Mary’s Musings

The Oregon Garden Brewfest this past weekend was a great venue! Our booth, the only one selling wine, was at the entrance to the pavilion with a great traffic flow. Many visitors were grateful to have an option other than beer to drink. Final numbers will be coming in the future.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for our next fun event – the Rotary golf tournament on July 20. There are several ways you can participate! Check with Tom Marks to sign up, become a sponsor, or to “purchase” a box of dictionaries for $60. See his article below.

 

We’ve got a great vocational tour this Friday at C-TEC on Portland Road. This technical training center for high school students is still under construction, so you will need to follow John’s directions for entering the area. John will be sending those directions out, so watch your email inbox.  Remember that you are on your own for lunch as there is no place for us to eat on their campus. I’ll see you there at 12:20 with the tour starting at 12:30.

 

Also mark your calendars for the Rotary Night at the Volcanoes stadium on August 9. You can purchase reserved seating (bleachers with a back) and attend the all-you-can-eat barbecue for only $23. Or just come to the game for $12! Regardless, $4 of your entry fee will be going to Polio Plus.   You can also upgrade to the box seats for an additional $4.  See Will  for tickets.

 

Ambulance Project Makes a Big Difference

amb1 Last fall we were entering our second year of an ambulance project that was supposed to take just a few months.   After months of searching, the International Service Committee finally found an available ambulance that would meet the needs of the village in Guatemala, who were the intended recipients.

Through Phil’s connections with the Tualatin Valley Fire Department and additional donations from club members and other Rotarians, we had stocked the ambulance with medical equipment and supplies along with some educational materials.   It took a little longer than we had originally anticipated, but the ambulance was fully stocked and ready to be driven to California where it would be put on a container ship and sent to its new home in Guatemala…or so we thought.

Months went by and we had many a swing and a miss in getting confirmation from the recipient club in Guatemala that they were ready to receive the ambulance.  It looked like we might have this ambulance with us for quite some time.   As the new Rotary year began, we still had not received any assurances from Guatemala, and the board of directors set a deadline for the ambulance to be on its way to Guatemala or they would need to seek other options.   The deadline came and went with nary a word, so Phil put the word out to the district that we had a fully stocked ambulance looking for a new home.

It didn’t take long before, through a connection from the Rotary Club of Woodburn, that the International Service Committee was working hard to get the paperwork together to get the ambulance delivered to a Rotary Club in Nogales Sonora  Mexico.  As the fates often have a way of guiding your hand, it became apparent last week, that this is where the ambulance was meant to be.   Below is an email received by Phil. The English is broken and the grammar is poor, but the story is clear.

“hola amigo Felipe, were sending you pictures of the service our paramedics did yesterday…………….we are really proud because our ambulance M5 was the only ambulance in nogales sonora and nogales Arizona also with the equipment needed to take a 4 day infant from our hospital in nogales sonora to the hospital in nogales Arizona….. it is not permited for ambulances from mexico get across to usa, but when the nogales az ambulance didnt have the equipment needed the baby incubator, the border authorities opened the border line for the first time to permit our ambulance M5 deliver the baby to the hospital in the usa…………the baby was going to die if he didnt get the medical attention needed urgently…… it was really critical and the doctors in mexico couldnt find an ambulance to deliver the baby until the red cross contacted us………….we are really gratefull with you and everybody that helped in getting us the ambulance because the babys life was saved because of the transportation with the right equipment…… tell it to the members of your club…………all of you are part of saving this babys life…………thank you and GOD bless all of you…………..”

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That, my friends, is what Rotary is all about.

 

 

President’s Message

As I was sitting in church on Sunday, listening to the sermon, my thoughts kept turning to Rotary.   The sermon was on the “Mighty God” portion of the scripture from Isiah…Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God…you know the rest and it was entwined with a message of our churches undertaking of a project to end malaria, called Imagine No Malaria.

I don’t know that I was necessarily getting the message our pastor had hoped, but to me it came down to this…look what we can do if we all join together in a common cause to make the world a better, safer and healthier place.   To me, it was the message that we have been realizing through Rotary and our End Polio Now campaign for the last few years.   It really is amazing what the power of one can do.   No matter who or what your higher power may be, no matter what your belief system, no matter what your socio-economic status….if we all work together we can accomplish amazing things.

Congratulations Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month

Waldo Middle School Students Abigail Eckelman and Ben Asbury were recognized as students of the month for modeling good attendance at school.

Parrish Middle School Student Juan, was recognized as student of the month for modeling the character traits of honesty and fairness.

Congratulations to these great students.

The Rotary Foundation….It Does Good Things

This Friday, we will be kicking off Rotary Foundation Month, so I thought it would be a good time to share a little bit about The Rotary Foundation and the work that is done through the foundation right here in District 5100.

The donations that are made locally to The Rotary Foundation are returned to the local district in three year cycles and are then distributed to local Rotary Clubs for their projects.   These projects can be local or global in nature.

This year, we applied for one of these grants and received $1,900 from the District 5100 Foundation for our work at Swegle Boys and Girls Club.   These monies will allow us to include an irrigation system in the learning garden when we build it this spring.

The Rotary Foundation is listed in the top ten list of charitable causes for efficiency in the use of its donations.   As we enter into Rotary Foundation Month, I challenge each of you to commit to giving at least $100 to The Rotary Foundation this year.   It is easy to do and can be done in monthly payments either by check or directly from your bank/charge account.

Click on the photo and learn more about how you can make a contribution to help continue the work of The Rotary Foundation.  During the months of November and December, your gift will receive a point match from Al Jubitz.

No Meeting This Week….Rose Delivery Day

I love the look on people’s faces when I deliver their roses to them.   Many have been repeat customers for each of the years I have been in this club and while somewhere in the back of their mind, they know the roses are coming, they are always so joyful when that box is handed to them. 

It reminds me that this is more than just a fundraiser for the good works that we are able to do in our local and global community, but it is also a way of reaching out and sharing a little piece of Rotary with those who we have connections with in other facets of our everyday lives.  

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the rose sale.