The Rotary Club of Three Creeks was recognized by ShelterBox International on May 5 as a Bronze Hero Award winner for the 2021-22 Rotary year.
Three Creeks included ShelterBox in its strategic giving in each of the past two years.
"This is a direct result of the grants that our club has made to ShelterBox in the last year, supporting families experiencing displacement from their homes due to natural disasters, political unrest or war," said Club President Nelson Holmberg. "So thank you to all in the club who participate in our fundraising in all of the ways that we all do."
Johnson Bixby takes home Mirror Ball Trophy; Cherry wins Best Dance Performance
RIDGEFIELD, Wash. – The 2022 season of Dancing with the Local Stars, presented by Banner Bank was a record-setting smash hit!
With a Broadway theme, eight local stars performed amazing dances and raised funds while entertaining a sold-out crowd in the Cowlitz Ballroom at ilani Casino Resort. The fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation raised a best-ever $58,909, topping the $52,000 raised in 2021 during a pandemic-pivot virtual event, Dining with the Local Stars.
“I couldn’t be prouder of all of the local stars, dance pros, and – of course – of the small but mighty Rotary Club of Three Creeks,” said 2021-22 Club President Nelson Holmberg. “The fact that we were one of the community’s first major in-person fundraisers as we begin to come out of the pandemic restrictions makes it even more impressive. The giving hearts in this community never disappoint.”
Heidi Johnson Bixby won the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy in the 2022 event by raising a record $21,880. Cyndi Holloway of Waste Connections raised $19,082 for the previous record in 2020. Kinsey Dhoot represented the Rotary Club of Three Creeks as a dancer and raised $11,203 – the most-ever by a club representative – to finish second in fundraising.
Angie Cherry and her dance instructor partner Aaron Siebol scored the night's first perfect 40 from judges and won the night's Best Dance Performance. It was Siebol's second Best Dance win in DWTLS, after having paired with Kelley Campbell of Specialty Graphic Solutions for the win in 2019.
“It’s remarkable what this year’s cast accomplished, really,” Holmberg said. “The cast of local stars and dance pros experienced a competitor dropping out a month before the event, a new Local Star coming in a week later and quickly rising the fundraising scoreboard, three Covid isolations, changes in instructors due to Covid, snow days, difficulty finding locations to rehearse, or whatever other reason you could imagine. I personally thank this entire cast.”
The full cast of Dancing with the Local Stars included Cherry (Summit Funding), Dhoot (Rotary Club of Three Creeks) also dancing with Siebol, Johnson Bixby (Johnson Bixby & Associates) dancing with Ralph Stevens, Sarah Laughlin (Fuel Medical Group) dancing with Maksim Linchuk, James Oneil (Columbia Credit Union) dancing with Dani Synarski, Thomas O'Sullivan (ilani Casino Resort) dancing with Kristina Hendrickson, Nathan Stafford (Banner Bank) dancing with Melinda Piekstra, and Nic Stevens (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) dancing with Susan Vandervlugt.
During the event, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks Foundation also presented a check for $13,000 to North County Community Food Bank, one of the benefactors of funds raised by Dancing with the Local Stars. Since its founding in 2016, the club has given nearly $100,000 to organizations benefiting children, veterans, homeless & hungry in Clark County. All of that giving was a direct result of the club’s fundraiser.
Judges included dance pro Nicole Wieteska, Campbell (DWTLS winner in 2019), former Washington State University quarterback and Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year Jason Gesser and Kelly Muscarella, who won an audience drawing to be the fourth judge.
Master of Ceremonies for the second straight year was Tim Gordon, general assignment reporter at KGW Channel 8.
First Dance Productions and Bridge City Ballroom Dance produced and choreographed the dances, and provided instructor partners for the local stars.
Seventeen Rotary Club of Three Creeks members combine for 39 hours of service
CLARK COUNTY, Wash. – With Covid 19 still very present in Clark County and not everyone comfortable with being together in even small indoor groups, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks took the opportunity to encourage members to serve on their own.
January brought the “Pick your own Cause” service project to a club that’s completed nearly 70 projects in less than six years.
“I am proud of our members for stepping up to continue to lead by example, even in challenging Covid times,” said Rotary Club of Three Creeks Service Projects Director Tina Vlachos. “By picking our own virtual service project, we are still able to commit our time toward service in ways that we are individually driven and inspired by, but as a collaborative where we are still able to join forces and share with one another.”
Whether in Vancouver, Ridgefield or in Cathedral City, Calif., 17 “Three Creekers” as club members often refer to themselves, completed a total of 39 hours of service.
“This was an encouragement for us to do more and I would say it was welcomed with open arms, turned to a great success,” Vlachos said.
In April 2020, right after the pandemic started, the club created its first-ever virtual service project as members were ready to get out and do service projects. The club designed its project within Covid restrictions and safety guidelines, and the project was a success with a dozen members contributing a total of nearly 80 hours of service, illustrating how badly people wanted to be out and about early in the pandemic.
Rotary International President Elect Jennifer Jones unveiled the Rotary Theme for 2022-23, the Rotary Year that begins on July 1, 2022.
The announcement of the theme in January is not meant to supercede the current "Serve to Change Lives" theme for 2021-22 but instead to celebrate and introduce the theme that will officially go into effect on July 1.
The theme "Imagine Rotary" is inspired by Rotary's initiative to rid the world of polio (the purple) and it's newest Area of Focus - environment (the green).
“Imagine, a world that deserves our best,” Jones told incoming district governors on 20 January, “where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”
Jones told the incoming governors about a chance she took when a member asked for assistance in getting a young peace activist out of Afghanistan during the U.S. troop withdrawal last year. At first unsure how she could help, she relied on “that certain Rotary magic” and contacted a former Rotary Peace Fellow she had met a few years earlier. Less than 24 hours later, the activist was on an evacuation list, and soon she was on her way to Europe.
To better engage members, Rotary needs to “adapt and retool,” Jones said, using her hometown as an example. Windsor was once the automotive hub of Canada. But after plant closings left thousands without work, the city needed to retool, in the same way an auto plant would, preparing for new parts or a new model. Now, Jones said, Windsor is a leader in agribusiness and medical and aerospace technology.
For Rotary, “finding the right ‘part’ to engage each member should be our core function,” Jones said. “It comes down to the comfort and care of our members.”
Our January "Pick Your Own Cause" service project is an exciting opportunity for you to do whatever you'd like to do!
Whatever you choose to do, please be sure to document your chosen project with a photo and the number of hours you volunteered by sending me a quick email note or text so we can share as a group and on social media. And, there's an added BONUS if you get a non-Rotarian buddy to tag along with you on your project, and you share that on your own social media, tagging them. Please let Tina know what you and your non-Rotarian friend did so she can enter you into a raffle that will be held at one of our February club meetings!
Need some suggestions? You could do something as simple as the below:
Or do something that takes a little more creativity or sweat equity:
OR come up with your own idea! There are loads of non-profits in the community that need volunteer help.
Two new members were inducted at our club meeting on January 6. The memberships of Louise Hoover and Charla Burke have both been approved by the board of directors, and it's time to celebrate the addition of two new members.
Charla has visited our club three times at Round Table, and is very interested in our service culture and seems to enjoy the club meetings too. She chose our club due to our proven track record of making a difference in the community. By day, she is a project manager for Bonneville Power Administration and she holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics. Her interests include biking, soccer, book club and hiking.
Louise, too, has visited us several times, and her transfer from the club in Hoquiam has been approved by the board of directors. She is a retired Clark College administrator and faculty member. Louise ran the math department for about 10 years, and was division chair for math and computer science for three or four. Widowed in 2010, Louise has three children and six grandchildren from her first marriage and two stepchildren and two grandchildren from second. Her hobbies include acting, singing and she was her church cantor in Grayland, clothing design and construction, and reading (mostly mysteries).
Club members were impressed by the stories shared in the Three Creeks Rotary Story Slam contest.
Five members submitted videos to the Rotary Story Slam, and voters who watched the videos chose a three-way tie for first place.
The top three vote-getters are Kinsey Dhoot, Susanne Holmberg and Kristi Straight. All three videos were forwarded to District as our club's winners.
District 5100 also asked assistant governors to submit all videos produced by clubs for the Rotary Story Slam, so we've sent in all five of ours.
This year's Rotary Club of Three Creeks elections are complete, and the board of directors for the 2022-23 Rotary year is now verified.
Beginning on July 1, 2022, the following members will fill club leadership positions:
The membership voted unanimously to approve the slate of proposed officers and directors that was presented by President Elect Andi, and read/published in November and December. The election was completed on December 29 via electronic ballot.
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With the service project that was held in lieu of our regular second club meeting of the month last night, President Nelson has chosen to conduct the written posting and second reading of proposed new members Charla Burke and Glenn Healey as of this post in order to keep the new member process moving forward.
A resident of Salmon Creek, Charla Burke has visited the club three times since October and submitted her application in November. Her first reading was conducted at the club meeting on December 2.
Charla is interested in Rotary for its service above self spirit, and our club in particular due to the proven track record of making a difference in our community. She is a project manager for Bonneville Power Administration and she holds bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics. Her interests include biking, soccer, book club and hiking.
Like Charla, Glenn is impressed with Rotary's service to communities and chose our club on invitation from PE Andi Costello. He is a veteran of the United States military, who now works as a financial professional with New York Life. He has lived in the PNW since 2015, and he has two year old son and 22 month old daughter. Glenn's interests include hiking, skiing, cycling, etc. -- the PNW lifestyle, "along with being a history geek".
As is our custom, if there is any feedback from members about either of these proposed members, please contact a board member in writing by no later than noon Monday, Dec. 20. The club board will vote on both proposed members via email beginning on Monday evening.