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District 5060 Website!

District Governor:

Darrell Blue


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District 5060 is an international district of 60 clubs and approximately 2,950 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.

Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Dec 07, 2013

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) continues to provide Rotarians on the Canadian side of District 5060 with opportunities for leadership development.  This fall, with program offerings in Kamloops and Penticton, the RLI Leadership Team facilitated sessions that enabled 28 Rotarians to graduate from the three day program.  As a result, the program has now graduated a total of 143 Rotarians since the program was first offered in 2008. 





Graduating this fall were the following Rotarians: 


From the Rotary Club of……..

Chase: Doug Everett

Kamloops:  Matthew Dundas and Chris Rose

Kamloops Aurora Centennial Club:  Dorys Crespin-Meuller, Nandi Spolia, Kariin Sykes, and Kim Cooper

Kamloops North:  Roger Plested and Angela Rigby

Kelowna:  Dennis Campbell and Kent Harris

Kelowna Capri:  Peter Spek

Kelowna Ogopogo:  Catherine Goheen

Kelowna Sunrise:  Bruce Brown, Linda Frandsen, Maria Reyes and Bill Reynolds

Merritt Sunrise:  Sandra Labermeyer and Shelagh Lytle-McGhee

Penticton Okanagan:  Frank Estey, Mac Paterson, Tahira Saeed and Bea Smith

Salmon Arm:  Norman Brown

Summerland:  Denese Espeut-Post and Linda Metcalfe

Vernon Silver Star:  Janet Green

Westbank:  JoAnne Blau


Tony French (Areas 3-5) and Ed Kolybaba (Area 1 & 2), Coordinators for the two programs held in Penticton and Kamloops, congratulate the 28 dedicated Rotarians who graduated from the program and express their appreciation to the RLI Leadership Team who organized the venues and facilitated the various sessions.

Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Oct 05, 2013


More and more Rotarians are recognizing the value of participating in the District 5060 Rotary Leadership Institute program.  Another eleven Rotarians from the Canadian side of the district graduated from the program which was offered in Kamloops on September 14th and 28th and October 05, 2013.  An additional nine Rotarians were able to participate in one or two of the sessions, with the goal of completing the program at a later date.


Chris Rose and Mathew Dundas from the RC/Kamloops, Colin Heggie  and Janet Green from the RC/Vernon Silver Star, Dorys Crespin-Mueller, Karin Sykes, and Nandi Spolia from the RC/Kamloops Aurora, Doug Everett from the RC/Chase, Linda Frandsen from the RC/Kelowna Sunrise, Norman Brown from the RC/Salmon Arm, and Sandra Labermeyer from the RC/Merritt Sunrise graduated from the program held at the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.






Posted by Dennis Jacobsen on Aug 21, 2013

An exciting weekend has been planned with two great speakers that you're guaranteed to enjoy.  Read all about it and register on the training website by clicking HERE

On October 25 Kristi Govertsen will kick the weekend off by discussing what the district needs to do to promote membership.  Kristi is a terrific speaker.  You do not want to miss her.  Kristi will be followed by round table discussions on ways to increase membership. 

The Kelowna Sunrise Club has developed a terrific mentoring program that they will share so you can start such a program in your club.

Evening events begin with wine tasting with fellow Rotarians (Bring your own bottle).  Our dinner speaker will be Marilyn Fitzgerald who has an incredible foundation experience to share with you.

Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Aug 24, 2013

Ten facilitators for the D5060 Rotary Leadership Institute met together in Salmon Arm on August 24th for a Facilitator’s Workshop sponsored by the RLI Leadership Team.  While Ron Hooper and Marie Kolenosky (RC/Salmon Arm Daybreak), Kent Wong and Sean McKenna (RC/Kamloops Daybreak),  Isabel Reinertson (RC/Salmon Arm), Jacqueline Whitecross  (RC/Merritt), Derek Hall (RC/Vernon), and Catherine Comben (RC/Kelowna) participated in the workshop as experienced facilitators, Monty Hughes (RC/Vernon Silver Star) and Peter Schultz (RC/Kelowna), both agreeing to serve as new RLI facilitators, gained many valuable skills to enable them to function as facilitators at future RLI programs offered in District 5060. 



Instructors for the Facilitator Workshop included Marjolein Lloyd (RC/Westbank), Al Strachan (RC/Kelowna), Isabel Reinertson (RC/Salmon Arm), Catherine Comben (RC/Kelowna) and Ed Kolybaba (RC/Kelowna Sunrise).   The workshop focused on adult learning, presentation skills, group activity organization, team facilitating, the context of the RLI program, and dealing with unacceptable and disruptive participant behaviour.  The event was organized by RLI District 5060 Area 1 and 2 Coordinator, Ed Kolybaba. 


Check out the Gallery of Photos under Rotary Leadership Institute for photos of the event.

Posted by Dennis Jacobsen on Aug 15, 2013

As you have all heard, the district is in the process of moving away from Club Runner to a new district website.  We know you have lots of questions such as what's the cost, why are we moving, do the clubs have to switch systems too, with it link with Rotary International and so on.  

Today, we have the answers.  Please read through the following links, or choose one and use the Next and Previous buttons, to read all about it.  We hope you'll be as excited as we are with the possibilities as we make the switch and migrate over.

Jump to and login.   You will need to click on the option to recover your password and it will be e-mailed to you immediately.  Once you have logged in, click on the button in the top right labelled Website for more information about how it will affect you and your club.

Posted by Ed Kolybaba on May 26, 2013

Four Rotarians from District 5060 attained their Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Facilitator’s Certificate this past Saturday by participating in a full day Facilitator’s Training Workshop offered in Kelowna.  Another six district Rotarians, who were already qualified as Facilitators, acquired a RLI Facilitator’s Renewal Certificate by joining in the training activities held on the weekend.  District Governor Doug Everett and Jacquie Everett were in attendance to present the certificates.

By participating in the Facilitator’s workshop and graduating from the program, Carole Paradis (Rotary Club of Kelowna Morningside), Hans Petersen (Rotary Club of Armstrong), Peter Schwirtz (Rotary Club of Kamloops) and Ian Esson (Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan) are now qualified to serve as facilitators throughout District 5060. 


Sue Harvey (Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan), Barb Penner (Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise), Michael Loewen (Rotary Club of Kelowna), Arjun Singh (Rotary Club of Kamloops), Dennis Jacobsen (Rotary Club of Penticton Okanagan), and Jim Piderman (Rotary Club of Kamloops West ) also received certificates for participating in the program for the purpose of attaining further growth and renewal as a RLI facilitator. 

All ten Rotarians join 17 other Rotarians who are also RLI facilitators on the District 5060 North Leadership Team to provide educational leadership service for the Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in District 5060.

Posted by Kathy Butler on May 15, 2013

Our District's Group Study Exchange teams leaves for District 1930 in Germany on May 25th.  They will tour throughout the German District until June 22. From left to right are team members Luke Heckrodt, Salmon Arm; Kelly Fosbery, Westbank; Team Leader Dan Hudson, Salmon Arm; Hayley Shearer, Kelowna; Linda Leavitt, Yakima; Rosalinda Mendoza, Yakima.

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Posted by Dennis Jacobsen on Mar 11, 2013

Use this address to donate the the Foundation in Canada

Rotary is continually searching for ways to improve our service to you and friends of The Rotary Foundation. In May 2012, Rotary changed its lockbox vendor in Canada to speed up your contribution processing times, improve data collection, and lower administrative costs. Our new partnership resulted in The Rotary Foundation (Canada) lockbox using a new address that began in May 2012.


c/o 911600
PO Box 4090 STN A,

Posted by Bobi Emblin on Mar 01, 2013

The Feb. 2013 Newsletter is now ready for viewing.  Lots of great stories from all over the district, but includes several stories specifically from the South Okanagan.  This is a 12 page edition with 2 bonus page.   That is, there are a total of 14 pages.   Remember - ALL Rotarians from District 5060 should be reading these stories.

Posted by Kathy Butler on Mar 03, 2013

Posted by Kathy Butler on Jan 28, 2013

Rotary District 1930 Group Study Exchange Team Leader Erich Willimsky, an Engineer by profession, will lead a group of five team members when the GSE Team visits our District April 13th-May 11th.  The team will start their visit in Yakima and travel throughout the District, attending the Conference in Kamloops (May 3-5th) and concluding their visit in the Salmon Arm area before departing from Kelowna.  Team members are Jens Kolb, Research Assistant, PhD Candidate; Christina Konrath, Sports Therapist; Daniela Schneider, Journalist; Aline Wimmer, Hotel Hospitality; and Gregor Witrofsky, Engineer.

The call for host families in areas 8,6,4,2 and 1 is going out now. If you are interested in hosting a team member please contact your Club President or local GSE Coordinator.

Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Dec 06, 2012

A container of medical equipment is now on its way to the Republique de Guinee, West Africa, to help supply medical facilities which are in deplorable conditions and most times unable to provide the health care that the people so desperately need.  During an early morning in late November, Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise and from other Rotary clubs within Kelowna, assembled at the Rotary Warehouse to load a 40 foot container destined for departure from Kelowna on Monday, November 26th.  


This is now the second container shipped to a developing country.  The first shipment was to Uganda, East Africa. 


Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Nov 26, 2012

Nineteen Rotarians from District 5060 graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute in Kelowna this fall, a culmination to a very successful fall program offered in Kamloops and Kelowna.  The RLI program in Kelowna was conducted on October 20, November 03, and November 17. 



Posted by Ed Kolybaba on Oct 31, 2012

District Governor Doug Everett presented fourteen Rotarians from District 5060 with a Certificate of Graduation and a Rotary Leadership Institute pin on October 13th, 2012, for the completion of a three day Rotary Leadership Institute program offered in Kamloops on September 15th and 29th and on October 13th


Ed Kolybaba, RLI Coordinator for Areas 1 and 2, reported that Rotarians completing the three day course and graduating from the RLI program included Bruce Bunko, Sean McKenna and Kent Wong (Kamloops Daybreak), Brant Hasanen (Kamloops West), Minna Ikonen (Kamloops),  Reg Lucas (Kamloops Aurora), Ron Gilroy and Janice Ross (Salmon Arm Shuswap), Doug Murray (Salmon Arm), Marie Kolenosky (Salmon Arm Daybreak), Greig McPhee (Kelowna Sunrise), Robert Reid and Jacqueline Nind (Merritt), and John Groen (Leavenworth).


Posted by Kathy Butler on Mar 02, 2013

ImageDan Hudson of the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm will lead the GSE to District 1930 in Germany in May/June 2013.   Dan started his career the British Columbia grocery chain, Overwaitea Foods.  Dan held virtually every position at the retail level over the first twenty years of his career. The last twenty years of his career with Overwaitea was at the Head Office level in various management roles which concluded with spending the last five years as Vice-President. The latter half of Dan’s career demanded more of his time including much business travel mostly in North America, but as well to Europe and China.Dan is currently involved with his own Retail Consulting company which is allowing for further travel and to stay engaged in the ever-changing retail market.  Dan now has more time to enjoy travel, participating in community activities (Okanagan College Regional Advisory Committee), winter sports such as skiing and curling as well as summer water activities and golfing. He is also the proud father of four lovely daughters.  Dan serves on the executive of the Salmon Arm Rotary Club and enjoys the opportunity to give back to the local and global community.  He is excited to lead the 2013 GSE to District 1930 and looks forward to learning more about Germany.

ImageAlternate Team Leader is Mall Boyd of the Leavenworth Rotary Club. Mall recently retired as Director of Marketing at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and is a past member of Wenatchee Rotary where she served as club president 1997-1998. She has served as assistant governor and facilitator at Northwest PETS and is a Paul Harris Fellow plus 4. Mall and her husband Tom, a fellow Rotarian, have two grown children. Her interests include hiking, skiing, travel and spending time with friends and family.



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