Rotary Club of Tigard

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Tigard Foundation Chair
SPINNINGS 3-24-2015
Mar 24, 2015
SPINNINGS 3-14-2015
Mar 15, 2015
SPINNINGS 3-09-2015
Mar 09, 2015
SPINNINGS 3-02-2015
Mar 02, 2015

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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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Jody Temple White and her husband John White provided the program for March 19, 2015. Their presentation was entitled, “Living The Courage Vibe”. Jody is an author, speaker and business owner who sparks courage and equips people to build everyday bravery into their lives and work so they can experience the rewards only courage brings. Jody’s career as a financial planner, adoption specialist, women’s financial educator, and coach has been enriched by her life experiences that include a blended family, adoption and foster parenting, mother to a special needs child, and earning a college degree at age 35. (Their daughter, Allison, was adopted from an orphanage in Russia. Now 13, Allison has a speech disability caused by Neurosarcoidosis). In her spare time, Jody is a financial planner. John is also a financial consultant. John is a business owner, strategist, mentor and master storyteller. He is the ultimate concierge, connecting people to products and services, educating them about their options and bringing them creative solutions. John’s 35+ years in the financial services world has given him a unique perspective about money, non-traditional investments, business and living with no regrets making him a perfect "Bucket List Banker."
     After years of fantasizing, the entire family, Jody, John, Allison and Reilly decided to take a giant “leap”. John and Jody, Riley and Allison traveled and volunteered around the world for nine months on a low-budget, high adventure trip their family had dreamed of doing for 15 years. They sold nearly all of their possessions and embarked on a yearlong voyage, traveling the world. John tried to plan ahead and keep his family safe. They trekked as cheaply as possible and followed the summer sun to stay warm. They journeyed without a pre-planned agenda, choosing instead to let the trip unfold, which it did to six continents, 24 countries and 85 cities, and participating in over 26 volunteer projects all along the way. Their travels were dotted with stints as volunteers at animal shelters, wildlife sanctuaries, orphanages, community gardens, and clinics.
     There were many unexpected problems, but leaping requires courage. The difficulty with leaping is that you don’t always know where you’re going to land. In spite of set backs, they refused to give up. Lessons were learned, such as: pigs can be malicious; if you swim with elephants, you’ll be pooped on; if you try acrobatic parasailing, you’ll produce nausea. They met wonderful people, eager to practice English; and they had opportunities for service above self. Leaping creates great experiences. It expands horizons. It fosters courage. Leaping brings people together. Nobody leaps alone.
     You can read more about the family’s world adventure at their website Or find them on Facebook at
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!
     Sponsorships and advertising opportunities are available. Tigard Rotary members also have the chance to purchase reserved tickets in advance of public ticket sales.
     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".
Judy Miller handed out a list of sponsors for the Ten Grands in the Green event this summer.  She said we (meaning our Rotary Club and Ed Ellis and Tom Fuller) have already raised almost $70,000 in donations and sponsorships! She asked members to approach businesses they know about becoming a sponsor. Judy said tickets will go on sale on April 4th, with reserved seats going for $40, and general seating for $25. The 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
  • Pearson Financial.
The list also included the names of several businesses which were "pending", and others which were leads but not yet contacted. For a list of those, and to suggest other potential sponsors, please contact Judy.


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...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...


Apr 02, 2015
Bob Akamian
30 Seconds to Air...How the Game Gets to Your TV
Apr 09, 2015
Chris Brehmer
The Brains Behind the Blicking Yellow Arrow
Apr 16, 2015
Taylor Smith and Shoshon Tama-Sweet
These Numbers Have Faces
Apr 23, 2015
Apr 30, 2015
No Meeting - Rose Delivery Day
May 28, 2015
John Cook, Mayor, City of Tigard
State of the City - Mid-Year Report
Jun 18, 2015
Cheron Calder
Report on Rotary International Convention

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