What You Misssed

Here is a summary of what you missed

March 3rd   Heather and Alaina Watson  “Camp Stix and Type 1 Diabetes”

February 18th  “El Salvador Project”  Michael Jaeger and Joel Meyer

February 25th  Kyla – Outbound to Chile

February 4th   Nella Mae – Local farmer              Evelyn Wallace

January 28th  Vocational Program – Tucker Billman

January 31st/ February 1st Daddy Daughter Dance

January 21st Heart-n-Hospice  Evelyn Wallace

January 14th  La Grande High Football Coach/Players  Brett Baxter

December 3rd     “Music Makes the Mind Grow Smarter” Glenn Null

November 19th  Wendy Simer CASA         Shawn Risteen

November 12th  Jason Isaccson – vocation day “Flooring Demonstration”

November 5th    “Madam Dorian” Bev White        Doyle Slater

October 29th    “Flooding in Union County” Patti Bingaman, Rob Beck – Brent Clapp

October 22nd    Tim Seydel – World Polio, Rotary Foundation

October 15th                       George Mendoza, School Superintendent – Dale Mammen

October 8th                          Committee meeting

October 1st                          Diane Noriega, District Governor visit

September 24th                 Emmitt Cornford, La Grande Fire Chief

September 3rd , 2019RYLA attendee – Avery Stanton – Joel Myer


July 30 Vocational Program – Brett Baxter

July 23rd Michelle LongNew President presentation

July 16th Vugs, Duds and Thugs:  Thunder eggs.   Micael Jaeger and Craig Nightingale

July 9. Patrick Flynn . GRH Foundation

July 2ndDr. Benjamin Olson GRH – Orthopedic PhysicianTotal Knee ReplacementDale Mammen

June 25th                     Vocational Program –  Dave Koza

June 18th   Nate Lowe, EOU          Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Science          Host: Tim Seydel

June 11th                     Ashley O’Toole  “Stop BH2”                Kelly Ducote

May 28th                      Vocational Program – Jeff Crews

May 21st                      Vonda Billman – Next Step Pregnancy           Tucker

April 23rd Vocational ProgramMichelle Long

April 27th. Tree Planting Day

April 16thLa Grande Literacy Alliance,Carol Lauritzen

April 9th  DFY Luncheon

March 26 Shawn Risteen, Vocational Program

March 19th   Dennis Clayville – Mission to India   Craig Nightingale

March 12th    Joel Myer – El Salvador/part 2 Pictures

Feb 26Vocational Day–Mary Calder

Feb 5 Russ West – trip to Mt KillamanjaroHost: Eric Valentine

December 11th                   Union County Treatment Court – Kelly Decote

November 27   Vocational Day, Kelly Ducote

December    4   Christmas Luncheon

Sept 25th               Vocational program: “The Profession of Professing.”  Michael Jaeger

Sept 18th               CARE/coordinator Sheryln Roberts – Rick Pullen

Sept 11th               EOU singers/Italy trip – Jeri Mackley

Sept 4th        District Governor Larry Hatch

July 31, Jeri Mackley, Treasure in a cornfield

July 24th Vocational Program – Dale Basso

July 3  Dr. Rodrigo Lim MD – talking about strokes – Mary Calder

JUNE 26  VOCATION DAY–Kelsie McDaniel, Union Co. District Attorney


May 8th Brent Clapp – La Grande Alive TV

May 1st  Tim & Jesse –  Rotary Foundation

April 24th – vocational day – Steve Hamilton

April 17th – Middle School – Spencer Luke . ATTENTION: AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL!

April 10th – Deanna Longair with “Oregon Saves” – Sandra Ghormley

April 3 EOU Athletics: Tim Camp

March 27 Craig Nightingale: Vocation Day

March 20 Stephanie McCleary – Idaho Power  B2H – informational only

March 13 Anthony Bailey, CPA, CGMA, and CFO of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative “Carbon Cap and Trade”

February 27 Jim Mattes, President CEO of Grande Ronde Hospital

Feb 17 Daddy Daughter Dance

February 20 Patrick Flynn, Grand Ronde Hospital Foundation Manager

Feb 13 Club & Committees Day

Feb 5 Board Meeting, 5:15 pm at OTEC

Feb 6 Acupuncture, Gary Oswald

January 30th: Steve Berley, CPA “New tax laws”

Jan. 23 Vocational Day with Bob Kavanaugh

Dec. 19 Vocation Day featuring Joe Petrusek

Dec. 12 Christmas Luncheon at EOU! La Grande HS Choir. Rotarians and their spouse/significant others hosted

Nov. 28 Vocation Day: Focus on a Rotarian. Jeri Mackley Owner, Maridell Center

Blankiegrams Delivered!
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Grand Ronde Hospital Foundation and Oncology and Infusion Center nursing staff accept Blankiegrams from Sandra Ghormley representing La Grande Rotary.  Full story at: http://lagranderotary.org/
Out-take from last meeting:
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No caption can adequately capture what Craig must be thinking….

Nov. 14 Club & Committees Day

Nov. 7 Summer Exchange Student, Corral Jordan, shares her experience in Finland.  Hosted by Chris Taylor

Oct. 31

Michael Wood: Living Well in the Face of Life’s Challenges

Oct. 28 Tailgating Day at EOU!

Oct. 24, 2017  Vocation Day: Focus on a Rotarian—Al Mortimer

Al presents a winding life tale of how he ended up in La Grande, as pastor of the La Grande Nazarene Church.  La Grande Rotary–Service above self!

Oct. 17 Club Business and Committee Work Day

Dave Koza mentally preparing for committee work.

Oct. 10 Mary Calder hosts La Grande School District Superintendent

Oct. 3 Summer Exchange Students Share Their Experiences

Sierra Ashley presents her short term stay in the Canary Islands.

Sept. 26 Vocation Day–Eric Laurence

Laurence’s Auto Body

Sept. 12 Brittany Hargrove, RYLA Presentation. Host: Lisa Mangum

Sept. 5 Club and Committees Day

Aug 29 Bob Kavanaugh hosts Chris Pender: Tactical Solutions – A Hands On Demo

Aug 22 Joel Myer & Michael Jaeger: El Salvador

Aug 15 5:30 pm Rotary Picnic– Special Guests, Special Olympians—Rotary Pavilion *** NO LUNCHEON MEETING ***

All Rotarians and families welcome. Bring a dessert and a chair!

See pictures of a typical Rotary picnic:   http://lagranderotary.org/?tribe_events=special-olympics-picnic

Aug 8 Sandra Ghormley hosts Les Penning, OTEC GM


August 1

Sandra Ghormley hosted
Renee Campbell
2017/2018 District Governor
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July 25 Spencer Luke presents: I Wear my Sunglasses at Night and the CHD Community Eye Clinic, with Sam Kimball

 Spencer whipping-up some lenses in the kitchen!

July 18 Jim & Rita McMahan—Medical Mission to Uganda

J u n e 2 0, 2017   Caralee Anley Trip to Cuba

Jan. 17

(Service Projects Update). Program: Urban Renewal Program. Host: Dale Basso.

Jan. 24

Daddy Daughter Dance (Youth Services Update): Program:

Jan. 31

Christine Jarski, Economic Development Director, City of La Grande. Program: (Communications Update):Host: Shawn Risteen

Feb. 7

Working lunch: All Members: Focus on Daddy Daughter Dance

Feb. 14

Special ‘We Love Rotary’ Program…

Feb. 18

Daddy Daughter Dance!!!!!!! 

Dec. 6

(Communications Update). Program: Randy Jones, Torrefied Bio-mass. Host: Jim McMahan.

Dec. 13

Holiday Program at EOU, West Dining Room, Hoke Dinning Hall. $15.00/guest. Signups Due by December 7th

Dec. 20

(Communications Update). Program: Randy Jones, Torrefied Bio- mass. Host: Jim McMahan.

Dec. 27

NO ROTARY—Holiday Break

Jan. 3

NO ROTARY—Holiday Break

Jan. 10

(Rotary Foundation). Inbound Simon Goessler presents ‘ ‘

Nov. 22

(Rotary Foundation Update). Program & Host: Eric Valentine, New England in Pictures — Featuring Fall Colors

Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Morning Service Project: McDonalds. Sign-up sheet at noon meeting.

Nov. 29

(Youth Services Update). Program: Nathan Shultz, Outreach Coordinator from Heart n Home Hospice. Host: Ryan Leonard

Sept. 27

(Communications update). Program: City Proposed Gas Tax. Host: Robert Strope.

Oct. 4

(Membership update). Program: Lisa Dawson on local invest- ing/business development. Host: Michelle Long

Oct. 11

(Service Projects update). Program: UC Treatment Court. Presenters Judges West and Dretke, including testimony by a drug court grad- uate. Host: ?

Oct. 18

(Rotary Foundation update). Program and Host— TBD

Oct. 25

(Youth Services update): Program: Bill Whitaker, Health Care for All Oregon. Host: Mary Calder.

Nov. 1

(Communications update). Program: Mika Morton — Art Center East. Host: Filomena Beltran

Nov. 8

(Membership Update). Program:

Nov. 15

(Service Projects Update). Program:


Sept. 20

(Youth Services update). Program: Ben Morgan, Eastern Oregon Film Festival. Host: Kelsie McDaniel.

March 15, 2016

Hanford: Myth or Reality?

Ginger Wireman Washington Department of Ecology Host: Glenn Null

March 22

Host: Joe Petrusek. Trudy Turner – Three D Printing

March 29

Board Elections & Annual Meeting

April 5

*** 45 minute program—Please Arrive On Time ** Beth & Joel’s Excellent Adventure – Recap of El Salvador Host: Joel Myer

April 12

Host: Eric Laurence

April 19

Host: Kelsie McDaniel

April 26

Daddy Daughter Dance Slide Show—Beth Stewart

Host: Joel Myer — Beth & Joel’s Recap of El Salvador

March 8

Host: Jeri Mackley

March 5

Daddy Daughter Dance!!!! Mason’s Ballroom

Dance poster graphic

March 1

Club Meeting

February 23

K.C. Kunkle. D.J. Entertainment!


February 16

Host: Dave Koza: Program: Soil Conservation

February 9

Dr. Arden GRH’s New Cardiologist Host: Zee Koza

January 26

Host: Grace Schwendiman. Program: Steve Wadner, World Traveler About Latvia & Ukraine


December 1 

Host: Beth Stewart. Program: Tim Schoenfelder, Operation Smile.

December 8

Host: Graham Hicks. Program: Exkitement!

December 15

Christmas Luncheon at EOU Hoke Community Room, EOU Campus. RSVP by December 8th.

December 22

Holiday Break—No Club Luncheon/Meeting

December 29

Holiday Break—No club Luncheon/Meeting

November 24

Host: Spencer Luke. Program: Julie Coreson, “Creating Memories for the Disabled”

November 26:

Service Morning: Thanksgiving Breakfast at McDonald’

August 25

Host: Dale Basso: Tom Insko, President, EOU

August 29

The Ultimate Yard Sale! 8 am—12:30 pm. Location: Blockbuster Parking Lot

September 1

Host: Kyle Corbin

October (MIA)

September 8

Host: Eric Valentine (If he isn’t traveling!)

September 15

Host: Charlotte Brockway

September 22

Host: Gary Brockway. Sen. Hansell and Rep. Baretto

September 29

Host: Sandra Ghormley, Introducing A New OTEC Program

August 11

Committee Working Lunch

August 18

Host: Tim Seydel. Program: Barb Crozier, District Governor

August 18

Evening Event: Special Olympian Picnic! Details To Be Announced. Eric Laurence is taking the lead on this event. Setup: 5pm. Event: 6pm. Location: Rotary Pavilion, Pioneer Park

July 21

Host: Stacey Candlish. American Red Cross. Emergency Preparedness.

July 28

Host: Michael Moeller. Chelsea Herron, Ryla Candidate

July 14

Host: Robert Strope

July 7

Host: Joel Myer. TBD

June 30

Host: Joe Petrusek. TBD

June 23

Host: Doyle Slater: TBD. Gabe?

June 16

Host: Boyd Rasmussen: TBD. Gabe?

June 9

Host: Grace Schwendiman. Terry & Kathreen Thimmes, Family History Center.

June 2 Rotary Annual Meeting/Dinner at the Union Hotel * No Luncheon Meeting today *

May 26 Host: La Grande School District Bond: Summer 2015 Project Update

May 19 TBD

May 12  May 14-17 District 5100 Conference, Pendleton

May 8 Enchilada Dinner

May 5 Enchilada Dinner Preparation Meeting: Recap of where we are, what still needs to be done. Jeff Crews and Committee.

April 28

Host: TBD. Program: Emily Insko, LGHS Career and Technical Education Coordinator. Pursuit of Workforce Readiness.

April 21  Host: Spencer Luke. DFY Program and Luncheon at the La Grande Middle School

DFY presenters at La Grande Middle School with Rotarians Beth Stewart and Spencer Luke.


Jordan Null presents the positive features of the Drug Free Youth Program at La Grande Middle School. Jordan is the daughter of Heather and Glenn Null (Rotarian) and granddaughter of Ginny and Dale Mammen (Rotarian) pictured in foreground. DFY is sponsored by the La Grande Rotary Club, the Grande Ronde Hospital, and the La Grande School District.

April 14
Committee Working Lunch

Jeff Crews gives Dr. Joe his Enchilada Dinner tickets for the May 8th fundraiser.

April 7
Host: Lisa Mangum. Program: ‘Cahokia’

March 31 Host: Glenn Null. Program: Jim Mattes, Grande Ronde Hospital. An overview of the state of healthcare legislation, employers, and competition. Rotary Program Mar 31 2015

March 24 Host: Andi Walsh. Tentative Program: Mary Collard, Executive Director Union, Baker and Malheur Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

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Andi introduces Mary Collard of Casa.

March 17 Host: Dale Mammen with Michael Jaeger. Program TBD.

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The ABC project was summarized with economic forecast and the focus on the development of youth and talent in the region.

March 10 Host: Joel Myer. Program: Robin Maxon and Anne Simon of Eastern Oregon Audiology.


Joel introduces audiology team

Audiology 2

Owner, Robin Maxon

March 3 Host: Bob Kavanaugh. Tentative Program: Special Olympics

February 24 

Host: Kelsie McDaniel. Program: Christopher Storz who will be spoke about the Boise Zoo


February 17, 2015

Emily Faulk American Legion Oratorical Contest Candidate from Imbler High School


Host: Jim McMahan

February 7 

Daddy/Daughter Dance! Club Fundraiser: Dance poster 3

The dance

The dance.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain


Cinderella and Prince Charming were there

Face Paint

Face Painting

Fancy table

Fancy Dresses

Food Table

Fun food

Grand Entrance

Grand Entrance

Princes Charming

Handsome escorts

Prize Table

Prize table

Professional Photos

Professional Photos

Tim announced

A night to remember

February 3

Host: Robert Strope. Program: Steve Clements, mayor

January 27

Host: Jim Mattes. Program:

 January 20

Committee Working Day: Focus: Father Daughter Dance

January 13 

Host: Shawn Mangum. Program: The Courthouse Project.
Presenters: Judges West & Dretke

January 6.

Gwen Trice. Maxville Heritage Center  Host: Tim Seydel

December 30 

Holiday Break—No Rotary Club Meeting

December 23  

Holiday Break— No Rotary Club Meeting

December 16  Holiday Luncheon, Maridell Center

December 9  

Josh Shiraishi, Exchange Student from Japan Host: Chris Taylor

December 2  Host: Jeri Mackley; Program: Hot Lake Plans

Nov. 25 Program: El Salvador Trip
Presenter: Beth Stewart


Beth presented her report from the trip to El Salvador to meet the young women Rotary will support to go to high school. Pictured above are the selected candidates and laptops donated from the club.

Nov. 18 Program: Rotary Foundation Presenter: Kristi Halvorson Host: District


Kristi Halvorson presents the goals, objectives and achievements of the Rotary Foundation. Rotary International has led the effort to eradicate polio worldwide.

Nov. 11 Program: Alyssa Williams and her Rotary Exchange to
Mexico  Host: Chris Taylor


Aly, our 2013/14 outbound to Mexico, gives Beth a club flag from her host club in Oxaca.

Nov. 4 Committee Work Day


Rotarians doing committee work. 

Oct. 28 Programs offered at the ODS Hygiene School
Presenter: Viki Points, Academic Director
Host: Lynn Harris


 Viki explains the community service provided by learning hygienists. 

Oct. 21 Program: Human Trafficking. Presenter: Dana Clark Guests: Susan DeMarsh, Assistant District Governor


Dana Clark gives the hard facts about human trafficking

Oct. 14 Program: Pendleton Drone Program by John Stevens
Host: Joe Grover


Presentation of test range for commercial uses of unmanned aircraft in northeast Oregon.

Oct. 7

Program The First Transatlantic Telegraph Host and Presenter: Dave Koza


Dave provides history and theory, Graham demonstrates his best Dit Dah.

Rotary Program October 7 2014

Sept. 23

Program: Julie Gregory, Regional Director for Central And Eastern Oregon—Oregon Community Foundation, Legacy, Leadership & Impact. Host: Kirby Garrett

Rotary Program September 23 2014

Sept. 27

Saturday: LG Rotary’s Ultimate Yard Sale!!! Time: 8am—12:30 pm Location: Old Blockbuster parking lot, downtown Chairman: Dale Basso, 963-4144

Sept. 30

Program: LG School Bond Political Action Committee (PAC) Chris Panike, Larry Glaze and members of the PAC Host—TBA


Sept. 16

Program: Eric Valentine presents ‘The Great Outdoors is GREAT!’ Host: Bob Carter  Rotary Program September 16 2014


Eric selects one of three outdoor slide shows to entice Rotarians to get out and enjoy the GREAT outdoors.

Sept. 9


Program: Victoria’s Secrets Host & Presenter: Zee Koza

Sept. 6

Liberty Theatre clean-up. 8:30 am until noon.

Will this effort sink Dave?


Dale guides the work project


The head man


Kelsie works so fast the camera cannot keep her in focus.


Bob and Craig working high.


Craig does not duct the work that needs to be done.


A leftover from the Alfred Hitchcock movie,  “The Birds” .


Ginny provides nursing attention to Dale.


Fast moving Kelsie and Craig



Demolition man!


Kelsie and Craig tote that barge and lift that bale.


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September 2

Cory Miller of Miller Tree Services

Tree Maintenance, Health of Trees and Utility Lines

Host: Jeremy Kilpatrick

Tree guy

Cory Miller describes the proper maintenance of community trees.

Rotary Program September 2 2014

August 26 Program: Doug Taylor, Rotarian District GovernorHost: President Beth Stewart


Beth Welcomes Doug Taylor to the club.

Gov and Graham

Graham receives a special honor and recognition for his long time service to Rotary.

Gov and Barb

Not to be outdone, Barb receives the same reward!  Excellent service over so many years as a Rotarian!

August 26th Special Olympian Picnic at Rotary Pavilion jmcandie@eou.edu

August 19 Program: 

Ali fives the Club a tour of Denmark through her short term exchange program.
Travels to Denmark
Presenter: Ali Wallace
2014-2015 Outbound Student

August 12 Program: Presenter: Van Thanh Truong, Visiting Vietnam Scholar


Tran gave an overview of the country of Vietnam and information about the 54 ethnic groups on the country. She showed the club a people group she is working with to help them with better nutrition and heath care.

August 5 Program

July 29 Program: Numismatics Host and Presenter: Rotarian and Rare Coin Collector, Steve Joseph

 July 22 Program: The Importance of Preserving Shelter from the Storm Presenter: Sharon Evoy and Jeri Watson


Sharon Evoy presents information from the SOS group aimed at protecting the women’s services available through the Shelter.

Rotary Program July 22 2014

July 15  
Program: Rotary Foundation Annual Meeting & Elections. Host and Presenter: President Beth Stewart


Tim presents the La Grande Rotary Foundation and the RI Foundation commitment to Polio Plus

July 8  Program: Welcome to the 2014/2015 Rotary Year! Host and Presenter: President Beth Stewart

Beth provided the club with a recap of the installation banquet, an overview of the Rotary year and a revised packet of materials including a new member handbook.

Please remember Mike Moeller as he recovers from broken feet!  It is a long recovery.

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Rotary Program July 8 2014

June 17  Larry Glaze, et al LGSD Strategic Facilities Planning Committee’s Recommendation for a bond


Community members explain the process and recommendations for the school bond that will be offered to voters in November.

June 10 Program: Chasing Down a Wild Cowboy.  Host and Rotarian: Heidi Bigler Cole (Heidi was unable to attend so she gave Glenn Null the instructions for the presentation.)


Rotarians tell stories about how they were “included.”  At each table were stories of generosity, welcome, hospitality, and surprise. Heidi challenged the club, through her written word to take from the elements of what we heard around the table and do likewise.  It was a powerful and informative meeting.

Rotary Program June 10 2014

June 3 Greg Smith, Small Business Development Center. Host: Michael Jaeger


SBDC Director Greg Smith details the services provided to local business.

Rotary Program June 3 2014

May 27 Barbara Hicks
My Grandmother’s Indians
Host: Barbara Hicks


Barbara shares Native American artifacts collected by her grandmother.

Rotary Program May 27 2014

May 20 Leah Bruneau Latouche, Youth Exchange Student
A Tour of France
Host: Graham Hicks


Bulletin: Rotary Program May 20 2014

May 13 Rick Evans
Oregon’s Government Contract Assistance Program
Host: Jeff Crews

Rotary Program May 13 2014

non government

Rick Evans explains how his non government agency helps business connect to government. If you are looking to do business with Uncle Sam, see this agency!


At the end of the meeting Angie distributes poppies to Rotarians interested in supporting veterans. Thanks, Eric and Angie, for this opportunity.

May 6 Lisa Dawson, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District. Host: Rotarian Michelle Long

Rotary Program May 6 2014


Lisa gave an interesting talk on alternative funding methods for business investment. Crowd funding was one example of raising money by soliciting small gifts from a wide number of people. Lis explained that if only 1% of Oregonian stock market investments were funneled into local business that an enormous economic growth could be realized.  See http://www.neoedd.org/

April 29 

Judge Russ West and Aric Johnson. Mt. McKinley Climb, Alaska   Host: Rotarian James Gorham


Russ details the three-week trek up Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. The five climbers trained to scale the highest mountain in North America as it is a dangerous and strenuous journey. The 30 plus miles and 13,000 plus elevation gain featured deep and sometimes hidden crevasses, icy ridges, steep rope ascents, high winds, sub zero temperatures, and oxygen deprivation.  Those braving this were classified somewhere between heroic and crazy.

Rotary Program April 29 2014

April 22 Committee’s Working Lunch

Youth Service

The Youth Service Committee reacts to one of Charlotte’s keen ideas.


The Foundation Committee works on adding Paul Harris Fellows and meeting Foundation giving in the club.


The Communications committee evaluates web, facebook, email and print communications.


The Membership Commitee decides on issues related to recruitment and retention of members.

 April 15 *** DFY Program At the LGMS ***  We ate lunch at the middle school and heard about the program after lunch.


Seven students gave reports on the program.

About 300 La Grande Middle School students participate in DFY. The program requires that students sign an agreement that they will be drug-free for the time they participate and also agree to random urinalysis to  verify their status. The students in the club are invited to participate in special activities such as ski trips, bowling, skating, water parks, and pizza nights. These social events help develop relationships between students who pledge not to use drugs. Periodic club meetings provide students information about the issues associated with drug use.

April 8 Rotarian Sandra Ghormley, OTEC’s Automatic Meter Reader Program


Rotary Program April 8 2014

Sandra always on the go!

April 1 Presenting Susan DeMarsh, Assistant District Governor
Update from District 5100. Host: Rotarian Beth Stewart


Susan presenting international program that the Wallowa club has been doing in El Salvador for some years.


Using a District matching grant the Wallowa club raised $4000 to support young women in El Salvador with education scholarships. This money allows the girls above to go to school.  Without the grants these girls would be working or helping the family at home. This program gives young women opportunities for higher education and professional careers that would have been impossible otherwise.

Rotary Program April 1 2014

March 25th Presenters: Matt Nightingale and Tayde McAndie of the Northeast Oregon Network. Title: NEON’s Current Programs and Projects Host: Andi Walsh

Joe and Nightengale

Joe Petrusek discusses health care with Matt Nightengale after the NEON presentation.

Tayde and Mary
Mary Calder gets details from Tayde McAndie about NEON’s programs and services. See http://www.neonoregon.org/

Rotary Program March 25 2014

March 18th Presenter: Emily Insko, ASPIRE
Title: Mentoring Program at LGHS

March 11th: Noon MeetingNoon Meeting: March 14th Enchilada Feed! Reminders, Needs,
March 14th  First Annual Chicken Enchilada Dinner, Fundraiser

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!
James mans the chip bowlJeff, don't drop that tray!Dale and Jeri serving up enchiladasDFY kids serve up ice creamMike, the building master

March 15 th The Rotary Foundation training. In La Grande. Location to be determined.

March 4th: Noon Meeting  Presenter: Dennis Hoyt, Artist
Title: Fundraising Efforts for the Friday Backpack Program, Host: Eric Laurence

Dennis HoytDennis shows a concept drawing of the next car sculpture project that transcends the example he displayed at Rotary.  The table-length race car sculpture shown was carved from wood and stained to give one a perception of speed. The sculpture was purchased by an enthusiast for $150,000.

Dennis plans a fund raising event in La Grande this summer where he will display his work and paint a new project. The overspray will be colorful and worthy of farming. These signed pieces will be sold and the money raised will support the Backpack Program.

For more information about Dennis’ work, see:


Bulletin: Rotary Program March 4 2014

February 25: Lunch Meeting

Presenter: Bob Davies, EOU Title: EOU Governance of Higher Education Host: Joe Grover

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Bob Davies, EOU President gives an update on the campus. Highlighted was Eastern’s Promise and the new governance structure.

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La Grande Rotary says goodbye to President Sean Williams.  Sean is relocating to Hermiston.  The club’s board sends Sean off with a thank you and a sombrero to commemorate his work toward the Enchilada Fund raiser and his spirit of service beyond self.

Rotary Program Feb 25 2014

February 18 Lunch Meeting  Presenter: William D. Rosholt, PGA, Union County Commissioner. “The New Court Facilities in Union County”

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Bill fields multiple questions on siting of the new courthouse and long range planning for police facilities.

Bulletin: Rotary Program Feb 18,  2014

February 11

Noon Lunch Meeting Presenter:  Dan Stark, Union County Economic Development Corporation


Dan Stark chatting with Rotarians prior to the meeting.

Information about how UCEDC is actively seeking new manufacturing operations to relocate to to Union County was presented. See UCEDC

Bulletin: Rotary Program Feb 11 2014

February 4  


Richard Szymanski, Council Scout Executive, Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America tell two “Charlie” stories about how scouting impacts the lives of young people. 

He also told the story of the origins of scouting and Robert Baden-Powel’s part in the defense of Mafeking in the Boer War–fascinating and worth reading about.

Bulletin Can be Downloaded here. Rotary Program Feb 4 2014

 • January 28

La Grande Rotarians met today as super committees for the inaugural effort to move forward on the aims of the club. Each committee (Foundation, Youth Service, Communication, Service Projects, and Membership). Each committee developed a calendar of activity, and a set activities for the next several months.


The Service Projects Committee develops ideas for small community projects.

Noon Club, Committee Work Day. Rotary Program Jan 28 2014

See Committees

January 21

Charolette and Gary Brockaway, La Grande Rotary members, delivered a travel log of Washington DC during the federal shutdown. Instead of monuments and museums, the club was entertained to a tour of Amish country, Baltimore and Fort McHenry, and the outside of several DC sites!

Charolette and Gary

Rotary Program Jan 21 2014

January 14

Tom Insko provided an overview of Boise Cascade operations with special emphasis on the changes in forest products and the future of the timber industry in Oregon.Tom Insko
Rotary Program Jan 14 2014

January 7

The club previewed the Website and had a general discussion about the uses and abuses of electronic communication.


Andi and Michael led the discussion and collected feedback orally and through survey results. The aim of this activity was to determine the most efficient way of communicating with Rotarians to forward the business of Rotary and how to provide the public with information about the club.

December 14

Holiday Program at the Maredel Center. Great food provided by Marlene O’Rourke–three salads, vegetables, potato, savory beef, and lots of desert choices.


A terrific choir presentation by La Grande High School capped off the excellent meal.


Don’t miss this event and don’t forget to invite someone next year!