Pete Erickson - Service Above Self
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.
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!
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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.
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