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.

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.

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.

Teens gain global experiences via Rotary Club of Wilsonville

Spain, Austria, Argentina, Slovakia, and Switzerland. That’s an impressive list of international countries from which or to which high school students are traveling through the Wilsonville Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program. Is international travel as well as study abroad on your bucket list?  Well, it has come true for four Wilsonville High School students, as well as one Swiss and one Argentinian student.

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