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Welcome to the Rotary District 5060 Home Page!

District Vice-Governor Greg Luring & Jan Luring

District 5060 is an international district of 57 clubs and approximately 2,760 Rotarians in central Washington, USA, and south central British Columbia, Canada.  It covers a distance of 550 miles (890 km) from Clearwater, BC, in the north to Prosser, WA, in the south. Principal cities are Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington, and Kelowna and Kamloops in British Columbia. 
The area enjoys a four-season climate, with generally warm summers and mild winters. Agriculture, agribusiness, recreation, and tourism are the primary economic activities, along with a rapidly growing wine industry.

District Governor Vern Nielsen & Willy Burgess
On February 11, 2017 the District was saddened to learn that sitting Governor Vern Nielsen had finally lost his 9 month battle with pancreatic cancer.  DG Vern Nielsen gave everything he could to Rotary District 5060 in his last year.  At the International Convention in Seoul last June he shared his cancer diagnosis with (then) DG Greg and Jan Luring, and they encouraged him to drop Rotary and pursue his bucket list.  Vern emphatically declared that "Rotary is my Bucket List!".  In early January of this year, when Willy asked Vern what his "next" goal was he replied "My District Conference!"  In the first 6 months of this Rotary year, Vern visited 40 of the 60 clubs (often at great sacrifice).  I heard him say several times at those club visits that any one of the 5 keynote speakers confirmed for Conference this year would easily rank with keynote speakers at International Assembly (District Governor Training in San Diego, considered to be the pinnacle of Rotary training).

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That's right!  District 5060 is hosting TWO Million Dollar Dinners this year to help celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Rotary Foundation.
Thinking about including TRF in your estate planning?  It's the BEST value you can get for your philanthropic dollars... just ask Charity Navigator (Click HERE for Charity Navigator TRF).
Donate, bequeath, or commit to $10,000 USD or more this year and YOU are invited:
Friday 7 April - Wenatchee WA
Saturday 8 April - Kelowna BC
Guest speaker: Past R.I. President Kaylan Banerjee!  Want more information??
Million-Dollar-Dinner Chair Wenatchee: James Russell
Million-Dollar-Dinner Chair Kelowna: Greg MacKinnon
Read More Detailed Information:  MDD Info Page
That is part of the title in a great audio interview published by "The Art of Community Now", a blog site featuring business and community in North Central Washington.  Our District Membership Chair, Rob Tidd is interviewed about Rotary, Wenatchee, and the great things they are doing in that area and throughout our district.  Give it a listen at:
Our 2017-2018 District Governor Bill Jenkin has just completed the DG Training week at International Assembly in San Diego.  Shown here with incoming Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet (also a Past District Governor!).  Bill will now bring the latest news from I.A. to our Presidents Elect for next year at the upcoming PE training (prePETS and PETS, for President Elect Training Seminar).  Be ready for an exciting year in Rotary!
See below for the new 2017-2018 Rotary International Theme graphic.  You can download your own for your Rotary business at:  Presidential_Theme_Graphics
Chelan Rotary celebrates “Gift of Rotary” at 100th anniversary Party
In a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, The Chelan Rotary club was treated to a “gift” by Ezra Teshome, PDG 5030, in the form of an update on the PolioPlus campaign and on the incredible obstacles overcome in order to provide those two drops of life changing vaccine in the most difficult areas across the globe. Ezra’s passion for projects like eradicating polio, clean water, refugee housing and so many more were an inspiration and a reflection of how Rotary is changing the world, one project at a time.
In response, the Club members offered a “gift” to Ezra and to Roger Perry, District 5060 Foundation Chairman, by having them present 15 Paul Harris awards to Rotarians who have completed one or more this year. In a ceremony larger than anything the Club has done during its 90 year history, the celebration party recognized the important role the Foundation plays in the Club’s priorities and the willingness of so many members to make the world a better place for everyone. Over half of the Club’s 80 members are now Paul Harris Fellows.
Congratulations District 5060 Award Winners!!
The Rotary Foundation recently distributed 2015-2016 recognition banners to clubs were distinguished worldwide through their generous gifts in four different areas:
  • Top Three Highest in Per Capita Annual Giving - this banner honors the top in our district, and puts you in the elite group of only 1,564 clubs worldwide to receive this award!!
Congratulations to...
Othello (#1), Moses Lake (#2), and Okanogan-Omak (#3)
The Grand Coulee Dam Area Rotary Club welcomed a special guest at its November 2nd, meeting.  Member Janet Valen, Administrative Office at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, National Park Service, brought Tinyiko Golele, Park Ranger, Kruger National Park, South Africa as her guest. Tinyiko is spending about one month observing and participating in operations at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. 
Tinyiko gave members a briefing on Kruger National Park and its most critical issues including the poaching of large animals continues – elephants and rhinos are especially affected. Maps of South Africa and Kruger National Park were passed around for members to better understand the geography of both the county and the park. She answered several questions ranging form the weather to her family.
Official visits of rangers and park managers to units of the National Park Service (NPS) are not uncommon. Likewise, NPS personnel visit parks in other nations as well. Tinyiko will return home at the end of November.
In the figure:  Bob Valen from R/C Grand Coulee Dam with Tinyiko Golele.
Many of us attended the Zone 24/32 Institute in Winnipeg this September, including (from front-right) DG Vern Nielsen, Rotaractors Jessica Steeves (Kamloops) and Kate Kutzner (Kelowna), DGE Bill Jenkin, Jan Luring, DGN Sherry Chamberlain, PDG Greg Luring, and myself Peter Schultz.  The 5-day event was very successful and one of the high-lights of the entire event was the fellowship demonstrated by Vern's classmates: "The DG Class of 2016-2017".
To see a video of Vern's "Rotary Moment" and the tremendous support of his classmates check out the YouTube link:
Here is another "Practical Matters" Membership-growth idea from Wenatchee North Rotary Club...
Generate a public image event in your local community!
Find an opportunity to raise awareness about Rotary and how Rotary supports your local community.
An idea that could be implemented in your community:
Saturday, September 17, 2016  - The 3 Wenatchee Rotary clubs and the East Wenatchee Rotary club manned the concession  stands at the high school football game between Wenatchee High School and the Mt. Boucherie High School from Kelowna, British Columbia. Over 30 Rotarians and their spouses volunteered to man both concession stands so that the high school students who normally run the concession stands could watch their fellow students play the entire football game. 
That's right... Dr. Bob Scott, shown below with Bill Gates, will be one of the guest speakers at this year's District Conference!  Don't miss it.  The story below can be seen at the Zone 24/32 website:  Zone 24/32 Clubrunner
District 7070 in southern Ontario, home District to Bob Scott, has created the Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award to be presented to an individual or organization that is making a difference in the fight against disease. The first recipient of the award is Bill Gates, who was on hand to receive it late last month.
Rotary District 7070 named the award to honor Dr. Bob Scott, past PolioPlus Chair and past RI vice president, for his work as Rotary’s global ambassador in support of Rotary’s fight to end polio. During his eight years as RI PolioPlus Chair, Bob and his wife Ann traveled thousands of miles around the globe. He is credited with having raised millions of dollars from world leaders in the fight to end polio.
Members of the Cashmere Rotary were proud to provide a scoreboard for the Cashmere Bulldog football field.  Funds were contributed from the Cashmere Booster Club and the Cashmere Rotary Club with a matching grant from the District.  What a great way to start the football season with a contribution to the community and great public image for Rotary.
Pictured underneath the old scoreboard are Bruce Cheadle, Randy and Donna Smith, Rick Shorett and John Killian.
The Leavenworth Rotary Club has generously granted $5,000 to establish a fully-supplied science lab at the Hope International School located in Liberia.  The Hope Project is headquartered in Plain, Washington and has been providing assistance dating back to the end of the civil war in Liberia. 
With their help, Hope International School opened its doors to 400 children in November of 2007.  Today, there are 1,200 Pre-K through 12th grade students attending the school. 
From left to right: Al Aden, Leavenworth Rotary International Chairman, Dave Frazier, Joseph Cummings, Principal, Jackie Frazier and Ken Kohnhorst, President, Leavenworth Rotary.
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