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Ross Island Boosts Auction Results - 04/23/2018
Submitted by: Terri Hammond; Photo by Andie Petkus
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Good afternoon Ross Islanders (BEST CLUB ON THE PLANET!),


Thank you ALL for everything you did to help this year’s MHKC “Glamping Gala” auction be a huge success. Together, the event raised a record breaking $268,000!


I wanted to make sure you all knew how amazing this club is.


We tallied up all of Ross Island’s and it BLEW US AWAY!


The grand total includes the following:


Club’s payment of the table, the very generous auction purchases and donations from all Ross Islanders at our table and seated at other tables in the room, the amount donated live auction trips raised (for example, Otter Crest, Palm Springs, and RCI donations),...

Ross Island Brings Kiwanis' Old and New Motto to Life - 04/14/2018
Submitted by: Bob Munger. Photo by John Flaherty
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Years ago, our Kiwanis motto was “We Build” but has since been changed to “Serving the Children of the World.”  Harkening back to the days of old, five of our stalwart Kiwanians hitched up their tool belts, dipped their paint brushes, loaded their calking guns and went to work with Habitat for Humanity to build a new house for a family from Somalia.  Painting siding, calking windows, tacking stair treads, and just plain grunt work cleaning up construction debris filled their day. It was a labor of love and did, indeed, link the old and new Kiwanis mottos to provide affordable housing for this Somali family and their young children.  Hard hats off to...

Ross Island and Franklin Key Club Join Hands at Oregon Food Bank - 02/24/2018
Submitted by: Bob Munger. Photo by Marv Slifman
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February 17th was a milestone day for Franklin High School Key Club and Ross Island Earlyrisers at the Oregon Food Bank.  Joining hands to fight food insecurity are Sydney George and Dick Tracy who helped a team of many pack 41,395 pounds of oranges and potatoes to feed 34,421 hungry people.  Just our small team of four helped feed 1,494 children. 

It is significant that our Key Clubs can team up with their sponsoring Kiwanis Club in joint service to our communities.  We are grateful for their dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and energy to help our communities thrive and become a better place to live.

Maysara Winery Supports Children's Fundraiser - 02/09/2018
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As Ross Island Earlyrisers is poised to kick off its annual wine raffle fundraiser, we especially want to thank Maysara Winery for their generous donation of a case of wine to enhance our selection this year.  These are a variety of wines ranging from refreshing Pinot Gris and Rieslings to rich Pinot Noirs.  These wines will greatly increase the allure of the three packages comprised of the 80 bottles of wine offered as our raffle prizes this year.  Proceeds from the raffle support Kiwanis children's charaties including Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp and Doernbecher Children's Hospital.


Maysara Winery is a winery, vineyard and event space owned and operated by the Momtazi...

PRECOA Supports Doernbecher Trauma Doll Program - 02/03/2018
Submitted by: Ernie Chapman
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Congratulations to the Precoa’s East Region Eagles Team! They put together 68 trauma dolls for the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (KDCCP) - with some kindly assistance from our friends in the HR Team J, and the Ross Island Earlyrisers Kiwanis Club


The dolls provide comfort and companionship and are often used by medical personnel to demonstrate a procedure, helping the children to better understand. The child can also draw on the featureless dolls, which helps to serve as a diversion by providing a creative outlet. 

Precoa’s East Region planners volunteered, donating time and money, to purchase the needed materials, cut out the doll patterns,...

Ross Island Feeling Their Oats at Oregon Food Bank - 11/25/2017
Submitted by: Bob Munger
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Hunger hurts children, families, seniors, veterans and the disabled. While the economy has improved for some people, we still have 1 in 5 neighbors facing food insecurity. About 644,000 Oregonians are food insecure, of those 223,480 are children. 1


The day after Thanksgiving, Ross Island Earlyrisers volunteered, as they often do, at the Oregon Food Bank.  This time we, as part of a larger team, bagged oats – 29,485 pounds of them – into two-pound bags.  All toll, the effort provided 24,572 meals.  Our team of seven volunteers bagged up 1,911 meals for kids. Oat baggers were Marv Slifman, Steve Maxwell, Loren Long, Bob & Judy Munger, Gary Pope and...

Ross Island Volunteers Help Feed Home-Bound Seniors - 11/19/2017
Submitted by: Bob Munger
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Every year during the five days before Thanksgiving, many local grocery stores host the Donate Dinner program, encouraging customers to donate to Meals on Wheels People right at the register—ensuring that seniors in our community don’t experience hunger.


Eight volunteers from Ross Island Earlyrisers supported four two-hour shifts at a New Seasons Market in Southeast Portland.  It was a simple process of offering a friendly greeting to shoppers as they entered the market and saying:  "Hi! I’m a volunteer with Meals on Wheels People. If you would like to donate a dinner to a homebound senior, just tell the cashier when you check out. Thank you!." ...

Grout School Scholastic Book Fair - 11/11/2017
Submitted by: Bob Munger
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Grout School Scholastic Book Fair


The Grout School Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Students with their parents browsed the shelves and purchased the books that captivated their attention.  All purchases benefited the school library.


Seven Ross Island members teamed with the Grout School Parent-Teacher Organization to set up the book fair and tend the four-day event.  Our members assisted the students in finding the books for their age level and kept the shelves tidy so the displays were always attractive.


The reward was sharing...

Enhancing Children's Safety at Kiwanis One Day - 11/03/2017
Submitted by: Bob Munger. Photo by Mike Karsted
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Kiwanis One Day & Children's Photo ID

Ross Island Earlyrisers entered the magical world of children just before Halloween.  Saturday, October 28th combined Kiwanis One Day with the St. Helens Children’s Fair.

The Children’s Fair is a free, fun and informative event for children and their families.  Admission and all activities are free to the several thousand who attend.  It is designed as a fun and safe event that is non-commercial, non-political and non-sectarian.  While the children are enjoying themselves, adults have the opportunity to become familiar with and gather knowledge from wide variety of agencies and services.  Entertainment...