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PDG Vern Neilson Memorial Fund

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).
A Rotary memorial fund has been set up in memory of our beloved District Governor Vern Neilson of the Kelowna Club who passed away February 11.  Club Foundations in Wenatchee (US$ donations and tax receipt) and Kelowna (CDN$ donations and tax receipts) have each created a "Vern Nielsen Fund" and will collect donations until the district combined fund reaches a minimum of $25,000 USD.  At this time a Permanent Named Fund will be set up with the Rotary International Foundation in Vern’s name, and the proceeds of this fund will be used to fund grants and projects throughout Vern’s Rotary District 5060 in perpetuity.
To Donate in US$:
Click here to    DONATE NOW US$   (Credit cards only, $20 minimum)
Cheques are also accepted:  Make out to Wenatchee Rotary Foundation and in the memo line "DG Memorial".
Cheques should be sent to Wenatchee Rotary Foundation, c/o Heidi Myers, Washington Trust Bank, 523 Valley mall Parkway, East Wenatchee WA 98802, U.S.A.
To Donate in CDN$:
Click here to   DONATE NOW CDN$ 
Cheques are also accepted:  Make out to Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation and in the memo line "Vern Nielsen Fund".
Cheques should be sent to Rotary Club of Kelowna Foundation, PO Box 24076, Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9H2, Canada.