Welcome to the
2017 - 2018 Rotary Year

As you know, the Rotary year changes each July 1 and I and the 2017 - 2018 team of new club presidents are pleased to take on the leadership role for the coming year. Our theme this year is Rotary - Making a Difference - a fitting description of what we, as Rotarians, do and will continue to do into the future.
The year is already off and running and it is very exciting to start off the new Rotary year with an overall growth of membership over last year. Congratulations to those clubs who grew membership last year, and also to the very new Rotary Cub of Vancouver Mountainview which has been chartered by Rotary and adds a 49th club to our District.
As Governor of District 5040, one of the tasks that my partner Deb and I have is to visit each of our Rotary clubs. We have just started this with the visit with the Smithers Rotary club on July 5 (photo on the left with President Leigh and Smithers Rotarians at Gordon L Williams Rotary Park) and we very much look forward to meeting as many Rotarians as we can over the course of the year. We also spent two days with RYLA Lakelse on July 7 and 8, as seen in the photo below.
To close, a very big thank you to our now Immediate Past District Governor Lyn Stroshin and the whole team from last year for the hard work and amazing job they did.
Now, let's get out there and Make a Difference - in our home communities and around the world.
Don Evans
Conference 2018 - Update
Save the date - May 31 - June 3, 2018
Below is a list of the Conference Committee members. If you have any question, ideas or suggestions, please contact a member of the Committee.
District Governor, Don Evans
Chair, Garry Shearer
Registration, Mike Storey
Program Speakers, Karen Harrison
Gala Night, Vicki Haller    
Extracurricular activities, Dave Hamilton
Venue, Terry Lehouillier
Production Coordinator, John Charbonneau
Secretary, Sherrie Jamieson
Treasurer, Dan McGrath
Meeting Support, Jacci McTavish
Marketing, Peter Clarke
Rotaract Rep, Marni Fraser
Youth Conference, Tanya Hall
Sponsorship, Brian Finley
Donald J. Evans - Rotarian and District 5040 Governor
Don Evans has been active in Rotary for more than 31 years. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (2002-2003) and has held many different positions with his club. He has been active with District 5040 in Strategic Planning, as a member of the District Foundation Committee and as a PETS Trainer. He was named Rotarian of the Year for  5040 in 2014 and is currently Governor for 2017-18. Don is a Paul Harris Society Member and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. Both Don and Deb are also Bequest Society members.
Rotary Presidential Peacebuilding Conference - Vancouver BC
Rotary International President Ian Riseley invites you to the Rotary Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability & Peace,  Vancouver, BC,  Friday to Sunday February 9 – 11, 2018. Zones 24 and 25 will host the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace—one of six international peacebuilding conferences planned for the 2017-2018 Rotary year.  President Ian Riseley has made environmental sustainability a major focus for his year and we are honored that he has chosen Vancouver to hold the first Presidential Conference on this key area.
Rotary Pot of Gold Golf Tournament - July 11, Mayfair Lakes
The Royal City Rotary Club together with the Rotary Club of New Westminster invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament. Over the past 21 years, this event has raised over $456,000 for local charities. Over $33,000 was raised from last year’s tournament alone. Some of the beneficiaries in our community in the past have included Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Queen’s Park Healthcare Foundation, St Mary’s Health Foundation, Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation, West Coast Kids’ Charity and Pathfinder Youth Centre Society, among others.  For more information go to 
2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced
President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
DG Calendar
Jul 11, Williams Lake Daybreak
Jul 12, Williams Lake
Jul 15, AG Training
Jul 16, Strategic Plan Update
Jul 18, Prince George
Jul 19, Mackenzie
Jul 19, Prince George Nechako
Jul 20, Prince George Yellowhead
Aug 01, Whistler
Aug 02, Pemberton
Aug 03, Whistler Millennium
Aug 10, Quesnel
Upcoming Events
Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament
Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club, Richmond BC
Jul 11, 2017
Kids N Kops camp
Jul 24, 2017 – Jul 28, 2017
Rotary Beef BBQ at Loggers Sports Festival
Loggers Sports Grounds
Aug 05, 2017 – Aug 06, 2017
Brandywine Boogie
Sep 23, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PETS Grads
Our 2017 – 2018 Club Presidents
RYLA Lakelse
Rotary Club of Smithers, Canada Day
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
© Copyright Rotary District 5040
Please send feedback to