Gong Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year! The year of the rooster started off with the greatest gift for our family, our first grandchild. Our new junior Rotarian was born on January 18th.

Vocational Service Month

Vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second point of the Object of Rotary which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society. Put these ideals into action by using your professional skills to serve your community, practicing your profession with integrity, and guiding others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service.

Pre-Conference Workshops

On Thursday, May 4th in Whistler before the conference we will be holding a full day training session full of Rotary education. We are trying to give sessions that address issues that most clubs are dealing with. There will be four sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. The day will include lunch and coffee breaks. We are holding the sessions at the Whistler Ski Club to keep costs to the bare minimum. Click here for a list of the sessions and to register.

Rotary Awareness as we start 2017

Our District, with District 5050, have started the year with a bang. In celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Anniversary, thanks to PDG Chris Offer and others, as our two Districts held a Million Dollar Dinner on January 9 in Tsawwassen, a community of Delta, BC.
On behalf of all of you in our District I was delighted to welcome Rotary International President John Germ as our special guest for this Million Dollar Dinner. On top of that thrill we all shared in the exciting news that so many generous supporters took us well beyond our million dollar goal as a centenary boost to the Foundation to reach an outstanding total of $3.3 million. As President John said in his address at the dinner, Rotary and its great achievements, have been built on the big dreams of individuals and at the heart of it all is The Rotary Foundation. You can get a sense of the event on our District 5040 website.
The opportunity of increasing  awareness of Rotary is for all of us to learn more about our organization, and to focus on our public image. Raising awareness of Rotary is an important part of what we do as clubs and members. The more Rotary is known for its good work, the more good work Rotary will be able to do.
This is a special time to promote awareness of Rotary in our communities. The Public Image survey among our club leaders last Spring told us what we need to do to help with that effort and, in response, plans are in progress to meet that need. 
Awarness of Rotary is also a time to highlight the need for awareness among the members of our Rotary Clubs. The just completed Member Communications Survey has indicated areas where we can focus our efforts in support of our clubs and the District. The report has been distributed, see news below. We are just working on recommendations and an action plan in response. 
In the meantime, one step you can take to help promote Rotary Awareness is to educate and train members on Rotary history, programs, or how to raise awareness of your club’s projects in your community. Ask members to share a personal story or experience that they have had because of Rotary. Every Rotarian has a Rotary story that can be educational and inspiring. Another easy way to increase Rotary Awareness is to always wear your Rotary pin and encourage others to do so. When people in the community ask about the pin, tell them a Rotary story.
Our clubs will be greatly enhanced by increasing their knowledge about Rotary. It is essential that Rotarians be kept informed of the changes and developments in the array of Rotary programs if they are to take full advantage of the service and fellowship opportunities available to them.
I was privileged to help out with the Rotaractors from Burnaby with their monthly community dinner. They cook a delicious dinner and offer a plated dinner to those in need. It was fun, the Rotaractors were so engaged and what a great community service!

Due to the birth of my first grandchild, I missed the Vancouver Sunrise’s 30th Anniversary which was well attended and very successful. I also missed the joint Foundation Dinner of the clubs in Prince George. They teamed up with the Youth Exchange Winter Orientation and everyone had great fun and fellowship as well as a successful event. I did attend the Richmond Sunset’s sponsor dinner to celebrate another successful Winter Wonderland. Annual events like this bring great Rotary awareness to their communities.

Foundation Centennial Wine

Enjoy a glass of award winning wines from St. Hubertus Estate Winery - Kelowna BC with a specially commissioned label to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our Rotary Foundation. St. For every bottle sold, St. Hubertus will donate 40% of the sale back to our Foundation. This is a win-win-win for Rotarian wine lovers. Click to read more and download the order form.
With warm Rotary regards,
DG Lyn
Membership Update 
In an effort to help you educate prospective new Rotarians BEFORE they make a decision, we have added a section to the District website.  If you have anyone who has asked you “What is Rotary”  and you don’t feel as though you will do a good enough job explaining it send them to and click on the “Is Rotary Right for You” button.  There is a series of videos and some basic Rotary information to help prospective Rotarians make the right decision for themselves.  The more educated they are BEFORE they join the better the chances that they will become long term, contributing Rotarians.  Go have a look for yourself.
Celebrate Our New Rotarians
We have added a section to the District website and newsletter to showcase and celebrate new members.  Please ask your Membership Chairs to gather the following information from your new members.
Rotaract Update
Burnaby Rotaract is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a fundraising gala on March 25th at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House. Rotarians, Rotaractors, alumni, friends, and family are invited to join us to look back and celebrate 10 years of service to the community. Proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Rotary Foundation along with the Neighbourhood House's Community Kitchen program, which helps to improve food security in the area by teaching low income families and new immigrants in the area how to shop and cook healthy meals on a budget. Tickets will be available for purchase later this month.
We welcome inquiries and sponsorship - please contact

Featured Committee: PR & PI

Reputation and Relationships

When a Rotary club has a positive Public Image, brand or reputation, current members are motivated to participate in service above self, prospective members are eager to join and sponsors are willing to support service. 
Rotary’s reputation, or brand, could be described as: a dynamic, productive organization which meets real needs in communities, at home and around the world, through the fellowship of business leaders who share ideas and take action in service above self.
Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month in February
Of the 60 million people displaced by armed conflict or persecution, 90% are civilians. Half of those civilians are children. That’s millions of reasons why Rotary is so engaged in service projects, fellowships and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns in pursuit of peace in our world.
District Governor Lyn invites Rotarians to register for workshops planned for Thursday May 4th in Whistler in the Ski Cabin at 2028 Rob Boyd Way. The workshops are designed to expand your Rotary knowledge and build your commitment to Rotary and your club. They will be interactive and full of ideas and strategies to enhance your Rotary experience. What a great way to start this years District Conference in Whistler!
Draft Conference Program and Speakers announced
The draft program for the 2017 District 5040 Conference is available online. An updated list of District 5040 Conference 2017 keynote speakers and breakout session facilitators has been posted on the conference website. An impressive line up and more to come.
We have a dream -- Rotary 5040 & 5050 celebrate The Rotary Foundation centenary with US$3.3 million
To mark the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation, Rotary International President John Germ addressed the Rotary District 5040 & 5050 Million Dollar Dinner – which raised US$3.3 million -- on January 9, 2017, in Delta, BC.
Congratulations to Dean Rohrs on appointment to Rotary International Vice President
Rotary Club of Langley Central member, Dean Rohrs, has been appointed Vice President of Rotary International for 2017-18.
Rotary Friendship Exchange
We are happy to report our District has arranged a Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 2981 in Southern India. A group of five to six couples will be in our District the first two weeks of May and we will be able to visit them in November. Continuing reading to find out how you can get involved.
Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak joins Starfish Program
The Starfish Pack Backpack Program was created in response to teachers hearing the cry of their students.  Teachers were heartbroken to hear their students were coming to class Monday morning hungry, reporting that they had not eaten over the weekend.  
Rotary makes a difference! Last fall representatives from the Rotary Club of Williams Lake Daybreak club met with the principal of Chilcotin Road Elementary today to present the Starfish Pack program to his school..  An agreement was made and the program started as soon as parental agreements could be arranged.
Deb and Don graduate from "Governor School"

Congratulations to DGE Don and Deb Evans who completed their Governor training with more than 500 Governors Elect from around the world in San Diego this past week. Photo with RI President Elect Ian and Juliet Riseley.

DGE Don and Deb are being congratulated by RI President Elect Ian and Juliet Riseley.

The group is standing in front of a banner with the 2017/18 Rotary theme: Rotary Making a Difference.


NEW Council on Resolutions
Rotary has a new online way to recommend changes to policy and rules. The Council on Resolutions is a separate governing body that will meet online every year. It will review resolutions sent by clubs and districts to the RI Board.
New Members
Ashley Daigle
Rotary Club of Prince Rupert
Patrick Montani
Rotary Club of Pemberton
Amanda Hunter
Rotary Club of Powell River
Peter Levelton
Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club
Laurie Duffy
Prince Rupert Rotary Club
Marina Roma-March
Rotary Club of Burnaby Deer Lake
Nick Bellamy
Rotary Club of Lions Gate
DG Schedule
Feb 11 Strategic Planning
Feb 12 AG Training
Feb 18 PG Yellowhead Taste of India
Feb 23-26 PETS
Full Calendar
Upcoming Events
District Strategic Planning & AG Training
Feb 11, 2017
District Training
Feb 12, 2017
District 5040 Pre PETS and PETS - Seattle
Feb 23, 2017 – Feb 26, 2017
District Assembly - Vancouver Area
Mar 18, 2017
Foundation / Grant Management - Vancouver Area
Mar 19, 2017
District Assembly - Sunshine Coast
Mar 25, 2017
Foundation / Grant Management - Sunshine Coast
Mar 26, 2017
District Assembly - Terrace
Apr 01, 2017
Foundation / Grant Management - Terrace
Apr 02, 2017
District Assembly - Prince George
Apr 08, 2017
Ladner Water Park
Ladner Splash Park
Ladner Splash Park
Tsawwassen Water Fountain
Tsawwassen Water Fountain
Tsawwassen Water Fountain
Tsawwassen Water Fountain
Tsawwassen Water Fountain
Ladner / DSS Interact Club
Ladner  / DSS Interact Club
Million Dollar Dinner
Million Dollar Dinner
Conference Speakers
New Westminster
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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