Club Information

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Mt. Adams Country Club
1250 Rocky Ford Rd.
Toppenish, WA 98948
United States of America
Club Activities
The Toppenish Rotary Club achieved the ShelterBox HERO recognition for Rotary Year 2022-2023.
2022 was their biggest year yet and with the Toppenish Rotary Club's support they helped ShelterBox reach over 400,000 people across 22 projects in 12 countries.   At the end of the Rotary Year the Toppenish Rotary Club will be listed on the ShelterBox HERO page
The Toppenish Rotary golf team took 1st at the Wapato/Toppenish Dollars for Scholars golf tournament this past weekend. A great time was had by all. Thank you to Dollars for Scholars for hosting a fantastic event. Left to Right: Cody Jensen, Barb Moses, Tyler Jensen and John Mark.
It was a pleasure to have LaDon Linde, County Commissioner District 3, come speak at our weekly Rotary club meeting.  It was great to hear the updates around the valley and some of his forecasts for the future.  Thank you LaDon for visiting our club.
It is always a pleasure when Sid comes to speak to our Rotary club.  He is a wealth of information and we truly appreciate him coming to speak to us.  Thank you Sid!!
Spent a Saturday morning volunteering at the Toppenish Food Bank.  Had lots of fun and it was extremely rewarding.
Everett Gibbons turned 90 this month.  He is still an active Rotarian and has been a devoted member of the Toppenish Rotary since 1967.  Everett was presented with a special award from the Toppenish Rotary for his long standing service above self.  Congratulations Everett!
Our 8th Annual "Tee It High, Let It Fly" golf tournament was a huge success. Thank you to our title sponsors: Amcor & Pacific Power, and to all of our other sponsors. We could not have done this without all of you!
1st Place: Who's Your Caddy?
2nd Place: Stegeman Electric
3rd Place: Kmuck Properties
Hope to see you all next year!!
This week we were fortunate to have former NBA player (for the Sonics and other teams), James Donaldson, come and speak to our Rotary Club on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. His story touched us all and his message has meaning in many peoples' lives. James also spoke to the students at the Toppenish High School and Middle School. Thank you James for spending the day in Toppenish. We appreciate you!!  If you don't know about James and his story, you can view his story here. James Donaldson
Our annual golf tournament is coming up.  There are still room for golf teams and sponsorship opportunities.  Please contact Barb Moses (Tournament Chair) @ 509.949.5957 if you are interested in either or both!
Thank you Karl Ruether, District 5060 Governor, for visiting our Toppenish Rotary meeting today.  Karl is such a wonderful man and a very dedicated Rotarian.  We learned several new things about Rotary as well as we were energized to look for a place in Toppenish to plant a pollinating garden.  We believe we have a plan to build a pollinating garden.  Be on the look out!  One is coming within the next year.  
Toppenish Rotary was awarded the Rotary Citation Award for 2020-2021.  District Governor, Karl Ruether and Assistant District Governor, John Cooper came to our weekly meeting this week and presented us with the award.  A Rotary club can earn the award if they meet 13 out of 25 goal areas through that particular Rotary year.  Way to go Toppenish Rotary!!
A huge thank you to our outgoing President, Anastasia Sanchez.  Did an amazing job leading our Rotary club and we are forever grateful.  It is not easy being President and she rocked it.  Thank you Anastasia! 
Congratulations to Greg Gibbons for receiving the Paul Harris Fellow +2 Award.  Way to go Greg!!
After several weeks and several attempts, we finally have a winner at the Queen of Hearts!  Everett Gibbons reached up and pulled the Queen of Hearts out of the 17 remaining cards.  He was one happy winner.  Congratulations Everett!!
Thank you to our great speakers this week at the Toppenish Rotary. These three high school students did a fabulous job. Left to right: Thalisa Saldivar, Jaxon Smith, Mario Trujillo. They are off to great places!
The Toppenish Rotary went to the Toppenish Community Chest Food Bank this past Saturday to do some clean up and interior painting.  It was a great day.  Lots of Rotarians showed up along with their family members.  We also had the Miss Toppenish Court there.  We were able to paint the interior dining hall.  New clothing racks, shoe racks, floor molding and folding chair storage has been ordered and will be delivered in the next few weeks.  The last final touch will be new signage for outside of the building.  Thank you all who helped with this adventure.  Cecilia at the Food Bank is so excited for her new surroundings.
The Toppenish Rotary participated in the Community Safety Network (CSN) golf tournament on Saturday, May 15th. The team placed 1st with an amazing of score of 45! Team members: Walt Wegener, Randy Anderson, Barb Moses & Tyler Jensen. Way to go team!!
The Toppenish Rotary participated in the 2021 Dollars For Scholars golf tournament on Friday, May 7th.  Team (left to right):  Walt Wegener, John Cerna, Chuck Stegeman and Barb Moses.  The team represented Rotary very well and they had a great time.  The Toppenish/Wapato Dollars for Scholars group did a fabulous job running their tournament.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that since we are in Phase 2, we are able to return to the Branding Iron for our meetings.  So starting Tuesday, February 23rd we will be meeting at the Branding Iron Restaurant from 12:00 - 1:00 PM every Tuesday.  Please join us!
Our 6th Annual Tee It High, Let It Fly golf tournament was another success this year.  Thank you to our title sponsor, Campbell CPA LLC.  We had 17 teams and despite the wind, everyone had a fabulous time.  1st place team:  Stegeman Electric.  2nd place team:  Toppenish Rotary.  3rd place team:  All Phase Electric.  We held a putting contest sponsored by Chandler Distributing.  The winner of the putting contest was John from All Phase Electric.  He took home a limited edition Scotty Cameron putter.  Congrats John!!  
One of our three scholarship recipients wrote a beautiful thank you.  We thought we would share it with everyone.
"Dear Toppenish Rotary,

I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the John Brearley Rotary
Scholarship 2020. I thank you for your generosity that has allowed me to expand my knowledge,
and teach me the importance of earning my degree.

With your support, I am the first in my family to attend college. Growing up in a family who has
struggled financially and the only source of income coming from the tree fruit industry, has
taught me to value my education. Today, I work harder for my family, aiming to attend college
and bring home a degree for my family. I have learned how much courage it takes to live, and it
has helped me become who I am now.

As I complete my education at Heritage University, I want to share my passion for teaching and
develop new strategies for addressing the educational needs of each student. I am the person I am
today because of the place I grew up and I know I can improve the lives of others around me. I
want to support the student’s cultural heritage, identity, family, and fight for their social and
economic rights. I want to close the achievement gaps in my community and act as a guide for
the new generations of immigrants. I truly believe I can change the future of education and
inspire students to become leaders who can help our community.

Your generosity has inspired me to help others, and give back to my community. I want to strive
for improvement to become someone who will be remembered because of her ethic and
courageous persona to change the lives of others. I hope one day I will be able to help students
achieve their goals just as you have helped me.
I sincerely appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you.
Perla Bolaños"
Toppenish Rotary donated $500 to the Feeding the Frontline Healthcare Heroes efforts sponsored by Catering Creations by Toni.  This fundraiser is raising funds to provide lunch to healthcare professionals who are working around the clock for our community in the Yakima medical facilities.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, "non-essential" medical facility workers, including culinary teams, have been removed or overwhelmed.  We wanted to show our gratitude for our frontline healthcare heroes so we donated funds that will directly feed the people that are going to work everyday to save lives.

Six Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Foundation Awards

John Cerna, Chuck Stegeman, District Governor Elect Bill Jenkins,

Everett Gibbons, Greg Gibbons and Dan Johnson.  (Not pictured; Curtis Parrish)


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