We accomplished an amazing number of projects this year thanks to the hard work of our club members and the money raised.

We raised a record amount of money with our three fundraisers this past Rotary year.  We raised $34,000 at the Golf Tournament thanks to the hard work and leadership of the three co-chairs; John Harrold, Tom Tutt and Bruce Howard.  The Steak Fry, under the leadership of Naomi Ulstead and her committee brought in $17,000. And  this spring with Sue Piazza’s hard work we brought in $13,500.

All these events allowed us to send 50 kids to YMCA Camp Collins.  We awarded $13,500 in scholarships to high school seniors, including Springwater Trail, a new high school for us this year.  We shared $5000 with Birch Community Services from the golf tournament proceeds. We delivered over 850 dictionaries to students in Centennial and Oregon Trail School Districts with Debbie Hushbeck as our Literacy Chair.  We also did a book drive to send books to the Philippines to support a literacy project organized by Rotarian Scott Hansen and his wife Cathy, who are on an 18 month mission there. We are donating $5000 to various local non-profits as part of our Community Appeals Program, headed up by Mike Miller.

We stepped up with a couple of “instant fundraisers”.  We donated $2000 to ShelterBox, enough to send two Shelterboxes to Nepal.  Last week our generous Rotarians raised $8500 to partner with the Salvation Army to build a playground for needy kids in our community.  

We allocated $1000 from the Gresham Rotary Foundation funds to help with the renovation of the Japanese Garden.  Our club members, primarily John Harrold, Tad Tsuneyoshi and Bob Avila have been working on Saturday mornings on this project.

Speaking of Bob Avila…..Bob organized a field trip for about 30 kids from My Father’s House to The Air Museum.  He was able to get a bus, driver, and lunches donated and highly discounted tickets.  The club chipped in $300 to make up the difference.

The club continued with our long term annual commitments. We have cleaned up the small park regularly, continued to plant and maintain trees in Gradin Park, and cleaned up Camp Collins. We provided Christmas for 12 families this year, adding two more when more funds were identified. We continued to deliver Meals on Wheels every week. As usual, we rang the bell during the holdiays for the Salvation Army.

Thank you to each and every Gresham Rotary Member for all the outstanding work that you have accomplished this year!  It was a very good year.



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