Gresham Rotary Club
P. O. Box 3041
Gresham, OR 97030
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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! https://www.youcaring.com/rotary-club-of-gresham-foundation-639570 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:
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.
Thanks to the members who were able to attend this event: President Diane Noriega, Dino Rocha, Carlos 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?
Posted by Diane Noriega on Jul 10, 2016
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!
Posted by Diane Noriega on Jul 03, 2016
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
Posted by Diane Noriega on Jun 26, 2016
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.
Posted by Diane Noriega on Jun 19, 2016
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.