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M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
United States
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Dec 16, 2015
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Gresham Rotary honored veterans last week on Veterans Day.  We honored our members who served as well as our invited guests.  Our speaker was Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Angelica ("Angel") Pilato, author of Angel's Truck Stop, her memoir.  Angel's presentation was humorous and moving.  Lory Sorenson's five year old granddaughter, Vivian Nelson, joined us for lunch and crafted a Thank You card for Angel while listening to her presentation.  Pictured above are our veterans in attendance representing historically World War Two to Afghanistan.  Thank you all for your service!
Angelica "Angel" Pilato, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), Ph.
Celebrating Our Veterans

Angel's Truck Stop: A Woman's Love, Laughter, and Loss during the Vietnam War (A Memoir)

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Happy students with their dictionaries at Welches Elementary
This week John Harrold and Teresa Bright made the delivery to Harold Oliver Elementary in Centennial School District and Team Hendrix (Diane, Carlos and Don) delivered to Sandy Grade School and Welches Elementary in Oregon Trail.  Don went on to deliver with Pete Eidenberg to Naas Elementary in Boring.  As always the kids were super excited and Team Hendrix all got hugs from a number of kids at Welches!

Eric Young, Pete Eidenberg and Marybeth Young  team up to get the job done at "Fold a Bag" event at Gresham Ford.
It is Fill a Bag for SnowCap season again.  Gresham Rotary has participated in Fill a Bag for many years now.  We help to gather food and cash donations for those in our community who do not have enough resources to feed their families.  This is a community-wide effort with many organizations and businesses participating. Watch for the bag and donation envelope in your next issue of the Gresham Outlook. 

Incoming District Governor Tom Markos and his wife Nancy are introduced and congratulated at the Luau celebration
It is a tough job, but somebody has to do it.  Carlos and Diane have been in Hawaii at the Waikoloa Hilton attending the Annual Zone 25/26 Rotary Institute.  They are attending due to their respective roles with District 5100; Diane as Membership Chair and Carlos as Vocational Chair. The institute focus is on Connecting for Good.  They met the next incoming RI President, John Germ, who hails from Tennessee.  The message is all about change.  Paul Harris himself stated, "If Rotary hopes to advance its aims, it must be evolutionary always, and at times, revolutionary".  With respect to membership development, clubs are encouraged to try innovative ideas that are suited for their particular needs.  With respect to vocational service, the Vocational District Leaders came up with a revised definition and statement with respect to vocational service that reflects Rotary's roots.  There are exciting advances coming.  Stay tuned and hang on!

Teresa Bright and Chuck Hawkins working to get our Gresham Rotary Bookplates affixed to each dictionary
Gresham Rotarians gathered at Minuteman Press last week and affixed book plates to 900+ dictionaries. Debbie Hushbeck, our Literacy Chair is putting the schedule together to deliver the dictionaries over the next few weeks.  Be sure to sign up to deliver to at least one classroom.  The experience is so gratifying to see all those smiling faces, so excited to receive their very own book.  The teachers are grateful as well.  They design awesome lesson plans around the dictionaries.  This would not be possible unless each child had a book.  Most classrooms have only one or two dictionaries for the entire class.  And despite the fact that we believe all children have access to technology, the truth is, that many do not.  More than once, we have heard a child exclaim, "this is my very first book!" 

The good news is that Typhoon Koppu is heading north and will miss the Hansen's location in the Philippines.
The other good news is that the dictionaries we sent finally arrived.  Scott and Cathy delivered the dictionaries to a village called Anibong.  They were very grateful for the books.  The schools are not on the main path, so all of the relief agencies that came in the wake of storm Yolanda had passed them by.  They send their heartfelt thanks to Gresham Rotary. 

Here we are visiting Cortona Rotary, along with Jim Boyle from West Linn Rotary. Jim's wife Nancy took the photo. They spoke no English and we spoke no Italian unless you count Diane's one year eons ago. She did her best to interpret and resorted to an odd mix of Spanish, English and very little it " spengalian". They were so hospitable and friendly. There was no formal meeting... Just a  lovely  bottle of wine and some wonderful desserts. 


District Governor Barb Crozier visited the Gresham club on September 30th. After making her annual district award, DG Barb shared some thoughts and new thinking around branding, getting out our message and Vocational Service.


One of the keys to expanding our opportunities for service is letting people know who we are and what we do. To assist in that effort, RI has updated the official Rotary logo. Instead of the Rotary wheel alone, now the word Rotary is included in the logo. DG Barb sported the new logo in her golf cap that was featured in her remarks.


DG Barb also challenged the club to sharpen our “elevator talk” about what Rotary is and does. The suggested approach is to center our statement around three phrases – six words.

  • Join Leaders

  • Exchange Ideas

  • Take Action

When asked what does Rotary do, one suggestion would be to answer “Rotary joins together leaders from all walks of life, we exchange ideas about some of the tough challenges faced in our community, and we take action to do something about it.”


When talking about Vocational Service, DG Barb reminded us of how Rotary got started. A story familiar to many Rotarians, Paul Harris and three other Chicago businessmen began regular meetings that rotated between their places of business. Like the first Rotarians, DG Barb reminded us that many people initially join rotary for the networking opportunities and to support their businesses. While we stay for the friendship and service projects, it is worthwhile to celebrate out member's vocations.



The room was charged with excitement the moment DG Barb prepared to make her electrifying announcement. Citing the spark brought to the club by a certain member, she gave her Generator Award to someone who energizes every activity he is involved in. That member, of course is John Clark; a veritable dynamo of club activities and involvement. Seriously, and all bad electricity puns aside, the Club congratulates John on the recognition and thanks him for his service to the club and community.


Last Wednesday we had a record crowd for our 62nd Annual Steak Fry at Mt. Hood Community College.  This is our fundraiser that traditionally has the highest attendance.  This event raises thousands for our Rotary Scholars to attend Mt. Hood Community College.  Students receive a total of $3000 over two years to help pay their tuition to attend college.  One of our newest scholars, Chris Karn, was there to share how much receiving this scholarship means to him. He will start classes next week.  Another Rotary scholar from 5 years ago was there to share his story.  Tobin Shields graduated from Sandy High School, attended MHCC for two years, transferred to Portland State University and graduated with his teaching credential.  He was a student at the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) and is now teaching English and Computer Science there. A true success story.  Tobin did some close up magic for our guests.
Dexter Hill's brother Greg was the big winner from our raffle, taking home $500.  It was a fun evening with kids getting special Rotary tattoos and guests took home lots of raffle prizes and great desserts.