District 5550

EndPolioNow Tattoo Challenge Exceeds Goal by Thousands of Dollars

Click on the Picture Below and another contribution will be made.   Quick Report on Polio Eradication As of May 1, only 8 cases of polio caused by the WPV have been identified globally – 7 in conflict-ridden Afghanistan, 1 in… Continue Reading →

Tattooed for Rotary’s Polio Plus a Creative Way to Raise Dollars

On March 22, 2018, Brenda Banbury the PolioPlus fundraiser for District 5550 gave the Clubs a challenge.  Brenda wrote: “Millions of dollars are still required to wage war against polio.  And this is where you and your clubs can help. … Continue Reading →

Rotary Youth Exchange: a wonderful program that needs expansion

by John Borst, Past President, Rotary Club of Dryden Rotary’s commitment to youth is a long-standing tradition. Local clubs express this in many ways. Youth scholarships, RYLA, InterAct clubs, The “Adventures in “series, MUNA, Public Speaking contests, and book buying… Continue Reading →

The ‘Wonder Woman’ I have known in Rotary

Within Rotary in North America, “the growth in the power of women” is now well entrenched. by John Borst, Past President Rotary Club of Dryden, ON In February 1941, Dr. William Moulton Marston, an internationally famous psychologist submitted a draft… Continue Reading →


by John Borst & Will Vermeer, both PP Rotary Club of Dryden Approximately 100 Rotarians and guests converged on The Centre in Dryden on April 22nd for the celebration of 75 years of Rotary in Dryden.  

Striving for Gender Equity in Members: It’s Tough!

by John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden The Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada has been close to achieving an equal number of men and women Rotarians ever since I joined in December of 2009.

5550opinions: 2016 a Year of Blogging in Review

By John Borst, PP Rotary Club of Dryden, ON Believe it or not, it is tough to write a blog, any blog but writing about Rotary International appears to be quite a challenge indeed. Here is an illustration of how… Continue Reading →

7 Steps Rotary Can Take to Increase Diversity in its Leadership

Editor’s Note: The following is a fifth excerpt (with a slight reformatting) from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 12 zones, 14 Districts and 12 countries. To this end, we request Rotary International… Continue Reading →

Canada – Beacon of Hope for the World?

By David Newman, Q.C., Co-chair, Rotary District 5550 World Peace Partners Born in 1867, Canada lost the last vestiges of external colonialism in 1982. That year, The Constitution Act (1982) opened the door for healing and reconciliation with our “Indigenous… Continue Reading →

Harvey Hanson, 22 August 1936 – 4 June 2012: The Essence of a Rotarian

Editor’s Note: The following is the eulogy for Harvey Hanson, read by his daughter, Deanna Hanson who has kindly consented to share it with Harvey’s fellow Rotarians at my request because I think she captures beautifully the ideal characteristics of… Continue Reading →

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