Rotary Rewind – Oct. 10, 2018

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Rotary Rewind – October 10, 2018
If you didn’t make it to this week’s Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, below is an overview of what you missed.

Road Cleanup:
Thank you to everyone who came out to help with our semi-annual road cleanup: Jerry Hoerber, Jim Crisp, Michael Doherty, Melinda Fischer, Andrea Stewart, Paul Waterstreet and Michael Yakos.

Garden Party: Thank you to everyone who came out (during and after the road cleanup) to assist in weeding at the MacDougall Rotary Garden: Rob Foster, Carl Heisler, Lucas Welliver, Greg Nemchick, Andrea Stewart, Melinda Fischer and Geoff Faris.

Polio Speaker: Joan Toone, a longtime Rotarian and champion for the polio eradication initiative (and a polio survivor herself) will be giving two addresses in the Portland area to District 5100 Rotarians. Toone is the past president of the Rotary Club of Victoria, B.C., and has been recognized by Canada for her work to end polio.

Wed., Oct. 17: Salem Convention Center, Noon. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Salem.
Thurs., Oct. 18: Rose Room at the Moda Center, Noon. Hosted by the Rotary Club of East Portland.

A meal will be available for a nominal fee at both locations. Advance RSVP is requested. For more information, see President Blake or log onto DacDB for details.

Be The Inspiration: This week’s Be The Inspiration Award recipient is Jim Cain, as selected by Parri Van Dyke. Congratulations Jim!

Harvest Festival: Rotarians are being asked to help with the Ridgewalker Harvest Festival, which will take place on Sat., Oct. 27. We will assist with set-up and takedown for the festival along with staffing some game booths that evening. The event is a fundraiser for World Help, of which Rotarian Tara Cirlincione is on the Advisory Board. Proceeds will go to drill water wells in third-world countries. For more information, contact Tara. A sign-up sheet will be distributed at Wednesday’s meeting.

Wednesday’s Program: Port of Portland – Jayson Shanafelt
Jayson Shanafelt, the Community Affairs Outreach Manager for the Port of Portland was our guest speaker on Wednesday. Jayson has been with the Port since 2012 and is responsible for managing the speakers program for the Port, education outreach, tour programs as well as fostering relationships with communities impacted by Port activities.

The Port of Portland was established in 1891 by the Oregon legislature and today owns three airports – Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale – four marine terminals, and five industrial parks. The mission of the Port of Portland is to enhance the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets, and by promoting industrial development. The Port of Portland is the number one auto exporter on the West coast as well as the number one wheat gateway in the United States.

Jayson spent a large portion of the meeting discussing some exciting enhancements and vision for the Portland International Airport. The airport itself started out on Swan Island in 1927. Charles Lindberg visited the airport, and when asked his thoughts about it, reportedly said, “do you want my honest opinion?” This prompted authorities to build on the current site and Portland Columbia airport was born in 1940. That first year, 99,000 flights took off from the airport. In 1950, the airport received international designation and today has seen yearly increases in travelers with over 19 million travelling out of the airport in 2017. Portland is the smallest market with transatlantic and transpacific service. The airport also sees a lot of cargo traffic – 246,917 tons of goods left the airport in 2017, a 6.8 percent increase from the prior year.

Portland International Airport will see a lot of renovations through 2024. Some of those changes will affect how travelers check-in and will therefore likely increase travel time. Some of the other changes include renovations to aging infrastructure, new terminal buildings, and new retail offerings. For more information about those changes, click here.

Club Calendar
Wed., Oct. 17
• Rotary Weekly Meeting, Noon, University Center at Pacific University
Program: Lichao Chen presenting on her trip to the National RYLA Event

Thurs., Oct. 18
• Board of Directors Meeting, 7 a.m., Forest Grove Chamber Conference Room
• Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club Meeting, Time & Location TBA.

Upcoming Programs
Wed., Oct. 24: Melissa Erickson, Adelante Mujeres
Wed., Oct. 31: Lori James-Neilsen & Kim Leathley, Tuality Healthcare Foundation
Wed., Nov. 7: PDG Tom Marcos, Rotary Foundation

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