Penny Offer

She was the founding chair of the District 5040 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) committee. She is a RLI training leader. She served as the District Trainer, 2008-2009.
She is Past President 2003-04 of the RC of Burnaby-Deer Lake. She is now a member of the RC of Ladner. Penny served as Literacy chair for the District Conference Planning Committee in 2002-03.
As the spouse of PDG Chris Offer, Penny has been actively involved in training programs for incoming District Governors at the district, zone and international level. She has coordinated and facilitated training programs for the spouses of incoming District Governors.
Penny has attended 13 Rotary International Conventions and District Conferences in 15 different districts. She is a charter member of the Bequest Society, member of the District 5040 Paul Harris Society and a major donor for The Rotary Foundation.
In 2005 she was a Rotary Foundation volunteer in Bacolod City, Philippines delivering humanitarian aide with the assistance of the Rotary World Help Network to hospitals, schools and orphanages. In 2008 Penny was a Rotary volunteer on a Rotaplast mission to Chengde, China assisting a medical team with surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.
Penny's classification is Health Care Administration. She retired in 1998. As a senior health care administrator she was responsible for developing and managing rehabilitation programs for adolescents and adults with brain and spinal cord injuries. Penny is the co-editor of a book for families living with a family member with a brain injury. Penny has also been involved with chairing several international conferences on brain injuries and served as a Director on a number of community Board of Directors.

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Highlights of her year as District Governor include: 

  1. New Clubs - We welcomed two new Rotary clubs to District 5040, Powell River Sunrise and Bowen Island.  Due to these new clubs and membership growth in a number of clubs we ended the year with a modest growth in membership reversing several years of decline.
  2. RI President Ray Klinginsmith Visit to D5040 - Ray's visit to district 5040 in September and his keynote presentation at the annual Rotary Foundation dinner was wonderful. He presented crystals to 7 new Rotary Foundation major donors. We had a total of 11 new major donors by the end of the Rotary year. President Ray also took time to tour Steveston to see the Rotary street banners and visited the Richmond Rotary Hospice.
  3. Awards - we had many awards presented this year in district 5040. We will not list them all but here are the most prestigious
    RC of Prince George Nechako - RI Significant Achievement Award for their Operation Red Nose project
    PDG Kevin Conway - Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service
    PDG Irwin Stewart - Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service Award for Humanity - Zone 24
    PDG Dean Rohrs - RI Service Above Self Award
    Rotary World Help Network - Donald MacRae Peace Award
    Club of the Year - RC of North Vancouver Lions Gate
    Rotarian of the Year - Nancy Eidsvik - RC of Prince Rupert
  4. Pennies for Polio - more than one million pennies in bags, jars, boxes and piggy banks were counted, rolled and donated to PolioPlus. Our total donations to polio eradication by the end of June will exceed $200,000. This will change the lives of hundreds of children.
  5. Club Visits - a personal highlight fpr DG Penny was the opportunity visit each of our clubs and many 2 or 3 times. At each club she recognized with a certificate Rotarians selected by the president for going the extra mile to support Rotary and their community.
  6. District conference - What a great time. 300 Rotarians, family and friends of Rotary attended. We were inspired, motivated, pushed to do more and we partied. 
  7. Launching Future Vision - District 5040 asked to be one of the 100 pilot districts and we were selected. We did not want to sit back and let others define the future of our Foundation, we wanted to be part of charting the direction. It has been hard, demanding and frustrating at times but it is working.
  8. Literacy -  DG Penny made literacy a priority during this Rotary year. There were many great new and continuing literacy projects during the year. CALS (computer assisted learning) sponsored by the RC of Vancouver has expanded. The Literacy partnership with Government House led by PDG Bob Blacker has grown to a multi club and multi district success story. A highlight was the opening of the library in the Toosey First Nations community by the RC of Williams Lake Daybreak.
  9. Rotary Foundation Annual Giving - District 5040 Rotarians were very generous. 100% of the Rotary clubs in D5040 donated to the Annual Program Fund. D5040 led Zone 24 in per capita donations to our Foundation. We were in the top 40 districts worldwide.
  10. Expanded service - Most importantly - service has grown in our district. Rotarians used the new district and global grants from The Rotary Foundation to change young lives, help familes, bring clean water to villages and improve the health of countless people locally and international. District 5040 did build communities and bridge continents with  dedication and commitment - thank you