(Editor's note: Youth service, one of five "avenues" in the Rotary world, has long been a hallmark within Pearl Rotary. Our current edition starts with self-written reports from our two outbounds and two inbounds (2018-19 Rotary year). Next: Lincoln seniors who were honored in October and November spoke to Rotarians and answered PPRC's student of the month questionnaire. Also there are reports on y.e. and LHS at TedxYouth from Kelly Morrow and Tara Mussulman.)
I can’t believe that I’m already three months here in Portland. I experienced so many things and therefore I’m so thankful that I have the opportunity to do this exchange year. I was on my first football game of the Ducks, I went to the Multnomah Falls, I was in California for 11 days, I went to a pumpkin patch, I was on my first concert and so much more.
The West Coast trip from my district, where we went to California, was one of the most amazing experience I’ve had. We went to San Francisco, Santa Monica pier, Disneyland, Universal Studio, Getty museum and so much more. It was amazing!! I’ve got the best first host family and I’m really happy to get to know them. On Nov. 30, I will already change to my next host family, for what I’m really excited.
My first school week was better than I expected. I’m in Benson High School and I’m so happy to be there. First I wasn’t sure if I will like it there, because of the majors, but now I’m just so happy and glad that I can go to this school. Everybody is really friendly. In this short time, I also got really good friends. Most of my friends are in my dance team, where I’m taking part since the beginning of my high school. Dance is one of my favorite things to do here. I love it so much and without a friend of mine, who is in the dance team, I never would have applied to it. Benson dance team is taking also people, who never danced before, like me. We are practicing 2-3 times a week after school. On Saturday (11/17), we had our second competition, where we got first place in the category modern. I’m so proud to be a part of this team. Because we got placed first in modern, we will go to championship on December first. Next year, we will also go to state championship and nationals.
Normally, when I don’t have dance after school, I’m going to the Mac club, which is an athletic club. After dance season, I really want to do track and field or tennis. I also have done sleepovers with my friends from dance team and also with the exchange students from my district. I’m still really close with the exchange students and we are all trying to meet each other as often as we can. I’m so happy, that I have now so many friends from all around the world. This week, I will celebrate my first Thanksgiving, for what I’m really excited.
I just want to say thank you, to all of you!—Eva
(Eva's first host family has been Rotarian David and Margo Price; she moves on to Rotarian Darcy Rose and family.)
Eva at an October PPRC breakfast...and with her dance team at Benson H.S.
My youth exchange experience is doing very good. I am really enjoying my host family (David Ferriday and family); they have always made me feel home and I love them! School is doing pretty good; it’s really different from an Italian school, and there I knew a lot of people. I played soccer for my high school (Wilson), it was a fun season, not great results, but fun.
I knew a lot of guys and personally was a pretty good season. Now I joined a club for soccer, to keep playing in the winter.
A few weeks ago, I cooked lasagne for many of you in Rotary and it was a really fun night. Thank you.—Jack
Jack on the Wilson varsity, top image by Rotarian Seth Gardner, and, second image, supported in the stands.
[Rotary goes to match, reported by Janet Young: Although the Wilson Trojans didn't manage to defeat the Lincoln Cardinals, the Rotary cheering section who turned out to support our Italian exchange student, Giacomo ("Jack") Favron, had a fun evening. The clear, crisp night was perfect soccer weather. Wilson, with Giacomo playing center forward, started the game strongly, but couldn't keep up with Lincoln's powerful offense. Peyton Chapman, Rotarian and principal of Lincoln, came over to join us for a photo, stressing the friendly rivalry between Wilson and Lincoln. Included in group photo: Michael Steen, Chris Krenk, Jan Berger, Janet Young (and Bob), Kelly Morrow, Darcy Rose (and Kieran), Peyton Chapman and David Ferriday (Giacomo's host dad). Not pictured were Dawn Schneider and Seth Gardner.]
Now, I am a week and three months into my exchange, and it’s going great superbly!
Since the last update, quite a bit has happened! About a month ago we had a week-long fall break from school. I got to go to Kulturnatten (culture night) in Copenhagen, which is a city-wide event that you can buy a pass to, meaning that you get free access to all events and openings all around the city. I got to take a look at a lot of art galleries, I got to learn about and explore one of the old yellow row houses (or Nyboder) from 1757! I also got to visit the “Glyptotek,” a museum which holds many old marble statues and figures, and the botanic garden there. I got to go inside the Copenhagen City Hall and go through the different rooms of which government officials gather in.
The next day, my host family and I drove to Sweden, over the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo. We started off touring Lund--a smaller city that has a lot of history. That evening we drove down to Malmo, and stayed there the next few days. The trip was very relaxed--we just walked around the streets, visited some parks and botanical gardens, did some shopping and ate some good food.
A couple weekends ago, my friend, Emily from McMinnville, who is living in southern Denmark on exchange, got to visit me in my little town Faxe for the weekend.
I just attended my second Guldbryllup party (the first of which I talked about in my last update), but this one was with my host mom’s parents. The Guldbryllup is a traditional big party that celebrates a couple’s 50-year wedding anniversary.
At the moment, I am currently involved in a theater project with my school that we are working on for the whole day, every day this week. I am also moving host families on Friday, which should be hectic with all that’s going on at the moment. But there is a lot more to look forward to from now, like Christmas parties and Christmas Markets, etc (Danes really love Christmas and are already celebrating it). I’m also hoping that I can find the time to celebrate Thanksgiving and maybe cook something for my host family (maybe I’m not going to try and cook a whole turkey or anything like that but I did find canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie in a supermarket here--for $6 though)
My exchange is truly going amazing at this point, and I really have a lot of love for Denmark and the friends I’ve made here. Best Wishes to PPRC back home.--Addie
Just one of the few beautiful things I got to see at Kulturenatten--a historic church in the middle of Copenhagen.
With my host family in front of the traditional aeresport at the Guldbryllup.
I can’t believe I’ve been here almost three months! Exchange has been flying by and it's been so much fun. Since my last update, I’ve gotten a lot closer with my friends and have improved my Czech. Learning Czech is definitely challenging, but I am improving. I am currently still in the same host family; I will most likely switch in January or February. I love my family so much; they are so helpful with my Czech and they love taking me on hikes and bike rides to see the surrounding villages and castles.
The biggest trips I’ve been on since my last report was a weekend trip to Prague and a day trip to Krakow. The trip to Prague with my host parents and Alexia, from Mexico, was very cold and wet but so much fun. On the way to Prague we stopped at a beautiful palace outside of Olomouc, the Bousov Castle, and the tvargle (a type of stinky cheese) museum in Olomouc. We arrived in Prague late Saturday night where we stayed with my host mom’s twin sister and her husband.
On Sunday, my host mom’s twin took Alexia and me on an all-day tour of the city which was amazing. Prague is so beautiful and I can’t wait to go back in December. For the day trip to Krakow, the future host mom of Joyce took Alexia, Joyce, who’s from Taiwan, and me to the beautiful castle there. We also went to a couple cathedrals and synagogues, a Jewish cemetery, looked at the old city walls, went to the old marketplace and had lunch at a Jewish restaurant. All in all it was a wonderful day that was made better by the fact that the weather was amazing, unlike two days before in Prague.
I still can’t believe I’ve been in this country for almost three months. I am having so much fun and I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity!—Jules
Alexia and Jules in Prague.
Alexia, Joyce and Jules in Krakow.
Kelly Morrow, club officer
The Portland Pearl Youth Exchange is proud to announce that returning student Zaidie Long will be talking of her successful year in Taiwan at the Nov. 27 meeting.
Luna Abadia has put the finishing touches on her application for 2019 and now is looking forward to the country decisions.
Eva, German inbound, will be leaving host family David Price at the end of the month and be moving to member Darcy Rose.
Jack, Italian inbound, finished his season with the Wilson soccer team and is now playing with an intramural league in the evenings.
Her student accomplishments at Lincoln High School are many.
Senior Caitlyn Aldersea, Pearl Rotary's student of the month for October, is a co-ASB president, leads the Model United Nations Club, is student co-chair of LHS's sesquicentennial committee, serves as a Cardinal Peer-mentor, has joined the peace committee at Lincoln...all while being a full IB student. Principal Peyton Chapman calls Caitlyn "one of the most sincere students I have ever enjoyed working with in my career."
She shared her passion about gender (more specifically, non-gender-based) leadership during a five-minute talk Oct. 30 to Rotarians at their regular Tuesday morning
"Think of leaders," she suggested. "You're more inclined to think men."
Male leaders, Caitlyn said, are seen as "positive, calm, open-minded." And women? "Controller, rude, bossy, generally negative"--those are descriptions typically assigned to females in leadership.
She advocates for removing such gender bias: "A driven, hard-working leader" is not necessarily male or female.
Interestingly, the percentage of females in leadership drops with age--from 75% in high school offices to 30-40% on college campuses, to 22% in state legislatures and 20% in Congress, On the international scene, less than 10% are female leaders.
Caitlyn is determined to be a voice for change. Her dream job: secretary of state in the USA (like her hero, Madeleine Albright). "I don't want to be judged on the basis of a woman...but by my ideas and the content of my character."
She's now applying for colleges, both here and in the UK (she has dual citizenship). She will next take her case for non-gender leadership decisions at the TEDxTalk--Youth event in Portland in November.
PPRC student of the month questionnaire
Name: Caitlyn Aldersea
Family: Gail Conway (mother), Douglas Boatman (stepfather), Morgan Aldersea (sister), Richard Aldersea (father), Beth Hildick (stepmother)
Year at LHS: senior
Activities at LHS: Model United Nations (president), All student body co-president, former junior class co-vice president/sophomore class president, student co-chair of Lincoln’s sesquicentennial committee, student representative Lincoln Peace Center, student representative Lincoln site council, Lincoln Leadership (4 years), Lincoln anti-bullying campaign (executive leader), Executive cardinal mentor, Students Active for Ending Rape, World War II club, Future female leaders club, No Student Eats Alone Club
Involvement in the community outside school (church, volunteer organizations, youth, music, sports, etc.): Oregon High School International Relations League (undersecretary), Portland Tedx Youth Speaker 2018, Cards Cook (works in affiliation with Lincoln)
Plans for the future...education, career: My dream career is to work in the State Department or the United Nations, specifically in Middle Eastern and European security policy. I hope to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in international relations with a specialization in Near Eastern Security with a minor in Arabic. I hope to bring sustainable peace to areas engaged in long-term conflicts. My colleges are all on the East coast or outside the country, so I wish to gain a global perspective on a variety of issues that I will bring into my career later in life. My absolute dream career is to be Secretary of State.
Who inspires you? My mom inspires me the most. She had an extremely rough childhood, and because of this she has learned to be an advocate for herself. This is the biggest lesson she taught me; learn to be an advocate for yourself and learn how to be an advocate for others. She is strong no matter what comes her way, and that is the way I wish to be. Another inspiration is my best friend Madeline. She and I have been inseparable since freshman year. She is very politically savvy and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Another inspirational figure is my leadership teacher Ms. Accetta; she has always had my back since freshman year leadership. Without her I would not have had the opportunity to gain confidence in myself and my abilities. Her involvement in making Lincoln a better place has inspired me to help serve my school and my community.
Who's your biggest role model ? My biggest role model is Madeleine Albright. As the first female secretary of state, she broke down the gender barrier in international relations and foreign policy in the U.S. She had a hard childhood both during and post-WWII and was able to take her worldly experiences and help the United States foreign policy. She is tenacious, ambitious, intelligent, and holds herself to a high level; all are qualities I respect in any individual. She was able to push past the barriers she faced throughout her life, both personal and professional, to help change the world.
What drives you to succeed? My biggest drive for success is my desire to help others. I constantly want to be helping my community, representing the voices of all students, etc. The running joke at Lincoln is I am a student who can’t say no to opportunities that come my way. When I was 12 I read Malala Yousafzai’s book, and ever since then I have aspired to reach the full potential of my academic ability. I gained a new perspective after reading this book, and have continued to through my love for books regarding ongoing international issues. This is what drives me, knowing that there are still issues out there in the “real world” that need to be solved, and I can help solve them.
What would be one area of our community you would like to see improvement? In the Portland area, I would like to see more of an embrace to our international community. As a Lincoln student, while we promote the idea of global learning, we do not have the opportunities to interact with different cultural traditions or societies. I think the best way to gain more global perspectives, and thus building open-minded individuals is to interact with those who come from different places and have different stories. In this sense individuals across all age groups can have a better understanding of the world around them, and become more internationally united. We can embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities.
"Very limited education on rich, diverse cultures.."
That's the conclusion on American's knowledge and understanding of Africa that Tanya Munyua, PPRC's student of the month (November) has reached after moving here from her native Kenya 1-1/2 years ago.
Speaking Nov. 13 to Pearl Rotarians, Tanya dispelled misunderstandings and false beliefs Americans--especially young people--have. Firmly, she reminded her audience: "Africa is not a country; it's a continent."
Far too often, the Lincoln High Scool senior shared, Africa is seen in stereotypes: wild animals roam freely, dark-skinned people are both uncivilized and uneducated, children live in poverty. "Instead of putting down a whole continent...we should give young people a substantial education...about the rich, diverse countries [numbering 54]."
Titling her talk"The Danger of a Single Narrative" (from a book with that name), She began with an assignment: List six countries in Africa and six countries in Europe. She hopes similar exercises with students will result in "as much education about African countries as they have about European countries." She added: "I want them to know before they speak."
For Rotary's questionnaire in the club's newsletter, Tanya listed her activities at LHS: SAFER club (Students Active For Ending Rape); BSU (Black Student Union); OWL (Outstanding Writers Without Limits), a non-profit organization started up by Lincoln students that uses creative writing as a vehicle to teach ideas for personal development to elementary school children.
PPRC student of the month questionnaire
Name: Tanya Munyua
Family: Alice Munyua (mother), Edward McNair (stepfather)
Year at LHS: 12th grade, senior year
Activities at LHS: SAFER club (Students Active For Ending Rape), BSU (Black Student Union), OWL (Outstanding Writers Without Limits): a non-profit organization started up by Lincoln students that uses creative writing as a vehicle to teach ideas for personal development to elementary school children. I am on the board of directors and I also co-run the club that was started recently for it in Lincoln.
Involvement in the community outside school (church, volunteer organizations, youth, music, sports, etc.): I volunteer with the non-profit organization I spoke about above and teach at elementary schools after school twice a week.
Plans for the future ...education, career: My future plan for university is to take a pre-law course and philosophy (however, some of the schools I am applying to do not offer that so I am applying to do International relations and philosophy at this particular schools)
Who inspires you? My mother has to be my biggest inspiration along with my role model. She inspires me to never forget who I am and to be the best I can be in life. She has always pushed me to do my best and told me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Generally, the kind of person she is inspires me and I can’t wait to be as successful as her one day. Other than my mum, Yara Shahidi is also a figure I look up to because she is someone who although started with an acting career, built an amazing foundation for her activism and is carrying on to get a great education and be the best she can be.
Who's your biggest role model? As I mentioned above, my mother is my biggest role model. How she lives her life and succeeds in everything she puts her mind to really drives me to want the same success for myself. I also really appreciate how intelligent and kind she is.
What drives you to succeed? I guess it would be how I see my future going, and the quote “If you do something you love, you never have to work a day” (I’m not entirely sure who first said that but my mum would tell me that when I was younger). My mum has always told me to imagine what I want to do in the future, where I see myself happiest, and believe that I will get there. That general belief is what drives me and is my motivation.
What would be one area of our community you would like to see improvement?For me, it would be three main things: the normalization of being LGBTQ, more acknowledgment of environmental issues (specifically aquatic issues), expanding the lenses of people in the US and getting them to be more educated about people coming from African countries and steer them away from the focus on a single narrative. If I had to choose one, it would be steering people away from the focus on a single narrative.
Feel free to add anything else we should know about you. I think probably the one thing Rotarians should know about me is that I was born and raised in Kenya and moved here about a year ago with my mum. So far, I am enjoying every part of being here.
Tara Mussulman, director
Lincoln students shine at TEDxYouth!
On Saturday, Nov. 17, students of Lincoln high school shined in the all student organized, student presented TEDxYouth event. Held at the University of Oregon White Stag block, it w
as a sold-out presentation of a local area high school students coming together to present on topics they were passionate about.
Of the eight presentation slots, Lincoln students presented in four of the slots, and talks ranged from space exploration, to the life and times of a sixteen-year-old with two
deaf parents, why we should donate, and the role of females in leadership. Attendees also enjoyed a performance by Lincoln’s Vivace, a student lead and directed acapella choir. They performed Elvis Presley’s "Can’t Help Falling in Love," which was stunning.
It was wonderful to be able to show up and support Lincoln and its students in this way; I am looking forward to next year’s TEDxYouth.
The event was sponsored by the University of Oregon.
Pearl Rotarians (above, from left): Peyton Chapman, Michael Steen, Vickie Rothrock, granddaughter of Phil & Vickie, Phil Rothrock, Erin Rothrock, Tara Mussulman.
Vivace: PPRC's Student of the Month for September, Raja Moreno, holding the mic.
Feeling Ducky: Phil Rothrock and The UofO Duck having a highly stimulating chat.
From Tara: Portland Rotaract has been dedicating their service hours this fall to the Children’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that provides books to children who might not have books in their home.
The organization notes that a child in a low-income family enters first grade with an average of 25 hours of one-to-one picture book reading, compared with 1,000 to 1,700 from a child from a typical middle-class home. With nearly one in five urban preschoolers living below the poverty line, it is hugely important to get books into the hands of children.
Congratulations, Rotaract, on providing a service greatly needed in our community!
Photo: Rotaractors including: Emily Baker, president (left) and Luna Fagan, president-elect (right).
Adina Flynn, 2018-19
It’s Rotary Foundation month. What is it? It’s the time when Rotary International highlights our global foundation.
The RI foundation is separate and in addition to the Pearl Fund, the non-profit of our club. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Our club goal is that every PPRC member will donate $100 every year to the RI foundation. To advance that, PPRC is matching your donation with points toward your Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris fellow is awarded every time you donate $1,000 or get 1,000 points or a combination of 1000 points and dollars. And you don’t even need to be a Rotarian to be a Paul Harris Fellow.
So donate today! It’s good way to honor what you are thankful for this time of year.
(Biographies compiled by Rotarian Joan Pendergast)
1) How long a Rotarian? What or who introduced you to Rotary? I've been a Rotarian since 2015--at least in spirit. Can't be married to Miel, the consummate Rotarian, and not be one. One of our first dates was a Rotary volunteer event (Sand in the City--the last year of its existence). I formally joined Pearl Rotary in January 2018.
2) Short paragraph about your work, family, hobbies. I work in nonprofit fundraising as a grants management consultant. I help nonprofits to raise more money from foundations. I enjoy spending time with my family, board games and travel.
3) Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your fellow Rotarians. As a Rotarian, I had already been to a Rotary International conference before I formally became a Pearl Rotarian.
Additional postscript: "Adam Creighton is a fundraising/development consultant, who began international development work with an Oregon clean cookstove nonprofit. He's now the CEO of African Clean Energy (ACE) America, which makes and sells clean household cookstoves in North America to campers, homesteaders and disaster-preparedness markets. He has degrees in journalism as well as science, and elementary education, and has lived in Portland for five years. He loves Rotary because it's a great way to meet people while traveling the world, and never visits a new city without checking the Rotary "Club Finder" app to see if there's a meeting he can make!"
John was born in San Francisco and raised in San Rafael/Marin County. Memories from that time recall that the only rules on living were to be home for dinner and the notice to get home was the church bell ringing the Angelus. Life was good in those days and much of my time was spent on the waters of San Francisco Bay sailing as crew on a 46 ' schooner owned by a friend of the family. I later went to University of San Francisco and the University of San Diego and followed that during Vietnam joining the Army
reserves and spending time at Fort Ord and Fort Lewis, Wash. My best memories of the army were skiing at Crystal Mountain on the side of Mount Rainier. Returning to San Francisco after the army, I worked for Wells Fargo bank and Safeco insurance and met my wife Sharon. And after our two children arrived, we decided that we wanted to move to a small town where we would be able to be part of the life of the town. On a vacation to Lake Tahoe, we made the decision and the only question was what could we do to support ourselves and that we wanted to live there. I ended up going into business for myself as an insurance claims adjuster. We joined the local church and the Lions Club and became involved in the community raising our children where they were free to roam. Our interests in the area were sailing on the lake and skiing in the mountains.
Living at Lake Tahoe turned out to be the right decision and we spent the next 40 years raising our children from nursery school to college graduation and beyond from there. I continued to work in insurance and various areas including stints when it was necessary to commute to San Francisco and work for various companies other than myself. Timing was everything and we were able to get into the real estate market before the boom. After 40 years there, we decided that it was time to make a change. Our children are adults and doing well on their own and we decided to give up the snow and mountains. As a result, we find ourselves in Portland with a daughter in Eugene and a son in Reno and again we made the right decision.
Our interests or hobbies: The past many years have included his sailboat chartering in the Virgin Islands, skiing in the mountains and traveling. Through our church, we also got involved with the desert and spent time in Elko at cowboy poetry. Friends we have met in Portland continue to bless our lives and together with good health, we look forward to many additional years here.
I thought of two other activities that occupied much of my time at Lake Tahoe in recent years. One was acting as a docent for a historic property at the lake known as Whittell Castle, now called the Thunderbird lodge. The other was as a member of the Washoe County sheriff's department search and rescue conducting patrols on Lake Tahoe.
P.S. from Joan: "Glad to have John offer his interests and abilities to the Pearl Rotary and its board of directors as secretary, Pearl District Neighborhood Association board, and his HOA Board."
Jonelle Anderson, director
Rotarians support New Avenues for Youth
Once again, Portland Pearl Rotary will be collecting warm clothing items, such as gently used coats, sweaters, caps, scarves, mittens, etc. These items can be brought to any meeting and to our First Wednesday on Dec. 5, and our Social Justice Book Club meeting on Dec. 10. Alan Bacharach has graciously volunteered to assist in the collection and delivery of our donations. While you are out shopping, please pick up something new for the drive (in addition to those items from your packed closets: winter coats, jackets and sweaters, hats, gloves, socks and underwear, toiletries, backpacks, shoes/boots, etc.). $10 gift cards to Safeway, Target or the like are also welcomed. Thank you so much for your generous participation.
Dictionaries should be arriving soon and the Community Service Committee will be asking for your help in the distribution. Bill Dolan will complete this project in spite of the fact that he will be stepping away from Rotary.
New members sought
Community Service Committee could use one or two new members. Because we are such an integral part of almost everything our club does, it is a very rewarding committee to serve on. Check with Jonelle if you would like to find out more about this important work.
Growing Gardens report...
...by PPRC, Saturday, Oct. 27, from Jonelle Anderson, director, community service committee:
"Randy Vogt (his son, Adam), Elizabeth Cramer, Michael Steen (who captained our team), Walt Swan, Darcy Rose (and family) and Jonelle made quick work of preparing two vegetable beds to winter over. The Growing Gardens activity is part of our Community Service activities. Because the service is provided to low-income families, the work overlaps with that of Social Justice Committee. The work was followed by some time for fellowship. The weather was perfect and a good time was had by all.
"Pearl Rotary donated $500 from community service budget and $370 from passing the hat.
"And Lucky Seven Foundation gave $1000 in Rotary's name; the additional money came from a family foundation connect to Elizabeth."
• Editor's addition: GGs' Emily Keeler visited the Nov. 20 PPRC meeting to thank the club for its "Dawn of the Bed" volunteerism and confirmed that our club placed second with the $1,870 fundraising. "Families with limited resources learn how to grow food at home," she said of the event she called a "Garden-a-thon." Of the financial PPRC contribution, above the volunteering Oct. 27, she added: "That is immense support for our organization."
• From Growing Gardens annual report (thanks, Perry S. for sharing): Growing Gardens 2018 Impact Report directly relates to PPRC involvement in the Spring Dig-In and the Dawn of the Bed. The Home Gardens program impacts:
Partnered with 68 new families (225 adults, 115 children) and continued to support 126 families (537 adults, 269 children) in their second and third year of the program.
74% of families increased their daily fruit and vegetable consumption as a result of their garden.
89% of households with children reported that the garden increased their children's interest in eating fruits and vegetables.
43% of participants decreased the number of emergency food boxes used as a direct result of their garden.
Chris Krenk, Chair
Over the past few weeks, the SJC has had numerous, in-depth discussions on a breadth of social justice issues. For example, Jack Bradley, Jonelle Anderson and I attended a 3/4-day conference sponsored by the Urban League of Portland celebrating the life of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw who was beaten to death by three white nationalist youth in Southeast Portland in November 1988 (30 years ago). The speeches and remembrances were very powerful, and served as a call for action for everyone to treat each other with respect and dignity.
We are interested, and with the support of the board, to initiate building a relationship with another Portland-area high school which serves a lower -income demographic. This is very preliminary and, if pursued, would be a project we could collaborate on with our existing fine partner, Lincoln HS.
We stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters in mourning the recent mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA (see Member miscellany below). Alarmingly, recent US statistics show an increasing number of hate crimes over the past three years. Here in Portland we have alt right-antifa clashes on a regular basis and this has been noticed by the national press.
1) What: Cop Out: Beyond Black, White and Blue.
Summary: The August Wilson Red Door Project presents Cop Out, a series of seven monologues from the perspective of Law Enforcement Officers, focusing on the experiences of Black and brown officers. Written by writers from across the country, the monologues depict cops of all ranks and experience as they interact with the community, each other, their families, and the institutions they represent. An engaging “Talk Back” session with the director (Kevin Jones) and the audience follows each performance.
When: Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1st, Sunday, December 2nd. All performances start at 7:30 PM
Where: Self Enhancement Inc, 3920 N. Kerby Ave
Cost: Sliding Scale, $20 is Recommended. Registration Required
2) What: Bringing the Light - Chanukah Klezmer Benefit for Social Justice
Featuring Yankl Falk (vocals, clarinet) Andrew Ehrlich (violin), Marty Morgenbesser (accordion), Marc Bescond (bass), Ethan Chessin (trombone).
On this first night of Chanukah, the festival of lights, we come together to dispel the darkness of winter and to drive back the greater darkness that has afflicted so many of us. On this feast of Chanukah--which commemorates the ancient struggle against oppression--we rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of justice for the weakest among us. To honor the memory of the Pittsburgh victims, we dedicate this evening to HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which provided safe haven to our parents and grandparents, and continues to aid refugees wherever they are.
When: Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Corkscrew Wine Bar
1665 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97202
3) What: Holiday Fundraiser for Social Justice
Summary: Come help support bringing social justice to the local community food chain at this inaugural event. The evening starts with a social hour that includes wine and delightful local foods, both vegetarian and plant based. View and bid on one-of-a-kind baskets and gifts, great for holiday gifting and created by local artisans, crafters and makers as well as gourmet food producers.
When: Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00 PM
Where: Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St.
Cost: $40 (Registration is Recommended)
A small lending library is coming to Portland Pearl Rotary Club sponsored by your Social Justice Committee members Jonelle, Nancy and Randy. If, in the past, you have wanted to participate in a Book Club meeting, but did not have the time or funds to purchase the book, you might be able to turn to our newly organized Lending Library. We are starting small with four copies of The Line Becomes a River (our December Book Club Meeting selection). Eight members have already used these copies. We may start small, but like all things Rotary, this library will grow. We are going to have a small library cart with books for members to borrow. Keep an eye out for your book cart, coming to a meeting soon.
Reading: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu
When: Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Kelly Morrow’s home, 2555 N.W. Northrup
Start the holiday season with fellowship and a book. Light meal served. BYOBB (bottle and book!)
About the book: Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
Lori Beight, co-chair
Here's an edited, updated report that was presented to board this month:
1. Raffle--Jerry Baysinger will be heading up the raffle this year! We’ll be asking each club member to sell tickets and we’ll be circulating a list of area clubs and their meeting times so members can take tickets to other clubs to sell. Some things members have reported have been successful for selling tickets:
a. Offer to family and friends. Post on social media!
b. Go to other clubs to promote the opportunity. Take a friend!
c. Offer to the other members of other groups you belong to: boards, social clubs (book clubs, wine club, dinner club).
d. Buy them yourself to offer as thank you gifts for clients, friends or others.
e. Keep them in your purse or wallet so they’re handy to offer spontaneously.
2. Golf tournament--Pat Mahoney is taking over for Isaac Samsa at New Generations as chair. We’ll be looking for people to join his planning subcommittee so we can make next year’s event even better than this year!
3. Sign-up parties--Roger Devine will coordinate parties so we can help party hosts with party ideas, promotion, sign up and payment by email invitation and club member portal. Some ideas for parties:
a. "Eat to Live" party--Jerry Baysinger and Randy Vogt are collaborating on a night to discuss whole food prep and eating, with examples and demonstrations. TBA
b. Oscar night Red Carpet event!--Seth Gardner is organizing another Oscar extravaganza! Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 24!
c. Kentucky Derby party--Lori is working with JT Corrales of Portland Meadows to offer a party at the race track this year! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4!
d. Bring your party ideas, or host one of these parties: Super Bowl, Cinco de Mayo, Mardi Grad masquerade, Christmas ships, blind taste test (wine, beer, gin, tequila, etc.), guided excursion (South Sister mtn. climb, Valley wine tasting, sailing, etc. Do you have a fun hobby you could share?)
4. Planning for a signature event: Pearl District Tour of Homes! We are in the planning stages of a neighborhood-wide tour of homes fundraiser. Although we evaluated several potential options, this one meets more of the criteria we have for a successful event:
a. Non-Rotarians and the community at large are likely to be willing to pay for access to the event.
b. It takes advantage of resources unique to our area--it’s a unique experience.
c. Cost of putting on the event is low (access to homes is donated) and benefits are easy to communicate.
d. The event has the potential to have high visibility in the community--and by extension, the opportunity to promote Rotary. One idea is to have each home showcase a Rotary project or Avenue of Service.
e. There is a high potential for local business and community partnerships/sponsorship. We can solicit potential home entries from local interior decorators, architects, realtors, construction and remodelers and fashion businesses. They will have the opportunity to showcase their services and learn about the benefits of Rotary membership!
f. There is high potential for engaging partner clubs, including Rotaract and Interact, as volunteers in each home and monitoring elevators and access.
Jordan Weisman, director
The international committee will be holding our next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 8:30 right after our club meeting. We are proceeding with coordination, planning and writing of two potential global grant projects. After discussions with Rotary International, it has been determined that our project in Ghana with Peter Okantey (former Rotarian) on the PALM Institute University would have a greater chance of success if focused as a water project. One of the challenges when writing a global grant is to carefully select an area of focus and make sure the project clearly addresses the area of focus chosen.
The next steps for our committee will be to develop an action plan for writing our two grants and plan our outreach to other clubs for participation. We can greatly use additional help in grant writing and club outreach.
There is also a project that the committee is discussing pursuing to bring solar power to an off-grid farm in rural Haiti. This project could benefit from a district simplified grant which matches up to $2,000 of club funds. With $4,000 in funding, that would be enough to cover the cost of solar panels for the farm. This is just one idea currently under discussion for a district simplified grant.
Janet Young, director
First Wednesday/Holiday Party
First Wednesday at 5:01 p.m. is a social gathering of members and their guests which helps us get to know each other better. For December, First Wednesday (Dec. 5) will be a holiday get-together at President Adina’s office, 1400 NW Irving, Unit 324. Look up Bridge City Advisors on the building directory and hit “call” to be buzzed into the lobby. Please do not let people into the lobby with you that you do not know.
Please bring a holiday appetizer or dessert to share, and a bottle of your drink of choice to share.
In conjunction with the Community Service Committee, you can bring your donations to the New Avenues for Youth clothing drive to the party and they’ll get delivered along with the items donated at Club meetings. See the Community Service Committee’s article for details of what items are needed.
Perry Swanson & Elizabeth Cramer, co-chairs
Our two newest members, Clint Colbert and Jim Miller, were both inducted on Nov. 6. Welcome, guys!
We have no new membership applications in-process currently.
Bill Dolan has decided to resign from Pearl Rotary. He and his family will be spending part of the winter in Arizona to be closer to family.
Induction Nov. 6:
Pearl Rotarians, and President Adina Flynn (center, above), welcomed two new members Nov. 6--Clint Colvert (left top photo) and Jim Miller (right, top photo). Clint was previously a Rotarian in Arizona and has lived in Portland the past 4-1/2 years; his work in database technology includes outsourcing for colleges and universities. Jim, a Portland native, past football and rugby player who spent 15 years in the LA area, is an Edward Jones financial planner (14th and Lovejoy in the Pearl).
Donald Q. Smith, chair
It's up and running--PPRC's revamped, expanded and improved website. Kudos go to "webmaster" (and communications committee member) Sid Smith. Months and months of planning (Rotarians on the committee) and hours and hours of volunteerism (Sid) made this work. You can make a visit at:
The most emphasis and updating, as the completion neared, came from members of the Social Justice Committee. Take a look at that area on our website.
Being "live" with the new website precludes a major change on how our club communicates both internally and externally. News, announcements, upcoming dates, etc. of the Pearl Club will now be entered, and thus shared, on the website. Gone after a late-December edition will be the electronic newsletter. Facebook postings on the club's two sites (club, y.e.) will continue.
That edition's publication will also culminate the transfer of the communications chair-ship to Tara Mussulman, long-time committee member, website advisor to Sid and club past president.
• Rotarian Alana Miel has been in Kampala, Uganda, on a three-week consultancy with Medical Teams International (Based in Tigard). She is helping them to help author a proposal for funding from the European Union to respond to a crisis on the border of Uganda/DRC (Congo), in which refugees are fleeing DRC into Uganda, and some of them are carrying Ebola. There are 300 confirmed cases so far, and MTI is working with International Rescue Committee and others in the region to keep the flare-up from becoming an outbreak. She will be back by the end of November--in time to do a Nov. 30th shift with Meals on Wheels! (She and their son, Ellis, are pictured with a Uganda friend.)
• Two Pearl Rotarians--Erika Wrenn and Tracy Vicario--were honored Wednesday, Nov. 7, by the Pearl District Business Association at the organization's annual business awards luncheon.
Held at The Eleanor (Chown Event Space), the celebration featured 16 businesses and individuals for their successes and contributions. Introducing the winners, Ciara Pressler (on right in pictures) said Erika, the community ambassador winner, "has gone above and beyond in her community...to bring people together." The fourth-generation Oregonian was lauded for volunteerism within PDBA, Pearl Rotary and a task force on Old Town. Beyond her work as a Realtor (she's with (W)Here Real Estate), Erika publishes a newsletter that reaches both her clients and neighbors. "I just look for things of interest...beyond just real estate," Erika said. Pressler saluted Erika for the "lives you touch."
Tracy, of Hub International, was accorded the PDBA's women in business champion of the year. Pressler said Tracy's an inspiration to both the business accounts she gets to work with and the people on her team. She, too, was saluted for her volunteerism in both PDBA (past board member) and PPRC (her past Rotary presidency was mentioned). Tracy said she concentrates on "welcoming neighbors" and that she and her husband, Greg, enjoy "creating community in both work and our personal lives."
About ten of their fellow Rotarians attended the luncheon to show support for Erika and Tracy.
• It was earned in 2017-18 by Pearl Rotary under the presidency of Tara Mussulman.he announcement that our club had qualified for the valued "President's Citation" was announced in May, District 5100 conference time. But not until Tuesday (Oct. 30), was the certificate publicly delivered. Assistant District Governor Chris Achterman lauded the club and was pictured with Tara, now past president of Pearl Rotary. According to a district official, there are 70 clubs in 5100; less than half (33) received the 2017-18 citation.
• On the day of the first funerals of the victims in the Jewish synagogue massacre, Pearl Rotarians proclaimed, "We will stand with Pittsburgh" (sign held by Rotarian Ted Lehman). Also in the picture, taken after our Tuesday breakfast meeting, are speaker Steve Novick (lower left, white shirt) and student of the month from Lincoln High School, Caitlyn Anderlea (just to left of Novick). President Adina Flynn is at the far right.
• From Jerry (Baysinger) and the Peacemakers' archives came a PPRC rendition of "This Land is Your Land." Reported Jerry, our songmaster: "We first sang it in 2012, probably for a club assembly. For this week’s rendition, I updated it slightly to include some of our current projects. It seemed to resonate with everyone so it could well be Pearl Rotary’s theme song going forward."
For distribution to the membership, as requested.
"This Club is Your Club"
This club is your club, this club is my club
From the mountains of Nepal to the Portland Street Roots
From West Hills forests, to Willamette waters
Pearl Club was made for you and me
As I was biking that ribbon of Lovejoy
I looked toward Jamison and saw our Bear there
And way down yonder, the Bud Clark Commons
Pearl Club was made for you and me
I've roamed and rambled and I've followed our footsteps
From Youth Exchange kids to Growing Gardens
And every Tuesday, this chorus sounding
Pearl Club was made for you and me
The sun was rising as I was strolling
Our students arriving; the trolley rolling
Rain clouds were parting; Rotarians still bragging
Pearl Club was made for you and me
(Pictured from Oct. 23--Jerry, Matt Lillard, Dave Scott; other regulars in the Peacemakers are Anne Oneill and Pat Mahoney)
• From Rotarian Sid Smith: To those who were in attendance last Tuesday (Oct. 30): I hope you enjoyed the cookies.
To those who were not at the meeting: I thought the cookies were pretty darned good (made them myself).
I had a chance to briefly share how I help business owners. Quite honestly, it's like trying to explain the art of putting or how a computer works in just a few seconds. I'm guessing that at least you remember the cookies.
I'd said that what do changes lives, and it does. Imagine a business where the entire company is 100% on the same page with a clear and compelling vision. They're open, honest, and vulnerable with each other, calling out and solving issues as they arise. They've ridden themselves of bad apples and everyone is in the right seat for their interests, skills, and abilities. They have an easier job of finding and keeping great people than their competitors. And, they are actually enthusiastic about accountability, almost making a game of it every week.
For the business owner, this means more time, more energy, more fun, and quite likely more money.
That's what I accomplish over a roughly two-year journey of implementing a complete, proven system with simple, practical tools and disciplines. (Think of it as a proven recipe with simple off-the-shelf ingredients).
If you know any business owners (15-150 employees) who you think might like having what I described above, all I ask is that you reply to this email with "Yes, I do know someone."
Here's the offer I made last Tuesday: If that person you know decides they like what I show them (I lay out the entire system to them in about 90 minutes), and asks me to help them with the implementation, I will donate $1,000 in your name to the Pearl Fund or Rotary International. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
• From Rotarian and author George Wright: Next up for my new novel, I Am Ned Pine: Join me at Powell’s Books in Beaverton Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m., Cedar Hills Crossing. I hope you can put this date on your calendar and Make My Day by attending to hear the inside story of how I wrote this novel, which is getting good vibes. P.S. A nice crowd always impresses Powell’s. Here are two reader reviews:
“I read I Am Ned Pine in a couple of evenings….when I should have been doing other things. Page turner, as they say. Good story, Wright’s best yet.––Martin Doerfler, Salem, Oregon
“Ned Pine is a standard-issue guy who unexpectedly finds his safe, so-so life turned upside down. Ned struggles to solve the attempted murder of his wife and himself while struggling with the outrageous reactions he receives from his friends, associates, relatives and in-laws. The tension was a page-turner right down to the last paragraph for me. Author George Byron Wright has hit the ball over the fence with I Am Ned Pine.”—Douglas Pfeiffer, Eagle, Idaho
• Past president returns: J.C. Kootnekoff, PPRC's leader in 2005-06, made a visit to the breakfast meeting Nov. 20. To more than one member, he expressed the possibility of returning to full membership after the first of the year.
In September-October, Rotarians were challenged...and we had no winner:
Oct. 24 is World Polio Day for Rotary International. What worldwide leader was recently honored for his country's standout effort to raise funds for immunizations? How much have his country's Rotarians contributed?
The answer was Canada's Justin Trudeau. Rotarians answered, incorrectly, with contribution numbers attributed to the Canadian government (and cited at the RI convention in Toronto in June). Individual Canadian Rotarians contributed $38 million.
The November Puzzler requires three answers to win:
1) Who is the former Pearl Rotarian who was on the Multnomah County ballot this month and what office did this person move from and become elected to?
2) The answer was: Rotary Clubs...from where did the question come and where did it appear?
3) Ending polio remains THE major goal of Rotary. Where did this quote from RI President Barry Rassin appear in early November: "One child is too many."
$5 gift coffee certificate to the first Rotarian to answer correctly--all three questions!-- by e-mail to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to climb an African mountain (Kilimanjaro) that is over 19,000 feet of elevation? The trip will take days of hiking, will be physically exhausting, and will probably lead you to suffer oxygen shortages.
If this appeals to you, you should contact Portland’s Donovan Pacholl of Embark Exploration Company. With your help, he can arrange a guided trip that will be tailored to your needs and abilities.
Perhaps you are not quite ready to climb Kilimanjaro. Well, Donovan can organize plenty of other challenging trips in places such as Jordan, Tibet, Tanzania, Nepal, and Patagonia.
Pearl Rotarians heard all this news when Donovan spoke Oct. 16. But if you are worried about what might happen on this type of trip, rest at ease. As Donovan’s promotional literature says about him, “It isn’t work for him (Donovan); it’s a passion. He simply loves being in the mountains, on the road, in the wild, and in the middle of something new and exciting. And he particularly loves helping other people have this same kind of adventure.”
Leaders of various Pearl Rotary committees presented a variety of ambitious plans at the meeting on Oct. 23. Adina Flynn, club president, summed up her perspective on the several committees, “If you try to pick one committee that does the work, you can’t do it.”
Since becoming president July 1, Adina has been working with committee chairs to facilitate goals. A central theme of the plans is money--raising and spending dollars toward those goals.
One of the most interesting sets of projects involves the International Service Committee, a traditionally important group in Rotary Clubs. Jordan Weisman, director, outlined two projects that will involve Pearl. One is a grant project in northern Nicaragua, related to green empowerment, that will focus on water projects for 150 families, mainly devoted to sanitation. Local families will provide cement and labor for construction. The other project involves help in building a liberal arts university of Ghana (spearheaded by force PPRC Rotarian Pete Okantey). Rotarians will emphasize power and water issues in the Ghana university such as better access to local water supplies. The Ghana program will also involve the development of solar power rather than the use of non-renewable resources.
The two international projects will cost about $35,000 each, but Pearl Rotarians will only have to contribute $10,000. The additional funds will come from other Rotary chapters and the international Rotary organization.
Pearl Rotary has recently faced difficulties funding both its own programs and community programs by only using dues of current members. This means that a significant share of funds must come from other sources. As Lori Beight, chair of the Fundraising Committee, put it, “Fundraising is about much more than just digging out of pocket. We need new members, participation in new events, and an image of being active.”
Perry Swanson, chair of the Membership Committee, also talked positively about some of Lori’s theme that the club needs new members. He especially emphasized the continuing importance of inviting potential members to visit the meetings and indicated that more literature about Rotary should be made available to potential members.
Some of the other cited possible sources for funds by Lori include re-organization of the club raffle, development of social events that can be turned into fundraisers, continued expansion of the golf tournament program, and starting a new big fundraiser such as a tour of homes.
Other club speakers emphasized the importance of encouraging Pearl members to support the Paul Harris Fellowships (Phil Rothrock, above, club officer for TRF), named after the founder of the Rotary International. Individual Rotarians donate to the fund and become a “fellow” after making a significant financial contribution of $1,000 to the national organization.
Another important continuing development in the Pearl Club is an expanding internet website. Rotarian Sid Smith, communications, said that each club committee will now have its own page, information on why people join specific committees and a more developed list of contemporary club events. Sid said that a new refrain in the club may be, “Here’s something cool. Go to the website.”
One of the most successful recently formed groups in the club is the Social Justice Committee which has been sponsoring talks by outside speakers and book discussions of relevant justice publications. The committee, under the leadership of Chris Krenk, has a membership of 16 individuals and continues to work on diversifying club membership on such criteria as gender and ethnic background. Attention to this issue should also attract a number of new members, a refrain of other speakers.
During a week that the Supreme Court allowed a lawsuit by young people to force action on climate change to continue, and a report in the journal Nature stated that the world's oceans are heating beyond scientists' previous studies, Pearl Rotarians heard former city commissioner Steve Novick state the time for action is now.
"We're running out of time," he said succinctly.
Novick, special assistant attorney general, State of Oregon, started his Oct. 30 talk with a note of disappointment: "I really believed if we gave people accurate information, they will make sound, progressive decisions."
He then introduced the term "disruption" as a more accurate description than "change" in the earth's climate. He regretted that public policy and personal lifestyles too often are not based on the evidence he sees as convincing. And he warned:
"Once we lose the world, we lose it forever. And we are losing the world."
Novick said he has experienced the change in Oregon's weather patterns. The rain he remembers from his childhood was predominantly a drizzle. Today, he said, downpours happen far too often. At the same time, the Northwest salmon population is dwindling, Douglas firs are endangered and forest fires rage with increasing intensity and size.
"If we continue, in 2200 Boston will be under water," he predicted. "Same for the state of Florida."
Will the progressive city of Portland be different? Novick's view is mixed. Positively, he opined, the city's land use planning in the past led to excellent public transportation. But, he noted, climate "disruption" is not in the top twenty issues on peoples' minds. Private car usage reigns: "The majority of people don't want to sacrifice car lanes for bike lanes [despite] transportation [being] the biggest source of carbon emissions in this area."
Novick finds himself "more depressed" especially by the governmental inaction he has observed. "We don't have time to save the world!" he said as he was concluding.
He called for American commitment that would replicate our country's WWII resolve after the Pearl Harbor bombing. "We need that kind of sacrifice; we are looking for leaders to put climate change in the forefront."
His litmus test for the next president? Novick ended with his desire: An "obsession" on this issue and a call to all Americans for universal sacrifice.
He offered a message of unity on a divisive election day in America.
He shared a love letter to his wife.
And he recalled visits to speak in verse to elementary schools and to an Oregon state prison.
Oregon's poet laureate, Kim Stafford, was Portland Pearl Rotary's invited guest for the Nov. 6th meeting. While ballots were cast and Rotarians awaited results, Stafford came with a plea for that we don't simply pass the responsibility to the elected, but rather we answer "the true citizen's calling to serve (our as Rotarians proclaim: "Service Above Self"). In the words of the Lewis and Clark English professor:
Who shall we vote to be—
not counting ballots so we can
abdicate leadership, saying with
a sidelong glance, “Now she’ll do it…
Now it’s up to him…Now we can leave it
to the wise and cooperative team
in the halls of power—our future
is in their hands.”
No, my friends. No, again.
I’m talking about electing the self,
each true citizen’s calling to serve
through kindness at every encounter,
through thoughtful words at every impasse,
through listening with all your heart
and mind to the beautiful,
difficult future of every child.
Stafford read from his vast selection of poetry...and even had small pamphlet-sized books of his work to give to Rotarians (they went quickly). An assignment for third-graders was shared as was a verse from a prisoner. References were made to American Indian languages. He told of a particularly challenging assignment he had: to write a poem for the waiting room of parents at Doernbecher's Children's Hospital in Portland to those who "care for something so special it swallows you").
Stafford observed that poetry can serve three distinct functions:
1) Since you can't make any money writing poems, you're completely free to compose your thoughts;
2) If you're a student, your teachers may not be able to understand your creations (or assign grades to them). The "great mystery" can come through this "wonderful realm of exploration."
3) Poetry can "save your life" by establishing and cementing relationships with others.
On his third point, he turned to a small compilation of poems for his wife (title: "In Praise of Disarray: Poems of Love & Affection). He shared the preface:
Love is an eager luminosity we can't
explain that travels across space and time
from one person to another--within the concentric
force field of a couple, a family, a friendship, or some
other dynamic kinship convergence. Love without
judgment is a fundamental physical bond in the
universe, a property like gravity or magnetism that is
poorly understood but impossible to deny.
Stafford even shared a poem about a 3 a.m. wake-up call from his wife when they reviewed a to-do list that wasn't being completed:
Nothing can be done before dawn,
but still the quiet aria comes...
at the dark heart of my defeat
and she will tell me all is well--
in this dance we do for one another.
Stafford closed as he had opened, with Election 2018 poem he had written before Rotary Tuesday morning. Again he called for kindness, whether in a human glance or, even better, in the words of a poem.
Portland’s Lincoln High, a close friend of Pearl Rotary, was one of the very first public high schools in the states west of the Mississippi River, founded in 1869 and initially located at the Central School in the Pioneer Square area. There were 45 students. Now, plans are underway to build a new several stories tall high school, in the Goose Hollow neighborhood.
Rotarians heard about the school’s past in a talk on Nov. 13 by Chet Orloff, an adjunct professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and an instructor at the University of Oregon School of Architecture (and a LHS graduate in 1967). Chet outlined the several geographic moves the school (under multiple names) has made since its founding. These moves were in the area that is generally considered part of the Portland downtown. In 1912, Lincoln moved to a new building in what became the campus of Portland State University. This building still exists.
After World War II, Portland expanded greatly in population and geographic area. Land was broken in 1950 for a new Lincoln school in Goose Hollow, near the current Timbers soccer stadium.
Pearl Rotarians have connected to Lincoln in various ways. Many international Rotary exchange students, both from the United States and from outside the United States, have been sponsored by Pearl Rotary. [Orloff's visit coincided with PPRC's student of the month program--senior Tanya Munyua addressed the club about the need for more African information and understanding in USA schools.] Club members have found many of these individuals to be intellectually stimulating, providing information and ideas that would not normally be available. The affinity of Lincoln and Pearl has been encouraged by the self-conscious orientation of both communities to countries around the world and to achieving world peace.
Lincoln has a well-documented record of student academic achievement. An unusually large share of the school’s students are college preparatory. Relatively large numbers of Lincoln students have won plaudits for their scholarly achievements. For instance, Lincoln has received an unusual number of National Merit Scholarships in recent years. The magazine US News and World Reports has named Lincoln (2006) as one of the best high schools in America.
Much of Chet’s talk about Lincoln focused on its sizable number of distinguished graduates, certainly an impressive endorsement of its successes in intellectual endeavors, community life, and other areas such as sports. Major political standouts have included Portland mayors Ted Wheeler and Bud Clark and U.S. Senator Richard Neuberger. Professor Aaron Driver was a leading figure in the development of the distinguished Chicago School of Economics. Graduate Gary Snyder has stood out for his award-winning poetry. Leading sports figures in baseball have included Mickey Lolich and Johnny Pesky.
Pearl Rotarian Nancy Fowler grew up in small-town Toledo (OR), but she has literally and figuratively traveled all over the world. A travel agent for 41 years, Nancy provided entertaining comments for her fellow Rotarians at the speaker hour on Nov. 20.
After attending business college, Nancy broke into the travel industry in the late 1970s by writing tickets for domestic air trips (she was not permitted then to do tickets for international travel). Over time, she gradually worked herself up the travel ladder. These days, she spends a good bit of time on actual travel, both from personal interest and doing her job. Currently, Nancy is general manager of Willamette International Travel, located near the Ecotrust Building at 1314 N.W. Irving St.
As Nancy noted in her talk, some folks thought the travel agent was a doomed occupation when she began her career at roughly the same time as the rapid development of high-speed, computer-based electronics. Why use an agent when you could just make your reservation electronically? But far from disappearing, the “let’s travel” industry is flourishing, as indicated by the fact that Willamette Travel employs about 10 agents.
Nancy especially emphasized to Rotarians the power of the internet in facilitating travel plans. Now, travelers have a wide variety of options for their trips, and the agents are viewed as quite valuable by the public for providing information, often gathered from the internet, helping evaluate the many possible options for getting there, and alerting travelers to various publications (often on the internet) where they might want to go.
Nancy sees travel as a great refresher and builder of the human spirit. She argued to Rotarians, “We can always play. Travel is the only thing that makes you richer.”
These days, she spends a good bit of time in actual travel to check out travel opportunities. As Nancy noted, “You can travel by camel, horse and tuk tuk vehicle. But I don’t do camels.”
She estimates she has visited 80 cruise ships. She checks out the quality of hotel lodgings by visiting as many as 12 sites in a day. Between her trips, she reads many travel-oriented magazines, attends travel workshops and takes related courses.
Tapping her wry sense of humor, Nancy said that she checks out toilets a lot on her trips. Potential travel clients often have important questions about whether the toilets have attendants, whether the attendants take money, how to dispose of the toilet paper after it is used, and whether the toilet facilities are male or female or designated for multi-gender use.
Many of her customers are interested in ship cruise. They often have questions for her in relation to issues such the size of the ship, the onboard services that are offered, and what happens to bodies if they or their loved ones die on the trip.
On the website of her company Willamette, Nancy answers questions about her favorite trips and memories of travel. She reports, “I’ve been fortunate to have so many wonderful trips over the years, and there hasn’t been a destination that didn’t become my new favorite. Call me fickle! A travel consultant is ALWAYS on the job, so a favorite personal escape is Hawaii. It is exotic, only 5 hours away, and very welcoming. Memories? Galapagos and the crazy marine iguanas! Snorkeling in Fiji, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Turks and Caicos. Holding a young wombat and rubbing her tummy. Driving in Western Australia while a lizard races me (and wins). Watching cattle dogs work in New Zealand.” Her statement continues to identify many other locations that she has enjoyed or wishes to visit.
While Nancy has toured the world widely, she still has a lot of places to visit. Asked about her bucket list, she said: Northern lights on Iceland, Antarctica, and Japan. Nancy feels these destinations, like all travel, will continue to make her life “rich”.
To maximize fun for the adventurers, Donovan emphasizes the importance of extensive physical activity before the actual trip. Donovan himself appears to be in superb physical shape. Is this due to the rigor of his adventures? Or perhaps, the answer is that he follows Rotarian Jerry Baysinger’s eating diet (see Oct. 9 speech summary below on FB). In any case, there is little doubt from his appearance and talk at Rotary that Donovan is demanding but will take good care of you on his trips.
Donovan’s personal values seem quite consistent with the socially responsible beliefs of most Rotarians. He specializes in humanitarian trips, often for folks with serious health problems. His company literature notes, “We believe in paying fair wages and supporting the people and the environments where we travel. We believe in the places we travel, and invest money back into these communities and supporting local nongovernmental organizations.”
Recently, Donovan led a successful climbing trip of Kilimanjaro for individuals with multiple myeloma, but in sound physical condition. This cancer forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. This serious ailment results in most affected individuals facing shortened lifespans.
In Donovan’s fundraising trips, he finds that the more demanding adventures typically raise unusually large donations of money. According to Donovan’s Pearl presentation, potential donors contribute more to charity (as in the myeloma case) when the trips are challenging. “It’s like swimming with sharks or walking over hot coals,” Donovan told Rotarians.
Donovan summarizes his work as “the art of taking risks.” In reference to his Kilimanjaro climbs, Donovan told Rotarians, “You have to go and overcome. You want to overcome something in the end.”
(offered weekly by Past President Walt Swan)
10-2 “Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.”--Indian Hills Community Center
10-9 “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”--Nelson Mandela
10-16 “My mood ring is missing and I don’t know how I feel about that.”--Indian Hills Community Center
10-23 “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”--Kahlil Gibran
10-30 “Nowadays people are born to find fault. When they look at Achilles, they see only his heel.”--Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
11-6 “Try to live your life so that you wouldn’t be afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”--Will Rogers
11-13 “The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”--Zig Zigler
11-20 “What is freedom of expression? Without freedom to offend, it ceases to exist."--Salman Rushdie
11-27 “If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world.”--Will Rogers
Cameos of PPRC members--
from the lens of Seth Gardner
George Wright Lowell McKelvey Yelena Girich
Duane Cook Sara Shah Roger Devine
Jeff Pratt Joe Taylor Michael Steen
Darcy Rose Joan Pendergast Randy Vogt
Emily Baker Dawn Schneider Farhad Ghafarzade
Pat Mahoney Alan Bacharach John Pearson
Lou Radja Roger Meyer Anne Oneill