2019-2020 President Bill Thorp with his amazing family

April 15, 2020

Week Four of no face to face Rotary meeting. We have a plan! We are going to begin having virtual meetings. This week will be the first. See below under "Program" for more information.

And don't forget about helping our own club. If you feel so inclined, please donate the amount you would normally spend for your lunches to our club's foundation. You can send checks to Grants Pass Rotary Foundation at
P.O. Box 1201. Grants Pass, OR 08528. This money will be used to help needy causes during this difficult time.
Please mark your checks "Lunch Money."
Thank you!
Take care.
Program This Week
April 15, 2020 Virtual Club Assembly
This week we are going to take a spin in the world of cyberspace and use ZOOM to connect. Some of you have experienced Zoom before and some of you have not. This "test" meeting is to help with technical issues and get us ready for real meetings. You will receive an email with the meeting invitation and you can also access it here. See "invitation" below.
You have the option of being part of the meeting on your smart phone or your computer.
It's fun to "be together" even if it's virtual. Here's what our meeting could look like!
This video explains how to join a Zoom meeting using a cell phone.
This video explains how to join a Zoom meeting using your computer.
Next week's program - April 22
Next week, April 22, we are fortunate to have Win Howard as our speaker. Win is the CEO of Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He will be talking about our current situation and an update of our medical system in the area.
IMPORTANT: We would like to have your questions for Win ahead of time since a virtual question and answer can be challenging.
Please think about what you want to ask and send you questions to
Richard Acosta at rasta58@outlook.com
Please send you questions no later than Tuesday of next week so we can send them to Win. We are really looking forward to this meeting. In the meantime, here's a very good description of what Asante is doing today with Floyd Harmon, Executive Director of the Asante Foundation.
CLUB: The board is working hard to catch up with everything. Stay tuned for updates. They meet every Monday afternoon so if you have something important, let your director know.
THE FUTURE FOR OUR CLUB: We are scheduling virtual meetings through the end of May. We have lots to do and want you to stay engaged. Once you get used to virtual meetings - it's better than nothing!
IDEA: How about donating the money you would have spent on lunch for our meetings to a fund within Rotary to help others who are in need. Send a check to The Grants Pass Rotary Foundation. Mail it to P.O. Box 1201. Grants Pass, OR 97528. Mark it "Lunch Money."
VIRTUAL MEETING: Our first virtual meeting will be April 15 using Zoom for connecting. We will use this meeting to familiarize everyone with Zoom and how to have a virtual meeting. We want to stay connected - so please join the meeting.
DISTRICT: The District has decided to suspend Group Study Exchange for this year and has promised any student who was accepted to the program that they are "in" for 2021 for sure. However, not all students will be interested because some are seniors and life changes. It's sad - but we need to keep people safe.
INTERNATIONAL: I don't really have an update here - but I do know they are using the contacts normally used for Polio Plus to help with this crisis.
My grandfather died before I was born. I have a very treasured object that was his. It's a tiny book with a suede cover, moire ribbon backing of the cover, and a color image glued to the inside next to the title page. It measures three inches by four inches. It was published in 1916. In it is one of my very favorite poems:
"A Friend in Need" by Henry Van Dyke.
"A friend in need," my neighbor said to me
"A friend indeed is what I meant to be:
In time of trouble I will come to you,
And in the hour of need you'll find me true."
I thought a bit and took him by the hand:
"My friend," said I, "you do not understand
The inner meaning of that simple rhyme,
A friend is what the heart needs all the time."
Sometimes inspirations come from looking at reality. This video, sent to me by Midge Renton, reminds me of a movie about the day the world ended. However, it is also very uplifting to know that the entire world has joined together top protect each other. For me, this is very heartening because life will go on. We will be okay - eventually!
Song for the Day
I was going to put a parody song here - so many are on YouTube. Somehow they didn't seem funny. So I thought it would be better to include a beautiful and uplifting song.
From Sanne Specht
Me and mine are doing well. And I am hugely grateful for that. Many of us have health issues that make this virus particularly dangerous. So I feel we collectively dodged several bullets. 
The CASA office is closed for health and safety reasons. But all staff members - and all of our amazing CASA advocates - are working to keep our foster kids safe during this unprecedented health challenge. 
We are prohibited from holding face-to-face visiting at this time. However, that’s not stopping us. We are checking in with the kids on Skype, FaceTime and even Zoom - making sure they know we are here and looking out for their well being.
Personally, while my heart aches for my friends and family who are struggling, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit that this whole being sequestered deal really works for my rather weary, introvert soul. The quiet is giving me time to reflect and review. I am able to slow down - and think deeply. 
In my free time I am once again creating art, baking up a storm, and purging my closets and cupboards of things that others might use and enjoy. 
And the sunsets are phenomenal. 
Ed note: Please send me things for eCOGS - things you are doing, promotions of your business - anything you think would interest the group. Just reply to this email and I'll get your information and/or pictures.
Funny Stuff - needed in a time of crisis!

This is funny as only Steve Martin can be funny. It's also a tiny bit risque but remember - it's from a Johnny Carson show in 1992. That means it passed censorship from network TV even if it was late night!

Some people - well, actually lots of people, have a lot of time on their hands. Much creativity is a result. This struck me as a cool pastime for kids and adults.
From PDG Judi Beard-Strubing
*Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.
*I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.
*I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
 *Every few days, try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believing all is well in the kingdom.
 *Home-schooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.
 *I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone.
 *This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... we laughed a lot.
 *So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I call them?
 *Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal!? I have no clue how this place is still in business.
 *My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.
 *Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.
 *I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?
 *Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.
 *Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.
*Think about all of the teachers, who next year will keep hearing, “But that’s not how mom told me to do it.”
Generosity in troubled times
President Bill reported two things today -
  1. The Boys & Girls Club is really struggling. Their one huge fundraiser, The Taste of the Rogue, was supposed to be this weekend. Generally that fundraiser yields over $100,000 for the organization. Greg Roe, their executive director has been working 60 hour weeks to keep up because they have fed over 4500 children and more food is need for the kiddos.
  2. Giff Gates contacted Bill and asked how he could help. He said he would set up a Gates Family Challenge and donate $2500 to a worthy cause. While we know there are many many worthy causes out there - Bill told Giff about the Boys & Girls Club and Giff said he liked the idea.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO - if you would like to donate to this challenge please send your checks to Grants Pass Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1201, Grants Pass, OR 97528. Please mark the check for the Gates Challenge!
Thank you!
One more thing!
The need for blood is urgent!
The effects of COVID-19 are having an enormous impact on the blood supply in Southern Oregon, as well as across the country.
This shortage will ultimately affect our patients — the very people who rely on us to provide them with the best care possible.
The need for blood is urgent. Here’s how you can help!
Please encourage your family and friends to donate blood if they are healthy and able. Here is a list of blood drives through the end of April. Go to American Red Cross to schedule an appointment.
Blood drives
Knife River Materials
3959 Hamrick Road, Central Point
Thursday, April 16
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phoenix Civic Center
220 N Main Street, Phoenix
Monday, April 20
12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Crater High School
655 N Third Street, Central Point
Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Other clubs in the area
(for visits and makeups)
Rogue Gateway
Thursday at noon
Wild River Pub 
Greater Grants Pass
Fridays at 7:00 am
Tap Rock Grill 
Illinois Valley 
Tuesdays at noon
Wild River Brewing
Cave Junction 
District 5110 eClub
State of Jefferson eClub
Rotary eClub One
For most other District or Club resources, click the DACdb logo above.
If you have a new person who you think would make a good member of our club - you can download a fillable proposal form by
Once you have filled in the form you can bring it to Secretary Ron Eichorn, membership chair Dennis Webber, or President Bill Thorp
Being a Rotarian Booklet

Financial Expectations as a member of the Rotary Club of Grants Pass CLICK HERE
This video is educational. It shows how toilet paper is made. (In case you want to start a backyard business with your free time.)
This video is the kind that is warm and fuzzy and makes you smile. We all need to do that - especially now.
Editor Hyla Lipson  The Rotary Club of Grants Pass