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Posted by Norman McCarvell on Sep 26, 2014

“This is an email from Youth Exchange Student Maya to Youth Exchange Officer Wendy of Nelson, BC.  This is a terrific endorsement of our District’s Youth Exchange Program” – District Governor Norm


Hello Wendy!

.... if you would like, I can start sending you monthly emails/updates about what I am up to on my exchange!

So far, I have done TONS of stuff. My host family takes me to a new place almost every weekend, and I have been doing lots of local exploring with the other exchange students. So far I have visited Geneve, Bern, Lucerne and many small mountains and villages around Switzerland. My host club has given me a G/A, which is basically a golden ticket to getting around Switzerland. It allows me to take any bus, train, tram or gondola at no cost. It is AMAZING.

I recently finished my 3 week deutsch course (german language course), which was great! In this course, we were 13 students from Argentina, Columbia, Norway, China, Canada, USA, Brazil, Thailand and Ecuador. I loved this course because I make some friends whom I am now very close with, and my German improved immensely.

This past weekend ROTEX took all of the Rotary exchange students to Mt. Rigi, which is a huge mountain about 2 hours from my city. We spend 2 days in the mountains, and woke up at 4:30am on Sunday to hike the mountain and watch the sunrise. It was amazing but very very cold! I have attached a picture of our group of exchange students in Switzerland! In November I have another ROTEX weekend where we will be traveling to Zermatt, where the Matterhorn mountain is!

My school is really great as well. I have made lots of Swiss friends who take me out to do lots of new things! Right now in school we are doing a “Studentwoche”, which is basically a week where we get to choose a subject and we get to study that subject for the whole 5 days. I chose theatre, and it is very fun! Next week I get 2 weeks off school which is when I will be traveling to Greece with my host family.

Tschüss! (That means goodbye in German)



Posted by Norman McCarvell on Sep 29, 2014

2014-2015 Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang has a vision for Rotarians to LIGHT UP ROTARY by participating in Rotary Days


Rotary District 5080 Governor Norm McCarvell and EAG Jerri Anderson worked with the Area 5 Rotary Clubs of District 5080 as they supported the "Grand Finale" event of THE FESTIVAL at Sandpoint, Idaho on Sunday August 17, 2014. This exceptional venue allowed Rotarians to collaborate with musicians and present approximately 3,000 Festival attendees with World Class Symphony Music and an introduction to ROTARY!

The Non-Rotary public in the region became better aware of local Rotary hands-on community projects.  Rotarians distributed Rotary International brochures and enjoyed great conversations about the work of ordinary Rotary members doing extraordinary humanitarian work until the fireworks marked the end of an amazing celebration. 
Rotarians will continue to LIGHT UP ROTARY!

Joining in the District 5080 Area 5 Rotary Days Celebration: Rotary Club of Sandpoint, Ponderay Rotary Club, Newport Priest River Rotary Club, Bonners Ferry Rotary Club & Lakeland Sunrise Rotary Club

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Aug 31, 2014

September is New Generations Month - now called Youth Services.  Rotary has a variety of ways to involve young people, and these programs are embraced by Rotarians, successful and extremely important.

Youth Exchange - I have had the good fortune to meet many young people who have participated in a Youth Exchange. For many, the experience changed their life. They became self confident and self reliant and they gained maturity from the exposure to other countries, cultures and languages. As well, they all acquired new "families" and international friends.  I will continue promoting youth exchange as part of my Rotary philosophy and to support the effort to increase the numbers of our inbound and outbound students.

RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Award. This is an incredible week long program for young person’s ages 18 to 25 years. The focus is on testing boundaries and to teach organizational and leadership skills. Our Youth learn how to cope with adversity, how to work in teams, problem solve and along the way, make lasting friendships.  This year the District will support RYLA with some much needed equipment and supplies in order to keep this program first rate in every sense.

Interact - Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs and have dedicated Rotarians as advisors and mentors. These clubs, with youth aged up to 18 years, have boundless energy. Interactors learn the value of service by working to better their communities, fund raising for international trip and projects, and often join with their host club in joint projects. If any club is interested in starting an Interact club the District has the information and resources to get started. 

District Governor Norm

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Sep 14, 2014

Rotary supporting youth citizenship pilot program

Capital for Kids Democracy in Action Youth Conference
Victoria, BC
October 26 – 28, 2014

Rotary Clubs of BC are partnering with the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for a pilot project aimed at providing an educational experience for young British Columbians so they can better understand the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship, engage more actively in their civic duties as youth leaders in their communities, and encourage others to do the same.

Participants will travel to the provincial Capital for a two-and-a-half day mini conference where they will explore BC’s democratic institutions including Government House, the Parliament Buildings and the Royal BC Museum. They will also have an opportunity to meet and talk with government leaders and senior officials to learn about the electoral process and government operations.

Nomination and sponsorship of participants in this program is limited to British Columbia Rotary Clubs. A club may sponsor only one student between the age of 16 and 18 years of age. The maximum number of students to be accepted in this pilot project is 30, and the number of applications from regions may be limited in the interests of maintaining a reasonable geographic balance. Participating clubs are encouraged to give special attention to the selection of their representatives, recognizing that strong, enthusiastic candidates contribute to the overall experience.

The sponsoring Rotary Club will be required to complete an application form and send a $350 registration fee to be received no later than September 25, 2014.

For additional program information and the application form, visit: https://www.eply.com/CapitalForKids

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Sep 20, 2014

Past District Governor, Bob Carroll,  presented Carolyn, wife of Dr. Frank Walchak of RC of Spokane Aurora Northwest, with the 2013-14 Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award.  Only non-Rotarian spouses can be recommended or receive this award that was created to recognize spouses and partners of Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service through Rotary.  A maximum of 100 recipients may be selected each year.  Carolyn was overwhelmed and honored to receive this well-deserved award.  She has accompanied and co-ordinated the work of Dr. Walchak and others on 23 Rotoplast missions.



Posted by Sandra Roberts on Aug 24, 2014

Rotary Friendship Exchange video of District 5080's recent RFE to Rotary District 2430 - Turkey.  A short video on our experiences and the incredible opportunity presented by Rotary RFEs

I should just add bit of a back story to the video’s opening song.  We spent a fair bit of time writing the song – trying to do our best to capture the spirit and energy of the team.  It was a lot of fun and then with the help of our exchange student we were fortunate to be introduced to Josh who offered to help out with the guitar and vocals.  He took a few artistic liberties and had a few challenges, but overall – pretty impressive for an 18-year who just graduated from high school.  It’s not perfect, but after about 10 takes – he was pretty tired so we took the best version.​

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Aug 13, 2014

Governor-elect Mike and MaryAnn made their annual trek to Kimberley to share lobsters at Lobsterfest.  

What a great fundraising evening!.  $20,000 for the Rotary Spray Park!  (press photo)


Posted by Sandra Roberts on Aug 12, 2014


Here is a picture of the Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee meeting held in July in Castlegar. The Committee dealt with a myriad of details related to the Point System, record keeping, and ideas for future exchanges.

Pictured  Left to right: Sheila Hart (Nelson Daybreak, Alexia Turner, Castlegar Sunrise, Linda Krahn, RFE Chair, Brenda Balahura, R/C Castlegar Sunrise & RFE Co-Chair, Cathy Korolek, ADG, Grand Forks and Joan Cooke, Waneta Trail. Missing from picture: Jackie Nance of Colville, Steve Verby, Sandpoint, Greg Ehman, Golden. 

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Jul 31, 2014

Hi Rotary friends:

Many of you are not aware of the opportunity and enjoyment provided through Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups (RAGs).  Below is a reprint from the recent International Travel and Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) Newsletter.  It provides just one example of how you can travel the world at greatly reduced costs through Rotary colleagues.  There are a variety of interest groups available based on hobbies or vocations, so you can engage and enjoy your Rotary involvement by searching www.rotary.org for a RAG or Fellowship of interest to you.

Posted by Sandra Roberts on Jul 13, 2014

District Governor Elect, Mike Dalessi, shared opening remarks at RLYA on June 28th, 2014 and shared a picture of Counsellors Sheila Hart and Mike Cassidy.  There were 49 young adult campers participating plus the staff. Despite the thunder and pouring rain on opening day, everyone had a fabulous and fun time. ​ Does anyone else have some pictures?


Posted by Sandra Roberts on Jun 24, 2014

Congratulations are in order to recognize Heidi Romich, your Assistant Governor in Area 3 and a member of Cranbrook Rotary Club.

Heidi repurposed her restaurant to become both 'The Heid Out' and 'Fisher Peak Brewing Co.'  Now she has been named the 'Business Person of the Year' by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce. 

Drop by and meet Heidi and try out the "Ultimate Burger".  You will be amazed by both.


Posted by Sandra Roberts on Mar 30, 2014

This Matching Grant was a joint project between the Rotary Club of Spokane Valley Sunrise and the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The project objective was to update an elementary school library to include some 700 new books (literature and reference), shelving to hold the books and 15 computers for the children to use for research and to enhance their learning experience. 

Grant Financing:

$ 5,010    Spokane Valley Sunrise
$ 5,010    District Foundation Block Grant
$    118    RC of Tegucigalpa
$10,138    Total Project

  To see the finished project CLICK HERE

Posted by Allan Davis on Jul 31, 2008

Most of us remember the months of the year, as they normally show on a calendar, but how many have wondered what the month was in the Rotary Year ?

District 5080 Refund Policy

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Mini Calendar
         Oct 2014         
District Events
R.L.I. Part 1 [THE PALOUSE] Best Western Plus University Inn
Oct 11, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
R.L.I. Part 1 [TRICITIES] Oct 18, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
OPCOM Committee Meeting - DGE Doubletree Hotel - SeaTac
Oct 25, 2014
R.L.I. Part 2 [I-90 EAST] Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Nov 01, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
R.L.I. Part 2 [EAST KOOTENAY] Nov 01, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
District Governor Applications Due Send to Governor
Nov 08, 2014
GETS & GNATS Empress Hotel
Nov 11, 2014 - Nov 14, 2014
Rotary Zone Institute - DG, DGE, DGN Empress Hotel
Nov 14, 2014 07:30 AM - Nov 17, 2014 11:30 AM
R.L.I. Part 2 [WEST KOOTENAY] Nov 22, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
District Council Meeting Coeur d'Alene Resort
Nov 22, 2014 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
District Governor Interviews Coeur d'Alene Resort
Nov 23, 2014 10:00 AM
R.L.I. Part 2 [I-90 WEST] Dec 06, 2014 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Blue Denim Meeting - DG, DGE, DGN, DGND Doubletree Hotel - SeaTac
Jan 03, 2015 - Jan 04, 2015
R.L.I. Part 2 [TRICITIES] Jan 17, 2015 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
Rotary International Assembly - DGE San Diego
Jan 18, 2015 - Jan 24, 2015
PETS Instructor Workshop Doubletree Hotel - SeaTac
Feb 06, 2015 05:00 PM - Feb 08, 2015
R.L.I. Part 2 [SANDPOINT] Feb 07, 2015 04:38 AM - 04:00 PM
District Council Meeting Coeur d'Alene Resort
Feb 14, 2015
District Training Session Coeur d'Alene Resort
Feb 15, 2015
ROTARY'S BIRTHDAY Find a way to Celebrate
Feb 23, 2015
PETS - Presidents-elect Training Doubletree Hotel - SeaTac
Mar 06, 2015 - Mar 08, 2015
R.L.I. Part 2 [THE PALOUSE] Best Western Plus University Inn
Mar 14, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Spring Assembly - Club Officer Training Coeur d'Alene Resort
Mar 21, 2015
Wine Tasting Event Castlegar
Mar 28, 2015
R.L.I. Part 3 [I-90 EAST & WEST] Apr 11, 2015
R.L.I. Part 3 [TRICITIES] Apr 11, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
R.L.I. Part 3 [SANDPOINT] Apr 18, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
R.L.I. Part 3 [THE PALOUSE] Best Western Plus University Inn
Apr 25, 2015 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM
R.L.I. Part 3 [EAST & WEST KOOTENAY] Apr 25, 2015 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Youth Exchange Camp - Outbound Students Camp Lutherhaven
May 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015
District 5080 Conference 2015 Mary Hall
May 07, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Rotary International Convention 2015 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jun 06, 2015 - Jun 09, 2015
Jul 02, 2012
by Allan Davis

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.

Jul 02, 2012
by Allan Davis

Dear District/Zone leaders,

This letter was written to inform you of an important change affecting all contributions from Canadian Rotarians and clubs






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