Posted on Apr 04, 2023
Achievements and activities of some of our 49 clubs in Rotary District 5040 in March.
Some recent achievements and activities in District 5040 clubs as reported by Assistant Governors
for end of March 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 
• Approved for a District Grant for 2022-23 year with remain funds for Grafton Commons Phase 1 Shed Project.
• Continuing working on tasks for Grafton Commons Phase 2 Greenhouse, received Federal Grant and will apply for District Grant for 2023-24.
• Experiencing continuous response to Reflective Address signs via posting on community Facebook sites. (25 sign distributed in March) Volunteer hours to make this happen.
• Recycling Centre B.I.R.D. sorting bottle – Fund raiser March 14, 21, & 28; Volunteers over 100 hrs.
• Volunteers (6 club members, 18 hours) met on March 1 and 15 to package food for Refood Food Rescue Foundation.
• Volunteers (8 members, 16 hours) met on March 29 to package 120 lunches for the Society to end Homelessness in Burnaby.
Burnaby Deer Lake
• Social on March 8th to check out the new Cactus Club at the “Amazing Brentwood”.
• Burnaby South and Burnaby Central Secondary School Interact clubs worked together to pick up garbage in the community
• Burnaby Central Interact Club has had zoom meetings with an Interact Club in Italy and shared cultures.  
• Three students attended RYLA
• Boots for Kids program purchase and distribution started.
Burnaby Metrotown
• Similar to our Rotary Coats for Kids program, our club has partnered up with Operation Warm, based in Philadelphia, which has given us access to buying new coats in bulk for cheaper price.  
• Operation Warm program has been helping children in the United State for the past 23 years.  Operation Warm provides warmth, confidence, and hope through basic need programs that connect underserved children to community resources they need to thrive. They create brand-new, high-quality coats and athletic-style shoes for children in need. 
• On March 11th  Burnaby Metrotown Club members attended the 18th Annual Fundraiser Gala at Delta Hotel Burnaby to support the Burnaby Neighbourhood House. 
• The Presidents of 4 clubs in Burnaby (Burnaby Deer Lake, Burnaby, Burnaby Metrotown and Regal) are working together in uniting Burnaby through an event that will take place in June. 
• Business meeting where all Committees had a breakout session and then each Head reported to the Membership on year to date and future plans for their relevant Committees.
donated $1,000 each to Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Challenge and Local Schools Food Program 
• supported Herring Net installation and servicing in Gibsons Harbor 
• continue to support Hippo Roller & Survival Gardens project in South Africa. 
Lions Gate
• The first 5040 Hoop-A Thon for April 2023 - leveraged with the basketball community
• Harvest Project and Backpack Buddies - First Friday helping filling Backpacks was a success 
New Westminster
• Members continue to volunteer at the Don’t Go Hungry Food Support Program on a regular basis.
• The two New Westminster clubs funded 10 students to attend RYLA.
Pender Harbour
• March 3rd - We had our first Peace conversation “Lets talk about our club!” it was an opportunity for a deeper conversation and some deep listening to others - when we meet we are so often restrained to talk about business at hand and all of the “to do!” things that we rarely get an opportunity to really think about where we want to see the club moving towards in the future and what this club means to us. We are planning to undertake another conversation maybe in the fall with the change over to new leadership. 
• We sent 5 students to RYLA this year.
• We have a number of vaccination clinics coming to the Legion 

Powell River
• Our district grant application has been approved and $6,500 will be going towards funding for proposed construction of a gazebo at Palm Beach and Texada Island parks.
• The 79th Festival of Performing Arts took place with lots of Rotarians volunteering shifts.
• Adopt a Highway clean up resumed after several years pause due to COVID. We cleaned up a couple of sections that had been adopted by other organizations to jump start the program back.
• More criminal record checks added to our main list.
• Brooks Interact Bring your own Banana annual event at the school. 
• sent 4 Interact Students down to Camp Elphinstone to participate in RYLA.

Whistler Millennium
• Along with the Whistler club, we sent two participants to RYLA. One is our international student and the other is one of our interactors. One of our past interactors went as a leader.
• Along with the Whistler club, we are having Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – A Rotary Foundation fundraiser.
Richmond Sunrise
• Recruiting drivers each Wednesday to deliver breakfasts to families in Richmond. There are 40 families are receiving hampers.
• Assessing 14 Butterfly gardens created 2022, planning new ones for 2023.
• Organized a few more herring curtains to be dropped in the ocean.
• Coordinated more Interactors fundraisers, they now have $1,400 towards their International project.
• Met with local NGOs to discuss Interactors getting their volunteer hours in.
• Asked by the ch’atlich first nation to help clean and repair their docks at their old salmon hatchery ready for teaching first nation youth about herring curtains and cedar boughs for herring.
• Finalizing our Friends of Rotary listing (about 80!) in order to contact them for the projects they have shown interest in.
• Met with our Sister Club Manila Supreme 198 in the Philippines
• The club is having a games night to finish off the month of March.
• Committed to providing two scholarships.
• We received $400+ from the Legion Meat Raffle that was held in February.

• Getting ready for Earth Day Activities- participation in a community event, financial support of BBQ.  
• Flower Basket campaign that funds our Bursary program up & running!
• Early Act club rolls on, modest fundraisers, raising awareness- the club has agreed to match seed funds the club on projects.
• Similarly Interact club agreed to seed/match funds for projects, club expenses, etc.
• 2 Interacts attended RYLA.
• Approved $2000 donation to Disaster Aid Canada for purchase of a generator for Ukraine
• Preparing for June 24th District Governor installation of Shirley-Pat Chamberlain
Sunshine Coast
• The club is holding another volunteer fair in April.
• A Ukrainian couple has found employment and has now been established in a 400 sq ft apartment. A second couple is now acquiring furnishings and supplies resulting, surprisingly, in three blenders.
• Returned weekly meetings to Beach Grove Golf Club, with continental breakfast for the cost of $15 per person