Floyd Olson, a Gig Harbor Rotary Club member, President, District Governor and Rotary International Director, was honored by his club with a foundation to support international projects with an emphasis on water, His focus was adopted by RI as a priority.

The Olson Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Floyd and Sandra Olson. In 2011, the Foundation decided to establish an Annual Award to the District 5020 International Club of the Year. The award was intended to both honor the club of the year and to encourage other clubs in international projects either on their own or in partnership with other clubs.

Since creation of the Award winners have included Bainbridge Island, Oak Bay, Gig Harbor, Strathcona Sunrise and Comox.

Floyd Olson, a Gig Harbor Rotary Club member, President, District Governor and Rotary International Director, was honored by his club with a foundation to support international projects with an emphasis on water, His focus was adopted by RI as a priority.

The Olson Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Floyd and Sandra Olson. In 2011, the Foundation decided to establish an Annual Award to the District 5020 International Club of the Year. The award was intended to both honor the club of the year and to encourage other clubs in international projects either on their own or in partnership with other clubs.

Since creation of the Award winners have included Bainbridge Island, Oak Bay, Gig Harbor, Strathcona Sunrise and Comox. The Award includes the following in addition to an engraved trophy.

First: $500 and 500 Paul Harris Points; Second: 1000 Paul Harris Points; Third: 500 Paul Harris Points. The Paul Harris points are donated by the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club to be used as the clubs see fit to honor a club member or a community member.

The winner for 2016/17 International Club of the Year: Parksville AM

Second: South Cowichan

Third: Oak Bay

Parksville AM clearly demonstrated that it is the 2016/17 International Club of the Year. It has a record of building on previous efforts, sustainability and measurable outcomes. Additionally, Parksville AM, for a medium size club had an incredible number of members actually visit and participate in a number of projects.

Again, the Olson foundation wishes to thank not just those clubs who submitted award applications but all clubs and all Rotarians for your dedication to making our world better – you are making a difference!

Jeff Harris, President, 

Floyd and Sandra Olson International Service Foundation