Membership & New Club Development

So here we are, entering the second month of our new Rotary year. Time flies when you are having fun and Doug and I are certainly doing that along with all the Rotarians that we have had the privilege of spending time with this past month as we have continued the club visits.
Before the visit report let’s get some important business done.
District Conference Update
First, Congratulations to Peter Roaf who was the lucky name drawn at the District Governor Installation last month for the Free Registration to our District Conference at Sunpeaks May 3,4,5, 2019. Please note there is a registration price increase August 31, 2018. So sign up now.
Membership & New Club Development
It’s exciting to report another year of member growth for our District 5040 as Rotary recognizes Membership and New Club Development in August. Last year at this time we recorded net growth of 14 members. This year, as of July 1, 2018, we have recorded 31 new members, taking us to a total 1,473 thanks to all our now 51 clubs.
As of June our growth included two new clubs. We give a warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Lillooet, launched with 22 members, led by President Angela Bissat and her team; and to the Rotary Club of Dragon Greater Vancouver, launched with 34 members, led by President James Wang and his team. Congratulations to both of our new clubs, which we all plan to celebrate at their Charter nights October 20th in Lillooet and Sept 7th in Burnaby. Mark your calendars and watch for the events on the website.
In recognizing our continued growth and welcoming our new clubs, we are celebrating ourselves and our increased capacity of all of us as People of Action to provide community and international service. We are also celebrating our shared experience in fellowship and attraction of new ideas in Service Above Self. Number of members in our clubs, retained and recruited, is an important measure of our strength in service, but so are funds we donate to fuel that strength and the number of projects and volunteer hours we need to track more completely and post in Rotary Club Central.
After three years of outstanding leadership by Tom Smith, our District Membership Committee now has two new co-chairs, Rotarian Shirley-Pat Chamberlain and Rotaractor Eric Young. We are excited to have both Shirley-Pat and Eric working with all our clubs to support us in this important area. Tom remains on the committee taking care of Membership Extension.
There is vast array of valuable resources available for prospective and current members. Improving members’ experience so that we both increase membership and retain current members is what it’s all about.
Our District website page on membership includes many resources. Just visit the District website and under the drop down menu of Take Action find several links on Membership. The Rotary International website also includes many resources for working within our clubs, with other clubs and our District to attract potential members or exchange tips on engagement.
With our new District Training Committee in place we are continuing to bring more learning opportunities, both in person and online, to all the Rotarians in District 5040. Watch for these events as they are offered in your areas.
Since our last report we have visited Whistler, Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler Millennium, Powell River, Powell River Sunrise and Pender Harbor and were we ever Inspired!
As much as we are enjoying the club meetings and sharing in our passions about Rotary the tours of the projects is exhilarating. The caliber of the projects that the clubs are doing is truly remarkable.
In the northern Sea to Sky corridor Rotary is doing awesome things. The colourful chairs around the Olympic Plaza in Whistler, the One Mile Lake walkway in Pemberton, Whistler Millennium’s support of the Community Services building, which we toured, and it is an amazing multi-use building. These are just single examples of how active these clubs are.
Both the Powell River and Power River Sunrise clubs area are clubs involved with many local projects such as the outdoor exercise area at Willingdon Park and the ongoing wall of remembrance at the Westview Viewpoint and many, many more.
Pender Harbour area benefits from many local initiatives the Rotary Club does there. Most recently a dock at the Marine Park in Garden Bay.
Even as young as the Rotary Club of Lillooet is they have several project ideas for their community.
What Doug and I have been viewing are District 5040 club’s local projects. What I am reminding clubs is that projects we/they are involved with are usually local projects. The clubs that we partner up with in other countries, are doing local projects. Through the power of Rotary Membership we are Inspiring each other to make the world a better place for everyone.
We are posting our adventures on Facebook so make sure you are connected to the District Facebook page and mine if you’d like, to see the club visits as they happen! You may see “Teddy”, our International Traveling bear who has accompanied us for years as we have traversed continents and you may see another bear who is coming with us on our club visits and is putting pins on his red vest but he has no name yet. Perhaps when we are visiting your club you could suggest a name for him.
For all the clubs we have visited-Thank You. Doug and I appreciate your warm Rotary hospitality.
Coming up next- Prince George/Mackenzie area. Stay tuned as the DnD team continue to be the Inspiration and be Inspired as;
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – change across the globe, in our communities, and in our selves.
Yours in Rotary,
Darcy and Doug
Call for District Governor applications:
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:
4.1. The Manual of Procedure of Rotary International provides that a District Governor is nominated by the clubs in a district and elected by the Rotary International convention. 
4.2. On or before October 1 of the second year prior to the year in which it is anticipated a District Governor shall assume office, the President of a club wishing to place the name of one of its members in nomination shall file with the chair of the nominating committee and the District Governor a resolution of the club, adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming such candidate and certifying that the candidate meets the qualifications for District Governor as provided by the Manual of Procedure for Rotary International. 
4.3. The club resolution shall be accompanied by a current photograph of the candidate and a resume setting out both Rotary service and their personal background. 
4.4. The District Governor, in the Governor’s August Newsletter and on the District website, will publish Section 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 above as an invitation to all clubs in the District to propose a member for District Governor Designate.
I encourage you to talk to your club President about this opportunity. I’m only getting my feet wet but it has already been an incredible experience and I have no doubt both Doug and I will cherish all the memories that we are in the process of making.
On another note, Club Presidents please refer to a letter emailed to you July 1st from General Secretary John Hewko, and resent by me last week.  This email gave you information about the process and guidelines clubs need to take to put forward qualified Rotarians for consideration by the Nominating Committee for Director for our Zone to be received no later than September 1st, 2018. Our next RI Director for our Zone will be elected at the International Convention in Hamburg June 2019 and will serve in 2020-2022. This opportunity comes up for our District/Zone every 4 years as the directors are elected to a 2 year term and they serve 2 different zones.
As you can see by these two processes these leadership positions are made by applications from the clubs. Not from Rotary International leaders.
You can learn more about the different Leadership roles in Rotary in the August Rotarian magazine.
Rotaract Update
With the start of a new Rotary/Rotaract year, the new executives of Rotaract District 5040 stepped into their new positions. The District BBQ, held on July 14th, gave Rotarians and Rotaractors a great opportunity to mingle and connect.

At the upcoming first Rotaract District Committee Meeting a strategic planning session will be held to select this year’s District Project, as well as dates for socials and opportunities for collaborations between the individual Clubs.

Currently most Rotaractors in District 5040 are focusing on the preparations for this year’s PACE trip, which is only a couple of weeks away. Starting on August 24th, 6 Rotaractors from around the world will have the chance to experience the Canadian Pacific Coast, hosted by our District and Rotaractors in District 5020 for the Victoria portion of the trip. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Rotarians for their support of PACE through hosting our guests, as well as financial funding. We are looking forward to see you at the PACE Welcome and/or Goodbye BBQ! Further information regarding the events and how to RSVP will be sent out to you soon.

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
Summer fun for kids at new Ladner Rotary Splash Park
Thousands of children and their families will splish splash their way through summer at no cost for many years to come with the opening of the Ladner Rotary Splash Park on July 14, 2018.
Polio Eradication - Rotary's #1 Humanitarian Priority
Since 1979 Rotary has been at the forefront of the campaign to eliminate polio from the world forever.   In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.5 billion to the effort.. Since 1988, Rotary and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have seen the number of cases drop from 350,000 per year in 122 countries, to just 22 cases in 2 countries in 2017.
Rotary Leadership Institute
Classroom Courses
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Accent Inn Burnaby, 3777 Henning Drive, Burnaby, BC
Vocational Training Team (VTT) Leader chosen
During Spring Break 2019, in partnership with Kenya Connect, the Rotary Vocational Training Team (VTT) will visit schools in Kenya’s Kyaithani and Lower Yatta regions to become familiar with the educational environment and student needs in rural Kenya. It will work with local teachers and school principals to explore new ways of presenting material using computer and Internet technology.
The Selection Committee led by PDG Don Evans has completed their interviews of all applicants for the position of Leader for the VTT. PDG John Anderson has been chosen to lead the team to Kenya in March 2019 and work with the Kenyan team when they come to BC in April 2019.
    2019 Rotary District Conference
    May 2nd - 5th, 2019
    Sun Peaks Grand, Sun Peaks BC
    DG Calendar
    Aug 8 - Sunshine Coast-Sechelt
    Aug 10 - REX Rebound - Gavin Lake
    Aug 15 - Prince George Nechako
    Aug 16 - Quesnel
    Aug 21 - Burns Lake
    Aug 22 - Tweedmuir Trek BBq
    Aug 27 - Terrace
    Aug 28 - Kitimat
    Aug 29 - Terrace Skeene Valley
    Aug 30 - Prince Rupert
    Sep 2-3 - PACE
    Sep 4 - Sechelt
    Sept 6 - Bowen Island
    Sept 7 - North Vancouver-Lions Gate
    Upcoming Events
    RLI TWO SESSION DISCOUNT Part 1 - September 8 and Part 2 October 13
    Sep 08, 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    RLI TWO SESSION DISCOUNT Part 2 - September 8 and Part 3 October 13
    Sep 08, 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute Part 1 - Saturday, September 8, 2018
    Sep 08, 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    Rotary Leadership Institute Part 2 - Saturday, September 8, 2018
    Sep 08, 2018
    8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    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
    Whistler Olympic Square
    Whistler - President Ken Martin
    Whistler - ADG Murray Wood
    Pemberton - One Mile Lake Walkway - President Phill & ADG Murray
    Pemberton - Dave Den Duyf, Co-Presidents Dan Cindric & Phill Read
    Pemberton Installation Dinner
    Whistler Millennium 
    Whistler Millennium
    Powell River Sunrise - with President Rob presenting Paul Harris to Past President Frank 
    Powell River Sunrise
    Powell River Sunrise Exercise Park
    Powell River
    Powell River - President Frieda and Don Carlson
    Pender Harbour
    Pender Harbour - New dock at Marine Park
    RYLA - EU Embassy Tour
    RYLA - Capital Hill on July 4th
    District Training Meeting
    Ladner - Rotary Splash Park Opening
    Ladner - Rotary Splash Park
    Russell Hampton
    National Awards Services Inc.
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