Posted on May 09, 2023
Achievements and activities of some of our 49 clubs in Rotary District 5040 in April.
Some recent achievements and activities in District 5040 clubs as reported by Assistant Governors
for end of April 2023. There is much more planning and other activity in clubs,
but these are current results, projects completed.
Network with other clubs for ideas and stay tuned for future reports.
also visit the expanding list of projects in our new District 5040 Showcase
Bowen Island
• The club celebrated completion of the Bottle Recycling fund raiser, which raised $ 2,700. 
• Continued working on tasks for Grafton Commons Phase 2 Greenhouse, applied for Building permit, coordinated with Bowen Island Food Resiliency Society, received Funding from Bowen Island Community Foundation.
• Reflective Address signs continues to do well. Had a Rotary visitor from the UK come to Bowen Island and commented immediately how great it was to see Rotary Sign in front of everyone’s driveways.
• Five club members met on April 19th to package food for Refood Food Rescue Foundation.
• In February the club received $31,000 from the provincial gaming fund: $22,655 has been donated to local charities and eight $1,000 bursaries have gone to students from the eight high schools in Burnaby.
Burnaby Deer Lake
• Working with the Rotary Club of Abbotsford - Sumas, the club secured the distribution rights to Burnaby for the annual Strawberry fundraiser. Advance ordering began in early May with pickup scheduled for June 10th.
Burnaby Metrotown
• At the Coldest Night of the Year Walk event on March 25th the club was among the top 10 event that will take place in June. 
• Club participated in the April 20th St Barts Food Bank Fundraiser at the 101 Brewhouse & Distillery to raise money for our local food bank.
• Canada's first Chief Accessibility Officer, former BC MLA and Cabinet member, Stephanie Cadieux, who uses a wheelchair, spoke to the club on April 11th, about speaking up, for those challenged by barriers, in her new four-years role as an advocate for diversity, accessibility, and disability inclusion.
Lions Gate
• The club has reached 30 members towards a goal of 33, with three prospects in the pipeline. we need to pull over the finish line.
• Club members participated in the first 5040 Hoop-A Thon for April 2023. leveraged with the basketball community. A Hoop-A-Thon Committee in collaboration with Windsor Secondary and Strathcona Rotary Club will engage more participants.
• Installed a new Interact Executive Board at the Windsor Secondary School and presented the 2021-2022 Citation achievement
• The club participated in filling backpacks for Backpack Buddies.
• Helped load a Rotary World Help container with other clubs, for Ukraine, in January
New Westminster
• Members continue to volunteer at the Don’t Go Hungry Food Support Program on a regular basis.
• With New Westminster Royal City the club sponsored a candidate in the New Westminster Hyack Ambassador Program. 
• The club is making several community donations: $500 to local dry grads; $3000 to PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society); $5000 to Domestic Abuse Society (from our Bevies & Bites); $5000 to Don’t Go Hungry (from our Bevies & Bites); $8000 to Dolly Parton Imagination Library (New West Chapter); $10,000 to Massey Theatre Society, Community Kitchen Project.
North Vancouver
• On April 1st the club held, with all but two of its 13 members, a 3-hour Strategic Planning Session facilitated by John Bathurst to help us act and head in the right direction.
• Following support given to the four-day ShelterBox fundraising event in Park Royal mall on the Family Day weekend in February, the club held its own ShelterBox/Rotary awareness project in Lynn Valley Centre as part of their Earth Day Event. 
• On April 22nd Earth Day Events included the club’s Adopt a Highway and support for the Lions BBQ.
• Orders for Flower Basket sales, to support the high school bursary program, are down from the previous two years.
• The club donated $2,000 to the Signal Hill Elementary Parents’ Advisory Committee to help secure a Coordinator for the two Schools’ Community Garden, education, First Nation engagement, and food security.
• The club donated up to $5,000 to support the Rotary legacy project, One Mile Lake Teen Dock refurbishment.
Pender Harbour
• Club ran the BBQ at the annual April tools boat building competition and races to support the Living Heritage Society on April 29th down at the Government Dock in Madeira Park
Powell River
• To honour Earth Day our club met on April 26th to clean up roadsides during our Adopt A Highway program. followed by the club’s steak bbq with spouses and friends.
• Ground has been broken and forms have been built with gravel and prep work next on our Palm Beach Gazebo Park Shelter.
• More criminal record checks added to our main list
• Donated hearing aids arrived in India and have been sent on to Bangladesh.
• On April 3rd club members visited Kiwanis Tower, residence for 400 seniors, to view the newly open computer room which the club helped sponsor, with a donation of 5 iPads 
Richmond Sunrise
• Rotary World Help, of clubs in Districts 5040 and 5050 in the Lower Mainland, so far have shipped eight full containers to Ukraine, including almost 400 beds and more medical equipment.
• The club presented a donation to Harvey Koonar for the Ghirra Toy Drive. and another to Kal Dosanjh of Kids Play, which aims to restore a sense of hope for children. 
Richmond Sunset
• The club’s President Elect Kyle Gomes organized Interactors for the District Conference.
• The Club used the money raised by Winter Wonderland to make a $4,000 donation to the Foundation.
• Three new members were inducted into the Club.
• Conducted Food Safe training course for club members and Interactors. Used brand new flame-retardant Rotary tent for the Interactors to BBQ at Volunteer Fair. Manned a table at the Volunteer Fair.
• Conducted Hwy 101 cleanup with Interactors.
• Organized Saturday public presentation by Milos regarding his work in Ukraine.
• Created a Risk Management Program for the Club to follow.
• Promoting the Herring Program for 2023. 
• Official opening on March 31st of the Foundry Youth Centre to which the club donated $30K over three years
• On April 1st and 15th, the club held two separate “Foundation Dinners” with social activities
• Club supported through 50/50 ticket sales the annual Soccerfest soccer tournament on April 15
• Club members gathered on April 22nd for Pitch-In week to pick up garbage downtown.
• The club received proceeds from the Tim Horton’s cookie campaign in the first week of May.
Sunshine Coast
• On Easter Sunday held our annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mission Point Park with good turnout despite weather.
• On Saturday, April 22nd hosted our second annual Volunteer Fair, with 40 exhibitors, a record number of exhibitors and increase in guests over last year.  Our Interactors put on a barbecue and raised over $750 for a local Ukraine initiative.
• Reviewing our strategic plan in terms of not redoing it but in putting our plan into action.
• The club inducted a new member in April.
• The club held its annual Easter event for families in the community, at Diefenbaker Park, showcasing the club’s involvement in the community. 700 + breakfasts were served to hungry kids and their parents (and grandparents). 
• Further to the District 5040 project led by the club, with other clubs, to send a number of teachers on an exchange in 2018 to Kenya, a recent report indicated that some of the ideas our teachers took with them have been adopted by the local Kenyan Schools.
• Some club members are prominent participants in Food Runners which picks up food from the local Earthwise farm and many local greenhouses and delivers it to groups feeding the needy.
West Vancouver Sunrise
• Inducted a new member in April with 3 more potential members joining in the next two months.
• At the Ukraine Fundraiser the club sold sunflowers and collected donations to raise $2,200. Lillooet residents also fundraised in Lillooet with the help of the club’s Youth Exchange student.
• Visioning/planning for the year ahead by PE Grant
• The club was the lead funder for Whistler Public Library, a new community innovation hub and learning centre, which opened on May 1st. The Wonder Lab offers free access to resources including video production, audio recording, editing software, and digitization tools. This space also includes learning kits that encourage creativity, exploration, experimentation, and discovery through hands-on learning and play
Whistler Millennium
• The club d a good turnout for Pitch In as lots of trash was collected followed by some social time. 
• Made a $300 donation to the food bank 
• New meeting location in the TD boardroom.