Rotary District 5080
Washington, Idaho, British Columbia

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Rotary's theme for April is "Magazine Month".  We are all familiar with The Rotarian magazine that comes out monthly but here is some information that might surprise you.   

The Rotarian magazine is the official magazine of RI and was established in 1911.  It shows how Rotarians are addressing issues in the six areas of focus, and challenges readers to become even more involved in service to their neighbourhoods and the global community. 

Eighteen Nobel Prize winners and 22 Pulitzer Prize winners have appeared in The Rotarian's pages including Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, Pearl S. Buck, Scott Turow, Carol Guzy, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  In 2012, The Rotarian swept the Media Industry Newsletter awards with 10 editorial and design honours - more than twice the number of any other publication.  It shared the spotlight with Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Harper's Bazaar and Food & Wine.   Adding to those honours, The Rotarian also earned eight awards from Folio magazine for excellence in association and non-profit publishing.

Job Description – Zone Communications Officer
Position Summary

The Zone Communications Officer (ZCO) will be responsible for creating and implementing a strategic, multi-platform communication plan for Rotary Zones 25 & 26 that is focused on internal (member) communications. This plan will center on the use of efficient and effective mediums, and messaging and communication that reflect our organizational voice as well as key corporate and zone level strategic messaging.  Ultimately, all communication efforts are for the benefit to the club. Therefore, the plan must ensure that Club and District leadership is aware of and able to effectively use key communications, materials, and resources that will help to:
 Support and strengthen clubs;
 Focus and increase humanitarian service;
 Enhance public image and awareness.

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We just thought members would like to know this amazing statistic - at the double-header R.L.I. sessions this weekend (April 11) there will be representatives from over 25% of the clubs in our district. That's the broadest coverage we've every had on one day.
CONGRATULATIONS to those clubs, their Club Presidents and the AGs for their efforts in making our clubs and district stronger.

It's official....the Springdale Middle School Interact Club celebrated it's chartering recently at a banquet in Deer Park.  The 140 people present represented Interact members, parents, teachers, Interact advisors, members of the District Governor line, and Rotarians from the sponsoring Deer Park Rotary Club.  This is the origination of the second Interact Club in the Mary Walker School District in Springdale, Washington.

District Community Grants and District Matching Grants
Applications for District Community Grants (DCGs) and District Matching Grants (DMGs) for the 2015-2016 program year may be submitted beginning March 21, 2015. All applications must be received by the District Grants Subcommittee Chair no later than April 11, 2015.
DCGs and DMGs are available to Rotary Clubs in District 5080 to fund humanitarian service projects, as follows.
- local or international service projects
- amount US$1,000 - $5,000
- reimbursable (funded after projects are complete and the final report is approved)
- clubs don't have to be qualified, but it is highly recommended
- international service projects
- amount US$5,001 - $10,000
- clubs have to be qualified (and it is highly recommended that clubs send two members to grant management seminar)
DCGs and DMGs:  NEW THIS YEAR. (Read More)
Recently, a D5080 National Immunization Day team went to Pakistan. Pictures are team members included Kees & Mayumi van der Pol, Carl Bach of Colville and Sara Archer of Walla Walla.

The Rotary clubs of san Miguel de Heredia, Tegucigalpa, Villa Real, and Real de Minas, together with Canadian Rotarians from District 5080 and 5020 have shown once again their spirit of service towards those most in need through their granting of scholarships to children and young people of very limited means so that they can make themselves into respected professionals in Honduras.
The provision of scholarships is carried out through “Alternativas and Oportunidades” (AyO), a Honduran Organization which deals directly with the children and youth of the street markets in Tegucigalpa, Comayaguela, and communities adjacent to the municipal dump and crematorium.  The goal of AyO is to help the children attend and succeed in school, as well as to train their mothers (who do everything from selling fruit to baking, hairdressing, sewing, and making snacks) in business activities.  This includes developing a business plan, time management, the need to save money, and how to qualify and apply for micro credit.
Spokane Valley Sunrise has used a District matching grant to complete a project for The Hub Sports Center. They provided computers, a projector and a mic for the after school tutoring programs they facilitate. These photos show the center and the recipients.
Click on THE HUB to see Power Point

Your PETS training team relaxing after a full week end of sharing Rotary!!!
Pictured are AG Don Roberts, PETS Instructor, Sandra Roberts, DGE Mike Dalessi and MaryAnn with District Trainer, Sheila Hart.

The Rotary Club of Spokane 21 held a wonderful evening with Past Rotary International President, Rick King.  Pictured below are Michael Church, Past President of Spokane 21 with DGE Mike Dalessi, IPDG Bob Carroll, PRIP Richard King and PDG Allan Davis. Governor Norm McCarvell was present even while awaiting surgery.  Unfortunately, he left prior to the photos being taken.  As usual, Rick had the audience in the palm of his hand throughout his presentation.
The second picture is of PRIP Richard with members of the Springdale High School Interact and the Springdale Middle School Interact Clubs.  These students, along with their parents and teachers attended the event as guests of their sponsor club, the Deer Park Rotary Club.  It was an inspirational evening

Marvel Fast Hathaway was born January 24, 1915 on a farm owned by her grandparents, Nickolas and Catharina Fast, in Bridgewater Township, Ohio to her father, Glen Henry Fast, and his wife, Bertha.
At age 12, she and her family moved to Bryan, Ohio, where her dad was the Clerk of Common Pleas Court.
In 1935, after graduation from Bryan High School, Marvel married her H.S. sweetheart, Richard Lee Hathaway. He later graduated from the University of Chicago, where his father and grandfather had also graduated from University.  The couple settled in Chicago where Richard worked for the Continental Rubber Company of Erie, PA and the Thermoid Rubber Company of Trenton, NJ.  Two sons were born while they lived in Chicago: John R (Jack) in June 1941 and David Lee in June 1943.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran announces his presidential theme 'Be a Gift to the World.'

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi announces his presidential theme 'Be a Gift to the World.'

Need a gift idea for the Rotarian or relative that already has “TOO MUCH STUFF”.
You can give them the satisfaction of donating $120 to enable a primary school student, or $225 to enable a secondary school student, to attend the public school system in Honduras. You will receive a letter to put under the tree, and they will receive a certificate with a picture of the child/youth that you sponsor on their behalf, after the Rotarians take their picture in January 2015.
It’s easy too.
Go to this new brand website for the HELP Honduras Program that is funded by over 25 Rotary Clubs in 5 districts.


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. 

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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


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


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.





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.​




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 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?



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 ?
Now you can answer with assurance.

.o Share information about the relevance of community service to Rotary's mission.
.o Ask your district governor about presentation opportunities at the
district assembly or district conference. The presentation should focus on
the importance of community service and successful projects in your district.
o Research the RI projects exhibition at the RI Convention and encourage
active clubs to apply for a booth.
o When the district chair for the upcoming year has been appointed, update
him or her on scheduled activities.

o 23 February - Rotary's Anniversary
o Family Week - Second week of February
The goal of Family Week is for Rotary clubs to connect with families in
their communities, particularly those that need extra attention. .


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May 2015

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