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Tuesday, 19 March 2024
Saving children's theater...and helping downtown revival

"The Judy & the fight to save downtown"--that's how Nick Fenster, managing director of the Northwest Children's Theater, titled his March 19 talk to Pearl Rotarians. Even more significant has been the struggle to keep the theater alive and well into its fourth decade, Nick suggested. Knowing a long-term lease with the Cultural Center (NW Everett) was […]

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Rotary's March honored student--journalist, poet, Lincoln activist

Emilia Cafiso opened her student of the month talk to Pearl Rotarians on March 12 by proclaiming: "I’m a writer--I find so much joy in putting pen to paper, or rather, fingertips to keyboard, that there isn’t anything else I would rather do." The senior at Lincoln High School composes stories for the Cardinal student newspaper. And she's […]

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024
Finding ways to bring people across differences together

Bill Howe's assessment of American politics and society today was sobering: "Not an easy place we’re in…" he opened his March 12 talk to Pearl Rotary. "People typically believe that someone is a total loser if they disagree on politics... "Trust in our institutions is down... "It's very hard to see how we’re going to get out […]

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Tuesday, 5 March 2024
Women's equality? Movement, yes, but "more men still seen in power"

Pearl Rotarians both noted the historic inequality for women in USA society...and celebrated the movement toward full equality. Those themes echoed through the annual celebration of International Women's Day at Pearl Rotary (March 5 breakfast meeting). The moderator of a five-female panel, Adina Flynn (past president), urged "sharing stories as a good way to learn." And Rotarians heard […]

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Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Rotarian of the month - Don Smith

Rotarian--and Minnesota Ski Dog leader--Don Smith didn't come T-shirt-attired when he gave his Rotarian of the Month talk Feb. 27. Just back from the pound's annual mountain trek (this year to Steamboat, Colo. where this photo was taken), Don weaved his two recreational pastimes into his autobiography. Those are 1) the Ski Dogs (numbering 24 […]

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024
Chinese garden blooms beyond traditional role

"Everything in the Garden has meaning," the executive director of Portland's Lan Su Chinese Garden proclaimed. "We have 400 different varieties of plants. "There is something blooming at all times of the year." Elizabeth Nye (pictured below), director for the last four years, presented the one-block area in Old Town Portland as having elements including […]

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024
Meet February's student of the month

Meet February's student of the month--Sarah Faik, senior at Lincoln High School and the February Pearl Rotary student of the month, was described by Principal Peyton Chapman, as "one of the most involved and inspirational leaders in her school." Her contributions are many--forming Lincoln's first environmental justice committee, and memberships in the Business Club (FBLA), […]

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Tuesday, 6 February 2024
The Transformative Art of Storytelling

Leslie Mones and Kevin Jones, founders of the Red Door Project, treated Pearl Rotarians to an engaging discussion on the power of storytelling at last week’s meeting. The Red Door Project is a Portland nonprofit which uses storytelling to “inspire appreciation of our differences and an awareness of our fundamental interconnectedness”. They perform live and […]

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Tuesday, 30 January 2024
Blessing sends her greetings and news from Brazil

Hello everyone! It’s been a while. My month of January was so amazing. I spent it traveling with other rotary exchange students along the Northeast beaches of Brazil. We spent multiple days in 8 different cities, visiting beaches, taking history tours, eating great food, and doing amazing activities such as horse back riding, scuba diving(!!), […]

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