Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving!  That means breakfast!  For the past 29 years, the La Grande Rotary Club has partnered with the La Grande McDonald’s Restaurant to provide seniors and military personnel a fresh, hot, and free Thanksgiving Day Breakfast. Rotarians gather at the La Grande McDonalds on Thanksgiving Day morning to serve. All are welcome at this event (6 AM-9 AM) Thursday the 28th. For more information contact Craig Nightingale at 541-663-2501 or Cnightingale@beobank.com 

Rotary Picnic and Special Olympian Celebration

Summer is leaking into Fall and time for the annual Rotary-Special Olympics Picnic. Each year. La Grande Rotarians sponsor a picnic for our local Special Olympians to honor their accomplishments in sport. Besides the regular fare of hot dogs and hamburgers and all the sides, Olympians and Rotarians enjoy games, bingo with huge prizes, and fellowship. This year the picnic will be held at the Rotary Pavilion in Pioneer Park on September 10 at 5:30 PM.

In Memorium

Michael Moeller

Rotary lost a friend and servant to the club on June 22. He was a faithful secretary to the club carefully tracking attendance, club records, updating the district database, keeping track of board meeting minutes, prodding the president about elections and officers, and otherwise keeping the club on track. All of this he did cheerfully.  He was a quiet man with a big heart to serve–A Rotarian and a friend who will be missed dearly.

New Rotary Year

Outgoing La Grande Rotary president 2018-19 and incoming president Michelle Long 2019-20 pictured. Joel awards Michelle with the Paul Harris fellow representing her excellent work with the exchange program for the past two years.  In his remarks to close the Rotary year June 30, 2019, Joel recalled the many important projects that Rotarians have given effort to:  the Special Olympics summer picnic, the Dictionary Project, the two evening Daddy-Daughter Dance, the massive Community Clean-up, scholarships, and youth exchanges. Michelle pledged to continue the good work and to pursue the high school and college Rotary affiliates of Interact and Rotaract Clubs.

Community Clean-Up Day

“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.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Rotary 2017-18 Honors

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
April/May Update
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!



Tree Planting

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!