Here is the March issue of the District 5040 Conference News. Update on keynote speakers, Rotary Jeopardy coming to conference 2016, New Audain museum opens in Whistler, registration goes over goal of 300, just days left to save $25 on registration and Much More


Conference 2016 Update 
Rotary District 5040 Conference 
April 28 - May 1, 2016

Newsletter - March 2016



Must see in Whistler - Audain Art Museum

One of the must see attractions in Whistler is the NEW Audain Art Museum. The Audain is Whistler's newest cultural hot spot. Located by the Village, the iconic building has a permanent collection of artworks from British Columbia, and will host exhibitions from leading museums around the world.

The Museum contains a permanent collection of the art of British Columbia including an outstanding collection of nineteenth century Northwest Coast masks, one of Canada’s strongest Emily Carr collections, a selection of Vancouver’s celebrated photo-based art plus a gallery devoted to West Coast artist Edward J. Hughes.

The collection includes The Crazy Stair, a painting by Emily Carr which recently sold at auction for a record breaking $3.3 million. This price was the highest ever paid for an Emily Carr at auction, the highest for a work by a Canadian woman artist and the fourth most expensive work at an art auction in Canada.


Who are the Conference 2016 keynote speakers?

Julia Phelps - RI Director & RI Presidents Rep
Penny Legate - journalist & polio fighter
Julia Smith - Rotary peace fellow
Ezra Teshome - polio warrior
Danielle Lallement - why young professionals in Rotary
Steve Mason - Aga Khan Foundation

For photos and full biographies of speakers visit:

Rotary Jeopardy

Don’t plan to leave the conference too early on Sunday. You are in for a treat. A panel of our Rotary leaders will play District 5040’s Rotary Jeopardy.  Will you do better than the contestants? How is your Rotary knowledge? Try these: 

  1. For 100 “The location of the 2016 Rotary International Convention”
  2. For 200 “Will be the first District Governor from the Sunshine Coast.”
  3. For 300 “The classification of DG John Anderson.”
  4. For 400 “This Rotary club that made Rotary “International.”
  5. For 500 “There is a memorial in Stanley Park to this Rotarian and US President.”

What is Seoul Korea?

Who is Darcy Long?

What is education?

What is the Rotary Club of Winnipeg?

Who is Warren Harding?

Friday Night at Merlins Grill & Pub
On Friday we will celebrate Rotary with Dinner and Entertainment at Merlins Grill & Pub in the Village. There will be- 2 seatings 6pm-7:15pm and 7:30pm-10pm.
Tickets issued at Registration

Rotary Leadership Institute
RLI Part 1, 2 & 3 will be held on Thursday, April 28th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. This will be an opportunity for those who have never taken RLI training to start and for those who have partially completed the RLI courses to continue.  The fee for each course is still only $85 and includes all of the pertinent course material, refreshments and Lunch. Visit the events page at

Special Conference opportunities

If your spouse/partner is coming with you to Whistler and they would like something interesting to do on the afternoon of Friday April 29, here are a couple of tours that we have organized.

You can register your spouse/partner to attend one or both of these new events, by modifying your District Conference registration on ClubRunner o
r send an email to with your request.

Friday April 29 3:30 PM: 1.5 hour cooking demo with Pastry Chef Anup Chupal, he demos sugar art & chocolate art tips & tricks. Participants will be invited to make a "Tarte au Chocolat" to take home! $50 per person. This tour is limited to 40 participants and then it will be closed.

Friday April 29, one hour private "Back of the Fairmont Whistler" tour includes 5 min stops along with interesting stats at the Lobby Area & Front Desk, cafe & shop, staff cafeteria, pastry kitchen, housekeeping & linen room, receiving bay & R zone, banquet stewarding area, the Cold Kitchen, Main Kitchen & Wildflower Kitchen and ballrooms. Limited room on this tour also, groups of 15, exact tour time to be confirmed: $15 per person.

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  Youth Conference program is now available

  • Who should attend? Interact, Youth Exchange, RYLA Alumni
  • Networking opportunities
  • Speakers for Personal Growth
  • Club Development & Project Ideas
  • Gala Event—Dinner and Dance
  • Scavenger Hunt in Whistler Village
  • Attend events at Rotary Conference 2016 at Chateau Whistler
  • Bus transportation with pick up sites in Metro Vancouver—cost $35.00
  • Registration is $175 until March 31, 2016 . After March 31 the rate is $200.00

For further information and program details visit











For information on Conference 2016 sponsor opportunities & for links to all our sponsors please visit -

Stay tuned for much more for Conference 2016. More fabulous keynote speakers, more entertainment, informative breakout sessions, more Rotary fellowship, more than a few surprises. You do not want to miss Conference 2016 - Celebrate Rotary.


Save on Registration

If you register for Conference 2016 before March 31, 2016 you save $25. The rate now is $325 - after March 31, 2016  it is $350. An additional $25 discount is available to first time conference attendees.





To see which of your friends are already registered for Conference 2016 click HERE

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Do you have a question about Conference 2016? Contact the Conference committee or your CCC (Club Conference Champion). For contact information click HERE







This short video explains the RLI program in District 5040 & answers the question why you should take all 3 RLI parts.