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“Service Above Self.”
Is it the TRUTH?
Service is what Rotary is all about. That is why the word service is first in our motto. The phrase “above self” means exactly that: Rotarians put service ahead of their own interests.
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
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Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
FEBRUARY 19, 2010
INSIDE RENTON SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT/ PAGE 3
FIRST HARVEST/ PAGE 4 DICTIONARY/ PAGE 5 ROTACARE/ PAGE 6 THE MAYOR/ PAGE 8 INTERNATIONAL/ PAGE 9 CAPER/ PAGE 11 THANKSGIVING/ PAGE 12 CRAB FEED/ PAGE 13 WINE TASTING/ PAGE 14 ROTARY MEETINGS The Rotary Club of Renton meets at noon on Thursday at the Maplewood Golf Course, 4050 Maple Valley Highway
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We are caretakers of a rich tradition I consider it an honor to be President of Renton Rotary this year. But as I focused on plans for our activities and service projects, I have been mindful of the heritage that my predecessors have left as a challenge for us to continue to provide “Service Above Self ” in our community and throughout the world. Since Renton Rotary was chartered in 1943, there have been 66 Presidents of our club. Each of them in their own way contributed to the legacy of community service that has made our Rotary Club an effective change agent within our community. Already this year we have distributed more than 1,200 colorful dictionaries to third graders in our community. What a joy to see each student investigate their own dictionary and find in it a tool to improve their own literacy, and in many cases, the literacy of their family. Working in close cooperation with Communities in Schools of Renton, we also distributed more than 1,000 new warm winter coats to elementary school students. We were very glad to assist these students to find a new winter coat of which they could be proud. On Thanksgiving Day we sponsored a luncheon at which more than 250 seniors were served a complete Thanksgiving dinner. We also served additional “take-out” lunches to provide turkey left-overs for the next day. This service project provided a warm hospitable place for seniors within our community who may not have been able to spend the day with their families, to fellowship and enjoy a bountiful dinner. We also supported the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle bell-ringing project at several locations in our community, in addition to our continual monthly support of the Salvation Army Food Bank here in Renton.
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THE FOUR-WAY TEST OF THE THINGS WE THINK, SAY OR DO... 1. IS IT THE TRUTH? 2. IS IT FAIR TO ALL CONCERNED? 3. WILL IT BUILD GOODWILL AND BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4. WILL IT BE BENEFICIAL TO ALL CONCERNED? “HE PROFITS MOST WHO SERVES THE BEST” Every Saturday morning, members of our Renton Rotary assist professional medical volunteers at our Rotacare Clinic. At this weekly clinic, uninsured people can receive at no cost a confidential professional medical consultation, with potential referrals for discounted prescriptions or other available medical resources. This clinic operates at the Renton Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank in Renton. This Spring we will award almost $20,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from our three local high schools and other schools in our community. In addition, each month we honor one student from each of our high schools as a Youth of the Month and several teachers from the Renton School District as Teachers of the Month. Renton Rotary is committed to support our schools and students in every way possible. In addition to our service to our local community, we also participate in international service projects. We sent a team of Rotarians to Belize with dental equipment to provide a dental clinic
there. We also continued our support of a Rotary project in Nepal to improve the public perception of persons with disabilities. We will also participate in the worldwide effort by Rotary International to eradicate the world of the polio virus. Rotarians have made a commitment to the world to complete the eradication of polio. Due to this effort, endemic polio now exists in small portions of only four countries of the world. However, due to the ease of travel in modern times, the polio virus can be easily transported to other regions where children have not been inoculated against this dreadful disease. That is why it is critical to complete the task of eradication of polio. We can only serve these needs if we continue to attract new members who share our commitment to service. We are always looking for potential new members who want to be involved in community service. We invite men and women from every part of our community to come to a Renton Rotary meeting to explore how we can work together for the benefit of our community. We meet every Thursday at noon at the Maplewood Golf Course on Maple Valley Highway in Renton. Over the years, we have received generous contributions from businesses and individuals. This support is vital to our ability to serve. We hold several fundraising events during the year, but the two principal fundraisers are our CAPER charity auction and the Rubber Ducky Race that is held during Renton River Days. This year our CAPER Auction will be held on March 20 at the Renton Community Center. We invite everyone to help us with this fundraising event in two ways: First, donate items that can be auctioned to raise money; and, second, plan to attend the auction and help us to raise the funds that will be needed during the 2010-2011 year to support our community and international service projects. Renton Rotary has a rich tradition of service to our community that has been handed down to us by those who have gone before. We are proud of that tradition. We intend to preserve that commitment for future generations. I invite you to join us in “Service Above Self ” to our community.
FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Rotary support helps Renton’s students
MARY ALICE HEUSCHEL
The Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” conveys the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.2 million members. I believe we hold a moral imperative to contribute individually to make a difference in our community and make the world a better place. Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. I value the strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects that characterize Renton Rotary, and Rotary worldwide. Renton Rotary provides tremendous support to this community, and beyond. It is such an honor to serve as the superintendent of the Renton School District. I am blessed to work with an amazing team of over 2,000 staff who dedicate
their time, talents and energy to supporting the success of over 14,500 students in our community. For students to be ready to learn, supportive environments are essential. Renton Rotary provides that kind of support for our students in critical need. Many
of our students and their families require the support of the Renton Rotary Food Bank, Salvation Army services, the Rotacare clinic to access medical care, and Project Warm provides needed winter coats for over 2,000 students in our schools. Renton Rotary not only supports these types of critical basic needs but the annual gift of dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the district sends an important message about the priority of literacy and the value of a quality education system in our community. Funding has been provided to add books to classroom sets of materials to meet the needs of hundreds of students who are English Language Learners, speaking over 87 different languages in the district. Funds for graphing calculators have been provided, funding for students who want to get involved
in sports and cannot afford the participation fees, and many innovative classroom project proposals have been funded by Renton Rotary that has enhanced the ability of our talented staff to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. Additionally, the Renton Rotary Club monthly recognizes outstanding students and teachers, providing them funding for scholarships and for classroom projects. Teachers in the Renton School District are supported, appreciated, valued and thanked by Rotarians regularly. Rotary’s programs for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, young people can earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, or help a community through a service project. Rotary’s educational programs promote international un-
derstanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures. Rotary is fun. The annual Rubber Ducky Derby fundraiser is a highlight in my summer — getting into the Cedar River and catching thousands of rubber duckies is a diversion from my daily work at the district. The regular networking with Renton Rotarians allows me to stay connected to community issues, new programs needing support and the regional, state and international efforts I can support such as Habitat for Humanity and Polio Plus, our international efforts to eradicate polio. I have dedicated my life to service to others and am proud to be a Renton Rotarian.
Dr. Mary Alice Heuschel Superintendent, Renton School District
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Rotary serves food bank from start The Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank opened in 2005 with the help of generous support from the Rotary Club of Renton. The Rotary Club donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army to go toward the estimated $1.8 million cost of the new facility on Tobin Street. Since then, the club has continued to support the food bank and the Salvation Army Service Center through grants, regular food drives and the Rotacare Clinic on Saturdays. The demand on the food bank has grown steadily since its first full year of operations. In 2006, the food bank served 950 families a month; that monthly number grew to 1,500 families in 2009. Rotary Club has made a difference in another way, too, according to Salvation Army Capt. Terry Masango, who is also a Rotarian. Rotarians sit on the Salvation Army board, who as described by
Jim Amandus at right, and fellow Rotarian Dolores Gibbons hold a check for $50,000 that was part of the donation the Rotary Club of Renton made to the Salvation Army in 2005 to help build the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank. SUBMITTED Masango are “high quality people who love to serve the community.” Masango has found the Rotary Club is quick to respond with help when he brings to them a concern or difficulty. “They have the heart to serve,” said Masango. The demands on the food bank
have grown since the nationwide economic recession has deepened. Now, the food bank is serving families who Masango and his staff have not seen in the past. “We have seen people come here because when they come here they know they will get what they need,” he said.
First Harvest feeds hungry In 1982 the University District Rotary Club initiated a program to help with hunger relief by providing healthy produce to food banks. Their idea was so successful that Rotary District 5030, the umbrella organization for 55 Rotary clubs in the Seattle region, adopted this program and it has flourished as one of the premiere services of the district. Rotary First Harvest (RFH) has become the conduit for acquiring large quantities of produce which would either not be harvested or would be destined to a landfill because of market conditions. This food is delivered to organizations like Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline where it is packaged and distributed to regional food banks. The current economic conditions have dramatically increased the need for RFH’s services and that need is being met. In 2009 RFH provided a record 13.5 million pounds of produce to the food banks. In numbers that may be easier to grasp, that amounts to 18 1/2 tons a day, 365 days a year! RFH is governed by volunteer board members from all of the clubs in the district and the business is handled by a paid staff, including an executive director plus two clerical personnel. This is an enviable organization that operates with an administrative overhead of less that 1 percent. All operating expenses are funded by donations, most coming from club donations and gifts from individual Rotary members in the district. Renton Rotary is one of the major financial contributors to RFH and is an active participant in monthly work parties that the district supports by providing a large group of volunteers to help sort and package food at Northwest Harvest. Some people have described hunger as a “growing problem” RFH is doing its best to stunt its growth.
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Rotary dictionaries bring world of words to 3rd graders
Rotary Club of Renton President Dan Kellogg helps Cascade Elementary School third grader David Galaviz look up a word in his new dictionary, presented to the students by the club last fall. RENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
One of Rotary International’s goals is to promote literacy around the world. To address this problem, what better place to start than in Renton where so many students are in homes where English is a second language! Last October more than 1,200 students in the Renton School District received the gift of words, thanks to the Rotary Club of Renton. This marks the fourth year Rotarians have presented dictionaries to third graders throughout the district. Cost for the books is more than $10,000 and will ensure each student has a personal dictionary to use at home. Rotary members are committed to early childhood education and understand the importance of having students read at grade level by third grade. Dictionaries are available in classrooms, libraries and on the Internet; the books given by Rotarians are the student’s personal property to take home and use with family members. Some third graders who received the dictionaries in the past re-
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ported using the books with their siblings and in some cases to help teach English to family members. Each year Rotary members have visited all 13 elementary schools in the Renton School District to distribute the books, help the students write their names on the I.D. sticker inside the front cover and participate while one of the teachers guides them through an exercise using their books.
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Without RotaCare, thousands go without treatment Renton Rotary opened its doors to the RotaCare Free Medical Clinic on Oct. 13, 2003. Since that time, it has served 3.500 patients who would otherwise not have access to medical care. RotaCare was founded in 1989 when a family practice physician in Santa Clara, Calif., was asked to treat patients at a homeless shelter. He did so and then asked his Rotary Club for financial assistance. Their assistance became a Rotary District project, which ultimately expanded to 10 separate free clinics in the Bay area of California. Ken Graham, a previous member of the Bellevue Rotary Club and the first executive director of Bay Area RotaCare, brought RotaCare to the Seattle area when he was hired as the CEO at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Beginning in the basement of the Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, the clinic established RotaCare in the Pacific Northwest. They moved to their current location at Hopelink, located at 14812 Main St. in Bellevue. The Bellevue RotaCare Clinic is supported financially by the Bellevue, Overlake, Mercer Island and Redmond Rousers Rotary clubs. Dr. Bob Thompson, medical director, and Bob McBeth, clinic director, brought RotaCare to Renton, first established as part of the medical training program at Renton Technical College and now located at the Renton Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank at 206 South Tobin. The clinic is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The mission of RotaCare is to provide free medical care for the relief of pain and suffering to those
Luna Wuaca assists a patient recently at the RotaCare Clinic at the Salvation Army Renton Rotary Food Bank and Service Center. GARY PALMER with the greatest need and the least access to health care services. RotaCare is served by volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, interpreters, administrative and support staff, all dedicated to serve the underinsured and uninsured members of our community. In Renton, approximately 85 volunteers rotate to staff the RotaCare clinic each Saturday. Between 15 and 20 patients are served each week, with as many as 27 patients one busy Saturday morning. Clinic services include: • On-site urgent care is provided for basic primary medical problems, such as sprains, infections, rashes and minor injuries, as well as the diagnosis of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension for which initial treatment. Community referrals are made to chronic health care providers, Valley Medical Center, etc. • Referrals are made to Project
Access for medical subspecialists and surgical specialists who offer pro bono consultations and help. • Laboratory and x-ray support is provided by Valley Medical Center. • Prescriptions (with a limit of $50 per patient) are provided to assist patients. Renton Rotary has supported the Renton RotaCare clinic at the rate of approximately $20,000 per year, contributing approximately $145,000 since the clinic opened its doors. If all of the volunteer services were purchased, it would cost about $280,000 per year! ROTACARE SAVES A LIFE! Rotary members are often called upon to do great works. But it is not often they can save a life in the process. The Rotary Club of Renton, Washington (USA) and RotaCare International sponsor a Free Medical Clinic for those
in their community that have no medical insurance and could not otherwise afford to see a doctor. Marie France Gautier came to the clinic because she was not feeling well — and her life was saved in the process. Marie France, 53, had come to the United States from France approximately 15 years ago and had then been widowed. For a number of years, she taught French at a Seattle-area program. When the program ended three years ago, she found herself out of work and without health insurance. She enrolled at the Bellevue Community College in an Early Childhood Development program with plans to become an elementary school teacher. She had nearly completed her college education when she found herself too ill to continue. She had very little income from private tutoring in French, knew that she was not feeling well but had little inkling that her situation was far more serious. In January, Ms. Gautier showed up at Renton’s RotaCare Free Medical Clinic. She had experienced difficulties for several months and had gone to walk-in clinics but had not found out what was happening. Marie was seen by a volunteer physician at the RotaCare Clinic — a physician who teaches family practice to residents at Renton’s Valley Medical Center (hospital). She was referred for x-rays and lab tests. Not feeling that there was any panic in her situation, Marie took three days to go into the hospital for her tests. Doctors at the hospital found that she was severely anemic and had an abnormal x-ray (hematocrit was 18.5 and hemoglobin
was 5.2 — she was slowly bleeding to death!). Doctors called her immediately, she came to the hospital within hours for a critical blood transfusion and further testing. She underwent a C-T scan which showed a growth in her colon that was suspicious for cancer. The following morning, Marie underwent a colonoscopy and biopsy. That evening she had a laparoscopic removal of a golf-ball sized cancerous tumor and surrounding lymph nodes from the colon. Marie France underwent chemo therapy and is now thriving with a favorable prognosis for a full recovery. Had she not gone to the clinic when she did, the ultimate outcome would not have been so favorable. THANKS! The Renton Rotary RotaCare Clinic is one of four RotaCare clinics currently being operated in the Seattle area (Bellevue, Renton, Lake City and Tacoma) - supported by a variety of area Rotary clubs and District 5030. This year, Rotarians helped raise more $75,000 to support this most worthwhile endeavor. This is Rotary Service at its best! The dedication of RotaCare volunteers allows the delivery of quality care and service to those most in need in our community. On behalf of those who need our services the most, a special thanks to Renton Rotary!
This article is a modification of an article originally written by Dr. Bill Grimes, Bellevue Physician, who operates the Bellevue Rotary RotaCare Clinic.
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Members of the Rotary Club of Renton stand together following a recent meeting of the club at the Maplewood Golf Course in Renton. GARY PALMER
Rotary makes a difference MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
have for public service. From school superintendents and college presidents, to bankers and florists, Renton Rotary members establish close relationships through weekly meetings where we learn more about each other and our businesses and the good work done by Rotary throughout the world. Rotarians volunteer to serve on a multitude of committees to help feed the hungry in our community; provide warm coats for kids in the winter; coordinate basic medical care for the uninsured and unemployed who otherwise would not receive this help; provide scholarships for graduating seniors and dictionaries to all
As a long-time owner and publisher of community newspapers in the Puget Sound region, I was introduced many years ago to the commitment Rotary members make to improving the lives of those less fortunate in our community and throughout the world. I was always impressed at the dedication of local Rotarians who committed so much of their time and financial support on a multitude of goodwill programs. What most impressed me was the time Rotary members devote to serving the public. Comprised of primarily business people, corporate executives, educators and government leaders, I wasn’t surprised that many Rotary members could write checks or raise money in support of many great causes. But the willingness of these same individuals to also give so much of their personal time to help others, despite being busy in their personal and professional lives, showed a genuine commitment to helping others. It wasn’t until I joined Renton Rotary in 1995 that I truly gained a perspective on the level of commitment most Rotarians
kindergarten children; and support for basic human service needs throughout the community. I have had the opportunity to join fellow Rotarians on work projects including painting the homes of low-income senior citizens and distributing coats to grateful young kids and their families. We have delivered food to families during the holidays and helped out with volunteer physicians who donate their time to treat patients at our Rotary clinic. The personal involvement gives you a real sense of both the depth of need in our community and the sincere appreciation from those receiving assistance. Like Rotary clubs throughout the world, Renton Rotary has a very rich history of public service. In addition to years of assisting many people and organizations in our community, members have helped to fund the eradication of polio throughout the world and raised money to provide water wells in third world countries. Rotary makes a difference. Being a part of that effort is very rewarding.
WHY I JOINED ROTARY
Since my Dad was a Renton Rotarian for nearly 63 years (with perfect attendance), I knew Rotary was a great organization and the Renton Rotary Club Kathy McKnight has always been and is an outstanding club. However, I really joined the Renton Rotary Club to give back to the community in which I was raised.
KATHY ARGANO MCKNIGHT, RENTON
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As a new member, I sure like what I see I have just attained the six-month point of my formal Rotary membership. Six months is a pretty short time period, but my association with Rotary Club of Renton goes back to at least 40 years. This past July, Dan Kellogg, club president, convinced me the time to join was now. He indicated the club needed to grow for the betterment of the community and that was good enough for me. I counted up and found that I knew and had an association with at least 30 of the club presidents over the past 40 years. All of them good people. Over those 40 years, my wife and I participated in many Rotary events and on many occasions we helped gather items for the club’s fund-raising activities. I recall once convincing a Boeing community relations person to donate some golf balls for one of the CAPER events. I expected maybe two or three dozen and when I picked them up, there were like 20 dozen balls marked with the Boeing logo on each ball. For the next several years, we would find lots of lost golf balls at Maplewood Golf Course with the Boeing logo imprinted on them. Fore! By formally joining Renton Rotary, on the local level I immediately have more than 120 active fellow members, in greater King County I join more than 3,000 fellow members and on a world-wide basis I hook up with 1,200,000 fellow members. More than 40,000 members are women (all since 1995). All of the Rotarians are bound together with a common motto: “Service Above Self.” I really like that motto. I feel so very fortunate to now be a part of this great international organization. I am carefully looking into the “Four Avenues of Service” that I will become a part of. These are: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, and International Service. Each avenue has an overall committee and most have subcommittees. I have the opportunity to serve on one or more committees of my choosing. I enjoy the thought and pleasure of working with other members for the good of our community and of the world. I am the incoming president of the Renton Community Foundation Board for 2010. My service in this position falls in the Rotary community service avenue category. I am very eager to get more involved in the gala annual Rotary CAPER Dinner and Auction on March 20. I have in my possession over a half-dozen blank CAPER 2010 Auction donation forms. It is my intent to work hard and obtain donated items for each of the blank forms from local businesses, organizations, and friends. Each year, Rotary has been able to distribute approximately $100,000 of the CAPER proceeds to support local program needs throughout the community. I want to be a part of that great work. As stated in the beginning of this article, I am only six months into this thing called Rotary Club of Renton and I sure like what I see.
Rotary’s reach spans the world
Renton Rotarian Jim Sullivan is surrounded by Nepalese children during a trip to the country with others to help children with disabilities. DOUG KYES
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Doug Kyes administers the polio vaccine to an Ethiopian child. SONJA KYES
Most of the good things that Renton Rotary supports are right here in our community. It also lends a hand around the world to people who don’t have agencies to help or funds of any kind to take care of their human needs. Rotary International gives some financial support to projects that individual clubs are supporting. Rotary International’s top mission is wiping out polio. That project is close to being completed. Renton Rotary as well as all Rotary clubs around the world work together giving aid to the less fortunate. There are the matters of clean water, education, medical aid, as well as many other needs around the world. In Africa, Renton Rotary has drilled several wells right in the villages that provide clean drinking water. In another water project last year, we partnered with Vashon Island Rotary in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was for a school; however, in cleaning up the school water, we provided clean water for 5000 people. Last year we donated money to a school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. For the children who can’t afford uniforms or food to bring to school, Ms. Mahider, who started the school, provides both out of her salary. Renton Rotary partnered with Kirkland for wheelchairs for an orphanage in Nepal for children with disabilities. In Ethiopia, Renton Rotary gave a grant to an organization to give out micro loans. These loans are given out, mostly to women who are starting businesses or improving already existing business.
Rubber Ducky race is a highlight of summer For the past 23 years, it has been the pleasure of the Rotary Club of Renton to host the Renton River Days annual Rubber Ducky Race. This race combines a spirit of fun and excitement with the dedication to serve others around our local and global communities. As part of the IKEA Renton River Days Festival, the Rubber Ducky Race is a beloved tradition. Whether you have attended the event, donated prizes or “race” one of your purchased little yellow ducks down the Cedar River, you have added to our ability to help others. Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, implies an ongoing message to our community and requires the continuous and tireless effort of many. Over the past two years Renton Rotary’s Rubber Ducky Race has raised more than $40,000. These proceeds are used for a variety of endeavors - from scholarships, feeding the hungry, giving warm coats to children for winter, or to free health care for those without insurance. Please share our sense of pride for what we the Rotary Club of Renton and the people of the community have accomplished. We are excited to continue Rotary’s efforts as we plan our 2010 IKEA Renton River Days Rubber Ducky Race. Thank you for your support of the Rotary Club of Renton. Todd Lantz
Jim Baker, left, and Larry Warren have taken their turn as keepers of the Rotary Club’s rubber duckies during the off-season.
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Rotary CAPER lights the way for those in need Since 1966 your local Rotary Club of Renton has been organizing the largest and most successful charity dinner auction in our community. This year we are sending you a special invitation. Come and join the fun for great causes! Go to rentonrotary.org & click on Caper Auction for more information. CAPER is the acronym for “Community Auction Promoting the Endeavors of Rotary.” These endeavors include our efforts to help many local charitable organizations as well as supporting the goals of Rotary International, including world-wide eradication of polio. With your help, Rotary can raise $140,000 each year at a fun, spirited dinner auction and give it right back to the community. Local third-grade students all get a new dictionary, 1,000 warm winter coats
are distribof the chariuted to needy table work students and made possible college-bound by the CAPER ROTARY CAPER students are Auction. The CAPER auction and supported You can dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with scholbe a part of Saturday, March 20. arships. By our efforts To donate go to: contributing to improve rentonrotary.org and click to the capithe qualon CAPER Auction tal building ity of life for funds for the citizens here new Salvation in Renton and Army Renton around the Rotary Comworld. How? munity Food Bank, the Renton Become an event sponsor, buy Technical College Technology a raffle ticket, attend the dinner Center and the Renton School auction, donate auction items District’s IKEA Performing and tell your friends and family Arts Center, new important about CAPER. Information buildings were added to the number and contact informacommunity. Rotacare, a free tion above are above. Saturday clinic, serving the This year the theme of uninsured, is supported with CAPER is “Lighting the Way.” more than $25,000 each year. Understanding the challenging These are just a few examples economic and social times right
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FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Rotary makes sure seniors get hot Thanksgiving meal WHY I JOINED ROTARY As a new immigrant, I always wanted to contribute to the communities that adopted me and for years my contributions were indirect, impersonal and unfulfilling; I gave time and funds to large nonprofit organizations. Large organizations have large overheads which diluted my offerings; my contributions Ahmad Attallah to the 9/11 and Katrina victims hardly arrived. At Rotary there is no overhead; all members are volunteers. And, though Rotary International is large, its constituent clubs are small and members are local. Our members know the needs of Renton and its surroundings and decide where to focus our efforts. I get to help with both. With Rotary, my efforts became direct, personal and gratifying. With Rotary your contributions will arrive.
Fifteen years ago Shawn Daly, director of the Renton Senior Center, was concerned about the number of seniors who would not have a hot Thanksgiving Day meal. He happened to mention this to me and I told him that Rotary would be more than willing to provide a meal for the seniors on Thanksgiving Day. (Gutsy move as I did not have the authority to commit Rotary but knew how caring and generous Rotarians are, so figured it was not a problem and it wasn’t). Thus a partnership with Renton Rotary and City of Renton Employees was formed. City employees donate their time to open the center and set up the banquet room, while Renton Rotary provides all the food and food preparation. The meal is served by Renton
Rotarians and their familes as well as city employees and their families. This, our 15th year, we served a hot sit down Thanksgiving Day dinner to 250 seniors and another 250 take-out dinners for free. The senior citizens are always so thankful for this dinner. We have had so many good comments over the years but one that sticks in my mind is the senior who said, “Thank you so much!! I would have been home alone in my apartment with a TV dinner if not for this dinner!” We have had young children who started helping when they were five continue to come and help even after they were grown up and left home. The total cost to serve 500 meals is $2,300 dollars.
WHY I JOINED ROTARY
The needs of the community, the nation and the world are many. My search for a way to do my share led me to Rotary which I believe serves those needs. None of us can solve all the problems, but the structure and goals of Rotary lead me to believe it’s Sally Rochelle the best choice for me. Serving on the International committee gave me an opportunity to see Rotary’s presence in the world. I have visited Nepal, Mexico and Ethiopia and have seen the good work done by the concerted efforts of Rotarians.
– Don and Vicky Persson
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FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Rotarians, community get together every year over crab at senior center
The Rotary Club of Renton will mark its 25th consecutive crab feed in 2010. CRAB FEED Although a small income is generTo find out more ated at the event, its primary intent is about the Renton as a joint social event for Rotarians and Rotary Club Annual the community. Crab Feed go to This year the crab feed takes place in rentonrotary.org. the fall. While the crab feed has been held at different restaurants over the years, the current site is the Renton Senior Center. Dungeness crab is purchased live and is cooked, cleaned and cracked in preparation for the event by Rotarians. For the first year only, that process was done at the Kohlwes residence. The meal is purchased and served by Rotarians. Depending upon event reservations some 350 to 525 pounds of crab is needed. Dungeness crab generally range in size from two to three pounds. Participation at the event has varied annually between 150 and 250.
13 Exchange gives students chance to see the world
WHY I JOINED ROTARY I joined Rotary to expand my horizon as it relates to all the wonderful organizations in our community that are doing great work to John Camerer benefit the citizens of Renton. Joining Rotary has allowed me to participate in some wonderful causes that have blessed me and those who I was able to serve.
JOHN CAMERER VISION HOUSE; FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
I am passionate about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program because it gives high school students an opportunity to broaden their horizons and learn to see the world from a new perspective. These kids return from summer or fullyear exchanges with new friends, new families and enthusiasm for peace and understanding that last for the rest of their lives. The program not only enriches their lives but also the experiences of everyone they know and work with. In my mind this program is one of the best ways to learn about other cultures and ensure continued peace and understanding in our ever-changing world. My family has hosted several exchange students and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. If you haven’t taken the time to share part of your life with an exchange student, I recommend you add this to the top of your “to do” list today.
WHY I JOINED ROTARY
I grew up in a Rotary family. In my younger years I spent many happy hours helping my Dad (Gerry Edlund) and his fellow Marilyn Edlund Renton Rotarians with service projects. The experience of working with Rotarians united in action to make a difference in the lives of people in this community is what really inspired me to join Rotary.
FEBRUARY 19, 2010
Rotary wine tasting raises $$ for charity WHY I JOINED ROTARY I wanted to contribute back to the community in which I live. Since I wasn’t necessarily passionate Mary Fitzgerald about one particular volunteer organization, Rotary was the perfect avenue for me because it gives me a variety of different volunteer opportunities. It was a perfect fit for me!
Rotary’s warm coats
Project Warm provides needed winter coats for more than 2,000 students in the Renton School District. Rotarians who have helped with the effort include, from left, Susan Bressler, Nancy Osborn, Kathy McKnight, Al Taley Sr. and Alice Seymour. SUBMITTED
The Renton WINE TASTING Rotary The Renton Rotary Wine TastClub Wine Tasting ing and and Auction is May Auction annu25. To sign up go to ally raises rentonrotary.org about $15,000 that goes to charity. This year the event is May 25. More than 20 wineries are represented at the event. Food is prepared by Don and Larry’s Catering. Music is provided and artists attend. In the past money has gone to the Rotary’s dictionary program for third graders, RotaCare and Polio Plus.
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