The Roll-a-Hippo project:
 
Back in March, we asked you to engage in a project that suddenly became possible, because other projects weren’t able to proceed. We had money in the Foundation account to the tune of $7,500 US available and asked that each club donate the equivalent of ½ the cost of a Roll-a-hippo and we would match that from the Foundation monies, until we ran out. That challenge was our way to initiate what we think is the first pan-District Grant project in our District’s history. The impetus largely came from a program that a few of our clubs were presented with – from one of the principals of the Roll-a-Hippo Foundation. Clearly, it inspired many to take up that challenge and ‘take it up in spades’, as the saying goes.
 
When the dust settled and we needed to close the program and send the collected donations along, we had received far beyond our hoped-for goal: it translated into $28,424.31 US.  Instead of a potential 100 rollers, our initial target, we will have sponsored 190. No…we didn’t succeed in being able to engage every club, but we did receive more than what that would have achieved if each club had signed on for the minimum we asked for…far more.
 
To the following clubs that gave from their heart, we say THANK YOU:
 
Castlegar, Coeur d’Alene, Coeur d’Alene Evening, Coeur d’Alene Sunrise, Columbia Valley Daybreak, Colville, Cranbrook, Cranbrook Sunrise, D-5080 Passport, e-Waneta Sunshine, Golden, Grand Forks, Invermere, Kellogg, Kettle Falls, Kimberley, Moscow, Nakusp. Nelson, Nelson Daybreak, Orofino, Pasco-Kennewick, Ponderay Centennial, Post Falls, Pullman, Radium HotSprings Sunrise, Richland, Rossland, Spokane Aurora Northwest, Spokane Valley Sunrise, St Maries, Trail, Tri-Cities Sunrise, Walla Walla, The Rotaract Club of Palouse.
 
To the more than two dozen members who also donated individually, we say – you are blessings to our world…THANK YOU.
 
Together…we have made conditions better for people we don’t even know. We have made connections that will last a lifetime. We have formed a bond with another Rotary District and another club. When a door opened and presented an opportunity we almost got caught in the crowd cramming to get through.
 
Each and every one of you made my heart sing. Thank you.
 
Allan
 
Allan W. Davis (PDG 2008-9)
5080 DRFCC (2018-2021)
It is not the strongest that survive, or the most intelligent but those most responsive to change.” Darwin