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October is Vocational Service Month. But what exactly does that mean?
From An Introduction to Vocational Service: “The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object (of Rotary), which calls on Rotarians to ‘encourage and foster.’
- High ethical standards in business and professions
- The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
- The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.”
Vocation is essentially a Rotarian’s profession, career, work experience and life experiences.
2014-2015 Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang has a vision for Rotarians to LIGHT UP ROTARY by participating in Rotary Days!
Rotary District 5080 Governor Norm McCarvell and EAG Jerri Anderson worked with the Area 5 Rotary Clubs of District 5080 as they supported the "Grand Finale" event of THE FESTIVAL at Sandpoint, Idaho on Sunday August 17, 2014. This exceptional venue allowed Rotarians to collaborate with musicians and present approximately 3,000 Festival attendees with World Class Symphony Music and an introduction to ROTARY!
“This is an email from Youth Exchange Student Maya to Youth Exchange Officer Wendy of Nelson, BC. This is a terrific endorsement of our District’s Youth Exchange Program” – District Governor Norm
.... if you would like, I can start sending you monthly emails/updates about what I am up to on my exchange!
So far, I have done TONS of stuff. My host family takes me to a new place almost every weekend, and I have been doing lots of local exploring with the other exchange students. So far I have visited Geneve, Bern, Lucerne and many small mountains and villages around Switzerland. My host club has given me a G/A, which is basically a golden ticket to getting around Switzerland. It allows me to take any bus, train, tram or gondola at no cost. It is AMAZING.
Past District Governor, Bob Carroll, presented Carolyn, wife of Dr. Frank Walchak of RC of Spokane Aurora Northwest, with the 2013-14 Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award. Only non-Rotarian spouses can be recommended or receive this award that was created to recognize spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary. A maximum of 100 recipients may be selected each year. Carolyn was overwhelmed and honored to receive this well-deserved award. She has accompanied and co-ordinated the work of Dr. Walchak and others on 23 Rotoplast missions.
Rotary Friendship Exchange video of District 5080's recent RFE to Rotary District 2430 - Turkey. A short video on our experiences and the incredible opportunity presented by Rotary RFEs
I should just add bit of a back story to the video’s opening song. We spent a fair bit of time writing the song – trying to do our best to capture the spirit and energy of the team. It was a lot of fun and then with the help of our exchange student we were fortunate to be introduced to Josh who offered to help out with the guitar and vocals. He took a few artistic liberties and had a few challenges, but overall – pretty impressive for an 18-year who just graduated from high school. It’s not perfect, but after about 10 takes – he was pretty tired so we took the best version.
Governor-elect Mike and MaryAnn made their annual trek to Kimberley to share lobsters at Lobsterfest.
What a great fundraising evening!. $20,000 for the Rotary Spray Park! (press photo)
Here is a picture of the Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee meeting held in July in Castlegar. The Committee dealt with a myriad of details related to the Point System, record keeping, and ideas for future exchanges.
Pictured Left to right: Sheila Hart (Nelson Daybreak, Alexia Turner, Castlegar Sunrise, Linda Krahn, RFE Chair, Brenda Balahura, R/C Castlegar Sunrise & RFE Co-Chair, Cathy Korolek, ADG, Grand Forks and Joan Cooke, Waneta Trail. Missing from picture: Jackie Nance of Colville, Steve Verby, Sandpoint, Greg Ehman, Golden.
Hi Rotary friends:
Many of you are not aware of the opportunity and enjoyment provided through Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups (RAGs). Below is a reprint from the recent International Travel and Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) Newsletter. It provides just one example of how you can travel the world at greatly reduced costs through Rotary colleagues. There are a variety of interest groups available based on hobbies or vocations, so you can engage and enjoy your Rotary involvement by searching www.rotary.org for a RAG or Fellowship of interest to you.
District Governor Elect, Mike Dalessi, shared opening remarks at RLYA on June 28th, 2014 and shared a picture of Counsellors Sheila Hart and Mike Cassidy. There were 49 young adult campers participating plus the staff. Despite the thunder and pouring rain on opening day, everyone had a fabulous and fun time. Does anyone else have some pictures?
Congratulations are in order to recognize Heidi Romich, your Assistant Governor in Area 3 and a member of Cranbrook Rotary Club.
Heidi repurposed her restaurant to become both 'The Heid Out' and 'Fisher Peak Brewing Co.' Now she has been named the 'Business Person of the Year' by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
Drop by and meet Heidi and try out the "Ultimate Burger". You will be amazed by both.
This Matching Grant was a joint project between the Rotary Club of Spokane Valley Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The project objective was to update an elementary school library to include some 700 new books (literature and reference), shelving to hold the books and 15 computers for the children to use for research and to enhance their learning experience.
$ 5,010 Spokane Valley Sunrise
$ 5,010 District Foundation Block Grant
$ 118 RC of Tegucigalpa
$10,138 Total Project
To see the finished project CLICK HERE
R.L.I. Part 2 [EAST KOOTENAY] - GO
Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention CenterNov 01, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
District Governor Applications Due
Send to GovernorNov 08, 2014
GETS & GNATS
Empress HotelNov 11, 2014 – Nov 14, 2014
Rotary Zone Institute - DG, DGE, DGN
Empress HotelNov 14, 2014 7:30 AM –
Nov 17, 2014 11:30 AM
District Council Meeting
Coeur d'Alene ResortNov 22, 2014
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District Governor Interviews
Coeur d'Alene ResortNov 23, 2014 10:00 AM
R.L.I. Part 2 [I-90 WEST]
Dec 06, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM