5th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance
Two wonderful nights for dads and daughters at La Grande Rotary’s 5th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance
The chocolate fountain flowed and the snacks were devoured, the faces were painted, the photos were snapped, but most important of all, the music played dads danced with their daughters. The 2020 version of the DDD featured a Hawaiian theme so naturally all participants received flowered leis. Many dads wore Hawaiian garb and there were even a few with beach sandals! Everyone had plenty to snack on including Dominos Pizza, cheese and chips, vegetables, and sugary snacks. The hit was the chocolate fountain with every sort of munchie that could be dipped and devoured. There was food aplenty for all. A professional photographer took special prints and a selfie corner allowed for extemporaneous shots. The game room featured flamingo toss and fabulous prizes and four face painters created all sorts of interesting designs on young faces and even a dad or two! From 6 PM to 9 PM the DJ blared-out popular tunes. So popular that when the first few bars came out of the speakers there was a chorus of cheering from the young ladies who recognized their favs. The dance floor was jammed with little women having the time of their lives.
All of this had two basic purposes, one, to provide a family event where dads and daughters could spend precious and quality time together. One quote heard at the end of an evening was from a little girl who said, “This was the best day of my life!” Second, the proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships help support the programs the La Grande Rotary funds during the year including the Drug Free Youth Program at La Grande Middle School, the support for 8 young women to attend high school in the poor section of El Congo in El Salvador, high school scholarships, international exchanges, and literacy projects.
SERVICE CLUB HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
The La Grande High School Choir, led by the Durfeys, entertained the combined clubs of La Grande Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, La Grande Lions, and Soroptimists on Tuesday, December 17th at Eastern Oregon University. Each holiday season the clubs gather for celebration and fellowship and communicate their major projects in the community. Sponsored by La Grande Rotary, the event traditionally features the La Grande High School Choir presenting a medley of Christmas songs. As a gesture of appreciation and support for the program, clubs donate to the Choir to help offset costs for travel expenses at competitions.
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.
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.
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.
“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.