Rotary Rewind – Aug. 3, 2022
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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. More details on this event will be available soon. We will not have a noon meeting on September 7.
Youth Exchange – Host Family Needed: For the first time since 2020, we will have an inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Ecuador. The Youth Exchange Committee is still in need of a host family to take on part of the duty of hosting our student during the upcoming year. If your family has interest, and for information on the requirements for hosting, please contact Youth Exchange Committee chair Melinda Fischer.
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.
Concours d’Elegance – Thank You: A big thank you to all of our club members and volunteers for making the first in-person Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance since 2019 a huge success! We were blessed by great weather, a great field of classic automobiles and great attendance through the gates. Details on the financial impact of this year’s show will be available in the following weeks. Last week, Jim Crisp did report that initial reports on ticket sales were close to $30,000.
A wrap-up meeting to talk about the successes, challenges and growth of the Concours is scheduled for our weekly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
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.
Steaks For Sale: If you are missing the taste of those great steaks, you are in luck! We still have a few packs of steaks available for purchase at $20 per pack of two steaks. If you are interested, please contact President Janet.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Foundation Update (by Tom Crozier, District Chair): District Grant request forms are now online on the District website and are being accepted for the first round of District Grants for up to $2,500 in matching funds. We expect to receive District Designated Funds from Rotary International in September.
I would like to thank Rotarians of District 5100 for their outstanding donations supporting the work of The Rotary Foundation and Polio Plus this past year. As we finally move out of the COVID pandemic, Rotarians stood up and supported the work of The Rotary Foundation, with the second highest level of giving in our District in the last 5 years. Our per capita giving to the Annual Fund exceeded $230 for the first time in our history.
In District 5100 we are pulling together a Rotary Disaster Response Grant for $25,000 to support relief efforts in Ukraine. There is an excellent article on the RI website on Rotary’s response to the crisis in Ukraine which may be viewed here, Rotary Responds: Support for Ukraine | Rotary International.
We do have a limited number of End Polio Now red tennis shoes, mostly in men’s sizes of 10-1/2 or larger. If you know someone who would like to use them to promote the eradication of polio, they are available for a donation to PolioPlus … please reach out to Tom Crozier.
The Rotary Foundation
Would you like to know what The Rotary Foundation is all about? Perhaps it can be captured in this Paul Harris statement, “When an individual, a sect, a clique, or a nation hates and despises another individual, sect, clique or nation, he or they simply do not know the objects of their hatred. Ignorance is at the bottom of it.”
All our programs such as Vocational Training Teams, scholarships, Global grants and District grants are directed at that ignorance. The Rotary Foundation was started “to do good in the world”, and the result is to reduce the hatred that Paul Harris spoke about. When you give to The Rotary Foundation you work towards a more peaceful world.
Around Rotary International
United In Friendship & In Service: The motive power of Rotary is friendship,” said Paul Harris in his address to the Rotary convention held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921. His remarks were greeted with a round of applause — and were endorsed 100 years later by current members of Rotary.
In the most recent annual survey of Rotary members, 45% of respondents cited friendship as the reason they remain in Rotary, and 84% said they were satisfied with their ability to connect with friends through Rotary. Meanwhile, 42% of respondents cited the opportunity to make an impact on their communities as the reason they remained in Rotary — another response that would have delighted Rotary’s founder.
Gathering this kind of information is one of the reasons we survey Rotary members every year. The 2021 all-member survey, which was conducted last fall by Rotary International and drew nearly 70,000 responses from Rotarians and Rotaractors, will contribute to the long-term success of Rotary’s Action Plan and its strategic initiatives. It also ensures that Rotary leadership understands and responds to the expectations and experiences of new and longtime members. On a more local level, clubs and districts can use this information to attract and engage new and current members.
Last Week’s Program: LaNicia Duke, Humble Beginnings & Black Rural Network
NOTES: Due to technical issues, we were unable to record this week’s program. The editor wishes to thank Amy Tracewell, Tim Schauermann and Howard Sullivan for providing assistance in the program summary for the week.
LaNicia Duke grew up in Redondo Beach, California and is a fourth-generation preacher’s kid. She spent the first 30 years of her life fighting the boxes, some real, some imagined. She allowed herself and others to put her in before realizing she was meant to live “outside” of her comfort zone. After working for several Fortune 500 companies in the construction and engineering sector, LaNicia quit her career in 2009 to find and pursue her purpose.
After moving to the Oregon coast in 2014, LaNicia, a resident of Warrenton, quickly became part of the community. In 2017, she began hosting three-day events to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. LaNicia then founded The Love Coalition in 2018. She is now serving as Founder and CEO under the nonprofit’s new name, Humble Beginnings.
In 2020, LaNicia began hosting workshops on how to talk about race in rural communities. Drawing from her personal experiences in being a Black person in a mostly White and rural county where the Black population is less than 1% of the total county population, she offered a unique perspective from the national narrative and conversations in many urban and metropolitan areas around diversity, equity and inclusion.
As CEO of Humble Beginnings, LaNicia’s main work is centered around building the Black Rural Network. The BRN provides outreach, networking and civic engagement opportunities for Black residents of rural communities while advocating for issues that affect rural towns as a whole. LaNicia sits on the board of directors for ACLU of Oregon, is a member of the equity committee for Northwest Regional Education Service District and was recently appointed to the Racial Justice Council (RJC) Environmental Equity Committee by Governor Kate Brown.
During our meeting, created a time specific discussion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). LaNicia shared vignettes of her task of building inclusive rural communities, communities that share a common good that represents and includes everyone.
From humble rural roots of the south (Oklahoma and Mississippi), as well as being brought up in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church; it is easy to see where her passion grew from.
A comment she shared with us was, “if a person with very good intentions, gets his or her messaging wrong, don’t chastise them. Work with them, provide them with love and compassion and an ear to listen to them.”
The response given LaNicia from our Rotary Club was one of thank you for the work you are doing. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge of who makes up a community.
Wed., Aug. 10: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Boxer Pause Room, University Center, Pacific University
Program: Jeff Dalin, Mayor of Cornelius
Thurs., Aug. 11: Executive Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
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
NOTE: This will be an evening meeting. No noon meeting on Sept. 7.