January, 2019 Newsletter

Posted on: Saturday, 2 February 2019

Portland Pearl Rotary and Portland New Generations Announce 2019 Golf Tournament!

Pat Mahoney, fundraising co-chair


Save The Date!  Rotary Golf Tournament, Monday, July 22, 2019 at Langdon Farms, shot gun start at 1:45 pm.

Portland Pearl Rotary Club will be once again teaming up with Portland New Generations Rotary Club to host the annual Rotary Golf Tournament on Monday, July 22nd at Langdon Farms Golf Club.

Cost for event is $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome. There is also an EARLY BIRD SPECIAL.  If you sign up by May 1, 2019 the cost for a foursome is only $500!  Once again, we are also offering Dinner only tickets at $35 per attendee. There are a lot of ways that you can help us host a successful event: 

  • Sign up to golf. Better yet, put together a foursome.
  • Sign up for one of the sponsorships.
  • Volunteer. There will be several opportunities to help out on the day of the event.
  • Attend the dinner. There will be several fun activities at the dinner including a raffle and wine wall.
  • Donate. You can donate to the event whether or not you are able to participate at the event.

Day of the event schedule:

Registration begins at 11:00 am.
Lunch begins at 12:00 pm.
Tee off at 1:45 pm (shotgun start).
Dinner and raffle begins at 6:00 pm.

Please join us on July 22nd for this fun and worthwhile event! If you have any questions, please reach out to Pat Mahoney.

February Sign-up Party: Oscar Night 2019!

Fun times from the 2018 Oscar Party!

Sunday February 24th, Bridgeport Brew Pub 4:30 pm. Enjoy all the glitz and glam of the Oscars and support the Pearl Rotary Fund!

Oscar Ballots, Red Carpet Paparazzi, the talented and fabulous coming together for one night. Nosh and imbibe on dinner and drinks, and we didn’t forget the popcorn!

Purchase your tickets here: 2019 Oscar Party

Do you know that you can shop through Amazon Smile and have a portion of your purchase go to the Pearl Fund?  Start shopping with this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0885278 

News from the Social Justice Committee

Chris Krenk, Chair

Recently the Social Justice Committee added a new member in Phil Rothrock -- Committee membership now stands at 16.  Thanks to the influence of Jerry Baysinger et al, each Committee meeting starts with a song with a social justice theme -- from YouTube, not live.


At the January meeting of the board of directors an additional Student of the Month Program was approved.  We highly value our relationship with Lincoln HS and want to expand recognition to students at Madison HS.  Students will be selected by the Madison High SchoolAdvancement Via Individual Determination(AVID) program coordinators.  AVID is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.   

Data and Logistics for Madison Student of the Month program

  • Madison started the first AVID high school program in the State of Oregon

Madison High school student population/demographics

  • Grade 9-12
  • 1,132 students (Top 10% in OR)
  • Minority enrollment: 66%
  • Graduation rate: 74% (Bottom 50% in OR)
  • Math Proficiency: 26% (Bottom 50% in OR)
  • Reading Proficiency: 42% (Bottom 50% in OR)
  • Teacher: student ratio:  17/1 (Top 20% in OR)
  • Diversity Score: 0.78% (Top 1% in OR)
  • Source:  Public School Review (www.publicschoolreview.com)
  • AVID enrollment is approximately 150 students (estimate: 50% majority/50% minority population)
  • AVID Contacts and Program Coordinators: Roberta Cooper, AVID Co-Coordinator and Santha Cassell, AVID Co-Coordinator and Instructional Coach.  Ms. Cooper and Ms. Cassell report to the high school Vice Principal.
  •  PPRC/YS/SJC liaison will be Adam Steckel.  In terms of organizational hierarchy, the position reports to and is under the supervision of the Youth Services Committee Chair.  Club and SJC members include Diane Brandsma and Randy Vogt who have offered to support Adam in his role through the 2019-2020 rotary year. The role includes regular contact and coordination with appropriate Madison HS personnel, providing information to and working in coordination with the Club’s Youth Services Committee Chair, co-ordination of contact with selected student/families and ensuring their attendance at our club, and preparing and presenting the Student of the Month certificate.
  • Start date of program:  April 2019
  • Frequency of student selections:  Monthly, October – June
  • Minimal budget needed for 2018-2019 year and also in 2019-2020 year
  • Request $1,000 annual scholarship be budgeted in 2019-2020 year

For more information please go to http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/madison/


The next Book Club meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Residence Inn, 1150 NW 9th Avenue in the Pearl District.  Book to be reviewed is Less, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Andrew Sean Greer.  Book Club meetings are open to members and guests.  While it is ideal to read the book, you certainly can attend without doing so.


To better welcome all guests to the Club meetings, the Social Justice Committee in partnership with the Membership Committee will be hosting a VIP table in the reception area after Larry and Phil greet guests.  The intent is to increase the welcoming energy for each guest and to increase the likeliness that they will return -- hopefully as a new member!

PPRC President’s Report

Adina Flynn, 2018-19

I'm also excited about our new student of the month program where we partner with the AVID program at Madison High School.  Thanks to the Social Justice Committee for getting this going!  Our first student of the month from Madison will be in April.  

It's a couple months off but I'm already looking forward to the District Training Assembly on April 13th at Centennial High School.  No matter what your interests are in Rotary, there is something for you to learn all while meeting new people or reconnecting with folks from other clubs.  Mark your calendar now and let's make a showing of PPRC at DTA!

And finally, I'm feeling energetic around our March 5th International Women's Day program.  We have a robust committee in the brainstorming phase for this program.  This is a great opportunity to invite a guest to our meeting and join us in the celebration!

Cheers to a good start to 2019!

Paul Thompson, 2019-2020

Call to Action! 

As I prepare to attend my President Elect trainings, I encourage you all to continue to be involved at Rotary. You are an important member of our community and your contribution is valued. Please reach out if you have ideas or new ways to contribute. I will be talking with the whole membership about new opportunities to serve in the club in the coming weeks, months, year. There are so many ways to spend your time.

Thank you for choosing to spend it making a difference locally and internationally with our club.

Meet Your Fellow Rotarian

Tara Mussulman

1. How long a Rotarian?   What or who introduced you to Rotary? 

I have been a part of the Rotary family since 2005, with my first induction to the Rotary Club of Boise, at the age of 27.  I was a member of RC of Boise for about a year, until I transferred into the Rotaract Club of Boise.  The Rotaract club was a better fit for me, as I was back among my peer group and we worked on projects that provided much more sweat equity than financial equity.  I was club president from 2007-2008, ironically 10 years before my PPRC presidency. When I moved to Portland in 2009, I bounced around to a couple of clubs, but nothing really seemed to stick, until I attended our club’s meeting back in late 2011.  I knew pretty quickly into that first meeting, that this club was different for all the right reasons.  The rest you could say is history.

2. A short paragraph about your family and work and hobbies.

As you all well know, Rotary is a big part of my life and very much an avocation for me. Professionally, I am in the midst of a transition and taking a big leap forward professionally, more to come on that later.

My boyfriend John and I have been together for just over eight years and he owns Pearl Audio Video a high performance audio store, here in the Pearl.  We enjoy going to the symphony, trying out new restaurants, and reading the latest and greatest non-fiction books out there.  I am currently reading Jill Lepore, These Truths and Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A life, by Jane Sherron De Hart.  We also like to take hikes in the Gorge, and sip on whiskey, when we’ve reached trails end.

3. What can you tell that might be a surprise to many of us?

I have seen over 300 concerts in my life.  Some of the most well known musicians I have seen, The Grateful Dead – Cal Expo, 1995, Pavarotti, Eric Clapton with BB King, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Justin Timberlake, Diana Krall, Allison Krauss, Lyle Lovett, Yo-Yo Ma.  My first concert Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth Tour. Top two concerts, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Bruce Hornsby, and Shawn Colvin, with special guest Sheryl Crow, 3rd row center; and Justin Timberlake 20/20 Tour, in the bar area, where I did a shot of Tequila with him.

Best concert advice, buy the good seats, it completely changes your experience.  Also, bring your earplugs and use them, your ears will thank you for it.

Membership Committee:

Perry Swanson and Elizabeth Cramer, co-chairs

We are excited to have TWO new member applications in process!

> Nick Fandel is a Relationship Manager at First Republic Bank.  Nick's application has been approved by the Board and reviewed by the club membership, and we are moving forward to prepare for his induction into PPRC.  This should happen in early February.

>  Stacy Butchart, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby's International Realty in the Pearl, was originally a guest of Lou Radja.  Her application is currently in the Board approval process, so we are looking forward to inducting her in February as well.

In other news, Adam Creighton was recognized at a recent club meeting for successfully completing his Red Badge tasks.  Congrats Adam!

Thanks to several club members who provided valuable feedback on the "Why Rotary/PPRC"?" 30-second elevator speech.  After additional review and discussion at the last Board meeting, we settled on the following (based on a similar version originally created by Tara):

"Portland Pearl Rotary is a member driven, action oriented, fun inducing club working in service to communities and growing today's leaders."

This speech, along with nine additional bullets which provide more detail, will be posted on the club website and can be used in social media.  The intent is to provide this as a tool, which can be used in recruiting new members.  However, as we worked through this process, we realized that one speech does not fit all.  Each of you may have your own unique personal version, which works for you!  We can post these individual versions as well.  

Rotary Foundation

Phil Rothrock, director

Paul Harris Fellow News

Our last matching points push moved us to a total of 54 Paul Harris Fellows in our club.  Perry Swanson suggested that we see if we can’t become a 100% Paul Harris Club by sharing our individual points with club members who have not yet become PHF.  Great idea!  Every donation you make to the Rotary Foundation comes with an equal number of recognition points that can be given away.  So…become a PHF buddy to someone who is not yet a PHF.  You can work out your own arrangement with them.  Need to know how many points you have?  Just email me at prothrock@me.com.

Communications Committee

Tara Mussulman, director

My first full month of taking over the lead as communication chair from the legendary former newspaper editor, 2-time past president, youth exchange extraordinaire, Don Smith has been an eye opening and a rewarding experience.  Also a HUGE shout-out to the communications committee members – Avery Guest, Seth Gardner, Sid Smith, Joan Pendergast, you make this very active committee manageable and fun.  Thank you for your dogged determination and professionalism.

One of the biggest reasons why I decided to take on this challenge, was to develop for myself and this club, a continued effective way of telling stories about who we are as Rotarians in the Portland community, within our Rotary district, and our global network of Rotary International.  The stories we have within ourselves and collectively, are powerful and worth sharing.

Update regarding weekly club bulletin.  You may have noticed that the weekly club bulletin was a wee bit different this past week.  I have been noodling around with mail chimp on creating an informative and consistent weekly bulletin to club members. It will be sent out on Monday mornings, in preparation for the week ahead.  As a general rule, most of the photos within the mailing will have extraneous links to them. For example, if you click on the link to Meals on Wheels or Transitions House, you will be linked to the instructions of what you as a volunteer will need to be prepared for.  There will be updates about club events, miscellaneous member information, and perhaps a moment of Zen, if you reach the bottom of the bulletin.

Please accept PortlandPearlRotary@gmail.com as a trusted e-mail.  This is how you will continue to receive the monthly newsletter and weekly bulletin.  And remember to check us out on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

Community Service Committee

Jonelle Anderson, director

We will initiate the Dictionary Project under the guidance of Bill Dolan and Anne O’Neill.  They are formulating a plan to distribute the books around the first week of March.  Please see Anne if you are interested in assisting with this project.

The Street Roots Recognition Barbecue scheduled for this summer has been fully funded thanks to the grant writing expertise of member Mike Steen.  Matching funds were obtained from the District so we are set.   Joe Taylor will once again head up this project.  Please talk to Joe if you would like to assist with this worthy event.

Youth Services Report

Tara Mussulman, former director

Darcy Rose

Darcy Rose Heads Youth Services Committee

It is my pleasure to announce, Darcy Rose will be the Youth Services Committee Chair for PPRC.  Her wealth of energy, ideas, and service to Rotary will be a much-needed boost to the committee.  I will stay on the committee to oversee Rotaract, and we are looking for club members who are interested in taking part in RYLA and Interact.

If you have interest in being a part of this committee, please reach out to Darcy.

Rotaractors Volunteer for Martin Luther King Holiday with Solve

Rotaract President, Emily Baker and member Dezarae Boyd-France

Rotaractors got out and served on Martin Luther King holiday.  They believe that service to community should happen not only on the holiday but also through out the year. They offered to consider supporting local organizations fighting to make a change every day IRCO, SEI, Pueblo Unido and others.


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