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Rotary Rewind – Sept. 4, 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.

Backpack Assembly Day: Our second year participating in the District Back Pack Project was a huge success.  Dave Warner, Communications Director with the FGSD along with the help of several Interactors and Rotarians, got last Thursday, Aug. 29, and put together piles of donated school supplies to assemble backpacks of school supplies for needy students. The supplies were donated by local retailers, like WalMart, in order that the FGSD and volunteers are able to create supplies to the nine schools in the district.

Rotaract Club Fair Event: Thank you to the Rotarians who made their way to Pacific University on Friday an assisted the Pacific University Rotaract Club in recruiting at the university’s annual club fair. The club has initially recruited an estimated 80 students who are interested in being part of Rotaract this year!

World Polio Day: World Polio Day is coming up on Thursday, Oct. 24.  Since 1988, we’ve seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9 percent. For more than two years we’ve seen wild polio cases in only two countries. Afghanistan and Pakistan. For more information on how Rotary is making a difference, please visit: https://www.endpolio.org/

Satellite Club Meeting: Our next Thirsty Thursday will be held on Thurs., Sept. 19, the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in the Pat’s Corner outdoor area at 6:30 p.m.

Golf Tournament: Thank you to all of our members who came out for the annual Rotary Club Golf Tournament at the Sunset Grove Golf Course. Here are the winners as announced by tournament-master Tim Schauermann…

First Place Team: Mike Yakos, Julia Kollar, Scott Coffey & David Noyes
Second Place Team: Mike Hundley, Ron Brandy, Jerry Frye & John Ball (who shot either 24 or 27 depending on who you ask).
Long Drive (women): Jeannine Murrell
Long Drive (men): Lazaro Rodriguez, Tigard Rotary
Closest To The Pin (women): Mike Hundley (really?)
Closest To The Pin (men): Alex Shepherd (Kruse Way Rotary)

In all, the tournament raised $355 for the Rotary Foundation!

Rotary Emerging Professionals Summit: On Saturday, August 10, Claudia Yakos and Aleasha Casayuran, a member of the Pacific University Rotaract Club, attended the Rotary Emerging Professionals Summit (REPS). A day was spent along with District 5100 leaders and selected young professionals brainstorming how to make our clubs and Rotary district more inviting and engaging to younger people. Claudia and Aleasha were part of a process to discover what’s working now, identify solutions to challenges, and amplify the positive experiences so that more young professionals can discover Rotary and Rotary can continue to evolve and grow.

District Governor Visit: We will have our club’s official visit from District Governor Diane Noriega on Wed., Sept. 11. Please plan on attending to hear Diane’s message and vision for the district for this year! Officers and board members should plan on staying after for a short meeting with Diane.

 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:
Paul Minor & Dan Mueller
Thought for the Day: Greg Nemchick
Rototeller Article: Ken Cunningham
Raffle Prize: Jim Cain

Last Week’s Program: Tim Schauermann, The Cost Of Higher Education
Rotarian Tim Schauermann presented to our club last week on “Is the Cost of College too High?” Tim has been a member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees for 20 years and brought sort of an insider’s look at what it would take to make college and universities free and the financial models that currently support them.

At Oregon State, Tim’s Alma Mater, student tuition pays 65 percent of the bills and the state only contributes 22 percent. State support has declined by 50 percent over the years and students, for the most part, are absorbing that decline by seeing increased tuitions.

For private institutions such as Pacific, they received their funding early on from the churches that founded them. These churches held the belief that everyone should be educated, thus becoming “missionaries”. Thus, they asked for and received donations to offer tuition to some of the poorest students. This tradition and mindset carries on today through institutional scholarships, or discounts.

According to Tim, at Pacific, for example, only 4 out of 3,800 students paid the full amount of tuition. The rest received some kind of discount. Therefore, he states that the people who can pay support the model so that the school can afford to let in those that can’t pay.

Tim illustrated that in order to make the university experience free for students, we would radically have to alter our culture and our tax structure to make this possible.

Club Calendar
Tues., Sept. 10: Concours Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Grove Chamber Office
Wed., Sept. 11: Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University
Program: District Governor Diane Noriega
Thurs., Sept. 12: Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m., Moore & Welliver Lawyers
Wed., Sept. 18: Weekly Meeting, Noon, Pacific University
Program: City of Forest Grove Economic Update
Thurs., Sept. 19: Board Meeting, 7 a.m., Forest Grove Chamber Office
Thurs., Sept. 19: Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., McMenamins Grand Lodge (Pat’s Corner)

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