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Rotary Rewind – July 14, 2021

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Online Meetings: Our club continues to meet virtually using the Zoom Meeting platform. Our weekly meetings will begin at our normal meeting time, Noon on Wednesday. All Rotarians are welcome and participating will count towards meeting attendance. Here are the login details…

Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/183084884
Meeting ID: 183 084 884

To join by phone, dial 669-900-6833 or 346-248-7799 and enter the meeting ID number when prompted.

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Classics On Main Event: Our club’s Classics of Main event is TOMORROW, Sunday, July 18! Seventy-five former class winners and judges are currently registered for the invitation-only event. Following the event, a group of 50 cars will take an invitation-only tour that will end at the Brothers Museum in Salem.

Rotarians, families and the public are welcomed and encouraged to come downtown, enjoy the cars and spread the word about Rotary and the Concours d’Elegance. This event will be critical in letting people know that the Concours will be back again in 2022. If you come to see the cars, please wear a Rotary shirt, your Concours polo shirt or a Concours t-shirt so that we can be visible!

Additional information on the Classics on Main event is available in This Week’s Program section later in this edition of the Rotary Rewind.

Due to logistical challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no Concours d’Elegance in 2021. Click Here To Read The Full Announcement.

Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club Meeting: Thank you to everyone who attended Thursday’s Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club meeting at the home of Lori Larson and thank you to Lori & Dean for hosting the event!

August 18 Meeting: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 18, for the first of our combined evening meetings between the weekly noon club and the satellite club. Starting on August 18, and in the future, the club will have at least one evening meeting per month in an effort to bring all members of the club together. The meeting will include dinner and a program by President Bryce Baker. The time and location for the August 18 meeting will be announced soon.

Golf Tournament: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 11, for the club’s annual golf tournament at Sunset Grove Golf Course. This is currently scheduled to be the club’s first in-person meeting back following the COVID pandemic and we are looking forward to seeing everyone face to face.

The day will begin with a barbeque lunch, which all members are invited to regardless of if you are playing in the tournament or not. Golf will tee off around 1 p.m. If you plan on attending for the lunch, golf or both, RSVP to Tim Schauermann.

Wine Fundraiser: As the club continues to look for ways to make up for the fund that we usually realize from the Concours d’Elegance, we will be having another wine sale fundraiser coming up in July. These are bottles of wine made available by the former owners A Blooming Hill Vineyard with approximately 200 cases available for sale. Bottles of red wine will be available for $12 and bottles of white available for $10. The club will realize a return of approximately $45 per case. Watch for additional details coming soon.

Club Budget: As the club looks ahead to the coming years, the board of directors has been taking a critical look at the club and foundation budgets. The board has been looking ahead to the next two years for the club, knowing that we will have missed two years of both the Steak Feed and the Concours d’Elegance. It is likely that a number of committees will have to reduce spending in order to keep withdrawals from the foundation’s rainy day fund to a minimum.

The board is looking to put together a couple of fundraisers that will help bring money again to fund our club’s outreaches, including the Scholarship Program. If you have potential ideas, please let any member of the club know.

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. Our club is currently contributing $1,000 per month of toiletry items, cleaning supplies and feminine hygiene products.

Distribution events for these items take place on the first Monday of each month. If you are interested in assisting with the next distribution event, please contact President Julia or Michael Yakos.

The Food Pantry is open on Mondays from 2- 4 p.m. Donations are accepted on-site on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For information on the Food Pantry, please contact Brian Burke, bburke@fgsd.k12.or.us. If you wish to make a cash donation to the pantry, Click Here.

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.

Rotary Phone Tree: Keep up the good work on the Rotary phone tree, helping to check in our members and keep them up to date on the happenings in the club. If you have questions about the phone tree, or if your information on the Phone Tree is not correct, contact Paul Waterstreet.

The goal of the phone tree is to reach out and check on every member of the club to make sure they are doing all right and to provide updates on club announcements and activities (Hint: You have a great list to draw from here). The plan is for the tree to be activated every Tuesday. The idea is that for each person to call the next one on the list. The last person on the list should call the team captain to make sure the list is complete.

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.

Around District 5100
Rotary Youth Exchange Update (By Bill Paulsen, District 5100 Youth Exchange Chair):
With the new Rotary year, I will replace Dan Boldt as the chairman of the District 5100 youth exchange committee. I am Bill Paulsen of the White Salmon/Bingen club and have been involved in youth exchange at the club level since 1985 and for the past 13 years on the district committee. My wife and I have hosted 10 students over the years. Dan has done a magnificent job shepherding the program through this unprecedented difficult time so provides me an example to try to match. Further, starting much before my time, our district youth exchange program has for many years regularly received accolades and awards nationally and from afar – a record I am determined to continue.

Fortunately, I will have the help and support of our committee, which has 17 dedicated Rotarians and several enthusiastic ROTEX. The committee has a world of experience and knowledge – some members with over 20 years on this district committee. Hopefully, we can resume in-person committee meetings soon – we are like family!

To quickly review the current youth exchange situation for any who are not aware, the entire 2020-21 and 2021-22 Rotary year youth exchange programs were cancelled by the Rotary board. Only after June 30, 2022, can there be inbounds or outbounds – long term or short term (STEP). Does this mean there is currently nothing for clubs to do in youth exchange? NO! Fully anticipating we will be sending students the summer of 2022, now is the time to be recruiting and interviewing both short and long-term students. Nomination forms are due by October 1st. We are planning on application seminars in October, an outbound orientation in January and our eastern Oregon trip for long terms in February. Details, forms and contact information available at www.youthexchange5100.org.

In addition to Rotarians from clubs who are youth exchange proponents and cannot wait until the program resumes, I am hoping there are some Rotarians reading this from clubs who have not participated for some time or ever. Our committee is available to assist clubs to experience the many benefits of Rotary youth exchange. If clubs are just wanting to “get a toe in the youth exchange water” they should look at the STEP program where there is no cost to the club and the host family is “built-in”. Details are at the above website, and contact Tina Scheible our STEP coordinator. There is no limit on how many STEP students a club can sponsor.

I hope to always be available should any club or Rotarian have any questions, suggestions, issues, great ideas, etc. concerning Rotary youth exchange. I welcome your participation.

Around Rotary International
Reimagining Rotary (By John Hewko, RI General Secretary):
When the Rotary year started on 1 July 2020, we were nearly four months into a pandemic. We were not immune to the fear, uncertainty, and loss experienced by millions around the globe. During this challenging time, our members rallied behind a shared purpose to connect and serve. In-person meetings turned into virtual gatherings, and service projects began to include sewing masks and donating personal protective equipment to first responders.

Through it all, the RI staff has continued to support members and operations and find new ways for Rotary to thrive, while still delivering on the promise of our four Action Plan priorities. Rotary added a new area of focus — the environment. We awarded our first multimillion-dollar grant and achieved a major milestone in ending polio. We developed learning opportunities to keep members engaged and introduced technology that enhanced the membership experience.

Although this was indeed a challenging year, as people of action, we knew that the world needed Rotary to step up like never before. And we did.

Like the people and communities that we serve, our members need to know that they are seen, heard, and valued. This year, we focused on enhancing the experiences of our members and participants by providing meaningful, engaging opportunities that furthered their personal and professional goals.

The State Of Membership
During 2020-21, membership remained relatively steady with more than 1.4 million Rotarians and Rotaractors in more than 46,000 clubs. As existing clubs continue to attract new members and engage current members, hundreds of new and different types of clubs have also been formed. These new clubs are helping to expand Rotary’s reach and attract new and more diverse participants.

Diversity Makes Us Stronger
Our capacity for doing good is amplified when those who take action with us reflect our communities’ diversity in experience, culture, and perspectives. Diversity has long been one of our core values and a guiding force for how we interact with each other and our communities. But we recognize that we still have opportunities to learn and grow.

This year, we continued to put a strong action plan behind our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement. Rotary leaders convened a DEI task force composed of Rotary members and participants with professional backgrounds in this work to ensure that DEI is further ingrained in Rotary’s culture. Our first step was to assess how diversity, equity, and inclusion are perceived and experienced by Rotary members around the world, so we conducted the organization’s first DEI survey to hear directly from our members about their experiences. The survey results will help us develop an actionable plan that leads to change and strengthens Rotary for the future. Read More

Last Week’s Program: Ryan Garcia, Classics On Main Event

Click Here To Watch The Complete Program

With the 2021 Concours d’Elegance unable to happen for a number of a reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Concours Committee has moved forward with an event designed to keep our largest annual fundraiser in the thoughts of local classic car enthusiasts. Rotarian and Concours Committee chair Ryan Garcia joined us last week to talk about the event and to provide a look ahead at the planning already underway for the 2022 Concours.

This year’s event, “Classics on Main,” will take place on Sunday, July 18, which is the day our Concours would have taken place. The invitational-only event is comprised of approximately 75 former Concours class winners and other longtime friends on the Concours, and will take place in downtown Forest Grove along Main Street and 21st Avenue.

Classics On Main will run from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The first part of the event will allow car owners to display their cars along the streets of downtown Forest Grove. At 10:30 a.m., approximately 50 of the cars will depart for a tour that will end at the Brothers Museum in Salem. The remaining cars will stay on display downtown until around 12:30 p.m.

So why Classics on Main and not try to hold a Concours this year? Pacific University made it known to the club early in 2021 that the campus would not be available for the event as well as any outside events during the summer. Due to the large costs involved in finding a new location and the logistical challenges, the decision was made in March to postpone the Concours once again to 2022.

The Classics on Main event is allowing the club to remain connected to those who have been supporting the Concours for the last 48 years. We are especially grateful to Hagerty, who stepped forward to be the presenting sponsor for Classics on Main event, along with supporting sponsors 503 Motoring and Charvet Classic Cars. A special thank you to Allen Stephens for securing those sponsorships.

We would like to have as many Rotarians and their families and friends come downtown on Sunday to not only support the event but to also promote Rotary and the Concours. If you can come downtown, please wear Rotary gear, your Concours polo shirt or a Concours t-shirt.

The planning is already well underway for the 48th annual Concours d’Elegance, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2022. The theme will be “A Salute To British Excellence,” with Jaugar and Land Rover already committed as presenting sponsors. The committee is looking at ways to build on recent successes, including the expansion of online ticketing, an expanded beer and wine pavilion and expansion of the VIP tent program that began in 2019.

Club Calendar
All Meetings Are On Zoom Unless Noted

Sun., July 18: Concours “Classics On Main” event in downtown Forest Grove

Wed., July 21: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: Keith Horman, Forest Grove Light & Power

Wed., July 28: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: Celeste Goulding, Second Home

Wed., Aug. 4: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: Narce Rodriguez, Pacific University Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Thurs., Aug. 5: Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m.

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