Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Jan
16
2018
Former Governor Barbara Roberts

Former Governor Barbara Roberts

  • Tuesday
    January 16, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts

Barbara Roberts will be talking to us about her post-retirement work both as an author and in the non-profit sector.

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Barbara Roberts was inaugurated as Oregon's first woman governor on Jan. 14, 1991. She completed her term as 34thgovernor in 1995. Roberts, a 4thgeneration Oregonian, was born in Corvallis on Dec.21, 1936 and grew up in Sheridan, where she graduated from Sheridan High School. She attended Portland State University, 1961-1964; the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1989; and Marylhurst College. She has two sons, Mark and Mike Sanders, and was married to state senator Frank Roberts from 1974 until his death in 1993.

Barbara Roberts began her career in public service as an advocate for handicapped children. She began as an unpaid lobbyist in 1969 spurred by concerns for her autistic son, Mike. She served on the Parkrose School Board, the Mt. Hood Community College Board, and the Multnomah County Commission before her election to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1981. During her second term, she became Oregon's first woman House majority leader.

 

During her term as governor, Roberts was recognized as a strong advocate for public education, human rights and services, environmental management, and streamlining state government.


Jan
09
2018
2018 Economic Forecast

2018 Economic Forecast

  • Tuesday
    January 09, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Panel

On January 9th we will be hosting our annual Economic Forecast where the best and brightest will gather to discuss the upcoming economic trends for 2018.

Moderator Dick Wingard will be joined by a panel comprised of Dr. Bill Conerly, Dr. Tom Potiowsky and Dr. John Mitchell.

Panelists:

px00242-7jpg-a74634c3dc07bd36Tom P. Potiowsky

Dr. Potiowsky is the chair of the Economics Department at PSU and was the Co-Director of the Applied Economics Research Group. Tom was appointed as State Economist in 1999 through 2006 and again in 2008 through 2011. He brings years of experience taking complicated economic analysis and results, and turning it into a meaningful, understandable presentation for policymakers and stakeholders. He has also published many articles for trade magazines, articles for edited books, conference proceedings, and selections of conference paper presentations.

Dr. Potiowsky received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1981 and a B.B.A. degree in Economics from Ohio University in 1975.  Upon graduation from the University of Colorado, he was an Assistant Professor at the university before moving to Portland State University in 1983.  At Portland State University, Dr. Potiowsky was Chair of the Economics Department and Co-Director of the Applied Economics Research Group (AER Group).  Tom was appointed as Acting State Economist on February 1, 1999 and State Economist on August 1, 1999.

Tom Potiowsky has been active in publishing and presenting at academic conferences in the areas of macroeconomics and forecasting.  In addition to academic pursuits, he has consulted with numerous companies and given presentations to local organizations.   

Dr. Potiowsky is a member of the American Economics Association. He also serves on the Board for the Oregon Council on Economic Education. Tom loves to take walks with his wife at the beach and wishes he could find time to golf and white-water kayak.



Conerly 2010 3-2Bill Conerly

Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions. He was formerly Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank and held positions in economics and corporate planning at two Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Conerly was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999.

Companies have used Dr. Conerly’s expertise to help with decisions regarding capital expenditures, inventory levels, expansion into new markets, pricing, business models and financial structure. As a diagnostician, he sometimes identifies opportunities and challenges that require additional expertise, at which times he recommends a colleague to help his client.

Dr. Conerly is an on-line contributor to Forbes and the author of Businomics, a book about economics for business leaders.  He is co-author of Thinking Economics, a multi-media high school economics curriculum used in 34 states.

He has been interviewed on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN and local television and radio stations across the country.  He has been quoted in the Wall Street JournalFortune Magazine, and USA Today.

Dr. Conerly is chairman of the board of Cascade Policy Institute, a member of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s Council of Economic Advisors, and a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

He is a member of:

  • American Economics Association
  • National Association for Business Economics (past chapter president)
  • Institute of Management Consultants
  • National Speakers Association (past chapter president)

JohnMitchellJohn Mitchell

John Mitchell received his B.A. degree from Williams College and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  He was a professor of economics at Boise State University for 13 years, before joining U.S. Bancorp in July of 1983.  He was Chief Economist of U.S. Bancorp until July of 1998 and served as Economist Western Region for US Bank until July of 2007. He wrote US. Bancorp’s regional publications including the UpdateThe Business Barometer, Northwest Portrait, and  US Territory s and was a columnist for Oregon Business Magazine. He wrote Sterling Bank’s economic newsletter from 2007 to 2012.   He currently speaks to conventions and business groups around the nation. He was a business analyst for KPTV in Portland. He has been making economic presentations on the nation and the region for more than 43 years.

John was a member of the Western Blue Chip Forecast Panel, and is a Trustee of the Aquila Tax Free Trust of Oregon, a board member of Oregon Mutual Insurance Company and Northwest Bank which has branches in Portland and Boise.  John was Chairman of the Oregon Council of Economic Advisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member from 1984 to 1998. He was Chairman of Governor Kitzhaber’s Tax Review Technical Advisory Committee.  

John and his wife Carol divide their time between the Portland area and Coeur d’Alene.  He enjoys biking, railroading sea kayaking and his granddaughters.

Jan
02
2018
Inspiring Action

Inspiring Action

  • Tuesday
    January 02, 2018
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Noah Schultz

Noah Schultz is a social innovator, youth advocate and public speaker from Portland Oregon who is passionate about bringing services to underprivileged youth. Having served 7.5 years in prison he has a personal connection and motivation to drive reform in our justice system through humanizing the stories of the incarcerated and raising awareness around mass incarceration. He is co-owner of Forgotten Culture Clothing, co-founder of Verbal Escape and subject of the award winning documentary Perception Prison to Purpose.
Dec
19
2017
Holiday Program: Liberace

Holiday Program: Liberace

  • Tuesday
    December 19, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Liberace and Liza Minnelli

A theatrical playground that dares to team up the musical and comedic genius of Liberace & Liza Minnelli

The show? Pure Liberace. The experience? The sorest your cheekbones have ever been. David Saffert hosts as "Mr. Showmanship," bringing to life that incomparable music and stage presence which made audiences swoon for decades. David interacts with the audience just as the master did, whether it's showing off his glamorous costumes, telling flashy tales about the rings, or giving that trademark wink to someone in the front row. You and your friends will be smiling and clapping along to Gershwin, Boogie Woogie, Chopsticks, and "Roll Out the Barrel." Jillian Snow Harris takes the stage to an unimaginable level as Liza Minnelli with such signature hits as "Cabaret," "We're in the Money," and "I Love a Piano." Liberace said, "I don't give concerts, I put on a show." That's what we do, and what a show it is!

Dec
12
2017
Chief Economist - Windermere Real Estate

Chief Economist - Windermere Real Estate

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

Speaker: Matthew Gardner

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew also chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; sits on the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; and is an Advisory Board Member for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate forecasting.

Matthew received his undergraduate degree in economics from Oxford University and a graduate degree in Econometrics from the London School of Economics

Dec
05
2017
A Sedimentary Analysis of the Gorge Fire

A Sedimentary Analysis of the Gorge Fire

  • Tuesday
    December 05, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Scott Burns

As an exceptionally enthusiastic geologist, Scott Burns has been exciting people about rocks for years. Many of us are familiar with his wine tours, as he makes even soil sound as interesting as the drink it produces.

Join us this Tuesday as he will explain the fallout from the Gorge fires this summer from a sedimentary level.
Nov
28
2017
Building Your Career & the Rotary Club of Portland One Relationship at a Time

Building Your Career & the Rotary Club of Portland One Relationship at a Time

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

Speaker: Patrick Galvin

Strong relationships fuel successful careers and healthy Rotary Clubs. In this dynamic presentation, you’ll discover how to:
  • Draw upon Rotary’s powerful relationship building lessons
  • Integrate your face-to-face and online networking activities
  • Increase retention and referrals for the Rotary Club of Portland and the organizations you work for or serve

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Patrick Galvin has been connected to Rotary since 1989. After graduating from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Patrick was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that funded his studies of Latin American history at the Graduate School of History at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Patrick has been a member of the Rotary Club of Portland since 2012. After serving as the club’s membership chair for two years, he joined the club’s Trust Board for which he currently serves as treasurer. In 2015, he presented at the Rotary International Convention in São Paulo, Brazil. Patrick is also the chief galvanizer of The Galvanizing Group, a marketing communications company in Portland, that helps businesses increase credibility, visibility, and sales without advertising. Patrick is a past president of the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association and has presented on business relationship building to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. Patrick’s business parable The Connector’s Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time has received more than 175 reviews on Amazon and sold more than 10K copies since its publication in 2016. To watch Patrick speak, please visit his website. Patrick lives in Portland with his wife Ellen and nine-year-old daughter Anya who has been a holiday bell ringer for the Rotary Club of Portland and Goodwill for the past five years.

Nov
21
2017
Oregon Ethics Panel

Oregon Ethics Panel

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

Speaker: Oregon Ethics Panel

Business Ethics is not a one night a year issue. There are many organizations doing business the right way in Oregon. We honor those organizations at the annual Oregon Ethics in Business Awards each spring. As we are right in the middle of the nomination process for 2018, we will bring back some of our 2016 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honorees for a panel discussion.

 

Our panel of guests will include:

 

Panelists will share their experience as on Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honoree, talk about how ethics has specifically shaped their organization and share examples of ethically challenging decisions they have made.

Nov
14
2017
PERS – The Problem That Just Won't Go Away

PERS – The Problem That Just Won't Go Away

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

Speaker: Allen Alley

An explanation of the size and reason for the unfunded liability of PERS, the attempted changes to try to fix it, and how bad it is likely to become.

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Allen Alley has been both a successful entrepreneur and a general partner of one of the premier US venture capital firms. He is one of the few people who has invested in and co-founded companies that grew from startups to have public market capitalizations of more than $1 billion. His expertise spans software as a service, computer graphics and semiconductors.

 

Allen is hard to categorize. He is a republican who worked for a democratic governor. He drives a Smart Car and a Corvette. He loves cars but also walked 400 miles across Oregon in his campaign for Governor. He has extensive experience building global companies and is as comfortable eating tonkatsu in Tokyo, hotpot in Chengdu, ribs in Cincinnati or Taco Bell in Tualatin.

 

He manages a very active venture portfolio of technology companies as well as devoting time to making government more transparent, efficient and accountable. The foundation of his career is a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue and design engineering at Ford and Boeing.

 

Allen is here today to talk to us about the solvency of the Oregon Public Employee System with a presentation titled, “Oregon PERS, It’s the cash flow stupid!”


Nov
07
2017
Veterans Day - Tony Marshall

Veterans Day - Tony Marshall

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

Speaker: Tony Marshall

On July 3 while on his combat 266th mission he was forced to eject over enemy territory and was captured. Lt. Col. Marshall’s talk “My TDY to Ha Noi” translated means, My Temporary Stay as a Prisoner of War in the North Vietnamese Hao Lo Prison known euphemistically by American Fighter Pilots as the “Hanoi Hilton”.

He’ll discuss his life in the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Air Base, Thailand, what led up to his ejection from his F-4 Phantom fighter jet over enemy territory, and his capture. Throughout his ordeal as POW Tony kept his wits about him, and developed a warped sense of humor, thus his title “Ha - Noi”.


This is a great opportunity to bring a guest - Please register ahead of time if you are a non-member by clicking the 'Register Now' link below


Reception for Lt. Col. Tony Marshall
November 6th
6:30-8:30 PM
The Oswego Pointe Condo Club House

On November 6th, Angel Pilato will be hosting a reception for Lt. Col. Tony Marshall.

If you would like to attend this event or the reception + lunch, please RSVP by clicking the 'Reception + Lunch RSVP' link below

Oct
31
2017
Ethics of Driverless Cars

Ethics of Driverless Cars

  • Tuesday
    October 31, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Hans Witt

It's HALLOWEEN! Feel free to dress up in a costume (maybe your favorite Rotarian?) and show off your scary side!

 

The shift to digital is transforming the way businesses deliver and track goods, from the point of initiation to the final destination.

Last-mile delivery, self-driving cars and trucks, delivery drone and robots, and artificial intelligence applications in logistics are all poised to change how companies send goods, how customers receive packages, and how the population gets from Point A to Point B.

This talk will focus on the disruptive impact that self-driving cars will have on technology, economy, city planning and society.

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Mr. Witt received a Masters in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Brunswick in Germany and a Bachelor in Business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

 

He worked in senior management positions at IBM, NCR, Datapoint, Microsoft and Intel over the years. His aim was always to use AI algorithm in his projects.

 

In 2000 he joined a small startup from the Carnegie Melon University to develop a natural language business rule system based on machine learning algorithm. The company was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2008 to be incorporated in the Oracle policy management suite.

 

In 2012 Mr. Witt joined a small Portland startup, Attensa Corporation, to work on external content processing services. At the core of the system is a natural language engine that allows semantic tagging of content for categorizing, searching, filtering and other advanced AI capabilities. The services are in use at several large pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, etc.)

 

Mr. Witt’s background in AI and the machine learning algorithm has spiked his interest into the self-driving car segment since it touches several core areas that the AI community is trying to resolve - Ethics in AI development, Economic impact through advances in AI development, and control and regulation of those categories.

Oct
24
2017
Member Interview with Kay Toran

Member Interview with Kay Toran

  • Tuesday
    October 24, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Kay Toran

As the President and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon (VOA Oregon), Kay Toran provides the overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization. VOA Oregon is a broad-based human services organization providing programs designed to improve the lives of Oregon’s children, families, and seniors.

Kay joined the organization in July 1999 after serving six years as the Director of Oregon Department of Services to Children and Families – Oregon’s child protective services agency in the Department of Human Services.

Prior to her leadership role in child welfare Ms. Toran served in other key leadership roles in Oregon State Government. She was the Administrator of Oregon’s Purchasing Department; Assistant to the Governor and Director of Affirmative Action for the state of Oregon under Governor Victor Atiyeh; and Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.

Kay received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland and Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. In May 2012, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portland.

She currently serves on the Board of Regents – University of Portland; Board of Directors – Albina Community Bank and Providence Health and Services Community Advisory Board.

Kay served on the Board of Directors, Oregon Community Foundation from 2008 – 2016 and the Oregon Education investment Board from 2011 – 2015. This board was charged with leading the transformation of the public education system in Oregon from early childhood through higher education.

Kay has been recognized by many organizations for her leadership and service including the following:

February 2017                   Pillars of Leadership & Service Award – Oregon Black Pioneers

January 2017                     Rosa L. Parks Award – Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church

March 2016                        Women of Achievement Award – Oregon Commission for Women

February 2014                  Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award from Concordia University

April 2013                           Pioneer Leadership Award from REAP (Reaching and Empowering all People)

November 2012               Compassion and Wisdom Award – Providence Health and Services

August 2009                     Mayor Sam Adams proclaimed a Day of Appreciation for Kay Toran

December 2008              CEO of the Year for Non-profits – Oregon Business Journal

April 2006                          Nohad Toulan Urban Pioneer Award from Portland State University

May 1995                            Alumna of the Year – Portland State University



Kay also received Leadership awards from the March of Dimes of Oregon and the Oregon State Management Association, among others.

Ms. Toran is the mother of an adult son and daughter and the grandmother of two.
Oct
17
2017

Fall Business Exchange

  • Tuesday
    October 17, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Various Locations

Speaker: Fall Business Exhange

Rotary Club of Portland's Fall Business Exchange is October 17th. We will not be meeting at the Sentinel Hotel, instead each member will sign up to visit one of the following business' where our members work and volunteer. Enjoy a smaller setting and an in depth discussion on the company, while building closer relationships with fellow members.
 
 

Fearless Brewery

Host: Bennett Johnson
326 SE Broadway Estacada
 
Fearless Brewing Company sits at the base of Mt. Hood National Forest.  Our beer is brewed from the ‘magical waters of the Clackamas River’, which, in our opinion, is the best water in the world for making beer.  We have been in business for over 14 years, and our beer is distributed throughout Oregon, Washington and Western Canada.  We are known best for our Fearless Scottish Ale (gold medal winner), but other beers such as our Mjolnir IPA, Fearless Peaches & Cream Ale, Loki Red Ale (named top ten by Willamette Week) and Fearless Porter (gold medal winner) are also very popular.  We are not a large brewery, but we enjoy a loyal customer base.  Two years ago we added a new state of the art brewing system, which we love to show off.

 

RVK Inc.

Host: Kim Cash
1211 SW 5th Suite 900
 
Headquartered in Oregon, with branch offices in NYC and Chicaco, RVK (formerly R.V. Kuhns & Associates) is one of the largest fully independent, institutional investment consulting firms in the U.S. Our 120+ professionals help corporations, public funds, endowments, foundations, and pension and defined contribution plan sponsors (and more!) with the investment side of their business. The heart of RVK is our team-centered approach to client service, and that’s the only way we make money – no proprietary products, no revenue sharing or soft dollar arrangements.

Salvation army

Host: Adam Fyn
1712 NE Sandy Blvd

The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle is one of several locations in the Portland area. From our location on NE Sandy Blvd, we offer a variety of social services throughout the week including food assistance, senior prescription assistance, and others. A unique feature of this location is that we operate a membership senior drop-in center, the Rose Center, which is open Monday-Friday every week. This program allows seniors affordable lunches, fun in-house activities, and exciting trips to locations all over Oregon. In addition to these programs and services, we are also a church. We hold regular Sunday morning worship services, as well as various activities throughout the week for people of all ages. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
 

allen trust company

Host: Tara Hendison
121 SW Morrison Suite 875

Allen Trust Company provides comprehensive trust and investment management services for individuals, families and charitable organizations. Allen Trust Company is proud to be a local and specialized alternative to large, far-flung trust companies and investment managers. We are Oregon’s only independent trust company, with a focus on providing highest-quality, personalized service. We have also opened offices in Washington and Alaska to better serve our Pacific Northwest clients.
 

The Barnett firm

Host: AJ Barnett & Jim Dunn
11501 SW Pacific Hwy; Suite 201 Portland

We are a damn good law firm
 

medical teams international

Host: Dale Canfield
14150 SW Milton Ct, Tigard OR 97224

Responding to urgent health needs is core to the mission of Medical Teams International. Medical Teams International is a global health organization working to provide care to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. Current projects include responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, health clinics to more than 1 million refugees around the world, and urgent dental care in our local community.

SUPREME perlite COMPANY

Host: Frank Petterson
4600 N Suttle Rd. Portland

Come see how we levitate a water laden, mixed glassy silicate particle over an intense natural gas flame.   This process first softens the glassy silicate and the entrained water  within the particle then turns to steam , forcing  it to expand  like popping popcorn.
 
Oct
10
2017
President Teddy Roosevelt

President Teddy Roosevelt

  • Tuesday
    October 10, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Joe Wiegand

Joe Wiegand is considered the world's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. As an actor and historian, Joe's portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt in live performances make people wonder if TR has come back to life. He will give us a glimpse of the life of our 26th President (1901 to 1909), who was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, TR became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States during the early 20th century.

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Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was elected president of the Student Body twice. He served as a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University before launching his own business as a political campaign consultant and public opinion survey expert.   Joe has been named a Wilkins Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.

In 2004, at the pinnacle of a twenty-five year career in public policy and political campaigns, he began performing as Theodore Roosevelt. In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Samantha, and Faith, their golden retriever traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency. The highlight of his 50 state adventure was his performance at the White House and in New York City, the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt.

Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt on the History Channel in “The Men Who Built America” and “National Parks Adventure”. He served as the model for the TR sculpture that’s at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Joe lives near Colorado Springs and has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and is a member of the National Association for Interpretation. During the summer, Joe performs in Medora, North Dakota, which is gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

 

Joe’s performance is gift from Joe Wiegand and the Oregon Historical Society.

Oct
03
2017
Rotary International Director - Zone 25/26

Rotary International Director - Zone 25/26

  • Tuesday
    October 03, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: John Matthews

John has been a Rotarian since 1988 and is a currently a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island, Washington. He served as District Governor for District 5030 in 2010-11 and has been selected to serve as the Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26 for the years 2017-19.

In addition to his work with Rotary, John has completed two successful careers. The first with the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Commander in the Supply Corps. The second where he recently completed 25 years as a Senior Vice President with Costco Wholesale. Costco is a $110B company with 180,000 employees worldwide. While with Costco, John had responsibilities for all of the Human Resource and Risk Management functions.

While living in Seattle, John has been active in both corporate and community boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, The Advisory Board for the University of Washington Bothell, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Rotary First Harvest and NW Reinsurance.

John and his wife Mary Ellen, who is also a Rotarian have been active supporters of the Rotary Foundation. They have travelled internationally in support of foundation grants and polio immunization. They believe that some of the greatest gifts that Rotary brings to the world are our Peace Programs and the scholars that graduate from them. In support of those efforts, John and Mary Ellen have established the John and Mary Ellen Matthews Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.