Rotary Rewind – May 21, 2024

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If you did not make it to our last Rotary Club of Forest Grove meeting, here is what you missed…

Habitat for Humanity Service Project: We invite all Rotarians to take part in a special service opportunity with West Tuality Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, May 22 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The project will take place at the Smoketree Mobile Court (exact address was sent to club members via email). The project will take the place of our regular weekly meeting this week.

The project will benefit a senior whose home requires structural repairs to continue aging in place and will include painting the house’s exterior siding and trim, painting an ADA ramp that was recently built and painting damaged siding that has been replaced.

All volunteers must fill out Habitat for Humanity’s Volunteer Waiver Online or fill out a paper waiver at the job site on the day of the project.

Participants should plan on bringing clothing that is appropriate for painting in and anything else you may need for the weather (sunscreen, hats, water, sunglasses, etc.). Habitat will provide all other supplies, including paint brushes.

Habitat for Humanity is a longtime partner of Rotary International, both locally and globally. Thank you for West Tuality Habitat for Humanity for helping make this service opportunity possible.

Upcoming Meetings: This week, we will not have our regular Wednesday noon meeting as we will have a service project opportunity for West Tuality Habitat for Humanity (see above). Our next two meetings on Wednesday, May 29 and Wednesday, June 5 will take place at the Forest Grove School District offices.

If you plan to attend the meeting on Wednesday, May 29, we need an early RSVP for catered lunch orders. Please email Claire Agner by no later than this Friday, May 24, if you plan to attend.

If you do not RSVP, you are still welcome to attend the meeting but you will need to bring your own lunch.

Steak Feed – Friday, June 14: Our 66th annual Rotary Steak Feed is coming up on Friday, June 14, 5-8 p.m., at the University Center on the campus of Pacific University. One of the club’s biggest fundraisers of the year, proceeds from the event benefit our involvement in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

We need every club member’s participation in this event, both in selling tickets and in volunteering on the night of the event.

Ticket Sales – Members will be receiving an envelope with 10 tickets to sell. Tickets are $25 and include a choice New York steak, salad, baked potato, roll, a beverage and dessert. Please endeavor to sell all 10 tickets. Please return all money from sales (and any unsold tickets) to either Jeff Duyck or Geoff Faris by no later than June 1. The more tickets we sell, the more proceeds we have to support Youth Exchange.

Day of Steak Feed – Each club member has been assigned to one of nine committees. Committee assignments were provided with the ticket envelopes and are linked in the Rototeller newsletter sent to members. Members should contact the committee chair by June 1 to see which shift they will work or if you will be unable to attend.

For any questions, please contact Steak Feed Committee co-chairs Geoff Faris or Jeff Duyck.

Youth Exchange – Two-Day Hosting Opportunity: District 5100 will be hosting a handful of Rotary Youth Exchange students in June that are doing a train tour of the U.S. prior to their departure to their home countries. The group includes 20 students (eight males, 12 females) and four chaperones.

Students will arrive at Portland Union Station on Friday, June 21 and will depart on Sunday, June 23. Host families must host two or more students for at least two nights. This is a fun opportunity to host exchange students in your home without the pressures of long-term exchange hosting.

If you are interested in assisting the district with this opportunity, please contact Steve Schwab, District 5100 Youth Exchange Compliance Office, via email,

RYLA – Application Deadline May 31: Our club is now accepting nominations and applications for District 5100 RYLA, which takes place July 13-19 at the Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in the Columbia River Gorge. Open to individuals ages 19-32, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is a weeklong intensive leadership experience providing inspiration and practical skills for developing young leaders. Many who have attended RYLA said it was a transformational experience in their lives.

Dependent on interest, our club usually pays for one or two people to attend RYLA annually. The application deadline for the 2024 RYLA is May 31.

If you know of someone who would be interested in attending RYLA, or perhaps are interested yourself, please contact our club’s RYLA chair, Andrea Stewart, at 503-352-2168 or To learn more about RYLA, visit the District 5100 RYLA Website. (NOTE: While there is an application link on the website, the application should not be filled out until an applicant has been approved by a club.)

Forest Grove HS Interact Club: Our inbound Youth Exchange student, Fareeha Nayebare, has restarted the Interact Club at Forest Grove High School! Meetings take place on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. All Rotarians are welcome. The club is currently working on a service project with the high school’s Food Pantry. For questions, please talk with Fareeha at our meetings.

Past Programs: Did you miss a meeting or want to go back and check out a program again? Most of our programs since May 2020 (over 140 videos to date) are archived on our club’s YouTube page. Visit


Concours News
2024 Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance, presented by the Rotary Club of Forest Grove
Sunday, July 21 on Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus

Concours Website | Enter A Car | 2024 Concours Weekend Schedule

Concours Committee Meetings: The Concours d’Elegance Committee is starting the planning for our 50th show on July 21, 2024. If interested in getting further involved with the Concours, the steering committee is always looking for volunteers to prepare for the show throughout the year. For more information, contact Tom Raabe at 503-704-1200 or or Geoff Johnston at 503-939-7868 or

The next meeting of the Concours Committee will be Tuesday, May 28 via Zoom.

Sponsorships: Sponsorships go a long way to increasing the profit of the Concours, which goes to fund our scholarship program and our club’s other outreach activities. To learn more about available sponsorships, Click Here to contact Tim Pearson at 503-998-8616 or

Polo Shirts: We still have a number of our club Concours polo shirts available for new members or club members who did not get one last year. The blue shirts have the Concours logo on the front and the club logo on the sleeve and are the work shirts we wear during the event. Shirts are $30 each. If you would like a shirt, please contact Tim Pearson.


Service Opportunities For Club Members
Do You Know Of Service Opportunities?: Are you aware of service opportunities in our area that our members might be interested in? We can advertise those here! This space is not limited to club-sponsored activities but to any service opportunity in the community. To promote the service activity, please send a detailed description of the project, the date and time, contact information and a link to register to Rototeller editor Blake Timm,

FGHS Community Food Pantry: Our club’s support for the Forest Grove High School Food Pantry continues.  Thanks to its partnership with the Oregon Food Bank, food donations are still welcome but are of less need at this time. Of need, however, are toiletries and hygiene products as well as household cleaning materials.

The Food Pantry is open Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. The pantry is located along Nichols Lane between the football field and the Basinski Center. Click Here for more information on the FGHS Food Pantry and on other resources for those experiencing food insecurity.

For information on the Food Pantry, please contact Brian Burke, If you wish to make a cash donation to the pantry, Click Here.


Around District 5100
Shoot For The Moon – This October:
This October, Rotary District 5100 will be holding a Major Donor event to recognize and thank you who have been generous supporters of The Rotary Foundation and to challenge our district to reach even further to support the cause.

The Shoot for the Moon dinner event will take place on Saturday, October 19, at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. Inspired by the Artemis mission, which will cover nearly a million miles traveling to the moon and back, we are launching a campaign to raise $1 million in new TRF contributions.

As part of Shoot for the Moon, 2024-25 Rotary International President Stephanie Urchick will be our keynote speaker. This marks the first time a sitting RI president will have visited District 5100 since the late Ray Klinginsmith in 2010-11. Shoot for the Moon will be an inspirational evening and a testament to the great work Rotary and Rotarians do in the world through The Rotary Foundation.

Invitations for Shoot for the Moon will be sent to Arch Klumph Society members, Bequest Society members, Major Donors and Paul Harris Society members. If you are not part of one of these giving groups yet, you can earn an invitation by “leveling up” your giving to TRF:

  • Move from Paul Harris Fellow to Paul Harris Society
  • Close the gap to become a Major Donor
  • Move from Benefactor to Bequest Society

In addition, those who give a new gift of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation between now and August 15, either as an outright gift, a two to three-year pledge or in a gift to the Bequest Society, will earn an invitation to an exclusive reception with Stephanie Urchick. Gifts can be made to any TRF giving area: Annual Fund/SHARE, PolioPlus, the Endowment, Peace, an Area of Focus, or to a Global Grant.

To learn more, Click Here to read the Save The Date flyer that was distributed at the One Rotary Conference. For further questions, please contact Jeannine Murrell or Blake Timm. We hope to see you on October 19!

Click Here To Learn More About Giving To The Rotary Foundation | Click Here To Donate

District 5100 Newsletter: Click Here To View The Monthly District 5100 Newsletter


Club Calendar
Wed., May 22: Service Project With West Tuality Habitat For Humanity, 12-3 p.m.
Smoketree Trailer Court, Cornelius
No Weekly Meeting On May 22

Wed., May 29: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Grove Room, Forest Grove School District Office, 1728 Main St.
Program: Meena Nachiappan, Apeksha Children’s Hospital

Wed., June 5: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Grove Room, Forest Grove School District Office, 1728 Main St.
Program: Farewell To Fareeha

Wed., June 12: Weekly Meeting, Noon
Boxer Pause Room, University Center, Pacific University
Program: Rotary Scholarship Winners & Steak Feed Preparation

Thurs., June 13: Executive Board Meeting, 7 p.m.
via Zoom

Fri., June 14: Steak Feed, 5-8 p.m.
University Center, Pacific University

Tues., June 18: President’s End Of Year Dinner, 5 p.m.
Dauntless Wine Co., 2003 Main St., Forest Grove
There will be no noon meeting on June 19

Sun., July 21: Concours d’Elegance
Pacific University Campus

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