Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

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Jun
03
2015
Support Ethics in Business

Support Ethics in Business

Attend the 2015 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards Event

This year's event will be spectacular. The keynote speaker is Jim Bernau, Founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards. Read more in the Oregon Business Magazine.
Mar
19
2015

Rotary Club of Portland Bylaw Changes

On March 19, 2015, Club leadership will be proposing amendments to the Club bylaws. Please click here to read the proposed changes.

Feb
12
2015

Success in the New Economy Video

Tom Goodhue spoke to the Rotary Club of Portland on February 10th and referenced a video during his speech.  Tom is the Executive Director of Oregon Building Congress, a non-profit organization that works with construction based employers and associations to connect high school students with career pathways in the build industry.

Feb
02
2015

Thriving In A Cross Generational Workplace

3 Predominant Generations in the Workplace.

Jan
21
2015

Rotary Club of Portland Bylaw Changes

Per Article XIV. Amendments in the Rotary Club of Portland bylaws: ‘These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting, a quorum being present, by a two-thirds vote of all members present, provided that notice of such proposed amendment shall have been mailed to each member at least ten days before such meeting.  No amendment or addition to these By-Laws can be made which is not in harmony with the club constitution and with the constitution and By-Laws of Rotary International.’

On February 3, Club leadership will be proposing amendments to the Club bylaws. Please click here to read the proposed changes.

Jan
15
2015
News from Marie Schwab, 2013-2014 Inbound Exchange Student

News from Marie Schwab, 2013-2014 Inbound Exchange Student

Hi guys!

 

It's one of my very few free afternoons and I thought I'll take the chance and write to you. I'm writing one email, so I don't have to write fo r each one. 

Overall, I'm doing really well. It's been already 6 months at home. It's crazy how time flies by. I can't deny that I love being here again.

 

Where do I start ...

Jan
15
2015

Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

Approved: January 2015 

The Rotary Club of Portland (the “Club”) is committed to providing a membership environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  Each member has the right to participate in a Rotary club atmosphere that promotes goodwill and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment.  The Club expects that all relationships among persons participating in Club activities will be respectful and free of bias, prejudice, and harassment.

Jan
08
2015
Update from Outbound Youth Exchange Student in Brazil

Update from Outbound Youth Exchange Student in Brazil

Dear Rotary Club of Downtown Portland,

 

   Thank you so much for the kind cards and money you have given me for my birthday, Christmas and to fund my trip. Not only did receiving these presents make me smile for at least a week straight, they will also change the course of my life in incredible ways. You are funding my entire trip to Rio de Janeiro, and the money I do not use then will go to my trip to the Amazon Rainforest. On my trip to Rio we will be visiting the iconic Copacabana beach, Ipanema beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and of course, Christ the Redeemer. Along with that we will get to go on a tour of a Favela, learn how to dance Samba and Funk, visit the Maracanã Soccer Stadium as well as the Botanical Garden. In other words, you are funding several life changing experiences, that without you I would not be able to do.

 

Dec
18
2014
Rotary Bell Ringers Have Another Successful Year in 2014!

Rotary Bell Ringers Have Another Successful Year in 2014!

I am very proud of our club!  On Friday the 12th we again rang the bells for the Salvation Army for the 79th year, and it turned out to be a wonderful day!  We had 115 bell ringers, and the seven dogs (a new record for most dogs bell ringing!).   The numbers were again helped by having 39 college, high school and grade school kids from the Interact club of Sherwood High School and the University of Portland plus three of our youth exchange students.  In the total were 21 spouses/partners/friends!  The energy level was high on the top floor of the Hilton at 1:10 as everyone was counting their money as we all had returned from 90 minutes of active fundraising and were preparing for a hearty lunch of stew, cornbread and pumpkin pie.  Smiles were on all faces.
Oct
02
2014
A Response to Recent Domestic Violence in the Media

A Response to Recent Domestic Violence in the Media

As a representative of your Rotary club’s Domestic Violence Solutions committee, and in anticipation of Domestic Violence Awareness month in October, I want to briefly talk about what you may be seeing come to light in the media recently.

 
I’m sure you are aware of the dialogue going on around NFL player Ray Price and the security video footage that shows him hitting, and knocking his then-fiancé – now wife - unconscious. The public response has been encouraging in that there is a discussion in social media not just about the horrific incident caught on tape – but also a discussion around why she didn’t leave, and why she married him. This is also known as ‘victim blaming’.
 
Though we don’t know exactly why she stayed, there are known possibilities – like, she may have been financially reliant on him or she may have believed she deserved it. She may have thought -- once he apologized and promised he wouldn’t do it again – that the love they had was big enough to conquer all.

Sep
11
2014
Peace in Cyprus

Peace in Cyprus

Two young Cypriot women share their stories

Introduction

The Cyprus Friendship Program’s mission, supported by the Rotary Club of Portland, is to create an opportunity, an environment where youth from an island violently divided physically, mentally and emotionally for the past 50 plus years, can reach out to each other in the exploration of commonalities and differences to build a relationship with the other, based on trust and understanding. It affects families, it fosters deep bi-communal friendships, passionate advocacy for forgiveness and nurtures hope for peace along with the desire for peace.

 

The story you are about to read is from two young Cypriot women, Simone and Sila, whom are peace builders, and shared their experiences in person with our World Peace Committee.

 

Bruce Patton, Chair of the World Peace Committee

 

Jul
06
2014

The Rotary Club of Portland Promotes Youth Leaders

The Rotary Club of Portland Promotes Youth Leaders

Portland, Oregon - July 1, 2014 – The Rotary Club of Portland nominated eleven candidates for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).  All eleven became winners through a rigorous selection process and a distribution of sponsorships among area Rotary clubs. 

Of the group, Portland Rotary will sponsor Lishao Chen, Jazmin Menjivar and Kenechi Onyeagusi; Pamela Baula and Nick Marquiss will represent Beaverton Rotary; and Canby Rotary will sponsor Hannah Miller.  In addition, Troy Bretzman was sponsored by West Linn Rotary, Tyler Sims was selected by Lewis River Rotary, and Cameron Soto was chosen by Tigard Rotary.   Northeast Portland Rotary and Central East Portland Rotary have selected Lesly Eran and Naomi Barbos, respectively, but these individuals may miss the signature RYLA summer event due to summer school.

This year’s RYLA winners range from international students at Portland Community College to interns and young professionals at area companies.

The purpose of RYLA is to recognize young leaders in our community and provide them with an opportunity to expand their perceptions and ideals.  Participants are selected through an essay and application process.  Once selected to receive the award, these young adults are invited to attend a week-long seminar aimed at further developing their interpersonal and leadership skills. 

Rotary is one of the largest international service organizations with over 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs. Rotary clubs are in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Members are dedicated to humanitarian service, high ethical standards and promotion of world understanding and peace.  One of the goals of Rotary is to help young people develop and realize the potential of their leadership abilities and self-confidence. To accomplish that goal, Rotary clubs host thousands of young leaders through RYLA programs each year.

Winners of this year’s RYLA awards are encouraged to visit their sponsoring Rotary club following the summer seminar to share their experiences with club members.

Apr
29
2014

2014-2015 Board Leadership

The election for the 2014-2015 Portland Rotary Charitable Trust just wrapped up adding three new Rotarians as Trustees. Newly elected Trustees include Leslie Brunker, Doug Hardesty, and Cole Mills.

Earlier in 2014, the club elected four Rotarians to the Club Board. They were Chris Achterman, Bill Dervill, and Kate Ertmann.

Congratulations to these newly elected Rotary Club of Portland Leaders. We look forward to your important contributions in the coming year and beyond.

Dec
04
2013
A Poem for the Rotary Club of Portland

A Poem for the Rotary Club of Portland

Imprint

A POEM FOR THE ROTARIANS

 

IMPRINT

 

Each day you leave—

wherever you’ve stepped—

shapes strung along the ground.

Right, left, right, your footprints

are the quick kisses feet steal, a trace

of where your body’s been

and been weighty enough to make

an impression— your journey’s

own configuration. 

 

Go where you need to.

Step with care.  From that earth

left behind you as you walk,

your faint trail shines.

 

 

This is the poem I dedicated to the Rotarian group on November 19th.  It seems a most apt poem for a group whose motto is “service above self.” Service to others above the self. What an admirable goal.

 

We hear too little these days about commonweal, about the common good. We hear too little about service to others, about helping others. Yet Rotarians are people who pledge themselves to service above self. A group that seeks peace through service.

 

Rotarians are very aware of their potential impact on the lives of others, the beneficent impact that service can make. Rotarians ask themselves this: As we make our way in the world, what do we leave in our wake? What impression do we leave behind us?

 

Your journey’s configuration. Every step each of us takes makes a difference. I’m grateful to Rotarians for making such an admirable difference in our world.

 

---Paulann Petersen

Oregon Poet Laureate

Mar
20
2013
End Polio Now

End Polio Now

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