PEOPLE OF ACTION

'SERVICE ABOVE SELF'

Rotary is known by the results that are achieved. Rotary International provides services to others, promotes integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Welcome to Rotary in District 5020. We represent Rotarians on Vancouver Island, B.C. and Western Washington from Pierce County south to Woodland including the Olympic Peninsula. Rotary unites over a million people worldwide to take action locally and globally. Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.

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UNITE DISTRICT 5020 (PEOPLE OF ACTION MAGAZINE)

DISTRICT ONLINE NEWS SOURCE

After two incredible years, UD5020 will be changing its format to address ease of use and social media sharing.

As the magazine merges into the new format, please continue to share your stories, club successes, and exciting news. Your continued enthusiasm will continue to build the new excitement for the format.

DISTRICT 5020 GOVERNORS MESSAGE

DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION | NOVEMBER 2022

I was going to write a message this month about not always following tradition.  It was about how to consider new alternatives, rather than “we’ve always done it that way.”

I’m sure the message would have been wonderful, but instead I decided to not do what I have always done.

This month, I encountered a message from a club president in their club bulletin that I thought was much better than what I could have written, was much more eloquent and much timelier.

I would like to thank Lisa Zuk, from the Rotary Club of Comox, for allowing me to edit her message and pass it on to you.

Here it is:

The Comox Rotary Club doesn’t have a head table.  When I was first introduced to Rotary 20 years ago, they certainly did. The President sat up there and probably the board.

Then suddenly we had a President who didn’t want a head table. We all sat together as a club.  The next year the head table was back at the front.  I eventually left Rotary but, when I returned several years later, the head table was just a distant memory.

The head table may have disappeared that first time on a whim, but what is important now is that it is gone for good.  Now no Rotarian in our club is seen to be more important than another.

At the very core of Rotary and of being a Rotarian is our belief in equality. That is not an equality that sends us into the community to recruit Rotarians to fill a quota. It is not about making sure we have gender equality, racial equality, cultural equality, and sexual orientation equality. It is far more subtle than that. It is about making sure that, right here, starting at the grass roots, we have equality within our club.  We are all equal. We are all important and all a very necessary element of this club.

Without each and everyone of us, we are a little less.  Without your voice, your commitment, your presence, and your heart, we are not as equal as we should be.  If you aren’t here. letting us know how you feel and what is important to you, and why you are a Rotarian, we are just that little bit less.

And that is on you.  Diversity, equity, and inclusion, starts at home.  You are responsible for taking part and being part of this group.  We can’t force you.  Either you are or you aren’t, but always know that without you, there is just a little bit missing, right here.

Johnny and I just spent 5 weeks in Hawaii. We visited a couple of Rotary meetings, and they were excellent.  It is through this connection that the following Sunday, we found ourselves in a picturesque little church.

The minister said something that really resonated with me.  “You can’t have more faith or less. You either have it or you don’t.”  It is totally up to you how much you want to take from that.  It’s your responsibility. Fill your cup, or long for more. All your choice.

That is like Rotary.  You can choose to be a Rotarian in membership only, or you can choose to jump right in and make it a total experience.  And why, oh why, do anything if you don’t want to do it all the way?

So here is my challenge to you.  Take your enthusiasm, your energy, your love of Rotary, your Rotary experience and share it. Go get ‘em.

You don’t have to stop with new members.  Phone someone we haven’t seen for a while and invite them to come with you to Rotary.  Let’s get them back here where they once belonged and let’s get them engaged.

Imagine if every Rotarian gave as much as you do, imagine what we could accomplish, imagine how amazing we would be then.

Imagine Rotary.

DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION | NOVEMBER 2022

I was going to write a message this month about not always following tradition.  It was about how to consider new alternatives, rather than “we’ve always done it that way.” I’m sure the message would have been wonderful, but instead I decided to not do what I have...

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OCTOBER 24TH IS WORLD POLIO DAY | OCTOBER 2022

In 1985-1986 a Rotarian from Wenatchee, Washington became president of Rotary International with a theme of “You are the Key”.  I believe he was referring to the little notch that you see in the Rotary wheel.  It is a “keyway”.  If you have a driving wheel, you need...

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FROM THIS DAY FORWARD | SEPTEMBER 2022

Imagine you are in heavy traffic. A vehicle with company signage cuts you off and makes rude gestures toward you. What if instead that vehicle with company signage allows you to ease into traffic and gives you a friendly wave. How do each of those scenarios affect...

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UPCOMING KEY EVENTS

DISTRICT 5020 TRAINING AND CONFERENCE is just around the corner!

SAVE THE DATE! MAY 19 – 20 in VICTORIA BC

WHO WE ARE

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.

What we do

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
  • Protect the environment

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Our mission

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Vision statement

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

OUR CAUSES

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever..

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

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