The best burgers, dogs, potato salad and monster cookies were served to special guests who attended the annual Rotary picnic, Aug. 16, at Avery Park. Twenty-five special guests joined the event and shared stories with Greater Corvallis Rotarians. Among the chefs were President Rick Schroff, Bronwyn Evans, Toni Ryan and Mayor Julie Manning. All guests had a wonderful time. . .
When it is fair time, you can count on Rotary to participate. Each August Rotarians support the fair by helping as ticket takers. Rotarians from all Corvallis and Philomath clubs volunteer for shifts to man ticket booths. Not only does it help support the fair, but it is a great way to build comraderie.
In 2012, Rotarians enjoyed a taste of Benton County foods and beverages on Wednesday evening. Erin Haynes of the Thursday Rotary Club leads the Rotarians fair participation each year.
Twelve student athletes at Corvallis High School were selected to represent their sport as Rotary award winners. Students athletes were nominated by their coaches because of their athletic, scholastic and community achievements; then chosen by The Greater Corvallis Rotary Club, one for each spring sport.
Awards were presented at the annual Spring Sports Award Dessert on May 20.
Twenty-five newly-elected student government leaders from Corvallis and Crescent Valley high schools in Corvallis will participate in a unique Ethical Decision-Making Workshop Tuesday, May 22 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
The workshop incorporates real-life ethical dilemmas from school and work settings to help students evaluate and make sound decisions based on their personal values. Students will identify their core values, learn the relationship between values and ethics, and practice a five-step decision-making process as they discuss the various situations.
Local business professionals will serve as table leaders in the discussions, including Rotarian members of the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis. Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning and Courtney Campbell, the Hundere Chair of the Oregon State University Department of Philosophy and Ethics, will facilitate the workshop.
“The goal of the program is to enable students to serve in leadership roles and ultimately enter the work force with a strong sense of how to make decisions that are ethically correct and not at odds with their personal values,” explained Manning.
The workshop is sponsored by OSU’s Department of Philosophy and Ethics, the Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis and Samaritan Health Services.
Members of the Greater Corvallis Rotary Club and their family members spent two hours on Saturday, April 28 working in the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). The group managed to weed, hoe and plant three rows of peas, spinach, carrots and beets. In addition they spread mulch over the tenacious weeds in specific areas of the garden.
Members Jeff Davis and his son, Rick Schroff, Megan Schneider, Michele Kellison and Jim Swinyard donated their time to this community garden, which provides education and produces food for those less fortunate members of our community.
“I highly recommend taking the time to help out at this garden,” said Kellison, who is president of the Rotary group. “They have open work parties every Tuesday. In addition to helping out you have fun and learn a lot about gardening.”
For two days in January 2012, Benton Country received seven inches of rainfall that led to significant flooding and landslides. Mary King, Emergency Services Manager for the Benton County, explained that a combination of heavy rainfall and no reservoir capacity led to the county being declared a disaster area.
King shared information about county flood plains and compared 2012’s flooding to others in 1861, 1943, 1964 and 1996. King also shared details about landslide problems in the northern part of the county near Vinyard Mountain.
“It was a La Nina weather cycle,” said King, only she described the weather front as colder and with more rain. While the county had warning regarding the flash floods that occurred, officials weren’t warned about the landslides and while there was significant damage and loss, no citizens were injured.
King encouraged citizens to take steps to be prepared in emergencies, caused by natural disasters. Floods are the most common. Landslides and earthquakes can also occur. All county residents are encouraged to register for Linn-Benton Alerts, an emergency notification system offered by the county. Residents can sign up at http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff.