End Polio Now dinner set

Register today for Rogue Gateway Rotary’s End Polio Now dinner, set for Oct. 22, and help Rotary in the fight to wipe out this dreaded disease worldwide. EndP13737568_1124835247588564_7925032143809591221_oolioNowDinner

The $100-per-plate dinner is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Asante Center for Outpatient Health, 537 Union Ave., Grants Pass.

Proceeded by appetizers and a social hour, the four-course dinner will be prepared by Jeremiah Hezog, executive chef at Asante.

The keynote speaker will be Cort Vaughan, polio survivor and chair of the District 5110 PolioPlus committee. A silent auction also is planned, and entertainment will be provided by the Grants Pass High School Orchestra Ensemble.

Just 100 tickets will be sold, with $65 of each ticket donated in the ticket-purchaser’s name to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus fund and tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Join us for the gala evening because no child anywhere should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease.

Questions? Call Rogue Gateway Rotary Club President Doug Walker at 541-660-2178.


Join the fight to end polio


Save the date for Oct. 22, when Rogue Gateway Rotary will host an End Polio Now dinner. Details about ticket sales will be announced soon.

Scheduled 6-9 p.m. at Asante Center for Outpatient Health, 537 Union Ave., Grants Pass, the $100 per plate dinner will raise funds for the effort to end polio throughout the world. A silent auction is planned as well as music and presentations on polio and the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation.  Continue reading

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

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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.