Daddy Daughter Dance! What a hoot!

Happy faces abounded at the 7th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance May 7th.  Dads, grandads, uncles, and others escorted their fancifully dressed dates to rock to the tunes of DJ Curran Holden. The fun time featured a food buffet including non-stop Dominos pizza, finger foods, and a chocolate fountain. Faces were painted with flowers and butterflies and formal portraits were taken to commemorate the event. Heather and Jessy Watson led the La Grande Rotarians in organizing the dance. Support from sponsors helped offset costs and ticket sales were used to sponsor local high school scholarships; the community literacy project, READ TOGETHER!;  and support for rural young women of poverty to attend high school in El Salvador.

Interview with a Ukrainian Mom.

Brent Clapp of EO Alive TV showed an interview with Zee Gimon this last Tuesday at La Grande Rotary. Zee reported conditions on the ground from Kyiv, Ukraine. A mother of two, she explained how they lived a typical day in the county’s capital sheltering in the basement of a church and moving to an interior hallway when they hear air raid sirens. Her husband is helping defend the city. She only has seen him for a few minutes in the last two weeks of the war. After the interview, the Club heard news that she and her children have escaped to Poland. Her desire was that we pray for peace and for the safety of the people of Ukraine. See the interview at:

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Save the date!  Two opportunities

for the 2022 La Grande Rotary

Daddy-Daughter Dance:

                      May 7

    1:00 – 3:00  or,  6:00 – 9:00

      Union County Fairgrounds

More information to follow. Watch

Facebook or contact Heather Watson

To see how you can sponsor or help

with this year’s event.

Professor Speaks on Ukraine

Phillip Travis, Ph.D., History, Washington State University zoomed into Rotary this last week with a presentation on the Ukraine crisis. Dr. Travis joined the EOU history department in 2014 as a visiting assistant professor and is currently an adjunct instructor. His research and teaching interests include the United States and the world, international relations, transnationals, politics, propaganda, diplomacy, military history, and the study of empire in U.S. and world history. He gave La Grande Rotarians an overview of the historical background of the conflict and highlighted the complexity of the geo-political issues.



Here is a draft of a video we hope to have for each age range, 1-6.


This month the La Grande Rotary Club launches a community literacy program aimed at encouraging families to Read Together! Airing at the Granada Theater on all three screens, previews will invite parents and children to redeem their admission ticket for a free book at Cook Memorial Library. Inside each book are video links to instructions on how to read with different age ranges of children. The program is sponsored by Windscapes Marketing and the Granada Theater, Mountain Valleys Reading Council, the Cook Memorial Library, and La Grande Rotary.

911 at the Pentagon

Christy Wheeler, retired Navy Commander, spoke at noon Rotary this past week. She gave a detailed perspective of what her experiences were on 9/11 at the Pentagon. While the loss of life that day of 125 Department of Defense employees was high, the toll could have been much higher considering 10,000 people who work at the building. The sector that was hit was undergoing renovations so was lightly occupied. Further, the building was so solidly constructed that the plane only penetrated the bottom two floors. Individuals on the top two floors escaped before the building collapsed.  Although Christy was uninjured on that day, she still feels the impact of that plane and the tragedy of that day.

Wildfowl at Rotary

Bob Kavanaugh performs a “duck concerto”  for amused Rotarians.  Bob’s enthusiasm for the hunt and for the resource of Ladd Marsh is infectious!

La Grande Rotarians at Riverside Park

Presidential Transfer

Incoming La Grande Rotary president, Jessy Watson, congratulates Tucker Billman on his 2020-21 presidency by naming him a Paul Harris fellow. President Billman successfully managed a challenging year for fellow Rotarians by arranging alternative meetings and media, completing service projects in the community, and by skillfully and tactfully leading the club. Rotary meets each Tuesday at noon at the Riverside Pavilion. For now, it is a bring your own lunch affair. Soon the club will transition to its former home at the transportation hub.

EOU-Rotary Clean-up Day

Jessy Watson supervises EOU soccer players cleaning up Highway 30 between Les Schwab and the truck stop. Two tons of trash including tires, a mattress, a TV, and every manner of cans, bottles and plastics were hauled to WastePro. EOU football, Lacrosse and soccer teams did an amazing job beautifying the strip. Thank you, EOU athletes!