Rotary District 5080
Washington, Idaho, British Columbia
Monday May 20, the members of the Group Study Exchange Team from Rotary District 4510 in Brazil arrived in Cranbrook. They were greeted by several local Rotarians and friends of D-5080 at the airport. The team, consisting of Team Leader is Mauricio De Agostinho, team members Dirce Aparecida Bedun, Flavia Marson Cacao, Giovana Franzolin Lopes and Fernando Cesar De Lima were happy to be at their destination after a very long series of flights. They were accompanied by our own PDG Sandra Roberts who was returning home after her successful venture with our GSE team in the same district.
The Brazilians were gathered up and transported to the St. Eugene Mission Resort for a tour of the facilities and some well deserved rest. After overnighting at the Resort, they will begin their travels throughout our district, including attendance at our District Conference in Colville, WA.
When they visit your club, please continue to extend the warm D-5080 welcome they received at their arrival.
Welcome to spring and the last quarter of the Rotary year 2012-13.
This is a very busy time for clubs and members as we work to complete our goals for the year and look forward to the next year of Rotary. In just a couple of weeks we will celebrate Rotarians at Work Day, Sunday, April 21st. How will your club participate? How will you tell the community about your efforts? Twitter? Facebook? Website? Local Media? Make sure you tell the story of your clubs participation in your community!
Have you registered for the District Conference to be held in Colville, Washington?
This is going to be an action packed day and half of Rotary and fellowship. If you have not registered yet, just click on June 6-8 on the calendar to the left and it will take you directly to the registration site. We are looking forward to you coming to Colville.
The Coeur d’Alene Sunrise Club held its raffle drawing for the quilt made in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and one of the tickets purchased at the district assembly was the winning ticket! Carol Caroll is the proud owner of a beautiful quilt made at the Mzansi Zulu Quilt Centre. http://www.quiltsafaris.com/mzansizuluquiltcentre.html
A little background: Our club has been supporting this quilt center that was established by two former members of the Hilton & Howick Rotary Club. The center teaches Zulu ladies and men to quilt for the craft market. The area where they live is desperately poor and the high incidence of HIV/AIDS is awful. Our club partnered with the Hilton & Howick club to establish a pre-school for AIDS orphans seven years ago. It is still going strong.
The quilt center founders, Rick & Elisabeth Baratta, have moved back to the US but are still involved with the quilting program. The Sunrise club has been selling these unique quilts and sending the money back to the quilters for seven years. Last year they gifted a quilt to our club as a thank you for our support. We decided to raffle the quilt for PolioPlus.
Thank you for helping us raise $2000 for PolioPlus!
In February 2R013, District Governor Michelle Lee and her husband Dirk were joined by Greg and Kristie Ehman of Golden, BC and Frank and Robyn Vanden Broek of Cranbrook, BC to take part in the first every Rotary Friendship Exchange to Pakistan. A Rotary Friendship Exchange in an incredible opportunity for Rotarians and their spouses to experience, first-hand, the hospitality and culture of another country. An RFE is an incredible way to develop friends, bridge cultures and create lasting memories.
The RFE to Pakistan was exceptional. The warmth and hospitality of the Pakistan people was truly heart-warming. The guests were treated to a number of sites, projects and club meetings, as well as the incredible opportunity to take part in numerous polio campaigns. It was truly inspiring to see all the work that was being done by Rotary in Pakistan to put an end to polio forever. It was a great message that we could bring back to our clubs and to remind our members that the fight against polio is close, but we must not stop short of the finish line.
The team also worked to put together a video for the Rotary Friendship Exchange video contest that highlights our trip and our experiences. We have just heard that the video has been named a finalist with final judging to be completed by mid-April. The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHMWmBZrSYc
If you are interested in hearing more about the opportunity to take part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange, please contact your Club or your District Representatives (Greg Ehman, Linda Krahn, Sheila Hart, Scott Owen and Andy Doman)
PDG Ron Ross offers your club this opportunity to make a difference in a library in Honduras. READ ON:
There is a large public school, built in 1948 in downtown Tegucigalpa, that is called The United States School, that has a library called the Abraham Lincoln Library, that is sadly in need of books. I have attached a picture of the front of the school, and the sign in front of the library. Mike Balahura and I met with the Principal, Librarian and Vice Principal.
I’m looking for a Rotary Club in the US, that will take on the project, working with Dr. Roberto Tinoco of the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, that will take this on as an International Project. It probably fits a District Matching Grant, or Community Grant. It won’t fly as a Global Grant (I don’t think) because TRF seems totally opposed to buying “stuff”. It could be done in stages. They need books, in both Spanish and English.
Attached are pictures of typical books. Most are dated 1980, and as you can see, are pretty dog eared with tape on the tape, to hold them together. This is an inner city school, with many of our Market Children in attendance, so they don’t have I-Phones, I-Pads, Kimbles, Nooks, and other ways to get reading materials. They need books, preferably new books in Spanish. The government has recently decreed that English should be taught starting in grade 1, but as yet, there are few students who can read English, but a few English Books would be helpful. They could be rejects from libraries in the US or Canada.
I know that the CDA clubs participated in the Guatemala Book Project, so I wondered if they might be interested in this one. It seems a shame that “Abe’s Library” should be in such sad shape, with no decent books, thus no readers.
INTERESTED?? Contact Karen Cook at email@example.com for more information
Rotarians of District 4250 in Honduras and of District 5080 in Canada combined forces with the Program “Alternativas y Opportunidades”, to hand out scholarships to disadvantaged/poor students who live in the communities around the municipal dump, and other locations in the markets of Tegucugalpa and Camayaguela.
This successful activity, which has been carried out over two decades, one of the many social projects undertaken by Rotarians each year to help Honduran youngsters, takes place just prior to the beginning of the school year.
“On this day in 2013 three clubs are participating: the Tegucigalpa Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Real Minas, and the Rotary club of San Miguel de Heredia; I should also mention that we are dependent upon the support of Canadian Rotarians who have come to our country to hand out the scholarships and take photographs of the recipients to give to their international sponsors,” explained Augusto Mendoza of the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Heredia.
Congratulations to the latest Clubs to achieve Premier Club Status under the Ignite Membership Program. TheClub Couer d‘Alene Evening was the 4th in our district to qualify and I would like to congratulate Membership Chair Terry McHugh and all club members for this achievement. Also achieving Premier Status was the Kimberley Rotary Club under Membership Chair Graham Mann.
That makes 5 clubs in District 5080 that have achieved Premier Status, Pasco Kennewick, Beaver Valley, Nelson Daybreak, and the two above. These Clubs have followed the best practices outlined in the Ignite Program on a consistent basis, and in doing so have added new members and engaged their existing members. Membership is everyone’s responsibility, and needs to be worked at 12 months of the year.
I encourage all Clubs to familiarize themselves with the Ignite Program. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me. Those Districts that have truly embraced the Ignite program are seeing gains in membership. In our district, unfortunately we have many Clubs that are not using the Ignite Program. Our membership in the District has dropped by 7 since the beginning of the Rotary year. It would be nice if we could stop this slide and start seeing some gains in our membership numbers.
Frank Vanden BroekDistrict 5080Ignite Program
Beaver Valley RotaryNelson Daybreak RotaryPasco Kennewick RotaryCoeur d'Alene Evening RotaryKimberley Rotary
A new donation system is now available to all Rotarians! It's called TRF Direct. There are brand new forms available, ready for you to download from this website. One is for Canadian donors and one for U.S. Donors.
Dear District/Zone leaders,
This letter was written to inform you of an important change affecting all contributions from Canadian Rotarians and clubs.