Members (and prospective members) as well as some family members of the Rotary Club of Three Creeks spent a little over an hour Saturday, March 10 planting trees at Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center.
It was the club's service project for March, and it fulfilled Rotary International President Ian Riseley's wish that each club would plant one tree for each of its members during the current Rotary year.
Members Susanne Holmberg, Scot Brantley, Kristi Straight, Steve Pash, Kerrie Cloyd, and Kelley Campbell were in attendance, helped by Brantley's son Nolan, Campbell's daughter Caroline, Straight's husband Tommy and their children, and prospective members Charlie Hanson and Zack Goldfinch.
Paul Montague, Business Services Coordinator with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce will be speaking on the Chamber’s partnership with WorkSource in providing free recruitment and training services to Chamber members. When Chamber members need help finding candidates for open positions,WorkSource and the Chamber can help them refine their job postings, get them posted, screen candidates and (in some circumstances) provide on the job training for new workers, and incumbent worker training for existing workers.
This offsite meeting will be held at Vancouver Fire Station #7, located at 12603 NE 72nd Avenue in Vancouver.
After more than 22 year in the telecommunications industry, Paul began working at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce in April of 2005. Since then, he has served as Membership Development Director for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO of Identity Clark County, and Executive Director of the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, prior to returning to GVCC in October 2017.
There's a new name for our newsletter, and a new approach to promote our upcoming meetings.
"Tributaries" has been chosen as the new name for our newsletter. The name represents the three creeks (Cougar, Salmon and Whipple) that eventually flow into Lake River -- each of them serving as tributaries of the Columbia River.
This week, we also introduce a brief video edition of Tributaries, which will be used on our Facebook page, website and this newsletter to help promote our upcoming meeting.
We hope the video Tributaries will help raise awareness of our meetings, and will be something attractive to varying audiences.
Please feel free to let us know what you think. Here is the first video edition of Tributaries, starring our own President Susanne.
Here's a link to the very first video Tributaries.
Prestige Development and Prestige Theaters owner Elie Kassab delivered a wonderful program at our meeting on February 15 at Luke Jensen Sports Park.
Kassab shared his life story, including his experience of moving from his home country of Lebanon to the United States in 1971.
One of the more vivid memories Elie shared was about meeting a sailor while admiring a big ship when he was seven years old. The sailor gave him a Pay Day candy bar, and to this day, the Pay Day is Elie's favorite candy bar. To that end, Elie brought a Pay Day for each of those at the meeting. Elie also shared memories about an uncle who put up his farm to guarantee Elie's character in his Visa application to the United States. He also confided how he selected a U.S. college from his acceptance into both Oregon State University and Portland Community College.
"I flipped a quarter," Kassab said. "Portland Community College won."
"Elie’s inspiring story is a classic American success story; immigrating from Lebanon to attend college in Portland, making such a huge difference in the transformation of downtown Vancouver," said visiting Rotarian Paul Montague (Greater Clark County), who attended our meeting because of our program.
Larry Smith, a visiting Rotarian from the Vancouver club, also attended to hear Kassab's program.
"Elie is a community champion and a sincere friend to Clark County," Smith said. "His contributions and leadership have moved our community forward."
A total of 27 people attended the meeting, which is the largest audience yet for the nearly two-year-old club. A number of prospective members were included in that attendance.
The club also inducted its 26th member, as President Susanne Holmberg introduced Kerrie Cloyd to the members.
Next up for the Rotary Club of Three Creeks is a hands-on event, providing volunteers to the Every 28 Days feminine hygiene products drive and celebration at Mill Creek Pub in Battle Ground.
Dancing With the Local Stars 2.0 organizers are excited to announce that Stephanie Lynn, owner of Sweet Spot Skirts has joined the cast of Dancing With the Local Stars 2.0. Due to an event out of her control, Julie Olson will not be able to perform on March 24, so Stephanie has stepped in to dance and to help raise funds for youth programs and community service projects.
Here's the really fun part - fun is what you should expect if you know Stephanie - Stephanie and Julie will team up on their fundraising efforts, with hopes to (as Stephanie says) "crush the fundraising goal!".
Elie Kassab will share "America Helped Make Me What I Am", his story of immigrating to the United States from Lebanon.
Kassab, who taught himself to be a master jeweler and owned a jewelry business in Portland for decades before moving to Vancouver, is president of Prestige Development and Prestige Cinemas.
"I was at the right place, at the right time, with the right people in my life, and with a lot of hard work, and little luck, and the guidance from above, and the love of my mother and father, and of the USA, to which I am very grateful for giving me the opportunity to serve my family, community and church," Elie says.
Kassab has been deeply involved in the creating the fabric of Vancouver and Clark County over the years and has been instrumental in organizations including the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County, and the Vancouver sister-city relationship with Joyo Japan.
Nayla Kassab will introduce Elie at this meeting.
Hasson Company Realtors Managing Broker and Clark County Council Member John Blom has joined the cast of Dancing With the Local Stars 2.0.
Blom was added to the group of Local Stars raising funds for the Rotary Club of Three Creeks with the withdrawal of Mike Bomar.
"We regret that Mike had to step aside, but I am very happy to welcome John to the cast," said Rotary Club of Three Creeks President Susanne Holmberg. "John is a good friend and a wonderful community leader and we are thrilled he was available on such short notice."
John is a recepient of the Marshall Leadership Award, alum of Leadership Clark County (2014) and a past president of the Clark County Association of Realtors. He also served on the Clark County Planning Commission prior to being elected to the County Council. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children. He enjoys running and has completed numerous 5k and 10k runs, as well as barbecuing, and traveling with his family.
Buying tickets for the event, and voting for your favorite dancers, can be done by clicking here.
Dancing With the Local Stars 2.0, the Rotary Club of Three Creeks' first fundraiser, is set to go, Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Windy Hills Winery in Ridgefield.
Tickets are now on sale through the club's website, and we encourage club members to purchase early, as the event is expected to sell out and tickets will likely go quickly.
Local celebrities Mike Bomar, Scot Brantley, Dene Grigar, Kelly Love, Julie Olson and Jeff Swanson will be the stars of the show, helping the club raise money for Rotary Youth Exchange and Three Creeks hands-on service projects.
While you're on the site, be sure and take some time to read about the event and the dancers. You can even help your favorite dancer toward winning the Grand Championship and the mirror ball trophy by making a donation on your favorite dancer's page.
This group of dancers is a lot of fun. It's going to be a great event, and there is already quite a buzz around the community about this event coming back.
Don't miss out!
James Neste will present "Advertising on Google". His program will particularly feature some examples of advertising on Google, including SEO and paid advertising, with an explanation of the history, different avenues of advertising and best practices and "how-to" examples.
James has lived in Vancouver for more than four years. He went to the University of Oregon and studied philosophy. He's originally from Tillamook Ore., and has enjoyed his career in sales and Internet marketing. He has four years experience in Internet Marketing. He says his job is fun because it provides the challenge of a continuous learning curve as the operating parameters/technology is always changing.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks continues to make an impact in its community, having spent an evening painting two rooms at Share's Hazel Dell shelter.
Six members of the club, joined by a proposed member, a potential member and a husband shared some of their time on a Thursday evening to paint two rooms that were in need of refreshing.
And the impact was positive.
In one room, children of the shelter even had a chance to try their hand at painting led by Scot and Charlie. It wasn't the smoothest experience, but it certainly put smiles on the faces of these young children from families facing hard times.
Share staffers were impressed by the amount of work that was done, and the impact that was made by Rotarians. And a handful of children took away a memory filled with smiles.
Many thanks go to Jessie Harris and her husband Jeff who purchased and donated all of the paint, materials and equipment needed to complete the projects.