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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
Aug 31, 2016
Roy James
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Sep 07, 2016
Phil Stenstrom, Noise Program Manager
What's that honking sound and do I want it near my plane!!
Sep 14, 2016
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Sep 21, 2016
Tyler Geving
PSU's Men's Head Basketball Coach
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The West Gorge Rotary celebrated their 10th anniversary on August 26.
Gresham Rotary sponsored a new Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of West Columbia Gorge. President Diane and Carlos attended the festivities last Friday.
West Gorge President Greg Dirks spoke about all the accomplishments of their club over the past 10 years.  West Columbia Gorge Rotary is a small club but a mighty one.  They award scholarships, built a gazebo in a city park, co-sponsored a peace conference with Mt. Hood Community College, led a “Rough Writers” project with Roosevelt High School.  They are a 100% Paul Harris club.  Congratulations West Columbia Gorge Rotary on this milestone!  

Gresham Toyota has signed on as the first naming sponsor of the 2016 Rotary Steak Fry. Held on September 14th at Mt Hood Community College, the Steak Fry is one of Rotary's two major fund raising events. The funds raised at this annual event are earmarked for scholarships for local high school students to attend Mt. Hood Community College.
Bill James, The General Sales Manager, receives a thank you from President Diane. We are grateful to Gresham Toyota, and our other sponsors for their support of this important event.  Those interested in other naming sponsorships, to be a table sponsor, or to for tickets should contact event co-chairs Chuck Hawkins or Dexter Hill.

District Governor Tom Markos visited the Gresham club on July 27th.  With him he brought several key messages
 First a reminder that the people we touch may be people we don't even know.  But they know us, because of what we do.  And what we do is change lives.  We change lives both locally and in the world community.
Governor tom also challenged us to remember The Rotary Foundation.  As a part of that message, he reminded us of what a few dollars can mean when put to work by Rotarians.  In the hands of Rotarians, aided by the support of The Rotary Foundation:
  • $5 means dictionaries for third and fourth graders . . . sometimes the first book they can call their own.
  • $10 means 10 children who will never get polio
  • $20 means that a smoke alarm can be installed for someone who could not otherwise get one
  • $50 means sanitary drinking water for an entire village.
Thank you Governor Tom for your support of us and your encouragement.  For more pictures from Tom's visit, see the Gresham Rotary facebook page at this link:

Rotary joined with KaBoom, Forrester Financial, and other community volunteers in a one day build to assemble and install a playground at the Rockwood Salvation Army Campus.
President Diane, Captain Matt Madsen, from Salvation Army,  Jim While, Member Coordinator from Foresters Financial, and and Captain Dianne Madsen, Salvation Army installed the sign recognizing the partners who contributed to installing this playground, the 2790th KaBoom playground. 
For photos by Dino Rocha, and Carlos E Noriega see our facebook page
Thanks to the members who were able to attend this event: President Diane Noriega, Dino RochaCarlos E Noriega John Harrold, John Clark, Patton Echols, Teresa Bright, Roy James, Tom Graves, Tad and Toshi Tryuneyoshi, Robin McGregor, Brian Freeman, Alden Stevens. Miss anyone?

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.