Steve Roe assumes Rogue Gateway Rotary leadership

Steve Roe

Steve Roe is the president of Rogue Gateway Rotary for the 2021-22 Rotary year.

The general manager of Roe Motors in Grants Pass, he is active on the board of Asante Health System, is a charter member of Rogue Gateway Rotary and has served as club secretary for many years. He is also the current president of Four Way Community Foundation.

Roe has also been involved with the Grants Pass Active Club and the Boy Scout Crater Lake Council. He has enjoyed volunteering with his therapy dogs at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Steve is married to Kristi Roe and they have five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time at Diamond Lake, reading, technology and giving back to others.

Dawn Welch leads Rogue Gateway Rotary

Dawn Welch

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.

Rogue Gateway Rotary celebrates new Rotary year

Janie Duewel took control of the gavel this week as the new president of Rogue Gateway Rotary.


Janie Duewel

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

Porchfest a big success

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 Lawnridg62463039_2717092408362832_8503113125191483392_oe 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



Porchfest is coming June 15

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


Harry Mackin honored for meritorious service

Harry Mackin and daughter, Diane.

Hats off to Harry! Rogue Gateway Rotary honored Harry Mackin on Jan. 31 with the club’s first Paul Harris Fellow Award for Exceptional Meritorious Service. Harry, pictured here with his daughter, Diane, has served twice as president of RGR and many years as chair of the Sgt.-at-Arms Committee. He has been president of the Chamber of Commerce, a Josephine County Unit School District board member, a Cub Scouts leader, Chair of the Boys & Girls Club Board, and much more. A U.S. Marine who served in Viet Nam, Harry retired from a long and distinguished career with Hart Insurance.



Super Bowl pool benefits Rotary Foundation

January kicks off our Every Rotarian Every Year (“EREY”) drive for full club participation in supporting The Rotary Foundation.

super bowl pool winner bela toledo and greg fishwick

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.

Wine Not? raffle winners announced

34538095_1971108106294603_1678324213976399872_oThank 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

Join the PolioPlus Society

Picture 735You 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

Contributions also can be made directly to your club foundation chair, or online at

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.