MAY 2 – MAY 5, 2024


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Wenatchee Rotary Raises $53,000

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
By: Jill Leonard

The WHS Interact Club helped at the Wenatchee Rotary Roast & Roast fundraiser.    The students  helped check in guests, took photos and helped with the raise the paddleThe Wenatchee Rotary's annual fundraiser, the Wenatchee Rotary Toast & Roast, amassed an impressive $53,000 this year, celebrating Mayor Frank Kuntz as its special guest. Mayor Kuntz's friends and family shared endearing stories at the event, highlighting the community's admiration for him.

These funds will significantly benefit the Sage Advocacy Center, Wenatchee Rotary Scholarships, and Community Outreach grants. Jill Leonard, emphasizing the Rotary's century-long commitment to local impact, lauded the event's success.

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District Governor's April message

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
By: Marjolein Christina Maria Lloyd

I adore my club meetings.  I mean, I really really do! We meet on Friday mornings at 7:01am and quite often I’m one of the last people to run into the meeting space just under the wire.  As many of you know, I work as a baker. On Friday mornings I work a half shift, beginning at 1am and rushing out at 6:30 so that I can attend my meeting.  I’m usually pulling into the parking lot of the golf course where we meet, changing my shoes in the car, brushing my hair out in the hopes of getting any residual flour out, putting my name tag on and running through the doors at about 6:59.  We are always greeted with a smile and a handshake or hug and the front desk is staffed by 2 more of my Rotary peeps.  This time of the morning, the coffee station is bustling with activity, people catching up with each other, while others grab their first caffeine fix of the day (fully disclosure, but this time it’s often my 3rd fix).  There are often all sorts of conversations happening in the room but as I mentioned, I usually running in at the last second, grabbing a seat in the back of the room.  Our meetings always begin with a thoughtful land acknowledgment (many thanks to our club’s HIP committee, Honouring Indigenous People, for the guidance), a rousing rendition of “O Canada” and then, one of my favourite parts of the weekly meeting, gratitude. 

Picture: Some of my fellow Sunrise Rotarians during an afternoon of snowshoeing.

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Involved Interact Students Smash It!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
By: Kathleen McNalty
New commitments to a life of service were made by student members of the “Cascade Cares” Interact Club as they planned and executed a community fundraising dinner March 27, at Cascade High School. The event was promoted on social media and the sold-out crowd of parents, Rotarians and community members raised over $4,000 to assist in drilling a well on property owned by the Dream Again Home, an orphanage in Seirra-Leone, Africa.

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April is Earth Month

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
By: Kris Cameron

District 5060 earned the ESRAG (Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group) Eco Star District designation 

5060 is the first district in the Big West Chapter of ESRAG to earn this honor by reaching an ESRAG membership of 50 or more. 

See the full story for how to join ESRAG, a message from PDG Karl Ruether, and more. 

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Wenatchee Rotary's Fundraiser Incorporates Green Event Practices

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
By: Kris Cameron
Former Wenatchee mayor Frank Kuntz was the featured guest for Wenatchee Rotary's recent annual "Roast & Toast" fundraiser. This signature event typically raises tens of thousands of dollars for local charities. This year the club adopted practices recommended in the ESRAG Green Event Handbook, such as offering plant-based entree items, composting leftover food and organic waste, and recycling. Rick Edwards of Sustainable NCW, and event organizer Jill Leonard of the Wenatchee Club, worked with convention center staff and local commercial composter, Winton Mfg. to reduce waste from the event. The new practices were such a success that they were repeated for an event three times larger a week later, and Center staff are interested in continuing these practices for all future events. To learn more about how you can make your events more environmentally friendly, download the ESRAG Green Event Handbook.   

Not listed on the menu was a delicious plant-based Wellington. 

Every Day Can Be Earth Day . . .

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

. . . when you tackle climate change one bite at a time!

Can’t afford an electric car? Solar panels not an option? There is an inexpensive and easy way for all of us to tackle climate change every day! 

Project Drawdown, an ESRAG partner, has identified reducing food waste and adopting plant-rich diets as the two most powerful steps we can take to reduce GHG emissions. 

Experts warn that even if we reach net zero emissions in the transportation and energy sectors, without significant reductions in the agriculture sector, we will not be able to maintain stable global temperatures. 

All Rotarians can choose the plant-based foods that work for their lifestyles. This Earth Day, we invite you to learn how, by taking the ESRAG 15-Day Plant-Rich Diet Challenge - a guided journey to improved personal and planetary health. Here’s a preview presentation from the Challenge with excellent tips to get you started. The Challenge also includes a cookbook, recipes, and much more!    

Register for the ESRAG 15-Day Plant-Rich Diet Earth Day Challenge HERE! 

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Haiti Needs Us More Than Ever

By: Sherry Chamberlain
Our Rotary District Encouraged program is to bring clean drinking water to those in need in Haiti.  Sherry Chamberlain from RC of Osoyoos and Carin Smith of RC of Wenatchee are still working long and hard at making this dream a reality for a small commune in the NE corner of Haiti.

Ferrier commune is away from the struggles of Port-au-Prince in the South, but they continue to suffer their own struggles. Shortage of fuel, food, water and a strong economic area.  Sherry traveled to Haiti in November 2019 and November 2023 and has seen firsthand the water needs of this community. 

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Major Donor Reception Set for Conference in May

By: Pete Erickson

The District Foundation committee is in the early stages of planning a hosted reception at the district conference May 2-5 to recognize members who have made a significant commitment in their estate plan of US$10,000 or have contributed US$10,000 or more to the foundation. District 5060 is the second-largest district in Zone 28 and is typically first or second in foundation giving. 

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