Our club’s July service project was to help clean up the debris from the 4th of July fireworks at Sunnyside Park.
         Top: Alison, Colleen, Ana & Ed
         Middle: Jess                                                                        Top: Jess, Alison, Colleen & Ed                                    Top:  John and helper Sir William
         Bottom: Jesse                                                                     Bottom: Mayor Glenn Johnson                                   Bottom: Michael, Ed, Jess, Colleen, Alison, Jesse, Ana
This is a summary of the club activities and achievements that happened during President Colleen Hinman's tenure, as recounted by Colleen during the
last meeting that he presided over as president.All club members are very thankful for the energy and enthusiasm that she put into all her achievements.
A. Goals
  1. Continue to engage with Rotaract participation & growth. Involve Rotaract in our service projects.
  2. Increase Conference Attendance: PETS, District Assembly, Joint District Conference, Rotary International Convention, RYLA.
  3. Membership Growth. Two new members joined the club, with a few more on the horizon.
  4. Socialization Opportunities between club members and with Area 9 clubs.
  5. Committees: finance, Spaghetti Feed, Community Service, Irv Field Grand Project, Communications, Foundation.
  6. Service Above Self: 83 volunteers, 75 service hours, 11 projects!!!
B. Recognizing Honorary Members
  1. Bill Paul
  2. Keith Saxton
  3. Mike Kallaher
  4. Pat Caraher
C. Polio, Annual & Endowment Funds
  1. Club members gave $6,391 to the Annual Rotary International Fund to fight polio. The goal was $6,000.
  2.  The club has 13 Paul Harris Fellows, 22 Rotarian Donors, 7 Rotary Direct Donors & 4 Benefactors.
  3. Our all-time giving is $177,378!
D. Shelter Box & Club Giving. We continue to have:
  1. Holiday giving.
  2. Raise money through a 50/50 raffle every meeting for charity.
  3. Our Irv Field grant had 18 applicants. The $1,500 award went to the Palouse Discovery Science Center to remodel a room in the museum.
E. Fundraising Effort & Growth
  1. Helping INTO WSU brought $1,500 to the club.
  2. Spaghetti Feed: $3,900.
  3. National Lentil Festival Wine Pouring: $400.
F. Year-End Rotary Awards
    Colleen presented award certificates to the following members:
  1. Jess Downs - Service Above Self.
  2. Eric Hoyle - Service Above Self.
  3. Rotarian of the Year - Ana Dodgen
  4. Rookie of the Year - Jacob St. Clair
  5. Committee of the Year - Spaghetti Feed: Gary Schell & Debi Dockins
  6. Emcee of the Year - Glenn Johnson
  7. Best Attendance - John Brewer & LouAnn Heroff
  8. Best Spirit - Debi Dockins
  9. MVP - Alison Weigley
Colleen thanked the Rotary Club members for making her Presidential year so memorable and fun!
She appreciates all that Rotary brings to her life and looks forward to being Area 9 Assistant Governor.
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 row (left to right): 1) Eric coordinates the cleanup process. 2) Steve’s getting ready to use the weedwhacker on the almost 3 ft. tall grass. The grass blocks the views of the creek. 3) Alison setting up our “Rotarians at Work” signs. 4) Jake being silly.
Second row: 1) Eva putting mulch under the Grove sign. 2) Xavier and John made a great team. 3) Alison and Jesse were the other great team.
Third row: Eric (left) and Jess (right) cleaning the dead grass on the tree. Alison helped too.
Bottom row: After the group photo, we enjoyed the donuts and coffee that Jess and Eva brought, while Jess lets us know about next month service project.
Rotaract is a youth program of Rotary International. Our club is very happy that we have Rotaract clubs in our area, and that they do service above self at a young age.
Our club contributed some of the Shopping Guide necessities to the Rotaract of the Palouse, and in turn they will make sure that all donations are sent to the military overseas.
We hope that in the future some of the Rotaract members will be part of our club!
Every year we organize a Spaghetti Feed and we raise funds with a silent auction.
The money that we make goes to local charities, community projects, and the August annual international picnic
to welcome foreign students (in collaboration with WSU).
Every year, the Rotary Club of Pullman funds projects or services that improve and enhance the Pullman community. The concept was initiated in 1979 by then Rotary President Irv Field, with calls for projects costing up to $1,000, or “One Grand.” The Rotary Club of Pullman has funded over 40 projects under this program. The "One Grand" has now turned into "One and a Half Grand".
This year’s award recipient was McKenzie Brumet (center), Interim Director of the Palouse Discovery Science Center. The money will be used to remodel a room in the museum into a party room for birthday celebrations and meetings.
Club Secretary Eric Hoyle presented the $1500 award. Club President Colleen Hinman is seen at right.
In honor of Earth Day, the Rotary Club of Pullman joined forces with hundreds of community volunteers for the 15th Annual Pullman Stream Clean-Up.
Recent flooding made this project more impactful than ever as we combed miles of streams picking up garbage and recyclables along Missouri Flat Creek,
Paradise Creek, Dry Fork Creek and the South Fork of the Palouse River.
Left to right:
President elect Alison, treasurer and service projects coordinator Jess, and president Colleen.
Jess coordinated with Habitat for Humanity to fill the pantry of a recently built home in Potlatch, ID. The family of four will move into the house on Sunday March 10.
Shown here are some of the items that Rotary Club members donated for the pantry.
Jess will deliver them to the home on Sunday. We wish the family the best in their new home!
Jess is the organizer of our club's community service projects. The project for February was to paint the bathrooms at the Palouse Discovery Science Center.
The women’s bathroom was painted blue, the men’s was painted green. John also helped sand picture frames.
Glen entertained us with his funny stories, and we had fun playing with some of the museum’s exhibits.
At the beginning of every weekly meeting, club members have the choice to buy a ticket for a raffle. Fifty percent of the ticket sales are donated to non-profit organizations in Pullman or Moscow, Idaho. The other 50% goes to the winners of the raffles. This year we had a list of about 20 non-profits, and each club member voted on their favorite four. Each of the four with the most votes were awarded the cash donation in December. The winners were Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse, Circles of Caring, YMCA, and Habitat for Humanity. We appreciate what these non-profits do for our community!
On Dec. 17, Rotary Club and YMCA members made 50 kits for incoming international students, but about 15 more were needed. We helped put those together. Once we were done, we used the kits to make the rooms in five different dorm buildings at Washington State University (WSU). It took nine
people and five hours to complete the chore.
We were told by one of the WSU organizers that the students are surprised and happy to see their rooms all made when they arrive.
                      Transporting the kits to the pick-up area and waiting to load the vehicles that will take them to the dorms.                  Waiting for the Resident
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Advisor to open the room.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The finished product!
                                                                             Waiting for our room assignments.                                                                                     Happy to be all done.
Four club members were celebrated as the most recent Honorary members for their long-term participation and their significant contribution to the club,as well as promoting the ideal of Rotary International. Below the pictures, you can learn about what the Honorary members did for the club.
Rotary Club and YMCA volunteers helped prepare 50 kits for incoming international students who will stay in the Washington State University (WSU) dorms. They will start arriving on December 28th. WSU is giving each student a shower caddy, toiletries, bedding, a pop-up laundry hamper, snacks, and a desk fan, so that they feel welcome at their new home away from home. Next week, Rotary and YMCA volunteers will take these kits to the dorms, and then will make the beds and leave the bedrooms ready for the students to relax on their first day in Pullman.
Left: Xavier shows a room full of supplies to be unpacked and sorted.
Middle two pictures: Ana, Colleen, Xavier, and Eric fill the shower caddy with toiletries and snacks.
Right: Eric puts the filled caddy in a big plastic bag.
Left: Collen figures out what is left to unpack and put in the bags.
Second from left: John unpacks the towels.
Middle: Xavier puts them in the bags.
Second from right: John walks past the 50 finished bags.
Right: The room looks a lot emptier than when we started. The boxes contain comforters
           that didn’t fit in the bags and will be taken to the dorms next week.
  Our club's November community service was to donate 42 Thanksgiving meals to Pullman Child Welfare.
  The 42 meals account for 1/4 of all meals distributed by this food bank in Pullman.
  Each family received stuffing mix, instant mashed potatoes, gravy mix, corn, cranberry sauce,
  green beans, fruit cocktail, pumpkin pie mix, evaporated milk and pie crust mix.
  Many thanks to organizers Jess and Eric, and to Archie.
  Archie is the owner of Dissmore's IGA and kindly sold the food at a discount to the club.
  Without Jess, Eric, and Archie, 42 families could have gone hungry on Thanksgiving Day.
October is Polio Awareness Month. In addition, Rotary International designated October 24 as World Polio Day. This day commemorates
the birth of Jonas Saks (Oct. 24/1914), who developed one of the first polio vaccines.
Thanks to gifts from our club members, we raised $1,000 in October to donate to Rotary International and help worldwide efforts to
eradicate polio.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary International commits to ending polio
up to $35 million per year through 2018. In effect, our club's donations are tripled thanks to the Gates Foundation!
Every year, volunteers from the Rotary Club go to the house of a senior citizen in need of help with cleaning the yard and the roof of the house.
Kudos to the volunteers who helped! (Photos provided by Eric Hoyle.)
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).