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   Kees van der Pol 
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Hundreds of Rotarians vacation worldwide at IGFR (International Golfing Fellowship of Rotary) locations.
The 54th annual IGFR will be held this August 6-12 in Victoria , BC , Canada. Proceeds go to Rotary charities.
Please pass this information on to your Rotary Club Presidents asking them to inform golfers in their clubs.
More information on how to register:  
Thank you
Dr. Gerry Kelly
Chair: IGFR2017 in Victoria. Canada

District Governor’s Monthly Message
(January 2017)
Vocational Service Month
Welcome to 2017!  And embrace the January theme of Vocational Service!
The 2nd Object of Rotary has us encourage and foster:
High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
Even though this is a core value and has existed since the very beginning of Rotary, it is sometimes hard for Rotarians to put the 2nd Object into action.
What follows are some ways of performing vocational service:
  • Live the Rotary Four-Way Test,
  • Talk proudly about your work and your professional organization,
  • Use your professional talents to perform a service project in your community or overseas,
  • Show genuine interest in others’ occupations,
  • Participate in an Rotary Ethics Seminar (we had one in Spokane on October 1, 2016),
  • Mentor high school or college students to help them achieve their career goals,
  • Continue to participate in professional development and encourage others to do the same,
  • Be ethical in your professional or business practices and encourage others to follow your example,
  • Join a Rotary Fellowship by checking out the following website:,
  • Take tours of each others’ workplaces in order to more deeply understand their professions,
  • Create a Four-Way Test contest for students,
  • Live the Rotary Code of Conduct,
  • Reward professionals or businesses who consistently follow ethical principles, and/or
  • Volunteer to lead or participate in a Vocational Training Team.
To register Click
on the right hand side under Conference Information
Service Trip to Belize 2017
Depart: Friday, March 17, 2017           Return: Sunday, March 26, 2017
We invite you to join us for the 14th annual service trip to Dangriga, Belize.
The construction team will be located in Dangriga, about 110 miles South of Belize City and located on the Caribbean Sea.
Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is a developing country that has a beautiful countryside and many water activities in the Caribbean. The official language is English. The currency is fixed at $2 Belize versus $1 US dollar. Please log on to for more information.
The weather in Belize in March is between the upper 80s- lower 70s.
The Dangriga Rotary Club meets on Wednesday.
Construction Team
The construction team will finish the construction on a new multi-purpose elementary school building in Pomona (12 miles away). Skilled and unskilled help is needed.  Local professionals will provide some labor & supervise the work. We need to raise $8,000 for the materials. Please ask your Rotary Club, church, or local civic club for a donation.  See building pictures at end of this flyer.
  • Leave Friday, March 17, 2017. Arrange your own flight. Airlines that fly to Belize: American, Delta, Southwest, & United. I personally favor Delta and try to avoid American.
  • Arrange to arrive at the Belize International Airport no later than 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. From the airport we will drive in our rented vans to Dangriga.
  • We will stay at hotels in Dangriga.  Every room has shower, toilet, and sink. Almost all rooms have air conditioning.
  • Sunday-Friday, construction team will complete construction of a new elementary multi-purpose school building in Pomona (12 miles from Dangriga).  
  • Saturday, March 25,off/play/recreation day
  • Sunday, March 26- return home
    Typical costs per person
              Airfare:                       $600-900
                Ground activities:     $300   (*see below) 
                Lodging:                     $12-80 per night per person
                Meals:                        $20-30 per day depending on appetite
                        Leisure activities:  varies depending on type
    Registration Fee-$300  (**$320) check made out to CCR -(put in “For:” line “Belize 2017 trip”) to be sent with application/registration. 
                         Money will be refunded if notified by March 1.
    $300 (**$320) Includes:
  • Rental vehicles and gas
  • Four catered buffet dinner meals  (Sat., Sunday, Monday, Weds.,)
  • Lunch  - Monday-Friday
  • Bottled water & soft drinks
               **$20 extra if you wish to drink local- Belkin beer
 First time International trip Columbia Center Rotarians may be eligible for a $500 grant.
All of your expenses can be tax deductible except meals and leisure activities
In previous years, local rotary clubs, churches and/or civic groups have supported some participants.
To register please complete and return the following application/registration form.
Further information will be emailed after application/registration form has been received.  
To view pictures of a previous trip, go to: 
 I will assign hotel rooms on a first come/first serve basis. It is determined by the order of the completed returned application/registration form.  
Any questions please contact me either by e-mail or phone
                             206- 854-0612 (cell phone)
Peter Kalunian
5506 W. 19th Ave.
Kennewick, WA  99338
(Application/registration form is on the next page)
Belize 2017  Service Trip
Application/Registration Form
(Complete a form for each person)
E-mail (print clearly):_______________________________________
Rotary club: (if applicable)_____________________________________
Place of work: _____________________________________________________
Name & phone number of work reference:____________________________________________
Translate Spanish?  Yes              No   
Any known health problems, including snoring: ____________________
Vegetarian:   Yes                   No              Food restrictions: ________________________
Allergies: ________________________________________________
I wish to room with: ___________________________________________
Room with air-conditioning (        )     no air conditioning (        ) 
 (      ) Dorm room with bunk beds and bath, no a/c (fans provided)
Skills you are willing to offer:
Please note: We appreciate your voluntary contribution. We work as a team Sunday-Friday.
If you are unable to make this commitment, please explain.
Mail completed application including $300 or ($320) check- made out to “CCR”- (put in FOR: line “Belize 2017 trip”) mail to:
                       Peter Kalunian
                       5506 W. 19th Ave.
                       Kennewick, Wa.  99338


PDG Ronald Ross 1997-1998


Ron’s Celebration of Life will be at 3:00 PM on October 15, at the Portuguese Hall (across from the Station Museum)
Ron requested a 2 keg party, so we are doing that.  Jim is also having a pig roasted for our consumption. 
Please join us if you can, and forward this to whomever you wish.  We need drinkers for the kegs.
Our Rotary District 5080 lost a friend, a dedicated Rotarian and Past District Governor, and an outstanding human being with the passing of Ron Ross on Sept. 28. We send our condolences to Ron’s wife and fellow Rotarian Elaine.
Ron, an electrical engineer, joined the Castlegar Rotary Club in 1977 and within 2 years was elected club Vice President. When the club President quit a month into the Rotary year, Ron became President.
That year, Ron and Elaine learned about the Youth Exchange program at the District Conference and went on to host 21 students. He joined the District Youth Exchange Committee, which he chaired for many years. Ron became Club President again in 1986/87 and was District Governor in 1997/98.
The HELP Honduras Program, which Ron started and which remained his and Elaine’s passion, operates in 3 cities -- Tegucigalpa, Santa Barbara and Danli. It supports some of the poorest families in Honduras who work at the market stalls, scavenge the dump, or labor on marginal farms.
HELP Honduras provides many services, including help accessing education by providing funding for mandatory uniforms, books and school supplies for the children. Ron is pictured here with one of the Market Children. Each year, the child’s sponsor(s) received a photo of “their child”, thanking them for donating the funds needed for a year of schooling.
Without the hope of school, some boys got into petty theft and eventually drug trafficking. Some girls resorted to prostitution and then, in many cases, became pregnant and left to raise the children without financial or moral support. HELP Honduras has changed thousands of lives. Learn more about this amazing program that is one of Ron’s great legacies:
Ron chaired many other District Committees following his term as DG, including: Rotary Foundation (5 years), Membership Development, Group Study Exchange (to Bolivia) and World Community Service.
Ron also served on the Pacific Northwest PETS (Presidents-Elect Training Seminar) Operations Committee for 8 years, Program Chair for 3 years and Audio Visual Chair for 3 years.
Ron was District Representative on the CRCID (Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development), for 10 years, until it’s dissolution in 2015.
Ron's dedication to service above self has been recognized at all levels of Rotary and his awards include: Rotary International (RI) Distinguished Service Award, RI Citation for Meritorious Service, Donald Macrae Peace Award 2012,  Queen’s Medallion on her 60th Birthday, and Honorary Member of Tegucigalpa and San Miguel de Heredia Rotary Clubs.
 Ron also served in many organizations for Alpine skiing and ski racing.
Ron will be greatly missed by his many friends, including those in his Rotary Club, our district, in Honduras and throughout the Rotary world. He will be remembered for his kindness, dedication and service.

Here is the link to the HELP Honduras website. Click on "Become a Sponsor" to make a one-time donation, sign up for regular donations, or download the form to sponsor a school child. Be sure to note that your donation is in memory of Ron Ross. Thank you.


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

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When you travel with Rotary Global Rewards, you can do more good work and create new memories with family and friends using discounts on airfare, hotel, and vehicle rentals.

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
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