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Washington, Idaho, British Columbia

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It is with great sadness that Nelson Rotary Club announce the sudden passing of our fellow Rotarian Mike Berg. 
 
Mike upheld the principals of what it truly means to be a Rotarian. He never said a negative word, was always willing to help in big ways and in small, and always knew the right thing to say in any given situation. We may or may not know the extent to which he impacted the club and could list all the positions he has held throughout his life, but it was his wisdom, kindness and integrity that made him a person so respected and well loved. 
 
He was a remarkable man and will be remembered as a friend, a mentor, and a giant of a gentleman.  We will miss him very much and extend our heartfelt condolences to Marie and the family.  The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday at the Nelson United Church at 602 Silica St.
 

 
Gary Troyer was described Thursday as a consummate scientist and generous volunteer.  Gary, of Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club, died Wednesday when he hit a logging truck near Trouchet.  He had skipped Rotary that day to spend time helping his mother in Walla Walla.  
 
He was retired from Hanford where he worked as a radio-chemist.  He frequently wrote Herald letters to the editor on science and energy issues and also was a regular presence at meetings on nuclear issues including testifying in September about the value of small modular nuclear reactors before the Washington State Legislative Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy.  Gary was also a co-founder of Citizens for Medical Isotopes, an organization that fought for years to save Hanford's Fast Flux Test Facility to produce radioactive isotopes to fight cancer and other diseases.
 
Gary and his wife, Kris, were the first to volunteer and the last go home as they helped with their Rotary Club projects.  He was Vice President of the Club.  He and his wife travelled to Kenya several times, where he volunteered as a computer science teacher.  He also maintained the websites for several civic and scientific organizations in the Tri-Cities.
 
Gary will be greatly missed and we send condolences to Kris and their family.
 
 
 

 

Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail Grant Stabilization of Banks and Trail Bed 

The project took place in Sandpoint, Idaho, USA on The Humbird Mill Section of The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail.  Work began in June 2014 and was completed in late September 2014 with the installation of The Rotary Wheel. A dedication ceremony was held November 13, 2014.  Large boulders and rock were brought in to stabilize a bank of the trail that was heavily impacted by erosion.  The boulders were set in such a way as to create “The Rotary Sitting Wall”. The trail bed was stabilized and bollards and signage were installed at the entrance to the trail.  “The Rotary Sitting Wall” addressed the erosion providing a safer environment for all trail users. 

 
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month.
 
From Rotary International:  “The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise..... Foundation Grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.”
 
Rotary International has strong financial oversight, a superb charity rating, and an effective funding model.
The Shared Fund is how Rotary shares donations.  “Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities, such as vocational training teams. Contributions to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in this district are ultimately divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund (DDF).”
 
 
 
 
 

Be sure to go to 'Give' at www.rotary.org to make your donation and to read stories of Rotarians doing good work in the world.


 

 

 
“The eradication of Polio is Rotary Internationals largest and most important Public Health initiative” …District 5080 Governor Norm.
 
From Rotary International - The message to world leaders is clear: support the final push to achieve eradication now while the goal has never been closer, or face the potential consequences of a new polio pandemic that could disable millions of children within a decade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2014-2015 Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang has a vision for Rotarians to LIGHT UP ROTARY by participating in Rotary Days

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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

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Hello Wendy!

.... 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.

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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.​

 

 
 

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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?

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Most of us remember the months of the year, as they normally show on a calendar, but how many have wondered what the month was in the Rotary Year ?
 
 
 
 

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A new donation system is now available to all Rotarians! It's called TRF Direct. There are brand new forms available, ready for you to download from this website. One is for Canadian donors and one for U.S. Donors.
 
 
his letter was written to inform you of an important change affecting all contributions from Canadian Rotarians and clubs.
 
 
 
 
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