Michael Procter presents DG Doings for July
Posted by Don Bonner on July 01, 2014

July 2014 District 5020 NEWSLETTER

Michale Procter | 2014-15 District Governor

ImageIt’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.

District & Club News
Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 01, 2014

One of the Rotary clubs in attendance at the First Rotary Convention held in Chicago in 1910 was the fledgling Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.  Warren Burgess attended the first Rotary National Convention at Chicago in August of 1910 as the representative for Tacoma #8.  However I found this image on the Rotary History website and I'm sure the fellow forth from the right is Pete Taylor.  View the larger image here


Posted by Don Bonner on Jul 01, 2014

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Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.

Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.

Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 15, 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.

Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 15, 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

Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 12, 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.

Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 10, 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


Posted by Don Bonner on Jun 10, 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:

Posted by Don Bonner on May 06, 2014

The World Health Organization certified on 27 March its 11-country Southeast Asia region has eradicated polio, a long-awaited declaration given that five years ago India represented nearly half of all polio cases worldwide. The region's last wild polio case was reported in West Bengal, India, on 13 January 2011.

Posted by Don Bonner on May 08, 2014

A shipment of little dresses was brought to The Albergue at Pinal Villa (inland from Melaque, Jalisco, Mexico).  This albergue serves as a residence, medical clinic and school for migrant farm workers that have come to pick crops in the surrounding fields. These families have migrated from the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. Usually they live in the fields and earn meager wages for their hard days' work. This Albergue is home to as many families as possible and relies on donations to operate. 

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