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Welcome to the Rotary District 5060 Home Page!

District 5060 is an international district of 59 clubs and approximately 2,760 Rotarians in central Washington, USA, and south central British Columbia, Canada.  It covers a distance of 550 miles (890 km) from Clearwater, BC, in the north to Prosser, WA, in the south. Principal cities are Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington, and Kelowna and Kamloops in British Columbia. 
The area enjoys a four-season climate, with generally warm summers and mild winters. Agriculture, agribusiness, recreation, and tourism are the primary economic activities, along with a rapidly growing wine industry.

District Governor Greg & Jan Luring

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District 5060's VTT has arrived in District 9500 Australia. 

RC of Barossa President David Dunston welcomes team members (from left to right) Jim Blonde, John Cooper (Team Leader), Lynn Bremmer and Reto Gebert. The team is visiting the region until April
16th.  You can follow their blog at

It’s coming fast! Make a plan! Make it work!
There are lots of great ideas out there and I am sure there is something you can do for your community that will make a difference. It doesn’t have to be a huge or complicated project, just find something, do it and have fun. Include your friends and family and show your town what kind of people Rotarians are.
Let’s get 100% participation in district 5060. Need ideas? Get on the googler (not a 1950’s college drinking game as some might think) and lots of things pop up. Send me your pics when you are done (I love pics, who doesn’t) and I will keep a tally of participation.  Thanks, don’t hesitate to contact me via club runner if you have any questions.
As seen below, again Prosser rocks!!!!

Firstly, PETS turned out to far exceed any expectations that I had for it.
Actually, it was so challenging that I found myself wishing I hadn't heard so much of it (!!!)... like Satya's 55 new members in one year, (I need to review my goal of an additional 15 ...which, at the time, I thought was on the high side)
Rick King's speech was one of the most moving and brilliant that I have ever heard (and I have heard a lot!).  It was a fantastic calling to be all that I can be as president, and to take full advantage of the opportunity
Ezra and Penny's and Dean's sacrificial  and inspirational work brought me to tears ... and made me so appreciative of Canada, along with a realization of how we take the privilege of living here so lightly, and the responsibly and opportunities that comes with that of making the world better.
Rick - Kelowna
My team wants to strengthen and increase our Rotary Foundation giving for. both the centennial year and Polio plus in cooperation with the District. We want to focus on invigorating our club to attract our friends to join us in Rotary. We want to tie the Rotary brand to all our contributions to community improvements since Rotary began in Wenatchee in 1921.
James Russell - Wenatchee

My plan is to form an accountability group with other PEs (so far Ashcroft and probably Clearwater),
P.R.I.P. Rick King with D.G.E. Vern Nielsen
R.I.D.E. Dean Rohrs with Vern
The Presidents Elect at PETS this year were treated to special private presentations at the District 5060 business meetings this year.  First there was Satya Mitra, who is the record-holder for all of Rotary world-wide at introducing new members (82 in one year in a club of 48!!).  Satya is pictured to the right side.  Also, we heard from past R.I. President Rick King as well as our own Zone 24 incoming Rotary International Director Dean Rohrs.

I am sure everyone has been waiting with baited breath to hear who the official winner of the District 5060 photo contest is, so wait no more!!!!! The Winner is Max Mosely of Kelowna Sunrise for this beauty.  The picture features Bill Reynolds and his lovely wife  Joanne, both are Rotarians in the Kelowna area and Bill is even his club’s president! The picture was chosen for the public image banner because I believe it captures what Rotary is about; good people working together, happily to make their communities better and because the file was high enough quality to allow it to be printed on a large scale.
Honorable mention goes to....
This is another from Kelowna Sunrise                                                                                
...and this one features AG Kathy Corlis & Rotarians from Prosser.
Though not submitted for consideration they have a great facebook page and a ton of great photos!
I also liked this one from Leavenworth...
and this one from Lake Country.
There were lots of great photos of lots of great people.
What have I learned through this exercise you ask?
  1. Rotarians are stunningly good looking
  2. Rotarians are not afraid of having wine when they are dressed up and eating dinner
  3. Max knows how to brew a pot of tea and being a policeman in the UK is not like it appears on Coronation Street
  4. Some of our webpages are easy to find and have great content
  5. Some of our webpages are impossible to find
  6. Some of our webpages are pretty lame
The take home message? Make your website great! If not for the public, for your members. Tell your story!
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and to Craig and Dianne Garries at PostNet West Kelowna for helping me with my creative vision and printing the great banners.

Yes, they just started their Blog (for more on the Vocational Training Team see story below).  To see their updates and follow their travels, click on the Australian map-link to the RHS.

The Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan has launched a high school student recognition program — Student of the Month.
The award recognizes outstanding students for their unique combinations of achievements in academics, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership and service to others.
 “The purpose of the award is to highlight young people who exemplify Rotary’s universal code of ethics — honesty, fairness, goodwill and helpfulness,” said club president Mac Paterson, adding Rotarians understand the importance of the community’s youth.
The Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan is partnering with Penticton Secondary School in initiating the program, aided by a financial contribution and input from Gateway Casinos as part of their proactive involvement in wide-ranging community service projects. Each selected student will receive a $100 gift certificate for Staples and be formally recognized both at a regular Rotary Club meeting and with their name inscribed on a plaque in Pen High’s entrance display cabinet.
The first recipient is Connor Trovao, a senior student in the Food Studies Department at Penticton High School. He is described as an excellent cafeteria student by Pen High principal Alan Stel. Trovao is refining his skills and enhancing his learning by working as an apprentice at Earl’s Restaurant. His goal is to become a Red Seal Chef.  He volunteered for the Soupateria Souper Sunday competition, where he enjoyed the competitive spirit and contributing to a good cause. Trovao is also a volunteer with the BC Winter Games preparing meals and lunchboxes for the participants.
Connor and his parents Jodie and Tony Trovao attended the club’s breakfast meeting on February 9th and Connor was presented with his certificate by club president Mac Paterson.

Meet the Vocational Training Team members that our district is sending to Australia this spring...
Team Leader, John Cooper (far left) of Yakima, Washington leads a team of four to visit District 9500 – Australia, starting in mid-March.  The team is set to share its knowledge of the agriculture, wine and tourism industries when visiting Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Alice Springs and other parts of Southern Australia.  Joining the team (left to right) are Jim Blonde of Yakima, Lynn Bremmer of Oliver and Reto Gebert of Kelowna.
John’s career has focused on destination management and marketing. He has been the President & CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism since June 2007.  He has served on a number of industry boards including the Western Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus and the Washington Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau. He currently is on the board of the Washington Tourism Alliance.  In his current position he has developed brand strategies and marketing programs to position the Yakima Valley as a wine, craft beverage and agri-tourism destination.  John is a member of the Yakima Rotary Club.
Jim Blonde owns a U-Pick orchard and intends to deliver training in growing blueberries, apples, raspberries, plums and pretty much all stone fruit, as well as vegetables and hops. He is keen to learn about water conservation using drip irrigation, crop placement, and tourism promotion using social media and web-based advertising.
Lynn Bremmer has been involved in the B.C. Wine industry since 1973.  She was a technician and assistant winemaker at Andres Wines for 7 years and winemaker at Brights Wines for 12 years.  Lynn is the chair of the B.C. Wine Grape Council. She presently owns and operates a 2 hectare vineyard in Oliver and is a partner with John Bremmer in Mount Kobau Wine Services supplying field sampling, analysis and winemaking/viticulture services to the B.C. Wine industry.   Lynn is interested in presenting on the history of the B.C. wine industry and the movement from hybrid grapes to a non-grape/wine industry to a complete re-vamping of the industry to a premium grape/wine industry, as well as grape research at Summerland Research Centre and University of British Columbia.
Reto Gebert is a viticulturist from Kelowna. In 2009 after graduating from high school he traveled to Ontario to study the Winery and Viticulture Technician Program at Niagara College. Working part-time at different vineyards, volunteering at winery events and taking part in the Royal Visit at the college, Reto was able to gain a more hands-on approach to the wine industry and how another region grows grapes. Reto received his diploma in 2011. From there he drove across Canada back to Kelowna to work a harvest on his family’s winery. Over the past few years, Reto has been hopping around to work in different wine regions from in northern Switzerland to the South Island of New Zealand and back again on the family vineyard to establish new plantings.  Reto is currently working as the assistant vineyard manager on the family winery and is the vice president of the Kelowna Rotaract Club.
The Australian Team is set to visit our District May 10th to June 10th, starting in Yakima and ending in Kelowna.  If you are interested in getting involved in this visit, please contact Kathy Butler at

More than 500 District Governors Elect from every district in the world have gathered in San Diego for the annual International Assembly.  This is the premiere training week for DGEs and our own Vern Nielsen with partner Willy Burgess have been having a great time learning and interacting with fellow DGEs to help plan the next year for Rotary.  This is also the traditional meeting where the incoming RI President introduces their theme and outlines some of their goals for their year as leader of Rotary.  John Germ from Chattanooga Tennessee has introduced his theme title and graphic for "Rotary Serving Humanity", and he is shown at left with his spouse Judy, Vern & Willy.  Below are (LHS) the new RI theme logo, which you can now download from, as well as Vern & Willy enjoying lunch with Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko & spouse Marga.
Marga & John Hewko, with Willy Burgess
& DGE Vern Nielsen

Between the multiple suicide attempts and the drunken crash that should have killed him, Rob Atkinson has been given a lot of second chances at life.  But the one that really saved him was the opportunity to get sober.  “I never thought I could have a life,” said the 45-year-old who was ruled by addiction but has been sober and straight for three years now.  The former Williams Lake resident, who spent his summers in Vernon and now lives here, was given his true life-saving chance thanks to the John Howard Society.  He went from 20 years of drinking his life away to going to school, discovering a life of sobriety and now he makes a living helping others.  “For the first time in a long time I actually had something, and I saw something in the other guys,” said Atkinson, recalling his stay at the recovery home Bill’s Place.
Like the many individuals who have been granted a life-saving second chance at the home, Atkinson’s new life is thanks to Kalamalka Rotary.
The programs and support offered at Bill’s Place and the John Howard Society are funded in part by Rotary. To help show members just how vital their fundraising efforts are, Atkinson’s story was recently shared at a meeting.  Rotarian Barb Keith enlisted the help of Jim Elderton, independent filmmaker and former BBC video editor, to create a video sharing Atkinson’s story.  Atkinson thanks Rotary for making a difference in his life so that he can do the same for someone else.  “They funded the love that brought me here today,” he said. “Without contributions from places like Rotary, Bill’s Place probably wouldn’t even exist.”  After hearing Atkinson’s story through the video, followed by his speech, Kalamalka Rotary members were touched to see just how much of a difference their efforts are making.  “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” said Keith, adding that Atkinson was given a standing ovation for his own work in bringing his life around.
Kalamalka Rotary has donated to over $22,000 to the John Howard Society over the past four years.  Bill’s Place is operated by the John Howard Society of the North Okanagan Kootenay region and offers a variety of services to men 19 years of age and older who are seeking recovery from alcoholism and addiction.


The Rotary Club of Kelowna, Ogopogo is once again presenting our exciting, rewarding and fun filled ADVENTURES IN TOURISM program to selected high school students from across Canada, the North Western United States, Australia and Scotland.

The ADVENTURES IN TOURISM program will involve up to 20 high school students in an intense five- day exploration of many leading tourism facilities within the beautiful Okanagan Valley. During their packed program, participants will be given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of a wide array of some of Canada’s leading destination resorts, golf clubs, wineries and First Nations’ attractions. The students will also be treated to the very best hospitality; being welcomed into Rotarian homes for the duration of their stay.


For complete information on how your club can sponsor a student visit the Ogopogo ClubRunner site at:  Adventures in Tourism.


The Rotary Club of Leavenworth, Washington, a mid-sized club, celebrated Rotary Foundation month in an exceptional way! 
During the first two weeks of November 2015, Club President Ken Kohnhorst had the privilege of awarding Paul Harris Fellowships to seven members of their club:


- Four new members (Al Adan, Deb Hartl, Morey Grosse & John Schiefelbein)
- One Paul Harris +1 (Brad Blackburn - not present in the photo)
- One Paul Harris +2 (Bruce William)
- One Paul Harris +5 (Mall Boyd)
On behalf of Greg Luring and all other Rotarians in District 5060, congratulations to the Leavenworth Club!  Yours is a wonderful example for all of us.

The District is pleased to welcome Sherry Chamberlain as our new District Governor Nominee Designate, or “DGND”.  Ms. Chamberlain was appointed after an interview process at the District Training weekend in Osoyoos on October 31, 2015.
Sherry has been a member of the Kamloops West Rotary Club since 1999, is a Past President, and was Assistant District Governor from 2009-2011.  Sherry has also been awarded Club Rotarian of the Year, twice.

The Rotary Club of Wenatchee North is pleased to welcome 8 new members, inducted at a meeting this October.  According to Membership Chair and Area 6 Assistant Governor Rob Tidd, the club has been working the new district program "Membership Matters!" with great success.  Rob tells us the club is already working on "the class of November"!
For more information about the "Membership Matters!" program see the page on our District Website: Membership Matters!
Congratulations Wenatchee North!

Incoming (2016-2017) District Governor Vern Nielsen and Willy Burgess were introduced at the Rotary Zone (24) Conference in Providence Rhode Island.  Also in attendance were DG Greg Luring & Jan, PDG Bruce Falkins and DGN Bill Jenkin.

You remember the story, don't you??  About a year ago we ran the story "The Little Rotary Club that Could" about Lake Country Rotary and their bid to win $100,000 from the Aviva Community Fund competition to help with their $750,000 Food Bank project.  Well thanks in part to votes from you, Rotarians in D5060, they won the funds!  
Now Aviva has chosen the Lake Country Food Bank as the "poster" story for their 2015 contest.  On Sept 11 Aviva executives & a film crew were on site to create a video showing how their Community Fund can stimulate projects that benefit a whole community. This is a story that all of Rotary can be proud of, but especially the hard-working members in Lake Country... Congratulations to all!
By the way, let their success be an inspiration to all of you with big ideas!  The Aviva Community Fund is open as of September 15 for the 2015 competition, and once again they will be giving $1,000,000 to worthy community projects in Canada.  For information see:

Many of you may know that the Rotary Club of Yakima has a large (multi-million dollar) trust that was mostly the result of an endowment intended to provide scholarships for students in need who come from the Yakima Valley.  This is administered by all 3 of the Yakima Rotary Clubs, and they are tremendously proud of the good work that they do with these funds.  Below a letter from one grateful recipient...
Dear Yakima Rotary Trust,
My name is Taylor Colson and I am a recipient of a Mary Monroe Davis Scholarship in the amount of $7,500.00. I cannot even begin to explain to you how truly grateful I am for this amazing scholarship opportunity. It has honestly been life changing.
I will be attending Whitworth University this fall, move in day is September 5, 2015, and I am beyond excited for this new experience in my life. One day before I received the letter announcing that I had received the scholarship, my mother Angela Walker and my Step-Father Kyle Walker, were killed in a tragic car accident in Toppenish Washington. I was only $2,557.00 short of having my first year of college paid for, and being financially stable as I step into the next chapter of my life was the biggest concern my mother had. This scholarship has made all of that possible for me and I am sure it has alleviated all of her worries.
I do not have powerful enough words to adequately express my gratitude to you for blessing me with such a wonderful scholarship. In the midst of such a terrible time, this amazing news gave me a twinkle of hope and excitement. I know if my mother were here, she would be saying the exact same thing as I am. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my education and future a possibility finance wise. Your support and belief in me and my education is irreplaceable, and I can assure you every cent of this scholarship money will be put to great use.
Once again, thank you so much for everything I am excited for the future of my education and excited to share it with you along the way.
Taylor Colson (4 Aug 2015)


My name is Tim Straub, and I recently volunteered to be your new PolioPlus Chairperson for District 5060. My wife Tammy and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and why we are passionate about polio eradication.

It was my first week in country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa in 1986. Part of our language training was to negotiate prices for food and staples in the outdoor market. Before we knew it, sirens blared, and the market was surrounded by their military police. But their war was not on the people, it was with an invisible crippler and killer of children: Polio! They were there to check and vaccinate anyone who could not show evidence of vaccination. It was a little unnerving when they came to us nearly at gunpoint, but realized we were Peace Corps, and to be in their country meant we had to prove we were vaccinated at Customs upon entering the country. With little health care infrastructure, mandatory vaccination was their only way to keep from breaking their meager health care system.

*** Lots more to this story!! ***

For the rest go to: D5060 PolioPlus



SARASOTA, Fla., April 15, 2015 – As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, Garn Christensen, a member of the Rotary Club of East Wenatchee has been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors.  When disasters like Cyclone Pam in the Vanuatu and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help.  Garn raised awareness and funds for ShelterBox, and as a result the organization was able to respond to more than 23 disasters last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the more busy years in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 10,500 families. 
“I am incredibly honored to work alongside our volunteers, including Garn,” said Alan Monroe, Interim Executive Director of ShelterBox USA. “It is through their continuous efforts that we are able to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to so many families displaced by disaster around the globe.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack Obama. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This year marks the 41th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

Contributed by PDG Darrell Blue
In 1990, Our District published a small booklet titled, "A Brief History of Rotary District 506, 1956-1990. At that time our District was number 506. A short excerpt from the booklet reads:

"District 506 Rotarians of Note , It may not be known that our District is perhaps the only one to have at the same time two Rotarians on the Board of Rotary International. In the year 1977 both Ed Cadman of Wenatchee and Harold Henderson of Kelowna had that distinction. Dr. Ed as he was affectionately known later became R.I. President in the year 1985-86 and is currently the Chairman of the Rotary Foundation Board of directors. Harold was third Vice President of the R.I. Board of Directors and later a member of the Rotary Foundation Board of Directors. District 506 can be justly proud of these two Rotarians who have given so much to the cause for which Rotary Stands."

Ed Cadman is pictured on the left and Harold Henderson is on the right.


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