Rotary Awards $88,000 in Scholarships!

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation awarded $88,000 in college scholarships to 22 Southwest Washington high school and college students at the Club’s annual scholarship luncheon at Warehouse ‘23 on May 24th. In 44 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are granted by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Many of the scholarships are made possible through endowments established by individuals and fundraising by Rotary Club members.

Scholarship winners were Trisha Beavers, Brenda Contreras Munoz, Marissa Valencia-Mendez, Zaleayah Blancas, Maddison Durr, Ellie Johnson, Joshua Holtz, Jonathan Dutson, Kristen Hall, Matilda Jakovac, Michaela Higgison, Emanuel Gales, Lauren Arave, Samantha Minter, Kaysee Warren, Leland Bennion, Navaraj Lamichhane, Mary Wiedrich, Alexis Crow, Haley Diment, Ayden Hackett and Elizabeth Rupp. They will attend a variety of schools including Clark College, Washington State University, University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran College, George Fox College, University of Portland, Western Washington University and Oregon State University.

Rotary Welcomes 2016-2017 Officers and Directors

John McDonagh, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, was installed on June 27 as the 2016-2017 President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver at the club’s 95th annual banquet at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel. Other officers are Dr. Rick Green, President-Elect; Jennifer Miltenberger, President Nominee; Bruce Ziegman, Secretary; Les Mischke, Treasurer; Adam Roselli, Sergeant-at-Arms and Scott Anders, Immediate Past President. Club Directors are Jim Vincent, Jeff Allen, Sheryl Beauchaine, Jamie Howsley, Larry Smith and Diane McWithey.

Jennifer Larson-Cody, Technology and Information Systems Manager, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, will continue as President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Other Foundation Board officers are Glenn Lamb, Secretary; Matt Lee, Treasurer; Dick Thompson, Officer of Policy and Governance. Foundation Board members are Dr. Rick Green, Bruce Davidson, Barbara Johnson, Bruce Paris, Wayne Clemetson, Lisa Gibert, Randy Grove, Dick Kunkle, DeLano Morgan, John McDonagh and Joe Vance.

Bruce Ziegman was named Distinguished Rotarian of the Year. Adam Roselli and Jerry Rolling were named Rotarians of the Year and Scott Huotari was named Rookie Rotarian of the Year.

2015-16 Rotary Officers and Board Installed, Three Members Honored for Their Work

Scott Anders, Attorney, Jordan Ramis P.C., was installed on June 22 as the 2015-2016 President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver at the club’s 94rd annual banquet at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel. Other officers are John McDonagh, President-Elect; Dr. Rick Green, President Nominee; Susanne Cox, Secretary; Diana Acuesta, Treasurer; Gary Bock, Sergeant-at-Arms and Elson Strahan, Immediate Past President. Club Directors are Shirley Gross, Jeff Allen, Sheryl Beauchaine, Kelly McDonald, Kris Bockmier and George Francisco.

Jennifer Larson-Cody, Technology and Information Systems Manager, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, will become the President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Other Foundation Board officers are Glenn Lamb, Secretary; Matt Lee, Treasurer; Dick Thompson, Officer of Policy and Governance and Katlin Smith, Past President. Foundation Board members are Scott Anders, Bruce Davidson, Bev Fogle, Lisa Gibert, Randy Grove, Dick Kunkle, John McDonagh, DeLano Morgan, Elson Strahan, Dean Sutherland and Joe Vance.

Bev Fogle CFP, Owner, Fogle Financial Consulting, was named Distinguished Rotarian of the Year. Wendy Kelley, National IRA Product Manager, U.S. Bank, was named Rotarian of the Year. Nelson Holmberg, Vice-President, Innovation, Port of Ridgefield, was named Rookie Rotarian of the Year. Information about the Rotary Club of Vancouver is available at www.VancouverRotaryClub.org

Rotary Awards $79,000 in Scholarships for 2015

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation awarded $79,000 in college scholarships to 21 Southwest Washington high school and college students at the Club’s annual scholarship luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Wednesday, May 21st. In 41 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are granted by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Many of the scholarships are made possible through endowments established by individuals. Additionally, the Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees and club member contributions provide funds.

2015 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship winners are Molly Bosch, Paige Wilson, Mark Houston, Tim Teipel, Antonio Sandoval-Pinacho, Samantha Adams, Caitlin Bowers, Tamara Kent, Valentina Nguyen, Lauren Urke, McKayla Wixom, Cassie Bettis, Ilana Brown, Justine Hanrahan, Liliana Salazar, Richard “Reed” Norton, Charlene Shea, Christina Chen, Kathy Fockler, Jason Langley and Lauren Vanderkraats.

2014-15 Rotary Officers and Board Installed, Vic DeAntonis And Others Honored

Vic DeAntonis

Vic DeAntonis

Elson Strahan, President and CEO, Fort Vancouver National Trust, was installed on June 18 as the 2014-2015 President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver at the club’s 93rd annual banquet at the Red Lion at the Quay. Other officers are Scott Anders, President-Elect: John McDonagh, President Nominee; Victor DeAntonis, Secretary; Diana Acuesta, Treasurer; Gary Bock, Sergeant-at-Arms and Susanne Cox, Immediate Past President. Club Directors are Hans Boehm, Shane Gardner, Kelly McDonald, Dave Smith, Jennifer Miltenberger and Terry Toland.

Katlin Smith, Principal of UrbanWords Group, will continue as President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Other Foundation Board officers are Jennifer Larson-Cody, President-Elect; Matt Lee, Treasurer; Dick Thompson, Officer of Policy and Governance, and Board members Scott Anders, Hans Boehm, Susanne Cox, Bev Fogle, Lisa Gibert, Randy Grove, Jeff Hamm, Glenn Lamb, DeLano Morgan, Elson Strahan, Dean Sutherland and Joe Vance.

John McDonagh, Publisher of the Vancouver Business Journal, and Dick Thompson, Owner/CEO of Thompson & Associates, CPA’s and Thompson Financial Services, LLC, were named Distinguished Rotarians of the Year. Adam Roselli, Real Estate Broker with Eric Fuller & Associates, Inc., was named Rotarian of the Year. Diana Acuesta, West Coast Account Manager at PolyCello, was named Rookie Rotarian of the Year. Special awards were given to Vic DeAntonis, who was named Secretary Emeritus after more than 50 years membership in Rotary and more than 25 years as Secretary of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and Gary Kokstis for humanitarian service through Rotary as a partner/spouse of a Rotarian. The Rotary Club of Vancouver also received multiple awards including Peacebuilder Club and Premier Club Ignite Awards.

Rotary Awards $79,000 for Local Scholarships at Annual Luncheon

Vancouver Rotary Scholarship Winners 2014

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation awarded $79,000 in college scholarships to 21 southwest Washington high school and college students at the Club’s annual scholarship luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Wednesday, May 21st. In 41 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are granted by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Many of the scholarships are made possible through endowments established by individuals. Additionally, the Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees and club member contributions provide funds.

Scholarship winners were Molly Bosch, Paige Wilson, Mark Houston, Tim Teipel, Antonio Sandoval-Pinacho, Samantha Adams, Caitlin Bowers, Tamara Kent, Valentina Nguyen, Lauren Urke, McKayla Wixom, Cassie Bettis, Ilana Brown, Justine Hanrahan, Liliana Salazar, Richard “Reed” Norton, Charlene Shea, Christina Chen, Kathy Fockler, Jason Langley and Lauren Vanderkraats. Congratulations to all our scholarship winners!

Rotary Club of Vancouver Elects New Officers and Board

Susanne Cox, Administrator, Columbia Land Trust, was installed on June 5 as the 2013-2014 President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver at the club’s 92nd annual banquet at the Red Lion at the Quay. Other officers are Elson Strahan, President-Elect: Scott Anders, President Nominee; Victor DeAntonis, Secretary; Barbara Ayers, Assistant Secretary; Gordon Rodewald, Treasurer; Gary Bock, Sergeant-at-Arms and Eric Olmsted, Immediate Past President. Club Directors are Hans Boehm, Shirley Gross, Tom Hunt, Adam Roselli and Dan Sockle.

Katlin Smith, Principal of UrbanWords Group was installed as President of the Vancouver Rotary Foundation. Other Foundation Board officers are Greg Jellison, Past-President; Matt Lee, Treasurer; Kate Benson, Secretary, Dick Thompson, Officer of Policy and Governance, and Board members Julia Anderson, Hans Boehm, Susanne Cox, Jeff Hamm, Jennifer Larson-Cody, Eric Olmsted, Elson Strahan, Dean Sutherland, Joe Vance and Steve Webb.

John McDonagh, Publisher of the Vancouver Business Journal, was named Rotarian of the Year. Sgt. Shane Gardner of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department was named Rookie Rotarian of the Year.

Rotary Awards $78,000 in Scholarships

The Vancouver Rotary Foundation awarded $78,000 in college scholarships to 23 Southwest Washington high school and college students at the Club’s annual scholarship luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Wednesday, May 8. In 40 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are granted by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Many of the scholarships are made possible through endowments established by individuals. Additionally, the Vancouver Rotary Foundation’s Festival of Trees provides funds.

Scholarship winners were Melis Gurocak, Miranda Miller, Danielle Stinson, Justine Hanrahan, Diana Betancourt, Brogan Breitag, Melanie Herb, Victoria Costa, Brittany Haines, Brittan Mathes, Christina Chen, Courtney Seto, Marissa Gelms, Morgan Parker, Brian Wong, Alexis Scott, Kyra Smith, Peter Miller, Maria Santos Pinacho, Brett Ellibee, Nathan Murphy, Nichole Shields and Thomas Wilson.

Rotarians Cycle for Scholars on May 4!

Our club members will be raising scholarship funds at the 30th Annual Ride Around Clark County on Saturday, May 4. You’re invited to participate by riding (18, 34, 65 or 100 mile loops) or pledging. ALL riders and pledgers will be invited to a free Pasta Party on Friday night, May 3! (And you may bring a guest for $10.)

You can pledge for individual riders or make a contribution to our Cycling for Scholars fund which will go directly for our scholarship program. If you are interested, sign up at a regular Rotary meeting or contact Greg Jellison at jellisong@hdjdesigngroup.com, Dean Sutherland at DSutherland@clarkpud.com or Katlin Smith at katlin@urbanwordsgroup.com.

Restaurant Owners Chuck and Sandy Chronis Receive 2012 Vocational Service Award from Rotary Club of Vancouver

Lisa Gibert of the Rotary Club of Vancouver (left), Bill Marshall representing the nominating organization “The Liars’ Club,” and Sandy Chronis, winner of the Vocational Service Award. Not pictured: Chuck Chronis, who was unable to attend.

Restaurant owners and community supporters Chuck and Sandy Chronis received the Vocational Service Award of the Rotary Club of Vancouver today at a noon luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. The Vocational Service Award recognizes an individual in our community who exemplifies outstanding commitment to their business or profession, over a significant number of years, leaving a lasting positive influence on their vocational area and the community in general, and who reflects the values of Rotary.

Chuck and Sandy Chronis have owned Chronis’ Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Vancouver for decades.  For the past 28 years, they have generously opened their restaurant on Thanksgiving for anyone needing a meal.  About 11 years ago, they extended the tradition to Christmas when they recognized it is harder for people to get a good meal on that day.  These events draw hundreds of attendees and dedicated volunteers.

For Thanksgiving, pictures are taken and attendees leave with a photo in hand and extra food for those at home unable to join them.  At Christmas, each child leaves with a gift, and others are offered a warm scarf, hat and gloves.

“Everyone is welcome here.  This event is important to us; we hear so many stories about how people have been touched by this.  That’s what makes it worth it!” stated Chuck, who was unable to attend the luncheon. Bill Marshall, past award winner and representative of the nominating group, the Liars’ Club, spoke about Chuck and Sandy at the luncheon.