Rotary Club of Tigard

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SPINNINGS 4-20-2015
Apr 21, 2015
SPINNINGS 4-13-2015
Apr 14, 2015
SPINNINGS 4-07-2015
Apr 08, 2015
SPINNINGS 3-30-2015
Mar 30, 2015

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Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Nicoli's Grill & Sports Bar
17880 SW McEwan Road
Lake Oswego, OR  97035
United States
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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 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 Thank-you for your interest.

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 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.
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Our guest speaker at our regular lunch meeting on April 2nd was one of our own members, Bob Akamian. Bob recounted how sports games get to television and radio, from planning and scheduling years ahead of time to the last 30 seconds before airing the event live. And he should know - Bob has been involved in TV and radio for the last 35 years. He is currently General Manager and Executive Producer, West Region, for PlayON! Sports. He is also Manager of bobtv, LLC, and Talent/Producer for ROOT Sports.
     Bob first talked about the long time-frame. He used the Blazers as an example. He said what games will be on TV are decided, 2, 3, 5, even 10 years out. But as the time draws nearer, there are more specific schedules to work out, days of the event to be selected, and facilities to be rented. He said that as the timeframe gets down to several weeks, there are TV trucks and other equipment that need to be specified and rented for particular dates. He said the Trail Blazers do not have their own equipment - they rent the trucks and cameras. ESPN's favorite camera now is the fly camera - it runs about $10,000 a game for one of those!
     About a month before the event, Bob will visit the arena in advance to do a "walk-through", and will decide things like the number of cameras needed and precisely where they will be located. About a week ahead of the event, he will send out a "facts sheet" - listing everything about the show, including important details like who will be unlocking the gates and at what time. Then finally, it is Game Day. He said it takes about 7 hours to set up everything - the TV trucks, cameras, cables, lighting, etc. The last hour is used to check the transmission - making sure that everything looks and sounds right. The clock ticks down. Last chance to go to the bathroom or grab a bite to eat. Then it is down to the last 30 seconds before live broadcasting. Bob said that doing live sports is the hardest job, because it is not scripted, and no one knows what will happen. He said to do it well, one really needs to love sports (which Bob obviously does).
     Bob reviewed some of the key positions in sports broadcasting, going over the duties of the Executive Producer (who gets the money), the Producer (the "Father of the Show", who decides how to spend the money), the Director (who picks out every item that goes on the air), the Assistant Director (a second set of eyes and ears), the Technical Director (who pushes the buttons and programs every move), the Graphics Director and Assistant Graphics Director (who check for accuracy and appearance), and more. Bob said that these are highly skilled positions, and the decisions of each one of them will affect the quality of the broadcast. In response to questions, Bob shared a few of his memories of things that have gone wrong during a live sports broadcast - nothing too serious, and humorous in retrospect, if not at the time.
Bob Davidson reminded members that the delivery date is set for April 30th. We will not have a club meeting that day so we can deliver roses. Bob needs to report how many dozens our Club wants by April 27th, so please get your orders in to him by April 23rd. You can pick up the forms at our Rotary Club meetings, or you can download the form on our Club website,, under "Home Page Download Files".
The Tigard Rotary Club will be presenting an exciting new fundraising event featuring Michael Allen Harrison, founder of TEN GRANDS in Portland and Seattle. TEN GRANDS ON THE GREEN premieres July 25, 2015 at the beautiful Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club. This historic event captures the magic of 15 years of TEN GRANDS at The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall each Easter Weekend and brings it to the outdoor stage during the summer. Portland Trailblazer and NBA Hall of Fame Announcer Mr. Bill Schonely will emcee our event! Sponsors already committed include the following:
  • Snyder Building More
  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Paul & Dr. Judy Miller
  • Landmark Ford
  • The Grotto
  • Frontier Communications
  • Classic Piano
  • Tribune/LPL Financial
  • George Fox University
  • Peggy and Bob Fowler
  • Bonnie Conger and Conrad Pearson
Please consider this unique opportunity and spread the word to business owners and donors who wish to join us in supporting the Tigard Rotary Foundation and Michael Allen Harrison's Snowman Foundation. For more information, please contact Judy Miller or Ed Ellis at 503-970-5136 or Checks should be made out to The Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation. You can download the sponsorship brochure at, under "Home Page Download Files".


How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...


Apr 23, 2015
Ed Ellis, Michael Allen Harrision, Tom Fuller
Q and A - Ten Grands on the Green
Apr 30, 2015
No Meeting - Rose Delivery Day
May 07, 2015
Carter Kruse, THS ASB President
Washington Week 2015
May 14, 2015
Club Social
May 21, 2015
Honoka Suzuki
My Home County of Japan
May 28, 2015
John Cook, Mayor, City of Tigard
State of the City - Mid-Year Report
Jun 04, 2015
Toraj Khovari
Bull Mountain Park's Nature Play Development
Jun 11, 2015
Club Assembly
Jun 18, 2015
Cheron Calder, Secretary-Elect
Report on Rotary International Convention in São Paulo
Jul 09, 2015
Honorable Hiroshi Furusawa
Japan - USA - Oregon Relations
Jul 16, 2015
Cypress Friendship
Aug 27, 2015
Heidi Yorkshire
Life-Cyle Celebrant
Sep 03, 2015
Jim Walker, District Governor
State of District 5100

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