October 21st, Rotary Clubs of Bishop presented a “big check” in the amount of $9000.00 to Pastor Matt McPhee to help purchase a new commercial range with burners, griddle and 2 ovens for The Bishop First United Methodist Church. A separate legal check was given to the Pastor! Rotarian Ed Morse has been helping in the Soup Kitchen and recognized the need for a new range. He suggested that the two Rotary clubs in Bishop apply for grants from the Rotary District 5190 plus contribute money from each club. Rotary Club Presidents Kammi Foote and Sue Lyndes got together and accomplished receiving the grants and donations. Pastor Matt is now shopping for the new Range with installation anticipated in time for the community Christmas dinner.
Pastor Matt said the Soup Kitchen was established to provide nourishing lunches to those in need. An average of 75 hot, nutritious and freshly prepared lunches are served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon in the Bishop First United Methodist Center (205 N. Fowler St.) In addition, showers are available from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Church not only serves the homeless and those in special need, but also those who simply wish to join with others in fellowship. Pastor Matt said the church is thankful for the many groups that partner with them to make the meal and shower ministry possible.
Contributions to the United Methodist Social Services are greatly appreciated. They are now in need of a new commercial freezer!
The Rotary Club of Bishop and the Sunrise Rotary are part of over 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders who meet to exchange ideas and take action to create positive change in their communities and worldwide.
For more information please contact Sue Lyndes at 873 4958.
Cover Photo, Ed Morse, Pastor Matt McPhee and Sue Lyndes
Bishop Rotary Club, Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club, Bishop first united Methodist church
Olivia Grah, took first place in the Bishop Rotary club’s speech contest last February and went on to compete at the 2015 District 5190 Conference held at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe on May 16th, 2015. Olivia was awarded $1000 for first place. At a recent noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Bishop, Olivia gave her winning speech to members. The theme: “It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” It was easy to see why Olivia won first place. Her speech was compelling and dramatic. She held the audience in rapt attention to her very meaningful interpretation of Rotary’s theme for the contest. Congratulations and Best Wishes were given to Olivia for her academic accomplishments and certainly are proud of our Bishop student who will attend Princeton University next fall.
bishop rotary club, olivia grah, bishop union high school, pat nahin, ed nahin
The Rotary Club of Bishop, in conjunction with Eastside Sports, will be taking 26 youth from the Eastern Sierra in to the back-country above Bishop in June to learn team building, leadership skills and land stewardship. This is a free program, funded in part by a grant from Columbia Sportswear, plus hundreds of volunteer hours from the local community.
Registrations are being accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Submitted by Rotarian Pat Nahin, Photo by Rotarian Ed Nahin
“It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” What this means to students is the theme for students entering the Rotary District 5190 Speech Contest. Seven students from Mammoth and Bishop high schools competed in the Mammoth and Bishop Rotary Club’s annual speech contest that was held at The Rotary Club of Bishop’s noon meeting February 24th. Each year talented students demonstrate their speaking skills in front of Rotarians, guests and families. It is amazing to watch. Maggie Kingsbury from the Rotary Club of Bishop was the chairperson for the Bishop students: Audrey Bear, Angie Flores and Olivia Grah. Luan Mendel, from the Mammoth Rotary Club was in charge of the speech contest for the four Mammoth students, Amanda Kirkeby, Lex Brode, Connor Kusumoto and Garrett Hallum.
Olivia Grah, took first place last year in the Rotary Bishop club’s contest and again took first place this year and will be seeking the top spot at the 2015 District 5190 Conference held at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe on May 16th 2015.The District awards will be $1000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third.
Editors note, Olivia Grah, a senior at Bishop Union High School, has been accepted at Princeton University.