Claudia Yakos Named Hometown Hero

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Our congratulations to Rotarian Claudia Yakos, who was named a 2021 Hometown Hero by the Forest Grove News-Times and the Pamplin Media Group!

Claudia was presented with the award during the annual Forest Grove Corn Roast on Saturday, September 11. A Hometown Hero is defined as someone who has gone above and beyond in service to their community.

Claudia’s service is well known to Rotarians. She served as club president in 2016-17 and currently serves as the club’s secretary. She is a past membership chair for both the club and District 5100. For the last three years, Claudia led a team (mostly from our club) that put together the District 5100 Conference. During her presidential year, Claudia spearheaded the development of our satellite club, which has helped to increase the membership and service involvement of the club. She also helps coordinate our annual “Hope for the Holidays” service project.

Claudia’s international service has included recent service trips with Infoque Ixcan to Guatemala and My360Project to Mexico. She is spearheading a club effort to apply for a Rotary Global Grant to expand the Gardens of Hope program in Aguascalientes, Mexico, which was started in 2020 through a non-profit founded by Claudia, the Espy Collective.

We are proud that Claudia Yakos has joined the long list of members of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove who have been honored through the years as Hometown Heroes.

You can read the full feature on Claudia’s Hometown Hero recognition on the .

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