Rotary Rewind – Oct. 3, 2018

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Rotary Rewind – October 3, 2018
If you didn’t make it to this week’s Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, here is what you missed…

Wednesday’s Program: ShelterBox Update- Jeannine Murrell
Rotarian Jeannine Murrell delivered an engaging talk about ShelterBox and the role it plays in helping displaced individuals.

Currently 85 million people are displaced and homeless due to natural disaster or human created disaster. By 2050 it is projected that there will be over 200 million people displaced due to disaster. In 2017, Shelter Box responded in 21 countries, both natural and man-made, providing shelter aid to 160,000 people.

Over the last 18 years ShelterBox has served over 1.2 million displaced persons with a mission to assist 1 million people a year with ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits.

Shelter Box is a nonprofit, or NGO, founded in Cornwall, UK in 2000 and continues to operate out of that region with a US Affiliate headquarter located in Sarasota, FL. In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International’s first Project Partner and remains the only disaster relief charity. Shelter Box’s partners in the field include: United Nations Human Refugee Council (UNHRC) International Red Cross (IFRC), International Organization for Migration, Handicap International, PLAN, and Habitat for Humanity.

Shelter Box focuses on remote, isolated, and often the hardest hit communities and aims to serve vulnerable populations. The equipment offering for shelter aid includes: ShelterBoxes, ShelterBox Standard Relief Tents, United Nations Tents, ShelterKits, and Tarps.

Shelter Box is a volunteer driven organization (1,000 volunteers) with fewer than 120 paid professional staff. Because of this high level of volunteer support, they distribute more that 85 cents out of each dollar to the beneficiary and received Charity Navigator’s highest rating for fiduciary responsibility and transparency.

If you would like to make a donation to ShelterBox USA please go to

Thank you to Forest Grove Rotarians, who raised $343 to donate to ShelterBox USA at the meeting. We will have another ask for funds to benefit ShelterBox at next Wednesday’s meeting.

Road Cleanup Scheduled:
Our semi-annual cleanup of Gales Creek Rd. & Thatcher Rd. is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry office, 801 Gales Creek Rd. Safety vests, grabbers, light refreshments and trash bags (along with trash) will be provided. For any questions, please contact Jerry Hoerber.

Garden Party: When you are done at the road cleanup, the Garden Committee will be doing some weeding and preparing the MacDougall Garden for winter on Saturday. Help from any Rotarians is appreciated. The garden is located between Pacific Ave. & 19th Ave., near the big flag pole at the west end of town. For more information, contact Geoff Faris.

Rotaract Induction: The fall induction meeting for the Pacific University Rotaract Club takes place on Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., at the Boxer Pause room in the University Center at Pacific University.

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 Parri Van Dyke, as selected by Alma Lozano. Congratulations Parri!

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.

Club Calendar
Thurs., Oct 6
Pacific University Rotaract Fall Induction Ceremony, 7 p.m., Boxer Pause (University Center at Pacific University)

Sat., Oct. 8
• Road Cleanup, 8:30 a.m., Oregon Department of Forestry Office, 801 Gales Creek Rd., Forest Grove.

• Garden Cleanup, 9 a.m., MacDougall Garden between Pacific Ave., and 19th Ave. (near the big flag pole)

Tues., Oct. 9
• Concours d’Elegance Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Forest Grove Chamber Conference Room

Wed., Oct. 10
• Rotary Weekly Meeting, Noon, University Center at Pacific University

Thurs., Oct. 11
•Executive Board Meeting, 7 a.m., Forest Grove Chamber Conference Room

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