Editor: Ken  Kohnhorst, FLMI, AIAA, ACS              Rotary District 5060                               Volume 2  Number 1 July 2019


Peter Schultz

District Information

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.


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Hello District 5060 Rotarians & friends! 

I am writing my first report for our monthly bulletin as your District Governor, and I have had a tremendous first 2 weeks on the job.   By the time you read this bulletin most of you will have seen the "DG Message" video at your club meeting during the first couple of weeks of July.  If you missed that don't forget you can see it anytime you want at Vimeo.com/Rotary5060. You can also catch my regular video reports either by following the District FaceBook page (Rotary Clubs of District 5060) or by finding them at the Vimeo website mentioned above.  You can actually "Follow" our Vimeo website and you will be alerted when new videos are posted! As always, for help finding anything don't hesitate to contact your Assistant Governor (or any of us in the Governor chain).  We are all there to help you!

The highlight of the first week had to be the District Changeover celebration, a great evening of fellowship and food at the Capri Hotel here in Kelowna.  We celebrated a great year under the leadership of Governor Sherry in 2018-2019 and I was officially installed as Governor.  The video "Report #2" gives you a taste of the fun from that evening!

On my way down to some of our southern-most clubs in Prosser and Sunnyside, I stopped in Ephrata to have a brief visit with past District Governor Julian Agranoff .  He was our DG in 1986-87, more than 30 years ago, and his advice for me was still as sharp as a tack! I also had an enjoyable evening with the planning committee for the 100-year Celebration of the Yakima Club.  Hosted by Jan and PDG Greg Luring, this was a fun kick-off to what will be a great event honoring 100 years of Rotary for our District's first and oldest club. 

Sunnyside Daybreak and Prosser were fun clubs to visit, and I am looking forward to a great year for them both.  They were featured in Report #3, and then in Report #4 
I focus on the Dungeon Boxing Club.  This is the amazing youth-training facility put together by Sunnyside Daybreak President Crus Ramos and his wife Theresa.  For SURE don't miss that video, as I sat in on the '6-11 year old' training class!  Too much fun.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of you at your clubs!


Peter Schultz, District Govenor


Fellow Rotarians,

I am writing you this message as a plea to help a member and his wife in our Family of Rotary. Those of you on social media may already know, but I felt it important to reach out to everyone. 

Past District Governor and dear friend Bruce Falkins (Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise) and his wife Donna have been traveling the last several weeks across Canada and the USA. On Saturday July 6th, their trip of a lifetime came to an abrupt halt when the RV they were traveling in was hit from behind as they stood still in traffic in Denver, Colorado.  The semi truck hit them from behind at full speed and both Bruce and Donna suffered injuries. They were transported to hospital where Bruce continues to recover, is in stable condition and is doing relatively well.  Donna received much more serious injuries and is in intensive care.  She has already undergone multiple surgeries and will have another tomorrow (July 10th).  Her injuries include those to both legs, spine, aorta, broken bones and internal injuries.  

Bruce and Donna's daughter has flown to Denver to be with her parents and help in any way that she can.  Liz Anderson, a family friend and fellow Rotarian in Denver, is also at the hospital.  She has set up a GoFundMe page to help the Falkins' as they continue their incredibly long road to recovery.

When Bruce was District Governor in 2014/2015, his conference theme was "The Family of Rotary". Bruce and Donna need their Rotary Family now, more than ever.  Please, as a friend and fellow Rotarian, I ask each of you to send happy thoughts, positive vibes, prayers from a higher power.....whatever you are most comfortable with.....please send those to Bruce and Donna.  I am in contact with Liz who is updating me regularly, and Bruce texts me occasionally as well.  I will update as best I can.

A GoFundMe Page has been set up by Liz in Colorado; Please click here for the link.

The link is also available through the District Facebook page, the Rotary Club of Kelowna Facebook page, and several other clubs who have already shared it. You can also go to www.gofundme.com and search "Rotarians Bruce and Donna Falkins RV Crash".

Some of you have already expressed concern about donating to the page because of the exchange rate or the admin fee.  For those of you who prefer, particularly on the Canadian side of our District, I have set up a gmail account where you can send email transfers directly to Bruce.  As I receive the emails, they will be forwarded to Bruce and he will be able to deposit funds directly into his account.  If you'd like to make a donation and help the Falkins' family in this fashion, please send email transfers to


Note: If you choose to make a donation through the gmail address instead of the GoFundMe page, please make the password Rotary. That way it is easy for Bruce to receive. 

I will be passing along thoughts and prayers to Bruce and Donna and the rest of their family as well. 

If you have any concerns, or would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact me by cell or email. I will do my best to keep everyone informed as best I can. Please refrain from calling Bruce directly, or sending flowers to him.  Please keep him and Donna and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Rotary can do wonderful things and we will be there for our friend.

Marjolein Lloyd
Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise


2019 Mollie Davis Scholarship Recipients receive over a million dollars

On June 13, of this year 44 young people in Yakima County, Washington learned that one person can make a difference.  One person certainly made a difference in their lives.  They are the recipients of the Mollie Davis academic scholarships.

In 2008 "Mollie" Monroe Davis died, leaving a bequest of $20 million to support her vision of more and better education for the young people of Yakima County; an area with a diverse, multicultural population.  In December of that year, she named The Rotary Clubs of Yakima and the Yakima Rotary Trust to receive and administer her gift. 

This year, on the tenth anniversary of the program, the Trust presented scholarships valued at $1,011,000.  To date, 379 students have been the beneficiaries of Mollie's vision.  Of this year recipient's 80 percent are the first in their family to attend college and since the beginning of the program 94% have completed their degrees. 

Qualifying students can receive $7,500 per year for a four-year degree renewable for a maximum of $30,000. Students studying for an AA degree are eligible for $3,500 per year for two years. In total since 2010, Mollie Davis scholars have received $7.1 million dollars.  The fact that the Trust still has a balance of $25 million for future awards ensures that Mollie Davis and the Yakima Rotary clubs will provide higher education to deserving students for many years to come.  One person can most assuredly make a difference. 

Leavenworth Rotary Promotes World Peace

In keeping with the theme A group of people standing in front of a building

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World Peace President Penny Carpenter asked the Local Projects Committee to take on the project of a Rotary Peace Rock.  They found the rock and got the plaque made and on June 25, 2019 installed the plaque in Downtown Leavenworth.  As Leavenworth hosts close to 3 million visitors per year they are convinced that this will be viewed by many individuals in the years ahead.  Thanks to Ross Frank, John Dawson, Jim Willems, Mike McComas and President Penny Carpenter in getting this project completed.

Left to Right - Ross Frank, Local Projects Chair John Dawson, Hands on Committee and President Penny Carpenter


Rotary Member Diane Blake was honored by the American Hospital Association as 2019 Grassroots Champion Award at the Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan.  Diane is the CEO of Cascade Medical and a Rotary member since 2008.

The award recognizes a leader from each state who carries out their hospital's mission by building community support and effectively working with elected officials.


On the weekend of April 27th D'Andre Vasquez headed to Orlando, Florida for the final leg of his campaign to become DECA's International Executive President.  D'Andre has been Leavenworths' Rotary weekly DECA representative from Cascade High School.  Many Rotary members contributed to campaign that helped him to be named the International Executive President.  He will be representing 222,000 students and 12 different countries.  D'Andre embodies serving and leadership and he always came to meetings dressed in a suit and tie!  A very outstanding young man.

Rotary President Penny Carpenter presents a check for $10,000 to Corky Broaddus, President of the Leavenworth Senior Center for their Roof Fund as President Elect Ken Grosse looks on.  During Rotary's annual fundraiser the attendees donated over $8,000 and then Leavenworth Rotary made an additional donation to bring it to a grand total of $10,000.  This will now be used for a badly needed new roof for the Senior Center.  Photo by Dean Johnson.

New Asst. Govenor
Leavenworth Member Karl Ruether has been chosen to be the new Asst. Governor of Area 8 for District 5060.   His primary role will be to help assigned Rotary clubs become more effective by assisting the District Governor with their administration throughout the coming year.

Karl joined Leavenworth Rotary in 1994. Has served as Board member, President, International Chair and founding President of the "Leavenworth Rotary Foundation."


Salmon Arm's Marine Peace Park Sign

Marine Peace Park in Salmon Arm was created in 1992 through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, the City of Salmon Arm, and Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. A wood engraved sign was erected at the entrance, but over the years, the condition of the sign deteriorated to become virtually illegible. 

PDG Jeff  Den  Biesen and his wife Willy often walked by the sign on their daily stroll and commented on its deplorable state, until Jeff was finally moved to do something about it.   He suggested at a club meeting that the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm should take on the responsibility of renewing or replacing the sign.   President Patrick Webb suggested that this should be a tri-club undertaking,  and when it was brought up at a Tri-Club Presidents' Meeting, the suggestion was accepted. (Salmon Arm has three Rotary Clubs, whose presidents meet regularly and who often work together on community projects).  Jeff was asked to head up a three member committee consisting of himself, Fred Goodman from the Shuswap Club and Tom Arrowsmith from the Daybreak Club.  Since the cost of renewing or refinishing the wood sign was prohibitive, they decided to go for a completely new design but with the same wording and text.  They called on the expertise of Kari Wilkinson, a graphic designer and member of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, who came up with a new design with digital imaging on long lasting man-made material.   At that point, the project was officially accepted by the membership of the three clubs.   The City of Salmon Arm was enthusiastic and offered to look after the installation of the new sign. 

Meanwhile,  AG Norm Brown advised that DG Sherry  had a district-wide program that would provide  $500.00 per club support to any club in the District that was involved in a hands-on public-mage project.  To qualify for this support the committee asked the City to allow the three clubs to do the landscaping around the sign and asked DG Sherry for permission to submit one application on behalf of the three clubs.  The official unveiling of the new sign took place on Thursday, June 20, 2019 about 6:15 pm with DG Sherry Chamberlain;  Mayor Alan Harrison; special guest Dr. Brian Ayotte, who was one of the doctors involved in the placing of the original sign; Presidents of the three clubs and about 60 Rotarians, who had gathered for the ceremony.  Now, thanks to Jeff's inspiration and the efforts of Salmon Arm's three Rotary clubs, Salmon Arm's Marine Peace Park has a sign the City can be proud of to welcome residents and visitors alike to enjoy the park. 

Story submitted by Jeff den Biesen and Pat Graf.


JoeAnna's House Update

Exterior wall alongside Rotary Peace Gardens - May 2019

Rotary District 5060 has been a key partner in seeing JoeAnna's House success and get closer to keeping families who need to travel to KGH together when they need it most. The 20 bedroom home is taking shape very quickly and over the past few months has seen siding and exterior features such as stonework & woodwork installed and electrical, plumbing & drywall on the interior. Construction is ahead of schedule and JoeAnna's House should welcome its first guests by Christmas this year. Keep up to date on the progress by following the JoeAnna's House Facebook page: www.facebook.com/joeannashouse.

Rotary is closing in on its collective commitment of $250,000 in support of the project and will be recognized for their support in the garden area alongside Abbott Street. Opportunity to tour the home will be available in late November. Your support will make such a difference for those needing to travel to KGH for health care such as the 4 families with premature twins in the NICU currently from out of town. On behalf of them, and all the future families who will stay at JoeAnna's House, thank you.



Rotary Club honored for support of students

By Dave Burgess

Quincy Rotary Club recently received an award for the club's service to youths in the north-central Washington region.

The regional Community Leadership Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators is for "outstanding contributions toward education. Specific criteria includes: benefit to students, leadership, motivation, success, cooperation/coordination with local district, recognition by others, and history of service,"  the WASA website states.

Michelle Price, superintendent of the North Central Educational Services District, visited the Quincy Rotary Club on June 13 to present the award. Price joined club members for lunch at the Quincy Senior Center and gave a short speech in her presentation of the award.

Club president Pete Romano accepted the plaque, which reads: "In recognition of outstanding community leadership and contributions to the improvement of public education."

"I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Quincy Rotary," wrote Romano in an emailed statement afterward. "Our club has made it a priority to honor, support, and acknowledge the youth of our community through many different avenues, from our scholarships, youth exchange programs, support of many youth clubs, and service projects for the community. Rotary has youth activities as a cornerstone of our community and our future."

Quincy is in WASA's north-central region, including part of Grant County, Douglas County, Chelan County and Okanogan County.

Price said Rotary's support of young people speaks of the club's commitment to its community. She added that building the lives of young people can also build future club members. The support entails a significant amount of scholarship money, and Rotarians are also mentoring local students, she added.

Price has worked as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of the Moses Lake School District. Now as leader of the North Central Educational Services District, her work is based in Wenatchee. Being in the area for many years, she is aware of the growth and major changes in the Quincy School District.

"I have watched Quincy - what's happening here... for every child to have the best opportunity for education," she said. "This community has rallied in support of growth and new people."

The club was nominated for the award by John Boyd, superintendent of Quincy School District. In an email, he stated that he nominated Quincy Rotary Club because of the support it gives to Quincy schools. That support comes in many forms, including: scholarships; Rotary youth exchange; facilities enhancements (such as donations toward a video scoreboard, softball and baseball scoreboards); support for student clubs (such as MECHA, FFA, DECA, and Youth Action Interact): and support to local families through helping the Quincy Food Bank.

The youth exchange program in Quincy Rotary Club includes guidance and financial support for local students to study abroad as well as for foreign students to come to Quincy for a school year.

This year, the club supported Georgia Ratti, from Italy, as an exchange student. She recently completed her year, participated in Quincy High School graduation ceremonies, and has returned to Italy.

Also during this school year, the club supported Briana Melburn, daughter of Matt and Lannette Melburn, of Quincy, on an exchange program to live in and attend school in Belgium.

Quincy Rotary also provides frequent opportunities for youth to serve, such as with the Rotary Club's crops signs project and at the club's annual barbecue lunch at Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day.

Photo: Dave Burgess/Post-Register

Michelle Price, superintendent of the North Central Educational Services District, right, presents a Community Leadership Award to Pete Romano, president of the Quincy Rotary Club on June 13.
(This article appeared in the June 19, 2019, edition of the Quincy Valley Post-Register, Quincy, Washington)


Dear Club and District Leaders,


Peter Schultz, District Governor


ONE OF THE BEST JOBS in the DISTRICT: To be District Governor.


  • Meet a ton of new people and become friends for life
  • Challenge your leadership skills
  • Help Manage and lead clubs and people
  • Organize training events
  • Travel the world or some of it
  • Open your world up to new Rotary opportunities
  • Time commitment: 5-10-20-30 hours per week- it depends.
  • THE PAY: priceless

Submit your interest of nomination today to your club president ... FOR WHAT? .... to possibly become the 2022-23 district governor of district 5060. 


Criteria we look for:

1. President or past president of a Rotary club

2. Team player - works well with people

3. Positive and motivated

4. No age requirements

5. Organized

6. Computer office skills

7. Rotary knowledge

Sherry Chamberlain: sherry@adobie.com

DUE DATE: August 30, 2019 4pm

INTERVIEWS: September 28, 2019 2pm approx. in Osoyoos at The Watermark.

DG Info: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/learn-role/governor
Sherry Chamberlain, District Governor 2018-2019
sherry@adobie.com  - 
Cell: 250-314-7999


By now, most of District 5060 is aware that we have an agreement with the Haiti HANWASH group [The Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation & Health Strategy] ( http://www.hanwash.org/ ).  That group has a goal of providing everyone in Haiti with clean water and improved sanitation by 2030. 

Wenatchee Rotary has agreed to lead this effort through their International Service Committee.  Carin Smith, chair of their HANWASH subcommittee is the point person for the district, and she has teamed with PDG Sherry Chamberlain to co-chair the District 5060 HANWASH sub-committee within the International Service Committee led by Carol Eamer.  Current relevant information can be found on the District 5060 Water/Sanitation site page (https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50005/sitepage/water-and-sanitation), and on the Wenatchee Rotary Haiti page (https://wenatcheerotary.org/sitepage/haiti-water-project/welcome). 

If your club is interested in getting involved with this initiative, contact Carin or Sherry.  They would love to chat with you by phone or perhaps visit your club to present information.  It is also possible to have your leadership speak directly with the leaders of the HANWASH group if you desire. 

Our District and Wenatchee Rotary Club leaders have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with HANWASH that will ensure we and they have a clear understanding of what to expect. We can forward that to you if you wish, but it can be viewed on the district page above. 

Most of the funding for the $1.3 million project will come from grants, which are amplified by matches at many levels. Our first goal is to raise $15,000 by September of this year. This will pay for an engineering study that will define the scope and cost of the project, and will provide the foundation and information necessary for us to apply for matching funds and grants. With many of your clubs helping, this should be easily possible!

We hope to hear from you soon!

Carin Smith, Chair
Wenatchee Rotary HANWASH Committee & co-chair
5060 HANWASH Committee

PDG Sherry Chamberlain, co-chair
District 5060 HANWASH Committee
Kamloops West Rotary





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Another membership success story!

A member of our club, Mike, recently relocated to another city in another State. I asked Mike for his new contact information so that I could help him find a Rotary club in his new community. Mike was very appreciative of the help. I then contacted the local Rotary club and asked the club to have someone call Mike and invite him as a guest. Mike was invited and will soon be inducted as a member of the Flagstaff Rotary Club in Flagstaff, Arizona.

It is vitally important that we make every effort to keep Rotarians in Rotary. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to keep Rotarians in Rotary even if it benefits another Rotary club. Ultimately it benefits our entire Rotary organization.

If you have a club member who has moved due to a business transfer or otherwise, I ask that you obtain the Rotarianís new contact information. If you are unsure how to locate and connect with a Rotary club in his/her new community, please contact me or a member of our district membership committee for help.

This is just one way that Rotary connects the world.


Rob Tidd - District Membership Chair
Phone: (509) 470-7218
Email: rtidd@corpoffices.org


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