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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
Tickets to the "Ten Grands on the Green" concert are now available. Tickets for reserved seats are $40 each; General Admission tickets are $25; and General Youth (12 years old and under) tickets are $10; children under 3 years old are free. To order your tickets, go to http://tengrandsonthegreen.com.
by Ed Murphy
Our speakers at our meeting on April 16th were Shoshon Tama-Sweet and Taylor Smith. Shoshon is Director of Global Impact for "These Numbers Have Faces". Taylor is a Community Engagement Advocate for the organization. Taylor started by reflecting that she went to her first Rotary meeting, and several thereafter, with the Rose Festival Princesses. She said she was impressed by the caliber of the people in Rotary. She said she realized then that the power of people coming together is what makes dreams come true. Taylor began her journey with These Numbers Have Faces in college, when she connected with a girl named Lucy, from South Africa. They were both orphans, but both had a tremendous support system. Now Lucy has graduated with a Master's degree.
Shoshon explained that the program invests in some of Africa's bravest students to become educated, empowered, trained, ethical leaders. They work with young people, 15-25 years of age, who are making critical life choices at that point. These young people are incredibly hopeful, despite where they grew up.
And where did they grow up? In Rwandan refuge camps. Shoshon reminded us that it was 21 years ago, in April, that genocide began on a massive scale in Rwanda. One million people were killed - 10,000 a day for 100 days. Shoshon commented that these were intimate, up close killings, carried out with machetes and sticks. The violence finally ended in Rwanda, but it continued across the border in Congo. Consequently, 600,000 refuges left Congo to cross into Rwanda. In late 1996, there was an attack on the refuge camps, and 2000 people were killed, many of them children. That was the last chapter in the rampage of violence and ethnic cleansing. But that was not the end of the story.
Children who survived the genocide were placed in refugee camps. There are four camps, containing 85,000 Congolese refugees. Many children have spent the last 18 years of their lives in the camps, in homes made of sticks and mud, with plastic tarp roofs. Shoshon has been there on more than one occasion. He said that it is a very difficult place - essentially, it is an open air prison, without an expiration date. The refugees are not Rawanda citizens. They have no rights and few opportunities. They work hard, hauling wood for cooking, washing clothes by hand, etc. They earn just 25¢ a day; the global poverty level is $1,00/day. They have limited access to education. But, Shoshon declared, hope exists. Compassion exists. He said the core of the community is organized around religion and education. The students are highly motivated. The talent is there. He told stories of young men and women who won excelled in school, and won awards and scholarships. And he asserted that schools are vital - because without education, the only alternative is violence.
You can learn more about the work being done by Shoshon, Taylor and many others at www.thesenumbers.org, where you will also be able to watch a short video. You can also find them on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/thesenumbers?fref=ts.
by Ed Murphy
One of the hallmarks of Rotary International is the emphasis on ethical behavior in all vocations. In fact, acting with integrity and behaving ethically in your personal and professional life is an essential part of what it means to be a Rotarian. Did you know that Rotary has an official Rotary Code of Conduct? Here it is -
As a Rotarian, I will:
- Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
- Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
- Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people's quality of life in my community and in the world
- Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
- Not seek special business or professional advantages from other Rotarians
If you would like a copy of the Rotary Code of Conduct, suitable for framing, please contact Jim Strickler, the Vocational Services Director, or Ed Murphy.
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Annual Achievement Banquet
Holiday Inn HotelMay 03, 2015
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Pendleton Convention CenterMay 14, 2015 – May 17, 2015
Stockpot RestaurantJun 25, 2015
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cook ParkJun 26, 2015 – Jun 28, 2015
Ten Grands on the Green
The Reserve Golf CourseJul 25, 2015