Posted on Jun 04, 2024
Achievements and activities of some of our clubs in Rotary District 5040 in May 2024. 
Some recent achievements and activities in District 5040 clubs as reported by Assistant Governors
for end of May 2024. 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  District 5040 Showcase
Bowen Island
  • Upgraded website software to keep it current.
  • Members volunteered at The Bowen Island Recycling Centre sort cans and bottles as a fund raiser for future projects (16 members 2 hrs ea).
  • Volunteer hours contributed on hands on projects: 6 for Refood; 12 for Sandwich making for Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby.
  • The Project in Uganda began: 20 sewing machines have been purchased and training of women to sew is underway. Material has been purchased so that they can make sanitary pads.
  • Heart of the Matter online auction, completed on Mar 9th, has produced $14,747.92 for the club to fund two education projects, one in Uganda and one in Bali.
Burnaby – Deer Lake
  • Supported Indo-African Society: Individual member made donations and attended their "Mother's Day Dinner event"
  • President and Club membership chair attended Richmond Club 101 Fellowship.
  • Virtual meeting with prospective member who speaks Mandarin and is expected to join in June.
  • The club won 3rd place, in the Club and School category, of the annual parade at the 128th Ladner Pioneer May Days.
  • Both the Annual Fund and Polio Foundation Goals for 2023/2024 were achieved.
  • President Elect David Rushton, who met with most members of the club individually to find out their concerns and service interests for the club debriefed members on May 14th about emerging goals for the 2024/25.
Lions Gate
  • Membership: Member count now @ 26 - focus on achieving 28 in 2024
New Westminster
  • Members continued to volunteer at the Don’t Go Hungry Food Support & support the Bottle Drop coordinated by the Royal City Club.
New Westminster – Royal City
  • The successful Spring Fling ended on May 11th, with estimated $5,000 proceeds.
  • Final count for the Hockey Pool for 2023/24 NHL Season generated $3,620.
North Vancouver
  • Made 300 sandwiches each month for the homeless people in Towndown.
  • Interact Club did their Hoop-a-thon fundraiser. They raised over $2,000 for Pemberton Young Life
  • May 16 - the EarlyAct Club ran a Safety/Bike Rodeo at Signal Hill Elementary school. The RCMP, Tribal Police, Ambulance/Paramedics, Fire Smart and Fire Department were on hand. The club raised $353.85 for Squamish Hospice.
  • Delivered over 250 flower baskets for our Flower Basket Fundraiser and raised just over $2,000 to go towards bursaries for Pemberton Secondary School grads.
  • Interact Club did a Breakfast Party fundraiser at Town Square Restaurant. This was to raise funds for the Pemberton Food Bank
  • Helping at the Food Bank on Wednesday mornings preparing school lunches
Pender Harbour
  • Club manned the Dunk Tank (small profit made) and judged the parade participants at the May Day in Pender Harbour event.
Powell River
  • A work party of members made progress on the Texada gazebo.
  • Brooks Interact celebrated its 30th Anniversary.
  • The club participated in the Community Garage Sale
  • Adopt A Highway Clean-up and social at Willingdon
Prince George Yellowhead
  • Participated in the city wide clean up in April for Prince George
  • Held a massive garage sale in April raising over $1,700 of unrestricted funds for community projects
  • Continuing with projects in the community that various members participate in (food sort at Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels)
Prince George Downtown
  • The Downtown club had a very successful Losbsterfest fund-raising event in April.
  • Whistler Millennium
  • $2,000 Wheels for Learning (Cambodia)
  • Total funds raised in 2023/24: $17,570
  • Total funds donated 2023/24: $18,380
Richmond and Delta Area
  • To support the rebuilding of the Rotaract Club of Richmond, Richmond and District Rotarians and Rotaractors met to listen and advise the two Rotaract Club leaders on options and opportunities and offer services to collaborate in support of in rebuilding the Club. Richmond Rotaract leaders have planned to grow membership from eight to 20 in the coming Rotary year and engage in two club projects by December 2024, with others under consideration. A Whatsapp group for this team has been developed. Two days later, on May 17th, Richmond Rotaract held a Meet and Greet with nine Interactors from local high schools to build the membership succession.
  • Keith Tsukishima and Peter Clarke hosted a fun and interactive Rotary 101 session for 30 Rotarians from the Richmond and neighbouring clubs and friends of Rotary.
  • The club presented proceeds from the 2024 Lunar New Year Gala to three beneficiaries: Rotary Hospice House, $10,000, including a District Grant of $3,300 to support the replacement of a fence and oxygen concentrators; BC Women’s Health Foundation, $5,000 for the Midlife + Mature Women’s Health Program and the new Mature Women’s Health Campaign; Richmond Multicultural Community Services (RMCS), $5,000 to fund community programs for refugees and newcomers and a possible offer of club member volunteer legal, tax, and finance services to RMCS clients..
  • The club presented an AED to a CHIMO transition house for women fleeing domestic violence. A second AED will be installed at Lansdowne Centre shopping mall in the centre of Richmond possibly in a joint event with St. John Ambulance to promote workplace safety, health, and how to use the AED.
Richmond Sunrise
  • The club held its Annual Gala Fundraiser, with a Garden theme. Over 270 guests attend and broke a record in money raised: over $170,000 in one night.
Sea-to-Sky Joint Projects
  • John Gullo Home for Children is near completion. District grant funds have been spent on the commercial-grade appliances and they are currently being stored, awaiting installation. Grant report will be submitted in the next month
  • Multi- club project to raise funds for a playground and shade cover for the John Gullo home and to support a new playground in Los Barriles with the local Rotary Club. Squamish is submitting the district grant request.
  • May 14-16: Bike Rodeo – safety program at 5 different elementary schools
  • May 25: Grand opening of Sp’akw’us Feather Park and the Aynexi7 Playground
  • May 25: Sea to Sky Hospice “Hike for Hospice” event (two Rotary Teams, fundraising ongoing)
  • Every Friday – usually two (sometimes 3) members deliver food bank hampers
  • Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie raised $6,000
  • Issued a $2,000 scholarship to local high school student
  • The shred event on May 11 at McMath Secondary School went well and it raised about $3000.
Sunshine Coast Sechelt
  • Social, with Friends of Rotary, bird watching hike led by 2 “birders” followed by Pizza party.
  • Saturday 11th installed the two seating decks on the main street in Sechelt
  • BBQing at Salmon hatchery festival using Restorative justice as our new BBQ fundraiser partner.
  • Joint BBQ in Hackett Park with Lions Club and SC-S club,funds going to the Food Bank.
  • Several planting sessions at new large butterfly garden behind the Sechelt hospital, by Restorative Farm.
  • Interactors held several bake and plant sales in support of their chosen projects.
  • Interactors supporting and working closely with the Foundry Project coming to Sechelt.
  • Held the club’s first Rotary Hoop A Thon, a great success which the club will definitely do this event again.
  • The club helped create a beautiful garden area at the local senior’s facility, Kin Village.
  • At the Rotary Street Clean up the club collected 2,700+ pieces of garbage.
  • The Rotary Tsawwassen Charitable Society donated $2,000 to the Delta Fire Fighters Healthy Snack program at the Mayor’s charity ball.
  • The club doubled its Youth Scholarships this year handing out four $2,000 scholarships to grade 12 students graduating from South Delta Secondary School.
Vancouver Cambie
  • Three members served at World Help Container loading on May 4th.
Vancouver Mountainview
  • Rotarian Joel Castillo initiated a sisterhood with Rotary Club of Bayombong in the Philippines and started a project where this club donated 2 wheelchairs; one to a 16-year-old with Cerebral Palsy while the other was donated to a school SPED Center room.
  • PE Ernie Ong and PP Matt Caparas presented a cheque of $1,250 CDN to Rotary Club of Las Pinas as the club’s contribution to the Global Grant project to prevent teenage pregnancy..
  • President Bert Parungao and Pat Parungao attended the Ottawa Peace Caravan send off -- a call to action bringing together Canadians from coast to coast for Peace.
West Vancouver Sunrise
  • Annual canoe Awakening Ceremony was held -John Lo Chief of West Vancouver Police Dept and club member.
  • Membership currently stands at 24 active, 2 corporate and 2 honourary. Total membership is 28.