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 – DECEMBER

Public health is on everyone’s mind due to the global pandemic that still threatens the safety of ourselves and our loved ones. In a sense, COVID-19 has made all of us much more aware of the roles and responsibilities of medical professionals than we were before we had to wear masks and maintain social distance. In addition, while moving through this pandemic, we have also learned about the role we can play in keeping others safe.

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month in Rotary. The pandemic unfortunately has schooled most people on the toll that disease takes on our communities. But fighting disease is something that Rotarians around the world have been doing for decades. In fact, it is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

As Rotarians, we believe that good health and well-being is a human right — even though 400 million people across the globe do not have access to essential health services. The work we do in establishing clinics, eye hospitals, and blood banks, as well as in building infrastructure for medical facilities in underserved communities, all returns to a central belief that access, prevention, and education are the keys to stopping deadly outbreaks that harm the most vulnerable.

My exposure to health work began with my Rotary club, Calcutta-Mahanagar. There, among other things, I helped pioneer a program called Saving Little Hearts that over the years has provided more than 2,500 free heart surgeries for children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Africa. Before the program went international, it started locally with the goal of performing just six surgeries within our community. Today, our goal is to complete another 20,000 surgeries over the next five years.

The world relies on Rotary to tackle challenges like these and to set an example for others. Over the past decade, medical professionals and government workers have provided free health services to 2.5 million people in 10 countries during Family Health Days, which are organized by Rotarians around the world. Similar health camps in India also provide thousands of surgeries to those in need. Medical missions from India to Africa each year are an excellent example of hands-on service in disease prevention and treatment. Rotary members can also get involved at a local level; clubs in the United States and Mexico, for example, fund a free health clinic in Guerrero, a small town in Mexico.

And of course, our effort to eradicate polio is by far the best story in civil-society health care.

This month, think about how your club can focus on preventing and fighting disease. This is the time to take a bigger, better, bolder approach through both club and district projects that can impact more people. Re-evaluate where you are with your goals. Create strategies that can sustain change over years, not months.

Everyone deserves a long, healthy life. When you Serve to Change Lives, your actions today can help extend the lives of others.

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.

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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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