Anna Krill has been a fixture at Rotary meetings in Wilsonville since she arrived in the U.S. last August. A native of the Zurich, Switzerland area, Anna completed secondary school in her home town and came to the U.S. as an exchange student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville. Anna stayed with three host families over the last nine months in Oregon, and summarized her many adventures when the Rotary met on May 18. She has also attended numerous volunteer activities with Club members, including our many Omelet Breakfasts and lots of Thursday meetings.
Rotary members agree that Anna has brought a lot of energy — and youth — to Rotary this past year. She has been a real trooper, getting up early and cracking eggs in preparation for a breakfast, or serving pancakes to wide-eyed kids of all ages. Anna came to Wilsonville’s WERK Day in May, where she helped feed some stalwart residents who braved a very wet weekend to help improve the town’s environment.
Anna speaks fluent English, German (of course), and understands French and Italian. She has been a senior at WHS throughout the school year, taking Spanish, Advanced Chemistry, English, American History and other courses. Anna was active on the cross-country team in the fall and the swim team in the winter, helping the team make the state championships. Anna expressed excitement about graduating with the rest of her class in June, and will head back to Switzerland later in that month, with plans to start college and study health technologies near her family home. She will certainly be missed!
Attention young leaders: applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Award. The award is aimed at aspiring leaders between the ages of 19 and 28. The person named by our club will attend a week long retreat in the Columbia Gorge in July. This is a rare opportunity to hear outstanding speakers and meet other young leaders from throughout the area. For some this experience has been life changing and for nearly everyone they form life-long friendships and professional contacts. If you are a young leader or know someone who is, please complete the application and return it as indicated. Applications must be received no later than May 20. For more information download the RYLA brochure on their website or e-mail email@example.com
Want to have fun, make a difference, meet great people and build closer connections to the Wilsonville community? Then you’ve got to join the Rotary Club of Wilsonville for lunch and take the first step to engaging with one of our city’s service organization.
Here’s what we’re involved in right now:
- Bringing international experiences to Wilsonville with in- and out-bound student exchange programs
- Making a difference in Wilsonville K-12 schools: Fund scholarships; recognize student leaders who make a difference; organize chess programs for elementary school students
- Supporting K-12 school events with breakfast events that provide funds to support Wilsonville students, and others for community events
- Engaging with issues, programs and organizations that impact our community through weekly speaker series
- Build comradery and fellowship with individuals who live or work in Wilsonville and environs through organized volunteer efforts
- Supporting Through a Child’s Eyes summer events to unite Coffee Creek female inmates with their children in a safe, fun atmosphere
- Building community and support for international polio irradiation with our famous free Summer Concert Series with top performers
- Recognizing Wilsonville’s top citizens at our annual Heart of Gold fundraiser.
Why join? It’s fun, it makes a difference, you’ll meet great people and build closer connections to the Wilsonville community. Join us most Thursdays from noon to 1pm for lunch at the Al Kadar center in Wilsonvillle; or contact Richard Martens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at: wilsonvilllerotary.com
The 2017 Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts are expected to break new attendance records this summer with an amazing line-up for July and August. 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.
Match the Summer Concert act with the following trivia:
___ This band just released a new CD called “Out of The Blues.”
___ This 6-piece 80’s tribute band’s motto is: “We rock, we love to rock, and people love rockin’ with us!”
___ This singer is a Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee.
___ This band has opened for The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, and The Righteous Brothers, among other top bands, old and new.
A. Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts – Appearing July 20
B. Boyd Small’s All-Star Blues Showcase – Appearing July 27
C. The Tracey Fordice Band – Appearing August 3
D. Radical Revolution – Appearing August 10
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A TACE VOLUNTEER?
Rotary International’s Award winning Through A Child’s Eyes mother/child bonding program held in partnership with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9. We are looking for volunteers for either day from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Requirements to be a volunteer are: you must pass a simple background check, take a one hour class on a choice of dates, be a non-judgmental role model, and be willing to dispense unconditional love. Volunteers are assigned a game or craft to assist with, helping the youth and their families get the most out of the day.
It is very heartwarming to see these disadvantaged children spending important binding time with their inmate moms. They experience a carefree day enjoying BBQ and playing crafts and games together. Warning! You’ll be challenged to keep a dry eye when it comes time for the families to say goodbye at the end of the day.
This is the 15th year for this remarkable program, which is held outdoors but within the prison fences. Many of our volunteers have been with us for over a decade. We are a little short of volunteers this year because it is at the end of the 4th of July week. If you are interested, please talk to a Wilsonville Rotarian or contact Doris Wehler at 503-682-0426 after May 1.
Interested in hearing any of the speakers below? Visit the Rotary Club for lunch. If you’re smart, you’ll join the Club and gain many rewards through volunteerism that makes a big difference right here in Wilsonville, as well as across the world. Meetings begin at noon and end at 1:00pm, Al Kadar Center in Wilsonville.
May 4: Abby’s Closet: What It Means to Young Women. Speaker: Lindsey Pruett
May 11: Lean Consulting. Speakers: Rick & Elizabeth Peters, Owners, Peters Consulting
May 18: Getting Your Project Out in Front of People with Social Media & Online Marketing. Speaker: Albert Kaufman, president, Albertideation
June 1: Legislative Campaign Funding in Oregon: The Inside Story. Speaker: Vicki Berger, former House member of the Oregon Legislature
June 8 The Town Center Redevelopment Project. Confirmed by Richard with Jordan Vance, the dept. director, on 4.27.17
June 15 The Transitional Youth Program (confirmed by email from Bob Neubauer on 4.6.17) Bert Waugh, Jr., Founder
June 22 The Civil Air Patrol Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. (confirmed by email from Ed on 4.6.17). Lt. Col. Ed Bos, Vice Commander of the Oregon CAP Wing
Crystal Magana and her daughter spoke about the positive impact of TACE at Heart of Gold.
On Saturday night, February 25, 2017 the Wilsonville Rotary had a full house for our Heart of Gold “Mahalo” Dinner and Auction. Mayor Tim Knapp was chosen as 2016 First Citizen. We had a record 254 people who signed up to attend and we feasted on a great Hawaiian dinner. Theme development was perfect in terms of decorations, food, garb, and even a few Hawaiian words in President Martens’ speech.
Crystal Magana, our TACE speaker, was terrific and her speech resulted in collecting over $13,450 for TACE. With increased income from sponsorships, and doing well at both the silent and oral auctions, Rotary is well positioned to carry on with all it service projects. The various committee chairs all did a first class job, and many thanks go out to them.
By Jake McMichael, Wilsonville Rotary Member
Jake McMichael introduces Dawson Durig and YEP student Santi Berios from Argentina.
The Rotary Club of Wilsonville has enjoyed following the adventures of our two Wilsonville High School (WHS) long term outbound students, who are enjoying their high school junior year abroad in Europe. One of our Youth Exchange Program (YEP) students is Amanda Weatherly who is in Poprad, a city in northeastern Slovakia at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, famous for its picturesque historic centre and as a holiday resort.
Amanda writes that her present host family is outstanding and that her Slovak has improved to the point of understanding most of what goes on in school. She is particularly close to the other foreign exchange students in the city. Biz Harms is spending the year in a southern suburb of Vienna, Austria. She claims that she and her friends all talk in German to each other, though they use easier words and talk slower around her.
Dawson Durig spent all of last summer in Argentina. His host brother, Santi Berios arrived in Oregon on Wednesday March 15th spending a total of five weeks with the Durig family. He has been attending WHS with Dawson as well as enjoying spring break and many other activities that is keeping him and his host family very busy.
The YEP continues into school year 2017-18 with two short term family-to-family exchanges this summer and one long term exchange for the whole school year. Lily Burhop, presently in 10th grade at WHS, is our long term exchange student. She has selected Russia has her first choice country (Switzerland and Austria are backups) where she will be spending her junior year. Lila Dawson, a short termer, is vying for placement in Argentina. Her WHS classmate, Sophia Somerscales, has selected Brazil, Argentina and India has her top three choices. Again, the short termers should be notified soon of where they will be going.
If you’ve never attended a lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Wilsonville, you’ve been missing some wonderful speakers covering a broad range of topics and issues. If you’d like to join us for a future meeting, the Club meets every Thursday from noon – 1:00 pm at the Al Kadar Center in Wilsonville. Lunch is on us!
As an example, one of our recent speakers included Dr. Scott Burns, who has been a professor of Geology and faculty leader at Portland State University since 1990 had Rotary members on the edge of their seats describing all the impacts on life, infrastructure and our environment that the “Big One” will have on the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Burns is a frequent expert on earthquakes, landslides and other of mother nature’s most powerful events, often seen on the television news in Portland. He also applies his local knowledge of landscapes and oenology when he leads geological wine tours in the Yamhill Valley area.
Dr. Burns described earthquake liquefaction, which occurs during large Richter scale events. He noted that the evidence of previous tsunamis is along the Oregon coast, including petrified “ghost forests” that resurface along the shore line, particularly during the stormy winter months. He also noted that there is evidence of a “widow” tsunami in Japan in the early 1700s, which means there was no earthquake that accompanied it; and that the earthquake came from somewhere else, and in this case from the the western U.S.
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.
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 email@example.com.