‘Wine Not?’ winners named




Congratulations to the winners of our Wine Not Wine Raffle: Lori Bouquet, Ellen Johnson and Sal Blas. And a huge shout-out of THANKS to everyone who bought a ticket, helping our club raise more than $3,000. This is an important fundraiser for our club, and we couldn’t do it without our great supporters.


Rogue Gateway Rotary celebrates 25 years of service

free-clip-art-anniversary-celebration-clip-art-anniversary-4000_2329Rogue Gateway Rotary is marking its 25th anniversary with a potluck picnic and wine fest on the river.

Current, past and founding members are invited to attend the event, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 6. Contact President Doug Walker, walkerfamily7456@gmail.com for details.

Rogue Gateway Rotary Club was founded on May 6, 1992, with 37 charter members. The board of directors were Don Myrick, president; Dave Thomason, president-elect; Jackie Reithoffer, vice president; Steve Roe, secretary/treasurer; Cheryl Kincaid, director; Roger Harding, director; Thom Martin, director; and Bob Sisk, director.

The other founding members were Mike Chanquet, Linda Beauchamp, Doug Hamilton, David Nelson, Bill Meyer, Katie Duncan, Jim Hitchcock, Harry Mackin, Bob Putney, Carla Robertson, Butch Ulstad, Larry Schwein, Bob Chalupa, Mark Goracke, Tony Lynde, Mike Forshay, Jeri Lynn Gudgel, Kathy Krouse, Diane Swint, Richard Ward, Mike Bird, Cindy Patterson, Debbie Brownell, Vince Matt, Chris Mecca, Brenda Patton, Laurel Samson, Jeff Henderson, and Ed Ley.

Wine Not?

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Rogue Gateway Rotary is conducting it’s annual “Wine Not?” raffle, which raises funds to “do good in the world.” For just $5 a ticket, you can win fabulous Oregon wines and help Rogue Gateway with service projects such as the Free Little Libraries we have constructed
and placed throughout the community, as well as underwriting the Rotary Youth Exchange students we sponsor each year.

Here are the prizes:

  • First — 24 bottles of exquisite wine and a surprise wine-related gift
  • Second — 18 bottles of luscious wine
  • Third — 12 bottles of scrumptious wine
  • Fourth — 6 bottles of tasty wine
Even if you purchase just one ticket, you will be helping a lot. Contact your favorite Rogue Gateway Rotarian to purchase tickets. The drawing is May 26 (need not be present to win).
Thanks for your generosity and support,

Honor thy mother and father

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Give a gift to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund in honor of your mom on Mother’s Day and your dad on Father’s Day.

In new District 5110 initiatives called “Honor thy Mother” and “Honor thy Father,” fillable e-cards can be emailed to Rotary members’ parents for their special days.

Just log into DACdb.com, click on “files,” then on “Foundation,” and you’ll find a selection of cards.

‘Giving Tuesday’ is an opportunity to support The Rotary Foundation


Join the “Giving Tuesday” movement Nov. 29 by making a donation to The Rotary Foundation.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by social media and encouraging people like yourself to help other through the gift of time, donations, goods or by speaking out. And what better way to give than through a donation to The Rotary Foundation?

“The Rotary Foundation is one of the most beneficial philanthropic organizations in the world,” says  Jim Lussier, 2016-17 District 5110 Fundraising Chair for TRF, “because of its international humanitarian work and what it does for communities, children, scholarships and the advancement toward peace on our planet.

This year, each Rotary club president and TRF chair is asking every Rotary member to consider making a commitment to contribute according to their financial capability. In our club, the TRF chair is encouraging every club member to donate at least $100 to Rotary’s Annual Fund in recognition of TRF’s 100th anniversary.

You can be assured your dollars are well spent. The Association of Fundraising Professionals recently recognized TRF with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.

AFP’s committee of judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical, purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.

It’s easy to make a donation to the Annual Fund. Just contact Rogue Gateway Rotary TRF chair Margaret Bradford at pubcrawlers@hotmail.com. Or visit rotary.org.

Go ahead… make a positive difference in the world.

Dr. Bruce Aylward: How we’ll stop polio for good

Dr. Bruce Aylward is assistant director-general on polio eradication and humanitarian response at World Health Organization. Although this Ted Talk is about five years old, it’s well worth watching and an excellent explanation of how Rotary International and its partners are working to eradicate polio — forever. EndPolioNow

Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / United Nations Geneva / CC BY-NC-ND



Which foundation deserves your dollars?

By Charles L. Root
District 5110
Foundation Chair
Rotarians know that The Rotary Foundation routinely earns top rankings from the various nonprofit measuring groups. This year, Charity Navigator gave TRF a perfect score of 100 – only 10 international nonprofits earned this top score.
While on Giving Tuesday, CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards.

Which foundation deserves your donations? – we think you know. Please tell your friends.