Memorial Day Celebration 2024-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
Spring Food Feud 2024-02-29 08:00:00Z 0
Dessert Auction! 2024-01-10 08:00:00Z 0

Pollinator Progress

Amazing progress is being made in the Pollinator Garden!  If you'd like to know how you can help please contact Jack Carpenter. For more information follow the "Read More" link
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Fire Cracker 5K 2023-06-15 07:00:00Z 0
Sweets Suds and Solstice 2023-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Our Giving Recognized by RI

At the weekly meeting on January 26th Eric Schmelling presented our club with an award and banner for our generous giving to the Rotary Foundation (Rotary International), for the 2021-2022 year.
Thank you so much for your generosity!
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Fireside Chat 2023-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2022 2022-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Shadow Top and Doc Perkins 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Blooming Bee Garden 2022-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Youth Services of Kittitas County 2022-05-26 07:00:00Z 0

We Can't Describe How We Miss You

It is with a deep feeling of loss and pain that we tell you of the passing of Judy Backlund.  To all who ever had the privilege to meet Judy she was an inspiration and a kindhearted person that you will never forget.  I don't think anyone could express this better than Nancy Wilson.  Please Click the "read more" button to read an email that Nancy sent telling of the legacy that Judy will leave.

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Habitat For Humanity 2022-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Reecer Creek Robotics 2022-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

We Miss You Already

It is with heavy hearts that we tell you of the passing of Jerry Brong.
Jerry was a Rotarian since 1973.  He was a Past President and a Paul Harris Fellow.  
Jerry's stories will be dearly missed, but forever remembered. 

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Your Gift of Live 2022-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Spirit Therapeutic Riding 2022-03-03 08:00:00Z 0
APOYO 2022-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
KCHM 2022-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Cold Weather Shelter

Due to the potentially dangerous cold weather conditions over the next few days, the City, HopeSource, and FISH are collaborating to provide indoor spaces for folks that need a place to warm up.
HopeSource will extend the nighttime Cold Weather Shelter hours from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. at the Ellensburg United Methodist Church, 210 N. Ruby Street.
Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby Street, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 28; 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec 29 (with Library open until 6:00 p.m.); and 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec 30.
FISH will open the Open Table (Radio City BBQ) location, 204 N. Main Street, for warming and dinner services beginning at 3:00 p.m. daily through Thursday.
Please share this information with folks that may need these services

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Holiday Party 2021-11-30 08:00:00Z 0

Bookmobile Kickoff 2021

The bookmobile made its first stop for 2021! Special thanks to Bob Rapp, Doug Crook, and Captain Read Write (Jerry A)!  There were about sixty kids and thirty parents present!  Nice Job Rotarians!
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Mountains to Sound 2021-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
It's Literacy Month for EMRC! 2021-03-25 07:00:00Z 0
Polio Dinner  2020-10-11 07:00:00Z 0

Park Clean Up

Thanks to this group of Morning Rotarians (all "socially distanced" by family group), for coming out to pull weeds in the Rotary Park ball fields on Saturday.....
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Zoom Zoom

Ellensburg Morning Rotary has been meeting on Zoom since day one of isolation!

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Meet Your Rotarian

Thanks for sharing your stories this morning Dean and Karen.  You are truly fortunate to have you both!

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President's Message 2020-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Square for Giving 2020-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Thanks Green Bow Farm 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Hope Source Covid-19 Assistance 2020-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition 2020-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Club Spring Training Experience 2020-01-09 08:00:00Z 0
Dinner and a Movie 2019-11-20 08:00:00Z 0
WA Opportunity Scholarship 2019-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
The Healing Power of Music 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor's Report 2019-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
Phil and Judy 2019-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Hippo 6K Results

Congratulations Monte Thorn (1st Place Man), Liam Pritchett (1st Place Youth), Koshare Eagle (1st Place Woman)!
See the full results here
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Hippo 6K Run 2019-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Upcoming Events to Support LE 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0

FISH Food Needs

While participating in Munch Madness please keep in mind the following needs:

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Kittitas County Search and Rescue

Wonderful presentation this morning on Kittitas County Search and Rescue (KSAR).  Click on the photo to be linked to their page.

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Dinner and a Movie- First Man 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0


Thanks Linda Graf and Arthur Morken for presenting on such a great program at Central
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Ellensburg Downtown Association 2018-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
211 of Washington 2018-08-30 07:00:00Z 0


Fitting that John would give such a great presentation this morning when this year's theme is "Be The Inspiration!"
(Click on the "Read More" button to see all of John's slides from this morning)

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Dispute Resolution Center

 Learned about the wonderful things Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties does for the community, families, youth, and seniors! 
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Meet our District Governor 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Murder Mystery 2018- Cancelled 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
CWU North Campus 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Hope Source 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Employee Appreciation Lunch 2018-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Lion Rock Visiting Writers 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Don't Forget to Bring Your Donations! 2018-02-26 08:00:00Z 0
Spirit of the West 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Munch Madness 2018 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Hospice Friends

Join us on Thursday morning to learn about Hospice Friends
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Thanks Dave Douglas

Thanks Dave Douglas for a great presentation and discussion this morning! 

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Dinner and a Movie

Monday, November 13 at 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.  For tickets contact Kandice Carlson or Adam Crawford

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Circle the City Update

Did you know CTC has a brand new section of trail? Just look at this beautiful new pathway between North Alder Park and 18th ave!

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Barn Party

In this time of hurting come enjoy an evening of songs of hope, kindness, and love (Click on the photo for more information):

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Ellensburg Roller Girls

Great presentation this morning by the Rodeo City Roller Girls.  On top being an athletic team they are also a local volunteer group:

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Ellensburg Downtown Association 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

RLI will be offering their leadership course October 14th and 18th, and November 18th in Ellensburg!
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.  More information

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Reach Out and Reach Into Our Community

There are two up coming opportunities for Rotarians to "reach out and reach into our community."
Give to our annual 4-H swine purchase fund.  Each the EMR Club gives $1000 toward the purchase of swine from the Kittitas County Fair.  Additionally we as member can give over and above.  This allows Tom Morris and Scott Perna to purchase the animals during the 4-H sale.  Additionally we pay to have the animals butchered and wrapped.  The meat is then donated to F.I.S.H.
The second opportunity to give toward the F.I.S.H. back to school backpack give away.  Here are the lists for Lincoln and Mt. Stuart Elementary Schools.  Alternatively you can give $35 to sponsor a child.

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Recent Happenings

Congratulations to John Haddon!  John was recently presented with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate & pin
Check out the new Little Free Library at North Alder Park (Painted by Dennis Wilson, husband of Nancy Wilson of the Downtown Club)
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Thanks for Your Leadership Jeri! 2017-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Interested in Fellowships? 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Downtown Clean Up 2017-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotaract "Run for a Reason" 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Mount Stuart Robotics 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Club Runner App 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Murder Mystery 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

Munch Madness!

Munch Madness was once again a success.  Thanks to all who participated! The event gathered 28,363 pounds of food.
Fun FISH Facts:
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CORNERSTONE TAKEOVER! Drew Houck 2017-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

And So It Begins...

And so it begins...

Last night Brad Case and I presented at the Ellensburg City Council meeting in regards to our proposed Circle the City Project and Trail Tale at Irene Rinehart.

The council could not have been more supportive and enthusiastic about our plans.

We now have full approval to move forward with the Trail Tale. A special thank you to everyone that has contributed to this idea and has pledged their time as this component of the Circle the City project comes along.

Yours in Service,
John Graf


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Split the Pot winner!

During our regular meeting on February 12th, rotarian James Paton won the Split the Pot! His son, Dexter, pulled the winning card. Congrats to both James and Dexter!
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Dinner & A Movie!

Posted by Sadie Thayer

Please join us for Dinner & A Movie on November 13th at the CWU SURC Theater. The evening begins at 5:30pm with a social hour before a delicious dinner and good movie. Tickets may be purchased through any Rotarian of Ellensburg Morning. Everyone is welcome; rotary membership is not required for this event.


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A big welcome to a new baby

Posted by Joanna Markell

A big welcome to a new baby

The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club presented a backpack full of books and a gift certificate to Pearl Street Books to the first baby born on International Literacy Day locally on Sept. 8.

This year’s baby is Jared Russel Cromer, 8 pounds, 12 ounces. He is the son of Jessica Crandell and Kyle Cromer and was born at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. 

Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies, according to UNESCO, which started Literacy Day in 1965. 

In addition to raising awareness for literacy efforts, the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club supports the Ellensburg School District bookmobile and hosts an annual family reading night at Bright Beginnings. The club also provides books at the Kittitas County jail and to new Habitat for Humanity homes, and has supported training for teachers in South Sudan.


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Clymer Holiday Social

Posted by Jerry Findley


Thanks to Phil and Judy Backlund who organized a Holiday Social at the Clymer Museum this past week!  Kicking off the holidays right!  Check out the photo's in the Club Photo Album!

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Rotary donates bookshelves to jail

Posted by Jerry Findley

Members of the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Literacy Committee, Central Washington University Rotaract and CWU's WORD group stand next to bookshelves and books donated to inmates at the Kittitas County Jail.


Members of the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Literacy Committee, Central Washington University Rotaract and CWU's WORD group toured the Kittitas County Jail on May 1. Morning Rotary recently donated six bookshelves to the jail as part of its Books Freeing Minds project.

The bookshelves are set up in the multipurpose room in the new section of the jail. The club and students are collecting paperback books for inmates as part of a larger book drive.

Members who toured the jail were Amanda Bean, Megan Foster, Naomi Barnes and Jaclyn Robertson with WORD. WORD stands for Washington Organization for Reading Development, and is a local chapter of the International Reading Association.

Rotary members in attendance were Erleen Beckley, Judy and Phil Backlund, Joanna Markell, Jack Carpenter and Sheriff Gene Dana, who is a member of the Noon Rotary club. Rotaract members were Shannon Lowry, Lara Abuhudra, Johnny Niguyen and Cassandra Lariza.

The clubs also have been collecting books for Bright Beginnings, Habitat for Humanity and the clean and sober house in Ellensburg.

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Donations for Helping Neighbors & Friends

Posted by Jerry Brong

Rotarians stepping forward to help neighbors in a time of need os a common practice. The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club has taken step one in a donation to vistims of the Taylor Bridge fire.

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Come one, come all! EMRC Fireside

Posted by Jerry Findley

Come one, come all! 

EMRC Fireside

Tuesday, May 22nd at 6 PM 

Looking forward to see you all for our club's upcoming Fireside social. It will be Tuesday, May 22nd and be at the home of John and Claudia Haddon. The festivities will start at 6pm and should wrap up by 8pm. 

This will be an appetizer/dessert affair. If you would like to bring a snack or drink to share that would be great. Your presences is more important that food/drink though:) 

The Haddon address is...2501 N Delphine Ellensburg Wa. I have also attached a map if needed.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Hope to see you on the 22nd!


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From Phil and Judy in Sudan.

Posted by Jerry Findley
A response from Judy  to let me know she will not be attending the Board meeting and up date on the trip.

Bob, as you know we are in S. Sudan so can't make it.  But, we are attending a Rotary meeting, Rotary Club of Juba, tonight.  They are the group that helped us last year so we are looking forward to seeing them. The turnover here is so great that we are not sure how many folks will still be around.   All is well here, but very hot.  Temps have been in the l00's with 80-90% humidity. Yuk! We are still in Juba so have internet and AC part of the time.  Tomorrow we leave for Akon, where there is none of that fancy stuff, so it should be even more of an adventure.  We are going to the orphanage today to give them the pillow case dresses, shirts, scarves, books and scholarships that our Club and the student IRA group from CWU + Rotaract students have put together.  We will take lots of pictures.  If your meeting is short on Thursday feel free to share our little update. 

Smiles, Judy and Phil

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Thank You From Dinner and a Movie!

Posted by Jerry Findley
The Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club would like to THANK EVERYONE who participated in Dinner and a Movie!  It was a tremendous success! 

We would also Thank everyone who made that possible from the organizers, donors, bar tenders, food bringers, etc, etc, etc.  Without your dedicated service to Ellensburg Morning Rotary, this event would not be possible!


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Geology of Washington class FREE

Posted by Jerry Findley

Nick Zentner is offering a Geology of Washington class again this winter - and you're invited to attend.  For free.  People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. GEOL 103 (Geology of Washington) will be taught 10:00 - 10:50 am during the Winter Quarter.  That's January 4 - March 9, 2012.  Four lectures per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays).  New room:  CWU's Lind Hall room 215.  CWU students will be taking the course for credit - and there is plenty of room for you.

If you're interested, that's great!  We're going to be real casual for all
you non-CWU students.  Can only make it once an awhile, no problem! You're welcome anytime! 

Free parking at the Alberston's lot on Univeristy Way OR just north
of the City Pool on 7th Avenue.  Lind Hall is located on the NW corner of
Chestnut & University Way.

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