Membership and New Club Development

As we head into August, we recognize Membership and New Club Development in Rotary. I congratulate all our current clubs in the District for total net growth of 14 members as of July 1 2017 over same time last year. New members add to our strength in delivering community and international service and bring new experience and ideas to our “service above self”. What’s even more exciting, in keeping with this month’s theme, is the chartering of our new Rotary Club of Vancouver Mountainview which adds another 25 members as projected. Our official number as of July 1 is 1,454 Rotarians in 49 clubs making up District 5040!
The new Vancouver Mountainview club, which will hold it Charter Night celebration October 28, is forming among a  group of mostly Filipino heritage members who have decided to give back to the community.  They plan to meet locals and get assimilated into their new community.  They already have two fund raisers on the go. 
On September 16th the club will receive proceeds from a concert by Denzel Austria, a local Filipino artist.  On October 14th they will receive some of the profits from the Ladner Rotary Club’s “Taste of the Philippines” fund-raiser. To find out more about the new club, you can contact their president, Karen Bastion, at In the meantime, mark your calendars for the Charter Night Dinner on Saturday October 28th. More details to follow.
The wildfire situation in July hit hard at the Cariboo communities in BC, several of which are within the bounds of District 5040 such as 100 Mile House and Williams Lake (others such as Ashcroft and Cache Creek are outside our District but also affected). More than 35,000 were evacuated at the peak of the situation. Rotarians (from both Districts 5040 and 5060) responded in many ways, volunteering in the communities where the evacuees were housed and providing many support services.
District 5040 has created the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund to assemble funding that can then be directed to recovery and rebuilding efforts through the local Rotary Clubs in the affected areas. Rebuild and recovery projects are where Rotary shines, and the Fund is now open and building. As projects are identified by the local Rotary clubs, funds will be available from this special fund to help with their community rebuild projects. Contributions (Rotary Clubs or individuals) can be made by mail to Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund, c/o Rotary Club of Squamish Foundation, Box 391, Squamish, BC, V8B 0A3 or on line at, search Rotary Club of Squamish Foundation, click donate now, select Wildfire Restoration Fund from menu and complete donation.
Our thanks to the Rotary Club of Squamish who helped by setting up the separated structure for the Wildfire Recovery Fund within their Squamish Rotary Foundation framework - thus allowing charitable receipts to be provided to donors and keeping the fund fully accountable.
Thanks also to an amazing piece of good work initiated through Assistant Governor Liz Scott of the Sea to Sky area of 5040 who secured a pallet load of toiletries donated by Hunter Amenities (who have supported Rotary before by donating to things such as the last District Conference community project). But that was only the start, as Liz received the pallet at her home, had the 79 individual boxes labelled "Rotary - Caring for our Communities" (thanks to Garibaldi Graphics), then got them to Bandstra Trucking in Richmond who delivered them no charge to Kamloops where they were distributed to evacuees in need. Now that is going above and beyond!
Rotary provides outstanding training to Rotarians - a real element of the value one gets by being a Rotarian. One of the best training programs over the years has been Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and we are delighted that RLI is coming back to our District. While final details are still being made, watch for the first RLI One September 23, with RLI Two projected for October 28 and RLI Three for November 25 in the Metro Vancouver area. Outside the Metro area - don't despair, a brand new RLI Distance Learning offering is on the way. Watch for confirmation of dates and opening of registration around mid August.
Thanks to a dedicated team of people for leading this initiative and now taking it forward - while many have been involved, the efforts have been led by DGE Darcy Long and PDG Penny Offer and their team, and now the program leadership is moving ahead with Dave Hamilton as the chair. Thanks also to the many others who have helped along the way.
Your District Governor is on the road in August as visits continue to the many Rotary clubs throughout our area. As I write this piece, Deb and I have visited the Rotary Clubs of Smithers, Prince George, Prince George Nechako, Mackenzie, and Prince George Yellowhead. Visiting the clubs is a true highlight of a year as Governor, as we meet so many engaged and excited Rotarians, hear about the work around the world and visit firsthand many local community projects.  Your governor is writing a week by week blog outlining the many Rotarians we are meeting and some of their projects - you can find that blog on
We look forward to our visits to all 49 clubs and plan to have all first visits done by the end of November, 2017. If your club has a major event or fundraiser, please do let us know about it as we will plan to make as many of these as realistically possible through our term as Governor.
Thanks to all our amazing Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in District 5040.
Don Evans
Governor 2017 - 2018
Rotary District 5040
Conference 2018 - Update
Save the date - May 31 - June 3, 2018
West Coast Heritage Railway Park, Squamish
Registration is open - click here
Conference Hotels - Book Now
Rotaract Update
In June, we had our Rotaract Year-End BBQ and Sports Day event. It was an opportunity for Rotaractors from different clubs to come together for some fellowship and fun. We were very lucky to have our new District Rotaract Chair, Joan Posivy, and PDG, Lyn Stroshin join us.
The summer is when most clubs focus on planning for the year to come and building their teams. The Burnaby Rotaract Club held a strategic planning session in early July and will be heading to Wise Island for a retreat soon. The Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club also recently completed a strategic planning session during their retreat in Sechelt.
College Heights Interact Club raises nearly $3000 for BC Wildfire relief
At the Yellowhead Rotary meeting on July 27, 2017 two representatives (Shamitha Aravind and Sarah Ash) of the College Heights Interact Club presented their their BC wildfire relief fund raising initiative which raised close to $3000 over 3 days. This is a great example of "Rotary Youth in Action". They presented a letter detailing their efforts to  both the Prince George Yellowhead Rotary Club President Dave Wilbur, which is included, keep reading.
Rotary remembers Sam Owori for his ‘quiet confidence,’ integrity, and friendship 
The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world fly at half-staff this week as friends and colleagues mourn President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery.
David Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Rotary Presidential conference
David Suzuki will be a keynote speaker at the Rotary Presidential conference in Vancouver February 9 – 11, 2018. He is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood way. Dr. Suzuki is a geneticist. He graduated from Amherst College (Massachusetts) in 1958 with an Honours BA in Biology, followed by a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. His eight-part BBC/PBS series, The Secret of Life, was praised internationally, as was his five part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel.
Announcing Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund
To the many of you who have been wanting to offer help for the victims of the wildfires currently burning in the Cariboo region of the British Columbia, thank you for your care and concern. District 5040 is pleased to let you know that the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund is now open and collecting funds that will be made available to Rotary clubs in the affected areas. Contributions to the fund are now being accepted. Once the situation with the fires has ended, a team will work with the clubs to allocate funds to the Rotary clubs in the affected areas to assist with recovery and rebuild projects in their communities. Continue reading for full details.
DG Calendar
Aug 01, Whistler
Aug 02, Pemberton
Aug 03, Whistler Millennium
Aug 10, Quesnel
Aug 22, Burns Lake
Aug 28, Terrace
Aug 29, Kitimat
Aug 30, Terrace Skeena Valley
Aug 31, Prince Rupert
Sep 06, Williams Lake
Sep 07, 100 Mile House
Upcoming Events
Rotary Beef BBQ at Loggers Sports Festival
Loggers Sports Grounds
Aug 05, 2017 – Aug 06, 2017
Whiskey Around the World
Blue Ocean Golf Club
Sep 23, 2017
Brandywine Boogie
Sep 23, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 - Saturday, September 23 2017
Sep 23, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Morphee Park Picnic site
Mackenzie club co-presidents Anna and Amber, DG Don and AG Bill
Rotary Hospice House
in Prince George
DG Don, AG Bill, Rotarian Donna
Paul Harris presented to
Matt Thomson, Prince George
Rotary Club of Prince George
Rotary Club of Prince George
Paul Harris presented to
Janine Fraser & Ken Sands,
Prince George Yellowhead
Quesnel welcomes wildfire evacuees
Quesnel welcomes wildfire evacuees
Rotaract District July Meeting
Rotaract Year End BBQ
Rotaract Year End BBQ
Rotary Club of Smithers
at SOAR 2017
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
© Copyright Rotary District 5040
Please send feedback to