Mayor Tim Knapp awarded 2016 Wilsonville First Citizen

Mayor Knapp accepting the First Citizen award from Rotary president Richard Martens.

Mayor Knapp accepting the First Citizen award from Rotary president Richard Martens.

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp was announced as the 2016 winner of the Wilsonville First Citizen Award on Saturday evening, February 25, 2017.

Knapp was among four finalists for the award, which is given by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville, and draws upon nominations submitted by the community. The award recognizes local leaders who have a history of making a difference and having a positive impact in the Wilsonville community. The other finalists were John Budiao, CEO of Military Coach; Kyle Bunch, agent with Kyle Bunch Agency of American Family Insurance; and Jean Tsokos, long-time Wilsonville community volunteer and leader with WilsonvilleSTAGE.

The award is given at the Rotary’s annual Heart of Gold Celebration, which salutes community volunteers. This year’s edition had a Hawaiian theme, called Mahalo To You, which means thanks as well as respect. This was the 16th annual edition of the banquet and fundraiser which was started in 2002 to honor Wilsonville’s community leaders who enrich the lives of all local residents.

“Tim Knapp has contributed to the community over the past several decades as a volunteer and an elected official,” said Richard Martens, club president, who chaired the First Citizen Selection Committee. “He has contributed a great many hours of service over the years, in a variety of roles from committee member on up to mayor.  The Rotary extends its congratulations to Mayor Knapp, and to all of the finalists who have made our city a better place for all of our residents.”

Heart of Gold is the Rotary’s largest fundraiser of the year, with funding supporting education and community enrichment efforts in Wilsonville. While the final tally is still underway, early estimates demonstrate the generosity of sponsors and attendees, from which education and social support efforts in the city are funded.

“It is a tremendous compliment to receive the 2016 First Citizen award from the Rotary Club of Wilsonville and be among finalists who all have made significant contributions to our community,” Knapp said. “Year after year, the Rotary contributes to our city in important ways as a partner and friend. I am pleased to accept this award not just on my behalf, but for all the leaders and citizens of Wilsonville who work with such devotion to make this city the wonderful community that it is.”

Mayor Knapp being congratulated by his wife, Melodee after winning the First Citizen.

Mayor Knapp being congratulated by his wife, Melodee after winning the First Citizen.

Knapp moved to Wilsonville in 1986 and served on several city boards, commissions and task forces before being appointed to the City Council in 2003. He was elected to the council in 2004, then elected mayor in 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.  His vision for Wilsonville as a connected, supportive community for all its citizens and businesses has been an underlying theme throughout his government and personal work.

During the banquet and celebration, attendees heard from a former inmate at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility who was released in 2016. She and her daughter talked about how they benefitted from the Through A Child’s Eyes partnership, which strengthens families and helps female inmates be better parents both before and after release. Without TACE, she said, she would not have the good relationship now shared with her daughter. Attendees at the Heart of Gold contributed generously to future TACE events after she and her daughter spoke, raising record amounts from the “paddle raise” to support mother-child connections.

Besides TACE, proceeds from the event support numerous other projects of the Wilsonville Rotary Foundation, including local omelet breakfasts to raise funds for schools; the Wilsonville Chess Program to help students learn discipline and problem-solving skills; producing the free Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts for residents and raising funds for polio prevention; college scholarships for Wilsonville high school graduates; international student exchange programs, inbound and outbound, that enrich Wilsonville students and their families; and annual projects that have brought solar energy to Africa and clean water to schools and clinics in the Third World.

For those looking ahead to next year, the club is already accepting nominations for the 2017 award, which will be awarded in early 2018. Nominations may be submitted to www.wilsonvillerotary.com/heart/nominate, or sent to president@wilsonvillerotary.com.

First Citizen Finalist: Jean Tsokos

Jean Tsokos is a longtime Wilsonville resident, volunteer and role model for community engagement. With more than 20 years of service to the WilsonvilleSTAGE, formerly known as Wilsonville Community Theater, as well as projects that benefit seniors under her belt, Tsokos recently decided to retire and let the next generation of volunteers take over.

A native of the Midwest, Tsokos, 85, has been a board member, director and acting instructor of Wilsonville Community Theater, trips coordinator and vice chair of Wilsonville Community Seniors, Inc. (WCSI), and advisory member of the SMART task force, representing Wilsonville seniors, through her past as both a theater and education professional. Tsokos’ earned a degree in conservation education with a minor in theater in 1952. While working at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, she took a job working for Marlin Perkins of Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom,” but more importantly, began her work in community theater, at first simply as a hobby. Soon she was active with the professional children’s theater, which also introduced her to her second husband, Bill Tsokos, a stage manager.

Lots of moves around the Midwest meant that Jean’s involvement in theater was took her across the globe, including Canada, the Cayman Islands and Daytona Beach, Fla., often doing large scale musicals. Her grandson eventually got Jean to move to Oregon in 1989 and she has been an active member of the Wilsonville community since that time.

Where volunteering and generosity collide

Greetings from President Richard Martens

NOTE: The Heart of Gold event is SOLD OUT! See you all there!

On February 25 we will gather with fellow Wilsonville residents for the 16th annual Heart of Gold Celebration and Auction.  The event celebrates two characteristics that make a community great – volunteerism and generosity.  Each year we solicit nominations from our citizenry of those people who have distinguished themselves through the selfless offering of their time.  From the many nominations submitted we select four to be honored at the Heart of Gold Celebration and Auction.  At the end of the evening we name one of the four as Wilsonville’s First Citizen.

The event also puts our community’s generosity on display.  Local business have generously offered their support as sponsors.  During the course of the evening the attendees enjoy themselves by generously bidding on the items in the silent and oral auction.  Nearly all of the items offered will have been donated by local businesses and individuals.  At the end of the evening we expect once again to have received sufficient funds to cover the cost of our clubs many projects in our community over the coming year.

Volunteerism and generosity: helping make Wilsonville a great community.

First Citizen Finalist: John Budiao

John Budiao is currently a Logistics and Readiness Officer with the U.S. Air Force, and the CEO of Military Coach, where he provides motivational speaking and mentoring to future members of the military.

John has served in three branches of the military: Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force. He is a leader and mentor for Wilsonville’s Troop 194’s 50+ Boy Scouts, always demonstrating how he truly cares about the boys and the community.  John received the Certificate of Merit from Boy Scouts, for pulling an unconscious woman from the ocean and performing CPR till paramedics arrived on scene. He also coaches Wilsonville Youth Football.

John has been referred to by those who know him as a “selfless servant” because he not only serves his local community, but also his country.  John’s friends and family feel strongly that he is one of the best dads and husbands in the community, even in the face of a military deployment coming in June of 2017.

First Citizen Finalist: Kyle Bunch

Kyle Bunch is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Wilsonville, and an active volunteer in many other efforts in the city. He has been on city redevelopment committees and is a strong supporter of the economic development and building community assets.

Besides his many hours doing volunteer work with the Rotary, and despite having a young family and busy work life, Kyle is also on the executive committee of the Wilsonville Chamber.

Kyle’s love of learning and education is apparent in his educational background, which includes an MBA from Trident University International; an M.A. in Secondary Education and Teaching from the University of Portland; a B.S. in Life Science from U.P.; and a B.A. in Theology and Theological Science from U.P. Kyle is a graduate of Canby High School.

First Citizen Finalist: Tim Knapp

Tim Knapp has given 30 years of service to the citizens of Wilsonville since moving to the city in 1986, even prior to serving as City Councilor from 2003-2008, and before his being elected mayor in 2009, and re-elected twice since that time, including recently in November 2016.  His vision for Wilsonville as a connected, supportive community for all its citizens and businesses has been an underlying theme throughout his government and personal work. Tim has worked hard to develop Wilsonville’s position as the most forward looking small city in Oregon. His work has helped Wilsonville to attract numerous high tech and highly regarded consumer companies to the City, while maintaining high ‘smart growth’ standards that ensure the community is environmentally friendly and an attractive place to live with open spaces and numerous parks. Starting in 1999, Tim and his wife Melodee envisioned, planned and constructed the Old Town Village Small Business Center, which houses 15 local businesses providing services to hundreds and hundreds of local families.

Diary of a Wilsonville student in Slovakia

Amanda Weatherly in an “outbound” exchange student from Wilsonville High School who has been living with a few different host families in Slovakia since last fall. Amanda’s trip was supported by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville, which has an “inbound” and “outbound” exchange program that has been going strong for several years. Jake McMichael, the Youth Exchange Officer in the Rotary Club said, “Amanda is an amazing young woman who has experienced so much over the last several months, including learning one of the toughest languages in the world. The Rotary is pleased to support students like Amanda to expand their learning and engagement as a global citizen.”

“I’ve been on a couple little excursions around Slovakia and neighboring countries however there will be a lot more trips to come in the near future. I’ve gone to Zakopane, Poland which is a lovely tourist town. Extremely beautiful and absolutely wonderful food, the fried cheese with berry jam is to die for. I spent a day there just walking around and enjoying the sights. Polish is an adorable language that reminds me of Slovak with a lisp, it’s easily understandable by fluent Slovak speakers. I’ve also gotten the chance to go to Vienna, Austria, sadly Elizabeth (Biz Harms, another Wilsonville “outbound”) was busy so we didn’t get to meet up but can I just say Austria took my breath away.

The gothic architecture of some buildings and historical monuments were so pleasing to the eye and impactful. I stood below a balcony where Hitler gave one of many speeches and that blew my mind. I spent the day with the inbounds living in Slovakia in Vienna and it was spectacular. We had free time where we were free to roam the streets of Vienna on our own and experience as much as possible. I’d really love to go back there so I can spend even more time exploring the streets in Vienna. It has definitely been my favorite city I’ve visited so far. Soon I plan to go to Prague which is one city I have wanted to visit since I was a little girl and I can’t wait to finally be able to experience it in person. Then in April I will get to go on EuroTour, touring France, Spain and Italy, that will be an amazing trip that I can’t wait to go.

On another note I’ll talk about my language abilities because I think that’s a very large part of exchange. First off I’d like to say Slovak is ranked one of the most difficult languages in the world, so I’m far from fluent. I’ve had Slovak lessons since November that just ended last month. They taught me some things but mostly I’ve picked it up on my own. In my town barely anyone speaks English so I’ve been forced to learn quickly in order to get through my daily life. My family not being able to speak English is very beneficial for me as well because it has gotten me to practice my Slovak more. I don’t understand everything but I understand a very large amount. Speaking is a little bit more difficult but I’m working on it. By the time I leave I’m expecting to understand fully and be able to have a decent conversation. I’m definitely not expecting to be fluent which I’m a little disappointed in but I’m okay with it. In my free time when I want a break from Slovak I have been studying Norwegian too just because I wanted something a little different to learn and my other friend speaks Norwegian so I practice with him. When I get home I’m planning to be conversational in more than just two languages :)

Rotary announces July and August concerts’ lineup

The 2017 Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts are in the works, and it looks like this could be our best lineup yet. Mark your calendars now for the following dates and performers. All shows begin with the opening act at 5:30 p.m., followed by the headliners at 6:30 p.m.

DSCN0333.jpgJuly 20 — Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts. 
July 27 — Boyd Small’s All-Star Blues Showcase.

August 3 — Tracey Fordice and the Eight Balls.

August 10 — Radical Revolution.

Rotarians to display their ‘eggspertise’

Rotarians worldwide have many tools in their arsenal — from the eyedropper for polio vaccines, to the filter for giving communities clean water, to the Shelter Box for providing life-saving assistance when natural disasters strike.

But for Wilsonville Rotarians, their signature tool is the spatula, used for cooking omelets to order.

The club’s well-honed omelet operation basically amounts to a pop-up restaurant that can serve hundreds of people a hot and delicious meal with omelets, pancakes, juice and coffee — then disappear without a trace.

Now that’s eggspertise.

For the spring of 2017, the Rotary Club of Wilsonville will be busy with four omelet breakfasts. Three will raise money for worthwhile causes, while one will help fuel up hungry volunteers for a busy day, packed with community service.

Here is the schedule:

Lowrie Primary School Talent and Art Show — Thursday, March 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the school. This “Breakfast for Dinner” event will include a student talent show as well as a student art show.

Wilsonville High School Grad Night Brunch — Saturday, March 18, 9:30–11 a.m. at Al Kader Shrine Center. WHS seniors and their parents will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by the Rotarians, while raising funds for the alcohol-free Grad Night Party.

Boeckman Creek Talent Show Night — Friday, April 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the school. This long-running Friday night favorite will include Breakfast for Dinner, along with the always-entertaining student talent show.

WERK Day Breakfast — Saturday, May 13 from 8-9 a.m. at the Wilsonville Community Center. WERK stands for Wilsonville Environmental Resource Keepers, and WERK Day is the city’s annual community wide cleanup at local parks, cemeteries and other locations. All WERK Day volunteers will enjoy a free breakfast cooked by the Rotarians.

For Rotarians volunteering at these events, storage unit meet up will be two hours before the event, and setup and prep will begin 90 minutes before service begins. Cleanup and load out should take about an hour after service ends, but the timing may vary.

Secretary Leslie Hackett will be circulating sign-up sheets for these spring breakfasts shortly, both online and on paper.

For more information on the breakfasts, contact Curt Kipp, club director of community service, at service@wilsonvillerotary.com.

 

Wilsonville Rotarians display their ‘eggspertise’

Rotarians worldwide have many tools in their arsenal — from the eyedropper for polio vaccines, to the filter for giving communities clean water, to the Shelter Box for providing life-saving assistance when natural disasters strike.

But for Wilsonville Rotarians, their signature tool is the spatula, used for cooking omelets to order.

The club’s well-honed omelet operation basically amounts to a pop-up restaurant that can serve hundreds of people a hot and delicious meal with omelets, pancakes, juice and coffee — then disappear without a trace.

Now that’s eggspertise.

For the spring of 2017, the Rotary Club of Wilsonville will be busy with four omelet breakfasts. Three will raise money for worthwhile causes, while one will help fuel up hungry volunteers for a busy day, packed with community service.

Here is the schedule:

  • Lowrie Primary School Talent and Art Show — Thursday, March 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the school. This “Breakfast for Dinner” event will include a student talent show as well as a student art show.
  • Wilsonville High School Grad Night Brunch — Saturday, March 18, 9:30–11 a.m. at Al Kader Shrine Center. WHS seniors and their parents will enjoy a delicious brunch provided by the Rotarians, while raising funds for the alcohol-free Grad Night Party.
  • Boeckman Creek Talent Show Night — Friday, April 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m. at the school. This long-running Friday night favorite will include Breakfast for Dinner, along with the always-entertaining student talent show.
  • WERK Day Breakfast — Saturday, May 13 from 8-9 a.m. at the Wilsonville Community Center. WERK stands for Wilsonville Environmental Resource Keepers, and WERK Day is the city’s annual community wide cleanup at local parks, cemeteries and other locations. All WERK Day volunteers will enjoy a free breakfast cooked by the Rotarians.

For Rotarians volunteering at these events, storage unit meet up will be two hours before the event, and setup and prep will begin 90 minutes before service begins. Cleanup and load out should take about an hour after service ends, but the timing may vary. For the Rotarians, club secretary Leslie Hackett will be circulating sign-up sheets for these spring breakfasts shortly, both online and on paper.

Ever wonder where we get all the eggs used at the breakfasts?  Wilsonville Rotary member Reg Keddie sold his egg company to Wilcox Family Farms in Aurora in 2003, and as part of the deal, he asked for free eggs for our Rotary club for the breakfasts forever!

For more information on the breakfasts, contact Curt Kipp, club director of community service, at curtek@gmail.com.

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