DISTRICT AWARDS

QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Nora K. Dowsett
Duncan

DISTRICT LITERACY CHAIR

Anita Wotschel
Courtenay

DISTRICT FOUNDATION CHAIR

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Celebrating Excellence and Impact

The Rotary International District 5020 Awards recognize outstanding achievements and contributions within various categories, including Club Membership Awards, Literacy Awards, Foundation Awards, and Rotary International Awards.

Participating in these awards not only showcases the remarkable work done by Rotary Clubs and individuals but also provides several benefits to both the participants and the Rotary community.

  1. Club Membership Awards: These awards recognize clubs that have demonstrated exceptional membership development and retention efforts. By participating in these awards, clubs can highlight their success stories, share innovative membership strategies, and inspire others to strengthen their membership base. The benefits of participating in Club Membership Awards include increased club visibility, enhanced networking opportunities, and the chance to learn from other successful clubs.
  2. Literacy Awards: Literacy is a fundamental aspect of education and development. The Literacy Awards acknowledge clubs and individuals who have significantly contributed to improving literacy rates in their communities. By participating in these awards, Rotary members can showcase their literacy initiatives, attract support and resources, and inspire others to take action in tackling illiteracy. The benefits of participating in Literacy Awards include raising awareness about the importance of literacy, fostering community engagement, and making a lasting impact on individuals’ lives.
  3. Foundation Awards: The Rotary Foundation plays a crucial role in funding projects and programs that address critical humanitarian needs worldwide. The Foundation Awards recognize clubs and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Rotary Foundation through donations or active involvement in Foundation initiatives. Participating in these awards helps promote the Foundation’s work, encourages others to support its programs, and strengthens the collective impact of Rotary’s humanitarian efforts. The benefits of participating in Foundation Awards include fostering a culture of giving, establishing partnerships with other clubs and organizations, and leveraging resources for large-scale projects.
  4. Rotary International Awards: These awards encompass various categories, recognizing exceptional service, leadership, and innovation within the Rotary community. By participating in these awards, individuals and clubs can showcase their outstanding achievements, inspire others to excel, and contribute to Rotary’s reputation as a global force for positive change. The benefits of participating in Rotary International Awards include recognition and visibility on an international level, opportunities for collaboration and networking with like-minded Rotarians, and the chance to motivate others through leading by example.

Participating in the Rotary International District 5020 Awards allows clubs and individuals to share their accomplishments, inspire others, and contribute to the larger Rotary community. It fosters a spirit of healthy competition, promotes best practices, and amplifies the impact of Rotary’s humanitarian efforts. By showcasing the outstanding work being done, these awards encourage continued excellence and motivate Rotarians to strive for even greater success in their service to humanity.

QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Nora K. Dowsett
Duncan

Club Membership Awards

Membership Absolute Growth Award

District recognition of clubs with highest net member gain from July lst to April 15th of the current Rotary year. There will be First Place and Second Place awards given to the following categories:

    • Clubs up to 40 members
    • Clubs 41-70 members
    • Clubs 71 and more members

Membership Retention Award

District Recognition of clubs with highest retention percentage over 3 years based on membership numbers on April 15th of the current Rotary year. There will be First Place and Second Place awards given to the following categories:

    • Clubs up to 40 members
    • Clubs 41-70 members
    • Clubs 71 and more members

Clubs are reminded to update their membership numbers to RI by April 15th.

Recognition will be given to those clubs with sustained membership growth over the last 5 years.

QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

DISTRICT LITERACY CHAIR

Anita Wotschel
Courtenay

Literacy Achievement Awards

Club Literacy Awards

Awards will be given for five or more different literacy/education projects or events.

Projects that are the same, but in various locations (e.g., Books, dictionaries to schools) count as only one project.

How to Apply

Read the Award guidelines, suggested activities, and certification form HERE.

2023/2024 ALEPH SWANSON LITERACY CHAMPION AWARD

Educate, celebrate, and recognize the potential and achievements of a community member with the Aleph Swanson Literacy Champion Award.  As an additional part of the 2023/2024 Awards and Recognition Program,  we want to recognize those who have excelled in and care deeply about literacy. Investing in a student’s future is critical

WHO IS ALEPH SWANSON

During the 2023|2024 Rotary Year, we will honor the legacy of my beloved Grandmother, Aleph Swanson. She was an exemplary role model who dedicated her life to education and helping kids. Having run the Seattle School District kitchens and bakery, she was known for caring deeply about the well-being of disadvantaged students. Not only did she help them out by secretly giving them food when they couldn’t afford to pay, she taught them to sew and repair their damaged clothing.

WHAT IS THE AWARD?

In honor of her amazing spirit, we are creating an award recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives toward promoting literacy among kids in our local communities.

Do you know a person or organization who goes the extra step to promote literacy in our community? Nominate them for the Literacy Champion Award. Literacy Champions are people or organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in supporting reading and literacy.

The award honors those whose work, within the last two years, has focused on literacy. The work has had a direct impact on the benefits to learners, of all ages, within District 5020’s area.

For example:

  • Direct tutoring/teaching at any level
  • Organizing local literacy programs
  • Producing and/or making available materials for literacy programs
  • Including the promotion of literacy

This could be by:

  • Volunteers
  • Educators
  • Practitioners
  • Community organizations
  • Businesses

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

INDIVIDUAL AWARD NOMINEES: Teachers, tutors, school librarians, authors and others who have a positive impact on literacy – nominate an outstanding community member for the Aleph Swanson Literacy Champion Award.

 

AWARD AND RECOGNITION

The award includes registration to the 2024 Conference where they will be presented with a Paul Harris award, a $1,000 donation The Rotary Foundation on behalf of the Puget Sound Designers Passport Rotary Club.

SPECIFICS

  • Paul Harris Award
  • Public recognition at District 5020 Conference and website (public promotion)
  • A certificate from the District Governor
  • 2024 Conference registration fee

 

SUBMITTING AWARD ELIGIBILITY

  • All award form must be submitted by April 22 2024
  • Please follow the District Website and announcements for exact submission details.

QUESTIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO:

DISTRICT FOUNDATION CHAIR

Rotary Foundation Awards

100% Foundation Giving

This banner is awarded to clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.

100% Every Rotarian, Every Year Club

Rotary clubs must achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year.

Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving

Banners are given to the three clubs in each district that give the most per capita to the Annual Fund. To be eligible, clubs must achieve a minimum of $50 in per capita annual giving.

100% Paul Harris Society Club

This recognition is awarded to clubs in which every dues-paying member has contributed a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, or an approved global grant during the Rotary year.

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

For a club to be eligible, every dues-paying member must be a Paul Harris Fellow at the time the district governor requests banner recognition. This recognition is a one-time-only award, but the intent is that the club will maintain its membership at the 100% Paul Harris Fellow level. To obtain this recognition:

  1. A club representative contacts the district governor after determining that all current dues- paying club members are Paul Harris
  2. The district governor confirms that all members are Paul Harris Fellows by using the Club Recognition Summary, and then notifies The Rotary Foundation by email at rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.

End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign Certificate of Appreciation

Awarded to clubs that annually contribute $1,500 or more to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund.

How To Apply

Ensure that all donations made by your club and your club members are up to date with Rotary. Automatic reports will be generated for these awards based on this information.

 

D5020 International Club of the Year

The Olson International Service Foundation was created in 2006 to honor Past RI Director Floyd and Sandra Olson. In 2011, the Foundation decided to establish an Annual Award to the District 5020 International Club of the Year. The award is intended to both honor the club of the year and to encourage other clubs in international projects either on their own or in partnership with other clubs. The winner is chosen by Rotarians from the Olson Board and other Rotarians. The award consists of a trophy, a $500USD cheque for the next project and 1000 Paul Harris Recognition points – 2nd and 3rd place finishers will also receive Paul Harris Recognition points provided by the Bainbridge Island club.

2023/2024 PRIORITY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAM

The intent behind the 2023/2024 Awards and Recognition Program is to bring the Club recognition into alignment with Rotary International Action Plan which is a critical part to this year’s District goals for the 2023/2024 Rotary Year.

PRIORITY 1 INCREASE OUR IMPACT | Award and Recognition

People of action are effective problem-solvers. Why do Rotarians achieve so much? We invest in relationships. We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilize our networks to create solutions that last. And we’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers.

SHOW THAT ROTARY UNDERSTANDS ITS COMMUNITIES BY IDENTIFYING FACTS, STATISTICS, AND MEASURABLE MEANS THAT SHOW A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHO IS IN YOUR AREA AND WHO IS BEING HELPED.

This will help people understand how we’re increasing our impact and bringing about measurable change.

  • Working together to develop practices and tools for measuring and sharing Rotary’s positive, long-term change
  • Using our resources for programs that have the potential for the greatest impact
  • Implementing Programs of Scale to provides us with a new framework for thinking about how we bring about change in the world
  • Identify a project you can use to explore and practice measurement.
  • Connect with other clubs.

RECOGNITION FOR IMPACT (EXAMPLES)

  • Environmental Projects
  • Fundraising – creativity and effective outcome
  • Global Grants
  • Legacy Projects
  • Local Grant
  • Polio – fundraising and awareness
  • Sustainability Projects

GUIDELINES FOR INCREASE OUR IMPACT RECOGNITION

  • Improve our ability to achieve and measure impact
  • Focus programs and offerings
  • Document IMPACT process, changes and submit article to UD5020

SUBMITTING AWARD ELIGIBILITY

  • All award form must be submitted by April 1 2024
  • Please follow the District Website and announcements for exact submission details.

A SMALL GESTURE OF “THANKS”

The following will be awarded:

  • First place: $1000 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Second place: $750 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Third place: $250 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Honorable Mention: A digital ribbon to share on social media and club website

PRIORITY 2 EXPAND OUR REACH | AWARD AND RECOGNITION

People of action are effective problem-solvers. Why do Rotarians achieve so much? We invest in relationships. We make decisions grounded in evidence. We know how to mobilize our networks to create solutions that last. And we’re always learning from our experiences in projects, clubs, and careers.

SHOW THAT ROTARY IS INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING.

We expand our reach when people understand how we inspire others to act and create experiences that connect people and reinforce their commitment. Remember that even instructional details can convey that it’s easy to participate.

  • Exploring new products and participant models so that people can join us and take action, no matter where they live
  • Tell us how you’re engaging people beyond traditional membership on the My Rotary Action Plan page.

RECOGNITION FOR EXPANDING OUR REACH (EXAMPLES)

  • IDEA – Inclusive, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
  • Creation of a community based Rotaract Club
  • Public Image Campaign

GUIDELINES FOR EXPANDING OUR REACH RECOGNITION

  • Grow and diversify our membership and participation
  • Create new channels into Rotary
  • Increase Rotary’s openness and appeal
  • Build awareness of our impact and brand
  • Document the REACH process, changes and submit article to UD5020

SUBMITTING AWARD ELIGIBILITY

  • All award form must be submitted by April 1 2024
  • Please follow the District Website and announcements for exact submission details.

A SMALL GESTURE OF “THANKS”

The following will be awarded:

  • First place: $1000 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Second place: $750 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Third place: $250 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Honorable Mention: A digital ribbon to share on social media and club website

PRIORITY 3 ENHANCE PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT | AWARD AND RECOGNITION

People of action strive to understand the needs of others. Rotary is a great organization because we create meaningful relationships across decades and continents. But just like the people and communities we serve, our participants need to feel seen and heard.

SHOW THAT ROTARY OFFERS MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES FOR MEMBERS AND PARTICIPANTS WHILE MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITY.

That’s how people will know that we make the needs and growth of our participants a priority — and that’s why they’ll join us and stay with us.

  • Making participants central to what we do, which means we’re being proactive, asking people how they want to engage with us
  • Looking at ways to measure member engagement and satisfaction
  • Survey your members to learn what’s important to them in their club experience and how they want to grow and develop through Rotary.

RECOGNITION FOR ENHANCE PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT (EXAMPLES)

  • Membership Retention
  • Membership Growth
  • Club Collaboration
  • Individual member for the most classes taken in the RI Learning Center
  • Club innovative after hours or business networking
  • Vibrant Club Strategy

GUIDELINES FOR ENHANCE PARTICIPANT ENGAGEMENT RECOGNITION

  • Support club to better engage their members
  • Develop a participant-centered approach to deliver value
  • Offer new opportunities for personal and professional connection
  • Provide leadership development and skills training
  • Document the ENGAGEMENT process, changes and submit article to UD5020

SUBMITTING AWARD ELIGIBILITY

  • All award form must be submitted by April 1 2024
  • Please follow the District Website and announcements for exact submission details.

A SMALL GESTURE OF “THANKS”

The following will be awarded:

  • First place: $1000 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Second place: $750 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Third place: $250 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Honorable Mention: A digital ribbon to share on social media and club website

PRIORITY 4 INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT | AWARD AND RECOGNITION

People of action are inventive, entrepreneurial, and resilient. We know what we stand for and why it matters. We’re driven by a sense of optimism — a belief that we are and will continue to be essential to our communities, to the world, and to humanity.

DEMONSTRATE THAT YOUR CLUB IS LISTENING TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND ADAPTING QUICKLY TO A CHANGING WORLD.

Emphasize how we’re being innovative and inviting new perspectives so that we can respond to critical needs. Convey that even in challenging times, we remain hopeful.

  • Improving our operations to become more agile and more responsive
  • Consider small changes you can make to improve how your club operates.

RECOGNITION FOR INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT (EXAMPLES)

  • Creation of innovative club models
  • Clubs that have created a five-year plan
  • Restructured traditional club operations
  • Integrated hybrid meetings and programs 

GUIDELINES FOR INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT RECOGNITION

  • Build a culture of research, innovation, and willingness to take risks
  • Streamline governance, structure, and processes
  • Review governance to foster more diverse perspectives in decision-making
  • Document the ADAPT process, changes and submit article to UD5020

SUBMITTING AWARD ELIGIBILITY

  • All award form must be submitted by April 1 2024
  • Please follow the District Website and announcements for exact submission details.

A SMALL GESTURE OF “THANKS”

Nine awards will be given to the clubs that submit a successful project that supported PRIORITY 4 | INCREASE OUR ABILITY TO ADAPT.

The following will be awarded:

  • First place: $1000 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Second place: $750 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Third place: $250 and a digital ribbon to share on social media and club website
  • Honorable Mention: A digital ribbon to share on social media and club website

DISTRICT 5020 AWARDS COMMITTEE

Nora K. Dowsett
Duncan
Anita Wotschel
Courtenay

DISTRICT 5020 DISTRICT CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

Caleb Neal Summerfelt
Puget Sound Designers Passport
Richard Suskind
Sequim Sunrise
Graham A. Stewart
Campbell River
Marnee Obendorf
Shelton Skookum
Paddy McGuire
Shelton