5110 in Action eNews

Corvallis Rotary and Rotaractors Make It Happen for Food Bank

By DGE Gerry Kosanovic Rotoractors stepped up to the plate this weekend by collecting 149 pounds of food, donating to the South Corvallis Food Bank. The October “Thanksgiving Food Drive” sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis also targeted St....

ROTARY NOW!/Leading Change: Polio Presentation Recorded

By DG Cindi O’Neil “PolioPlus in a COVID World” A Recording of our October 15 forum with RI General Secretary John Hewko and CDC Polio Scientist Dr. John Vertefeuille. Dear Rotarians: For those of you who missed the 1 ½-hour forum on Polio last Thursday evening...

D5110 BIZ OF THE WEEK: Musgrove Family Mortuaries and Cemeteries

By Bill Grile In 1911, Paul Harris wrote that Life in Rotary should be a rational mixture of business, civic activities, and good fellowship. He launched Rotary for like-minded business professionals to amplify their fellowship and through Rotary, to strengthen...

October Membership Forum: Fun Social Ideas to Engage Members

By Chris Waugh Our next District Membership Forum is Tuesday, October 20th at 10am via zoom. We will focus on Engagement through fun social events. This is an opportunity for clubs to share their challenges and solutions. This month’s facilitator is Julie Aubry. She...

#Rotary Steps Together Update

Thank you Rotarians for your continued support and for being a valued participant on the #RotaryStepsTogether campaign. The campaign is still going through Nov. 15. Below is a quick summary of what you and other #RotaryStepsTogether participants did over the last 7...

5110 Biz of the Week: Tiaras N Jewels and Jane Scheidecker

by Bill Grile Healthy businesses support engaged Rotarians, and engaged Rotarians produce vibrant Rotary clubs. This week’s Rotary Business Network Business of theWeek salutes Tiaras N Jewels and its owner, Eugene Rotary Club member Jane Scheidecker. Jane, a Rotarian...

Podcast: The Eugene Mission–Rotary Partners to Restore Lives

by DG Cindi O’Neil The Eugene Mission is so much more that a homeless shelter.  It is a place where people can feel safe, regain their health and mental wellbeing, and perhaps begin a new life of self-sufficiency and independence from extreme poverty. The Eugene...

Podcast: Rotary Responds to the Phoenix/Talent Fire

By DG Cindi O’Neil, Photo courtesy of Fox26Medford On Tuesday, Sept. 8 fire broke out just north of Ashland, OR. Firefighters were quickly overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the wind-fueled wildfire tearing north from Ashland along Interstate 5.  The towns of...

Albany Rotary Banners Honor Vets, First Responders

Story Courtesy of Alex Paul, Albany Democrat Herald In 2018, Sweet Home volunteers installed 40 large banners to honor local veterans through the community’s Hero Banner Project. Former Mayor Jim Gourley and his wife, Lisa, a current member of the council, got...

PolioPlus in a COVID World – 2 Top Presenters Oct. 15

by Paul Nicholson October is PolioPlus month, and the Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Rotary Now!/leading Change is set to bring you two outstanding presenters — John Hewko, the General Secretary and CEO of Rotary International, and Dr. John Vertefeuille, the Polio Eradication...

#RotaryStepsTogether going strong!

by Beth Sheehan 139 Racers so far!  $9,000 raised with 48 days to go!  #RotaryStepsTogether is up and running, biking, walking, golfing, swimming….and it’s a great time to register and get moving for the great month of Walk-tOber! With seven weeks left in this fun,...

District Celebration a Winner, DG Nominees Stump!

How do you have an Awards Celebration in COVID times when Rotarians can’t gather?  How do you recognize Rotarians for their extraordinary service? How do you hear candidates for the District Governor deliver their traditional stump speeches without an event? ...

Coos Bay – North Bend Rotary is Best of the South Coast

From Tim Novotny, The Coos Bay – North Bend Rotary Club has been voted favorite service club for the World Newspaper’s Best of the South Coast for 2020. The recognition, which is voted by the people in the community, will be part of an  upcoming special...

Rotary D5110 Night of Celebration

by Rick Olson Please Zoom In and join your Rotary Family for a night of celebration, awards and fellowship as we look back at our success during the last year. We will share projects, recognize Rotarians, Clubs and capture the passions you shared during the year. We...

Rotary Heroes at Eugene Delta

by Beth Sheehan With smoky skies and AQI exceeding 500 this week in Eugene, Delta Rotarians Gael Coyle and Kim Meyers prepared and delivered food to the Hosea Youth Center which is a resource day room for homeless youth living on the streets and riverbanks around Lane...

DISTRICT 5110 BIZ OF THE WEEK: KGAL/KHSO Radio – Charlie Eads

by Bill Grile Healthy businesses support engaged Rotarians, and engaged Rotarians produce vibrant Rotary clubs. D5110 weekly announces a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Rotary Business Network (RBN) Directory. This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION...

5110 Fire Relief Fund gains media support

by Judy Corwin From Curry County to Bend, Oregon to Houston, Texas, Rotary 5110’s Fire Relief Fund earned media attention.  Matt Hall published front page stories — Rotary establishes fire relief fund for victims — in four newspapers in Coos and...

5110 creates wildfire relief fund

by District Governor Cindi O’Neil To contribute: rotaryd5110disasterassistance@gmail.com In response to the catastrophic loss of homes, businesses, and livelihoods for many Oregonians, Rotary has established a District- wide Fire Relief Fund to help victims of...

Southern Oregon Clubs Uniting Quickly To Rebuild Their Own

by LeAnn Mobley The Rotary clubs of southern Oregon are collaborating with other organizations and local governments to rebuild what was lost in the Almeda/Glendower, Obenchain and surrounding fires. Their efforts will be focused on immediate disaster relief as well...

5110 Biz of the Week: James F. Wright

by PDG Bill Grile This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION visits the Rotary Club of Lebanon and honors Rotarian James F. Wright and his company, Alika Media Group. James is President of Lebanon Rotary this year. Check out Alika Media...

Zoom Social Hour for DG Candidates and Interested Members

Register now for the Zoom Social Hour for DG Candidates and Interested Members this Monday Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. We wish to invite you to a PDG Social Hour Zoom Meeting with past district governors and potential candidates. Our goal is to give any Rotarian an...

Holding Engaging Meetings – Topic of Membership Forum

By Chris Waugh As requested by the participants last month, we will focus on “Holding Engaging Meetings” at the next District Membership Forum on Tuesday, September 15 at 10am. This is an opportunity for clubs to share their challenges and solutions. This month’s...

5110 Biz of the Week: River Cities Realty – Ann and Bruce Parker

The Rotary Business Network is really catching on with some of our D5110 clubs? Why not yours? This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION visits the South Coast to honor Ann and Bruce Parker and their business, River Cities Realty, Inc. The Parkers are a D5110...

Ashland Community Garden Provides 6000 Pounds of Produce

by Cindi O’Neil Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ashland volunteer at their community garden each year from early March through October, providing much needed fresh produce to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. The Rotary garden donations provide nutritious...

Get Registered for Rotary Steps Together!

by Cindi O’Neil On Sept.15, the great #ROTARYSTEPSTOGETHER virtual fundraiser begins! It’s time for members to sign up to raise funds for your Club, the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, and Wildfire Relief Fund! You can walk, run, bike, hike, golf, or whatever activity...

5110 BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Ashland Food Coop and Emile Amarotico

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION stays in Southern Oregon and honors Ashland Food Coop and its general manager, Emile Amarotico. Emile was sponsored by PDG Tim Bewley and serves as this year’s President of the Ashland Rotary Club. From its humble...

#RotaryStepsTogether offers sponsor opportunity

On Sept. 15, Rotary District 5110 launches #RotaryStepsTogether, a virtual fund-raiser for 3,500 Rotarians and 68 clubs from throughout southwest and central Oregon, and Northern California.  Websites, flyers, emails, social media, and individual club activities are...

Get Ready to Step, Together that is

Are you wondering how your Rotary Club can raise funds for your Club service projects and the Rotary Foundation during these social-distancing times?  We have an answer to that — let’s go virtual.   This is a great opportunity to work together while staying six...

Rotary Now!/Leading Change Follow up

Aimee Walsh, District Governor Nominee, led a conversation about Committing to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the first ROTARY NOW!/Leading Change session.  As a follow-up, she offers a list of books, a film and Rotary International links that can be shared....

District Gov 2023-24 Nominations in Process

As the Chair of the District 5110 2020-21 Nominating Committee, on behalf of District Governor Cindi O’Neill, I am calling for Nominations for the 2023-24 District 5110 Governor. The call for nominations will close on September 23, 2020 in accordance with the District...

DISTRICT 5110 BUSINESS OF THE WEEK:  Lee Eckroth and Majordomo

Have you noticed that our Rotary Business Network is really catching on with some of our D5110 clubs?  This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION returns to an engaged and dedicated Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis:  Lee Eckroth and Majordomo – The...

70+ Rotarians Registered for Rotary Now!/Leading Change

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, Aug. 20 for the opening session of the Rotary Now!/Leading Change series.  The evening, by Zoom, begins at 7 p.m. and features District Governor Nominee Aimee Walsh, who serves as the CEO of Direction Service, where she is...

Express Grant Forms on website

Rotary Clubs interested in applying for 2020-21 District Express Grants can do so in three categories:  literacy, growing the Rotary brand, and new member engagement. Forms are available on the website at the links below. Literacy Express Grant Request Grow the Rotary...

World Bicycle Relief program

by Heather Edwards Eugene Metro welcomed World Bicycle Relief to their club this week. These innovative philanthropists specially design bikes and assemble them locally – specifically in rural developing parts of the world. They are forward thinkers –...

The Environment: Is this part of your club’s future?

by Nikki Rizzardini, Rotary Club of Springfield Twin Rivers In February 2018, then RI President Ian Riseley hosted an Environmental Sustainability and Peace Conference in beautiful Vancouver BC. I was delighted to encounter Cindi O’Neil at that conference and connect...

#Rotary Steps Together starts Sept. 1

Wondering how your Rotary club can raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and your club service projects during these social-distancing times?  We have a great opportunity to work together…..while apart!  Get ready for #RotaryStepsTogether! Beginning Sept. 1 and...

Speakers Bureau now has 20 club meeting program options

by Beth Sheehan Looking for GREAT club programs as the weeks ZOOM by?  These challenging times provide a unique opportunity to enjoy club programs from speakers near and far using ZOOM and the District 5110 Speakers Bureau.  We are building a list of club speakers and...

DISTRICT 5110 BIZ OF THE WEEK:  Michael McGowen and GK Soundbooth

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Michael McGowen and GK Soundbooth, Inc. in Lakeview.  Mike McGowen is a dedicated and engaged Rotarian, serving this year as President of Lakeview Rotary Club.  GK Soundbooth, Inc. is an innovative company that...

Engage with ROTARY NOW!/Leading Change

Paul Nicholson of Ashland Rotary is at it again!  The district’s training coordinator, who led the virtual Club Training Assembly, has been tasked with launching a brand new program titled Rotary Now!/Leading Change. The program is an outgrowth of the Rotary...

Is a fellow Rotarian you know the next District Governor Nominee?

Are you a leader with a passion for Rotary? Could you be the next District Governor? If so, watch this space and stay tuned! District 5110 has a long history of outstanding leadership at the district level. You may be the one to continue that tradition by becoming the...

Rotary friendship ties are strong

Story by Camille Ronzio All partners for Rotary Friendship Exchanges for 2020 have been contacted and new tentative dates for 2021 are included in the attached calendar. All dates depend on the path of the virus but for planning purposes, these are our commitments. If...

Eugene Southtowners Featured On KVAL-TV as People of Action

Eugene Southtowne Rotarians haven’t let the pandemic stop them from continuing their Club’s strong commitment to service.  Just the opposite.  Last week KVAL-TV highlighted the incredible work the Club has been doing feeding the underserved in the community. Since the...

Southtowne Rotary responds: food boxes

Story by Deanna Rivera Food insecurity has never been a bigger problem in our community, and there has simply never been a more important time to help our neighbors in need. Southtowne Rotary has responded by partnering with donors and community organizations like the...

Rotarian Polio Survivor Featured on Portland TV

Our very own Greater Bend Rotary member, Cort Vaughn, polio survivor and former PolioPlus Zone 26/27 Coordinator was interviewed on KATU News.  Worth putting this in the eNews I think!  Cort is also well known for his fabulous fundraiser called “Pints for Polio” in...

Rotary clubs to lead provocative issues conversation

A year full of provocative topics will be discussed by Rotary Clubs in District 5110, promises Paul Nicholson, District Trainer from the Rotary Club of Ashland. The topics will be part of a new virtual series titled Rotary Now!/leading Change.  Each month,...

Group Cultural Exchange with Rae LaMarche

District 5110 is proud to announce a Group Cultural Exchange (formerly Group Study Exchange) with District 9400 in Africa. A team of 3-4 team members plus a team leader will travel to District 9400 in April 2021, just in time to celebrate their district’s 100th...

Rotary Now!/Leading Change

Rotary District 5110 will launch a monthly conversation in August titled Rotary Now!/Leading Change.  The monthly program offers conversation, not training, of important topics and issues where Rotary club members are leading the way to solutions.  Paul Nicholson of...

Zoom Fatigue?  Innovative ideas from the field

District Governor Cindi O’Neil has heard some cool ideas recently from clubs trying new ways to make meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic fun, memorable, and all the while serving their communities too! Rotarian Ron Chandler of the Rotary Club of Lincoln City...

DOING GOOD ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD

Two Global Grants approved July 11 at the Quarterly Global Grants Workshop address Maternal and Child Health and are focused on increasing the capacity of the existing infrastruture. “None of this is possible without the wonderful donations of Rotarians to The...

5110 B2B OF THE WEEK:  Meme Tenold and A Visitor’s Haven, LLC

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Meme Tenold and her affordable rental home in Springfield.  A Visitor’s Haven is a spacious and thoroughly clean home purposefully designed to calm and comfort out-of-town patients and their families before, during,...

Calendar improved on District Website

The Public Image/Communications Committee begins a comprehensive upgrade to the District website this week through the end of summer. The first improvement is the homepage navigation and the calendar. The calendar is now interfaced with the DACdb calendar and can be...

Rotary Now! / Leading Change

Tired of training?  Prefer a conversation instead?  Then this program is for you. Rotary District 5110 will launch a monthly conversation August 20 titled Rotary Now!/Leading Change.  The 7 p.m. program will be virtual on Zoom and anyone can join in to listen or...

Grants meeting supports global, district efforts

A total of 100 Rotary club members registered for the quarterly district grants workshop held virtually on Saturday, July 11.  District Governor Cindi O’Neil shared her message of giving to the Foundation and how it supports so many service projects worldwide....

Lebanon shares grant project

Lebanon Rotary Club was awarded a $500 Express Grant in 2019-20 to create a Pollinator Habitat Garden at Porter Community Park. Three club members — Peggy Sweet, Diane Meiner, and Elaine Timm — initiated the project, writing a grant proposal, then met with...

B2B: Bruce Garrett and Archive-CD

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Bruce Garrett and Archive-CD, which offers affordable services for protecting your company and family records from disaster.  Archive-CD will transform your most important records, your paper files, 35mm slides,...

New D5110 online program announced

This week District Governor Cindi O’Neil announced a new online learning program called, ROTARY NOW! / Leading Change. The program will bring Rotarians the opportunity to study contemporary topics and share views about these in a facilitated, online interactive format...

District Governor Cindi O’Neil, Rotary Club of Bend

Cindi joined Rotary in 2002 after being invited to serve as a volunteer on several local and international projects. The service opportunities provided by Rotary broadened her perceptions of her community and the culturally diverse world we inhabit.  Service provided...

Canopy Mortgage and Kent Neumann, Business of the Week

Each week, D5110 will announce a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Business-To-Business (B2B) directory. This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Kent Neumann and Canopy Mortage.  Kent is a a Board Member of the Rotary Club of Bend and a top...

New RI focus: Environment

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have added a new area of focus: supporting the environment. More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years....

W.H.O. declares Nigeria wild polio free

According to a June 19, 2020, news story in The Guardian, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Nigeria free of wild polio, following the completion of documentation for the free status.  Rotary International shared news last September about the...

Big Week for Rotary: Thank you Rick and Barbara

The week  is a big one for Rotary at the International and District levels.  While we are underway with the Virtual International Convention that began last Saturday and ends this Friday, June 26, the 5110 District Annual Business meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday), June...

Medford scholarship students share future goals

The Medford Rogue Rotary Foundation has awarded 11 scholarships to high school graduates representing seven different high schools in the greater Medford area. The scholarships are renewable. For the 2020-21 scholastic year the foundation will have a total of 40...

Two fellows carry on District peace fellowship program

Since 2010-11, District 5110 has sponsored 18 successful candidates for fellowships, four for master’s degrees including from Rotary Peace Centers in Tokyo, Queensland, and Uppsala, and 14 for the certificate program. The District’s current Peace Fellow studying...

Rotaractor’s Power Business

You have to meet this team. These are the next generation Rotarians building your future, starting with the Rotary District 5110 Business Directory (www.5110b2b.org). The business directory is here to not only help you find Rotarians to work with, but also build a...

Help us meet the Gates Match Challenge

Donate your lunch money ($10 or more*) at endpolio.org/donate by June 30.  Get the latest update on polio eradication from Johrita Solari, Rotary International Director, Brenda Cressey, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, Michael McGovern, RI Polio Chair, along...

Business of the Week:  Processing for Good, Alan Underkofler

Each week, D5110 will announce a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Business-To-Business (B2B) directory. This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Alan Underkofler and his inovative company  Processing for Good, a socially...

Even the RI Convention Goes Virtual June 20-26

Join Rotary during the 2020 Virtual Convention, 20-26 June, for activities beyond the general sessions that will get you moving, help you get involved, and connect you with members from around the world. You can: Stay active with the Rotary Walking Challenge. Track...

In what kind of world do you want to live?

Corona -19  has made more changes in our lives overt he last three months than many of us thought possible.  As we slowly transition back to an more open economy, are we now going back to the same world or do we have a chance for positive, meaningful change?  Join...

TRF Giving to date in this challenging Year

An open letter from TRF Chair Tim Mobley: This Rotary year ends in just a few days, less than 15 days to be exact. Please consider donating to The Rotary Foundation and/or PolioPlus prior to July 1st. Currently Rotary has saved 2,526 lives through total giving,...

LAST CALL: Nominations due 6.30.2020

District 5110 has a long history of outstanding leadership and volunteer commitment at the international, district, and club levels.  Each year, we have an opportunity to recognize individuals and clubs that distinguish themselves through their exemplary acts of...

BUSINESS OF THE WEEK:  Sherpa Wealth Strategies

Each week, D5110 will announce a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Business-To-Business (B2B) directory. This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Brian Stallcop and Sherpa Wealth Strategies, LLC, which offers comprehensive financial planning and...

Club Training Assembly Sees a Record Attendance

Following the cancellation of the planned May 1 District 5110 Club Training Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as District Training Coordinator, I teamed with PDG John Bushnell and DGE Cindi O’Neil, and created a training assembly on a virtual platform. ...

Business of Week: Reece & Associates, Inc.

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Reece & Associates, Inc., along with a shout out to our very own Past District Governor Dave Reece.  It was Dave’s prompting, four years ago, to come up with some way to recognize and promote those doing...

Medford’s Hope Village

On May 27, a new building arrived at Hope Village, in Medford, Oregon. The building was actually two tiny houses joined in one structure. The $20,000 needed to purchase it was raised by donations from members of the Medford Rogue Rotary Club. Hope Village is operated...

Jacksonville-Applegate completes water projects

The Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club has supported multiple clean water projects in Tanzania over the years. Their most recent project was to provide clean water, toilets, and hand-washing facilities for the kindergarten in Oltepesi Village near Longido. This...

Rotary District 5110 in the News

Several news organizations — most recently the Bend Bulletin and Free for All News of Lane County — have published articles about Rotary District 5110 and our clubs efforts to support the many activities to help during COVID-19.  From making masks to hand...

Guidelines for resuming club meetings

Rotary District 5110 is part of the Big West Zone of Rotary, known as Rotary Zone 26-27.  The Zone has published GUIDELINES for clubs to consider before resuming meetings during COVID-19.  Thank you for your attention to these details. DG Rick Olson...

Listen to ALL the 4-Way Test Speeches

One of our District’s most anticipated and rewarding events is the annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest. This year a record twenty-nine (29) Rotary Clubs registered intent to hold a 4-Way Test Speech Contest with the active participation of local high school...

DG Cindi Announces Partial List of 20-21 Committee Leaders

First of all, thanks to all who have agreed to serve District 5110 as a District Committee Chair, Officer, or Representative for your support and leadership for our 66 Clubs and 3,300+ Rotarians. There are currently a few other open District positions listed at RI...

B2B is Promotional Products Northwest

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Gwen DeBernardi and her buisness, Promotional Products Northwest.  Gwen will help you put your event or business logo on just about anything:  shirts, hats, cups, pens, notepads, banners, name badges… anything. Gwen...

A heart-wrenching plea: Water dries up in District 5110 grant village

Frances Dixon “We are desperate,” cried village leader Alonso Velasquez to Rotarian Frances Dixon during a recent phone call. “We have no water, none. Can you help us?” The State of Jefferson’s eRotary Club District Grant signature project, Let’s Leave No Girl Behind*...

5110 Answers the COVID Call: dedicates $312K

by Mike Corwin The 3,300 Rotary members in the 66 central and southern Oregon as well as northernmost California clubs have raised more than $312,000 and invested thousands of volunteer hours to meet the hunger, safety and economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic....

Rotary Club of Eugene Helps Fight Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts

by Jennifer Geller, Rotary Club of Eugene The Rotary Club of Eugene joins other clubs in stepping up to serve people hardest hit by COVID-19. Club efforts include creatively retooling an existing program during the shutdown and giving generously to a range of other...

Need hand sanitizer?

Peggy Carlaw,, Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary No hand sanitizer available anywhere? That’s no problem for the Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club As part of the express grant for new member engagement, club members stepped up and created sanitizer in a home “lab.” Using...

Virtual District Celebrates DG Rick’s YTD

It was around this time that we’d have just returned from a great weekend in Springfield, celebrating District Governor Rick’s year with a great weekend of meetings, trainings, solid speakers and Rotary networking energy. Undeterred, more than 130 District...

Hidden Valley HS Interact Overcomes Social Distancing

By Gabrielle DiMatteo Social Distancing is tough when all you want to do is go change the world and support your community!  But nothing can stop the Hidden Valley High School (HVHS) Interact club. The club continues to meet every first and third Thursday via zoom....

DISTRICT 5110 B2B OF THE WEEK:  Uplink Spyder, Inc.

This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to Eugene-based UPLINK SPYDER, Inc., whose principal is Eugene Southtowne Rotarian Deanna Rivera.  Deanna is one of B2B’s early adopters.  She recognizes the benefit of promoting her web marketing and public image...

A global event: COVID-19 #Rotary Responds

By various District 5110 contributors on Friday, April 24, 2020 We should open by thanking all Rotarians for their service through these challenging, unchartered times of COVID-19. Making masks, delivering supplies, feeding health care workers, first responders and...

DG Rick Olson honored with industry work nomination

Oregon’s chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) nominated long-time chapter member Rick Olson as the chapter’s nominee for the National Top 10 Public Works Leader Award. Although Olson was not one of the 10 people selected in this...

From rum to sanitizer, a Rotary Club lends a hand

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. The Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club is putting their money where their mouth is during this time of COVID-19. When word quickly reached some...

Disaster Relief Grant info

Coincidentally a Rotarian in California has stepped up with the blessing of RI and created a website to train Rotarians how to be medical assistants to do exactly what you are suggesting.  Click on this website.   After the online training you are a Certified Nursing...

DISTRICT 5110 BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: Star Automotive in Grants Pass

Each week, D5110 will announce a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Business-To-Business (B2B) directory. This week’s BUSINESS OF THE WEEK RECOGNITION goes to STAR AUTOMOTIVE in Grants Pass, whose principal is Rogue Gateway Rotarian Jim Lefeber. Star...

Springfield Club Promotes Exchange Student Recipes

Springfield Rotary Exchange Student Liïsa Sarkïo has prepared a booklet of recipes from her native Finland. In a normal year, these would have been shared with the club at a year-end fundraising dinner for her year-end trip. The trip was cancelled; the dinner was...

Corvallis Club Responds to Homeless Student Needs

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in Corvallis, the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation ramped up its homeless student outreach program to help ensure emergency food security and housing stability for those most vulnerable students and their families. The...

Redmond Rotary Continues to Serve Its Community

The Rotary Club of Redmond has been all about serving local first responders under Club President Marv Kaplan is recent weeks. They provided 120 meals to St Charles Hospital and delivered 200 N95 masks to the Redmond Police Department and Redmond Fire and Rescue....

Points and Pride for DGN Kosanovic

February 6, 2020, was a special moment when I witnessed my brother Joe’s induction to the Rotary Club of Redmond. Speaking to the three inductees that day, Club President Marvin Kaplan referred with pride to the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) banner which contained the...

5110 B2B of the week:  Mary Reynolds Insurance LLC

Each week, D5110 will announce a “Business of the Week” featured in the D5110 Business-To-Business (B2B) directory.  This week’s Business of the Week Recognition goes to Mary Reynolds Insurance LLC, whose principal is Illinois Valley (Cave Junction) Rotarian Mary...

Could Your Stimulus Check Best Land With TRF?

Fellow Rotarians, since fewer people read newspapers, my guess is that not many saw Amy Dickinson’s ASK AMY advice column the other day. A writer said “Right now, I don’t need a stimulus check. Since I’ll get one anyway, what can I do with it...

Newport Rotary Doles Out Funds to aid local COVID effort

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads uncertainty and hardship around the world, Rotary members are engaged in their communities, gathering for projects and offering help to those in need. In response to this crisis, the Rotary Club of Newport has pledged the following to...

New email address for District “Tell Us Your Story” form

You’ve sent us great stories during this Rotary year and to assure their receipt you’ve sent them to several sites, including our personal e-mails.  We’ve been looking to consolidate and make one home for your emails to make sure we don’t miss...

Rotary Foundation needs your support

“At our current level of giving, Rotary’s grant funds will take a 30 percent reduction, ” shared District TRF Chair Tim Mobley at April’s remote District Grant Workshop. In three years, this could translate to a reduction in available District...

Jacksonville-Applegate Club tackling mask needs

by Peggy Carlaw Members and friends of the Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club are busy sewing over 100 masks for the residents of Pioneer Village, the retirement home in Jacksonville. The residents are maintaining social distance and are looking forward to being able...

5110 BIZ OF THE WEEK: Middle East Perspectives by Rick Francona

by PDG Bill Grille Rick Francona is one of B2B’s early adopters. He recognizes the benefit of promoting his business to other Rotarians through the B2B Directory with a Gold subscription costing only $45 for a full year. Check out Rick’s business. Every D5110 Rotarian...

Polio Plus Responding to the Covid-19 Challenge

by Chuck Root A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the Covid-19 pandemic.  The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) which includes Rotary’s PolioPlus program.   From the earliest days of polio eradication...

Redmond Rotary Feeds Local Hospital Morale

By Marv Kaplan The Rotary Club of Redmond (OR) just completed the first of 4 Covid-19 related Community projects. Three of these endeavors delt with providing meals. There is a secondary reason for reaching our to the community in this manner. This has to do with...

Greater Corvallis Rotary Assists Senior Centers

Some Greater Corvallis Rotary magic came to the area’s senior centers Monday as Eric Ely and his wonderful wife, Regina, made deliveries of much needed snacks, entertainment, games and hand sanitizer to eight local senior homes all while exercising social...

75 Rotarians participate in virtual April 4 Grants Meeting

The Quarterly Grants Meeting was held via GoToWebinar on April 4th.   The District Rotary Foundation Committee thanks the 75 attendees who attended ”live”, there was lots of information sharing and the committee approved a global grant by the Jacksonville-Applegate...

Coos Bay Club helps make garden boxes for kids’ nutrition

From a Coos Bay World article by Amanda Linares There’s something special about growing your own food. It’s a feeling Dr. Steven Shimotakahara wanted to share with others some time ago. Dr. Shimotakahara, the chairman of the board of the North Bend Medical...

More Heroes: Great Victories for Coquille and Redmond Clubs

This from Bruce Parker of the Coquille Club:  Because of the hardship caused by the quarantine and not being able to meet as a club, the restaurant that hosts our Coquille Club meetings has been forced to close. We as Rotarians decided to pay the monthly rent for as...

Clubs Find Ways in Face of COVID-19

As we have all experienced, the world is rapidly changing around. One that hasn’t changed is the can-do spirit and willingness to lead from Rotarians. With an itch to make an impact, members from the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis recently met via Zoom for the...

Rotary Biz 2 Biz: another service in these times

Is your business continuing operation during these stay-at-home times? A service provided that needs to be known by your fellow Rotarians? Restaurant take-out or other essential service that would benefit from Rotarian word-of-mouth?  Rotary was originated with the...

April 4 Grants Meeting goes remote

The Mobley’s will not be deterred by Covid-19 when it comes to global grants.  The April 4 Quarterly Grants Meeting will be held ONLINE at GOTOWEBINAR. The meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by the Executive Committee meeting from 1 to 3....

Rotary Heroes: Opportunities to voice service success over virus

The homepage of the District Website has changed.  A new section, called Rotary Heroes:  Covid-19,  has been added.  It is place for clubs to tell us about service projects and volunteer efforts to help our communities.  Included is this new section is the opportunity...

Rotarians Called to Make Surgical Masks

 Rotarians serving Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City & Newport are well positioned to assist with an urgent community need as a result of COVID-19. Samaritan Health Services (SHS), like all of our nations’ health systems, are in need of surgical masks. This...

COVID-19 Update from District 5110 DG Rick Olson

COVID-19 Update from District 5110 Happy St Patty’s Day to all … May the luck of the Irish fall upon us. Your D5110 leadership team is constantly reviewing the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak and considering how we as Rotary can help in the process of...

Whitlock Shines; Thank you Eva

On Tuesday, I was honored to attend with DGN Gerry Kosanovic, PDG Bill and Linda Grile, several other visiting club presidents and assistant governors, the Rotary Club of Coosbay/Northbend where Club President Eva Shimotakahara invited Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first...

President Elect Training helps form our future as Rotarians

On February 19, over 600 Rotary Club President Elects arrived in Seattle for Pacific Northwest PETS training. As the largest PETS program in the world, our club’s future leaders had the opportunity to network with fellow District, Zone and International peers...

Nominations sought for District Awards

It’s time to recognize outstanding leaderhip, service and volunteerism in Rotary District 5110.  Awards that examplify acts of “Service Above Self” will be named at the District Celebration, May 1-3 in Eugene.  Awards for Avenues of Service, District...

District Celebration, May 1-3, focuses on Youth

Youth — Our Bridge to the Future is the theme for this year’s District Celebration, May 1-3 in Eugene.  The Celebration will combine two previous events — the Club Training Assembly on Friday, May 1 and the District Conference, May 2-3.  The...

Grants Pass Interactors raise nearly $25k for Thirst Project.

Water is a human right and three Interact clubs – North Valley, Hidden Valley, and Grants Pass High Schools – put their money where they believe by raising nearly $25,000 for “Thirst Project,” Interact’s international district project....

Rotarians Join NID India Team to Help in Fight Against Polio

Springfield Rotarian Rae LaMarche joined other Rotary District 5110 Rotarians, Cort Vaughan and his wife, (Rotary Club Greater Bend); Sherry Neuman (Jacksonville Applegate Rotary Club); and Rotarians from California, Washington, and Wisconsin in the 2020 National...

Springfield Rotary Awards Grants for Six Local Projects

Following a request for grant funding, Springfield Rotary selected six projects for immediate funding, totaling $16,934. The club is continuing to review opportunities for additional funding that will have a positive impact on the community, promote Rotary, and fit...

Do you know a potential Peace Fellow?

Rotarians have dedicated time, energy and money to training Peace Fellows for 18 years. In large part to our own Carol Fellows, our district has sponsored 18 successful applicants.  This is a program that does not require club contributions and we are not limited in...

Empowering the next generation in Zambia

THE MOST SATISFYING THING I HAVE EVER DONE !!! Jim Green, Grants Pass new Assistant Governor, has been involved with many projects around the world.  So it was amazing to hear him say that helping Brenda Mkandwire, a local young woman from Zimba, was one of the...

Register Now for the April 4 Quarterly Grants Meeting

The April 4th Quarterly Grants meeting will be held in Florence at the Driftwood Shores Resort. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with the goal to be finished by 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided to attendees at no charge. The District Rotary Foundation Executive Committee meets...

Few tickets left for Redmond’s Daddy-Daughter Dance, Feb. 15

Only 20 tickets remain for the Daddy-Daughter Dance, hosted by the Rotary Club of Redmond on Feb. 15.  The event is nearly sold out for the sixth year in a row, says Marvin Kaplan, club president.  Interested parties, on a first come basis, should contact Kaplan at...

RYLA Applications forms updated

Youth interested in applying for the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, known as RYLA, can find new 2020 forms available on the District 5110 website.  Click on Get Involved/Youth/RYLA to find this update forms.  The new forms include the RYLA Camper Billing to Clubs...

Register Now for March Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Bend

Learn about Rotary in an intimate session of 25-30 individuals at the Rotary Leadership Institute, March 21-22 in Bend, OR.  PDG Bill Grile shares that RLI offers a unique opportunity that you won’t find at Club Training Assembly or District Conference.  At RLI,...

New Rotary Springs Satellite Club chartered

District 5110’s first satellite club, the Rotary Springs Satellite Club of Eugene Southtowne, chartered on January 7th, 2020 at the Springs at Greer Gardens retirement community. Long-time Rotarians Mary and Jay O’Leary, Dick and Sally Briggs, and Gary Brown started...

New Rotaract members inducted at OSU

The Rotary world of service has just added three new student members. Congratulations to the Oregon State University Rotaract Club for inducing three members on Jan. 12. They are pictured (l-r) Olivia Crisp, Brad Stein, and Catie Boucher. Each was provided with a...

Rogue Valley After Five Rotary is 10-years-old

The Rogue Valley After Five Rotary Club will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the LARKS Kitchen & Cocktails on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The celebration will include live music, a no-host bar, appetizers and fellowship.  “We’ve...

Polio eradication fund raiser scheduled for February

The Rogue Valley After Five Rotary Club will be doing its part to eradicate polio with a fund raiser, Poker for Polio 2020, on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 5 to 11 p.m. at the Rogue River Valley University Club in Medford. Club President Eric McLaughlin says this is the 8th...

Only 5 spaces left for January RLI in Medford

Only five spaces are left for the upcoming January 25-26 Rotary Leadership Institute in Medford. To register for January, click here to go to the dacdb registration.  You can also attend the Bend RLI, scheduled for March in Bend. To register for March, click here....

Quarterly Grants Meeting, Jan. 11 in Medford.

It is not too late to register for the Quarterly Grants Meeting scheduled Jan. 11 in Medford.  At the grants meeting, club personnel learn to apply for quarterly grants for their special projects that are supported by the District and matched by the District...

1st Woman Rotary President to speak in Oregon

Mark your calendars for March 2-3.  Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, the first female Rotary President, will be in Coos Bay-North Bend, On March 2, she will speak at an evening lecture at Southwestern Oregon Community College.  She will present a program for the Coos Bay-North...

Sisters Rotary offers Winter Scene Holiday Cards

The Rotary Club of Sisters provides scholarships for graduating seniors who display outstanding values and actions, ust like Rotarians, who are People of Action helping others in the community and around the world. Sales of Holiday Christmas cards supports this...

Festival of Trees funds Coos Bay-North Bend community grants

Rotary’s  spirit of giving in Coos Bay- North Bend Rotary Club is the club’s Festival of Trees. Trees and wreaths were elaborately decorated on Tuesday, Dec. 2  to be auctioned off in a live dinner auction at the Mill Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 11.  Trees donated...

Coos Bay- N. Bend Rotary shares spirit of giving

In its 18th year, the K-DOCK and Rotary Bus Jam takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7. This new toy and food drive serves families in need in Coos County and the Reedsport area during the holidays. In partnership with K-DOCK radio, Rotarians and their families, friends and...

Register Today: 4-Way Test Speech Contest

As we prepare for the December holidays, it is also an opportunity to look ahead to 2020 club activities.  One activity that resonates with both Rotary’s Youth Service and Vocational Service is the annual 4-Way Test Speech contest.   District 5110 clubs are encouraged...

Lane Edition of NW Magazine to focus on Rotary

Jennifer Geller, President of the Eugene Rotary Club, has been interviewed by Northwest 50 Plus Magazine for a Rotary article in the Lane edition. The quarterly publication will write about Lane County Rotaries with hopes to include all of Eugene’s clubs, said...

Rotaractors travel to Big West in Vancouver, B.C.

Big West Rotaract is Multi District Information Organization in Rotary International with districts ranging from Hawaii to Arizona to Alaska and British Columbia. It offers both an Institute every July for incoming board members, president elects, and governor elects,...

How to create peace through the District’s Peace Scholar Program

This year District 5110 is sponsoring two scholars.  Both are dedicated to making the world more peaceful: Chimwemwe Kumwenda is studying Public Health and Peace as a Rotary Peace Fellow at our Peace Institute located on the Duke/UNC campuses. She is a medical doctor...

Rotary provides solar for Medford’s Hope Village

by Nick Morgan of the Medford Mail Tribune Thanks to the efforts of approximately 20 members of Medford Rogue Rotary Club, Hope Village residents transitioning out of homelessness in Medford now have another comfort of home. They installed south-facing solar panels on...

Holidays are a Rotary opportunity: Send us yours

by Mike Corwin The Holiday season is about opportunity for Rotary in its communities.  What is your club doing this December to serve those in need of the Holiday spirit?  Describe your activities in 75 words or less and send them to us for a District compilation of...

November is Rotary Foundation month

Each time I give to The Rotary Foundation I am reminded of the words of Past Rotary International President Richard King: “each donation of $1000 will save four lives.” Not all of us have the means to give $1,000, but most of us might afford $20 per month or $250 a...

Joe Vincent named Linn County AG

On behalf of the D5110 leadership team, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Vincent as our newest Assistant Governor to our team. Joe will be taking over for Bruce Allen, who recently resigned his position due to work commitments. Joe is a past president...

RI Project Fair, Feb. 14-15 in Bolivia; Projects sought

Rotary International Clubs Projects Fair, which will be held on February 14-15, 2020, in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia. For more information about the Project Fair, we invite you to visit our website: https://www.rotaryprojectsfire.org. At the event, Rotary will...

Oregon Rotary Model UN program 2019-2020

As many of you may know, Rotarian leaders were active promoters and advisors during the establishment of the United Nations (UN) and Rotary continues to be a major partner with the UN  (https://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations).  As a consequence of...

World Interact Week, Nov. 4-10

Celebrate World Interact Week this 4-10 November with nearly half a million Interact club members around the world! How will you share the power of Interact and celebrate this special occasion? Here are daily ideas you can use to join the party:  Learn More:...

Assistant Governors learn what it takes

Assistant Governors from around the district met in Springfield, Oct. 26,  to learn “what it takes” to do their jobs. “How great to be in a room with an assemblage of dedicated District 5110 volunteers–I appreciate working with all of...

Aimee Walsh nominated District Governor for 2022-2023

On behalf of the District, the District 5110 Nominating Committee is pleased to formally announce and put forth the name of Aimee Walsh, a member of the Rotary Club of Eugene Metropolitan, to serve as District Governor in the year 2022-2023. A native Oregonian, Aimee...

Watch Video: Water Scholars studying to help solve world issues

Imagine seven countries fighting over the same water source.  Our seven scholars who currently are studying at Oregon State University in Corvallis may help to prevent conflict among nations needing water resources in the Aral Sea Basin. Students studying in the Water...

Global Grants have momentum after October workshop

The October 19th Quarterly Grants Meeting rocked it! There was an active and engaged group of Rotarians who were treated to two presentation/Q&A sessions given by Rotary Foundation Technical Cadre Coordinator Wade Nomura. Nomura shared the importance of community...

Ways to tell us your story

You can submit information for the District 5110 Website and 5110 in Action eNews through a number of ways: From the Website Contact Us Page: To the Website Administrator, Judy Corwin  To the Newsletter Editor, Mike Corwin  Using dacdb ezStory at...

Know of organizations needing medical supplies?

The Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary Club has partnered with a number of local agencies to collect and donate medial/ surgical supplies to Third world counties, local or regional medical missions, homeless shelters, nursing schools and others who can utilize them. The...

Suggestions to read District eNews on your iphone or ipad

The easiest way to view and read the 5110 in Action eNews Bulletin is on your desktop or laptop computer. It is a little more difficult to view on your iphone or ipad because of the “potential variables” with technology, according to sources at DACdb. ...

Youth Exchange hosted by Corvallis Rotarians

District 5110 inbounds students for 2019-2020 were introduced to the Youth Exchange committee at an event at the Corvallis Country Club, hosted by Corvallis Rotarians.  Committee members and host families had a great time....

World Polio Day Oct. 24

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children...

Eugene Metro Rotarians review good work of TRF dollars in Uganda

Rotarians from the Eugene Metropolitan Club were able to review the results that their Rotary Foundation donations helped make possible in Uganda to benefit a medical clinic…. The Mothers and Children’s Medical Clinic, did two medical camps during our visit and...

Curious about Rotary’s work to end polio?

Interested in meeting with our partners at the World Health Organization and UNICEF, going door to door immunizing children and spending a day at the Taj Mahal?  One of the best National Immunization Days trip is accepting applications now.  Led by a native  of India...

Let’s Leave No Girl Behind has positive results

A project for Isabel Ramirez, a young Mayan girl, has made a significant difference in her life, thanks to the Rotary Club of the State of Jefferson — Rotary District 5110’s first and only eClub. Soon after chartering in 2013, eClub chose basic education...

68 grants funded last year; $162,600 available

A jam-packed grants meeting is planned Oct 19 at the Riverbend Community Room, 799 SW Columbia St., in Bend, OR promises Rotarian LeAnn Mobley, This fall quarterly grants meeting will feature guest speaker Wade Nomura, Past District Governor and one of five Rotary...

Rotary Water Safety Lessons Pay Off

Ella Christensen, age 9, was with two friends in the swimming hole at Loeb Park when one of the other girls ran into trouble with the Chetco River’s late spring currents. Ella knew exactly what to do:

Meritorious Service Winner speaks Oct. 19 at Bend Grants Workshop

The next Quarterly Grants Workshop on Oct. 19 will feature Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award Winner.  Wade Nomura is the President of the Japanese American Citizens League, Santa Barbara chapter. He was inducted into the Japanese American National...

Cindy O’Neil and Gerry Kosanovic celebrate DGE, DGN success

When Rotary Zone Emcee Jennifer Jones asked each District Governor what motivates each DG about Rotary, District 5110 DG Cindy O’Neil’s answer was called out among all the DGs attending the Zone Institute in Denver, CO, Sept. 5-8.  “The World needs...

District Peace Conference Sept. 21 in Ashland

Rotary works in many different ways toward a more peaceful world. These include various exchange programs, our Peace Fellow’s program and the District’s Peace Conference, Sept. 21 in Ashland, OR. 

New 5110 Website Launched

If the District website looks different to you, that is because it’s new! The District Governors approved the redesign of its website and the work was accomplished over the summer. 

District Governor Nominees Needed

Nominations for District Governor (DG) for 2022-23 are now open, says Dave Reece, past District Governor and Nominating Committee Chair. Clubs are asked to nominate Rotarians who desire such a leadership role. Nominees must have been a club president and served seven...

Successful district Kickoff keynoted by Water Scholars

“Water is a global program,” says Botagox Sharipova of Kazakhstan.  “Bota” (pictured right), as she affectionately became known, was one of two peace fellows who came to Central Oregon to demonstrate the worldwide impact of Rotary International...

Greenhouse Inspires Veterans

A Working Ranch That Restores Purpose And Spirit To Veterans Of All Ages.

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) is a 19-acre working farm in a rustic setting that promotes the healing of combat trauma across the lifespan. Central Oregon is home to approximately 20,000 veterans including those who served in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, and numerous other military operations.

Meet the Water Scholars

Meet the Water Scholars

The Water Resources Graduate Programs at Oregon State University awards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and brings together faculty and students from six colleges and multiple departments. Rotary wanted to take advantage of this unique opportunity and the expertise of Oregon State University faculty by awarding seven scholarships to students from Southeast Asia to learn about water resources.

Give the Gift of Literacy

Give the Gift of Literacy

When the Rotary Clubs of Bend and Bend-Mt Bachelor discovered that in our state the literacy rate was only 85%, Rotary leaders knew that had to change. Further research revealed that our state prisons estimate the number of future prison cells by the number of illiterate children we have in third grade.