The Power of Partnerships
The Rotary District 5060 Conference was held in Kamloops, BC, Canada, May 2-5. District 5060 is an international Rotary District that includes central British Columbia, Canada, and central Washington State, USA. Running through the Okanagan fruit and wine-producing areas of the two countries, it covers a total distance of almost 900 kilometres or 600 miles.
There are 22 ITHF members in District 5060. Thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of GIVONNA DEBRUIN, of Vernon, BC, Canada, about ten of those members who were attending the conference gathered on Saturday afternoon for a short visit and discussion. Conference Chair SHERRY CHAMBERLAIN, a Kamloops ITHF member, arranged a meeting place and included the information on the conference agenda. As a result, a few non-ITHF members also arrived to find out more about the fellowship.
A highlight of the gathering was the presence of ITHF Past President STEVE YOSHIDA and his wife NOKO. Past President Steve was the Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka's Representative at the District Conference. He was delighted to be able to join the gathering, and meet fellow ITHF members.
In fact, as a result of that get-together, Steve and Noko were invited to lunch on Sunday after the conference to the home of RON and BARB NEWSON.
Organizing this gathering took a small amount of, work on the part of a few people, notably Givonna, DeBruin who sent out the invitation; Pat Graf, who made the contacts with the conference organizers and Steve Yoshida; and Sherry Chamberlain, who organized the venue. It was a very short time together, but it opened doors to further connections within the district.