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Couple of the year, 2017-18: Jessy and Heather Watson
Rotarian of the Year, 2017-18: Rick Pullen and new Rotarian of the Year, Jessy Watson
Paul Harris Fellow
On behalf of La Grande’s United Finance Company, Shawn Risteen receives the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award for the second time. To earn the award, $1000 is donated to the Rotary Foundation to assist in the fight against polio, support for clean water and education programs around the globe and at home. Joel Myer presents Shawn with a lapel pin to commemorate the occasion.
Eric Valentine presented with the Rotary “Leadership, Service and Friendship” award for his work in Rotary for many decades. Honoring Eric is Rotary District Governor Renee Campbell and La Grande Rotary president Sandra Ghormley. Eric has been a stalwart member of the La Grande Rotary club participating in almost every event the club holds and is an enthusiastic and witty member of the club. His photographic talents have chronicled the activities of the club for the last decade.
Eric retired in 2002 after serving twenty years as a District and Circuit Judge for Union and Wallowa counties. He also served as a Cub Master and Scoutmaster for over twenty years. Eric enjoys sharing the majesty and splendor of the Lord’s creation through his photographs.
Rotarians convened at Eastern Oregon University on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 to install new officers and to honor special Rotarians. Joel Myer (2018-19) took over presidential duties from Sandra Ghormley (2018-19). Vice President, Michelle Long, Craig Nightingale, treasurer, Mike Moeller, secretary were announced as the balance of the executive team. Jessy and Heather Watson were named Rotarian Couple of the year, Rick Pullen was named Rotarian of the year, and Jessy Watson was named New Rotarian of the Year.
Drug Free Youth Program
La Grande Middle School
The May DFY Event was Pizza, Pop and Prizes Movie Event! Students watched a movie called “Which Brain do you Want?” They learned about how the brain works, what happens when the brain ‘misfires’, the physical impact of drugs and alcohol on brain function, and ways to improve their brain. The video focused on the work of psychiatrist Daniel Amen who has been studying the brain for more than 15 years. He’s performed over 25,000 brain scans, and learned about the damage that alcohol and drug abuse has on the developing adolescent brain. About 25 students were in attendance.
In April, 7th and 8th grader DFY members went to the Maridell Center for an afternoon of skating fun. The students had a blast! Mr. Wagner & I spoke to the students about the importance of having friends that hold the same value of being drug free!