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District 5040 Conference 2023

Apr 28 - 30, 2023

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Meet our 2022-23
Rotary International President as she visits our District
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A fire truck, two ambulances, medical equipment and supplies and equipment have been arriving as relief in parts of war-torn Ukraine thanks to the Rotary group of clubs and Districts in which our District 5040 Governor Lorne Calder has represented us. Lorne reports that the group's next step is to acquire a hard bottom boat and some diving equipment to take out bombs, shells and debris out of their rivers and lakes so people in destroyed communities can access fresh water.  The access to fresh water becoming more and more critical.
Several new Canadian families from Syria and Ukraine were among those in Squamish who were delighted to take home 40 refurbished bikes, among the 80 donated, in the Recycle Bicycle program re-launched on June 4, 2022. 20 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands came out to collect, repair, and distribute bikes to kids and families in Squamish through a Kids Bike Drive. 
Thanks to the generosity of Rotary donors in Canada, who have contributed CDN$1 million so far, and around the world, more than US$15 million, to the Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund for Ukraine, the funds have been helping provide people with essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing.
The Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department, in the Squamish area, can buy a reconnaissance drone with a thermal imaging camera, to search less accessible places for wildfire assessment, hotspots, and to locate warm bodies, thanks to a $6,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Squamish presented on April 25, 2022 at Black Tusk Village.
As of July 1st, 2022 the new international Chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee, which every year selects the Rotary Peace Fellows for the 50 Master's Degree or 80 Professional Certificate programs in peace and conflict resolution at seven universities throughout the world, is Past District 5040 Governor Chris Offer.
So far generous Rotarians and clubs in District 5040 have generated $100,000 for the Ukraine Disaster Response Fund. As of April 18, 2022 Rotary's global total had reached $9.5 million. The funds will support locally-led relief efforts underway by Rotary clubs in Ukraine and neighboring countries. More information about this crisis and Rotary's response.
The crisis in Ukraine is having devastating consequences on civilians as families flee their homes. According to the United Nations, more than 2 million people, most of them women and children, have sought refuge in neighboring countries and across Europe, while about 1 million more people have been displaced within Ukraine. Rotary and Rotaract (young professionals) clubs in Europe and around the world have taken swift action and are working with members nearby to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for refugees.
Since 2016 the Vancouver Police Department's Use of Force instruction for new recruits has included judo which Rotary Peace Fellow Constable Bryan Nykon has been providing as instructor. Having completed his Rotary-funded Master's degree program at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2011, through a Rotary Peace Fellowship, Bryan has been instrumental in bringing conflict resolution principles into police training. He has been developing and implementing use of force training for all VPD officers.  
A Celebration of LIfe for District Public Image Chair Andrea Johnson, of the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako, will be held on March 26th at 10:30 am at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she worked as a Communication Officer. The service will take place in the Canfor Theatre and directional signage will be in place to help you locate the theatre. If you are unable to attend in person, we are pleased that we can offer you the opportunity to attend virtually. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Twisted Cork, 1157 5th Ave.
Join the Regal Rotaract Club for a conversation with Ram Nayyar, an acclaimed certified life coach and author on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
It's the first of the District 5040 Rotary Speaker Series.
Ram Nayyar helps others bring their best to every aspect of life, sport, and business. He is one of only a few coaches to lead teams into medal-round contention at the Olympic Level, yet his focus is on developing skills for life off the court.
Zoom link:
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Nov 16, 2021 07:30 PM Vancouver 

Register in advance for this meeting:
Ram is a Level-Five Chartered Professional Coach (Ch. C. P.), Master Learning Facilitator, and holds a Diploma in High Performance Coaching. He has been Head Coach for the Canadian National Badminton Team, The Canadian National Para Badminton Team, the Mumbai Rockets of the Premier Badminton League, and the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club. He is the author of two books: The Sport of Life, and From Confusion to Clarity.
Dolly Hilton joined the Rotary Club of Prince George – Nechako in July 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. 

She first joined the club from an invitation from her friend Leona Anderson, a long-time member of the club and the Board.

Dolly initially joined for networking but soon realized it had so much more to offer than a small community-minded charity once she found the true meaning of being a Rotarian. As is her habit, once she became a Rotarian she joined the Board, eventually becoming President in 2015-16. That year under Dolly’s leadership, she led the club to one of the district’s most esteemed honours, being named the club-of-the-year.

She has stayed on the Board in different capacities since and likes to be part of the decision-making team of the club.
She was asked to join the District Foundation Committee about five years ago and presently holds the position of Paul Harris Society Co-ordinator. She believes strongly in supporting the charities she is passionate about. The Rotary Foundation is top of the list as she is a Sustaining Member of the Paul Harris Society.
How does an exchange program function in a pandemic? The obvious answer would be that it doesn’t, but Rotary Youth Exchange has always prompted our students to be adaptable and willing to step outside the box, so it was time to listen to our own counsel.
Rotary International suspended all non-essential travel until the end of June 2022. Covid had resulted in the repatriation of students that were on exchange and cancelled the opportunity for those students already approved for travel in the fall of this year. Short-term exchange came to a screeching halt.
After investigation and thoughtful consideration, the solution was found; a virtual exchange program would be undertaken. Our YEX committee formed a smaller subcommittee to plan, organize and launch “Virtual Exchange 2021." A few other clubs in our Rotary world had already launched similar programs, RI provided a webinar on the topic, and NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network) had compiled some documents that could be adapted for our use.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority for Rotary International as well as District 5040. It underscores our core values as a foundation for how members interact with each other and their communities. Rotary was based on Diversity in 1905 and has grown globally on that foundation. Yet, our Rotary clubs can learn more and do more to support that commitment to DEI as our communities and our world transform around us. We want to welcome more people with diverse abilities and from diverse backgrounds, as people of action, in our cause of service above self.
This just in. District Conference 2022 has just passed a significant milestone.
More than 100 people have registered for the conference.  Already!
This is much ahead of our plans and we thank Rotary for the vote of confidence.
Dave Connors is the winner of the draw for the free ticket.  Congratulations!
It looks like this is going to be a popular event. If you have not already done so there is no better time than now to register. 

When her family moved to Canada in 2011, Mary Anne Velayo has 20-plus years of entrepreneurial experience working in distribution of consumer goods and pharmaceutical products and has proven track record in the fields of enterprise development, finance, and marketing. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Business Management as well as her master’s degree in Education.

As a charter member of the Rotary Club Vancouver Mountainview (RCVM) since 2017, Mary Anne served as Club Administration Chair in 2018, has led major fundraisers and became Club President in 2019-2020. During her term as Club President, RCVM was given Rotary Citation (Gold level) and won D5040 Highest Number of New Members sharing the achievement with another club. She is a Paul Harris Fellow +5 and recently joined the esteemed Paul Harris Society. 

Mary Anne has also been engaged in community services and newcomers’ settlement assistance and been extensively involved in helping non-profit organizations and community groups especially the Filipino community. 

Liz Scroggins has been a Rotarian since 2009, club president 2011-2012, international projects chair from 2011-present. She is a proud, third-generation Rotarian as both her father and grandfather were club presidents. Rotary has provided many meaningful opportunities and experiences for both her and her family.  
On her second trip to Lesotho, South Africa, she was fortunate to bring her two teenage daughters. They worked on volunteer projects for three weeks and they worked hard! Their time working there together to help others, was life changing.
Liz lives in Whistler with her husband where they enjoy the winters skiing and rest of the year biking, hiking, golfing and enjoying their home. She volunteers on a local farm in Pemberton one half day a week and tend to their backyard vegetable and flower gardens. This provides them with an abundance of fresh food during the summer and fall.
Ron Malmas is B.C.-born, growing up in the Fraser Valley before his life journey living in the Central Cariboo and finally settling in Terrace in 2017. Ron joined Rotary in 2007 with the Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak. 
He acted as club president for two terms and was as the chair of the Williams Lake Daybreak Rotary Stampede Parade for three years and started the Williams Lake Starfish program. He was successful twice at raising community funds for Shelter Box relief in Fiji in 2008 and shortly after as club President hosted a Tsunami fund raising dinner after the devastation in Japan.
Ron has two sons, three grandchildren and has been married to his husband Steven for seven years.
Together they moved to Terrace where they work side by side in the funeral industry. After joining the Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley upon arrival to Terrace, Ron has been the Membership chair, Learning and Development chair and the Rotary Club of Skeena Valley Starfish Pack chair. 
2021-2022 District 5040 Governor
Lorne Calder
Welcomes You
In memory of
Past District 5040 Governor
Dave Hamilton  
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