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The Ellensburg Downtown Rotary Club is celebrating its fifth year of existence by undertaking several new service projects in 2020.
First, we are partnering with Generations, Kiwanis, and the Kittitas County Sheriff's Department in a joint effort to clean up the Naneum Pond so kids can fish there safely. This effort will involve members in clearing the pond of algae and cleaning up the picnic area. Even with social distancing requirements, this project can proceed safely to prepare for a dedication in the fall.
Second, we are sponsoring an Interact Club at Ellensburg High School. This club has been approved at the district level by both the schools and Rotary. It is officially registered at Rotary International. Interested members will be receiving training on how to protect the safety of students and work with them effectively. When schools reopen, we hope to begin activities with interested students. 
For more details, stay tuned to this website!
KVH Director of Emergency Services Dede Utley, Rotary Club of Ellensburg Downtown President Patrick Garmong, The Foundation at KVH Director Michele Wurl, Community Foundation of Kittitas County CEO Bob Crowe, KVH CEO Julie Petersen

In early September, the Emergency Department at KVH Hospital introduced a new offering for young patients called Ouchless ER. The original concept was brought forward as a way to make a visit to the Emergency Department friendlier for children. That concept was embraced by local community groups, foundations, business owners and residents who worked together to turn the original vision into a functioning program.

The Rotary Club of Ellensburg Downtown hosted a champagne brunch over Labor Day Weekend in support of the project. Rotary Club members organized sponsorship donations from 21 local businesses that resulted in a total donation of $5,500 to the Ouchless ER fund. The Community Foundation of Kittitas County provided an additional $5,000 in matching funds.

The Ouchless ER was one component of The Foundation at KVH’s 2017 annual campaign. The campaign focused on improving the overall experience for pediatric patients at Kittitas Valley Healthcare services. The annual Foundation gala in May 2017 raised just under $30,000.

In-kind donations were provided by Wood Products Northwest for cabinetry and other improvements to Emergency Room 8. Local artist Lucy Beck donated her time to paint a colorful and cheerful mural within the primary pediatrics treatment room.

Ouchless ER Overview

The Ouchless ER focuses on three E’s to make visits as painless and anxiety-free as possible. These include the environment, equipment and education.

Environment improvements include a child-friendly mural and the concealment of frightening-looking medical equipment inside cabinets.

New equipment helps take the pain out of procedures. Examples include the Buzzy Bee (an ice and vibration device that reduces pain for injections), the use of adhesive glue instead of stitches when possible, and an Accuvein device to make vein location easy if an IV is needed.

Education focuses on training from child life specialists to teach or refresh staff about age-appropriate ways to reduce stress and anxiety. In many cases, simple distractions are used to focus the child’s attention away from the treatment they are receiving.

For more information about Ouchless ER at KVH Hospital visit http://www.kvhealthcare.org/hospital-services/emergency-department/ouchlesser.






Event Description

 The three Kittitas Valley Rotary clubs are joining together for this year’s OPERATION HARVEST 2017. The three service groups will gather food and cash donations to help feed the hungry in our community.  This year is looking to be the largest drive yet.

Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional, and civic leaders. The clubs meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and with these connections are able to get things done in this community.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community and residents to share their bounty with our neighbors who are struggling to put food on their tables.  It doesn’t matter if its food or cash, all of it makes a difference.” 

On Saturday, November 4, Kittitas County residents are encouraged to participate by donating funds or food at specified store locations throughout town. By 9am on Saturday morning, a team of Rotarian Volunteers will be stationed at Super One Foods, BiMart, Rite Aid, Grocery Outlet, Safeway and Fred Meyer until 3pm. Volunteers will hand out flyers helping shoppers know what kinds of foods and non food items are needed at FISH Community Food Bank. These suggested shopping lists will make it easy for shoppers to grab a few extra grocery items while they shop the store.

Rotarian volunteers will also be stationed at FISH’s warehouse to receive and sort the donated food. 

This is a great opportunity for our community to come together and make sure no one goes to bed hungry in Kittitas County!


Fundraiser planned

The annual Cattle Baron’s Champagne Brunch during Labor Day weekend this year will support the KVH ouchess ER. The event will be from 8-11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, at Rodeo City BBQ at 204 N. Main St. in Ellensburg. Tickets are $30 a person and include music, entertainment, and a buffet full of beef, smoked ham, blueberry french toast, egg dishes, breakfast potatoes, pastries, biscuits and gravy, rolls, fruit, juices and coffee.

The event is sponsored by local businesses, which have all donated $500 a piece, which the Community Foundation of Kittitas County will match up to $5,000. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the Old Mill Country Store, Fitterer’s Furniture or at Rodeo City BBQ.

For more information on the event, call Jim Ridgway at 509-899-0477.

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