Hello Rotarians,
At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Past President Arch C. Klumph proposed a revolutionary idea: an endowment fund for the purpose of doing good in the world. Since that first donation of $26.50 the Rotary Foundation has grown tremendously and in many ways, serves as the foundation for Rotary as we know it today.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to tackle challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
This November is particularly special for Rotary. We’re not just celebrating Foundation Month, but also The Rotary Foundation’s centennial. There are many ways to join us in celebrating 100 years of changing lives and improving communities all over the world. Visit our Celebrating the Centennial page for more information and ideas.
A couple additional reasons to celebrate the Foundation centennial year:
  1. Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
  2. Rotary Foundation Named World’s Outstanding Foundation for 2016
This recognition shows that your Foundation follows best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

Around the District

This has been another very busy month visiting Clubs in the Lower Mainland. I have heard about local community projects, many started through district grants : dentistry programs that provide free dental for the underprivileged,  Rotary apartment  towers that house low income seniors, AEDs for the Justice Institute, proposed water parks, help with the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, domestic abuse services, providing food to the homeless, amazing youth programs, scholarships, and much more.
Internationally there are global grants to create Bio Medical Engineering services in Uganda, hearing projects, work done in Vietnam and the Philippines, loading containers with the Rotary World Help , water and sanitation projects in the Congo, functional rehabilitation for the late in life blind, Vocational and literacy training for girls and unwed mothers, installation of solar panels, and much more.
Our clubs are so busy with creative projects. Please showcase your club on our website in the Club of the Week section. Every club is unique and doing good in the world.

Million Dollar Dinner

RI President John Germ is the keynote speaker at the Million Dollar Dinner hosted by District 5040 & 5050 on January 9, 2017 at the new Tsawwassen Springs golf club in South Delta. This is your opportunity to join with Rotarians from District 5040 & 5050 at this gala event to celebrate 100 Years of The Rotary Foundation “doing good in the world”. Details at: 

Conference Update

Check below for a message from Santa and a chance to win a room at the conference hotel.
There will be all day training sessions on Thursday, May 4th, that will cover many pertinent Rotary topics. Check the website for more information and to register,
With warm Rotary regards,
DG Lyn
Rotaract Update 
In October, the North Shore Rotaract Club held a "Mix and Mingle" at the North Shore Winter Club. The event was successful as there were able to attract quite a few interested and eager potential members.Int he weeks after that, the North Shore Rotaract club held their first Rotaract meeting. We are all very excited to have them chartering  soon and part of the the Rotaract Family.  The Vancouver Young Professional Rotaract Club has signed up to be apart of the Santa Claus Parade with the help of Rotaractors from other clubs.  We are also looking forward to being apart of the Interact Training Conference on Dec.3rd. Where we will be hosting the afternoon session as well as giving a Rotaract presentation.

Get a room, says Santa...

Santa and District Governor Lyn Stroshin talk up the chance to win two nights free at the Chateau Whistler Hotel for the May 4 to 7, 2017 Rotary District 5040 Conference.
If you're not yet registered at the lower conference rate you can do that now, or no later than December 24, 2016, to be eligible to win the hotel room contest. Go to to register now!


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Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset receives greetings from the Prime Minister
Eric Wang, President the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunset received this letter from the PM Justin Trudeau. The letter was for their Rotary Foundation Centennial Celebration held as part of the Winter Wonderland Celebrations at the Richmond City Hall.
D5040 DG Nominating Team selects Bala Naidoo
District Governor Lyn is honoured and delighted to announce that, unofficially, we have a new District Governor for the year 2019-2020. The District 5040 District Governor Nominating team has chosen Bala Naidoo of the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown.
Vancouver selected as a site of 2018 Presidential Conference
District Governor Lyn, and the rest of us are really excited to let you know that District 5040's proposal for one of the 2017-18 Presidential Conferences has been approved.
Congratulations 2015-16 Foundation Award Winners!

The Rotary Foundation recently distributed 2015-2016 recognition banners to clubs were distinguished worldwide through their generous gifts in four different areas: Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving, 100% Foundation Giving Club, End Polio Now Certificate of Achievement.

Invitation to Million Dollar Dinner
Here is a short Video invitation to The Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner being hosted by District 5040 & 5050 on January 9, 2017. For more information, please visit:
DG Visits
Nov 30 Pemberton
Dec 6 Vancouver Cambie
Dec 3 Interact Leadership Training
Dec 8 Squamish
Dec 15 Bowen Island
Dec 17 D5040 Christmas Party
Full Calendar
Upcoming Events
District Interact Leadership Training Conference
5455 Rumble St.
Dec 03, 2016
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Million Dollar Dinner
Tsawwassen Springs
Jan 09, 2017
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Preparing for PETS - Online Training
Feb 01, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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
New Westminster
Quesnel Foundation Dinner
Richmond Clubs at City Hall
HJ Cambie Interact Club
Richmond Rotaract
Burnaby Deer Lake
Vancouver Fraserview
Fraserview - Jeff Paul Harris
Vancouver Yaletown
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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