FC: Portland New Generations Rotary Club | The INDIA Project
1: February 21 - March 3, 2013 | The India Project | Dear Host Family, Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to host members of our Portland New Generations Rotary Club. We are forever grateful for your efforts to welcome us and make our first visit to India a memorable experience. This custom book has been made for you and contains information about our club and the participants of this Rotary Friendship Exchange. Our deepest thanks to you and your families for hosting us on this journey. Yours in Rotary, Portland New Generations Rotary Club
2: Greetings from our home | Portland, Oregon | Some information about us. Who are we? We are members of the Portland New Generations Rotary Club, a newly-founded club that chartered in May 2012 with 30 new members. The focus of our club is building Rotary membership among young professionals and people who consider themselves "young at heart". Where are we from? We're from Portland, Oregon -- an area famous for beautiful mountains, fresh air, an open-minded culture, and most of all, commitment to serving communities. How do we want to change the world through Rotary? Based on a recent survey, our members indicated that they are most passionate about education and healthcare projects. Participating in National Immunization Day and helping rebuild schools in India is an amazing opportunity for us!
4: Meet our club. We're raising Rotary awareness among younger generations.
5: Portland New Generations Rotary Club Charter Gala | May 2012
6: "Choice, not charity. Dignity, not dependence. Empowerment, not enslavement." This is our mantra for community service. Our members love to volunteer, both locally and internationally.
7: Jennifer volunteering in Kenya | Mari volunteering in Mexico | Erin volunteering in Uganda | Salar volunteering in Kenya
8: International Service Chair (2012-13) | Jennifer de Leon | Jennifer is the International Service Chair for PNG Rotary Club. She is honored to be working with you to plan our first international service trip and is excited to visit India for the first time. Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant and works in mergers & acquisitions integration at UTi Worldwide. She graduated from Seattle University with a triple-major in Accounting, Finance, and Humanities. Jennifer’s fun fact: “I’ve been to over 30 countries. and I try to visit at least 3 places outside of the US per year!” Jennifer is passionate about having as many once-in-a-lifetime experiences as possible, whether this involves going on safari in Kenya, zip-lining in Ecuador, visiting her family in the Philippines, or island hopping in Cambodia. She loves to volunteer and spent a month in rural Kenyan villages providing financial consulting services to a microfinance organization. | Outside of international travel, Jennifer’s interests include music, Microsoft Excel, Broadway musicals, working out, reading, writing, and watching documentaries. She also played classical piano from the ages 5 through 17 but loves all genres of music, ranging from Rachmaninoff to The Beatles.
9: Rotary Foundation Chair (2013-14) | Heather Ebert | We are excited to have Heather join our Board of Directors next year as the Rotary Foundation Chair. Heather brings a strong legal background to our club as the Senior Legal Counsel for Western Electricity Coordinating Council. She graduated from Willamette University with an Economics degree (minor in Spanish) and obtained her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Heather is also an athletic overachiever. Her passion is football (or, as we Americans like to call it, “soccer”). Heather’s fun fact: “I grew up playing soccer in the Northwest, and both my high school and college teams were undefeated in home games.“ To say the least, Heather and her soccer teams were pretty good! | When she’s not working or attending Rotary meetings, Heather loves the outdoors, good food, and travel. She takes full advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest region, where you can find her running, skiing, or hiking outdoors. She enjoys checking out farmers markets, trying unique restaurants in the Portland area, and sampling delicious flavors at local wineries. Finally, she loves reading for fun and traveling, both domestically and internationally.
10: Club Secretary (2012-13) | Erin Lusch | Erin is our Club Secretary and uses her master organizational skills to track member meeting attendance and document detailed meeting minutes. Erin is a Sales Account Manager at Evercare, a division of UnitedHealthcare. She attended Oregon State University, where she obtained her biology degree and a minor in business. Erin’s fun fact: “I had heart surgery as a little kid!” Ironically, Erin is continually pouring her “heart” into giving back to the community. You will find her at every PNG Rotary Club volunteer event, whether she is cleaning books for little kids, sorting canned food at the local food bank, or trimming rose bushes at the local gardens. Erin also loves to volunteer internationally. A few years ago, she traveled to rural villages in Uganda to work with children. When she heard about The India Project, she jumped at the opportunity to do more international volunteering. Given her passion and enthusiasm, Erin will be taking over as our club’s International Service Chair for the 2013-14 year. | When she isn’t traveling or volunteering, Erin has a multitude of interests: skiing, working out, hiking, spending time with friends, and watching Oregon State University (OSU) football games. She also loves to make jewelry and is known in our club for her fabulous sense of style.
11: Membership Chair (2013-14) | Brennan Pothetes | Brennan’s fun fact: “I like REALLY spicy food.” Combined with his desire to explore a totally different world, the spicy food in India makes The India Project the perfect adventure for Brennan. In addition to joining the club on our first international service trip, Brennan will be taking over as our club’s Membership Chair for the 2013-14 year. A natural leader and people-connector, Brennan has a lot of experience in building professional organizations and is looking forward to growing Rotary awareness among young professionals. | Brennan works as an Auditor at Umpqua Bank and obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He also earned a Master of Science in Financial Analysis from Portland State University. On his spare time, Brennan loves sports and being outside. He enjoys snowboarding, fishing, golf, football, basketball, camping, cooking, hiking, and anything outdoors.
12: President Elect, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club | Mari Pullen | Mari is the President Elect for the San Diego Coastal ("SDC") Rotary Club. SDC Rotary Club is PNG’s sister club in California that also focuses on promoting Rotary among new generations. Mari currently works as a Digital Marketing Manager for Intuit and graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Entrepreneurial Leadership. | Mari’s interesting fact: “I come from a family of Rotarians, and I love being a Rotarian!” Her grandfather was one of the first Japanese men invited to join the Rotary club in Hilo, Hawaii, where he served as a Rotarian for more than 40 years. Both her grandfather and uncle served as President for this club. Following family tradition, Mari is gearing up to be the President next year and couldn’t be more excited for the challenge. In 2012, her club gave her the “Rotarian of the Year” award for her passion and dedication to Rotary. Another one of Mari’s passions is giving back to the community, especially children. Mexico is a short, 30-minute drive from her house, and she is frequently crossing the border to volunteer at orphanages. When she’s not volunteering at Rotary events, Mari loves travel adventures, hula dancing, and watching American football.
13: Marketing Chair (2012-13) | Salar Salahshoor | As the Marketing Chair, Salar has earned nationwide accolades for his design and creation of the PNG Rotary Club website: http://www.pngrotary.org. He is the Founder and CEO of TurnClick, a digital marketing agency based in Portland, Oregon. Salar is our local expert on website development, marketing campaign design, and social media. Salar’s interesting fact: “I was born in Iran and moved to Seattle, Washington when I was three years old.” He attended Seattle University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Finance. Salar’s passion is entrepreneurship; he has helped launch several startups in a variety of industries, ranging from a venture capital-backed video game company to a French crepe restaurant in downtown Seattle. | During his free time, Salar enjoys snowboarding, cooking Persian food, traveling, playing chess, and being outdoors. Prior to moving to Portland, he served on the Board of Directors of The Village Net, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering sub-Saharan African women through entrepreneurship and microfinance. Salar is PNG Rotary Club's 2013-14 President Elect.
14: Friend of PNG Rotary Club | Susan Hitomi Smith | Susan is thrilled to be a part of The India Project through the Portland New Generations Rotary Club. As a Public Health student at Oregon State University, she is especially excited about participating in National Immunization Day and administering polio vaccines to children in India. The group loves her enthusiasm and is happy to have her join our team. An avid traveler, Susan comes from a very international background. While her father was in the Air Force, she was born in Japan and lived there until the age of 7. In addition to her childhood in Japan, Susan’s fun fact is: “I lived the majority of my life on the island of Guam, from when I was 7-18 years old.” Guam is a tiny 30 x 15 square mile island in the beautiful Pacific Marianas Islands. Outside of studies and travel, Susan’s biggest passion in life is running. Running is no new sport for her; she started running at the young age of 12 years old. Since then, she has run eight marathons and two 50k trail races. Way to go, Susan!
15: ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OFF KRABI POINT | November 11 | Fundraising Chair (2012-13) | Madelyn Sykes | As Fundraising Chair, Madelyn has been instrumental to our club in raising funds for The India Project. Working closely with Jenn Tinney (our Fundraising Chair for 2013-14), she has worked tirelessly to brainstorm ideas, coordinate events, and execute plans to raise enough money to make The India Project a success. Madelyn (also known as “Maddie”) works as the Office Manager at Airport Drayage, her family’s business. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration (International Business) and a second degree in Spanish at the University of Portland. Maddie’s fun fact: “I was in a Spanish newspaper for participating in a local service project while studying abroad.” Maddie studied abroad in Granada, Spain and traveled to neighboring countries. Her favorite country was Morocco. | Outside of Rotary, Maddie loves being active. Her interests include intramural sports (including dodgeball and kickball), hiking, and running. She also loves attending concerts!
16: Fundraising Chair (2013-14) | Jenn Tinney | Jenn is passionate about good food, health, and exercise. She loves to cook, and one of her New Year’s resolutions is to create a cookbook by the end of 2013. She describes herself as “a total Epicurean”. Eating good food and drinking good drinks is a regular past time for her and Shaun, who are frequently attending wine tasting and culinary events. In addition to food and cooking, Jenn lives an active lifestyle. She regularly runs in half and full marathons, enjoys yoga, dabbles in dragon boat racing, and recently finished a triathlon. She also hosts a blog site: http://www.missionhealthpdx.com. Jenn’s fun fact: “I grew up on a homestead and plan on using this fact as a theme for my cookbook.” We can’t wait to see this cookbook, Jenn! | PNG Rotary Club is excited to have Jenn as an addition to our Board of Directors as Fundraising Chair in 2013-14. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about fundraising to our club as the National Director of Sales for Tournaments at American Golf Corporation. Jenn is looking forward to volunteering in India with her husband, Shaun.
17: Friend of PNG Rotary Club | Shaun Tinney | PNG Rotary Club welcomes Shaun to The India Project; we are excited to have him join us on this international adventure! Shaun is the husband of Jenn Tinney (our 2013-14 Fundraising Chair) and an avid supporter of our club. | Shaun’s fun fact: “I can fold my ears inside themselves and make them stick that way temporarily.” A creative professional, Shaun is the Managing Partner of The Good (http://www.thegood.com), a digital marketing agency serving athletic and outdoor brands. His company’s purpose is clear: “We’ve made it our mission to remove all bad experiences from the web until only the good remain.” Shaun graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design. Outside of running his business and spending time with his lovely wife, Shaun enjoys athletic and creative activities ranging from basketball, sketching, writing music, yoga, hiking, surfing, and snowboarding.
19: Our deepest thanks to you from Portland, Oregon