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SPINNINGS 11-24-14
Nov 25, 2014
SPINNINGS 11-10-2014
Nov 11, 2014
SPINNINGS 11-02-2014
Nov 03, 2014
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Oct 28, 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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     Our guest speakers at our meeting on November 6th were Whitney Green and Cameron Soto, both of whom were sponsored by the Tigard Rotary Club to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) in July of 2014. They presented a summary of their experience. RYLA is a week-long seminar offered through District 5100 to young people, ages 19-28, held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center near Corbett. As stated on the District 5100 website, "The purpose of RYLA is to recognize young leaders and provide them with an opportunity to expand their perceptions and ideals. RYLA participants gain knowledge about themselves and learn to work with others in order to become a better person and a future leader."
     Cameron said that he grew up in Tigard, attended Beaverton High School, is now at PCC, and will probably transfer to PSU to pursue a degree in accounting and become a CPA. He currently works at the Portland Festival Ballet. Whitney grew up in Tigard, earned a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Nutrition Science from OSU and a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). Whitney has her own acupuncture practice.
     Cameron and Whitney first talked about some of the mechanics of RYLA. They said it was a packed week - their days started at 7:00 AM and ended at 9:00 PM (or sometimes much later). They listened to several speakers, including Junkie Yoshida, Chairman and CEO of the Yoshida Group, Chuck Ferguson of 21st Century Leadership, Lou Radja, Co-Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, and a representative of Dale Carnegie. They both said that they learned a lot about themselves at the seminar, and about their personal styles compared to the styles of other people. They also gained insights and knowledge about finances, health and wellness, customer service, balancing priorities, and family relationships. Whitney said they learned some tips for success, such as how to remember people's names, and said they gained an understanding that success is often not so much about the product, but about relationships. She said leaders have the "3 E's" of experience - empathy and empowerment - and that, without empowerment, people become irrelevant in their job.
     Whitney explained that they had some free time too, and shared that one of the side benefits of the RYLA retreat was that it was a break from cell phones and emails, which gave her a chance to think about herself, her relationships, and her goals. Cameron said that one of the benefits of RYLA were the personal relationships built with the other "Rylarians" who were there. Both thanked the Tigard Rotary Club for sponsoring them, and said that it was definitely worth the time. You can learn more about RYLA at
Members of the Tigard Rotary Club distributed winter coats to many children in need last Thursday. Helping with Operation Warm were Jay Gilbertson, who was also chief coordinator of the event, Marland and Marilyn Henderson, Whitney Green, Jan and Ron Richardson, Sanford Inouye, Kim Morris, and Ed Murphy. Shannon Wilson and Elena Knepprath, who work for the Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) were a huge help in organizing the event and making sure everyone received a jacket they liked. This is a great program that provides new winter jackets to many children who may not have one at all, or may have an old hand-me-down or used jacket. Thanks to everyone who showed up to help the children and their families pick out their coats, and to everyone who donated funds to the Rotary Club of Tigard Foundation to purchase the coats.
Mike Stone reports that Rotarians have completed all of the dictionary deliveries. Between our Club and the Breakfast Club, we provided over 600 English dictionaries and another 83 Spanish dictionaries. Thanks to everyone who helped with this wonderful literacy project, and to Mike Stone who organized the program.
Our exchange students in Argentina, France and South Korea seem to all be doing great. This is sometimes a rough part of the exchange, around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here is a note that Hannah Copelan wrote in her blog on November 11th.
    This is the longest time I’ve been away from home (every day I can say that, but it will still be true).  A lot of exchange students say that November is the hardest time for them, adjusting for three months took a lot of energy and they just crack. But on the contrary, I remember a saying that my best friend told me about a break up, and it applies to exchange too. “Everyday, things get a little bit easier”. Whether you are talking about the language, school, making friends, or anything that has getting you down, its only up from here! Shoutout to all the other exchange students that are going through a little bit of homesickness, stay rad <3
   Okay back to my past month, a lot of things have happened! Lets start with the most important thing in any exchange, the language. I can now understand 95% of everything my teachers say, even my history teacher that was the hardest from me to understand on the first day of school! I normally take notes with the rest of my peers, and my spelling and vocabulary have gotten a lot better because I’ve been hanging in there. All that is great, but probably the most self-gratifying thing you can do is listen to a song in another language that you didn’t understand a month ago and sing along! Thanks to everyone who has had the patience to correct me and listen to my accent ;P I also started French lessons with Claudette from the Rotary club of Sablé, which will help me with my horrible grammar.


Miles to end polio: $6 million crosses the finish line for polio eradication
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, for the Miles to End Polio event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication. The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride. The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The...
Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the strength of partnerships
To strengthen their 69-year-old partnership, leaders from Rotary and the United Nations met this month in New York City for Rotary Day at the United Nations. The two organizations began working together with the aim of maintaining peace after World War II. Today, the relationship has evolved to include humanitarian work in areas like gender equality, child and maternal health, and disease treatment and prevention. While the UN's Millennium Development Goals are set to expire in 2015, its leaders are preparing for an even more ambitious humanitarian agenda of eradicating extreme poverty by...
A major breakthrough against polio
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus. The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012. "We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC. Rotary has played an important role in bringing type 3 polio close to extinction. PolioPlus grants have provided key...
Rotary’s World Polio Day live-streamed event is a huge success
More than 23,000 viewers in 24 countries tuned in to Rotary's World Polio Day event, streamed live on 24 October. Health officials including James Alexander, senior medical epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave an update on the polio eradication campaign and praised Rotary's achievements to date. Rotary has contributed more than $1.2 billion to polio eradication since 1979. For World Polio Day, Rotary released $44.7 million in grants to fight the disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to the update, the event included entertainment by...
Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head for speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls' education, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014. Yousafzai, whose father is a Rotarian, shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a native of India who has worked to combat the exploitation of children for financial gain, according to an announcement in October from the Norwegian Nobel Committee. In announcing the award, the committee praised Yousafzai for demonstrating that "children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations." It noted...


Nov 27, 2014
No meeting - Thanksgiving
Dec 04, 2014
Dec 11, 2014
THS Choir
Holiday Music
Dec 18, 2014
Tom Swearingen
Original Cowboy Poetry
Dec 25, 2014
No meeting - holiday
Jan 08, 2015
Reilly King
To Austria and Back - A Year Abroad
Jan 15, 2015
Gordon and Jill Viggianos
Painful Blessings
Jan 22, 2015
Nicholas Drushella
International Development Manager
Feb 05, 2015
Birol Yesilada
Club Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Feb 12, 2015
Club Social
Feb 19, 2015
Whitney Green
Accupuncture and Chinese Medicine

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