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M & M Restaurant
137 N Main Ave
Gresham, OR  97030
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Gresham,  OR  97030
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Remember our Best Friends at Christmas

I suspect we have all seen for ourselves pet needs as we deliver Meals on Wheels.  The Fill a Bag will help the human needy.  Please join with Stamp Connection and Dogwood Pet Hospital to help pets in need over the holiday. Donations can be dropped off at Dogwood Pet Hospital or at  Stamp Connection. All donated foods will be taken to Sno-Cap, who will help needy pet owners care for their pets.  Last year we delivered over a ton of pet food. Our goal for this year is to double that. We are already a quarter of the way.
This is a community project for Gresham Rotary.  Dogwood Pet Hospital and Stamp Connection are partnering for collections. We welcome other volunteers and business partners.  Cash donations can be made to the Gresham Rotary Foundation, with the memo on the bottom write Pet Food Drive - SnoCap. Please deliver checks to Chuck Hawkins/Dogwood Pet Hospital (1440 E. Powell Blvd, Gresham, OR, 97030). Chuck will keep track for this event and forward to the treasurer for the foundation.  This is a charitable activity for the foundation, please check with your tax advisor for deductability.

Nominations are now open for our first Ethics in Business Awards. 

REMINDER! - The Deadline for applications is December 31st.
This is our opportunity to recognize businesses  and non-profit organizations in our community that reflect Rotary's values.  Follow this link for a fillable pdf.  It is a simple application and you are encouraged to nominate businesses and non-profits that you are familiar with that enrich our community.  You can also forward this to others who may want to nominate.  The nominee does not need to be a Rotary member or a Chamber member.  Our awards will be independent of the Chamber's Excellence in Business Awards, although we will share the event with the Chamber.  Our Rotary meeting will be held with the Chamber on January 25th 11-1 where the awards will be presented. 

Our selection committee includes President Elect Larry Schwartz, Roy James and Steve Brown. 

Rotarians Gear Up for Fill-a-Bag

Thursday November 3rd Rotarians pitched in at Gresham Ford to get ready for the Fill-a-Bag project.  Lots of staples (and probably a few paper cuts) later, the bags are ready for this year's event.  Also in attendance but not pictured here: Curt Mettler, John Harold, Bob Avila, and Chuck and Sandi Hawkins.
Fill a bag is the largest annual food drive for SnowCap Remember that last year the Fill-a-Bag ended up raising over 500,000 lbs of food for SnowCap to distribute to those in need.  Fill-A-Bag campaigns of the past years have not only provided much-needed donations of food and cash to keep SnowCap’s pantry stocked, they have raised awareness of hunger in East County and proven that communities can make a difference when they work together!  See the listing of Participating Businesses, Clubs, & Churches below for where to drop off your donations.
Please keep an eye out for more information on this event or get information from the SnowCap website.

Dictionary Project Kick off

Thanks to a generous donation from Carlos and Diane Noriega, we have over 900 dictionaries.  That is enough for every 3rd grade classroom in the Centennial and Oregon Trail school districts.
This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in helping students in our community by giving them a gift of pride and joy in their learning. 
Dictionary Labeling Party
Tuesday, November 8th at 4:30 pm at Minuteman Press (1200 NE 8th Street in Gresham)– Dictionary Labeling Party This should last about 2 hours, so please feel free to stop by after 4:30 if that works better for you. (John Harrold, Carlos and Diane Noriega, Debbie Hushbeck, and possibly Chuck Hawkins, but we could use more helpers.)
Delivery Schedule
In the next few weeks we will be delivering student dictionaries and will need help.  See below the link for the schedule and Please call or email Debbie Hushbeck if you are able to help with labeling and/or delivering dictionaries. 503-320-8285 (cell) or

Mark your Calendars! October 27, 2016

Gresham Rotary will hold its first strategic planning session since 2010.  It is important that your voice is heard as we plan the future of the club.
The session will be held at Mojave Grill in the upstairs meeting room on Thursday October 27 from 5-9 pm.  Food will be provided. The session will be facilitated by trained Rotarians from District 5100.  Barb Crozier, our immediate Past District Governor is leading the team.  The session is open to all members of the club and it is highly recommended that some of our newest members participate along with some seasoned members, club officers and board members.  Sign ups will be available at our meeting on Wednesday.  There are still 10 slots available.  Come and share your voice in planning  the future of our club. 

Diane to lead District 5100 in 2019-20

Current DG Tom Marcos announced the Nominating Committee’s selection of Rotarian Diane Noriega as District Governor Designate. Diane will serve as our District Governor in 2019-20.
Diane Joined The Rotary club of Marina in the Monterey Bay Area in 2005.  Diane transferred to the Rotary Club of Gresham in 2009.  Diane served as the club president in 2011-12 and is now serving a second term for the 2016-17 year.  Diane has served on many committees and chaired or co-chaired many of the clubs activities.  Diane has served District 5100 as the Membership chair since 2014.
Diane has a rich history of administration in higher education at California State University Sacramento as well as California State University of Monterey Bay where she served as Dean, Provost, and Interim President prior to retiring. Diane has chaired the Board of Mt Hood Community College and has also chaired the Board of the United way of Monterey Co.
At the our annual business meeting to be held at the District 5100 Conference in Seaside on Saturday May 27, 2017, Diane’s appointment will be ratified.
Please join me in welcoming Diane as our selected District Governor Designate!

2nd Paul Harris for John Clark

John Clark is presented his second Paul Harris award by Pete Eidenberg.  Congratulations John. 
John's award serves as a reminder to us all.  We can sign up for regular contributions to The Rotary Foundation either at or you can download the PDF form.

Dr Scott Burns Spoke about The Big One"

Professor Burns was out guest at the October 5 meeting.  He let us know about the geology of earthquakes, the risks we face and urged everyone to consider earthquake preparedness.

Earthquake preparedness includes a home earthquake kit. The American Red Cross recommends having water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, flashlight, portable radio and batteries in the kit.

As a whole Burns said Oregonians have come a long way in being prepared, but he worries about the local infrastructure should the “big one” ever hit.

“The interesting thing for us here in Oregon, we never thought, our buildings before 1990’s have no earthquake codes,” said Burns.

Burns said the Northwest could be in store for a magnitude 9.0 earthquake if and when it happens.  Messaged received Dr Burns, be prepared!


Last Wednesday Gresham Rotary presented a Paul Harris award to Al Goetz’ wife, Bettianne and his daughters, Deborah and Jill.  Al left us last year and the club wanted to honor his memory.  The members donated The Rotary Foundation for a Paul Harris award in his honor.  
Al joined Gresham Rotary in January of 1992. He served the club on the Board of Directors.  Al was awarded the status of Honorary Rotarian when he retired. He lived on Interlachen Lane, Blue Lake with his wife Bettianne. He was an inventor and innovator. As a member of Gresham Rotary, Al and Bettianne traveled worldwide and hosted international guests through the Rotary Club's International Fellowship Exchange. He was a fine businessman, a great guy, a wonderful Rotarian, a true family man. He will always be in our hearts.
Gresham Rotary is thanked for helping with the Jalanese Garden on Tsuru Island.
A permanent plaque thanking  Gresham Rotary for our support for the restoration of the bridge and providing on-going help with the maintenance of this beautiful little park was place at the Tea House in the Japanese Garden in Gresham’s Main Park.  Tomiko Takeuchi has been instrumental in the creation of this special place and Jim Card is the lead person for the garden.