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An Enchanted Evening

Dance ad, 2x5

La Grande Rotary has secured the date, booked the hall, hired the talent, planned the food and fun and now invited our community’s girls and dads/grandpas/uncles to An Enchanted Evening! This will be the perfect opportunity for the princess in your daughter to shine and for an evening of food, music, dancing and fun.

Join us on February 7, 2015 at the Masonic Lodge. Tickets are $35 per couple and $10 for each additional guest.  Wear your formal or semi-formal attire. There will be a grand announced entrance, photographer, and plenty of opportunity for Cinderella to be the center of attention.

Tickets are available at Valley Insurance, McMahan Denistry or from any Rotarian. You can call Beth Stewart at 541 910 8860 for more information.

Download the ad above or poster here:

Dance ad, 2×5 (1)

Dance poster 3

El Salvador Project


Beth Stewart, club president 2014-15, reported on  her trip to El Savador to represent the club to young women we are supporting to go to high school. These students, because of their poverty and rural location, do not normally attend school after their elementary years. Support from La Grande Rotarians makes it possible for their families to send them to school by funding bus fare, materials, and other school fees. Pictured above are the young women the club will support this coming year and laptops donated by the club.




Rotarians at Food Drive Post

unnamedDoyle Slater and Glenas Orcutt are two volunteers urging shoppers to donate to the Union County Food Drive. Robert Strope, also a Rotarian, organized the supervision of the drop box where several Rotarians and other community members gave of their time to support folks in need in the county.

Liberty Theatre Project

Over a period of three Saturdays, La Grande Rotarians removed walls and ceiling from the left half of the internal construction that hid the Liberty Theatre from view. The construction added to the building in the early 1960’s converted the Theatre to commercial space.

Rotarians and Liberty Foundation volunteers joined effort to remove much of this structure.  Seen below are before and after pictures showing the results of the destruction crew and the clean-up crew’s efforts:



Boards, nails, insulation, ceiling tile, plaster, lighting–what a mess!



Now you can see the original east wall of the Theatre and the organ loft and ceiling!



Yard Sale September 27

It’s time to clean out the garage!  We are desperate for Yard Sale items.  Dale Basso has collected only a few things thus far and the Ultimate Yard Sale is September 27.
This weekend would be a good time to go through cupboards, the linen closet, and the garage for items you haven’t used and are taking up precious space.  Kitchen appliances, furniture, linens, rugs, bikes, luggage, dogs, cats, you name it!  Gentlemen, please let your wives know that we are looking for items!
Please drop off your items at the back door at Globe Furniture.  If you have large items, please call Dale at 963-4144 in make arrangements to meet him at the storage unit.

First La Grande Rotary Exchange Student Comments

Judith Thoren posted on La Grande Rotary’s timeline

Judith Thoren
June 8 at 4:27pm
As the first exchange student sponsored by LaGrande Rotary Club in 1972 who was from Elgin, Oregon, I have often thought of the outreach of the LaGrande Rotarians. I wanted to drop you a short note to say I’ve treasured my exchange opportunity all these years. The experience has impacted my life in so many ways, and it is a time I look upon fondly and remember so many good times. I’ve had the opportunity to share stories with my children and grandchildren. So here I am all these years later using social media to just say thank you so much. It still is a blessing.

Judith Thoren
Rotary Exchange Student 
Tsukidate, Japan

Need Host Family

Chris and Girls

Do you know this man or these young women? He is pleading on their behalf.

Chris Taylor is in the hunt for a host family. We are overdue in finding a place for our current exchange student from Switzerland. Please ask friends and neighbors if they might be interested in hosting this amazing young woman.


Enchilada Feed Success!

James mans the chip bowl
Last night’s Enchilada Dinner was a tremendous success!  We had a packed house…families and friends, colleagues and councilmen, the mayor and members of Sunrise Rotary, college students, Exchange students and the Middle School D-FY kids.
Whether you wrapped silverware, rolled enchiladas, brewed tea, sold raffle tickets, baked desserts, scrubbed pans or sported sombreros and mustaches, it was stand-up job!  The dozen or so Middle-School DFY kids did an excellent job of serving and busing tables.  And how sharp you all looked in your Rotary polo shirts!  Thank you to all of you who worked so hard last night, and over the past several weeks, to make last night entertaining, worthwhile and indeed a service to our community in more ways than one.  Attendees raved about the enchiladas and expressed how much they enjoyed the evening.
A special thanks goes out to Glenas and Mike Orcutt who spearheaded the event and proved to be an invaluable team!
–Beth Stewart