Rotary Rewind – Feb. 5, 2020

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If you didn’t make it to our last Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, here’s what you missed…

Club Announcements
In The Boxer Pause Next Week:
Next week’s Wednesday meeting will be held in the Boxer Pause room on the main level of the University Center at Pacific University. As we did this last Wednesday, we will be taking our lunch through the dining commons. Our meeting will start at approximately 12:15 p.m., so please allow yourself plenty of time to move through and select your lunch.

The club is working with Pacific University to make the Boxer Pause our permanent meeting location and to make going through the commons our regular lunch option, both of which will save the club money. Pacific has committed to making improvements to the Boxer Pause room, including better presentation screens and a wireless microphone, to better serve our club needs. If you have questions or concerns, please let President Tim Pearson know.

Dues Adjustments: With the move from having meals catered to taking them from the commons, our club’s meal price has been reduced to $7.70 per member. The club will be making an adjustment to quarterly billings to $10 per meal starting with the March billing. The difference between $7.70 and $10 will help cover the cost of prospective guest meals, special guest meals and dates that we meet off campus (where meal costs are higher).

Feb. 26 & Mar. 4 Meetings: Our Wed., Feb. 24 and Wed., Mar. 4 meetings will take place at Prime Time.

Road Cleanup: Thank you to the eight club members who showed up on Feb. 1 for our semi-annual road cleanup! And a special thanks to Jerry Hoerber and Andrea Stewart for their coordination of this great service project.

Rotary Sports Action: Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019-20 Forest Grove Rotary College Football Fundraiser! The combined efforts of the club raised $360 of donations to The Rotary Foundation. Congratulations to our big, big super big winners…

National Champions: LSU – Jim Crisp & Rob Foster
SEC: LSU – Jim Crisp & Rob Foster
Pac-12: Oregon – Mike Hundley & Court Carrier
ACC: Clemson – Jeannine Murrell, Josh Shinoda & David Noyes (Hillsboro club)
Big 10: Ohio State – Jeannine Murrell
Big 12: Oklahoma – Jim Crisp & Jeannine Murrell

Congratulations to our big money winners, Jim Crisp & Jeannine Murrell. Both will have $70 donated in their name to The Rotary Foundation to go towards their next Paul Harris awards.

Satellite Club Meeting/Thirsty Thursday: Our monthly Satellite Club Meeting/Thirsty Thursday social will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Dauntless Wine Co. tasting room, 2003 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove.

Concours Update: Thanks to the work of Michelle Thomas, the entertainment for this year’s Concours d’Elegance will be none other than Michael Allen Harrison, who has agreed to perform free of charge! Thank you, Michelle, for your work to make this happen for our upcoming show. Remember, this year’s Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday, July 19.

Rotary Scholarships: Applications for the 2020 Rotary Club of Forest Grove Scholarship Program are now available! The program is open to graduating seniors who live in the Forest Grove, Gaston and Banks school district attendance areas. The program is funded through the proceeds our club receives by putting on the annual Concours d’Elegance. Seniors who wish to apply can get an application from their school guidance counselor or download the form from the Rotary Club of Forest Grove Website. Applications are due by Fri., April 9.

Crab Feed: Our annual crab feed has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center. This will be an evening meeting and no noon meeting will be held that day. Keep watching this space for more details soon!

Steak Feed: Save the date! Our annual Steak Feed, which raises funds for our involvement in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, is scheduled for Friday, June 12, on the Pacific University campus. More details will be available soon.

People of Action Award: Last week’s People of Action Award was presented by Parri Van Dyke to Howard Sullivan. Congratulations, Howard!

Club President For 2022-23: We are happy to announce that Josh Shinoda has agreed to follow Bryce Baker in our club’s officer rotation! We look forward to Josh’s year as club president in 2022-23!

FGHS Community Food Pantry: The Community Service Committee is looking to develop a partnership with the new Community Food Pantry that has opened at Forest Grove High School. Club leaders have met with the high school to not only discuss volunteer opportunities but also possible donations of food, money and equipment.

The pantry is currently looking for donations of refrigerators, food and clothing racks (think the rolling Gorilla Rack style) and clear storage bins. If you can help in procuring some of those items for the pantry, please contact Bryce Baker.

The Community Food Pantry is currently open Wednesday through Friday after school and on Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment.

Next Week’s Duty Roster for Feb. 12: Make note of your assignment!
Jim Cain & Amy Tracewell
Thought for the Day: Chris Barron
Rototeller Article: John Ball
Raffle Prize: Jerry Hoerber

District Announcements
Save The Date – District Training Assembly:
The 2020 District 5100 Training Assembly will take place on Sat., Apr. 4, at Oregon City High School. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and our district and anyone who is involved or wishes to be involved in the leadership of the club is strongly encouraged to attend. More information will be available soon.

Save The Date – District 5100 Conference: The Annual District 5100 Conference will take place May 14-17 at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort (formerly The Resort At The Mountain) in Welches. This conference is a celebration of the Rotary year and the good work our Rotarians do in District 5100. There is a block of rooms set aside for the District at $129 per night. Mention “Rotary District 5100 Conference” for that rate. Reservations can be made by calling 503-622-2220 or online at

Last Week’s Program: Dr. Brian Piening, Providence Cancer Center
Last Wednesday we received a very interesting presentation from Dr. Brian Piening, associate director of clinical genomics at the Providence Cancer Center in Portland. Dr. Piening presented on some of the advancements taking place in cancer treatment through genomics and some of the work being done at Providence to advance treatment. Providence is the largest provider for cancer treatment in the state of Oregon.

Dr. Piening reported that cancer death rates have dropped 2.2 percent in the last year. Much of the credit in that decline goes to reduction in smoking and advances in targeted therapies and immunotherapies.

The science of genomics studies how cancer cane be treated at the molecular level. Cancer develops when a person’s DNA gets scrambled in the wrong. As one doctor has put it, “Cancer is a disease of a genome.”

In 1993, the majority of cancer was treated with what we consider traditional treatments: radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. Those treatments are still used in 2020, but is enhanced by the use of targeted therapies that shut down the mutated gene in the DNA. Treatment is also done with immunotherapies, which train the immune system to recognize cancer cells and kill them.

Club Calendar
Tues., Feb. 11: Concours d’Elegance Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Grove Chamber Office
Wed., Feb. 12: Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University Boxer Pause
Program: Dr. Lesley Hallick, Pacific University
Thurs., Feb. 13: Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m., Moore & Welliver Lawyers
Wed., Feb. 19, Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University Boxer Pause
Program: Greg Nokes, Black History In Oregon
Thurs., Feb. 20: Board of Directors Meeting, 7 a.m., Forest Grove Chamber Office
Thurs., Feb. 20: Satellite Club Meeting/Thirsty Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Dauntless Wine Co., 2003 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove

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