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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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Vocational Training Teams (VTT's) are groups that travel to other parts of the world to share expertise and create new connections.  These are funded by grants from the Rotary International Foundation, and we have a great opportunity available right now!!  Rotarians or non-Rotarians may apply who have expertise in the areas of:
  • Agriculture
  • Viticulture
  • Wine Production & Marketing
  • Agricultural Tourism
This latest VTT will travel to Australia District 9500 (South Australia & South Northern Territory) from March 16 through April 16, 2016.  All will be home hosted & air travel costs are covered, but space is limited to 5 participants with minimum 2 years experience in any of the above areas.
Deadline for Applications:  September 30, 2015 (selection by District Committee).
Application download:  D5060 VTT Application
Full information poster download:  2016 VTT to Australia
Contact District 5060 VTT Chair:
   Kathy Butler
To learn more about this and other Vocational Training Team opportunities check out the information on this website found under the "Grants" menu tab at the top of the home page:  Vocational Training Teams

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.

District 5060 welcomes the new Interact Club, Rutland Secondary in Kelowna BC that was inducted 14 April 2014.  Performing the ceremony was DGE Vern Nielsen and in attendance were members of the RSS Interact Club along with host clubs Kelowna Morningside and Kelowna Ogopogo.

  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 Jan and DG Greg Luring, Donna & PDG Bruce Falkins, DGN Bill Jenkin, DGE Vern Nielsen & Willy Burgess, .

  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.

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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