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  April 28, 2021
 
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
May 18, 2021, 5:00 pm
 
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a priority in Rotary.

DIVERSITY: Rotary welcomes people of all backgrounds,  cultures, experiences, and identities.
EQUITY: Rotary strives for the fair treatment, opportunity, and advancement of all Rotary participants.
INCLUSION: Rotary is working to create experiences where all people feel welcomed, respected, and valued.

A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve. We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world.
Stories
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion -- values for us all
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are values which Rotary International Board Director and DEI Taskforce Chair Valarie Wafer has not only spoken about passionately over many years, but has practiced in our own business. In 2021-22 Valarie, who will become Vice President of Rotary's 1.2 million member global network, says DEI aren't just the right values to practice, they are good for business. She will be serving on the RI board with fellow Ontario Rotarian Jennifer James, who in 2022 becomes the first female president in 117 years of Rotary International, considered the world's original service club. Valerie spoke to the Rotary Club of Ladner on April 6, 2021.
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Children’s reading trail, food for high school students in need
supported by shredding
Children can read a story over the course of a trail of reading stations scheduled to open by this summer in Ladner. Some students at Delta Secondary School and their families, who need a hand up, will continue to receive food over weekends from a food pantry program. These two services to the community are being provided by Rotary Club of Ladner thanks to proceeds from a paper shredding fundraiser it organized on April 10th.
 
The South Delta residents and business people who showed up in 130 vehicles over four hours with boxes and bags of confidential and other documents to the shredding site behind the Delta TV/Eastlink building on Ladner Trunk Road, made the event a success with about $3,000 raised for the two community service projects.
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Children and families will soon enjoy outdoor reading trail
The StoryWalk outdoor reading trail for children and families is in production for Ladner with the aim of opening early this summer. StoryWalk is a collaborative project throughout Delta among the Delta Child and Youth Committee, Delta Literacy Outreach, City of Delta and the three Rotary clubs in Delta. 
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Soccer cleats and books on their way to children in the Philippines
A collection of soccer cleats and books for children in the Philippines, which members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Delta Secondary School collected in recent months, are now on their way by shipping container along with used medical and dental equipment for services in some communities. One Ladner Rotary member and six Interact members joined other Rotarians to load the container at a warehouse in Coquitlam on April 10. 2021. Ladner Rotary has provided $1,500 as one of the clubs sponsoring shipment of the container.
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Leaders in Ladner Rotary featured in national journal
Ladner Rotarians Chris and Penny Offer are featured in the April 2021 issue of Rotary Canada magazine. Both are Past District 5040 Governors and have held, and continue to hold, national and international leadership positions in Rotary.
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Rotary International incoming President on priorities for 2021-22
Rotary needs to grow more and do more with bigger, better and bolder projects, according to Rotary International President for 2021-22, Shekhar Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India. President Elect Shekhar spoke to 61 members of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen on April 15 and Rotarians visiting from nearby clubs and from as far away as India and the Philippines.
 
Mehta says Rotary needs to become more contemporary and adaptable by focusing on partnerships with governments and corporations, expanding partnerships with organizations that specialize in Rotary’s areas of focus, and investing in technology.
By the end of his term as President, on June 30th, 2022, he hopes Rotary will have grown from its steady position of 1.2 million members to 1.3 million. Each member can aim to bring a new member to Rotary in the next 15 months and that can make the difference.
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Millions under age 5, mothers giving birth, die -- Rotary acts
Almost six million children under the age of five die every year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. As people of action, Rotarians have been working with authorities in various countries to prevent those deaths. They have also been working on reducing maternal deaths by 30% through family planning and ultimately empowering women. 
 
Poverty and hunger can be alleviated if mothers are empowered and healthy, and in turn, their families. Thanks to the Rotary Foundation, communities receive the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care.
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Waving flags for District conference
Rotarians from Ladner and Tsawwassen clubs lined 34b Avenue off Arthur Drive in Ladner by their cars, with flags of nations to wave for a video at the June 4-5 2021 virtual District 5040 Conference, in place of the normal part of the opening ceremony which would include international exchange students as flag bearers from around the world.
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Delta Chamber advocates to relieve traffic congestion
Traffic congestion has been an ongoing challenge for businesses and residents in Delta over many years. Businesses are struggling with the realities of unreliable travel times and are reluctant to develop to meet full potential. The best case scenario for replacement of the George Massey Tunnel is 7 to 8 years, but only once the provincial government finally has made a decision. The Delta Chamber of Commerce sees the need to engage with industry, government, and other stakeholders, particularly Translink and BC Transit, to help develop a comprehensive public transit service plan for Industrial Lands and Business Parks. The Chamber has developed a new Transportation Policy, which Chair of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, Rotarian Yvonne Anderson, presented to Ladner Rotary on April 27, 2021.
 
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Plant-based lifestyle business a growing success story
A plant-based lifestyle is far more than just a diet. The goal of West Vancouver-based PlantX is to educate the masses on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and eliminate the barriers to entry for all. As PlantX co-founder, Sean Dollinger, describes the lifestyle on his company website, "It’s a way to be closer to nature, to each other, and work toward a kinder and cruelty-free future for everyone."
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Captain Cook Rediscovered
Captain Cook Rediscovered is the latest book by David Nicandri. It is the first modern study to frame Captain James Cook’s career from a North American perspective, recognizing that Cook sailed more miles in the high latitudes of all of the world’s oceans than in the tropical zone. The book focuses on Cook's voyages in seas and on lands usually neglected. The most famous protege of this world renowned explorer was Captain George Vancouver.
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Speakers
Jun 15, 2021 12:00 PM
Delta South - Interact Club
Jun 22, 2021
Rotary Foundation initiatives in Europe and Africa
Jun 29, 2021 6:00 PM
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Our Year Ahead sessions on 2021-22 priorities and
District 5040 support system
 
 
Rotary District 5040 provides a series of virtual informational sessions to highlight District Committee support and the 2021-2022 priorities. 
 
All Rotarians are invited to attend these sessions at no cost to learn more about the District and Rotary in general.
 
The four topics in the series are:
• The Rotary Foundation, April 10
• Membership, April 22 or 24
• Public Image/Public Relations, April 29
• Youth Programs and Rotaract, May 5
 
To attend everyone must register.
 
District Governor Dave Hamilton's life celebrated
 
The Rotary Club Tsawwassen held a memorial service for one of its own, our current District 5040 Governor Dave Hamilton, who passed away recently.
 
Upcoming Events
Raise a Flag
Jun 27, 2021 7:00 AM –
Jul 06, 2021 6:46 PM
 
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