“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s quote reminds me of the spirit of Pearl Rotarians. Your ever-giving nature and ability to collectively pull it all together into something that shines ever so brightly are awe-inspiring. There are many moments over the past month that gives me great pride to be a part of this collective body of leaders.

First Wednesday (Oct. 4) and experiencing my first ever affagato (espresso and gelato) courtesy of Duane Cook–thanks, Duane! If you’ve never had one, stop reading this and go directly to Via Delizia, I’ll wait. Delicious, right!? On Friday, Oct. 13, I attended a fundraiser for REACH, a non-profit which helps build and create healthy communities and affordable housing for Oregonians with future Pearl Rotarian, Marshawna Williams. The following week, I met with Lincoln High School Interact co-president Ben Brandenburger to talk about all things Interact and what plans they had and how we as Portland Pearl Rotary could best serve them in their year of leadership and service.

This past Thursday, Oct. 19, both John and I attended the Social Justice Task Force event in concert with Oregon Humanities Conversation Project discussing, “Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon.” A group of about 20 of us came together over a dark and stormy night, to become more aware and engaged in these issues. It was a wonderful way to spend an evening and if you ever have the opportunity to be a part of a conversation project, I highly recommend it.

Saturday, I attended the District 5100 Membership and Public Image Training. This was an opportunity for clubs around the district to get further information about and best practices on how to gain and retain members and how to expand their club’s public image. I was given the opportunity to present on behalf of our club and to speak to what makes us successful. In a nutshell of what I stated, it’s because of you.  Our collective We and Why, is a force to be reckoned with. It’s because of the excellent leadership of our past presidents and the forethought they had in moving our club forward. It is our belief in the Five-Way test that drives a lot of the decisions and in the spirit of fun; we also allow for members to be themselves in our collective humanness. It’s authentic and that is what makes what we’ve created special…”Those little bits of good.”

Special thank you also need to go out to Alan Bacharach for hosting the first of the sign-up parties benefiting the Pearl Fund. It was an outstanding evening and you are a master chef when it comes to lamb! And to Adina for wrangling us cats to get together.

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