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About Our Club and Rotary International:

The Rotary Club of Ellensburg Morning submitted our Application for Membership in Rotary International on November 11, 2001. The papers were signed by President Jerry Findley and Club Secretary Joe Teeley.

Other Club officers were President Elect Bob Hood, Treasurer Karen Grigg and Vice President (President elect-elect) Scott Sparks. The Board also included committee chairs serving as directors: Jack Carpenter, Scott Pernaa, Corey Rogers and Bo Turnage.

The meeting location was at the Palace Café at the corner of 4th and Main streets. The weekly meeting is held on Thursday and starts at 6:45 AM.

The Admission Fee was $25 and Annual Dues were $40. The Charter fee of $450 was paid based upon 30 charter members.


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Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

The Rotary Club of Ellensburg Morning annually supports 4H by purchasing an animal, American Cancer Society local Relay for Life event funded, Backpack and school supplies collected for kids at our local schools funded, Circle of Success sponsorships funded, Books  / games / funds collected for the Discovery Program,  International Youth Exchange Program funded, Junior Achievement program at Lincoln supported, Kittitas Valley Youth Musicians funded, Reading is Fundamental - Ellensburg Public Library funded, Rotaract Club at CWU funded and Rotaract projects supported, Rotary Foundation Fund, Rotoplast Funded, RYLA attendees sponsored, Sparrow Club funded. The Club is also involved in community projects such as the West Ellensburg ball fields and park. 

The Charter Members are:

Gerald Brong: GMB Partnership, Business Consultant

Marlene Brong: Super One Foods, Office Manager

Jim Brooks: Retired, Central Washington University, President and Educator

Jack Carpenter: Kittitas Reclamation District, Secretary-Manager

Bret Christensen: Alltech, Sales Manager

Mike Coppin: Ellensburg Police Department

Bob Davis: Ellensburg Eye Clinic, Optometrist

Ryan Erickson: Smith-Kem, Inc.

Paul Farris: Ellensburg High School, Principal

Jerry Findley: Housing Authority of Kittitas County, Executive Director

Karen Grigg: Pacific Northwest Bank, Financial Services Manager

Nancy Goodloe: Kittitas Count Health Dept., Administrator

McGowan, Robert: Central Washington University, Physical Education

Bob Hood: 18th Street Deli

Susan Johnston: Record Printing, Packaging and Design, Owner

Mark Kjelland: Public Utility District, Manager

Orville Kuipers: Retired U. S. Forest Service

Steve Locati: Stewart Title of Kittitas Co.

Tom Morris: R&R Autobody, owner

Billy Nobles: Super One Foods, Manager

Scott Pernaa: Pernaa Consulting

Bob Richey: Ellensburg Policy Chief

Cory Rogers: Pacific Northwest Bank, Commercial

Jane Shaw: Central Valley Bank, V.P. Lending Dept.

Don Solberg: Valley Clinic, Physician, owner

Scott Sparks: Scott Sparks Law Office

Joe Teeley: Retired, Ellensburg School District, Business Manager

Bo Turnage: Dentist

Harry Whitaker: Whitaker Piano Service

Katherine White: Daily Record, Ad Manager

There are currently 62 members in the Morning club. Our areas of interest include the West Ellensburg Park ball fields and literacy.


Rotary Club of Ellensburg Morning Projects / Activities (updated 8/8/2014)

  • Polio Plus (annually since 2002)
  • Kittitas County 4-H livestock sale (annually since 2002)
  • Group Study Exchange. Partner with Noon Club (annually since 2002)
  • International Youth Exchange Program. Partner with Noon Club  (2002 to 2012)
  • RotoPlast international trips, surgically repairing cleft pallets. Partner with Noon Club (annually)
  • Textbooks purchased and shipped to a university in Rangoon (Burma/Myanmar) (2003)
  • Litter pick-up of the West Interchange (2003 to present)
  • Washer & Dryer for family whose house had burned down (2004)
  • Hope Source Coats for Kids (2004)
  • Whiskey Dick Triathlon aid stations (annually since 2004)
  • Flag Pole at City Hall (2004) & replace flag (annually, up to two per year as needed)
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life  (2004 – 2012)
  • Backpacks for Kids –backpacks of school supplies for eight local schools (annually since 2005)
  • Rotary Park Little League baseball field Snack Shack (2005)
  • Digital Thermal Imaging Camera for the Ellensburg Fire Department (2005)
  • Hope Source Van partner with Noon Club (2006)
  • Rotary Park Little League baseball field Scorers/Announcer’s Tower Building (2006)
  • Bikes to Russia – bicycle collection for district project (2006)
  • Painting the interior of the Adult Activity Center (2006)
  • Kittitas Valley Junior Soccer Association – team sponsorships (2006, 2007)
  • Rotary Park Baseball field fence windbreak slats – purchased & installed  (2006-2007)
  • Junior Achievement program at Lincoln Elementary (2007)
  • RSVP – collection of empty printer cartridges (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Youth soccer fields at Rotary Park – planted trees, other work parties (2008)
  • International Literacy Day Baby – backpack of books and a membership to Circle of Success to first baby born on Int. Literacy Day (2008 to present)
  • Kittitas Valley Youth Musicians (2008 -2011)
  • The Discovery School – books & games donated, support field trips  (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Circle of Success – sponsorship of three local kids (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Teachers Training Teachers—Sudan, Africa and Clothe the Body, Feed the Mind – books, dresses, t-shirts given to orphanage in South Sudan and Scholarships for the girls (2009 to present)
  • Flood clean-up in West Ellensburg (2009)
  • Rotaract Culb at CWU sponsored (2010 to present)
  • Books Freeing Minds – books donated to the Kittitas County Jail (2010 to present)
  • Erleen Beckley GED Scholarship Fund annual as needed (2010 to present)
  • Atlas FC Soccer team
  • Sparrow Club (annually since 2010)
  • Reading Across Continents (2010)
  • Headstart / Bright Beginnings – purchase of stove hood (2011)
  • Susan G Koman Foundation (2011)
  • Operation Harvest (annually since 2011)
  • Shelter Boxes purchased for RI (2011, 2013)
  • Spirit of the West (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Habitat for Humanity – donated bookcase & books for each house built (2011 to present)
  • Magnets for Shaken Baby Awareness/Prevention with Rotaract (2012)
  • Sponsorship of Human Trafficking Summit with Rotaract (1012)
  • Alder Street Park playground equipment (2012, 2013)
  • Ellensburg School Fund (2012)
  • Alder Street Park play equipment (2013)
  • Bookshelves for Men’s Jail (2013)
  • Youth Mentoring (2013, 2014)
  • Books and Blankets at Bright Beginnings. Provide Pizza and read books (2013, 2014)
  • Bookmobile in partnership with Ellensburg School District (2013, 2014)
  • FISH bookcase and bools provided. Restock books as needed. (2014)
  • Clean and Sober House bookcase and bools provided. Restock books as needed. (2014)
  • MUNCH Madness. Challenge others to collect food for FISH (2014)

Members are encouraged to participate in Community Events:

CWU Welcome Back BBQ

Jazz In the Valley

Spirit of the West

Reading to kids at schools program

Relay for Life

Rodeo Kickoff Breakfast and Fair activities

Winterhop Brewfest

Whiskey Dick Triathlon

And other community events, programs and projects



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THE ROTARY GEAR Affixed to the coat lapel of men and women in lands around the world is a wheel of six spokes, twenty-four cogways and a keyway. It identifies the wearer as a Rotarian, one of more than 1.2 million business and professional executives who belong to more than 32,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries on six continents. The basic design of the emblem, the wheel, dates back to 1905, the year the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after the formation of the Chicago Club, the members submitted recommendations based upon the wheel, which they believed would best, symbolize the character of the new organization. Designs ranged from simple buggy wheels to elaborate locomotive wheels. Some incorporated clouds into the design. One even superimposed a ribbon emblazoned with the inscription "Rotary Club: In 1910, when the National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed, they recovered almost as many designs as there were Clubs. Prior to the 1912 convention in Duluth, Minnesota, the national headquarters invited all Clubs to submit recommendations for an emblem based on the wheel. Together, they selected a gear wheel in royal blue and gold as Rotary's official emblem. It survived untouched for only eight years. Engineers quickly recognized that Rotary's new gear-like emblem was mechanically unsound; it could do no work because it lacked a keyway by which it could be locked to a shaft. Following several years of study, the Rotary emblem, as we presently know it was adopted in 1923. The gear was no longer an idler, but was now capable of transmitting power to or from a shaft. The wheel had been "turned on", and it has been rolling ever since!