Water and Sanitation

A typical residential consumer of water in Canada uses over 340 litres per person per day. That’s roughly twice as much per person as in other industrialized countries (other than the United States and Australia). Those of us fortunate to be living in this country of ours may take our supply of fresh water for granted, and the sanitation facilities which come with our high standard of living. But we, as Rotarians, also share the view that access to clean water and sanitation is a human right. That’s why it is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. 
Thanks to Rotary, over 23 million people have gained access to safe water and 21 million people access to sanitation and hygiene. Our aim is to extend that right to people worldwide by 2030.
People, especially children, lead healthier and more successful lives when they have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Children in poor health, when deprived of that access, miss education and impact their entire families of healthier lifestyles. Women and girls are often deprived and put at risk because they are constantly required to travel great distances to bring potable water back to their communities. 
Rotarians here in our District and worldwide not only deliver access to cleaner water, they continue with their commitment to strengthen the ability of small, remote communities to develop, fund, and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems. Hippo Rollers and Adopt-A-Village in Laos are just two of the many projects of clubs in our District which lead or support these kinds of projects all over the world.
Rotary also supports programs that enhance communities’ awareness of the benefits of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they not only miss school less, they take those lessons home to their families, multiplying the impact of our efforts. Our educational support also extends to career-minded professionals’ studies related to water and sanitation.
Better health leads to better education, and education to better health. Together, there is also a direct link to reduced conflict and more peaceful living.
Presidential Peacebuilding Conference Complete
Congratulations to Conference Chair John Anderson and his organizing team for the great Presidential Peacebuilding Conference held February 9-11, 2018 in Vancouver. Over 800 attended the event, which saw a full day of powerful presentations and workshops, great fellowship, and a number of hands on projects that contributed to environmental sustainability and peace. It was a pleasure to have Rotary International president Ian Riseley and Juliet with us for the entire weekend.
2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Available Now
Rotary’s overarching focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution is offered through 6 Rotary Peace Centres in 7 universities as Masters programs and Professional Certificate programs.  Annually, The Rotary Foundation offers up to 100 fellowships to eligible and qualified candidates.  Our Foundation dollars are well spent in these programs.  There are currently over 1,100 graduates working in over 100 countries as peace builders and change agents. Listening to the Rotary Peace Fellows share what they are currently doing at the recent RI Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace was an inspiration.  It  reminds us of the amazing Rotary Peace Fellowship opportunities available.
Do know someone who has a passion for more peace in our world and is committed through their vocation to make a difference as a peace builders and change agents?  It’s time for clubs to look for and screen potential candidates to participate in this amazing Rotary opportunity, at no financial cost to your club.
For more information including description of the programs and eligibility criteria, go to
While their application timeline on the website is May 31st to the district, this means potential candidates are to a apply to your club well in advance for you to screen for qualifications and eligibility. If acceptable by your club, then you are to instruct to submit their application online, by May 31st, to the district for district endorsement.
As a resource to support Rotarians and the program, the Rotary Peace Centers' staff has organized a webinar for Tues March 6th from 8am-8:30am. Go to register at
Direct any Rotarian questions on our district's process to Chair, Gloria Staudt at
District and Youth Committee Strategic Plans
February 3, 2018 saw the District 5040 Leadership team get together to review and update the District Strategic Plan. The updated plan is now available for everyone to see, click here to download.
Another exciting day of work was done by our Youth Committee, as the committee members got together with chair PDG Lyn Stroshin and worked to develop a new strategic plan for the committee. It can be found in the Youth section of the District website or click here to download. Committee members noted that it was a fun and valuable day of planning and building together for the future of our great youth programs.
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.
Rotary International Conference - Toronto, June 24 - 27
We have the Rotary International Convention right here in Canada this year - a great opportunity for all of us in District 5040. We have 85 currently registered from District 5040 clubs, and we are looking forward to a great time - but there is still room for more!
Yours in Rotary,
Don & Deb
Membership Update
Developing a Sustainable Membership Pipeline
Historically we have not done a good job of converting Rotaractors into Rotarians.  This is your chance to be part of the solution.
On March 24th we will be using  an Open Space Technology (google it, it is pretty cool) format for this membership seminar.  There will be Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors in attendance.  Rotaractors and Interactors for free.  Rotarians will pay $30 a club, so you can bring as many members as you like.
Bring your Interact President.  Invite your Rotaractors.
The attendees will develop the agenda and the plan. Everyone will be involved.  We still have room for another 20 or so attendees. If you want more details please email Marni,,
We apologize to the out-of-towers as this format is not conducive to being put on line.  However you will receive a copy of the plan that is developed.
If you would like more information please contact Tom Smith, your District Membership Chair at
Rotaract Update
For a short month it sure was a busy one for Rotaract! On the District level we attended and assisted with tech support and the paper crane folding booth at the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference, participated in Strategic Planning for Youth Programs, held a District Skating Social in Richmond, and attended PETS in Seattle where we met and hung out with RI President-Elect Barry Rassin.
Speaker Announcement: "Rotary of the Future" plenary with Mitty Chang
We are excited to have Mitty Chang bring his youthful enthusiasm to your District Conference.
  • Mitty has spoken at three international conferences and several district conferences on topics such as Rotary's future survival, Managing Change and attracting young people to Rotary - every one in the Rotary family needs to hear him!
  • He is a must see if you are connecting with up and coming Rotarians.
  • He is Chair-Elect of Rotary International's Rotaract-Interact Committee.
Here are a few of Mitty's Rotary Credentials:
  • Mitty is the founder of RotaractWiki, Big West Rotaract, two Rotaract clubs, and one Rotary club
  • President-elect of the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley
  • Founder & Chair of the Board of Trustees of Big West Rotaract
  • He has attended 7 Rotary International Conventions
  • He is a Paul Harris Fellow
  • A past Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator
  • A past Rotary District Public Image Chair.
We hope to see all Rotarians at our District Conference May 31st to June 3rd in Squamish at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park

Help find 2019 Rotary Peace Fellows, webinar Mar 6, 8 am
Do you, members of your club or people in your community know someone who has a passion for more peace in our world and is committed through their vocation to make a difference as a peace builder and change agent? Find and nominate a Rotary Peace Fellow candidate from your community.

District webinars launch with communications planning
Rotary District 5040 presented its first webinar using the new GoToWebinar system on February 27, 2018. Club and District leaders participated in the session by the Public Image and Public Relations Committee, “Clubs, plan to communicate for results”, and sponsored by the District’s new Training Committee.
Need another reason to register and participate in the 2018 Rotary District Conference in Squamish BC? 
Announcing  keynotes speaker BRIGADIER-GENERAL R.R.E. MACKENZIE, OMM, CD, CHIEF OF STAFF ARMY RESERVE. Brigadier General Mackenzie will share some stories of leading the Canadian Peacekeepng forces in Afghanistan!
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
PETS is Powerful!
Feb 22-25  was the 2018 edition of the Pacific NW President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  This is the event where we work with our Presidents Elect to make their Rotary Year 2018/19 the best.
Philippines to benefit from container of medical, dental equipment
Doctors will now be able to detect early breast cancer more accurately among low income women in Manila, The Philippines, instead of through hand detection, thanks to five used ultrasound machines now making their way in a shipping container to the Rotary Club of Manila San Miguel.
2018 District Spring Training
Do not miss the District training opportunities available in March, both online and in the Lower Mainland. Click to view the list and register.
Polio Eradication - an Update
2017 saw significant progress in our campaign to eradicate polio from the world forever. We saw the fewest cases in history caused by the wild polio virus, Only 22 cases were confirmed worldwide in only two countries - Pakistan with 8, and Afghanistan with 14. 2018 will be a critical year for the polio eradication programme, and we will be strengthening efforts to reach all the vulnerable children and to find the places that the polio virus still lurks in the environment.
Polio Eradication remains Rotary's number one humanitarian priority, You can read the latest Polio Newsletter HERE.
Breaking News This just in!
Rotary Family BBQ everyone invited.
2018 District Conference
West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish BC (or Quest...)
When: Friday, June 1st, 6PM
Fee: $40/person   $20 children 12 and under free
Please register and pay online for guests. Note BBQ is included for all conference registrants
Please ask your friends, family (including children and grandchildren, cousins, uncles and aunts) to this family Barbeque event. Everyone is welcome. This promises to be a highlight of the conference.
Are you interested in a Conference Booth?
Booths and poster reservations will be available starting on February 1st 2018
Booth costs will be a $50 reservation (refunded after attendance).
Contact Paul Rollo for additional information.
DG Calendar
Mar 6-7 - Williams Lake (Wildfire Cheque)
Mar 8 - 100 Mile House (Wildfire Cheque)
Mar 8 - Quesnel (Wildfire Cheque)
Mar 17 - Prince Rupert Foundation Dinner
Mar 29 - Gibsons
Mar 30 - Apr 1 - RYLA South
Apr 3 - Kitimat
Apr 4 - Terrace Skeena Valley
Apr 4 -  Smithers
Apr 5 - Prince Rupert
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, March 3, 2018
Mar 03, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
District Assembly - Metro Vancouver March 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Foundation Grant Management Seminar - Metro Vancouver March 18, 2018
Mar 18, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, April 7, 2018
Apr 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute Part 3 - Saturday, April 7, 2018
Apr 07, 2018
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Northwest District Assembly
Coast Mountain School District Board Room
Apr 07, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Northwest Foundation Grant Management Seminar
Coast Mountain School District Board Room
Apr 08, 2018
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Rotaract 50th Anniversary Celebration
Burnaby Firefighters Hall
May 12, 2018 6:00 PM
Peacing It Together Conference 2018
Jun 01, 2018 4:00 PM –
Jun 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Taste of India in Prince George 
Rebel Nations - Burnaby South Interact
South Burnaby Interact presents $3,000 cheque to the Rotary Club of Burnaby's Bali project
Joint Meeting of Vancouver Rotaract and Rotary Clubs
Chinese New Year with the Rotary Club of Richmond
Rotary Club of New Westminster 90 Years
RI President Ian Riseley  - Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Interactors at the Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Community Projects at the Presidential Peacebuiding Conference
Richmond - new member Bill Lau
District Rotaract Representative Johanna Johnson with RI President Elect Barry Rassin and DGE Darcy Long
Rotaractors chilling with RI President Elect Barry Rassin at PETS
Rotaractors having a blast at PETS!
Rotaractors at the Presidential Peacebuilding Conference
Rotaract Skating Social in Richmond
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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