2017 PNG Rotary Golf Tournament

2017 PNG Rotary Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars! We have been invited by the Portland New Generations Rotary Club to partner with them in hosting a fun and important golf tournament. The mission is to raise awareness and resources to alleviate homelessness in Portland. The event will be held at Persimmon Country Club’s private golf course on Monday, Aug. 28, with lunch followed by a 1 p/m/ shotgun start.

Of Portland’s homeless:

• 49% are unsheltered
• 57% are disabled
• 17% have young children
• 30% are women on their own
• 19% are older than 55
• 6% are younger than 24
• 11% are US veterans
• 27% have been homeless for more than 2 years

The Portland New Generations and Portland Pearl Rotary clubs have combined to serve the City of Portland for more than 47 years. Together we have donated thousands of dollars and volunteered countless hours to our community. One of PPRC’s visioning goals is to collaborate more with other Rotary Clubs. Both clubs share a vision of making a difference in the homeless community and we support many of the same non-profits. What a great opportunity to work together!

Portland Pearl Rotary hosted its own golf tournament for a couple of years, with modest success. New Generations has hosted this tournament at Persimmon CC for the past two years and it has grown in stature each year. By combining our effort and resources, the goal is to produce an event that has a much greater impact than we were able to produce on our own.

This is where we need your help! PPRC members are tasked with recruiting foursomes to play in the tournament. The cost is $500 per foursome or $125 per player. This includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, drinks and prizes. The more players that we recruit, the more money we can raise in support of homelessness. We have set a goal for PPRC to bring at least 10 teams to the event. We need your help to accomplish this. If you play or if someone you know or work with plays, invite them to join us. This can be an excellent opportunity to team-build with your colleagues, enjoy a fun day with clients, or a chance to get away from work for a while.

Another significant task is for us to recruit event sponsors. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available including:

• Presenting Sponsor (1 Available) $2,500
• Drink Shack Sponsor (1 Available) $1,500
• Putting Contest Sponsor (1 Available) $1,000
• Hole in One Sponsor (1 Available) $500
• Contest Sponsors (4 available) $250
• Hole Sponsors (18 available) $150

Our goal is to fill all of the sponsorship slots. It will be a great opportunity for you or your company to gain great exposure while also supporting a very worthy cause.

We will also be looking for 5-6 day of the event volunteers to help out.

Registration is available at: http://pearlrotary.tofinoauctions.com/golf2017.

For more information about the tournament, please contact your PPRC golf committee members, Jack Bradley, Tara Mussulman or Pat Mahoney. We look forward to having you join us for a fun and rewarding day on the links!

Pearl Fund Update

Pearl Fund Update

The Pearl Fund is the non-profit arm of Portland Pearl Rotary Club which funds the various projects and charities that are supported by the Club. Thus far in the 2016-2017 Rotary year PPRC has made the following contributions to the Pearl Fund:
• Brag for a Buck $2,094
• Golf Ball Drawing $1,730
• Puttin’ on the Pearl $23,600
• Cruise Raffle $8,580
• Wine Exchange $390

In addition, individual club members made direct contributions to the Pearl Fund totaling $4,301.

The funds raised have been used to support the projects supported by the International Committee:
• Scholarship for students through EduCongo $6,000
• Cyprus Friendship Project $3,500

The PF has also contributed to local projects and grants from the Community Service Committee:
• Transition Projects meals $1,909
• Growing Gardens $1,629
• White Shield $1,000
• Street Roots $2,500
• Dictionary Project $600
• New Avenues for Youth $1,000

The final area of support is with youth where the Pearl Fund supports our two Rotary Youth Exchange students and also pays for one student to attend RYLA.

Pacemakers History– A Postscript from Jerry Baysinger

We never needed a song leader…we had Al Tannler. He’d play. We’d all sing.

Al was a charter member of Portland Industrial Rotary and played the piano at almost every meeting from 1976 until about 2009. When we moved to the Ecotrust Building (2004), there was no piano or space for one. Al brought in a keyboard. He would play the song and we would sing without a designated song leader. Later, just before the start of the meeting the president would ask someone (often Dave Scott or me) to help Al pick the song and to take the vocal lead. The repertoire was limited to the few dozen songs that Al knew. As a result, we did the same old songs over and over and over–“God Bless America,” “Take Me Out To the Ball Game.” “This Land is Your Land” and the less used (and loved) “Good Night, Irene.” I’m still reluctant to use most of these well-worn tunes.

In the pre-Pearl days, Al, Harold Uren (banjo) and I (12 string) formed a trio to play a multi-song set for special events. In the summer, we’d jam at the club’s annual barbecue at member Bob Wilhelm’s house overlooking Lake Oswego. In December, we’d do a Christmas set as the program before it was replaced by the wine exchange. I’m pretty sure we managed to entertain or annoy everyone.

When Al’s business (selling big rig trucks) moved from NW Portland to Wilsonville, he sold his Portland home and moved out there. He still managed to drive himself to our meetings each week, knowing that we relied on his music. His eyesight and hearing began to fail him and his family decided that he was no longer safe behind the wheel. He was really unhappy about this but too proud to accept rides from Pearl Rotarians. He continued to drive himself to the meetings for a while without benefit of a valid driver’s license. He passed away in early 2011 at age 86.

Dave Scott became the designated song leader during Myron Fehr’s presidency (2006-07). When Dave moved to Hong Kong, Anne Oneill and Katja Gluhr stepped in to lead the songs. Incoming President Lou Radja asked me if I would take the song-leading duties during his reign. Lou was unaware at the time that I could play guitar and had had experience in college performing (badly) and leading sing-alongs for tips and beer in a Pullman tavern. The tradition continues except without the tips and beer.

I asked Anne and Katja if they would help and they agreed. Matthew Lillard joined the club; with show-choir experience on his resume, we roped him in immediately. Dave returned from Asia and rejoined. Last year Katja returned from her sojourn in Germany and we finally shamed the vocally-talented (and good-looking) President Pat Mahoney into joining us. It makes it a lot more fun with more voices…and it goes better when some of us actually know the song. The Pacemakers are a little like “Hotel California”: you can quit anytime you like, but you can never leave.

The group started its song duties a few weeks before the end of Phil Rothrock’s term (’10-11). The first song we did was a Boy Scout camp-style rendition of “There’ll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” to accompany a program about renovating Portland’s oldest commercial building. I introduced the song as being about urban renewal, 19th Century style.

The club rocked it; in that single meeting (some seven years ago), Pearl Rotary’s culture had changed.

At a quiet moment in the middle of a week-long, 3,000-mile road trip, Kristina Belasova, our exchange student from Slovakia, looks over at me and says sadly, “Lori, today I have only two more months in US.” I immediately tear up and tell her, “Hey! Don’t do that! It’s going to be hard enough to say goodbye without anticipating it. Besides, we still have a lot of fun experiences to share in two months.”

The next day there’s a quiet moment and she looks over at me and says soberly, “Lori, today we have LESS than two months.”

A year-long Rotary youth exchange shapes and bonds people. It’s a year of firsts…and a year of lasts. These kids take a first step off an airplane after a grueling transatlantic flight, far from everything they know and love, and they trust that there’s someone to pick them up.

Someone has to pick them up. Someone has to explain what’s expected. Someone has to get them where they need to be next. Someone has to reassure them that this will a great year. Someone has to make it a great year.

The people who volunteer on the youth exchange committee, the families that host students, the Rotarians who serve as family or student counselors or are simply members of the host club, the schools that enroll and educate these kids, these are the “someones.” You are the “someone,”

Today, as I write this, we have only one month left. Tomorrow we will have LESS than one month. I’ve tried to only cry in private so Kristina can enjoy every second of the time she has left here and this time we have together. But she’s a smart girl and I know she knows. We have one month left of firsts–her first Rotary International Convention, first time waterskiing or wakeboarding, first visit to Six Flags. Then we will have a last. A last look at her bedroom while it’s still her bedroom. A last hug goodbye at the airport when she’ll make the long flight home to her first family, the one who trusted her to someone.

Thank you to all the someone’s who have made this such a great year.

Tara Mussulman Planning
This past weekend, I attended District Training Assembly as one of the last planning and preparation sessions offered by District 5100. It was valuable time spent with Pearl Rotarians (six PPRC members, including incoming Interact co-presidents and their club advisor) and other Rotarians in our district. The day was spent in continued conversations about leadership, the direction our district and respective clubs are taking, and how to create a club culture that is supportive, welcoming and dynamic for its members.

As I am working out the finer details of the coming year, I really want to celebrate Portland Pearl Rotary. I want to further enrich our Rotary soil, gaining even more strength and stability. How am I and us as a collective group going to accomplish this? Here are a few ideas and plans I have up my sleeve:

  • Our Tuesday morning meeting will be a gathering of Pearl Rotary family members and friends. We will come together to collaborate and connect with one another in addition to having great speakers that will enlighten and inform.
  • There will be more opportunities to gather in fellowship and service.
  • We will have quarterly club assembly meetings to give us an opportunity to focus as a club on specific projects and initiatives.
  • Working within the committee structure to engage members in dynamic fellowship.
  • But most importantly, we will employ the fifth pillar of the five-way test – Will it Be Fun?

What I have accomplished and am working on right now: We have just started the budgeting process and getting an outline of the club’s projected revenue and liabilities. Thanks to the fantastic work of our club treasurer, Jeff Pratt, and Pearl Fund Chair Dave Bangsund, this will be a relatively painless process. I am also working with committee chairs about what their goals will be for the 2017-2018 year as well as identifying a stretch goal for the committee.

One of the suggested resources that was given to us at Pre-PETS and PETs was reading, “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action,” by Simon Sinek. The premise is “…people don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.”

So if we apply this to Rotary and why people should be members and active in our club, it’s not sufficient enough to say, we’re a service organization that gives back to the community. In a stroke of clarity at PETS, I came up with a version of WHY people should jump on the Rotary bandwagon.

As Rotarians, everything we do makes the world a better place. We are passionate business and community leaders engaged in service. Care to join us in changing the world?

Volunteer! It’s Rotary heartbeat


Service above Self.
Making a difference in your community.
Rotary serving humanity.

Yes, you’ve heard the slogans. You belong to Rotary because you believe in the good that it brings to the world. So how do you go from believing in Rotary to experiencing Rotary?

The answer is simple: Volunteer!

The dictionary defines volunteer as “a person who performs a service, especially helping other people, willingly and without pay.” Volunteering is the key to opening the door to your Rotary moment. It’s the opportunity to make a transformational change in another human being’s life. In so doing, it can also improve your life. People can’t help but feel good when they give of themselves to help others.

It’s been said that nobody can do everything. Everybody can do something. That’s how Rotary has operated for over one hundred years. Rotary provides tremendous opportunities to volunteer. 16 million volunteer hours are provided by Rotarians around the world each year.

Yet with all of the need for volunteers, each one of us has our own obstacles which limit our willingness to commit. “My plate is already full.” “I don’t have the right expertise.” “Someone else can do it better.” “I just don’t know how I can help.”

The truth is that it doesn’t take much to change from this self-limiting attitude to one that’s more empowering. “This is important so I will make the time.” “I have some expertise and I’m willing to put forth the effort.” “I will do my very best.” “I know that there is something I can do to help.”

At Portland Pearl Rotary, there are many areas where your volunteer efforts can really make a difference. We have opportunities in all of Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service: community, international, club, youth and vocational. We also have numerous subcommittees that can use your help and are of vital importance: fundraising, youth exchange, communication, membership, peace, social justice, programs and more.

It’s important to understand that PPRC is a very horizontal organization, which means that there isn’t top-down decision-making when it comes to projects. If you have a cause or activity that you’d like to champion, if it passes the Five-Way Test and you’re willing to help lead the effort, chances are strong that the club will support you.

In the words of the great Roman philosopher Seneca over 2000 years ago, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” There is need. There is opportunity. Volunteer!

Growing Gardens April 2017
by Heather Bowman and Pat Mahoney…
compiled by Don Barney, community service director

On a rainy Earth Day morning, 25 Rotarians and friends gathered at Columbia Park in North Portland to prepare for a day in the mud–the spring Dig-In with our community partner Growing Gardens. Rotarians gathered with several other teams from around Portland to socialize, enjoy donuts and learn how to build a good garden bed.

Team Rake Superior (Don and Jo Barney, Matt, Fiona and Leo Lillard, Pat and Deanne Mahoney, Jack Bradley, Diane Brandsma and Perry Swanson) traveled to the home of Heather Rivas and family to build two garden beds in their backyard.

Growing Gardens volunteer and team leader Jessica Gutsgell provided clear and simple instructions that the Rake Superior team executed remarkably well. Heather Rivas and her family were active participants in building the gardens. With cooperation from the weather, plenty of laughs and some real honest work, the Rivas family gardens were constructed of the highest quality, on schedule and within budget.

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The Pearl Onions (Katja Gluhr, son Emmerich and husband Emory, Alanna Miel, Adam Creighton, Janet Young, Jim and Heather Bowman, Nancy Fowler, Casey Hazlett and Seth D.) traveled to Northeast Portland to build two garden beds in the home of a young family. The mother, Gabriela, pitched in to help build garden beds, with her two daughters, Addy and Lucinda.

Under the direction of the Growing Gardens volunteer team leader, Adam, the Pearl Onions quickly got to work, dividing into two teams to dig two garden beds. The teams raced to complete construction, and despite so many hands and tools working in a small space, no injuries were sustained. The team uncovered lots of worms, to the delight of Addy and Lucinda. Gabriela shared her delight over the garden beds, saying that she had wanted to start gardening for a long time, and was excited by the support she was receiving.

The new raised garden beds came together quickly, and the teams returned to Columbia Park for a pizza party, happy in their labors.

Each of the Portland Rotary teams also raised $1,000 for Growing Gardens as part of their participation in the Spring Dig-In.

Growing Gardens’ mission:

Promote home-scale organic food gardening to improve nutrition, health and self-reliance while enhancing the quality of life and the environment for individuals and communities in Portland, Oregon.

Pearl Rotary camaraderie

Pearl Rotarians are used to building bonds, two members together (delivering Meals on Wheels), in small teams (feeding men in transition at Bud Clark Commons), in groups raising funds for good causes in the community and in social get-togethers.

But this was a new chapter in camaraderie: bending their backs and getting their hands dirty, together learning new tricks of an age-old occupation, and joining in the joy of preparing for a literal harvest of good food and good will.
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Social Justice Task Force Update April 2017

Social Justice Task Force
Your Social Justice Task Force has been meeting every two to three weeks for the past few months to prioritize and refine the actionable social justice initiatives that are to be offered to our members over the next twelve months.

Initiatives ranging from an on-line social justice resource library (see below), an on-line PPRC event calendar, a book club, workshops, dialogues, etc. will be announced and unveiled in the coming weeks. It is your task force’s commitment to be thoughtful, communicative, inclusive and most importantly club-centric, as we bring opportunity to our members to converse, to learn and to share regarding social justice issues.

In the continued development of the structure and outreach strategy, task force members have volunteered to be SJTF liaisons to our PPRC standing committees and board of directors, with the purpose to apprise the committees of our work, to exchange ideas and to assure that our work complements and is of value to all the great work being done in our Club. Liaisons are: Kelly Morrow (fundraising), Michael Steen (community service), Don Smith (communications), Diane Brandsma (club service), Heather Bowman (youth exchange), Jonelle Anderson (membership), Larry Berman (vocational), Lou Radja (international) and Nancy Fowler (PPRC board).

Resource library, event calendar
launched by S.J. Task Force
(compiled by Jonelle Anderson, task force member)


  • The Underground Railroad, Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Colson Whitehead is the novel selected for our first book club meeting to be held on Monday, June 5. Watch and listen for announcements by Kelly Morrow on the time and place.
  • Born a Crime: Trevor Noah, this biracial host of The Daily Show was born in apartheid South Africa to a Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother. His very birth was a crime punishable by five years in prison. The stories are told by Noah with a sense of drama and a touch of humor.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee, This classic is both a wonderful book (1960) and film (1962).
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: (NF). Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades’ long migration of black citizens who fled the South for Northern and Western cities in search of a better life. Between 1915 and 1970, six million fled from the Jim Crow South.
  • Americanah: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. This Nigerian author sheds light on the subject of white privilege and what it means to be black in America. This novel reads easily, but does not always make you feel comfortable. Adiche also presents a wonderful TED talk, entitled The Dangers of a Single Story. It is under 20 minutes. She explains how the creation of a single story about Africans or blacks creates stereotypes that are incomplete and misleading.
  • Negroland: Margo Jefferson.This is a story about growing up upper class and black in Chicago.
  • Between the World and Me: (NF) Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates writes a beautiful essay to his son about what it is like to be a black man in America.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: (NF) Rebecca Skloot. •This very interesting book about medical research and race is currently an HBO movie, staring Oprah Winfrey. Check to see when you can watch it.
  • Things Fall Apart: Chinua Achebe. This Nigerian author was one of the first to chronicle in a novel the struggle of moving from colonial status to that of independence. Published in 1958, it is widely read in high schools and colleges around the world.
  • Small Great Things: Jodi Picoult. Another wonderful novel about power, justice and privilege (recommended by SJTF member Larry Berman).

Several wonderful movies released in 2016 help us to understand issues of race and privilege in the United States:

  • Moonlight: This winner of Best Picture of 2016 is still available for viewing in a select number of theaters. Check listings.
  • Fences: This film is the adaptation of the August Wilson play by the same name. It stars Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
  • Hidden Figures: This inspirational story traces the role of African American Women in the development of the US space program during the early sixties. Watching this film with teen children or grandchildren would be a wonderful rainy day activity.

This February Sunbridge Solar packed their bags and headed for a once in a lifetime trip to Colombia and the Amazon to work on two different solar projects. Before leaving, even contemplating a project in the Amazon invoked a mixed sense of concern and excitement. And Colombia itself still had many of us worried with visions of abductions and cocaine trading.

We arrived late at night greeted with Colombia hats and a giant Colombia flag by our ever-jubilant partners and guides, Natalia Gomez and Edwin Lasso, owners of the recently formed Solosolar. The streets after midnight in Bogota on a Sunday are completely deserted. Literally completely deserted, as in zero people…which is slightly unnerving for a city of 10 million.

We started our first project early the next morning, so much for recuperation time. We arrived at Foundacion San Mauricio, an orphanage that is home to 1,200 kids ranging in age from 2-18. There are very few solar arrays in Bogota so to install a 12-panel system is a pretty big deal. The roof was a challenge. It was made of some kind of reinforced papier mache/asbestos mix. In fact, while trying to retrieve a Frisbee for one of the kids, one of our guys stepped in the wrong place and fell straight through the roof. Luckily, he was okay although the poor kid who asked him to get the Frisbee felt pretty terrible.

After some creative efforts and way too many hours spent visiting dozens of electrical supply houses in Bogota, we completed the job. Of course, the best part of the job had little to do with the actual installation work. Every lunch we got to eat with the kids and practice our terrible Spanish, and then run around and play with them afterwards. This system cost about $5,000 in material cost which Sunbridge Solar donated along with all of the labor. The energy saved equates to around $1,200 per year which is enough to support two more kids at the orphanage.

Our next project was in Colombian Amazonas. To get there, you take a direct flight from Bogota to Leticia and the hour and a half flight takes you about a world away. From the mountains to the tropics, Leticia greeted us with its funky backpacker vibe and humidity. We stayed at Habitat Sur, an organization that wears many hats: non-profit supporting local indigenous communities, ecolodge and jungle tour operator. The lodge was incredible. My brother, Doug, was the lucky one to stay in a tree house cottage perched in the rainforest canopy. The toilet was guarded by a giant tarantula.

The project site was a twenty-minute walk from the road side through the jungle to the indigenous community cultural center. The communities in this part of the Amazon have more or less been absorbed by Western society, so the cultural center worked to protect the language, customs and skills of the indigenous communities. They often meet at night with no light to conduct their meetings or classes.

We were requested by the community who is partnered with Habitat Sur to install a small scale off-grid solar system comprised of three panels, four batteries and a small inverter. The cost of the system was $3,000. Before leaving I started a Gofundme campaign to cover these material costs. We surpassed our goal and raised $3,300 in four days, thanks in part to the generous contributions of six Rotarians who donated over $700 to the cause.

We completed the system and finished with just enough time to enjoy an Amazon river cruise, which was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip. In a protected lake next to the Amazon we all jumped in the river as pink dolphins splashed around nearby. We celebrated our successful projects with our partners at Solosolar and know that this is just the beginning.

Pictures—The Sunbridge crew and Solosolar on the Amazon River; Orphanage at San Mauricio; Jordan and Edwin installing in the Amazon

(P.S., as requested by newsletter editor: In 2015, Sunbridge Solar traveled to Nepal and worked alongside Gham Power to install a solar water pumping system in the far West region. Sunbridge Solar’s next international efforts will see our return to Nepal to work with our partner to install a 75kw solar water pumping system, the largest such project in Nepal to date.)

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: http://ryladistrict5100.org

Applications should be submitted to Tara Mussulman, by Saturday, April 15: tmussulman@yahoo.com