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
  • 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.

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 – OCTOBER

A quarter of the Rotary year is now behind us. I am sure you are helping Rotary to grow more and do more. And I hope you have already done your part for the Each One, Bring One initiative by introducing one person to Rotary.

Do you ever think about your earliest days as a Rotarian? I often do — because those first moments of discovering the power of service shaped who I am today. When I joined my Rotary club, our efforts focused on India’s rural communities, where people were living without toilets, getting their drinking water from the same pond they bathed in, and sending their children to outdoor classrooms set up under a tree. The nearest health care provider often was miles away — and the services were inadequate. But after Rotary clubs carried out some service projects, the villages had toilets, clean drinking water, a classroom for early learning, and a nearby health care center.

The spark that Rotary kindled within me forced me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity. It made service a way of life and led me to a guiding principle I still stand by: Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on Earth.

If you feel the need to reignite the spark of service in yourself or your club, October — Community Economic Development Month — is a great time to do so. When we work to improve the lives of people in underserved communities — through, for example, projects that provide vocational training and access to financial resources — we help build and sustain local economic growth.

The need is great. According to the United Nations, 9 percent of the world’s population — that’s 700 million people, a majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa — live on less than $1.90 a day. By supporting strong community development as well as entrepreneurs, we can help improve conditions for people in that region and others.

Your club can also promote economic development in your own community by expanding vocational training opportunities through local schools and community colleges, partnering with lenders to improve access to financial services, or working with a nonprofit that provides resources to entrepreneurs and connects them with the business community.

Of course, developing strong communities is impossible without strong public health. On 24 October, World Polio Day, we’ll celebrate our tremendous progress in the effort to eradicate polio. But we also know the fight is not over. We still need your help raising funds and awareness to ensure that all children are immunized against polio. Please don’t forget to activate your clubs on that important day and encourage them to donate here: .

Service has been rewarding for me throughout my life. I know the same is true for many of you. Join me this month in becoming a good tenant of our planet by helping others to better themselves and their communities. Together, we can Serve to Change Lives.

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

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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 Conference and Learning 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!

LATEST NEWS

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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