2019-2020 President Bill Thorp with his amazing family

February 5, 2020

The groundhog did not see his shadow today - so perhaps spring is on the way for sure.

Kevin Clark
Wendy Sellers
Song & Pledge
Cynthia Harelson
Carmela Brust
Sergeant at Arms
Hyla Lipson
AV Team
Lawton Lesueur
Today's Program
Southern Oregon Air Academy (SOAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized for the purpose of introducing the fields of aviation and aerospace to elementary, middle school, high school and college students through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.), focused on curriculum and programs developed in collaboration with professional educators.
Jenny Jackson and Jason Foster will talk about the organization. Some of the topics they will cover include:
The state of aviation in the Rogue Valley (Ashland, GP, IV, Medford)
Aviation: a driver of economic development, business recruitment & retention 
Workforce development: critical for attracting and expanding aviation business 
A shortage of pilots, mechanics, managers, marketers... so many job openings 
Fixed wing, rotary wing, unmanned, space, military, commercial, recreational 
Opportunities to support your local airport, and career development for youth
Click any of the pictures to visit the SOAA website.
Jenny Jackson was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon which is where she attended Rogue Community College (RCC) as a student who graduated in 1997. She followed her Associate of Arts degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication from Southern Oregon University graduating Cum Laude in 2008. In 2012 she obtained her Master of Arts in teaching with a specialization in Higher education and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Jenny has worked with RCC since the early nineties in a variety of positions including teacher, advisor, mentor, and tutor. Currently, Jenny holds the position of Faculty Advisor of Student Government, working closely with the Associated Student Government of Rogue Community College on Redwood Campus (ASGRCC-RWC). A strong believer in education and a lifelong learner, Jenny also works with Southern Oregon Air Academy as the Summer Air Camp Director for summer aviation camps for middle school children in the Rogue Valley. Jenny is also currently pursuing her Private Pilot’s License with Pacific Aviation Northwest and plans to take her classroom to the skies. 
Jason Graduated from Central Washington University in 2007 with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing Management. While attending CWU, he was a member of the varsity Men’s Rugby team and President of the Men’s Rugby Club. He moved to the Rogue Valley in February of 2011 after falling in love with the area while visiting for a friend’s wedding. Jason and his wife Keri were married in September of 2012. They have three beautiful daughters and a son, Sophie, Savannah, Jasmine and Isaiah. Jason loves spending time with his family, doing outdoor activities, working in the yard and working with the youth at his church.
Student of the Year

Andrew Jenson
Is a fifth grade student at
Redwood Elementary School
Andrew's parents are
Amber and Jonathan Jenson
Andrew will be introduced by principal
Christine Mooney
What's in the Bag?

Each year our Rotary club honors one fifth grade student and one eighth grade student from every school in Josephine county. The students are given a fabulous bag of goodies donated by Rotarians and generous community members.

Here is a list of what is in the bag. And huge thanks to all of those who participate!
New Member Posts
Second Posting

Sue Densmore
Business: Friend of Oregon Caves and Chateau
Classification: Business Development
Proposed by: Lily Morgan

It's time for our club's annual community grants program for 2020. The deadline to submit a grant is March 16. CLICK HERE or the picture to download the application.
Board Meeting Reminder
Feb 18 at 4pm at the Chamber of Commerce
On the third Wednesday of each month there will be a meeting after the meeting - specifically to help integrate Red Badge members into the club. Anyone is invited to attend. The next meeting is March 18 and is hosted by Tim Howe.

The next fireside meeting will be at Roy Lindsay’s home on February 25 at 6pm. These meetings are for the benefit of new Red Badge members and spouses or special “others” are invited so they too will know more about Rotary. This is a requirement for all Red Badge members in order to get their blue badge.

Duck Derby Sponsorship Package
CLICK HERE to find the 2020 Duck Derby Sponsorship Packet. This packet includes the following:
  1. Sponsorship letter - This letter is an invitation to any organization that would like to participate as a sponsor for our upcoming event. It details the projects we have done in the past and our hope for their support this year and in the future.
  2. Sponsorship benefits - This schedule details the benefits available to participating sponsors based on their level of participation.
  3. Sponsorship form - This form is to be completed be each sponsoring organization and can be completed on their computer, printed and then signed along with their sponsorship contribution.  
Please get the word out to any and all organizations you think might be interested in supporting us this year.
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.
February 5
Southern Oregon Air Academy
Jenny Jackson and Jason Foster
February 12
Sara Small
February 19
Foundry Village
Mathew Vorderstrasse
February 26
Tim Quinlan's vocational
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
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
Did you know the Super Bowl trophy is made by Tiffany? Here's the story that was on CBS Sunday Morning this week.
Editor Hyla Lipson  The Rotary Club of Grants Pass