Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club
Club Meets at Ramada Inn, 1050 Eckhardt Avenue West
Tuesdays at 7:01 am

Pete Erickson - Service Above Self
(Submitted by Darrell Blue)

Fellow Rotarians,

As you may know, the highest award that is given by Rotary International is the "Service Above Self" award.  Each year, the board of Rotary International only presents 150 of the awards to Rotarians worldwide.  It is my pleasure to announce that this year, one of our own was a recipient of this prestigious award.  On March 13, 2014 District Governor-elect Bruce Falkins and I attended the Moses Lake Rotary Club to present the award.  It is my pleasure to share with you the fact, that Past District Governor Pete Erickson was a recipient this year.

In addition to the award and lapel pin, we presented Pete with a letter from Rotary International President Rod D. Burton which reads, in part:  "With this award, our Rotary family recognizes the contributions you have made through Rotary over the years.  I believe you are an extraordinary example of how each Rotarian can make a difference.  I am honored to have you as my fellow Rotarian and grateful you have chosen to better the world by Enganging Rotary, Changing Lives.  Yours Sincerely, Ron D. Burton, President, 2013-14.

District 5060 recipients of the Rotary International "Service Above Self" Award
2012-2013 Pete Erickson Moses Lake
2010-2011 Colin Pritchard Kelowna - Okanagan Mission
2008-2009 Edmund Baroch Leavenworth
2006-2007 William Rowley Ellensburg
2001-2002 Murli Pendharkar Kelowna
2000-2001 Stan Fike Kamloops
2000-2001 Wayne McRann Kamloops
1998-1999 Dr. William R. Hooper Ellensburg
1996-1997 Jack Peters Vernon


  Osoyoos Interact Club in the News  

Turns out the energetic and engaged youth who make up one of District 5060's newer Interact Clubs have attracted the attention of their local newspaper!  Introduced to Rotarians at the District Training Seminar in Osoyoos in October last year, the Osoyoos Interacters are now busy with lots of different projects.  For the full story as reprinted from the Osoyoos Times, go to the submenu under "District Info": In The News!

What does an Exchange Student have in Common with the Oscars?

Turns out quite a lot.  Luke Grigg, an Outbound Exchange Student from Quincy in 2011 has a real passion for making movies and is now going to school in Southern California.   He can be seen here with his sister.  Both were seat fillers at the Oscars and he appeared on TV about 9 times over the duration of the event.  His sister was on at least 2 times.

But wait!  That's not all.


Turns out the Oscar for a male lead is Matthew McConaughey.  He was an exchange student to Australia about 15 years ago.   In this article from The Rotarian in 2007, he talks about girls being drawn to him, but not being allowed to date.   And how when he became a star as visited Australia, talked about his host mom on radio, lifting her spirits while in hospital.   Click on the clipping to see the whole story from 2007.



  Hearing & Speech Center 

In the 1970's the Yakima Rotary Club raised around $85,000 to fund the building of a Hearing and Speech Center in Yakima.  It opened in 1971 with 9 children needing deaf education and three employees.  That clinic is still serving the hearing impaired community and with on average 16,500 patient visits per year, 3,000 patients and 24 employees, it is one of the largest and most used such facilities on the West Coast.
This year, the Yakima club applied for a matching grant from out District and raised a total of $30,000.  A group of Rotarians then provided the labor to put that money to work.  A short time ago, they completed a renovation of the reception area of the facility.
On Thursday evening, (2/27/2014) Yakima Club President Dave Dion and DG Darrell Blue joined a group of other Rotarians and clinic staff for a dedication of the remodeled facility.  The lobby area now contains a plaque dedicating the facility to the Yakima Rotary Club and District 5060, shown at the top of this story.
Shown at right in the lobby of the building (L-R) are DG Darrell Blue; Board Chair, Lois Betzing; Clinic Director Nancy Leahy; and Yakima club President Dave Dion.  All are members of the Yakima Rotary Club.  The public was invited to attend for tours of the facility and refreshments.

What happens when Rotarians work Together!

Recently DG Darrell circulated a story that was published by the London (Ontario) Free Press.  This is a success story about a school built in Afghanistan through a CRCID (Candian Rotary Collaboration for International Development) project, and it is a great example of the power of collaboration.  Dr. Stan Fike of the West Kamloops Rotary Club is the D5060 board member for this group, and is to be commended for his work.  The story is reprinted here at:  Afghanistan School Project

One of the news features we have for you on your District 5060 website is the latest information from Rotary International regarding our drive to eliminate polio in the world.  DG Darrell recently received a news release about a further $36 million just committed by Rotary to the fight!  For the full story check out the page under the top menu item "Polio" titled:  Recent Polio News 

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