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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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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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