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Posted by Ed Murphy
The Rotary Club of Tigard welcomes you to its website. This website is here to inform our visitors about the history, mission and work of Rotary Club of Tigard, Oregon and Rotary International. If you would like more information about becoming a member of the Tigard Rotary Club, please contact our Membership Services Chairperson, Jan Richardson, at 503-703-3738 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just send us a note expressing your interest. Mail to: Rotary Club of Tigard, PO Box 23491, Tigard, Oregon 97281-3491. You are also welcome to contact our President, Steve Schmitt, at email@example.com. Thank-you for your interest.
Posted by Steve Schmitt
Interested in Rotary? The Tigard Rotary Club invites you to check us out. Come to one of our lunch meetings, or contact me, Steve Schmitt, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Lunches are $17.00 if paid with cash or check or $17.50 if paid with a credit or debit card. - President Steve Schmitt.
Following is a short video about what Rotary is all about:
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by Ed Murphy
Our guest speaker at our regular lunch meeting on May 7th was Carter Kruse. Carter is the current Student Body President at Tigard High School, and is also President of the Youth Advisory Council for the City of Tigard. He has spent much of his time at the high school dedicated to community and public service, and hopes to continue this as a career in public service. Carter was awarded a national scholarship which included an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC for one week. Carter said he met incredible people and did amazing things!
Carter explained that he and 103 other students met many government officials, including President Obama! They also met and/or listened to the President of the World Bank (Dr. Jim Yong Kim), Supreme Court Justice Breyer, the Deputy Director of Defense, the Director of NASA, the Director of Cyber Security, Senators Joe Manchin, Corey Booker and Johnny Isakson, and several other government officials. He said they ate in the Thomas Jefferson room, visited George Washington's tomb, the Museum of Newspapers (a.k.a. "Newseum"), and toured the NASA headquarters building, the Supreme Court building, and the National Archives building. They also visited the Senate Chambers, where they met with Senator Merkley. And they had a chance to tour many of the monuments in Washington DC, such as the monuments honoring the soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and World War II, and the monuments to Dr. Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln.
Carter shared some of his "take-away" lessons from this incredible trip. President Obama, for instance, said "Don't worry about what you want to be, worry about what you want to do". Senator Isakson said "Love People, Use Things. Not the other way around." Senator Susan Collins said "if you are on the sidelines, you have no right to complain". And Dr. Kim explained how he believes equal pay for women will help the economy grow.
Carter said the local program encourages young people like himself to go into public service, where they can make a difference in the lives of others. He said this was good training for what he hopes to be his career in public service, and was also an opportunity to start to build relationships with future political and public agency leaders. Carter said he plans to attend the U of O next fall.
by Ed Murphy
President Steve Schmitt awarded Sela Brazier with a Certificate of Recognition for her leadership in starting a unified soccer team at Tigard High School. The soccer team brings special education or students with disabilities together with non-disability students. You can see a KATU interview with Sela at http://www.katu.com/news/local/Kids-Doing-Good-Stuff-Student-puts-together-Unified-Sports-Team-301251621.html.
by Ed Murphy
Our Honored Rotarian of the Week last week was Marty Wine, who is the City Manager for the City of Tigard. Marty said her dad was a Merchant Marine, and her mom was a teacher. They moved to Bellevue when she was two years old. She was the youngest of three children, with an older brother and older sister. She said the family moved to Hong Kong when she was pretty young, and they lived there for eight years before moving back to Bellevue. Marty said she attended Western Washington University, where she earned a BA degree in Political Science. She went on to graduate school at Seattle University, where she received an MA degree in Public Administration.
Marty said her first job was a legislative aid position with the House of Representatives, where she met Gary Locke. She later worked as a Policy Analyst for Mr. Locke when he became the King County Executive. [Gary Locke would later became Washington State's Governor, U.S. Commerce Secretary, and Ambassador to China]. Marty said she really likes local government. Besides King County, she also worked as a Senior Budget Analyst for the City of Bellevue, and as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Renton.
Marty joined Rotary in 2012. She is on the Board of Directors, overseeing Youth Service (formerly called "New Generations Services").
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