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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.  


Reach your friends who can't come to the Steak Fry!

This year we are trying something new to reach our friends who can't make it to the Steak Fry but will help us with our causes.  Crowd Funding!
We have started a Crowd Funding website for friends of the Rotary Club. 
Unlike many crowd funding sources, the Host, YouCaring does not charge the club a fee and relies on voluntary donations. Here are the things that you can do to support this effort:
First, visit the site by following this link!  If you have comments on how to make the page better let Patton know. 
Next, share on your facebook page, perhaps with a personal message to your friends encouraging them to consider a donation.  And remember to "like" when others post and encourage further shares.
Finally, as a reminder of the folks we do this for, here are this year's recipients of our Scholarships.

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: