Posted on Aug 01, 2017
What a privilege to visit the Rotarians in our District, and to see first-hand the outstanding things they are doing for their communities.  In July, Laurie and I visited Area 2 (Campbell River, Campbell River Daybreak, Courtenay, Cumberland Centennial, Comox, Strathcona Sunrise), Area 5 (Chemainus, Duncan Daybreak, Ladysmith, Saltspring Island, South Cowichan) and Area 8 (East Jefferson County, Port Angeles, Port Angeles Nor’ wester, Port Townsend, Port Townsend Sunrise, Sequim and Sequim Sunrise). A special thank you to Assistant Governors Stu Tunheim, Cher Lukefeld and Ned Luce for arranging all of the logistics.


This trip included parades, radio station interviews, pig roasts, 4th of July celebrations in Canada, and an introduction to the Canadian snack, “Cheezies,”a decadent combination of corn nuts and Cheetos. I love Canada! We saw wonderful examples of how Rotarians are making a big impact in their villages, towns and cities, and all the time making good friends along the way. The Elk Falls Suspension Bridge in Campbell River should be on everyone’s bucket list. In Courtney BC, the local clubs even arranged a parade in our honor on July 1st, although later I discovered some of the festivities may have been due to Canada Day celebrations. Our plan to eat healthy and exercise every day is a bit off-track; we hope to do better as the year progresses.

2018 District Conference (Tacoma) Registrations are coming in, with 255 already registered.  If you pre-registered at the Suquamish 2017 Conference, please take a moment to look at your email to pay your registration fee. Make sure you get your payment in before August 31, when the price increases to $210. Contact Jennifer Durham at for more information.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I need to advise you the President-elect of Rotary International, Sam Owori, died on July 13th. Sam had undergone some surgery in Texas that he had been planning for some time, and there were post-operative complications from which he couldn’t recover. In this time of great loss, I ask you to keep Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts. Sam was a special person in so many ways, and is a huge loss.

August’s theme is Membership & Extension.  This is the perfect time in the Rotary year to assess your club’s membership numbers and develop a plan to provide more people with the opportunity to experience Rotary. A good place to start is to look at your club’s five-year membership start numbers; the five-year data will accurately show if you are increasing or decreasing members, and an idea of how many members you need to recruit to achieve a net gain. And a new version of Rotary Club Central was just released; check out the brief video:

And finally, I need to report on July 22nd I fell while cleaning my cabin’s metal roof. The attachment point of my harness failed, and I fell backwards about ten feet through the air, striking the deck railing with my back. X-rays revealed I broke a rib and my scapula; no neurological damage. I consider myself pretty lucky; this could have been much worse. It will be a painful week or so, followed by weeks/months of recovery. I have cancelled my Rotary club visitation duties for about five weeks; and hope to be meeting with Rotarians again starting August 27th.


By Tom Carroll, 5020 District Governor 2017-18


(Campbell River President Ian Baikie, Area 2 Assistant Governor Stu Tunheim, Campbell River Daybreak President-Elect Doug Phyall, and Governor Tom Carroll on the Elk Falls Provincial Park Suspension Bridge, a Rotary Project.)