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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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Welcome to the District 5080 Website!

District Governor:
   Kees van der Pol 
District Governor's
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PDG Ronald Ross 1997-1998


Ron died this evening Sept 28th

No flowers.

Perhaps I can set up a donation in his name for Help Honduras.  He would really like that.


More with regards to plans later.





The Creston Rotary Club, with President Gwen Telling (far left), sponsored the newly-formed Creston Valley Rotaract Club, which chartered on September 18.

The club charter was presented to Julie MsTaggart, Rotaract Charter President (back centre), by Gwen and by DG Kees van der Pol (far right).

This was followed by the Rotaractors receiving membership certificates.

It was a fun-filled event with stimulating conversation and fellowship!


What could be a Rotary first is that Gillian Kemle (bottom right), a Creston Rotarian, joined the Rotaract Club.


Interact District 5080 Conference
This event is for all Interact Clubs in District 5080. Rotary clubs are responsible for transportation to and from the event.
Students arrive on Friday, January 27th for a two night stay at the Chewelah Center.
Saturday activities will focus on team building and leadership training. Julie Kelsey, a Certified Professional Coach and member of Spokane 21 Rotary Club will be our instructor for the day.
Saturday evening will be a dance with a DJ to do the music.
Sunday will be breakfast, a wrap-up of the weekend and a farewell for all our members.
We also encourage Rotary Clubs who are considering an Interact Club Charter to sponsor students.
District Interact Chair
PDG Bob Carroll
Phone: 509-993-4176
One of our Younger members at Yakima Rotary, Michael Liddicoat, penned this rather emotional letter to our club President, who in turn sent it out to all 320 members of our club.  The letter has gone viral and impacted many people. I have been asked to send it to the whole District.  So with Vern's approval, here is the letter.   You too may find it very powerful
Warm Regards
Greg Luring  PDG
The Rotarian:
Submitted with respect by Michael Liddicoat
Vern Nielsen sits in a chair in Kelowna, British Columbia attached to a tube.  A cocktail of chemicals winds its way through the tube and into Vern’s veins.  This cocktail is just one of three such treatments that Vern must take every two weeks.  The chemicals are searching out a particularly aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.  The survival rate for this disease is about 20% within 12 months.  Vern is in month five.
I didn’t hear about Vern in a medical journal.  He wasn’t on the nightly news.  His picture is not on my Facebook feed.  Vern was standing in front of my Rotary club.  As a district governor, Vern has spent the last two years preparing to motivate and guide the 60 clubs in Rotary District 5060, which covers parts of Washington State and British Columbia.  Some might have thought he wasted those two years of preparing. 
The news of his cancer should have changed Vern’s plans.  In his talk, he joked of trading in his time with Rotary for his bucket list.  With the possibility of six months left to live, most people would change their outlook on life.  Vern would tell you he has.  Rather than looking inward though, he is looking outward.  A more egotistical thing might be to take his partner on the trips they never had time for.  Spend cash like there’s no tomorrow and reach his end at frantic pace, trying to accomplish all that he had planned to do in the next 30 years in just 6 months.  Vern is not that kind of man.


District 5080

Ethics Seminar


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center Spokane Valley, Washington

Seminar Fee: $40 Includes lunch


Register online District 5080 Website

For More Information Contact: Debi Dockins, 509.330.0576, or Michelle Lee, 509.690.5717,



8:30 am Registration

9:00 am—3:00 pm Seminar

Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center

1100 N Sullivan Rd Spokane Valley WA

Special Room Rate $95 plus tax, good through Sept 15, 2016



What will the District 5080 Ethics Seminar Include?

An Introduction to The Ethics Initiative and an overview of EI materials, newly updated!

 Training in how to use the ethics materials in Rotary Clubs and a variety of programs in the Avenues of Service

 Introduction to fun and effective Mini-Modules, Full Session Modules, Ethics Minutes

 Ideas to use now! Inspiration and tools to expand ethics awareness and enhance Club and District programs

Who Should Attend? Everyone! Interested Rotarians, District and Club Leaders, especially those involved in youth-related programs, vocational service, training, and ethics committees

Why Attend? Integrity is one of our core values as Rotarians. Together we have an opportunity to help advance the conversation to raise ethics awareness. Please join us! Here are a few comments from previous Seminars:

"Super! Worth 8 hours of driving round-trip to attend. " " I came on behalf of our Committee Chair and I am so happy I did! Fabulous seminar and great information to share with my Club and Community!" "... the materials and presentation were invaluable." "Very rewarding day!"

The District 5080 Ethics Seminar will be a fun-filled, thought-provoking day you won’t want to miss!


Ethics Initiative


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District Governor’s Monthly Message
(September 2016)
Consider the following (from an email from Wyn Spiller, Zone Foundation Coordinator):
  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty
  • 58 million children worldwide are out of school*
  • Even after four years of primary schooling, as many as 250 million children cannot read and write*
  • ​781 million adults are illiterate*
        (*statistics from UN Millennium Development Goals Report 2014)
    So begins Basic Education and Literacy Project Strategies (618en), an excellent resource guide to help develop projects in many areas including Low Adult Literacy, Youth Not in School, Youth Underperforming in School, Lack of Resources in Schools. "Every community has different needs and different opportunities to serve. This publication is intended to help you ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have at your disposal."
    Locate in TRF Resources on our Zone website / Guides / Project Resources
    As this is Basic Education and Literacy Month, I reflect back on how education has had such a profound impact in my life and that of my family members.  I also reflect on the accessibility of education here in North America.
    Basic school necessities were always available and we were always comfortable in warm, colourful classrooms.  We were all fortunate to have the experience of being educated in North America.
    Unfortunately, the privilege of education is not available everywhere, and it is sad that Rotary needs to have a month dedicated to promoting basic educational needs.
    On our tours to visit clubs we are pleased to see so many initiatives that strive to provide supplies, opportunities, and programs for youth here in our local communities and in other parts of the world.  Well over a hundred thousand dollars funds high school scholarships
    Rotarians and Rotary clubs in District 5080 provide books for schools and libraries.  And on Doctor Suess’ birthday Rotarians give students books.  At one club the program person is given a book to sign, which is then given to a school.
    Rotary clubs in our district provide playing fields, equipment, and uniforms.  A Starfish program provides backpacks full of food to go home with students who may have little to eat on the weekend.  Rotarians help with lunch programs, they read to students, they conduct mock interviews.  Rotarians provide opportunities for the disabled.  It seems that Rotary clubs like to adopt schools.  Rotarians provide mentorship through Interact, and leadership through RYLA.
    Business education and entrepreneurship are provided to Grade 12 students in what is known as Enterprise Week, fully supported by Rotarians who act as mentors and facilitators.
    And so many projects overseas…providing schools, classrooms, toilet facilities, water projects, teacher education programs, and tons of supplies.
    We are Rotary…we do good in our communities and around the world!
The Kettle Falls Rotary Club received the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award this year. Governor Mike Dalessi was honored to make the presentation to the club at their June 16, 2016 meeting.   Kudos from all of us in the district for your Achievement during this Rotary Year.  Keep up the good work. 

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly
September 16th – 18th, 2016
Glacier Park Lodge, East Glacier, MT. USA
Rotarians from Districts 5360, 5390, 5370 and 5080 are invited to participate in the annual Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Assembly at Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier, Montana.  The annual assembly will follow a major conference on important world transboundary conservation and peace initiatives and also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Services in the United States.
The District Leadership Team for 2016-17 attended the D-5080 Team Training Seminar in Coeur d’Alene on February 14, 2016

 District 5080

Conference 2017

Nakusp, BC

May 12-14
Click the link below to watch the informative video
District 5080 Refund Policy
September 2016
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