Rotary District 5080
Washington, Idaho, British Columbia

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Rotarians from Sweden’s District 2380 and Nelson Rotary Friendship Exchange Hosts, Bob & June Nuyens, Ean & Jane Gower, AD Ed Edmondson, Dave and Wendy Simpson, Harold and Willa Horsfall. This is the reciprocal portion of an RFE that gave D5080 Rotarians an amazing Swedish experience in the spring of 2015. District 2380 is in the middle of south Sweden. 

Rotary clubs in our district and all over the world are taking action to enhance basic education and literacy in their communities. Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus and our clubs are acting on this.
Here is a pretty amazing list of some of the projects our clubs in District 5080 are working on and I’ve only visited 25 clubs so far!
Organizing Values & Ethics Talks
Robotics Programs
Science & Combustion shows at Mobius
Helping Interact clubs
Providing scholarships   
Sponsoring Youth Exchange Students and RYLA campers
Adventures in Citizenship scholars
Adventures in Democracy scholars
Operating a kids drop-in site after school, offering tutoring and a hot meal
Giving Thesaurus and Dictionaries
Rotarians mentoring students
Donating $50,000 to fund a library
Shipping books to Africa
Funding numerous Honduras and Guatemalan literacy projects
Supporting a teacher in Haiti
Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education, and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our members support educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
[back row]  Randy Jansons, John Tames, Carl Holder, Mitch Roach, Troy Woody, Warren Tate, Harry Garrison, Jim Feeney, Mike Rader, Darryl Francis, DGE Kees van der Pol
[front row]  Janelle Harvey (Faculty), DG Mike Dalessi, Debi Dockins, Bob Quay, Karyl Whiteley, Kyle Edberg,  Jeanne McPherson (Faculty)
The Waterton Glacier International Peace Park recently held their annual Hands Across the Border Ceremony.  The Ceremony included the Presentation of the Honour Guard, National Anthems of the United States and Canada, Dedication of Flag Poles to the Waterton Community Association, Greetings from District 5370, 5360, 5390 and 5080 and the Ceremonial Hands Across the Border Pledge (pictured).  For more information about the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park go to -

The D5080 Rotary Leadership Institute Faculty recently met to discuss curriculum changes and to start planning for 2015-16 sessions.  The Faculty specifically encourages President-Elects to consider completing all 3 Parts of RLI prior to the commencement of their Presidential year. The Faculty is especially pleased with the number of RLI graduates who are now serving the District or their clubs in leadership positions. For more information about RLI visit the District website or contact PDG Al Davis at his new e-mail:
Pictured are:
Back Row: Jeanne McPherson, PDG Bob Carroll, Ed Edmondson, Karen Cook, Bev Reed and PDG Al Davis
Front Row: Sheila Hart, PDG Sandra Roberts, Brenda Balahura, Dick Barclay

The District 5080 Leadership Team at the District Leadership Team Seminar
LtoR Back Row:  Don Roberts (Treasurer & AD Area 7), Erik Redeker (Secretary), Ed Edmondson (AG Area 2), Daryl Francis (AG Area 10), Karen Applegate (AG Area 5), Ira Amsteder (AG Area 8), Al Davis (Membership)
LtoR Centre: Sheila Hart (Trainer), Michelle Fink (AG Area 6), Lyn O’Conner (AG Area 4), Sandra Roberts (Web-Master), Stacey Cassidy (Youth Services)
L to R Front: Jerri Anderson (DGN), Mike Dalessi (DG), Kees van der Pol (DGE)
Missing from photo: Don Hart (Foundation), Vlad Sasarman (AG Area 1), Heidi Romich (AG Area 3), Wes Clizer (AG Area 9), Debra Rauen (Public Relations), Norm McCarvell (PDG)

Mary Gadeken was awarded the Rotarian Spouse Service Award at the June 18th Columbia Center Rotary Installation and Awards Banquet. She had been nominated by District Governor Norm McCarvell for her tireless efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. Since 2009 Arlan’s year as District Governor, Mary has made over 300 beaded necklaces representing every Rotary country. From her efforts, she has single handedly donated $20,000 to Polio Plus! Once, when asked why she still makes them she replied, “Well, I'll keep making necklaces until the last case of polio is eradicated.” At the dinner she quipped, “There just aren’t enough venues to sell them; I really need to make a website.”  You can see she is not giving up until she has accomplished her goal. Congratulations Mary for an outstanding service project.
Pictured are: Arlan Gadeken, Mary Gadeken, DGE Mike Dalessi and Club President Janine Swailes.
Purpose: The Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award recognizes spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary. Up to 100 individuals may be selected to receive this award annually. Recipients will be selected by an officer appointed by the RI president.
Criteria Candidates: will be considered based solely on the humanitarian service they have rendered through Rotary, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others. Personal financial contributions to Rotary, its Foundation, or any individual project are not relevant considerations for this award.

The  Rotary District 3340 Friendship Exchange Team from Thailand is visiting the Tri-Cities, Sandpoint, Creston, Nelson, Castlegar and Grand Forks. 

Club Foundation Chair Hank Martin and District Governor Norm McCarvell awarded 2 Major Donor Awards, 5 Paul Harris Fellows and 8 Plus 1, 1 Plus 2, 2 Plus 4 and 1 Plus 8 Paul Harris Fellows.

One of the traditional items at almost every District Conference is the exchange of pins, signifying the transition taking place in the district leadership line. It is quite probably the last time the entire team is together before the official changing of the guard takes place on July 1. This year, in Nelson, Past District Governor Bob Gallagher (from D-6400), in his role as President's Representative, performed the ceremony. To outgoing DG Norm, we give our thanks for a good year. To incoming DG Mike, we give our best wishes for a successful year going forward. To soon-to-be DGE Kees van der Pol and soon-to-be DGN Jerri Anderson, we give our very best wishes as they prepare for their years ahead.To the entire team - thanks for giving your time, talents and energies for the benefit of District 5080 and its members and clubs. It is appreciated

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.
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.

Please refer to the Event Section on the Right side of this Home Page.

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. .


2016 District 5080 Conference - Coeur d,Alene 

2016 District 5080 Conference
Get ready for Fun - Fellowship - Golf
Enjoy the Inspirational Speakers
Special guest, Rick King 
at the Governor's Ball
Enjoy Idaho's Beautiful
Coeur d'Alene Resort
May 6 - 8, 2016

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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.