Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

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Mar
08
2013
Now Accepting Youth Exchange Applications!

Now Accepting Youth Exchange Applications!

The deadline is fast approaching. Continue Reading for more information and a link to the application.
Dec
17
2012
Salvation Army Bell Ringing!

Salvation Army Bell Ringing!

Featured in a Blog!

Check out the link to this local Blogger's piece that features our Bell Ringin' Rotarians!

 

http://noticingswportland.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/friday-and-thursday/

Nov
22
2012
Thanksgiving Message from President Bruce Frederick

Thanksgiving Message from President Bruce Frederick

Greetings and happy Holidays fellow Rotarians.

In this holiday season I was reflecting on what I am thankful for.  I am thankful for all the efforts expended by my fellow Rotarians. 

 

I am thankful for our International Service Committee led by Susan Cooksey who is currently working on a women’s health project in Fiji.  Early next year Committee members will be in Central America attending a projects fair and visiting existing projects our Charitable Trust have supported.  One example is the scholarships provided to students in Coatpeque Guatemala.  Our support along with other clubs in District 5100 have assisted 260 students graduate from the 9th grade of which 40 have gone on to trade school and 8 to university.  Other projects include textbooks to Rwanda, Clean Water in Nicaragua, Lebanon School Water, a malaria project in Mufulira to name a few.

 

I am thankful for our Wheels of Power committee led by Doug Hardesty.  Each recipient of a wheelchair or scooter is visited by members of this committee in their home to evaluate the request for support.  This year so far they have helped 10 people in their mobility needs.

 

I am thankful for our Community Grants Committee led by Craig Jones.  This committee receives requests for support from community organizations with an emphasis on disadvantaged and underprivileged and  at risk youth.  They select the recipient of our Dernedde Fund support.  Each recipient of support is visited by the CommitteeThis year we have provided support to Janus Youth Program, BEAT riding Center, and the Volunteers of America.

 

I am thankful for our Domestic Violence Solutions Committee led by Corinn deWaard.  This committee is sharing our Domestic Violence Solutions Toolkit with other Rotary Clubs in our District.  You can pledge to take a stand against Domestic Violence and support this important initiative of our Club.  The committee works with organizations that support families affected by Domestic Violence.

 

I am thankful for our Peace Committee led by Leslie Brunker.  This committee provides educational opportunites related to peace and conflict resolution such as the Oregon Humanities discussions held at the Oregon Historical Society.   They are working on a Cypress Friendship Program where Greek and Turkish students are brought together in the US with the goal of encouraging lifelong friendships.

 

I am thankful for our Youth Exchange committee led by Delanie Delimont and Phil Levinson selected two long term outbound students and one short term student who will spend next year and next summer abroad sharing what Portland Oregon is about.  Expanding their understanding of different cultures and promoting world peace.  They also arrange host families for our inbound students, counselors for the students and host families.  The State Department requires a lot of documentation for an organization to participate in exchange programs and our committee is doing a wonderful job.

 

You will hear more from me about Enterprise Academy, Oregon Ethics in Business, Preserve Planet Earth, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in the future.  I am proud of all the activities of our club.  The power of Rotary is in our community.  Be a part of that community, support our Charitable Trust, be active in a committee, share the power of Rotary and help make the world a better place.

- Bruce Frederick, President

Nov
16
2012

Rotarians in the News!

Providing insight into our Rotarians. Tom Kelly's business keeps building!

 

The Rotary Club of Portland's members are comprised of generous community leaders who's work makes a differences in people's lives every day.

Rotarian Tom Kelly was recently featured in a Sustainable Business Oregon article for his work as the CEO of Neil Kelly Co.

 

Check out the article!

Nov
16
2012

Rotarians in the News!

Providing insight into our Rotarians. Today's feature Rotarian is Scott Hatley.

 

The Rotary Club of Portland's members are comprised of generous community leaders who's work makes a differences in people's lives every day.

Rotarian Scott Hatley was recently honored by being the feature of a KATU news segment highlighting Everyday Heroes.

 

Check out the video!

Nov
02
2012

Why Give?

Trust Drive 2012-2013

A message from the 2012-2013 Trust Drive Chair

 

 Few individuals in Oregon have had as much public sector responsibility as our speaker this week, Max Williams. Prior to becoming the president of the Oregon Community Foundation Max served for 8 years as the Director of Oregon's Department of Corrections, the most senior state official in charge of our prison system and its biennial budget of $1.4 billion.

 

Having seen first hand the cost and difficulties of both protecting society from criminals and rehabilitating them for life outside the prison system Max conveyed a unique perspective on philanthropy. He suggested that many programs that Rotary and the OCF support which target youth and the underprivileged help correct some of the root problems that lead individuals down the path to criminality and eventually incarceration at great expense to our state.

 

"OCF has invested millions in early childhood programs, relief nurserys and parent education to protect our at-risk and vulnerable children," Max said. "We have a special commitment to the cause of childhood underdevelopment and underachievement because the problems are solvable. And when we join together to improve our community we get more than just the combined value of the gift – there is a multiplier effect in community commitment, engagement and well-being."

 

As you consider your gift this year to the Portland Rotary Charitable Trust that message should resonate with Rotarians who are by nature pragmatic about solving the world's problems. Your gift will help build a more cohesive vibrant society by providing opportunities for students to learn about the wonders of free enterprise through Enterprise Academy and discover how marvelous our world is through youth exchange programs. Your gift will help combat the causes of domestic violence and provide mobility in Portland through wheel chairs for handicapped individuals. Your gift will help bring clean water to Central American villages and books to Kenyan school children. So join our Rotarian Community with your gift as we help build world peace one person at a time.

 

- Trust Drive 2012-2013 Chair Jim Parker

Oct
04
2012

Rotary International Commits $75 million to End Polio

 

A Renewed Commitment

 

Every time you contribute to the Charitable Trust, it makes a difference. Donations to the matched Polio Challenge fund have made a dramatic impact on the world's fight to end polio.

One week ago, on September 27th, Rotary International made a new funding commitment of $75 million dollars over three years to go to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). This pledge was made at a side event entitled: "Our Commitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Polio-free World" that occured at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged UN members to increase their support for the GPEI, launched in 1988 by Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The partnership now includes the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation.

 “This decisive moment is a matter of health and justice. Every child should have the right to start life with equal protection from this disease. That’s why I have made eradicating polio a top priority for my second term as Secretary-General,” said Ban.

Watch a recording of the event at the UN here.

 

Rotary weighs In

 

“We are at a true tipping point, with success never closer than it is right now. We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk breaking our pledge to the world’s children,”  said Wilfrid Wilkinson, chair of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary and its GPEI partners have reached more than 2.5 billion children with the oral polio vaccine, preventing more than 8 million cases of paralysis and hundreds of thousands of pediatric deaths. Rotary’s chief responsibilities in the initiative are fundraising and advocacy, an increasingly important role as the polio end game draws near. 

Earlier this month, Rotary launched a new website to garner greater support for the global polio eradication effort. More than 6,000 visitors signed a petition on the site calling for world leaders to commit additional resources to close the funding gap. Wilkinson presented the signatures on Rotary’s behalf during the UN polio eradication side event. Visitors to the site can also estimate the potential dollar value they can generate by sharing the polio eradication message through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

“The unwavering commitment of Rotary members has been vital to the incredible progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative,” said Wilkinson. “How critically important it is for the global community to seize this historic opportunity before us to end polio now."

Jul
31
2012
Kenyon T. Bement Award - Corinn deWaard

Kenyon T. Bement Award - Corinn deWaard

The Kenyon T. Bement Award is presented annually to a member of the Rotary Club of Portland for contributions to the club and to the community in the spirit of the Rotary motto: Service Above Self.

This year’s recipient is Corinn deWaard.

Corinn was charged with the task of leading a group of Rotarians to create a community initiative. The result was a strong message about domestic violence solutions through education and awareness within the workplace. Months of work and dedication produced the Workplace Resource Kit, found here.

Congratulations Corinn and thank you for your continued service to Rotary.