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Please Join the Jerry Todd Annual ATV Poker Run
Save the Date! June 25, 2016 The Rotary Club of Portola Endowment will host the annual Jerry Todd Memorial ATV Poker Run. This will be the event of the season!
 
For event info and to register online visit http://www.atvpokerrun.com/
Please Join the Jerry Todd Annual ATV Poker Run 2016-03-14 07:00:00Z
Angela's Famous Watermelon Lemonade
Not only was the Jerry Todd Memorial Poker Run a hit, so was Angela's Famous Watermelon Lemonade! Everyone has been raving about it and asking for the recipe. So we thought we'd share...
 
 
Angela's Famous Watermelon Lemonade 2015-07-09 07:00:00Z
Congrats Scholarship Winners!
Congrats Scholarship Winners! 2015-06-19 07:00:00Z
Hey, Hey, Hey! It's Pay It Forward Day!
 
 
Hey, Hey, Hey! It's Pay It Forward Day! Toni Carl 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z
Encouraging Local Student to Compete
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The Rotary Club of Portola is looking for local high school students, ages 14-18 to compete in our Annual Scholarship Music and Speech contest. Applications are due Tuesday, March 17!
 
 
Encouraging Local Student to Compete 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z
Two New Members
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The Rotary Club of Portola welcomed two new member's at the Tuesday morning meeting on March 10, 2015. District Governor Joe Zarachoff inducted Angela Haick and Mike Sanchez while the proud sponsors, Ken Smith and Kirk Lambert stood by. The club would like to welcome both Angela and Mike to our family and look forward to learning more about each of you and your families.
Two New Members 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z
New Sign!
Thanks to our dedicated group of hard working Rotarian's, a new Pancake Fly-In Breakfast sign has been installed at Beckwourth Nervino Airport! Hope it catches your eye next time you drive Highway 70 past the airport. Save the date, the Fly-In will be held on September 13, 2015!
New Sign! Shelly Yockey 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z
DECEMBER IS FAMILY MONTH
DECEMBER IS FAMILY MONTH 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z
Save the Date - District 5190 Conference
Save the Date - District 5190 Conference 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
Warrior Hiker Kevin Black
This year Rotary Club of Portola had the pleasure of hosting Walk Off the War hikers who journeyed throughout the Pacific Crest Trail. During their stay in Plumas County on Fourth of July weekend, our Club made new friends who touched our hearts.
 
Member, Bill Tantau, housed hiker Kevin Black at his home. Bill began following Kevin's Blog at: http://www.sobadadventures.com/?p=940, and shared a special post from September 22nd.
 
Kevin wrote on day 156:

Well, it’s been just over 5 months, 5+ million steps, and 2,660 miles through three states from the border of Mexico into Canada. There are so many people who were involved in making my dream a possibility.

My fellow hikers were a huge part of it.  I learned so much from them.  When I’d get to a new section, I could always count on getting good info from them.  I received many tips on how to deal with difficult situations.  And the camaraderie was always welcome.  They are all truly unique and wonderful!

My friends and family.  The encouragement I received played a huge part in making this dream a reality.  From my good friend and former neighbor, Ben, who took the time to research the best hiker foods to fill the calorie void I found myself in early on to the many other suggestions and comments of encouragement I received.

There were many, many trail towns we visited where we were welcomed with open arms!  The people we met and the kindness/generosity they showed us was more than I could have ever expected or hoped for!

The many blog readers gave me not only encouragement, but an even stronger desire to complete this journey.  I can’t thank you enough!

Sean Gobin, the founder of Warrior Hike, and his staff who worked tirelessly to provide gear and points of contact at the various trail towns for resupply and a place to clean off and get some much-needed rest.

And finally, my wife, Kristi, who did everything she could to support and encourage me while sheltering me from the many situations she was dealing with on the home front so I could focus my full attention on the hike.  Yet one of the hundreds of reasons why I love her so much and was smart enough to marry her!

I’ve been asked what was my favorite part of the hike.  Ever since stepping foot in Yosemite Valley, it’s been the prettiest place I’ve ever been.  But the trail doesn’t go through the Valley.  It is just east of it.  I’d never been in the High Sierras, and they certainly didn’t disappoint!  I thought that was going to end up being the most beautiful section of the trail…until I got to the Northern Cascades.  Although I can’t say I enjoyed them more than the High Sierras, I can’t say I enjoyed them less either.  I was fortunate to have great weather while hiking through most of Washington which helped.  But believe me when I say, every time a turn or a pass was coming up on the trail, I approached it with anticipation of what I’d see next!  Rarely was I disappointed!  Don’t get me wrong though, the entire trail had its grandeur and beauty.  All in all, a phenomenal journey.

During the course of the hike, I’ve been asked by many people what I expected to get or was getting out of the hike.  My answer normally revolved around the wonderful people I met on and off the trail and the beauty of nature.  But it wasn’t until two days before reaching the Canadian border that the answer hit me.  I was standing at a pass and looked down on the ground.  Someone had taken the time to meticulously write something using small stones.  “50 Miles to Canada!  Eh!”  When I looked at it, at first, I laughed.  But then it hit me…only 50 miles left before I’d be at the end of this trip.  I’d changed in ways I never could comprehend before I started.  But to really understand how I’ve changed, I need to take you back to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm over two decades ago.

During our deployment to Kuwait, there were a lot of unknowns.  We didn’t have the communication system like we do now.  No contact with home for the first few months.  No cell phones.  No internet.  When the war started, family and friends didn’t know whether we were dead or alive.  We didn’t know what we were facing.  When the U.S. started bombing units in Kuwait, we were subjected to numerous daily and nightly missile alerts.  The sirens used to alert the entire region were right outside our hooch.  So the four or five times they went off at night, they didn’t wake us up.  They literally launched us out of the rack.  We were under the assumption that the Iraqis would use gas.  What kind we weren’t sure — nerve agents, mustard gas, etc.  So each time the alert went off, we were getting in our protective gear with gas masks.  There were other times when things happened that…well, let’s just say that it got my heart rate and adrenaline levels way up.  I’ll leave it at that.

When you’re deployed in an environment like that, you’re always hyper-alert.  When I returned from deployment, loud noises still made me jump and my heart race.  But after awhile, things went back to normal to a great extent.  But the one thing I noticed was emotionally, I felt like I was in a fishbowl.  Things that I used to enjoy doing didn’t bring as much joy to me.  It was that way for all my emotions.  Feelings of happiness, joy, and love didn’t make it through the fishbowl very well.  I remember thinking about it after I returned from deployment.  But I figured it would get back to normal as well, eventually.  And to an extent, it did, but it never got back to my predeployment days…until this hike.

The first time I realized something was going on during the hike was when I called Kristi after I had gotten through the High Sierras.  Up to that point, it was the most difficult section…and the most beautiful.  When I finally was able to call her and she picked up the phone, all the emotions came welling up to the point that I wasn’t able to say anything when she answered.  I got all choked up. It took me a few seconds before I could even mumble a few words.  I knew something was up.  I’m not prone to emotional outbreaks like that.  It happened a few other times on the trail as well.  It wasn’t until I got to the point on the trail where I saw “50 Miles to Canada! Eh!” written in stone that I realized what had happened to me.  At first I laughed when I saw it, but within moments, tears started streaming down my face.  I realized that the fishbowl was gone.  It was like a reset button for my emotions had been hit.  Things that didn’t really impact me before were having an impact.  I felt like I did when I was young.  Earl Shaffer, the first person to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, was asked why he did it.  His response was that he did it to “walk off the war.”  Now I understand what he meant!

So this bucket list item is one I can check off now.  I think now you better understand why, when I say I can’t thank you all enough, what I mean and why.

John Muir couldn’t have said it better when he said:  In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

The only other thing I’d like to say is to my wonderful wife, Kristi.

Honey, I’m home.

I’m finally home….

Thanks for sharing Bill!

Warrior Hiker Kevin Black 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
TAKE ACTION - WORLD POLIO DAY OCTOBER 24, 2014
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The Rotary Club of Portola is Taking Action through two wonderful members.
 
Member Ann Taylor has taken action to end polio with her Kiss Polio Goodbye campaign! For every $5.00 donation to End Polio Now she gives a tube of homemade chap stick. Donate $10.00 and also receive homemade hand lotion. Great job Ann by Taking Action!
 
Club President, Toni Carl, is also taking action! Every guest who presents a program gets a donation made to Polio Plus! Look for Polio Pig at the Rotary Club of Portola meeting hall.
 
Two inspiring woman making a difference! We are This Close!
Visit http://www.endpolio.org/take-action to learn about how you can share your voice and take action.
TAKE ACTION - WORLD POLIO DAY OCTOBER 24, 2014 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
October is Vocational Service Month!
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

What is vocational service? If you are an active, engaged Rotarian, you probably view vocational service as a way of life, even if you find it difficult to articulate a clear definition. This handbook (located at: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/guiding-principles) can help you gain a better understanding of vocational service and equip you with ideas to help you practice it through your club activities and in your career.

The concept of vocational service

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:
• Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
• Use your professional skills to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
• Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.
October is Vocational Service Month! 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z
Cups!
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Our Rotary cups have arrived! We will be selling them at Margaritaville at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair.
 
It's 5 o'clock somewhere!
 
Cups! 2014-08-07 00:00:00Z
DISTRICT 5190 4TH ANNUAL ROTARY DAY AT THE ACES
DISTRICT 5190 4TH ANNUAL ROTARY DAY AT THE ACES 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z
August is Membership Month
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Celebrate Membership Month

August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.

There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:

  • Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by changing your Twitter and Facebook profile to the , , or graphic. Copy and save the graphic as your profile picture for August.
  • Watch and share. Download RI President Gary C.K. Huang’s video on membership from . Watch it at your next meeting or club event to highlight the vital role membership plays in maintaining a strong and active club.
  • Exchange ideas. Do you have successful membership strategies that have worked well in your community? Share them on the .
  • We Are Rotary. Using the hashtag #WeAreRotary, to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine of your club members at work in your community or abroad to show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world.
  • It’s Now or Never. Join us on August 13 at 10:00 Chicago time (UTC-5) for our webinar. It will feature international membership expert Nikki Walker discussing innovative ways of thinking about membership.
  • Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on . Be sure to follow us on , , and to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.
  • What does Rotary mean to you? Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.

Rotary News

August is Membership Month https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/celebrate-membership-month 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z
PATRIOTISM AND KINDNESS
The Rotary Club of Portola started this year with a BIG BANG with a combined community service and fundraising weekend. The 42nd Annual 4th of July Mohawk Independence Day Celebration was themed “Honoring Our Veterans”. The already action packed weekend in Graeagle, California provided a special and heartfelt opportunity for the Portola Rotary Club.
 
PATRIOTISM AND KINDNESS Toni Carl 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z
2013-14 Rotarian of the Year
Ralph Taylor was named Rotarian of the Year for 2013-14.  Ralph has been the club's Community Service Chair for several years and is involved with all the club's projects and events.  Ralph was a tremendous help to Past President, Kirk Lambert.  In addition to the long list of club work Ralph does he is also a District Assistant Governor.  Ralph definitely lives the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self". Congratulations Ralph, you are a true inspiration to all Rotarians and continue to put Rotary first.
 
 
2013-14 Rotarian of the Year 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z
Kirk's Last Hurrah
President Kirk Lambert ended his year with fellow Rotarian's, family and friends on June 25, 2014. All enjoyed an evening of fun and games along with a well prepared tri-tip dinner, special thanks to Kevin LaPlant, Brian Carl, Ken Smith and Ralph Taylor. District Governor Vicki Puliz and Past District Governor Sam "Woody" Willbanks also joined in on the fun. President Elect Toni Carl begins her year as president on July 1, 2014.

 
Kirk's Last Hurrah 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Rotary Club of Portola takes pride in its efforts to support local students through Rotary Endowment Fund scholarships. Committee members came together and interviewed many deserving and talented students from Portola High School. It is our pleasure to announce the 2014 scholarship recipients.
 
Academic Scholarship - Sandra Kibble - $1,000
Academic Scholarship - Callie Harvey - $1,000
Leadership Scholarship - Callie Harvey - $1,000
Service Above Self Scholarship - Clayton Sears- $1,000
Feather River College Scholarship - Brad Bundy -up to $1,000
Stephen O'Neill Memorial Scholarship, Sponsored by Graeagle Land & Water- Trevor Ohle - $500
 
Rotary would like to wish all 2014 graduates best of luck as they enter the next stage of their education journeys.
 
2014 Scholarship Recipients 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” veterans visit Plumas County
 
NEWS RELEASE
USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lee Anne Schramel at (530) 283-7850
Web: http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas
 
 
Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” veterans visit Plumas County
 
Quincy, CA – June 26, 2014 - Four veterans hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) will be stopping in Plumas County, CA and joining the Mohawk Valley Independence Day festivities on July 5 & 6th. The “Warrior Hikers” are excited about the opportunity to speak with local veterans, other community members and visitors, after taking showers and doing some much-needed laundry following a week of hiking along the PCT! 
 
Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” veterans visit Plumas County USDA Forest Service, Plumas National Forest 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
Gearing Up For MVID
The Rotary Club of Portola is getting ready for the 4th of July Mohawk Independence Day Celebration. The 42nd Annual events theme is "Honoring Our Veterans".
 
Such timing, Warrior Hikers will be coming through Portola and Graeagle via the Pacific Crest Trail on July 4, 2014. The Club will host the hikers for a BBQ social on one evening while they are in town at Red House Art. For information about the Warrior Hike Journey visit www.warriorhike.com or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
 
On July 6th come down the Graeagle Park for the Old Fashioned Day In The Park. The Rotary Club will have our bounce house up and children can play all day for $5.00. Proceeds benefit the local community and our End Polio Now campaign. We look forward to seeing you there.
For event information and schedules visit http://www.graeagle.com/events/mvid/2014/index.html.
 
 
Gearing Up For MVID 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z
Snowmobile Raffle Winner

One ticket was all it took to win the Rotary Club of Portola's snowmobile raffle! Dave Shelton handed over the keys to the proud winner, Ora Heaston of Loyalton, CA! 

 
Snowmobile Raffle Winner Shelly Yockey 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z
Club Donates $1,000 for PHS Weight Room

April 2, 2014 – Rotary Club of Portola donates $1,000 to PHS Coach Barron to improve the PHS weight room. 

 

Club Donates $1,000 for PHS Weight Room Shelly Yockey 2014-04-02 00:00:00Z
Honoring Local Fire Departments

April 1, 2014 - The Rotary Club of Portola held a special evening meeting to honor local fire departments with the Distinguished Service Citation Award! Thank you to our volunteer fire departments! This meeting also embraced a potluck dinner and a fun evening ending with a dessert bake off competition. Elizabeth Nelson won the best dessert, New Zealand Pavlova, she learned to make it 41 years ago.

Pictured left to right: Plumas-Eureka Fire Dept. Rich Machado, Graeagle Fire Protection Dist. Chief Ed Ward, Beckwourth Fire Dist., Greg McCaffery and Rotary President Kirk Lambert 

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Honoring Local Fire Departments Shelly Yockey 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Ralph Taylor Receives His Paul Harris Fellow +3

Congrats to Ralph Taylor as he receives his Paul Harris Fellow +3! 

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Ralph Taylor Receives His Paul Harris Fellow +3 Shelly Yockey 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
Snowmobile Drawing April 1 & Potluck Dinner at Rotary Hall!

The Rotary Club of Portola will hold a special evening meeting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Don’t forget to purchase your snowmobile tickets now! Odds are great, drawing will be held at this event filled evening. Need not be present to win.

 

Snowmobile Drawing April 1 & Potluck Dinner at Rotary Hall! Shelly Yockey 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z
You Could Be the Lucky Winner!
Would you like to win this Ski Doo Summit? 

A Quick update on the Rotary Snowmobile Poker run....No snow, no run! We are currently moving the date ahead from the 15th to the 22nd of Feb in hopes of catching some snow by then...we will see! Image

You Could Be the Lucky Winner! Shelly Yockey 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z
Wine Raffle
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Thank you to Selby Winery for donating wine to the current Wine Raffle!  

Wine Raffle Shelly Yockey 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
2013 Lake Davis Trail Project
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This Lake Davis Trail Project was a three entity effort between the Rotary Club of Portola, The City of Portola and the Forest Service.  Susan Arterburn designed and engraved the rocks for the project.  The Rotary Club came up with the idea and funded the engraving, the City of Portola provided the boulders and the Forest Service had the trail constructed and allowed us to do the project. Hopefully this trail is just the start to an extensive trail system.
2013 Lake Davis Trail Project Shelly Yockey 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z
PHS Softball Team Earns $$$

The Rotary Club of Portola presents the PHS Softball team with a check for $300 for their hard work at the Fly-In Breakfast. Pictured from left: Coach Carl Popish, Dayna Cormany, Mariah Marsh, Club President Kirk Lambert and Coach Joe Moctezuma.

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PHS Softball Team Earns $$$ Shelly Yockey 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Portola Website Under Construction

In an ongoing effort to build a dynamic and interactive www.RotaryClubOfPortola.com web page, you may notice some pages and links on our site are "under construction".  Please check the page periodically for new content. 

New pages coming soon! 'News and Project Updates', this section will include special news about our club, committee information and bounce house rental contact info.  'Community Events' We hope to include a section to highlight events around the community, the objective here is to encourage members of the community to access our page often to see our current info and then link to other events in the area.  

What else would you like to see on our page?  Email Shelly, shelly.yockey@yahoo.com or call (530) 249-1121 with your suggestions! 

Rotary Club of Portola Website Under Construction Shelly Yockey 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Portola Pool Rededication

Representatives of the Rotary Club of Portola, the City of Portola and the Portola Area Historical Society planned a formal rededication program for the Portola City Pool. 

Portola Pool Rededication Shelly Yockey 2013-08-03 00:00:00Z
Successful Johnsville Breakfast
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Rotary Club of Portola volunteers joined forces on Sunday, July 21, 2013 to provide another excellent Pancake Breakfast for the Historic Johnsville Days!

Successful Johnsville Breakfast Shelly Yockey 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Portola at the 41st Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration

Sunday, July 7th the Rotary Club of Portola joined other non-profit organizations for a fundraising opportunity at the Old Fashioned Day in the Park.  

Rotary Club of Portola at the 41st Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration Shelly Yockey 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z
Welcome Ms. Tiana Bradley!

The Rotary Club of Portola has welcomed another new member, Tiana Bradley!  

Welcome Ms. Tiana Bradley! Shelly Yockey 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z
ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR!

ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR - AN AWARD THAT GOES TO A PERSON NOMINATED BY THE CLUBS FELLOW ROTARIAN'S, HERE ARE JUST A FEW COMMENTS RECEIVED WITH THIS YEARS NOMINATION:

 

ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR! Shelly Yockey 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5190 CONFERENCE

 AWESOME!  Our Club was recognized with 19 awards for Service to both our local and international community by way of our projects this year! 

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5190 CONFERENCE Gloria LaPlant 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z
PLUMAS-SIERRA FAIRGROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY

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Taking a short break from repairing picnic tables, stacking garbage cans, raking leaves, repairing gopher holes, sweeping barn walls for cobwebs, collecting litter. As always we had Fun! working together. Pictured left to right- Bob Conen, Rachelle Ramelli, Cameron, President Gloria LaPlant, Van Vanderveen & President-Elect Kirk Lambert

PLUMAS-SIERRA FAIRGROUNDS CLEAN-UP DAY Gloria LaPlant 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z
75th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER

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The Rotary Club of Portola celebrated their 75th Charter Anniversary. In attendance to celebrate 75 years of Community Service were Rotarians past and present, their families and joining us from the district were District Governor Sam "Woody" Wilbanks, District Governor-Elect Vicki Puliz and Past District Governor Alan Cain. A fabulous meal was prepared by Rotarians Ralph Taylor and Bob Conen.

(Pictured left to right: Alan Cain, Sam "Woody" Wilbanks, Rotary Club of Portola President Gloria LaPlant, Vicki Puliz and Rotary Club of Portola President-Elect Kirk Lambert)
75th CHARTER ANNIVERSARY DINNER Gloria LaPlant 2013-03-26 00:00:00Z
ANOTHER GREAT LADY JOINS OUR CLUB!

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The Rotary Club of Portola Welcomes! another new member LeAnn Chapman, she was inducted on March 12th. LeAnn is an RN in the community, she joins 29 other Rotarians who's motto is "Having Fun Through Service to Our Youth, Community & The World". (pictured left to right- President Gloria LaPlant, LeAnn, & Rotarian Martin Sanford).
ANOTHER GREAT LADY JOINS OUR CLUB! Gloria LaPlant 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z
MEET OUR 2 NEWEST MEMBERS!!

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The Rotary Club of Portola Welcomes 2 new members, Kristen Schiavone and Shelly Yockey, both from Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. They were inducted by District Governor Sam "Woody" Wilbanks on February 26th. They join 27 other Rotarians who's motto is "Having Fun Through Service to Our Youth, Community & The World".  (Pictured left to right- President Gloria LaPlant, Kristen, DG Wilbanks, Rachelle Ramelli, & Shelly).

MEET OUR 2 NEWEST MEMBERS!! Gloria LaPlant 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z
Creating a Caring, Respectful & Inclusive Environment at Portola Jr/Sr High School

In a time when bullying is on the top of everyone’s awareness; we believe that it is necessary to take the steps to promote an inclusive, respectful, safe and welcoming culture in our school.

Rochelle Whellams from Learning for Living, developed this program with the belief that unless students are empowered to take an active role in the changing culture, change will not be fully accomplished. The majority of the program was process-based and allowed the students to take part in activities geared towards increasing self-awareness, leadership by example, the importance of thinking beyond this moment, and encouraging students to consider the legacy of their actions. The program started with the foundation that all of us are leaders...often times, though we do not lead in a conscious manner. Everything in our lives is a choice, and when we accept this, we realize that we are in the drivers seat when it comes to our actions.

Recognition was given to the Rotary Eight Grade Leadership graduates, Chelsea, Brandon, Manny & Carter.  These students are true leaders because they did not want Rotary EGL to just be a cool experience for just them. Instead, they chose to share it with all. Finally, a big theme for the day was “legacy”. Essentially the students were asked to examine how they have, and how they would like to show-up in their lives and what their legacy will be...will there be afterglow or aftermath from their involvement in relationships?   This program is designed to help open up a dialogue between students for improving the school culture, because in the end... we aren't all that different.

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Thank you to all the Rotarians who attended some part of the seminar.  The students were grateful for the support and were a little surprised that we were willing to be so open with them.  This is only the beginning!  The Rotary Club of Portola is committed to mentoring our students so they can reach their full potential in a caring & inclusive environment.

Creating a Caring, Respectful & Inclusive Environment at Portola Jr/Sr High School Gloria LaPlant 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z
DECORATING THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ROSE PARADE FLOAT

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There's our float in progress, notice the scaffolding and all the Rotarians from various clubs working on it.  The people on the walkway above are not workers/volunteers, they are on a tour to see the floats up close and watch all the activity.

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There they are hard at work, not me cuz I'm taking the picture.  The AWESOME volunteers from the Rotary Club of Portola, on the left Van Vanderveen, Renata Vanderveen & Ann Taylor.  On the right Ralph Taylor at the far end and my hubby Kevin LaPlant in the denim jacket.

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And there is the finished product, made up of hundreds of small white carnation petals. 

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Here we are again, don't we look cute! Notice we are all bundled up, it's pretty cold in the building.... got to keep the flowers fresh.

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Ralph & Ann putting the dark lavendar roses on the float.

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Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka & Rotary Club of Portola President Gloria LaPlant placing roses on the float.  He was very pleased with the design of the float as it represented his theme "Peace through Service" with Rotary wheels, Peace cranes, cherry blossoms and the World (which rotated along with the wheels) at the center.

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Our BEAUTIFUL!! Float with RI President Sakuji Tanaka seated on the front right side of the float with a baseball cap and 5190 District Governor Sam "Woody" Wilbanks at the right rear of the float looking cool in his sunglasses.  Notice the Rotary International sign, we made that with lots & lots & lots of small white carnation petals.

DECORATING THE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ROSE PARADE FLOAT Gloria LaPlant 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z
Arrivederci Rachel! Rotarians gather to say Goodbye & have FUN! to our Rotary Youth Exchange student Rachel Wehrman. Guess where she's going?
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Arrivederci Rachel! Rotarians gather to say Goodbye & have FUN! to our Rotary Youth Exchange student Rachel Wehrman. Guess where she's going? Gloria LaPlant 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z
FUN! day at Reno Aces baseball game in support of END POLIO NOW!
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FUN! day at Reno Aces baseball game in support of END POLIO NOW! Gloria LaPlant 2012-08-26 00:00:00Z
Rotary Bounce House @ Fiesta Night in Portola City Park

Watch the You Tube video of future Rotarians Nathan & Anderson playing in the Rotary Bounce House. 

What a great night we had last night, we could not have done it with everyone that showed up to work and have Fun!-  we had some pretty good laughs.  For those of you who weren't there.... we missed you!
 
Thanks! to the Bar Crew- Jo, Steve Clifton, Martin, Bill Tiffany and Toni & Brian Carl.
Thanks! to the Bounce House Crew- Van, Ralph, Ann, Steve O'Neill & Kevin

The community turn out was low, much lower that had been expected.  But, those who attended really enjoyed themselves and Rotary was a big part of providing the Service of Fun to the community.  This was also an opportunity to raise awareness among the community about Polio.  We had the "End Polio Now" sign at the entrance of the bounce stating that 20% of the proceeds go towards the Polio campaign so kids all around the world are able to play in bounce houses.  We had people making donations and they didn't even have kids going through the bounce house. 

The kids loved the Bounce House, they were WILD!! with excitement.  We had over 80 kids go thru it over & over & over & over & over again.  Personally I got a little dizzy watching them all zip by.... you know they all slept good & peacefully last night and so did their parents.  PEACE through SERVICE. 

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Rotary Bounce House @ Fiesta Night in Portola City Park Gloria LaPlant 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z
Johnsville Pancake Breakfast
Wow!! , we had quite a turnout, and I'm not just talking about the dedicated Rotarians who know this is a worthwhile project to help the Museum remain a resource and jewel for our community.  We had Old Rotarians, Future Rotarians, 1st time Pancake Flipper Rotarians, Fun Rotarians, Quiet Rotarians (if you can believe that), Rotarian Spouses, but all in all we had HAPPY ROTARIANS.  This is always a FUN!! event for all of us. It was our own Van's Birthday so you guessed it, we got to sing him our redition of Happy Birthday!  A BIG THANK YOU!!! to all who came out to make this is a success- Steve O'Neill, Dave Shelton, Kirk, Martin, Jo, Ann, Ralph, Renata, Van, Steve Clifton, Bill Tiffany, Jerry, John, Bob Balzan, Bob Conen, Bill Tantau, Chad, Dave's crew- Frank, and our Rotarian spouses Nora Shelton & Kevin LaPlant.

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Johnsville Pancake Breakfast Gloria LaPlant 2012-07-22 00:00:00Z
Eastern Plumas Hospital Project

The plan was to start the project on Rotarians at Work Day, however we had an intense rainstorm and the project was postponed.  This is a big project and will take several work parties to complete.  Van and Ralph have put in several hours preparing the deck for staining and organizing the work parties.  All who showed up had Fun!  Yeah, it was hot but we had so many laughs.

Ralph & Van want to thank all the "stainmasters" who helped with Phase 1 of the project, Ann, Steve Clifton, Steve O'Neill, Toni, Rachelle, Bob, Tom, Kevin & Gloria.  Phase I, the ramp, is now completed.   Next week Van and Ralph will take a look at the Phase II, the first portion of the deck and come up with a plan.  A big thanks to Stan and Tom for all the support from the Hospital and Plumas Ace Hardware for helping with the supplies.  We're getting er done and it's been fun!!  

Eastern Plumas Hospital Project Gloria LaPlant 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Portola

Rotary is an organization of business and professional people pledged to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards in their daily lives. As Rotarian's, we believe that worldwide fellowship and international peace can be achieved when business and professional people unite under the banner of "Service Above Self".

We come together once a week to have fun, to renew friendships, and to plan projects to make a difference in others lives. Each Rotarian has a different talent, a different passion, but all have a desire to provide service to others. Rotary offers fellowship, personal growth, prestige, business development & networking, cultural awareness, an opportunity to serve, and fun!

Please join us for breakfast and fun! Tuesday mornings.  We'd love to get to know you. 

 

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Portola Gloria LaPlant 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z
TRAC Progam Seeks Rotary and Community Support

The Rotary Club of Portola supports the Trails for Recreation and Community (TRAC)  program and the work they are doing in conjunction with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS). Check out their master plan and letter of support template at http://www.chamberorganizer.com/easternplumaschamber/mem_TRAC. 

TRAC Progam Seeks Rotary and Community Support Shelly Yockey
THESAURUS GIVEAWAY FOR 4th GRADERS AT CRC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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THESAURUS GIVEAWAY FOR 4th GRADERS AT CRC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Gloria LaPlant