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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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

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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.

2021-2022 RI PRESIDENT

Shekhar Mehta

President 2021-22

Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar (West Bengal, India)

 

Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.

Mehta has been actively involved in disaster response and is a trustee of ShelterBox, UK. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build nearly 500 homes for families affected by the disaster.

He pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.

A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor. He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India).

Mehta has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.

He and his wife, Rashi, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.

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PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE

PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE – SEPTEMBER

I am sure you are having an enriching experience as you Serve to Change Lives. One of the ways you can make the greatest change in a person’s life is to help them learn to read. Literacy opens up the world to us. It makes us better informed about life in our own communities and opens vistas to other cultures. Reading and writing connects people and gives us another way to express our love for one another.

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month in Rotary. Enhancing literacy skills is critical in our pursuit of reducing poverty, improving health, and promoting peace. In fact, if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, it would result in a significant cut in global poverty rates.

Without education, illiterate children become illiterate adults. Today, 14 percent of the world’s adult population — 762 million people — lack basic reading and writing skills. Two-thirds of that group are women. Literacy and numeracy skills are essential to obtaining better housing, health care, and jobs over a lifetime.

Especially for girls and women, literacy can be a life-or-death issue. If all girls completed their primary education, there would be far fewer maternal deaths. And a child is more likely to survive past age 5 if he or she is born to a mother who can read. Improving outcomes for more people worldwide is possible only if countries remove barriers to education for girls. The economic argument for doing so is clear: In some countries where schooling is geared toward boys, the cost of missed economic opportunity is more than $1 billion per year.

Empowering people through education is among the boldest goals we have as Rotarians. We don’t have to travel far from our homes to encounter those whose lives are being curtailed because they struggle with reading, rely on others to read for them, or cannot write anything more than their own name.

Starting this month, consider how your club can Serve to Change Lives through literacy: Support local organizations that offer free programs to support adult literacy or local language learning, or that provide teachers with professional development centered around reading and writing. Become literacy mentors, or work with an organization like the Global Partnership for Education to increase learning opportunities for children around the world. Have conversations with local schools and libraries to see how your club can support their existing programs or help create needed ones in your community.

In India, the TEACH program, a successful collaboration between the country’s Rotary clubs and its government, has demonstrated how to scale up literacy efforts to reach millions of children. And at a time when schools across India were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program’s e-learning component reached more than 100 million children through national television.

Literacy is the first step out of poverty. As Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has noted, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”

UNITE DISTRICT 5020 (PEOPLE OF ACTION MAGAZINE)

NEW – 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

ARE YOU A RINO (ROTARIAN IN NAME ONLY)?

Do you leave your Rotary meetings inspired?  Are you excited to tell friends and colleagues about Rotary?  Do you raise your hand when a club member is looking for volunteers?  Are you excited to get involved with a fundraiser?  If you can say Yes to all these……… CONGRATULATIONS, you are NOT A RINO!  Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join but rather an invitation to endless opportunities. 

 2021/22 RI President Shekhar Mehta’s theme is Serve to Change Lives and his personal mantra is “Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth”   President Shekhar’s main goal for 2021/22 is to grow Rotary to 1.3 million by July 2022.  We can help with this goal by embracing his initiatives:

Each one Bring one – every Rotarian introduce a friend, relative or colleague to Rotary.

Do more Grow more – the more involved we are in club activities, the more we get out of our Rotary experience and the more likely we are to attract new Rotarians.  The good work of Rotary can only be accomplished by ensuring we maintain or grow our membership base.

Rotary Service Days – organize a hands-on service project in your community.  We are all Rotary ambassadors and should be proud to share our Rotary story.  When we tell others about our good deeds, we grow the capacity to do even more.

Rotary’s past was a focus on perfect attendance, Rotary’s future is to focus on perfect engagement.

To ensure you are not a RINO, during the 2021/22 Rotary year I challenge each Rotarian in District 5020 to ‘Serve to Change Lives’ by:

    1. Introducing at least one person to Rotary
    2. Taking part in at least one club fundraiser
    3. Taking part in at least one club service project

In addition to President Shekhar’s initiatives, this Rotary year the District is implementing its own initiatives in which clubs can participate:

    1. Matching grants up to $500 each to assist clubs with promotion and marketing of their clubs. Ideas such as, but not limited to, ensuring current Rotary logo on community signage/club brochures/bookmarks/websites, a reception to attract new members, a rewards program for members who bring in new members etc.
    2. A ‘People of Action’ photo contest. Clubs can submit action photos and if photo is a finalist the club could share in the $2500 prize money.
    3. Initiative to promote ‘Rotary Direct’ – clubs with the highest percentage of members signed up for Rotary Direct by November 30th will be eligible to win one of the following prizes 1ST prize $2500, 2ND prize $1,000, 3RD prize $500. Prize money is to be used for a club local or international project and can be used towards a district grant.
    4. The District will give every new member $10US towards their first Paul Harris. If the new member makes a further $15US contribution to the Rotary Foundation (Annual Fund or PolioPlus) before June 30, 2022, their Foundation account will be credited with an additional 200 recognition points (essentially, they will then have $225 towards their first Paul Harris).
    5. Every time a Rotarian sponsors a new member the sponsor Rotarian’s name will be entered into a draw to attend the RI Convention in Houston (includes convention fee, accommodation and return flight).

During this Rotary year and as we come out of the pandemic, we will most likely see some changes which inevitably will help grow Rotary.   Clubs will have the ability to incorporate virtual options in several ways that we have become familiar with over the past year.  There are so many exciting opportunities to explore: Rotary meetings where you can invite speakers from around the world; the ability to visit clubs on every continent; the potential to attend club meetings from the comfort of your home, while traveling or from the office.  Embracing these changes can reduce meal costs and travel times and allow for some very interesting programs.  Clubs can also build on successful virtual fundraisers held this past year!

As exciting as all of this is, we are all looking forward to the time when we can meet in person and shake hands again! It looks like meeting restrictions will be lifted soon and I am very hopeful the border will open in the fall, giving me the opportunity to do club visits and meet many of you in person.

Please put May 13/14th, 2022 in your calendar to attend the District Training and Conference in Victoria!  More information about this exciting event to come . . . . . .

Thank you to all of you for what you do for Rotary and for being engaged.

ARE YOU A RINO (ROTARIAN IN NAME ONLY)?

Do you leave your Rotary meetings inspired?  Are you excited to tell friends and colleagues about Rotary?  Do you raise your hand when a club member is looking for volunteers?  Are you excited to get involved with a fundraiser?  If you can say Yes to all these……......

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UPCOMING KEY EVENTS

Membership Events

Training is always being planned, please check here!

District Training and Conference 2022

Victoria May 13-14 2022

CALLING ALL COWBOYS AN COWGIRLS! Save the date to saddle up to the big O’ ranch for a rootin’ tootin’ good time! Join us in Victoria on May 13th and 14th for District Training and Conference!

Rotary International Convention

Houston Texas, June 4-8 2022

DISCOVER NEW HORIZONS in Houston Texas at the 2022 RI Convention, please join your fellow D5020 Rotarians!

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JOIN THE DISTRICT TEAM

Are you interested in helping to further world peace? Do you like working with youth or clubs?

The District Youth Exchange committee is looking for Rotarians who are interested in becoming a part of a vibrant team that will support both our clubs and our Youth Exchange students while having a positive impact on world peace as we learn about different cultures together with this life-changing experience for students.

We are looking for highly motivated, outgoing Rotarians who are interested in shaping this dynamic team for the future. Due to the size of our district and the global nature of the program, much of our communication is online and through our database. Being tech-savvy is an asset for any of these positions and training support will be provided. Previous youth exchange experience at the club level is not required for some positions.

 

  • Treasurer – responsible for maintaining the financial records, acceptance, and disbursement of funds, as well as creation and tracking of the Youth Exchange Budget.
  • US Compliance Officer – responsible for monitoring the screening and vetting of US Youth Exchange volunteers and host families
  • US Short Term Coordinator – responsible for coordinating the selection, screening, and training of US Short Term Exchange students

 

The complete job descriptions for all three positions are hyperlinked in this email.  Training and support for all positions will be provided. If you are interested in any of these important positions, please contact the District Youth Exchange Vice-Chair, Natalie Crawshaw, at nataliecrawshaw.rotary5020@outlook.com and let her know the positions you are interested in applying for.

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