Only two months are left in the 2012-13 Rotary year. And Pearl Rotary will stay busy right to the time that Dave Haack passes the presidential gavel to Marc Hillman.
Highlights on the calendar include
- Wednesday, May 8, 4:30 p.m.–Fields Park tour (followed by one-week-postponed First Wednesday at Streetcar Bistro & Taproom). May’s first Wednesday has been posted from the 1st to the 8th and will follow the 4:30 p.m. tour. Pearl Rotary is supporting the new park on the north edge of the Pearl District. See Don Barney’s update below.
- Friday, May 10, 5 p.m., Lucky Lab, 1945 N.W. Quimby–meet the Croatia Group Study Exchange team (see coordinator Anne O’Neill’s report below). The team’s presentation, representing the wine industry, will occur at our regular meeting May. 14.
- Sunday, May 12, first of five Portland Sunday Parkways–PPRC volunteers are needed for the East Portland event (see community service report below).
- Friday-Sunday, May 17-19–District 55100 annual conference, open to all, Rotarians and guests, Double Tree by Hilton/Lloyd Center.Further details here.
- Tuesday, June 4, 7:15 a.m.–Pearl Rotary will present its community awards; Mayor Charlie Hales will speak and participate in awards. See vocational service report below.
Memo to geese at Fields Park: Make way for Pearl Rotary
The geese that have taken up residence in the new Fields Park in the Pearl during construction will soon have to make way for families and kids as the Park opens to the public on May 6. Official dedication of the city park is set for noon, May 17.
Among the first visitors to the new facility will be a delegation from Pearl Rotary. Club members will tour the park on Wednesday, May 8, 4:30 p.m., on a special tour as part of the club’s business tour program.
The walk-through will be led by George Lozovoy, Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau project manager, joined by Peggy Kendellen of the Regional Arts and Culture Council and artist Christine Bourdette, responsible for art in the park.
Pearl Rotarians will view areas of the park that are available for a proposed physical contribution to the facility to be made by the club. The Pearl Rotary Board is expected to decide later this year, in consultation with the Parks Bureau, on the nature of that contribution.
All Pearl Rotarians are urged to join the May 8 tour and participate in the discussion of options for the club contribution. An informal debriefing following the tour will be held immediately afterward (about 5:30 p.m.) as part of the First (Second) Wednesday event at the Streetcar Bistro, corner of NW 11th and Northrup.—contributed by Don Barney
GSE Team from Croatia coming
Anne O’Neill, planning committee
A Lucky Lab Welcome to our Group Study Exchange visitors from Croatia! All Pearl Rotary members are invited to the welcome event at 1945 NW Quimby, Friday, May 10, at 5 pm. Please exchange pitchers and platters. Four twenty-somethings in the wine industry of Croatia will join the Pearl Club for four days.
Part of a month-long visit to District 5100, the four and their leader will visit wineries up both the Columbia and the Willamette as they stay with different Rotary clubs. While in Portland the Team will sight-see from the South Park Blocks to the Chinese Garden. Professionally, they will visit the Oregon Wine Board Communications Director Charles Humble, Scott Burns, PSU faculty and expert at vine terroir and soil conditions, and Erich Flech, wine buyer for the Whole Foods Store between Burnside and Couch. Thanks to Jerry Baysinger, Lori Beight, Phil Rothrock and John Wight who will host the guests in their homes.
Meet Sasa Bernobic, an enologist at one of Croatia’s largest agribusinesses; Nina Jurinjak, an enologist at two other wineries; Mislave Kasner, an IT Manager at a web development firm; and Hrvoje Magic who develops marketing strategies for a spirits and wine distributor in Croatia. Their team leader is Zdravko Turk who has held many Rotary Club positions during his 30-year career with the national oil Industry, and traveled to almost all European capitals.
If you miss us all Friday night, enjoy their presentation at our Tuesday Club meeting May 14, their last morning with us in Portland.
–Farhad Ghafarzade, director
Hi, Fellow Rotarians: So the first Sunday Parkways event will be on May 12. Could be a great Mothers day event?! We need 10-15 volunteers for this event. It will go from 9:30am-1:30pm. Remember, we raise $20 per volunteer if we have 1-9 persons, and $25 per person if we show up with 10+ members. And this Includes a FREE T-shirt!
Please let me know if you can make it to the first of a series of fun events! Future Sundays where PPRC can volunteer: 6/23 NW PDX; 7/28 N PDX; 8/25, SE PDX; 9/25, SW PDX.
Details on the event here.
–Yelena Girich, director
The vocational committee is getting ready for the Community Awards breakfast that is going to take place on Tuesday, June 4, at our normal breakfast meeting.
The members of the committee selected three nominees, chose the Awards and approved the event format at the last meeting.
The nominees will be contacted soon and asked to submit their photos and detailed information about their community service.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will both speak and make the award presentations.