Hood River Rotary
Service above self
Rotary international exchange builds goodwill and better friendships

Hood River Rotary - community service

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.

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.

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

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)

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...

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.

Our annual ski night at Mt Hood Meadows

Our annual ski night at Mt Hood Meadows

You can get on the hill for a song!

Every year on MLK holiday in January, we partner with Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort to offer folks a low-cost lift ticket for an afternoon of skiing or boarding.

All proceeds go to support our local community causes - the largest of which each year is scholarships for local kids.

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.

Photo: Barb Ayers

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.

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.

Rotary women and dogs and ringing bells

Rotary women and dogs and ringing bells

We have a cross-town rivalry going every year 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!

Ahem Lions - we're proud to raise more than you - thank you for challenging us to a duel, where the community wins!

Rotarian Judy Dutcher and friends.

Did someone say women and dogs - and ringing bells?

Did someone say women and dogs - and ringing bells?

This is my crew - basset hounds really help bring home the dough for the Salvation Army when our Rotary Club rings the bell at the holidays.

- Rotary webmaster Barb Ayers and kids