This month saw the last of my travels in our northern parts as I visited
Terrace, Smithers and
DG Rotary journey is slowly coming to an end – 2 more months to go – and
what exciting months they are going to be.
District Conference in May and the International
Rotary Rocks at the River Rock - 16 to 18 May, 2008
It is difficult to believe that as I write, it is two weeks away from
our D5040 District Conference to be held at the River Rock Casino and Resort in
If you were at the last conference you will remember that I told everyone – “I have a dream – a dream of uniting the whole district at a celebration in honour of our District and of our wonderful organization – Rotary”. Well – it is happening – perhaps not all of the dream, but a large portion of it; thanks to the wonderful people of the Conference Committee.
I dreamed that we would have the most incredible speakers and an outstanding program to excite and educate – and we have:
The Honourable Carol Taylor
PPRIBI Len Smith from
Howard Blank & his PR Panel
Senator Larry Campbell
PDG Gary Holick
I dreamed that we would have a facility that would showcase our conference – and we have.
I dreamed that we would give you value, fun and excitement – and we have – with:
The Rotary Golf Day at the Quilchena Golf Club on Thursday
The Rotary Foundation walk on Thursday
The Rotary Foundation lunch on Friday to honour all Paul Harris Fellows
The Mystery Dine Around on Friday evening
The Dessert Buffet on Friday evening
The Theatre Lunch with entertainment on Saturday
The Masked Masquerade Ball on Saturday
. . . . now you tell me if that is not value!!
I dreamed of breakout sessions that are educational and inspiring – and they are.
I dreamed that the majority of Rotarians in the district would attend – and this has now also come true. We now have over 300 participants registered and the conference – as of today is SOLD OUT!
Still available: Registration for the Golf Day and
$10 each tickets for the Rick Hansen (which includes the
opening ceremonies), Hon. Carole Taylor and PR Panel presentations
See you at conference.
Yours in Rotary Service, Dean
However you can still sign up for Golf tournament and Plenary Sessions Visit District Website for details
Past RI President Jonathan
Vicki Gabereau had
to attend his son’s wedding in
and his wife Joy from the Rotary Club of
who needs no introduction. Red Robinson was one of the
first Canadian disc jockeys to play Rock and Roll music. Over the years,
Robinson worked at many radio and TV stations in
Friday, May 16th, 2008
All Paul Harris Fellows are asked to
wear their MEDALLIONS!
Bring your club banner to the conference for lobby decoration, register with Rotarian Jack Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Council on Legislation (COL), Rotary's "parliament," meets every three years to deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions submitted by clubs, district conferences and the RI Board. The Council itself also makes proposals.
The next council meets in 2010. If your club wishes to propose changes to Rotary's constitution, the standard club constitution or ask for action by the RI board or the trustees of the Rotary Foundation – this is your opportunity.
Proposals must be endorsed by the District 5040 conference, May 16-18, 2008. Your club must act immediately. Proposals from your club must be presented at the District Conference business meeting on Saturday May 17.
Chris Offer will represent District 5040 in 2010
at the council. He is available to work with your club to draft proposals in
the correct format. Past District 5040
RYLA Lakelse is for Youth - age 14 to 15. Registration fee for is $395 per youth.
To encourage and ensure full participation throughout the District, travel
costs for outlying clubs will be subsidized. For those traveling by air from
In addition, Ryla Lakelse has allocated up to $100 for transportation costs for one participant and an additional up to $200 for a 2nd participant from the same Club. Yes, if you send two youth from your club, Ryla Lakelse will provide up to $300 towards your transportation costs.
Ryla Lakelse is a ten minute drive from the Terrace/Kitimat airport. For those arriving via Greyhound on July 2nd home hosting by Rotarians are available.
You will need to hurry as registration this inaugural year is limited to just 36 youths.
GIVE SOMEONE AN LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Calling on Rotary clubs in our district to sponsor one or more participants between age 19 and 25 by Aug, 2008. A successful RYLA applicants will:
Have leadership experience or potential, demonstrated through participation in youth groups or service activities.
Have a cooperative nature and willingness to participate in a group.
Display enthusiasm for sharing new-found skills with others Have a relative awareness of current events.
Have good performance in school or work
MORGAN IS GOING TO 2008 RYLA INTERNATIONAL AS COUNSELOR
“I was very fortunate and grateful to Rotary to have been selected as a participant at RYLA International in 2007. The program was informative, interactive, and fostered an international network of fellowship like only Rotary can - a truly unique opportunity. Thus, to have been selected as a counselor for RYLA International 2008 this year is a great privilege. I am looking forward to the new friendships to be made, and the opportunity to approach leadership with a different paradigm, as a teacher instead of a student. I also intend to incorporate some of the key messages from RYLA International into one of the local programs here, RYLA North. Many thanks to Rotary International for this wonderful opportunity, with special thanks to The Rotary Club of Terrace, through which I got my first start in RYLA, 5 years ago”.
- Morgan Evans
John Vokes, Assistant Governor,
hardly seems possible that we are approaching the end of another Rotary year
yet when we look at all that has and continues to take place in the five Rotary
clubs in the
Their fundraisers include a Wine Festival, Heart of the Matter
In addition, the club is very supportive of literacy initiatives
including the Burnaby School District's literacy program WORDS that challenges
students from K-12 to write poetry, prose in French or English. Also, the Burnaby Rotary Club supports a huge
reading initiative at
On a sad note, President Dianna Krawchuk became ill early in her presidential year and passed away in the spring of this year. She is missed by all who knew her.
Burnaby DeerLake Rotary is small but mighty at 13 members. President Bill Johnston describes his club as ‘the little club that does’.
Several of their projects include a literacy project that provides a book to each student at Edmonds Elementary School each Christmas, 4 - $1,000 scholarships for secondary students, support for a Uganda medical camp, and ‘Stream-keepers’, a local environmental initiative to maintain clean streams and waterways throughout Burnaby.
it will continue to support and heal all those who spend time there.
Some of their many projects include Coats for Kids, Coinspiracy, Community Graffiti Eradication, Maywood School literacy project, support for the Salvation Army Camp, a South African Literacy project, and the Burnaby Lake Look-out Project (jointly with other Burnaby clubs).
fundraisers include a ‘Wine, Food and Music Festival’ (June 14, 2008,
7-10 pm) held at Metropolis on
partnered with other clubs
in sponsoring the Fire Trucks to
One of their notable community projects is the development
The New Westminster Royal City Rotary Club supports a long list of projects
including a literacy project at New Westminster Family Place, support for
Monarch House, a local transition house for women, provision of funding for the
hot lunch program at the New Westminster Secondary School, development of the
Paul Harris View Court on the Cross-town Greenway, funding of a van for the New
Westminster Police Department’s Victim Assistance Program, support for the Netza School project in Mexico, RYLA, youth exchange, Rotaract, Interact, and a water project in the Dominican
Republic to name a few. In addition, the GSE team headed by
Some of the fundraisers that fund the community and international initiatives include the Heart-of-the-matter (gala dinner and auctions), Fraserfest parking and raffle, Pot of Gold golf tournament, and the Spring Fling dance.
Speaking from the perspective of Assistant Governor, it has been a pleasurable experience to interact with the clubs of the Burnaby/New Westminster area. It is gratifying to witness the level of growth, both in terms of membership and in the interest of serving the community at home and abroad. It is encouraging to see the clubs embrace the Rotary Leadership Institute by encouraging their members and future leaders to participate in the leadership training available through this and other training opportunities at the District level.
John Vokes, Assistant Governor, Burnaby/New
On 1 July 2008, Rotary International will discontinue providing to clubs and districts the administrative software, RI-CAS and RI-DAS. This software was available as a free download to clubs and districts from Rotary’s Web site and for purchase from the Rotary store. Initially, it was offered in order to provide Rotary clubs and districts with an effective administrative tool that would eventually integrate with RI's online business services, Member Access .
Why did RI make this change?
There are many reasons we are making this change:
Contact your Club and District Support representative to get your questions answered
Calling all mentors . . . . Are you mentoring or are you mentored by a Rotarian? The editors of The Rotarian magazine want to talk to you about how the relationship is helping you professionally and personally. We are looking for Rotarians worldwide with great stories to tell about business and professional mentoring. E-mail us at email@example.com.
The general public is invited to help eradicate polio by contributing to Rotary's US$100 Million Challenge through a new "mini" Web site, www.rotary.org/endpolio. Launched on 4 April, the three-page site urges people "to become part of history by donating to the global effort to wipe out the crippling disease polio." It also explains the Gates Foundation challenge grant, describes funding needs, and provides an overview of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Rotary will market the site throughout
10 Youths from BC led by Ladner Rotarian Melissa
Granum went to the Rotary World Peace Summit in
“To say that this summit changed the lives of our group is an understatement...it has taught them that the power of one can change the world." - Melissa Granum, Ladner Rotarian
“Hi Dean, I just wanted to take the time to thank you for putting it forward to the rotary clubs. The Youth day and Peace Summit were amazing even the word amazing can not do any justice. I had a life changing experience. There are so many projects that I am going to do it is hard to put them in any order. Jennifer Jones and her team did an outstanding job planning the events. I was also able to make friendships that will last a life time! Melissa did a great job, she was not viewed as a chaperon but rather she was a friend, what I hold with the utmost respect. ”.— Mark Stephens, President PG Rotaract club
“The event was an eye opener to all of the things that are going on in the world today. It was also really helpful to hear how we can help out in our own community. I hope to take what I learned and use it in the future." – Samantha Davie, South Delta Secondary
“The conference was an amazing opportunity to meet and share
opinions with youth from around the globe. It was so nice to see that people my
age cared about issues that affect everyone"
- Kelsey Leung,
April 27 Journal . . . And each day, each experience
brings more wonder and amazement of this land...One of the highlights of our
trip thus far - and of course there are many - was the visit to a school for
the Deaf, Dumb and Blind. the Team was interviewed by
Channel Ten here in DSM - by the "Larry King" of TV in
April 29 Journal . . . Our spice tour yesterday was amazing - for several hours we walked and saw, tasted and smelled all types of plants - cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg… We also saw monkeys, and lizards and - of course - plenty of mosquitoes. It was a special special experience.
Journal . . .
Attention all Presidents-Elect! It’s never too late to plan for next year. Have you included a club Rotary Fellowships Chair in your club’s committee structure? Remember that Fellowship was the initial objective of the founders of Rotary.
Rotary Fellowships enable Rotarians to make friends with other Rotarians who share a common vocation, hobby or recreational interest. Rotarian Action Groups conduct international projects in a particular area of service that enhances the Object of Rotary.
Both of these programs provide opportunities for your club members to expand their global horizons. Explore interests and activities outside of your club and experience the international fellowship and service activities of Rotary.
PDG Dave Kirk (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
District 5040 Fellowships Chair. Member, International Travel and Hosting Fellowship
The Rotary Club of Waynesville, North Carolina, USA, decided to "go green" on Earth Day, 22 April, by providing 1,000 reusable bags to local grocery store shoppers. To make the project a media success, the club's publicity chair contacted three area newspapers and one television station about 10 days before the event. The day of the project, two of the three newspapers covered the story, and the club was briefly featured on the local evening news. The TV station is planning to expand on the story this month, when it will highlight local environmental efforts. Learn more about the club's reusable bag project, and read the article from the Asheville Citizen-Times—RI PR Tips
D5040 membership has grown from 1,711 on July 1st 2007 to 1,801 on May 1st 2008. Thank you to all the clubs for their hard work in making this happen. - DG Dean
Some recent additions:
Geoff Taillefer sponsored by Rotarian Tom Fung (Top left)
Marguerite Kohnke (Bottom left)
Fred van Hunenstijn ( Top right)
Sonia Poldrugo (Bottom right
Looking for a handy resource to assist with your new member orientation program? Check out the RI new member video. The video describes how Rotarians can make a difference in their community and around the world, and outlines the Four Avenues of Service.
Jack J. Hutchins passed away on April 8, 2008 at the age of 81. He was a long time member of the Rotary Club of Burnaby and PP (1971-1972) of the Richmond Club. He was active and very interested in club activities. Each year he served on the Adventures in Citizenship board.
Jack was an avid sportsman. He represented
Delbert Laverdure fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on April 9, 2008.
Recently, his love for poker led him to the World Series of Poker two years in a row and his dream car, a 2006 Ford Mustang (aka "The 'Stang"), earned a special place in his heart.
Valerie Stephenson of the Rotary
Club of West Vancouver Sunrise passed away with grace
on April 9, 2008. Val was committed to the Community and involved with many
MLA Joan McIntyre complimented Val “I'd also like to make special mention of Val Stephenson, who has undergone surgery recently, and credit her for both the successful Spring Fling as well as her ongoing commitment as the community service director. In her duties she also ensures that the senior shut-ins of West Van have Christmas lunch every year. She personifies the term "volunteer."
On April 5, 2008, more than 165
guests celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Ladner with a Fantastic Gala Dinner. Twenty-one Past
Presidents of the club were proudly present!
An incredible turn out! Their
Charter President Dick Ferguson was there with his lovely wife, Eileen. Dick is a young eighty-nine. He and Eileen had just recently celebrated
their 65th anniversary. The three clubs sponsored by Lader - Tsawwassen, North Delta
and Vancouver Centennial - helped created a warm celebratory mood. Together, they brought about 60 guests. The
Pictures L to R: Charter
President Dick and Eileen Ferguson and current president
The club celebrated in style at “The Beat Goes on Dinner/Dance” and raised an additional $5,600 for the Youth Safe house.
The club donated over $16,000 to four local community groups including, the Drop In Centre, Archery, Breakfast Program, and Stawamus Elementary Playground. The local Rotary club thanks the community for their support of Rotary programs and initiatives to make this giving possible.
Gibsons Interactor Kyle Eckart went to
Rotary Adventure in Citizenship in
Harm Woldring presented $5,000 to Laurie Stewart, representing the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association. President Duncan Renyard is at the podium. (Picture L to R: Harm, Laurrie and Duncan)
This is their 3rd
year in awarding 2 x $7,000 awards to grade 10 students at
The students have available to them $1,000 during their high school years and $1,500 per year for post secondary education to a maximum of 4 years.
The main idea of the program is to provide a longer term financial support to students of aptitude, but who are under financial stress. In many cases the financial stress can be a significant factor in students abandoning their studies and not going on to post secondary education.
The program is intended to be more than just a financial award, in addition to the financial support the program is intended to have a couple of Rotarians assigned to the students to monitor their progress in their studies and be available for discussion with the students about their future plans.
The award recipients from 2006 and 2007 went to the Rotary lunch on April 15th. The students that will be attending post secondary education next year made a short presentation to the club of their backgrounds and their goals. It was obvious that the club membership whole heartedly supported the students and were moved by the “Thank You’s” expressed by the students.
Prince George Nechako
Operation Dictionary - Using a matching District Simplified Grant the club delivered over 500 dictionaries to the grade 4 to 7 students at five Prince George Elementary Schools. The librarian at Van Bien School reported that a 3rd grade student checked out a dictionary and said he could not wait until he got into grade 4 so that he could receive his own dictionary.
MLA Shirley Bond thanks the club for contributing to literacy in PG schools, keep up the good work.
Joint effort of the Northshore Rotary
Clubs beautify the
The April 20th Tribute to Seniors Gala has raised $350,000.00! Two major donors each donated $100,000 and another donor donated $50,000.
Over 300 guests were in attendance as tribute was paid to recognize the significant contributions and sacrifices made by our seniors. President Peter Raju was thrilled and appreciative with the community’s support. The $350,000 will be used to upgrade facilities at the Lions Manor, the Rosewood Manor and the Rotary Salvation Army Hospice House.
Special tribute was made to
Special cheque presentation was made to the Rotary Foundation. $10,000 from
MLA John Yap praised Richmond Club in the legislature. Read Office Release
The club raised approximately $12,000 from their Spring Fling event, $7,000 was donated to the Lions Gate Hospice Foundation; the remainder will be used for other Rotary projects.
Joan McIntyre applauded the
The club donated $2,000 to
Universal Outreach Foundation to install a clean
water well in
Universal Outreach Foundation, started by Kent Bubbs and family in
The towers at the back are for 3 tanks sitting 40 feet in the air. The other pictures are rebuilding war torn schools.
Instruction for Dummies how to set up Interact Club
Interact Clubs can be school based or community based. School based are better because you have a annual supply of new members.
The Rotary Interact Advisor should attend all Interact Club meetings. It is important that there is Rotary Content at meetings.
Chris Loat, Interact Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange Student
Rotary Exchange student Claire Puttemans
is having so much fun in
Claire says. “I love it here. I don’t want to leave. I enjoy
every single minute of my time here. I love all the people I meet here and I
Last August Claire moved from her home in
She finds the school system in
Claire will be attending the upcoming District Conference.
- Excerpt from Williams Lake Tribune
On Sunday, April 27,