Weekly Member News

Weekly Member News

Last Updated: 12/15/17

Sock-It-To-Me Time!

Over the years, we have collected and distributed over 80,000 pairs of socks and underwear to those in need via St. Vinnie’s and Head Start, thanks to your generosity. This year, the need is even greater and hopefully with your help, we can be there to lend a hand. We need socks and underwear for boys, girls, men and women. Please help us help others.

You can set up collection boxes at your place of work and one of Santa’s helpers would be more than happy to pick them up. If you prefer, we will have a collection box at all of our meetings up to Christmas week. If you prefer to write a check, please make it out to Southtowne Rotary and in the memo section, write ‘socks’. Please give checks to either Scott or Ben Mondragon. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Ben.

Holiday Food Boxes Assembly and Delivery

Friday, December 22, 5:00pm
Meyer Garage: 3987 Brae Burn Drive

Please call or email Nancy (nancyleemeyer@gmail.com) if you would like to help deliver some holiday cheer to families who are struggling with food insecurity!

Club Lunches

Since September, we have experimented with a variety of catering options as part of our quest to provide healthy, tasty and reasonably priced lunches. A big thank you to our ad hoc committee that has worked hard to accomplish this goal. Please make sure you thank Scott Wilbur, Brena Anderson, Sara Mellgren, Susie Hanner, Kathi Hoffer, Ray Schneidmiller, and Andrea Lamanna for their work on the ad hoc committee.

The club has managed to move from a weekly loss of several hundred dollars to breaking even with our lunches. We will be able to use our resources for projects and other services, thus honoring our motto of “Service Above Self”. At the board meeting last week, your board voted unanimously to do the following:

  • Appoint a standing lunch committee to handle issues associated with providing catered lunches for our meetings at the Vets Club,
  • Arrange for MLK Catering to provide meals on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, as well as 5th Thursdays when they occur.
  • Procure lunch from other caterers on the first and third Thursdays of the month,
  • Continue to explore options for securing and cleaning real dishes and flatware in lieu of paper plates and plastic flatware.
  • Continue to provide our own beverages (coffee, tea, etc.),
  • Pay for two people from the Mission’s Life Skills program to be at the Vets Club to help with room set-up and take-down, and
  • We will typically be ordering 50 meals each week. With outside caterers, we don’t have the ability to provide spur-of-the-moment food, so we encourage you to claim your place in line early.

We are grateful for your patience with this process and for providing us with your feedback. We need volunteers for the standing lunch committee so here is your chance to help us serve our members to the highest possible standard. Please know that your board strives to improve the functioning of the club and is always open to suggestions for improvement.

Lunch Assistance

When it is convenient, please consider arriving to our club meeting early to help with setting up the room or stay a few minutes after the meeting to help break down the room. Thanks so much for your consideration.

Ken Goyer Humanitarian Award

Ken Goyer was a Southtowner who personified the Rotary concept of Service Above Self. After Ken passed away, this award was created to honor others who also live those humanitarian ideals.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Ken Goyer Award for Humanitarian Service. The award, presented by Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club on or before April 2018, will be given to a citizen of Lane County who has performed exceptional hands-on service to the world.

Please submit a letter of nomination to Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club prior to December 31, 2017:
P.O. Box 5158, Eugene 97405.

Southtowne Birthdays

Happy Birthday, Southtowne members! Please remember to join us at the first meeting of your birthday month to be recognized!

1 — Ben Mondragon
4 — Blaine Werner
5 — Anita Weiss
11 — Laura Abruzzini
14 — Camille Ronzio
16 — Jantzen Lloyd
22 — Charlie Craytor
23 — Stephanie Hirche
23 — Mike Raz
28 — Mitch Hagstrom
28 — Nancy Glines
31 — Nick Balthrop

1 — John Pfanner
1 — Pat Miller
6 — Ray Schneidmiller,
8 — Nancy Hughes
8 — Andy Laird
12 — Rogelio Cassol
18 — Bert Toepel
23 — Dick Briggs
28 — Mark Gissiner
30 — Ron Sticka
30 — Susan Costa
30 — Matt Adams

3 — Burnell Ambrose
6 — Don Steely
7 — Ted Stevens
12 — Walt Meyer
14 — Kate Stokes
27 — Tony Reyneke

5 — Jenny Joyhnson
8 — Steve Koester
12 — Barb Tull
18 — Deana Rivera
20 — Sam Miller
30 — Gerry Gaydos

Consequences for Late Dues

At the last board meeting, the board decided to reinstate a past policy pertaining to unpaid dues:

  • A $5/month fee will be assessed for late dues.
  • After 4 months, the member’s name will be brought to the board, and a solution will be sought.
  • After 6 months, the member may be terminated.

Letter from Our Sponsored Student at Project Amigo

This is a translation of the letter Nancy Meyer just received.

Dear sponsors: Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club with attention to Nancy Meyer

I hope you are very well. First, I would like to thank you again for all the support you have been giving me, which has helped me a lot.

Lately, from time to time I’ve been under a little pressure because I really have a lot of projects to finish because evaluations and the end of the term is coming. One of the projects that I have to finish is a history album about several very famous people. I’m looking forward to the exams.

This month, it is also very fun because at the end of October I went to “The Fair of All Saints.” Even though I played a only a few games I still had a lot of fun. Also sometimes in the afternoon I met some friends and we went to “Los Portales de Suchitlán” just to have a cake and a frappe. I like this because we had a good time talking.

A few days ago the “Santa Cecilia” festivities were very fun, because every day there was a different musical group. Me and my friends decided to go together, For the first time I was part of “El Dragón.” I felt very uncomfortable, because I felt a lot of adrenaline and thought that I was going to fall. I also went on a ride that went around a lot. The truth is it made me dizzy. On Wednesday 22 we went to the cinema with Proyecto Amigo AC to see a movie called “Coco.” It is an animated film, but it has a very sad part. The truth is that I am very sentimental and it made me cry.

This month has been very fun and I’ve been very happy, I hope the next one will be the same. I also wish you the best and I hope you are very well.

Janeth Selene Ávalos Gómez.

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January 28, 2016