BY DIANE BONICA, TUALATIN ROTARY
It was just another typical lunch at the Tualatin Rotary as épée swords flashed nearly inches away from the mashed potatoes. Cody Mattern, a six time national fencing champion spoke at a recent meeting. He has been involved with the sport ever since a childhood quest brought him to Northwest Fencing Center. As an Olympic caliber fencer, he has competed worldwide and now coaches young people who are interested in the sport. Rotary members were treated to a live fencing demonstration and encouraged to visit the center in Beaverton to try the challenge for themselves. Members also heard how fencing classes are helping children who have been diagnosed with autism. Fencing is an activity that has many benefits for life skills and self confidence.
Rotary meetings are a haven for current information. In the next few weeks Rotary will host speakers from Tualatin High School Robotics, A climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the Tualatin Orchestra and The Secret Life of Elephants. Every meeting opens up opportunities for our community members to learn more and give more to our city and our world.
Rotary members are charged to put “service above self ”. In 2017, the club is planning to provide job shadow opportunities to the Inter Cambio students at TuHS, work to eradicate Polio, provide a local family with a home makeover, support the efforts of Books on Wheels to provide books for students who cannot access the library, conduct two road cleanups in Tualatin and assist with medical supplies for a village in Africa.
Swords flashed at the last Rotary meeting and service to others will continue all year. If you would like to join one of our hands-on projects, please contact us through the website at www.tualatinrotary.org.