Posted by By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18

Each month as I travel our District visiting clubs, I’ve been meeting with local newspapers and radio stations to share the great work our clubs are doing in their communities.  This month I was interviewed by Olympia’s Dick Pust on MIXX 96.1.  Here’s a link to that interview:

Now is the time 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.

Photo Caption: Jill Himley, President of Skookum Rotary Club of Shelton, presenting Laurie and I with a framed Oyster Festival Poster.  We visited both Shelton clubs in a combined breakfast meeting.  Great Fun!

Rotary Club Health Check. During my visits with club leadership teams, I’ve been stressing the need to ask our members how might want to bring changes to their clubs. An easy way to understand how your club is doing is by conducting a Rotary Club Health Check on an annual basis. Here’s a link to the survey form:

Rose’s Bus. As many of you now, we created a fund to refurbish a bus purchased by the Strathcona Sunrise Club for eventual delivery to a needy village in Mexico.  Our fundraising efforts are intended to honor Past District Governor Rose Bowman, who earlier this year lost a long and courageous battle with cancer. To date, we’ve raised nearly $20,000, and I’m pleased to report a replacement engine and transmission donated by a generous Rotarian from Twin Cities Rotary has been installed and tested, and the bus has completed an initial road test, ably piloted by Rotarian Larry McGee. Larry reports the steering assembly may require replacement, and we still need significant paperwork to be completed to allow the bus to cross the Mexican border. More news to follow.

One Day.  One Focus: Ending Polio. Get ready for our 5th annual World Polio Day event on October 24th, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will stream live from the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join us as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication. Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation have been invited to attend the event in Seattle.

October’s Rotary theme is Economic and Community Development. Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.