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Who We Are in Brief
  • We were chartered on October 15, 1972
  • We have given over $400,000 in donations to our community in the past 10 years
  • We have donated over $80,000 to The Rotary Foundation since 2005
  • We are strong supporters of youth through:
    • service projects at Brechin Elementary and John Barsby Community School,
    • Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly, and the local Rotaract and Interact Clubs
    • Annual Scholarships to secondary school graduates and VIU students*
  • Our Community Service projects include:
    • a monthly cooked breakfast provided at Salvation Army New Hope Centre*
    • a monthly volunteer shift at the Loaves & Fishes Community Food Bank 
    • running the beer garden at the annual Dragon Boat Festival
  • We are supporting International Service projects  in Ghana, as well as polio eradication worldwide
  • *We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
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Rotary is a leadership organization and provides lots of options for you to develop as a leader and professional.  There are conferences and developmental workshops held throughout the year, as well as speakers and networking.
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If being part of Rotary sounds like it fits with your values, desire to grow and give back, it is easy to get started.
The first step is to attend 2 or 3 club meetings or events.  This will give you an opportunity to meet us and learn more about our interaction in the community.  We are a dinner club so there will be a cost for the meal.  You can look at the meeting schedule on the home page under "speakers".  Please check as we are sometimes at a different location.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Home Page Stories
On Saturday April 1st the 5 Nanaimo and Lantzville Rotary Clubs hosted a successful celebration of the Rotary Foundation's Centennial at Beban Auditorium. The event was attended by members and partners from each club, as well as scores of prominent community members. The organizing committee, headed by our very own Derek Rickwood did a fine job in putting together an informative and positive program featuring greetings from Snuneymuxw First Nation and Nanaimo mayor Bill Mackay, information on Rotary's youth programs, and, of course, The Rotary Foundation.
Ten Paul Harris Fellow Awards were presented to some exceptional community members. Our club's awards went to Deborah Marshall - Principal of John Barsby Community School - and to Rob Anderson - Director of Community Ministries at Salvation Army. We partner with the school at several events a year, and with Salvation Army's New Hope Centre monthly when we put on our community breakfast. Congratulations to Derek and his committee, and to Deb and Rob - our award recipients!
Our club executive approved a $500 contribution to this US$100,500 project to supply blood fridges & medical equipment in the Brong-Ahafo region of Ghana. (Brong-Ahafo is in south Ghana west of Lake Volta; it surrounds the towns of Sunyani and Techiman.) Bev Hilton & the Oceanside Rotary Club will administer the project.
How did this project come to be? 
There is a 10-year history behind this project:
The evolution of the Rotary World Community Service Mid-Island Group since 2007 has brought us to the point of being able to jointly plan, develop and implement a major project of this type.  The leveraged funding and sharing of expertise of MIG will allow us to make larger contributions and more significant impacts on our world communities.
Vancouver Island Rotarians have been doing projects (basic education and literacy, water and sanitation, economic and community development, disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health, etc.) in this area in Ghana since 2007 when PG Ross White led a literacy and water project.  We have had six Rotary Missions to Ghana to work on some of these projects and have hosted 3 Ghanaian Rotary missions to Canada.  As well the Regional District of Nanaimo (2004-2005) and Vancouver Island University (2006-present) have been involved in various projects in the region.  Ken Hammer (Nanaimo Daybreak) and Bev Hilton (Oceanside) will be conducting a mission to Ghana next month; Susan Mielke (Qualicum Beach) will participate.
This particular project “Blood Fridges & Medical Equipment” was initiated in April of 2012 by PP Dr. Kwasi Dei-Anane when he developed a proposal for six blood fridges (available on request).  Last year AG Bev Hilton was able to pilot the blood fridge project with the purchase and installation of two blood fridges (proposal available on request).
What is this project all about?
To replace old, outdated, under capacity blood fridges as well as provide other medical equipment to 7 hospitals in the Brong Ahafo Region. 
Communities and populations:
Goaso – 142,900; Wenchi – 100,500; Yeji – 35,000; Berekum – 138,800; Hwidiem 54,000; Kwame Danso 65,000; Kintampo -109,000
Each hospital has provided a proposal for resources and is available on request.
What is the rationale behind this project?
The supply of higher capacity blood fridges as well as other medical equipment will solve the challenges of limited space to store blood when the institution embarks on a blood donation exercise and relatives are unable to supply blood immediately.
Most pregnant women who deliver in the hospital need some blood to save the life of the mother and baby. It always causes delay when the hospital has to rely on relatives to come to donate before clients are attended to. In cases of emergencies and excessive loss of blood during surgical operations (CS), Medical Doctors have to rely on blood in the blood bank to save lives other than suspending surgery to search for blood from relatives. Many children are born premature and others anemic and would require immediate transfusion of blood from the blood bank to reduce mortality in children.
How will we measure the success of this project?
The success of the “Blood Fridges & Medical Equipment” will be the reduction of maternal and child mortality.  Each community medical facility tracks these numbers so we will be able to monitor the impact of the blood fridges and medical equipment.
How will this project be sustained?
The supplier will deliver, setup and train the local staff.  Trained technicians and hospital staff will operate and maintain the equipment and in turn train others to carry on their jobs when needed.  Local and Vancouver Island Rotarians will also monitor the project over the next several years.
What is the project budget (American Funds)?
Investment in equipment      $100,500  
Revenue                            $100,500
  Nanaimo Oceanside    $1,500 (A)
  Nanaimo                      $1,500 (A)
  MIG                            $2,500 (A)
  Other MIG clubs         $9,500 (2 @ $1,000; 10 @ $500; 10 @ $250) (A)
  Sunyani Rotary Clubs             $1,000 (A+)
  DDF                            $15,000 (B) District Designated Funds matches 1:1 for A
  GOC                           $31,000 (C) Government of Canada matches 1:1 for A & B
  World Funds               $23,500 (D) Matches 1:2 for A & C
  World Funds               $15,000 (E)
  5% administrative fee on A will be covered by local host Rotary Clubs
What is the project timeline?
October-November, 2017 – Development of the team project proposal
November, 2017 – MIG agreement in principle to this Team Project
December, 2017 – February, 2017 – Presenting MIG Team Project to all 24 clubs
March, 2017 – May, 2017 – Completing MIG Team Project funding application
April, 2017 – Canada Rotary Mission to Ghana to visit sites and meet with partners
May, 2017 – Submission of global grant to district and GOC
June, 2017 – September, 2017 – Funding received
September, 2017 – December, 2017 – Project implemented
Thanks to Ed, Anne Marie, Jim, Ian, Derek, Rob ... We served hamburgers to 1000 students at the Northern Games event at Barsby. We were an awesome team and much appreciated by the students and their teachers.
Click here for a Youtube video of the event.
At the recent NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network) Conference hosted in Calgary, Alberta, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program of District 5020 was honoured with the Dr. Abe Kuttothara Award as the “outstanding Rotary Youth Exchange District in North America”.   The award is given annually to a District from Canada, the U.S., or Mexico that exemplifies the ideals of Rotary Youth Exchange fostered by a North American Youth Exchange Network pioneer, Dr. Abe Kuttothara.
  Craig Gillis holding the plaque, Paul Geneau second from right
In accepting the award on behalf of District 5020, District Chair Craig Gillis acknowledged the tremendous ‘team’ effort of the District 5020 Youth Exchange Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and talents to provide a remarkable opportunity for students who immerse themselves in the world of youth exchange.  “We view our students as peace ambassadors, individuals who have are able to transform our world through understanding and acceptance, bringing us closer to global peace one student at a time”.  
In presenting the award Sofia Sotomayor, Chair of RYE District 4100 in Mexico, noted the award acknowledges the longevity of the District 5020 program, its exceptional training for both inbound and outbound students, its efforts to create opportunities for both long term and short term exchanges, its blend of U.S. and Canadian clubs and its commitment to innovative programs that support and encourage a successful exchange year for all participants.   Recently all inbound students attended the five day Comox Rendezvous, a series of winter activities sponsored by the four Rotary clubs in the Comox Valley.   It is also noteworthy that several members of the committee provide leadership beyond the district level.  
District 5020 is so proud of the commitment of district Rotary clubs dedicated to sponsoring and hosting students year after year.   An amazing group of clubs annually welcome students to their club and give them experiences and opportunities they will carry with them for a lifetime.  That is at the heart of what truly makes this an ‘outstanding’ Rotary Youth Exchange District.   The District Committee wish to thank all of those Youth Exchange Officers, Counsellors, Youth Protection Officers and Rotarians who truly believe in this life changing program.
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  Thanks to Patrica & Warren for joining us & to Don for the pictures.
Members provided a pancake breakfast at Brechin School this morning.  
Images courtesy of Don Dempson.
Our hardworking crew at the warehouse in October.  Images by Don Dempson.
  Bill cancelling bar codes
  Jim and Don proudly display the new gas-fired grill at the Salvation Army New Hope Centre. 
Our club paid half ($1,500) of the purchase price.
The large grill has increased capacity for pancake production at the Community Breakfast.
Doug Pearson announced at our June 21st meeting  that the final report detailing completion of the project at St. Hubert’s basic school has been accepted by the District 5020 Foundation Committee.  Foundation Chair, Bill McCarthy wrote: “congratulations! You have made education safer through the provision of the basics; water, electricity, etc. for students at St. Hubert’s. Your partnerships and “boots on the ground” mad this possible. Further, the Mid Island Group enabled this project to be adequately funded.”
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