This year’s recipients of the prestigious “Peeky Award” are Nik Wannarachue and Floyd Ivey.  Nik's submission won high praise in the international category while Floyd took hands down in the human interest category. 
Rumor has it that both contestants are headed to the Cannes Film Festival.
 
 
 
John Cerna, Superintendant Toppenish School District, has established  a new standard for protecting his students and facility.  Namely, he has taken the bold move to arm some administrators within his School District. He wrote a policy in 2011 and it was June 2014 when the first reading took place and on August 2014, administrators started carrying weapons.  The administrators have concealed weapon permits, received 40 hours of initial training followed by training twice monthly.  Periodically local law enforcement and administrators conduct drills.  John states if someone has a better solution, he is open to consider options.
 
 
Annually the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club recognizes students who live by “Service Above Self” motto while at the same time demonstrating academic excellence.  Tri-Tech students receive a $1000 scholarship for tools and equipment while college bound students receive  $2000 for tuition assistance.  Pictured from left to right are Hunter Robbins-Billows: Kamiakin HS-culinary arts; Jaqueline Montes: Pasco HS- Eastern Washington University; Leslie Puente: Pasco HS- Eastern Washington University; Bailey Newton: Richland HS- culinary arts; Ruth Hayter- culinary arts;  Cami Logan: Hanford HS- culinary arts;  Cheyenne O’Hair: River View HS- culinary arts;  Maggi Fiocchi: Kennewick HS- Linfield College; Nataly Romero Gomez: Kennewick HS- digital arts; Dhylan Worster: Kamiakin HS- Whitworth College; Not pictured Nathan Blakely: Southridge HS- fire science
 
The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Steven Charles Gonzalez provided an overview of his background and qualifications.  His indicated that only 37% of the electorate voted on the last elections and 1/3 left the judge positions blank.  He attributed the low voting response to lack of information.  His background is very extensive and has been identified as judge of the year four times.  His opponent, he believes, is marginally qualified.  One can make the assessment by visiting www.VotingForJudges.com  One consultant stated that many vote by name rather than qualifications.  He urged the audience to become informed by visiting the website before casting a vote in during the next election.
 
 
Josh Chittenden of Pasco Kennewick Rotary was again the Head Parking Person for Kids Dig Rigs this year.  His team parked thousands of vehicles Saturday and Sunday on the unmarked lawn of Columbia Park. Congrats to Josh!

Kidz Dig Rigz is a unique, two day family-friendly event in which kids of all ages can get up close and personal with all types of Rigz such as tractors, fire trucks, tanks and more! Child-friendly entertainment includes monster truck rides, tractor ride-and-drives, car crusher in action presentation, bouncy houses, face-painting, and much more. Various food concession vendors were present.

All proceeds benefit Pediatric patients, their families, services and programs at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
 
 
 
 
Annually the Pasco Kennewick Rotary Club recognizes an outstanding police officer from the cities of Pasco and Kennewick WA.  The awards are made as a tribute to John Goldsbury. John’s life was dedicated to serving the community and he was recognized as the Tri-Citian of the Year.  He was an avid supporter of the two police departments.
This year’s recipients of the John Goldsbury Award are Officer Issac Merkl of Kennewick and Sergeant Brian Vaught of Pasco.  Both have been nominated by their chiefs.  Issac in addition to his normal duties volunteers as a fire fighter, organizes the police/firemen’s basketball game that raises 10K plus annually for charity and assists American Hockey players in their temporary housing needs.   Brian has served as a patrolman, public information officer, training officer, detective, K-9 handler and is active in the anti-narcotics campaign in the Tri-Cities area. He is always on call to serve the community.  
Congratulations  to Officer Merkl and Sergeant Vaught. Thank you for your service!
 

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Upcoming Speakers
Dr. David Bond
Jun 20, 2018
Health Education K-12 Learning Standards
Incoming Officers Dinner CG Public House
Jun 28, 2018
No Noon Meeting at Clover Island on June 27th.