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District or Website Enquiries:
Peter Schultz,
Administrative Assistant Governor
District Accounting Office
Harvey, Lister & Webb Inc
502 Ellis Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 4M3
​Bus: 250.492.8821
Fax: 250.492.8288
Jeanine Nickel

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 Bruce & Donna Falkins

  Now THAT was a weekend of training!!!  
The President Elects for all of our District 5060 clubs attended the huge multi-district "PNW-PETS" (Pacific-North-West President Elect Training Seminar) weekend, and with all the training, outstanding presentations, supply shopping, and all-out fun there was only one thing missing... SLEEP! 
There is no doubt a good time was had by all, but more importantly there is no doubt that this year's group of PE's are now better educated and more motivated to take all of our clubs into the 2015-16 Rotary year with the tools and energy it will take to make this one of our best years ever.

Shown at the left some of the current leadership team, including Donna & DG Bruce Falkins, DGND Bill Jenkin, DGN Vern Nielsen & Willy Burgess, Jan and DGE Greg Luring.

It is with great sadness that I advise you of the passing of Past District Governor Jim Adamson senior (DG 1976-1977). Jim is survived by his wife Carol and son Past District Governor Jim Adamson jr. and Carol (DG 2005-2006) and several Grandchildren. Jim was a member of the Rotary Club of Leavenworth Washington.
The memorial service for Jim will be Saturday March 7 at 1:00pm, at the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Miller St, Wenatchee WA.
Jim touched countless lives within Rotary and without as a teacher, principal, coach, Rotarian and friend.
We will miss him.
District Governor Bruce Falkins

  Congratulations Graduates!!!  
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) came to District 5060 in 2008, and for the first time ever a full 3-day program was delivered south of the border.  With 19 participants from 8 different clubs, 16 were able to complete all 3 sessions to graduate as the first RLI-South class of the district!  Congratulations to all participants (shown with DG Bruce Falkins at the right):
Brian Brennan (Ellensburg)
Christina Davitt (Wenatchee)
Debby DeSoer (Ellensburg)
Gabe Ergler (Upper Kittitas County)
Phill Fossum (Yakima, and AG-9)
Bill Gilmore (Yakima SW)
Carolyn Honeycutt (Ellensburg)
Jordana LaPorte (Chelan)
Sue Ledbetter (Ellensburg)
Michael Liddicoat (Yakima)
Wayne Massing (Wenatchee Sunrise)
Carmen Mendez (Yakima)
Dan Moody (Leavenworth)
Maggie Nelson (Wenatchee Sunrise)
Julie Ryan (Cashmere
Dick Smith (Ellensburg)
Bealinda Tidd (Wenatchee North)
Rob Tidd (Wenatchee North & AG-6)
Jenna Weber (Yakima)
Nathan Weis (Upper Kittitas County)
Check out more about the RLI program under training:  Rotary Leadership Institute.  More photos of this and other programs are also available there, as well as information about RLI.
In addition to the course participants above, 11 new Faculty were trained to help launch the next course next fall!  Check their picture out at New Faculty.

Is your club looking for a new project?  Consider this request:
Our District 9465 is planning a Global Grant project to help the hospitals in Northern Sri Lanka with laboratory equipment and training to the paramedics on testing and diagnosing infectious diseases for the Rotary year 2015 – 2016..
The Grant funds will provide equipment and training to the northern region of Sri Lanka to enable a rapid response to tests for infectious diseases.  The region is not long free from a civil war and this vital public health initiative will improve the lives of people in regional and remote areas where a process for early detection of disease is not available.
We are asking your District and Clubs to be partners with funding to support this project focusing on the rapid identification of infectious diseases, leading to diagnosis and containment.
Thank you.
Pushpa Pushpalingam
District Rotary Foundation Chair 2013 - 2016
Past District Governor 9465
Rotary Club of Cannington
0419 040 580

A good friend and mentor for many in District 5060 has passed away, past RI director for our Zone (24/32), and Past RI Vice President Monty Audenart (from District 7820).  Monty has on at least two occasions served as the RI President's representative at our District conferences, and last year he was the aide to RI President Ron Burton.  Just prior to the start of that year, he was diagnosed with cancer, which turned out to be untreatable.  Monty died on January 21, and was buried in his home town of Red Deer, Alberta on Tuesday the 27th.
He had prepared a message to be sent to friends after his death, and it reads:
My dear friends,
This is just a short message to let you know that I have "simply gone home." While the Spirit is strong, and I would have loved to stay longer, I have had to lay my body down and walk through the next door.  But then, life is really all about how we live it, and less about how long we have lived.  I am lucky to have lived a grand life in the time that I had.  I have been blessed to have a wonderful family, and so many good friends like you. Thank you for being part of my life, and for the many experiences and fun times we shared and the lessons you have taught me.  I will surely miss you, but have faith that in due time we shall meet again.  Please pray for my family, and know that I am not too far away.
At the right is a picture of Monty taken in San Diego in 2013 at the International Assembly by his good friend our Past District Governor (2013-14) Darrell Blue.


A New Home for the Lake Country Food Bank earned enough votes to win a spot in the Aviva Community Fund Finals, in part with your support.


During the last month a panel of judges evaluated all finalists, and Lake Country was chosen as one of the 12 Grand Prize winners of $100,000!!

On behalf of the leadership of District 5060, congratulations to all Rotarians who helped take this project to the finish line, and especially to the hard working members of the Lake Country Rotary Club who have pursued this dream for at least 4 years now!

VISIT  their page at Aviva

SEE  their story in the Kelowna Daily Courrier


The Penticton-Okanagan Rotary club members partnered with Sonargaon Dhaka for a joint project in one of the rural areas in Bangladesh.  The proposal’s three phases included an Initial Needs Assessment, an Action Plan, and the Project Implementation.  During the Needs Assessment process, extensive input was solicited and received from all sectors of the villages. The Needs Assessment report gave the project a good foundation and direction, as well as providing a meaningful document to assist with grant applications.  Working for 3 years with a Rotary International matching grant the $38,000 project resulted in 13 tube wells, water pipelines, and many other benefits.
For a complete story see the site page under "Water".


July 11, 1920 – December 30, 2014
A distinguished father, husband and Rotarian, PRIVP Dr. Harold Henderson passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the age of 94 with family at his side.
A member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna since 1950, Harold was club President in 1955, District 5060 Governor 1967-1968, Director of Rotary International 1976-1978, a Nominating Committee member for President of Rotary International 4 times and Third Vice-President of Rotary International in 1977-1978.   In addition to outstanding service to Rotary Harold was recognized in the community and country, awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (National award) in 1977, the Key to the City of Kelowna in 1986 and in 1997 was named the Male Citizen of the Year for Kelowna.

The District Governor Nominee Designate was selected at the annual PDG meeting that was recently held in Chelan, WA.  Bill Jenkin will be our District Governor in the Rotary year 2017-2018, following Vern Nielsen and Greg Luring.
Bill was born and raised in the San Diego area.  He received his degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.  He has a daughter, son-in-law, two grandsons and two step sons.  He was an agent for Farmers Insurance for twenty years.  Bill also owned a small winery in Ramona CA.
In 2007, he relocated by himself to Prosser WA.  He began his career with Edward Jones Investments and founded Prosser Vineyard and Winery.  He met his wife Lisa while playing coed softball.  She is an elementary school teacher.
Bill joined Rotary in 2000.  He was club President in 2006-2007 and was Rotarian of the Year for the Ramona CA club.  He was District 5340’s SAA and graduated from the District’s RLI basic and masters program.
When he relocated to District 5060 he worked with several Past District Governors by starting the District’s Paul Harris Society and Rotarian at Work Day programs.  He has been an AG for nearly 6 years and also was the District Membership Chair.  He was named the Prosser Rotarian of the Year and is the club President.  He is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society member and was awarded the Rotary Foundation District Service Award. 
Bill enjoys community service and is an elected School Board member.  Lisa and Bill enjoy traveling and are looking forward to visiting all our clubs in 2017-2018.    



(Story and photos by Ed Kolybaba, Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise)

***For the Complete Story & more pictures go to District Info, "In The News"***

Developing and utilizing partnerships between community social agencies and service clubs focused on working toward a common goal and purpose is by far the most effective way to make a difference in having a significant impact on meeting the needs of the homeless and less fortunate people in the local community.

This understanding was the basis for the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, a club situated in Kelowna, British Columbia in District 5060, in partnership with Soles4SoulsCanada and the Kelowna Community Food Bank, to develop and implement the first Shoe Bank in Canada to provide footwear at no cost to children, youth, women and men who are unable to purchase footwear because of their destitute financial situation.  The Kelowna Sunrise Shoe Bank, administered and maintained by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the Telus Community Ambassadors and the community was officially opened on August 07, 2014.

Within the first three weeks of the Shoe Bank’s operations, 200 households were referred to the Shoe Bank for assistance by the Kelowna Community Food Bank.  As a result, over 360 pairs of footwear were issued to these families at no cost.  It is anticipated that this number will increase as the number of families in the Central Okanagan continue to experience job loss, homelessness, and lack of finances for their basic needs. 


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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