Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

May
23
2017
Big Brother, Big Sister

Big Brother, Big Sister

  • Tuesday
    May 23, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Beach Pace

Community service comes in many forms, from Rotary to the military and all points in between. Beach will present on Service and ways it's been expressed in her life. She will also cover her current work with Big Brothers-Big Sisters to include the history of the organization, what it's doing now and how it helps the community of Portland and Vancouver. You will also hear from Abby Frederick, a Portland Rotary club member and Big Sister, about her experiences as a mentor.

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Beach Pace BIO:

Educated at the United States Military Academy, West Point -Class of 1991, BS Latin American Studies.

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI - Class of 1998, Masters in Public Administration - named Outstanding Graduate Student.

Currently, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Portland Metro & Vancouver, an organization that helps children achieve success in life through stewardship of strong and enduring professionally supported mentor/mentee relationships.

Officer (Commander) US Army. 1991-1998.

She lead and managed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (Bomb Squad), which provided nuclear, biological, chemical, and terrorist device support to the Mediterranean, Africa, and Southwest Asia regions. She also provided support to the U.S. Secret Service and State Department for the protection of the President, Vice President and Secretary of State. She was responsible for the leadership and technical training of the unit from new privates to seasoned sergeants and for providing consistent liaison with Italian authorities and other host country security depending on deployment.

As a Professor at Northern Michigan University, she coordinated and trained leadership development to ROTC college students bound for service in the US Army as officers and leaders.

Formerly served as:

  • National Sales Director, Roadtrip Nation, an organization whose mission is to empower individuals to pursue fulfilling careers.
  • Vice President & Executive Director, City Year, San Jose/Silicon Valley, an international non-profit organization that engages, trains and deploys a diverse group of college-aged youth to serve disadvantaged children in schools and communities.
  • Regional Manager/Territory Manager and Trainer, Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals.

While at West Point she was a member of the varsity soccer team, Mountaineering Club, Scoutmasters Council and supported Special Olympics. She was a former member of the American Society of Public Administrators and a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, CA. Beach grew up in the Rotary community via her father who served with a NJ based Rotary club for over a decade.


May
16
2017
Hunter Shobe

Hunter Shobe

  • Tuesday
    May 16, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Hunter Shobe

 A discussion about the making of Portlandness: a cultural atlas (2015) and representing Portland from different perspectives.
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Hunter Shobe is a cultural geographer and assistant professor at Portland State University. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon and has over fifteen years of experience researching the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of how people connect to places and environments.
May
09
2017
Rose Festival Court

Rose Festival Court

  • Tuesday
    May 09, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • DoubleTree
    1000 NE Multnomah Street, 2nd Floor
    Portland, OR 97232

we will NOT be meeting at the Sentinel that day, but will instead move to the DoubleTree near the Lloyd Center for lunch!

May
02
2017
NW Photography Archive

NW Photography Archive

  • Tuesday
    May 02, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: John Lausen

John Laursen is a writer, designer, editor, and typographer. For nearly five decades he has owned and operated Press-22, a Portland studio specializing in the design and production of high-quality books and text-based public art projects. Laursen’s clients are primarily publishers and non-profit organizations focused on the arts, education, history, and the environment; among the institutions for which he has produced books and art catalogues are the Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Art Museum, Reed College, Whitman College, Oregon Health & Science University, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. His work in public art includes the creation of commemorative installations for the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and serving on the design team for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

In 2003, with Terry Toedtemeier, the late longtime curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum, Laursen co-founded the nonprofit organization the Northwest Photography Archive, publisher of the Northwest Photography Series, a series of large-format, clothbound books chronicling the photographic heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The first volume in the series, which Laursen and Toedtemeier co-authored, was Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867–1957. Published in collaboration with Oregon State University Press, Wild Beauty led to a major exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. It won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, was declared the best Northwest book of the year by The Oregonian, and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in nonfiction.

Laursen is director and managing editor of the Northwest Photography Archive, and, since the publication of Wild Beauty, has done several dozen slide presentations on the photographs at urban and rural libraries across the state. He is currently working with co-author M. J. Cody on Enduring Spirit: Photographs of Northwest Native Americans, 1855–1934, the forthcoming second volume in the Northwest Photography Series.

Laursen holds degrees in political science from Reed College and UCLA. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, presented by Literary Arts “in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s literary community.”
Apr
25
2017
The City of Portland’s Financial Condition: Funding Infrastructure Should Be High Priority

The City of Portland’s Financial Condition: Funding Infrastructure Should Be High Priority

  • Tuesday
    April 25, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Drummond Kahn

Like any organization, the City of Portland has revenues and expenses, and needs to maintain its assets.  We’ll take a high-level look at the City’s current financial condition, and discuss some key trends facing the City.  The City Auditor’s Office reviews and reports on financial condition regularly, and this presentation will focus on our newest report, issued in April.  We’ll cover interesting trends, see what’s changing in City financial information, and gain a better understanding of the City’s financial strengths and challenges.  We’ll then explore where City funds come from, how they’re spent, and how long-term challenges can impact current and future City decisions. 

Drummond has served as the Director of Audit Services in the City of Portland Auditor’s Office since 2005, leading a diverse professional staff of auditors to assess and report on the City’s performance.  Drummond joined the auditing profession in 1990, and has served in federal, state, and local auditing roles including Chief of Internal Audit Services for the Oregon Department of Transportation and State Audit Administrator for the Oregon Audits Division.  He began his career in the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress.

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Drummond was named one of the 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing by the Institute of Internal Auditors’ American Center for Government Auditing in recognition of professionals who have positively impacted the practice of auditing in the public sector.  He is a past national president of the Association of Local Government Auditors.  

Drummond holds a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College.  He completed professional coursework at the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Training Institute and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  He is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Government Auditing Professional, and a Certified Government Financial Manager.

Apr
18
2017
Environmental Achievement Award Program - Ron Peters

Environmental Achievement Award Program - Ron Peters

  • Tuesday
    April 18, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Ron Peters

Ron Peters is the Director of Engineering for Lucid Energy and leads the technical team in the development of LucidPipe Power System product line.  He is a multiple-patent holding innovator with more than 25 years of experience in developing low and high volume electromechanical systems across numerous industries. He has led development teams in semiconductor capital equipment, consumer electronic device security, the small wind industry and now with Lucid Energy developing innovative hydropower solutions.  He has extensive in-country experience through years of development and production in Asia including several years living in Hong Kong.  Ron earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo California.

Apr
11
2017
The Rose City Rollers, the World’s Best Derby League

The Rose City Rollers, the World’s Best Derby League

  • Tuesday
    April 11, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Kim Stegeman

The Rose City Rollers, established in 2004, is one of the largest women's flat track roller derby leagues in the United States, if not in the world. Its mission is to serve women and girls who want to play the team sport of roller derby, connect with an inclusive community, and realize their power both on skates and off. In 2005 it became a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

Rose City has two travel teams that qualify at the WFTDA level - Wheels of Justice, the A team and the B Team - Axles of Annihilation. They have four home teams, the BreakNeck Betties, Guns N Rollers, Heartless Heathers and High Rollers. The teams are made up of more than 400 smart, tough, accomplished women who skate fast, hit hard, and defy stereotypes about female athletes and women’s sports. They also have two youth leagues and a recreational program with skaters from ages 7 to 60.

It hosts games at the Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park where they draw up to 22,000 enthusiastic fans a year for games.

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In 2004, Kim Stegeman was one of the founders of Portland’s Rose City Rollers . She’s been the Executive Director and a full-time employee since 2006 making her the longest living employee of modern roller derby history. She has a degree in Advertising and Marketing from Portland State University and has worked at Davis Elen Advertising.

She was an active skater from 2004 to 2009 on the Guns and Rollers team, the Rose City Rollers’ all-star team and the Wheels of Justice the two-time reigning World Champion.

Besides her active involvement with the Rollers she enjoys volunteering with other non-profits doing strategic planning, sponsorship training and business coaching.

She’s married to a laid back, Canadian glass blower and has been a happy homeowner since 2004. She loves fuzzy animals and favors spicy foods.

Apr
04
2017
The Business Case for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Business Case for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Tuesday
    April 04, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Emmett Wheatfall

Emmett Wheatfall is an Assistant County Administrator for Clackamas County in Oregon where his primary responsibilities are for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Prior employment includes having been a Vice-President for the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette headquartered in Portland, Oregon, as well as Corporate Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Specialist for Portland General Electric, a 3 billion dollar utility and energy marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

As a human resources professional and leader, Emmett has extensive experience in the areas of public-speaking, training, and facilitation. Having spent years assisting employees, workgroups, and organizations in such areas as equity, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity, he is a highly regarded conference, seminar, and workshop speaker.

Over the years he has been asked to keynote large and small conferences in Oregon and the United States; both public and private-sector. His evaluations constantly rank high in terms of his effectiveness and presentation quality.

Mar
28
2017
Bill Stoller

Bill Stoller

  • Tuesday
    March 28, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Bill Stoller

Bill is co-founder, president and vice chairman of Express Employment Professionals, an Oklahoma City-based franchising company. Last year, Express helped more than 500,000 people find jobs through its 750-franchise system, located throughout the United States, Canada and South Africa. Additionally, sales topped the $3 billion mark for the first time in company history. In 2018, Bill will become the CEO of the company. Prior to co-founding Express, Stoller worked 10 years learning the business at Acme Personnel Service.

Stoller founded and owns Stoller Family Estate, a vineyard and winery located on nearly 400 acres in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The winery produced over 40,000 cases in 2015, has two production facilities on the property and 200 planted acres of vineyards with two-thirds planted in Pinot Noir and a quarter planted in Chardonnay. Stoller Family Estate was also the first in the world to receive LEED Gold certification. Additionally, the winery was awarded 2014 Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest.

Mar
21
2017
Cultural Wisdom: Ancestral Knowledge for the World of Today

Cultural Wisdom: Ancestral Knowledge for the World of Today

  • Tuesday
    March 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Roberto Dansie, PhD

Dr. Dansie has said that cultural wisdom is the collective insights of our ancestors, which guide us on our journey to our true self. Cultural wisdom focuses on four ancestral elements: earth, water, air and fire. Each one represents a physical, emotional, mental and energy intelligence. In our larger circle, cultural wisdom through balance and compassion applies to the four dimensions of consciousness, conduct, culture and community.

These core Native American principles can render extraordinary benefits not only to the indigenous population, but also to people of all cultures. These principles, which he learned at the knee of his Maya/Toltec grand mother, have been of great advantage to him, his family and the community in terms of life, health, education and resiliency when meeting challenges or adversity.

Roberto will help us make sense of sense of our differences with these four elements of Native American Wisdom and how to make a path with the heart and cultivate positive energy.

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Maya, Aztec & ancient wisdom scholar, Roberto Dansie, Ph.D. has been internationally recognized as the most eloquent and accessible contemporary authority on Cultural Diversity and a healer of psychosocial trauma.

He is an award winning speaker, trainer, and clinical psychologist. He has received many rewards and honors, to mention a few: The National Award for Community Development from the Department of Health, the distinguished “Mounted Medallion Award” from the National Indian Health Board and the Humanitarian of the Year from The International Medical and Educational Trust of Columbia Missouri University.

He has authored numerous research articles, has been featured in news and radio interviews and written two books: Eternal Wellsprings and his latest The Four Elements.

Roberto has been a long-standing keynote speaker traveling throughout the United States, Mexico, Latin America and Europe to share is wisdom with a variety of audiences from corporations, hospitals and non-profits.

In 1998 he founded his company Cultural Wisdom and continues to serve communities and organizations by challenging them to reach their potential by combining some ancient wisdom with all the resources within their group.

Mar
14
2017
BRAVO – Inspiring Youth through Music

BRAVO – Inspiring Youth through Music

  • Tuesday
    March 14, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Seth Truby

BRAVO Youth Orchestras was launched in 2013 at Rosa Parks School with a mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through intensive orchestral music education.  BRAVO was inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela's national program of social change through music and is Oregon's first program modeled after it.  Four priority schools are served by BRAVO and by 2020 in partnership with Portland Public Schools, it will provide strings, winds and percussion programs to eight schools in the Roosevelt High School cluster.

 

BRAVO brings daily choral and orchestral music instruction to schools that haven't had music education for years.  It currently serves 125 students in after-school programs and another 400 students through in-school programs taught in partnership with PPS teachers.  The students rehearse ten hours or more per week.  Of the more than 40 concerts they present each year, BRAVO's young musicians have performed with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Carlos Kalmar, with international touring artists like Metales 5 Mexican Brass, and played onstage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the hip-hop/classical crossover duo Black Violin for an enthusiastic audience of more than 2,000.

 

BRAVO's board, staff, volunteers and hundreds of supporters believe that experiencing the beauty and power of music is a fundamental human right, and that the orchestra is an effective tool for cultivating children's self-esteem and the skills they need to succeed in life: focus, discipline, teamwork, and community service. For more information see www.oregonbravo.org.

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Seth Truby, Executive Director and co-founder of BRAVO Youth Orchestras grew up in a large family in Durham, North Carolina.  He played sandlot football on the wrong side of the tracks and the violin and piano on the other side of the tracks.

 

He won a scholarship to study violin at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and after completion toured the capitals of Europe with an elite orchestra. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory as a National Merit Scholar.

 

Seth has explored a variety to career options: social worker, carpenter and an accomplished violinmaker.  He was founder and fundraising chair for the Portland Village School, now the city's largest public charter school.  He served as Director of Development and Community Engagement at Chamber Music Northwest.

 

When he initiated BRAVO it brought together many threads of his life and his passion for music and education.  Seth has a firm belief that the beauty of music should be accessible to all.  His enthusiasm and commitment have assisted him in raising more than one million dollars for BRAVO since it began in 2013.

 

Seth, his wife Angela and two daughters enjoy camping, home repair projects, and making music together.

Mar
07
2017
Peace Through Challenge

Peace Through Challenge

  • Tuesday
    March 07, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Ana Patel

“Sawatdee” is a useful phrase in the Thai language. It means everything from hello, good morning, goodbye, to peace be with you. The phrase goes along with a traditional gesture of putting ones hands together in prayer and bowing the head to acknowledge others. Ana says, “It’s a lovely gesture – one that requires meeting the other person’s eyes and conveying a respect and recognition for each other’s humanity.”

Ana Patel learned the phrase on the second day of her three-month International Rotary Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok last summer where she received a certificate in International Peacebuilding. Ana will share with us her experiences at ‘Chula’ and present her understanding of challenges faced in doing international peacebuilding.

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Ana Cutter Patel brings over 25 years of experience in international peacebuilding, development and human rights to her position of Executive Director of Outward Bound Peacebuilding. Her background spans from building a gravity water system as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural agricultural community in the Dominican Republic; to teaching international conflict issues at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; to training governments and civil society organizations in West Africa on issues related to human rights and the demobilization of ex-combatants.   Her co-edited volume, Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-combatants was published in January 2010. Ana was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic where she learned how to dance merengue and fell in love with Latin America. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and received a Master’s of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Feb
28
2017
Rising Hope Foundation

Rising Hope Foundation

  • Tuesday
    February 28, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Edidah

Many African children  grow up in circumstances that are hard to survive.  Abject poverty, diseases, illiteracy and a culture that is more often than not hindering especially to a girl child are some of the hurdles one has to survive.

The good news is that a number of young people learn to survive the circumstances and to jump the bridge. One of such success stories is Edidah Mpumwire Tumwebaze.

What does one do to jump the bridge between abject poverty and a decent livelihood?

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Edidah Mpumwire Tumwebaze will return to the club to express her thanks for the club's continued support of the Rising Hope Foundation in Uganda. Thanks to Portland Rotary, 14 poor but exceptional and deserving students are continuing their education. She will share the dramatic impact on these children's lives and inspire us with the great work that is being done by this collaboration of the Rotary Clubs of Portland and Bukoto (Uganda), and the Rising Hope Foundation.

Feb
21
2017
Roots and Wings

Roots and Wings

  • Tuesday
    February 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Lou Radja

'Roots and Wings' is a cross-cultural analysis of life experiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Lou will draw on his experiences growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and now living in America to bring home messages of our interdependence and common humanity. Navigating through the duality of being bi-cultural is an ongoing journey: 'Roots' will focus on history and present situation in Congo and 'Wings' will touch on acclimatizing and embracing the opportunities here in the United States.

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A true social entrepreneur, Lou Radja continues to work tirelessly to improve the lives of many across the globe. A recognized and award winning Motivational Speaker and founder of Lou Radja Enterprises, Mr. Radja’s message of personal growth, leadership, diversity and service inspires audiences to Be More and Give More. As Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, a U.S. based nonprofit organization; Lou’s energy is devoted to generating awareness and support to provide quality education for over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Congo. Lou is a member and Past President of the Portland Pearl Rotary Club, an active member of the World Affairs Council of Oregon. Lou and his wife Stacy are proud parents of two boys, Yenga and Senda!

Feb
14
2017
Cowboy Poetry

Cowboy Poetry

  • Tuesday
    February 14, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Scott Depaolo

Scott is a real cowboy and a poet who entertained  Rotarians and guests on Valentine's Day a dozen years ago.  He is returning on Valentine's Day this year with romantic cowboy poetry

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Scott has worked in the horse industry in a variety of roles since 1982.  He has managed and operated Butte Creek Scout Ranch  for the Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years.  Butte Creek is a working ranch that specializes in western trail rides and extended pack trips for all ages both for the Boy Scouts of America and their families.

Scott has a deep belief in the positive effects of experiential learning and that horses can be used to build character and teach positive personality characteristics. He believes that horses make the teaching of many key personal character traits much more natural and that good horsemanship leads to good "humanmanship" (A word from Scott's personal dictionary).

Scott DePaolo is a certified clinician of CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). He is also certified as a pack and trail clinic instructor, Western and English instructor, EFM instructor, CHA site certifier, and is a Certified Equine Specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. Since the early 2000's, Scott has worked on an equine assisted psychotherapy team using horses to help heal troubled youth and recovering adults.

Besides cowboy poetry, Scott's  hobbies include training bridle horses, competing in ranch roping, reining, and working cow horse events as well as traveling to both teach and participate in ranch horsemanship and roping clinics.