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.