Rotary Rewind – May 6, 2020
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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 Continue: We will continue to meet virtually using the Zoom Meeting platform for the foreseeable future. Our 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 (will be the same for all of our online meetings moving forward)…
Direct Link: https://zoom.us/j/183084884
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.
Steak Fundraiser: It only took two days for our Rotary Steak Sale Fundraiser to open and close! We took orders for 600 steaks and already have a wait list for nearly 100 more packages. Those 600 packages mean $3,600 raised for our Youth Exchange program! A big thank you to Jeff Duyck, who turned lemons into lemonade and worked with Columbia Empire Meats to make this sale happen when our annual Steak Feed was canceled.
Marge Johnston will be working to get invoices out to club members based on the number of orders received. Tim Pearson will work to get out a spreadsheet of members and the orders received.
Jeff is working with Columbia Empire Meats to see if we can do a second sale with steaks to arrive for Father’s Day. If we can line that up, we will get information out to members.
Garden Work Party: Our socially distanced McDougall Garden work party was a success. Despite the rain, we were able to get flowers planted, beds weeded and the garden looking good for the summer. Thank you to Rob Foster, Geoff Faris and Lucas Welliver for helping to coordinate everything. Thank you as well to the Rotarians who came out and worked: Pamelajean Myers, Jeannine Murrell, Jim Cain, Paul Watersteet and Howard Sullivan.
First Responder Meals: The first delivery of meals to first responders from our club was a success. Howard Sullivan delivered 21 meals to Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro on April 30. The meals were purchased locally from Diversity Café. We are in process of raising funds for a second round of meals to go to police officers and firefighters in Forest Grove and Cornelius at the end of May. Contact Howard for more details.
Youth Exchange Update: Our inbound Youth Exchange student, Gabriella Cuadra, was expected to fly back home to Chile on May 7 after having had multiple flights canceled. We are so sorry that her exchange was cut short but we are so glad that she was here.
Our 2020-21 outboard student, Melanie Schneider, has had her exchange to Denmark canceled. She had decided to delay her exchange for one year and go to Denmark for the 2021-22 academic year. Read More On How District 5100 Is Handling Youth Exchange During Pandemic
Rotary Phone Tree: We Care Committee has started a Rotary Phone Tree that will be utilized once per week. 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. For more information or questions, or if your information on the Phone Tree is not correct, contact Paul Waterstreet.
DacDB Training: Are you interested in learning more about the club and district’s database program, DacDB? Online trainings are being held every Tuesday. President Tim will be emailing out information to the club about each week’s training session. All Rotarians are invited to participate.
Basketball Photos: If you are still in possession of one of the Forest Grove High School senior basketball photos, please return those to Jeff Hoyt at Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt funeral home. He will coordinate to make sure those photos get to the families of those athletes.
Thirsty Thursday: The club’s next Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club Meeting is scheduled to take place on Zoom on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. The program will be District 5100 Governor-Elect Jo Crenshaw.
FGHS Community Food Pantry: Even with schools closed, the need for resources at the Forest Grove High School Community Food Pantry continues. The pantry continues to need the following items to serve the community that is depending on it…
Food: Pasta, Canned Sauces, Tortillas, Rice, Beans, Canned Fruit, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Boxed Milk, Canned Vegetables, Bread, Applesauce, Granola Bars, Fruit Snacks, Macaroni & Cheese, Tuna, Crackers, Maseca and Vegetable Oil.
Hygiene Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Tampons/Pads, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Toilet Paper.
Concours d’Elegance Canceled: With the uncertainly on the COVID-19 situation, the Rotary Board of Directors, at the unanimous recommendation of the Concours Steering Committee, has canceled the 2020 Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for Sunday, July 19. The committee will refocus its efforts on the 2021 show. The club board will be talking in the coming weeks to find avenues that we can fundraise for our scholarship fund with the absence of our top fundraising event of the year. Click Here For The Complete Announcement From The Concours Committee
Update On Jill Verboort: We continue to extend prayers and best wishes to Rotarian Jill Verboort, who continues to recover from COVID-19. Jill recently finished two weeks of self-isolation while battling the virus and, thankfully, is well on the road to recovery. Jill has been blogging about her battle for COVID-19 and invites Rotarians to check it out at https://spreadingsunshineblog.com/.
Quarterly Dues: You should have received by now your quarterly dues statement from the club. Please note that this statement will not include any prepaid meals expenses. This reflects the decision of the board in March to put all members on a “pay as you go” status for this quarter since we are currently unable to meet in person.
We understand that this is a challenging time for all of us and that some of our members are affected more significantly than others. If you are able, please pay your dues invoice as soon as possible so that we can continue to meet our RI and District obligations. If you believe that your situation will make it hard or impossible to make a payment, please contact President Tim Pearson. The club will consider and work with those hardships on a case-by-case basis.
Helping Our Local School Communities: At the request of Rotarian and Forest Grove School District Superintendent Dave Parker, our Youth Funding Committee donated $3,000 to the school district to help in making supplemental learning items available to students as supplemental and distance learning. In addition, our committees have banded together for a $2,000 donation to the Banks Community Food Bank to help with the purchase of food from the Oregon Food Bank.
Rotary Scholarships: The deadline for applications for the 2020 Rotary Club of Forest Grove Scholarship Program was on Thursday, April 30. The Scholarship Committee will be meeting via Zoom over the next few weeks to determine this year’s recipients. Thank you to the committee, chaired by Sharon Olmstead, for doing this important work on behalf of the club!
Take Out Locally!: There are many local restaurants and coffee shops that are continuing to operate for take-out during the stay-at-home order. Those local businesses are seeing a significant drop in business and could use our support. Could you commit to patronizing one of these eateries at least once per week to help stimulate the local economy? Click Here For A List Of Places That Are Opened For Takeout, courtesy of Court Carrier.
Dental Emergencies?: With the COVID-19 outbreak, most dentists in Oregon have been forced to effectively close until at least June 15. Rotarian Vaughn Tidwell has been able to upgrade his office to medical-grade and is offering to take care of dental emergencies for Rotarians and their immediate families free of charge. If you are in need of this service, please contact Vaughn at 503-816-9990.
District 5100 Conference: Due to gathering restrictions with the COVID-19 outbreak, the District 5100 Conference has been canceled. The district is planning to conduct an awards banquet at a time to be determined once stay at home orders have been lifted.
RYLA Canceled: With the uncertainty of when stay at home orders will be lifted, the difficult decision was made to cancel the District 5100 RYLA program for 2020. The program will be back stronger than ever in 2021. Click Here For More Details
Rotary International Announcements
Virtual Rotary Convention 2020: Mark your calendars for 20-26 June for an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for our first online convention.
Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention will join you with Rotary participants around the world during a time of unprecedented challenges.
Together, we’ll still experience the spirit of Rotary, be inspired by innovation, celebrate our resilience, and explore how clubs are addressing COVID-19. Experience Rotary in action during our Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during our general sessions, learn new ways to engage with Rotary during our breakout sessions, find inspiration from our global speakers, and much more.
We have never needed Rotary — and we have never needed each other — more than we do now. We hope to see you online, because Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World.
Disaster Response Fund: Rotary International has a Disaster Response Fund that is drawn from to help clubs provide disaster recovery and support rebuilding efforts. This includes efforts related to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions are combined into one fund and made available through Rotary Disaster Response Grants. To make a donation to the program, Click Here.
All Club Activities Are On Zoom Unless Otherwise Noted
Wed., May 13: Club Weekly Meeting, Noon
Program: Liz Wickham, Fences For Fido
Thurs., May 14: Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m.
Wed., May 20: Club Weekly Meeting, Noon
Thurs., May 21: Board Meeting, 7 a.m.
Thurs., May 21: Thirsty Thursday/Satellite Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Program: District Governor-Elect Jo Crenshaw