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                                                                                         Rampur Viswanath, District Governor                                           

One of the largest contingents of Rotarians and visitors in recent memory gathered at noon on October 25th to meet  Dr. Rampur Viswanath, District Governor (DG) and his wife Treja.    

Visiting Rotarians and guests were recognized preparatory to the DG’s presentation.  Dr. M. Duane Nellis, visiting Rotarian and President, University of Idaho and his wife Ruthie were introduced.  In addition, Chris Murray, Vice President for Advancement at the university, and Charles Buck, Assistant Vice President and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene campus of the university were welcomed to Bonners Ferry.  Wilma also thanked the two honorary members of the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club (BFRC), Jackie Gale and Clarence Jones for attending. Carol Hampton, former Rotarian, with the University of Idaho Extension office in Bonners Ferry was introduced as the guest of Jennifer Jensen. Tim Wilson introduced an exchange student from Belgium as his guest. 

Phyllis Foro, Assistant District Governor, a member of the Sandpoint Rotary club and a Rotarian since 1987, introduced


Phyllis Foro, Assistant District Governor

the Governor and his wife, Dr. Rampur and Treja Viswanath, the latter currently a Rotarian from the Columbia Center Rotary Club of Kennewick, WA. The DG has been a Rotarian for 25 years and is currently a member of the Richland, WA club.  Dr. Viswanath was born in India and immigrated to this country to pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He is employed with the Hanford project in the Tri-Cities.

He spoke about leaders and leadership in our club, made several introductions and invited anyone who wanted to serve Rotary at the 5080 District level (representing approximately 65 clubs in portions of Washington, Idaho and British Columbia) to contact him by email.  The reason for his visit was to meet us and to discuss and learn about our dreams – dreams for creative ways for membership and training, information gathering, ways for controlling expenditures.  He mentioned that training seminars are available for both incoming club officers and any Rotarian who wants to increase his/her knowledge of Rotary.  He challenged the club to double its membership and with this accomplishment, the president of RI will personally recognize the top 15 clubs at the RI convention in Bangkok in May 2012.  The top 5 clubs will receive an all-expense paid trip to the convention. 

In addition to the Rotary International convention in Bangkok, Dr. Viswanath shared information concerning the annual District 5080 Conference in the Tri-Cities in June 2012.  Information about the conference is on the District web site with discounts available for early registration. 


Jenny Fessler Accepting Ray Olson's Award from Dr. Viswanath

The District Governor presented several awards to fellow Rotarians – Jenny Fessler accepted for Ray Olson who was presented the “Ambassador of Goodwill” for his passion and goodwill, sharing the Rotary message throughout the


community.....Wilma Devore        Imagewas presented a rotary pin representing the Governor's theme of “Transforming One Rotarian At A Time”....Dr. Nellis, President, University of Idaho


Dr. Viswanath (DG), Dr. Nellis (University of Idaho)

was presented with a presidential award for his service to Rotary and the university.  In addition, the DG inducted Wendy Hawks into Rotary as our newest member.  Her sponsor, Linda Alt was also present for the induction.


Linda Alt, Dr. Viswanath, Wendy Hawks

Dr. Viswanath shared two stories about Rotary making a difference in someone’s life. Katie Spotz, a 23-year old, rowed single-handedly across the Atlantic Ocean to share with others that Rotary has touched lives and has made a difference in providing clean water to others in need.  The DG also shared his own personal story about a small grant that made it possible for him to buy books to pursue his initial college education. 

He concluded his remarks with information about The Rotary Foundation and the achievable goal of polio eradication. 

Rotary touches lives, changes lives, and makes a difference in people’s lives.  The Rotary International theme for 2011-2012 is to “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity”.


Rotarians at the Noon Outing 10-25-11