2018 Rotary District 5020 Service Project
Hotel Murano Centennial Pavilion, May 3, 2018
“Serving the Needs of Our Community”
 
Fellow Rotarians,
 
Rotary District 5020 has a proud history of serving our local, national, and international communities through service projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of the neediest in our society. These service projects enable Rotarians to become imbedded in the community by building goodwill and better friendships while acknowledging the truth: cultivating relationships are beneficial to all. What better way to express the ideals of the four-way test then to come together as a family of Rotarians to serve the most vulnerable in Pierce County, Washington by taking a bite out of hunger.
 
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the day before the start of the 2018 Rotary District 5020 Conference and Training, the 2017/2018 Rotary District Leadership is proud to partner with The Outreach Program and The Hotel Murano to bring you the First Annual Rotary 5020 District Wide Service Project.
 
Rotarians from 90 clubs ranging from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, Canada in the north to Woodland in Washington State, USA in the south, will band together in solidarity to fight hunger in the very community that has opened their arms wide to host our 2018 Rotary District 5020 Conference. Together, we will package 50,000 meals in four two-hour segments starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018 and ending at 4:00 p.m. that same day. We are searching for 336 Rotarian volunteers to work 14 to a workstation and there will be six workstations to each two-hour segment, therefore, each Rotarian will only work a two-hour segment. Each meal is nutritious and packed with proteins and vitamins and has a two-year shelf life.
 
It is essential for the success of this First Annual Service Project that members of Rotary District 5020 and even their family and friends supply the volunteers needed to package 50,000 meals. The District is also looking for financial assistance. Each meal costs $0.25 bringing the total cost of 50,000 meals to $12,500, a bargain, plus $500 for other materials totaling $13,000. If Club donations exceed the $13,000 goal, we can accommodate up to 72,000 meals in the same timeframe at a total cost of $18,000 plus $500 material costs equaling $18,500 with any excess being donated to a local food bank.  So, breaking it down by volunteers, it is around $20 per hour per volunteer.
 
Many Rotary District 5020 clubs engage in wonderful and impacting international service projects in faraway places like Nepal, Nigeria, and Medellin to name but a few. Building better friendships around the world is admirable and we applaud you for the positive impact you have made in the lives of so many. We have here, for the first time in the history of the Rotary District 5020, an opportunity to come together as a District body and work to alleviate the sufferings of our very own district community.
We look forward to standing side-by-side, not as Canadian Rotarians or as American Rotarians or even as club Rotarians but as Rotary District 5020 Rotarians.  May you be safe in your travels.
 
Co-Chairs:  Mark Edgecomb (253.227.6727) marke@brinkandsadler.com  & Sally Porter Smith (206.290.4210) sallypor789@msn.com both from the Rotary Club of Lakewood
 
P.S.  Please return the attached sign up and financial commitment sheets as soon as possible to help us in planning, but no later than March 15, 2018.  Checks payable to Lakewood Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Club of Lakewood – Service Project
PO Box 99786, Lakewood WA  98496