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M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
United States
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Feb 10, 2016
Dan Knoll
Exceed PDX vocational and personal development services for people with disabilities
Feb 17, 2016
Mayor Bemis
State of the City -- HELD AT PERSIMMONS GC
Feb 24, 2016
Dr. Chuck Hawkins
Integrative Medicine for Pets
Mar 02, 2016
Dave Turin
Gold Rush
February 2016

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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. 

Thank you Claudia and Debbie for organizing the party! Last week we celebrated our Annual Staff Appreciation luncheon. Every Rotarian invites our staff members who support us, engage with us in our projects, and make it possible for us to do all that we do. The choir from Reynolds High School entertained. The Elks Club was a great venue and the chef prepared a special holiday feast. A little bucket raffle raised some funds for our projects and each staff member took home a lovely poinsettia plant. This event always brings out the our holiday spirit!

Steve and Rip Caswell with the monument of Admiral Nimitz in front of the USS Missouri
Alden (Steve), Carlos and Diane traveled to Pearl Harbor a couple of years ago for the installation of a monument, sculpted by Rip Caswell, honoring Admiral Nimitz at Pearl Harbor.  Steve served in the Navy during World War Two and served under Admiral Nimitz.  It was a memorable occasion and reminded all of us of the significance of this terrible event that changed us forever.  Rip has just received the commission to create another monument honoring a Chief Petty Officer, which will also be placed at Pearl Harbor. 

Diane, Carlos and Claudia attended Southeast Portland Rotary Club's signature event, The 2015 Wreath Auction, on Saturday night.  Claudia is a former President of the club.  They were really happy to see her and catch up on the latest.  The Wreath Auction has been Southeast Portland's major fundraiser for many years.  100 wreaths were auctioned off.  Each wreath is sponsored for $100 from community businesses as well as individuals.  There was also a silent auction, a live auction and a wall of wine!   Dinner was BBQ from Famous Dave's.  We each came home with a wreath and Claudia scored a Santa Barbie and gourmet coffee!  Great evening! 

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!