District 5100 Governor Renee Campbell will be visiting our club as one of the early stops on her year-long tour of every Rotary Club in the district. She'll provide an update on the district's happenings and how our club plays a role in her goals for the year.
Renee has served in many roles in the Rotary Club of Salem and was their President in 2011-12 after serving as Assistant Governor of Salem Region North from 2013-2015. She continues to operate the commercial printing business she started with her husband may years ago.
Clark County Region North Assistant Governor Ralph Akin will introduce Renee at our meeting.
The Rotary Club of Three Creeks is proud to announce that Tina Vlachos has completed her checklist of Red Badge requirements and is next in line for graduation to her glossy new Blue Badge.
Vlachos completed her list earlier this week when she visited the Rotary Club of Vancouver Metro Sunrise. She was inducted into membership in the club in December 2016, and has been working diligently to complete her checklist.
Club President Susanne Holmberg will preside over the official graduation ceremony Thursday, Aug. 31, with District Governor Renee Campbell in attendance.
Congratulations Tina, and great work!
Maxie Lofton is the marketing communications coordinator at Clark Public Utilities. Her role at the utility is mainly focused around community involvement and outreach. One of her largest events of the year is the annual Race for Warmth, which she produced from the start.
Since 1985, Operation Warm Heart has provided nearly $2.4 million to over 11,000 customers who are barely making ends meet, but don't qualify for other government programs that could help them pay their winter bills. As other sources of aid continue to be cut, more of our customers rely on Operations Warm Heart for assistance.
Every dollar of your Race for Warmth registration goes directly to Operations Warm Heart. Over the last two years the race alone has raised over $56,000 for local families..
Jolene Nelson will introduce Lofton at our meeting.
August is Rotary International's Membership Month, a month when membership retention and recruitment is an even higher priority than normal.
And the Rotary Club of Three Creeks is out of the gates quickly.
At our regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3, President Susanne inducted our newest Rotarian, Jessie Harris and we welcomed James Neste back to the club.
The addition of these two members brings our membership count back to 23.
Our goal for the 2017-18 Rotary Year is to expand our membership to 30. We encourage all members to bring guests to Rotary, and show them that really isn't what the perception of Rotary is. If you have membership ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact President Elect Nominee/Membership Director Scot Brantley.
At last night's regular club meeting, President Susanne installed Jessie Harris as the club's newest member, and James Neste was reinstated to membership in the club.
Harris is an escrow broker with Chicago Title in Vancouver, and a resident of Battle Ground, where she lives with her husband Jeff. Her sponsor is Jolene Nelson. Harris attended a club meeting for the first time during our June 15 offsite at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery. She went home and submitted her membership application the same night. A week later, she and Jeff attended the Bring Your Pet to Rotary Fellowship at 3Peaks, Since her first meeting, she has only missed one Rotary interaction and that was due to being away on vacation.
Neste was involved with the Rotary Club of Three Creeks during the formative months of the summer in 2016. Shortly before the club was chartered, he needed to step aside due to professional obligations and time constraints due to his job. He is excited to be back in the club now that those professional and time constraints are no longer an issue. At his first meeting back to the club, Neste wasted no time in reaching out to Service Projects Director Steve Pash, expressing interest in joining Pash's committee.
We extend our warmest welcome and happiness to have both James and Jessie in the Rotary Club of Three Creeks. We are excited about the good things to come from both of you!