Get caught in the act…of doing good

To macropped-rotarymbs_rgb1.pngrk the Rotary Foundation centennial, Rotary is encouraging members everywhere to do 100 acts of good throughout the year. Let others know by posting photos of yourself on social media, along with a brief description of the act, using #100actsofgood.

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And the winner is…


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Rogue Gateway’s newest member, Cindy Low, drew the winning tickets today for the club’s annual “Wine Not?” raffle, as Steve and Dawn Welch, Debbie Ameen, and Laurel Merkel looked on.

Four lucky wine lovers won a total of 60 bottles of Oregon wine in Rogue Gateway’s annual “Wine Not?” wine raffle.

Caleb Laplante, who is a member of the Greater Grants Pass Rotary Club, won first prize: 24 bottles of exquisite Oregon wine. Dan Vidlak won second place,
18 bottles of luscious wine; Patti Kramer won third place, 12 bottles of scrumptious wine; and Linda Cobb won fourth place, six bottles of tasty wine.

Club members were asked to sell or buy at least 10 tickets and contribute at least two bottles of wine to the raffle, which raises fund for the club’s service projects.

Other prizes went to Rogue Gateway President-Elect Doug Walker, who sold the most tickets; member James Dunn, who visited at least four wineries the past month, and member Sally Snyder, who sold the first-place ticket. Dawn Welch, who oversaw the raffle, said the club raised in the neighborhood of $3,000. 

Thanks to everyone who sold or purchased tickets. All proceeds help our club “do good in the world.”

Rogue Gateway wins multiple awards at district conference

Rogue Gateway came home with numerous awards from the 2016 Rotary District 5110 Conference, held May 5-8 in Bend.

The club won the Rotary International Presidential Citation and the District Governor’s Award by meeting criteria that included setting and meeting multiple goals, achieving a net gain in membership, completing community service projects, and gi

PR Team

The Public Relations team (from left), Margaret Bradford, Steve Roe, and Janie Duewel, were recognized for Outstanding Facebook Page, Website and Newsletter.

ving to The Rotary Foundation. The club also won the District Governor’s Award, was named an Outstanding Small Club, and President Greg Fishwick received an award for Outstanding Small Club President.

The club was recognized for Outstanding Facebook Page, Outstanding Website and Outstanding Bulletin/Newsletter. Janie Duewel is responsible for the club’s Facebook page, Margaret Bradford for the website, and Steve Roe for “The Navigator,” the club’s newsletter.

Other Rogue Gateway club members recognized at the conference were Assistant District Governor Gina Marie Agosta, whose leadership lead to all four clubs in Josephine County winning multiple awards; Steve Roe, who graduated from the District Leadership Academy; and Doug Walker, who put together a gift basket with the help of other club members, which was auctioned at the conference for over $300.


President-elect Doug Walker photo bombs Club President Greg Fishwick as he shows off his award for Outstanding Small Club President.







‘Wine Not?’ raffle under way

Tickets are on sale now for Rogue Gateway Rotary’s 2016 wine raffle. Contact any Rogue Gateway club member to purchase tickets, which are just $5 each.

wine not graphicThe drawing will be held Thursday, May 26.

The annual “Wine Not?” raffle raises funds for Rogue Gateway’s service projects, which include our Little Free Libraries, monthly student “Service Above Self” awards, supporting our international Rotary Youth Exchange students and much more.

Here are the prizes ticket-holders are eligible to win:

First — 24 bottle 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

All wines are from Oregon wineries — very chic.



Turning water into wine?

Rogue Gateway Rotary members will tour the Grants Pass water filtration plant, 821 SE M St., at about 5:30 p.m. May 17. Please reserve the date.

After the tour we will rendezvous at a yet-to-be determined place for some wine tasting, part of our “Wine Not?” fundraising efforts. Seeing the chemistry necessary to turn the river into water and then into wine is cool.

Because the water treatment plant is a secure facility, tour groups must provide the names of the tour participants. We will distribute a signup-form at the next two meetings (children excepted), or contact President-Elect Doug Walker with your name, address and driver’s license number: 541-660-2178.

Progressive dinner planned

Rogue Gateway Rotary members and their guests are invited to attend a progressiIMG_1649ve dinner, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. April 15. Sweet and savory dishes from Turkey will be served, reflecting the evening’s theme of “Turkish Delight.”

Appetizers will be served at the home of Greg Fishwick and Margaret Bradford, the main course will be served at Laurel Samson’s home, and Ellen Heinitz and Kristin Plunkett will host dessert at Ellen’s house.

The cost is just $15 per person. Seating is limited; sign up at our regular Rogue Gateway Rotary club meetings now throIMG_6878ugh April 14.

Rotary celebrates 111 years



Rotary clubs worldwide recently marked the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary club meeting.

Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On 23 February 1905, Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting. They decided to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.

Within five years clubs had formed across the country, from San Francisco to New York.

In August 1910, Rotarians held their first convention in Chicago. The 16 clubs that existed at that time united to form the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

In 1912, the name changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs to reflect the addition of clubs in other countries. The name Rotary International was adopted in 1922.

By July 1925, Rotary had grown to more than 2,000 clubs and an estimated 108,000 members  on six continents.

Rotary’s reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, and composer Jean Sibelius.

As Rotary grew, members pooled their resources and used their talents to serve their communities. The organization’s dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.

In Pakistan, polio vaccinators earn community trust in spite of danger


A father plays with his baby daughter, who contracted polio at age six months. He refused immunization for her because of rumors that the vaccine might contain animal urine. —Photo Credit: Diego Ibarra Sánchez

No polio vaccinator had ever set foot in Killi Baksho, near Pakistan’s rugged northwest border with Afghanistan. Most people there have long opposed immunization, believing the polio vaccine causes infertility or AIDS.

The combination of that public mistrust and intimidation from militant groups has been nothing short of deadly. In 2013, 20 polio vaccinators and nine police officers assigned to guard them were killed in Pakistan. With that memory fresh in their minds, a team from a Rotary-supported polio resource center went to the village to promote acceptance of the vaccine. They expected an uphill, potentially life-threatening battle. Continue reading

Get in on the Super Bowl pool

Rogue Gateway is hosting a Rotary Foundation Super Bowl pool now until the big game Feb. 7. The prize is a Paul Harris Fellowship. Here’s how it works:

  • There are 100 squares on the grid to be sold at $10 each.
  • Each $10 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation in the buyer’s name and counts toward our goal of Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY).
  • When all 100 squares are sold, we will draw one team’s name for the numbers across the top of the grid; the other team will have the numbers down the side of the grid.
  • Then we will draw the numbers 0-9 that will be at the top of each column and on the side of each row.
  • When we have the final score of the game, we use the last digit from each team’s total points to find the winner of the Paul Harris Fellowship by going across the columns for the score of the team at the top of the grid and down the rows for the score of the team on the side of the grid. The person who bought the square where those two numbers intersect is the winner.
  • To play place your check or cash in the basket by the grid set out near the greeting table, sign your first name and last initial on the squares you want,
    and we’ll take care of the donation paperwork.

Rogue Gateway helps fill backpacks for kindergarteners

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(L-R) Rotarian Dawn Welch, St. Anne Catholic School teacher Andrea Tunick, and Rotarians Dr. Kristin Plunkett and Delynn Sharpen stuff backpacks for distribution to local kindergarteners.

Rogue Gateway Rotarians recently collected food and toys to stuff 165 backpacks that will go home over winter break with kindergarteners from six Josephine County schools.

The Rotary club members, who combined their efforts with Andrea Tunick’s first-grade class at St. Anne Catholic School, collected enough money and other donations to fill 165 backpacks.

Tunick’s students got involved when first grader Maddy Scharpen, daughter of Rogue Gateway Rotarian Delynn Scharpen, selected the Rotary Club’s backpack effort as her school project. She presented the idea to the student body, which agreed to help collect donations. More than 50 volunteers from Rogue Gateway and St. Anne’s then loaded the packs with high protein foods, crayons, books, socks, mittens and stuffed toys.

Rotarians distributed the backpacks last week to Lincoln, Evergreen, Ft. Vannoy, Manzanita, Madrona, and Fruitdale elementary schools, where they will be given to youngsters identified as food insecure to take home with them over the winter break.