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Youth Service Update

Peace Pole Lincoln High School

High School Interact gives a peace pole

“May Peace Prevail on Earth” is the statement etched into the peace pole in six global languages. Thanks to Rotarian Roger Meyer and the Jubitz Family Foundation, Lincoln will be one of 100 peace poles on display in Rotary District 5100. The purpose of the poles is to be a meeting place of the heart bringing together people of all faiths, backgrounds and cultures to embrace oneness of our planetary family.

Interact Co-Presidents Jennifer Song and Joanne Lee presented and dedicated the peace pole at the annual Lincoln High School multi-cultural assembly on Thursday, March 23. The assembly showcased the diversity within the Lincoln community. There were poetry readings in honor of Frida Kahlo, singing by the Sisters and Brothers of Color, presentation by Gay and Transgendered club, Indian Bollywood, K-Pop, Middle Eastern dancing and Pacific Islander ukulele songs, just to name a few.

One of the most powerful moments of the assembly was when three black girls spoke of personal experience of how the color of their skin had affected their personal identity and members of their family. They closed the assembly with the entire student body singing Bill Wither’s “Lean on Me.”

We are fortunate to be partnered with Lincoln high school, Principal Peyton Chapman (an honorary PPRC member), Jennifer and Joanne of Interact, and the entire student body.

Pictures: At Lincoln high school’s multicultural assembly (above), Interact’s donation of a Rotary Peace Pole to Lincoln H.S. was on the program. A celebration of cultures and an overwhelming sense of support and love in the room were displayed by students and faculty. Pictured (from left): Linda Cohen, representing the Jubitz Foundation, Principal Peyton Chapman, PPRC President Pat Mahoney, Past President Lou Radja, Social Justice Task Force Chair Jack Bradley, President-elect Tara Mussulman, and Interact Co-President Joanne Lee.

Editor’s note: Pearl Rotarians will learn more about the Peace Pole effort in District 5100 when Linda Cohen speaks at our breakfast meeting this Tuesday, April 4, 7:15 a.m., Ecotrust.

Applications for RYLA 2017 Due April 15

If you know of a young groundbreaker, an innovator, and/or a community activator who happens to be between the ages of 19-28, Portland Pearl Rotary has a summer experience for them! Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, or RYLA, is July 8-14 and Portland Pearl Rotary is looking to sponsor someone! Individuals will spend the week working on developing leadership skills, having fun and meeting life-changing friends in the beautiful setting of the Oregon Gorge!

For further information and application, go to:

Applications should be submitted to Tara Mussulman, by Saturday, April 15:

2017-18 logo, RI

Rotary’s incoming International President, Ian H.S. Risley, has called for us, as Rotarians, to “Make A Difference.” Portland Pearl’s answers to President Risley are:

Portland Pearl Rotary makes a difference in the lives of waste-pickers in Pune, India.

Portland Pearl Rotary makes a difference in the lives of young girls completing their education in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Portland Pearl Rotary makes in a difference in lives of Portlanders by delivering and serving food through Meals on Wheels and Transition Projects.

Portland Pearl Rotary makes a difference by offering educational scholarships and awards of merit to students.

Portland Pearl Rotary makes a difference by establishing one of the only Social Justice committees in District 5100.

Portland Pearl Rotarians make a difference by fostering supportive, healthy, dynamic relationships with fellow members and our community.

Portland Pearl Rotary makes a difference by growing leaders.

As we get closer to the new Rotary year, roughly 14 weeks away, I as your incoming president have been thinking a lot about how we will make a difference in the new year. We will continue to be a diverse and fun-loving club, which works towards bringing about positive changes in our local and global communities, or as Lou Radja calls it, “glocal.”

I want to make a difference by showing up for our club and to you as my fellow friends and family in service and peacemaking. I want to make a difference by celebrating who we are, what we do and why we do it. I know we’ll make a difference in the coming year because with all of us together, nothing can stand in our way. Our future is bright.

—Much Love, Tara

President Elect Report

PETS 2017
Dateline: Seattle, Wash.–President-Elects Training
It is an honor to serve as president-elect for our Portland Pearl Rotary Club and that you trust in me to lead the club in the coming year. We know that we are a special Rotary club and meeting with my cohorts of PEs, I’m receiving further validation and praise at just how much our club, and our service to our community, is beloved in our district and Rotary region.

I am looking forward to my year in service and leadership. I’m fired up and ready to go!Here is a photo from PETS in the theme of #ServiceAboveSelfie.

Individuals from left: I don’t know who the gal is; David O’Connor, Southeast Portland President-Elect; District 5100 Governor Tom Markos; myself;, Brit Redline, president-elect, Portland New Generations

President-elect’s Report

The New Year is upon us and I am planning, meeting and visioning what the coming Rotary year will look and feel like. Have registered for Pre-PETS, PETS, and Rotary International convention in Atlanta. I am meeting with past presidents, board and club members to get the clearest picture of the club. I am also setting sights as to who will come after me and lead us further in our club’s goals, enriched culture and spirit of friendship, service…and fun!

I am appreciative of the leaders who have come before me and the work they have done; I’ve got some serious shoes to fill. My style of leadership, as most of you have come to know, is service and action. I have an excellent road map with me in the visioning we did over the summer, the past couple of years that I have been a part of the Pearl Board, and where I have been active within District 5100. I plan to leverage these tools and experiences to best serve our club.

I wish each and every one of you best wishes in the New Year.