For your reading pleasure: The History, Legacy and Vision of Rotary 5020: 1909 - 2005
By John Armenia, Director of Club Service - RI District 5020

In 1914, Division 15 was established which included the Rotary clubs of Seattle and Spokane, WA & Victoria and Vancouver, BC. Division 15's first "district" conference (the first in the new Rotary world) was held in Tacoma, WA that year. In 1956 - 57, the geographical boundaries, as we know them were established. The District number change to 502 and later to 5020. District records are incomplete regarding names of past DG's other than the ones listed here. If anyone has further information please share it with the District Governor:

Past District 5020 Governors

District Governor


Annual Rotary Theme 

Joanne Croghan
Bainbridge Island, WA
16-17 Rotary Serving Humanity   Bio
Rose Bowman
Chehalis, WA
15-16 Be a Gift to the World   Bio
Michael Procter
Qualicum Beach BC
14-15 Light up Rotary   Bio
Pete Taylor
Tacoma WA
13-14 Engage Rotary - Change Lives   Bio
Judy Byron
Sidney BC
12-13 Peace Through Service   Bio
David Stocks
West Shore BC
11-12 Reach Within to Embrace Humanity Newsletters Bio
Robert (Bob) J Martin
Gig Harbor WA
10-11 Building Communities -- Bridging Continents Newsletters Bio
Harold B. Alexander
Longview WA
09-10 The Future of Rotary is in your Hands Newsletters Bio
Brian Beagle
Silverdale WA
08-09 Make Dreams Real Newsletters Bio
Norm Watts
Qualicum Beach
07-08 Rotary Shares Newsletters Bio
Erik Frederickson
Port Townsend, WA
06-07 Lead the Way Newsletters Bio
Joan Firkins
Victoria, BC
05-06 Service Above Self Newsletters Bio
Dick Drew
Duncan, BC
04-05 Celebrate Rotary Newsletters  Bio
William J McCarthy
Tumwater, WA
03-04 Lend a Hand Newsletters  Bio
Ross White
Nanaimo, BC
02-03 Sow the Seeds of Love Newsletters  Bio
Donald M. Lachata
Silverdale, WA
01-02 Mankind is Our Business Newsletters  
Robert L. Lovely
Olympia, WA
00-01 Create Awareness - Take Action Newsletters  
Ken Balsley
Lacey, WA
99-00 Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity
Dave Sclair
Tacoma, WA
98-99 Follow your Rotary Dream
James M. Harris
Tacoma, WA
97-98 Show Rotary Cares
Jack MacAulay
Sidney, BC
96-97 Build the Future with Action and Vision
Ken Bose
Tacoma, WA
95-96 Act with Integrity, Service with Love, Work for Peace
Floyd Olsen
Gig Harbor, WA
94-95 Be a Friend
Gordon Quick
Tacoma, WA
93-94 Do What you Believe In
Gordon Lang
Campbell River, BC
92-93 Real Happiness is Helping Others
Fred Medley
Courtenay, BC
91-92 Look Beyond Yourself
Doug Lewis
Victoria, BC
90-91 Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm
Eldon Wiggs
Centralia, WA
89-90 Enjoy Rotary!
Mac McDougal
Campbell River, BC
88-89 Put Life into Rotary - Your Life
Fred Bartlett
Victoria, BC
87-88 Rotarians - United in Service, Dedicated to Peace
George Fuller
Port Orchard, WA
86-87 Rotary Brings Hope
Don Hammond
Cobble Hill, BC
85-86 You Are The Key
Leo White
Port Angeles, WA
84-85 Discover a New World of Service
Jack Gregory
Victoria, BC
83-84 Share Rotary - Serve People
Ferris Alberrs
Longview, WA
82-83 Mankind is One - Build Bridges of Friendship Throughout the World
Robert Mallon
Tacoma, WA
81-82 World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary
Cy Frick
Sequim, WA
80-81 Take Time to Serve
James Shank
Aberdeen, WA
79-80 Let Service Light the Way
Dr. "DP" Peggs
Victoria, BC
78-79 Reach Out
Harold Woodland
Courtenay, BC
77-78 Serve to Unite Mankind
Lou Frohning
Bainbridge Island, WA
76-77 I Believe in Rotary
Em Piper
Longview, WA
75-76 To Dignify the Human Being
Bob Brister
Centralia, WA
74-75 Renew the Spirit of Rotary
Clifford W. Laver
Courtenay, BC
73-74 A Time For Action
Gene I. Campbell
Seattle, WA
72-73 Let's Take a New Look -- And Act    
Harry G. Brenn
Sequim, WA
71-72 Goodwill Begins with You
Carl Engstrom
Olympia, WA
70-71 Bridge the Gap
James C. Reid
Qualicum Beach, BC
69-70 Review and Renew    
L. Evert Landon
Tacoma, WA
68-69 Participate
Michael Dederer
Seattle, WA
67-68 Make Your Rotary Membership Effective
Alexander Polson (Mac)
Aberdeen WA
66-67 A Better World Through Rotary
John W. Baikie
Campbell River, BC
65-66 Guidelines for Rotary in the Space Age
John Richards
Seattle, WA
64-65 Live Rotary    
Cliford E. Hadley
Meeting Rotary's Challenge in
the Space Age
Gordon Tongue
62-63 Kindle the Spark Within    
John T. Cruise
Sidney, BC
ACT - Aim for Action,
          Communicate for Understanding
        Test for Leadership
District became 502  
Virgil R. Lee
Chehalis, WA
60-61 You Are Rotary -- Live It! Express It! Expand It!
Art Wickens
Tacoma WA
59-60 Visualize! Personalize! Build Bridges of Friendship
Athur A. Smith
Port Angeles WA
58-59 Help Shape the Future    
Herbert J. Welch
Qualicum Beach, BC
57-58 Enlist-Extend-Explore-Serve    
Warren Craft
1. Keep Rotary Simple
2. More Rotary in Rotarians
3. Learn More About Each Other
1955-1956 District 151 was split and ours became district 152. District 152 included Vancouver Island and part of Western Washington
George Maloney
54-55 Develop Our Resources  
Bruce Gordon
Courtenay, BC
Harry Heal
Jim Lightbody
Jim Woodford


Harold Hicks
H.Cline Fixit
1937-1938 District may have changed from #1 to #101 about this time, it included all of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and the Idaho panhandle.
Miles Higley
Frank Lamb
1921-1922 District 22 was name of district in 1921 and included parts if not all of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia
Special thanks to PDG Bob Lovely  and the book "Olympia's Golden Anniversary, Fifty Years of Service 1920-1970".  This is a history of the Olympia Rotary Club by Hollis B Fultz published in 1970