Economic & Development Month

October is ECONOMIC & DEVELOPMENT month in the Rotary world, and Rotary takes a focus on supporting sustainable projects that can help improve the basic necessities of life.  Did you know that:
  • 795 million people — or 1 in 9 people in the world — do not have enough to eat
  • 60% of the world’s hungry people are women and girls
  • 70% of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood
  • $9.2 million The amount The Rotary Foundation has spent to grow local economies and reduce poverty last year
Some examples of how Rotary supports economic development of communities in need:
1. Adopt A Village: members use a multifaceted and coordinated strategy to break the cycle of poverty in extremely impoverished communities, Rotary members train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.
         Example in District 5040: Adopt A Village in Laos
 Founded by Steve Rutledge, a Rotarian in Ontario, Adopt A Village in Laos started as project to increase education of children in remote villages of an impoverished country still suffering from the devastation of the Vietnam War. Members of the Rotary Club of Ladner have become involved in this project and travel early each year to these remote villages. The project has built schools and delivered education and sports equipment and supplies to the villages. A barrier to education proved to be poor quality of water and frequent illness which kept students at home. Now the project also delivers a water filter tank to each household. Ladner Rotary is also working on a project with other clubs in our District and with the support of a District grant to develop a small dam and water delivery system over 6.5 km to the northern village of Ban Xiengda, avoiding the demand on women and children who have to spend the time they could spend on education and other activities and as the village grows at a rapid rate.
2. Microloans: entrepreneurs use microloans to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, weavers, and tailors. Microloans help break the cycle of poverty for women. For instance, most of the women living in rural Guatemala do not have the collateral to get loans from regulated financial institutions. The Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program. In Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans and train more than 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management, and leadership.
3. Agricultural Opportunities: entrepreneurs in rural communities can borrow money to buy livestock or plant crops, or get training in sustainable farming. In west Cameroon, soil erosion and loss of soil fertility have significantly reduced farmers’ harvests. Rotary members gave farmers the skills they needed to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce. The results: increased crop yields and profits.
         Example in District 5040: Uganda Agricultural Community Project
The Rotary Club of Whistler has partnered with the Rotary Club of Muyenga in Kampala Uganda, and 10 other clubs, all in three Rotary districts, over the past eight years to plant trees, cash crops, wells in a small agricultural village in southern Uganda, near the Rwanda/Tanzania border. With four global grants from The Rotary Foundation over that period Rotary has sponsored local farmers through tree planting, chickens & eggs, sanitation demonstration projects, support for two schools, cash crops of pineapple, tomato and passion fruit, bee hives and honey, girls’ education with sanitary napkins, water wells and ponds. It has been identified as a model project for other aid agencies to follow.
As we end September we have now completed our out of Vancouver area travel and have completed our visits with 20 clubs and we are completely blown away with the welcomes we receive and the fine work our clubs do in their communities. But no stopping here, we still have 29 clubs to visit and that will continue through October and November as we visit the many clubs in the Metro Vancouver area and Squamish. Our visit schedule is posted on the District Calendar, and we continue to add stories and photos to our blog - Don's Diary - we hope you will all visit this page often and see for yourselves the tremendous work our Rotarians do. You may even get some great new ideas for your own clubs!
We are now looking beyond the official DG visit phase and asking clubs to let us know of special events and things like that as our intent is to continue visits to clubs throughout 5040 right through the Rotary year.
We are very gratified to see the support of many of our Rotarians and Rotary clubs in District 5040 (and beyond) to the Rotary BC Wildfire Recovery Fund. The fund will remain open for donations until the end of October so you still have time to contribute - and donations received charitable receipts where needed.
Deb and I did our Cariboo club visits in September, and the more you visit the area the more you begin to understand that the impact of the fires is far beyond just the scarring of the land and the loss of structures. Employees left in evacuation and have never returned, students lost their summer earnings and cannot return to their studies for lack of funds, businesses have had to close for loss of business, farms have lost an entire season of crops - the impacts go on and on.
We have now asked our four Rotary clubs in the directly affected area to think about the projects that they would like to take on with the funds they receive from our Wildfire Recovery Fund - so they can Make a Difference in their communities with projects that will help with sustainable recovery and future fire prevention.
We all know that it is good for all of us to do business with each other - certainly any time I am faced with a need for a service or purchase, I look first for a Rotarian business to deal with. Rotarians share a common set of business ethics and, also support our communities.
Business Networking was the very basis on which Rotary was first founded, and our goal is to strengthen that throughout District 5040. So, it is with great excitement that we announce the launch very soon of the new Rotary 5040 Business website. All Rotarians will be able to subscribe and list their businesses on a District wide searchable data base that is designed to make it easy to find Rotarian businesses in our local areas and around the Province. This will be linked with both the District and club websites. Watch for an official announcement soon!
Rotary Clubs throughout District 5040 are doing great things all the time, and we know it is impossible to highlight all in this newsletter - you can, of course, find all the club websites at / club list. But here are just a few that we either joined in or are aware of....... The Rotary Clubs of (Burnaby, Burnaby Metrotown and Burnaby Deer Lake) opened their great new Outdoor Fitness Circuit at Burnaby Foreshore Park on September 15, the culmination of a three year project that recognizes both Canada's 150th birthday as well as the City of Burnaby 125th birthday. Mayor Derek Corrigan of Burnaby and DG Don Evans cut the ribbon at the opening ceremonies......The Rotary Club of Ladner turned sod with the Corporation of Delta on the new Ladner Rotary Splash Park project on September 21, and then held their 60th Anniversary celebration dinner on September 23 - Congratulations!........the Royal City (New Westminster) Rotary Club held their 22nd annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf tournament and raised $32,000 for their projects. Over the 22 years that the tournament has run more than $500,000 has been raised......The Rotary Club of Pender Harbour made two significant contributions in September - $10,000 to the PODS project and $5,000 to the RCM - SAR (Search and Rescue) towards their project to acquire a new vessel by 2020....the Rotary Club of Vancouver supported literacy with a donation to Dacoda Literacy Solutions presented at Vancouver City Hall in September
Thanks to all our amazing Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in District 5040.
Don Evans
Governor 2017 - 2018
Rotary District 5040
Membership Minute
Who is Linda Ding?
Lin Ding (Linda), has been in Delta since 2015. Before that Linda had a long history of volunteerism in Richmond, including Navy Cadets, City of Richmond and the Vancouver Olympic Committee. Linda is being sponsored by Jeroen Vermeulen and is very interested in giving back to the community and being involved in the Social Committee. Linda has two boys 11 and 14 who attend school in Tsawwassen at South Park and SDSS and is Self Employed in the field of home renovations.
She is also the 100th member of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.  What a milestone for Tsawwassen.  Congratulations to their hard working Membership Committee.
Rotaract Update
On Labour Day, tears of joy flowed long and heavy as we said goodbye to our 6 International Rotaractors who came to visit at the end of August to experience the beauty and people of British Columbia for PACE. During their visit, they experienced everything from skating (who knew Fijians were so good on ice!), to biking, hiking, museum tours, historical walks, dragon boating, kayaking, and of course, poutine! They also took a plunge into the lake at PDG Lyn’s! As it has always been tradition with this trip, they participated in two service activities while here - helping cook and served over 50 community members for the Burnaby Rotaract club’s Community Dinner, and helped mark drains at the Eagle Creek Watershed in North Burnaby. Their time together was filled with laughs, games, dancing in lines, the sharing of cultures and language, and the development of lifelong friendships - Christian from Germany even said everyone in the district can crash on his couch for Hamburg 2019!
We’d again like to thank all of the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who sponsored PACE, as this trip would not happen without their generous support. Click here view a list of clubs and PACE testimonials.
On Saturday, October 14th there will be the 2nd annual Joint District Training in collaboration with District 5050, which is an opportunity for Rotaractors from both districts to attend sessions on Rotary, Rotaract, and professional development.
For more information please contact our District Training Chair, Maryam ( or click to visit the Facebook event.
Please stay tuned for exciting Rotaract organized events and fundraisers!
District Foundation Dinner Nov.18
We would love your participation and presence in joining District Governor Don Evans at our very special District Foundation dinner celebrating the start of The Rotary Foundation 's Second Century! 
Date: November 18, 2017
Locations: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC  V6C 1B6 
Tickets: $100 + tax (includes 3 course dinner & wine, dessert, prize and live show)
Barry Rassin selected as 2018 - 2019 Rotary International President
District 5040 is proud to relay the announcement that Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
Shine for Shelterbox
JOIN US IN BRIGHTENING LIVES THIS WINTER - Join communities all over the country this fall and winter and get together to brighten lives by attending a fundraising dinner. Come and help us celebrate ShelterBox Heroes, recognize Donors and launch two exciting new programs : Shine For ShelterBox and ShelterBox Gift Campaign
DATE: Sat, 4 November 2017 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
LOCATION Hollyburn Country Club 950 Cross Creek Road West Vancouver, BC V7S 2S5
Click here to book your tickets
2020 - 21 District 5040 District Governor Nominations are open!
It is that time of year where we are searching out enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians to apply for the position of District Governor (DG) for the year 2020-21.  Have a look around your club for someone who might be interested and qualified to serve as District Governor.  Perhaps you are the one! The role of DG is demanding but the rewards are incredibly unique and fulfilling. More information about the role may be found on this job description.
RLI big hit in District 5040
 Twenty-one Rotarians, representing 10 Rotary clubs completed Part 1 of the Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Richmond.
Rotaract October Update
On Labour Day, tears of joy flowed long and heavy as we said goodbye to our 6 International Rotaractors who came to visit at the end of August to experience the beauty and people of British Columbia for PACE. During their visit, they experienced everything from skating (who knew Fijians were so good on ice!), to biking, hiking, museum tours, historical walks, dragon boating, kayaking, and of course, poutine!
On July 11th, approximately 120 golfers teed off at Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club in Richmond, BC in the 22nd Annual Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Royal City and New Westminster.  Title sponsor was Cassady & Company of New Westminster.  The tournament supports Rotary projects focused on youth in the New Westminster community. The tournament netted over $32,000 this year, and since its inception it has raised almost $500,000 for charity. Also benefitting from the tournament are Salvation Army (New Westminster) and Purpose Society (an alternative education facility in New Westminster for youth who have challenges in the regular school system). 
DG Calendar
Oct 10, Burnaby Metrotown
Oct 11, Richmond
Oct 12, Tsawwassen
Oct 12, Bowen Island
Oct 13, Lions Gate
Oct 18-21, Zone Institute
Oct 23, North Vancouver
Oct 24, Ladner
Oct 25, New West Royal City
Oct 26, Richmond Sunrise
Oct 26, New Westminster
Oct 27, Burnaby
Oct 31, Vancouver
Nov 1, Richmond Sunset
Nov 2, Burnaby Deer Lake
Nov 3, Vancouver Arbutus
Upcoming Events
Rotaract District 5040 & 5050 Training
Rotary Field House 2197 148 St, Surrey, British Columbia V4A 9P5
Oct 14, 2017
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Vancouver Mountainview Charter Dinner
Oct 28, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
Oct 28, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:15 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 3 - Saturday, November 25, 2017
Nov 25, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 - Saturday, November 25, 2017
Nov 25, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kitimat Gazebo
Kitimat - Peace Pole at Kildala Elementary School
100 Mile House Mobile Stage
Rowell River Sunrise - Brain Injury Society
Powell River Sunrise -
Powell River - with PDG William Mitchell Banks & his wife Ruth
Powell River - Past President Sean Dees receives Paul Harris +3
Prince Rupert - Rushbrook Tail with Karen Basso
Pender Harbour - $5000 to RCM - Search & Rescue Society
Terrace - Rotary Splash Park
Williams Lake Daybreak
Williams Lake Hospice Society
Williams Lake - Glen Holling receives Paul Harris +4
(with President Ashlee Hyde)
YEX inbound weekend Quesnel
YEX inbound weekend Quesnel
YEX inbound weekend Quesnel
Rotaract - PACE
Rotaract - PACE
Burnaby Foreshore Park Fitness Circuit Opening
Burnaby Foreshore Park Fitness Circuit Opening
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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