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Eugene Southtowne Rotary is a service club of committed members partnering with Rotary International to provide support in service to local and worldwide communities through truth, fairness, goodwill, and better friendships, beneficial to us all.

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For years, Southtowne member Lauren Alexander worked as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital. 

When RiverBend opened, new equipment and supplies were purchased, and there was a surfeit of older, usable materials. 

Lauren suggested to hospital staff that, as a Rotarian, he could probably find a good use for those materials, and thus began Lauren’s second career, as procurer and supplier extraordinaire of medical equipment and supplies for developing countries.

Lauren has been involved in the shipment of 7 or 8 container loads that have gone to countries such as Honduras, 

Ivory Coast (West Africa), Ethiopia, People’s Republic of Congo, and Ghana. Those large shipments have included everything from hospital beds and gurneys to bed linens and scrubs. In addition, smaller volumes of supplies have been carried as checked baggage to Uganda, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Kenya, as well as boxes shipped to the Philippines. He often works with other Rotary clubs or other partners (e.g. Holt International and Ghana Hope Foundation) to make the shipments happen.

One shipment came about as a result of a TV program called “Secret Millionaire” that was shot in Oakridge in which a millionaire couple gave over a million dollars to Oakridge because of their depressed economy. The gift included a new ambulance. Lauren saw the show on TV and then read an article about it in the Register Guard. He talked with the Oakridge Fire Chief, which led to a connection with Dr. Ellen Heinitz, who lives in Grants Pass. Dr. Ellen had spent part of a summer working at a clinic in the Congo, and she knew that they needed an ambulance. She offered to buy Oakland’s old ambulance to ship to Africa, but the Oakridge city council voted to donate it to her. The ambulance was loaded with medical supplies, some of which came from Lauren’s ‘stash,’ and shipped. 

The ambulance has arrived intact at its intended destination. The people there celebrated.

Some of the medical supplies find homes that are more local, for example Eugene Mission, St. Vincent de Paul, and several local animal rescue organizations. The Impact Mission in San Francisco has picked up items several times, and donated CPAP machines, which can’t be sent overseas, are donated to a free sleep clinic in Corvallis.

Lauren needs help moving supplies/equipment out of Riverbend to storage, loading for shipment, and organizing.

Southtowne Rotarian Lauren Alexander Scores BIG POINTS in Kenya at Maua Hospital

Kathy Kingsbury a local retired teacher went with a group of Volunteers to Kenya. They worked at Maua Hospital. Lauren, from his hospital surplus, donated 2 huge suitcases with scrubs for the doctors. Southtowne with its District Designated Grant paid for the extra luggage. Inside the suitcases was a sign saying “A gift from South- towne Rotary”. See her response below and the pictures. Thanks Lauren for all you do!


“Karibu means welcome! The hospital staff are extremely appreciative of your gift and opened them immediately! The staff started wearing them that day! Sue Monroe (our VIM missionary there) said things can’t really be shipped. It takes too long and costs too much. But she could let you know when a Team is visiting and you could send a few bags with them again! Debbie and the youth may be going next summer! Gratefully, Kathy”


… And support our local Rotary Foundation.

Sign up today for the annual “scramble” event with three local Rotary Clubs. We will spend a pleasant afternoon out in the fresh air, a walk in the park, and a good fellowship with Rotary friends.

Watch for the sign up sheet and get your name on it!

The “scramble” format is not a ‘best ball’ but it is the TEAM’S BEST BALL that you get to use for your next shot.

Tuesday, September 16th, at RiverRidge with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

$60 entry fee includes golf, tee prizes, beverages, awards, door prizes and Foundation Donations.

Golf factoid
“If I hit it right, it’s a slice … to the left, it’s a hook … straight, it’s a miracle!”

Attached is picture of ambulance donated by city of Oakridge, OR and shipped by Dr. Ellen Heinitz, Grants Pass, OR, to Democratic Republic of Congo. The ambulance arrived and the following is a note from Dr. Ysu in Congo regarding their first use of the ambulance as a mobile clinic. Southtowne helped stock the ambulance with medical supplies and later helped with beds and other equipment for a small hospital. We also helped with a 40 foot container shipment of supplies and equipment that was shipped a few weeks ago. Dr. Ellen expects to be in the Congo when the shipment arrives in a few weeks.

Dr. Ysu's letter:

"I chose an area called Joli Site for our first medical excursion. I know the area well enough and through my little investigation, I found that proper health structures are not available. But that's really not my reason for picking that community. The ulterior motive is just to provide care to people who otherwise wouldn't get it. And making it free consultation, free meds, $5 for ultrasound that's a package no one could pass! So, they came by hundreds. We were only able to see about 70. We arrived at 9h20. A few minutes for setup and we started the work with great excitement. The pictures you see are before we started. But as the day went by, the message was going farther and farther. More and more people were coming. Children, women, men of all ages came. We saw interesting cases especially with the ultrasound. Some hernias, ovarian cysts, prostate hyperplasia, splenomegaly, gastric ulcers. We couldn't see all the people and we stopped at 5h30pm. Some were disappointed but we promised a comeback. I was told to expect more people next time. People came from farther than where the event took place. I really thought we would find 10 or if more just 20! I see that there is work to do and love to practice!"


This Year Rotary Friendship Exchange is an exchange between two Rotary districts involving a group of approximately twelve Rotarians (single, or with spouse) traveling to another country and that country sending a team to our district to be hosted here. They are hosted by local Rotary clubs and learn about culture, customs, Rotary service projects, etc. for about two weeks. Exchanges here are hosted by three to four areas of the district.

The District Friendship Exchange committee includes: Camille Ronzio, chair, Susie Hanner, Lew Marks, Bill Meier, Emily and Rick Francona, Bernice Barnett, and Don Arkell. These people chair local committees in their area of the district.

WHO IS COMING? In 2015 our district will host a team from Romania District 2241, Sweden District 2400, and possibly India District 3010. In 2016, we will host a team from Wales. We will be sending teams to Romania and Sweden in 2015 and to India and Wales in 2016.

OPPORTUNITY: Rotary International won second place in the United Airlines contest giving miles to non-profits. Four round-trip tickets will be given to one Friendship Exchange group that has a team going in 2015. We would like to enter this contest. The exchange is in May 2015 and will be for approximately two weeks. If you would not be able to go without a free airline ticket and have interest and have been involved in some way with Rotary exchanges, please e-mail Camille Ronzio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will send you an interest form.

INTERESTED IN INDIA: We have been asked to host a team from New Delhi in India in 2015. We would be sending a team in 2016 there. We need to determine if there is enough interest to fill a team of twelve. The team would be traveling at the end of January 2016. A side trip is planned to visit the Taj Mahal. If interested in this, please e-mail Camille Ronzio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Look for more information coming soon on our District 5110 website.

The district membership team are standing by to support clubs’ membership goals in a variety of ways. Presentations are available to clubs as a weekly program or as a special interactive online presentation to membership committees. Presentations available now are listed on the DaCdb “Speakers” page, with more to be added. A collection of membership resources are posted under “Files” on DaCdb. Club membership chairs not yet using DaCdb are strongly encouraged to set up their DaCdb account and take advantages of the information available there.

For club-specific issues, questions or assistance, support team members with experience in that area are available for one-on-one consultations with a membership committee or chair or club leaders - just do the “Ask!”

Additional opportunities to ask questions, share ideas or start a discussion are through the “Rotary District 5110 Membership Group” on LinkedIn. For more information contact Emily Francona.

Visit the Rotary Intl. website for lots of tips on Celebrating Membership Month!

program by Loren Crow

Loren Crow grew up in Oregon and northern California, graduated from Churchill High School in 1981, married his high school sweetheart Cheryl Mortenson in 1983, earned a BA degree from Northwest Christian College (Eugene). They moved to Nashville, TN, where Loren undertook graduate study in Hebrew Scriptures and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literatures. He completed the Ph.D. degree in 1994. He has taught at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and NCU in Eugene. Whenever possible, he spends his summers working as an archaeologist in Israel.

Loren's presentation was extremely interesting and his PowerPoint from the presentation can be found here. Below are a few notes from his talk:

  • Loren spoke a little about the history of Israel. A few facts:
    • Israel is smaller even than Egypt and 2/3 of the southern desert region is not farmable
    • The first mention of Israel in text is in 13th Century BC and Israel is referred to as a people, not a country. Damascus and Gaza are also mentioned as lands of Egypt.
    • In 9th Century BC, Israel is referred to as a nation
  • Loren's field of interest has been specifically the 7th Century BC when Assyrians were particularly influential
    • Assyrians conquered Samaria in 720 BC and were at this time dominant in Israel. Assyrians dominated Northern Israel during this time. Archaeologists discovered Assyrian pottery made in Israel that supports this history.
    • One unsolved mystery is where the majority of Northern Israelites went during this time as there is no evidence of exile or refuge.
    • Documentation shows an over-class of Assyrian rulers overseeing local Israelites who were not doing what they were told.
    • Further documentation shows that Israelites (with Hebrew names) could enter in contracts but only as a debtor, which implies class but also legal standing.
  • One benefit of archaeology is that it is void of ideology unlike textual references.
  • Archaeology shows that Israel has always been a multicultural land with competing groups, which is in conflict with the Bible's interpretation.
  • History asks us to work on the basis of evidence and to stay open to new information which can change our perspective and definition of truth. In our modern world, the concept of learning by asking historical questions is endangered.
  • Loren believes that teachers would attract more students to history if it were taught from the perspective of a sleuth vs. fact memorization.
  • History has the power to revolutionize how we live and interpret modern day conflicts. History promotes peace.


There was also a brief discussion about Israel and Palestine in current events. Thank you to Loren for sharing his expertise and insight with us!



presented by Tom Greider, Roehl & Yi Investment Advisors LLC

Tom is a Financial Life Planning advisor, having earned the Registered Life Planner designation through Kinder Institute of Life Planning. Financial Life Planning is the process of melding money with meaning. It allows people to live richer, fuller lives – personally, professionally, financially, and spiritually.

Tom is also a member of the Heritage Institute, an organization that is nationally recognized for its “family before fortune” approach to financial planning.

In addition, Tom provides employee education for 401(k) plan participants through group and individual meetings. He also acts as a liaison with retirement plan trustees and investment committees.

Tom was a professional tennis coach for 36 years and owned Willowbrook Raquet Club and worked for YMCA for 12 years.

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Highlights from the Presentation:

All people can benefit from financial life planning. It helps you to better understand the purpose of your money and wealth. Without knowing what gives you vigor and passion in your lives, it is difficult to know how much money you will need in your retirement years. Anyone, regardless of your assets, all of us have dreams and desires we would like to see fulfilled before we leave this earth. People in a transition stage of their life, especially, can benefit whether job change, retirement, death of a spouse, divorce, etc.

Money is just a tool and how you use that tool is important. There's a balance between hoarding money and spending too much money.

One example of how this helped a client is Elizabeth Gates, an elderly lady who went through the financial planning process and a passion for photography was uncovered. The process helped her to publish a book of photography and sell it up and down the Oregon Coast.

Another example was an insurance entrepreneur who sold his company in order to pursue work within our community.

This is emotional. It's about analyzing your life and your passions and investing in what's important.

Financial planning brings spouses and family members together toward lifetime goals. It allows them to share discovered and undiscovered passions. It takes 3-4 confidential conversations to get the process started and it is a coaching process. Tom has always been a coach.

Tom provided a packet to each of us to help begin the process.


  • Dr. Guy Higashi is the president of New Hope Christian College in Eugene. The college was first established in 1925 and next year will be celebrating its 100th annivesary!
  • New Hope has its main campuses in Eugene and Honolulu but also has partnerships with campuses in Taiwan and Myanmar and a full online program.
  • There are about 225 students at the Eugene campus and about 200 at the Honolulu campus.
  • The college is fully accredited and has many 2-year and 4-year programs available.
  • Most programs revolve around Biblical Studies and Theology but there are many others offered including Business Administration and Crisis Response.
  • Dr Higashi has been in Oregon for three years and travels back to Hawaii several times a year to see family. He has four children and four grandchildren.
  • He recently was in Hawaii helping his aging parents and the topic of leaving a legacy came up. Dr. Higashi encouraged everyone to live a life that will make a positive impact!
  • Christian Education is important in America because it has helped shape our country and where we are today.
  • Many of the largest campuses in the US were founded as Christian institutions: Harvard, Yale, Princeton to name a few.
  • It allows the students to develop their world view in a safe and positive environment

presented by John Brown, Southtowne member, partner at Evan, Elder & Brown, and commissioner for EWEB's Board of Commissioners.

If you ever want to know anything about what is happening in Eugene, John is the man.

Highlights of the presentation:

  • John has been in Eugene over 60 years and spoke about the changes over the years.
  • John predicts is that the next 10 years hold a greater magnitude of change than what he's seen the past 50-60 years
  • The urban growth boundary was created in the 70s
  • Envision Eugene is happening now to figure out how we are going to grow over the next 20-30 years. They will expand the urban growth boundary in some ways including the areas around LCC and West Eugene for residential and industrial
  • We are totally out of industrial land
  • Another possible area of growth is out by the airport
  • Rezoning will happen for multi-family and commercial
  • There will be maximum lot sizes and density will increase similar to how it is down Patterson and up Hilyard.
  • Goodpasture Island Road is growing dramatically and an expanded bridge is going up over Delta in order to accommodate traffic.
  • Traffic is about to get a lot worse and reliance on alternative modes of transportation will increase. All the new buildings are being built right up to the road and so roads will not widen.
  • Ferry Street Bridge is the area that will change the most. Apartments, small lots, and senior housing are all coming in to that area and traffic is already challenging.
  • University district development is beginning to slow because of current density levels.
  • Springfield is growing also, just not to as much of a degree.
  • We used to be reactive in terms of economic development but the tide is shifting to promote this area. No land to develop on and a challenging development environment are obstacles in that process.
  • Hynix, even though they are no longer here, are still one of the top 10 taxpayers in lane county. Large companies add a lot of revenue to our economy.
  • Monaco's property consisted of over a million square feet. All of that property is leased and becoming not enough for the companies that have moved in.
  • Probable Rumor: Occupation of Hynix is close to becoming a reality
  • Probable Rumor: A hotel near Valley River
  • Probable Rumor: A Conference center
  • Oregon state police will relocate and build new buildings
  • Probable Rumor: Whole foods is coming
  • Other growth: Natural Grocers is almost built on Coburg, Starbucks is moving from Pearl to an expanded location on Broadway, Crazy student housing projects are almost complete, Civic stadium will finally become something new and prosporous and the new YMCA will be built, new and remodeled schools are happening all over the city, the beer district continues to grow and expand (Ninkasi is the 5th largest brewery in the nation and doesn't even have a national presence yet) - and there is much more
  • This is the most extensive growth we've seen in the past 30 years.
  • John's opinion is we need to grow, but we need to grow smart. Fortunately we've been able to keep this an attractive area to live in but it will be a challenge to maintain that over the next decade or two.
  • Downtown Springfield and Glenwood are both growing and expanding and will look much different a few years from now.
  • Drastic change is a reality.
  • It's becoming very important to look at where you live and are going to live because everything around you is changing.
  • There are 7-8000 apartment units being built that won't be used by students
  • A new State Mental Hospital in Junction City is proving to provide infrastructure challenges. But Junction City is a huge area of opportunity.
  • EWEB is in good shape to support the growth and riverfront properties are up for sale and negotiations are ongoing with major developers for that riverfront area.

presented by Fred Crafts

Radio Redux is a Eugene-based repertory theater company that celebrates “theater of the mind” programs like those of the Golden Age of Radio. As a result, it encourages patrons to stretch their imaginations in ways that contemporary cultural activities rarely do.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Its a Wonderful Life
  • Casablanca
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Lost Horizon

Radio Redux started at the Wildish Theatre and they've been selling out for the past 5 years. They are moving on to the Hult Center and performances begin October 31. Fred Crafts was the art editor at the Register Guard for several years.

Listen to a snippet of Fred and fellow actors perform here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kr2kvuhsysyoyq8/Radio%20Redux.m4a



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