MAY GOVERNORS MESSAGE 

 

If you had told me that the year I was District Governor was going to end like a Science Fiction movie -  I would never have believed you.  I thought I would be kicking off May talking about the excitement of youth.

Instead we are focused on COVID-19.  But here we are.  Together.  Doing whatever we can to continue to be people of action who make a difference in our communities, both locally and around the world.

The last time there was a pandemic of this proportion was over a hundred years ago in 1918.  What I find enlightening was what happened to Rotary membership that year.  It doubled. Membership in Rotary doubled at a time the rest of the world was in fear.  I would like to see a similar legacy for District 5020.  If there is the potential for a new Rotary Club in your area this is the time to help them become established.  Let’s welcome more people into Rotary.

You have heard me say, “if ever your community needed Rotary, it is now”.  I think the same cry went out back in 1918.

Rotary attracts people who believe that service above self, enriches their lives.  Getting to know the Rotarians in this district and seeing what they accomplish has certainly enriched mine.

Currently I am visiting more clubs than I ever could have if I had to drive a vehicle to get there. This is a bonus.  We can now have guests and speakers from around the world attend our meetings.  

In May I thought I would be in the throes of planning a conference.  That’s not in the cards but our Magazine editor Caleb is developing a UD5020 Magazine Conference.   It will be one of those incredible keepsakes from a difficult Rotary year.   A beacon of what we did to connect in a new way.  Caleb and Corey are working hand in hand to help make this an edition you will not be able to stop reading.

Conference Chair Joan put in countless hours to create an event we would all remember.  Some of the highest registration numbers rolled in during the first few weeks that we opened registration.  We were offering new options with graduated fees.  Joan even planned to have a speaker open to the public.  We attracted corporate sponsors.  I believe that it would have been an absolutely sensational celebration in our district.  Thank you, Joan and your entire committee.  You all have my eternal gratitude.  

I am pleased to see DGE Greg take the bull by the horns and together with District Trainer Marnee they will host a virtual training seminar that may well lay the groundwork for future training in our district.  I encourage all clubs to have their members sign up to attend.  The price is definitely right.  What a 2020 legacy if every Rotarian attended one class.  

We have two and half months left in this Rotary year to continue to focus on how we can help make our communities stronger.  This is a challenge I believe we are up for.  We’ve got this.  Together we will be the binding force that makes a difference.  Rotarians are coming back to your clubs.  They are attending meetings electronically.  Some of us have not had this level of attendance in years. We have 17 ZOOM licenses and the ability to setup meetings for your club and your club committees and anyone one else in your community you know needs this service.  Leaders in our communities are seeing Rotarians out helping in the community.  They are inspired by our spirit.  We can keep a positive message in the world that Rotary is here to help. 

Let’s go back to Youth.  We have Rotary Exchange students caught in COVID-19.  What a wonderful opportunity for clubs to invite those students to come to your clubs to tell you what this world looks like through their eyes.  Please ask them to speak at your club.

Thank you for all you do.

Mahalo

Mo 
Proud Governor of the Best District in the World

 
MAY GOVERNORS MESSAGE Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2020-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

APRIL GOVERNORS MESSAGE 

 
Sometimes our light goes out but is brought into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light...
Albert Schweitzer
 
One day our life is fine and the next an unexpected change arrives at our door. Such is the case with the Coronavirus. Not one of us was looking for something like this to change our course of action in
 
March. Yet it stopped us dead in our tracks. Suddenly we had to start carefully negotiating how we do things.
 
The care and concern I have witnessed from Rotarians throughout District 5020 is inspiring and heart warming.
You expressed ways to ensure Youth Exchange and RYLA students were kept safe and keep their parents calm.
 
You determined how to best go forward with your club events and meetings and many took ZOOM training.
 
You offered suggestions for increasing the safety of district events.

Your response was quick, effective and positive.
 
APRIL GOVERNORS MESSAGE Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2020-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

MARCH GOVERNORS MESSAGE 

DG Mo, Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Dean Rohrs & the 1st Female Rotary Club President Sylvia Whitlock
When will Rotary have a female president?
 
It is a question that Rotarians ask a lot.  As a female District Governor, it seems that I get asked the question even more often.
 
I am always happy to be asked when Rotary International will name a female president.  It is exciting that Rotarians want to see that happen.   With International Women’s Day in March, this seems like a natural time to address the issue.
 
There is no shadowy international conspiracy to ensure that only Rotarians with a Y chromosome take on the Rotary International presidency.
 
MARCH GOVERNORS MESSAGE Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

FEBRUARY GOVERNORS MESSAGE

 

 
World Peace
“The best antidote for international fear is international understanding”, Paul Harris 1928
 
I had the life changing experience of attending the Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, California in January and I feel that I must share it with you.
 
Even though Rotary has held Peace as a focus of the organization since 1921, it isn’t a subject that arises at a lot of Rotary meetings. We have funds to raise, fellowship to enjoy and programs to deliver.
 
When I saw the Rotary World Peace Conference advertised, I thought, “I don’t have time to take a weekend and attend. I need to stay home for once and do some laundry.” But it nagged at me until I couldn’t stand it and so, yes, I registered.
 
I had previously attended the Rotary Peace Conference in Vancouver, so I knew there would be incredible speakers. The shock came when I realized I had a choice of 13 tracks with over 150 presenters covering everything from Peace in the workplace to working with Peace through media. Each of these tracks covered two full days devoted to building Peace in those specific areas.
 
There were also general sessions with talks throughout the peace spectrum. The stories were incredible but one really touched my heart. Dr. Fozia Alvi’s description of her experience as a volunteer physician in the Rohingya refugee camps was overwhelming.
 
She is petite and soft spoken but has a passion and energy that fills the room. She describes herself as a working mother who grew up in Pakistan, trained in the United States and moved to Canada in 2007. In truth she is a brave and determined woman who helps the Rohingya refugees who are stranded in Bangladesh. Her parents fear for her safety and never want her to travel back home to Pakistan alone. Dr. Alvi is a woman who is creating peace quietly, in a remote corner of the world.
 
Dr. Alvi shared the stage with several other peace warriors. Like her, they were thoughtful and determined to help make our world a more peaceful place. 
 
Azim Khamisa shared the heartbreaking story of the murder of his son and his path to forgiveness. Eva Haller spoke of her time in a Nazi concentration camp and not letting that experience define how she viewed the rest of her life. Marilyn Tam, former CEO of Aveda, told us about being the unwanted daughter in a Chinese family. Her story was of a physically and verbally abused little girl who turned “I am worthless” into “I can do anything”.
 
The underlying message in so many of these presentations was that forgiveness allows us to heal and move on. It doesn’t mean putting yourself in danger or letting crimes go unpunished. It is about each of us understanding we have the power to create personal peace. Dr. Frederic Luskin, Director of the Stanford University’s Forgiveness Projects, helped us to understand how to forgive, so we can let go of the negative thoughts that hold us back.
 
Rotarians are Peace Builders. What you do in your community, to make it a safer place, is creating peace. The time and dollars you put into literacy creates peace. When you educate children, you increase their self confidence and improve their chances of a better life. Dr. Alvi told us she is not allowed to educate the Rohingya children in the refugee camp in Bangladesh. It is much easier to control illiterate people.
 
You create peace when you provide clean water and health care and microcredit. You improve the health of the planet when you work on peace. PDG Jiro Kawatsuma from Hiroshima, Japan described the destruction caused by nuclear weapons and why he works tirelessly to advocate for peace. He plants peace trees around the world.
 
As Rotarians we are serious about Peace. The money you donate to the Rotary Foundation supports Peace Centers around the world where students earn a master’s degree or professional development certificates. Since 2002 over 1200 Peace Fellows have graduated from these Peace Centers and are working in more than 116 countries.
 
One of the truly inspiring and entertaining speakers was Rotary Peace Fellow, Scott Martin. You will have the opportunity to meet Scott at the District Training and Conference in Victoria this May. He graduated as a Rotary Peace Scholar in 2017 and is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the District Training and Conference. We have the opportunity to work together to create safer, healthier and more peaceful communities and a better world.
FEBRUARY GOVERNORS MESSAGE  Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2020-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE JANUARY 2019

What a great way to start 2020.  January is dedicated to Vocational Service.  Seriously - that is exciting!
 
Vocation Service is the premise Rotary was built on. We are skilled, successful individuals, using our skills (and the money we make with those skills) to help make the world a better place.   
 
When you look around your club you recognize Rotarians who make things happen because of their business.  It could be the Rotarian who has a large truck that hauls all the items for your major fundraisers.  It could be the caterer who makes sure your Rotary event has the best food.  Perhaps your club has even managed to attract an accountant or banking professional to be your club treasurer.  
 
You also have an incredible opportunity to support your fellow Rotarians.  If you need an electrician, who better than someone who is also a member of your club - a person you see at all your Rotary meetings and events?  Just think about it.  If he or she works that hard for free on your projects, imagine how hard he or she would work if you actually paid for a job.  
 
The hidden gem is the opportunity to get to know what your club members do for a living.  When we join, we are given a classification.  Lots of clubs have their new members give a classification talk, but not all clubs come back to the existing members to renew that talk.  What if their vocation has changed?  
 
Here’s an activity to try at a meeting in January.  Ask everyone who joined 8 years (or longer) ago to stand up.  Now ask them to sit down if they are still in the same classification that they had when they joined.  Odds are you will have a few Rotarians still standing. Finding out what people are currently doing is an opportunity to reacquaint yourself with a club member.  
 
We all like to be asked about the work we do.  It is something we are proud of.  People change their career paths more often now and that trend will continue to grow.  There are new careers and educational paths we may not even be familiar with. Ask those long time Rotarians about their vocation.  It might be an education.
 
Is that Rotarian retired?  What did they do before retirement?  It’s another opportunity to learn about a club member.  Vocational Service month just keeps on getting better and better.  
 
When you joined Rotary was it the diversity of people in a club that drew you in?  Or was it the type of people in the club.  Rotarians have a reputation of high ethical standards in their vocations.  You can trust them.  
 
It is time to stand on the roof of your building and shout out about the high ethical standards that Rotarians live by.  Those high ethical standards are attractive to potential young members.  At a time when there is so much cynicism, the ethical values of Rotarians are proof the world can be a better place. Young people are searching for organizations that value truth and stand for something worthwhile.  
 
We prefer to be with people we can trust.  That is Rotary.
 
Vocational Service is a perfect theme to start the year. Just consider the following definition:   A vocation encompasses more than the work you are paid for; it taps into your whole life purpose. When you’ve found your calling, you know it- your life is full of of joy, satisfaction, and true fulfillment
 
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE JANUARY 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2020-01-01 08:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE DECEMBER 2019

And to Think I Saw it in District 5020

To misquote Dr. Suess:

They do good both here and there
Rotarians are everywhere
They’ll let you take your dog out for a walk
They’ll give your kids prizes for their talk
They’ll sell your junk to raise money
Or race silly boats and that’s funny
Rotarians will park your car
Rotarians will work your bar
Rotarians are all above par
Servant leaders is what they are
They do good both here and there
Rotarians are everywhere
 
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE DECEMBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE NOVEMBER 2019

Making Giving Easy Peasy 

November is such an exciting time for so many reasons.  In the United States you will be planning your Thanksgiving festivities.  Whether you are in Canada or the USA, we can all be grateful for our friends and families and rejoice in our good fortune to live in such a great part of the world.

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE NOVEMBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-10-31 07:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2019

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To watch the October Governors video message please click HERE
 
By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
 
Rotary International has named October as Economic and Community Development month. I have been hearing from clubs all over the district, and I want to share what I have been learning.
 
Almost all of our clubs are heavily involved in this area, but many don’t realize what they are doing is building economies and developing communities.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE OCTOBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE SEPTEMBER 2019

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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
 
THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge is power, in Rotary and in the world.  
 
Every Rotarian has the ability and opportunity to share knowledge.  That knowledge can be as simple as sharing the accomplishments of your committee with the rest of the club. That knowledge may be as important as making your club and foundation finances as transparent and accessible as possible.  
 
In our modern world, none of that knowledge can be shared without a literate audience.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE SEPTEMBER 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-09-30 07:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE AUGUST 2019

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By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
 
GRATEFUL GOVERNOR FOR MEMBERSHIP MONTH - AUGUST

Being part of something new is always exciting. You get that “cutting edge” feeling. It must have felt that way when the first automobile hit the roads; the first astronaut rocketed into space; the first person to get more than 100 friends on Facebook. Time passes quickly, so when we have a chance to be first, we have to move quickly before it is gone. That must be the feeling you get when you charter a Rotary Club. Think of it this way.   Currently we have 90 clubs in our district. That means a minimum of 1800 Rotarians hold or have held the title of charter member. Considering three clubs are celebrating their 100th anniversary this month, odds are a lot of charter members are no longer with us. If you are a charter member of the Rotary Club of Pt. McNeill, you would have your name on a plaque on a at the seafront.  Other clubs display those names on plaques on the wall of the room where they meet. It a badge of pride.
GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE AUGUST 2019 Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE CALEB SUMMERFELT 2019-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT CRAIGFLOWER ELEMENTARY

By Jim Sparing
 
When Rotarian Kathy Koshman returned to Victoria after visiting a school in Rakai district in Uganda, she visited Craigflower School and reported to our club that she observed ‘3rd world’ conditions here in Victoria. This led Saanich Rotary to begin an ongoing program of support at Craigflower.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION AT CRAIGFLOWER ELEMENTARY JIM SPARLING 2019-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NANAIMO NORTH ‘ROTARIAN YOUTH SERVICES PROMOTIONAL FINE ART EXHIBIT’ STORY Derek Rickwood 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

ALMOST “NONAGENARIAN” LEADS IN KINGSTON

When the word “Rotarian” comes to mind, there’s a picture, too, of Bill Maule, Kingston-North Kitsap Club’s President for Rotary year 2019-2020
 
By Ron Carter
 
At almost ninety years of age, one would expect to be stepping down from civic and community activities.  Not Bill Maule.  He stepped up.  Effective July 1, Bill became President of Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club. 
 
He was born in California in 1930.  An Eagle Scout, Bill graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Zoology.  While at Pomona, he met his future wife, Seattle-born Sue Merrick.  He served as a U.S. Army infantry officer for two years, including time in Korea immediately following the armistice.  While pursuing an MA at University of Minnesota, he learned that the State Department’s Foreign Service was seeking generalists.
 
ALMOST “NONAGENARIAN” LEADS IN KINGSTON Ron Carter 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE TO INDIA

Team RFE India with Indian hosts enjoying a cool afternoon on the front porch.
 
By Geoff Pentz
 
Imagine if you will flying virtually to the other side of the planet(South India), being swept away to a full Hindu wedding with all the photos and dining associated with a 400+ person gathering.  It was an 18-course fingers only dinner on a banana leaf, serenaded by a Hindu band and on-stage photos with the bridal party.  Moments later, being chauffeured (don’t ever drive in India) to a middle school and once again being center stage but in front of 50 interact students and having a wonderful hour of questions and answers.  And finally traveling to the river’s edge of the backwaters of Kochi and stepping on a 40 ft open boat traveling down one backwater after the other lined with the common homes of fishermen and farmers.  This was our first day of 11, on our Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) to South India (District 3201) this year.  
ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE TO INDIA GEOFF PENTZ 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

JOIN US FOR CYCLE MARROWSTONE

 

By Paul Wynkoop
 
The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County is holding it’s inaugural Bicycle Fundraiser event on Sunday, August 25, 2019. The inspiration for the event came from various club members’ comments that a bicycle ride might be a good idea for a future fundraiser. In researching the concept I was referred to the North Kitsap, Poulsbo Rotary Club, who’s been running a very successful event named Viking Tour for the past five years. 
JOIN US FOR CYCLE MARROWSTONE  PAUL WYNKOOP 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

NEW HANDS GUIDING GREATER VICTORIA ROTARY CLUBS

Members of the Rotary Club of Oak Bay flag committee, from left, Gordon Quigley, Tricia Timmermans, Jim Force, Pete Lawrie and Joan Peggs look on as a Canadian flag flaps in the breeze. The club is seeking subscriptions for their annual Canada Flag Program. (Oak Bay News file photo)
 
BY BC LOCAL NEWS
 
New leadership took the helm this month for the Rotary Clubs in Greater Victoria. The new president of the 106-year-old Rotary Club of Victoria is Gerald Pash. The Sidney Rotary Club, established in 1946, will be led by Ian Morely. Robert Nemish will lead the 61-year-old Saanich Club.
NEW HANDS GUIDING GREATER VICTORIA ROTARY CLUBS BC LOCAL NEWS 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
POULSBO ROTARY CLUB VIKING TOUR WAS A ZERO WASTE SUCCESS MEREDITH GREEN 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL VISITS KINGSTON-NORTH KITSAP CLUB

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the guest speaker at the July 17 meeting of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club.
 
By Ron Carter
 
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson was the guest speaker at the July 17 meeting of the Kingston-North Kitsap Rotary Club. Invited guests included Kingston Kiwanians.
WASHINGTON STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL VISITS KINGSTON-NORTH KITSAP CLUB Ron Carter 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

BOTSWANA AND NAMIBIA DISTRICT GRANTS

Sunset on the Kalahari
 
By Dan Powel
 
Tacoma Sunrise Rotarians, headed by Dennis Buschman, completed three District Grants in Botswana and Namibia during a trip there in March 2019. Dennis was joined on the trip by his wife, Delia, as well as Sunrise Rotarians Tom Glenn, Dan Powell, and Bend, OR Rotarian Michael Dillard.
 
All three grants focused on Education and Literacy. The first grant provided 55,000 books for Primary Schools in Botswana. The second and third grants provided Rachel Plus electronic learning devices to two schools, one in Botswana and one in Namibia.
BOTSWANA AND NAMIBIA DISTRICT GRANTS DAN POWEL 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

VOLUNTEERING, A SENSE OF PURPOSE

Steve Blacklock and Richard Davis, the grounds crew at the Comx Valley Batfest.
 
By Maureen Fritz-Roberts
 
I cannot begin to list all the reasons I am grateful for being a member of Rotary. There are just too many incredible things. I am thankful for everything from all the new friendships to the ability to work in local and international communities to help make them just a little bit better place to live.
 
Psychology Today cited the five top reasons to volunteer. It started with “volunteers live longer and are healthier”. We have this covered just look at our motto “Service Above Self.
VOLUNTEERING, A SENSE OF PURPOSE Maureen Fritz-Roberts, District Governor 2019-20 2019-08-02 07:00:00Z 0

WHY WE FOCUS ON MEMBERSHIP

By Corey Lopardi 
 
August in Rotary is known as Membership and New Club Development Month, but do you know why we focus on membership? Membership is essential to every aspect of a Rotary club. As a matter of fact, Rotary International won’t even allow you to start a new Rotary club without 20 people who are interested in joining and upholding Rotary’s ideals and values.
WHY WE FOCUS ON MEMBERSHIP COREY LOPARDI 2019-08-01 07:00:00Z 0