Rotarians: United by Service

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Left to right: Rotarians Walt Emery, Julie Yarnall and Mark Derry.
Left to right: Rotarians Walt Emery, Julie Yarnall and Mark Derry.

Rotary members come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but one thing unites us: A dedication to service. 

Walt Emery is the longest serving Rotarian in Tualatin, having joined the club in 1976. Now retired from the finance sector, Walt was drawn to Rotary because of the impact club volunteers make in the community. His favorite thing about being part of Rotary? “The shared commitment among club members to benefit the community,” Walt said.  

Mark Derry has been a Rotarian for four decades. Formerly a member of Canby’s club, Mark joined Rotary to connect with other business professionals. Service to others is something Mark has long been committed to, including during his military career as a medic. “My military experience, serving in a war zone, pushed me to be a better example to others and to hope that younger generations do not resort to conflict by arms.”

A retired photographer, Mark has gained lots of friendships with like-minded community members during his years in Rotary, as well as having built relationships with younger generations participating in Rotary’s Youth Exchange program. “Service means giving my time, donations, and passion to help others less fortunate, and mentoring and inspiring high school students to become citizens of the world and leaders in their communities,” Mark said. 

New Rotarian Julie Yarnall was likewise drawn to join because of the potential relationships she could build with other members and those in the community. Her family has been heavily involved in Rotary since she was a young child. A real estate broker, Julie sees it as an honor to be able to give back to her community.  

“I have watched my parents giving back to their communities in various ways for 35+ years, from hosting foreign exchange students throughout my childhood and participating in activities that improved many lives locally and internationally. This history and knowledge of the values of Rotary propelled me to join myself,” she said.

But it’s not just the local impact that drives Rotary members, it’s the potential to make improvements on the international scene. “There is so much that needs to be done in other cultures and countries. People need to look beyond their own culture, their own horizon and landscape, to go travel, volunteer internationally, and financially support those organizations that are not bound by religious avenues,” Mark said. 

Rotarians join once a week for fellowship and to learn about things happening around Tualatin. These Wednesday meetings are can’t miss for Walt, Mark, and Julie. 

“Rotary is fun and educational. Yes, it’s true!” Julie said. “Tualatin Rotary has weekly meetings with a variety of speakers that have taught me so much. I cannot wait to continue to learn and meet interesting people, all the while serving my community. I encourage everyone to reach out and attend a meeting and see what it’s all about.” 

Learn more about Rotary at www.tualatinrotary.org. New members are always welcome!