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Rotary Rewind – Oct. 23, 2019

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If you didn’t make it to this week’s Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, here is what you missed.

From The Editor: My apologies for no publication of the Rotary Rewind for the week of Wed., Nov. 16. Work and family took much all of my time the last couple of weeks. This Rotary Rewind will cover a lot of ground, so be sure to read through and don’t miss out on anything! – Blake Timm

Club Announcements
Hope For The Holidays:
Before you know it, it will be time for one of our club’s most anticipated service projects, Hope For The Holidays. We have been approved for a $2,500 matching grant from District 5100 for the project. Coupled with a $1,000 grant from Walmart, we are well on our way. We will begin our club fundraising for the program at our November 6 meeting.

For those who are new to the club, Hope For the Holidays is an annual project where we provide money, through a store gift card, to under-privledged families to help make the holiday season a bit brighter. We identify families with the help of local school district, Habitat for Humanity and other local groups. On our shopping night (date announced soon), Rotarians assist families in making their purchases.

Holiday Light Parade: We are once again planning to have a float in the annual Forest Grove Holiday Light Parade, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. Tara Cirlincione is once again leading this up and will have additional details soon.

Blue Badges Awarded: At our October 16 meeting, we presented blue badges to new Rotarians Johnathan Hausinger and Lazaro Villegas, who are now members in full standing. We look forward to your continued contributions to the club!

People of Action Award: Rob Foster presented last week’s People of Action award to Tom Meier. Congratulations, Tom!

Rotary Citation: Assistant district governor David Noyes presented the club the Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction for its work during the 2018-19 Rotary year. The citation recognizes clubs that meet specific benchmarks related to Rotary Foundation giving, membership growth & retention, public branding and image and humanitarian service. Forest Grove was one of just eight clubs in the district to be awarded the Rotary Citation. In addition, the club was presented with a certificate of appreciation for its fundraising for the Polio Plus program.

Committee Assignments: A list of committee assignments for the club were made available at the last two weekly lunch meetings. President Tim Pearson will be sending the committee out via email to all members soon. If you would like to be on a specific committee, or do not see your name on a committee list, let Tim know.

November 20 Meeting: Instead of meeting the Boxer Pause for our Wednesday, Nov. 20, we will instead meet at the Ridgewalker Mail Room Event Center, 1822 21st Ave., Forest Grove.

Holiday Meetings: The club will “go dark” (Rotary term for not hold a meeting) on the following upcoming Wednesdays: November 27 (in observance of Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year’s Day).

Concours d’Elegance Update: Court Carrier presented to the club on some of the ideas about trying to expand activities around the Concours weekend in an effect to bring more people to town from a tourism perspective. He is looking for individuals interested in helping develop and initiate activities that will complement Concours, but not conflict from the event, which is our largest fundraising activity. If you have ideas, or are interested in being part of a committee, please contact Court at 971-404-7864 or ccarrieriv@gmail.com.

Troop 213 Update: The Foundation Board has elected to donate $2,000 to our Scouts BSA Troop 213. This donation is specifically targeted to help fund a troop “Out of Council” camping trip next summer to Camp Emerald Bay on Catalina Island, California.

In addition, after a year of not having been able to do a Christmas tree lot, which was the troop’s major fundraiser, it looks like the troop will be back in the Christmas tree business again this year. Watch this space for additional details.

 Have A Program Idea?: If you have an idea for a program or would like to present something yourself, let our program chair, Julia Kollar, know. She will also have a program planning board at meetings so you can see what is on deck and what dates may be available.

Next Week’s Duty Roster: Make note of your assignment!
Greeters:
Tim Schauermann & Josh Shinoda
Thought for the Day: Marge Johnston
Rototeller Article: Kerri Willis
Raffle Prize: John Crosley

District Announcements
Membership Summit:
District 5100 will be holding a Membership Summit on Sat., Nov. 9, at Pacific University. The summit is designed to help clubs draw more members into the world of Rotary. Cost will be $40 per person and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration will be open soon on DacDB. For more information, contact Claudia Yakos, rotaryclaudiayakos@gmail.com.

Rotary Foundation: For the 12th year in a row, The Rotary Foundation has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. The four-star rating is recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only one percent of the organizations that Charity Navigator evaluates have received 12 consecutive four-star evaluations.

Last Week’s Program: Rob Aldridge, Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Rob Aldridge is an advocate for the clean energy solutions. He is a partner in a company called 3Phase Renewables, which specializes in helping companies broker clean energy solutions. He presented to our club some interesting facts and figures about both carbon footprints and renewable energy.

• Why should businesses care about their carbon footprint? It is good business, Aldridge said, because 50 percent of the population is concerned about climate change.

• Statistics on energy use in Oregon shows that 30 percent of the electricity consumed from Oregon comes from burning coal. About 20 percent comes from burning natural gas and 40 percent comes from hydroelectric sources. Ten percent of electricity comes from other sources.

• The state’s largest power provider, Pacific Power & Light, has 60 percent of its power come from coal-burning plants in the Intermountain West. One kilowatt of power from PP&L results in 1.2 pounds of carbon dioxide released into the air.

• Energy provided by Forest Grove Light & Power is mostly carbon dioxide free because most of it comes from the Bonneville Power Administration. Most of the BPA’s power comes from hydroelectric sources.

• Good ways to reduce energy usage is to invest in the use of LED light bulbs in your home or business and to reduce usage of anything that has a motor.

• For resources on ways to reduce energy usage or your carbon footprint, and for resources on financial incentives for reducing energy usage, you can visit the website for the Energy Trust of Oregon or DEIREUSA.org.

Club Calendar
Wed., Oct. 30: Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University
Program: Lauren Quinsland, Forest Grove Police, Don’t Fall For Scam!
Wed., Nov. 6: Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University
Program: Kevin Barton, Washington County District Attorney
Tues., Nov. 12: Concours d’Elegance Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Grove Chamber

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