Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
District 5020 Interact Club Wins Global Video Competition!  Selected over 140 Interact clubs representing 28 countries, the Mark R. Isfeld Interact Club from Courtenay, BC won the highly competitive award with their video, "People of Action".  Watch it here.
 
Two New Rotary Clubs! The Rotary E-Club of District 5020 was chartered in January, and a new club in the Comox Valley of Vancouver Island likely will charter in February. Chartering new Rotary clubs is one way to ensure we are offering the Rotary experience in new and different ways. The key is flexibility. Rotary is a membership organization; only through attracting new members will we increase our service to the world.
 
Photo Caption:  Prospective charter members of a new Rotary club in the Comox Valley meet over a few refreshments to discuss club leadership positions.
 
Youth Protection Policy Review.  I’ve asked Governor Nominee Mo Fritz-Roberts to lead a review of our District Youth Protection policies in the wake of youth protection incidents earlier this year. Mo and her team will also be looking at youth protection training and documentation. The protection of young people in our programs must remain a priority.
 
On-Site Grant Management Training.  Although we are making good progress in developing online grant management training, we are offering three opportunities this Rotary year for you to receive the training necessary for your club to qualify for the 2018-19 Rotary year.  Contact Doug Pearson at  dougmail@telus.net to register for the two non-DTA sessions.
  • Saturday, February 10 at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC
  • Saturday, March 3 at Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood, WA
  • Friday, May 4 at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma WA (must also attend DTA and Conference)  
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 is the best yet. Contact Jennifer Durham at jdurhamrotary253@gmail.com if you have questions.
 
Rotary’s February Theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution. Please join Laurie and I at the Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace, Vancouver, BC, Friday to Sunday February 9 – 11, 2018. Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
 
  • Improving quality of life. Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
  • Raising awareness of bullying. Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct anti-bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
  • Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families. The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.