Dawn Welch is the new president of Rogue Gateway Rotary. She became president of her club July 1, and is leading a board whose members include Steve Roe, president elect; Gina Marie Agosta, president nominee; Tommi Drake, secretary; Laurel Samson, treasurer; and Janie Duewel, immediate past president. Other board members are Mike Bird, James Dunn, Greg Fishwick, Jan Jones, Win Howard, Lutz Kramer, Kelly Moodie, and Doug Walker.
Dawn Welch graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. After relocating to Salem with her husband and sons, she held a position with the State Board of Psychologist Examiners prior to moving to southern Oregon.
Welch had a 28-year career in healthcare fundraising, retiring in 2015 as director of the Asante Foundation. She was an original member of Pathways to Care Network, is a member of the Four Way Community Foundation Board, and serves as an advisory board member for Rogue Community College. Past service includes the Grants Pass School District 7 Curriculum Committee and the Grants Pass/Josephine County Bikeways Committee.
A noted runner, she competed in the first Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Other personal pursuits include cycling, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family as often as possible.
Rogue Gateway Rotary organizes and hosts Porchfest, is a major supporter of Foundry Village, recently constructed a tranquility garden at the Josephine County Senior Resource Center, and participates annually in the Duck Derby.
Janie Duewel took control of the gavel this week as the new president of Rogue Gateway Rotary.
July marks the start of a new Rotary year, and Duewel led the transition by thanking out-going President Laurel Merkel, who led the club to be named best medium-sized club in Rotary District 5110.
Duewel also announced the new board and outlined several projects scheduled for 2019-20.
In addition to Duewel, the Rogue Gateway Rotary Board officers are Dawn Welch, president elect; Frankie Craig, president nominee; Laurel Samson, treasurer; Steve Roe, secretary; and Laurel Merkel, past president. Other members are Lutz Kramer, Tommi Drake, Mike Bird, Win Howard, Greg Fishwick, Gina Marie Agosta, Kelly Moodie and Doug Walker.
Among the projects planned will be Porchfest 2020, a music festival that features local bands playing on front porches of homes in northwest Grants Pass. Rogue Gateway took on the popular community event for the first time this year and raised $25,000 that will benefit local programs for youth.
Rogue Gateway Rotary meets at noon Thursdays at the Wild River Pub in Grants Pass. More information is available atwww.facebook.com/RogueGatewayRotary.
Rogue Gateway Rotary’s newest project, Porchfest, was a rousing success. Held June 15 in Grants Pass, the event featured dozens of local bands playing on porches in the historic Northwest neighborhood encompassing Washington Boulevard and Lawnridge Park.
It was a beautiful sunny day, and crowds estimated at more than 4,000 persons turned out, helping to rise funds for Rogue Gateway Rotary’s youth projects, and for CASA and Family Solutions.
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the music, art, raffle and food — and a special thanks to our sponsors, Allcare Health and Southern Oregon Subaru.
Watch this site for more news about this year’s event and information about next year’s Porchfest, or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RogueGatewayRotary/
Join Rogue Gateway Rotary for Porchfest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15 in Grants Pass.
This family-friendly event is free and will feature local bands performing on neighborhood porches in the historic Northwest ward of town, primarily on Washington Boulevard and Lawnridge Ave. Art and food also will highlight this fun-filled day.
Special thanks to our sponsors, Allcare Health and Southern Oregon Subaru who helped make this event possible.
Proceeds from the day will benefit CASA, Family Solutions, and Rogue Gateway Rotary youth programs.
For details, download our flyer: Porchfest
January kicks off our Every Rotarian Every Year (“EREY”) drive for full club participation in supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Greg Fishwick points to the lucky number that Bela Toledo (right) won in last year’s Super Bowl pool. Bela was twice the winner because his pick also donated to The Rotary Foundation.
For each $25, tax-deductible donation, participants get three chances to be named a Paul Harris Fellow by winning our Super Bowl Pool and do their part to help our club earn Every Rotarian Every Year status
Make checks to The Rotary Foundation, pay cash, or even leave an IOU. The pool board and sign-up sheet will be available at all January meetings.
Contact Greg Fishwick if you’re not able to attend or have questions.
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets in our annual Wine Not? raffle. We’re grateful to everyone who sold and bought tickets.
The club raised approximately $3,000, which will help us do good in the community.
This year’s winners are:
- Helen Silva, first place, 24 bottles of wine
- Mark Flynn, second place, 18 bottles of wine
- Kristen Plunkett, third place, 12 bottles of wine
- Fred Borngasser, fourth place, six bottles of wine
You have an opportunity to be part of the Rotary legacy that eradicates polio from the face of the earth. To achieve this goal, Rotary District 5110 is asking all members to make a $100 annual commitment to PolioPlus by signing up as a District 5110 PolioPlus Society member.
Simply complete a PolioPlus Society form and return it to Nelson Maler, District 5110 PolioPlus chair, at PO Box 1201, Grants Pass, OR 97528, or Nelson.R.Maler@MorganStanley.com.
Contributions also can be made directly to your club foundation chair, or online at endpolio.org.
Why do we need to continue the fight against Polio when the number of cases is so low?
- Until polio is eradicated, we need to vaccinate all children under age 5. Polio is just a plane flight away. Children everywhere are at risk until we wipe out this deadly disease forever.
- As the risk of polio nears zero in an area, Rotary International will switch from using the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) to the more expensive Injectable Polio Vaccine (IPV).
- Rotary is increasing its surveillance efforts to track the last remaining virus. Surveillance includes examining every child with any kind of acute flaccid paralysis to determine the cause and testing sewer samples throughout the world for the presence of the Polio virus.
Once the number of polio cases are reduced to and stay at zero for 36 consecutive months, the World Health Organization will declare the world polio free. Then you can say you were part of a global movement that created a legacy – a polio free world.
The club party is on! Families and friends are invited—feel free to bring activities for kids if you like, there’s lots of room.
- When: Sunday, February 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. Kick-off is at 3:30, and the first door prize depends on the first commercial after kick-off.
- Where: Spurlock Art & Wine, 202 N. Redwood Hwy., Grants Pass—plenty of parking.
- What: Buffet provided, dinner menu and cash bar available (wine, beer, cider, soft drinks)—bring door prizes if you’d like to give any away (football-related or not).
Our annual Paul Harris Fellow Super Bowl Pool is getting the club closer to coveted EREY—Every Rotarian Every Year—status, meaning each of us has made at least the minimum $25 donation to The Rotary Foundation. Only about 10 of the 70 clubs in our district attain EREY status, and we have been one in each of the past three years.
If you haven’t yet donated and wish to get squares, there are three ways your donation could give you a chance to win a Paul Harris Fellow Award:
- Come to our Feb. 1 noon meeting at the Wild River Pub, and sign up before the final 39 squares are gone,
- Send an e-mail or text to Greg Fishwick at 541-373-3714 to reserve your squares and then a check made out to The Rotary Foundation for the number of squares you want (3/$25) to Greg Fishwick, 1216 NE Memorial Drive, Grants Pass OR 97526-1443.
- Come to our Super Bowl Party and hope there are still some squares left!
You need not be present to win, and you don’t have to care about the game (or donate to TRF) to attend—there’s room to mingle with members and guests, and fun door prizes.