Rogue Gateway Rotary Club has been involved with numerous projects over the years. The following are just a few.
Porchfest — June 15, 2019
For the first time since its Grants Pass inception, Porchfest will be hosted by the Rogue Gateway Rotary club. Porchfest is a music festival that takes place on front porches of historic neighborhoods across the nation, encouraging neighbors, family, and friends to made music together. In Grants Pass, musicians play on front porches in the NW Washington Boulevard neighborhood. Free, fun, and family friendly, those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music from noon to 3 p.m. The event area will be closed to traffic, allowing attendees to leisurely stroll or bike through the neighborhood. Food, drink, and arts vendors will
round out the festival experience.
Imagination Library (2018-19)
A combined effort of all four Rotary Clubs in Josephine County, the Josephine Community Library, and the Josephine County Library Foundation brought the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to families in Josephine County. The effort was aided by a $20,000, three-year grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book-giving program that mails free books to children every month from birth to age 5 in participating communities.
Backpack Project for Kindergarteners (2016-19)
Rogue Gateway collect donations and funds to fill some 200 backpacks for kindergarteners attending schools in Grants Pass and Josephine County. The backpacks, stuffed with tuna, peanut butter, granola bars and other food, plus gloves, hats, toys, crayons, books and other items, were distributed just before winter break. In addition to individual donations, AllCare Health gave the club $5,000 to ensure continuation of the project in future years.
Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans (2018-19)
With the help of a District 5110 grant, Rogue Gateway donated several lap-top computers to Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans, a non-profit based near Antigua in Guatemala. The organization gives impoverished Guatemalans tools and skills that will lead them to self-sufficiency and improve their future by providing school sponsorship, after-school support, English, literacy and vocational training. Rogue Gateway member Ellen Johnson and Tommi Drake visited the school in 2018.
ShelterBox USA Hero Club (2018-19)
Rogue Gateway became a ShelterBox USA Hero Club in September 2018 when it committed to raise $2,000 a year for three years for ShelterBox USA. The funds will be used to provide life-saving shelter and equipment to help families around the world rebuild their lives after losing everything to natural disaster or conflict. In response to a $1,000 anonymous donation, club members and their friends raised a matching $1,000, which was presented to ShelterBox representative Peggy Carlaw.
Scholarships for Guatemalan Students (2017-18)
Rotarian Frances Dixon, founder of Adopt-a-Village and the Maya Jaguar High School, oversaw construction of a new middle school for indigenous youth in remote northwestern Guatemala. With the help of a District 5110 matching grant, Rogue Gateway helped provide scholarships for several students attending the school.
Hop Barn Demolition (2017)
In 2017, Rogue Gateway President Doug Walker inspired Rotarians from all four Josephine County clubs to help pull down and dismantle an old hops barn on the Raptor Creek property, making way for a new parking lot. Raptor Creek Farm is where the Josephine County Food Bank is located.
End Polio Day (2015-2018)
Rogue Gateway Rotary annually illuminates the Asante Center for Outpatient Health with the End Polio Now logo — marking “End Polio Day,” (Oct. 24). The giant red and gold logo is visible from Redwood Highway, projected onto the west side of the multi-story building at 537 Union Ave. The event is part of an October tradition in which community-based Rotary clubs illuminate landmarks and iconic structures around the world with the humanitarian group’s pledge to eradicate polio. Other illumination sites have included the Tower of London and the Sydney Opera House.
PolioPlus Dinner (2016)
A dinner in celebration of World Polio Day raised nearly $24,000 for polio immunizations. Sponsored by Rogue Gateway Rotary Club of Grants Pass and attended by members from at least six other southern Oregon Rotary clubs, the End Polio Now dinner netted $7,960.The $100-per-plate dinner was hosted by Asante and the Asante Foundation, which donated the food and facilities. The venue was the top floor of the Asante Center for Outpatient Health
Little Free Libraries (2016-19)
Little Free Libraries have been placed in several Grants Pass neighborhoods, a project undertaken by the Rogue Gateway Rotary Club Literacy Committee. The goal is to promote reading and education as well as build community-building. The Little Free Libraries are stocked with books for children, adolescents, and/or adults. Rogue Gateway Rotarians and friends build and paint the libraries themselves. The libraries are located in front of neighborhood houses with permission of the homeowners, who have agreed to keep an eye on the libraries and keep them filled with books.
Annual “Quackin’ for Kids” Duck Derby
The Rotary Duck Derby has become one of Josephine County’s most important fund-raising efforts, bringing in more than $1.3 million in 14 years to help the county’s children. The top prize is $15,000 toward the purchase or lease of a new car with proceeds helping fund all-weather tracks at the high schools, Morrison Park, a new Josephine County Food Bank storehouse. livestock pens for 4-H at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, and a splash feature in Riverside Park.
Highway Cleanup (ongoing)
Rogue Gateway Rotary members and friends done orange vests and quarterly pick up trash along the Grants Pass Parkway. Bags, vests, and other tools are provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation.