Rotary Club of Tigard

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SPINNINGS 9-16-2014
Sep 16, 2014

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Sep 08, 2014

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Sep 01, 2014

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Aug 26, 2014


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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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Cindy Padilla, Executive Director of the Tigard Festival of Balloons, presented a check for $7000 to Rob Musante for the Club's work at the Festival. Cindy gave a brief summary report on the 2014 Balloon Festival, which she said was very successful.  She said that on Saturday, they went into overflow parking at 6:05 AM! There were originally 25 balloons scheduled, but one balloonist canceled due to car problems. One balloon caught on fire, and one landed at the Coffee Creek Women's prison. There were over 1400 tethered rides. There were over 200 cars displayed at the car show. Cindy passed out a handout which compared the admissions and parking revenues from 2012, 2013 and 2014. For example, in 2013 the total admission revenue was $77,493; in 2014 it was $85,880. Cindy said they are now working with the Police Department and others to iron out some of the parking and traffic issues, and are discussing a lot of new ideas for the 2015 Festival.
Our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student from Japan, Honoka Suzuki, arrived Thursday afternoon. She is from the City of Noboribetsu, Province of Hokkaido. She is currently staying with her second host family, Bob, Carol and Emily Akamian, but will move to her first host family, Ben and Heidi Price as soon as their daughter, Courtney Ketterman, leaves for Argentina. (Courtney is our Outbound Exchange Student). Honoka will be starting school this week. We hope Honoka will be able to join us at our next Rotary lunch meeting. Be sure to introduce yourself to her.
At our regular meeting on August 28th, the Tigard Rotary Club welcomed Jay Barber as a new member. Jay was  proposed by Whitney Green. Jay is a Financial Advisor with Parker Barber Wealth Advisors at UBS Financial Services. Previously, he worked for Wells Fargo as a Branch Manager. He graduated from the U of O with a BS in Economics, and graduated from Tigard High School. Jay came to Oregon when he was 13 years old from California. In his comments to Jay, "inductor" Ed Murphy paraphrased from a message from RI President Gary C.K. Huang: 'we invite you to add your Rotary candle to the 1.2 million Rotary candles around the world, and together we can Light Up Rotary, and in doing so, make the world a brighter, more hopeful place." Please make sure you give Jay a warm, Rotary welcome next time you see him, and don't forget to sign his directory. Welcome Jay!


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With 12 children -- six girls and six boys -- the Labordes hardly needed to add another member to their family. But they did: Over 40 years ago, Julia Mullikin, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States, became like another daughter to this large family in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. "She's been a blessing for us," says Maria Victoria Hallal de Laborde who was 18 when Mullikin arrived in 1973. Like many exchange students, Mullikin remains close to her host family. So close that when one of Laborde's sisters was diagnosed with a rare, fatal disease, Mullikin arranged to send the...
Free vegetable gardens sprouting up around France
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Sep 25, 2014
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The Muslim Educational Trust: 21 Years of Shaping Portland's Muslim History
Oct 02, 2014
Steve Schmitt, President
World Polio Day
Oct 09, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
Darren Heiber, Free Geek
How Free Geek Benefits Our Community
Oct 23, 2014
Connie Ramaekers and Crystal Logan
It's Time - Community Movement to Protect Youth from Drug and Alcohol Use
Oct 30, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Reilly King, 2013-14 Exchange Student
To Austria and Back - A Year Abroad
Nov 20, 2014
Birol Yesilada
The Rotary Foundation
Nov 27, 2014
No meeting - holiday
Dec 04, 2014
No meeting
Dec 11, 2014
THS Choir (tentative)
Holiday Music
Dec 18, 2014
Tom Swearingen
Original Cowboy Poetry

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