“On Saturday, May 4th the La Grande Rotary Club is hosting our semi-annual Community Clean-Up Day. From 9:00am to 2:00pm, bring any non-hazardous trash, recyclables, or scrap metal to one of three locations for disposal. We’ll have dumpsters at Les Schwab Tire Center, and the corner of Ash Street and V Avenue in La Grande, and we’ll also have dumpsters at Fred Beeman Park in Island City. In addition to trash, recyclables, and scrap metal, the Les Schwab location will be accepting car and small pickup tires at a charge of $2 per tire, or $3 per mounted tire. Truck and tractor tires not accepted. Vehicle batteries will also be accepted. The La Grande Rotary Club is a local organization committed to community service and engagement, and we have many partners for this project who share in that commitment. We are accepting cash and check donations at each location. We hope to see you at one of our 3 locations on Saturday May 4th, between 9:00am and 2:00pm.
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.
As part of Rotary International’s commitment in 2017-18 to improve the planet’s ecosystem, La Grande Rotary planted four trees in front of the old Carnegie Library (Arts East). After a short training at La Grande Parks and Recreation, eight stalwart representatives of the La Grande Rotary Club clawed through the rocky ground between the sidewalk and the street in front of the old brick building. Filling twelve 15 gallon tubs with large rocks from each hole made space for the root ball and mulch. Rotarians were careful to plant each tree exactly 77 inches from the sidewalk! With a little water and about 10 years, this part of the world will be a bit shadier, a bit cooler, and produce a little more oxygen. Good work, Rotarians!
Each spring, La Grande Rotary meets at the La Grande Middle School to have lunch. Cafeteria food for Rotarians you ask? Tater tots, mystery meat, and a carton of milk? What is the lure?
The attraction is the students and their reporting on their participation in the Drug Free Youth program. Each year La Grande Rotary and the Grande Ronde Hospital support the program at the Middle School to encourage students to stay drug-free. Students join the DFY club at the beginning of the year, participate in educational activities, ski and bowling excursions, and fun activities as a way to create a culture of students who refrain from drugs and alcohol. Middle school teachers advise the club and arrange the activities. To check on the students’ resolve to remain drug free, the Grande Ronde Hospital administers random drug tests.
At the lunch and presentation, students tell their stories about what they like about the club and how they can resist using. When students are tempted or teased to use drugs or alcohol, they know they can say to their tempting devil that they can’t be tested positive else they could not be in the club or attend any of the associated activities.
La Grande Rotary raises funds to support this program through the Daddy Daughter Dance that occurs each February.
Tim Camp, Head Football Coach at EOU, gave an enthusiastic report to Rotary April 3, 2018. The assembled club members heard about the incredible success of track and field, football and women’s basketball at national tournaments and the overall success of athletic teams in all areas, Tim credited the leadership, Anji Weissenfluh, with the success of the program. Most impressive was Tim’s report of the academic success of the participating athletes and their participation in the community. Student athletes at EOU have higher overall GPAs than the general student population. Women’s basketball had cumulative GPS’s above 3.0. Not only do student athletes do well in their sport and maintain academic proficiency, they also serve in the community. Tim boasted that his students will aim at giving 1000 hours back to the community this term. Students help move people in the community, serve to help where needed, and will do anything to be a part of La Grande and Union County.
The Fourth Annual Daddy Daughter Dance held Feb 17 at the La Grande Armory and Convention Center was a huge success. Not only did lots of young girls have a terrific time dancing, wining prizes, and having tasty treats; but also dads, uncles, and grandpas had an opportunity to spend quality time with their loved ones. Through this event La Grande Rotary will be able to fund projects that center on youth in the community and beyond: The Drug Free Youth program at La Grande Middle School, Youth International Exchange, La Grande High School Scholar-Athlete Awards, Dictionaries for all 3rd graders in the county, El Salvador Scholarships for ten young women to go to high school, and EOU scholarships. The organizers of the event, the Walch and Waston families, are already thinking about next year!
Tickets for the Daddy Daughter Dance on La Grande February 17th, 2018 are gone. Thank you to all in the Rotary Club and the community for involvement in this positive event.