Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

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Nov
12
2015
An Update from Youth Exchange Student Piper

An Update from Youth Exchange Student Piper

So.... RUSSIA!!!!! It's only the most amazing place ever!! It is just so beautiful!!! And everyone is so nice, and helpful, and everyone wants to show you everything!!! 

Epigraph! I am only attending school Epigraph and it is great! There is only 5 kids in my class, which I thought I would hate, but I love it. They are all so nice and they help me and Joaquin a lot with our Russian. And because we are such a small group it means we can go on little field trips a lot! And we are all starting to become actual friends which is very nice!
Nov
05
2015

An Update from the Homeless Task Force

Likely many of you know that in our club’s proud 105 year history, we have often asked ourselves “what can we do for our community today?” and then we’ve taken action.  We have in our history commissioned projects ranging in size from $11,000 to $11,000,000.  We have a long history of coming together to make a big difference on matters of social justice in our community.

Today we are responding to the strong need we are all perceiving in the issue of homelessness in our community.  President Agustin commissioned a task force to take a deep dive on this topic, for the purpose of exploring what we can do for our community today.  

Aug
06
2015
DV Shield Law Passed

DV Shield Law Passed

Two of the components of the DV Shield Law I wrote passed unanimously and were signed into law by Kate Brown.  You were the first huge step with your invitation to the Rotary club to speak.  Thank you so very much!

More work to be done—and lets stay in touch for the fun stuff, too!

Liysa Swart

Aug
05
2015
Postcard from Youth Exchange Student Alphan Sekuri

Postcard from Youth Exchange Student Alphan Sekuri

Hello nicest people of Rotary Club of Portland, 

 
This is Alphan Sekuri, your Turkish exchange student from 3 years ago, with greetings from Izmir, Turkey! Since I got back from Portland, a lot has changed. Got through high school and made it to a medical school in Istanbul, which just turned out to be more fun than it actually sounds. 
Jul
16
2015
Now Hiring: Marketing Internship

Now Hiring: Marketing Internship

September 2015- December 2015

Hours:

  • 10 hours per week
  • Flexible
  • Mandatory times: Tuesdays from 11am-2pm

Pay: $500 stipend for one quarter

Length of Internship: September 2015- December 2015

Besides the tasks listed below, an internship with the Rotary Club of Portland allows students to connect with 275 prominent business professionals in Portland with the hope of finding business contacts and opportunities for the future.

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Intern will:

  • Work with the Marketing Committee to implement a 1-year strategy connecting with media contacts in the community
  • Connect with Rotary members to gather stories for social media projects
  • Work with committees to advertise activities and grants
  • Design marketing materials
  • Other tasks as assigned
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.