The Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club delivered dictionaries to Virginia Grainger Elementary, East Omak Elementary and Paschal Sherman Indian School this week. The dictionaries are presented as a part of our Club's commitment to  supporting a literate society.
In a more "typical" year (non-COVID), Rotarians would visit each third grade classroom at the three schools and present each  student with their own dictionary. The dictionaries have a name plate for the students to write their name on and includes the Rotary Four-Way Test: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned?  3) Will it build goodwill and better friendship?  and 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned? As Rotarians, we use these questions as guidelines when we make decisions about business or how we conduct ourselves personally. Our message to students is that anyone at any age can use this four-way test to guide their decision-making.
The Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club has approximately 60 members, each dedicated to helping others in our community and worldwide.  This dictionary program is one way we support literacy throughout our community - we strongly believe that being literate is very important to our society.
Funds for the Dictionary program are (typically) raised throughout the year at our Wednesday steak nights during the summer and at our fall Wine and Cheese Auction. Other Rotary Literacy projects include academic and vocational-technical scholarships to graduating high school seniors as well as scholarships for returning students to Wenatchee Valley College.