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Noon every Wednesday
M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
United States
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Gresham,  OR  97030
 
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May 04, 2016
Thomas Camero
TransAm Bike Race
May 11, 2016
Marcia Meyers
Teaching and Working in Kenya
May 18, 2016
Mark Bosnian
You Too Can SING!!
May 25, 2016
Curtis Bedont
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It was a spectacular day at Camp Collins for Alden's (Steve's) birthday party.  Rotarians, family and long time friends of Steve were there to enjoy the celebration.  Carlos took tons of photos of the "Alden Team" right down to the little toddlers.  Steve had a pinata for the kids. What a treat watching the little 3 year olds taking a swing at the baseball pinata.  It was  all  baseball, with hot dogs, Cracker Jacks, popcorn, and real root beer!  Everyone wore their favorite baseball cap.  Steve has a huge fan club and all were there to cheer him on. Steve knocked it out of the park again!
 

 
 
Mark Eisenzimmer headed up the team planting trees in Gradin park
 
It was a perfect day to combine forces with the city of Gresham and replace the trees at Gradin park that we lost last year during the heat wave.
 
Over a dozen Rotarians showed up with shovels in hand to dig, plant and bury the trees and irrigation lines. There was so much help and energy we were able to finish our job over and hour and half ahead of schedule.
 
The event was marked by a reading of the Mayor’s Arbor day proclamation given by our council president as well as a welcome break with coffee and donuts provided by the city.
 
The event was a success due to the planning and preparation done by Mark Eisenzimmer. He had all the equipment and tools necessary to make quick work of our project. Our hats are tipped to his efforts.
 
See Gresham Rotary's Facebook page for more photos.
 
 

 
 
In Memoriam, Don Kenny
 
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday April 30, 2016 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver.
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA  98684
360-892-6060
 
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that friends consider donating to The Rotary  Foundation in Don’s name. 
 
Don Kenny had a long and rewarding career, owning fuel and gas stations both in California and in Oregon. He served on the Board of Directors for The Oregon Gasoline Dealers Association.
His passions, however, were camping, fishing and community service. He first joined Rotary in 1981 and served as President of The Rotary Club of North Portland. He served as a team leader for Rotary Exchange tour to Nigeria in 1990 and served as Assistant District Governor in 1997.
Don was a nine time Nine Paul Harris Fellow, receiving his first in April of 1999.  He is also a Rotary benefactor, leaving a bequest to The Rotary Foundation. Don was a Rotary member over 40 years and a member of 7 different clubs….including Gresham-twice.  He was a founding member of West Columbia Gorge Rotary and had just recently come back to Gresham.  We enjoyed his company in our club even though for just a short time.  But we were so happy to welcome him “home”.
 
Mr. Kenny is survived by his wife Sandie and extended family. Those of you who wish to reach out to Mrs. Kenny, her new address is:
 
Sandie Kenny
415 SE 177th Avenue
Vancouver, Wa  98683
 
 
 

 
 
 
Dr. Steve Stephens speaking on appreciating differences
Oregon City, Oregon---In this time when conflict seems pervasive across the globe and here at home, the coalition of Rotary Clubs that organized the annual Peace Symposium set a theme of conflict resolution for the event held March 12 at Clackamas Community College.
 
 
 
Great Crowd at Camp Collins
 
WE DID IT!
With your support we are proud to announce that the 8th Annual Reflecting Camp's Glow Dinner and Silent Auction was a huge success!
Our goal this year was to raise $25,000 with this event to help send kids to camp and amazingly we blew that number away.
The 2016 RCG Total = $30,097
We cannot express how thankful we are to everyone who played a part in this success. The total for the evening is attributed to silent auction sales, raffle ticket sales, table sponsorships, and donations.
 
 

 
 
Here are a few of the Rotarians that were able to stay a few minutes for a photo op.  Others had to "scoot" back to work.
 
Gresham Rotary turned out last week for The State of City address at Persimmon Golf and Country Club.  This year Gresham Chamber partnered with The City for this event.  Lyn Snodgrass, Chamber CEO, recognized Gresham Rotary for changing our meeting place in order to join in with the city.  Mayor Bemis also recognized Rotary, as well as other non-profits, who work hard to make Gresham a better community for all citizens.  The Mayor shared many inspirational stories of the good work our public servants do as well as sharing concerns for areas where we need to do better. 
 

 
 
Sue Coates, District Rotaract Coordinator, Raven Brown, Young Professional from Seaside Rotary, and Diane Noriega, District Membership Chair
Saturday February 13 more than 75 Rotarians gathered at The Clackamas Banquet Center for the Membership Workshop presented by the membership team from Zone 25/26.  Past District Governors Steve Lingenbrink from Seattle, Dell Gray from Southern Oregon and Sam "Woody" Wilbanks from the Reno area traveled to District 5100 to present all the latest ideas and materials on how to engage Rotary members and keep them.  It's all about being a vibrant club.  Diane was the organizer, coordinator, and overall "gopher" for the event.  As a closing session, District Young Professionals Becky Rude and Raven Brown spoke on how what they had learned relates to attracting young professionals to Rotary.  Carlos, as District Vocational Chair, spoke on how the workshop ideas relate to recognizing and appreciating Rotarians' skills and talents. Diane spoke on the new Zone Diversity project and how diversity of all types enriches clubs.  Early feedback indicates it was a valuable and productive session. 
 

 
 
 
Over half a million pounds!
Larry Schwartz of Riverview Community Bank presented a ceremonial check to Judy Alley of SnowCap Community Charities this morning. The check represented the 555,520 lbs worth of food donated by the generous citizens of East Multnomah County during Riverview's 2015 Fill-A-Bag campaign.
Donations will continue to be accepted through January. Thank you to everyone who donated to or otherwise provided support to our campaign this year!
And for the furry members of the family….
Dr. Chuck wishes to express his thanks to all for your assistance and donations to this phase of this season's pet (dog and cat) food drive for the underprivileged.  
He will  be making another run soon to pick up last minute donations, but so far he has collected and delivered a fair amount of pet foods. What is a fair amount?
So far, 3700 pounds!!
A dedicated amount has been delivered to Zarapheth Pantry.
A hundred pounds has been given to a wheelchair bound couple of friends of ours.
The vast majority has been delivered to SnowCap. We have been told this will take care of at least a third of their yearly needs.
 
Again, thanks to every one of you.
 
Larry and Chuck
 

 
 

Goetz, Alan Conrad 77 Oct. 11, 1938 Dec. 11, 2015 Al died unexpectedly Dec. 11, 2015, at the home he shared on Fairview Lake with his wife, Bettianne, shortly after he had decorated their home for the holidays. Al was talented in woodworking and metals, always working on projects and home improvements. During his life, he also was a teacher, homebuilder and the businessman who developed 30 SECONDS, a popular outdoor cleaning product. Al was born in Baltimore to Muriel Irene Schulderberg and Aquilla Edward Goetz. The couple and their two sons moved to San Diego 10 years later, where Al graduated from Mission Bay High School. Al met Bettianne Moore when they were education students at San Diego State University. They married Dec. 15, 1961. The couple shared a lifelong love for travel, so after graduation they taught in Hawaii and then moved to Guam, where they taught for five years. They traveled the world during summers. They moved to Corvallis with two daughters so Al could pursue a master's degree in educational leadership. He worked as a career educational consultant in Portland schools before pursuing his love of construction and home improvement. He built homes in Fairview, then started his own business where he developed several products, including 30 SECONDS. He ran the company until 2000, when he sold it to his daughter and husband who built it into an international brand. As a member of Gresham Rotary, Al and Bettianne traveled worldwide and hosted international guests through the Rotary Club's International Fellowship Exchange. In retirement, they continued to travel. They kept a sailboat in Puget Sound and sailed the San Juan and Canadian Gulf islands. They also traveled the U.S. in their motorhome. When they were home, Al shared his business expertise as a SCORE volunteer. They always opened their home on the lake and shared great times with longtime neighbors and friends. Al was loved and appreciated for his authenticity and straight forwardness. He is survived by wife, Bettianne; daughters, Deborah Goetz and Jill (James) Collier; and grandchildren, Mathew, Andrew and Laura. Friends are invited to a celebration of Al's life from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Glenn Otto

Published in The Oregonian from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2015

 

 
 
President Rob introducing Suzanne Birch
Birch Community Services prepares a wonderful luncheon for us every year for the holidays.  It is an opportunity to thank Gresham Rotary for our partnership with BCS.  Suzanne Birch spoke to us and introduced some of the former recipients of our Christmas Baskets.  It is always inspiring to hear the stories and the gratitude of the families we help.  We all get a major shot of Christmas spirit.