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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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;
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
Leavenworth Rotary Promotes World Peace
In keeping with the theme
of World Peace President
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.
Right - Ross Frank, Local Projects Chair John Dawson, Hands on Committee
and President Penny Carpenter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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
"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
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
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
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)