Posted on Jun 06, 2023
Achievements and activities of some of our 49 clubs in Rotary District 5040 in May.
Some recent achievements and activities in District 5040 clubs as reported by Assistant Governors
for end of May 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
Burns Lake
• Club members planted flowers in the Rotary Park in front of the College of New Caledonia on the main street.
• They have also been rejuvenating the baseball fields – used by youth and adult teams -- at Eagle Creek by painting and fixing the bleachers and cleaning up the four ball fields.  The park is actively used. 
• They are also helping a small community west of town with a new community playground.
• The club recently dug up a Time Capsule from 25 years ago and found all sorts of memorabilia and letters, to be displayed in August at the Burns Lake Centennial celebrations in August.
• Four club members volunteered eight hours on May 17th to package food for Refood Food Rescue Foundation.
• The Rotary Club of Burnaby’s portion of Heart of the Matter proceeds was $16,211 for three projects to be confirmed in June.
Burnaby – Deer Lake
• Club members attended a social event in support of the Indo-Africa Charitable Society at its annual fundraiser on May 13th, with proceeds helping medical camps in Uganda.
• A group of members participated on May 28th in the IG Wealth Walk for Alzheimer at Burnaby Central Park.
• Milos Pospicil spoke to club on May 4th about Project Volya, which helps deliver medical supplies and other items to the front lines and to a children’s orphanage and which helps displaced families fleeing Ukraine. He has returned to the Ukraine with new medical supplies and an additional $4000 the club raised at the meeting and through on-line donations to support purchasing and delivering of new medical supplies.
• Lynne Geikie was presented with her District 5040 "People of Action Award" in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of Rotary Club of Gibsons. 
• The club held a social night on May 18th at Persephone.
• With a District Grant, the club was the main contributor of $25,000 towards the project for the installation of two e-bike charging stations and a large timber drifter bench at the City of Delta’s Ladner Village Plaza project, to make the centre of the community more inviting for residents and visitors.
• The longest-running festival in Delta, since 1896, Ladner Pioneer May Days featured a community parade on May 28th, in which Rotary Club of Ladner was one of 61 entries. 
• The club recently lost another member leaving them with only four which does not leave a viable club, despite trying various ways to gain new members. So, with great regret of members and others in the Area, the club will close at the end of this Rotary year.
New Westminster
• Members continue to volunteer at the Don’t Go Hungry Food Support Program.
• The club is donating $6,700 to Senior Services Society to purchase fans for low-income seniors that live in hot spaces.
• Nancy Eidsvik was one of two recipients of the District Governor Award and Louise Perry received the Rotarian of the Year Award at the District Conference.
• The club, along with Royal City Rotary, have arranged host families to receive an incoming student on exchange from Austria. 
• The club’s Youth Committee received the Adult Ally Award at the recent New West Youth Awards.
New Westminster – Royal City
• The club’s social fundraiser, Spring Fling, raised $8,000 for new immigrant kids activities in New West. We topped it up and presented a cheque for $10,000.00. 
• Our last meeting of the month was a social at Kelly O’Bryan’s pub in New West.

• The Interact Club hosted a Hoop-a-Thon, raising about $1500 for Pemberton Young life.
• The Interact Club also hosted a Friday night Legion dinner to raise funds for the John Gullo Home for Children.  James Linklater, our club president, organized the menu and all the food for the event and he and one of the Interact youth's parents cooked the dinner, which was Mexican themed.  With the dinner, 50/50 draw and a silent action, they raised about $1500.
• For the club’s Flower Basket Fundraiser, all the flower baskets were delivered to businesses and individuals who ordered them, with proceeds going to bursaries for Pemberton Secondary School graduating students.
• The EarlyAct Club did a walk-a-Thon, raising $750 for Peoples Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
• The club is funding $8,500 towards the lumber to replace the teen dock at One Mile Lake.

Pender Harbour
• Ian Grant gave a refresher for some and a learning session for others on Club Runner, MyRotary and Rotary Central. 
• From proceeds at the April Tools BBQ in April, the club donated $500 to the Living Heritage Society and $900 to Polio Plus. 
• Club members supported the community’s well attended May Days by running its Dunk Tank which raised $968
• Members enjoyed craft cider, good food, beautiful pastoral setting and great weather at Brickers Cidery in Sechelt at the end of May.
Powell River
• Sunshine Coast School Amorock gave an update at a hybrid meeting, including Rotarians from Pender Harbour and Sechelt, on a Rotary project from Sunshine Coast Clubs in support of improvement in slums of Dacca, Bangledesh: women teaching other women and girls. 
• The club held its first “Social Before Dinner” on May 12th, of appys and beverages for Rotarians, spouses and guests.
• Assistant Governor Ian Grant presented Powell River club with the Banner for Outstanding Club of the Year as announced at the District 5040 Conference end of April.
• The Interact Club at Brooks High School held its final meeting on May 18th, which celebration of the year and election of next year’s President.
• Quinn Carlson present on his trip to Ottawa under our sponsorship Adventures in Citizenship.
• The club held its Trivia Event Skill Testing Questions social event on May 31st. 
Prince George
• The Prince George Yellowhead Rotary club has partnered with the David Douglas Society to build a community garden on the university grounds in Prince George, with participation of the other two clubs in Prince George area. 
Prince George Downtown 
• Club achieved its goal of selling 300 tickets to its Lobsterfest in April. The event raised about $7000.
• The club bought an Owl system to conduct their hybrid meetings.
Prince George Yellowhead
• Club held its first masquerade ball. 
Prince George Nechako 
• Club donated $2,100 to different charities from the proceeds of their work ushering for the local Cougars hockey team in the 2021-22 season, with plans to achieve the same level of donations from the 2022-23 season. 
• During the year the club has been holding their third club meeting every month as an evening social for spouses as well as members with great success.
Regal Rotaract
• Tsawwassen Rotary agreed to sponsor Regal Rotaract’s Interact (Interlink) sponsor club.
• Jacqueline Ho received the Don Evans People of Action Award at the District Conference.
Richmond Sunrise
• Danny Salcedo received the Don Evans People in Action Award at the District Conference.
• At the annual gala, the club a total of $165,000 gross, net $92,000.
• The club ran the BBQ, along with Interactors, for the public release of salmon fry event at the Sechelt Salmon Hatchery during, with proceeds going to relief support in Ukraine.
• Helped Chatelich Interact Club with their Foodbank drive.
• The club received two local grants for its Butterfly Garden project.  
• Club members participated in loading a Rotary World Help container of medical and dental supplies bound for Guatemala. 
Sunshine Coast
• The club held its annual Dad and Me Dance, with four and five years old, at the fully decorated high school gym, with lots of entertainment, food and fun activities, having sold out all 200 tickets. At $15 a person, the club netted around $8,000 for Polio Plus.
• The club donated $4,000 to Elder College for the purchase of special learning tables.
• The Dave Hamilton Bursary endowment fund at Delta Community Foundation has reached $25,000 which can support a high school graduating student with a bursary to attend a post-secondary educational institution or trade school every year in a community with a Rotary District 5040 club. Past District Governor Dave Hamilton, a member of the club, died while serving as DG in 2021.
• Club members participated in a commemoration march on May 5, a day designated to honour murdered and missing Indigenous women. 
• Ed Lee was recognized for reaching the major donor level in terms of cumulative donations of US$10,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
• Club members gathered for hands-on projects every Saturday in May.
• The club participated in Bike Safety Rodeo May 16-18
• Wedding Drivers fundraiser was held on May 26th.
• The club purchased a reconditioned OWL to support hybrid Zoom meetings. 
• Club Members supported the Interact Turkey Dinner in Whistler.
• A social meeting was held at a private residence.
• Members provided a hot dog sale on May 29th to support the Whistler Alzheimer's Walk.
Whistler Millennium
• The Whistler Interact Club held a dinner at the Youth Center raising over $2,100 for earthquake relief in Turkey and Syria. 
• The club organized a donation of 500 books to the Write 2 Read program.