Volunteers are seen cleaning up the Mayors’ Grove for the second time this year. The first one was in June.
At bottom right, Rotary President Colleen is very happy after beautifying the grove.
(Photos provided by Jess D.)
Pullman is the Lentil Capital of the World, so every August the Lentil Festival is held in Pullman,
on the weekend before classes start at Washington State University.
 
To raise funds for local projects, Rotary club members serve wine at the Beer and Wine Garden
of the Lentil Festival. Everybody has a lot of fun at this event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  The International Picnic is an annual event put together by the Rotary Club of Pullman and Washington State University International Programs.
  The picnic is to welcome all international students to the university and to Pullman with a BBQ.
  It happens the week prior to the beginning of  the fall semester.
 
The Rotary Club joined forces with the YMCA on August 6 & 7 to get the dorms ready at  Washington State University (WSU) for international freshmen students.
 
The picture was taken by Rotary club member Alison Wiegley, who says "Rotary Club of Pullman President, Colleen Hinman, and volunteer, Kai stand by their finished product, a welcoming dorm room for an incoming WSU international student. After two days, we made more than 70 beds and ensured our incoming freshmen were supplied with toiletries, snacks, and water."  
 
A few days later (August 10, 11 & 12) the Rotary Club and the YMCA ran shuttles to pick up international freshmen at the Pullman airport and take them to their dorms.
 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Pullman donated $1,036 to ShelterBox USA to help families around the world rebuild their lives after losing everything to natural disaster or conflict. The funds will be used to provide life-saving shelter and equipment to set up a household, which could include relief tents, tools to repair damaged buildings, as well as supplies such as solar lights, water purification, thermal blankets and cooking utensils. ShelterBox tailors the form of aid after each disaster based on assessments of the affected community’s needs.

“We are grateful to contribute hope and life-saving supplies to families facing the enormity of loss after a natural disaster,” said Colleen Hinman, Rotary Club of Pullman President. “Our club members value serving our community and beyond; this is one way we can be an inspiration and serve those in need.”

Funds were raised by personal donations made by Pullman club members in support of ShelterBox, the first officially recognized project partner of Rotary International, and remains Rotary’s only project partner in disaster relief. Over the past ten years, the Rotary Club of Pullman has donated $7,836 to ShelterBox.

“The global support from the Rotary International network, including the Rotary Club of Pullman is the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “Rotary helps us go further, support more people in need, and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach.”

Learn more about ShelterBox USA at www.shelterboxusa.org.

This is a summary of the club activities and achievements that happened during President Ed Felt's tenure, as recounted by Ed during the last meeting
that he presided over as president. All the club members are very thankful for the energy and enthusiasm that he put into all these projects.
 
A. Service Projects
     1. August 2017 - International Student BBQ at Raeney Park. Over 300 international students from Washington State University attended the event.
     2. November 2017 - Mayors' Grove biannual cleanup, along Grand Street in Pullman.
     3. Dec. 2017-Jan. 2018 - Along with the YMCA, Rotary Club members picked up international students at the Pullman airport
         and drove them to their dorms or apartments.
     4. March 2018 - Raking leaves from lawn and roofs for senior citizens who need help with such chores.
     5. April 2018 - Tree planting by the Moscow-Pullman highway, between Paradise Creek and the Chipman Trail.
     6. June 2018 - Mayors' Grove biannual cleanup.
B. New Club Members
     Six new club members were recruited. They are a great addition to the club!
C. Finances
    The club raised $8,240 this year, mostly from the annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser. We give this money back to the community
    (e.g. for the Irv Field Grand Project), and to Rotary international projects (such as the Tarakea, Tanzania, solar panel project) .
    We also raised $1,036 dollars for ShelterBox USA. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools to families
    who have been displaced by a natural disaster or war conflict.
D. Social Events
     Club members gathered in August, March, April and May. Thank you to LouAnn and Archie for hosting the first three gatherings.
     The social in May was with Rotary club members from Colfax and Moscow.
E. Awards
    Ed presented award certificates to the following members:
       1. Thanh-xuan - Best Classification Speech
       2. LouAnn - Best Attendance, she only missed one meeting in the entire year!
       3. Archie - Entertainer of the Year
       4. Debbi - Innovator of the Year
       5. Glenn - Service above Self
       6. Colleen and Eric - Sine qua non
       7. Palouse Tarakea Future Vision Project - Committee of the Year
    Past president Eric Hoyle presented a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award to Ed for his great contribution this year.
F. One-on-one meetings
    Ed achieved his goal of meeting with all active club members one-on-one. And he treated us to drinks (including tea and coffee).
 
Volunteers work hard to beautify the Mayors’ Grove twice a year.
The Grove is located along Grand Street, one of the two main thoroughfares in Pullman.
Top left and center: the grass grew about 3 ft. tall since the last cleanup in November 2017.
Top right: after the cleanup we can now see the creek!
Middle right: Thanks to Graham, who brought coffee and donuts. We always enjoy the treats after the cleanups.
Bottom left: Two Rotary Club members work at the YMCA and brought along volunteers.
They made it possible for the Rotary Club volunteers to finish earlier than expected.
Bottom right: We’re all done! John’s dog provided entertainment.
 
 
On June 1-3 several Pullman rotarians traveled to Sandpoint, Idaho,
to attend the District Conference.
 
Past president Eric Hoyle was presented a Certificate of Recognition
for the trees that the club planted on April 8th.
 
It was an unexpected surprise!
Past president Eric Hoyle presented the Irv Field Project Award
to Lindha Sagen of the Pullman School District.
 
The $1,500 award will be used to build a food pantry in
Lincoln Middle School and in one or two of the elementary schools.
 
The pantry will be used to store food supplied free of charge 
to students of families in need.
The Spaghetti Feed and Auction, held at Lincoln Middle School, was a great success this year.
We thank all auction donors, community members, and volunteers who helped make this year's the best attended fundraiser ever.
Rotary club members sold 349 tickets, and also raised the highest amount ever: $6,500!
The money goes to local charities, community projects, and the August annual international picnic (in collaboration with WSU).
Members of the Rotary Club volunteered with the Palouse Conservation District to plant trees along Paradise Creek, by the Chipman trail
that connects the cities of Pullman. WA, and Moscow, ID. We planted about 80 pine trees. It was rainy and cold, we ended up soaked and
muddy, but it was fun! When we were finished, Ed gave us coffee and donuts to warm us up and to replace the lost calories.