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Noon every Wednesday
M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
United States
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Sep 02, 2015
Yvette Olive, Bloodworks NW
Who they are, what they do and how they differ from Red Cross
Sep 09, 2015
Craig Junginger Gresham Chief of Police
He's the Chief....Whatever he wants to talk about!!
Sep 16, 2015
NO MEETING
STEAK FRY
Sep 23, 2015
Glenn Akers
Meet Your Fellow Rotarian
 

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Diane says goodbye to the "youngsters" on Day One of the Young Professionals Summit
This weekend we had the pleasure of spending two very full days with an inspiring group of young professional Rotarians at Haas School of Business at Cal Berkeley.  This was a Zone 25/26 sponsored event with the purpose of beginning to envision Rotary for the future.  In a retreat like setting with faculty from the Haas School of Business, we worked through many of our assumptions about Rotary and then captured what  a “New Rotary” might look like. The first day the young and the old worked separately and then on day two we came together.  Everyone came away energized with innovative ideas and baby steps that might make a difference in how Rotary operates at the club level.  What was clear was that the future of Rotary is less about age and much more about our shared commitment to Rotary’s values. Carlos’s takeaways from our discussions were Listen, Accommodate and Integrate. Stay tuned  for more.
 

 
 
This year's Steak Fry will be held on September 16 at Mt. Hood Community College Vista Dining Room.  In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.  Kids from 7-12 will can eat for a discounted ticket of $10 and kids under six can eat for free!  Spin the Rotary wheel of fortune for a chance to win $500.  Buy raffle tickets for "Bucket Raffle" items. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member.  Doors open at 5 and dinner will be served from 5:30-7:30.  Save the date and get your tickets now.
 

 
 
 
K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran
President 2015-16
In the 1930s, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter, had a wooden sign hanging on his wall that read, Det bedste er ikke for godt: "Only the best is good enough." Today, Christiansen is remembered as the inventor of Lego, the colorful plastic bricks beloved by children around the world. But in the early days of the Lego company, its signature product was a wooden duck – one built to the highest standards, out of aged beech, with three coats of clear varnish. Lego's company history tells how Christiansen used his ducks to teach a lesson in quality to his son, Godtfred Kirk:
One evening, when I came into the office, I said to my father: "It's been a good day today, Dad. We've earned a little more." "Oh," said Dad, "what do you mean?" "Well, I've just been to the station with two boxes of our toy ducks for the Danish Co op. Normally they get three coats of varnish, but since it's for the Co-op, I only gave them two. So I saved the business a bit of money." He looked at me in dismay. "Godtfred, fetch those boxes back. Unpack them and give the ducks another coat of varnish. You're not going to bed until the work's done – and you'll do it all on your own." There was no arguing with Dad. And it was a lesson for me about what quality meant.
Today, Lego's quality standards are legendary, and its products are the most popular toys in the world: Lego pieces outnumber humans 86 to 1.
We all recognize that this success stems directly from Lego's business practices – its insistence on quality, efficiency, and innovation. I compare this with our efforts in governance and accountability in Rotary, and realize that sometimes we fall short of the standards expected.
The leaders at the Rotary International, zone, district, and club levels have to maintain the highest standards in governance. The RI president and directors must serve the membership in a meaningful manner; zone leaders must deliver on the investment Rotary makes in them; district leaders must provide dynamic leadership in the district and focus on transparency in accounting and timely reporting of financials; and club leaders must adhere to proper reporting functions and get their clubs onto Rotary Club Central.
Just as Christiansen refused to consider sending a lesser product to any of his clients, so should we refuse to consider giving a lesser effort to any of our work. We must always demand the best of ourselves – in our professional lives, and especially in our Rotary work.
For in Rotary, what is our product? It is not wooden ducks or plastic bricks. It is education, water, health, and peace. It is hope, and it is life itself. For this work, only our best is good enough. I ask you all to remember this – and to do your very best to Be a Gift to the World.

 
 

 
 
 
In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.  Kids from 7-12 will can eat for a discounted ticket of $10 and kids under six can eat for free!  Spin the Rotary wheel of fortune for a chance to win $500.  Buy raffle tickets for "Bucket Raffle" items. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member.  - See more at: http://greshamrotary.com/#sthash.v5Slmsn7.dpuf
This year's Steak Fry will feature some special activities for kids.  Kids from 7-12 years old will eat for only $10 and kids 6 and under will eat for free!  There will be a Tattoo corner where kids and adults can get temporary tattoos featuring creative interpretations of the Rotary logo.  Tobin Shields, one of our scholarship recipients from a few years ago, will be there to do his close up magic tricks.  There will be a bucket raffle and a Wheel of Fortune for guests to spin for the opportunity to win $500.
Gresham Rotary's 62nd Annual Steak Fry is coming up soon.  If you have not received your tickets, see Claudia.  Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this fundraiser.  Our goal is to raise at least $15,000 to fund our scholarships to send high school graduates to Mt. Hood Community College with $1500/year for two years!  This is our largest fundraiser, in that we serve steaks to 350 people at Vista Dining Room at Mt. Hood Community College.  So, now is the time to get the word out about this fun event.  Be sure to sign up to help.  This is an "all hands" event, meaning all members are expected to pitch in and help.  Believe it or not, we are a little over a month out. 
 
In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.  Kids from 7-12 will can eat for a discounted ticket of $10 and kids under six can eat for free!  Spin the Rotary wheel of fortune for a chance to win $500.  Buy raffle tickets for "Bucket Raffle" items. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member.  - See more at: http://greshamrotary.com/#sthash.v5Slmsn7.dpuf
 
In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.  Kids from 7-12 will can eat for a discounted ticket of $10 and kids under six can eat for free!  Spin the Rotary wheel of fortune for a chance to win $500.  Buy raffle tickets for "Bucket Raffle" items. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member.  - See more at: http://greshamrotary.com/#sthash.v5Slmsn7.dpuf
In addition to the usual awesome steak dinner, kids will be treated to a temporary tattoo station and entertainment by one of our Rotary scholars, Tobin Shields, who also is a magician.  Kids from 7-12 will can eat for a discounted ticket of $10 and kids under six can eat for free!  Spin the Rotary wheel of fortune for a chance to win $500.  Buy raffle tickets for "Bucket Raffle" items. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member.  - See more at: http://greshamrotary.com/#sthash.v5Slmsn7.dpuf
 

 
 
The bridge in the Japanese Garden in Gresham.  Our club contributed to this beautiful project and our Rotarian Tad put in countless hours of work to make this happen.  John Harrold was a regular volunteer and Bob Avila gave of his time and energy as well.  What a beautiful outcome thanks to all the volunteers.  The bridge will have its official opening on August 8.
 

 
 
 
The four layers of the bridge guard rail are completed.  The rounded hand rail will be added to complete the bridge.  Last Saturday all the volunteers turned out for a memorial photo.  Note Tad and John in their Rotary hats.
 
 

 
 
Last Monday was a perfect day for golf, not too hot, a little breeze and lots of happy golfers.  At least 104 golfers teed off at 9:30 on Monday morning.  The day kicked off with a putting contest and ended with a late lunch and the ball drop about 3:30 pm.  Carlos and Diane cruised the course taking photos and players enjoyed an instant slide show during lunch.  Go to Gresham Rotary’s Facebook page to see all the photos. There were winners, but no losers at this tournament. Suzanne Birch representing Birch Community services paid tribute to Barry Birch, who was an avid golfer and a partner to Rotary in this event for the past four years. 
Thanks to the many sponsors who supported this fundraiser.  The final numbers are not in yet but it appears that once expenses are paid this fundraiser will net over $20,000!  These funds will pay for students to go to college, needy kids to go to camp, and many other contributions to our community.  Thanks as well to Larry Schwartz and his committee for making this such a successful event. 
 
 

 
 
 

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From left to right:  Chris Karn, Torrey Rund, Carly Petesz, Maiya Letz, and Lesly Martinez

On Wednesday Gresham Rotary held its Annual Scholarship luncheon welcoming this years scholars, their counselors and their families.  Gresham Rotary Awards a scholarship to a high school senior headed for Mt. Hood Community College from San Barlow, Gresham, Springwater Trail, Centennial and Sandy High Schools. The award is for a total of $3000 per student, which they will receive over two years at $1500 a year.

Chris Karn from Sam Barlow High School.  His area of study is manufacturing and engineering.  He has volunteered at CAL as an Ambassador. He also tutors math and reading. He is already gaining experience working in machining.

Maiya Letz is graduating from Springwater Trail High School.  She will study Criminal Law at MHCC before transferring to Western Oregon University. The first in her family to go to college, she hopes to start her career as a paralegal and then receive her law degree to work as a public defender. She volunteers in a kindergarten classroom helping the children and the teachers.

Carly Petesz is graduating from Gresham High School.  She is going to complete the transfer degree program at MHCC and then complete her degree in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Oregon University.  She has volunteered at Courtyard Fountains Retirement home assisting elderly residents.

Lesly Martinez is graduating from Centennial High School.  She has been actively engaged with Mecha and is also a student athlete on the soccer team.  She is a member of The National Honor Society. Her goal is to receive her degree in Early Childhood Education.  After her 2 years at MHCC, she plans to transfer to Pacific University

Torrey Rund will graduate from Sandy High School.  Her goal is to become a nurse. She has already gained valuable experience as a volunteer running the Red Cross Blood Drive and volunteering at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Clinic.  She also has helped screening hearing and vision at Welches Elementary School.  She is working on her CNA certification so that she can work at Avamere in Sandy while attending MHCC.

Congratulations to all of this year's Rotary Scholars!

 

 

 
 

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Last week Gresham Rotary honored its veterans, both members and guests.  Our program was devoted to hearing some inspiring, and sometimes funny, stories and experiences from our veterans.  It was one of our most moving programs.  We heard from veterans who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.  In addition to Carlos Noriega, Steve Stephens, Tom Tutt, Mark Klahn, Doug Walker, Pete Eidenberg, Mike Miller, Chuck Hawkins and Scott Hansen, we honored our guests Robert Yingling, Richard Cohen, John Welsh, and Ken Bradley.  (I  may have missed a few who did not sign in.....apologies)