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his letter was written to inform you of an important change affecting all contributions from Canadian Rotarians and clubs.
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   Kees van der Pol 
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(October 2016)
Economic and Community Development Month
This month celebrates one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus and it is an area that excites great passion among our Rotarians as they seek to “do good” in our communities, whether they are our own neighbourhoods or neighbourhoods on distant shores.  The Siegel and Gale Study identified improving local communities as one of the two chief reasons for joining Rotary.
Throughout our visits to over thirty clubs so far we have seen so many examples of Rotarians improving their villages, towns, and cities through the building of gazebos, water parks for children, welcome signs, information kiosks for tourists, bike trails, community gardens, and skate parks.  They clean highways, build homes, deliver firewood, clean beaches, harvest and donate unwanted fruit and vegetables.  They cook up burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, and elephant ears (beaver tails in Canada).
Holidays are celebrated with choral events and fireworks.  Parents are found for orphans, the challenged are assisted with finding work, bicycle rides are organized to support a healthy lifestyle and to raise money for the End Polio Now campaign.  Rotarians put on dinner theatre, conduct wine tastings (and beer tastings and scotch tastings), mentor high school students, read to elementary students, and provide scholarships.
Rotarians also support our youth through Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Peace Scholars, and Youth Exchange.  They provide funds for individual or group travel.
Internationally, Rotarians volunteer their time, talent, and treasure to support cataract surgeries, National Polio Immunization days, micro-credit projects, Shelter Box, Vocational Training Teams, Rotoplast missions, water projects, sanitation projects, the building of classrooms (and schools, clinics, and hospitals), and so many more.
There are so many opportunities to do good!  Take the time to visit other clubs, to talk to other Rotarians, to register for Rotary educational events.
You will be surprised at the ideas you will encounter!
October 24:        Rotary World Polio Day
October 31 to November 6:         World Interact Week


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
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.

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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
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