MAY 2 – MAY 5, 2024


Assist the meaningful work of clubs and Rotarians by providing leadership, administrative, training, and development support so that clubs advance humanitarian service, encourage participation in Rotary International Programs, and advance the work of the Rotary Foundation.



Governor’s Monthly Message – Start with the WHY (thank you, PDG Peter Schultz!)

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
By: Marjolein Christina Maria Lloyd

April has been a month of reflection, friends. Sure, it was crazy busy with the final preparations of the District Conference (now THAT was a fun weekend!), family and work life as well, but I was also humbled to be invited to club’s Foundation events which reminded me once again of why we do what we do in the name of Rotary.

Most of us have been asked, “why did you join Rotary?” and more importantly, “why have you stayed in Rotary?” Service is key, of course. We want to do good things for our community, but we also enjoy the fellowship. After attending some special events around our District, both service and fellowship were at the forefront.

Kamloops West Rotary dedicated one of their club meetings in mid-April to recognizing and celebrating those in their club who had reached either their first Paul Harris Fellows ($1000USD contribution) or a multiple PHF. 

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A Conference Debrief

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
By: Marjolein Christina Maria Lloyd

At the beginning of May, almost 300 Rotarians from around the District gathered in beautiful Penticton for our annual District Conference.  The weather cooperated and we had 4 days of fun, fellowship and learning! It was a culmination of about 18 months of planning by the District Conference Committee led by Norm LeCavalier (Kelowna Sunrise).  His small but mighty committee pulled off an overall successful event which included a wonderful “Meet & Greet” on a historic paddleboat, numerous opportunities for fellowship during offsite events on Friday morning and afternoon, home hosting as well as hosted dinners at several local restaurants on Friday evening, inspiring speakers, informative breakout sessions, in interactive service project, a House of Friendship, a chance to meet and learn about our amazing youth exchange students AND…wait for it…A CANDY BAR!

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Earth Day in Yakima

By: Bruce Willis

Yakima Southwest Rotary Club was busy on Earth Day 2024 with a couple of community service projects.  The Preserve the Planet Committee and the Community Service Committee joined together to plant a pollinator garden in Sarg Hubbard Park, part of the Yakima Greenway. A local nursery, Macmahon’s, designed the garden and discounted the cost of the plants to support the project.

Yakima Southwest Rotary also contributed $3000 to stock the reflection pond with fish for the KIDS FISH IN. Kids spent the day fishing at the Yakima Greenway reflection pond, learning the basics of angling along with water safety. 

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Frank Clifton recipient of District 5060 Harold R. Henderson Award

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
By: Jill Leonard

It is with great pride and pleasure to announce Frank Clifton was awarded the District 5060 Harold R. Henderson Award at the District Conference on May 5, 2024.

To receive the District 5060 Harold R. Henderson Award, the recipient’s service with District 5060 must be on a broad basis and over an extended period of time, including at least three of the following activities, with a substantial level of activity in the past five years.

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Sustainable Event Expansion a Success

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
By: Kris Cameron

We are anxiously waiting to learn the final results of our expanded waste collection efforts at the recent Apple Blossom Festival in Wenatchee.  Winton Compost Works and Waste Management will soon be providing the final tally of the amount of compostable and recyclable waste our volunteers were able to collect over the 11 days of the Festival. Our goal was to surpass our 50% reduction in landfill waste from our first attempt last year at which we collected mixed waste for only a single day. 

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District Conference 2024 - Let's Start with Penticton!

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
By: Kathleen McNalty

Penticton BC was the beautiful backdrop for the 2024 District 5060 Conference held May 2nd through 5th. A crowd of 300 filled the Penticton Lakeside Resort with good Rotary vibes! 

Day one was packed with fun and friendship, including bike tours, wine and beer tasting, and golf. Things got serious (but still fun) on day two.

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Looking for speakers for your meetings?

Speakers available to share how Washington’s community-based medical school is equipping students to become health care leaders of the future. The WSU College of Medicine prepares learners to take the lead in addressing community health care issues, especially in rural and underserved areas.

To schedule a speaker, contact Rotarian Chris Carlson, .