or business practices and encourage others to follow your example,
  • Join a Rotary Fellowship by checking out the following website: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-fellowships,
  • Take tours of each others’ workplaces in order to more deeply understand their professions,
  • Create a Four-Way Test contest for students,
  • Live the Rotary Code of Conduct,
  • Reward professionals or businesses who consistently follow ethical principles, and/or
  • Volunteer to lead or participate in a Vocational Training Team.
To register Click
on the right hand side under Conference Information


The Creston Rotary Club, with President Gwen Telling (far left), sponsored the newly-formed Creston Valley Rotaract Club, which chartered on September 18.

The club charter was presented to Julie MsTaggart, Rotaract Charter President (back centre), by Gwen and by DG Kees van der Pol (far right).

This was followed by the Rotaractors receiving membership certificates.

It was a fun-filled event with stimulating conversation and fellowship!


What could be a Rotary first is that Gillian Kemle (bottom right), a Creston Rotarian, joined the Rotaract Club.

Have you used Rotary Global Rewards our member benefits program of special offers on travel, hotels, dining, entertainment, and more? Rotary Global Rewards makes your Rotary membership even more rewarding.

When you travel with Rotary Global Rewards, you can do more good work and create new memories with family and friends using discounts on airfare, hotel, and vehicle rentals. http://bit.ly/GlobalRewards

The District Leadership Team for 2016-17 attended the D-5080 Team Training Seminar in Coeur d’Alene on February 14, 2016
Rotary Convention
Atlanta USA Convention
Click on link to Register
June 10 to 14, 2017
Home Page News
A new donation system is now available to all Rotarians! It's called TRF Direct. There are brand new forms available, ready for you to download from this website. One is for Canadian donors and one for U.S. Donors.
his letter was written to inform you of an important change affecting all contributions from Canadian Rotarians and clubs.

 District 5080

Conference 2017

Nakusp, BC

May 12-14
Click the link below to watch the Promotional Video
District 5080 Refund Policy
March 2017
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