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RFP for Investment Management

The Portland Rotary Charitable Trust is opening an RFP for the management of the funds held in trust. The Portland Rotary Charitable Trust is opening an RFP for the management of the funds held in trust. Application window for the RFP will be Monday April 2nd, 2018 and all proposals much be submitted to the Rotary office by May 1st, 2018. Please click here to view the Request for...

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2018 Bylaw Changes

As part of our club's new strategic plan, we are making some big changes. The biggest change that we are pleased to announce is the removal of the Treasurer from the line of leadership to create a new Treasurer role filled by a member who is familiar with accounting and provide proper oversight of our financials. In place of the Treasurer in the leadership team will now sit the President-Elect-Nominee. This person will be responsible for coordinating all membership efforts in the club. In order to make this change, we will be voting on a change in bylaws...

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2017 Broke Bell-Ringing Records!

2017 Broke Bell-Ringing Records!

A new record set for our 82 years of bell-ringing The Rotary Club of Portland broke its record for fundraising in our 82nd year of bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in December!  I announced that the actual 90-minute bell ringing this year raised a little over $21,000, but there was one more event to be added in.  It was a party at the home of Bruce and Rene Kerr.  They could not be there for the actual bell ringing day so they had an alternate party for friends.  Rotary Club member Adam Fyn got the Salvation Army Band to come to the event.  The event was very...

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Super Rotary Bell Ringing Happens in our 82nd Year!

Super Rotary Bell Ringing Happens in our 82nd Year!

Super Rotary Bell Ringing Happens in our 82nd Year!   This year’s bell ringing was truly a big success! The weather warmed up, and we had no rain so it was a perfect day! There were lots of people downtown on the streets so we did very well! Many thanks to all of you who helped! We had 87 bell ringers (35 members, 30 spouses and adult friends, and 22 kids) and five dogs! Last year we had 77 bell ringers! In 90 minutes we raised $21,512.53 which is the sixth largest amount raised by us in the past 20 years! Next week we will have a small event at the Bruce Kerr’s...

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Changes to Washington Park

Share Your Thoughts About the Future of Washington Park. As Ruth Shelly presented on November 21, Portland Parks & Recreation has spent more than a year engaging the community in developing a master plan for Washington Park. The draft plan shows that in 15 years, Portland Children’s Museum will have relocated. Please note that Parks is not asking that the Museum move, but rather preparing us for the probability that our lease will not be renewed when it expires in 14 years. Please read the letter from Portland Parks Director Mike Abbaté and Ruth Shelly here,...

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Rotary Wheel Rededication

Rotary Wheel Rededication

After 100 years, our Rotary Wheel has returned to it's original home. On Saturday, June 24, 2017, Rotarians gathered at the picnic area near Wahkeena Falls in the Columbia River Gorge to celebrate the Rotary Club of Portland’s history with the Historic Scenic Highway. In 1916, The Rotary Club of Portland dedicated a Rotary Wheel fountain to the new highway. A ceremony was held, which was attended by Portland elite Simon Benson, Governor James Withycombe, Rotary Club of Portland President Nelson Pike, Samuel C. Lancaster, an engineer and landscape architect who...

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Youth Exchange Update

Youth Exchange Update

An update from our Youth Exchange student in Denmark This past Monday my host parents arranged to take Esteban, Keely, & I to tour the sugar factory in Nykøbing Falster. The area of Lolland Falster and much of Danish agriculture is dominated by the sugar beet. My train ride to school and much of Lolland is covered is draped in fields of sugar beets, and as the harvest season continues, the only mountains on the island are mountains of sugar beets.  unfortunately pictures were not allowed inside the factory and as we waited outside the gate with about 20 other...

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Friendship Exchange 2018/2019

Friendship Exchange 2018/2019

We have received an RFE invitation to visit District 4640 which is located on the Atlantic Ocean and close to Iguassu Falls. The dates for the inbound side will be October 6th through the 13th, 2018. The outbound has yet to be determined but either in February, April or May 2019. They can host twelve people with six host families at a time.   If you are interested in this exchange and/or whether or not you can host on the October dates, please contact 

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Status Report on Ecuador Microcredit Project

Status Report on Ecuador Microcredit Project

I am pleased to provide you with this status report on the Ecuador microcredit project that your Rotary club helped sponsor in 2015.  This is the pilot program in Guayaquil, Ecuador to help create new manufacturing and craft businesses and provide financing when needed through a Rotary microcredit loan program.  Our Global Grant project provided $60,000 in loan capital plus funding for business coaching and training materials.  The total Rotary grant was for $82,500. Participants have attended a seven month business development program which included three...

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Cyprus Friendship Program – 2013 Group Update

Cyprus Friendship Program – 2013 Group Update

2013 CFP Group Update Neo I’m studying medicine at the University of Milan, first year. Yagis and I are classmates as at the school and the fact that we remained close friends after the CFP played a role in deciding what to do next in our lives and fortunately we both managed to get a place here! As far as the CFP experience is concerned I would say that it did change me as a person. I became a lot more open and sensitive to certain issues. The experience made me feel the need to take action and not be passive like I was before. Before university I had to serve...

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Now Hiring: Marketing Internship

Now Hiring: Marketing Internship

September 2017- March 2018   I started the Marketing Internship with our club 3 years ago and have been very pleased with the success so far. Kristina Reeves worked closely with Abby Collins to create a media strategy, David Obando spearheaded the "I heart Rotary" campaign including videos and still images, and Sofy Turley-Frederick was instrumental in creating the Rotary International Centennial Book produced this year. What is remarkable, though, is that in addition to this great work, none of our interns left Rotary completely at the end of their internship....

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Steve Watts’ Presidential Address

Steve Watts’ Presidential Address

As I prepared to lead our club this year, I considered who we are as Rotarians and who we are as an organization. The obvious is that we are a worldwide organization of 1.2 million individuals. You see our Rotary wheel in virtually any town you go to in the US. Usually on a sign as you enter the town or on the side of a restaurant where the local club meets. You occasionally see the Wheel on a billboard or you see the wheel pinned to someone’s lapel. Rotarians meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner where they visit, conduct club business and listen to a...

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Jim Rippey and Rusty Rostad

Jim Rippey and Rusty Rostad

Honoring their legacies through the work we do in our community   Last year, we said goodbye to Jim Rippey and Rusty Rostad. Both Jim and Rusty joined the club in the early 70’s. These men were the definition of what it means to be a Rotarian and our club was lucky to have them as members for so many years. ** Jim started one of the first mutual fund companies in the region. He was someone who lived the 4-way test. Throughout his adult life, Jim gave a lot to a number of organizations in Oregon because he knew that having a strong community was important. He...

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Farewell & Thank You

Farewell & Thank You

Rotary is the reason I have so many friends Friends were made in my first introduction to Rotary class Friends were made in my first committee, Enterprise Academy Friends were made on the Board of Directors Friends were made on many membership committees Friends were made on the programs committee Friends were made as a Rotary Toastmaster Friends were made “Gearing Up” Friends were made over lunch This week a new adventure begins My family is moving to Austin Texas We are looking forward to regular sunshine I am looking forward to a new Rotary family   Thank you...

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An Update from Youth Exchange Student Emile

An Update from Youth Exchange Student Emile

Hello, Portland Rotary My time in Sing Buri has been full of excitement, learning, fun, and a very happy stomach haha. I already feel like a changed person just from being around these kind people all the time. I have made so many friends here. I've made so many friends at school, it would be hard not too when I can't walk from class to class without at least 5 people saying hello, introducing themselfs or asking me questions. At school I go to mostly every class with the same students but I have art with a different group and 2 times a week have a Thai language...

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Hiring: Financial Services Coordinator

Position Description: The Financial Services Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the financial accounts and records of the Club and the Trust in accordance with general accounting principles. Reports to:   Executive Director Job Summary: Coordinates member financial records as well as Club and Trust accounts receivables and payables. Provides financial and staff support to Trust Board and Club Committees. Coordinates membership status information and billings. Hours: 16-24 hours/week, flexible schedule, must be available Tuesdays Salary: $17/hour...

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Memorial Service for Ron Peterson

Memorial Service for Ron Peterson

Memorial Service Details for  Mr. Ronald W. Peterson March 2, 1927 - February 14, 2016 The funeral service for Ron Peterson, will be held on March 2nd at 2:00 pm.  The service will be at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 147 NW 19th Avenue with a reception to follow at the Town...

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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! I have been to a ridiculous...

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Polio Immunizations in India

Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India.  In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.  We are getting remarkably close to eradicating polio globally.  Therefore, this might be one of the last opportunities we will have to organize a trip to India to participate in polio National Immunization Days (NID) activities.  This trip offers you and the Rotarians in your club and District an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time.   The following summarizes the key trip information:...

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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,...

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