“Don’t send flowers, do something for Rotary”, these are the words Rose shared with me in the months before her death. Rose passed away on the morning of May 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

Let’s do something for Rotary!

Rose was a lifelong Rotarian, serving many roles within Rotary including the 2015-16 Governor of Rotary District 5020. She often shared her story of delivering a school bus filled with wheelchairs to a village in Mexico and said it was the day she became a “True Rotarian”. This story was retold in an article published by Lewis Talk in 2015, read it here. 

Fast forward to December 2016

Independently, the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise in Canada had a similar project in mind. They purchased a bus and loaded it with electric and manual wheelchairs to be delivered to a small village, El Tuito, near Puerto Vallarta. The bus made it to Everett before breaking down. It was towed to Rose’s husband Leon’s auto repair shop in Chehalis, WA where he discovered the diesel engine would need to be replaced before the bus could continue its journey. Because the Canadian Rotary club had exhausted its funds for the project, the bus remains in Leon’s shop today.  This is a perfect opportunity to remember Rose in the way I know she would want to be remembered. I can hear her say, “Tom, let’s move that bus!” I can’t think of a better way to honor this amazing woman than to replicate the same project of which she was most proud. Her husband Leon thinks this is a perfect way to honor Rose.

What's next?

To remember Rose we are raising $25,000 USD to replace the diesel engine (parts and labor) and make additional repairs that may be required. Any leftover funds will be used to purchase additional medical equipment for the El Tuito Village.

We need your help to make this a reality. I’m asking you to donate what you can to honor Rose. The Gateway Rotary Foundation will accept funds on behalf of the project to repair and refurbish the bus so it can complete its mission. We are a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation. Thank you to all donors and supporters of our campaign so far. We’ve raised over $4,000 in 5 days with your help. One donor has even offered to donate a replacement engine!

I am asking each club in our district to contribute to this cause.  I know most clubs have funds available at the end of the Rotary year, here's a great way to spend it!
Tacoma 8 is leading the way with a $3,000 donation, and they are challenging all clubs in the district to meet or beat a club donation representing $10.87 per member. I sincerely believe this is what Rose would want us to do.
Mail a check made payable to:
Gateway Rotary Foundation
1401 Marvin Road NE, Suite 307
PMB 404
Lacey, WA 98516
(Alternatively, donations can be made to www.gofundme.com/rememberrose.  They are subject to a 8% fee)

Rotarians, Move That Bus!
Tom Carroll
Governor Elect
District 5020