As Don and I travel around our District, we see excellent examples of “Rotary Serving Humanity” in each of our clubs.  Some of our clubs are small and some are large, but all find a way to serve both their members and their community.  It has been a truly fun and rewarding experience to meet so many of you and learn about what you are doing throughout the District.
Our Conference and District Training happened last weekend and what an amazing weekend we experienced.  There were some very inspirational speakers and classes to help us learn more about almost every aspect of Rotary. I was so happy to see so many Rotarians getting acquainted with members from other clubs and learning about some of the projects that are taking place throughout our District.
We learned about the Conference and Training that will take place next year in the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.  Conference Chairs, Greg and Mary Horn allowed Rotarians to pre-register and 240 of us did just that.
120 District 5020 Rotarians are planning to attend the Rotary International Convention that will take place next month in Atlanta, GA.  If participating in an International Convention is something that you have not experienced, please put it on your to do list for some time in the future.  Attendees see Rotary on a whole different level and all come back with information that is new and relevant.
At our District Conference we were able to honor a number of clubs for their efforts on behalf of Literacy and Membership.  Great accomplishments were recognized.  Thank you Rotarians for continuing to support membership and literacy projects.  Other awards will be determined closer to the end of the Rotary year and distributed to the winning clubs.
Rotary Foundation awards are tallied at the end of the Rotary year and distributed in the fall.  There is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place banner awarded each year to the three clubs in our District that have the highest per capita contributions to our Foundation.  Last year the top spot went to Sequim Sunrise, the second spot went to Lacey and the third place winner was the Rotary Club of Tacoma North.  The field is wide open now and there is plenty of time for each of our clubs to plan an event to support The Rotary Foundation or encourage members to make additional contributions.  Which clubs will win the banners this year?