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Washington, Idaho, British Columbia

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It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Past Rotary International President, Monty Audenart.  Monty, from Red Deer Alberta, struggled for the past year and a half with cancer. All of the Rotarians that he touched through his Rotary journey were changed by knowing him and his wonderful wife, Liz.  Below you may read Monty's final letter to friends.  He was a very special person and will be greatly missed by his family and world-wide cadre of friends.
(Photo of anouncement displayed at the Rotary International Assembly)

My Dear Friends,

This is just a short message to let you know that I have simply " Gone Home". While the Spirit is strong, and I would have loved to stay longer , I have had to lay my body down and walk through the next door. But then, life is really all about how we live it, and less about how long we live. I am lucky to have lived a grand life in the time that I had. I have been blessed to have a wonderful family, and so many good friends like you.

Thank you for being a part of my life, and for the many experiences and fun times we shared and the lessons you taught me. I will surely miss you, but I have faith that in due time we shall meet again. Please pray for my family, and know that I am not too far away.



January is Rotary Awareness Month.  But what does ‘Awareness’ mean?  Three types of Awareness come to mind, each are equally important.
The first ‘Awareness’ is what Rotarians do when they become aware of a need locally or internationally.  Their awareness often translates into service opportunities.  "Service above Self" is all about recognizing human need and then deciding to do something about it.  Rotarians are self motivated service minded individuals who readily tackle everything from small community projects to international projects with worldwide impact.  Local food banks and literacy projects along with water, health and polio eradication are example of the work of Rotarians.
January is Rotary Awareness Month.  But what does ‘Awareness’ mean?  Three types of Awareness come to mind, each are equally important.
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.

"An Evening with Rick King"
February 26th, 2015
No Host Reception....5:30 p.m.  Dinner Seating 6:00 p.m.
Place:  Red Lion Inn at the Park
      Riverfront Ballroom
Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased through the Rotary office at 509-534-8998 or by sending a check to the address below.  Credit Cards are accepted, Visa/MasterCard/American Express.  Please call and talk to Suzy.
We are asking for Table Captains to host tables of eight.  A Table Captain will be responsible for filling the seats at their table (and yes, that means either buying or selling the eight tickets involved). 
Our dinner menu is exceptional.  The Red Lion is going above and beyond to make this a special event!  

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 ?

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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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