Posted by By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18
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During my last newsletter, I mentioned I had fallen off my cabin roof and was on the mend.  It turns out I had injured myself more seriously than originally determined, and had to go back into the hospital for surgery.  I am recovering and am now back visiting clubs again.  I want to thank the clubs and individual Rotarians who sent get-well cards and posted kind comments on my Facebook page. And I want to thank Vice Governor David Stocks for filling in for me at the 54th Rotary World Golf Championships at Bear Mountain Westin Golf Resort near Victoria, BC.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - SEPTEMBER By Tom Carroll, District Governor 2017-18 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
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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 and Sandra Olson International Service Foundation 2016/18 International Club of the Year Award 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Longview Provides Little Free Libraries to Schools 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Governor Tom Carroll is happy to be out of the hospital and resting at home. It's amazing how beneficial a shave, shower and a night in your own bed can be. Tom was focused on being home to watch the Seahawks' 1st pre-season game, and traveling to Seattle to meet with the UW football team at Raise the Woof. This will be the last update we will run on his condition; the staff will be reworking the club visit schedule over the next week and share it with the District.
 
District Governor Returns Home 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18
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 What a privilege to visit the Rotarians in our District, and to see first-hand the outstanding things they are doing for their communities.  In July, Laurie and I visited Area 2 (Campbell River, Campbell River Daybreak, Courtenay, Cumberland Centennial, Comox, Strathcona Sunrise), Area 5 (Chemainus, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith, Saltspring Island, South Cowichan) and Area 8 (East Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Angeles Nor’ wester, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sunrise, Sequim and Sequim Sunrise). A special thank you to Assistant Governors Stu Tunheim, Cher Lukefeld and Ned Luce for arranging all of the logistics.

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - August 2017 Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Comox recently held it’s 30th Annual Ducky 500 race fundraiser. Done annually in conjunction with the Comox Valley Canada Day celebrations, the Ducky 500 has been a very successful campaign for the club, raising 60K+ annually.

Ducky 500 tickets are $10 each, and each ticket coincides with a unique duck. Each year 6500 rubber ducks are re-ringed (given their unique number), floated down the river, and then re-captured by a squad of volunteers. The first 10 ducks to pass the finish line determine the winners. This year prizes ranged in value from $200 to $5000.

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Submitted by Lynn Gray – Club Foundation Chair

Courtenay Rotary Club’s June 20th Induction dinner, became more special with a posthumous Paul Harris Fellow Award presented to Past President Peter Leo Anderton, by his family. Born in 1885 on the Anderton Road family farm in Comox, Leo attended elementary school in Comox.  After a short 3 year hiatus to attend high school in Victoria, Leo returned to the valley, married in 1909, and in 1911 founded the Comox Valley’s first Real Estate and Insurance Company. He turned it over to his son, Past President Wilf Anderton, who subsequently sold the firm (and daughter Audrey Craig) in 1976 to what is now Waypoint Insurance.

A Fourth Generation Family Affair 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
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Some of you may have read that a number of new cases of paralytic polio from the type 2 circulating vaccine derived polio virus have been detected in Syria.  Most of the cases have been in the northeastern region of Syria.  The newly reported cases of paralytic polio this week in Syria will not change the outbreak response plans that are being finalized.  The response will be in accordance with outbreak response protocols internationally agreed to previously. 
 
We must remember that these cases are vaccine derived, not wild polio cases.  So far this year only 8 cases of wild polio have been detected.  More information about the Syrian cases and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) response can be found at http://polioeradication.org/.
 
More about Rotary’s amazing role in polio eradication can be found at https://www.endpolio.org/.
 
Polio Update In Syria 2017-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
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By Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18

I consider it an extreme privilege to lead this district; thank you for entrusting me with the care of this wonderful organization for the next 365 days. Laurie and I are already “on the road” visiting all 17 Areas in our District, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

The theme for the 2017-18 Rotary year, “Rotary: Making A Difference”, was developed by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, and reflects why many join and stay in Rotary; we want to make a difference in our community, and in our world.  We make lasting friendships with those who want to give something back, and this friendship strengthens our service because together, we can accomplish so much more. As your Governor, I see my role as being the Chief Resource Officer for the 88 clubs and nearly 5,000 Rotarians in our district. The District only exists to provide a wide range of assistance to Clubs; it is our sole purpose.  Our 2017-18 District Directory and Web Site identify the broad range of committees staffed with experienced Rotarians waiting for your cal

DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - July 2017 Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18 2017-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2017
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every Rotarian in District 5020 for helping to make our District one of the best in the world.  
 
Don and I have enjoyed meeting so very many of you at our DLTA that took place in Victoria in April of 2016, our District Conferences in Olympia and in Suquamish and at either the Rotary International Convention that took place in Seoul, Korea or this month in Atlanta, GA.  The warm welcome we received at your club meetings was very much appreciated.   
 
Our District 5020 group at the Convention in Atlanta was over 120 Rotarians and partners.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Convention in Atlanta, do consider Toronto Canada next June 23-27.
 
OUTGOING DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE: JOANNE CROGHAN 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
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“Don’t send flowers, do something for Rotary”, these are the words Rose shared with me in the months before her death. Rose passed away on the morning of May 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Let’s do something for Rotary!

Rose was a lifelong Rotarian, serving many roles within Rotary including the 2015-16 Governor of Rotary District 5020. She often shared her story of delivering a school bus filled with wheelchairs to a village in Mexico and said it was the day she became a “True Rotarian”. This story was retold in an article published by Lewis Talk in 2015, read it here. 

REMEMBERING ROSE BOWMAN: UPDATE 2017-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Past District Governor Rose Bowman passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Rotary District 5020 has created a gofundme account to celebrate Rose, her way, by sending a bus loaded with wheelchairs and medical supplies to a small village in Mexico. Please take a moment to read about her amazing story and help if you can:
https://www.gofundme.com/rememberrose
REMEMBERING PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR ROSE BOWMAN 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2016-17)
Don and I have very much enjoyed attending a number of our Rotary Foundation’s Birthday Celebrations throughout the District.  The passion, creativity and dedication of our Rotarians continues to delight as we attend just as many functions as our schedule will allow.
 
The theme for April in the Rotary Calendar is Maternal and Child Health.  This would seem a very easy theme.  Mothers everywhere basically want the same things for their children: That is good health, sufficient food, and education.  In some parts of our world this is relatively easy but in the developing world today many challenges exist.
 
Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability for women in developing countries (WHO).
 
Nearly 27,000 children under five die every day from largely preventable diseases and conditions.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE: APRIL 2017 Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2016-17) 2017-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Firkins, Past District Governor (2005-06)
 
All Rotarians and especially our District 5020 members are cordially invited to attend the District's Centennial Dinner Celebration on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, BC. Here are the frequently asked questions about the celebration:
 
Q. What is the purpose of the Centennial Celebration Dinner?
           
 
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED: D5020 CENTENNIAL DINNER Joan Firkins, Past District Governor (2005-06) 2017-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2017-18)
A very happy Valentine’s Day to each member of our vibrant District.   The good work that is taking place in every corner of our District is absolutely staggering when we look at it collectively.  
 
It was 112 years ago this month that Paul Harris and three of his friends founded the first Rotary club.  His goal was simple: to create an oasis of friendship amid a city of strangers, with those who shared his values.
 
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Ana Reinaldo Constantino (Brazil Exchange Student to Port Townsend Club), Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor 2016-17, and Roxane Coldefy (France Exchange Student to Pt. Townsend Sunrise Club).
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MESSAGE - February 2017 Joanne Croghan, District 5020 Governor (2017-18) 2017-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Bowman, Immediate Past District Governor
The annual Zone Institute for Zones 25 and 26 was held in Santa Barbara California, November 10-13, 2016. At this event,  awards were announced for districts excelling in multiple areas. It was exciting for those of us in attendance from 5020, and as Immediate Past District Governor, I was thrilled to be recognized on behalf of the District multiple times.
DISTRICT RECEIVES ZONE HIGH HONORS Rose Bowman, Immediate Past District Governor 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Chicago Rotary OneIf you are in Chicago on a Tuesday for business or pleasure, do plan a visit to a RotaryOne meeting.  The Union League of Chicago is a private mens residence in Chicago’s financial district at 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The Union Club of Chicago has rented RotaryOne an upstairs meeting room for the last 112 years of Tuesday noon club meetings.
CHICAGO ONE, WHERE IT ALL STARTED Judy Henderson, Rotary Club of Olympia, District 5020 Literacy Chair 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Hough, District 5020 Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Rotary Club of Olympia
Each year our District awards an Ambassadorial Scholarship to an outstanding student for graduate level studies with a humanitarian focus. These scholars have gone on to rewarding careers that improve the lives of people around the world. 
 
This year’s District Ambassadorial Scholar is Anya Eber, sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club.
 
ANYA EBER, INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP John Hough, District 5020 Scholarship Committee Co-chair, Rotary Club of Olympia 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Maureen Fritz-Roberts from Rotary Club of Comox who was recently selected to be Rotary District 5020 District Governor for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. 
 
The first time Maureen Fritz-Roberts put three drops of polio vaccine into the mouth of an Ethiopian child, she felt like a super hero.
 
"Every Rotarian saves and improves the lives of others in one way or another. I think that has to make all Rotarians into super heroes."
 
CONGRATULATIONS MAUREEN! 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joan Firkins, Past District Governor 2005-6
 
Dear Rotarians,

Our District will be hosting a Centennial Celebration Dinner in honor of the 100th Anniversary of our Rotary Foundation! Plans are made, venue is booked, keynote speaker is confirmed and all we need now is YOU!

The purpose of this event is to not only celebrate but to recognize all Major Donors and Bequest Society members who have contributed outright gifts or commitments $10,000 USD or greater from the start of this Rotary year, July 1, 2016, up until March 15, 2017. Our goal is to show that the Rotarians in District 5020 are committed to our Rotary Foundation by raising a minimum of $1 Million USD in cash and/or bequests in that time period! [Download Centennial Celebration Poster (PDF)]
 
DISTRICT 5020 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION DINNER Joan Firkins, Past District Governor 2005-6 2016-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joanne Croghan, 5020 District Governor 2016-17 on Dec 07, 2016
As the year 2016 draws to a close it is appropriate to reflect on the happenings of the past year.
 
“Shall we liken Christmas to the web in a loom?  There are many weavers, who work into the pattern the experience of their lives.  When one generation goes, another comes to take up the weft where it has been dropped.  The pattern changes as the mind changes, yet never begins quite anew. At first, we are not sure that we discern the pattern, but at last, we see that, unknown to the weavers themselves, something has taken shape before our eyes, and that they have made something very beautiful, something which compels our understanding” – Earl W. Count, 4,000 Years of Christmas
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - December 2016 Joanne Croghan, 5020 District Governor 2016-17 2016-12-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose A. Bowman

June – Fellowship Month

As this Rotary year draws to a close, I am prouder than ever to have been chosen to lead District 5020 during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  Leon and I are richer for having had the opportunity to visit each and every club in our District.  We have learned about so many projects our clubs have implemented that make their community and the world not poorer, but richer; replaces despair with hope; and is a gift to many while allowing each of us to “Be A Gift to the World”.
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MESSAGE June 2016 Rose A. Bowman 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

TIM COWAN AWARDED FOR VOCATIONAL SERVICES 2015

 
Rotary International has announced that Past President Tim Cowan, of the Comox Rotary Club, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Vocational Service Leadership Award for District 5020.
 
Tim is committed to improving the lives of others through his vocational service. As the owner of, and pharmacist at the Medicine Shoppe in Comox, BC, he goes above and beyond for all of his patients, including being on call at all hours for individual health care needs.
VOCATIONAL SERVICE LEADERSHIP AWARD 2015 2016-01-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Warman
 

DLTA 2016 SAVE BIG, BOOK NOW

April 1-3, 2016
Marriott Inner Harbour Victoria
Victoria, BC

 
DLTA 2016 registration is off to a roaring start, with 33% of our Rotary rooms at the Marriott Inner Harbour April 1-3, 2016, already reserved. Don't delay, register today for Early Bird Savings. >>
 
Rotarians new and old, from all across District 5020 attend District Training & Leadership Assembly (DLTA) annually to learn, expand skills, make new friends, re-connect with distant friends, and grow their leadership potential. 
 
From Port Hardy down to Woodland WA, Rotarians turn-out for this annual event, celebrating community and world service, joining with District leaders to exchange ideas and take action.
 
 
DISTRICT LEADERSHIP & TRAINING ASSEMBLY SAVINGS Ann Warman 2015-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ann Warman
 

UGANDA TRAVEL INSPIRES NEW PROJECTS

 
The new year brings us a treasurable moment to memorialize the passing year, celebrate successes, and make new goals.
 
For Bainbridge Island Rotarians, Dave Christensen and Sarah Bryant, memories in 2015 included travel to Uganda and Kenya to evaluate Club projects in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Kampala / Ssese Island Rotary and the Lira.
UGANDA TRAVEL 2015 Ann Warman 2015-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
In October, Rotary Club of Campbell River had their 4th Annual Pumpkins for Polio Auction. The week before Rotarians had picked up their pumpkin after the meeting, took them home and used their fantasy and creativity to return them for the auction. 
 
Pumpkins for Polio Pieter Koeleman 2015-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Treacy Duerfeldt
Editor Note: Treacy Duerfeldt is the District 5020 Rotary Foundation (TRF) Fundraising Chair
 
As a TRF Zealot I sometimes get my message lost in the details of how contributions are recognized, Club standings, numbers of projects, big numbers, etc.  At our Conference this year I had the chance to ask some questions of a man from Africa who had first hand experience with the impact of our projects on his community.  I was amazed at how simple his answers were.
 
Without a community well, how many miles do people walk for water?  The answer initially was six miles...then it was noted that the trip is typically made four times a day by the mother of the house or children old enough to carry water safely.  I did some math (as is my nature) and that's 24 miles per day.  I then asked how many families are served by a well in a typical community.  The answer was about a thousand.  Twenty four thousand miles per day, or nearly 9 million miles per year.  District 520 has nearly 400 wells to it's credit....3.5 BILLION miles per year.
 
 
The 5020 IMPACT with The Rotary Foundation Treacy Duerfeldt 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Susanne Rea World's Greatest Meal To End Polio arrives in Vancouver on Nov. 30th to start her District 5020 Tour on Vancouver Island BC.  Susanne is a wonderful inspiration and worker in the fight to end polio . Her first meeting is Breakfast at Port Alberni , BC on Dec 01st , Dec.02nd is Breakfast meeting in South Cowichan ( Mill Bay ) and then Dinner meeting in Chemainus , Dec.03rd is a joint Luncheon with Victoria, Oak Bay, Harbourside, Saanich, Sydney and Victoria Downtown at the Union Club , Victoria , then a Private Dinner at Joan & Terry Toone’s home in Saanich, Dec.04th is a luncheon meeting in Nanaimo at the Bastion Hotel, Dec.05th will be the WGM Polio Plus Gala “ The Faces of Polio” with both Susanne Rea and Joan Toone speaking , Fouray Barbershop Quartet entertaining and a Live and Silent Auction at Cottonwood Golf Club starting at 5.30pm , Dec.07 is a Luncheon for Duncan and Duncan Daybreak Clubs  Dec.08th Susanne leaves to return to Cairns, Australia.
 
For more information, contact Cheryl Leukefeld at cherylis@shaw.ca.
World's Greatest Meals to End Polio arrives in BC Cher Leukefeld 2015-11-09 08:00:00Z 0

NOVEMBER – ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH

It is well known that the Rotary Foundation is one of my passions.  My goal is to have 100% of the clubs donate something to both the Annual Fund and to Polio Plus.  November is a great month to focus on making this happen.  At this point I am proud to say that 76 of our 88 clubs have already contributed $135, 433 to the Annual Fund.  Thank you so much; I am sure the other 12 clubs will join us in this effort – in fact they may have but have not yet submitted the funds to RI.  I do recommend submitting funds turned in to the club each month – or at a minimum once a quarter.  Of course we will continue to grow those funds as the year progresses. 
 

The Club Presidents should remember that at PETS last March, District 5020 won the theme scarf and tie that RI President Ravi had donated to PETS. The tie goes to the club with the largest per capita per member to the Annual Fund.  The scarf goes to the club with the largest per capita per member to Polio Plus.  I know a few clubs that have set their sights on winning; I hope all of you get competitive.  The per capita formula doesn’t penalize small clubs vs large.   We will use May 31, 2016 giving numbers so that we can present them at the District Conference. 

 
 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR MESSAGE FOR NOVEMBER 2015-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
The 2016 Rotary World Peace Conference, held January 15-16 in Ontario, California, will be an incredible opportunity to exchange ideas and solutions with leaders and experts in conflict prevention and resolution.The mission of the Rotary World Peace Conference 2016 is to bring together experts with solutions to major issues that are occurring in our personal lives, homes, schools, businesses and communities, not just in Southern California, but around the world. We are inviting leaders from health care, academia, government, public safety, religions, business, and communities to meet together to share the solutions presented by experts. The format will allow for action plans to be developed such that real and measureable actions can be undertaken when attendees return home.  The conference includes five plenary sessions, more than 80 panel and facilitated sessions among 13 different tracks of training.  
 
2016 Rotary World Peace Conference Rose Bowman 2015-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
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October:  Economic & Community Development Month:

As I write this month, Leon and I have visited 58 of 88 clubs.  We have had an inspiring and wonderful experience learning about each of the clubs in our District and are looking forward to what we learn on the remainder of the journey.  There is a lot going on out there in our District; so many dynamic clubs are making it happen.
 
100% of the clubs to date have a project that enhances their community.  That project may be a walking trail as we found in Port McNeil and other communities.  It may be Senior Housing as we have found in several Canadian communities.  It may be a Boys & Girls Club as we found in Sequim.  Like projects are to be found throughout District 5020.  These projects are essential to the overall economic health of any community.
District Governor Message for October Rose Bowman 2015-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
July Newsletter is now out. 2015-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Fellowship – The Fifth Element of the Four Way Test
 
Fellowship is one of the most important elements of Rotary membership.  Whether at club meetings or at events, the camaraderie enjoyed by all helps create a vibrant, active club.
DG Doings – June 2015 Michael Procter 2015-06-01 07:00:00Z 0
By Michael Procter
 
Prepare For Major Rotary Year Celebrations
 
Next month marks the celebration of the 2014-15 Rotary Year, as districts around the world mark their achievements at their Annual District Conference.  
The 2015 District Conference committee has been working very hard to showcase the many projects undertaken by our district 5020 clubs. There will also be many projects displayed in the House of Friendship when the Conference convenes June 19-21 in Nanaimo. Clubs and members who have contributed significantly to Rotary in the past year will be recognized with special awards.
DG Doings – MAY 2015 Michael Procter 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ladysmith
2014-2015
 
Our story began when I spoke with David Stocks at the DLTA 2014 at the “Food for Thought” Dinner in March and was extremely impressed with the BEAR Program  Dale Simon of the Rotary Club of West Shore (Victoria) had started in her area. On returning home, I contacted David and he told me the basics of their program. The BEAR Program is having Rotary Volunteers enthusiastic about reading to Kindergarten to Grade 3. It is as easy as reading to your children or grandchildren. It is about instilling the love of reading at an early age.
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Rotary Young Professional Summit- Berkeley, California Don Bonner 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2015
Diversity certainly describes the activities in our district. Check out some of the recent club happenings:
DG Doings for March 2015 Michael Procter 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Action Group for Business Ethics 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 04, 2015

World Understanding Month

February is a special month on the Rotary Calendar, as it includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service-Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world. 

Michael Procter presents DG Doings for February Don Bonner 2015-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 25, 2015

Russian Friendship Exchange

By PDG Judy Byron, District 5020  US-Russia ICC Secretary 2014-15

Are you ready for a Russian adventure? ICC is currently finalizing the details for a Russian Friendship Exchange to take place in May 2015.  Our Russian hosts have extended an invitation for two teams of 6-8 Rotarians each to tour European Russia starting and ending in Moscow

Download the Newsletter now

United States-Russia Intercountry Committee Newsletter Vol. 1 #2 Don Bonner 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 23, 2015

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa. 

Rotary Moves to End Polio Now Don Bonner 2015-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 22, 2015

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

PRESIDENT-ELECT URGES ROTARY MEMBERS TO ‘BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD’ Don Bonner 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 22, 2015

The Rotary Foundation's continued success in changing lives will be buoyed by four new priorities aimed at expanding Rotary's work and enhancing the image and awareness of the Foundation's achievements.

The four priorities are: ending polio – now and forever; strengthening Rotary members' knowledge, engagement, and financial support to the Foundation; increasing the quality and impact of humanitarian services through Rotary grants and the areas of focus; and enhancing the image and awareness of the Foundation's record of achievements, particularly the success of PolioPlus and its 100-year record of doing good in the world.

NEW PRIORITIES, MEASURABLE GOALS TO BUILD FOUNDATION’S SUCCESS Don Bonner 2015-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 15, 2015

Your District Foundation Committee is expanding your club's opportunity for more education on The Rotary Foundation.  

Rotary Foundation Presentations Don Bonner 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 03, 2015

It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun. I have just completed my first six busy and extremely enjoyable months as your District Governor.

The hottest topic at virtually every club has been membership. Many clubs say that they are having trouble meeting their membership growth objectives. Why is this? Usually it is lack of awareness of the diversity of Rotary’s contributions both locally and internationally.

DG Doings – January 2015 Don Bonner 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Dec 07, 2014

On December 3rd I completed my final official District Governor visit. I have had the great honour and pleasure to meet with 88 Rotary clubs, 88 club boards and many of the nearly 5,000 Rotary members in our wonderful district.

 

December 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 09, 2014

Written by Bob Cairns, District 5020 Rotary Peace Fellowship Chair

District 5020 is proud to announce that Annemieke Holthuis was selected in Oct 2014 by Rotary International to be a Rotary Peace Scholar.  As a pioneer district from the inception of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, District 5020 has had a nominee selected almost each year since the inception of the program in 1987-1988.  

Rotary Peace Fellowship awarded to District 5020 Nominee Don Bonner 2014-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Pumpkin Auction held in Campbell River Don Bonner 2014-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 30, 2014

Written by: Brian King

Once upon a Rotary year-y, while I pondered, growing a bit leery,
Over whether every Rotarian, would give $100 or more.

My mind raced, now more wary, suddenly what I saw was terribly scary.
More so than ghosts or monsters or something rapping at my chamber door.
It was the image of a child, paralyzed, crawling on a dirt floor.
Only this and nothing more.

A CHILLING HALLOWEEN TALE Don Bonner 2014-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 29, 2014

Please read the attached flyer regarding the Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute Luncheon to be held November 15, 2014 at the Victoria Conference Centre featuring 2015/16 RI President Ravi Ravindran as keynote speaker.

Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute Luncheon Don Bonner 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 29, 2014

Call for Nominations

It is now time to nominate candidates for our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.  The selected person will become our District Governor Nominee Designate on January 1, 2015, and will then begin 2.5 years of training before assuming office as District Governor on July 1, 2017.

Call For District Governor Nominations Don Bonner 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 19, 2014

Polio, a virus that can paralyze people, still exists in 3 endemic countries but with your help we have a chance to end polio for good. Tell congress thank you for their support and that sustained funding is critical to #EndPolio forever. Write, call or email your elected officials, and help spread the word by sharing this video.

Help #EndPolio Forever Don Bonner 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 15, 2014

This is from the Campbell River Mirror.  http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/community/279492132.html 

And in honour of World Polio Day, which is observed on Oct. 24, The Noon Rotary Club of Campbell River is continuing a 27-year Rotary commitment and initiating a month long educational awareness campaign designed to raise funds and inform people just how close we are to eradicating  the crippling childhood disease polio.

An end to polio is so close. Don Bonner 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 14, 2014

By Michael Procter

I have visited 60+ clubs since July 1 and am impressed by the many projects and community engagement of Rotarians from many different vocations.

October 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 14, 2014

October is Vocational Services Month. What is your club doing encourage high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society?

From Chip Ross Vocational Chair District 5020 Don Bonner 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 14, 2014

WANTED!!

A group of 6 Rotarian couples (or single Rotarians) for a 15 day Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 9910 (New Zealand).

This RFE will see our RFE Team traveling to New Zealand March 1 – 16 2015 and the New Zealanders visiting District 5020 June 1 - 16 2015.

Rotary Friendship Exchange to New Zealand Don Bonner 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 07, 2014

Call for Nominations

It is now time to nominate candidates for our District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017-2018.  The selected person will become our District Governor Nominee Designate on January 1, 2015, and will then begin 2.5 years of training before assuming office as District Governor on July 1, 2017.

Call for District Governor Nominations Don Bonner 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
The Service Award for a Polio Free World Don Bonner 2014-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 02, 2014

By Michael Proctor

September is Youth Services Month

Youth Services has been a very large part of my agenda as I have visited the first 36 clubs on my calendar. I am a strong supporter of the Rotary Youth Exchange program and I promote the idea of becoming involved with RYE to clubs who are not hosting students currently. Smaller clubs can consider the Short Term Exchange Program, which is less costly that the full school year program. Five clubs in our district have returned to the RYE program this year, or have joined for the first time. I am pleased that my home club is a participant.

DG Happenings – September 2014 Don Bonner 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 10, 2014

From District 2050 to 1250 
Our Ambassador Scholar Alexandra Dawley in Brighton, England
Quarterly Report  1 - December 2013


Brighton Living

My First 10 weeks in Brighton have been great. My Flat is located in Kemptown (the artist district) just minutes from the sea. I enjoy walking through the vibrant city and I have (nearly) mastered the art of using the stairs on a moving doubleCdecker bus. I have met a fantastic group of friends. Together we celebrated Diwali (a Hindu celebration of gratitude), and American Thanksgiving last week. I enjoy exploring the local cafes with fellow Rotary Scholar, Cady Tolen, and attending weekly early morning hot yoga/meditation classes in Hove. I also recently had the opportunity to visit a friend in London which reminded me how close I live to "the big city." 

Ambassador Adventures Across the Pond (Part 1) Don Bonner 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 08, 2014

 Our District has always made excellent use of the opportunity to acquire project funding through the District Block Grant we receive from The Rotary Foundation (TRF) each year.

We have asked all clubs that wish to apply for a Community Grant to do so starting in April before the new Rotary year.  From those applications we build the spending plan that is required by TRF before we receive our allotment.

FOUNDATION MONEY IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY GRANTS! Don Bonner 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 06, 2014

TRF

Highest per capita Giving to Annual Fund

1) Lacey                            $376.32
2)Oak Bay                         $353.56
3)Parksville AM                  $349.70

2013-14 Foundation awards. Don Bonner 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 05, 2014

A record-setting year

Owing to the leadership and financial support of Rotarians around the world, 2013-14 was a record-setting year for our Annual Fund. Preliminary results suggest that more than $250 million was contributed to help change lives locally and in communities around the world. Thank you!

New year and new goals

Has your club set Foundation giving goals for 2014-15? If not, there is still time to evaluate your club’s fundraising efforts last year and submit goals for this year in Rotary Club Central. With your help, we can achieve our worldwide Annual Fund goal of $123 million by 30 June.

Rotary International Giving & Grants Newsletter Don Bonner 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 31, 2014

Presents – Our First Annual Pony Up for Kids!

Funds raised support our local and international projects helping children live better lives! (Dictionaries, scholarships and support to other nonprofits like HopeSparks who help children in need. Internationally, we work fighting Polio, supporting Infant and mother health and providing clean water.) Together we are “Doing Good” in our world.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club Don Bonner 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 30, 2014

RI President Gary Huang is encouraging all clubs to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 by hosting Rotary Days. The concept of a Rotary Day is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community for both Rotarians and the general public and use it as an opportunity to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary and drive interest in membership and other opportunities for engagement.

Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 with Rotary Days Don Bonner 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 30, 2014

CLUB VISITS UNDERWAY One month of the Rotary year is now history. Today, I completed my 19th official club visit, all on Vancouver Island.  I will be in Washington State starting August 5th for two weeks. The club visits have been extremely warm and enjoyable. The assistant governors have been very helpful in preparing for the visits.

Michael Procter's DG Doings for August 2014 Don Bonner 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 30, 2014

July 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER            

It’s Happy New Year every July for Rotary. This is the Rotary theme for the month of July each year. This will be my theme for the next 12 months of the 2014-2015 Rotary year.

My road show commences soon and continues for the next six months. While it is a lengthy trip, it is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit each of the 88 Rotary clubs in our district along the way. I am looking forward to it. My schedule of club visits is on pages 17 - 19 in the District Directory, which is available on the District 5020 website.

Michael Procter Presents DG Doings for July Don Bonner 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 14, 2014

During Friday's world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio.

Despite the physically grueling four-hour trek up and down the bridge's storied steel arches, the 340 participants kept their good spirits and stood side-by-side waving 278 flags.

"When the helicopters were going around, you just felt like one great big nation," says Graeme Davies, district governor of the Rotary Club of Kincumber in Australia.

ROTARY’S HISTORIC CLIMB IN SYDNEY Don Bonner 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 14, 2014

Dear Rotarians:

At the recommendation of the Rotarian Action Groups Committee, the RI Board recently decided to expand membership eligibility in Rotarian Action Groups. In addition to Rotarians and family members of Rotarians, anyone who has participated in a Rotary or Foundation program at some point in their lives is now eligible to join a RAG

Membership eligibility in Rotarian Action Groups Don Bonner 2014-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 11, 2014

Districts that give 20 percent or more in District Designated Funds to PolioPlus will receive a special certificate each year they achieve this goal. To qualify for 2013-14, DDF contributions must be received by 30 June.

If your annual contribution continues at this rate through the eradication of polio, your district will also be recognized on a PolioPlus plaque to be displayed at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston. Only districts that began allocating DDF during the 2013-14 Rotary year -- and each year thereafter -- qualify for this recognition.

DONATE TO POLIOPLUS BY 30 JUNE AND EARN RECOGNITION FOR YOUR DISTRICT OR CLUB Don Bonner 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Taylor on Jun 11, 2014

There are two ways to look at what Rotary fellowship means.

The first version comes with membership. As a new member, it is easy to be awed by the whole scenario. However, as you become active on committees and participate in events, you come to realize that there are some mighty good people out there in Rotary land. From there, you will become aware of the fact that some of your closest friends are Rotarians. It's a lot healthier to feel you are enriched by being able to visit with good friends every week rather than feeling you have to go to keep your attendance above 50%.

Fellowship Month is June in the world of Rotary International. Peter Taylor 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 09, 2014

The Rotary Club of Comox is seeking contributing partners for its next extensive water project in Honduras. If your club has even a small amount of uncommitted funds from this year’s or next year’s World Community Service budget, the Comox club would appreciate your partnership. The Rotary Club of Comox has itself committed $30,000, an ambitious amount for a club of 60 members and has already been joined by the Campbell River and Campbell River Daybreak Rotary Clubs. The Global Grant application is in the process of approval

 

Co-Funding Opportunity: Honduras 5 Community Water Project (GG 1420323) Don Bonner 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 09, 2014

The month of June is considered as Rotary Fellowship Month in the Rotary calendar. There is a misconception among Rotarians on what aspect of the RI programs is being celebrated for this month of June. Let us clarify the issue. When we talk about "Rotary Fellowships", we actually refer to the groups of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and Rotaractors who join together to:

June is Rotary Fellowship Month Don Bonner 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 11, 2014

Convention Time & Kudos for RYE and PDGs: RI has not designated a theme for the month of May, so I am on my own. As I slither toward anonymity, I ask you to do three things: (1) attend the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, June 1-4 if you can; (2) recognize our great Youth Exchange program; (3) acknowledge our highly accomplished and continuously active Past District Governors.

MAY 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER Don Bonner 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 03, 2014

When the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago, political leaders in the United States welcomed—and with taxpayers dollars directly supported—the new political course of independent republics aimed at increased democratization and further integration into European political structures.

The Cold War was over and Russia was not a threat anymore. For those in the West and in the former USSR states this meant one thing: The future of U.S.-Russia relations was optimistic and—to a certain extent—peaceful. President Boris Yeltsin, who took over after Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, did not have imperial ambitions

The New Cold War by Geysar Gurbanov Rotary District 5020 Rotary Peace Fellow Don Bonner 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 02, 2014

The Rotary Foundation Trustees have approved a new model for funding the Foundation’s operating costs. Effective 1 July 2015, the Foundation will direct 5 percent of Annual Fund donations to help pay administrative and fund development expenses and to build a strong operating reserve. The Foundation will also draw on other funding sources, including 5 percent of cash contributions for global grants and up to 10 percent of select corporate gifts.

Trustees Approve New Rotary Foundation Funding Model Don Bonner 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Mar 31, 2014
In 1911, Rotary decided it needed a magazine to inform club members. The Rotarian was born. Soon, Rotary club members around the world wanted publications they could call their own. In 1915, the first regional magazine was published, serving members in Great Britain and Ireland. In 1928, the predecessor to Rotary Down Under launched in Australia.
April is Rotary Magazine Month Don Bonner 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 26, 2014

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) will certify South-East Asia, comprising 11 countries—Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste—as polio-free on Thursday.​

 

WHO to certify South-East Asia polio-free Thursday March 27 2014 William McCarthy 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Mar 20, 2014

Treacy Duerfeldt has discovered a new motivation for lifting weights – to fight polio.

Motivated by his past – he’s lifted weights since he was twelve and he’s been a Rotarian since 1991 – Duerfeldt will be both weight lifter and polio fighter later this month. In his unique fundraiser on March 21, Duerfeldt will attempt to lift the max weight at all 25 weight machines in less that 70 minutes at the Valley Athletic Club.

Treacy Duerfeldt Lifts Weights in Fight against Polio William McCarthy 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Register now for the Understanding Young Professionals webinar Don Bonner 2014-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

As soon as he announced his plan he had pledges of $1350 in 48 hours and $200... was from Non Rotarians.

Please go to the "Man vs. Machine" Link and make your pledge!

Press Release 1/24/14

Where: The Valley Athletic Club
When: March 21, 2014 1:30 pm
What: Strength Testing Event to raise $$ for Polio Eradication
How: Commit at www.manvsmachine.info
Who: A celebration of the Legend of John Henry and Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio
Why: Polio has recently surged forward in affecting new countries as a very contagious infectious disease that must be stopped

District Foundation Fundraising Committee Chair Treacy Duerfeldt is raising the bar on how to increase donations to the Foundation William McCarthy 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William McCarthy on Feb 12, 2014

Recently District Foundation Chair William McCarthy was interviewed by MMixx 96.1 FM in Thurston County Washington.  He was at a Rotary meeting sitting next to a local radio moderator, Dick Pust, when he mentioned that the local communities knew very little about Rotary in spite of the presence of nine clubs and over 550 Rotarians.

His comment inspired Mr. Pust who has begun a series of radio interviews with leaders in the many service clubs in Thurston County. Mr. McCarthy was honored to be the first representative of the local service clubs to talk about the good we do in the local community and around the world.

Prior to this interview being aired Mr. Pust promoted it on his Facebook page.  Mr. Pust is a respected area Radio personality with over 50 years in broadcasting. 

HOW DO YOU TELL YOUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION? William McCarthy 2014-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Feb 01, 2014
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From The Editor

We all belong to some sort of family. Many of us belong to biological families that can span a few generations. Others of us belong to intentional families that are bonded not by borders and boundaries but by forces other than biology. 1.2 million of us consider our fellow Rotarians as family. A recent article in The Economist states that altruism – a desire to assist strangers – shows up early in our human development. It’s no wonder “Service Above Self” is the tie that bonds our Rotary family and why, through our “family” of Rotary Organizations, we do everything we can to recognize, develop, and reward altruistic attitudes and behaviors.

Inaugural edition of District 5020’s news magazine, 50Twenty now online. Don Bonner 2014-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Taylor on Jan 31, 2014
WORLD UNDERSTANDING MONTH - Rotary's full name is Rotary International. Has your club taken advantage of Rotary's international aspects? Since February has been designated World Understanding Month, I would like to share a half dozen opportunities with you that your club members may enjoy.
Pete Taylor DG Newsletter – FEBRUARY 2014 Peter Taylor 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 31, 2014

The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar.

It is designated World Understanding Month. February also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on 23 February 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day. Let us honour our fellow Rotarians and Rotary’s goal of world peace and understanding by planning programs and activities during this month that emphasizes understanding and goodwill as essential for world peace.

 

 

February is World Understanding Month Don Bonner 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 28, 2014
ImageIn 1964, John W. Richards, DDS, was District Governor of District 502 (later to become 5020). He then went on to help build Rotary Student Exchange programs for the district and other districts on the west coast, and he was always proud of his involvement with Rotary.

He spent many years of his life dedicated to service to his community, and he was always proud of his involvement with Rotary.

Some of John's other involvements in Rotary

 

Appointed Visa Facilitative Form issuing officer by the US State Department USIA division. Responsible for issuing over 10,000 visas over a period of 28 years to incoming foreign students in the Rotary High School Student Exchange Program. The jurisdiction reached high schools from Montana, through Nevada, into Central California, and up through Alaska.

It is with regret that we learn about the passing of PDG John Richards. 1964-1965 Don Bonner 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Jan 28, 2014
DG-campbellriverRotary District Governor Pete Taylor and his wife Kristine read to Plessa Walden’s Grade 2 and Grade 3 class at Pinecrest School Jan. 23. The Taylors were visiting Campbell River to support the local Rotarians Read program and Family Literacy Week.
Reading Rotarians blitz local elementary schools Don Bonner 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Dec 01, 2013
DG MESSAGE – DECEMBER 2013

December is chock full of things to celebrate that promote togetherness. Many of them have a foundation in the faith communities. Rotary has designated December as FAMILY MONTH, as this is the time of year when many families gather.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for December Don Bonner 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 24, 2013

ImagePete Taylor is pleased to announce that three outstanding members of District 5020 clubs have stepped forward into leadership positions:

DISTRICT APPOINTMENTS Don Bonner 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 19, 2013

ENDPOLIONOW_4pFrom Rotary International 

Rotary helped put polio eradication on center stage on the day best known for rallying support to finish the job - World Polio Day, 24 October. A special Livestream presentation -World Polio Day: Making History- showcased the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern's Chicago campus and streamed online to viewers worldwide.

On World Polio Day, Rotary spotlights the fight to end the disease Don Bonner 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 10, 2013

Here is the newsletter for Rotary Giving & Grants for November 2013.

Welcome to the newly created Rotary Giving and Grants newsletter, a merger of Rotary Grants News and Every Rotarian, Every Year . This one quarterly newsletter will serve as your primary source of information about The Rotary Foundation, offering insightful stories about the good work being done with your donations, as well as tips, announcements, and lists of resources. 

Rotary Giving & Grants - November 2013 Don Bonner 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Nov 08, 2013

The End Polio Now Committee of the Rotary Club of Campbell River worked hard since the summer to organize a number of events with the goal to raise money for the Polio Eradication Program.

Pumpkins for Polio Event Don Bonner 2013-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 31, 2013
November is Foundation Month.

The 88 clubs of District 5020 will be recognizing the role of the Rotary International Foundation in funding the fight to end polio, the campaigns for clean water, and the variety of education and community improvement projects that engage Rotarians world wide.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for NOVEMBER Don Bonner 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 21, 2013
ImageIf you are a supporter of Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio – or simply want to learn more about it – you won’t want to miss World Polio Day: Making History, a special Livestream event presented by Rotary and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health, beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Oct. 24 (World Polio Day).
October 24th, World Polio Day Don Bonner 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Oct 10, 2013

Youth Protection Officer Traning and Training for Trainers

Primarily for Incumbent and Prospective Youth Protection Officers, but Incumbent and Prospective Trainers are welcome too!!

Youth Protection Officer Traning Don Bonner 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 29, 2013
ImageVocational Service concentrates on the Four Way Test, Leadership, and Ethics in Business. All Rotarians should remember that Rotary was founded on the principle that its members maintain high levels of integrity and this should be emphasized throughout the year. Specifically, for October, please consider the following types of activities to recognize Vocational Service Month:
October is Rotary Vocational Service Month Don Bonner 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 16, 2013

Register for the Lifecycle of a Service Project (Part 1): Overview and Introduction webinar!

Rotary International is pleased to present the five-part webinar series to support the Rotary family in producing sustainable service projects.

Rotary Service Connections Don Bonner 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 09, 2013
Pete Taylor

September 2013 District 5020 NEWSLETTER

ON THE ROAD TO WHISTLER with Peter Taylor | 2013-14 District Governor

September is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH. What is your club doing to make itself attractive to younger potential members and equally important, what is it doing to hold the interest of your existing younger members? Clubs should be non-discriminatory in their recruiting efforts - anyone of any age who would be a good Rotarian should be recruited - but the area of “New Generations” presents the most challenges.

Pete Taylor presents DG Doings for September Don Bonner 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Sep 04, 2013
ImageProbably one of the biggest makeovers of a website in the history of the internet took place on Aug 26th.  The website: Rotary.org.

This is a big change from what was there before.  There were a number of problems with the old website including the ability to find anything that you were looking for.  The search function was one of the main issues.  It's not that it was a badly designed website, it's more that it was huge and the layout wasn't as user friendly as it could be.  That is all in the past.

Rotary launches their new website Don Bonner 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Homeless Children Receive School Supply Shopping Spree Don Bonner 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 31, 2013
ENDPOLIONOW_4pRotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility. 
$500,000 to Somalia to help eradicate Polio Don Bonner 2013-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 25, 2013
ImageAt 29, Katie Ehlis knows first-hand the challenges of trying to fit the lifestyle of a young professional into a traditional club structure. After moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for work, this former Rotaractor visited several Rotary clubs to find the right connection.
New Traditions Bring in Younger Rotary Members Don Bonner 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 22, 2013
ImageK.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.
Ravindran is choice for 2015-16 RI president Don Bonner 2013-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 19, 2013
Since the founding of our organisation in 1905 a Rotary International Convention has never been hosted on the African continent. As the Rotarians of Africa, representing 54 countries, we invite you to show your support for the proposed Rotary International Convention 2019, and to offer your voice as we strive to bring the convention to Durban, South Africa.
Africa is Calling Don Bonner 2013-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
D5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship, Application Deadline Sept. 15, 2013 Don Bonner 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 11, 2013
ImageAlexandra Dawley, the recipient of the 2013-14 Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship, has been awarded an additional US$15,000 Global Grant Scholarship through The Rotary Foundation.  The combined value of the scholarships will provide Alexandra a total of US$30,000 to pursue her graduate studies. Alexandra was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside.
Global Grant Scholarship Awarded to Alexandra Dawley Don Bonner 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
It's about time. Rotary International's First Female Vice-President takes office. Don Bonner 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on Aug 05, 2013

The August issue of The Rotarian announced the winners of the RI Service Above Self Awards.  The award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, especially those who have helped others through personal volunteer work and active involvement in Rotary.  This award is the highest honour for individual Rotarians and goes to no more than 150 Rotarians each year.

RI announces the Service Above Self Awards for 2012-13 5020 District Rotarian Robert Wubbena is one of the honored recipients Don Bonner 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Aug 04, 2013
ImageRotarians and guests of the six clubs in Area 2A enjoyed a fellowship evening at a BBQ hosted by Parksville AM Rotary Club.The venue was Rotary Park in beautiful Qualicum Beach.
Rotarians from Clubs in Area 2A enjoy Fellowship John Challender 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Jun 24, 2013
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Qualicum Beach Sunrise and Parksville AM Rotarians, School District 69, and Trades council BC, jointly sponsored “YES 2 IT, TRY A TRADE DAY” a Trade Fair that attracted over 600 Grade 7 and 8 Oceanside students and their parents.  The students were able to participate “hands on” in 25 different trades and technologies, everything from Culinary Arts to Plumbing to Aerospace Technology.   

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Qualicum Beach Sunrise and Parksville AM Rotarians Introduce Students to Occupations John Challender 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Challender on Jun 16, 2013

ImageThe top three Clubs this year were all winners and it was very difficult to select the best because each excelled in different areas.   

The number three Club spent $301.25/member on international service; initiated 2 literacy projects in two countries and supported 5 projects in 5 countries.  Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Port Orchard.

The number two Club initiated 3 projects, 2 water and 1 literacy; they supported 3 water projects in 2 countries and multiplied their money with 3 Global Grants adding $73,689. to their projects.  Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Campbell River.

The winning Club initiated 3 projects in 2 countries, 1 sanitation and 2 literacy; they sponsored 6 projects in 3 countries, had 5 members visit projects in 3 countries and took 4 Interact students with them to complete 2 computer projects in 1 country.  They expanded their funding with 4 Matching Grants, including a Grant from Google for $5285.  We are pleased to announce this year’s winner of the Floyd & Sandra Olson International Service Club of the Year is the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

Other applicants included Lakewood, Olympia, and Shelton Skookum.  All of the applicants are providing phenomenal International Service, and Floyd would be proud of all of them.

 

 

2013 Floyd & Sandra Olson International Service Club of the Year John Challender 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner on May 27, 2013

Congratulations to Alexandra Dawley, the recipient of the 2013-14 Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship.

 

Alexandra, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside, was selected by the District Scholarship Committee to receive the Rotary District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2013-2014. She has just completed her final year at Vancouver Island University (VIU), and will obtain a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Global Students and a minor in Sociology (Social Development).
District 5020 Ambassadorial Scholar Don Bonner 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Bonner

THE IDES OF MARCH - Presidents-elect have just attended PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) and in their information-overload state, are scurrying around identifying members to join their leadership team and formulating their 2014-15 plans. 

MARCH 2014 DG DOINGS Don Bonner 0