Posted by By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18

World Polio Day 2017. Laurie and I joined Rotary leaders to celebrate the 5th annual World Polio Day on October 24th in Seattle. The event was live-streamed around the world from the Gates Foundation headquarters.  Here is a link to the 60-minute event:

2020-21 District Governor Selected.  The District Nominating Committee selected Greg Horn as our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2020-21! Greg is a member of the Rotary Club of Lakewood, and he previously served three years as Assistant Governor for Area 12.  Greg and Mary Horn are co-chairing our 2018 District Conference in Tacoma. Greg will immediately begin a 30-month training cycle to prepare him to lead our great district. Send Greg a congratulatory note at

Photo Caption:  Governor Tom Carroll presenting Past Assistant Governor Kenn Whiteman of Port Alberni with a plaque recognizing his district service.


2018 District Conference. Please take a moment to register for the 2018 District Conference (Tacoma).   Conference Co-Chairs Greg and Mary Horn of Lakewood Rotary are busy making sure the 2018 Conference and Training Assembly is the best yet. Register online here: Contact Jennifer Durham at if you have questions.


Rotary: People of Action.  While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do. In fact, 35 percent of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program, including their local club. That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.” The ads are available for download at / brandcenter, where you’ll also find guidelines on how to use and localize each element, making it easier for clubs in any part of the world to tell their story in a consistent, compelling way. Here is a link to the first TV ad:


Rotary’s November Theme is Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world. This year, we’ve revitalized our Foundation education efforts. Each club will receive a visit by an experienced Rotarian (Howard Svigals or Lorna Curtis) to help explain the different Foundation funds, and how they relate to our district and global grants. And the first 100 Rotarians on each side of the border who sign up this year for Rotary Direct, will receive 100 Rotary Foundation Recognition Points from Laurie and my account as a way of saying “Thank You”!


  • Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?  Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.
  • How does The Rotary Foundation use donations? Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.
  • What impact can one donation have? It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.