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A Rotary Friendship Exchange team of twelve people from Romania and Moldova will be visiting Oregon in August. RFE is an exchange program where Rotarians from different districts around the world visit each other’s districts, learning about the other country’s culture and developing friendships. Twelve Oregonians visited Romania and Moldova in May, and now a team from there will visit our district. One member of this team is an artist, Elvira Cemortan-Volosin.

Elvira Cemortan-Volosin is a native of the Republic of Moldova and is President of the Cultural Center Artelit in Chisinau, Moldova. She graduated from the Academy of Music, Theatre and Arts in 1995 and focused initially on tapestry work. She later expanded her focus as she was guided by mysteries and visions to a new arena of exceptionally beautiful work, which has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in her native country of Moldova,as well as in Brussels,Paris, and Romania. Her latest exhibition is entitled Ethnos, and it will be available for viewing and purchase at New Zone Gallery on August 14th and 15.

A reception honoring Cemortan-Volosin will be held on Saturday, August 15, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the gallery. Half of the proceeds from the sale of her works will go to Eugene Southtowne Rotary’s Literacy Project, and the other half will go to a Moldovan charity project, Books for Every Child, which Cemortan- Volosin sponsors in Moldova. 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 15 at the New Zone Gallery!

The following words are from George Kloeppel's son, Ken: "Right around the time Mother Nature swept over the Puget Sound, reminding us what rain feels like, the Lord took away my dad, George Kloeppel. He passed quietly, surrounded by loved ones, and long time friends, in the place he loved more than anywhere - Vashon Island. I guess you can't ask for more, but it sure seemed too quick for those who know him. I love you and miss you Dad. I'll trim the blackberries now, you rest."

From Ann Saunderson, George's former wife: "The above is our son’s Facebook post with a beautiful set of photos of George. He came back to his beloved beach and home Wed. pm, Hospice admit Thurs am, died Sunday July 26 @6:19 pm. Thank you all for prayers and support. His death is a shock in that from diagnosis to peaceful death the time was barely 3 months and his ‘retirement’ was so brief. With love, Ann"

Celebration of Life on Friday Aug. 7 @ 11am, Church of the Holy Spirit, Vashon.

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) registration is open.

What is RLI? RLI is a leadership development program for all Rotarians who are interested in learning more about Rotary, The Rotary Foundation and maybe even leadership potential in their clubs and the district. It is not a replacement of the District Leadership Academy.

RLI also provides leadership skill development which would be applicable for volunteer organizations in general, delivered in three Saturday sessions over a year. This is a great program for new Rotarians and long-time Rotarians. Everyone is invited!

RLI will be a series of three Saturday workshops, Fall, Winter and Spring. The sessions will be held in Eugene, Coos Bay, Bend and Medford. The Saturdays are staggered such that if you cannot make a session in your “quadrant,” there are other opportunities elsewhere in the District. Sessions must be taken in order.

Dates are:

Session 1, Bend & Coos Bay - September 12th; Eugene & Medford - October 17th

Session 2, Bend - October 17th; Coos Bay - December 5th; Medford - January 16th; Eugene - Feb. 6th

Session 3, Bend - December 5th; Coos Bay - February 20th; Medford & Eugene - March 12th;

Many clubs have said they would pay the registration fee, so check with your club. If you have any questions please contact Pat Fahey or me. Registration covers lunch, materials and some travel expenses for the Faculty as necessary.

Register NOW for Rotary Leadership Institute - September 12, 2015.To register, log into, go to the calendar, and click on the registration link for RLI on September 12th.


Yours in Rotary Service, Tim Mobley, Co-Chair RLI, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Volunteers from Eugene Mountain Rescue (EMR) discussed the history of EMR, what they do, and most important—why they do it for our community. They  also shared stories about their experiences—boots, ropes, carabiners, and crampons on the ground and in the air.

Visit them here:

Notes from the presentation:

EMR missions mostly include searching for lost hikers, as well as vehicles that get stuck. Looking for people who just went "wandering" is frequent, as are searches for hunters (particularly mushroom hunters).

There are about 1000 search and rescue meetings in Oregon and 100 in Lane County. Types of missions tend to vary by season and Spring is the least number of incidents. Summer is definitely the worst.

Males from 21-30 are the demographic that get lost the most.

EMR participates in steeper mountainous rescues as well as remote rescues.

There are lots of rescue groups in Lane County who work with Eugene Mountain Rescue and each other to include:

  • Lane County Water Search and Rescue Team
  • Lane County Ground Search and Rescue Team (mostly evidence related searches)
  • Explorer Post 178 (ground searches and base camp set up)
  • Lane County Mounted Posse (trail searching & transport)
  • Lane County Special Vehicles Group (remote areas)
  • Lane County Amateur Radio Operators (establish communication)
  • Lane County Search Dogs
  • Nordic Ski Group

Searcher's safety is especially important. If it isn't safe to get to someone, they don't go.

When a 911 call comes in, the sheriff's deputy does a bit of fact finding and then a "hasty team" reports to the scene to do a quick search from the point last seen. 70% of searches are resolved at this step. If preliminary searching does not find the subject, additional resources are called in.

Not all calls are treated equally. Factors that determine urgency include weather and expected weather, age and medical condition of the subject, and experience of the subject and how well equipped. Kids are obviously treated with the highest amount of urgency.

Containment is one of the most important strategies. Finding a point that the person definitely had been is important.

If you are lost, STAY PUT. Hug a tree. Don't keep wandering.

If you are going, make sure you tell someone!

Our speaker mentioned that this case has always haunted her: One thing about being a rescuer is that sometimes, lives are lost or people are not found. But it is very rewarding when lives are saved or closure is brought to a family who otherwise may have always wondered.


The 30-year Anniversary Celebration of Project Amigo goes on! Last month four students graduated from the University of Colima - bringing the number of college graduates to 53! And there’s more good news and fun to share.

Meet Project Amigo’s new Executive Directors

Jenna and Alex Saldaña bring bilingualism, biculturalism and an array of other talents and skills to the Executive Director position at Project Amigo. Jenna has spent extensive time in Nicaragua and Mexico; Alex has spent exten- sive time in the United States. Both have a good understanding of each other’s culture. Jenna received a BA and MA in English Literature from Eastern Michigan University. Alex graduated from the Technical University of Queretaro with a degree in production processes. Both have worked in international development - in Nicaragua and in Ecuador.

Before he gives a speech, K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran doesn’t like flowery, adulatory introductions. They make him uncomfortable. The 2015-16 Rotary president would rather keep a low profile and share the credit. If it were up to him, you probably wouldn’t even be reading this article.

Negotiating Days of Tranquility during the Sri Lankan civil war so that health workers could administer drops of polio vaccine? Although it was on his desk that the agreement landed, he says, a lot of people worked to make that happen. Rebuilding 23 tsunami-damaged schools for 14,000 children? He merely led the committee. Taking a label-printing business from a small outfit operating in a space the size of a garage to a global powerhouse in the packaging business that has helped change the value-added tea industry in his country? Well, he simply happened to be in the right place at the right time.

“I’m sometimes introduced as a self-made man,” says Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo. “You’ve got to be utterly egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.

One of the reasons I work so much for Rotary is that I have been helped by so many people, and often you never have a chance to reciprocate,” he explains. “The only way you can is by helping others. When the people I help ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I say, ‘Go and help someone else in return.’”

For Ravindran, paying it forward isn’t a fad, it’s a way of life. His theme for this Rotary year, Be a Gift to the World, also summarizes his personal philosophy. Read more at

Presidential Theme

2015-16: Be a Gift to The World

Rotary International Presidential Theme 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. “Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world.”




Presented by Dr. Paul Chavin, a member of the downtown club.  Dr. Chavin is a practicing OB/GYN in our area and past Chief of Staff at McKenzie Willamette Hospital. He is also past Chairman of the Board of Pacific Source Health Plans
Notes from his presentation:
Dr. Barnhart who performed the first heart transplant said that he was speaking in South Africa, and was chauffeured by a young man who was force to watch his lecture. He repeated back his lecture to him to entertain him. Michael Debakey, that question is so simple, I'm going to have my chauffeur answer it.
Dr. Chavin came to Eugene in 1977. At that time, Sacred Heart had its downtown clinic. The Eugene Hospital was alive and well and McKenzie Willamette had just expanded.
The Ducks had just hired Rich Brooks with a salary at $35,000.
Elvis had passed away at 42.
Deliveries and abortions were about the same price: $300
What's changed?
In 1986, it became law that emergency rooms could not turn people away. This dramatically affected health care.
The genesis of specialty areas (like Slocum) have grown because they have no emergency room and don't have to provide "free" services.
ICD10 is the international statistical classification of diseases and all doctors must use it. There are currently 16,000 codes and they will all change.
Hospice was introduced in the 60s which has extended the life of the dying by 29 days on average.
Technology has been introduced continually, like the Nuclear Magnetic Residence (which was renamed to MRI.)
The Oregon Death with Dignity act was introduced in 1997.
Assisted Living Homes were introduced.
We've recently had the 50th anniversary of Medicare.
Today and in the future:
Today we can get flu shots at pharmacies.
DNA testing and genotyping, robotic surgery, tele-medicine, and self diagnosis are all on the rise.
Pandemics are on the rise.
Medicine is increasingly being performed as a team sport.
Generic drug prices are going up and will continue to do so. (Acquaint yourself with theNNT.Com -- is there evidence you should be taking that drug?)
We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. Today's gospel is tomorrow's heresy.

Our country does a great job with acute care but a poor job with preventative care. Managed care is a ridiculous idea designed to provide as few services to those covered as possible.
Dr. Chavin's opinion is that the system is unfair and set up badly. He believes we are headed toward national health care.




Greg and Kieran Walsh are both Shelter Box Ambassadors and members of Delta Rotary in Eugene. They have been representing Shelter Box in District 5110 since early 2014. Shelter Box is an International Relief Organization based in Cornwall, England that is sponsored by Rotary International. Relief supplies may include shelter, sleeping items and cooking utensils as needed following major disasters. Such disasters include earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, etc.


Notes from Kieran's presentation:

ShelterBox fills a gap in aid provision.

There are 60 employees and hundreds of volunteers. Highly trained ShelterBox response team volunteers work diligently to ensure these emergency supplies reach the most vulnerable families and communities.

ShelterBox provides assistance in terms of proper shelter to help survivors through the first few days, weeks and months as they rebuild their lives.

Each ShelterBox  typically contains:

  • a custom-made tent designed to withstand extreme temperatures with built in mosquito screens, privacy screens, and good ventilation
  • thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets
  • water purification equipment
  • a multi-fuel stove and cooking/eating equipment
  • a basic tool kit
  • children's packs with drawing books, crayons, and pens

In Malyasia, during intense monsoon rains which are causing the worst floods in decades, the first ShelterBox volunteers arrived in late December to assist with assessment and distribution. One team established a camp with 100 tents, water availability, kitchen and toilet facilities. The team worked with local authorities and councils to form a coordinated response and were able to establish the camp in three days. They were able to pass on their knowledge and experience in creating and managing the camps long-term.

In Haiti, 200,000 families were taken care of by ShelterBox. Since then, another 100,000 replacement tents were sent.

How you can help:

  • donating - $1000 pays for one box including it's assembly and delivery and the staff/volunteers needed to manage the program
  • fundraising - rally support and coordinate an event to buy a box
  • volunteering - ShelterBox relies on volunteers to help fulfill the mission.

The boxes stay in the communities including the box to be reused as needed. The tents will last up to 3 years.

On May 31, 11 Rotary volunteers together with Head Start staff provided a day of fun to celebrate the end of the year at Fairfield Head Start. Over 100 children and parents came It included parachute play, fingerpainting, making stepping stones, planting plants, hula hoops, reading, face painting, sponge relays and an obstacle course. The snow cone machines that Southtowne rented were a big hit! Thanks to Linda Anderson for all her work in chairing this event! Thanks to all the Rotarians and family members who helped make this a memorable event for these families.

Claire Wiles is a North Eugene High School teacher and Navy reservist who served for a year in Iraq and will speak about her experiences and her knowledge of Iraq. The following are notes from her presentation:

Shia v Sunni 101...
  • Both are Muslim.
  • The death of Muhammad created a divide politically. Some sought elective (Sunni) leadership and others were in favor of hereditary (Shia) leadership.
  • Quran interpretation is also a divisive point.
  • Iran's reach in to Iraq is a result of trying to protect its Shia people.
In the Beginning...
  • Saddam ruled Iraq.
  • Opposition forces including terror groups were closely monitored and controlled, which of course, the US changed.
  • Iraq government was dominated by Sunni leaders. Saddam wanted to make sure the Shia were not able to get power.
Enter the US...
  • Short sighted anti-Baathist (anti-Sunni) policies were not focused on nation building.
  • We were at war with terrorists, not Iraq.
  • Unemployment became rampant. People were starving and blamed Americans.
  • The US disbanded the Iraqi army and as a result sent highly trained men with weapons home unemployed.
  • We didn't clean up weapons depots, which then outfitted the Sunni armies.
  • Incarceration = Radicalizing. There was no selection of guilty vs innocent and it took months to return innocent men to families. Many became terrorists while incarcerated.
  • The largest prison became, essentially, a terrorist University. Americans turned their back on that prison due to lack of personnel.
  • The US turned a blind eye to sectarian violence (100 bodies a day).
  • There was no political surge to match military surge.
Enter AQI...
  • Means al-Queda in Iraq.
  • They are Violent and Extreme.

Sectarian Division...

  • The Iraqi prime minister targeted his Sunni Vice President. Shia took over when Americans left.
  • ISIS came along and played in to the hands of the enraged Sunnis.
  • ISIS is a terrorist group with a sprinkle of leadership and statesmanship. They know how to run a territory they take over.

The Way Ahead...US Troops Should Not Be Introduced...

  • Everyone wants to kill Americans so there will be an increased appeal to foreign fighters if America elects to engage.
  • American involvement sharpens and evolves terrorist tactics.
  • It is difficult for US troops to work in that environment. We would be asking troops to serve with people they were trying to kill in 2006-08.
  • Force protection becomes the focus for US troops.
  • American involvement increases propaganda and provides a common enemy and increases unity of disparate factions. If we do not get involved, there is a real possibility that ISIS will destroy itself.
  • Our involvement will not resolve underlying issues that led to the formation of ISIS. Terrorism is a Hydra. Chop off the head and it will grow another. Infrastructure, employment, etc. is what Iraq needs. US troops enforce helplessness.

The Best Future Overcomes Dis-empowerment...

  • Unless we plan to stay in Iraq for 50 years, the Iraqi people need to be empowered to develop infrastructure, the economy, and "national guard" security.

Click here to see Clair's full powerpoint presentation.

 *the image is of a map indicating territory ISIS would like to control


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