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.