District 5040 recognizes clubs and Rotarians with a variety of awards presented each year at the District Conference.  Depending on the type of award, nominations may be submitted by clubs, the Assistant/Area Governors and the Governor. The following awards will be presented:

Outstanding Rotary Club of the Year Award

This award recognizes the club that has performed in the highest traditions of Rotary in the previous year. Each Assistant/Area Governor can nominate one of his/her clubs for this award. Nominations are sent directly to the Awards Chair. This award is recognized with the Rotary Club of the Year banner which can then be displayed at the club’s meetings for the next Rotary Year.

Rotary Club of the year award criteria and Nomination Forms (Click to automatically download form) are available on this site. They must be submitted to the District Awards Chair by April 1st. Forms are also available from the Rotary Club of the Year page.

Rotarian of the Year Award

Nominations may be made by any Rotarian and endorsed by the Board of Directors of a District 5040 Rotary club. The award recognizes District 5040 Rotarians who, through their Rotary service, have made the community locally and internationally a better place in which to live and work and have made significant contributions to Rotary and the community in the form of leadership or in the advancement of ideas and service. 
The award will be a glass etched trophy, engraved with the recipient’s name, name of their club, date of presentation and the words “District 5040 Rotarian of the Year”. An embroidered “Rotarian of the Year” banner listing all award winners' names will be presented to the member’s club to be displayed by the club for one year. The award will be presented at the District Conference and the candidate selected is expected to attend to receive the award. 

Information, award criteria and Nomination forms (Click to automatically download form) are available on this site. Submit nominations to the District Awards Chair by April 1st. Forms are also available from the Rotarian of the Year page.

Membership Awards 

Two awards are to be presented;
  1. The club with the highest percentage membership gain by 15th April of the current Rotary year. 
  2. The club with the highest numerical increase in membership.
The numbers will be based on the official records of Rotary International as shown on 15th April.  However, members who have been fully approved for membership by the club, but have not yet been added to the RI Database, may be included. The nomination will be submitted to the District Awards chair by the District Membership Chair.

Best Bulletin/Website Award

Due to the fact that the vast majority of clubs publish their Bulletin within their website, this award will be judged on a combination of the website and the bulletin. The criteria remain the same. The evaluation will be based on a combination the following: 
  • Is the material current and up to date
  • Appearance: Does it communicate in a pleasing way? 
  • Readability: Is the bulletin exciting and fun to read? Is the website current and easily navigable?
  • Club News: Does it inform about meetings, member activities, fellowship, projects, youth, finance, committee reports, plans and future events? 
  • District and International News: Does it report on District, Rotary International and Rotary Foundation plans and programs and other important Rotary communications? 
  • General Interest: Does it appeal to casual readers and others? 
  • Does it cater for appropriate Social Media content and comment?
Club Presidents may submit their club nomination, with a short justification, to the District Awards Chair for consideration for the award. 

Club Recognition - Special Projects Award

The primary consideration for this award is outstanding service in Rotary. Other civic accomplishments may be considered but shall not be a basis for selection. The Five Avenues of Service, the Object of Rotary and the Four Way Test should serve as a guide in evaluating a potential candidate. The nomination will be submitted to the District Awards chair by the District Governor or Assistant District Governors. Submission deadline: April 1st.

Club Recognition – Service Projects

Recognition at the District Conference of individual Rotary clubs for exemplary service projects during the Rotary year. 
Nominations come from the Assistant/Area Governor and the District Governor and should outline the reason for the recognition.

District Governor’s Distinguished District Service Awards / Special Awards

The District Governor may make this award to individuals who have excelled in service to the District and have gone beyond the call of duty in dedicated service to the District. This recognition is solely at the call of the District Governor. 
District Awards Chair 2016 - 7

Peter Clarke (Rotary Club of Vancouver)