Foundation Month


November is Foundation month, the month that we focus on Rotary's charity - the key vehicle that supports the good that we do through our Rotary clubs both locally and around the world. We are very proud that Our Rotary Foundation is one of the best ranked charities in the world by organizations such as Charity Navigator and also as the number one charity in 2017 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As the Rotary Foundation heads into its Second Century, we encourage all Rotarians to support our charity.
So much of what we do as Rotarians in our District, in service above self, is enabled by The Rotary Foundation. Clubs in District 5040 have received back from The Rotary Foundation over US$300,000 in the past five years through District grants, based on our share of what we have contributed in recent years. That's an average of about US$60,000 per year. And we also have received many major Global grants as well.
In the area of Health, the Prince George club has provided prenatal care to young mothers in nearby First Nation community using a grant of $1,418, the Burnaby club has provided food and Rotary volunteers to prepare meals for the homeless once a week with a grant of $735, Bowen Island club has provided and installed AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) equipment in key locations for cardiac emergencies in on the island thanks to a grant of $5,457 and Richmond Sunset club has purchased vein viewer diagnostic equipment for emergency heart and stroke incidents using a grant of $2,941. These are just a few examples where District Grants from The Rotary Foundation have helped projects locally.
Community Development is always a popular area of focus. For instance, the Williams Lake club funds breakfasts in local schools for underprivileged children with a recent grant of $1,838, the Pemberton club has built a children's nature park to promote physical fitness and health with the help of a grant of $3,676, the Prince George Yellowhead club has upgraded the Big Brothers and Big Sisters clubhouse with a grant of $3,309, the Powell River Sunrise club has provided outdoor fitness equipment for the central municipal park with a grant of $3,676 and and the Vancouver Sunrise club has sponsored scholarships and bursaries for needy students in the community with a grant of $1,471.
Internationally, Global grants help multiply club dollars on projects, some examples have seen the Tsawwassen club in Delta purchase and install solar panels for a community resource building in Uganda, the Burnaby club purchased doors and windows to secure a school building in Bali, the Prince George Nechako club is helping provide clean water to a Maasai community in northern Tanzania (which has relied on unclean water many kilometres away) and the Vancouver club continues its major project in Africa to bring clean water and education serving ten schools and 36,000 children.
There are many more examples of community and international service projects enabled through The Rotary Foundation. Clubs are encouraged to apply for grants from the Rotary Foundation. Many people in need, near and far, are benefitting from our hard working volunteers and generosity of members.
We ask all Rotary Clubs in District 5040 and all Rotarians to support the Rotary Foundation - and then to put Foundation dollars to work through grants that help  enable the good we do in our communities and around the world.
Metro Vancouver Foundation Dinner November 18
Join us on Saturday evening, November 18, for a great time as we hold the annual Metro Vancouver Foundation dinner. This year's event will be a real gala evening, and is being held at the Terminal City Club. Registrations are open now, and you are in for a special treat as we enjoy fabulous food and good wine (all included) along with some first rate entertainment from Tom Lee Music and a group of tango professionals. You can register for this great evening now by clicking here.
As the year progresses other Foundation events will be held around BC, but this will be our only 2017 - 2018 event here in the Vancouver area. Deb and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
District 5040 Receives Membership Award
It was an exciting day for our District at the recent Zone Institute in Hartford, CT as Past District Governor Lyn Stroshin received the award recognizing 5040 as the District with the greatest membership increase in Zone 24 for the 2016 - 2017 Rotary year! District 5040 grew a net 29 members per Rotary International records to 1,442 members and we continue to grow this year - currently at 1,475. We encourage all clubs to work hard at membership as there is nothing more important to us - the more members we have the more good we can do in the world. District Membership Chair Tom Smith and his team are available to all our clubs to assist if you need help and new ideas.
World Polio Day was held on October 24, with celebrations large and small around District 5040 including purple pinkies at the DG visit that day to the Ladner Rotary Club, and a major talk on polio sponsored by all three Rotary clubs in Prince George, with our District polio Chair Brian Finley as the speaker. We are now in the Countdown to History to complete the eradication of Polio - and we will finish the job.
Rotary 5040 Business Networking is now live and you can list your business on line. It's easy to find, just go to and click on the blue Rotary 5040 Business icon. There is a onetime only $10 fee when you create your listing, and then you can edit and update as often as you wish. Thanks to Rotarians Peter Hansen and Nick Bellamy of our Lions Gate club for this initiative and website creation. After all, is there anyone you would rather do business with than another Rotarian?
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Vancouver Mountainview, who held their official charter night on Saturday, October 28. More than 200 attended as we welcomed this new club to the District, including the Consul General of the Philippines, Neil Ferrer, and many other special guests. It was a real gala event, as the new club received their flags, bell, podium and banners, President Karen Bation was pinned as club President, and the now 25 members all received Charter Member pins.
Rotary Leadership Institute continues to be a roaring success! The Level 2 RLI sold out and was held October 28 in Burnaby, and both Level 3 and another Level 1 are scheduled for November 25 and open for registration now. Register at for this great leadership training.
The 2017 Rotary Club of Terrace Online and TV Auction will be held November 4th and 5th, in the Terrace Sportsplex.  The Auction is online at There is an exciting collection of items available to bid on and you can view these items now, and start pre-bidding on Friday October 27th at 5 PM.  Pre-bids will be accepted until the item comes up to Auction on November 4th and 5th.  To be eligible to bid, you must have a Bidder ID # from last year, or register by sending us an e-mail at , or by calling 778-634-3502 after October 26th.
The 2017 Rotary Auction is our 57th annual, and enables the Rotary Club of Terrace to support many community projects.  The Opening of the Terrace Rotary Splashpark was possible with the leadership of the Rotary Clubs of Terrace and Terrace- Skeena Valley, with funds raised in last year's Auction, through the generous donations by businesses and individuals, and with the enthusiastic support of the City of Terrace.
The Lions Gate Rotary Club is holding its Annual Book Sale at North Vancouver's Capilano Mall. Drop by from November 3 through November 12 where the sale is in one of the mall's many storefronts.
District Governor Club Visits continue, and November will see both DG Don and Deb compete the first round of visits to all clubs in District 5040. It continues to be amazing to meet all our Rotarians and see their projects. Remember to visit Don's Diary at and see what amazing things go on throughout the District, by our Rotarians and clubs.

Thanks to all our amazing Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in District 5040.

Don Evans
Governor 2017 - 2018
Rotary District 5040
Membership Update
What an exciting time to be involved with Rotary.  We have new clubs percolating.  We have satellite clubs percolating.  As you probably know the new Vancouver Mountainview club just held their Charter Dinner.  What a celebration!  Next up is Lillooet and Vanderhoof.  They are both inching towards the magical  number of 20.  In the mean time they are both operating as provisional clubs.  There is a meeting on November 2nd of the young professionals who attended the summit in May.  They are looking to start a Young Professionals Club, maybe using the template of the Surrey Young Professionals club.  There is an upcoming meeting of a group in Burnaby that want to start a  Mandarin speaking satellite club.  I know there are other clubs looking to start a satellite club, where they have interested possible Rotarians that can’t make their meeting time.  Exciting times…yes indeed.
Rotaract Update
"Our Rotaract clubs are always happy to assist Rotary clubs with their projects. In October, the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club helped the Rotary Club of Vancouver with the Oktoberfest fundraiser for youth programs. The Yaletown Rotaract Club participated in the Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown's Bowling for Kenya fundraiser supporting their Water Harvesting Project. The Prince George Rotaract Club assisted the Rotary Club of Prince George - Downtown with their Big Blue Ball event that supports men's health and local prostate cancer programs.
International opportunities are what make Rotaract (and Rotary) unique! In October, DRR, Johanna travelled to Europe where she represented D. 5040 and Canada on the Hungarian Rotaract Roundtrip (like our PACE trip but in Hungary) and at the Rotaract European Meeting (REM) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Also on an international note, the Burnaby Rotaract Club participated in World Polio Day Project in collaboration with 33 Rotaract Clubs from 12 different countries and 2 Rotaract Districts at their Thanksgiving Community Dinner, where the club cooked over 80 pounds of turkey for 60 hungry guests.
Want to learn more about Rotaract?! You are encouraged to attend the upcoming District Training on November 19, 2017 at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House from 9:30am to 4:00pm. If you want to attend and/or participate on our Rotary panel, where all things Rotary and Rotaract will be discussed, you are encouraged to contact DRR, Johanna at
The aim of the day's sessions is for all Rotaractors in our district to discover the many opportunities available to them through Rotary and Rotaract, discuss best practices in Rotaract and building connections with Rotary, as well as fostering cross-club friendships!
*Note* the previously mentioned Joint 5040/5050 Rotaract District Training was postponed until 2018."
Please stay tuned for exciting Rotaract organized events and fundraisers!
Conference Update
Can you guess who this District 5040 Rotarian is by her impressive resume?
If not you had better register for the 2018 Rotary District Conference and come and hear her speak lunchtime Friday June 1st.
And if you know who this is, well then you already know you must attend 2018 Rotary District Conference to share in her wonderful Rotary stories and maybe just maybe some new insights into the workings of Rotary International.
  • She is currently serving a two year term as a Rotary International Director (2016-18),has also been appointed to serve as Rotary International Vice President for 2017-18.   
  • Her term will follow that of her good friend and Rotary International Director, Jennifer Jones (2016-17).   She will be Rotary International's fourth female Vice President - the first being Anne Matthews (2013-14) followed by Celia Giay (2014-15).  That's four of the five most recent Vice Presidents.
  • She has served on District and Zone committees; which have included:
  • 17 years of Youth Exchange in both District 9300 and 5040
  • District 5040 Group Study Exchange
  • Chair Group Study Exchange
  • Team Leader to New Zealand
  • District Governor 2007/2008
  • Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator
  • Rotary Coordinator Zone 24 West
  • Pacific Northwest PETS Chair 2013
  • Co-Chair for the 2011 Zone 24/32 Institute
  • Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinator for Zone 24 West 2012/2013
  • Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator 2014.
  • She has been a panelist at the last 6 International Conventions.
Yes of course it is our own Dean Rohrs. Come out and show RI that District 5040 has energy and passion for Rotary!
Register for the 2018 Rotary District Conference before the price goes up December 31st at "" click on the conference logo. Price goes up January 1st, 2018.
Welcome new AKS members
Thank you to the newest members of the Arch Klumph Society.
Congratulations and thank you Vasi and Bala Naidoo who are the newest District 5040 members of the Arch Klumph Society. Your generosity and commitment to Rotary is outstanding
RLI a Success
An enthusiastic and engaged group of Rotarians completed Part 2 of the Rotary Leadership Institute. DG Don Evans welcomed the class and thanked them for what they are doing for Rotary and their community.
D5040 Conference November Update
Dear Rotarians,
Can you guess who this District 5040 Rotarian is by her impressive resume?
If not you had better register for the 2018 Rotary District Conference and come and hear her speak lunchtime Friday June 1st.
Rotaract November Update
Our Rotaract clubs are always happy to assist Rotary clubs with their projects. In October, the Vancouver Young Professionals Rotaract Club helped the Rotary Club of Vancouver with the Oktoberfest fundraiser for youth programs. The Yaletown Rotaract Club participated in the Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown's Bowling for Kenya fundraiser supporting their Water Harvesting Project. The Prince George Rotaract Club assisted the Rotary Club of Prince George - Downtown with their Big Blue Ball event that supports men's health and local prostate cancer programs.
Outdoor fitness circuit opens in Burnaby
With the success of the outdoor fitness circuit at one of its parks, the City of Burnaby, BC had planned long term to install a similar circuit at the popular Fraser River Foreshore Park. Along came Burnaby Rotarians – people in action – to help make it happen for the estimated 63,000 residents who use the park at least once a month.
Tasting the Philippines with singing and dancing
To raise funds for the 49th and newest club in Rotary District 5040, the largely Filipino Rotary Club of Vancouver Mountainview, for Rotary's global campaign to End Polio Now and for the Rotary Club of Ladner's campaign with other clubs to fund a $45,000 water delivery project over 6.5 kms in the remote village of Ban Xiengdu in Northern Laos, 120 Rotarians, family and friends participated in "A Taste of the Philippines" dinner on October 14, 2017 in Richmond, BC.
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)
Literacy leaps forward with mini-libraries throughout Tsawwassen
Little Free Library, a community free book exchange system of mini-libraries at four locations, is an Education and Literacy project of Rotary in Delta’s community of Tsawwassen developed with students at South Delta Secondary School. This take-a-book-leave-a-book system to and from the book shelters is aimed at enhancing literacy and learning in Delta for not just students, but all residents.
DG Calendar
Nov 1, Richmond Sunset
Nov 2, Burnaby Deer Lake
Nov 2, Vancouver Yaletown
Nov 3, Vancouver Arbutus
Nov 7, Vancouver Fraserview
Nov 7, Vancouver Centennial
Nov 8, West Vancouver
Nov 14, Steveston
Nov 15, Vancouver Sunrise
Nov 16, Squamish
Nov 18, Vancouver Yaletown
Nov 23, West Vancouver
Nov 23, Vancouver Mountainview
Nov 27, North Vancouver
Upcoming Events
District Foundation Dinner
Nov 18, 2017
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
District 5040 Rotaract Training
Nov 19, 2017
9:30 AM – 4:00 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
Ladner - Club Foundation Chair Peter
Podovinikoff & President Ulf Ottho thank Wayne Connorton, Deb Sankey & District Governor Don Evans
DG Don Evans & Deb Sankey at Ladner Rotary Splash Park opening in May 2018 with President Ulf Ottho, Lynn Cameron & Irene Forcier
Ladner - World Polio Day
Pink Fingers
Sechelt - School Green House
Sechelt - Wormy Lake trails
Sunshine Coast - Sechelt
Rotary Friendship Park
Sunshine Coast - Sechelt
Sunshine Coast Arts Council facility
Gibsons - Carol Doyle, Ian Poole & President Greig Soohen
Gibsons - Elphinstone Secondary School
Gibsons - Huckleberry Day Care
Gibsons - President Greig Soohen & new member Brittany Broderson
Burnaby Metrotown - Rotary Coats for Kids
Richmond Clubs raise $10,000 for  End Polio Now at Chinese Disabled Peoples Performing Arts show
Tsawwassen - Diefenbaker Park Musical Play Space
Tsawwassen - Diefenbaker Park Little Lending Library
Tsawwassen - Griffin park three level drinking fountain
Bowen Island - public AED device
Bowen Island - reflective house number plates for residents
Lions Gate - North Shore Canada Day festivities
Lions Gate - North Shore Canada Day 
Taste of the Philippines
Taste of the Philippines
Rotaract - Young Professionals
Mountainview - Charter Night
Mountainview - Charter Night
Mountainview - Charter Night
Mountainview - Charter Night
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