Sherwood Gazette Articles
Rotary Youth Exchange
Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime. By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, teen students can help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themselves in the process. Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. The deadline for applying to be an exchange student for the 2017-18 school year is September 15, 2017. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to apply; the sophomore year is spent preparing and the junior year is spent abroad. For more information on either becoming an exchange student or hosting an exchange student for a trimester next school year, check out sherwoodrotary.org/Rotary-Youth-Exchange or contact Lynette Olsen, our Youth Exchange Coordinator for the Rotary Club of Sherwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace Pole Dedication
On March 19th, our club dedicated its latest Peace Pole at Sherwood United Methodist Church. As part of their commitment to peace making this year, Sherwood United Methodist Church is highlighting various struggles faced by indigenous peoples. Following the installation of the peace pole was a presentation by Rev. Aric Clark about his visit to Standing Rock with an update on the current situation of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Rev. Aric Clark shared the following: "We are honored to take part in this effort to build a visible commitment to peace in Sherwood. As Christians, we believe that it is our life's work to build a just and sustainable peace for all people, beginning with the most vulnerable and marginalized among us. That is why we have worked for years to alleviate hunger in our community. It is why we publicly proclaim welcome for refugees and immigrants, seek understanding with our neighbors of all faiths and of no-faith, and demand justice for the oppressed. May this peace pole be a reminder of those commitments to us and to everyone who visits this garden. May peace prevail on earth." Sherwood Rotary initiated its Peace Pole project in 2016 to raise awareness in the community of the need to promote world peace and understanding. The Peace Poles are 6 feet high and display the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in four different languages. To date, Peace Poles have been erected at the Sherwood YMCA, St. Francis Catholic Church, Our Table Cooperative, American Legion, Marjorie Stewart Center, and Sherwood Center for the Arts with commitments for more sites throughout town. Sherwood Rotary has qualified as a Peace Builder Club and is part of Rotary District 5100 which has taken on a major initiative to establish 100 Peace Poles in Oregon and Washington in partnership with the Jubitz Family Foundation which is providing funding for the project.
Tree Sale Reminder
Please remember to stop by our annual tree sale that goes through Sunday, May 14th! Our sale features fruit, shade and flowering trees at the very affordable price of $13 each or you can purchase three trees or more at $10 each! We are located in the parking lot of the Sherwood Market Center located at the intersection of Highway 99 and Tualatin-Sherwood Road (former location of Haggen grocery store). During the week, we are open from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm each day with weekend sales starting at 9:00 am. This event is our club’s major fundraiser for the year and proceeds enable us to give back in various ways both locally and internationally.
Come Join Us!
Would you like to be part of a worldwide organization doing amazing things throughout our world? Do you want to give back to your local community? Become a Rotarian and join us in serving our community. Stop by and visit our weekly meeting on Fridays at 6:45 am at the Marjorie Stewart Center across from Hopkins Elementary School. For more information about the Sherwood Rotary Club, visit sherwoodrotary.org
The Sherwood Rotary Club will host a peace program on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Sherwood Senior Center, 21907 Sherwood Blvd., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Titled “Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity,” the program is part of the Oregon Humanities Conversations Project. The session is free and open to the public.
Led by Willamette University professor Emily Drew, the conversation will focus on why different populations remain isolated from one another, even though many people recognize the value of diversity and how it can add dimension and depth to our lives.
While Oregon is becoming more racially diverse, it remains highly segregated, making it very challenging for residents to develop appreciation for the diversity that enriches our great state. The session will also explore the root causes of racism, the biases we all hold and experience, and ways to promote equality and racial justice for everyone in our larger community.
For more information on this program or on Sherwood Rotary’s ongoing peace efforts, contact committee chairwoman Maureen Clifford at Maureen.Clifford@gmail.com
The 2016 Rotary Day at the United Nations recently took place on Saturday, November 12, 2016 in New York City. Each year, Rotary Day at the United Nations invites more than 1,300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests to come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations. This unique opportunity offers both a visit to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City as well as participation in panel discussions featuring leaders and officials from the Rotary International, the United Nations and its affiliated Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Rotary Day at the United Nations also includes a special program for youth interested in humanitarian service.
Rotary’s relationship with the United Nations dates back to 1945 when some 49 Rotary members acted as delegates, advisors and consultants at the United Nations Charter Conference. Today, Rotary holds the highest consultative status possible with the United Nations as a non-governmental organization. Rotary and the United Nations have a long history of working together and share similar visions for a more peaceful world.
In 1945, nearly 50 of the 800 delegates representing their governments at the San Francisco Conference to draft the UN Charter were also members of Rotary. The role of Rotary clubs in promoting understanding among nations, providing a platform for dialogue, and creating positive change in communities around the world provided valuable support for the newly established United Nations. Rotary and the United Nations have since built a strong and productive partnership. In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes the World Health Organization and UNICEF, along with other key agencies. Today, there are only two countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
Rotary holds the highest nongovernmental consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, which oversees many of the UN’s specialized agencies. Rotary maintains ties with the United Nations and other organizations through its network of 31 representatives in 15 capital cities around the world. Rotary representatives, including two youth representatives, serve as unofficial ambassadors, meeting with colleagues to share information and opportunities for collaboration. Rotary’s representative network is active at the UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna, and the Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia, Western Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rotary also has representatives at UNESCO, UN-HABITAT, the UN Environmental Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization, World Food Programme, UNICEF, World Health Organization and World Bank. Rotary Day at the United Nations is an annual event organized by the Rotary Representatives to the UN in New York to celebrate our joint efforts and inspire further collaboration for a sustainable world.
Would you like to be part of a worldwide organization doing amazing things throughout our world? Do you want to give back to your local community? Become a Rotarian and join us in serving our community. Stop by and visit our weekly meeting on Fridays at 6:45 am at the Marjorie Stewart Center across from Hopkins Elementary School. For more information about the Sherwood Rotary Club website at SherwoodRotary.org