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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!
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)
Bob Avila, John Harrold, Alden Stephens, Pete Eidenberg, and of course Carlos, the photographer, are pictured with the kids under the wing of The Spruce Goose
Last Saturday Rotary hosted 30 kids from Birch Community Services and My Father's House on a field trip to Evergreen Air and Space Museum in Mc Minnville. Rotarian Bob Avila organized the trip and was able to get the bus and driver donated from Students First Bus Company and 7-11 generously donated the box lunches. The museum provided a greatly reduced admission proce for the group. Gresham Rotary donated the funds to pay for the tickets. The kids were treated to a tour that included The Spruce Goose, the history of manned space flights, The Sprit of St. Louis, lunar and Mars rovers!
Gresham Rotarians are delivering over 800 dictionaries to third grade classrooms in Centennial and Oregon Trail School Districts this month. Gresham Rotarians Pete Eidenberg, Teresa Bright and Sam Breyer, Rotarian and Superintendent, are pictured here with a third grade class and their teacher at Butler Creek Elementary School.
Over the past 25 years, Rotarians have helped immunize over 2 billion children in over 122 countries. For as a little as $.60 a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. That is pocket change!
World Polio Day is October 24. Rotary clubs all over the world are planning fundraising activities during the month of October to help bring an end to polio once and for all in the next few years.