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A “Dusty” wood artist shares at the breakfast.

Dusty Taylor discusses his artwork with wood.

Dusty Taylor discusses his artwork with wood.

We had a great turnout this morning to hear from Dusty Taylor, a local intarsia wood artist.  Dusty has trained a number of young people the craft.  Thanks dusty! (See photo of his work below).

Commissioner Dick Scouten was here today.  It has been a while.  It was great seeing you Dick!

Next week’s breakfast speaker features Lisa Chang from Hula Halau, our February Business of the Month.  See you at the Peppermill Restaurant next Thursday, 7:00 AM.

Wood art



Here are the minutes from last week’s breakfast, compliments  of Susan:

Was great seeing everyone this morning and hearing the wonderful stories of Vern.  Thank you Wally for doing such a touching video of Vern’s pictures.
Our guests this morning:
Wendy & Randy– Vern’s daughter and son
Dorothy & Wally-Neighbors of Vern’s for the past 47 years.  Plus they are cousins to our own Captain Oathes.  They appreciated the New Years card Eric.
Patrick-friend of Vern’s who remodeled his house years ago and stayed friends with Vern.
Steve had some sad news to share with us.  He was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer that was also in his liver.  He explained that he was relinquishing his duties in the club of raffle/collecting fines & putting away the flags.  If your wanting to step up to the plate to either of these activities let Wally know.
Tony Montes was visiting us from the Hillsboro Optimist Club.  His wife has been going through a lot. Please keep us posted Tony. Tony also reported that when he was at emergency this last week that he ran into Monty Kershner, who was there as he was having a heart attack.  It was great to see you today.
I updated the club on Rudy, my husband, he had his angiogram done last Thursday, good news was nothing extra had to be done during his open heart surgery on February 4th.  We have an incredible surgeon, if your ever needing a valve please let me know this specialist does a valve sparing surgery so he can re-construct your own valve so you don’t have to be on coumadin and have a mechanical valve.
Wally gave a check to our treasurer, Scott, for $ 202.52 from our Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser.
Bruce’s birthday this week and we sang to him.
Last week’s raffle winner was Dave, who wasn’t there this morning.  This weeks winner was Marv T.
Jack stood up to say that Bob A. had been over to his shop to work on building wooden riffles for the boy scout troop.  They will be used to teach the kids gun safety.
Michael reported that his Thai Chi class, which is on the east side of Portland, is going to be doing a 4 month class in Beaverton this year.  So if your interested in Thai Chi please contact Michael.
Essay contest.  Barry stated that he has only received the one essay.  There are 3 weeks left to get them in.  I believe Eric S. is going to do some social media on that one.
Eric S. updated us on the Aloha Library and said a big thank you from the Aloha Library to us for all our help and donations of money.  They are hiring on one full time person.  And soon to be moving into a bigger space.  Taking over where the Taekwondo place is currently at near the Peppermill.
This day in history: 1919, Prohibition ratified by 3/4 of states.

Remembering Vern at the Optimist Program Today

Family and friends met today at the breakfast to remember Vern Williams, who was our last charter member.  A lot of great things were said about Vern.  We’ll post more comments later but here are some photos:

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Our Dear Vern Williams Dies at 93

Vern Williams, our last surviving charter member of the club, died this afternoon at his home in Beaverton. Stay tuned for more details. Our sympathy is extended his family. The club will also pay a tribute to Vern.


Vern & Jack at the "rock" dedication  July 18, 2013

Vern & Jack at the “rock” dedication July 18, 2013