Dennis Morgan, Medford Rotary Foundation President, presided over the Foundation’s Annual Meeting with Club members. Dennis informed members of the history of the Medford Rotary Foundation, which was founded in 1923. In 1947, the club began an informal student loan program. In the early 1960’s it had evolved into a formal scholarship grant program. During the last 45 years approximately 1.5M in grants have been awarded by the foundation.
Who are The? Gary Sherwood and Erin Maxson shared with members their personal stories during our “Who Am I” Club Meeting presentation.
Bob Wise and Debbie Vought presented to members a comprehensive effort to bring light to the opioid and prescription drug issues in our region. A special thanks to Patsy Smullin for her support of the program!
Debbie Vought informed our club that Oregon has a drug problem. It has the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the nation and is sixth amount the top 10 states for biggest drug problems. Debbie also presented the costs of drug addiction:
- Domestic violence
- Lower educational attainment
Health Care Costs
- Increases in birth defects
- Treating unintentional injuries
- Driving accidents
- Higher rates of uninsured and Medicaid enrollment
- More Oregonians age 65 and up are landing in the hospital for opioid overdoses, abuse, dependence and adverse effects at a greater rate than any other state.
- Loss of jobs
- Criminal justice system
- Emergency response
- Each Oregon resident, whether they are users or non-users, contributes roughly $155 per year to the opioid epidemic.
Most importantly, she reported that Naloxone is used to save lives by reversing or blocking the effects of opioids. She shared how to obtain Naloxone, as it is now available for bystander use in Oregon. It can be purchased from any pharmacy.
She wants everyone to STAY INFORMED, STAY CONNECTED AND STAY SAFE!
For more information regarding visit staysafeoregon.org.
Dann Hauser , the Executive Director for the Camelot Theatre, presented the history of the theatre to the club. He took the helm after serving on the Board of Directors and was pleased to report after having profitability issues, they have their first profit to report!
He shared that attendance is up from 48% to now an average of 80% with most of the draw to locals. Dann indicated a new Artistic Director has been hired who has worked with Disney in the past. Look for the press release for more details on this exciting news.
Camelot is a semi-professional community theatre serving Southern Oregon and the Rogue Valley, and it has become the principal attraction and heart of Talent, Oregon. Founded in 1982 as Actors’ Theatre. The Theatre took up residence in 1990 in a one-time feed store that was converted to a 104-seat theatre. The theatre name was changed from Actors’ Theatre to Camelot Theatre Company.
In 2007, Camelot learned that downtown redevelopment plans by the Talent Urban Renewal Agency (TURA) included extension of Main Street straight through the current theatre building. Camelot initiated a Capital Campaign in January 2010 that successfully
Camelot Theatre provides a 6-week Musical Conservatory summer program for young theatre artists (ages 9-17) seeking a stimulating and supportive experience. Based on the raised $2.5 million to purchase land, design and construct a new building in advance of the planned removal of the old theatre. Funding came from over 500 individual donors, foundation grants and loans. The project was completed ahead of schedule on May 5, 2011. The new state-of-the- art James Morrison Collier Theatre Building provides a 60% greater capacity and many backstage enhancements. traditions of Conservatory Training, students will enjoy the camaraderie of other talented artists and musicians with the guidance of a distinguished faculty. Students receive morning instruction in acting, voice, dance and staging taught by professional artists. Afternoons and the fifth and sixth week are dedicated to rehearsals and performances.
For more information, visit camelottheatre.org
Kristopher Horton together with his Grandparents – Larry and Ann Horton, gave a presentation on Kristopher’s new book titled “The Last Lot With a View”.
“This book is based on actual events. It gives a glimpse into the lives of Ann and Larry Horton, showing the forces that shaped their destinies and how hard work, determination and a vision earned them the American Dream.”
Kristopher shared photos of Larry and Ann sail boating – they were competitive sailors, and other Horton family photos. It is interesting to note that Larry served in the Navy during World War II as a Radar Technician. Ann’s family owned Lawrence’s Jewelers located on Main Street in Medford. They also traveled the world together!
Kristopher also shared the process he used to write the book and had copies to share with the Club.
Our Club’s RYLA students: Preston Jerrigan, Emma Ward, Chad Moncus, and Hannah VanHolle shared their experience’s at this year’s RYLA summer camp.
Guy Tauer is the Regional Economist with the Oregon Employment Department covering the Rogue Valley. He has worked for the agency since 1999. He received a promotion to Regional Economist in 2001. A native Oregonian, Guy holds a degree in economics and a minor in business administration from Southern Oregon University. Guy concentrates on labor force, economic and demographic data.
Guy shared unemployment reports with the club, indicating very low employment rates in Jackson County. In May 2017, the unemployment rate was 4.2%. The nonfarm unemployment rate change in Jackson County by sector, May 2016 – May 2017 are:
- Private education and health services – up 630 Positions
- Leisure & hospitality – up 460 Positions
- Professional & business services – up 440 Positions
- Retail trade – up 470 Positions
- Other services – up 170 Positions
- Construction –up 150 Positions (150)
- Manufacturing DOWN 100 Positions
- Government DOWN 200 Positions
During the past year, the Medford MSA (Jackson County) gained 2,060 payroll jobs, a growth rate of 2.4 percent. Industries with the largest employment gains over the year included health care and social assistance (+560), leisure and hospitality (+310), retail trade (+240), construction (+240), other services (+210), and wholesale trade (+120). Government employment declined by 240 jobs since June 2016 with declines in local government education (-140) and federal government (-60) partially offset by a gain of 80 jobs in state government.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, estimated at 4.4 percent in June, remains close to record lows going back to 1990. A year earlier, the unemployment rate was considerably higher at 6.1 percent.
Many of Guy’s reports and studies can be found at qualityinfo.org, the Oregon Employment Department’s labor market information website.