Welcome to the Rotary Club of Bishop


Service Above Self

First and third Tuesday
Astorga's Restaurant
2206 N. Sierra Highway
Bishop, CA  93514
United States of America
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New Members Dr. Lisa Fontana and Colin Vaughan

Robert Atlee sponsored Colin Vaughn and Dr. Lisa Fontana was sponsored by Nancy Lowthorp.  President DeEtte Johnston proudly installed the new members at a club meeting on October 25, 2016.  Dr. Lisa Fontana is the Superintendent for Schools for Inyo County and Colin Vaughan, is a Sales Rep for Style Eyes and Distributor for Sierra Maps. 
Dr. Allison J. Robinson was inducted into The Rotary Club of Bishop on October 27th.   Nancy Lowthorp, Allison's sponsor, said she is looking forward to working with Allison and helping her get started participating in the club's many community programs.  A graduate of Whittier College, Robinson entered the US Navy when she attended the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.  She completed her General Surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and did a Colon and Rectal Fellowship at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA.     "As a surgeon, I truly enjoy meeting with and working with my patients as people - allowing them to return to their lives is a very satisfying part of my job "Robinson said.  No stranger to the area, Robinson was raised in Big Pine.  Stationed at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego for the past 10 years, Robinson and her husband, Ron, and two sons Toby, 13, and Cody, 12 recently moved to Bishop.  As a family, the Robinsons enjoy outdoor activities including boating, fishing, kayaking and skiing.
October 21st, Rotary Clubs of Bishop presented a “big check” in the amount of $9000.00 to Pastor Matt McPhee, The Bishop United Method Church, to help purchase a new commercial range with burners, griddle and 2 ovens. ( A separate legal check was given to the Pastor.)    Rotarian Ed Morse has been helping in the Soup Kitchen and recognized the need for a new range.  He suggested that the two Rotary clubs in Bishop apply for grants from the Rotary District 5190 plus contribute money from each club.  Rotary Club Presidents Kammi Foote and Sue Lyndes got together and accomplished receiving the grants and donations.  Pastor Matt is now shopping for the new Range, 
Pastor Matt said the Soup Kitchen was established to provide nourishing lunches to those in need.  An average of 75 hot, nutritious and freshly prepared lunches are served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon in the Bishop First United Methodist Center (205 N. Fowler St.)  In addition, showers are available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The Church not only serves the homeless and those in special need, but also those who simply wish to join with others in fellowship.  Pastor Matt said the church is thankful for the many groups that partner with them to make the meal and shower ministry possible.


Kay O'Brien and fellow Rotarians delivered 38 boxes of school supplies to Pine Street Elementary School and Round Valley School October 1st.  Kelly Dunn was thrilled to get a box of needed supplies for her kindergarten class.  Kay started this wonderful community project over 10 years ago.

Rotary 5190 District Governor, Gail Ellingwood led the induction at the Tuesday July 21st meeting

Ken is no stranger to community service and has participated in many of the club's programs for several years.  He has helped with the 5th Grade Financial Literacy Program, read to 3rd Graders in Ms. Hammie's Literacy Circles, rounded up ducks in the rubber ducky derby, led fishing expeditions as part of our Sierra Safari and prepared and cooked food at the Soup Kitchen.
Ken was born in New Hampshire, raised in Covina, CA and enlisted in the US Navy in 1984.  After serving his country for 20 years, he retired and trained as a Respiratory Therapist.  When the opportunity to work in Bishop came up, they didn't think twice about moving to our small community eight years ago.  Our beautiful Eastern Sierra surroundings is the perfect place for Ken to pursue his hobbies of fishing, hiking and fly tying.
Ken was attracted to Rotary because of the community service and the fellowship with club members and other Rotarians.  He brings commitment, enthusiasm and initiative to the club as he joins his wife, Sue, working on our current community and international projects.  They are a dynamic team!

 Club mourns the passing of member James Wilson

Our dear friend and member since 2001, passed away at Renown Hospital in Reno on July 15th.  The longtime Bishop resident and former business owner leaves behind his beloved wife, Kay, daughter, Roseanne, son-in-law, Bay and Grandson, Ansel.  James was 67.  At the time of his death, James was a member of the Rotary Club of Bishop where he was chairman of the International Service Committee; the Eastern Sierra chapter of the Audubon Society, which he helped found in 1983; and a board member of Friends of the Inyo, which he co-founded in 1986.  James was a friend, mentor and role model to many who admire him for his honesty, loyalty, generosity, steadfastness, sly humor and grace.
The Demotion dinner for Pat Nahin was held at Bishop Country Club on July 1, 2015.  Maggie Kingsbury and Kay O'Brien planned the party with the theme African Safari.  Pat thanked her board of directors and members for a great year.  Club members donated hours of work for over 20 community and international projects the club supports.  Over $28,000 was donated this year for the club's many programs and for scholarships.
Sue Lyndes, new President for the 2015 - 2016 term introduced her new board.  Sue's new board took the oath of office given by Randy Van Tassell.  Pictured are Sue Lyndes,  Maggie Kingsbury,  Jack England, Judy Haycook, Nicole Perry-Morley, Leo Pisculli, Victoria Alexander-Lane, Pat Nahin and Jody Cutler. 
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