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M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
United States
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Gresham Rotary Club
P. O. Box 3041
Gresham,  OR  97030
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Katelyn Akers receiving her Future Rotarian pin with her Dad Glen
Katelyn Akers, Sgt. at Arms Glen's young daughter has been working alongside her Dad and serving our community the past few weeks.  She helped out with the small park clean-up and then drove with her Dad delivering Meals on Wheels last week.  Her Dad asked if she thought she would remember these activities when she grew up and she replied, Oh, yes!"  President Diane, in honor of Katelyn's contributions to Gresham Rotary,  presented her with her Future Rotarian pin at her first Rotary meeting on July 6. Congratulations Katelyn!  You rock! 

Welcome to the new Rotary Year.  Our new RI President, John Germ and our new District Governor, Tom Markos and our new Assistant Governor Tom Crozier have already started their jobs of helping all Rotary Clubs to have a successful 2016-17.  I am looking forward to working with all of you on our fundraising and our projects.  We will kick off the year with a new and very exciting community service project.  We are partners with The Salvation Army and The Foresters to build a playground on July 23.  See the article below on how to sign up as a volunteer.  Our signature fundraiser, The Annual Steak Fry, will be September 14.  Chuck and his committee are well along with their planning.  We will continue with all our service projects this year, from dictionaries to Christmas Baskets. We will also be celebrating The Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary..... a milestone that started with a donation of $26.50. Our club is strong and will continue to become stronger this year with some new members and our re-dedication to our mission and goals of supporting youth and making our community a better place. 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Diane Noriega, Club President

Outgoing President Rob Ramsey recognized his board members and key committee chairs at the Installation Banquet last Wednesday.  Rob honored two members as Rotarians of the year; Diane Noriega, incoming President and Larry Schwartz, incoming President elect.  Diane was recognized for stepping up to help chair the Wine Raffle as well as stepping up to assume the President elect position...both at the last minute.  Larry has done a stellar job in his role as program chair as well as chairing the golf tournament last summer.  Rob also received the coveted past President pin and badge along with a lovely plaque with a gavel in recognition of his very successful year.  And finally Rob passed the "baton" to Diane, who will take office July 1.  See more photos on Facebook.

Rob and our visiting Rotarians exchange banners
We had very special visiting Rotarians from Sweden at our club meeting this week. The parents of the tennis pro Anders Bergkvist, at Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham. Rotarian Mark Eisenzimmer, and owner of Cascade Athletics brought them to our club meeting. It turns out their son Anders stayed with another Gresham Rotarian, Sue Piazza, when he first came to Gresham. Lars and Karin Bergkvist are both Rotarians, but members of different clubs in their town. Both were club presidents in the same year. So we received two club banners from them in the banner exchange! A special day for us.

From left to right: Tony Nguyen, Centennial; Nina Hanset, Barlow; Delaney Parmenter, Gresham; Jasmine Kleiboeker, Gresham; Tony Nelson, Centennial.
Last Wednesday May 25, Gresham Rotary celebrated local high school students and their families with a special luncheon and introducing them as the newest Rotary Scholars. Each student was introduced by their counselor and the students shared with Rotarians their future career plans. Four students were awarded $3000 total scholarship to be used over two years at Mt. Hood Community College. Two additional students received The Radak Scholarship for $4000. Rotary raises money each year through their fundraising events for the scholarships. The Radak Family left a bequest to The Gresham Rotary Foundation. Money from the endowed scholarship is used each year to award scholarships for students pursuing vocational programs at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Board voted at last week’s meeting to appoint Diane Noriega to fill out the term of President for 2016-17; filling the vacancy left with Don Hendrix’s new employment out of the area.  Diane served as President of Gresham Rotary 2012-13 and is currently Public Relations Chair for the club and District 5100 Membership Chair.  Diane will assume office on July 1, 2016. She is scrambling to fill critical committee chair positions, so expect an e-mail or a phone call from her very soon.  Diane made it clear that she could only manage this role if everyone stepped up and did their part to make sure all the bases were covered.  Glen has indicated he will continue as Sgt. at Arms and Cheryl will be his back-up.  Larry Schwartz will continue coordinating programs with Claudia providing an able assist. Carlos will continue as Membership Chair.  Debbie and Claudia will plan the Staff Appreciation luncheon.  Diane will be putting together a planning meeting for board members as well as a cross section of club members towards the end of June. 

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
Gresham Rotary earns coverage in The Gresham Outlook for their Arbor Day tree planting project!
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
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.