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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
on Jul 01, 2014
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.
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Sep 23, 2014 by Ed Murphy
Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation Chairman Jeff Tainer presented a report on the status of the Foundation. He explained that the Foundation started in 1969, and that all of the club members are automatically members of the Foundation. The Foundation Board is made up of 9 members of the Tigard Rotary Club; each year, the Club votes on three new (or continuing) members. He said the Tigard Rotary Foundation is different than The Rotary Foundation (the international one) even though they both have the same acronym "TRF". Jeff encouraged members to donate to both Foundations. He explained how money comes into the Foundation, how it is invested, and how it is ultimately used. He said last year, we had fewer donations, but a higher yield on investments helped compensate for that. The Foundation money is distributed to a variety of programs, including scholarships, Youth Exchange, RYLA, Operation Warm, and international projects. Jeff mentioned that our club has given out over $317,000 in scholarships, which he said is something in which we should take some pride. He also gave out certificates to members who had moved up a level in giving. Cliff Elling, Shannon Moxley and Ken VanDomelen are now in the "President's Circle", and Rob Musante is now in the Hugh Rader Club. Jeff then called upon several members to talk about some of the club projects which are funded by the Foundation, including:
- Jack Schwab talked about the 45-60 kids that we support with a new backpack and school supplies, and a gift certificate for shoes. He was able to buy 60 gift cards this year, thanks to donations from club members. Jack also talked about the Holiday Food boxes, which we deliver to families in need each year.
- Paul Miller talked about the 50th Anniversary Project, the soon-to-be-installed Outdoor Fitness Equipment to be installed at Craig Dirkson Park. He said this projects sends the right message to young people in our community.
- Dan Murphy talked about the Achievement Banquet - which the Club has been sponsoring for the last 50 years. He pointed out that the students are chosen by teachers, and they are not necessarily top academic achievers. They are recognized for making great strides in a particular area.
- Ken VanDomelen talked about our projects in Guatemala (scholarships, Transitions), but hinted at plans to go BIG and do "some super cool stuff" regarding Lake Atitlán, a beautiful but polluted lake near Antigua. He also mentioned our response to the Typhoon Haiyan in Malaysia through Shelter-Box.
- Birol Yesilada reminded us that we are a Peace Builder Club. He talked about the high school students who came over from Cypress recently, and how they were all hosted by Rotarian families. He also was pleased to report that he and Susan, and Stuart and Chris Cohen, visited a club in Cypress recently, and were able to find a partner club for a peace building project, for which they plan to apply for a Rotary (International) Foundation grant.
- Steve Schmitt talked about the Dictionary Project, and how our club support Rotary's emphasis on literacy. We hand out dictionaries to five elementary schools (the Tigard Grange covers CF Tigard and Metzger schools). We plan to hand out about 600 dictionaries this year.
The Annual Report 2014 is available on the club website, www.tigardrotary.org, under "Documents".
Jeff also oversaw the election of officers. Three people were elected to the Foundation Board, who were Birol Yesilada, Stuart Cohen and Margaret Barnes. Congratulations, and thank you for your service.
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