Recent Speakers At Our Meetings

Oswego Heritage Council Executive Director Nancy Niland and Board Director/Collections Manager Dr. Mark Browne.

They came equipped with visuals and with the emphases on "HERITAGE" shared stories from the Lake Oswego Heritage House vault discussing Lake Oswego specific stories and history with special interest given to the archival project undertaken this past year that rescued items that had been neglected for 50-60 years. Mark has had the wonderful opportunity to listen to people like Joe Smith who are still around and willing to fill in the gaps in the stories depicted in the vault's finds.  Mark and others are working painstakingly, long hours to preserve this treasure trove with today's technology to share it with everyone today and for generations to come. It was with the same sense of pride that a new mommy tells about her firstborn that Nancy shared information about the latest addition to the Oswego Heritage House, The Oswego Heritage Museum which opened in November of 2016 and is open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free and open to the public.  Oswego Heritage Museum's permanent Oswego history exhibit begins with an introduction to local Native American history and continues around the room, bringing you to Oswego's more current history. From time to time, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a revolving exhibit that focuses on Oswego Heritage Council events throughout the year. Come and see the current exhibit, "Creating Community: Oswego Women"

For your information and delight visit

Volunteers are critical in the success of OHC.  If you would like to volunteer, contact Nancy Niland at

Stephen Wasserberger, Executive Director of Marathon Scholars was the guest speaker on June 21st.

As executive director, Wasserberger is responsible for day-to-day management, leading strategic development, raising funds, program scaling and bringing awareness to Marathon's mission of mentoring, providing college scholarships and enrichment opportunities to low-income students.  Stephen built a very successful architecture practice before switching gears to serve the community through a variety of distinguished non-profit roles.  Those included his terms as President of the Board for the University Club of Portland and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & SW Washington. Most recently Stephen served as the Executive Director of Martha and Mary Ministries, a non-profit provider of hospice care. Stephen is excited about advancing the mission at Marathon Scholars by expanding the number of children served and bringing awareness to this incredible program.

Stephen is a University of Oregon alum, and enjoys spending time with his wife, training for triathlons, reading and cheering on the Ducks

See for more information.

                                       Krista Pomeroy  May 10th Speaker

Krista works as a Programs Specialist for the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes. Her role in this organization is to increase "visibility", public awareness and involvement for of the organization as she does these presentations but primarily to coordinate the volunteers and athletes. Krista also help with instructing athletes through each sport provided. Whether it be paddle-boarding, kayaking, hiking, tandem biking, goal ball, beep baseball, the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is there to provide FREE life changing opportunities through sports and physical activities throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. NWABA athletes develop belief in themselves. Breaking down barriers and isolation, they become an active part of their schools and communities.  She was very excited to announce their upcoming Camp Abilities. Look for the detail at

Before she came to the NWABA she worked as an adaptive sports instructor for the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte Colorado. That is where she found a passion for creating outdoor recreation experiences for those who do not easily have access to those opportunities. In her free time Krista likes to ski, mountain bike, and backpacking.  Please check it out at

Corrina Patzer Speaker at April 26th Meeting

Corrina Patzer, Chief Strategy Officer of Lions VisionGift,  a non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Lions Clubs of Oregon (MD-36), which recognized the need for an eye bank to provide ocular tissue for transplants, research and medical education. Ms. Patzer has over 15 years of eye banking and ocular research experience.  She share with us the wonderful ways this great program has grown and how research has developed fantastic new ways to help more and more people receive the precious gift of vision.  Most importantly, if you want to be a donor, be sure to talk to your family.  Time is of the essence.   
 To learn more visit  To register to become a donor, visit or register when you renew your license at the DMV. One decision you make now could change the lives of many. For more information, call (503)  808-7070.

Dr. Kimberly Gutherie

April 20th  Presenter  - Dr. Kimberly Guthrie:  Body in Balance Wellness Center at Mizumi's Buffet, 13500 SW Pacific Highway, Tigard OR 97223 (Bi-Mart Parking lot).  
Since 1998, Dr. Kimberly Guthrie has delivered modern, high-quality chiropractic care to families wishing to optimize their wellness potential.  She is married and the mother of three wonderful daughters. When she’s not adjusting practice members, she enjoys distance cycling, hiking and reading.

 Body in Balance Wellness Center
15962 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 202
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Phone: (503) 675-8747

Ronald Allen, DO. April 12 Speaker

Ronald Allen, DO of The Portland Clinic - Ophthalmology & Eye Services.  Dr Allen received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center/Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. He is originally from Bend, Oregon and grew up there.  He moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark College and has enjoyed the small city and all it has to offer. He chose ophthalmology because he believes sight is a beautiful thing and "I also love being able to play with all the technical equipment we have!"
Dr. Allen was elected as a top doctor in Portland Monthly’s 2014-2017 “Top Docs and Nurses” feature.
He shared with us an introduction to eye care and why it is important to get those eye exams starting at birth, through childhood and adulthood and particularly as we age.   Early detection of eye health problems such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy is paramount in maintaining optimal vision and preventing blindness.  he also addressed the danger of too much screen-time for children causing the eyes to develop incorrectly causing severe nearsightedness. Eye health is just one more reason to tell the kids to get outside and play! He suggested that if we are spending an exorbitant amount of time at a computer we might want to protect our eyes with blue wavelength light blocking glasses or screen protectors.  A word to the wise...   Check out the video at



Linda Voldengen 3/29 Speaker

Linda Voldengen, Independent Associate of LegalShield / IDShield.  Linda shared with us that none of us is immune to Identity Theft, Medical ID Theft, Tax-Related Identity Theft and other such crimes but we can protect ourselves from what we can't prevent.  If forewarned we can be forearmed to respond when it happens.  Linda works with families, small business owners and employee groups to provide total legal access to top local attorneys. By sharing risk over a large number of members, we are able to offer legal access to top, local attorney firms at price points far below the typical fees normally encountered in the legal system.  Check it out at
Contact Linda at 971-246-0328 or

March 22

Lion Gen introduced our guest speaker, the amazing treasure trove of historical information, Loyce Martinazzi, co-founder of  the Tualatin Historical Society (THS) who shared with us the story of how, in 1962, the first mastodon partial skeleton, now featured in the new Tualatin library and Tualatin Heritage Center was dug up by Portland State University students John “Bobby” George,  Ron and Gordon Sund  It was located in the organic bottom land west of Interstate 5 and south of the Fred Meyer store in Tualatin.   Now a retired dentist, at the time Dr. George needed to do a college paper and  had been told by the Tualatin Town Marshall Charlie Roberts when he was a young child, where “a big elephant carcass”  was located in Tualatin.  After turning in his college papers, he left the mastodon bones, except for a tusk and two molars.  In 1974, Yvonne Addington, first city manager of Tualatin, saw the bones displayed at PSU as the “Tigard Mastodon” and knew better.  She had typed Dr. George’s college report in 1962. She called to have the display information corrected.  PSU agreed and asked if Addington wanted the bones since they were running out of room.  She reluctantly accepted,  knowing she couldn’t personally take it home and the city council at the time would not value such a find. The unassembled bones were kept in a pine box in the city shop closets.  Addington left city employment in 1982 and sometime thereafter, the city gave the bones to the Portland Zoo.  
In 1992, it was Loyce who asked to have the partial mastodon skeleton returned to Tualatin. THS, the city, citizens and students paid  the University of Oregon  to prepare a wall mounted displayed of the bones for the city library.   In 2007, the mastodon was restructured in front of a huge glass etching and is  now the featured attraction at the new Tualatin city library just a few blocks north of where it was originally dug up.

                                                            Tualatin's Mastodon
In 2007, Dr. George donated the mastodon’s tusk and two molars to the Tualatin Historical Society which are now on display at the Tualatin Heritage Center.  Loyce has done a lot of "digging" of her own and come up with priceless treasures of community history.  She has published a book of it called Tualatin - From the Beginning.  Check it out!

Katie Warren and Kelly Asbra February 22nd Speakers






Lion Gen introduced Guest Speaker, Donor Support Coordinator of Dogs for the Deaf, Michelle Erwin.  Dogs for the Deaf is a 40 year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization completely funded by donations from individuals, service club organizations, foundations, and corporate partnerships.  Their mission is to professionally train dogs to help people and enhance lives while maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs they rescue or breed and all people they serve.  Their vision is to be a premier national provider of professionally trained Assistance Dogs.  Michelle shared with us how Dogs for the Deaf rescues, trains and places dogs to help different disabilities, challenges and needs. Hearing Dogs are trained to alert people to household sounds that are necessary for everyday safety and independence . Autism Assistance Dogs  are trained to enhance the safety of children with autism by acting as an anchor and preventing the child from bolting. Program Assistance Dogs go to work with and assist professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors, and court room advocates.  Career Change Dogs are wonderful dogs who are happy and healthy but just not suited to working for a living.  Here's the scoop on what this wonderful organization does.

       Rescue homeless dogs from shelters
       Supply needed medical care and spaying/neutering
      Train 5-6 months of obedience and specialized training needed for the program each dog is in
       Screen each applicant to determine the person’s needs, abilities, personality, lifestyle, and ability to care for the dog
      Match each dog to the applicant’s lifestyle
      Place professionally trained dogs to assist individuals  with various disabilities
      Take the dog to the client’s home and train the client to maintain the dog’s skills
      Provide lifetime follow-up help and guidance to make sure the team is achieving maximum benefit from each other
      Help the client with the retirement or passing of the dog and getting a successor dog
      Maintain a lifetime commitment to all dogs that we place in loving homes

All of this is done for a minimal $50.00 application fee and a $500.00 refundable Good Faith deposit.
Dogs for the Deaf invests approximately $25,000 in each dog, this includes:

     Finding and evaluating dogs
     Providing all dogs any medical treatment deemed necessary
     Training, socializing, and further evaluating each dog
     Placing the dog with the client and working with the team
    Ongoing follow-up support for the life of the team



Becky Olson February 1st Speaker

Becky Olson is a three-time breast cancer Survivor. She left her job as a sales manager for Dex Media in 2005 to pursue her role as Co-Founder of Breast Friends. Becky, a member of the National Speaker’s Association, has also developed her skills as a professional speaker and now travels all over the country sharing her experience and inspiring her audiences. She has also written a book, “The Hat That Saved My Life,” which was published in 2004 with a second printing in 2007.

                                          Bob Hill                                          Scott Thompson

January 25, 2017 Guest Speakers: Bob Hill, President of the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial and Scott Thompson an enthusiastic supporter serving as treasurer promoter of the project which has moved to the design and fundraising phase.  The memorial is envisioned as a place for reflection, providing an artistic and welcoming environment to honor both those who are actively serving and those before us who have served. The idea for the project originated with former City Councilor Karen Bowerman,  Bob and Scott.  In 2015, the trio created a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation called the LO Veterans Memorial Corporation in order to advocate for the project and raise funds. Bob says, "Let's make Lake Oswego great again!" Scott says, "Having lived in the Lake Oswego community my whole life, I’m hoping this memorial will help to recreate the life I knew as a child for my own children and justly honor those whose sacrifice has made Lake Oswego possible.”  Anyone interested in supporting this work or sharing the stories of first responders and the veterans who have served in the U.S. military and have a close connection with Lake Oswego should contact Bob 503-793-8249.  What a privilege it is for our city, Lake Oswego, to have a place where family, friends and visitors can pay their respect and reflect on the past, present and future of those who serve the welfare of our community and our country.  All gave some, some gave all.  Donations for the memorial can be sent to Scott Thompson at P.O. Box 1188, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 or online at the website


Deputy Marshall, David Smith

January 4, 2017 Speaker

Deputy Fire Marshal, David Smith.  Monday through Friday, you will find him fulfilling his duties that include inspections of commercial properties and existing buildings, making sure new buildings comply with requirements for fire alarms and sprinklers and assisting with investigations and public education. And, this Wednesday, he was with the Lake Oswego Lions to educate us about CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) a FEMA curriculum training program offered to the public to teach us how we can help ourselves, our families and our neighbors in the event of a disaster.


Holly Lawson, December 7th, 2016

Holly M. Lawson, PhD, CLVT, COMS
  Special Speaker: Portland State University Professor , coordinator of the Visually Impaired Learner program.   Nationwide there is a critical need for both Teachers of children with Visual Impairments (TVIs) and Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&Ms), particularly in rural areas.  The VIL program provided at PSU is preparing exemplary educators for these fields. This program started with a small federal grant in 1964 and has recently been expanded by additional grants.
Federal Grant Funding through VIsion Professionals for Under Served Areas (VIPs USA) Award
The VIL Program was awarded a federal grant to train 35 pre-service teachers of students with visual impairments with funding available through 2020.  It is a nationally accredited graduate program to prepare teachers of students with visual impairments (TVIs), birth to 21, including those with multiple disabilities. Nationwide there is a critical need for TVIs, particularly in rural areas of the U.S. Portland State University offers the only program for TVI training in the Pacific Northwest using an innovative and flexible hybrid model.  Graduates become teachers of students with visual impairments, school principals at residential schools for the blind, outreach coordinators for services for the blind and visually impaired, early intervention specialists working with infants and toddlers who are blind and visually impaired.
Federal Grant Funding through Certified Orientation and Mobility Educators in Training (Project COMET) Award
The VIL Program has funds to support 38 pre-service orientation and mobility (O&M) instructors through 2020. Project COMET offers options for: add-on endorsement, single O&M certification, and dual teacher of the visually impaired (TVI)/O&M programs. Depending on study plan, scholars complete training within one and a half to three years. Project COMET funds cover most of the tuition costs for eligible students. Starting in fall 2017, Portland State University will offer a Orientation and Mobility (O&M) program which will prepare Orientation and Mobility Specialists: professionals who teach individuals with visual impairments how to travel safely, efficiently, and with purpose in a variety of environments. The O&M Program is offered as an extension of  PSUs long-standing VIL Program that has been preparing teachers of children with visual impairments (TVIs) to work with school-age children for the past 50 years.    

Visit Facebook: PSU - Visually Impaired Learner Program, Website: , or contact Holly at if you would like to know more about, hosting a student, learning brail, learning human guide techniques or other ways you can support the work she is doing to ultimately help the blind and visually impaired.  


Mary Lee Turner,  November 30th Guest Speaker

photo by Dane

Lion Mary Lee Turner, of the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind.  She was happy to report the accomplishments of the vision clinic in Mexico where 9000 pairs of refurbished eye glasses were delivered and in 10 days 2,290 people were served, being fitted with glasses and 35 adults and 3 children equipped with white canes.  Mary Lee was proud to tell us all about the newly named the Oral Hull Park and Retreat Center for the Blind and Low Vision is where she facilitates Living with Vision Loss Seminars - 3 day seminars with a variety of focuses including but not limited to Introduction to Vision Loss, Techniques for Daily living, Communication Skills, Access and Transportation, Social Interaction, and Recreation and Leisure.  She addresses guest and students with a "Welcome home, a safe place to do what you want and need to do to regain confidence and hope and reach your personal goals one step at a time with efficiency, dignity and fun.

She shared Cheri's Story, an Oral Hull Foundation video that you don't want to miss!  See it at

by  Bonnie

Katie Wojda

Lion Gen introduced our guest speaker, Katie Wojda of Lucid Dog Training.  She started her presentation with a love story about how their mutual love of dogs brought Katie and her business partner/husband to a "doggone good marriage"  You've got to read the great article created on Thursday, 11 February 2016 and written by our friend, Cliff Newell and the great photo taken by Levi Sim (see attached).
Then she told us all about the fun she and Chris have creating better lives for people and dogs through innovative dog training.
Caring for your dog is natural and fun. Training your dog should be, too. Check it out at


Nana Bellerud, President of the Ikebana International Portland #47 presented a demonstration of the ancient Japanese fine art of floral arranging known as Ikebana.  Both men and women study this art form. Indeed, in the past, Ikebana was considered an appropriate pastime for even the toughest samurai. Currently, the leading flower arrangers are, for the most part, men. Ikebana is not only an art, but an occupation for men and women alike.  Nana is a Financial Services Representative at Principal Financial Group but in her free time, Ikebana is her passion.  She showed us how an essential feature of the Ikebana composition is its asymmetrical form and the use of empty space.  A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial.  My favorite is the "Miniature Ikebana"
 See more at


Speaker for 11/2/16

Matthew Gibson, Alzheimer's Assc Oregon provided fascinating info on Alzheimer's, dementia, memory loss;  how the brain works, how memory works, the difference between various loses of different brain functions & what can be done; details regarding research & treatment.   This disease is one of the top ten leading causes of death.   Although the aging population is more apt to carry this disease, the age has been lowering significantly.   The presentation presented was appreciated by the attending guests and members.  Mr. Gibson provide information brochures and answered questions regarding experiences that have had with friends or family.     (G.O.)


 Kuri Gill, Oregon Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator,  spoke to us of the problems and issues faced by Oregon’s historic cemeteries and the efforts of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and others to address them and how this state program supports individuals and organizations in the preservation and interpretation of these treasures of our heritage. We enjoyed a slide show of monuments, headstones and markers in Oregon's historic cemeteries and Kuri explained the carvings and inscriptions. The art and language on markers tell a story about faith, tradition, history and culture of the community. She shared meanings of common mortuary symbols and indicators of affiliations and other information to be gathered from cemetery markers.  It was most interesting and it wasn't even scary!!  Thank you Kuri!

Kuri earned her BA at the University of Oregon in Art History and MA at California State University, Chico in Museum Studies. She was formerly Curator and Education Coordinator at Mission Mill Museum and worked at the Linn County Historical Museum in Brownsville. Kuri believes strongly that heritage and the arts make for stronger communities. She lives in Springfield with her wonderful son and husband. You can reach her at (503) 986-0685 or

                                       October 12th Speaker
Duane L. Smelser, M.A., A.B.S., founder of Hearing Health, presented "Understanding Your Hearing and Your Health".  He explained how important your hearing is to your general health, mental health and your life and answered questions regarding hearing testing, hearing aids, etc. For more information go to Hearing Health, 4921 SW 76th Ave., Portland OR 97225 or call 503-292-2995


Robin Vesey Oct 5th Speaker

As those who ordered the LOACC lunch were served we were introduced to our guest speaker,  Robin Vesey of "Friends of Terwilliger" a non-profit organization with a mission to protect the natural character and scenic beauty of the Terwilliger Parkway corridor.  Robin shared with us a video presentation about the Centennial Celebration of FOT and a brief but informative rundown of the history that has taken this scenic byway in "Stumptown" to what SW Portland’s unique linear city park it is today. Being loved, used and cared for takes a lot of dedicated people and work.  Robin invited us to join the efforts and get some outdoor exercise by volunteering for a work party on October 15th.  See the attached flier for details and visit for more information.

Paul Peterson  September 28th Speaker

Lion Gen introduced our guest speaker, Paul Peterson who shared information and his experiences with "Blind Ambition",  founded in 2002, it's the first dragon boat paddling club made up of athletes who are blind competing equally with sighted teams.  (See photos attached)  Mission: To promote the health and fitness/abilities of the blind/visually impaired in a competitive environment through paddles sports.  They will be training for their next trip planned for the regatta in Tempe Arizona.  You can help by donating (501c3 tax id 54-2075538) and/or for a whole lot of fun, attend the November 14th Annual Blindfold Dinner and Auction 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Old Spaghetti Factory ( 715 SW Bancroft Street Portland) to share a meal and stories with Blind Ambition. Learn about the team and the difference it has made for people with visual impairments in the Portland area and beyond. There will be many great items up for auction for you to bid on and win! Tickets include salad, entree, beverage, and dessert.
Reserve your spot now at

  You can get involved by contacting  Paul and Bonnie Peterson   or  Patricia Kepler   971-217-4768.

Please note:  Write up and photos are taken from Lion Bonnie's minutes of Sept. 28.



Oregon Photo Safaris Expedition Leader, Photography Instructor, Craftsman Photographer, Dwon Güvenir.  Born in Turkey, where he got his name, from age two he grew up in Holton, Kansas, USA, where he got his accent and began his life as a photographer using his mother's Bell & Howell 35mm manual camera, educated at the University of Kansas, specializing in Mayan Archaeology and deciphering Mayan Hieroglyphs where he got his sense of adventure, Dwon spent a couple years as a Mayan Archaeologist and Epigrapher grubbing through the jungles of Central America including Belize, Guatemala, and Southern Mexico with his backpack, a machete in one hand and his camera in the other. Upon returning to the US, Dwon pursued his childhood dream and became a police officer. After a while he realized that wasn't for him. He traveled to Oregon to get his masters degree in education but instead he attended the New York Institute of Photography via correspondence and opened his photography studio in 2001. That lead to professional photography consulting, which lead to community education classes, which lead to weekend workshops, which lead to Oregon Photo Safaris.
Dwon shared a slide presentation of some of his photography and talked about the historical and eco-responsible safaris, workshops, field trips and classes structured to teach photographers of ALL levels the skills necessary to master their photography and the ability to capture the image, with any camera in any shooting condition.  And, whether we're talking about light houses, mountains, lakes, rivers, rocks, ghost town, volcanos, deserts, cityscapes, wild animals, waterfalls, coast lines, bridges or farmscapes,  what better place to do that than the great outdoors of our own beautiful and diverse state, Oregon!


                              Pati Bilow   September 14th Meeting Speaker

Lion Gen introduced our guest speaker, "Tools 4 Troops" Co-founder, Patt Bilow.  She was in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and served in the Emergency Planning Department.  Her father served in the Navy and all of her uncles and most of her cousins served in the in the Military as well.  Her Grandmother was part of the Civilian Air Patrol and was part of the team that looked out for foreign airplanes coming to the USA. She has a heart for the troops! Currently she is a Realtor and Property Manager in Lake Oswego and serves passionately in "Tools 4 Troops".  Tearfully Patt shared with us how this wonderful organization led by President, Pete Wall supports veterans, serving members of the (5) branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (900 so far this year) with hand and power 'tools' either gifted or loaned at no cost to the recipients - Changing Lives, one tool at a time. scope includes but is not limited to safety instructions, product manuals, and specialized training where applicable.  Featured on KATU Everyday Heroes enjoy the story that tells It all at:

September 7th Speaker

Joe Baney, whose business is Maritime Video Productions. He was born in Germany, worked as an electrical engineer, came to Lake Oswego when he married an LO lady and worked with Bonneville Power.  He always had an interest in the maritime and with a bit of luck, was able to become assigned to the Coast Guard and its accompanying industry and community. He became part of several auxiliary groups and his work took him on a special trip to the frozen continent to which less than 1% of the world's population has ever ventured... Antarctica, where he produced the "Brrrrilliant" video that he shared with us on September 7th.



Chad Bliss the speaker for August 17th.  

President Gen introduced Chad Bliss,  Executive Director of Food by Design. Chad shared with us how Food by Design was created with the purpose of: * Creating healthier food systems in under-served communities * Providing job-training through urban farms and residential gardens * Creating a new model for social and environmental leadership * Creating economically and resource abundant communities * Developing alternative systems of delivery within each community.   Food by Design creates new and emerging systems that develop resource abundant communities. This is accomplished by securing food, human resources and local economies and creates the conditions for individuals and communities to achieve their greatest potential and thrive on the level of body, mind, and spirit. Food by Design Employment Training provides a three month program of intensive on-farm training. Apprentices study and work on the farms at the Food By Design training sites. The participants participate in all aspects of Food by Design’s mission, including food access and distribution, sourcing, working with local chefs and retailers, and farm and nutrition education. Farm apprentices work 12-20 hour work weeks which includes 3 hours at farmer’s market stands on either Saturday or Sunday.
After the three month program, interested participants are offered a second module and invited back to become interns in order to gain people management skills. After the second module is over, for a total of six months, there are three outcomes: 1. placing the intern in a food related industry 2. Invite them back to become crew leader training the new apprentices and 3. provide support for those who wish to start their own farming businesses through on the job training funds. Food by Design strategically partners with agencies during the training program who provide housing and food and on site peer support.
One way you can support Food by Design is to participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by purchasing weekly CSA food baskets up front. This allows Food by Design to order seeds and soil amendments so they can get ahead of the growing season.
How it works: pay up front for six months. Each week beginning in May and ending the last week in October, Food by Design will drop off your share at a community drop off spot where you can come and pick it up. You can order a full share which is about the size of a grocery bag. You can order a half share if you have a smaller household. Or you can pay for a discounted share that gets donated each week to a community member that could use fresh healthy produce.  Check it out at the website.


Speaker Kevin Bradley at the LOLC Aug.3rd Meeting


Bradi Grebien-Samkow, of the Clackamas Women's Services (CWS) and Family Justice Center for Clackamas County (A Safe Place) to talk about Camp HOPE Oregon in Clackamas County at the June 20th meeting.  The idea behind Camp HOPE is to help children heal from trauma and have the fun, playful experiences that they deserve. Developed through the National Family Justice Center Alliance in 2003, Camp HOPE is based on proven research that indicates how important hope is for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.  A natural extension of the Family Justice Center model, Camp HOPE provides an idyllic setting, capable staff and counselors who serve as positive role models and an opportunity to get outside, play and have fun.  These simple experiences help build confidence and hope in those that need it most.  To learn more, visit or call A Safe Place Family Justice Center at 503-655-8600. Bradi would be happy to take us on a tour!

June 8th Speaker

Maeve Connor - NAMI Clackamas County Outreach and Development Director  (More information in the June 8th Minutes)
Studying Women’s Studies at Portland State University inspired Maeve her to focus her life on social justice, which is why she decided to pursue a career in nonprofits.  She has also worked at Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health and Death with Dignity National Center and is the chair of the board of The Living Room, a safe haven for GLBTQQ youth in Clackamas County. When she isn't working or volunteering, she is doing yoga and cuddling with her cats.

June 1, 2016 Speaker

Sharon Rollins, OLSHF Secretary (District O)

Sharon was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from Whittier College with a BA in biological science and history. Further graduate work in education led to teaching at the middle school and upper elementary level and to school administration, interrupted by several years of stay-at-home motherhood. A conscious decision to leave the Southern California environment for greener and cleaner Oregon opened new doors to community involvement, including teaching natural science at Tualatin Hills Nature Park, restoring the banks of the creek behind our home, and joining the Tigard 2000 Lions Club. A Lions connection provided the opportunity to join an office of the Edward Jones investment firm as a part-time office administrator. Leadership positions in the local Lions club, the Lions District, and Multiple District led to leadership in the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.

May 25th Speaker


Lions Greg and Gretchen
Our guest speaker was our own assistant secretary, Lion Gretchen Olson.  Did you know?... She has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She studied history and education at Lewis and Clark.  She enjoys crocheting.  She taught English as a 2nd Language in Hungary when it was behind the Iron Curtain.  She has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. She makes and eats ice cream. She played as midfielder on her soccer team.  She survived life-threatening illness and 16 surgeries during a 6-month stay at OHSU. She studied BLM records and for a period of 25 years, was an expert witness for cases involving land rights for Native American Indians.  She and Greg adopted two special needs kids, Kelsey is now 24 and has 2 children and Amanda is 20. She makes many varieties of brownies. She believes that its always good to look on the bright side of every situation, God left her here for a purpose, we should all appreciate the freedom we have in America and help those who don't. and as her Grandmother said, "VOTE!  It's your right and responsibility. If you don't vote, don't complain!"
Thank you, Lion Gretchen


March 23rd Speaker

Gary Davis, Executive Director of “Operation Nightwatch”.  Gary explained how  public policy decisions over the years have created a greatly changed face and increased the number of people experiencing homelessness.  About a third of the homeless are children.  About 40% have some form of mental illness. Many are students.  All suffer not just the physical crisis of a lack of shelter but also an existential crisis of being disconnected, isolated, abandoned, forsaken and begin to question the very foundations of their life: meaning, purpose, and value.  Operation Nightwatch is an organization that has opened Hospitality Centers to serve a population of homeless people in a way that affirms their humanity, dignity and harmony in our community.  Sound familiar?  Through these Hospitality Centers they provide not only a safe place where those on the streets can find food, socks, clothing, blankets, and medical care, but also a caring staff and volunteers who will listen to their stories,  welcome them as friends and make them feel "at home" at least for a few hour for a few evenings a week.  Currently Operation Nightwatch is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and hoping to bring a mental health professional on board to help the guests who need mental health services.

 Visit learn about the many ways you can help to keep the light shining and make the night a little brighter for the guests of the Operation Nightwatch Hospitality Centers. Become a Nightwatch Lamplighter!

March 9th Speaker

PDG Doug Fiala

PDG Doug Fiala presented the history, development, facilities and programs and an update on what it will take to maintain and continue to enhance Camp Taloai for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.  Located at 15934 N. Santiam Hwy. (Mile Post .451) Stayton Oregon, 97383.  Camp Taloali is a magic world of challenge and excitement where campers learn new skills, set goals, care for the earth and share new experiences with both old and new friends. Taloali campers develop confidence in their abilities as they discover hidden strengths and learn from mistakes. Most of all, campers learn the magic FUN, EXCITEMENT, ADVENTURE, CHALLENGE, FRIENDSHIP, MEMORIES, and much more.

Gales Creek Diabetic Camp 

March 2nd Speakers

                                                  Cheryl Shepard, Executive Director

                                                        Jo Vance, Program Director
We were blessed to share in the excitement of the Gales Creek Camp Foundation Executive Director, Cheryl Sheppard and Program Director, Jo Vance as they presented an update on the Gales Creek Camp Foundation and the first Lions Club chartered for the sole purpose of supporting the efforts of this foundation, dedicated to providing camp experiences for children, youth and families directly affected by Type I diabetes. The Gales Creek Camp Foundation is committed to fostering the transition toward independence by integrating the management of diabetes with social and life skills.
Located in Glenwood, Oregon, 45 miles west of Portland, Gales Creek Camp serves more than 400 children with diabetes each year. Gales Creek Camp is a place where children and teens gain confidence in managing their diabetes. The goal is to help each child grow toward living an independent life. Campers learn to test themselves and give injections. They learn how food and exercise are linked with insulin, and how sports, illness, and stress interact with diabetes.
The experience of coming to Gales Creek Camp stays with you forever. Whether you were a camper or staff member, whether you spent your last summer at camp in 1993 or 1973, the memories you take away from your camp experience last for a lifetime.  Just ask Lion Patrick!  What a testimonial we heard from him!!  Thank you so much!!
The Gales Creek Camp Foundation for Children with Diabetes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made to GCC are tax deductible under
Federal Tax ID# 93-6010464
Cheryl Sheppard, Executive Director:
Jo Vance, Program Director:
1100 NE 28th St., Suite 106, Portland, OR 97232

Photos: Bill Spencer                                                            Article compiled by Secretary B


Phillip Margolin, Speaker February 10th

As a child, Phil says he was a terrible student with low self-esteem and a short attention span. He was bringing home C’s, D’s and the occasional F, which resulted in his being placed in a class for slow learners. In the 7th grade, Phil became fascinated with chess and began to learn that to succeed you must move slowly and think methodically. When Phil started winning against his teachers, his confidence went up and so did his grades. He began looking at school the same way he looked at chess, and he started to excel. Phil later became a lawyer and New York Times best-selling author. Phil coached the Hayhurst Chess Club for 16 years before joining Frank and Dick to create Chess for Success. Phil is a current member of the Board of Directors.

 Taylor Simon of the American Diabetes Association in Oregon and SW Washington was the February 3rd speaker at the LO Lions Club.

        Taylor developed an early passion and interested for the world of diabetes because of her mother who has type-1 diabetes. Taylor saw firsthand how her mother took her disease and chose to be the healthiest and happiest person possible, instead of letting it weigh her down. Taylor has committed her education and career to helping those with diabetes. She holds a degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Montana and a Masters in Nutrition from Washington State and is a Registered Dietitian. Taylor has been with the American Diabetes Association since June 2015 and couldn’t be happier in her role of Community Outreach. Together we can stop diabetes!


Lion Patti introduced our guest speaker, Logo for Glen GilbertGlen Gilbert, Executive Director of the Tucker Maxon School since June 2, 2014, presenting “Teaching all Children to Hear".   Glen was Executive Director of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and led a successful capital campaign to quadruple the number of school children screened for sight and hearing. Founded in 1947, Tucker Maxon School is a non-profit corporation and a unique auditory-verbal school where hearing impaired and typical hearing children learn together. Sign language is not a part of the curriculum.  These two groups learn from each other. Learning alongside students who are hearing impaired, typical hearing students learn to value differences and become strong communicators. Learning and playing alongside their typically hearing peers, hearing impaired students learn to listen and talk from their friends.  Programs are offered including Early Intervention (Ages 0-3), Preschool (Ages 3-5)and Elementary (Grades K-5th).  We were encouraged to take a field trip to see first hand what goes on at Tucker Maxon School and to support the life changing programs.  It was the consensus of the Lake Oswego Lions present that we will make arrangements to take that field trip make Tucker Maxon School our Charity of the Month in February.  To learn more see .

At our 12/9/15 Club Meeting, Lion Hal introduced our guest speaker, Frank Engle, Director of Marketing at Friendsview Retirement Community, 1301 Fulton St, Newberg, OR 97132. As he took his place to speak about "Planning for your Senior Years" we were encouraged to pay close attention as Lion Patti said, "Listen up because, as our friend, Lion Hal, tells us.. None of us are getting any younger".  We learned that retirement means wonderful opportunities for new chapters of enriched living but we must plan for it!  When making decisions about how and where to retire, everyone has different ideas about what they consider to be most important and there are many different options. Is a retirement community right for you? If so, what type of residence appeals to you? What services and amenities match your needs? What are your current health care needs, future concerns, and plans to provide for long-term care?
To learn more visit or contact Frank at

Our own Lion Genevieve "Gen" Ford  shared with us her beautifully written, intriguing story of "Life in the Fast Track".  She described her experiences in the Diplomatic Corps of the foreign service in Ankara, Turkey.  Following the 6-day War she worked with the Jordanian Officer in Washing DC.  In Montreal, Canada she worked with ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization with the Montreal and Japanese Conventions dealing with hijackings and hijackers. Her travel and assignments took her to Holland and Abidjan, Ivory Coast and on to Paris, France and finally a position with Boise Cascade Corporation brought her to Portland and now to Lake Oswego Lions!  We are so blessed to have such a lovely Lion as Gen!  Thank you for sharing you many talents, Gen!

Twenty-one were in attendance as Lion Roger May introduced our guest speaker using his "Call Sign", a special code language familiar only to Ham Radio or Amateur Radio Operators.  Otherwise known as Eric Einspruch, presented "The Role of Amateur Radio Operators in Emergencies" introducing us to the world of civic minded people who have put together a communications system that can function like no other! Why? Because it's fun! Yes, but more than that, with the proper training, licensing, practice and equipment these Amateur Radio Operators can play an important role in emergency situations. They become the eyes and ears for our public emergency services. We all feel safer knowing they're are among us and are encouraged to add this fun activity to our repertoire of disaster and emergency preparedness.


Charlene Larsen and Sherry Young  from Astoria  filled the room with smiling faces.  Charlene an Sherry informed us that Oregon Lions is a part of the Oregon Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster - ORVOAD. See
for more information. First things first!  Before we are ready to be active volunteers in times when disaster strikes we must be prepared to come through them ourselves and get some training on how we can help others!  We live on shaky ground so we must have the attitude of not if but when and take practical and smart measures for the whatever and whenever!  For starters we can get signs to indicate "HELP" and "OK" to be placed in our window visible from the street so that the Community Emergency Response Team - CERT can know at a glance where help is needed.  We were all given A Prepare! Resource Guide and a handy-dandy Emergency Go-Kit Passport and the Prepare in a Year (see attached) and lots more printed materials to get us started.  They also brought *nice door prizes!!
Words to remember: "Don't let your house kill you."

Our guest speaker, from the Gresham Breakfast Lions Club, Lion Leonard Kirk and his wife, Debby presented to a filled the room.   Lion Leonard  presented his "Stories of an Alaskan Bush Pilot."  I was so enthralled and entertained that I failed to take good notes!  But, I can tell you from "I was born in a barn.. to ... Took an interest in school when I read about Sputnik in the Weekly Reader.. to ... Got my pilot's license at age 18.. to... Lived in Alaska where Spring comes on the day after your last frost bite and before your first mosquito bite.. to... Traveled by snowmobile with my wife and 3-year old son and ended up delivering my daughter at the clinic because the doctor didn't arrive in time.. to... Started a Lions club in order to procure a bingo permit and raise money for an ambulance.. to... Remembered the advice of a high school teacher, "Your I will, will take you a lot farther than your IQ."   to...  Awarded the National Aeronautics Association's  Robert J Collier Trophy for achieving unprecedented safety levels and reducing risk of fatal air accidents in Alaska by 48% and fatalities by 83%.. to... Now a retired University of Alaska Anchorage Professor of Aviation" ... we were ALL enthralled and entertained.

Anne Marie Lowe,  Sept 30, 2015 Speaker at our Lions Club Meeting

            Anne Marie brings over 20 years of relationship banking and financial services management experience to her role as Director of Advancement. Her non-profit experience includes workshop creation and facilitation, fundraising chairmanship, event management, and strategic planning facilitation. She graduated from Linfield College with a degree in International Business. As an active member of the community, Anne Marie is involved in the Rotary Club of Portland and served as President from 2010-2011. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member with The Salvation Army since 2004 and on the Advisory Council of Lakewood Center for the Arts.
            In honor of her professional achievements and community contributions, Anne Marie earned the “40 Under Forty” Award in 2008 from the Portland Business Journal.



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