Steve Pash
September 21


Renee L. Campbell
District Governor
Larry L. Hatch
Diane Noriega
Ralph Akin
Assistant Governor


Remember programs when inviting guests
One of our best tools for recruiting new members to the club are the programs at our regular meetings.

Please remember to take the opportunity to review our upcoming meetings on the club website and think about your friends, colleagues or customers who might enjoy an invitation from you to attend as your guest to hear our program.

Another great tool for recruiting new members is to invite them to particpate in our hands on events, so that's another option to consider.

Club leadership elections coming in December
December will be here before we know it, and that means club elections for the 2018-19 Board of Directors, which will take office as of July 1, 2018.

President Elect Nelson is currently recruiting members to run for seats that will be coming open on the board. If you are interested in running for any position on the board, please contact Nelson.

Three Creeks Recognized for membership ideas
While it happens outside of the view of most club members, one of the strategies used by our membership committee was recognized at a recent region presidents meeting as a solid way to do recruiting. Our membership committee maintains a "Pipeline" list of 25-30 leads and follows up with those individuals who have attended meetings and expressed interest in our club. District Membership Chair Jim Boyle was excited to hear of this strategy and praised the club for its practice.

Red Badge Requirements
Just a reminder to our red badge members to keep plugging away on your requirements checklist.

If you have questions or problems, be sure to check with your sponsor for help. We would love to see you wearing blue very soon!


Where (and when) the other Clark County clubs meet:

Lewis River
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.
Battle Ground Comm. Center
912 E. Main Street
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Vancouver Metro Sunset
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m.
Grant House
1101 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661

Wednesdays, noon
Warehouse '23
100 Columbia
Vancouver, WA 98660

Battle Ground
Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Galeotti's Restaurant Banquet
715 E. Main Street
Battle Ground, WA 96604

Rotaract of Clark County
Wednesday evenings
The Grant House
1101 Officers Row
Vancouver, WA 98661

Thursdays, 7 a.m.
Orchard Hills Country Club
605 39th Street
Washougal, WA 98671

Greater Clark County
Thursdays, noon
Royal Oaks Country Club
8917 NE 4th Plain
Vancouver, WA 98666

Vancouver Sunrise
Fridays, 7 a.m.
Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Drive
Vancouver, WA 98682


"I would like to think that the pioneering days of Rotary have just begun. There are just as many things to be done as there ever were. Kaleidoscopic changes are taking place, many of them without our will. Even to hang on to the fringe of this fast changing world is about all most of us can do. Rotary simply must continue to pioneer or be left in the rear of progress."

Paul Harris
Rotary International Founder


September 2017
9/7 - Club Meeting - Larry Smith, Community Military Appreciation Council
9/9 - Hands On Project - Trail Rehabilitation, Whipple Creek Hollow
9/21 - Club Meeting - Christina Frye, Trillium Employment Services

Rotary International Convention

2018 Rotary International Convention set for Toronto
The 2018 Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 23-27 in Toronto, Ontario.

More information will be shared as it becomes available. The convention website is:



This Week's Agenda

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Bud Van Cleve Community Room (second floor, center building)
4000 NE 78th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665

President Susanne Holmberg
Audra Smith

Moment of Inspiration
Chuck Green

Club Announcements
President Susanne & Members

Larry Smith, Community Military Appreciation Council
Introduced by Jim Moody

Pride & Brag Bucks
Sergeant at Arms Garry Lucas

Jerry Zsneyuk

Event Reminders:
Three Creeks Board Meeting: The next club board meeting is set for Thursday, September 21, beginning at 4:30 at the Hazel Dell Starbucks (7720 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98665). All Rotarians are welcome to attend. Board meetings are regularly held on the third Thursdays of each month prior to our regular club meeting.

Hands On Project: Save the date Saturday, September 9 for the Rotary Club of Three Creeks' next Hands On Project at Whipple Creek (one of "our"  creeks) Hollow near NE 22nd Avenue. More information is forthcoming, and Service Projects Director Steve Pash will share details as they are available. More information is curently available on the club's website (

Upcoming Meeting Volunteers:

Thursday, September 21
At Luke Jensen Sports Park
Pledge: James Neste
Moment of Inspiration: Scot Brantley
Greeter: Audra Smith
Program Responsibility: Steve Pash

Thursday, October 5
OFFSITE at Three Brothers Winery
Pledge: Tina Vlachos
Moment of Inspiration: Jim Selby
Greeter: Kelley Campbell
Program Responsibility: Jim Selby

Up Next: CMAC Chair Larry Smith

Larry Smith will join us for our club meeting on September 7 to share information about the Community Military Appreciation Council.

CMAC is all inclusive, composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments.

CMAC's mission is to preserve and promote military history; to recognize veterans and military families for their contributions to our nation; to assist and support veterans, deployed military and their families; to recognize community and national events; and to make recommendations or take action on any other subject, pertaining to the well being of veterans and military families.

Larry graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Sciences in 1965 and went on to obtain a Masters degree in both Recent American History & Human Resource Management. He also served in the Army for 26 years before retiring as a Colonel of Infantry in 1991. After retiring from the Army, he served as Assistant to the City Manager until 1996 and then went on to be the Director of the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department until 2003.

Larry also served three terms on the Vancouver City Council before retiring from public service in 2015.

Jim Moody will introduce Larry at our meeting.

How can Rotary help in disaster relief?

By Renee Campbell, District 5100 Governor

Many clubs and members are asking how we can help those who are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and now Louisiana, as “he” has returned as a tropical storm in east Texas and Louisiana. You may have a favorite relief organization for short-term immediate relief, such as American Red Cross or Shelter Box, who are both on the scene offering shelter and assessing the immediate needs respectively.

Four of the Rotary Districts in the areas hardest hit have disaster relief funds set up for the longer-term rebuilding process when the waters recede. Our Zone newsletter published this article with the information on how you may donate directly to these district funds. I have attached the content in case that is easier for you.

To show our collective support in District 5100, we would be happy to collect your gifts at the District Office and send them to the respective funds. District 5100 will also be making a gift from our Rotary Foundation grant funds earmarked for disaster relief.

I have personally talked with one of my classmates in Texas, who shared with me that each of these 501 (c) 3 funds has an application process and review committee for all requested funds for relief, so there is infrastructure in place, and accountability for the money spent.  Each will send the donor a receipt upon request (automatically for gifts of $250 or more).  


September is Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

Today, 103 million youth around the world still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women. An estimated 50 percent out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas. Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91%, but 57 million children still remain out of school. *

Why are these statistics so important? By supporting education and literacy in communities around the world, we can change these figures and help improve lives. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

Rotarians worldwide are committed to supporting this goal through education-oriented projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Rotary’s goal is to empower communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

The video below helps provide a little more information about how Rotary Basic Education and Literacy makes an impact.


DG Renee shares high praise of 3 Creeks

District Governor Renee Campbell, after her visit to our club last Thursday, shared the following thoughts about the Rotary Club of Three Creeks with President Susanne.

"Ron and I really enjoyed our visit to Three Creeks Vancouver Rotary this week. Your club is very fun, friendly, and innovative. There is such a positive electricity and forward momentum that I could feel it from the moment I walked in. You have created a culture of creativity and welcome for new ideas. Members flourish in such an atmosphere. I commend you for that."