2018-2019 Rotary Club of Newport President: Marcia Buckley

President's Message

Marcia Buckley Dear Fellow Rotarians:

I want to first thank you for electing me as your Club President. I am so very excited about the upcoming year!

In the Fall of 2002, I joined the Rotary Club of Newport with limited knowledge of what being a Rotarian meant. I knew Rotary was a group of business people that had a weekly lunch meeting, that the programs were interesting, and that Rotary was somehow involved with the Seafood and Wine Festival (a decade before, I had filled in as a glass-sweeper for Dan Glode).

It didn't take long to learn about the many wonderful things Rotary International has accomplished. From polio vaccines to student exchange programs to projects all over the world designed to improve the quality of life for others, Rotary has an incredible history of taking on amazing projects.

Locally, our club does so much for Newport be it the Literacy Park, helping local organizations in need or working with the schools and students. I am very proud to be part of a group that is so willing to help the community when asked. I will forever remember the way the club stepped up to assist with the purchase of rings for the high school championship soccer team.

The 2018-2019 Rotary International theme is "Be the Inspiration". I absolutely love that theme because Rotary truly is the inspiration for change. I want to share a few of my goals for the coming year: I want our club to continue to do work that helps local children in foster care, as well as continuing our efforts to stop human trafficking; to continue to be a resource for local organizations in need of help; to continue to provide interesting and informative programs each week; and I want our members to continue having fun.

Yours in Rotary,

Marcia Buckley
President 2018-2019
The Rotary Club of Newport, Oregon


2017-2018 Rotary Club of Newport President: Rob Thompson

Outgoing President's Message

Rob Thompson IT WAS FUN!!!

I have to say thanks to all our wonderful members for making this year so productive and fun. Our club more than met our Rotary Foundation Goal, and I shouldn't be surprised but we need to celebrate that. And celebrate the large hands on projects like Olalla Center Warren project and reinstating swim lessons. WOW! Three in club projects of dictionaries, homeless kits, and Celebration bags for Foodshare.

If it sounds like I am blowing my horn, be clear it's you the club members that make this all possible. Way to go Rotary Club of Newport! Keep attending, keep going to happy hour, keep up the momentum with new members. Get involved on a committee! I truly believe you get so much out of your membership if you just give it a chance by getting involved.

We have changed our location to the Elks and I want to thank Megan for staying the course on finding us a permanent location, as well as championing our fundraiser at SFW Festival.

I will especially miss our fantastic Club Secretary Melanie Sarazin, she has served tirelessly, and leaves a big job for our club to fill. I raise my glass to you Melanie for your future adventures! We will miss you, so I hope you visit us often.

Of course, I would not have been able to swing all the details without the support of my wife, Aimee.

And I am excited for Marcia to lead us into the next Rotary year. Please support Marcia just like you did me. I am so grateful for this opportunity, it was truly fun.

Yours in Rotary,

Rob Thompson
President 2017-2018
The Rotary Club of Newport, Oregon