We mourn the loss of a remarkable man and Rotarian - Don Benton
There are those people
that come along,
quite by accident
or maybe no accident at all.
They change your life
and the lives of all you know.
Just there for others, helping them on their way.
They are selfless,
the soul of the community.
Giving is what they do.
Giving - not for credit, but for joy - for the gift of giving.
They walk not with pride, but with humility.
They are the people we long to be.
- Rotarian Barb Ayers - see the full photo essay HERE
Read more about Don's life here.
We're renaming our annual Rotary 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.
Thank you Cardinal Glass
What a great local company - that supports our local community, local kids and Rotary Golf Tournament.
Thanks to Cardinal Glass, our golf tournament dollars raised go directly to support local kids pursuing their dreams.
Our biggest Rotary donation each year is scholarships for deserving kids. We could not do it without our sponsors.
Griffith Motors gives back
Griffith Motors dangles a little incentive to play your best game at the annual Rotary Golf Tournament - an amazing prize for a hole in one golfer.
Good luck, everyone!
Companies that give back - Hood River Garbage
Every year, generous sponsors help support Rotary events and causes. We couldn't do it without them.
Companies like Hood River Garbage step up to help us raise money that goes right back into the community.
Please support them for supporting us. We're in it together.
Peace and community service - one person, one country at a time
Local high school student Deylan Guidel was the 2016-17 Hood River Rotary exchange student to a small town in India. He lived with a local family and took his Rotary commitment to Service Above Self an extra step. He approached Adharashram Orphanage about teaching art to young residents. The result was a little bit of magic.
Deylan just returned and shared highlights of his trip abroad with Hood River Rotarians. Here's his YouTube.
For information on the orphanage visit: adharashram.org
Deylan is one reason why Rotary has long believed in youth exchanges and global peace projects in other countries. Building understanding- peace- and lifelong friendships, one person, one family at a time.
The Rotary work out
Also known as elbow grease. Here, the crew is cleaning up the courtyard and laying a new paved patio space for kids at Mid Valley Elementary School.
Photos: Rotarian Mike McElwee
hard working Rotary volunteers!
Prep work for the Mid Valley school courtyard project.
Photos: Rotarian Mike McElwee
Mid Valley school project
Rotarian John Kasberger and friends!
Awesome service volunteers!
Rotarians left to right:
Heidi Begot, Jack Miller (Service Committee Co Chair,) Dave Bick, John Kasberger, a school volunteer and Paul Crowley.
Photos: Rotarian Mike McElwee
A job well done!
Look at the finished courtyard improvement at Mid Valley Elementary ScHool. Go, Rotarians!
We installed our 2nd Peace Pole in Hood River this April
It's part of an international movement to remind everyone - we're all in this together. May Peace Prevail on Earth. Rotary works internationally to help promote and encourage peace.
Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.
Rotarians refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
2017 Peace Pole project
Rotarian Steve Schmidt led the project (left) as President Joe holds the Peace Pole we installed a couple weeks later at Jackson Park.
Hood River Peace Pole at Jackson Park
Installed and dedicated 4/21/17.
Photo: Rotarian Chelsea Marr
Hood River Peace Pole stands tall to remind us of a better way
The Hood River Peace Pole contains the message in eight different languages, representing the countries of our exchange students through the years. English, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, French, Indian, Danish, and Swiss.
Rotarians Left to right:
Steve Schmidt, Joe Guenther, Don Benton, Steve Wheeler and Aryan Argrawal, our Rotary exchange student from India.
Not pictured: Peace Committee member Chris Strader and photographer Chelsea Marr.
Rotary service project at Hood River Middle School.
The guy in the middle right, pointing at the tractor does most of the work- organizing - that's Michael McElwee, Exec. Director of Hood River Port. He's joined by hard-working committee Co Chair Jack Miller.
The rest of us just show up.
Rotarian Jon Davies ringing the bell for Salvation Army
In his spare time, when he isn't an insurance broker... or a Port Commissioner.
Santa is a Rotarian.
Of course he is!
Here he is, arriving from the North Pole to Hood River for our annual Rotary Kids Christmas Party.
Annual kids Christmas party!
One of the highlights each year is hosting a lunch with kids from local schools at the Rotary Kids Christmas Party.
Every kids goes home with a gift - and they give the gift of their youthful enthusiasm back to us. We adults go home with the real gift - that's Rotarian Dave Simon in the middle, enjoying the fun.
Photo: Rotarian Terri Vann
Thank you for helping us help our community.
Here in Hood River, across the county and abroad.
Rotary Ski night crew
Rotary helps support the Shelter Box program, which sends care packages to support families following disasters, world wide.
Here we are at Mount Hood Meadows, showcasing that work at Rotary Ski Night, led by Rotarian Mike Schock (Center, green jacket.)
At the same time, we get a lot of folks up skiing and boarding with our low cost lift ticket program on MLK holiday. And money raised goes right back into the community to support local Rotary causes and programs.
Helping local kids follow their dreams
These are high school grads who just won scholarships from our 2017 Rotary Scholarship Program - they won $32,000 in scholarships from Hood River Rotary!
It's a grueling application process - and we are always amazed by the talents that we find in deserving student each year. Talents we're happy to applaud - and support.
At our June 1 meeting, we met the winners. Pictured left to right: Rotary President Joe Guenther, Kloee Brown, Deyland Gudiel, Morgan Graves, Pico Sankari, Abigail Walker, Symeon Walker, Ricardo Valdoninos, Luke Holste and Rotary Scholarship Chair, Ken Apland.
Photo: Rotarian Barb Ayers