Welcome to the Rotary Club of Camas-Washougal

The Liveliest Rotary Club in Clark County!

With a motto of “Service Above Self”, Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and helping build goodwill and peace in the world.  At the Camas-Washougal Rotary, we also look to have fun while doing this work for the community! 

Guests and those who might be interested in joining our club are most welcome to attend any meeting. Please see the meeting information below. 

Main Meeting
Thursdays, 7 - 8 a.m.

Orchard Hills Golf & Country Club
605 39th St.  -  Washougal, WA 98671
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Mailing Address:  PO Box 716 - Camas WA 98607

Guests,visiting Rotarians,and prospective members

are always most welcome!

Bad Weather Policy:  Please note that in case of inclement weather,

if the Washougal School District is closed for the day, our meeting will be canceled.

Questions?  Please contact the 2017-18 Club President, Kathy Bussman 

Mobile:  503.936.5915  Email:  gusbison@gmail.com

 
Current News
The Young Men in Action, one of the signature programs of the Rotary Club of Camas Washougal, completed seven weeks of mentoring for fifth grade boys at Hathaway Elementary in Washougal.  The companion program, Young Women in Action, was completed in February and March of this year with eight weeks of mentoring.
 
The Camas Washougal Post Record ran a story about the YMIA this year, featuring Rotarian, Larry Keister, in the article.  
 
 
It's time for the Ducky Derby on Sunday, July 23, 2017.  The event will bring the community together to watch the ducks race on the Washougal River.  Up to 5,500 sponsored rubber ducks will race to the finish line.  The first duck over the finish line means the sponsor wins a trip to Hawaii plus $1,000 toward airfare.  There are many other exciting prizes.  All of the proceeds support local scholarships and projects, so everyone is a winner.  For more information contact:  carol@securitysigns.com
 
Third Graders' Dictionaries are Still a Big Hit!
We were delighted on September 15 to have a visitor from the Rotary Friendship Exchange who happened to be the guest of Blaine Peterson.  Mukul Gupta spoke to our club about India.  We learned a lot about the country, including economics, religions, regions, culture, food, and more along with wonderful photographs.  Mukul shared with us their practice of saying Namaste:  
 

How to Namaste

Bend the arms from the elbow upwards and face the two palms of the hands. Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest. Utter the word namaste and while saying the word bow the head slightly.

Why Namaste?

Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye. The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds. When we greet one another with namaste, it means, ‘may our minds meet’, indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love, respect, and humility.

Spiritual Significance of Namaste

The reason why we do namaste has a deeper spiritual significance. It recognizes the belief that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. Acknowledging this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we honor the god in the person we meet.

 

We also had the honor of doing a banner exchange.  Mukluk is a member of the Rotary Club of Sahibabad:

 

 

The club honored Meridee Pabst as Rotarian of the Month for September at our September 1 meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thank you Meridee for your outstanding service to the Camas-Washougal Rotary Club! 
            Carol Keljo being inducted by Tom Crozier      
 
David Bussman and Nikki Costa 2015-16 Award Winners!
The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club delivered 768 dictionaries to all 3rd graders in Camas and Washougal elementary schools the week of October 12.  Interactors from Washougal High School glued book plates onto the inside flap of each dictionary.  The book plates have a Rotary logo, the 4-Way Test, and a place for each student to write their name.  At least two Rotarians met with the students at each school to tell a bit about Rotary, and to hand out the dictionaries to each student.  The Superintendents from Camas and Washougal School Districts, both Rotarians, were also present to hand out the dictionaries at their respective schools.
 
 
Students, Superintendent Mike Nerland, and Rotarians
     at Dorothy Fox Elementary School in Camas.
 
 
The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club provided 240 new backpacks, filled with school supplies, to students for the beginning of school.  Backpacks were stuffed with supplies at the Summer Picnic and delivered to the Camas and Washougal School District Offices, 120 to each school district, for distribution to local schools.
                
     Principal, Staff, Superintendent, Mike Stromme,                         Superintendent, Mike Nerland, Staff and Rotarians                             
 and Rotarians at Hathaway Elementary School in Washougal.               at Prune Hill Elementary School in Camas.
 
On Sept. 9, the Camas Washougal Rotary Club approved $1000 to help fund Shelter Box.  
The Camas-Washougal Rotary Club awarded $9,000 in college scholarships to 10 Washougal and Camas high school students at the Club’s annual scholarship breakfast on June 4. Four seniors from Camas and four from Washougal were each awarded $1,000 towards tuition at the college of their choice.
 
Thousands of yellow rubber ducks will race down the Washougal River at noon Sunday, July 23, 2017 to raise money for Rotary service projects and scholarships.
 
Now in its 23nd year, the event promises the thrill of a race, the pure fun of sports entertainment and the reward of knowing the proceeds will support Rotary projects, both locally and internationally.
 
The race begins on the Third Avenue Bridge in Camas, WA when a front-loader donated by Nutter Corporation tips its bucket and unloads over 5,000 plastic ducks into the water below. From there the current takes over and the ducks dash to the finish line. The fastest ducks down the river will win prizes for those who’ve adopted them.  In 2016, the event sold out early.  The entire community is invited to come to see the Ducky Derby Race.    READ  MORE >