It’s spring cleaning time — a perfect time to donate your unwanted items for the East Salem Rotary garage sale! Pat Mack and Karin Holton are already busy pricing items turned in by members last Friday. Please bring your items to our next Friday luncheon.
Pat and Karin are also looking for volunteers to help on that day. Please sign up to set up, act as security, take money, clean up or take leftovers to Goodwill. A big thank you to Dave Leonard for letting us store the items in his barn for now, and to Ron Hanna who helped ferry items to the barn last Friday. This fund raiser will help McKay seniors purchase caps and gowns for graduation. We want to raise $500 — please help! See below for more information.
Speaking of spring, Earth Day is this Friday, April 22. We will get a heads-up about the day with Vic Baker’s next guest speaker, along with a discussion about climate change. Vic is really hitting all the hot topics this month!
If you are able, be sure to attend the fire prevention puppet show at Waldo Middle School this Thursday between noon and 1:00 p.m. A group from Nogales will be presenting the puppet show and will also be attending our Friday luncheon. During the luncheon, the Nogales visitors will be presenting the Portland Fire Department and our club with a token of appreciation for all we have done for them.
And don’t forget to join us for Rotary at Work on Saturday, April 30 at La Placita. There are a wide variety of projects we can help with — and pizza will be provided when we finish at noon. Come for an hour or stay for the morning!
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I received some bad news and good news this past week. The good news is that Darlene Taylor’s talents have led her to a new job with Columbia Bank. The bad news is that her job is in Wilsonville. As a result, she has regretfully decided that she will not be able to be our president next year. The good news is that Sparky Vaubel has graciously agreed to move up a year and be our president for 2016-2017. The bad news is that we will be needing someone to take over his duties with the youth exchange program. More good news is that Steve Poland also is moving up a year, following Sparky as president. And really good news is that Catherine Carlson has accepted being president following Steve.
I am so sorry to know that Darlene will not be a member of East Salem Rotary. She has provided the club with enthusiasm and leadership and will be greatly missed. I hope that she will be able to attend our socials so we can keep up our friendship with her.
If you will be attending the District Training Assembly on Saturday, April 23, please consider attending the grant management workshops. If we are to apply for district grants, we must have someone attend this year. Sessions are only in the morning. Please let me know if you will attend for ESR.
Rotary at Work is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Maureen Casey has a sign up list to help install new fencing. I’m sure there will be an impromptu “celebration” afterwards for ESR volunteers.
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|A big shout out to all the East Salem Rotarians for their help at the Palm Sunday Brunch! And an even bigger thank you to the spouses, children and friends who helped fill in for absent members! Although we were short handed, we had fun because of our friendships with each other. Nothing to report on how much was brought in, but attendance seemed to be a bit down from last year. The good news is that next year the brunch will NOT be held during spring break!
Our next event is the food drive at the Hayesville Roth’s on this Saturday, March 26 between 9:00 and 2:00. We have at least one person signed up for each 1-hour shift — however, if you can come help out, please do so! We need an additional person on the following shifts:
Don’t forget that this Friday is the last day to turn in your donation to Marion Polk Food Share! Fill out the donation card that was mailed to you earlier (or use one of the cards at our club lunch) to donate cash or to record food donations made. If you volunteer at our food drive, that counts also!
The International Service Committee is working on gathering medical and fire fighting equipment to send down to Nogales, Mexico, through the Rotary Club there. If you have a contact at a fire department or medical clinic, contact Erik Larson for more information.
For our Rotarians at Work Day this year (April 30), the Community Service Committee has scheduled time to start prepping the garden area at La Placita. Materials to build the raised gardens will be ready in mid-May from CTEC.
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Sunset Rotary is holding their 11th Annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 30 between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. They are looking for new or handmade items for babies in low-income families in Marion and Polk Counties. They are also accepting monetary donations on that day.
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Did you learn something about the Cascadia subduction plate at last Friday’s luncheon? What a great speaker! Dr. Rizzo of Oregon Emergency Management Agency provided us with information about what might happen when the next major earthquake hits Oregon. Dave Leonard is following that talk up with a guest speaker who will fill us in on what we should have for an emergency kit this coming Friday. Bring a guest!
I got a call from Iven Findley last week. He is in the hospital with pancreatic cancer and is on dialysis. We signed a get well card at last Friday’s meeting, but I know he would love to have visitors. Please keep him and Helen in your thoughts.
Our Palm Sunday Brunch fund raiser is only 4 1/2 weeks away. Please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. For only $12, they will get a marvelous brunch — well worth the cost! Also be sure to check the roster for your assignment time. If you are unable to attend, you MUST find a replacement. If you are on the second shift, remember that you will be helping to clean up the dining room so it is ready for the residents’ next meal.
The Membership Committee is putting together a survey to determine member satisfaction. This survey will be sent out electronically on March 1 to all current members. A similar survey will be sent out to members who left the club within the last five years. We want to see how you are feeling about our club and what we could do to make it an even stronger club. The results are anonymous, so please be frank. Results will be discussed at a club assembly, tentatively set in March.
- Our International Committee continues to explore how to send emergency supplies to Nogales, Mexico.
- The Vocational Committee is looking into a site visit, perhaps to the Home Depot Distribution Center. Steve Poland is also looking for members to volunteer for the ASPIRE mentoring program at McKay High School.
- The Rotary Food Drive kicks off on March 4. Our club goal is to raise $1,100, have 75% of our club participate, and increase our sustaining donors from 3 to 4. Volunteer opportunities during the month are: March 23 between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Marion Polk Food Share, re-packaging food; and March 26 from 9:00 – noon at the Houck Middle School’s Mission of Hope food pantry. We will have a food drive at the Hayesville Roth’s on March 26 between 9:00 – 2:00. Sign-up sheets will be available in March.
- Club Service has scheduled another social drop-in, this time at Gilgamesh on March 3 between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Phil Sperl continues to look for ways to sell our wine. He has contacted the district fundraiser chair, offering other Rotary clubs the chance to serve our wine at their events. Their club would get 10% of the proceeds and East Salem Rotary would take care of the details. Please keep our wine in mind when your business, family, or friends are having an event and wish to serve wine.
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