Rotary Rewind – Aug. 10, 2022
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If you didn’t make it to our last Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, here’s what you missed…
In Memoriam – Coni Ingram: It is with heavy hearts to share that Rotarian Encarnacion “Coni” Ingram passed away at her home last Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the age of 55. Coni had been a member of our club since June 2018 and was involved in a number of club service projects in five years with us.
A visitation for Coni will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16, noon to 7 p.m., at Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.
Wednesday Meeting – Concours Wrap-Up: Make plans to be at this Wednesday’s meeting, which will be held at Prime Time, 4450 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. This will be our annual Concours d’Elegance wrap-up. This is where we can share the successes of this year’s event, talk about what didn’t work and start making plans for the 2023 show. All indications are that this year’s show was a smashing success in terms of revenue. Please join us.
Upcoming Club Events: Mark your calendars for a pair of special club meetings coming up in August and September!
Golf Tournament: The club’s annual golf tournament will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Sunset Grove Golf Course. The event is guaranteed to be a ton of fun and, depending on how Tim Schauermann sets up the course, a bit of a challenge. If you do not want to play golf, please join the club for lunch and a short meeting at noon. The tournament will tee off around 1 p.m. For more information, contact Tim.
September Potluck: On Wednesday, September 7, we will meet in the evening for a potluck and social at the home of Pete and Parri Van Dyke. A new member orientation will start at 5 p.m. (all members are welcome) with the potluck beginning at 6:30 p.m. Club members are asked to bring a main dish or side dish to share.
Satellite Club/Thirsty Thursday Meeting: This month’s Satellite Club/Thirsty Thursday meeting will take place this Thursday, Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., at Pat’s Corner at McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave. We hope to see you there!
Youth Exchange Update: For the first time since 2020, our involvement in Youth Exchange is back! Our outbound exchange student, Blue Barbour-Weiss, will leave for Ecuador on Aug. 25. We wish her all of the best on her journey this year!
Our inbound exchange student, Juan, will arrive from Ecuador on Aug. 20. For the first four months of his exchange, Juan will stay with the Barbour-Weiss family.
Host families are still needed that can host Juan during the winter (December through March) and the spring (March through June). If your family has interest, and for information on the requirements for hosting, please contact Youth Exchange Committee chair Melinda Fischer.
Applications for prospective inbound exchange students will be available in the counseling office at Forest Grove High School beginning on Sept. 7. Applications will be due on Sept. 16. Only sophomores may apply to be an outbound student.
New Concours Chair Needed: After this year’s show, Ryan Garcia will stepping aside as Concours chair. Thank you, Ryan, for your incredible dedication to the show through the pandemic and seeing us through to our first live presentation in three years! If you are interested in taking over as committee chair, please contact President Janet Peters or Allen Stephens with the Concours Committee.
Club Treasurer Needed: As Lucas Welliver transitions into his vice president and program chair duties, the club is looking for a new individual who can step in as treasurer. Lucas will be stepping aside as treasurer in January. The treasurer is an officer of both the club and the foundation. If you are interested in the position or have questions, please contact President Janet.
Steak Feed: This year’s Steak Feed was one of the best ever for the club! Including ticket sales and the sale of raw steaks following the event, the club brought in $7,666! Thank you to everyone who made the event a success and especially to committee chair Geoff Faris.
Steak Feed/Concours Leftovers: We have a number of leftover food items from both the Concours and Steak Feed that are available for purchase. If you are interested in adding any of the following to your pantry, please contact President Janet.
Steaks: We have approximately 26 packs of two raw steaks available for purchase. Each pack of steaks sells for $20 each.
Ice Cream: We have a number of five-gallon tubs of vanilla ice cream available for $27 per tub.
Strawberries: To go with that ice cream, we have a number of tubs of strawberries available for purchase. Contact President Janet for details.
Online Dues Payments: Our club is now equipped to process dues payments online! We can now process credit card or debit card payments for quarterly dues. Information on how to pay online will be included with quarterly billings that will be coming to your mailbox or email inbox.
With the transition to billing with Quickbooks, some members may not have received their quarterly invoice. If you did not, please contact treasurer Lucas Welliver at 971-241-7426 or email@example.com.
Past Programs: Did you miss a meeting or want to go back and check out a program again? Most of our programs since May 2020 are archived on our club’s YouTube page. Visit https://bit.ly/fgrotaryprograms.
Service Opportunities For Club Members
Corn Roast: Once again this year, the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce will be utilizing our canopies for the annual Corn Roast & Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17. We are in need of a club member who can assist in directing volunteers to erect the canopies in preparation for the event. If you are interested and can assist, please contact President Janet.
Summer Meals Program: Volunteers are needed to assist with the Forest Grove School District’s Summer Meals program, which runs from June 20 to August 26. Meals are served to kids Monday through Friday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at a variety of locations, including Rogers Park, Lincoln Park, Bard Park and the Rose Grove Mobile Home Park.
Each site needs three volunteers each day: one that can pick up meals from one of the base kitchens at a local school and two others to help serve the meals. At least one of the volunteers each day needs to have an Oregon food handlers permit. Our own Parri Van Dyke will be assisting at Rogers Park on Tuesday.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelly Daily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strobe Balance Study: At our Aug. 3 meeting, Brian Jackson, a professor of exercise science at Pacific University, spoke looking for volunteers for a strobe balance study that he is conducting with Pacific’s School of Physical Therapy. The objective of the study is to gain preliminary data on the effects of strobe (stroboscopic eyewear) use on balance and stability (and fall likelihood) in older adults.
- 60-85 years of age
- Independent/capable of performing activities of daily living unassisted (e.g. no cane/walker)
- No history of seizures
- No diagnosis of epilepsy
- Fully vaccinated (with booster) or negative COVID test 48 hours prior to each testing session
- In-person pre balance assessments (around 90 minutes)
- Three weeks of daily strobe eyewear use (two times of 10 minutes per day)
- In-person post balance assessments (three weeks following pre-assessment)
- In-person retention balance assessment (three weeks following post-assessment)
Compensation: In addition to gaining information about your balance capacity, by successfully completing all three testing sessions, you will have the option of one of the following:
- $100 Gift Card
- A pair of Senaptec Strobe glasses ($300 value)
If you are interested in participating or have additional questions, please contact Brian Jackson at email@example.com.
FGHS Community Food Pantry: Our club’s support for the Forest Grove High School Food Pantry continues. Thanks to its partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, food donations are still welcome but are of less need at this time. Of need, however, are toiletries and hygiene products as well as household cleaning materials.
The Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 2-4 p.m. The pantry is now open in its new site in the building along Nichols Lane between the football field and the Basinski Center.
Additionally, Rotarian Gwen Hullinger has put together an Amazon wish list of items that can be purchased and donated. Click Here To View That List.
Around District 5100
District 5100 International Service Update: An update from the district’s International Service Committee, from the committee’s July 2022 meeting minutes.
District Designated Funds Update: Tom Crozier, Camas-Washougal, District Rotary Foundation Chair, gave us an update on the District Designated Funds available for our projects this year. The DDF for this year is based on our members contributions from three years ago. With other commitments to Peacebuilder District support and Global Grant Scholar, it looks like we will have $110,000 available for District Grants, and $132,000 for Global Grants. Round 1 of District Grants opened July 1 for a maximum match of $2,500, and Round 2 will be November 1, with a maximum match of $2,000.
We have been approved for an emergency grant for Ukraine for $25,000 to purchase a semi-truck and trailer to haul equipment and supplies.
Global Grants in process have been affected by COVID, inflation and other unusual delays. Joyce Lockard told the story of the project in Uganda supporting women farmers. The compound where they are building the grain storehouse has an 8-foot wall almost complete except for vehicle access. Recently one of the workers saw a lion nearby. Others saw it too and took a photo. Everyone was afraid and did not want to go to work, or even come out of their houses. Their cooperating organization contacted the government, and within a couple of days there were 20 wildlife rangers hunting his lion. They did track it and trap it about 10 days later and relocate it somewhere else, so the people were able to go back to work.
Coaching Update, Cadre Training Tidbits: Stewart Martin, Seaside, Global Grants Chair, introduced this year’s five coaches that help clubs with their projects. He also shared highlights from the Cadre training in Houston.
Their new long-range plan includes more support for club and district projects as well as increased focus on monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL).
Rotary Global Scholar: Deb Towner, Seaside, former Ambassadorial Scholar and District Global Grant Scholarship Chair, gave an update on the recipient of this year’s scholarship. Joshua Rogers from Silverton is studying for his Ph.D. in medical research in Edinburgh. His focus is how respiratory diseases can affect us each so differently.
Project Updates/New Projects/Opportunities: Tammy Kaufman, White Salmon-Bingen, gave an excellent presentation on the Najijali project in Kenya, which benefits teen mothers who drop out of school at a rate of 98%. It provides training in sewing to help them become financially independent. Through the help of the coaches, mentors, RI grant officers, and their host club, they are almost ready to complete their application.
Next Meeting: August 17 ,2022. If you want to be included in the invitation, or would like the complete meeting notes, please contact Renée Campbell.
Around Rotary International
Stephanie A. Urchick Is Selected To Be 2024-25 President of Rotary International: Stephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25, a decision that would make her only the second woman to hold that position. She will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
With the world facing incredible challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters driven by climate change, and conflict in many regions, Urchick says Rotary’s leaders can offer a vision and a plan for overcoming these challenges.
“Measures taken by Rotary leadership to survive and end critical challenges often make our organization stronger and more resilient for future events,” Urchick says. “This kind of essential leadership also creates new levels of cooperation, even among rivals, when Rotarians pull together as people of action to serve and solve a crisis.”
Making regionalization a priority is crucial, says Urchick.
“Because Rotary operates in more than 200 countries and regions, it is vital to recognize that the organization has the potential to become more efficient and effective by understanding and reacting to how regional differences affect the way Rotarians work together to address providing service, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace,” Urchick says.
Urchick is partner and chief operating officer of Doctors at Work LLC, a consulting and training company. She holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is active on numerous community boards and committees, and has been honored by organizations including Zonta International and the Sons of the American Revolution.
A Rotary member since 1991, Urchick has traveled to Vietnam to help build a primary school and to the Dominican Republic to install water filters. She studies several Slavic languages, has mentored new Rotarians in Ukraine, and coordinated a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland.
Urchick has served Rotary in many roles, including as a director, Foundation trustee, and chair of the RI Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee. She currently serves on the Election Review Committee and the Operations Review Committee. She is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society.
Last Week’s Program: Jeff Dalin, Scouts BSA Troop 213
Last week, we were joined by Jeff Dalin, who spoke to us about our chartered Scouts BSA Troop 213 and also provided some information on fundraising opportunities within the Cascade Pacific Council of Scouts BSA.
Jeff was a longtime assistant scoutmaster and troop committee chair for Troop 213. He has moved on from those roles and is now serving in a volunteer with the Tuality District of the council.
Jeff opened by thanking Rotary for its ongoing support of Troop 213, which has been ongoing since 1938. While Rotary has been the troop’s ongoing charter organization, he never recalls anyone providing details on other ways to support the troop and the Scouting movement at a meeting.
Scouting is returning strong from the past two years. Scouts BSA did suffer some attrition during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. They found that youth did not want to add another Zoom meeting to their plate, but rather wanted to get out and do things outside. District membership is back up to levels that were present before the pandemic, with approximately 1,300 youth participating in the Tuality District.
One of the keystones of the Scouting experience is summer camp. In 2020, summer camps were not held. In 2021, the summer camp experience meant that scouts had to do activities exclusively with their troop. In 2022, the camp experiences has returned to the pre-COVID normal, where scouts buddy to take part in a myriad of activities across camp.
During the pandemic, the council has used the opportunity and donated funds to provide upgrades in the council’s 10 camps. There has been the addition of flush toilets and more private shower facilities. At a number of camps, wall tents have been upgraded to steel structures that provide better protection from the elements.
Troop 213 has remained active and strong with 24 youth currently enrolled. This year, Troop 213 has been involved with the Cornelius National Night Out and their annual placement of Memorial Day flags at both Mountain View and Forest View cemeteries. There has been multiple Eagle Scout projects and a number of scouts went to Camp Pioneer this summer.
The connected female troop, Troop 5213, is currently on hiatus as there has not been success recruiting new young women to the troop. Troop 5213 was active from the start of girls being included in Scouts BSA, with the troop producing the first female Eagle Scout in the district.
Troop 213’s biggest annual fundraiser continues to be their Christmas tree, held each December in the parking lot of the Forest Grove Safeway. The troop currently has two tree suppliers lined up with 100 trees each. The troop could use more as, in the past, the troop has sold upwards of 500 trees and sold out with a limited number last year. If you know of someone with trees that could assist the troop with product, please get in touch with Jeff or with our club’s liaison to the troop, Chuck Pritchard.
Jeff provided materials on supporting the council with a monetary donation. Donations can be directed to Troop 213 specifically or can be directed to the council to use for either general Scouting initiatives or ensure summer camp access for all. He also provided information on the council’s GRIT initiative to help recruit new boys and girls to Scouting.
For more information on GRIT, Click Here.
For more information on giving to Scouts BSA, Click Here.
Thurs., Aug. 11: Executive Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 17: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Prime Time, 4450 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove
Program: Concours d’Elegance Wrap-Up Meeting
Thurs., Aug. 18: Satellite Club/Thirsty Thursday Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Pat’s Corner, McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove
Wed., Aug. 24: Golf Tournament, Noon
Sunset Grove Golf Course, 41615 NW Osterman Rd., Forest Grove
Club Meeting/Lunch For All Prior To Golf
Wed., Aug. 31: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Boxer Pause Room, University Center, Pacific University
Wed., Sept. 7: Club Potluck
Home Of Pete & Parri Van Dyke
New Member Orientation at 5 p.m., Potluck at 6:30 p.m.
NOTE: No noon meeting on Sept. 7.