Rotary Rewind – June 16, 2021

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

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:
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.

Zoom App Downloads
Zoom Cloud Meeting App For Android
Zoom Cloud Meeting App For iPhone
Download Zoom Meeting App For Desktop

Classics On Main Event: With the 2021 Concours d’Elegance unable to happen, the Concours Committee has decided a host a smaller event on Main Street on Sunday, July 18. The invitation-only event will feature up to 85 former class winners and judges. Following the event, a group of 50 cars will take an invitation-only tour that will end at the Brothers Museum in Salem.

The Concours Committee will need help from club members with set-up, car-spotting, a Rotary information booth and more. If you are able and interested in volunteering for the event, sign up at the following link:

As part of the event, hospitality chair Michelle Thomas has succeeded in getting local legend Maggie Pike to produce her famous Maggie’s Buns for the event. There is a need for volunteers to assist with making the buns the morning of the event at the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center. If you are interested, please contact Michelle.

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.

Steak Sale: Thank you to everyone who participated in our latest Steak Sale. The pick-up for steaks took place on Thursday. We will have an updates on the club’s proceeds from the latest sale in a future edition of the Rototeller.

Over the last year, our club has netted over $13,500 from the steak sales that we have done over the last year. These funds are helping to offset proceeds we normally receive from the Steak Feed and the Concours d’Elegance, both of which are not happening again this year due to the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has made these sales such a success, especially Jeff Duyck, Julia Kollar, Lucas Welliver and Marge Johnston.

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, 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 Citation – We Did It Again!: Exciting news our club. President Julia Kollar was notified last week that the Rotary Club of Forest Grove has received the Rotary Citation for the 10th consecutive year! The Rotary Citation is based on goals set by the Rotary International President to evaluate benchmarks in increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation and building awareness of Rotary in our community.

To receive the Rotary Citation, clubs must set and meet 13 goals out of a possible 25 available goals. The 2020-21 Goals Can Be Viewed Here.

Congratulations to President Julia, our leadership team and the entire club for another job well done!

Rotary Foundation Giving Update: Part of receiving the Rotary Citation means that our club has met its goals for fundraising for The Rotary Foundation. As of June 18, club members have contributed $11,262 to the foundation’s Annual Fund and $3,985 towards PolioPlus. Thank you to all of you for your continued contributions!

If you are interested in knowing where you are at on your contributions or believe that you may be close to your next Paul Harris Fellow level, please contact foundation chair Michael Yakos.

If you are interested in starting or increasing a regular contribution to The Rotary Foundation, Rotary Direct is a great way to make that happen. The online portal allows you to make a one-time donation or set up monthly or semi-annual contributions. To learn more r to set up your recurring donation, visit

Presidential Rotation Update: Due to an exciting new work opportunity, Josh Shinoda will be unable to fulfill the position of president of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove for the 2022-23 Rotary year. While we are sad that Josh will not fill that role, we are excited to announce that Janet Peters has accepted that role.

The presidential rotation for the next three years is…

2021-22: Bryce Baker
2022-23 Janet Peters
2023-24: Amy Tracewell

Rotary Phone Tree: Attached to last week’s Rototeller was a new version of the Rotary Phone Tree. Tree toppers will utilize the new list starting this week. If you have questions, 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

Around District 5100
Wanderings With Jo (By District Governor Jo Crenshaw From June District 100 Newsletter):
My Fellow Rotarians – I have wandered back home after an incredible yearlong journey. Together, we braved wildfires, ice storms, the pandemic, and racial and social unrest. Through it all, we were able to do the work of Rotary. We found another way to communicate, even if we couldn’t do it face to face.

Zoom has become our best friend, or our worst enemy. It served its purpose. We met new Rotarians from all over the world and virtually attended meetings in South Africa, South Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii. Now, I did miss the food that was served at some these meetings, but it was great to know we still found a way to keep our spirits high. There were online auctions, games of charade played and top-notch programs.

Membership, donations to our Foundation and training participation were all lower than planned, but we were all engaged. Thank you! I asked for a collage of our club activities this past year and you responded. Take a look at what we accomplished in the Rotary year 2020-21! There will never be another like it.

District 5100 – you are the best! You helped me to discover my “why”. I think we all learned the real meaning of service, leadership, fellowship, integrity, and diversity.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in OURSELVES.

Welcome DG Boyle; my best wishes and lots of love for an outstanding year!!!

Jo Crenshaw

Around Rotary International
Rotary Voices: Why DEI Is The “Right Thing” For Rotary (by Katey Halliday):
Katey Halliday is a past president and founding member of the Adelaide City Rotaract Club, and a member of the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light. She initiated her district’s first-ever participation in the local Pride March celebrations and is a member of her Rotaract club’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) working group. Professionally, she is a diversity and inclusion project officer and training facilitator for South Australia Police (read her full bio). We asked Halliday the following questions about DEI and Rotary.

Q: As a member of Rotary’s DEI Taskforce, what do you consider to be some of the unique challenges Rotary faces in examining and taking action to strengthen our DEI practices and mindsets? What do you think is needed to overcome them?

Katey: One of the unique challenges is the size of the organization. Our global cultural differences are another. Club cultures with members who are not working in businesses/organizations working towards DEI, may be out of touch with what is happening and expected in corporate/professional realms in terms of DEI.

Big organizations have been working towards DEI for years. Potential new members who are working in these realms may be put off by a club that is not DEI friendly. Rotary needs to fill this gap by providing the education and awareness that workplaces have been doing and continue to do.

Q: What characteristics, values, or experiences can Rotary draw upon to help us become a model for how organizations embrace and live out the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Katey: Look at what other large (especially global) organizations are doing to be more DEI friendly. This is where working with third-party DEI experts will be valuable. We are certainly not the first (and I imagine there are aspects of our organizational culture where we are quite far behind) which means we can learn a lot from others. Read More

Rotary Responds To COVID-19: Rotary is taking action in response to the pandemic as our clubs support COVID-19 vaccination and continued prevention efforts around the world.

Tapping into decades of experience in bringing polio to the brink of eradication, Rotary members worldwide are helping health authorities communicate lifesaving information about COVID-19 and vaccination, combatting misinformation, supporting fair and equal access to vaccines, and curbing the spread of the virus by donating protective gear and other supplies to clinics and hospitals that are under strain. Read About How Rotary Has Been Responding & Supporting

Last Week’s Program: Tom Cook, Attic To The Classroom Project

Click Here To Watch The Complete Program

Tom Cook, of the Forest Grove Daybreak Rotary Club, presented on the Attic to Classroom program. Attic to Classroom is an initiative to collect, repair and inventory musical instruments to be used by students in the Forest Grove School District.

Over the past six months, 19 usable instruments have been donated. Any musical instrument other than pianos and organs are welcome. The most sought-after instruments they’re wanting are saxophones, trombones and French horns. The instruments will be the property of Forest Grove School District and will be loaned out to students. The donors of the instruments will receive a tax credit letter from the school district.

Any donations can be made by dropping off at Forest Grove High School with a note: Attention Music Director, or by messaging Tom Cook at 360-955-1388 to arrange drop off/pick up.

Club Calendar
All Meetings Are On Zoom Unless Noted

Wed., June 23: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: End of the Year Program

Wed., June 30: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: Jeannine Murrell & Pamelajean Myers, ShelterBox Update

Thurs., July 1: Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m.

Wed., July 7: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: To Be Announced

Thurs., July 8: Board Meeting, 7 a.m.

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