Posted by Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
Comox Valley Rendezvous a Huge Success (Again)!  The 38th annual Comox Valley Rendezvous was a great success, with 31 students from a wide variety of countries and cultures attending.  This five-day event provided the student-ambassadors with a North American winter experience, complete with snow shoeing, Nordic skiing, ice skating and curling. 
The Rotary Club of Comox Valley Charters!  Comox Valley Rotary Club chartered with 62 members and another half dozen are eager to join.  Welcome to Rotary!
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Governor Tom Carroll and the 31 District 5020 Rotary Youth Exchange Students (Inbound) for 2017-18.
Bring Emerging Leaders in Your Club! New leaders are always emerging. They live in your community. They are eager to contribute. Younger professionals could make great Rotary members, but to bring them into our clubs, we first have to understand them. This toolkit will help you rethink membership, from a broad perspective down to a tactical level. Topics include characteristics of your audience, your club’s culture, ideas for outreach and engagement, and the long-term benefits of becoming a Rotarian. Learn more here:
Membership and Public Image Summits.  Featuring Steve Lingenbrink - Zones 25/26 Membership Advisory Chair, Wendi Fischer - Zones 25/26 Priority #1 Plus Training Cadre, and Katie Coard - District 5020 Public Image Chair. The sessions will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and will be held on both sides of the border:
On-Site Grant Management Training.  Although we are making good progress in developing online grant management training, we are offering two more 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 to register for the non-DTA session in Lakewood.
  • 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 if you have questions.
Rotary’s March Theme is Peace and Conflict Resolution. Clean water is a basic human right that many are often denied.  There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. In 2015, the United Nations introduced their new Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and promote prosperity while protecting the environment and addressing climate change. During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to create healthier communities by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  Find out more here: