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We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Gresham Elks Lodge
3330 NE Division St
Gresham, OR 97030
United States of America
Our club is meeting in-person as things open up after the lifting of restrictions caused by COVID-19. Please join us for lunch.
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Gresham Rotary Club
P. O. Box 3041
Gresham,  OR  97030
October 2021
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Ethics in Business Awards Winners

“Of all the one hundred and one ways in which people can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.”
               -Paul Harris
The Gresham Rotary presented the Ethics in Business Awards at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Banquet. The winners of the awards are:
The Non-Profit recipient is Birch Community Services.
Started 25 years ago with a donation of bags of bread from Union Gospel Mission…. A loaves and fishes story has evolved into a mission that states, “ The mission of BCS is to provide a community where people can be responsible and accountable for meeting their basic needs, and to equip them with tools to overcome financial difficulty….in short a hand up rather than a hand out. BCS is not a food bank….the food is a means to help families become financially sustainable.
The Small Business recipient is Dogwood Pet Hospital:
Dogwood Pet Hospital offers traditional veterinary services to cats and dogs but also offers unique services such as homeopathic treatment, acupuncture and laser treatment. The focus is on improving the quality of life for your pet without stressing the animal more than necessary or one’s wallet, for that matter. Dogwood offers compassionate care with sensitivity to the emotional relationship between pet and owner.
The Large Business recipient is Gresham Ford:
Gresham Ford not only makes customer service a priority but also giving back to their community. Gresham Ford is truly a catalyst for giving. Employees have the opportunity to designate $1-$5 from each payroll check to local causes they are passionate about. They extend the opportunity to their customers as well to donate a portion of their service charges or up to $100 of the purchase price of their vehicle to the charity of their choice.
Congratulations to all of the Ethics in Business Honorees.

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.