Rotary Club of Tigard

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SPINNINGS 4-20-2015
Apr 21, 2015
SPINNINGS 4-13-2015
Apr 14, 2015
SPINNINGS 4-07-2015
Apr 08, 2015
SPINNINGS 3-30-2015
Mar 30, 2015

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Service Above Self

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.
Following is a short video about what Rotary is all about:


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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
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, where you will also be able to watch a short video. You can also find them on Facebook, at
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:
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
  2. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
  3. 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
  4. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
  5. 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.


How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
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...


Apr 30, 2015
No Meeting - Rose Delivery Day
May 07, 2015
Carter Kruse, THS ASB President
Washington Week 2015
May 14, 2015
Club Social
May 21, 2015
Honoka Suzuki and Sabrina McKenzie
Japan and the U.S.A. - Through the Eyes of Exchange Students
May 28, 2015
John Cook, Mayor, City of Tigard
State of the City - Mid-Year Report
Jun 04, 2015
Toraj Khovari
Bull Mountain Park's Nature Play Development
Jun 11, 2015
Club Assembly
Jun 25, 2015
Cheron Calder, Secretary-Elect
Report on Rotary International Convention in São Paulo
Jul 02, 2015
Sarah Lazzari and Amanda Lee
Programs Available to Inmates of the Oregon Correctional Institution
Jul 09, 2015
Honorable Hiroshi Furusawa
Japan - USA - Oregon Relations
Jul 16, 2015
Jack Bradley
Cypress Friendship
Jul 23, 2015
Jeffrey Paul Fish
Homes for Our Troops
Jul 30, 2015
Tom Stein
The Good Grass Solution for Economic Development in Haiti
Aug 27, 2015
Heidi Yorkshire
Life-Cyle Celebrant
Sep 03, 2015
Barb Crozier
District Governor

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