Maternal & Child Health

In April, Rotary worldwide recognizes maternal and child health as one of our six areas of focus. Thanks to the Rotary Foundation, many communities receive the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care. Poverty and hunger can be alleviated if mothers are empowered and healthy, and in turn, their families.
Rotarians are People of Action. In Haiti, for instance, with the highest maternal and infant mortality rate of any country in the western hemisphere, Rotary supports mobile prenatal clinics with a fully equipped medical Jeep so that volunteers and midwives can reach mothers and children in remote areas.
In Chennai, India, the mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer is high because of late diagnosis. So Rotary has provided a mobile cancer screening unit along with awareness training.

To save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria, Rotary developed a $3 million, five-year pilot; and, since 2005, has supported the repair of 1,500 obstetric fistulas restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.

In these ways, among others, Rotary is taking action to prevent the deaths of an estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five who die every year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation. Rotary also aims to reduce maternal deaths by 30% through family planning and ultimately to empower women for their sakes and the benefit of their communities.
Thanks to all of you in District 5040, our clubs around the world, and The Rotary Foundation we help mothers and children in need so they can take control of their own maternal and infant health care and their lives.
District Conference 2018 - Register and Book Your Hotel Now!
Make sure that you register now for the District Conference 2018. The conference is Peacing It Together and it will be held May 31 to June 3 at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, BC. As you are hearing in regular weekly messages to your Rotary club, there are many highlights for this fun and informational three day event.
Book your hotel room now! As important as it is to register, it is equally important that you book your accommodation. The hotel blocks are now within final stages, and rooms are going fast. There is still space available, but you need to act. Hotel details are on the conference website
Rotary 5040 Wildfire Recovery Fund Cheques Delivered

Thanks to the great support to our Rotary 5040 Wildfire Recovery Fund, a number of projects to help prevent future fires are now getting underway. During the week of March 5, we delivered cheques to the Rotary Clubs of 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Williams Lake daybreak and Quesnel - each club received $16,741.25 to help with projects they had identified they wished to undertake. The fund almost reached $70,000 in total donations!
Projects include things such as equipping and training local community volunteer fire departments in areas around the major centers so they could take action and have equipment to tackle a wildfire, instead of helplessly having to just watch it grow and devastate. And the amateur radio repeater systems will be rebuilt and reequipped to make this important level of backcountry communication more functional and robust.
Rotary received great coverage in the press in all three communities, and reported were present at two of the actual club presentations.
Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Squamish whose foundation handled the funds and the charitable receipting where required.
Positive Peace Workshop Colombia Partnership
District 5040 has made a contribution of $15,000 US of unused DDF funds to this new and exciting project - Positive Peace Workshop - Colombia. A legacy from our hosting of the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference in February, this means that District 5040 will now actively participate as a partner in building peace in this part of South America.
The opportunity was presented by Rotary International as a breakout session at the February Conference, and is a new approach to building peace in a region where a major peace agreement has recently been reached. Instead of focusing on conflict resolution, a proactive approach to train local leaders and peace and a process to build peace forward to enable peace to be sustained and strengthened is the focus. Our funds will be matched by The Rotary Foundation, and the project will involve Rotary in Colombia as well as one other Rotary District. The workshop(s) will be held in 2019.
Rotaract Celebrates 50 Years
Rotaract is celebrating 50 years in the Rotary world this year, and District 5040's Rotaract Clubs are having a celebration. Rotaract in District 5040 goes back to the late 1980's, and we currently have eight active Rotaract clubs, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Shore, Richmond, Prince George, Vancouver-UBC, Vancouver Yaletown and Vancouver Young Professionals. The Rotaract Club of Squamish, currently inactive, is working to become active once again.
Rotaract clubs are playing an ever increasing role in the success of Rotary around the world. Globally, there are around 250,000 Rotaractors in 11,000 Rotaract Clubs - that's a significant force of 19 to 30 year olds working to do good in the world.

Learn more and come out and celebrate with Rotaract - at their Gala event to mark the 50th anniversary of Rotaract, being held Saturday, May 12 in Burnaby. Info and registration from the Rotaract 5040 website <insert link>
District 5040 Business Networking

Don't forget that our new Rotary 5040 Business Networking website is up and running. Visit the site at and create your own business listing. Doing business with other Rotarians is one of the foundations of Rotary and this website makes it easy to search Rotarians who provide products and services in various sectors throughout our communities in District 5040.
Visit Don's Diary
One of our most frequently asked questions is about what other clubs do for projects, and to raise funds. Well, one way to learn about some of this without leaving your desk is to visit Don's Diary on the website at We have visited all the clubs in our District, and are making second visits at this time, and we have noted all we have seen in each club and community in this blog. Check it out!
Yours in Rotary,
Don & Deb
Membership Update
A Sustainable Membership Pipeline
A big thank you to Marni Fraser, of the West Vancouver Sunrise Club.  She picked this subject for a masters degree paper.  So we helped by hosting an Open Space Technology workshop on March 24th (  It is a very interesting meeting format.  We all sat in a circle and those that wanted to, went to the middle and gave us a 30 second info session on their idea.  Then post it on the message board to be reorganized with like topics.  The ideas are then broken down into 4 breakouts.  You went to whatever one appealed to you and whoever brought forth the idea recorded the groups thoughts and then turned them over to Marni.  We did this four times.  There were Rotarians and Rotaractors working together to come up with ideas to make it easier for Rotaractors to become Rotarians.  Stay tuned.  We are looking forward to Marni’s report.
If you would like more information please contact Tom Smith, your District Membership Chair at
Rotaract Update
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Rotaract and it's time to celebrate! 
Tickets to this Gala evening of food, fun, and dancing are selling fast. Who has already bought their tickets? DG Don Evans and Deb Evans, DGE Darcy Long, Bala Naidoo, Lyn Stroshin, and many other Rotarians and Rotaractors.
If you haven't yet bought yours, here is your chance! Don't wait!

When: Saturday, May 12th, 6pm-10pm
Where: Burnaby Firefighters Hall (6515 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, BC, V5H 3E8)
Why: Celebrating 50 years of Rotaractors doing good in the world in partnership with Rotary!
Cost: $65
6 "Sweet" reasons to attend the 2018 District Conference.
  1. On Thursday May 31st start your Rotary experience with other Rotarians and attend RLI, or have some Rotary fun and play golf at the Squamish Golf Club, or maybe a guided tour of Britannia Mines or ride the Squamish Gondola to the top of the Chief!
  2. Expand your network of dedicated Rotarians and friends; grow your business make connections.
  3. Be inspired by the many outstanding speakers lined up for our plenary sessions who have been specifically chosen to appeal to young, old or in between!
  4. Show off your Rotary clubs projects at our poster event and project booths.
  5. Celebrate the "Rotarian of the year"! Could it be you?
  6. Celebrate the "Rotary Club of the Year"! Could it be your club this year?
Do not forget to book your hotel room! Visit the conference website for hotel information.
We hope to see all Rotarians at our District Conference May 31st to June 3rd in Squamish at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park
23rd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament
The Royal City Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Westminster invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on July 17th at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club. Over the past 22 years, this event has raised almost $500,000 for local charities. Over $33,000 was raised from last year’s tournament alone. There are four hole in one prizes valued at $25,000 or more! Go to to learn more and register.
Registration is only $195 per golfer: includes golf, cart, lunch, buffet dinner, prizes, contests, & photos with BC Lions Felions.
After 52 years of war in Colombia, District 5040 supports youth peace workshop
Since the Government of Colombia and the Marxist led Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reached a peace agreement in 2016, after a war of 52 years that left 200,000 dead and 5 million displaced. The challenge since then has been the building of a lasting, sustainable peace. Rotary District 5040 is taking action to help build that peace by investing $20,000 to become a partner in a $100,000 Positive Peace Workshop for Colombian Youth. Rotary District 5040 clubs will join clubs throughout Colombia to sponsor the Positive Peace Workshop built on pilot workshops previously held in Uganda (2016) and Mexico (2017).
Interior communities benefit from Rotary's Wildfire Relief Fund
The fire department in 100 Mile House plans to purchase some needed equipment, such as portable water pumps, through a share of funds which Rotary District 5040 has donated to the Rotary Club there. The District’s Wildfire Relief Fund, launched during the devastating wildfire season last year through the Rotary Club of Squamish Foundation, eventually raised $68,000. The Fund was divided among four clubs in communities hardest hit by the fires. Clubs in our District and individuals donated to the relief fund, but some support came from Ft. McMurray, Alberta and Ontario.
Starting out with your club's Facebook and Social Media?
"Facebook, social media basics and the buttons you haven't clicked...yet" was the topic of the third of three in a series of Rotary District 5040 Public Image and Public Relations webinars, presented by President Elect of the Rotoract Club of Vancouver Thomas Miller on March 20, 2018. It was the third for the District Training Committee's new GoToWebinar system. Thomas provided some advice for those who are new to Facebook and social media for their clubs, with some content provided by Rotary Club of Burnaby President Elect Sammy Li.
Burnaby Wine Festival - Save the Date
SAVE THE DATE: May 5th, 2018 - The 17th Annual Rotary Wine & Food Fest at the Nikkie National Museum & Cultural Centre. Presented by the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown and Rotaract Club of Burnaby. Visit the Festival site
DG Calendar
Apr 3 - Kitimat
Apr 4 - Terrace Skeena Valley
Apr 4 -  Smithers
Apr 17 - Whistler
Apr - 18 Pemberton
Apr 19 - Whistler Millennium
Apr 15 - Richmond Sunset
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, April 7, 2018
Apr 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
District Assembly - Northwest/Terrace, April 7 2018
Apr 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar - Northwest/Terrace - April 8, 2018
Apr 08, 2018
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
District Assembly - Prince George, April 14 2018
Apr 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar - Prince George - April 15, 2018
Apr 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
District Assembly - Cariboo/Williams Lake, April 28 2018
Apr 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar - Cariboo/Williams Lake - April 29, 2018
Apr 29, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
District Assembly - Sunshine Coast/Sechelt, May 5 2018
May 05, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar - Sunshine Coast/Sechelt - May 6, 2018
May 06, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rotaract 50th Anniversary Celebration
Burnaby Firefighters Hall
May 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Rotary Club of Richmond present Paul Harris Awards 
Rotary Club of Richmond present Paul Harris Awards
Rotary Club of Richmond present Paul Harris Awards
Rotary Club of Richmond present Paul Harris Awards
Interact Club of HJ Cambie (Richmond) - A Night Around the World
Interact Club of HJ Cambie (Richmond) - A Night Around the World
Rotary Club of Williams Lake -  Delivering Rotary Wildfire Recovery Funds
Rotary Club of Quesnel - Delivering Rotary Wildfire Recovery Funds
Rotary Club of Quesnel - Delivering Rotary Wildfire Recovery Funds
Rotary Club of Quesnel   - certificate recognizing the club's contribution to the Polio Eradication campaign
Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak -
New Member - Basem Marhoon
Rotary Club of 100 Mile House  - New Member - Stewart Stolz
Rotary Club of 100 Mile House  - New Member - Julie Dale
Prince Rupert Foundation Dinner -
$10,000 Rotary Foundation District Grant for the Rushbrook Trail project
Rotary Club of Prince Rupert -  Rushbrook Trail
Prince Rupert - Paul Harris Fellowship - Barb Gruber
Prince Rupert - Paul Harris Fellowship - Ellen Witherly
Prince Rupert Foundation Dinner
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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