Economic and Development

As Rotarians worldwide focus on the Economic and Development area of focus during October, it is hard to comprehend that nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. In 2015 alone an estimated 2.6 million children under the age of five died from malnutrition-related causes.
With support of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members seeking sustainable solutions to poverty are providing training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
With that support from Rotarians, entrepreneurs use microloans to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, weavers, and tailors. In rural communities they can borrow money to buy livestock or plant crops or get training in sustainable farming and learn how to extend their growing season so local residents eat healthier, local food.
Communities far removed from energy resources can access solar lights allowing people to cook, work and learn at night. One example of that is the tremendous effort of Terry Umbach, in my club of Sunshine Coast – Sechelt, to bring small lights, the size of hockey pucks, to remote villages in Kenya through clubs in Nairobi. Another is solar street lighting, along with educational facilities and supplies, and water filters and systems, brought to remote villages in northern Laos through the Ladner club, with others, in the Rotary led Adopt-A-Village program.
Lack of knowledge about the importance and true nutritional value of local food plants is one of the barriers to better nutrition in many impoverished communities. For the past seven years the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group has been supporting Rotary clubs address malnutrition, hunger and food security through the use of readily available local food plants.
Among the 350,000 subsistence farmers and fishermen living in near poverty on the island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, most school children walk long distances on empty stomachs to get to school each day and have little to eat when they get home after school. With the support of Rotarians, three local schools have established environmental clubs so children can learn how to protect their environment and practice sustainable farming.
Students and their teachers on Ukerewe island have worked outside school time to transform sections of their school compounds for growing cereal crops such as maize and sorghum and vegetables such as egg plants, spinach and amaranths. Harvests of these crops have not only provided breakfast for the entire school, the excess produce has been sold to generate funds to buy pencils, rubber, paper and soap and buy bags of sugar. The three schools also planted 35,000 trees in nurseries, some bearing fruit such as mango and papaya. Training in agroforestry practices, use of green and farm yard manure, planting of cover crops, crop rotation, use of liquid manure and mulching is provided to students, but later extended to teachers and parents.
So on the subject of club visits. I believe we were on the ferry returning from Prince Rupert when I wrote the last newsletter. It was a grey trip down but still beautiful.
There has been a few more miles put on the SUV since then.
Starting with attending the PACE end BBQ. Seems the Rotaractors did an awesome job with the itinerary as the visitors sung their praises.
Then we visited with the Sechelt Club, short drive and no ferry!! The club continues to do hands on projects in and around the community and are also in the middle of a very unique fundraiser by sponsoring a play. Together with the Rotary Club of Gibsons they are the producers of the play “ART”. You can find showtimes and tickets at
Then it was off to Bowen Island where we met with the leadership team then the entire club at President Damien’s home. A potluck dinner was enjoyed by all as we shared our passions for Rotary. Doug and I had toured the Island before the meetings and found some of the “birdhouse AEDs” that are throughout the island thanks to a club project.
Lionsgate Rotary Club meets at lunchtime and we enjoyed hearing about the club activities such as their book sale, as well as the multi club events like Operation Rednose.
It was a particular busy day, from the Lionsgate Club meeting we ventured over to Metrotown to the Charter Night festivities of the Rotary Club of Dragon Greater Vancouver. An awesome event with over 300 in attendance and an amazing “dragon dance” to start the night off. This is our newest club in District 5040 and we all welcome the new Rotarians into our Rotary Family.
Don’t forget that the other new club - Rotary Club of Lillooet, will be celebrating their Charter Night on October 20th and Doug and I will be there!
Another non club visit event was the special evening with our home Rotary Club on Sept 8th, where we celebrated our work in Kenya and presented 5 Paul Harris Fellowships. How I love the opportunity to celebrate our Rotary Foundation!
The following week Doug and I took to the road and went first to visit the Williams Lake, Williams Lake Daybreak and 100 Mile House Clubs. Again the Inspiration that we get from hearing about the clubs and the work that they do in their communities is heartwarming.
There was however one glitch on Sept 12th, together with Past President Ashlee Hyde of the Williams Lake Club, we were arrested for dealing in magic coffee beans, thrown into the towncenter jail, literally in town square, and forced to make bail by calling in favors and on friendships. Thank goodness for all of my friends and family who were willing to put up $$ for my release. Doug had offered them money to keep me!!! It was all in good fun to help out with the RCMP Cancer ride.
We finished off our time in the Cariboo at Youth Exchange Inbound at Gavin Lake. Here we met all of the students who will be spending the next year in our Clubs and communities as our Youth Exchange Students. Please make sure you use any opportunity to meet with these young ambassadors and help to teach them what a great country we live in and of course the values of Rotary.
We spent the next 2 nights in our own bed… nice it was…..visiting our cats who now think of their cat sitter as their “real mom”.
And the adventures continue as we attended the Zone Conference in Montreal. A great chance to meet up with our fellow District Governors in Zones 24/32 and compare notes and maybe do a little bragging about how awesome our Clubs and District are.
We also were able to spend some quality time with the leaders of District 5040in attendance: PDG Ken, PDG Don, PDG Lyn, DGE Bala, DGN Dave as well as Rotary International leaders: President Barry and Ester, Director Jeffry and many more.
This event is now a Conference open to all Rotarians and I would recommend attending one for a great experience of inspiring speakers, interactive breakout sessions and meeting/learning from our many District, Zone and Rotary International leaders. Next year it will be held in Niagara (Canadian side), so prices are in Canadian funds. Check it out at the Zone 24 & 32 website.
One of the important tasks immediately following the conference this year was selecting the next Rotary International Director (2020-2022) for Zone 28(24) & 32. That selection is complete but not official until after the challenge period. Valerie Wafer of District 7010 will serve as our Director.
We rounded the month off with visits to West Vancouver Sunrise and Vancouver Arbutus.
Always a great way to start the day with good coffee and Rotarians. Sharing passion and ideas. West Vancouver Sunrise has many projects and fundraisers, the largest being their Rotary Ride for Rescue. They also join up with the other clubs on the Northshore for projects and international service.
We enjoyed a vibrant meeting with the Rotary Club of Vancouver Arbutus. Home club to PDG Hans and PDG Leigh who together gave very warm greetings, introduction and thanks. Very much appreciated. This club is active in youth services and award many scholarships each year. Another example of People of Action!
And so the September Club Visits came to an end. But since we know this year is going to fly by and we don’t want to miss out on too many things, we made a quick trip up to Prince George to help the Rotary Club of Prince George with their Gourmet Gala and Dream Auction. Our task was simple. Bid on the silent auction items-did that and brought home chocolate. Partake in the live auction-did that and can now take a trip anywhere WestJet flies. Congratulations on a successful event and glad we could help!!
Additional Notices
October 24th is World Polio Day and many of our communities are issuing proclamations. Please check out Polio Chair Brian’s report this month for a listClick here to access the proclation template. Also, if your community has not yet been approached, do it! Let Brian know how your community is going to celebrate World Polio Day. Click here to download a document with World Polio Day event ideas.
Check out our progress with the Colombia Peace Project. Chris Offer has just returned from Evanston with the latest news.
The District Lower Mainland Foundation Dinner event will be in February and we are looking for Rotary Clubs and Rotarians from any of the area clubs who would like to help. Please contact your local ADG.
Have a fantastic month everyone and we look forward to seeing many of you at the club visits!!
Thank you all for Being the Inspiration!
Darcy and Doug
Rotaract Update
With summer coming to an end, the Rotaractors of District 5040 were very busy and had a lot of fun during the annual PACE roundtrip. For those who don’t know PACE stands for the Pacific Canadian Experience.
The Rotaract Club of Burnaby hosts the event, along with the Rotaract Clubs of Victoria, Richmond and the Vancouver Young Professionals, at the end of August every year. We select six international Rotaractors to come and experience the beauty that is the Lower Mainland of British Columbia!  [Read More]

2019 District Conference

May 2 - 5, 2019
Sun Peaks, BC
We hope to see all Rotarians at our District Conference May 2nd to May 5th in Sub Peaks at the Sun Peaks Grand
District 5040 is Proclaiming World Polio Day on October 24th.
Communities across District 5040 are proclaiming World Polio Day on October 24th to create awareness of Rotary and our campaign for a polio-free world.
So far the list includes:
  • The City of Richmond
  • The City of Vancouver
  • The City of North Vancouver
  • The District of North Vancouver
  • The District of Squamish
  • The Resort Municipality of Whistler
In the photo, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, presents the Vancouver proclamation to Brian Finley (D5040 Polio Chair), John Bathurst (AG Vancouver), Jag Dhillon (Vancouver Arbutus), Ron Suzuki (Vancouver Sunrise), Dianna Smith (Vancouver Arbutus).
Read the proclamations below:
Call for District Governor applications & Other Leadership Roles
PDG Don who is the chair of the nominating committee, will send a message out with appropriate forms etc. What I am responsible for is to have the pertinent sections of the bylaws in both the newsletter and posted on the website which are:
Priority #1 Plus Membership Workshop, Burnaby, Nov 3

By popular demand, Past Governor and District Trainer, of Rotary District 5060 in Washington State, Jim Adamson, returns to present to clubs on Rotary’s #1 priority: membership, from club culture through attracting, engaging and retaining members. Clubs need a strong, positive Public Image to support their member recruitment and retention programs and Rotary District 5040 Public Relations Chair, Peter Roaf, presents a strategic approach to club communications.

Proclaim World Polio Day in your Community.
You can help increase awareness about Rotary's commitment to END POLIO by requesting your local Town or City Council to proclaim October 24th 2018 to be World Polio Day in your community. A sample Proclamation template can be found HERE..
Want to host a World Polio Day Event? Click here for event ideas.
Columbia Rotary Positive Peace Project
Rotary District 5040 is one of two international partners for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant project to support peace in Columbia. This is a legacy from the Presidential Peacebuilding conference held in Vancouver in February 2018.
The project will allow Rotarians to use their strength as conveners and community leaders to bring diverse groups of young people together. The goal is to forge relationships and provide a platform for dialog for with various peacebuilding groups. Signing the Colombian peace agreement put an end to one of the world’s longest armed conflicts, and marked the beginning of a process to build lasting, sustainable peace. Rotary can help shape this process by leveraging its networks and engaging key stakeholders to identify ways build peace at the local level.
District 5040 Recognized for PolioPlus Giving.
At the Zone 24-32 Conference in Montreal, September 21st, PDG Don Evans, on behalf of D5040, received recognition for our contribution to PolioPlus during 2017-18. Highest total giving and highest per member giving in Zone 24W.
 Certificates below....
International recognition for 18 Rotary clubs, 3 Rotaract clubs and one Interact club
For supporting each of Rotary's strategic priorities by meeting set goals in 2017-18, and, in some cases, going above and beyond by supporting and strengthening clubs, focusing and increasing humanitarian service and enhancing public image and awareness, an amazing 18 clubs, out of 51 in Rotary District 5040, three Rotaract clubs (ages 19 to 30) and one Interact club (high school age) are receiving the international Rotary Citation from 2017-18 President Ian Riseley.
District recognized for 29 net new members in 2017-18
With 1,442 members on July 1, 2017 Rotary District 5040 grew by a net 29 new members to 1,471 by July 1, 2018. On behalf of the District, 2017-18 Governor Don Evans received recognition at the Rotary Zone conference in Montreal over the past weekend for the highest net gain in membership in Zone 24 West (Western Canada). Congratulations to all our 51 clubs, District board, Assistant Governors and membership committee.
Rotary Leadership Institute
Classroom Courses
$85.00 per session
Part 2 Oct 13, 8:30am to 4:30pm - Register Now
Part 3 Oct 13, 8:30am to 4:30pm - Register Now
Accent Inn Burnaby, 3777 Henning Drive, Burnaby, BC
More Innovative Rotary Clubs
A very successful RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) Part 1 course was held in Burnaby on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Twenty-two Rotarians completed the course. The day focused on dialogue, exchanging ideas and discussion on topics that included leadership, Rotary beyond the club, The Rotary Foundation, ethics and vocational service, engaging club members and service projects.
Rotary Football Night
Join us for a fun filled night of football and support our Districts Polio Plus campaign! 
BC Lions VS Edmonton Eskimos
Friday, October 9, BC Place Stadium
, Game Time: 7pm
Tickets: $40 per person, $10 going to Polio Plus
(includes pre-game fellowship event and BC Lions souvenir)
Order your tickets online now! Use Promo Code: Rotary
The Red Carpet Ball "A Night at Studio 54"
As president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, I invite fellow Rotarians to our club's new signature event coming up on Halloween Saturday October 27, 2018 -- The Red Carpet Ball "A Night at Studio 54". Proceeds will support Rotary's excellent youth programs and the Ray-Cam Cooperative Community Centre's mentorship program for at risk youth on the Downtown Eastside. We are bringing in DJ Robbie Leslie, one of the original Studio 54 DJs, to be our music maestro. He plays events worldwide and also hosts the weekly Studio 54 program on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Put on your boogie shoes and come on down to the 54! tickets at
2019 Rotary District Conference
May 2nd - 5th, 2019
Sun Peaks Grand, Sun Peaks BC
DG Calendar
Oct 9 - Steveston
Oct 10 - Richmond Sunset
Oct 11 - Richmond Sunrise
Oct 18 - Mountainview
Oct 20 - Sunshine Coast-Sechelt
Oct 25 - Squamish
Oct 29 - North Vancouver
Nov 1 - Gibsons
Nov 6 - Vancouver Centennial
Nov 7 - New West Royal City
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
Oct 13, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 3 - Saturday, October 13, 2018
Oct 13, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Priority # 1 Membership Seminar - Burnaby
Nov 03, 2018
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
RC Dragon Charter Night
RC Dragon Charter Night
RC Dragon Charter Night
RC Dragon Charter Night
RC Dragon Charter Night
Bowen Island social at President Damien's house.
North Vancouver Lions Gate with newest member  Alfred
North Vancouver Lions Gate
North Vancouver Lions Gate
Williams Lake Daybreak
Williams Lake
Williams Lake
RC Williams Lake - Exchange Student Alejandra from Spain 
Williams Lake Book Sale
RC Williams Lake
100 Mile House
YEX Inbound - Gavin Lake
Zone Conference
Zone Conference
RI President Barry Rassin
West Vancouver Sunrise  - with PDG Ken and President Ardath
West Vancouver Sunrise - 3 new Paul Harris Fellows
Williams Lake COPS for Cancer
Williams Lake COPS for Cancer
Terrance Skeena Valley new member Angela Watson
2017 REX Student Cody Shaeffer from Prince Rupert
RLI - Level 1 - Burnaby
Priority 1 Membership Workship - Prince Geroge
Rotary World Help
Rotary World Health
Rotary World Health
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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