Hood River Rotary
Service above self
Walking the talk

We are Hood River Rotary

Hood River Rotary = Service Above Self.

We volunteer, raise money, donate, deliver and support community service projects and help non profit organizations. Here and abroad, through local projects and Rotary international projects.

Walking the talk

Walking the talk

It has been said that, “with a good friend, the hours are short.” That statement proved true with the recent I-84 Clean-Up project.

An on-looker may have viewed our gathering with an air of misery. After all, picking up rubbish (and other items of mystery) strewn along a noisy freeway could be, to a reasonable mind, a chore.

But by adding friends and the Rotary spirit, the project made for a surprisingly enjoyable Saturday morning in furtherance of the greater good.

Fellowship through service is one of the pillars of Rotary.

According to Rotary International, one of the objectives of Rotary is the “advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”

I cannot say that picking up garbage is a solution for world peace.

But I can say that we all came together on a Saturday morning to improve our local community, at least in one small way, and we had fun doing it.

Thank you for everyone who participated in this CleanUp project, and for everyone who serves on the Public Service Committee. Future opportunities abound.

- Erick Haynie, President, Hood River Rotary club

Rose sale - Rotary community fundraiser

Rose sale - Rotary community fundraiser

It's a beautiful way to raise funds we give right back to nonprofit community causes. The Rotary Rose sale. $25 a dozen and they are delivered to you by Hood River Rotarians around April 19.

To order yours, follow this link and comment on our Facebook page.  Or email HoodRiverRotary@gmail.com. Thank you!

Apply for Rotary scholarships through March 19

Apply for Rotary scholarships through March 19

Application period is now closed - try again next season. Our annual Rotary scholarships to support continuing advanced education for local youth. Applications were accepted February 1 - March 19. 

Every year, we donate between $30,000-40,000 in scholarships to help high school graduates from the Gorge.

It's our single highest community commitment each year. Because youth are the leaders of tomorrow.

 

"Wish you were here" - President Erick 'n friends

"Wish you were here" - President Erick 'n friends

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort came alive on MLK holiday, for our annual Hood River Rotary Ski Night fundraiser. Here, Hood River Rotary President Erick Haynie, daughter and friend are having fun and giving back.... 

Keep up the good work, Rotarians 'n friends!

Annual ski night January 15!

Annual ski night January 15!

Ski  your heart out - for a song - $20 lift tickets! And it all supports a nonprofit community causes. Every year on MLK holiday in January, we partner with Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort to offer a low-cost lift ticket for an afternoon of skiing or boarding January 15, 3-9pm - Mt. Hood Meadows.

The Rotary Club of Hood River presents Rotary Night at Mt. Hood Meadows. Request the night off, arrange for car-pooling and ski your heart out for a good cause. Special tickets will be available soon, and season pass holders are welcome, with your passes valid until 9 PM.

What is Rotary? Rotary Club is 1.2 million global neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. 

Hood River Rotary Club was one of the first, and still is one of the largest clubs in the state, even though we're a small community. The power of Rotary!

We give hundreds of thousands of dollars away each year.

Click here for more about Hood River Rotary commitments.

Ski night is a great way to have fun and support your community!

Ski night is a great way to have fun and support your community!

Here are a bunch of first time snowboarders, with intermediates and seasoned pros - together, we got fresh snow at Mt Hood Meadows for Rotary Ski Night.

Hood River Rotary club is proud to host this event every year.

Get your tickets here - or just support the cause by buying a group of tickets please.

Santa is a Rotarian, too!

Santa is a Rotarian, too!

Of course he is!!! When there's a chance to build goodwill and better friendships....  you'll find Rotarians. It's part of the 4-way test of the things we think, say and do.

Santa makes a special trip to Hood River every year to help us share the spirit of the season with local kids. Every kids in class goes homes with a special gift.

See 'ya again next year, old man.

Part time elf, full time Rotarian

Part time elf, full time Rotarian

Rotarian Branden Buel leads the Christmas cause! Our annual kids Christmas Party just happened and this guy's in charge. He must have a special bat phone to get Santa to make a special appearance at our event!

No one can say No to Gordy and Terri

No one can say No to Gordy and Terri

Not Zoey the dog either....

And that's a good thing, when it comes to raising money for deserving charities. That's what Rotary does.

Gordy Sato's the unofficial Mayor of Hood River.

Can't. Say. No.

Terri Vann was a Principal in Hood River School District for years - then was District Director of Curriculum. No way you'd say "no" when she rings the bell. You went to school with her - so did your kids! She's given more than anyone else. We owe her. Like so many other Hood River leaders, she volunteers for Rotary.

Women and dogs - and ringing bells

Women and dogs - and ringing bells

Hi! I'm Hood River Rotary webmaster Barb Ayers with my dog kids from DogDiary.org ringing the bell at Christmas for Salvation Army. Our pets are Rotarians, too. 

Did someone say women and dogs and ringing bells?

Did someone say women and dogs and ringing bells?

We have a cross-town rivalry going with the Lions Club - to see who can raise the most money for Salvation Army while ringing the bell at the holidays.

That's when we pull out the big guns - the dog and pony show!

It's a duel where the community wins!

Photo: Rotarian Judy Dutcher and friends.

This is what we were all going for - happy, healthy kids - at Parkdale Elementary!

This is what we were all going for - happy, healthy kids - at Parkdale Elementary!

600 linear feet of trail - 500 volunteer man hours - generous donors. And... Presto! A new Fitness Trail opens at Parkdale Elementary!

Parkdale Principal Gus Hedberg and Rotarian Jon Davies shared details about our community service project, installing a new Fitness Trail with Fitness Stations to Parkdale Elementary School, at a recent Rotary meeting.

By the numbers:

$17,000 project - $5000 donated by Hood River Rotary, $2000 by Rotary District #5100 and $10,000+ by Parkdale PTO.

600 linear feet of trail

9 pop out exercise stations.

103 2x6x16 boards moved lovingly by Rotarians Doug and Paul

4400 square feet of ground cloth

Over 4000 cubic feet of bark chips

72 volunteers – 500+ volunteer hours - one long weekend

 

Special thanks to:

Outrigger Canoe Club

Parkdale PTO

Principal Gus Hedberg

Parkdale Elementary School Students

Hood River Supply

Hood River Rotary Club

Rotary District 5100

Dale Kuykendall from Wenaha Group

Klein Surveying

Don Benefield from Hood River County School District

Bryant Pipe and Supply

Adam and Staci McCarthy 

 

Together, we make a difference.

150 hours, 1 day = Rotary service

150 hours, 1 day = Rotary service

Hood River Rotary service projects span the globe and our small Gorge towns. The current project is building a new athletic play area for Parkdale Elementary.

Principal Gus Hedberg rolled up his sleeves and brought school volunteers for that last big push on day two. The goal was to get 'er done before the rains came.

A big thank you to Pat McAllister at Hood River Supply and other local business donors who helped.

Rotarians Jon Davies, Todd Clay and George Economou show us how to get things done. 

Rock and Roll Rotary Installation concert

Rock and Roll Rotary Installation concert

How cool is that? Our new President, Erick Haynie, pianist on the right, played with amazing musician Tony Smiley at President Erick's own installation dinner. 

One of the amazing things about Rotary is the kind of people it attracts. As in high quality people that like to give - and give back. That are talented, smart and oh by the way, successful. It makes us proud.

You GO, President Erick! This was your coming out party!

That's our club. That's our Columbia River.

That's our club. That's our Columbia River.

We're a large club for such a small community. With a variety of ways for you to get involved - or support our work. Please join us!

Photo by Richard Hallman

Rotary Golf Tournament Sunday, Sept 10 - good time, good cause

Rotary Golf Tournament Sunday, Sept 10 - good time, good cause

Join us at golf paradise - Hood River's iconic Indian Creek Golf Course - September 10 is our annual Rotary Golf tournament - now seeking golfers and teams.

We're also selling wine raffle tickets- lucky winners go home with cases of amazing local wines, Dakine Bags, Craftsman Compressor, Pendleton Whiskey gift basket, Stihl yard trimmer or electric bike rentals from Oregon Ebikes.

Proceeds benefit our local youth scholarship program and deserving charitable causes.

Come hang out - find our more about Hood River Rotary!

(9/1 update): We will be renaming this event the Don Benton Memorial Golf Tournament and we're opening a Don Benton Rotary charity fund to carry on his remarkable life of Service Above Self. More to come.

I mean, wow. Rough life!

I mean, wow. Rough life!

Can you believe we get to live in this beautiful place - give back - and golf? Join us at the September 10 Rotary Golf Tournament.

Now that's what I'm talking about....

It doesn't get any better than this!

It doesn't get any better than this!

Rock - and - ROLL Rotary!!!

It's a four man band - helping to celebrate a new year for Hood River Rotary with new President Erick Haynie at the helm.

Left to right: John Durkan, M.D.; Paul Thompson, Real Estate Broker; musician extraordinaire Tony Smiley and President Erick Haney - our hero!

Service project: Hood River Middle School

Service project: Hood River Middle School

It was a rainy, muddy day and there was a lot of elbow grease involved.

As always - spirits were high. We Rotarians like giving.

We were joined by Crestline Construction, a local firm that donated the big equipment, and a guy to run it. The rest of us Hood River Rotarians did the manual work. Digging, weeding, raking, hauling, dumping.

It felt good. We cleaned up the Track at Hood River Middle School before school started back up.

Thank you, Michael McElwee and Jack Miller, our Rotary Service Committee team leaders!  

(Not pictured - photographer Michael McElwee)

Rotary international exchange builds goodwill and better friendships

Rotary international exchange builds goodwill and better friendships

Hood River student Deylan Guidel, dressed in traditional dressy Indian fare, recently returned from a Rotary exchange in Nashik, Maharashtra India. There he lived with a local family and volunteered at an orphanage, then came home to graduate from Hood River Valley High School (HRV.)

Deylan applied his skill in art and video to convey messages of social justice and peace. He taught art to kids at the orphanage. Together, they created murals about world peace and friendship.

One of the Rotary four way tests of the things we think, say or do:
- Will it build good will and better friendships?

The Rotary exchange builds goodwill and world friendships - one person, one family, one community at a time. For a lifetime.

Making a two-way connection with India

Making a two-way connection with India

Two high school grads – one from Hood River – one from India. Both, Hood River Rotary exchange students. To- and from- India.

On the left, HRV grad Deylan Guidel who recently returned from a yearlong Rotary exchange to India.

On the right, Aryan Argrawal, a Rotary exchange student from India, who lived here and schooled at HRV, who’s now heading home from the US. Aryan skied Mount Hood, tried LaCrosse, went to a Timbers game and shared his infectious humor at Rotary events. He helped Hood River Rotary club dedicate a Peace Pole with the international message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” 

The Rotary youth exchange program builds good will and better friendships. Two ways. Across oceans, geography, ideology.

Photo: Barb Ayers

2017 Rotary scholarship winners

2017 Rotary scholarship winners

This exciting moment just happened June 1 - we awarded $32,000 in scholarships to these deserving local youth.

L to R: Rotary President Joe Guenther, Kloee Brown, Deyland Gudiel, Morgan Graves, Pico Sankari, Abigail Walker, Symeon Walker, Ricardo Valdoninos, Luke Holste and Rotary Scholarship Chairman Ken Apland.

Photo: Barb Ayers

Scholarships for local high school students to help them pursue their dreams

Scholarships for local high school students to help them pursue their dreams

This one is close to home. Every year, Hood River Rotary awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to local kids - our largest annual cause.

Because youth are the future of our planet.

Invest in them and you'll reap a lifetime of rewards.

Hood River Rotary Club

Hood River Rotary Club

A nonprofit community service organization since 1927. Serving the community of Hood River, Oregon. Supporting Rotary projects worldwide.

Roll up your sleeves...

Roll up your sleeves...

We're here to serve. 

Service project at Hood River Middle School, cleaning up the overgrown track, where kids run and jump and play.

This time, Service Committee Chair Mike McElwee is in the shot - fourth from the right - making sure we give credit to equipment sponsor Crestline Construction.

Hood River President Joe Guenther

Hood River President Joe Guenther

He's a dynamo - a financial planner - a husband, dad, son - and a committed community servant. He leads us through the sea of Rotary projects and keeps us on track each week.

A new Rotary President is installed each year. Joe was our leader for 2016-2017. 

In July 2017, a new President takes over, Erick Haynie. The leadership rotates through each year and you move up to the top spot after learning the other roles first.

Thank you, Joe for your amazing service.

Erick, we're here for you!

Rock and Roll Rotary!

Rock and Roll Rotary!

Can you believe we have our own rock band? What can we say - Rotarians have it going on.

All ages - all skills - bring it.

Rotary Rockers: Attorney, Real Estate Broker, Attorney, Doctor

Rotary Rockers: Attorney, Real Estate Broker, Attorney, Doctor

And all of them - talented in so many ways. We're thrilled to have so many dedicated community members like these - to give back to our community through club service. And they best part is, they entertain us along the way!

L to R: Legal eagle Johnson Dunn, Real Estate broker Paul Thompson (Past President,) attorney Erick Haynie (President Elect) and John Durkan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.

How's that for an all star musical team?

Rotary Club rockers - the original

Rotary Club rockers - the original

Our Rotary Club has 90 years of history. We're proud of that. Who knew we'd have rockers then - and now?

Photo courtesy: The History Museum of Hood River County

Our volunteers and members are multi-talented

Our volunteers and members are multi-talented

Savvy businessmen and women by day - talented in many other ways after hours.

L to R: Rotarians Ken Apland (jeweler)  and Doug Campbell (retired retail magnate) share their accoustical talents with us.

He's a winemaker, a business man and a singer, too

He's a winemaker, a business man and a singer, too

Meet Steve Bickford, owner of Mt. Hood Winery, pillar of our local community, Rotarian and... musician, too.

Crab feed - seafood extravaganza!

Crab feed - seafood extravaganza!

Every year in spring, we go all out for our members... the finest, freshest crab you can find... at the annual Rotary Crab feed. With an auction to raise funds for service projects and scholarships.

Join our club - having fun and serving our community, meeting people and making wonderful life long friends - it's what we're all about.

Did someone say Rotary Crab Fest?

Did someone say Rotary Crab Fest?

Oh yeah! The aftermath....

Women in Rotary

Women in Rotary

Here's former Rotary President Terri Vann, a retired school district executive. She's bidding on an auction item at our annual Crab Feed - the infamous Pendleton Roundup Party. There's nothing Terri wouldn't do to help our community...

Bowling for Kids Sake

Bowling for Kids Sake

Even if we aren't the world's best bowlers- we're always up for helping the community!

Here's our rad team from last year - Hood River Rotary bowlers in Bowl For Kids Sake, a benefit for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, a wonderful program managed by local nonprofit The Next Door.

We don't need tools - we crack crabs with our bare hands

We don't need tools - we crack crabs with our bare hands

Or at least this young and strong club President does!

Ok, just kidding. It's bread.

Joe Guenther breaking bread at our annual Rotary Crab Feed.