Rotary Club of Tigard

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SPINNINGS 1-26-2015
Jan 26, 2015
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Jan 19, 2015
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Jan 11, 2015
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Dec 22, 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 speaker at our regular lunch meeting on January 22nd was Nicholas Drushella, International Development Manager for "Imagine Scholar", a non-profit organization which provides an after-school mentorship program for talented, disadvantaged youth across the Nkomazi region of South Africa. Imagine Scholar is an innovative educational model focused on enhancing each student's character, developing their critical thinking abilities, improving their communication skills and building their leadership capabilities through active engagement in community service projects.
     Nicholas was a U of O student in 2012, majoring in International Studies. After graduating, he connected with Imagine Scholar, loved the model of the program, and ended up on the staff, living in Nkonazi region of South Africa (east of Johannesburg). The municipality is strategically placed between Swaziland and Mozambique. Nicholas described the situation in South Africa, generally, stating that it is a nation that is rich in resources (diamonds, gold, platinum), with a great university system. But also a nation of rampant corruption, and some very poor regions, such as Nkonazi, a rural area with about 400,000 residents. He said the 47% of the population in this region are infected with the HIV virus, the unemployment rate is very high, and extreme poverty is the norm. He said the education system is also very poor, with students learning only to regurgitate facts for tests.
     Into that situation, Imagine Scholar was introduced. It is an after school program founded in 2009 by a member of the Kirkland, Washington, Rotary Club. It selects only about 10 students each year, and works with them in four key areas: critical thinking, building character, communication and community building. Students come to school between 2:00 and 5:00 PM everyday except Monday, plus Saturdays and Sundays. Its students have had some pretty amazing successes over the last few years, including earning scholarships for college, wining science awards, and running an influential student newspaper. Nicholas said the goal is to establish several branches of the program, enrolling more students across the region, and eventually turning the administration of the schools over to some of its graduates. The program believes Africa will change over time only by the efforts of such well-educated students. With the tools they need to improve their own future, the students also become leaders and catalysts for change in their communities.
     Nicholas said the cost of the program is about $100/student/month, or $1200/year. That covers food, water, supplies, and fees. To donate, get involved, or learn more, go to
Remember, the Ten Grands on the Green at The Reserve Gold Course is coming up this July, and is expected to be a major fundraiser for our Club's Foundation. If you or your company would like to become a sponsor, or know of someone who might be interested, please contact Judy Miller.


Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives
Students from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace. Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds." The students were participating in a program run by...
Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
President-elect urges Rotary members to ‘Be a Gift to the World’
Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year. Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life." "All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting...
Man in iron lung discovers Rotary
One might think a man living with polio in an iron lung would know about Rotary. But it wasn't until Paul Alexander had a business meeting with a member in Duncanville, Texas, earlier this year that he learned Rotary fights to eradicate the very disease that left him almost completely paralyzed. "I was completely blown away by the idea. For all these years, I didn't know the work they were doing," says Alexander, a practicing attorney in Dallas. "It's such a perfect fit for me." Alexander contracted polio during a major U.S. outbreak of the disease in the late 1950s when he was six years old...
Alumni recognized for expanding mental health services and supporting Rotary’s work
Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. Jayaram is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work expanding access to mental health services is much needed. Depression affects at least 350 million people and is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. "In India, there is no mental...


Jan 29, 2015
Ladd McKittrick
NFL Experience
Feb 05, 2015
Birol Yesilada
Club Conflict Resolution and Peace Building
Feb 12, 2015
Catherine Crooker
Community Action Program
Feb 19, 2015
Whitney Green
Accupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Feb 26, 2015
Phil Chizum
Traveling Abroad for Medical Procedures
Mar 05, 2015
Tyler Boggs
Heart 2 Heart Farms

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